Friday October 26, 2018

Black Forest Express

Dreary Saturday along Barnum Road Wetlands – Photo by Gerri Miller

PA turkey season opens Saturday….McKean County DA says prescription drop-offs have increased…….LPN Course to begin soon in Coudersport. ….Sweden Township police advise pedestrians about safety precautions while walking on highways ….Elkland man accused of criminal mischief….Car/deer collision reported in Tioga County…..Hit and run investigated by state police at Ridgway….


Thursday’s high. 44; Overnightlow, 26







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Oobituaries: Victoria “Vicky” Frederick, Coudersport & Dean Corey, Coudersport.

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Pennsylvania’s  state wide Wild Turkey Season begins Saturday and the Game Commission saysthe 2018 spring-season harvests totaled 40,303 (2,048 youth season including mentored youth harvest, 571 mentored hunters during the regular season, 33,622 adults and licensed youth during the regular season, and 4,062 second harvests), which was 6 percent above 2017 (38,101) and 4 percent above the previous long-term average (38,671). Hunter success for the first bird, 21 percent, ties that of 2001 for the highest on record. The previous long-term average was 16 percent.

Pennsylvania hunters have consistently maintained spring harvests above 30,000 bearded turkeys since 1995, exceeding most other states in the nation. See the table below for harvests by Wildlife Management Unit (WMU).

Hunters are reminded  to report any leg-banded turkeys they harvest or find.

Leg bands are stamped with a toll-free number to call. Although the agency’s research project is completed, and rewards are no longer valid, the information provided is still beneficial and hunters can learn the history of the bird.

In most parts of the state, hunters participating in the fall turkey season are required, while moving, to wear at least 250 square inches of fluorescent orange on the head, chest and back combined. Orange must be visible from 360 degrees.

Hunters may remove their orange once in a stationary location, providing that a minimum of 100 square inches of fluorescent orange is posted within 15 feet of the location and is visible from 360 degrees.

Archery hunters who are hunting either deer or bear during the overlap with fall turkey season also must wear a fluorescent orange hat at all times when moving. The hat must contain at least 100 square inches of solid, fluorescent orange, visible from 360 degrees, and may be removed once in a stationary location.

Since fluorescent orange requirements have been in place for the fall-turkey season, fall turkey hunting shooting incidents have decreased from 38, three of them fatal, in 1990 (at a rate of 16.2 incidents per 100,000 hunters), to none in 2012 and 2016, and one nonfatal each year from 2013-2015 and 2017 (at an average incident rate of 0.8 incidents per 100,000 hunters). Causes since 2012 have been either victims shot in mistake for game, or in the line of fire. Positively identifying the target, and what is beyond, are essential for a safe season.




McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg- reminds residents that  McKean County has 4 medication drop boxes that allow residents to discard their unused medication.  The boxes were provided by the District Attorney’s Association and, the box in Kane, was sponsored by the Pennsylvania American Water.  The purpose of the boxes is to keep drugs off the street; keep drugs away from juveniles; and to keep drugs out of the waterways .

The boxes in McKean County are located at the McKean County Sheriff’s Department located at the Jail; the Bradford City Police Department; the Bradford Township Police Department; and the Kane Police Department.

Each quarter, the medications that have been discarded into the boxes are weighed by a County Detective from the District Attorney’s Office and discarded.

This quarter, the total weight of the medications discarded was 212.4 lbs., an increase of 88.6 lbs. over the last quarter.

The box located at the McKean County Sheriff’s Department inside the McKean County Prison collected 41 lbs this quarter; the box at Bradford City Police Department collected 112.6 lbs; the box at Bradford Township Police Department collected 26.6 lbs; and the box located at the Kane Borough Police Department collected 32.2 lbs this quarter.

Many experts report that opioid addiction frequently begins with the abuse of medication.  McKean County has seen overdose deaths from prescription medication as well as illegal drugs.  Often times, dangerous illegal drugs are mixed with even more deadly substances like fentanyl.  In a recent overdose death, the individual had consumed straight fentanyl, likely believing it to be something else.

The medication drop boxes are one tool to help prevent addiction by minimizing access to medication.

If anyone suspects illegal drug activity, please call the McKean County Drug Task Force at the District Attorney’s Office at (814) 887-3312 or

The Sweden Township police department says it has s received complaints in the  past two days,  about walkers, Bikers, joggers and cyclist in the Lanes of traffic and/or on the white line wearing dark colored clothing.

If you are one of those people..polivr su  wear reflective clothing, stay out of the traffic lane, you as well as motorist have responsibilities in keeping yourself safe. The situation will worsen in a week when Daylight  Saving Time ends.

Penn College, in partnership with the Education Council, will be offering a Practical Nursing Program in Coudersport starting in February 2019. Application deadline is Dec. 15.

