Friday September 21, 2018

Black Forest Express

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THURSDAY’S HIGH, 77; Overnight low, 68







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Pine Hill Road Bridge near Carter Camp re-opened. …Causer announces grant for Bradford Public Library…Coudersport officials looking for someone to serve on municipal authority board..Police and DCNR personnel investigating string of burglaries in Tioga County…Wellsville passenger hurt when motorcycle collides head-on with a deer in Ulysses Township…Both drivers charged after Tioga County collision….Port Allegany couple arrested on drug charges……

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A Route 44 (Pine Hill Road) bridge, spanning Kettle Creek near the village of Carter Camp in Potter County, reopened to traffic on Wednesday, September 19. This bridge was replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. With the bridge reopened, motorists may notice a slight bump as they drive across the bridge until a polyester polymer concrete (PPC) overlay is applied to the deck. This is often the final step in completing box beam bridge projects. The PPC overlay is designed to protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs.

The polyester material can only be applied when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, dry weather is forecasted and after the bridge concrete has cured for at least 30 days. An alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by flaggers when the PPC overlay is applied in September.

To find out when the overlay will be applied to this structure, visit In the event of unfavorable weather, this schedule may change. Any such changes will be posted on the website.

This bridge is referred to as JV-80 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project. Replacement work for this bridge was performed by C.P. Ward,Inc. of Scottsville, NY.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at or by calling the project hotline at 877-444-9990 or email

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has announced a $45,440 grant has been awarded to the Bradford Area Public Library.

The grant will be used to renovate two public restrooms into three, replace all fixtures and meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

Keystone grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Grants of up to $750,000 may be used for planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar with local funds.


Coudersport Borough Council and Coudersport Area Municipal Authority are seeking a Coudersport Borough resident to fill a vacated seat on the CAMA board. Interested Borough residents should send or drop off a letter of interest to the Borough office, 201 South West Street by 4:00 pm on Monday, September 24, 2018.

State police at Mansfield, Montoursville and the Department of Conserrvation and Natural Resources are looking for criminals who have committed several burglaries in Tioga County  over the past couple of months. Burglars kicked open the back door of a camper owned by 71 year old Thomas Hollenbaugh of Westfield sometime between August 1 and 31 and stole a black  32” Visio flat screen TV with remote valued at $330.00.The camper was parked at 349 Knox Road in Deerfield Township. Burglars kicked in the doors of multiple campers in the Leetonia area of Elk Township September 1 or 2 and stole weapons, alcohol, hunting equipment and various other items. A few of the victims have been identified. They are Richard Zimmerman of Marysville, PA; Roland Paronish of Cambria, PA Harold Bucher of Lebanon, PA and Brian Bucher of Harrisburg, PA. Anyone who has information about this string of burglaries is asked to call the Mansfield State Police barracks at 570-662.2151.

A passenger  on a motorcycle was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when the bike collided head on with a deer on the Brookland Road in Ulysses Township. According to Coudersport based state police, Todd Moyer of Wellsville, NY  was operating Chieftan Limited northbound at around 5:00 pm when the collision occurred. Police said he was unable to avoid hitting the deer and he  and his wife, Tamara,  were thrown off upon impact. Moyer was treated at UPMC Cole for minor injuries while Mrs. Moyer was life-flighted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of serious injuries. Both were wearing helmets at the time.

Another Wellsville resident escaped injury  Thursday morning in a car/deer collision. Walter Nary was headed south on Route 449 at about 5:45 am when his Chevrolet Silverado hit a deer whch bounded on the highway from the southbound lane.

An elderly Port Allegany woman was hurt Wednesday evening in a one-vehicle accident I Liberty Township, McKean County. Troopers at kane report 72 year old Anna DeHaven was headed east on Wildwood Road when her Ponitac Bonneville crossed the center line, went off the road, struck a ditch and became airborne. Dehave was transported by Roulette Ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries.

