Wednesday October 31, 2018


                            Dreary Saturday at Barnum Road Wetlands–Photo by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 54; Overnight low, 38; no rain







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Obituaries: Billy “Bill” Earle, Austin & Velma, “Bernie” Wiley, Shinglehouse

Area schools receive safety grants….deer and bears continue to cause traffic accidents across the region…Four Ridgway drivers hurt in a four-car pile-up…..Teen driver facing drug and DUI charges in Elk County….

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Twenty-seven local school districts who educate children from the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded state grants to help improve student safety through a new program strongly supported by Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).
Scarnati explained that The School Safety and Security Grant Program was created by the legislature earlier this year to provide grants to school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions for a wide variety of projects to
Eligible uses for the grants include hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and creating other programs to protect students.
Each local school district that applied through the program was awarded a grant of $25,000. Local grant recipients include: (Bold face for schools in the Black Forest Service Area)
Cameron County School District
Clarion-Limestone Area School District
DuBois Area School District
West Branch Area School District
Keystone Central School District
Johnsonburg Area School District
Ridgway Area School District
Saint Marys Area School District
Forest Area School District
Brockway Area School District
Brookville Area School District
Punxsutawney Area School District
Jersey Shore Area School District
Bradford Area School District
Kane Area School District
Otto-Eldred School District
Port Allegany School District
Smethport Area School District

Austin Area School District
Coudersport Area School District
Galeton Area School District
Northern Potter School District
Oswayo Valley School District
Canton Area School District
Northern Tioga School District
Southern Tioga School District
Wellsboro Area School District

Scarnati explained that a total of 496 grants were approved today for schools across the state. The grants being awarded through this round are the meritorious application grants, which are the first part of the program’s grant awards. The meritorious application was only for school districts making a meritorious application to receive a minimum grant allocation of $25,000. The second round of competitive application grants for school districts, intermediate units, area vocational-technical schools, charter schools and private residential rehabilitative institutions seeking additional funding beyond their meritorious grants will be announced at a later time.
The new program was created as part of a comprehensive school safety bill that was signed into law in June. More than $60 million in new funding was dedicated in the current year’s budget to improve school safety, the Senator noted.
More information on school safety measures under consideration in the General Assembly is available online at

A neighbor dispute has resulted in two Eldred Township women facing charges in district Court. State police at Kane report a 56 year old woman and a 63 year old woman became physical on Fowler Brook Road Tuesday afternoon while arguing over property . Both have been identified as victim and “arrestee”. However the caption on the news release said “strangulation” but did not indicate who allegedly strangled who and their names were not released. Strangulation is now a stand alone crime in Pennsylvania.

A Rixford woman escaped injury early Tuesday morning when her car went into a ditch along Barden Brook Road in Ceres Township, McKean County State police allege Katherine Strang left the scene of the 3:00 am crash but somehow determined she was not wearing a seatbelt.

Police say a Cyclone driver was also unbelted and speeding when his Nissan Altima wrecked about 90 minutes later on the Ridge Road in Keating Township, McKean County. Paul Catt told them he lost control of the northbound car when he swerved onto Route 770- to avoid a deer. The car went off the pavement and collided with a utility pole, shearing if off at the base before stopping about 10 yards later. Catt refused treatment at the scene.

Another whitetail was hit by an SUV on Route 59 iin Lafayette Townsihp just after 10:00 am yesterday. Troopers said Kristan Reynolds also of Cyclone could not avid hitting the deer which had jumped in front of her eastbound Jeep Patriot. She and her passenger John Knapp of Bradford were not hurt.

Velmaa bear while headed north of Route 219 in Ridgway Township. Since there were no human injuries and the car could be driven from the location the collision is considered a “non-reportable.” Authorities did not indicate how severe the bear’s injuries were.

Both St.Marys drivers escaped injury in a collision Monday morning in Fox Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police the collision occurred when Amy Johnson who was turning south from W. Theresia Road onto Route 255 and drove her Ford Edge in front of a Jeep Wrangler driven by Ronald Green.

