Friday December 21, 2018


Black Forest Express


Thursday’s high, 50; Overnight low, 48; 2.00 “ of rain this week







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Morgan AM & T receives state help to expand and create more jobs….Spotted lanternfly, home gardening, 4-H among Penn State highlights at Farm Show 

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Governor Tom Wolf announced this week  that Morgan Advanced Materials and Technologies, Inc. (Morgan), a materials company specializing in carbon and silicon carbide manufacturing, will expand its presence in Pennsylvania. The expansion project is expected to create 41 new jobs at the company’s facilities in Potter and Elk Counties.

Due to growing demand for the ballistic armor systems supported by Morgan’s material technology and used by military and law enforcement, the company requires new equipment and furnace technology in order to increase production to meet demand. Morgan has pledged to invest at least $1.6 million into the expansion project, which will create 41 new jobs and retain the 441 existing jobs at Morgan’s facilities in Coudersport and St. Marys in Pennsylvania.

“At Morgan Advanced Materials we use advanced materials to help make more efficient use of the world’s resources, and to improve the quality of life,” said Joseph Boylan, strategic marketing director at Morgan. “We are delighted that we have received this support from the Governor’s Action Team to increase capacity at our production facility. This investment will help generate further employment in our community and leverages our leading materials technology, ultimately helping us to protect our soldiers’ lives.”

Morgan received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for a $100,000 Pennsylvania First grant and $82,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits (JCTC) to be distributed upon the creation of new jobs. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.

Morgan, headquartered in St. Mary’s, is a materials technology company that develops, manufactures and markets engineered products from carbon, graphite, silicon carbide, and other related materials. Morgan also provides build-to-print components to support customers’ application needs in rotating equipment for the industrial, nuclear, and aerospace markets.

For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit


If you are seeking information about the invasive spotted lanternfly, home gardening, food and health, agricultural majors and careers, or 4-H opportunities, you can find it by visiting Penn State exhibits at the 2019 Pennsylvania Farm Show, Jan. 5-12 in Harrisburg.

The focal point for Penn State expertise will be a large exhibit staffed by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Penn State Extension in the Main Hall of the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center.

The exhibit will feature information about the spotted lanternfly, which was found for the first time in the United States in Berks County in 2014 and since has spread throughout 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania — a region that the state Department of Agriculture has designated as a quarantine zone. The pest threatens Pennsylvania’s grape, tree fruit, hardwood and nursery industries, which collectively are worth about $18 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy.Farm Show attendees can speak with Penn State spotted lanternfly experts, see specimens, learn how to identify the various life stages of the pest, and find out how they can help manage lanternfly infestations and comply with quarantine regulations. Visitors of all ages can receive spotted lanternfly stamps, tattoos, headbands, fact sheets and a homeowner management guide.

Gardening enthusiasts can come to the exhibit and learn tips and techniques from Penn State Master Gardeners, volunteers who receive horticulture training from Penn State Extension and, in turn, share their knowledge with their local communities. Master Gardener volunteers will answer questions at an “Ask the Master Gardener” booth, and visitors can register to win a copy of the Penn State Extension Master Gardener Manual, a 808-page hardcover publication that normally sells for $75.

Members of the Penn State Extension Food, Families and Health team also will be on hand as part of their mission to promote the health and wellbeing of families and individuals in Pennsylvania. Extension educators will provide information on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating and physical activity. Visitors can take home recipe cards with directions for preparing healthy meals.

Show-goers also can speak with extension specialists about the ins and outs of child care, nutrition, childhood education, drug and alcohol prevention, and other topics. Handouts will cover topics such as successful parenting, home safety for the elderly, and physical activity to promote bone health.

Also at the main Penn State exhibit, students and advisers from the College of Agricultural Sciences will provide information about the college’s 17 diverse majors, career paths, internships, student clubs and activities, and other opportunities. Prospective students and their families can learn more about furthering their education, and accepted students can stop by to be recognized for their accomplishment. The exhibit also will feature an interactive photobooth.




Pennsylvania 4-H — which is administered by Penn State Extension — also will have a large presence at the Farm Show, with educational and informative exhibits and presentations highlighting the opportunities that 4-H offers to youth, ages 5-18, in subjects such as animal science, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and expressive arts.

At the 4-H Healthy Living exhibit in the Main Hall, extension educators and 4-H families will present “Sugar, Sugar, Sugar Everywhere!” Young people can stop by the 4-H booth to become “sugar detectives.” This hands-on activity will challenge youth and adults to rate the number of sugar grams in foods, emphasizing dietary guidelines that call for diets to contain no more than 10 percent of calories from sugar.

