​Sunday’s high, 24; Overnight low, -12; 3.5” of snow







 Tennessee man arrested in Tioga County for shoplifting and drug possession…Elkland woman charged for physical harassment…Truck driver hurt in Elk County crash….NY state man arrested for possessing large amount of marijuana in Potter County…Threatening Vandalism in Abbott Township under state police investigation….Organizations encouraged to apply for DCNR grants…

Tioga County

State police at Mansfield arrested 27 year old Morristown, TN resident Matthew Eddington for shop lifting and drug possession. Edddington was arrested for stealing two beef sticks from a convenience store in Tioga Borough early last Thursday morning. When police located Eddington, he was allegedly found in possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 38 year old Elkland woman has been arrested for physical harassment for an assault allegedly taking place Friday morning on Yale Street in Charleston Township. Mansfield based state police say the suspect fled the scene of a domestic violence incident when she was told police were enroute. The victim is identified as a 40 year old Wellsboro man.


Elk County

A 37 year old Wilcox woman has been charged for disorderly conduct in connection to a disturbance allegedly taking place Friday evening on the Wilcox Road in Ridgway Township. The victim is reported to be a 36 year old Johnsonburg man.

State police at Ridgway have charged a Ridgway man for DUI after stopping his car on the Ridgway/St. Marys Road in Ridgway Township Saturday evening. Troopers claim Christopher Caggicano, 29, was found to be driving his 2008 Nissan Altima under the influence.

McKean County

Minor injuries were reported for a Virginia truck driver after an accident last Tuesday in Lafayette Township. According to Lewis Run state police, a trailer on Kevin Carrillo’s  Volvo VNL 670 crossed the northbound lanes and struck an embankment. The rig continued south before colliding with a  guardrail on the western shoulder. Carrillo was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center by ambulance. He was cited for speeding.

Kaden Reinard, 20 of Port Allegany was arrested for scattering rubbish. Troopers at Lewis Run claim Reinard dumped garbage on private land at 5788 Port/Emporium Road last Wednesday afternoon.

Potter County

State police at Coudersport  have charged 29 year old Christopher French-Lawson of Bolivar for drug possession after stopping his 2020 GMC on the Dodge Road in Oswayo Township early November 24. Authorities claim French-Lawson was found in possession of a large amount of marijuana and is now facing numerous charges in district court.

A criminal mischief on the Rausch Road in Abbott Township, Potter County is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Sometime between 3:00 pm Wednesday and 3:15 pm Thursday, vandals spray painted the words “QUIT OR DIE” in the snow on property belonging to a 72 year old Galeton man. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

DUI charges are being filed against 61 year old Joseph Eckert of Gaines by state police at Coudersport. Authorities allege when they pulled Eckert over on Sherman Street in Galeton on the afternoon of November 27 when officers observed signs of impairment. Police claim he was driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.


The  Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced that grant applications are now being accepted for recreation and conservation projects in communities across Pennsylvania.The 2022 grant application round opened this week and will remain active until 4:00 PM, Wednesday, April 6. Last year, $70 million in grants were awarded through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program.

Each grant dollar awarded generally leverages an additional $3 in local, county and private investments, giving every state dollar more power for the public good. Grantees include local governments and recreation and conservation organizations. Funded through DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnerships Program, grants benefit planning, acquisition, and development of:

Public parks

Recreation areas

Motorized and non-motorized trails

River conservation and access

Streamside forest buffers

Open space conservation

Regional and statewide partnerships to better develop and manage resources

Grant applications are only accepted through DCNR’s Grants Customer Service Portal.

Funding for Community Conservation Partnerships Program grants comes from several state and federal sources, including:

Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund

Environmental Stewardship Fund

Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program

Snowmobile and ATV Restricted Revenue Accounts

Land and Water Conservation Fund

Recreational Trails Program

DCNR’s grant programs have helped protect more than 180,000 acres across Pennsylvania for outdoor recreation, wildlife habitat, and water quality. One in three local parks in the commonwealth have received DCNR grant funding.

A tutorial video is available on DCNR’s YouTube channel to help potential applicants learn about grant requirements and how to navigate the application interface. DCNR staff are also available to assist in developing a competitive grant application. Contact information is available on the Regional Staff Assignment map (PDF).

