Friday May 31, 2019

Black Forest Express

Thursday’s high, 71; Overnight low 53; .33” of rain

FRI-CLEAR, HIGH 71

FRI NIGHT MOSTLY CLEAR, LOW 52

SAT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 73

SAT NIGHT-THUNDERSTORMS, LOW  54

SUN-CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH  66

SUN NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 43

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In case you missed it, Republican nomination for Potter County Commissioner has been finalized….Rep. Causer reports legislature is taking action to stem opioid crisis…..suspected drugs and paraphernalia  in Emporium  home seized by police…Several DUI arrests made by area state police…

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Thursday’s high, 71; Overnight low 53; .33” of rain

FRI-CLEAR, HIGH 71

FRI NIGHT MOSTLY CLEAR, LOW 52

SAT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, AFTERNOON THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 73

SAT NIGHT-THUNDERSTORMS, LOW  54

SUN-CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH  66

SUN NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 43

 

In case you missed it, Republican nomination for Potter County Commissioner has been finalized….Rep. Causer reports legislature is taking action to stem opioid crisis…..suspected drugs and paraphernalia  in Emporium  home seized by police…Several DUI arrests made by area state police…

After a week of laboriously re-counting votes, the Potter County Canvassing board on Thursday certified the votes for the Republican nomination for County Commission. Nancy Grupp improved her lead from one vote to three votes over J. David Buckler  to finish with 1493 to 1489. Incumbent Paul Heimel was the top vote getter with 1505. Lorentz Larry Hinrchsen came in fourth with 247. Barry Hayman was unopposed for the Democrat nominator so in all likely hood,  Heimel,  Grupp and Hayman will form the new board of commissioners this coming January.

Paul Heimel – 1505

 

Nancy Grupp – 1493

 

Lorentz Larry Hinrichsen – 247

 

J David Buckler – 1489

Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting News that the t House Health Committee has approved legislation to better manage pain clinics and to identify patients who have previously overdosed on opioid’s. HB 1005 require health professionals and first responders to document the use of Narcan or Noxlozone or any other opioid overdose agent in the patient’s record and in  a state data base so the information can be tracked. HB 1214 was also approved. It  would require pain management  clinics to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Health to insure they are  not prescribing or  dispensing controlled substances inappropriately .Causer says  it’s important that people with chronic pain can access the medication they need but it is equally important to prevent abuse or misuse of controlled substances . Both bills were reported from the House Health Committee and now move to the full house for consideration.

State police at Emporium seized suspected drugs and paraphernalia from a home on the CCC Memorial Highway in Lumber Township last Sunday afternoon.  Troopers found the items in a room after being called to the home to investigate.

A 48 year old Emporium woman was arrested for DUI after troopers stopped her car on Route 120 in Shippen Township for a traffic violation last Saturday night. Her name was not released. Police also did not release the name of a 30 year old Emporium man for DUI after his vehicle was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the evening of May 22. Troopers at Mansfield have charged a 28 year old Tioga PA man for DUI  after they stopped his 2004 Buick LeSabre on Route 287 in Middlebury Township   late on the night of April 13. Troopers at Ridgway have charged 31 year old Bryan Dumire with drug possession after they allegedly found him in possession of a small amount of marijuana in a commercial bottle without a prescription label when they stopped his 2004 Mazda RX8 on Race Street in Ridgway Wednesday night.

 

 

COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Cheryl L. Scoville Phelps, 64, of Coudersport, went to be with the Lord, at home surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.

 

Born on Wednesday, April 20, 1955 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Arlo B. and Esther “Teenie” Erb Scoville.  On July 11, 1970 in Andrews Settlement, she married the love of her life, Paul J. Phelps, Jr., who survives.  They lived in Coudersport for 49 years where they raised their family.

 

Cheryl attended Northern Potter High School.  She was a homemaker for 12 years in the Coudersport area, before being employed from what is now the Coudersport Shop N Save, retiring after 32 years of service.

