Monday January 28, 2019

Black Forest Express

Sunday’s high, 28; Overnight low, -10; 2.5″ new snow







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Obituaries: Nicole Bean, Eldred (Shinglehouse) and Richard “Rick” Thum, Sabinsville

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Elderly Middlebury Center woman fatally injured in one-vehicle accident….Two other drivers unhurt  Tioga County crashes….Elk County teen arrested for shoplifting at Walmart….Property Tax/Rent rebate applications now available….

An elderly Middlebury Center woman was fatally injured in a one-vehicle accident last Friday morning in Liberty Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, Herbert Harrison, 76, was going east on Route 414 when his 2018 Ford F-150 went off the road on a downhill left hand curve, traveled through some snow along the road, stuck a traffic sign, continued going east down an embankment. The passenger side collided with two trees before stopping. Darlene Harrison, 77, was flown by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center where she later died.

Two other drivers escaped injury in Tioga County crashes. Ryan Scanlon of Camden, DE was going north on Route 15 when his 2016 Ford Focus began to slide through some slush after making a right hand curve. Scanlon was unable to regain control and the car skidded into some guardrails. Pamela Seeley was going west on the Arnot Road in Charleston Township Saturday morning when her Suzuki  XL7 hit a patch of ice, got into some snow on the berm and crossed the entrance of the South Elk Run Road before hitting a section of guardrails.

State police at Ridgway are charging a 17 year old Benezette girl with retail theft. Troopers claim the teen stole about $690 in merchandise from Walmart last Thursday afternoon.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Potter/McKean/Cameron) and Rep. Clinton  Owlett(R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter)  announce applications for the 2018 Property Tax/Rent Rebate are now available, Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2018. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.

Income eligibility limits are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

$0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).

$8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).

$15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only).

$18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).

The lawmakers  remind  residents that they need not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available their offices at no cost. Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.Causer’s staff will be h

Additionally, for the convenience of area senior citizens, we will offer several clinics at senior centers across the 67th Legislative District. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Kane Senior Center, 100 S. Fraley St., Kane – 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Eldred Senior Center, 169 Main St., Eldred – 9:30-11 a.m.

Smethport Senior Center, 119 W. Main St., Smethport – 1-2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Emporium Senior Center, 213 ½ S. Maple St., Emporium – 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Appointments preferred. Call 814-486-3707.)

Port Allegany Senior Center, 216 N. Main St., Port Allegany – 1-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5

Bradford Senior Center, 60 Campus Drive, Bradford – 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 6

Oswayo Valley Senior Center, 106 S. Oswayo St., Shinglehouse – 9:30-11 a.m.

Coudersport Senior Center, 171 Route 6 West, Coudersport – 1-2:30 p.m.olding Tax/rent rebate clinics at several locations over the next few weeks.

For additional information or assistance, contact Causer’s offices in Coudersport 814-274-9769, Kane 814-362-4400  and Bradford,  Phone: 814-837-0880 orOwlett’s offices at (570) 724-1390 in Wellsboro or (570) 297-3045 in Troy. A link to additional information about the program, as well as access to downloadable forms, is also available on his website at


Nichole M. Bean, 42, of Eldred, formerly of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y., after suffering a brain aneurysm.Born on April 15, 1976 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Charles H. “Charlie” and Carol A. Best Johnson.  On March 22, 2006 in Shinglehouse, she married Charles L. “Chuck” Bean, who survives.Nichole was a graduate of Allegany (N.Y.) High School and attended State University of New York at Fredonia.  She later graduated from the BOCES Nursing Program as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  At the time of her death, Nichole was employed at the Bradford Manor as an LPN.Nichole loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and kayaking.  She loved watching NASCAR.  Her greatest love was her family and her dog, Bode.  Her last act of kindness was to be an organ and tissue donor.Surviving besides her husband are her father of Allegany; four stepchildren, Justin L. (Christa Kent) Bean and Andrew M. (Chelsea Wichert) Bean, both of Shinglehouse, Taylor L. (Brayden) Meacham of Yuba City, California, and Gunner C. Bean of Shinglehouse; a granddaughter, Layken Lynne Meacham; a brother, Eric E. (Michelle) Johnson of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee; a niece; a nephew; and two grandnieces.In addition to her mother, Nichole was predeceased by a sister, Heidi L. Johnson; her mother-in-law, Harriett Bean; and her father-in-law, Art Bean.Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar, N.Y.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Nichole’s name may be made to the Bradford Manor Patient Activity Fund, 50 Langmaid Lane, Bradford, PA 16701 or to the Sena Kean Manor Patient Activity Fund, 10783 US Rte 6, Smethport, PA 16749.Nichole’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 Nichole, please visit

