Friday August 17, 2018


Black Forest Express


Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 63; Overnight low 68; .82” of rain







Obituaries:  Kenneth Dietz, Mayer =, AZ (formerly Shinglehouse and Heidi Turk, Shinglehouse

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 Wolf administration announces two programs to enhance ATV and snowmobile use….Wellsboro woman and baby slightly hurt in collision…Rocks stolen from Brookfield location…..gasoline siphoned ot of two vehicles parked in Nelson Township…rock thrown from overpass smashes tractor trailer window…Knoxville resident receives collection letter from hospital he never visited

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The Wolf Administration today announced new investments to support the more than 200,000 registered all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and snowmobile enthusiasts by making improvements to trails at five sites throughout Pennsylvania. One grant was awarded to a McKean County operation…..Projects approved include:

Columbia, Northumberland, and Schuylkill: Famous Reading Outdoors, $225,000, for preparation of a master plan for development of 20,000 acres of Famous Reading Outdoors ATV Trails & Off-Roading Park

Fayette: Indian Creek Valley ATV Club, $29,800, for preparation of a master plan for development of 750 acres of the Indian Creek Valley ATV Club in Saltlick Township; Also, Indian Creek Valley ATV Club, $110,400, for development of the Indian Creek Valley ATV Club, with work to include construction of a trailhead building; ADA access; landscaping; and signage and other related site improvements

Lackawanna, Susquehanna, and Wayne: Northeast PA Sno Trails Inc., $8,300, for purchase of equipment to construct and maintain 250 miles of snowmobile trails within the Northeast PA Sno Trails Inc. system

McKean: Majestic Kamp & Lost Trails Inc., $50,980, for purchase of equipment to construct and maintain 41 miles of Majestic ATV trails in Keating and Otto townships

Schuylkill: Burma MX & ATV Park, $174,000, for purchase of equipment to construct and maintain 100 acres of Burma off-highway vehicle tracks and trails in Blythe and East Norwegian townships

Administered through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), grants can fund up to 100 percent of a project. DCNR can award grants two times each year to, municipalities, and profit and nonprofit organizations for ATV- and snowmobile-related projects on county, municipal, non-profit, state, and private lands.

All ATVs and snowmobiles in Pennsylvania must be registered and titled with DCNR’s Snowmobile/ATV Section. Registration money is used to provide program administration funding; maintain trails in

DCNR has also  announced that $1 million in PENNVEST-funded grants are being made available to assist landowners with planting trees along streams in Pennsylvania to improve water quality.

Pennsylvania has a goal of planting 95,000 acres of streamside buffers by 2025.

To expand on the existing streamside buffer options for landowners, DCNR has a multi-functional buffer option that is eligible for these grant dollars to provide greater flexibility in landowner eligibility, buffer designs, widths, plant species and allows planting of some income-producing crops in the buffer zone. For the PENNVEST-funded grants, multi-functional buffers are preferred but not required.

The DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Program grant round is currently open and will close September 28.

Individual landowners; businesses; non-profit organizations; local governments; and educational institutions are all eligible for the buffer grants, but must be prequalified.

Information about how to prequalify is available online on the DCNR grant portal.

Forest buffers along stream banks provide critical barriers between polluting landscapes and receiving waterways. Properly planted and maintained, streamside tree and shrub plantings:

Filter the runoff of sediments and the fertilizers that are applied to lawns and crops

Control erosion

Improve water quality

Reduce flooding

Cool stream temperatures

Improve fish habitat

The grant application period opening this week also includes $250,000 for trails and projects related to the use of snowmobiles and ATVs. Funding for Snowmobile/ATV projects is through the ATV Management Restricted Account and the Snowmobile Management Restricted Account as authorized by Act 97 of 2016. The accounts are supported by registration fees.

Trail projects include acquisition; planning; development; rehabilitation; or maintenance of designated routes on land for motorized recreation activities. This includes the purchase of equipment for trail construction or maintenance.

Interested applicants should visit DCNR’s grants portal to apply.

Statewide ATV registrations approach 185,000; snowmobiles, 34,000.

For more information about ATV and snowmobile grants, visit DCNR’s grants web page.

