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1 LOCAL NEWS: Countyy benefits from data sharing accord, Page 3 PENS FALL TO CHICAGO Mostly sunny High of 39 Chicago defeated Pittsburgh 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday night. SEE PAGE 7 Wednesday January 6, 2016 CAVALIER TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND D Dutch win The Cavaliers are hosting their 8th grade tournament Saturday and Sunday. SEE PAGE 6 St. Marys, Pennsylvania 50 Vol. 105 Do you have a news tip or story idea? Contact The Daily Press newsroom at or send an to smdailypress.com By Amy Cherry Staff Writer Cabinet Sale Kitchen & Bath January 4th - February 15th LIST PRICE Extra 5% off Selected Styles SUBURBAN BUILDING CENTER, INC. JOHNSONBURG RD. ST. MARYS, PA FAX: (814) Photo by Amy Cherry Danielle Tettis and James Condon are shown being sworn onto the SMASD Board of School Directors on Tuesday evening after they were elected by the current school board to fill two vacant positions. AFFORDABLE CONTRACTORS PROFESSIONAL DRYWALL FINISHING No. 277 School board elects two new members KITCHEN 55% OFF The Dutch wrestlers held on to down DuBois Area during a match in DuBois on Tuesday. SEE PAGE 6 The St. Marys Area School District Board of School Directors welcomed two new board members, Danielle Tettis and James Condon, on Tuesday evening. Four candidates submitted letters of interest and met with the school board prior to the meeting where they were provided information about the board along with reviewing various procedures. During the meeting each candidate introduced themselves and provided their background information. Jude Salvaggio and Lisa Sorg also applied for the positions left vacant by longtime board member John Mulcahy whose term recently expired and by the resignation of Matthew Quesenberry as he recently took office as the newest Elk County Commissioner. Both positions are two-year terms. A primary requirement of candidates is they must reside in PLASTER REPAIR WATER DAMAGE REPAIR INTERIOR PAINTING PLUMBING & HEATING KITCHENS & BATHROOMS By Joseph Bell Daily Press Editor EVERYTHING UNDER ROOF REMODELERS 30 years experience. Call We Call Back PA Mike DeLullo See Board, Page 2 Part of voter redistricting plan axed Cars line up to try new eats at Taco Bell NO SANDING NO MESS Snow Plowing Excavating Land Clearing Underground Utilities Stump Removal Tree Services Available Road Installation Hardscaping and Much More! the Region 2 area encompassing voting districts 2-7 which include the areas of Church, Diamond, Washington, Brusselles and South Michael streets. Tettis is a 2003 graduate of SMAHS and was class valedictorian. She earned a degree in physician assistance science from St. Francis University and for the past 7 1/2 years has been employed as a physician s assistant with Dr. Marchioli s office at the Hahne Regional Cancer Center at Penn Highlands DuBois. As part of her job Tettis travels throughout the area often treating patients in Ridgway. Condon is also in the healthcare field working as a family nurse practitioner. Condon and his wife, who is also a nurse, have two children currently attending South St. Marys Street Elementary. He has also served on the St. Marys Board of Health. Photo by Amy Cherry Vehicles have been lining up to visit the new Taco Bell fast food restaurant in St. Marys which opened this week. The restaurant is located along the Million Dollar Highway at the former site of Pizza Hut. RIDGWAY County officials on Tuesday morning announced that a December court petition proposing the redistricting of several polling locations in Elk County will be modified to exclude the possible consolidation of the Highland Township and James City voting districts. The petition was filed with the Court of Common Pleas on Dec. 3, 2015 with a hearing scheduled for Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. in the main courtroom of the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway. According to County Elections Director Kim Frey, there are 176 registered voters in James City and 125 in the Highland district. She said the idea of consolidation came about after figures illustrated that voter registration numbers were declining in See Voter, Page 3 Personal albums occasionally yield historically significant photographs By Becky Polaski Staff Writer Editor s note: This is the fourth in a series of articles based on a presentation made by local historian Ray Beimel on the photographers who have helped document the community s history. -Family photo albums often contain pictures that are important to that particular group of people, but might not hold as much value to the community at large. However, occasionally there ends up being pictures within that album that do hold some historical significance. This proved to be the case for an album of photos taken by Jack Speer, son of John Speer, who started Speer Carbon Company. Local historian Ray Beimel explained that Jack Speer lived in the area of Straub Brewery, and while the album of his photos contained a number of personal photos, it also provided the historical society with one of the best pre-1940 photos they have of Straub Brewery. Even though there are a lot of pictures of dogs because after all the Speers were big See Albums, Page 2 Photo from the St. Marys Historical Society collection This photo, taken by Charles Lion in October 1913, shows the first airplane to fly in St. Marys. It was from an exhibit at the resurrected Elk County Fair that year. It took off from a field across from the County Home. It is a Curtiss Pusher. The pilot s name is not known.

2 2 The Daily Press Commissioners, various boards reorganize Tuesday By Joseph Bell Daily Press Editor RIDGWAY The Elk County Board of Commissioners reorganized Tuesday morning following the November election along with the county s salary and retirement boards. Incumbent Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer, who was chairperson of the board of commissioners for the last 16 months of her first term, will continue at the helm for the Albums Continued from Page 1 dog people and there are pictures of gardens and flowers in this album, there s this picture of the brewery, and it is one of the better ones we have from that era, Beimel said. So, we like to tell people, Let us see the pictures because we can tell which ones are important and which ones are not. Another collection of photos that have proven to be important to telling St. Marys story were taken by Joe Williams. Joe s albums were locked in a vault in company headquarters, and the Stackpole Carbon Company brought all the stuff in and they invited me to take a look. We couldn t save everything because there were huge piles of it, but one of the things were two albums of pictures, Beimel said. Like Speer s album, not everything in Williams collection was useful in terms of helping to preserve the history of the community. There were pictures of cute girls, Beimel said. Joe liked to take pictures of girls standing barefoot in water holding up their skirts and exposing their calves. However, there were also other photos that proved to be of greater value. He also took a sequence of pictures about paving Brusselles Street that would be like the instruction manual for paving with brick. Every step of the way grading, mixing the concrete with the steam powered mixer, putting the sand down, the whole business Joe took those pictures. Why? I don t know, Beimel said. While looking through an album of photos taken by Charles Lion, Beimel came Edward Gerg, LUTCF Agency Owner Gerg Insurance Agencies St Marys: Warren: Ridgway: Elk County Board of Commissioners When: Tuesday, Jan. 19 Where: Courthouse Annex, Conference Room No. 2 Time: 10 a.m. first 16 months of her second four-year term. Kemmer will serve as chairperson from Jan. 1, 2016 to April 30, The chair will then go to Photo from the St. Marys Historical Society collection This photograph from the Jack Speer album shows Straub Brewery sometime before Photo from the St. Marys Historical Society collection Pictured is a steam powered cement mixer used in the paving of Brusselles Street in The building behind the mixer is the Temple Theater. The photo is from the Joe Williams albums. across another rare find: a photograph of the first airplane to fly in St. Marys. The plane, a Curtiss Pusher, took off from a field across from the County Home in October of 1913 and was an exhibit at the resurrected Elk County Fair. Think about that in the context of 1913, Beimel said. Flight is only like nine-and-a-half years old. This is like the coolest thing ever in civilization, and one of them, nine-and-a-half Edward Gerg, LUTCF Agency Owner 24-Hour Customer Service newly elected Commissioner Matt Quesenberry from May 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, For the last 16 months of the four-year term, Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg, elected to his fourth term in November, will serve as chairperson from Sept. 1, 2018 to Dec. 31, Department appointments were unchanged except for the county s planning department. Quesenberry, formerly director of the county s years after the Wright Brothers, comes to St. Marys, lands, and flies around. That had to be a huge thrill for the people of St. Marys and Elk County at that time to be able to see this great wonder. Charles Lion made sure that we had a good quality photograph of it. GET YOUR VEHICLE LASER DRI At DeLullo s Car Wash planning department, was elected commissioner in November. Officials on Tuesday morning acknowledged that Jodi Foster is currently serving as interim planning director while the position is advertised. Foster is also the planning department s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Coordinator. Positions unchanged include Jean Zore as chief clerk; Thomas G. Wagner as solicitor for the commissioners office; Nancy Baker for Children and Youth Services; Tyler Daniels - Chief Assessor/Tax Claim Director; Michael McAllister - Civil Defense; Sherri Lovett - Rescue 911; Kim Frey - registration/ elections; Leslie Neal - Veterans Affairs; and Tom Coppolo as mental health hearing officer. Depositories include County National Bank of Ridgway, Northwest Savings Bank of Ridgway, PNC Bank of Ridgway, First Commonwealth Bank of St. Marys and Farmers National Bank of Ridgway. The county salary board is comprised of Freeburg, Kemmer, Quesenberry, Treasurer Peggy Schneider and Chief Clerk Jean Zore. The chairperson of the Elk County Commissioners is automatically the chairperson of the salary board. Board Continued from Page 1 Bert Sorg, school board member, asked each candidate if they knew anyone on the board and if any board members discussed joining the board with them. Superintendent Brian Toth explained that while numerous candidates ran for school board positions during the recent election, the top vote-getters were not from the Region 2 area. Sorg stated he did not feel it was appropriate to meet with the candidates prior to the meeting. Toth disagreed, replying it was appropriate as they were provided with information pertaining to the board and its procedures. Sorg noted current board members were never provided such information prior to them running for election to the board. Toth said he would gladly provide that information if requested. We re elected. They are not, Sorg said. There were two rounds Serta Mattress Red Tag/Year End Clearance Sale 60% OFF ON SELECT MATTRESSES & Salary board members voted to approve a $200 increase for solicitor compensation for the treasurer s office. Schneider said Dave Pontzer currently serves as her office s solicitor. Officials also voted to approve a 3 percent salary increase for non-union employees within the commissioners office (including solicitor), sheriff s office, treasurer s office and the judicial department. This increase does not include elected officials; they previously received a 2 percent increase effective over the course of their four-year terms. The county retirement board is comprised of Freeburg, Kemmer, Quesenberry, Schneider and Zore. The chairperson of the Elk County Commissioners is automatically the chairperson of the retirement board. of voting as part of the appointment process. Each of the school board member s name was called randomly after which they stated who they wanted to cast their vote for. This step was then repeated allowing for two rounds of voting for each candidate. During the first round, four of the seven school board members cast votes for Tettis. Condon received five votes out of seven during the second round. After the appointment of the Tettis and Condon they were each sworn onto the board by Clythera Hornung, board president. Hornung said this was one of the most unique processes she has been involved with throughout her experience serving on multiple boards and commissions. I am impressed with the caliber of people who expressed interest in being part of the school board, Hornung said. Queen Set Just $ 499 Huge savings on all close out models! All sizes and comforts. Hurry in while selections are at their best. Financing available on purchases of $500 or more. Free Delivery and set up, removal of old mattress too! 