Wednesday October 18, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 65; Overnight low, 30; no rain







BFB Headlines (Wednesday October 18, 2017) State Park Surveys due by end of month….Republicans urging Governor to sign Welfare reform…..DU charges filed against Weedville man for crash last summer….Austin woman and passengers hurt in speed related crash….Burglars steal medications from Tioga County home….Next on-air report after 12:06 Pm on

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn is reminding  Pennsylvanians that the online survey about planning for the future of state parks will close at the end of this month.

“We’ve already heard from more than 14,000 people about what will help improve and sustain Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks, but want to make sure everyone interested has a chance to make their voice heard,” Dunn said. “This information will help in the creation of a strategic plan to ensure the Pennsylvania state park system will remain as relevant and valuable to future generations as it has been to current and past generations.”


The public can take the “Penn’s Parks for All – Planning for the State Parks of Tomorrow” survey online at

Survey questions include:

  • Should current outdoor recreation opportunities or experiences be changed?
  • Should park overnight accommodations be changed?
  • How should state parks be financed?
  • How can state parks best be protected?
  • Should state parks offer modern conveniences?
  • Are you satisfied with park services, facilities and activities?

Bureau of State Parks officials say their goal will be to have a preliminary report, influenced by the information gathered this year, available in the fall of 2018, with a final report in 2019.

Additional engagement efforts during the planning process will include a phone survey of a statistically-significant sampling of Pennsylvanians that can be extrapolated to represent the state’s population; a targeted, on-line survey for minority and young adult audiences; and stakeholder input meetings to focus on specific selected topics.

Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks total almost 300,000 acres. Together with DCNR’s state forest system, they are one of the largest expanses of public lands in the eastern United States.

For details on Pennsylvania’s state parks, visit

 House Republican lawmakers are calling on Governor Wolf to sign welfare reform legislation now on his desk to help control spending on state human services programs that are growing at a rate that outpaces available revenue. House Bill 59 would help contain costs for entitlement programs and includes reasonable reforms like work or job search requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients. House Republican leaders and a large number of rank and file members joined Tuesday in asking for the governor to sign the reform bill and not follow through on his threatened veto.


DUI charges have been filed against a Weedville man in connection to a crash on Route 219 near the Elbon Road  in Ridgway Township on the night of July 8. State police claim, when they investigated to mishap they found 56 year old Richard Bauer III had been driving his Chevrolet Cavalier under the influence of drugs.

No one was hurt in a collision Tuesday in on Route 66 in Wetmore Township, McKean County. According to Kane based state police,. The collision took place when a vehicle driven by Amy Epp of Crozet, VA crossed the center line and struck a unit driven by Zachary Curran of Shippenville.  After impact, Epp’s auto continued on for another 500 feet before stopping in the southbound lane. Her car  had to be towed from the scene but Curran was able to repair a flat tire and was able to drive away under his own power.

 An Austin motorist has been cited for speeding after a one-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Keating Township. Troopers report  Angela Gola was going east on Route 607when her Chevrolet Cobalt went off the pavement and hit  a utility pole with the passenger side, continued for another e200 feet and struck a tree with the front driver side before stopping against the tree. Gola and her passengers, Don and Diane Munsell and a 15 year  old boy were treated at Charles Cole Hospital.

A Bradford driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle mishap last night in Lafayette Township, McKean County. Kane based state police say Joshua Kale wrecked his Toyota Tundra when he swerved to avoid a deer on the Warren Road.

One driver was slightly hurt in a rear-end collision Monday afternoon in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. State police say a Dodge Durango drivewn by Chloe Barrett of Lawrenceville, ran into the back of a Ford Focus operated by Chrystal Watkins of Covington when Watkins slowed down on The Roosevelt highway to make a left turn onto Harris Road. Watkins did not require treatment for her injury. Barrett was not hurt. Both women were using seatbelts. Barrett was cited for following too closely.

A burglary at a Richmond Township home Sunday is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Burglars entered the Hollow Road residence of Ashley Saxon between 4:00 an8:30 pm and stole a bottle  of Oxycoden,  Celexa and BuSpar, each contaiing about 54 pills.



