Wednesday June 13, 2018

Black Forest Express

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Gerri Miller

Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel, Ulysses Township Potter County

Tuesday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 61; .24” rain overnight

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Obituaries:    Bonnnie Childs, Port Allegany and    Charles “Chick” REICHERTER, 83, of Winterville, NC, ( formerly of Montoursville, PA, Ulysses, PA)                                                                                                

Game Commission says some internet users may not be able to get hunting licenses on line….State is launching effort to prevent sabotage of election….Turtlepoint teen driver slightly hurt in one vehicle crash….Injuries reported for one passenger after Tioga County accident…Troopers at Kane investigate alleged theft from soon to be ex-wife and cyber theft…

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Some internet users might be unable to buy their 2018-19 Pennsylvania hunting licenses online due to an upcoming Internet security update.The update affects all purchasing websites – not just the Pennsylvania Automated Licensing System – and users of older-model computers are impacted most because many of these systems will be unable to make online purchases of any kind once the update is complete.Newer computers largely won’t be affected, though users might need to install updated versions of operating systems and web browsers.The easiest way to determine whether your computer will be capable of making Internet purchases once the update is complete is by going to to test your system. If your machine passes the test, it should be good to go in making future online purchases, including buying a hunting license.Licenses for the 2018-19 license year go on sale Monday, June 18.
The licenses become valid July 1 and, after that date, all who hunt, trap or who want to apply for an antlerless deer license must have an up-to-date 2018-19 license to do so.Buying licenses as soon as they go on sale increases a hunter’s chances of securing a Deer Management Assistance Program permit for properties where few permits are available.
License buyers also should be aware of some important changes for the 2018-19 license year.General hunting licenses and furtaker licenses each continue to cost $20.90 for Pennsylvania residents and $101.90 for nonresidents.
Resident senior hunters and furtakers, ages 65 and older, can purchase one-year licenses for $13.90, or lifetime licenses for $51.90. For $101.90, resident seniors can purchase lifetime combination licenses that afford them hunting and furtaking privileges. Like other hunters and trappers, seniors still need to purchase bear licenses to pursue bruins and obtain permits to harvest pheasants, bobcats, fishers or river otters.A complete list of licensing requirements can be found at
A resident Pennsylvanian who buys his or her 2018-19 hunting license is eligible to apply for an antlerless deer license July 9. Nonresidents can apply July 16. And a second round in which a hunter can receive a second antlerless deer license begins Aug. 6 for wildlife management units where licenses remain.

The deadline to apply for a 2018-19 elk license is July 31, and submitting an application costs $10.90. A total of 125 elk licenses – 26 antlered, 99 antlerless – have been allocated this year and will be awarded by lottery.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has announced he will conduct an audit of the state’s voter registration system to help enhance voting security before the 2020 election.“There is zero question that Russians tried to interfere with the 2016 election process in Pennsylvania and other states,” DePasquale said. “I want to use the power of my office to help make sure Pennsylvania is doing everything it can to have a fair and secure election. ”The audit is part of an interagency agreement with the Department of State and mirrors legislation introduced by Senator Kim Ward which passed the Senate unanimously earlier this year, but remains stalled in the House. “There is clear bi-partisan support for this audit and we need to act now to protect the integrity of Pennsylvania’s election process because any changes that might need to be implemented will take time,” he said.The audit, which will cover January 2016 through the end of the audit, will focus on the Department of State’s Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors (SURE) and include the following objectives:

Review of security protocols of the SURE system;
Assessment of whether records maintained with the SURE system are accurate and in accordance with the Help America Vote Act and Pennsylvania law;
Evaluation of the process for input and maintenance of voter registration records;
Review of the efficiency and accuracy of the SURE system;
Review of the internal controls, methodology for internal audits and internal audits review process;
Review of the external controls, methodology for the issuance of directives and guidance to the counties by DOS regarding voter registration and list maintenance, and
Any other relevant information or recommendations related to the accuracy, operability, and efficiency of the SURE system, as determined by the Auditor General.
“We will complete the audit in time so that the Department of State and county election offices can implement any recommendations prior to the 2020 election,” DePasquale said.
The Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors is a centralized voter registration and election management system used by the Department of State and maintained by the election authorities in each county.