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3 The Daily Press3 County benefits from data sharing accord By Joseph Bell Daily Press Editor RIDGWAY County fficials on Tuesday anounced a data sharing greement with Seneca esources that will proide officials with upated aerial maps of Elk ounty. According to county T/GIS Director Jim Abey, Seneca officials in 014 were conducting aeral photography for their Voter LAMAGNA MOZZARELLA 3.47lb. sliced DELULLO S SAUSAGE ASIAGO ROLLS pk HARVEST SALAD 3.67 delullosdeli.com Lettuce, Cranberries, Walnuts, Gorgonzola holdings and made an offer to Elk County to join the venture for $10,000, roughly one-seventh of what it would cost to do it alone. After internal discussions, Seneca decided with all the activities in several counties, they were going to offer it to the county free of charge, they just wanted us to sign a licensing agreement agreeing to certain conditions Continued from Page 1 everal precincts. Ridgway First Ward 202 voters) and Third ard (458 voters) also ould be combined if aproved, and vote at the ounty courthouse annex ym, as well as the fourth 460 voters) and fifth (420 oters) wards in Ridgway, nd they would vote at he Lutheran Church. The first and third wards would become Ridgway First Ward; Ridgway Second Ward would remain the same with 896 voters; and the fourth and fifth wards would become Ridgway Third Ward. Voters in Caledonia (200 voters) may soon relocate to Weedville (1,079 voters). Under the proposal, they would all vote at the Wesleyan Church along state Route 255 in Weedville. It would be known as the Jay Township Ward. The court petition now will be amended however, to exclude the Highland Township voting district and James City voting district. We had a gentleman [James McClain] come to our meeting in December and he expressed his concerns regarding the change, said Elk County Commissioner Jan Kemmer. Part of Highland Township s polling place includes people from Owls Nest and he felt that those people having to bypass Highland Township and continuing on into James City would add over six additional miles. McClain felt the consolidation was excessive and requested that county officials allow the polling places to remain as they currently are. I also had phone calls from voters in Highland Township who were unfavorable to the change for various reasons, but they claim that they appreciate having the polling place in Highland Township, and they don t have a community building or a municipal building, it s all they have is that polling place, Kemmer said. I personally appreciate the fact that they took enough interest in their government to comment or come forward and express an opinion. In addition to dwindling voter numbers in the aforementioned polling locations, Frey said the possible consolidation is also an effort to make things more efficient so that when the voters went to the polling places, it was more efficient and STELLA PARMESAN GALIKER S MILK lb. piece JUMBO EGGS 1.69 ½ gal. 2% doz. CHIPPED HAM 2.17 lb. Like us on Facebook sliced. we had poll workers to cover the areas. She noted a shortage of poll workers at the James City voting district; there were reportedly just three workers present at the last election. If the judge had approved the redistricting, we d have to move the James City polling location from the James City fire hall to the municipal building in [James City] because the fire hall cannot facilitate four [voting] machines, it s just not big enough, Frey said. The municipal building is bigger and with more space. Taxpayers who reached out to government officials also said that this would be unfavorable as well, according to Kemmer. I feel that we put it out there, the petition, the process, and it helps us to see what the voters want, said Elk County Commissioner Dan Freeburg. I think we ve heard from the people and Ridgway, Weedville and Caledonia, those consolidations still make sense to me, but we don t want to disenfranchise the voters or give them a rough time. Freeburg made a motion to modify the petition to eliminate the Highland Township-James City consolidation; the motion 1,000 JACKPOT BINGO ECC Music Boosters Friday, January 8 th ECC CAFETERIA Doors open at 5 pm Early Birds at 6:45 Bingo at 7 pm Dean Hansen - Chair FREE LUNCH KEYSTONE HARDWARE 14 Main Street Ridgway, PA OPEN WEEKDAYS 8:30am - 8:00pm Saturday 8:30am - 5:00pm Sundays 9:00am - 3:00pm on how we use the information, Abbey said. For example, we can t sell the data, things like that. It s a formality for us, but it s going to save us $70,000 to $80,000. We ll have updated area photography and before that we had the PA map program provided by the state which is no longer done and that was in 2006, and those aerials have changed significantly. Abbey said the maps are valuable for many county departments, and particularly for 911 emergency purposes. It s very valuable to us, he said. We can t make it public in that we can t give a copy of it out or sell it to someone, however if someone wanted to come in and have a large map printed out for a hunting area or something, that is something that is allowable under our agreement, I just can t give out anything digital. Abbey praised the quality of the aerial photography, noting that the same scanners were used for the 2006 PA map flyovers which are no longer produced. As an example, the assessment office was able to use it in 2006 as they were reviewing some was seconded by Kemmer, and passed unanimously with newly elected Elk County Commissioner Matt Quesenberry voting aye after brief discussion. We ve heard from quite a bit of people in Highland Township and they do not want to see this go through, Frey said. of the old permits that they had, and they would see that a person didn t get back to them, but the flyover would show that they added on to a home, things like that, Abbey said. I was able to pick up extra camps and things that I was able to address. Beforehand, I couldn t identify them but they stood out relatively easily on these new aerials. Quesenberry discussed a variety of ways to ensure that the voters were aware that the consolidation would not be implemented. These included personally contacting McClain, who is an elected voting official for the Highland Haven Club (Snowseekers Club) polling place in Highland Township, sending out THINKING GOLFING? Think Lakeview Lodge Treasure Lake! THINKING DINING? Think Lakeview Lodge Treasure Lake! THINKING GOLFING? Think Lakeview Lodge Treasure Lake! THINKING DINING? Think Lakeview Lodge Treasure Lake! THINKING GOLFING? Think Lakeview Lodge Treasure Lake! THINKING DINING? Think Lakeview Lodge Treasure Lake! su do ku Here s How It Works: 9x9 grid, broken down into nine 3x3 boxes. To solve a sudoku, the numbers the easier it gets to solve the puzzle! National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day this Saturday By Joseph Bell Daily Press Editor RIDGWAY Nationl Law Enforcement Apreciation Day is being elebrated this Saturday cross the nation, and fficials in Elk County re paying tribute to the rea s law enforcement fficers. We have excellent olice, not only the state olice presence in Elk ounty but the departents in Ridgway, Johnonburg and St. Marys, nd they work cooperaively and there is an utstanding drug task orce as well, said Elk ounty Commissioner an Freeburg, noting e received the informaion from Phillip G. Hoh, resident of Bucktail odge No. 96, Fraternal rder of Police, and a reired member of the St. Marys Borough and City Police Department. They put their lives on the line for us every day, Freeburg said. We certainly want to recognize them for their service. According to Hoh, the lodge has members, both active and retired law enforcement officers, from Elk, Cameron, McKean and Potter Counties. The men and women who serve our communities risk their lives daily serving us, Hoh said. We are no strangers to the sacrifices they make and knowing that they risk their lives for us. We, in our area, have seen our law enforcement officers injured and killed. Please join us in support of law enforcement not only on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, but every day. Hoh shared information from the Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania State Lodge, calling on all Pennsylvanians to join them and law enforcement associations across America to celebrate National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Saturday, Jan. 9. It is essential that we all take the time to support the dedicated men and women in uniform who protect us, said Les Neri, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania State Lodge. Law enforcement officials, along with their families, show bravery and sacrifice every day. That courage deserves national recognition. National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day grew out of negativity directed toward law enforcement nationally. There is a need to show law enforcement officers that people recognize the difficult career they have chosen in public service to us all. On Jan. 9, the Fraternal Order of Police, Pennsylvania State Lodge calls our nation s citizens to action in support of law enforcement. Individuals can show their support in a number of ways, including: Change your profile picture on social media to support law enforcement. See a police officer? Thank a police officer. Wear blue clothing in support of law enforcement. Send a card of support to your local police department or state agency. Share a positive story about a positive law enforcement experience on social media. Ask children in your community to write letters in support of law enforcement. Participate in Project Blue Light. Proudly display your blue light in support of law enforcement. Organize an event or a rally in support of your law enforcement officers. Advertise your support through local media outlets/billboards. Post the following public service announcement to your law enforcement s webpage or social media pages ( watch?v=uk-0uvwasuc). Police officers put their lives on the line for those in need every day, Neri said in a press release circulated throughout the state. They face violence and danger to serve and protect. They do their job, no matter the personal risk. The statistics are truly sobering. Each day 780,000 police officers across our country put a badge on and go to work knowing they may face extremely dangerous situations. On average, between 105 and 203 officers die in the line of duty each year; 50,000 officers are assaulted in the line of duty each year; and 14,000 officers are injured in the line of duty each year. new voter registration cards with the current polling location listed on the cards, and sending a followup letter declaring that the consolidation plan has been axed. Initial letters to voters in Highland Township and James City were mailed Friday, Dec. 11 discussing the possible consolidation plan which has now apparently been thrown out. Plans to consolidate the aforementioned precincts in Ridgway, Weedville and Caledonia will go before President Judge Richard A. Masson on Jan. 13 at 11 a.m. in the main courtroom of the Elk County Courthouse in Ridgway. THINKING GOLFING? Think Lakeview Lodge Treasure Lake! THINKING DINING? Think Lakeview Lodge Treasure Lake! THINKING GOLFING? Think Lakeview Lodge Treasure Lake! THINKING DINING? Think Lakeview Lodge Treasure Lake! THINKING GOLFING? Think Lakeview Lodge Treasure Lake! THINKING DINING? Think Lakeview Lodge Treasure Lake!

