Monday June 17, 2019

Black Forest Express


Sunday’s high, 69; Overnight low, 60; 1.06” of rain, weekend total







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Rings stolen from Coudersport home…..Wallet containing cash stolen in St. Marys….Knoxville woman accused of making harassing phone calls….Coudersport borough council member arrested for DUI…Vandals damage Game Commission tractor in Elk County…..TV and humidifier dumped on praise land in Hebron Township Potter County…….State ag committee to meet with Congressmen tomorrow to discuss increasing milk options in schools….

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Coudersport based state police are investigating a burglary taking place on Saturday June 8 on Dividing Ridge Road in Homer Township. Thieves made off with a diamond wedding band valued at $2.000 and a  diamond   wedding ring valued at $2500 during the early evening. Anyone with information is asked to call state police @814,274.8690.

Troopers in Ridgway are looking for a thief who stole a mislaid wallet at the St. Marys Walmart last Thursday night. The black leather wallet owned by Denise Dillen of Emporium contained $285 in cash. Anyone with information is asked to call state police @814.766.6136.

Judith Moon, 23 of Knoxville has been arrested for harassment . Stae police at Mansfield claimMoon repeatedly made phone calls to Tristin Ahearn, 20,for to annoy  him after being told to stop.

A thorough search of the area of Water and Church Streets in Ulysses Friday afternoon did not turn up a man who allegedly frightened three children playing in a back yard. The man was said to be 30-40 years of age, was wearing a blank tank top, darker jeans or pants and  had long messy hair. He reportedly was carrying a knife, 8-10 inches long and told the children he would come back for them. The children ran into the house and reported what they had witnessed. Police officers and volunteers searched the area on foot and  on ATV’s but could not locate the suspect.

A Coudersport business man and borough council member has been arrested on two counts of DUI by troopers locally. Brian Ruane, 43, was stopped by patrol officers just after 1`:00 am June 1 at East Maple and Cartee Streets in the borough and  blood tests have apparently confirmed intoxication by alcohol.

A California driver was arrested for DUI by troopers at Lewis Run who pulled over his 2020 Kia on Greeves Street and Edgar James Street Kane just before midnight Friday. Police claim the 32 year old Sunnyvale man was found to be driving under the influence of marijuana.

A hit and run occurring just after 9:00 am, last Thursday morning in Charleston Township, Tioga County is being probed by state police at Mansfield. An unknown vehicle struck phone wires hanging across Cherry Flats Road causing the police to snap in half. Investigators could not determine in which direction the unknown vehicle was traveling.

A criminal mischief to Game Commission Equipment in Benezette Township Elk County is being probed by state police at Ridgway. Vandals broke a side window on a 2004 John Deere  tractor between 4:00 pm last Wednesday and 7:30 am Thursday  while it was parked on State Game Lands 34 about two miles north of the Merrill Road on an unmarked road. Damage is estimated to be $250.

Vandalism to a vehicle on Route 49 in Westfield Township is being investigated by troopers at Mansfield. Someone sprayed the numbers “69”  with red paint on the rear of a broken down Dodge Stratus owned by a 41 year old Wesfield woman.

Nathan Hose, 63 of Colud4epaor t reported to state police that someone had ripped open a manila envelope containing his medicine  Thursday  afternoon at his residence on Oak Lane.

State police at Coudersport are looking for the persons or persons who dumped items on land along Bryant Hollow Road in Hebron Township between June 1 and 14. A Zenith TV and a dehumidifier were left on property owned by Tina Daughenbaugh.

The Pennsylvania House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), will host an informational meeting with Congressman Glenn “GT” Thompson at the state Capitol tomorrow  to discuss his federal legislation to increase milk options at schools across the country.

U.S. House Resolution 832, the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act of 2019, would allow flavored and unflavored whole milk to be offered in school cafeterias. The bill was introduced in response to the decline in milk consumption among students after schools were forced to offer only skim flavored milks.


“Milk has great nutritional value for all of us, but especially for growing children,” Causer said. “I look forward to the opportunity to learn more about Congressman Thompson’s initiative and what we can do at the state level to support his efforts.”


“Milk is the No. 1 source of nine essential nutrients in the diets of our students, but if they don’t drink it these health benefits are lost,” Thompson said. “Milk consumption has been declining in schools throughout the nation because kids are not consuming the varieties of milk being made available to them. I look forward to discussing my bill with the Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee in Harrisburg. It is my hope that the Whole Milk for Healthy Kids Act will bring a wider range of milk options to American lunchrooms so students can choose the kind they love best.”


Prior to the informational meeting, committee members are expected to vote on House Resolution 402 offering formal support for Thompson’s bill. They are also slated to consider House Resolution 222, which urges the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to support the standard of identity for milk in the face of a growing number of plant-based products being marketed as “milk.” This resolution supports federal legislation known as the Dairy PRIDE Act.


Marketing products made from soy, almonds, cashews and other plant-based products as milk is believed to be causing confusion among consumers and is detrimental to the dairy industry.

The meeting to vote on the resolutions will begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, and will be immediately followed by the informational meeting with Thompson, U.S. Rep. Fred Keller and a nutrition expert who wll discuss the benefits of milk consumption for children.

At 11 a.m., lawmaker and representatives of the dairy industry from across the state will rally in support of Thompson’s bill and related measures in the state Capitol rotunda.


