Tuesday June 26, 2018








Emporium woman thwarts internet thieves……Truck stolen over weekend in Erie recovered in Elk County….Port Allegany man arrested for DUI after allegedly drinking all day and taking pills….Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers announces 2018 Scholarship winners….Route 6 bridge project is underway near Wellsboro……


Monday’s high, 73; Overnight low, 37

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Obituary: Edith Clark, Coudersport

Emporium woman thwarts internet thieves……Truck stolen over weekend in Erie recovered in Elk County….Port Allegany man arrested for DUI after allegedly drinking all day and taking pills….Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers announces 2018 Scholarship winners….Route 6 bridge project is underway near Wellsboro……

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An Emporium woman thwarted cyber criminals from stealing a large sum of money from her bank account. State police say the 56 year old resident reported that someone was trying to electronically withdraw funds from her bank account Monday afternoon in exchange for a renewal subscription to a computer anti-virus company called “Tech Support.” The would-be victim received an email about the renewal asking for $199.99 to renew the subscription . She called the “company’s” phone number and told them she did not want to renew. She was told she would be refunded $500 for a renewal. The “Tech Support” website automatically changed $500 to $5000 and asked the woman to provide $4500 in gift cards. $5,000 was transferred f rom your savings account to her checking account. She was then able to transfer money back into her savings account and change her bank passwords. Police said the victim is not missing any monrey at this time but was advised to contact her bank to ensure her accounts are secure.

State police at Ridgway recovered a pick up truck Sunday afternoon on Route 948/66 in Highland Township which had been stolen from an Erie residence. The 2005 Chevrolet Silverado belongs to a 41 year old man living on Shannon Road in Erie.

DUI charges are pending against 65 year old Frederick Cochran of Port Allegany. Kane based state police say they were notified that Cochran had been consuming alcohol all day and taken an unknown amount of unknown pills. He was pulled over while going north on the Two Mile Road in Annin Township. Troopers claim when they talked to Cochran, they smelled a strong odor of alcohol; placed him under arrest and took him the Bradford Regional Medical Center for a blood draw.

The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers announces the 2018 scholarship recipients. The Community Foundation currently administers funds that specifically provide scholarships to students in Bradford, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga Counties Pennsylvania and Tioga County, New York. Community Foundation Scholarships can be established by individual donors, corporations, and are often in honor or in memory of a loved one.

Donald &Larene Ayres Scholarship
Name Joelle Urban
High School Canton Area High School
College Slippery Rock University
Amount $4,700

Neff Family Scholarship
Name Kaden Martell
High School Canton Area High School
College Misericordia University
Amount $1,000

John H. Hyde & Dr. Marcella M. Hyde Scholarship
Name JasmynComerski
High School Canton Area High School
College Shippensburg University
Amount $3,500

Dr. John Kirkowski Scholarship
Name Alana Castle
High School Canton Area High School
College University of Pittsburgh
Amount $1,000
Dorothy Kemp Leonard Scholarship
Name Shea Roupp
High School Canton Area High School
College Mansfield University
Amount $4,000

Fallen Warrior Scholarship
Name Emma Bly
High School Canton Area High School
College Mansfield University
Amount $500

James E. Holcomb Memorial Scholarship
Name Nathan Schoonover
High School Canton Area High School
College University of Pittsburgh
Amount $500

Ritter Technology Scholarship
Name Sydney Crawford
High School Canton Area High School
Amount $500

Towanda Musical Society
Name Whitney Madill
High School Towanda High School
College DeSales University
Amount $500

Rockman’s Tuxedo Shop – George & Babe Tymoski Scholarship
Name Emma Cole
High School Sayre High School
College Elmira College
Amount $500

Troy Lions Club “Huck” Scholarship
Name Rachel Hickok
High School Troy Area High School
College University of Pittsburgh
Amount $1,500

Florence Bennett Memorial Scholarship
Name Nicholas Superko
High School Wyalusing High School
College Wilkes University
Amount $1,000


