Thursday August 23, 2018

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 69; Overnight low, 50: .,38” rain

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Obituary: William Munter, Punta Gorda, FL (Austin) 

Motorists are reminded of PA’s school bus law…..Pitt Bradford Receives grant to develop engineering and technical facilities….LPN course to be held in Coudersport next year…Contractor facing theft charges for failing to complete McKean County Home improvement project…..vandalism to “no trespassing “ signs investigated by Emporium state police….

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Our focus today is on education.
As the new school year gets underway, motorists need to be vigilant to avoid potentially tragic crashes and strong penalties as school buses return to the roads and transport children.

Motorists approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended are required to stop in all directions at least 10 feet from the bus. The only exception to the law is when a school bus is stopped on the opposite side of a highway clearly separated by a divider, such as concrete barriers or grass medians. Even in this situation, motorists should remain watchful of students trying to cross the road to catch the bus.

If convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law, drivers face a $250 fine, five points on their driving record and a 60-day license suspension.
Students are also exposed to traffic while waiting for buses or walking to the bus stop or school. Motorists are reminded to be cautious and alert when approaching a school bus stop and to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.

In addition to watching for school buses, motorists should be alert in school zones, which become hubs of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Motorists are required to slow down to the posted speed limit of 15 mph in school zones. If convicted, violators face a fine and three points on their driving record.

For more information on Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law, school bus safety tips and programs, visit, then click “School Bus Safety” under “Traffic Safety and Driver Topics.”

In a major boost for education and employment opportunities in the region, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) and Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25) yesterday announced $2 million in state funding to support the development of facilities for engineering and technology at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
“This project has the potential to breathe new life into our economy,” Causer said. “It gives area students the opportunity to pursue rapidly growing career fields, especially in engineering and information systems and it gives local employers peace of mind that a supply of highly trained and qualified workers will be available to meet their needs. This is certainly a win-win for northwest and northcentral Pennsylvania.”

The lawmakers said area manufacturers and other employers have consistently expressed a need for engineers to support their operations, and local university officials have been working for many years to bring engineering programs to Bradford to fill that need.

“This state funding will be a tremendous asset for our region,” Scarnati said. “All too often, students who leave the area to pursue engineering degrees do not return despite the job opportunities that exist in the region. Once these programs are up and running, we will be in a better position to keep our young people here and to retain the manufacturing jobs we have, as wel as recruit new opportunities.”

The grant funding will be used toward the development of a building to house engineering labs, engineering shops, computer labs, and other specialized spaces to support new programs meeting local needs, along with classrooms, offices and storage space.

University officials praised the grant as a vital investment in meeting the needs of both students and employers.

Funding for the project was authorized by lawmakers in the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act and was released by Gov. Tom Wolf.

Penn College, in partnership with the Education Council, will be offering a Practical Nursing Program in Coudersport next year. This full-time clock hour program is scheduled over one calendar year with classes and clinicals held four days per week, plus every other Friday for the first two levels. Graduates earn a certificate in licensed practical nursing. Class begins February 4, 2019, and graduation will be held January 30, 2020. This course is eligible for Pell Grants and Federal Loans.
A free information session being held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Education Council’s Coudersport office. Registration for the Information Session is required. To register, call the Education Council at (814) 274-4877 by September 4th. For more information about the program, contact Penn College at Wellsboro at (570)724- 7703.

Kane based state police say they are continuing to investigate a theft victimizing a 55 year old Kane woman. The victim told officers yesterday that she had paid a contractor $4,000 for home improvement work and the job has never been completed. Charges are pending.

A criminal mischief taking place Wednesday afternoon is being probed by state police at the Emporium Barracks. Vandals stole three “no trespassing signs and two poles, one of them bent, at the intersection of the Downey Hollow Road and Downey Road in Cameron county between 8:30 pm Tuesday and 7:45 am Wednesday.


