Thursday August 2, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 81; Overnight low, 65; .54” rain







Today’s complete forecast:

Obituary: Bonita “Bonnie” Graves, Shinglehouse

BFB Headlines (Alleged bank robber nabbed…..Four people hurt in Potter County collision Wednesday afternoon….One driver hurt in McKean County  fender bender Wednesday morning…both Galeton residents  involved in domestic  fight facing charges….Burglars steal $400 worth of items from Jackson Township house last month….Owner of McKean bar cited for violating liquor laws….Program about lanternfly will be featured at Ag Progress Days, later this month…

Today’s podcast:


The manhunt for a Genesee man suspected for three recent hold-ups has ended last night with his capture in Rochester, NY Police 27 year old Chase Lotter is suspected of robbing t the Kwik Fill station on South Avenue in Bradford at about 10:15 pm Tuesday night. Lotter is also suspected of robbing . the Bolivar branch of the Steuben Trust Company on July 24 and the Crosby store in Belmont Monday morning.. Lotter was sentenced to Pennsyslvania  state prison in 2014 for a 2013 robbery at Buchanan’s Pharmacy in Eldred and was released earlier  this year. In each crime, Lotter threatened employees he had a gun, but authorities  reportedly never found a weapon.

Four people were hurt Wednesday afternoon in a collision at the intersection of Route 49 and 449 in Ulysses Township. Coudersport based state police report the collision occurred when Brian Daniel of Ulysses who was traveling east turned onto Route 449 to go north. His Jeep Cherokee hit a Ford Edge driven by 80 year old Marjorie Brent of Hartwell , GA. She and her husband, 83 year old William Brent were seriously injured. Daniel and his 16 year old female passenger suffered minor injuries. All four were transported by ambulance to UPMC Cole. State police were assisted at the scene by Tri-Town Volunteer fire and ambulance, and  Genesee ambulance . Minor injuries were reported for one driver involved in a fender-bender  on Route 6 in Wetmore Township, McKean County Wednesday morning, According to Kane based state police, the collision occurred when Edward Gerg who was traveling west tried to pass another vehicle going in his direction when he spotted Sherry Davidson of Ludlow approaching in the eastbound lane. As he steered to the right to move out of the way, his GMC  Sierra hit the side wheel well on Davidson’s Jeep Patriot. Davidson did not require transport to a medical facility. Gerg was not injured.

Both Galeton residents involved in a domestic violence incident early Wednesday morning will be answering harassment charges in district court. Coudersport based state police explained a 34 year old woman and 35 year old man argued at around 2:00 am at a residence on West Main Street which escalated to a point where the disagreement became physical.

A theft taking place between July 13 and 21 in Jackson Township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Burglars forced their way through a locked door at a house on Bly Road owned by Kim Simmons of Pine City, NJ stole an Apple older desktop computer ($200)’ treadle sewing machine ($125); and two copper bucket ($25 each).

State police at Coudersport report they turned up multiple drugs and paraphernalia when they used a warrant to search a residence located at 204 W. Main Street in Galeton Monday evening. Presumably charges are pending.

A Kane bar owner has been cited by the state liquor control board for violating state law. Enforcement officers allege Erik Smith, owner of the Buckhorn Hotel failed to maintain and complete truthful records for a two year period immediately preceding April 4, 2018; failed to file sales tax and employer withholding tax returns with the Pennsylvania department of Revenue from 7/01/17-3/31/18; failed to adhere to contidions of an agreement with the board on January  23, 2018 and 2/21/18; failed to file required reports with the Department of Labor and Indusry from March 28, 2017 through March 28, 2018; failed to pay the Department of labor and Industry unemployment tax for a period between March 28, 2017and March 28, 2018 in the amount of $1,578.39. The charges are being brought before an Administrative Law Judge who can impose fines ranging from $50-$1,000 for minor offenses and upt to $5,000 for more serious offenses. The judge can also order a license suspension or revocation and mandate training.

The looming threat posed by the invasive spotted lanternfly will take center stage in the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building and Theatre during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14-16.

Displays and presentations in the building also will highlight programs related to pond management and bait-fish production, hemp research, animal health, and agricultural policy.

Native to Asia, the spotted lanternfly was found for the first time in the United States in Berks County in 2014 and since has spread throughout 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania — a region that the state Department of Agriculture has designated as a quarantine zone. The pest also has been found in Virginia and, most recently, in New Jersey.

The planthopper feeds on sap, weakening plants and leaving behind a sugary excrement called honeydew, which promotes the growth of sooty mold — further harming the plant — while attracting other insects and creating a sticky mess that can render outdoor areas unusable. The pest threatens Pennsylvania’s grape, tree fruit, hardwood and nursery industries, which collectively are worth about $18 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy.


