Wednesday’s high, 47; Overnight low, 36; no rain
THU-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 49
THU NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 36
FRI-CLOUDY, HIGH 63
FRI NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 49
SAT-CLOUDY, RAIN MOVES IN, HIGH 59
SAT NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 36
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BFB Headlines (Thursday October 26)PA’s turkey season starts Saturday…..Route 6 Motorcycle 2018 map available…..Bridge dedication Saturday to honor fallen McKean County soldier…..Criminals use Ulysses woman’s PayPal account to make illegal purchases…Next on-air report after 10:06 am today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com
Obituary: Carol Lewis (Rexville, NY)
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Pennsylvania’s Wild Turkey Season begins this Saturday Oct. 28.Hunters who didn’t participate in the fall turkey season during the last few years might be unaware of season length changes in some other WMUs, due to declining population trends and the results of an agency study that showed the longer the fall season the higher the female turkey harvest.
During the fall season, any turkey can be harvested because jakes, young males, are difficult to distinguish from females Research shows females (both juvenile and adult) comprise a larger portion of the fall harvest than males.
In most of the state, the fall turkey season opens Saturday, Oct. 28. The seasons are as follows: WMU 1B – Oct. 28-Nov. 4; WMU 2B (Shotgun and bow and arrow) – Oct. 28-Nov. 17 and Nov. 23-25; WMUs 1A, 2A, 4A and 4B, – Oct. 28-Nov. 4 and Nov. 23-25; WMUs 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4D and 4E – Oct. 28-Nov. 11 and Nov. 23-25; WMU 2C – Oct. 28-Nov. 17 and Nov. 23-25; WMU 5A – Nov. 2-4; WMU 5B – Oct. 31-Nov. 2; WMUs 5C and 5D – CLOSED TO FALL TURKEY HUNTING.
Last year’s fall harvest of 10,844 was 35 percent below the previous 3-year average of 16,688, likely due to a combination of a decrease in fall hunting participation, shorter fall season lengths in many WMUs, below average turkey reproduction (translating to smaller sized turkey flocks) and abundant acorn crops in much of the state, which tended to scatter flocks making them more difficult to locate..
Acorn, beech and cherry production also varied across the state, with beech nut, white-oak acorn and soft mast production, such as apples and grapes, seeing average to above-average production in many areas, but below average food production elsewhere. Areas with abundant food sources tend to make the flocks more nomadic and, therefore harder for hunters to find. Whereas lack of food tends to keep flocks congregated where the food exists and, therefore easier for hunters to find.
Last year’s fall hunter success rate of 9 percent was similar to the previous three-year average. Fall hunter success varies considerably depending on summer reproduction, food availability, weather during the season, and hunter participation. Hunter success was as high as 21 percent in 2001, a year with excellent recruitment, and as low as 4 percent in 1979.
The 2017 spring-season harvests (including youth, mentored youth and harvests from the special turkey license that allows hunters to harvest a second bird) totaled 38,101, which was 6 percent above 2016 (35,966) and similar to the previous long-term average. Hunter success for the first bird, 19 percent, also increased from 2016 (15 percent) and was 18 percent above the long-term average of 16 percent.
Pennsylvania hunters have consistently maintained spring harvests above 30,000 bearded turkeys since 1995, exceeding most other states in the nation.
Hunters are reminded to report any leg-banded turkeys they harvest or find.Leg bands are stamped with a toll-free number to call. Although the agency’s research project is completed and rewards are no longer valid, the information provided is still beneficial and hunters can learn the history of the bird.
In most parts of the state, hunters participating in the fall turkey season are required, while moving, to wear at least 250 square inches of fluorescent orange on the head, chest and back combined. Orange must be visible from 360 degrees.
Hunters may remove their orange once in a stationary location, providing that a minimum of 100 square inches of fluorescent orange is posted within 15 feet of the location and is visible from 360 degrees.
Since fluorescent orange requirements have been in place for the fall-turkey season, fall turkey hunting shooting incidents have decreased from 38, three of them fatal, in 1990, to none in 2012 and 2016, and one each year from 2013-2015.
