Saturday, April 21, 2012
Born October 31, 1946, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of the late Paul F. and Alma E. (DeLisle) Miller.
Mrs. Baker was a 1964 graduate of Port Allegany High School. She had been formerly employed at AVX in Olean, NY, for several years. Her favorite pastime was painting and drawing
She is survived by her children: Cassandra Buck of Bradford, Tammy Schneider-Ordonez of Houston, TX, and Johnny Baker, of Tampa, FL, five grandchildren, a sister Lois Clark of Port Allegany and a brother Arden Miller of Erie
At the request of Mrs. Baker there will be no public visitation. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date and time to be announced. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.
Memorials, if desired, may be made to the American Diabetes Association 1660 Duke Street Alexandria, VA 22314 or American Cancer Society 95 Main Street Bradford, PA 16701.
Online condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
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Mercy Flight was called in to transport a person to an out-of-town hospital.
Olean Road was closed during the investigation and cleanup.
We’ll have more information as it becomes available.
29-year-old Tara Link of Olean is accused of not reporting that she was receiving unemployment benefits from a job in Pennsylvania at the same time she was receiving benefits in New York.
From July to December of last year she received $4,800 in food stamps, cash assistance and Medicaid she was not entitled to. She is scheduled to appear in court May 15.
On Saturday, Pittsburgh Pirates righthander A.J. Burnett will make his fourth minor league rehab start and first for the Curve since suffering a fractured orbital bone during a spring training bunting drill. Burnett will toe the rubber for a scheduled 6:00 p.m. first pitch on the second Curve, Pa. Blue Out Saturday of the season with Burnett and the Curve donning special blue jerseys in support of Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania. Airtime on ESPN 1430 and the Curve Radio Network is set for 5:30 p.m.
Friday, April 20, 2012
The first is at Niles Hollow and Songbird Road and was called in at around 2 p.m. The second fire was called in at about 3:15 and is in Lafayette Township near the airport. The third is in Otto Township near the Rew service road. It was called in at about 3:30 p.m.
We’ll have more information as it becomes available.
The group emphasizes that its efforts to have select areas of the ANF set aside should not be viewed as a referendum on the legitimacy of timber harvest or even oil and gas drilling throughout the entire federal forest. They seek only to leave certain special areas of woodland in their pristine condition by law for future generations.
“We have concerned ourselves, since our inception in 2001, with preserving our cultural heritage here in Elk Township, which is indeed important,” noted ETHS Board Member, Dr. Julie Lindblom Boozer. “However, preserving our heritage goes beyond restoring historic buildings, such as the 1870s Scandia one-room school. Our forest and wildlife are vital components of Elk Township’s natural history and ecological heritage, as well,” she continued.
“Working with FAW on this effort for the proposed Scandia National Recreation Area and Cornplanter Wilderness dovetails nicely with our overall mission and goals,” concluded Boozer.
The group wants the U.S. Congress to act on the FAW proposal in order to leave the majority of the Allegheny Reservoir’s western shoreline in an undeveloped state in perpetuity – free from hotels, golf courses, resorts, and all other commercial development ideas that have been floated over the years. Low-impact, non-motorized forms of recreation such as hunting, fishing, hiking, horseback riding and other activities would be protected by these designations.
With the ETHS endorsement, to date nearly 50 local, regional, statewide, and national organizations representing hundreds of thousands of Americans have formally endorsed the Citizens’ Wilderness Proposal, which during the latest ANF Forest Plan revision received the enthusiastic support of more than 6,800 of 8,200 public comments, indicating support from more than 80 percent of respondents.
Pictured, members of Friends of Allegheny Wilderness hike through the wild interior of the proposed Scandia National Recreation Area during a backpacking trip into the North Hodge Run drainage in February of 2012.
Photo by Brent Silvis of Friends of Allegheny Wilderness.
Kappa Sigma Epsilon has been temporarily suspended while the school investigates the matter.
Friends of Army Sgt. Devin Snyder of painted her image and an American flag on a large rock alongside Interstate 390 in Livingston County. She died last June during an attack that killed three other soldiers.