Both drivers have been charged for a collision Monday afternoon in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. Involving an pick up truck and tractor. State police explained the collision happened when   Donald Bentley of Mainesburg pulled his Kubota B3200 from a grassy area on the east side of the Mainesburg Road in front of a Toyota Tundra driven  by Zachary Andrews of Mansfield. The pick up  collided with the front loading bucket on the tractor and Bently was thrown onto the pavement upon impact. He was taken by Blossburg ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Andrews was not hurt. Bently was cited for improperly entering highway while Andrews was arrested for speeding.

Minor injuries were reported for an Elkland woman whose car rolled over on Route 49 in Nelson Township Tuesday night. Diana Kibbe was traveling west when her Chevrolet Aveo went off the road, struck a wooden fence post, then went into a ditch where it overturned coming to rest on the driver’s side  Kibbe was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

State police at Kane have arrested a Port Allegany couple for drug possession after stopping their car in Liberty Township Sunday afternoon for a traffic violation. Police said the found the 35 year old man driving under the influence and in possession of drug paraphernalia. His 30 year old female passenger was also allegedly found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Two children, a 14 year old girl and a 12 year old boy were riding in the 1998 Chevrolet at the time. Police say charges are pending lab results and we presume the suspects’ names will be released when charges are filed.


Thursday September 20, 2018

Wednesday’s high, 77; Overnight low, 60







BFB Headlines (Thursday Seeptember 20, 2018) ID thieves steal over $21,000 from Tioga County resident….McKean County Jail inmate suspected of smuggling drugs into lock-up by swallowing them…..St. Marys woman hurt in motorcycle accident…..Several area communities awarded grants for water and sewer projects….Next-on air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.comnsfield based state police are investigating a major ID theft victimizing a Jackson Township  resident. Cyber thieves made $21,605.00 in unauthorized purchases on a credit card belonging to Dale Stermer, 4,8 of Millerton sometime since the first of the year.

A McKean County Jail inmate has been arrested for sneaking drugs into the lock-up.Kane based state police allege 33 year old Jonathan Colts of Bradford admitted that he had sneaked the drugs in by consuming them in their original packages a few days before being committed. Authorities claim they found a package of Suboxone Strips. Colts was arraigned in the jail. Bail was set at $20,000 for his latest offense.

A St. Marys woman was hurt Last evening when her motorcycle spilled on the Old Kersey Road in Fox Township, Elk County. State police at Ridgway report 25 yearold Paige Greenawalt was going west when she undercompensated on a left curve. Her Harley |Davidson XL883C went onto a soft gravel berm and laid down on its left side. She was taken by her father to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of multiple lacerations and road rash. Her father also pushed the motorcycle from the scene.Police saidf Greenawalt was wearing a helmet when the accident happened.

– The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a total of $2,910,348 in state funding for 10 local flood protection, trail, recreation and water projects in the 25th Senatorial District,  according to  Senator Joe Scarnati (R-Jefferson).

The projects approved for funding are a part of four different programs that are administered by the CFA, including the PA Small Water & Sewer Program, Greenways Trails & Recreation Program, Flood Mitigation Program and Watershed Restoration Protection Program.

The financing was approved at the September 18th CFA meeting in Harrisburg.  Funding for the projects comes from money generated by the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee (Act 13 of 2012) and Commonwealth Financing Authority bonds.

Scarnati explained that in the 25th Senatorial District the following projects were approved across six counties. Those in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area are:

Elk County

City of St. Marys – $200,000 grant (Greenways Trails and Recreation Program)

This funding will assist the City with Phase II development of a downtown central walking park located in St. Marys City.  The project will consist of sidewalk and bench slab construction and completion of restrooms adjacent to the Depot Street Parking Garage.  This project will also lay the groundwork for future phases by installing underground electric conduit, storm sewer drainage, PVC waterline and the foundation for a pre-fabricated pedestrian bridge.  The total project cost is $375,560.

