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Drugged naked intruder arrested in Lawrenceville…Three Ridgway residents arrested for torching vacant house…..Man arrested transporting cigarettes from the reservation to Pennsylvania….Expensive engagement ring stolen  from Elk County home…Causer encourages area emergency departments to apply for grants….

 

Obituary: Harland Saulter (North Carolina) formerly of Coudersport

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Monday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 56; trace of rain

TUE-PARTLY CLOUDY,  HIGH 80

TUE NIGHT-LOW 59

WED-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 80

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THU-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 81

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Tuesday September 19, 2017

 

Drugged naked intruder arrested in Lawrenceville…Three Ridgway residents arrested for torching vacant house…..Man arrested transporting cigarettes from the reservation to Pennsylvania….Expensive engagement ring stolen  from Elk County home…Causer encourages area emergency departments to apply for grants….

 

Mansfield based state police have arrested a drugged up flasher for incidents allegedly taking place last Saturday morning. Authorities claim 21 year old Michael Stinger II of Tioga entered the home of 51 year old Emma Wheeler on the Cook Road in Lawrenceville, uninvited and naked from the waist down. Mrs. Wheeler’s six year old grandson was in the house at the time. After she gave him  pair of sweats, Stinger left the home headed west on Route 287. State police received numerous calls from citizens reporting Stinger was acting erratically going up and down 287 near the Adult World store. When troopers tried to take him into custody in the store’s parking lot, he allegedly physically resisted and forced police to take him to the ground for handcuffing. He was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for medical evaluation, and once cleared, was committed to the Tioga County Prison in lieu of $7500 bail. He is being charged with indecent exposure, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness.

 

Three Ridgway residents have been arrested for arson. State police fire marshal Cpl. Greg Agosti claims Renee Goeger, John Miller and Cody Miller intentionally set fire to a house on Montmorenci Road late November 26. Damage to the unoccupied house owned by Cody Miller was estimated to b e $100,000.  All three suspects were committed to the Elk County Prison in lieu of $100,000 each after being arraigned on charges of arson, insurance fraud., criminal conspiracy, criminal attempt of theft by deception and criminal mischief.

 

Troopers at the Kane barracks did not release the name or address of a 34 year old man accused of possessing unstamped cigarettes. The charges came about after the suspect was stopped for speeding on Route 219, amile south of Route 6 in Hamlin township Monday morning. Police allegedly found him in possession of 20 cartons of unstamped Seneca Cigarettes from Salamanca, NY headed to Johnstown, PA.

 

A burglary on Spruce Street in Force, PA this past weekend is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. Burglars entered the home of Melissa Dawn and stole an engagement ring valued at $5,000.

 

State police at the Mansfield barracks are looking for vandals who damaged a vehicle this past weekend in Gaines Township. A vehicle owned by Jessica Schiek of Horseheads, NY was damaged while it was parked in a residential driveway on the Elk Run Road.

 

A Roaring Branch woman escaped injury in a car deer collision Saturday morning in Liberty Township. Connie Champaign was headed north on Route 15 when the whitetail jumped over a guardrail and was hit by her Ford 1500. Apparently the deer survived the collision and took off into the woods. Champaign was able to drive to the truck to  east shoulder  before stopping.

 

Troopers at Mansfield are still looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged property on Raker Highway in Liberty Township Saturday morning. The unknown  northbound unit went off the road, traveled through an electric fence, continued through the fence and stopped in a field. The driver then drove through another section of the fence before leaving the field and returning to the highway.

 

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is encouraging area fire companies and ambulance services to apply for the 2017-18 Fire Company, Emergency Medical Service Grant Program.

Grants may be used for construction or renovation of a unit’s station, the purchase or repair of equipment, training or debt reduction. The maximum grant amount is $15,000 for fire companies and $10,000 for volunteer ambulance services. Career ambulance companies can apply for the grants, so long as they are designated as a municipality’s primary EMS provider.

 Since its inception, the program has provided nearly $5 million in much-needed funding to fire and ambulance companies in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties.

A total of $30 million will be awarded through the program, which is funded through state gaming proceeds. The application period will remain open through Oct. 20. For more information, visit Causer’s website at www.RepCauser.com and click on “Fire, Ambulance Service Grants.”

 

Obituary

 

Harland Adelbert Saulter, 98, passed away Monday September 11, 2017 at Sanford Memorial Hospital, Sanford, NC. Harland was born in Coudersport, PA on July 6, 1919, the son of George Saulter, Sr and Annabelle (Blow) Saulter.  On August 14, 1939, he married Marjorie Mae Hillegas.

In 1946, Harland sold his farm on Greenman Hill and took his family to Prairie Bible Institute, Three Hills, Alberta, Canada to study for the ministry.  In 1947 he started a church ministry in a small schoolhouse in Axville, NY which is now the Conewango Baptist Church in Conewango, NY.  He then pastored the Baptist Church in Pine Valley, NY.

In 1955, he purchased the Saulter family farm and moved back to Coudersport.  During this time, he continued to preach in many of the area churches filling the pulpits for pastors.  As a farmer, he was well respected in his leadership role serving on the board of The Federal Land Bank for several years.  He was a well known advocate for the agricultural community.

His wife Marjorie, passed away in 2002.  He married Maisie Cross and moved to Sanford, NC where he was involved in ministering, along with his wife, in local churches and nursing homes.

Harland is survived by his wife Maisie Saulter of Sanford, NC; two sons and one daughter; Robert Saulter and wife T’Lene of Savannah, GA, Joseph Saulter and partner  Todd Bartholomew of Greenwood, NY and Gloria Smith of Robinson, IL; seven grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren; three brothers, Everett Saulter of Coudersport, Clifton Saulter of Coudersport, Lavern Saulter and wife Betty of Coudersport and one sister-in-law, Arlene Saulter of Coudersport.

Harland is preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie, father George Saulter, Sr, mother Annabelle Saulter, brothers Clair Saulter, Donald Saulter, George Saulter, Jr, Lester Saulter, and sisters Georgeanna Knight and Jane Yardley.

Contributions in memory of Harland may be sent to the Hebron Center Christian School.   A memorial service will be held in the near future.

 

Local arrangements held by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915

 

 

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Monday, September 18, 2017

                                          Sunday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 60; trace of rain

State police offer child passenger seat checks this week…..Rep. Causer reports House has approved budget which keeps taxes steady and does not require borrowing…..Theft of trail camera and equipment investigated by troopers at Coudersport….Alleged theft of gun probed by state police at Mansfield…Westfield motorcyclist hurt in Potter County accident….Steering problem blamed for Tioga County crash…..

 

National Child Passenger Safety Week is being observed this week. Officials say car  crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. Many times, deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belt according  to officials.

In support of this campaign, state police across the region are  conducting child passenger safety seat check events . The checks will help to locate defective seats and seats that are affected by recalls from the manufacturer. PSP will  also be conducting concentrated enforcement of seat belt and child passenger restraint violations throughout the campaign period. Children from birth to two years of age are to be secured in an approved rear facing child passenger seat. Children, 2-4 years of age must be secured in an approved forward facing seat. Children 4-8 are to use a an approved booster seat. And, anyone between 8 and 18 must be fastened in a seatbelt.  The Pennsylvania Traffic Injury Prevention Project and Safe Kids Pennsylvania, as well as numerous municipal police agencies throughout the Commonwealth will also be participating in various enforcement and educational events during National Child Passenger Safety Week.

State Police checkpoints are being held at the following locations:

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In front of O.G.Crawford Park on Fraley Street in Kane  on East Second Street from 10a-2p.

PennDot Maintenace office in Ridgway from 3-9p.

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Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance hall on East Second Street from 1-7p.

Take you child safety seat & instructions and  vehicle manual, Checks  take about 30 minutes per seat. If you cannot make the date would like to have a seat checked call barracks at 814.274.8690.

The state House approved a plan last week  to fund the 2017-18 state budget and close out last year’s deficit without raising taxes  or borrowing .

According to Rep. Martin Causer, GOP members discovered  that there are hundreds of millions of dollars sitting in off-line and sufficient funds to pay the entire budget deficit in 41 of the 218 ‘special funds. 

One solution to make up for this lost revenue was to sell off a portion of the Tobacco Settlement Fund that the states had won against the tobacco industry. This is much like someone who wins the lottery taking a smaller lump sum up-front, rather than the full payment spread out over 20 years.

House Bill 453 now needs Senate approval before it can be go to the governor for his signature.

The theft of a trail camera, metal camera box and python lock is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. The equipment, owned by 87 year old Joseph Brennan of Genesee was taken from a location on the Rooks Road in Allegany Township between September 4 and 9. It’s valued at a total of $250. Anyone with information is asked to call the barracks at 814.274.8690.

Theft charges have been filed by state police at Coudersport against a Mississippi man. Authorities claim 21 year old Andrue Holifield of Lucedale left the Millstream Inn on East Second Street in Coudersport  without paying for the room in which he stayed between August 12 and September 3.

State police at Mansfield are trying to sort out the details of a theft allegedly occurring this past February in Delmar Township. Renee Carson, 40, told police she gave a gun belonging to her ex-husband, Matthew Carson, 33, to 41 year old Joseph Swetland of Westfield,  whom she was dating at the time because he had a safe and   she didn’t.  When the Carsons, both Wellsboro residents, contacted Swetland to have the Howa 308 cal. rifle returned, Swetland told police he blocked their phone numbers  because “It was a crazy” relationship.

An elderly Westfield woman thwarted an attempt to swindle her out of some money. Lucille English,92, received a phone call from someone claiming to be from Dish Network telling English she owned $100 for services.    English sent a check for the amount but cancelled it before it could be cashed.

Three Coudersport residents have been cited for criminal trespass. Sate police allege 41 year old Shawn Ahern , 27 year old Justin Crust and 25 year old Patrick Johnston were discovered on posted property on the south side of Cemetery Road about a mile west of Route 449 in Genesee Township last Monday evening without the permission of owner Thomas Slawson of Genesee.

A 19 year old Westfield motorcyclist was hurt in an accident last Monday afternoon on the Northern Potter Road in Bihgham Township, Potter County. Troopers report Gaven Dewert lost control of his Honda Shadow VLK after applying his brakes hard to avoid a vehicle ahead which had stopped to make a left turn onto Rowley Road. The bike laid down on its right side and slid several feet before stopping. Dewert was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Tri-town Ambulance for treatment of minor injuries and has been cited for operating an uninspected vehicle.

A Peckville, PA driver was taken to Troy Hospital Friday night for treatment of minor injuries she suffered in an equipment related accident in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. Authorities said Alexandria Lemons was headed east when the steering mechanism on her 2001 Kia Sephia failed causing the car to go off the pavement and collide with an embankment where it rolled over onto its roof.

No injuries were reported for a Bath, NY driver whose car wrecked on Route 15 in Richmond Township last Thursday afternoon. Troopers report Tammy Wilkins was going south when BMW sedan hydroplaned after being passed by a tractor-trailer. The car spun off the road and hit an embankment where it came to rest.

A Liberty, PA  woman also escaped injury in an accident last week. Authorities said Glenda Hebe’s Ford Edge went struck a culvert after going off The Williamson Trail while making a left curve.

OBITUARIES

Cheyanne C. LOWE, 21, of Columbia, PA, formerly of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, September 15, 2017 in Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA. Born January 24, 1996, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Michael Lowe and Gwen D. Schmidt.A graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, she was employed by Hollister in Lancaster. Surviving are:  her father, Michael Lowe of Ulysses;  her mother, Gwen Schmidt of Rochester, NY;  paternal grandparents, Charlene (Gordon) Surdam of Ulysses and James (Kathy) Lowe of Sabinsville;  maternal grandmother, Marian Connolly of Wyoming;  five siblings, Ryan Guthrie, Marcia Grapevine, Brandi Hildebrandt, Trisha Lowe, and Desirae Lowe;  aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by a brother, Lindsay Michael Lowe; a paternal grandfather, Roland Stevens.Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM. The Rev. David Brelo will officiate. Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Janet L. CARY, 80, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Thursday, September 14, 2017 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. Born October 4, 1936, in Corning, NY, she was the daughter of Ralph A. and Reva I. Moon Manning.In 2006, she married Gerald S. Cary, who survives.  She loved her family and enjoyed dancing, crocheting and traveling.  A strong Christian woman, she raised her family in faith. Surviving besides her husband, Gerald, are:  four daughters, Lynda Carr Bieser of Ulysses, PA, Vickie (Frank) Chase of Whitesville, NY, Reva (Scott Landers) of Oklahoma, and Myra (Alva) Bundy of Butler, PA;  several grandchildren and step-grandchildren;  numerous great-grandchildren;  a brother, Ronald (Beverly) Manning of Genesee, PA;  three step-children, Allen J. (Darcie) Cary of Bloomington, IL, Martin J. Cary of Harrison Valley, and Diane L. (Bob) Willard of Standards, NY;  a step-daughter-in-law, Robin Cary of Mills, PA;  nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a sister, Regenia B. Monroe; and a step-son, Kevin L. Cary.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Tuesday, September 19, 2017 from 12:00-2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  The Rev. Duane Burdick and grandson Keith Chase will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

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Friday, September 15, 2017

 

                                    Thursday's high, 73; Overnight low, 61; .05” rain (.73” on Fishing Creek)

 

Potter County Commissioners vote 2-1 to approve CBDG funding for Roulette Sewer plant....New traffic pattern (temporary) starts Monday in Coudersport.....Police looking for thief who stole projector in Lewis Run.....

 

In a rare split vote, the Potter County Commissioners voted to approve Community Block Grant funding in the amount of $175,760  to Roulette Township for sewage treatment repairs. Commissioner Chairman Doug Morley and Commissioner Paul Heimel voted to  accept the recommendation of Community Development Director Jennifer Rossman and Bill Siegel of SEDA-COG (Council of Governments) which administers block grant programs in Potter County. Commissioner Susan Kefover, a Galeton native,voted "no" after lobbying earlier in the meeting to use Act 13 (Shale Gas Impact Fees) to fund Galeton's Wastwater Treatment project. The meeting was attended by two Galeton Authority members who argued passionately for their cause, saying they too, are in a crisis situation and if left unattended, the situation could become an emergency. Chairman Morley added that the fact that theRoulette sewer system has some leaks, its priority seems greater. Heimel, in addressing Kefoverdirectly, said he was not happy about being approached during the meeting about the idea of using Act 13 monies. He said, if the county would do that, the board would have to reconsider its plan of those funds are used. Morley left open the door that there might be an alternative but that a

decision had to be made now so that the federal timeline requirements could be met. Rossman confirmed to Black Forest Broadcasting that there is no guarantee Galeton would be the number one choice in the next round of funding because a more critical need might develop in another community before next year

 

.Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris  tells Black Forest Broadcasting News, there will be a new traffic pattern in Coudersport, effective, Beginning Monday, September 18, 2017.Going East on Rt. Six motorists  will have to turn right onto Oak, left on Mill and back to East Second Street.  OAK STREET WILL BE A ONE WAY GOING EAST ONLY WITH NO STOP SIGNS!!! There will be stop signs on all cross streets (Borie, Cartee & South East) of Oak St.  Going West on Rt. 6 will be the same detour as it ts now out Eulalia St. Main Street will be the same as it is now with the exception that no right turns will be allowed onto East Second Street until the project is completed, probably in November.

 

Kane-based state police are looking for the thief who stole an Epson Powerlite projector owned by Allegany Bradford Corp. on South Avenue in Lewis Run late last month. The equipment which is valued at $755,45 was taken between 3:00 pm Friday  August 25 and 7:00 am Sunday August 27.  Anyone with  information is asked to call the Kane barracks at 814.778.5555.

 

Obituaries

Titus C. RISSER, 84, of Ellisburg, PA, went to be with the Lord with his loving family by his side

on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.

Born September 26, 1932, in Derry Township, Hershey, PA, he was the son of Harry A. and Sarah CurryRisser.On December 6, 1958, in Cleona Brethren in Christ Church, he married the former Arlene S. Myers, who survives.A 1950 graduate of Middletown High School, he served honorably with US Army in Panama during the Korean War.

Titus and his wife, Arlene, owned and operated a dairy farm in Ellisburg for many years.

He was a member of the Ellisburg Union Wesleyan Church and the Potter County Holstein Association.

He formerly served on the board of the directors for Agway, First Citizens National Bank in Genesee, and on the Ellisburg Church Board.

He had a passion for Oliver tractors and was a Philadelphia Phillies fan.

Surviving besides his wife, Arlene, are:  four sons, Kevin (Martha) Risser of Coudersport, Kenneth (Lori) Risser of Ulysses, Fred (Connie) Risser of Andrews Settlement, and David (Nelsa) Risser of Ellisburg;  12 grandchildren;  23 great-grandchildren;  two sisters, Adella (Franklin) Wagner of Hummelstown, PA and Ilda (Marvin) Nauman of Lebanon, PA;  one step-sister, Joyce Biemesderfer ofMechanicsburg, PA;  two step-brothers, James  Biemesderfer of Reading, PA and Robert (Shirley)Biemesderfer of Colorado Springs,CO;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his step-mother, Edna Risser;  a sister, Dorothy (Alvin) Ebersole;  a step-sister,Velma (Earl) Leonard of Camp Hill, PA.

Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Sunday, September 17,2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Monday in the Ellisburg Union Wesleyan Church.  The Rev. Roy Ward will officiate.  Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.Memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 9, Genesee, PA 16923, Ellisburg Union Wesleyan Church, 1020 Rag Hill Rd., Genesee, PA 16923, or the Jemison Valley Brethren inChrist Church, 5870 Route 249, Westfield, PA 16950.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

Anthony C. “Tony” Palumbo, 61, of Bristol, formerly of Shinglehouse, passed away on Monday,

September 11, 2017 in Lower Bucks Hospital, Bristol, PA after a short illness.

Born on June 10, 1956 in Bristol, he was a son of Charles A. and Frances Lare Palumbo.  On November 25, 1988 in Oswayo Township, he married the former Deborah K. Stonemetz, who survives.Tony attended Neshimany High School in Langhorn.  He was a member of Iron Workers Local 401 in Philadelphia as an iron worker until retiring due to ill health.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He was a Harley rider and enjoyed boating.

Surviving besides his wife are seven children, Alicia S. Palumbo of Bristol, Katy L. Palumbo of

Odenton, MD, Casey L. Palumbo of Philadelphia, Anthony C. Kohlor of Ocean City, MD, David A. Nobles of Canisteo, N.Y., Dawn M. Nobles of Columbia, MD, and Dustin M. Nobles of Canisteo, N.Y.; several grandchildren; a sister, Francine (Lynn) Perkins of Oswayo; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Tony was predeceased by a sister, Lynn Jacobs.Friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with the Rev. Thomas E. Brown, pastor of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Tony, please visit ww.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wednesday’s  high, 75; Overnight low 61; .05” rain

Public warned about scams related to floods…..New  K-9 will soon be on duty in Sweden and Roulette Townships…Another McKean County bridge has been replaced…..Three people arrested for stealing vehicle owned by Westfield resident…..Emporium woman arrested for hopping into bed of unsuspecting man….vandalism investigated in Tioga County….

With two major hurricanes hitting the United States over the past few weeks, Emporium police chief Dave Merritt is advising area residents to be on the look out for scammers. Several citizens have reported receiving phone calls looking for donations.

Those hoping to make some fast money, have a tactic called spoofing.  They obtain a local number to show up on caller id devices.  Here are some signs that the call is a scam. 

1.  Refuses to provide detailed information about how donation will be used

2.  Uses a name that closely resembles a reputable organization.

3.  Uses high pressure tactics

4.  Asks for donations in cash or a wire transfer.

5.  Offers to send a courier or overnight delivery service to collect the donation immediately.

 

 Chief Merritt has the following advice:

1.  Hang up, don’t engage the caller, don’t press any buttons.

2.  Block the call by contacting your phone provider.

3.  File a complaint if you get a robocall or unwanted telemarketing call at www.DoNotCall.gov

 

Authorities say if you want to make a donation, make it through reputable organizations such as the Red Cross, Salvation Army or Samaritan’s purse. Some churches also accept donations which are passed on to those in need.

A new officer will soon be on duty in Sweden and Roulette Townships. Chief Bryan Phelps is welcoming “Jay” a Belgian Malinois.. "JAY" already Certified in May on Drugs, so the next two weeks will be for Family bonding and introducing her to the community.  Jay will not only “sniff” out drugs but she will help to locate lost persons. Her predecessor was euthanized due to a critical illness.Phelps says the department has a good start toward the $10,000 goal having received over $6500 so far. Donations continue to be accepted.

For those wishing to, Please send donations to the following:

Sweden Township Police K9 Fund

129 Cherry Springs Rd

Coudersport Pa 16915.

Any School or Civic Group that would like to meet Jay  or schedule a FREE seminar please feel free to contact Chief Phelps.

PennDot announces The Derrick Road  bridge on Route 346  in Foster Township, McKean County, has reopened to traffic . The bridge spans Foster Brook, about three miles east of Bradford and was replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.

With the bridge reopened, motorists may notice a slight bump as they drive across the bridge until a polyester polymer concrete (PPC) overlay is applied to the deck. This is often the final step in completing box beam bridge projects. The PPC overlay is designed to protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs.

The polyester material can only be applied when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, dry weather is forecasted and after the bridge concrete has cured for at least 30 days. An alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by flaggers when the PPC overlay is applied later this month. 

To find out when the overlay will be applied to this structure, visit www.parapidbridges.com/polyesterpolymerconcreteoverlay.html. In the event of unfavorable weather, this schedule may change. Any such changes will be posted on the website.   

This bridge is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project. Replacement work for this bridge was performed by Dolomite Products Company Inc. DBA A. L. Blades of Hornell, NY.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com.   

Three people have been arrested for stealing a vehicle in Tioga County Tuesday night. According to Mansfield based state police, 31 year old Kathryn Daly of Syracuse, NY, 24 year old Jacob Allen of Pine City< NY and 24 year old Cody Thornton no address available, stole a Chevrolet Tracker OWNED BY Loretta Pierce from her Westfield home just before 9Pm. Police said the trio was walking along Route 49 when they noticed the unlocked vehicle with keys in the ignition., They drove off, headed east, but were stopped a short distance later by Elkland Borough police.

 

An Emporium woman has been charged with  disorderly conduct for an incident allegedly taking place Wednesday morning. State police claim 32 year old Trisha Wilkins entered the home of 65 year old Kelly Daugherty and climbed into his bed without him knowing.

  Vandalism at Canyon Country Cabs in Charleston Township, Tioga County last Friday or Saturday is being investigated by state police at Mansfield . Culprits damaged a door handle on one of the cabs.                

Obituaries

   Dominic J. "Nick" Ostrander, 78, of North Street, passed away Saturday (Sept. 9, 2017) in the Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.
Born May 25, 1939, in Port Allegany, he was a son of Clayton and Mary Teresa Gullone Ostrander. On April 7, 1989, in Roulette, he married Jean Bilek, who survives.
Dominic was a veteran of Vietnam, having served with the U.S. Army.
Mr. Ostrander attended the Riverside Methodist Church of Roulette, was a member of VFW Post 6391, Port Allegany, and was active in Neighborhood Soup Run.
Surviving in addition to his wife Jean, are a stepson, James F. (Catherine) Genaux of Roulette; a stepdaughter, Judith E. (Richard) Lewis of Crescent; three grandchildren, Jamie L. (Ryan) Davenport, Alan L. Lewis and Crystal L. Genaux; two great-grandchildren, Wesley S. Davenport and Keira L. Lewis.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. Sept. 30, 2017 in the Riverside Methodist Church, with the Rev. Ben Zimmerman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette.
Memorials can be made to the Riverside Methodist Church.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.
Condolences can be made at www.switzerfuneralhome.com.

 

Brant A. Pekarski, AKA “Bomber” ,78, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a brief illness.

Born on October 30, 1938 in Coudersport, he was a son of Frank A. and Gertrude Shaw Pekarski.  On April 13, 1965 in Coudersport, he married Drusilla L. Fisher, who survives.

Brant was a graduate of Coudersport High School and a graduate of Slippery Rock State College with a Bachelors of Science History degree.  He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Korean War in the Military Police.

Brant was a field office manager for several pipeline contractors for 55 years, retiring in 2013.  His favorite saying was “nothing finer than a pipeliner”. 

Brant was a very active member of Christ Episcopal Church in Coudersport, a member of Eulalia Lodge #342 F. & A.M. in Coudersport, a member of the Valley of Coudersport Consistory, and a member of Potter Commandery #69. He was an avid sports fan, especially the Buffalo Bills, and a supporter of local high school sports programs.  He was an avid reader of newspapers and crossword puzzle solver.  His greatest love was his family.

Surviving besides his wife of 52 years are four children, Brian S. “Punk” Pekarski of Coudersport, Jo Renee L. “Moodle” (Jim) Housler of Eldred, Randy S. “Randel” (Suzanne) Pekarski of Buffalo, N.Y., and Jodi L. “Pip” (Jason) Vossler of Coudersport; five grandchildren, Malorie Housler, Maxon Housler, Zachary Housler, Jack Pekarski, and Nora Pekarski; a brother, Frank (Jane) Pekarski of Falconer, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

Brant was predeceased by his parents.

