Friday July 20, 2018


Enthusiasm builds in Coudersport for Eliot Ness Fest….Bridge replacement will begin Monday on the Big Shanty Road in McKean County….DCNR to begin pilot ATV program at Lyman Run State Park next Spring…..NY state driver and three young passengers hurt in one-vehicle crash Mondoay near Galeton…Criminal mischief in Homer Townshi, investigated by state police…

Thursday’s high, 80; Overnight low 50 No rain







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Enthusiasm builds in Coudersport for Eliot Ness Fest….Bridge replacement will begin Monday on the Big Shanty Road in McKean County….DCNR to begin pilot ATV program at Lyman Run State Park next Spring…..NY state driver and three young passengers hurt in one-vehicle crash Mondoay near Galeton…Criminal mischief in Homer Townshi, investigated by state police..

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It’s been brewing for about 20 years, but this weekend the Eliot Ness Fest becomes a reality in Coudersport. The committee says “e can barely keep up with all of the downtown business involvement with this weekend’s Eliot Ness Fest. Olga’s Gallery, Cafe and Bistro at Main and Second streets is being transformed into Al’s Key Club. Fickinger Funeral Home will welcome visitors to view the setting for Eliot Ness’s funeral, look over the official 1957 records, and receive a free laminated bookmark containing Ness’s obituary. Hidden Passages book store on North Main Street is now selling the new book, “Behind the Badge: The Untold Story of Eliot Ness,” by Paul W, Heimel. Soon, Caroline Powers will open her temporary store, Ness-essary Fashions, in the Zito Media storefront on North Main, offering souvenirs and other items related to Eliot Ness and the festival. Coudersport is coming to life!

Parking for Eliot Ness Fest: Please be considerate of property owners and don’t park on lawns, sidewalks, business lots, etc. Parking is available in the locations listed on the map. All parking locations (with the exception of the handicapped parking lot located behind the Post Office, the volunteer parking lot at the Gunzburger Building, and the vendor parking next to the Consistory) have shuttle service to and from downtown (drop-off at the Courthouse) beginning at 12 noon on Friday. The Coudersport High School lot, Fastenel lot, and the lot across from the Consistory will have ADA shuttles. All other locations will be served by school buses. There is no fee to park but donations for shuttle service is encouraged and appreciated. Also on the map, you will find locations of the porta-johns. We will be updating information throughout tomorrow and the weekend, so please stay tuned.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is reminding area drivers that work to replace a box culvert on Big Shanty Road (Route 4001) in Lafayette Township is scheduled to start Monday, July 23.  A section of the road will be closed and an official detour will be in effect during the replacement.

The box culvert spans Bear Run on Route 4001, about 4 ½ miles northeast of the Route 59 intersection. Traffic will be detoured onto Route 219 and Route 59.  Residents living along Route 4001 will be able to access their homes during the replacement work.

This job is a cooperative effort between PennDOT McKean County Maintenance and L.C. Whitford, Co. of Wellsville, New York. McKean County Maintenance will excavate the area, remove the existing box culvert, and place back fill for the new box culvert.  The contractor will place the new box culvert, pave the approaches and deck, and install guide rail. All work is weather dependent.

The project is expected to be complete on or before August 3. Should work progress allow, PennDOT will re-open the bridge and roadway earlier. The 8-foot bridge dates from 1922 and carries an average of 1,750 vehicles each day.


The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources today announced the Bureau of State Parks will be conducting a pilot program, permitting ATV usage within the Lyman Run State Park Lower Campground, beginning Spring of 2019.

Starting May 24, the Friday before Memorial Day, through September 29, the last Sunday in September, campers using campsites in the Lower Campground will be permitted to park their ATV’s at their campsites. This will allow campers with ATVs to use the campground road, providing direct access from their campsite to the Susquehannock State Forest ATV trail system at the Lyman Trailhead, located 3/4 mile from the campground along Lyman Run Road.   Lyman Run Road is a township road that is open to ATV traffic.  This pilot program will run for two seasons starting in 2019 through 2020, after which it will be evaluated.

All operators must possess a valid Driver’s License to drive on the campground road and make the connection to the trailhead from Lyman Run Road. All DCNR ATV Riding Rules and Regulations will apply, and can be found at:

For more information on Lyman Run State Park or any of Pennsylvania’s other 120 state parks, go to

A Schenectady driver and his young passengers all received minor injuries in a one-vehicle accident last Monday in West Branch Township, Potter County. State police report Daniel Roe was going south  on the West Branch Road when he saw a silver sedan going north in the middle of the road. Roe swerved to the right to avoid a collision and his Dodge Durango went off the pavement and rolled over onto the passenger side. Roe and the children, ranging in age from 5-9 years were taken to UPMC Cole by ambulance.

