Thursday January 10, 2019




Black Forest Express


Wednesday’s high, 32; Overnight low, 20; 2,5” of snow






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Shinglehouse area home destroyed by fire…..Annin Township man faces terroristic threat charges…State police in two counties investigate weather related crashes….Tri-County REC announces choice of engineering firm for broadband project… .Military familes being honored today at the Farm Show

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Kane-based state police say charges of terroristic threats will be filed against a 44 year old Annin Township man in connection to an assault allegedly taking place Tuesday afternoon at 184 Knapp Road. Troopers claim when they tried to serve a summary warrant, a struggle ensued and the suspect allegedly made threats. The victims are listed as a 32 year old Rixford man and a 45  year old Bradford man. Troopers say the charges will be filed in district court as soon as they confer McKean County DA Stephanie Vettenberg-Shaffer.

An elderly Port Allegany man escaped injury in a weather-related one-vehicle accident Tuesday afternoon on Route 6 in Liberty Township, McKean County . Harold Lister, 82 over corrected when  his 2004 Chevrolet Blazer skidded across the fog line near Freer Hollow. When Lister swerved to the left, the front passenger side tire caught the blacktop and overturned and slid across the rain slicked road to the other side where it came to rest.

Minor injuries were reported for a passenger after a collision Tuesday afternoon in Mt. Jewett. According to Kane based state police, an eastbound Ford Ranger driven by Daniel Greenman of Kane swerved across the icy road and collided head-on with a westbound Nissan Pathfinder driven by Deborah Allegreto, also  of Kane. Both drivers were unhurt but a passenger in the pickup, Charles Greenman was taken to UPMC Kane for treatment of minor injuries.

A Troy, PA driver escaped injury in another weather related crash. Michelle Woolf was headed east on the Austinville  Road just before 5:00 am yesterday when she came upon a tree across the road. She was unable to stop in time and a branch on the tree broke the windshield on her VW

State police at Mansfield also report Meghan Stokes of Addison, NY was not hurt Wednesday afternoon when her Mazda CXS hit a deer on Route 15 in Richmond Township

Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative has selected Vantage Point Solutions for engineering and project management services for its upcoming fiber-to-the-home broadband deployment

Vantage Point will oversee a multi-year project to construct over 3,250 miles of fiber optic line across Tri-County REC’s service territory in northcentral Pennsylvania. Physical construction of the fiber network is expected to begin later this year, initially in the townships surrounding Coudersport.

Tri-Co Connections, Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative’s high-speed internet subsidiary, will make broadband internet service available to more than 16,500 cooperative members in Potter, Tioga, Bradford, Lycoming, Clinton, McKean and Cameron counties over the next 6 years.

Tri-County previously worked with Vantage Point to secure over $32 million in funding for this project through the Federal Communications Commission’s Connect America Fund Phase II Auction. Additional funding for the $77 million project was secured through a $1.5 million grant through the Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project program, and a $15.6 million grant through the Pennsylvania Broadband Investment Incentive Program.

With an engineering partner now secured, the project has moved into the engineering and design phase. Construction will begin this summer, with the first customers receiving service later in the year.

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,

Vantage Point Solutions, based in Mitchell, S.D., is a national provider of engineering and consulting services for the broadband/telecommunications and financial industries. An employee-owned company, Vantage Point combines professional engineering, technical expertise and extensive regulatory knowledge to design technically advanced and economically viable solutions customized for each client.

Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, with headquarters in Mansfield, Pa., has provided electric service to the residents of Central Pennsylvania since 1937.

Veterans, Military & Their Families Day: Farmers are the 2% of our nation that feeds us. Veterans are the 2% that protects us. Those who feed, those who serve, and those who do both were honored today at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The day’s activities included:

1:00 p.m.      Exceptional Rodeo (NHA)

Army vs. Navy Cook-Off (CCS)

3:30 p.m.      Junior Dairy Cattle Showmanship (EA)

Junior Meat Goat Showmanship (NW)

4:00 p.m.     John Moeller, and Author, “Dining at the White House- From The President’s Table to Yours” (CCS)                           5:00 p.m.      Junior Meat Breeding Goat Show (NW)

PA Equine Showcase (EA)

7:00 p.m.      PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeo (NHA)

8:00 p.m.     Junior Meat Breeding Goat Supreme Champion (NW)

Resource Conservation Day: Farmers are the original stewards of our land. On Friday, January 11, The Farm Show will highlighti the work of our industry to provide for the future of our state, and our nation, through farmland preservation and best management practices for conservation.