This full-time program is scheduled over one calendar year with classes and clinicals held four days per week, plus every other Friday.

The course provides the knowledge base and experience necessary to become a safe practitioner, operating as a member of the healthcare team, caring for patients as a licensed practical nurse (LPN).


Graduates will earn a certificate in practical nursing and will be eligible to take the Practical Nursing National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) and will be prepared to seek employment in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted living facilities, physician offices, and home care agencies.


Classes begin Feb.4, 2019, with graduation set for January 30, 2020. This course is eligible for Pell Grants and Federal Loans. Students must apply by Dec. 15. For more information, contact Janine Morley at (814) 274-4877 or Marie Van Ess of Penn College at Wellsboro, (570)724-7703.

An Elkland man has been arrested for criminal mischief. Mansfield based state police say 29 year old Caleb Robbins kicked the car stereo in a 2014 Scion XD  owned by Katherine Parry of Painted Post, MU causing $250 in damage Tuesday morning.

A Little Marsh woman was not hurt Tuesday morning when her Chevrolet Equinox hit a deer on Rpoute 249 in Chatham Township, Tioga County. State Police at Mansfield report Nikki Schaer was going south just before 8:00 am when the whitetail jumped over the guardails in front the SUV. . Schauer was able to bring the to a controlled stop along the western side of the road.

State Police at Ridgway are looking for a hit and run vehicle which caused some damage Monday morning along the Boot Jack Road in Ridgway Township. An unknown southbound vehicle went off the rad and nit a mailbox. The driver left the scene without notifying the property owner or police.

Victoria M. “Vicki” Frederick, 97, one of “The Ladies Of Coudersport”, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at UPMC-Cole, Coudersport.


Vicki was born on May 4, 1921 in Austin, the daughter of the late John and Bridget (Dynda) Zawislak.  She was the wife of the late Stanley Kowalski and Jack Frederick.


She worked at the former Mackey’s Restaurant, Jim & Hilda’s Restaurant, John & Jean Karr’s Old Hickory, and H&L Tool and Pure Carbon.


Victoria was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church. She enjoyed flower gardening, decorating her home for the seasons, playing cards and shopping.


Victoria is survived by a daughter, Sandra K. and her husband William H. Rockey of Centre Hall; a granddaughter, Megan E. Rockey who still lovingly called her grandmother “Mama”, and nieces and nephews who called their aunt “Aunt Toya”.


In addition to her parents and husbands, Victoria was preceded in death by three brothers; Joe and Frank Zawislak and John Deresock, and two sisters; Pauline Gresmer and Bridget Smithbaur.

A memorial mass at St. Eulalia Catholic Church will be held at a later date with burial in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Vicki’s name can be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 161, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Assn., 122 East 2nd St., Coudersport, PA 16915.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport.


Dean D. Corey, 87, of Coudersport, passed away Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.


Dean was born on July 5, 1931 in Coudersport, the son of the late Glenn and Lida (Roberts) Corey. He was married to Jean L. (Simpier) Corey for 63 years until her passing October 9, 2017.


He was a graduate of Coudersport High School and a veteran of the Air Force.  Dean owned and operated his own construction company and built many homes in the area.  He was a State Building Inspector and retired as the Maintenance Supervisor for the Coudersport School District.


He was a member of the Sweden Valley United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 192, Coudersport and loved working with his hands.


Surviving are a son, Rod D. Corey of Coudersport; two brothers, Ed and Paul Corey and a sister, Bonnie Reed all of Coudersport, and six grandchildren; Rachel, Ryan, Jedidiah, Brianna, Joshua and Colton.


In addition to his parents and wife, Dean was preceded in death by a daughter, Deborah Haskins, brothers, Hoxie and Rodrick Corey and a sister, Glendora Chilson.


In keeping with Dean’s wishes there will be no visitation or services.


The family suggests contributions in Dean’s name to be made to the Patterson Cancer Center,   1001 E 2nd St, Coudersport, PA 16915.


Arrangements in the care of the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport.


October 25-27

Park United Methodist  Church  in Coudersport is having a rummage sale from 9a-5p  Thursday and Friday and 9a-2p.

Thursday October 25, 2018

Server wipes out history….proposed bill would exempt some municipalities from mandatory leaf pickup…Game Commissions






Wednesday’s high, 41; Overnight low, 35

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Server wipes out history….proposed bill would exempt some municipalities from mandatory leaf pickup…Game Commission seeks input on putting three kinds of bats on endangered list….Recent County wide senior event well attended….Bradford man arrested for DUI….

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The server hosting Black Forest Broadcasting at North Central Internet crashed earlier this week. It, or a replacement came back on line Wednesday afternoon but everything we had posted since June 27, 2018 was wiped out. We are checking to see if the provider had backed our site. If not, it will take some time to re-post information. We have been able to re-post many calendar items already. Your understanding is appreciated. Adding insult to injury, Tri-County Rural electric announced late yesterday it would have a planned power outage this morning which affected us here. The Outage began earlier than announced.

