Wednesday October 11, 2017

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 77; Overnight low 50; no rain






                                                      FRI NIGHT-A FEW SHOWERS, LOW 40

BFB Headlines  (Wednesday October 11, 2017)Causer’s Senior Expo this Friday in Roulette….DCNR announces grants to plant trees near streams…McKean County man jailed for violating Megan’s law…..Both men involved in Potter County scuffle arrested…..Motorist unhurt when SUV catches fire after hitting bear….Money stolen from Shinglehouse home…..Damaged lawnmower recovered in Tioga County….Next on-air report after 10:06a on

Obituaries: Barbara Sauley (Sabinsville); Ruth Lehman (Coudersport) Jean Corey (Coudersport)

Area senior citizens, their family members and caregivers are invited to the 15th annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 Riverside Drive, Roulette. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and lunch will be provided. State, county and local exhibitors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions about issues such as health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing and personal safety. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded. For more information, contact my offices in Coudersport (814-274-9769) or Bradford (814-362-4400). Information is also available at or on Facebook at

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced that $1 million in PENNVEST-funded grants are being made available to assist landowners with planting trees along streams in Pennsylvania to improve water quality. The grant application period opening this week also includes $250,000 for trails and projects related to the use of snowmobiles and ATVs. Pennsylvania has a goal of planting 95,000 acres of streamside buffers by 2025.

To expand on the existing streamside buffer options for landowners, DCNR is piloting a multi-functional buffer option that is eligible for these grant dollars to provide greater flexibility in landowner eligibility, buffer designs, widths, plant species and offer the option of planting some income-producing crops in the buffer zone. For the PENNVEST-funded grants multi-functional buffers are preferred but not required.

The DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Program grant round opened on October 2 and closes December 20 for these grants.

Individual landowners; businesses; non-profit organizations; local governments; and educational institutions are all eligible for the buffer grants, but must be prequalified. Information about how to prequalify is available online on the DCNR grant portal.

Funding for Snowmobile / ATV projects is through the ATV Management Restricted Account and the Snowmobile Management Restricted Account as authorized by Act 97 of 2016. The accounts are supported by registration fees. The legislation was endorsed and sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer.

Trail projects include acquisition; planning; development; rehabilitation; or maintenance of designated routes on land for motorized recreation activities.  This includes the purchase of equipment for trail construction or maintenance.

DCNR Bureau of Forestry service foresters located in each of the 20 forest districts statewide can assist landowners with information about planting forest buffers

Forest buffers along stream banks provide critical barriers between polluting landscapes and receiving waterways. Properly planted and maintained, streamside tree and shrub plantings filter the runoff of sediments and the fertilizers that are applied to lawns and crops; control erosion; improve water quality; reduce flooding; cool stream temperatures; and improve fish habitat.

Interested applicants should visit the DCNR grant portal.

 A Foster Township man has been jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail for violating Megan’s law .Kane based state police did not provide details about 44 year old Michael Keller’s failure to comply with the law as required by convicted sexual predators.

Both men involved in a scuffle have been charges by Coudersport  based state police withh simple assault and harassment. Troopers claim 62 year old Patrick Doyle of Tower City, PA and 55 year old Gerald Morral of West Branch PA argued while on Alpine lane in West Branch Township last Wednesday afternoon and the disagreement escalated to a point where each shoved the other.

A Macedon, NY man escaped injury when his SUV struck a black bear on Route 15 in Tioga Township. According to state police, James Piper Jr was going south just south of the Route 15 on ramp when the collision occurred Sunday evening. As a result of the collision Piper’s 2015 Chevrolet Equinox caught fire but he was able to drive it to the Welcome Center  parking lot and safely exit.

Minor injuries were reported for a Wilcox driver following a speed related crash Tuesday night in Ridgway Township. Troopers report Todd Berger was going too fast for conditions when his Chevrolet Silverado went off the Long Level Road while making a left hand turn. The truck struck a tree before stopping. Berger was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment.

