Tuesday February 18, 2020

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 40; Overnight low 32







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Obituary: Jack Fowler, Austin

Litter study underway….Elderly Wilcox woman harassment victim…..Car/deer collision investigated in Tioga County….Mansfield state police arrest two for DUI…..Burglary at home of elderly Ridgway woman investigated….

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Monday’s high, 40; Overnight low 32








The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Department of Transportation (PennDOT), and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful have released the results of the first statewide comprehensive research on litter, the cost of cleaning it up, and attitudes toward litter and announced the formation of a state-led workgroup to shift Pennsylvania’s strategy from cleanup to prevention.Field research results indicate more than 502 million pieces of litter on Pennsylvania’s roads. The most common items are cigarette butts (37 percent) and plastics (30 percent), with plastic film and beverage containers most prevalent. There are an estimated 29.3 million beverage containers alone on the roads. Motorists and pedestrians are leading sources of litter, followed by improperly secured truck loads.Cities collectively spend over $68 million annually on cleanup, education, enforcement, and prevention efforts related to litter and illegal dumping, according to a related study of nine cities statewide commissioned by Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. Eighty percent of costs go specifically to cleanup, with Philadelphia spending more than $36 million; Pittsburgh and Allentown spending more than $2 million; Harrisburg, Lancaster, and Reading spending over $1 million; and Altoona, Erie, and Scranton spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each year.PennDOT spends upwards of $13 million per year on staff and resources to pick up litter along state-owned roadways .In a phone survey to gauge Pennsylvanians’ attitudes toward litter, about 83 percent of respondents said they see educational messaging focused on litter prevention only occasionally or rarely. About 76 percent said littering reduces property values, negatively affects tourism and business, raises taxes due to cleanup, ends up in waterways, and is an environmental problem. About half of respondents said people litter because they don’t care or there’s no conveniently placed trash can. The Pennsylvania Litter Research Study was conducted in 2018-2019 with funding from DEP, PennDOT, Keep America Beautiful, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. It included on-the-ground litter counts in 180 locations statewide, a random phone survey of 500 residents, and a forum where 120 community, business, and government leaders shared their views on litter impacts and what should be done to end littering. DEP, PennDOT, and Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will form a workgroup of state government agencies, local governments, and industry and community leaders to use the research results to develop and carry out a plan of actions to reduce littering in Pennsylvania. The goal is to build the action plan around four behavior change strategies, including infrastructure, such as waste and recycling facilities and trash cans; public and school-based education; laws and ordinances; and incentives and enforcement.Learn more about the state litter research results and littering reduction initiative at www.dep.pa.gov/litteringactionplan. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, DEP, and PennDOT have partnered for 15 years on an annual Pick Up Pennsylvania campaign. Many thousands of Pennsylvanians have volunteered in these local community projects, removing millions of pounds of trash.

Without providing details, state police at Ridgway report they investigated a physical harassment occurring Saturday afernoo on Marvin Street in Jones Township. Am 83 year old Wilcox woman is said to be the victim when two women became involved in a domestic violence episode.

A Tioga Pa woman escaped injury last Thursday in Rutland Township when her car hit a deer. CourtneyBarga was going north on Route 549 a few minutes after 6:00 am when her Honda HRV collided a whitetail.Barga was able to drive the car to the side of the road after impact.

Troopers at Mansfield have made a couple of DUI arrests recently. 26 year old Ashley Saxon of Coplumbia Cross Roadswas arrested after patrol officers allegedly found her passed out behind the wheel while her 2003 Chevrolet S-10 was running on S. Main Street in Richmond Township just after midnight January 25. Police claim she was under the influence of drugs.

Matthew Covine, 36 of Blossburg was arrested Saturday when he was pulled over on the North Williamson Road in Covington Township after he was allegedly found to be driving his 2017 Jeep punder the influence

Troopers at Ridgway are investigating a burglary at the home of a 76 year old Ridgway woman on School drive. According to police, items have been disappearing from her home.


