Monday, January 7, 2019



Black Forest Express


Sunday’s high, 37; Overnight low, 17







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Obituaries: Richard Durst, Coudersport and Raymond Shutt, Genesee

 PA Farm Show underway in Harrisburg….”Meth” lab found in Tioga County….Bradford man accused of violating PFA by using Facebook Messenger…Injuries reported in a couple of McKean County crashes…Westfield driver facing DUI charges…..

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Governor Tom Wolf kicked off the 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show Saturday, celebrating our state’s agriculture industry through the 2019 theme, “Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story.” The theme, which will be represented throughout the duration of the weeklong event, honors agriculture’s rich history and inspires the future yet to come.

This year’s event includes  theme-related events like a daily story time for children, interviews with real Pennsylvanians working in agriculture, and opportunities for attendees to engage and tell their own stories. It will also include Farm Show staples „Ÿ the iconic treats and events that guests look forward to all year, like the six-horse hitch competition, theme days like Military Veterans and their Families Day, programs on the Culinary Connection stage, and the Sheep to Shawl contest.

The ceremony began with a Pennsylvania Army National Guard ceremonial color guard and the singing of the National Anthem by 2019 Farm Show Star-Spangled Sing-off winner Faith Brown of Dauphin County. The event was emceed by state FFA President Jenna Harnish of Bradford County, and Vice President of Operations for the 4-H State Council Julia Jumper of Westmoreland County.

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.

Two Tioga County residents have been arrested for operating a “meth” lab in Lawrence Township. The discovery was made last Thursday afternoon when state police were called to assist Tioga Coounty Children and Youth Services to check on the safety of a child. Verbal and written consent were reportedly given to explore a gaseous odor coming from a garage on the property. Members of the state police VICE unit and |Clandestine team were called to the scene and allegedly found methamphetamine ingredients and evidence of  a “one-pot” lab. Charges are pending lab results against a 39 year old Tioga, PA man and a 58 year old Lawrenceville woman.In our later newscast Friday, we reported on the investigation into a “Meth” lab located on River Street I Roulette. You can read the report on our website and choose the tab for Friday January 4, 2019 News. Also you can hear our interview with Potter County District Attorney Andy Watson by selecting “Black Forest Trails.” Watson told Black Forest Broadcasting News that drug addicts are switching to “meth” because of the fear associated with fentanyl laced heroin.

The name of a 30 year  Bradford man accused of violating a Protection of Abuse Order was not released by state police at Kane. However, authorities claim the suspect violated the order by sending Facebook messages to a 27yearold Duke Center woman early Saturday morning.


Kane based state police are choosing not to release names of anyone for any reason, including motor vehicle accidents. Troopers say one passenger was slightly hurt in a rear-end collision last Wednesday afternoon on North Main Street in Port Allegany. The 21 year old Port Allegany woman failed to stop her Jeep Renegade in time and ran into the back of a 2001 Chevy pick-up driven by an Emporium, woman. The 55 year old female passenger from Roulette r in the Jeep declined medical attention while a three year old girl  in the Jeep escaped injury.,

A 38 year old Smethport woman may have been injured last Thursday morning when her 2004 Land Rover Discovery crashed  in Liberty Township, McKean County.  The SUV went off of Route 6 near Freer Hollow Road and hit an embankment; continued on for about 45 yards, became airborne when the driver tried to correct the path, and tipped over onto the driver’s side.

Troopers at Kane report a Clarendon, PA woman was seriously injured Saturday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on Route 59 on Corydon Township. The driver was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment and was arrested for DUI.

DUI charges are pending against 36 year old David Causer of Westfield following a traffic stop early December 22 on Route 287 in Lawrence Township, Tioga County.


Richard Earl Durst, 73, of Coudersport, passed away with his loving family by his side on Thursday, January 3, 2019, in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after a short battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia with complications.


