Thursday April 25, 2019

Black Forest Express


Wednesday’s  high, 68; Overnight low 27







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 Scarnati promises to help LEDVANCE change closure……PA Route 6 is advising of an ad deadline and invites attendance to annual meeting…..Two Eldred residents  jailed after  domestic violence incident…St. Marys woman facing felony theft charges for stealing from Walmart….Results of sobriety check point released by Coudersport state police….

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Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25) issued the following statement regarding LEDVANCE announcing the closure of its production facility in St. Marys, Pennsylvania:“I am extremely disappointed and frustrated by the recent announcement that LEDVANCE plans to close their production facility in St. Marys later this year.  So many hard working men and women are employed at the facility.  It is distressing to see this closure announcement because of Federal government overreach and Congressional action to phase out traditional energy methods. “Less than two years ago, I visited the plant in St. Marys and was very encouraged to see that because of a partnership between Sylvania Light Bulbs and Walmart, more jobs were being created.  When speaking with constituents, many often express to me that the greatest concern they have for the future of our state is economic growth and the need for more jobs. Job growth and development are a central component to the economic success of our state.“In the near future I will be speaking with LEDVANCE as well as reaching out to the Governor, in hopes of keeping family sustaining jobs in our region and preventing this closure from becoming a reality.”

The PA Route 6 Alliance reminds businesses and organizations  that the deadline to be included in the 2019 PA Route 6 Map/Guide is fast approaching. Area businesses have until May 22 to advertise in the multi-county guide and website designed to attract more travelers to the scenic highway. The Alliance will produce 50,000 copies of the official PA Route 6.Map/Guide, which intended to provide potential visitors with the information to plan their stay in the Northern Tier as they travel across the route.Attractions and activities will be highlighted. Businesses have theopportunity to purchase a variety of ads sizes from a basic listing on the map, which will include business name, address, phone, and website to an expanded listing, quarter page ad, half page ad and full page ads. Alllistings and ads will appear on the website ( <>

Advertising is open to any business within the 11 counties connected by Route 6. Businesses in good standing with one of the Route 6’s partner Convention and Visitor Bureaus or members of the PA Route 6 Alliance will get a 10 discount off the ad rate. To find out more about this map, contactthe PA Route 6 Alliance at 814-435-7706 or <> or look up these opportunities on the websiteat

Two Eldred residents have been arrested for aggravated assault, strangulation, simple assault, reckless endangerment and harassment for an alleged  domestic violence incident late last night at 50 Bernard Drive in Eldred. Amy Mills, 48, and Scott Button, 62 were committed to the McKean County jail in lieu of $20,000 bail each.

Sindy Lambert, 49 of St. Marys was arrested for felony retail theft for allegedly stealing $195.77 worth of merchandise from Walmart on the afternoon of April 15. Most of the items were beauty products, personal  hygiene items , a heating pad, Pepsi, Nyquil  batteries. Charges have been filed with District Judge Jacobs.

A 31 year old Elkland  woman has been charged for possessing drugs. State police at Mansfield arrested the suspect for suspicion of DUI and was found in possession of methamphetamine  when troopers investigated her claim that an ex-boyfriend was stalking her.

Lewis Run state police arrested a 28 year old Bradford man for DUI after they allegedly observed his 2007 Saturn committing several traffic violations on Looker Mountain Trail in Foster Township p Sunday afternoon. Troopers believe he was driving under the influence of a controlled substance. He was taken  to Bradford Regional Medical Center for chemical testing and formal charges are pending.

Coudersport based state police report their sobriety check poking April 13 and 14 on Route 6 in Roulette Township, was successful. 60 vehicles were stopped. Four drivers were evaluated for DUI but no arrests were made.


