Friday, March 16, 2018

 

                                                                                            Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 35; Overnight low. 20; 1.25” SNOW

FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, WINDY, SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS HIGH 29

FRI NIGHT- SNOW TAPERING OFF, LOW 19

SAT-PARTL Y SUNNY, LESSS WINDY, HIGH 38

SAT NIGHT-LOW 21

SUN-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 41

SUN NIGHT-26

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Obituaries: Florence ZAPALOWSKI, 93, of Ulysses & Grace A. PETERSON, 57, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Wharton, NJ,

Photo by Gerri Miller

Eagle Scout candidates Noah Leightly (L) and Miles Moate (R) and Troop Leader Jennifer Leightly (C)

see story below.

Potter County commissioners comment on fracking water facility proposed near Coudersport…14th Annual Maple Weekend this Saturday and Sunday in Potter & Tioga Counties…Causer invites area farmers to a breakfast  with state Ag Secretary next week near Ulysses…Smethport man facing DUI charges after being stopped in Roulette Township….

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You may have been reading about the proposal to build a frac-water  treatment plant near Coudersport. Epiphany Allegheny  LLC is currently seeking permits to build the facility. The Seneca Nation is opposing the plant and was joined this week by the Cattaraugus County legislation in opposition. The Allegheny originates near Gold in Potter County and flows through a portion of Cattaraugus  County, the Seneca Nation’s Allegany Territory and Salamanca on its way to Pittsburgh. Those opposing the plant cite potential negative environmental while those in favor say it will create a lot of jobs. Permits would have to be granted  Coudersport Borough Authority, Eulalia Township, and the Department of Environmental Protection before construction could start. And of course there will be hearings on the issue to receive public comments.  Two Eagle Scout candidates from Austin Boy Scout Troop #524, Noah Leightly and Miles Moate attended Thursday’s meeting of the Potter County Commissioners to observe local government in action. In explaining government structure, the board used the current debate to explain what they can and cannot do. Chairman Doug Morley pointed out that Pennsylvanian is a commonwealth, not a state and therefore decisions originate at the most local level and move up rather than from the top down as in a state, such as neighboring New York State.  He explained donly issues which require county funding can go through their office by Pennsylvania law. He said the best they can do in a situation such as the proposed treatment plan, is to put those interested in touch with the agencies which ultimately make the decision. Commissioner Paul Heimel acknowledged it is frustrating to constituents from time to time because it is only natural to look to them to “fix a problem>” Under the circumstances, he said all he could do was to forward the emails he has received on the subject to DEP. When asked by Black Forest Broadcasting, did they have personal views on the proposal. Commissioner Susan Kefover who was an award winning science student, said from the presentations she has seen and from what she has read, se does not believe it would adversely affect the environment.

 

March is Maple Month and Pennsylvania  and a number of events are being held across the state including the 14th Annual Potter-Tioga Maple Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. Seventeen producers in the two counties will be participating. Visitors can watch the many different ways maple is harvested, from the traditional bucket and tap collection process to the more modern tubing and vacuum-pump systems, as well as the various takes on the evaporation process that turns maple sap to syrup Each location offers their own maple specialty products, ranging from maple salad dressing to maple milkshakes and even cotton candy using recipes that have been passed down through the generations starting with Native Americans who introduced the sweet stuff to Pilgrims. Pancakes and maple syrup will be served at the Crary Hose Fire Company in Westfield and at the Masonic Lodge in Wellsboro. The popular combo will also be served at the Brydonson Farm near Coudersport; Hamilton’s Maple Products near Ulysses and Miller’s Purely Maple near Hill’s Creek State Park in Tioga County where park staff will be conducting demonstrations for backyard producers. But novices are forewarned it takes a lot of sap to make just one gallon of Maple Syrup. The general rule of thumb is that it takes 40 parts maple sap to produce 1 part maple syrup. This translates into 40 gallons of sap to produce 1 gallon or syrup (or 10 gallons of sap for one quart of syrup). This estimate is dependent on the sugar content of your sap which is affected by the amount of rainfall   and length of the season. Pennsylvania maple syrup is considered richer than the more famous Vermont maple syrup. The 2017 United States maple syrup production totaled 4.27million gallons, up 2 percent from the previous year. The number of taps is estimated at 13.3 million, up 6 percent from the 2016 total. Yield per tap is estimated to be 0.320 gallon, down 4percent from the previous season

Members of PTMPA have ranked in the top three spots in every category for the past twenty years at the PA Farm Show, and the event has become a major fundraiser for the group. The US Department of Agriculture

This weekend’s tour is one of two major events sponsored by the organization.The Potter/Tioga Maple Producers Association (PTMPA) was organized in 1963 by eighteen maple producers living within the two counties.

