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Monday’s high, 34; Overnight low, 22; .o5” of precipitation
TUE-CLOUDS MOVE IN, HIGH 48
TUE NIGHT-CLOUDY WITH RAIN, LOW 38
WED-MOSTLY CLOUDY, SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS, HIGH 53
WED NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 48
THU-OVERCAST, WARMER HIGH 68
THU NIGHT-OVERCAST, LOW 55
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Obituaries: Arlene Bristol, Ulysses; Bonnie Hurler, Westfield, Stanley Cornelius, Port Allegany and Timothy Fitzpatrick, Port Allegany
State house passes legislation to help Lyme Disease victims… Penn State to offer webinar on devastating lantern fly…..sleepy driver hurt in one-vehicle accident in Hamlin Township….NYC driver causes McKean County collision….
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Our focus today is on pests. The state house has overwhelmingly approved legislation written by an area lawmaker concerning insurance coverage for Lyme disease. Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting legislation sponsored by Rep. Kathy Rapp of Warren County would help more people get treatment. Legislation sponsored by House Health Committee Chairman Kathy Rapp (R-Warren/Crawford/Forest) that would require health insurers to cover treatment plans for Lyme disease or related tick-borne illnesses as prescribed by a patient’s health care practitioner was approved in the Pennsylvania House on Wednesday by a solid bipartisan vote of 158-34. “Pennsylvania has ranked highest in the nation for the number of confirmed cases of Lyme disease for seven years running,” said Rapp. “This legislation is a win-win to ensure that every patient diagnosed with this epidemic and other related tick-borne diseases has full access and insurance coverage for available and emerging diagnostics and treatment options, regardless if the treatment plan includes short-term or long-term antibiotic treatment.” Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted primarily by ticks and is caused by the spirochete Borreliaburgdorferi. Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases, such as babesiosis, bartonellosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and others, pose a serious threat to the quality of life of many Pennsylvanians, with the frequency of diagnosed and reported Lyme disease cases increasing dramatically over the past several years. Lyme disease can be easily treated with antibiotics when caught and treated early. If untreated, the disease can cause joint swelling, cardiac or neurologic complications. The most severe cases can be debilitating. House Bill 629 now advances to the Senate for consideration.
Meanwhile, The Tioga County Lyme Disease Support Group will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Native Bagel at 1 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. This meeting is free and open to anyone who lives in Tioga County or a surrounding county who wants to learn more about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. To be shown during the first 45 minutes of the meeting will be two videos, each featuring a different medical doctor talking about how diet and supplemental natural remedies help augment treatment for Lyme disease patients. The doctors point out the foods to avoid and those to eat more of. The idea behind this theory of treatment is based on optimizing the body’s own mechanisms to fight various infections. Discussion will follow. Luke Dunham and Thomas Putnam, both from the Wellsboro area, are regional co-leaders with the PA Lyme Resource Network and of the support group. Both have been diagnosed with and are being treated for Lyme disease and co-infections. For information, contact Dunham and Putnam by email at email@example.com or by calling Putnam at 570-439-2000.
While not a direct threat to humans, the spotted lantern fly could affect the liveliehood of many and the region’s economy.
Penn State Extension, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, will hold the Spotted Lanternfly Permit Training for Businesses workshop from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, April 25. The workshop will be live-streamed and will have multiple viewing locations across the state.
Spotted lanternfly is an invasive insect from Asia that was discovered in Berks County in 2014. This pest has the potential to cause considerable damage to Pennsylvania’s agricultural industry.
To help contain the spread of the spotted lanternfly, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has identified a 14-county quarantine zone and is requiring businesses, agencies and organizations that move vehicles, equipment and goods within and out of the quarantined area to obtain a permit.
Spotted Lanternfly Permit Training for Businesses is designed as a “train the trainer” course for designated employees. Once employees successfully pass the course exam, their companies will receive spotted lanternfly permits for company vehicles from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Employees then also will be responsible for training fellow employees to work in the quarantine zone without inadvertently spreading these insects and endangering agriculture and commerce.
There is no cost to register, and although it is not required, registration is encouraged. Walk-ins are welcome at all locations; however, registered participants will receive preference over walk-ins if location capacity is met. Registration is available online at https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-permit-training-for-businesses or by calling 877-345-0691.
A sleepy Bradford driver received minor injuries Monday morning in a one-vehicle accident on the Clermont Road in Hamlin Township, McKean County. Lewis Run state police report 21 year old Tristen Duffy was going north on Route 1436 when he nodded off at the wheel of his Chevy Impala just a couple of minutes past 8:00 am. The sedan traveled off the road for about 300 feet before it collided with a tree and shrubbery. Duffy was treated at the scene by Mt. Jewett Ambulance personnel and then was taken to UPMC Kane for additional treatment.
A New York City resident was hurt Monday afternoon in a collision at the intersection of Route 6 and 46 in Keating Township, McKean County. According to state police at Lewis Run, Marion Bland who was going north on Route 46 failed to stop at the flashing red signal and drove through the intersection into the path of a Ford Transit Connect driven by Timm Baxter of Port Allegany. The impact sent the Bland car into a spin before it stopped in the westbound lane of Route 6.The occupants in the Bland Nissan Versa were taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center while Baxter and his passenger escaped injury.
