Tuesday March 12, 2019

Black Forest Express


Monday’s high, 48; overnight low, 25

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Obituaries:John Dorman “Dorm” Wallace, Port Allegany and Olive Belle Eckstrom, Smethport

Operator of water tanker killed in Tioga County…Two car/deer collisions reported in Tioga County…16 year old Coudersport resident accused of harassment….Penn State Creamery announces on-line competition….

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Mansfield based state police will release the identity of a tractor trailer driver who was killed in a crash Monday evening once next of kin are notified. The 63 yea rold man was operating a tri-axle water truck on Route 414 in Union Township which went out of control on a right hand curve and overturned in the road. The rig subsequently hit and traveled through a guard rail on the south side of the road , went off the pavement and struck a concrete culvert near the passenger compartment and rolled down an embankment. The driver was pronounced dead at threw scene of the 6:45 pm accident by a Tioga County Deputy Coroner. State police were assisted by the Canton Fire and EMS, Liberty Fire Company, PennDot and American Truck Stop.

A Mainsburg driver escaped injury when the brakes on his 1999 Buick LeSabre failed Sunday afternoon in Richmond Township. Troopers report Christopher O’Connor was going south on the Westgate Road and tried to stop at the intersection with Canoe Camp Creek Road. The sedan struck some guardrails on the south side of Canoe Camp Creek Road when O’Connor tried to make a right turn. The car traveled over the guard rail and rolled over once before making a second impact and stopping. The road was closed to traffic in both directions for less than an hour.

Both drivers avoided injury when their SUV’s hit deer on Tioga County roads Monday morning within an hour. Keenan Strykowski of Wellsboro was going west on Route 6 near the Phoenix Road intersection when a deer ran from the southern to the northern berm in front of his Jeep Renegade. About an hour later, 81 year old Sheila Tshudy was traveling east on Route 49 uphill in Nelson Township when a whitetail entered her line of travel.

Troopers at the local barracks have arrested 18 year old Ross Bliss of Coudersport for harassment. Authorities claim Bliss assaulted a 32 yea old man during a quarrel on Cowburn Ropad in Allegany Township on the evening of March 4.

Penn State Berkey Creamery is bringing back Flavor Madness, the online tournament in which ice cream fans can vote weekly for their favorite flavors. The contest was held last in 2017, when Death by Chocolate took home the trophy.

“We had such a great response when we held the contest before that we decided to bring it back, this time pitting traditional favorites against some new flavors,” said Jim Brown, assistant manager. “It’s a fun way to celebrate Penn State, the Creamery, basketball and spring.”

Voting will take place on the Creamery’s web site (http://creamery.psu.edu/flavor-madness); participants are encouraged to share their picks on social media by using #FlavorMadness.

Fans can choose their favorite flavors each week, starting with the Berkey Creamery Sweet 16 from March 18 to 22. Participants can vote for each matchup in four different brackets.

The “I Scream” bracket features Vanilla Bean vs. Cookies-N-Cream and Happy Happy Joy Joy squaring off against Chocolate. In the “You Scream” bracket, Grilled Stickies is paired against Alumni Swirl, with Bittersweet Mint going against Peanut Butter Swirl.

The “We All Scream” bracket contains Death by Chocolate vs. Butter Pecan and Strawberry vs. Black Raspberry Frozen Yogurt. Finally, the “For Ice Cream” bracket offers a choice between Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and WPSU Coffee Break, and Peachy Paterno and Monkey Business.

The Flavor Madness voting schedule is as follows:

–The Creamery Sweet 16: March 18-22, with eight winning flavors announced March 25.

–Elite 8: March 25-29, with four winning flavors announced April 1.

–Flavorful 4: April 1-5, with winning flavors announced April 8.

–Tasty 2: April 8-12, with the “scoop champion” announced April 15.

The winning flavor will be discounted by $2 per half gallon on online shipments only at http://creamery.psu.edu from April 15 to 19. No in-store discounts will be offered.

Another sweet bonus — participants in the Flavor Madness contest will be entered in a drawing for a free shipment of Creamery ice cream (within the 48 continental U.S. states) with a new winner chosen every week. Winners will be selected at random from the pool of each week’s players with a valid email address.

Participants must re-enter each week to be eligible for that week’s prize. Winners will be contacted by email and must respond within seven business days to claim their prize. Winners will receive five half gallons of ice cream or frozen yogurt. For complete contest rules, go to http://creamery.psu.edu/flavor-madnes


John Dorman “Dorm” Wallace, 92, of Port Allegany, went to be with the Lord, Friday March 8, 2019 in Olean General Hospital.

He was born Feb 22, 1927 in Mannford, OK, a son of John and Garnett Davis Wallace. He was married to the love of his life for 62 years, Virginia Marie Williams, who passed away in 2013.