“Because this is the first population of spotted lanternfly outside Asia, it’s difficult to assess the magnitude of the threat it presents, but it is potentially the worst introduced insect pest since the arrival of the gypsy moth nearly 150 years ago,” said Rick Roush, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Roush will co-host a spotted lanternfly update with Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding in the College Exhibits Building Theatre on Aug. 14.


Visitors to the building also can speak with Penn State experts, learn how to identify the various life stages of spotted lanternfly, and find out how they can help contain and manage lanternfly infestations.

Residents from any of the counties under quarantine going to Ag Progress Days or to any other locations inside or outside the quarantine area should inspect their vehicles before traveling to be sure they aren’t transporting spotted lanternflies, which are known to be good hitchhikers.

More information about spotted lanternfly, the state quarantine and how to report a sighting is available on the Penn State Extension website.

Other topics featured in the College Exhibits Building, on Main Street at the Ag Progress Days site, will include the following:

  • Healthy Ponds, Making Cents with Bait-Fish Production. Visitors can take a walk down the Susquehanna River, name the tributaries, and visit a pond where they can learn about pond management and harvesting minnows as a value-added enterprise. Experts from Penn State’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Management will share information about how to establish a successful bait-fish production operation.
  • Best Practices for Optimum Animal Health. Get an inside look at the latest in veterinary science research. Penn State’s Veterinary Extension Team will address mineral supplementation, antibiotic stewardship and managing reproductive health issues to promote healthy animals and identify the financial benefits to the farm.
  • What is the Potential for Industrial Hemp in Pennsylvania? Visit with the Penn State Hemp Extension Team to discuss the potential uses of the crop, what is being done to develop markets and the current prospects for profitable hemp production in the state. Specialists will share the current legal status of the crop and current production techniques that have proven effective in the field.


  • Where can your education take you? Did you know there are more job openings in agriculture and related fields each year than qualified graduates to fill them? Prospective students and their families can visit with representatives from the Undergraduate Education Office to learn about College of Agricultural Sciences programs in animal, biomedical, environmental, plant and social sciences. Faculty and staff will answer questions and provide information.




  • Shirts for Scholars. Visitors can purchase an Ag Progress Days or College of Agricultural Sciences shirt, with proceeds benefiting programs for scholars. Collectable Penn State Dairymen’s Club milk bottles also will be available.



Bonita M. “Bonnie” GRAVES, 68, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Friday, July 27, 2018 in South Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, NY.   Born July 25, 1950, in Trenton, NJ, she was the daughter of Wilbur and Lillian Nutt Rogers.

Surviving are:  her husband, Timothy P. Graves of Harrison Valley;  a daughter, Shoshonna Shoap of Thompson’s Station, TN;  a grandson, Aaron Shoap;  a brother, Kevin Rogers of Orlando, FL;  two sisters, Kathy Hume of Wellsboro and Karen Nichols of Jacksonville, FL;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Regina McCracken.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 4, 2018 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  The Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate.

Online condolences may be expressed at




Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 78; Overnight low 68 (trace of rain)

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Genesee man now suspected of three recent robberies, one last night…..Game Commission is asking citizens to participate in turkey survey…..Causer will host Senior Expo Friday in Bradford….Senior Citizen nutrition program checks still available from Potter County Department of Aging….Detour in place for bridge replacement on Route 6 in Coudersport…

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The manhunt for a Genesee man suspected for three recent hold-ups has intensified. Police across the region have been asked to be on the look out for 27 year old Chase Lotter who allegedly robbed the Kwik Fill station on South Avenue in Bradford at about 10:15 pm last night.The suspect is described as wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans with a short beard. Police in New York State have identified the Lotter as the suspect who robbed. the Bolivar branch of the Steuben Trust Company on July 24 and the Crosby store in Belmont Monday morning. A warrant h as been issued for his arrest. Pollice say Lotter should be considered dangerous. If you encounter him, don’t take matters into your own hands but call 9-1-1 or police. He believed to be driving a stolen green Chevrolet Silverado pick-up with NY registration 47120jK. Lotter was sentenced to Pennsyslvania state prison in 2014 for a 2013 robbery at Buchanan’s Pharmacy in Eldred and was released earlier this year.

The Game Commission again is seeking help from the public in surveying wild turkeys in August to get a handle on production statewide. The third-annual Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Sighting Survey which began today. Through the month of August, turkey sighting reports can be made online or through the mobile app.
The public is encouraged to report any turkeys observed during August. Information submitted helps the agency analyze spring turkey production. Participants are requested to record the number of wild turkeys they see, along with the general location, date and contact information should agency biologists have any questions..
The August Turkey Sighting Survey estimates the average number of wild turkey poults (young of the year) per hen (hens with poults + hens without poults, which are hens that did not raise a brood) statewide and by Wildlife Management Unit (WMU). This ratio provides another means of tracking total reproduction for the summer (in addition to sightings by game wardens that have been collected since 1953) and compare it to that of other Northeastern states conducting the same type of citizen-science turkey surveys to provide a regional view of wild turkey reproductive trends. It also helps predict fall harvest potential.

