Tuesday June 19, 2018

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Monday’s high, 87; Overnight low, 61; .54” rain (TST)







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Obituary: Larry Tilburg, Costello

BFB Headlines (Tuesday June 19, 2018)Game commission reports CWD is increasing in PA….State House approves legislation to reduce sexual harassment of government employees….Three traffic accidents investigated by state police in McKean County Monday…..

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Pennsylvania hunting licenses went on sale yesterday for residents. And, the Game Commission says the number of chronic wasting disease cases continues to multiply in Pennsylvania, and more of the state’s residents are being impacted by rules that aim to slow the spread of the disease, which always is fatal to the deer and elk it infects . In 2017, chronic wasting disease (CWD) was detected in 78 free-ranging deer in Pennsylvania.

That’s more than three times the number of free-ranging, CWD-positive deer documented in the state in 2016, when 25 were detected.

Most of the new free-ranging positives – 75 of them – either were within or near the boundary of Disease Management Area 2 (DMA 2) in southcentral Pennsylvania. Three free-ranging CWD-positives were within or near DMA 3 in northwestern Pennsylvania.

Both of these DMAs have been expanded as a result of CWD-positive deer being detected near their boundaries.

And with the creation earlier this year of DMA 4, which was established after CWD was detected at a captive deer farm in Lancaster County, more than 5,895 square miles within Pennsylvania lie within DMAs, in which special rules apply to hunters and residents.

It’s unlawful to feed deer within DMAs. Hunters are prohibited from transporting high-risk parts (generally the head and backbone) from deer they harvest within a DMA to points outside a DMA. And the use or field possession of urine-based deer attractants also is prohibited within DMAs.

In 2017, the Pennsylvania Game Commission tested 7,910 free-ranging deer and 128 elk for CWD. More than half of these deer – 4,753 – were associated with DMAs 2 and 3. Samples from 3,304 deer from DMA 2 and 1,449 deer from DMA 3 were tested.

And only within or near these DMAs did free-ranging deer test positive.

With the additional 78 CWD-positives, a total of 125 free-ranging CWD-positive deer have been detected in Pennsylvania since 2012 – all of them within DMAs 2 and 3.

CWD sampling increased in 2017, compared to the 5,707 deer and 110 elk collected in 2016 and tested. This largely is due to the Game Commission’s decision to provide free CWD testing for deer that hunters harvest within DMAs.

More than 1,533 deer harvested by hunters within DMAs were tested, at no cost to the hunter, after hunters deposited the heads from their deer in collection boxes set up in public areas. And 28 CWD-positive deer were identified through the collection boxes.

Since 2002, the Game Commission has tested over 69,000 deer for CWD.

DMAs 2 and 3 have been expanded due to 2017 CWD sampling, and the newly established DMA 4 was put into place in February.

The most up-to-date maps and descriptions of DMA boundaries always can be found at www.pgc.pa.gov on the Chronic Wasting Disease page.

DMA 2 now totals more than 4,614 square miles and includes parts of Juniata, Mifflin and Perry counties, in addition to all or parts of Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clearfield, Cumberland, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon and Somerset counties.

Meanwhile, DMA 3 has been expanded to more than 916 square miles. It now includes parts of Armstrong, Cambria and Clarion counties, as well as parts of Clearfield, Indiana and Jefferson counties.

And DMA 4 in parts of Lancaster, Lebanon and Berks counites encompasses 364 square miles.

Turn-by-turn descriptions of all DMA boundaries are available in the Game Commission’s executive order on CWD available on the Chronic Wasting Disease page at www.pgc.pa.gov.

While hunters are prohibited from removing high-risk deer parts from DMAs, the meat, hide and antlers attached to a clean skull plate may be removed from a DMA.High-risk parts are where the CWD prion concentrates. They are: the head (including brain, tonsils, eyes, and lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone (vertebra); spleen; skull plate with attached antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft material is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord material; and brain-tanned hide.

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.

