Tuesday July 17, 2018

Black Forest Express

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Monday’s high, 93; Overnight low, 70; .82” of rain

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Pennsylvania becomes Purple Heart State…..Teen driver cited for speeding after Tioga County crash…Motorcyclist unhurt when bike collides with a deer…Kersey driver arrested for drug possession…..Ridgway woman charged with defiant criminal trespass….Potter County bar cited for violating liquor laws

Obituary: Arleta Butler, Genesee…

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Purple Heart Day is August 7.The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who are wounded or killed during service. It was created by Gen. George Washington, whose appreciation of the importance of a soldier in any campaign impelled him to recognize outstanding valor and merit by granting a commission or an advance in rank for the person concerned.
Unfortunately, in the summer of 1782, he was ordered by the Continental Congress to cease doing so – as there were no funds to pay the soldiers, much less the officers. Deprived of his usual means of reward, he searched for a substitute. On Aug. 7, 1782, he created the Badge of Military Merit, later to be known as the Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart has since become the oldest military decoration in the world still in present use.
To further honor our country’s heroes who have been wounded or killed in action, a resolution designating Aug. 7, 2018, as Purple Heart Day in Pennsylvania was approved by the House on June 22, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to honor its military veterans wounded and killed in combat by becoming a Purple Heart state. Companion legislation in the Senate) was also passed.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart – an organization established in 1932 that strives to foster an environment of goodwill among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support legislative initiatives, and provide services to all veterans and their families – established the Purple Heart Trail in 1992. It is a symbolic trail that runs throughout all 50 states to commemorate and honor all men and women who have been wounded or killed in combat.
In Pennsylvania, the trail, known as the Purple Heart Highway, winds through 100 miles of Huntingdon, Centre, Union, Northumberland, and Montour counties on State Route 45. This route was chosen due to its proximity to many recipients of the Purple Heart residing in the Commonwealth.
The Purple Heart Trail actually begins at a monument in Mt. Vernon, VA, where George Washington is buried.
This is yet another reminder and acknowledgement of the brave men and women who were injured or killed during their service to our country. Everyone is asked to pay tribute to our combat-wounded and fallen soldiers on Tuesday, Aug. 7 – Purple Heart Day.

A Ridgway driver was slightly hurt Monday morning in a three vehicle accident on Route 219 in Ridgway Township, Elk County. According to state police, the pile-up occurred by Jeremy Dorsey of St. Marys slowed down his GMC Yukon for a Ford Superduty truck, driven by Geoffrey Sidelinger of Weedville which was stopped due to traffic. Albert Dippold failed to stop and his Chrysler Pacifica rammed the rear-end of Dorsey’s SUV and shoved it into a ditch on the right side of the road. The Dorsey unit continued straight and collided with Sidelinger’s truck before stopping. Dippold was treated at the scene for a minor injury. The other two men were not hurt.

A Blossburg teen driver and her passenger were not hurt when her car rolled over on the Barney Hill Road in Nelson Township Sunday afternoon. The 17 year old girl told police she lost control of her Chevrolet Aveo when she swerved to avoid a deer. The car slid off the pavement and into a ditch before overturning and coming to rest on the driver’s side in the ditch. The driver and her 15 year old female passenger were suing seatbelts at the time of the accident.

Minor injuries were reported for a Roaring Branch resident whose Harley Davidson Sportster hit a deer on Route 414 in Union Township at around 8:30 last Thursday morning. Troopers report that after impact, Shane Koser tried to regain control of the machine but it laid down on its right side, coming to rest on the south shoulder.

A drug possession charge is pending for a Kersey man who was pulled over by Emporium based state police Sunday evening at the intersection of W 4th Steed and N. Maple Street in that town. Troopers claim after a consent search, they found a small amount of marijuana and related paraphernalia int 20year old Kyle Meyer’s2002 Ford Focus.

Ridgway based state police report a charge of criminal defiant trespass is being filed against a 27 year old Ridgway Township woman who was “caught” on video trespassing on Walmart property along the Million Dollar Highway Sunday afternoon.

