Thursday May 31, 2018

 

Wednesday’s high, 86; Overnight low 67

THU-RAIN,  HIGH 75

THU NIGHT-CLEARING, LOW 66

FRI-RAIN RETURNS, HIGH 76

FRI NIGHT-RAIN, LOW 60

SAT-MOLSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 69

SAT NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 56

BFB Headlines (Thursday May 31, 2018) Shinglehouse man accused of involuntary manslaughter for drug death…Shots fired at people tubing on Sinnemahoning Creek…..Wellsboro woman suspected of slashing  tires….Thirsty burglars steel beer and other items from Smethport area garage…..

A Shinglehouse man has been jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail after being arraigned yesterday before District Judge Kari McCleaft on charges of involuntary manslaughter, possession of a designer drug and criminal use of communication facility. State police allege 25 year old Oakly Zeddy Mulkin provided drugs to a victim who died from the drugs. No further information was available at news time including the victim’s name and date of death. Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

Troopers at Emporium say no charges are pending for an incident of reckless endangerment taking place Saturday between 5:00 and 5:30p pm in a field neart Floyd’s Road along Sinnemahoning Creek one or two miles downstream from 749 Castle Garden Road in Gibson Township, Cameron County. A 44 year old Driftwood woman told police when she and three other people were tubing down Sinnemahoning Creek she heard gunfire followed by bullets hitting the water and trees around her. After screaming to make her presence known, an unknown male road an ATV to the creek bank and apologized for shooting toward them. Authorities explain due to the suspect being unknown, no charges will be filed at this time.

Mansfield based state police have arrested 30 year old Brittany Kerr for criminal trespass in connection to vandalism taking place last Thursday. Authorities claim, Kerr was seen hiding in the back seat of her boyfriend’s SUV and pointed to the tires on vehicles belonging to Amanda and Adam Black of Wellsboro. The tires were slashed later that night.

DUI charges are pending against a 47 year old Fox Township man after a one-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on the old Kersey Road. His vehicle went out of control, and rolled over an embankment hitting a tree with its roof before stopping. The driver was taken to Elk Regional for treatment of injuries and a blood draw.

A burglary at a Smethport residence between last Wednesday, May 23 and yesterday is being investigated by state police at Kane. Burglars entered a garage at 4652 Route 46 in Keating Township and made off with $5 worth of change, a case of Coors Light and a bottle of Rumchata. The stolen items are valued at $65. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.

Pennsylvanians who harvest deer anywhere in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia no longer may bring them home without first removing the carcass parts with the highest risk of transmitting chronic wasting disease (CWD).

As part of the fight to slow the spread of CWD in the Commonwealth, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has updated its executive order prohibiting the importation of high-risk deer parts into Pennsylvania.

While the order has always prohibited whole deer from being brought into Pennsylvania from most U.S. states and Canadian provinces where CWD exists, it previously permitted deer harvested in New York, Ohio, Maryland or West Virginia to be brought in, so long as the deer weren’t reported to have been harvested in any county where CWD has been detected.

Now that the updated order has taken effect, there are a total of 24 states and two Canadian provinces from which high-risk cervid parts cannot be imported into Pennsylvania.

The parts ban affects hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose, mule deer and other cervids in: Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming; as well as the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Those harvesting cervids in the identified states and provinces must leave behind the carcass parts that have the highest risk for transmitting CWD. Those parts are: the head (including brain, tonsils, eyes and any lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone; spleen; skull plate with attached antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft tissue is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord tissue; unfinished taxidermy mounts; and brain-tanned hides.

Hunters who are successful in those states and provinces from which the importation of high-risk parts into Pennsylvania is banned are allowed to import meat from any deer, elk, moose, mule deer or caribou, so long as the backbone is not present.

Successful hunters also are allowed to bring back cleaned skull plates with attached antlers, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; tanned hide or raw hide with no visible brain or spinal cord tissue present; capes, if no visible brain or spinal cord tissue is present; upper canine teeth, if no root structure or other soft tissue is present; and finished taxidermy mounts.