A Duke Center woman was slightly hurt Thursday afternoon on Route 46 in Keating Township, McKean County.  Kane based state police report Holly Bacha was speeding when her GMC Envoy went4 off the road, traveled through a small ditch and went up am embankment where it struck a culver with the front passenger tire.  Bacha did not require treatment at a medical facility.

Slight injuries were also reported for a Wellsboro woman and infant involved in a collision Wednesday morning. According to state police at Mansfield, the collision occurred when Gerald Hanes of Sabinsville  drove onto the Stoney Fork Road after stopping at the stop sign on Pheasant Hill road and failed to yield to Tracey Wanke. The Hanes Ram 3500 hit Wanke’s Subaru Forester and sent it into a ditch. The drivers did not require medical attention nor did a a one year old boy in Wanke’s car who was riding in a rear facing child safety seat.

DUI charges are being filed against 57 yearold Michael Wilmoth of Bradford after he was stopped at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Woodard place in Bradford on the evening of August 3. When police questioned Wilmoth, they determined he had been driving under the influence.

A Mt. Jewett driver allegedly refused a blood draw after being taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center early this morning. State police at Kane pulled Jonathan Jeffereds over on Congress Street at about 1:30 am and reportedly determine he was driving under the influence.

Troopers at Mansfield are investigating a theft by deception victimizing a Knoxville resident. Seth Burroous received a letter from a collection agency for charges incurred at a hospital that he had never been to.

Someone stole $50 worth of rocks from 1984 North Road in Brookfield Township  within the past couple of weeks. The stones belonged to DHQM LLC of Landisville, PA.

Mansfield state police also investigated the theft of some gasoline from two vehicles parked at 19 Pease Hill Road in Nelson Township last weekend.

Thieves siphoned a gallon of fuel from a Toyota Camry owned by Kristen Tokarz of Nelson and 5  gallons from a Ford Fusion owned by Noel Parker of Lawrenceville.

An unknown vandal smashed the passenger side windshield on a Freightliner tractor trailer Tuesday night by throwing a rock at the rig from an overpass on Route 15 South.

Kristy Wilson of Knoxville is asking police to charge a contractor she hired to remodel a guest house on May 16. The work is about half done.


Kenneth John “Kenny” Dietze, 79, of Mayer, Arizona, formerly of Shinglehouse, Pa., passed away in his home on Thursday, August 2, 2018, after a short illness.

Born on July 16, 1939 in Hornell, N.Y., he was a son of the Rev. Kenneth W. and Alma P. Grube Dietze.

Kenny was a 1957 graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.  He was employed as a meat cutter.

Kenny enjoyed hunting, ATV riding, sports, Penn State football, and time spent with his family.

Surviving are four sons, Michael H. (Evie) Dietze of Summerville, S.C., Roger M. (Vicki) Dietze of Shinglehouse, David A. Dietze of Cartersville, Georgia, and Virgil B. “Virgie” Dietze of Shinglehouse; four grandsons, Joshua (Whitney) Dietze, Brent (Jenna Maxson) Dietze, Nicholas (Shelby) Dietze, and Anthony (Jessica Edwards) Dietze; three great-grandchildren, Ava Mays-Dietze, Brantley Dietze, and Willow Vincent; his sisters and brother, Anne R. (Don) Quick of Keller, Texas, Paul W. (Debbie) Dietze of Shinglehouse, and Marilyn G. (Felix) Casacelli of the state of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Kenny was predeceased by two sons, Kenneth Gregory “Greg” Dietze and Gary G. Dietze; a sister, Elizabeth P. Morris; and his stepmother, Dacia Dietze.

Kenny graciously donated his body to science.  In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services.

Memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Local arrangements have entrusted to the care of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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Heidi Turk, 45, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 16, 2018.

Born on January 31, 1973 on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, she was a daughter of James P. “Jim” and Gertrud E. “Gert” Gaubatz Kellogg.

On May 7, 1994 in Shinglehouse, she married Stephen Turk, who survives.

Heidi was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1991, in Shinglehouse and a graduate of the former Olean Business Institute in Olean, N.Y.  She was employed at the Oswayo Valley High School as the Guidance Office secretary for 9 years until retiring due to ill health.  She also was the owner and operator of Heidi’s Country Restaurant in Shinglehouse for several years.

