Friday November 15, 2019

 Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 39; Overnight low, 28

FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 40

FRI NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 18

SAT-FEW CLOUDS THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 30

SAT NIGHT-CLEAR

SUN-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 35

SUN NIGHT-MIXED PRECIPITATION POSSIBLE  LOW 28

Thursday’s high, 39; Overnight low, 28

FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 40

FRI NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 18

SAT-FEW CLOUDS THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 30

SAT NIGHT-CLEAR

SUN-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 35

SUN NIGHT-MIXED PRECIPITATION POSSIBLE  LOW 28

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Obituary: Leonard “Lenny” Johnston, Eldred

Several state agencies team up to reduce litter along PA’s highways…..Potter County’s Community Development office has launched a Facebook page….Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers are helping Mansfield PSP to solve theft of guns last fall…..

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The Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Transportation (PennDOT), in partnership with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, announced an initiative to reduce littering and presented results yesterday  of the first statewide litter study in over 20 years at a meeting attended by more than 125 local government, legislative, business, and community organization partners.

A phone survey collected 500 residents’ views on litter and littering. Field teams performed on-the-ground litter counts in 180 locations statewide, including state and local roads and urban and rural areas.

Over 96 percent of survey respondents said littering is a problem in Pennsylvania. Field results indicate an estimated 500 million pieces of litter on Pennsylvania roads. The most common items are cigarette butts and plastics, such as plastic food packaging, bottles, and bags. Motorists and pedestrians are leading litterers, followed by improperly secured truck loads.

“PennDOT spends upwards of $13.9 million yearly to pick up trash along state-owned roadways,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “This enormous amount of resources spent on clean-up means there’s less funding available for improving our roads and bridges. Clean-up is not a sustainable strategy. PennDOT is proud to join forces with DEP, DCNR, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to take action to shift the focus to changing behavior to prevent littering.”

City government leaders from Allentown, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh detailed the high costs of addressing litter and illegal dumping in their cities. Wayne Bowen, senior recycling program manager at the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, discussed recycling infrastructure and markets in the state. Anne Johnson, principal and vice president at Global Corporate Sustainability, demonstrated the economic, environmental, and reputational costs of plastics.

California State University social psychologist Wesley Schultz presented his research on why people litter and a nationally recognized five-step process for behavior change. In an open discussion, meeting participants shared their views on priority areas and next steps in the development of a statewide framework for litter reduction.

DEP, PennDOT, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will release a report presenting conclusions and complete data from the study and open discussion early in the new year. At that time the agencies will use the data to begin the task of strategizing a framework of measures to reduce specific littering behaviors.

The Potter County Commissioners report that with a new countywide comprehensive plan nearing the launching pad, one county department is gearing up to make that vision of the 2020-29 decade become a reality.

Ellen Russell, who joined the county as community development director in September, has harnessed the power of social media to begin spreading information and building support for the plan’s objectives.

It calls for partnerships to create jobs, improve cultural attractions, support agriculture and tourism, and achieve many other objectives.

An overriding mission is to reverse two troubling trends — outmigration by young people and a steady decrease in the county’s overall population.

Russell recently launched an online service through the Facebook social media platform as a common reference point for the campaign. She is working with the county commissioners on a long-term strategy — to be formalized in the comprehensive plan — with a goal of achieving some of the objectives by a target date of 2025.

While less than a week old, the Facebook page has been growing. One post reached more than 2,000 people in less than 24 hours.

“Social media has become a huge part of our lives,” Russell said. “The idea was to capitalize on that and try to reach different citizens for their opinions, input and suggestions.”

“We would like to see more public engagement and try to get residents more involved in their community,” she continued. “The ultimate goal is to meet mold our county’s future, and who best to help us lead and develop that path than those who will actually be affected?”

The Facebook page features information on community activities, best practices in rural community development, and other features. It will be complemented by additional content on the Community Development Department’s website at pottercountypa.net.

PA State Police Troop F – Mansfield are continuing to investigate  a Burglary/Theft of Firearms at a seasonal camp located at 212 Mitchell Creek Rd. in Tioga Twp, Tioga County between a span of dates of September and October 2018.   Unknown actor(s) attempted to gain entrance to the front door of Victim 1’s camp by using a prying tool. The actor(s) were unsuccessful. The actor(s) then forced open the basement door, damaging the door frame. Once inside, the actor(s) stole a crossbow in a case, three game cameras, hunting accessories/clothing and a large gun safe containing several firearms. The actor(s) then fled the scene. Unique guns stolen include:  Browning A-Bolt 30-06, Smith Corona Mod 03A3 30-06, British Enfield Jungle Carbine 303, Remington Mod 591 15mm, marlin Mod 925 .22, Winchester NRA Commerative Mod 70 30-06, Ruger Mod M77 30-06, Winchester Youth .22, Benelli Super Black Eagle 12 Ga, Model Remington Mod 1187 12ga, Ithaca Model 37 12 Ga, and a Parker Hornet Crossbow. The Gun Safe was a Green in color Stack-On Safe. Any persons with information regarding this are asked to contact the Mansfield Station at 570-662-2151 and speak with Cpl. Sweet or you can call the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers if you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477).  All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.

Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®: https://www.crimewatchpa.com/crimestoppers/316/cases/burglarytheft-firearms-tioga-twp-tioga-county-help-us-solve-crime

 

Several state agencies team up to reduce litter along PA’s highways…..Potter County’s Community Development office has launched a Facebook page….Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers are helping Mansfield PSP to solve theft of guns last fall…..

The Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Transportation (PennDOT), in partnership with Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, announced an initiative to reduce littering and presented results yesterday  of the first statewide litter study in over 20 years at a meeting attended by more than 125 local government, legislative, business, and community organization partners.

A phone survey collected 500 residents’ views on litter and littering. Field teams performed on-the-ground litter counts in 180 locations statewide, including state and local roads and urban and rural areas.

Over 96 percent of survey respondents said littering is a problem in Pennsylvania. Field results indicate an estimated 500 million pieces of litter on Pennsylvania roads. The most common items are cigarette butts and plastics, such as plastic food packaging, bottles, and bags. Motorists and pedestrians are leading litterers, followed by improperly secured truck loads.

“PennDOT spends upwards of $13.9 million yearly to pick up trash along state-owned roadways,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “This enormous amount of resources spent on clean-up means there’s less funding available for improving our roads and bridges. Clean-up is not a sustainable strategy. PennDOT is proud to join forces with DEP, DCNR, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful to take action to shift the focus to changing behavior to prevent littering.”

City government leaders from Allentown, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh detailed the high costs of addressing litter and illegal dumping in their cities. Wayne Bowen, senior recycling program manager at the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, discussed recycling infrastructure and markets in the state. Anne Johnson, principal and vice president at Global Corporate Sustainability, demonstrated the economic, environmental, and reputational costs of plastics.

California State University social psychologist Wesley Schultz presented his research on why people litter and a nationally recognized five-step process for behavior change. In an open discussion, meeting participants shared their views on priority areas and next steps in the development of a statewide framework for litter reduction.

DEP, PennDOT, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will release a report presenting conclusions and complete data from the study and open discussion early in the new year. At that time the agencies will use the data to begin the task of strategizing a framework of measures to reduce specific littering behaviors.

The Potter County Commissioners report that with a new countywide comprehensive plan nearing the launching pad, one county department is gearing up to make that vision of the 2020-29 decade become a reality.

Ellen Russell, who joined the county as community development director in September, has harnessed the power of social media to begin spreading information and building support for the plan’s objectives.

It calls for partnerships to create jobs, improve cultural attractions, support agriculture and tourism, and achieve many other objectives.

An overriding mission is to reverse two troubling trends — outmigration by young people and a steady decrease in the county’s overall population.

Russell recently launched an online service through the Facebook social media platform as a common reference point for the campaign. She is working with the county commissioners on a long-term strategy — to be formalized in the comprehensive plan — with a goal of achieving some of the objectives by a target date of 2025.

While less than a week old, the Facebook page has been growing. One post reached more than 2,000 people in less than 24 hours.

“Social media has become a huge part of our lives,” Russell said. “The idea was to capitalize on that and try to reach different citizens for their opinions, input and suggestions.”

“We would like to see more public engagement and try to get residents more involved in their community,” she continued. “The ultimate goal is to meet mold our county’s future, and who best to help us lead and develop that path than those who will actually be affected?”

The Facebook page features information on community activities, best practices in rural community development, and other features. It will be complemented by additional content on the Community Development Department’s website at pottercountypa.net.

PA State Police Troop F – Mansfield are continuing to investigate  a Burglary/Theft of Firearms at a seasonal camp located at 212 Mitchell Creek Rd. in Tioga Twp, Tioga County between a span of dates of September and October 2018.   Unknown actor(s) attempted to gain entrance to the front door of Victim 1’s camp by using a prying tool. The actor(s) were unsuccessful. The actor(s) then forced open the basement door, damaging the door frame. Once inside, the actor(s) stole a crossbow in a case, three game cameras, hunting accessories/clothing and a large gun safe containing several firearms. The actor(s) then fled the scene. Unique guns stolen include:  Browning A-Bolt 30-06, Smith Corona Mod 03A3 30-06, British Enfield Jungle Carbine 303, Remington Mod 591 15mm, marlin Mod 925 .22, Winchester NRA Commerative Mod 70 30-06, Ruger Mod M77 30-06, Winchester Youth .22, Benelli Super Black Eagle 12 Ga, Model Remington Mod 1187 12ga, Ithaca Model 37 12 Ga, and a Parker Hornet Crossbow. The Gun Safe was a Green in color Stack-On Safe. Any persons with information regarding this are asked to contact the Mansfield Station at 570-662-2151 and speak with Cpl. Sweet or you can call the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers if you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call the Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477).  All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.

Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®: https://www.crimewatchpa.com/crimestoppers/316/cases/burglarytheft-firearms-tioga-twp-tioga-county-help-us-solve-crime

                                                                                Obituary

Leonard R. “Lenny” Johnston, 65, of Eldred, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born on Friday, November 13, 1953 in New Brighton, he was a son of Richard H. and Rose Ann Marie Carvelli Johnston.

Lenny attended school in Beaver Falls.  He was a house painter and was very passionate about his work.  He was an ordained minister who had a great faith in the Lord.

Surviving are his mother of Beaver Falls; a sister, Kathleen M. Johnston of Beaver Falls; several nieces and nephews; and many friends in Eldred, including a dear friend, Michele Johnston.

In keeping with Lenny’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Lenny, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

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