Monday, June 11, 2018

Black Forest Express

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Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel, Ulysses Township Potter County

Sunday’s high, 62; Overnight low, 57 .64” of rain over the weekend







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Emporium man arrested for attacking victim with garden shears and threating to burn victim’s house down….Elderly Mansfield driver killed and wife seriously injured in Friday night accident…Three motorcycle crashes recently investigated….another motorcyclist  arrested for DUI….Coudersport man cited for public drunkenness after being observed stumbling on Route 6 west of Coudersport early Saturday morning….State police arrest several  motorists for DUI….Galeton man arrested for third time for letting dog  run loose…

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An Emporium man has been arrested for terroristic threats and related crimes in connection to an incident  allegedly taking place on May 26. Troopers claim when they responded to a call about a disturbance,  they discovered 31 year old Ian  Williams had attacked a victim with a pair of garden shears while making threats to kill the victim and to burn down his house. Williams also reportedly damaged the victim’s vehicle.

An elderly Mansfield driver was killed and his wife was seriously injured  last Friday night in a one vehicle accident in Ward Township. Mansfield based state police report 82 yea old James Hall was going north on Tanglewood Road, when his Lincoln Town car slid off the gravel road on a left curve and struck three trees in succession before spotting. Hall was pronounced dead at the scene by Tioga Deputy Coroner Lisa Lindquist. Hall’s wife, Reva, also 82 was lifeflighted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of serious injuries

With the arrival of spring weather, more and more motorcycles are on the road and area state police investigated three motorcycle crashes within recent days. Wiliam Snyder of Clarion was seriously hurt last Thursday morning in an accident on Route 6 in Hamlin Township, McKean County. State police say Snyder was going east just west of Wolf Farm Road when he tried to slow down abruptly for a bicyclist stopped on the right side of the road. Snyder’s Harley Davidson Heritage Soft Taildrifted from the center of the lane and into loose gravel, went into some grass and dirt and flipped over two or three times throwing Hall onto the pavement in the process. He was found lying in the road about 12 feet from his bike. He was taken to UPMC Hamot for treatment. Police noted he was wearing a helmet and was attired in appropriate gear.

A St.Marys woman was hurt in a motorcycle mishap Saturday night in a parking lot in Horton Township, Elk County. Troopers explained  a Harley Davidson Sportster ridden by Teresa Hulings hit a pothole and started to tip to the right.  Hulings put her right leg down and the bike leaned to the left and then back to the right falling on the Hulings who was treated at Penn Highlands Elk for minor injuries.

A Johnsonburg motorcyclist was cited for speeding after his KTM 1290 wrecked on the Johnsonburg Road in Ridgway Township last Thursday night. According to state police, Billy Birt dismounted when his bike went out of control and slid for about 168 feet  before stopping.  Birt was flown to the Altoona Medical Center for treatment of unknown ijuries.

Another motorcyclist was arrested for DUI by troopers at Cpoudes[prt/  Authorities allege whne they stopped ;38yearold Eric Bogschof Genesee on theHickox Ulysses Road on the night of May 24, because of a noise complaint they found his 1963 Harley Davidson was causing the noise and he was operating under the influence of alcohol

Coudersport based state police early Saturday morning arrested a local resident for public drunkenness and similar misconduct.  James Hammond, 58, was picked up when he was observed stumbling on Route 6 near cemetery curve, west of the boro9ugh just before 3:00 am. Vehicles were traveling on the highway at the time. A blood alcohol test revealed as level of .203%, more than twice the liegal limit for driving.

A Danville teen driver was arrested for possessing drugs and paraphernalia  after troopers pulled her over on Ro0pute 6 at the Chestnut Street intersection in Coudersport  on the night   May 20 after she was observed driving while impaired. Police claim 18 year old Kathleen Barbour was driving her 2002 Jeep Liberty  under the influence of a controlled substance.

Drug charges have also been filed against 25 year old Brandon  Welch of Coudersport. State police say when they stopped Welch’s ‘s 2009 Toyota on North Main Street at First Street on the night of May 29,they found he had a black grinder with suspected marijuana inside and claim Welch admitted it was a grinder with pot in it.

