Thursday August 16, 2018

Black Forest Express

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Wednesday’s high, 83; Overnight  low, 57







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$1,250 Available to Assist Northeast Potter County…Bridge dedication Saturday to honor Coudersport native….Wellsboro motorcyclist seriously injured last week in collision with passenger car….St. Marys teens unhurt when their SUVs collide…Wellsboro man arrested for DUI for crash last month….

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Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, through its Northeastern Potter Economic Development Association (NEPEDA) Fund, seeks proposals from non-profit 501 ( c )3 organizations or charitable programs in the Northeastern region of Potter County. This includes Allegany Township; Bingham Township; Harrison Township; Hector Township; Genesee Township; and Ulysses Borough and Township.

Applications will be judged for enhancing the quality of life in Northeast Potter County. The total amount available to grant is $1,250.

For more information about NEPEDA, please visit

To apply for this competitive grant you can go to our website to download the application at

Applications are due Thursday, September 6, 2018. Please email your application to or mail them (postmarked September 6th) to Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers, 104 W. Lockhart Street, Sayre, PA 18840.

For more information, contact Suzanne Lee at 570.888.4759 or

Founded in 2003, the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers serves 5 counties, Bradford, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga Counties, PA and Tioga County, New York. The Foundation is committed to building philanthropic resources that will sustain healthy and vital communities now and into the future. The Foundation currently manages over 95 funds valued at over $6 million dollars and has awarded over $1 million in grants and scholarships since inception, positively impacting hundreds of lives in the region. For more information on its work in the community contact Suzanne Lee at 570.888.4759 or visit the website at

Members of the public are encouraged to attend a dedication ceremony to be held at 2 pm Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Commander Philip F. “Jet” Palmatier Jr. Memorial Bridge on Avenue A over the Allegheny River in Coudersport Borough.

Family members chose the North Coudersport bridge to honor the fallen Navy officer because of its close proximity to Commander Palmatier’s childhood home. The state legislature approved the bridge designation earlier this year.

Born Nov. 4, 1950, in Coudersport, Palmatier graduated with honors from the local high school in 1968 and was appointed to the United States Naval Academy. He was serving as commanding officer of a training squadron at Chase Field Naval Air Station in Beeville, Texas, engaged in a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico on Dec. 10, 1990, when his TA-4J Skyhawk collided with another TA-4J.

A Wellsboro motorcyclist was seriously hurt a week ago in a collision in Liberty Township, Tioga County. Mansfield based state police released details yesterday saying the collision occurred when Anthony Spencer who was leading a group of motorcycles  east on Route 414 at the intersection with Nauvoo Road just  as  Rongxian Li of China was cresting a hill on a right hand curve and his Mazda 3 Touring entered the eastbound lane. Spencer steered his bike into the westbound lane trying to avoid a collision but the  other driver steered the car to his left to avoid Impact as well but turned back to the right due to another vehicle in the eastbound lane. The right front corner of the passenger car hit the right side of the bike just in front of the rear tire. Spencer was thrown off his bike which came to rest along the north side of the highway. Spencer was taken by Morris Ambulance to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre. The driver of the Mazda and his three passengers escaped injury.

Both St. Marys teenagers  were unhurt when their SUV’s collided late last Saturday night on the Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township, Elk County. State police report the accident occurred when 19 year old Mykenna  Zettle tried to turn her Kia Sorrento left at the beginning of the Walmart parking lot and sideswiped the left front fender of a Dodge Durango driven by 18 year old Katelyn Snyder

State police at Mansfield have arrested a Wellsboro man for DUI in connection to a one-vehicle crash on the afternoon of July 1 in Middlebury Township. Troopers claim when they investigated the crash on Cummings Creek Road they determined 49 year old Alden Pequignot was driving under the influence of alcohol .Charges were filed this week after lab results were received.

Wednesday August 15, 2018

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                               Tuesday’s high, 77; Overnight low, 61 .33″ rain







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Today is Government & Industry Day at Ag Progress Days near State College…Mansfield University to offer five new courses….Elderly Cameron County man thwarts would-be cyber thief…..$200 stolen from vehicle parked on Main Street in Genesee…Gun may have been stolen from Sharon Township home…Two motorists charged with DUI by Coudersport based state police…

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Today is Government and Industry Day at Ag Progress Days at Rock Springs near State College. Dean Rick Roush and Secretary Russell Redding hosted a “town hall” forum this morning focusing on the invasive spotted lanternfly, the threat it poses to $18 billion worth of Pennsylvania agricultural products, and the federal/state/Penn State partnership to combat this pest.

The Pennsylvania House and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs committees held a joint informational meeting in the College Exhibits Building theatre to discuss and hear testimony on issues affecting the state’s agricultural industry, potentially including spotted lanternfly, ag education and workforce development, and the state’s industrial hemp research program.

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson hosted a listening session this afternoon on agriculture at Penn State’s Ag Progress Days with the state Department of Agriculture and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. Rep. Thompson is Vice Chairman of the Agriculture Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives .Deputy Secretary Cheryl Cook and PA Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert joined Rep. Thompson in a discussion of agricultural issues and the developing 2018 Farm Bill.

