Thursday March 12, 2020

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More virus cases in  PA…State youth archery tournament cancelled….Owlet introduces bills to help youth…Mansfield driver and child passenger unhurt in accident….Butler motorist arrested in McKean County on drug charges….

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Obituary: Roger Hurt, Coudersport

The Pennsylvania Department the Pennsylvania Department of Health updated the corona virus information yesterday with one new presumptive positive of bringing the statewide total to 16. One adult from montgomery county that brings a statewide total of 16 cases 14 of the cases are presumptive positive and two cases. The Delaware County and Wayne County cases have been confirmed by the CDC. The State Health Secretary Dr. Levine also mentioned department awareness of an adult from another state who tested presumptive positive and is hospitalized. inmontgomery county. That person is not a Pennsylvania resident and so is not counted in the state’s totals. Beginning with yesterday’s briefing the Department announced additional data on number of people identified for testing and other cumulative test results. Dr. Levine also discuss community spread and community mitigation plans advising that the virus can spread and communities due to a person to person contact from touching surfaces or from simply being in the environment. mitigation plans can help slow the spread of the virus. By doing things such as limiting large public gatherings allowing for teleworking or tele education, such as some colleges and universities in Pennsylvania and other states are doing and social distancing, meaning staying away from post contact in public spaces after leaving says while we anticipate there will be more Pennsylvanians with the virus in the coming days and weeks, there are several steps that people can take to keep themselves healthy and prevent the spread of the virus. And of course, you’ve heard all of that about washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use alcohol based hand sanitizer. If self and one are not available.cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands, and clean surfaces frequently, such as countertops, light switches, cell phones, and other frequently taught areas and stay home if you’re sick. And until you’re feeling better.

A statewide student archery tournament scheduled to be held Friday, March 13 in State College has been canceled in response to the global coronavirus outbreak.Penn State University today announced that all non-essential campus events would be canceled through April 6.The tournament, which is held annually in the University Park campus’ Multi-Sports Facility, was canceled as a result.The tournament is coordinated by the Game Commission through the National Archery in the Schools Program. More than 1,000 students were registered to take part.The Game Commission in coming weeks will contact participating schools to explore whether rescheduling the tournament is possible.

Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) has introduced two bills aimed at supporting the well-being of Pennsylvania children. One bill is designed to ensure the quality of their education while the other would better support children who are victimized.


“One of the most important responsibilities of our government – and our society – is ensuring the health, safety and quality of life for our children,” Owlett said. “These bills are designed to help us meet those responsibilities.


House Bill 2358 would help ensure cyber charter students are participating in school and not falling behind in their learning by requiring cyber charter schools to regularly report the attendance of each student to their school district of residence.


“Right now, different cyber charters measure attendance in different ways, making any data we have about it inconsistent and unreliable,” Owlett said. “We offer a variety of educational options in the Commonwealth to best meet the varying needs of our students, but we have to make sure our kids are actively attending and participating in their lessons.”


Owlett’s second bill, House Bill 2342, would amend the state’s Tender Years Hearsay Act, which permits the introduction of hearsay statements concerning violent or sexual offenses. Currently, a victim must be age 12 or younger to allow hearsay statements in the case. Owlett’s bill would increase the maximum age to 16.


“While our ultimate goal is always to prevent our children from being victimized, it is important we also have the tools in place to ensure justice is served when crimes are committed against them,” Owlett said. “The Tender Years exception has proven a valuable tool in the effort to seek justice for some of the most heinous crimes committed against our children, and I believe we need to make it available in cases involving older children.”


A fear of testifying is one of the primary reasons many sexual assaults go unreported. Child victims in sexual assault cases who do testify are routinely subjected to long periods of cross examination and are often forced to repeatedly describe the explicit details underlying any assault in front of a jury, the media and the offender. By extending the age from 12 to 16 in the Tender Years Hearsay Act, this legislation will provide additional protections to child victims and will ensure that offenders are brought to justice.


Each bill will be referred to a legislative committee for review.



Mansfield based state police report, a Mansfield driver and her passenger escaped injury in a one vehicle accident occurring on Catlin Hollow road. Tuesday afternoon, Erica Helmke was traveling south. when her GMC Yukon went off the right side of the road and struck a ditch where it came to rest. She was given a warning for failing to stay in her lane of traffic.