A Turtlepoint teen driver was slightly hurt Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle e crash in Eldred Township. State police report 18yer old Matthew Moore  was going south on the West Eldred Road when his Mitsubishi Eclipse went off the road, struck a ditch and rolled over coming to rest upside down.

One passenger was hurt Sunday evening when an SUV wrecked on Connelly Mountain Road in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. Mansfield based state police claim Isaiah Compton of Mansfield was speeding when his Nisan Pathfinder skidded on the wet pavement while trying to make a right curve. Connelly overcorrected causing the vehicle to veer to the opposite side of the road where it collided with a steep embankment and rolled over. He and three passengers, Kaynen Arridondo and Crystal Acevedo both of Mansfield and Margo Haddow of Wellsboro all were unhurt while Yasmine Black of Blossburg was taken by ambulance to Troy Hospital.

Troopers at Mansfield just released details about a car deer collision last Friday afternoon in Tioga Township. Jaime Shorthouse of Mansfield was headed south on Route 15 when a deer entered her lane and was hit by her Kia Sedona.

Two thefts are being probed by state police at the Kane barracks. An unknown cyber thief used a Macy’s Credit Card belonging to Carol Kocjancic of Kane to make multiple charges on May 18in Pasadena, CA. The charges totaled $421 and Kocjancic did not know about the purchases until she received a bill the mail, after which she called police.
The investigation is continuing into a possible theft and forgery in Bradford. The 48 year old male victim told police that his “soon to be ex-wife” had been forging his signature on checks and cashing them for herself. Total loss exceeds $1500 and authorities say charges are pending.


Bonnie L. Childs, 59, of Vine St.,Port Allegany, passed away Saturday (June 9, 2018) in her home, surrounded by her family. Born July 20, 1958, in Trenton, NJ, she was a daughter of Albert and Alda Horrocks Bates. On June 3, 1978, in Jackson NJ, she married Robert H. Childs, Sr. Surviving in addition to her mother, Alda, and former husband, are a son, Robert H. Childs, Jr. of Browns Mills, NJ; two daughters, Selena A. (Bill) Massimino of Browns Mills, NJ, Melissa A. (David) Stepp of Port Allegany; four grandchildren: Emily Marissa, Allison, and Dalton; three brothers, Rickey Bates of Long Island, NY, Steven Bates of Manchester, NJ, David Bates of Dallas, TX, three sisters, Robin Biagi and Delores Hoffman both of Vineland, NJ, and Lynda Young of Covington, LA; an aunt & uncle, John and Fay Horrocks of Surfside Beach, SC; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Albert, and a brother, Albert Bates. A celebration of Life service will be held at a later date & time to be announced. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switze Funeral Home, Port Allegany.
Condolences can be made to: Robert H. Childs, Jr. Robert J. Childs, Sr.
Port Allegany, PA 16743

Selena A.Massimino Melissa A. Stepp
219 Reed Ave. 23 E. Vine St.
Browns Mill, NJ 08015

Charles “Chick” REICHERTER, 83, of Winterville, NC, formerly of Montoursville, PA, died Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Friends may call at the Trinity Assembly of God, 322 Loyalsock Ave., Montoursville, PA on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Allyn R. Baker will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Korean War Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will be in Montoursville Cemetery.
Born July 2, 1934, in Schenectady, NY, he was the son of William and Phoebe Smith Reicherter. A Korean War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army from 1953 – 1955. A graduate of Barrington College and Columbia University, Chick devoted his life to education. He was Superintendent of the Northern Potter School District in Ulysses, PA, then moved to Montoursville and retired from BLAST Intermediate Unit #17. In retirement, Chick could be found in his garage with his woodworking or out with the Korean War Veterans military honor guard performing rites at funerals or attending veteran’s events. Chick was man of strong faith and freely shared his love of God.
Surviving are: his wife, Debbie Scott Reicherter; four children, Patty (Dane) Slaughter of Anderson, SC, Peter (Elise) Reicherter of Garnersville, NY, Philip (Robyn) Reicherter of Sussex, NJ, and Katie (Patrick) Lucey of Fuquay Varina, NC; and six grandchildren, Jadyn Slaughter, Kaelyn Slaughter, Courtney Reicherter, Stephanie Reicherter, Connor Lucey, and Jack Lucey. His grandchildren called him Poppy or Papa and he loved each of them dearly. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Honey (John) Dunn; sisters-in- law, Jeanne (Todd) Alderson, Kim (Jeff) Gardner, and Stella Reicherter; brothers- in-law, Steve (Peggy) Scott, Carm Scott, and Steve Yackel and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Bill Reicherter; and his sister, Alida Yackel.
Memorials may be made to Spring Arbor Memory Unit, 3207 Carey Road, Kinston, NC 28504.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Tuesday June 12, 2018