The Potter/Tioga Maple Producers Associations (PTMPA) was established in 1963 by 18 maple producers living in the two counties.

The first Maple Festival was held in 1967, featuring a booth with delicious, locally-produced pure maple products, other vending areas, and the crowning of Maple Sweethearts chosen from young women  from Potter and Tioga Counties.

The event is held on Courthouse Square in historic downtown Coudersport the first weekend in May, and features a lengthy parade, carnival rides, community events, local business promotions, and a number of educational and shopping booths, as well.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting area farmers and others in the agriculture industry to a breakfast meeting with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding at one of those producers facility next week.

The Farmer Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, March 21, at 9 a.m. at Hamilton’s Maple Products, 320 Gee Hill Road in Ulysses.

“This is a great opportunity for our local farmers and producers to learn more about what’s being done for agriculture in Harrisburg and to share their comments and concerns about challenges facing the industry,” Causer said. “I encourage everyone involved in the industry, from crop and livestock farmers to timber and maple syrup producers, to join us.”

To ensure adequate space and food are available, people who wish to attend the breakfast should be sure to RSVP, either by contacting Causer’s Coudersport office at 814-274-9769 or spaisley@pahousegop.com, or by visiting RepCauser.com.

There is no charge to attend.

Coudersport based state police report DUI charges are pending against a 53 year old Smethport man they pulled over on Route 6 in Roulette Township Tuesday night. Troopers say they stopped the 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier for an equipment violation and while talking to the driver determined he was driving under the influence. His name was not released pending results of chemical testing which could lead to his arrest at which time his name would be released.

                                                                                       Obituaries

Florence ZAPALOWSKI, 93, of Ulysses, PA, formerly of Cheektowaga, NY, died Wednesday, March 14, 2018 in her home.  Born November 8, 1924, at home in Cooper Township, Montour County, PA, she was the daughter of Joseph and Katherine Oshetski Scisly.  Her mother and father died when Florence was very young and she was raised in an orphanage in Harrisburg.  She was married to Casmir “Casey” Zapalowski, who predeceased her.  Florence was employed by Trico Windshield Wipers in Buffalo from 1949 until her retirement in 1989.  She was a member of Queen of Martyrs Church in Cheektowaga, NY and St. Bibiana Catholic Church in Galeton.  Surviving are:  a sister, Anna M. Lewis of Ulysses;  a brother, Joseph Scisly of North Hollywood, CA;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Stanley Scisly;  and a sister, Mary Scisly.  Friends may call at St. Bibiana Catholic Church, Galeton, PA on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 9:30 – 10:00 AM, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 10:00 AM.  The Rev. Joseph V. Dougherty will be the Celebrant.  Burial will be in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg, PA. 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.

Grace A. PETERSON, 57, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Wharton, NJ, died Saturday, March 10, 2018 in UPMC Hamot, Erie, PA.  Born November 17, 1960, in Dover, NJ, she was the daughter of Harry and Lois Federicci Estwick.  She was married to John C. Peterson, who survives.  Grace was employed by Carson & Gable Ribbon Factory in NJ.  She was a kind and generous soul.  Surviving besides her husband, John, are:  a daughter, Bethann of Emporium, PA;  a grandson, Thomas;  a sister, Louise;  a brother, Harry;  and nieces and nephews.  Services will be private.  Memorials may be made to the family.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Thursday March 15, 2018

 

Wednesday’s high, 34; Overnight low, 10; .25” snow

THU-MOSTLY CLOUDY, SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS,HIGH 37

THU NIGHT  DITTO,  LOW 19

FRI-CHANCE OF LINGERING AM SNOW SHOWERS, PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 33

FRI NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY,LOW 16

SAT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 41

SAT NIGHT– LOW 22

Today’s  Complete Forecast

Potter County awarded grant for Vietnam Veterans event….Area fire departments urged to apply for wildfire fighting grants….Social media crime investigated by State Police at Coudersport….Burglar leaves empty handed after leaving Kersey trailer….Austin man charged with a variety of traffic offenses…Icy road blamed for Elk County accident…..

