Tuesday April 30, 2019

The sounds of spring—Peepers Click on start button above


Black Forest Express



Monday’s high, 60; Overnight low; 48; .11” of rain

TodayA slight chance of showers after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 57.

TonightA chance of showers, mainly after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 43..

WednesdayShowers likely, mainly after 8am. Cloudy, with a high near 62.

Wednesday Night Showers likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56

Thursday Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71

Thursday Night Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 58.

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Republicans announce new initiative do reduce regulations in PA….Holocaust Remembrance ceremony to be held at the Capitol tomorrow….”Extras” needed for Al Capone trial during upcoming Eliot Ness Fest…charges pending against a man who allegedly stabbed a Port Allegany woman  with a fork….Criminal mischief near Smethport investigated…Downstate driver arrested for drug possession in Tioga County…..

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Government should work to make the lives of Pennsylvanians better, not place unfair burdens on their ability to grow and thrive. That is the goal for Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives over the next few weeks.

“Our members are working to repeal outdated laws and find more efficient ways to do the work of the people,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) said. “We’re taking a hard look at programs that work to help those in need and those that are ripe for abuse. Our work next month will continue to grow opportunities for every Pennsylvanian while saving taxpayer time and money. That is government done right.”

Starting this week, votes are scheduled on a package of bills featuring a wide variety of red-tape reducing initiatives, including proposals to reduce costs at state agencies, consolidate services, eliminate outdated boards and commissions and repeal out-of-date and out-of-touch laws that are no longer relevant.

Members have heard from job creators at all levels about the burdensome regulatory environment holding back Pennsylvania’s businesses. From small independent business owners, to multi-national corporations deciding whether or not to do business in Pennsylvania, the over 153,000 regulatory restrictions on the books are holding the state back. The Commonwealth trails national averages for economic growth and removing barriers will allow all Pennsylvanians to benefit in a climate that can grow jobs and opportunities.

A key piece of the regulatory reforms is reexamining Pennsylvania’s permitting process. Neighboring states have rules requiring state permit response in as little as 90 days. This gives contractors a reasonable timeframe to plan large-scale projects for improving communities and hiring workers. Pennsylvania’s overly regulated process results in undetermined and unpredictable wait times for permits, leaving communities in the dark and workers without paychecks. This package of bills would provide timelines for responses and answers to helping the state address permitting backlogs.

Cutler added, “If Pennsylvania hopes to attract the next ‘Amazon’ or encourage the best and brightest leaders to stay in our state to grow their ideas, then we need to make sure Pennsylvania is open for business. Reducing regulations and updating the laws is more than just a good idea – it is government done right.”

The Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition will officiate at this year’s Civic Commemoration of the Holocaust on Wednesday May 1, 2019 at 10:00am. The program will be held in the Governor’s Reception Room in the State Capitol.

The public is invited to attend.

The  program will include remarks by elected officials including Governor Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Turzai, and Resolutions from the Pennsylvania Senate and House. The ceremony will also include candle lighting by Holocaust survivors, children and grandchildren of survivors, an message by Nancy Baron-Baer, Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League, and an essay reading from the Schwab Holocaust Essay contest winners.

The Pennsylvania Jewish Coalition (PJC) is the eyes, ears, and voice in Harrisburg of the Jewish communities across Pennsylvania, including Jewish Federations in Altoona, Erie, Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Reading, Wilkes-Barre, and York.

Upwards of 40 actors and stage hands will soon begin work on an ambitious project that will highlight the second annual Eliot Ness Fest. “The People vs. Al Capone,” a dramatic re-enactment of the 1931 tax evasion trial of the infamous gangster, is set for two performances at the Potter County Courthouse. They’re tentatively scheduled for 4 pm Saturday, July 20, and 1 pm Sunday, July 21. Among the witnesses for the prosecution will be Eliot Ness himself. Ticketing information will be announced.

Author Paul W. Heimel, an Eliot Ness biographer, has taken charge of the script, which condenses a long and drawn-out trial into a 90-minute performance. It will feature about more than a dozen witnesses and no shortage of entertaining theatrical elements drawn from court records and media accounts. Veteran director Paul Herzig will not only supervise the production, but also serve as the host. Jared Empson will assist.

Portraying prosecutor George H. Q. Johnson will be Scott Sroka, a federal prosecutor in real life, who’s the grandson of Joe Leeson, a federal agent who served as one of the “Untouchables” under Eliot Ness’s command. Capone (Denny Bloss) will be escorted from the front entrance of the courthouse following the trial and loaded into an authentic period paddy wagon, affording the public ample photo opportunities.



If interested, email jrossman@pottercountypa.net INCLUDE NAME, EMAIL ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER.

State police at Lewis Run say assault charges are pending against a known suspect after an alleged domestic violence incident Monday morning on the East Cutler Road in Liberty Township. The suspect, whose name was not released had left the house, driving a pick up truck before police arrived. A 48 year old Port Allegany woman told troopers she and the suspect had argued and that he injured her hand with a fork. He was located at the Potter County Probation Office in Coudersport and charges will be filed in district court.