In Pennsylvania, Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has been detected in these Disease Management Areas (DMAs): DMA 1 on a captive deer farm in Adams County in 2012 (DMA 1 has since been eliminated); DMA 2 in multiple free-ranging deer in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, and Fulton counties since 2012, as well as captive deer farms in Bedford, Franklin, and Fulton counties; DMA 3 in two captive deer farms in Jefferson County and a free-ranging deer in Clearfield County; DMA 4 in a captive deer at a facility in Lancaster County. In addition, CWD has been detected in wild or captive deer and/or elk in many other states and provinces.

The Pennsylvana  House yesterday approved two resolutions, authored by Reps. Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery), Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) and Sheryl Delozier (R-Cumberland), to further safeguard employees and any individual who works for government or at the state Capitol from sexual  and workplace –related harassment.The resolutions would review current laws and regulations and make suggestions for improvements. Specifically, House Resolution 828 would create a task force to investigate the laws, practices and procedures surrounding harassment and sexual misconduct in the workplace. This comprehensive review would reveal any inadequacies in current laws, regulations and policies surrounding this subject, and produce a report to the General Assembly with its findings and recommendations.  The task force – which would consist of attorneys, human resources professionals, employers, state agencies and victims’ service organizations – would provide legislators with a blueprint for potential legislation. It is largely based on the resolution that created the very successful Child Protection Task Force established in 2011 following the child abuse scandals in Pennsylvania.

House Resolution 829 would review anti-harassment and discrimination laws and policies affecting Commonwealth employees. The Joint State Government Commission (JSGC) would be tasked with reviewing the number, types and results of workplace complaints in state government agencies and entities, and provide a comparison of workplace policies related to harassment and sexual misconduct.

The Senate is working on its own companion resolution to put the task force in place.

Troopers at the Kane barracks were busy Monday investigating three traffic accidents occurring in McKean County with the span of a few hours. Theh first happened a few minutes befrore 9:00 a, on Route 6 in Hamlin Township when a Ford E350 driven by Robert Huey of Carnegie, PA went off the pavement while going east, hit a traffic sign and rolled over coming to rest upside down. Huey  was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor injuries but refused transport to a hospital. An elderly motorcyclist from Norton Shores, MI was hurt just after 2:30 pm on Route 6 in Wetmore Township. State police said James Campbell’s Kawasaki KLT 650 slid on some gravel when he tried to pass a vehicle on the right as it made a left turn. Campbell was taken to UPMC Kane for a left knee injury. No injuries were reported for a Mt. Jewett man whose Kia Sorento hit a section of guardrails on Route 6 west of the Old Smethport Road also in Wetmore Township last night when he swerved to avoid a bear which had entered his lane of travel. Mark Wenner was going west when the bruin appeared on the road. Police said Wenner was using a seatbelt at the time.


Larry R. Tilburg, 75, of Costello, passed away with his loving family by his side on Saturday, June 16, 2018, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on January 28, 1943 in Sizerville, he was a son of Robert Tilburg and Jennie Haynes Tilburg Ludwig.  On June 28, 1986 in Costello, he married Joan M. Glover, who survives.

Larry attended school in Emporium.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.  He was employed as a state inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation in Clearfield, retiring after 44 years of service.

Larry was a life member of VFW Post 7810 in Austin.  He loved mowing his lawn, gardening, and recycling bottles.  He enjoyed going to the Coffee Club at Big Mike’s.  His greatest love was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Surviving besides his wife are two daughters, Tammy (Matt) Muisiner of Emporium and Paula (Bill) McCoy of Trout Run; a stepdaughter, Amber (Josh) Roeske of Austin; a stepson, Tim (Annette) Glover of Coudersport; six grandchildren, Zac, Dallas, Ty, Keigan, Treigh, and Jase; a great-grandson, Cole Thomas Tucker; a sister, Jean (Hugh)Crosby of Austin; six brothers-in-law, Richard (Nancy) Glover, Tom (Penny) Glover, Albie Glover, Joe (Vida) Glover, and Rick (Sheri) Glover, all of Austin, and Bruce Glover of Emporium; a sister-in-law, Cindy Glover of Austin; and several aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Larry was predeceased by a granddaughter, Lea Ann McCoy; two nephews, Tom Crosby and Jason Glover; a brother-in-law, Chuck Glover; a sister-in-law, Anna Glover; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 12 noon on Wednesday, June 20, 2018, at the Austin United Methodist Church, Turner Street, Austin, with the Rev. Donald R. Caskey, family member and pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Coudersport, officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Larry’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 Larry, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com




