Wednesday February 28, 2018

Tuesday’s high, 52; Overnight low, 16; no precipitation







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Rep. Causer reports on Dairy hearing…..area students invited to apply for Robert Merten Scholarship….Cameron County woman scammed out of $5,000….Morris woman arrested for stealing another woman’s vehicle……St. Marys woman accused of shoplifting at Walmart…

Obituary: Julia Bean,Shingleshouse

                                                                                                       Photos by Gerri Miller

As a community outreach the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church serves spaghetti or pancake dinners free charge (although donations are appreciated. This past Saturday. February 24, the church members provided a delicious spaghetti dinner. Pictured above are Potter County icon Norma Nichols and Sharon Haskins who took a break from their hard work. Shay Small on the right, wife of Pastor Steven Small, kept busy as a waitress and bus person.


Recognizing the complex challenges facing the state’s dairy industry, the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), met at the state Capitol on Monday to talk about solutions to help the industry thrive again.

“Although more than a third of the state’s agriculture revenues come from the dairy industry, our dairy farmers are really struggling to survive, mainly due to an oversupply of fluid milk in the market and persistently low prices,” Causer said. “But there are other factors as well, including regulatory issues and permit delays, and the limited processing capacity for milk in the Commonwealth.

“Today’s meeting was a great discussion about how we can work together to overcome these challenges,” he added.

Sen. Elder Vogel (R-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence), chairman of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, shared his experiences in more than 60 years of dairy farming with the committee. He indicated many of the challenges facing the industry today are similar to what he and his family experienced over the last six decades with fluctuating milk prices, dairies being sold or consolidated, and labor limitations. Milk prices especially are more volatile, he said, because of dairy being part of a world market.

A study of the state’s dairy industry, designed to help leaders and farmers plan a path forward to overcome these challenges, was referenced by several testifiers in their comments to the committee. Early results of the study, which was commissioned by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and the Center for Dairy Excellence, have indicated an investment in additional dairy processing capacity in the Commonwealth could generate as much as $34.7 million annually in combined revenue generation and cost savings. A link to that report and other elements of the study is available at

In his testimony, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding noted new plants could keep more than 20 percent of the state’s milk supply in Pennsylvania, rather than being shipped out of state for processing. That would both reduce hauling costs and increase milk premiums for farmers.

In addition to building processing infrastructure, Redding also stressed the importance of capitalizing on branding and marketing opportunities, improving regulatory processes and the business climate, broadening workforce development and education opportunities, and investing in broadband infrastructure.

Jayne Sebright of the Center for Dairy Excellence talked about the changes in the marketplace, both from the global perspective and in the northeastern United States, noting that this is the first time in history when producers can’t find a market for their milk. She stressed the importance of planning to remain competitive.

The reality, at the end of the day, is that we are small business owners, and as a result, we assume part of that risk,” she said. “Being a farmer today requires careful thought, planning and continually challenging yourself to find ways to improve in every aspect of your business.”




She pointed to results of a Pennsylvania Dairy Producer Survey from last summer showing a low percentage of PA dairy farms having a written business plan or a formal succession or transition plan. There is also low participation in risk management education. She believes more farmers must engage in practices like these to succeed.

Sebright’s testimony was followed by that of Dr. Andrew Novakovic, professor of agricultural economics at Cornell University, who is helping to conduct the dairy industry study for the Commonwealth. He expanded upon the opportunities for more processing capacity in the Commonwealth and outlined data comparing Pennsylvania’s dairy industry with that of New York, Michigan and Wisconsin.

The final testifier, Jeff Ainslie of Red Barn Consulting, shared his experiences working with farmers in various states on permitting and construction, noting project costs in Pennsylvania are significantly higher than in other states due to the regulatory environment. He is encouraged by more collaboration between the departments of Agriculture and Environmental Protection in regulation and farm-friendly best management practices and asked that lawmakers continue to support that effort. He also noted challenges at the local level due to inconsistencies among municipalities and efforts to balance agriculture needs and rapid development.

More information about this meeting, including video and written testimony and presentations, is available at Click on “House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee” from the left navigation bar.

Community Foundation Looking for Applicants for the Robert B. Merten Circle of Fifths Music Scholarship.

