Tuesday, November 22, 2011

FLAMES Gymnastics

Cassie Frey, competing with the Flames Gymnastics team, recently traveled to Greensburg where she participated in the "Ready to Tumble Scarecrow Scramble". Cassie, in the IPO group, finished 2nd place overall with a score of 31.45. Bar 6.00, Beam 8.20 (2nd place), floor 8.50 (1st place) and vault 8.75 (1st place) against 8 teams.
On Nov. 19, she competed at the Brookville "Everybody Cut Footloose" (9 teams) and finished 3rd overall with a 32.65 score. Bar 6.20 (3rd place), beam 8.60 (3rd place), vault 8.80 (3rd place) and joined the "9.0 club" with a 9.05 on floor (2nd place).

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking
Title 58. Recreation
Part II. Fish and Boat Commission
Chapter 97
The Fish and Boat Commission (Commission) proposes to amend Chapter 97 (relating to operator provided equipment). The Commission is publishing this proposed rulemaking under the authority of 30 Pa. C.S. (relating to the Fish and Boat Code) (code). The proposed amendments modify and update the Commission’s boating regulations.
A. Effective Date
The proposed rulemaking, if approved on final-form rulemaking, will go into effect on November 1, 2012 to allow adequate time for public comment and to notify the public of the new requirement.
B. Contact Person
For further information on the proposed rulemaking, contact Wayne Melnick, Esq., P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000, (717) 705-7810. This proposed rulemaking is available on the Commission’s website at www.fish.state.pa.us.
C. Statutory Authority
The proposed amendment to §97.1 (relating to personal flotation devices) is published under the statutory authority of section 5123(a)(5) of the code (relating to general boating regulations).
D. Purpose and Background
The proposed rulemaking is designed to improve, enhance and update the Commission’s boating regulations. The specific purpose of the proposed amendments is described in more detail under the summary of proposal. On June 15, 2010 and February 8, 2011, the Commission’s Boating Advisory Board considered this proposal and recommended that the Commission approve the publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking containing the amendment.
E. Summary of Proposal
Since 1995, the Commission has used the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Accident Report Database to submit details of recreational boating accidents that occur in the Commonwealth. This database assists the Coast Guard and the Commission in analyzing recreational boating accident data and identifying trends to inform boating safety decision-making. In the past 15 years, the Commission has reported 1,424 accidents resulting in 187 fatalities in this Commonwealth. Approximately 8% of the accidents (117) occurred during the "off" boating season from November 1st through April 30th. While only a small percentage of the total accidents, these cold-water incidents resulted in 24% of the fatalities (45) during the 15-year timeframe.
Because boating safety requirements, equipment and recreational trends change over time, it is sufficient to focus a more detailed analysis on the past 10-year period of recreational boating accident records. From 2000 to 2009, boating accident records revealed a total of 125 fatalities of which 34 (27%) occurred between November 1st and April 30th. More than 82% of these fatalities (28) occurred in unpowered boats and motorboats less than 16 feet in length. Such boats included canoes, rowboats, kayaks and small open motorboats.
The disproportionate number of fatalities in November through April is primarily due to the effects of coldwater immersion. When water temperatures are less than 70 degrees F, cold water
shock is a major factor in boating fatalities. Cold water shock causes an involuntary gasp (often resulting in aspiration of water), hyperventilation, breathlessness and a reduced ability to control breathing and swim. Victims who wear a personal flotation device (PFD) when exposed to cold water have potentially life-saving advantages such as insulation from the cold, buoyancy for victims unable to tread water, and reduced risk of aspiration of water.

The Commission therefore proposes that §97.1 be amended to read as set forth in Annex A.
F. Paperwork
The proposed rulemaking will not increase paperwork and will not create new paperwork requirements.
G. Fiscal Impact
The proposed rulemaking will have no adverse fiscal impact on the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions. The proposed rulemaking will impose nominal costs on the private sector and the general public. The cost of PFDs ranges from $10 to $150.
H. Public Comments
Interested persons are invited to submit written comments, objections or suggestions about the proposed rulemaking to the Executive Director, Fish and Boat Commission, P.O. Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000, within 60 days after publication of this notice in the Pennsylvania Bulletin. Comments submitted by facsimile will not be accepted.
Comments also may be submitted electronically by completing the form at www.fishandboat.com/regcomments. If an acknowledgment of electronic comments is not received by the sender within 2 working days, the comments should be retransmitted to ensure receipt. Electronic comments submitted in any other manner will not be accepted.
For the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
John A. Arway
Executive Director
Annex A
Regulation No. 48A-228
Title 58. Recreation
Part II. Fish and Boat Commission
Subpart C. Boating
§97.1. Personal flotation devices.
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(i) Beginning November 1 until midnight April 30 of the following year, persons shall wear a Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III or V PFD while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Police Investigating Emporium Woman's Death

Death Investigation
Pennsylvania State Police at Emporium are investigating the death of Pauline Adelaide Decker, 35, of 448 Meadow Road, Emporium, PA.She was found in her residence in Shippen Township, Cameron County, on November 13, 2011 at 1:16 pm.The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact PSP Emporium at 814-486-3321. Trooper David A. Surra is the investigator.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Cameron County Genealogy Club HIKE

Hikers are invited to explore the remains of the Climax Hollow Explosives factory and the surrounding area Saturday, Nov. 12.
Those interested should meet at 10 a.m. at the Barbara Moscato Brown Memorial Library on West Fourth Street in Emporium. Anyone having photos, stories or history is encouraged to bring them to the library.
After about 15-30 minutes at the library, participants will drive to Climax Hollow site, about a half mile east of Emporium.
Cameron County Genealogy Club leader Wendy Davis said the terrain may be uneven and wet, so proper footwear is recommended.
The hike is free, though donations will be accepted to help defray the costs of water and a snack. Listen to WLEM 1250 AM in case of a cancellation because of inclement weather.
The Genealogy Club and Cameron County Historical Society are sponsoring the hike.

Saturday, November 5, 2011


Pictures of the new Engine 141 Rescue truck ..... it will be on display Tuesday at 6:00 pm at the Fire hall !!!
The EVFD "Truck Committee" did a great job designing this piece of equipment!