Wednesday November 22, 2018


Black Forest Express

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Tuesday’s high, 38; Overnight low, 29; trace of snow







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Today is the last day of PA’s regular bear season and more than 1600 have been taken so far…..PennDot has some new tools for holiday drivers….Burglars steal nearly $850 from  McKean  County home…One driver hurt in a three-vehicle collision Tuesday in Liberty Township and another hurt an hour later also near Port Allegany…

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Obituary: David Mensch, Port Allegany

After two days, 1,622 black bears have been harvested as part of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season, according to preliminary totals released Tuesday by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Bears have been harvested in 54 counties during the statewide season. In many counties, the harvest is up substantially from 2017, when wind and rain impacted opening day success.

Three bears exceeding 600 pounds were taken on the season’s second day, Nov. 19. The top 10 bears processed at check stations over the season’s first two days were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 600 pounds or more.

The largest of those bears – a male estimated at 704 pounds – was taken in Goshen Township, Clearfield County, by Mickey L. Moore, of Clearfield, Pa. He took it with a rifle on Nov. 17, the season’s opening day.

The second-largest bear was a 697-pound male taken with a rifle by Scott Yorty, of Bloomsburg, on the Nov. 19, the season’s second day, in Chapman Township, Clinton County.

One of the more intriguing bear harvests was a 679-pound male taken at 5 yards with a .357 handgun by Jordan M. Tutmaher, of Warren. Harvested Nov. 17 in Farmington Township, Warren County, the bear appeared in a drive of a Christmas tree patch.


Other large bears taken over the season’s first two days – all taken with a rifle – include: 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 623-pound male taken Nov. 17 in Newport Township, Luzerne County, by Corrina M. Kishbaugh, of Nanticoke; a 614-pound male taken Nov. 17 in Toby Township, Clarion County, by Thomas C. Wilson, of Rimersburg; a 608-pound male taken Nov. 19 in Upper Turkeyfoot Township, Somerset County, by Larry E. Pletcher, of Rockwood; a 607-pound male taken in Hazle Township, Luzerne County, by Brian P. Bonner Jr., of McAdoo; a 604-pound male taken in Young Township, Jefferson County, by Matthew J. Smith, of Punxsutawney.

The 2018 two-day preliminary harvest of 1,622 is an increase over the 1,310 bears taken during the statewide season’s first two days in 2017. In 2016, hunters took 1,893 bears over the same period.

The preliminary two-day bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 16 (13 in 2017); WMU 1B, 91 (43); WMU 2A, 5 (1); WMU 2C, 105 (63); WMU 2D, 102 (76); WMU 2E, 53 (20); WMU 2F, 174 (151); WMU 2G, 298 (263); WMU 2H, 55 (64); WMU 3A, 86 (88); WMU 3B, 103 (131); WMU 3C, 39 (63); WMU 3D, 115 (156); WMU 4A, 112 (50); WMU 4B, 49 (23); WMU 4C, 69 (28); WMU 4D, 103 (56); WMU 4E, 44 (19); and WMU 5A, 3 (2).

Archery and other early bear season harvest data is not included in the preliminary statewide firearms bear harvest. Collection of that archery and early bear seasons data remains ongoing.

The top bear-hunting county in the state over the first two days of the season was Clinton County with 102 bears. It was followed by Lycoming County with 87 bears.

Two-day preliminary harvests by county and region are:

Northcentral (561): Clinton, 102 (83); Lycoming, 87 (74); Tioga, 71 (93); Clearfield, 69 (40); Cameron, 54 (34); Potter, 48 (84); Centre, 40 (17); Elk, 39 (53); McKean, 38 (44); and Union, 13 (10).


Northwest (331): Venango, 65 (37); Jefferson, 59 (41); Warren, 46 (61); Forest, 45 (23); Crawford, 43 (19); Clarion, 33 (25); Butler, 15 (6); Erie, 14 (5); and Mercer, 11 (6).