Dorm was a graduate of Bradford Area High School and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was employed by Penelec in Bradford for 47 years, retiring as a district line foreman in 1989.

He was a very active member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Port Allegany, the Knights of Columbus Council #8018, the American Legion Frank Burt Post #258 of Port Allegany, Fri-Wal Enterprises, and the World Karting Association.

He was a great conversationalist with an outgoing personality. He enjoyed all things automotive, especially Formula 1 racing, local railroad history, and sharing his family heritage of the Bradford and Austin areas. He loved making his grandchildren laugh with funny songs and jokes.

He leaves many great memories to be cherished by his sons James (Suzanne) Wallace of Smethport, Joseph (Tracy) Wallace of Bolivar, NY, daughters Mary Beth (Steve) Frison of Port Allegany, Barbara (Kevin) O’Donnell of Bradford, Christine (Greg) Michaelian of Stuart, FL, daughter-in-law Carol (Jeffrey) Wallace of Port Allegany, 19 Grandchildren, and 31 Great-Grandchildren.

He was also, preceded in death by an infant daughter Martha Marie, son Jeffrey Wallace, son-in-law Steve Frison, brother William Wallace, and sister Vera Anderson.

Calling hours begin with a Christian Wake service at 3:45 on Monday, March 11, immediately followed by visitation from 4-7 PM at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 Main St, Port Allegany. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 12, at 10 AM in St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Port Allegany, with the Rev. James Campbell, pastor as Celebrant. Military Honors will be accorded by the Port Allegany Honor Guard. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery, Bradford.

Memorials are appreciated to: St Gabriel Catholic Church, Port Area Ambulance Service, American Legion Frank Burt Post #258 of Port Allegany or a memorial of donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

Olive Belle Eckstrom, 91, of Smethport, passed away Friday (March 8, 2019) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.

She was born Nov. 26, 1927 in Port Allegany, a daughter of Asa and Hazel Nolan Connor. She was married to John Ponikvar, who died in 1970. She then married William Abbey, who died in 1976. She was married lastly to Wesley Eckstrom, who died in 2001.

Mrs. Eckstrom had worked at Backus Company of Smethport for a period of time, but was ultimately a homemaker, tending to the needs of her family.

She loved music, playing Bingo and spending time with all of her family.

She is survived by:
One son: William (Carolyn) Abbey of Smethport
One daughter: Donna (Larry) Schneller of Cyclone
One step daughter: Linda Huntington of East Smethport
Grandchildren: John E. Abbey, Deanna Hudak, Ann Marie Cady, Sharon Lynn Conlin and Robert John Schneller
fourteen great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by two great-great grandchildren and one brother.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 12, from 4-5 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, where funeral and committal services will be held at 5 PM with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sena Kean Manor Activities Department, 17083 Rt. 6, Smethport, PA 16749 or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

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

Monday March 11, 2019

Black Forest Express




Sunday’s high, 46; Overnight low, 24







Obituary: Richard “Dick” McCarthy, Palmyra, NY

Coudersport firefighters answer two calls this weekend….Ice storm brings down trees and wires…New York State men accused of punching Knoxville resident in the face at a bar…..Driver hurt after car wrecks on icy road in Elk County…..Numerous charges filed against Wellsboro man after one-vehicle crash….

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Coudersport fire chief Bryan Phelps reports the department responded to two fires this past weekend where there were no working smoke detectors—at the time experts recommend changing batteries in the life-saving devices.  Firefighters were dispatched at 3:48 pm Friday to a working fire at 10 Woodlawn Avenue in the borough. Upon arrival, a second alarm was requested bringing in volunteers from Roulette, Port Allegany and Austin. Galeton volunteers were recalled enroute. A five inch hose was laid for 1100 feet and the blaze was quickly under control. After a joint investigation by the department, Borough Police and  State Police Fire Marshall it was determined to be accidental in nature causing approximately $35,000 in damage as well as furnishings and belongings of the renter who are  being helped  by family and the Red Cross ) some family pets were rescued but others  perished in the fire.

Then  at 4:41 am Sunday, firefighters were called to a house on Vader Hill Road in Eulalia Townshp where residents had been awakened by the smell of smoke. Responders encountered smokey conditions in the two-and a half story house upon arrival. The investigation found that during an ice storm, the negative wire was ripped off of the main electric line entering the residence causing a “much” over-loaded power strip in the kitchen to catch  fire and melt extension cords and nearby items. The fire was quickly brought under control and the electric company was notified. In addition to urging people to make sure smoke detectors are in good working order, Chief Phelps is asking residents to  make sure their house address is properly marked to help responders find the location easily.