Tuesday October 17, 2017


Monday’s high, 57; overnight low, 23; no rain

BFB Headlines (Tuesday October 17, 2017)Causer’s bill to sell Kane Armory approved in House…Many Bald Eagles suffering from lead poisoning……leaf pick up underway in Coudersport…..Duck Race winners announced…Genesee driver hurt in one-vehicle crash…Speeding charges filed after Tioga County wreck….Unknown thief used Gaines woman’s temporary registration to rack up toll fines….Items stolen during yard sale in Tioga County…Next on-air report after 10:06 pm today on
Legislation sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) to authorize the sale of the Kane Armory building and property was unanimously approved by the state House on Monday and now goes to the Senate for its consideration.
House Bill 1787 was introduced at the request of the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) and would authorize the sale of both the armory and the adjacent “weekend training” site at a price to be determined by competitive bid.
Causer says it costs the Commonwealth nearly $10,000 annually to maintain the armory building, which has been vacant now for a few years
House Bill 1787 authorizes the conveyance (sale) of two separate properties. The first includes the armory building, which is just under 16,000 square feet in size, and a detached three-bay concrete block garage sitting on approximately 0.34 acres. The second property is known as the weekend training site and consists of a fenced compound, large metal storage building and small storage sheds on approximately 1.46 acres.
The armory was built in 1922 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When the property is advertised for bid, it will include an historic preservation covenant approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The person or entity that purchases the building with the covenant would receive a discount on the property in exchange for the preservation of the building. If the property is not sold in the first round of bidding, the covenant would be removed for the second bid request.
An increasing number of bald eagles have been admitted to wildlife-rehabilitation centers across Pennsylvania exhibiting signs of illness such as weakness, lethargy, emaciation, labored respiration and drooping wings. Blood tests often reveal that the eagles are suffering from lead toxicity.
Lead poisoning occurs when toxic levels of lead are absorbed into the body.
Raptors are particularly susceptible to lead poisoning because when they ingest lead particles, the acidic nature of their stomach causes rapid absorption of the metal, said Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Veterinarian Justin Brown.
After a blood test reveals that a bald eagle has lead toxicity, intensive treatments can begin. Drugs treatments can take the metal out of the body’s tissue and blood. And if metal is detected in an eagle’s digestive system, it can be flushed out and removed. But treatment often is unsuccessful because the eagles have already absorbed too much lead.
In the past year, wildlife-rehabilitation centers statewide have treated 12 bald eagles with lead toxicity, and only one of them survived, said Red Creek Wildlife Center director Peggy Hentz
Since 2006, the Game Commission has been conducting necropsies on bald eagles that die to monitor causes of death and potential diseases. The data from 2006 to 2016 reveals that approximately one-third of the state’s known bald-eagle mortalities are associated with a toxin, with lead being the most common. In fact, lead toxicity is a significant cause of death in all raptors, not just eagles.
Lead is a heavy, relatively inexpensive, malleable metal, which often is used in fishing lures, ammunition and other materials. Research has shown that fragments of lead can be found as far as 18 inches from a bullet’s point of impact. In addition, 30 to 40 percent of the lead can remain in the target after the bullet has passed through. Small-game carcasses and big-game entrails that remain in the field could contain lead that might be ingested by opportunistic scavenging eagles and other wildlife.
The main source of ingested lead has not been clearly identified. However, hunters can help to reduce the potential that bald eagles ingest lead fragments from the remains of harvested game animals by burying the carcasses and gutpiles, or by covering them with branches. Doing so will make it less likely that aerial scavengers will find and consume the remains, which might contain lead particles. Hunters also could consider eliminating lead from their harvests by using non-lead ammunition.
Although lead toxicity has been identified as a leading cause of mortality among the state’s eagles, the eagle population continues to thrive and increase in number. In the early 1980s, there were only three active bald eagle nests in Pennsylvania. Today, thanks to the restoration efforts of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and partners, there are more than 250 active bald eagle nests in the state. Bald eagles met the requirements for removal from the state threatened species list in 2014 and are now classified as a protected species.

Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris announces Mr. Leafy is beginning to make rounds and pick up leaves that have been raked to the edge of the berm. Leaves are the only thing that will be raked up. No flowers, shrubs, limbs, flower pots or dirt will be picked up. Please do not mix them in with the leaves.

Firequacker Race 2017 in the books. The race on the First Fork Saturday October 14 held in conjunction with the Sinnemahoning State Park First Fork Festival included more than 500 ducks. “The water flow was perfect for the event and the number of racers surpassed last year,” said Tina Johns Solak, Executive Director of the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce.
First place finisher was adopted by Cole Yoder from Myersdale, Stephanie Loveland from Emporium trained the second-place finisher and Lisa Little’s duck finished third. They each received $100, $75 and $50 respectively. The race sponsored by Seneca Resources bringing the total raised to $2000.00 for the 2018 fireworks set for July 7.

