Friday June 29, 2018

 

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Thursday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 57

FRI-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 86

SAT-SUNNY,  HIGH 92

SUN-SUNNY, HIGH 94

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Obituaries: John Carpenter, Shinglehouse and Timothy “Tim” Charles Cole, New Port Richey, FL (formerly Coudersport)

Game Commission says study shows PA has stable fawn survival….The PA senate has adopted a resolution urging the FDA to enforce existing regulations that establish clear standards for milk labeling….Kane teenager hurt in one-vehicle crash early today….Minor injuries reported for Duke Center woman after accident Thursday morning…..Sleepy teen wrecks pick up in Tioga County……Two McKean county teens suspected of vandalizing vehicles….

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Three years of field study, 165 captured fawns and more than 200,000 trail-camera photos again have demonstrated that Pennsylvania has good, stable fawn survival.

The research, which wrapped up in 2017, was started to see if predators – particularly coyotes – were taking more fawns than documented in a two-year study that began in 2000. The Game Commission and Pennsylvania Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Penn State (PCFWRU) collaborated to design the study and conduct fieldwork.

Although the playing field had changed in the study areas when the second study began in 2015 – Pennsylvania had more predators and deer – the results essentially were the same, according to Christopher Rosenberry, who supervises the agency’s Deer and Elk Section.

“There was no evidence that predators were taking too many of our fawns in any of our 23 Wildlife Management Units,” Rosenberry said. “They all have stable or growing whitetail populations.”

“Our field studies have shown repeatedly that predators are the No. 1 cause of fawn mortality, and more often than not, black bears are taking the fawns,” Rosenberry said. “But fawn mortality is not causing deer-population reductions anywhere in Pennsylvania.”

Consistent fawn survival, coupled with consistent adult deer survival – 90 percent of adult deer survive from one hunting season to the next, has fostered straightforward deer management in Pennsylvania for some time, Rosenberry explained.

But even if the predator-take of fawns did impact deer populations, reductions in antlerless deer licenses would reverse their influence, Rosenberry noted.

The three principal predators that surfaced in the first study resurfaced in the second: black bears, coyotes and bobcats, said Duane Diefenbach, PCFWRU unit leader. Despite growing concern about fishers as deer predators, they didn’t take any fawns in the study. To date, no fisher has ever killed a radio-collared study fawn in North America, he noted.

In the 2015-17 study, 82 fawns were captured and fitted with radio collars on the northern study area on the Susquehannock State Forest. Another 83 fawns were captured and radio-collared on the southern study area, which included parts of the Rothrock and Bald Eagle state forests.

There were 44 mortalities on the northern study area: 33 from predators, six from humans and five from natural causes. Bears took 18 fawns; coyotes, eight; bobcats, two; and unknown predator, five.

The southern study area had 38 mortalities: 18 from predators, 13 natural causes and five from humans. Coyotes took six fawns; bears, five; bobcats, five; and unknown predator, two.

“Predation was the main source of mortality,” explained Tess Gingery, a Penn State graduate student with the PCFWRU. “It’s that way across North America.

“Since Pennsylvania’s fawn survival shows little change over time, this means that it’s stable and that makes it simpler for biologists to make harvest management recommendations,” she said.

Most fawn mortality occurred over the first eight weeks of a fawn’s life. Conversely, most human-caused mortality – roads, fences, farming activities and hunting – occurred in the 25- to 30-week window, Gingery said.

Natural mortality – starvation, disease, abandonment – was more pronounced on the southern study area in both the 2000-01 and 2015-17 studies.

Raccoons were detected more than 900 times by trail cams, said Asia Murphy, a Penn State graduate student with the PCFWRU. Bears – about 700 photos – were the most-detected major carnivore.

Interestingly, fawns – about 800 photos – were detected even more than bears, which sheds light on their mobility, as well as the closeness in which they live to carnivores.

