Thursday October 26, 2017

Wednesday’s high, 47; Overnight low, 36; no rain

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BFB Headlines (Thursday October 26)PA’s turkey season starts Saturday…..Route 6 Motorcycle 2018 map available…..Bridge dedication Saturday to honor fallen McKean County soldier…..Criminals use Ulysses woman’s PayPal account to make illegal purchases…Next on-air report after 10:06 am today on

Obituary: Carol Lewis (Rexville, NY)

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Pennsylvania’s Wild Turkey Season begins this Saturday Oct. 28.Hunters who didn’t participate in the fall turkey season during the last few years might be unaware of season length changes in some other WMUs, due to declining population trends and the results of an agency study that showed the longer the fall season the higher the female turkey harvest.
During the fall season, any turkey can be harvested because jakes, young males, are difficult to distinguish from females Research shows females (both juvenile and adult) comprise a larger portion of the fall harvest than males.
In most of the state, the fall turkey season opens Saturday, Oct. 28. The seasons are as follows: WMU 1B – Oct. 28-Nov. 4; WMU 2B (Shotgun and bow and arrow) – Oct. 28-Nov. 17 and Nov. 23-25; WMUs 1A, 2A, 4A and 4B, – Oct. 28-Nov. 4 and Nov. 23-25; WMUs 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4D and 4E – Oct. 28-Nov. 11 and Nov. 23-25; WMU 2C – Oct. 28-Nov. 17 and Nov. 23-25; WMU 5A – Nov. 2-4; WMU 5B – Oct. 31-Nov. 2; WMUs 5C and 5D – CLOSED TO FALL TURKEY HUNTING.
Last year’s fall harvest of 10,844 was 35 percent below the previous 3-year average of 16,688, likely due to a combination of a decrease in fall hunting participation, shorter fall season lengths in many WMUs, below average turkey reproduction (translating to smaller sized turkey flocks) and abundant acorn crops in much of the state, which tended to scatter flocks making them more difficult to locate..
Acorn, beech and cherry production also varied across the state, with beech nut, white-oak acorn and soft mast production, such as apples and grapes, seeing average to above-average production in many areas, but below average food production elsewhere. Areas with abundant food sources tend to make the flocks more nomadic and, therefore harder for hunters to find. Whereas lack of food tends to keep flocks congregated where the food exists and, therefore easier for hunters to find.
Last year’s fall hunter success rate of 9 percent was similar to the previous three-year average. Fall hunter success varies considerably depending on summer reproduction, food availability, weather during the season, and hunter participation. Hunter success was as high as 21 percent in 2001, a year with excellent recruitment, and as low as 4 percent in 1979.
The 2017 spring-season harvests (including youth, mentored youth and harvests from the special turkey license that allows hunters to harvest a second bird) totaled 38,101, which was 6 percent above 2016 (35,966) and similar to the previous long-term average. Hunter success for the first bird, 19 percent, also increased from 2016 (15 percent) and was 18 percent above the long-term average of 16 percent.
Pennsylvania hunters have consistently maintained spring harvests above 30,000 bearded turkeys since 1995, exceeding most other states in the nation.
Hunters are reminded to report any leg-banded turkeys they harvest or find.Leg bands are stamped with a toll-free number to call. Although the agency’s research project is completed and rewards are no longer valid, the information provided is still beneficial and hunters can learn the history of the bird.
In most parts of the state, hunters participating in the fall turkey season are required, while moving, to wear at least 250 square inches of fluorescent orange on the head, chest and back combined. Orange must be visible from 360 degrees.

Hunters may remove their orange once in a stationary location, providing that a minimum of 100 square inches of fluorescent orange is posted within 15 feet of the location and is visible from 360 degrees.

Since fluorescent orange requirements have been in place for the fall-turkey season, fall turkey hunting shooting incidents have decreased from 38, three of them fatal, in 1990, to none in 2012 and 2016, and one each year from 2013-2015.

The PA Route 6 Alliance announces the 2018 Take the High Road Motorcycle Map is now available. It features five loop tours using the scenic highway as the main road to exploring other roadways along the northern tier of Pennsylvania. Each loop has scenic, historic, and entertaining stops along with lots of local restaurants and overnight accommodations. It is recommended that motorcyclists spend a couple of days exploring a loop or two or spend a couple of weeks touring all five loops. Motorcyclists are also encouraged to post photos to the Facebook page – USRoute 6 in Pennsylvania, with the #Do6.Printed maps are available by request through local visitor centers and motorcycle shops or by contacting the PA Route 6 Alliance office in Galeton a t814-435-7706 or by e-mailing Detailed itineraries of each loop can be downloaded at Named by National Geographic as “One of America’s most scenic drives” andthe #1 Motorcycle Road in the Northeast by, the 400 mile plus highway crosses the northern tier of Pennsylvania and links small towns, generations of people, history, heritage and scenic sights.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is encouraging area residents to take part in a bridge dedication ceremony honoring Master Sgt. Thomas Maholic, a Bradford Township native who was killed in action in Afghanistan more than a decade ago, on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m.
The ceremony will be held at the bridge on Route 770 (Minard Run Road) over the Tunungwant Creek, soon to be known as the Master Sgt. Thomas Maholic Memorial Bridge. The bridge is located near the intersection with Route 219.