For more information, visit DCNR’s Community Conservation Partnership Grant Program web page.

The  state Health Department reports the number of deaths in Pennsylvania now totals 39,538, an increase of 445 over the previous report. Deaths  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area  to date are mostly  holding steady.

Cameron 16

Elk 83 (up 1)

McKean 121

Potter 82 (plus 2)

Tioga 179 (plus 1)

Cattaraugus County in NY state now has  200 total deaths. Allegany County has  held steady at 140 total deaths.



Eugene Frank “Gene” ERWAY, 93, of Lexington, KY, formerly of Coudersport, PA and Selbyville, DE, died Saturday, January 22, 2022 in Lexington Country Place, Lexington, KY.  In his own words, “Dad has finally retired!”

Surviving are:  his children, Christy (Robert) Phillips, Dana (Ginger) Erway, David (Kathryn) Erway, Edward (Mary) Erway, Peggy (Jim) Wilkinson, Paul (Barbara) Erway, Steven (Brenda) Erway, and Michael (Melissa) Erway;  five Glooch children;  21 grandchildren;  29 great-grandchildren;  two sisters, Rita Barnett and Doris (Dale) Nichols;  a brother, Dale E. Erway;  nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his wives, Dorothy Buck Erway and Sarah “Sally” Glooch Erway;  a sister, Donna McCaslin;  a brother, Preston M. Erway;  and a grandson, Thomas Phillips.

Born December 8, 1928, in the family home in Raymond, PA, he was the son of Preston A. and Minnie H. Mosch Erway.  Eugene “Gene” was raised on a dairy farm and continued that occupation for 40 years, operating a farm primarily of registered Holsteins leading to a successful dairy store in Coudersport.  Soon the dairy store expanded to a bakery, fruit and vegetable market, car wash and eventually the famous Fun and Food Barn entertaining the youth of Coudersport for many years.  Gene was elected as a township supervisor in 1948, serving for 20 years, eventually as president of the Potter County Association of Township Officials.  Gene was a member of Lewisville Lodge #566, F&AM in Ulysses, PA and a 65-year member of the Coudersport Consistory.

Elected a Potter County Commissioner in 1976, he served as chairman for two years.  In 1978, Gene served as campaign manager in Potter and McKean counties for Governor Richard Thornburgh.  He was appointed to the new Department of Aging as the Executor Director of the Council of Aging and two years later the Director of the Pennsylvania Weatherization Program, a challenging program designed to assist middle and low-income residents of Pennsylvania.  In 1982, Gene transitioned to the Division of Employment Services for 10 years.

Upon his retirement from state government, Eugene dipped his hands into a multitude of other occupations in sales, restaurant ownership and management.  In 1995 he moved to Swann Keys, Delaware, where he began his final vocation as a landscaping professional.  Gene managed the staff and landscaping operations at Salt Pond Golf Course for 14 years.  He was then recruited to establish the course landscaping at the Bayside Resort Golf Club in Selbyville, DE until retiring in 2019.  Eugene was also very involved in the homeowner’s association at Swann Keys.  For the remainder of his life, he kept his fingers in the dirt at his “farm” where he was known for his proliferation of fruits and vegetables.

Per Eugene, the last and most important point in his life was seeing Dorothy’s and his children grow up and develop into great citizens and raising wonderful grandchildren.

A Memorial Service will be held in Potter County, PA on a later date.  Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Raymond Cemetery, c/o Tamra Herring, 38 Kidney Road, Genesee, PA 16923.

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Rodney E. LANE, 60, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Tuesday, January 18, 2022 in UPMC Hamot, Erie.  Born December 9, 1961, in East Stroudsburg, he was the son of Robert L. and Elba N. Dennis Lane.  Growing up on a farm in Blairstown, NJ, his family moved to Potter County in 1978.  He was a 1980 graduate of Cowanesque Valley High School, where he was active in football, band, baseball, wrestling, and FFA.  On August 1, 1981, in Butler Hill Baptist Church, he married the former Lucinda M. “Cindy” Doan, who predeceased him on December 31, 2015.  A lifelong farmer, he owned and operated Lane Farms in Harrison Valley.  He had a passion for the outdoors, which was reflected in his farm life and love of hunting.  Rodney was a member of Lewisville Lodge #556, F&AM in Ulysses, Sons of the American Legion #192 in Coudersport, and the Farm Bureau.  Surviving are:  his mother, Elba Lane;  five children, Kristie (Scott Plank) Lane, Kelli (James Lamoureux) Lane, J. Wade (fiancée Ashley Houghtaling) Lane, Jacob (Kayla) Lane, and Margaret Lane;  six grandchildren;  a brother, C. Kevin Lane;  friend, Nikki Thompson;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by father.  Friends may call at the Harrison Valley Christian & Missionary Alliance Church on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 from 11:00 AM– 1:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 1:00 PM.  Rev. Kevin Cornish and Rev. Scott Wills will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Whites Corners Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, 112 E. Tannery St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927 or NPSD FFA, 763 Northern Potter Road, Ulysses, PA 16948. Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.