Pennsylvania first detected chronic wasting disease in 2012 at a captive deer facility in Adams County. The disease has since been detected in free-ranging and captive deer in parts of southcentral and northcentral Pennsylvania. To date, 104 free-ranging CWD-positive deer have been detected in Pennsylvania.

The Game Commission in late February also established its fourth Disease Management Area, DMA 4, in Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counties in response to CWD turning up at a captive deer facility in Lancaster County.

 

Hunters who harvest deer, elk or moose in a state or province where CWD is known to exist should follow instructions from that state’s wildlife agency on how and where to submit the appropriate samples to have their animal tested. If, after returning to Pennsylvania, a hunter is notified that his or her harvest tested positive for CWD, the hunter is encouraged to immediately contact the Game Commission region office that serves the county in which they reside for disposal recommendations and assistance.

A list of region offices and contact information can be found at www.pgc.pa.gov by scrolling to the bottom of any page to select the “Connect with Us” tab.

First identified in 1967, CWD affects members of the cervid family, including all species of deer, elk and moose. To date, there have been no reported cases of CWD infection in people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But the disease is always fatal to the cervids it infects.

As a precaution, CDC recommends people avoid eating meat from deer and elk that look sick or that test positive for CWD.

More information on CWD can be found at CDC’s website, www.cdc.gov.

There currently is no practical way to test live animals for CWD, nor is there a vaccine. Clinical signs of CWD include poor posture, lowered head and ears, uncoordinated movement, rough-hair coat, weight loss, increased thirst, excessive drooling, and, ultimately, death.

Much more information on CWD, as well as a video showing hunters how they can process venison for transport and consumption, is available at the Game Commission’s website.

 

 

Newly elected state representative for the 68th Legislative District, Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter), has announced he will be operating out of the same offices as former Rep. Matt Baker at 74 Main St. in Wellsboro, telephone (570) 724-1390, and 121 Canton St. in Troy, telephone (570) 297-3045. Both offices will be open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1-4:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Services Owlett’s two offices provide include:

  • Property Tax/ Rent Rebate applications.
  • Driver’s license and vehicle registration applications and renewals.
  • Assistance with PennDOT paperwork.
  • PACE and PACENET applications for seniors.
  • Voter registration forms and absentee ballot applications.
  • State tax forms.
  • Student aid applications.
  • Free state maps and state park information.
  • Copies of legislation.
  • Copies of birth and death certificates.
  • Scheduling tours of the State Capitol.
  • Referrals to agencies to resolve state-related matters.

Veteran assistance hours will also be offered at the Troy district office. A service officer will be at the office on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Anyone interested in speaking with the department service officer should call the Troy office at (570) 297-3045 to schedule an appointment.

Some of the services available to veterans and their dependents include assistance with compensation, pension, death benefits, education and health care, as well as any issues pertaining to veterans benefits. Veterans do not need to be a member of the American Legion to receive these services.

The 68th Legislative District includes all of Tioga County and portions of Bradford and Potter counties.  Owlett will take the oath of office on Tuesday, June 5, at 10 a.m. at the Capitol in Harrisburg. The ceremony will be streamed live on his website at www.RepOwlett.com.

Obituary

Arthur F. DuBOIS, 90, of Coudersport, PA passed this life on May 27, 2018 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.Born June 7, 1927, in Coudersport, he was the son of Arthur W. and Helen Welfling DuBois and the grandson of William and Nellie Olmstead DuBois and Charles and Emma Kortz Welfling. On June 26, 1965, in Waverly, NY, he married the former Phyllis D. Wright, who survives.A graduate of the Coudersport Public Schools, he served honorably with the U.S. Navy at the end of World War II, discharged as an Aviation Electronics Technician’s Mate Third Class.

He earned a BA in Mathematics and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lehigh University, and he was elected to the Phi Etta Sigma, Eta Kappa Nu and Phi Beta Kappa honorary societies.  He completed graduate work at Syracuse University; was graduated from the Bell Telephone Laboratories Communications Development Training Program; attended Commanders’ Radar Bombing School at Mather Air Force Base; and attended ECM Familiarization School at Keesler Air Force Base.