4 4 - The Daily Press O Letters & PINION Guest Commentary The Wildlife Refuge Putsch The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge hasn't heretofore been known as a locus of government tyranny or much of anything else. Saying that the refuge, established in 1908 by Theodore Roosevelt, is in the middle of nowhere makes it sound too centrally located. It is in Southeastern Oregon, about 30 miles from the nearest town of Burns, population 2,722. Now the Bundy family -- notorious for its standoff with the feds at the family's Nevada ranch last year -- and sundry antigovernment protesters have occupied the refuge and pronounced it the staging ground for an offensive against an oppressive federal government. Before the Bundys showed up, the most notable events at Malheur were sightings of buffleheads, long-billed curlews, bobolinks and black-necked stilts. Ammon Bundy vows to stay in the wildlife preserve "for years" (let's hope for his sake he has Netflix and a really good data plan). If the protesters hold out until April, they will disrupt the annual Harney County Migratory Bird Festival -- and strike a mighty blow against the region's birders. What brought the Bundys to Oregon is the case of the Hammonds, ranchers who were subjected to what appears to be a vindictive and unnecessary federal prosecution. The case deserves attention and protest, but the Bundys and their allies have brought discredit to the cause with their unlawful occupation of Malheur. Dwight and Steven Hammond of Harney County were convicted a couple of years ago for lighting two fires on their ranch (for entirely innocent reasons, they maintained) that spread onto federal property, causing negligible damage. The second fire burned all of an acre of public land. For this, they were, amazingly enough, prosecuted under an anti-terrorism statue and sent to jail. They served brief sentences that were less than what's required under the mandatory minimum because the trial judge thought five years for each of them would be wildly disproportionate. Nonetheless, the government appealed the sentences, and now the Hammonds -- the father, Dwight, is 73, and his son, The Daily Press (144920) 245 Brusselles St., St. Marys, Pa Website: Publisher: Harlan J. Beagley Cell: Office: Managing Editor: Joseph Bell Phone: Fax: Published every morning except Sunday, New Year s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Single copy price 50 cents. 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The prosecution of the Hammonds comes against the backdrop of federal highhandedness and hostility to private economic activity allegedly in the area around the Malheur refuge specifically and certainly in the West generally. A protest in favor of the family over the weekend drew hundreds, who peaceably assembled, made their point and dispersed. The Bundys then split off to take over the (unstaffed) headquarters at the wildlife refuge. The Hammonds say the occupiers don't speak for them, and efforts to recruit the locals to join the takeover have been notably unsuccessful. Occupations of buildings are fairly typical in campus protests, although that doesn't make what is happening at the Malheur refuge any less distasteful. Justifying the occupation, Ammon Bundy says that "it is the people's facility, owned by the people." True enough, but so are the Smithsonian, the Department of Health and Human Services, and NORAD, which doesn't mean it is right for aggrieved groups to take over any of them. More sinister is the talk from Ryan Bundy, another of the family's brothers, of potentially resisting by force if law enforcement tries to remove them. One hopes that this is selfdramatizing bluster, which is an occupational hazard of the kind of people who establish revolutionary enclaves. Last year, the Bundy ranch protesters were riven by rumors of imminent government drone attacks -- having evidently mistaken southeastern Nevada for the badlands of Yemen. The federal government's overweening policies in the West, and the related injustice apparently done to the Hammonds, are serious matters. The proper remedy in a free society of laws is, as always, to be found in peaceful agitation and persuasion, and ultimately the ballot box. Play-acting a revolution will only bring derision -- and should anyone take it too seriously, much worse. Rich Lowry can be reached via (c) 2016 by King Features Syndicate Guest Commentary The Gift of Ignorance and Sophistry Today in History Today is Wednesday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of There are 360 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On Jan. 6, 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlined a goal of "Four Freedoms": Freedom of speech and expression; the freedom of people to worship God in their own way; freedom from want; freedom from fear. On this date: In 1540, England's King Henry VIII married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. (The marriage lasted about six months.) In 1759, George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married in New Kent County, Virginia. In 1838, Samuel Morse and Alfred Vail gave the first successful public demonstration of their telegraph in Morristown, New Jersey. In 1912, New Mexico became the 47th state. In 1919, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, New York, at age 60. In 1945, George Herbert Walker Bush married Barbara Pierce at the First Presbyterian Church in Rye, New York. In 1950, Britain recognized the Communist government of China. In 1963, "Oliver!" Lionel Bart's musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel "Oliver Twist," opened on Broadway. "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" premiered on NBC-TV. In 1974, year-round daylight saving time began in the United States on a trial basis as a fuel-saving measure in response to the OPEC oil embargo. In 1987, the U.S. Senate voted 88-4 to establish an 11-member panel to hold public hearings on the Iran-Contra affair. In 1994, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the leg by an assailant at Detroit's Cobo Arena; four men, including the ex-husband of Kerrigan's rival, Tonya Harding, went to prison for their roles in the attack. (Harding denied knowing about plans for the attack.) Ten years ago: Al-Qaida's No. 2 official, Ayman al-zawahri (AY'-muhn ahl-zwah'-ree), said in a videotape that a recent U.S. decision to withdraw some troops from Iraq represented "the victory of Islam." Hugh Thompson, Jr., a former Army helicopter pilot honored for rescuing Vietnamese civilians from his fellow GIs during the My Lai massacre, died in Alexandria, Louisiana, at age 62. The 115-year-old Another Holiday Season is behind us. And every such season, the purge of religion in our public schools just gets worse. In fact, the season now serves to remind us of one thing for certain: the Godpurgers are on an unyielding secular crusade that gets more self-righteous ever year. This past season seemed to reach new levels of absurdity. What we re seeing now is remarkable not only for its vigorous assault against everything religious, but for the apparent willingness by secularists to embrace ignorance and sophistry in the process. They are willing to make their students whom they re supposed to educate dumb about historical reality and to look downright silly in the process. I ll illustrate with two examples, starting with this past Thanksgiving, the kick-off of the long Holiday Season. It was fascinating to observe the new tendency by our educators to frame Thanksgiving Day as about anything but giving thanks to God. I detailed this at length a few weeks ago, and will not revisit it fully here, but I checked out the Thanksgiving Day lesson at the website education.com, a go-to source for teachers. On the main page was a lesson plan titled, Giving Thanks for Thanksgiving. The lesson did back-flips in a painfully obvious attempt to mention giving thanks to anything but God. There were bountiful references to Native Americans, corn, stuffing, and turkeys, but nothing of the Almighty. The Creator even got trumped by cranberry sauce. There was nothing in the lesson plan about the salient historical fact that the Pilgrims fled religious persecution, that their Thanksgiving feast was about giving thanks to God, and that Presidents Washington and Lincoln not to mention a long line of White House successors, including the most liberal among them, from Woodrow Wilson to FDR honored a national day of Thanksgiving for that reason. This is historical fraud, forgery, perjury. I ask my secular-liberal friends: Is it any wonder why so many people are homeschooling? You can dislike religion, if you prefer. You can even despise it. But a truly inclusive education cannot exclude such essential historical facts. So, what kind of child are these secularists educating? One who will not even learn what the original Thanksgiving was truly about or why our early presidents enacted the day to begin with. As for Christmas, where do I start to illustrate the madness? Well, this year the award goes to an elementary school in Kentucky, where the Constitutional geniuses at the Johnson County School District censored from A Charlie Brown Christmas the subversive section where Linus recites the Gospel of Luke s nativity narrative. Sure, the school couldn t avoid the title A Charlie Brown Christmas, but it would not dare tread on any explanation of what Christmas is. The irony here is rich. Consider that Linus dialogue is prompted by a question from Charlie Brown, who in exasperation pleads: Isn t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about? Linus explains, giving an accurate answer from the New Testament. Most ironic, Linus holds forth in front of fellow students in a public-school auditorium. Like students today, Linus friends are free to believe or not believe, but at least they will not be ignorant. It makes me wonder what this school s officials would have preferred that the kids watch instead. I have some suggestions for their curriculum next year: How about the old Rankin-Bass productions? Santa Claus is Coming to Town has some intriguing stuff about a Winter Warlock. The old guy officiates the first Christmas wedding (so I m told) in the woods around the North Pole with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Or, how about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? The kids can take notes wide-eyed as they learn about how Santa and Rudolph swept down and saved Christmas not only for the entire world that year (no Christmas that year otherwise) but even for the poor souls on the Island of Misfit Toys. Hey, at least Jesus Christ is avoided. That s the chief goal, right? In sum, what all of this makes plain is that our secularists prefer not only ignorance over religion for their students, but sophistry. And why? Because they want to fundamentally transform, to borrow from the signature phrase of our current president. To really fundamentally transform America and the culture, they need to remove as much religion as possible, period. And when they do, this is the gift of ignorance and sophistry they bestow. \ Dr. Paul Kengor is professor of political science and executive director of The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College. His latest book is Takedown. His other books include 11 Principles of a Reagan Conservative, The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama s Mentor and Dupes: How America s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for a Century. Pilgrim Baptist Church of Chicago was gutted by fire. Velvet-voiced singer Lou Rawls died in Los Angeles at age 72. Five years ago: U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced he would cut $78 billion from the Defense Department budget over the next five years, an effort to trim fat in light of the nation's ballooning deficit. Vang Pao, a revered former general in the Royal Army of Laos who'd led thousands of Hmong guerrillas in a CIAbacked secret army in the Vietnam War, died in Clovis, California, at age 81. One year ago: In a blend of pageantry and politics, Republicans took complete control of Congress for the first time in eight years, then ran straight into a White House veto threat against their top-priority legislation to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline. President Barack Obama pledged to stand with Mexico against "the scourge of violence and the drug cartels" as he met at the White House with President Enrique Pena Nieto. Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz, a trio of star pitchers who dominated in an era of offense, were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame along with Craig Biggio. Today's Birthdays: Pollster Louis Harris is 95. Retired MLB All-Star Ralph Branca is 90. Country musician Joey, the CowPolka King (Riders in the Sky) is 67. Former FBI director Louis Freeh is 66. Rock singer-musician Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds) is 65. Singer Jett Williams is 63. Rock musician Malcolm Young (AC- DC) is 63. Actor-comedian Rowan Atkinson is 61. World Golf Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez is 59. Actor Scott Bryce is 58. Rhythmand-blues singer Kathy Sledge is 57. TV chef Nigella Lawson is 56. Rhythmand-blues singer Eric Williams (BLACKstreet) is 56. Movie composer A.R. Rahman is 50. Movie director John Singleton is 48. Actor Norman Reedus is 47. TV personality Julie Chen is 46. Actor Danny Pintauro (TV: "Who's the Boss?") is 40. Actress Cristela Alonzo (TV: "Cristela") is 37. Actress Rinko Kikuchi is 35. Actor Eddie Redmayne (Film: "The Danish Girl") is 34. NBA player Gilbert Arenas is 34. Actresscomedian Kate McKinnon (TV: "Saturday Night Live") is 32. Rock singer Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys) is 30. Thought for Today: "A little learning is not a dangerous thing to one who does not mistake it for a great deal." William Allen White, American newspaper editor ( ).

