Friday, March 15, 2019

 

 

 

Hopefully a scene from the past!

Thursday’s high 61; Temps went up to 55 overnight, then dropped to 44 by daybreak; .10 inch rain

FRI-LEFT- OVER AM SHOWERS, HIGH 50
FRI NIGHT-MIXED PRECIPITATON, LOW 29
SAT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, COOLER HIGH 33
SAT NIGHT-CLEARING, LOW 21
SUN-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 36
SUN NIGHT-CLOUDS RETURN, LOW 24

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DEP launches tick surveillance….Avocados could provide anti-inflammatory help according to Penn State…Barn fire in McKean County caused by overloaded circuit….One driver hurt in Coudersport collision Thursday morning…

Obituaries: Matthew “Matt” Turk,Shinglehouse, Paul Bonser, Ulysses and Leslie “Les” Draper, Ulysses

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it is conducting a five-year environmental surveillance of ticks to assess the risk of tickborne illnesses across Pennsylvania. Funding for this project is being provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
The survey, which started in July 2018 in coordination with county governments, is part of the Pennsylvania Lyme Disease Task Force recommendations for combatting the growing incidence of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases. It is funded annually through the state budget.

Pennsylvania ranks #2 of all 50 states with Lyme Disease cases. “Lyme disease is a major public health concern in Pennsylvania,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Many people believe that Lyme disease, and the ticks that carry the disease, can only be found in wooded areas. However, I know personally, as do many others, that ticks can be found in your backyard, where you walk your dog, or the local park. These surveillance efforts will help us to share with all Pennsylvanians the importance of taking steps to protect yourself.” The survey is taking place in every county in Pennsylvania to track ticks’ habitats, life stages and peak activity levels and to test them for human pathogenic diseases. Additionally, 38 counties are conducting a specific survey of nymphal blacklegged (Ixodesscapularis) ticks, which can transmit Lyme Disease to humans.

Ticks are collected using white felt drags that sample low-lying ground cover and understory vegetation for questing ticks.
Fall and winter surveillance focused on analyzing adult blacklegged ticks for emerging and changing disease burdens in public use habitats across Pennsylvania, such as parks, playgrounds or recreational fields.

The spring and summer surveillance will focus on collecting three tick species: the blacklegged tick in its immature nymphal stage, when it most often infects humans with Lyme disease, as well as human babesiosis and human granulocytic anaplasmosis; the adult American dog (Dermacentorvariabilis) tick, which transmits Rocky Mounted Spotted Fever and Tulameria; and adult lone star (Amblyommaamericanum) tick, which transmits Ehrlichiosis and Tularmeria.

The nymphal stage of the blacklegged tick causes the most tickborne illness in Pennsylvania due to its size and activity period. It is significantly smaller — about the size of a poppy seed — than the adult and therefore less likely to be discovered on the human body.
Since July 1, 2018, DEP collected 3,663 adult black-legged ticks for testing.

Lyme disease can exacerbate arthritis and joint pain and cause other inflammation-related ailments but there is hope for this reporter and others coming from Penn State. An extract from the seeds of avocados exhibited anti-inflammatory properties in a laboratory study, according to Penn State researchers, and it represents a potential source for novel anti-inflammatory compounds that could be developed as a functional food ingredient or pharmaceuticals.

The researchers developed the extract over the last decade as a food colorant and it is not known whether the compounds responsible for the extract’s vibrant orange color play any role in its ability to inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory mediators, noted Joshua Lambert, associate professor of food science.

To determine the anti-inflammatory properties of the avocado seed extract, the researchers used cell culture models and enzymes that are important in immune response and inflammatory diseases. A class of immune cells called macrophages were grown in petri dishes and activated with a pro-inflammatory stimuli in the presence or absence of the avocado seed extract. The researchers measured the production of important pro-inflammatory mediators and signaling pathways in the cells after treatment with the extract.