Among the event’s compelling visuals will be horse exhibitions; hands-on activities for children; live butterflies, honey bees, wildlife and farm animals; machinery, drone and farm-safety demonstrations; and antique farm and home implements in the Pasto Agricultural Museum.
With a goal of being responsive to changing needs for both students and their future employers, Mansfield University.

The five newly-approved degree programs at Mansfield University are a Bachelor of Science degree in respiratory care (replacing an associate degree in the same field); Associate of Science degrees in business administration, chemical technology and substance use and behavior disorder counseling; and an Associate of Applied Science degree in health education.

In addition, the Chancellor’s Office at PASSHE has approved a newly reorganized program, an Associate of Applied Science in environmental technology, with an optional concentration in Safety Management. The university has also recently reactivated its Associate of Science in computer information systems.

Prospective students can learn more about all degree offerings at Mansfield University. According to the university’s admissions office, the AAS Health Education and BS Respiratory Care programs will accept applications for Fall 2019 enrollment, while the other programs are accepting applications for enrollment immediately.
An elderly Cameron County man thwarted a would-be cyber thief Tuesday. An unknown suspect telephoned 71 year old Edmund Stuart in Emporium at a round 4:00 pm telling Stuart he had accidentally deposited $5500 into Stuart’s account when refunding for a returned printer. The caller told Stuart to buy $5,000 in Walmart gift cars and send them to him for the accidental deposit. Stuart did not comply; hung-up the phone and notified police who report there is an increasing amount of similar scams going on in this day and age.

The theft of some cash from a vehicle in Genesee is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Sometime Monday morning, a thief took $200 belonging to Trisha Sebastian from her vehicle parked on Main Street.

A gun may have been taken from a Sharon Township p residence over a year ago. The Sterling .22 cal. Rifle has the serial number #A75648 and may have been stolen between July 1, 2017and July 1, 2017. The home is located at 1953 PA Route 44.Anyone who locates the gun is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

State police at Coudersport have charged two motorists with DUI. Christian Cook, 32 of Elizabethtown, PA was pulled over on East Second Street in Coudersport at around 11:30 pm July 23 when his 2015 Dodge Caravan was allegedly seen swerving in it lane of travel. Troopers claim pot and drug paraphernalia were found on Cook. Troopers did not release the name of a 34 year old man also charged with DUI. That suspect was stopped on Route 6 West in Eulalia Township last Saturday night when his vehicle was observed swerving in his lane of travel. The driver apparently is facing charges of drug possession in addition to DUI.


Tuesday August 13, 2018

Black Forest Express



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Monday’s high, 83; Overnight low,61; .02” of rain

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Obituary: Frank E. Nichols, 54, of Marseilles, IL, formerly of Roulette


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Flooding continues in north eastern Pennsylvania with several roads in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, and Sullivan, counties are closed due to high water. More rain is in the forecast for today. Governor Wolf has directed emergency departments to respond to the area hit by floods twice within the past month.
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nsylvania Emergency Management Agency is working with county and local emergency management to ensure residents are safely evacuated and receiving necessary services as PennDOT monitors road closures.

The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) was activated this morning at PEMA with staff in the Situation Awareness, Logistics, and Health sections to plan operations and staffing as needed. The Pennsylvania National Guard was given a warning order to ensure availability of personnel should they be needed in impacted areas.

Several people are homeless after a fire at a Coudersport apartment house. Firefighters were dispatched at approximately 6:00 pm to 391 Route 6 West in the borough. Star Hose volunteers from Port Allegany were summoned immediately along with Coudersport volunteers to a working fire. Borough police told responders that all tenants had been safely evacuated.

At approximately 6:20 pm second alarm went out bringing in Shinglehouse for specialized equipment and Roulette, Austin and Galeton.
Crews quickly brought the fire under control that had spread from the first floor to the attic with extensive damage .

In all some 77 firefighters answered the alarm with no injuries to fire personnel, or civilians. Due to the fire and water damage tenants from all six unitswere displaced and are staying with friends and family and being assisted by the Red Cross.
While enroute to assist Coudersport with this alarm Dept 10 Galeton was dispatched to a fire of their own.
All units returned at 8:45 pm and all Coudersport personnel were released at 11:30 pm with equipment and Apparatus placed into service.

The local department was assisted at the scene by : Coudersport Ambulance, Coudersport Borough Police, Roulette, Port Allegany, Galeton, Austin and Shinglehouse fire departments, helpers/supporters back at the station – cooking and feeding all of the responders.

Chief Bryan Phelps told Black Forest Broadcasting News this morning that an inspection by the fire marshal, police and himself, it was determined that an electrical short in a first floor bedroom wall sparked the fire which traveled into a downstairs closet and then went back up the structure to the attic. Damage to the building, owned by Shane Wilson Enterprises, amounts to an estimated $15,000 to $200,000. The building is insured and Wilson is a member of the fire department. Chief Phelps said, despite speculation, there was absolutely no connection between yesterday’s blaze and one in the same building in late May. That fire was caused, according to Phelps, by careless disposal of lint in the utility room. He added that yesterday’s fire is an example of what should be done. Working smoke alarms went off, alerting residents who immediately called 9-1-1 and evacuated. He said the department would rather respond to a call that didn’t materialize than to be delayed by an occupant’s hesitation. Chief Phelps said the two bridge replacement projects near the borough did not impact response for other departments. Roulette and Port Allegany had easy access from the west. Austin volunteers did have to use a local detour to reach the site.