From 1951 through 1954, Mr. DuBois was employed by Bell Telephone Laboratories as a member of the technical staff participating in the development of radar for strategic and technical aircraft.  In 1955 through 1957, he was vice president of Coudersport Insuring Company, a business owned by his family.  Mr. DuBois began his 25-year career with IBM’s Federal System Division in 1957.  There he held various staff and managerial positions related to the development of avionics for strategic aircraft; digital sonar; communications equipment; and electronic warfare systems.  Following his retirement from IBM, Mr. DuBois formed Defense Analysis Corporation and continued to consult in similar technical fields until 1992.

He was a member of the American Defense Preparedness Association, the Air Force Association, the Association of Old Crows, the American Legion, and the Potter County Historical Society.  Mr. DuBois was a life member of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department for which he served as an active firefighter for 55 years. Mr. DuBois served as a board member for the Eulalia Cemetery Association and the Potter County Housing and Redevelopment Authority.  He served as a director and vice president of The First National Bank of Coudersport and also as a director of Commonwealth Bancshares, Commonwealth Bank, and Commonwealth Bank-North.

Friends may call at the First United Presbyterian Church, Coudersport on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 Noon.  The Rev. Warren Cederholm and the Rev. Donald Caskey will co-officiate.  Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials made to the Eulalia Cemetery Association, the Potter County Historical Society, or the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department.

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

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

 

 

Wednesday May 30, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 60; no precipitation
WED-MOSTLY SUNNY, ISOLATED AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 78
WED NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, LOW 64
THU-SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 70
THU NIGHT-ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS, LOW 67
FRI-AFTERNOON SHOWERS, HIGH 81

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 Obituaries: Ronda Smoker-Allen, Genesee; Ellen Butler, Port Allegany;  Terry Hardes, Port Allegany

Unemployment went up if four out of five counties in Black Forest Service Area….Random Potter County residents participating in CDC Health Survey…Three people hurt in two motorcycle wrecks…Theft of grave stone markers investigated by State police in Coudersport…Items stolen from parked vehicle in McKean County

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The unemployment rate worsened in four out of the five counties in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area between March and April. Cameron County, which has often had the worst rate saw an improvement from 5.7% to 5.2%. Meanwhile, Potter County’s rate went up from 5.4 to 5.6%; McKean and Tioga Counties each saw an increase from 5.1 to 5.2%; and Elk realized an uptick from 4.0 to 4.1%. Pennsylvania’s rate during the period was 4.7% while the national figure improved to 3.9%. Adams County held steady at 3.3% for the best in Pennsylvania while Forest was still in 67th place but showed improvement from 7.2 to 6.4%.

The nation’s most comprehensive study on human health and nutritional status of people living in the United States is in Potter County now until August 7, 2018. Approximately 535 randomly selected area residents will have the opportunity to participate in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) when representatives of the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention visit their homes. The data collected will help determine the number of people in the United States who have a range of health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. Public health officials, lawmakers, and physicians use the information to develop sound public health policies, direct and design health programs and services, and expand health knowledge for the nation. The information will also help participants learn more about their health. Those who are contacted are encouraged to participate. All information will be kept confidential.

Due to low attendance after the busy holiday weekend, Visit Potter -Tioga PA has decided to postpone The Downtown Workshop scheduled for today at the PA Lumber Museum . It will be rescheduled for a date this coming fall.

Coudersport based state police investigated two recent motorcycle crashes. Minor injuries were reported for 24 year old Bradley Lemoine of Berwick whose Kawasaki failed to make a right hand curve on the Wharton Road last Friday morning. The bike laid down and both Lemoine and the cycle slid across the road and came to rest on the northern shoulder. Lemoine was taken to Charles Cole hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

A Belmont, NY couple was injured Monday evening when their Harley Davidson Screamin Eagle hit a deer on the South Brookland Road in Ulysses Township. Jason Becker was going south and was unable to avoid the collision. He and his wife, Jillian, were taken to Charles Cole  Hospital by ambulance.