Photo by Alan Hancock
“It’s called the stroke telemedicine program,” stated KCH ER Nurse Manager Cindy Salerno, RN, CEN, PHRN. “What that means is, when a patient comes to our ER with stroke-like symptoms, our ER doctor and nursing staff, and more importantly the patient, will be able to consult directly with a neurologist at UPMC Hamot in Erie."
"When an acute stroke patient arrives at the KCH ER, and the ER physician determines a call to UPMC Hamot is indicated, the call is made and a neurologist is dispatched to a specialized office to begin an assessment of the patient," Mary Parana, RN, ADON, Director of Outpatient Services at KCH noted. "This is possible because of mobile monitoring equipment that allows the stroke patient to be seen and be assessed by the neurologist with video camera and monitor at both Kane and Erie, so the ER physician, consulting neurologist and patient are able to see and hear each other."
A specialized stethoscope can be used on the patient, which allows the neurologist to hear the patient’s heartbeat from his office in Erie as well as if he or she were in the room.
"This type of assessment is important because with an acute stroke, time is critical. Patients need to be assessed by a specialist who has the expertise and who can help develop treatment options. Unlike when patients have a heart attack, and physicians in an ER can use an EKG machine to diagnose what is going on, diagnosing a stroke usually involves actually looking at the patient and talking to them. After the neurologist completes the examination, they consult with the ER physician and the patient’s primary care provider to decide the best course of action. In some cases, the patient can remain close to home and will receive treatment at KCH. Other times, it may be critical that the patient is transferred to UPMC Hamot for more specialized treatment," Salerno stated.
The telemedicine pilot program launched on Monday, April 16 and is available from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is the hope of both KCH and UPMC Hamot to eventually expand those services to be available 24/7.
Part of the pilot process involves the training of KCH ER nurses in the acute stroke evaluation process as well as building skills in the technology and equipment used in the exam to enhance the electronic exchange and ensure the consulting neurologist and patient have a full view of one another.
Who is at risk for Stroke?
There are a number of risk factors that could increase the likelihood of someone suffering from a stroke. Being 55 years or older, having high blood pressure or high cholesterol, or suffering from cardiovascular disease are all classic risk factors. You’re also a candidate for stroke if you smoke cigarettes or have diabetes. Being overweight puts you at risk, as does physical inactivity. Heavy or binge drinking or the use of illicit drugs—like cocaine or methamphetamines, increases your chances for a stroke.
The most common symptom is a sudden and severe headache, which comes out of the blue. Another sign you may be having a stroke includes trouble walking – usually this means stumbling or sudden dizziness or loss of balance. Trouble speaking – or understanding people talking – is another sign. Some patients find they’re unable to find the right word to explain what is happening to them. A good check is to try and repeat a simple sentence. If you can’t, you may be having a stroke.
Paralysis or numbness on just one side of your body or face may also develop. In these instances, try to lift both of your arms over your head. If you find that one arm begins to fall, seek medical attention. Additionally, one side of your mouth may droop when you try to smile. Some stroke patients complain about trouble seeing out of one or both eyes because of either blurred or blackened vision or seeing double.
If someone is experiencing any of these symptoms, they should call 911 and seek immediate medical attention.
The sooner a stroke patient seeks treatment, the better their outcome may be. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the greater the risk for possible brain damage or disability. In some cases, symptoms fluctuate or disappear. This is NOT a sign that you’re okay and do not need to be seen by a doctor. You should still call 911 so you can be taken to the ER. A good rule of thumb is to get to the hospital within an hour of the appearance of your first symptoms.
"Now, through KCH’s affiliation with UPMC Hamot, patients fearing that they are suffering from a stroke can receive the specialized diagnosis of a UPMC Hamot neurologist consult and the care they need at the Kane Community Hospital ER," Parana said.
The Stroke Telemedicine program, now in pilot, follows successful use of Telemedicine for cardiology consults at KCH. Pictured, ER Nurse Manager Cindy Salerno (posing as stroke patient, seen on the monitor) with Dr. DeMatteis and ER nursing staff in training session. Here they walk through a stroke assessment of patient with Dr. Kinem (visible on screen upper right) in Erie and Dr. DeMatteis at the KCH ER.
