Friday April 13, 2018


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                                   Thursday’s high. 63; Overnight low, 41; no precipitation







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PA Trout season opens Saturday…Game Commission is selling bluebird boxes….Road rage incident investigated by Mansfield state police….Eldred man accused of violating PFA…..Roulette man charged with DUI and unauthorized use of vehicle and family member charged with harassment…

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Pennsylvania’s state wide trout season opens Saturday at TIME: 8 a.m. The season will become 24/7 after  tomorrow’s opener.

MINIMUM SIZE: Seven (7) inches


Regular season (opening day thru Labor Day)

5 (combined species)

Extended season (Jan. 1-Feb. 28/29) & (day after Labor Day-Dec. 31)

3 (combined species)

Creel limits apply to the majority of trout fishing waters. Other rules apply for Special Regulation Areas. Anglers should consult the Summary of PA Fishing Laws and Regulations, distributed free with their licenses, for more details.


License categories and pricing

In addition to a fishing license, trout anglers 16 and older must posses a Trout/Salmon Permit (or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit) to fish for trout.

A Lake Erie Permit (or Combination Trout-Salmon/Lake Erie Permit) is also needed to fish for trout, salmon and steelhead in Lake Erie and its tributaries.

Licenses must be signed in ink and displayed on an outer garment. Anglers must also be able to provide positive proof of identification (other than the fishing license) upon request of a Waterways Conservation Officer.

License Fees – 2018 licenses and permits are valid December 1, 2017 through December 31, 2018 (except 1, 3 and 7-day licenses) and are available beginning Dec. 1, 2017 at issuing agents statewide and online through the The Outdoor Shop.

Multi-Year Licenses – 3-Year, 5-Year and 10-Year licenses. Visit The Outdoor Shop to purchase. Convenience—Savings—Rewards with each purchase.

Licenses can be purchased at anytime from a variety of dealers. More information is available on the Fish and Boat Commission’s website and there is also a “Frequently Asked Questions “(FAQ) page to find out more about fishing licenses.

More than 4.4 million trout were released into Commonmwealth waters this spring.

Water   Number               Brook    Brown   Rainbow              Total

472,670 641,850 2,044,880               4,401,327

The Fish and Boat Commission says stocked  rivers and creeks in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area with the best fishing   include:

Allegheny River

First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek

Kettle Creek

Kinzua Creek

Pine Creek

Some of the best fishing for Wild trout is on EAST BRANCH TUNUNGWANT CREEK

The Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery wants to help you “spring” into the season and connect with wildlife in your backyard.

Another sign of spring is that  Bluebird nesting boxes built by staff at Howard Nursery  are now available for sale at the nursery office, as well as the Game Commission’s Harrisburg headquarters, region offices, and the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. Nesting-box kits also are available.

Nursery staff build bluebird and other nesting boxes during the winter for annual sales to the public. A single box sells for $11.66, including sales tax. When purchasing two or more boxes, the cost is $10.60 each, including sales tax. Customers can select pre-built boxes or choose kits that can be assembled as a wood-working project. The kits provide a great opportunity for Scout troops, summer camps and other conservation groups to get involved with helping wildlife. Special pricing is available for organized educational activities. Call the Howard Nursery or region offices for details.

A brochure of the Game Commission’s bluebird nesting boxes and other wildlife structures is available online by navigating to the Howard Nursery page at Place your cursor on the “Information & Resources” tab at the top of the homepage, then click “Get Involved,” and select “Howard Nursery” to find the “2018 Wildlife Homes Order Form.”(PDF)

The Game Commission’s Howard Nursery has been manufacturing bluebird nesting boxes and box kits for more than 30 years. Each year, the nursery produces an average of 4,000 bluebird boxes and 10,000 kits. In addition to being sold to groups and individuals, they are also available to cooperators in the Game Commission’s Hunter Access Program.

The nesting boxes constructed at the Howard Nursery are approved by wildlife biologists, and have been proven to attract bluebirds and other native species, such as tree swallows and house wrens. Bluebirds are beautiful songbirds native to Pennsylvania. They are cavity nesters that became less common because of a lack of suitable nest sites. Many nest sites have been lost through changing land-use practices, as well as urban and suburban sprawl. The decline in bluebird numbers is also due in part to non-native species, such as starlings and house sparrows, taking over bluebird nesting cavities.

