Tuesday September 26, 2017

                                                Monday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 54; no rain

TUE-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 82

TUE NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 65

WED-SUNNY, HIGH 80

WED NIGHT-CLEAR 60

THU-MOSTLY SUNNY, COOLER, HIGH 61

THU NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 48

BFB Headlines (Tuesday September 26, 2017) Pennsylvania is one of three regions in the world with colorful fall foliage…Rep. Causer reports legislation is pending to prevent welfare checks from going to dead people…..Westfield woman suspected of discharging gun during argument….Sleepy Kane driver hurt in collision….Theft of ATV and vandalism in Tioga County neighborhood probed….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

 To some experienced eyes, our foliage in this areas  is rather muted so far this year. Others have told us they are seeing more “reds” than usual. Whatever the case,  Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation — or anywhere in the world according to the department of conservation and natural Resources. We are blessed as there are only three regions of the world support deciduous forests that display fall autumn color:

Eastern North America

The British Isles and parts of northwestern Europe

Northeastern China and northern Japan

Forests in other regions are either tropical or dominated by conifers.

Pennsylvania’s location between 40° and 42° North latitude and its varied topography from sea level on the coastal plain to over 3,000 feet in the Laurel Highlands supports 134 species of trees and many more shrubs and vines that contribute to the display of autumn color.

Pennsylvania is the meeting ground of northern trees that flourish only on mountain tops farther south and southern species that are at the northern limits of their range.

Northern tree species include:

Gray and paper birch

Mountain maple

Mountain-ash

Southern tree species include:

Red oak

Sweetbay and umbrella magnolias

Sourwood

Persimmon

Sweetgum

Ohio buckeye, bur oak, and shingle oak, common to the Mississippi Valley, have eastern outposts on the Allegheny Plateau.

DCNR has weekly fall foliage reports on its website. http://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Conservation/ForestsAndTrees/FallFoliageReports/Pages/default.aspx as well as on the Pennsylvania Tourism Office website. https://visitpa.com/articles/best-fall-foliage-ennsylvania

Representative Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting there’s legislation pending with will prevent welfare payments being made to dead people.Approximately one year ago, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced an audit performed by his office found the Department of Human Services (DHS) provided nearly $700,000 in welfare benefits to more than 2,300 individuals who had been dead for at least 60 days.The report  went on to note, “Not only does DHS (Deaprtment of Human Services) continue to put dollars on the [welfare benefit] cards assigned to individuals who have died, it often fails to detect use of those dollars.”The  bill would require DHS to regularly cross-reference its list of welfare recipients with the death records maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Social Security .House Bill 1614 – is currently under consideration in the House Health Committee.

Mansfield based state police are investigating a shooting at a Westfield home Monday afternoon.  Authorities claim 57 year old Debora Sipps discharged a gun inside a house at 2850 Route 49 at around 12:30 wounding 29 year old David Sipps in the abdomen.

A sleepy Kane woman was hurt in a collision Monday morning in Wetmore Township, McKean County. According to troopers there, Holli Anderson,27, was fatigued from working a night shift and dosed off just after 8:00 o’clock causing her Buick Enclave to cross the double yellow line and collide with at Dodge Ram 1500 driven by Michael Hancharick. He was not hurt but Anderson was taken to Kane UPMC for treatment of minor injuries.

State police at Mansfield are asking the public to help solve a couple of crimes occurring in the same Richmond Township neighborhood last weekend. Thieves stole a black and orange Yamaha Raptor 250 special edition ATV from the home of Ace Fuller on Newtown Hill Road  between 8:00 pm Friday and 6:00 am Saturday. And, vandals damaged a mailbox on that same road at about the same time. The mailbox is owned by Althea Taggart