Tuesday October 9, 2018

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 64; no rain






 Wolf administration plan on more electric car charging stations at state parks….Public meeting on expanding ATV use on state lands scheduled for next Monday in Coudersport…..Emporium man accused of killing neighbor’s cat and encouraging his children to shoot it….Retail theft charges filed against another Emporium resident….. 

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Department of Conservation and Natural Resources  last week  in dedicated an electric car charging station at Prince Gallitzin State Park. The event at the Cambria County park signaled the department’s future commitment to similar installations at more than 40 state parks and forests throughout the state to help reduce greenhouse gases, lessens smog, and improve air quality statewide.

The charging station at Prince Gallitzin is the second to be installed in the state parks system. Another was installed at Kinzua Bridge, McKean County, a focal point of the Pennsylvania Wilds. Installation of other charging stations, capable of fully charging vehicles in 2.5 to 7 hours, is expected by 2020.

Electric car charging stations will be installed at the following locations:

Beaver County: Raccoon Creek State Park

Bedford County: Shawnee State Park

Berks County: French Creek State Park, Nolde Forest Environmental Education Center

Bucks County: Delaware Canal State Park, Nockamixon State Park

Butler County: Jennings Environmental Education Center, Moraine State Park

Carbon County: Hickory Run State Park

Centre County: Black Moshannon State Park, Bald Eagle State Park

Chester County: Marsh Creek State Park

Clarion County: Cook Forest State Park

Crawford County: Pymatuning State Park

Cumberland County: Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Colonel Denning State Park; Kings Gap Environmental Education Center

Delaware County: Ridley Creek State Park

Elk County: Elk Country Visitor Center

Erie County: Presque Isle State Park

Fayette County, Ohiopyle State Park

Franklin County: Caledonia State Park

Fulton County: Cowans Gap State Park

Huntingdon County: Greenwood Furnace State Park

Lackawanna County: Lackawanna State Park

Lawrence County: McConnells Mill State Park

Luzerne County: Ricketts Glen State Park

Lycoming County: Tiadaghton State Forest District, Pine Creek Trail

Montgomery County: Washington Crossing State Park

Perry County: Little Buffalo State Park

Pike County: Promised Land State Park

Potter County: Pennsylvania Lumber Museum, Cherry Springs State Park

Schuylkill County: Weiser State Forest District Resource Management Center

Sullivan County: Worlds End State Park

Tioga County: Leonard Harrison State Park; Tioga State Forest District, Pine Creek Trail

Venango County: Oil Creek State Park

Westmoreland County: Keystone State Park

York County: Codorus State Park, Gifford Pinchot State Park

DCNR oversees more than 4,500 buildings in its parks system, more than a hundred wastewater treatment facilities, and thousands of vehicles, and spends millions of dollars a year in electricity.

As the state’s leading conservation agency, DCNR  says it strives to follow practices that conserve and sustain natural resources. Through its green and sustainable initiative, DCNR exemplifies best practices through its buildings, vehicle fleet, purchases, land management and business operations.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks and 20 state forest districts, visit the DCNR website.

A meeting on the Northcentral Pa. ATV Initiative will be held at 10 am Monday, Oct. 15, at the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. It’s being hosted by the Potter County Planning Department. Among participants will be representatives of PennDOT, the Pa. Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), police, emergency services, conservation interests, ATV rider organizations, tourist promotion agencies, county and local government, and others.

For decades, riders of all-terrain vehicles have been pressuring state leaders to open up additional sections of publicly owned forest, park and game lands for their use. ATV partisans scored a major victory recently when the state legislature amended the Fiscal Code with an order that directs two state agencies to work together to expand the trail system in northcentral Pennsylvania. DCNR is now required to work with PennDOT to connect Clinton County to the New York State border through state forest land and highways by April 2024. This network will link several trails that are already developed in different regions between the counties. Those trails are Haneyville, Bloody Skillet, Snowshoe Rail Trail, Denton Hill and Whiskey Springs.

Proponents say the plan will expand riding opportunities, boost the tourist-based economy, and curtail illegal riding on state roads and forests. Opponents cite traffic safety concerns, maintenance responsibilities that could drain public resources, conflicts with other users of public lands, impacts on wildlife, as well as erosion issues.

State police at Emporium have arrested a 39 year old resident of that town on charges of animal cruelty, corruption of minors and criminal mischief. Authorities allege Preston Clingan used a BB gun to kill a neighbor’s cat on September 13 and tried to have his children shoot it. Police claim Clingan had his 14 year old child put the cat in the creek along Arrowhead Lane.

Anne Barnahrt, 34 of Emporium has been arrested for stealing merchandise from the Dollar General in that town last Wednesday afternoon. Barnhart is suspected of taking a Copper fit anklet without paying for it. She will now answer a retail theft charge in district court.