Bluebirds are early nesters, and according to Game Commission biologists, now is the time to place new nest boxes, as well as to clean and repair existing boxes.

Mansfield based state policed are investigating a case of road rage taking place at about 11:15 am last Thursday April 5 in Lawrence township. Donald Bettilyon of Millerton was at the intersection of Route 328 and 287 when a red two door Pontiac GTO pulled alongside his vehicle and an occupant pointed a handgun at him threatening to kill him. Anyone with information about the incident or the vehicle is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

A Roulette woman  has been arrested for harassment and a family member has been charged for DUI after an incident on River Street in Roulette on the afternoon of March 11. State police at Coudersport last night released details about the month old incident claiming a 2016 Kia Optima owned by 56 year old Rhonda  was taken without permission  by 30  year old Kevin Butler. The car  was involved in a hit and run and a relative tracked Butler down  and who appeared to be intoxicated. The two became involved in a scuffle and  upon further investigation troopers arrested Kevin Butler for DUI and unauthorized use of a vehicle 27 year old Kacie Butler for harassment.

An Eldred man has been arrested for violating a Protection from Abuse order late last night. Kane based state police allege  37 year old Justin Safford contacted 39 year old Amanda Taylor of Smethport through a third party in violation of a standing PFA.

Troopers in Coudersport report  when they investigated a claim of a Megan’s Law violation at 4309 Route 49 West in Harrison Township early Monday morning, they determined the accusation was unfounded and no charges would be filed.

A sleepy Ulysses driver escaped injury when he nodded off at the wheel of his For F150 early Monday morning on Route  6 in Coudersport borough. State police explained 33 year old Jeffrey Crum was going east when he fell asleep causing his truck to fail to make a right hand curve. Go off the pavement and collide with a guard rail and numerous traffic signs. The pick up skidded for about 90 feet before hit the guardrail again with the front bumper. It spun around coming to rest with the rear end on the guard rail. Crum allegedly fled the scene but was later located and reportedly confessed to driving the truck at the time of the collision and was cited with numerous traffic violations.

A hit and run in Oswayo Township is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. An  unknown westbound vehicle  went off of the Eleven Mile Road just west of Big Hollow Road in Oswayo Township early Sunday morning and hit a mailbox. The driver left the scene without reporting damage to the property owner or police.

State police at Coudersport have arrested 37 year old Adelbert Lockwood of Roulette on drug charges. Authorities say when they stopped Lockwood at the intersection of Kim Hill Road and Pomeroy Streeton the night of April 2, for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, they found he was driving under the influence of a controlled substance and was in possession of drug paraphernalia,

DUI charges have been filed against 46 year old Gary Jones of Lawrencevill e after he was pulled over for a traffic violation on N. Main Street in Tioga Borough during the early morning hours on March 4.



Thursday April 12, 2018

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 47; Overnight low, 31, no precipitation







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Area communities receive DCNR, Holocaust remembrance ceremony held in Harrisburg….Elderly Kane man arrested for kissing unwilling girl……Emporium man accused of assaulting another Emporium man while they were being housed at the McKean County jail last week…..DUI Charges pending following crash in Sweden Township yesterday….and after police stop near Port Allegany.

Obituaries: Robert “Bob”Riley, Ulysses; Robert Hoppe, Harrison Valley & Doris Reed, Genesee

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Several communities in the Black Forest Service Area have been awarded DCNR grants. The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93) which includes Key Community and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF); the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF); Pennsylvania Trails fund (PRT – federal source); Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program (HA); and the Snowmobile/ATV Fund (S/ATV). Area Grants:


Coudersport Borough, $250,000, Rehabilitation of Coudersport Community Pool, Coudersport Borough, Potter County. Work to include renovation of main pool and bathhouse; construction of zero depth entry and concrete decking; installation of filtration and recirculation system; ADA access, project sign and other related site improvements. Beverly Morris, (814) 274-9776, Key – Community


Kane Borough, $92,800, Rehabilitation of Glenwood Park, Kane Borough and Wetmore Township, McKean County. Work to include renovation of the skate park surface; construction of a parking area; installation of skate park equipment and fencing; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. Mick Petruney, (814) 837-6588, Key – Community