Wednesday April 24, 2019

Black Forest Express

Tuesday’s high, 70; Overnight low 40







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Obituaries: James “Jim” T. Berger, Tonawanda, NY (Oswayo) and Frederick Quick, Gaines

Motorists urged to heed distracted driving awareness…West Penn is aggressively cutting trees to prevent outages…..Elderly Westfield man succumbs to injuries sustained in a collision earlier this month…. Car/deer collisions continue in region…Eldred teen arrested for slapping mother in face….Tioga County woman victimized by online scam…

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Sweden Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps reminds motorists that April is Distracted Driving Awareness month. Every day, at least nine Americans die and 100 are injured in distracted driving crashes. Cell phones, dashboard touchscreens, voice commands and other in-vehicle technologies pose a threat to our safety. The consequences of those distractions are not worth the convenience they offer. Ignore the distractions and #justdrive to keep us all safer on the roads.

Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April is a united effort to recognize the dangers of and eliminate preventable deaths from distracted driving .Phelps is asking for your help in saving lives. “One text or call could wreck it all” is the theme for this year’s campaign.

West Penn Power, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE:FE), continues to conduct tree trimming work in communities across its 24-countyPennsylvania service area as part of its ongoing efforts to help enhance service reliability. This work helps keep power flowing to customers around the clock by preventing tree related outages. Maintaining proper clearances around electrical equipment can reduce the frequency and duration of power outages, especially those associated with severe weather such as February’s widespread wind storm. Since the beginning of the year, tree contractors have trimmed more than 600 circuit miles of electric lines in the West Penn Power service area as part of the $43 million vegetation management program for 2019,with an additional 4,100 miles expected to be completed by year end .“Our tree trimming is making a positive difference in keeping the lights on for our customers and more quickly restoring service in the wake of severe weather,” said John Rea, recently named regional president of West Penn Power. “In 2018, we experienced16 percent fewer tree-related customer interruptions than in the previous year. We also continue to proactively remove tens of thousands of deteriorated ash trees bordering our electric distribution lines that have been affected by the Emerald Ash Borer. Tri-County Rural Electric purchases electricity from West Penn Power so if there is a long outage, REC members may also suffer outages.

West Penn Power’s tree program in 2019 includes about $6 million to remove
more than 34,000 dead and dying ash trees along distribution lines in western
Pennsylvania. As of late March, more than 4,000 ash trees had been removed.

During the upcoming months, West Penn Power will be conducting tree trimming
work in the following counties and communities:
• Adams – Franklin Township
• Allegheny – Elizabeth, Forward, Freeport, Bethel Park, Upper St. Clair,
Bridgeville, South Fayette, Gilpin Township, East Deer Township,
Harmar Township, Tarentum, Frazier Township
• Armstrong – Wayne Township, Vandergrift, Bethel Township, Boggs
Township, Manor Township, North Buffalo Township, Parks Township,
Valley Township, Perry Township, Plum Creek Township, Rayburn
Township, Redbank Township
• Bedford – Artemas, Londonberry Township, Mann Township
• Butler – Muddy Creek Township, Oakland Township, Saxonburg
Borough, Slippery Rock, Summit Township, Winfield Township, Worth
Township, Buffalo Township, Butler, Donegal Township, Jefferson
Township, Fairview Township
• Centre – State College, Patton Township, Beech Creek Borough, Liberty
Township, Ferguson Township, Haines Township, Boalsburg, Haneyville,
Gallagher, McHenry Township, Gugan Township, Lemont, Nittany
Township, Walker Township, Zion, Spring Township, Centre Hall, Potter
and Greeg Township, Stormstown, Halfmoon Township, Park Forest
Village, Benner Township, College Township.
• Clarion – Perry Township, Toby Township, Piney Township, Redbank
Township, Sligo, Porter Township, Limestone Township, Monroe
Township, New Bethlehem.
• Clinton County- Beech Creek Borough, Beech Creek Township
• Elk County – Ridgway, St. Mary’s, Fox Township, Horton Township,
Jay Township, James Township
• Fayette – Bullskin Township, German Township, Mt. Pleasant Township,
Luzerne Township, South Union, North Union, Springhill Township,
Wharton Township, Redstone Township, Connellsville, Lower Tyrone,
Perryopolis, Vanderbilt, Upper Tyrone Township, Dunbar Borough, and
Dunbar Township.
• Franklin – Chambersburg, Guilford, Mercersburg, Waynesboro, St.
Thomas Township, Washington Township, Montgomery Township, Peters
Township, Antrim Township, Greene Township, Hamilton Township
• Greene – Greensboro, Mather, Waynesburg, Morgan Township,
Clarksville Borough, Spragg, Bobtown, Whiteley Township, Graysville,
Jefferson Township, Dunkard Township.
• McKean County – Kane
Potter County – Coudersport
• Washington – California, Charleroi, Marianna, McDonald, Mt. Pleasant,
South Franklin, Chartiers, Centerville, Smith, North Bethlehem Township,
Avella, Carol Township, Somerset Township, Cecil Township, Buffalo
Township, Peters Township, North Strabane, South Strabane, Amwell
Township, Robinson Township, Hanover Township, Nottingham
Township, Fallowfield Township.
• Westmoreland – Jeannette, Murrysville, Unity, Youngwood, Rostraver
Township, Bell Township, Loyalhanna Township, New Kensington,
Lower Burrell, Upper Burrell, Washington Township, Kiskiminetas
Township, Derry, Donegal, Greensburg, Hempfield Township, Plum
Township, Latrobe, Allegheny Township, East Huntingdon Township,South Huntingdon Township, North Huntingdon, Salem Township.Tree trimming is done on a five-year cycle. The program includes inspecting vegetation near the lines to ensure trees are pruned in a manner that helps preserve the health of the tree, while also maintaining safety near electric facilities. Trees that present
a danger or are diseased also may be removed.