McKean County

Bradford City Water Authority – $350,000 grant (PA Small Water & Sewer Program)

This grant will assist with construction of a waterline extension located in Foster Township.  Residents of the Kenmar Acres housing development are served by unreliable groundwater sources and have no connections for fire protection services.  The Authority will construct a waterline along Bolivar Drive, Downing Drive, Clark Drive, Lambert Drive and Long Line.  The project will include water line installation, fire hydrant installation and service connections for the new customers.  The total project cost is $496,600.

Mt. Jewett Regional Sewer Authority – $172,198 grant (PA Small Water & Sewer Program)

This funding will provide support to replace sewer pipes and upgrade manholes in Mt. Jewett Borough.  Vitrified clay sewer pipe will be replaced with PVC pipe.  Four brick manholes along Oberg Avenue in Mt. Jewett Borough will be upgraded with precast concrete manholes.  The project will reduce inflow and infiltration and reserve treatment capacity for future development.  The total project cost is $202,587.

Port Allegany Borough – $410,553 grant (Flood Mitigation Program)

These Flood Mitigation funds will be used for the acquisition of land, rights-of-way and easements for the construction of a flood protection system in the Borough of Port Allegany.  Port Allegany plans to acquire temporary and permanent easements among 40 properties along Lillibridge Creek and the Allegheny River necessary to construct earthen levee, floodwall, five drainage basins and two closure structures.  The total project cost is $746,000.

Tioga County

Lawrenceville Borough – $395,988 grant (PA Small Water & Sewer Program)

Funding will be used to rehabilitate the sewer system along Cowanesque Street (SR49) and Mill Street in Lawrenceville Borough.  The Borough plans to reduce inflow and infiltration of the waste water collection system by following the recommendation of a 2012 study in order to reduce hydraulic overload.  Rehabilitation to the wastewater collection system will include cured-in-place lining, installation of sewer laterals, installation of a new sewer main, pipe spot repair, replacing lateral connections, replacing five fire hydrants, remediating eight manholes and installing one new manhole.  The total project cost is $465,869.

Projects in other counties within the 25th Senatorial District:

                                                                                     Clearfield County

City of DuBois – $423,169 grant (PA Small Water & Sewer Program)

This grant will assist the City of DuBois with rehabilitating the gate and screen house for their water system. Both structures were constructed in the 1920’s and are experiencing age-related failures.  The city’s plan is to rehabilitate the existing structures and to replace the valve, gates and associated components within the structures along with some structural rehabilitation.  The total project cost is $497,847.

Clinton County

City of Lock Haven – $246,440 grant (PA Small Water & Sewer Program)

Funding will support the City of Lock Haven with installation upgrades at the wastewater treatment facility in Lock Haven City.  An onsite utility water system will be installed to reuse the plant’s effluent water.  The new system will improve the efficiency of treatment operations resulting in savings for power consumption as well as water conservation.  The project will eliminate the facility’s dependence on the City’s public drinking water supply and the associated costly water bills.  The total project cost is $289,930.

Mill Hall Borough – $104,300 grant (PA Small Water & Sewer Program)

This grant will provide support for the rehabilitation of twenty-two sanitary sewer lateral pipes located in Mill Hall Borough.  The Borough will install cured-in-place pipe lining in thirteen sanitary sewer lateral pipes along West Church Street and nine sanitary sewer lateral pipes along East Arch Street.  The 555 linear feet of new lining will be installed in clay pipes to stop groundwater infiltration.  The total project cost is $158,000.

Jefferson County

Brookville Municipal Authority – $307,700 grant (PA Small Water & Sewer Program)

Funding will support the replacement of two water distribution lines located in Brookville Borough.  1,050 linear feet of water distribution line will be replaced from east of the North Fork Redbank Creek stream crossing at the water treatment facility and continuing south along the intersection of Richards Street and Short Street.  The project will also replace water distribution line from the intersection of Franklin Avenue and Jefferson Street continuing east along the existing waterline right-of-way and then along Main Street to the stream crossing at North Fork Redbank Creek.  The replacements will increase water quality and assist in supplying potable water to all residents.  The total project cost is $362,000.

