Thursday May 10, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

Barnum Road Wetlands, Eldred, PA

Wednesday’s high, 76; Overnight low, 51; no precipitation







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Local Photographer to be presented PA Route 6 Award next week at annual meeting….Work has begun replacing bridge deck over  Canoe Camp Creek in Tioga County….Downstate man arrested after leading troopers on a chase in Cameron County with stolen vehicle….Injuries reported for Blossburg driver and two young passengers…..Mansfield woman accused of damaging vehicle and TV set…..16 year old Shinglehouse boy arrested for underage drinking after being stopped late last month while driving in Hebron Township….

Obituary: Audrey Kio, Ulysses

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The PA Route 6 Alliance is holding its Annual Meeting and an Educational Summit at the Warren Days Inn next week.


10 am – 2pm

Woods, Water, Wheels: Strategies for Connecting Outdoor Recreation and Our Communities.

Learn Strategies to:

– Link your community or business to the surrounding outdoor recreation.

– Use your Natural Assets to build a better Community.

– Link hiking and biking trails to the downtowns.

– Create business opportunities based on natural assets.

– Benefit in trends in outdoor recreation.


Registration cost is $20 and includes lunch.

3 pm – 5pm

Guided walking tour of Historic Warren will be offered followed by a tour and program at the newly renovated

Struthers Library Theatre.


10:30 am – 2:30pm

Annual Meeting and “Do 6” Awards

The Annual Meeting includes a period of networking and viewing of sponsor displays, followed by the PA Route 6 Annual Business Meeting and a presentation on the accomplishments in 2017. Local Photographer Curt Weinhold of Coudersport will be presented the “Artisan of the Year Award.” Fabric Artist Nancy Asmus of Meadville will present her DO 6 throw. The Keynote speaker for this year’s meeting is Roy Gothie, Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, PA Department of Transportation.

Registration fee is $30 and includes lunch.

FMI: 814-435-7706 or

A downstate man was committed to the Potter County Jail  in lieu of $100,000 bail after being apprehended by state police following a pursuit Monday morning on Wykoff Run Road in Grove Township, Cameron County. The episode began when Emporium based state police received notification from the Indiana, PA and Johnstown police departments that 27 year old Joseph  Gillo, Jr. of Clymer  was wanted for robbery/car and car jacking. State police at the Indiana barracks reported that Gillo had stolen a vehicle from his father, Joseph Gillo, also of Clymer and could be headed to a camp on Wykoff Run in Cameron County. Local troopers spotted Gillo going north and pulled him over but he refused to get out as order and took of leading police on a pursuit. Officers put down spike strips which deflated all four tires on the stolen unit but Gillo continued on for about a half mile before stopping. He was taken into custody without further incident and was arraigned prior to being locked up.

A Blossburg  driver and his young passengers were hurt in a one-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon in Covington Township. According to Mansfield based state police, Kenneth Partheimer was headed north on Route 15 when he swerved his Chevrolet Suburban to avoid striking a vehicle ahead of him. Partheimer overcorrected sending the SUV off the road and into a section of guardrails; then overcorrected causing the vehicle to cross both lanes and spin into another set of guardrails. The SUV then rolled onto the driver’s side, then returned upright before sliding down an embankment where it came to rest. He was taken by helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. His two passengers  an 11 year old boy and a two year old boy were taken by ambulance to the same hospital.

No injuries were reported for a Westfield driver whose car collided with a utility pole  and traffic sign last Friday afternoon in Westfield. Troopers explained 62 year old Cynthia McLaughlin was going north on Route 249 when her Toyota Corolla went off the pavement. While McLaughlin was not hurt, her car had to be towed from the scene.

Both drivers escaped injury in a rear-end collision Sunday afternoon in Union Township, Tioga County.  According to State Police, 72 year old Rudy Passeri failed to stop his southbound Chevrolet Equinox in time and ran into the back of a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Hoard Hamm of Troy which was stopped waiting to make a left turn off of Route 14 onto Mill Hill Road.