 

Cheryl absolutely loved nothing more than her grandchildren, her family, racing, snowmobiling, four wheeling, crocheting, working in her flower beds, bowling, her fabulous Christmas parties, and her and Paul’s cabin on the hill.

 

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 49 years, Paul; her children, Bryan (Calee) Phelps, Paula (Mike) Tarabori, and Theresa (Gary, Jr. “Bill”) Denhoff, all of Coudersport; eight grandchildren, Kyle (Brianna) Phelps of Tucson, Arizona, David Ruberto of Aliquippa, Zachary Phelps, Nicholas Phelps, Clayton Tarabori, Taylor Tarabori, Kirsten Denhoff, and Lane Denhoff, all of Coudersport; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Merle “Butch” Scoville of Genesee and William “Bill” (Sherry) Scoville of  Blasdell, N.Y.; a brother-in-law, Kenny Rogers, and a sister-in-law, Barbara Easton, both of Coudersport; several nieces and nephews; and MANY GREAT friends.

 

In addition to her parents, Cheryl was predeceased by her father-in-law and her mother-in-law, Paul and Ethel Phelps; and a sister-in-law, Beverly Rogers.

 

Family and friends may call from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm on Monday, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 with the Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor emeritus of Hebron Union Church, Coudersport, officiating.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Cheryl’s name may be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 161, Coudersport, PA 16915; to the Pink Pumpkin Project, 2319 Valley View Drive, Allegany, NY 14706; or to Volunteers That Care, PO Box 750, Coudersport, PA 16915.

 

Cheryl’s family has entrusted her 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, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

After a week of laboriously re-counting votes, the Potter County Canvassing board on Thursday certified the votes for the Republican nomination for County Commission. Nancy Grupp improved her lead from one vote to three votes over J. David Buckler  to finish with 1493 to 1489. Incumbent Paul Heimel was the top vote getter with 1505. Lorentz Larry Hinrchsen came in fourth with 247. Barry Hayman was unopposed for the Democrat nominator so in all likely hood,  Heimel,  Grupp and Hayman will form the new board of commissioners this coming January.

Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting News that the t House Health Committee has approved legislation to better manage pain clinics and to identify patients who have previously overdosed on opioid’s. HB 1005 require health professionals and first responders to document the use of Narcan or Noxlozone or any other opioid overdose agent in the patient’s record and in  a state data base so the information can be tracked. HB 1214 was also approved. It  would require pain management  clinics to be licensed and regulated by the Department of Health to insure they are  not prescribing or  dispensing controlled substances inappropriately .Causer says  it’s important that people with chronic pain can access the medication they need but it is equally important to prevent abuse or misuse of controlled substances . Both bills were reported from the House Health Committee and now move to the full house for consideration.

State police at Emporium seized suspected drugs and paraphernalia from a home on the CCC Memorial Highway in Lumber Township last Sunday afternoon.  Troopers found the items in a room after being called to the home to investigate.

A 48 year old Emporium woman was arrested for DUI after troopers stopped her car on Route 120 in Shippen Township for a traffic violation last Saturday night. Her name was not released. Police also did not release the name of a 30 year old Emporium man for DUI after his vehicle was stopped for an alleged traffic violation on the evening of May 22. Troopers at Mansfield have charged a 28 year old Tioga PA man for DUI  after they stopped his 2004 Buick LeSabre on Route 287 in Middlebury Township   late on the night of April 13. Troopers at Ridgway have charged 31 year old Bryan Dumire with drug possession after they allegedly found him in possession of a small amount of marijuana in a commercial bottle without a prescription label when they stopped his 2004 Mazda RX8 on Race Street in Ridgway Wednesday night.

