Tuesday July 31, 2018

 

Monday’s high, 75; Overnight low 61; .83” rain
TUE-SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH, 76
TUE NIGHT -DITTO,LOW, 65
WED-DITTO, HIGH 78
WED NIGHT-DITTO, LOW 63
THU-MORE OF THE SAME! HIGH 79
THU NIGHT-SAME AS ABOVE, LOW 62

DCNR releases second shale gas monitoring report…..State Senator wants to improve law dealing with kids left in hot cars…..Shinglehouse man seriously hurt in early Sunday morning crash….State police will be participating in aggressive driving enforcement crackdown starting Wednesday…

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Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced the release of the department’s second Shale Gas Monitoring Report that outlines its efforts to track, detect, and report on the impacts of gas development on Pennsylvania’s state forest lands.

Some insights from the report:
• Gas development on state forest lands has slowed considerably since the first monitoring report in 2014, due largely to market forces and a moratorium on new leasing which has been informally in place since 2010 and was formalized by Executive Order in 2015. Many leased tracts are only built out by about 30 to 35 percent.
• While shale gas infrastructure can result in improved access to forest interior, it can also conflict with the expectations of visitors who seek more primitive, undeveloped experiences undisrupted by industrial development.
• Invasive plants are of increasing concern as their presence and quantities are on the rise. Disturbed sites are ideal for the establishment of invasive plants that often emerge early in the spring and outcompete native plants through their rapid reproduction. Monitoring for invasive species and prioritizing the control of these plants based on the species and population size will continue, and strong governing lease provisions require operators to survey and treat invasive species.
• Water quality monitoring efforts by the bureau and its partners have not raised significant concerns on state forest headwater streams to date, however these results are still relatively short-term.
• Through planning and careful siting, forest fragmentation has been minimized. Those efforts need to continue as development proceeds on existing leases or where mineral rights are not owned by the commonwealth.
The department’s shale gas monitoring program began in 2011 and continues with a 15-member monitoring team. DCNR monitors repeated measurements over time to determine trends or patterns. The report notes that while certain trends can begin to be identified after eight years, natural resource monitoring is a long-term endeavor, and it may take longer to discern other trends in resource change and conditions, particularly if development under existing leases intensifies.
Of the state’s 2.2-million-acre system, there are approximately 600,500 acres of state forest land available for gas development, either through historic DCNR-issued leases, or on areas where the commonwealth does not own the subsurface rights.
The 202-page monitoring report is available on the DCNR website at www.dcnr.pa.gov.
Last Friday on CBS This Morning, the program featured a segment on children being trapped in hot cars. The report mentioned the statistics for this year, 2018, and how 27 kids have died trapped in hot cars.
According to KidsandCars.com, the 27 deaths this year are right on course with the yearly national average of 37. These statistics are devastating. They are not numbers. We must remember these are defenseless babies and children.
Rep. Karen Boback (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Wyoming) says we need a proactive approach to this problem and enact legislation that better protects children from the dangers of being trapped inside a hot car.
As a result she has introduced House Bill 1152, which would provide civil immunity for any damage that may be done o a vehicle when forceful entry is necessary to rescue a child.
In some instances, parents and/or caregivers claimed to have unknowingly left a sleeping baby or toddler in a car. Boback’sy bill encourages passersby to take a second look, contact law enforcement, and step in to help when every second counts.
The Centers for Disease Control says the temperature inside a parked car can rise by 20 degrees after ten minutes in the sun, even with a cracked window.
The immunity in the bill would only apply when the person acts reasonably under the circumstances. Good Samaritans must have a good-faith belief that the child is in imminent danger; they must have determined the vehicle is locked and there is no reasonable method for the child to be removed prior to forcibly entering the vehicle; and the person must have attempted to contact law enforcement.