William G. “Bill” Munter, 100, of Punta Gorda, Florida, and formerly of Austin, Pennsylvania, celebrated life until his unexpected passing on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, PA.
Born May 2, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of William A. and Norah Fowler Munter. He married Grace L. Sayer in Elkton, Maryland, on August 23, 1942. She preceded him in death on April 23, 2006.
He attended Nether Providence High School in Delaware County, PA, and later earned his GED. In 1938, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until 1941. He followed that with an enlistment in the U.S. Navy. In World War II, he sailed aboard the USS Brooklyn and later crewed the commissioning of the USS Lorain County. From 1962-1966, Bill was stationed with the Fleet Training Group at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, retiring at the rank of Senior Chief Gunner’s Mate. His service continued as a civilian, employed as an instructor in small arms and tank maintenance at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
When he retired in 1981, Bill and his wife built a log home in Potter County, Pennsylvania, after spending considerable time researching how to accomplish this task. Pride in home and property were evident in how he tended his vegetable garden and fruit orchard.
Known for his generosity, Bill built rocking horses for children of friends; as well as people he met throughout his travels.
An avid outdoorsman, Bill fished for trout and hunted for deer and turkey in “God’s Country.” Even after he put up his handmade turkey calls, he continued to support the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Bill wintered for many years in Punta Gorda, Florida, until he became a permanent resident two years ago.
Bill enjoyed telling jokes, recounting life stories and raising a glass with his many friends at the American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport, PA; the VFW in Port Allegany, PA; the Elks Lodge in Deep Creek, FL; and the Moose Club in Port Charlotte, FL. At those same places, he also loved to listen to music and dance, he even showed off his moves at his 100th birthday bash at the Deep Creek Elks Lodge.
Surviving are his son, William S. “Bill” Munter of Austin, PA; daughter, Grace E. Dorety of Rotonda West, Florida; and granddaughter, Denise (Mark) Vickers.
In addition to his parents and wife, Bill’s two sisters, Eleanor Hetzner and Betty Waldhauer, preceded him in death.
Graveside military funeral and committal services will be accorded by the U.S. Navy in Edgewood Memorial Park, Glen Mills, PA, at 2:45 pm on Monday, August 27, 2018.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Bill’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.
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Wednesday August 22, 2018


Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Millernc. of State College, PA.

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DUI charges pending against Westfield driver after crash….Tree limb smashes windshield and roof on moving car near Emporium….Ridgway police continue to investigate hindering apprehension case…PennDot announces delay in replacing bridge on Route 46 and advises new bridge in Coudersport is now open…

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DUI charges are pending against a Westfield driver after a one-vehicle crash late last Saturday night in Clymer Township Tioga County. According to state police at Mansfield 22 year old Tyler Cline was speeding when his Chevrolet Silverado failed to make a left hand curve, skidded off the road and hit a tree and unoccupied barn before rolling over. Cline was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

A Smethport man was not hurt in an usual mishap Tuesday afternoon in Shippen Township, Cameron County. Troopers at the Emporium barracks explained Todd Galarneau was going south on Route 46 near Mulholland Drive when a branch from an overhanging tree dropped onto the windshield and roof of his 2016 Ford Focus. The car was disabled and had to be towed from the scene.
State police at Ridgway did not release any details but report they are investigating a case of hindering apprehension . A known individual is hiding the whereabouts of a person with an active arrest warrant Sunday afternoon on Arbutus Lane in Fox Township.

Construction for the Route 46 (Emporium Road) bridge in McKean County, has been postponed according to PennDot. The bridge spans Havens Run in Norwich Township, about three miles southeast of the village of Betula. It was previously scheduled to begin this week.

Construction is now expected to begin during the week of August 27 and be complete in mid-November. During this time, an alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.

And PennDot also has formally announced the opening of a bridge in Coudersport.A Route 6 (Port Allegany Road) bridge, spanning Dingman Run in Coudersport, Potter County is complete and open to traffic. The bridge has been under construction since early August as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Replacement of the bridge will remove it from the list of bridges in “poor” condition. The bridge reopened to traffic on Friday, August 17. Replacement work was performed by Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College, PA. The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed with a 100-year lifespan according to officials.
The bridges are two out of the 558 bridges 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.