DUI charges are pending against 63 year old Sandra Degler of Emporium after a one-vehicle crash in Shippen Township, Cameron County Wednesday afternoon.  Degler’s Toyota Highlander went off of Old West Creek Road and collided with a traffic sign and embankment. The SUV had to be towed from the scene.

Similar charges are being filed against 30 year old William Sherwood of Roulette. Troopers claim when they stopped Sherwood at the intersection of Pomeroy Road and Main Street in the village on the night of April 23, he exhibited signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

A 24 year old Mansfield woman has been arrested for criminal mischief . Troopers allege Mareese Wells broke windows in a 2001 Buick LeSabre and a Roku TV. Damage to the property owned by Kathryn Lewis of Lyons, NY and Brandy Lane of Mansfield amounted to a total of $1698.00.

A criminal mischief in Genesee Township between April 30 and May 9 remains under investigation by state police at the Coudersport barracks. Unknown culprits deposited two bales of hay on land along the Gold Road owned by Roxann and Joshua Levin.

A PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County has begun a bridge deck replacement project on a bridge carrying Route 2027 (Canoe Camp Creek Road) over Canoe Camp Creek near T-497 (Pitts Road) in Richmond Township. The bridge is closed for this project. A detour is in place using Route 2022 (East Hill Road), Route 2005 (North Williamson Road), and South Main Street in Mansfield. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the month.


Audrey L. KIO, 85, of Ulysses, PA, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY, surrounded by her family.  Born April 23, 1933, in Loucks Mills, Ulysses, PA, she was the daughter of Hugh and Neva Thompson Flynn.  On August 23, 1953, in Bingham Township, she married Donald F. Kio, who predeceased her on August 28, 2007. Audrey owned and operated restaurants in Ulysses and Genesee.  She founded and operated Circle K Speedway in Whitesville, NY.  Surviving are:  five children, Michael Kio, Darrwin “Duke” (Sally) Kio, Thomas (Donna) Kio, and Steve (Sharon) Kio, and Donna (Durell, Jr.) Houghtaling;  a daughter-in-law, Kimberly Ann Kio of Ulysses;  21 grandchildren;  41 great-grandchildren;  and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Jonathan E. Kio, on January 13, 2018;  a granddaughter, Melinda Houghtaling;  a great-granddaughter, Morgan Kurtz;  six brothers; and three sisters.  A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 12, 2018 in the Ulysses United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate.   Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Wednesday May 9, 2018

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Barnum Road Wetlands, Eldred, PA

Tuesday’s High, 73; Overnight low 41; no precipitation

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Obituaries: Reba Dickerson (Shinglehouse) and Emmaline “Bobbie” Perry , Hickox  (service information).

Charles Cole Hospital to pay feds to settle two allegations….Transportation grants awarded to three counties in region….Mansfield man accused of physically harassing child…..Shot fired at Mt. Jewett home last night…bikes stolen from Tioga County home…

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The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of
Pennsylvania announced today that on May 4, 2018, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, a
Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation in Coudersport, Pennsylvania, agreed to pay the United
States $373,547.54 to settle allegations from two self-disclosures by Charles Cole to the Office
of Inspector General for the United States Department of Health and Human Services (OIG)
through the OIG’s Provider Self-Disclosure Protocol.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the first self-disclosure and the
investigation that followed, from August 1, 2007, through December 2013, alleged that Charles
Cole failed to bill under a particular modifier to reduce the Medicare reimbursement amount for
services provided by physician assistants and nurse practitioners in its pain management,
orthopedics, gastroenterology, and medical oncology physician office practices. According to
the second self-disclosure and the investigation that followed, Charles Cole allegedly failed to
perform required face-to-face encounters with some of its Medicare hospice patients prior to the
third benefit period recertification and every subsequent benefit period re-certification from
January 1, 2001 through February 1, 2014. Charles Cole has since taken corrective action and
voluntarily disclosed these matters. This settlement resolves the matter without the filing of

This case was investigated by the Office of Inspector General for the United States
Department of Health and Human Services. This matter was handled by Assistant United States
Attorney Melissa Swauger for the United States Attorney’s Office.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has announced nearly $2 million in funding for transportation improvement projects in Bradford and Mount Jewett.
The grants were awarded as follows:

Bradford – $969,150 for improvements to Main Street, including replacement of curbs and sidewalks, pedestrian crossing improvements, bike lanes, ADA-compliant curb ramps, updated lighting, trees and bicycle racks.

