Friday January 26, 2018

East Branch of Fishing Creek, looking north–Gerri Miller 

  Thursday’s high,. 29:overnight low, 10 no precipitation






SUN NIGHT-low 25

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 Game Commission says CWD results for last hunting season will be available soon…..Area lawmakers advise residents forms are available now for 2017 property tax/rent rebates….Constitutional amendment to reduce legislature moves ahead….Penfield man  previously accused of stealing at Walmart, charged again plus drug possession….Tioga County man accused of furnishing booze to teenage girl last summer…  



Pennsylvania’s statewide deer seasons have come to a close, and within the next several weeks, final chronic wasting disease test results will return from deer harvested by hunters in the 2017-18 seasons.

he Pennsylvania Game Commission collects samples from deer harvested across the state and tests them for chronic wasting disease (CWD), as part of the agency’s ongoing CWD surveillance.

Within the state’s Disease Management Areas – where the disease has been detected in captive and free-ranging deer – intensified sampling occurs.

This past hunting season, the Game Commission offered free CWD testing for hunters harvesting deer within Disease Management Areas (DMAs). Free testing offered hunters a way to have their deer tested prior to consuming it, and it provided the Game Commission with additional samples to better pinpoint areas where the disease exists, so specific problem spots might be addressed.

Successful hunters within DMAs dropped off heads from more than 1,500 deer in the boxes. About 1,000 of these samples already have been tested for CWD, with the results reported to hunters.

Additionally, Game Commission staff collected more than 3,000 other samples within DMAs to test for CWD. In total, nearly 8,000 samples were collected statewide. Slightly more than 5,700 whitetails were tested for CWD in 2016; 25 tested positive, all were in or near DMA 2, the only area of the state where CWD has been detected in the wild.

At this time, 51 deer from the 2017-18 hunting seasons have tested positive for CWD. All have been within the DMAs. Forty-eight were within DMA 2, in southcentral Pennsylvania; and three were within DMA 3 in northcentral Pennsylvania.

But the majority of samples collected still are being analyzed.


 Area lawmakers, Rep. Martin Causer, Matt Baker and Kathy Rapp have announced that forms for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program for the 2017 tax year are now available online through their websites.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2017. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.

Eligibility income limits are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

  • $0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).
  • $8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).
  • $15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only).
  • $18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).

Residents need not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at Baker’s office at no cost. Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians.

For additional information or assistance, contact your representative’s office.

 Speaking of the legislature. This may not be a welcome proposal in the Black Forest Broadecasting Service area.

The House State Government Committee passed House Bill 153 on Tuesday, a measure to reduce the size of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from its current membership of 203 to 151.

Those who support the bill believe a reduction could save tax dollars and lead to greater efficiencies, as technology allows legislators to better serve their districts. Those who oppose the bill are concerned about the loss of representation in more rural areas of the state such as the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area.

Since the proposal seeks to amend the state Constitution, identical versions must pass both chambers in two consecutive sessions before going before the voters. The measure already passed both the House and Senate last term, and it now goes before the full House in the coming weeks. If the legislation is approved again in both chambers, it will go before voters as a referendum.

A Penfield man, previously charged with stealing from the St. Marys Walmart has been arrested for a third theft along with violation of drug laws. Tristan Cheatle, 21, allegedly admitted to state troopers that he stole several items Monday afternoon including an air sanitizer, Marvel finger spinner, Arid Ultra Fresh deodorant, Little Tree air freshener and a bottle of Broadway nail polish totaling $11.82 in value. Police claim upon further investigation, they found drugs and drug paraphernalia on his person. Additional charges are now being filed in District Court.

State police at Mansfield have arrested 33 year old Alvin Starkweather for furnishing alcohol to a minor last summer Authorities claim Starkweather furnished booze to a 16 year old Tioga County girl on July 8 along Wolf Run Road in Delmar Township. If convicted, he could face a  fine of up $4,000  and/or a jail term of up to one year.

Thursday January 25, 2018

East Branch of Fishing Creek, looking North—Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 29; overnight low, 14; trace of sleet







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Photo by John Eaton
This Sunday, Jan. 28, the Mansfield University Kayak Club is inviting adults and children, swimmers and non-swimmers to try kayaking in the heated indoor pool at Decker Gymnasium. See story below

 BFB headlines (Thursday January 25, 2018) Enjoy winter with a variety of activities in Potter and Tioga Counties…..Two drivers accused of leaving accident scenes without calling police….Police looking for gun found in Patterson Park last weekend….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm on or click on link on Home Page.

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It’s not exactly lemonade season, but no doubt you’ve heard when handed lemons, turn them into lemonade. Well, if you are tired of winter already, some area residents and organizations are encouraging you to enjoy the season.


