Thursday April 12, 2018

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 47; Overnight low, 31, no precipitation







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Area communities receive DCNR, Holocaust remembrance ceremony held in Harrisburg….Elderly Kane man arrested for kissing unwilling girl……Emporium man accused of assaulting another Emporium man while they were being housed at the McKean County jail last week…..DUI Charges pending following crash in Sweden Township yesterday….and after police stop near Port Allegany.

Obituaries: Robert “Bob”Riley, Ulysses; Robert Hoppe, Harrison Valley & Doris Reed, Genesee

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Several communities in the Black Forest Service Area have been awarded DCNR grants. The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93) which includes Key Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF); the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF); Pennsylvania Trails fund (PRT – federal source); Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program (HA); and the Snowmobile/ATV Fund (S/ATV). Area Grants:


Coudersport Borough, $250,000, Rehabilitation of Coudersport Community Pool, Coudersport Borough, Potter County. Work to include renovation of main pool and bathhouse; construction of zero depth entry and concrete decking; installation of filtration and recirculation system; ADA access, project sign and other related site improvements. Beverly Morris, (814) 274-9776, Key – Community


Kane Borough, $92,800, Rehabilitation of Glenwood Park, Kane Borough and Wetmore Township, McKean County. Work to include renovation of the skate park surface; construction of a parking area; installation of skate park equipment and fencing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. Mick Petruney, (814) 837-6588, Key – Community

McKean and Warren Warren County, $400,000, Development of the Trails at Jakes Rocks in Allegheny National Forest, Mead Township, Warren County. Work to include construction of approximately 8.14 miles of trail; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. James Decker, (814) 723


Roseville Borough, $40,000, Rehabilitation of Roseville Borough Community Playground, Roseville Borough, Tioga County. Work to include installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access ,landscaping,  project sign and other related site improvements. Harry Morgan, (570) 549-2786,Key – Community

Wellsboro Borough, $427,000, Rehabilitation and further development of Woodland Park, Wellsboro Borough,Tioga County. Work to include the construction of an access road, parking areas and pavilion; installation of aplayground with required safety surfacing; utilities, ADA access, landscaping, site amenities, project sign andother related site improvements. Peter Herres, (570) 724-0300, LWCF

Every year the Governor’s office holds a ceremony at the Capitol in Harrisburg marking the Day of Remembrance for victims of the Holocaust, featuring survivors of the concentration camps or their children and grandchildren. Survivors and their families light candles to remember the 11 million who died in the Holocaust during World War Two.

In his remarks at this week’s  ceremony, Senator Andy  Dinniman said we should also remember those who put their lives on the line to rescue Jews and others headed to the camps. And he says we need to ask ourselves if we, too, could take that risk to save others.

State police at Kane have charged a Kane man with corruption of minors. Authorities claim 65 year old Carl Ardell  Wilson Jr. hugged and kissed a juvenile girl without her consent  on March 19. The incident allegedly took place at the intersection of Anderson and Main Street in Mt. Jewett just before 7:00 am.

An Emporium man has been arrested for assault. Troopers at Kane allege 32 year old Gregory Burdick of Emporium assaulted Darren Donovan also of Emporium while both were housed at the McKean County Thursday, April 5.

DUI charges may be filed against a female driver following a fender bender in Sweden Township Wednesday. Sweden Township police report that when they responded to the intersection of the North Hollow Road and Route 6 at around 11:30 am, they found the woman sitting in the driver’s seat of the truck which had gone off the road while going east on Route 6 and hit a cluster of road signs and a culvert. Police said the driver was not hurt but appeared to be impaired. She was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for a blood draw and was released to a family member.

DUI charges are also pending against a Turtlepoint man who was stopped by  patrol officer from the Kane barracks Wednesday evening on Route 155 about two miles south of Annin Creek Road in Annin Township, Port Allegany. Troopers say when they interviewed the driver, they determined he was driving under the influence .Charges will be filed, and the driver’s name will be released providing chemical testing confirms impairment.


Robert F. “Bob” RILEY, 81, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Palmyra, NJ, died Sunday, December 17, 2017 in his home. A Memorial Service celebrating Bob’s life will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  The Rev. Joseph V. Dougherty and the Rev. Jason Reed will co-officiate.  Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 247, Ulysses, PA 16948.

