Friday May 18, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

Barnum Road Wetlands, Eldred, PA

 

Thursday’s high, 84; Overnight low 55; no rain

FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 61

FRI NIGHT- STEADY SHOWERS, LOW 51

SAT-RAIN, HEAVY @ TIMES, HIGH  65

SAT NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 56

SUN-SCATTERED SHOWERS, HIGH 69

SUN NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 59

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Obituary: Ernest Morris, Westfield

Causer introduces bill to expand broadband in rural areas….Both drivers unhurt in Coudersport Borough collision…..thieves steal  tools during brief period Wednesday afternoon on the Brandy Camp Road….Historic document stolen from Fox Township Eagles Club….St. Marys woman accused of stealing more than 100 photos from Walmart….

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Working to bring broadband infrastructure and connectivity to rural communities in the 67th Legislative District and across the Northern Tier, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has introduced legislation to establish the Rural Pennsylvania Broadband Deployment Act.

“Access to high-speed internet is not a luxury but a necessity for our students and teachers, our farmers and business owners, and our doctors and patients,” Causer said. “With the issue finally getting the attention it deserves, both the president and the governor have pledged funding to address broadband infrastructure, and we need to make sure those dollars are invested in communities like ours where they are needed the most.”

House Bill 2293 would establish a new fund within the State Treasury into which federal (and other) funding can be deposited to use for deployment of rural broadband/high-speed internet services. The legislation would also create an advisory board within the Department of Community and Economic Development to not only investigate and make recommendations for the improved deployment of these services, but also to solicit, review and recommend proposals to use the funding.

“It is important to have the fund and advisory board in place to ensure dollars dedicated to rural broadband deployment are directed to the most underserved areas of the Commonwealth,” Causer said.

The bill has been referred to the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee for consideration.

Causer noted several other rural broadband initiatives are under consideration in the state House. Those bills would:

Conduct an in-depth investigation and audit into the compliance of non-rural telecommunication carriers with Act 67 of 1993 and Act 183 of 2004.

Establish a special bipartisan, bicameral legislative commission to recommend improvements to the deployment of high-speed broadband services in unserved and underserved areas.

Inventory all state department, agency, commission or institution-owned communication towers, poles, buildings and facilities to leverage existing state-owned assets for the provisioning of high-speed broadband internet to unserved and underserved areas.

Audit the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s administration of the E-Fund, a six-year education technology program that was to address network modernization plans.

Both drivers  escaped injury in a fender bender Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of South Main Chestnut Streets in Coudersport. Borough police told Black Forest Broadcasting News the collision happened when Bobbie Fragale of Emporium, while passing,  pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by Mark Major of Port Allegany who was going south on South Main Street. The “T-Bone” impact sent Fragale’s car onto the sidewalk in front of St. Eulalia’s Parish Center. No charges were filed.

Ridgway based state police have been busy investigating recent thefts. During the space of a couple of hours Wednesday afternoon thieves stole a drywall sander,  a pair drywall stilts, three extension cords, a rotozip and screw gun valued at a total of $560 from a home on the Burning Well Road. The tools owned by John Hosack of Wilcox were taken between 12:15 and 2:00 pm. Troopers are looking for the thief or thieves whole stole a historic document from the Fraternal Order of Eagles at 428 Main Street in Fox Township between the first of this month and yesterday. The large document was signed by the club’s original founders in 1903. Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call troopers at 814.776.6136.

