Thursday, July 5, 2018

                      Photo by Gerri Miller

                         Something to help you cool down. Remember last winter? ( Homer Township March 2018.) 

Wednesday’s high, 91; Overnight low, 65; .75” rain (most during AM TST)


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Obituary: Clarence “Rip” Francis, Coudersport

Game Commissions advises hunters to make sure they have the correct pocket guide….Governor Wolf has signed bill to help at-risk youth….Information still being taken for Potter County’s CodeRed program…Two Emporium residents arrested on drug charges….Details released about one vehicle accident last week in West Branch Township….Police decline releasing names of drivers involved in three vehicle collision in McKean County…..

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The Game Commission is advising hunters to make sure they have the right pocket guide. To ensure they’re informed before heading afield, those purchasing Pennsylvania hunting or furtaker licenses receive a complimentary pocket guide that summarizes seasons, bag limits, hunting hours and other basic requirements. Whether buying licenses for 2017-18 or 2018-19, license buyers should make certain they’re receiving the pocket guide for the correct license year. Through most of June, sales for the current 2017-18 license year and upcoming 2018-19 license year occur simultaneously, and it’s possible some license buyers are issued the wrong pocket guide. The 2018-19 pocket guide is available online on the 2018-19 Hunting and Trapping Digest homepage, which can be accessed under Quick Clicks at The pocket guide can be printed at home on 8 1/2- by 14-inch legal paper.
Pocket guides also are available at the Game Commission’s headquarters and region offices.The 2017-18 license year ends June 30 and the 2018-19 license year begins July 1

An initiative designed to help at-risk youth in the Commonwealth is now law House Bill 824, now Act 51 of 2018, creates the National Guard Youth Challenge Program in Pennsylvania. This dropout recovery program helps at-risk youth earn a high school diploma or its equivalent, preparing them to move on to higher education, employment or military service. The program, which currently operates in more than two dozen states, will operate under the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA). The National Guard established the National Guard Youth Challenge Program in 1933 to help young men and women who may struggle to complete an educational program in a traditional high school. To that end, the program seeks to improve participants’ life skills and employment potential by providing military-based training and supervised work experience, together with the core program components of assisting participants to receive a high school diploma or its equivalent, leadership development, promoting fellowship and community service, developing life coping skills and job skills, and improving physical fitness, health and hygiene. The program currently operates in 27 states and in Puerto Rico.

Potter County Emergency Management Agency says there still is time to sign up for a new community notification system to provide important alerts and time-sensitive messages using phone calls, email, social media sites and text messaging. It’s a “reverse-911” concept that can help people prepare for imminent weather emergencies or other risks to public safety. Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover approved a contract with OnSolve, the company that provides the service, referred to as CodeRED.This system can deliver critical information to thousands of individuals within minutes,” explained Glenn Dunn, the county’s emergency management coordinator. “Alerts can be specific to streets, neighborhoods, or regions.” OnSolve has provided the Potter County DES an initial database of residential and business telephone numbers. However, all residents living within Potter County limits are encouraged to visit and click on the CodeRED logo to enroll their contact information including cell phone numbers, text and email addresses. No one should automatically he is in the emergency contact database. Additional information is also available at 274-8900, extension 501.
Two Emporium residents have been arrested on drug charges. State police there report they received a tip and executed a search warrant at 7:30 am June 29 at a home on Dexter Street and E. Allegheny Avenue. Authorities allege they found methamphetamine, other narcotics and paraphernalia in the home of 40 year old Donald Osti and 31 year old Michele Osti . Charges are pending in district court.

Minor injuries were reported for a Galeton woman involved in a one-vehicle accident last Wednesday night on Branch Road in West Branch Township, Potter County. State police at Coudersport just released details explaining that Amber Hoyles was going north on Route 144 a few minutes before 10:00 pm when her Chevrolet Cruze went off the road on a left hand curve, returned to the pavement after going into some gravel, crossed the road, went down an embankment and collided with a tree. Hoyles was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro.
For some reason, state police at Kane did not release the names of the drivers involved in a three-vehicle collision Tuesday afternoon. According to a sketchy report, a 2016General Motors Terrain while going south on Route 46 near the Columbia Hill intersection, crossed over into the opposite lane and collided with a 2012 Chevrolet K1500 and a 2006 Ford F-150. The driver of the Terrain was taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.


