Tuesday September 25, 2018


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Monday’s high, 67; Overnight low, 55; .53” rain

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Pennsylvania forestry personnel gearing up to give foliage updates….New $5 million state program enacted to help dairy farmers…McKean County Jail inmate arrested for assaulting another twice over the weekend…..Austin driver’s pick up truck wrecks after he swerved to avoid a deer…Ten mailboxes on the Wetmore Road near Kane were vandalized Sunday night or Monday morning….

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Fall officially arrived Sunday and there is already a change in the air and to celebrate the fall season in Pennsylvania, personnel from the Bureau of Forestry will be available to the news media to serve as regional experts on fall foliage, and resources from the Pennsylvania Tourism Office will be available for residents and visitors to experience a colorful autumn in a variety of ways across the commonwealth.
Fall foliage typically peaks for several weeks near the beginning of October across Pennsylvania. Starting THIS Thursday, September 27, weekly fall foliage reports can be found online on the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation of Natural Resources (DCNR) website and will be updated every Thursday. Visitors can get suggestions about the best spots to view fall foliage on the Penn’s Woods Fall Foliage story map and on the Pennsylvania Tourism Office website.
“With 121 state parks and more than 2.2 million acres of state forestland, Pennsylvanians are truly blessed with an abundance of prime fall-foliage viewing areas,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “Across the state, our park personnel and foresters look forward to recommending both the best times and locations to glimpse our autumn woodlands in all their splendor.”
While the leaves are the star of the show, Pennsylvania is abounding with great festivals, pick-your-own farms, and unrivaled haunted attractions that make the state the obvious choice for autumn.
Each year, Pennsylvania’s nearly 200 million domestic travelers inject an estimated $40.8 billion into Pennsylvania’s economy, generate $4.1 billion in tax revenues, and are responsible for nearly 500,000 jobs related to or benefitting from tourism.
“Not only does Pennsylvania boast some of the best foliage in the world, it’s home to some of the most fun and unique ways to view the gorgeous autumn colors,” said Carrie Fischer Lepore, Deputy Secretary of the Office of Marketing, Tourism and Film in the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED
The regional experts can discuss the chemistry of fall foliage color, as well as the projected outlook for fall foliage in their region of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania’s experts include:

Northcentral Pennsylvania
Chris Fireston, wild plant program manager: Tioga State Forest District, Wellsboro

Northeast Pennsylvania
Tim Latz, forester: Pinchot Forest District, Dalton

Northwest Pennsylvania
Cecile Stelter, district forester: Cornplanter State Forest District, Warren

Southeast Pennsylvania
Rick Hartlieb, assistant district forester: William Penn State Forest District, Elverson

Southcentral Pennsylvania
Ryan Reed, environmental education specialist: Harrisburg

Southwest Pennsylvania
Rachael Mahony, environmental education specialist: Forbes State Forest District, Laughlintown

For fall-inspired festivals and experiences, go to visitPA.com or follow Visit PA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Pursue your happiness and join the conversation using the hashtag #FallinPA.

A new state program will offer grants totaling $5 million to support Pennsylvania’s struggling dairy industry, according to Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-34) and Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Chairman Elder Vogel (R-47).
The Pennsylvania Dairy Industry Investment Program, which was created by lawmakers in June, is designed to improve the production, processing and distribution of dairy products throughout the state. The program will provide grants of up to $100,000 for research and development and marketing projects, and up to $50,000 for value-added processing projects and dairy operations transitioning to organic products.

“The dairy industry is one of the most important parts of Pennsylvania’s agriculture economy, but market conditions have created enormous challenges for dairy operations in communities throughout the state,” Corman said. “This new program will provide a much-needed opportunity for members of the dairy industry to modernize, streamline and expand their operations while keeping pace with changes within the industry.”

Eligible applicants include dairy businesses and cooperatives, not-for-profit agricultural organizations, schools, and institutions of higher learning. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis as long as funding is available.