Adult deer were detected at 97 percent of camera sites, and fawns at 44 percent. But considering bears were detected at 64 percent of camera sites, followed by coyotes, 36 percent, and bobcats, 33, it’s clear that fawns share habitat with major predators throughout much of their young lives.

Deer and bears prefer forested settings. But in the southern study area, many does summered in farm areas because it was safer for their fawns to reach a size in which they could escape predators, Murphy said. By the fall, fawns returned to forested areas.

“Does are smart,” Murphy said. “They raise their fawns in safe places.”

Does in Penn’s Valley followed the same routine in the earlier study.

Pennsylvania’s latest fawn survival study shows near identical fawn survival rates over the last two decades and corroborates the relatively stable fawn-to-doe ratios collected from annual deer harvests. Consequently, Pennsylvania’s predator impacts do not appear to changing, and if they would, the Game Commission’s has a system in place to respond, if needed.

Whitetails over time have proven their capability to adjust to whatever advantage predators may gain by using behaviors to protect fawns. For example, in addition to using safer areas to raise fawns, does will spend time away from newborn fawns, only returning to feed a few times a day, so as to not attract the attention of predators. White-tailed deer remain one of the Commonwealth’s most versatile creatures. But they share that distinction with coyotes and bears, and that’s why there almost always will be concerns about the whitetail’s wellbeing among some hunters.

We are about to close out June, “Dairy Month.” Agriculture is Pennsylvania’s number one industry; however, the dairy component of that industry is currently struggling.The state senate has passed a resolution urging the Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to enforce existing regulations that establish clear standards for milk labeling. Market challenges facing dairy producers have been compounded by the mislabeling of milk products and the misappropriation of the word “milk.”Plant-based milk substitutes such as soy, almond, and coconut products contain no actual milk and often do not provide the same nutritional content as real milk, cheese, and yogurt derived from cows.The FDA explicitly defines milk as a substance exclusively derived from cows. Further, the FDA has the jurisdictional power to regulate any falsely-advertised or mislabeled product .In fact, the FDA has previously enforced their own definition of milk by blocking the sale of misleading imitation beverages that were illegally labeled as milk. The resolution’s sponsor Senator Ryan Aument says “enforcement of these standards will help Pennsylvania dairy farmers, reduce consumer confusion, and promote equity in the marketplace. “

A Bradford teen driver was hurt early today in a one-vehicle crash in Wetmore Township. Kane based state police report 18year old Wesley Cleer as going north when his Dodge 1500 went off of Pennsylvania Avenue and collided with a utility pole at around 4:30 am. Cleer was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of undetermined injuries.

Minor injuries were reported for a Duke Center woman after her pick up truck hit a utility pole in Keating Township Thursday morning. Melody Young was traveling east on Route 46 near the Bordell Road intersection just before 7:00 am when her Chevrolet S-10 slid across the road while making a left hand curve, wentinto a ditch, bounce back across both lanes and struck a telephone pole. Young was taken by ambulance to Bradford Regional Medical Center. Her passenger, Trenton Brown of Eldred was not hurt.

A sleepy Tioga County teenager was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro for treatment of injuries he suffered in a one-vehicle accident Wednesday morning. Mansfield based state police report 19 year old Ian Morgan was going west on Route 49 in Lawrenceville at about 11:30 am when he fell asleep at the wheel of his Chevrolet  Silverado causing it to go off the road, collided with trees and shrubbery , traveled along an embankment  where it struck a utility pole, telephone utility box and more trees and shrubbery before stopping.  Morgan was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