The Cockeyed Cricket in Austin has been cited by the state bureau of liqueurs control for violating law. Authorities claim the bar was in violation from February 19-April 1 this year because the manager failed to have a board approved manager complete RAMP training within 180 days of the board’s approval of the appointment. The charges are being bought before an administrative law judge who has the authority to impose penalties from $50 to $1000 dollars for minor offenses and up to $5000 for more serious offenses.


Arleta D. BUTLER, 98, formerly of Genesee, PA, died Friday, July 13, 2018 in Absolut at Houghton, Houghton, NY. Born July 26, 1919, in Westfield, she was the daughter of Leon and Maude Thompson Dunham. On December 15, 1934, in Troupsburg, NY, she married Arnold T. Butler, who predeceased in her in 1988. She owned and operated Butler’s Fabric Shop in Genesee for many years. Arleta served as Justice of the Peace for six years, a notary for 35 years, and was a longtime member of the Genesee Township Board of Elections. She helped found the Genesee Area Library and was a member of the Genesee United Methodist Church. Surviving are: two daughters, Carol (Stephen) Rukes of Rosedale, IN and Janet (Wayne) Erway of Genesee; five grandchildren, Bruce (Charity) Ordway of Troy, OH, Susan (Greg) Ralyea of Angelica, NY, Marie (Steve) Ackley of Wellsville, NY, Judy (Phil) May of Wellsville, NY, and Charles (Michele) Erway of Genesee; nine great-grandchildren, Michele (Eric) Selwyn, Philip (Sara) Ordway, Dustina (Wyatt) Schroeder, Jessica May, Alan (Athena) Ackley, Clifton Erway, Raymond Erway, Tristan Erway, and Evan Erway; six great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara White of Harrison Valley; nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a granddaughter, Marleta Ordway; three brothers, Roy Dunham, Basil Dunham, and Pearl Dunham; and two sisters, Iva Lawrence and Flora Bollock.
Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:30 AM with Funeral Services following at 11:30 AM. Pastor Harold Kiel will officiate. Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Genesee Area Library, P.O. Box 135, Genesee, PA 16923 or the United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 137, Genesee, PA 16923.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.



Monday July 16, 2018


Black Forest Express

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Sunday’s high, 93: Overnight low, 53; .82” of rain early Sunday







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As Lyme disease cases increase across the county, the state budge includes funding to treat the disease….residents  in Sweden Valley area advised to be on lookout for injured bear….Eldred man jailed for assaulting two victims…..Hazel Hurst teen driver hurt in collision with tractor trailer….Several drivers arrested on drug charges….theft of cell phone, rifle and other times taken from  pick up parked near Westline in McKean County….Vandals cause $500 in damage to SUV owned by a Tioga County woman…

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 Rep. Causer reports this year’s 2018-19 state budget addresses many of the state’s critical health needs by directing resources to several important line items, including Lyme disease. With Pennsylvania leading the nation in the number of Lyme disease cases, $2.5 million in state funding will help combat and treat those affected by the disease. Efforts will include building a more robust Lyme disease prevention and education program, conducting more well-rounded surveillance through activities like a statewide environmental survey, and improving participation in tick-borne disease surveillance with providers and local health departments. The funding specifically addresses many of the recommendations outlined by the Lyme Disease Task Force, which was created by Act 83 of 2014. Other health-related funding priorities include increases to support the state’s West Nile Virus and Zika Virus control program; take care of those with intellectual disabilities; and offer evidence-based home visiting services to families affected by the opioid epidemic. Bio-technology research, ALS support services and regional cancer centers also will receive increases in this budget.

The Tioga County Lyme Disuse Support Group will hold its monthly meeting in Wellsboro.  The meeting is open to Tioga County residents and those living in adjacent counties. Details are available on our “Calendar of Events “@ www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

Meanwhile, ticks and tick bites are being reported this year in places where they never were before.Bay Area Lyme Foundation, a leading nonprofit funder of innovative Lyme disease research in the U.S., today announced the results of the first citizen-scientist study to evaluate the prevalence of disease-carrying ticks throughout the United States.Conducted through a partnership with Northern Arizona University and Colorado State University and published in the peer-review journal PLOS ONE, the study is based on a massive sample of more than 16,000 ticks collected from 49 U.S. states and Puerto Rico.The study found ticks capable of carrying Lyme and other tick-borne diseases in 83 counties (in 24 states) where these ticks had not been previously recorded. The program received a six-fold increase in tick submissions over initial estimates, representing unprecedented national coordination of a ‘citizen science’ effort and diagnostic investigation.“Identifying geographic patterns of tick-human contact provides valuable insight that may help public health officials, patients and physicians become more vigilant about Lyme disease, increasing early diagnosis,” stated Linda Giampa, executive director at Bay Area Lyme Foundation.