DUI charges are pending against a Lancaster, PA driver who was stopped by Coudersport based state police for a traffic violation on the night of April 27 in Abbott Township. Troopers claim when they pulled 57 year old David Enck on the Cheese Factory Road, they found he was impaired due to consuming alcoholic beverages.

Thieves who stole markers from the Parker Hill Cemetery in Hector Township are being sought by state police at Coudersport. A brass Gravestone marker valued at $100 and a steel marker valued at $50 belonged to Pamela Palmer of Shinglehouse and were taken between May 12 and 25.

Someone stole a rechargeable flashlight and concrete hammer from a vehicle owned by a 56 year old Smethport man on the morning of May 21 while it was parked at 37 Bordell  Cross Road in Keating Township.

Harassment charges are pending against a 52 year old Williards, MD man. Kane based state police allege the suspect, whose name was not released repeatedly contacted a 46 year old  Port Allegany woman last Wednesday night.

Ronda L. Smoker-Allen, 42, of Genesee, passed away in her home on Sunday, May 27, 2018, after a long illness.Born on September 19, 1975 in Lancaster, she was a daughter of Ronald L. Smoker and Linda G. Walton.Ronda attended school in Wellsville, N.Y. and had also attended Northern Potter High School in Ulysses.  She later attained her GED. She was employed at the former Ox Yoke Inn in Galeton, Linda’s Genesee Family Restaurant in Genesee, and the Roadside in Shinglehouse, until retiring due to ill health.Ronda enjoyed horseback riding and camping.  She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  Her greatest love was her family and her pets.Surviving besides her father of Knoxville, TN are three children, Veronica R. Smoker of Coudersport, Cameron J. Allen of Austin, and Jessica G. (Anthony Dietze) Edwards of Genesee; a grandson, Bentlee H. Butler; a grandchild to be born in November; a sister, Shelly M. (Dale) Rennells of Genesee; a brother, Rodney L. (Jamie) Smoker of Dickson, TN; a stepsister, Delores (Greg) Stooksberry of Knoxville, TN; two stepbrothers, Ronald (Kimi) Zook of Tennessee and Jesse (Becky) Zook of Dickson, TN; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.Ronda was predeceased by her mother.A special thanks to Tex and Betty, Ann, Miranda, Tricia, Amber and Tonya for their love and help to Ronda throughout the years.Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Ronda’s life at 6pm on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the home of her sister, Shelly Rennell’s, 1975 Ellisburg Road, Genesee.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ronda’s name may be made to the National Adrenal Diseases Foundation, PO Box 566, Lake Zurich, IL 60047; to an ASPCA of the donor’s choice; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.Ronda’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 Ronda, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

Terry J. Hardes, 62, of Campbell Hollow Rd., passed away Saturday (May 26, 2018) at his home, of an apparent heart attack.      Born Mar. 3, 1956, in Coudersport, PA, he was a son of Ward C. and Katherine Franke Hardes.  On Oct. 11, 1986, in Port Allegany, he married Nancy L. Falk, who survives.     Terry was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, class of 1974.     Mr. Hardes worked for Olson-Tenglund, Inc. of Port Allegany, for 35 years.  He always managed to lighten up the demeanor of a customer while at work.       Terry was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed watching birds. He also loved woodworking and carpentry.      Surviving in addition to his wife Nancy, are two daughters, Colleen A. (Ken Kysor) Hardes of Parma Heights, OH, and Sara E. (Rich Benjamin) Hardes of Towanda, PA; a brother, J. Michael (Linda) Hardes of Port Allegany; and several nieces and nephews.        He was preceded in death by his parents.          Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 30, 2018) in the First Presbyterian Church, Port Allegany, where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. with Rev. Garen Smith, pastor, officiating.      Memorials can be made to the Port Area Ambulance Service.       Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be made to:  Nancy L. Hardes

68 Campbell Hollow Rd.  Port Allegany, PA 1674

Ellen R. Butler, 84, of Port Allegany, passed away at home with her loving family by her side on Monday, May 28, 2018, after a short illness.

Born on November 13, 1933 in Keating Summit, she was a daughter of Vern and Daphne Card Mantz.  She was formerly married to Jesse F. Butler.

