…Red Flag warning in effect….Elderly McKean County woman seriously hurt in collision….Buffalo driver arrested for drug possession in McKean County….Lawmaker introduces legislation controlling “drag” performances…National Weather Service  has issued a Red Flag Warning, which is in effect until 8 PM EDT this evening. The Fire Weather Watch is no longer in effect.

* AFFECTED AREA…Warren, McKean, Potter, Elk, Cameron, Northern

Clinton, Clearfield, Northern Centre, Southern Centre,

Cambria, Blair, Huntingdon, Mifflin, Juniata, Somerset,

Bedford, Fulton, Franklin, Tioga, Northern Lycoming, Sullivan,

Southern Clinton, Southern Lycoming, Union, Snyder, Montour,

Northumberland, Columbia, Perry, Dauphin, Schuylkill, Lebanon,

Cumberland, Adams, York and Lancaster Counties.

* TIMING…Through this evening.

* WINDS…West 10 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.


* MAXIMUM TEMPERATURES…Mid 70s to lower 80s.

* IMPACTS…Rapid wildfire growth and spread expected. Outdoor

burning is not recommended.


A Red Flag Warning means that critical fire weather conditions

are either occurring or are imminent due to a combination of

strong winds, low relative humidity and dry fuels. Any fires that

develop may quickly get out of control and become difficult to


For more information about wildfire danger, burn restrictions, and wildfire prevention and education, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website at http://dcnr.pa.gov/Communities/Wildfire.

McKean County

An elderly McKean County woman was seriously hurt in a collision last Wednesday in Eldred Township. According to state police, 85 year old Mary Hamilton was traveling north on West Eldred Road and entered the intersection of the Prentisvale Road without checking for clearance and collided with an eastbound  2007 GMC. Hamilton was  flown to UPMC  Hamot for treatment of serious injuries. The other driver, whose name was not released, suffered minor injuries. The Prentisvale Road was shut down for about two hours.

Troopers at Lewis Run arrested a 32 year old Buffalo woman for drug possession after being pulled over on Route 219 in Sergeant Township. Police claim an investigation turned up a small amount of marijuana and related drug paraphernalia in her 2015 Ford-150 XLT.


Following several PA events where drag performances appealing to children have been held, Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R-Lawrence/Butler) has proposed legislation in the state House to reclassify drag performances as “adult-oriented business.”  The legislation is intended  to protect children by banning drag shows on public property or in areas that can be seen by minors.

“Parents should have peace of mind that their children won’t be exposed to minor-marketed or sexually suggestive drag shows without their consent,” Bernstine said. “In no world should we be allowing these types of shows to occur in public libraries, schools or other public property where minors could see it.”

In April 2022, parents at a school district in Lancaster were shocked to learn about after-school X-rated drag shows occurring on school property. In October 2022, a sexually charged drag show for audience members as young as 13 was performed at the Rainbow Room in Bucks County. Bernstine noted that as an adult-oriented business, commonsense limits would be required to protect minors, including location of performance and age of the intended audience, among other considerations.

“It’s long been considered rational to protect minors from sexually explicit entertainment — it’s why we require warning labels and ratings on music and movies,” Bernstine said. “Parents would be outraged if schools were playing X-rated movies in the classroom. Banning drag shows from public property is a commonsense safeguard for our kids and parental rights.”