Thursday February 22, 2018

Wednesday’s high, 68; Overnight low, 34; .02” RAIN /FREEZING RAIN

THU-CLOUDY WITH MIXED PRECIPITATION HIHG 38

THU NIGHT-RAIN, LOW 31

FRI-CLOUDY,  AFTERNOON SLEET & FREEZING RAIN, HIGH 52

FRI NIGHT-LOW 38

SAT-CLOUDY, HIGH 48

SAT NIGHT-RAIN, HIGH 40

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Two more bridges to be named for Potter County veterans…..Causer hosts property tax/rent rebate clinics…..Traffic change coming on Fox Hill Road near Ulysses…….State police in  looking for hit and run driver whose image was captured on camera….Natural gas leak investigated Tuesday afternoon in Coudersport….Church in neighboring county torched…..

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Freezing rain early this morning forced the cancellation of classes at Austin, Coudersport, Galeton, Northern Potter and Oswayo Valley. The Oswayo Valley Library as closed and emergency services personnel responded to numerous traffic accidents, some with injuries.

Two more Potter County bridges will be named in honor of area veterans who died in service to the country under a new state law,  according to Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)

Under Act 9 of 2018, the bridge located on Avenue A over the Allegheny River in Coudersport Borough is designated the Commander Philip F. “Jet” Palmatier Jr. Memorial Bridge. The law also designates the bridge on Sunnyside Road over the Oswayo Creek in Shinglehouse Borough as the PVT Malon Stanley Memorial Bridge.

Palmatier was born in Coudersport in 1950, graduated from high school with honors and was appointed to the United States Naval Academy. On Dec. 10, 1990, Palmatier was flying a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico when his TA-4 Skyhawk collided with another jet, killing him.

Stanley, also a native of Potter County, was drafted into the United States Army at the start of World War II and served in the 1st Cavalry Division. He was among the forces that stormed Leyte Island under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur and was killed in action in 1944 while providing cover for his fellow troops who were ordered to retreat. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart for his service.

Causer sponsored House Bill 1510 to name both Potter County bridges. His proposal was added to another bill naming several other bridges across the Commonwealth. That bill was signed into law by the governor on Feb. 15.

Rep. Causer is hosting several events designed to help eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities file for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program over the next couple of weeks. There is no fee to participate, and no appointments are required. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 22

Harrison Valley Community Building, 205 E. Main St., Harrison Valley – 9-10:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 27

Kane Senior Center, 100 S. Fraley St., Kane – 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 28

Emporium Senior Center, 213 ½ S. Maple St., Emporium – 9:30-11 a.m.

Port Allegany Senior Center, 216 N. Main St., Port Allegany – 1-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 6

Bradford Senior Center, 60 Campus Dr., Bradford – 9:30-11 a.m.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Eligibility income limits are set at $15,000 for renters and $35,000 for homeowners, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits.

Free assistance with filing the forms is also available at Causer’s offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor, phone 814-362-4400); Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1, phone 814-274-9769); or Kane (55 Fraley St., phone 814-837-0880). Forms and additional information are available at www.RepCauser.com.

PennDot is advising motorists that temporary flagging, followed by temporary automatic flagging devices, will be in place soon on a section of Route 1001 in Potter County.

A large volume of truck traffic is travelling from a gas well site on Tom May Road in Ulysses Township and moving through the intersection of Fox Hill Road (Route 1001) and Tom May Road (T-455). To facilitate traffic movement and enhance safety at the intersection, flaggers will be place as early as tomorrow, February 22.

Starting in early March, the flaggers will be assisted by temporary automatic flagging devices and warning signs on Fox Hill Road. The temporary automatic flagging devices will be short and portable and will be located on each side of the intersection.  Advance signage on Fox Hill Road will include message boards displaying the messages “Construction entrance ahead” and “Trucks entering highway”. Signage on the temporary devices will direct drivers to “Stop here on red signal”.

PennDOT expects this traffic pattern to be in place through early June and reminds motorists to be alert for these changes at the intersection. Drivers should always buckle up and obey posted speed limits.

