Wednesday February 7, 2018


East Branch of Fishing Creek, looking north


Tuesday’s high, 31; Overnight low 15; 2” snow between 5:30 and 8:00 am





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Winter storm warning remains in effect until 10:00 pm tonight…..Classes cancelled at most area schools… More than 2500 Tri-County members affected by 8 hour outage last night…Game Commission has tree seedlings for students……Ridgway based state police suspect St. Marys woman stealing money from elderly Wilcox resident by forging checks…..DUI charges filed against Mansfield driver…

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WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM EST THIS EVENING…The National Weather Service says we can expect heavy snow through out the day with  total snow accumulations of 6-10 inches. The heaviest snow will   occur from the late morning through the mid afternoon hours  when snowfall rates will exceed one inch per hour. The snow may mix with sleet and freezing   rain for a few hours during the mid to late afternoon hours  south and east of Williamsport.  Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. In anticipation of significant snow fall during the daylight hours, these area schools cancelled classes for the day: Austin,  Bradford, Cameron County, Coudersport, Galeton, Johnsonburg, Northern Potter Oswayo Valley, Penn College of Technology, Ridgway, Smethport, and  St. Marys. All Potter County Senior Centers were closed; the Port Allegany Food bank was closed and a program at Sinnemahoning State Park on American Indians in Potter County was postponed until February 28.

With the  forecast for winter weather across Pennsylvania today, PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards today advised drivers that with conditions expected to change from snow during the morning rush hour to sleet and then rain later in the day, drivers should lower their speeds and be aware of changing conditions. Richards said PennDot is prepared to deal with this rapidly changing storm, but the key for drivers is to slow down, “PennDOT will be aggressive in lowering speed limits on interstates, but it is up to drivers to react properly to the fact pavement conditions will not be the same during a storm as when weather is clear.”  Speed limits on Route 15 and I-80 and I-180 were reduced to 45 mph this morning.

If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 252 crashes resulting in 129 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.

To help make decisions as to whether to travel during winter weather, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 major roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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Tri-County Rural Electric reports 2529 members served by the Frank Lent and Coneville substations were plunged into darkness Tuesday night. The outage was caused by a West Penn (First Energy) malfunction began at 7:25 pm and all members were back on line by 3:20 am today. West Penn supplies Tri-County. So  far  we have not had a response from West Penn as to the cause. A similar outage occurred on December 4, 2017 and affected many of the same Tri-County members.

On a day like today, it  seems Spring is a long way off but The Pennsylvania Game Commission once again is helping students learn about the vital role trees play in the environment. The Seedlings for Schools program provides tree seedlings to classrooms so students can plant them as part of projects to improve wildlife habitat. Orders placed as part of the “Seedlings for Schools” program are being accepted through March 30. To order, visit the agency’s website,, and click on “Seedling Sales” in the Quick Clicks column, then select “Seedlings for Schools.”

There is no charge to schools that participate in this program. The seedlings are provided by the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery and shipping costs are offset by the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation.

“Seedlings for Your Class” provides a classroom, grade level or entire school with enough seedlings so each student can take one home to plant. Traditional favorites white spruce and silky dogwood are available again this year. Four other species also are being offered: grey-stemmed dogwood, American sweet crabapple, American highbush cranberry and our beloved state tree, eastern hemlock. A teachers’ guide and planting instructions come with the seedlings and also can be accessed through the website.

In years past, “Seedlings for Your Class” was intended primarily for pre-K and elementary students, but this year it’s been extended to middle- and high-school students.

Seedlings come in bundles of 25, and depending on spring weather, will be shipped directly to schools by UPS from April 2 to 4 and April 9 to 11. The nursery does not ship on Thursdays or Fridays so seedlings should not arrive on weekends when no one is at school to receive them.

Once seedlings do arrive, it is important to moisten the roots immediately and plant them as soon as possible, said Brian Stone, manager of the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery.

Seedlings should be handed out to students with their roots in plastic bags with moist shredded newspaper, or with the seedlings planted in juice or milk cartons for transplanting at home, Stone said.

More information about the program can be found on the Game Commission’s website, or by contacting

Seedlings distributed through the Seedlings for Schools program are provided by the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery. The shipping costs are paid in full by the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation and its contributors.


Individuals and groups wishing to donate to the program can send checks to the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Fund, which maintains the account for donations. Be sure to indicate the donation is for the Game Commission’s “Seedlings for Schools” program. Donations can be mailed to the Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation, 341 Science Park Road, State College, PA 16803.