A criminal mischief occurring Sunday afternoon on  South Marvin Street in Sme4thp0ort is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. A Play station3 and a treadmill, valued at $50 each were vandalized by a suspect who had argued with the property owners.

A Harleysville resident has been charged with DUI and drug possession by state police in Mansfield. Troopers explained when they pulled over the suspect’s 2010 Audi for speeding on the Korb Road in Richmond Township last Friday morning, they determined he had been driving under the influence.


Monday April 29, 2019

Black Forest Express



Sunday’s high, 55; Overnight low 20 .92” of rain over weekend







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Two Pittsburgh women and two children killed in McKean County collision Saturday….Port Allegany driver taken to hospital after accident  last week…Coudersport man unhurt in car/deer collision….Both drivers escape injury in rear-end collision….Reading driver hurt in Elk County accident…Tioga county swindled out of $48,000 in common scan…Vehicle destroyed by fire in Elk County…House bill would permit Fish & Boat Commission to set rates…..Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

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Two Pittsburgh women and two children were killed in a collision Saturday morning in a McKean County collision. According to state police at Lewis Run, the collision occurred just after 8:00 am on Route 219in Hamlin Township near the intersection with Town Line Road when a 2019 Nissan Pathfinder driven by 30 year old Ashley Smith traveled across the double yellow lines while going north and was hit by a Ford F-150 driven by Michael Clawson of Mt. Jewett. Police said Clawson was unable to avoid impact. Smith,31 Teonna Herring, a 9 year old girl and a 12 year old boy were pronounced dead at the scene. Clawson was flown to UPMC Hamot  for treatment of serious injuries.

A Port Allegany driver was hurt Saturday morning in a one-vehicle crash in Liberty Township. State police report Dallas Kio was going east on Route 6 when his Ford F-150 went off the road and collided with a section of guardrails. He was taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries.

State police at Lewis Run also report a Luthersburg truck driver was injured slightly last Thursday on Route 6 in Liberty Township. Todd Donahue was headed west near Old Bush Hill Road when he applied the brakes on his International Harvester to avoid a vehicle ahead which had stopped to make a left turn. The trailer went across the double yellow line and struck an embankment.  A fuel line was punctured upon impact. Donahue did not require treatment at a hospital.

Mansfield based state police said Marvin Francis of Coudersport avoided injury Friday night when his Mazda Speed 3 hit a deer on Route 49 in Lawrence Township. Francis was going west when the whitetail entered the road.

Both drivers escaped injury in a rear-end collision  on Route 6 in Richmond Township, Tioga County last Thursday morning. Magdalena Callahan failed to stop n her Honda Civic behind a Ford F-350 driven  byTyrus Borden of Willsboro which had stopped to make a left turn.

A Reading woman was flown to UPMC Altoona  last Wednesday for treatment of unknown injuries after her Subaru Forester crossed Route 219 just south of Cenni Lane in Horton Township ,Elk County. Troopers said Jodi Paul was going south at around 5:00 pm. She was cited for careless driving.

DUI charges are pending against an unnamed driver stopped by Coudersport based state police on East Second Street in the borough late last Thursday night. The driver was stopped after a 2104 Ford struck a curb while speeding.

A Tioga County couple lost  $48.000 to a scammer lasr week, according to state police at Mansfield. The couple sent the money to a scammer after being advised  that their grandson had been arrested and needed money to pay legal fees. The caller warned them to keep quiet about the legal troubles as they were under a “gag” order.  Authorities say this is a common scam and advise people receiving such calls to use caution to verify the origin prior to taking any action. Check with police and/or other relatives .

Fire of undetermined origin destroyed a 2005 Ford Explorer early last Friday minoring on Laurel Lane in Fox Township,Elk County. The truck, owned by David Stahle Sr. of Kersey was valued at $5,000. The blaze originated in the engine compartment.

Thieves stole a scrap copper pipe valued at $2.00 from a home on the North Brooklynside Road home near Port Allegany early last Monday morning.

A bill from Rep. Tom Mehaffie (R-Dauphin) would allow the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission to set its own fees, rather than requiring those fees be established by legislation.

House Bill 808 passed the House recently and has gone to the Senate for its consideration.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is an independent administrative agency that is not supported by General Fund revenues. It relies on user fees to offer its services.

House Bill 808 would allow fees to be established by regulation following a public-comment period. Fees would have to be considered by the agency’s commissioners at two separate public meetings.

The authority granted to the commission would be for three years, at which time it would be re-evaluated by the Legislature.


Friday April 26, 2019

For our friends who live where they can’t hear peepers who are the harbingers  of spring. Weather lore says they must be frozen three times before Spring is finally here. That may happen this weekend. Click on the start arrow below and  enjoy the welcome sound.