Monday, June 18, 2018

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Sunday’s high, 95; low 51; no rain







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Preliminary hearing set for next week for Genesee man accused of shooting elderly relative….NY state man injured by own pistol in Roulette Township….Deer on the move and cause several  accident including two with motorcycles…..Items stolen from Elk County cemetery….couple steals several  hundred  dollars worth of electronic equipment from St.Marys Walmart….Antique rifle stolen from East Smethport home and BB gun f rom McKean County camp….Thieves take electric fencer from Ulysses area…..

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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.

A 23 old Andover, NY man was treated at Cole UPMC for a gunshot wound Saturday afternoon. According to Sweden Township Police Chief, Bryan Phelps, Dylon Witter had cleaned his FNS-9, 9mm semi-automatic pistol on Friday and failed to fully reassemble it. He and a friend went to the shooting range on Railroad Avenue in Roulette Township Saturday morning  to target4 practice and when Witter inserted the clip and racked the slide the gun went off and struck Witter in the hand. He was treated at the hospital and released after being taken there by his friend.

Both elderly drivers escaped injury when their vehicles collided last Thursday morning in Benezette Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police, the collision occurred when 77yearold Howard Glessner of Punxsutawney turned left his Toyota Tundra from the Grant Road to Route 555 in front of a Ford Escape driven by Charles Lowe, of Driftwood, also 77.A passenger in Glessner’s truck, Richard Thames also of Punxsutawney also escaped injury.

No injuries were reported for a Towanda, PA driver whose SUV was damaged in a one-vehicle mishap last Tuesday morning on Route 6 in Roulette Township. State police at Coudersport,  say Kyra Snook was going west when she hit a dog or coyote. Snook continued for about a quarter of a mile before pulling to the side of the road when she noticed smoke. Her passenger, Leigh Rosenow of Williamsport wasw also unhurt.

Deer are on the run and are having more encounters with vehicles. Daniel Richner of Port Allegany was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center after his Kawasaki Vulcan hit a deer on Route 46 inn Keating Township, McKean County Saturday morning. ATioga County mortorcylist was slightly hurt last Tuesday afternoon when his Harley Davidson Road Glide struck a deer. Harry Mollenkopf III was going east and could not avoid impact. The bike went off the road and laid down before stopppig on the north shoulder. Mollenkopt did not require medical attention.

A Wellsboro woman escaped injury when her car collided with a deer last Wednesday on Route 287 in Delmar Township. Betty Butler was headed north when the white tail ran onto the road in front of Butler’s Subaru Outback.

DUI charges are pending against at  47 year old Shinglehouse woman according to state police at Coudersport. Troopers claim when they responded to a one-vehicle crash  Saturday morning on the Ceres Road in Ceres Township, they suspected the woman had been driving under the influence of alcohol and charges are pending lab results.

A  29 year old Port Allegany man is facing DUI charges after his 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee was pulled over on Route 446 in Eldred Township early  Sunday morning by state police from Kane. Charges are also pending lab results.

State police at Coudersport allege 41 year old list Wilkerson of Smethport was driving under the influence of alcohol  when they stopped her on East Second Street near Woodsedge Lane  in Sweden Township on the night of May 30.

