…State police investigate two major thefts in Tioga County…Emporium driver arrested for hit and run….Schools encouraged to apply for agricultural grants…

Tioga County

State police at Mansfield are asking for help from the public in solving two burglaries on Merrick Hill Road in Deerfield Township. One  burglary took place March 12 at the home of an 84 year old Knoxville man. $70,500 worth of items were taken including several sets of historic coins, miscellaneous paper money , $2,000 in cash from a second floor bedroom, a brick of new $100 bills in series which were a Christmas present. Silver dimes dated pre-1964 ($15,500)

Silver quarters dated pre-1964 ($15,000)

Almost two complete sets of Indian Head pennies ($2,000)

40lbs. of mostly complete coin sets pre-1957 ($15,000)

15 sets of 24-karat Phil & Den mint gold quarters ($3,000)

Cash, miscellaneous change, and silver coins ($20,000) A black safe and door frame were damaged in the amount of $1150.00

Thieves damaged a door at a camp on Merrick Hill Road owned by a 74 year Caledonia man on March 15. Stolen items include a black Treadlock firearm safe valued at $200; a gray safe for personal accessories valued at $50….a single wooden door and frame valued at $50 and four coffee cans full of US change valued at $200. Anyone with information about the burglaries  is asked to call state police at 570-662-2151.

Cameron County

An Emporium driver has been arrested for a hit and run late Sunday night in Shippen Township. According to state police, troopers were called to 1011 Old West Creek Road where a westbound vehicle went off the road and failed to stop after hitting a mailbox. During an investigation, police found a piece of right front quarter panel of a vehicle. A canvas was done of the neighborhood  and a 2004 Dodge Ram pickup was found to have damage matching the found piece. The truck  owned by Jakeb Callahan of Emporium and he allegedly admitted fault.


Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding is inviting  schools and childhood education centers to apply for up to $15,000 per school through PA Farm Bill Farm-to-School Grants. Governor Josh Shapiro’s budget commits $500,000 for a fifth year to the program, which has awarded more than $1.8 million to 179 projects in 45 counties.

Up to $15,000 per school is available for projects aimed at improving access to healthy, local foods and increasing hands-on learning experiences for children in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

Farm-to-School Grants enriches the connection between families and local producers of fresh, healthy food by changing food purchasing habits in schools. Funded projects increase access to markets for local farms, and expose children early to agriculture, agriculture careers, and healthy food choices.

Any school district, school, charter school, private school, or center with prekindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, or middle school classes through eighth grade that participates in a Federal Child Nutrition Program is eligible to apply for up to $15,000.

Projects identify local farmers to supply fresh, in-season products to support educational programming, or cultivated their own school gardens. In addition to improving student access to local, nutritious foods, funded projects provide hands-on agriculture education experiences.

Grant applications must be submitted online through the PA Department of Community and Economic Development Electronic Single Application. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 19, 2023.

Full grant guidelines are published in the April 1 edition of the PA Bulletin.