Tuesday January 7, 2020

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 41; overnight low, 16





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FFA degrees presented at Farm Show…..Causer is  hosting an ag informational meeting tomorrow at the Farm Show…A suspect is facing criminal charges after dumping excavator on Tioga County road…One passenger slightly hurt when SUV travels backward down an embankment into a creek…..Hit and run drivers being sought in Tioga and McKean Counties….

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Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera celebrated agricultural education during the state FFA’s Mid-Winter Convention Monday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show,  with more than 5,000 FFA members and guests.

“As a former FFA student, I know firsthand the transformative power of the blue corduroy jacket,” Secretary Redding said. “The opportunities provided to me through the FFA, and in the show ring, are what framed who I am and being Secretary of Agriculture today.”

The Mid-Winter Convention recognized the academic, leadership and field-based experiences of 405 Keystone Degree recipients, the highest honor earned at the state level. In addition, the Pennsylvania FFA Alumni Association awarded 420 first-year members their own official FFA jacket after completing a competitive application process.

Over the next ten years, Pennsylvania agriculture will need 75,000 new pairs of hands to feed the community and the world. The youth gathered at the show today, and those throughout the commonwealth, are the future of the industry. In recognition of this looming workforce deficit and need for more opportunities like those available through the Pennsylvania FFA, Governor Tom Wolf included investments in agriculture education in his first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill signed in July 2019. Earlier this week, $500,000 in Ag and Youth Grants was announced to provide improved access to hands-on agriculture education experiences.

The Pennsylvania FFA Association helps students develop their potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Pennsylvania is home to nearly 13,000 members. For more information, visit http://www.paffa.org/Opens In A New Window.

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs January 4 – 11, 2020. Admission is free and parking is $15 in Farm Show lots. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessible from Interstates 81 and 83.

Rep.Martin Causer says, “as chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, I look forward to the opportunity to talk with industry leaders from across the state. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, the committee will hold an informational meeting with representatives from statewide agriculture advocacy organizations, including the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, PennAg Industries, Pennsylvania State Grange and Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture. The meeting begins at 9 a.m. and, barring technical difficulties, will be streamed live at  RepCauser.com.”

The theme of this year’s Farm Show is “Imagine the Opportunities,” which is designed to encourage all Pennsylvanians to learn more about how they can be a part of this diverse and promising industry.

Admission to the show is free, but parking is $15 per vehicle. Shuttle service is provided.

For all the latest news about the Farm Show, follow it on Facebook or visit  farmshow.pa.gov.

A known suspect is facing charges concerning a crash taking place a few minutes before 5:00am December 16 in Shippen Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, the suspect was towing a trailer holding  an excavator with his 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The towed unit began swaying due to being overloaded and after about 100 yards, laid down on its side. The driver left the scene but was interviewed a few hours later and police claim he seemed to be under the influence of drugs. However, he did not admit to using illegal drugs and denied any knowledge of the crash even though security footage which was obtained later in the day, showed the suspect towing the abandoned units and traveling west on Route 6 for about 100 yards. Authorities say no citations were issued due to criminal charges being filed.

Minor injuries were reported for one teenage passenger following a one-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon in Charleston Township, Tioga County. Troopers report Shana Bost of Knoxville lost control of her Chevrolet Trail Blazer while traveling north on Catlin Hollow Road Saturday afternoon when she overcorreced after it went off the east side of the road. The SUV spun around counterclockwise, and spun around before traveling backwards down an embankment into a creek. Bost and two passengers, an 11 year old boy and a 16 year old boy were not hurt but a second 16 year old was taken Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

A 16 year old Elkland  girl and her passenger escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Monday morning in Lawrence Township, Tioga County. The teen’s Mercury Milan became disabled after it  spun off the road and struck a guardrail. Both the driver and her 17 year old female passenger were using seatbelts but the driver was cited for speeding.

A hit and run driver whose vehicle sideswiped another in Sullivan Township, Tioga County last Thursday night is being sought by troopers at the Mansfield barracks. The unknown unit, while traveling east on Old Mill Road near Route 6, failed to yield half of the road to a Dodge Ram driven by 18 year old Daniel Fuller of Mansfield. The offending vehicle crossed into the oncoming lane and hit the pickup. The driver continued on without stopping to provide required information. Fuller and his passenger, 18 year old Kelsey Gesford of Wellsboro were not hurt. Anyone who has information about the 10:30 pm incident is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

Troopers at Lewis Run are also looking for a  hit and run vehicle which collided with a tree off of the Turkey Track Road in Hamlin Township Sunday night. The driver of a 2013 Subaru Impreza left the scene before police arrived.