COUDERSPORT, Pa.—-Jane Ernst Haskins, 95, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away on Friday, January 21, 2022, in UPMC Cole Place, Coudersport, after a long illness .

Born on Saturday, March 13, 1926 in Burtville, she was the daughter of Fred C. and Estella Frutiger Ernst. On June 5, 1948 in the Sartwell Creek Union Church, she married Arnold J. “Arnie” Haskins, who passed away on March 31, 2000. They had celebrated 51 years of marriage.

Jane was a graduate and salutatorian of Roulette High School, Class of 1944. She was first employed by the former Cameo Doll Factory in Port Allegany. She was later employed for 25 years in the Coudersport High School cafeteria and during that period of time she was employed by Mericle Busing in Coudersport where she was the first female bus driver, and in addition she was employed by the Coudersport Consistory for over 30 years; overseeing the dining room. She, along with her husband, owned and operated the family business, the former Haskins’ Motors in Coudersport.

Jane was a former member of the Sartwell Creek Union Church and since 1954 was a member of Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport. She was a 50+ year member and past matron of Eulalia Chapter #148 O.E.S. in Coudersport, a former District Deputy Grand Matron of District 12 O.E.S. in 1966, and was a member of the Past Matron’s Club of Coudersport. She was also a 50+ member of the Potter County Historical Society in Coudersport and a charter member of the Red Hat Tamales, a Coudersport chapter of the Red Hat Society. Jane enjoyed researching family genealogy. She was a loving homemaker and mother, not only to her children but to the neighborhood children. Her greatest love was her family. She was extremely proud that she lived in the same home for 72 years.

Left to cherish her memory are two daughters, Debra (Ed) Ayers of Coudersport and Jacqueline (Jeff) Austin of Port Allegany; a daughter-in-law, Billie Haskins of Pittsburgh; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and four step-great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Gladys Haskins of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Jane was predeceased by a son, Arnold G. “Arnie” Haskins; a brother, Frankie Ernst; a sister, June Croop; and a special uncle, Lyle LeRoy “Roy” Frutiger.

Family and friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with the Rev. Greg Rapp, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.

Members of Eulalia Chapter # 148 O.E.S. will conduct a memorial service at 12:45pm on Tuesday in the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; to Cole Foundation, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Jane entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jane, please visit COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Kevin A. Euken, 63, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away in his home and was pronounced dead of natural causes on Friday, January 14, 2022.

Born on Monday, March 3, 1958, in Coudersport, he was a son of Otto and Hila M. Pearsall Euken. In 2014 in Coudersport, he married Walter P. “Walt” Baker, who survives.

He was a graduate of Coudersport High School. Kevin was a chef for the majority of his life. He and Walt, owned and operated the former Maple Tree in Coudersport. He was last employed as the head chef at the Coudersport Golf Club.

Kevin loved to bake and cook, at which he excelled. In his earlier years, his wedding cakes were highly sought after. He loved his cats and dogs throughout the years.

Left to his cherish his memory are his husband of Coudersport; his stepson, Rytz (Hannah) Bowman of Kent, Ohio; a sister, Alice J. Stiles of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Kevin was predeceased by four brothers, Edward Snyder, Jr., John Snyder, Michael Euken, and Mark Euken; and two sisters, Virginia Fodge and Letitia Snyder.

Family and friends may call from 1pm to 3pm on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at the Gold Church, 2402 SR 49W, Ulysses, where a celebration of life will follow at 3pm with Pastor Cameron Cowburn, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Kevin’s husband entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Kevin, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.

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