Thursday December 21, 2017

Wednesday’s high,45; Overnight low, 25; no precipitation

 THU-MIX OF CLOUDS & SUN, HIGH 33

THU NIGHT-LIGHT SNOW & WINTRY MIX, LOW IN THE MID 20s

FRI-WINTRY MIX THEN ALL RAIN, HIGH 40

SAT-WET, HIGH IN THE LOW 40s

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New on-line tools available for motorists….PA Farm Show just around the corner…..Tenant vandalism investigated near Smethport….Mansfield state police investigate a couple of recent traffic  accidents…..

Obituary: Emmaline, “Bobbie” Perry, Hickox

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Governor Tom Wolf is advising  drivers that more information is now available to them for their holiday and future travels through www.511PA.com, Pennsylvania’s statewide travel information service. Motorists can now see any travel alerts on state roads along a specific route when they

To view travel information tailored to a driver’s specific route, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has added the “Check My Route” tool through which users enter “start” and “end” points and see travel alerts for state roadways along the defined route. During the winter, the tool also shows when each road was last plowed.

511PA also now features images and information from 69 PennDOT Road Weather Information System Sites along major state roadways. Each “Weather Station” shows a photo along with temperature, wind and precipitation information for that specific location.

The Governor also announced that 511PAConnect, a service the administration unveiled a year ago that provides motorists with information during long-term road closures, received another award – the fifth since its implementation. The Intelligent Transportation Society of Pennsylvania named 511PAConnect its 2017 Project of the Year at a ceremony held this month.

“Motorists can visit www.511PA.com to see plow-truck locations and road-plowing data, and check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Today is the first day of winter and that means the Pennsylvania Farm Show is just around the corner.  Those interested in home gardening, preserving their own food and protecting water quality in their region will have an opportunity to learn more about these topics by visiting the Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences exhibit at the Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 6-13 in Harrisburg.

 

Other college-related displays and activities will highlight 4-H youth-development programs offered statewide through Penn State Extension.

 

The College of Agricultural Sciences’ exhibit in the Main Hall will be the site of presentations throughout the week featuring Penn State Extension horticulture and food safety educators, Master Gardeners and Master Watershed Stewards.

 

Master Gardeners and Master Watershed Stewards are volunteers who receive in-depth training from Penn State and, in return, help to educate their local communities, thus amplifying the impact of Penn State Extension’s expertise and programs.

 

Sessions led by food-safety extension educators will cover the basics of home food preservation. A display area will feature free publications on freezing, canning and other topics, and Penn State Extension experts will be on hand to answer visitors’ questions.

 

The full schedule of presentations will be available online at http://agsci.psu.edu/farmshow/events.

 

Visitors at the main Penn State exhibit also will be able to engage with students and advisors from the College of Agricultural Sciences, who will be on hand throughout the show to answer questions about the college’s academic programs and the many educational and career opportunities available in agriculture and related fields. Prospective students and their families can learn more about the college’s 17 diverse majors, career paths, internships, student clubs and activities, and travel opportunities.

 

Pennsylvania 4-H — which is administered by Penn State Extension — also will have a large presence at the Farm Show, with educational and informative exhibits highlighting the opportunities that 4-H offers to youth, ages 5-18, in topics such as robotics, plant and animal sciences, entomology, and family and consumer sciences.

 

Many 4-H members enter their projects in Farm Show youth livestock shows and other competitive events, including the 4-H Potato Judging contest that takes place on Jan. 9. In addition, youth members who comprise the 4-H State Council will represent the organization at several events during the week, including the opening ceremonies.

 

At the 4-H Ag Learning Station, youth visitors will explore citizenship by identifying how their home county contributes to the state’s agricultural economy. Visitors will receive a “passport” of fun facts about their county, Pennsylvania and 4-H.

 

Throughout the complex, many other Farm Show events and activities depend on behind-the-scenes contributions from College of Agricultural Sciences personnel. Each year, more than 100 faculty members, county-based extension educators and staff from the college lead and participate on Farm Show committees, develop displays, and coordinate competitive exhibits and shows ranging from dairy cattle and poultry to maple products and mushrooms.

 

The college’s role at the Farm Show is part of Penn State’s land-grant partnership with the state.

 

Sponsored by the state Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in America, with 24 acres under roof, spread throughout 11 buildings and three arenas. Farm Show officials expect more than 500,000 spectators, some 6,000 animals, more than 10,000 competitive exhibits and about 300 commercial exhibitors at the eight-day event.

