Thursday January 31, 2019


Black Forest Express


Wednesday’s high, +12; Overnight low, -11


Obituary: Thomas Smith, Coudersport

Second day of “Canadian Invasion” closes school and senior centers again…. Causer says he has free fishing summaries for anglers…..Friday is “Wear Red Day” in Pennsylvania….both Port Allegany drivers unhurt in rear-end collision….Tioga County teen driver cited for collision….

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The second day of the “Canadian Invasion” resulted in the cancellation of classes at most area schools and the closing of Potter County Senior Centers, Coudersport and Oswayo Valley Memorial Libraries. Austin, Coudersport ,Galeton, Johnsonburg, Kane, Northern Potter Oswayo Valley, Penn College of Technology (Williamsport), Port Allegany, Ridgway, Smethport and St. Marys all cancelled classes and afternoon and evening activities. Austin, Coudersport and Northern Potter will have a two-hour delay on Friday.

We might be thinking of ice fishing this week, but some anglers are looking forward to trout season which opens April 14. Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting, The Fish and Boat Commission has decided to charge a fee this year for the Pennsylvania Fishing Summary which used to be provided free with the purchase of a fishing license. Causer says he has a supply of the Summary in each of his offices, Coudersport, Kane and Bradford and they are free of charge.

The Pennsylvania Senate adopted a resolution making Friday, February 1,. 2019 “Wear Red Day” to create awareness of women’s heart health as part of the “Go Red Campaign. On the first Friday of every February, which is designated as American Heart Month, the nation comes together, igniting a wave of red from coast to coast. The goal is to inform women, their family and friends about cardiovascular disease and what can be done to prevent early illness and/or death. Several; years ago, experts found that heart disease in women is different than in men. Since the discovery efforts have been made to draw attention to the disease which is still the number one killer of women.

Mansfield based state police are looking for a car stolen from Buffards Riverside Estates in Lawrenceville Tuesday or Wednesday. The 2017 Nissan Altima is owned by James Thomas and is described as being white with PA Registration HKZ8944. The thief stole the owner’s key fob and drove off in the car between 7:00 pm Tuesday and 1:30 am Wednesday. Anyone who spots the car is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

Both Port Allegany women escaped injury in a rear-end collision just before noon Wednesday in Liberty Township. According to Kane based state police, the accident occurred when Cassie Bell stopped her Chrysler Town and Country on Route 6 to make a left turn into a driveway. Cynthia Longstaff, failed to notice that Bell had stopped and her Chevrolet Captiva ran into the back of the sedan. Two 9 year old girls riding in Bell’s vehicle also escaped injury.

A 17 year old Wellsboro girl has been cited for improperly entering a highway after a collision last Tuesday in Charleston Township, Tioga County. Troopers report the teen driver entered the Cherry Flats Road from a private driveway without yielding to right of way to a westbound Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Lori Smith of Blossburg. Both vehicles had disabling damage.

DUI charges are pending against a Crower, OK man who was stopped on Route 219 with the intersection of Route 6 in Hamlin Township, McKean County Monday afternoon. Troopers say charges are pending the results of a blood test and the suspect’s name will be released when charges are filed.
Thomas E. Smith, Sr., 78, of Coudersport, passed away Monday, January 28, 2019 at UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Tom was born on October 11, 1940 in Coudersport, the son of the late James A. and Lilly (Hanna) Smith. On October 5, 1963 he married the former Sandra Smith and they have celebrated 55 years of marriage.
Tom was a truck mechanic for Kightlinger Motors, Coudersport, for 36 years and was a veteran of the Navy.
In addition to his wife Tom is survived by a son, Thomas E. Smith, Jr. and his wife Amanda of Rising Sun, MD; a brother, David Smith of Virginia; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Yates.
At Tom’s wishes there will be no viewing or service and a private burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Sweden Township.
Arrangements being handled by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East Street, Coudersport.

Wednesday January 30, 2019

Black Forest Express


Tuesday’s high, 30; Overnight low, minus 8

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Most area schools cancelled classes due to extreme cold….the Potter County Department of Emergency Services has winter survival tips…..Unemployment went up between November and December in all counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting….Teen driver unhurt in minor mishap in Kane….Lewis Run man cited for speeding after pick up crashes on Route 59….

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The frigid temperatures and dangerous wind chills resulted in the cancellation of classes today at these area schools: Austin, Cameron County, Coudersport, Galeton, Johnsonburg, Northern Potter, Oswayo Valley, Port Allegany, Ridgway, Smethport and St. Marys. Austin, Oswayo Valley and Northern Potter have already announced they will be closed on Thursday, January 31.All evening activities cancelled. Potter County Senior Centers and the Oswayo Valley Library and Coudersport Library were also closed.