“I hope people from across McKean County will come out to show their support for Master Sgt. Maholic and his family, and for all of the men and women who have made the same sacrifices for our freedom,” he added.

For safety reasons, Minard Run Road will be closed between the Route 219 intersection and High Street intersection from 10-11 a.m. Saturday.

Briefly in other news, Coudersport based state police investigated an ID theft victimizing a Ulysses woman. Unknown criminals used a PayPal account belonging to Sabrina Burnside to make fraudulent internet purchases early this past Sunday morning.
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.

Carol Jeannette Lewis, 74, of Rexville, entered into the arms of Jesus on Monday (Oct. 23, 2017) and was reunited with her oldest son, Ken, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born July 6, 1943, at home in Quarryville, Pa., she was the daughter of P. Mylin and Emma Kauffman Lefever. She was a graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School. On Nov. 2, 1963, in Independence, N.Y., she married Larry E. Lewis, who survives. She continued to be his helpmate for nearly 54 years. Together, they raised their children on the family farm and welcomed many others into their home as well.
During her years of raising her family, Carol was a very active member of West Union Mennonite Church, serving in Children’s Ministry, leading Vacation Bible Schools, teaching Sunday School, and participating actively in Women’s Fellowship. She also shared her love of Jesus by teaching Religious Education in Whitesville School District.
For many years, Carol was on the CSE Board of Whitesville Central School, helping to ensure that children with special needs were protected and given many opportunities. Carol enjoyed sewing, cooking, and baking. Those who knew Carol, knew that when you were welcomed into her home you could always count on a listening ear and a warm treat. She enjoyed sharing her baked goods with youth groups, church family and often times fundraisers.
For many years, she supported Penn York Camp and the Mennonite Relief Sale by giving of her time and energy. Donuts, quilts, specially decorated cakes and pies were often favorites, loved by many. Most of all Carol loved to share the love of Jesus with children through her life and actions.
She and Larry welcomed many foster children into their home as well as children from the Fresh Air program. Most of all, Carol loved her grandchildren. Most days, the sound of children laughing could be heard throughout her house.
Surviving besides her husband, Larry, are: her children, Sandra Lewis, Keith (& Donna) Lewis, Stanley (& Diane) Lewis, all of Rexville, Michael (& Heather) Lewis of Mount Joy, Pa., Nikki (& John) Eddy of Alfred, Casey (& Christy) Lewis of Knoxville, Pa., Julia (& Mike) Welch of Troupsburg, Katie (& Pete) Lewis Gohdes of Grottoes, Va., and Baron. She is remembered and loved dearly by 27 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is survived by brothers, Parke M. (& Charlotte) Lefever of Lititz, Pa., and Harold (& Joyce) Lefever of Elmira; sisters, Pauline (& Nelson) Rohrer of Quarryville, Pa., and Joanne Lefever of Lebanon, Pa.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Lewis. Friends may call at the West Union Mennonite Church, 1459 County Route 84, Rexville, NY, 14877, on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 from 6-8 p.m., and on Friday from 10-11 a.m., with Funeral Services following at 11 a.m. Pastors Trevor Price and Robert Walters will co-officiate. Burial will be in West Union Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, Pa.
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Wednesday October 25, 2017


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Tuesday’s high, 64; Overnight low, 41; trace of rain

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Congressman Thompson co-sponsors bi-partisan bill to ease unnecessary regulations regarding school milk….Johnsonburg woman accused of assaulting store manager…..theft of jewelry and attempted burglary investigated by state police in Mansfield….Elderly Ridgway unhurt when his pick-up collides with parked unit…..Next on-air report after 10:06am today on

Obituary: Rev. David Minor, Sr.