The show is held at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, at the corner of Cameron and Maclay streets in Harrisburg, just off exit 67 of Interstate 81. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 6-12 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 13. Admission is free, and parking is $15. For more information, visit the Farm Show website at http://www.farmshow.state.pa.us.

 Kane based state police invest4igated a criminal mischief yesterday on Route 46 in Keating Township. A departing tenant allegedly damaged property owned by a Smethport man. Charges may be pending in district court.

No injuries were reported for a Mansfield woman whose car wrecked Tuesday morning in Richmond Township, Tioga County. According to state police Lindsey Deming was going west on the Ore Bed Road when her Mitsubishi Mirage failed to make a left turn and crossed the road where it hit an embankment.

A Harrisburg driver and his passengers escaped injury in a one-vehicle mishap last Friday morning in Tioga Township State police at Mansfield have just released details reporting Timothy Hess was going north onf Route 15 just south of Park hill Road when his Chevrolet Malibu went off the road. He and his passengers, Amanda Dale and Catherine Nottingham also of Harrisburg were  using seat belts at the time of the 8:30 am accident.

Obituary

Emmaline T. “Bobbie” PERRY, 92, of Hickox, PA, died Tuesday, December 19, 2017 in Bradford Manor, Bradford, PA.

Born November 15, 1925, in Allegany, NY, she was the daughter of George E. and Dora S. Putt Kyser.

On May 4, 1952, in Wellsville, NY, she married Vaughn H. Perry, who predeceased her on March 21, 1981.

She was employed Northern Potter School District as a school bus driver for 38 years, Genesee Natural Foods for over 15 years, and by Si Pepperman Auctioneer for many years.  Bobbie served two terms as a Potter County Commissioner.  She was a member of the Genesee Old Home Day Committee and served as a trustee of the Genesee Area Library.

Surviving are:  two children, Nancy (Al) Dean of Brownsville, TN and William Perry of Plant City, FL;  six grandchildren;  five great-grandchildren;  three brothers, Ronald (Carol) Kyser, Donald (Shelly) Kyser, and Carl (Sue) Kyser, all of Olean, NY;  a sister, Geraldine Taggerty of Portville, NY;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, JoAnn Austin Stephens;  a granddaughter, Billie Jo Vossler;  and four siblings, Francis Kyser, Walter Kyser, Marie Uplinger, and Laura Stuckey.

A Graveside Service will be held in Genesee Cemetery on a later date.  Arrangements will be announced by Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Memorials may be made to Genesee Area Library, P.O. Box 135, Genesee, PA 16923.

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

 

Wednesday December 20, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 45; Overnight low, 31; no precipitation

WED-MOSTLY CLOUDY, CHANCE OF SHOWERS, HIGH 38

WED NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 36

THU-MOSTLY CLOUDY, CHANCE OF SHOWERS, HIGH 42

THU NIGHT-FLURRIES POSSIBLE, LOW 28

FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 34

FRI NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 24

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State police offer holiday tips….registration for Rural College ends early next month…..ID theft investigated by troopers at Kane….Bradford woman accused of making harassing phone calls…Both people involved in a fight Sunday in Cameron County have been arrested…

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With the holiday shopping season under way, Pennsylvanians will be heading to malls and big box stores in search of the perfect gift for family and friends. Unfortunately, criminals will also be out – like the Grinch – looking for easy targets.

 

The Pennsylvania State Police offer the following tips to stay safe and reduce your chances of becoming a victim.

 

Be aware of your surroundings. Many holiday crimes are “crimes of opportunity,” meaning thieves prey on easy targets. Try to shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you shop at night, park in well-lit areas and bring a friend or family member.

 

Keep valuables out of sight. Expensive presents in the back seat of an unattended car attract criminals. Lock your packages in the trunk. Don’t wear expensive jewelry and avoid flashing large amounts of cash while shopping.

 

Lock your car doors and take the keys. Thieves will walk through parking lots checking door handles for unlocked vehicles. Don’t make it easy for them. Lock your doors and take your keys. Every time.

 

Plan for packages. If you shop online, try to have packages delivered when someone will be available to accept them. You don’t want your items sitting on your doorstep for several hours while you are away. Consider having packages sent to you at work, or using the mailing address of a trusted friend or relative who is home during the day.

 

Watch for con-artists. The holidays are a time of giving, but don’t let people take advantage of your generosity. Be wary of strangers who approach you in parking lots and only donate to recognized charitable organizations.

 

Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t “feel” right, it probably isn’t. Speak up and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Call 9-1-1 to report an emergency.

 

For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.