In addition, many 4-H members enter their projects in Farm Show youth livestock shows and other competitive events, such as the 4-H Potato Judging contest and the Celebrity Milking Contest.


Throughout the complex, many other Farm Show events and activities depend on behind-the-scenes contributions from College of Agricultural Sciences personnel. Each year, more than 100 faculty members, county-based extension educators and staff from the college lead and participate on Farm Show committees, develop displays, and coordinate competitive exhibits and shows ranging from dairy cattle and poultry to maple products and mushrooms.

Sponsored by the state Department of Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in America, with 24 acres under roof, spread throughout 11 buildings and three arenas. Farm Show officials expect more than 500,000 spectators, some 6,000 animals, more than 10,000 competitive exhibits and about 300 commercial exhibitors at the eight-day event.

The show is held at the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, at the corner of Cameron and Maclay streets in Harrisburg, just off exit 67 of Interstate 81. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 5 and 7-11; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Jan. 6; and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 12. Admission is free, and parking is $15. For more information, visit the Farm Show website at

Thursday December 20, 2018

Black Forest Express

Wednesday’s high, 40; Overnight low, 14







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 Causer reminds seniors deadline for applying for properly tax/rent rebate is approaching….Two Buffalo men arrested in Bradford for allegedly selling drugs….Roadside assault investigated by Kane based state police…

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Rep. Martin Causer is reminding area seniors that the deadline to apply for the 2017 property tax/rent rebate is December 31. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older. The income limit is $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters, and half of Social Security income is excluded. Spouses, personal representatives or estates may also file rebate claims on behalf of claimants who lived at least one day in 2017 and meet all other eligibility criteria.

The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program is one of five programs supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery. Since the program’s 1971 inception, older and disabled adults have received more than $6.7 billion in property tax and rent relief. The rebate program also receives funding from slots gaming.

Homeowners receive:

Income Maximum Rebate

$0 to $8,000        $650

$8,001 to $15,000             $500

$15,001 to $18,000           $300

$18,001 to $35,000           $250

Renters receive:

Income Maximum Rebate

$0 to $8,000        $650

$8,001 to $15,000             $500

In addition, the law gives the following relief to seniors in most need:

Free Assistance

Property Tax/Rent Rebate application forms and assistance are available at no cost are available at Causer’s offices in Coudersport, Bradford and Kane. Clinics for the 2018 program will begin in February and will be held in various locations around the district.

On December 18, 2018, Detectives with the McKean County Drug Task Force arrested two Buffalo men for selling crack cocaine within the city of Bradford.  Detectives arrested Leonard Elder, III, aka “Meezy” for selling crack cocaine and using a communication facility to set up the sale on September 19th.  The defendant is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and criminal use of a communication facility.

Detectives also arrested Mitchell Garner for selling crack cocaine on December 18. The defendant is charged with delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, and criminal use of a communication facility additionally.  The defendant is charged with conspiring with Elder to deliver crack cocaine on December  18.  Additional charges are possible.

Both men were arranged by Magisterial District Judge Richard Luther and remanded to the McKean County Jail. The Detectives were assisted by Officers with the Bradford City Police Department,

McKean County DA Stephanie Vettenberg-Shaffer says the arrests are part of the ongoing efforts by law enforcement to eradicate illegal drug activity within the county.  Anyone suspects illegal drug activity is encouraged to contact the McKean County Drug Task Force at the District Attorney’s Office or by email at

State police at Kane investigated a reported assault on Route 321  in Wetmore Township Monday evening. A 23 year old Bradford man told troopers he had been attacked by an unknown man on the side of the highway. No further details were released.

DUI charges are pending against an unnamed motorist who was stopped by Emporium based state police Tuesday night on East Sixth Street in that town. The male suspect was driving a 2001 Dodge Ram and the investigation is continuing.Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on


Wednesday December 19, 2018


Tuesday’s high, 28, Overnight low 12

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Legislation changing the way the Lt. Governor will be re-introduced in the state senate…Bradford man found guilty of theft and deceptive business practices, faces more charges….Both drivers escape injury in a dual car/deer collision….Mansfield based state police warn of rental scam…

