Thursday November 30, 2017

 

2017 Thanksgiving sunset

Wednesday’s high, 54; Overnight low, 22; no precipitation
THU-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 48
THU NIGHT- RAIN POSSIBLE, LOW 33
FRI-MOSTLY CLEAR, HIGH 40
FRI NIGHT-CLOUDS, LOW 29
SAT-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 44
SAT NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 31

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BFB Headlines (Thursday November 30, 2017)Unemployment rate improves in area…..Dominion employees volunteered recently for improvements at the Elk Country Visitors Center….Weight limit imposed on Cameron County bridge….Connecticut teens arrested on drug charges in Potter County…..Two Port Allegany women hurt in collision near Roulette….Juvenile suspected of stealing car in Tioga County….Mansfield resident accused of lying on gun application……Cops investigate mailbox vandalism near Coudersport….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

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The unemployment rate improved between September and October in four out of the five counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting and held steady in the fifth. The jobless rate dropped from5.9% to 5.7% here in Potter County; went down from 5.5% to 5.3% in McKean County; decreased from 6.7% to 6.6% in Cameron County and fell from 5.5 to 5.4% in Tioga County. Elk County held steady at 4.4%. Chester County had the best rate in the Commonwealth at 3.3%. a slight decrease of one-tenth of a percent over the previous month. Cameron was number 67 out of 67 counties, followed by Forest with a percentage of 6.5%. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate for the period was 4.7% while the national figure was better at 4.1%.

Twenty-three Dominion Energy employees from four surrounding states participated recently in the company’s Energizing Our Communities initiative with a full day of volunteer work at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, a small town located in north central mountains of Pennsylvania.
Among the activities completed were the installation of 2 new areas of pavers in the primary drop-off and viewing area, loading, transporting and restacking tons of wood to several areas of the center to be used to burn for heat by visitors during the fall and winter seasons, and, of course — the easiest of the tasks — mulching several new picnic areas. As an added bonus, Dominion Energy covered the cost of the entrance fee for the center’s 4-D educational movie — not only for our colleagues who wished to view, but for all visitors on that day.
In addition to the volunteer work, the group presented a $12,500 donation from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to the region’s visitor center.
The Keystone Elk Country Alliance KECA which operates it center is a 501©(3) non-profit Conservation Organization headquartered at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, PA

PennDOT is notifying area motorists that weight limits have been posted on a Route 4004 (Rich Valley Road) bridge in Shippen Township, Cameron County. The one-lane bridge spans the Driftwood Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek, northwest of the village of Rich Valley.
As of November 22, the posted weight limit is 21 tons for single vehicles and 23 tons for combination vehicles. Vehicles exceeding the posted weight limits are required to use alternate routes.
Posting weight limits will slow deterioration on the bridge and preserve safety until repairs or replacement can occur. The bridge was originally constructed in 1971, is 51 feet long, and carries an average of 100 vehicles daily.

Coudersport based state police have arrested a couple of Connecticut teenagers on drug charges. When a patrol officer stopped 19 year old Samuel Fix on Route 6 in Sweden Township on August 6, they allegedly found he was driving under the influence of a controlled substance and seized several items of drug related contraband. Authorities learned than Fix and Madelyn Vinsel, also 19, were camping at Cherry Springs State Park and also allegedly found more drug related contraband. Fix has been charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, purchasing alcohol by a minor, and a variety of traffic violations. Vinsel is accused of possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession of drug paraphernalia and purchase of alcohol by a minor.

A Port Allegany woman and her passenger were hurt in a collision Sunday evening on Route 6 in Roulette Township. According to Coudersport based state police report 76 year old Constance Curtis was going west on when her SUV struck a deer. The carcass flew into the eastbound lane where it was hit by a pick-up truck driven by Andrew Goodwill also of Port Allegany. Curtis and her passenger, Kimberly Parrish, Port Allegany, were taken by Roulette Ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital.

Mansfield based state police relate a juvenile is suspected of stealing a Hyundai Accent from Matthews Motors/Country Car Rentals on North Callahan Road in Delmar Township October 15. The car, owned by Leonard Kreger of Wellsboro was found wrecked near the Stokesdale Acorn with two tires blown off. The investigation is continuing.