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Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel, Ulysses Township Potter County


Monday’s high, 76; Overnight low, 43







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Obituary: Edith Fuller, Mills

Galeton couple arrested for making drugs….Elkland woman accused of hitting boyfriend multiple times….House Ag Committee shows support for Causer’s attempt to shed light on PennVEST’s deal on private land sale….Cameron County selling “passport” to encourage tourists to spend more time in the region……

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Two Galeton residents are in jail today after being arrested during a drug raid last night in that town. The Galeton Borough Police Department with the assistance of Sweden Township Police Department , K9 Jay and the Pennsylvania State Police executed a search warrant at 112 Sherman Street Galeton last night where 20 plus bags of illegal drugs, (properties consistent with those to Methamphetamines, Cocaine and Marijuana) paraphernalia, and $1000.00 in cash and loose change were seized.Both Robert Hurd and Megan Elizabeth Bryant-Ranck of Galeton was arrested for  felony possession with the intent to and other charges and  were arraigned before being remanded to Potter and Tioga County Jail.

An Elkland woman has been arrested on a harassment charge. Mansfield based state police allege 24 year old Marrissa Loomis struck her boyfriend, 36 year old Ryan Eldrige of Westfield repeatedly Sunday morning. The assault reportedly took place just after 1:00 am at a home located at 729 Sperry and Young Roads in Westfield.

The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee has approved a resolution, sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), calling for a thorough audit of more than 100 nonpoint source management transactions approved by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST).

The resolution, which was introduced in response to questions about the agency’s approval of nearly $51 million in loans to a private company to help finance the purchase of 60,000 acres of private forest land, passed unanimously.

Among the concerns raised by legislators is that PENNVEST was created to invest in water and sewer infrastructure projects across the state, and there are many municipalities with crumbling infrastructure systems that could use financial help. They also questioned what is the public’s return on investment in offering this low-interest loan, and whether the transactions are permissible under current law.

To help address these and other questions, House Resolution 948 would request the auditor general conduct a financial audit of all nonpoint source program projects approved by the PENNVEST board of directors and submit a report of the audit to the House of Representatives upon completion. While there have been more than 100 such transactions approved by PENNVEST, the $51 million in loans to Lyme Timber Company to purchase private land, is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth.

The Lyme Timber transactions were approved by PENNVEST at meetings last fall and in January, with the funding being loaned at an interest rate of just 1 percent. As part of the transactions, Lyme Timber will complete a small acid mine drainage project on the property at a cost of about $700,000. The company also agreed to place approximately 9,400 acres of the land into a permanent working forest conservation easement.

As chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Causer called a public meeting at the state Capitol in March to gather more information about the transactions from officials with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and PENNVEST, as well as concerned land owners and timber operators. However, many questions remain.

Eat Drink Explore the Elk Loop is the newest project of the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce hoping to encourage visitors to spend time in the region.  The booklet or passport is purchased for $35.  It gives the bearer access to 11 food/beverage locations in Cameron and Elk Counties.  If the purchaser completes all the visits within one year of purchase, they receive a one of a kind sweat shirt.