A St. Marys woman has been charged for stealing photos from the St. Marys Walmart Wednesday afternoon. State police claim Katelyn Walters, no age given, was caught on surveillance video lifting about 170 4 x 6 photographs from the store’s  Photo Center

Obituary

Ernest L. MORRIS, 94, of Westfield, PA, formerly of Wellsville, NY, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.  Born October 8, 1923, in Olean, NY, he was the son of Ernest L. and Clara Wilkins Morris.   On April 19, 1948, in Genesee, PA, he married the love of his life, the former Eloise I. Young, who predeceased him on June 5, 2017. A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army in the European Theatre.  He was a combatant in the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944 and later fought in the Battle of the Bulge, the largest battle on the Western Front. He was employed by Air Preheater in Wellsville, NY for many years.  Ernie was a member of the People’s Church of Potter Brook and Gerald G. Griffin American Legion Post #519 in Westfield.  Surviving are:  three sons, Steven D. (Dorothy) Morris of Virginia Beach, VA, Stanley D. Morris of New Iberia, LA, and Ernest J. (Nicole) Morris of Portsmouth, VA;  a daughter, Vicki D. Braley of Spring Hill, FL; five grandchildren;  eight great-grandchildren;  one great-great-granddaughter;  his favorite child, Bonnie Hallett of Wellsville;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Vance Morris;  a brother, Duane Morris;  and three sisters, Bette Burnside, Gloria Pratt and Stella Shutt.

Friends may call Monday, May 21, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday in the People’s Church of Potter Brook. The Rev. Gene Jones, the Rev. E. Matthew Zehr, and the Rev. Philip W. Sanders will officiate.  Military Rites will be accorded in the church by members of the Tioga County Honor Guard.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Potter Brook People’s Church, 62 Rte. 49, Westfield, PA 16950.

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Thursday May 17, 2018

Black Forest Express

Wednesday’s high, 62; Overnight low, 56
THU-ISOLATED SHOWERS, MOSTLY CLOUDY HIGH 75
THU NIGHT-CLOUDY WITH A STRAY SHOWER, LOW 47
FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 61
FRI NIGHT– SHOWERS, LOW 51
SAT-RAIN LIKELY, HIGH 65
SAT NIGHT-CLOUDY LOW 56

Obituaries: Paul Haskins, Coudersport; Anna Van Etten, Ulysses; Larry Fletcher, Genesee; Lawrence Mehal, Genesee

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Police week is being observed throughout the state…..PennDot will begin work next week on the Cherry Flats Road Tioga County…Westfield man accused of improperly operating junkyard…Animal cruelty case investigated in Elk County…..Tractor Trailer operator hurt in Tioga County when rig rolls over….Next- on-air report after 12:06 pm www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

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In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week.Senator Jay Costa, himself a former Allegheny County Sheriff’s Deputy, co-sponsored a Senate Resolution marking the week, which calls on citizens of the Commonwealth to honor police officers who gave their all in the line of duty. He says the families of those officers also deserve our respect and support. The senator says “Police officers know that the job is dangerous and that they’re leaving their family and loved ones behind—maybe forever—when they start a shift and that’s why we need to support their families as well.

Friends, families, and community members joined hundreds of current and retired troopers from across the commonwealth at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy in Hershey on May 2 to honor the 98 members of the department who have died in the line of duty since 1905. Special attention was devoted to Trooper Michael P. Stewart III, who lost his life as the result of a two-vehicle crash while on patrol in Ligonier Township, Westmoreland County, in the early morning hours of July 14, 2017. Trooper Stewart was 26 years old.

The solemn remembrance took place on the 113th anniversary of the department. The Pennsylvania State Police was established on May 2, 1905, by Governor Samuel Pennypacker, becoming the first uniformed police agency of its kind in the United States. To mark the occasion, Governor Tom Wolf proclaimed May 2 as Pennsylvania State Police Day.

The ceremony included a moment of silence, rifle salute, helicopter flyover, and the reading of the names of each member who died in the line of duty, beginning with Private John F. Henry. Private Henry was shot and killed on September 2, 1906, while attempting to apprehend a fugitive in Jefferson County. His sacrifice is honored at the academy as part of the memorial wall and searchable computer kiosk, which contains the names, photos, and stories of each of the 98 members who died in the line of duty. An online version of the memorial wall is available at www.psp.pa.gov.
On Tuesday, May 22, a PennDOT paving crew in Tioga County will begin a project on Route 2018 (Cherry Flats Road).

