Tuesday March 27, 2018

Black Forest Express


Monday’s high, 28; Overnight low, 33; no precipitation






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Obituaries: Timothy “Tim” Schaub Coudersport and   Milton Stebbins, Port Allegany                                                                                                                                                                                                           NWS issues advisory for freezing rain …..Construction for a new bridge in Foster Township, McKean County will begin soon….Potter County Early Childhood Expo will be  held April 21 in Coudersport….Tax advisor will be available April 3 at Cameron County Chamber of Commerce OIffice…Smethport woman accused of stealing elderly man’s check and making it out to herself….Attempted burglary at Emporium playground investigated….Texas driver accused of DUI after Tioga County crash…..

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The National Weather Service has issued a “ Winter Weather Advisory” in effect from 10 am this morning to 5 PM EDT this afternoon… freezing rain expected in some locations. Total ice accumulation of a light glaze is expected in McKean, Potter, Cameron, northern Clinton and northern   Center counties. Light freezing rain will spread east into the region late  this morning, and could persist right through the afternoon   hours, especially across the higher terrain. The greatest threat for freezing rain will  be on the ridge tops, and north-facing slopes. The ice will  result in very slippery conditions on untreated sidewalks,   roads and bridges. A “Winter Weather Advisory” is the least severe of the watches and warnings.  Next is “Watch” and the most severe (if a blizzard is not predicted is “Warning.”

Construction for a Route 346 (Derrick Road) bridge spanning Foster Brook in Foster Township, McKean County, is scheduled to begin soon as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Construction is expected to begin during the week of April 9 and be complete in early October. During this time, an alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by temporary traffic signals .In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.  This bridge is referred to as JV-66 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com.

The Potter County Commissioners announced at a recent meeting that the 2018 Early Childhood Expo will be held April 21 at the Coudersport Elementary School. Several agencies, who provide services to infants, toddles and young children and their parents and/or caregivers , will be participating. The Expo will be free of charge .

“Ask an Accountant” hours offered by the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce are changing in April.  Jessica Herzing, an area accountant, will be at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Artisan Center on Tuesday, April 3 from 6pm to 7:30pm.

These free, walk-in office hours are available to all local business owners and entrepreneurs. Small businesses aren’t always in need of a dedicated bookkeeper, tax preparer or Certified Public Accountant, however, they can still benefit from the expertise of an accounting professional when questions arise.  Jessica will be available to answer your accounting and tax questions or point you in the right direction to the resources needed to ensure you have the best, most accurate information as you move forward building your business.

Jessica is a staff accountant and tax preparer at Judd A. Schager, CPA.  She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Central Pennsylvania College. As a CPA candidate, she is bound by the ethical standards of the accounting profession, as well as professional liability and negligence constraints. She cannot perform actual tax preparation, bookkeeping, or accounting engagement services in this voluntary capacity.

Unable to attend “Ask an Accountant” hours?  Be sure to take advantage of Clarion University’s Small Business Development Center’s, Corry Riley, on Thursday, April 26.  Corry has been a  Business Outreach Consultant with the SBDC since 2005. He serves Cameron, Clearfield, and Potter counties.  He will be here, at the Chamber, providing office hours from 10 am to 3 pm, and can provide assistance with financial analysis, Quickbooks Assitance, market research, business plan development, environmental compliance, human resources, and management assistance. Walk-ins are welcome, however, appointments are recommended and may be scheduled by contacting the SBDC at (814)393-2060 or via email at criley@clarion.edu.

Emporium based state police have arrested 31 year old Ashley Jo Calloway of Smethport on forgery and theft charges. Troopers allege Callaway stole a check from a 93 year old Emporium man on February 6; made it out to herself  for $200 and then cashed it. The elderly victim resides on  East Allegany Street

State police in that town are continuing their investigation into an attempted burglary at the Prospect Park Playground located at the intersection of Arch Street and Meadow Road. Would-be  burglars pulled open the doors in an effort to enter thestorage  building beweet 5:00pm an dmidnight Sunday but apparently left empty handed.

DUI charges have been filed against a 22 year old Crockett Texas woman by state police at Mansfield. Authorities claim Kimstry Martin was speeding when her Dodge Dart slid off of the gravel Ore Bed Road in Richmond Township on Sunday, March 18 and hit a speed limit sign. The car then dropped into a ditch. The driver and her passenger, Nathan Shaw of Ida Louisiana, were treated at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for minor injuries and troopers claim both men had consumed alcohol


Timothy A. “Tim” Schaub, 51, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, March 26, 2018, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on March 1, 1967 in Coudersport, he was a son of Lewis S. “Louie” and Louise McNulty Schaub.

