Tuesday October 22, 2019

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Monday’s high, 68; LOW, 54







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DUI  charges pending following McKean County crash…NY state motorcyclist hurt in Potter County spill….One driver hurt in chain reaction collision in Tioga County…Ed Council says Census work will result in extra  money for local residents…..Owlett’s bill to provide tax credits for first responders passes House Committee…

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DUI charges are pending against a driver whose name was not released by state police at Lewis Run following a crash early last Friday morning near Ormsby. The 20year old Bradford driver was going north on Route 646 when the front driver’s side tire became flat.  When a state police patrol unit encountered the driver he was trying to change the tire. The investigation determined  , while the pick up was going north  it crossed the Ormsby Cross Road and traveled onto private property where it collied with two metal t-posts, then struck a pile of stacked logs, continued east on the property, sideswiped a parked 2011 Ford Ranger, then reversed and collided with the log pile again, then continued north on Route 646 finall stopping north of the crash scene. The driver and his 21 year old female passenger also from Bradford were not hurt but the driver was taken to the Bradford Regional Medical Center for a legal blood draw.

A Poughkeepsie NY motorcyclist was hurt in a mishap occurring last Friday afternoon on Pine Hill Road in Stewardson Township, Potter County. According to Coudersport based state police, John Champion lost control of his northbound Harley Davidson while negotiating a left curve. The bike went off the road and laid down on its side. Champion was wearing a half style helmet and suffered chest and rib contusions. He was taken by ambulance to the Bucktail Medical Center for treatment.

One driver  was hurt in a four car pile up in Charleston Township, Tioga County last Tuesday. State police at Mansfield last night released details saying the multi-vehicle collision occurred as Joseph Boyce of Mansfield was traveling east behind vehicles d riven by Brandon Hughes of Wellsboro, Patricia Cummings  of Mansfield and Alexandra Lundgren of Wellsboro which all had stopped on the right shoulder of Route 6 East. Boyce’s Ford F-150-XLT rear-ended Hughes’s Ford Explorer which ran into the rear of The Cummings Nissan Rogue which then rear-ended Lundgren’s Town and Country. Cummings was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital with chest pain. The other drivers and ther passengers were not hurt.

The death of an elderly Harrison Valley man was due to natural causes according to state police at Coudersport. Troopers were called to the home of 74 year old Thomas Harris for a welfare check and found him deceased. An investigation by the Potter County Coroner’s office determined the death had occurred  between October 2 and 5.

The recruiting of hundreds of thousands of temporary workers for the 2020 Census – often described as the nation’s largest civilian mobilization — is now underway and the Potter County Education Council says it is a good way for area residents to earn extra money.

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting 2.7 million people across the country to assist with the 2020 Census count. The week of October 21, 2019, the Census Bureau is hostinnng  2,020 recruiting informational events  around the country.

In the spring of 2020, the Census Bureau will launch the largest 2020 Census field operation, known as Nonresponse Follow-up, Census Takers will knock on doors to follow up with households who have not responded to the census questionnaire.

Applicants can qualify for both field and office positions. The office positions, which are more limited, will be located in area census offices. The role of these offices is to recruit, select, hire, train, manage, and pay all office and field staff who work within the designated boundaries of the geographic territory assigned to the office.

The Census Bureau is in the process of opening 248 offices to support the 2020 Census. As these offices become ready for business, they are listed at 2020census.gov/jobs/pay-and-locations.

Applying for one of these jobs is simple. Just visit 2020census/jobs or call 855-JOB-2020 and select option 3 for more information. Pay rates for field and clerical jobs can be found at 2020census.gov/jobs/pay-and-locations.

Applicants will need to complete paperwork online and make an appointment to get fingerprinted for the background check. Once they are offered the job, there will be a period of time before their start date to allow time for the background clearance process. To search for possible management positions, go to USAjobs.gov.

Most applications will remain active throughout the 2020 Census and may be considered as positions

Working to support the state’s first responders, the House Finance Committee has  unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) that would offer a tax credit to volunteers who pay for equipment out of their own pockets. House Bill 376 would provide a tax credit of up to $500 for volunteers who purchase firefighting or other relevant equipment using their own money.

Owlett  (left) addresses House Finance Committee

Under the bill, any tax credit amount claimed by a volunteer emergency responder would have to be used in the taxable year in which the purchase of equipment was made. To receive a tax credit, a volunteer emergency responder would have to provide documentation to the Department of Revenue showing he or she is an active volunteer and the type and purchase price of the equipment.

The bill is one of several being considered by the state House this week as part of its “Heroes and Helpers” initiative. The measures are aimed at providing support and assistance to volunteer fire and emergency services organizations across the Commonwealth as they work to recruit and retain the volunteers they need to continue answering calls for help in their communities.

In addition to Owlett’s proposal, the package includes bills that would provide other incentives to volunteers, such as property or income tax credits, tuition assistance and loan forgiveness. Other measures would provide increased funding opportunities with greater flexibility for emergency responder organizations, expand access to online training, create stress management programs for first responders and more.

The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

In an effort to ensure ambulance service remains available in rural counties like Tioga, Bradford and Potter, Owlett is also the author of House Bill 1869. That measure, which passed the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee last month, would allow EMS companies in sixth-, seventh- and eighth-class counties to apply for a waiver to staffing requirements on a Basic Life Support ambulance. That bill is also pending consideration in the full House.







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Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) addresses members of the House Finance Committee seeking support for his legislation that would offer a tax credit to volunteers who pay for equipment out of their own money. The committee approved the bill unanimously.


Bradford, PA –  The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting area drivers that the Route 346/Forman Street bridge in Bradford will reopen to traffic by the end of the day today. The bridge has been closed since mid-July as crews worked to make repairs to the bridge. With work nearing completion, the rating of the bridge will improve from “poor” to “good” and will remain in service for years to come.


Once the bridge reopens to traffic, the official detour around the closure will be lifted. The bridge spans the west branch of Tunungwant Creek on Forman Street (Route 346) and carries an average of almost 7,800 vehicles each day.


Overall work included construction of a temporary access road, replacement of the bridge superstructure, concrete repairs, paving, guide rail updates, piping, and miscellaneous items.

Bob Cummins Construction Company of Bradford has been the contractor on this $1.1 million project.