Obituary: Michael Goode, Shinglehouse

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There is a quirk in Pennsylvania law which calls for the separate election of a governor and Lt. Governor. Unlike the presidential ticket, they don’t run as a team and could even represent different political parties. The past four years of the Tom Wolf administration is a case in point, Wolf barely speaks to Lt. Governor Mike Stack and even removed some of the office’s “perks”.  Legislation to reform the process of electing the Lt. Governor will be re-introduced in the upcoming legislative session according to a Schuylkill County State Senator David Argall. His proposal, Senate Bill 761 would amend the state’s constitution to allow gubernatorial candidates to select their running mate subsequent to the primary election. This bill will require governor and lieutenant governor candidates to first campaign together and then, once elected, work together as a team with a shared vision. The bill passed the state senate 50-0 last March but did not reach the governor’s desk.
Senator David G. Argall (R-Berks/Schuylkill), the prime sponsor of the bill, noted that this type of change to the current election process allows for better leadership and collaboration. “The very troubled relationship between the governor and the lieutenant governor is no secret to any of us. The state of Pennsylvania shouldn’t continue to be stuck with the current dysfunctional system that we now see on the second floor of the capitol.,” said Argall.

Under this legislation, the state’s Constitution would be amended to require gubernatorial candidates to select their running mate after the primary election – subject to the approval of their state committees – which is a process very similar to how our presidential candidates have selected their running mates for a long, long time. The bill will now move to the House of Representatives for consideration. The earliest it could go into effect is 2022. Should the measure pass, Pennsylvania would join thirteen other states that allow the candidate for governor to select the candidate for lieutenant governor.

Terry Sorenson, 41 of Bradford was convicted Monday by a McKean County jury of Theft by Deception and Deceptive Business Practices. The defendant had agreed to perform home improvement services at a residence in Bradford Township but failed to perform the services after receiving a down payment to do so. McKean Assistant District Attorney Jerry Grill prosecuted the case on behalf of the Commonwealth. Sentencing is scheduled for December 27 at 1:00 pm. Sorenson is facing similar charges in another case as well as charges relating to the manufacturing of methamphetamine in his South Avenue home this summer. No dates have been set for the trials.

State police in Mansfield are advising area renters and landlords of a “rental house” scam which has been going on in the Corning/Elmira area. An ad is placed on line purporting to be the actual owner of a property. The scammer will only communicate by messages and claims to have the property for sale but says the real estate agent is not doing anything with the listing so now the scammer wants to go around the real estate agent and rent out the property. The price is almost too good to be true. Without even touring the property, the victim is told that the lease needs to be secured before anyone else sends money. The scammer may even send a fictitious lease listing the actual property owner’s name. The money is electronically transferred to a co-conspirator in another state with a different name.

Neither driver was hurt when two vehicles hit the same deer Tuesday morning in Hamilton Township, McKean County. According to Kane based state police, a deer was hit by a 2010 Chevrolet going east on Route 6 just after 8:00 am. The force of the impact sent the carcass flying into the westbound lane where it collided with a 2018 Ford Focus. The Chevy came to rest in the eastbound lane and the Ford on the westbound side of the highway with the deer lodged underneath. Since there were no human injuries and the vehicles could be driven from the scene, the collision is considered “non-reportable so the drivers’ names were not released. It was the second time in a few weeks where such a collision occurred with a deer. There was a third such collision in the Shinglehouse area involving a cow.

Mansfield based state police say they are investigating possible drug activity among students at North Penn-Liberty Jr./Sr. High in Liberty. Names of the involved students will not be released due to their age.


Michael Allyn “Mike” Goode, 60, of Shinglehouse, passed away after suffering an apparent heart attack on Monday, December 17, 2018. Born on May 26, 1958 in Buffalo, N.Y., he was a son of Allyn and Shirley A. Smith Goode. On June 30, 1979 at the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse, he married Robin J. Appleby, who survives.
Mike moved from Buffalo to Shinglehouse in 1973. He graduated from Oswayo Valley High School in 1977.
Mike was employed as Parts Manager for 27 years at Kightlinger Motors in Coudersport. At the time of his death, he was employed as a corrections officer at the Potter County Jail in Coudersport.
Mike loved hunting and fishing with his son and grandsons and his fishing trips to Black Lake. He enjoyed helping with the Clay Crashers Trap Team and playing with his four-legged buddies, Zena and Barley.
Surviving in addition to his wife are his mother of Millport; a son, Robby J. Goode of Shinglehouse; two grandsons, Caiden Goode and Isaiah Goode; a sister, Debbie (Bill) Clark of Harrison Valley; two brothers, Bill Goode and Tom Goode, both of Millport; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, Mike was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Shelp.

Family and friends may call from 11a.m. to 1p.m. on Saturday, December 22, 2018, at the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, where a memorial service will follow at 1p.m. with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.

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

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