Friday’s events include:

8:00 a.m.      Open Sheep Show (SA)

Dairy Cattle Show (EA)

Open Dairy Goat Judging (NW)

9:30 a.m.      Horse Shoeing, Hoof Trimming, and Sheep Shearing Demonstration (NHA)

10:30 a.m.    All about Butterflies – David Folk (LFS)

How to Construct Rain Barrels Cumberland Co. Conservation District (LFS)

11:30 a.m.     Supreme Champion Wool (SA)

Container Salad Gardening Good Grows (LFS)

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs January 5 – 12, 2019. Admission is free and parking is $15 in Farm Show lots. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessible from Interstates 81 and 83.00 p.m.   The Best Sausage & Beer Competition present


Wednesday January 9, 2019

Black Forest Express

Tuesday’s high, 46;Overnight low, 30; .93” rain







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Shinglehouse man accused of strangulation and related crimes….Roulette woman charged with harassment….Warrant issued for East Smethport resident….Two Ulysses women charged for unruly horses damaging elderly woman’s property….Christmas card containing cash taken from Eldred area mailbox…

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A Shinglehouse man is being charged with strangulation, simple assault and harassment4 for a domestic violence incident allegedly occurring last Friday morning at a home on Route 44  in Sharon Township. State police claim 32 year old Daniel Terrette placed both of his hands a round a woman’s neck constricting her airway and impeding her breathing during an argument. Strangulation is now a stand alone crime in Pennsylvania.

State police have also arrested 28 year old Katrina Vanocker of Roulette for harassment. Troopers claim a verbal argument between Vancocker and a 24 year old Roulette woman turned physical with Vanocker shoving the victim causing her to stumble over  a chair.

Kane based state police have issued a warrant for the arrest of an East Smethport  man for assault. Authorities allege 30 year old Danielle Reed of Port Allegany was physically assaulted by her boyfriend of 25 year old Austin Tankersley during an argument at 2906 Route 155 during an argument yesterday afternoon. Tankersly fled the residence on foot. Police were summand by a friend with whom Reed had left a voice mail stating she needed help. The victim was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center so her injuries could be photographed as evidence.

Troopers at Kane did not release the suspect’s name but report a 48year old Smethport woman is facing harassment charges after slapping a 47year old man in the face at least three times while they argued Monday night at a home on Route 6 in Keating Township.

Two Ulysses woman are being charged with disorderly conduct for damage their horses did to property on Fox Hill belonging to  a   77 year old Ulysses woman. Troopers explained horses owned by 19 year old Aleixis Morse and 24 year old Danielle Hall left several hoof prints and piles of manure on the property last Thursday night.

State police at Kane are looking for a thief who stole a Christmas Card from a mailbox on Sun Valley Road in Annin Township prioe to Christmas. |The card, addressed to a 60 year old Eldred man contained $100 in cash. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.

DUI and related charges are being filed against 27 year old Natasha Canfield of Port Allegany by state police at Coudersport. Troopers allege when they stopped Canfield’s 2002 Chrysler on North Street in Roulette ;on December 15 they found her in possession  of drugs.

DUI charges are  also being filed against 34 yearold Ervin Tomb of Harrison Valley. Coudersport based state police allege when they stop0ped his 1992 Crysler  onRoute 49 on the night of Decemer 14, they found him driving under the influence and in violation drug laws.

Today is Public Officials Day at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.The goal of Public Officials Day at the Farm Show is to further strengthen the relationship between those in agriculture and those in government. The day is designed to foster communication and collaboration with policy makers at the local, state and federal levels. Events going on today include:

3:00 p.m. Sheep to Shawl Contest and Auction (SA)

4:00 p.m. Antique Tractor Pull (EA)

5:00 p.m. Draft Horse Pleasure Showmanship, Decorating, Riding, and Barrel classes (LA)

5:30 p.m. Bid Calling Contest (BH)

6:00 p.m. Honey Extraction Demonstration by the Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (CCS)

Artisan Demonstrations (MHS)

6:30 p.m. Sheep to Shawl Auction (SA)

7:00 p.m. Fleece Auction (SA)

Thursday is Veterans, Military & Their Families Day: Farmers are the 2% of our nation that feeds us. Veterans are the 2% that protects us. Those who feed, those who serve, and those who do both will be honored. Events include:

Junior Dairy Goat Show (NW)

Junior Breeding Sheep Show, Junior Sheep Showmanship (SA)

8:30 a.m. Draft Horse Pleasure Show and Stick Horse Race (EA)

Recognition of Veterans, Active Military and Their Families (LFS)

Military Band Concert (LFS)

12:00 p.m. Junior Breeding Sheep Champion (SA)

Make It and Take It: Nest Box Building, Sponsored by the Bluebird Society of PA (MHS)

12:30 p.m. Rabbit Hopping, Sally Turner (LFS)

1:00 p.m. Exceptional Rodeo (NHA)

Army vs. Navy Cook-Off (CCS)

3:00 p.m. Agri-Magic Show (MHS)

Rodeo Warm-Up (NHA)

3:30 p.m. Junior Dairy Cattle Showmanship (EA)

Junior Meat Goat Showmanship (NW)

4:00 p.m. John Moeller, and Author, “Dining at the White House- From The President’s Table to Yours” (CCS)

5:00 p.m. Junior Meat Breeding Goat Show (NW)

6:00 p.m. Celebrity Rabbit Hopping Contest (SA)

PA Equine Showcase (EA)

7:00 p.m. PRCA Circuit Finals Rodeo (NHA)

8:00 p.m. Junior Meat Breeding Goat Supreme Champion (NW)



Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Black Forest Express



Monday’s high, 32; Overnight low, 20 (early them Temps going up)







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Freezing rain causes school delays….Area Maple Producers bring home Farm Show awards….Theft of motor vehicle charges pending against female suspect in Elk County..Vehicle stolen in NY state found in Tioga County…Kane Sheetz employee accused of stealing from store….Mansfield woman’s car collides with deer…..