State police at Ridgway have not released the name of a St. Marys woman suspected of theft  by deception. The 51 year old woman reportedly wrote checks out in her own name and deposited them in her bank account without the knowledge of the 92 year old victim, a woman residing on Rasselas Road in Wilcox.

A Mansfield driver has been charged with DUI. State police in that town filed the charges after stopping Jeffrey Wood on Route 49in Nelson Township, early November 25.

Tuesday February 6, 2018

East Branch of Fishing Creek looking north

Monday’s high, 30; Overnight low, 10; 1.75” snow






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BFB News  Headlines (Tuesday February 6, 2018)US Supreme Court rules against state Republicans…..Penn State schedules free webinar next week on finding common ground about gas drilling….slippery roads blamed for several accidents…..Westfield man accused of stealing jewelry from Middlebury Center home… on-air report after 12:06 pm on

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The US Supreme court yesterday upheld a Pennsylvania Supreme court ruling outlawing a congressional map redistricting plan put forward by the Republican controlled PA legislature.

– Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai have issued the following statement regarding today’s ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States:

“Today Supreme Court Justice Alito denied our stay petition for the Congressional Map Redistricting case.  We understood when requesting the stay that this is a rarely used remedy, but given the chaos caused by the state Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the state’s congressional map, we believed the request was necessary.

“It is astounding that fourteen days after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled the map to be unconstitutional, the Justices have still not issued a majority opinion.  This irresponsible approach handicapped Justice Alito by not providing him with more information, just as it has handicapped the Legislature.

According to Scarnati, the state supreme  Court had the matter  on  November 9, 2017 – giving it over 10 weeks to reach a decision.  But  gave  the legislature only  19 days to redraw and adopt the Congressional Districts. Scarnati says that  In the past, when the Supreme Court  found  redistricting unconstitutional in the past, it afforded the General Assembly four months to make corrections. With yesterday’s ruling, the legislature has only four days to submit a plan to the Governor for his approval. Leaders have not indicated if they will submit a plan or just give in to the ruling.

Democrats have argued that the GOP plan gives an unfair advantage to Republicans but Republicans contend the state supreme court ruling benefitted Democrats.  Scarnati claims the plan is lawful and the courts should not be involved.

“We still do not believe that there was a violation of the state Constitution, that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court can direct us to draw a new congressional map, or that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has the authority to draw a new Congressional District Map under the Pennsylvania Constitution or United States Constitution.

Scarnati promises co-operation  saying  “We will do our best to comply with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s January 22nd order, but may be compelled to pursue further legal action in federal court.”


The challenge and importance of finding common ground in public discussions about the ongoing implications of shale energy development will be the topic of a web-based seminar offered by Penn State Extension.


The one-hour webinar, “The Value of Strong Stakeholder Engagement,” will be presented by Thomas Murphy, co-director of the Penn State Marcellus Center for Outreach and Research, at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15.

In a society that finds itself increasingly polarized on many topics, it sometimes can be difficult to find middle ground on issues that impact our lives personally or the communities where we live, noted Murphy. This is particularly the case in public discussions of the implications of shale energy development.

“The expectations, perceptions, concerns and benefits expressed by those involved in the development of this energy resource continue to shape and impact the outcomes of shale-gas-related projects,” he said. “Thus there’s a need to engage people and groups in dialogue that has a foundation built on science-based facts and trends.”

tHe presentation is part of Penn State Extension’s Shale Education Monthly Webinar Series. Upcoming webinars include the following:



–March 15: “Research on Natural Gas Foam as a Hydraulic Fracturing Fluid,” presented by Griffin Beck, research engineer with the Propulsion and Energy Machinery section of Southwest Research Institute.


–April 19: “Hydraulic Fracturing Test Site: Field Test Site in the Permian Basin Dedicated to Environmental Safety and Stimulation Efficiency Research,” presented by Jordan Ciezobka, senior engineer with Gas Technology Institute, and Gary Covatch, petroleum engineer with the U.S. Department of Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory.


–May 17: “Trends in Natural Gas Indexation and Price Transparency,” presented by Dexter Steis, executive publisher of Natural Gas Intelligence.


The webinar is free, but registration is necessary. To register, visit the Penn State Extension Natural Gas Events webpage at More information is available by contacting Carol Loveland at 570-320-4429 or at


Previous webinars, publications and information also are available on the Penn State Extension natural-gas website (, covering a variety of topics such as liquid natural gas; seismic testing; methane emissions; water use and quality; Marcellus and Utica basins; natural gas reserves; gas-leasing considerations for landowners; legal issues surrounding gas development; and the impact of Marcellus gas development on forestland.