An ice storm moving through the area early Sunday morning, caused several trees to fall and rip out power lines. Tri-County REC crews worked through the early morning hour into the afternoon to restore power to several members who were in the dark.

A couple of Woodhull, NY men are accused of assaulting a Knoxville resident back on February 10 on Case Street in Knoxville. According to Mansfield-based state police, 38 year old Andrew Cook and 61 year old Marion Cook both punched 34 year old James Tomb in the face while he waqited at a bar for food he had ordered.

Emporium based state police report a Montgomery, PA tractor trailer operator  escaped injury Friday evening in Lumber  Township. Wesley Hickok was trying to make a left hand curve on the CCC Memorial Highway while headed south when his Kenworth rig sideswiped some guardrails. Wesley Hickok was able to put off the road into a useful shoulder and notify police.

A Renovo driver escaped injury Saturday evening when his pick up truck hit an embankment on Route 555 in Benezette Township . Accoreding to state police at Ridgway, Gerald Kelley was going west when his 2004 Chevrolet Silverado went off the pavement and struck the end of a guardrail before colliding with the embankment.

A Ridgway woman was hurt Sunday morning when her Chevrolet Silverado slid off the Long Level Road after encountering  sudden icy road conditions, Sierra Simons, 25, was taken by ambulance to Penn Highland Elk for treatment of undetermined injuries.

Numerous charges have been filed against a Wellsboro man after a one-vehicle crash early last Friday morning. Troopers said Anthony Mulvaney was headed south on Locey Creek Road when his 1999 Ford Explorer went off the right side of the road on a left curve. The SUV than crossed both lanes of the highway and struck a tree before rolling over once down an embankment. Police claim Mulvaney left the scene of the crash without reporting it. In addition, he has been cited for speeding and failing to stay within his own lane.

DUI charges are pending against a 32 year old Ocala, Florida  woman after a one-vehicle crash Friday afternoon in Deerfield Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, Heather Schoup was going south on Route 287 when her Dodge Neon went off the right side of Route 249, hit an embankment  and rolled onto its left side. Shoup was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital with minor injuries. In addition to DUI, she has been cited for speeding.

Troopers at Lewis Run claim a 22 year old Bradford man was DUI when his 2008 Chevrolet ended up in a ditch with a flat tire early Saturday morning. State police were dispatched to the intersection of East Valley Road and Champlin Hill road a couple of minutes before 4:00 am for a possible motor vehicle crash. The driver’s name was not released but his arrest is pending lab results.


Richard F. “Dick” McCARTHY, 77, of Palmyra, NY, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 6, 2019 in Rochester General Hospital, Rochester, NY. Born January 12, 1942, in Rochester, he was the son of Paul and Gertrude Callahan McCarthy, who predeceased him.  Surviving are:  his wife of 45 years, Nancy;  his son, Christopher R. McCarthy of Palmyra;  brothers, Paul (Lucy) McCarthy of Fairbanks, AK and Kevin Susan) McCarthy of Rochester; sister-in-law, Lynne Morley of Pittsford;  brother-in-law, James (Jeannie) Morley of Dillwyn, VA; nieces and nephews.   He served honorably with the US Navy from 1962 – 1966. Dick was a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute.  He owned and operated Three S Engine Machine Shop in Palmyra for 34 years.Throughout his life, he enjoyed a variety of pursuits including skiing, drag racing, auctions, and in recent years selling potatoes at the Rochester Public Market.  He always enjoyed meeting new people and spending time with his family and friends.  Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 10:30 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM.  Military Rites will be accorded in the funeral home by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pirate Toy Fund, 1453 East Main St., Rochester, NY 14609(www.piratetoyfund.org)or a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.co






Friday March 8, 2019


Black Forest Express

Thursday’s high, 21; Overnight low, -8






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Watch a live stream of a hibernating Mama bear……Eliot Ness Fest committee announces expansion for this year’s event…..Black Forest News Editor receives several “spoofed” phone calls using her own number….ID theft investigated by Mansfield State Police….Passenger hurt in one-vehicle crash late last night on Looker Mountain Trail…..Emporium driver injured in collision….Slush covered road blamed for Tioga County accident……

The Game Commission has launched its second live stream of the season – video and audio captured at a Monroe County black-bear den and streamed in real time to viewers at www.pgc.pa.gov.

There’s much to be learned about the bears in the den.

The adult female has ear tags that indicate she previously was handled by Game Commission staff. While video from the den has not clearly shown the numbers on those tags, as the days pass, and especially as the bears move more, the tag numbers seem certain to provide some details about the bear’s past.

It’s also not yet known how many cubs are present in the den because they’re nestled so closely to their mother. With time, however, the answer will become obvious. Pennsylvania’s black bears usually are born in January and begin walking in about eight weeks. They leave the den when 3 months old.

