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Wellsboro Gazette (Newspaper) - May 4, 1983, Wellsboro, Pennsylvania Farmington to Get in Jobs Funds THE WELLSBORO Per Copy Part of the million in Jobs being made being made available in Pennsylvania to put people to work on soil and water tion projects is being directed to Tioga County for use in three arate projects two in boro and one in Farmington according to Don sey of the Wellsboro vation Service Soil Conservation vice in Harrisburg has been fied that they will receive which includes for the three Tioga County funds have been designated for 25 projects in 10 Lindsey Washington and The projects approved include accelerating flood prevention rehabilitation and maintenance of existing flood prevention treatment of critical areas on land and along land treatment on high erosion agricultural and facilities for public All of the projects are expected to be underway by Oct. with those in Farmington and the Wellsboro areas of Tioga County to be started by this Lindsey SCS officials across the Blood Collection Goals Fall Short Blood collections held at field on April 27 State College on April 28 fell far short of their according to Barbara Executive Di- rector of the Tioga County ter of the American Red targeted goal at the field bloodmobile sponsored by the Westfield Lions was 110 pints and we collected 69 and our goal at sponsored by Phi ma was 270 pints and we col- 173." puts us really behind in our collections for this McRath County is sending platelets to the Regional Blood Wilkes Platelets are used in transfusions to stop bleeding due to platelet The platelets must be within six had three platelet runs to the Northeastern Regional Blood Center in Wilkes Barre scheduled from the 28th next bloodmobile is set for May 27 at Williamson High Our targeted goal was 90 pints and we are hopeful that we can reach this goal and exceed it. The bloodmobile at Williamson will be held from a.m. to p.m. Everyone in that area is asked to help us in our blood col- lection McRath During the Mansfield bile one gallon pins were awarded to the Holly Crystal Johnstown and Ertel and during the Westfield bloodmobile two-gallon pins were awarded Dagmar Nola Burtch and Doris all of submitted a listing of possible jobs which were ready or nearly ready for Lindsey ex- Projects were selected from a national listing on the basis of jobs created and the un- employment levels of the counties Unemployment rates in counties which received funds in Pennsylvania ranged from 11.4% to 28 6% Most of the funds will be used for construction contracts vate contractors and suppliers who have been hit hard by the slowdown in construction will benefit from the jobs funds is happening is that funds are being made available under existing programs such as so that projects already but awaiting funding could be started right away to stimulate the job sey Farmington Project Of the is be- ing allocated through the Re- source Conservation and Program to fund two one in Farmington Tioga County and the other in Crawford Lindsey project has been slated for Farmington Township which involves stream bank restoration on Creek to reduce erosion tation and siltation in the stream to protect barns and other buildings in the project area from The Farmington project is dependent upon the state coming up with the rest of the money needed to complete the work which involves placing riprap along 1200 feet of the The project cost is mated at Work should be underway and completed by this Wellsboro Area Projects Of the million jobs will be spent through the Watershed Protection Flood Prevention Program with slated for two the Wellsboro area of Tioga both involving work at or near the sites of two of the three flood protection dams constructed with funding provided through the Soil Conservation Service Construction work on the voirs Kelsey and muk was originally completed between 1967 and 1968. Wellsboro Borough assisted by the vania Fish Commission chased the land for the reservoirs In Wellsboro continues to pay for its 25% share of the cost to provide recreation facilities at Lake and 100% of the cost to provide water supply age at Hamilton Lake 100% of the cost to provide flood protection was paid for through of the is to be spent in the area around Lake Don Lindsey has allocated funds to level the for- mer Meade Wellsboro dump area which is located above The Department of Environmental has been after Wellsboro for quite a while to get that area under control because of erosion which is causing sediment and problems in both Kelsey Creek and are planning to level off the formerly used by Wellsboro as its dump until the opening of the Hamilton Township landfill for county-wide We will then cover it up with stabilize and seed Lindsey hope to get that work started and completed this Another has been for use at the Kelsey Creek Dam are planning to take some sediment out of the sey Creek Lindsey erosion is occurring from a hill above sey and is putting an extra load of sediment in the pool area at the Every time sediment flows into the pool it limits flood control By ing the sediment the life of the reservoir will be This is not a critical problem but one that should be taken care increase in soil and water conservation construction will have several will help the construction create jobs in private and will cor- rect some of the more serious soil erosion and flooding problems in the Disaster Survey Being Made Larry administrative supervisor of Tioga County gency Management said that an aerial survey of the do damage in Tioga County was conducted on Tuesday A