Tuesday April 17, 2018

 

 

 

Monday’s high, 44; Overnight low, 29;.64” rain + .125” of snow

TUE-ISOLATED SNOW SHOWERS, MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH MID 30s

TUE NIGHT-OVERCAST, LOW UPPER 20s

WED-MIX OF CLOUDS & SUN, HIGH UPPER 40s-LOW 50s

WED NIGHT-SHOWERS LOW TO MID 40s

THU-SUN RETURNS, HIGH MID 40s

FRI-HIGH 53

 

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There is some good news coming out of Harrisburg, finally PennDOT has  announced that traffic deaths in Pennsylvania reached a new low in 2017, dropping to 1,137,   the lowest since record keeping began in 1928, and 51 less than 2016.

While the number of highway deaths dropped in many types of crashes, there were significant decreases noted in impaired driver, pedestrian, and unrestrained fatalities. Fatalities in impaired driver crashes dropped from 341 in 2016 to 246 in 2017. Unrestrained fatalities also decreased from 408 in 2016 to 378 last year. There were 150 pedestrian deaths in crashes in 2017 compared to 172 in 2016.

Aside from the year-to- year decline, longer term trends also continue to decrease. For example, compared to 2013, there were 71 fewer total traffic deaths, 203 fewer deaths in crashes involving impaired drivers, and 47 fewer unrestrained deaths.

There were some types of crashes which saw fatality increases in 2017. There were 153 fatalities that occurred in crashes involving drivers aged 75 years or older, up from 132 in 2016. Also, fatalities in red-light running crashes increased to 35 from 28 in 2016. Finally, fatalities in work zone crashes increased from 16 to 19.

The department also recently unveiled additional enhancements to its Pennsylvania Crash Information Tool (PCIT) website, www.dotcrashinfo.pa.gov which uses reportable crash data from law enforcement to assist in reviewing this data. Users can now select a geographic location using a map by using a drawing feature that helps select a specific geographic area, like a public neighborhood, school or other geographic area, so that the map displays the reportable crashes for the selected location.

In addition, from 2013 to 2017, PennDOT has invested more than $395 million in Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds on 458 unique safety projects. During that same timeframe, another $50 million was invested in low-cost safety improvements at approximately 3,600 locations. Examples of low-cost safety countermeasures include centerline and edge-line rumble strips, and signing and pavement markings. PennDOT also invests about $20 million annually in federal grant funds for safety education and enforcement efforts statewide.

More information on highway safety and PennDOT’s safety initiatives is available at www.penndot.gov/safety.

Potter County announces  the launch of thenew CodeRED community notification system to send important alerts and time-sensitive messages to staff members and residents. Along with emergency and critical messages, the CodeRED notification system can also enhance our community engagement via the release of important emergency.

Potter County chose CodeRED for its innovative features, user-friendly platform, and wide spread adoption rates across the country,” said County Emergency Management Coordinator Glenn Dunn. “Their company-owned redundant data centers help ensure our data is safe and that messages are delivered quickly to thousands of individuals within minutes. We’re excited to expand our communication channels with residents to include text, phone, email and social media platforms, from anywhere, providing the information they need-to-know to make better informed decisions.”

Registration for this notification service is customized, allowing residents to choose which alerts they’d like to sign up for and their preferred manner of receipt. Residents can select several different methods including landline, cell phone, email, text message, TTY, or even a combination. These alerts can be specific to streets, neighborhoods or regions, so individuals within affected areas are sure to receive this valuable information.

The benefits of using CodeRED don’t just pertain to our residents, as staff members will also use the system to communicate emergency information with one another. This will help us ensure our emergency response and daily operations are even more efficient.

Additionally, residents and visitors alike can keep track of alerts in our County with the CodeRED Mobile App, which notifies smartphone holders of real-time alerts in the area. Similar to the online registration, users choose which notifications they’d like to receive via the app. Authorized County personnel will have access to the CodeRED Launcher – an app that allows authorized public safety officials to create and send messages on the go from any smartphone or tablet within seconds, without requiring a computer.

All residents are encouraged to visit the Potter County website at www.pottercounty pa.net to sign up for CodeRED and immediately start receiving these informative, life-saving alerts. Once connected to the County website, choose Emergency Services under the Departments tab and scroll down and click on the CodeRED box.