Born on February 7, 1945 in Port Allegany, he was a son of William and Anna Denning Durst.  On August 27, 1966 in Buffalo, N.Y., he married Judith E. “Judy” Tangelder, who survives.


Richard graduated from Coudersport Jr/Sr High School, Class of 1963.  He served in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1966 as an aircraft mechanic, serving in Germany for 2 ½ years.


Following his military service, Richard was employed at Bell Aerospace in Niagara Falls, N.Y. and by National Gypsum in Depew, N.Y.  After returning to the Coudersport area, he was employed by the Tannery in Coudersport and by the former Pure Carbon in Coudersport.  He was a self-employed logger and also was employed in the maintenance department at Charles Cole Hospital in Coudersport for 25 years.


Richard was a member of Coudersport American Legion Post 192 and a life member of the NRA.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, anything to do with history and in the past, spending time with his chocolate lab, Rooster.  He built his own home. He loved to feed the deer in the winter and the birds in the summer, but his greatest love was spending time with his family.


Surviving besides his wife of 52 years are three children, Jenny L. (Jay) Bright of Coudersport and twins, Robin M. (Joseph) Moyer of Greensburg and William T. “Bill” (Hannah) Durst of Nelson; seven grandchildren, Jordan L. Bright, James A. Bright, Joseph L. Moyer, Tristan N. Moyer, Grey A. Moyer, Emma A. Durst, and Ella E. Durst; a brother, David A. (Mary) Durst of Coudersport; a half-brother, Stephen (Wanda) Kelly of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.


In addition to his parents, Richard was predeceased by two half-brothers, Eugene Kelly and Robert Kelly.


Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019, at the Coudersport American Legion where a celebration of Richard’s life will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. James Campbell, pastor of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, officiating.


Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors following the celebration.


In lieu of flowers, memorials in Richard’s name may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.


Richard’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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Obituary of Raymond SHUTT


Raymond M. SHUTT, 87, of Genesee, PA, died Friday, January 4, 2019 in his home.




Born May 23, 1931, in Bingham Township, PA, he was the son of Clyde and Ruby A. “Peg” Baker Shutt.




A 1948 graduate of Ulysses High School, he enlisted with the US Army on June 28, 1951 and served honorably during the Korean War, discharged as a Sergeant on March 27, 1954.




Mr. Shutt owned and operated a television sales and repair business for 25 years and was rural mail carrier with the US Postal Service in Loganton, PA for 16 years.  He was a member of the DAV and the NRA.




Surviving are:  ten children, Paul Douglas Shutt of Phoenix, AZ, Raymond Shutt, Jr. of Zephyr Hills, FL, Rhonda Jean Goodell of Germany, Karen M. Shutt of NC, Mary Lee Brewer of IL, Judy Fisher of Lock Haven, Rodger Shutt of Germany, Sandi Shutt of Coudersport, Sherri King of Eldred, and Katherine Suzanne Shutt of ME;  many grandchildren and great-grandchildren;  and former wife, Daisy Elliott of Genesee.  He was predeceased by two brothers and a sister.




There will be no visitation or service.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.




Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o UPMC Cole, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.




Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.




Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhom

Friday, January 4, 2018


Black Forest Express



Thursday’s high, 34; Overnight low, 23







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 Routine traffic stop in Roulette leads authorities to meth “cooking” operation…..Unemployment improves in 4 out of 5 counties in the region….The Farm Show opens tomorrow in Harrisburg…Thieves steal $5600 worth of equipment from Potter County worksite….Dune buggy stolen in Tioga County…