Jefferson County Conservation District – $300,000 grant (Watershed Restoration Protection Program)

This grant will provide support for upgrades to the existing Sugar Camp Run watershed located in Sykesville Borough.  Jefferson County Conservation District will complete Phase VI of the Sugar Camp Run watershed project by constructing an aquaponics and environmental education facility.  The aquaponics are a controlled environment where plants and fish can be grown year round and utilizes treated mine water from the recently upgraded Sugar Camp Run AMD treatment system.  The project consists of constructing a greenhouse, aquaponics equipment, installation of utilities, excavation and an HD Grow light.  The total project cost is $380,000.


Phyllis J. MITTERER, 87, of Coudersport, PA, died Tuesday, September 18, 2018 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA.




Born May 31, 1931, in Monongahela, PA, she was the daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth Marcin Lukach.




On October 25, 1953, in Clairton, PA, she married Marion E. “Jack” Mitterer, who survives.




A graduate of Elizabeth High School in Elizabeth, PA, she was employed at Sypolt’s Motel in Cross Fork for ten years and at Ole Bull State Park for ten years.




Phyllis was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookland, PA.




Surviving besides her husband, Jack, are:  two sons, Joseph (Cathy) Mitterer of Albers, IL and Christopher Mitterer of Munderf, PA;  three grandchildren, Sarah (Eric) Lindow, Candace (Todd Moore) Mitterer, and Jeremiah Mitterer;  five great-grandchildren, Paige Kellerman, Ella Kellerman, Gwendelyn Lindow, Renley Lindow, and Cullen Lindow;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by two sisters, Barbara Edwards and Andrea Boden.




Friends may call Friday, September 21, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday in All Saints Episcopal Church, Brookland, PA.  The Rev. Janis Yskamp will officiate.  Burial will be in Fox Hill Cemetery, Ulysses, PA.




Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 247, Ulysses, PA 16948.








The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) was established as an independent agency of the Commonwealth to administer Pennsylvania’s economic stimulus packages. The CFA holds fiduciary responsibility over the funding of programs and investments in Pennsylvania’s economic growth.




More information regarding programs administered by the CFA can be found on the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development website:










Wednesday September 19, 2018


Black Forest Express


             Photo by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 82; Overnight low, 73

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ATV operator killed in Ulysses accident….two Roulette residents jailed after a fight last week…Bradford man arrested for harassing Emporium woman….No one hurt when car hits tractor trailer drift shaft on highway…..Potter County Department of Aging schedules Medicare appointments….PennDOT Forestry department have begun road repairs on Route 321 in McKean County…

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A Wyano PA man was killed in an ATV accident Tuesday night in Ulysses. Authorities report 65 year old Gary Cykrot was operating a Polaris 500 when it went into a ditch near the intersection of Burt Street and |Academy Street and rolled on top of him .When first responders arrived they found witnesses to the crash tending to him; removed the machine and took him out of the ditch were they immediately began emergency medical treatment. However, despite their efforts he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma by Deputy Potter County Coroner Ken Wingo.Cykrot was not wearing a helmet. The other individual he was riding with fled the area and made no calls for help, was not identified

Two Roulette residents have been jailed after a fight in the village last Thursday night. State police were called to the Fourth Street home at around 11:30 and allegedly found 49 year old Brian Knauer had injured a 43 year old woman during an argument. After being arraigned for harassment and resisting arrest, Knauer was committed to the Potter County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. The victim was later arrested on a probation violation and was taken to the McKean County Jail.

A Bradford man has been arrested for harassing his former girlfriend by phone. Emporium based state plice allege 49 year old Wade Bunker repeatedly contacted a 47 year old Emporium woman last week against her wishes.