Today’s Podcast

Part A

Part B

 The website, “Potter County Today” is reporting the county has been awarded an $11,250 state grant to support a Vietnam War veterans recognition weekend and outreach activities later this year. Money comes from the Veterans’ Trust Fund (VTF), which is funded by Pennsylvanians who voluntarily make a $3.00 donation when applying for or renewing their driver’s license or photo ID or renewing a motor vehicle registration. Additionally, proceeds come from the sale of the Honoring Our Veterans license plate and private donations.

Members of the Potter County Veterans Service Committee are Bill Simpson, Paul Heimel and Dawn Wooster. Their Vietnam Veterans Recognition Weekend, Sept, 13-17, will include an appreciation dinner, a memorial service for Potter County soldiers killed in the war, outreach activities to apprise veterans of benefits and services, public education events, a veterans gravestone restoration demonstration, and a visit from the Moving Wall, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

With spring’s arrival and the increased risk of forest and brush fires across the state, funding is now available to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities better guard against the threat of fires in forested, undeveloped, and unprotected areas.

“Spring’s warming temperatures, sunny days, and strong winds all combine to usher in wildfire dangers that emphasize the value of having well-trained and well-equipped local firefighting forces in rural areas,” Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said.

In 2017, more than $592,000 was awarded to 129 volunteer fire companies serving rural areas and communities where forest and brush fires are common. The grant program, offered through DCNR and paid through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, has awarded more than $12 million since it began in 1982.

Local firefighting forces in rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the aid, which is used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires.

Grant applications must be electronically submitted through DCNR’s Volunteer Fire Assistance Grants Website by 4:00 P.M. on Thursday, April 19.

To expedite application and decision-making processes, DCNR is accepting only online applications. For more information, explore DCNR’s resources for volunteer fire companies.

In reviewing applications, DCNR will place priority on those requests seeking funds for projects that include the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective clothing.

Grants also may be used for:

Purchasing mobile or portable radios

Installing dry hydrants

Wildfire prevention and mitigation work

Training wildfire fighters

Converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles.

These vehicles are presented to the local departments exhibiting the greatest needs and those that commit to outfitting them for fire suppression. Also, grants now can be used to purchase new/used 4X4 vehicles which will be utilized as a Type 6 or 7 Wildland Engine, and costing $40,000 or less.

Aid is granted on a cost-share basis. Grants for any project during a fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures of local, public and private nonprofit organizations in the agreement. The maximum grant that will be considered from any fire company in 2018 is $10,000.

For more information, contact the bureau’s Division of Forest Fire Protection via email at: RA-NR_FOR_VFA@pa.gov.

A social media crime was investigated last month by state police at Coudersport. An unknown  crook, used a false name while communicating with 61 year old Diane Maiden and 82 year old Joseph Miller  of Oswayo on February 10 and requested they send several packages to an address in Chicago IL. The investigation remains open,

A burglar in Elk County Tuesday afternoon apparently left empty-handed. Ridgway based state police explained that someone entered a trailer owned by a 29 year old Kersey man at around 2:00 pm, through an unlocked door. Nothing was removed, however the intruder was seen leaving on the Irishtown Road, headed towards Route 948in a dark blue sedan. Anyone who can shed light on the crime is asked to call state police at 814.776.65136

An Austin driver has been cited for several traffic violations after a one-vehicle crash early last Saturday morning. State police at Coudersport have just released details stating 41 year old Harry Hooftallen was headed north on Scoville Street in that town at around 4:00 am when his GMC Envoy crossed into the southbound lane, went onto the narrow shoulder and fell into a steep ditch ono the left side of the road. The SUV hit an embankment and continued forward colliding with a garage at 14 School Street. Troopers claim Hooftallen put the vehicle in reverse and drove west through the yard before entering School Street again and driving over a steep embankment.  After investigating, police determined Hooftallen was the driver and he has been arrested for failing to drive on the right side of the road, speeding, depositing waste and other material on highway, property or waters, careless driving, failing to give information and render aid and having an accident involving damage to unattended vehicle or property.