U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (PA-05) and Joe Courtney (CT-02) HAVE introduced H.R. 4101, the School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017, which they say will ease unnecessary regulations preventing milk consumption in school lunch programs.
The bipartisan bill recognizes the importance of milk to the health and well-being of school children. It also works to improve the variety and availability of milk offered in schools, which was supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue earlier this year.
In May, Secretary Purdue directed USDA to begin the process of allowing schools to serve 1 percent flavored milk through the school meals program.
The School Milk Nutrition Act is strongly supported by the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF).
Key Provisions of the School Milk Nutrition Act of 2017:

Preserve milk’s integral role in school meals by reaffirming the requirement that milk is offered with each meal, that varieties of milk is consistent with the DGA, and that substitute beverages be nutritionally equivalent to milk.
Provide schools the option of offering low-fat (1%) flavored milk, rather than only fat- free – but only if the milk contains no more than 150 calories per 8-ounce serving.
Eliminate unnecessary and cumbersome paperwork for schools who wish to offer students more variety.
Allow milk to be sold in the same age-appropriate container sizes as competing beverages.
Establish a pilot program designed to increase milk consumption through expanded breakfast programs, a la carte sales, new outlets, etc., with a focus on improvements to packaging, refrigeration, flavors and merchandising.
Allow mothers in the WIC program to select reduced-fat milk (2%) for themselves or their children with a written request.

State police in Ridgway report harassment charges are pending against a Johnsonburg woman for an alleged assault Sunday afternoon in the Family Dollar Store in that town. Troopers claim the woman, whose name they did not release, threatened store manager Lynda Gangloff and grabbed her arm when she tried to stop her from attacking another store employee.

Troopers at Mansfield are investigating a burglary at a Delmar Township home on October 12. Criminals entered the home of Linda Young between 8:30 am and 8:00 pm and made off with some $5,000 worth of jewelry.

They are also investigating  an attempted break-in, also in Delmar Township. Unsuccessful crooks caused an estimated $80 in damage by damaging a window screen and storm window at the home of Robert Harsch between 7:30 pm last Thursday and 12:30 pm Friday.
An elderly Ridgway driver escaped injury when his pick up truck collided with a parked truck Tuesday morning on the Laurel Hill Road in Ridgway Township. Authorities said 88 year old Frederick Lenze was going south at around 8:30 am and did not see a legally parked 2013 Ford F150 on the side of the road. Both Lenze’s 1993 Ford F150 and the parked unit had to be towed from the scene but he was wearing a seatbelt and was not hurt.


Rev. David J. Minor, Sr., 90, of Coudersport, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 22, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.
Born on May 18, 1927 in Atwood, Tennessee, he was a son of Cecil and Sophia Springer Minor. On September 21, 1946 in Oyster Bay, Long Island, he married his sweetheart, Lorraine A. Moore, who survives.
Pastor Minor attended high school at Houghton Academy, Houghton, N.Y. and went on to seminary at Zion Bible Institute in Providence, Rhode Island, graduating in May of 1949. Thereafter, he was the pastor at several churches including churches in Hicksville, NY and Oyster Bay, NY. He was the co-founder of Long Island Bible Institute in Oyster Bay, N.Y. Pastor Minor and his family moved to Coudersport in 1957 where he became the pastor of the Gospel Tabernacle Church, serving in that capacity until his passing.
Pastor Minor devoted his life to the Lord and helping those in need.
Surviving in addition to his wife are six children, Sharon A. (the Rev. Larry) Richter of Port Allegany, Karen J. (Timothy) Knapp of Coudersport, David J. (Michelle) Minor, Jr. of Sarasota, Florida, Judge Stephen P. B. (Marie) Minor of Coudersport, the Rev. Timothy J. (Leah) Minor of Suffolk, Virginia, and the Rev. John J. (Gina) Minor of Coudersport; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; two brothers, James Minor and Paul (Susan) Minor, both of Coudersport; four sisters, Dorothy (David) Ross of Mechanicsburg, Naomi Frombach of Coudersport, Mary Quimby of Lincoln University and Kathleen Minor of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.
Pastor Minor was predeceased by his parents.
Family and friends may call from noon to 2pm on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the Gospel Tabernacle, 420 Route 6 West, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 2pm with Bishop Anne Gimenez, of Rock Church, Virginia Beach, Virginia, officiating. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gospel Tabernacle, 420 Route 6 West, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Pastor Minor’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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Tuesday October 24, 2017

Monday’s high, 68; Overnight low, 54; 1.12” rain

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Troopers looking for shooter who injured camp owner in Austin….Roulette man arrested for hitting woman during argument…. Minor damage reported in tractor-trailer collision….Witnesses asked to help investigation into Sunday’s collision in Roulette Township…..Bolivar woman accused of taking money from a safe in a Shinglehouse home…Theft of generator investigated by Coudersport state police…Coudersport man apprehended by state police for causing disturbance outside of bar…..Vandalism investigated in Potter and Tioga Counties….