A Mansfield resident has been arrested for providing false information on a gun application. State police claim 53 year William Siebel lied while filling out ATF Form 4473 at GNR Sporting Goods in Richmond Township July 16. Charges were filed in District Court.

Vandalism to several Coudersport mailboxes is being probed by state police. Between 10:30 pm Monday and 7:00 am Wednesday, culprits smashed mailboxes and damaged other property on the Toles Hollow, Ice Mine and Vader Hill Roads by throwing frozen water bottles. Property owners were identified as Pamela Dailey, John Fleckenstein, Marleen Fantas, Daniel Bollhorst, Martin Weiss, Lawrence Wycoff and Faith McKeone. Anyone who can provide information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

Wednesday November 29, 2017

 

2017 Thanksgiving sunset

Tuesday’s high, 50; Overnight low, 47; no precipitation
WED-MOSTLY CLOUDY, SPRINKLES OR FLURRIES, HIGH 46
WED NIGHT-LOW 31
THU-SNOW SHOWERS POSSIBLE, HIGH 45
THU NIGHT-INCREASING CLOUDS, LOW 32
FRI-AM SNOW SHOWERS .> MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 37
FRI NIGHT-CHILLY, LOW 29

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BFB Headlines (Wednesday November 29, 2017) Four acres blackened in Hebron Township wildfire…..Warrant issued for Eldred man accused of threatening another resident of that town….62 year old Tioga County man accused of forgery….Dickens of a Christmas this weekend in Wellsboro….New online program helps students learn about county government…..next-on air report after 12:06 pm on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

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Here it is almost December and area fire departments have been called out to douse wildfires. Sunday afternoon one threatened an adjacent house on Pithole Road in Keating Township, McKean County. Firefighters were able to keep the flames from damaging the home. Yesterday, Coudesport volunteers were dispatched to a wildfire at 1348 Route 44 North in Hebron Township a couple of minutes before 2:00 pm. When first responders arrived, the fire The fire was spreading fast into a wooded area, near some buildings. A second alarm was requested at 2:20 pm bringing in Roulette, Austin, Port Allegany and DCNR personnel. About an hour later, the fire was reported under control and at it was reported ou just before 4:30 pm.t The fire was caused by a downed electric line which sparked dry vegetation and was fanned by strong winds. Fast moving flames spread rapidly up the hillside and endangered structures, there was no injuries.
In all approximately 30 Fire Fighters responded and brought the 4 acre fire under control.

Kane-based state police are looking for an Eldred man accused of terroristic threats and simple assault. Troopers claim Richard Lee Gould III threatened 31 year old Justin Schwartz with a knife Sunday evening at a house located at 50 Main Street Eldred. Gould left the house prior to state police arrival and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. He is described as being Caucasian with hazel eyes and brown hair. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.

Tioga County authorities have not released the name of a 62 year old Tioga County man suspected of forgery. Troopers allege the defendant took a blank check belonging to Nelson Township resident 58 year old Janet Fausel in late August and forged her name to buy $280.00 worth of meat.

No injuries were reported following a car/deer collision last Friday evening in Liberty Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, a whitetail was hit by an eastbound Subaru Impreza when it came onto the road at around 6:30 pm. After impact, the deer ran into the woods. The driver was unhurt and the car could be driven from the scene so the accident was technically a non-reportable.