In keeping with Brant’s wishes, there will be no public visitation.  Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of his life which will be held at the Coudersport American Legion Post 192 on Sunday, October 29, 2017 beginning with a visitation from 1 to 2pm, followed by services at 2pm with the Rev. Joann Piatko, pastor of St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, Port Allegany, officiating.  Members of Eulalia Lodge #342 F. & A.M. will conduct Masonic services following Brant’s celebration. Military honors will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.

Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport.

Memorials in Brant’s memory may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Brant’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Brant, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday September 13, 2017

 

Tuesday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 50; no rain

 

Area residents invited to Causer’s Senior Expo in Kane Friday…..Volunteers needed for fish habitat project next week at Sinnemahoning State Park….Ulysses man charged with strangulation and related crimes…Teen driver cited after car collides with school bus in Harrison Township…..Theft at Emporium Hardwoods investigated……Fishing rods stolen in Austin….Vandals cause $2000 in damage to unoccupied house near Kane….

.Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is encouraging area residents to attend his  annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Kane Community Center, 46 Fraley St., Kane.

The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and lunch will be provided.

 State, county and local vendors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions.  Information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing and personal safety will be available. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded.

 Causer noted his district office in Kane will be closed on Friday due to the expo. It will reopen for business on Monday, Sept. 18. Causer’s other legislative offices will be open on Friday and may be reached by calling 814-362-4400 (Bradford), 814-274-9769 (Coudersport) or 717-787-5075 (Harrisburg). He may also be reached via RepCauser.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/RepCauser.

 The final expo in 2017 is planned on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Roulette Fire Hall.

For more information about the senior expo in Kane, contact Causer’s Kane office at 814-837-0880.

 Volunteers are needed for a fish habitat improvement project at Sinnemahoning State park on Wednesday and Thursday September20 and 21. Work is scheduled from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm both days.Project tasks include construction and installing 50 “Porcupine Crib” to improve fish habitat in the George B. Stevenson Dam. Volunteers 13 and older are welcome to participate. No experience necessary. The project will be supervised by the PA Fish and Boat Commission and park staff. Register by calling the park office at 814.647.8401.

 A Ulysses man is facing prosecution under the new state law of strangulation. Coudersport based state police allege 31 year old Allen Preston choked and pushed a 25 year old woman at his home located at 658 Academy Street in Ulysses on the evening of August 30. The woman was injured in the attack and Preston reportedly left the house before troopers arrived. He was picked up the next day on a warrant and was arraigned on charges of strangulation, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment. Strangulation is now a stand  alone crime in Pennsylvania.

Minor injuries were reported for a Monoreville motorcyclist whose Honda VFR750F spilled Monday afternoon in Stewardson Township ,Potter County. State police report Gregory Vederber braked hard while  trying to make a left curve while descending Pine Hill. The bike skidded and fell onto its left side before  stopping. Police said he was wearing a helmet and full riding suit at the time and was taken to Charles Cole Hospital by Kettle Creek ambulance.

A Harrison Valley teen driver has been cited for speeding after a minor collision Monday afternoon in Harrison Township. Officers say the collision occurred near the intersection of the Iva-Jen  and Whites Corners Road.  The rear end collision occurred when Tristan Ahearn braked his Ford Focus upon approaching an International Harvester school bus which was moving slowly through the intersection after stopping at the stop sign. Ford Focus skidded for about 300 feet on the gravel  road before sliding into the back of the bus.  Both drivers and three passengers in each unit all escaped injury.

Speeding charges have also been lodged against an Coudersport woman after a car/deer collision last Wednesday in Austin. Troopers just released details reporting Lorie Thompson was going south on Route 872 and was unable to avoid hitting the deer a few minutes before 4:00 am. She and her passengers John and Grace Peterson also of Coudersport were using seatbelts and were not hurt.

A Galeton man has been arrested for DUI. State police allege 55 year old Francis Buechler was driving his vehicle under the influence of alcohol when they stopped him in that town at around 1:30 am July 2.

Emporium based state police are investigating a theft at Emporium Hardwoods Route 120 earlier this month. Sometime between 4:00 pm September 2 and 1:00 pm the next day, burglars broke into the office and stole a number of items and tried unsuccessfully to enter a  locked cabinet containing petty cash. Troopers say they have a 21 year old male suspect and are continuing to follow leads.

The theft of two fishing rods from the home of Walter Cheplic on Railroad Street I Austin earlier this month is being investigated by Coudersport based state police. The rods, which were taken between September 2 and 5 were recovered in a nearby stream but police are looking for those responsible. Anyone who has information is asked to call state police 814.74.8690.

Troopers in Kane are looking for vandals who caused an estimated $2,000 in damage to an unoccupied  house on Biddle Street in Wetmore township between last Wednesday and Sunday. The walls and floors in the house owned by David Oaks of Kane were spray painted black; windows were smashed and other property was damaged too. Anyone who has more information is encouraged to call them at 914.778.5555.

Thieves took several items from property on Route 414 in Liberty, PA between September 3 and 10th. The owner has been identified as 65 year old James Champaign. Anyone with information about that crime is asked to call the Mansfield barracks at 570.662.215.

A Southampton, PA man has been cited for criminal trespass by troopers at Mansfield. Christopher Hays is accused of walking on posted property on Deer Path Lane in Rutland Township Labor Day morning. The land is owned by Barbara Stager.

 

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 Tuesday September 12, 2017

Monday’s high, 73; Overnight  low, 45; no rain

 

Potter County Courthouse to be featured on TV program….Another Route 44 bridge has re-opened……State police in Mansfield investigate two thefts amounting to several thousand dollars in loss…..Elk County woman scammed out of small sum of money…..

 

A program about Potter County history and interesting features for visitors will be aired in millions of Pennsylvania households at 7 pm Thursday, Sept. 14. It will also be shown at 2 pm Saturday, Sept. 16.

A production crew from the Pennsylvania Cable Network spent two days in Coudersport earlier this summer filming local scenes and conducting interviews as part of PCN’s Historic Courthouses series.

Major focus is on the Potter County Courthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, Historical Society President David Castano and Commissioner Paul Heimel, as hosts, made sure the 30-minute program spotlighted stories and attractions that would be of interest to tourists.

Filming took place in and around the courthouse, as well as nearby sections of Coudersport with interesting architecture or historical significance. The crew also filmed at the Potter County Historical Society Museum.

“The producers were very interested in Potter County’s connections to crimefighter Eliot Ness, the infamous thieves known as the Brinks Gang, famous musician Ole Bull, and other local story lines,” Commissioner Heimel said.

Castano, who was the narrator and tour guide, shared colorful stories about local history, including the public execution of wife-killer Joshua Jones – whose skull is on display at the museum – and the fierce political battle that preceded the construction of the 156-year-old courthouse.

Among local familiar faces appearing in the program are Judge Stephen Minor, Tillie Masolotte, Ed Thompson, Alex Fish and Kim Schaar.

PCN is carried locally on channel 22 of the Zito Media cable system. The program will be rebroadcast numerous times after Thursday’s debut.

 

Constructed in 1853, the Potter County Courthouse is full of history. A portion of that will be told when the Pennsylvania Cable Network programs debuts at 7 pm Thursday, Sept. 14. David Castano, president of the Potter County Historical Society, discussed the historic Statue of Justice now protected from the elements and on display in the lobby. A replica appears atop the courthouse.

 

Producers from the Pennsylvania Cable Network film narrators David Castano (left) and Paul Heimel outside the Potter County Courthouse. The program on the 156-year-old courthouse and many chapters in local history will be broadcast at 7 pm Thursday, Sept. 14, on PCN.

A burglary last week in Delmar Township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Criminals took several items from a building on Muck Road last Tuesday or Wednesday. The items are valued at about $5300. Police did not elaborate further. However, they are also probing a theft occurring last Friday or Saturday on Hills Creek Road in Middlebury Township. Thieves took two CB radios,  two pairs of  prescription glasses, a tool box filled with tools and a log book belonging to owner James Campbell. Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

State police at Ridgway are investigating theft by deception occurring last evening. Alicia Wonderling of Ridgway told police that she was contacted by phone with the caller telling her to send $150 via pre-paid iTune cards. The investigation is continuing.

A Route 44 (Steer Brook Road) bridge, which spans the South Branch of Oswayo Creek in Hebron Township, about a mile southeast of the village of Hebron Center, Potter County is complete and has been opened  to traffic. The bridge had been under construction as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. . Replacement work was performed by Robert J. Cummins (Bob Cummins Construction Company) of Bradford, PA. The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed with a 100-year lifespan.

This bridge is referred to as JV-81 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

 To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com. 

Sweden Township officials report Road crews will be soil cementing Irish Farm Rd (Sweden Twp) again today (7am-5pm) weather permitting. Motorist are asked to avoid the area if possible, to Residents and First Responders the road will passable but expect delays.

 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Sinnemahoning State Park will have program on Lyme Disease this Saturday…..Causers says lawmakers will work until a budget agreement is reached….Covington man arrested for harassing Mansfield woman….harassment by phone investigated by state police in Coudersport…Elderly Sinnemahoning woman hurt in car roll-over…Millerton woman accused of shoplifting at Walmart…..Several DUI and drug arrests made…

Each year, more than 300,000 people are infected with tick-borne diseases.  Everyone needs to be tick aware. Sinnemahoning State Park welcomes Nicole Chinnici, from East Stroudsburg University, for the Dare 2B Tick Aware: PA Lyme Prevention Program on Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 2:00-3:30 PM, in the Wildlife Center classroom.

 In 2015 a PA Department of Environmental Protection study reported Lyme and other tick-borne disease in ALL 67 counties.  Pennsylvania has led the nation in new reported Lyme disease cases for six years running, with the number of annual cases increasing by 105% since 2013.  Tick-borne infections are preventable… awareness is the first step.

 This Tick Prevention Seminar, presented by PA Lyme Resource Network will review:

    Tick prevalence and risk in PA

    Tick diseases in PA

    Tick ecology

    Personal prevention strategies

    Property management

    Avoiding tick habitat

    How to remove a tick

    And much more

 

Nicole Chinnici, the guest speaker for the PA Lyme Resource Network, serves as an adjunct professor at East Stroudsburg University and Northampton Community College and has authored has several publications pertaining to the use of DNA in forensic analysis.  Nicole was awarded grant funds in 2016 to optimize tick testing analyses at the Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory. She is involved in multiple ongoing tickborne disease studies which include collecting vector data to predict human risk to TBDs.

This free tick awareness program is offered through a project funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health through the Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant.  For more information about the PA Lyme Prevention Program visit their website at www.palyme.org.

 

Rep. Martin Causer reports the voting session of the state resumes today  with the goal of finishing up the 2017-18 state budget process. Among the outstanding items to be resolved is identifying the revenue necessary to fill last year’s budget shortfall. Lawmakers have been discussing a variety of proposals, some of which include transferring money from special funds, borrowing, or generating additional funds through further privatization of liquor sales and an expansion of gaming opportunities.
Causer says talks will continue until an agreement is reached.

A Covington man has been arrested for harassing a Mansfield woman. Troopers allege 20 year old Charles Dewalt continued to contact 19 year old Bryanna Robbins even after being warned to cease contacting her.

State police in Coudersport are continuing their investigation into a case of harassment by phone. A known male, location unknown left offensive messages on Galeton resident Laura Seymour’s home last Wednesday.

No injuries were reported for a Harrison Valley woman after a car/deer collision last Wednesday morning in Harrison Township. According to state police Quenna Stilson was headed  west when a deer came onto the road and hit her Ford Fusion causing the air bags to deploy. Stilson was able to bring the car to a safe stop a short distance down the road.

An elderly Sinnemahoning woman was slightly injured last Tuesday when her car rolled over just north of that community. Donna Kehl, 71, was going south when she lost control of hter MKC while trying to make a left turn on Route 120.The car traveled across the highway and overturned after colliding with an embankment.

Retail theft charges have been filed against Joanne Aumick of Millerton. Mansfield based state police allege Aumick tried to leave the Mansfield Walmart last Friday night with several  items for which she had not paid.

State police across the region have made several DUI and drug arrests recently. Cory Oknefski, 20 of Ridgway was arrested after being allegedly found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia when he was stopped for a vehicle code violation last Thursday evening at the intersection of Route 153 and 219 in Horton Township. Troopers there also arrested 45 year old Patricia Parks of Winburne, PA when they pulled her over last night on Route 255 for speeding. Police allege she was driving under the influence of alcohol. Troopers at Coudersport claim 25 year old Erica Simms of Coudersport was driving under the influence of a controlled substance on the afternoon of August 11 when they stopped her on Rugaber Street  in Austin after she was reportedly observed exhibiting signs of impairment. Brandon Empson, 25, also of Coudersport has been charged with DUI and violating drug laws. Troopers assert when they pulled him over at the intersection of East Second and Faith Street in Sweden Township lat August 16, they found he was driving under the influence of a controlled substance and  say they found him in possession of a controlled substance. Another Coudersport resident has been charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance just after 9:00 am August 20 Richard Kline, 76, was pulled over on Route 49 in Allegany Township.  DUI charges have also been filed against 48 year old Scott Robbins of Wellsboro. He was stopped by troopers at the intersecdtion of Route 6 and Center Park in Coudesport on the night of August 23

Obituary

 

Carolyn B. Pease, 72, of Clara, passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on July 23, 1945 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Kenneth Randall and Martie D. Holter Pease. 

Carolyn was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1964, Shinglehouse.  She was employed for 46 years at Olean Advanced Products, retiring on September 30, 2010.

She enjoyed cooking.  Her most precious time was spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving are a son, Shane A. (Sheila) Pease of Clara; a granddaughter, Caitlin P. Pease of Clara; two grandsons, Tyler J. (Heather) Pease of Shinglehouse and Troy A. Pease of Clara; a brother, Randall “Jack” (Jan) Pease of Shinglehouse; a sister, Kathryn I. Duell of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Carolyn was predeceased by two brothers, Donald Pease and Kenneth Pease; three sisters, Patricia Sherwood, Charlotte Brooks, and Phyllis Pease; and two half-sisters, Marjorie Pease and Elaine Gardner.

In keeping with Carolyn’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Potter County Relay for Life, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Carolyn’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Carolyn, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

Pre-registration is not required.  For more information about this free program, please call the Park Office of Sinnemahoning State Park at 814-647-8401.  If you need an accommodation to participate in park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.  With at least three days’ notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or Voting session of the state House will resume this Monday, Sept. 11, with the goal of finishing up the 2017-18 state budget process.


 

 

 
 

 

 

 

A Covington man has been arrested for harassing a Mansfield woman. Troopers allege 20 year old Charles Dewalt continued to contact 19 year old Bryanna Robbins even after being warned to cease contacting her.

State police in Coudersport are continuing their investigation into a case of harassment by phone. A known male, location unknown left offensive messages on Galeton resident Laura Seymour’s home last Wednesday.

No injuries were reported for a Harrison Valley woman after a car/deer collision last Wednesday morning in Harrison Township. According to state police Quenna Stilson was headed west when a deer came onto the road and hit her Ford Fusion causing the air bags todeply. Stilson was able to bring the car to a safe stop a short distance down the road.

An elderly Sinnemahoning woman was slightly injured last Tuesday when her car rolled over just north of that community. Donna Kehl, 71, was going south when she lost control of her MKC while trying to make a left turn on Route 120.The car traveled across the highway and overturned after colliding with an embankment.

Retail theft charges have been filed against Joanne Aumick of Millerton. Mansfield based state police allege Aumick tried to leave the Mansfield Walmart last Friday night with several  items for which she had not paid.

State police across the region have made several DUI and drug arrests recently. Ridgway based state police arrested 454year old Patricia Parks of Winburne, PA for DUI late Saturday night when she was stopped for speeding on Route 255 in Fox Township. Cory Oknefski, 20, of Ridgway was cited when he was pulled over last Thursday evening for a vehicle code violation. Troopers at Coudersport claim when they stopped 25 year old Erica Simms of Coudersport on Rugaber Street I Austin on the afternoon of August 11, they determined she had been driving under the influence of a controlled substance. State police assert they found 25 year old Brandon Empson of Coudersport driving under the influence of a controlled substance when they pulled him for a traffic violation late August 16 at the intersection of East Second Street and Faith Street in Sweden Township. Authorities allege they found him in possession of a controlled substance after reportedly being observed driving while impaired.  Richarde Kline, 76 of Coudersport was arrested when troopers allegedly found him driving under the influence of a controlled substance on Route 49 in Allegany Township just after 9:00 am August 20. Scott Robbins, 48 of Wellsboro was cited after being stopped at the intersection of Route 6 and Center Park in Coudersport late August 23. Police claim he had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

Obituary

 Carolyn B. Pease, 72, of Clara, passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.Born on July 23, 1945 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Kenneth Randall and Martie D. Holter Pease.  Carolyn was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1964, Shinglehouse.  She was employed for 46 years at Olean Advanced Products, retiring on September 30, 2010.She enjoyed cooking.  Her most precious time was spent with her family, especially her grandchildren. Surviving are a son, Shane A. (Sheila) Pease of Clara; a granddaughter, Caitlin P. Pease of Clara; two grandsons, Tyler J. (Heather) Pease of Shinglehouse and Troy A. Pease of Clara; a brother, Randall “Jack” (Jan) Pease of Shinglehouse; a sister, Kathryn I. Duell of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Carolyn was predeceased by two brothers, Donald Pease and Kenneth Pease; three sisters, Patricia Sherwood, Charlotte Brooks, and Phyllis Pease; and two half-sisters, Marjorie Pease and Elaine Gardner.In keeping with Carolyn’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Potter County Relay for Life, Coudersport, PA 16915.Carolyn’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Carolyn, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

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Friday September 8, 2017

 

Thursday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 48, .09” rain

 

Possible electrical fire destroys pick up truck in Elk County….Elkland woman accused of hitting victim in the face…Clearfield County authorities investigate murder….diesel fuel on highway causes St. Marys accident….Play Station unit stolen from Tioga County home….

 

The cause of a fire which destroyed a pick up truck Thursday on the Bennetts Valley Highway in Jay Township, Elk County has not been determined. The state police fire marshal does report the 2005 Chevrolet Silverado had numerous electrical problems. The investigation found the fire originated in the engine compartment and soon consumed the entire vehicle which was owned by James Voght of DuBois. Damage is estimated to be $10,000. There were no injuries. Volunteers from the Jay Township Fire Department extinguished the flames.

 

An Elkland woman has been arrested for simple assault. State police at Mansfield allege 38 year old Melanie Link struck a victim in the side of the face causing injury Wednesday afternoon on Lakeview Driver in Nelson Township.

 

Out of the area, but of interest, Clearfield County authorities are investigating the murder of a 19 year old Curwensville resident early last month. A forensic dentist positively identified Chase Anderson whose body was found in a wooded area off of the Walker Road in Pike Township, Clearfield County August 30. He was reported missing on August 11. Police say several suspects are in custody.

 

A St. Marys woman escaped injury in an accident Thursday afternoon in Fox Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police report Stacy Yetzer was try to turn left from Route 948 onto Route 255 when her Subaru Crosstrek slid out of control after encountering diesel gas on the road. She was able to drive the car safely to a nearby parking lot.

 

Mansfield based state police are probing a burglary taking place sometime over the past month at a home on Route 328 in Jackson Township.  Thieves stole a Play Station 4 unit from the home of Shaun Bock.

 

Troopers at Mansfield are also investigating a criminal mischief at the Tioga Quarry on Bauman Road in Middlebury Township last Thursday or Friday. Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

 

Commercial Property and Business Owners are advised the PA Route 6 and PA Wilds Façade  Program will provide funding to commercial building owners and business owners (with property owner approval) as well as non-profits organizations, with the restoration of building facades within Warren, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties. Eligible types of restoration activities include but are not limited to: design assistance, a fresh coat of paint, new signage, brick and masonry, doors and windows, storefronts, lighting, or repairing or replacing an awning.

 * 32 Facade projects will be awarded a maximum of $5000 each with a required 1:1 match.

 * Smaller matching signage grants will be available to 50 retail and host site establishments involved in The Wilds Cooperative

 To find out more, attend one of these public meetings:

 

  Tues., Sept. 12 at 1pm - Warren Public Library, 205 Market St, Warren

Wed., Sept. 20 at 10am - Conference Room, Gunzburger Building, 1 Main Street, Coudersport

Wed., Sept. 20 at 1pm - Wellsboro Borough Office, 14 Crafton Street, Wellsboro

Wed., Sept. 27 at 1:30pm - McKean County 911 Center Conference Room, 17175 Route 6, Smethport

 

TO REGISTER FOR MEETING OR FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL THE PA ROUTE 6 ALLIANCE 

814-435-7706.

The program is made possible thanks to an $183,000 Keystone Communities grant from the PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development (DCED), and project support funding from the PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR). The Façade Program is being administered by the PA Route 6 Alliance.

 

 

 

                                 

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Thursday September 7, 2017

Wednesday’s high, 62; overnight low, 44; no rain

 

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Bureau of Forestry is initiating a pilot program increasing the size of registered all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) permitted on two state forest trail systems, DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced today.

Beginning with the reopening of 2017 riding season later this year, both the Whiskey Springs and Bloody Skillet ATV trail systems in Sproul State Forest will allow larger vehicles to ride on designated ATV trails. The Susquehannock ATV trail system, in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area,  will follow suit for the opening of the 2018 riding season. Offiicals say these three trail systems have the correct features to accommodate the larger ATVs, which is why they were selected for the pilot program. These larger machines have been steadily gaining popularity with the riding community.”

 The pilot program on Sproul and Susquehannock ATV trail systems will permit operation of ATVs measuring up to 64 inches in width and weighing up to 1,800 lbs.

 Prior to the pilot program, nine of the bureau’s 11 ATV trails were open to machines in the Class II category, that is, not exceeding 58 inches in width and 1,200 lbs. The ATV trails in the Michaux and Tiadaghton State Forests are currently not open to Class II machines and restricted to Class I ATVs -- not exceeding 50 inches in width and no heavier than 1,200 lbs.

  In addition to state forest trails systems, ATV riding enthusiasts can choose from a variety of ATV parks across the state, as well as trails in the Allegheny National Forest.  

 Some ATV trails reopen for winter use in conjunction with the snowmobile season from the day following the last doy of the regular or extended deer hunting season through April 1 -- conditions permitting.  Riders are urged to check in advance with forest districts to be sure winter use is permitted.

 The bureau will monitor the trail systems in Sproul and Susquehannock state forests to determine if use of the larger machines is sustainable in the long term.

 Detailed information on ATV riding in Pennsylvania’s state forests can be found at http://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Recreation/WhatToDo/ATVRiding/Pages/default.aspx.

 

 An elderly Tioga County woman was killed in a collision Tuesday morning in Charleston Township. According to Mansfield based state police, 89 year old Faye Tokarz of Covington, after topping on the Gas Company Road, tried to cross Route 6 and pulled out in front of a Ford F150 driven by Dustin Smith of Wellsboro. The front of the pick up struck the driver’s side on the Tokarz Hyundai Elantra. Tokarz was pronounced dead at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Apparently Smith was treated at another hospital.

A Genesee teen driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Eulalia Township. Troopers report 19 year old Elizabeth Post was going north when her Chevrolet Prism spun off the road, struck an embankment and rolled over several times before coming to rest on its roof. Post was cited for speeding in connection to the crash.

An Andover, NY driver has also been arrested for speeding after a crash in Harrison Township Saturday afternoon. Coudersport based state police say a Ford F250 Super cab driven by Lyle Goodliff hydroplaned off of the Whites Corners Road while going north, collided with an embankment and continued along the embankment before colliding with a fence and coming to rest against a large tree.

Troopers have cited Justin Fuhrer of Ulysses for driving with a suspended or revoked license after hi Cadillac STS wrecked on the gold Road early Sunday morning. Authorities allege Fuhrer left the scene without notifying the property owner when his vehicle hit a mailbox and rode an embankment for about 75 feet before going back onto the Gold Road.

Minor injuries were reported for a St. Marys motorcyclist after a mishap Monday afternoon in Jones Township, Elk County. Melissa Eckford  was trying to make a left hand turn onto Route 219 from Route 321 when her Yamaha XVS1300CU went off the road and collided with a guard rail. Eckford was treated at Penn Highlands Elk.

An Emporium has been committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bail after being arraigned for burglary, theft, and receiving stolen property. State police assert Mickey Acevedo-Figueoa  stole a Craftsman leaf blower from a garage on W. Allegheny Avenue owned by 71 year old John Prosper between 5:30 and 6:00 am Sunday.

Elk county authorities report ID theft  charges are pending against a Wesfield, PA woman. The suspect is believed to have used a credit card belonging to 66 year old Francis Penfield of Wilcox to make numerous purchases Saturday without his permission.

The theft of a gun and GPS unit from a vehicle parked on the Cherry Flats Road in Charleston Township, Tioga County between August 20 and September 1 is being probed by state police in Mansfield. The gun, belonging to Darren Keck of Middlebury Center has been found and returned to owner but the GPS unit is still missing.