Southwest (152): Somerset, 51 (31); Fayette, 32 (18); Indiana, 28 (5); Armstrong, 21 (25); Cambria, 13 (5); and Westmoreland, 7 (6).

Southcentral (228): Huntingdon, 70 (33); Bedford, 50 (24); Fulton, 32 (11); Blair, 17 (4); Juniata, 15 (7); Franklin, 14 (7); Perry, 13 (7); Mifflin, 10 (7); Adams, 3 (2); Snyder, 3 (2); and Cumberland, 1 (2).

Northeast (300): Bradford, 43 (25); Luzerne, 40 (28); Pike, 38 (83); Monroe, 36 (31); Wayne, 26 (44); Sullivan, 24 (49); Wyoming, 24 (21); Carbon, 19 (15); Columbia, 16 (6); Northumberland, 15 (1); Lackawanna, 12 (19); Susquehanna, 7 (16); and Montour, 0 (1).

Southeast (50): Dauphin, 25 (9); Schuylkill, 13, (5); Lebanon, 5 (1); Lehigh, 3 (0); Northampton, 3 (1); and Berks, 1 (4).


PennDOT HAS outlined steps the department is taking and highlighted tools available to drivers to make travel as safe and efficient as possible for the upcoming Thanksgiving travel period which is one of the heaviest traveled times of the year because of the holiday itself; bear season ending and deer season about to begin and “Black Friday” bargain hunters.

Thanksgiving travelers are encouraged to visit the “Historic Holiday Traffic” page at which allows users to see how traffic speeds on the Wednesday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving in 2016 and 2017 compared to traffic conditions during a typical, non-holiday week. Users can choose their region and view an hour-by-hour, color-coded visual of traffic speeds to help them decide the best times to travel during the holiday. 511PA also offers real-time, traffic speed information for roughly 2,900 highway miles throughout PA.

PennDOT traffic management staff have analyzed this holiday data and identified locations and timeframes where congestion typically increases dramatically during the holiday and will take steps to try to alleviate congestion and improve safety. The department will also partner with police for increased, strategic enforcement of speed and impaired driving laws.

In the Harrisburg region, PennDOT identified consistent, increased congestion on the Sunday after the holiday near I-81 southbound at the I-78 split in Lebanon County. To attempt to ease this congestion, the department will:

  • On the Wednesday before and the Sunday after the holiday, proactively alert motorists on Interstate 81 and I-78 north and east of the I-81/I-78 interchange of potential or actual delays using travel-time messages on electronic message signs;
  • Proactively alert motorists of potential or actual delays using travel-time messages on electronic message signs throughout the Harrisburg region;
  • Use highway advisory radio messages and electronic message boards to encourage travelers to reroute onto U.S. 22 westbound, which typically has excess capacity;
  • Partner with PSP on concentrated traffic enforcement near this area and to actively clear disabled vehicles from the roadway; and
  • Increase the hours and extend the coverage area that PennDOT’s State Farm Safety Patrol will be on duty and patrolling this section of highway.


In the Philadelphia region, staff identified I-95 in Delaware County, I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway), U.S. 1 near the Neshaminy Mall, and U.S. 202 and 422 near the King of Prussia Mall and the Philadelphia Premium Outlets as areas of increased congestion. To attempt to ease this congestion, the department will use electronic message boards to provide travelers with travel times to major roadways of interest and provide alerts about regional events impacting traffic during the holiday.

In the central region, congestion was identified at the I-80 Eastbound Exit 161 (Bellefonte) in Centre County on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. PennDOT will:

  • On Wednesday before and the Sunday after the holiday, station maintenance staff within the I-80/I-99/Route 26 interchange in Centre County to manage traffic with a flagging operation during peak congestion;
  • Proactively alert motorists of potential or actual delays using travel-time messages on electronic message signs;
  • Activate electronic message signs to reroute I-80 westbound traffic to Exit 173 (Lamar), use Route 64 south and return to I-99 southbound if necessary; and
  • Alert motorists of traffic conditions with highway advisory radio, electronic message signs and the 511PA service.