John F. “Jack” Fowler, 89, a lifetime resident of Austin, passed away Monday, February 17, 2020, at the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.Jack was born on August 4, 1930 in Costello, the son of the late Carl Hartson and Eva Mae (Buchholtz) Fowler.  He married the former Alma Grace Mahon on April 24, 1948 and they celebrated 66 years of marriage until her passing on May 30, 2014.Jack was a mechanic, he retired from PennDot, Coudersport, and owned and operated J & A Auto, Austin.  Jack also worked for Central PA Construction and with the state highway system on and off through the spoil system.Jack was a member of the Austin-Costello United Methodist Church and was a 50+ year member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Arcana Lodge #580, Austin.  Jack enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his children and grandchildren.  Jack is survived by two sons, John A. (Sandy) Fowler of Austin and Jeff (Betsy) Fowler of Costello; two daughters, Pamela (Tom) Glover of Costello; and Kathy Gresh of Costello; 12 grandchildren and numerous great and great great grandchildren.In addition to his parents and wife, Alma, Jack was preceded in death by a son, Victor Fowler, a son-in-law, Ronald Gresh and a brother, Carl Fowler.Friends and family are invited to pay tribute to Jack’s life on Wednesday February 19, 2020 from 10 am – 11 am at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East Street Coudersport, with a Masonic Service to be held at 10:45 am followed by a funeral service with Rev. Todd Lamer, officiating.  Burial will be in Gilmore Cemetery, Grove Township.In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions in Jack’s name be made to the Austin Ambulance Company, PO Box 328, Austin, PA 16720.To share your fondest memories of Jack or to sign his guestbook, please visit  www.thomasfickinger.comTo send flowers to John’s family, please visit our floral section.



Monday February 17 2020


Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 33; Overnight low 7







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Obituary: Emogene Houghtaling, Coudersport

 More state parks will welcome pets at campsites in 2021….Mt. Jewett man arrested for harassment….Emporium based state police investigate harassment by cell phone and texting….St. Marys resident suspected of shoplifting at St. Marys Walmart….Bradford teen arrested for public drunkenness after discovered staggering in Port Allegany Sunday morning

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The  Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has  announced that more campsites will be open to pets when they visit Pennsylvania state parks next year.Beginning with the 2021 camping season, a total of 46 new campsites will allow camping with pets at these state parks:

Codorus, York County (13 sites)

Frances Slocum, Luzerne County (14)

Ohiopyle, Fayette County (3)

Ryerson Station, Greene County (7)

Tobyhanna, Monroe County (7)

Trough Creek, Huntingdon County (2)

Ohiopyle also will offering an ADA-compliant cottage that permits pets.Since its inception as a pilot program in 2001, with nine state parks participating, “Pet Camping” has expanded to include 56 of Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks. Also, a total of 26 state parks allow dogs in designated cabins, cottages and yurts.Advance announcement of pet camping expansion will enable interested campers to make reservations up to 11 months in advance at affected state parks.DCNR officials stress pet owners at all designated sites must comply with many program regulations. They govern leashing; barking and other noise; maximum number of pets allowed (two, when the size of a cat or larger); aggressive behavior; proper cleanup and disposal of feces; valid licensing when required; and needed vaccinations.Violations could require campers to remove their animals from park grounds. Park officials will be empowered to determine whether animals meet the definitions of “pet” (commonly kept in household captivity) and “caged pets” (will not be released from their cage while at the park). Livestock are not considered pets.Payable at time of reservation, fees will cover added maintenance and program costs at participating parks. Fees are $5 per night for dogs in cabins, deluxe cottages and yurts; $3 per night for standard camping cottages; and $2 per night for campsites. Pets are already allowed in state park Day Use areas.  State parks in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area which currently allow pets at campsites are Hills Creek, Kettle Creek, Leonard Harrison and Lyman Run. More information on reservations and other state park details can be obtained by telephoning 1-888-PA-PARKS. Check DCNR’s website for participating state parks and detailed regulations governing pet programs.

Harassment charges are pending against a 52 year old Mt. Jewett man who allegedly called a 48 year old Mt. Jewett woman numerous times throughout the day last Thursday and pushed her while inside a residence o Airport Road in Lafayette Township.