With dangerous wind chills predicted late Wednesday through Friday, the Potter County Department of Emergency Services urges all citizens to prepare themselves for extreme cold temperatures. Citizens should have a plan in place and know where to go should they lose power or heat.

DES urges residents to contact family and friends or their local municipal officials regarding warming centers in your area. Warming centers are heated public facilities where any resident can go during periods of extreme cold temperatures to stay warm and safe temporarily.

Some precautions include:
*Maintain awareness of local warming centers
*Dress appropriately for winter weather and recognize the symptoms of hypothermia
*Gather emergency supplies for home and/or work
*Prepare a winter go kit for your automobile

Area residents are encouraged to check on elderly neighbors and family members to ensure they are safe and as comfortable as possible. If anyone needs urgent medical treatment, contact 911immediately. Do not contact 911 for shelter information.
In the event of a wide spread or localized emergency situation, warming centers will be opened.

Residents are encouraged to stay inside during extreme wind chill temperatures. If you must go outside dress appropriately and maintain personal awareness:

Wear loose fitting, lightweight layered clothing. Layers can be removed if perspiration and subsequent chills become a problem
*Wear a hat, half of body heat is lost through the top of the head
*Keep your feet dry, wool socks are best if you are going to be out in the cold
*Cover your mouth and nose with scarves to help protect your lungs from cold air.
*If you become stranded, stay dry and cover all exposed body parts.
*Avoid overexertion, for example when shoveling snow. Do not ignore chest pain or
tightness in your chest
*Watch for signs of frostbite such as numbness or white pale appearance to the skin
*Watch for signs of hypothermia such as slurred speech, memory loss, uncontrollable
shivering, disorientation and exhaustion
Seek medical attention for chest pain, frostbite or hypothermia as soon as possible
Now is the time to put your plan in place and know who your contacts are.
In the event you must travel over the next 48-72 hours, the Potter County Department of Emergency Services suggests you prepare a winter kit for your vehicles including the following:

Windshield scraper and small broom
Battery powered radio
Extra batteries
Snack food
Extra hats, socks and mittens
First aid kit with pocket knife
Necessary medications
Tow chain or rope
Road salt and sand
Booster cables
Emergency flares
Fluorescent distress flag
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Additional preparedness information is available from FEMA at the following link:

The jobless rate went up in every county served by Black Forest Broadcasting between November and December according to figures just released by the state department of Labor and Industry. Potter County saw an increase from 5.2 to 5.9%; McKean’s went up from 4.8 to 5.1%; Cameron realized a slight increase from 4.6% to 4.7%; Tioga County saw an uptick from 5.1 to 5.3% and Elk’s rate went up from 4.0% to 4.1%. Adams County had the best rate in Pennsylvania, holding steady at 3.2% while Forest placed 67th and had an increase from 6.00% to 6.2%.

A 17 year old Kane boy escaped injury Tuesday afternoon when his Chevrolet Cobalt went off of Route 6 in Wetmore Township and clipped a mailbox near the Wolf Farm Road

State police at Kane have cited a Lewis Run driver for speeding in connection to a crash in Lafayette Township last Wednesday morning. Andrew Cuoco was going west on Route 59 when his Ford F-350 went into an uncontrollable slide, spun across the road and hit a snow bank before rolling over onto the passenger side. Cuoco was not hurt.


Tuesday January 29, 2019

Monday’s high, 30; Overnight low 24; No new snow






Today’s complete forecast:

Obituaries:Roger E. LONG, Galeton and    Everett C. SAULTER, Coudersport

Authorities are advising motorists prepare for dangerous winter travel as single digit temperatures will move into the region…..Coudersport residents advised to let water un to prevent frozen pipes….Coudersport pool committee thanks all who donated and now focuses on free swimming lessons for all children…..Both people involved in an early morning scuffle in Elkland Sunday are being charged….Three drivers facing DUI charges….

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The coldest weather we’ve experienced in recent years will be arriving in the region from Tuesday night into Thursday. More than snow, the danger of this winter storm is the single digit temperatures and dangerous wind-chills. Authorities say a winter car emergency kit is a must for the drivers in your family, including yourself.

Winter weather could leave you stranded, but a well-stocked emergency kit can help you get back on the road or at least make time waiting for assistance safer and more comfortable.

Winter car emergency kits typically include:

Battery booster cables. You’ll want these in case you wind up with a dead battery or you need to help someone else with a dead battery. Alternatively, a portable jump starter is very easy to use and works well, but it needs to be kept charged to work on the road.