The bill was passed unanimously out of the House Judiciary Committee last July. The lawmaker is encouraging r leaders in the General Assembly to consider moving this bill quickly and ensure that this bill, which has the potential to save lives, sees a vote soon.
A Shinglehouse man was seriously injured in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Ceres Township, McKean County. Kane based state police report Shawn McAnallen was going north on the Kings Run Road just after 3:00 am when his Chevrolet Suburban crossed the road, hit a shoulder and came to rest in a ditch. McAnallen was taken Shinglehouse Ambulance to Olean General Hospital and the investigation into the cause of the crash is continuing.
Coudersport based state police are advising motorists that starting tomorrow, Wednesday August 1, they will be participating in a statewide enforcement effort against aggressive driving which continues to be a factor in many injury and fatal crashes in Pennsylvania.
Targeted violations include:
Speeding
Carless/reckless driving
Following too closely
Improper passing
Improper Turning
Failing to obey traffic control signals/signs
Failing to stay within own lane
Occupant protection violations
Driving with suspended license
Driving under the influence
Distracted driving, such as texting

Monday, July 30, 2018

 

 

 

Black Forest Express

  Photo by Gerri Miller

 

Sunday’s high, 81; Overnight low, 51; .54 “   of rain weekend total.

MON-CHANCE OF SCATTERED SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 77

MON NIGHT- A FEW THUNDERSTORMS, LOW 62

TUE-CHANCE OF SCATTERED SHOWERS 7 THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 80

TUE NIGHT-CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS,LOW 66

WED-CHANCE  OF THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 79

WED NIGHT-LOW  63

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Shinglehouse motorycylist seriously hurt in Saturday collision….Gillett driver arrested  for speeding in Tioga County  after car rolls over….Ridgway ex-con arrested for having gun…Austin resident accused of criminal trespass and other crimes…Cyber crooks almost steal large sum of money from Emporium couple…..Smethport woman accused of stealing more than $300 in make-up and beauty products from St. Marys Walmart….Rep. Causer has table at Potter County Fair this week….

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Obituary: Eric Howard, Shinglehouse

A Shinglehouse man was seriously hurt Saturday morning when his motorcycle collided with an SUV in Ceres Township, McKean County. According to Kane based state police, both Alvin Welch and Melissa Amidon, also of Shinglehouse were going north on Route 44. Amidon was stopped to make a left turn onto Bells Run Road, with her turn signal on waiting for northbound traffic  .When traffic cleared, Amidon started make the turn and her Dodge Journey was hit in the driver’s side by Welch’s Harley Davidson. He was flown by helicopter to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. Amidon was not hurt, but two female passengers, ages 12 and 13 were slightly injured. They were treated at the scene.

No one was hurt when a pick up ran into three parked vehicles o North Main Street, Coudersport Friday afternoon. Borough police report Michael Schoonmaker of Jersey Shore was going south when he fell asleep at the wheel of his truck and ran into cars owned by Carol and Donald  Jackson of Coudersport, Derrick Morey of St. Marys and Burt and Cheryl  Ianson of Coudersport which were parked on the western side of North Main Street near Third Street. Several of the units had to be towed from the scene.

Minor injuries were reported for a Gillett, PA driver whose car rolled over on the Lower Mountain Road in Ward Township, Tioga County last Thursday morning. Paul Crispell’s Pontiac Grand Am went off the road and skidded for about 120 feet while spinning counterclockwise after he jammed on the brakes. The car went off the road, hit a ditch and overturned. Crispell was not using a seatbelt. He was taken by ambulance to Troy Hospital and has been charged with speeding.

Coudersport based state police have arrested a local man for DUI.  John Merrick, 63, was cited after receipt of lab results confirming alcohol in excess of the legal limit. He was stopped by patrol officers at the intersection of North East Street and East Fifth Street on the night of March 26.

Troopers in Ridgway have arrested 36 year old Scott Beck of Kersey for illegal possession of a firearm. Authorities explained that, as a convicted felon, is not allowed to have a gun but he was found in possession with ashotgun loaded with a slug Jul 17 on Airport Road in Jefferson County.

Clay Boucher, 19, of Austin has been jailed in lieu of bail after being arraigned for criminal trespass, defiant trespass, simple assault and harassment for and assault allegedly taking place July 22 on Railroad Street in that town. State police allege  Boucher assaulted a 48yr old Austin man and trespassed on the victim’s property when told to leave the residence.

A 16 year old Abbott Township boy has been arrested for harassment in connection to an assault reportedly happening on the afternoon of July 17.State police claim the youth pushed an 18 year old girl into a closet and struck her in the arm with a cardboard painting.

