Tuesday December 19, 2017

DEP is using new technology to track drilling….Updated information on Elk County hit and run….Minnesota driver in wrong lane causes Tioga County collision…..New Jersey man accused by troopers at Coudersport for DUI with children in vehicle….Burglary at Cowanesque Recycling investigated…..

Monday’s high, 41; Overnight low,412 (same); .38” rain
TUE-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 46
TUE NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 27
WED-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 34
WED NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY,LOW 20
THU-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 36

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DEP is using new technology to track drilling….Updated information on Elk County hit and run….Minnesota driver in wrong lane causes Tioga County collision…..New Jersey man accused by troopers at Coudersport for DUI with children in vehicle….Burglary at Cowanesque Recycling investigated….

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Ridgway based state police have updated information about the hit and run Sunday night at the intersection of Route 255 and 555. Troopers now report the suspect truck was a 2006 Chevrolet truck or SUV. A Weedville man, walking on Route 555, was hit by the vehicle and suffered a broken right shoulder. Originally, they believed the vehicle was a Dodge Ram. Anyone with information is encouraged to call state police at 814.766.6136.

Troopers at Mansfield are also investigating a hit and run occurring December 8 just affter 10:00 am in Charleston Township. An unknown vehicle, going east on the Mann Hill Road, crossed the double yellow line, entered the westbound lane on a right curve and sideswiped a Dodge Ram driven by Matthew Isaacson of Blossburg. The impact forced Isaacson’s truck into some guardrails but he was not hurt. The unknown unit is described as being a dark colored Dodge pick up with possible lift kit.

One driver was hurt in a collision Sunday night in Tioga Township. Authorities report Matthew Gordon of Sault Sainte Marie, MI was headed east on the Mann Hill Road in the wrong lane. Aaron Eads of Bradford who was going east swerved into the westbound lane as Gordon recovered and went back into his own lane. He was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and is facing charges of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance. Eads was not hurt.

A New Jersey driver has been charged with DUI and endangering the welfare of children. State police at Coudersport claim 45 year old Scott Tester of North Cape May was driving under the influence of alcohol when they stopped him on Route 6 in Sweden Township on the evening of November 25. A 15 year old boy and an 11 year old girl were riding in his vehicle at the time.

DUI charges are pending against a 27year old Fort Walton Beach, Florida driver. Who was stopped by patrol officers on Route 44 in Eulalia Township last Friday night. Troopers at Coudersport say charges against the suspect are pending receipt of chemical testing results.

A burglary at Cowanesque Recycling last week was investigated by state police at Mansfield. Criminals forced their way into a building and tried unsuccessfully to steal money. Anyone with information is asked to call State police at 579.662.2151.

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that it will
complete more oil and gas drilling site inspections in 2017 than in 2016, as a result of a GOTIME
project that replaced years of paper forms with a mobile app.
“Making the inspection process completely electronic has transformed the way our inspectors
do their job, increasing productivity, customer service, and transparency,” said DEP Deputy
Secretary Scott Perry.
“This project is a great example of how agencies can work together on common challenges,”
said Sharon Ward, director of the Governor’s Office of Transformation, Innovation, Management
and Efficiency (GO-TIME). “We are leveraging the award-winning mobile technology cultivated
at PennDOT so that other agencies can modernize how they perform their own field
inspections.”
DEP oil and gas compliance inspections have increased more than 300 percent in the past
decade, from 10,566 in 2007 to almost 35,000 in 2016. All inspections were done with paper
forms in the field, followed by data entry in the office.
“We wanted to switch to all electronic inspections for a while. It wasn’t until the GO-TIME
initiative that everything came together,” said Perry.
The DEP Office of Oil and Gas Management and Bureau of Information Technology teamed up
with PennDOT in 2016 to build off existing technology at PennDOT to create a mobile app with
preloaded operator and well information; photo and voice recognition capability; and a
connection to EFACTS, the DEP inspection and compliance management database.
Duplicate entry has been virtually eliminated, and trips between field sites and offices are
significantly reduced.
The first phase of the app–for surface activities—launched in February 2017, and by November,
surface inspectors were using it to conduct more than 99% of their inspections. In early fall,
functionality for subsurface activities was added. Considerable gains have been achieved:
• DEP is on pace to complete at least 2,000 more surface inspections in 2017 than in
2016, for an 11.5% increase.
• Inspectors’ productivity has increased an average of 16 percent since April and 29
percent in the fourth quarter of 2017.
• DEP will achieve over $500,000 in productivity savings — roughly equivalent to adding
six additional inspectors.
• Because the app records results in real time, inspectors can provide outcomes to well
operators sooner, in some cases the same-day.
• More inspection data are available to the public on the DEP web site, and more quickly,
because the app enables inspectors to collect more robust data and the inspection
reports are posted immediately.
GO-TIME is working to modernize government operations to reduce costs and improve
services. GO-TIME works with agencies to identify opportunities to share resources, collaborate
and engage employees in transformation. These efforts have saved taxpayers over $373 million
since 2015 through projects aimed at reducing costs, increasing productivity and improving
services to the public.
To learn more about GO-TIME, visit www.governor.pa.gov/go-time/.