Troopers at Coudersport apprehended a Cambridge Springs resident after stopping him at the intersection of East oak and S.East Street in Coudersport on the Night of May 29 for driving his 2013 Ford Focus with an expired inspection sticker. While investigating  officers determined 24 year old Dustin Chappell was wanted in Crawford County by warrant. He was taken into custody and committed the Potter county jail awaiting extradition .

A Galeton man has been cited for breaking dog laws. Coudersport based state police relate they had complaints from Diane Wilson of Shermans Dale, PA and another camp owner that Gerald Morral  allowed his dog tp go onto their properties along Alpine Lane in West Branch Township  despite being told the canine was not welcome. Morral has been convicted two previous times for violating the restraint law.

Criminal trespass and retail theft charges are pending against a 25 year old Force, PA resident. State police at Ridgway claim the suspect knew je was not allowed at the St. Marys Walmart but went there anyway last t Friday afternoon and stole a roll of Gorilla tape valued at $3.00. A 27 year old St. Marys man is accoused of stealing three packages of  cat flea and tick medicine and two packages of dog fle and tick medicine from the Walmart Store also Friday.  The medicine is valued at $24.56. Police did not release either suspect’s name and the charges have not yet been formally filed.


BFB Headlines (Monday June 11, 2018) Emporium man arrested for attacking victim with garden shears and threating to burn victim’s house down….Elderly Mansfield driver killed and wife seriously injured in Friday night accident…Three motorcycle crashes recently investigated….another motorcylicist arrested for DUI….Coudersport man cited for public drunkenness after being observed stumbling on Route 6 west of Coudersport early Saturday morning….State police arrest several  motorists for DUI….Galeton man arrested for third time for letting dog  run loose…Next on-air report after 12:06 pm on

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Friday June 8, 2018




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Mountain Laurel off of Route 6 in Ulysses Township

                                               Thursday’s high,73; Overnight low, 42







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Obituaries: Philip Redmond, Roulette & Mitchell Phillips, Smethport

Week-long state Laurel Festival opens Saturday in Wellsboro…..Reservations due today for Women in the Wilds to be held June 22-24 @ Sinnemahoning State Park….Tioga County teen driver hurt when deer struck by another car  travels through her car windshield….Police investigate $$1000 worth of vandalism to car In Norwich Township….Driftwood man arrested for public drunkenness….

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The 77th Annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival gets underway with activities for all ages beginning this Saturday, June 9 and continuing through Sunday, June 17 in downtown Wellsboro.

Kicking off the festival on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. is Family Day and the Children’s Health Fair on The Green, rain or shine. More than 30 organizations will have booths with information, activities for youngsters and giveaways from helium balloons to free bike helmets in sizes toddler to large. A bounce house, a 15-foot inflatable slide and slack lines will all be part of the fun. Each youngster at Family Day can choose to take home a free playground ball, foam football or skip ball.


This Sunday, June 10 is the Pet Parade. Children with decorated bicycles and pets of all types from dogs to ducks will gather for judging at 12:25 p.m. in the Packer Park picnic area behind the Wellsboro Senior Center parking lot on Queen Street. At 1:30 p.m., the parade will leave the park, travel up Main Street to The Green where awards will be presented.

Every night, Monday, June 11 through Friday, June 15, will be a concert by different entertainers. Callanish, a Celtic band will play lively dance reels and jigs, love songs and spirited Irish drinking tunes on June 11 at 7 p.m. in the Deane Center. Drowsy Maggie will perform a mix of traditional and new bluegrass, folk, folk rock, old-time, Irish, Scottish and country on June 12 at 7 p.m. in the Deane Center. The “Almost World Famous” Wellsboro Town Band will give an outdoor concert on The Green on June 13 at 7 p.m. The Wellsboro Men and Women’s Choruses will sing songs from movies, Broadway shows and rock and roll at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Wellsboro. The last concert will be part of the Queen’s Preview at 5 p.m. on June 15. A $5 donation is recommended for the Callanish and Drowsy Maggie concerts. The other concerts are free.

For the annual Arts & Crafts Fair more than 90 artisans, 21 of them new, will be on The Green with unique, handcrafted items on Friday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 16 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The International Street of Foods with 27 vendors on Pearl Street along The Green will offer delectable delights from strawberry shortcake to crepes and Greek gyros.

