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Obituary: Kathryn Schroll, Austing

DCNR seeks comments regarding park survey…..Sinnemahoning State park has extended deadline for WET workshop….Troopers probe burglary in Coudersport borough….Theft by deceptive impersonation investigated by state police….Troy driver and passenger unhurt in car/deer collision

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The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources recently  announced the release of a preliminary report gleaned from results of an extensive two-year survey seeking public input on the future of Pennsylvania’s state parks. More than 10,000 respondents offered recommendations how the commonwealth can improve the visitor experience.

Presented in DCNR’s Penn’s Parks for All Preliminary Report (PDF) is a summary of results from the various surveys, along with proposed recommendations to guide the management of Pennsylvania state parks for the next 25 years.

In response to the  release of the preliminary report, the department’s website now features downloadable information detailing survey findings and includes a public comment tool to address recommendations suggested as a result of this input.

Recommendations in DCNR’s “Penn’s Parks for All” report address: improvement of outdoor recreation opportunities; expansion of outdoor recreation opportunities; protection of resources from recreation impacts; offering of more “active adventure activities;” expansion of overnight accommodations; protection of parks’ natural and cultural resources;  parks’ financial support; and improved services and facilities.

Public comment on these survey responses and resultant recommendations will be accepted online and in writing until December 31, 2019.  For online participation, visit the DCNR website.  Address written comments to: PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of State Parks’ Planning Section, P.O. Box 8551, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8551.

Seeking additional information, scheduled stakeholder meetings will be held at state parks throughout the state this fall and early next year. A final report is planned in summer 2020.

It has been 25 years since DCNR’s Bureau of State Parks underwent its last strategic planning effort — StateParks 2000. That effort guided state park improvements that included the  modernization of facilities; expanded environmental education programs; and designated natural areas in to better protect sensitive or special natural resources.

Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks total almost 300,000 acres. Together with DCNR’s state forest system, they are one of the largest expanses of public lands in the eastern United States.

For state park information, visit the DCNR website.

Sinnemahoning State Park announces  registration for the Project WET Educator Workshop has been extended to Friday, November 8th.  Click this link to register

Teachers and non-formal educators, discover new ways to engage your students in science and the natural world. This fun, hands-on workshop will provide both formal and non-formal educators with activities and lesson plans to help teach the importance and science of water.

Workshop will be held Monday, November 11th, 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Wildlife Center in the classroom of the Wildlife Center at Sinnemahoning State Park.

Participants should be prepared for both indoor and outdoor activities, pack a lunch, and bring an extra pair of waterproof boots or shoes to get in the stream.

All participants will receive the Project WET K-8 Activity Guide, which is filled with hands-on interdisciplinary lessons and educators will receive 6.5 Act 48 hours. Cost $20 per person. Registration is required by Friday, November 8, 2019.  To pre-register for a program, or for more information, please visit the online DCNR Calendar of Events at .   If you need assistance with online registration, please call the park office at 814-647-8401 and dial 0 for the front desk.

If you need an accommodation to participate in PA State Park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.   With at least seven day’ s’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

A burglary occurring last weekend on South Main Street in Coudersport is being investigated by state police. The victims are listed as a 26 year old Coudersport man and a 21 year old man from Douglassville, PA. No further information was provided.

Troopers at Coudersport are also probing a theft by deceptive impersonation. Again, few details were released but authorities say theft involved gift cad product keys being sent via text messaging to a f fraudulent unknown recipient. The victim is identified as Earth Works of Washington, DC.

A Troy, PA driver and his passenger escaped injury in a car/deer collision Wednesday night on Route 6 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. Nicholas Pulli was a going east when his Lincoln Continental MKX hit a deer in his lane of travel. Both the driver and his 16 year old male passenger were using seatbelts.


Kathryn Sue Schroll, 80, of Austin, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at her residence.  Kathryn was born on April 10, 1939 in Syracuse, KS, the daughter of the late A. Keith and Virginia (Winship) Schroll.   Kathryn was a factory worker for Sylvania and Emporium Specialties, Co.  She was a member of the Syracuse United Methodist Church and the E.O. Austin Historical Society.  She loved crocheting, cross stitching and bowling.  Kathryn also enjoyed sports and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan.Surviving are a son, Tim (Tonia) Butler of Austin; a daughter, Denise Owens of Costello; a brother, James Schroll of Chagrin Falls, OH; a sister Jayne Pritt of Port Allegany; a sister-in-law, Hilda Schroll-Smith of Port Allegany; nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family suggest memorial contributions in Kathryn’s name be made to the E.O. Austin Home Historical Society, P.O. Box 412, Austin, PA 16720.Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport is in charge of arrangements.