A criminal mischief in Homer Township Potter County sometime over the past few months is being investigated by state police. Between April 15 and this past Wednesday, vandals sot three rounds from a gun into a posted sign on Grom Hill Road belonging to 70 year old John Miller of Coudersport.


Thursday July 19, 2018




   Photo by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 44; no rain

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Pennsylvania is taking steps to slow invasion of spotted lanternfly…PSU names faculty to help with the effort…..Coudersport Free Methodist Church changes name and moves into new building……Coudy rocks part of Eliot Ness Fest…..Mt. Jewett man arrested on drug and PFA violation charges…..

As if we don’t have enough to worry about. Pennsylvania is gearing up to battle an invasive insect, the Spotted Lanternfly.
The Spotted Lanternfly, Lycormadelicatula (White), an invasive plant hopper, has been discovered in Berks County, Pennsylvania. It is native to China, India, Vietnam, and introduced to Korea where it has become a major pest. This insect has the potential to greatly impact the grape, hops and logging industries. Early detection is vital for the protection of Pennsylvania businesses and agriculture.
If you live outside of the current (quarantine area) in Pennsylvania and find a spotted lanternfly, report it! Use this interactive Plant Pest Quarantine SearchOpens In A New Window to see if you’re in the spotted lanternfly quarantine area.

The Spotted Lanternfly adult is approximately 1” long and 1/2” wide at rest. The forewing is grey with black spots and the wings tips are reticulated black blocks outlined in grey. The hind wings have contrasting patches of red and black with a white band. The legs and head are black; the abdomen is yellow with broad black bands. Immature stages are black with white spots, and develop red patches as they grow.

Signs & Symptoms:
Trees, such as tree of heaven and willow, will develop weeping wounds. These wounds will leave a greyish or black trail along the trunk. This sap will attract other insects to feed, notably wasps and ants. In late fall, adults will lay egg masses on host trees and nearby smooth surfaces like stone, outdoor furniture, vehicles, and structures. Newly laid egg masses have a grey mud-like covering which can take on a dry cracked appearance over time. Old egg masses appear as rows of 30-50 brownish seed-like deposits in 4-7 columns on the trunk, roughly an inch long.

What to do:
If you see egg masses, scrape them off, double bag them and throw them away. You can also place the eggs into alcohol or hand sanitizer to kill them. Please report all destroyed egg masses on our website.
Collect a specimen: Specimens of any life stage can be turned in to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s Entomology lab for verification. Submit samples with the Entomology Program Sample Submission Form.
Take a picture: A photograph of any life stage (including egg masses) can be submitted to

Report a site: If you can’t take a specimen or photograph, call the Automated Invasive Species Report Line at 1-888-4BAD-FLY (1-888-422-3359)and leave a message detailing your sighting and contact information.
As part of the partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and USDA, the Penn State Extension spotted lanternfly website is the primary hub for educational and management information. Extension also is working with the state to create online training to assist businesses in meeting quarantine permitting requirements and is staffing a spotted lanternfly toll-free hotline. In addition, College of Agricultural Sciences researchers are leading efforts to learn more about the insect’s biology and control options.

Penn State researchers and extension personnel are working closely with state and federal officials to develop strategies to contain and control the spotted lanternfly, which threatens agricultural sectors worth about $18 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy. Scientists are racing to learn more about the pest’s biology and behavior, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Penn State a $1.2 million grant to lead outreach and communication efforts across the state.
As populations of spotted lanternfly grow and spread, management of this insect likely will increase in complexity and intensity over the next few years, according to Rick Roush, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

As part of the partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and USDA, the Penn State Extension spotted lanternfly website is the primary hub for educational and management information. Extension also is working with the state to create online training to assist businesses in meeting quarantine permitting requirements and is staffing a spotted lanternfly toll-free hotline. In addition, College of Agricultural Sciences researchers are leading efforts to learn more about the insect’s biology and control options.
Dennis Calvin, director of Penn State Extension and associate dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences since 2009, has assumed a new role overseeing the college’s efforts to combat the invasive spotted lanternfly. His appointment, which comes with the title of associate dean and director of special programs, was effective July 1.With Calvin’s shift in responsibilities, Jeff Hyde, Penn State Extension associate director for programs, will serve as acting director of extension.

Roush noted that Calvin is uniquely qualified to serve in this role due to his background and long-standing reputation in multiple facets of entomology and extension. “Because of his efforts to position Penn State as a national leader in extension, Dr. Calvin is well known and highly regarded among universities and government agencies in neighboring states, which will be critical as we coordinate with them on matters such as trade and interstate transport.”

Calvin joined the faculty of Penn State’s entomology department in 1985. For 11 years, he led Penn State’s integrated pest management, or IPM, program, which entailed developing and coordinating IPM initiatives and acting as a liaison with national, regional and state IPM groups.