“The next step, before we can draw further conclusions about the anti-inflammatory activity of this avocado seed extract, will be to design animal model studies,” said Lambert, co-director of Penn State’s Center for Plant and Mushroom Foods for Health. “For example, we can look at a mouse model of ulcerative colitis where we formulate the avocado seed extract into the mice diet and look at whether it is able to reduce inflammation.”

Lambert believes the study lays the groundwork for more research because it provides evidence that there are bioactive compounds in avocado seeds that have anti-inflammatory activity.

“The level of activity that we see from the extract is very good,” he said. “We saw inhibitory activity at concentrations in the low microgram-per-milliliter range, which is an acceptable amount of activity to justify further studies.”

The discovery could be important because cancer, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis, colitis and many more serious conditions are associated with chronic inflammation, explained Lambert, whose research group in the College of Agricultural Sciences conducted the study. He pointed out that the findings, published recently in Advances In Food Technology and Nutritional Sciences, are especially encouraging because avocado seeds presently go to waste.

“If we can return value to avocado growers or avocado processors, that would be a benefit,” he said. “And if we can reduce the amount of this material being dumped in landfills, that would be a good thing, given the huge amount of avocados that are consumed. This is encouraging because there is a market for other high-value sources of bioactive compounds we have tested in my lab, such as cocoa and green tea – whereas avocado seeds are essentially considered to be garbage.”

Also involved in the research was Deepti Dabas, a doctoral degree student in food science, and Gregory Ziegler, professor of food science.

The researchers have filed a patent application for the use of the extract as a food color additive. In 2016, Lambert, Ziegler and two partners founded a company, Persea Naturals, to develop the extract for this application. The identification of potential beneficial biological activity, if it is borne out in subsequent studies, may add value to the extract and provide additional avenues for development.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture supported this research.

The state police fire marshal says a blaze which destroyed a McKean County barn early Thursday morning was caused by an overloaded electrical circuit. The fire erupted at about4:45 am in a barn on Canfield Hollow Road owned by Kevin and Brandi Welch. There were no human injuries but three sheep died in the blaze. Damage is estimated to be $200,000 but the loss is covered by insurance.

A Coudersport woman was hurt in a collision Thursday morning on Route 6 in front of UPMC Cole. According to Coudersport borough police the accident happened while Larry Henrichson of Genesee was following Ashley Bucholz while headed east. Henrichson did not notice Bucholz had stopped to make a left turn into the hospital’s parking lot and allowed his 2012 Ford d F250 Supercab pick up truck to run into the back of Bucholz’s 2001 Nissan. The impact pushed the Bucholz car into a telephone pole, shearing it off. Buchholz was treated at the hospital for minor injuries while Henrichson was not hurt.

DUI charges have been filed against 46 year old Patrick Heath of Wellsboro. State police at the Mansfield barracks allege when Heath was pulled over on Route 6 in Charleston Township on the afternoon of February 10, he was driving his 2009 under the influence.

State police at Emporium are looking for the owner of a SentrySafe lock box found outside the front doors of the Sheetz store at around 1:15 pm Tuesday. Anyone with information as to ownership is encouraged to call state police at 814.486.3321,

                                            Obituaries

Paul J. BONSER, 76, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Marine City, MI, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 8, 2019 in UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA. Born May 29, 1942, in Port Huron, MI, he was the son of Angus and Anna B. CharronBonser. On June 17, 1967, in Starville, MI, he married the former Barbara S. Easterly, who survives. A US Air Force Veteran, he served honorably from 1962 — 1964. A graduate of Marine City High School, Marine City, MI and Zion Ministerial Institute in Waverly, NY, he was employed as a truck driver by Riverside Spline and Gear Co., Marine City, MI for 24 years. He was then employed in maintenance by Zion Ministerial Institute for 10 years and drove school bus in the Northern Potter School District for 15 years. Paul was a member of the Zion Christian Assembly in Ulysses. Surviving besides his wife, Barbara, are: his mother of Coudersport; four children, Stephen Bonser of Roseville, MI, Sarah (George) LeMay of Concord, NH, Rebecca (Gerald) Russell of Ulysses, and Mark (Paula) Bonser of China, MI; eight grandchildren, Lichelle, Regina, Lyndsay, Brian, Chase, Andrew, Stephen, and Aaron; three great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Maxine, and Lucas; a brother, Donald Bonser of Maryville, TN; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father; and a brother, David Bonser. Private burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Friends may call at Zion Christian Assembly on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with a Memorial Service following at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Paul G. Caram officiating.Due to allergies, the family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.