This work will be performed between the Village of Cherry Flats in Covington Township and Route 6 in Charleston Township.
There will be daylight lane closures with flaggers providing traffic control. This project is expected to be completed by Tuesday, May 29, weather permitting.

Mansfield based state police have arrested a Westfield man for operating a junkyard without a license. Troopers say they were tippeded off by a car dealership owned that Cowanesque Recycling owned by Vincent Osborne was buying cars for sc rap and not properly executing title transfers. Police found that the business was not properly licensed as a scrap metal or automotive dismantler through PennDot and that 21 vehicles had liens against them and Osborne did not have the titles through PennDot.l He was arrested for 21 counts of violating transfer to scrap metal processor and one count under the vehicle code concerning authorization of salvors.

A case of animal cruelty in Elk County is being investigated by troopers at the Ridgway barracks. Someone killed a cat belonging to a 26 year old Brockport woman and threw it in a nearby creek. Anyone with information is asked to call the arracks at 814.776.6136.

Minor injuries were reported for a tractor trailer operator whose rig went into a ditch on in Middlebury Township Monday afternoon. Robert Alexander of Mansfield was going north on Route 287 when his Peterbilt went off the pavement and continued for about 20 feet in a ditch before rolling onto its side, dumping a load of rocks. Alexander was taken by Middlebury ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital. Police said the road was closed for less than 30 minutes.

 