Minor injuries were reported for a Genesee man whose pick up truck wrecked Monday morning in Genesee Township. According to Coudersport based state police Robert Wright was going east on Route 244 when his Mazda B2300 went off the right side of the road where it traveled some 30 feet then returned to the highway for about 70 feet before veering to the other side where it continued for another 20 feet before rolling over, coming to rest upside down near the center of the road. Wright was taken by Genesee ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital.

A 20 year old Westfield driver has been arrested for speeding in connection to a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Clymer Township, Tioga County. Troopers at Mansfield said Nathan Larrison was headed north on the Beechwood Lake Road at around 3:30 am when his Honda Civic skidded approximately 84 feet on a left hand curve at the intersection with Jemison Road. The car traveled another six feet and hit a stop sign, then advanced for another 18 feet before running into a log pile. After going through the log pile, the car finally came to rest 15 feet later against a tree. Larrison did not require treatment for minor injuries.

State police in Coudersport are investigating a theft by deception occurring several months ago victimizing a Gaines woman. An unknown thief used temporary registration T076138 to run up toll violations in Barbara Kalacinki’s name between February 24 and March 2.

Several items were stolen last Friday afternoon from a yard sale being held at the Tioga Street Self Storage in Delmar Township. A DeWalt drill, hurricane lamp, and assorted costume jewelry owned by Cindy Copp of Wellsboro were removed by an unknown thief.

Monday October 16, 2017


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Sunday’s high, 75;Overnight low, 42; .33” rain







BFB Headlines (Monday October 16, 2017) Section of Main Street in Coudersport closed today and tomorrow…..Money  available for area farmers for plans to comply with Chesapeake Bay requirements…Coudersport man jailed for domestic violence assault…..Police investigate two different terroristic threats…..Troopers looking for truck stolen in Duke Center over the weekend…Elk County woman’s debit card illegally used to make four purchases…Burglars steal safe from Austin home….Injuries reported in several area accidents…..

 Obituaries: Dawn Shymansky (Millport) & Philip, “Phil” Buttermore (Shinglehouse), formerly Chambersburg)

Motorists are reminded that  a large portion of Main Street in Coudersport will be closed today and tomorrow while Hawbaker crews will be pouring cement on the Main Street bridge over the Allegany.The bridge and street from Oak Street to East Second St. will be closed Monday as all traffic will be rerouted onto Oak Street then Mill Street and back to East Second.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will reimburse farmers in Pennsylvania”s part of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed for the cost of preparing hundreds of agricultural plans for clean water.

DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.  Says the reimbursements to farmers, the Agricultural Plan Reimbursement Program will cover the cost of preparation of at least 800 and as many as 2,200 plans.

The program is part of a commitment that Governor Wolf, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in 2016 to make state and federal funding available to improve water quality in Pennsylvania’s 43 counties in the Bay watershed for local benefit and, ultimately, all partner states in the watershed.

State regulations require all farmers to implement manure management, nutrient management, or agriculture erosion and sediment control plans and, in some cases, more than one of these plans. The regulations are a key component of Pennsylvania’s effort to meet its EPA-mandated water pollution reduction targets for the Chesapeake Bay.

To prepare their plans, many farmers enlist technical experts, whose services generally cost from $500 to $1,500 per plan, depending on the size of the farm.

Farmers can now be reimbursed for plans developed after January 1, 2017.

Consultants are coordinating the reimbursement program, conducting extensive outreach to farmers, and supplying potential options for farmers who are seeking technical experts.

The deadline to register to participate in the program is April 1, 2018, and plans must be submitted to the appropriate consultant by May 30.

Farmers in the Bay watershed in Bradford, Cameron*, Carbon, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Elk, Jefferson, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union, Tioga, Wayne, and Wyoming Counties should contact

*(Counites located in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area.)

A Coudersport resident has been jailed after being arraigned on several charges for a domestic violence assault taking place this weekend at a home on North Main Street in the Borough. Zachery Mann, 22, has been charged with one count each of terroristic threats, endangering the welfare of children, reckless endangerment and harassment and two counts of simple assault. State police allege the crimes were committed against a 20 year old woman and a minor at around 7:30 am Saturday. On-call District Judge Delores Weiss set bail at $10,000.

Troopers at Coudersport have not released the names of suspects but reveal they are investigating a couple of terroristic threat cases. A 28yearold Bradford woman is suspected of posting several threatening Facebook messages directed toward a 37 year old Coudersport woman Friday afternoon. And a 56 year old Harrison Valley woman is being investigated for allegedly threatening a 32 year old Harrison Valley woman Saturday afternoon.