Matthew J. “Matt” Turk, 79, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, on Monday, March 11, 2019, after a long illness.Born on April 25, 1939 in Meadowlands, he was a son of Matthew J. Sr. and Stella J. Krizay Turk. On June 13, 1970 in Shinglehouse, he married D. Louise Lundy Turk, who passed away on February 4, 2004.Matt was a graduate of Chartiers-Houston High School in Meadowlands. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving from 1960 to 1963, attaining the rank of buck sergeant.For many years, Matt was the owner and partner of Penvose and Turk Electrical Service. In 1970, he moved to Shinglehouse. He then was employed by Butler-Larkin in Wellsville, N.Y. and then later was employed as a machinist for West Brothers (now Gas Field Specialists) in Millport until his retirement.Matt was a member of the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club in Millport and a member of the NRA. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. His greatest pleasure was riding his 4-wheeler in his free time.Surviving are a son, Matthew Steven “Steve” Turk of Shinglehouse; three stepsons, Jeffrey (Pam) Goodliff of Shinglehouse, John Goodliff and Barry Goodliff; seventeen grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.In addition to his parents and wife, Matt was predeceased by a stepson, Michael Goodliff; and a brother, James Frank Turk.In keeping with Matt’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club, PO Box 186, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Matt entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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Paul J. BONSER, 76, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Marine City, MI, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 8, 2019 in UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA. Born May 29, 1942, in Port Huron, MI, he was the son of Angus and Anna B. CharronBonser. On June 17, 1967, in Starville, MI, he married the former Barbara S. Easterly, who survives. A US Air Force Veteran, he served honorably from 1962 — 1964. A graduate of Marine City High School, Marine City, MI and Zion Ministerial Institute in Waverly, NY, he was employed as a truck driver by Riverside Spline and Gear Co., Marine City, MI for 24 years. He was then employed in maintenance by Zion Ministerial Institute for 10 years and drove school bus in the Northern Potter School District for 15 years. Paul was a member of the Zion Christian Assembly in Ulysses. Surviving besides his wife, Barbara, are: his mother of Coudersport; four children, Stephen Bonser of Roseville, MI, Sarah (George) LeMay of Concord, NH, Rebecca (Gerald) Russell of Ulysses, and Mark (Paula) Bonser of China, MI; eight grandchildren, Lichelle, Regina, Lyndsay, Brian, Chase, Andrew, Stephen, and Aaron; three great-grandchildren, Charlotte, Maxine, and Lucas; a brother, Donald Bonser of Maryville, TN; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father; and a brother, David Bonser. Private burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Friends may call at Zion Christian Assembly on Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with a Memorial Service following at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Paul G. Caram officiating.Due to allergies, the family requests in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the church or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.

Leslie A. “Les” DRAPER, 80, of Ulysses, formerly of North Fork and Sunderlinville, PA, died Friday, March 8, 2019 in UPMC Susquehanna, Williamsport, PA. Born February 15, 1939, in Harrison Valley, PA, he was the son of Arthur and Florence Shelley Draper. He was raised by his aunt and uncle, Iva and Clayton Lewis. Les attended the Harrison-Ulysses-Genesee senior center. He is survived by a sister, Esther Johns of Coudersport. He was predeceased by a sister, Evelyn F. Draper; and a brother, Lyle Draper. Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery, Sunderlinville. Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Thursday March 14, 2019

Black Forest Express

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Volunteers That Care members donate to the Coudersport Pool Fundraiser to be held Saturday March 30th, 6pm at the CVFD. Fundraiser tickets are a $20 donation which include Bones n Banter bbq and auction entertainment. Funds raised will go towards swimming lessons for all Potter County kids.Volunteers That Care is a 501c3  non-profit assisting Potter County cancer patients with free gas cards and wigs to ease expenses.Coudersport Pool Committee thanks the members for their support with all they do for our community.

