Thursday July 12, 2018



Black Forest Express

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Wednesday’s high, 86; Overnight low, 52

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State budget and proposed bill help dairy farmers…Road project underway on several Bradford Streets….Work to replace bridge over Marsh Creek In Tioga County starts next week…Route 49 between Coudersport and Harrison Valley to be repaved later this summer…..Troopers at Coudersport investigate three recent thefts…drug paraphernalia discovered in camper parked in Harrison Township, Potter County… Austin man arrested for public drunkenness….Ex employee suspected of using phone to harass owner of Genesee business….

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Agriculture in Pennsylvania’s number one industry and dairy is a big part of the ag industry. Dairy farmers in Pennsylvania are experiencing rough times, with farms reportedly on the brink of bankruptcy. The state is taking measures to provide some help. The state is taking steps to help them .Introduced by Senator Schwank , Senate Resolution 384 directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study and issue a report making recommendations for initiatives to assist dairy producers in the Commonwealth in response to the decreasing demand for dairy products and decreasing milk prices. The new state budget provides $5 million in grant money to help dairy farmers survive an economic crisis brought on by falling milk prices and a decline in consumption of beverage milk. The Commonwealth Financing Authority is to adopt guidelines for distributing the money to farmers and processors for such purposes as finding new markets for dairy products, developing specialty dairy products, marketing programs and research and development. The $5 million is being transferred from the existing First Industries economic development program which has provided financial assistance to farmers. The state has earmarked 5 million dollars to combat these issues, however Senator Schwank says there’s something you can do to help as well.She says that next to the “sell By Date” there is a numerical code. If it is42, the milk was produced in Pennsylvania and she urges all consumers to buy only Pennsylvania milk.


Roadway improvement work began today in Bradford on a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation project.Through the end of the month, crews will work a mill and fill operation along High Street, Owens Way, South Avenue, West Corydon Street, and Sullivan Road—all in Bradford. Paving of these same streets is scheduled for August and PennDOT will issue an update prior to that work.Traffic will be controlled by flaggers in the roadway enforcing an alternating traffic pattern.
Drivers should expect delays as work takes place.

Later this summer, a section of Route 49 in Potter County– from Coudersport to Harrison Valley, will also see improvement work.Overall work includes milling, roadway repair, ADA ramps, and paving. A small amount of drainage work is also planned along Route 49.Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College, PA is the contractor on this $5.1 million job, which is expected to be complete by October. All work is weather and schedule dependent.PennDOT reminds drivers to be cautious in work zones, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles at 511PA is free and available 24 hours a day and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.


Next week, PennDOT bridge crew in Tioga County will begin a bridge deck replacement project on T-479 (Marsh Creek Road) in Shippen Township. The bridge is located at the intersection of Straight Run Road.
A detour will be in place using Straight Run Road, Route 6 and Webster Road.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks have investigated three different thefts occurring in Potter County last month. Thieves stole two sections of 10’ x 15” black sluice pipe sections from 2964 Route 607 between June 4 and 28. The pipes, which belong to Keating Township, are valued at $200. A Parmak electric fencer was stolen on the afternoon of June 20 from a location at the intersection of the Hamilton Road and Bunnell Road in Bingham Township. The equipment is owned by Michael Thompson of Ulysses and is valued at $225. Criminals stole five solar panels, 12 volt batteries and miscellaneous items from a camp on Bailey Hill Road in Hector Township between June 21 and 25. The camp is owned\ed by Kim Foster of Olean, NY.

Using a search warrant, Coudersport based state police allegedly found drug paraphernalia inside a camper parked at 335 Howard Road in Harrison Township on the afternoon of June 24. No more details were released but police say the investigation remains open.

Two “non-reportable” traffic accidents were also investigated by state police at the Coudersport barracks. The first occurred on the afternoon of June 28 in Genesee Township. A 2011 Chevrolet Malibu was speeding when it failed to make a turn and slid off of Route 449 into a yard. The driver backed onto Wintergreen Road and took off headed east. The 17 year old Bolivar NY girl was pulled over about ¾ mile later. She was not hurt and the car could be driven away. However, she was cited for speeding. Both drivers escaped injury in a minor fender-bender in Ulysses Township this past Saturday morning. A 2009 Jeep Patriot was going south of Bailey Hill Road, a winding piece of road, when the driver tried to brake for a Ford F-250 which was backing out of a driveway on the Loucks Mills Road. Since neither driver was hurt and the vehicles could be driven, it was technically a “non-reportable.”

A 60 year old Austin man has been arrested for public drunkenness. State police claim when they responded to a call about a man lying in a field off of Costello Avenue just before 1:30 am Wednesday, the found David Walter Dehart under the influence of alcohol.

