Wednesday May 1, 2019

Black Forest Express

Tuesday’s high, 58; Overnight low, 48; trace if rain

WED-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, HIGH 64

WED NIGHT-SHOWERS LIKELY, LOW 56

THU-CHANCE OF SHOWERS & THEN THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 72

THU NIGHT-SHOWERS LIKELY, LOW 58

FRI-SHOWERS LIKELY, HIGH 68

FRI NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 50

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Senate bill would help families of National Guard members….Timber Expo will be held next month near State College…..Wellsboro moves a step closer to winning national contest….Teen driver and passengers unhurt in car/deer collision in McKean County…Vandals damage Tioga County mailbox.

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A bill providing free college tuition for the spouses and children of Pennsylvania National Guard members is making its way through the state Senate. Senate Bill 589 was approved by the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and sent to the floor of the Senate for a vote.  The Military Family Education Program – or PA Family GI Bill – will enable Guardsmen and Guardswomen to earn educational benefits for their spouse and/or children by committing to a second obligation of six years with the Pennsylvania National Guard. The ten-semester benefit will pay for the equivalent of five years at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education tuition rate.

Businesses and individuals connected to Pennsylvania’s forest-products industry — and anyone interested in sound management of the state’s renewable natural resources — can learn about goods, services, best practices and industry trends at the 2019 Forest Products Equipment and Technology Exposition, Friday, June 7, and Saturday, June 8, at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days site at Rock Springs.

Known as Timber 2019, the biennial trade exposition is aimed primarily at loggers, sawmill operators, value-added processors and forest landowners. The event is hosted by the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association. Parking and admission are free.

The leading hardwood-producing state in the nation, Pennsylvania is home to more than 2,100 forest-products companies and 500,000 forest landowners. More than 80,000 Pennsylvanians work in the forest-products industry, accounting for about one of every nine manufacturing jobs in the state. The industry generates nearly $12 billion in annual sales and contributes about $19 billion a year to the state’s economy.

Organizers expect Timber 2019 to attract more than 80 commercial exhibitors and vendors serving the forest-products industry and emerging biomass markets. The event offers owners and employees of forest-products companies a chance to stay abreast of new technology, according to show manager Jesse Darlington, of Penn State.

Demonstrations will feature a range of forest-product technologies and equipment, including feller bunchers with processing heads, wheeled loaders, log skidders, horizontal grinders and chippers.

A Pennsylvania Sustainable Forestry Initiative training course scheduled on June 7 will enable loggers to meet their annual PA SFI continuing-education requirements. The course is free to attend, with a $20 administrative fee charged to those who wish to register for continuing-education credit.

–Penn State Woodsmen’s Team demonstrations. Team members, who travel to compete in various regional and national collegiate events, will hold axe-throwing competitions on both days of the expo and will demonstrate other skills, such as underhand chopping and crosscutting, on Saturday.

–Game of Logging national finals. A competition based on a world-recognized chain saw skills curriculum, this contest — which includes landowner and professional logger divisions — combines Scandinavian logging techniques with the latest systems for working safely around trees. Qualifiers from state-level competitions will compete Saturday in categories such as Bore Station, Spring Pole, Big Stump, Precision Stump, Speed Cut and Tree Felling.

–Woodlot management tours offered by Penn State forestry experts on both days will explore issues and concerns facing Pennsylvania forestland, such as forest pests, tree regeneration, watershed protection and wildfires. Aimed at the public, forest landowners and industry professionals, the tours will help visitors understand some of the challenges of sustaining the state’s woodlands.

–Penn State’s Pasto Agricultural Museum will present hands-on exhibits focusing on timber and logging history. The “Axe Whisperer,” Jim Walizer, will share his passion for the history of timber, logging and forestry in presentations each day.

–“Log-a-Load for Kids” Truck Parade. The forest-product industry’s charitable efforts will be highlighted by a procession of vehicles that will begin at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on the University Park campus, proceed through downtown State College, continue on state routes 26 and 45, and end on Main Street on the show grounds. The event will culminate with a check presentation to the Children’s Miracle Network. Nationally, the annual “Log a Load for Kids” campaign, during which individuals and businesses in the logging and forestry industries donate the value of a load of logs, has raised about $20 million to help sick and injured children.

The Ag Progress Days site — at Penn State’s Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center — is nine miles southwest of State College on state Route 45.

Primary sponsors for Timber 2019 include Forest Products Credit by AgChoice FC, Foster F. Wineland Inc., Pendu Manufacturing Inc., Taylor Machine Works Inc. and Cleveland Brothers/Peterson Pacific.

More information about Timber 2019, including details on exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, is available by calling 814-863-2873 or by visiting the show website at https://agsci.psu.edu/timber.Twitter users can find and share information about the event by using the hashtag #PaTimberSho

Wellsboro, Pennsylvania is one of the Top 25 in the Independent We Stand 2019 America’s Main Streets contest based on voting, which ended on April 20. The town is now competing to be one of the Top 10 semifinalists. The grand prize is $25,000 in cash for downtown revitalization and “buying local” activities. Voting for the Top 10 began at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 29 and will continue until 11:59:59 p.m. on Sunday, May 26. The grand prize winner will be selected from the top 10 and told of the win on Sunday, June 2. The public announcement will be made on Monday, June 3. According to contest rules, an individual who was at least 18 years old as of Feb. 25, 2019 can cast an online vote for Wellsboro once every 24 hours now through May 26 from his or her IP address by visiting www.mainstreetcontest.com, clicking on the Wellsboro Main Street photograph and then on “Vote.”  Or, people can vote once a day by going to the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page or the From My Shelf Books Facebook page.

During the inaugural contest in 2016, Wellsboro was named one of the top 10 semifinalists but did not win, people can help Wellsboro by voting online every day.

The grand prize is a $25,000 check; a $1,000 certificate for STIHL equipment; Do it Best Corp. $500 shopping spree; PPG $500 shopping spree; $500 Nationwide Marketing Group shopping spree; Free One Day Downtown Assessment from Flip This Town, a special plaque ($100 value) and recognition on Independent We Stand social media channels and public relations outreach.

Initiated in 2016 by Independent We Stand, the national small business movement, the goal of this contest is to promote the importance and strong economic benefits of Main Streets and the small businesses that help them thrive and how communities can educate their neighbors about the many benefits of “buying local. “For more information, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926.

A teen driver and his passengers escaped injury when her car hit a deer on Route 59 in Lafayette Township, McKean County last night. Gage Reiss, 18 was going east near the intersection with Lumber Lane when the whitetail ran in front of his VW Jetta. Reiss and his passengers (all from Olean)  Zoe Botsford, 18, and Olivia Ingalls, 19, were all using seatbelts. The car had to be towed away.

A criminal mischief on Old State Road in Mainesburg was investigated by state police at Mansfield. Vandals caused $100 in damage to a mailbox belonging to a 38 year old woman. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at the Mansfield barracks, 570.662.2151.