The black-bear den livestream can be accessed through “Quick Clicks” on the homepage of the Game Commission’s website. The snow-goose migration livestream, which provides a 24-hour-a-day look at waterfowl off Willow Point at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, launched Feb. 26 and can be accessed from the Snow Goose Migration Update page accessed through Quick Clicks.

The Eliot Ness Fest committee announces they are expanding the festival this year to include activities on Sunday, July 21 and they are advising vendors this year’s changes mean required hours will be on Friday, Saturday and five hours on Sunday.

The ENF Committee says it is committed to hosting programming on Sunday for visitors in hopes to continue to grow this event into a three day festival and entice out-of-towners to stay through Sunday.   They saw many people coming to town last year on Sunday – so they want be sure there are activities, programs, and vendors available on Sunday.  The ENF Committee already has several programs on Sunday including an enhanced worship service at the Ness’s church, where Mr. and Mrs. Ness and son will be in their usual pew.  Also, a second theatrical showing of the Capone Trial will be held on Sunday at the Potter County Courthouse.  Local businesses are planning on brunch and lunch events and activities, the television show – The Untouchables, will be running at the Coudersport Theatre throughout the morning and a Sunday Matinee will show the movie – The Untouchables.

Something that has not changed from last year is to continue to support and promote local and regional artisans, makers, and food vendors.  Potter County businesses are offered a discounted rate on vendor space.

The ENF Committee is looking for vendors to produce and sell official Eliot Ness Fest merchandise, using official and trademarked Eliot Ness Fest artwork and graphics.  If you, or someone you know is interested, please contact Jennier Rossman.  In addition, the ENF Committee will be contracting to have the Official Eliot Ness Fest T-shirts produced to be sold by the Committee at the Welcome Tent and other locations throughout town.  Please contact Rossman  directly with interest or questions, jrossman@pottercountypa.net.

Organizations interested in fundraising can do so in two ways:  Host a water station (space is limited) or provide activities for kids.  There is no cost for space for either of these options.

Organizations interested in exhibiting services and organization information have opportunities to do so through sponsorship.  See sponsorship details at: http://eliotnessfest.com/post.php?pid=7

The committee says  hopes to see returning and new vendors this year as a larger turn-out than last year is expected..  There will be expanded vintage vehicles shows this year with additional street closures and for longer durations.  This was a huge draw last year.  There will be costume contests, Jack’s Place Speakeasy, music and entertainment on the square, historians and authors, movies, dancing, a parade, fireworks, tours, scavenger hunt, kid’s activities, and more.

Talk about spooky. This reporter received four phone calls yesterday from myself .My  Caller ID showed my correct name and phone number but I did not call myself. I  tried to answer the third call and found a robot was urging me to call Microsoft  within 48 hours or sometime dreadful would happen. I  know it was a robot because it did not respond to my shouting. Also, Microsoft does not call consumers. Crooks used my name and phone number to make the threatening calls. This is called “spoofing.” I had nothing to do with it. Please be assured I would NEVER call on behalf of Microsoft. If you are not expecting a call from me, do not answer it. The scammers will move on to another name and phone number soon.

Mansfield based state police are investigating an ID theft taking place February 21 or 22. An unknown thief used bank account information belonging to a 37 year old Wellsboro woman to make an unauthorized payment of $73.79 to First Energy Electric Company.

Minor injuries were reported for back seat passenger when a sedan wrecked late Thursday night on Looker Mountain Trail in Otto Township. A Chrysler Town and Country driven by Terry Short crossed the fog line on the southern side of the road while making a right hand curve. The car crossed the road and when Short tried to correct the path, the car traveled back across the East Bound lane went off the southern side of the highway, struck an embankment and rolled over onto the driver’s side. Short and the front seat passenger, Penny Holsinger were not hurt but Michael Lukaschunis who was riding in the back seat was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. All involved are Bradford residents.

An Emporium driver was injured in a collision Thursday, a few minutes after noon, in Jay Township, Elk County. Troopers at Ridgway explained that the collision occurred when 82 year old Paul Leonard of Weedville turned left onto route 255 from Chestnut Avenue in Jay Township and failed to notice a northbound car driven by Nicholas Botera . Leonard’s Chevrolet Silverado struck the driver’s side door on Botera’s Saturn Outlook. Botera was taken by Bennetts Valley Ambulance to Penn Highland Elk for treatment of unknown injuries.

Slippery road conditions are blamed for a one-vehicle accident last Friday morning in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, Jenna  Lamphier of Mansfield was headed south on slush covered  Route 549 when her Chrysler PT Cruiser skidded off the road and hit a tree. She was wearing a seatbelt and was not hurt.