All four Ridgway drivers were hurt in a chain reaction collision Tuesday morning on Boot Jack Road in Ridgway Township. State police there explained the pile-up happened when Greta Challingsworth was trying to turn left onto Servidea Drive. Monique Schaeffer who was behind Challingsworth slowed her VW Beetle down but was rear-ended by a Honda Pilot driven by Michelle Freeburg. A Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Kathleen Uber collided with the back of the Beetle. All were treated for minor injuries at PennHiglands Elk.

A 17 year old Kersey girl is facing drug charges in juvenile court. Troopers in Ridgway claim when they pulled over a 2008 Chevrolet Impala, Tuesday afternoon on Kyler Road Fox Township they determined the occupants were involved in drug activities and say that a search of the car turned up a small amount of pot and related drug paraphernalia. The driver is also suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Billy D. “Bill” Earle, 73, a lifelong resident of the Austin area, passed away with his son by his side on Friday, October 26, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a short illness.
Born on August 26, 1945 in Westfield, N.Y., he was a son of Richard E. and Geraldine Schruise Earle.
Bill attended Austin High School and later earned his GED.
Bill held many positions throughout the years, including being employed at Emporium Specialties in Austin, as a pipeliner, and lastly retiring as a maintenance man at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.
He enjoyed hunting, trapping and fishing.
Surviving are a son, Victor F. “Vic” Earle of Austin; a daughter, Karen L. Benson of Eldred; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; a great-grandson to be born in February; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bill was predeceased by a brother, Richard Earle, Jr.
In keeping with Bill’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. A celebration of Bill’s life will be held at his son’s business, the Keating Summit Hotel in Keating Summit, on Monday, November 5, 2018, starting at 5pm.
Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin, at the convenience of the family.
Bill’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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Velma B. “Bernie” Wiley, 90 of Shinglehouse, formerly of Zanesville, Ohio, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, October 27, 2018, after a short illness.
Born on May 31, 1928 in McConnelsville, Ohio, she was a daughter of Fred and Bertha B. Murphy Beach. In 1946 in Covington Kentucky, she married Earl B. Wiley, who passed away on March 4, 2016.
Bernie was employed by American Technologies in Zanesville as an assembler. She loved life to the fullest.
Surviving are six children, Patricia (Jerry) Davis of Columbiana, Ohio, Anne (Rick) Farrington of Heath, Ohio, Brad (Konny) Wiley of Zanesville, Peggy (Jason) McLane of Shinglehouse, Lynne Bushey of Elliottsburg, and Allan (Elizabeth) Wiley of Seattle, Washington; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Barbara Brock of Avon Park, Florida; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Bernie was predeceased by two brothers and a sister.
In keeping with Bernie’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. A graveside burial service will be held in the Zanesville Memorial Park Cemetery, Zanesville, on Monday, November 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cole Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 102-108 South Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Bernie’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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Tuesday October 30, 2018

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Monday’s high, 44:Overnight low, 26; .04” rain

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Residents asked to vote in snow plow decorating contest…..Wilcox/Clermont Road bridge has re-opened….Burglars steal $1100 worth of property from Elk County home…No one hurt in car/deer collision in Elk County….Pot plant found  growing by in Tioga County

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PennDOT invites the public to choose the “Fan Favorite” of the District 2 Paint the Plow contest by “liking” their favorite in the contest photo album on the PennDOT Facebook page.

Voting is now underway and will remain open until noon on this Friday, November 2. The photo with the most likes will be named “Fan Favorite”.16 high schools are participating in this year’s competition
This is the third year District 2 has held the competition, branching out this year to all nine counties it serves. The sixteen participating high schools are DuBois, DuBois Central, Harmony, and Clearfield in Clearfield County, Elk County Catholic in Elk County, Smethport in McKean County, Galeton, Coudersport, and Austin in Potter County, Central Mountain in Clinton County, Bellefonte, St Joseph’s Academy, and Penns Valley in Centre County, Mifflin in Mifflin County, and Juniata and East Juniata in Juniata County. The public can search for their school’s County and vote for their favorite plow at Paint the Plow Photos.

OLfficials say the students should be recognized for their work.

All but one of the plows will be mounted to a plow truck in the area of the respective school for the upcoming winter season. The plow from Central Mountain High School will remain on display in front of Clinton County’s PennDOT Maintenance Office. This year’s theme follows the 511PA slogan of “Know before you go”, with winter driving safety at the forefront of the art work. For more information on the Paint the Plow program, please contact Marla Fannin at or call 814-765-0423.