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A routine traffic stop last month at the intersection of Route 6 and Fishing Creek led law enforcement to a methamphetamine manufacturing operation on both sides of the county line Potter County District Attorneys Andy Watson told Black Forest Broadcasting that after obtaining a warrant, officers found the ingredients and equipment for “cooking” meth at the Bisher residence on River Street in the village. In fact, plans were being made to “cook” the dangerous drug that evening, December 15. Further investigation revealed that Zachary Snyder of Port Allegany and Roulette was a major player in the operation. He was taken into custody and committed to the Potter County Jail awaiting a bail revocation hearing this coming Tuesday, January  8. Authorities  also seized  three shotguns in Snyder’s Port Allegany residence that day. The River Street house had to be secured by trained personnel as the manufacture of meth from common ingredients can cause an explosion. The DA also told Black Forest News that  meth is now the drug of choice for many addicts who have moved away from heroin because of concerns about the amount of fentynal in the drug which has resulted in some deaths in this region as well as in the nation as a whole. DA Watson commended police departments for their enforcement of DUI laws. He said previously most DUI arrests were due to the consumption of alcohol but now arrests about 50% alcohol and 50% drugs. You can hear our entire interview with the by clicking on the “Black Forest Trails” tab.

The unemployment rate improved in four out of the five counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting improved between October and November according to the state department of Labor and Industry. Unemployment dropped  from 5.6% to 5,2%; McKean County realized a slight  decrease from 4.9% to 4.8%; Cameron Couty’s rate imporved from 4.9% to 4.7% and Tioga County’s dropped from 5.2% to 5.1%,  HBowever, Elk County’s jjobless rate went up from 3.9% to 4.0%. Chester County had the best rate of 3.1% an improvement from 3.3% and Forest which is at the bottom of the 67 counties also saw a decrease going from 6.5% to 6.0%. Pennyslvania’s unemployment was 4.2% for the period while the national figure was 3.7%.

Coudersport based state police report burglars stole more that $5,070 worth of equipment from a worksite on West String Trail in Hector Township earlier this week. The crooks forced open a lock ed office trailer and also entered an unlocked storage trailer on property belonging to Alvin J. Coleman and Son, Inc. of Conway, NH between 4:00 pm New Year’s Eve and 6:30 am January 2. The stolen items included 200 gallons of off road diesel fuel, two 100 gallon bulk tangs with pumps, two Wacker ppie saws, a Lincoln Mig welder, jumper cables, battery booster and three tow chains. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

The theft of an UTV from Richmond Township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. The Can AM Maverick X3 side by side belonged to James Holmes of Big Flats, NY and is valued at $20,500.00. The machine was stolen between October 17 and October 12 from 1699 S. Main Street.

A Good Spring , PA woman escaped injury in a car/deer collision Thursday afternoon in Oswayo Township, Potter County. According to state police at the Coudersport barracks, Janet Saladino was going north when the whitetail ran into her lane on the 11 Mile Road.

No details have been provided by Coudersport based state police regarding a one-car crash early Thursday morning in Coudersport  on Route 6 west at the West Gate Inn. A passenger car rolled over after hitting an electric pole located off the berm. Power was knocked out for several  hundred West Penn Customers for a period of time and one lane of the highway was closed to traffic. The driver was reported unresponsive and was taken to UPMC Cole by volunteer ambulance.

Thursday January 3, 2019

Black Forest Express

Wednesday’s high, 35; Overnight low, 30, trace of snow

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Obituary, Rhea Reeves, Coudersport

Sen. Scarnati sworn in again as Senate Pres Pro Tempore…..Causer re-assigned to Ag committee….Farm show about to begin…..McKean County DA releases details about drug drop off boxes….Kane bar fined by liquor authorities….Emporium state police investigate ID theft…..