Troopers at Emporium say a resident of that town poses no threat even though he distburbed  customers in the Cabin Kitchen Saturday morning. James Williams stated that he was having a lot of issues with people where he lives and that he wished the Emporium Arms building would just “blow up”. Police report that Williams, although disgruntled, did not mean any harm, has no access to weapons and was just struggling with some mental issues.

An Emporium couple was almost bilked out of a large sum of money by cyber crooks. State police explain that James and Lori Eastman accessed an illegitimate  website claiming to be affiliated with “Apple Tech Support” .Criminals used the cite to access the Eastman\s Apple and PayPal account and attempted without success to steal $2800 from the victims’ PayPal account.

Elizabeth Geelen-Szuba of Smethport was arrested by Ridgway based state police for shoplifting at the Walmart recently .Authorities claim Geelen-Szuba stole $316.99 worth of make-up and beauty products on May 18,  Troopers claim she tried to steal $231.11 worth of clothing on June 5th and investigators discovered she  had stolen $11.32 in merchandise that day.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) will offer information about a variety of state programs and services during this year’s Potter County Fair.

“Having a table at the fair is a great way to make government more accessible to people,” Causer said. “I encourage anyone with questions or concerns about state government to stop by and see us.”

Causer’s table will be staffed in the evenings from Monday, July 30, through Friday, Aug. 3. The table will include state maps, as well as brochures and booklets on state programs and services.

People are also welcome to contact Causer’s full-time offices in Bradford (78 Main St., 1st floor; telephone 814-362-4400); Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1; telephone 814-274-9769); and Kane (55 Fraley St.; telephone 814-837-0880); or by going online at RepCauser.com or Facebook.com/RepCauser.

                                                                        Obituary

Eric D. Howard, 52, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly in Shinglehouse at the home of his lifelong friend on Thursday, July 26, 2018.

Born on August 6, 1965 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of C. DeWayne “Dewy” and Patricia A. “Pat” Washburn Howard.  In Germantown, MD, he married Susan Corfman, who passed away in 2006.

Eric was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse and earned his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

Eric was employed as the IT manager for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C.

He enjoyed fishing and boating on the Chesapeake Bay and hunting in West Virginia.  His passion was computers.

Surviving besides his parents of Shinglehouse are a daughter, Megan (Mitch) Steffey of Honolulu, HI; a stepson, Kyle (Rosie) Corfman of Baltimore, MD; two brothers, Scott D. (Lynette) Howard of Guilford, VT and Mark D. (Bev) Howard of Alvin, TX; a nephew; and several nieces, aunts, uncles and cousins.

In addition to his wife, Eric was predeceased by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Eric’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 Eric, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

 

Friday July 27, 2018

 

 

Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 82 low, 61; .26” rain

FRI-SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 77

FRI NIGHT-CLEARING, LOW 62

SAT-SUNNY, HIGH 72

SAT NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 55

SUN-PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUD, HIGH 69

SUN NIGHT-CLEARING, LOW 53

 

BFB Headlines (Friday ,July 27, 2018)Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse tonight….. Mansfield driver unhurt when his SUV was hit by a tractor trailer…..Warrant issued for Olean man suspected of stealing more than $100o worth of property from Lewis Run home….vandalism and burglary probed by Ridgway based state police……Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

 

The full moon will turn blood red on tonight  as the longest total lunar eclipse of the century takes place in the skies from Australia through Africa.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s innermost shadow. When this happens, the moon turns rusty orange or deep red in color and is how it earned the nickname of a blood moon eclipse.

The red moon will pair well with Mars, which reaches opposition just before the eclipse and will also appear orange or red in color. Unlike a solar eclipse, no special equipment or glasses are needed to view a total lunar eclipse, although onlookers will require cloud-free weather.

Friday’s lunar eclipse will be particularly special as it is the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

The total phase of the eclipse will last for an impressive 1 hour and 43 minutes, while the entire eclipse, including the partial phases, will last for over 6 hours.

One reason why this eclipse is lasting so long is because it is occurring when the moon is near apogee, or the point in its orbit when it is farthest away from the Earth, making it appear smaller than normal.

This is sometimes referred to as a ‘micromoon,’ and is the opposite of the well-known supermoon, or perigee (when the moon is at its closest to Earth).

Another factor that is playing a role in the eclipse’s duration is the path that the moon is taking through the Earth’s shadow. During Friday’s eclipse, the moon will be passing almost directly through the middle of the shadow, maximizing the time that moon spends in darkness.