Friday at noon is the welcome for the Laurel Queen candidates on the Tioga County Courthouse steps.

At 5 p.m. Friday night, the free Queen’s Preview will be on the Deane Center’s outdoor stage. Following the introduction of the 27 Laurel Queen candidates will be a free concert by Gabe Stillman and the Billtown Giants performing electric blues and R&B tunes.

The Laurel Festival 10K at 9 a.m. and Two-Mile Fun Run at 9:05 a.m. will start Saturday’s events. Both will begin at Packer Park on Queen Street. Packet pick-up and registration for both the 10K and Fun Run will be from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on race day. The 10K entry fee is $25 and Fun Run, $5.

At 2 p.m., the Laurel Festival Parade, themed  “It’s Magical” will reach Main Street. Waving to the crowd will be 2017 Laurel Queen Abbey Carleton and the 27 Laurel Queen candidates from floats crafted by community organizations in keeping with the theme “It’s Magical” Top-notch drum and bugle corps, bagpipers, high school marching bands and special units, such as the Bucktails and the Jaffa Shrine Lil Vettes will perform during the parade.

Downbeat Percussion, the official drumline of the Buffalo Bills, will play at 4 p.m. on The Green followed at 5 p.m. by the Mansfield University SaxAlums” concert.

Capping off Saturday will be the 6:30 p.m. coronation ceremonies during which the 2018 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen will be crowned.

On Sunday, June 17 at 10:30 a.m., the festival will end with the Union Church Service on The Green.

(The Laurel Festival Schedule is on our Calendar of Events Page.)

For more information about festival events, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce by stopping in at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro, by calling 570-724-1926, emailing or visiting

Sinnemahoning State Park is still accepting registrations for the Women In The Wilds Weekend at Sinnemahoning State Park. Friday June 22 through Sunday June 24, 2018, Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a ladies-only weekend filled with outdoor recreation and environmental education, a perfect opportunity to break out of your routine and try something new!

Programs will include biking, archery, kayaking, bird-banding, fly-fishing, camp cooking, outdoor survival, and many others.  Program fee of $100 includes your choice of eight different sessions over the three days of the event, an event t-shirt, and all meals.

Register for the Women in the Wilds weekend online through DCNR Calendar of Events at  If you need assistance with online registration or if you would like more information about the programs offered, please contact the park office at 814-647-8401 or

A Tioga County  teen driver was hurt in an unusual car/deer encounter Wednesday morning in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. Troopers at the Mansfield barracks report 18 year old Morgan White of Corning, NY was traveling east on Route 6 just before 7:00 am when her Honda Civic struck a deer head-on. The deer became airborne toward the opposite lane and crashed through the left side of the windshield on a Pontiac G driven  by 19 year old Rebecca Case of Troy. Half of the carcass was found on the rear floor passenger side of the car. Cases was able to pull to the side of the road and called her father who took her to the Troy Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. White called her father because the car was smoking after impact. She was not hurt.

State police at Kane are looking for the vandal or vandals who heavily damaged an SUV on Rout 46 in Norwich Township on May 27. The rear window on a 2015 Ford Explorer was smashed to allow criminals to enter the vehicle. Multiple interior parts and accessories were damaged. Total damage is estimated to be more than $1,000. The SUV is owned  by Kayla Berlin of Port Allegany.

A charge of public drunkenness has been filed against 41 year old John Kennedy if Driftwood. State police at Emporium claim Kennedy was observed tripping on the sidewalk along E. Allegheny Avenue in that town just after 1:00am May 27 and falling to the ground.