The program is administered by Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA). Grants are only available for projects that are not already underway; commencement of work on a project before receiving CFA approval will result in the project being deemed ineligible for funding. A 15 percent cash match of the total project cost is required.

Interested applicants must submit an application online with the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Electronic Single Application for Assistance at www.esa.dced.state.pa.us. Additional program details will be available soon on DCED’s website at www.dced.pa.gov.

An inmate at the Kean County Jail has been arrested for assault in connection to a scuffle at the lock-up last Friday afternoon. Kane based state police allege 42 year old Christopher Salonis of Smethport sprayed an 23 year old male inmate in the eyes with a chemical cleaner. Then, on Sunday, the men got into an argument and Salonis allegedly grabbed the inmate by the throat. Salonis will now face charges in district court for the two incidents.

Coudersport based state police have not yet released details about an accident Saturday night on Route 6 between Coudersport and Roulette involving a deer and motorcycle. The operator was apparently seriously injured but no more information has been provided.

However, an elderly Austin d river escaped injury Monday afternoon when he swerved his pick up truck to avoid a deer on the Gardeau Road in Shippen Township, Cameron County. Lanty Phillips, Jr., 70, was going west and swerved his Ford F-150 to the right to avoid the whitetail causing the truck to go onto the right side of the road and hit an embankment before stopping about 20 feet later.

Vandalism on the Wetmore Road in Hamilton Township, McKean County is being probed by state police at the Kane barracks. Unknown persons damaged 10 mailboxes between 4;00 PM Sunday and 7:00 Monday. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kane barracks at 814.778.5555.


Monday, September 24 2018

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Sunday’s high, 67; Overnight low 41

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Obituary: Beverly, “Bev” Rogers, Coudesport

 Tioga County man arrested for illegally selling cars….Ulysses family hurt in Tioga Count collision….Theft of camper and heating oil investigated by state police at Coudersport…Burglars smashed windows to enter Elk County home and stole numerous items including an invertor before dumping items on the property….

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A Tioga County man has been arrested for selling cars without a license. Mansfiled based state police say they were tipped off by a car dealership that 68 year old William Korey Jr. was selling cars at two locations on Route 49—one in Deerfield Township and the other in Westfield Townshp. Police said when they investigated, they also found tht Title Certificates were not properly transferred for 8 of the vehicles that were displayed for sale and 6 vehicles were in violation of Pennsylvania’s registration plate misuse law. Korey has been charged in district court with at total of 30 counts related to the alleged crime.

Minor injuries were reported for a couple of people involved in a collision last Thursday afternoon in Shippen Township Tioga County. Mansfield based state police report the collision occurred when 71 year old Barry Detwiler turned left into a driveway from Route 6 in front of a Chevrolet Equinox driven by Mark Bachman of Ulysses . Police said Bachman tried to steer to the right to avoid impact but the right front corner of Detwiler’s Toyota Highlander clipped the left front corner of Bachman’s SUV. The Bachmans both suffered minor injuries as did a passenger in Detwiler’s vehicle, 71 year old James Callahan of Wellsbor0, but none of them required treatment at a hospital.

DUI charges are pending against a 40 year old Kane resident who was stopped by troopers late Friday night on Hemlock Avenue at East Brick Yard Road in Wetmore Township. State police say they made the traffic stop when the male driver committed a traffic violation and was suspected of driving under the influence. He was taken to Kane Community Hospital for a blood draw and authorities say charges are pending the results at which time, if confirmed, the suspect’s name will be released.

Coudersport based state police are investigating a couple of recent thefts. A camper owned by Kathleen Knisely of Reynoldsville, PA was stolen between August 1 and September 18 for a location at the intersection of the East Fork Road and Jordon Run Road in Wharton Township. The 18 ft. 1974 Scamper is tan and white. Thieves stole approximately 160 gallons of heating oil from a camp on the Schaar Road in West Branch Township between July 1 and September 18. The oil belonged to Ross Stephens of Middleburg, PA and is valued at $416.