Monday October 8, 2018


Black Forest Express


Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 64; .16” rain







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 Scarnati is inviting middle and high school students to compete in vi8deo contest…State police warn of yet another scam….Details just released about a collision late last month which seriously injured an elderly Genesee woman.. Minot njuries reported for Mt. Jewett driver who failed to stop for a car ahead waiting for students to get off a school bus…Two hit and runs investigated by state police at Kane…Harrison Township man accused of hitting another man on the head with a closed fist…car and hayfield vandalized in McKean County…Numerous pieces of furniture and household itmes dumped over bank in in Eulalia Township…

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Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) is encouraging local middle and high school students to share their perspectives on improving school safety by participating in the second annual “Talk To Your State Senator” statewide video competition.

The contest, which is sponsored by the Senate of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, is open to Pennsylvania students in grades 6 through 12, including all public school, private school and home school students. Participants are encouraged to submit online video entries of no longer than three minutes, which highlight ways to make schools safer.

A total of $10,000 in prizes will be awarded through the PA 529 college savings program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Treasury. Prizes will be deposited into a college savings account in the winner(s) name. Videos will be judged based on creativity, content and effectiveness of message delivery.

Scarnati explained that funding for school safety initiatives has been one of his top priorities.  The 2018-19 includes $60 million in new money for initiatives to protect schools and students from violence.  The new funding is in addition to the $10 million dedicated to an existing grant program created in 2013 by a law authored by Scarnati.

The contest will remain open through December 7, 2018. Winners will be announced in May 2019. For more information on the contest or to submit a video, please visit: www.legis.state.pa.us/talk-to-your-state-senator/.

Troopers at Coudersport are advising the public of another scam. They were called last week by a Eulalia Township woman who told them she was contacted by Irvine Infotrade to run a virus scan on her computer and askedher for payment by credit card. Once credit card information was received, the caller related that it had taken too long and requested a check be sent by fax. While the faxed check would not be negotiable, the criminals could obtain enough information from the copy to use for ID theft.

An elderly Genesee woman was seriously injured in collision on Sunday September 30. Coudersport based state police over the weekend finally released the details reporting the collision occurred on the  Northern Potter Road in Bingham Township a few minutes after 1:00 pm when 69 year old Linda Tubbs of Ulysses made a left turn at Sandy’s Country Cottage Restaurant to travel west and drove  in front of an eastbound Volvo driven by Delores Wyatt also of Ulysses. Both drivers were treated at UPMC Cole for serious injuries. A passenger in the Tubbs VW Beetle was flown by helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre with serious injuries.

Minor injuries were reported for a Smethport driver after a rear end collision last Wednesday afternoon in Hamlin Township. State police at Kane said the collision occurred when Joseph Saltsgiver failed to stop his Dodge Avenger for a Jeep Wrangler driven by Nancy Dart also of Smethport which was stopped for a school bus discharging students. Saltsgiver was taken to Charles Cole Hospital while Dart was not injured.

Both drivers escaped injury when their cars collided Friday morning in Hamilton Township, McKean County. Catherine Neuts, 26 of South Fork PA fell asleep just after 10:00 am while going east on Route 6. Her Toyota Corolla  went across the center line and collided with the rear fender  on a Chevrolet Cruz driven by Brandon Meeker.

State police at Kane have recently investigated a couple of hit and runs. An unknown westbound  vehicle crossed the center line and went into the opposite lane forcing the eastbound driver to swerve sending a Dodge Neon into a ditch where it became stuck Saturday morning. Later that night, an unknown unit failed to make a right hand curve on the Looker Mountain Trail, went off the road and collided with a concrete barrier. The vehicle turned around and fled the scene making a right hand Turn onto the Columbia Hill Road….

Mansfield based state police arrested Mary Daly of Painted Post for speeding after her car hydroplaned on Route 15 in Richmond Township last Tuesday morning  and struck a guardrail The Subaru Forrester continued on for about 100 feet, then impacted the guard rail a second time, traveled another 100 feet before stopping on the eastern side of the road, Daly was not hurt.

Earl Tubbs, 50,of Harrison Township was arrested last Tuesday by troopers at the Coudersport barracks for harassment. Authorities claim Tubbs grabbed a 67 year old Westfield man without provocation and hit the victim on the head with a closed fist.

Two assaults on a Genesee resident on September 26 within hours of each other were investigated by State police at Coudersport. Justin Fuhrer of Genesee told officers the attacks took place at 7:00 pm and again at 10:15 pm on the Hickox-Ulyses Road. Police said they interviewed several people involved in the incident.

Cops did not release the name of a 40 year old Millerton resident accused of assault for an incident last Thursday night on Route 328 in Jackson Township. The man is accused of hitting a 39 year old  Millerton woman in the face twice.

