Tuesday September 26, 2017

                                                Monday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 54; no rain







BFB Headlines (Tuesday September 26, 2017) Pennsylvania is one of three regions in the world with colorful fall foliage…Rep. Causer reports legislation is pending to prevent welfare checks from going to dead people…..Westfield woman suspected of discharging gun during argument….Sleepy Kane driver hurt in collision….Theft of ATV and vandalism in Tioga County neighborhood probed….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

 To some experienced eyes, our foliage in this areas  is rather muted so far this year. Others have told us they are seeing more “reds” than usual. Whatever the case,  Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation — or anywhere in the world according to the department of conservation and natural Resources. We are blessed as there are only three regions of the world support deciduous forests that display fall autumn color:

Eastern North America

The British Isles and parts of northwestern Europe

Northeastern China and northern Japan

Forests in other regions are either tropical or dominated by conifers.

Pennsylvania’s location between 40° and 42° North latitude and its varied topography from sea level on the coastal plain to over 3,000 feet in the Laurel Highlands supports 134 species of trees and many more shrubs and vines that contribute to the display of autumn color.

Pennsylvania is the meeting ground of northern trees that flourish only on mountain tops farther south and southern species that are at the northern limits of their range.

Northern tree species include:

Gray and paper birch

Mountain maple


Southern tree species include:

Red oak

Sweetbay and umbrella magnolias




Ohio buckeye, bur oak, and shingle oak, common to the Mississippi Valley, have eastern outposts on the Allegheny Plateau.

DCNR has weekly fall foliage reports on its website. http://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Conservation/ForestsAndTrees/FallFoliageReports/Pages/default.aspx as well as on the Pennsylvania Tourism Office website. https://visitpa.com/articles/best-fall-foliage-ennsylvania

Representative Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting there’s legislation pending with will prevent welfare payments being made to dead people.Approximately one year ago, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced an audit performed by his office found the Department of Human Services (DHS) provided nearly $700,000 in welfare benefits to more than 2,300 individuals who had been dead for at least 60 days.The report  went on to note, “Not only does DHS (Deaprtment of Human Services) continue to put dollars on the [welfare benefit] cards assigned to individuals who have died, it often fails to detect use of those dollars.”The  bill would require DHS to regularly cross-reference its list of welfare recipients with the death records maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Social Security .House Bill 1614 – is currently under consideration in the House Health Committee.

Mansfield based state police are investigating a shooting at a Westfield home Monday afternoon.  Authorities claim 57 year old Debora Sipps discharged a gun inside a house at 2850 Route 49 at around 12:30 wounding 29 year old David Sipps in the abdomen.

A sleepy Kane woman was hurt in a collision Monday morning in Wetmore Township, McKean County. According to troopers there, Holli Anderson,27, was fatigued from working a night shift and dosed off just after 8:00 o’clock causing her Buick Enclave to cross the double yellow line and collide with at Dodge Ram 1500 driven by Michael Hancharick. He was not hurt but Anderson was taken to Kane UPMC for treatment of minor injuries.

State police at Mansfield are asking the public to help solve a couple of crimes occurring in the same Richmond Township neighborhood last weekend. Thieves stole a black and orange Yamaha Raptor 250 special edition ATV from the home of Ace Fuller on Newtown Hill Road  between 8:00 pm Friday and 6:00 am Saturday. And, vandals damaged a mailbox on that same road at about the same time. The mailbox is owned by Althea Taggart


Monday September 25, 2017

 Sunday’s high, 89; Overnight low, 52; no rain








BFB Headlines (Monday, September25, 2017) Police look for missing McKean County man…..terroristic threats by text investigated by state police at Coudersport…Details finally released about crash of antique truck in Coudersport last week…Teen driver and passenger unhurt when car collides with a bear in Tioga County…Germania Camp burglary probed….Emporium man arrested for stealing money from business in that town…theft of logging equipment and cash from home probed by state police at Mansfield….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com


Kane based state police are seeking the whereabouts of Keating township man who has been missing since last Thursday. Donald Andrews, 40, may be driving a 1999 Green Honda Accord with PA plate HMA7413. The car may have a bike rack. Anyone who knows of his location or spots the car is asked to call state police at 778-5555.

A couple of  Richmond Township residents have been arrested for harassment. According to Mansfield based state police, the charges were filed after 23 year old Victoria Pierce and 46 year old Dennis Dauphanais became involved in an argument last Thursday morning which escalated into a physical confrontation. Both will answer charges in District Court.

Troopers at Coudersport are investigating terroristic threats sent by text to a 49 year old Roulette woman on the afternoon of September 17. The unknown person allegedly threatened the Railroad Avenue resident’s life.

Coudersport based state police over the weekend, finally released details about a one-vehicle accident last Wednesday afternoon on East Second Street in Eulalaia Township. Authorities relate 54 year old Kim Ruffner was going West when she braked hard to avoid a collision with a motorcycle which pulled out in front of her 1950 GMC pickup. The antique truck skidded off the road and collided with a utility pole on the south side of the road. The driver was partially ejected through the passenger side and  her passenger, 52 year old Lynn Ruffner  was totally thrown out upon impact.  The women were taken by ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital. Lynn Ruffner was later transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Police noted the classic vehicle was not equipped with seatbelts.

A Tioga, PA driver escaped injury last Friday morning in Tioga Township. Troopers report a Cadiallac Escalade driven by Roy Baker went off the road and struck a tree while descending a down hill grade on the Mann Hill Road when he swerved to avoid a cow standing  in the road.