Tomb Family Scholarship
Name Megan Empson
High School Northern Potter High School
College Alfred SUNY College of Technology
Amount $900

Ruth Agar Memorial Scholarship
Name Jenna Hyde
High School Northern Potter High School
College University of Pittsburgh/Bradford
Amount $450

Ruth Agar Memorial Scholarship
Name Dawson Coates
High School Northern Potter High School
College Pennsylvania College of Technology
Amount $450

Northern Potter Scholarship
Name Kalie Cowburn
High School Northern Potter High School
College University of Pittsburgh/Bradford
Amount $1,000

Northern Potter Scholarship
Name Megan Empson
High School Northern Potter High School
College Alfred SUNY College of Technology
Amount $500

Gerald F. Duffee, Sr. Scholarship
Name Jordan Brewer
High School Austin Area High School
College Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Amount $1,000

Patrick W. Ryan Creative Writing & English Scholarship
Name Savanna Eckert
High School Coudersport High School
College Pennsylvania College of Technology
Amount $1,000

Robert B Merten Circle of Fifths Music Scholarship
Name David Talkington
High School Port Allegany High School
College Jamestown Community College/Fredonia
Amount $900

Darlene J. Sitler Memorial Scholarship
Name Zachery Chase
High School Northern Potter High School
College Mansfield University
Amount $1,000

Rose Marie Tubbs Memorial Scholarship
Name Kiana Ordway Tilton
High School Northern Potter High School
College Corning Community College
Amount $900

Sullivan County Scholarships Total: $1,500

Stefana “Stevie” Shoemaker Scholarship
Name Johnathon Saxe
High School Sullivan County High School
College Gordon College
Amount $1,000

David A DeWire Scholarship
Name KyleighAmmerman
High School Sullivan County High School
College Alvernia University
Amount $500

Tioga County, Pennsylvania Scholarships Total: $3,480

Kyle B. Lenhardt Scholarship
Name Elizabeth Poirier
High School Wellsboro High School
College St. John Fisher College
Amount $480

Dr. Harry S. Williams Memorial Scholarship
Name Jenna Gee
High School Williamson High School
College Penn State/ Main Campus
Amount $1,000

Alan B. Carr Memorial Scholarship
Name Kelsey Streeter
High School Cowanesque High School
College Pennsylvania College of Technology
Amount $1,000

Dr. Harry S. Williams Memorial Scholarship
Name Madison Lee
High School Cowanesque High School
College University of Pittsburgh/Bradford
Amount $1,000

Tioga County, New York Scholarships Given Total: $27,200

Katherine Kerrigan Scholarship
Name Paige Miller
High School Waverly High School
College SUNY, Cortland
Amount $4,000


Katherine Kerrigan Scholarship
Name Elle Nittinger
High School Waverly High School
College Nyack College
Amount $4,000

Alice Walker Cooper Family Scholarship
Name Julianne Lee
High School Waverly High School
College Canisius College
Amount $3,400

Alice Walker Cooper Family Scholarship
Name Paige Miller
High School Waverly High School
College SUNY, Cortland
Amount $3,400

Alice Walker Cooper Family Scholarship
Name Christopher Palumbo
High School Waverly High School
College Cornell University
Amount $3,400

Carl & Charlotte Lovejoy Scholarship
Name Morgan Zwierlein
High School Waverly High School
College Clarkson University
Amount $4,000

Elizabeth Alamo Nursing Scholarship
Name Elle Nittinger
High School Waverly High School
College Nyack College
Amount $500

Finkle Rosenberg Scholarship
Name Brinn Shaughnessy
High School Owego Free Academy
College Fredonia University
Amount $2,000

Bill Davis Scholarship
Name Brittany Hathaway
High School Owego Free Academy
College Lebanon Valley College

