Game Commission has bluebird houses and kits for sale. See story below.

Theft of Catalytic Converter in Harrison Township investigated….Mansfield state police have suspect in gun theft….sleepy driver unhurt in McKean County accident…..Emergency Services in three counties awarded grants….Game Commission has bluebird houses for sale….

Potter County

Coudersport based state police are investigating a theft taking place between midnight January 27 and 1:30 pm January 31 in Harrison Township. Thieves cut off and stole a catalytic converter from a Ford F-450 Super Duty truck while it was parked at the Potter County Women’s Recovery Program at the Northern Tier Children’s Home on Route 49. Anyone with information is encouraged to call state police at 814.274.8690.

Tioga County

Mansfield based state police claim they have a suspect in a burglary taking place between 4:00pm October 31 and noon November 6 in Gaines Township. Thirteen guns and a closed circuit security system were taken from the  house owned by a 62 year old Huntingdon Valley, PA woman. A search warrant was executed December 1 in Bucks County and several of the guns were recovered and the unidentified suspect was taken into custody.

DUI charges are being filed against a 45 year old Tioga, PA man by state police at Mansfield. Troopers allege the suspect was driving his 2016 Jeep under the influence of alcohol when they pulled him over on Tioga River Road in Tioga Township early January 29.

McKean County

Troopers at Lewis Run arrested a 35 year old Bradford woman for DUI after stopping her 2209 Chevrolet HHR on Thessen Ally in Bradford early last Saturday morning. Authorities claim the suspect, whose name they did not release was driving under the influence of both alcohol and drugs.

DUI charges are also pending against a 60 year old Kane man whose 2014 Ford was stopped on the Greendale Road in Wetmore Township, McKean County Sunday evening. Police also withheld his name.

A  sleepy Wellsville driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident just after 6:00 am Monday in Keating Township, McKean County. Troopers report Nathaniel Roeske fell asleep at the wheel of his 1999 Ford Ranger while going west on Route 6. The pick up went off the road and collided with a guardrail.

Region

Fire and emergency response organizations in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties have been awarded nearly $400,000 in grants from the state, according to an announcement from Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint). “Our fire and EMS companies across the state, and especially in rural areas like ours, are struggling financially and these grants go a long way toward helping to meet their needs,” Causer said. “We owe a great debt of gratitude to the men and women who work so hard to protect our communities, and I am pleased we can continue to support them with this valuable funding.”

The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC). All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not General Fund tax revenue.

Since its inception, the program has provided approximately $7.8 million in funding to fire and ambulance companies in the three-county area. Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or reduction of existing debt. This year, the funding may also be used to offset revenue loss due to limited fundraising opportunities resulting from COVID-19 restrictions.

Earlier this week, the House and Senate approved the use of $25 million in federal stimulus funding to provide additional support to EMS companies. That bill is pending the governor’s signature to become law.

Following is a list of local fire and ambulance companies and the amount of their grant awards. All companies that apply and meet requirements outlined by OSFC receive funding.

Cameron County

Cameron County Ambulance Service Inc., Emporium – $8,325.05.

Emporium Fire Department Inc., Emporium – $15.000.

Mountaineer Search and Rescue, Emporium – $5,400.

 McKean County

Bradford City Fire Department, Bradford – $8,325.05 for EMS operations; $15,000 for fire company operations.

Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $14,992.

Clermont Volunteer Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $15,000.

Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $15,000.

Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department, Derrick City – $15,000.

Eldred Borough Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Eldred – $15,000.

Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department, Eldred – $15,000.

Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department, Cyclone – $14,989.

Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane – $15,000.

Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $15,000.

Mount Jewett Area Ambulance Association, Mount Jewett – $8,325.05.

Mount Jewett Volunteer Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $14,350.

Otto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Duke Center – $8,325.05 for EMS operations; $15,000 for fire company operations.

Port Allegany Fire Department, Star Hose Company No. 1, Port Allegany – $15,000.

Port Area Ambulance Service Inc., Port Allegany – $8,325.05.

