Dancer the reindeer is pictured during a press conference, announcing that Santa’s reindeer have received a clean bill of health and are cleared for take-off on December 24,

….Minor injuries reported when school bus hits deer in Tioga County….Genesee teenager charged with assault….

Tioga County

Minor injuries were reported following a collision between a deer and a school bus in Knoxville Wednesday morning. According to Mansfield state police Bonnie Bolger was driving a Thomas Built Bus loaded with 34 students west on Route 49  when a deer tried unsuccessfully to cross the road in front of the bus. Bolger swerved causing the bus to hit a guardrail on the south side of the road. The bus then traveled to the north side of the road before coming to rest on the north shoulder. Bolger and five students were taken to UPMC Soldiers and Sailors for treatment of minor injuries.

Potter County

A 16 year old Genesee boy has been charged with physical harassment for a domestic violence assault Monday evening on the North Brookland Road in Ulysses Township. Troopers claim the teen struck a 42 year old man in the back of the head and then repeatedly struck the victim several time before troopers arrived.

Elk County

State police at Ridgway investigated a hit and run taking place Monday afternoon at the St. Marys Walmart, an unknown vehicle caused minor damage to a legally parked 2018 Cascadia Freightliner. No video surveillance tape was available to provide clues.

Well here’s some good news., Agriculture Secretary

Russell Redding and Pennsylvania State Veterinarian Dr. Kevin Brightbill joined Santa Claus and his nine reindeer at Hersheypark Christmas Candylane yesterday to announce that they have received a clean bill of health and are cleared for take-off on December 24.”Not everyone knows what

takes place behind the scenes to allow Santa and his nine reindeer to take flight on Christmas Eve,” said Agriculture Secretary Redding. “Thanks to Dr. Brightbill, his counterpart in the North Pole, the care of ZooAmerica veterinarians, and Santa’s due diligence, families can expect gifts under the tree Christmas morning.”

The reindeer, answering to the names of Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder, Blitzen, and Rudolph received clearance to fly to Pennsylvania from Dr. Robert F. Gerlach, Alaska’s state veterinarian. This Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and Permit to Ship allows them to fly from rooftop to rooftop in PA for the purpose of toy delivery.

“I’m grateful to Dr. Gerlach for his thorough inspection of these reindeer,” said Dr. Brightbill, Pennsylvania’s state veterinarian. “According to their certificates, despite one’s glaringly red nose and their magical ability to fly, word is that they’re in extraordinary health!”

Such certificates are required as an assurance that contagious diseases are not carried across state lines. Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture veterinarians supply these certifications for animals residing in PA before they’re transported across state lines.

To learn more about the department’s efforts to protect animal health, visit agriculture.pa.gov.