Richard D. “Rick” THUM, 79, of Sabinsville, PA, died Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport. Born June 15, 1939, in Martinsville, NJ, he was the son of Francis E. and Gladys Corbin Thum.He served honorably with the US Army and US Army National Guard from 1959 – 1964. On August 5, 1961, in Franklin Park, NJ, he married the former Cornelia W. “Corkie” Boyden, who survives. A 1957 graduate of Bound Brook High School, he attended Rutgers University.  He was employed as a ready-mix truck driver by Houdaille Construction Materials and Weldon Concrete, retiring in 1993.  Rick was a member of Teamsters Local #469 in Hazlet, NJ and a life member of the NRA. He was an avid dirt track modified stock car driver, competing on New Jersey tracks at Flemington and East Windsor for 15 years.  After a several year abscence from racing, he began again as a car owner.  Thum Racing Team (12T) fielded cars for many top Northeast modified drivers until 2004. Those drivers included the Van Pelts, Alan and Danny Johnson, Frank Cozze, Steve Paine, Jeff Trombley, and J.J. Yeley.  Every weekend the car competed at tracks in Woodhull, Canandaigua, Weedsport, Syracuse, Rolling Wheels in Auburn, and Middletown with success. A hunter and fisherman, he hunted white tail deer on his farm and in New York and Kansas and fished off Pine Island, FL on the Gulf coast in his Mako fishing boat during the winter months. He enjoyed riding the back roads and fields with his Labrador retriever, Tug.  Rick loved his farm and nothing made him happier than driving his John Deere tractor making hay. Surviving besides his beloved wife and best friend, Corkie, are:  a son, Douglas Scott Thum of Sabinsville;  two grandsons, Matthew (Rebecca) Thum of Laurel, MD and Douglas R. Thum of Plainsboro, NJ;  a sister, Susan (William) Harrington of Overland Park, KS;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, David Steven Thum; his step-mother, Alexandra Thum;  and a brother, Jeffrey Thum. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, January 28, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 3:00 PM.  The Rev. Timothy H. Miller will officiate.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  Burial will be in Ten Mile Run Cemetery, Princeton, NJ. Memorials may be made to the National Rifle Association. Online condolences may be expressed at

Friday January 25, 2019

Black Forest Express




                                                Thursday’s high, 40; Overnight low, 21, light snow







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Obituary: Earl Seeley, Coudersport

Scarnati hopeful open primary bill will be considered this legislative session….Brockway man hurt yesterday when his house was destroyed by fire…Tractor Trailer operator unhurt when car carrier separates from tractor in Potter County…..Coudersport man charged with DUI for crash occurring earlier this month near the Westgate Inn on Route 6 west in the borough….

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Here in Pennsylvania, only Republicans and Democrats can vote in primaries. Independents and members of minority parties can vote in November elections. State Senate Pro Tempore, Joe Scarnati who represents the Black Forest broadcasting service area introduced legislation this past September to have an open primary in Pennsylvania. Scarnati says he is hopeful the bi-partisan  proposal will be taken up in the new legislative session from HQ. In addition to increasing the voter participation in the spring, Scarnati says he believes an open primary would help to tame the polarity between both ends of the political spectrum by giving more moderate voters a voice.Scarnati says “Senate Bill 1234 is a bi-partisan piece of legislation introduced with the goal of giving over 740,000 registered unaffiliated Pennsylvania voters the right to participate in the primary election process. Specifically, on the day of the primary election, it will allow these voters to choose to cast their vote on either the Republican or Democrat ballot. Voters who are registered with either the Republican or Democratic Party will continue to be required to vote on their respective ballots.”