His research has focused on modeling insect population dynamics and the effect that climatic uncertainty across the landscape plays in their management. He has developed expert systems and other computer-based decision-support systems for insect pest management in corn and alfalfa and trained county-based extension educators, private consultants, farmers and agribusiness personnel in pest management for field and forage crops and stored products.
He received a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and pest management from Iowa State University, and he earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in entomology from Kansas State University.

Hyde, a professor of agricultural economics, has developed and delivered extension educational programs on topics such as farm business planning, marketing and human resource management. From 2008 to 2015, he led Penn State Extension’s statewide ag entrepreneurship and economic/community development programs.
Before becoming associate director for programs — and then assuming the acting extension director position — Hyde served as associate head of the college’s Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education and as assistant to the director for special program initiatives for Penn State Extension. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Frostburg (Md.) State University and master’s and doctoral degrees in agricultural economics from Purdue University.

The Coudersport Free Methodist Church is now GOD’S COUNTRY MINISTRIES.Sunday, July 22, 10 a.m. will be our 1st worship service in our new facility at 1237 E. 2nd Street, Coudersport (3 miles East of Coudersport on Route 6.)After 118 years of ministry centered at 507 S. Main St., we are moving into God’s future for our church family with a new name. Thank you to all who have prayed, worked, and encouraged us along the way. We look forward to an amazing future of serving Jesus by serving our community. On Sunday, Sept. 16 we plan to have our great Grand Opening celebration.

Coudy Rocks! 5 prize rocks have been hidden in Eliot Ness-relevant locations in downtown Coudersport. These rocks can be turned in at the inflatable bounce houses (lawn of the Park Methodist Church) on Friday and/or Saturday for free access to the inflatables all weekend (Friday 12p-8p and Saturday 9a-8p). Thank you to Lisa Bretz for painting these awesome rocks! #eliotnessfest #coudyrocks

There are still great places to stay within 25 miles of the Eliot Ness Fest – check them all out at the link below. Some specific mentions: The Laurelwood Inn (2 miles); Five Pines Lodge (3 miles); Susquehannock Lodge (13 miles) Oak Hall Bed and Breakfast (15 miles); Deering Run Bed & Breakfast (18 miles); Kettle Creek Adventures (25 miles).… Window in the woods and Gobbler Hill properties.

A Mt. Jewett man was arrested late last night by Kane based state police for drug possession. Troopers explained that they were called to a home at 8Center Street in that town for a possible domestic violence incident in progress. When they arrived ,officers found 32 year old Ryan McClellan was trying to move his items of the residence in order to leave. While speaking with them they discovered he was in had a firearm and was thus in direct violation of a PFA issued by the City of Jamestown, NY. A search was conducted and a small blue and green glass pipe was found in McClelland’s left pants pocket .A backpack also held an unmarked pill bottle containing a green leafy substance that looked like pot. McClellan was arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia as well as violating a Protection from Abuse order.

Wednesday July 18, 2018

Black Forest Express


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Tuesday’s high, 92; Overnight low, 52


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Obituary: Jerry Joseph McCall, Coudersport
UPMC Cole advises patients of security breach as state works on plans after one discovered last week in state office…..Brockport woman dies in late night fire….4 YEAR OLD Tioga County boy hit by car….State police arrest harassment suspects….Elderly driver hurt when car collides with semi in Elk County….

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With every innovation, there is a upside and a downside. Today’s technology and the internet are no exception. We recently talked with Township Sweden Police Chief Bryan Phelps who told us he was able to reach a criminal who scammed a woman out of a large sum of money. The scammer had no remorse and bragged he makes $50,000 to $60,000 a month by convincing victims to willingly part with their money. Wwe know of one recent email in which the scammer tried to convince the recipient that if she didn’t pay up a video of her would be sent to all of her contacts. The premise being that some people will be fooled in sending the money. Security breaches are another downside of our sophisticated technology.
UPMC Cole has notified 790 patients treated at UPMC Cole that their personal information may have been inappropriately accessed.

“We apologize for any concern or inconvenience that this may cause for our patients. I want to stress that patient care was never affected,” said UPMC Cole’s President and Senior Executive, Ed Pitchford. “UPMC is committed to meeting our patients’ privacy expectations. We cannot confirm if any of the information was used for improper purposes, but, out of an abundance of caution, we deemed it appropriate to inform those possibly affected by this breach.”

As a result of UPMC Cole’s internal investigation, it was determined that there were two phishing attacks (e-mails sent from an external source that look like they are from a trusted source attempting to obtain sensitive information and often contain links to a phony login page or fake website) on June 7th and June 14th that were discovered through staff reports of the receipt of the e-mails. The phishing attacks were isolated to e-mail accounts and no medical records systems were breached. The following information was discovered in the e-mails to varying degrees for each patient, including patients’ names, dates of birth, scheduling information, types of procedures, names of providers, and other general treatment information. No patient Social Security numbers were accessed during the phishing attacks.