Coudersport based state police are investigating a burglary at a Shinglehouse area home between September 6 and 25th. Thieves entered the home of Carrie Dickerson and Frank Carr on the Honeoye Road by unknown means and made off with some cash from a safe.

The theft of a lawn mower in Union Township, Tioga County is being probed by state police at Mansfield. A thieve stole a Tecumseh Formula 8 lawn mower owned by 81 year old Marlene Boyce between 8:00 pm last Wednesday and 6:00 am the next day. The mower, was found damaged near the victim’s home on Boyce Road. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.


Barbara L. SAULEY, 71, of Hector Township, Sabinsville, PA, died Saturday, October 7, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born December 11, 1945, in Carlisle, PA, she was the daughter of Charles P. and Alma M. Blosser Stine. She was married to Kenneth G. Sauley, who survives. Surviving besides her husband, Ken, are:  a son, Michael Sauley of Galeton;   and two granddaughters. There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements are entrusteD to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Memorials may be made to Gale Hose Ambulance, 2 Union St., Galeton, PA 16922. Online condolences may be expressed at

Ruth L. Lehman, 86 , a long time resident of Sweden Valley Manor of Coudersport, PA passed away October 9, 2017 at Cole Memorial Hospital.Born in Odin, PA , April 17, 1931 she was the daughter of Henry and Beatrice Bradley Lamont Jr.he was a 1948 graduate of Austin High School and also coordinator of their 50th class reunion in 1998.On October 2, 1954 she married Norman “Corky” Lehman Jr. who preceded her in death January 30, 2006. Ruth is survived by her only daughter Lori Kay Lehman of Coudersport. She was employed by Bell Telephone Company as a telephone operator for 14 years in the Coudersport office. She worked as a clerk for J. C. Penneys for 16 months and she was  a switchboard operator and admissions clerk at Cole Memorial Hospital for 18 years, retiring in 1985.She enjoyed hunting, fishing, and vacationing in Florida with her family. Ruth also adored her cats. She had a great interpersonal skills and working with the public. She was also a member of TOPS.A receiving of friends and family will be held, Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA from 2-4pm. Funeral services to follow at 4pm, Tyler Currie, officiating celebrant. Burial will take place in Sweden Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to your local SPCA.Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband, aunts, uncles and cousins.To share your fondest memories of Ruth visit

Jean L. Corey, 83, of Coudersport, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Sweden Valley Manor.Born April 8, 1934 in Port Alleghany, PA, she was the daughter of Owen and Helen Simpier.Jean was a member of the American Legion and American Cancer Society. Jean was a loving wife and mother and took great pride in raising her children. One of her favorite hobbies was knitting.  Jean will be remembered for her outgoing and friendly personality.Jean is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Dean H. Corey of Coudersport; son, Rod Corey and his wife Diane of Coudersport, PA; sister, Sara Anderson of Indiana, PA; 6 grandchildren, Rachel, Ryan, Jedidiah, Brianna, Joshua and Colton; several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Haskins and her sister, Winifred Simpier.Local arrangements have been entrusted to Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915.To share your fondest memories of Jean, visit

Tuesday October 10, 2017


Monday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 57; .20” rain







BFB Headlines (Tuesday October 10, 2017) Meeting planned for next week  in Coudersport to provide information about gas well drilling….Police investigating “peeping Tom” drone….No one hurt when police unit collides with passenger car near Emporium…..Tioga County teen cited for acting out in Walmart Parking Lot….Pot plant found growing on Dutch Hill……next on-air report after 12:05pm today on

 An uptick in shale gas drilling activity in Potter County carries far-reaching implications. To share information and address concerns, the Potter County Natural Gas Resource Center (NGRC) has scheduled a public meeting for 7 pm Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the auditorium of the Gunzburger Building in Coudersport. Featured speaker will be Dan Brockett. As an educator at Penn State University the PSU Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, he is well-versed on the industry and its potential impacts. Brockett will present a summary of economic, environmental, agricultural and social issues in communities where shale gas development is taking place or anticipated. He will follow up on some of the conclusions shared by a Penn State colleague, Jim Ladlee, during a presentation to the NRGC steering committee:

–Roughly 50 percent of Potter County’s 684,000 acres contain shale gas that could be subject to drilling.