In the southwest region, traffic approaching the I-376 corridor east and west of the City of Pittsburgh on U.S. 19/Route 51, Route 28, U.S. 22, I-279, and I-79 will be alerted to I-376 conditions using electronic message boards. In addition:

  • Messages regarding aggressive driving, impaired driving, and buckling up will be posted during the holiday;
  • Travel time messages will be posted leading into areas of identified historic congestion; and
  • Roadwork will be restricted on all interstates throughout the region.

To further increase traffic-data availability for traffic management staff, PennDOT has partnered with Waze, a real-time crowdsourced navigation app through which drivers share road conditions, to create a real-time dashboard through which staff can receive prioritized reports. As a member of the Waze Connected Citizens Program, the department can receive incident or roadway concern alerts faster and respond more quickly if necessary.

PennDOT will also remove lane restrictions and suspend construction projects wherever possible through the holiday period. Motorists can see remaining construction projects at before they travel.

Motorists can check conditions and snow-plow locations on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

Several area fire departments were dispatched last night just before 7:00 pm to a “kitchen fire”  on Skinner Creek Road in Liberty Township. Some departments were recalled enroute while others remained on the scene for some 90 minutes.

A burglary at a Liberty Township home this past weekend is being investigated by state police at Kane. Burglars did not have to use force to enter the home of a 24 year old Port Allegany woman between 11:30 am Saturday and 4:00 pm Sunday. Nearly $850 worth of household goods were taken including a 42” Sony TV, a 30 inch Vizio TV, white Xbox One, Xbox controller, Xbox games , a carton of cigarettes and a quantity of Suboxone pills. Anyone with information is encouraged to call state police at 814.778.5555.

State police at Kane investigated two separate accidents Tuesday afternoon in Liberty Township. The first, a three-vehicle pile-up happened at around3:43 on Route 6 just east of the Grimes Road intersection. Police did not release names saying the investigation has not been completed and charges may be filed. Two units slowed down for the drivers to make a left turn onto Old Bush Hill Road when a third vehicle plowed into the back of the middle unit sending it into the back of the first. The driver of the last vehicle in the line, was taken to UPMC OLE for treatment of minor injuries. The other two drivers were not hurt. About an hour later, one driver was hurt in a rear-end collision on Route 155 a quarter of a mile south of the Two Mile intersection. Police impact happened when R. J. Hardgrove of Portville, NY was headed north and  slowed down to make  a left turn, Richard Putnam of Lewistown, PA who was behind Hardgrove, tried to turn right to avoid a collision but his Ford Freestyle ran into the back of Hardgrove’s Jeep Wrangler. Putnam was take by ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries while Hardrgrove escaped injury.

Tuesday November 20, 2018


Black Forest Express



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Monday’s high, 40; Overnight low, 32, .16” rain, sleet and snow


Obituaries: April Baxter, Port Allegany and John French, Annin Creek

Opening day of bear season may indicate record harvest…..Recreation grants awarded to three area entities….Former Adelphia official returns to build Tri-County’s Internet service…Coudersport man arrested for entering home of sleeping occupants in Turtlepoint…medicine stolen from Wetmore Township home…Injuries reported in rear-end collision and weather related accident in Potter and McKean Counties….

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Bear hunters started Pennsylvania’s statewide four-day black bear season with a bang on the heels of one of the nastiest early winter storms the Commonwealth has encountered in years.
The first day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season resulted in a harvest of 1,241 black bears, according to preliminary totals released Monday by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
Last fall, bear hunters took a preliminary harvest of 659 bears on the Saturday opener, which became a record-low harvest for what is by far the best harvest day of the annual four-day bear season. And although Winter Storm Avery might have impacted hunter travel to camp country and access to the more remote forested areas bears inhabit, hunters found a way to reach bears.
This year’s first-day preliminary bear harvest positions the state for a bear harvest that could challenge for a Top-5 harvest year. The state’s fifth best harvest occurred in 2016, when a preliminary harvest of 1,297 bears was taken the opening Saturday.
Snow cover remains across much of the state’s mountainous and forested regions, which could increase bear visibility on the landscape and offer hunters a tracking snow to locate and follow bears. Without these benefits, it’s tougher to see bears in cover and pinpoint areas they’re inhabiting.
Any additional advantage bear hunters can get is important for a state with a bear population currently estimated at about 20,000.
Pennsylvania’s best opening day preliminary harvest occurred in 2011 when 1,936 bears were taken. The state record bear harvest also occurred in 2011 when 4,350 bears were taken.

