Wednesday November 15, 2017

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Frosty Morning on Fishing Creek

Tuesday’s high, 38; Overnight low, 23; no precipitation

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Area municipalities awarded state grants for transportation, flood protection, recreation and water projects…Volunteers needed for Potter County drug advisory board…….Car/deer colllisions continue to plague motorists across the region…

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Christmas is coming early for some area municipalities. State Senator Joe Scarnati and Rep. Martin Causer announce Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a total of $2,679,678 in state funding for nine local transportation, flood protection, trail, recreation and water projects in the 25th Senatorial District.Rep. Causer reports grants were approved Tuesday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and were awarded as follows: Coudersport Borough, $300,000; Eldred Borough, $129,412; and Emporium Borough, $220,000.Each of the three communities is going through a levee certification process to ensure they meet standards set out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.In the fifth phase of its certification process, Coudersport will use its grant to repair and upgrade a sewer line located at the toe of the Mill Creek Levee. The line must be encased in concrete because of its location.In Eldred, funds will be used to conduct a study, including subsurface borings to analyze the existing levee and subgrade conditions, as part of its levee system certification process.Emporium will use its funds to conduct an engineering study of the Sinnemahoning Creek Levee to ensure it meets or exceeds requirements for certification.
Projects authorized by a flood protection authority, the Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, or identified by a local government for flood mitigation are eligible for Flood Mitigation Program grants.According to Sen. Scarnati, Benezette Township in Elk County will receive an $18,000 grant (Sewage Facilities Program) This grant will provide assistance for an Act 537 special study to evaluate modifications and upgrades to the existing Benezette Township wastewater treatment plant. An engineering evaluation will include a description and justification of the improvements, operational changes and/or design modifications that are necessary to ensure permit compliance. The total project cost is $37,908.The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy – $40,000 grant (Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program).This grant will assist with development of a multi-use trail system on the Bennett Branch Forest property located in Jay Township, Elk County and Huston Township, Clearfield County. The trail system will incorporate forest management roads improved to accommodate hunting, hiking, biking and wildlife watching. Trail improvements also include improved surface and drainage of forest management road. In addition, there will be construction of a gathering area and installation of park signage. The total project cost is $49,802.
According to Scarnati, the more than $2.6 million in local funding is being distributed as state grants. The financing was approved at the November 14th CFA meeting in Harrisburg. Funding for the projects comes from money generated by the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee (Act 13 of 2012) and the Transportation Funding Plan (Act 89 of 2013).

Scarnati explained that in the 25th Senatorial District the following projects were approved across seven counties. Clinton County is also receiving a $285,266 grant for UPMC Susquehanna – (Multimodal Transportation Fund Program)This funding will assist UPMC Susquehanna with a streetscape improvement project in the City of Lock Haven. The project will include pedestrian safety enhancements to improve safety, mobility and accessibility to Lock Haven Hospital. These improvements are critical due to the hospital’s remote location in one of Lock Haven’s residential communities. Currently, residents walk on Cree Drive and other streets in the city due to the lack of sidewalks, which creates potentially serious conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians. Streetscape improvements along Cree Drive and Irwin Street include sidewalk installation, lighting and landscaping. The total project cost is $407,524.Brockway Bolrough in Jefferson County will receive a $1,000,000 grant (Multimodal Transportation Fund Program) . The project includes the realignment of an existing intersection at SR 219 and SR 28 as well as building a new 700 foot access road near this intersection that will help traffic flow to a nearby residential neighborhood. The area is experiencing increased growth due to two major manufacturing plants, Phoenix Sintered Metals and Owens Brockway Glass, retail establishments including Sheetz, and two recently established secondary training centers, Brockway Center for Arts and Technology and Butler Community College branch campus. High traffic volume is converging through the current intersection creating safety and traffic congestion issues. The borough proposes to improve access in and out of the area to improve safety measures for vehicles, bikes and pedestrian mobility. The total project cost is $3,304,370.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has also announced a $450,000 state grant to support the ongoing development of a downtown transit center in Bradford.The grant will be used to help conduct final engineering for the project, prepare bid documents and fund construction of the transit center. Causer says the ultimate goal is to construct a regional transfer center for local and intercity public transit passengers and tour buses in Bradford’s central business district. The center would provide a location for buses to meet and transfer individuals; an indoor waiting area with eating, restrooms, ticket booths and bus system information; and a parking lot for buses and commuter cars.
The center is also part of a larger mission by the Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania to better meet the needs of consumers in its 5,000-square-mile service area. Similar multimodal centers have already been constructed in St. Marys and Punxsutawney.
The grant was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through its Multimodal Transportation Fund.

