FORKSVILLE TOWNSHIP — A 17-year-old Philadelphia boy is dead from a fall at World’s End State Park, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Around 8 a.m. Sunday, police responded to the park for the reported death, which they are classifying as accidental. An identity of the decedent and additional information about the incident is not available at this time.
Police are still investigating.
CANTON — Chief Oil and Gas LLC has responded to action taken by Canton Township supervisors last week to potentially suspend the company’s use of Beech Flats Road.
After Canton Township officials made claims that they would suspend Chief’s use of Beech Flats Road due to an alleged refusal by the company to complete a road maintenance project agreed upon in contract, Chief’s Public Relations Manager Jonah Howe has offered clarification that Chief offered to pay for 50 percent of the chip sealing project before the township moved to suspend them from the road.
In a letter sent to Canton Township Road Master Bob Petrowski on Oct. 22 from Jeffery Deegan, Chief’s construction and regulatory manager, Deegan stated that Chief has not accepted full responsibility for the upkeep of Beech Flats Road as the company is only one of many businesses utilizing the roadway but that they had offered to complete “more than our fair share” and pay for half of the tar and chip project “weeks ago.”
Deegan stated that Chief had been searching for a “competent tar and chip contractor” to complete the project.
Howe added that Chief “invested significant funding toward roadway upgrades, to support heavy hauling activities and minimize deterioration” when entering into the road use agreement with the township.
“We have continued to execute proactive maintenance practices for the past few years, since the agreement was originally established. At this time, the township is requesting that Chief completes a road preservation practice known as chip sealing. Oil for this type of project is not available during late fall and winter months. Road construction contractors, as well as PennDOT, recommend scheduling these activities in warmer months,” Howe stated.
In the letter sent to Petrowski, Deegan stated that the company has personally witnessed other companies using the roadway and listed four specifics examples including the “Strike/ETP Pipeline storage yard on the Moore Farm starting in May of 2018, Rockdale Marcellus LLC, Pad Billing and Drilling the Castle 4H Well in early 2019, Hawbaker hauling to the State Route 414 Slip Repair from Minnier Quarry in 2019 and local loggers and Game Commission timber sales from SGL-12 during numerous projects.”
In the letter, Deegan told that Chief’s offer to pay 50 percent of the tar and chipping project’s cost “still stands” but that the company has been “strongly advised” that they would be “wasting their money this time of year as repairs will not adequately bind the road and stone” due to cold temperatures.
Howe stated that Beech Flats Road is safe for travel however, as determined by a third party inspection service.
“Beech Flats Road is currently in good condition and is safe for the public to travel. We have hired third party inspection services to verify those conditions,” he stated. “Public safety, open and honest communication, ethical business practices and good neighbor initiatives are all an important part of how we conduct business in each of the communities we live and operate in. We take pride in supporting the Canton community through public outreach events and maintaining safe roadways during our operations is crucial.”
“The dialogue that we’re trying to have with the township is that Chief has historically been responsible and accountable for hauling activities on their roadways and we’re asking them to fairly require other companies, who are active on Beech Flats Road, to establish the same agreements and do their part,” Howe continued. “We have enjoyed working with the supervisors in the past and look forward to preserving that relationship.”
With a winter weather advisory continuing until 9 a.m. this morning, the National Weather Service and state officials are urging caution for those hitting the roads for their morning commute.
The National Weather Service predicted as many as 3 inches of snow could accumulate in parts of Bradford County overnight. Ice created from a wintry mix that fell earlier Monday evening could also contribute to slippery road conditions.
“Winter is again upon us and Pennsylvania’s state agencies are geared up to ensure resources and staff are prepared and ready to help,” Gov. Tom Wolf said in a statement. “It’s also time for all Pennsylvanians to be prepared to stay safe and warm.”
Local high temperatures are expected to remain below freezing today and Wednesday, which then could reach around 35 degrees Thursday and above 40 degrees for Friday.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, those heading out into the cold should make sure to cover their ears, mouth, head and face as much as possible, dress in layers, and make trips outside brief. Officials also stressed that infants and the elderly are at a higher risk for health issues related to the cold.
Wolf also reminded residents to check www.511PA.com or call 511 for updates on state road conditions.
“Making sure all Pennsylvanians are safe and healthy is my top priority,” said Wolf. “I cannot stress enough the importance for everyone to heed weather forecasts, listen to directions from emergency officials, and plan accordingly.”
ORWELL TOWNSHIP — Northeast Bradford honored local veterans with a traditional luncheon and assembly at the high school on Veterans Day Monday.
The school has held a Veterans Day assembly for more than a decade and held the luncheon for the past eight years, according to school officials. Both events are organized by the school’s National Honor Society.
The assembly was highlighted by special guest Marine Sergeant Eric Barrett, who held a question and answer session with curious students about what it means to be a Marine after a short speech about his service. Also speaking at the assembly were state Rep. Tina Pickett (R-110), who explained to the audience the symbolic meaning behind flag folding and presented the folded flag to Barrett, NHS adviser Matthew Fearnley, and others including students.
Also included in the assembly was a reading of “In Flanders Fields,” a poem written during World War One that references red poppies, a small red flower that would grow from the graves of fallen soldiers. Artificial red poppies, called Buddy Poppies, were given out to everyone in attendance.
“I think it’s a great honor that they’re recognizing us veterans now, back then it wasn’t that great, people were not happy about veterans,” said Burt Baldwin, a Vietnam vet, before the ceremony.
“Growing up here, you see what the Vietnam veterans and the Korean veterans didn’t get support that they deserved... I’m glad that they’re now getting the support and recognition they deserve, not just from the community but from everyone in the United States,” said Glen Owen the commander of the VFW Post 6284.
“It’s good to impress upon these kids that freedom and protection of freedom is pretty important,” said Stuart Brink, a Vietnam veteran with the VFW Post 6428. “People in this area treated me very well. The things you hear about bad treatment — that wasn’t the case around here... I think however the parents felt about those things was passed on.”