Ice scraper. Every car in the snow belt should have an ice scraper and a brush. Cheap scrapers are commonly found in the kits. It is better to carry a combination snow brush/scraper that makes clearing snow before traveling easier. In some states, clearing your car of all snow is the law. Even where it’s not, it’s just common courtesy, so your blowing snow doesn’t impair another driver’s vision.

Portable shovel. These are handy for digging out a car buried by plows or stuck along the roadside, and for clearing space around a tailpipe for extended idling, to prevent fumes from entering the car. Most kits come with a collapsible shovel. (The shovels come in a range of sizes and strengths.) If you’ve ever had to dig out your car before, a full-sized shovel might be in order because compact shovels can be difficult to use on big jobs. Also, keep a bag of sand handy in your trunk to help boost traction.

Items to help if you’re stranded. Most kits come with a flashlight, and some include a signaling cone to warn oncoming cars of your presence. Pack backup batteries for that flashlight. Roadside triangles should be in every kit, and a reflective safety vest comes in some kits.

Basic first-aid kit. Most emergency kits have one for the bare essentials, such as attending to a small cut. Add things that suit specific health needs, and be aware of how temperature may affect medicines.

Cell-phone charger. Almost everyone carries a smartphone attached to the hip nowadays, and a cell phone charger is a good thing to keep in the car, especially during the winter and on road trips.

Other common items. Things such as gloves, a blanket, a rain poncho, wipes, and rags can help you stay clean and shield you from the elements. It’s a good idea to keep a pair of boots and a hat in the car, particularly if you’re often driving in snowy conditions.

Other items that come with kits may be handy, depending on your needs and skills.

Tow strap. A simple tool, a strap can be essential if you ever need to be pulled out of a ditch. Know how much weight the strap can tow (reputable straps have that information printed on a label) and how to tether it to the appropriate part of a car before using it. Read your car’s owner’s manual for recommend practices for using a tow strap, such as using a detachable tow hook to use a tether.

Fire extinguisher. It’s good to have to fight a small fire, but if your car is on fire, back off and wait for the emergency help. If you buy an extinguisher, make sure it is intended for automotive use.

Water and long-lasting food. They’re always good things to carry, particularly on long trips. Think granola and protein bars; bottled water will usually last for six months before it needs to be replaced.

Items for handling a flat tire. Some kits come with an aerosol can of tire sealant that can temporarily fix a tread puncture. Be aware that these products may not work well in extreme cold weather (check the directions), nor are they are intended for large punctures or tires with sidewall damage. Our tip here is to use a spare tire if one is available, or call roadside assistance for a tow.

Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris advises that with the frigid temperatures and wind we will be experiencing over the next few days/week, if you normally have issues with your water freezing, let your water run (a small stream).

Criminal Justice Reform is a hot federal and state topic.State Senator Williams is the prime co-sponsor of Senate Bill 14, bipartisan legislation designed to reform the state’s criminal justice system by updating probation policies in the Commonwealth. The purpose of this legislation is to reduce the amount of time and resources devoted to probationers who have completed sentences for past crimes while allowing them to fully re-integrate back into society.

Currently, those on probation or parole can be sent back to prison if they inadvertently commit a “technical” violation, not related to the crime for which they were originally incarcerated. “Technical” violations could range from committing minor traffic offenses to traveling out of state – violations which anyone not on probation could easily incur in the course of life.  Being sent back to jail for one of these minor violations could result in prison sentences that can far exceed the original sentence handed down in the original trial. Senator Williams says this is inconsistent with the spirit of the law, which aims to rehabilitate rather than punish offenders.

If a person serves jail time in Pennsylvania for a crime and then is released on parole, a “technical violation” of their parole could send them back to prison.  As Don Rooney reports, a bipartisan group of lawmakers says this defeats the purpose of parole.

Potter County has been leading the state and the nation in criminal Justice Reform. Last April, the Potter County Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) was chosen for a Best in State award for its forward-looking strategies being implemented through a partnership consisting of the court system, law enforcement, county administration and the county’s human services agency. In taking top honors in the annual Criminal Justice Best Practices Awards Program, Potter County CJAB was chosen among a field of finalists that also included Bucks and Mercer counties. A panel of judges cited a long list of criminal justice reforms and partnerships that have been pursued in Potter County. The judges concluded, “Potter County CJAB has been diligent in its efforts to create efficiencies that improve the administration of criminal justice within the county. The level of motivation and collaboration among the CJAB members and stakeholders is evidence that Potter County is committed to providing services to the citizens of the county that are efficient, effective and enhance public safety.”