If you would like to help stem the opiod epidemic sweeping across the region, here’s your chance.
The Potter County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Advisory board will hold a meeting noon on Friday, Nov. 17, at Kaytee’s Restaurant in Coudersport. Board meetings are open to the public. To volunteer or learn more, contact Potter County Human Services at (814) 544-7315.
The board serves in a consulting role to Potter County Human Services in the delivery of prevention and treatment programs. Additional members are needed to give the board a broader cross-section of experience, viewpoints and expertise. The field has been changing dramatically in recent times with the growing abuse of prescription drugs, including rising incidents of heroin use. At the same time, misinformation that diminishes the potential negative effects of marijuana use has rapidly spread as part of policy debates over issues such as legalization and medical applications.

Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris tells Black Forest Broadcasting leaf pick up will end Thursday, November 16th.Residents having leaves after that, are asked to bag them.
The cause of a fire at a Smethport home Tuesday morning is being investigated by the state police fire marshal. Firefighters were dispatched at 8:04 am to a house on Rosehill Avenue. First responders witnessed flames shooting out of the side of the house. Family members were able to evacuate safely and there were no injuries. Volunteers were able to contain the blaze to an upstairs bedroom and attic. Members of the Norwich and Hamlin Township and Star Hose Company from Port Allegany assisted under the mutual aid system. The fire was declared under control at 8:43 am. The house was reportedly insured.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 14 for a Port Allegany woman charged with illegally entering a Roulette home this past summer. Authorities allege 20 year old Kayla Causer forced her way into the home of Mia Snyder on Pine Lane on the afternoon of July 15 to look for clothing .while her boyfriend Walker Smithmeyer held Snyder down. Snyder was able to free herself and ran to a neighbor’s house. Causer was released on $10,000 unsecured bail after being arraigned on charges of robbery, simple assault, defiant trespassing and harassment. Authorities did not indicate if Smithmeyer will be charged in connection to the incident.


Kenneth E. “Kenny” Easton, 67, a longtime resident of Coudersport and formerly of Shinglehouse, passed away on Friday, November 10, 2017, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a lengthy illness.
Born on June 6, 1950 in Coudersport, he was a son of Alfred E. and Catherine Hawkes Easton. On February 14, 1972 in Coudersport, he married Sarah L. “Sally” Moshier, who passed away on February 18, 2016.
Kenny was a graduate of Eldred High School and was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of sergeant. He was employed as a truck driver and logger for many years.
Kenny was a member of the Coudersport American Legion Post 192 and a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport. He loved to travel, having traveled to every state except Alaska and Hawaii. He also enjoyed hunting. His greatest love was his family.
Surviving are three sons, Stanley R. (Stephanie) Easton of Coudersport, Steven R. (Maria) Easton of Brattleboro, VT, and Scott R. (Jennifer) Easton of Coudersport; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Elton “Deo” Easton of Florida and Al (Janet) Easton of Olean, N.Y.; four sisters, Charla (Richard) Dill, Ciela Garrison, and Georgiana Peavy, all of Colorado, and Gail (Clifford) Babb of Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Kenny was predeceased by an infant brother, Leonard.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life at 3pm on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Coudersport American Legion with Pastor Jim Eastman of the Deeper Waters Ministries, Emporium, officiating. Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors following the celebration. A time of fellowship with a luncheon provided by the Legion Auxiliary will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Kenny’s name may be made to Coudersport American Legion Post 192, 2 Buffalo Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Kenny’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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Tuesday November 14, 2017

