Tuesday November 6, 2018

 

Monday’s high, 48; Overnight low, 41; .32” rain
TUE-RAIN HIGH 59
TUE NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 40
WED-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 50
WED NIGHT-MOSTLY CLEAR, LOW 33
THU-MIX OF CLOUDS & SUN, HIGH 42
THU NIGHT-LOW 32

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It’s finally here! No, not Christmas the election. Polls are open here in Pennsylvania until 8:00 pm tonight. Topping the ballot is the Pennsylvania governor’s race. Candidates include Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf with running mate John Fetterman for lieutenant governor; Republicans Scott R. Wagner and Jeff Bartos; Green Party candidates Paul Glover and Jocyln Bowser-Bostick; and Libertarians Ken B. Krawchuk and Kathleen S. Smith.
Running for U.S. Senate are incumbent Bob Casey Jr., Democrat; Lou Barletta, Republican; Neal Gale, Green; and Dale R. Kerns Jr., Libertarian. Following a Supreme Court Ruling, Potter County was moved from the 5th Congressional District to the 12th District.Candidates for the Pa. 12th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives are Democrat Marc Friedenberg and Republican incumbent Tom Marino . Glenn Thompson, the incumbent representiven the 5th contressional District, a Republican is opposed by Demmocrat nominee Barbara Boser. Most of Potter County is in the 67th Legislative District, where the candidates for a two-year term in the Pa. House of Representatives are Democrat Maryann Cole and Republican incumbent Martin T. Causer. For Galeton Borough and Pike Township in Potter County and Tioga and Bradford Counties, the choices are Democrat Carrie Heath or Republican Clint Owlett for the 68th District seat.

McKean County DA Stephanie Vettenburg Shaffer is holding an Elder Law Days event Wednesday in at the Bradford Senior Center Wednesday and another at the Kane Senior Center on November 19.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Monday, November 19, 2018
4:00-6:00 PM 4:00-600 PM
Bradford Senior Center Kane Senior Center
4:00- Opening Remarks- Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer, McKean County District Attorney
4:00-5:00- Elder Scam: The speaker will walk you through how to become “Scam Smart”, protect yourself from fraud, and understand con’s and other crimes related to charitable contributions, sweepstakes, lottery, checks and money orders, home improvements, and identity theft.
Alan McGill – Senior Supervisory Special Agent, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General
5:00-5:45-Legal Issues: The speaker will walk you through the importance of planning ahead with Wills, Power of Attorney and Advanced Directives.
Tony Clarke-Attorney, The Clarke Firm. Speaking on November 7.
Erik Ross-Attorney, Woods Baker & Ross.Speaking on November 19.
5:45-6:00-Leaving a Legacy- The speaker will give an overview of the McKean County Community Foundation.
Paula Fritz Eddy-Executive Director of the McKean County Community Foundation.
Paula Fritz Eddy is the Executive Director of the newly formed McKean County Community Foundation. Having worked for Penn Lakes Girl Scout Council and the McKean County Unit of the American Cancer Society, she has had over 35 years of experience in the nonprofit world and for the past 15 she has worked with individuals, businesses and organizations to create a legacy that can make our communities a better place to live. The Community Foundations tries to connect people who care with causes that matter.
Sponsored by the McKean County District Attorney’s Office, McKean County Collaborative Board, PA Office of Attorney General and the LINK to Aging and Disabilities.
o RSVP is required.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting area drivers that emergency work to repair a slide condition will require a short-term closure of Wykoff Run (Route 2001). The closure may continue through daylight hours on Tuesday, November 6.
The work area is located about a mile north of the intersection of Wykoff Run and the Quehanna Highway (Route 2006) in Cameron County. All work will be done by a PennDOT Cameron County Maintenance crew.
The 38-mile detour will direct drivers to use Route 2001, Route 2006 (Quehanna Highway), Route 555, and Route 120. Motorists heading to camps along Wykoff Run will be able to access those locations from the Sinnemahoning end of the roadway.
Drivers are reminded to obey official detour signs and posted speed limits and to always buckle up.
PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

 

PennDot is alerting area drivers that road work is scheduled in the Bradford area next week. Currently, PennDOT expects work to take place on Wednesday and Thursday, November 7 and 8.
Crews will be scratching trouble spots at the following locations:
• Route 46, just outside of the city limits;
• South Avenue from Race Street to West Corydon Street;
• West Corydon Street also near the city limits.
Scratching along these routes will help seal up the roadway surface and ensure ride quality through the winter months. As soon as weather allows, crews will return to these sites in April to perform milling and paving.

