Monday May 14, 2018

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Barnum Roads Wetlands, Eldred, PA

Sunday’s high, 57; Overnight low, 46; 2.86 of rain for the weekend







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BFB Headlines (Monday May 14, 2018) Elderly pedestrian killed in Mansfield accident…..Three people hurt in McKean County crash…Ridgway man accused of torching storage shed….Roulette man arrested for domestic violence assault….Cyber criminals use Driftwood man’s ID to make online purchase…Troopers claim Smethport woman intentionally damaged property belonging to Eldred resident…Criminal trespass in Hector township investigated…Unknown persons have put mattress and other items in dumpster rented by Emporium business…Several area museums awarded state grants…PA Primary election is tomorrow…

Obituary: Birdella Haskins, Coudesport

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An elderly Mansfield woman was killed just afternoon when she was struck by a car. According to state police, a 70 year old Wellsboro man was going east on Route 6 and swerved to the left in a futile attempt to avoid hitting the pedestrian  90 year old Bernice Gruzlweski.  She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tioga County coroner. The driver’s name was not released.

Three people were hurt Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on W. Main Street in Smethport. Troopers report Penny Cliber of Tyrone was going east on Route 59 when her car veered off the road and collided with two telephone poles. Ciber and and her two passengers, Brenda Hoffman of Smethport and a 14 year old girl were treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

An arson charge has been filed against a 27year old Ridgway man .When the state police fire marshal looked through the rubble after an 8 x10 storage shed was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning he found the remains of a pair of blue jeans and a partially burned wallet containing the PA driver’s license  was found in Brian  Reed’s clothing. Belonging  to Brian Reed. The suspect was observed at the scen e without shoes and pants and allegedly admitted to officers that he had started the blaze with the idea of destroying the shed owned by Alicia Fourness of Weedville. Damage is estimated to be $2,000.  After being arraigned for arson, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and criminal trepss Reed was locked up in the Elk County Prison.

Troopers at Coudersport have charged 46 year old Brian Knauer of Roulette with harassment in connection for a domestic violence assault last Wednesday night. Authorities claim Knauer shoved a 43 year old woman, a 17yer old girl and a 16 year old boy to the kitchen floor during an argument. Knauer is facing three charges of harassment in district court.

Cyber thieves used the ID of a 70 year old Driftwood man  to buy an online vacation site last Thursday. The investigation by state police is continuing.

Kane-based state police have arrested 31 year old Kathleen Burdick in connection to an incident reportedly taking place last Wednesday evening at the intersection of Route 446 and Coryville Alley. Authorities claim Burdick broke open a pallet of rocks and threw threw  them on the ground to remove her vehicle from property owned by Joseph Johnson. Damage is estimated to be $400.

A criminal trespass in Hector Townshp was investigated earlier this month by state police at Coudersport. Unknown trespassers parked their small white SUV on property along the Loucks  Mills Road owned by Michele Lederer of Parker Ford  , PA without her permission for an undetermined amount of time.

Unknown persons deposited various items into a dumpster belonging to Reid and Reed Auto Sales on the Sizerville Road on two separate occasions recently . A used/worn dirty mattress and box springs were left there last Wednesday or Thursday. And, trash and laundry detergent were put in the dumpster sometime this past Saturday.

Seven museums and historical organizations in the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded $28,000 in state grants, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati explained that the grants were awarded as part of the state’s Cultural and Historical Support program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).  The goal of the program is to strengthen the Pennsylvania museum community through providing general operating support to museums and official county historical societies that are not supported by other state agency funding programs.

“Our area is fortunate to have outstanding museums and historical societies,” Scarnati said. “I am glad that these grants will offer assistance so that they can continue to provide excellent educational opportunities within our communities.”

Grant Recipients In the 25th Senatorial District Included the Following Groups:

o   Cameron County Historical Society – $4,000

o   Clearfield county Historical Society – $4,000

o   Clinton County Historical Society – $4,000

o   Jefferson County Historical Society – $4,000

o   Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center, Jefferson County – $4,000