5 The Daily Press5 Today's Obituaries Carmella D. Mallie Hoffman Carmella D. Mallie offman, 92, of 185 Cener St., Elk Towers, and ormerly of 1117 E. Eschach Rd., St. Marys, died uesday, Jan. 5, 2016 at enn Highlands Elk after brief illness. She was born March 2, 1923 in St. Marys, aughter of the late Roco and Elvira DeSantis etrilli. She was a lifeong resident of the area nd attended St. Marys chools. On May 17, 1941 in he Sacred Heart Church, he married Lawrence J. offman Sr., who precedd her in death on Sept. 4, Mallie was a memer of the Sacred Heart hurch, the Catholic aughters of America, nd the Piedmont Lodge n Johnsonburg. Mallie is survived by wo daughters, JoAnn eist and her husband andy of St. Marys and elen Martinez of Ridgay; a son, James J. Hoffan and his wife Robin Martha J. Miller, 58, f Court Road, Ridgway, ied Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 t Penn Highlands Elk. of St. Marys; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Herzing and her husband Thomas of St. Marys; and two brothers, John Petrilli and his wife Janet and Joseph Petrilli and his wife Jean, all of St. Marys. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, Larry and John Hoffman; three sisters, Lena Galati, Angie Calla, and Connie Petrilli, who died in infancy; and by a brother, Herman Petrilli. A Mass of Christian Burial for Carmella D. Mallie Hoffman will be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Church on Thursday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Eric Vogt, OSB, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow in the St. Mary s Cemetery. Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Wednesday, Jan. 6 from 5-8 p.m. Online condolences may be offered at www. lynch-radkowski.com. Martha J. Miller Funeral arrangements, under the direction of the Meehan-Shilk Funeral Home, are incomplete. Notes of Interest CCHS Class of 1962 ill have their monthly inner on Friday, Jan. 8 at p.m. at the Highlands. pouses and guests are elcome to attend. There will be a meetng of the executive ommittee of the North entral Pennsylvania Reional Planning and Deelopment Commission tarting at 9:30 a.m. on ednesday, Jan. 27, folowed by the full board of irectors meeting starting t 11 a.m. These meetings ill be held in the North entral Teleconference oom located at 49 Ridgont Dr., Ridgway. Start the new year off right...consider giving one day to God by walking in prayer in the annual March For Life in support of the precious human babies right to live their God-given life. It is a small sacrifice to make for such an honorable cause. Please consider making the trip to Washington, D.C. on Friday, Jan. 22. The bus, sponsored by Elk County Right to Life, leaves from the St. Marys Annex at 4:15 a.m., costing $35, and returns later that night. For reservations call Mary B. Maloney at St. Anne Society held Christmas party Dec. 14 Members of the St. nne Society met Monay, Dec. 14 in the Sacred eart Activity Center for heir Christmas party. Father Eric Vogt, SB, led the dinner rayer. A delicious Swiss teak and stuffed pork hop dinner and all the rimmings, prepared nd served by the Sacred eart Social Committee, as enjoyed by all memers. Door prize winners ere Grace Stump, Agie Buchheit, Joyce Fanechi, Beverly Wehler, atty Barr, Betty Hanes, osie Whalen, Nora Fox, loria Pistner, Dorie oelfel, Betty Crawford ECCHS Alumni Association to hold 6th Annual Spirit Night The ECCHS Alumni ssociation will host its th Annual Spirit Night vent on Friday, Jan. 22. ear your alma mater s olors of maroon and gold nd come out to cheer on he Crusaders as they ake on the Johnsonburg ams at the Aaron J. traub Gym in boys basetball action. The junior arsity game will begin t 6 p.m. with the varsity ame to follow. All alumni in attenance will be recognized uring halftime of the arsity game and will ave the opportunity to and Dellie Hawkins. Other winners were Miriam Wehler, Fr. Eric, Helene Burdick, Patty Barr, Betty Crawford and Therese Mullaney. The afternoon was spent playing cards and bingo. Winners in 500 were Helene Burdick, first; Therese Mullaney, second; and Lee Michael, third. Winners in Rabbit were Miriam Wehler, first; Jeanne Brem and Lucy Timm tied for second. Bingo winners were Shirley Rupprecht, first; Gerda Squires, second; Nora Fox, third. The next meeting will be Monday, March 21 in the Sacred Heart Activity Center at noon. win prizes by participating in our 98 Fly Away Giveaway contest sponsored by The River After the game, join other adult alumni and friends in the Gunners Restaurant Wine Cellar for more prizes and fun! Pizza, wings and snacks will be provided for all. Stop in and share memories with fellow graduates and socialize with friends. It may be January, but don t let the chill in the air keep you away. Bundle up and be.memorable be. proud be.crusaders. Save the date. Records Daily Press LIFT to hold program in Wilcox Life and Independence for Today (LIFT) presents Within Your Reach, a new program on assistive technology for people with disabilities. If you think assistive technology is out of your reach, this is your opportunity to get firsthand knowledge and assistance on obtaining assistive technology to enhance your independence and allow you to live the lifestyle you desire. LIFT is partnering with libraries throughout its service area to host assistive technology display sites and provide scheduled demonstrations. Assistive technology will remain on display at partnering libraries within Cameron, Clearfield, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, and Potter Counties, beginning with Elk and Jefferson Counties. LIFT will hold a Within Your Reach device demonstration at Pvt. Tod Streich Photo submitted Pvt. Tod Streich graduated from the Marine Corps Parris Island boot camp on Nov. 6, He graduated MCT training in Camp Geiger, N.C. on Dec. 15, He is now attending MOS school at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. The Wilcox Public Library on Friday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. The public is invited to attend this event. Within Your Reach will provide the following at the Wilcox Public Library: A permanent display of assistive technology. Demonstrations on assistive technology. Individual demonstrations and training. Assistance with filling out applications to obtain assistive technology and secure funding. If you are someone you know could benefit from assistive technology or would like to learn more about the program and other services LIFT can provide, this is your opportunity to find out what is actually Within Your Reach. If you have questions or would like additional information please contact Charlie Williamson at (814) ext In Loving Memory Of Renee Streich Who Passed Away January 6, 2015 You bid no one a last farewell or never said goodbye. You were gone before we knew it Only God knows why. A million times we needed you A thousand times, we cried. If only love alone could have saved you You never would have died. Sadly Missed By Family & Friends Police Reports Ridgway Borough Police Department Criminal mischief RIDGWAY The Ridgway Borough Police Department reports investigating an act of criminal mischief that occurred on Jan. 3. Anthony Allegretto of 605 Dewey St. reported that sometime between 1 p.m. on Jan. 2 and 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 3, someone had thrown eggs on his 2011 Chevy Silverado while it was parked at his residence. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Ridgway Borough Police Department. Criminal mischief RIDGWAY The Ridgway Borough Police Department reports investigating an act of criminal mischief that occurred between Jan. 4 and Jan. 5. Guillermo Udarbe, owner of the Udarbe Business Towers at 9 S. Mill Ave., reported that sometime overnight someone had thrown eggs on the south side of the building, striking the new windows. Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact the Ridgway Borough Police Department. Grand jury finds no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in death of PSU student HARRISBURG Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane s office on Tuesday announced a statewide investigating grand jury has determined there is no evidence to support criminal charges in connection with the death of Marquise Braham. Braham, 18, a student at the Altoona campus of Penn State University, committed suicide in March 2014 by jumping from a building in Uniondale, N.Y. The Office of Attorney General undertook an investigation of the incident amid allegations that Braham prior to his death had been subjected to hazing while pledging the fraternity Phi Sigma Kappa. According to a grand jury report made public today, the grand jury found no evidence of a link between the fraternity pledging process and Braham s death. However, the report underscores many ongoing issues in the pledging process. The grand jury said the report should shine a light on what can happen to vulnerable 18 year olds when they go off to college. As the grand jury makes very clear in its report, it is imperative that we take steps to protect young college students who are experiencing a vulnerable stage in their lives, Attorney General Kane said. We must do more to prevent these students from falling victim to dangerous situations when many are acclimating to being on their own for the first time. The grand jury tasked with investigating Braham s death heard testimony from 11 witnesses, including some of Braham s fraternity brothers. It also received summaries of interviews conducted with seven individuals. The grand jury determined the evidence, which included two suicide notes, showed Braham had been contemplating suicide for a long time prior to his death. Multiple witnesses further confirmed that Braham, who was the secretary of his fraternity, loved his fraternity brothers and was proud to be a member. Ultimately, the grand jury found that hazing at Phi Sigma Kappa was a fraternitywide problem and not limited to a few individuals. Those factors, as well as the unwillingness or inability of former pledges to name persons allegedly responsible for the hazing, led the grand jury to decide against the recommendation of criminal charges for certain individuals. Nonetheless, it said the hazing activities that occurred within the fraternity were extremely dangerous and put the health and safety of all pledges at risk. Some of the activities included locking individuals in closets, excessive drinking and vomiting, sleep deprivation and forced fighting. While one would hope these activities are the exception rather than the norm, we must take action to better safeguard our young students, Attorney General Kane said. This is a moment for everyone to consider the issues that students encounter when they arrive on college campuses across the Commonwealth. The grand jury report released today includes redactions of personal identifying information that were made at the request of the supervising judge of the 37th statewide investigating grand jury. The Office of Attorney General assumed jurisdiction of this case upon a formal referral made by Blair County District Attorney Richard A. Consiglio.