This scholarship was established in memory of Robert B. Merten, a Presbyterian minister,

teacher and musician. Throughout his life he took a strong interest in the young, the elderly and

the needy. He was an active volunteer and thoughtful commentator on significant issues. He

composed and performed music for several community organizations and functions and was a

member of a local band. This award is open to any Potter County senior graduating from any

public, private, or home school in Potter County or Port Allegany High School and accepted into

college or conservatory in the field of music.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 15th. Applications for the $900 scholarship are available on the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers website and through the high school guidance offices.

The Robert B. Merten Circle of Fifths Music Scholarship is one of many scholarships available through the CFTT. Information on the other scholarships can be found by contacting the CFTT. Suzanne Lee, President stated, “We are delighted to be able to provide scholarship opportunities to students in our community. The CFTT is pleased to able to help defray some of the costs through a partnership with our generous donors.”

CFTT serves Bradford, Potter, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Tioga County in New York State. It is a purely public charity, incorporated as a non-profit, that has been granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS.

The CFTT establishes endowment funds from contributions of many individual citizens, corporations, other foundations, other charitable organizations and government agencies for philanthropic purposes. As the endowment funds grow, the earnings from these funds are used to make grants to meet identified community needs or fulfill the desire of the donor. Donors can even make recommendations to the CFTT of the charitable organizations to receive grants.

Anyone interested in learning more about the CFTT or in establishing a fund can contact the organization by any of these methods: telephone – 570-888-4759; email – or website –

A Sinnemahoning has been victimized by a scam. According to Emporium based state police, The 67 year old woman received a phone call Monday morning advising their her granddaughter had been jail as the result of a crash and the victim would have to wire $5,000 to post bail and get out of jail. Once the money was wired, the victim learned her granddaughter was never in jail. Once again police warn about falling victim to such calls and advise checking with family members to see if it is true and/or check with police. Social media make it easy for criminals as they obtain enough information from the programs that they sound believable. Also, legitimate bail bondsmen do not post bail via phone. They may communicate by email or text but must meet the person posting the bail in person.

State police at Ridgway have arrested 42 year old Heather McClain of St. Marys for retail theft. Authorities claim McClain took $57.46 worth of merchandise from the St. Marys  Walmart Monday without paying for the items.

Troopers at Ridgway are continuing their investigation into a theft occurring last summer in Johnsonburg. Police claim a 27yearold Chicago, IL woman wrote a worthless check to Elk County Foods and has not made the check good since writing it on July 20, 2017.

Mansfield based state police have charged 41 year old Billie Arbaugh of Morris with theft of a motor vehicle. Police claim Arbaugh and the vehicle owner, a 77 year old woman, also from Morris, were in the victim’s Hyundai Elantra  last Friday afternoon near the Tioga/Lycoming County line when Arbaugh allegedly drove off leaving the victim stranded by the roadside.

Julia V. Bean, 87, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Olean, N.Y., entered into eternal rest on Monday, February 26, 2018.

Born on September 30, 1930 in Olean, she was a daughter of John and Helen Murowski Mazur.  In 1960 in Olean, she married Kenneth V. Nellis, who passed away in 1968.  On July 15, 1970 in Westons Mills, she married Lyle A. Bean, who survives.

Julia was a graduate of Olean High School, Class of 1949.  She was employed by Alcas Cutlery in Olean as an assistant supervisor, retiring in 1996 after 44 years of service.

Julia loved tending to her flower gardens.  After her retirement, she was a volunteer for local schools reading and writing programs.  Julia will be remembered for her warm personality and love for her family and friends.  She will be sadly missed by all whose lives she touched.

Surviving besides her husband are a daughter, Rosemarie (Joseph) Kaluza; seven stepchildren, Mark (Rosemary) Hathaway, Luther (Crystal) Hathaway, Marcella (Harris) Steele, Melda Justice, Marlene Yeaples, Monalisa (Randy) Miles, and Marcia (Rich) Green; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Annie Freelove and Rosemarie Mazur; and several nieces and nephews.

Julia was predeceased by her parents; her first husband; and a brother, Theodore “Teddy” Mazur, who died in 2015.

Friends may call from 9:30am to 11:30am on Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11:30am with the Rev. Edward L. Bean, Julia’s brother-in-law, officiating.  Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Julia’s name may be made to local libraries or schools, as well as online to for teachers needing school supplies.

Julia’s family is being served by Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

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Tuesday February 27, 2018


MONDAY’S HIGH, 55; Overnight low 15; No precipitation






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Police look for stolen pick up truck…..Troy man accused of shoplifting at Walmart….Wellsboro woman arrested for stealing jewelry while working for Goodwill…..Truck driver unhurt when rig crashes near Smethport…DUI charges filed against Wellsboro driver following wreck earlier this month….Coudersport volunteer emergency services mop up after accident on Route 872 last night…and answer wildfire call….Another arson investigated in Clearfield County….Game Commission to announce later today another CWD Management area developed…..