Archery-bear and other early-bear season harvest data are not included in this preliminary harvest for the statewide four-day bear season, which runs from Nov. 17 to Nov. 21.
Bears have been harvested in 53 counties during the statewide season so far.

The top 10 bears processed at check stations by Monday were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 559 pounds or more.

The largest of those bears – a male estimated at 704 pounds – was taken in Goshen Township, Clearfield County, by Mickey L. Moore, of Clearfield. He took it with a rifle at about 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 17, the season’s opening day.
The second largest bear was a 679-pound male taken at 5 yards with a .357 handgun by Jordan M. Tutmaher, of Warren. Harvested in Farmington Township, Warren County, at 8 a.m., the bear appeared in a drive of a Christmas tree patch, Tutmaher said.

Other large bears taken in the season’s opening day – all taken with a rifle – include: a 623-pound male taken in Newport Township, Luzerne County, by Corrina M. Kishbaugh, of Nanticoke; a 614-pound male taken in Toby Township, Clarion County, by Thomas C. Wilson, of Rimersburg; a 607-pound male taken in Hazle Township, Luzerne County, by Brian P. Bonner, of McAdoo; a 604-pound male taken in Young Township, Jefferson County, by Matthew J. Smith, of Punxsutawney; a 601-pound male taken in Greene Township, ­­­Pike County, by Thomas B. Hallowell, Lebanon; a 585-pound male taken in West Penn Township, Schuylkill County, by Daniel T. Fetzer, of New Ringgold; a 581-pound male taken in Fannett Township, Franklin County, by Jared E. Hevner, of Red Lion; and a 578-pound male taken in Pocono Township, Monroe County, by Nathan S. Fryer, of Tannersville.

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.

Other previous first-day statewide bear harvest totals were 659 in 2017; 1,297 in 2016; 1,508 in 2015; 1,623 in 2014; 1,320 in 2013; 1,320 in 2012; 1,936 in 2011; and 1,751 in 2010.
The preliminary first-day bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 15 (1 in 2017); WMU 1B, 68 (11); WMU 2A, 5 (0); WMU 2C, 85 (18); WMU 2D, 83 (32); WMU 2E, 46 (5); WMU 2F, 120 (65); WMU 2G, 208 (129); WMU 2H, 46 (31); WMU 3A, 67 (43); WMU 3B, 71 (74); WMU 3C, 29 (44); WMU 3D, 90 (101); WMU 4A, 94 (29); WMU 4B, 44 (14); WMU 4C, 58 (20); WMU 4D, 77 (26); WMU 4E, 32 (14); and WMU 5A, 3 (2).
The top bear-hunting county in the state on the first day of the season was Clinton County, with 75. It was followed by Huntingdon County with 64.
Opening-day harvests by county and region are:

Northwest (245): Venango, 52 (16); Jefferson, 46 (14); Warren, 32 (22); Forest, 30 (12); Crawford, 29 (7); Clarion, 24 (17); Mercer, 11 (0); Erie, 11 (0); and Butler, 10 (2).

Southwest (128): Somerset, 39 (8); Fayette, 29 (6); Indiana, 23 (1); Armstrong, 19 (4); Cambria, 13 (4); and Westmoreland, 5 (0).