“In our most recent primary election, only 18 percent of Pennsylvania’s registered voters went to the ballot box to cast a vote. The low turnout can in part be attributed to voters feeling disenfranchised by both major parties, who have taken control of our primary process. Allowing more people the opportunity to have a voice in their representation is an important step toward ensuring democracy.”

A Brockway man was hurt yesterday when an accidental fire destroyed his home on Rocky Lane in Horton Township, Elk County….The state police fire marshal reports the blaze originated  near a natural gas space heater Jay Himes was trying to light at around 2:00 pm Wednesday. Himes was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his burns. Damage is estimated at $50,000,

A tractor trailer operator escaped injury Wednesday afternoon in a mishap on Route 607 in Keating Township, Potter County. State police say Ainsworth Hylton was going east when a trailer hauling vehicles became separated from his 2008 Sterling. The tractor came to rest without a collision in the4 eastbound lane. A damaged fifth wheel was repaired at the scene ant the rig was driven away. None of the vehicles being hauled were damaged. Austin volunteer fire fighters assisted at the scene.

Troopers at Coudersport have just issued news releases about a couple of accidents . Chelsey Parris,19,  of Bradford escaped injury last Saturday afternoon when her Dodge Avenger went off of route 49 in Ulysses Borough while making a right hand turn. The eastbound car hit a PennDot  traffic sign before  stopping.

Daniel Molnar of Roulette also escaped injury when his car wrecked in Roulette Township Monday morning. Molnar was going east on Route 6 when his Ford Focus crossed the road and struck a utility pole. Molnar was cited for speeding in connection to that crash.

Troopers at Coudersport have charged a Coudersport man with DUI for a crash which took place at around 1:00 am, January 3 on Route 6 West in the borough.  A 2016 Chrysler driven by Devan Tucker, 30, went off the road near 337 Route 6 West, hit an electric pole and slid  across w property owned by The Westgate Inn and 82 year old Rosemarie Reese. Tucker was not hurt but has now been cited for two counts of DUI,  one count each for failing to stay in his lane of travel, speeding and careless driving.

Two Bradford residents are facing DUI charges after being stopped by state troopers yesterday. Authorities say a 33 year old driver of a 2007 Chrysler was taken into custody after he was pulled over at around 5:15 pm on Jackson Avenue in the city and a 57 year old driver of a 2017 Fiat was arrested when she was stopped a couple of hours later on West Washington Street. Both defendants, whose names were not released, were taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for chemical testing. Charges are pending test results.

Coudersport Volunteer fire fighters responded to a diesel fuel spill early Thursday morning at Sheetz located at the corner of S. Main and West Chestnut Street. Volunteers were on scene for several hours. Before DEP personnel arrived. Traffic was re-routed and the Sheetz gas pumps were shut down. There was no explanation as to why the spill occurred.


Earl B. Seeley, 94, of Coudersport, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at his residence.Earl was born on January 8, 1925 in Woodhull, NY, the son of the late Charles and Bertha (Allen) Seeley.   He married the former June Marie Miller on May 29, 1947, in Coudersport, and they celebrated 62 years of marriage until her passing on May 10, 2010.

Earl worked as an Operator for PennDot retiring in 1987 after 27 years of service and was an Army veteran serving during WWII.  He was a 67-year life member of the American Legion Potter Post 192 and enjoyed working, restoring cars, camping and watching bowling and baseball.

Surviving are three sons, Larry (Carol) Seeley of Minnetrista, MN; Alan (Georgianna) Seeley of Coudersport; Curt Seeley (John Sauls) of Port Saint Lucie FL; a daughter, Carol Seeley of Coudersport; four grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and a great great granddaughter.

