Friday October 13, 2017


Thursday’s high, 58; Overnight low, 51; .05” rain







Roadway project to begin next week in Cameron County…..Visit Potter-Tioga PA members can buy ads for visitors guide before next Friday…..First Fork Festival to be held Saturday @ Sinnemahoning State Park….Elderly Tioga County man bilked out of $2000 by cyber criminals…Emporium man arrested for Face Book posts about business in that town….Learner’s permit stolen from parked car….

 PennDot has  announced that a much-needed improvement project featuring paving, bridge preservation and drainage upgrades will get started next week in Cameron County.

The project will address almost 7 miles of roadway along Route 155 in Shippen and Portage townships, stretching from Emporium to the Potter County line. The work occurring this year and next year will allow a 10-ton weight limit along Route 155 to be removed, and rehabilitate five structurally deficient bridges.

Governor Wolf noted  the  area attracts many visitors for elk viewing, star-gazing, outdoor activities, and special events, so these improvements will improve travel and support regional tourism and also upgraded upgrade the affected road and bridges, which helps ease regional goods movement.”

Through November, project work will focus on drainage improvements and drivers should expect daytime lane restrictions and alternating traffic patterns controlled by flaggers in the roadway.

Road improvements, structure repairs, super structure replacements, a box culvert installation, and shoulder widening will take place in 2018. PennDOT will issue a project update as 2018 work gets underway.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College will be the contractor on this $8.8 million project.

Last month, all current members of the new tourist promoation agency, Visit Potter-Tioga PA  were mailed a packet of information for advertising in the 2018 Visit Potter Tioga Visitors Guide. Those who did not receive a packet can request a replacement.:

The new 2018 Visitors Guide is underway and it will be a new larger size. It will be 8 3/8″ x 10 7/8″ (magazine size) with larger ads, more content, and easier-to-read charts and listings! We will print 60,000 guides to start. The visitor  guides will be distributed to all of the PA State Welcome Centers, all mid-Atlantic AAA offices, motorcoach operators, industry travel shows, local businesses, and important direct mailings to potential visitors asking for more information.about the region.

Every member will receive a free listing in the guide. But  dining or lodging member MUST fill out the colored form sent with  letter and return it by October 20. This is the information that will appear in your free listing.)

All members have the option of purchasing a full-color ad in the visitors guide. The organization also backs up the printed guide with over $250,000.00 in online, print, and cable tv advertising.

The sizes and prices of available ads may be in the packet for more information  call Colleen Hanson at (570) 724-0635 or email her

One of the bigger events going on this fall in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area is the First Fork Festival being held from noon to 5:00 pm at Sinnemahoning State Park.

Van Wagner, songwriter, musician and Pennsylvania historian will present “Soft Coal, Hard Times”, at 2:00 PM, Front Stage during the festival. Wagner’s “Soft Coal, Hard Times” program celebrates the history of the Pennsylvania backyard coal industry. A little bit of music, a little bit of laughter, and lot of culture make this unique educational program a reminder of why we should be proud to be from Pennsylvania.


Van Wagner, a native of the Danville area, has performed musical storytelling all over the world and

has been featured in several film productions. Wagner’s entertaining program takes listeners on a

journey through Pennsylvania’s bituminous coal mining heritage and covers how bituminous coal was

mined over the past several centuries and most importantly the life of the miners who mined the

coal. Wagner demonstrates dozens of tools spanning over 100 years of coal history.

Following the presentation, sit back, relax and enjoy a 1-hour music concert by Van Wagner,including favorite originals like: North of 80, Crosscut Saw, Woolrich Coat, Where the Bears Dance, and more. Van Wagner’s engaging presentation is designed  to delight audiences of all ages.

An elderly Tioga County man was bilked out of a large sum of money online earlier this month. State police report 86 year old Bravo Button of Elk Township was contacted by cyber thieves who deceived him into sending a $2000 Ebay gift card after leading him to believe family members were in need of financial assistance. Police say this is a fairly common scam in which the crooks have enough information to sound convincing but authorities advise citizens to refrain from sending money in any manner until the need can be confirmed by independent sources.

Emporium based state police are accusing 50 year old Daniel Ward of that town with harassment through social media. Troopers contend Ward made Facebook posts regarding Mack’s Rhythm and Brews in Emporium after he  had been advised to stop such posts by the victim’s legal counsel.

State police at Mansfield are looking for a thief who stole a learner’s permit from a vehicle parked on Youman’s Road in Charleston Township between 6:30 pm October 4 and 5:45 am October 5. The document belonged to a Tioga County juvenile and was taken out of his wallet which was inside the center console o his parent’s vehicle

Thursday October 12, 2017


 Coudersport’s Main Street to be closed next Monday & Tuesday for roadwork….Feds extend PA’s deadline for REAL ID….Ulysses man arrested for harassment…..Similar charge filed against Tioga County man…..speed blamed for one-vehicle crash in Tioga County….Troopers at Coudersport seeking help in solving cemetery theft but fail to say what was stolen…..