Wednesday July 10, 2018

Black Forest Express

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Fish Commission will not close Oswayo Hatchery at least for now….Potter County Commissioners agree to borrow money to upgrade 911 system…..Local Ham Radio operators will be involved in the planning…..Vandals cause more than $1000 in damage to log skidder parked in McKean County last month

Tuesday’s high, 86; Overnight low, 48

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Local Ham Radio Operators Tom & Diane Guilfoy (See Story below)
Fish Commission will not close Oswayo Hatchery at least for now….Potter County Commissioners agree to borrow money to upgrade 911 system…..Local Ham Radio operators will be involved in the planning…..Vandals cause more than $1000 in damage to log skidder parked in McKean County last month…

Obituary: Elaine Frances Loucks Harris, Oswayo

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Rep. Martin Causer reports The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) announced Tuesday it would postpone action on a proposal to close the Oswayo trout hatchery. In a news release Rep. Causer praised the action and thanked local Fish Commissioner Bill Brock for his leadership on the issue.“This is great news for area anglers, as the Oswayo hatchery plays a vital role in ensuring quality fishing opportunities in our region,” Causer said.

Closing the facility would have resulted in a loss of local jobs, as well as the elimination of 240,000 adult stocked trout in four lakes and 61 streams, including many in McKean, Potter, Cameron and Clinton counties.
Causer noted PFBC Executive Director John Arway had proposed closing the Oswayo hatchery, along with the Union City hatchery in Erie County and the VanDyke Research Station in Juniata County, last September as a means to save about $2 million in the commission’s budget.

“I recognize the financial challenges facing the Fish and Boat Commission, but I believe closing the hatchery and the resulting reduction in stocked trout in the area would have cost the agency money in the form of fewer anglers and fewer license sales,” Causer said. “With about $50 million in uncommitted reserve funds available within the agency, there was no need to close any hatcheries at this time.

“I look forward to working with the board of commissioners to address the long-range fiscal health of the agency, keeping the best interests of our anglers and boaters at the forefront of the discussion,” he concluded.

The Potter County Commissioners last Thursday approved a $3.8 million loan which will be used to upgrade the county’s 911 system. Four area banks had submitted proposals for the loan which will be spread out over a 10 year period. The board accepted the lowest bid, which was from Juniata Valley Bank. there is a $500 origination fee and the loan includes a one-year advance with the balance being paid over the next nine years at the fixed rate of 3.69%. The commissioners said it made fiscal sense to spread the payments out over along period of time. The upgrades will convert much of the equipment from analog to digital and will allow emergency services personnel across the region to communicate with each other rather than having messages relayed by a dispatcher. Chairman Doug Morley explained the need for the loan, saying there is “no second round of funding from the Department of Homeland Security” so improvements are left to each county to handle by itself.

Tom and Diane Guilfoy members of  Headwaters Amateur Radio Club and licensed operators attended last week’s meeting at the commissioners’ invitation. Club member will be Headwaters club will be assisting in the planning process for the county’s reconstruction and modernization of the 911 emergency communications system by advising on areas of service gaps and other details. The county allows the club to mount its aerials on county-owned towers and by providing a small operations center in the county’s Gunzburger Building.Tom Guilfoy said the “ham radio” operators not only can bridge the gaps of communications in sections of terrain inaccessible by traditional 911 service, they can also use their battery-operated units to relay urgent communications in the event of power outages or other emergencies. “If you would like two good examples of how ham radio operators were pressed into service, you need look no further than the attacks on the World Trade Center and the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico,” he pointed out. “The only way to relay communications in and out of the disaster scenes was by amateur radio operators.” In fact, after Hurricane Andrew ravaged Florida in August 1992, causing 25.3 billion dollars in property damage and taking 44 lives, ham radio operators in this area assisted Adelphia Communications officials in reaching employees. The company was headquartered in Coudersport at the time and there was no other way to communicate. There were few cell phones at the time and towers might have been taken down by hurricane winds anyway. Portion’s of Adelphia’s cable system and buildings and employees’ properties were devastated during the worst hurricane ever to impact the Sunshine State. More information about the Headwaters Amateur Radio club is available here
State police at Kane are looking for vandals who caused more than $1000 in damage to a 2000 Caterpillar Tractor log skidder while it was parked at 3`78 Route 219 in Hamlin Township sometime during the month of June. Unknown criminals dumped a quantity of sand into the gasoline tank on the machine owned by Steven Chittester of Kane.

