Thursday December 7, 2017


Wednesday’ s high , 35; Overnight low, 22; no precipitation







Tioga County man arrested on drug charges and endangering children…charges may be filed against suspect for threatening a dog…trespass and vandalism investigated by state police at Coudersport…..Local driver arrested for DUI…..

A Tioga County man has been arrested on drug charges and child endangerment. Mansfield based state police allege 29 year old Matthew Seely was found in possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia during the early morning of November 30 at a home on Route 287. Authorities claim there were three children in the home at the time. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 28 before District Judge James Edgcomb.

Coudersport based state police report a harassment charge may be filed against a known suspect for an alleged threat last  Friday morning on the West Branch Road in Galeton. Kayla Rachiele told troopers the suspect, whose name was not released, threatened to shoot her dog if it did not stop barking at 10:30am

A   criminal trespass on Route 44 in Shinglehouse remains under investigation by state police at Coudersport.  Vandals drove onto property owned by Jeffrey West Thanksgiving afternoon and dumped waste onto the land before leaving northbound on Route 44. Anyone with information about the litter bug is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

Unknown vandals damaged a mailbox on Troupe Road in Eulalia Township between 8:00 am and 9:00 pm this past Sunday. The mailbox is owned by Wendee Ann Brown of Coudersport.

DUI charges are pending against a Coudersport man. State police assert when they stopped Kenneth Rogers, Jr. on Route 44 at the intersection   with the Tennessee Road in Hebron Township on the night of November 17, they found he was driving under the influence.

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision Sunday afternoon in Delmar Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police the collision occurred when Gerald Peffer of Wellsboro who was going south on Route 6 tried to make left hand turn in front of a southbound  Ford Fusion driven by Zachery Smith-Davis of Blossburg. Both the passenger  car and  the Smith-Davis 2018 Dodge Ram 2500 had to be towed from the scene. Both men were using seatbelts.

Wednesday December 6, 2017


Tuesday’s high, 49; Overnight low, 24; .55” rain







Monday’s Tri-County power outage affected more than 600 people. …DCNR grants announced for Tioga County communities….

Obituary: Merle Graves (Shinglehouse)

Tri-County Rural Electric Co-op has confirmed to Black Forest Broadcasting that a large falling across a Hebron Township road was responsible for a power outage Monday evening. A total of 620 homes were affected. According to spokesman Jeff Fetzer,  264 members served by the Coneville substation were in the dark along with another 355 receiving electricity from the Frank Lent substation. That number was greater, according to Fetzer because earlier in the day, Allegheny Power was making changes and switched some of their customers to Tri County’s  Lent substation. The lights went out at 9:22 pm when the tree fell onto Whitney Creek Road and tore down two spans of wire.  Power was completely restored at 4:44 am. Fetzer said a flagger force responded as the road was blocked and set-up took one and a half to two hours as a result. The power outage knocked out two of Black Forest’s computers, despite sophisticated power surge units. As a result, our operation is somewhat comprised and modified until the computers can be replaced. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) has announced that three grants have been awarded to organizations in the 68th District under the Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s Community Conservation Partnership Program (CCPP).


The following grants have been awarded in the 68th District:

  • Roseville Borough – A grant of $40,000 for the rehabilitation of Roseville Borough Community Playground. The project would will include installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
  • Wellsboro Borough – A grant of $427,000 for the rehabilitation and further development of Woodland Park. Work will include the construction of an access road, parking areas and pavilion; installation of a playground with required safety surfacing, utilities, ADA access, landscaping, site amenities, project sign; and other related site improvements.
  • Endless Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council Inc. – A grant of $50,000 for construction of approximately 11 acres of riparian forest buffers along waterways in the Upper Susquehanna and West Branch Susquehanna watersheds in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming counties. Work will include landowner outreach and engagement, buffer plantings and post-planting establishment, and other related site improvements.

The CCPP provides financial assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts, and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.