Thursday’s high, 57; Overnight low,53; .38” of rain







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Obituary: Jeanne Gourley, Shinglehouse (Wallingford)

State rep to re-introduce bill about cell phones and driving……Work to begin soon on two McKean County bridges…hackers steal large amount of money from  Lewis Run business…Vandals use BB gun to damage vehicle in Liberty Township…Culprits dump sugar in Elk County ATV  gas tank…

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As we reported earlier this week, April is “Distracted Driving Awareness”month. Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) is again calling for action on her legislation to help stop distracted driving accidents related to phone use and fatalities throughout the Commonwealth.

Brown has reintroduced her hand-held cellphone ban legislation, House Bill 37, which would prohibit drivers from having their phones in their hands while driving their vehicle. Drivers must use Bluetooth technology or a docking station in order use their phones.

“We need laws in place here in the Commonwealth to help curb this potentially deadly habit, which is why I have reintroduced my hand-held cellphone ban legislation,” said Brown. “This bill gives our Legislature a starting point to help protect and save the lives of our fellow Pennsylvanians. Pennsylvania has a road safety problem and we have a reasonable solution supported by law enforcement, House Bill 37, to assist with this problem which can make a difference to save lives.”

Brown will also be holding a press conference on Tuesday, April 30, from 10-11 a.m. in the East Wing Rotunda at the Capitol Building to bring awareness to cellphone distracted driving and the terrible impact it is making on our Pennsylvania communities.

“In light of April being designated as distracted driving awareness month, I wanted to take the time to make sure people understand how dangerous it is to use their phones when driving,” said Brown. “We continue to see many people lose their own lives or lose their loved ones due to this distraction. Enough is enough and we need to change our cellphone-use behavior and this law will support that initiative.”

During the press conference, representatives from AT&T will be present to administer a virtual reality simulation for attendees to experience the dangers of distracted driving.

Brown added, “The purpose of the simulation is to give attendees the opportunity to not just learn about impacts of distracted driving, but to virtually see and experience this enhanced danger.”

Construction work for a new bridge on Route 46 (Emporium Road) in McKean County will resume next week as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.  The bridge spans Havens Run, about three miles southeast of the village of Betula in Norwich Township.A single-lane traffic restriction controlled by temporary traffic signals went into effect in August 2018. That pattern was scheduled to end in late 2018 but late- season flooding and environmental restrictions temporarily halted construction activity until late spring 2019. The bridge work is now expected to be complete in August, which will restore traffic to two lanes.

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may continue to change.

PennDot is also  is alerting area drivers that work to replace a Route 59 box culvert near Smethport is scheduled to start Wednesday, May 1. The box culvert spans Ice Pond Brook, about a mile west of Smethport on Route 59. Traffic will be controlled through the work zone by temporary traffic signals enforcing an alternating traffic pattern. Replacement work will take place in a half-width configuration. Overall project work will include excavation of the current box culvert, placement of a new box culvert, backfill, paving, and guide rail updates. The existing box culvert is 15-feet long, was built in 1930, and carries more than 2,300 vehicles daily. PennDOT expects the new structure to be complete in early September. L.C. Whitford Co., Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor for this $931,000 job.Subscribe to PennDOT news in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties at www.penndot.gov/District2. For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com\511PAStateCOLL

Lewis Run state police are investigating a cyber theft victimizing a business  on Lincoln Drive in Lafayette Township last week. Thieves removed a large amount of money from a business account through an email scam April 17-19.

Troopers at the Ridgway barracks are probing a criminal mischief taking place Sunday afternoon at 219 in Fox Township. Someone poured sugar into the gas tank of a four wheeler while it was parked  at 219 Ridge Road.

Vandals using a BB gun caused $150 in damage to the back window on a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox  owned by a Port Allegany man while it was parked on Wilson Avenue in Liberty Township Monday afternoon.  Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.368.9230.

A Covington, PA man has been arrested for DUI by Mansfield based state police. Shawn Jackson was pulled over on Route 15 North just aftere 3:00 am Easter Morning for a traffic violation and troopers suspected he had been driving under the influence. Police say a BAC confirmed a high level of alcohol in his system.

Police did not reveal this suspect’s name but reported that DUI charges have been filed again a 41 year old Mansfield man who was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox which they s topped early last Friday morning at the corner of Main Street and Chamberlain Lane in Lawrenceville.


Jeanne L. Gourley, 57, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Wallingford, passed away unexpectedly in her home on Monday, April 22, 2019.Born on June 10, 1961 in Chester, she was a daughter of Robert J. and Mary Louise Keyser Gourley.Jeanne attended Chichester High School in Chichester and Neumann University in Aston.She was employed in retail sales.Jeanne enjoyed photography and kept a detailed journal of her activities.  She loved her grandchildren.Surviving are three children, Stephen J. Stefanko of Havertown, Christopher M. Stefanko of Collingdale, and Lauren M. (Derek) Rush of Havertown; two grandchildren, Benjamin Fleming and Kaylee Rush; a sister, Nancy L. McCleaft of Shinglehouse; a brother, James R. (Rita) Gourley of Brookhaven; a special aunt, Joan A. Bridge of Media; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Jeanne was predeceased by a sister, Amy Gourley.There are no services currently planned.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a church of the donor’s choice.Jeanne’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jeanne, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com