Slippery roads continue to be a traffic hazard across the region. . A Lawrenceville family was not hurt Saturday  evening in an accident on the East Lawrence Road in Lawrence Township. Jaymi  Hall was going west entering a slight right hand curve when her GMC Envoy went out of control on the snow and ice covered pavement. Hall over-corrected sending the SUV across the road and into a fence before traveling down an embankment and rolling over. Police said Hall, and  her husband Matthew were using seatbelts and two young boys, ages two and five were in child safety seats. Alyssa Cole of Knoxville escaped injury Saturday morning when her Ford Fusion slid off of Route 49 in Deerfield Township, Tioga County during a snow storm. The car skidded to the other side and collided with a fiberglass post and poly braid electric fence, slid across the corner of a field and continue  through the fence sliding sideways across a yard until it came to rest against a tree. A few minutes later, a Nissan Pathfinder went off of snow covered Route 15 in Richmond Township and hit a guardrail. Since the SUV  could be driven away and there were no injuries, the accident is considered a “non-reportable’” and the driver’s name was not released.

A Westfield man has been arrested for burglary by state police at Mansfield. Authorities allege 24 year old Ryan Sackett went into the home of Jolanda and Morgan Fitzwater on Route 249 in Middlebury Center last Friday evening through an unlocked door. He is suspected of  stealing 40 rings and three necklaces from a bedroom dresser.

Monday February 5, 2018

 East Branch of Fishing Creek, looking north

Sunday’s high, 34; overnight low, Overnight low, 7;.75” snow







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Obituaries: Henry Sustakoski,Kenmore  & Bradley Phillips, Kenmore

 Cause of accidental fire still being probed…..SC man accused of endangering child after ATV crash….Ulysses woman accused of slapping man….Kane driver hurt in accident after passing another vehicle Friday…..Brookville cement truck driver charged with  going too fast when rig overturns…..Wellsboro man charged with illegal inspection…..Smethport man arrested for ripping flag off of pole in Ulysses…..Theft of items from  Tioga County rental unit investigated..

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An accidental fire in Annin Township, outside of Port Allegany, Friday morning remains under investigation. It apparently originated with an electrical short. The fire on Knapps Road was called in just after 8:30 am and several area departments assisted Star Hose volunteers. The blaze was declared out about 90 minutes later. Authorities say the homeowner, whose name was not released suffered minor injuries .

A South Carolina man was been charged with reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of children after an ATV wreck in Cameron County. State police at Emporium claim 38 year old Jonathan Wareham of Goose Creek was observed driving an ATV in an erratic and unsafe manner before it flipped over on Route 120 last Wednesday  afternoon  landing on him and a three year old male passenger. Police did  not indicate the extent of their injuries, if any.

State police at Coudersport have arrested 25 year old Rachel Thompson on a harassment charge for a scuffle taking place January 21 on Main Street in Genesee. Troopers  allege Thompson hit a 31 yea rold Osceola man in the face during a dispute.

A Kane driver was hurt in a one-vehicle accident Friday afternoon on Route 6 in Keating Township, McKean County. State police report 21 year old Jordan Fuller was going west and passed a tractor trailer in the left hand lane, a legal passing zone.  After completing the pass, Fuller’ Dodge Dart spun off the snow and ice covered road, hit a telephone pole snapping it in two before stopping on the right shoulder. He did not require treatment at a medical facility, two children, a 4 year old boy and a 2 year old girl were in child safety seats and were not hurt.

No injuries were reported for a Brookville truck  diver whose cement truck  overturnred Thsurday morning in Highland Township, Elk County. State police explain Randall Pangallo was going too fast for conditions when his Peterbilt Advance Mixer went off the east  side of Route 948 and rolled over onto its side.

Two Conneaut, Ohio men were arrested by state police at the Coudersport barracks for drug law violations. Troopers claim when they stopped Tyler Arndt for a traffic violation on Route 44 near the South Branch Road in Hebron Township on December 8, they determined he was driving under the influence of controlled substances and was found in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and paraphernalia. His passenger, Kristopher Beatman was also  found with a small amount of marijuana.

DUI charges have been filed against a Kersey resident. State police at Ridgway  claim when they interviewed 67 year old Gerald Tamburlin after pulling him over Saturday evening on  the Toby Road in Fox Township, Elk County, they found he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

State police at Mansfield have cited a Wellsboro man for an inspection violation. Troopers claim 30 year old Ryan Ives issued an inspection certificate for a 2014 Dodge Journey on January 31 even though the PA registration had expired on May 31, 2017. Police note that one of the requirements for a PA Safety inspection is that a vehicle’s registration is current.