The theft of some items from an Elk County cemetery is being probed by state police at Ridgway. Thieves stole two decorative saddles from headstones in the Holy Rosary Cemetery last Thursday or Friday. One is described as being a Red Rose bud headstone saddles valued at $54.99 and the other is a spr3ing cemetery arrangement headstone saddle valued at $58.99. They belonged to Jonesburg resident Pam Dilulio. Troopers at Ridgway are also looking for a couple who stole $1247,00 worth of electronics from the St. Marys Walmart last Thursday afternoon. The man and woman were seen leaving the parking lot in a green sedan after stealing an Apple Pencil, three 4K Apple Tvs, and two hard drives. And, a Stihl Weed Eater was taken from property along Settlers Crossing Road in Benezette Township Friday afternoon. The Weed Eater was propped up against a tree when two people got out a white vehicle, grabbed it and took off headed east toward Driftwood. Anyone with information about any of those crimes is asked to call state police at 814.77g. 6136.

State police at Kane investigated the theft of an antique gun from an East Smethport home discovered this past Thursday. The gun, owned by a 71 year old East Smethport man was stolen sometime since the first of October of last year. It is a .30-40Krag from the early 1900’s; has a cracked wooden stock and blued barrel in good condition. A pump action  BB gun was taken from a camper in Eldred Township between May 19 and this past Friday. The gun, valued at $50 belonged  to a N.Collins, NY man.

Unknown thieves walked off with a Solar Pak 6  electric fencer from property on  Burt Street in Ulysses owned by Lewis Lampman. The fencer is valued at $218.14 and was stolen on the weekend of June 9.



Friday June 15, 2018


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                            Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel, Ulysses Township Potter County

                                         Thursday’s high, 72; Overnight low, 39; no rain







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Obituaries: Dorothy Smith, Roulette; Karl “Klutsch” KLUTSCHKOWSKI, Coudersport, and Barbara Elizabeth Hilfiger RUSSELL, Corning, NY, formerly of Westfield, PA

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Route 6 Alliance recognizes Sen. Scarnati with Lifetime Achievement Award…Laurel Festival continues in Wellsboro with parade Saturday one of the highlights….Bradford teen driver arrested for driving under the influence of pot….Troopers at Emporium look for owner of motorcycle half helmet….A number of activities this weekend  across the region …

The Board of the PA Route 6 Alliance recognized Senator Joe Scarnati, PA Senatorial District 25 & Senate President Pro Tempore with the honor, Do 6 Lifetime Achievement Award stating that the Senator has been a true friend of economic and communitydevelopment, heritage tourism and recreational efforts in the Northern Tier for many years.According to PA Route 6 Alliance Executive Director, Terri Dennison, when PA Route 6 became a dedicated Pennsylvania Heritage Area, Senator Scarnati provided support and assistance in establishing the organization that wouldmanage the Heritage Corridor.Dennison added that many of the popular attractions along Route 6 within his district benefited from his involvement; noting that several would be lost if he did not champion the cause including Lyman Run Lake in Potter County. Senator Scarnati supported the repairs needed on the Kinzua Bridge. When a portion of the bridge was destroyed by tornado in 2003, he helped secure funding for the restoration and reinvention of the state park, including the new Visitor Center. He was a key proponent of the renovations at the PA Lumber Museum, supported the development of the visitor center near the PA Grand Canyon in Tioga County, and continues to champion the future of Denton Hill State Park.The DO 6 Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to a person or agency who exemplifies outstanding leadership and advances our mission through heritage development.

One of the events going on along Route 6 is the 77th annual State Laurel Festival in Wellsboro continuing today through Sunday. One of the most popular features is the Laurel Festival parade stepping off at 2:00 pm. Top-notch drum and bugle corps, bagpipers and string bands and high school marching bands will be performing in parade which leave the Wellsboro Area High School parking lot at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday and reach Main Street by 2 p.m. The units will perform in front of the judges’ stand near the courthouse and then turn onto King and Walnut streets and disband at Central Avenue.Riding aboard floats themed “It’s Magical” will be 2017 Pennsylvania Laurel Queen Abbey Carleton and this year’s 27 Laurel Queen candidates.