She enjoyed fishing and solving Sudoku puzzles.  Heidi’s greatest love was her children.

Surviving in addition to her parents of Shinglehouse are her former husband of Shinglehouse; her three children, twins, Kaylee M. Turk and Hunter M. Turk, and Kelsey C. Turk, all at home; her siblings, Jurgen (Judy) Kellogg of Youngsville, Ben (Melissa) Kellogg of Shinglehouse, Joanne M. (Larry) McCutcheon of Ischua, N.Y., and Jim P. (Dawn) Kellogg of Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Heidi was predeceased by her paternal and maternal grandparents.

Private funeral services will be held in the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa., with Pastor Curt MacDonald of the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

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Thursday August 16, 2018

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 83; Overnight  low, 57







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$1,250 Available to Assist Northeast Potter County…Bridge dedication Saturday to honor Coudersport native….Wellsboro motorcyclist seriously injured last week in collision with passenger car….St. Marys teens unhurt when their SUVs collide…Wellsboro man arrested for DUI for crash last month….

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Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, through its Northeastern Potter Economic Development Association (NEPEDA) Fund, seeks proposals from non-profit 501 ( c )3 organizations or charitable programs in the Northeastern region of Potter County. This includes Allegany Township; Bingham Township; Harrison Township; Hector Township; Genesee Township; and Ulysses Borough and Township.

Applications will be judged for enhancing the quality of life in Northeast Potter County. The total amount available to grant is $1,250.

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To apply for this competitive grant you can go to our website to download the application at

Applications are due Thursday, September 6, 2018. Please email your application to or mail them (postmarked September 6th) to Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, 104 W. Lockhart Street, Sayre, PA 18840.

For more information, contact Suzanne Lee at 570.888.4759 or

Founded in 2003, the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers serves 5 counties, Bradford, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga Counties, PA and Tioga County, New York. The Foundation is committed to building philanthropic resources that will sustain healthy and vital communities now and into the future. The Foundation currently manages over 95 funds valued at over $6 million dollars and has awarded over $1 million in grants and scholarships since inception, positively impacting hundreds of lives in the region. For more information on its work in the community contact Suzanne Lee at 570.888.4759 or visit the website at

Members of the public are encouraged to attend a dedication ceremony to be held at 2 pm Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Commander Philip F. “Jet” Palmatier Jr. Memorial Bridge on Avenue A over the Allegheny River in Coudersport Borough.

Family members chose the North Coudersport bridge to honor the fallen Navy officer because of its close proximity to Commander Palmatier’s childhood home. The state legislature approved the bridge designation earlier this year.

Born Nov. 4, 1950, in Coudersport, Palmatier graduated with honors from the local high school in 1968 and was appointed to the United States Naval Academy. He was serving as commanding officer of a training squadron at Chase Field Naval Air Station in Beeville, Texas, engaged in a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico on Dec. 10, 1990, when his TA-4J Skyhawk collided with another TA-4J.

A Wellsboro motorcyclist was seriously hurt a week ago in a collision in Liberty Township, Tioga County. Mansfield based state police released details yesterday saying the collision occurred when Anthony Spencer who was leading a group of motorcycles  east on Route 414 at the intersection with Nauvoo Road just  as  Rongxian Li of China was cresting a hill on a right hand curve and his Mazda 3 Touring entered the eastbound lane. Spencer steered his bike into the westbound lane trying to avoid a collision but the  other driver steered the car to his left to avoid Impact as well but turned back to the right due to another vehicle in the eastbound lane. The right front corner of the passenger car hit the right side of the bike just in front of the rear tire. Spencer was thrown off his bike which came to rest along the north side of the highway. Spencer was taken by Morris Ambulance to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. The driver of the Mazda and his three passengers escaped injury.