 

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                                             Wednesday September 6, 2017

                                      Tuesday’s high, 66; Overnight low, 54; .55” rain (1.35” on Fishing Creek)

One of three bridges being replaced near Shinglehouse has been re-opened….Causer is reminding residents September is “preparedness month”…..Cameron county participants in Sinnemahaone next month could win The Caldwell  Cup….No one hurt in Tioga County collision but teen driver injured in one-vehicle crash…

PennDot announces construction is complete for a Route 44 bridge in Sharon Township, Potter County. The bridge spans Wildcat Creek near the village of Sharon Center and was replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Replacement of the bridge allows PennDOT to remove it from the state’s structurally deficient bridge list.The bridge reopened to traffic on Thursday, August 31. Replacement work was performed by The L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, NY.The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed with a 100-year lifespan.

This bridge is referred to as JV-83 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com. 

Rep. Martin Causer is reminding constituents September isWSeather Preparedness month and since we are in the peak of hurricane season, it’s a good time to review plans—especially since “Irma” may impact the East Coast this weekend.

Hurricanes are massive storm systems that form over the water and move toward land. Threats from hurricanes include high winds, heavy rainfall, storm surge, coastal and inland flooding, rip currents, and tornadoes. These large storms are called typhoons in the North Pacific Ocean and cyclones in other parts of the world.

Each year, many parts of the United States experience heavy rains, strong winds, floods, and coastal storm surges from tropical storms and hurricanes. Affected areas include all Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas and areas over 100 miles inland, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, parts of the Southwest, the Pacific Coast, and the U.S. territories in the Pacific. A significant per cent of fatalities occur outside of landfall counties with causes due to inland flooding.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30.

Basic Preparedness Tips

    Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.

     Put together a go-bag: disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, medications, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate

    If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.

    Make a family emergency communication plan.

    Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

Preparing Your Home

    Hurricane winds can cause trees and branches to fall, so before hurricane season trim or remove damaged trees and limbs to keep you and your property safe.

    Secure loose rain gutters and downspouts and clear any clogged areas or debris to prevent water damage to your property.

    Reduce property damage by retrofitting to secure and reinforce the roof, windows and doors, including the garage doors.

    Purchase a portable generator or install a generator for use during power outages. Remember to keep generators and other alternate power/heat sources outside, at least 20 feet away from windows and doors and protected from moisture; and NEVER try to power the house wiring by plugging a generator into a wall outlet.

    Consider building a FEMA safe room or ICC 500 storm shelter designed for protection from high-winds and in locations above flooding levels. 

Hurricane Watch

Hurricane watch = conditions possible within the next 48 hrs.

Steps to take:

    Review your evacuation route(s) & listen to local officials.

    Review the items in your disaster supply kit; and add items to meet the household needs for children, parents, individuals with disabilities or other access and functional needs or pets.

Hurricane Warning

Hurricane warning = conditions are expected within 36 hrs.

 Steps to take:

    Follow evacuation orders from local officials, if given.

    Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

    Follow the hurricane timeline preparedness checklist, depending on when the storm is anticipated to hit and the impact that is projected for your location.

What to do when a hurricane is 6 hours from arriving

    If you’re not in an area that is recommended for evacuation, plan to stay at home or where you are and let friends and family know where you are.

    Close storm shutters, and stay away from windows. Flying glass from broken windows could injure you.

    Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.

    Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

What to do when a hurricane is 6-18 hours from arriving

    Turn on your TV/radio, or check your city/county website every 30 minutes in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

    Charge your cell phone now so you will have a full battery in case you lose power.

What to do when a hurricane is 18-36 hours from arriving

    Bookmark your city or county website for quick access to storm updates and emergency instructions.

    Bring loose, lightweight objects inside that could become projectiles in high winds (e.g., patio furniture, garbage cans); anchor objects that would be unsafe to bring inside (e.g., propane tanks); and trim or remove trees close enough to fall on the building.

    Cover all of your home’s windows. Permanent storm shutters offer the best protection for windows. A second option is to board up windows with 5/8” exterior grade or marine plywood, cut to fit and ready to install.

What to do when a hurricane is 36 hours from arriving

    Turn on your TV or radio in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions.

     Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit. Include food and water sufficient for at least three days, medications, a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies.

 

    Plan how to communicate with family members if you lose power. For example, you can call, text, email or use social media. Remember that during disasters, sending text messages is usually reliable and faster than making phone calls because phone lines are often overloaded.

     Review your evacuation plan with your family. You may have to leave quickly so plan ahead.

    Keep your car in good working condition, and keep the gas tank full; stock your vehicle with emergency supplies and a change of clothes.

 After a Hurricane

    Listen to local officials for updates and instructions.

    Check-in with family and friends by texting or using social media.

    Return home only when authorities indicate it is safe.

    Watch out for debris and downed power lines.

    Avoid walking or driving through flood waters. Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and one foot of fast-moving water can sweep your vehicle away.

    Avoid flood water as it may be electrically charged from underground or downed power lines and may hide dangerous debris or places where the ground is washed away.

     Photograph the damage to your property in order to assist in filing an insurance claim.

    Do what you can to prevent further damage to your property, (e.g., putting a tarp on a damaged roof), as insurance may not cover additional damage that occurs afterthe storm.

When there is no hurricane: Make a hurricane plan

    Know your hurricane risk. Talk to your local emergency management agency.

    Make an emergency plan.

        Sign up for alerts and warnings

        Make a Family Communication plan

        Plan shelter options

        Know your evacuation route

     Build or restock your basic disaster supplies kit, including food and water, a flashlight, batteries, chargers, cash, and first aid supplies.

     Consider buying flood insurance.

     Familiarize yourself with local emergency plans. Know where to go and how to get there should you need to get to higher ground or to evacuate.

     Stay tuned to local wireless emergency alerts, TV, or radio for weather updates, emergency instructions, or evacuation orders.

Cameron County residents participating in the Sinnemahone Ultra Trail Run Saturday October 21 can capture the Caldwell Cup.  The award presented by the Caldwell Corporation in Emporium is given to the top male and female finishers from the county in the 50k, 25k and 10k events. 

 The hand turned wooden cups created by St Mary’s artist Marvin Riddle and are then engraved by Wennin Creations.  “This event prides itself on purchasing local, since the majority of our sponsors come from the Cameron County region” says race director Craig Hudson.  The design for this years race shirts and the printing will be done by Art n Ink, finisher medals and trophies provided by Wennin Creations. 

Numerous sponsorship levels exist according to Hudson.   They range from $50 to $1000.00.  The chamber of commerce is the clearing house for race and sponsorship information.

Two Liberty, PA men have been arrested in connection to  a scuffle last Thursday evening in that town. Mansfield based state police allege 27year old James Antes punched 64 year old Cortland Parker, also of Liberty in the face and that 34 year old Trevor Ogden damaged a pair of sunglasses belonging to Antes by throwing them.  Antes was charged with harassment and disorderly conduct while Ogden was charged with criminal mischief.

No one was hurt in a collision last Friday morning in Richmond Township, Tioga County.  According to Mansfield based state police the collision occurred when Joshua Miller of Elmira turned left off the Roseville Road and did not yield to oncoming traffic causing his Toyota Corolla to collide with a Dodge Grand Caravan driven by 73 year old James Harris of Mansfield. Both drivers were using seatbelts as was Miller’s wife, Jennifer. Two boys, ages 4 and 6, were in child safety seats.

A Myerstown, PA teenager was treated at Williamsport General Hospital for minor injuries following a one-vehicle crash early last Saturday  morning in Liberty Township, Tioga County. Troopers report 18 year old Jessica Smith was going east on Route 15 when her Ford Fusin went off the west side of road where it came to a stop.

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                                 Tuesday September 5, 2017

 Monday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 62; .5” rain

Elderly Genesee man killed in tractor accident…Ulysses couple arrested for growing pot…Burglars steal guns from Sharon Township home…Game Commission turkey survey due tomorrow….

 An elderly Genesee man was killed in a tractor accident Saturday afternoon in Allegany Township. According to Coudersport based state police, 77year old Wallace Copley was operating a John Deere 4120 tractor with front-end load on an overgrown skid/logging trail approximately a quarter mile south of the Benn Green Road. Copley was clearing the trail  between 2:00 and 3:00 pm pushing  brush back over the bank with the front bucket while going north towards the Ben Green Road when the front tires began to slide on the embankment, causing the tractor to roll over and land on Copley before rolling down the embankment and coming to rest against several trees. Copley was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Potter County Coroner Ken Wingo at 5:00 pm. Tri-Town and Genesee Fire and Ambulance services assisted at the scene.

A down state teen driver was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre after a one-vehicle accident on the Roosevelt Highway in Sullivan Townships Tioga County Friday afternoon. Troopers said 18 year old Raechel Kochanowski of Duryea, PA lost control of her eastbound Honda Civic when she took her eyes off the road to change the radio station and overcorrected when the car went off the road. The vehicle went down a grassy embankment and rolled over one time before stopping.

State police at Coudersport have arrested a Ulysses couple for growing pot. Troopers claim when they went to the home of 63 year old Steven Swords and 61 year old Agnes Swords on Rocky Lane in Ulysses Township June 28 with a warrant, they found several marijuana plants and other drug paraphernalia. Both were arraigned before District Judge Delores Weiss on charges of manufacturing, delivering or possession with intent to manufacture, intentionally possessing a controlled substance and using/possession drug paraphernalia. Bail was set at $10,000 unsecured for each suspect.

A burglary at a Sharon Township home on August 8. Criminals entered the home of Shane Gross on Route 44 between 8:00 pm and 10:30 pm and made off with a 270 Winchester Rifle with a checker pressed, black, synthetic s tock and a TASCO 3-9 black scope. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 814.274.8690.

Kane based state police have charged 31 year old Bradford  resident for DUI after stopping him on Route 219 near Custer City Friday night. Troopers claim when they pulled Mark Valenti over for  speeding, they determined he was also driving under the influence. He was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for blood work.

Troopers at the Ridgway barracks conducted a DUI roving detail Saturday and report they stopped and checked 23 cars. One of the drivers was found to be intoxicated and was arrested for DUI; a passenger in one of the cars was cited for underage drinking; six citations were issued and 28 vehicle code warnings were issued.

 

With the arrival of September, the Game Commission reminds residents that the deadline to submit a turkey sighting report is tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Reports must be filed online, either by visiting the Game Commission’s homepage – ww.pgc.pa.gov – and clicking on “August Turkey Sighting Survey” in the Quick Clicks section, or via one of the mobile apps (search for “Pennsylvania Game Commission” in the Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store, and select the Turkey Sighting Survey).

Participants are requested to record the numbers of wild turkeys seen, along with the general location, date and contact information if agency biologists have any questions. Reports must be from sightings between Aug. 1 and 31. Please note, your specific location information is NOT shared or stored; rather it is solely used to help determine the county, township and wildlife management unit of each sighting.

Many factors affect wild turkey productivity, including spring weather, habitat, previous winter-food abundance, predation and last fall’s harvest. The 2017 statewide turkey population was about 216,800, which is ­­­3 percent below the previous three-year average of 219,800 birds, but similar to the previous 10-year average. Pennsylvania’s turkey population in the early 2000s reached its peak of about 280,000 birds as a result of agency restoration efforts through wild trap-and-transfer, habitat improvement, and fall-turkey-hunting-season restrictions.

It then declined sharply to levels below 200,000. Since 2011 it has been fluctuating between 204,000 and 234,000, depending on summer reproduction and fall harvest.

Obituaries

Emelda M. Mahon Glover, 91, of Austin died September 1, 2017 at her residence. Born January 22, 1926 in Austin, she was the daughter of Thomas W. and Isabelle Moyer Mahon. On April 12, 1950 in Coudersport she married Charles W. “Bill” Glover who preceded her in death. Emelda attended school in Austin and remained a lifelong resident. She was employed as Treasurer of the Austin Borough, and worked at the Austin School each for 24 years. She was an active member of the Austin United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher, and Chairperson and Treasurer of the Pastor Parish Relations at her church. Emelda served on the Republican Committee and as the Potter County Auditor. She was a member of the Port Allegany Moose Lodge Aux. #460, Austin-Costello Sportsmen Club, East Fork Sportsmen’s Club, and a life member of the Austin V.F.W. Post Aux. #7810, and the American Legion Potter Post #192 in Coudersport. For many years she and her friends travelled together so often they were given the nickname “The Golden Girls”. Surviving are two sons: Gerald (Cindy) Glover of Emporium, and Paul E. (Mary) Glover of Bradford; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, one daughter: Patricia Schweikart, brothers: Thomas, Harry, Edward, Richard Marvin, and sisters: Maude, Lena, Eva Eloise, Irene Annabelle, Reva, and Anna Mae. Friends and family are invited to the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral home Thursday September 7, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8pm to pay tribute to her life in the community and her impact in our lives, and to a funeral service Friday September 8, 2017 at the Austin United Methodist Church at 1pm with Pastor Steven Small officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery in Austin. In lieu of flowers Emelda has requested that donations in her memory be made to the Asutin United Methodist Church, Turner Street, Austin, PA 16720. Emelda’s family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East Street Coudersport, PA 16915 with her arrangements, to share a memory or sign her guest book, visit www.thomasfickinger.com

 

Louella A. Dickerson, 80, of Millport, passed away on Sunday, September 3, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a brief illness.Born on December 18, 1936 in Wellsville, N.Y., she was a daughter of Brady and Erma Wolf Geer.  On July 11, 1953 in Wellsville, she married Orin J. Dickerson, who survives.Louella attended Wellsville schools.  She, along with her husband, ran the family beef farm for many years.Louella enjoyed antiquing and gardening, especially flowers.  Her greatest love was her family.Surviving besides her husband of 64 years are four children, Sharon A. (Jeffrey) Putt of Allegany, N.Y., Pat K. (Ron) Sheppard of Clara, Peg A. (Ray Tombow) Harrier of Pittsburgh, and Alan W. (Melody) Dickerson of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley (Paul) Arsanult of Connecticut; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Louella was predeceased by nine siblings.Friends may call from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm on Wednesday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, September 7, 2017, with the Rev. Fred E. Kemp, pastor of the Potter County Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, emorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Louella, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Katherine M. Cottrell, 85, a longtime resident of Roulette, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, September 4, 2017.Born on September 3, 1932 in Bedford, Ohio, she was a daughter of Robert and Clara Welsh.  On June 18, 1965 in Bedford, she married John S. Cottrell, who preceded her in death. Katherine was a graduate of Bedford High School.  In her younger years while living in Bedford, Katherine was employed as a baker. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Roulette Volunteer Fire Department.  She loved her animals, especially her birds.  She collected angels, enjoyed old country music, and Elvis Presley.  A hard worker, she loved to shovel snow and mow her lawn. She loved to walk.  Her greatest love was her family. Surviving are four children, Charlotte J. Nicholas, Hazel R. (Wynn) Duell, John W. Cottrell, and Milford C. “Buddy” Cottrell, all of Roulette; two grandchildren, Scott A. Duell and Lily R. Duell; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Ruth B. Welsh of Bedford; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Katherine was predeceased by a grandson, Anthony J. Duell; and three brothers, Bob, Gene, and Chuck.In keeping with Katherine’s wishes, there will be no public visitation.  A celebration of her life will be held on a date and place to be announced.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Roulette Volunteer Fire Department, Roulette, PA 16746.Katherine’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Katherine, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

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                                  Friday September 1, 2017

Thursday’s high, 66; Overnight low, 37; .05”rain

  The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) are  joining  in the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving enforcement campaign through Monday September 4, labor Day.

Although DUI-related fatalities have fallen by a third over the last three decades, recent statistics show a frightening trend. According to the NHTSA, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2011 to 2015, which equals one person killed every 51 minutes in 2015.

 During the three-day Labor Day holiday enforcement period in 2016, PSP investigated 704 crashes statewide, including 61 crashes involving alcohol, and four alcohol-related fatal crashes.

 Penalties for a DUI conviction in Pennsylvania vary based on several factors, including an individual’s criminal history, blood alcohol content (BAC) level, and whether or not there were injuries or property damage in the event of a crash. Potential consequences include thousands of dollars in fines, a license suspension, and even prison time.

 For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.

 

The PA Route 6 Alliance and the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PAWilds Center) are launching a regional façade grant program for communitiesalong Route 6 in the Pennsylvania Wilds. Commercial property ownersinterested in the program are invited to attend one of the public meetingsbeing held throughout the four-county area. The PA Route 6 and PA Wilds Regional Façade Program is intended enhance theattractiveness of the small towns within the PA Wilds and along the PA Route6 Heritage Corridor by helping commercial property owners and businessowners in Warren, McKean, Potter and Tioga County improve the look of theirbuildings.   The PA Route 6 and PA Wilds Façade Program will provide funding to commercial building owners and business owners (with property ownerapproval) as well as non-profits, with the restoration of building facadeswithin the targeted area.  Eligible types of restoration activities includedesign assistance, a fresh coat of paint, new signage, and repairing orreplacing an awning.  Façade improvements do not need to be costly and willgreatly improve the façade of the building, making a lasting effect on thecommunity.According to Terri Dennison of the PA Route 6 Alliance, the Façade programwill fund about 32 façade projects at a maximum of $5000 each with arequired 1:1 match. It will also make smaller matching signage grantsavailable to 50 retail and host site establishments involved in The Wilds.Cooperative, a visitor experience the PA Wilds Center is working to curate and grow. Public meetings to explain the guidelines and grant procedures will be held

at the following locations:

-        Tuesday, September 12 at 1pm, Warren Public Library, 205 Market St,

Warren

-        Wednesday,  September 20 at 10am,Gunzburger Building, Conference

Room 1 Main Street, Coudersport

-        Wednesday, September 20 at 1pm,  Wellsboro Borough Office, 14

Crafton Street, Wellsboro

-        Wednesday, September 27 at 1:30pm, McKean County 911 Center

Conference Room, 17175 Route 6, Smethport

 

The program is made possible thanks to an $183,000 Keystone Communities

grant from the PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development (DCED), and

project support funding from the PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural

Resources (DCNR).

For more information about the PA Route 6 and PA Wilds Regional Façade

Program or to register for the public meetings, contact the PA Route 6

Alliance at 814-435-7706.

 

Troopers in Coudersport are continuing their investigation into a reported sexual assault of an elderly Coudersport woman. The alleged crime is said to have occurred on the evening of August 17 in Eulalia Township.

 

 

Both people involved in a domestic violence assault on the night of August 15 at 1951 White Knoll Road in Harrison Township.  have been charged  harassment. Sate police at Coudersport say they went to the home following a 911 hangup call. Upon investigation, they allegedly found n argument between 51 year old Colleen Smith of Ulysses and 41 year old Aaron Jacobs of Salamanca, NY  had moved out onto the porch. Jacobs is accused of pushing Smith and Smith is charged with throwing a cell phone hitting Jacobs in the back of the head. Charges were3 filed before District Judge Delores Weiss.

 

Kane based state police have charged both people in connection to a dispute on the afternoon of August 14 at 7172 Route 46 in Smethport. Authorities claim 18year old Cassandra Dietrick of Sunbury punched 23 year old Brian Manley of Williamsport in the mouth with a closed fist and Manley  is charged with shoving Dietrick. Officers say the case will remain open pending further court action.

 

State police say charges are pending against a 20 year old man who is accused of standing nude on Route 872 during the “Dam Show” last Saturday night. Authorities claim the suspect hit anther person, was found in possession of suspected marijuana  and was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for evaluation.

 

The theft of a cell phone at the Kersey Park  Wednesday is being probed by state police. The iPhone 7 Plus belonged to Randy Fields of Brockport and was taken between 7:00 and 7:45 pm.

 

State police in Mansfield investigated a burglary a Deerfield Township home earlier this month. Thieves made of with a pair of Crock style shoes, valued at $10 from the unlocked garage at the Knoxville  home of 76 year old Richard Short.

 A mechanical problem is blamed for a minor collision Thursday morning in Eldred Township. According to Kane based state the accident occurred when Jerry Hanes of Austin was passing Portville, NY resident Mary Glover on Route 155 and the left front wheel and tire came off of his Chevrolet Tracker and hit the left front wheel of Glover’s Jeep Renegade and flew onto the windshield. Both drivers were using seatbelts and were not hurt.

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Thursday August 31, 2017

Wednesday’s high, 72; Overnight low, 51; no rain

Travelers invited to use new PA website for road conditions and traffic information this weekend…teen passenger hurt in McKean County accident….Mansfield police look for two hit and run vehicles….

If you are traveling out of the area this Labor Day weekend, you may want to take advantage of the state’s new – “Historic Holiday Traffic” page at www.511PA.com so they can plan optimal travel times on major roadways across the state for the Labor Day holiday.

The site, which is compatible with mobile devices, allows users to see how traffic speeds on the Friday before and day of Labor Day in 2015 and 2016 compare to traffic conditions during a typical, non-holiday week. Users can choose their region and view an hour-by-hour, color-coded visual of traffic speeds to help them decide the best times to travel during the holiday. 511PA also offers real-time, traffic speed information for thousands of roadway miles throughout Pennsylvania.

PennDOT will also remove lane restrictions and suspend construction projects wherever possible through the holiday period. Motorists can see remaining construction projects at www.511PA.com before they travel.

Traveler information is also available through Waze (www.waze.com), a real-time crowdsourced navigation app through which drivers share road conditions, and with which PennDOT has a free, two-way data-sharing partnership. The partnership promotes more efficient traffic monitoring by sharing free, anonymous, crowdsourced incident reports and slow-down data from Waze users (called Wazers). Waze receives PennDOT’s road condition reporting data to share with its users, while the department uses data reported by Wazers to supplement internal traffic-condition monitoring.

The public can use 511PA to check conditions on nearly 40,000  major roadway miles in Pennsylvania. The service is free and available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices. Information can also be accessed by calling 5-1-1 or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

A passenger was slightly hurt in a one-vehicle accident involving a teen driver Tuesday evening in Eldred Township, McKean County. State police say the 16 year old Eldred girl was going east on Route 346 when she hit the brakes on her Chevrolet Cavalier for an unknown object in the road. The car crossed the road, then re-entered its lane, went onto the south berm and collided with an embankment. The impact cause the car to roll over one and a half times before coming to rest on its roof. Her 17 year old male passenger, also from Eldred, was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

Mansfield based state police are looking for a couple of hit and run vehicles. An unknown unit while attempting to park in the Family Dollar parking lot in Osceola backed into a light pole, pushing it over and causing significant damage. The driver left the scene without notifying store personnel or police but left the lot headed east on Route 49. And, another vehicle came in contact with a telephone cable and a TV cable running from a pole across the Charleston Highway in Charleston Township Monday afternoon. The cables were pulled off the side of the house and the TV cable was left hanignt about five feet above the roadway  while the telephone cable was pulled completely down and laid on the highway. The unknown vehicle continued traveling on the Charleston Road and that driver also failed to stop.

Obituary

Shirley L. (Fourness) Kuhn , 94, formerly of Roulette, PA passed away August 27, 2017 at Cole Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing and Rehab Unit.Shirley L. (Fourness) Kuhn , 94, formerly of Roulette, PA passed away August 27, 2017 at Cole Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing and Rehab Unit. Born January 9, 1923 in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Meredith and Maybelle Hackett Fourness. On November 30, 1940 she married Walter Kuhn, who preceded her in death May 7, 1992.Shirley was a graduate of Coudersport High School. She was a   member of the Riverside Methodist Church in Roulette, PA.  She was a lifetime member of the Roulette Fire Department   Auxiliary and member of the Riverside Methodist Women. Her interests included quilting, knitting, crocheting and puzzles. She also enjoyed tracking weather patterns. To many, she was known as “Gram”.

 Shirley is survived by her sons; Douglas Kuhn and his wife Helen of Ocala, FL, Robert Kuhn of Roulette, PA, Daniel Kuhn of Roulette, PA and Rodney Kuhn and his wife Linda of Lenoir City, TN and her daughter Shirley Bilek and her husband Gary of Cranesville, PA, 23 grandchildren, 15 Great-grandchildren and 7 Great –Great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son; John Kuhn and daughters; Marsha Kuhn and Audrey Painter. 

A funeral service will be held Friday, September 1, 2017 at 1pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA .  Pastor  Ben Zimmerman will be officiating.  A visitation will be held Thursday, August 31, 2017 from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the funeral home. Burial will take place in the Genesee Cemetery. 

Arrangements held by Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915 

To share your fondest memories of Shirley visit www.thomasfickinger.com

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Wednesday August 30, 2017

 

Tuesday’s high, 64; Overnight low, 54; no rain

 

The jobless rate improved between June and July in all counties in the Black Forest  Broadcasting Service area between June and July according to figures just released by the state department of labor and Industry. Potter County’s rate dropped slightly from 6.2 to 6.1%. McKean County’s went down from 6.0% to 5.7%; Cameron saw a decrease from  7.4 to 6.3%;Elk’s rate went   from 4.9 to 4.6% and Tioga realize  a decrease from 5.8% to 5.3%.Chester County had the best rate in the commonwealth, holding  steady a 3.4% while Fayette was at the bottom of the list at 6.5% followed by Cameron and Potter Counties. Pennsylvania’s rate was static at an even 5.0% while the national figure dropped slightly from4.4% to 4. 3%.