Tuesday August 21, 2018


Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 74; Overnight low, 66; trace of rain







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 Game Commission and Fish & Boat Commission urge citizens to support a bi-partisan federal program to help wildlife crisis……Town wide yard sales will be held in Coudersport September  .Cause of $150,000 fire in Kane  not yet known…Both men involved in an altercation at the Coudersport Arboretum facing charges. State police probe unauthorized use of Coudersport woman’s vehicle….Attempted burglary in Harrison Township under investigation….Vandals damage “no trespassing sign” damaged in Bingham Township…

Jeannette Mable Mingus, Livonia. NY (Shinglehouse & Wellsville) and notice of service for Richard “Ratchet” Costello, Genesee

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission see last month’s introduction of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act in the U.S. Senate as legislation that could provide more care for Pennsylvania’s and the nation’s fish and wildlife with the greatest conservation needs and they are asking citizens to get behind the effort to have the legislation passed.

The bipartisan legislation (S.3223), introduced by Senators James Risch (R-Idaho), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Heidi Heitkamp (D- N.D.), would authorize annual appropriations by Congress to states to conserve troubled fish and wildlife.

The Senate bill complements House legislation (H.R. 4647), introduced last December by Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) and Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), which has gained strong, bipartisan co-sponsorship for its innovative approach to solving America’s ongoing and deepening wildlife crisis. Currently, over 80 members have co-sponsored the House bill, including six from Pennsylvania.

Both bills would draw from $1.3 billion in existing revenue from the development of energy and mineral resources on federal lands and waters from more than $10 billion in annual revenues from traditional and renewable energy development and mineral development on federal lands and waters. The main difference between the two bills is that H.R. 4647 provides mandatory permanent funding language, while S. 3223 requires annual appropriations by Congress to allocate funding to the states.

Patterned after the Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 2000, which narrowly failed to clear Congress, the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act proposes to provide sufficient funding to states to proactively conserve imperiled species identified in State Wildlife Action Plans. It is championed by the Blue-Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Diverse Fish & Wildlife Resources, a think-tank of 26 energy, business and conservation leaders assembled in 2014 by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, which serves North America’s state and provincial wildlife management agencies.

Pennsylvania currently receives about $1.5 million in federal State Wildlife Grant funds annually to manage the state’s 664 fish and wildlife species of greatest conservation need and their associated habitats to work toward goals in the State Wildlife Action Plan.

Under the House version of the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act, Pennsylvania would receive annual federal fish and wildlife conservation funding of about $34 million to better address the conservation actions for these species. The Senate version would require annual appropriations by Congress to allocate funding to the states.

The Fish and Boat Commission also recognizes the almost unprecedented value and expanded coverage the Senate bill could provide Pennsylvania’s fish and wildlife conservation.

The Game Commission and Fish and Boat Commission are urging all Pennsylvania voters and conservationists to let legislators know how important the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act is to them and Pennsylvania.

Estimates have a third of all American fish and wildlife as vulnerable or at risk.

Through federal funding provided by the State Wildlife Grants Program – created by Congress in 2000 – to support Pennsylvania’s species of greatest conservation need, conservation actions taken by the Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission, and partners have averted federal endangered species listings, such as the golden-winged warbler, and led to state delisting of several species: bald eagle, osprey, silver chub and spotted darter. Right now, wildlife needs all the friends it can muster to get the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act across the finish line.

To get involved, all Pennsylvanians are asked to contact their legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and ask them to support the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act

To learn more about the management of Pennsylvania’s wildlife and the state’s Wildlife Action Plan, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website at To learn more about the management of fish, reptiles, amphibians and other aquatic life, visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s website at

To learn more about the management of Pennsylvania’s wildlife and the state’s Wildlife Action Plan, visit the Pennsylvania Game Commission website at To learn more about the management of fish, reptiles, amphibians and other aquatic life, visit the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s website at