Many locals are saying this year’s foliage was the dullest they can remember but the leaves are falling and landing on the ground, sidewalks and driveways .Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris announced yesterday that the annual leaf pick up has begun. Residents are as asked to rake leaves only to the curb. Now, from Harrisburg, a bill mandating relief from leaf collection is one step away from becoming law.

The state Senate recently approved legislation introduced by Rep. Jack Rader (R-Monroe) that would
Rader’s House Bill 927 would exempt municipalities from the state law mandating leaf waste collection programs if they meet a certain population density requirement. Municipalities with fewer than 500 people per square mile would be exempt from the state mandate. The exemption is only available if the municipality has an ordinance prohibiting the burning of leaf waste.
Leaf waste collection programs can require municipalities to purchase expensive equipment with limited taxpayer dollars.

Rural communities with sparsely populated areas may find the equipment and programs to be expensive and impractical.
The state House in June 2017 approved Rader’s bill and the Senate has passed the bill with bipartisan support. The legislation now heads to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
Rader’s bill, if approved by the governor, would take effect 60 days after it is signed into law.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking public comment on preliminarily approved action to list as state endangered species three cave bats decimated by white nose syndrome, as well as change the status of three wild birds.
The agency’s Board of Game Commissioners in late September preliminarily approved a measure to update the state’s list of threatened and endangered species by adding the northern long-eared bat, tri-colored bat and little brown bat.

As part of the overall state status-change package, the board also preliminarily agreed to upgrade the peregrine falcon from endangered to threatened; upgrade the piping plover from extirpated to endangered; and add the red knot – already listed federally as threatened – as a threatened species.

The northern long-eared bat already had been listed federally as a threatened species for more than three years. In addition, tri-colored bats and little brown bats currently are being evaluated for U.S. Endangered Species Act protection.

Written comment will be accepted on this status-change package until Dec. 31. The Board of Game Commissioners also will accept public comment – limited to five minutes – at its Jan. 27 and 28, 2019 meetings. Final adoption of the proposal will be considered at the Board’s Jan. 29, 2019 meeting.

Public comments on the bat listings should be emailed to; comments on bird listings should be sent to Both accounts accept email attachments.

These listings historically have ensured the Game Commission and other resource agencies work with industry if projects could be affected by the presence of endangered or threatened species. All projects are screened for potential conflicts through a state environmental review, which has been in place since the early 1980s and now is called the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI).

PNDI was established to provide current, reliable, objective information to help inform environmental decisions and guide conservation work and land-use planning.

Northern long-eared bats currently are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. If they become state listed, the Game Commission will continue to defer comments on potential impacts to northern long-eared bats to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). No additional coordination with the Game Commission will occur.

Since tri-colored and little brown bats currently are not federally listed and the Game Commission, as part of its status-change package, proposes to protect mothers and their young in summer (maternity) habitat by requiring consultation with the PGC for projects located within 300 meters of known roost locations. Likewise, projects located with 300 meters of known hibernacula that do not contain federally

For perspective, there are about 30 hibernacula and 120 maternity sites known to support little brown and tri-colored bats that will be added to PNDI.

Prior to white nose syndrome appearing in 2008 in Pennsylvania, there were about 250 bat hibernacula and 300 maternity sites listed in PNDI, according to Greg Turner, Game Commission Endangered and Nongame Mammals Section supervisor.
The Game Commission says it will continue to coordinate with applicants to resolve conflicts,

What works against these cave bats is their annual reproduction provides limited replacement. Most female cave bats have one pup per year, a rate that would place their potential recovery more than a century away.

The peregrine falcon has seen a steady statewide recovery, which qualifies its status to be upgraded to threatened under the agency’s Peregrine Falcon Management Plan. This upgrade would keep PNDI screening and Game Commission coordination at status quo.

Upgrading the piping plover’s status to endangered recognizes its return to breeding in Pennsylvania. After more than 60 years of absence, piping plover pairs successfully nested at Presque Isle State Park in 2017 and 2018.
And changing the status of the red knot – a rare migrant bird found in Pennsylvania mostly at Presque Isle State Park – recognizes its vulnerability to further declines.

Both piping plovers and red knots currently are federally listed. The Game Commission would continue to defer potential conflict coordination for both species to the USFWS.