 

Wednesday’s high, 45; Overnight low 28

THU-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 62

THU NIGHT-RAIN POSSIBLE, HIGH 40

FRI-LIGHT MORNING RAIN, THEN MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 54

FRI NIGHT-RAIN , LOW 32

SAT-MORNING SNOW POSSIBLE, HIGH 33

SAT NIGHT-LOW 30

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Eldred man accused of threatening wife with shotgun…Wellsboro woman arrested for punching ex-husband in the face…..Elderly Dubois man charged with careless driving after Elk County crash….Name of truck driver killed in accident Monday night in Tioga County has been released….PennDot announces commitment to local governments….Non-profit group donates to upcoming Coudersport Pool fundraiser….

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A 33 year old Eldred man is accused of making terroristic threats Wednesday afternoon at his home on Route 446 in Keating Township. State police allege the suspect, whose name they did not release, threatened the life of his 33 year old wife and himself with a shotgun. He was taken into custody by troopers responding to the domestic violence call and transported to Bradford Regional Medical Center for mental  health evaluation.

Troopers at Mansfield did not release the name of a 38 year old Wellsboro woman charged with harassment  Monday night. The suspect is accused of hitting her 37 year old  ex-husband in the face, twice, with a closed fist. During a quarrel at at around 10:30 pm on theMount Zuion Road in Charleston Township.

Ridgway based state police have cited an elderly DuBois driver for careless driving after his car wrecked Wednesday afternoon on the Wilcox Road in Jones Township.  James Ball, 8, was going  south on Route 219 in Jones Township when he fell asleep at the wheel of his 2013 Ford Fiesta. The car went off the left hand side of the road and hit a ditch where it came to rest. Ball was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment od unknown injuries.

State police in Mansfield have released the name of the truck driver who was killed Monday night when a tri-axle water truck over turned on Route 414 in Union Township. Patrick McLaughlin, 59 (no address provided) was pronounced dead at the scene of the 6:45 pm accident by a deputy Tioga County coroner.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has committed $500.7 million in liquid fuels payments to help certified municipalities maintain their roads and bridges.

The March 1 distribution marked a $11.7 million, or 2.4 percent, increase over the $489 million distributed in 2018. Act 89 of 2013 made more funding available for locally owned roadways. Before the law, municipalities received $320.8 million in liquid fuels payments.

PennDOT’s annual distributions assist with municipalities’ highway and bridge-related expenses such as snow removal and road repaving. There are 120,039 miles of public roads in Pennsylvania. There are 72,992 miles owned by municipalities and eligible for liquid fuels. The formula for payments is based on a municipality’s population and miles of locally-owned roads.

To be eligible for liquid fuels, a roadway must be formally adopted as a public street by the municipality, meet certain dimension requirements, and be able to safely accommodate vehicles driving at least 15 mph.

For the complete list of local payments, visit the “Municipal Liquid Fuels Program” page at www.penndot.gov under the “Doing Business” Local Government page.

Wednesday March 13, 2019

Black Forest Express

 

Tuesday’s high, 43; Overnight low, 15

WED-CLOUDS INCREASE, HIGH 53

WED NIGHT-SHOWERS, LOW 37

THU-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH, 61

THU NIGHT-RAIN, LOW 51

FRI-RAIN, HIGH 63

FRI NIGHT-WINTRY MIX, LOW 33

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Obituaries: Robert “Smitty” “The Deacon” Smith, Coudersport and Walter “Walt” Miller, Shinglehouse

 Region’s unemployment picture has improved….Bendigo Road in Elk County has been re-opened after slide repairs are made….Fire which destroyed a Ridgway home ruled arson….and another car/deer collision investigated by state police….