Online condolences may be expressed at February 13, 1936, in Greenville, PA, he was the son of Franklin and Gladys Hollingshead Riley. On October 3, 1992, in Palmyra, he married the former Rita M. Sock, who survives. A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1957 – 1959. He served a police officer in Palmyra in the 1970’s and was employed by NJ American Water Works for over 25 years, retiring in 1998.

Surviving besides his wife, Rita, are:  a son, R. Steven (Susan) Riley of Harrison Valley;  a granddaughter, Meghan (Jimmy) Palmatier of Ulysses;  eight great-grandchildren, Lyllian Palmatier, Lennyx Palmatier, Morgan Palmatier, Malorie Palmatier, Marissa Palmatier, Logan Spires, Addison Spires, and Reagan Riley;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Diane Furman Riley;  a grandson, Steven Thomas Riley;  and two brothers, Donald Riley and Merrill Riley.

Robert G.  HOPPE, 96, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in Wellsville Manor Care Center, Wellsville, NY.  Born June 15, 1921, in Carter Camp, PA, he was the son of Eugene and Phoebe Baker Hoppe.

A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army.  He was a combatant in the North African, Sicily, and Normandy invasions and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.

On August 19, 1945, in Harrison Valley, he married the former Mary A. Jones, who predeceased him on June 22, 2010.

He owned and operated Valley Milling Co. in Harrison Valley for many years.

Surviving are:  a son, R. Tom (Lucille) Hoppe of Harrison Valley;  three daughters,Dolores (Dennis) Koch of Worland, WY, Leota Rose of Kent, OH, Tina (Gary) Hamilton of Ulysses, PA;  ten grandchildren;  23 great- grandchildren;   a brother, Herman Hoppe of Stanley, VA;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by 11 siblings.

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 2:00 — 4:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 4:00 PM.  The Rev. Dennis Munro will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.

Doris K. REED, 83, of Genesee, PA, died Monday, April 9, 2018 in her home.  Born August 16, 1934, in Genesee, she was the daughter of Howard G. and Dorothea L. McConeghy Kenyon.  On March 21, 1953, in Genesee, she married Donald R. Reed, who predeceased her on March 1, 1981.  A graduate of Genesee High School and Elmira Business Institute, she and her husband owned and operated Kenyon’s Store in Genesee.  She was employed by Reed’s Market in Genesee for many years.  Doris was a member of the Genesee United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, and was active in Potter County unit of the American Cancer Society for many years.

Surviving are:  four children, Brian (Deb) Reed of Andover, NY, Allan (Vonda) Reed of Mansfield, PA, Donald (Karen) Reed, Jr. of Genesee, and Verena (John) Monagle of Juneau, AK; 14 grandchildren;  25 great- grandchildren;  a sister, Verena Ruddnick of Zephyrhills, FL;  a brother, Robert (Sandra) Kenyon of Genesee;  nieces and nephews.  Friends may call Friday, April 13, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Genesee United Methodist Church, where a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday at 1:00 PM.  The Rev. Rob Anderson, and her grandson, Rev. Jason Reed, will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Genesee United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 137, Genesee, PA 16923.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be expressed at





Wednesday April 11, 2018


Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 41; Overnight low, 20; no precipitation







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 Coudersport officials stop  water treatment plant….police looking for distracted drivers during awareness week…..Both men involved in Ceres Township scuffle, arrested…..same car involved in two hit and run crashes in Emporium….Troy teen allegedly hid  cell phone merchandise in purse when leaving Walmart…Two Mansfield men accused of burglarizing and damaging camper….Troopers investigate two other  thefts in Tioga County…..

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This Is Distracted Driving Awareness week . Pennsylvania  State Police have teamed up with PennDot to raise awareness about the potentially deadly risks of texting while driving. As part of the campaign,U Drive, U Tex, You Pay, law enforcement will be watching closely for distracted drivers. Texting while driving is illegal in Pennsylvania. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015. More than 40,000 people were killed on our nation’s roadways last year, and distracted driving is a major contributor.

Highway Fatalities:

37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6% from 2015 (data not yet available for 2017) NHTSA

Distracted Driving:

10% of fatal crashes and 15% of injury crashes in 2015 were distraction-affected. NHTSA.

Distracted driving crashes are under-reported and the NSC estimates that cell phone use alone accounted for 27%  of 2015 car crashes. NSC

In 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. NHTSA

The fatal crash rate for teens is 3 times greater than for drivers age 20 and over (IIHS)

Driver distraction is responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes.  AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Three types of distractions:

Traffic safety experts classify distractions into three main types: Manual, Visual and Cognitive.

