Friday November 30, 2018


Black Forest Express


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Thursday ‘s high, 30; Overnight low, 25







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 Dickens of a Christmas being held this weekend in Wellsboro….state bear harvest up 10% from last year….Mansfield State police have asked PA Crime Stoppers to help find armed robber…

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Obituaries: Ronald “Ronnie” Cloak, Coudersport and Les Coates, Coudersport


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Town Crier Phil Waber rings his bell and announces the 2 p.m. Victorian Stroll as he walks along Wellsboro’s Main Street during Dickens 2017.  In the background is Sara Pease of Crab Orchard, West Virginia who helps hold the sign identifying her as the winner of the 2017 Dickens of a Christmas Best Dressed Showcase.:

For the 35th Annual Dickens of a Christmas this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2, Wellsboro’s downtown will become a Victorian marketplace featuring delectable fare for eating and drinking and delightful wares for holiday gift giving or to keep.

Saturday, Dec. 1 beginning at 9 a.m., the town crier will greet everyone with the ringing of his bell and announcements of the day. Visitors meandering through the outdoor marketplace will enjoy performances by the Dickens Fezziwig Street Players and can take part in the Victorian Strolls at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The first place winner of the Dickens Best Dressed Showcase will take home a first place prize valued at $1,000. Prizes will also  be awarded to second through fifth place winners.

This Saturday only, Dickens streets will be closed to motorized vehicles. Performers and vendors get everyone in the spirit by dressing Victorian style. Adding to the festivities are holiday-bedecked stores and the community’s boulevards decorated with fresh Christmas trees covered with lights and ornaments and the gaslights with evergreen wreaths and bows.

More than 100 outdoor art and craft vendors will be offering hand carved Christmas trees, homemade jams, jellies, cheeses and meats, hand-painted Christmas ornaments, handmade pottery, furniture, jewelry (sterling silver, brass, copper, ceramic, fused glass, wood, Lake Erie beach glass, etc.), organic soaps and shampoos, specialty candles, hats, scarves, ponchos, sweaters, pet treats, snowmen, stuffed animals and dolls, wrought iron and hand-turned wooden pieces and so much more. Also available will be fresh Christmas wreaths, garlands, swags, centerpieces and greens.

Restaurants and 38 outdoor food vendors will tickle the taste buds and warm tummies with hot chocolate, chili, homemade soups and chowders, bread and rice puddings, homemade cookies, pies, cupcakes, candies, baked potatoes with toppings, wood-fired pizza, hot roast beef, roasted pork, sausage and crab cake sandwiches, German foods, meatballs, hot cider, coffee, fresh roasted peanuts, deep fried dill pickles, elk meat, bison products, whoopee pies, peanut brittle, kettle corn, caramel popcorn, apple dumplings, candy apples, soft pretzels, sticky buns, funnel cakes, and lots of other treats.

This Friday and Saturday, an additional 72 art, craft and food vendors can be found indoors at the United Methodist Church and Wellsboro Senior Center and on Saturday at the indoor/outdoor craft show at the Wellsboro Firemen’s Annex.

At the Deane Center see the Department 56 Dickens Village on display, have a portrait taken dressed Dickens style and see New York City-based Christine A. Moore Millinery’s “Dickens of A Christmas” Hat Collection or buy Wellsboro Rotary Club raffle tickets. Local churches will host a variety of indoor events Friday and Saturday. Among them is a Dickens of a Dinner, lunches, a  display of model trains, a cookie sale and in the spirit of helping others, an Alternative Giving Christmas Fair with entertainment and refreshments.

Hamilton-Gibson will present A Dickens of a Concert Friday night and six performances of  Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the Deane Center’s two theatres on Saturday and one performance on Sunday. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, t.he Arcadia Theatre is showing the film “The Man Who Invented Christmas” about Charles Dickens and his creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters in his novella “A Christmas Carol.”

At 5 p.m. Saturday, the Candlelight Walk for Peace will begin at Packer Park on Queen Street and at 5:30 p.m. the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony with Santa and a carol sing will be on the Green.

For a detailed schedule of events or more information, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 Main Street, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901, call 570-724-1926, email or visit

Hunters during the final day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season harvested 365 bears, raising the 2018 statewide season harvest to 1,993 – a 10 percent increase compared to the 1,796 taken during the four days of the statewide season in 2017.