UPMC Cole has notified the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as required by the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that the information may have been accessed.

UPMC Cole has sent letters notifying all of the patients affected.

UPMC Cole has provided patients with information on how to place a fraud alert in their files with the three major credit-reporting companies, and has supplied them with links to access identity protection resources available through the Federal Trade Commission. UPMC Cole has also set up a toll-free telephone line with representatives who can answer questions from these patients and respond to any concerns.

UPMC Cole took immediate corrective action by blocking the unwanted access.

“We are committed to keeping patient information secure and strive to continually implement improvements to prevent such an incident from happening again,” Mr. Pitchford said.

Last Friday’s announcement of a two-month-old security breach in the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services is prompting an immediate call to action by three state House members who co-authored cybersecurity legislation more than a year ago.

“The system error exposed the full name, date of birth, citizenship, and all reported employment information of more than 2,000 individuals,” said state Rep. Seth Grove (R-York), one of the prime sponsors of House Bill 1704. “House Bill 1704, which still sits with the House State Government Committee after being introduced in July of last year, would further empower the Office of Information Technology (OIT), which was created two years ago by Gov. Tom Wolf under executive order.

“Our bill would mandate that Pennsylvania’s cybersecurity standards at least match industry standards, require more frequent testing of our security systems, and establish a committee that would meet quarterly to evaluate emerging cyber threats,” said bill co-sponsor Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York). “We are currently not taking seriously the damage a cyberattack could inflict, nor are we adequately guarding the valuable commodity our present system of cyber defense is called upon to protect.”

The legislation also grants the OIT director elements of financial oversight that are not currently in place.

“A cyberattack on the Senate Democrat Caucus last year brought operations to a virtual halt for more than a month,” Grove added. “These criminals have the capability to significantly impact government’s ability to function, and we need to put in place a sufficient system of defense in order to ward off an attack on our technology.”

A house fire of unknown cause late last night claimed the life of a 50 year old Brockport woman. According to Ridgway based state police, flames broke out just before 11:00 pm at a single family dwelling located at 36 Howard Road. The body of Terri Gustafson was found on the second floor. Donna Truesdale, 70 and 95 year old Elizabeth Hetrick were able to get out of the burning structure safely.

A Kane resident was arrested by state police late Monday night for terroristic threats and disorderly conduct. Authorities allege 54 year oldGerald Kilcoin of Kane(no age given) threatened a female victim with a gun. After being arraigned before on-call District Judge Dominic Cercone, Kilcoin was released to his parents on $10,000 unsecured bail pending a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for July 26, 2018.

State police at Mansfield have arrested 22 year old Cortney Stotsenburgh of Liberty for harassment after allegedly threatening a Covington couple Monday. Authorities claim the suspect sent text messages threatening to physically ham 41 year old Staci Onks and 45 year old John Onks. Police said the argument began over the custody of a child.

Troopers at Ridgway did not release the suspect’s name but report a 35 year old Kersey man allegedly point a shotgun in the direction of a 50 year old woman during an argument Sunday afternoon at their home on the Toby Road.
A four year old Mansfield boy was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro Monday evening after being hit by a car in Richmond Township. State police there explained the youngster darted onto Canoe Creek Road at around 6:30 pm and was hit by a Ford Focus driven by Stephanie Perry of Columbia Crossroads, PA.  Perry has not been charged with any traffic violations in connection to the accident.

An elderly Weedville woman was hurt Tuesday afternoon in a collision ib Low Grade Road in Gibson Township Elk County. Authorities say the collision occurred when 87 year old Joan Turnbull, planning to go west, pulled onto Route 555 in front of a Freightliner classic driven by Richard Sherwood of Dubois. Sherwood could not slow down in time and the tractor trailer hit Turnbull’s Suzuki causing it to spin around 360 degrees before rolling onto the passenger side and coming to rest on the westbound shoulder. Turnbull was taken by ambulance to DuBois Hospital.

Jerry Joseph McCall, 57, Coudersport, formerly of Levittown, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2018 at his residence.Jerry was born on June 24, 1961 in Philadelphia, the son of the late William McCall and Alice (Haig) McCall of Levittown.Jerry worked for Stanley Paving, Burlington, NJ for over 40 years as a black topper. He was very hard working, an avid Philadelphia Eagle’s fan and loved music. Surviving are a daughter, Desiree M. Maynard and her husband Travis of Coudersport; two sons, Jerry and Timothy McCall Griswell both of Lebanon; four brothers, Timothy McCall of Fairless Hills; Michael McCall of Warmister; Billy McCall of Philadelphia; and Wayne McCall of Marysville: a sister, Alice McCall of New Jersey and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to his father, Jerry was preceded in death by a sister, Diane Hamden.
A memorial service and burial will take place at the convenience of the family at a later date.