Over 100 Potter County Senior Center participants attended the County Wide Get Together of Senior Centers at the Galeton Center on October 10th. The theme was “Around The World” with individuals dressing up like their favorite country or their own nationality. Special speaker, Margaret Spahr, from the Coudersport Dance Studio showed participants some great exercises and dances such as Salsa and the Hawaiian Hula, as seen in the picture. Gena Rasmussen, Nutritionist from UPMC Cole gave some very helpful Healthy Eating tips. The rest of the day was filled with a baked goods competition and auction, bingo, fundraisers, door prizes, music, dancing and a lot of fun. Special thanks to Suzan Paisley, from Rep. Martin Causer’s Office, Tammy Green, from Fox’s Pizza and Sherry Harmon, from SVM for helping with the baked goods event. A ham dinner was served by Pittsburgh Companies North Staff and Galeton High School students.

DUI charges are pending against a 45 year old Bradford man according to Kane based state police who did not release the suspect’s name. Troopers report they stopped a 2018 Jeep SUV at the intersection of West Washington Street and South Avenue at 10 o’clock Tuesday night after they observed a turn signal violation. While talking to the driver, they allegedly found he was driving under the inflence and claim failed the field sobriety test. The driver was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for blood work . An arrest, and release of the suspect’s name are pending the results.

Wednesday October 24, 2018

The server for Black Forest Broadcasting at North Central Internet was off line for several  hours Tuesday and Wednesday. When it was re-booted entries between June 27 and October 22 were deleted. We don’t know if we can get them back from North Central or if we will have to enter them ourselves. This goes for everything including calendar. The situation  is further complicated because Tri-County REC today advised they are going to have a planned power outage tomorrow. We will do what we can as fast as we can and we appreciate your patience.



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Law which would require electronic prescriptions for opioids awaits governor’s signature…..Meth use reportedly on increase in Potter County…..State police are increasing their practice of not releasing names in DUI and harassment cases even though details are public information….

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Rep. Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer/Butler) SAYS that legislation he sponsored to require opioids to be prescribed electronically will not only bring consistency in the way prescriptions are filled, but will also prevent the fraudulent use of prescription pads to fuel the opioid crisis.
Nesbit authored the bill because under current state law, opioids must be prescribed by hand, which lends itself to fraudulent use and theft. His House Bill 353 would require opioids to be prescribed electronically, allowing doctors to send their orders directly to the patient’s pharmacy and preventing handwritten prescriptions from being used fraudulently or stolen. Providers can prescribe other medications electronically already.
Nesbit added. “In fact, electronic prescriptions may even provide greater convenience for patients, who would not have to pick up a prescription from their doctor, deliver it to the pharmacy and wait for it to be filled. It can be prescribed and transmitted like all other prescriptions.”
Another benefit of e-prescribing is that the tracking of the prescription can go directly to the prescription drug monitoring database, implemented last year, to ensure that only those who have a legitimate medical need for these prescriptions can access them.

Once reaching the desk of the governor, he has 10 days to act on the legislation. The proposed law was sent to the governor on October 17.
During the October 11 board meeting, Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel reported that DA Andy Watson and Drug and Alcohol Director Colleen Wilbur day the use of methamphetamine has increased in the county since opioids are becoming less available. Meth manufacturing can be very dangerous as some of the ingredients are volatile. A misstep can lead to an explosion and fire which has happened a few times in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area.

Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris  reports Leaf pick up has begun in Coudersport Borough She acts that resident s rake leaves to curb and remember Mr. Leafy can’t pick up shrubs, branches or flowers.

Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) presented Benjamin Wolf with a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in recognition of him attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Benjamin, age 14, is a member of Troop 106 in Mansfield and the son of Josh Wolf and Dawn Hull. For his Eagle Scout project, he designed and built a primitive campsite consisting of a lean-to, a fire pit and four benches on Loop Trail at the Mill Cove Environmental Area.

Area state police seem to be going down a slippery slope by not reporting names in their news releases, even though the details are public information. Coudersport based state police have not yet released details about a water truck accident on Route 6 in Sweden Township Saturday morning. Troopers at Coudersport say they are continuing to investigate a harassment allegedly taking place on the afternoon of October 9 at 457 Route 6 West in Eulalia Township. Authorities say Brenda Beveridge, 67 of Bradford, was punched during an argument but they did not release the name of the suspect. Ridgway based state police did not reveal the name of a 24 year old Force, PA man accused of assaulting a 25 year old Force, PA woman during an argument at a residence on Pine Avenue in Jay Township last Friday evening. Both Smethport resident involved in a dispute Saturday morning in Keating Township, McKean County remain nameless. State police at Kane report a 23 year old and a 51 year old woman are facing harassment charges for a disagreement which resulted in numerous items being broken at a home on Route 46. DUI charges are pending against another Smethport resident whose name was not disclosed. Troopers claim when they stopped a 1999 Ford Explorer for a summary traffic violation in Port Allegany early Sunday morning and determined the 40 year old man had been driving under the influence. A 43 year old Eldred woman is also facing DUI charges. State police at Kane allege when they pulled over the driver at the intersection of Route 155 and Route 446 in Eldred Township early Saturday morning, they determined she was driving under the influence..