Bands performing will be the Mighty St. Joe’ Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps from Rochester, N.Y., Penn York Highlanders “Ladies from Hell” Pipes & Drums from Athens, Pa., the Hit Men Brass Band from Rochester, N.Y., the Blue Eagles Alumni Drum and Bugle Corps from Wind Gap, Pa., the Penn Dixie Band from Kingsley, Pa., the Upper Schuylkill Marching Band from Shenandoah, Pa.; DownBeat Percussion from Elbridge, N.Y., the Edward P. Maloney Memorial Pipe Band from Binghamton, N.Y. and the Finger Lakes Pipes and Drums Band with members from Ithaca, Corning, Watkins Glen, and Binghamton in New York.

Also playing will be the Corning-Painted Post Hawks and Canaseraga high school marching bands along with the Wellsboro Area School Band, composed of seventh through twelfth graders directed by Morgan Shaffer.

Among the specialty units are the Jaffa Shrine Lil’ Vettes and Pennsylvania Bucktails. Adding to the festivities will be antique and classic cars and trucks, state-of-the-art fire engines, community floats and other units.

Parade chairs can be rented for $5 each beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday on the lawn in front of the Tioga County Courthouse. Proceeds will benefit the Wellsboro High School Girls Basketball team.

Immediately following the parade, members of DownBeat Percussion, most from the Syracuse, N.Y. area, will give a special performance on The Green. DownBeat Percussion is the official drumline of the Buffalo Bills football team. They perform at every home game at the Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Beginning at 5 p.m., the Mansfield University SaxAlums under the direction of Joseph Murphy will perform on The Green. The 15 MU Music Department alumni will play classical, jazz and rock music on soprano, alto, tenor and baritone saxophones. The group represents MU saxophone students from every decade since the 1970s.

For more information, stop in at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro or call 570-724-1926.

Kane-based state police arrested a 17 year old Bradford boy early this morning for DUI. The teen driver was pulled over on E. Main Street in the city a few minutes before 1:00 am for committing a summary traffic violation. While interviewing the suspect, they determined he was driving under the influence of marijuana. Charges are pending lab results.

Troopers at the Emporium barracks are looking for the owner of a motorcycle helmet found Thursday afternoon on the Sizerville Road. It is a  medium size black half helmet with eagle and bald eagle design and can be claimed at the Emporium state police barracks.

Talk about cold cases. The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Kane, continue their investigation into the missing child, Marjorie West.On May 8, 1938, four-year-old Marjorie West went with her family to the White Gravel Road area (near the present-day Kinzua Dam), Hamilton Township, McKean County, for a Mother’s Day picnic.  While the family was preparing the meal, Marjorie and her sister, 11-year-old Dorothea West, went into the nearby woods to pick flowers.  Dorothea left Marjorie alone to go talk to her mother, and when she returned her sister was gone.  The Pennsylvania Motor Police were called, and an extensive search of the area was conducted for several days/weeks.  Hundreds of volunteers searched for Marjorie, including a large number of oil field workers who were in the area working on a temporary basis.  Several leads were followed over the subsequent months and years, but Marjorie was ultimately never found.   The case has remained unsolved. In 2012, Pennsylvania State Police, obtained DNA from Marjorie’s cousin, which has been entered into the CODIS missing person’s database.  Other minor leads were followed in recent years, including a report of a woman living in a nursing home in Rochester, NY, who resembled the progressed photo of Marjorie, was close to her current age, and rarely had visitors.  Pennsylvania State Police ultimately interviewed the women’s niece, who provided documentation that the woman had immigrated with her parents in the early 1900’s. When Marjorie West went missing she was four years old, 3’0”, 50 lbs., red hair, blue eyes, and shoulder length curly hair.  This is one of the oldest missing children cases in the United States. WHAT YOU CAN DO:  If you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.  All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.