“Based on these findings, it is critical that residents throughout the country take precautions and know the symptoms of tick-borne infections, even in areas where ticks have not previously been shown to cause disease.”

The 24 states that contain counties with newly documented Ixodes scapularis (deer tick) or Ixodes pacificus (Western black-legged tick) populations are: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Missouri, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

“The overwhelming study participation from residents throughout the country and the surprising number of counties impacted demonstrates that great interest and need exist throughout the country for this information,” said lead author Nate Nieto, PhD, associate professor in NAU’s Department of Biological Sciences.

“This study offers a unique and valuable perspective because it looks at risk to humans that goes beyond the physician-reported infection rates and involves ticks that were found on or near people.”

Not all public health agencies throughout the United States have tick collection, disease risk assessment systems and/or tick-borne disease reporting requirements. Importantly, this study showed disease-causing pathogens were found in areas that may not have sufficient reporting structures.

For example, researchers found ticks carrying Babesia, microscopic parasites carried by ticks that cause the disease babesiosis, in 26 counties (across 10 states) in which the public health department does not require physicians to report cases of babesiosis.


Other interesting findings include:


Anaplasma, Babesia, and Borrelia pathogens were found in all three of the most commonly encountered ticks collected – Ixodes, Amblyomma and Dermacentor species

All life stages of these three tick species, including some larvae, were found to be infected with both Borrelia burgdorferi and Borrelia miyamotoi

Several Amblyomma americanum, which is commonly known as the Lone Star tick and capable of carrying bacteria that cause disease in humans, were found in Northern California, the first known report of this tick in the state

The study stemmed from the free tick-testing initiative supported by Bay Area Lyme Foundation and conducted by Northern Arizona University.


Ticks sent to the initiative from January 2016 through August 2017 were tested free of charge for four of the most common bacterial infections: Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes Lyme disease; Borrelia miyamotoi, which causes tick-borne relapsing fever; Anaplasma phagocytophilum, which causes human granulocytic anaplasmosis, and the protozoan pathogen, Babesia microti.These data were categorized, mapped, and recorded, as well as provided to the submitter. Ticks were submitted from every state except Alaska.Typical tick collection methods involve researchers canvasing various terrain with large sheet-like material, which collects ticks, but does not take into account a tick’s natural attraction to mammals.The limitations of citizen studies include uneven awareness of the program across geographic areas, the fact that ticks may remain attached to a person as they travel, and reliance on motivation of people who encounter ticks.

An Eldred man has been jailed In lieu of bail for a domestic violence assault early Sunday. State police were called to a home on Barden Brook Road at about 2:49 pm for a domestic violence incident going on. A woman told officers 23 year old Levi Cliff punched her in in the eye  and bit the head and hand of a male victim. Troopers aid they observed  black eye and facial scratches on the female victim and bite marks on the male victim. Cliff was committed to the McKean County Jail in lieu of bail after arraignment. A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for this coming Thursday.

A Hazel Hurts teen driver was seriously hurt last Thursday afternoon when his car collided with a tractor trailer in Keating Township. According to Kane based state police, 18 year old Isaac Fuller after stopping at a stop sign on Valley Cross Roads, tried to cross the intersecton top travel west on Route 46 and drove in front of an International Harvester driven by Badley Mix of Mt. Jewett. The rig continued to cross the northbound lane and struck a fence at International Waxes, went through the fence and struck a concrete pillar before stopping. Fuller was flown by helicopter to Erie County Medical Center for treatment of facial trauma. His passenger, a 17year old Mt.Jewett boy was treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center with minor injures. Mix was not hurt.

No injuries were reported for a Florida driver whose car hit a deer on Route 15 in Jackson Township Saturday evening. State police at Mansfield explained Krystiana Lynch of Pal Bay could not stop her Mazda 3 in time to avoid the whitetail.