Hunters took more bears on the season’s last day than on the third day – 211. On the season’s second day, hunters took 381 bears.

Archery and other early-bear season harvest data is not included in this report. Comprehensive bear harvest totals that include bears taken during the early and extended seasons will be released in the coming months.

During the statewide season, bears were harvested in 55 counties.

The top 10 bears processed at check stations were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 600 pounds or more.

The largest bear harvested was a 780-pound male taken with a rifle Nov. 19 by Michael J. Rubeo, of Mercer, in Howe Township, Forest County.

A day later, a 708-pound male was taken by Timothy J. Weaver, of Dallas, Pa., with a rifle in Harvey’s Lake Borough, Luzerne County.

Other large bears taken over the season’s first two days – all but one taken with a rifle – include: a 704-pound male taken Nov. 17 in Goshen Township, Clearfield County, by Mickey L. Moore, of Clearfield; a 697-pound male taken Nov. 19 in Chapman Township, Clinton County, by Scott Yorty, of Bloomsburg; a 681-pounder taken Nov. 17 in Coal Township, Northumberland County, by Robert L. Britton III, of Coal Township; a 680-pounder taken Nov. 19 in Chest Township, Clearfield County, by Douglas D. Routch, of Curwensville; a 679-pound male taken with a handgun Nov. 17 in Farmington Township, Warren County, by Jordan Tutmaher, of Warren; a 666-pound male taken Nov. 20 in Snyder Township, Jefferson County, by Earl F. Timothy, of Brockway; a 627-pound male taken Nov. 19 in Snyder Township, Jefferson County, by Wayne C. Kline, of Reynoldsville; and a 623-pound male taken Nov. 17 in Newport Township, Luzerne County, by Corrina M. Kishbaugh, of Nanticoke.

More bears are yet to be taken in extended seasons in many Wildlife Management Units. The overall 2017 bear harvest was 3,438, the ninth-largest in state history. In 2016, hunters took a total of 3,529 bears – the fifth-largest harvest all time. The largest harvest – 4,350 bears – happened in 2011, when preliminary statewide season totals numbered 3,154.

The preliminary statewide season bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 19 (14 in 2017); WMU 1B, 120 (58); WMU 2A, 5 (1); WMU 2C, 127 (91); WMU 2D, 125 (102); WMU 2E, 66 (27); WMU 2F, 213 (191); WMU 2G, 357 (388); WMU 2H, 65 (75); WMU 3A, 106 (111); WMU 3B, 129 (182); WMU 3C, 53 (85); WMU 3D, 153 (185); WMU 4A, 127 (75); WMU 4B, 55 (38); WMU 4C, 92 (48); WMU 4D, 123 (89); WMU 4E, 53 (33); and WMU 5A, 5 (3).

The top bear-hunting county in the statewide season was Clinton County with 128 bears. It was followed by Lycoming County, which almost annually challenges Clinton County for the state’s top county bear harvest.

Statewide season harvests by county and region are:

Northwest (411): Venango, 78 (43); Jefferson, 69 (48); Crawford, 59 (22); Warren, 59 (84); Forest, 55 (31); Clarion, 41 (34); Butler, 19 (12); Erie, 18 (6); and Mercer, 13 (6).

Southwest (183): Somerset, 57 (42); Fayette, 39 (27); Indiana, 31 (8); Armstrong, 26 (31); Cambria, 16 (8); and Westmoreland, 14 (10).

Northcentral (689): Clinton, 128 (115); Lycoming, 107 (130); Tioga, 90 (127); Clearfield, 80 (51); Potter, 62 (118); Cameron, 61 (42); Centre, 52 (34); Elk, 47 (64); McKean, 47 (62); and Union, 15 (11).

Southcentral (255): Huntingdon, 78 (46); Bedford, 54 (33); Fulton, 35 (21); Blair, 22 (8); Juniata, 16 (11); Franklin, 14 (9); Perry, 14 (12); Mifflin, 10 (13); Adams, 5 (3); Cumberland, 4 (4); and Snyder, 3 (2).