- Photo IDs issued by the U.S. federal government or the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania;
- Pennsylvania driver’s license or non-driver’s license photo ID (IDs are valid for voting purposes 12 months past expiration date);
- Valid U.S. passport;
- U.S. military ID - active duty and retired military (a military or veteran’s ID must designate an expiration date or designate that the expiration date is indefinite). Military dependents’ ID must contain an expiration date;
- Employee photo ID issued by federal, state, or a county or municipal government;
- Photo ID cards from an accredited public or private Pennsylvania college or university; or
- Photo ID cards issued by a Pennsylvania care facility, including long-term care facilities, assisted living residences or personal care homes.
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Low stream flows have forced officials to suspend water usage for the natural gas development (fracking) in portions of Pennsylvania.
A lack of snowfall this winter and a lack of rain this spring were the major players in abnormally low stream flows, low ground water levels and depleted soil moisture.
According to a report published by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission (SBRC), 17 separate water withdrawals were temporarily suspended.
The suspension, initiated to mitigate plunging stream flows in the basin affects 10 companies in five Pennsylvania counties. Those counties are Bradford, Luzerne, Lycoming, Susquehanna and Tioga.
Additional withdrawals may be suspended if rainfall continues to trend below normal.
According to officials, the restrictions are applied to various streams when flow rates reach a certain threshold and do not wait for declaration of a drought.
The abnormally dry conditions have also resulted in an elevated and extended wildfire season this year.
While a storm is forecast to bring some rain to the region this weekend, more rain (not in excess) is needed on a regular basis to reverse the building drought conditions.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Pennsylvania ranks 15th in the nation among natural gas producing states.
The school districts and they money they will receive are:
On April 16, 2011, an injured female bald eagle was captured near Union City by Erie County WCO Larry Smith. The injuries included problems with a wing and some missing tail feathers. The bird was emaciated and dehydrated and had suffered pellet wounds from a gunshot. Persistent infections resulted in a lengthy healing period. This mature bird was originally banded as a nestling near Vernon, Ohio, on May 11, 1992, making it 20 years old, and was an established breeder at the Union City dam nest for many years.
The second eagle, an immature female, also was picked up by WCO Smith, on July 17, 2011, from the Six Mile Creek area east of Erie. The bird is believed to have suffered from West Nile Virus, which caused its feathers to become deformed during development. As a result, this young bird could not fly. The rehabilitation effort involved waiting for all feathers to be naturally replaced during the molting process, and the new feathers came in normally.
These national symbols were cared for at the Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Crawford County.
“Tamarack is an excellent facility that we have worked with on numerous occasions, and they have proven themselves to be especially skilled when dealing with raptors including bald eagles,” said Keith Harbaugh, Game Commission Northwest Region director. “Sue DeArmont and her team at Tamarack are to be commended for their caring and compassionate work rehabilitating these eagles. We would not be here today to return these birds back to the wild if it were not for their investment of time, skill, energy, and money.” Harbaugh noted that Tamarack, as well as other Pennsylvania licensed wildlife rehabilitation facilities, do their work to benefit Pennsylvania’s wildlife without any direct funding from taxpayers.
Pymatuning was selected as the release site due to its abundant eagle habitat. The mature female eagle was not returned to the Union City area, because her mate successfully paired up with another eagle during her rehabilitation.
Game Commission photo
State Police say the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office used dental records to identify 92-year-old Reverend Thomas Hamilton of Great Valley, who was reported missing on November 11, 2010.
A hiker discovered the remains and Hamilton’s personal effects near the Art Roscoe Ski Trails in the Red House area of the park. They were found near where Hamilton was reported missing.
Foster had been with the Bradenton Marauders. The right-handed pitcher will be given a number once he joins the team in Altoona, according to the Curve's Director of Communications Mike Passanisi.
Foster is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Born November 11, 1913, in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late Joseph J. and Theresa Marie (Luzzi) Varatta.