To help make decisions as to whether to travel during winter weather, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 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. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

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.

For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twiiter.com\511PAStateCOLL

Coudersport based state police are looking for a hit and run driver whose vehicle damaged a parked truck, Sunday afternoon in the Pine Creek Inn parking lot in Pike Township. While backing up, the unknown vehicle hit a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado owned by Zack Cowburn of Coudersport. The driver took off without notifying Cowburn or authorities.  Anyone who can ID the driver is asked to contact State police @814.274.8690.

A suspected natural gas leak Wednesday afternoon in Coudersport Borough caused a response from the Coudersport  Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters were dispatched at about 2:45p to Apartment 2 at 117 N. Main Street. All occupants were safely evacuated and the building was turned over the owner and UGI Utilities.

Out of the area but of interest. Investigators report a Clearfield County church was torched early Wednesday morning.  Police discovered that someone had intentionally set fire the exterior of the Lutheran Fellowship Church on Pine Street in Curwensville.  The extent of damage was not reported.Anyone who has information is asked to call State Police Marshal in Ridgway or the Curwensville Police Department.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday February 21, 2018

 

Tuesday’s high, 72; Overnight low, 42, no precipitation

 WED-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 65

WED NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 31

THU-MOSTLY CLOUDY CHANCE OF WINTRY MIX, HIGH 38

THU NIGHT-LOW 34

FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, CHANCE OF SHOWERS HIGH, 46

FRI NIGHT-LOW 42

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Obituaries: William Daniels, Port Allegany & Gordon Winston, Turtlepoint

Fatal collision near Coudersport Monday night….Tioga County Pre-teen charged with felony assault and strangulation…Workshop planned for township and municipal officials next week in Potter County…..

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Coudersport based state police late Tuesday  afternoon released information about a fatal head-on collision Monday evening on Route 6 in Eulalia Township. Troopers explained Stephen Dilik of Coudersport going east  and failed to properly negotiate Cemetery Curve allowing his Jeep Grand Cherokee to cross into the westbound lane where it collided with a Cadillac Deville driven by Michael Kellar of Smethport. Both drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles and were taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Coudersport Volunteer ambulance .Police said EMS personnel performed life saving measures enroute to the hospital but Dilick died later. Kellar is listed in fair condition. Coudersport Fire chief Bryan Phelps told Black Forest Broadcasting that both the Eastbound and Westbound lanes were closed to traffic initially and the eastbound lane was opened later, with fire police directing vehicles and providing lighting  through the crash zone for  the State police forensics and accident reconstruction units  All units were finally back in service after midnight

A 12 year old Tioga County boy is being charged with assault causing serious bodily injury for a domestic violence incident taking place the night after Christmas at a home on Wellsboro Street in Tioga Borough. State police report they were called to the home after the youth entered his parents’  bedroom, placed an object over his mother’s face to deprive her of oxygen and  held it there until she turned purple then put her in a choke hold until she turned purple. When his father removed the boy from the bedroom, he turned on the father and hurt in in a fight. Troopers took him into custody and felony charges of strangulation (now a stand alone crime) and aggravated assault and misdemeanor simple assault were filed through Tioga County Juvenile probation.

Drug possession charges have been lodged against a Mansfield resident stopped by troopers at the Coudersport Barracks. Troopers claim when they pulled over 19 year old Caleb Gile on Route 6 at Denton Hill State Park Sunday afternoon, they found him in possession of a small amount of marijuana and related drug paraphernalia.

Yesterday we reported that Pennsylvania voters will soon face changes. In an effort to thwart election meddling, Gov. Wolf has directed that all new electronic voting machines have  paper ballot back-up. New congressional maps will be in place before the May 15 primary whether they are drawn by the Republican legislature; protesting Democrats or the Supreme Court.  And, Rep. Matt Baker has vacated his office in the State House to assume a federal appointment. He represented Bradford, Tioga and part of Potter County and the vacancy will foster a competitive race.

Township and Municipal officials are also facing new state laws that have added responsibilities and opportunitites.