Paul S. Haskins, 78, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away with his loving family by his side, on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a long illness.Born on July 6, 1939 in Coudersport, he was a son of Louis and Bernice Baker Haskins. On December 31, 1960 in St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, he married Mikell Rita Quimby, who survives.Paul was a graduate of Coudersport High School. In 1958 he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving mainly on the USS Forrestal. After serving in the Navy, he worked with Don Kelly of the Forestry Department, where they were instrumental in the development of Ski Denton. He was also employed in other jobs in the Coudersport area before going to work at Dresser Industries in Olean, N.Y., where he retired as a supervisor. He also served as a Sweden Township supervisor for 18 years and was the “self-appointed” mayor of Sweden Valley.
Paul was a life member of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as past president and had also served on the Board of Directors. He was honored in being named Firefighter of the Year in 1993. He was also a member of the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association. Paul was an active member of the Sweden Feedin’ Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.
Surviving besides his wife of 58 years are four children, Kelly M. (Dan) Burdick of Albion, N.Y., Susan L. (Ray) Lawrence of Roulette, and Patrick J. (Barbie) Haskins and Tim P. (Amber) Haskins, both of Coudersport; fifteen grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; five brothers and a sister, Ronald “Bub” Haskins, Calvin “Fuzz” Haskins, Sally Partridge, Gary Haskins, Dale “Did” Haskins, and Rob Haskins; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Paul was predeceased by a brother, Tom “Tucker” Haskins.Family and friends may call from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church Social Room, where a Celebration of Paul’s life will follow at 1pm with the Rev. Steven Small, pastor, officiating. Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Saturday at the church.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, 171 Port Allegany Road, Coudersport, PA 16915.Paul’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 Paul, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Anna M. VAN ETTEN, 81, of Ulysses, PA, died Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. Born March 9, 1937, in Brookfield, PA, she was the daughter of Adrian M. and Elsie Simmons Mills. On August 31, 1954, in Mills, PA, she married William D. Van Etten, who predeceased her on October 20, 2008. Mrs. Van Etten and her husband owned and operated Four Winds Dairy Farm for many years and were awarded the Dairy of Distinction. She was employed as a teller by First Citizens National Bank in Ulysses for many years. Anna was a member of Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary. Surviving are: a son, Richard “Rick” Van Etten of Ulysses; a daughter, Vicki (John) Moon of Ulysses; eight grandchildren, Jessica, Josiah, Billy, Kylie, Cassie, Kati, Jennifer, and Julie; seven great-grandchildren, Cooper, Charlie, Billy, Anna, Avery, Evelyn, and Layla; three brothers, John (Barbara) Mills of Avoca, NY, James (Jackie) Mills of Westfield, PA, Terrance (Susan) Mills of Ulysses; a sister, Dorothy (Wayne) Nelson of Shinglehouse, PA; a brother-in-law, Robert C. Nelson of Ulysses; and nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son, W. John Van Etten; and a sister, Wilma Nelson. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, May 19, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, with a Memorial Service following at 4:00 PM. The Rev. Allyn R. Baker will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948 or the Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 156, Ulysses, PA 16948. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Larry A. FLETCHER, of Genesee, PA, left this life (May 13, 2018) exactly as he lived it, decisively and ready for his next adventure. He was 80 years old and gave the best hugs in the world.Born in Nebraska to Hoye and Gwen Fletcher he later moved to the Washington DC area where he spent more than 50 years. Itching for one more adventure, he and his wife moved to Potter County, PA in 2014, where he remained until his death, happily spending time with his gun club, hanging out at Potter County Outfitters, eating at “Mama’s” and other local establishments, and chatting up the cashiers at the local Rite Aid.
A graduate of Colorado State (BS), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS), and George Washington University (PhD AbD) he was an Electrical Engineer who spent his professional life in service for his country, designing communications systems used in support of military operations world-wide. He was considered by many to be the world’s leading expert on Very Low Frequency, which he would willingly discuss with anyone who expressed a passing interest and he could do it in English, Norwegian, German, and Russian. Passionate about his field of expertise, he also spent many years as an Adjunct Professor of Engineering at George Washington University where he delighted in encouraging future engineers to look for the possible in their craft. Despite his exacting standards, he was voted Professor of the Year several years running. He was an Amateur Radio hobbyist (K3SZN), active in several clubs and often first out to support communications during disasters, usually hurricanes. His other hobbies included shooting, gardening, ranting at current politics, and refusing to acknowledge his own mortality by taking up post-retirement activities such as riding motorcycles and flying experimental aircraft, both of which ended when he crashed his bike and his plane.He is survived by his loving, faithful, and amazingly patient wife Fredericka, as well as the five children they produced and sent into the world with instruction to be useful. They are three daughters: Debra Yamanaka and former husband Bill, who never successfully escaped the family, and their four children Reggie, Cheryl, Ken, and Gwendolyn and Cheryl’s husband Billy and daughter Aliana, Tamra and Tony Herring, and their children Nathan, Savannah, and AJ, and Amy and Andy Dove and their sons Andy, Josh, and Jacob. He is also survived by his two sons, Jon and David Fletcher and David’s wife Jennifer and their children Melissa, Kevin, and Mark. He is also survived by his only brother, Doug Fletcher and wife Jan along with their three children Julie, Kip, and Jill and many grand nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Friday at 11:00 AM. His brother-in-law, the Rev. James L. Green will officiate. Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery.Memorials may be made to Raymond Cemetery, c/o Tamra Herring, 38 Kidney Road, Genesee, PA 16923.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Lawrence R. MEHAL, 95, a 35-year resident of Genesee, PA, died Monday, May 14, 2018 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, PA. Born May 31, 1922, in Creighton, PA, he was the son of John and Johanna GretzMehal. During World War II, he served honorably with the US Army Air Corps. On June 25, 1944, in Natrona, PA, he married the love of his life, Penelope “Penny” Walker Mehal.