McKean and Warren Warren County, $400,000, Development of the Trails at Jakes Rocks in Allegheny National Forest, Mead Township, Warren County. Work to include construction of approximately 8.14 miles of trail; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. James Decker, (814) 723


Roseville Borough, $40,000, Rehabilitation of Roseville Borough Community Playground, Roseville Borough, Tioga County. Work to include installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing; ADA access ,landscaping,  project sign and other related site improvements. Harry Morgan, (570) 549-2786,Key – Community

Wellsboro Borough, $427,000, Rehabilitation and further development of Woodland Park, Wellsboro Borough,Tioga County. Work to include the construction of an access road, parking areas and pavilion; installation of aplayground with required safety surfacing; utilities, ADA access, landscaping, site amenities, project sign andother related site improvements. Peter Herres, (570) 724-0300, LWCF

Every year the Governor’s office holds a ceremony at the Capitol in Harrisburg marking the Day of Remembrance for victims of the Holocaust, featuring survivors of the concentration camps or their children and grandchildren. Survivors and their families light candles to remember the 11 million who died in the Holocaust during World War Two.

In his remarks at this week’s  ceremony, Senator Andy  Dinniman said we should also remember those who put their lives on the line to rescue Jews and others headed to the camps. And he says we need to ask ourselves if we, too, could take that risk to save others.

State police at Kane have charged a Kane man with corruption of minors. Authorities claim 65 year old Carl Ardell  Wilson Jr. hugged and kissed a juvenile girl without her consent  on March 19. The incident allegedly took place at the intersection of Anderson and Main Street in Mt. Jewett just before 7:00 am.

An Emporium man has been arrested for assault. Troopers at Kane allege 32 year old Gregory Burdick of Emporium assaulted Darren Donovan also of Emporium while both were housed at the McKean County Thursday, April 5.

DUI charges may be filed against a female driver following a fender bender in Sweden Township Wednesday. Sweden Township police report that when they responded to the intersection of the North Hollow Road and Route 6 at around 11:30 am, they found the woman sitting in the driver’s seat of the truck which had gone off the road while going east on Route 6 and hit a cluster of road signs and a culvert. Police said the driver was not hurt but appeared to be impaired. She was taken to Charles Cole Hospital for a blood draw and was released to a family member.

DUI charges are also pending against a Turtlepoint man who was stopped by  patrol officer from the Kane barracks Wednesday evening on Route 155 about two miles south of Annin Creek Road in Annin Township, Port Allegany. Troopers say when they interviewed the driver, they determined he was driving under the influence .Charges will be filed, and the driver’s name will be released providing chemical testing confirms impairment.


Robert F. “Bob” RILEY, 81, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Palmyra, NJ, died Sunday, December 17, 2017 in his home. A Memorial Service celebrating Bob’s life will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, April 14, 2018 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  The Rev. Joseph V. Dougherty and the Rev. Jason Reed will co-officiate.  Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 247, Ulysses, PA 16948.

Online condolences may be expressed at February 13, 1936, in Greenville, PA, he was the son of Franklin and Gladys Hollingshead Riley. On October 3, 1992, in Palmyra, he married the former Rita M. Sock, who survives. A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1957 – 1959. He served a police officer in Palmyra in the 1970’s and was employed by NJ American Water Works for over 25 years, retiring in 1998.

Surviving besides his wife, Rita, are:  a son, R. Steven (Susan) Riley of Harrison Valley;  a granddaughter, Meghan (Jimmy) Palmatier of Ulysses;  eight great-grandchildren, Lyllian Palmatier, Lennyx Palmatier, Morgan Palmatier, Malorie Palmatier, Marissa Palmatier, Logan Spires, Addison Spires, and Reagan Riley;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his first wife, Diane Furman Riley;  a grandson, Steven Thomas Riley;  and two brothers, Donald Riley and Merrill Riley.

Robert G.  HOPPE, 96, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018 in Wellsville Manor Care Center, Wellsville, NY.  Born June 15, 1921, in Carter Camp, PA, he was the son of Eugene and Phoebe Baker Hoppe.

A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army.  He was a combatant in the North African, Sicily, and Normandy invasions and was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat.