Tim was a 1985 graduate of Coudersport High School.  He was a two time All Star in basketball and was the Most Valuable Player for the North Tier League in 1984. He was a member of the golf team in high school and was the Prom King in his senior year in high school.  He graduated from Mansfield University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.

Tim was employed by Potter County Human Services as a caseworker for 18 years until retiring due to ill health.

Tim was a member and a deacon of the First United Presbyterian Church in Coudersport.  He was an avid Red Sox fan and Minnesota Vikings fan.  He was a former member of the Coudersport Golf Club.  He enjoyed music and photography.  He was very active in the Special Olympics program and was the recipient of the WOW Award for working with the bowling team in 2004.

Surviving are his parents of Coudersport; a sister, Nan M. (Don) Tanner of Turtlepoint; a brother, David M. (Janice Nolan) Schaub of Bellefonte; four nieces, Amy Schaub Karfonta, Angela Schaub Stebila, Anne Schaub Parise, and Sara Schaub Tyson; a nephew, Travis Tanner; twelve grandnieces and grandnephews, Nolan and Adam Karfonta, Madison, Michael, Matthew, and Benjamin Stebila, Dominic, Abigail and Isabella Parise, and Anna, Jack, and Molly Tyson; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins

Tim was predeceased by his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Family and friends are invited to call from noon to 2pm on Thursday, March 29, 2018, at the First United Presbyterian Church, 402 North Main Street, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 2pm with the Rev. Carl P. Greene, Interim Minister of Worship and Pastoral Care, officiating.  Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.

The family will provide flowers.  Memorials in Tim’s name may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church, 402 North Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Tim’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Tim, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Milton O. Stebbins, 81, of, Port Allegany, died Friday (March 23, 2018) in the Olean General Hospital, Olean. He was born Jun 1, 1936 in Coudersport, a son of Leon and Eva McFall Stebbins, On Jan. 28, 1956 in Port Allegany; he married Betty Crowe, who survives. Mr. Stebbins was a Maintenance Supervisor, employed by Pittsburg Corning, Port Allegany, PA, retiring in 2003 after 47 years of service. He was a life member of both the Star Hose Co #1of Port Allegany and the Keating Sportsman Club of Smethport PA. He was also a member of the VFW Post 6391of Port Allegany Milton enjoyed hunting and most of all spending time with his family In addition to his wife, he is survived by Two daughters: Catherine (Mick) O’Brien of Smethport, PA and Corinne Lewis of Portville, NY, One son: Jeffery (Crystal) Stebbins of Ocean Side, CA Thirteen grandchildren, Nathan (Laura) O’Brien, Kylee (Brian) Little; Ashley (Shane) Rice Joshuah Lewis, Jeffery, Andrew, and Mark Stebbins; Hunter and Sierra Brandt; Shannon (Megan) Yeager, Bryon (Jessie) Stebbins, and Mary and Margo Stebbins Six great grandchildren Two daughters-in-law, Karen Stebbins and Linda Stebbins. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sons Mark and Brian Stebbins and one brother Marlin Stebbins There will be no visitation. Friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Wednesday, March 28 at 11:00 am in the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 105 N Main St.,, Port Allegany, PA with the Rev James Kazimer, Pastor of the First Church of God of Eldred, officiating. Burial will be in the Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany, PA. Memorials may be made to Port Allegany Ambulance Association, Port Allegany, PA 16743 Or Star Hose Co #1/ Port Allegany Fire Dept., PO Box 295, Port Allegany, PA 16743 the grimes Cemetery Association, PO Box 383, Port Allegany, PA. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.





Monday, March 26, 2018

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Sunday’s High, 48; Overnight low, 13; no precipitation







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Roaring Branch  man jailed for attacking woman…..Emporium troopers collar  man caught trying  break into elderly woman’s  house in broad daylight… Wellsboro resident accused of harassing victim via Facebook…Vandalism to commercial truck investigated in Elk County…15 year old Tioga County boy arrested for burglarizing churches and library…..elderly driver hurt in one-vehicle accident Friday….

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A Roaring Branch, PA man has been jailed for attacking and threatening a 37 year old woman from that community on the afternoon of March 12. According to Mansfield –based state police,30 year old Zachary Bellows grabbed the victim, pushed her down and ground her face into the floor. He then reportedly took the victim’s pistol and hid it in a field telling her he would retrieve the weapon when he gets out of jail and will shoot her with it. After being arraigned on charges of simple assault, terroristic threats, theft and harassment, and violating the terms of his probation,  Bellows was committed to the Tioga County Prison .