Kane-based state police are asking the public to be on the look out for a vehicle stolen over the weekend from Main Street in Duke Center. The 2006 Ford E150 is white with black trim and a “B &M Auto Sales” bumper sticker is  on the rear driver side door. The cargo van was carrying a 24 ft. Warner ladder on the roof and various tools inside and bears PA registration ZHS0990.

Retail  theft charges have been lodged against 25 year old Lyndsey Deming of Mansfield by state police. Authorities claim Deming concealed $72.03 worth of merchandise in a diaper bag Saturday afternoon in an attempt to leave the store without paying for the items.

Troopers at Ridgway are investigating an ID theft occurring on October 7. An unknown thief used a debit card belonging to Shawna Wostler of Driftwood to make four fraudulent purchases.

A burglary at a Potter County residence is being probed by state police at Coudersport. Burglars forced their way into the home of Michael Cain on Thorn Street between October 2 and 7th and stole a tan Sentry safe containing cash and a Nikon digital camera. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

Minor injuries were reported for a couple of young passengers following a one-vehicle accident last Wednesday afternoon in Eulalia Township, Potter County. State police last night released details reporting Rhonda Lunn of Eldred was going south on Route 872 and was unable to regain control of her GMC Jimmy after putting the vehicle into neutral and turning off the engine. The SUV went off the western side of the road, traveled down an embankment and smashed into  a tree. Lunn, two passengers, Brandi Hanes of Galeton and an infant, escaped injury while a three year old girl and one year old girl ,from Eldred were taken to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment of minor inuries. Policed did not explain why Lunn had turned the engine off but have cited her for driving without a license.

Troopers at Coudersport are looking for a hit and run unit which caused some damage on Route 607 in Keating Townsihp at around 7:30 am October 10th. The unknown vehicle went off the road and struck two mailboxes on the same post and the driver kept going without notifying the property owner or authorities.

A Monroeton woman was slightly hurt Friday night when her car hit a deer on Route 6 in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. Brenda Brown was going east when the whitetail jumped onto the highway in front of her Nissan Altima.

A one-vehicle weather related accident sent a Middlebury  Center woman and a young child to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor  injuries. According to Mansfield based state police, Amanda McCullough was going south on Route 287 last Wednesday afternoon when she overcorrected after her Subaru Forester skidded to the other side, went down an embankment and rolled over several times before coming to rest upright. A three year old girl was in a child safety seat and the driver was using a seatbelt at the time of the accident.


Dawn H. Shymansky, 79, of Millport, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on April 12, 1938 in Bloomsburg, she was a daughter of Wilson W. and Edna L. Lynn Hauntzelman.

Dawn graduated from Catawissa High School in Catawissa in 1956 and was a graduate of Mansfield State Teacher’s College in Mansfield, Class of 1960.  She started her teaching career as an elementary school teacher at the Oswayo Valley School District in Shinglehouse from 1960 to 1966.  From 1966 to 1972 she was a special education teacher for the Oswayo Valley School District.  In 1972 to her retirement in 1994, Dawn was again an elementary school teacher in Shinglehouse.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse, where she held many offices, including Deaconess.  She was a member of the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse and a member of the YMCA in Olean, N.Y.

Surviving are two daughters, Jean E. Beckhorn of Shinglehouse and Tina (Sam) Dailey of Stannards, N.Y.; a son, Walter “Rick” Young of Oxford, Michigan; ten grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Ann J. Swank of Tucson, Arizona; a brother, Dale W. Hauntzelman of Catawissa; and several nieces and nephews.

Dawn was predeceased by her parents.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 4pm on Thursday, October 19, 2017, at the First Baptist Church, Academy Street, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, PO Box 671, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 68, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Dawn’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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Phillip H. “Phil” Buttermore, 77, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Chambersburg, passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, in UPMC Hamot, Erie, after a lengthy illness.

Born on May 12, 1940, in Meadville, he was a son of Harrison R. and Edith A. Brown Buttermore.  In November 2014, he married Mary C. Smith, who survives.

Phil was a graduate of Meadville High School and Pennsylvania State University, receiving Masters in both Art and Special Education.  He served his country during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.  A lifelong educator and a practicing artist and cartoonist, he will be remembered by those who knew him for his kindness, generosity and sense of humor.

He was a member of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the Knights of Columbus, and the American Civil Liberties Union.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Robert D. Buttermore; two daughters, Ana Robinson and Mary Pham; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert C. (Kathleen) Buttermore; a sister, Carol (Donald Hobson) DeGrange; four nieces; and a great nephew.

In addition to his parents, Phil was predeceased by a son, Andrew “Santo”.

A private celebration of Phil’s life will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, with his brother-in-law, the Reverend Dr. Donald Hobson, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Phil’s name may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Phil’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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