The PA Route 6 Alliance announces the 2018 Take the High Road Motorcycle Map is now available. It features five loop tours using the scenic highway as the main road to exploring other roadways along the northern tier of Pennsylvania. Each loop has scenic, historic, and entertaining stops along with lots of local restaurants and overnight accommodations. It is recommended that motorcyclists spend a couple of days exploring a loop or two or spend a couple of weeks touring all five loops. Motorcyclists are also encouraged to post photos to the Facebook page – USRoute 6 in Pennsylvania, with the #Do6.Printed maps are available by request through local visitor centers and motorcycle shops or by contacting the PA Route 6 Alliance office in Galeton a t814-435-7706 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Detailed itineraries of each loop can be downloaded at http://www.paroute6.com/motorcycles.Route Named by National Geographic as “One of America’s most scenic drives” andthe #1 Motorcycle Road in the Northeast by Motorcycleoads.com, the 400 mile plus highway crosses the northern tier of Pennsylvania and links small towns, generations of people, history, heritage and scenic sights.
Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is encouraging area residents to take part in a bridge dedication ceremony honoring Master Sgt. Thomas Maholic, a Bradford Township native who was killed in action in Afghanistan more than a decade ago, on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10 a.m.
The ceremony will be held at the bridge on Route 770 (Minard Run Road) over the Tunungwant Creek, soon to be known as the Master Sgt. Thomas Maholic Memorial Bridge. The bridge is located near the intersection with Route 219.
“I hope people from across McKean County will come out to show their support for Master Sgt. Maholic and his family, and for all of the men and women who have made the same sacrifices for our freedom,” he added.
For safety reasons, Minard Run Road will be closed between the Route 219 intersection and High Street intersection from 10-11 a.m. Saturday.
Briefly in other news, Coudersport based state police investigated an ID theft victimizing a Ulysses woman. Unknown criminals used a PayPal account belonging to Sabrina Burnside to make fraudulent internet purchases early this past Sunday morning.
Meanwhile, the region’s traffic and accident scene has been reported quiet according to our checks earlier today with state police at Coudersport, Emporium, Kane, Mansfield and Ridgway.
Carol Jeannette Lewis, 74, of Rexville, entered into the arms of Jesus on Monday (Oct. 23, 2017) and was reunited with her oldest son, Ken, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born July 6, 1943, at home in Quarryville, Pa., she was the daughter of P. Mylin and Emma Kauffman Lefever. She was a graduate of Lancaster Mennonite High School. On Nov. 2, 1963, in Independence, N.Y., she married Larry E. Lewis, who survives. She continued to be his helpmate for nearly 54 years. Together, they raised their children on the family farm and welcomed many others into their home as well.
During her years of raising her family, Carol was a very active member of West Union Mennonite Church, serving in Children’s Ministry, leading Vacation Bible Schools, teaching Sunday School, and participating actively in Women’s Fellowship. She also shared her love of Jesus by teaching Religious Education in Whitesville School District.
For many years, Carol was on the CSE Board of Whitesville Central School, helping to ensure that children with special needs were protected and given many opportunities. Carol enjoyed sewing, cooking, and baking. Those who knew Carol, knew that when you were welcomed into her home you could always count on a listening ear and a warm treat. She enjoyed sharing her baked goods with youth groups, church family and often times fundraisers.
For many years, she supported Penn York Camp and the Mennonite Relief Sale by giving of her time and energy. Donuts, quilts, specially decorated cakes and pies were often favorites, loved by many. Most of all Carol loved to share the love of Jesus with children through her life and actions.
She and Larry welcomed many foster children into their home as well as children from the Fresh Air program. Most of all, Carol loved her grandchildren. Most days, the sound of children laughing could be heard throughout her house.
Surviving besides her husband, Larry, are: her children, Sandra Lewis, Keith (& Donna) Lewis, Stanley (& Diane) Lewis, all of Rexville, Michael (& Heather) Lewis of Mount Joy, Pa., Nikki (& John) Eddy of Alfred, Casey (& Christy) Lewis of Knoxville, Pa., Julia (& Mike) Welch of Troupsburg, Katie (& Pete) Lewis Gohdes of Grottoes, Va., and Baron. She is remembered and loved dearly by 27 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She is survived by brothers, Parke M. (& Charlotte) Lefever of Lititz, Pa., and Harold (& Joyce) Lefever of Elmira; sisters, Pauline (& Nelson) Rohrer of Quarryville, Pa., and Joanne Lefever of Lebanon, Pa.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Lewis. Friends may call at the West Union Mennonite Church, 1459 County Route 84, Rexville, NY, 14877, on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 from 6-8 p.m., and on Friday from 10-11 a.m., with Funeral Services following at 11 a.m. Pastors Trevor Price and Robert Walters will co-officiate. Burial will be in West Union Cemetery.
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 www.olneyfuneralhome.com