Step Outdoors Winter Outings in Tioga and Potter counties continues with a winter hiking adventure and introduction to ice fishing, both at Lyman Run State Park near Galeton; a snowshoe or regular hike and sledding at the Nessmuk Recreation Area, near Wellsboro; the Kayak Club Open House at Mansfield University; a free cross-country skiing lesson followed by a trail adventure depending on conditions at Sinnemahoning State Park near Austin; and an eagle in winter hike or snowshoe at Ives Run, near Wellsboro.


Weekly Hikes Daryl Warren, local hiking guru and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources volunteer, is leading free guided hikes or snowshoes on Mondays and Saturdays during the 2018 Winter Outings series. The hikes range from easy (Pine Creek Rail Trail) to strenuous (narrow, steep mountain trails), short (3 miles) to lengthy (12 miles).


This Saturday, Jan. 27 at 9 a.m. meet Warren at the Wellsboro Senior Center to carpool to the trailhead for a 6.6-mile, 4-hour hike on the Mid State Trail from the North Shore of Cowanesque Lake to Gee Hollow. Included will be a short connector trail to the top of Nelson Falls. This hike is rated 2.  Bring water and lunch.

  • Monday, Jan. 29 at 9 a.m. meet Warren at the Wellsboro Senior Center to carpool to the trailhead for a 3.5-hour, 4.5-mile section of the Green Monster Trail System from Asaph Run Road to Strait Run Road. This hike is rated 3.5 because of a strenuous 800-foot elevation gain in less than one mile. Take water and lunch.

Lyman Run Winter Hiking Adventure is This Saturday 

At 9 a.m. leave the day use parking area at Lyman Run State Park near Galeton to go on a two-hour hike with outdoorsmen Chip Harrison and John Halter to explore several areas that are off the beaten path. This hike is considered moderate to difficult due to some climbing and off-trail travel. It will be a traditional hike if there is not enough snow and a snowshoe hike if there is. A limited number of snowshoes and snow traction devices will be available to use free. Those who have their own equipment are encouraged to bring it. Dress in layers and bring plenty of snacks and water. Trekking poles are optional depending on conditions. For information, call Harrison at (814) 435-2518.


This Saturday is Intro to Ice Fishing at Lyman Run

Paul Miller and Bill Carey will conduct a one hour introduction to ice fishing at the Lyman Lake Boat Launch Area The pair will offer tips and tricks on how to catch fish and stay safe on the ice.


Mountain or Snow Bike Rides are this Sunday, Jan. 28  Oswald Cycle Works is sponsoring the free Mountain and Snow Bike Riding Series. At 9 a.m. those going on the ride this Sunday, Jan. 28  will  leave from the USGS Northern Appalachian Research Branch at 176 Straight Run Road, just off Route 6 in Asaph, eight miles west of Wellsboro. The ride routes are always different to keep them interesting. The ride will be two to three hours. For updates, visit or call Tom Oswald at 570-662-3097.


Hike or Snowshoe and Go Sledding This Sunday Jan. 28 at Lake Nessmuk 

Go sledding or on a guided hike or snowshoe hike from 1-3 p.m. this Sunday, Jan. 28 at the Nessmuk Recreation Area on Route 287, one mile south of Wellsboro. Tom Oliver, Tioga State Forest recreation forester, will lead visitors on the hike to explore the trails around Lake Nessmuk, if conditions allow. The guided hike will begin at 1 p.m. in the parking area on the hill near the covered picnic pavilion overlooking the lake. Arrive earlier to put on boots or snowshoes or, if conditions warrant, hiking traction devices. Those who have their own snowshoes should bring them. A limited number of snowshoes and hiking traction devices will be available for children and adults to use free. Youngsters who bring sleds, saucers, toboggans and tubes can go sledding down the hill behind the picnic pavilion if there is enough snow.


The Mansfield University Kayak Club is hosting an open house in Decker Gymnasium Sunday from 6-8p. Children and adults, swimmers and non-swimmers are invited to try kayaking in MU’s indoor warm water pool. A child must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The adult does not have to get in the water.  Those who plan to get in the pool should wear a swimsuit or clothes that can get wet and bring a towel. The club will provide kayaks, paddles and other equipment to use for free.


the trail. Registered participants will be notified about the status of the program on Thursday, Feb. 1. For more information or to register for this free program, call the park office at 1-814-647-8401 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.



To learn more about series events or for updates, trail conditions, directions and more, visit any time or call 570-724-0635 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays. Snow and ice updates are also posted on Facebook at Step Outdoors Tioga County PA.


