Thursday August 9, 2018

Black Forest Express


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Bradford Airport receives grant….Coudersport Chamber planning Town Wide Yard Sales Labor Day Saturday….Troopers investigate melee at Big 30 party….boat burned in Ludlow….Williamsport man arrested on drug charges after being found with more than $9000 in cash by state police at Coudersport….Audubon, PA woman charged with DUI after crash on Denton Hill…

Obituary: Evelyn Dean Outman, Genesee

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U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson today announced a federal grant that will help the Bradford Regional Airport (BRA) make safety equipment upgrades and remove obstructions from the runway.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $186,423 to the Bradford Regional Airport Authority for the safety initiatives.

“This grant will allow Bradford Regional to purchase new personal protective equipment that is in line with the latest safety standards,” Rep. Thompson said. “The funding will also make sure the runways are free from obstruction and clear for travel. Bradford Regional is an economic hub in McKean County. We must always work to provide the highest level of safety for airport employees and the traveling public alike.”

“The award of these funds allows us to provide our certified Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting staff to be equipped and ready to address any emergency situations that might arise,” Airport Manager Alicia Dankesreiter said. “These ARFF suits keep everyone safe which is our top priority. The remaining funding will be utilized to continue ensuring that all trees and other obstructions remain clear of the airports runways and approaches. Obstruction removal is often an ongoing project to maintain a safe airport. We remain grateful for Congressman Thompsons continued support of not only the Bradford Regional Airport but of rural aviation as a whole.”

This project removes 31 acres of tree obstructions from the Runway 14/32 approach surfaces.This grant funds the first phase which consists of obstruction removal from the Runway 32 end.This project acquires five sets of replacement personal protective equipment to assist the airport in meeting safety requirements.

The annual Coudersport Town Wide Yard Sales are slated for Labor Day — Saturday, September 1 — starting 9:00 a.m., sponsored by Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce.

Bargain hunters and shoppers can plan to visit sales at the Potter County Courthouse square, and at residences around the area, guided by their choice of a Google Map available via or a printed map available several days before the sales at the Chamber Office & Potter County Artisan Center at 227 N. Main St. in Coudersport.

The Chamber charges small fees to cover the costs of sponsoring this popular event.
For $5.00, participants receive a laminated, fluorescent yard sale sign, a presence on the printed map, the same on the online, mobile-friendly map which was viewed approximately 2,000 times by the end of the 2017 sales.

Spaces on the courthouse square are 10 by 10 feet each. One space is $10.00; Two spaces are $15.00; Each additional space is $10.00.

The Chamber will sponsor food and drink on the square this year. As in past years, the square will also be equipped with an accessible portable toilet and hand wash station.
Former Chamber Office Manager Zachary Williams is coordinating this year’s sales. Please contact him at 814-647-1899 or email to get on the map. As the aim of the maps is to draw as many prospective buyers to your sales as possible, Williams needs a description of your sale (e.g., any unique items) as well as your address, full name, phone number, and email. Email addresses and phone numbers kept confidential as they’re for administrative use only in case there is any question about a listing. Last names, descriptions, and addresses will go on the maps.

Fees for sales on the courthouse square will be collected the day of the sale. With regard to residential sales, please drop off your payments and pick up your sign, or mail fees to: Coudersport Chamber, PO Box 261, Coudersport, PA 16915. In charging nominal fees to cover the costs of hosting the event and providing amenities, the Chamber works on an honor system with regard to payments.

The Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce has proudly served its members and the public for over 60 years.

State police at Kane are investigating a melee which broke out early Sunday morning at the intersection of Coal Mine Road and Route 6 in Hamilton Township. Troopers were called when “The Big Thirty” party got out of control. Officers found that a 2004 Chevrolet Trail Blazer had struck a person and several others broke out the windows in the SUV. Police did not reveal details but listed the victims as 28 year old Ashley Haight of Kane and 18 year old Hannah Hogand of Bradford. Devan Hughes was listed as both a victim and “arrestee” while Hunter Yasurek, 20,of Kane was listed only as an “arrestee.” Anyone who can give police details about the party and/or individuals involved is asked to call the barracks at 814.778.5555.

A fire which caused $10,000 in damage to a 1997 Rinker Captiva 212 boat parked in a Ludlow driveway early Wednesday morning is being investigated by state police at Kane. The boat belonged to Donna Enck and was parked unattended in her driveway. Anyone with information is asked to call the state police fire marshal at the Ridgway barracks, 814.776.6136.