Dorothy E. Smith, 90, formerly  of  Third St.,  passed away Thursday (June 14, 2018) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.      Born April 22, 1928, in Roulette, she was a daughter of Robert A. and Laura A. Young Tauscher.  On July 12, 1952, in Roulette, she married Leslie K. Smith, who died Nov. 9, 1993.   Dorothy was a cook having worked in the Roulette and Port Allegany elementary schools for 25 years, before her retirement.       Mrs. Smith was a lifetime resident of the area and a member of the Riverside Methodist Church of Roulette, member of Order of Eastern Star, Keystone Chapter 2, Duke Center, and Roulette Alumni. She was a Roulette historian and volunteered with the Potter County Historical Society of Coudersport. She also enjoyed crocheting and knitting.  Surviving are two sons, Calvin K, (Ann) Smith of Coudersport, Russell C. (Sandra) Weimer of Allen, TX; a daughter, Rena M. (Michael) Baker of Roulette; three grandchildren, Christopher Weimer and Tricia (Kevin) Shafer both of Allen, TX, Kimberly Chapman of Virginia Beach, VA, two step-grandchildren, Allan and Andrew Chapell; six great-grandchildren; longtime companion Max Greeley, Sr. of Roulette; and several nieces and nephew.      She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Leslie, a daughter, Ruth Weimer, two brothers, Norman and Robert Tauscher, and a sister, Rosalyn Rush.       Friends will be received from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday (June 20, 2018) in the Riverside Methodist Church, Roulette, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ben Zimmerman and Rev. Randall Headley, co-officiating. Burial will be in Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette.       Memorials can be made to Riverside Methodist Church or Potter County Historical Society, 308 N. Main St., Coudersport, PA 16915.       Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be made to:  Calvin K. Smith                          Rena M. Baker

326 Summit Rd.                         13 Ought St.

Coudersport, PA 16915             Roulette, PA 16746


Karl “Klutsch” KLUTSCHKOWSKI, 83, of Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in his home.  Born June 11, 1935, in Allenstein, East Prussia, he immigrated to the United States as a young teen.  He served honorably with the Army National Guard from 1953 – 1956.  On July 16, 1955, in Pottstown, PA, he married the former Joy L. Seiler, who survives.  Klutsch was a self-made tradesman.  He loved go-carting, dirt biking, hunting, and fishing.  His life passion was his wife and snowmobiling in Potter County.  He was a member of the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, the Potter County Snowmobile Club, and was a volunteer with Potter County Habitat for Humanity. Surviving besides his wife, Joy, are:  three daughters, Deborah Klutschkowski of Wyomissing, PA, Heidi Klutschkowski and Cheryl (Steve) Nordquist, both of Coudersport;  two granddaugthers, Emily Nordquist and Elizabeth Nordquist, both of Coudersport; and two great-grandsons, Emil Nordquist and Amzi Nordquist.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Manfred Klutschkowski.  Honoring his wishes, there will be no services.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, 1450 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or the Potter County Snowmobile Club, P.O. Box 82, Coudersport, PA 16915.   Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.   Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhom

Barbara Elizabeth Hilfiger RUSSELL, 85, of Corning, NY, formerly of Westfield, PA, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018 in Absolut Care at Three Rivers, Painted Post, NY.   Born August 29, 1932, in Ulysses, PA, she was the daughter of Frank and Maude Krusen Hilfiger.   She was married to Elwyn J. Russell, who predeceased her in 1986.   A 1950 graduate of Ulysses High School, she devoted her life to being a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  Barbara was a volunteer at the Northern Tier Children’s Home Thrift Store in Wellsboro for many years and was a member of theWestfield Historical Society  Surviving are:  five children, Nancy Killigrew of Horseheads, NY, Susan Test of Corning, NY, Dana (Konni) Russell of Wysox, PA, Kim Russell of Atlanta, GA, and Brian Russell of Elmira, NY; seven grandchildren, Christopher Hayes, Tracey (Christopher Glick) Hayes, Amanda Russell, Scott (Meg) Test, Billy Test, Kathleen Russell, and Ashley Russell;  six great-grandchildren, Brody Hayes Glick, Braden Hayes Glick, Bayleigh Bennett, Quintin Russell, Ariel Russell and Violet Cramer;  and two sisters, Margaret Wright of Coudersport, PA and Frances Frost of Lampasas, TX.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by two sisters, Marian Payne and Helen Flynn;  and four brothers, Billy, Malcolm, Keith, and Kenny Hilfiger.   At Barbara’s request, there will be no public visitation or service.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.   Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.