                                                                                     Obituaries

John D. Carpenter, 70, of Shinglehouse, passed away at home with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, after a short illness.Born on December 1, 1947 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Earl D. and Dorotha Oles Carpenter.  John was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1965, in Shinglehouse.  He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Vietnam War.  John was awarded a Bronze Star Medal and a Purple Heart for injuries received in action.John was employed at Cooper Power Systems in Olean.  Through his hard work, he was able to retire at the age of 49.He was a member of Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 and a member of the Potter County Honor Guard.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, going to his camp, and having his daily coffee with his friends.  His greatest love was his family, especially his children and grandchildren, his companion, Midge, and his beloved dog, Max.Surviving besides his beloved companion, Royee K. “Midge” Niles of Shinglehouse, are three children, Tricia J. (Bill) Anastasia of Olean, Cari L.  (Charlie) Even of Watertown, South Dakota, and Cory D. (Carrie) Carpenter of Shinglehouse; twelve grandchildren, Makenna, Cole, Cade, Cydney, Jaycee, Reagan, Samuel, Weslee, Keagen, Kahlie, Karley, and Khloe; two sisters, Nancy (Harold) Nolan and Patti Harder; four brothers, DeBernie (Marie) Carpenter, Donald (Sandy) Carpenter, Hugh (Chere) Carpenter, Bradley (Jaynee) Carpenter; and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his parents.

Family and friends may call from noon to 3pm on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 3pm with the Rev. Bruce Taylor, pastor of Abundant Life Ministries, Westons Mills, N.Y., officiating.  Burial with military honors accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard will be held at 12:30pm on Sunday, July 1, 2018 in the Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials in John’s name may be made to the LEEK Hunting and Mountain Preserve, 497 SR 244E, Oswayo, PA 16915.John’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 John, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Timothy Charles “Tim” Cole, 54, of New Port Richey, a former longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 in James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital, Tampa, Florida, after a long illness.Born on January 29, 1964 in Camden, N.J., he was a son of N. Bruce and Josephine Grace Messier Cole.

Tim was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1983.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army and later served in the U.S. Air Force.  He was employed by Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport in the food service department.  While living in Florida, he generously gave of his time to help in food kitchens, aiding the needy.  He enjoyed the arts and his family and many friends.

Surviving are seven brothers and sisters, Grace A. (Joe) Kellert of Coudersport, Norton B. Cole of Coudersport, Nancy L. (Jim) Loughry of Masury, Ohio, Thelma M. (Russ) Lentz of Montoursville, Judy C. Kilduff of Reading, Joseph P. (Sandy) Cole of Coudersport, and Michael J. (Linda) Cole of Coudersport; and numerous nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Tim was predeceased by a brother, Brian T. Cole; and an infant sister, Joann Cole.At the request of Tim’s family, there are no services planned at this time.Memorials in Tim’s name can be made to the Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915.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

 

 

 

Thursday June 28, 2018

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Wednesday’s high, 68; Overnight low, 63; .76” rain
THU-THUNDERSTORMS, MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 75
THU NIGHT-MOSLTY CLOUDY, LOW 60
FRI-SUNNY, HIGH 80
FRI NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 62
SAT-SUNNY, HIGH 86
SAT NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 68

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Bradford Airport awarded federal grant…to help develop a business strategy for a 13-acre site at the airport….PennDot announces traffic pattern change on Route 44 project near Millport…Bridge replacement to begin near Wellsboro……Fireworks added to the Eliot Ness Fest activities….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com
Congressman Glenn Thompson reports. The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded $29,500 to the Bradford Regional Airport Authority to help with the strategic plan. Local sources will match $29,500 bringing the total project funding to $59,000.

Obituary: John, “Jack” Costello, Shinglehouse

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Rep. Thompson announces the Bradford Regional Airport has received a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Rep. Thompson said. “Bradford Regional is an economic hub in McKean County and thanks to this federal and local partnership, we will be able to continue growing employment in McKean County.”
“For the past several years the Bradford Regional Airport has been working toward developing the airport campus with the goal of diversifying our revenue opportunities in order to increase future viability,” Airport Manager Alicia Dankesreiter said. “This funding will allow us to focus resources to developing specific sites and recruiting businesses. The Business development and Recruitment Plan is a key piece in moving forward. Congressman Thompson’s continued support for the airport and specifically for this project is very much appreciated. We are encouraged that he shares our feelings on the vital need for economic development in our rural Pennsylvania communities.”
The site is located west and southwest of Runway 5 with access provided from State Route 59 (Mt. Alton Road).