representative of the Emergency Management Agency from Selinsgrove and a National Weather Service staff member from Williamsport flew over the sites in a State Police Connolly said that his office is still collecting reports of maged buildings and property in an effort to determine if federal disaster relief might become He noted that guidelines for dis- aster relief require damage to at least 25 homes or businesses of which 40% or more is No accurate damage figure is but it's estimated that at least over million damage was done by Monday's Connolly is meeting today with fire chiefs from the ship area in an effort to identify all of the owners of damaged Losses at 17 locations are but not all owners have been found as of Wednesday Connolly In addition to the wind some minor flooding was reported in Elkland and reports of stone damage have also been re- Anyone in need of food or other assistance could call the American Red Cross office in Connolly said ten fire ments responded to calls during Monday's storm including and Mansfield Hires Robert Dewey Boro Begins June 1 The Mansfield Borough during their meeting held May 3, voted with the absence of man Robert to hire Robert O. Dewey of Coudersport as borough ently the borough manager of is slated to begin his duties in Mansfield on June 1st. The appointment is for a period through December 31, 1983 at which time the council will con- sider his reappointment for two Council President Wilson Rice explained that the appointment of the borough manager is normally a two-year and that the reappointment date would now coincide with the reorganization date of the council when new cers are elected every two 55, graduated from the Coudersport High School in 1945, spent two years in the U.S. and then graduated from field State College in 1950 with a B.S. degree in secondary He taught school in que Valley Joint School System and then became a self-employed insurance agent in Knoxville for about 15 While in he was the borough secretary and a Justice of the Peace In 1972 he became credit for the Charles Cole Memorial and in 1973 was employed as the Potter County Building ects From 1974 until 1978 he was employed by the ily Planning Council of Western and in 1978 he worked for the Potter County Commissioners with the county's planning He has been employed as Coudersport Borough Manager since 1979. Dewey brings to Mansfield a riety of managerial experiences from his position as borough ager of a borough of a police a public works and water and sewer Dewey and his wife Doris are the parents of four erley and Fredric Dewey is well-known in the area as a modern square dance caller for the Canyon who has been acting in the capacity of borough manager without salary since Thomas rer resigned the position in made a statement ing the operation of borough ness with the hiring of borough has been run by the employees for 10 Rice turn to page 2) So. Tioga Board to Discuss Personnel Changes May 9th combined with IELD 108TH YEAR NO 24 MAY The Southern Tioga School meets on May 7.45 p.m. in the North Penn High School to review and discuss the recommendations to be made by a planning committee appointed last fall which has been reviewing the operation of the entire dis- According to William Dis- the tee has studied the present tional the sports personnel enrollment and cation needs throughout the dis- in an effort to balance the Income projections and planned expenditures have been reviewed and changes in staffing and programs are expected to be presented in an effort to provide quality educational opportunities at a reasonable cost to the local according to Snee Snee noted that the final deci- sion tor any of these changes must be made by the entire board and that the recommendations being made by the committee are only suggestions and for making these The board is faced with a lem this year of being limited to only a 10% increase in real estate property tax rates because of a property revaluation in Lycoming Two Lycoming townships are in the Southern Tioga School Cogan House and and state law limits the amount of tax increase to ing the year following The board plans to increase the occupation assessment tax rate from 550 mills to a maximum of 800 mills according to a tion passed last the board may not opt for the imum increase according to Snee ONE OF THE hardest hit properties during day's tornado was the Willie Hunter farm located about three miles northwest of Little Half of a large storage shed was the mobile home was lifted from its foundation and moved several the upper portion of the cow barn used for hay storage was completely blown the Hunter residence was left nearly unscathed by page 2, and page 6, Twister Takes Toll Through Three Townships in County The winds that blew through a 10-mile stretch of Tioga County on Monday May 2, shortly before 8 p.m. have not yet been officially classified as a but to the owners of several erties in its it was definitely a devastating To re- damage to at least 17 erties in and Farmington townships have been reported by the Tioga County Emergency Management No personal injuries have been reported as a result of the According to Larry administrative supervisor of the the first report of sighting a funnel cloud was received by the Tioga County Communications Center at p.m. The first call for emergency aid was received at p.m. from the Gordon Doan farm of Route 249 between Shortsville and Little The coming from a westerly evidently first struck an Erway taking down a barn located about four miles northwest of Little In the same general two bile homes were one owned by George Butler and the