Northcentral (411): Clinton, 75 (41); Clearfield, 56 (12); Tioga, 53 (58); Lycoming, 50 (47); Cameron, 45 (20); Potter, 36 (31); McKean, 32 (16); Centre, 31 (5); Elk, 25 (28); and Union, 8 (5).

Southcentral (192): Huntingdon, 64 (16); Bedford, 39 (12); Fulton, 28 (9); Juniata, 14 (3); Franklin, 12 (4); Blair, 11 (1); Perry, 11 (3); Mifflin, 6 (5); Adams, 3 (2); Snyder, 3 (0); and Cumberland, 1 (2).

Northeast (221): Monroe, 32 (18); Luzerne, 32 (15); Bradford, 26 (10); Pike, 26 (55); Wayne, 24 (32); Wyoming, 22 (15); Sullivan, 15 (24); Carbon, 12 (9); Columbia, 10 (4); Northumberland, 9 (1); Lackawanna, 8 (14); and Susquehanna, 5 (13).

Southeast (44): Dauphin, 24 (9); Schuylkill, 12 (2); Lebanon, 4 (0); Lehigh, 3 (0); and Berks, 1 (3).

Three state grants totaling more than $240,000 have been awarded in and Potter and McKean counties, according to Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).
In Potter County, Bingham Township was awarded $65,000 for reconstruction of two stream crossings in the Genesee River watershed. Work will include reconstruction of stream crossings, streambank stabilization, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.

In McKean County, the Kinzua Valley Trail Club was awarded $136,900 toward the development of the Kinzua Valley Trail in Lafayette Township and the Allegheny National Forest. Work will include construction of approximately 1 mile of trail and rehabilitation of approximately 2.2 miles of trail from the trailhead in Westline to Route 219, as well as a bridge. The project also will include ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.

h Township was awarded $40,000 for rehabilitation of Norwich Township Park. Work will include construction of baseball dugouts, installation of fencing and backstop, as well as ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.

The local grants were among more than $50 million awarded through several grant programs administered by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

You may have been tipped off by some posts on social media. A former Potter County resident, Bill Gerski, a veteran in the telecommunications and broadband industries, has been hired as the senior vice president of business development for Tri-Co Connections, Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative’s high-speed internet subsidiary.

Gerski will be responsible for marketing and sales development for Tri-Co Connections as it deploys a fiber-to-the-home internet network across Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative’s service territory.

Prior to joining Tri-Co Connections, Gerski had most recently worked for CHR Solutions in Henderson, Nev., as vice president for business development and engineering services.

Gerski brings over 40 years of experience in the telecommunications and broadband field to the Mansfield-based high-speed internet provider. He has devoted much of his career to sales and strategic development, holding senior leadership positions with Huawei Technologies, Dish Network, Sirius Satellite Radio, and National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative.
He also held executive marketing and sales positions at Time Warner, Viacom, Bell Atlantic, Golden Sky Systems and Adelphia Communications in Coudersport, where he served as director of sales for five years in the 1990s. His wife, the former Denise Potter is from the Oswayo area.

Gerski began duties with Tri-Co Connections on Nov. 1. The company is in the process of hiring an engineering firm to oversee a 6-year project to construct over 3,250 miles of fiber optic line across Tri-County REC’s service territory. Physical construction of the fiber network is expected to begin late next year, initially in the townships surrounding Coudersport.
Additional information about Tri-Co Connections and the fiber-to-the-home project, including a frequently-asked-questions page, can be found by visiting the Tri-County REC website,
With headquarters in Mansfield, Pa., Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative has served the residents of northcentral Pennsylvania since 1937. Today the cooperative provides electricity to over 16,600 members in Tioga, Potter, Bradford, Lycoming, Clinton, McKean and Cameron counties.

A Coudersport man has been arrested for trespassing at an Turtlepoint home Saturday morning. State police claim Daniel Lieberman entered the home at around 7:00 am when the occupants, a 41 year old woman and 46 year old man were sleeping. Charges will be filed in District Court48-3-02.