An elderly Westfield man has succumbed to the injuries he suffered in a Potter County collision April 14. Howard Phillips, 91 died early Saturday morning at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre where he was flown after the collision on Route 49 in Harrison Township, Potter County. Phillips was driving a 2004 Buick LeSabre which was hit by semi driven by Lee Mitchell, also of Westfield. According to state police at Coudersport, the collision occurred when Mitchell failed to see the passenger car and his treailer hit the front bumper of the Phillips unit. Mitchell was not hurt.

Car/deer encounters continue to plague drivers across the region. Karl Keydel of Scottsville, NY escaped injury Easter morning when his Chrysler Pacifica hit a deer while going north on Route 15 in Richmond Township, Tioga County.  The SUV traveled about 1000 feet before stopping along the shoulder.

A 17 year old Eldred girl has been arrested  by Lewis Run State Police for harassment with physical contact for an incident occurring Monday evening at the corner  of Main and Central Streets in that town. Troopers claim girl slapped her mother in the face during an argument, causing minor injury. After being arrested, the teen was released to another family member.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks investigated a forgery victimizing a 54 year old Westfield woman on March 14. The victim tried to cash a check for the sale of a puppy online and it turned out to be a fake document.

Vandalism to a mailbox located at 130 Chicken Hill Road in Fox Township, Elk County was investigated by Ridgway based state police last week. A single round from an unknown small caliber firearm cuased $50 in damage to the mailbox. Anyone with   pertinent information is asked to call the Ridgway barracks at 814.776.6136.


