Tuesday May 22, 2018

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Barnum Road Wetlands, Eldred, PA

Monday’s high, high, 83; Overnight low, 56; .95 “ rain







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UGI Central Penn announces rate decrease….Disabled military veterans arriving in Potter County today to spend several days as guests of Trout Unlimited….Wellsboro man hurt when motorcycle collides with deer…..Ulysses driver cited for drug possession…..Vandals destroy fence and posts in Fox Township, Elk County….

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UGI Central Penn Gas customers are receiving some good news in the mail. The company has filed a request to reduce rates on June 1. As a result, the total bill for the typical residential heating, commercial and industrial retail customer is projected to decrease by 2.4%, 3.5%,and 4.0% respectively on December 1. The utility says the proposed December 1, 2018 rates would result in a bill for typical residential retail heating customer of $87.02 per month; the bill for typical commercial retail customers would be $206.33 per month and the bill for a typical industrial retail customer would be $1m165.27. Several other utilities serving the region have also indicated a rate reduction. Their customers will be receiving notification soon if they haven’t already.

Disabled military veterans participating in this year’s Trout Unlimited Project Healing Waters will be passing through downtown Coudersport on Tuesday, May 22.

County Commissioners Doug Morley,  an Paul Heimel, and  Susan Kefover invite members of the public to borrow an American flag from county offices and line the streets of town to greet these special guests.

As in past years, they’ll be arriving southbound on Rts. 44/49 (North Main Street), coming from Shinglehouse and arriving in Coudersport at approximately 2 pm.

Flags can be borrowed at the Main Street entrance of the Gunzburger Building or the Security Guard Station in the courthouse.

After passing through town, the procession will travel east on Rt. 6 and pass through the parking lots of Sweden Valley Manor and the campus of UPMC Cole before a stop at American Legion Post 192.

At 3:30, the group will travel south on Rt. 872 through Austin and reach its destination, the First Fork Lodge in Costello, at 4 pm.

Project Healing Waters is sponsored by the God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers. Goal is to aid in the veterans’ physical and emotional recovery by introducing or rebuilding the skills of fly fishing and fly tying, and by supporting these skills as lifelong recreation.

All activities, services and equipment are provided at no cost, including equipment that accommodates special needs.

Participants will be coming to Potter County from Pennsylvania VA hospitals and he headquartered at Moore’s Run Fish and Game Preserve.


A Wellsboro resident was seriously hurt last Friday morning when his motorcycle collided with a deer in Charlestown Township. According to state police at the Mansfield barracks, 60year old Thomas Sampson was going south on Hills Creek Road at around 5:30 am when his Yamaha Road Start struck a deer which had walked onto the road. The bike continued upright for about 25 feet after initial impact then slide on it’s side for about 50 feet before stopping. Sampson was life flighted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre with serious injuries.

State police at Coudersport have charged 48 year old Michael Lowe of Ulysses with drug possession. Troopers allege when they pulled over Lowe’s 2011 Jeep Liberty at the intersection of E. Main Street and Mill Street in Galeton at about 10:30 last Friday night for driving without headlights on they found him in possession with a small amount of pot and drug paraphernalia. Charges were filed before District Judge Chris  Kalacinski.

Vandalism in Fox Township Elk County this past weekend was investigated by troopers at Ridgway. Deliberately ran over three fence posts and fence wire on land along Windy Lane owned by Bill Ginther of Kersey. The criminal mischief took place between 9:00 pm Friday and 7:00 am Saturday. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136.




Monday May 21, 2018

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Barnum Road Wetlands, Eldred, PA

Sunday;’s high, 64; Overnight low, .25” rain (weekend total)







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Obituary: Myrl Knickerbocker, Coudersport

Downstate man dies in Elk County accident…..Two St. Marys women hurt in rear-end collision…Charges filed after ATV crash in McKean County….Numerous charges lodged  in Cameron against Clymer, PA driver who led police on high speed chase with stolen vehicle…Emporium man accused of punching 16 year old victim and shoving him to the ground…Young Austin girl receives inappropriate message through Instagram…Theft of wind chimes and other items investigated by state police at Ridgway….”Do 6” awards presented….

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A downstate man lost his life in a one-vehicle crash ear;y Saturday morning in Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police 65 year old Roger Gamble was going east on Route 66 near Pin Camp Road at abuit 1:15 am when his Dodge Ram pick up went off the road and hit a large tree.

Injuries were reported for two St. Marys women involved in a collision Saturday afternoon on the Quehanna highway in Gibson Township, Cameron County. State police at Emporium report the collision occurred when Mellissa Laughlin and Luke Caskey, also of St. Marys were travelling in a caravan west of Wyckoff Run when Caskey slowed down  his Jeep Cherokee to make a left turn. Laughlin could not stop her Jeep CJ5 in time and attempted to swerve to avoid contact but hit the rear of Caskey’s  Jeep in the rear. The impact caused the load in Laughlin’s vehicle to shift and overturn into a ditch. She and her passenger Katherine Renaud were tackle to Elk Regional in Dubois for treatment of serious injuries while 18yerold Caskey was not hurt.