Speaking of PennDot…a Wilcox Clermont Road (Route 2001) bridge, spanning Seven Mile Run in Sergeant Township, McKean County has been replaced and is now open to traffic. The bridge was replaced y as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. Replacement work was performed by Robert J. Cummins d/b/a Bob Cummins Construction Company of Bradford, PA.

The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed with a 100-year lifespan.
This bridge is referred to as JV-71 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.
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 Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at or by calling the project hotline at 877-444-9990 or email

A burglary at an Elk County home is being investigated by state police at Ridgway . Sometime between 4:00 pm Saturday and 9:30 am Sunday criminals entered the home of a 55 year old man on Howard Road in Horton Township and made off with $1100 worth of property including a key fob for a Harley Davidson($200), Harley Davidson jacket($400) and a Tomtom ride($500).

They’re everywhere—deer that is. No one was hurt in a car/deer collision Sunday morning on Route 15 in Mansfield when a car hit a deer. Troopers say Sheldon Romig, JR. OF McClurePA was going north when this Subaru XV collided with a whitetail. Both Romig and his passenger Jodie Johnson of Bellefonte were strapped in.

A Mansfield woman and her passenger escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash Sunday evening in Richmond Township Tioga County. Mansfield based state police report Amber Layton was going west on Route 6 a few minutes before10:00 pm when Ford F-250 went out of control on a right hand curve, spun off the pavement hitting a culvert and then a tree before it rolled over onto the passenger side. Both the driver and her passenger, Samuel Corey also of Mansfield were using

State police at Kane are charging a 28 year old Bradford man for drug possession. Officers claim when they served a felony arrest warrant on the suspect Sunday afternoon at 4462 Route 646 in Keating Township, they found him in possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia. Police did not reveal the suspect’s name.

Troopers at Mansfield are looking for the “green thumb” who planted a marijuana plant on the North Road in Jackson Township. The “weed” was discovered on the afternoon of September 28.


Monday October 29, 2018


Black Forest Express

 Dreary Saturday afternoon at BarnumRoad Wetlands–Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 48; Overnight low, 40; 1.89” rain (weekend total)







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Obituary:Vera “Jean” Taylor, Ceres

LIHEAP Applications open starting Thursday…..Bradford house fire ruled accidental…..ID thieves siphoned off more than $7000 from Tioga County resident….Another Tioga County man victim of money transfer scam……More car/deer collisions reported….Vandals damage excavator in Emporium…Mansfield  based state police look for litterbug who left trash on private property in Brookfield Township…..

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As cold weather  moves in, residents who are struggling with their home heating bills can apply for assistance from the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning Thursday, Nov. 1according to  Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty level income. For example, the income limit for an individual is $18,210; for a couple, the limit is $24,690; and for a family of four, it is $37,650.

Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence as follows:

Cameron County, 411 Chestnut St., Emporium, 1-877-855-1824.

McKean County, 68 Chestnut St., Suite B, Bradford, 1-800-822-1108.

Potter County, 269 Route 6 West, Room 1, Coudersport, 1-800-446-9896.

Vera “Jean” Taylor         CAPTION “beloved wife, mother, and grandmother”


A fire which caused $20,000 in damage to a Bradford home Friday night was accidental according to the state police fire marshal. The house at 10 Williams Street was occupied by Richard Schoonover, 35, Sarah Miller, 32, Michael Schoonover, 32 and three children ages  9, 11and 12. There were no injuries.

State police at Mansfield are investigating an ID theft victimizing a Middlebury Center man. Cyber thieves have been withdrawing sums of money from a bank account belonging to Arthur Baines since the first of this year. In all, some $7246,50 was siphoned out via ATMs.

An 85 year old Mansfield man was the victim of a scam using wire transfers. Troopers report the senior citizen received several phone calls at his home informing him to send money to various locations. The crime is also under investigation by state police.

Deer continue to plague drivers across the region. Kathleen Deangelis of Westfield escaped injuries Friday morning on Route 287 in Tioga Township. Her Toyota Rav became disabled upon impact and had to be towed from the scene. No injuries occurred to a Mansfield driver whose vehicle hit a deer early Friday morning on Route 6 in Richmond Township Tioga County Wilson Giles was going east when the dear crossed the road in front of his Chevrolet Colorado.