On October 5, 1953 in St. Bernard Church she married Nick A. Mongillo who died on July 20, 2001.
Mrs. Mongillo was a graduate of St. Bernard High School and a graduate of St. Mary's Business School in Buffalo, NY. She had been employed as a bookkeeper at Bradford National Bank for fourteen yeas and then as the assistant city clerk for the City of Bradford for several years prior to her retirement.
She was a member of St. Bernard Church and a member of St. Mary of the Angels Church in Olean, NY.
Mrs. Mongillo was a former judge of elections in 6th ward district, a former member of the St. Francis Church Alter Rosary Society, the Bradford Hospital Auxiliary and the Olean Health Club.
Surviving is one nephew Joseph Varatta of Cincinnati, OH, two grand nephews, three grand nieces and 5 great grand nieces and nephews.
At the request of Mrs. Mongillo there will be no visitation. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Bernard Church at a later date and time to be announced with Rev. Raymond Gramata, pastor as Celebrant. Mausoleum entombment was in St. Bernard Mausoleum. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospital.
On line condolences may be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com
John Barber of Portville is charged with burglary, assault and several other offenses in connection to the March 3 incident on Pearl Street in Bradford.
Barber allegedly broke a front door window and kicked in the front door of the house. When police arrived, he told them to take him to jail because he broke into and entered the home, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.
Police say Barber was crying because his fiancé got hurt when he smashed the window, and that he was very sorry. He said he had been drinking, and he was upset because the woman and her ex-husband are still friends, and he snapped.
Barber is Free on $10,000 bail.
Police say the Jeep crossed into the path of the truck and they collided head-on.
The driver of the Jeep was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are withholding the person’s name until family members are notified.
The truck driver, 57-year-old Michael Barr of Kersey, was not hurt.
Television personality Dick Clark, the longtime host of "American Bandstand" and "New Year's Rockin' Eve," has died, his publicist says.
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Aaron Cobb is accused of raping a woman in his Congress Street apartment back in March. He and the woman agreed to meet in the parking lot of the Holiday Park Center in Olean and then he invited her back to his apartment, according to papers filed in District Judge Dominic Cercone’s office.
The pair started kissing in the kitchen of the apartment and then moved to the bedroom, where Cobb removed some of the woman’s clothes and then allegedly pushed her onto the bed on her stomach. He then allegedly removed his clothes, tied her hands behind her back with a rope and forced her to perform oral sex.
Cobb is free on $10,000 bail.
If you missed today's LiveLine with some of the cast members and the director of Bradford Little Theatre's "Stay as Dead as You Are" you can listen here.
An eight-foot-tall puzzle will be constructed Friday, April 20, to celebrate the uniqueness and unity of the St. Bonaventure University community. The Thisness Project, along with the Enough is Enough Campaign, will assemble an eight-foot-tall wooden puzzle at 12:20 p.m. Friday on the lawn near De la Roche Hall.
There are 53 pieces of the puzzle — which will spell out SBU — and each puzzle piece was decorated by members of a university club, organization or department on April 16 and 17 at the Merton Center using paint, decals, pictures and any other objects that portray the organization’s uniqueness. Friday’s ceremony will consist of building the puzzle, and comments made by members from various departments and organizations at St. Bonaventure.
“Each of us on campus, in our own uniqueness, forms a greater whole and each of us is important and worthy or respect. This event is tied to our Franciscan heritage and will help to show that we are all God’s creatures and no one should be treated without respect,” said friar Br. Kevin Kriso, O.F.M.
The Thisness Project was initially an anti-bullying campaign but ultimately turned into a project in which the university helps people to understand that everyone is a unique creation and discourages people from harming each other. The term “Thisness” was created in the 13th century by Franciscan philosopher John Duns Scouts, and it means uniqueness or distinctiveness of every person and thing.
Firefighters got the call at about 3:15 a.m. for 62 East Main Street. The blaze started in a first floor apartment.
The two residents of the apartment where the fire started were treated for smoke inhalation at WCA Hospital, and then released. Three other tenants were displaced by the fire and are being assisted by the Red Cross.