Next week, crews will also perform finish paving on the Owens Way bridge (from the northbound off-ramp to the railroad tracks).
Traffic in these work zones will be controlled by flaggers in the roadway enforcing an alternating traffic pattern. Drivers should expect delays as work takes place. Drivers familiar with the area may want to take alternate routes.
This work is part of a contract to improve several roads in McKean and Potter counties. Overall work includes milling, roadway repair, ADA ramps, paving, and some drainage.
Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College, PA is the contractor on this $5.1 million job. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

 

Motorists in McKean County should prepare for daytime lane closures next week on three different bridges. Work will take place Monday, November 5 through Friday, November 9.
Routine bridge and roadway maintenance work will take place from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. at the following locations:
• JV-57: A bridge on Route 6 over Marvin Creek in Hazel Hurst, Hamlin Township;
• JV-64: A bridge on Route 155 over Newell Creek in Eldred Township, 2 miles southeast of Larabee;
• JV-70: A bridge on Columbia Hill Road (Route 1015) over the north branch of Cole Creek in Keating Township, north of Wrights Corners;
In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.
These bridges were replaced in 2017 as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT’s) Rapid Bridge Replacement program, which is replacing a total of 558 bridges across Pennsylvania.

Both Kane drivers escaped injury in a collision Monday in Hamiton Township, McKean County. The collision occurred when Darlene Haly was going east at fell asleep at the wheel around 10 am. Her Chevrolet Cruz crossed over into the opposite lane where it hit a Toyota driven by Brandon Meeker . Ste police at Ridgway have released details about an accident involving two tractor trailers last Tuesday, October 30. A tractor trailer headed south on Route 219 hit a deer causing it to fly overhead andn into another tractor trailer which was operated by Dennis Snyder. He was taken to Penn Highland Elk for treatment of minor injuries. The other driver did not stop.

Sweden Township police advise motorists that deer are now in the rut and there is increased movement on area highways. They don’t always go onto the pavement where there is a “deer crossing” sign as they can jump into a vehicle’s path from any location.

 

Monday November 5, 2018

Black Forest Express

 

           Dreary Saturday afternoon at Barnum Road Wetlands-–Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 47; Overnight low, 41; .20” inches of rain, weekend total

MON-CLOUDY WITH RAIN, HIGH 53

MON NIGHT-RAIN, LOW 46

TUE-CLOUDY, RAIN TAPERS OFF HIGH 59

TUE NIGHT-LOW 40

WED-PARTLY CLOUDY, THEN CLEARING, HIGH 50

                                                                                                 WED NIGHT-LOW, 31

 

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Tomorrow is finally election day and a variety of choices await voters….One driver killed Sunday in Elk County collision…No one hurt in Tioga County rear-ender…Both men involved in scuffle arrested by Mansfield police…Port Allegany man arrested for disorderly conduct….Wellsoboro resident accused of stealing natural gas from UGI…..Vandals slash tires on two vehicles parked in Ridgway…

Obituaries: Kathryn Nichols, Shinglehouse and LeRoy White, Coudersport.

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The much anticipated “ mid-term” elections happen tomorrow.Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm in all Pennsylvania voting precincts. Topping the ballot is the Pennsylvania governor’s race. Candidates include Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf with running mate John Fetterman for lieutenant governor; Republicans Scott R. Wagner and Jeff Bartos; Green Party candidates Paul Glover and Jocyln Bowser-Bostick; and Libertarians Ken B. Krawchuk and Kathleen S. Smith.

