Tuesday November 26, 2019



Monday’s high, 40; OVERNIGHT LOW, 24








Game Commission is pleased with early bear harvest results….Bridge to be named for Shinglehouse area WWII hero……Port Allegany woman falls asleep at the wheel…..Police look for hit and run vehicle…..

Bear hunters started Pennsylvania’s statewide four-day black bear season last Saturday with good weather and a preliminary harvest of 1,015 blacks bears, according to the Game Commission. Over the past two years, bear hunters have had some bad luck with weather, which has held down the harvest in Pennsylvania and helped maintain a bear population of around 20,000.Although the 2019 opening-day harvest is lower than last year’s – 1,241 bears, it raises the total Pennsylvania bear harvest to 2,886 when combined with a slate of earlier bear seasons including muzzleloader, special-firearms and archery. The 2017 general bear season opener produced a preliminary harvest of 659; which became one of the lowest on record for a four-day season.Pennsylvania’s best opening day preliminary harvest occurred in 2011 when 1,936 bears were taken. The state record bear harvest also occurred in 2011 when 4,350 bears were taken. Currently, Pennsylvania is on a pace that could exceed that record.For perspective, the 2018 bear harvest came in at 3,153 bears, 11th-best all-time.Other previous first-day statewide bear harvest totals were 1,297 in 2016; 1,508 in 2015; 1,623 in 2014; 1,320 in 2013; 1,320 in 2012; 1,936 in 2011; and 1,751 in 2010.Bears have been harvested in 50 counties on the statewide general season opener.The top 10 bears processed at check stations by Monday were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 491 pounds or more. All were taken on the opening day.The largest of those bears – a male estimated at 813 pounds – was taken in Smithfield Township, Monroe County, by Victor M. Vassalluzzo, of Kintnerville. He took it with a rifle at 7:15 a.m.The second largest bear was a 747-pound male taken by J. Kripp Jr., of Mountaintop. Harvested in Wright Township, Luzerne County, at 7 a.m., the bear was taken with a rifle.

Other large bears taken in the season’s opening day – all taken with a rifle – include: a 623-pound male taken in Beech Creek Township, Clinton County, by Mikael J. Catanese, of Sewickley; a 620-pound male taken in Miles Township, Centre County, by Reuben Kennel, of Turbotville; a 604-pound male taken in Gallagher Township, Clinton County, Steven Z. Rohrbach, of Lock Haven; a 593-pound male taken in Genesee Township, Potter County, by Timothy J. Peskie, of Uniontown; a 526-pound male taken in Cromwell Township, Huntingdon County, by Matthew R. Miller, New Oxford; a 510-pound male taken in Oswayo Township, Potter County, by Donald Z. Detwiler, of Telford; a 506-pound male taken in West Buffalo Township, Union County, by Allen S. Weaver, of Lewisburg; and a 491-pound male taken in Benezette Township, Elk County, by Mark L. Brennen, of St. Marys.

The preliminary first-day bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 9 (15 in 2018); WMU 1B, 27 (68); WMU 2A, 2 (5); WMU 2C, 46 (85); WMU 2D, 66 (83); WMU 2E, 24 (46); WMU 2F, 121 (120); WMU 2G, 194 (208); WMU 2H, 39 (46); WMU 3A, 65 (67); WMU 3B, 90 (71); WMU 3C, 32 (29); WMU 3D, 113 (90); WMU 4A, 55 (94); WMU 4B, 25 (44); WMU 4C, 34 (58); WMU 4D, 65 (77); WMU 4E, 7 (32); and WMU 5A, 1 (3).


The top bear-hunting county in the state on the first day of the season was Tioga County, with 76. It was followed by Lycoming County with 64.

Opening-day harvests by county and region are:

Northwest (158): Warren, 46 (32); Venango, 24 (52); Clarion, 22 (24); Jefferson, 18 (46); Forest, 17 (30); Butler, 15 (10); Crawford, 11 (29); Mercer, 4 (11); and Erie, 1 (11).

Southwest (80): Somerset, 24 (39); Armstrong, 19 (19); Indiana, 16 (23); Fayette, 10 (29); Cambria, 7 (13); and Westmoreland, 4 (5).

Northcentral (420): Tioga, 76 (53); Lycoming, 63 (50); Potter, 60 (36); Clinton, 54 (75); Elk, 40 (25); McKean, 40 (32); Clearfield, 34 (56); Centre, 21 (31); Cameron, 19 (45); and Union, 13 (8).

Southcentral (112): Huntingdon, 35 (64); Bedford, 22 (39); Fulton, 12 (28); Perry, 12 (11); Blair, 11 (11); Juniata, 8 (14); Mifflin, 5 (6); Franklin, 4 (12); Cumberland, 2 (1); Adams, 1 (3); and Snyder, 0 (3).

Northeast (222): Pike, 40 (26); Monroe, 34 (32); Luzerne, 26 (32); Wayne, 23 (24); Bradford, 19 (26); Sullivan, 19 (15); Susquehanna, 18 (5); Wyoming, 15 (22); Carbon, 11 (12); Lackawanna, 10 (8); Columbia, 7 (10); and Northumberland, 0 (9).

Southeast (23): Dauphin, 11 (24); Schuylkill, 8 (12); Berks, 3 (1); Lebanon, 1 (4); and Lehigh, 0 (3).

A Potter County bridge will be named in honor of a local World War II veteran under legislation introduced by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) and now awaiting the governor’s signature.

The bill would designate the bridge on State Route 4021 over the Honeoye Creek in Sharon Township the Tec 5 C. Virgil Voorhees Memorial Bridge. Voorhees grew up in a home on Honeoye Road just outside of Shinglehouse.Voorhees served as a driver and radioman for the first platoon headquarters of Battery A, 155th Airborne Anti-Aircraft Battalion, United States Army. On March 24, 1945, he was killed instantly by enemy artillery fire as he was driving his jeep across open terrain in Germany.

Causer introduced House Bill 1754 to name the bridge at the request of Voorhees’ family and with the support of local officials and Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530. The bill was then amended into House Bill 1547, which is now awaiting the governor’s approval to become law.

A Port Allegany woman was slightly hurt in a one-vehicle accident early last Thursday morning in Liberty Township, McKean County. State police at Lewis Run say Michelle Crouse was going south on Route 155 near the intersection with Route 155 at around 2:30 am when she fell asleep at the wheel of her 2017 Chevrolet Cruze. The car drifted off the road and into a ditch where it stopped after hitting a concrete culvert. Crouse refused treatment after being checked over by EMS personnel.

Troopers at Lewis Run are also looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a parked vehicle in Kane between 9:pm Saturday and 5:30 am Sunday. An unknown unit went off of Dawson Street near Sedgwick Street and hit a parked vehicle causing damage to the front bumper and side mirror. The driver left the scene before police arrived. The offending vehicle is believed to be a larger white truck or SUV and would have damage on the passenger side bumper and mirror. Anyone who can identify the vehicle  is asked to call state police at 814.368.9230.