In addition to his parents and wife Earl was preceded in death by four brothers, Lester, Hugh, Leon and Reed Seeley and five sisters, Atha Lewis, Reva Perigo, Dorothy Black, Bernice Mangelson and Ella Meacham.

Family and friends are welcome to a visitation Monday, January 28, 2019 from 10-11:00 am at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport, where the funeral service will follow at 11:00 am with Pastor Hank St. Amour, officiating.  Military honors will be provided by the Potter County Honor Guard.  Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery, Five Points.

The family suggests contributions in Earl’s name be made to the American Legion Potter Post 192, 2 Buffalo St, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Thursday, January 24, 2019


Wednesday’s high 34 (late in the day) Overnight “low” 37 Freezing rain all day







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Obituaries: Ronald, “Ron” Onufry, Coudersport and Doris Clark, Ulysses and Harrison Valley

DCNR announces new wild plant classifications…..Knoxville woman accused of lying to police about a rape….icy roads blamed for several crashes including a tractor trailer in McKean County….

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The   Department of Conservation and Natural recently  announced that new regulations that apply to the conservation of native wild plants in Pennsylvania are now final. After a public comment and approval process taking place over more than a year, the final regulations were published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on Dec. 22, 2018.

Pennsylvania’s wild plant classifications includes rare, threatened and endangered, as well as others such as vulnerable, extirpated, tentatively undetermined and special population.

The updates to the list include:

Nine plants were added

Nine plants moved from a lower classification to a higher one

Two plants were downgraded

Thirty-one plants were removed from the list

Scientific names were changed  for 79 species

The department will continue working to maintain an updated list of classified plants in Pennsylvania by obtaining scientific information and classification recommendations from the public and experts across the state.

DCNR supports the newly formed Pennsylvania Plant Conservation Network, which will focus on the stewardship of rare plants on private lands and outreach on the importance of plants. That work will be spearheaded by Pennsylvania Plant Conservation Network Coordinator Kristi Allen.

Many factors can threaten populations of plants and cause them to become rare. Some of the most common threats to plants in Pennsylvania include:

Habitat loss and fragmentation, due to climate change, development, or conversion of habitat

Invasive plants displacing native plants

Creation of more edge habitat, increasing the threat of invasive plant species

Selective browsing by white-tailed deer or other wildlife may prevent plants from reproducing

Over-collection by people

There are some things everyone can do to help native wild plants:

Don’t pick native wild plants. Picking flowers means the plant will not go to seed. Take pictures, but leave the flowers in their habitats.

Do not remove plants from the wild to plant at home. They generally will not survive and removing them hurts their natural populations.

Don’t plant invasives and remove them at home. This will prevent their spread to other areas.

Plant natives in your yard, and ask for them at the garden center.

DCNR has reviewed more than 20 years of field and taxonomic data to make these regulation updates.

The department receives plant data, information, and classification recommendations from the Pennsylvania Biological Survey’s (PABS) Vascular Plant Technical Committee, which is comprised of professional botanists.

DCNR also receives input from a public forum of the committee — the Rare Plant Forum; which is attended by 50-80 amateur and professional botanists from across the state.

During the 1960’s, Multi-Flora Rose was seen as a natural fence but it was later determined to be an invasive plant and had to be removed. Some area conservation districts and state parks have held workshops on invasive plants and no doubt will be offering more.

For more information about the rulemaking and wild plants, visit the DCNR website, choose “Conservation.”

A 27 year old Knoxville woman has been arrested for making false reports. Mansfield based state police claim Erin Outman told them on October 4, 2018 that she had been raped the night before. Troopers say during their investigation, they determined the information was false and say she eventually confessed to the lie.

Mansfield based state police have also charged 24 year old Anna Brown of Cogan Station of harassment by communication. Authorities allege 24 year old Anna Brown made the harassing messages to 32 year old Shawn Clark of Osceola Tuesday afternoon.