Running for U.S. Senate are incumbent Bob Casey Jr., Democrat; Lou Barletta, Republican; Neal Gale, Green; and Dale R. Kerns Jr., Libertarian.  Following a Supreme Court Ruling, Potter County was moved from the 5th Congressional District to the 12th District.Candidates for the Pa. 12th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives are Democrat Marc Friedenberg and Republican incumbent Tom Marino . Glenn Thompson, the incumbent representiven the 5th contressional District, a Republican is opposed by Demmocrat nominee Barbara Boser. Most of Potter County is in the 67th Legislative District, where the candidates for a two-year term in the Pa. House of Representatives are Democrat Maryann Cole and Republican incumbent Martin T. Causer. For Galeton Borough and Pike Township in Potter County and Tioga and Bradford Counties, the choices are Democrat Carrie Heath or Republican Clint Owlett for the 68th District seat. Voters do not have to vote along party lines in the general election and Voter ID’s are not required due to Supreme Court ruling.

One driver was killed in a collision Sunday afternoon in Elk County. State police report impact occurred when Angela Huff of Weedville pulled onto route 255 from Hickory Avenue in front of a car driven by Eleanor Masiasak of Houtzsdale. She was pronounced dead at Penn Highlands Elk. Police did not release any more information but say the investigation is continuing.

No one was hurt in a three-car pile up on Route 6 in Charleston Township, Tioga County Thursday afternoon. According to troopers at Masfield, the rear-ender happened when John Zimmemrman of Morris failed to notice that vehicles driven by Lindsay Lee of Blossburg and Ashley Woods of Mansfield had stopped for a a vehicle waiting to make a left turn. The Zimmerman’s Ford Taurus slammed into the back of Lee’s Ford Escape shoving it into Woods’s Chevrolet Travers. Zimmerman and his wife , Brittany, were using seatbelts as were Lee and Woods. A one year old girl in the Zimmerman car was in a rear facing child safety seat.

A 28 year old Ridgway woman was arrested on drug charges after being stopped by patrol officers Friday night at Montmorenci Avenue and Ash Street in that town. Troopers claim Savanna Simons had a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and related drug paraphernalia in her 2013 Silverado. Charges were reportedly filed before District Judge Martin.

Both men involved in a scuffle Saturday night in Shippen Township Tioga County have been cited for harassment. State police explain that when they responded to a “domestic” at 1417 Marsh Creek Road, they found that both 54 year old Kevin Mattison of Middlebury Center  and 48yearold Eric Massey of Wellsboro had attacked the other during an argument.

A Port Allegany man has been arrested for disorderly conduct after police were called Saturday night to a house at 852 Creek Road on a report of a possibly intoxicated suicidal male. Police claim 38 year old Tony Burford refused to answer troopers’  questions; tried to leave  and became aggressive and resisted verbal and physical commands before being place  under arrest.

State police at Mansfield have arrested 36 year old Jeremy Flannery of Wellsboro for theft of services and criminal mischief. Authorities claim UGI workers found on October 28 that Flannery had broken the lock on the gas meter at his home on Stony Fork Road. Employees immediately turned the valve off and replaced the lock. But, workers discovered on October 31, that the valve was broken again and a bypass had been put in place of where the meter had been removed.

Vandals slashed tires on a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2016 Dodge Dart owned by a Ridgway couple between 5:00 pm Wednesday and 8:00 am Thursday while the vehicles were parked on Commons lane in Ridgway.

Someone shot a window in a house on Broad Street in Port Allegany Sunday afternoon with a BB gun. Anyone who can identify the culprits is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.