o   McKean County Historical Society – $4,000

o   Tioga County Historical Society – $4,000

Birdella Grant (Ridlon) Haskins, 95, a long-time resident of Coudersport, passed away at her home on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. She married Howard B. Haskins in Coudersport on May 25, 1946, they shared 55 years of marriage together prior to his death in 2002. She was born on April 8, 1923 in North Stratford, New Hampshire, the daughter of the late John C. and Irene (Grant) Ridlon.Birdella graduated from Coudersport High School and continued her education at Bryant and Stratton College. Her primary occupation consisted of owning and operating the former Birdella Grabe Furniture Store located in Coudersport. In addition, she was employed by her family’s hardware store, Ridlon Hardware, for over a decade and also served as the personal secretary to well-known attorney, John Mahaley, from 1946 until 1957. Birdella was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Coudersport for over 50 years, serving as church secretary during many of those years. She was a member of the Charles Cole Hospital Auxiliary, the Coudersport Office Girls and was an active volunteer with the Red Cross Blood Mobile. Her hobbies and interests included gardening, hosting family events and reading, as she was involved in many book clubs. Birdella will be remembered by family and friends for her caring personality and kind-hearted nature.Left to cherish her memory are, her son and daughter-in-law, John H. and Cris Haskins of Coudersport; granddaughters, Shannon Haskins and Brittany Haskins, both of Coudersport; one great-granddaughter, Oaklynn Kibbe; one great-grandson and great-granddaughter on the way; many dear friends.In addition to her parents, Birdella was preceded in death by her husband, Howard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Birdella’s name to either, Eulalia Cemetery, c/o Donna Lehman, P.O. Box 226, Coudersport, PA 16915 or an organization of your choice.

Birdella’s funeral service will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018, 2:00 p.m. at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd., 210 North East Street, Coudersport, PA 16915. There will be one hour of visitation prior to service from 1:00 p.m. until time of service. Pastor Carl Greene will be officiating and burial will take place in Eulalia Cemetery. To share your fondest memories of Birdella or to sign her guestbook, please visit Local funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd., Coudersport.

Donations may be made to:Eulalia Cemetery

c/o Donna Lehman P.O. Box 226, Coudersport PA 16915


Friday May 11, 2018


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Barnum Road Wetlands, Eldred, PA

Thursday’s high, 71; Overnight low, 45


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Informational meeting on Denton Hill scheduled for May 23…..Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme disease cases and May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month…Bridgework will create detours between Shinglehouse and Coneville…Second Emporium fire leaves 13 people homeless….Teen suspected of stealing $10,000 worth of jewelry from McKean County home…

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Rep. Martin Causer reports The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) will hold an informational meeting about a master plan for Denton Hill State Park on Wednesday, May 23, from 6-8 p.m. at the lodge in the park.
According to DCNR State Parks Director John Hallas, the agency has worked to develop a plan that will provide infrastructure improvements to the ski area, and position a concessionaire and the park to grow recreational opportunities in all four seasons.
The park first opened as a ski area in 1958 and was operated by the Commonwealth until 1979. In 1983, DCNR signed a 35-year concession lease agreement with Denton Hill Family and Ski Resort Inc. The concessionaire notified DCNR in November 2014 that it would no longer be able to operate, and ski operations have been closed since that time.
Bridge work that’s part of a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT improvement job on Route 44 in Potter County, will bring traffic pattern changes starting May 16. The overall project will improve ride quality across 9 miles of roadway, extend the life of the roadway surface from Shinglehouse Borough to Coneville, and bring repairs to three bridges.
Repairs will get underway next week on the Oswayo Creek bridge near Millport. During the first phase of the repair work in the westbound lane, drivers will encounter an alternating traffic pattern at the bridge enforced by temporary traffic signals, as well as not being able to access Eleven Mile Road (Route 4023) from Route 44. Drivers needing to access Eleven Mile Road (Route 4023) will follow a detour using Plank Road (Route 4014) and Honeoye Road (Route 4021). This detour will be in place through June.
During the second phase of the repair work in the eastbound lane, Canada Hollow Road (Township Road 339) will be closed for access from Route 44. Drivers needing to access Canada Hollow Road will follow a detour using Cow Run (Route 4017) and Canada Hollow Road (T-339). This second detour will be in place through mid-August.
The 187-foot bridge spans Oswayo Creek in the village of Millport. The bridge carries an average of 1,700 vehicles each day and repairs will remove it from the structurally deficient list.
Temporary signals are also in place on a smaller Route 44 bridge near the intersection with Back Road, east of Millport. A third Route 44 bridge between Millport and Shinglehouse will see repair work later this year.
Work activity on the overall project includes roadway grinding, installation of pavement base drain, drainage replacement, pipe flushing, roadway widening, overlay, tree trimming for daylighting, pavement markings, basic bridge repairs, new signage, and miscellaneous construction.
Roadway work zones feature flaggers in the roadway enforcing alternating traffic patterns.
Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $9.1 million job. The project is expected to finish by October. All work is weather and schedule dependent.
May is World Lyme Disease Day, a time to raise awareness of a disease that more than 25,000 people contracted in 2015, and was suspected in over 35,000.Pennsylvania has had the highest number of cases for the past threeyears. Rates of Lyme disease continue to rise in the Northeast United States. To protect yourself and your loved ones from this painful bacterial infection, read up on the following key facts to know about the disease, and how to prevent it.