Coudersport based state police arrested 23 year old Sharif Coleman of Wiilliamsport for manufacturing, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver drugs, unregistered person in possession of a controlled substance, use or possession of drug paraphernalia , and no rear lights on his vehicle after pulling him over on Route 6 near the Potter –Tioga County line on the afternoon of July 28. Police also claim Coleman had $9,000 in cash in his 2013 Ford F-350. After being arraigned before the on-call District Judge, Coleman was locked up in the Potter County Jail.

DUI and related charges have been filed against 23 year old Kimberly Groff of Audubon, PA in conection to a one-vehicle crash on the evening of July 16 in Sweden Township. According to state police Groff’s Toyota SUV wrecked at the intersection of the Billy Leis and Lyman Run Roads.

DUI charges are pending against an unnamed suspect who was pulled over by patrol officers on Route 6 West in Coudersport Borough early Monday morning. Police say charges are pending against the driver of a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu upon receipt of lab results.

Two Port Allegany residents escaped injury in a car/deer collision early Sunday morning on East Second Street in Coudersport. Troopers report Kyle Butler’s Buick Enclave struck and killed a deer while headed east. When officers came upon the 2015 Buick Enclave, smoke was coming out of the vehicle. Butler and his passenger Tricia Roller were using seatbelts at the time of the collision.

Another Port Allegany driver and his passenger also escaped injury when his SUV hit a tree with a front tire on East Second Street in Coudersport Tuesday morning. Authorities said Darren Connelly was headed west when his Toyota Sienna crossed the highway, hit a tree and a guardrail before stopping in the eastbound lane. Both Connelly and his passenger Samuel Carr were using seatbelts.

A criminal mischief on Teuscher Hill Road in Allegany Township is being investigated by state police. A known suspect is believed to have damaged the yard on the Robert Teuscher property Sunday morning .Police have interviewed the suspect.


Evelyn Y. Dean OUTMAN, 50, of Genesee, PA, died Saturday, August 4, 2018 in her home.

Born September 11, 1967, in Niagara Falls, NY, she was the daughter of George M. and Anise White Dean.

Evelyn was an incredible mother, generous, caring, selfless person, and one heck of a cook and baker. Her cinnamon rolls were famous. She lived for her children and was a surrogate mom for many others along the way.

Surviving are: six children, Shawn Shaffer of Denver, CO, Dawn Shaffer of Genesee, Jessica Roupp of Ulysses, Justin Outman of Ulysses, Austin Outman of Genesee, and Apryl Outman of Genesee; 11 grandchildren; three brothers, Jerry Golish of Georgia, Vince Golish of Albany, NY, and George Golish of TN; a sister, Jackie Drake of Galeton; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Ricky Golish and Harold Golish.

A gathering to celebrate Evelyn’s life will be announced.

Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

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Wednesday August 8, 2018



Black Forest Express

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Tuesday’s high, 84; Overnight low 69; .24 “ rain

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Wolf administration announces grant to expand broadband access in region…..Three Emporium women facing charges for yelling at man digging ditch…..Teen driver hurt after falling asleep at the wheel in Cameron County….Gifford woman injured when SUV collides with parked unit….Elderly Delaware man causes collision by making U-Turn on Million Dollar Highway….Cyber thieves open accounts using Tioga County woman’s ID information….Money stolen from wallet at Tioga County bar…..

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Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover and  PA Commerce & Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin visited the Potter County Artisan Center Tuesday August 8, 2018

Pennsylvania Secretary of Community and Economic Development Dennis Davin was in Coudersport Tuesday to announce a $1.5 million grant for Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative to expand broadband services.
Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25) and Reps. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) and Clint Owlett (R-Bradford/Potter/Tioga) applauded the release state funds for the project.

The funding was awarded to Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative through the state’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project program.

“Quality broadband service is vital to the livelihood of the rural communities we represent, affecting our local economy, educational opportunities and access to health care,” Scarnati said. “This is an important and much-needed investment in our future.”
The funding will be used by Tri-County Rural Electric to provide broadband service to approximately 1,383 customers in portions of Potter County, including approximately 830 residential, 540 seasonal and 13 commercial customers who currently lack access to adequate internet speed. It includes the construction of 103.1 miles of fiber, attached above ground on poles owned by the cooperative and in rights of way already acquired by it.