Monday December 17, 2017

St. Eulaia’s Church in Coudersport served a community Christmas dinner  Sunday December 17. See pictures at the end of today’s news.

Verizon has  internet outage…..Foster Township garage destroyed by fire….Lewis Run Mobile home damaged by accidental fire…Police looking for pickup truck which struck pedestrian in Elk County…Belleville, Ohio man seriously hurt in freak McKean County accident….Two drivers arrested for speeding after crashes in Potter County….Both drivers hurt in Ulysses collision…..DUI charges pending against NY state driver for causing minor crash near Port Allegany…Shinglehouse resident accused of harassing another…Mansfield mechanic charged with inspection violation…Tioga County woman nabbed for allegedly stealing $135 worth of merchandise from Walmart Saturday afternoon… Sunday’s high, 38; Overnight low 34; No precipitation overnight

 MON-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 38

MON NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 36

TUE-MOSTLY CLOUDY, CHANCE OF SHOWERS, HIGH 42

TUE NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 28

WED-MOSTLY CLOUDY, COLDER, HIGH 34

WED NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 24

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 Verizon has  internet outage…..Foster Township garage destroyed by fire….Lewis Run Mobile home damaged by accidental fire…Police looking for pickup truck which struck pedestrian in Elk County…Belleville, Ohio man seriously hurt in freak McKean County accident….Two drivers arrested for speeding after crashes in Potter County….Both drivers hurt in Ulysses collision…..DUI charges pending against NY state driver for causing minor crash near Port Allegany…Shinglehouse resident accused of harassing another…Mansfield mechanic charged with inspection violation…Tioga County woman nabbed for allegedly stealing $135 worth of merchandise from Walmart Saturday afternoon….

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Obituaries: Helen  Shutt, Ulysses; Nicholas “Nick”Mascino, Coudersport

Verizon had an internet power outage over the weekend affecting customers in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area. The outage began Friday night and lasted until Sunday evening. No explanation provided as to the cause or how many customers were affected.

The cause of a fire which destroyed a two-story wood frame garage in Foster Township, McKean County is being investigated by the state police fire marshal. Several area departments battled to fire on McFadden Road last Thursday afternoon. The building was owned by James Heckle of Derrick City. Damaged is estimated to be $100,000. There were no injuries.

Just a couple of  hours later, at 4:45 pm, firefighters were dispatched to a mobile home fire on Main Street in Lewis Run borough. The fire which caused $12,500 in damage to the trailer owned by Elizabeth Bailey was found to be accidental.

Ridgway based state police are looking for a vehicle which hit a pedestrian Sunday night at the intersection of Route 255 and 555. The vehicle is believed to be a blue Dodge pick up with the passenger side mirror missing. No information was provided about the male victim who was walking down Route 255 at the time of the 8:30 pm accident.

An Ohio man was seriously injured in a freak accident in Lewis Run Thursday afternoon. State police explain Richard Bucci of Belleville, Ohio was hurt who was driving an escort vehicle for an overized load of utility poles. When the tractor trailer, operated by Robert Yates of Burbank, Ohio,  slowed down, Bucci’s vehicle collided with the load and one pole struck the windshield and hit him in the face and neck, exiting the back window. Traffic in both lanes of Route 219 was stopped for almost an hour.