Elaine Frances Loucks HARRIS, 88, of Oswayo, PA, peacefully entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior while surrounded by her family on Monday, July 9th, 2018 in Meadville Medical Center, Meadville, PA.
Born August 10, 1929, in Ceres, NY, she was the daughter of Roy and Edrie Torrey Loucks. At the age of 15, she found new life in Christ and served Him faithfully for the remainder of her life. On November 23, 1952, in Ceres, she married Darell D. Harris, who survives. She served alongside her husband in full-time pastoral ministry for over 37 years.
Elaine was a devoted pastor’s wife and her door was open to anyone in need, whether they needed a hot meal or a place to sleep for several months. After retirement, she continued to serve the Lord through various ministries in her church and community. Until very recently, she hosted two weekly Bible studies in her home.
She was also extraordinarily talented. For many years, she supplemented the family income by painting signs and producing artwork. Her talents were on display at many local businesses. Furthermore, Elaine was known for her sewing abilities, having sewn gowns for entire bridal parties as well as designing and sewing all her daughters’ clothing for many years.
Her strong faith in God led Elaine to be known as a great prayer warrior. Many families and friends called upon her for special prayer in times of need.
Surviving besides her husband of more than 65 years, Darell D. “Bud” Harris, are: her daughters, Kay Kilburn (Larry) of Arcade, NY, Sue Hill (Rahn) of Cooperstown, PA, and Jan Rodriguez (Manuel) of Shiloh, IL; ten grandchildren, Greg Kilburn, Kurt Kilburn (Nancy), Stacy Kilburn, Laura Pierce (Jared), Matthew Kilburn (Julie), Rebecca Mattocks (Dustin), Kristin Walker (Jamie), Kelly Koelle (Jerad), Christopher Rodriguez, and Mary Rodriguez; 16 great grandchildren; three sisters, Betty LeBlanc of Bluffton, SC, Marlene Chapman of Olean, NY, and Valerie Konert of Bolivar, NY; a brother, David Loucks (Catherine) of DeSoto, MO; several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; and an infant sister.
Friends may call Thursday, July 12, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Friday, July 13, 2018 in the Ellisburg Union Wesleyan Church, Ellisburg, PA. Visitation will precede the funeral at the church from 10:00 – 11:00 AM. The Rev. Roy Ward, Pastor, and the Rev. Clint Pearsall will co-officiate. Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Ellisburg Union Wesleyan Church, 1020 Rag Hill Road, Genesee, PA 16923 or to the Galilean Children’s Home, P.O. Box 880, Liberty, KY 42539.
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Tuesday July 10, 2018


Black Forest Express                                                                        

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PennDot and law enforcement launch aggressive driving program…Kane state police will set up DUI check points throughout McKean County next month…Bradford driver arrested for DUI…Lewis Run man beaten up during weekend party….

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Motorists, beware!
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) the Pennsylvania State Police and law enforcement agencies from Elk County yesterdat kicked off a high visibility enforcement mobilization targeting aggressive drivers at a media event in St. Marys. The mobilization runs through August 26, and is part of the Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Program (PAADEEP).
During the mobilization, law enforcement will focus on red light running, the Steer Clear law, tailgating and speeding. The Steer Clear law requires motorists to move one lane over when encountering an incident where emergency responders are present. If not possible due to traffic conditions, motorists must reduce speed. Failure to comply can result in a $250 fine for first time offenders and, if the violation results in an injury to a responder, a 90-day license suspension.
Law enforcement at yesterday’s event will join more than 235 municipal agencies to participate in the mobilization statewide. Last year’s campaign resulted in the writing of 41,661 citations, including 27,017 for speeding, 1,203 for occupant protection violations, and 2,493 for red light violations. Officers also made 137 arrests for impaired driving.
According to PennDOT 2017 data, aggressive driving was listed as a cause in 60 percent of Elk County crashes. In St. Marys alone, aggressive driving was listed as the cause in 80 of the 185 total county-wide crashes, which includes 34 injuries and one fatality.
PAADEEP is funded by PennDOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The goal of the project is to reduce the number of aggressive driving related crashes, injuries and fatalities in Pennsylvania.

And, state police at Kane announce they will be conducting sobriety checkpoints next month on McKean County Roads that have a high incidence of alcohol related crashes.

Speaking of DUI, Michael Raybuck Jr. 39 of Bradford, was arrested for DUI after being stopped by patrol officers on the West Warren Road in Bradford Township, McKean County a few minutes after midnight today. State police pulled Raybuck over for alleged summary traffic violation and determined he was driving his 2003 Chevrolet Trail Blazer under the influence. Troopers clai9m Raybuck refused to submit to chemical testing which, in Pennsylvania, is an automatic one year license suspension.

The investigation is continuing into an assault allegedly taking place this past Saturday morning between 2:00 and 3:00 am in Corydon Township, McKean County. A 22 year old Lewis Run man was punched in the face several times by a known male assailant and state police say charges are pending.