DUI charges are pending against a Gifford man after a one-vehicle crash Sunday evening in Lafayette Township, McKean County. Kane based state police allege 63 year old Robert Nortum was driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding when his 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier crossed the Droney Road about a half mile west of Nesion Avenue, hit a dirt mound, became airborne and collided with a tree before rolling over onto its side. Nortum was treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center for facial injuries.

Kane based state police report DUI charges are pending against a 55 year old Gifford man who was stopped by patrol officers just before midnight last Friday. Trousers did not give the man’s name but say they pulled over his 2001 Jeep at the intersection of Zippo Drive and the Chestnut Street Extension in the City of Bradford for suspected drunk diving. He was taken to Bradford Regional Center for a blood draw . Authorities say charges are pending receipt of those results.

A 30 year old Mansfield resident is also facing DUI charges. State police in that town pulled the suspect over on the Appalachian Thruway /287 Sunday evening for a vehicle code violation and allege he appeared to have been driving under the influence . The suspect refused chemical testing, an automatic sentencing in Pennsylvania.

A Covington, PA driver was hurt Sunday morning when his pick up truck wrecked on Route 6 in Shippen Township Tioga County. According to Mansfield-based state police Cody Crum was going east when his For F-150 crossed the road to the other side, collided with a traffic sign and ran into a rock pile next to a driveway. The truck hit a ditch and continued in it before stopping when the left rear hit a tree. Crum was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. He was cited for failing to stay within his lane for not using a seatbelt.

No injuries were reported for a St. Marys teen driver after a car/deer encounter Monday morning on Cleveland Street in Jay Township. Ridgway based state police report 18 year old Nobuo Yamanaka Elder was headed east making a right hand turn when the white tail bounded onto the highway. Yamanaka Eldred lost control of his Hyundai when he swerved to avoid the deer.

The theft of some auto parts in Rutland Township, Tioga County, is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Thieves made off with a Kenda Off Road tire, valued at $100; a Boristar 225/75/16 Off Road Tire valued at $50and a Brush Guard for a Jeep Laredo valued At $50. The items belonged to Scott Kent of Mllerton and were stolen between August 7 and 11.

And a thief helped himself or herself to a forgotten $20 bill at the Mansfield Walmart just before 1:00 pm last Thursday. Sarah Draper, 18 of Millerton, told police she had accidentally left the bill at the self –check out station and when she returned it was gone.

Ag Progress Days features the latest technology and research exhibits, educational programs, and guided tours. Sponsored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the event celebrates the forty-third year to be held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College, PA. It is one of only three agricultural exhibitions in the country sponsored by a major University. Our exhibits showcase the latest in Penn State research, as well as information on best management practices and changing regulations in the agricultural industry.

With 500 exhibitors from 34 states and 4 provinces of Canada, we have something for everyone. Each year, farming families from across Pennsylvania and surrounding states attend this three-day event. Of the 45,000 expected attendees, over 60 percent are actively engaged in agriculture or related professions. Come and learn about the latest innovations in the agricultural industry and spend your day with Penn State Extension educators.

Ag Progress Days features include:

80+ acres for crops and machinery demonstrations
55 acres for indoor and outdoor exhibits The Official Program Guide in PDF format for the 2018 Ag Progress Days Show is posted at the home page. Please reference the Events Calendar as it offers a complete listing of events, searchable by your interest.
The Official Program Guide in PDF format for the 2018 Ag Progress Days Show is posted at the home page. Please reference the Events Calendar as it offers a complete listing of events, searchable by your interest.


Frank E. Nichols, 54, of Marseilles, IL, formerly of Roulette, passed away Saturday, August 11, 2018 at UPMC Hamot, Erie.
Frank was born on February 19, 1964 in Coudersport, the son of the late Robert L. and Margaret L. (Bossie) Nichols.
Frank was a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1982, and a veteran of the Air Force. He worked for Flint Hills Resources in Illinois.
Frank was good with his hands and enjoyed custom building work. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, taxidermy and golfing.
Surviving are three daughters, Tiffany N. and Shaun Hornbeck of Ottawa, IL; Brittany R. Nichols of Marseilles, IL and Amy J. Nichols of Ottawa, IL; two sisters, Rose and Dennis Lloyd and Mary Nichols all of Coudersport; four brothers; James and Brita Nichols of Austin; Robert Nichols, Jr. of Roulette; Rex and Jodie Nichols of Coudersport; and Michael Nichols of Port Alleghany; a granddaughter, Cadence Hornbeck, numerous nieces and nephews and his companion, Kristy Kaliszewski.
Family and friends are welcome from 6-8:00 pm, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport, where the funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday August 15th, with Pastor Doug Cameron, officiating. Burial will follow at Hill Cemetery, Roulette, with military honors provided by the Potter County Honor Guard.