Emporium based state police are continuing to investigate harassment by communications. A 36 year old Kittanning, PA man reportedly received several unwanted phone calls and text messages of threatening and harassing nature Saturday morning while in Driftwood.

Troopers at Ridgway did not release the name of a 44 year old St. Marys man who is suspected of stealing an item valued at $39.88 from the St.Marys Walmart last Thursday evening.

State police at Lewis Run did not release the name of a driver whose Pontiac Grand Am hit a church sign and a Penn Dot sign at the intersection of Routes 246 abd 346 in Eldred Township McKean County at around 9:30 last Tuesday night. Troopers said the driver left the scene but contacted them later to report the collision which occurred when he or she became distracted.

DUI charges are pending against 30 year old Brian Conner of Cyclone after a one-vehicle crash in Keating Township, McKean County last Thursday morning. Troopers claim when they investigated they 8:00 crash just north of the Sprester Road, they determined Conner had been driving his Chevrolet  Silverado under the influence of a controlled substance. He was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for a blood draw.

A Bradford teenager has been arrested for underage drinking by state police at Lewis Run. Jordan Bond, 19, was released to his parents after police found him walking down Main Street in Port Allegany a few minutes after 5 o’clock Sunday morning. Officers claim due to his level of intoxication, Jordan was unsure of his whereabouts.


Emogene L. Houghtaling, 91, of Coudersport, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020, at UPMC – Cole, Coudersport.mogene was born on August 29, 1928 in Coudersport, the daughter of the late Theodore L. and Neva (Brady) Brewer.  She married John W. Houghtaling on September 27, 1947 in Olean and they celebrated 50 years of marriage until his passing on December 8, 1997.Emogene was a wonderful homemaker and worked as a waitress at the former Fischer’s Restaurant and Potato City and the Hotel Crittenden, Coudersport.  She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church, Coudersport. She enjoyed her time with her family, baking, reading, word puzzles and playing cards.Emogene is survived by two sons, Dave Houghtaling and Timothy (Midge) Houghtaling all of Coudersport; three daughters, Evec (Joel) Ivory of Sebastian, FL; Sheila (Robert) Luke of Palm Bay, FL; and Brenda (Gene) Baller of Nanticoke; a daughter-in-law, Kathie Houghtaling of Roulette; 12 grandchildren, 6 step grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, a great great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Emogene was preceded in death by a son, Michael Houghtaling, four brothers and six sisters.Friends and family are invited to pay tribute to Emogene’s life on Tuesday February 18, 2020 from 5 pm – 7 pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East Street Coudersport, with a funeral service to follow with Rev. John Kallerson officiating.  A private burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery.In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions in Emogene’s name be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Friday February 14, 2020

Black Forest Express

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Thursday’s high, 34; Overnight low 10







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Obituary: Kathleen, “Kathy” Tilton, Ulysses

Potter County EMA   urges residents to prepare for cold weather….McKean County search dog well received at Kane PTO meeting….Man arrested for trying to burglarize occupied Westfield home……Emporium man charged with violating PFA….Tioga County resident arrested for vehicle theft…Slushy roads blamed for McKean County accident

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With dangerous wind chills predicted over the next few days, the Potter County Department of Emergency Services urges all citizens to prepare themselves for extreme cold temperatures. Citizens should have a plan in place and know where to go should they lose power or heat.

Some precautions include:

*Dress appropriately for winter weather and recognize the symptoms of hypothermia


*Gather emergency supplies for home and/or work


*Prepare a winter go kit for your automobile



Area residents are encouraged to check on elderly neighbors and family members to ensure they are safe and as comfortable as possible.  If anyone needs urgent medical treatment, contact 911immediately.



Residents are encouraged to stay inside during extreme wind chill temperatures.  If you must go outside dress appropriately and maintain personal awareness:


*Wear loose fitting, lightweight layered clothing. Layers can be removed if perspiration


and subsequent chills become a problem


*Wear a hat, half of body heat is lost through the top of the head


*Keep your feet dry, wool socks are best if you are going to be out in the cold


*Cover your mouth and nose with scarves to help protect your lungs from cold air.


*If you become stranded, stay dry and cover all exposed body parts.