Obituary

Cheryl L. Scoville Phelps, 64, of Coudersport, went to be with the Lord, at home surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, May 28, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer.Born on Wednesday, April 20, 1955 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Arlo B. and Esther “Teenie” Erb Scoville.  On July 11, 1970 in Andrews Settlement, she married the love of her life, Paul J. Phelps, Jr., who survives.  They lived in Coudersport for 49 years where they raised their family.Cheryl attended Northern Potter High School.  She was a homemaker for 12 years in the Coudersport area, before being employed from what is now the Coudersport Shop N Save, retiring after 32 years of service. Cheryl absolutely loved nothing more than her grandchildren, her family, racing, snowmobiling, four wheeling, crocheting, working in her flower beds, bowling, her fabulous Christmas parties, and her and Paul’s cabin on the hill.Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 49 years, Paul; her children, Bryan (Calee) Phelps, Paula (Mike) Tarabori, and Theresa (Gary, Jr. “Bill”) Denhoff, all of Coudersport; eight grandchildren, Kyle (Brianna) Phelps of Tucson, Arizona, David Ruberto of Aliquippa, Zachary Phelps, Nicholas Phelps, Clayton Tarabori, Taylor Tarabori, Kirsten Denhoff, and Lane Denhoff, all of Coudersport; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Merle “Butch” Scoville of Genesee and William “Bill” (Sherry) Scoville of  Blasdell, N.Y.; a brother-in-law, Kenny Rogers, and a sister-in-law, Barbara Easton, both of Coudersport; several nieces and nephews; and MANY GREAT friends.In addition to her parents, Cheryl was predeceased by her father-in-law and her mother-in-law, Paul and Ethel Phelps; and a sister-in-law, Beverly Rogers.Family and friends may call from 2 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm on Monday, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 11 am on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 with the Rev. Howard R. Burnham, pastor emeritus of Hebron Union Church, Coudersport, officiating.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Cheryl’s name may be made to the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 161, Coudersport, PA 16915; to the Pink Pumpkin Project, 2319 Valley View Drive, Allegany, NY 14706; or to Volunteers That Care, PO Box 750, Coudersport, PA 16915. Cheryl’s family has entrusted her 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, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Thursday May 30, 2019

Black Forest Express

Wednesday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 60; .64” of rain

THU-THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE, HIGH 72

THU NIGHT-THUNDERSHOWERS, LOW 56

FRI-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 74

FRI NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW  55

SAT-CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 74

SAT NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 52

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Nancy Grupp officially wins Republican nomination for Potter County Commissioner (story posted on website but not on podcast)…Motorcyclist seriously hurt after hitting deer in Tioga County….York, PA driver wrecks car on wet Cameron County road…. State police investigating threatening messages sent to Emporium woman…Bingham Township receives state grant to upgrade traffic light…..Coudersport bridge to be dedicated Saturday in memory of WWII soldier…..

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The Republican nomination for Potter County Commissioner has been determined. Unofficially, Nancy Grupp was ahead of David Buckler by only one vote as of May 21, Primary Election day,but she picked up two more votes in the final count conducted over the past week. (See below). That means she and Paul Heimel will be the Republican nominees in November election. Barry Hayman was unopposed in the Democrat primary so if nothing changes, those three candidates will become the new board of commissioners in January 2020. Director of elections Sandy Lewis  noted that while Grupp received some Democrat write-ins there were not enough votes to put her on the Democrat ticket.Nancy has been active in the Coudersport Chamber of commerce and in her township government. Barry Hayman is a retired history teacher and knows the county well. Of course, Paul Heimel has already served two terms.

Paul Heimel – 1505

Nancy Grupp – 1493

Lorentz Larry Hinrichsen – 247

J David Buckler – 1489

fternoon in a collision with a deer in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. State police said Keith Killian was going east on Old State Road when the whitetail came onto the road in front of his 2017 Harley Davidson. The cycle’s front wheel came off upon impact.

A tractor-trailer operator escaped injury Sunday morning when his rig hit a deer on Route 249 in Chatham Township. Louis Mendoza was going south when the collision occurred just after 6:00 am. The International Trick  and Engine became disabled as a result of the impact.

No injuries were reported for a York, PA man whose car wrecked on Wycoff Run Road in Grove Township Cameron County Tuesday morning. A 2005 Honda Accord driven by Elishai-James Roach slid on wet pavement while rounding a slight right, went off the road and collided head-on with a tree. The car became disabled and had to be towed from the scene.