James T. “”Jim” Berger, 93, of Tonawanda,NY,  a former resident of Oswayo, Pa., passed away at the home of his daughter in Tonawanda on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, after a short illness.Born on Saturday, April 10, 1926 in Buffalo, he was a son of George and Gertrude Regan Berger.  On May 25, 1957 in Harveys Lake, Pa., he married Arlene E. Coole, who passed away on August 18, 2017.Jim was a graduate of Lafayette High School in Buffalo and a graduate of Canisius College with a degree in business.  Jim honorably served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War.For over 30 years, Jim was employed by M & T Bank in Buffalo, retiring in the late 1980’s.While living in Oswayo, Jim served on the Oswayo Borough Council for several years.Catholic by faith, Jim attended mass at St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport where he served as a Eucharist minister and also served communion to the parishioners at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.  He also attended mass at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Shinglehouse.  Jim was an avid boater and belonged to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary in Buffalo.  He enjoyed fishing.  His greatest love was his family.Left to cherish his memory are a son, Kurt J. (Wendy) Berger of Shinglehouse; a daughter, Gretchen A. (James) Carney of Tonawanda; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents and wife, Jim was predeceased by a sister, Margaret Berger.Family and friends may call from 6 pm to 8 pm on Thursday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 noon on Friday, April 26, 2019, at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Thomas Brown, pastor, as celebrant.  Burial will be in Rathbone Cemetery, Coneville.Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Friday.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Boulevard, Cheektowaga, NY 14227-1480.Jim’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, share a fond memory or view a video tribute of Jim, please visit

Frederick E. QUICK, 83, of Gaines, PA, died Sunday, April 21, 2019 in his home.Born April 29, 1935, in Mills, PA, he was the son of Virney and Hattie M. Plaisted Quick.On June 21, 1986, in Marshlands, PA, he married the former Connie M. Stone, who survives.He was employed by Patterson Lumber for 27 years and the PA Department of Forestry for eight years.  Throughout his life, he raised beef cattle and was a farmer at heart.  His family remembers him as hard working and good hearted.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.Surviving besides his wife, Connie, are:  four children, Roger Quick of Killeen, TX,  Linda (Jeff) Gnan of Coudersport, Michael A. Quick of Gaines, and Emma Quick of Westfield;  seven grandchildren;  12 great-grandchildren;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Phoebe Button and Emma Courtright;  and two brothers, Kenneth Quick and James L. Quick.A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM, Friday, April 26, 2019 at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  The Rev. Ed Siddle will officiate.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home Health and Hospice Tioga County, 32-26 Central Ave., Third Floor, Wellsboro, PA 16901.Online condolences may be expressed at

Tuesday April 23, 2019

Black Forest Express
Monday’s high, 62; overnight low 44

Obituary: Howard “Waddy” Phillips, Westfield

Port Allegany man nabbed in Tioga County for alleged domestic violence assault…teen passenger hurt in speed-related crash in Tioga County…State police at Coudersport arrest man for cutting firewood on property he doesn’t own….Troopers in McKean County investigate attempted ID theft….Coins stolen from Potter County business earlier this month…


A legislative proposal championed by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) Pennsylvania Student Leadership Council and Lycoming College’s Clean Water Institute was overwhelmingly approved recently  by the House of Representatives, according to Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23), prime sponsor of the measure.

BF’s Pennsylvania Student Leadership Council, consisting of high school students, invested many hours studying the Eastern Hellbender and the problems the amphibian is facing within the state. With assistance from Lycoming College in Williamsport, the students drafted the legislation during the 2017-2018 Legislative Session, meeting with elected officials to outline why they felt it should be the state amphibian. Yaw agreed to reintroduce the measure in the new legislative session.

“Because the Eastern Hellbender exemplifies what is good about Pennsylvania’s waterways, it is the perfect selection to become the official State Amphibian,” Senator Yaw said. “It is an excellent natural indicator of water quality, so, in effect, if you have hellbenders in your water the water quality most likely is very good. The hellbender will be a visible symbol of Pennsylvania’s commitment to clean water.”

An eastern hellbender held by a researcher. / Photo provided by Peter Petokas, a research associate at the Clean Water Institute of Lycoming College’s biology department.

Peter Petokas, Ph.D., Amphibian Conservation Biologist at Lycoming College and faculty member of the College’s Clean Water Institute, applauded the action. “Passage of Senate Bill 9 takes the Eastern Hellbender one step closer to the status of official amphibian of the State of Pennsylvania, a designation that it uniquely deserves and which will help promote conservation programs that protect and sustain the unique amphibian resources of the commonwealth.”