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The unemployment picture improved between December and January all across the region according to figures just released by the state Department of Labor and Industry. The jobless rate here in Potter County dropped from 5.7 to 5.3%; Mckean saw a decrease from 4.9 to 4.3%; Elk County realized a decline from 3.9% to 3.4% and Tioga’s went down f rom 5.3% to 4.8%. Cameron County unemployment  rate held steady at 4.5%. The department revised its figures for Elk County. Previously it had reported a jobless rate of 4.0%. Forest County had the worst figure in Pennsylvania at 5.6%^ but that was an improvement over the previous month. Adams County had the best rate goi9ng from 3.2 to 2.8%. Pennsylvania’s rate during the period was 4.1% while the national figure was an even 4%.

PennDot announces  that Bendigo Road (Route 1004) in Elk County re-opened Tuuesday afternoon  with a reduced speed limit through the work zone. The re-opening is about a week ahead of the announced work schedule.

PennDOT authorized emergency work late last month for slide repairs. Crews have been working to excavate the slide area and stabilize it with rockfill material. The work was funded and completed through a partnership with Bencor Global Incorporated (East Branch Dam contractor) and Seneca Resources. Without this partnership, repairs to Bendigo Road would have been delayed until the summer.

Two-lane traffic has been  restored, with a reduced speed limit of 10 miles per hour through the work zone, which is located south of Bendigo State park. The speed restriction is in place to encourage drivers to slow down and use caution through the area. Drivers will also encounter rough roadway and loose gravel. Cautionary signing regarding these conditions is in place along Bendigo Road.

The official detour that has been in place was  lifted.Crews will return later this spring to perform roadway paving with hot material. PennDOT will issue a project update prior to the start of that work since paving may require a short-term closure of the road.  H R I, Inc. of State College has been the contractor for this emergency job.

The state police fire marshal says a blaze which destroyed a two store home on Front Street in Ridgway Monday afternoon was caused by arson. The blaze originated on the first floor of Zachary Hoyt’s house. No one was home when flames were discovered at 4:00 pm. The uninsured loss is estimated to be $100,000. Elk County has experienced numerous arsons over the past several years. Some of the criminals have been prosecuted.

Another area motorist had too close an encounter with a whitetail. According to Emporium based state police Alayna Genevro of Emporium was making a left hand curve while going east on Route 120 Tuesday afternoon. When a deer went into her lane of travel. Genevro was not hurt. The car stopped straddling the center line. The eastbound  lane was closed to traffic for about 40 minutes.