The emphasis is on locations that offer wine, spirits, craft beer and cider with food locations.  In Cameron County Aroma Café will feature Bearded Brewing products, in the winter Pizza Palace Plus will have mead (honey wine) available and Driftwood Saloon is known for its BBQ.  Elk County includes Straub Brewery, Copper Fox Wines, Calla’s Café, Marienstadt House, Gunners, Benezette Wines, Medix Hotel ad Chicken Hill Distillery.

According to Cameron County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Tina Solak, the idea came from Emporium resident Rob Aversa, who received a similar passport to locations in the State College area as a gift.  “When we  used Facebook to announce the Eat Drink Explore the Elk Loop we had 12,000 views and more than 80 shares!”  Solak is hoping the first 100 books are sold by the end of this month.  They are now available online at, or  They can also be picked up at the chamber office, and by phone at 814-486-4314.  By the end of the month Lakeview Store and Cabins will also have the books.


Edith L. FULLER, 79, of Mills, PA, died Saturday, June 9, 2018 in her home.  Born July 20, 1938, in Harrison Valley, PA, she was the daughter of Earl Clifton and Goldie L. Glover Houghtaling.   On December 24, 1959, in Port Allegany, she married William F. Fuller, who predeceased her on May 23, 1994. Edith was emloyed by Hamilton’s Potato Farm.  She was a member of the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, the Harrison Township Auxiliary, and the West Union Mennonite Church.  Surviving are:  four children, Ned L. (Wanda) Fuller of Westfield, Varley Fuller of Knoxville, PA, Robin (Jeff Hanes) Cary of Mills, and Martin (Sue) Fuller of Cowanesque, PA;  seven grandchildren;  16 great-grandchildren;  four sisters, Roxie Sharp of Mills, PA, Amy Sharp and Joyce Hanes, both of Westfield, and Lottie Slaby of Gaines, PA;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two grandchildren, Ned L. Fuller, Jr. and Jessica Fuller;  three sisters, Sylvia Chandlier, Etta Hilfiger, and Bonita Dunham;  three brothers, Stephen, Raymond, and Alwin;  and a son-in-law, Kevin Cary.  A private graveside service will be held in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook, PA.  The Rev. Trevor Price will officiate.  Memorials may be made to the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Co., 112 E. Tannery St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfunera

Monday, June 11, 2018

Black Forest Express

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Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel, Ulysses Township Potter County

Sunday’s high, 62; Overnight low, 57 .64” of rain over the weekend







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Emporium man arrested for attacking victim with garden shears and threating to burn victim’s house down….Elderly Mansfield driver killed and wife seriously injured in Friday night accident…Three motorcycle crashes recently investigated….another motorcyclist  arrested for DUI….Coudersport man cited for public drunkenness after being observed stumbling on Route 6 west of Coudersport early Saturday morning….State police arrest several  motorists for DUI….Galeton man arrested for third time for letting dog  run loose…

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An Emporium man has been arrested for terroristic threats and related crimes in connection to an incident  allegedly taking place on May 26. Troopers claim when they responded to a call about a disturbance,  they discovered 31 year old Ian  Williams had attacked a victim with a pair of garden shears while making threats to kill the victim and to burn down his house. Williams also reportedly damaged the victim’s vehicle.

An elderly Mansfield driver was killed and his wife was seriously injured  last Friday night in a one vehicle accident in Ward Township. Mansfield based state police report 82 yea old James Hall was going north on Tanglewood Road, when his Lincoln Town car slid off the gravel road on a left curve and struck three trees in succession before spotting. Hall was pronounced dead at the scene by Tioga Deputy Coroner Lisa Lindquist. Hall’s wife, Reva, also 82 was lifeflighted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of serious injuries

With the arrival of spring weather, more and more motorcycles are on the road and area state police investigated three motorcycle crashes within recent days. Wiliam Snyder of Clarion was seriously hurt last Thursday morning in an accident on Route 6 in Hamlin Township, McKean County. State police say Snyder was going east just west of Wolf Farm Road when he tried to slow down abruptly for a bicyclist stopped on the right side of the road. Snyder’s Harley Davidson Heritage Soft Taildrifted from the center of the lane and into loose gravel, went into some grass and dirt and flipped over two or three times throwing Hall onto the pavement in the process. He was found lying in the road about 12 feet from his bike. He was taken to UPMC Hamot for treatment. Police noted he was wearing a helmet and was attired in appropriate gear.