For more information on the CodeRED notification system or registration, please contact Potter County EMC Glenn Dunn at 814-274-8900 Ext#501

Construction for a Route 346 (Derrick Road) bridge in McKean County has been postponed.  The bridge spans Foster Brook in Foster Township according to PennDot.Replacement work was previously scheduled to begin the week of April 9.   Construction is now expected to begin the week of May 1 and be complete in October. During this time, an alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.

A Williamsport man has been arrested for disorderly conduct and creating a hazardous condition in Mansfield. State police in that twon report 36 year old Scott Hoover committed the crime against 32 year old Brittany Garrison of Pittsburgh while they were on Main Street at around 1:30 Sunday moring.

Troopers at the Kane barracks have charged 20 year old Cameron Abbey of Smethport for burglarizing a home on Route 446 in Keating TWonship between 12:00 am and 5:30 pm Sunday. Authorities claim Abbey went into the home of a 27 yer old woman and stole a number of items including a 42: TV, an Xbox 1, camera , lamp and chain saw. Following apprehension and arraignment, Abbey was committed to the McKean  County Jail awaiting further court action.

Minor injuries were reported for a Mansfield woman whose car hydroplaned on Bailey Creek Road at around 7:45 am Monday. State police explained Heather Tice was going north on the water covered road when she braked to miss a deer. The 2015 Chevrolet Sonic slid off the road and hit a tree before stopping Tice was taken by ambulance to Arnot Medical Center and was cited for speeding.

State police there have charged 21 year old Lindsey Harper of Wellsboro for failing to notify authorities about a crash with property damage. Cops allege Harper was driving an Hyundai Elantra on Annas Road in Delmar Township late Friday night when the SUV skidded for about 150feet before sliding down an embankment where the right side came to rest against a tree. Harper reportedly left the scene after the 11:30 pm collision.

Obituaries

Mary Jane Snyder, 87, of Smethport, passed away Friday (April 13, 2018) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.She was born July 27, 1930 in Clermont, PA, a daughter of Willard E. and Mary M. Rice Rounsville, Sr. On August 1, 1948, in Smethport, she married Walter B. Snyder, who died May 19, 2004.

Mrs. Snyder attended Clermont schools and had worked in housekeeping at the Hamlin Bank for many years. She also worked at Lakeview Sr. Care & Living Center in Smethport and was co-owner of the Cyclone Service Station.

She was a member of United Methodist Church of Smethport. Mary Jane was a home-body and loved to watch Westerns on television.She is survived by:two daughters: Audrey Irons of Gifford and Mary Brown of St. Petersburg, FL one son: John Snyder of Smethport. four granddaughters and two grandsons,.two great granddaughters and five great grandsons,two great-great granddaughters,one sister: Virginia Canfield of Smethport,one brother: Richard C. Rounsville of Smethport, and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.

Visitation was held on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral and committal services were held on Tuesday at 11 A.M. with the Rev. Rob Hernan, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Smethport, officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.

Memorials may be made to United Methodist Church of Smethport, Church and King St., Smethport, PA 16749. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Janet L. Barmer, 84, formerly of formerly of Duke Center and Eldred, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2018, at The Pavilion at BRMC.Born April 8, 1934 in Duke Center, she was a daughter of the late Burrell Leslie and Martha Elizabeth (Stewart) Fox.Janet married Rotha R. Barmer who died on November 7, 1992.She was a self-employed private duty home healthcare worker at for many families in the Duke Center and Eldred area. She also helped raise many children in the Duke Center area.Janet loved to crochet, and spent many hours making lap robes, for people in the nursing homes, and baby blankets and bonets for the maternity ward. She also enjoyed to garden and cook for her friends.Surviving are three daughters, Shelly (Bob) Wheeler, of Smethport, Sherry (Steven) Sadowski, of WI, and Debbie Barmer, of Duke Center, one son, Robert (Kelly) Barmer, of Lewis Run, four grandchildren, Dustin Krott, Cody Krott, Nathan Krott, and Allison Krott, one sister, Patricia (George) Pascarella, of Bradford, one nephew and three nieces. he was preceded in death by her parents, husband and two sisters in infancy.Services are private at the convenience of family at Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to Pavilion & BRMC.  Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

 

 

Monday April 16, 2018

 

Photos by Gerri Miller

David Castano (l) Potter County Historian Audience fascinated by Castano’s presentation

At the Roulette Township Library Fundraiser, Saturday April 14 @ Riverside UMC Church