State police at Coudersport have arrested two driver for speeding after  recent crashes. Matthew Yoder of Gaines escaped injury last Thursday evening when his Chevrolet Silverado spun off of the Button Hollow Road in West Branch Township. The truck hit a speed limit sign and tree before stopping. A Hollidaysburg motorist also escaped injury in a speed related crash. State police report Garrett Yingling was  going north on the Dutch Hill Road in Eulalia Township Saturday morning when his Ford F350 hit a patch of ice and spun off the road before rolling over onto the passenger side.

Both drivers were hurt in a collision last Wednesday afternoon in Ulysses Borough. According to state police, the collision occurred when Barbara Knickerbockers of Wellsville who was going east, merged onto North Street from a Y intersection  and her Chevrolet VTR collided head-on with a GMC Sierra driven by Gail Wright of Genesee. Both women were taken by ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Icy road conditions are blamed for a minor fender-bender last Tuesday in Oswayo Township. A Plymouth Horizon slid off of the Eleven Mile Road and hit a mailbox. Because the driver was not hurt and the car could be driven away, it was considered a “non-reportable.”

An Ohio truck driver is facing numerous traffic charges for a one-vehicle crash last Thursday afternoon in Fox Township, Elk County. Troopers relate Mussa Mussa lost control of his Volvo V100 went off of the Old Kersey Road, collided with an embankment, went back across the road and hit another embankment before stopping.

DUI charges are pending against a 64 year old  Cuba, NY driver who caused a mishap on Route 6 half mile east of Port Allegany Sunday afternoon. State police claim the suspect, whose name they did not release, was driving a vehicle which crossed the center line forcing Caleb Benson of Port Allegany to serve to avoid a head-on collision. His unit sideswiped a section of guardrails before stopping. Both men escaped injury.

A Shinglehouse man has been arrested for harassment. State police allege 49 year old James Chappell grabbed Colin Norton’s shirt and pushed him against a wall last Thursday afternoon on Eleven Mile Road is Oswayo Township. Charges have been filed in district court.

State police at Mansfield have charged 56 year old James Lefehoc and inspection station violation. Officers claim Lefelhoc issued an inspection certificate for a vehicle which should have failed Pennsylvania State Inspection on November 16.

Retail theft charges have been lodged against 42 year old Tioga County resident Michelle Burzak. State police assert Burzak stole $135 worth of merchandise from the Mansfield Walmart Saturday evening.

 

 

 

 

Helen D. SHUTT, 79, of Ulysses, PA, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, December 16, 2017 in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, PA.

 

Born September 27, 1938, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Frank B. and Clara Hulbert Davis.

 

On November 23, 1957, in Coudersport, she married Lewis M. Shutt, who predeceased her on April 4, 2003.

 

She was employed by Bell Telephone in Coudersport as an operator, Galeton Production, and worked in the Northern Potter High School cafeteria.  At age 50, she earned her LPN certification from BOCES in Belmont, NY and went on to be employed by Wellsville Manor, Sweden Valley Manor, and Dr. Callahan’s office in Galeton.

 

Helen was a member of the Ulysses United Methodist Church, Tri-Town Volunteer Firemen’s Auxiliary, and Order of the Eastern Star #95 in Ulysses, serving as Worthy Matron twice and secretary for several years.  With Eastern Star, she also served as District Deputy Grand Matron, Grand Warder, and Grand Representative of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

 

Surviving are:  four daughters, Janice (Mark) Major, Luanne (Clayton Jr.) Daniels, Brenda (Kevin) Wright, Wanda Wright;  11 grandchildren, Ryan (Sarah) Daniels, Bryan (Natasha) Daniels, Heath Major, Lance (Gail) Wright, Michael (Nicole) Daniels, Brett (Ashlee) Daniels, Derek (Emily) Wright, Luke (Kari) Wright, Cassandra (Duane) Miller, Donald Wright, and Danette Wright;  16 great-grandchildren;  a brother, Wilford F. “Bill” (Shirley) Davis;  and two nieces, Deborah (Kevin) Miller and Dawn (Joseph) Correll.