Both St. Marys teenagers  were unhurt when their SUV’s collided late last Saturday night on the Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township, Elk County. State police report the accident occurred when 19 year old Mykenna  Zettle tried to turn her Kia Sorrento left at the beginning of the Walmart parking lot and sideswiped the left front fender of a Dodge Durango driven by 18 year old Katelyn Snyder

State police at Mansfield have arrested a Wellsboro man for DUI in connection to a one-vehicle crash on the afternoon of July 1 in Middlebury Township. Troopers claim when they investigated the crash on Cummings Creek Road they determined 49 year old Alden Pequignot was driving under the influence of alcohol .Charges were filed this week after lab results were received.

Wednesday August 15, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

                               Tuesday’s high, 77; Overnight low, 61 .33″ rain







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Today is Government & Industry Day at Ag Progress Days near State College…Mansfield University to offer five new courses….Elderly Cameron County man thwarts would-be cyber thief…..$200 stolen from vehicle parked on Main Street in Genesee…Gun may have been stolen from Sharon Township home…Two motorists charged with DUI by Coudersport based state police…

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Today is Government and Industry Day at Ag Progress Days at Rock Springs near State College. Dean Rick Roush and Secretary Russell Redding hosted a “town hall” forum this morning focusing on the invasive spotted lanternfly, the threat it poses to $18 billion worth of Pennsylvania agricultural products, and the federal/state/Penn State partnership to combat this pest.

The Pennsylvania House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees held a joint informational meeting in the College Exhibits Building theatre to discuss and hear testimony on issues affecting the state’s agricultural industry, potentially including spotted lanternfly, ag education and workforce development, and the state’s industrial hemp research program.

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson hosted a listening session this afternoon on agriculture at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days with the state Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. Rep. Thompson is Vice Chairman of the Agriculture Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives .Deputy Secretary Cheryl Cook and PA Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert joined Rep. Thompson in a discussion of agricultural issues and the developing 2018 Farm Bill.

Among the event’s compelling visuals will be horse exhibitions; hands-on activities for children; live butterflies, honey bees, wildlife and farm animals; machinery, drone and farm-safety demonstrations; and antique farm and home implements in the Pasto Agricultural Museum.
With a goal of being responsive to changing needs for both students and their future employers, Mansfield University.

The five newly-approved degree programs at Mansfield University are a Bachelor of Science degree in respiratory care (replacing an associate degree in the same field); Associate of Science degrees in business administration, chemical technology and substance use and behavior disorder counseling; and an Associate of Applied Science degree in health education.

In addition, the Chancellor’s Office at PASSHE has approved a newly reorganized program, an Associate of Applied Science in environmental technology, with an optional concentration in Safety Management. The university has also recently reactivated its Associate of Science in computer information systems.

Prospective students can learn more about all degree offerings at Mansfield University. According to the university’s admissions office, the AAS Health Education and BS Respiratory Care programs will accept applications for Fall 2019 enrollment, while the other programs are accepting applications for enrollment immediately.
An elderly Cameron County man thwarted a would-be cyber thief Tuesday. An unknown suspect telephoned 71 year old Edmund Stuart in Emporium at a round 4:00 pm telling Stuart he had accidentally deposited $5500 into Stuart’s account when refunding for a returned printer. The caller told Stuart to buy $5,000 in Walmart gift cars and send them to him for the accidental deposit. Stuart did not comply; hung-up the phone and notified police who report there is an increasing amount of similar scams going on in this day and age.

The theft of some cash from a vehicle in Genesee is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Sometime Monday morning, a thief took $200 belonging to Trisha Sebastian from her vehicle parked on Main Street.

A gun may have been taken from a Sharon Township p residence over a year ago. The Sterling .22 cal. Rifle has the serial number #A75648 and may have been stolen between July 1, 2017and July 1, 2017. The home is located at 1953 PA Route 44.Anyone who locates the gun is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

State police at Coudersport have charged two motorists with DUI. Christian Cook, 32 of Elizabethtown, PA was pulled over on East Second Street in Coudersport at around 11:30 pm July 23 when his 2015 Dodge Caravan was allegedly seen swerving in it lane of travel. Troopers claim pot and drug paraphernalia were found on Cook. Troopers did not release the name of a 34 year old man also charged with DUI. That suspect was stopped on Route 6 West in Eulalia Township last Saturday night when his vehicle was observed swerving in his lane of travel. The driver apparently is facing charges of drug possession in addition to DUI.