Ellen was a graduate of Austin High School.  She was employed by the former Pierce Glass Company in Port Allegany, retiring after many years of service.

Ellen was a member of Port Allegany United Methodist Church, a member of the Women of the Moose in Port Allegany, and a member of the Coudersport American Legion Post 192 Ladies Auxiliary. Her greatest love was being with her family and grandchildren.  Her special gift in life was making people smile and laugh.

Surviving are three children, Rhonda B. (Erik) Coxon of Snowmass Village, Colorado, Scott J. (Raymona) Butler of Leander, Texas, and Sonja L. (T.J.) Kiser of Port Allegany; eight grandchildren, Darby Butler, Jessica Coxon, Xavier Kiser, Tiarra Kiser, Elias Kiser, Aleczander Kiser, Tristan Kiser, and Trey Kiser; a great-grandson, Lincoln Kiser; a brother, Ralph “Sye” (Carol) Mantz; two sisters, Virginia Meyers and Audrey “Connie” (Ted) Boyer; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ellen was predeceased by a sister and her husband, Alice and Joe Michael; and a brother-in-law, Gerald Meyers.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Ellen’s life from 3pm to 7pm on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Veteran’s Memorial Home, 4743 Route 155, Port Allegany.  Burial will be in Portage Valley Cemetery, Wrights, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cole Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 102-108 South Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to Port Area Ambulance Services, 22279 US 6 West, Port Allegany, PA 16743.

Ellen’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 Ellen, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

 

TUESDAY MAY 29, 2018

 

 

Monday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 63; .60” rain (weekend total)

TUE-MIX OF CLOUDS & SUN, HIGH 83

TUE NIGHT-LOW 64

WED-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 85

WED NIGHT-SCATTERED CLOUDS, LOW 65

THU-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 75

THU NIGHT-LIGHT RAIN, LOW 62

 

 Obituaries: Verna Seviinsky,Coudersport & Cheri Lynn Swift, Bolivar

  Coudersport apartment dwellers temporarily homeless after  accidental fire Monday…State police arrest 28 year old suspect for neglecting mother dog and pups….Emporium man charged for hurting woman during domestic violence asaultlast Thursday…Betula resident allegedly threatened Olean man over the weekend…Thieves smash truck window to steal purse and personal items Sunday afternoon in Ellk County…Theft of trailer and criminal mischief also investigated by Ridgway police…..Causer reports on Denton Hill meeting….

 

Several Coudersport apartment dwellers are temporarily homeless following an accidental fire Monday afternoon at 391 Route 6 West . According to fire chief Bryan Phelps the blaze was due to spontaneous combustion in the laundry room. All occupants were safely evacuated and there were no injuries. The building was filled with smoke which caused the residents to seek temporary lodging. They are b eing assisted by The Red Cross. Crews remained on the scene for about 45 minutes after the 12:48 pm call. The department was assisted by the local ambulance company, borough police and Star Hose volunteers from Port Allegany.

Troopers at Kane have not released the name of the suspect but say a 28 year old man is facing charges of animal cruelty. When they responded to a complaint that a mother dog and her puppies were being neglected at a home on Beers Road in Eldred Township Saturday, they found the puppies were dehydrated, bleeding, covered with Feces, fleas and tickets. With the help of the SPCA the puppies were removed and given the treatment they needed. Burton Crowell, 57 of Emporium was arrested last Thursday evening for harassment. State police claim he grabbed Donna Crowell’s wrist causing significant pain during an argument at their home of Jenks Run Road.

Kane based state police have charged 28 yearold Brian Henderson of Betula with harassment. Authorities claim Henderson yelled at Gannon Roberts-Creed of Olean and threatened harm if he did not stop shooting guns.

DUI charges are pending against  27 year old Travis Kramer of Penfield, PA by state police at Kane. Police claim when they pulled him over on Route 255 while riding an off road dirt bike, he was under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a blood draw which he refused. A refusal in Pennsylvania is an automatic conviction of DUI.

John Johns, 21, of Port Allegany is also charged with DUI. Troopers claim when they stopped him recent they found he was driving under the influence of alcohol.