Drug possession charges are being filed against a Saxonburg driver following a one-vehicle crash Saturday night. Troopers report Kori Kuhns was going north on the Wetmore Road when her Chevrolet Impala failed to make a right turn, went across the westbound lane, struck a ditch and rolled over onto the driver’s side .Kuhns and her passenger, Scott Musthaf of Chicora, PA allegedly  left the scene but were later located. Authorizes said ttroopers found an orange rubber smoking device inside the 2006 Chevrolet which contained suspected burned  marijuana inside.

Troopers are also charging a 29 year old Shinglehouse woman with drug possession/ The suspect was pulled over on the Taylor Creek Road in Liberty Township, McKean County Satruday night for an alleged traffic violation and was allegedly found with a small amount of pot and drug paraphernalia in her 2007 Chevrolet Silverado.

Two Eldred residents have also been arrested for possession. Troopers at the Kane barracks  allege a 51 year old woman and a 28 year old man were discovered hving marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the 2001 Ford Focus after being stopped for a summary traffic violation on the Port/Empoirum rroad Saturday night.

The theft of some property from a parked vehicle is being investigated by state police at Kane. A credit card, cell phone, green backpack and a Marlin Model 39 .22 cal. Lever action long gun were taken from a 2015 Nissan pick up owned by a 55 year old York man while it was parked near Westline between midnight and 7:00 am Saturday.The gun has a gold trigger as it is the Original “Golden” 30 and wasvheld in a black plastic case with a gun dog scene on the front.

Unknown vandals caused $500  in damage to a  disa led 2007 Hyunda Tiburon between last Tuesday and Thursday in Richmond Township, Tioga County. The SUV, owned by a 29 year old Millerton woman was parked  at the intersecting of Lambs Creek Road and Powers drive. The rear passenger taillight, rear window and windshield were smashed.


|Friday July 13, 2018


Black Forest Express

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Thursday’s high,84;  Overnight low, 50







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BFB Headlines (Fridayu July 13, 2018)Thousands of visitors expected for next week’s Eliot Ness Fest…..Motorcylists hurt in Cameron County and Tioga County accidents….Kane man arrested early today on drug charges…Theft of large sum of money from Tioga County home and mailbox and its post….

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We are a week away, The Potter County Historical Society reports people are coming from Chicago, Cleveland, California, Florida and elsewhere for the inaugural “Eliot Ness Fest: Touched by the Untouchable,” slated for the July 20-22 weekend in  Coudersport. The local Chamber of Commerce received a call today from a Chicago Tour group of 54 inquiring about places to stay, eat, etc.

The fest  celebrates the life of the famous crimefighter who spent his final years as a businessman in that community. Ness’s exploits as a federal agent in gangland Chicago were portrayed to millions on a TV series and major motion picture, both titled, “The Untouchables.”The  Historical Society is sponsoring a weekend that mixes Roaring ‘20s fun and lively street theater with fascinating history programs, a salute to law enforcement, a vintage car show (1921-32) that’s unprecedented in the region, and many other events spread out over three days.Among notables coming to speak are Scott Leeson Sroka, an Assistant U.S. Attorney and grandson of Joe Leeson, one of the famous “Untouchables”commanded by Eliot Ness; A. Brad Schwartz, co-author of an upcoming highlytouted book shedding light on Ness’s battles against Al Capone’s criminaloutfit; and agents from the U.S. Dept. of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, whereNess got his start in law enforcement.Attendees will be able to enjoy entertaining lunch experiences during “Pasta with Capone,” a speakeasy-themed gathering spot known as “Jack’s Place,”which will host a Roaring ‘20s dance and costume contest; and other colorful activities.

Walking tours and narrated bus rides will highlight local points of interest related to the Prohibition era in northcentral Pennsylvania and Ness’sCoudersport years. Visitors can follow the path of “Eliot’s Last Walk,”which led to his sudden death of a heart attack at his Third Street home in May 1957.Two programs at the Coudersport Theatre will reveal Ness’s stellar performance in transforming Cleveland to a model city, and his pursuit of a maniacal serial killer, “The Mad Butcher,” who was never apprehended.Sunday’s finale is a program titled “Meet the Real Eliot Ness,” whereentertaining insights about the man himself will be shared Scott LeesonSroka, A. Brad Schwartz, Eliot Ness biographer Paul W. Heimel of Coudersportand local residents who knew Ness when he was a Coudersport resident in1956-57. Festival organizers are tight-lipped about the identity of “specialguests” who are expected to pop in during Sunday’s show.