Manual distractions are those where you move your hands from the wheel.

Visual distractions are those where you focus your eyes away from the road.

A cognitive distraction is when you’re mind wanders away from the task of driving.

Texting involves all three types of distraction.

Cell Phone Use:

People are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when they drive intoxicated at the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08%.   University of Utah

Cell phone users are 5.36 times more likely to get into an accident than undistracted drivers. University of Utah

Text messaging increases the risk of crash or near-crash by 23 times.  Virginia Technical Transportation Institute, USDOT

Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph NHTSA

The NHTSA  adds drivers are not taking this seriously enough:

Over 84% of drivers recognize the danger from cell phone distractions and find it “unacceptable” that drivers text or send email while driving. Nevertheless, 36% of these same people admit to having read or sent a text message or e-mail while driving in the previous month. AAA Foundation for Traffic SafetyTeens whose parents drive distracted are 2 to 4 times as likely to also drive distracted.

In addition to cell phone use and texting, istracted driving can include such actions as:




adjusting devices such as radios and GPSs;

attending to children or pets, and

interacting with other passengers in the vehicle.

While all drivers should avoid distractions; for young, novice drivers, distracted driving can compound the inexperience factor and increase the risk of accident according to PennDot.

Last March, a state law went into effect banning text-based communication while driving. Violating the law is a primary offense carrying a $50 fine.

According to PennDOT data, more than 14,600 accidents involved a distracted driver in Pennsylvania in 2012, with 57 deaths in those accidents. Over the past five years, nearly 11 percent of Pennsylvania accidents involved a driver distraction, resulting in more than 300 fatalities statewide.

To help avoid distractions while driving, PennDOT recommends that drivers follow these simple safety tips:

Store or turn off cell phones while driving. If you must make an emergency call, safely pull over to the side of the road.

If traveling alone, set your GPS, radio and temperature controls before hitting the road.

If traveling with pets, be sure that they are properly restrained. Better yet, leave them at home. Even a minor crash can result in a major injury to a pet if it is not properly restrained.

Never operate your vehicle and attend to a child at the same time.

If you drop an object while driving, leave it until you reach your destination.

For more information on distracted driving and the state’s anti-texting law, visit


Both men involved in a scuffle early yesterday in Ceres Township, McKean County have been arrested for harassment with physical contact.  Kane based state police report 32 year old Joshua   Mesler of Shinglehouse and Kyle Lunn, 22 of Scio,  were arguing at 532 Route  44 at about 5:00 am when Mesler pushed and shoved Lunn  and punched him in the face with a closed fist.  Lunn allegedly then   pushed and shoved Mesler.

State police at Emporium have not released the name of their suspect but say charges are pending against a driver whose car was involved in two hit and run collisions within a couple of hours yesterday. At around 2:40 pm troopers tried to stop a 2009 Toyota Camry on a report of erratic driving. The car went off of E. 4th street and hit a legally parked 2016 Chevrolet  Silverado causing minor damage. Officers said the operator appeared dazed and unaware of his surroundings and what had just occurred. Two hours later while investigating another collision involving the same car on Route 120, police discovered the car had hit the guard rails along the highway about two tenths of a mile west of the State P:olice barracks. That collision was witnessed by someone who provided details about the crash to investigators. Apparently there were no injuries.

An 18 year old Troy resident has been arrested for shoplifting at the Mansfield Walmart. State police at Mansfield Cassidy  Slingerland  took various cell phone accessories valued at $48.76 by hiding the items in her purse before leaving the store on March 30.

Two Mansfield 20 year olds have been arrested for burglarizing a camper belonging to another resident of that town march 23 or 24. State police allege Tristan Gerow and Michael Watkins entered the camper which was parked in a wooded area near the intersection of Valley Road and Mulberry Hill Road in Richmond Township and poured melted candle wax down the kitchen sink drain causing $500 in damge. without the  owner’s permission.  Both were arraigned on charges of criminal mischief, burglary, and  criminal trespass.

Thieves stole several items from a vehicle owned by Lauren Flick of Elmira, NY during that same time period while it was parked on Canoe Camp Creek Road in Richmond Township. Stolen items included black Beets Headphones, valued at $250, First Heritage Feder Deit card, three rings, valued at $250; leather men’s Carolina boots, $140, key ring with assorted keys, $5.00; and a six pack of Smiroff ice, $7.00.