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State police at Kane are looking for a pick up truck stolen between last Thursday and Saturday in Kane. The  white GMC flatbed truck bears PA registration YSK3679 and has Chittester Excavating on both doors. The truck is owned by Steve Chittester of Kane and was taken from 45 Old Smethport Road in that town . Anyone who information about the theft or location of the truck is asked to call the Kane Barracks @ 814.778.5555.

A36 year old Troy  man has been arrested for for shoplifting at the Mansfield Walmart Saturday night. Darrel Struble of Troy was apprehended by members of the store’s Asset Protection Tam for trying to take flea medicine and car audio items out of the building without paying for them. The merchandise was valued at a total of $132.85.

Troopers did not release the name of an 18 year old Wellsboro woman who is suspected  of stealing several pieces of jewelry while working at Goodwill Industries on Route 6 in Charleston Township between 1q1:30 and noon last Wednesday.

A camp burglary in Elk County earlier this month is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. The burglar was cut while breaking a window to enter the camp on Swamp Creek Road between February 10 and this past Saturday. The camp is owned by a St. Marys man .Police did not say if anything was stolen but report some went through the victim’s belongings.

A NY state tractor trailer operator escaped injury in a mishap Monday afternoon in Keating Township, McKean County. According to Kane based state police Lyndon Evans of West Clarksville was going east on Route 6 when his load shifted on a left curve. The cab came loose and hit a guardrail while the trailer continued on for about a quarter of a mile before colliding with another section of guardrail. The rig sustained only minor damage.

Minor injuries were reported for a Covington driver after an accident early Sunday morning in Chatham Township, Tioga County. Troopers relate Joshua Bolt was travelling north on Route 249 when the right front tire on his GMC Safari went off the pavement and into a ditch where it became entrenched and caused the SUV to roll over onto its roof.

DUI charges are pending against a Wellsboro motorist in connection to a one-vehicle crash on the night of February 9 in Delmar Township. State police explained Todd Kriner, 55, was traveling south on the Stony Fork Road when he his Chevrolet C/K 1500 went  off the road and became buried in a snow bank.

A 47 year old Ulysses man is facing DUI charges after a one-vehicle crash early Sundays morning in Hebron Towship. According to sate police at Coudersport, the suspect fled the scene after wrecking his vehicle on the West Hebron Road/ Route 44 North  but later turned himself in and was allegedly  found to be under the influence of alcohol.

Coudersport volunteer emergency services responded to a one-vehicle crash Monday night on Route 872 just south of the Route 6 intersection at Ladona. According to Coudersport  Fire Chief, a van went off the road,  collided with a guardrail and traveled some 300 feet before becoming embedded and stopping.  Volunteers cleaned up fluids that were leaking and running across the highway. Traffic was diverted to Mocking Bird Lane during the mop up .The driver refused  medical attention for minor injuries. Earlier in the day, the department was dispatched to a wildfire near the intersection of the West Hebron Road and Steerbrook Road  in Hebron Township .A Tri-County Rural Electric Co-op Pole had fallen and a wire ignited debris near the pole.

Out of the area but of interest. Another arson in Clearfield County is being investigated.  Someone intentionally lit a fire inside a garage on State Street in Curwensville at around 1:15 am Monday. There were no injuries but the extent of damage was not released by police. The garage is owned by 75 year old Barbara Witherow and 53 Allen Bietz.


The Pennsylvania Game Commission has scheduled a press conference to announce the new Disease Management Area that will be established in response to chronic wasting disease being detected at a Lancaster County deer farm.

The press conference is scheduled to today  at 1 p.m. at the Game Commission’s headquarters, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg.

The Game Commission plans to livestream the press conference on its YouTube channel, where it also will remain posted to view at later times.

Following the press conference, Executive Director Bryan Burhans also will be participating in a Facebook Live video to discuss chronic wasting disease (CWD).

CWD, which is always fatal to deer, elk and other cervids, first was detected in Pennsylvania in 2012 at a captive deer farm in Adams County. It has been detected among free-ranging deer in two areas of the state.

In areas where CWD is detected in captive-raised or free-ranging deer, the Game Commission establishes Disease Management Areas (DMAs), within which special rules apply regarding the hunting, feeding and transport of deer.