Clarence H. “Rip” Francis, 91, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.Born on August 22, 1926 in Coudersport, he was a son of Harold D. and Irene Rastu Francis. On May 21, 1949 in Coudersport, he married Madelyn J. McNulty, who survives.Rip was a graduate of Coudersport High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Pacific Theatre, special troops, 8th Army, during World War II.He retired from Joyce Western Pipeline Construction Company in Andover, N.Y., where he was employed as an accountant. For years, Rip prepared income taxes for many area residents.Rip was a member of Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport where he long served as treasurer. He was a member of the Coudersport American Legion Post 192, a life member of the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association where he served as treasurer for many years, a member of Eulalia Lodge No. 342 F. & A.M., Coudersport, a member of the Coudersport Consistory where he participated in the Reunions, and a member of the Coudersport Golf Club. He was an avid golfer, who excelled at the game of golf. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He was the third generation to live in the family home in Coudersport. His greatest love was his family.Surviving besides his beloved wife of 69 years are four children, Kay (Michael) Bender of Sanford, Maine, Lynn Klimek of Newfield, N.Y., Gary (Russina) Francis of Coudersport, and Lori (Norman) King of New Tripoli; ten grandchildren, Chad, Tina, Erin, Neal, Leslie, Joshua, Danielle, Angela, Brenna, and Lindsey; seven great-grandchildren, Dakota, Callan, Torin, Wyatt, Waylon, Cody and Verity; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Rip was predeceased by two brothers, John and Sherman; and two sisters, Katharine and Marjorie.Friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 1pm with the Rev. Scott Ogden, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery, Gold.Members of Eulalia Lodge No. 342 will conduct a Masonic service at 12:45pm on Saturday at the church.Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Saturday at the church.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.Rip’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 Rip, please visit


Tuesday, July 3, 2018


Something to help you cool down!      

                                                    Homer Township, Potter County March 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Gerri Miller 

Monday’s high, 94; Overnight low, 68; .65” of rain (series of thunderstorms)


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Motorists reminded to slow down during holiday trips…New Fireworks law in effect now….one driver hurt in rear-end collision in Tioga County….theft of wallet probed by troopers at Ridgway…McKean County bar fined for Sunday sales and entertainment without a license…..Construction of Route 449 bridge in Potter County is underway…Bridge on the “Olean Road” near Bradford will be replaced later this month.

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State police are reminding motorists to slow down this Independence Day holiday noting that speed is the leading cause of traffic crashes. Patrols will be looking for speeders and drunk drivers over the next several days. Authoriities say impairment begins with the first drink. Drivers over 21 can be charged with DUI if their blood alcohol content is .08% or greater. Drivers under 21, can be charged with DUI if their  alcohol content is .02% or greater.

This July, Pennsylvania residents who had previously been banned from using powerful fireworks, will have their first opportunity to set them off during Independence Day holiday celebrations. Public safety officials statewide are encouraging consumers to exercise caution when using fireworks and reminding them that certain rules and safety regulations need to be observed.
House Bill 542 was signed into law on October 30, 2017. Under the new law, the Fireworks Act of 1939 was repealed and replaced in its entirety. The complete version of the new law can be viewed here. However, the questions and answers below highlight the most noteworthy changes.
Q: Which fireworks are Pennsylvania residents now allowed to purchase and use?
Consumers can now purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer-grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman Candles, bottle rockets, and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously only available to out-of-state residents.
“Display fireworks,” which are classified as including salutes that contain more than two grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials, and professional-grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, are still only to be used by professionals with a permit from the municipality where the display will take place.
Q: Who can purchase fireworks?
Anyone 18 years of age or older can purchase them.
Q: What are the restrictions on where they can be used?
• They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.
• They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
• They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
• They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure.
• They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.
Also, it is recommended that you check with your local municipality, as you may also be subject to applicable local ordinances.
Q: Where can the fireworks be purchased?
They can be purchased at any licensed facility, including temporary ones. The licenses are issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Examples of temporary facilities include tents or other structures found in parking lots. These temporary structures can sell fireworks between the dates of June 15-July 8, and December 21-January 2 each year. Click here for more information on Department of Agriculture licensing.
One driver was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro for treatment of injuries suffered in a rear-end collision Sunday afternoon in Richmond Township, Tioga County. State police report the collision occurred when Penny Collins of Lawrenceville slowed her 2012 Ford Escape to a stop for a vehicle turning left onto Airport Road. Justin Simonetti of Mansfield who was behind Collins could not stop his 2009 Ford Escape in time and hit the rear of the Collins unit. He was cited for speeding and did not require treatment for a slight injury, however Collins was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