Northeast (395): Luzerne, 53 (36); Pike, 51 (94); Bradford, 50 (28); Monroe, 50 (36); Sullivan, 32 (63); Carbon, 31 (25); Wayne, 30 (60); Wyoming, 27 (30); Columbia, 20 (10); Lackawanna, 20 (27); Northumberland, 17 (3); Susquehanna, 13 (20); and Montour, 1 (1).

Southeast (60): Dauphin, 26 (15); Schuylkill, 20 (7); Lebanon, 7 (2); Lehigh, 3 (0); Northampton, 3 (2); and

Pennsylvania State Police, Troop F, Mansfield, continue their investigation of a Robbery that occurred at Acorn Gas Station, located in Lawrenceville Township, Tioga County earliert this ytear and have asked Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers to assist in the search.

On September 7, 2018, at approximately 12:40 a.m., an unknown white male suspect entered the Acorn Gas Station wearing a black ski mask with skull design, black long sleeve shirt, camouflage pants with an army style bag, carrying an AR 15 style rifle, and stated “this is a robbery.”  The suspect demanded an employee to give him all the money from the cash register and fled the scene on foot with $120 from the register.  There were two employees working at the time, of the incident and the suspect did not point the weapon at the employees.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:  If you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.  All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.


Ronald M. “Ronnie” CLOAK, 53, formerly of Coudersport, Ulysses, and Penndel, died Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in Bradford Manor, Bradford, PA.  Born December 15, 1964, in Philadelphia, he was the son of Russell E. and Catherine O’Driscoll Cloak.  Surviving are:  six siblings, Michael Cloak of NC, Mary Ferry of FL, Colleen Cloak of Coudersport, Karen LaFlamme of FL, Diane O’Brien of Berks, and Timothy Cloak of Swoyersville;  and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents;  and a brother, Richard Cloak.  Services will be private.  Memorials may be made to Potter County Special Olympics, P.O. Box 255, Coudersport, PA 16915.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at


                          Lee Coates, 80, of Lodge Rd., Coudersport, died, Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at the Bath VA Medical Center, Bath, NY.Lee was born on April 16, 1938 in Pecville the son of the late Alvin and Ruth (Ham) Coates.Lee worked as an electrician for Jersey Central Power and served in the Army during the Vietnam War.Lee is survived by a sister, Alma M. Duetsch of Bethlehem.At Lee’s request there will be no visitation or services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport.


Thursday November 29, 2018


Wednesday’s high, 31; low 25; 1” snow/sleet/freezing rain







Unemployment went up all across the region between September and October….Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center awarded state grants….Eldred woman accused of assaulting 6 year old boy…Rifle stolen from Cameron County camp…..Slippery roads caused McKean Count y crashes…Two Kersey residents hurt in collision….Runaway Potter County teen returns home……

Unemployment increased between September and October across the entire region according to figures just released by the state department of Labor and Industry. Most increases were small except for Potter County where   unemployment went up from 5.1% to 5.7%; McKean and Cameron Counties had identical rates and increases going from 4.7% to 4.9%; Elk County saw a hike from 3.8 to 3.9% and Tioga realized an uptick from 5.1 to 5.2%. Chester County had the best rate but it went up slightly from 3.1% to 3.3%. Forest remained at the bottom going from 6.2% to 6.4%. Pennsylvania’s overall unemployment rate was 4.1% while the national figure was at a record low of 3.7%

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has announced more than $32,000 in grants have been awarded to Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center. The school, which is located in Port Allegany, serves students throughout McKean, Potter and Cameron counties.

Awarded by the Department of Education, the grants will be used for the purchase of equipment to support the school’s training programs. Seneca Highlands will use its funds to purchase equipment for its automotive technology, networking systems and security, and homeland security programs. The funding must be matched dollar-for-dollar at the local level.

Seneca Highlands is one of 38 career and technical centers and area vocational technical schools to receive funding through the competitive grant program.

The General Assembly has made technical education a priority this session, adopting two new laws aimed at improving these options for students. Act 39 of 2018 provided an additional $30 million in funding for career and technical education, as well as updated vocational instructional certification requirements to help attract more qualified career and technical educators. Act 158 of 2018 offers alternative pathways to graduation when the state implements Keystone Exams as a graduation requirement. The law would allow for alternative ways for students to demonstrate their graduation readiness.