Mount Jewett Borough – $980,504 for new sidewalks, drainage improvements, ADA-compliant curb ramps and lighting along Main Street/Route 6 in the Central Business District.

In addition to municipalities in the 67th district, Tioga County (68th) will be receiving $1,500,000 to extend the Pine Creek Rail Trail three miles to the west of Wellsboro, thereby closing a trail gap, promoting tourism, and increasing economic activity.
The grants were awarded by PennDOT through the Surface Transportation Block Grant program Set-Aside or Transportation Alternatives Set-Aside, funded by the federal government. Grants are used for projects and activities defined as transportation alternatives, including on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility; community improvement activities and environmental mitigation; trails that serve a transportation purpose; and safe routes to school projects.

PennDOT evaluated the applications and made selections based on such criteria as safety benefits, reasonableness of cost, readiness for implementation, statewide or regional significance, integration of land use and transportation decision making, collaboration with stakeholders, and leverage of other projects or funding.
A 57 year old Mansfield resident has been arrested for harassment in connection to a domestic violence assault between 6:00 & 7:00 pm April 9 at a home on Wood Road in Richmond Township. State police allege the man shoved the head of a 10 year old boy in vomit.

Both people involved in a scuffle have been cited for harassment. Troopers at Mansfield report 48 year old Edward Larson and 42 year old Lynn Taft of Osceola assaulted each other during an argument at their home on Route 49 last Wednesday night.
State police at Kane are looking for the person who fired a gun at a house located at 11 Poplar Street in Mt. Jewett Borough just before midnight last night. A bullet went through a wall in the home but fortunately no one was hurt. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.
Two bicycles were stolen from a house on Charleston Road in Tioga County between 6:00 pm Sunday and 6:30 am Monday. The bikes belonged to Wellsboro residents Dyamand King and George Kinne. One of the bikes had a flat front tire, rusted chain and left brake lever and is valued at $100. The other is and Xtreme model, had a shock under seat, water bottle holder and seat cover. It’s value is estimated at $200.
DUI charges are pending against a 32 year old Cameron County man whose car was pulled over by troopers for a traffic violation on the CCC Memorial Highway early Saturday morning. Troopers claim the driver displayed signs of impairment was taken for a blood draw.

Reba M. Dickerson, 81, of Shinglehouse, passed away with her loving family by her side on Monday, May 7, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Born on February 21, 1937 in Wilmington, Delaware, she was a daughter of Lewis and Vesta Webster Clark. On March 22, 1952 in Shinglehouse, she married Mark A. “Mickey” Dickerson, who passed away on April 24, 2013.Reba attended Shinglehouse High School. She was employed at Norton’s Building Supply in Shinglehouse for 23 years. Reba was a member of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church in Shinglehouse. She enjoyed homemaking, gardening, and working for her church. Surviving are three daughters, Linda (Ken) Pierce of Shinglehouse, Valerie (Ray) Cope of Port Allegany, and Lori (Tom) Louser of Shinglehouse; nine grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson who is arriving in June; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Reba was predeceased by a granddaughter, Angela Bridge; and a brother, Arthur C. “Art” Clark .Friends may call from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 9:30am on Friday, May 11, 2018 with Pastor Thomas J. Isaacson of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in East Sharon Cemetery, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, 392 Coon Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Reba’s family has entrusted her 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 Reba, please visit

Emmaline T. “Bobbie” PERRY, 92, of Hickox, PA, died Tuesday, December 19, 2017. A Graveside Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Genesee Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Genesee Area Library, P.O. Box 135, Genesee, PA 16923. Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at






Tuesday May 8, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller
Mother Nature unleashed gusty winds and a torrential downpour Friday afternoon to put a “damper’ on the 52nd Potter-Tioga Maple Festival in and around Coudersport. But she made up for it Saturday delivering a perfect summer day. Hundreds of people got out to enjoy the weather and the annual parade up Main Street. (See story below.)