Philp Redmond, 76, of, Roulette, died Thursday (June 7, 2018) in the UPMC Cole, Coudersport. He was born Sep 6, 1941 in Coudersport, a son of Fredrick W. and Mildred A. Swartout Redmond, On February 11, 1967 in Roulette, PA, he married Gloria J. Bloomer, who survives. Mr. Redmond was a 1960 graduate of Port Allegany High School. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving from 1962 to 1968. He was aboard the USS Ticonderoga CVA-14 and a member of Fighter Squadron 51 which saw action in August of 1964 in the Gulf Of Tonkin He was a member of the Domain of The Golden Dragon Ruler of the 180th Meridian He enjoyed spending time in the Finger Lakes on Lake Lamoka. Mr. Redmond was a Machinist, employed by Pure Carbon and cared for the elderly along with his wife for many years. He was a Lifetime member Roulette Fire Dept., Roulette, PA and was a member of Port Allegany Moose Lodge #460 and VFW Post 6391, both Port Allegany, PA 43 In addition to his wife, he is survived by Two daughters: Thrisa (Michael) Borro of Roulette, PA and April (Tim) Quimby of Manchester, PA, Four grandchildren; Sara and Nicole Borro, J.T. Speed and Ariel Quimby One sister: Judy (Ron) Dates of Roulette, PA One brother: Fred (Shirley) Redmond of Roulette, PA He was preceded in death by his parent’s one brother Robert and two sisters Florence Joseph and Ruth Boyer At Philip’s request there will be no visitation. A celebration of Philip’s life will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2018 ay 2 PM in the Riverside Methodist Church, Roulette, PA., With the Rev. Randall Headley, officiating. Burial will be in the Hill Cemetery, Roulette. Memorials may be made to Roulette Ambulance Association, Roulette, PA 16746 Online Condolence May Be Made At, Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

 Mitchell Donovan Phillips, 62, of Smethport, passed away Saturday (June 2, 2018) in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY.He was born June 10, 1955 in Olean, a son of Richard and Erma Higley Phillips.Mr. Phillips was a 1973 graduate of Smethport Area High School.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1973 to 1976.Mitch worked as maintenance director at Intermediate Unit #9 of Smethport for 20 years before retiring in 2017.  He also was employed at Costa’s Hardware Store in Smethport for 17 years.Mitch loved fishing and hunting.  He especially enjoyed spending time at the family camp in Potter County.  He was an avid reader and loved spending time with his grandchildren.In addition to his parents Richard and Erma, he is survived by:one son: Donovan D. (Amber) Phillips of Smethport, PA;one step-daughter: Heather (Jon) Coscia of Eldred, PA;Grandchildren: Colin, Cody, Kolby, Adrianna, Nevaeh, Annabell and Tracy:one sister: Barbara (Lloyd) Burkhouse of Bradford, PAone brother: Douglas (Christina) Phillips of Olean, NY and several nieces and nephews.He was preceded in death by a brother, Richard W. Phillips.Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 12, from 10 -11AM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where memorial services will begin at 11AM with the Rev. Les Leet, officiating.Memorials may be made to Eldred WWII museum, the Alzheimer’s Association, or the Hamlin Memorial Library, Smethport, PA.  Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.comArrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.


Thursday June 7, 2018

Black Forest Express

    Photo by Gerri Miller

Butter Cups by Back Fence

Wednesday’s high, 62; Overnight low, 32; .04” rain







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Obituaries: Maple Ingraham, Coudersport; Brandon Youngs, Ceres; Julie Donner, Coudersport (Lehighton & Bethlehem)

Pennsylvania State Parks celebrate 125 years….Many programs planned this weekend at some parks in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area…Bradford man scammed out of $200….No one hurt in a minor collision between tractor-trailers….Mansfield based state police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints this summer….

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Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined other state officials, the Bureau of State Parks, and historic group representatives last week in marking state parks’ 125th anniversary at an event at Washington Crossing Historic Park.

Washington Crossing was picked as the celebration site because it was most recently added to Pennsylvania’s system of 121 state parks. Rich in historical buildings and environmental education programs, the park is the site of George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River during the American Revolution, and is a National Historic Landmark.

To plan state parks for the future, while preserving its legacy, the Bureau of State Parks last year launched “Penn’s Parks For All,” a strategic planning process keyed to a public survey and management of the parks for the next 25 years.

More than 14,000 people responded online and at individual parks to a series of questions about recreation, overnight accommodations, resource protection, funding, and operations. The department also is seeking input from state park staff and DCNR stakeholder groups; as well as a special online survey reaching minorities and young adults.

Survey results will be shared later this year, and a final plan is due in late 2019.