Obituaries

Robert L. (Smitty) Smith, 81, a lifelong Coudersport resident and an active, visible supporter of the community, died Saturday, March 9, 2019, at Sweden Valley Manor after a long illness.He touched countless lives through the decades as a business operator, Rotarian, singer and theatrical performer, radio announcer, music lover and a dedicated supporter of Coudersport High School sports.Smitty was born Jan. 20, 1938, in Coudersport, the son of Carl and Rose Spong Tower Smith. He was a graduate of Coudersport High School, where he was a member of the band.He had several odd jobs after graduation before he was hired as an announcer at Radio Station WFRM in Coudersport. There, popular radio personality Ed Easton took Smitty under his wing. His weekly Sunday on-air shift earned him the nickname, “The Deacon.”An avid collector of 45-rpm rock ‘n roll records, he began to offer his services as a deejay for “record hops” in town. Eventually, he followed his love of contemporary music into the business world by opening his own store, “Smitty’s Record Cellar,” at a former barber shop in the basement of the Hotel Crittenden.He would relocate his business to three other storefronts, expanding his product line and evolving it to a video rental operation.When he wasn’t tending to his store, Smitty could be found playing community basketball or softball; bowling at George Olin’s bowling alley on North Main Street and, later, at Old Hickory Lanes down the street; playing golf in Coudersport and Emporium; performing in local musicals; singing with the barbershoppers, community chorus and church choir; and serving the community as one of the longest-tenured members of the Coudersport Rotary Club.No retrospective of Smitty’s life would be complete without mentioning his rabid allegiance to his favorite professional sports teams – the Boston Celtics, Green Bay Packers, and especially the Philadelphia Phillies. He often referred to the Phillies’ rise to the World Series championship in 1980 was one of the highlights of his life.He was also a fan of college basketball, with an affinity for the Duke University Blue Devils. Smitty will always be remembered as one of the most loyal followers of the high school football and basketball teams. In recognition of that, the Coudersport Rotary Club has decided to name one of its annual outstanding athlete awards as a memorial to Smitty.He was an active member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Coudersport, where he sang in the choir and served for several years on the church’s governing council.When he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2017, Smitty approached the treatment regimen with faith in God and a frequent expression of thanksgiving for a fulfilling life. He reaffirmed his faith over the final weeks of his life, which ended just hours after the Coudersport High School boys’ basketball team stopped to see him on its way to a state playoff game that evening in St. Marys.He was predeceased by his parents; a sister, Shirley Smith Wesley, and brother-in-law, David Wesley; and a nephew, Carter Lamoreaux.Survivors include two nephews, Robert Wesley and wife Lynn, of New Orleans, La., and David Wesley of Whitefish, Mont.; a niece, Karen Baker and husband Dave of Whitefish, Mont; great-nieces Kelsey Baker, Megan Baker and Ava Lamoreaux; and a great-nephew, Blake Lamoreaux.A memorial service will be held at 2 pm Sunday, March 17, at the First United Presbyterian Church at Fourth and Main Streets in Coudersport, with Co-Pastors Donald R. Caskey and Warren B Cederholm Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery.Memorials may be made to the Coudersport Sports Boosters or Coudersport Music Boosters, both at 698 Dwight Street; or the First United Presbyterian Church, 402 North Main Street, all at Coudersport PA 16915.Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport is in charge of arrangements.

 

Walter C. “Walt” Miller, Jr., 90, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Bedminster, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, March 10, 2019, after a long illness.Born on November 28, 1928 in Philadelphia, he was a son of Walter C. Sr. and Esther Miller.  On March 16, 1973 in Doylestown, he married June A. Leaverton, who survives.Walter graduated from high school in Bucks County.  He was employed by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation for over 35 years, retiring as a foreman in 1982.  While working at PennDOT and living in Bedminster, Walt ran his own dairy farm and crop farm.  He and his wife, June, moved to Shinglehouse in 1981.Walt was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse, where he had served as a trustee.  He was a member of Prosperity Lodge #567 F. & A.M. in Riegelsville where he was a past master.  He transferred his membership to Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. in Shinglehouse where he served as treasurer for many years.  He also was in charge of the Masonic fish fries in Shinglehouse for 30 years.  He was a member of the Coudersport Consistory.Walt was an avid hunter and fisherman.  He loved to garden and can the vegetables he grew.  He was a faithful man who loved the Lord.  He had a great sense of humor.  Walt’s greatest love was his family.Surviving in addition to his wife are eight children, Walter Miller of Upper Black Eddy, John (Angie) Miller of Ottsville, Kathleen (John) Lapsley of Florida, June Ann (Don) Rapsinski of Quakertown, Robert Kniese of Shinglehouse, Thomas (Chris) Miller of Murphy, NC, and David (Debbie) Miller and Dennis Miller, both of Florida; a daughter-in-law, Gaye Miller of Ferndale; sixteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; a sister, Miriam Gruver of Pipersville; and numerous nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Walt was predeceased by two sons, Edward Miller and Jeffrey Miller.Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the First Baptist Church, Academy Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.Members of Sharon Lodge #598 F. & A.M. will conduct a Masonic service at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday in the church.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cole Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 102-108 South Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Walt’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, share a fond memory, or view a video tribute of Walt, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com