On August 19, 1945, in Harrison Valley, he married the former Mary A. Jones, who predeceased him on June 22, 2010.

He owned and operated Valley Milling Co. in Harrison Valley for many years.

Surviving are:  a son, R. Tom (Lucille) Hoppe of Harrison Valley;  three daughters,Dolores (Dennis) Koch of Worland, WY, Leota Rose of Kent, OH, Tina (Gary) Hamilton of Ulysses, PA;  ten grandchildren;  23 great- grandchildren;   a brother, Herman Hoppe of Stanley, VA;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by 11 siblings.

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 2:00 — 4:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 4:00 PM.  The Rev. Dennis Munro will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.

Doris K. REED, 83, of Genesee, PA, died Monday, April 9, 2018 in her home.  Born August 16, 1934, in Genesee, she was the daughter of Howard G. and Dorothea L. McConeghy Kenyon.  On March 21, 1953, in Genesee, she married Donald R. Reed, who predeceased her on March 1, 1981.  A graduate of Genesee High School and Elmira Business Institute, she and her husband owned and operated Kenyon’s Store in Genesee.  She was employed by Reed’s Market in Genesee for many years.  Doris was a member of the Genesee United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, and was active in Potter County unit of the American Cancer Society for many years.

Surviving are:  four children, Brian (Deb) Reed of Andover, NY, Allan (Vonda) Reed of Mansfield, PA, Donald (Karen) Reed, Jr. of Genesee, and Verena (John) Monagle of Juneau, AK; 14 grandchildren;  25 great- grandchildren;  a sister, Verena Ruddnick of Zephyrhills, FL;  a brother, Robert (Sandra) Kenyon of Genesee;  nieces and nephews.  Friends may call Friday, April 13, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Genesee United Methodist Church, where a Memorial Service will be held on Saturday at 1:00 PM.  The Rev. Rob Anderson, and her grandson, Rev. Jason Reed, will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Genesee United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 137, Genesee, PA 16923.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be expressed at





Wednesday April 11, 2018


Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 41; Overnight low, 20; no precipitation







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 Coudersport officials stop  water treatment plant….police looking for distracted drivers during awareness week…..Both men involved in Ceres Township scuffle, arrested…..same car involved in two hit and run crashes in Emporium….Troy teen allegedly hid  cell phone merchandise in purse when leaving Walmart…Two Mansfield men accused of burglarizing and damaging camper….Troopers investigate two other  thefts in Tioga County…..

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This Is Distracted Driving Awareness week . Pennsylvania  State Police have teamed up with PennDot to raise awareness about the potentially deadly risks of texting while driving. As part of the campaign,U Drive, U Tex, You Pay, law enforcement will be watching closely for distracted drivers. Texting while driving is illegal in Pennsylvania. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says distracted driving is a public health issue that affects us all. The latest statistics show motor vehicle fatalities are up 6% from 2015. More than 40,000 people were killed on our nation’s roadways last year, and distracted driving is a major contributor.

Highway Fatalities:

37,461 lives were lost on U.S. roads in 2016, an increase of 5.6% from 2015 (data not yet available for 2017) NHTSA

Distracted Driving:

10% of fatal crashes and 15% of injury crashes in 2015 were distraction-affected. NHTSA.

Distracted driving crashes are under-reported and the NSC estimates that cell phone use alone accounted for 27%  of 2015 car crashes. NSC

In 2015, there were 3,477 people killed and an estimated additional 391,000 injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. NHTSA

The fatal crash rate for teens is 3 times greater than for drivers age 20 and over (IIHS)

Driver distraction is responsible for more than 58% of teen crashes.  AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Three types of distractions:

Traffic safety experts classify distractions into three main types: Manual, Visual and Cognitive.

Manual distractions are those where you move your hands from the wheel.

Visual distractions are those where you focus your eyes away from the road.

A cognitive distraction is when you’re mind wanders away from the task of driving.

Texting involves all three types of distraction.