A sign of the times. Two people have been cited for harassment by communications for continually sending messages back and forth via Facebook Messenger Friday afternoon after being asked to stop. The 32 year old Mount Jewett woman and a 36 year old Wilcox man will answer charges in district court.

Troopers at Kane have investigated two vandalism incidents occurring last week. Culprits broke the rear window and scratched the hood  on a Ford Escape owned by Crystal Hicks of Duke Center while it was parked on Sweitzer Drive between 10:30 and 11:15 pm last Thursday. And someone caused $350 in damage to a hayfield on Tara Lane in Hamilton Township last Thursday or Friday by “turfing up” the field.

Dana Grovanz, 37, of Emporium was arrested by state police last Thursday afternoon on charges of public drunkenness and simple trespass. Grovanz allegedly went onto property on East Second Street owned by Geraldine Britton.

Major litterbugs are being sought by state police at Coudersport. Someone dumped two sectional couches, a wooden TV stand, five small throw pillows mattress and several toys over an embankment on Grom Hill Road in Eulalia Township. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

Friday October 5, 2018

Black Forest Express



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Thursday’s high, 69; Overnight low, 49;  .23” rain







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Obituary: Robert Grant, Coudersport

 PennDot says  condition of state bridges has improved…..Fundraiser in Knoxville this weekend inspired by animal cruelty case…..Coudersport woman hurt Tuesday morning when hit by a pick up truck….Custer City woman cited for speeding before one vehicle crash yesterday in Elk County…Attempted burglary at Eldred home under investigation by Kane Based State Police….. .

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PennDOT has  announced that the overall condition of state-maintained bridges has improved compared to January 2015. PennDOT has also unveiled a new “Bridge Conditions” map at www.projects.penndot.gov where the public can view conditions of state and locally-owned bridges.

Since January 2015, there are 819 more state-maintained bridges in good condition, the number in poor condition has dropped by 1,044, and the number in fair condition has increased by 95. Since 2015, 2,086 state-maintained bridges have been restored and the department has put out 1,017 bridge projects. There are nearly 25,400 state-maintained bridges in Pennsylvania, the third-highest number in the nation, with the average age of state-owned bridges at over 50 years old.

Quarterly, public updates of bridge conditions in the state are viewable on the “Bridges” page of the “Projects & Programs” section of www.penndot.gov.

There are 6,414 locally owned bridges, of which 1,886 – or 29.4 percent – are in poor condition. This is a decrease from January 2015 when 34.1 percent were in poor condition, and the number in good condition has increased from 21.5 percent to 23.2 percent. The need to improve local bridges was underscored when the biennial Transportation Performance Report, assembled by PennDOT, the State Transportation Commission, and the Transportation Advisory Committee and viewable at www.TalkPATransportation.com, identified local bridges as the only category receiving a “low” performance rating.

Since March 2015, nearly $1.8 billion in municipal liquid fuels investments have been distributed to certified municipalities for local infrastructure needs such as maintaining roads and bridges, winter services, traffic control devices, and more.

To learn more about bridges in Pennsylvania, including the department’s bridge-inspection procedures and more-detailed bridge-condition information, visit the Bridges page.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews and like the department on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation and Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot.

A tragedy a few years ago has led to a fundraiser for a This Sunday, Oct. 7, Jerry Gaye of Osceola is holding his fifth annual benefit to raise money for Tioga County shelter dogs and cats. the benefit will be at the Howard S. Lines Knoxville VFW Post 6753 at 703 Boatman Road, Knoxville, Pa. 16928.the Blue Country Roots band will sing and play country and bluegrass music At 4 p.m.,.The Chinese auction will begin around 6 p.m. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

Gaye has been doing these benefits since 2014, prompted into action when a one-year-old male dog was found in January of that year frozen to death in a plastic pet carrier in woods along Cummings Creek Road in Farmington Township. Charlie was alive when he was left in the locked carrier on Oct. 3, 2013. He died “due to probable starvation over a period of time” according to investigators. The man responsible was located, prosecuted and served time in jail for the inhumane act.

The proceeds from the 2018 benefit will be donated to the Heading Home Center operated by Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries, Inc., a volunteer-based organization founded in 2001 in Tioga County.

In September of 2016, Second Chance opened its newly built, no-kill center for dogs and cats at 725 Gee Road, Tioga, PA 16946. Between 2001 and the shelter opening, Second Chance volunteers had fostered stray cats and dogs in their homes until the animals were adopted or returned to their owners.

From Jan. 1 to Sept. 25 this year, 155 strays, including 83 dogs and 72 cats, were adopted from the Heading Home Center. In addition, the center returned 36 stray dogs to their owners.