Hunters within DMAs are prohibited from using urine-based deer attractants, or possessing them while afield. Deer harvested within a DMA may not be transported whole outside the DMA. Their high-risk parts – including the head and backbone – must be removed and disposed of before meat, antlers and other low-risk parts are transported from the DMA. The feeding of deer is prohibited within DMAs, as is the transport of live cervids.

The Lancaster County CWD-positive deer will result in DMA 4, the boundary of which is being finalized.


Monday, February 26, 2018



Sunday’s high, 56; Overnight low 26







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Obituaries: Melva  Louise D’Almeida, Westfield and Ernest “Ernie” Robinson, Shinglehouse

Galeton man jailed for assault….Police warn of new scam coming to the region….Thursday’s mixed bag of weather caused several accidents in Tioga County…..McKean County bar fined by LCB….Rep. Causer says proposed bill would make stiffer penalties for sex offenders…..

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 A Galeton man has been jailed  in lieu of bail for an alleged domestic violence attack occurring last Wednesday night at a residence  on West Main Street in Galeton. State police report 29 year old Curtis Short and a 29year old woman were arguing at the kitchen table when Short picked up the table and slammed it down on the victim’s foot. She went to a  neighbor’s apartment and called 911. After being arraigned for simple assault and harassment, Short was taken to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $5,000 percentage bail.

Ridgway based state police are advising area citizens of the latest scam to come to the region. Criminals call unwitting victims telling them they are representatives of software company and need to update the victim’s computers. Police say it is extremely important to not give out an personal information or to follow any instructions from the caller. Those who wish to update their software should research companies and make sure they are legitimate before proceeding.

Thursday’s mixed bag of weather contributed to a number of traffic accidents in  Tioga County. Joshua Causey of New Orleans, LA escaped injury at around 10:30 am when he braked while going down hill on snow covered Route 49 in Nelson Township. The truck slid across the road and rolled over onto the driver’s side. A few minutes later, A Williamsport woman’s Pontiac G6 slid off of route 15 in Covington Township during the snow storm and hit a guardrail. Troopers said Brittany Lisson was speeding at the time. She and her two teenage passengers were using seatbelts and were not hurt. An Elderly Williamsport woman was seriously injured in a one vehicle accident a couple of h0ours later on |Route 15 in Liberty Township. Lieselotte Kimble, 80, was a passenger in a car driven by nancy Butler of Montoursville which slid off of snow-covered Reputes 15 in Liberty Township, hit a guardrail end point, and rolled over onto a grassy median coming to rest on the passenger side. Both women were taken to Williamsport General Hospital. An hour after that accident, Leah Wright of Mansfield escaped injury when she applied the brakes on her Dodge Caiber after noticing a car ahead which was sliding. Wright’s car slid off the south side of the road and hit a small tree on the Charleston Road in Charleston Township. She was not hurt.

A medical problem caused a Lawrenceville man to wreck his Chevrolet Silverado Thursday afternoon on Route 328 in Jackson Township. Zachary Croft’s truck while going east, went off the north side of the  road and traveled across a drainage ditch before going up a five foot embankment where it came to rest. He was taken to Arnot Ogden Hospital with minor injuries.

Coudersport based state police say  drug charges are pending against a passenger whose vehicle was stopped on North Main Street in Coudersport borough on February 16. Authorities clam the suspect was found in possession of a small amount of marijuana and various drug paraphernalia. Troopers were assisted by Sweden Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps and K-9 Jay.

Troopers at Coudersport arrested 47yer old Kimberly Malaczewski of Gaines for drug law violations. Officers allege she was found to be impaired by a controlled substance while in the Nittany Minit Mart in Galeton of January 15.

DUI charges have been filed against 28 year old Logan Shultz of  Orrtanna, PA  who was pulled over by a patrol unit on the Wharton Road in Wharton Township at around 10:30 pm February 9. Police claim they detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from the passenger compartment of his vehicle and subsequently determined he was driving under the influence of alcohol

An administrative law judge fined the Buckhorn Hotel in Kane $2,000 for failing to maintain and complete truthful records covering the operation of the bar for a period of two years immediately preceding December 16, 2016.The judge also found the business had failed to adhere to the conditions of an agreement with the board which placed additional restrictionsn on the licensee on four different occasions September 2-December 15, 2016.

Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcsting News  Governor Tom Wolf has signed House Bill 631 into law, now Act 10 of 2018, the primary intent of which is to provide for greater public safety by ensuring convicted sexual offenders remain subject to registration requirements in the wake of recent court decisions impacting Pennsylvania’s implementation of the Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA).