Those wishing to stick around the air-conditioned theater after the programcan enjoy episodes of the popular early-1960s television show, “The Untouchables” starring Robert Stack, on the big screen.Volunteers who have stepped up to organize the festival for the PotterCounty Historical Society report that it’s creating a buzz across thecountry. They expect a turnout in the thousands and believe Eliot Ness Fest will grow to become one of the region’s top annual attractions.

They’re particularly excited about one of the entries in the Vintage Car Show. It’s a 1924 Rolls-Royce Roadster once owned by a prominent Chicago publisher Col. Robert McCormick, whose investigative reporter was assassinated by gangsters. Fearing that he was next, the publisher had his car bullet-proofed.Several local businesses are getting in on the act, most notably the historic Hotel Crittenden. Eliot Ness and sportswriter Oscar Fraley convened at the Crittenden in late 1956 and 1957 to write the manuscript for the book, “The Untouchables,” an embellished account of Ness’s battles with theChicago underworld that spawned the television series and movie. A local shop will be offering trademarked souvenirs from the inaugural Eliot NessFest. There’s also a new book that will roll off the presses in time for the festival. Titled, “Behind the Badge: The Untold Story of Eliot Ness”(by Paul W. Heimel, Knox Books), it reveals new details of Ness’s life andcareer, as well as his years in CoudersportDetails on the festival are being regularly updated on a Facebook page,titled Eliot Ness Fest, and a website, eliotnessfest.com.

No one was hurt in a rear-end collision Thursday morning in WetmoreTownship, McKean Country. Kane based state police report the fender bender occurred when Stephanie Sachno of Warren was beginning to make a left turn off of Route 321 onto Hemlock Avenue when Charles Cole of Waterford, PA failed to slow down and his Ford Fusion ran into the rear-end of Sachno’s Toyota Camry.


Troopers have investigated a couple of  recent motorcycle accidents. Edward Lisivick of Pittsburgh, PA was seriously injured last Saturday afternoon when a mechanical failure caused his Harley Davidson Ultra Classic Electra Glide to fall onto its right side as he  was slowing down to turn from Third Street onto Route 555 in Driftwood. He was taken to Penn Highlands Dubois by Cameron County ambulance. His passenger, Christina Myerski did not require medical attention for a slight injury.


Both Wellsboro residents were hurt when their motorcycles collided last Friday afternoon in Covington Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield-based state police, a Harley Davidson Electra Glide operated by Tammy Krsek and a Harley Davidson Sportster 1200 ridden by Gregory Watson were making a left curve on Route 660 in Covington Township when Krsek’s bike crossed the fog line and slid out of control on loose gravel. Watson lost control of his motorcycle while trying to avoid a collision. Both were taken to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. A six year old girl on Watsons Harley was not hurt.


A Mansfield driver escaped  injury in a one-vehicle accident last Saturday morning in Hamilton Township Tioga County. Troopers explained Anthony Mazzone was going north on the Ogdensburg Road when his Ford Explorer went off the road on a left hand curve and struck a utility pole with the passenger side front fender.


Both drivers escaped injury in a collision last Saturday afternoon in Tioga Township. Mansfield based state police say that collision occurred when Jefferson Brown of Elkland while attempting to turn onto Mitchell Creek from Route 287 drove in front of a Hyundai Elantra driven by Jesse Dilly of Tioga .


A 28 year old Kane man was arrested early today for drug possession. State police claim when they responded to a civil dispute in Apartment1 at 314 Hanes Street, they saw drug paraphernalia in plain view. Alexander Wolfe will now face charges in district court.


Two recent thefts in Tioga County have been investigated by state police at Mansfield. Burglars broke into the home of Andrea and Ronald Cady on Route 249 in Knoxville during the evening of June 27 and made off with a large sum of money. Thieves  stole a black plastic mailbox shaped like a barn and a five gallon milk can, holding the mailbox between noon and 4:00 pm last Saturday from 170 Dande Drive in Roaring Branch. The items, valued at $75 belonged to 71 year old Messner.