A burglary at an Elk County home is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. Burglars smashed the front window to get into a house on the Burning Well Road between September 16 and 22. The crooks also smashed a window in a detached garage and a camper located behind the residence. Multiple items were taken from the property including a few sets of chains, a generator, set of wrenches, a rear axle off of a vehicle, an Interstate Battery, a 5000 watt invertor and about $30 in cash. A black freezer, cart dolly and Element TV set were dumped on the property.


Beverly J. “Bev” Rogers, 77, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away unexpectedly, after suffering an apparent heart attack, on Thursday, September 20, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Born on April 21, 1941 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Paul Sr. and Ethel White Phelps. On September 16, 1967 in Coudersport, she married Kenneth L. “Kenny” Rogers, who survives.
Bev attended the former Coneville country school and graduated from Coudersport High School. She was employed by the Federal Agricultural Stabilization Office in Coudersport, retiring in 1995 after 35 years of service. She was also secretary and auditor for Hebron Township for many years.
Bev attended Hebron Union Church in Coudersport. She was a member of Eulalia Chapter #148 Order of Eastern Star in Coudersport. She enjoyed crocheting, flower gardening, canning, baking, bird watching and traveling. Her greatest love was her family.
Surviving besides her husband are a son, Kenneth L. Jr. (Nichole) Rogers of Coudersport; two grandchildren, Courtney Rogers and Logan Rogers; a brother, Paul Jr. (Cheryl) Phelps of Coudersport; a sister, Barbara Easton of Coudersport; three nieces, Paula Jo (Mike) Tarabori, Theresa (Gary) Denhoff, and Ellen (Tadd) Ostroski, all of Coudersport; and two nephews, Bryan (Callee) Phelps and Eddie (Leslie) Easton, both of Coudersport.
Bev was predeceased by her parents.
Family and friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, with the Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor emeritus of Hebron Union Church, officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery, Hebron.
Members of Eulalia Chapter #148 Order of Eastern Star will conduct a memorial service at 7:30pm on Monday in the funeral home.
Memorials in Bev’s name may be made to Hebron Union Church, 1149 SR 44N, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, 171 Port Allegany Road, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Bev’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences, share a fond memory, or view a video tribute of Bev, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Friday September 21, 2018

Black Forest Express

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We are experiencing a problem with our Verizon internet and main phone line. It will be Tuesday of next week before the problem can be fixed. Until then, some of our operation will be affected. We apologize for any inconvenience.

THURSDAY’S HIGH, 77; Overnight low, 68







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Pine Hill Road Bridge near Carter Camp re-opened. …Causer announces grant for Bradford Public Library…Coudersport officials looking for someone to serve on municipal authority board..Police and DCNR personnel investigating string of burglaries in Tioga County…Wellsville passenger hurt when motorcycle collides head-on with a deer in Ulysses Township…Both drivers charged after Tioga County collision….Port Allegany couple arrested on drug charges……

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A Route 44 (Pine Hill Road) bridge, spanning Kettle Creek near the village of Carter Camp in Potter County, reopened to traffic on Wednesday, September 19. This bridge was replaced as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. With the bridge reopened, motorists may notice a slight bump as they drive across the bridge until a polyester polymer concrete (PPC) overlay is applied to the deck. This is often the final step in completing box beam bridge projects. The PPC overlay is designed to protect the deck from the wear and tear brought about by Pennsylvania’s harsh winters and reduce the long-term maintenance costs.

The polyester material can only be applied when temperatures are consistently above 40 degrees, dry weather is forecasted and after the bridge concrete has cured for at least 30 days. An alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by flaggers when the PPC overlay is applied in September.

To find out when the overlay will be applied to this structure, visit www.parapidbridges.com/polyesterpolymerconcreteoverlay.html. In the event of unfavorable weather, this schedule may change. Any such changes will be posted on the website.

This bridge is referred to as JV-80 and is one 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. Replacement work for this bridge was performed by C.P. Ward,Inc. of Scottsville, NY.