People who attend the benefit can donate money to help Second Chance or take a bag of dog or cat food or cleaning supplies. No admission is charged. One hundred percent of the funds raised  will be used to benefit the animals.”

They can always use any kind of bottled dish soap, bleach and disinfectants like Pines-Sol or Lysol, also ,towels and washcloths to bathe the cats and dogs or to clean their living quarters and blankets for dog bedding.

Their top priority is to assist animals and their owners in Tioga County and nearby communities in Potter County and use resources for stray cats and dogs as well as pet owners in need. There is also  a spay/neuter assistance program.”

Donations of any kind of dry or wet cat and dog foods are appreciated. They are used them to provide owners in need with pet food. Cat food  is given to participants in the Guardian Homes program. These are Tioga County people who feed and care for colonies of feral cats  which  are trapped, neutered and then released back into their colonies.

The animals at the center eat 200 pounds of dog and cat food a month. “We buy Victor dog food and 4Health for the cats.

The center also works closely with law enforcement. “including  local police, state police, the cruelty officer, dog warden and township staff who takle  stray dogs and cats to the shelter.

For more information about the benefit and the Chinese Auction, call the Knoxville VFW at 814-326-4321 or stop in at Blend’s Feed and Farm Supply, 7788 PA-49, Osceola, PA 16942. Items for the Chinese auction can be dropped off at the Knoxville VFW or Blend’s.

A Coudersport woman was taken to Charles Cole Hospital after being hit by a pick up truck Tuesday morning. Borough Police Chief McClain told Black Forest Broadcasting the accident took place at the intersection of South Main and Maple Streets when a southbound pick up truck driven by David Matteson of Genesee struck 67 year old Jennie Kaple. The chief said no charges were filed and Kaple’s injuries were unknown.

Troopers at Ridgway claim a Custer City woman was speeding yesterday when her SUV hydroplaned on the and rolled onto its side Jones Township. State police report a 1995 Jeep Cherokee spun off the Burning Well Road after encountering a pool of water on the pavement. Jasmine Waldek, 22, and her passenger Mark Bailey also of Custer City were using seatbelts and two children, a 3 year old boy and a female infant were in child safety seats.

An attempted burglary at an Eldred home is being investigated by state police at Kane. Criminals tried to force their way into a house on Edson Street owned by a 41 year old Eldred woman between 7:30 pm last Saturday and  yesterday. They were unable to gain entry but did cause considerable damage to the door and frame. Anyone who can provide information is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.


Robert D. “Bob” Grant, 92, of Coudersport, formerly of Denver, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born on February 19, 1926 in Ephrata, he was a son of Earl Eugene Sr. and Helen Dundore Grant.  On September 15, 1951 in the Reformed Church in Denver, he married Pauline Sweigart, who passed away on August 25, 2012.

At the age 8 or 9, Bob worked in his father’s ice plant, earning 75 cents a week and later he worked on his grandfather’s farm in Goglersville during the summer.

He attended Reamstown School and later earned his GED.  Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, serving on the USS New Orleans, a heavy cruiser, sailing in the South Pacific, from February 9, 1944 to April 18, 1946.  After the War, upon returning home in 1946, he earned his pilot’s license.  After his service to his country, Bob was again employed by his father in the excavating business.  Later he established the Bob Grant Well Drilling and Water Systems in Denver, Pa., retiring in early 1990’s.  After retiring from his business, Bob was not one to sit.  He worked with a building construction company, worked at Chemlawn and also was employed by a cable provider subcontractor installing cable T.V.  He also worked as a driver for Ezra Bieler in Lancaster County.

Bob was a life member of the VFW.  In 1960, Bob became a mason at Ephrata Lodge #665 F. & A.M. and later in 1960 joined the Lodge of Perfection in Lancaster.  In 1961 he joined the Raja Shrine in Reading where he was a Shriner’s clown.  In 1961 Bob began serving on the Denver Borough Council where he served for two 4-year terms.

Surviving are his daughter, Pat Northeimer of Coudersport; a grandson, John Wesley Northeimer of Coudersport; a great-granddaughter, Makenzie B. Northeimer of Coudersport; a brother, James (Thelma) Grant; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Bob was predeceased by two brothers, Kenneth Grant and Earl Grant Jr., along with his wife, Veona.

A memorial service honoring Bob’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Christ Episcopal Church, 601 North Main Street, Coudersport, with Mother Janis Yskamp, rector, officiating.

Members of Eulalia Lodge #342 F. & A.M. will conduct a Masonic memorial service.   Military honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard.  Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Sinking Spring.

A time of fellowship and a luncheon will follow the services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society; to a Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 W. 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505; or to the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

Bob’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, or view a video tribute of Bob, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com