For the 34th Annual Dickens of a Christmas, Dec. 1-3, Wellsboro’s downtown will become an early Victorian marketplace with delectable fare for eating and drinking and delightful wares for holiday gift giving or to keep for oneself.
Saturday, Dec. 2 beginning at 9 a.m., the town crier will greet everyone with the ringing of his bell and announcements of the day.
As visitors meander through the outdoor marketplace among more than 160 artists, craftsmen and food vendors, they will enjoy performances by the Fezziwig entourage and Victorian Strolls at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and can register for the Dickens Best Dressed Contest with a chance to win prizes valued at $1,000.
Dickens streets will be closed to motorized vehicles on Saturday only. Performers and vendors dressed Victorian style will get everyone in the spirit. Adding to the festivities are holiday-bedecked stores and the community boulevards decorated with fresh Christmas trees covered with lights and ornaments and the gaslights with evergreen wreaths and bows.
Outdoor art and craft vendors will be offering hand carved Christmas trees, homemade jams, jellies, cheeses and meats, hand-painted, wood and hand blown glass Christmas ornaments, handmade pottery, furniture, jewelry, specialty candles, hats and scarves, pet treats, birdhouses and bird feeders, heirloom Santa clauses, stuffed animals and dolls, wrought iron and hand-turned wooden pieces and much, much more. Also available will be Christmas wreaths, garlands, swags, centerpieces and greens.
More than 75 artists, craftsmen and food vendors will be found at three Indoor craft shows. Open on Friday and Saturday will be the craft shows at the United Methodist Church and Wellsboro Senior Center and at the Wellsboro Firemen’s Annex on Saturday only.
Restaurants and outdoor food vendors will tickle the taste buds and warm tummies with hot chocolate, chili, homemade soups and chowders, bread pudding, homemade cookies, pies and candies, hot roast beef sandwiches, crab cakes, fresh roasted peanuts, deep fried dill pickles, hot cider and coffee, sausage sandwiches, whoopie pies, peanut brittle, kettle corn and apple dumplings.
Hamilton-Gibson will present A Dickens of a Concert Friday night and six performances of “A Christmas Carol” at the Deane Center’s two theatres on Saturday and one performance on Sunday. The Arcadia Theatre is showing the film “A Miracle on 34th Street” all three days.

At the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center on Friday night, Dec. 1 will be a holiday open house to celebrate the opening of two new art exhibits, one featuring work by artists from Bloomsburg, Williamsport, Bradford and Tioga County communities and Elmira, New York. The other is a display of woodblock self-portrait and woodcut “My Space” prints by Bloomsburg University printmaking students. On Friday night and Saturday and Sunday only,, there will also be a pop-up gallery with yarn, patterns, kits and a book for knitters and an art quilt made to be raffled off by Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild members.
Local churches will host a variety of indoor events Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2. Among them are a Dickens of a Dinner, lunches, concerts, a display of model trains, a cookie sale and in the spirit of helping others, an Alternative Christmas Fair with entertainment and refreshments.
At 5 p.m. Saturday, the Candlelight Walk for Peace will begin at Packer Park on Queen Street and at 5:30 p.m. the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony with Santa and a carol sing will be on The Green.
For a schedule of events or more information, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 Main Street, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901, call 570-724-1926, email info@wellsboropa.com or visit http://www.wellsboropa.com (Or check our calendar of events for the complete schedule).
During last week’s meeting, Potter County Commissioner Susan Kefover reported on a presentation by the National Association of Counties at the County Commissioners’ Association meeting. Kefover said “The Counties Work” interactive online game and class curriculum educate students about county government. The state standards–aligned curriculum includes middle and high school instruction. Available free of charge, the curriculum guides students through the basics of county government and encourages them to engage in local solutions to the challenges they identify. Students also learn and practice research, analysis and advocacy skills as they develop a plan to “move the needle” on their chosen issues. More information is available at the website, www.icivics.org.

Tuesday November 28, 2017

 

2017 Thanksgiving sunset

Monday’s high, 34; Overnight low,21; no precipitation
TUE-SUNNY, HIGH 54
TUE NIGHT-LOW 40
WED-MOSTLY SUNNY START, THEN CLOUDS INCREASE HIGH 45
WED NIGHT– LOW 30
THU-PARTLY CLOUDY, CLOUDS INCREASE,, HIGH 48
THU NIGHT-CHANCE OF RAIN, LOW 33

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BFB Headlines (Tuesday November 28, 2017)_An Austin man jailed for terroristic threats has also been charged with harassment…..No injuries reported following deer collision in Elk County…..Water truck driver escapes injury in vehicle fire near Roulette….Tioga County man arrested on drug charges after overdose…..Hunters encouraged to share their harvest…Penn State Extension offering courses through new website….Next on-air report after 10:06 am today on www.blackkforestbroadcasting.com

Obituary: Earl Wilber, Smethport

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An Austin man who was jailed on a terroristic threat charge has been subsequently charged with harassment for an incident allegedly occurring the night before. State police allege 56 year old Michael Majot threatened to kill a 57 year old Austin woman and a 34 year old Florence, MS woman during a phone call to the victim’s home on Thanksgiving Day. Majot was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $10,000 secured bail after being arraigned before on-call District Judge Delores Weiss. Now, troopers allege Majot subjected 57 year old Kelly Majot to unwanted physical contact at around 11:00 pm Wednesday night at her home on North Ruth Street, Austin.