Sunday’s high, 42; Overnight low, 38; 1.50” rain

MON-RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES,HIGH  43

MON NIGHT-RAIN TAPERING TO SNOW SHOWERS, LOW 32

TUE-AM SNOW SHOWERS, HIGH 35

TUE NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 30

WED-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 45

WED NIGHT-RAIN RETURNS, LOW 40

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State police at Ridgway are investigating the reported rape of an Elk County boy two times over the past decade…Coudersport man swindled out of $1,000 over internet…..Cyber thief steals $100 f rom McKean County woman….DuBois Teen driver hurt in Elk Country crash after trying to pass another vehicle….DUI charges pending against Ridgway motorist whose SUV wrecked late Saturday in Horton Township…St. Marys teen facing charges of DUI and underage drinking…Driftwood woman suspected of DUI after leaving scene of crash Saturday evening….Kane police allege Bradford driver had pot and drug paraphernalia in his car when they stopped him Saturday afternoon in the city….. Ridgway based state police are continuing to investigate reports that a Ridgway boy was raped at least on two occasions since 2007 while he was 12-17 years old.

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Ridgway based state police are continuing to investigate reports that a Ridgway boy was raped at least on two occasions since 2007 while he was 12-17 years old.

Obituaries: Terry Perkins, Coudersport & Juanita Bump, Shibnglehosue

A Coudersport man was bilked out of $1,000 by an internet scam in early March. Troopers explained 63 year old Steven Swords supplied five $200  EBaygift cards while shopping on line for a vehicle.

An unknown cyber criminal talked a Keating Township woman out  of $100 Sunday afternoon. The crook pretended to be a friend of the 27 year old McKean County  and asked her to purchase an iTunes gift card as a favor and said he would pay her back later.

Minor injuries were reported for a DuBois teenager whose compact car wrecked on the Bennetts Valley Highway Saturday evening. William Aughenbaugh, 18, lost control of his Chevrolet HHR when he tried to pass another car while going south. Aughebaugh could not regain control ofhis car and it rolled over several times before stopping. He apparently did not require medical attention.

DUI charges are pending against a Ridgway driver after a one-vehicle crash late Saturday night in Horton Township. According to Ridgway-based state police, David Kennedy’s Ford Explorer went off of Route 219  and collied with a mailbox before traveling through a ditch and residential yard. Kennedy was not  hurt.

A St. Marys teen is also facing DUI charges. Troopers claim when they pulled over 18 year old Travis Weisner on Rasselas Road in Jones Township during the early morning hours, April 1 for summary traffic violations and found he was driving while under the influence of alcohol and being underage. A 15 year old male passenger was also allegedly found to have consumed alcohol.

State police at Emporium claim 56 year old Tina Dunkle was DUI Saturday evening when her Jeep Compass rolled over onto its roof after going off the pavement and into a ditch on Route 555 while headed west. Dunkle reportedly left the scene but was later located and charged for DUI. She as not hurt but was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a blood draw.

Troopers at the Kane Barracks assert 23 year old Kyle Robinson of Bradford was drunk when they pulled him over at the intersection of West Washington Street just east of Hedgehog Lane in the city Saturday afternoon.

Obituaries

Terry L. PERKINS, 66, of Coudersport, PA, died Sunday, April 15, 2018 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born August 11, 1951, in Ulysses, PA, he was the son of Dorr A. “Bud” and Edna M. Empson Perkins.  On May 12, 2006, at Colton Point, Wellsboro, PA, he married the former Diane Housler, who survives.  He was employed as an x-ray technician on pipeline construction for many years.  Surviving besides his wife, Diane, are:  two daughters, Becky (Brian) David of Ashland, PA and Kym (Tim) Rice of Wellsboro, PA;  two step-children, Tiffany (Kevin) Gledhill of Coudersport and Lindsay (Derrick) Lathrop of Little Elm, TX;    nine grandchildren, Stephanie, Ashley, Hailey, Ashlyn, Sydney, Aaron, Isaac, Anderson, and Rylee;  his father of Westfield, PA;  two brothers, Gary (Teresa) Perkins of Coudersport and Kenneth J. (Tammy) Perkins of Ulysses;  a sister, Carla Baumgarner of Wellsboro;  nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his mother;  and a sister-in-law, Melody Perkins.  A memorial gathering will be held on a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o UPMC Cole, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Juanita P. Bump, 91, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Wellsville Manor, Wellsville, N.Y., after a lengthy illness.Born on November 21, 1926 in Millport, she was a daughter of Fred E. and Alta G. Healy Fuller.  On June 21, 1975 in Lyndonville, N.Y., she married Robert W. “Bob” Bump, who passed away on November 8, 1999.Juanita attended Chrystal Country School and Shinglehouse High School.  She had been employed as the Shinglehouse correspondent by the Potter Leader Enterprise in Coudersport and at the former Jim & Hilda’s Restaurant in Coudersport. Her greatest love was spending time with her family.  She was a very active member of the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse and of the Oswayo Valley Historical Society in Shinglehouse.Surviving are a son, Roger N. (Denise “Dee”) Prince of Shinglehouse; a son-in-law, Ronald Good of Wellsville; a sister-in-law, Carol Fuller of Arizona; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Juanita was predeceased by two daughters, Bonnie L. Shall and Marcia Good; two sons, Ronald H. Prince and Chad A. Prince; a son-in-law, Gregory Shall; a grandson, Luke Shall; a great-granddaughter, Margaret Therese Wargo; and four brothers, Victor P. Fuller, Leon W. Fuller, Dean Fuller and Kenneth Fuller.In keeping with Juanita’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.  Private burial services will be held in the Chrystal Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Pastor Fred Kemp of the Potter County Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, PO Box 671, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to the Oswayo Valley Historical Society, PO Box 603, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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