A St.Marys woman was hurt in a motorcycle mishap Saturday night in a parking lot in Horton Township, Elk County. Troopers explained  a Harley Davidson Sportster ridden by Teresa Hulings hit a pothole and started to tip to the right.  Hulings put her right leg down and the bike leaned to the left and then back to the right falling on the Hulings who was treated at Penn Highlands Elk for minor injuries.

A Johnsonburg motorcyclist was cited for speeding after his KTM 1290 wrecked on the Johnsonburg Road in Ridgway Township last Thursday night. According to state police, Billy Birt dismounted when his bike went out of control and slid for about 168 feet  before stopping.  Birt was flown to the Altoona Medical Center for treatment of unknown ijuries.

Another motorcyclist was arrested for DUI by troopers at Cpoudes[prt/  Authorities allege whne they stopped ;38yearold Eric Bogschof Genesee on theHickox Ulysses Road on the night of May 24, because of a noise complaint they found his 1963 Harley Davidson was causing the noise and he was operating under the influence of alcohol

Coudersport based state police early Saturday morning arrested a local resident for public drunkenness and similar misconduct.  James Hammond, 58, was picked up when he was observed stumbling on Route 6 near cemetery curve, west of the boro9ugh just before 3:00 am. Vehicles were traveling on the highway at the time. A blood alcohol test revealed as level of .203%, more than twice the liegal limit for driving.

A Danville teen driver was arrested for possessing drugs and paraphernalia  after troopers pulled her over on Ro0pute 6 at the Chestnut Street intersection in Coudersport  on the night   May 20 after she was observed driving while impaired. Police claim 18 year old Kathleen Barbour was driving her 2002 Jeep Liberty  under the influence of a controlled substance.

Drug charges have also been filed against 25 year old Brandon  Welch of Coudersport. State police say when they stopped Welch’s ‘s 2009 Toyota on North Main Street at First Street on the night of May 29,they found he had a black grinder with suspected marijuana inside and claim Welch admitted it was a grinder with pot in it.

Troopers at Coudersport apprehended a Cambridge Springs resident after stopping him at the intersection of East oak and S.East Street in Coudersport on the Night of May 29 for driving his 2013 Ford Focus with an expired inspection sticker. While investigating  officers determined 24 year old Dustin Chappell was wanted in Crawford County by warrant. He was taken into custody and committed the Potter county jail awaiting extradition .

A Galeton man has been cited for breaking dog laws. Coudersport based state police relate they had complaints from Diane Wilson of Shermans Dale, PA and another camp owner that Gerald Morral  allowed his dog tp go onto their properties along Alpine Lane in West Branch Township  despite being told the canine was not welcome. Morral has been convicted two previous times for violating the restraint law.

Criminal trespass and retail theft charges are pending against a 25 year old Force, PA resident. State police at Ridgway claim the suspect knew je was not allowed at the St. Marys Walmart but went there anyway last t Friday afternoon and stole a roll of Gorilla tape valued at $3.00. A 27 year old St. Marys man is accoused of stealing three packages of  cat flea and tick medicine and two packages of dog fle and tick medicine from the Walmart Store also Friday.  The medicine is valued at $24.56. Police did not release either suspect’s name and the charges have not yet been formally filed.


BFB Headlines (Monday June 11, 2018) Emporium man arrested for attacking victim with garden shears and threating to burn victim’s house down….Elderly Mansfield driver killed and wife seriously injured in Friday night accident…Three motorcycle crashes recently investigated….another motorcylicist arrested for DUI….Coudersport man cited for public drunkenness after being observed stumbling on Route 6 west of Coudersport early Saturday morning….State police arrest several  motorists for DUI….Galeton man arrested for third time for letting dog  run loose…Next on-air report after 12:06 pm on

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