Black Forest Express
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Pussy Willow Imposters (Forsythia bush touched by April Snow)
Tuesday’s high, 53; Overnight low, 52; .25” rain
WED-AM SHOWERS, TEMPS DROPPING HIGH 44
WED NIGHT-CLEARING, LOW 20
THU-RAIN, THEN MAYBE MIX WITH SNOW HIGH 38
THU NIGHT-LOW 30
FRI-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 43
FRI NIGHT-CHANCE OF SNOW
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BFB Headlines (Wednesday April 4, 2018)Unemployment went up in three of five counties last month in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area….PennDot is set to begin work on Route 44 between Shinglehouse and Millport this week…Ulysses man scammed out of $1100 over the internet….theft of cash during an Easter party investigated by troopers at Coudersport….Millerton resident cited for dumping trash on private property….Broken tie road causes Easter morning collision in Coudersport….
Obituaries: Joshua Himes, Coudesport & Kathryn Vanwegen, Coudersport
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What we gained last month, we lost this month. Unemployment throughout the region went up between January and February according to figures just in from the state department of labor and industry. Only Potter and Tioga Counties held steady –Potter at 6.1% and Tioga, an even 6.0%. Elsewhere McKean saw a slight increase from 5.6% to 5.7%; Cameron jumped from 6.0% to 6.7% and Elk realized an uptick from 4.2% to 4.4%.Adams County had the best rate in the commonwealth at 3.6% the same as the last reporting period. Forest was 67th in Pennsylvania i with 6.7% an increase if 7/10s of a percent. Cameron County was next in line, placing 66th. Pennsylvania’s jobless rate for the period was 4.8% while the national figure was better at 4.1%.
PennDot says it will begin roadway improvement work late this week on Route 44 in Potter County. This work will improve roadway ride quality and extend the life of the roadway surface from Shinglehouse Borough to Coneville.
Across 9 miles of roadway, overall work will include roadway grinding, installation of pavement base drain, drainage replacement, pipe flushing, roadway widening, overlay, tree trimming for daylighting, pavement markings, basic repairs on three structures, new signage, and miscellaneous construction.
Drainage work will be underway first, with the potential for short delays and alternating traffic patterns enforced by roadway flaggers.
PennDOT will issue project updates as bridge repair work gets underway and temporary signals for that work become operational. Two of the bridges are near the village of Millport. The other bridge is between Millport and Shinglehouse.
Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $9.1 million job. The project is expected to finish by October. All work is weather and schedule dependent.
A Ulysses man is the latest victim of an internet scam. Coudersport based state police report Chad Erhard was bilked out of $1100 in Ebay gift cards while shopping for a car online between March 23 and 26.
Troopers at Coudersport say they have several suspects in a theft taking Sunday afternoon on Kline Road in Pike Township. While 24 year old Jenna Rinehart was hosting an Easter holiday gathering for friends and family, someone stole six $20 bills from her wallet. The investigation is continuing.
Mansfield based state police have arrested 22 year old Cody Dibble of Millerton for scattering rubbish. Authorities allege Dibble dumped trash on property on Mountain Ridge Road owned by Larue Vanzile of Mainsburg last Saturday afternoon.
A break-in at an Emporium home remains under investigation by state police there. Someone broke the glass in the front door in order to enter that home at 511 N. Vine Street at around 11:30 pm Sunday March 26.
And troopers there also investigated a criminal mischief occurring this past weekend on East Allegheny Avenue in Shippen Township. Unknown vandals used a blunt object to smash a mailbox belonging to Costanzo’s Off Road.
Vandalism taking place last Friday or Saturday in Elk County is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. Criminals broke and removed a Cadillac emblem from the front grill on a vehicle owned by a 48 year old St. Marys woman while the car was parked at her home on the Million Dollar Highway.
A mechanical failure is blamed for a collision at a Coudersport intersection Sunday morning. Troopers explained that Karla Karr was unable to turn off of Route 44 onto Davidge Street because the steering on her 2013 locked up due to a broken tie rod. The SUV collided with a Chevrolet Cruze operated by Katherine Harvey which was sitting at the intersection. Both Coudersport women escaped injury.
Minor injuries were reported for a Smethport man whose sedan collided with another car on the Christian Hollow Road in Norwich Township last night. Ryan Corbett was going west when his Chevrolet Malibu went off the right side of the road and struck a Chrysler Town and Country owned by Misty Taylor also of Smethport. The impact caused Corbett’s car to overturn completely before coming to rest in a ditch on the passenger side.
A Portville, NY passenger did not require treatment for minor injuries she received in a collision Sunday morning in Eldred Township. According to State police at the Kane Barracks, the fender bender happened when Michael Chastain of Olean, NY pulled into a driveway while going west on the Prentisvale Road to turn around and backed out onto the highway in front of a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Robert Putt of Portville. Police said Putt swerved his Buick in a futile attempt to avoid contact. His wife, Bobbie was slightly injured.
A 2005 Nissan 350Z driven by a 19 year old West Seneca, NY resident hit a tree off of Route 15 in Liberty Township, Tioga County Tuesday morning. Troopers report 19 year old Noah Shults was going north in the left lane of the highway when the car bounced off the road after going across rumble strips.
Joshua Mark Himes, 39, of Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018 at his residence. Josh was born on March 8, 1979 in Dubois, the son of the late Marlene (Himes) Gaberseck.Josh was a graduate of Northern Potter High School, Class of 1998. He was a maintenance worker at Olga Gallery, Cafe, & Bistro, Coudersport and previously worked at McDonald’s, Coudersport and Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.He enjoyed the outdoors; fishing, swimming and camping as well as playing pool, miniature golf, his console games and watching professional wrestling. Josh enjoyed his time attending Partial Hospitalization Group at the Dickinson Center, Coudersport, where he met many of his friends.
Surviving are a sister; Margaret J. Heiser of Coudersport; a brother, Joseph B. Himes of Dubois; a step father, Andrew Gaberseck of Coudersport; a great grandmother, Florence Rossman of Coudersport; a niece, Ella Heiser, two nephews, Dustin and Jensen Gaberseck, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.There will be no visitation and services will be at a later date at the convenience of the family.Family suggest contributions be made to the family of Joshua M. Himes c/o Margaret Heiser, PO Box 568, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to GoFundMe, the arrangements for Joshua M. Himes.Arrangements being handled by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East Street, Coudersport.
Kathryn B. VanWegen, 88, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away in her home on Monday, March 26, 2018, after a short illness.Born on March 11, 1930 in Force, she was a daughter of Guy and Mary Trentini Brunelli. She married Harold F. VanWegen, who passed away in 1997.Kathryn was employed as a legal secretary by Mahaley and Duvall in Coudersport and later was employed by the former Commonwealth Bank in Coudersport. She was a longtime member of the Central Grange in Sweden Valley.Surviving are two daughters, Cynthia V. Kelly and Elaine Butler; two grandchildren, Cody Butler and Melanie Connell; a great-granddaughter, Olivia Kathryn Connell; two brothers, Vincent Brunelli and Albert Brunelli; and a sister, Ginger Skidmore; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Kathryn was predeceased by a sister, Aileen Monteleone.In keeping with Kathryn’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Coudersport.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cole Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 102-108 South Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Kathryn’s family has entrusted her 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 Kathryn, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com