 

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday in the Ulysses United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Todd Lamer and the Rev. Russell Horning will co-officiate.  An Eastern Star service will be held at the beginning of the funeral in the church.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

 

Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary, P.O. Box 156, Ulysses, PA 16948, Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948, United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 294, Ulysses, PA 16948, or Grand Chapter of PA, OES, Inc., Attn: Fraternal Fund, 105 Masonic Dr., Elizabethtown PA 17022.

 

Online condolences may be expressed atwww.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

Nicholas J. “Nick” Mascino, 79, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2017 in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y., after a short illness.

Born on February 19, 1938 in Philadelphia, he was a son of Nicholas J. and Mary H. Domanico Mascino.  In Buckingham, he married Alice M. Blundell, who passed away on November 26, 2009.

Nick was a graduate of North East Catholic High School in Philadelphia and attended Temple University

Nick had formerly owned Mascino’s Service Center in Philadelphia.  After moving to Coudersport in 1969, he owned and operated C & M Motors on Route 6 and 872 in Coudersport.

Nick was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin.  He was a member of Eulalia Lodge #342 F. & A.M. in Coudersport and a member of the Coudersport Consistory. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and was a general outdoors enthusiast.

Surviving are three daughters, Kathleen Phillips of Philadelphia, Jean Brooks of Emporium, and Dee (Chris) Carr of Tucson, Arizona; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Julie (Gerald) Mayall of Lower Gwynedd; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Nick was predeceased by a sister, Rose Marie.

Friends may call from 10am to 12 noon on Thursday, December 21, 2017 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Turner Street, Austin, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at noon with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty, pastor, celebrant.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Nick’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Nick, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

Parishioners served a steady stream of neighbors at St. Eulalia’s Community Christmas dinner December 17, 2017. Children were invited to select an unwrapped toy to take home.

Father James of St. Eulalia Catholic Church wanted to tell Santa what he wants for Christmas but alas, Santa was prepared and gave the priest a stocking full of coal. You know what that means!

 

Friday December 15, 2017

 

Thursday’s high, 22; Overnight low, 0; no precipitation

FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 23

FRI NIGHT-CHABCE OF SNOW SHOWERS, LOW 17

SAT-SNOW SHOWERS LIKELY, HIGH 29

SAT NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOW SHOWERS, LOW 15

SUN-CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS, HIGH 36

SUN NIGHT-CHANCE OF SNOW, LOW 30

State police warn residents of IRS scams…..Authorities looking for armed robber who held up Tioga County convenience store Thursday morning…Jersey Shore man arrested for DUI with a young girl as his passsenger….Speeding related to a couple of area accidents….Virginia woman charged for improper pass which caused two tractor trailers to wreck in Elk County…..Plans are being finalized for the first annual Eliot Ness Fest to be held in Coudersport next summer….

Obituries: Robert Knowles, Wellsboro, (Ulysses);Donetta Brandt, Reading (Shinglehouse), Beulah Harpel, Coudersport, (Bethlehem),Joan Dunshie, Shinglehouse and Donald Sypien, Austin

State police at Emporium are reporting they have been experiencing a high volume of complaints from area residents regarding an IRS phone scam. Unknown criminals call taxpayers falsely claiming to be from IRS and that money is owed. This is a scam. Police say do not provide any personal information. The caller may pressure the citizen to take action and may even threaten imminent arrest. Victims should remain calm and hang up the phone. A person’s tax status can be confirmed directly with the IRS by calling toll free, 1-800-829-1040. Scams can also be reported to:

Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Hotline

PO Box 589 Ben Franklin Station

Washington, DC 20044-0589

(800)-366-4484

http://www.treasury.gov/tigta/contact_report_scam.shtml

State police at Mansfield are asking the public’s help in finding the man who held up the Pump and Pantry on N. Main Street in Tioga Borough early Thursday morning. A slender white male, about 5’8″ tall wearing dark gray sweatpants, dark black hooded sweatshirt, black cloth gloves, black sneakers, and a distinctive multicolored (tie-dye) hat/ski mask entered the store at around 1:30 a, and purchased coolant for his vehicle. As the cashier was giving him back the change, he lifted his shirt and displayed a black handgun in the front waistband. He then demanded the money out of the register.The clerk complied and put the money in a plastic shopping bag and the robber left the store on foot but was last seen leaving the area in an unknown vehicle. The clerk told police the same man had entered the store about two hours earlier and purchased some snacks, wearing the same clothing including the ski cap. Anyone with information or who spots the suspect is asked to call state police at 570-662.2151.