A theft from a motor vehicle on Beaver Run Road in Benezette Township during a brief period Sunday is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. Police report the thief smashed the passenger side window in a pick up owned by Jonathan Warner of Furnace, PA to steal a purse and personal belonging of Susan Bedwsorth also of furnace. Amount of s tolen items is estimated to be $650 while damage to the window is estimated to be $200.

Thieves stole a Black 2005 Top Brand Trailer from W. Thjeresia Road in Fox Township between 8:00 pm May 24 and 12:30 pm May 25.

State police at Ridgway also investigated vandalism along McClintick Road in Weedville Saturday. Vandals dug up the gravel in a driveway at the home of a 78 year old man.

Obituaries

Verna L. Sevinsky, 85, of Coudersport, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. She married Theodore “Sonny” F. Sevinsky in August of 1951. They shared over 40 years of marriage together prior to Sonny’s death in 1995. Verna was born on November 5, 1932 in Coudersport, PA, the only daughter of the late Harry and Goldina (McCracken) Foust.

Verna was employed as a machinist with the Pure Carbon Company for nearly 40 years. She was a member of the St. Eulalia Catholic Church, formerly serving as a Catholic Daughter. She was a strong advocate of women’s rights and actually helped raise all seven of her brothers as the only daughter in the family. Verna had many hobbies and interests including golfing, bowling, reading, sewing, knitting and crocheting. She also took great pride in riding her Vespa scooter around town. Most importantly, she loved to take camping trips with her children and grandchildren, whom she was so proud of and loved dearly. Verna will be remembered by family and friends for her great sense of humor and distinct laughter.

Left to cherish Verna’s memory are her four children, Ted (Diana) Sevinsky of Coudersport, Karla (Terry) Neefe of Coudersport, Penny (Jasper) Tingley of Hinsdale, NY and Nancy (Lynn) Grupp of Coudersport; 11 grandchildren, Lynn, Theodore, Jenna, Anthony, Jeff, Greg, Colby, Jim, Andy, Gary and Sarah; 14 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Wayne, Joe and John, all of Coudersport; several nieces and nephews; many dear friends.

In addition to her parents and late husband, Sonny, Verna was preceded in death by four brothers, Harry, Walter, Tom and Ed.

Memorial services will be held at the convenience of her family. Memorial donations can be made in Verna’s name to the Coudersport Ambulance Association, 122 E. 2nd Street, Coudersport, PA 16915. To share your fondest memories of Verna or to sign her guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com. Local funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd., Coudersport.

Cheri Lynn Swift, 51, of Bolivar, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, May 25,2018.

Born on August 20, 1966 in Olean, she was a daughter of Peggy A. Day Whitaker.

Cheri graduated from Bolivar Central School in 1985 and attended Jamestown Community College and BOCES in Olean, earning her Licensed Practical Nursing degree.  She was employed at Wellsville Manor and Jan and Bev’s Home Health Care in Wellsville.  She was currently employed as a personal care nurse for Terri Keenan in Olean.

Cheri had previously attended the Seventh Day Baptist Church in Little Genesee and was currently attending the Faith Bible Church in Little Genesee.  She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion in Belmont.  She was an avid NASCAR fan, watching the races and attending races as often as she was able.  Her greatest love was her family.

Surviving are her mother of Debary, Florida; a daughter, Kelly R. Swift of Bluffton, S.C.; a son Matthew K. Swift of Bolivar; a granddaughter, Madison Ratzel of Bluffton, S.C.; a sister, Char (Fred) Stone of Bolivar; a nephew, Michael (Ashley) Stone of Duncannon, Pa.; a niece, Amy Stone of Little Genesee; a grandnephew, Dominic Stone of Little Genesee; four grandnieces, Tia Jo Stone Walters and Olivia Walters, both of Little Genesee and Alina and Victoria Stone, both of Duncannon, Pa.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 6:30pm on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee, with Pastor Ben Ramirez, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Faith Bible Church, 8137 Main Street, Little Genesee, NY 14754 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

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