What Is Lyme Disease?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Borreliaburgdorferi. The bacteria is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks.
The ticks can’t fly or jump, the CDC report. Instead, they wait for either a human or animal host while resting on the tips of grasses and shrubs. Although they can attack anywhere on the body, their favorite places to attach are in areas such as the groin, armpits, and scalp.

Early symptoms of Lyme disease may include: Fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint aches, and swollen lymph nodes.

Thankfully, most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. However, if the infection is left untreated, it may develop into more serious symptoms such as arthritis with severe joint pain and swelling, particularly the knees and other large joints, and facial palsy where you may experience a droopiness on the face, The CDC report.
The main route of exposure to the Lyme disease bacteria is through ticks, therefore, the best route of prevention is preventing tick bites. This can be done by avoiding wooded areas with especially high grass or large amounts of leaf litter.
In addition, use repellent that contains 20 percent or more DEET, picaridin, or IR3535 on exposed skin for protection that lasts several hours. It also helps to wear clothing and use tents that contain 0.5 percent permethrin, the CDC advises. If you do not have permethrin clothing, it helps to wear long socks or pants when walking through wooded areas to prevent ticks from attaching, WebMD report.
In most cases, the tick must be attached for 36 to 48 hours or more before the Lyme disease bacterium can be transmitted, the CDC reports. So it’s helpful to search yourself and your loved ones for ticks after you have been in tick-infested areas, such as hiking through the woods. It also helps to take a shower or bath after returning from wooded areas, as this can not only wash away newly lodged ticks but also make them easier to spot.
In addition, put clothing in the dryer after washing to ensure that you’ve completely killed or dislodged any ticks that may have caught a ride on your clothing.

The state police fire marshal reports the fire Tuesday night which heavily damaged a seven unit two story apartment building in Emporium was caused by improper  disposal of smoking materials which ignited nearby combustible items. There were no injuries however seven families comprised of 13 people were left homeless. The building is owned by Laura Ann Hoffman-Williamson of Olean. Damage is estimated bo be about $185,000. Volunteers from Coudersport, Austin, Port Allegany, St. Marys and Kersey assisted Emporium firefighters. It was the second major fire in Emporium within a month. On April 8, another apartment building and a nearby single family home were destroyed by fire leaving seven people homeless.

A 17 year old boy is accused of stealing a small amount of US currency and $10,200 worth of jewelry from the home of Betty Mosburg on Flickerwood Road in Wetmore Township McKean County between 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm April 26. State police claim the boy stole the money and jewelry while cleaning the victim’s house.


State police at Kane are investigating a criminal mischief occurring between May 1 and 5 on Route 155 just west of Birch Run Road. Would-be burglars tried to force their way into a garage owned by Nnecia Wood but were not able to gain entry.

DUI charges are pending against a 27 year old Ridgway man who drove his vehicle off the road at the intersection of Montmorenci Road and Evergreen Road in Ridgwayt Wednesday night. Troopers said when they investigated they determined the man had been driving under the influence of alcohol and took him into custody. The suspect’s name will be released when charges are formally made.









Thursday May 10, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

Barnum Road Wetlands, Eldred, PA

Wednesday’s high, 76; Overnight low, 51; no precipitation







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Local Photographer to be presented PA Route 6 Award next week at annual meeting….Work has begun replacing bridge deck over  Canoe Camp Creek in Tioga County….Downstate man arrested after leading troopers on a chase in Cameron County with stolen vehicle….Injuries reported for Blossburg driver and two young passengers…..Mansfield woman accused of damaging vehicle and TV set…..16 year old Shinglehouse boy arrested for underage drinking after being stopped late last month while driving in Hebron Township….

Obituary: Audrey Kio, Ulysses

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The PA Route 6 Alliance is holding its Annual Meeting and an Educational Summit at the Warren Days Inn next week.


10 am – 2pm

Woods, Water, Wheels: Strategies for Connecting Outdoor Recreation and Our Communities.

Learn Strategies to:

– Link your community or business to the surrounding outdoor recreation.

– Use your Natural Assets to build a better Community.

– Link hiking and biking trails to the downtowns.

– Create business opportunities based on natural assets.

– Benefit in trends in outdoor recreation.


Registration cost is $20 and includes lunch.

3 pm – 5pm

Guided walking tour of Historic Warren will be offered followed by a tour and program at the newly renovated

Struthers Library Theatre.


10:30 am – 2:30pm

Annual Meeting and “Do 6” Awards

The Annual Meeting includes a period of networking and viewing of sponsor displays, followed by the PA Route 6 Annual Business Meeting and a presentation on the accomplishments in 2017. Local Photographer Curt Weinhold of Coudersport will be presented the “Artisan of the Year Award.” Fabric Artist Nancy Asmus of Meadville will present her DO 6 throw. The Keynote speaker for this year’s meeting is Roy Gothie, Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator, PA Department of Transportation.

