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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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.”