Founded in 2003, the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers serves 5 counties, Bradford, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga counties, PA and Tioga County, New York. The Foundation currently manages over 93 funds valued at over $6 million dollars and has awarded over $1 million in grants and scholarships since inception. For more information on its work in the community contact Suzanne Lee at 570.888.4759. Please visit the website at www. twintierscf.org.
A bridge rehabilitation and resurfacing project on Route 6 in Charleston Township, Tioga County is underway.This work includes rehabilitating a bridge spanning a tributary to Charleston Creek, milling, widening, paving, drainage upgrades and new guide rail on approximately .75-mile section of roadway. The work during the 2018 construction season involves the structure rehabilitation work. There may be alternating lane closures during daylight hours with flaggers providing traffic control .Road widening and paving is scheduled for 2019 with one lane of traffic maintained in each direction through the work zone and short periods of single lane conditions.This project is expected to be completed in September 2019.Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., of State College is the prime contractor on this $3 million project.


Edith Clark, Coudersport died at the home of her daughter and son-in- Connie and Bill Crown of Coudersport, on Sunday, June 24, 2018, following a lengthy illness.
Born on May 3, 1931 in Mountain City, Tennessee, she was the eldest of six children born to Lacy Ray and Edna South Stewart.
Edith retired from the Housekeeping department at Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport and had also cleaned homes for area families. She raised a large garden to provide for her family.
Edith was a member of the Coudersport Free Methodist Church. Her family and her Lord and Savior were her life. She enjoyed her flower gardens and loved her pets.
Surviving are three children, Carolyn S. Moore of Coudersport, Randy R. (Rosa) Hauss of Emporium, and Connie A. (Bill) Crown of Coudersport; six grandchildren, Brad (Mimi) Moore, Heidi Moore, Caleb (Macy) Hauss, Katie Hauss, Danny Hauss, and Melony (Allan) Derksen; two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Tyler Derksen; a brother, Ralph (Lynne) Stewart of Rochester, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Edith was predeceased by two brothers, Lacy and Robert; and two sisters, Helen and Vertie.
Family and friends are invited to attend graveside funeral services at 2pm on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in the Sweden Hill Cemetery, Coudersport. Pastor Pete Trembley of the Coudersport Free Methodist Church, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritan’s Purse at www.samaritinspurse.org
Edith’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 Edith, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com




Monday June 25, 2016

Black Forest Express

Sunday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 59; .94” rain over weekend







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Ulysses man arrested for theft of a car and other crimes…..Police looking for white 2016 Ford F-150 stolen Sunday in Elk County….two hand guns stolen from  Ridgway location…Cash and wallet stolen from ATM in Brookfield Township, Tioga County…One deer causes t wo vehicle crashes in Tioga County. Driver distracted by hair dryer wrecks pick up truck in Delmar Township……State police sergeant shares good Samaritan report….

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A Ulysses man has been arrested for theft and other crimes by state police at The Coudersport barracks. Troopers claim 23 year old Andrew Wenrich stole a 2005 Hyundai owned by Jacqueline  Willow  also of Ulysees between 3:30pm and 4:30 pm June 12.  The vehicle was later recovered but Wenrich has been arrested for receiving stolen property, theft, possession of drug paraphernalia, unauthorized use of automobiles and other vehicles, driving without a license and/or driving with suspended license.

Troopers are looking for thre thief who stole a road sign belonging to Abbott Township. The sign displayed the words “Hoppe Hollow Road and was taken from the intersection with Gross Road June 11 or 12.

State police in Ridgway are investigating the theft of a pick up truck yesterday. The red 2016 For F-150 Crew Cab belonged to a 58 year old Kane resident and was stolen between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm Sunday while it was parked along Route  948 in Highland Township. The PA registration plate is YBX1787. Anyone who spots the truck is asked to call police at 814.776.6136.

Two handguns were stolen from a building on Wood Duck Drive in Ridgway between April 1 and June 20. The .357 Maximum with walnut hand grips is valued at $1,000 and the Raven .25 Auto with walnut hand grip is valued at $350. The guns are owned by Shane Funair of Ridgway.