–Marcellus Shale production figures suggest it may be “marginal” in Potter County. However, Utica Shale gas appears to be more productive.

–Production of shale gas will likely be a long-term phenomenon, with thousands of wells drilled in the county over a period of decades.

–Greatest environmental vulnerability in the drilling process lies within the first few hundred feet, where the casing passes through groundwater aquifers.

Tuesday’s public meeting will also include updates from Terry Cole, Pennsylvania CareerLink; Charlie Tuttle, Triple Divide Watershed Coalition; Bob Wicker, Potter County Education Council; Glenn Dunn, Potter County Emergency Management Agency; and Jason Childs, Potter County Conservation District and Potter County Water Quality Work Group. Those attending are asked to use the Gunzburger Building’s Water Street entrance.

It’s a sign of the times. Coudersport based state police are looking for the operator of a peeping tom drone. Timothy Dibble of Mills toild authorities a white drone with four propellers and a video camera flew around home on Marsh Creek Road Saturday afternoon and appeared to be looking inside houses….The investigation is continuing and anyone who can shed light on the intrusion is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

A Ridgway woman escaped injury Monday morning when her SUV hydroplaned on the Ridgway St. Marys Road. According to state police, Dianna Brown was going east just after 9:00 am when her Hyundai Elantra slid across the wet road and struck an embankment on the opposite side. Brown was using a eatbelt. The vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Both Emporium drivers were unhurt when a police car struck a passenger car on Route 120 in Shippen Township Sunday afternoon. Authorities report  23 year old Benjamin Forney, a state trooper was doing stationary radar while parked in a gravel pull off area  and took off  to pursue an alleged violator in front of  a westbound a Ford Explorer driven by Larry Crosby Impact occurred in the westbound lane..Both vehicles had to be towed from the scene. Crosby’s passengers were listed as Diane Crosby also of Emporium, and David Crosby of St. Marys also escaped injury No charges have been filed yet but police relate the investigation is continuing.

Coudersport based state police are just getting around to releasing details about a minor collision taking place back on September 24 in Allegany Township. Cops provided information that a John Deere Tractor, driven by James Leet hauling a Lockwood harvester on the Peet Brook Road which sideswiped a Nissan Versa driven by Debra Plummer also of Coudersport while going south. Leet later told police he was not aware of the collision as both units continued on their way and no charges will be filed.

DUI charges have been filed against a Belmont, NY driver by state police in Mansfield. Troopers allege when they stopped 55 year old Andrew Kanvik last Wednesday night on Route 6 in Richmond Township for traffic violations, they found he was driving under the influence and was committed to the Tioga County Jail.

A Troy, PA teenager has been arrested for disorderly conduct in connection to an display taking place Saturday afternoon in the Walmart Parking Lot, Mansfield. State police claim the 16 year old boy engaged in ”violent and tumultuous behavior” by starting a fight with two other people.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks are looking for a pot farmer. A marijuana plant was found growing in a wooded area along Dutch Hill Road in Eulalia Township last Tuesday. Anyone who can shed light on the small crop is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

Monday October 9, 2017

Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday October 9, 2017

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Sunday’s high, 72; Overnight low,67; .38″ rain (.51″ Saturday into Sunday)





Today is Columbus Day observed … tomorrow is the last day to register in order to vote next month….Tioga County resident arrested for lying on gun application…..Gibsonia man seriously hurt in Elk County ATV crash….drug charges pending against Westfield overdose victim….damaged convertible stolen from McKean County garage…Two Elk County men suspected for burglary and Flag at Roulette home desecrated……Next on-air report after 12:06pm on

 Obituary: Dan Harris (Shinglehouse)

Today is Columbus Day observed, a federal holiday. Most state, county and local government offices are closed in observance. Pennsylvania students have the day off for a teacher in-service day. Normal schedules resume Tuesday.