Registration fee is $30 and includes lunch.

FMI: 814-435-7706 or

A downstate man was committed to the Potter County Jail  in lieu of $100,000 bail after being apprehended by state police following a pursuit Monday morning on Wykoff Run Road in Grove Township, Cameron County. The episode began when Emporium based state police received notification from the Indiana, PA and Johnstown police departments that 27 year old Joseph  Gillo, Jr. of Clymer  was wanted for robbery/car and car jacking. State police at the Indiana barracks reported that Gillo had stolen a vehicle from his father, Joseph Gillo, also of Clymer and could be headed to a camp on Wykoff Run in Cameron County. Local troopers spotted Gillo going north and pulled him over but he refused to get out as order and took of leading police on a pursuit. Officers put down spike strips which deflated all four tires on the stolen unit but Gillo continued on for about a half mile before stopping. He was taken into custody without further incident and was arraigned prior to being locked up.

A Blossburg  driver and his young passengers were hurt in a one-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon in Covington Township. According to Mansfield based state police, Kenneth Partheimer was headed north on Route 15 when he swerved his Chevrolet Suburban to avoid striking a vehicle ahead of him. Partheimer overcorrected sending the SUV off the road and into a section of guardrails; then overcorrected causing the vehicle to cross both lanes and spin into another set of guardrails. The SUV then rolled onto the driver’s side, then returned upright before sliding down an embankment where it came to rest. He was taken by helicopter to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. His two passengers  an 11 year old boy and a two year old boy were taken by ambulance to the same hospital.

No injuries were reported for a Westfield driver whose car collided with a utility pole  and traffic sign last Friday afternoon in Westfield. Troopers explained 62 year old Cynthia McLaughlin was going north on Route 249 when her Toyota Corolla went off the pavement. While McLaughlin was not hurt, her car had to be towed from the scene.

Both drivers escaped injury in a rear-end collision Sunday afternoon in Union Township, Tioga County.  According to State Police, 72 year old Rudy Passeri failed to stop his southbound Chevrolet Equinox in time and ran into the back of a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Hoard Hamm of Troy which was stopped waiting to make a left turn off of Route 14 onto Mill Hill Road.

DUI charges are pending against 63 year old Sandra Degler of Emporium after a one-vehicle crash in Shippen Township, Cameron County Wednesday afternoon.  Degler’s Toyota Highlander went off of Old West Creek Road and collided with a traffic sign and embankment. The SUV had to be towed from the scene.

Similar charges are being filed against 30 year old William Sherwood of Roulette. Troopers claim when they stopped Sherwood at the intersection of Pomeroy Road and Main Street in the village on the night of April 23, he exhibited signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance.

A 24 year old Mansfield woman has been arrested for criminal mischief . Troopers allege Mareese Wells broke windows in a 2001 Buick LeSabre and a Roku TV. Damage to the property owned by Kathryn Lewis of Lyons, NY and Brandy Lane of Mansfield amounted to a total of $1698.00.

A criminal mischief in Genesee Township between April 30 and May 9 remains under investigation by state police at the Coudersport barracks. Unknown culprits deposited two bales of hay on land along the Gold Road owned by Roxann and Joshua Levin.

A PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County has begun a bridge deck replacement project on a bridge carrying Route 2027 (Canoe Camp Creek Road) over Canoe Camp Creek near T-497 (Pitts Road) in Richmond Township. The bridge is closed for this project. A detour is in place using Route 2022 (East Hill Road), Route 2005 (North Williamson Road), and South Main Street in Mansfield. Work is expected to be completed by the end of the month.


Audrey L. KIO, 85, of Ulysses, PA, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY, surrounded by her family.  Born April 23, 1933, in Loucks Mills, Ulysses, PA, she was the daughter of Hugh and Neva Thompson Flynn.  On August 23, 1953, in Bingham Township, she married Donald F. Kio, who predeceased her on August 28, 2007. Audrey owned and operated restaurants in Ulysses and Genesee.  She founded and operated Circle K Speedway in Whitesville, NY.  Surviving are:  five children, Michael Kio, Darrwin “Duke” (Sally) Kio, Thomas (Donna) Kio, and Steve (Sharon) Kio, and Donna (Durell, Jr.) Houghtaling;  a daughter-in-law, Kimberly Ann Kio of Ulysses;  21 grandchildren;  41 great-grandchildren;  and many nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Jonathan E. Kio, on January 13, 2018;  a granddaughter, Melinda Houghtaling;  a great-granddaughter, Morgan Kurtz;  six brothers; and three sisters.  A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 12, 2018 in the Ulysses United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate.   Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at