Monday’s high, 64; Overnight low, 33; no precipitation.






                                                                                    THU NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 54

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 Some 10,000 area people were in the dark after Friday’s storm…..PennDot began work today on the Milk Plant Road in Wellsboro; detour in place…..Emporium man’s vehicle collides with elk…..DUI Charges filed against Blossburg woman involved inone-vehicle crash…..Kane teen arrested for shoplifting at St.Marys Walmart….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on


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West Penn  Power tells Black Forest Broadcasting News that some 445 residential and commercial customers  in Lumber and Gibson Townships Cameron County and  the village Benezette in Elk County had a two hour planned outage from 10:30 am today until 12:30 pm. West Penn spokesperson, Todd Meyers explained that during the clean up over the weekend following a strong thunderstorm Friday afternoon, crews detoured some lines temporarily in order to get as many customers back on line as quickly as possible. Now that repairs have been made, crews returned the system to its regular configuration. Meyers said at the peak of the outage 5261 customers in Potter, Mckean, Cameron and Elk Counties  were in the dark , He said 80% had their power back on by 9:30 am Saturday. Some 150 were still without power early Saturday evening. . Meyers said the outage was caused by a strong front which tore across the northern tier Friday between 4:00 and 5:00 pm with winds gusting at 60 mph downing trees and power lines. Vendors set up on the Court House Square in Coudersport for the Maple Festival, heeded the advice of the Potter County Emergency Services department  and closed up shop for the evening. Some who were using tents, quickly dismantled them as a safety precaution. Meanwhile, some 5500 Tri-County Rural Electric Co-op members lost electricity due to the storm. Some experienced about 48 hours without electricity.  A spokesperson for the Co-op said while a number of members lost power due to downed trees and wires, the situation was worse because Tri-County gets its electricity from West Penn.  Customers served by the Frank Lent substation in Hebron Township experienced a “blink” when workmen switched Tri-County to another source Friday afternoon and then again Saturday afternoon when service was returned to the West Penn feed. Fortunately, while it was an inconvenience for some 10,000 people on the first real spring-likeweekend,

A PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County  began a bridge repair project on Route 2002 (Milk Plant Road) in Liberty Township. The bridge is located near North Loudenslager Road. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, May 11, weather permitting. A detour will be in place using North Loudenslager Road, Route 414 and Route 2005 (Blockhouse Road).

An Emporium man escaped injury early last Friday morning when his SUV collided with an elk on Route 120 in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police  explain Edward Robinson was going east at around 3:30 am when an elk came onto the road. Robinson swerved to avoid the animal but his Jeep Grand Cherokee  spun off the road and into some guardrails after  hitting the s the animal’s rear end. Robinson was able to drive from the scene but police did not report the elk’s condition.

DUI charges have been filed against a Blossburg woman in connection to a one-vehicle crash earlier this spring. State police at Mansfield say 33 year old Desiree Holmos was drunk when her Chevrolet Suburban  went off of the Williamson Road in Blossburg at around 12:15 am March 30. After receiving BAC test results, troopers charged her with DUI resulting in general impairment; DUI with highest rate of alcohol, careless driving, reckless driving and failing to stay on the highway.

Meanwhile, state police at Ridgway warn motorists that they will be conducting a DUI checkpoint somewhere in Elk County this month.

A Kane teenager has been arrested for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart on two occasions this month. Troopers at Ridgway allege 18 year old Wesley Cleer stole $32.40 in merchandise on May 1 and another $6,88 worth of products yesterday. He has been charged with retail theft in District Court.