KARE for Kane, scheduled for Friday, May 11, 2012 from 9AM-7PM will match volunteers with beautification, restoration and other community-based projects. Volunteers will have the opportunity to sign up for a specific block of time during the day to work on projects that best suit individual needs and interests.
Some of the projects include Evergreen Park cleanup, painting, sidewalk sweeping, landscaping, window washing, and liter pick up along our community’s gateways. We are also in need of volunteers with pick-up trucks to assist with scrap metal and old appliance pick up.
Volunteer registration forms are available at the Kane Area Development Center, 54 Fraley Street in Kane. You can also download the form from the following website: http://www.kanepa.com/CMSFiles/KARE%20for%20Kane%202012%20Registration%20Form.pdf
Forms can be mailed or hand delivered to 54 Fraley Street, Kane, PA 16735. You can also fax completed forms to 814-837-8257 or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Projects will also be available for walk-ins. T-shirts and lunch may be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
KARE for Kane would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors and partners: ARG Resources, CNB Bank, Highlander Energy, It’s Judi’s Place, McKean County Conservation District, Kane Area Fire Department, Kane Borough, Kane Area School District, Kane Eagles, Kane Liquid Fuels, Kane Lumber & Fuel, Katy Realty, Kane Rotary, Keep PA Beautiful, Peterson Refrigeration, Printing Plus, Richgas, Segel & Son, SMP Pharmacy and Zook Motors. KADC and KARE would also like to extend a big thank you to Dan Dore, who repaired the blocks on the “wall” on Fraley Street. The wall will be primed and ready for paint on Friday, May 11th.
The remains were found in the area where the Rev. Thomas Hamilton was reported missing a year and a half ago.
The hiker made the discovery near the Art Roscoe ski trails in the Red House area of the park, and reported it to New York State Police.
An autopsy is being conducted today.
41-year-old Donna Cox of Olean is accused of not reporting her husband’s income, or that he was in the household, when she submitted applications to the county department of social services.
She received nearly $14,000 worth of food stamps she was not entitled to between April of 2010 and August of 2011. She’s scheduled to appear in court May 1.
34-year-old Tanya Palmeri of Salamanca is accused of not reporting that the father of her baby had wages, or that he lived in the household. Between September of 2011 and February of this year she received more than $7,000 worth of food stamps she was not entitled to. She’s scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.
By SANDRA RHODES
The Kids Derby at the Bradford Area Public Library is just a hop, skip and jump away – or in this case, a gallop.
This year’s Kids Derby is set for 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the library.
The library, located at 67 W. Washington St., started the Kids Derby to add to the “Triple Crown” of events leading up to the Derby Gala, which is held the same day as the Kentucky Derby.
“We wanted to offer the same fun festivities to the children that the adults get to partake in at the Derby Gala,” said Stephanie Parsons, children’s program coordinator at the library. “The children get to come play, create and expand their minds in their Derby experience.”
And parents will not have to “pony up” for this event – it’s all free.
This includes the children making their own Derby hats, balloon animals, cookie decorating, play games, clown, only rides and, of course, a chance to get their own library card. As in the Derby Gala, there will be a hat parade and prizes awarded.
The event is open to all ages, Parsons said, adding, “It is truly a family program.” Parents are encouraged to bring their own cameras to capture those special moments.
The focus of the day is two-fold, Parsons said. First, officials hope that the children will broaden their general knowledge about the Kentucky Derby and its place in U.S. history and culture. Second, it also gives the kids and their parents a chance to learn what the library has to offer.
“It is very important that the kids be a part of the Triple Crown event because we as the library feel we need to offer as much culture and entertaining, educational experiences for the children and their families in the community,” Parsons said.
“The library is a fantastic resource for our community,” she said. “By getting a child to visit the library, you offer two things – expanding your child’s mind with knowledge and creativity with each book they read and the more familiar and comfortable a child becomes with their library, the more likely they will use their library throughout their entire life.”
The library also hosts events for children throughout the year, including Preschool Story Hour and a children’s program on Saturday mornings.