Emporium-based state police  have arrested 21 year old Trystan Welsh of 907 Sizerville Road, Emporium foe possession of a controlled substance, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness . Troopers report they were dispatched top the home of a 93 year old woman on the E. S8xth Street extension just before 6:00 pm last Wednesday and found Welsh trying to force his way into the house. Authorities claim Weslsh was found to be under the influence of marijuana and in possession of suspected pot when he was apprehended.

Facebook was a tool allegedly  used by a 38 year old  Wellsboro man to harass 1 27 year old woman from that town early last Friday morning. State police explained that Justin Bailey repeatedly contacted the victim via Facebook for no legitimate purpose causing annoyance and alarm and will answer harassment charges in District Court.

Troopers at Ridgway are looking for whoever smashed the passenger window in an Asplundh Tree Service work vehicle last Thursday or Friday. The truck was parked in Wilcox Park, Jones Township between 5:00 pm Thursday and 3:00 pm Friday. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.776.3136.

A juvenile petition has been filed in Tioga County against a 15 year old Wellsboro resident. State police allege they youth stole various audio/electronic equipment  from the Ansonia Full Gospel Fellowship, First Presbyterian Church and Green Free Library between March 14 and 18.Authorities say all of the equipment was recovered.

Minor injuries were reported for an elderly Middlebury Center woman after a one-vehicle accident on Route 287 in Middlebury Township shortly after noon on Friday. Troopers report 72 year old Diane Lusk ws going south when her Subaru Legacy went off the road and into a ditch where it traveled for about 0 feet before stopping. She was taken by ambulance o Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro.


The House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter), is hosting an informational meeting  this afternoon to discuss forest conservation easements, as well as recent and pending PENNVEST transactions that finance the purchase of private forest lands and place conservation easements on a portion of that land.


Causer, members of the committee and the following presenters: Cindy Adams Dunn, secretary, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources; Brion Johnson, executive director, and David Henning, project specialist, Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST); Keith Klingler, president, PA Landowners Association; and Arthur Stewart, president, and Tyler Martin, vice president, Caledonia Land Company, Warren County will participate The heearing will start  at 1 p.m. in Room 60 East Wing, State Capitol Complex, Harrisburg. Barring any technical difficulties, the meeting will be streamed live at www.RepCauser.com.



Friday March 23, 2018


Thursday’s high, 42; Overnight low, 25, no precipitation







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Rep. Causer reports nearly 100 farmers and others attended this week’s farmer breakfast….Work will soon be underway to repair mudslides on Route 120 in Cameron County…Burns supper raised $500 for Wellsboro food pantry….Westfield man arrested on numerous charges including DUI and illegal racing…Galeton Borough police issue warrant for downstate man accused of forgery, theft and receiving stolen property..Coudersport  troopers arrest three people on drug charges…

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Rep. Martin Causer (L) Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding (R)

Rep. Martin Causer reports nearly 100 farmers and others in the industry were on hand for an update about ag-related issues being worked on in Harrisburg during a Farmers Breakfast this past Wednesday at Hamilton’s Maple Products near Ulysses. The event included a question and answser session with Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. Causer says the challenges facing the state’s dairy farmers was a primary topic of discussion, along with permitting issues with the Department of Environmental Protection and progress of a new law to boost agriculture education in our schools. The diversity of the industry was well represented, with dairy farmers, from both large operations and small; livestock farmers, including a veal farmer; crop farmers, including a potato grower; local FFA students; and more.

Causer said he appreciated  everyone who took time out of their day to attend, and especially Secretary Redding who traveled from Harrisburg to attend . He also issued  an extra special thank you to Larry and Phyllis Hamilton of Hamilton’s Maple Products for welcoming those attending  and serving a delicious breakfast, and to Penn Ag Industries, which hosted the event.

The lawmaker added It was especially nice to have officers from Headwaters FFA at the Farmer Breakfast. Pictured, from left, are Wyatt Kosa, secretary; Trevor Frey, president; Lynn Bartas, parliamentarian; and Clifton Erway, chaplain. They  are joined in the photo by Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is advising motorists that temporary traffic signals will be in place soon on a section of Route 120 in Cameron County.

Due to slide issues, PennDOT is restricting the eastbound lane on a section of Route 120 between the village of Driftwood and the Route 120/Route 872 intersection. Drivers moving through this area will encounter an alternating traffic pattern, enforced by temporary traffic signals. The signals will be placed on Friday, March 23 and be fully operation on Wednesday, March 28.

Drivers will also encounter advance signage and message boards alerting them of “Traffic signal ahead” and “Be prepared to stop”.

This traffic pattern will be in effect until a construction project to resolve the slide issue can take place. PennDOT reminds drivers to always buckle up and obey posted speed limits.