“I commend Tri-County Rural Electric officials for their initiative in addressing the need for broadband service in our communities,” Causer said. “In today’s world, quality internet access is becoming just as important as the electric service the cooperatives made possible decades ago. This is great news for our region.”The governor for releasing this funding for the Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative Fiber to Home project,” said Owlett. “I was happy to advocate for this injection of funds, which will help improve broadband access for the region. This is a total game changer and just the first step in increasing service to the entire Northern Tier.”
Craig Eccher, president and CEO of Tri-County Rural Electric, notes the project is the just the first phase of a long-term effort to boost internet speeds in the cooperative’s sevice area.

“Our goal is to bring broadband to rural communities just like we brought electricity to them back in the 1930s,” Eccher said. “The entire initiative is a six-year project with 2,700 miles of fiber delivering high-speed internet to our members. We are excited to get started on phase one.”

Secretary Davin toured the Coudersport business district and told a group at the Potter County Artisan Center that Governor Tom Wolf became committed to broadband expansion last fall when he visited Charles Cole Hospital and had spotty cell phone service.

Funding for the project was authorized by lawmakers in the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act.

For some unknown reason, state police at Emporium have chosen not to release names of drivers 18 and older or of suspects arrested for harassment. Troopers say three Emporium women, ages 34, 55 and 75 have been cited for harassment in connection to a shouting match allegedly taking place on the morning of July 28 on Sunny Lane in Shippen Township. The trio is accused of yelling at a 33 year old Emporium man working on a ditch on a right of way and calling him names. The women were reportedly asked to leave the victim alone several times but continued to yell at him and call him names until police arrived. Police say the charges have been filed with District Judge Barry Brown but Black Forest Broadcasting could not find evidence of the arrests.

The name of an 18 year old driver was also concealed by troopers at Emporium. For the past several years, it has been state police policy to hide the names of drivers UNDER the age of 18 but to release the names of those 18 and older. An18 year old St. Marys boy was hurt Tuesday morning when his pick up truck rolled over on Beechwood Road in Shippen Township. The teen was going east on Route 120 when he fell asleep at the wheel of his Ford F350 minutes after 7:00 am causing the truck to go off the road, travel down an embankment and roll onto the passenger side before coming to rest in a creek of the western side of the road. The driver was taken by ambulance to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of minor injuries.

Minor injuries were also reported for a 19 year old Gifford resident after her SUV collided with a parked car on Route 646 in Keating Township, McKean Count about a half hour earlier. According to state police at Kane Aimee Burke was headed south when her GMC Terrain went onto the shoulder and rrear-ended am unoccupied parked Pontiac owned by Joshua Crum of Cyclone pushing it off the road and into a house. The SUV spun around clockwise before coming to a s top in the southbound lane. Burke was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center with minor injuries.

A Ridgway man suffered minor injuries in a collision Monday afternoon in Fox Township, Elk County. Troopers report the collision on the Million Dollar Highway occurred when 76 year old Thomas Spangler of Dover, DE who made a U-turn with his Chevrolet Tahoe to head north and drove into the path of a Ford Mustang driven by Brandon Quail. Spangler and his passenger 73 year old Jerry Spangler were not hurt but Quail was taken by ambulance to PennHighlands Elk with minor injuries.

An unknown cyber crook apparently tried to open credit card accounts and use existing store credit cards illegally using the identity of Sherry Vanhorn of Roaring Branch, PA. State police at Mansfield report the attempted crime took place between July 14 and this past Monday.

Troopers at Mansfield are also investigating the theft of some cash late July 25 or early July 26 at that “Damn Bar” on Route 287. An unknow thief took $230 from a wallet belonging to Savannah Dunlap of Blossburg.

Tuesday August 7, 2018

Black Forest Express

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Monday’s high, 91; Overnight low, 61

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Today is Purple Heart Day…..Police answer two domestic violence incidents….150 ft. of tri rated cable stolen and several more spools damaged in Tioga County…Mansfield Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant loses more than $600 in phone scam….Car/deer collision investigated by state police at Emporium….Vandals cause $550 in damage to car parked in Covington……

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Monday’s high, 91; Overnight low, 61

Today is Purple Heart Day…..Police answer two domestic violence incidents….150 ft. of tri rated cable stolen and several more spools damaged in Tioga County…Mansfield Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant loses more than $600 in phone scam….Car/deer collision investigated by state police at Emporium….Vandals cause $550 in damage to car parked in Covington……

Today is Purple Heart Day. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who are wounded or killed during service. It was created by Gen. George Washington, whose appreciation of the importance of a soldier in any campaign impelled him to recognize outstanding valor and merit by granting a commission or an advance in rank for the person concerned.
Unfortunately, in the summer of 1782, he was ordered by the Continental Congress to cease doing so – as there were no funds to pay the soldiers, much less the officers. Deprived of his usual means of reward, he searched for a substitute. On Aug. 7, 1782, he created the Badge of Military Merit, later to be known as the Purple Heart.
On the bicentennial of the first U.S. President’s birthday, February 22, 1932, the badge was reinstated. This time it was called the Order of the Purple Heart, a purple-enameled, gold-bordered heart with a profile of Washington in the center.
The Purple Heart has since become the oldest military decoration in the world still in present use.