On November 27, 2018, Port Allegany High School hosted an assembly on impaired driving. The assembly was coordinated by Taylor Fragale of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services who worked with school officials to bring the presentation to the school. McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer and Corporal Ted Race of the Pennsylvania State Police spoke to the students about impaired driving and drug use. The students were in grades 7-12. The goal of the event was to show the students how impaired driving and illicit drug use can impact not only the user but others around him – such as other drivers and loved ones.

A 31 Eldred woman has been arraigned on assault charges after allegedly abusing a 6 year old boy Tuesday afternoon on Fowler Brook Road. Contessa Haun was arraigned before District Judge

Emporium based state police are looking for a gun taken from a hunting camp located at 207 Old West Creek Road between October 1 and November 17. The Winchester 70 Ranger, 30-06 caliber bold action rifle has a woode stock, shell carrier on the butt stock and a sling and belongs to a 60 year old St. Marys man. Anyone with information is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 814.486.3321.

Slippery roads are blamed for a couple of accidents in McKean County Wednesday. An elderly  Emporium couple escaped injury in am accident just before 9:00 am on Route 46 in Keating Township. Troopers say 71 year ikd James Ramarge was going north just north of the Coleville road when his Toyota Tacoma fishtailed after hitting slush. The truck zig zagged across the road and then came to rest after hitting a mailbox .His passenger was identified as 83 year old Marie Ramarge. Police said a passing motorist, Edward Swanson picked up Ramarge and took him where there was phone service so he could report the accident.

No injuries were reported for another Emporium resident whose Jeep Cherokee slid off of Route 46 on a left hand curve and landed in a ditch just before 3:30 pm. Erynne Doud, 22, was cited for speeding in connection to the crash.


Two Kersey residents were hurt in a collision Tuesday afternoon in Horton Township, Elk County. According to state police at Ridgway, 70 year old Regina Wolfe was turning south from Toby Road onto Route 219, the Pittsburgh-Buffalo Highway and failed to see a  northbound Ford F-150 driven by 79 year old Michael.. Police said Singer was unable to stop in time and his truck hit Wolfe’s Ford Fusion. Both drivers were taken to Penn Highlands DuBois. Wolfe was seriously hurt while Singer’s were said to be minor. Both vehicles were disabled and had to be towed away.

DUI charges are pending against a 28 yea r old Mansfield resident in connection to a one-vehicle crash earlier this month in Rutland Township, Tioga County.  State police report Justin Winnie was going west on Route 549 near the East Pond Road on the afternoon of November 16 when  his Chevrolet Cobalt crossed the road, went over an embankment and hit a group of trees where it came to a stop. Winnie was not hurt.

A Ulysses teen who ran away from home yesterday has been safely located and returned to home. Police were helped by some tips from the public regarding the whereabouts of Rutana Jason Reed, 17 .


Bonnie Moore Howard, 67, of Smethport, died unexpectedly, Sunday (November 25, 2018) in the Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.


She was born Feb. 2, 1951 in Kane, PA, a daughter of Donald  J. and June I. Nearing Moore.  On July 30, 1991, in Smethport, PA, she married Norman L. Howard, who died on Aug. 2, 2016.Mrs. Howard was a graduate of Smethport Area High School and was Prothonatary at McKean County Courthouse for 44 years, retiring in 2015. Bonnie loved her dog, “Jasper”, and had owned a ceramics shop for several years.She is survived by several cousins, friends and neighbors.

Se was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

At Bonnie’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral services.  Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.Memorials, if desired, may be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Ave., Bradford, PA  16701. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.









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Tuesday’s high, 33; Overnight low, 25; .125” of snow







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Pennsylvania residents encouraged to vote for favorite river……Two Coudersport High School students win PennDot award….Mansfield state police investigate trucker “road rage”…Slush covered roads blamed for accident Tuesday morning near Coudersport……

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The Wolf Administration is encouraging  the public to vote online for the 2019 Pennsylvania River of the Year, choosing from among four waterways nominated across the state.

Waterways nominated for 2019 are the Clarion River, Conodoguinet Creek, Delaware River, and Lackawanna River.