Troopers at Kane did not release the suspect’s name but say drug charges are pending against a 44 year old Dubois man who was pulled over Friday afternoon at the intersection of Town Line Road and Route 219 in Hamlin Township. Police claim they found  a small amount of suspected pot and drug paraphernalia in the 2010 Acura TSX.

Coudersport based state police late Saturday night finally released details about an accident taking place over a week ago on Route 6 in Sweden Township. Steven Austin of Troupsburg, NY was going west when his Peterbilt hauling a load of water, slid off the road and hit two small trees before rolling over onto the right side. The 23 year old driver was taken to UPMC Cole by Coudersport ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

State police at Ridgway are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a parked car early Sunday morning in Highland Township. The westbound unit went off the road and struck a Chevrolet Cobalt parked along New Jersey Avenue. The driver of the unknown unit, possibly a Ford, left the scene without notifying authorities.

Vandals caused $200 in damage to an excavator parked on Route 120 in Emporium last Tuesday or Wednesday. A stone found behind the lot, was thrown at the rear window causing it break and crack surrounding glass. The machine is owned by George Brown, 72, of Emporium.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks are looking for a litterbug who left trash on property located on the South Road in Brookfield Township, Tioga County during a one-hour period last Monday. A plastic shopping bag containing a cheeseburger wrapper, a plate, aluminum foil, napkins, a clear zipper bag and a shopping bag from China addressed to the suspect were left on land owned by 80 year old David Brown of Westfield.


Vera “Jean” Taylor, 88, of Ceres, passed away with her loving husband by her side on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y., after a short illness,.

Born on July 23, 1930 in Erie, she was the daughter of George W. and Elva Buss Saeger.  On July 12, 1953, in the Ceres United Methodist Church, she married Glenn “Don” Taylor, who survives.

In 1948, Jean graduated from Bolivar Central School and later graduated from Buffalo State College.  For several years, Jean was the Home Economics teacher at Portville Central School.  She left teaching to become the office manager of the family business, Taylor Excavating in Ceres, which later incorporated to become Taylor & Armstrong Contracting in Eldred.  In 1978, Don and Jean left Taylor & Armstrong Contracting to resume their business, Don Taylor Excavating, while still remaining good friends with the Armstrong family.

Jean was a longtime member of the Ceres United Methodist Church where she graciously served the Lord as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, and Arts & Crafts teacher, all while serving on various committees.  She also enjoyed playing the piano during Church services on Sundays.  Jean was also an active member of the Ceres Community Center, where she put in countless hours organizing and working the annual Ham & Leek and Harvest dinners. She was also an active member of the Oswayo Valley Historical Society in Shinglehouse, having served as curator for many years.  Jean was also the chairperson of the Shinglehouse Food Cupboard, putting in selfless hours to ensure the community was served well.  She was also an active member of the Bolivar 4 C’s Senior Center in Bolivar for several years.  Jean was an honored 50 year member of the Tyler Mizpah Chapter 97 Order of the Eastern Star in Portville.

Jean was a truly caring person, always thinking of others first.  She loved the outdoors.  You could find her tooling around in her golf cart tending to her flowers and garden.  She truly loved bird watching, she was always looking up species in her book.  She hung hummingbird feeders around her porch where she would sit for hours watching them come and go.  Jean was an avid reader, always carrying a book with her.  Jean was also very fond of animals, especially her dog, Felix.

Surviving besides her husband of 65 years are two sons, Gregory “Greg” (Lynne) Taylor of York and Christopher “Chris” Taylor of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Denee (Timothy) Graham of Waldorf, MD; eight grandchildren, Brian (Cerese) Holes, Richard “Ritchie” Holes, Grant Taylor, Alyson (Justin) Doty, Derek (Dana) Taylor, Danielle Taylor, Natasha (Jason Carr) Taylor, and Kegan (Mike Gustin) Wilson; twelve great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Laurie Taylor.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm on Sunday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse and from 10 to 11 am on Monday, October 29, 2018, at the Ceres United Methodist Church, where funeral services will follow with the Rev. Preston L. Hutchins, Jr., pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Ceres.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jean’s name to the Ceres United Methodist Church, c/o 2905 Kings Run Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

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