State police at Ridgway report a DUI check point conducted Saturday night near Ridgway resulted in three DUI arrests and several traffic citations.

Troopers in Emporium say charges are pending against a known suspect who is accused to sending threatening messages through social media to an 18 year old woman in that town.

Yesterday Governor Tom Wolf  announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will distribute $15.4 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding to 38 municipalities statewide to fund 50 safety projects. A community in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area is among those receiving grants.Pennsylvania’s ARLE program aims to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue.

Under state law, grant funding is supplied by fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia. The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted 134 applications, totaling almost $38 million in requests.

Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost sharing.

This investment brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding program to $78.49 million, funding 416 safety projects since 2010.

The 50 approved projects are as follows:

Potter County

Bingham Township – $35,000 to improve safety at Northern Potter School with new solar powered flashing devices, pedestal and signage.  

Allegheny County:

Churchill Borough – $107,000 to upgrade traffic signal controllers, install battery backup systems, and new LED traffic signal heads at three intersections.

City of Pittsburgh – $165,000 to upgrade the traffic signal at intersection of Bigelow Boulevard and Bayard Street with new traffic signal supports, LED signal heads, full pedestrian accommodations and detection system.

McKeesport City – $344,000 to upgrade the traffic signal at intersection of Versailles Avenue and Evans Street by installing new traffic signal supports, signal heads, pedestrian accommodations, controller assembly, detection, and new ADA curb ramps; to create a Traffic Safety Program that would assess the needs of intersections throughout the city where there are large pedestrian and vehicle conflicts, speeding issues and sight distance problems; and to install Accessible Pedestrian Signals at the intersection of Lysle Boulevard and Coursin Street.

Mt. Lebanon Township – $268,149 to improve safety and operational efficiencies by constructing an auxiliary right turn lane on the Segar Road approach to Bower Hill Road; to improve safety and operational efficiencies by constructing of an auxiliary right turn lane on the Bower Hill Road approach to Washington Road, and to replace strain poles with Mast Arms at the intersection; and to install new LED pedestrian signal heads, emergency vehicle preemption, emergency generator panels, and push buttons at various locations.

Richland Township – $164,000 to install new LED pedestrian signal heads, emergency vehicle preemption, emergency generator panels, and pedestrian push buttons at various locations.

Springdale Borough – $505,500 to upgrade traffic signal at the intersection of Pittsburgh Street and School Street with new signal supports, LED signal heads, pedestrian accommodations, controller assembly, detection and ADA facilities; and to upgrade traffic signal at the intersection of Pittsburgh Street and James Street with new signal supports, LED signal heads, pedestrian accommodations, controller assembly, detection and ADA facilities.

Swissvale Borough – $60,000 to upgrade traffic signal heads and the traffic signal controller, and to install a battery backup system at the intersection of South Braddock Avenue and Waverly Street/Edgewood Avenue.

Berks County

Amity Township – $173,245 to improve safety by modifying the traffic signal left turn phasing at Route 422 and Monocacy Creek Road and reconstructing the center median on the Eastern leg.

Exeter Township – $299,000 to reconstruct the traffic signal at the intersection of Perkiomen Avenue and East Neversink Road by installing mast arms, video and dilemma zone detection, emergency pre-emption, and ADA compliant pedestrian accommodations.

Muhlenberg Township – $79,596 to improve safety by rehabilitating school warning signal system on Kutztown Road.

Bucks County

Bristol Township – $308,200 to improve safety at the intersection of Hood Boulevard and Queen Anne Drive by installing mast arms, conduit, signal cables, uninterruptable power supply, LED vehicular signal heads, LED countdown pedestrian signal heads, pedestrian push buttons, video detectors, radar detection system and emergency preemption system.

Doylestown Township – $380,817 to improve safety at the intersection of Swamp Road and Easton Road by retiming the traffic signal and installing mast arms, emergency preemption, dilemma zone detection, video detection, uninterruptable power supply, pedestrian push buttons and dedicated hand/man pedestrian signals with countdown timers.