Criminals  took a shovel and rake off the front porch at a camp on |Grubb Road in Deerfield Township during the same period of time. The items owned by 70 year old Lafrone Harrison of Hornell, NY are valued at a total of $20.

Tuesday April 10, 2018


Black Forest Express



Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 40; Overnight low, 26; .75” snow







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Two Tioga County women fight over social media post….Bradford juvenile facing charges in Potter and McKean Counties related to theft of car….Slippery roads contribute to several Tioga County accidents…Both Scarnati and Causer participate in broadband hearing….PennDot begins Route 6 project in Kane…..

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Two Tioga County women came to blows last Wednesday  morning over a social media post. According to state police at the Mansfield barracks, 20 year old Karley Latimer of Blossburg has been arrested for threatening physical contact after she and 19 year old Danielle Kennedy of Covington argued about a post while at a location on the North Williamson Road in Covington Township.

A Bradford juvenile is being prosecuted in Potter Juvenile court in connection to a car theft last weekend. The youth was picked up on Maple Street in Roulette by Sweden Township Police who provide coverage to Roulette. The 12 year  had apparently taken a car belonging to a relative and then drove it to Roulette. He may also face charges filed by Bradford City police.

Last week’s slippery roads are blamed for a couple of accidents in Tioga County. Melissa Boyer of Westfield and three young passengers escaped injury just before 8:00 am when their  SUV spun off of snow covered Route 249 in Westfield Township. State police report Melissa Boyer’s northbound  Chevrolet Suburban slid off the road when she braked after encountering  snow on the pavement. The vehicle struck a ditch, then continued sliding into an adjacent field. Boyer, two boys ages 10 & 14 and a 15 year old girl were all using seatbelts. Later that night, two Mainsburg resldents were hurt in a one-vehcle accident in Covington  Township. Troopers explained Eil Clemenswas headed west on East Hill Road when her Nissan Xterra went off the road, hit a ditch and rolled end over end be stopping upside down in a ditch. Clemens and her passenger, James Baxter were taken by ambulance to Soldiers and
Sailors Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. A Covington woman  was also taken to Soldiers and Sailors when r her Dodge Durango went off of icy  Shumway Road in Covington Township and rolled over onto its roof.  Cops said all three drivers were going too fast but did not ticket any of them.

State police in Emporium investigated a hit and run taking   place yesterday on Simon’s Way in Shippen Township. The unknown vehicle damaged a gate just off of Mason Hill Road between 4pm and midnight.

Troopers there are also probing a burglary at a home on Woodland Avenue Friday or Saturday. Burglars forced their way into George Banther’s house through a basement window while he was away.

The Center for Rural Pennsylvania held  a public hearing last Thursday in  Wellsboro at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 5, to hear from broadband service providers and consumers about the issues, challenges, and opportunities of delivering broadband services in rural Pennsylvania.

According to the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 Broadband Progress Report, 39 percent of rural Americans, or 23 million people, lack broadband internet access.

In Pennsylvania, 30 percent in Potter County; 29 percent of the population in Tioga County, 39 percent in Bradford County, , 69 percent in Sullivan County, and 11 percent of the population in Lycoming County do not have access to fixed, advanced telecommunications.

Both Senator Joe Scarnati and Representative Martin Causer participated in the hearing. Rep. Causer says access to broadband is a necessity in rural areas such as ours and he believes providers are going to need some help from the government to hook everyone up….

Participants also  included representatives from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, Blue Ridge Cable, Indigo Wireless, Tri-County Rural Electric, Progress Authority-Bradford County, UPMC Susquehanna, JC Blair Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro School District, local development districts, and the PA Route 6 Alliance.

Work has begun  on the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Route 6 improvement project in Kane. This work will extend the useful life of the roadway and improve overall ride quality.

On Route 6, the project stretches from Easton Street to the intersection of Route 6 and Route 321. Local street names for Route 6 are North Fraley Street, Greeves Street, Edgar James Street, and Biddle Street.

Overall work includes roadway restoration, drainage improvements, signal upgrades, water line relocation, pavement markings, and miscellaneous construction.

This road work is being done in phases, with initial work requiring alternating traffic patterns enforced by flaggers in the roadway. Drivers should expect delays as work takes place.

As work progresses and construction phases change, a detour will be in effect for eastbound traffic. That change is anticipated to take place by late May. PennDOT will issue a project update prior to that change.

Francis J. Palo, Inc. of Clarion, PA is the contractor on this $5 million job, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year. All work is weather and schedule dependent.