The legislation, introduced by Rep. Ron Marsico, would ensure that as many as 12,000 sexual offenders remain on Pennsylvania’s registry and subject to the regulations in place at the time of their offense – either a 10-year or lifetime registration.

“I am proud to sign this bill, which helps to keep Pennsylvanians safer by maintaining a comprehensive list of sexual offenders,” said Governor Wolf. “We must maintain confidence in our judicial system, especially for victims of sexual abuse crimes. This bill works to help do that.”

HB 631 provides guidance on Commonwealth v. Muniz, where the Pennsylvania Supreme Court held that the commonwealth’s sexual registration statute, commonly referred to as the Adam Walsh Act, could not be applied retroactively.

Without this legislation, any person whose offense occurred prior to the enactment of SORNA in December 2012 would not be required to register as a sexual offender and those placed on the registry for offenses committed prior to that date would have been subject to removal.

Muniz held that offenders couldn’t be held to the stricter provisions of the 2012 version of SORNA.

This bill also addresses gaps in supervision of sexual offenders by providing for a mandatory three-year probationary period at the completion of their maximum state sentence.

“I took a hard look at strengthening our laws regarding sex offenders who pose a serious risk to public safety when they reenter the community,” Rep. Marsico said. “This legislation requires the courts to impose a mandatory three-year probation period consecutive to any term of total confinement for a person convicted of a Tier III sex offense under Megan’s Law. With this, probation and parole supervision can help keep law enforcement and the community informed about parolees’ work and home locations.

“As lawmakers, our priority is to keep the communities in our commonwealth safe and I am confident this law will achieve that goal. I want to thank the members of the House and Senate for passing this legislation and the governor for signing it into law today.”

The SORNA provisions in the new law take effect immediately; the mandatory three-year probation takes effect in 60 days.


Melva Louise D’ALMEIDA, 90, of Westfield, PA, formerly of Roswell, NM, Edison, NJ and Newark, NJ, died Monday, February 19, 2018 in Wheaton’s Personal Care Home, Westfield, PA.

Born May 24, 1927, in Allamore, TX, she was the daughter of Melvin E. ad Carrie M. Jarrell Bristow.

On November 21, 1945, inLas Cruces, NM, she married Manuel J. D’Almeida, who predeceased her on August 26, 2013.

She raised four children while helping to run her husband’s business, Manny’s Service Center in Newark, NJ for many years.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed fishing.

Surviving are:  a son, John D’Almeida of Marlboro, NJ;  three daughters, Louise (Karl) Paintner of Westfield, PA, Mary (Arthur) Hynes of Union, NJ, and Shirl (LaNora Klatt) D’Almeida of Maricopa, AZ;  12 grandchildren, Frank, William, Luke, Floyd, Amy, Dina, Tara, Austin, Amber, Brian, Daniel, and Cara;  19 great-grandchildren;  and five great-great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a grandson, Eamonn Hynes;  a brother, H.F. “Buddy” Bristow;  and two sisters, Dora Shipman and Bena Pulley.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10:30 AM, Saturday, February 24, 2018 in Holy Spirit Church, 970 Suburban Road, Union, NJ 07083.  The Rev. Armand Mantia was the Celebrant.  Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ.  Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital at

Arrangements were entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.c

Ernest D. “Ernie” Robinson, 81, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Saturday, February 24, 2018, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on October 30, 1936 in Portville, N.Y., he was a son of Dean E. and Ruth Brant Robinson.

Ernie was a graduate of Portville Central School, Class of 1956 and studied welding at New York City College of Technology, graduating in 1958.  He was employed as a welder for 42 years at Dresser-Rand Industries in Olean, retiring in 2000.

In his early years he raced stock cars and helped his son with go-cart racing. He loved to hunt and fish.  His greatest love was his family.

Surviving are four children, Michael J. (Theresa) Robinson and Daniel L. (Kim) Robinson, both of Shinglehouse, Dawn (Rick) Robinson of Roanoke, Virginia, and Tina L. (Gino) Cobin of Wellsville, N.Y.; seventeen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; a brother, Jack (Joyce) Robinson of Bolivar, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ernie was predeceased by a grandson, Timothy Winans; and a brother.

Friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Tuesday, February 27, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1pm in the funeral home with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in West Genesee Cemetery, Obi, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Ernie’s family is being served by Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

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