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Coudersport based state police are asking the public to help them locate a gunman who fired two shots at a camp on Deerfield Road in Austin Sunday morning. Paul Gorog, 74 of Dover, PA suffered minor injuries when he was hit in the chest by one of the bullets which went through a window. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Gates at 814.274.8690.

A Roulette man has been arrested for harassment for a domestic violence assault allegedly taking place late Saturday night at 18 Maple Street in the village. State police assert 50year old Russell Falk pushed a 50 year old woman and struck her in the face during an argument.
Troopers at Coudersport investigated a fender bender involving two semis Saturday morning on Route 49 in Allegany Township. According to police, a Freightliner and a Peterbilt were headed east just before 11:00 o’clock near the North Hollow intersection. The operator of the Freightlinger was making a left hand turn into a pull off just as the driver of the Peterbilt started to pass. The first driver applied his brakes and struck the trailer of the second unit. Both rigs could be driven from the scene and neither driver was hurt so it is technically a “non-reportable” accident.

Roulette Township police are asking witnesses to Sunday’s collision on Route 6 to contact them to help with the continuing investigation. The collision occurred at 9:15 am when a westbound passenger car went into the eastbound lane near the West Main Street intersection and collided with a tanker tractor trailer. The woman was taken to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo in critical condition. The tractor-trailer operator was treated at Charles Cole Hospital and released. Roulette and Port Allegany emergency services and Coudersport fire police responded to the scene. Both lanes of Route 6 were closed for several hours during the clean-up. Traffic was re-routed over Kim Hill Road to the Burtville area during the closure. The drivers’ names have not been released. Witnesses can provide details by calling Sweden Township police, at 814.274.0656. The department covers Roulette Township by contract.

Several recent thefts have been investigated by state police at the Coudersport barracks. Brittany Dickerson, 23 of Bolivar has been charged with a theft occurring between September 6 and 25. Authorities claim Dickerson went into the home of 41 year old Carrie Dickerson and 42 year old Frank Carr on the Honeoye Road and took cash from a safe. Someone dumped garbage into a dumpster at Street Machines on Route 6 West, Coud3rspor between 10:00 and 11:00 am on Tuesday October 9. Since the business pays to have the dumpster emptied, the crime is considered a theft of services. An unknown thief stole a generator from a camp on the Loucks Mills Road in Ulysses Township between 9:00 pm last Friday and 3:30 pm Saturday. The criminal tried unsuccessfully to break into a camper trailer at that location owned by Bryan Hall of Mechancsville, MD.

A Coudersport man has been arrested for criminal trespass.Statre police claim 21 year old Cody Gee caused a disturbance outside of Mosch’s Tavern on N. Main Street at around 1:30 am Saturday and refused to leave the property even after being told to do so repeatedly. When troopers arrived, they physically removed Gee.

A criminal mischief taking place over the weekend in Jackson Township is being investigated by state police at Mansifle.d Vandals threw a rock and damaged a side window on a bus at Hess Bus Service on Alder Run Road, Millerton.

And, culprits used an unknown object 5to smash a window on a vehicle owned by Derek Hamilton while it was parked at his home of Graham Street in Ulyssses Saturday morning.

From My Shelf Books & Gifts in Wellsboro and the “Totally Ninja Raccoons,” a children’s series for young reluctant readers, written by the store owner, Kevin Coolidge have both been nominated for the Indie Small Business Award sponsored by Independent We Stand, the national small business movement.Only 25 businesses will make it to the next round.

People can vote once a day per computer IP address between now and Sunday, Nov. 12 for either the bookstore or the book series. That means those who use multiple computers can vote from home, from work and even their local coffee shop every day. The 25 nominees getting the most votes will proceed to Round 2, which starts on Nov. 20 and ends on Dec. 11.

The top 10 selected will be in the running for the Indie Award grand prize. The overall winner will be announced on Dec. 13 and receive an enhanced prize package valued at $50,000, including $5,000 in cash, a comprehensive marketing makeover and $1,000 for a local organization that supports small businesses.

If From My Shelf Books & Gifts wins, the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce has been selected as the organization that helps small businesses in the community to receive the $1,000, which is part of the award package “If Totally Ninja Raccoons wins, the Knoxville Public Library will receive the $1,000 for supporting the new book series.

To make voting easier, a link to voting is pinned to the top of From My Shelf’s Facebook page and to the top of the Totally Ninja Raccoons’ Facebook page. Those who don’t do Facebook can still vote for either the raccoons or thebookstore by visiting