Wednesday’s high, 60; Overnight low, 51; .76” rain







As work continues on a Route 6 project in Coudersport, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting area drivers to a short-term closure on Route 6—scheduled for next week. In Coudersport Borough, Hawbaker’s will be pouring cement on the Main Street bridge over the Allegany. River beginning Monday so the bridge and Main Street from Oak Street to East Second St. will be closed Monday, Oct 16 and Tuesday, Oct 17.  All traffic will be rerouted onto Oak Street then Mill Street and back to East Second.

PennDOT expects to re-open Route 6 sometime Tuesday afternoon, if work progress allows for it. Drivers needing to park in the downtown area will need to use side streets. Travel delays during the closure are possible.

Begun in 2016, this two-year project will result in an improved roadway surface through downtown Coudersport as well as sidewalk improvements and bridge repairs. Overall work on the project includes roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, bridge rehabilitation, traffic signal upgrades, water line relocation, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $4.8 million project, which will continue through November. All work is weather and schedule dependent.


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced a REAL ID enforcement grace period through January 22, 2018, which means that Pennsylvania residents will not face access issues when entering federal facilities through at least that date.

This grace period goes into effect on Wednesday, October 11, and applies to jurisdictions currently under compliance extensions set to expire today, October 10. In addition to Pennsylvania, there are 29 total jurisdictions with October 10 extension expirations.

PennDOT submitted an extension request to DHS in early September and is currently awaiting DHS response.

The enforcement grace period applies only to entrance to federal facilities. There is no enforcement on commercial air travel until January 22, 2018.

PennDOT has begun work on the implementation of REAL ID, and estimates REAL ID-compliant driver licenses and identification cards will be available at the customer’s option in March 2019. This will allow ample time for customers who want a REAL ID product to get one before the final DHS effective date of October 1, 2020.

Information on REAL ID in Pennsylvania, including frequently asked questions, is available at

A Ulysses man has been arrested for harassment in connection to an assault at a home on South Main Street in that town last month. State police allege 48 year old Edward Kosa subjected 60 yer old Julie Kosa to unwanted physical contact at 11:00 pm September 14.

Mansfield state police claim 35 year old Robert Hetherton (no address provided, shoved 29 year old Ashely Sue Butler during an argument Monday afternoon in the Acron Market Parking lot in Lawrence Township. He is now facing a harassment charge in district court.

Speeding charges have been filed against a Havelock, NC  teen driver after a crasah late last month in Tioga County. According to troopers at the Mansfield barracks, 19 year old Jacob Barber was headed south on Soper Hill Road in Union Township when he lost control of his Jeep Grand Cherokee after swerving to miss a deer. The SUV spun off the road and rolled into a ditch. Barer was using a seatbelt and was not hurt.

Coudersport based state police are seeking help from the public in solving a theft at the Parker Hill Cemetery in Hector Township last Saturday or Sunday but it will be difficult to solve as they did not indicate what had been stolen. The victim is listed as a Ulysses man. When asked by Black Forest Broadcasting news what had been stolen, we were told it is an “ongoing investigation.”



Wednesday October 11, 2017

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 77; Overnight low 50; no rain






                                                      FRI NIGHT-A FEW SHOWERS, LOW 40

BFB Headlines  (Wednesday October 11, 2017)Causer’s Senior Expo this Friday in Roulette….DCNR announces grants to plant trees near streams…McKean County man jailed for violating Megan’s law…..Both men involved in Potter County scuffle arrested…..Motorist unhurt when SUV catches fire after hitting bear….Money stolen from Shinglehouse home…..Damaged lawnmower recovered in Tioga County….Next on-air report after 10:06a on

Obituaries: Barbara Sauley (Sabinsville); Ruth Lehman (Coudersport) Jean Corey (Coudersport)

Area senior citizens, their family members and caregivers are invited to the 15th annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 Riverside Drive, Roulette. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and lunch will be provided. State, county and local exhibitors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions about issues such as health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing and personal safety. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded. For more information, contact my offices in Coudersport (814-274-9769) or Bradford (814-362-4400). Information is also available at or on Facebook at

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced that $1 million in PENNVEST-funded grants are being made available to assist landowners with planting trees along streams in Pennsylvania to improve water quality. The grant application period opening this week also includes $250,000 for trails and projects related to the use of snowmobiles and ATVs. Pennsylvania has a goal of planting 95,000 acres of streamside buffers by 2025.

To expand on the existing streamside buffer options for landowners, DCNR is piloting a multi-functional buffer option that is eligible for these grant dollars to provide greater flexibility in landowner eligibility, buffer designs, widths, plant species and offer the option of planting some income-producing crops in the buffer zone. For the PENNVEST-funded grants multi-functional buffers are preferred but not required.

The DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Program grant round opened on October 2 and closes December 20 for these grants.

Individual landowners; businesses; non-profit organizations; local governments; and educational institutions are all eligible for the buffer grants, but must be prequalified. Information about how to prequalify is available online on the DCNR grant portal.