A theft in Spring Creek Township, Elk County Monday afternoon is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. A wallet belonging to a 19 year old Ridgway woman was stolen from a vehicle parked at the intersection of Hallton Road and Irwin Run Road at around 5:30 pm. Anyone with information is asked to call troopers at 814.776.6136.

The state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement has fined a McKean County bar for violating state law. An administrative law judge ordered L. R. Roadhouse to pay a $150 fine for selling/furnishing are giving alcoholic beverages on 20 Sundays between January 1, 2017 and May 21, 2017 and for allowing patrons to dance and a live band to perform without an amusement permit on May 20, 2017. The bar’s license was also suspended for two days.
Construction for a Route 449 (South Brookland Road) bridge in Potter County is scheduled to begin this week as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The bridge spans Buckseller Run in Ulysses Township. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s structurally deficient bridge list.
Construction is expected to begin on July 5 and be complete in two weeks. During this time, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Route 49, Route 44 (North Main Street), US 6 (East 2nd Street), and Route 449 (North Brookland Road).
In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.

Construction for a Route 646 (Olean Road) bridge in McKean County is scheduled to begin soon as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The bridge spans Pennbrook Run in Foster Township, about a mile north of the village of Gilmore. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s structurally deficient bridge list. Construction is expected to begin the week of July 16 and be complete in late August. During this time, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Route 646 (Olean Road), Route 346 (Main Street), and Route 546 (Oil Valley Road).
In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.
The bridges are two out of 558 being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.
The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at


Monday July 2, 2018


        Here’s something to help you cool down.Remember this past winter?

                                                                                                      Photo by Gerri Miller

Black Forest Express





Sunday’s high, 91; Overnight low, 66







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 Obituaries:Jack Hixenbaugh, Smethport; Steven Patrick “Pat” Kostur, Port Allegany

 Elderly New Jersey driver killed in Potter County Collision……Stolen Pickup  truck torched near Bradford…Diesel Fuel pump stolen in Tioga County….Thieves steal tools from Cameron County camp….State designates Route 44 as “Highway to the Stars” suggested by local photographer….

An elderly Medford, NJ man died Sunday afternoon when his SUV collided with a tractor trailer in Portage Township, Potter County.  State police report 84 year old Patrick Davies who had been traveling west on Cowley Hill Road turned his Kia Sportage  left onto Route 155 to go south in front of a northbound Peterbilt and trailer driven by Joseph Skillman of Emporium. Davies, who was not wearing a seatbelt was pronounced dead at the scene by Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury. Skillman was wearing a seatbelt and was not hurt.

A Mainsburg driver escaped jury during a car/deer encounter last Wednesday morning in Charleston Township, Tioga County. According to sate police at the Mansfield barracks. Jacob Spencer swerved his Subaru Impreza on a left curve to avoid a deer and sent his car off the road into a ditch before it collided with a large rock.

DUI charges are pending against a Bradford resident following a one-vehicle crash last Friday night in Keating Township, McKean County. Troopers explained 20 year old Austin Howard was driving a 20112 Ford Mustang which skidded off the road into a wooded area before stopping . Police said they smelled booze on 20 year old Auston Howard and conducted a field sobriety test., after which he was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for a blood draw.

Max Stuart, 24 of State College has been charged with DUI by state police at Emporium after being pulled over Cherry Street on the night of June 22 for a traffic violation.

State police at Coudersport have charged 37 year old Adam Brubaker of Brockway with DUI after pulling him over for speeding on Route 6 West  in Ulysses Township       during the afternoon of June 3.

The state police fire marshal is investigating he intentional fire which destroyed a stolen 2013 Tacoma Pickup Friday morning in a wooded area at the end of East Songbird lane, in Bradford. Anyone with information is asked to call Cpl. Greg Agosti at the Ridgway barracks, 814.666.6136.