6 6 The Daily Press Dutch wrestlers hold on to down DuBois By Jim Mulcahy Staff Writer The St. Marys Area Flying utch wrestling team remained ndefeated in dual matches uesday night as they defeated he DuBois Area Beavers by a 8-34 score in a match held at ubois. The match started at 126 ounds where Dutchman Alec ittler pinned Jake Myers in 5 seconds giving St. Marys the -0 lead. Tonight we had to pick up ome pins to seal the deal and ur guys came through when e needed them, said Dutch ead coach Dominic Surra. Alec Bittler, Garret Cook, hristian Steffan, DJ Salinas nd Tyler Dilley all won by fall nd helped us pull out a close ictory tonight, said Surra. We have to keep working arder and keep improving evry day. Our dual meet season The St Marys Cavaliers will host the Conrad Reuscher Memorial 8th Grade Basketball Tournament this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 9 and 10 at the Elk County Catholic High School. Teams participating in the event include Blessed Sacrament, St. Stephen s, DuBois Central Catholic, Bradford, Brookville and the Cavaliers. The tournament will begin on Saturday at noon with St. Stephen s taking on Bradford in the auxiliary gym. The next game, at 1:15 in the auxiliary gym will have DuBois Central Catholic taking on Brookville. The Cavaliers will then play against St Stephen s at 1:30 p.m. in the main gym. The remainder of the Saturday schedule has Blessed Sacrament vs. DuBois Central at 2:30 p.m. in the auxiliary gym while the Cavaliers will play Bradford at 2:45 p.m. in the main gym. The final game of the day will have Blessed Sacrament playing against Brookville at 4 p.m. in the main gym. All games will be played at ECCHS and there is an admission fee for adults. The Cavalier parents and friends will be operating a concession stand. Please stop by this weekend to watch some fine grade school basketball. Scholastic Schedule Schedule subject to change withut notice. WEDNESDAY Girls basketball DuBois Area at St. Marys, junior arsity 6 p.m., varsity to follow. Punxsutawney at ECCHS, junior arsity 6 p.m., varsity to follow. Boys basketball St. Marys at DuBois Area, junior arsity 6 p.m., varsity to follow. ECCHS at Punxsutawney, junior arsity 6 p.m., varsity to follow. Jr. high basketball St. Marys at DuBois Area, 4:15 p.m. ECCHS at Punxsutawney, 4:15 p.m. THURSDAY Wrestling Bradford at St. Marys, junior high 6.m., junior varsity and varsity 7 p.m. Swimming St. Marys at Brookville, 6 p.m. is picking up and we have to be ready for anyone, added Surra. The Beavers tied the score a 6-all when Austin Fairman won by forfeit at 132 pounds. At 138 pounds, Dutchman Garret Cook pinned Dom Dilullo at the 1:12 mark to give the Dutch the 12-6 lead. Tim Beimel of the Dutch decisioned Kyle Frantz 2-1 at 145 pounds making the score At 152 pounds, Carson Hanna of the Beavers decisioned Kyle Pecht 5-4. The Dutch lost a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct after this match making the score 14-9 in favor or the Dutch. DuBois Noah Schneider gave the Beavers a lead when he pinned DJ Mertz at the 3:16 mark of their 160-pound match. At 170 pounds, Josh Wayland of the Beavers decisioned Brandon Cherry 8-6 as DuBois took an lead. FRIDAY Boys basketball ECCHS at St. Marys, junior varsity 6 p.m., varsity to follow. Jr. high basketball ECCHS at St. Marys, 4:15 p.m. SATURDAY Competitive Spirit (Cheerleading) St. Marys and ECCHS at District 9 championships at DuBois Area High School. Girls basketball ECCHS at St. Marys, junior varsity 6 p.m., varsity to follow. Swimming St. Marys at Clearfield Arctic Swim Meet, 11 a.m. Jr. high wrestling St. Marys at Slippery Rock Tournament, 8 a.m. At 182 pounds, Dutchman Zach Becker won by forfeit giving the lead back to St. Marys St. Marys Christian Steffan increased the lead to when he pinned Matt Murray at the 53 second mark of their 182-pound match. Dave Henninger of DuBois made the score when he recorded a 9-1 major decision over Mitchell Cashmer at 220 pounds. Dutchman DJ Salinas pinned Matt Star at the 49 second mark of their 285-pound match giving the Dutch a lead. At 106 pounds, Dutchman Tyler Dilley pinned Donnie Wentz at the 1:25 mark of their match making the score in favor of the Dutch. At 113 pounds, DuBois Dalton Woodrow pinned Hayden Tettis at the 3:04 mark of their match making the score Cavaliers to host 8th grade basketball tournament at ECCHS this weekend Photo submitted Members of the 8th grade Cavalier basketball team are, front row, Isaac Brock, Ben Hoffman, Isaac Wortman, Gabe Kear, Taylor Boland, Carter Lindemuth and Cahill Parrish. Back row, Bruce Cahilly, manager, Stephen Bobby, Regis Wortman, Jared Emmert, Leo Gregory, Will Uberti and Nathan Roberts. Photo submitted Members of the Cavalier Cheerleading squad are, front row, Emily Constable, Maddie Taylor, Carly Renwick, Allison Dezanet and Lauryn Dippold. Back row, Alexis Copp, Hannah Barnett, Ellie Fledderman, Dom Wells, Bailey Bauer and Victoria Glatt. No. 18 Butler holds off DePaul for win ROSEMONT, Ill. AP) Kellen Dunham napped out of his shootng slump with 24 points, nd No. 18 Butler edged epaul on Tuesday ight. The Bulldogs (12-3, -2) put four players in ouble figures in their first Big East win after consecutive losses to No. 8 Providence and No. 10 Xavier. Andrew Chrabascz added 16 points, Roosevelt Jones scored 15 and Kelan Martin had 12 points, including a poster-worthy dunk over DePaul s Darrick Wood in the second half. Dunham was 8 for 14 from the field and 4 for 7 3-point range in his return to the starting lineup after coach Chris Holtmann tried using his leading scorer off the bench in Saturday s loss to the Musketeers. The senior guard made just 14 of 72 shots over his previous six games. Myke Henry had 22 points and 10 rebounds for DePaul (6-9, 0-3), which has dropped three straight and six of seven. Tommy Hamilton IV added 19 points and nine rebounds, and Wood scored 15 points. R.J. Curington made two free throws to give the Blue Demons a lead with 9:12 left, but Butler responded with a 12-2 run. Martin kicked it off with two foul shots and finished the surge with a layup that made it with 5:43 to go. Henry s layup got De- Paul within three in the final seconds, but Dunham made two foul shots to help the Bulldogs hold on for their fourth straight win in the series. Butler turned 17 De- Paul turnovers into 24 points, helping offset a rebounding advantage for the Blue Demons. In the final bout of the night, Kolby Ho of the Beavers pinned Cameron Winters at the 3:14 mark of their 120-pound bout making the final score in favor of the Dutch. The Dutch return to action Thursday when they will play host to the Bradford Owls. Junior high is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start with junior varsity and varsity action set for a 7 p.m. start. The results of last night s varsity bouts follow: St. Marys 38, DuBois Alec Bittler - SM pinned Jake Myers, :55, (6-0) Austin Fairman - D won by forfeit, (6-6) Garret Cook - SM pinned Dom Dilullo, 1:12, (12-6) Tim Beimel - SM decisioned Kyle Frantz, 2-1, (15-6) Carson Hanna - D decisioned Kyle Pecht, 5-4*, (14-9) Noah Schneider - D pinned DJ Mertz, 3:16, (14-15) Josh Wayland - D decisioned Brandon Cherry, 8-6, (14-18) Zach Becker - SM won by forfeit. (20-18) Christian Steffan - SM pinned Matt Murray, :53, (26-18) Dave Henninger - D major decision over Mitchell Cashmer, 9-1, (26-22) DJ Salinas - SM pinned Matt Starr, :49, (32-22) Tyler Dilley - SM pinned Donnie Wentz, 1:25, (38-22) Dalton Woodrow - D pinned Hayden Tettis, 3:04, (38-28) Kolby Ho - D pinned Cameron Winters, 3:14, (38-34). *St. Marys lost a team point for unsportsmanlike conduct after the 152-pound bout. Splash plays helping Steelers defense overcome inconsistency PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers gave Keith Butler a very specific mandate when he replaced Hall of Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau last January. More sacks. More takeaways. No matter what. No matter who. No matter how. In that vein, Butler s first season putting together the game plan is an unqualified success. The Steelers finished with 48 sacks and 17 interceptions, up from 33 and 11 last season and the club s most in each category since 2010, when Pittsburgh advanced to the franchise s eighth Super Bowl. The splash plays that coach Mike Tomlin covets have helped overcome mistakes that pop up when the Steelers (10-6) can t get their hands on the ball or the opposing quarterback. Pittsburgh can be both vicious and vulnerable, often on the same drive. The group that finished third in the league in sacks and turnovers created also wound up 21st in yards allowed, the team s highest ranking in that category since Chuck Noll s final season in It s not ideal but with one of the NFL s most explosive offenses, Pittsburgh has a little more wiggle room than usual heading into Saturday s wild-card game in Cincinnati (12-4). A lot of people talk about the yards we give up in the secondary, but usually when that happens we re getting great red zone stops, we re getting turnovers, we re causing havoc up front with the defensive line, making teams one dimensional, safety Will Allen said. And doing it at opportune times. Six of Pittsburgh s picks came with opponents driving deep in Steelers territory, including James Harrison s turnback-the-clock grab in the second half last Sunday in Cleveland on a play reminiscent of his 100-yard freefor-all in the 2009 Super Bowl. Harrison only made it six yards this time before being tackled such are the perils of being 38 but it halted the Browns last legitimate shot at an upset. Ben Roethlisberger hit Darrius Heyward-Bey for a 66-yard gain to set up a field goal and Pittsburgh pulled away. Harrison s pick made him the 12th different Steeler defender to collect an interception this season. When cornerback Antwon Blake pulled down Cleveland quarterback Austin Davis in the second quarter, he became the 16th different Steeler to record at least half a sack, the most since the 2005 team that won it all. That kind of democratic production is by design. Butler and Tomlin have not shied away from tinkering with personnel and snap counts at linebacker and in the secondary, depending on the matchup. And Butler has become adept at disguising blitzes, often leading to open lanes for one of the defensive backs to create chaos. The concept serves two purposes: it keeps backups engaged during practice while also allowing the starters (a nominal label at this point in the season) a needed breather. It keeps things fresh, it inspires guys, Tomlin said. It gives guys a reason to prepare. I like an inclusive mentality. So good luck getting Tomlin to divulge what kind of groupings he has in mind for the Bengals, who will almost certainly start A.J. McCarron in place of Andy Dalton, whose thumb still hasn t healed from getting busted up while trying to tackle Pittsburgh defensive end Stephon Tuitt during Tuitt s game and possibly season turning red-zone interception in a Steelers victory on Dec. 13. McCarron finished with 280 yards passing in that game but was also dropped three times and threw a pair of interceptions. Our formula for winning has getting turnovers and sacks, Allen said. When we do that, we give our offense more opportunities and make the field longer for opposing teams. Sometimes, but not always. When the Steelers don t get in the backfield in time, trouble follows. Nine quarterbacks threw for at least 280 yards and opponents passed for 29 touchdowns against Pittsburgh season, jarring when you consider Roethlisberger, Mike Vick and Landry Jones combined for 26. There are holes to be sure, ones that can t be addressed until the spring at the earliest. For now, the Steelers will keep rolling the dice with pressure, hoping they win enough battles to tilt the outcome of the war. I m more concerned with trying to put pressure on the quarterback and trying to make the quarterback make mistakes and not concerned with who we do it with, Butler said. We re trying to do the best we can in the circumstances that we re in.