A Port Allegany motorist has been cited for a collision last Friday afternoon on the Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township, Elk County. Authorities claim Corey Lawton, after stopping at a stop sign on Arbutus Lane, pulled  is Chevrolet Equinox onto Route 255, passing a stopped school bus without getting clearance and ran into a Dodge Power Wagon driven by James Hanslovan of St. Marys. Both drivers and their passengers, Erica Glatfelter of Port Allegany and Seth Rged of Kersey were using seatbelts and escaped injury.

No injuries were reported for a teen whose SUV hit a bear in Richmond Township, Tioga County. Police explained  the 16 year old girl was going south on Route 549 and could not avoid the collision. She and her passenger 36 year old Christy Pratt of Millerton, were using seatbelts at the time.

A camp burglary in Germania is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Criminals used a brick to break a side window at the camp on Germania Road owned by James Barnes of Owings, MD between April 23 and this past weekend.

Charges of burglary, theft, and criminal mischief have been filed against 26 year old Steven Andrus of Emporium. State police in that town assert Andrus broke a window to enter Mack’s Rhythm and Brews in Shippen Township early last Friday morning and stole large sums of money from a safe and the cash register. After police determined he was the burglar, Andrus was arraigned and  was committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Police at the Mansfield barracks are investigating a theft last Wednesday or Thursday in a wooded area off of Haverly Hill Road in Covington Townshp. Six chain chokers, valued at $315 were stolen from a log skidder owned by Richart Powlison . Criminals also damaged the ignition switch on Powlison’s bulldozer.

Troopers there are also looking into a burglary at a Richmond Township home September 13 or 14. Some $450 in US currency and about 30 two dollar bills were taken from the home of Clarenc2 Everitt and Barbara Miller.

State police at Coudersport are looking for a litterbug who dumped rubbish on  property located State Street in Ulysses  owned by Daniel Burnside last week.The crime took place between 3:00pm and 7:30 pm last Wednesday.




Potter County’s Triple Divide Watershed Assn. has taken a position against proposed changes in state law that would result in a higher per-capita fee being paid by customers of public water systems. The proposal, contained in proposed changes to Pa. Chapter 109, is currently open for public input.

he Chapter 109 Proposed Regulatory Updates would have a negative financial impact on our municipal authorities. We service many seasonal customers in Potter County. It can certainly be difficult to keep our rates at a practical cost for our customers, whether they are full-time or part-time. We understand that DEP has a shortage of sanitarians and other water inspection personnel. We agree that the protection of all water resources in Pennsylvania is vital. Townships, boroughs and other affiliates of the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition believe that the fees currently being charged should not be increased. We believe the legislature has short-funded DEP and local governments (and their ratepayers) should not be compelled to cover the difference. The proposed fee schedule would cause an unfair hardship for smaller municipalities, even as it would be less burdensome to the larger service providers. If an increase in fee is the only solution, we believe that those in the rural areas should not be compelled to pay a higher fee per-customer than those in more populous areas.”


Triple Divide Watershed Coalition members are Austin Borough, Coudersport Borough Authority, Cole Memorial Hospital, Galeton Borough Authority, Genesee Township Water Authority, Northern Tier Children’s Home, Roulette Township, Shinglehouse Borough and Ulysses Borough.

Marie E. Austin     CAPTION “beloved wife, mother, grandmother and sister”

MILLPORT, Pa.—Marie E. Austin, 77, of Millport, passed away on Thursday, September 21, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a lengthy illness.

Born on November 27, 1939 in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Roy and Adah Welton Kemp.  On May 10, 1956 in Shinglehouse, she married Daniel N. “Dan” Austin, Sr., who survives.

Marie attended Shinglehouse schools.  She, along with her husband, still own and operate the family dairy farm, which they have for many years.  In addition to the farm, she was also employed at the former Double U Truck Stop and Restaurant in Ceres, N.Y., was employed as a chambermaid at the former Castle Inn in Olean, and later Marie worked at Burger King in Olean, at the former Burger King in Shinglehouse, and also at the former Deb’s Diner in Shinglehouse.

Marie loved family bonfires, watching family home videos, mowing her yard, and going for Jeep rides.  Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving besides her husband of 61 years are three children, Daniel N. (Elaine) Austin, Jr. of Shinglehouse, and Merle E. (Hannah) Austin and Christene M. Mark) Gibble, both of Millport; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Norma (Clint) O’Shaughnessy of Kirkville, N.Y. and Marjorie (Winfield) Babcock of East Syracuse, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Marie was predeceased by a daughter, Charlene Louise Austin; four sisters, Doris Taylor, Janice MacDuffie, Diane Stocking, Ruth Persing; and two brothers, infant Robert Kemp and Edwin “Buster” Kemp.

Friends may call on Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 1 to 3pm at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 3pm with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in Chrystal Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Marie’s name to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Marie, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

everly J. Bacon, 86, of Genesee, PA, died Thursday, September 21, 2017 in Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY.


Born January 1, 1931, in Olean, NY. She was the daughter of Albert and Oralie Otto Adams.


On March 19, 1955, in Olean, NY, she married Maynard W. Bacon, who predeceased her on May 4, 2000.


Mrs. Bacon and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Bingham Township for many years.  She was an active member of her community.


Surviving are:  a son, Brenton (Su) Bacon of Lewisburg, PA;  a daugther, Cindy Nelson of Genesee;  three grandchildren, Stacie Bacon Smith, Lindy Bacon, and Erin Nelson; a brother-in-law, Keith Wood; and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Wood.


Friends may call Sunday, September 24, 2017 from 2:00 — 4:00 and 7:00 — 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Monday at 11:00 AM.


The Rev. William Allen will officiate.


Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery.


Memorials may be made to the Genesee Township Volunteer Ambulance Dept., P.O. Box 9, Genesee, PA 16923.


Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.