State police at the Coudersport Barracks are the latest to offer a 24/7 drug drop off box. A drug collection box has been placed in the lobby of Denton Hill  barracks to dispose of unwanted and/or expired prescription and over the counter medication. The collection site is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week  The Pennsylvania State Police has partnered with the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol, Army National Guard and Attorney General to participate in Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back program.  State police at Emporium recently announced they offer the same service.

You can dispose of:

-    Prescription and over-the-counter solid medications

-    Tablets and capsules

-    Pet medicines

 You may NOT DROP OFF:

-    Intravenous solutions

-    Injectables, syringes, and needles (i.e. EpiPens)*; these need to be taken to a health care professional's office or to a hospital for disposal

-    Hydrogen peroxide

-    Compressed cylinders or aerosols (e.g., asthma inhalers)

-    Iodine-containing medications

-    Thermometers

-    Alcohol & illicit drugs (i.e. marijuana, heroin, LSD, etc.)

State police in Ridgway are advising motorists that they will be conducting DUI checkpoints all next month throughout Elk County.

Kane based state police have charged 31 year old Darren Piechowicz,, no address given with DUI and violating drug laws. Authorities claim when  they stopped him for a summary traffic  violation Tuesday afternoon on Route 219 just south of Route 6 in Hamlin Township, they found him driving under the influence and in possession of marijuana.

DUI charges have also been filed against 55 year old Terry Huntley, also no address provided by state police in Mansfield. Troopers claim when they investigated a motorcycle crash on the night of April 14 on Button Hill Road in Jackson Township, they found he had been operating the bike under the influence.

Without releasing his name, state police at the Ridgway barracks say a 61 year old Fox Township man is facing charges for growing marijuana. Authorities say after a search warrant was obtained and they went to his home in Kersey last Thursday afternoon, they found several marijuana  plants and other items  which were confiscated.

A criminal mischief in Tioga Township is being investigated by state police in Mansfield. Between midnight and 6:20 am Monday, vandals slashed the rear tires on a vehicle owned by James Batemen of Pine City, NY while it was parked on Bear Creek Road.  Culprits also splashed  black nail polish  on both sides of the car and red nail polish on the hood….Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

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                                                          Tuesday August 29, 2017

Sunday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 49; no rain

 

Elderly Elk County woman after allegedly stabbing husband…truck driver hurt in Tioga County  semi crash.. theft  of motorcycle equipment probed by state police at Mansfield..theft on money from elderly woman’s account probed by troopers at Coudersport….Meth ingredients found on  road…Penn Dot updates Coudersport Main Street project…

 

An elderly Elk County woman has been jailed after she allegedly stabbed her husband with a knife.  Ridgway based state police claim 70 year old Theresa Steudler stabbed her husband, Ronald Steudler in the upper right chest during an argument Monday morning in their home of Silver Creek Road in Johnsonburg.  Troopers were called to the home by a family member who was in the house at the time but did not witness the alleged crime. Mrs. Steudler was taken into custody without incident. She was committed to be Elk County prison in lieu of $50,000 cash bail after being arraigned for aggravated assault, simple assault, and reckless endangerment. Mr. Steudler was first treated at Penn Highlands Elk in St. Marys and was then flown to an Altoona hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition.

A Williamsport driver has been cited for various traffic violations following a one-vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in Wharton Township, Potter County. According to Coudersport based state police 20 year old Brian Berger was speeding when his northbound  Subaru Outback went off Route 872 on a left hand curve. The car went off the road, came back on and collided with an embankment on the opposite side before stopping. He and his passenger, Martina Cehverez were using seatbelts and were not hurt. Berger was cited for driving with suspended or revoked license, driving without a license, speeding and failing to stay in his own lane.

A Philadelphia couple escaped injury in a car/deer collision late Saturday night in Gaines Township, Tioga County. Troopers said Jun MA was going east on Route 6 near the intersection with the Shin Hollow Road and was unable to avoid hitting the deer. He and his passenger, Yingdan XIA were seat belted and escaped injury.

An Emporium teenage driver and his passenger escaped injury Sunday night when their car hit a deer on Route 120 in Shippen Township, Cameron County. The 16 year old boy and his 14 year old passenger were using seatbelts at the time.

State police at Mansfield report a Turbotville, PA truck driver was hurt early Sunday morning when his Peterbilt wrecked in Union Township. The air brakes reportedly failed as Charles Ginck ‘s semi to go down a hill uncontrollably. The rig crossed Route 414, hit a set of guardrails and rolled over coming to rest in a rock bed. Ginck was transported to Williamsport General Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

Coudersport based state police are continuing their investigation into a theft at a Ulysses home between December 5 and June 1. A known suspect is believed to have withdrawn money from an account belonging to 72 year old Ramona Ives of Coudersport and did not use the money for her benefit.

Thieves stole a V-twin motorcycle engine built on an S & S Cycles crank case owned by Andrew Gordon of Millerton between May 1 and July 31. The engine is valued at $4000.

A plastic bottle containing ingredients to cook methamphetamine was found last Friday night on Pease Hill road in Nelson Township, Tioga County. Authorities warn residents that suspicious containers should be avoided and reported to police as the chemicals can be dangerous and even lethal. Anyone with information about either incident is encouraged to call state police at 270.66.2151.    

    As work continues on a Route 6 project in Coudersport, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is issuing a detailed update. Begun in 2016, this two-year project will result in an improved roadway surface through downtown Coudersport as well as sidewalk improvements and bridge repairs.

Dependent on weather, area drivers can expect the following activity over the next two weeks:

•             August 31 through September 5, paving will take place on Main Street (Route 6).

•             On September 6, Chestnut Street will be open to two-way traffic and Route 6 westbound traffic will continue to be detoured onto First Street, West Street, and Eulalia Street. Route 6 eastbound traffic will be detoured onto Oak Street and Mill Street.

•             The week of September 4, construction will begin on the eastbound lane of Second Street between Main Street and Ludwig Lane. Completion of the eastbound lane is expected by October 2, at which time construction on the westbound lane will begin.

•             No work is scheduled for Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day.

Impacts to parking in the downtown area continue, with fewer spaces than normal available. Drivers should remain prepared for travel delays in and around Coudersport.  

The work zone stretches along Route 6 from West Street to Ludwig Lane. Overall work includes roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, bridge rehabilitation, traffic signal upgrades, water line relocation, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $4.8 million project, which will continue through November. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

For more information on projects occurring or being bid this year, those made possible by or accelerated by the state transportation funding plan (Act 89), or those on the department’s Four and Twelve Year Plans, visit www.projects.penndot.gov.

Motorists can check conditions on major roadways by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 825 traffic cameras.

 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

For PennDOT regional information on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL    

 

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Monday August 28, 2017

 

 

Classes have resumed at all Pennsylvania schools in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area and Pennsylvania State Police are reminding motorist to slow down as they will see students walking to and from school and bus stops.  School buses will be loading and unloading children.  Motorists are encouraged to adjust their driving schedule during their morning and afternoon commute.

The Pennsylvania State Police have these safety reminders for students and  drivers:

Students

    Never walk close to the front or sides of the bus. The bus driver may not be able to see you.

    When crossing the street to get on the bus, always look left, then right and left again.

    If you drop something near or under the bus, do not retrieve it until you have informed the bus driver.      Otherwise, he or she may not see you.

    Wait until the bus stops, the doors open and the bus driver says it’s OK to board before stepping onto the bus.

Motorists

    Yellow flashing lights on a school bus indicate it’s preparing to stop and pick up or drop off students. Motorist need to slow down and prepare to stop.

    Red flashing lights and a stop signal arm indicate that the school bus has stopped and that students are getting on or off. You must stop your vehicle at least 10 feet before approaching the bus. You are not permitted to proceed until the red flashing signal lights aren’t any longer activated.

    Motorists can be fined $250 for improperly meeting or overtaking a school bus. Additionally, a conviction will result in a 60-day driver’s license suspension and assessment of five points on the driver’s record.

    Drivers are reminded  to obey all posted speed limits, especially in school zones where penalties for speeding are enhanced.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Ulysses woman has been arrested after allegedly shooting  her boyfriend during a domestic violence incident Thursday evening in the  upstairs living room at their home located at 612 Pleasant Street in that town. State police at Coudersport report the 47 year old male victim told them that during an argument 43 year old Billie Jo Smith pointed a small caliber handgun directly at him. The argument continued into the basement and during a physical struggle, the gun went off hit the man in his right leg. Smith apparently left the house but was spotted later by Trooper  Coby Sebastian as a passenger  in a westbound car  on Route 49 near Potter Brook. Officers said Smith was taken into custody without resistance and was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, simple  assault, reckless endangerment, terroristic threats and harassment. Police did not indicate if Smith posted bail or not.

Injuries were reported for a couple of motorcyclists following separate crashes over the weekend. Kane based state police say 69 Clinton Hughes of York Springs, PA was seriously hurt in an accident last Friday morning in Keating Township. The crash occurred when 69 year old  Malone Hughes of Hanover was trying to turn from Route 59 onto the Lindholm road and his Harley Davidson Soft Tail was struck in the rear by another HD Soft Tail  operated by Clinton Hughes. Clinton Hughes was flown by helicopter to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo for treatment of serious injuries while Malone Hughes was not hurt.

Thomas Gribble of Emporium received minor injuries Sunday afternoon in a motorcycle crash on the Rich Valley Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police said Gribble was going near  the Weownit Road when his 2018 Honda failed to make a right curve and laid down on its side.

Three people in two counties have been arrested for shoplifting at Walmart. Ridgway based state police claim 34 year old Valerie Cool of Emporium, stole $73.54 worth of merchandise from the St. Marys store Saturday afternoon  and, 35 year old Kevin Lund, also of Emporium was arrested for taking $73.93 worth of products from the store at about the same time Saturday. Police did not indicate if the pair were “working” together or not. Troopers at Mansfield arrested 25 year old Laura Hill of Clearfield for retail theft claiming she stole merchandise from the Mansfield Walmart late last Wednesday night.

A burglary at a vacant Hamlin Township house is being investigated by state police at Kane. Someone took a 60 inch Vizio TV from inside the house and a red Craftsman riding lawnmower and red Craftsman snow blower  from a shed behind the home located at 1007 Halsey Road sometime last week. Authorities say it appears the criminals took up residence in the house for an undetermined amount of time.

Obituary

Robert Edwin Miller, 91, of Smethport, died Tuesday (Aug. 22, 2017) at his residence in Smethport.He was born Jan. 28, 1926, in Farmers Valley, a son of Roy E. and Verna Belle Ross Miller. On Aug. 17, 1945, in Gallipolis, Ohio, he married Margie May Welch, who survives.Mr. Miller served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in action in the Battle of Okinawa.Mr. Miller worked in many fields over the years. He was an auto body man, worked for the Smethport Borough Police Department, the sewer authority, the Borough of Smethport as an electrician and was a volunteer for the Smethport Fire Department.In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Barbara Raymond of Benton, Ramona (Gary) Moskol of Avon, Ind., and Marsha (Curtis) St. John of Westerville, Ohio, one son: Robert E. (Cheryl Metz) Miller Jr. of Coolville, Ohio; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles E. Miller of Farmers Valley; two sisters, Jane M. Fillhart and Marguerite "Peg" Smith, both of Smethport; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.Fulfilling Robert's wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral services.Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes Inc., Smethport

 

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Friday August 25, 2017

Thursday’s high, 69; Overnight low, 45; no rain

BFB Headlines (Friday August 25, 2017)The Potter County Commissioners will soon decide which  one of two projects will receive federal funds next year….The Potter County Animal Assistance Projects makes donation toward purchase of new K9 for Sweden and Roulette Townships….Theft of ATV and business sign investigated by state police at Coudersport…Burglars steal large screen TV from Mt. Jewett apartment….”Dam Show” in Austin Crook  Farm Festival in Bradford and Car show in Wellsboro on tap for this weekend…..Next-on air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

Potter County Commissioners Susan Kefover, Doug Morley and Paul Heimel will soon make a "Solomon-like" decision concerning two projects competing for federal dollars. The board  heard a report on public meetings held for input on how they should distribute a $175,000 federal grant their regular meeting last week. William Seigel, consultant from the SEDA-Council of Governments, and Community Development Director Jennifer Rossman said they have narrowed their list of projects to consider for this year’s Community Development Block Grant to two finalists. One is emergency sewage treatment plant repairs in the village of Roulette and the other is improvements to the wastewater treatment plant in Galeton Borough. Other proposals by boroughs or townships in the county do not meet all of the CDBG funding requirements. Each of the finalists has its own complexities. Seigel recommended, based on the limited grant funding available and other factors, that the commissioners not split the allotment between the two, but rather choose one or the other. More investigation and communication will take place with Roulette Township and Galeton Borough prior to Seigel and Rossman offering further advice or recommendations at the September 12 meeting. The commissioners will make their decision public at the September 28 meeting. Rossman told Black Forest Broadcasting that the runner-up might not be funded next if another more critical project emerges.

The Potter County Animal Assistance Project has donated $5,000 ) towards the purchase of a new K9 for the Sweden Township Police Department which also covers Roulette Township. Chief Bryan Phelps says the K9 will be fully certified in Meth, Heroin, Marijuana, and Cocaine detection as well as Tracking and article searches. The K9 will be Nationally Certified and the cost range is between $6-10,000. He says the grant is huge in light of the current local and national drug epidemic. He is going this weekend to look at a K9 that is already Certified and the  trainer Rich Yonlisky of Bullocks K9 feels it would fit the department and the needs of the local communitees​. Once a K9 has been selected, pictures and more information will surely follow. Any Business, group or person would also like to help out,  can send donations c/o: Sweden Township Police K9 Fund. The dog's long-serving predecessor had to be euthanized earlier this summer due to critical illness.

 Derrick Barker, 25, of Junction Road Ulysses has been arrested for harassment. Coudersport based state police say the charges stem from an incident at  his home on JunctionRoad at around 2;00am May 15.

State police at Kane charged 35 year old Justin Stuckof Smethport on a  harassment charge late last night. Troopers claim Stuck spit in the victim's face and shoved the victim at his om on Franklin Street.

Troopers at the Coudersport Barracks are looking for thieves who stole an ATV from a Hector Townsip home between August 19 and 23. Burglars broke into Gerald Foster's residence on Bailey Hill Road and stole a 2001 camouflage Polaris Magnu 325 ATV. A surveillance photo (below) was taken  at the scene. http://webmail.ncentral.com:8000/_readmail_getattachment/WGI%5F0082.JPG?id=348qd8b86ux2zIUfszTxbcLHqFnbFAiPSgzQ20170825203323&uid=102721&index=4

 

Thieves stole a 4' x 4' sign from the intersection of Scott Hollow and Butter Creek Roads in Shinglehouse between 6:00 and 7:30 am Wednesday. The sign had a tree insignia and the words, "Jackson's Heaven Sent Landscaping LLC 814-697-6699. Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

Thieves took a large flat screen TV from Dnana Gagliardi's apartmetn on E. Main STreet in Mt. Jewett over the past few days. Burglars  forced open the door between 3:00 p-m Augsut 18 and  4:50 pm yesterday.

A Wellsboro man escaped injury in a car/deer collision Wednesday mornig on Route 6 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. Stae police said Richard Herbstritt was unable to avoid hitting the whiteail which bounded onto the road in front of Herbstritt's  Ford F150,

DUI charges have been filed against  31 year old Michael Welsh of Genesee by sate police at Coudersport.   Troopers say the charges came following at one-vehcile crash on the Loucks Mills Road near STiles HIll Road in Hector Township on the night of Augsut 4.

Troopers at Mansfield  charged 23 year old Kenneth Rothrock of Wellsboro with DUI after pulling  him over on the STonyfork Road in Delmar Township June 18.

John Currie of Bay Springs, MS was arrested for DUI after a state police patrol   allegedly found him slumped over the wheel ofhis vehicle which was stopped in the middle of the Morrows Road at Burg Road in Wellsboro at around 10:30 pm July 24.

A criminal trespass in Delmar Township on  Jul;y    28 aor 29 was investigated by troopers at the Mansfield barracks. Someone entered a goat barn on  Marsh Creek Road owned by Esther Perry, removed a pair a scissors and stuck the in the ground.

An eclectic mix of great live music with some of the best bands from throughout the northeast and beyond.  Colorful animated lightshow projected on the dam ruins at night.  Camping, hiking, fishing and more!  Food and craft vendors all weekend long. Flush toilets on site.  www.damshow.com

 Obituary

 Peggy S. THOMPSON, 50, of Ulysses, PA, died Wednesday, August 23, 2017 in the Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY. born April 14, 1967, in Wellsville, NY, she was the daughter of Roy E. and Marcia A. Lorrow Warner. On February 26, 1987, in Friendship, NY, she married Raymond J. “Chub” Thompson, who survives.  

Surviving besides her husband, Raymond, are:  three children, Tonya (James) Stillwell of Walhalla, SC, Amber Thompson and Tylor Thompson, both of Ulysses;  four grandchildren;  three siblings, Becky Warner of Whitesville, NY, Jesse (Debra Kane) Warner of Friendship, NY, and Patricia Thompson of CO;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by her parents.

 A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, August 26, 2017 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  The Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

 

Wednesday’s high, 70; Overnight low, 44; no rain

 

Trophy elk who wandered into area where CWD has been found was euthanized as a precaution….Two people arrested for shoplifting at St. Marys Walmart and another for stealing items from the Mansfield Walmart…Mansfield state police probe two burglaries…..Bradford bar cited for liquor law violations…

 

The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced a trophy bull elk that wandered south of Interstate 80 and into a chronic-wasting disease (CWD) management area was euthanized by an agency wildlife conservation officer to ensure it would not bring CWD back to the elk range.

The 8- by 9-point bull has been submitted for disease testing, and results are pending.

The elk had drifted outside of Pennsylvania’s Elk Management Area, a more than 3,500-square-mile area spread over parts of nine counties, and into Disease Management Area 3. The Game Commission established DMA 3 in parts of Clearfield, Indiana and Jefferson counties to enhance surveillance, ban baiting and feeding of deer and elk and restrict the movement of high risk parts out of the area where the disease might exist. The first case of CWD within DMA 3 was found at a captive deer farm in 2014. The first case of CWD in the wild was found in June 2017, raising concerns that CWD could be spread north to the adjacent elk range.

Elk normally stay north of Interstate 80, which has historically been the southern boundary of the Commonwealth’s Elk Management Area. This elk drifted south across Interstate 80 and had been seen on several occasions less than 10 miles from where the wild, free-ranging CWD-positive antlered deer was euthanized June 7 on State Game Lands 87 in Clearfield County.

This raised concern the elk might be exposed to CWD within DMA 3 and carry it back to the elk range, where cows soon will be attracting bulls as the breeding season begins.

The elk was euthanized Aug. 7. If tests performed on the elk detect no CWD, the meat will be provided to families in need.

Officials said they hope by taking immediate action, the stopped or slowed the spread of the disease.

The likelihood this elk would return to the Elk Management Area and interact with other elk during the pending breeding season weighed heavily in the decision to euthanize the bull according to the GameCommission.

The Keystone Elk Country Alliance and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation agreed with the decision.

 

In Pennsylvania, CWD has been an increasing threat. The disease also exists among wild deer in the area of southcentral Pennsylvania defined as DMA 2. Twenty-five free-ranging deer tested positive for CWD during 2016. Ten additional CWD-positive deer have been detected since, raising to 58 the total of CWD-positives detected within the DMA 2 since 2012, when CWD was first detected in Pennsylvania.

 

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) first was detected in Pennsylvania in 2012 at a captive deer farm in Adams CoUnty.

 

In response, the Game Commission established Disease Management Area 1 (DMA 1), a nearly 600-square-mile area in Adams and York counties, in which restrictions regarding the hunting and feeding of deer apply.

 

CWD was detected among free-ranging deer a few months later, in three deer harvested by hunters in Bedford and Blair counties in the 2012 firearms season. The deer were detected through the Game Commission’s ongoing CWD surveillance program.

 

Those CWD-positive deer resulted in the creation of DMA 2, which initially encompassed nearly 900 square miles in parts of Bedford, Blair, Cambria and Huntingdon counties, but since has expanded annually due to the detection of additional free-ranging and captive CWD-positive deer. DMA 2 now encompasses more than 2,845 square miles in parts of Adams, Bedford, Blair Cambria, Clearfield, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties.

 

So far, 58 free-ranging CWD-positive deer, and dozens of CWD-positive captive deer, have been detected within the DMA.

 

In 2014, CWD was detected at a captive deer farm in Jefferson County, leading to the creation of DMA 3, which encompasses about 350 square miles in parts of Clearfield, Indiana and Jefferson counties. In July 2017, a sick-looking adult buck euthanized a month earlier on state game lands in Clearfield County, within DMA 3, was confirmed as CWD-positive.

 

Additionally, the Game Commission in 2017 eliminated DMA 1. Through five years of monitoring, which included the testing of 4,800 wild deer within DMA 1, CWD was never found in the wild in DMA 1.

 

Hunters harvesting deer within DMAs are prohibited from transporting the high-risk parts of those deer (head and backbone) outside the DMA. If those hunters live outside the DMA, and are processing the deer themselves, they must remove and properly dispose of the high-risk parts before taking the deer home. Dumpsters for the collection of high-risk parts are set up at sites on state game lands within DMAs.

 

Hunters using professional meat processors to process the meat from deer they harvest within a DMA must take the deer to processors within the DMA, or otherwise included on the list of approved pocessors associated with that DMA.

The feeding of deer and the use or field possession of urine-based deer lures while hunting also are prohibited within DMAs.

 

As  as we reported earlier,  the two, ear-tagged deer euthanized July 26 in Ridgway Township, Elk County tested negative for chronic wasting disease, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced today.

Meanwhile, the investigation continues to determine whether the deer escaped from a captive facility or were intentionally released.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is always-fatal to deer and elk. Where CWD exists in Pennsylvania, measures are taken to reduce its potential spread.

The two ear-tagged deer were discovered about 20 miles north of Disease Management Area 3, within the Commonwealth’s Elk Management Area.

The ear tags raise concerns that the deer were at one time part of a captive-deer herd. The Department of Agriculture manages deer farming operations in the Commonwealth.

The discovery of deer from a captive herd in the wild always raises concerns due to the potential for CWD spreading to wild deer in a new area.

Anyone with information about where these deer might have originated is asked to contact the Game Commission’s Northcentral Office at 570-398-4744, or 570-398-4745.

Walmart Stores in two counties continue to be the target  of shoplifters. Ridgway-based state police arrested 35 year old Tracy Robinson of St. Marys for stealing multiple items from the St. Marys store between June 25 and this past Sunday.  Gary Pashong also of St. Marys was arrested illegally removing merchandise from the same store during the same period of time. Police did not indicate if they two suspects worked together or if the crimes were unrelated.

 

Mansfield based state police charged 39 year old Justin Emery of Wellsboro for retail theft. Authorities claim Emery tried to leave the Mansfield Walmart Tuesday afternoon with $124.43 worth of products concealed on his person.

A burglary at a Deerfield Township home is being investigated by troopers in Mansfield. Criminals took cash and change from the home of Avery Dyke on the Merrick Hill Road between August 4 and 6. Criminals broke a door hinge on a shed and then broke into a trailer and walked on the rear porch at the home of Nathan Nixon and Patricia Weddleton on Moore Road in Mansfield during the early morning of August 10.

The Liquor Control Board has cited The Bradford Club on Boylston Street for violating regulations over the past several months. Authorities claims the bar failed to maintain malt or brewed beverage dispensing systems record between June 29, 2016 and June 28, 2017; failed to maintain records regarding liquor code violations during the same period of time and failed to adhere to the club’s constitution and by laws this past January. The charges will be brought before an Administrative Law Judge who can impose penalities ranging from $50 to $1,000 for minor offenses and up to $5,000for more serious offenses. The judge can also impose license suspension or revocation and order  staff training.

 

Wednesday August 22,2017

Tuesday’s high,82; Overnight low, 51; 1.21” rain (1.53” on Fishing Creek)

 

BFB Headlines (Wednesday August 23, 2017)Snowmobiling in Cameron and McKean Counties featured in video to air on TV…..Winners of the “Science in Our Daily Lives” contest held in Tioga County announced….several DUI and drug arrests made in Potter County…..Burglars steal five chainsaws from Ludlow residence….Emporium man accused of stealing clothes from Dollar General…Troy woman arrested for shoplifting at the Mansfield Walmart….nexto on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

School is back in session in some communities and that means winter can’t be far behind. The Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association (PSSA)announces the production of the "Snowmobiling in Pennsylvania" video program that showcases and promotes snowmobiling in Cameron, Forest, McKean and Somerset Counties of PA.

Thanks to the support of PSSA, the International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association, the ANF Visitors Bureau, the Pennsylvania Great Outdoors Visitors Bureau, and the Somerset County Tourism Grant Program, this program will be aired on "Snow Trails TV" on the "Destination America" Channel, the first two Sunday mornings in October at 8:00 a.m.

PSSA member snowmobile clubs served as trail guides leading the executive producer of Snow Trails TV, Mike Grant, on the snowmobile trails. The television viewer will be able to learn about PSSA, the snowmobile clubs, and the tourism bureaus in order to plan a snowmobiling trip. The viewer will also see wonderful landscapes, points of interest, and amenities available to the snowmobilers along the trails.