Cell Phone Use:

People are as impaired when they drive and talk on a cell phone as they are when they drive intoxicated at the legal blood-alcohol limit of 0.08%.   University of Utah

Cell phone users are 5.36 times more likely to get into an accident than undistracted drivers. University of Utah

Text messaging increases the risk of crash or near-crash by 23 times.  Virginia Technical Transportation Institute, USDOT

Sending or reading a text message takes your eyes off the road for about 5 seconds, long enough to cover a football field while driving at 55 mph NHTSA

The NHTSA  adds drivers are not taking this seriously enough:

Over 84% of drivers recognize the danger from cell phone distractions and find it “unacceptable” that drivers text or send email while driving. Nevertheless, 36% of these same people admit to having read or sent a text message or e-mail while driving in the previous month. AAA Foundation for Traffic SafetyTeens whose parents drive distracted are 2 to 4 times as likely to also drive distracted.

In addition to cell phone use and texting, istracted driving can include such actions as:




adjusting devices such as radios and GPSs;

attending to children or pets, and

interacting with other passengers in the vehicle.

While all drivers should avoid distractions; for young, novice drivers, distracted driving can compound the inexperience factor and increase the risk of accident according to PennDot.

Last March, a state law went into effect banning text-based communication while driving. Violating the law is a primary offense carrying a $50 fine.

According to PennDOT data, more than 14,600 accidents involved a distracted driver in Pennsylvania in 2012, with 57 deaths in those accidents. Over the past five years, nearly 11 percent of Pennsylvania accidents involved a driver distraction, resulting in more than 300 fatalities statewide.

To help avoid distractions while driving, PennDOT recommends that drivers follow these simple safety tips:

Store or turn off cell phones while driving. If you must make an emergency call, safely pull over to the side of the road.

If traveling alone, set your GPS, radio and temperature controls before hitting the road.

If traveling with pets, be sure that they are properly restrained. Better yet, leave them at home. Even a minor crash can result in a major injury to a pet if it is not properly restrained.

Never operate your vehicle and attend to a child at the same time.

If you drop an object while driving, leave it until you reach your destination.

For more information on distracted driving and the state’s anti-texting law, visit


Both men involved in a scuffle early yesterday in Ceres Township, McKean County have been arrested for harassment with physical contact.  Kane based state police report 32 year old Joshua   Mesler of Shinglehouse and Kyle Lunn, 22 of Scio,  were arguing at 532 Route  44 at about 5:00 am when Mesler pushed and shoved Lunn  and punched him in the face with a closed fist.  Lunn allegedly then   pushed and shoved Mesler.

State police at Emporium have not released the name of their suspect but say charges are pending against a driver whose car was involved in two hit and run collisions within a couple of hours yesterday. At around 2:40 pm troopers tried to stop a 2009 Toyota Camry on a report of erratic driving. The car went off of E. 4th street and hit a legally parked 2016 Chevrolet  Silverado causing minor damage. Officers said the operator appeared dazed and unaware of his surroundings and what had just occurred. Two hours later while investigating another collision involving the same car on Route 120, police discovered the car had hit the guard rails along the highway about two tenths of a mile west of the State P:olice barracks. That collision was witnessed by someone who provided details about the crash to investigators. Apparently there were no injuries.

An 18 year old Troy resident has been arrested for shoplifting at the Mansfield Walmart. State police at Mansfield Cassidy  Slingerland  took various cell phone accessories valued at $48.76 by hiding the items in her purse before leaving the store on March 30.

Two Mansfield 20 year olds have been arrested for burglarizing a camper belonging to another resident of that town march 23 or 24. State police allege Tristan Gerow and Michael Watkins entered the camper which was parked in a wooded area near the intersection of Valley Road and Mulberry Hill Road in Richmond Township and poured melted candle wax down the kitchen sink drain causing $500 in damge. without the  owner’s permission.  Both were arraigned on charges of criminal mischief, burglary, and  criminal trespass.

Thieves stole several items from a vehicle owned by Lauren Flick of Elmira, NY during that same time period while it was parked on Canoe Camp Creek Road in Richmond Township. Stolen items included black Beets Headphones, valued at $250, First Heritage Feder Deit card, three rings, valued at $250; leather men’s Carolina boots, $140, key ring with assorted keys, $5.00; and a six pack of Smiroff ice, $7.00.

Criminals  took a shovel and rake off the front porch at a camp on |Grubb Road in Deerfield Township during the same period of time. The items owned by 70 year old Lafrone Harrison of Hornell, NY are valued at a total of $20.