Funding for Snowmobile / ATV projects is through the ATV Management Restricted Account and the Snowmobile Management Restricted Account as authorized by Act 97 of 2016. The accounts are supported by registration fees. The legislation was endorsed and sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer.

Trail projects include acquisition; planning; development; rehabilitation; or maintenance of designated routes on land for motorized recreation activities.  This includes the purchase of equipment for trail construction or maintenance.

DCNR Bureau of Forestry service foresters located in each of the 20 forest districts statewide can assist landowners with information about planting forest buffers

Forest buffers along stream banks provide critical barriers between polluting landscapes and receiving waterways. Properly planted and maintained, streamside tree and shrub plantings filter the runoff of sediments and the fertilizers that are applied to lawns and crops; control erosion; improve water quality; reduce flooding; cool stream temperatures; and improve fish habitat.

Interested applicants should visit the DCNR grant portal.

 A Foster Township man has been jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail for violating Megan’s law .Kane based state police did not provide details about 44 year old Michael Keller’s failure to comply with the law as required by convicted sexual predators.

Both men involved in a scuffle have been charges by Coudersport  based state police withh simple assault and harassment. Troopers claim 62 year old Patrick Doyle of Tower City, PA and 55 year old Gerald Morral of West Branch PA argued while on Alpine lane in West Branch Township last Wednesday afternoon and the disagreement escalated to a point where each shoved the other.

A Macedon, NY man escaped injury when his SUV struck a black bear on Route 15 in Tioga Township. According to state police, James Piper Jr was going south just south of the Route 15 on ramp when the collision occurred Sunday evening. As a result of the collision Piper’s 2015 Chevrolet Equinox caught fire but he was able to drive it to the Welcome Center  parking lot and safely exit.

Minor injuries were reported for a Wilcox driver following a speed related crash Tuesday night in Ridgway Township. Troopers report Todd Berger was going too fast for conditions when his Chevrolet Silverado went off the Long Level Road while making a left hand turn. The truck struck a tree before stopping. Berger was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment.

Coudersport based state police are investigating a burglary at a Shinglehouse area home between September 6 and 25th. Thieves entered the home of Carrie Dickerson and Frank Carr on the Honeoye Road by unknown means and made off with some cash from a safe.

The theft of a lawn mower in Union Township, Tioga County is being probed by state police at Mansfield. A thieve stole a Tecumseh Formula 8 lawn mower owned by 81 year old Marlene Boyce between 8:00 pm last Wednesday and 6:00 am the next day. The mower, was found damaged near the victim’s home on Boyce Road. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.


Barbara L. SAULEY, 71, of Hector Township, Sabinsville, PA, died Saturday, October 7, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born December 11, 1945, in Carlisle, PA, she was the daughter of Charles P. and Alma M. Blosser Stine. She was married to Kenneth G. Sauley, who survives. Surviving besides her husband, Ken, are:  a son, Michael Sauley of Galeton;   and two granddaughters. There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements are entrusteD to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Memorials may be made to Gale Hose Ambulance, 2 Union St., Galeton, PA 16922. Online condolences may be expressed at

Ruth L. Lehman, 86 , a long time resident of Sweden Valley Manor of Coudersport, PA passed away October 9, 2017 at Cole Memorial Hospital.Born in Odin, PA , April 17, 1931 she was the daughter of Henry and Beatrice Bradley Lamont Jr.he was a 1948 graduate of Austin High School and also coordinator of their 50th class reunion in 1998.On October 2, 1954 she married Norman “Corky” Lehman Jr. who preceded her in death January 30, 2006. Ruth is survived by her only daughter Lori Kay Lehman of Coudersport. She was employed by Bell Telephone Company as a telephone operator for 14 years in the Coudersport office. She worked as a clerk for J. C. Penneys for 16 months and she was  a switchboard operator and admissions clerk at Cole Memorial Hospital for 18 years, retiring in 1985.She enjoyed hunting, fishing, and vacationing in Florida with her family. Ruth also adored her cats. She had a great interpersonal skills and working with the public. She was also a member of TOPS.A receiving of friends and family will be held, Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA from 2-4pm. Funeral services to follow at 4pm, Tyler Currie, officiating celebrant. Burial will take place in Sweden Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to your local SPCA.Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband, aunts, uncles and cousins.To share your fondest memories of Ruth visit

Jean L. Corey, 83, of Coudersport, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Sweden Valley Manor.Born April 8, 1934 in Port Alleghany, PA, she was the daughter of Owen and Helen Simpier.Jean was a member of the American Legion and American Cancer Society. Jean was a loving wife and mother and took great pride in raising her children. One of her favorite hobbies was knitting.  Jean will be remembered for her outgoing and friendly personality.Jean is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Dean H. Corey of Coudersport; son, Rod Corey and his wife Diane of Coudersport, PA; sister, Sara Anderson of Indiana, PA; 6 grandchildren, Rachel, Ryan, Jedidiah, Brianna, Joshua and Colton; several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Haskins and her sister, Winifred Simpier.Local arrangements have been entrusted to Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915.To share your fondest memories of Jean, visit