Citizens who want to vote in the upcoming November 7 election are reminded tomorrow, Tuesday October 10 is the last day to register, change party affiliation or report change of address.Positions on school boards, borough councils, boards of township supervisors and many other offices are being filled. Most county election offices have already posted sample ballots on their websites. Absentee ballot applications are available at county elections offices. Part affiliation need not be changed in order to vote in the November election as registered voters can vote for whichever candidates they wish, despite the party in which they are registered. However, according to Pennsylvania law, voters must vote for candidates in their party in spring primaries. Only Republicans and Democrats have enough voters statewide to have candidates in primary electrions. General information on elections and voting is posted on a state-operated website,

A Millerton resident has been arrested for lying while trying to buy a gun last spring. State police at Mansfield claim 31 year old Clinton Hendrick provided false information to Firearms Dealer Richard Despreauux on Route 328 in Lawrence Township, last March 11.

A Gibsonia man was seriously injured in an ATV crash late Saturday night in Millstone Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police, Michael Namey was going south on Route 3002 at around 10:30 pm when his TRX500FMB went off the road and rolled over several times before landing upside down about 20 feet from the road. Namey was ejected and landed just off the right side of the highway. He was taken to a nearby landing zone and flown to UPMC in Altoona.

No injuries were reported for a Pottstown driver whose compact car collided with the rear of a Freightliner truck in Liberty Township, Tioga County. State police at Mansfield explain 27 year old Chelsea Royer fell asleep at the wheel of Toyota Camry on the southbound ramp of Route 15/414 in Liberty last Thursday afternoon. The car went onto the berm where it ran into the back of the unoccupied truck.

Drug charges are pending against a Westfield man after state police were called to his home on Mill Street in Westfield last Thursday night. Troopers say they were called out for a drug overdose and allegedly found drug paraphernalia in 19 year old Brian Meise’s bedroom. He was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for evaluation.

State police in Kane are looking for a car stolen from an unlocked barn on the Upper Grimes Road in Liberty Township between September 29 and  this past Saturday. The silver 2003 Chrysler Sebring Convertible with a black top  was owned by Jason Gutshall. It’s described as being in poor condition with rusted out rockers, duct tape on fenders,  a NY state inspection sticker and no license plate. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.

Two Elk county men are suspected of burglarizing a  home on Mill Street in St. Marys between 1:52 and 4:45 pm September 26. Troopers allege the suspects, one from St.Marys and the other form Ridgway stole several items from posted property owned by a St. Marys woman.

State police at Coudersport have revealed that numerous crimes took in Roulette September 16 or 17. Criminals committed theft, criminal mischief, criminal trespass and desecration of a flag  at a home on Maple Street.


Daniel C. “Dan” Harris, 65, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Friday, October 6, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on April 18, 1952 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Cleo M. and Rita K. Barnes Harris.  On February 15, 1992 in Shinglehouse, he married Sonya D. Cutler, who survives.

Dan was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.  He was a self-employed water well driller, owning and operating Dan Harris Water Well Drilling until retiring due to ill health.

He was a former member of the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club in Millport.  He was a avid and excellent marksman, winning second place in the Off Hand Rifle division.  He was very talented in gun repair and enjoyed making custom knives.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Daniel C. (Brittney) Harris of Shinglehouse; a daughter, Brandi K. (Joe Shelley) Harris of Shinglehouse; a granddaughter, Haidin E. Shelley; and a sister, Nancy Rawson (Dennis) Ayers of Shinglehouse.

Friends may call from 10:30am to noon on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a celebration of life will follow at noon with the Rev. Russell J. Horning , pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club, PO Box 186, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

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