Obituaries

Kathryn “Kate” Nichols, 96, of Shinglehouse, passed away with her loving family by her side on Sunday, November 4, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Born on January 30, 1922 on the family homestead in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Wayne M. and Sarah Stannard Nichols.
Kate was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1940. She was first employed by the former First National Bank (now Northwest) in Shinglehouse for 15 years and was then employed by the former Exchange National Bank (now Community Bank) in Olean for 23 years until her retirement.
Kate was an avid golfer. She was a member of the Bolivar Golf Club in Bolivar, N.Y. and was involved in several golfing associations in Pennsylvania and New York. She enjoyed gardening and bowling. Kate was well known in the area for her delicious blueberries.
Surviving are many loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Kate was predeceased by two brothers, Hollis W. Nichols and his wife, Nettie Sue, and George “Mike” Nichols; and a sister, Ann L. Nichols.
Family and friends may call from 9am to 11am on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11am with the Rev. Preston L. Hutchins, Jr., pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Kate’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Kate, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

LeRoy C. WHITE, 82, of Coudersport, PA, died Monday, October 1, 2018 in his home.
Born November 11, 1935, in Coudersport, he was the son of Clifford Thompson and Virgie Elizabeth Denson White. He was married to the former Eileen E. Watson, who survives.A graduate of Coudersport High School, he attended Bucknell University and served honorably with the US Army Reserves.He was employed by L.H. Lincoln, Agway, Pure Carbon, and owned and operated a farm for many years. LeRoy was a member of the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, Eulalia Lodge #342 F & AM, Central Grange, Potter County Historical Society, Conservation District, and Farm Credit Bureau. He was an outdoorsman and loved taking his collies for rides.

Surviving besides his wife, Eileen, are: two children, Rebecca J. (Dennis) Campbell of Duke Center and Jeannine (Dan) Drummond, both of Duke Center; two step-children, Gwen Hankins of Altoona and Melody Hankins of Coudersport; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Allen C. (Barbara) White and James R. (Laurie) White, both of Coudersport; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and a nephew, Theodore White.

**********A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, November 11, 2018 in the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church.**********

Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport, PA.

Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.

Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Friday November 2, 2018

 

Black Forest Express

Dreary Saturday afternoon at Barnum Road Wetlands–Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 57; Overnight low, 56; .45” of rain
FRI-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, HIGH 54
FRI NIGHT– MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 37
SAT-SOME MORNING SHOWERS, THEN CLEARING HIGH 45
SAT NIGHT—CLEAR, LOW 45
SUN-PARTLY TO MOSTLY SUNN, HIGH 52
SUN NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 43

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Obituaries:  Stuart, “Stu” Young, Coudersport S &James, “Diamond Jim” Archer, Port Allegany/Keating Summit

 Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday….Game Commission unveils new app for hunters…..Guns and c ash stolen in Tioga County burglaries….More car/deer collisions reported….Two McKean County businesses cited for violating liquor laws….

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Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday @ 2:00 am. Turn clocks BACK one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

Whether you’re looking for a place to hunt, need a license or want an easy way to report your deer or turkey harvest, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s new mobile-device app is a one-stop shop that’s loaded with information hunters and trappers need most.

Through the app, which is free to download at the iTunes and Google Play stores, hunters can find out what’s in season and where, when hunting hours start and end, and whether they’ll need to wear fluorescent orange while in the field, and how much.

The app provides instant access to the Hunting & Trapping Digest – the Game Commission’s complete regulations handbook – as well as the agency’s Mapping Center, which charts hunting opportunities including pheasant releases on state game lands and other hunting properties.

Those in need of licenses can buy them online through the app, or find an issuing agent nearby where they can pick up a license in person. And those who are successful in big-game pursuits can report their harvests through the app, learn the locations of bear and elk check stations, or find a processor where they can donate venison through the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program.

Wildlife-law violations can be reported through the app, and hunters can document their exact location to share in the case of an emergency.

More information about the app, and links to the iTunes and Google Play stores, can be found at www.pgc.pa.gov by selecting Game Commission Mobile App under the Information & Resources tab.

Tioga County authorities are investigating several recent burglaries and thefts.  Burglars stole almost $9000 worth of guns and game cameras from a Tioga Township camp sometime since July. The burglars forced their way into a camp on Mitchell Creek Road owned by 87 year old Benjamin Risilia of Philadelphia and 58 year old David Risilia of Yardley. A list of the stolen items appears below:

 

 

Thieves took $1100 in cash from the home of Michael Smith  on Bailey Creek Road in Rutland Township between October 8 and 13. Crooks used a pry bar to force open the front door of BF Customs on Route 349 in Westfield Township between midnight and 6:00 am Wednesday. However, they apparently left empty handed as nothing was reported missing by the owner Tracy Atwell of Westfield although damage to the door is estimated to be about $100. Vandals damaged a wooden folding table, window screen and metal door when they broke into the Liberty Community Building between October 2 and  4. Rocks were thrown at several doors, screens were cut and graffiti was painted on the table and wall .Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Mansfield at 570.662.2151.