Mansfield based state police report two drivers have fled the scene of a crash without notifying them. Benjamin Benner of Wellsboro escaped injury Tuesday morning when his 2012 Dodge Ram slid off of ice covered Connelly Mountain Road inward Township, struck a culvert and rolled over onto its roof. Police said Benner was going too fast for conditions. Cody Page of Canton reportedly did not notify authorities when his 1998 Ford Mustang crossed the Ogdensburg Road in Union Township lat last Saturday night after making a right turn, and went off the pavement into a ditch coming to rest against a culvert. Page allegedly left with his passenger without calling police.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks are trying to find the owner of a gun found Saturday afternoon in Patterson State park on the Cherry Springs Road in Summit Township. Owner may claim the black Ruger LCP .380 at the Denton Hill Barracks at 814.274.8690.

Wednesday January 24, 2018


East Branch of Fishing Creek looking north–Gerri Miller


Tuesday’s high, 47; overnight low, 23; dusting of snow







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Counterfeit $100 bills passed in St. Marys Walmart….Two people arrested for stealing twice from the store….Thieves steal safe from Cross Fork camp….Minor damage reported in sideswipe collision last Saturday in Ulysses Township….Three Potter County communities will benefit from CDBG funding this year….

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Obituary: James MacCartney, Coudersport


 Troopers at the Ridgway barracks are looking for the criminal or criminals who passed counterfeit bills at the St. Marys Walmart early last Friday morning. Eight phony $100 bills were used to make a payment just before 4:00 am. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 814.776-6136.

State police there have arrested two shoplifting suspects. Tristan Cheatle, 21, of either Hollywood, PA or Pennfield is accused of trying to steal an item last night. Authorities claim Cheatle admitted to stealing several items  from the store Sunday night including a pair of brown survivor boots, four plastic rings and a plastic necklace valued at a total of $45.00. Tammy Anderson, 45, of St.Marys was allegedly  caught by video surveillance stealing multiple items from the store on January 4 and several other products on the evening of January 14. Both defendants will now answer charges in district court.

A camp burglary near Cross Fork was recently investigated by state police at Coudersport. Thieves took a white Sentry 1170 safe containing personal documents from a camp 0n Kettle Creek Road between June 1 and September 17. The camp is owned by Gloria Roff of Shermansdale, PA.

Both drivers escaped injury in a minor collision Saturday morning in Ulysses Township. State police explained that the mishap occurred when Gregory Payne of Wellsville, NY was going south on Route 44 making a left hand curve just as Fred Lefever of Jersey Shore, PA was crossing bridge hauling an over-sized load. Payne slowed down and moved to the right in an unsuccessful attempt to avoid impact. The driver side rear view mirror on hisvDodge Dakota hit the left corner of Lefever’s load.

Three Potter County municipalities will benefit from projects funded through Community Development Block Grants. County community Development Director Jennifer Rossman gave the commissioners an updated at last week’s board meeting. Rossman said work will begin on the Roulette sewer system and the Shinglehouse water and sewer system. She explained the Roulette project has a high priority because one of the village’s two sewage tanks is not operational and the other has leaks. The township has received several notices from the Department of Environmental Protection about the leak. The money for Shinglehouse Borough will be used to upgrade equipment to handle so called “flushable” clogging the seer system every day. She said it takes a worker 3 to 4 hours a day to clear the system whereas in many similar systems that is the amount of time spent in a year. Both projecrts will cost about $1 million dollar. Meanwhile  the Genesee water project, which began a few years ago, is scheduled for completion this year. Among the improvements there are the installation of a spring house and a well storage tank. That project also is costing about $1 million. Rossman said those grants mean the munipalities will not have to come up with the money themselves.


James R. MacCARTNEY, 73, of Coudersport, PA, died Sunday, January 21, 2018 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. Born May 4, 1944, in Monongahela, PA, he was the son of Earl Barclay “Tim” and Julia Jean Bell MacCartney. A graduate of McGuffey High School in Claysville, PA and Edinboro University, he taught social studies and history at Coudersport High School for many years.

“Mac” was an Eagle Scout and a member of the Brookland Club.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman.

Surviving are:  four children, Jarett (Karen) MacCartney of Genesee, Darren (Amanda Forcier) MacCartney of Wellsville, NY, Brandon (Beth) MacCartney and Todd (Danielle) MacCartney, both of Lititz, PA;  three step-sons, Dan (Darla) Cowburn of McDonald, PA, Jason (Sherry) Cowburn of Hughesville, and Ryan (Kacey) Cowburn of Indiana, PA;  special others, Alex and Quinton;  19 grandchildren;  a brother, Jack (Laura) MacCartney of Youngstown, OH;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents;  and his wife, Katherine MacCartney.

Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM, followed by a brief time of sharing at 11:30 AM.  Burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Black Forest Conservation Association, P.O. Box 331, Coudersport, PA 16915.


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