This past June 22, the state house approved a resolution making Pennsylvania the 24th state to honor its military veterans wounded and killed in combat by becoming a Purple Heart state. Companion legislation in the Senate authored by Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) was also passed.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart – an organization established in 1932 strives to foster an environment of goodwill among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support legislative initiatives, and provide services to all veterans and their families.

The heat must be causing tempers to flare. State police answered two more domestic violence calls within the past week. Because these are domestic violence incidents, police have not revealed names of those involved. A 43 year old Westfield woman is accused of hitting her 56 year old husband and threatened to shoot him with a semi-automatic handgun during an argument in the home of the Potter Brook Road last Wednesday afternoon. She is facing charges of harassment, simple assault and reckless endangerment in district court. Both James City residents involved in a scuffle last night on Pennsylvania Avenue in Highland Township, Elk County are being cited for harassment. State police at Ridgway explained a 42 year old man and a 37 year old woman hit each other when their disagreement escalated.

A burglary at 5225 Route 14 in Union Township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Sometime between July 12 and 31, burglars made off with 150 ft. of #3 conductor #2 #6 Ground Tri-rated cable belonging to John Smith of Roaring Branch. Seven spools of tri-rated wire were cut at various locations so the thieves could determine the gauge of the cable inside.

Troopers also investigated a phone scam victimizing the Mansfield Dunkin’ Donuts, An unknown crook called the business at around 11:30 pm on July 28 and posed as a corporate store manager. He told an employee to remove $672 from the cash register and deposit it onto two Walmart Prepaid money cards. After the employee gave the caller the credit card numbers, he had the employee scratch off the numbers making them illegible. The loss totaled $685.00.

A Dubois driver and his wife escaped injury in a car/deer collision Sunday evening on the Sizerville Road in Portage Township, Cameron County. According to state police at the Emporium barracks, Steven Ribble was headed south when the whitetail bounded onto the road from the west in front of his Dodge Dart. Ribble was unable to avoid impact. Both Ribble and his wife, Lisa, were using seatbelts. The car had to be towed from the scene due to windshield damage.

Vandalism to a car in Ward Township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police. The rear window, tail light and roof were damaged when the 2004 Dodge Neon was parked at 93 White Tail Crossing late Saturday night. Damage to the car, owned by Kristin Kingsley of Covington amounts to an estimated $550.

Edwin L. Spittler, Sr., 90, of East Smethport, passed away Saturday (August 4, 2018) surrounded by his loving family and friends at Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.He was born Aug. 5, 1927 in Ashford, NY, a son of Charles and Winona Smith Spittler. On April 12, 1959, in Limestone, NY, he married Mary R. Rumsey, who died Aug. 15, 1996.Mr. Spittler was a 1943 graduate of Limestone High School and joined the U.S. Navy, serving from 1948 to 1953, during the Korean Conflict. Ed worked at Bell Telephone in several positions before retiring. He retired from the company when it was still named Bell.Ed was a member of the VFW Post #2497 Aux. of Smethport, the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby, was a founding member and life member of the State Line Draft Horse Club, and was a volunteer firefighter in Limestone, NY. Ed loved music, sports, horses and spending time with his family.

He is survived by:
one daughter: Susan I. Clark of Smethport
two sons: Edwin L. (Cheryl) Spittler, Jr. of Bradford, and Dana L. (Teri) Spittler of East Smethport
his companion for several years, Linda Peterson, of Bradford, and her children and grandchildren
seven grandchildren: Jacoby (Megan) Spittler, Jenna (Cassidy) Corah, Abbie Spittler, Lynn Spittler, Marcus Spittler, Julia (John) Amon and Shawna Clark
four great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Milton and Charles Spittler, Jr., as well as two nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 7 at 10:00 am from the Norwich Cemetery, Colegrove, with the Rev. Vincent Cieslewicz, pastor of St. Elizabeth Church, officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the East Smethport Baseball Association or the Potter County Education Council, in care of the Homeland Security Program at Seneca Highlands Career & Technical Ctr., Port Allegany. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.