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. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com or by calling the project hotline at 877-444-9990 or email info@parapidbridges.com.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has announced a $45,440 grant has been awarded to the Bradford Area Public Library.

The grant will be used to renovate two public restrooms into three, replace all fixtures and meet Americans with Disabilities Act requirements.

Keystone grants are competitive grants funded through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. Grants of up to $750,000 may be used for planning, acquisition, construction and rehabilitation of public libraries, and must be matched dollar-for-dollar with local funds.


Coudersport Borough Council and Coudersport Area Municipal Authority are seeking a Coudersport Borough resident to fill a vacated seat on the CAMA board. Interested Borough residents should send or drop off a letter of interest to the Borough office, 201 South West Street by 4:00 pm on Monday, September 24, 2018.

State police at Mansfield, Montoursville and the Department of Conserrvation and Natural Resources are looking for criminals who have committed several burglaries in Tioga County  over the past couple of months. Burglars kicked open the back door of a camper owned by 71 year old Thomas Hollenbaugh of Westfield sometime between August 1 and 31 and stole a black  32” Visio flat screen TV with remote valued at $330.00.The camper was parked at 349 Knox Road in Deerfield Township. Burglars kicked in the doors of multiple campers in the Leetonia area of Elk Township September 1 or 2 and stole weapons, alcohol, hunting equipment and various other items. A few of the victims have been identified. They are Richard Zimmerman of Marysville, PA; Roland Paronish of Cambria, PA Harold Bucher of Lebanon, PA and Brian Bucher of Harrisburg, PA. Anyone who has information about this string of burglaries is asked to call the Mansfield State Police barracks at 570-662.2151.

A passenger  on a motorcycle was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when the bike collided head on with a deer on the Brookland Road in Ulysses Township. According to Coudersport based state police, Todd Moyer of Wellsville, NY  was operating Chieftan Limited northbound at around 5:00 pm when the collision occurred. Police said he was unable to avoid hitting the deer and he  and his wife, Tamara,  were thrown off upon impact. Moyer was treated at UPMC Cole for minor injuries while Mrs. Moyer was life-flighted to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of serious injuries. Both were wearing helmets at the time.

Another Wellsville resident escaped injury  Thursday morning in a car/deer collision. Walter Nary was headed south on Route 449 at about 5:45 am when his Chevrolet Silverado hit a deer whch bounded on the highway from the southbound lane.

An elderly Port Allegany woman was hurt Wednesday evening in a one-vehicle accident I Liberty Township, McKean County. Troopers at kane report 72 year old Anna DeHaven was headed east on Wildwood Road when her Ponitac Bonneville crossed the center line, went off the road, struck a ditch and became airborne. Dehave was transported by Roulette Ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries.

Both drivers have been charged for a collision Monday afternoon in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. Involving an pick up truck and tractor. State police explained the collision happened when   Donald Bentley of Mainesburg pulled his Kubota B3200 from a grassy area on the east side of the Mainesburg Road in front of a Toyota Tundra driven  by Zachary Andrews of Mansfield. The pick up  collided with the front loading bucket on the tractor and Bently was thrown onto the pavement upon impact. He was taken by Blossburg ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Andrews was not hurt. Bently was cited for improperly entering highway while Andrews was arrested for speeding.

Minor injuries were reported for an Elkland woman whose car rolled over on Route 49 in Nelson Township Tuesday night. Diana Kibbe was traveling west when her Chevrolet Aveo went off the road, struck a wooden fence post, then went into a ditch where it overturned coming to rest on the driver’s side  Kibbe was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

State police at Kane have arrested a Port Allegany couple for drug possession after stopping their car in Liberty Township Sunday afternoon for a traffic violation. Police said the found the 35 year old man driving under the influence and in possession of drug paraphernalia. His 30 year old female passenger was also allegedly found in possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Two children, a 14 year old girl and a 12 year old boy were riding in the 1998 Chevrolet at the time. Police say charges are pending lab results and we presume the suspects’ names will be released when charges are filed.