Forgetfulness was costly for a 25 year old Woodhull,NY man according to state police at Mansfield. Thieves made off with the victim’s $200 and wallet containing $40 from the ATM at theDandy Mini Mart in Route 249 in Brookfield Township Satruday afternoon. The suspect was seen driving away in a red Chevrolet quad cab truck.

Both drivers escaped injury last Thursday when their vehicles collided on Pennsylvania Avenue in Highland Township, Elk County. State police at Ridgway report Robert Fitzpatrick of James City, PA while going west, turned his Ford F250 left in front of a 2016 Jeep Compass driven by Mary McClellan of Mt.Jewett, PA.

Troopers claim Rachel Lasecki of Warrant was going too fast for conditions Saturday afternoon when her northbound Buick LeSabre went off the road, struck a large rock and spun around counterclockwise  before hitting a tree with the passenger side. Laecki was  not hurt.

One deer cause two vehicles to wreck on Route 6 in Gaines Townshp last Thursday morning. Mansfield-based state police explained JonWilhelm of Coudersport was going east when a deer ran onto the road in front of his Chevrolet 1500. Wilhelm could not avoid the deer and the impact caused its body to spin into the opposite lane where Lynn Bartas of Genesee applied the brakes  on his Dodge Durango causing the vehicle to ski doff the road, travel up an embankment and roll over onto its left side. Wilhelm drove to a safe spot, turned around and went back to help Bartas. Both men escaped injury.

Minor injuries were reported for a Wellsboro woman involved ina one-vehicle mishap last Thursday at around 7:30 am on the Stony Fork Road in Delmar Township, Tioga County.Jennifer Mise was distracted bby a hair dyer inside her Chevrolet Silverado and allowed th truck to go off the road, strike a tree and a mailbox and a second tree before stopping.

DUI charges have been filed  against 37 yar old Nicole Foster of Kersey. State police at Ridgway allege when they stopped Foster’s 2005 Chevrolet for multiple traffic violations at the intersection of Country Lane and the old Kersey Rooad, they determined she was intoxicated.

A 24 year old State College PA driver is facing DUI charges after being poulled over by troopers from the Emporium barracks Friday night. Police did not release the suspect’s name.

And some good news to report….State police Sgt. Steven Daniel at the Ridgway barracks says in his line of work you get to see all kinds of people but this past weekend he saw an example of the best4. A family which had moved to Pittsburgh for medical care for their terminally ill son, was traveling through the Allegheny National Forest for amuch needed family camping getaway when their only car broke down. In learning of the family’s plight, several people—business owners, other troopers, and local citizens came to their rescue. Sgt. Daniel said no one wanted recognition for their help and it was a pleasure for him to see the Golden Rule applied unselfishl to help someone in need. He said it is just one example of the men and women who live and work in Elk County can be proud of. We add, people all across the Black Forest Service Area, too.


Friday June 22, 2018

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                                                            Thursday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 48







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Obituary: Yvonne Parker, Muncy (Coudersport)

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Eldred Fire Update:

More than $14 million in Natural Gas Impact Fees headed to 68th House District….House has approved Causer’s resolution to investigate PennVest money being used to purchase private  forest land in northern tier instead of infrastructure…..Dominion Transmission gives check to Enchanted Mountain Music Fest for program at Cherry Springs State Park next month…..Elk County man seriously hurt Wednesday night when his dirt bike collided with a pick up….Mansfield business cited for too many false alarms…….Criminal mischief on Barnum Road in McKean County under investigation…..

The cause of a fire which destroyed an apartment house early this morning o N.Main Street in Eldred remains undetermined. At lest 13 people were left homeless including a family of four from Louisville, LA. The state police fire marshal says a tenant was awakened at around 2:00am  by a smoke detector going off and observed a fire in his apartment. Everyone was safely evacuated and there were no injuries. Several volunteer departments assisted Eldred Borough firefighters at the scene and remained there for several hours. Traffic was detoured around the site for a time. Damage is estimated to be $190.00 to the building owned by Gordon Taylor.

State Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) has announced that more than $14,144,685 in impact fees from the natural gas drilling industry are coming back to the counties and communities that make up the 68th Legislative District..

Under Act 13 of 2012, impact fees are generated by the extraction of natural gas, which fluctuate depending on the price of natural gas and the rate of inflation, with a portion of those fees being directed back to the communities impacted by natural gas drilling.

Since 2012, impact fee revenues have topped $1.5 billion, and the statewide figures for 2017 represent a 21 percent increase over the previous year’s distribution dollars.

Impact fee revenues for 2017 resulted in the following disbursements: Bradford County will receive $5,051,257.31 and Bradford County municipalities in the 68th District will receive $2,715,421.55; Potter County will receive $359,070.33 and Potter County municipalities in the 68th District will receive $15,137.84; Tioga County will receive $3,020,364.28 and Tioga County municipalities will receive $2,983,433.70. (See attached list for municipality breakdowns.)

“Bradford County is the third and Tioga County the sixth top-producing natural gas drilling counties in the state,” said Owlett

Fees are collected from the drilling companies with 60 percent returned to benefit our counties and local municipalities affected by drilling. The rest of the money goes into a Marcellus Shale Legacy Fund administered by the state to be used for emergency response planning, training and other activities; water, storm water, and sewer system construction and repair; infrastructure maintenance and repair; as well as statewide environmental initiatives.

Owlett noted that Pennsylvania collected a total of $209 million statewide for 2017, which is more than the drilling tax collected by the states of West Virginia, Ohio, Arkansas and Colorado combined – despite these The following is the amount of impact fee revenue coming back to each municipality in the 68th Legislative District: (Amounts for other districts in the Black Forest Service Area were not available).

 Bradford County

Alba Borough – $5,662.50

Armenia Township – $273,050.87

Canton Borough – $66,053.44

Canton Township – $243,210.67

Columbia Township – $531,200

Granville Township – $110,831.80

Ridgebury Township – $138,528.42

Smithfield Township – $230,929.59

South Creek Township – $80,809.96

Springfield Township – $175,840.89

Sylvania Borough – $7,657.46

Troy Borough – $45,979.44

Troy Township – $497,201.37

Wells Township – $172,148.56

West Burlington Township – $136,316.58

Potter County (Eastern portion)

Galeton Borough – $10,161.47

Pike Township – $4,976.37

Tioga County

Bloss Township – $189,376.95

Blossburg Borough – $115,072.82

Brookfield Township – $45,479.82

Charleston Township – $412,171.20

Chatham Township – $198,487.96

Clymer Township – $79,850.81

Covington Township – $305,506.61

Deerfield Township – $68,763.80

Delmar Township – $409,582.07

Duncan Township – $104,693.56

Elk Township – $35,636.47

Elkland Borough – $58,039.40

Farmington Township – $73,565.68

Gaines Township – $123,262.32

Hamilton Township – $101,976.99

Jackson Township – $277,505.38

Knoxville Borough – $20,086.30

Lawrence Township – $87,041.98

Lawrenceville Borough – $19,140.58

Liberty Borough – $8,239.90

Liberty Township – $264,645.02

Mansfield Borough – $98,741.96

Middlebury Township – $122,808.62

Morris Township – $57,046.97

Nelson Township – $25,622.82

Osceola Township – $51,798.57

Putnam Township – $12,460.26

Richmond Township – $274,940.07

Roseville Borough – $5,688.72

Rutland Township – $164,849.41

Shippen Township – $44,811.89

Sullivan Township – $531,200

Tioga Borough – $20,502.24

Tioga Township – $61,439.39

Union Township – $244,399.70

Ward Township – $337,830.25

Wellsboro Borough – $108,260.32

Westfield Borough – $33,876.48

Westfield Township – $58,626.11

A resolution calling for a thorough audit of more than 100 nonpoint source management transactions authorized by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) has been unanimously approved in the state House, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), prime sponsor of the measure.

