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Tuesday’s high, 83; Overnight low 54







Obituaries: James Cummings, Eldred and Walter Carpenter, Gold

Walmart shopper hurt in minor parking lot collision…..Teen driver hurt in one-vehicle crash, fugitive picked up in Cameron County sting….Georgia resident arrested for possessing drugs in Tioga County…PennDot marks trash pick up anniversary and Republican lawmaker plans bill to help counties fund required new voting machines……

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A Walmart shopper was hurt in a minor collision Monday night in Jackson Township, Tioga County. State police explain a 16 year old boy from Millerton was backing out of a parking spot when his Ford Focus as 54 year old William Sewell of Galeton was unloading his cart. The car’s right rear corner collided with the cart which then hit Sewell causing a minor injury. Sewell did not require medical attention.

Another Tioga County teen was hurt in an accident Monday afternoon in Jackson Township. The 16 year old was driving a Ford Fusion which went off the road while making a downhill curve. The driver was taken to Robert  Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of minor injuries.

A Marienville man wanted by Pennsylvania State parole was nabbed last Friday afternoon in a sting operation in Emporium. State police report they received a call from Ridgway borough police that 37 year old James Bloom was hiding out in Emporium. A Ridgway police officer had been in contact with bloom via text message and bloom was unaware he was communicating with a police officer. Bloom allegedly was soliciting transportation to Erie in exchange for a discount on drugs so  he coul obtain more drugs.  Troopers and the Ridgway officer coordinated a plan and a place for Bloom to meet to get the ride . When he arrived, Bloom was taken into custody without incident. A search ofhis person turned up a gram of methamphetamine and related paraphernalia.

Mansfield state police arrested 45 year old Timothy Kozak of Eastpoint, GA for possessing drugs. Cops pulled Kozk over on Route  15 north in Tioga Township early June 9 for an alleged traffic violation and after a search of his 2003 Kia, they reportedly found drugs and related paraphernalia. Kozak is also accused of giving police a false identity. Authorities later found he is a fugitive from justice wanted in Georgia. After arraignment Kozak was escorted to the Tioga County prison where he is currently residing.

 PennDot  today marked the 30th Anniversary of their Adopt-A-Highway (AAH) program, where volunteers “adopt” a highway to collect litter. Started in 1990, the program currently has over 4,900 participating groups, more than 100,000 volunteers, and over 10,000 miles of adopted state-maintained roadways.

The savings generated by these programs – over $5 million annually that the department would have spent to pick up litter – allows PennDOT to redirect money toward maintaining safe roadways.

Building upon the Adopt-A-Highway program, PennDOT offers volunteers the opportunity to add landscaping to their litter collection efforts by way of the Adopt and Beautify program.

Through Adopt and Beautify, volunteers expand upon PennDOT’s planting efforts to cultivate approved plantings and conduct litter pick up along our state-maintained roadways under a two-year commitment. In return, PennDOT places a sign recognizing the group for its efforts. Interchange areas and traffic islands are also available for adoption, this is a wonderful way to say, “Welcome to Pennsylvania and our community.”

As an enhancement to Adopt and Beautify, PennDOT has developed a Pollinator Habitat Plan that will create naturalized gardens and meadows planted with pollinator-friendly plant species at designated sites in partnership with public and private organizations. The gardens can be planted and maintained at a PennDOT designated pollinator habitat site within the department’s right-of-way property, including at county facilities, interstate rest stops, or approved interchange areas or traffic islands. Individuals or groups such as clubs, schools, churches, businesses, and families may apply to adopt gardens for two-year timeframes. In return for their participation, PennDOT posts signs near the garden giving the volunteers credit for their efforts.

More information on PennDOT’s roadside beautification efforts can be found on PennDOT’s website

 Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks) has  announced he plans to introduce legislation to assist counties with funding new voting machines and extend the amount of time voters have to submit absentee ballots. Voting districts will be required to have voting machines which produce a paper ballot as well as electronic counting and country officials are scrambling to find ways to pay for the unfunded mandate.

DiGirolamo’s bill would float up to $90 million in state bonds to reimburse counties for the cost of replacement voting machines. This would amount to up to 60% of what counties are expected to pay through the state’s current decertification efforts. In addition, the bill would extend the amount of time mailed absentee ballots have to arrive in the county election office by allowing ballots postmarked by the Friday before the election to arrive by 5 p.m. on the Tuesday after Election Day.

DiGirolamo expects to introduce the legislation after allowing his colleagues to review a co-sponsorship memo.

James R. Cummings, 84, a lifelong resident of Eldred, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y.Born on November 29, 1934 in Olean, he was the son of Vern and Florence Gaspar Cummings.  On August 1, 1964 in Shinglehouse, he married Gail M. Jandrew, who survives.James was employed by Dresser-Rand in Olean, retiring as manager of marketing in 1994 after 42 years of service.He was a life member of The Northern Star Lodge #555 F. & A.M.  An avid woodworker, James spent most of his retirement years pursuing this hobby.  He also was passionate about renovating a barn on his property. He had a great love of music and played the trumpet.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing and the outdoors.  For the past several years, he spent his winters in The Villages, Florida.Surviving in addition to his wife, are two daughters and a son, Melissa L. Cummings of Chesapeake, Virginia, Rebecca A. (Scott) Brabon of Allegany, N.Y., and Bradley J. (Tonya) Cummings of Berea, Kentucky; three granddaughters, Jordan and Alexandra Brabon and Lillian Cummings; a brother, Allan (Julia) Cummings of Beavercreek, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, James was predeceased by a sister, Carol Ball. Family and friends may call from 10 am to 11:30 am on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a celebration of his life will follow at 11:30 am.  The Rev. Preston L. Hutchins, Jr, pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, will officiate.

Walter A. CARPENTER, 57, of Gold, PA, died Friday, July 5, 2019 in his home with his wife and dogs at his side.Born September 25, 1961, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of Mark L. and Eileen Johnston Carpenter.On July 2, 1994, in Gold, he married the former Rose M. Wilde, who survives.A graduate of Coudersport High School, he was employed by Westfield Tanning Company from 1984 – 2003 and as a waste water treatment operator by Coudersport Borough since 2003.Surviving besides his wife, Rose, are:  his mother, Eileen Carpenter of Hebron Center;  two daughters, Jessica (Brandon) Fuhrer of Knoxville and Courtney (Ray) Madison of Elmer;  seven grandchildren, Bryson Fuhrer, Dylan Madison, Alexandria Fuhrer, Jeremy Fuhrer, Bailee Madison, Isaiah Fuhrer, and Stephen Carpenter;  five siblings, William “Bill” Carpenter of Coudersport, Andrew Carpenter of Olean, Marleen Majot of Coudersport, Roger (Betsy) Carpenter of Jamestown, NY, and Raymond (Angela) Carpenter of Shinglehouse;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his father.Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, July 27, 2019 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Frank Mickle will officiate.Memorials may be made to the Kevin Guest House at or the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o UPMC Cole, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.

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