Morrisville Borough – $20,000 to update and replace existing regulatory signage at various locations throughout the borough and install breakaway sign posts.

Northampton Township – $137,000 to improve pedestrian and traffic signal improvements at four intersections by installing pedestrian countdown timers, emergency vehicle preemption, video detection and radar detection.

Plumstead Township – $646,128 to improve pedestrian safety at the center of Plumsteadville by installing ADA ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian push buttons Hand/Person pedestrian signals with countdown timers, and signalization upgrades.

Cambria County

Loretto Borough – $50,000 to improve pedestrians and motorist safety at Syberton Road from Saint Michael School to the Basilica of Saint Michael Church by installing pedestrian crossing, detectable warning devices, a level walkway, pavement markings, and flashing warning signals.

Centre County

Ferguson Township – $80,000 to upgrade bicycles/motorcycles detection by installing dilemma zone and digital radar detections at two signalized intersections; Blue Course Drive & Circleville Road/Teaberry Lane and Blue Course Drive &Havershire Boulevard.

Huston Township – $25,000 to improve safety on Route 3040 (Alt220) to the east of the village of Julian by installing a new solar-powered flashing warning sign on pedestal support pole.

Chester County

 

East Whiteland Township – $71,216 to maintain and improve safety by deploying portable traffic control signals at desirable locations throughout the township.

Columbia County

Town of Bloomsburg – $301,154 to improve safety at the intersection of Market Street and 5th Street by fully modernizing the traffic signal and adding emergency vehicle preemption.

Erie County

City of Erie – $72,040 to upgrade fluorescent and incandescent railroad preemption signs with LEDs at four intersections.

Lackawanna County

Dickson City Borough – $335,000 to install a traffic signal and pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Bowman Street and Main Street.

Lancaster County

City of Lancaster –$563,080 to upgrade school beacon flashers located at 12 schools throughout the city; and to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety at four intersections along Christian Street by installing ADA curb ramps, vegetated curb bump outs, and speed tables.

East Petersburg Borough – $218,000 to improve the traffic signal at the intersection of Main Street and State Street by installing updated traffic signal supports, hand/person pedestrian signals, ADA-compliant pedestrian pushbuttons, MUTCD compliant lights, high-intensity grade reflective signal material, and the use of LED signals.

Mount Joy Borough – $219,060 to upgrade pedestrian signals at five intersections along Main Street by installing HAND/MAN countdown LED signals and APS pedestrian push buttons.

Luzerne County

City of Hazleton – $269,430 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of 15th Street and Grant Street by installing mast arms, new signal heads, pedestrian countdown signals with push buttons, video detection system, emergency preemption system, pavement markings and ADA ramps.

Montgomery County

Abington Township – $189,520 to modernize the traffic signal at the intersection of Meetinghouse Road and Fox Chase Road by installing updated signal equipment, detection, pedestrian push buttons and ADA curb ramps.

Upper Dublin Township – $380,000 to improve traffic signal and geographic layout of the intersection of Susquehanna Road and Fitzwatertown Road by upgrading the signal controller and installing pedestrian countdown signals, new battery backup, mast arms, dilemma zone detection, traffic adaptive system and a protected left turn lane.

Upper Moreland Township – $106,500 to upgrade pedestrian and traffic signals at the intersection of Blair Mill Road and Horsham Road by installing countdown pedestrian signals, emergency preemption, video detection and radar dilemma zone detection.

Northampton County

Forks Township – $411,798 to upgrade signals along Sullivan Trail by installing battery backup system, ADA-compliant curb ramps, continental-style crosswalk pavement markings, and pedestrian countdown timers with pushbuttons.

Northumberland County

City of Sunbury – $317,000 to improve the traffic signal at the intersection of North Fourth Street and Reagan Street by installing a new mast arm, ADA compliant curb cuts and crosswalk, new vehicle detection and pedestrian signals with push buttons.