The full program can be viewed on PSSA's website   and on their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/pasnow. Each county will also receive its respective video segment to use to promote snowmobiling in their counties.

Pennsylvania State Snowmobile Association, Inc.

Grants Administration http://www.pasnow.org/snow-trail-tv/?

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During the Hometown Science Festival on The Green on Aug. 12, winners of the Science in Our Daily Lives Art Contest were named and presented with certificates of excellence by Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center Director Anna Wales and by Barbara St. John White of the USGS National Appalachian Research Branch in Asaph, a festival organizer.

River Moyer of Wellsboro is the winner of the Middle School I Age Category for his painting titled "Galaxy of Life."  Charles Schwarz of Millerton won the Middle School II Age Category with his drawing titled "Blue Jay." His sister, Sarah Schwarz of Millerton is the winner of the Pre-K Age Category for her painting titled "Waterfall." Erik Shanchuk of Wellsboro won the Elementary Age Category for his work, a scanner collage created from collected insects, flowers, plants and other materials. In addition to the certificates, they each received an art-related prize. 

Recognized for her work was Anne Alexander who created a themed cigar box guitar with each insect on the fingerboard relevant to human ecology.

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Winners of the Science In Our Daily Lives Art Contest are: (from left) River Moyer, Charles Schwarz, Sarah Schwarz and Eric Shanchuk.
 

A total of 23 pieces of art are on display in the Science In Our Daily Lives exhibit in the Gmeiner's Atrium Gallery, including those by the winners as well as insect collections, photography, paintings and furniture. The exhibit will remain on display through this  Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Coudersport-based state police have arrested 18 year old Cassidy Main of Austin for harassment. Troopers claim that during an argument at her home on Railroad Avenue on the morning of August 13, she punched an 18 year old male victim in the stomach with a closed fist.

State police at Emporium have charged 53 year old James Gleason with harassment for an incident allegedly taking place early last Saturday morning at his home on Songer Lane in that towns. Authorities allege Gleason subjected a woman to unwanted physical contact during a disagreement.

A Ulysses driver  and her passengers escaped injury in a car/deer collision Sunday afternoon on Sweden Hill Road  in Ulysses Township. According to Coudersport based state police, Becky Thompson was unable to avoid the whitetail when it entered the road in front of her westbound GMC Terrain. Thompson and her passengers, Rose Delgado of West Bristol< PA , Robert Kenney of West Bristol and a juvenile passenger were all properly restrained.

A hit and run mishap in the Mansfield Walmart parking lot Tuesday afternoon was investigated by state police there. An unknown vehicle damaged an Acura RDX owned by Katherine Farmer  while she was in the store and the driver failed to notify Farmer or police of the damage./

A Port Allegany woman has been arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance after being stopped on West Main Street in Roulette on the night of June 24. Troopers said when they interviewed 24 year old Tequila Rae Hamilton they found her in possession of a controlled substamce and related drug paraphernalia.

DUI charges have also been filed against 62 old Kenneth Appleby of Shinglehouse. Authorities claim Appleby was impaired by a controlled substance when they stopped him on Route 6 in Sweden Township on the evening of May 14.

State police did not release the names of the suspects but report DUI and drug charges are pending against a couple of Galeton residents. Troopers claim the 36 year old woman and 20 year old male were both seated in a vehicle and they determined the woman was driving under the influence of a controlled substance and the male was in possession of marijuana and related drug paraphernalia when questioned Sunday evening on West Street in front of Northwest Savings Bank.

Kane-based state police are continuing their investigation into a theft taking place Tuesday between 5:45 an and 10:00 pm. Burglars stole five chainsaws, valued at about $2,000 from a shed on Church Street in Ludlow.

An Emporium man has been arrested for stealing several articles of clothingfrom a display rack at the Dollar General in that town last Saturday morning. Michael Hallowell will answer retail theft charges in District Court.

Troopers in Mansfield arrested 60year old Wendy Green of Troy for shoplifting at the Mansfield Walmart Monday after no during the eclipse. Green was apprehended by store security when she allegedly tried to leave the store with $31.70 in merchandise without paying for the items.

 

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Tuesday August 22, 2017

 

Monday’s high, 81; Overnight low, 65; no rain

 

 

The National Weather Service  has issued a TORNADO WARNING for Cattaraugus County until 1:00 pm today. Apparently Doppler radar has detected a funnel cloud near Jamestown. So far, there are not watches or warnings for the five Pennsylvania Counties in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area (Cameron, Elk, McKean, Potter and Tioga. However, the sunshine we are currently enjoying can fuel severe thunderstorms or worse. Be on the lookout.

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a TORNADO WATCH for all of the counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting until 9:00 pm tonight: Cameron, Elk, McKean, Potter and Tioga. Other counties in the watch area include Clinton, Lycoming, Sullivan and Warren.

 

Emporium state police establish drug drop off point…Work will begin later this week at the train crossing on Route 446 near Eldred…..Belfast man arrested in Potter County for violating Megan’s Law…..Troy resident cited for  harassment….Genesee woman accused of hiding fugitive…ID thieves use Emporium woman’s debit card…..An electrical short is blamed for $140,000 Elk County fire.

 

The Pennsylvania State Police has partnered with the PA Department of Drug and Alcohol, Army National Guard and Attorney General to participate in Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Take-Back program.  State police at Emporium announce that a drug collection box has been placed in the lobby of the Emporium barracks to dispose of unwanted and/or expired prescription and over the counter medication. The collection sitte is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 

You can dispose of: 

-    Prescription and over-the-counter solid medications

-    Tablets and capsules

-    Pet medicines

 

You may NOT DROP OFF:

-    Intravenous solutions

-    Injectables, syringes, and needles (i.e. EpiPens)*; these need to be taken to a health care professional's office or to a hospital for disposal

-    Hydrogen peroxide

-    Compressed cylinders or aerosols (e.g., asthma inhalers)

-    Iodine-containing medications

-    Thermometers

-    Alcohol & illicit drugs (i.e. marijuana, heroin, LSD, etc.)

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting area drivers to upcoming railroad work on Route 446 in McKean County. The Western New York and Pennsylvania Railroad will be working August 25 through 28 to replace a railroad crossing surface on Route 446 (Eldred/Portville Road), north of Eldred and near the New York state line.

A temporary run-around will be in place to move traffic around the work zone. Crews will be removing the existing surface on Friday, August 25 and paving the new surface on Monday, August 28. Some work will also take place on Saturday, August 26. No work is expected on Sunday, August 27, although weather and work progress could change work plans.

During the week of September 5, the WNYPA Railroad will be upgrading the existing railroad warning devices at this location. Upgrades will include new gates, flashing lights, and circuitry. This work is expected to be complete in one week. During the device upgrade work, motorists could encounter flaggers in the roadway, enforcing an alternating traffic pattern.

Paving work and device upgrade work will take place during daylight hours. All work is weather dependent.

PennDOT and the WNYPA Railroad remind drivers to approach the railroad crossing and work area with caution and to “Always expect a train”.

A Belfast man has been charged with violating Megan’s Law. Coudersport based state police claim 60 year old Clarence Borden Jr., as a convicted sex offender  failed to comply with requirements while at the barracks on Denton Hill last Wednesday. He was released on $2500 unsecured bail following arraignment before District Judge Delores Weiss.

Mansfield-based sate police have arrested 40 year old Anthony Gerow of Troy, PA for harassment. Troopers claim Gerow attempted to physically remove 28 year old Toni Gerow, also of Troy from a location on the Gor-Wood Rad in Rutland Township Monday morning. Officers did not indicate the relationship between the victim and accused.

 

Teresa Dexter, 33 of Genesee has been charged with obstruction administration of law or other government function. According to Coudersport-based state police, Dexter hid a suspect in an apartment on Wintergreen Road on the night of August 8 while troopers were executing an search warrant for the individual.

An ID theft victimizing an Emporium woman is being investigated by state police there.  Unknown persons withdrew a total of $480 from a bank account belonging to Dorothy Hastings from an ATM on Walnut Street in Philadelphia. The money was taken during two separate transactions within two minutes of each other on the morning of August 16.

An electrical short is blamed for a fire which heavily damaged an Elk County home early Monday morning. Flames broke out at around 2:00 am at a house on Cherry Road in Fox Township owned by Ronald Wildfire of Kersey. The $140,000 loss was covered by insurance, according to authorities.

Obituaries

Monica A. Porter, 82, of Roulette, passed away with her loving husband by her side, on Monday, August 21, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on March 10, 1935 in Secane, she was a daughter of John and Anne Peacock.  On October 2, 1972 in West Chester, she married Herbert E. “Herb” Porter, who survives.

Monica graduated from high school in Morton.  She was employed as a school bus driver and also employed in a drug store, both in West Chester.  After moving to Roulette, she was employed by Buchanan Brothers Pharmacy in Coudersport for several years.

Monica was an active volunteer for the Christmas House in Coudersport.  After suffering a devastating stroke, she for many years was the “head one-handed Christmas gift wrapper” at the Christmas House.  She enjoyed hunting and her flower gardens.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Gary Leonhardt and Glen Leonhardt, both of West Chester; three granddaughters; a brother, John Peacock of Pace, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Monica’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport Senior Center, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Christmas House, 1 Water Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Monica’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Monica, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

Myra F. CRIPPEN, 74, of Genesee, PA, died Sunday, August 20, 2017 in her home. Born February 3, 1943, in Troupsburg, NY, she was the daughter of Elwood A. and Evelyn P. Winfield Mattison. A graduate of Northern Potter High School, she earned an associate’s degree in business from Alfred State College. On November 28, 1959, in Potter Brook, PA, she married Gordon C. Crippen, who predeceased her on July 26, 1984. On August 22, 2015, in West Bingham, PA, she married Bruce I. Metcalf, who survives. She was employed by Frontier Telephone Company as a systems administrator.

She was a charter board member of the Genesee Area Library, served as a 4-H leader, Girl Scout Leader, and on the Genesee Township Board of Election.  Myra was a meals-on-wheels and soup kitchen volunteer in Deland, FL.

Surviving besides her husband, Bruce Metcalf, are:  four children, Randy Crippen of Genesee, Kimberly (William Berg) Crippen of Mohnton, PA, David (Barbara Levan) Crippen of Lawrenceville, PA, and Karin (Michael Brennan) Crippen of New York, NY;  two-stepchildren, Dean Metcalf of Deland, FL and Beth Plaskocinski of Mt. Morris, NY;  two grandchildren, Gordon Crippen of Mohnton and Travis (Corrina) Crippen of Great Falls, MT;   several step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren;  two sisters, Nona Kay Bean of Shinglehouse, PA and Barbara Lee (David) Benton of Coudersport, PA;  an aunt, Eleanor Mattison of Stafford, NY;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her first husband, she was predeceased by an infant son, Gordon C. Crippen, Jr.;  and a sister, Carol A. Mattison.A time celebrating Myra’s life will be announced at a later date.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA. Memorials may be made to the Genesee Area Library, P.O. Box 135, Genesee, PA 16923. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com

 

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Monday, August 21, 2017

                                                                                  Sunday’s high, 78; overnight low, 56; no rain

Cherry Springs State Park offers eclipse viewing opportunity…NY teen driver killed in Tioga County accident ….Police say St. Marys driver was speeding before Sunday crash….ID theft investigated by troopers in Mansfield…

Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing

 

Cherry Springs State Park offered visitors a  means of safely enjoying today’s solar eclipse. Park staff organized family activities culminating in the eclipse at 2:30 pm. The park offered a view through eclipse glasses and its specially-filtered telescope. Coverage locally was about 70%. It was the first time in 99 years that the entire United States experienced the eclipse from the west coast to the east coast. The next eclipse to be seen in the US will be I 20124; the next coast to coast eclipse will be in 2042.

Mansfield based state police did not release the victim’s name, but report a 16 yar old Waverly, NY boy died in a one-vehicle accident just after noon Saturday. The teen driver was going north on the Bungy Road when his vehicle went off the road and hit a telephone pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Lewisberry driver escaped injury in a weather-related crash Saturday evening. Troopers said Rodney Ort was headed south on Rote 15 when his Subaru Outback went through standing water and hydroplaned off the road hitting a guardrail with the driver’s side.

Troopers at Ridgway claim Thomas Smith of St. Marys  was speeding when his Jeep Cherokee went off Gardner Hill Road in  Jay Township early Sunday morning and collided with an embankment. After impact, the SUV continued for about 174 feet before striking a storm culvert and rolling over onto its roof.  Smith was not hurt.

An ID theft taking place between march 15 and May 15 is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Authorities did not release details but listed the victim of Adrian Joseph Correra, no address given.

Obituaries

 

Lucille Kemp Maxson, 97, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Thursday, August 17, 2017, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.Born on August 30, 1919 in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Lou L. and Lena E. Mix Kemp.  On November 20, 1937 in Shinglehouse, she married Welcome R. Maxson, who passed away on May 27, 1990.Mrs. Maxson was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1937. 

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse and a member and past matron of Eureka Chapter #52 O.E.S. in Shinglehouse.  She enjoyed knitting and quilting.

Surviving are two sons, Gary L. Maxson and Lawrence C. “Buck” Maxson, both of Shinglehouse; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; and a daughter-in-law, Joanne Maxson of Shinglehouse

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Maxson was predeceased by a son, Ronald W. Maxson; a grandson, Ronnie W. Maxson; a great-grandson, Cameron Maxson; and a brother, Richard L. Kemp.

Family and friends may call from noon to 2pm on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 2pm with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

Members of Eureka Chapter #52 O.E.S. will conduct an Eastern Star service following the funeral service on Sunday in the funeral home.

Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 68, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Mrs. Maxson, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Arlene E. Berger, 88, of Tonawanda, formerly of Oswayo, Pa., passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017, in the Schofield Residence in Kenmore.Born on July 22, 1929 in Galeton, Pa., she was a daughter of Frederick and Ellen Hale Coole.  On May 25, 1957 in Harveys Lake, Pa., she married James T. “Jim” Berger, who survives.

She was a graduate of Salamanca (N.Y.) High School and a graduate of Bryant and Stratton in Buffalo.  Mrs. Berger served in the U.S. Naval Reserves for four years.

She was employed at M & T Bank in Buffalo and later was employed in sales at the former Jenss Department Store in Buffalo.

While living in Oswayo, Mrs. Berger attended the Ellisburg Union Church (now Ellisburg Union Wesleyan Church) in Ellisburg.  She enjoyed quilting, crocheting and needlepoint.  She loved attending church, Bible study, and most especially being with her family.

Surviving besides her husband are a son, Kurt J. (Wendy) Berger of Shinglehouse; a daughter, Gretchen A. (James) Carney of Tonawanda; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret “Peggy” (James) Byrne of Florida; a brother, William (Sharon) Coole of New Albany, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Berger was predeceased by a brother, David Coole; and three sisters, infant twin girls and Phyllis Pease.

Family and friends may call from 6pm to 8pm on Sunday and from 10am to noon on Monday, August 21, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at noon on Monday with the Rev. Roy K. Ward, pastor of Ellisburg Union Wesleyan Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Schofield Residence, 3333 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Mrs. Berger, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

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Friday August 18, 2017

                                                   Thursday’s high, 81; Overnight low, 69; .08” rain

Friday August 18, 2017

FRI-CHANCE OF SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 80

FRI NIGHT- LOW 65

SAT-POSSIBLE SHOWERS, HIGH 80

SAT NIGHT-LOW 63

SUN-PARTLY  SUNNY, HIGH 79

 

Authorities begin “Drive Sober” campaign….Several drivers arrested for DUI in Tioga County and New York State residents arrested for having pot and paraphernalia while being stopped in Potter County…game commission says two deer found in Elk County did not have CWD….Cherry Spring State Park offers solar eclipse viewing……ID thieves use elderly Genesee man’s debit card

The Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) will join in the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving enforcement campaign from August 16 through September 4, 2017.

Although DUI-related fatalities have fallen by a third over the last three decades, recent statistics show a frightening trend. According to the NHTSA, 10,265 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2015, an increase from the 9,967 people killed in 2014. On average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2011 to 2015, which equals one person killed every 51 minutes in 2015.

 During the three-day Labor Day holiday enforcement period in 2016, PSP investigated 704 crashes statewide, including 61 crashes involving alcohol, and four alcohol-related fatal crashes.

 Penalties for a DUI conviction in Pennsylvania vary based on several factors, including an individual’s criminal history, blood alcohol content (BAC) level, and whether or not there were injuries or property damage in the event of a crash. Potential consequences include thousands of dollars in fines, a license suspension, and even prison time.

The NHTSA developed the SaferRide smartphone app as part of its effort to curb impaired driving. The app can be used to quickly pinpoint the user’s location and call a taxi or trusted friend for a safe ride home. The app is free and available for Android and Apple devices.

 For more information about the Pennsylvania State Police, visit www.psp.pa.gov.

 

 

Mansfield based state police have been doing their part this summer. Troopers arrested at least five drivers for DUI in June: 30 year old Justin Plank of Wellsboro on June 16;26 yar old Johan Oliver of Wellsboro on June 17; Dennis McCurdy, no age provided, from Tioga, PA also n June 17;51 year old Violent Buckley of Wellsboro on June 22; and 32 year old Michele Terboss of Lawrenceville on June 27. All were arrested after traffic stops at various locations around Tioga County .Meanwhile, Troopers in Coudersport have charged two New York State residents with drug violations after a traffic stop back in February. Details were just released late yesterday. Police say when they pulled Krstena Wesche of Wellsville over for a traffic violation on Honeoye Road in Sharon Township on the afternoon of February 16, they found she was driving under the influence and discovered marijuana ad drug paraphernalia in the car. Her passenger, 20 year old Chance Mullen of Bolivar was also arrested.

A Coudersport teen driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Wednesday night on Maple Ridge  in Hebron Township. Authorities report 19 year old Jeri Houghtaling lost control  of her northbound Chevrolet Cavalier on the dirt road while making a right curve. Houghtaling over steered causing the car to rotate across the road, hit an embankment and roll over an undetermined amount of times before coming to rest right side up. She was cited for speeding.

Another teen driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday night in West Branch Township, Potter County. According to Coudersport based state police a 17 yr old Galeton girl was headed north on the Mitchell Road  when she swerved to avoid a deer. Her Ford Escape went off the road and collided with a utility pole.

No injuries were reported for Galeton woman  after a car/deer collision Thursday morning in Ulysses Township. Troopers said Betty Grover was going north on the Loucks Mills Road  near Bailey Hill Road when a deer ran from the sideof the road and the path of her Jeep Latitude.

Coudersport based state police are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a parked pick pick up truck Wednesday evening. The unknown unit went off of the Crippen Run Road in West Branch Township and collided with a Ford F-150 which was legally parked facing west. Damage occurred to the tailgate and the driver left the scene without notifying the truck owner or police.

Unknown ID thieves used a debit card belonging to 84 year old Douglas Collins of Genesee to make make purchases earlier this week. Thieves also stole cash from the victim.

The Game Commission says the two, ear-tagged deer euthanized July 26 in Ridgway Township, Elk County tested negative for chronic wasting diseaseMeanwhile, the investigation continues to determine whether the deer escaped from a captive facility or were intentionally released.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is always-fatal to deer and elk. Where CWD exists in Pennsylvania, measures are taken to reduce its potential spread.

The two ear-tagged deer were discovered about 20 miles north of Disease Management Area 3, within the Commonwealth’s Elk Management Area.

The ear tags raise concerns that the deer were at one time part of a captive-deer herd. The Department of Agriculture manages deer farming operations in the Commonwealth.

The discovery of deer from a captive herd in the wild always raises concerns due to the potential for CWD spreading to wild deer in a new area.

 Anyone with information about where these deer might have originated is asked to contact the Game Commission’s Northcentral Office at 570-398-4744, or 570-398-4745.

If you'd like to enjoy the upcoming eclipse, but don’t want to drive too far, join staff and volunteers at Cherry Springs to view the partial eclipse. Stop by anytime between 1:00 and 4:00 PM to enjoy family friendly activities, and take a look through the park’s specially filtered solar telescope.  The peak of the eclipse will occur around 2:30PM. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the park while learning a bit about what causes this unique event. Pre-registration is required to attend this Program and spaces are limited. A pair of eclipse glasses or a specially-filtered telescope will be available for each family/group that registers.

 

The Roulette Parks and Recreation Committee still has tickets available for the Duck Race to be held on August 19th at 4pm.  $5.00 will get you a ticket that contains numbers for two ducks.  Please call the Roulette Township during normal business hours at (814) 544-7549 to get yours.  You could be the lucky winner if your Quacker shows up first, second or third at the finish line at the Pomeroy Bridge.

 

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                                                                              Thursday August 17, 2017

Wednesday’s  high, 77; Overnight low, 53; no rain

 

Panel hears Chesapeake Bay issues at Ag Progress Days....Westfield man arrested for knocking teen to the ground...Tioga County man arrested after dogs attack car....vandalism in Emporium investigated...details released about serious one-vehicle crash in Tioga County last week....

 

Wednesday’s  high, 77; Overnight low, 53; no rain

 

THU-PARTLY SUNNY, THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 80

THU NIGHT-CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS AND SHOWERS MAYBE HEAVY RAIN, LOW 65

FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY AM SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, THE PARTLY SUNNY,   HIGH 83

FRI NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, CHANCE OF SHOWERS & ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS, LOW  64

SAT-PARTLY SUNNY, CHANCE OF SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 77

 

State leaders and stakeholders involved in efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay appeared before the House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees Wednesday at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days to discuss phase three of the bay watershed implementation plan.

As chairman of the House Ag Committee, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) said it is important to monitor bay cleanup efforts because of their impact on the agriculture industry. The Federal Clean Water Act requires reductions of pollutants, including nitrogen, entering the Chesapeake Bay, and Pennsylvania is only about 10 percent of the way to meeting its 2025 nitrogen goal. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) estimates the industry will be responsible for more than 80 percent of

Causer has long emphasized the importance of tracking Best Management Practices (BMPs) already in place on farms across the state to ensure they are getting the credit they deserve for their efforts.

To that end, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding offered lawmakers an update on their work to improve that effort through

More than 1,500 farm inspections have been conducted by county conservation districts across the state.

 A key concern raised throughout the meeting is the funding needed to support, develop and implement plans necessary to help farmers, as well as municipalities, to achieve the necessary reductions to meet the EPA requirements. In 2014, a Penn State study indicated it would cost at least $240 million per year to meet EPA’s goals by the 2025 deadline.

Despite these concerns, several participants in the meeting indicated improved relations with EPA and a recognition by the agency of the unique challenges facing the Commonwealth and its farmers.

More information about the state’s Chesapeake Bay efforts can be found at www.dep.pa.gov/chesapeakebay/phase3. Video of the entire meeting will be available at www.RepCauser.com by Thursday afternoon, Aug. 17.

Coudersport based state police have arrested a Westfield man for domestic violence harassment in connection to an assault taking place last Thursday afternoon on the Wintergreen Road in  Genesee Township. Troopers allege37 year old  Christopher Cary pushed an 18 year old Genesee boy in the back causing the victim to fall onto the roadway shoulder and suffer minor injuries.

 

Troopers at Mansfield have charged 50 year old Donald Brooks of that town with disorderly conduct after his dogs allegedly left his house and went onto the Bryant Road in Richmond Township attacking a car driven by John Folcarelli also of Mansfield on the afternoon of August 5 causing minor damage.

Vandalism to a vehicle in Shippen Township, Cameron County this week is being investigated by state police at Emporium. Vandals damaged a vehicle owned by Rodman Thompson between 9:00 am and 2:00 pm Tuesday while it was parked on the Sizerville Road.

Details were released overnight by state police at Mansfield regarding a one-vehicle crash last Friday morning in Union Township. Troopers say Brandon Adams of Roaring Branch was taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of injuries he suffered when his Chevrolet Cavalier went off the Ogdensburg Road and collided with a group of trees where it came to rest.   

Obituaries

Donald Romaine “Don” Chappell, 83, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on December 1, 1933 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of William and Geraldine Chappell Koblinger.  On September 1, 1962 in Millport, he married Bonita Ann “Bonnie” Hemphill, who survives.

Don attended Olean High School, leaving during his senior year to enlist in the U.S. Navy in 1951 to serve in the Korean War on the 38th parallel as a hospital corpsman on the front lines.  He received many medals and citations including the Fleet Marine Force Combat Operations Insignia, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit, Navy Good Conduct Medal, Nation Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with three bronze star appurtenances, United Nations Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon, Combat Action Ribbon, Republic of Korea War Service Medal, Marksman Rifle Badge and two Purple Heart Medals with one gold star appurtenance.  He received his Purple Hearts in action on August 21, 1952 and on October 1, 1952.  He never spoke of his medals or requested any benefits for his injuries or service as his corpsman group sacrificed their lives during the War and he chose to honor their service in that way.

Don was employed from 1954 until his retirement in 1991 serving as a supervisor of test stands at Dresser Rand in Olean.