A Johnstown driver escaped injury in a car/deer collision Monday evening in Horton Township, Elk County., State police at Ridgway report Patrick Wess was going south on Route 219 when the white tail ran onto the road in front of his Chevrolet Silverado. Wess was unable to avoid impact and the truck had to be towed from the scene. However, he was using a seatbelt and was not hurt.

Coudersport based state police say a  truck driver, whose name was not released, escaped injury in a vehicle fire Monday afternoon on Route 6 in Roulette Township. The water tanker was headed west just west of the Reed Run Road when the operator noticed smoke coming from the right front wheel. He pulled the rig to the berm and shut the engine off. He was able to make repairs and drove from the scene. Since there were no injuries and the truck could be driven away, it was technically a “non-reportable.”

However, troopers have not yet released details about a collision Sunday evening near the intersection of West Main Street and Route 6 in Roulette Township. Injuries were reported. Roulette volunteer emergency services responded to the scene.

Mansfield based state police have arrested a 26 year old Middlebury Center man for violating drug laws. The charges came after authorities responded to an overdose at a home on Route 249 November 12 and seized drug paraphernalia which was allegedly in plain view. Dakota Kohler was taken to a hospital for treatment.

Pennsylvania’s rifle deer season is in its second day and successful hunters are encouraged to help share their harvest.
Each year, the generosity of Pennsylvania’s hunters results in about 200,000 meals for the state’s hungry. By donating venison through Hunters Sharing the Harvest – a program that works through a network of meat processors to channel venison donations to local food banks, soup kitchens and hungry families – hunters extend their helping hands to those in need.
And, once again this year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and other partners are making it easy for hunters to help out. The Game Commission again donated $20,000 to the program – money that enables Hunters Sharing the Harvest to accept venison donations without charging hunters. In prior years, hunters who donated venison needed also to pay a $15 tax-deductiblefee to cover deer-processing costs.
. All deer donated through Hunters Sharing the Harvest must be processed professionally by a participating butcher. For information on where to take deer to be donated, or to learn more about the program generally, visit Hunters Sharing the Harvest’s website, www.sharedeer.org.

It’s still officially fall even though we’ve had some winter weather but if you are already thinking of spring, you might be interested in starting fruit orchard.
Professionals or individuals interested in joining the fruit growing industry who want to learn about orchard management on their own schedule now have the opportunity to take an online course offered by Penn State Extension.
Orchard Management: Site Planning and Preparation is designed for beginning growers interested in understanding the details of choosing an orchard site and preparing to plant. The three sections cover tree fruit requirements, site evaluation and preparing the orchard site.
Participants who successfully complete the course will be able to identify the moisture, heat and climate requirements for growing tree fruit; determine soil characteristics of sites that allow fruit trees to thrive; identify the desirable physical characteristics of a site; understand the impact of slope and aspect; understand when a site can be improved and when it cannot; decide on what species to plant; plan orchard layout; and determine what needs to be done two years before planting, one year before planting and the year of planting.
Those interested in the course can view details and sign up at https://extension.psu.edu/orchard-management-site-planning-and-preparation.
A variety of online non-credit courses for the public have recently been unveiled on Penn State Extension’s new website, which provides a wealth of educational experiences and resources for the professionals and community members served by extension. The new web experience allows consumers to access educational articles, videos, online courses and publications at their convenience, and register for regional in-person workshops and online webinars on a variety of subjects.