Philadelphia County

City of Philadelphia – $7.6 million to continue the Neighborhood Slow Zone Program, by deploying traffic calming strategies at various locations throughout the city; to continue Philadelphia’s Modern Roundabout Program by replacing geometrically complex signalized intersections with roundabouts at four possible locations; Ardleigh Street & Vernon Road, Cobbs Creek Parkway & 70th Street, Montgomery Avenue & Belmont Avenue, and Pine Road & Shady Lane; to establish a citywide program to improve pedestrian and traffic safety by improving LED street lighting expecting to cover approximately 35 city blocks; to improve safety along Cobbs Creek Parkway from 63rd Street to Upland Street by replacing guiderail system; to identify and implement Pavement Marking and Signing Asset Management throughout the city; and to expand and upgrade arterials by integrating them into ATMS in which new signal controllers are being interconnected with single-mode fiber optic system.

Washington County

East Washington Borough – $56,000 to improve safety at along East Beau Street by installing LED school zone speed limit warning devices.

Westmoreland County

Hempfield Township – $70,000 to upgrade school zone speed warning devices at two schools.

Sewickley Township – $53,000 to improve safety at Young Senior High School along Lowber Road by installing speed limit sign with flashing beacons.

York County

Spring Grove Borough – $229,855 to improve safety at the intersection of Main Street and Jackson Street by improving geometric layout, stripping and curbing, and installing Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon on Main Street.

Windsor Borough – $8,614 to install emergency vehicle preemption equipment at the intersection of Main Street and Penn Street.

For more information, visit the traffic signals page under “Travel In PA” at www.penndot.gov, or email RA-PDSIGNALFUNDING@pa.gov.

On the day after Thanksgiving in 1942, 20-year-old George A. Pesock from the “tannery section” of west Coudersport enlisted in the U.S. Army. A week later, he reported for basic training. George’s family would never see him again.

He became the town’s second casualty of World War II on July 9, 1944, succumbing to wounds he received in action on the Pacific Ocean island of Saipan.

At 2 pm on Saturday, June 1, descendants of PFC Pesock and community leaders will gather at the U.S. Rt. 6 bridge, not far from the family’s former home, to dedicate the Private First Class George A. Pesock Bridge. The public is encouraged to attend. The bridge is located close to the Elk Street intersection.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Pesock, George quit school early to go to work for the Damascus Tanning Company near his home. He was one of multiple Pesock brothers who enlisted for service to their country.

His brother John, a seaman, was discharged by the Navy as a result of a severe skull injury. Other brothers were Stanley, Peter, Frank, Joseph and Michael. He was also survived by two sisters, Helen Easton and Mary Caskey.

George Pesock received his basic training at Camp Wheeler in Georgia. He was then transferred to Camp Stahlman near San Francisco, and later to Hawaii. From there, he was deployed to the Pacific Theater of Operations for the 27th Infantry Division.

PFC Pesock had sought a furlough to visit his family before he shipped out, but the request was denied. His parents and siblings were not aware that he had been deployed when they received a telegram from the War Department informing them of his death.

State legislation approving the memorial bridge designation was approved and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in 2016. American Legion Post 192 of Coudersport worked with the office of Rep. Martin Causer to arrange for Saturday’s ceremony.

Michael Pepper, director of veterans’ affairs for Potter County, will be emcee. Rep. Causer and State Senator Joe Scarnati are among those expected to speak.

Post 192, under the direction of Commander Walter Brock,was deeply involved in PFC Pesock’s memorial mass at the St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport. Damascus Tannery closed for the day so its employees could attend. The Rev. F. M. O’Connell, pastor, officiated.

Pallbearers were Army veterans Walter Foust, Paul Milchuck and Ernest Caldwell, and Navy veterans Theodore Sevinsky, Harry Foust and Robert Secott.Interment was in St. Eulalia Cemetery, Eulalia Township.