other yet The twister next struck the perty owned by Willie tearing down half of a large age moving an unoccupied mobile home off its ripping the top portion of the cow barn off the cinderblock first and downed power Mike and Sue operators of the Hunter farm were standing in the front of the cow barn with their three-year old son when they saw the funnel approaching with a They took refuge in the feed room as the wind did its damage in less than a in their home near the were fortunate in that only minor damage was done to the Two more mobile homes in the tornado's owned by George Neal and the other nearby The twister next severely damaged two adjoining properties located about three miles north of Little A barn owned by Griffin was flattened and his pick-up truck was rolled onto its His wife Sharon described the storm as a screeching She said that and their two children were in one room of the house and tried to open a door to another room but could not pull the door open because of the Some shingles were missing from their house and the chimney was but the home was not too badly Their Roger and Shirley didn't fare as The front portion of their modular home was tered for yards over the hill be- hind their house They Were both in the rear portion of the home when the wind came crashing through the front window and lifted the I hadn't gone to answer the I would have been right in front of that Shirley The Gordon Doan just over the hill from the Griffin barn probably suffered the greatest amount of damage of that re- ported in the Lost was a 132' by 32' barn and a the roof from their and another smaller barn behind the Doans were in the cellar having just finished milking the cows when the storm The 52 cows were still in the barn along with 16 Many escaped but four of the cows had to be de- because of extensive in- Kemps Describe Instant Ordeal I've never seen a tornado before and I never want to see another said Donna Kemp of the Cummings Creek Road in mington Township Tuesday ing after the devastating winds had collapsed a two storage sheds and heavily damaged the home she shares with her band Robert P. Bob has lived here 50 in a house which has been in the same family for five must be a good house to withstand the beating it took last he knew a storm was that's why I called Bob home from his job at the Steuben Glass in Corning earlier in the We stood outdoors about 7 p.m. and it was really then we saw the funnel coming out of the Donna took a of it with his roid then he used the field glasses to see shingles and boards swirling in the We de- the cellar would be the est place so that's where we sounded like a a whistling with a loud roar We just made it to the cellar when it lasting maybe 20 seconds and then it was dust blew into our heard the crashing of buildings around went then it was calm The wind moved the car parked next to the barn which was A shed behind a woodpile taking along a but leaving the plastic case for the Another shed located about 100 yards from the house was toppled The front porch roof is without a trace Windows were broken and the wind rolled a bedspread off the house plants were strewn about the the upright freezer door was popped open and the meat strewn out on the kitchen Trees were one falling across Bob's new up but causing only minor Some of the roof was tak en off the house and several win dows ears are still ringing from the awful sound that the wind made said Donna just lucky that we weren't neither was our twister seemed to split ter it hit Bob To me H sounded like 100 locomotives It seemed as if the wind was coming from the south and the west at the same time just before we went to the cellar I don't want to see he added After their call for assistance was firemen and rescue workers helped get the entrapped animals from the load the milk cows on trucks and transported them to another farm in On the Butler Hill the home of Nettie and Raymond Bost and their five-year old de- as the twister came across an open Debris including the was scattered across the Nettie and her son had just left the home when the tornado looked back and it was Nettie Three horses and two ponies stood witbin a few feet of the home when it col- but none seemed to be in- still scared this morning and I haven't been able to get close to Nettie said on She and her husband and her Harry were trying to pick through the rubble to salvage anything that was left of their almost had this place paid Nettie the Ross Cummings barn was nearly totally ished when the winds uprooted trees and tore down at least half of the The barn was the scene of and Robert Southard's murders in 1982. The farm of Ron Costley was with the twister taking a silo and building as it continued on its de- Three barns went down on the Erma Davis property just off Tannery and some minor damage to the house was The home of Mrs. for- mer owner of was Severely damaged as the winds ripped off the roof of her home and damaged an attached A mobile home nearby be- longing to Harry Hallett was com- A vacant house owned Grant Reed was hit by a falling tree and the Gerald Phelps home suffered minor damage to a door and the roof The last place to be as re- ported to appears to be the Robert P Kemp home on the mings Creek Road related story WACC Budget The proposed million 1983-84 budget of The port Area Community College now has seven one nay and five deferral votes in its bid for approval by 14 of 20 soring districts April 27 28 29 30 2 3 High 59 70 78 67 Low 33 tr 48 0 49 tr. 54 Total for April 4.32 65 54 64 55 45 68 57 Total for May to date
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