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

 

Obituaries: Terry Perkins, Coudersport & Juanita Bump, Shibnglehosue

A Coudersport man was bilked out of $1,000 by an internet scam in early March. Troopers explained 63 year old Steven Swords supplied five $200  EBaygift cards while shopping on line for a vehicle.

An unknown cyber criminal talked a Keating Township woman out  of $100 Sunday afternoon. The crook pretended to be a friend of the 27 year old McKean County  and asked her to purchase an iTunes gift card as a favor and said he would pay her back later.

Minor injuries were reported for a DuBois teenager whose compact car wrecked on the Bennetts Valley Highway Saturday evening. William Aughenbaugh, 18, lost control of his Chevrolet HHR when he tried to pass another car while going south. Aughebaugh could not regain control ofhis car and it rolled over several times before stopping. He apparently did not require medical attention.

DUI charges are pending against a Ridgway driver after a one-vehicle crash late Saturday night in Horton Township. According to Ridgway-based state police, David Kennedy’s Ford Explorer went off of Route 219  and collied with a mailbox before traveling through a ditch and residential yard. Kennedy was not  hurt.

A St. Marys teen is also facing DUI charges. Troopers claim when they pulled over 18 year old Travis Weisner on Rasselas Road in Jones Township during the early morning hours, April 1 for summary traffic violations and found he was driving while under the influence of alcohol and being underage. A 15 year old male passenger was also allegedly found to have consumed alcohol.

State police at Emporium claim 56 year old Tina Dunkle was DUI Saturday evening when her Jeep Compass rolled over onto its roof after going off the pavement and into a ditch on Route 555 while headed west. Dunkle reportedly left the scene but was later located and charged for DUI. She as not hurt but was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a blood draw.

Troopers at the Kane Barracks assert 23 year old Kyle Robinson of Bradford was drunk when they pulled him over at the intersection of West Washington Street just east of Hedgehog Lane in the city Saturday afternoon.

Obituaries

Terry L. PERKINS, 66, of Coudersport, PA, died Sunday, April 15, 2018 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born August 11, 1951, in Ulysses, PA, he was the son of Dorr A. “Bud” and Edna M. Empson Perkins.  On May 12, 2006, at Colton Point, Wellsboro, PA, he married the former Diane Housler, who survives.  He was employed as an x-ray technician on pipeline construction for many years.  Surviving besides his wife, Diane, are:  two daughters, Becky (Brian) David of Ashland, PA and Kym (Tim) Rice of Wellsboro, PA;  two step-children, Tiffany (Kevin) Gledhill of Coudersport and Lindsay (Derrick) Lathrop of Little Elm, TX;    nine grandchildren, Stephanie, Ashley, Hailey, Ashlyn, Sydney, Aaron, Isaac, Anderson, and Rylee;  his father of Westfield, PA;  two brothers, Gary (Teresa) Perkins of Coudersport and Kenneth J. (Tammy) Perkins of Ulysses;  a sister, Carla Baumgarner of Wellsboro;  nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was predeceased by his mother;  and a sister-in-law, Melody Perkins.  A memorial gathering will be held on a later date.  Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o UPMC Cole, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Juanita P. Bump, 91, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Wellsville Manor, Wellsville, N.Y., after a lengthy illness.Born on November 21, 1926 in Millport, she was a daughter of Fred E. and Alta G. Healy Fuller.  On June 21, 1975 in Lyndonville, N.Y., she married Robert W. “Bob” Bump, who passed away on November 8, 1999.Juanita attended Chrystal Country School and Shinglehouse High School.  She had been employed as the Shinglehouse correspondent by the Potter Leader Enterprise in Coudersport and at the former Jim & Hilda’s Restaurant in Coudersport. Her greatest love was spending time with her family.  She was a very active member of the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse and of the Oswayo Valley Historical Society in Shinglehouse.Surviving are a son, Roger N. (Denise “Dee”) Prince of Shinglehouse; a son-in-law, Ronald Good of Wellsville; a sister-in-law, Carol Fuller of Arizona; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Juanita was predeceased by two daughters, Bonnie L. Shall and Marcia Good; two sons, Ronald H. Prince and Chad A. Prince; a son-in-law, Gregory Shall; a grandson, Luke Shall; a great-granddaughter, Margaret Therese Wargo; and four brothers, Victor P. Fuller, Leon W. Fuller, Dean Fuller and Kenneth Fuller.In keeping with Juanita’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.  Private burial services will be held in the Chrystal Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Pastor Fred Kemp of the Potter County Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, PO Box 671, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to the Oswayo Valley Historical Society, PO Box 603, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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

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

 

Friday April 13, 2018

                           

Photo submitted by PA Game Commission

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                                   Thursday’s high. 63; Overnight low, 41; no precipitation

FRI-MOSTLY SUNNY,  HIGH 75

FRI NIGHT-LOW  57

SAT-CLOUDS GATHER,  HIGH 71

SAT NIGHT-RAIN LOW,  46

SUN-MOSTLY CLOUDY, SCATTERED SHOWERS,HIGH 62

SUN NIGHT-LOW 57

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PA Trout season opens Saturday…Game Commission is selling bluebird boxes….Road rage incident investigated by Mansfield state police….Eldred man accused of violating PFA…..Roulette man charged with DUI and unauthorized use of vehicle and family member charged with harassment…

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Pennsylvania’s state wide trout season opens Saturday at TIME: 8 a.m. The season will become 24/7 after  tomorrow’s opener.

MINIMUM SIZE: Seven (7) inches

CREEL LIMITS:

Regular season (opening day thru Labor Day)

5 (combined species)

Extended season (Jan. 1-Feb. 28/29) & (day after Labor Day-Dec. 31)

3 (combined species)

Creel limits apply to the majority of trout fishing waters. Other rules apply for Special Regulation Areas. Anglers should consult the Summary of PA Fishing Laws and Regulations, distributed free with their licenses, for more details.

FISHING LICENSES

License categories and pricing

In addition to a fishing license, trout anglers 16 and older must posses a Trout/Salmon Permit (or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit) to fish for trout.

A Lake Erie Permit (or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit) is also needed to fish for trout, salmon and steelhead in Lake Erie and its tributaries.

Licenses must be signed in ink and displayed on an outer garment. Anglers must also be able to provide positive proof of identification (other than the fishing license) upon request of a Waterways Conservation Officer.

License Fees – 2018 licenses and permits are valid December 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018 (except 1, 3 and 7-day licenses) and are available beginning Dec. 1, 2017 at issuing agents statewide and online through the The Outdoor Shop.

Multi-Year Licenses – 3-Year, 5-Year and 10-Year licenses. Visit The Outdoor Shop to purchase. Convenience—Savings—Rewards with each purchase.

Licenses can be purchased at anytime from a variety of dealers. More information is available on the Fish and Boat Commission’s website and there is also a “Frequently Asked Questions “(FAQ) page to find out more about fishing licenses.

More than 4.4 million trout were released into Commonmwealth waters this spring.

Water   Number               Brook    Brown   Rainbow              Total

472,670 641,850 2,044,880               4,401,327

The Fish and Boat Commission says stocked  rivers and creeks in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area with the best fishing   include:

Allegheny River

First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek

Kettle Creek

Kinzua Creek

Pine Creek

Some of the best fishing for Wild trout is on EAST BRANCH TUNUNGWANT CREEK

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery wants to help you “spring” into the season and connect with wildlife in your backyard.

Another sign of spring is that  Bluebird nesting boxes built by staff at Howard Nursery  are now available for sale at the nursery office, as well as the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters, region offices, and the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. Nesting-box kits also are available.

Nursery staff build bluebird and other nesting boxes during the winter for annual sales to the public. A single box sells for $11.66, including sales tax. When purchasing two or more boxes, the cost is $10.60 each, including sales tax. Customers can select pre-built boxes or choose kits that can be assembled as a wood-working project. The kits provide a great opportunity for Scout troops, summer camps and other conservation groups to get involved with helping wildlife. Special pricing is available for organized educational activities. Call the Howard Nursery or region offices for details.

A brochure of the Game Commission’s bluebird nesting boxes and other wildlife structures is available online by navigating to the Howard Nursery page at www.pgc.pa.gov. Place your cursor on the “Information & Resources” tab at the top of the homepage, then click “Get Involved,” and select “Howard Nursery” to find the “2018 Wildlife Homes Order Form.”(PDF)

The Game Commission’s Howard Nursery has been manufacturing bluebird nesting boxes and box kits for more than 30 years. Each year, the nursery produces an average of 4,000 bluebird boxes and 10,000 kits. In addition to being sold to groups and individuals, they are also available to cooperators in the Game Commission’s Hunter Access Program.

The nesting boxes constructed at the Howard Nursery are approved by wildlife biologists, and have been proven to attract bluebirds and other native species, such as tree swallows and house wrens. Bluebirds are beautiful songbirds native to Pennsylvania. They are cavity nesters that became less common because of a lack of suitable nest sites. Many nest sites have been lost through changing land-use practices, as well as urban and suburban sprawl. The decline in bluebird numbers is also due in part to non-native species, such as starlings and house sparrows, taking over bluebird nesting cavities.

Bluebirds are early nesters, and according to Game Commission biologists, now is the time to place new nest boxes, as well as to clean and repair existing boxes.

Mansfield based state policed are investigating a case of road rage taking place at about 11:15 am last Thursday April 5 in Lawrence township. Donald Bettilyon of Millerton was at the intersection of Route 328 and 287 when a red two door Pontiac GTO pulled alongside his vehicle and an occupant pointed a handgun at him threatening to kill him. Anyone with information about the incident or the vehicle is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

A Roulette woman  has been arrested for harassment and a family member has been charged for DUI after an incident on River Street in Roulette on the afternoon of March 11. State police at Coudersport last night released details about the month old incident claiming a 2016 Kia Optima owned by 56 year old Rhonda  was taken without permission  by 30  year old Kevin Butler. The car  was involved in a hit and run and a relative tracked Butler down  and who appeared to be intoxicated. The two became involved in a scuffle and  upon further investigation troopers arrested Kevin Butler for DUI and unauthorized use of a vehicle 27 year old Kacie Butler for harassment.

An Eldred man has been arrested for violating a Protection from Abuse order late last night. Kane based state police allege  37 year old Justin Safford contacted 39 year old Amanda Taylor of Smethport through a third party in violation of a standing PFA.

Troopers in Coudersport report  when they investigated a claim of a Megan’s Law violation at 4309 Route 49 West in Harrison Township early Monday morning, they determined the accusation was unfounded and no charges would be filed.

A sleepy Ulysses driver escaped injury when he nodded off at the wheel of his For F150 early Monday morning on Route  6 in Coudersport borough. State police explained 33 year old Jeffrey Crum was going east when he fell asleep causing his truck to fail to make a right hand curve. Go off the pavement and collide with a guard rail and numerous traffic signs. The pick up skidded for about 90 feet before hit the guardrail again with the front bumper. It spun around coming to rest with the rear end on the guard rail. Crum allegedly fled the scene but was later located and reportedly confessed to driving the truck at the time of the collision and was cited with numerous traffic violations.

A hit and run in Oswayo Township is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. An  unknown westbound vehicle  went off of the Eleven Mile Road just west of Big Hollow Road in Oswayo Township early Sunday morning and hit a mailbox. The driver left the scene without reporting damage to the property owner or police.

State police at Coudersport have arrested 37 year old Adelbert Lockwood of Roulette on drug charges. Authorities say when they stopped Lockwood at the intersection of Kim Hill Road and Pomeroy Streeton the night of April 2, for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, they found he was driving under the influence of a controlled substance and was in possession of drug paraphernalia,

DUI charges have been filed against 46 year old Gary Jones of Lawrencevill e after he was pulled over for a traffic violation on N. Main Street in Tioga Borough during the early morning hours on March 4.

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