 

 

Pennsylvania’s rifle deer season is in its second day and successful hunters are encouraged to help share their harvest.
Each year, the generosity of Pennsylvania’s hunters results in about 200,000 meals for the state’s hungry. By donating venison through Hunters Sharing the Harvest – a program that works through a network of meat processors to channel venison donations to local food banks, soup kitchens and hungry families – hunters extend their helping hands to those in need.
And, once again this year, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and other partners are making it easy for hunters to help out. The Game Commission again donated $20,000 to the program – money that enables Hunters Sharing the Harvest to accept venison donations without charging hunters. In prior years, hunters who donated venison needed also to pay a $15 tax-deductiblefee to cover deer-processing costs.
All deer donated through Hunters Sharing the Harvest must be processed professionally by a participating butcher. For information on where to take deer to be donated, or to learn more about the program generally, visit Hunters Sharing the Harvest’s website, www.sharedeer.org.

It’s still officially fall even though we’ve had some winter weather but if you are already thinking of spring, you might be interested in starting fruit orchard.
Professionals or individuals interested in joining the fruit growing industry who want to learn about orchard management on their own schedule now have the opportunity to take an online course offered by Penn State Extension.
Orchard Management: Site Planning and Preparation is designed for beginning growers interested in understanding the details of choosing an orchard site and preparing to plant. The three sections cover tree fruit requirements, site evaluation and preparing the orchard site.
Participants who successfully complete the course will be able to identify the moisture, heat and climate requirements for growing tree fruit; determine soil characteristics of sites that allow fruit trees to thrive; identify the desirable physical characteristics of a site; understand the impact of slope and aspect; understand when a site can be improved and when it cannot; decide on what species to plant; plan orchard layout; and determine what needs to be done two years before planting, one year before planting and the year of planting.
Those interested in the course can view details and sign up at https://extension.psu.edu/orchard-management-site-planning-and-preparation.
A variety of online non-credit courses for the public have recently been unveiled on Penn State Extension’s new website, which provides a wealth of educational experiences and resources for the professionals and community members served by extension. The new web experience allows consumers to access educational articles, videos, online courses and publications at their convenience, and register for regional in-person workshops and online webinars on a variety of subjects.

                                                                                    Obituary

 Earl E. Wilber, 75, of Route 46,Smethport,  passed away at home on Friday (Nov. 24, 2017) surrounded by his family and his beloved dog “Skippy,” following a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Born June 18, 1942, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Harry and Esther Saverline Wilber. He was a graduate of the Otto-Eldred High School, Class of 1961. He married Mary E. Cochran Billyard, who survives.
He was employed by the American Refining Group in Bradford, which was formerly known as Kendall Refinery and Witco Refinery, for over 33 years prior to retiring in 2002 due to health issues.
He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Post 2497 of Smethport and a member of the VFW Post 212 of Bradford; as well as the Fraternal Order of Eagles # 2432 of Bradford and the Limestone, NY, Fireman’s Club.
Since his retirement he has greatly enjoyed hunting and riding his four-wheeler with his best friend, Dick Collins of Rixford. He enjoyed spending time with his friends and going anywhere with his beloved dog, “Skippy.”
In addition to his wife he is survived by three sons, William T. (Tiffany) Wilber in Florida, Timothy E. (Leianne) Wilber of Smethport and Kristopher A. (Malia) Wilber of Bailey, Colo.; three daughters, Cammy McGhee of Erie, Dianna Billyard of South Orange, N.J., and Sheryl Wilber of Machias, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren, Hunter Wilber, Austin and Colby Wilber, Jessica Hunt, Wayne and Michael Fagan, Chelsey Wilber, Kenneth Cheizewiczs, Chesney, Chelsey and Sara Wilber; several great-grandchildren; two sisters, Anna Mae (Mick) McMurtrie of Bradford and Cyndie Perry in Virginia; and two brothers, Del (Judy) Wilber in Florida and Roy (Nancy) Wilber of Bradford; as well as many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Wilber; a grandson, Keith Alan McGhee; and a granddaughter, Janda Hunt; as well as three brothers, Jerry, Bill and Jim Wilber.
At Earl’s request there will be no visitation; a celebration of Earl’s life will be held at a later date and time to be announced.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.