After the war, he attended Penn State on the GI Bill, graduating with a BS in science and becoming a biology teacher. His first teaching position was at Bellwood-Antis High School in Bellwood, PA. He also served there as Commander of American Legion Post #424. He remained in touch with several of the students from his first class. Finding greener pastures in New Jersey, he moved with his family in 1952 to Old Tappan, New Jersey. He became head of the science department at Leonia High School. For 31 years, he inspired students with the love of biology. Never losing his love for Pennsylvania, he retired to Potter County, PA, which he considered paradise. Searching for artifacts, nature, hunting and fishing were his passions. He was predeceased by his brother, Richard, of Florida, his son, Larry, of Kentucky, and his beloved wife of 67 years, Penelope. He is survived by his daughter, Fleur, who resides in Massachusetts. There will be no visitation or service. Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Harold F. Bledsoe, 88, of Austin, formerly of Wellsville, N.Y. and Hudson, N.Y., passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.Born on October 28, 1929 in Whitesville, N.Y., he was a son of George and Laura Langdon Bledsoe. On July 2, 1954, he married Myra Harrington of Shinglehouse, who passed away on June 6, 2010.Harold was a graduate of Whitesville Central School and attended several AIB classes and received a certificate of Senior Management from Fairfield University in Fairfield, CT. He was employed at the Hudson Branch of National Commercial Bank from 1954 to 1958 and retired as Vice President of the Hudson City Savings Bank Institution (now First Niagara) in Hudson, N.Y. in 1983. After retirement, Harold became a certified Home Health Aide and personal care worker for several years.Harold was an active member and past Master of Hudson Widow Sons Lodge #7 F. & A.M., past patron and District officer for the Order of the Eastern Star of the Amity Friends Chapter #192. In 1991, he was Grand Royal Patron of the Grand Court of New York, Order of the Amaranth. He was a board member of the International Order of Rainbow Girls and was presented with the Grand Cross of Color. He was also a member of COARC and Home for the Aged, an adult care home, for several years.After returning to Wellsville in 1998, he was a volunteer transporter at Jones Memorial Hospital and was active in the Auxiliary. His greatest hobby for the past 30 years was crocheting afghans and lap robes for his family members, nursing homes, and the Christmas House in Coudersport.The Bledsoes moved to Austin in 2006.Surviving are a son, Robert (Jayne) Bledsoe of Sheboygan, Wisconsin; a daughter, Rosemary (Kenneth) Glover of Monroe, N.Y.; a granddaughter, LauressaFaythe Glover; a grandson, Scott Logan Glover; a brother, Carol (Sherry) Bledsoe of Zephyr Hills, Florida; several nieces and nephews, including special a nephew and his wife, Paul and Pat Perry of Austin; and good friend and neighbor, Kris Rees of Austin.In addition to his parents and his wife, Harold was predeceased by twin grandsons, Drew and Drake Glover; three brothers, Eugene Bledsoe, Charlie Bledsoe and George Bledsoe; a sister, Donna Smith; and a special niece, Henrietta Harrington.Friends may call from 10am to noon on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Austin United Methodist Church, Turner Street, Austin, where funeral services will follow at noon with the Rev. Todd Lamer, pastor of Genesee-Ulysses United Methodist Churches, officiating. Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery, Whitesville, N.Y.
Members of Eulalia Chapter #148 O.E.S., Coudersport, will conduct a memorial service at 11:45am on Friday in the church.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Harold’s name may be made to the Patient Activity Fund at Sweden Valley Manor, 1028 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Harold’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 Harold, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Wednesday May 16, 2018

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Barnum Road Wetlands, Eldred, PA

Tuesday’s high, 80; overnight low, 46; .41”rain
WED-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, HIGH 67
WED NIGHT-SHOWERS POSSIBLE, LOW 57
THU-SHOWERS, HIGH 74
THU NIGHT-SHOWERS, LOW 64
FRI-SHOWERS, HEAVY AT TIMES, HIGH 64
FRI NIGHT-LOW 52

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Obituary: Robert “Bob” Smith, Coudersport

Republicans and Democrats chose party nominees yesterday…Strong storms troppled trees and wires in central PA Tuesday…Elderly driver unhurt when her VW collided with a semi yesterday in Elk County.. Ten year old found with loaded gun in McKean County….16 year old vandal used BB guns to damage Tioga County home…..