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The State Senate convened at noon on New Year’s Day for the 2019-2020 Legislative Session Swearing-In Ceremony for re-elected members, newly elected members and to see to administrative duties. The Pennsylvania Constitution mandates that the Senate convene for Swearing-In Day on the first Tuesday in January of every odd year.This is the thirteenth time Senate colleagues have elected Senator Scarnati to serve as President Pro Tempore, the third-highest constitutional office in the Commonwealth. The Honorable Justice Thomas G. Saylor administered the Oath of Office.Following being sworn-in as President Pro Tempore, Senator Scarnati offered remarks on issues impacting the Commonwealth.“We are here at the beginning of a New Year, and ready to continue our work on the issues before us in the 2019-2020 legislative session. This year brings with it significant challenges. The budget will certainly be a tremendous focus this coming year. We must find balance with the budget while ensuring that we respect taxpayers.“It is also crucial that we recognize decisions and policies we put forth must lead to more jobs and opportunities for Pennsylvanians. The importance of business growth and development across our state cannot be overlooked. Providing a solid environment for family sustaining jobs is a critical responsibility.

“It is clear that we all come from different parts of the state and have very diverse backgrounds. This diversity has the ability to help us advance legislation that strengthens each of our communities across rural, urban and suburban regions of our state.
“While we are certainly a diverse group, it is crucial that we remember to also be a body that works together in a civil manner, despite our differences. In this new legislative session, when we disagree, may we remember to do so without being disagreeable with one another.”

Senator Scarnati is currently serving his fifth term in the Senate. He was born and raised in Brockway, Jefferson County, and represents the 25th Senatorial District, which includes Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties and portions of Clearfield County.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has been reappointed chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee for the 2019-20 legislative session by Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny).
Among the top priorities for Causer and the committee is boosting agriculture education opportunities in public schools and post-secondary institutions. The goal is to help students recognize the quality jobs available in the industry and ensure growth in the agriculture work force. Last session, as part of the state budget process, the General Assembly voted to create a Commission for Agricultural Education Excellence to develop a statewide plan for agricultural education and coordinate its implementation between the departments of Agriculture and Education.

To help farms and other agribusiness entities survive and grow, Causer said the committee will work to ensure regulations are more reasonable and permits are processed in a more timely manner. They will also continue to focus on the needs of the dairy industry, which has been struggling with declining prices and demand. Last year’s budget included $5 million in First Industries Program funding to support research and development, organic transition, value-added processing and marketing grants for dairy operations.

Other priorities include extending broadband service to rural communities and expanding the law allowing growth of industrial hemp in the Commonwealth in response to recent changes in the federal Farm Bill.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, the industry supports more than 280,000 direct jobs, $10.9 billion in direct earnings and $83.8 billion in direct output, as well as 579,000 total jobs, $26.9 billion in total earnings and $135.7 billion in total output. The state is home to more than 59,000 farms covering 7.7 million acres of farmland.
Causer has served as representative for the 67th Legislative District since 2003. For legislative updates, visit and

The 103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show will honor agriculture’s rich heritage and promising future with this year’s theme,” Inspiring Pennsylvania’s Story.”  The theme, which will be represented throughout of the weeklong event, will include related events like a daily story time for children, interviews with real Pennsylvanians working in agriculture, and opportunities for attendees to engage and tell their own stories.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show has released a preview video on social media to announce the theme, unveiled the 103rd Farm Show logo, and will next week begin telling the stories of Pennsylvania agriculture on its social media channels, including Facebook and Instagram.

Monday, January 7 will incorporate this theme further into special events and activities held at the Farm Show Complex that day. Pennsylvanians from across the commonwealth are encouraged to visit the Farm Show and tell their stories celebrating our shared sense of community.

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.
103rd Pennsylvania Farm Show Runs January 5-12, 2019

McKean County District Attorney Stepanie Vettenbrugh-Shaffer reports the medication drop boxes continue to be used by residents to discard unused medication. The four locations of the boxes in the county are at the McKean County Sheriff’s Department located at the jail; Bradford City Police Department; Bradford Township Police Department; and Kane Police Department.