Don loved hunting and fishing, but his greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Jeff D. Chappell of Turtlepoint, Jim D. Chappell of Shinglehouse, and Daniel L. “Dan” Chappell of Shinglehouse; and two daughters, Donna M. Kelley of Olean, N.Y. and Peggy A. (Kenneth Austin) Chappell of Eldred; eight adored grandchildren, Chelsea, Geoff, Tyler (Taylar), Amanda, Taylor, Colton (Nina), Lindsey and Kaci; and many close friends, nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Don was predeceased by a brother, Ronald; a daughter-in-law, Tracy Chappell; a son-in-law, Dale Saulter; and a brother-in-law, William “Bill” Hemphill.

In keeping with Donald’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorials in Don’s name may be made to the L.E.E.K. Hunting and Mountain Preserve (for disabled veterans), c/o Col. Ed Fisher, 740 Ridge Road, Lewisberry, PA 17339.

Donald’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Donald, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Patricia L. Austin, 63, of Hinsdale, formerly of Shinglehouse, Pa., passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, after a courageous three year battle with cancer.

Born on March 17, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio, she was a daughter of Howard L. Sr. and Grace H. Simons Aumiller.  On October 10, 1987 in the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse, she married Victor E. Austin, who survives.

Patricia was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1972, in Shinglehouse. She was employed for 40 years at the former A.V.X. Corporation in Olean, retiring due to ill health.

Patricia loved music and enjoyed playing poker.  She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Surviving besides her husband are three brothers, Dale E. Aumiller and Donald G. (Mindi) Aumiller, both of Shinglehouse, and Howard L. “Jack” Aumiller, Jr. of Campbellsville, KY; three sisters, Susan K. Aumiller of Bolivar, Melody L. “Sam” (Jeff) Dunkleman of Vine Grove, KY, and Stacy L. (Joseph Reagle) Johnston of Ceres; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Patricia was predeceased by a nephew, Howard Lewis Aumiller III.

Family and friends are invited to call from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., where a celebration of Patricia’s life will follow at 3pm with Pastor Stan Scoville, spiritual care coordinator of Homecare and Hospice of Olean, officiating.

Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorials in Patricia’s name may be made to Homecare and Hospice, 1225 West State Street, Olean, NY 14760 or to Roswell Park Cancer Alliance Foundation, Elm and Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Patricia, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com    

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Wednesday August 16, 2017

TUESDAY’S HIGH, 85; Overnight low, 54; no rain

Emporium man jailed on rape charges….downstate man arrested in Coudersport on drug charges…drug suspect nabbed in Port Allegany…..ATV stolen in Austin last week recovered….Vandalism probed by state police in Potter and Tioga Counties……

An Emporium man has been jailed in lieu of $75,000 bail on rape charges stemming from incidents allegedly taking  place in late April at a  home on East 4th Street in that town. State police in Cameron County claim 21 year old Norman Petit was babysitting three young children between 10:00 pm April 22 and 6:00 am April 23 when three other juveniles arrived at the house. Pettit is accused of giving them marijuana which he had purchased and then allegedly had forced intercourse with one of the girls and touched another inappropriately. Following arraignment, Pettit was committed to the Potter County Jail. A male juvenile was apparently in the home at the time according to the news release f rom state troopers.

State police at Coudersport arrested a Reading, OH man Saturday morning in Coudersport on drug charges. Authorities claim when they responded to a call on Upper Lane in the borough about possible drug paraphernalia , they allegedly found drugs and drug paraphernalia inside a large black Icon laptop case linked to prescription drugs also in the case. Charges have been filed with District Judge Annette Easton and are pending further action.

Troopers in Kane arrested a 23 year old man, no  address provided for violating drug laws after a traffic stop Tuesday night at the intersection of Route 6 and 155 n Port Allegany. Authorities say Michael Trembley, Jr. a passenger in the car,  was found in possession of marijuana. Charges will be filed in District Court.

A vehicle stolen in Lawrence Township, Clearfield County was recovered Tuesday morning in Ridgway. Troopers say the vehicle owned by Chad Dull was found partially in the roadway at the West End Market in Ridgway Township  and was towed to the Ridgway barracks for processing.

Coudersport based state police report an ATV which was stolen from a Costello Avenue Austin late last week was recovered  and returned to the owner. The machine is owned by Bucky Blaniar of Costello and was stolen last Tuesday evening, August 8.

Troopers in Coudersport and Mansfield have recently investigated several criminal mischiefs. Vandals broke a window in a camper owned by Scott Hostetlar of Austin this past weekend while it was parked at his home on Summit Street.

Culprits using a pellet or airsoft gun shot windows in an outbuilding in Richmond Township owned by Galen Elder on the afternoon of  July 25.Someon stole two valve caps from front tires  and let the air out on a vehicle owned by Cheryl Antes of Liberty Saturday while the vehicle was parked at the Tioga County fair in Whitneyville . And criminals opened the drain plug on a radiator in a vehicle owned by DavidKohler of Tioga, PA while it was parked on the Mitchel Creek Road in late June. A foreign substance was dumped  into the gas tank, as well. Anyone with information about the Tioga County crimes  is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

Reps. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) and Matt Gabler (R-Clearfield/Elk) are reminding area loggers of a sales tax exemption now available to them for business-related equipment, supplies and services. The law providing the exemption was adopted last year as part of the state budget process, and it took effect on July 1.

According to the Department of Revenue, those eligible for the exemption would include purchasers engaged in timbering as a business enterprise. Timbering involves producing or harvesting trees for commercial production; it does not include harvesting trees for the purpose of clearing land for access roads .The exemption would apply to the purchase of machinery and equipment and their associated parts and foundations, as well as supplies or services which are necessary to perform operations prior to the transport of the harvested products, such as in-field processing of trees into logs or chips, loading forest products onto highway vehicles for transport to storage or processing facilities, or postharvest site reclamation.

The timbering exclusion does not apply to the following:

    Vehicles required to be registered under the Vehicle Code, regardless of how they are used.

    Materials, supplies, or equipment used to construct, reconstruct, alter, remodel, service, repair, or maintain real estate or real estate structures.

    Tools, equipment, and supplies used in performing maintenance work.

    Property or services used in managerial, sales, or other nonoperational activities,

    Property or services used after the harvested product is loaded onto highway vehicles for transport from the timbering site.

    Property or services used for the purpose of clearing land for access roads.

Purchasers who wish to claim the exemption should use the Pennsylvania Exemption Certificate (REV-1220), available at revenue.pa.gov.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thursday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 69; .08” rain

Ag Progress Days, Pennsylvania’s largest outdoor agricultural  exposition is being held today through Thursday near State College. The show is held annually for three days in August at the Pennsylvania Sate University’s Research Farms.

 The House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) and Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence), will hold a joint informational meeting to discuss the Chesapeake Bay Phase III Watershed Implementation Plan at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days Wednesday, Augsut 16 at 9:30 am

 Causer, Vogel and members of the committees, as well as the following presenters: Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Patrick McDonnell; Veronica Kasi, program manager for DEP’s Chesapeake Bay Program Office; and Agriculture Secretary Russell C. Redding. Presentations will be followed by a panel discussion including McDonnell, Kasi and Redding, as well as John Bell, senior counsel for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau; Christian Herr, executive vice president of PennAg Industries; Brenda Shambaugh, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts; Marel King, Pennsylvania director for the Chesapeake Bay Commission; and Matthew Royer, director of the Agriculture and Environment Center with Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.

 
 WEB STREAMING: Barring technical difficulties, the meeting will be streamed live at RepCauser.com. Complete footage of the hearing will be posted by Thursday afternoon, also at RepCauser.com.

A Millerton teenager was taken to Robert packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of injuries she received Monday morning in a one-vehicle accident in Jackson Township, Tioga County. State police said 18yearold Clarissa Bishop was going east on Route 328 when her Subaru Forester went off the road, spun around clockwise and collided with a tree.

No one was hurt in a collision Sunday morning on Route 6 in Delmar Township, Tioga County. Troopers report the collision occurred when James Robbins of Tioga, while traveling south, attempted a left turn in front of a south bound Ford Fusion driven By Charles Dancsecs of Piscatwawy,NJ. The Robbins Chevrolet  hit the other unit on the passenger side.

Another Tioga County resident was taken to Robert Packer Hospital after a one-vehicle crash Saturday morning in Delmar Township. According to state police, 21 year old Jacob Bolt of Wellsboro was speeding on S. Lawton Road , a dirt road, when his Pontiac Grand Prix slid off the road and hit a tree. Bolt had to be extricated mechanically from the wreckage. .

 

Both drivers escaped injury in a rear end collision caused by equipment failure Saturday night on the Charleston Road in Charleston Township. State police report the accident occurred when the bakes on Towanda resident, Ruth Conklin’s Honda CR-V failed causing it to run into the back of a Toyota 4-Runner driven by Nicholas Hartranft of Galeton while was stopped a stop sign at the intersection of Charleston and Whitneyville  Roads.

Sweden Township police are still looking for vandals who damaged property at the Free Methodist Church building site on Route 6 late last week. Culprits used a caulk gun to write graffiti on a back wall and emptied it into a lift basket. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 814.274.0654.

Roulette volunteer firefighters were called t a house on Main Street Monday  with a fire reported in the basement. According fire department officer, Rich Curfman, damage was contained to the duct work and the homeowners had extinguished the fire before firefighters arrive. All units were back in service about an hour after the 12:38 pm  call.

 Troopers at the Emporium barracks are continuing their investigation into an alleged criminal trespass. Apparently an unhappy neighbor from Halifax, PA told police that a resident  of A Frame Drive in Driftwood mowed a portion of  his property without  his permission this past weekend.

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                               Monday August 14, 2017

                                                                                      Sunday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 52, No rain

 

 Mansfield woman killed in one-vehicle crash…..Minor injuries reported in McKean County collision…Bradford drug suspect arrested at Coudersport business….Elk County woman accused of shoplifting at St. Marys Walmart….Police investigate burglaries in Elk and Tioga Counties……Homeless man arrested for creating a disturbance last week in Ulysses and, despite Main Street renovation, town wide yard sales will be held Sept. 2 in Coudersport…..

A 24 year old Mansfield woman died in a one-vehicle crash last Thursday afternoon in Rutland Township, Tioga County. Troopers just released the details this weekend reporting Satiecka Walker was ejected from her car when became airborne and rolled over several times after going of the road on a right hand curve on the Dunkleberger Road. The car slid down and hill and came to rest on its roof.

Minor injuries were reported for an Eldred couple and a child involved in a collision Friday morning  in Eldred Township, McKean County. According to Kane based state police, the collision occurred when Chad Reed of Bradford was going south on the Barnum Road and failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection with the Prentisvale Road. Reed’s Ford Mustang hit a Ford Ranger driven by Thomas Hazzard in the passenger side causing the pick up to spin off the road and roll over. Hazzard and his wife Keri and a two year old boy were taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center. Reed was not hurt.

A Genesee teen driver and her passenger were hurt in a one-vehicle accident last Tuesday in Genesee Township. Troopers at the Coudersport barracks report the 17 year old driver lost control of her Chrysler PT Cruiser on a slight right hand curve while going east on the Ellisburg Road. The car slid across the highway and collided with an embankment on the north side before rolling over onto its roof. She and an 8 year old boy were taken by ambulance to Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.

State police at Coudersport are looking for a  hit and run vehicle which caused some damage last Thursday on the Germania Road in West Branch Township. The unknown vehicle left the scene after colliding with a mailbox.

An Emporium driver escaped injury last Thursday morning in a car/deer encounter in Lumber Township, Cameron County. Authorities said Brady Lovett was headed west on the CCC  Memorial Highway when he swerved his Dodge Durango to avoid a deer in his path. The SUV went off the road and hit a utility pole with the front end.

One driver was hurt in collision Friday afternoon in Jones Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police the collision occurred when Deborah Giselman of Chambersburg made a left turn from Marvin Street in front of a VW Jetta driven by Raimi Akers of Johnsonburg going north on Route 219. The Akers auto hit Giselman’s Ford Fusion on the driver’s side. Akers did not require treatment at a medical facility for her slight injuries. Her passenger, Calvin Moore of Wilcox and Giselman escaped injury.

 

DUI  and related charges are pending against a Genesee woman who was stopped by state police on Route 449 in Ulysses Township on July 29. Troopers allege when they pulled 35 year old Sarah Bennett over for a host of traffic violations, they found drug related paraphernalia in her car. Charges may also be filed against a 51 year old man who was in the car at the time.

A Roulette man has been arrested for driving under the influence of drugs. State police claim when they stopped 44 year old Thomas Bennett on Maple Street in the village just before midnight July 31 for impaired driving, they found he was driving under the influence of a controlled substance and was allegedly in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Kane based state police nabbed two drivers for DUI during a DUI checkpoint Saturday night on Route 219 in Bradford Township. Police said 105 vehicles were stopped. Three citations and one warning were issued.

A Bradford woman has been jailed after being arrested last Monday morning at the Dollar General on East Second Street in Coudersport. Authorities say while  they were holding 30 year old Charmain Tyler while awaiting confirmation of an active warrant in McKean County, they found her in possession of marijuana, and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia. She was arraigned before District Judge Annette Easton and committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Retail theft charges have been lodged against  Elk County resident, 22 year old Alyssa Mader. Troopers claim Mader stole nine items from the St.Marys Walmart Saturday evening.

A theft on the Hideaway Road in Brockport was investigated late last week by state police at Ridgway. Thieves stole a five gallon gas can, containing some gas, from a garage owned by Dennis Young and took a carton of cigarettes from an enclosed porch.

Mansfield based state police are investigating a couple of recent burglaries in Tioga County. Criminals entered the home of Lydia Cleveland on Moore Road in Richmond Township between Tuesday and Thursday of last week and made off with several items. Thieves took several items from the home of Donald Wilcox on Burrell Road in Westfield between June 24 and July 27 while he was away from home.

A homeless man was arrested last Thursday morning on School Street in Ulysses for disorderly conduct. Troopers say 74 year old Gary Marvel, whose last known address was in Texas, was yelling loudly and swearing for no apparent reason when they were called to investigate.

Despite the Main Street Renovation project, the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce announce Town Wide Yard Sales  will be held on Saturday, September 2, 2017. Bargain hunters and shoppers can plan to visit residential yard sales guided by two maps: 1. A printed map available no later than Aug. 26 at the chamber office at 227 N Main St., and 2. a Google “My Map” available at www.coudersport.us/townwide. A nominal fee $5.00 fee is charged for those who wish to place their sale on the maps; the money supports printing and development of the maps. Those hosting a sale additionally receive a highly visible sign for their yard, garage, or porch sale available at the chamber office. Coudersport’s courthouse square will be filled with sellers and vendors. Spaces are still available for $10.00 per 10-foot by 10-foot space. Two 10 x 10 spaces are $15.00 — $10.00 for additional adjacent spaces. The square will be equipped with an accessible portable toilet rental and hand wash station. To sign up for residential or courthouse sales, or with questions about the sales, contact Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce & Potter County Artisan Center at 814-274-8165, email chamber@coudersport.org, or Facebook @COUDERSPORTAREACHAMBEROFCOMMERCE. Deadline for print map registration is Thursday, August 17.

Obituaries

Janice Ann Nobles Lippman, 75, of Dade City, Florida, formerly of Bolivar, NY and Wellsville, NY, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Born on October 4, 1941 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Leonard D. and Lucille B. Henderson Nobles.  In 1965 in the Bolivar United Methodist Church, she married Robert Clark Lippman, who passed away in 1993.

Janice was a 1958 graduate of Bolivar Central High School and attended the University of Buffalo, College of Nursing, where she obtained her licensure as a registered nurse.  Janice’s love for nursing carried her through many different disciplines over a career of nearly 50 years.  She began as a nurse at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, before teaming up with Drs. Akman, Harkness and Sale in their private practice.   Upon moving to Florida in 1980, Janice found her passion as the assistant director of nursing at Zephyr Haven Nursing Home.  She assisted in the creation of the Alzheimer and dementia unit before moving to Asheville, NC in 1992 to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren.  In 1994, the family returned to Dade City.  Janice then joined the staff of Hernando-Pasco Hospice, a career that gave her great joy.  She was touched by every patient she served and was certainly the nurse the Lord created her to be. 

Surviving are a daughter, Kim Marie (Jeffrey) Patterson of Dade City; five grandchildren, Sarah Walden, Marcus Walden, Michelle James, Alyssa Walden, and Kristen Patterson; eight great-grandchildren, Cody, Jr., Savannah, Jahaira, Gianna, Scarlett, Harris, Aubree, and Joshua Marcus; two sisters, Mary Clark of Bolivar and Barbara White of Landrum, S.C.; two special nieces, Bobbi Jo Baldwin and Kelly Kozlowski; three nephews, Greg Fancher, Scott Fancher, and Kevin Dennis; a stepson, Robert C. (Judy) Lippman, Jr. of Houston, Texas; a sister-in-law, Kay Dennis; an aunt, Guinevere Nobles; numerous cousins; a precious friend, Judy Regan; many exceptional friends; and her faithful companion for the last seven years, her dear Morkie “Abby” Abigail, who misses her mommy dearly.In addition to her parents and former husband, Janice was predeceased by a grandson, Joshua Michael Walden, who passed away in 2016 and a nephew, Daniel Patrick Clark.Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside burial service at 11am on Friday, October 6, 2017 in the Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar,with Pastor Marlin M. Miller of the Kossuth Community Chapel, officiating.Janice’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.Memorials may be made in Janice’s name to any local hospice organization and would be most appreciated by the family.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Janice, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

Doris G. DIBBLE, 86, formerly of Harrison Valley, PA, died Thursday, August 10, 2017 in Wheaton’s Personal Care Home, Westfield, PA. 

Born November 30, 1930, in North Fork, PA, she was the daughter of Robert and Ruth Paddock Gill. 

She attended the country school in North Fork and was a graduate of Harrison Valley High School. 

On June 13, 1950, in Harrison Valley, she married Glen S. Dibble, Jr., who predeceased her on March 17, 2000. 

Doris and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Harrison Township for over 50 years.  She was also employed by the PA Department of Forestry and was the first woman hired by Consolidated, now Dominion, as an engineer at the Harrison station. 

She attended the West Union Mennonite Church, where she was active in the quilt guild and ladies group.  She was a member of the North Fork Grange, Harrison Valley Alumni Association, various motorcycle clubs, and served as Harrison Township Tax Assessor. 

Surviving are:  two sons, Hal (Sandra) Dibble of Westfield, PA and Neal (Trudi) Dibble of Middlebury Center, PA;  a daughter, Denise (Alvin) Swan of Westfield, PA;  five grandchildren;  eight great-grandchildren;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a grandson, Joshua Dibble, in 1999;  two sisters, Eilene Hurler and Myrtle Steadman;  and a brother, Elwood Gill. 

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 7:00 PM.  The Rev. Trevor Price will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to UPMC Susquehanna Hospice, 24 Walnut St., Wellsboro, PA 16901 or a charity of the donor’s choice. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Janice Ann NoblesLippman            CAPTION “former Bolivar, N.Y. resident”

DADE CITY, Fla.----Janice Ann NoblesLippman, 75, of Dade City, Florida, formerly of Bolivar, NY and Wellsville, NY, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Born on October 4, 1941 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Leonard D. and Lucille B. Henderson Nobles.  In 1965 in the Bolivar United Methodist Church, she married Robert Clark Lippman, who passed away in 1993.

Janice was a 1958 graduate of Bolivar Central High School and attended the University of Buffalo, College of Nursing, where she obtained her licensure as a registered nurse.  Janice’s love for nursing carried her through many different disciplines over a career of nearly 50 years.  She began as a nurse at Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, before teaming up with Drs. Akman, Harkness and Sale in their private practice.   Upon moving to Florida in 1980, Janice found her passion as the assistant director of nursing at Zephyr Haven Nursing Home.  She assisted in the creation of the Alzheimer and dementia unit before moving to Asheville, NC in 1992 to be closer to her daughter and grandchildren.  In 1994, the family returned to Dade City.  Janice then joined the staff of Hernando-Pasco Hospice, a career that gave her great joy.  She was touched by every patient she served and was certainly the nurse the Lord created her to be. 

Surviving are a daughter, Kim Marie (Jeffrey) Patterson of Dade City; five grandchildren, Sarah Walden, Marcus Walden, Michelle James, Alyssa Walden, and Kristen Patterson; eight great-grandchildren, Cody, Jr., Savannah, Jahaira, Gianna, Scarlett, Harris, Aubree, and Joshua Marcus; two sisters, Mary Clark of Bolivar and Barbara White of Landrum, S.C.; two special nieces, Bobbi Jo Baldwin and Kelly Kozlowski; three nephews, Greg Fancher, Scott Fancher, and Kevin Dennis; a stepson, Robert C. (Judy) Lippman, Jr. of Houston, Texas; a sister-in-law, Kay Dennis; an aunt, Guinevere Nobles; numerous cousins; a precious friend, Judy Regan; many exceptional friends; and her faithful companion for the last seven years, her dear Morkie “Abby” Abigail, who misses her mommy dearly.

In addition to her parents and former husband, Janice was predeceased by a grandson, Joshua Michael Walden, who passed away in 2016 and a nephew, Daniel Patrick Clark.

Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside burial service at 11am on Friday, October 6, 2017 in the Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar,with Pastor Marlin M. Miller of the Kossuth Community Chapel, officiating.

Janice’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

Memorials may be made in Janice’s name to any local hospice organization and would be most appreciated by the family.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Janice, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com  

 

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Thursday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 59; no rain

FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 78

FRI NIGHT-CLOUDY, SHOWERS POSSIBLE, LOW 60

SAT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, CHANCE OF AFTERNOON SHOWERS, HIGH 76

SUN- MIX OF CLOUDS & Sun, SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWERS HIGH IN THE LOW TO MID 70s

 

Registration Underway for Rural Regional College of Northern PA’s Fall Semester

Starting this fall, the Rural Regional College of Northern PA (RRC) is offering classes in partnership with Gannon University, transitioning students from a successful pilot program, the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA). The RRC will provide affordable, accessible education and training that is linked to jobs in the region.

 

Nine courses are being offered for the fall semester including: First-Year Seminar; College Algebra; Business Technology I; Public Speaking;Business and Professional Communication; Philosophy of Knowledge; Psychological Statistics; College Composition; and Principles of Accounting I. These courses are part of two associate degrees – Business Management or Interdisciplinary Studies. However, if a student is not interested in an associate degree at this time, they can choose the course or courses they need for personal or professional development or take courses to transfer towards a degree program at another regional college or university. 

 

This program is perfect for recent high school graduates, mid-career adults seeking to advance in their career or begin a new one, and current high school juniors and seniors who meet eligibility requirements and want to earn college credits while still in high school. The RRC is designed to be affordable, with state funding helping to keep tuition costs low. Students with a high school diploma or GED pay just $180 per credit. Current high school students pay just $60 per credit. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available.

 

All of the courses are offered in the evenings and are available at the Coudersport and Port Allegany offices of the Education Council, as well as 15 additional locations throughout northwest and north central Pennsylvania. RRC instructors teach classes live (real-time), and interactive television (ITV) allows all students to simultaneously view and interact with each other.

 

The registration deadline for fall semester is August 18, 2017, and classes start August 21st.  For more information or to register, contact Janine Morley at (814) 274-4877 or janine@pottercountyedcouncil.org or Jocelyn Hamilton.Bash at (814) 603-1229 or jhamilton.bash@ecuapa.org.

It’s almost back to school time and Rep. Martin Causer is advising parents of a new state regulation regarding immunizations.Children from kindergarten to 12th frade must now be fully immunized on the first day of school or they can be prohibited from attending. Previously parents had several weeks in which to gave the immunizations completed. If a child is in the process of receiving shots but has not finished, the health care provider must provide written information to the school nurse.

Ridgway based state police say charges are pending against a Ridgway man for allegedly failing to return a borrowed vehicle. Authorities say a 49 year old man borrowed a vehicle from a 51 yea rold Sigel woman on August 8 and has not returned the vehicle as promised.

State police there are also investigating an ID theft. Cyber criminals used bank account information belonging to a 39 year old Benezette Township woman yesterday to purchase items online totaling $132.75 in value.

Vandalism at a drilling site in Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Someone drilled holes into a water line owned by Shell Appalachia between July 5 and 19. The line was being installed on an unnamed service road in Connelly Mountain Road in Sullivan Township at the time. Unknown culprits cut an internet coax cable leading to an apartment on Junction Lane in Delmar Township between noon August 1 and 10:30 pm August 2.

 

Galeton Rotary Woodsmen Show

2017 Results

 

Wood Cutting Activity*

1st Place Jason Lentz

2nd Place Matt Cogar

3rd Place Mike Sullivan

4th Place Dave Jewett

 

*Includes Single Buck, 2 Man X Cut,

Open Chain, Horizontal Log, Spring Board

2 Man Log, Tree Felling, Axe Throw

 

 

Heavy Weight Horse Pulling

1st Place Casey Harriman

2nd Place Calab Armison

3rd Place Dwight Shoemaker

4th Place Rick Stanton

5th Scott Armsion

 

Light Weight Horse Pulling

1st Place Ray Long

 

Master Piece Winners

1st Place Andrew Kinsinger

2nd Place Kevin Treat

3rd Place Kevin Black

4th Place Alaskan Spawn

5th Scott Daniel Burnside

 

 

Wood Carving Auction Winners

August 4

1st Place Andrew Kinsinger

2nd Place Daniel Burnside

3rd Place Kevin Treat

 

August 5

1st Place Kevin Black

2nd Place Daniel Burnside

3rd Place Kevin Treat

August 6

1st Place Daniel Burnside

2nd Place Elaine Foy

3rd Place John Stoltzfus

COUDERSPORT, Pa.---Garry W. Hemphill, 70, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.