Minor injuries were reported for a Brockway man whose pick up crashed Wednesday afternoon on icy Route 948 in Highland  Township, Elk County. State police report Anthony Schneider was going south on icy route 948 a few minutes after three o’clockwhen his Ford 350 slide across the road to the opposite lane before colliding with an embankment and rolling over onto the passenger side. Schneider complained of shoulder pain but did not seek medical attention. The truck had to be towed from the scene.

Several drivers have been arrested by Coudersport Based state police for DUI.  Charges against 77 year old Gary Shaub of Dover, PA were recently filed. He was stopped by a patrol officer on the East Fork Road  in Summit Township  on the night of November  25. Amy Faust, 26, of Coudersport was arrested on the evening of February 11 when she was pulled over on Main Street in Genesee for a traffic violation and allegedly found to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Police claim she also had a small amount of pot and paraphernalia in her car. Troopers also arrested 31 year old Chad Spencer of Roulette for DUI after stopping him for speeding on North Street in the Village on the night of February23. Officers claimed when they initially  questioned Spencer, they smelled an odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the glove box in his 2004 Chevrolet.

 

Wednesday March 14, 2018

 Tuesday’s high, 34; Overnight low, 23; trace of snow before 7:00 am

WED-PARTLY CLOUDY, SNOW SHOWERS & SQUALLS, HIGH 31

WED NIGHT-SNOW, LOW 23

THU-SNOW TAPERING OFF, HIGH 28

THU NIGHT-LIGHT SNOW, LOW 22

FRI-PARTLY CLOUDY, SNOW SQUALLS, HIGH 34

FRI NIGHT-SNOW CONTINUES, LOW 18

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Unemployment improved in four out of 5 counties in the Black Forest between December & January…..PennDot says its crews are working hard to fix potholes with complaints increasing this winter….Work began on a Cameron County Bridge this week….Police looking for pick up truck after flying scrap metal damages passenger car in Roulette Twp…..Weather related accident investigated in Cameron County….Shoplifting suspect nabbed….

Obituaries: Tonya Galbreath, Bolivar; Edward Potter, Coudersport; Lwroy Beeson, East Smethport & Kenneth Leet, Smethport.

Today’s podcast will be available later this afternoon. (In accidentally eased by a forgetful editor)

 The unemployment picture in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area improved in four out of five counties between December and January according to figures just released by the state Labor Department. Potter County’s jobless rate was static at 6.1%. McKean County saw a decrease from 5.9-5.6%; Cameron County’s rate  improved from 6.4 -6.0%;Elk County’s rate dropped from 6.2-6.0%; and Tioga County realized a decrease from 4.5% to 4.2%.Chester County had the lowest rate in Pennsylvania at 3.5%, down from 3.7% while Forest remained at the bottom of the list with 7.0% but that was a decrease of .4% from December.

With this season’s dramatic swings between unseasonable warmth and typical winter conditions, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crews continue to address the growing number of potholes on state-maintained roads.

“Potholes can form literally overnight and that’s what we’re seeing with these temperature swings,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards said. “This year we are seeing more concerns than usual and our crews are working aggressively to make repairs whenever weather permits.”

Through the end of February, PennDOT crews had used more than 9,627 tons of asphalt repairing potholes statewide, equal to the weight of roughly 627 PennDOT dump trucks. In comparison, by the same time in 2017 PennDOT had used 6,133 tons of asphalt and used 3,607 tons by this time in 2016. Nearly $7.2 million was invested in pothole repairs statewide through the end of February 2018.

In addition to the potholes addressed through continued monitoring by PennDOT crews, more than 5,910 pothole concerns have been reported to PennDOT and more than 90 percent were addressed through February this year.

With Pennsylvania’s aggressive freeze-thaw cycle, roadways will always experience potholes. PennDOT crews are working vigorously to repair pothole damage on nearly 40,000 miles of state-owned roadway, addressing higher traffic roadways first and working on others as soon as possible. Repairs will be temporary until the weather warms and longer-lasting materials are available.

Motorists can report potholes and other highway-maintenance concerns on state routes at www.customercare.penndot.gov or by calling PennDOT’s toll-free hotline at 1-800-FIX-ROAD (1-800-349-7623).

Motorists are asked to be as specific as possible when providing locations of maintenance concerns. Motorists should report the county, municipality, street name and state route number, which can be found on small black and white signs posted along state highways. In addition, a description of any familiar landmarks would be helpful for PennDOT to locate the problem area.

Maintenance concerns will be corrected as soon as possible. Emergency road repairs, such as road wash-outs, are handled on a top-priority basis.