After its successful first semester this fall, the Rural Regional College of Northern PA is announcing its spring semester courses, offered in partnership with Gannon University.

Eleven courses are being offered for the spring semester including: Introduction to Psychology, Principles of Macroeconomics, Environmental Issues, Principles of Accounting II, Marketing in the Global Environment, Foundations of the Business Enterprise, Basic  Sociology, The Protestant Tradition, Introduction to Sacred Scripture, Critical Analysis and Composition, and Philosophy of Ethical Responsibility. These courses are part of two associate degrees – Business Management or Interdisciplinary Studies. However, if a student is not interested in an associate degree at this time, they can choose the course or courses they need for personal or professional development or take courses to transfer towards a degree program at another regional college or university.

 

This program is perfect for recent high school graduates, mid-career adults seeking to advance in their career or begin a new one, and current high school juniors and seniors who meet eligibility requirements and want to earn college credits while still in high school. This program is designed to be affordable, with state funding helping to keep tuition costs low. Students with a high school diploma or GED pay just $180 per credit. Current high school students pay just $60 per credit. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available.

 

All of the courses are offered in the evenings and are available at the Coudersport and Port Allegany offices of the Education Council, as well as 15 additional locations throughout northwest and north central Pennsylvania. Instructors teach classes live (real-time), and interactive television (ITV) allows all students to simultaneously view and interact with each other.

 

The registration deadline for spring semester is January 2, 2018, and classes start January 8th.  For more information or to register, contact Janine Morley at (814) 274-4877 or janine@pottercountyedcouncil.org or Jocelyn Hamilton.Bash at (814) 603-1229 or jhamilton.bash@ecuapa.org.

Kane-based state police are investigating an ID theft occurring earlier this week. A Duke Center woman told authorities she noticed fraudulent activity in her checking account Monday afternoon.

A Bradford woman has been arrested for harassment. According to state police at the Kane barracks, Monica Graham-Norris repeatedly called Tammy Watson at her Duke Center home several times Monday morning even after being told to stop.

Both people involved in a domestic violence incident Sunday afternoon on Rich Valley Road, Emporium have been arrested for simple assault and harassment. Since both are listed as victims, police did not release the names of the participants involved in the scuffle.

 

 

Frank BALOGH, 80, of Genesee, PA, formerly of Hatfield, died Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in his home.

 

Born June 18, 1937, in Paty, Hungary, he was the son of Lajos and Margit Kovacs Balogh.

 

On June 28, 1958, in Whitemarsh, married the former Virginia R. Hales, who survives.

 

He was employed by Keasbey & Mattison Co. in Ambler, Philco Ford in Lansdale, Zenith in Lansdale, and Pohl Associates in Hilltown.

 

Surviving besides his wife, Virginia, are:  four children, William (Beth) Balogh of Hilltown, Karen Rapine of Westfield, Robert (Jennifer) Balogh of Black Creek, NY, and Cynthia (Jeffrey) Peddigree of Sellersville;  11 grandchildren;  six great-grandchildren;  a brother, Lajos Balogh of Budapest, Hungary;  and a niece.  He was predeceased by a sister, Margit.

 

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Friday, December 22, 2017 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, with a Memorial Service following at 3:00 PM.  Pastor Harold Kiel will officiate.

 

Memorials may be made to Genesee Area Library, P.O. Box 135, Genesee, PA 16923.

 

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

 

Dale R. Abbott, Sr., 77, of Coudersport, PA passed away Monday, December 18, 2017 at Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport.

He was born May 2, 1940 in Allentown, PA to the late Bertha J. Abbott. On December 10, 1984 he married Jane Hangen who preceded him in death.

Dale worked for many years as an electrician. His last place of employment was the Cedar Brook nursing home in Allentown, PA.

In keeping with Dale’s wishes there will be no services.

Dale is survived by his 3 children and 2 sisters. He was preceded in death by his mother.

Arrangements held by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA.

To share your fondest memory of Dale visit www.thomasfickinger.com

 

 

Tuesday December 19, 2017

DEP is using new technology to track drilling….Updated information on Elk County hit and run….Minnesota driver in wrong lane causes Tioga County collision…..New Jersey man accused by troopers at Coudersport for DUI with children in vehicle….Burglary at Cowanesque Recycling investigated…..

Monday’s high, 41; Overnight low,412 (same); .38” rain
TUE-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 46
TUE NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 27
WED-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 34
WED NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY,LOW 20
THU-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 36

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DEP is using new technology to track drilling….Updated information on Elk County hit and run….Minnesota driver in wrong lane causes Tioga County collision…..New Jersey man accused by troopers at Coudersport for DUI with children in vehicle….Burglary at Cowanesque Recycling investigated….