 

Wednesday May 29, 2019

Black Forest Express

 

Tuesday’s high, 76; Overnight low 60

WED-MIX OF SUN AND CLOUDS , HIGH 75

WED NIGHT-A FEW THUNDERSTORMS, LOW 61

THU-THUNDERSTORMS WITH SOME HEAVY RAIN, HIGH 72

THU NIGHT-SHOWERS, LOW 54

FRI-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 75

FRI NIGHT-LOW 55

Unemployment rates improve across region…accidental fire severely damages Fox Township rental home…Four people arrested for harassment for two separate incidents…Ridgway woman accused of failing to return borrowed vehicle on time….

The unemployment picture improved between March and April across the Black Forest Broadcasting service area according to the state Labor Department. Here in Potter County, unemployment went down from 5.0% to 4.7%; McKean saw a decrease from 4.4% to 4.0%; Cameron’s rate went down from 5.45 to 4.7%; Tioga realized a drop from 4.7% to 5.4% and Elk had a slight decrease from 3.7% to 3.6%. Chester County had the best figure in Pennsylvania at 2.6% which was a drop from 2.8%. Forest County remained at the bottom of the list with a rate of 5.5% but that was an improvement from 5.9%.  Pennsylvania’s jobless rate for the period was 3.8% while the national figure was the lowest in recent history at 3.6%.

It is that time of year again when Honey Bees start to swarm.This is a natural process that the bees go through every year, sometimes even several times a year.

Honey Bees are building up now after their winter losses. They are bringing in lots of nectar to make into the honey you eat.The honey Bees feel crowded and need to expand, so what do they do they swarm.
About 1/2 the Honey Bees leave their home with a queen to find a new home.Usually they go to a location in the open and send out scout bees to locate a new home. When the scout bees find a suitable location they all move on to that location.
It is usually in the temporary location, which can last from minutes to a few days, that most people see them and they are easiest for a beekeeper to retrieve them.
When you see a swarm, do not spray them, they are important to our food

If you have a SWARM:
Do NOT disturb it
Do NOT spray it with an insecticide
Do NOT hose it down with water
Do NOT hit it with a stick
Do NOT call an exterminator
A Honey bee swarm:
Is Gentle, not aggresive
Is resting and may move on by itself
Will NOT attack you if not provoked
DO:
Call a Beekeeper as soon as possible
Observe it from a safe distance
Take pictures, it is educational

Contact a beekeeper and give them as much information about the location of the bees that you can. Do not know a beekeeper? You can enter the information right on our club website and it will go out to all the beekeepers that rescue Honey Bees. GO to ncpba.weebly.com
Click on Honey Bee Swarm rescue and fill out the form and send.
No computer? No Problem. Call your local Penn State Extension or call Joan Bradley 814-697-7586
Remember, We need those honey bees to have the great food we eat and to give us HONEY.

Joan Bradley

Secretary/ Treasurer
North Central PA Beekeepers Assoc.
John Bradley – President
Tom Hoppe – Vice President

A fire which caused an estimated $85,000 in damage to a two-story wood frame house on Dagus Mines Road in Fox Township, Elk County just before noon Tuesday was accidental. State Police Fire Marshal Cpl Greg Agosti reports flames erupted in a wall cavity of an exterior wall at a house rented by Chrystal Ambusk and Kyle Bray and owned by Steven and Melissa Smithof St. Marys. There were no injuries.

Both people involved in a domestic violence incident in Jackson Township, Tioga County have been arrested for harassment. Mansfield-based state police explain 27 year old Bryan Talada of Troy and 52 year old Debra Brown of Jackson Township physically contacted each other during an argument at 35 Church Street early Sunday morning.

The names of two other suspects in a quarrel were not released by troopers in Mansfield. A 54 year old Wellsboro man is accused of pushing and shoving a 53 year old Wellsboro woman during an argument Saturday afternoon in Shippen Township. She is accused of throwing a cell phone at the man, hitting him in the head.

Ridgway based state police have arrested 35 year old Holly Hutchins of Weedville for unauthorized use of motor vehicle. Hutchins is accused of borrowing a 2006 Chevrolet Uplander owned by John Harvey of St. Marys on May 6 and failing to return it as agreed upon.