“Even in times of budget crisis and pensions and everything else impacting Pennsylvania, this is something that showed the student sponsors of the bill that their elected officials do, indeed, listen to them. They had a great idea and I was privileged to present their idea to the Senate on their behalf,” Sen. Yaw added.

The bill is expected to be signed by Governor Wolf next week, where the Eastern Hellbender will join the ranks of the White-Tail Deer as the State Animal, Ruffed Grouse as the State Bird, the Great Dane as the State Dog and the Brook Trout as the State Fish.

The House approved Senate Bill 9, 191-6, which designates the Eastern Hellbender as the first official “State Amphibian” of Pennsylvania. The bill was signed by Governor Wolf today.

A Port Allegany man was committed to the Tioga County Jail yesterday for an alleged domestic violence assault in McKean County. State police at Lewis Run say they were called to a home on North Brooklynside Road for a PFA violation in progress but when they arrived, they found there was no PFA against 29 year old Christopher Ballway. However, he left the scene and allegedly tampered with the 26 year old Port Allegany woman’s house, left assorted items on her porch and a letter addressed to the victim. He was later located at his home in Tioga County and was taken into custody on a warrant alleging stalking, criminal trespass, loitering and prowling at night, and harassment and was taken to the Tioga County Jail awaiting further court action.

A Yeagertown PA passenger was hurt in a one-vehicle crash last Friday night in Charleston Township, Tioga County. Mansfield based state police report a 17 year old Wellsboro girl was speeding when her 2005 Toyota Tundra went off of the Charleston Road, traveled through a yard and struck the front of a house before stopping some 15 feet later. The driver was not hurt but 18 year old Coby Long was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital.

Coudersport based state  police have arrested 66 year old Allen Schneck of Myerstown, PA for theft. Troopers claim Schneck was found cutting firewood on private property at Baker Hollow Road in Hebron Township last week. The incident remains under investigation.

A burglar stole about $50 in coins from Mahaley’s Chain Saw Store on Route 49 in Allegany Township. Forced entry was used to gain access. Damage is estimated to be $200. That investigation is also continuing.

Troopers at Lewis Run investigated an ID theft taking place last Friday afternoon. Someone used a bank card belonging to a 58 year old Smethport man; however, the bank issued the victim new card and his money was reimbursed.

State police at Ridgway are still looking for 53 year old Frank Arthur Gillespie who was last seen at his James City home last August. He is white, non-Hispanic, 5’4”, weighs about 200 pounds and has salt and pepper colored hair. In the past he has used the alias “Frank Arthur Busch.” Authorities say his disappearance is considered “suspicious in nature” and anyone who has information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact Trooper Tyler Thompson at PSP Ridgway, 814.776.6136. Reference Incident Number: PA2018-1416045.


Howard W. “Waddy” PHILLIPS, 91, of Potter Brook, Westfield, PA, died Saturday, April 20, 2019 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.Born November 28, 1927, in Scottsboro, AL, he was the son of George and Mary Wallace Phillips.On May 5, 1951, in Potter Brook, he married the former Kathryn R. Erickson, who survives.A Korean War Veteran, he served honorably in the U.S. Army.He was employed by Consolidated Natural Gas Co., retiring in 1987.Waddy was an accomplished wood carver and master gardener. An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.Surviving besides his wife, Kathryn, are: four children, Randi (Joseph) Strange of Westfield, Jan (Larry) Jones of Sulphur, OK, Jeffry (Blanca) Phillips of Newfield, NJ, and Gregory (Sharon) Phillips of State College; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Brenda (William) Horton of San Antonio, TX; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two sisters and two brothers.Friends may call Wednesday, April 24, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Kristi Webster will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook.Memorials may be made to the Niles Valley United Methodist Church, 10991 Rte. 287, Wellsboro, PA 16901 or the Westfield Public Library, 147 Maple St., Westfield, PA 16950.

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