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Obituary: Norman Davis, Galeton

PennDOT Seeks Public Input on Highway Safety through Online Survey……Republican Lawmaker introduces legislation to help control opioid prescriptions…..Charges have been filed against one Elk County resident and others are pending against a second suspect…..

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is seeking motorists’ input on traffic safety and driving behaviors through its annual online Highway Safety Survey found at

PennDOT will use the feedback from this annual survey to better understand the attitude and actions of the public concerning a variety of driving behaviors.

“Safety remains our top priority and we are grateful for the public’s continued engagement in making our roadways safer,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “The results from this annual survey help us gauge participants’ attitudes on highway safety and allow us to adjust our safety activities as we work to reduce crashes and fatalities.”

The survey is available on PennDOT’s website through August 12 and should take about five minutes to complete. All responses, including the “comments” fields, are anonymous.

More than 6,000 people responded to last year’s survey. Notably, nearly 91 percent of respondents said they always wear a seat belt and 88 percent of respondents said they never drive while impaired. When asked how often they use a hands-free option to make or take phone calls while driving, 67 percent of respondents say they either always use hands-free device or never make or take phone calls while driving.

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 Rep. John Hershey (R-Mifflin/Juniata/Franklin) has  introduced a bill  to require that prescribers enter into treatment agreements with new patients who need a prescribed opioid regime.

House Bill 1740 would require a prescriber to ensure new patients understand the risks of addiction and dangers of overdose associated with opioid medications.

The prescriber would be required to conduct baseline drug testing for the patient to flag undisclosed drug use and noncompliance with treatment, unless there is a compelling reason not to do so.

“Because of the opioid crisis and addictive nature of opioids, we need to create public policies like this to protect the health and safety of Pennsylvanians. This proposal is just one part of what needs to be a multi-faceted approach to address this devastating crisis,” Hershey said.

Pennsylvania had the third-highest rate of overdose deaths in the 2017 statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The state had 5,456 overdose deaths and the nation had 70,237 overdose deaths that year, according to the CDC.

State Police at Ridgway  investigated a domestic violence incident that occurred on Main Street In Kersey earlier this week. A 49 year old man and a 31 year old female became involved in a verbal altercation that become physical. The male suspect was taken into custody and charges have been filed. The woman also faces charges. No names were released.


Norman L. DAVIS, 86, of Galeton, PA, died Sunday, July 21, 2019 in the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA.Born July 30, 1932, in Ulysses, he was the son of Maynard L. and Viola Ruth Carriel Davis.A graduate of Galeton High School, he served honorably with the US Army from 1953 – 1955.He was married to the former Emogene Strickland Lamphier of Branchport, NY for 42 years.  She predeceased him on May 27, 1997.On August 18, 1999, in Sweden Valley, PA, he married the former Janice J. LaBar of Galeton, who predeceased him on August 17, 2014.Norman worked in light industries in Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, California, and Oregon for over 37 years.An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hiking, camping, and exploring. A lifelong birder, he also was a self-taught naturalist, author, and photographer.  He loved cats and was “owned” by several over the years.  This ultimately led to an in-depth research of the Eastern cougar, past and present.  He was an active researcher for the Eastern Puma Research Network for over 14 years. Norman produced and presented slide programs on wildlife and nature and also produced wildlife artwork.  In his later years, he authored “Nature Rambler,” a book of essays of year around outdoor adventures.A life-long Seventh-day Adventist, he was a member of the Coudersport Seventh-day Adventist Church.Surviving are:  two step-sons and five step-daughters;  a sister-in-law, Judy Davis;  a nephew, Lawrence G. Davis II;  two nieces, Jennifer and Amber;  and several cousins.  In addition to his wives, he was predeceased by two step-daughters;  and a brother, Lawrence G. Davis of Silver Spring, MD.Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM.  Pastor Michael Bernard will officiate.  Military Rites will be accorded in the funeral home by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery, Sunderlinville.Online condolences may be expressed at