Elected officials and administrators will have opportunity next month  to receive training during a two-day “boot camp” at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. Potter County Commissioners Doug Morley, Susan Kefover and Paul Heimel approved a proposal by Planning Director Will Hunt to provide the class from 9 am to 4 pm on Friday and Saturday, March 2-3. Officials from Potter, Tioga and McKean counties have already signed up for the March training and registration remains open. Instructors are being provided by the Pa. State Assn. of Boroughs. Among topics to be covered are: Meeting Procedures, Sunshine Law, Managing Public Comment, Committees and Boards, Ordinances and Resolutions, Bidding Requirements, Fire and Police Management, Personnel Management, Municipal Budgeting, Taxation Requirements, Basic Planning and Zoning, Risk Management, Public Works and Code Administration. More details are available from PSAB’s Terri Dickow at 1-800-232-7722, extension 1042, or tdickow@boroughs.org.

Obituaries

William E. Daniels, 70, of Katherine St., passed away Sunday (Feb. 18, 2018) peacefully at his home, with family at his side.

     Born December 14, 1947, in Austin, PA, he was a son of Lloyd R. and Mary E. Eicher Daniels.

    William was a former resident of the area, coming from Avon, NY, where he lived for over 30 years.  He was a graduate of Port Allegany High School, class of 1966.

     He was employed as an electrician by Sabin Metal Corp., Scottsville, NY, for many years, before his retirement.

     He was an avid softball player who played softball for the Sabin Metal Corp. team, for many years. He also enjoyed hunting and the outdoors.

    Surviving in addition to his longtime companion, Tina Roach, with whom he lived with, are two sons, Robert W. Daniels of Avon, NY, William (Theresa) Daniels of Roulette, PA, three daughters, Stacy M.  Daniels of Livonia, NY, Tonya Andrus of Coudersport, Jacki Daniels of Ulysses; several grandchildren; four brothers, Terry R. (Karen) Daniels, George W. (Judy) Daniels, and Lloyd R. “Buster” (Karen) Daniels all of Port Allegany, Richard L. Daniels of Mt. Pleasant, PA; two sisters, Susanna Irwin of Port Allegany, and Jean A. (Curt) Linker of Dayton Beach, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

      He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Ronald W. Daniels, and three sisters, Barbara A. Pinchock, Patricia A. Taylor, and Judith A. Morton.

     At William’s request there will be no visitation.  A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Feb. 21, 2018) in the Birch Grove Mennonite Church, Port Allegany, with Rev. Deborah Mallery, officiating.

     Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be made to:  Stacy M. Daniels                      Tina Roach

                                                      6295 S. Lima Rd.                     61 Katherine St.

                                                       Livonia, NY. 14487

Gordon A. Winston, 88, of Route 155N, passed away Friday (Feb. 16, 2018) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

    Born September 2, 1929, in Alma, NY, he was a son of Milton L. and Neva I. Whitney Winston.  On Aug. 12, 1950, in Port Allegany, he married Neva R. Griswold, who died Feb. 7, 1999.

    Gordon was a longtime resident of the area and attended the Turtlepoint school. He left school, so he could help his father run the family farm. Later he went to work for Annin Township and later became township supervisor until his retirement in 1994.  He was a longtime farmer raising dairy cows until 1967, then raising Herefords until 2010, when he retired from farming.

    He was a member of the Loyal of Order of Moose, Lodge 460, Port Allegany, and the Eldred Legion.

    Surviving are two daughters, Barbara M. (Gary) Caulkins of Port Allegany, and Cindy I. Winston of Turtlepoint; a son, Dr. Grant M. Winston of Houston, TX; four grandchildren: Paula J. Brown of Elkmont, AL, Cole J. Caulkins of Missouri, Wesley C. Caulkins of Indiana, PA, Mick (Jodee) Caulkins of Port Allegany; four great grandchildren: Britt Scrivner, AL, Gage, Shaylee, & Briar Caulkins of Port Allegany; and several nieces and nephews.