Born April 12, 1947 in Coudersport, he was a son of William “Bob” and Wanda I. Matzinger Hemphill.  On July 13, 1968 in Olean, NY, he married Lorraine M. Lovell, who survives.

Garry was a graduate of Coudersport High School.  He was employed as a general foreman at the former Pittsburgh Corning Glass Corporation in Port Allegany.  He was also a self-employed farmer and carpenter.

Garry loved fishing, camping, hunting and boating.  His greatest love was his family.

Surviving besides his wife are two children, Michelle M. (Curt) Long and Dana A. (Shari) Hemphill, both of Coudersport; five grandchildren, Levi, Ciarra, Christopher, Kaden, and Colton; a great-granddaughter, Kinslee; a brother, Richard “Dick” (Judy) Hemphill of Coudersport; three sisters, Karen Robinson, Mary (Jeff) Freeman, and Lori (Steve) Watson, all of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Garry was predeceased by a brother, Michael Hemphill.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Garry’s life at 1pm on Saturday, August 26, 2017, at Garry and Lorraine’s home, 41 Old Route 49, Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Volunteers That Care, c/o the Patterson Cancer Center, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Garry’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Garry, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

Joanna Mae S. HAMILTON, 87, of Ulysses, PA, died Tuesday, August 8, 2017 in her home. 

Born September 7, 1929, in Edinboro, PA, she was the daughter of Frank and Edna Flynn Scheidemantel. 

She was a graduate of Edinboro High School, class of 1947, and Erie Commercial College. 

On October 21, 1950, in Edinboro, she married H. Clair Hamilton, moving to Potter County, giving up her city life to become a farm wife.  He predeceased her on August 11, 2004. 

Mrs. Hamilton and her husband owned and operated Clair-Jo Farms in Ulysses for many years.  She was employed as a secretary at the Northern Potter High School in the 1960’s. 

She was a member of the Ulysses United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, and Order of the Eastern Star #95 in Ulysses.  Joanna was well-known for her green thumb, growing flowers and a large garden.  An excellent cook, her famous dishes were part of every church and fire company dinner. 

Surviving are:  eight children, Laurel (Kurt) Kosa of Ulysses, Larry (Phyllis) Hamilton of Ulysses, Gary (Tina) Hamilton of Ulysses, Lynette Richardson of Columbia Cross Roads, Gay (Karl) Torrey of Coneville, Todd (Wendy) Hamilton of Ulysses, Heidi (Bill) Bodnovich of Chesapeake, VA, and Holly (Andy) Hyde of Ulysses;  24 grandchildren;  17 great-grandchildren;  three sisters,  Jane Lloyd of Edinboro, Joyce Dunkle of Corry, PA, and Laura Lee (Rich) Freer of Olean, NY;  a brother, David (Marilyn) Scheidemantel of Flushing, MI;  nieces and nephews;  and many wonderful caregivers. 

Friends may call Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  An Eastern Star Service will be held 8:30 PM Saturday in the funeral home.  Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday in the Ulysses United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Donald N. Miller and the Rev. Jason K. Reed will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the Ulysses United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 294, Ulysses, PA 16948, Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 277, Ulysses, PA 16948, Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948, or the Ulysses Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 153, Ulysses, PA 16948. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

Wells STEADMAN, 82, of Rexville, NY, died Wednesday, August 9, 2017 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY. 

Born October 3, 1934, in Blossburg, PA, he was the son of Vernon and Mildred Harvey Steadman and the step-son of Ally Cramer. 

On September 3, 1960, in Whitesville, NY, he married the former Carol Jean Waite, who survives. 

A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1957 – 1959. 

He was employed by General Motors in Tonawanda, NY for 26 years, retiring in 1980 and returning to the Whitesville area, where he owned and operated Steadman Motors. 

Wells enjoyed hunting, working on cars, working with his tractors, bulldozers and backhoe, sawing logs with his portable sawmill, woodworking, and visiting with anyone with similar interests. 

Surviving besides his wife, Carol Jean, are:  three children, Dan (Alicia Gee) Steadman of Whitesville, Tawny McCullough of Wellsville, and Dusty (Cecile) Steadman of Whitesville;  eight grandchildren, Amanda Steadman, Joey Schultz, Lyndsay Shultz, Jason Steadman, Randi Elliott, Heather Steadman, Melissa Steadman, and Connor McCullough;  seven great-grandchildren;  a brother, Wayne Stedman of Oswayo, PA;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a son, Jeffrey D. Steadman;  a sister, Lois E. Miller;  and a brother, Harold Steadman. 

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, August 14, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM with Funeral Services following at 6:00 PM.  The Rev. Timothy Armstrong will officiate.  Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery. 

Memorials may be made to the Independence Emergency Squad, P.O. Box 309, Whitesville, NY 14897 or the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 256, Whitesville, NY 14897. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

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                                                           Thursday August 10, 2017

Wednesday’s high, 76; Overnight low, 50 (41 on Fishing Creek)

 

State police warn parents and guardians about suicidal social media challenge….To Fill A Backpack getting ready to distribute before school starts….Two  people hurt in Tioga County rear-end collision….vandalism at Cameron County Fair investigated….

 

State police are advising parents and guardians  that social media challenges and pranks have emerged that encouraging  Internet users to replicate viral trends by posting videos and photos online. Users have also utilized live streaming functions of social media platforms to broadcast to an audience in real time. While some social media challenges have promoted charity or educational awareness, a variety of challenges and pranks have also inspired users to participate in activities that can result in serious injuries or even death. Adolescents are often the most vulnerable to partake in dangerous online games to seek the approval of friends, associates, and general Internet users from around the world. Individuals who participate in unsafe challenges or pranks often fail to measure risk appropriately and focus on the recognition and attention obtained from completing each challenge successfully. The posting of videos or photos on social media platforms, such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Facebook, often encourages additional individuals to participate in the activities.1 THE BLUE WHALE CHALLENGE Recently, a suicidal game, the “Blue Whale Challenge” or “Blue Whale,” that originated in Russia in 2015, made its way to the United States. The game involves an administrator manipulating the player through social media to complete 50 challenges, including self-mutilation and setting a date that the player must commit suicide. Some challenges include drawing a whale on a piece of paper, waking up at 0420 hours to watch a horror film, carving a whale into your body, etching a phrase on your arm or hand, cutting your lip, and ultimately, the final challenge is for the player to jump to their death from a rooftop or in front of a train on the 50th day. The player must send the administrator photos or videos as proof of completing each step in the game. Players in the late stages of the game are instructed to delete evidence of communication from their social media account. The game was rumored to be an Internet hoax; however, it was linked to over 100 deaths in Russia. At least two deaths in the United States have been identified as being associated with the game.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS Though the Blue Whale is just one dangerous challenge, other alarming viral trends are evolving. Parents and guardians should be aware of popular online challenges and pranks that adolescents can partake in on social media. The following are possible indicators of adolescents engaging in risky online behavior.

 ·Adolescents may become secretive about their online activities and obsess about using the devices

   with Internet access.

 · Individuals may receive odd phone calls or messages through text messaging applications

·  Withdrawing behavior from activities and interaction with family and friends.

·  Evidence of self-mutilation or unexplained cuts, bruises, or burns appearing on their body.

·  The oversharing of personal information and explicit photos to someone online

·Befriending unknown individuals through social media platforms.

·  Receiving gifts, mail, or packages from an unknown person.

 

The To Fill A Backpack program is still accepting requests for backpack’s for the 2017-2018 school year.  They  are currently distributing in Bradford, Cameron, Lycoming, McKean, Potter and Tioga counties.  Please click on the link below and fill in the request form.  There is information required  to be sure that backpacks can be delivered to the right people.   If you request backpack’s please be sure that you are able to make arrangements to pick them up because with as many requests as received they are not able to deliver them.  You can arrange with family or friends to pick them up if you are unable to do it yourself.  Last year volunteers drove from Roulette all the way through Westfield and around to Mansfield and back through Wellsboro, etc. and were only able to connect with approximately 20 of the 100’s of backpacks that hadn’t been picked up  If you do not have internet access you can call (814) 544-2612 between 9am and 8pm and leave a message if nobody answers.  The group  prefers that everyone use the request form because it feeds all the requests in to a spreadsheet that will be used e when filling the backpacks on August 12th at the Roulette Fire Hall.  If you would like to pick up your backpack(s) that day you can stop in anytime between 11am and 1pm. 

 

Click here to be directed to our request form

 

To Fill A Backpack

81 Burleson Avenue

Roulette, PA  16746

Phone: (814) 544-2612

Email: info@tofillabackpack.org

 

Two people were hurt in a rear-end collision Tuesday afternoon in Charleston Township, tioga County. Mansfield based state police report the collision occurred when 21 year old Erica Barrett of Mainsburg failed to notice that Keith Pickup of Westfield had slowed down on Route 6to make a left turn, and allowed her Subaru Impreza to run into the back of Pickup’s Ford F-450. Barrett and a passenger in Pickup’s vehicle, Chyrl Bloom  were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of their injuries. Pickup and two of his passengers Dustin Post and Matthew Henry, of Wellsboro were not hurt.  

A New York state driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident early Monday morning also in Charleston Township. Troopers said Rachel Houghtaling of Jasper, NY was goin west on the Charleston Road when her Ford Focus drifted off the road and struck a drainage culvert.

State police at Emporium investigated a criminal mischief at the Cameron County Fairgrounds o the Rich Valley Road yesterday. Culprits spilled several trash cans throughout the fairgrounds. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at  814.486.331.

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                                                         Wednesday August 9, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 72; Overnight low, 46; no rain

Causer honored by Conservation Districts…It’s fair season in the region….Providing it’s not cloudy we should experience about 70% of the solar eclipse later this month….Burglary at Smethport home this week being probed….

 

The Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts Inc. recently named Rep. Martin Causer recipient of its annual Legislator Leadership Award, citing his work as a strong voice for rural Pennsylvania and his support for the important role conservation districts play in their communities. He has been a leader in the effort to ensure the state’s farmers receive credit for implementing responsible practices to reduce pollutants entering the Commonwealth’s waterways and sponsored legislation to support the state’s Clean and Green program and improve implementation of the Dirt, Gravel and Low-Volume Roads Program. On behalf of the statewide organization, members of the McKean County Conservation District recently presented Causer with the award. Pictured, from left, are McKean County Commissioner Cliff Lane, who serves as a director on both the statewide and local districts; Kerry Fetter, McKean County Conservation District chairman; Causer; and Sandy Thompson, McKean County Conservation District manager.

A total solar eclipse will occur later this month and will be partially visible in the Black Forst Broadcasting Service Area.On August 21, 2017 the moon will move in between the Earth and the sun to create a total solar eclipse. The phenomenon occurs when the sun, the moon, and the Earth line up in a row, causing the moon to cast a shadow over the planet. Although total solar eclipses occur every 18 months on average, this event marks the first total solar eclipse to occur in the continental U.S. since February  1979.

According to NASA, only fourteen states are in the path of totality and will be able to experience a total solar eclipse. The total solar eclipse will move from west to east starting with Oregon at 10:15am PDT and ending with South Carolina at 2:36pm EDT. The twelve states in between are Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina. However, everyone else in the U.S. will get to see at least a partial eclipse.

 

S. W. Smith Memorial Library in Port Allegany hosted   a  Solar Eclipse presentation  Monday evening by  with UPB Academic Technology Integrator Bernie Picklo. Those attending were given a free pair of sunglasses safe for looking at the sun. Picklo also said there are ways to “see” the eclipse if you don’t have the special glasses. You can make a pinhole camera, like the one photographer icon Ansel Adams used. Punch a hole in a piece of cardboard. The, tape a piece of aluminum foil over the hole and put a small hole in the foil. Hold the “camera” toward the sun with your back to it. Project the shadow onto another piece of cardboard or other background material. You can also hold a common kitchen calendar toward the sun 9with your back to it) and project the multi images onto a background in front of you. Picklo said we will have about a 70% experience in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area. It will begin here a few minutes before 2:00 pm and end a few minutes after 3:00 pm. You can find out more by visiting the website for the Franklin Institute located in Philadelphia at www.fi.edu.

On Wednesday, August 16, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin a bridge replacement project on Route 246 in Otto Township, McKean County.

The bridge spans a branch of Baker Run, near the village of Rixford. The existing 12-foot bridge dates from 1927 and carries an average of almost 1,500 vehicles each day. It will be replaced with a new box culvert,

Starting August 16, the bridge will be closed and an official detour using Routes 246, 346, and 646will be in place. Drivers familiar with the area may choose to use alternate routes. The detour will be in place through the September 8 project completion date.

Once school begins on August 28, school buses will be able to move through the work zone and avoid the detour. Should work progress allow, PennDOT will open the new box culvert and remove the detour prior to the September 8 completion date.

This project is a cooperative effort between PennDOT McKean County Maintenance and contractor L.C. Whitford of Wellsville, New York. PennDOT McKean County Maintenance will perform erosion and sedimentation control, excavation of the old box culvert, and back-filling of the new box culvert. The contractor will deliver and set the new box, perform paving and guiderail installation, and line painting. 

Beginning August 17, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation(PennDOT) will be working to replace a bridge in Sweden Township, Potter County. Replacement of the bridge will remove its “functionally obsolete” designation.

The existing 12-foot bridge spans Lyman Creek on Faith Street (Route 4031), near the village of Sweden Valley. It dates from 1946 and carries an average of 130 vehicles each day.PennDOT will replace the bridge with a new box culvert.

Replacement work will require closing the bridge, with an official detour in place for the duration of the project, which is expected to last until September 15. Detour signing will direct drivers to use Faith Street (Route 4031), Route 6, and Sweden Hill Road(Route 1001). Drivers familiar with the area may choose alternate routes.

 PennDOT will open the new box culvert ahead of schedule if work progress allows. Local residents on either side of Lyman Creek will be able to access their homes during the replacement work. There will be no access across Lyman Creek during the closure.

 This project is a cooperative effort between PennDOT Potter County Maintenance and contractor L.C. Whitford of Wellsville, New York. PennDOT Potter County Maintenance will perform erosion and sedimentation control, excavation of the old bridge, and back-filling of the new box culvert. The contractor will deliver and set the new box, perform paving and guiderail installation. Faith Street will also be paved during this project.  All work is weather dependent,

A burglary at a Smethport area home earlier this week is being investigated by state police at Kane. Burglars removed an air conditioner to enter a  home located on Route 46 and made off with a small gun box. The crime took place between noon and 10:00 pm Monday. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.                                                                   ________________________________________________________________________

 

                                                                Tuesday August 8, 2017

                                                             Monday’s HIGH, 66; Overnight low, 54; no rain

 

 We reported yesterday that The Lake Day Use Area of the George B. Stevenson Dam  which had been closed to the public since July of 2016, when the large-scale dredging or sediment removal project began has re-opened. Over the course of the project, the contractors removed approximately 160,000 cubic yards, or over 8800 dump truck loads, of sediment from the north end of the lake and spread it on reclaimed strip mines in the Sproul State Forest.

This removal of sediment from the reservoir increased the flood control capacity of the  dam while improving fishing and boating in the upper reaches of the lake.

Other 2016-2017 lake improvement projects at Sinnemahoning State Park included stream realignment, shoreline stabilization, and boat launch and mooring area upgrades.

 

Now that the gas re-opened,  kayaks and canoes at Sinnemahoning State Park are available for visitor use through the Get Outdoors Loaner program.  

Once again this year, Sinnemahoning State Park is pleased to offer kayaks, canoes, bicycles, GPS units, and kids DiscoverE kits for visitors to use while enjoying the park. Life vests, paddles, and helmets, are provided.

 

There is no fee for the loaner program, but donations are requested.  A photo ID and a valid credit card are required.  At least one member of the party must be 18 years or older to sign out equipment. 

 

Equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, with a 2½ hour time limit per use.  All equipment is for in-park use only.  Boats are for use only on the George B. Stevenson reservoir.

 

For more information about the Get Outdoors Loaner Program, please stop by the Park Office & Wildlife Center or call 814-647-8401, ext. 101.

 

The Lake Day Use Area of the George B. Stevenson Dam has been closed to the public since July of 2016, when the large-scale dredging or sediment removal project began.  Over the course of the project, the contractors removed approximately 160,000 cubic yards, or over 8800 dump truck loads, of sediment from the north end of the lake and spread it on reclaimed strip mines in the Sproul State Forest.

This removal of sediment from the reservoir increased the flood control capacity of the George B. Stevenson dam while improving fishing and boating in the upper reaches of the lake.

Other 2016-2017 lake improvement projects at Sinnemahoning State Park included stream realignment, shoreline stabilization, and boat launch and mooring area upgrades.

The Brooks Run stream was realigned and returned to its original, pre-1950s pathway. This stream realignment greatly decreases the amount of silt accumulated in the boating areas of the lake while improving trout habitat in this section of stream.

A shoreline stabilization project added rip-rap stones and saw-tooth extensions of the shoreline to provide better access for anglers and to decrease erosion at fishing access points and during high water events.

Mansfield-based state police have arrested 51 year old Shari Spaulding for aggravated assault and related offenses in connection to an incident allegedly taking place last Thursday morning. Authorities claim Spaulding threatened two employees of Tioga County Children and Youth services with a gun when they tried to perform a welfare check on a minor child. The employees, Candice Ann Chase of Blossburg and Zachary Loudenslager of Mansfield were not hurt. Spaulding was also charged with simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment.

A Ulysses woman has been cited for harassment in connection to an incident reportedly taking place Sunday afternoon on Academy Street in that town. State police at Coudersport claim 25 year old Rachel Preston assaulted a male victim during an argument on Academy Street.

Troopers at Kane did not release the names of the victim and suspect in a harassment Monday afternoon in Keating Township. Authorities claim a 31 year old Smethport  woman pushed a 31 year old Port Allegany man into the front storm door and out the front of a home on Route 46.

A criminal warrant has been issued for 29 year old Jonathan Aikens of Emporium and state police are asking anyone with information as to his whereabouts to contact them at 814.86.3321. Police claim when they executed a search warrant at a building on S. Mountain Road adjoining  the Cameron County ASPCA Saturday afternoon, they found Aikens in the building with a 32 year old woman form Kersey and a 32 year old woman from St.Marys , numerous items of drug paraphernalia and a small amount of methamphetamine which were confiscated. Aikens is charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to deliver. Police did not release the women’s names and said other arrests are pending.

A Mainsburg man was seriously hurt in a one-vehicle crash late last Saturday night in  Richmond Township. Authorities say Clint Smith was gain south on Route 549 when his Chevrolet Blazer went off the road, slid sideways through a field and returned to the highway where it overturned. Smith, who was not using a seatbelt was thrown out of the SUV and suffered serious head injuries. He was flown by helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. Hi passenger Daniel Winiavski of Troy was wsearing a seatbelt and suffered a minor cut but declined treatment.

State police at Coudersport are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged property in Portage Township late last Friday night. The unknown unit went off of the road at the intersection of Sate Street and TR526,hit a yellow concrete pole and metal sign  owned by Portage Township.

The theft of a large sum of money from a Lawrenceville home between may 13 and July 31 is being probed by state police at Mansfield. Thieves made off with $12,000 in cash from Anthony Carlin’s home .A 2011 Honda ATV owned by Jessica Dressel of Westfield was stolen from her home on Doan Hill Road between July 24 and 26. Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call the Mansfield barracks at 570.662.2151.

Thieves cut five  copper ground wires from three circuit breakers at a Penelec building on Route 155 in Liberty Township, McKean County between July 12 and 17. The wire is valued at about $250. Anyone with information about that theft is encouraged to call troopers at 814.778.5555.

Troopers at Coudersport are looking for the person who left drug paraphernalia on the western shoulder of Dutch Hill Road in Eulalia Township. A hypodermic needle was found about50 feet from the edge of the road on July 25.      

 

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Monday August 7, 2017

                                                                        Sunday’s high, 71; Overnight low, 53; no rain (.75” Saturday on Fishing Creek)

 Two York men arrested on drug and other charges after  Potter County scuffle….Galeton man arrested for stealing from employer…..Theft charges filed against Coudersport man…..teen charged for shoplifting at St. Marys Walmart…camp burglary in Potter County investigated…money stolen from parked vehicles at Cameron County Fairgrounds….Stevenson Dam re-opened to public…

 Two York PA men have been arrested on various charges in connection to a scuffle taking place between 3:00 and 5:00 am July 16 on the Ole Bull Road in Stewardson Township.  According to state police at Coudersport, 26 year old Evan Shuler threw a knife at 30 yar old Matthew Thompson  and hit him with a shovel. Thompson was able to get out of the house and went to a friend’s home and was taken to Charles Cole Hospital. When troopers investigated they found Shuler was wanted by a warrant issued in York County. After being arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, terroristic threats, simple assault, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and harassment, he was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail awaiting extradition to York County. Police also arrested Thompson for possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, terroristic threats, simple assault and  harassment.

Troopers at Coudersport have arrested 23 year old Craig Legerlotz of Galeton for theft. Authorities claim he soled a Milwaukee brand folding spotlight and two rechargeable lithium batteries from the SMC Metallurgy warehouse on Route 6 in West Pike Township on July 13 while being employed there.

State police have also arrested 46 year old Randall Duell of Coudersport for theft. Duell is suspected of steal $276 in US currency from Olga’s Gallery Café and Bistro on East Second Street in Coudersport between July 8 and 14.

Ridgway based state police  have arrested McKean County resident 18 year old Malysa Horton for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart Saturday afternoon. Horton is accused of stealing 8 items valued at a total of $66.74.

Burglary charges have been filed against an Erie juvenile in connection to an incident taking place between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm July 28. Police allege the youth  removed various pieces of fruit and vegetables from  a garage on Sunset Drive Ridgway; throwing them around; starting a fire outside the building and shooting a fire extinguisher  throughout the property between 6:00 and 10 pm on July 28.

A camp burglary on Pigeon Hill Road in Galeton between July 9 and 28 is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Criminals entered the camp through a rear window and made off with several items including three gray plastic totes, gray cordless drill, Harbor Freight tool box, yellow handled splitting maul, 430-$40 in cash, a red five gallon gas can, and three boxes of 12-2 wire. A five gallon gas  can was also stolen from a shed on the property which is owned by Rick Fahanestock and Russell Grove III both of Gardners, PA and David Hells of Carlisle, PA.

A Stihl FS46 String Trimmer and a Stihl handheld leaf blower were taken from a Penn Dot Storage building on  at the Gaines Roadside Rest on Route 6  sometime last week. Burglars cut off padlocks and kicked in a door to gain entry.at Ridgway. Someone used a bank card belonging to Raymond  Nearing of Wilcox to withdraw approximately $1562.00 from his account between July 17 and 21.

State police at Emporium are probing a theft at the Cameron County Fairgrounds between 5:00 pm July 15 and 12:30 am July 15. Thieves helped themselves to about $163.00 in US currency from vehicles owned by Jennie Lamont of Emporium.

A Coudersport driver escaped injury last Thursday morning when he fell asleep at the wheel of his Dodge Ram pick up. Authorities said 19 year old Dylan Dubots was going east on Route 6 in Ulysses Township when he nodded off and his truck crossed to the other side and hit some guardrails, continued for a short distance and finally stopped on top of another set of guardrails.

State police at Mansfield say Benjamin Duda, 32 of Liberty, PA driver “was fatigued” when he allowed his Subaru Legacy to go off the north side of  Bogar Run Road in Liberty Township last Wednesday night.

No injuries were reported for an Altoona man following a one-vehicle weather-related accident last Thursday afternoon on Route 46 in Norwich Township, McKean County. Troopers said James Lamer’s Mazda 3 hydroplaned off the pavement, shot to the other side and collided with some guardrails, traveled back across both lanes and collided with another section of guard rails.

A 56 year old Genesee woman has been arrested for DUI and other offenses after being stopped by troopers on the afternoon of June 24 at the intersection of Academy and School Streets in Genesee. Norma Schneider has been charged with four counts of driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance; endangering the welfare of children, failing to obey stop and yield signs and using a turn signal and  careless driving. Authorities claim a young girl was riding in the car at the time.

Troopers at Mansfield have arrested 28 year old Benjamin Adams, no address given, for possession of drug paraphernalia. Authorities assert when they were called to 48 Crooked Creek Estates on the afternoon of July 29, they found Adams in possession of drug paraphernalia.

Kane-based state police arrest 47 year old Kevin Dinger of that town for public drunkenness. According to                  police, Dinger created a disturbance and appeared to be intoxicated while trying to buy eggs at the Nittany Minit Mart on Route 6 in Kane Saturday afternoon.

A Mansfield woman was arrested by state police at Coudersport on drug charges. Troopers say the charges were the result of them being called to check on the welfare of 27 year old Lorenna Pierce  Friday night when she was on East Second Street in Coudersport. When they arrived at that location, officers allegedly found drug paraphernalia.