An Ulster, PA man was not hurt, despite not wearing a seatbelt when his pick up truck overturned on the Clermont Road in Hamlin Township Thursday morning. Patrick Henderson was going north on Route 146 when his Chevrolet Silverado dropped off the northbound berm, fishtailed on the wet pavement, struck an embankment and rolled  over onto the driver’s side.

Another car/deer collision in the area was investigated by state police at Mansfield. Troopers said 85 year old Howard White of Tioga was going north on Route 15 in Richmond Township at around 6:30 Thursday morning when his Ford Focus hit the whitetail.

A Corning, NY woman also avoided injury in a car/deer collision in Tioga County. State police report Audriana  Empet was headed south on Route 15 when her Mitsubishi Outlander hit the deer. The car continued on for about 500 feet before  stopping on the west berm.

Two McKean County establishments have been cited for liquor law violations. The liquor control board claims Bosers Beers on South Avenue in Bradford sold or provided alcoholic beverages to a 19 year old on September 3, 20018.

The Lighter Side Bar on Mechanic Street in Bradford was cited for failing to break liquor bottles within 24 hours on September 7; operating the bar without a valid health permit or license which expired on November 30, 2017 from December 1, 2017 to September 11, 2018 except for Sundays during the period and the licensed premises was not a bona fide restaurant because they maintained insufficient food items from April 1, 2018 to September 11, 2018.

The charges  against both businesses will be brought before an Administrative Law Judge who can impose penalties ranging from $50-$1,000 for minor offenses and up to $5,000 for more serious offenses., The judge can also impose a license suspension or revocation of the license based on the severity of the charge brought and may also mandate training for the licensee to educate them on the requirements of being a licensee.

Obituaries

Stuart R. “Stu” Young, 70, of Coudersport, passed away in his home on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.Born on May 1, 1948 in Darby, he was a son of John C. and Ellenjane Miller Young.  Stu grew up and lived his early adult life in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, moving to Potter County in 2006.He was a mechanic by profession. Stu lovingly cared for his home where he resided for the past 12 years.  He loved the outdoors and loved to work with his hands.Surviving in addition to his wife, Martha, are three children; a stepson; numerous grandchildren; and a sister.Stu was predeceased by his parents.There will be no public visitation or funeral services.  Stu will be cremated and his ashes laid to rest as he wished.Stu’s family has entrusted his care and cremation to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Stu, please visit www.

 

James A. “Diamond Jim” Archer, 56, a lifelong Port Allegany/Keating Summit resident, passed away with his loving daughter by his side on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a short battle with cancer. Born on October 10, 1962 in Port Allegany, he was a son of Edwin and Genevieve Lewis Archer.  He was a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1981.  A hard worker, Jim was employed by Robinson Flagstone in Port Allegany.  He was also a bartender for several establishments before an injury curtailed his working career.His greatest love was his family.At a young age his mother passed away and he was raised by his loving aunt and uncle, William “Bill” and Ella Mae Robinson.Surviving are a daughter, Jessie M. Armour of Emporium; three grandchildren, Aaron James Crawford, Hunter Edward Akins, and David J. Akins III; his uncle, William “Bill” Robinson of Port Allegany; seven siblings, Edwin (Linda) Archer, Rick (Deb) Archer, Linda (Pete) Ayers, William K. Robinson,  and Loretta (Clark) Barber, all of Port Allegany, Deb (Gary) Dubois of South Dakota, and Robin R. Robinson of Roulette; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his “second mom”, Ella Mae.At the current time, no services are planned.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Port Area Ambulance Services, 22279 US-6, Port Allegany, PA 16743.Jim’s family has entrusted his care and cremation to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jim, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com