Fishing Creek Morning Frost–Gerri Miller

                                      Monday’s high, 45; Overnight low, 29; sprinkles


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BFB Headlines (Tuesday November14, 2017)Rep. Causer reports two bills help PA vets…..Job Fair for Veterans will be held Thursday night in Bradford….NY state man arrested for arson, burglary and other charges in Potter County….Mailbox vandalism investigated in Potter and Tioga Counties…PSP help Campus police arrest an alleged drunk driver….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on

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We have just observed Veterans Day and Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting that two bills have been designed to help Pennsylvania Veterans. The “Stolen Valor Act,” which punishes those who try to receive money, benefits or other opportunities by impersonating a member of the military or someone who received a service medal. The legislation prohibits the fraudulent representation of military service or military decorations to obtain money, property, or other benefits. The new law makes it a crime to impersonate a soldier, a veteran of the armed services, or a recipient of a service medal or decoration in order to gain access to benefits, resources, or job opportunities that we set aside specifically for those who have served our countryPennsylvania has the fourth most veterans in the country, totaling more than 900,000.Those who get convicted of this misdemeanor could face fines and up to a year in jail.

Causer also tells us a veteran resource & job fair will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.Thursday Nov. 16 in the McDowell Fieldhouse at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. Veterans and their families are invited to the free one-stop shop to learn about VA services and community resources available.A briefing will take place at 6 p.m. to introduce several key programs and services that will be available on site.

The Erie VA Medical Center, McKean VA Clinic health experts, VA eligibility and enrollment representatives, VA Behavioral Health Clinic staff, VA Women Veterans Health staff, Veterans Benefits Administration representatives, the Vet Center and McKean County and community veteran service officers will be on hand. Veterans are invited to take their resumes, as local businesses and the PA Careerlink Office will be on site. Veterans who have never enrolled in VA healthcare can also take their DD-214 and speak with an eligibility representative to see if they are eligible for VA services. The event is sponsored by the McKean County Veterans Services Office, Pitt-Bradford, the Erie VA Medical Center and PA Careerlink. For more information, contact Zach Pearson at 814-887-3241 or Byron Sutton at 814-363-9100.

Coudersport based state police have arrested a 22 year old Rexville resident for arson and burglary. Troopers claim Aaron Whitsell entered an RV on Grover Hollow Road in Genesee Township at around 7:30 am November 6 and while inside caused a small explosion catching the RV on fire. Whitsell was allegedly found near the scene and was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail after being arraigned before District Judge Kari Stubbs on charges of burglary, arson, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct. The RV is owned by David Kelly of Bingham Township.
Troopers at Coudersport also investigated vandalism occurring on the Eleven Mile Road in Oswayo Township during the early morning hours last Friday. Unknown criminals smashed mailboxes owned by Michelle Filer and Kimberley Dickekrson.

Mailbox vandalism in Farmington Township, Tioga County is also being probed by state police at Mansfield. An unknown culprit used a vehicle to damage a mailbox on the Learn Road owned by 72 year old Charles Johnson sometime last Thursday.

State police at Mansfield have arrested 22 year old Tioga County resident Warren Squire for criminal trespass. Authorities claim he went onto private property in Lawrence Townshp owned by Daniel Ferrero on the afternoon of October 29 without permission.

DUI charges have been filed against 42 year old Heather Minks, no address provided. Kane based state police relate they assisted University of Pittsburgh police on a report of a suspicious vehicle SAtruday night on Campus Drive near Dorthea Lane. Officers claim Minks was found to be driving under the influence and as arraigned before District Judge Dominic Cercone who set bail at $10,000 unsecured.
Christ Episcopal Church will serve a Potter County Community Thanksgiving Meal for the second year in a row, after providing dozens of dinners to folks who turned up last year to enjoy the offering.