ABOUT THE PROJECT

McKean County will consult a professional planning firm to work with the Bradford Regional Airport Authority to develop a specialized and targeted business recruitment strategy for a 13-acre site at the airport.

The study will be shared with potential developers and national site selectors to help the Airport Authority determine three companies that will be best suited to take advantage of the site.

The oil and gas, and timber industry, among others, have expressed an interest in the site since 2015. Existing tenants located at the Bradford Regional Airport include the National Guard and the Pennsylvania State Police – who recently commenced construction of a new state police barracks.

The Airport Authority said the added security of the state police makes the site ideal for the gas and oil industry, light manufacturing and other emerging industries in the state.

PennDot announces  that access to Eleven Mile Road (Route 4023) from Route 44 will be restored by the end of the week. Crews will restore access Friday, June 29, after completing repairs to the westbound lane of the Oswayo Creek Bridge near Millport in Potter County .Crews will begin repairs to the eastbound lane beginning Friday, June 29. Drivers will encounter an alternating traffic pattern at the bridge enforced by temporary traffic signals. Canada Hollow Road (Township Road 339) will be closed for access from Route 44. Local traffic needing to access the road will follow a detour using Cow Run (Route 4017) and Canada Hollow Road (T-339). This new detour will be in place through mid-August.
The 187-foot bridge spans Oswayo Creek in the village of Millport and carries an average of 1,700 vehicles per day..
The overall project will extend the life of the roadway surface from Shinglehouse Borough to Coneville, and bring repairs to three bridges. Activity includes roadway grinding, installation of pavement base drain, drainage replacement, pipe flushing, roadway widening, overlay, tree trimming for daylighting, pavement markings, basic bridge repairs, new signage, and miscellaneous construction. Roadway work zones feature flaggers in the roadway enforcing alternating traffic patterns. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $9.1 million job. PennDOT expects to complete the project by October. All work is weather and schedule dependent.
Next week, a PennDOT bridge crew in Tioga County will begin replacing a structure on Knowlton Road in Delmar Township.The existing 12-foot steel I-beam bridge spanning a tributary to the East Branch of Stony Fork Creek was built in 1942. It will be replaced with a precast box culvert.Knowlton Road will be closed at the bridge during the project. A detour will be in place using Route 3007 (Dibble Hill Road and West Branch Road).This project is expected to be completed in early September, weather permitting.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) to reduce littering across Pennsylvania by requiring offenders to pick up trash received final legislative approval and will be sent to the Governor for enactment.
Senate Bill 431 requires that for a first offense of scattering rubbish, a person is required to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for between five and 30 hours within six months, in addition to the existing fine of $50 to $300. For a second or subsequent offense, the offender may also be required to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for 30 to 100 hours over one year, in addition to the existing fine of $300 to $1,000.
Furthermore, existing fines are doubled when committed in a litter enforcement corridor and tripled for litter that originated from a commercial business within a litter enforcement corridor.
To ensure safety when litter is being picked up, Senate Bill 431 requires that a vehicle must yield the right-of-way to any authorized vehicle or pedestrian engaged in work upon a highway within a litter enforcement corridor.

The inaguaral Eliot Ness Fest is less than a month away and the committee announces that a Fireworks Display Saturday night, July 21 has been added to the activities.There is also an additional seating of Pasta with Capone on Sunday, July 22. The list of vintage vehicles, to be displayed on Main Street on Saturday, July 21, continues to grow. Keep an eye on committee’s website and Facebook page for on-the-fly updates and announcements.