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Ridgway based state police have updated information about the hit and run Sunday night at the intersection of Route 255 and 555. Troopers now report the suspect truck was a 2006 Chevrolet truck or SUV. A Weedville man, walking on Route 555, was hit by the vehicle and suffered a broken right shoulder. Originally, they believed the vehicle was a Dodge Ram. Anyone with information is encouraged to call state police at 814.766.6136.

Troopers at Mansfield are also investigating a hit and run occurring December 8 just affter 10:00 am in Charleston Township. An unknown vehicle, going east on the Mann Hill Road, crossed the double yellow line, entered the westbound lane on a right curve and sideswiped a Dodge Ram driven by Matthew Isaacson of Blossburg. The impact forced Isaacson’s truck into some guardrails but he was not hurt. The unknown unit is described as being a dark colored Dodge pick up with possible lift kit.

One driver was hurt in a collision Sunday night in Tioga Township. Authorities report Matthew Gordon of Sault Sainte Marie, MI was headed east on the Mann Hill Road in the wrong lane. Aaron Eads of Bradford who was going east swerved into the westbound lane as Gordon recovered and went back into his own lane. He was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance. Eads was not hurt.

A New Jersey driver has been charged with DUI and endangering the welfare of children. State police at Coudersport claim 45 year old Scott Tester of North Cape May was driving under the influence of alcohol when they stopped him on Route 6 in Sweden Township on the evening of November 25. A 15 year old boy and an 11 year old girl were riding in his vehicle at the time.

DUI charges are pending against a 27year old Fort Walton Beach, Florida driver. Who was stopped by patrol officers on Route 44 in Eulalia Township last Friday night. Troopers at Coudersport say charges against the suspect are pending receipt of chemical testing results.

A burglary at Cowanesque Recycling last week was investigated by state police at Mansfield. Criminals forced their way into a building and tried unsuccessfully to steal money. Anyone with information is asked to call State police at 579.662.2151.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it will
complete more oil and gas drilling site inspections in 2017 than in 2016, as a result of a GOTIME
project that replaced years of paper forms with a mobile app.
“Making the inspection process completely electronic has transformed the way our inspectors
do their job, increasing productivity, customer service, and transparency,” said DEP Deputy
Secretary Scott Perry.
“This project is a great example of how agencies can work together on common challenges,”
said Sharon Ward, director of the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management
and Efficiency (GO-TIME). “We are leveraging the award-winning mobile technology cultivated
at PennDOT so that other agencies can modernize how they perform their own field
inspections.”
DEP oil and gas compliance inspections have increased more than 300 percent in the past
decade, from 10,566 in 2007 to almost 35,000 in 2016. All inspections were done with paper
forms in the field, followed by data entry in the office.
“We wanted to switch to all electronic inspections for a while. It wasn’t until the GO-TIME
initiative that everything came together,” said Perry.
The DEP Office of Oil and Gas Management and Bureau of Information Technology teamed up
with PennDOT in 2016 to build off existing technology at PennDOT to create a mobile app with
preloaded operator and well information; photo and voice recognition capability; and a
connection to EFACTS, the DEP inspection and compliance management database.
Duplicate entry has been virtually eliminated, and trips between field sites and offices are
significantly reduced.
The first phase of the app–for surface activities—launched in February 2017, and by November,
surface inspectors were using it to conduct more than 99% of their inspections. In early fall,
functionality for subsurface activities was added. Considerable gains have been achieved:
• DEP is on pace to complete at least 2,000 more surface inspections in 2017 than in
2016, for an 11.5% increase.
• Inspectors’ productivity has increased an average of 16 percent since April and 29
percent in the fourth quarter of 2017.
• DEP will achieve over $500,000 in productivity savings — roughly equivalent to adding
six additional inspectors.
• Because the app records results in real time, inspectors can provide outcomes to well
operators sooner, in some cases the same-day.
• More inspection data are available to the public on the DEP web site, and more quickly,
because the app enables inspectors to collect more robust data and the inspection
reports are posted immediately.
GO-TIME is working to modernize government operations to reduce costs and improve
services. GO-TIME works with agencies to identify opportunities to share resources, collaborate
and engage employees in transformation. These efforts have saved taxpayers over $373 million
since 2015 through projects aimed at reducing costs, increasing productivity and improving
services to the public.
To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/.