The Triple Crown of events that have become a staple in the Bradford community each spring were developed to raise awareness and money for the BAPL Endowment Fund, which was established in 1984.
The “mane” event - the Derby Gala - will be held Saturday, May 5, at the
For more information on the Triple Crown of events, contact the Bradford Area Public Library.
The order is being issued because a pre-fabricated home is being delivered to the neighborhood.
People violating the order may have their vehicles towed.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Smith, who is now 32 years old, was just 13 in 1994 when he killed 4-year-old Derrick Robie in Steuben County.
He was sentenced to nine years to life in prison. Today was supposed to be his sixth parole hearing, but officials say they are waiting for more records before going on with the hearing.
Smith lured Derrick into woods, hit him with a rock, stuffed paper in his mouth and crushed his skull with a 26-pound rock. He is in the maximum security Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora.
He says the landscape on the Navajo reservation is amazing, and adds that this is the same place where John Ford shot "Stagecoach."
Johnny Depp plays "Tonto." Armie Hammer, probably best known for playing the Winklevoss twins in "The Social Network," plays The Lone Ranger. The movie is due out next year.
Perhaps the most closely scrutinized aspect of the Marcellus Shale legislation was the establishment of a local impact fee. The Governor and legislative leaders, including myself, spent a great deal of time discussing and debating this critical topic. The outcome of this process was the creation of a local impact fee, with the amount set by the state and proceeds collected by the Public Utility Commission (PUC). Counties and municipalities where Marcellus Shale drilling is taking place would be given the option to adopt the fee or risk losing their share of the revenue generated by the fee statewide.
Many in the legislature and the media criticized the local impact fee at the time of its passage. Some doubted whether counties would ever impose a fee, labeling the legislation “the art of maybe” and questioning whether it would ever provide the necessary revenue to state and local governments. One member of the House Democratic leadership even went so far as to call the impact fee a “sham.” Thanks in part to the actions of County Commissioners all over the Marcellus Shale region, the past two months have proven those criticisms, and others like them, not only unfounded, but flat-out wrong.
The agreed-to compromise contained in Act 13 was a fair and effective method of enacting a significant but competitive impact fee, by which the Marcellus Shale industry would supply much needed revenue to local governments whose constituents have been affected by the growth of the industry while also addressing statewide environmental and infrastructure needs.
Following the Luzerne County Council’s approval of the local impact fee on April 16th, all 37 counties in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that contain drilled Marcellus Shale wells have now enacted local impact fees. Although the legislation allows for a majority of municipalities in a county to adopt the impact fee if a county government fails to do so, that option will not be necessary as not a single county in the Marcellus Shale region has failed to adopt the ordinance in the allowable amount of time.
By September 1st of this year, hundreds of millions of dollars in impact fee revenue will have begun flowing into the PUC for disbursement to county and municipal governments and state agencies. These funds will support a wide range of important programs and positively affect all Pennsylvanians in some shape or form.
In areas affected by the Marcellus Shale play, counties and municipalities will receive an influx of revenue to be used for infrastructure improvements and environmental remediation projects. In addition, much-needed funding will also be available for law enforcement and judicial costs, as well as housing and rental assistance and vital social services programs.
Citizens across the state will also benefit. Businesses will save millions on fuel costs and improve the environment by converting vehicles to operate on compressed natural gas, a much cheaper and cleaner fueling option. Emergency responders will receive additional planning and training. Structurally deficient bridges will be repaired and replaced. Parks and greenways will be developed. Watershed and flood control projects will move forward. Acid mines will be remediated, abandoned wells plugged, and the Hazardous Sites Cleanup Fund will again have a sustained revenue source.
Pennsylvanians will soon discover, what some originally doubted, that Act 13 is an incredibly positive step in the right direction for our Commonwealth’s energy independence, our environment and our future.
Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati is currently serving his 3rd term in the Pennsylvania Senate. As President Pro Tempore of the Senate, Joe holds the third-highest constitutional office in the State. He was born and raised in Brockway, Pennsylvania and represents the 25th Senatorial District, which includes Cameron, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter, Tioga and portions of Clearfield and Warren Counties.