Patrick Laird of Emporium escaped injury at around 6:30 Saturday morning in a mishap on Route 120  in Shippen Township Cameron County. Troopers explained Laird was going south when his Toyota Tacoma went off the road.

A Driftwood driver and her passenger escaped injury when her SUV became stuck on the May Hollow Road in Shippen Township Cameron county just after 4:00 am Saturday. Heidi Kennedy was going south when her Kia Spoartage  became stuck due to wet and soggy conditions. She and her passenger Jennah Nishida of Clearfield were using seatbelts at the time.

A Johnstown resident was slightly hurt in an ATV accident in Norwich Township McKean County last Friday night. According to state police at Kane  67 year old Douglas Bowser was thrown off  of his E-Z-Go Sportsman 400 when it overturned as he was turning into a parking lot on Route 46. He did not require treatment but has been cited for careless driving.

DUI charges are pending against 32 year old Lawrence Stadden IV of Emporium who was pulled over by state police at around 1:30am May 5 on the CCC Memorial Highway in Shippen Townshp for an alleged traffic violation. Police claim he showed signs of impairment and took him into custody for a blood draw.

Numerous charges  have been filed in Cameron County against a Clymer, PA man who was caught May 7 after state police deployed spike strips which flattend all four tires on the stolen vehicle he was driving on Wycoff Run Road. Joseph Gillo Jr. was wanted in Cambria and Indiana Counties for a variety of crimes including robbery/ car jacking and vehicle theft. Authorities claimed Gillo was driving a truck he stole from his own father when he was apprehended. State police at Emporium were notified that Gillo might be heading to a camp on Wycoff Run Road in Grove Township. When the truck was spotted, troopers tried to stop Gillo but he took off leading them on a chase. Following capture, Gillo was arraigned and jailed awaiting extradition to Cambria and Indiana counties. Before allowing him to be extradited, state police at Emporium charged Gillo with several crimes allegedly taking place in Cameron County,  including receiving stolen property, flight to avoid apprehension, reckless endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, failing to obey stop and yield signs, resisting arrest, littering, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and related offenses.

John Charles Wilson, 21 of Emporium has been arrested for harassment. State police allege Wilson punched a 16 year old Empoirum boy in the chest and shoved him to the ground, causing abrasions during an argument on the afternoon of April 21at the intersection of West Fourth and Vine Streets in that town.

Two NY men have been arrested by Troopers at the Coudersport barracks for illegal possession of firearms. State police were notified last Monday evening that 41 year old Jason Mesler of Friendship  would be in the Shinglehouse area to hunt with hisnephew  and was discovered on Plank Road. Mesler was on parole with the stipulation which did not allow him to leave NY state and was not authorized to possess a gun. During the investigatin, Mesler allegedly got out of the vehicle and fled into the woods but later emerged and surrendered. Police also learned 25 year old William Carpenter of  Olean was also prohibited from having a gun. Both men were charged with illegal possession of a firearm. Mesler was additionally arrested for flight to avoid apprehension.

The theft of a license plate from an Allegany Township vehicle remains under investigation by state police in Coudersport. The plate, bearing PA registration MG8438G was taken on the afternoon of May 8 while the machine was parked on Cobb Hill Road.

Elk County woman is asking thieves who took a sentimental wind chime off her porch between 8:30 pm Friday and 11:00am Saturday to return it as it had been given to her by a family member who recently passed away. The wind chime has the words “If tears could build a staircase to heaven” on it; is about 2 ft. long with six chrome bars, a wooden top and wooden hanging pendulum. A hanging flower basket containing pink and purple flowers and a Steelers thermometer were also stolen. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.778.6136.

Kenneth Ruppert, 33 of Ulysses has been cited for criminal trespass. State police allege Ruppert was asked to leave  properly posted property on Grove Street owned by Zabrina Rupper, 30, several times on May 9,but refused to do so until he was advised officers were on their way.

An 11 year old Austin girl reportedly received an inappropriate message through her Instagram account on May 9 and state police at Coudersport are investigating.

The PA Route 6 Alliance presented the annual “Do 6” awards at the annual meeting in Warren last week. Winners were:

Heritage Partnership Award –

Bradford County Veterans Memorial Park Association

Heritage Tourism Award -Venango General Store

Artisan of the Year – Curt Weinhold, Weinhold Photography; (Coudersport)

Heritage Leadership Award  Dan Glotz, Warren County Planner, Warren County;

Heritage Community of the Year-, Dorflinger Glass Museum andDorflinger-Suydam Wildlife Sanctuary;





Friday May 18, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

Barnum Road Wetlands, Eldred, PA


Thursday’s high, 84; Overnight low 55; no rain







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Obituary: Ernest Morris, Westfield

Causer introduces bill to expand broadband in rural areas….Both drivers unhurt in Coudersport Borough collision…..thieves steal  tools during brief period Wednesday afternoon on the Brandy Camp Road….Historic document stolen from Fox Township Eagles Club….St. Marys woman accused of stealing more than 100 photos from Walmart….