Icy roads are blamed for several area accidents. A Dunkirk, NY tractor trailer operator received minor injuries just before noon Wednesday when his Peterbilt wrecked in Wetmore Township. William Nolan was taken to UPMC Kane for injuries he suffered when his semi swerved across the icy road, traveled down an embankment and hit a tree. The impact cause the trailer to overturn.

A Kane woman escaped injury Wednesday evening on Route 219 in Sergeant Township when her Jeep Wrangler spun off the slippery road while headed south , hit a section of guardrails and flipped onto the driver’s side. Hannah Tyler was using a seatbelt while going south near the Halsey Road.

State police at Mansfield have charged 19 year old Brett Buman of Lindley, NY for speeding after his Ford F-150 skidded off of the Baldwin Run Road  and hit a tree in Delmar Township Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers at the Emporium barracks say they investigated a “non-reportable” accident Tuesday morning on the Vincent Hollow Road in Keating Township. A 2008 Dodge Caravan failed to make a left curve on the ice covered and slid off the pavement. However there was no damage and there were no injuries.


Ronald F. “Ron” Onufry, Sr., 78, of Coudersport, formerly of Hop Bottom, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Born on June 26, 1940 in Perth Amboy, N.J., he was a son of Theodore Sr. and Regina Horan Onufry.  On November 28, 1963 in Nicholson, he married Patricia H. “Pat” Buffington, who survives.

Ronald was a member of the first graduating class of Mountain View High School in Kingsley.  He was self-employed.

Ron’s greatest love was his family and his strong work ethic.  He was well known for his famous barbeque chicken, using his secret recipe.

Surviving besides his wife are four children, Ronald F. “Ron” (Diane) Onufry, Jr. of Port Allegany, Lorraine M. “Lori” (Jerald) Loomis of Montrose, Michael P. C. (Lisa) Onufry of Austin, and Kimberly J. (Robert III) Reid of Factoryville; eight grandchildren, Amber Onufry, Ashley Onufry, Zachary Loomis, Ashton Loomis, Lily Reid, Robert “Bobby” Reid IV, Deanna Burkholder, and Jeffrey Prosser;  two great-granddaughters, Brooke Burkholder and Isabella Onufry; three sisters, Dolores Boucher of Richmond, Virginia, Regina (David) Evans of Nicholson, and Mary (Joel) Mersereau of La Pine, Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Ron was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Rice; and a brother, Theodore Onufry, Jr.

In keeping with Ron’s wishes there will be no visitation.  A celebration of his life will be held in the future on a date and time to be announced.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in Ron’s name may be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, 122 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Ronald’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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Doris F. CLARK, 96, formerly of Ulysses and Harrison Valley, PA, died Monday, January 21, 2019 in Wheaton’s Personal Care Home, Westfield, PA.

Born November 21, 1922, in Whitesville, NY, she was the daughter of William and Hattie R. Whitman French.On June 16, 1973, in Harrison Valley, she married Francis E. Clark, who predeceased her in 1996.Doris owned and operated a beauty shop in Harrison Valley for many years.  She was a member of the Harrison Valley Federated Church.Surviving are:  a daughter, Tracey Stermer;  four grandchildren, Benjamin Swan, Morgan (Timothy) LeRoyer, Ashley (Nicolas) Zakowitz, and Robert J. (Rebekah) Ace;  several great-grandchildren;  step-grandchildren;  a nephew, Darrell (Patti) Gamble;  nieces, Phyllis (Alan) Scardina, Bonnie Gamble, and Bonnie Louise Swartley; and a step-daughter, Caroline Jones.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Stephanie J. McGuire;  sisters, Ruth F. Gamble and Bonnie Miller;  a nephew, Quentin A. Gamble;  and step-sons, Thomas F. Clark and Richard A. Clark.A Graveside Service in Ulysses Cemetery will be announced by the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on a later date.Memorials may be made to the Harrrison Valley Federated Church, Harrison Valley, PA 16927.Online condolences may be expressed at