7 Panarin scores twice as Blackhawks top Penguins 3-2 PITTSBURGH (AP) Artemi Panarin beat Marc-Andre Fleury 3:47 into overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday night. Panarin finished with two goals, including the winner off a feed from Patrick Kane as Chicago fended off resilient Pittsburgh, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the third period behind goals from Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang. Jonathan Toews got his 14th goal of the season for Chicago. Kane finished with two assists to boost his point total to an NHL-best 59. Corey Crawford made 34 saves for the Blackhawks, who have won four straight. Crosby scored his 12th of the season and sixth in six games to start Pittsburgh s comeback. Letang added his fourth with a shot from the point with 2:50 to play to force overtime. Fleury stopped 27 shots in the first game of a home-and-home with the defending Stanley Cup champions. Chicago appeared to be firmly in control going into the third and managed to improve to when leading after two, but it wasn t easy. Crosby gave Pittsburgh life when he ripped Daily Scoreboard By The Associated Press All Times EDT Wild-card Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 9 Kansas City (11-5) at Houston (9-7), 4:35 p.m. (ABC/ESPN) Pittsburgh (10-6) at Cincinnati (12-4), 8:15 p.m. (CBS) Sunday, Jan. 10 Seattle (10-6) at Minnesota (11-6), 1 p.m. (NBC) Green Bay (10-6) at Washington (9-7), 4:30 p.m. (FOX) Divisional Playoffs Saturday, Jan. 16 Cincinnati, Houston or Kansas City at New England (12-4), 4:35 (CBS) Minnesota, Washington or Green Bay at Arizona (13-3), 8:15 p.m. (NBC) By The Associated Press All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Florida Montreal Detroit Boston Ottawa Tampa Bay Toronto Buffalo Metropolitan Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Washington N.Y. Islanders N.Y. Rangers New Jersey Pittsburgh Carolina Philadelphia Columbus WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Dallas St. Louis Chicago Minnesota Nashville Colorado Winnipeg Pacific Division GP W L OT Pts GF GA Los Angeles Arizona By The Associated Press All Times EST EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division Toronto Boston New York /2 Brooklyn Philadelphia /2 Southeast Division Miami Atlanta /2 Orlando /2 Charlotte Washington Central Division Cleveland Chicago Indiana Detroit /2 Milwaukee WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division San Antonio Dallas Memphis Houston New Orleans /2 Northwest Division Oklahoma City Utah Portland Denver Minnesota Pacific Division a wrist shot by Crawford s blocker 5:54 into the third. He nearly added another after the ensuing faceoff only to have his shot beat Crawford but hit the post. Letang finally tied it with less than 3 minutes remaining when his blind shot from the point emerged from a sea of jerseys to slip by Crawford s glove. It set the stage for a dazzling back-and-forth extra period, with the 3-on-3 format creating wide swathes of open ice for two of the league s most skilled teams. They traded opportunities with Fleury making a doorstep stop on Marian Hossa on one end and Crawford denying Phil Kessel twice at the other before Kane set up Panarin for his 13th of the year. The Penguins earned at least one point for the sixth time in their last seven games and appear to be figuring things out under Mike Sullivan, their oncesleepy offense getting a need jolt from its stars and a rejuvenated power play that was converting nearly 40 percent of its opportunities since Dec. 19. Still, Pittsburgh came in on the outside of the playoffs looking, not exactly the place the Penguins and their cap-strapped roster built to win now NFL Playoffs NHL NBA Sunday, Jan. 17 Seattle, Green Bay or Washington at Carolina (15-1), 1:05 p.m. (FOX) Pittsburgh, Kansas City or Houston at Denver (12-4), 4:30 p.m. (CBS) Conference Championships Sunday, Jan. 24 AFC, 3:05 p.m. (CBS) NFC, 6:40 p.m. (FOX) Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 31 At Honolulu Team Rice vs. Team Irvin, 7 p.m. (ESPN) Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 7 At Santa Clara, Calif. TBD, 6:30 p.m. (CBS) Anaheim Vancouver San Jose Calgary Edmonton NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday s Games Detroit 1, New Jersey 0 Ottawa 3, St. Louis 2, OT Colorado 4, Los Angeles 1 Edmonton 1, Carolina 0, OT Arizona 3, Vancouver 2 Tuesday s Games Washington 3, Boston 2 Florida 5, Buffalo 1 N.Y. Rangers 6, Dallas 2 Chicago 3, Pittsburgh 2, OT Minnesota 4, Columbus 2 Philadelphia 4, Montreal 3 Winnipeg 4, Nashville 1 Tampa Bay at Calgary, 9 p.m. Wednesday s Games New Jersey at Montreal, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at Chicago, 8 p.m. St. Louis at Colorado, 10 p.m. Carolina at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Toronto at Anaheim, 10 p.m. Thursday s Games Washington at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Florida at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Winnipeg at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Arizona at Calgary, 9 p.m. Toronto at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Detroit at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Golden State L.A. Clippers /2 Sacramento Phoenix /2 L.A. Lakers /2 Monday s Games Cleveland 122, Toronto 100 Philadelphia 109, Minnesota 99 Miami 103, Indiana 100, OT Boston 103, Brooklyn 94 Detroit 115, Orlando 89 San Antonio 123, Milwaukee 98 Sacramento 116, Oklahoma City 104 Houston 93, Utah 91 Memphis 91, Portland 78 Golden State 111, Charlotte 101 Tuesday s Games Chicago 117, Milwaukee 106 New York 107, Atlanta 101 Sacramento at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Golden State at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday s Games New York at Miami, 7 p.m. Indiana at Orlando, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Washington, 7 p.m. Toronto at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Denver at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Dallas at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Utah at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. Charlotte at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Memphis at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Portland, 10 p.m. Thursday s Games Atlanta at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Boston at Chicago, 8 p.m. Utah at Houston, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. right now want to be nearing the season s midway point. There are no such concerns in Chicago, which seems to have avoided any sort of letdown following a third Stanley Cup in five years last spring. The Blackhawks are the dynasty Pittsburgh envisioned it would become when Crosby and Malkin raised the Cup in Six-plus years later the Penguins are still waiting to bookend that glorious run while Chicago chugs right along behind Kane, Toews and a style of play that seems to translate regardless of the opponent. Sullivan has spent his first few weeks on the job repeatedly telling his players to get themselves and the puck to the net, preferably in that order. The evidence his message is starting to seep in came during wins over Detroit and the New York Islanders last week, which included a stretch in which the Penguins scored 10 straight goals. Yet old habits are hard to shake. Pittsburgh still has a tendency to overpass. Chris Kunitz opted against a wide open shot from the left circle in the first period in favor of trying to thread something across the ice to one of his teammates. It was tipped out of harm s way. Transactions By The Associated Press BASEBALL American League CLEVELAND INDIANS Agreed to terms with 1B Mike Napoli on a one-year contract. HOUSTON ASTROS Named Dave Borkowski pitching coach at Corpus Christi TL), Ramon Vazquez manager, Lancaster (Cal), Omar Lopez manager and Chris Holt pitching coach, Quad Cities (MW), Josh Bonifay manager, Greeneville (SALLY), Wladimir Sutil coach/latin infield instructor (Gulf) and Russ Steinhorn manager, (DSL). Named Drew French pitching coach and Dillon Lawson hitting coach at Tri-City (NYP), Bill Murphy pitching coach at Greeneville, Aaron DelGiudice development coach at Fresno (PCL) and Lancaster (Cal), and Tommy Kawamura development coach at Corpus Christi (TL) and Quad Cities (MW). OAKLAND ATHLETICS Traded RHP Arnold Leon to Toronto for cash or a player to be named. TEXAS RANGERS Signed LHP Cesar Ramos to a minor league contract. National League PITTSBURGH PIRATES Promoted strength and conditioning coach Brendon Huttmann to sports science coordinator. Named Kevin Fitzgerald physical therapist and Ricky White strength coach. FOOTBALL National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS Signed Cs Taylor Boggs and Valerian Ume-Ezeoke, LB Mike Reilly and S Tyrequek Zimmerman to reserve/ future contracts. CINCINNATI BENGALS Signed LB Jayson DiManche to the practice squad and PK Zach Hocker, LB Dezmond Johnson and S Floyd Raven Sr. to reserve/future contracts. CLEVELAND BROWNS Signed DBs Sean Baker and Tim Scott, OL Dan France and Garth Gerhart, TE Connor Hamlett and DL Dylan Wynn to reserve/future contracts. Named Paul DePodesta chief strategy officer. GREEN BAY PACKERS Signed DT William Campbell to the practice squad. Placed DE B.J. McBryde on the practice squad injured list. Signed QB Ryan Williams to reserve/future contracts. HOUSTON TEXANS Signed OT Andrew McDonald from the San Diego practice squad. Placed OT Duane Brown on injured reserve. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Fired defensive coordinator Bob Babich. NEW YORK JETS - Signed G Jarvis Harrison, DT Deon Simon, WR Joe Anderson, LB Deion Barnes, TE Brandon Bostick, LB Julian Howsare, TE Wes Saxton, CB Kevin Short and LB Julian Stanford to reserve/future contracts. OAKLAND ATHLETICS Signed QB Garrett Gilbert and K Giorgio Tavecchio to reserved/future contracts. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Signed Cs Josh Allen and Ben Gottschalk, WR Andre Davis, G Antoine Everett, S Gerod Holliman, DE Martin Ifedi, DT Derrick Lott and CBs C.J. Roberts and Joel Ross to reserve/future contracts. WASHINGTON REDSKINS Signed CB Cary Williams. Activated C Kory Lichtensteiger from the injured reserve-return list. Placed DB Kyshoen Jarrett on injured reserve. Waived C Brian de la Puente. Signed CB Al Louis-Jean to the practice squad. Released LB Derrick Mathews from the practice squad. Canadian Football League WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS Resigned QB Matt Nichols. HOCKEY National Hockey League COLORADO AVALANCHE Claimed D Andrew Bodnarchuk off waivers from Columbus. DETROIT RED WINGS Assigned C Tomas Nosek to Grand Rapids (AHL). PHILADELPHIA FLYERS Assigned F Brandon Alderson from Lehigh Valley (AHL) to Reading (ECHL). COLLEGE CENTRAL METHODIST Named Dan Scheible offensive coordinator. EAST CAROLINA Named Geep Wade offensive line coach and Katie Whitley assistant director of marketing. FLORIDA STATE CB Jalen Ramsey announced he will enter the NFL draft. GEORGIA Named Shane Beamer special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. HOUSTON Announced QB Kyle Allen is transferring from Texas A&M. IOWA STATE Named Jon Heacock defensive coordinator. TEXAS A&M Announced the resignation of athletic director Eric Hyman. Participated in Brockway Tourney Tri-County Sporting Clays League Week 1 of 12 Club Averages (wkly/cum) Bradford (38.73) Fox Township (37.96) Kane (37.26) Kalbfus (35.67) Top shooters: Master: Ed Mackey - Bradford 47, Roger Retzinger - Fox 46, Gary Boser - Bradford 45, Justin Lorenzo - Kane 45. Class AA: Paul Hultman Jr. - Kane 48, Brad Holdren - Bradford 45, Jared Shaffer - Fox 45, Mike Fadale - Kalbfus - 44, Mike Schuler - Braford 44. Class A: Jeff Bauer - Kane 44, Guy Baughman - Kalbfus 43, John Lorenzo - Kane 42. Class B: Bill Wilson - Kalbfus 44, Dave Berdine - Kalbfus 42, Bill Hecel - Kalbfus 41. Class C: Ross Fadale - Kalbfus 41, Jeremiah Luchs - Kane 40, Lynn Schnarrs - Kalbfus 40, John Avenali - Kane 39, Al Fox - Kalbfus 39. Class D: Steve Wolfe - Kane 37, Jake Avenali - Kane 35, Denny Roesch - Bradford 32. Veteran: Roger Retzinger - Fox 46, Mike Schuler - Bradford 44, Lon Reigle - Fox 39, John Avenali - Kane 39. Sr. Veteran: Mike Fadale - Kalbfus 44, Guy Baughman - Kalbfus 43, Don Johnson - Kane 40, Chuck Mosley - Bradford 40. Junior: Justin Lorenzo - Kanae 45, Jeremiah Luchs - Kane 40, Alec Meyer - Kalbfus 37, Ian Proctor - Kalbfus 37. Ladies: Anna Miller - Bradford 34, Kari Salapek - Kalbfus 30, Susan Wilson - Kalbfus 29. Rookie: Alex Sanderson - Bradford 29, Paul Polaski - Fox 15, Peter To - Kalbfus 14. The Daily Press7 Photo submitted The St. Marys JO Advanced Wrestlers participated in the Brockway Tournament on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Members who participated at Brockway were, front row, Jack Neil fourth, AJ Himes fi rst, Aiden Beimel, Jace Walters second, Owen Tamburlin- Lang fi rst and Cole Neil fi rst. Back row, Jaden Wehler second, Brayden Asti third, Joey Lease fourth, Waylon Wehler fi rst, Hunter Chillelli and Logan Mosier. Ferrell helps Hoosiers get past struggling Wisconsin BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana spent the first part of the season trying to play defense. On Tuesday night, the Hoosiers succeeded. With the shooters struggling, they shut down the defending Big Ten champs in the second half and got their own offense warmed up just long enough to hold on over Wisconsin. We don t want to go into a game where it s only offense carrying us, freshman center Thomas Bryant said. We want offense and defense, too. The Hoosiers needed both on a rugged night that looked, at times, like they could have been using peach baskets. Kevin Yogi Ferrell scored 19 points, broke a tie with a 13-foot jumper with 38 seconds left, then sealed the win with four free throws in the final 13 seconds. O.G. Anunoby added 11 points. Indiana (13-3) won its eighth straight and has won its first three league games for the first time since claiming its last Big Ten crown in It wasn t easy and it sure wasn t pretty but it was pure beauty to coach Tom Crean. In the past, immaturity could have kicked in in a hurry and you get disappointed and discouraged when you re not making baskets and all of a sudden, the runs turn into routs, Crean said. We never let that happen. Instead, they went toe-to-toe with the struggling Badgers (9-7, 1-2) and won ugly. The two teams opened the second half going a combined 6 of 22 from the field and scored 16 total points in the first 10 minutes. The score was tied at 34 for under four minutes. But Ferrell and Anunoby broke the tie with backto-back 3-pointers and the Hoosiers never trailed again. Despite going 9 of 25 from the field in the second half, Wisconsin still managed to tie the score at 53 when Nigel Hayes made two free throws with 52.4 seconds left. But Ferrell broke the tie with the midrange jumper and closed it out with the free throws. Hayes and Bronson Koenig each scored 15 for the Badgers. The loss here tonight stings, and it will, interim coach Greg Gard said. But to be able to bring a younger team on the road in this environment and have a chance to win in the final 50 seconds is a step in the right direction. Marquette 65, No. 8 Providence 64 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Henry Ellenson swatted away Kris Dunn s buzzer-beater, then chased the ball down to give it one big bounce before celebrating Marquette s victory over No. 8 Providence. There was nothing but laughs and smiles in the locker room afterwards, said Haanif Cheatham, who scored 16 points to lead the Golden Eagles on Tuesday night. Ellenson had 13 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots none bigger than the one that denied Dunn s attempted buzzer-beater. It was the first Big East victory in the freshman s career. The sky s the limit for him, Marquette coach Steve Wojchiechowski said. He s a big kid and very mobile. He s got a terrific skill set and I think it s pretty easy for people to see when they walk in the gym. Duane Wilson scored on a layup with 31 seconds left to give Marquette (11-4, 1-2 Big East) the lead. The Golden Eagles avoided opening the conference schedule with three straight losses for the first time since joining the Big East in Sporting Clays League Week 2 of 12 Club Averages (wkly/cum) Fox Township (39.05/38.50) Bradford (37.48/38.11) Kane (36.07/36.67) Kalbfus (35.05/35.36) Top shooters: Master: Scott Holsinger - Bradford 44, Ken Johnson - Kalbfus 44, Justin Lorenzo - Kane 44, Ed Mackey - Bradford 44, Mike Esch - Bradford 43, Paul Gray - Fox 42, Rick Morrow - Bradford 42, Rogre Retzinger - Fox 42. Class AA: Randy Huck - Kalbfus 44, Paul Hultman Jr. - Kane 44, Tom Mattiuz - Fox 43, Rocky Retzer - Kalbfus 42, Scott Whitaker - Fox 42. Class A: Kurt Keller - Bradford 43, Terry Detsch - Fox 41, Lon Reigle - Fox 39, Kyle Traut - Kalbfus 39. Class B: Pete Detsch - Fox 44, Bill Keesler - Bradford 44, Hayden Gahr - Fox 41, Cameron Dragone - Kane 40. Class C: Mike Cesa - Fox 41, Bill Hoh - Bradford 40, Paul Hultman Sr. - Kane 40, Jason Detsch - Fox 39. Class D: Susan Wilson - Kalbfus 35, Justin Hansen Kalbfus 30, Kari Salapek - Kalbfus 30, Yuri Merrick - Bradford 27. Veteran: Pete Detsch - Fox 44, Tom Mattiuz - Fox 43, Roger Retzinger - Fox 42. Sr. Veteran: Jim Catalone - Fox 41, Carmen Dragone 40, Lon Reigle - Fox 39, Don Johnson - Kane 39. Junior: Justin Lorenzo - Kane 44, Kyle Traut - Kalbfus 39, Alex Sanderson - Bradford 34. Ladies: Susan Wilson - Kalbfus 35, Kari Salapek - Kalbfus 30, Margie Hansen - Kalbfus 22. Rookie: Alex Sanderson - Bradford 34, Paul Polaski - Fox 16.