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Winners in yesterday’s Republican primary include Congressman Lou Barletta endorsed by President Trump who will run against incumbent Democrat Bob Casey this fall for US Senate. Scott Wagner defeated opponents Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth to capture the Republican nomination for Governor. He will be challenging popular incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf in the November General election. In Pennsylvania, gubernatorial candidates run separately from Lt.Governor—a situation some would like to change in order to make the ticket similar to presidential elections in which the presidential candidate chooses his or her vice presidential choice. Governor Wolf and Lt. Governor Mike Stack have had an icy relationship which led to Wolf to remove some of Stack’s “perks” in the wake of charges that he and his wife were abusive toward staff and his state police security detail.. In yesterday’s Democrat primary, John Fetterman upset Stack to win the nomination for Lt. Governor.

The congressional races were more confusing; All of the counties in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area previously were part of the 5th Congressional District, represented by Republican Glenn Thompson. As a result of a new map ordered by the State Supreme Court, Now, Cameron, Elk and McKean are included in the 15th District. Thompson was unopposed yesterday to clinch the nomination for congress while Susan Boser defeated Wade Jodun in the Democrat race and will now face Thompson. Potter and Tioga Counties are in the 12th congressional district along with several eastern and south central counties. Tom Marino won the Republican nomination but the contest between Marc Friedenburg and Judy Herschel was too close to call at news time.

A severe thunderstorm toppled trees and downed wires Tuesday afternoon in Central Pennsylvania. Communities in Cameron and Elk Counties lost power for a time. Several roads in Columbia and Northumberland county were closed until today due to fallen trees. Temperatures dropped dramatically from near 80 into the 60s as the front moved from south to north.
An elderly Johnsonburg woman escaped injury when her VW Beatle collided with a semi Tuesday afternoon in Ridgway Township. State police report 96 year old Dorothy Eggler attempted to enter the Wilcox Road and drove in front of a Freightliner driven by James Loxton of Redbridge, Ontario. The truck driver swerved to miss the car but the VW struck the rear tire of the rig. Loxton also was not hurt.

A 10 year old boy is accused of reckless endangerment for an incident allegedly taking placed last Saturday afternoon at 449 Woodard Road in Keating Township. The child’s guardians discovered him with a loaded pistol and called state police who seized the weapon as evidence. No charges have been filed as of this time.

A criminal mischief occurring on April 22 in Middlebury Township, Tioga County was investigated by troopers at the Mansfield barracks recently. A 15 year old boy from Middlebury Center is accused of firing bbs at a house on Monkey Run Road causing $180 in damage to 10 sections of siding, a glass globe for an exterior light and vinyl door molding.

Obituary

Robert Hugh “Bob” Smith, 92, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Born on October 6, 1925 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Lawrence and Viola Marvin Smith. On July 5, 1948 in St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, he married Dorothy A. Dubots, who survives.
Bob was a U.S. Army veteran having served from 1944 to 1946 during World War II in France, Belgium, and Germany. He was employed for 40 years at Pittsburgh Corning in Port Allegany, where he started as a shift foreman and retired as plant supervisor of the glass block division. Bob later worked at the former Erway’s Restaurant in Coudersport, PA.
Bob was a member of Coudersport American Post 192 and was a proud member of the NRA. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. Bob was known for his kindness in making wooden key chain holders and then giving them away to numerous people.
Surviving besides his wife of 70 years are several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by three children, Patricia Smith, Tommy Smith, and Cheryl Smith, who all sadly passed away from Cystic Fibrosis; a sister, Phyllis Acker; and two half-brothers, Allen and Tom Froebel.
Friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the gathering space of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1pm in the church with the Rev. James C. Campbell, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery, Coudersport.
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
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 of Bob, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com