A burglary on Locey Creek Drive in  Chatham Townshipis being investigated by state police at Mansfield. A red electrical diesel fuel pumpowned by a 63 yerold Knoxville man was taken sometime between June 13 and  16.

Thieves stole some tools from a camp in Shippen Township, Cameron County, owned by a 66 year old Curwensville man between June 14 and  28. Stolen items included an air drill, valued at $24; a ¼” drive drill valued at $30; a Craftsman circular saw without the blae valued at $25 and a 25’ tape measure valued at $5. Anyone with information is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 814.486.3321.

 In recognition of Cherry Springs State Park and the thousands of visitors it draws to the region each year, a new law will name Route 44 in Potter County the Highway to the Stars, according to  Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), who sponsored the initiative.

“The dark skies at Cherry Springs are a great asset to our region, offering educational opportunities to area residents and drawing thousands of visitors from across the country to its International Dark Sky Preserve,” Causer said. “This is a great way to recognize the value of the park to our local economy.”

Act 70 of 2018, which Causer introduced at the request of county and local officials, designates the section of Route 44 from Route 6 to the Lycoming County line as the Highway to the Stars. The road passes directly through Cherry Springs State Park, taking travelers to a publicly accessible dark sky viewing field and amphitheater and a separate observation area for astronomers, professional photographers and others with specialized interests. The idea came from award winning photographer Curt Weinhold of Coudersport who frequently photographs the Milky Way,  constellations, and the moon from Cherry Springs. Weinhold presented his idea to the Potter County Commissioners during their February 1, 2018 board meeting and received their support. He told the commissioners the idea came to him one night while he was photographing the stars while on Route 44. Weinhold then took the concept to Rep. Martin Causer.  Cherry Springs is an 82-acre state park that offers great views of the Milky Way, planets and hard-to-see astronomical objects. More information about the park is available at


Jack Wayman Hixenbaugh, 78, of Smethport, passed away Wednesday (June 27, 2018) at his residence, surrounded by his loving family.He was born Sept. 8, 1939 in Hundred, WV, a son of Floyd K. and Lula J. Himelrick Hixenbaugh.  On May 14, 2013, in Bradford, PA, he married Geraldine “Gerry” Joyce Frantz, who died April 15, 2016.Mr. Hixenbaugh was a graduate of Smethport Area High School and was employed by Costa’s Supermarket of Smethport as store manager for 33 years.He was a member of the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby, the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles of Bradford. He is survived by: four daughters: Deb (Dale) Yohe and Linda (Stephen) Frederick, both of Bradford,  Jackie (Roger) Ellison of TN and Lori (Daniel) Lindquist of Chambersburg, PA, one son: Steven (Laura) Hixenbaugh of Lewis Run two stepdaughters: Jill (Tim) Keller of Bradford and Stacy (Brian) Tanner of Smethport.19 Grandchildren, 3 step grandchildren and 26 Great Grandchildren, two brothers: William Hixenbaugh of Columbia, SC and Richard Hixenbaugh of Smethport and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents and wife, Jack was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Cynthia Hixenbaugh.


Port Allegany – Stephen Patrick “Pat” Kostur, 68, of, Port Allegany, died Wednesday (June 27, 2018) in the Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.He was born Oct 2, 1949 in St. Mary’s, a son of Stephen Joseph and Jean Allice Powell Kostur.Mr. Kostur was a graduate of St Mary’s schools.He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving during the Vietnam Conflict.Mr. Kostur was a radio personality working for WLEM 1250 AM in Emporium and later for WHKS 94.9 FM in Port Allegany for 15 years. He is survived byone daughter: Jean Allice Kostur,one sister: Sherry Salter. special friends, Leroy (Butch) and Jackie Schaffer and Richard Lewis all of Port Allegany, PA.There will be no visitation. Funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.Burial will be in the Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.Online condolences may be made at are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.Visitation will be held on Saturday from 10 A.M. to Noon at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral services will begin at noon, with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.  A luncheon gathering will be held immediately following services at the Norwich Twp. Fire Hall of Crosby.Memorials may be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Ave., Bradford, PA  16701. Online condolences may be made at are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.