Totaling almost 300,000 acres, Pennsylvania’s state parks received the 2009 distinction of being named the nation’s best by the National Recreation and Park Society. With more than 40 million annual visitors, Pennsylvania state parks and forests generate more than $1 billion a year for the state’s economy through visitor expenditures on hotel rooms, dinners, souvenirs, and other amenities.

A 2012 study by the Pennsylvania State University showed the return on taxpayer investment in our state parks alone was estimated at nearly $12.41 for every $1 invested.

More information on Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests can be found at

There are 11 state parks located within the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Many have programs throughout the year, especially during the summer months. Events planned for this weekend at some of them include:

At Hills Creek State Park

Timber Rattlesnake

On Friday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m. in the Nature Center, explore the biology, management, and myths about Pennsylvania’s largest venomous snake through video, artifacts, and demonstrations.

Bobcat in Pennsylvania

In the Nature Center at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, learn about the history, biology and management of the bobcat. This presentation will include mounts, artifacts and video clips of actual research in Tioga County.

Go on a Beaver Hike

On Sunday, June 10 from 7 to 8 p.m., drive into the campground and go to C Loop to the Mid-State Trail sign and park along Campsite Road. Take a .75-mile hike along the trail to see an active beaver lodge and learn about this mammal’s history, management and role in the park. It’s a great hike for the whole family

World of the Beaver

In the Nature Center at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, learn more about this unique mammal that lives in the park through photos, skulls, hides and demonstrations.


Call the park office at 570-724-4246 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information.

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Night Sky Tour is Friday and Saturday, June 8 & 9

From 9:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9 in the Night Sky Viewing Area, experience the splendor of the night sky. Park staff will give a laser-guided tour of the constellations and recount the legends and myths surrounding these mysterious patterns. Afterwards, take an up close look at celestial objects through park telescopes. Pre-registration is required.

Nature at Night is Friday, June 8

Planning to go on the Night Sky Tour on Friday, June 8? Arrive early at the Night Sky Viewing Area and join park staff from 8 to 8:45 p.m. for a program on fascinating night critters, such as fireflies, bats, black bears or coyotes. Like to know what will be featured, email Registration is NOT required for Nature at Night programs.

Park Welcome & Walking Tour is June 9

Planning to be at the Saturday, June 9 Night Sky Tour program? Arrive early at the Night Sky Viewing Area and join park staff on Saturday from 8 to 8:45 p.m. for a short, guided walk of park facilities to learn about their past, present and future. All ages welcome. Meet at the kiosk near the restroom in the visitor parking area on the north side of RT 44.  The walk is less than a mile on mostly level terrain. Registration is NOT required for the Park Welcome & Walking Tour.

Picnic in the Park

Those who get to the park early are always welcome to take a picnic supper and make use of the park’s picnic grove near the Night Sky Viewing Area. The grove has picnic tables and charcoal grills onsite. Registration is NOT required to picnic in the park.


To Register

Online registration for stargazing programs is required. Visit If there is a problem with registering online or for information about these free programs, call (814) 435-1037 or email


Bike and Float the First Fork

Take a 2 mile bicycle tour along the Lowlands Trail, then cool off on a relaxing float back to 40 Maples.Adult bikes, inner tubes and life vests available upon request. Group size limited to 10 people.  Ages 8 and older.  Children must accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required.

Saturday, June 9 at 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Women in the Wilds Weekend at Sinnemahoning State Park

The Park is still accepting registrations for the Women In The Wilds Weekend at Sinnemahoning State Park. Friday June 22 through Sunday June 24, 2018, Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a ladies-only weekend filled with outdoor recreation and environmental education, a perfect opportunity to break out of your routine and try something new!

4843 Park Road, Austin, PA 16720

A McKean County man was scammed out of $200 yesterday according to state police at Kane .The 58 year old Bradford resident received a phone call at about 8:30 am and gave the caller pin numbers for iTunes gift cards valued at $200 to speed up his computer. The crook told the victim he was with “Google” however did not provide the promised services.

No one was hurt in a car/deer collision Wednesday morning on the first Fork Road in Grove Township, Cameron County. State police at Emporium report Charles Coup of Bellefonte was going north on Route 872 when a whitetail bounded onto the highway in front of his Hyundai Sport. Coup and his passengers James Finley of Port Matilda and David Jackson of Bellefonte were all using seatbelts and the SUV’s airbags deployed upon impact.