House Resolution 948 was introduced in response to concerns raised about the agency’s approval of two low-interest loans totaling nearly $51 million for a New Hampshire-based company to purchase more than 60,000 acres of private forest land in Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean and Potter counties.

“As elected officials, we have a responsibility to make sure state dollars are spent appropriately, and this audit would help us do that,” Causer said. “PENNVEST was created to help our municipalities pay for infrastructure maintenance or upgrades, which is vastly different from loaning funds to a private company to purchase land. “We need to determine if these transactions are legal and whether they are appropriate,” he added. The resolution requests the auditor general conduct a financial audit of all nonpoint source program projects approved by the PENNVEST board of directors and submit a report of the audit to the House of Representatives upon completion. While more than 100 such transactions have been approved by PENNVEST, the $51 million in loans to Lyme Timber Company to purchase private land is the first of its kind in the Commonwealth.

The Lyme Timber transactions were approved by PENNVEST at meetings last fall and in January, with the funding being loaned at an interest rate of just 1 percent. As part of the transactions, Lyme Timber will complete a small acid mine drainage project on the property at a cost of about $700,000. The company also agreed to place approximately 9,400 acres of the land into a permanent working forest conservation easement.

As chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, Causer called a public meeting at the state Capitol in March to gather more information about the transactions from officials with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) and PENNVEST, as well as concerned land owners and timber operators. Despite the meeting, many questions remain, which prompted Causer to call for the audit.

Dominion Energy Transmissions David Lamphier (right) presents a $2,500 check from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to Endless Mountain Music Festival Executive Director Cynthia Long. The money will be used to support a free under the stars community concert by the EMMF Brass Quintet at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 29. Following the concert, those attending will be able to view the stars and constellations through park telescopes creating a fusion of music and science. More than 300 people attended last year’s under the night sky concert. Dominion and the David G. Patterson Foundation are co-sponsoring the concert  being held at Cherry Springs State Park at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport. The park is 12 miles from Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via Route 44. For reservations for the concert and stargazing, call the park at 1-814-435-1037

A 20 year old Byrnedale man was seriously injured Wednesday night was struck by a pick up truck. Ridgway based state police report Wayne Powell  was riding his American Lifan Dirt Bike south on Rpute 255 without headlights on at around 9:30 pm and turned left in front of a Chevrolet S10 driven by Dennis Celinksi of Weedville. Powell  was taken to PennHighlands Elk. Celinski was not hurt. Police noted that it was foggy with rain at the time of the collision.

A parked2008 Chevrolet Cobalt was damaged in an unusual mishap Wednesday evening on Tannery Street in Shippen Township, Cameron County.  State police at Emporium said the car was parked in a private driveway, unoccupied. The emergency brake was not completely set and the car coasted backwards out of the driveway, crossed the road went down over an embankment where it hit a telephone pole causing it to crack and cause wires to droop. Damage was reported for both the front and back bumpers.

Vandalism at an Eldred Township home Wednesday is under investigation by state police at Kane. Culprits drove a vehicle through a yard on the Barnum Road owned by a 63 year old man between 4:45 pm and 8:00pm Wednesday causing ruts in the newly laid soil. Anyone with information is asked to call the barracks at 8`4.778.5555.

A Mansfield business has been cited for making false alarms. State police claim they responded to a call of a hold up at Tractor Supply Company on South Main Street Monday afternoon. The alarm was false, the fourth within a 12 month period, in violation of state law.

Yvonne S. Parker, 78, of Muncy, formerly of Coudersport, passed away, Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at Heritage Springs Memory Care, Lewisburg.Yvonne was born on April 15, 1940 in Coudersport, the daughter of the late George H. and Jennie (Boyd) Sallade. Family and Friends are welcome from 10- 11:00 am, Saturday, June 23, 2018 for a visitation at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport.  Burial will follow in the Sweden Hill Cemetery.