A Jersey Shore man has been arrested by Coudersport based state police for DUI and endangering the welfare of children and a variety of traffic offenses. Authorities claim when 43 year old Jeffrey Markley was pulled over for a traffic violation in Abbott Township he was suspected of driving under the influence. A13 year old girl was riding in his vehicle at the time. The charges have been filed in district court.

Drug violation charges have been lodged against a Mansfield resident. State police explain Raymond Harding was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after he left a bag containing a powdery substance on the counter at the Pump and Pantry in Tioga last June 28 at around 3:30 am.

A Coudersport teenage driver and his passenger escaped injury in a one-vehicle mishap Wednesday night in Hebron Township. State policerelate that 19 year old Jameson Kenyon was headed south on Route 44 near the intersection with the West Hebron Road when his GMC Sierra failed to make a slight left hand curve. Kenyon could not regain control and the vehicle struck an embankment before coming to rest on the road. Both Kenyon and his 14 year old female passenger were using seatbelts but he has been cited for speeding.

No injuries were reported for a Blossburg teen driver whose car slid off of snow covered Route 15 in Bloss Township a Wednesday night. Police said the 17 year old boy was speeding when the crash occurred.

A Wellsboro couple were hurt in a one-vehicle crash Wednesday evening in Middlebury Township. Troopers said Joanne Trammel was speeding when her Chevrolet Trailblazer went crossed Hills Creek Road on a left hand curve and overturned one time before coming to rest on all four wheels. She and her husband, Jeffrey, were taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital.

State police at Ridgway have cited a Burke, VA woman for improperly overtaking another vehicle for a collision involving two tractor trailers Tuesday morning in Highland Township, Elk County. The collision occurred when a Freightliner driven by Dean Smith of Orange Park, Florida could not go up a snow covered hill on Route 948. Smith stopped the rig in the roadway and Cathy Crocker who was following him, southbound tried to pass and did not see a Peterbilt driven by Guy Burdick of Ripley, NY which was headed north. Burdick was unable to stop or avoid impact Crocker’s GMC Acadia and struck passenger side. The impact caused the passenger car to spin into Smith’s rig. Burdick’s tractor veered off the road and hit and embankment and tree before partially overturning. No one was hurt.

Plans are coming together for the first annul Eliot Ness Fest to be held in Coudersport July 20-22, 2018. The famous crime fighter went after such criminals as Al Capone and spent the last years of his life in Coudersport. Bill Pekarski, a Coudersport resident, author and blogger told Black Forest Broadcasting news that the festival will focus on Ness’s professional life in Chicago and Cleveland and his later years in Washington, DC and Coudersport.

Ness, who rose to fame as a law enforcement officer during the Prohibition Era tasked with pursuing infamous gangster Al Capone, spent the last several years of his life in Coudersport, working at a printing shop and frequenting local establishments.

The festival will focus on all aspects of his life, from chasing Capone and other mobsters in Chicago, fighting corruption in Cleveland, to his later years in Washington, D.C., and Coudersport. Plans include a scavenger hunt, speak easy-themed party and “raids” on local businesses “suspected of selling booze.” There may be a car show featuring 1930’s automobiles and period music in the gazebo on the courthouse square. Boy scouts will be giving away newspapers replicating papers of the time. You can hear our full interview with Pekarski by going to “Black Forest Trails” and clicking on the link for the the part program.

 

Obitiuaries

Robert H. “Bob” KNOWLES, 97, of Wellsboro, PA, formerly of Ulysses, died Monday, December 11, 2017 in his home.

Born October 3, 1920, in West Rockhill Township, Bucks County, PA, he was the son of Harry Earl and Alice Bertha Emma Geyer Knowles.

He was married to the former Regina Janik, who predeceased him on November 20, 2006.

A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army in the European Theatre.

Bob was employed by Bracalente Manufacturing Co. in Trumbauersville, PA as plant manager and by Gaines Company, Gaines, PA.

He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Brookland, PA, Susquehannock Trail Club, and served on the Ulysses Library Board of Trustees.  A Boy Scout leader for many years, he was honored with the Silver Beaver and the Order of the Arrow.  The Susquehannock Trail Club honored him with the Wil and Betty Ahn “Big Shoe” Award.