John F. “Jack” Costello, 86, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, June 25, 2018 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Born on November 11, 1931 in Wellsville, N.Y., he was a son of William and Catherine Moran Costello. On October 24, 1953 in Genesee, he married Marilyn M. Smith, who survives.
Jack was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1949.
In his younger years, Jack was employed in the local oil fields, Alcas in Olean, N.Y., the former McGraw Edison in Olean, N.Y, and numerous other jobs. He retired from Dresser-Rand in Wellsville in 1995 after 26 years of service.
Jack enjoyed fishing at Black Lake, snowmobiling, three wheeling, camping, working on cars and visiting with his friends, Dick Evingham and Stanton Peters.
Surviving besides his wife are three sons, Donald F. “Don” Costello of Shinglehouse, Dennis D. (Evelyn) Costello of Chapel Hill, N.C., and James P. (Amber) Costello of Shinglehouse; five grandchildren, Derek (Ashlee) Costello, Dawn (Gary) Firster, Kirk Costello, Kamrie Costello, and Kent Costello; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Jack was predeceased by a sister, Mary Baker; and four brothers, Harold, Raymond, Paul, and Bob.
In keeping with the family’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jack’s name may be made to Sweden Valley Manor Patient Activity Fund, 1028 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 475, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Jack’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 Jack, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

 

Wednesday June 27, 2018

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Tuesday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 63; .06” rain
WED-RAIN, COOL HIGH 68
WED NIGHT-CLOUDY, ISOLATED SHOWERS, HIGH 65
THU-DECREASING CLOUDS, HIGH 72
THU NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 57
FRI-SUNNY, HIGH 83

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Obituaries: Mary E. Crowell, Coudersport and Jackson Manning, Port Allegany

Unemployment rate drops across the region…Panelists sought for Art Advisory Council….Gov. Wolf signs school safety bill….Genesee man bound over to court on attempted homicide and related charges…

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The jobless picture improved all across Pennsylvania, especially in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area, between April and May according to figures just released by the state Department of Labor and Industry. Potter and McKean Counties both realized a full one percent drop. Potter’s went down from 5.5% to 4.5%; McKean’s decreased from 5.1% to 4.1%. Cameron County, often the lowest in the state, also realized improvement from 5.% to 4.5%; Elk dropped from 5.4% to 4.1%; and Tioga went down from 5.2% to 4.6%. Chester County had the best rate in Pennsylvania at 2.7%–a a decrease from 3.3%. Forest was still at the bottom of the 67 county list at 6.0% but that was better than the 7.1% recorded in April. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 4.5% during the period while the national figure was at a rare time low of 3.8%.
The Elk County Council on the Arts seeks individuals to serve on a Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts (PPA) Advisory Panel.The 2018 Panel will be held on Friday, August 17th, location TBD. Selected panelists serve one full day, from 8:30am-5pm. You can nominate yourself or someone else.
Panelist Qualifications
Panelists must reside or work in Elk, Potter, Cameron, Mckean, Jefferson, Clarion, or Forest Counties must be an adult 18 years of age or older.
Panelists do not need a specific arts education or affiliation, just an appreciation. This process is about making sure that residents of each community have access to the arts.
You do not need to work in arts and culture to be a panelist. Consultants, attorneys, community leaders, legislative staffers, educators, philanthropists, non-profit administrators, and arts enthusiasts have all been panelists in the past.
Panelist Responsibilities
Participate in an online panel orientation. Panel orientations are conducted online through a free webinar. Orientation is mandatory for each panelist. During the panel orientation, panelists will learn how to review and score the applications. The orientation is approximately 30 minutes and is offered multiple times for convenience. Potential panelistswill receive the dates and more information about the orientation after their application is accepted.
Read and rate each grant application.
All panelists are required to read and rate each application according to criteria established by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Reading the grant applications must be done in advance of the panel session and on their own time. They will have about three weeks to read and rate approximately 25 applications. Participants should plan to spend between 5-10 hours preparing for the panel.