The annual Coudersport Town Wide Yard Sales are slated for Labor Day — Saturday, September 1 —starting 9:00 a.m., sponsored by Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce .Bargain hunters and shoppers can plan to visit sales at the Potter County Courthouse square, and at residences around the area, guided by their choice of a Google Map available via or a printed map available several days before the sales at the Chamber Office & Potter County Artisan Center at 227 N. Main St. in Coudersport. The Chamber charges small fees to cover the costs of sponsoring this popular event. For $5.00, participants receive a laminated, fluorescent yard sale sign, a presence on the printed map, the same on the online, mobile-friendly map which was viewed approximately 2,000 times by the end of the 2017 sales. Spaces on the courthouse square are 10 by 10 feet each. One space is $10.00; Two spaces are $15.00; Each additional space is $10.00.The Chamber will sponsor food and drink on the square this year. As in past years, the square will also be equipped with an accessible portable toilet and hand wash station. Former Chamber Office Manager Zachary Williams is coordinating this year’s sales. Please contact him at 814-647-1899 or email to get on the map. As the aim of the maps is to draw as many prospective buyers to your sales as possible, Williams needs a description of your sale (e.g., any unique items) as well as your address, full name, phone number, and email. Email addresses and phone numbers kept confidential as they’re for administrative use only in case there is any question about a listing. Last names, descriptions, and addresses will go on the maps. Fees for sales on the courthouse square will be collected the day of the sale. With regard to residential sales, please drop off your payments and pick up your sign, or mail fees to: Coudersport Chamber, PO Box 261, Coudersport, PA 16915. In charging nominal fees to cover the costs of hosting the event and providing amenities, the Chamber works on an honor system with regard to payments. The Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce has proudly served its members and the public for over 60 year

The cause of a fire which heavily damaged at Kane home Sunday night remains under investigation by the state police fire marshal. Flames broke out at around 8:15 pm at the Greeves Street home of Corry Garis and Brook Zampgna. The initial investigation has determined the blaze started inside the house but the exact cause is not yet known. Damage was estimated to be $150,000 according to state police, the loss is insured.

Two area men involved in a scuffle have been cited for disorderly conduct. State police report 24 year old Nathan Karns of Port Allegany  and 25 year old Bradley Jett of Coudersport  began fighting at the Coudersport arboretum at around 8:30 pm August 5th. The fisticuff continued as several bystanders tried to break it up. Both suffered minor injuries and will face charges in district court.

Troopers at Coudersport did not release many details but say they are investigating the unauthorized use of a vehicle. The 2014 Chevrolet Cruz is owned by Teresa Kaminski and was taken from her Third Street home before noon on August 12.

An attempted burglary at a Harrison Township home earlier this month has been investigated by state police at the Coudersport barracks. Sometime between August  7 and August 13 someone tried to forcibly enter the home of Jay McConnell on Route 49 West.

Vandals damaged a “No Trespassing” sign on Grover Hollow Road in Bingham Township last Thursday afternoon. The sign, which was being held by a galvanized steel post belonged to Edward Goydas of North Bingham.


Jeanette Mable Mingus, 82, of Livonia, formerly of  Wellsville, N.Y. and Shinglehouse, Pa., passed away on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at the Livingston County Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Mt. Morris, after a short illness.Born on May 18, 1936 in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Roy “Shorty” and Doris Presser Klinger.  She married Donald Mingus, who passed away in 2006.Jeanette was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School.Jeanette was employed all of her adult life but found the most joy in taking care of the elderly.  In her youth, Jeanette was a member of the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse.  She enjoyed doing crafts.  After retirement, she and her husband spent their winters in Mesa, Arizona.

Surviving are two sons, Mark (Diana) Sherwood of Lakeville, N.Y. and Jeffery Sherwood of Andover, N.Y.; seven grandchildren, Danielle (Alex) Keogan, Gabrielle Sherwood, Lynn Sherwood, Hannah Sherwood, Milena Sherwood, Cheryl (Cliff) Rigerman, and Adam Bates; several great-grandchildren; two nieces, Robin (Mike) Goode of Shinglehouse, PA and Cindy (Jude) Auman, of Portville; several grandnieces and grandnephews; and many friends, including Laura Hoh of Livonia.In addition to her parents and husband, Jeanette was predeceased by a sister, Joanne E. Appleby.A private memorial service will be held at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in the East Sharon Cemetery, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SPCA Serving Allegany County, PO Box 381, Wellsville, NY 14895.

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Jeanette’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

Richard O. “Ratchet” COSTELLO, 61, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, July 6, 2018. A service honoring Ratchet will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Genesee Fire Hall followed by a luncheon and time of fellowship. Memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Fire Co., P.O. Box 9, Genesee, PA 16923 or Patterson Cancer Center, c/o UPMC Cole, 1001 East Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at