In 2017 the public provided 19,617 turkey sightings, down from 30,184 in 2016. The average number of poults per all hens was 2.3, slightly lower than 2016 (2.4). This was below New York’s August Survey results of 2.5; New York’s results were the lowest since 2009. The decline can be attributed to the above-average rainfall in May and June, which likely negatively impacted nest and poult success. Recruitment is also impacted by poor habitat, such as lack of brood-rearing habitat, and/or a poor mix of habitats, which makes turkeys more susceptible to cold, wet weather, and predation. Reproductive success varied tremendously by WMU.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is reminding area senior citizens of the 16th annual Senior Citizens Expo this Friday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Sports and Fitness Gymnasium. “This is always an informative event that is helpful not only to senior citizens but to their family members and caregivers as well,” Causer said. “I encourage everyone to come out and take advantage of the opportunity to get a wealth of information in one convenient location.” Due to the expo, Causer’s local offices in Bradford, Coudersport and Kane will be closed all day. The office in Harrisburg will remain open and may be reached by calling 717-787-5075. At the expo, state, county and local exhibitors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions. Information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing and personal safety will be available. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded. The expo is free to attend, and lunch will be provided.

Additional expos are scheduled Friday, Sept. 14, at the Kane Community Center, and Friday, Oct. 12, at the Roulette Fire Hall.

For more information about the senior expos, contact Causer’s Bradford office at (814) 362-4400. Information is also available at or on Facebook at

One of the services available to senior citizens is the Farmers Market Nutrition Program.Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging is still distributing Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks for Potter County senior citizens. Officials report every year there are some checks leftover because eligible seniors have not taken advantage of the program. The checks are through the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Each senior citizen receives one set of (4) $5 checks per year.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program provides eligible senior citizens with checks to use at approved farmers markets to purchase qualifying fresh fruits and vegetables through November 30, 2018. The checks will be issued through September 30, 2018, at Potter County Senior Centers and the Potter County Human Services AAA.
Select fruits and vegetables approved for purchase must be grown or growable in Pennsylvania. Some of the produce that qualifies under the program includes beans, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, squash, tomatoes, watermelon, apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, grapes, onions, potatoes, pumpkins and zucchini. No citrus fruits or tropical fruits are eligible under the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Processed foods, such as jam, honey, cider and baked goods are also ineligible to be purchased through this program.

Potter County senior citizens, age sixty or older, whose income is $22,459 or less for a single person or $30,451 or less for a couple, or $38,443 or less for 3 people or $46,435 or less for four people are eligible for the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program. Income is based on the total income for 2017. These guidelines are subject to change. The federal guidelines that are in place the day of distribution will be those that are used. Proof of income is not required. However, the senior citizen must sign a register verifying that their income meets the income guidelines. You must show proof of age and address. Driver’s license will work for proof of both. They will be issued four (4), $5.00 checks.


Vendors that are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for this program display a sign indicating that the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks are accepted. A list of local farmers markets can be obtained at check distribution sites.

According to the Potter County Area Agency on Aging, this is a very beneficial program that will benefit eligible seniors in Potter County by providing fresh, nutritious home grown produce. This program also benefits the farmers who raise these items. It is hoped that seniors will take full advantage of this program. If you know anyone who is eligible, please have them contact us at the numbers below.
Senior citizens will be able to sign up for the Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks at the following locations:

Ulysses Senior Center Mon. – Wed.
Ulysses Community Bldg. 9 A.M. – 1 P.M.

522 Main Street
Ulysses, PA 16948

Oswayo Valley Senior Center Mon. – Wed.
128 Lyons Street 9 A.M. – 1 P.M.
Shinglehouse, PA 16748

Galeton Senior Center Wed. – Fri.
St. Bibiana Parish Hall 9 A.M. – 1 P.M.
111 Germania Street
Galeton, PA 16922

Coudersport Senior Center Wed. – Fri.
Coudersport Volunteer Fire Dept. Training Ctr. 9 A.M. – 1 P.M.
171 Rt. 6 West
Coudersport, PA 16915

Potter County Human Services AAA
62 North Street
Roulette, PA 16746
814-544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560
Ask for Barb Kiel – Appt. Only

For more information, please contact Barb Kiel, Potter County Area Agency on Aging at 544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.

The dreaded day for locals has been postponed. Work to replace a bridge on Route 6 West in Coudersport, just west of the Kightlinger Motor dealership was scheduled to begin today but has been postponed until Friday, August 3. PennDot has posted a lengthy detour using Route 155, 607 and 872 (From Port Allegany to Keating Summit to Austin and to Coudersport). However, the department has posted a Bicycle/pedestrian detour through the Coudersport Industrial Park. The project should be completed within two weeks according to officials.