Pennsylvania Bureau of State Parks, and  Sinnemahoning State Park announce  that the dredging and other lake improvement projects have been completed and that the George B. Stevenson is once again open to the public, as of 8:00 AM on Friday, August 4th.

 The Lake Day Use Area of the George B. Stevenson Dam has been closed to the public since July of 2016, when the large-scale dredging or sediment removal project began.  Over the course of the project, the contractors removed approximately 160,000 cubic yards, or over 8800 dump truck loads, of sediment from the north end of the lake and spread it on reclaimed strip mines in the Sproul State Forest.

This removal of sediment from the reservoir increased the flood control capacity of the George B. Stevenson dam while improving fishing and boating in the upper reaches of the lake.

Other 2016-2017 lake improvement projects at Sinnemahoning State Park included stream realignment, shoreline stabilization, and boat launch and mooring area upgrades.

The Brooks Run stream was realigned and returned to its original, pre-1950s pathway. This stream realignment greatly decreases the amount of silt accumulated in the boating areas of the lake while improving trout habitat in this section of stream.

A shoreline stabilization project added rip-rap stones and saw-tooth extensions of the shoreline to provide better access for anglers and to decrease erosion at fishing access points and during high water events.

The boat launch and mooring areas have also been upgraded to enhance boating and fishing opportunities on the George B. Stevenson dam.  Upgrade projects included paving of the parking lot and boat launch pad, installing three courtesy docks, and enhancing the mooring area to make launching easier for mooring patrons. 

For more information about Sinnemahoning State Park and the George B. Stevenson Dam, visit the park website atwww.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/ or contact the park office at 814-647-8401 or SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov.

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Agnes M. Dembicki, 95, formerly of Port Allegany and Roulette, passed away Friday (Aug. 4, 2017) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport. 
     Born December 12, 1921, in New York City, she was a daughter of August J. and Roseann Corcoran Hock.  She married Nicholas J. Dembicki, who died Nov. 3, 1993. 
     Agnes grew up and went to school in New York City, where she attended the Yost Business College, New York City, in 1940. Agnes was in the business world for 35 years, as a secretary and executive secretary. 
     She was a resident of this area since 1975, coming from New York City, Philadelphia, and New Jersey. 
     Mrs. Dembicki was a member of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church of Port Allegany, where she was a member of the Catholic Women’s Club, past president of the American Legion Auxiliary, Olney Unit 388, Philadelphia, past member of the African Violet Society, Knoxville, TN, and the Beaumont Texas American Violet Society,  and enjoyed fishing in both fresh & saltwater. 
     Surviving are a son, David M. (M. Elaine) Dembicki of Chesapeake, VA; 8 grandchildren and 17 great-grand-children; 1 great-great grandchild; and two son-in-laws, James DiDio of Springfield, PA, and James Quinn of Franklinville, NJ. 
     She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Nicholas, and three daughters, Joanne K. DiDio, Christine Quinn, Teresa Cooper; and a brother, Gerald Hock. 
     Friends will be received from 5-8 p.m. Sunday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Monday (Aug. 7, 2017) in St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church with Rev. James Campbell and  as celebrant.  Burial will be in Hill Cemetery, Roulette, PA.     A scriptural wake service will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home. 
    Memorials can be made to St. Gabriel’s Memorial Fund.      Condolences can be made to:  David M. Dembicki 
 

Margaret E. Spade, 94, of, Coudersport, formerly of Port Allegany, died Wednesday (August  2, 2017) in the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. She was born May 15, 1923 in New York , a daughter of William and Rose Vyshard Jones, On Sept. 10, 1945 in Glendville, NY, she married Wallace D. Spade, who died Jan. 29, 1990. Mrs. Spade was a graduate of Drapers High School in Schenectady NY and work for General Electric Co. retiring to take care of her family. She is survived by two daughters: Margie Greenwalt of Ellenton, FL and Susan (Frank) Baker of Coudersport, PA 3 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and 1 great great granddaughter due in November2 Sisters Beverly and Beatrice of Schenectady, NYShe was predeceased in death by her parents, husband, one daughter, Alice Mahood, 2 grandsons Wallace Mahood in 1986 and Franklin Wallace Baker in 1991 and 2 sisters.Visitation will be held on Monday August 7, 2017 from 10 A.M. to 12 Noon at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 105 N. Main St., Port Allegany, PA where funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon with Rev Roger Laktash, officiating. Burial will be in the Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany. Memorials may be made to Coudersport Ambulance AssociationOnline Condolence may be made at, www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

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Friday August 4, 2017

Thursday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 61; trace of rain (evening sprinkles)

 

 Federally endangered birds return to Lake Erie….Work will begin Monday to replace bridge in Norwich Township, McKean County…..One Day closure Monday on Pitt Trail…..Potter County Department of Aging still has Farmers Market certificates for qualified seniors….T

 

 

The Game commission has some exciting news for bird watchers. Absent as a Pennsylvania breeding bird since the mid-1950s, two pairs of federally endangered Great Lakes piping plovers returned this year to nest in the Gull Point Natural Area at Presque Isle State Park in Erie County.

 

 The two nests point to piping plovers recolonizing Lake Erie, as well as a positive response to ongoing specialized habitat management and improved environmental health within the Great Lakes ecosystem. The last recorded piping plover nest in the Erie basin was in 1977 at Long Point on Lake Erie’s north shore in Ontario.


Watch the short video of these piping plovers.

 

On Monday, August 7, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will begin replacement work on a Route 146 bridge in Norwich Township, McKean County.The bridge spans Potato Creek, about a mile south of the village of Colegrove. The existing single-lane bridge is weight-limit posted for 23-tons for single vehicle and 27-tons for combination vehicles. It carries an average of more than 200 vehicles each day. Starting Monday, the bridge will be closed and an official detour using Routes 146, 46, and 6will be in place. Drivers familiar with the area may choose to use alternate routes. The detour will be in place through the completion of the project.Project work will include replacement of the old bridge with a two-lane pre-stressed concrete bridge, approach paving, guide-rail upgrades, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Rylind Construction Company, Inc. of Lewisberry, PA is the contractor on this $1.2 million project. PennDOT expects the bridge to be complete and open to traffic in early December.

A one-day trail closure will be in place Monday as replacement work continues on a bridge project near the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).

PennDot also says the Richard E. McDowell Community Trail at Dorothy Lane (Route 4004) will be closed Monday . The closure is necessary for beam setting to take place on the project. For safety reasons, there will be no access at the trail crossing on Monday. Signs alerting pedestrians to this one-day closure will be in place. Through August 14, Dorothy Lane remains closed from Route 346 to Campus Drive The Pitt Bradford campus remains accessible from Campus Drive or Campus Road.

PennDOT reminds drivers that an official detour around the project remains in place. The detour makes use of Route 346, Mechanic Street/South Avenue, Corydon Street, and Dorothy Lane. The detour will be in place through the completion of the project.

This state-owned bridge spans the west branch of Tunungwant Creek on Dorothy Lane at Pitt Bradford. The existing bridge is weight-limit posted for 27-tons for single vehicle and 32-tons for combination vehicles. It carries an average of almost 1,200 vehicles each day. Replacing the bridge will eliminate the weight posting and allow PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s structurally deficient list.

Overall project work will include replacement of the old bridge, approach paving, guide-rail upgrades, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.   

All work is weather and schedule dependent. The L.C. Whitford Company, Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor on this $3 million project. PennDOT expects the bridge to be complete and open to traffic in early November.

The harvest season is quickly approaching as many fruits and vegetables reach maturity.

Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging is still distributing Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks for Potter County senior citizens.  These checks are through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.   Each senior citizen receives one set of (4) $5 checks per year.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible senior citizens with checks to use at approved farmers markets to purchase qualifying fresh fruits and vegetables through November 30, 2017.  The checks will be issued through September 30, 2017, at Potter County Senior Centers and the Potter County Human Services AAA.

Select fruits and vegetables approved for purchase must be grown or growable in Pennsylvania.  Some of the produce that qualifies under the program includes beans, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, onions, potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini. No citrus fruits or tropical fruits are eligible under the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Processed foods, such as jam, honey, cider and baked goods are also ineligible to be purchased through this program.

Potter County senior citizens, age sixty or older, whose income is $22,311 or less for a single person or $30,044 or less for a couple, or $37,777 or less for 3 people or $45,510 or less for four people are eligible for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Income is based on the total income for 2016.  These guidelines are subject to change.  The federal guidelines that are in place the day of distribution will be those that are used.    Proof of income is not required. However, the senior citizen must sign a register verifying that their income meets the income guidelines.  You must show proof of age and address.  Driver’s license will work for proof of both.  They will be issued four (4), $5.00 checks. 

IN ORDER FOR AN INDIVIDUAL TO PICK UP CHECKS FOR ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL, YOU MUST PICK UP A PROXY FORM THAT IS TO BE COMPLETED BY BOTH INDIVIDUALS AND THEN RETURNED TO THE DISTRIBUTION SPOT.  THIS IS ALSO THE PROCEDURE FOR HUSBAND/WIFE AND WIFE/HUSBAND.  ALL DISTRIBUTION SITES HAVE THESE FORMS AVAILABLE NOW.

Seniors who reside in nursing homes, personal care homes or other residential facilities where meals are provided are not eligible for this program.

Vendors that are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for this program display a sign indicating that the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are accepted.  A list of local farmers markets can be obtained at check distribution sites.

Hamilton-Gibson Productions, Tioga County’s community theatre arts group, is recruiting volunteers for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Race this Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Watkins Glen International racetrack in Watkins Glen, New York. 

 

Watkins Glen International contributes money to Hamilton-Gibson based on the time volunteers contribute. 

 

Anyone 18 and older who is willing to help is welcome to volunteer They need 20 people this Sunday for four- to six-hour shifts with start times from 10 a.m. until noon.Positions are ushering and checking tickets. Also needed are two greeters to give directions. 

 

Carpooling is available. For more information or to sign up, call Bev at 570-724-2079 or email her at hamgib@gmail.com by 1 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 4. 

 

Meanwhile, the region’s traffic and accident scene has been reported quiet according to our checks earlier today with state police at Coudersport, Emporium, Kane, Mansfield and Ridgway. There were no other incidents to report.

 

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 Thursday August 3, 2017 

Wednesday’s high, 82; Overnight low, 53; 2.25 “ rain on Route 872, .12” on Fishing Creek

Sporadic flooding reported

Starting this fall, the Rural Regional College of Northern PA (RRC) is offering classes in partnership with Gannon University, transitioning students from a successful pilot program, the Education Consortium of the Upper Allegheny (ECUA). The RRC will provide affordable, accessible education and training that is linked to jobs in the region.

 Nine courses are being offered for the fall semester including: First-Year Seminar; College Algebra; Business Technology I; Public Speaking; Business and Professional Communication; Philosophy of Knowledge; Psychological Statistics; College Composition; and Principles of Accounting I. These courses are part of two associate degrees – Business Management or Interdisciplinary Studies. However, if a student is not interested in an associate degree at this time, they can choose the course or courses they need for personal or professional development or take courses to transfer towards a degree program at another regional college or university. 

 This program is perfect for recent high school graduates, mid-career adults seeking to advance in their career or begin a new one, and current high school juniors and seniors who meet eligibility requirements and want to earn college credits while still in high school. The RRC is designed to be affordable, with state funding helping to keep tuition costs low. Students with a high school diploma or GED pay just $180 per credit. Current high school students pay just $60 per credit. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities are available.

 All of the courses are offered in the evenings and are available at the Coudersport and Port Allegany offices of the Education Council, as well as 15 additional locations throughout northwest and north central Pennsylvania. RRC instructors teach classes live (real-time), and interactive television (ITV) allows all students to simultaneously view and interact with each other.  The registration deadline for fall semester is August 18, 2017, and classes start August 21st.  For more information or to register, contact Janine Morley at (814) 274-4877 or janine@pottercountyedcouncil.org or Jocelyn Hamilton.Bash at (814) 603-1229 or jhamilton.bash@ecuapa.org.


Step into an 1890's logging camp! Watch blacksmithing, log hewing, and fence-building demonstrations or learn about period logging tools. Sit back on one of the log benches and listen to some acoustic tunes telling of days long ago. Something different every day Friday - Sunday. Friday, August 4 at 10:00am to 5:00pm Woodsmen Show which celebrates the rich lumber history of Potter County.

Come see the top lumberjacks in the country come to Cherry Springs State Park to compete in events like cross cut saw, springboard, axe throwing and tree felling - the same events featured in the popular outdoor games on TV. $7 - $12 at the Gate (no advance sales)

Witness ordinary people test their own skills while rubbing elbows with the pros.
Watch talented chainsaw artists create works of beauty.

Discover exhibits, vendors and historical re-enactments all commemorating our great forest and the life of the woodhick. After soaking in all the activities, sit down with a hearty meal and enjoy traditional music.

Friday, August 4 at 2:00pm to 3:00pm Amatuer Competition - Woodhick Skills
Grab a partner and try your hand at log rolling, axe throwing and the crosscut saw. No experience necessary and you can practice your skills at noon in the arena with competition beginning at 2PM. Stop at the DCNR trailer to register as early as possible as spaces are limited. Single participants will be paired with others and must be at least 13 years old. Open practice at Noon in the arena. Requires admission to the event (cost).

Mansfield based state police have arrested 26 year old Courtney Medina of Westfield on a harassment charge. Authorities claim Medina slapped  a male victim during an argument early last Saturday morning in that town.

State police at Ridgway say they have a suspect in a theft taking place late last week in Ridgway Township. Marybeth Elias of the Portland Mills Road told police several of her personal checks were stolen and cashed without her knowledge. They are also looking for a thief who may have picked up a lost wallet. Cynthia Kronenwetter told officers she remembers using her wallet and may have dropped it in the parking lot at Elk County Foods in Johnsonburg on the afternoon of July 25. It has not been returned or turned over to police by anyone who finds it is asked to call troopers at the Ridgway Barracks 814.772.2399.

Troopers at Mansfield are continuing their investigation into the alleged theft of a cell phone earlier this month. A female suspect “borrowed” a cell phone belonging to Kimberly Parsons of Wellsboro on July 4 and failed to return it, claiming it had been lost. Another woman is suspected of stealing a pool cue from the  Middlebury Township home of Timothy Elwood.

Obituary

Genevieve Ann Walsh Johnson, 89, of Odin, PA passed away Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at her home. Born February 9, 1928 in Queens, NY, she was the daughter of J. Edward and Dora Berktold Walsh. On January 7, 1950 she married Ormal R. Johnson who preceded her in death June 7, 2010.

Genevieve graduated from Queens College in New York, with a Masters Degree in nursing and worked for many years at Kings County Hospital in New York. She was a member of the St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church in Austin, PA. She was also a member of The Get Together Club of Austin and Wharton, PA and  Kings County Hospital Alumni Association.  She knitted and crocheted for many years. She traveled the world with her husband, Ormal after retirement. She loved spending time with her family and friends and acted as family anchor, keeping extended family in touch.

Genevieve is survived by her children; Carl R. Johnson, Coudersport, PA, Paul J. Johnson and his wife Theresa of Warwick, NY, Stephen G. Johnson and his wife Luz of Kansas City, KS and Ellen Chancia and her husband Richard of Marcy, NY;  grandchildren, Patricia Johnson, Elizabeth Black and husband Jason Reczkowski , Caroline Chancia,  Thomas Johnson, Christopher Black, Robert Chancia, Daniel Johnson and Marissa Johnson;  great grandchild, Benjamin Reczkowski; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ormal; daughters, Patricia Johnson and Christine Black;  brother,  E. Joseph Walsh; sisters, Sr. Dorothy Walsh, Ellen Gregory and Rita Gregory.

A Mass of Christian burial will take place on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11am at St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, Austin, PA, with Rev. Joseph Dougherty officiating. Family and friends are invited to call one hour prior to service from 10-11am. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the St. Augustine Roman Catholic Church, P.O. Box 271, Austin, PA 16720

Arrangements held by Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915.

To share your fondest memories of Genevieve visit www.thomasfickinger.com

 

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                                    Wednesday, August 2, 2017

 

                                                                Tuesday’s high, 82; Overnight low 56; trace of rain

 

The unemployment pictured improved four  counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting between May and June according to figures just released by the state department of labor and Industry. Potter County’s went down from 6.8% to 6.2%; McKean’s went down from 6.5 to 6.0%; Tioga County saw a drop from 6.2 to 5.6%; Elk saws a decrease from 5.1 to 4.9% and Cameron, though #67 out of 67 counties saw a slight increase from 7.4% to 7.5%. Pennsylvania’s jobless rate was steady at 5.0% and the national rate went up slight from 4.3 to4.4%.

 

 

Construction for a state-owned bridge on West Main Street in Roulette Township is expected to beginning in mid-August as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The start date had previously been announced for week of August 1. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s structurally deficient bridge list.

 

The 68-foot bridge spans Fishing Creek near the village of Roulette. It dates from 1918 and carries an average of 360 vehicles each day.

 

Construction is expected to begin the week of August 14 and be complete in October.During construction, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Main Street (Township Road 404), US Route 6, and West Branch Street (Township Road 406).

 

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change. 

 

This bridge is referred to as JV-88 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

 

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

 

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov.

Media contact: Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: Andrew Dressler 312-756-9119.  

  

 

This bridge is referred to as JV-88 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

 

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

 

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov.

Media contact: Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners: Andrew Dressler 312-756-9119.

 

A Mt. Jewett driver was treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center after a one-vehicle accident Monday afternoon in Norwich Township. State police said 21 year old Tyler Tucker overcompensated on a left curve while going north on Route 46 just south of the Frye Road. His Mercury Sable skidded on the gravel berm, went off the road, hit a plastic gas pipeline marker and continued northwest on the grassy roadside, crossed a privae drive and hit a large bush before finally stopping.

 

 Minor injuries were reported for a Tioga, PA driver after the brakes failed on his 2006 Pontiac Montana causing it to go off of Route 287 in Tioga Township Monday afternoon and collide with a “no parking sign.” The SUV continued for about 60 feet  before going into a ditch and coming to rest against an embankment. Robert Police said Robert Weeks didn’t require treatment for his injuries.

 

Both Lawrenceville  drivers escaped injury when their vehicles collided Tuesday morning on Cummings Creek Road in Farmington Township, Tioga County. State police say the collision occurred when 72 year old Bette Spitzer was going north when her Chevrolet Equinox traveled into the southbound lane  and sideswiped a Dodge Ram pickup driven by Timothy Gee.

 

An elderly Lindly NY couple were unhurt in a one-vehicle mishap on Main Street in Richmond Township Sunday afternoon. State police said 75 year old Darrell Wilson was trying to park in the KFC parking lot when his foot became caught between the brake and gas pedal causing the accelerator to be pressed on his Dodge Avenger. The car went over a dividing space in the parking lot then entered the Butter’s Car Wash parking lot next door and struck a sign. The car circled the building before stopping. Both Wilson and his wife, Dianne were using seatbelts.

 

Both men involved in a scuffle on July 2 in Delmar Township, Tioga County have been arrested for harassment. Troopers say Ivan Hunter, Jr. and Larry Cozad, no addresses provided,  pushed each other during a disagreement.

 

Zachary Geist, 31 and Barbara Watkins, 51, both of Westfield were also arrested for harassment. State police claim each hit the other during a domestic violence argument on July 4 on North Road in Brookfield Township, July 4.

 

Louise F. Bess, 89, of Silver Creek, passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017 in Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, after a short illness.

Born on June 26, 1928 in Millport, Pa., she was a daughter of John R. and Pauline M. Presher West.  In Bradford, Pa., she married James E. Bess, who preceded her in death.

Louise was employed as a dietary aide by Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo for many years.  She was also employed as a housekeeper for several families in the Buffalo area.

She was a member of the New York State Family Care Providers Association.  Louise loved to make beaded banners and she loved to sew, but her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are two daughters, Marlene K. Bess of Buffalo and Genny F. Stone of Stockton; Jill Hyman of Derby, who Louise raised and considered a daughter; two brothers, Groves E. West of Shinglehouse, Pa. and Lee S. (June) West of Cuba; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Louise was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia A. Petruzzi; a grandson, Ronnie B. Barksdale; fourbrothers, Lynn West, Loyd West, John West Jr. and Burdett West; and three sisters, Lucille Harmon, Mary Stonemetz and Virginia Kennemuth.

Friends may call from 12 noon to 1pm on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., where funeral services will follow at 1pm, with the Revs. Robert M. and Sandra D. Howles, pastors of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in the Pauline M. West Cemetery, Millport, Pa. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Chautauqua County, 20 W. Fairmount Ave., Lakewood, NY 14750.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Louise, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

Glenn L. TOMB, 88, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Friday, July 28, 2017 in his home. Born January 17, 1929, in Jasper, NY, he was the son of Francis R. and Lucy J. Garner Tomb. On March 14, 1950, in Harrison Valley, he married the former Beverly Andrews, who predeceased him in 1997. A Korean and Vietnam War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army from 1948 – 1968. A dairy farmer and logger, he was also a school bus contractor for the Northern Potter School District from 1972 – 1995. 

He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Westfield, life member of Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 in Ulysses, Howard S. Lines VFW Post #6753 in Knoxville, National Association for Uniformed Services, Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, and the Penn York Pony Pull Association. 

Surviving are:  five children, Carolyn (Rusty) Van Etten of Ulysses, Christine (Larry) Walters of Westfield, Glenna (Dean) Riel of Hope Mills, NC, Ann (Wayne) Bundy of Newbern, NC, and Gordon G. (Joan) Tomb of Belton, TX;  ten grandchildren;  21 great-grandchildren;  two great-great-grandchildren;  a brother, Alfred (Eleanor) Tomb of Mills;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a granddaughter, Gwendolen D. Tomb in 1993;  a grandson, Leo J. Cornell in 2007;  and five brothers, William, Eugene, Paul, Michael, and Ervin. 

Friends may call Friday, August 4, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Duane Burdick will officiate.  Burial will be in Tioga County Memorial Gardens, Wellsboro.  Military Rites will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard. 

Memorials may be made to the Tomb Family Scholarship, c/o Northern Potter School District, 745 Northern Potter Road, Ulysses, PA 16948. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

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Monday’s high,80; Overnight low, 55 (.06” rain on Fishing Creek)

 

TUE-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH, 84

TUE NIGHT-PARTLY CLEAR, LOW IN THE LOW 60s

WED-HAZY, HOT & HUMID, HIGH IN THE LOW TO MID 80s        

THU- HAZY, HOT & HUMID, HIGH IN THE LOW TO MID 80s

 

Tuesday August 1, 2017

 

One person was treated at Charles Cole Hospital following a minor blaze Monday morning at Sweden Valley home. According to Coudersport Fire Chief Bryan Phelps, the fire at 1308 E. Second Street was caused by discarded cigarettes in a plastic cup on the front porch ignited the siding and front porch at the house owned by Cabin Investments. When Assistant Chief Tim Haskins arrived on scene a minute after being dispatched, he found one occupant getting out of the house through a window and helped move an elderly woman in a wheel chair exit through the  back door as the house filled with toxic smoke from the siding/chipboard. Five adults and four children were alerted by a neighbor.

Coudersport based state police are looking for vandals who destroyed part of an agricultural crop near the intersection of Haskell and Bowers Road in Allegany Township. Sometime between 6:00 pm Wednesday July 19 and 8:00 o’clock the next morning, culprits drove a vehicle through an oat field belonging to Michael Saulter of Coudersport destroying part of the crop.

An Emporium woman is being charged with harassment and criminal mischief for a scuffle which took place Sunday morning at a home on East Allegheny Avenue in that town. State police say Courtney Beck hit a victim, whose name was not released, and damaged a door belonging to Laura Hoffman- Williamson during the dispute.

A St. Marys man is being charged under a relatively new state law in connection to a crash on the night of July 21 in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police allege 40 year old Mark Schaberl was texting on his cell phone while trying to make a left hand curve on Route 120. His Chevrolet Silverado went off the road, struck a ditch with the under carriage and continued for about 270 feet before stopping under a tree.

State police at Mansfield are investigating an ID theft taking place earlier this month. Cyber criminals opened two credit card accounts in the name of Chatham Township resident Deborah Page without her authorization.

Prescription medications were stolen from a Tioga Township home late last week or over the past weekend. The medicine was taken from the home of Jonathan  Donald and Brandie Bartlett pm on Coleman Street between last Thursday and Sunday.

A burglary in Sharon Township, Potter County earlier this month is being probed by troopers at the Coudersport barracks. An acetylene torch with hose and gauges, a hydraulic pump, and electric fuel pump belonging to 76 year old Donald Riegner of Shinglehouse were stolen between July 21 and 23 from along  Route 44.

Troopers at Coudersport are also looking for vandals who damaged a vehicle parked on the Phoenix Road in Pike Township July 22 or 23. The truck , owned by Craig Ferguson of Sabinsville was damaged from the front driver’s side panel all the way to the tailgate.

A downstate has been arrested for disorderly conduct for setting off fireworks late Sunday night on the Lewis Road in Abbott Township, Potter County. State police claim 53 year old Donald Riedel of Emigsville, PA ignored warnings to cease.

 

 

 

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