The 1-800-FIX-ROAD number should not be used to report traffic accidents, disabled vehicles or other emergencies. Motorists should continue to call 911 to report these types of emergencies.

To learn about how potholes form and how PennDOT addresses them, view the department’s “Pothole Patrol” video on its YouTube page, www.youtube.com/pennsylvaniadot.

Join the conversation on social media with #PotholePatrol. Visit PennDOT on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pennsylvaniadepartmentoftransportation and Instagramgmiller

Work to replace a bridge on Moore Hill Road (Route 3001) in Cameron County got underway Monday according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). The bridge spans West Creek about 5 miles west of Emporium in the village of Howard. Replacing the bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Cameron County’s structurally deficient bridge list. Replacement will also eliminate current weight limit postings of 11 ton for single vehicles, 15 ton for combination vehicles and the restriction of “one truck at a time”.

The current 84-foot bridge dates from 1972 and carries an average of more than 230 vehicles each day. The project began yesterday with crews working on erosion and sedimentation controls and construction of some temporary supports.

The existing steel-grate bridge will be replaced with a new concrete structure through half-width construction. Temporary traffic signals and lane closures will be in effect the week of April 2. Project work also includes, drainage improvements, roadway widening, paving, and guide-rail updates. The new bridge is expected to be complete by the end of August.

All work is weather and schedule dependent. Rylind Construction Company, Inc. of Lewisberry, PA is the contractor on this $1.7 million job. Drivers are reminded to move through work zones with caution, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

To help make decisions about travel, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com.

Local law enforcement officers are looking for information about a pick-up truck which lost part of its scrap metal load damaging a passenger car on Route 6 in Roulette Township Tuesday morning. Police report several items fell off the eastbound   pick up truck and landed on a westbound sedan smashing its windshield  and causing disabling damage. The motorist,  who was using a seatbelt who was  not hurt, but was not able to control the sedan after braking. The car crossed the road and collided with a section of guardrails, sustaining severe damage. The car driver could not provide a description of the pick up or the driver who did not stop. Anyone with information is asked to call  Sweden Township police at 814.274.0654. Sweden Township covers Roulette Township under a contract.

A Belleville, PA driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle weather related accident early Thursday morning in Lumber Township, Cameron County. Troopers at Emporium report 28 year old Solomon Hostetler was headed west on Route 120 a little after 3:00 am when his Dodge Ram went out of control on the snow-covered highway, crossed to the other side, struck a guardrail the spun completely around before stopping against the guardrail. Hostetler was cited for violating Learners Permit laws and having no insurance.

Ridgway based state police report a 23 year old Byrnedale man tried to steal merchandise from the St. Marys Walmart Tuesday afternoon,. The suspect’s name was not released but police say he tried unsuccessfully to leave the store with unpaid merchandise valued at $115.24,

Obituaries

Tonya L. Galbreath, 36, of Cuba, a former longtime resident of Bolivar, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean.Born on August 3, 1981 in Wellsville, she was a daughter of Arthur D. Jr. and Patricia A. Lamb Galbreath.Tonya was a graduate of Bolivar-Richburg High School in Bolivar and a graduate of the BOCES program in culinary studies.  Tonya volunteered at the Cuba Cultural Center in Cuba.  She loved to have a good time, dance, and spend time with family and friends, especially Kat Stives. She was an avid follower of Facebook and messaging.  She liked to shop, read and listen to music, especially Kane Brown.  Tonya will be greatly missed.Surviving are a sister, Constance S. “Connie” Pangburn of Richburg; three nieces, Kristina M. Pangburn, Tosha S. (Robert) Long, and Brittany A. (Robbert Otto) Pangburn; two grandnephews, Anthony and Robert; two grandnieces, Korryn and Gabriella; 2 aunts, Donna (Terry) Smith of Cuba and Tammy Willover of Belmont; two uncles, Steve (Sarah) Fiske of Ceres and Thomas “Skip” (Linda) Lamb, Jr. of Richburg; and her former husband, James Cushman of Cuba.