Monday November 13, 2017

Frosty Morning on Fishing Creek


                                         Sunday’s high, 41; Overnight low, 29, a few flurries


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BFB Headlines (Monday November 13, 2017) Cause of Johnsonburg house fire undetermined….Mansfield woman escapes injury in car fire…Antrim resident arrested for growing pot….both elderly Tioga County drivers unhurt in collision…couple suspected of stealing washer and dryer from Tioga Township…..Mansfield man arrested for trying to burglarize home in that town….Dirt bike stolen from McKean County residence…..Game Commission releases Elk Harvest figures……DEP and United Refining in Warren reach agreement……Next on-air report after 10:06 am today on

Obituaries: Teresa, “Sis” Emig, Roulette & Herbert “Herb” Potter, Port Allegany

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The Christmas House in Coudersport held its annual open house Thursday, November 9. Jane Metzger(L) and her mother, Barb Heimel(R) were among those attending. Metzger has been the treasurer for the Christmas House for 17 years. Heimel, in her 90s now, was a long-time volunteer for the charitable organization. See more about the Christmas House in our November 9 news report

The cause of a fire which resulted in an estimated $100,000 in damage to a vacant two-story house in Johnsonburg late Friday night remains under investigation. Early evidence indicates the blaze at a home of Harrison Avenue began in the kitchen. When the first firefighters arrived on the scene at around 11:30 pm,, flames were seen coming from the structure and a section of the roof collapsed into the building while volunteers were at the location. The house is owned by Bonnie Biel of Kennett Square, PA and was insured. There were no injuries.

A Mansfield woman escaped injury in a car fire Saturday afternoon. According to state police, Alisha McNett was going down a hill while headed east on the Charleston Road when she noticed smoke coming from the engine area. McNett drove to the side of the road and got out unharmed before the 2002 Mercury Sable became fully engulfed.

Two elderly Tioga County men escaped injury in a collision last Wednesday morning on Route 287 in Middlebury Township. State police report the collision occurred when 80 year old Arnold Gerow of Tioga, PA tried to overtake a Chevrolet Silverado driven by 81 year old Seren Skow just as Skow was making a left turn onto Hills Creek Road. Investigators relate Skow had his left turn signal on but Gerow was confused and thought Skow was turning right instead of left.

A North Carolina driver and his passenger escaped injury in a car/deer collision last Wednesday afternoon in Richmond Township, Tioga County. Troopers explained a deer entered Route 15 in front of a Toyota Camry driven by Trung To of Goldsboro who was unable to avoid impact. Both the driver and his passenger Sylvia Huynh of San Diego, CA were using seatbelts.

State police at Mansfield have charged 61 year old Edward McKenna of Antrim with possession of a controlled substance and related paraphernalia after allegedly find a marijuana crop in a building he owns on A Street in Duncan township October 31.

Troopers at Mansfield say they have two suspects in a burglary and theft at a Tioga Township house between November 1 and 7. The man and woman whose names were not released may have stolen a broken washer and dryer from a house owned by Amanda Mead of Westfield. It’s not known if the crime is related to a another recent burglary at that location.

Charges of burglary and criminal trespass have been filed against a Mansfield resident. State police there allege 40 year old Ryan Neal was observed entering the home of Mark Dutrow and Back Mountain Road minutes before 11:00 am November 1. Neal was taken into custody and faces felony charges in district court.

The theft of a dirt bike from a Norwich Township home over the past couple of weeks is being probed by state police at Kane. The white and yellow bike belonged to a 39 year old woman and was stolen between October 28 and yesterday. It was leaning against the side of the house on Ropute 46 and was covered with a tarp when it was stolen.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission announced last week 104 elk were taken by hunters during the regular one-week elk season that ended Nov. 4. And for those licensed to hunt antlered elk, also known as bulls, the success rate was 100 percent.
The 2017 harvest included some large elk. Ten bulls each were estimated to weigh 700 pounds or more, with three of them going more than 800 pounds. The heaviest bull taken in this year’s hunt was estimated at 833 pounds. That bull, which sported an 8-by-7 rack, was taken Oct. 30 by Shawn Latshaw, of Franklin.

Meanwhile, an 832-pounder with an 8-by-9 rack was taken by Robert Cook, of Earlville, N.Y., and an 803-pounder with a 6-by-7 rack was taken by Alfred Hake, of Manchester.
Not all of the bull elk taken in the hunt were measured and green-scored by rack size, but Cook’s bull had the highest green score at 431 6/8 inches, according to Boone & Crockett big-game scoring standards.

