A 20-pound mini butter sculpture of the 2022 Farm Show logo is pictured at Vale Wood Farms in Loretto on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Sculpted by PA Garret McCall, winner of the Butter Up! competition during the virtual 2021 PA Farm Show, the butter sculpture was centerpiece for the announcement of the 2022 theme, “Harvesting More.”

…Cameron County camp burglary investigated…..Troopers at Emporium investigate ID theft….Two Tioga teens cited following altercation…..Farm Show opens tomorrow in Harrisburg…..Health Department updates number of Covid cases…..https://soundcloud.com/gerri-miller-611294886/black-forest-broadcasting-podcast-1722

Thursday’s high 33; Overnight low, 18; 1” of snow






Cameron County

State police at Emporium are investigating a camp burglary taking place sometime in December at 194 Seneca Drive. Criminals caused an estimated $1000 in damage to exterior doors and frames and storage box at the camp owned by Michael  Shartle of Middletown, PA. Anyone who has information is asked to call state police at 814.485.3321.

Troopers at Emporium are also investigating an attempted ID theft occurring December 28. Someone used the name and address  of a 51 year old Emporium man to try to open a bank account.

Tioga County

Two Tioga County teenagers are facing harassment charges in district court following a fight on Wellsboro Street in the borough of Tioga Wednesday evening. When troopers arrived, they found a 17 year old Tioga boy and a 16 year old Mansfield boy involved in a scuffle.


The Pennsylvania Farm Show draws scores of visitors to Harrisburg every year for a mid-winter celebration of Pennsylvania agriculture. It is the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals,12,000 competitive events and exhibits, plus 300 commercial exhibits and hundreds of educational and entertaining events. The state fair showcases the diversity andquality of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and the people who make it thrive. The show offers visitors a peek into the industry that supports 593,000 Pennsylvania jobs and contributes $132.5 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy every year.The 2022 show runs January 8 -15 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, except Sunday, January 9, when it runs 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, January 15, when it opens at8 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. The Food Court in the Expo Hall will be open from 12p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, January 7. No other areas or events are open to the public today. The theme this year is “Harvesting More”.  Following two cycles of planting, nurturing, cultivating and harvesting the bounty of one of the most productive agricultural economies in the nation and the world, we’re reuniting for a live event. Last year’s Farm Show was held virtually.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health reports there are now 1, 792, 496 confirmed Covid cases in the state. Confirmed cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area as of noon Thursday:






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GRANTVILLE, Pa.—Gary M. Williams, 51, of Grantville, PA, passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, January 3, 2022, at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey. Born on Friday, October 30, 1970, in Olean, NY, he was a son of the late Robert “Bob” Williams and Beverly Haberberger.  He attended school at Otto Eldred Jr-Sr High School, Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse, and Port Allegany Area Vo-Tech School. Gary has been an over the road truck driver for the past 13 years, first for CR England and now for Davis Farms. He was always quick to make friends in every city he was in. Gary would go out of his way to take loads where he could enjoy time with his son and grandsons. Gary also enjoyed visiting his nephew, Brandon, while he was stationed at Mountain Home Air Force Base. Gary became quite the photographer as he enjoyed sharing videos and photos of his travels with family and friends on social media. No matter where he was delivering to he would make it a point to pass through Jackson, Tennessee to make a stop at his favorite BBQ joint, Exit 87 BBQ and he would torment his family and friends with photos of his delicious meals. He also worked for Triple Crown, Hoffman Ford and Rick’s Auto Body. Gary was best known for a few things, the first was the infamous car chase back in the day that is still talked about often, if you know, you know. The other is his sense of humor. He was always smiling, joking and trying to pull a prank on some unsuspecting person. Gary’s biggest passion was his love of dirt track racing. He raced for a few years at Bradford Raceway and then later after moving to Grantville, he raced his #69 microsprint race car at local tracks. When he was home you could always find him at a dirt track, either as a driver, spectator, or helping Gregg and Justin on their race cars. While on the road you would still find him watching the racing action streaming online with friends. Gary was also an avid Dale Earnhardt Jr and Dallas Cowboys fan. Gary is survived by his wife, Theresa, of Grantville; his son, Jordon (Kayla) Williams of Hammondsport, NY; stepsons, Gregg Foster of Harrisburg and William Foster of Rixford; his sister, Stephanie Williams of Eldred, stepsister, Katie (Jarrid) Matteson of Wellsville, N.Y.; his mother, Beverly (Steven) Haberberger of Eldred; his stepmother, Lora Williams of Wellsville, N.Y.; three grandsons, Mason, Jace and Ryker in Hammondsport, NY; grandson, Justin Foster and granddaughter, Jessica Foster of Harrisburg; paternal grandmother, Jean Thompson of Smethport; and several cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles. In addition to his father, Gary was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Robert B. Williams; step-grandfather, Jim Thompson; maternal grandmother, Jacqueline Bowers; his aunt, Ethel Bennett; and his uncle, Mike Heschel. A celebration of life is being planned for a later date and time. Those wishing to place memorials and in lieu of flowers may do so through a GoFundMe account set up to help offset final costs and expenses. https://www.gofundme.com/f/69e6r-help-with-funeral… The family is being assisted by Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil l. Hoard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. To express condolences or share a fond memory of Gary, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.