The boxes were provided by the District Attorney’s Association and, the box in Kane, was sponsored by Pennsylvania American Water. The purpose of the boxes is to keep drugs off the street; keep drugs away from juveniles; and to keep drugs out of the waterways. Many experts believe that opioid addiction often starts with abuse of medication.
Each quarter the boxes are emptied and weighed by a county detective working out of the District Attorney’s Office and the medications are properly disposed of by members of the National Guard and Attorney General’s Office.
This quarter, the total weight of the medications discarded was 149.2 lbs. which is 63.2 lbs. less than last quarter that saw 212.4 lbs. collected.

This quarter, the medication in each box was:
McKean County Sheriff’s Department 73 lbs.
Bradford City Police Department 55 lbs.
Bradford Township Police Department 6.4 lbs.
Kane Police Department 14.8 lbs.

After the medication is collected and weighed, the data is reported to the District Attorney’s Association. In 2018, the total weight of the medication collected from the boxes in the county was 617.8 lbs.
Many experts report that opioid addiction frequently begins with the abuse of medication. The medication drop boxes are one tool to help prevent addiction by restricting access to medication.

Anyone who suspects illegal drug activity, is asked to call the McKean County Drug Task Force at the District Attorney’s Office at (814) 887-3312 or

The Buckhorn Hotel in Kane has been fined $2,650 by the state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement. An administrative law judge found that the bar failed to maintain and complete truthful records for two years immediately preceding April 4, 2018; and failed or refused to file sales tax and employer withholding tax returns from July 1 through March 31, 2018; failed to adhere to conditions of an agreement between the bar and the board which had placed additional restrictions on the business; vacuolated unemployment compensation law by failing to the make required periodic reports with the department of Labor and Industry from March 28, 2017 through March 1, 2018; and failed to pay the unemployment tax pf $1,578.39 or the same period.

State police in Emporium are investigating an ID theft victimizing a 62 year old woman Monday evening. The victim told police she found two fraudulent charges to her bank account.


Rhea Joan Reeves, 85, of Coudersport, went into the presence of her Savior on Monday, December 31, 2018.
Born on November 14, 1933, in Borie, PA, she was a daughter of Merrick V. and Miriam J. Reed Jackson. On August 30, 1957, at the Prouty Church, she married Charles H. Reeves, who died on January 6, 2009.
Rhea was a graduate of the Coudersport High School, class of 1951. She worked for a period of time in Emporium, PA, and then attended the Bryant and Stratton Business Institute in Buffalo, NY, graduating in 1954. She joined several sisters at Tennessee Temple School in Chattanooga, TN, and graduated from the Bible School in 1957.
In 1961, Rhea, along with her husband, Charles, was accepted by Baptist Mid-Missions to go as church-planting missionaries to the state of Alaska. From 1963-2004, Rhea work alongside her husband serving her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in many churches across the state of Alaska. She spent many years teaching children’s Bible clubs in her home, Sunday schools in churches, and ministering at Bible camps. She also invested herself into the lives of many women by discipling them in the Word of God.
Rhea enjoyed cooking and her table was often filled with friends who just stopped by to visit or were shown Christian hospitality.
She was always willing to learn new things. She taught herself to play the piano so there would be a church pianist; took classes in painting and produced many beautiful Alaska scenes; and learned how to decorate cakes and used her talent in providing wedding cakes to family and friends.
Rhea is survived by a daughter, Rebekah L. (Thomas) Jones of Chesapeake, VA; and two sons, Michael C. (Ruth) Reeves of Coudersport, PA, and Joel H. (Carole) Reeves of Anchorage, AK. Rhea is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Greta Jackson of Sebring, FL and Marilyn (Robert) Wagner of Coudersport, PA; two brothers, Donald (Carol) Jackson and Daryl (Judy) Jackson, both of Coudersport, PA; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, Charles, Rhea was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, and one sister.
Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at North Eulalia Baptist Church, 683 State Route 49 East, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Michael Reeves, pastor of North Eulalia Baptist Church and Mrs. Reeves’ son, officiating. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Baptist Mid-Missions, 7749 Webster Road, Cleveland, OH 44130.
Rhea’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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