8 8 The Daily Press Seedlings sales have begun: Landowners can help wildlife by planting trees and shrubs HARRISBURG While it might be winter, landowners can begin making plans to help wildlife this spring and beyond by planting tree and shrub seedlings offered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission s Howard Nursery. The 2016 seedling order form is available online, and sales began this morning. Most seedlings are sold in units of 25, but 100-seedling bundles also are available in mixes to benefit deer and birds, as well as to improve riparian and winterthermal habitats. The 2016 order form contains a wide selection of evergreens, shrubs and fruit- and nut-bearing trees. Most species are native to Pennsylvania, and with the exception of black locust, all of the available hardwoods are grown from seed collected from Pennsylvania sources and processed by Game Commission personnel. There are many new offerings this year. One of them is Eastern red-cedar, a fast-growing evergreen that produces a berry-like cone that s used by many birds. A unit of 25 seedlings is available for $8.75. Chinese chestnut, Douglas-fir and dwarf chinquapin oak seedlings none of which were offered for sale in 2015 are back on the 2016 order form. And also returning is an assorted standard apple pack a 25-seedling mixture of yellow and red delicious, northern spy, rusty coat, wine sap, Jonathon, McIntosh, Cortland, Rome, Tiedemann and unidentified heavy-producing seedlings. This is the first time since 2012 the bundle has been offered for sale, and it s priced at $ Many of the seedlings offered for sale can be purchased at a discounted price. Although a discount is not offered for all species or habitat bundles, orders of 12 or more total units qualify for applicable discounted pricing. With the discount, prices are as low as $3.75 per unit, or 15 cents per seedling. Species that qualify for the discount are marked on the order form. Annetta Ayers, superintendent at Howard Nursery, said there is a very limited supply of some of the seedlings for sale, wild plum included. Those who are interested might want to call Howard Nursery at Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Orders can be placed by telephone, as well. The order form and information about the seedlings for sale will be available at the Game Commission s website, pa.us. Place your cursor over General Store in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, then scroll down to Howard Nursery and select 2016 Seedling Order Form from the drop-down menu. If you have problems downloading the order form, you likely need to install the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, which can be found by doing an Internet search and downloaded for free. The order form can be completed and submitted online, or printed out and faxed or mailed. Payment is not due until the order is confirmed by Howard Nursery. For those without Internet access, order forms can be obtained at Game Commission offices or various displays or booths at shows in which the agency participates through the spring or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Howard Nursery, 197 Nursery Road, Howard, PA While the order form provides a brief description of the tree species available and their benefits to birds and wildlife, more information is available on the website under Tree Seedling Index. The preferred method of delivery is by United Parcel Service (UPS). Shipping and handling charges do apply. Orders are shipped only Monday through Wednesday to assure delivery for weekend planting. However, orders also may be picked up in person at the nursery once buyers are notified the order is ready. Generally, seedlings ship in the month of April.. EMPLOYMENT 4. EMPLOYMENT 4. EMPLOYMENT 4. EMPLOYMENT Are you looking for a GOOD JOB or is a good job looking FOR YOU? Job Location - St. Marys, PA We firmly believe that this community and the newspaper s staff together, will drive the success of The Daily Press in With readership in mind as the ultimate goal, we will strive to create and provide content that offers stimulating, informative and challenging editions every day. Join us in 2016 and discover a working environment where diverse ideas are met with enthusiasm, and where you can learn and grow to your full potential. We re looking for individuals who enjoy the creative thrill of design, news gathering, sales and marketing and other support personnel for our digital platforms and our legacy print products. Anyone that enjoys working as a team and has the desire to create a satisfying outcome for our readers and local business partners should schedule an appointment with our publisher Harlan Beagley for an informal chat is a fresh new year, don t watch it come and go from the sidelines. Don t wait behind others for a position to open. Call or send us your resume today. Make 2016 your year of success. Harlan Beagley, Group Publisher EOE, Veterans encouraged to apply, all application kept confidential. MILLWRIGHT Keystone Powdered Metal Company, a leading producer of powdered metal parts, has immediate openings for Millwrights at our facility in St. Marys. 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9 ANNIE S MAILBOX COPYRIGHT 2001 CREATORS SINDICATE, INC. Dear Annie: Am I out of the loop or just a prude? It bothers me to see a mother cradling her infant child, one latching off and on to mom s exposed breast? This was the recent scene in the crowded men s department of a popular store. I am certainly in favor of nursing an infant, due to the enormous benefits to both the child and the mother. I nursed all three of my children. But this total exposure seems extreme. When in public, a scarf or a small lightweight blanket would be perfectly fine to cover the infant. I find the mother disrespectful of others and going too far in making her statement. I d love to hear other comments on this subject. -- Wondering Mom Dear Mom: And you ll get them, we assure you. We covered this topic a few years ago, and we heard plenty. Let us stipulate -- we are in favor of nursing. We have no objection to women who nurse in public places. Our concern is the need some women have to expose their entire upper bodies while doing so. Why? There is no added benefit to the child if Mom is naked from the waist up, so we can only assume the mother is making a statement about public nudity, likes to flaunt her body or thinks modesty is old-fashioned. That is her choice, but there are lovely nursing tops and cover-ups that allow Mom to nurse comfortably anywhere and we recommend they be used. Dear Annie: Our daughters, now in their 50s, have always given us a wish list for Christmas. In years past, I have made it known that this doesn t constitute the true meaning of Christmas. A year ago, we gave each daughter cash, hoping it would send a message. I also sent cash to my granddaughter, with no acknowledgement. Well, at the end of November, we received an e-list containing a description of each article and a link for purchase. Some of the items are e-books. I also received a similar list from my 27-year-old granddaughter for herself and her significant other. In addition, she sent a note apologizing that she would be unable to join us this year. How do I address her lack of acknowledgement or thanks? Also, how does one prepare the Internet gift to be given on Christmas Day, when, for example, the e-book goes directly to the receiver s ? I feel as if I have missed something. Thanks for your advice. -- Out of the Loop Dear Out: First of all, wish lists of any kind should not be considered demands. They are suggestions. You don t have to get anything on those lists unless you want to. In some instances, the links will provide you with a product that you can purchase in a brick-andmortar store. As for e-books, and any other gifts that are sent via the Internet, most allow you to request that they be sent as gifts so that the recipient will get the item along with a note from you. If you find it necessary to hand them something tangible, it is perfectly OK to give them a card saying you have sent them a gift that they will receive in the mail or their inbox. COPYRIGHT 2016 CREATORS.COM The Daily Press9 C R O S S W O R D R The idgway R For Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 Today is full of unpredictable vents and detours. You especially an expect surprises when dealing ith authority figures -- bosses, arents, teachers, VIPs and the olice. Heads up! Travel plans almost definitely will e interrupted today. Expect deays, cancellations and reschedulng. Surprise news from afar might atch you off guard. Oops! Double-check everything to do ith your bank account and maters related to shared property, nheritances, insurance issues and ecord TheDailyPress the Kane Republican YOUR INDIVIDUAL HOROSCOPE debt. (Is the posse after you?) Relations with partners are dicey today because someone feels super independent! (Might be you.) Someone might throw you for a loop today. Be prepared. Your work routine will be interrupted today perhaps because of computer crashes, power outages, fire drills, canceled appointments and staff shortages. Could be anything. Allow extra time for wiggle room. Parents should be vigilant today because this is an accident-prone day for their kids or children under by Francis Drake their care. Meanwhile, romantic couples might fight. Oh dear. Something will go awry at home today because your domestic routine will change. Small appliances might break down, or minor breakages could occur. Surprise company might knock on the door. What next? This is an accident-prone day for your sign, so pay attention to everything you say and do. Be mindful! Keep an eye on your cash flow today, because you might find money or you might lose money. If shopping, keep your receipts and count your change. Forewarned is forearmed. Sudden upsets are classic today. You might be upset by someone else, or in turn, you might upset someone. Relations will be difficult because people want to be free of restraints and obligations. There is considerable tension in the air today because people are flying off half-cocked in different directions. Do what you can to maintain the peace and remain cool. A friend will surprise you today. In fact, dealings with others, especially in groups, will be difficult. Do what you can to maintain harmony. Never underestimate the power of courtesy. YOU BORN TODAY Because you are curious and imaginative, you see many things that escape others. You appreciate what life has to offer. Great news! This is perhaps one of the most powerful years of your life -- a time of accumulation. The seeds you have planted in the past will now ripen because it s a time of fruition. This is also a good year to buy and sell. Birthdate of: Katie Couric, TV journalist; Jeremy Renner, actor; Helen Worth, actress. (c) 2015 King Features Syndicate, Inc.

10 10 The Daily Press Photo submitted Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) is shown being sworn in as Senate President Pro Tempore on Tuesday. Scarnati sworn-in as Senate President Pro Tempore HARRISBURG On uesday at the State Captol in Harrisburg, State enator Joe Scarnati (R- 5) was sworn in as Presient Pro Tempore of the ennsylvania Senate for 016. This is the 10th time enate colleagues have lected Senator Scarnati o the third-highest contitutional office in the ommonwealth. The Honrable Judge John Foraora, President Judge in efferson County, adminstered the Oath of Office. onsignor Charles Kaza, astor of the Saint Tobias arish in Brockway, ofered the invocation. Following being worn-in as President Pro empore, Senator Scarati offered remarks on MIDDLETOWN hanks to strong ticket ales, the Powerball jackot today was increased o a $450 million annuity alue, or a $275.4 milion cash prize, for the ednesday, Jan. 6 drawng. The jackpot had olled to a $400 million nnuity value, or $244 illion cash prize, after he drawing on Saturday, an. 2, produced no jackot winner. In the Jan. 2 drawing, ne winning Powerball ith Power Play ticket orth $2 million was sold n Erie County and more han 136,800 other Pennylvania Lottery Power- Lottery Numbers The following winning umbers were drawn on uesday in the Pennsylania Lottery: DAY Pick Pick Pick Pick Haller Road St. Marys HOSS Looking For Your Next Fundraiser? Make $3.50 prot on each kit sold! Powerball jackpot boosted to $450 million on strong sales ball tickets sold statewide won prizes of varying amounts. If won tomorrow, the jackpot would rank as the Powerball game s fourthlargest annuity prize on record. This jackpot has been rolling since the Nov. 4, 2015 drawing. Lottery retailers statewide are reporting strong ticket sales. Tickets for the next Powerball drawing will be available until 9:59 p.m. Wednesday evening. 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It is clear that we have a divided government in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvanians elected a Democrat Governor, and elected strong Republican majorities in the House and Senate. While we have division, we all have one clear mandate the people of Pennsylvania expect results. As we enter a new year, I look forward to working with my colleagues to deliver those results, Scarnati concluded. Scarnati is currently serving his fourth term in the Senate. He was born and raised in Brockway, Jefferson County, and represents the 25th Senatorial District, which includes Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties and portions of Clearfield County. Zombie Nativity man pleads not guilty CINCINNATI (AP) n Ohio man who put up zombie Nativity display as pleaded not guilty to a oning violation and pledgs to keep his holiday tradiion alive. Jasen Dixon, of Sycaore Township in suburan Cincinnati, says it s a irst Amendment issue. 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