Official measurements of bulls taken in the hunt cannot be recorded until the antlers have air dried for at least 60 days after the animal was harvested.

There also were some large antlerless elk taken in the harvest. Nine of the 79 cows taken by hunters during the one-week season weighed over 500 pounds.

Fifty-nine elk – 12 bulls and 47 cows – were taken on the opening day of the elk season Oct. 30.
To participate in the elk hunt, hunters must submit an application, then must be selected through a random drawing and purchase a license. The drawing annually attracts more than 30,000 applicants.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and United Refining Company (United Refining) announced that changes to United Refining’s Warren, PA, facility have reduced sulfur dioxide emissions by 62% from 2011 levels thanks to recent modifications. These modifications were initiated by United Refining and have been memorialized in a Consent Order and Agreement signed by both DEP and United Refining.
This agreement was part of Pennsylvania’s proposed revision to its State Implementation Plan (SIP) designed to bring Conewango Township, Glade Township and the City of Warren in Warren County into compliance with federal air emissions standards. The area was previously designated as nonattainment for the 2010 1-hour Federal National Ambient Air Quality Standard for SO2. Short term exposure to SO2 has been linked to respiratory conditions in humans.

DEP expects that it will be able to demonstrate that portions of Warren County, specifically, Conewango Township, Glade Township and the City of Warren, that are in the nonattainment area, will in attainment with ambient air quality standard in 2018, following the required three years of sampling. Following the reductions made by United Refining in 2015, sulfur dioxide levels in the Warren Nonattainment Area have been well below the standard of 75 parts per billion.
The proposed SIP revision, including the Consent Order and Agreement, has been submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency and is currently under review.
The COA allows the newly agreed limits to be legally enforceable, and should United Refining’s emissions exceed any of the newly agreed upon limits, there are specific stipulated penalties in place that will continue daily until the air emissions are once again meeting the agreed upon limits.
United Refining produces Kwik Fill gasoline which operates several filling stations located within the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area.

Teresa A. “Sis” Emig, 55, of Roulette, formerly of York City, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 9, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport.
Born on March 4, 1962 in York, she was a daughter of Paul Schnieder and Joan Knouse Holiday.Teresa was a graduate of William Penn High School in York City. She formerly had been employed by Potter Pak in Coudersport.She loved sports, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers. In her younger years, she enjoyed volleyball, T-ball and softball. Her greatest love was her family and her beloved pets. Teresa was a very giving person. Her last gift was to be a tissue and organ donor.Surviving are a sister, Tammy J. (James “Bo”) Gross of Roulette; three brothers, Tyrone L. Emig, William E. (Susan) Emig, and Tracey Emig, all of York; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Teresa was predeceased by a brother, Todd M. Emig.In keeping with Teresa’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Teresa’s name made be made to an SPCA or other animal care facility of the donor’s choice.Teresa’s family has entrusted her care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Teresa, please visit


Herbert S. “Herb” POTTER, 95, of Port Allegany, PA, formerly of Potter Brook, died Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, PA. Born November 10, 1922, in Westfield, PA, he was the son of Orville and Alice Patton Potter. A 1941 graduate of Westfield High School, he served honorably in World War II with the Third Armored Division, US Army in the European Theatre. On February 6, 1942, in Harrison Valley, he married the former Elberta L. Truax, who predeceased him on March 31, 2017. Herb owned and operated the State Farm Agency in Westfield and was a rural mail carrier for many years. He was a 60-year member of Westfield Masonic Lodge #477, F&AM, life member of Howard S. Lines VFW Post #6753 in Knoxville, Frank Burt American Legion Post #258 in Port Allegany, and the Rural Letter Carrier’s Association. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. Surviving are: two children, Betty Lou (James) Frost of Wilmington, NC and William (Merilee) Potter of Port Allegany; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; nieces and nephews. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by five brothers, Earl Potter, Merle Potter, Elwin Potter, Homer O. “Pete” Potter and Charles “Buck” King. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Robert Walters will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook. Military Rites will be accorded in the funeral home by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.
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