In addition to her parents, Tonya was predeceased by a brother, Duane Galbreath; two uncles, Gerald Lamb and Donald Lamb; and a brother-in-law, Jefferey A. Pangburn.In keeping with Tonya’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Medical Loan Closet, 920 North Fourth Street, Olean, NY 14760.Tonya’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 Tonya, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Walter Edward “Ed” Potter, 76, of Potter Game Club Road, Coudersport, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2018 at UPMC Hamot, Erie. Ed was born on September 24, 1941 in Coudersport, the son of the late J. Erwin and Cloma (Jestes) Potter.  He married Marjorie Rebecca “Becky” Miller, she preceded him in death on November 26, 2014.Ed was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1958 and served his country in the Army from 1958 to 1962.  He worked for Springfield Contractors, Glen Rock as a Sewer Construction Foreman until he retired in 2007 after 35+ years of service. Ed was an expert wood worker, an avid mechanic and loved working on cars and trucks.  He was featured in Construction Magazine, attended Woodstock, enjoyed NASCAR and met Elvis Presley when called out to repair a tank in Germany while in the Army. He was a member of the American Legion Potter Post 192, Coudersport and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7810, Austin. Surviving are two sons, Brett E. Potter and Mitchell D. and his wife Lori Potter all of Newport, RI; their mother, Darla Turner of Coudersport;  two step daughters, Audrey Moore of Ellenton, FL and Rhonda McWilliams of Andover, NY; a sister, Linda and her husband John Kaiser of Portville, NY; and two grand dogs, Bella and Elvis.In addition to his parents and wife, Ed was preceded in death by a brother, Rodney Potter and a sister, Phyllis Gaberseck.Family and friends are invited to celebrate Ed’s life, Friday March 16, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the American Legion Potter Post 192, 2 Buffalo St, Coudersport.  Family suggest contributions in Ed’s name be made to The Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915.Arrangements being handled by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East Street, Coudersport.

Kenneth Basil Leet, 80, of Smethport, passed away Saturday (March 10, 2018) at UPMC-Hamot of Erie.He was born April 19, 1937, a son of James and Gladys VanGorder Leet. On June 2, 1956, in St. Elizabeth Church, Smethport, he married Janice L. Irons, who died March 31, 2012.Over the years, Ken, and his wife Janice, opened there home and family to over 80 foster children.Ken was a heavy equipment operator working out of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local #66 of Pittsburgh. He retired in 2002. After his retirement, he worked for Greenman Excavating of Port Allegany.He was a member of Local #66 International Union of Operating Engineers of Pittsburgh and the Keating Sportsmen Club. Ken was a huge fan and supporter of local dirt track racing. He worked on prepping the track at the McKean County Raceway over the years for racing events.Ken was known for his quick wit and stories. He was proud of his family, especially his two grandchildren. He was loved by all and will be sadly missed.He is survived by:

two daughters: Kolleen M. (Brian) Press of Smethport and Kari L. (Roger) Senakievich of Ohiotwo sons: Kenneth B. (Nancy Priday) Leet and William W. Leet, both of Bradford

one granddaughter: Ryann Press of Cranberry Twp., PA

one grandson: Bryant (Tess Hirst) Press of Smethport

two brothers: Bruce (Fay) Leet of Smethport and Gary Leet of Gifford

and several nieces and nephews

In addition to his parents and wife, Ken was preceded in death by two sisters, Janice Williams and Joyce Beck.Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 14, from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the Hilltop Baptist Church, Rt.646, Gifford, PA, where funeral and committal will be held at 11 A.M. on Thursday with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Hilltop Baptist Church, Gifford, PA. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Leroy V. Beeson, 87, of Route 6  ,East Smethport   passed away Sunday (Mar. 11, 2018) unexpectedly, in the Bradford Regional Medical Center.     Born October 6, 1930, in East McKeesport, PA, he was a son of Walter and Mary E. Haberfield Beeson.       Leroy was a longtime resident of the area coming from the Pittsburgh area. He was a social person and enjoyed visiting Myra’s (now Raught’s) restaurant several times a week.     He was employed with Case Cutlery, Bradford, retiring in 2000, with more than 40 years of service.     Leroy was also a veteran, having served with the US Airforce.    Surviving are a son, Roy L. (Joyce) Beeson of Westmoreland, TN; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Walter “Junior” Beeson, and several nieces and nephews.     He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Thomas L. Beeson; a daughter, Vicki L. Uber, two brothers, Richard and Wallace Beeson; and a sister, Roberta Cornelius.    Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.     Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be made to:  Roy L. Beeson

343 Maple Lane

Westmoreland, TN. 37186