The next time there is a total lunar eclipse this long will not be until June 9, 2123

Both drivers escaped injury Wednesday afternoon in a  Tioga County collision involving an SUV and tractor trailer. Mansfield based state police report impact occurred when 21 yea rold Bryce Zaparzynski pulled his Jeep Laredo out of a private drive on Route 6 in Richmond Township, intending to go west, and turned  in front of an international Harvesterd tri-axle driven by Larry Butcher of Millerton.  One lane of the highway was shut down for about a half hour.Zaoarzynski was cited for careless driving.

A Clearfield woman escaped injury in a car deer collision last night on the Buena Vista Highway y in Jones Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police Tiffany Scalise could not avoid hitting the whitetail while headed north. The force of the impact sent the deer into a ditch where it was dead on arrival. Scallise was able to bring her 2013 Chevrolet to a controlled stop on the berm.

Troopers at Kane are looking for  an Olean, NY man for burglarizing a Lewis Run home. Thomas Washington, 29, is accused of forcing his way through a window at a home on Main Street Wednesday afternoon and stealing $1154 worth of items.  A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

State police at Ridgway are investigating a burglary taking place between July 15 and 25 on theOld Shawmut grade road iI Fox Township. Criminals broke into an unoccupied building  owned by a 54 year old St.Marys man during that period of time and broke windows and doors. 814.776.6136

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse tonight….. Mansfield driver unhurt when his SUV was hit by a tractor trailer…..Warrant issued for Olean man suspected of stealing more than $100o worth of property from Lewis Run home….vandalism and burglary probed by Ridgway based state police……

The full moon will turn blood red on tonight  as the longest total lunar eclipse of the century takes place in the skies from Australia through Africa.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon passes through the Earth’s innermost shadow. When this happens, the moon turns rusty orange or deep red in color and is how it earned the nickname of a blood moon eclipse.

The red moon will pair well with Mars, which reaches opposition just before the eclipse and will also appear orange or red in color. Unlike a solar eclipse, no special equipment or glasses are needed to view a total lunar eclipse, although onlookers will require cloud-free weather.

Friday’s lunar eclipse will be particularly special as it is the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century.

The total phase of the eclipse will last for an impressive 1 hour and 43 minutes, while the entire eclipse, including the partial phases, will last for over 6 hours.

One reason why this eclipse is lasting so long is because it is occurring when the moon is near apogee, or the point in its orbit when it is farthest away from the Earth, making it appear smaller than normal.

This is sometimes referred to as a ‘micromoon,’ and is the opposite of the well-known supermoon, or perigee (when the moon is at its closest to Earth).

Another factor that is playing a role in the eclipse’s duration is the path that the moon is taking through the Earth’s shadow. During Friday’s eclipse, the moon will be passing almost directly through the middle of the shadow, maximizing the time that moon spends in darkness.

The next time there is a total lunar eclipse this long will not be until June 9, 2123

Both drivers escaped injury Wednesday afternoon in a  Tioga County collision involving an SUV and tractor trailer. Mansfield based state police report impact occurred when 21 yea rold Bryce Zaparzynski pulled his Jeep Laredo out of a private drive on Route 6 in Richmond Township, intending to go west, and turned  in front of an international Harvesterd tri-axle driven by Larry Butcher of Millerton.  One lane of the highway was shut down for about a half hour.Zaoarzynski was cited for careless driving.

A Clearfield woman escaped injury in a car deer collision last night on the Buena Vista Highway y in Jones Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police Tiffany Scalise could not avoid hitting the whitetail while headed north. The force of the impact sent the deer into a ditch where it was dead on arrival. Scallise was able to bring her 2013 Chevrolet to a controlled stop on the berm.

Troopers at Kane are looking for  an Olean, NY man for burglarizing a Lewis Run home. Thomas Washington, 29, is accused of forcing his way through a window at a home on Main Street Wednesday afternoon and stealing $1154 worth of items.  A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

State police at Ridgway are investigating a burglary taking place between July 15 and 25 on theOld Shawmut grade road iI Fox Township. Criminals broke into an unoccupied building  owned by a 54 year old St.Marys man during that period of time and broke windows and doors. 814.776.6136