    He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Neva, two brothers, Basil M. and Merle D. Winston; and a sister, Bertha M. Bell.

    Friends will be received from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 24, 2018) in the Turtlepoint Evangelical Church, where a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. with Rev. Anthony Edgell, pastor, officiating.

    Memorials can be made to McKean County SPCA or S.W. Smith Library.

    Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be made to:  Barbara M. Caulkins

3236 Route 155

Port Allegany, PA. 16743

 

Tuesday February 20, 2018

Monday’s high 50;Overnight low, 40, rain

TUE-SOME BREAKS IN CLOUDS ,HIGH 68

TUE NIGHT-PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW IN THE LOW 50s

WED-SUNNY START THEN CLOUDS AND RAIN, EARLY HIGH 60

THU-RAIN, HIGH OF ONLY 40

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Pennsylvania voters will soon be facing several changes…The wolf administration  has issued a directive that all new electronic voting machines must have a paper ballot backup in an effort to thwart election meddling. …whichever side wins, the state’s congressional districts will be re-drawn before the May 15 primary and a long time area lawmaker has accepted a federal position…leaving his seat open for competition.

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3:30 pm update. One man died in head-on collision near Coudersport Monday evening. Details below.Audio report is posted immediately

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Update:

Coudersport based state police this afternoon released information about a fatal head-on collision Monday evening on Route 6 in Eulalia Township. Troopers explained Stephen Dilik of Coudersport going east  and failed to properly negotiate Cemetery Curve allowing his Jeep Grand Cherokee to cross into the westbound lane where it collided with a Cadillac Deville driven by Michael Kellar of Smethport. Both drivers had to be extricated from their vehicles and were taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Coudersport Volunteer ambulance .Police said EMS personnel performed life saving measures enroute to the hospital but Dilick died later. Kellar is listed in fair condition. Coudersport Fire chief Bryan Phelps told Black Forest Broadcasting that both the Eastbound and Westbound lanes were closed to traffic initially and the eastbound lane was opened later, with fire police directing vehicles and providing lighting  through the crash zone for  the State police forensics and accident reconstruction units  All units were finally back in service after midnight

Pennsylvania voters will soon be facing several changes…The wolf administration  has issued a directive that all new electronic voting machines must have a paper ballot backup in an effort to thwart election meddling. …whichever side wins, the state’s congressional districts will be re-drawn before the May 15 primary and a long time area lawmaker has accepted a federal position…leaving his seat open for competition.

Acting Secretary of State Robert Torres has issued a directive that all commonwealth voting systems purchased from February 9, 2018, forward must employ a voter-verifiable paper ballot or paper record of votes cast.

Over the next few years, Pennsylvania’s counties will replace much of their aging voting equipment. This directive informs them of the specifications they must consider when purchasing new voting equipment. The department wants to be sure counties move to voting systems that meet their needs for accessibility and security and make audits easier.

Torres says  directive requiring a paper record of voting is necessary because:

It is in line with modern equipment offered by voting system manufacturers;

It will allow counties to expand their auditing practices. Auditing of voting equipment is an essential part of guaranteeing a system’s integrity and accuracy.

It will enable compliance, if future legislation requiring a paper record is enacted at the state or federal level; and

It will ensure that Pennsylvania’s voting system can achieve resilience by enhancing its ability to withstand and recover more rapidly from disruptions.

The directive does not preclude a county from purchasing equipment that supports and maintains a county’s current voting system for as long as that system is certified for use in the commonwealth.

State Republican lawmakers vow to take the new congressional map issue to the US Supreme Court claiming the state’s high court over-stepped its bounds as they contend, the state constitution leaves map drawing up to the legislature.

Earlier this year, the state supreme court, with a majority of Democrat judges ruled that the Republican plan favored Republicans and ordered a re-drawing. Governor Wolf approved one submitted by Democrats which Republicans says favors Democrats.

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) and House Speaker Mike Turzai (R-28) issued the following statement after the PA Supreme Court issued its gerrymandered Congressional district map:

“Implementation of this map would create a constitutional crisis where the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is usurping the authority of the Legislative and Executive branches.  We anticipate further action in federal court.