Troopers at Kane are looking for a thief who stole $15 worth of medicine from Robert Uber’s home on Highlands Road in Wetmore Township Sunday night.

No one was hurt in a car/deer collision Sunday afternoon on the Gold Road in Ulysses Township. According to Coudersport based state police, Brent Cole was going south on Route 449 when the whitetail bounded onto the road in front of his Ford Ranger. Both Cole and his wife, Cathy, were using seat belts.

A Mt. Jewett driver was treated at UPMC Cole last Wednesday afternoon following a rear-end collision on the Open Brook Road in Liberty Township, McKean County. Lucas King, 18 of Smethport was driving a Chevrolet Silverado which ran into the back of a GMC C7 driven by Bobby Smith.

Slippery road conditions were blamed for a one-vehicle accident Sunday night in Hamlin Township, McKean County. Ladawn Silvis of Kane was traveling west on Route 6 when her Jeep Grand Cherokee slid of the edge of the road and struck a utility pole, head-on.


April M. Baxter, 44, of Port Allegany, died Wednesday (November 14, 2018) at UPMC-Cole, Coudersport, PA.
She was born Apr 28, 1974 in Coudersport, a daughter of Edwin and Shirlee Covert Winans. On September 14, 2002 in Kingston, Jamaica, she married Timm F. Baxter, who survives.
Mrs. Baxter was a 1992 graduate of Port Allegany High School.
Mrs. Baxter was a Office Coordinator, employed by UPMC-Cole at the Port Allegany Health Center.
She was a certified PhlebotomyTechnician, a certified Pharmacy Technician, certified Professional Coder, a Register Health Information Technician and a certified Risk Assessment Coder. She was a member of the HCMA for 15 years and AAPC for 10 Years

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother Shirlee Winans
Three sons Tyler J. Tucker, Benn F. Baxter, Jacob P. Baxter all of Port Allegany
One daughter; Jennifer L. Baxter of Port Allegany
Two brothers; Rodney (Kelly) Winans, of Wellsville, NY and Edwin Winans. Jr. of, Scio, NY
One sister; Nikki (Shawn) Moore, of Coudersport
several nieces and nephews. .
She was preceded in death by her father.

Visitation will be held on Monday, November 19, 2018 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 N main Si., Port Allegany. Funeral and committal service will be held on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 11:00 am from the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, Port Allegany with the Rev. Randall Headley, officiating. Burial will be in the Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany.

Memorials if desired may be made to the Port Allegany Ambulance Service or the Port Allegany Fire Department
Online condolences may be made at
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.


John G. French, 96, formerly of Annin Creek Rd., passed away Friday (Nov. 16, 2018) in Lakeview Senior Care & Living Center, Smethport.
Born December 5, 1921, in Humphrey, NY, he was a son of Gordon and Rose V. Snow French.
John was employed with Pittsburgh Corning Co., Port Allegany, for over 30 years, before his retirement.
He was a veteran of WWII, having served with the US Army Air Corp.
He enjoyed the outdoors with his gardening, hunting, and splitting wood.
John loved to listen to Blue Grass music, watch old western movies, and enjoyed steam engines.
Surviving are three nieces, Esther (Les) Cook of Olean, NY, Colleen Carney of Jamestown, NY, and Carol (Rick) Waltz of Adrian, MI; three nephews, Ronald (Melody) French of Port Allegany, Robert (Shelly) French of Hudson, MI, and Raymond French, Jr. of Adrian, MI.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Raymond A. French and David M. French; a sister, Minnie E. French, and a nephew, Gordon French.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 20, 2018) in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., with Rev. Ricky Price, pastor of Church of Christ, Bradford, officiating. Burial will be in Annin Creek Cemetery, Turtlepoint.
Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Condolences can be made to: Esther L. Cook
1475 Happy Hollow Rd.
Olean, NY. 14760

Monday November 19, 2018

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Black Forest Express



Sunday’s high, 38; Overnight low, 33; .89” precipitation (weekend total—snow, sleet and rain)







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Pennsylvania’s bear season is in its second day….One driver hurt in four vehicle pile up Friday in McKean County….Slippery roads blamed for several accidents…Two Bradford residents arrested for drunken episode in Smethport last week…..St. Marys woman accused of switching price tags four different times at the Walmart store

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Pennsylvania’s bear season is in its second day. The Game Commission reports 179 were taken statewide on Saturday. Clinton County had the most with 89; The largest bear, weighing in at 704 pounds was killed in Clearfield County.