A Bernville, PA man has been arrested by Mansfield based state police for DUI. Troopers allege when they stopped him for a traffic violation  back on September 16, they found him to be driving under the influence.

Troopers at Mansfield suspect a 45 year old Tioga County woman for criminal mischief at a residence on Heath Road in Charleston Township on November 7.Troopers claim, the woman whose name  they did not release, intentionally damaged a vehicle owned by Heather Flannery to the tune of $924.27 and pulled a mailbox from the ground owned by Anthony Dehaven



Merle A. Graves, 85, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, December 4, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born on January 13, 1932 in Shinglehouse, he was a son of R. Lyle and Ada Ford Graves.  On September 21, 1957 in the Frayser Baptist Church in Memphis, TN, he married the love of his life, Carolyn J. Crain, who survives.

Merle graduated from Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1949.  He was a U.S. Army veteran.  He then attended Bryant & Stratton Business School in Buffalo and the National Hardwood and Lumber Association’s School of Hardwood Lumber Inspection in Memphis, TN.  He was employed at various lumber mills and in 1970 he began a career in insurance sales, retiring in August of 2017.  Along with his family, Merle was a maple syrup producer.

Merle was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, having served in several capacities within the church.  He enjoyed supporting his favorite baseball team, the NY Yankees and was an avid bowler, golfer, gardener and hunter.  He and his wife enjoyed square dancing with the Grand Squares.  He enjoyed listening to gospel quartet music and also enjoyed singing bass in his church choir and as a member of the gospel group, Witness.  Merle was the longtime secretary/treasurer of the Maple Grove Cemetery Association in Shinglehouse.  He had previously served on the Shinglehouse Borough Council.  He was a loving husband and devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Surviving besides his wife are five children, Sharon Elaine (Richard) Simon of Portville, N.Y., Donna (Leo) Higley of Eldred, John (Catherine) Graves of Warren, Gary (Patricia) Graves of West Point, VA, and Richard (Leah) Graves of Olean, N.Y.; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Lucille (Charles) Hastings of Newtown; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Merle was predeceased by his loving stepmother, Reba Woodard Graves; a brother, Lewis Graves; and a sister, Mareta Smith.

Friends may call from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm on Thursday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Robert M. and Sandra D. Howles, pastors, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Potter County Hospice, Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to Explosive Ordinance Device Warrior Foundation at

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Merle, please visit



Tuesday December 5, 2017

Last night’s power outage took out our two main computers. All efforts to revive them have been unsuccessful.  As a result, our audio programming will be affected until one of them can be replaced or repaired. We will continue to post news and calendar items on this website in the interim. Tri-County reports several hundred members were affected when a “massive” tree tore down a half mile of three-phase wire. The outage began at 9:21 pm Monday and lasted until 4:42 am Tuesday.  

Monday’s high, 47; Overnight low, 41; No precipitation







DCNR awards $250,000 grant toward Coudersport pool….Glenwood Park inKane will receive $92,800 for rehab work….Penn State to hold workshop on Broadband auction…..Coudesport borough accepting bids for former police car….Two NY state women accused for a fight at a Tioga County bar…..An estimated $300 in coins stolen from Tioga County home….

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) on Monday  announced two community recreation grants that will be used to help rehabilitate the Coudersport Community Pool and Kane’s Glenwood Park.

Coudersport Borough will receive $250,000 for the rehabilitation of its community pool. Work will include renovation of the main pool and bathhouse; construction of zero depth entry and concrete decking, installation of a filtration and recirculation system, ADA access and more.

Kane Borough will receive $92,800 for the rehabilitation of Glenwood Park. Work will include renovation of the skate park surface, construction of a parking area, installation of skate park equipment and fencing, ADA access, landscaping and more.

Each grant requires a 50 percent local match by the community.

The grants were awarded through the Community Conservation Partnerships Program operated by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. They are specifically funded by the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund, which is supported by a portion of the state’s realty transfer tax.