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Freezing rain overnight caused a two  hour delay this morning at Austin, Coudersport, Galeton, Northern Potter and Oswayo Valley schools.

Bad weather seems to often occur during the  Pennsylvania Farm Show which continues all week in Harrisburg.Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Education Secretary Pedro Rivera celebrated agricultural education during the state FFA’s Mid-Winter Convention with more than 5,000 FFA members and guests yesterday at the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm  yesterday. “As a former FFA student, I know firsthand the transformative power of the blue corduroy jacket,” Secretary Redding said. “As Secretary of Agriculture, I know the contributions that these students make to our state and our industry; the talent, skills, and leadership that will inspire the future of Pennsylvania.”

Pennsylvania’s more than 150 high school agriculture education programs continue to prepare students for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers and beyond. The Economics and Statistics Administration – part of the U.S. Department of Commerce – reports that STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent from 2008 to 2018.

“Today’s FFA members are tomorrow’s industry, and community leaders,” Secretary Rivera said. “Agriculture is among the top drivers of the Pennsylvania economy; and agriculture education opening doors to learners of all ages to explore a wide range of high-tech professions, and preparing students for college, career and community readiness.”

Yesterday’s  Mid-Winter Convention recognized the academic, leadership and field-based experiences of 409 Keystone Degree recipients, the highest honor earned at the state level. In addition, the Pennsylvania FFA Alumni Association awarded more than 364 first-year members their own official FFA jacket after completing a competitive application process.

Last year marked the creation of the Commission on Agriculture Education Excellence. The 15-member commission complements Governor Tom Wolf’s PAsmart initiative, an innovative investment in STEM and computer science education and hands-on technical education programs so students and workers get the skills that employers need. PAsmart will invest $20 million in new funding for computer science and STEM education, as well as an additional $10 million investment in apprenticeships and job training programs for in-demand careers.

As part of a workforce development plan outlined in a report issued in 2018, the departments are working to identify gaps in education and training for those in-demand career paths; focus on work-based learning, including micro-credentials and apprenticeships; and help Pennsylvanians obtain meaningful careers on the way to finding solutions to the shortage of talent in the near and long-term.

The Pennsylvania FFA Association helps students develop their potential for leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education. Pennsylvania is home to nearly 13,000 members. For more information, visit

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs January 5 – 12, 2018. Admission is free and parking is $15 in Farm Show lots. The Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center is easily accessible from Interstates 81 and 83.

Today’s events include:

1:30 p.m.        Horse Pulling Contest; Light and Heavyweight (NHA)

4:00 p.m. Pennsylvania’s Greatest Whoopie Pie Contest, Sponsored by Good Foods (GFA)

5:00 p.m.     Draft Horse Hitch and Drive (EA)

6:00 p.m.     Maple Production Demonstration by the PA Maple Syrup Producers (CCS)


Wednesday’s events include:

1:30 p.m.        Horse Pulling Contest; Light and Heavyweight (NHA)

2:30 p.m.       Agricultural Education Demonstrations – Gifford Pinchot FFA (MHS)

All about Poultry, Franklin County 4-H Poultry Club (LFS)


5:00 p.m.      Draft Horse Hitch and Drive (EA)

Rabbit Hopping, Sally Turner (LFS)

6:00 p.m.     Maple Production Demonstration by the PA Maple Syrup Producers (CCS)


Celebrity Draft Horse Feed Scurry Challenge (EA)

Using Drone Technology in Agriculture, Albert Sarvis Harrisburg University (LFS)

Artisan Demonstrations (MHS)

Three area maple producers are binging home ribbons: Larry Hamilton, Ulysses, Jim and Doris Tice, Mainsburg and Sons of Dunn, Coudersport are all  Farm Show winners.

Ridgway based state police are planning to arrest a 48 year old woman for stealing a vehicle. Police did not release the suspect’s name or her town but claim she took personal belongings from Daniel Webster’shome this past weekend and drove off in his 1999 Chevrolet Blazer. The SUV was reovered later in Natrona Heights and troopers say the investigation is continuing.

Meanwhile, State police at Mansfield recovered a vehicle stolen in Hornell City, NY when they responded to a call about a “suspicious” vehicle on Cold Mountain Lane in Chatham Township Sunday morning. When notified of the recovery, Hornell police said they had already made an arrest in the case.

A 20 year old Kane resident is being charged with theft. Troopers there claim Charles Yocum, Jr., while working at Sheetz in that town October 27-November 23, 2017 took merchandise and cash from the store.

A Mansfield woman escaped injury last Friday evening when her Toyota Camry  hit a deer on Route 15 Richmond Township. Mary Nance was going south at the time of the collision. The car traveld about 400 feet before stopping.