Surviving are:  three children, Arlene Davis and Sandra R. Eisenhart, both of Wellsboro, and Robert P. (Darlene) Knowles of Macungie, PA;  11 grandchildren;  18 great-grandchildren;  nine great-great-grandchildren;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by sons-in-law, Ray L. Eisenhart and Robert E. Davis;  and two sisters, Helen Tebeau and Mildred Tebeau.

A private graveside service will be held in All Saints Cemetery, Brookland, PA in Spring 2018.

Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Donetta S. Brandt, 74, of Reading, formerly of Shinglehouse, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in her home with her loving family by her side.

Born on September 30, 1943 in Dunkirk, N.Y., she was a daughter of Edward B. and M. Maxine Nichols Sutton. On November 17, 1967 in the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, she married Everett E. Brandt, who survives.

Donetta was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1961, in Shinglehouse. She graduated from the former Olean Business Institute in Olean, N.Y.

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse and the Calvary United Methodist Church in Mohnton. Donetta enjoyed her flower gardens and baking cookies with her grandchildren. She was a Girl Scout leader for many years and volunteered for Meals on Wheels. Her greatest love was being a grandmother, wife, mother and homemaker.

Surviving in addition to her husband of 50 years are two daughters, Anne Marie (Richard) Kline of Reading and Allison L. (Don) Kuhn of Harrisburg; four grandchildren, Airman Paul H. Kuhn, serving with the U.S. Air Force, Christina L. Kline, Gregory E. Kuhn and Matthew R. Kline; two sisters, M. Diane (Edward) Babcock of Port Allegany and Carole E. Terrette of Shinglehouse; and several nieces and nephews.

Donetta was predeceased by her parents.

Private graveside funeral services and burial will be held in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse. The Rev. Ken Thompson, of Brackenridge, will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Donetta’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Donetta, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Beulah R. Harpel, 94, of Coudersport, formerly of Bethlehem, passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2017 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

Born on January 19, 1923 in Woxall, she was a daughter of Frank and Alverda Geiger.

Beulah was employed for 31 years by Philco-Ford Electronics in Lansdale, retiring in 1988.

She enjoyed growing roses, any type of gardening, and very much enjoyed being outside. Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are two sons, Randall K. (Denise) Cope of Arden, NC and Raymond F. (Valerie) Cope of Port Allegany; a daughter, Sharon (Donald) Stauffer of Red Hill; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three brothers, Ernest Geiger of Shinglehouse, Ralph (Julie) Geiger of Lansdale, and Edgar Geiger of Harleysville; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Beulah was predeceased by a daughter, Deborah M. Flores; and three brothers, Russell Geiger, Lloyd Geiger, and Wilmer Geiger.

In keeping with Beulah’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.

Beulah’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Beulah, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Joan A. Dunshie, 93, of Shinglehouse, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born on April 27, 1924 in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Arthur B. and Ellen Bailey Maynard. On December 21, 1940 in Sweden Valley, she married Max V. Dunshie, who survives.

Joan attended Shinglehouse High School. She served as a township secretary for many years. She took great pride in her family and loved their gatherings at the farm home. She was also an avid reader and was very fond of the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library. In her younger years, she enjoyed knitting, cooking, and baking. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Surviving besides her husband of 77 years are two daughters, Wanda C. (Michael) Derry of Utica, N.Y. and Pat E. McCormick of Hornell, N.Y.; a son, Dale A. (Nadine Pollock) Dunshie of Warren; she was also blessed with eight grandchildren andten great-grandchildren, now living in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Colorado and New York; a sister, Anne Wood of St. Cloud, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Joan was predeceased by a daughter, Carla S. (Martin James) Mesler; a sister, Rhea Jean Welch; and a son-in-law, Dr. Joseph McCormick.

There will be no public visitation. A private celebration of Joan’s life will be held at the convenience of the family. Private graveside burial services were held in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville with Pastor Fred Kemp of the Potter County Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.

The family wishes to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to the staff at Cole Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit for the compassionate care given to Joan during her stay there.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Joan’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Joan, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Donald J. “Don” Sypien, 65, of Austin, passed away in his home with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, after a short illness.