“This entire exercise, while cloaked in ‘litigation,’ is and has been nothing more than the ultimate partisan gerrymander – one brought about by the Democrat Governor acting in concert with liberal politically-connected litigants.

“The League of Women Voters maintains that it filed this suit in order to take partisan politics out of the Congressional redistricting process. This map illustrates that the definition of fair is simply code for a desire to elect more Democrats.”

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) announced he resigned  from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives effective, Monday, Feb. 19. The decision comes after the 25-year House veteran was offered a presidential appointment to serve the  country.

Baker has accepted the position of Regional Director of the Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Office of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He will be one of 10 HHS regional directors across the country whose region includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. His many new responsibilities will include ensuring HHS maintains close contact with federal, state, local and tribal partners and addresses the needs of communities and individuals served through the numerous HHS programs and policies.

“It is with great sadness that I am leaving the House of Representatives sooner than I would have desired; however, I have been given the opportunity to serve the people of the 68th District and beyond in an even greater capacity than my current position allows,” said Baker. “I am honored to have been offered this opportunity and feel it is the right time in my career to make the transition.”

“I have long felt a call to service, which is why I entered public service to begin with,” said Baker. “My time with the state House has been incredibly rewarding and I look forward to using the knowledge I have gained in the state Legislature and as chairman of the House Health Committee in my new capacity as Regional Director for HHS.

“To those I have served in the 68th District, I am grateful for your faith in me and will continue to serve you in my new position,” continued Baker. “I would also like to thank the President and the Secretary of HHS and the White House staff for this opportunity to be of service to my country.”

Baker, who has served 13 terms and has been chairman of the House Health Committee announced a couple of weeks ago he was “retiring”  and would not seek re-election. The reversal fuels speculation that his retirement statement was a “holding pattern” until the  federal appointment could be announced. While in the state legislature, Baker sponsored a number of bills and has been in the forefront dealing with the opioid crisis.

Baker’s two district offices will remain open to serve the people of the 68th District. The offices can be contacted at 74 Main St. in Wellsboro, telephone (570) 724-1390, and 121 Canton St. in Troy, telephone (570) 297-3045. They are open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m.

State police at Coudersport mid-day today released details about a one-vehicle accident at around 5:30  Saturday afternoon Route 6  in Roulette Township. Troopers report Maria Molina was speeding during snowfall when her  eastbound Chrysler Sebring went off the road on Bilek’s curve traveled to the west side of the road and became disabled. Molina and a 12 year old boy were taken to Charles Cole Hospital for medical evaluation. The driver received a speeding ticket

Details are not yet available from state police regarding a head-on collision last night just after 6:15 pm on Route 6 west of Coudersport Borough in Eulalia Township. However, Coudersport Fire Chief Bryan Phelps told Black Forest Broadcasting that both drivers were seriously injured when their vehicles impacted each other in the west bound lane on Cemetery Curve. One driver was pinned inside and had to be extricated from the wreckage. Both drivers were taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Coudersport Volunteer ambulance. Both the Eastbound and Westbound lanes were closed to traffic initially and the eastbound lane was opened later, with fire police directing vehicles and providing lighting  through the crash zone. All units were finally back in service after midnight

Both truck drivers escaped injury early Saturday morning  in a minor collision  Liberty Township Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, Michael McCrum of Petersburg, PA was going north in the left hand passing lane on Route 15 when his Volvo semi drifted to the right and clipped the plow on an International Harvester  with the passenger side mirror driven by Frank Geyer of Morris, PA. Only slight cosmetic damage occurred to the snow plow truck.

State police at Kane at Kane relate no one was hurt in a rear-end collision Saturday night near the Lantz Corners intersection. Troopers say a Chevrolet Cavalier ran into the back of a Chevrolet Cobalt while traveling north on slippery Route 219 as both units slowed down for an accident happening about a half hour earlier at that same location. Since no one was hurt and both cars could be driven from the scene, the fender bender was considered a “non-reportable” and thus no names were released.