Largest Bear

(Live Weight – County – Season)


679 lbs. — WARREN — RIFLE

623 lbs. — LUZERNE — RIFLE

614 lbs. — CLARION — RIFLE

607 lbs. — LUZERNE — RIFLE

604 lbs. — JEFFERSON — RIFLE

601 lbs. — PIKE — RIFLE


581 lbs. — FRANKLIN — RIFLE

578 lbs. — MONROE — RIFLE

Most bears



75 — TIOGA









One driver was slightly hurt in a four vehicle pile up Friday afternoon  in Wetmore Township, Mc Kean County. State police at Kane report the accident happened Scott Sehlan  of Kane and Cody Kulka also of Kane were traveling west on Route 6 just before the Greendale Road and Lara Krise of Mt. Jewett and Daniel McNulty of Homer City were going  east. Selan was sl.owiwng  down when his GMC 7500 slid into the eastbound lane on theicy highway. Selan tried to get back into his own lane but collided with Rise’s GMC Terrain. After impact, McNulty swerved into the westbound lane to avoid a collision but his Toyota Tundra hit Kulka’s Buick Encore. Krise was transported to UPMC Kane for treatment of minor injuries. The other drivers were not hurt.

Police did not release the driver’s name, but say there were no injuries Thursday afternoon when a 2007 Chevy Impala slid into some guardrails on Rout 46 in Norwich Township. Since there were no injuries and the sedan could be driven from the scene it is considered a “|non-reportable”.

Slippery roads were blamed for a number of accidents in Tioga County late last week. Shomari Dixon of Rochester, NY was unhurt when his Jeep Patriot slid off of snow covered Route 6 in Liberty Township, Tioga County few minutes before 1:00 pm Thursday. The car rolled over coming to rest on the driver’s side. About a half hour later, both drivers escaped injury in a minor fender bender at the snow covered  intersection of Mann Hill Road and Limerick Lane in  Tioga Township. Since neither driver was hurt and the SUV’s could be driven away, the accident is considered “non-reportable.” A short time later, the driver of a Ford Ranger avoided injury when the pick up spun off of Route  15 and tapped a guard rail. A Rochester, NY woman was not hurt Friday morning when her Toyota Camry slid off snow and slush covered Route 15 in Tioga Township. Eden Nesbitt was able to pull the car onto the berm and out of the travel lane.

Two Bradford residents are facing charges for a drunken incident allegedly taking place on the evening of November 12 in  Smethport. State police were summoned to help Smethport  Borough Police for a possible drunk driver. Through their investigation, troopers determined that the same driver and vehicle were involved in a case of criminal trespass, criminal mischief and harassment outside of the borough. The 55 driver was arrested for DUI and taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for a blood draw. His passenger, a 64 year old woman is being charged with causing a disturbance outside the vehicle. Apparently the suspects’ names will be released when charges are formally filed.

Ridgway based state police did not release the first name of a shoplifting suspect but say a 29 year old woman with the last name of “Silk.” Visited the Walmart store four different times between November 1 and 15 and transferred sales tags from one item to another and then checked the merchandise out of the store.

Police in Emporium are looking for the person who left a drug item at a local motel. An employee of the Buttonwood Motel found small round container suspected to be marijuana was On November 13.

It happens every hunting season. Joan Keller of Wellsboro told Mansfield based state police someone had walked onto her legally posted property on Maple Hill Road in Charleston Township just before 10:00 am  Saturday—the opening day of bear season.