No one was hurt in an unusual accident Tuesday afternoon on the Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police explained that the drive shaft on a Peterbilt operated Richard Tripodi of Ridgway dropped onto the highway while he was going south. Tony Ekert of St. Marys was traveling behind the rig and could not avoid hitting the drive shaft. He and his passenger Julie Cavalline also of St. Marys were using seatbelts and two children, ages 3 and 6 were riding in child safety seats.

The Potter County Department of Aging says, there is a vast amount of information associated with Medicare, much of it is complicated and it changes every year. If you’re going to be on Medicare soon, there is information available to help you make informed decisions about your Medicare choices. If you are already on Medicare, there is information that will protect your rights and may help lower your out of pocket expenses. If you are caring for family members on Medicare, there is information to help you ensure they receive the best care available under Medicare.
The Potter County APPRISE Program, a free health insurance counseling program designed to help Pennsylvanians with Medicare, has specially trained counselors to answer your questions and provide you with objective, easy to understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance.
Local APPRISE counselors will be available to assist Potter County residents at these Events:
• Falling Leaves Outdoor Show: Friday, October 5, 2018 and Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Courtyard Square in Coudersport from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm each day, weather permitting.
• Representative Martin Causer’s Senior Expo: Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 Riverside Drive, Roulette, PA 16746 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
The following Medicare Open Enrollment Events are by appointment only. Please call the Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging and ask for Barbara Busch, APPRISE Coordinator, at 1-800-800-2560 or 814-544-7315 to schedule a private Medicare counseling session.Be sure to bring your new Medicare card to your appointment.
October 17-December 5 libraries and PCHS
Appointments are limited and time slots fill up fast! Be sure to schedule your appointment in advance. For more information about the APPRISE program or other supports and services provided by the Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging, please call 1-800-800-2560 or 814-544-7315.
October Appointment Times
• October 17, 2018, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm – Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport
• October 18, 2018, 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm- Ulysses Library, Main Street, Ulysses
• October 19, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North Street, Roulette
• October 25, 2018, 11:30am to 6:00pm – Galeton Public Library, 5 Park Lane, Galeton
• October 26, 2018, 9:00 am to3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North Street, Roulette
• October 30, 2018, 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm – Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, 103 North Puritan Street, Shinglehouse,

November Appointment Times
• November 1, 2018, 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm- Ulysses Library, Main Street, Ulysses

• November 2, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North Street, Roulette
• November 14, 2018, 10:30 am to 3:00 pm- Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, 103 North Puritan Street, Shinglehouse
• November 15, 2018, 11:30 am to 6:00 pm- Galeton Public Library, 5 Park Lane, Galeton
• November 16, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North Street, Roulette
• November 28, 2018, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm- Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport
December Appointment Times
• December 3, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North Street, Roulette
• December 5, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North Street, Roulette

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) began a  roadway improvement work earlier today on Route 321 in McKean County. This work will improve roadway ride quality and extend the life of the roadway surface from Route 59 in Marshburg to Sugar Bay.
Across 7 miles of roadway, overall work will include drainage improvements, roadway milling, asphalt paving, guiderail upgrades, and miscellaneous construction.
Drivers could encounter more than one work zone across the entire stretch of the project. At each work zone, an alternating traffic pattern will be in place, enforced by roadway flaggers. PennDOT reminds drivers to be cautious in work zones, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.
PennDOT is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service on this project– to the benefit of both agencies, as well as roadway users. Upgrades to Route 321 will make removal and hauling of pest-infested and at-risk trees easier and more convenient for the U.S. Forest Service. In turn, the Forest Service will provide tree trimming and tree removal along State Routes in the Allegheny National Forest—allowing for “daylighting” of roadways. “Daylighting” makes it easier for sunlight to hit roadway surfaces, which helps ice and snow melt more quickly.
IA Construction of Franklin, PA is the contractor on this $4.3 million job. The project will be active until Thanksgiving before shutting down for the winter. Work will resume in the spring of 2019 as weather allows. Completion of all work is expected in July of 2019.

PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
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