Attend the Panel Session.
The panel session is a one-day commitment where
the applications will be discussed and scored by all of the panelists. Breakfast, lunch, and refreshments will be included. Panelists are not compensated for their service. PPA Contact: Liz Scacchitti;Website: www.eccota.com]
Phone: (814) 772-7051 Fax: (814) 772-7049 Mailing address: 237 Main Street, Ridgway, PA 15853

Gov. Tom Wolf has signed school safety legislation that passed Friday as part of a response spurred by February’s high school shooting in Florida that killed 17 people.Wolf signed the bill shortly after it passed the House and Senate overwhelmingly as part of a broader budget package.The bill sets up state-administered programs to distribute school safety grants and take anonymous reports of dangerous activities or threats of violence in schools.It also tasks a new committee under the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to develop an assessment of school safety and security, and use it to suggest improvements to school districts.The grant program is to be seeded with $60 million to start.School districts can apply once a year for a grant for a wide range of purposes, including safety and security assessments, security-related technology, training, counselors, police officers and anti-violence programs.Each grant must be at least $25,000, but it is limited to 10 percent of the cash in the program account. Up to $7.5 million will be set aside for municipalities, institutions of higher education and community organizations to undertake anti-violence programs.The anonymous reports program, called “Safe 2 Say” will be administered by the attorney general’s office, which would relay reports to police. It is modeled on a similar program Colorado created after 1999’s Columbine school shooting.
A 21 year old Genesee resident has been bound over to Potter County on charges of attempted homicide. Aggravated assault, and reckless endangerment following a preliminary hearing Monday before District Judge Kari McCleaft.State police State police allege that John Polen IV and 91 year old Turner Polen were arguing at a house located at 221 Corcoran Road in Genesee Township on the afternoon of June 1, when the younger man allegedly fired a 9 mm handgun hitting the elderly victim in the shoulder and face. He was taken first by ambulance to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville and later flown by helicopter to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
Mary Elizabeth Crowell, 89, of Coudersport, passed away, Friday, June 22, 2018, at UPMC Cole, Coudersport.Mary was born on May 6, 1929 in Bingham Township, the daughter of the late Lavern B. and Viola (Teater) Howe. She was the wife of the late Adelbert C. “Del” Crowell who preceded her in death on July 31, 2003.She was a graduate of Ulysses High School, Class of 1947, and attended the YWCA Secretarial School in Buffalo, NY. Mary was by her husband’s side, Adelbert C. Crowell, CPA, for over forty years as his secretary.Mary was a member of the Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport and a fifty year member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Ulysses Chapter #95. She was the daughter of farmers and loved the outdoors and gardening. She also enjoyed knitting and spending time with her family. Mary was forever young and a friend to all.Mary is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Brenda L. Crowell of Coudersport and Julia A. and T.J. Jackson of Loveland, OH; five grandchildren; Cassie E. Fish of Pittsburgh; Alexander B. Fish of Coudersport; Holly A. Jackson of New Orleans, LA; Autumn L. Jackson of Loveland, OH and Elizabeth C. Jackson of Cincinnati, OH.In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was preceded in death by a son, Bruce T. Crowell, a sister, Phyllis L. Burrell and a brother, Rev. P. Burdette Howe.Family and Friends are welcome from 6- 8:00 pm, Thursday, June 28, 2018 for a visitation at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport and from 10-11:00 am, Friday, June 29, 2018, at the Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third Street, Coudersport where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 am with Rev. Scott R. Ogden officiating. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 pm at the North Bingham Cemetery, Genesee. Donations in memory of Mary may be made to the Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
A 21 year old Gemesee man is in the Potter County jail after being arraigned on one count of attempted homicide; two of aggravated assault and one of reckless endangerment. State police at Coudersport over the weekend released the name of the suspect claiming that John Polen IV and 91 year old Turner Polen were arguing at a house located at 221 Corcoran Road in Genesee Township Friday afternoon when the younger man allegedly fired a h9 mm handgun hitting the elderly victim who was taken first by ambulance to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville and later flown by helicopter to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. Police have not revealed the victim’s condition nor the family relationship between the men. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for next Monday, June 25, 2018 before District Judge Kari McCleaft.