*Avoid overexertion, for example when shoveling snow. Do not ignore chest pain or


tightness in your chest


*Watch for signs of frostbite such as numbness or white pale appearance to the skin


*Watch for signs of hypothermia such as slurred speech, memory loss, uncontrollable


shivering, disorientation and exhaustion


*Seek medical attention for chest pain, frostbite or hypothermia as soon as possible


McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer reports On Bloodhound K9 “Dixie“ joined  her, handler Ruth Webb, handler Rod Johnson, and K9 trainee “Roxy“ at Kane Area Middle School’s PTO meeting February 12 as part of the organization’s First Responder Night along with area firemen and officers from Kane Boro and State Police.  Dixie is a trail dog who finds people by scent. The students were interested in hearing how the dogs were able to use their nose to find missing people.  The dogs have located missing people and tracked suspects for area law enforcement.  For more

Coudersport based state police have charged Tommy Causer Jr. with burglary and numerous related crimes after a break-on taking place at around 7:30 Thursday morning in Hector Township. Troopers summoned to a burglary in progress at the residence of Lawrence Pilot of West Grove PA and Lee and Valerie Gross of Westfield. Authorities claim Causer tried to force his way into the occupied house. Troopers chased him following his tracks in the snow and apprehended him on adjacent property. Causer was

An Emporium man was arrested by state police Sunday for violating a Protection from Abuse Order. Troopers claim the 42 year old suspect violated an active PFA filed against him by a 46 year old Emporium woman.

State police at Mansfield have arrested 28 year old Michael Campell of Canton  for auto theft.  Troopers claim Campbell drove a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado to the Ogdensburg Church late Monday night; parked it and the stole a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado. While investigating, troopers allegedly discovered that the 2012 Silverado was also stolen. Campbell was apprehended by state police and charged with theft, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Slippery  roads are blamed for a one-vehicle accident Thursday morning a few minutes before 8:00 o’clock in Eldred Township. A 2017 Subaru Legacy slid off the West Eldred Road and hit a guardrail. The driver was not hurt and the car could be driven away so it’s considered a “non-reportable” so the driver’s name was not released.

Joshua Kulina of Savage Maryland escaped injury in a one-vehicle weather related crash last Saturday on Bailey Creek Road in Rutland Township, Tioga County. According to state police Kulina’s northbound Toyota Tundra spun off the snow covered road and hit a tree.

Troopers at Mansfield just released details about a one-vehicle crash on Ground Hog Day. Julia Dawson of AAronsburg, PA was cited for speeding after her Toyota Rav4 skidded across both lanes of snow and slush covered Route 15 and hit a guardrail. She was not hurt.


Katheleen M. “Kathy” TILTON, 64, Ulysses, PA, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 8, 2020 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, surrounded by her loving family.  Born December 26, 1955, in Corning, NY, she was the daughter of Carlton L. and Reha “Betty” Mahnke Hand.  On December 31, 1974, in Prattsburgh, NY, she married her best friend, Donald E. Tilton, Jr., who survives.  After a disabling workplace injury, Kathy devoted her life to serving her community.  She was an active member of the Ulysses Free Methodist Church, Tri-Town Volunteer Firemen’s Auxiliary, and served as president of the Ulysses Area Improvement Association.  Kathy was honored as Ulysses Citizen of the Year in 2009.  She enjoyed baking, organizing and catering events, and crafting.  She cherished time with her grandchildren.  Surviving besides her husband, Don, are:  her mother, Reha Hand of Mills;  three children, Christian (Genny) Tilton of Coudersport, Tonya Peet of Knoxville, and Eric Tilton of Eden, NY;  several grandchildren;  many siblings from the Hand and Goerner families;  aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by her father, Carlton Hand;  a brother, Mark D. Hand;  a grandson, Jacob Tilton;  and her foster parents, Arnold and Leona Goerner.  Friends may call at the Ulysses Free Methodist Church on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Marty Zdrojewski will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Ulysses Free Methodist Church, Tri-Town Volunteer Firemen’s Auxiliary, or the Ulysses Area Improvement Association.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.