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Working to bring broadband infrastructure and connectivity to rural communities in the 67th Legislative District and across the Northern Tier, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has introduced legislation to establish the Rural Pennsylvania Broadband Deployment Act.

“Access to high-speed internet is not a luxury but a necessity for our students and teachers, our farmers and business owners, and our doctors and patients,” Causer said. “With the issue finally getting the attention it deserves, both the president and the governor have pledged funding to address broadband infrastructure, and we need to make sure those dollars are invested in communities like ours where they are needed the most.”

House Bill 2293 would establish a new fund within the State Treasury into which federal (and other) funding can be deposited to use for deployment of rural broadband/high-speed internet services. The legislation would also create an advisory board within the Department of Community and Economic Development to not only investigate and make recommendations for the improved deployment of these services, but also to solicit, review and recommend proposals to use the funding.

“It is important to have the fund and advisory board in place to ensure dollars dedicated to rural broadband deployment are directed to the most underserved areas of the Commonwealth,” Causer said.

The bill has been referred to the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee for consideration.

Causer noted several other rural broadband initiatives are under consideration in the state House. Those bills would:

Conduct an in-depth investigation and audit into the compliance of non-rural telecommunication carriers with Act 67 of 1993 and Act 183 of 2004.

Establish a special bipartisan, bicameral legislative commission to recommend improvements to the deployment of high-speed broadband services in unserved and underserved areas.

Inventory all state department, agency, commission or institution-owned communication towers, poles, buildings and facilities to leverage existing state-owned assets for the provisioning of high-speed broadband internet to unserved and underserved areas.

Audit the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s administration of the E-Fund, a six-year education technology program that was to address network modernization plans.

Both drivers  escaped injury in a fender bender Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of South Main Chestnut Streets in Coudersport. Borough police told Black Forest Broadcasting News the collision happened when Bobbie Fragale of Emporium, while passing,  pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by Mark Major of Port Allegany who was going south on South Main Street. The “T-Bone” impact sent Fragale’s car onto the sidewalk in front of St. Eulalia’s Parish Center. No charges were filed.

Ridgway based state police have been busy investigating recent thefts. During the space of a couple of hours Wednesday afternoon thieves stole a drywall sander,  a pair drywall stilts, three extension cords, a rotozip and screw gun valued at a total of $560 from a home on the Burning Well Road. The tools owned by John Hosack of Wilcox were taken between 12:15 and 2:00 pm. Troopers are looking for the thief or thieves whole stole a historic document from the Fraternal Order of Eagles at 428 Main Street in Fox Township between the first of this month and yesterday. The large document was signed by the club’s original founders in 1903. Anyone with information about either crime is asked to call troopers at 814.776.6136.

A St. Marys woman has been charged for stealing photos from the St. Marys Walmart Wednesday afternoon. State police claim Katelyn Walters, no age given, was caught on surveillance video lifting about 170 4 x 6 photographs from the store’s  Photo Center


Ernest L. MORRIS, 94, of Westfield, PA, formerly of Wellsville, NY, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.  Born October 8, 1923, in Olean, NY, he was the son of Ernest L. and Clara Wilkins Morris.   On April 19, 1948, in Genesee, PA, he married the love of his life, the former Eloise I. Young, who predeceased him on June 5, 2017. A World War II Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army in the European Theatre.  He was a combatant in the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944 and later fought in the Battle of the Bulge, the largest battle on the Western Front. He was employed by Air Preheater in Wellsville, NY for many years.  Ernie was a member of the People’s Church of Potter Brook and Gerald G. Griffin American Legion Post #519 in Westfield.  Surviving are:  three sons, Steven D. (Dorothy) Morris of Virginia Beach, VA, Stanley D. Morris of New Iberia, LA, and Ernest J. (Nicole) Morris of Portsmouth, VA;  a daughter, Vicki D. Braley of Spring Hill, FL; five grandchildren;  eight great-grandchildren;  one great-great-granddaughter;  his favorite child, Bonnie Hallett of Wellsville;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a son, Vance Morris;  a brother, Duane Morris;  and three sisters, Bette Burnside, Gloria Pratt and Stella Shutt.

Friends may call Monday, May 21, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday in the People’s Church of Potter Brook. The Rev. Gene Jones, the Rev. E. Matthew Zehr, and the Rev. Philip W. Sanders will officiate.  Military Rites will be accorded in the church by members of the Tioga County Honor Guard.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Potter Brook People’s Church, 62 Rte. 49, Westfield, PA 16950.

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

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