Nominations consider each waterway’s conservation needs and successes, as well as celebration plans if the nominee becomes 2019 River of the Year. In cooperation with DCNR, selection of public voting choices is overseen by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

The public can vote for a favorite state waterway through 5:00 P.M. on Friday, January 4, 2019. The website enables voting and offers details on nominated waterways and the River of the Year program.

After a waterway receives the annual honor, local groups put in place a year-round slate of activities and events to celebrate the river, including a paddling trip, or sojourn. The organization nominating the winning river will receive a $10,000 leadership grant from DCNR to help fund River of the Year activities.

POWR and DCNR also work with local organizations to create a free, commemorative poster celebrating the River of the Year.

The River of the Year sojourn is among many paddling trips supported each year by DCNR and POWR. An independent program, the Pennsylvania Sojourn Program, is a unique series of a dozen such trips on the state’s rivers. These water-based journeys for canoeists, kayakers and others raise awareness of the environmental, recreational, tourism and heritage values of rivers. For more information about the sojourns, visit the Pa. Organization for Watersheds and Rivers website.

To learn more about DCNR’s Rivers Program, visit the DCNR website (go to “Conservation” and click on “Water”).

For details on the River of the Year program, visit the Pa. River of the Year website.

Presented since 1983, this year’s 2018 winner was Loyalsock Creek. Our own Allegheny River received the award a couple of years ago.

Among the most biologically diverse watersheds in Pennsylvania, and a a federally designated National Wild and Scenic Recreation River, the Allegheny River in western Pennsylvania has been voted the 2017 Pennsylvania River of the Year.

Waterways nominated were: Allegheny River (Middle  and Upper), and Brandywine, Loyalhanna and Perkiomen creeks.

At the time, DCNRSecretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “So rich in scenic beauty and historical significance, the Allegheny River is deservedly one of western Pennsylvania’s natural treasures.

Home to an increasing bald eagle population, the Allegheny River flows more than 315 miles through the state, including a portion of the PA Wilds. With a watershed area of 11,580 square miles, it contributes 60 percent of the Ohio River flow at Pittsburgh. Eighty-six miles of the Allegheny River — from Kinzua Dam to Emlenton — are a federally designated National Wild and Scenic Recreation River, containing seven islands that are protected under America’s National Wilderness Preservation System.

Coudersport High School students, Mara Miller and Breanna Sallade won the artistic category in PennDot’s “Paint the Plow” contest for District 2. The students were presented the award earlier this week.

The group photo with the plow shows Karen Michael, PennDOT District 2 Executive, Breanna, Mara,(red shirt) Sarah Batson–Art Teacher at Coudersport HS, and Kurt Berger– PennDOT Assistant Maintenance Manager for Potter County.

Mansfield based state police earlier this month investigated a “road rage” assault involving tractor-trailer operators. Randy Sherman, 66, of Blossburg told authorities when he as driving his semi on Route 15 near the Hepburnville exit in Lycoming County at around 7:00 am November 2, he felt a nudge as he was passing another tractor-trailer. Both drivers pulled to the side of the road and checked their rigs for damage. As Sherman stood up from checking his truck, he was hit once in the right eye by the other driver. The assailant is described as being a young white male, about 5’8” tall, between 24 & 34 years of age, weighing about 200 pounds and was clean shaven. Sherman’s glasses were broken in the assault. They are valued at $300.

An Eldred driver escaped injury Tuesday morning when his pick up truck hit a section of guard rails in Eulalia Township. Troopers at the Coudersport barracks say Cody Stone was headed east on Route 6 near the Elm Flat road when his Chevrolet Silverado hit a patch of slush and slid off the pavement onto the berm. The truck rolled over onto the driver’s side coming to rest in the eastbound lane.

And, state police at Coudersport overnight released details about a crash taking place last week in Hebron Township. Aaron Waters- Milliken of Portville, NY was seriously injured when his sedan wrecked after he swerved to avoid a deer. Waters-Millken was rounding a right hand curve on Route 44 when he swerved to avoid a whitetail which entered his path. The driver over-corrected causing hits Chevrolet Impala to spin across the road and hit an embankment and tree before rolling onto the drivers’ side. He was taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole.