Black Forest Express


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Thursday’s high, 33; Overnight low, 4






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Game commission is offering seedlings to certain organizations…Fire at empty Bradford apartment building was due to arson….Coudersport based state police investigate counterfeit #20 bill….Cruelty to animals report unfounded according to troopers…Snowplow clips parked car in Smethport…Wallet containing money from car parked near Port Allegany probed by Lewis Run state police

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The Howard Nursery recovered in 2019 from conifer mortality and seed predation from prior years. Surplus seedlings after Game Commission distribution this year are often-requested favorites such as white pine, red oak and sawtooth (gobbler) oak. Wild apple, pear and plum seedlings will be distributed for use on Game Lands and to Hunter Access Cooperators but were not in adequate supply to offer as surplus to the public. Seedling crops of black elderberry, ninebark, black chokeberry, chokecherry, red mulberry, and serviceberry only grew to heights of 2 to 6 inches this summer so they will remain in the ground for one more year of growth .The Game Commission’s Howard Nursery produces bare-root seedlings for wildlife food and cover on state game lands. The nursery has been producing and distributing 2 to 8 million seedlings annually for wildlife food and cover since 1954. The goal of the Howard Nursery is to provide the finest tree seedlings available of those species that best provide for the various needs of wildlife, including food and shelter. All of our stock is inspected annually by the state Department of Agriculture and certified to be disease-free.The Howard Nursery grows tree and shrub seedlings for state game land use, participating Hunter Access cooperators, the Seedlings for Schools program and our conservation partners. Any remaining surplus is available to Pennsylvania residents for purchase for wildlife food and cover, watershed protection, soil erosion control, and for reclamation of disturbed areas, such as surface mine site and utility right-of-ways. The selection of seedlings changes from year to year due to available seed, seedling germination, or growing conditions.In addition to making arrangements for landowners to pick up their seedling orders, the nursery also ships via United Parcel Service (UPS) for an additional fee. Orders are shipped Monday thru Wednesday to assure that r packages will not sit in an unrefrigerated warehouse over the weekend. Most orders are received the day after they are shipped. Generally, seedlings ship in the month of April. FMI: visit

The theft of a wallet from a parked car in Annin Township is being probed by state police at Lewis Run. The wallet, belonging to a 16 year old Port Allegany girl, and containing $60 in cash was taken Tuesday afternoon from her  2008 Toyota Camry while It was parked on Annin Creek.

No injuries were reported after a snow plow clipped a parked car on East Main Street in Smethport Wednesday afternoon. Daniel Hamilton of Bradford was driving an International Harvester plow which hit an Infiniti Q40 driven by a woman also from Bradford. Both units were driven from the scene.

Coudersport based state  police are looking for the person who passed a counterfeit $20 bill on the afternoon of February 12 on Route 49 in Ulysses Township.  The suspect was driving a 2010 Subaru.

Troopers at Coudersport say a tip  of cruelty to animals was unfounded. Police were called to 1848 Route  44 North in Hebron Township on the afternoon of February 10 on a complaint that three cows were not being cared for.


Thursday February 20, 2020


Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 45; Overnight low, 7






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Obituary: Harold Page, Roulette

Game commission is looking for people to participate in eagle survey….Area residents cited for harassment in different arguments…Vandalism to split rail fence in Kane investigated by state police…

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Despite the fact we’ve had a mild winter so far, and Phil has predicted an early spring, we have  encountered  folks who say they are tired of winter and ready for spring. Today is “Hoodie Hoo” day. When people go outside at noon, wave their  arms in the air and shout” hoodie hoo” to scare away old man winter, chase away winter blahs, and bring on  spring.  For many years, “Hoodie Hoo” day was celebrated at the Gold General Store located at the intersection of Route 449 and 49 in Potter County.

You are invoiced to join the Game Commission in celebrating a growing bald eagle population and immerse yourself in this view from the top of a big sycamore tree nestled in Pennsylvania farmlands. Bald eagles are wild creatures and it is important to keep them wild. Please refrain from naming the birds to respect their wild nature. Also respect the privacy of the birds and the landowners, Periodic updates will be posted From the Nest and in the livestream chat. During the nesting season, bald eagles are sensitive to disruptions such as loud noises and sudden movements. The Pennsylvania Game Commission encourages eagle watchers to stay at least 1,000 feet from bald eagle nests to reduce stress on the nesting eagles. Before visiting an eagle nest, please review bald eagle nest etiquette.

The bald eagle’s history in Pennsylvania is a precarious one. In 1983, there were a mere three nests left in the entire state. With the help of the Canadian government, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and several other states reintroduced bald eagle chicks from Canada back to the Northeast United States. Today, Pennsylvania boasts more than 300 nests.. As the eagle population increases, so does the chance of negative interaction between people and eagles. Lead in the environment is dangerous to bald eagles. Hunters can help prevent lead from being ingested by avian scavengers in two ways: by choosing to use non-lead ammunition and by burying carcasses and gut. Complete the Bald eagle nest survey online.The incredible recovery of bald eagles means help is needed to monitor them Let the Game Commission know  about the nests you see. By adding together everyone’s observations the commission  can better identify all the new nests and track eagle productivity in the state.You can find the link to the online survey at the Game Commission’s website

Vandalism to a wooden fence in Kane  is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. Sometime between 3:00pm February 9 and 3:00 pm February 1, culprits ripped apart a split rail fence located between the Knox/Kane Rails to Trails and the Kane Area High School and through the fence over an embankment causing it to break into pieces. The fence was owned by a 53 year old Kane man. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.368.9230.

A Clearfield driver has been arrested by Ridgway  State police for DUI. When patrol officers pulled 39 year old Kenten Wisor for traffic violations, they allegedly determined he had been driving his 2013 Toyota Tundra under the influence of a controlled substance. He was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a legal blood draw but refused the test which could mean an automatic license suspicion and fines.

Both women involved in a fight February 10 on Route 646 In Keating Township, McKean County, have been cited for physical harassment. State police say that charges have been filed against a 45 year old Cyclone, PA woman and a 60 year old Chafee, NY woman after an argument escalated.

State police at Mansfield arrested a 42 year old Elmira man for  physical harassment. Authorities claim the suspect hit a 46 year old Little Marsh woman in her face with the back of his had while they argued about car keys Monday afternoon on Chatham Township, Tioga County. The parties were separated and the man was placed under arrest.


 Harold Lewis Page, 97, formerly of Route 6, Roulette, passed away Saturday (Feb. 15, 2020) in the Long-term Care Services, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Born Dec. 29, 1922, in Austin, he was a son of Lawrence and Viola Earhart Page. On Feb. 7, 1976, in Allegany, N.Y., he married Georgia E. Sherwin, who passed away Jan. 14, 1994, in Coudersport. Mr. Page attended Austin Area schools then he traveled to the state of Utah, where he worked at 3 C’s Camp. Then he worked on various railroads. He entered the U.S. Army in January, 1943, and was stationed in Bari, Italy and North Africa. He was honorably discharged Dec. 15, 1945. He worked in the Forestry Department in the 1950s, Penndot Coudersport from 1963 to 1968, the Powder Plant in Eldred in 1969 and then Dresser Industries, Bradford, from 1970 until his retirement in 1988. He was a member of the Coudersport and Eldred Legions and also attended the Eldred United Methodist Church. He is survived by three sons, Harold Page of Roulette, James (Susan Wallace) Page of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Gary (Jean) Page of Bradford; four daughters, Mary Ellen (Randall) Cornelius and Sharon (Stuart) Moshier, both of Roulette, Hattie (Charles) Goff of St. Marys and Kristie (Clarence) Pritt of Austin; one stepson, Richard Gleason of New York; four stepdaughters, Carol Matthias and Patricia Gleason-Brown both of New York, Nancy Smith of Arizona and Susan Tarbox of Ohio; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Walter Page of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Francis Page; a stepdaughter, Eileen Chouinard; a granddaughter, Sherri Mosher; a grandson, Cory Pritt; and a brother, Lawrence Page. The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 22, 2020) in the Frame Funeral Home, Eldred, at which time a memorial service will be held, with the Rev. Doug Cameron officiating. Burial will be in the Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred. Military honors will be presented by the Honor Guard of the American Legion Post 887 of Eldred at the funeral home Saturday morning immediately following the memorial service.

Wednesday February 19, 2020

Black Forest Express

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Tuesday’s high, 40; Overnight low, 26 an unmeasured amount of  snow and rain







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Governor signs legislation to help curb opoid abuse….cause of Roulette fire unknown…..Lewis Run state police investigate alleged child sexual assault and attempted illegal purchase of a gun…..

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Governor Wolf has signed bi-partisan bi-cameral legislation sponsored by Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) that would improve oversight of prescriptions to reduce the risk of opioid abuse.Under Senate Bill 432, Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) will have access to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP). The PDMP was created in 2014 in an effort to provide greater monitoring over prescription drugs and potential abuse.Allowing the MCOs to query the PDMP will provide greater collaboration and data when it comes to prescription drug abuse and misuse.Phillips-Hill’s proposal includes a provision that requires an MCO to notify the Attorney General and the Department of Human Services if it is believed that a controlled substance was prescribed or dispensed fraudulently.Only prescription drug prescribers, dispensers and the Attorney General and state agencies currently have access to the system.The bill will allow for county and municipal health departments to access data from the PDMP for education and prevention purposes, and prohibits county and local governments from creating their own PDMP

Roulette Fire Chief Justin Fillhart reports firefhghters were were dispatched to a reported working structure fire oniver Street in Roulette Townshipat about 3:45 pm Sunday.. Asst. Chief 46-10 (B. Tucker) arrivedon scene first to find heavy smoke coming from the eves of the home along with fire blowing from a second story window. With this, a second alarm was sounded equesting units from Department 39 (Shinglehouse) and Department 44 (Austin). Engine 46 was the first arriving unit and placed a 1-3/4″ hand line into service. The engine crew made a quick knock on the fire located in an upstairs bedroom and then continued working into the attic. All mutual aid units were clear from the scene by 7pm and department 46 units stayed on scene with the PSP Fire Marshall until shortly before 2am. The origin of the fire was determined to be in the attic of the structure but the cause is still undetermined at this time. Damage is estimated between $25-30,000.00. A Roulette firefighter did receive minor injuries at the scene and was transported by Roulette’sAmbulance to UPMC-Cole for treatment and was later released. Chief Fillhart thanked mutual aid fire departments for their help.

Tuesday’s morning commute was treacherous for area motorists.  One driver escaped injury in a “non-reportable” accident at 8:00 am on Route 6 in Keating Township, McKean County. The Honda Pilot skidded into a ditch after encountering slush. A few minutes later, A Ford Escape slid off of slush covered Rpoute 321 in Wetmore Township. The SUV could be driven from the scene and the driver was not hurt but was warned about speeding.A Port Allegany driver also escaped injury  a weather-related accident about an hour later. State police said Jeffrey Moore’s Pontiac G-5 slid off of Route 6 and hit a guardrail a few minutes after 9:00 am.

Troopers at Lewis Run are continuing to investigate an alleged indecent   assault of a child. State Police were notified by McKean County Children and Youth Services that a 13 year old Littlestown, PA had been inappropriately touched by her mother’s boyfriend January 31 on Airport Road in Lafayette Township.

An attempted illegal purchase of a gun January 30 on Airport Road in Lafayette Township is also under investigation by state police at the Lewis Run barracks. Troopers were notified by the Director of the Firearms Bureau of Records and Information that a person not allowed to own a gun. The investigation is continuing.