Neither driver was hurt in a “Trailer Bender” Tuesday night in Snyder Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police report the operator of a Freightliner was trying to back into a loading dock but failed to notice an International Harvester parked in a nearby stall and hit the left side bumper of the parked rig. The operator fled the scene without providing information to the other driver.

Mansfield based state police are advising motorists that they will be conducting sobriety  checkpoints  at undisclosed locations throughout Tioga County during the months of July, August and September.


Maple E. Ingraham, 97, of Coudersport, passed away, Monday, June 4, 2018, at UPMC Cole, Coudersport.She was born on June 8, 1920 in Westfield, the daughter of the late Ivan and Albertine (King) Rushmore.  Maple married Bill Ingraham who preceded her in death in 1965.Maple was a graduate of Westfield School.  She retired from Smith of Galeton Gloves in 1982 after 18 years of service.  She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, crocheting and her beloved family farm.Maple is survived by four daughters, Barrie Magglioco of Callaway, VA; Patricia and Frits Rushmore Den Hertog of Callaway, VA; Carol McPherson of Westfield; Dawnette and Randy Deiter of Coudersport; two sons, Terry McCloskey of Westfield; Robert Wood of North Richland Hills, TX; 8 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.In addition to her parents and husband, Maple was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Samantha Deiter and two sisters, Jean Hilboldt and Norma CraneIn keeping with Maple’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services.Memorial donations in Maple’s name may be made to the Galeton Public Library, 5 Park Lane, Galeton, PA 16922.

Brandon M. Youngs, 34, of Ceres, N.Y., passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, June 4, 2018, in the Cuba Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit, Cuba, after a courageous battle with cancer.Born on November 2, 1983 in Coudersport, Pa., he was a son of Clyde K. Jr. and Laurie Green Youngs.Brandon was a graduate of Bolivar-Richburg Central School in Bolivar.  He was first employed by Blue Bird Bus Company in Olean, then by I.A. Construction in Portville as a loader operator, and lastly as a lab tech by Glenn O. Hawbaker in Shinglehouse, until retiring due to ill health.Brandon was a member of the Sons of the American Legion at the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 and was a past member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department.  He was a member of the Layed Back Luxuries Car Club.  His greatest love was his entire family and his friends.Surviving besides his parents of Ceres are a sister, Heather M. Youngs of Ceres; his beloved nephew, Bentley Youngs; his maternal grandfather, Delmar G. Green of Shinglehouse; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.Brandon was predeceased by his paternal grandparents and his maternal grandmother.Friends may call from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday and from 10am to noon on Friday, June 8, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., where funeral services will follow at noon with Pastor Ben Ramirez of Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee, officiating.  Burial will be in Bowler Memorial Cemetery, Little Genesee.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.Brandon’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Brandon, please visit

Julie Donner, 79, of Coudersport, formerly of Lehighton and Bethlehem, passed away at home with her loving family by her side on Monday, June 4, 2018.Born on September 5, 1938 in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, she was a daughter of Modesto and Julia Casillas Mercado.  She was married to Willard R. “Skip” Donner, Sr., who passed away on September 27, 1991.Julie was of the Roman Catholic faith.  She was a former member of the Lehighton American Legion Post 314 Ladies Auxiliary and the Beaver Run Rod & Gun Club.  She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her loving family, especially her grandchildren.Surviving are a daughter, Cheryl Ann “Sherry” (Bert) Ianson of Coudersport; two sons, Willard Donner, Jr. of West Virginia and Jeffrey (Kathleen) Donner of Weatherly; seven grandchildren, Willard III, Haley, Jeffrey, Christopher, Rea, Jessica, and Jeffrey, Jr.; two great-grandchildren, RileyMae and Luna; many sisters and brothers; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Julie was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.Friends may call from 9:30am to 11am on Friday, June 8, 2018, at the Ovsak Funeral Home, 190 South 4th Street, Lehighton, where funeral services will follow at 11am with Deacon Joseph C. Wilhelm, Jr., officiating.  Burial will be in Gnaden Huetten Cemetery, Lehighton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Julie’s name may be made to Cole Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 102-108 South Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Julie’s family has entrusted her local arrangements to the care of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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