Troopers across the region have arrested more drivers for DUI. Cole Cameron 24 of Mercer was arrested by Emporium based state police after they stopped him last Friday night at the intersection of E. 4th Street and S. Walnut Street in that town. Police claim they found Cameron in possession of a small amount of pot and related paraphernalia. A Huntersville, NC man was arrested by state police in Mansfield on the afternoon of March 21 after allegedly committing several traffic violations while driving a 2016 Dodge Charger on Route in Lawrence Township. Troopers did not release the man’s name but say he was found in possession of some marijuana. DUI charges are pending lab results against 26 year old Samantha Perkins of Cuba,. NY after she was pulled over by state police on Interstate Parkway in Bradford just after 6:00 am Sunday after she had been warned by troopers not to drive after allegedly admitting to being under the influence of alcohol or an uncontrolled substance during a prior incident.
Arlene A. BRISTOL, 73, Ulysses, PA, died Wednesday April 10, 2019 in her home. Born September 22, 1945, in Flint, MI, she was the daughter of Harold and Evelyn Dietrich Heidt. On April 27, 1968, in Lawton, OK, she married Samuel E. Bristol, who predeceased her on April 10, 1992. A graduate of Eastpointe High School, Eastpointe, MI, she was employed as a secretary in the medical field. She and her husband owned and operated a trucking business in Florida for several years and she retired from the State of Florida as a school nurse’s aide. She was active with the quilting community. Arlene was productive until the end. She would help anyone who was willing to help themselves. With Arlene on your side, you could do anything. Surviving are: two sons, Dennis D. (Laureen) Bristol of Ulysses and Dannie (Cristin) Bristol of Alva, FL; four grandchildren, Devin Bristol, Bailey Bristol, Noah Bristol, and Anson Bristol; two great-grandsons, Kai and Isaac; a sister, Kathy Waltenburg of Kimball, MI; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Charles Heidt. Services were private. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ulysses Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 153, Ulysses, PA 16948.Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.
Bonnie G. HURLER, 77, formerly of Potter Brook Road, Westfield, PA, died Friday April 12, 2019 in her granddaughter’s home, Westfield. Born May 3, 1941, in Elkland, she was the daughter of William and Harriett Evans Kilburn. On September 14, 1957, in Harrison Valley, she married Mahlon C. “Tom” Hurler, who predeceased her on August 24, 1998. She was employed by Galeton Production, Hancock’s Personal Care Home, Little’s Personal Care Home, and owned and operated Bonnie Hurler’s Personal Care Home. Surviving are: three children, Greg (Alois) Hurler of Westfield, Kelly (Rick) Shenk of Knoxville, and Tom (Kayla) Hurler of Westfield; nine grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; a brother, Gary Kilburn of Elkland; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by four brothers, Robert Kilburn, Ronald Kilburn, William Kilburn, and Clifford Kilburn. Friends may call Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Timothy H. Miller will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook. Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o UPMC Cole, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915. nline condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.
Stanley E. Cornelius, Sr., 72, of Port Allegany, died Wednesday (April 10, 2019) in UPMC-Hamot, Erie.He was born July 7, 1946 in Roulette, a son of Herman and Nellie Elliott Cornelius.Stanley attended Port Allegany schools and had worked for Pittsburgh Corning of Port Allegany and for the PA Dept. of Transportation in McKean County.Stanley was a member of the First Baptist Church of Port Allegany.
He is survived by:
One son: Stanley E. Cornelius, Jr. of Port Allegany
Seven grandchildren and several great-grandchildren
Two brothers: Frankie (Juanita) Cornelius of Mt. Jewett and David (Naomi) Cornelius of Derrick City
Two sisters: Mary Cornelius and Juanita (Joseph) Knell, both of Port Allegany
Several nieces and nephews
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas and Lewis Cornelius.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, from 5-6 PM at First Baptist Church of Port Allegany, where a memorial service will be held at 6 PM with the Rev. Michael Culver, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900
Arlington, VA 22202. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.
Timothy A. Fitzpatrick, 65, formerly of Lillibridge Creek Rd.Port Allegany , passed away Friday (April 12, 2019) in Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center, Smethport.
Born April 1, 1954, in Riverside, NJ, he was a son of James J. and Bessie H. Mohr Fitzpatrick.
Tim was a longtime resident of the area, coming from Delano, NJ.
He was a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church, and was active in the St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, both Port Allegany.
Tim was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and Penn State football fan. He also enjoyed watching golf.
Surviving are a sister, Betty (Harvey) Miller of Port Allegany; and a brother, James J. (Susie) Fitzpatrick of Shinglehouse; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends will be received from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Apr. 17, 2019) in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church, Port Allegany, with Rev. James Campbell, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Gabriel’s Cemetery, Port Allegany.
A scriptural wake service will be held Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. in the funeral home.
Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Condolences can be sent to: Betty L. Miller
2222 Lillibridge Creek Rd.
Port Allegany, PA 16743