And, Mansfield troopers have charged 22 year old Brandon Schrader of Lawrenceville with DUI after stopping him Main Street in Lawrenceville Borough February 15 at around 12:30am for allegedly committing traffic violations while driving his 2004 Jeep. He is now facing charges in District Court.

State Police  at Lewis run have charged 63 year old Lawrence McCune of Butler, PA with drug possession after stopping him on Route 219 at Fern Lane in Hamlin Township Monday morning just before noon Monday, when they allegedly observed him committing a traffic violation in his 2019 Buick. Police say upon further investigation, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found inside the vehicle.

COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Roger Alan Hurt, 75, of Coudersport, died Saturday (March 7, 2020) following a lengthy illness. A longtime teacher at Austin Area Junior Senior High School, Roger passed away with his family by his side at Paramount Senior Living, in Mars, where he had resided since fall, 2018.


Born April 20, 1944, in Oil City, Roger was a son of Stetson E. and Clara Nellie Bradley Hurt, both now deceased.


He graduated from Oil City High School in 1962 and from Clarion State College in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in education.


“Mr. Hurt,” as he was known by students, staff, teachers and the broader Austin community, taught there for 37 years, spanning the presidencies of Lyndon Johnson to George W. Bush. Roger taught multiple generations of Austin families, inspiring scores of students on to higher learning. He built much of Austin’s social studies department from scratch, creating course topics ranging from anthropology to political science to the Civil War, to name a few. Among his many accomplishments, he founded the school’s National Honor Society chapter and helped to launch its yearbook.


Roger met his late wife Nancy Hurt at AHS, where she taught social studies before going on to work for the Potter County government. Roger and Nancy were married for 27 years, until her death in 2015. Roger’s love for Austin and its residents was boundless, and he continued to support the community well after his retirement in 2003.


At Coudersport Golf Club, Roger was an active member for nearly 50 years, holding numerous leadership positions and introducing his children to the game. He served multiple terms as board president, chaired numerous tournament committees and gave his time and talents to growing the sport and welcoming new club members. In the early 2000s, he helped establish the club’s Heritage Hall – to celebrate its history and honor its most influential figures – of which he later became a member. Roger loved few places more than Coudersport Golf Club.


A resident of Allegany Avenue for five decades, most everyone in Coudersport knew Roger. And if not him, they recognized his dogs, Spike and Jake. Through rain, sleet, snow, hail and heat, Roger walked his dogs around town every morning, afternoon and evening. Local storeowners knew to keep biscuits on hand for whenever Roger and his dogs visited.


An avid college basketball fan, Roger enjoyed attending St. Bonaventure University basketball games with his children, instilling their lifelong love for the game. Later in life, he and Nancy attended regularly with their friends. They rarely missed a home game and faithfully tuned in by television or radio when the Bonnies were on the road. Roger cheered for the Pittsburgh Pirates and, owing to his lifetime love of cars, pulled for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Lions and Michigan State Spartans as well.


Roger cared deeply for his friends and family. Without fail, he attended his children’s sporting events, concerts, and extracurricular activities and supported them all in their endeavors. He was known for his warm greetings on the streets of Coudersport to friends and strangers alike.


Surviving Roger are the five children from his successful blended marriage with Nancy, Drew A. (Stacy) Hurt of Bridgeville, Joel R. (Stephanie) Hurt of Gibsonia, Jennifer (Arthur Smith) Boscia-Smith of Williamsville, N.Y., Benjamin A. Boscia of Ellsworth, Maine and Theodore V. (Amy) Boscia of Ithaca, N.Y. “Grandpa Rog” is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Griffin, 16, Emmett, 14, Charles, 13, Ian, 13, William, 11, Sadie, 10, Alexander, 8, Samuel, 8, Daniel, 7 and Cora, 6; niece, Sally (Alan) Barr; and nephew, Brian (Fae Michelle) Hurt; as well as his beloved dog, Jake.


Friends may call from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday (March 14, 2020) at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at noon. The Rev. Scott Ogden, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport Golf Club, 839 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, PA 16915; the Gerald F. Duffee Sr. Scholarship Fund, CFFT, 104 W. Lockhart St., Sayre, PA 18840; Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915; and The Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.


Roger’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.