The Coudersport Pool Committee is thanking those who contributed to their fundraising effort .”We would like to personally thank you for generously giving to ensure the Coudersport Pool will remain in our community for generations to come. With your contribution, donations from the community, support from surrounding townships, corporate donations and state grants, the Borough of Coudersport was able to secure enough funds to rebuild the pool, pump house and bath house. Premier Pool Renovations Inc. and the Borough crew have started the building process and May 24, 2019 is the anticipated completion date to open the new facility. Without your support this would not be possible.

After seeing the overwhelming response and enthusiasm the community had for the pool, we have set forth a new fundraiser. This effort is aimed to support teaching EVERY child in Potter County how to swim. We are hopeful these donations will support FREE swimming lessons to all children in our community.  To accomplish this goal and to maintain the new pool, we are looking to fundraise around $20,000.00 this year.This years fundraising event will be held at the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Hall on March 30, 2019 @ 6pm. Entertainment will include Chinese, silent and live auctions as well as other raffles. Tickets are available for $20 and food will be provided by Bones & Banter. “If you are unable to attend but would still like to contribute, tax deductible donations can be mailed to: Coudersport Borough and earmarked “pool fund.P

Mansfield based state police have arrested both people involved in an early morning scuffle Sunday in Elkland. Authorities claim a 36 year old Elkland woman and a 32 year old Tioga man  shoved and hit each other several times during an argument in the front yard of a residence on East Main Street.

State police at Ridgway say DUI charges are pending against a 59 year old Wilcox man who was pulled over Sunday evening on Sauer Road in Jones Township for several  traffic violations. The suspect was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a legal blood draw and charges are pending the results.  The man’s identity should be revealed when the charges are actually filed.

Two Tioga County drivers are also being charged with DUI. Steven Satterly .23. of Lawrenceville was stopped for an alleged  traffic violation early December 22 on Route 287 in Lawrence Township and reportedly found to be d riving his 2011 Subaru under the influence. Anthony Del Rio, 40, of Wellsboro was pulled over for an equipment violation while driving on Route 15 South in Tioga Township about 24 hours later on December 23. Del Rio was driving a Dodge van when he was stopped.


Roger E. LONG, 65, of Galeton, PA, died Thursday, January 24, 2019 in his home. Born April 9, 1953, in Port Allegany, he was the son of Fred R. and F. Virginia Hartman Long. On August 9, 1975, in Emporium, he married the former Deborah J. Horning, who survives.A graduate of Galeton Area High School and Pittsburgh Art Institute, he owned and operated Bridge Street Marketing Group and Long Stone Company.  He was a member of Galeton Rotary Club and was a Paul Harris Fellow.  Roger loved the outdoors, working with his hands, building and creating. Surviving besides his wife, Deborah, are:  his father, Fred Long of Galeton;  three sons, Joshua E. (Carrie) Long of Knoxville, Chad E. (Heather) Long of Milford, DE, Brett A. Long of Johnson City, TN;  a granddaughter, Jaley Long;  four step-grandchildren;  aunts, Barbara Hartman, Debbie Hartman, and June Schoonover;  uncles, Art Long and David Bartholomew;  and his faithful companion, Brodie.  He was predeceased by his mother. A private gathering was held at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center or Cole Hospice, c/o UPMC Cole, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915, or the Galeton Public Library, 5 Park Lane, Galeton, PA 16922. Online condolences may be expressed at

Everett C. SAULTER, 101, of Coudersport, PA, died Sunday, January 27, 2019 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.  Born August 5, 1917, in Coudersport, he was the son of George E. and Annabel Blow Saulter.  On June 29, 1942, in Coudersport, he married the former Mary H. Leet, who predeceased him in 1989.  A graduate of Coudersport High School, class of 1934, and Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, IL, class of 1935, he owned and operated a dairy farm for over 50 years. In addition to the dairy, his farm contained a maple syrup operation, several flagstone quarries, and a sawmill. Over the course of 40 years, he devoted his spare time to build and develop a public park.  In 1999, he donated the 57-acre Saulter Preserve to the residents of Potter County.  He was a member of the South Branch Grange and enjoyed old-fashioned square dancing. Surviving are:  a daughter, Katherine (James) Pankey of Apache Junction, AZ;  a daughter-in-law, Patricia J. Saulter of North Chili, NY;  several grandchildren and great-grandchildren;  two brothers, Clifton Saulter and LaVern (Betty) Saulter, both of Coudersport;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two sons, Francis Saulter and James C. Saulter;  two grandsons, Scott James Pankey and Marty Saulter;  a great-grandson, Maxwell Fadia;  five brothers, Clair, Donald, George, Jr., Lester, and Harland;  and two sisters, Georgianna Manning Knight and Jane Yardley.  Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, February 2, 2019 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 Noon.  The Rev. Michael C. Reeves will officiate.  Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery at Five Corners, Hebron Township.  Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at