Potter County

Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Austin – $8,325.05 for EMS operations; $15,000 for fire company operations.

Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Coudersport – $15,000.

Genesee Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Genesee – $8,325.05 for EMS operations; $15,000 for fire company operations.

Goodyear Hose Company No. 1 Inc., Galeton – $15,000.

Kettle Creek Ambulance Association, Cross Fork – $3,767.70.

Kettle Creek Hose Company No. 1, Cross Fork – $13,200.

Roulette Chemical Engine No. 1 Inc., Roulette – $8,325.05 for EMS operations; $15,000 for fire company operations.

Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, Shinglehouse – $8,325.05 for EMS operations; $15,000 for fire company operations.

Statewide

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery wants to help you “spring” into the season and connect with wildlife in your backyard.

Bluebird nesting boxes built by staff at Howard Nursery are available for sale at the nursery office, as well as the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters, region offices and the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. Nesting-box kits also are available.

Nursery staff build bluebird and other nesting boxes during the winter for annual sales to the public. A single box sells for $14.84, including sales tax. When purchasing two or more boxes, the cost is $12.72 each, including sales tax.

Customers can select pre-built boxes or choose kits that can be assembled as a wood-working project. The kits provide a great opportunity for Scout troops, summer camps and conservation groups to get involved with helping wildlife. Special pricing is available for organized educational activities. Call the Howard Nursery or region offices for details.

A brochure of the Game Commission’s bluebird nesting boxes and other wildlife structures is available online by navigating to the Howard Nursery page at www.pgc.pa.gov. Place your cursor on the “Information & Resources” tab at the top of the homepage, then click “Get Involved,” and select “Howard Nursery” to find the “2022 Wildlife Homes Order Form.”

The Game Commission’s Howard Nursery has been manufacturing bluebird nesting boxes and box kits for more than 30 years. Each year, the nursery produces an average of 4,000 bluebird boxes and 10,000 kits. In addition to being sold to groups and individuals, they are also available to cooperators in the Game Commission’s Hunter Access Program.

The nesting boxes constructed at the Howard Nursery are approved by wildlife biologists and have been proven to attract bluebirds and other native species, such as tree swallows and house wrens. Bluebirds are beautiful songbirds native to Pennsylvania. They are cavity nesters that became less common because of a lack of suitable nest sites. Many nest sites have been lost through changing land-use practices, as well as urban and suburban sprawl. The decline in bluebird numbers is also due in part to non-native species, such as starlings and house sparrows, taking over bluebird nesting cavities.

Bluebirds are early nesters, and according to Game Commission biologists, now is the time to place new nest boxes, as well as to clean and repair existing boxes.

Boxes should be placed on a free-standing pole 3 to 5 feet above the ground, facing south, if possible, and facing a nearby tree or fence where young birds can safely land on their initial flights from the box. To reduce predation and competition from other species, no perch should be placed on the box; bluebirds do not need one.

Nesting boxes can be ordered and shipped directly from the Howard Nursery by calling 814-355-4434. Shipping and handling costs will apply. Shipping is not available from other Game Commission office locations. All purchases can be made with cash, check, money order or credit card. Sales will continue while supplies last.

The Howard Nursery is located at 197 Nursery Road in Howard, Pa. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The Game Commission’s headquarters is at 2001 Elmerton Ave., just off the Progress Ave. exit off Interstate 81 in Harrisburg.

Game Commission region office addresses and phone numbers are available on the agency’s website and in the Pennsylvania Hunting & Trapping Digest.

For more information on bluebirds, visit the Game Commission website www.pgc.pa.gov, click on “Wildlife” in the menu bar at the top of the page, then the “Birding” tab, and scroll down to “Eastern Bluebird” under the “Natural History” heading.

The  state Health Department reports the number of deaths in Pennsylvania now totals 41,897. Deaths  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area  to date are mostly  holding steady or inching up slightly.

Cameron 19

Elk 90

McKean 131

Potter 88

Tioga 187

Allegany (NY) 146

Cattaraugus (NY) 208