Potter County

The former Genesee Township Secretary/ Treasurer has been charged with theft. Coudersport state police allege 38 year old Ashlee Dreas of Ulysses stole township property and funds and used the township’s debit card for personal purchases between October 9, 2019 and October 8, 2020. Dreas was arraigned on charges of theft by deception, tampering with public records, receiving stolen property, access device fraud, theft by unlawful taking, theft of services, and failure to make required disposition of funds.

Elk County

Two Ridgway residents  escaped injury in a weather-related accident early Tuesday morning in Ridgway Township. State police said Jeffrey Woodford was going east on icy  Route 120 when his Suzuki Grand Vitara slid out of control on a slight right hand curve, crossed to the other side and struck a guardrail. Woodford was able to push the SUV off the road and into an adjacent pull off. Woodford and his passenger, Edward Switzer were using seatbelts.

Tioga County

Mansfield state police arrested a 55 year old Lawrenceville man for physical harassment in connection to a domestic violence assault last Thursday night  on Mystic View Lane. The suspect explained to responding troopers that in a fit of drunken rage over their son, he grabbed his wife’s ear, pulled on it and broke an earring.

No details were released regarding  an assault taking place last Tuesday afternoon at 9475 Route 249 in Deerfield Township. Roshanti Plaza, 39 of Knoxville is accused of attacking 65 year old Judy Taft.

The theft of a bicycle on January 15 on Mill Street Westfield is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. The Harlo BMX with black handles bars,  and orange pedals is valued at $579.00 and belongs to a 12 year old Westfield boy.

Statewide

For anyone who has thought about serving on a school board, borough council or township board of supervisors, Penn State Extension will offer a webinar, titled “Toss Your Hat in the Ring.”The webinar will take place four times: 2-3:30 p.m. and 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6; 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7; and 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9.

The event is designed for anyone interested in becoming a local elected official or learning more about the responsibilities of local officials, such as township supervisors, borough council members and school directors.

The session will feature:

— An overview of elected and appointed offices in Pennsylvania local government.

— The nuts and bolts of running for office, such as filing a petition, reporting campaign expenses and other requirements.

— Discussion from local officials about their experiences running for and serving in local office.

The webinar will not offer campaign tips or strategies, organizers noted. Rather, the session is aimed at helping attendees understand the roles, responsibilities and personal rewards that come with public service.

The registration fee for the webinar is $25. Registration deadlines vary by session.

Details and registration information is available on the Penn State Extension website at https://extension.psu.edu/toss-your-hat-in-the-ring or by contacting Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 or by email at ptw3@psu.edu.

Upcoming events:

January 28 & February 4: ServSafe—St. Marys

The ServSafe Food Safety Manager course, conducted by Penn State Extension, will be held at Saint Marys Community Education Council, 4 Erie Ave., # 200, St. Marys, Pa. The course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, January 28, 2023, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, February 4, 2023. The exam will begin at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 4, 2023.These in-person trainings, taught by certified ServSafe instructors, will help participants learn how to prevent contamination of food by properly receiving, storing, preparing, cooking, cooling and serving the food, as well as proper methods of sanitizing food service facilities.After completing the course and passing the multiple-choice exam with a score of 70% or higher, participants will receive a ServSafe Food Protection Manager certificate. This certification is good for five years. The new, lower course fee of $165 covers the cost of the most recent edition of the ServSafe Manager book, exam, answer sheet and learning materials. To attend the in-person ServSafe course and exam, participants should register by January 25, 2023.The TAP Online Food Safety Manager Certification course helps food service managers, chefs, caterers, cooks, health officials and inspectors prepare to take a Food Protection Manager exam, such as ServSafe, that meets regulatory guidelines for a certified food protection manager. The online portion can be taken anytime, but the exam is in person and proctored at a scheduled location.After completing the online course and passing the multiple-choice, proctored exam with a score of 75% or higher, participants will receive a Food Protection Manager Certificate, which meets the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture requirement for food safety certification. This certification is valid for five years. If you are uncertain as to whether you need certification, contact your regional Department of Agriculture office.The online course is self-paced, can be started anytime throughout the year and must be completed within 180 days of enrollment. The course fee is $145.Penn State Extension will follow applicable state and local restrictions and Penn State COVID-19 guidelines in effect at the time of an event regarding masking, social distancing and facility capacity limits.To register for either of these courses or to learn more, visit extension.psu.edu/foodsafety2023

January 25: Veterans Assistance—Kane

From 9 a.m. to noon. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is again offering area veterans the opportunity to work with a representative from the American Legion to ensure they get the services and support they need. Appointments are required for meetings with the Legion representative, whether they are in person, by phone or by tablet. The Kane office is located at 54 Fraley St., Suite 2. Please call 814-837-0880 to schedule an appointment.

Assistance is available with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. Veterans need not be a member of the American Legion to participate.

January 28: Winter in the Lumber Camp—Lumber Museum

Outdoor Activities 10a-3p. Equipment provided for use. FMI: www.lumbermuseum.org