A Smethport man has been arrested for theft and related charges for a crime allegedly taking place January 22 on State Street in Ulysses.  Authorities allege 23 year old Collin Meeker ripped a flag off a flag pole on posted property owned by Daniel Burnside, A few hours later, Meeker was arraigned on charges of theft, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

State police at Mansfield say they have  two Tioga County suspects in a theft taking place on Main Street in Jackson Township between January 2 and 9. Authorities claim a 26 year old woman and a 36 year old man stole a pool table, gas and a tire from a home they rented from  NY New York resident Kristie Police did not reveal their names  of the suspects.

Ridgway based state police have not released the name of a 29 year old St. Marys woman suspected of shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart Friday afternoon. The woman, who is believed to have taken 17 items valued at a total of $75.51 will be charged with retail theft and criminal trespass.

Unknown burglars stole two 30 pound propane tanks  from a camp on the Cameron Road  in Cameron County between January 20 and last weekend. The camp is  owned by Amos Jones.

Two tips reported to state police at Coudersport have turned out to be unfounded. Troopers were called to a farm on Herrington Road in Sharon Township on January 24 on a report of animal cruelty. The responding officer examined each animal and found no abuse.  A Ulysses man told authorities someone had stolen his tractor but when police investigated, they found  he did not own the 100 HP 1960’s International tractor  nor the land on which it was located. Rather, investigators found the property and  tractor belonged to the man’s ex-girlfriend and that she had sold the tractor to a neighbor.


Henry J. “Hank” Sustakoski, 89, of Kenmore, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018, in Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home, Clarence, after a long illness.

Born on January 12, 1929 in Wayne, he was a son of John and Stella Drozd Sustakoski.

Henry graduated from Hammondsport High School, class of 1947, in Hammondsport.  In 1952, he graduated from the University of Buffalo with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy.

He taught English until he was drafted in the U.S. Army where he served from 1954 to 1956 as the Post newspaper editor at Fort Myers, Virginia.  From 1956 to 1961 he resumed teaching English and Journalism at the Akron Junior-Senior High School in Akron.

In 1961, Henry went to graduate school at the University of Buffalo where he earned a doctorate in Linguistics.  He won a scholarship for directing a research project in the application of Linguistics for high school and college levels.  This was the best research proposal ever received under President Kennedy’s Project English Program.  An English textbook was the result of this research project.  In 1964, Henry became a professor at Buffalo State University where he taught English and Linguistics and became Chairman of the English Department, retiring in 1995.

Henry was Catholic by faith.  He enjoyed his sports cars and traveling abroad, especially to Poland where he visited his aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Surviving are three nieces, Jerri Olmstead, Janet Dunsmore, and Helen Payne, all of Shinglehouse, Pa.; four nephews, Larry Phillips of Springboro, Pa., Alan (Helen) Sustakoski of Morgantown, WV, Rick (Linda) Sustakoski of Pittsburgh, Pa and Ron (Chris) Sustakoski of Roanoke, Va.; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

In addition to his parents, Henry was predeceased by a sister, Jennie Phillips; two brothers, Edward Sustakoski and Charles Sustakoski; and a grandnephew, Bradley Phillips.

Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside funeral service at 11am on Tuesday, February 6, 2018, in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Thomas Brown, pastor of St. Theresa Catholic Church, Shinglehouse, Pa., officiating.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Tuesday in the cemetery.

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

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

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Bradley A. Phillips, 62, of Kenmore, formerly of Lockport, passed away on Thursday, February 1, 2018 in Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, after a long illness.

Born on December 18, 1955 in Olean, he was a son of Walter F. and Beverly J. Wilson Phillips.

Bradley was a graduate of Lockport Senior High School, Class of 1974 and earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo in 1995.  He held several positions throughout years, his last being a loving caregiver to his granduncle, Henry Sustakoski, helping him to stay independent and able to live in his home.

He was an avid golfer and loved his animals and being with his family.

Surviving are four siblings, Lorrie R. Rigby of Cottage Grove, Ore., Karen J. (Shannon) Vineyard of Whiteville, N.C., Rodney S. (Karen DiNatale) Phillips of North Tonawanda, and David C. Phillips of Wilmington, N.C.; his stepmother, Rita J. Phillips of Wilmington, N.C.; six nieces and nephews; a grandniece and a grandnephew, who he held dear to his heart; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A graveside burial service will be held in the East Sharon Cemetery, Shinglehouse, Pa. on a date and time to be announced.

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

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

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