Todd Husson, a Coudersport Borough Council member and driving force behind the pool fundraising campaign, told Black Forest Broadcasting News the town got an early
Christmas preset.

“The Coudersport borough and members of the Pool Committee are extremely grateful to be the recipients of this tremendous gift. “

Husson added “the matching grant application was applied for this fall after the community came together to ensure future generations would be able to enjoy a safe place to swim. This would not have been possible without the hard work of community members who gave a lot of time and energy toward raising funds and awareness of the pool’s current condition. Along with major financial help from the students and staff in the Coudersport School District, local businesses and major corporations, neighboring townships, and more than 300 individuals and families from over a dozen states, we reached the amount needed to apply for the matching grant.

Shell recently made a  donation of  $ 2,559.71  which Husson says will help provide safety equipment and training to ensure a safe place for summer recreation at the new Coudersport Borough Pool. Your generous donations and support for the pool’s renovation speaks volumes to the importance of this project.” Some $240,000 was raised through donations from individuals, organizations and companies.  Husson told us he is confident the remaining $10,000 toward the matching grant will be realized.

He went on to say, “we additionally must thank Joe Scarnati, Marty Causer, Matt Baker, Potter County Commissioners, the Borough of Coudersport and its residents, the Governor’s office and of course, DCNR for supporting the pool renovation project and grant.”

“Seventy-five years ago Coudersport opened a swimming hole. Since that time, countless individuals have donated time, effort and money to make sure both children and adults have access to swimming lessons and a safe place to swim. I am proud of our community for saving it and cannot wait to get started on building the new pool for future generations.

For those individuals and businesses looking for a last minute tax deduction or wishing to be part of this community project; think local and donate to the Coudersport Borough Pool Fund. Your support is greatly appreciated and will be put to good use.

Donations can be made to:

Coudersport Borough

Pool Fund

201 South West St 

Coudersport PA 16915


An upcoming federal auction to allocate $2 billion in funding for bringing broadband networks to rural areas will be the topic of a workshop hosted by Penn State Extension on Dec. 8.

The event, titled “Preparing for the CAF-II Auction,” will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center at Penn State’s University Park campus. The workshop is aimed at representatives of rural electric cooperatives and other organizations and businesses interested in the development, expansion or financing of rural broadband internet services in Pennsylvania.

As part of phase II of the Connect America Fund program, the Federal Communications Commission will hold an auction for funding to help build rural broadband networks. Under the program, $370 million is available for projects in rural areas of Pennsylvania. For the first time under FCC rules, this funding is available to rural electric cooperatives, of which there are a dozen in the state.

The workshop will cover how electric utilities are constructing and operating fiber-to-the-home networks and the financing of rural broadband projects. Presenters will include leaders from electric cooperatives, rural development agencies and capital finance organizations.

Primary workshop sponsors are CoBank, Calix and CommScope. For more information or to register, visit the workshop website at

Coudersport Borough is taking bids on a uninspected 2006 Chevy Impala (old police car).  The vehicle can be seen at the Borough office. If you are interested please drop off a bid to the Borough office by 4:00 pm, Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

Two New York State women have been charged with harassment and disorderly conduct mischief for a which took place at around 12:30 am November 30, 2017 at “That Damn Bar” on Ropute 287 in Tioga Township.  Mansfield based state police claim 31 year old Krystal Groff of Bath, NY and 21 year old Raquel Snyder of Corning, NY started a fight with 30 year old Ashley Butler of Tioga, PA inside the bar. The women were thrown out and locked out of the bar. After which, Snyder allegedly broke the front window of the building. An additional charge of criminal mischief has been filed against her.

A burglary at a Jackson Township home is being investigated by state police at the Mansfield barracks. Burglars entered the home of Helen Potter on Picnic Grove Road between 4:00 pm November 29 and 10:00 am the next day and made off with about $300 worth of coins.