Thursday’s high, 67; Overnight low, 46
FRI-RAIN, HIGH 52
FRI NIGHT-RAIN, LOW 44
SAT-RAIN HIGH 49
SAT NIGHT-RAIN LIKELY, LOW 38
MOTHERS DAY-SUNNY, HIGH 59
SUN NIGHT-MOSTLY CLEAR, LOW 37
…Shinglehouse residents advised about possible scam….Mansfield police look for lost handgun….Penn State offers training first responder training for farm emergencies…Eldred war hero to be honored this weekend…..
The Shinglehouse Police Department is warning residents of a potential scam. Police report the department has received calls from area residents stating that they received a call soliciting money on behalf of the Shinglehouse Police Department. The criminals are also giving the correct department phone number. The Shinglehouse Police are reminding citizens that this is a scam and not to give the callers any personal information.
State police at Mansfield are looking for a pistol that was lost last week in Gaines Township. The Bond Arms Roughneck Series 45 ACP Caliber hand gun is greyish blue in color was lost on Big Buck Road last Tuesday. Anyone who finds the gun is asked to call the Mansfield Barracks at 570-662-2151.
The May 2 death of a 68-year-old Cumberland County farmer who succumbed to toxic gases while working in a silo underscores the dangers associated with agriculture, which is one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States.In 2020, 39 people were killed in farm-related incidents in Pennsylvania — an increase from previous years. These agricultural emergencies require specialized knowledge and training for first responders, according to Penn State farm safety specialists. To prepare emergency responders, Penn State Extension, via its Agricultural Safety and Health Program, offers numerous
trainings and demonstrations designed for fire and rescue services, emergency medical services, law enforcement personnel, and farm community members.Penn State’s Ag Safety and Health team has scheduled several grain bin rescue awareness training programs for 2022, including a summer course for Catawissa, Benton and Mifflinville responders and a course in Columbia County in late October. The six-hour program will teach emergency responders about hazards associated with grain handling and storage.The workshop will cover best practices for rescuer safety and explore strategies for managing a grain entrapment or engulfment incident. To gain hands-on experience, participants will use a grain rescue tube in Penn State’s grain entrapment simulation trailer.
Topics covered by previous workshops this year included both grain bin rescue awareness and grain bin rescue operations — a 20-hour program that builds upon the awareness course and is designed for first responders at a grain entrapment or engulfment emergency. Participants learn how to safely access an entrapped person and strategies to treat, free and package the person for a safe and efficient extrication from the grain bin.
Other training programs available to first responders include:
— Introduction to agricultural emergencies.
— Managing tractor and machinery emergencies.
— Silo fire awareness.
— Silo fire operations.
— Large animal rescue training.
These programs can be customized and offered on request, Michael said. First-responder organizations throughout Pennsylvania interested in a program can submit a request to the Ag Safety and Health Program to bring the training to their county. Classes may be scheduled individually or through a county task force. The Ag Safety team can provide more information about fees and availability.
In addition, the Ag Safety and Health program offers numerous farm safety demonstrations that can be reserved or borrowed by contacting the program through email or by phone. One demonstration illustrates how grain flows in storage structures and the rescue procedures that can free a victim entrapped in flowing grain.
Another demonstration, the “Mini-Tilt Table,” educates participants about rollover incidents by displaying the center of gravity and the stability baseline of a tractor, skid steer loader and all-terrain vehicle. For a younger audience aged eight to 16, “Mr. Egg” demonstrates a tractor’s center of gravity and stability baseline.
Events scheduled for 2022, such as Ag Safety Day and a 4-H animal science camp, will utilize demonstrations to raise awareness about farm safety among children, who are a crucial audience. In 2020, nearly 26% of Pennsylvania farm fatalities were children ages 19 and younger.
More information and resources, including articles, videos and courses, are available on the Penn State Extension website at https://extension.psu.edu/business-and-operations/farm-safety.
Sgt. Neil K. Dorrion, who served in World War II and was then killed in action while serving in Korea, will be honored this weekend with a bridge in Eldred Township dedicated in his honor, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter).The public is invited and encouraged to join in the dedication, which will be held at noon on Saturday, May 7, at the Eldred WWII Museum, located at 201 Main St., Eldred.Saturday’s agenda will include state, county and local officials; area veterans groups; and Dorrion’s second cousin who first suggested naming the bridge in Dorrion’s honor.Under Act 64 of 2021, the bridge carrying State Route 1011 over Mix Creek in Eldred Township, McKean County, is designated as the Sgt. Neil K. Dorrion Memorial Bridge.
Dorrion grew up in the Eldred area, served in the U.S. Army during World War II and reenlisted in April 1949. He served as a medic with the Medical Company, 5th Regimental Combat Team, 24th Infantry Division. He was killed in action on Nov. 4, 1950, at Kunu-ri, North Korea, while tending to his wounded comrades.He was awarded the Silver Star, Purple Heart, Bronze Star with ‘V’ for Valor, Good Conduct Badge, Combat Medical Badge, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Presidential Unit Citation, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, Pacific Theater Ribbon with Star and the World War II Victory Medal.
The PA Department of Health reports, there have been 44,733 Covid 19 deaths in the state to date. Deaths in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area to date are holding steady.
Cameron 21 Elk 101
McKean 141 Potter 92