Galeton Borough Police have made several recent arrests, J acob Houghtaling, 24, of Westfield, Pa; was arrested and charged for an incident that took place in the Galeton Borough in late February .He was charged with DUI incapable safe driving, DUI high rate of alcohol, illegal racing, careless driving , driving without a license and driving while license suspended.

Lowell Taft, also of West filed was arrested and charged for an incident that took place in the Galeton Borough. He was charged with DUI incapable safe driving, DUI high Rate and other summery offenses. No further information was released.

And, Galeton police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Ramon A Myrick Sr,of Harrisburg was charged for an incident that tookalso  place in the Galeton Borough.(No date given) He was charged with Forgery, theft, theft by deception and receiving stolen property. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

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Burns Supper organizers present a $500 check to Wellsboro Area Food Pantry President Bill Yacovissi (second from left). Shown are organizers (from left) Jim Tutak, Charlie Messina and Pat Davis. Messina also donated $100 to the food pantry on behalf of his business Corner Self Storage in Gaines.

“We donated $500 to President Bill Yacovissi for the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry,” said Jim Tutak, who with Charlie Messina, Pat Davis, Larry Biddison, Ciro Lo Pinto and Jerry Tutak organized the 2018 Robert Burns Supper. “This is the largest donation we have made to the food pantry since holding the first Burns Supper in Wellsboro in 2011,” he said. The Burns Supper is celebrated around the world on the Sunday closest to Jan. 25, 1759, the date that Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, was born. The local Burns Supper got its start in 2010 when Jim Tutak “emigrated” from New Jersey to Wellsboro. My brother was involved with an annual Burns Supper in New Jersey and I usually attended. It was an excuse to smoke cigars, drink single-malt whiskies, eat a traditional Scottish meal including haggis and recite poetry,” Tutak said.

“When I came to Wellsboro my only regret was the lack of ethnic food. As you can’t get much more ethnic than haggis, Charlie Messina and I put together a group of like-minded locals to run a Burns Supper here and we’re still doing it today,” Tutak said.

Those interested in attending should mark their calendars for Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at 3 p.m. at Timeless Destination in Wellsboro.


The $500 donation from the Burns Supper will provide food for four to seven days for 45 people.

One hundred percent of all donated funds are used to purchase food from the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Williamsport. The  largest group of clients are elderly and the  second largest group are single mothers and their children.

The Wellsboro Area Food Pantry is open on the second Monday and fourth Tuesday of each month from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  at the Wellsboro United Methodist Church on the corner of Main and Queen streets. The organization also provides food on an emergency basis if those who need it call 570-998-4018 or email wellsborofoodpantry@gmail.com.

To make a cash donation, write a check payable to the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry, PO Box 547 Wellsboro, PA 16901 or use PayPal on the pantry’s website at www.wellsborofoodpantry.org.

Those who have food to donate should email wellsborofoodpantry@gmail.com or call 570-998-4018.

State Police at Mansfield have announced they will be conducting security checks at schools throughout Tioga County. Troopers may be seen on school grounds and may be observed conducting walk through in school buildings. The security checks are intended to establish a positive police presence at the schools as well as familiarize officers with the schools and staff. The checks will conducted  throughout the school day as well as throughout the evening and night. The presence of the Pennsylvania State Police at the schools is not intended to cause alarm, should an emergency or critical incident take place, a public information release report will be issued as soon as practical, according to officials.

Galeton Borough Police have made several recent arrests, J acob Houghtaling, 24, of Westfield, Pa; was arrested and charged for an incident that took place in the Galeton Borough in late February .He was charged with DUI incapable safe driving, DUI high rate of alcohol, illegal racing, careless driving , driving without a license and driving while license suspended.

Lowell Taft, also of West filed was arrested and charged for an incident that took place in the Galeton Borough. He was charged with DUI incapable safe driving, DUI high Rate and other summery offenses. No further information was released.

And, Galeton police have issued a warrant for the arrest of Ramon A Myrick Sr,of Harrisburg was charged for an incident that took also  place in the Galeton Borough.(No date given) He was charged with Forgery, theft, theft by deception and receiving stolen property. A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Coudersport based state police have arrested three people on drug charges. A 46 year old West Chester, PA man was arrested Sunday afternoon after a patrol officer found him passed out in the driver’s seat of his car along the Pusher Siding Road in  Ulysses Township. Police say they discovered he had been driving under the influence and probable cause search warrant allegedly turned up a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Another suspect was cited after being pulled for a moving violation over on Costello Avenue in Austin Tuesday night Authorities claim both the driver and passenger were found to have suspended driver’s licenses and were allegedly found in possession of suspected drug paraphernalia. Police promise to release all of the suspects’ names once charges are formally filed. Troopers were assisted by Chief Bryan Phelps and K-9 Jay.