Friday June 14, 2019









Black Forest Express

Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel                                                                                             –Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 70; Overnight low 50; 1” of rain







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Obituary: Joseph “Joe” Formoso, Port Allegany

Gun stolen from McKean County home…….Minor collision involving passenger car and tractor trailer Thursday in Lafayette Township….Five out of six McKean County establishments flag undercover teen customer…..Penn Dot announces traffic deaths have increased…..Full slate of activities through Sunday during the state Laurel Festival in Wellsboro….

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State police at Lewis Run are looking for a gun which was stolen from a Turtlepoint residence last week. A 64 year old man told police the their  replaced the  Mosin-Naganrussian Military Rifle 1891 with silver butt plate and a barrel  engraved “Rem. Arms 1951 was replaced with a different rifle between June 3 and 8. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 368-9230.

Both New York State  drivers escaped injury in a minor collision Thursday afternoon on Route 219 in Lafayette Township, McKean County. Troopers say the fender bender occurred when Daniel Bowman of Rochester  tried to change lanes while headed  north and his Ford Explorer clipped the driver side front tire on a 2017 Navista International ProStar. The tractor trailer operator was identified as Kenneth Lowe of Alden.

The state liquor control board reports an age compliance check conducted Wednesday in McKean County found five out of six establishments refused to sell booze to a minor. Offers supervised an underage buyer who tried to buy alcohol at Bosers Beer,  the Hotel Holley, Bradford City Beers Westline Inn and Table 105. Authorities did not release the name of the alleged violator.


PennDOT has announced that in 2018, statewide traffic deaths increased to 1,190 from the record low of 1,137 in 2017. Last year was the third-lowest number of highway fatalities recorded and overall fatalities continue to trend downward.

While the overall number of highway deaths increased last year, decreases were noted in single vehicle run-off-the-road crashes, crashes involving motorcyclists, and heavy truck crashes. Fatalities in single vehicle run-off-the-road crashes dropped from 506 in 2017 to 478 in 2018. Motorcyclist fatalities also decreased from 185 in 2017 to 164 last year. There were 136 fatalities in 2018 crashes involving heavy trucks compared to 155 in 2017.

In addition to the year-to-year decline, longer-term trends also continue to decrease. For example, compared to 2014, there were five fewer total traffic deaths, 15 fewer deaths in crashes involving impaired drivers, and 56 fewer fatalities in single vehicle run-off-the-road crashes.

The following crash types saw fatality increases in 2018:

Crashes involving drug- or alcohol-impaired drivers – 355 fatalities, up from 335 in 2017;

Crashes involving pedestrians – 201 fatalities, up from 150 in 2017; and

Crashes involving drivers aged 65-74 – 188 fatalities, up from 124 in 2017.

According to national data, over 90 percent of crashes are caused by driver behavior. For this reason, PennDOT focuses on data trends to drive enforcement and education improvements and invests $18 million annually in federal grant funds statewide to support these behavioral safety programs.


In addition to behavioral safety, PennDOT focuses on infrastructure improvements to roadways in an effort to further reduce fatalities and serious injuries. More than $470 million in Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program funds has been invested on 356 unique safety projects from 2014 to 2018. During that same timeframe, another $50 million of state funds was invested in low-cost safety improvements at approximately 3,000 locations. Examples of low-cost safety countermeasures include centerline and edge-line rumble strips and signing and pavement markings.

For more information on reportable crash data, visit PennDOT’s Pennsylvania Crash Information Tool (PCIT) website, or for additional information on the department’s highway safety initiatives, visit


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Jerry Brown (shown) and Django, his capuchin monkey will be on The Green performing from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15. Their show is a recreation of turn-of-the-century theatrical corn. Brown eats fire, does magic tricks, juggles and tells stories with Django, the world’s only psychic monkey.


The 78th Annual Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival continues through Sunday in Wellsboro. The family-friendly event includes the Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen competition. While in Wellsboro, the 28 queen candidates will enjoy a full weekend of activities. At noon this Friday, June 14, they will gather on the Tioga County Courthouse steps for the official welcome. The candidates will go to the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon for a picnic lunch and tour.

Friday at 4:30 p.m. on the Deane Center’s outdoor stage, the band 3D will open the Queen’s Preview. At 5 p.m., 2018 Pennsylvania Laurel Queen Katelyn Loss and the queen candidates will be introduced to the public and 3D will close the event with live The rain location is the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre.

For the annual juried Arts & Crafts Fair more than 97 artisans, 20 of them new, will be on The Green with unique, handcrafted items today  from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The International Street of Foods with 28 vendors on Pearl Street along The Green will offer delectable delights from strawberry shortcake to crepes and Greek gyros those same hours both days.

The Laurel Festival 10K at 9 a.m. and Two-Mile Fun Run at 9:05 a.m. will start Saturday’s events. Both will begin at Packer Park on Queen Street. Packet pick-up and registration for both the 10K and Fun Run will be from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. on race day, June 15. The 10K entry fee is $25 and Fun Run, $5.

Featured during the Laurel Parade this Saturday will be top-notch drum and bugle corps, bagpipers, string bands, high school marching bands, vintage cars and more. Riding aboard floats themed “Find Your Adventure” will be the 2018 Laurel Queen and the queen candidates. The parade will leave the Wellsboro Area High School parking lot at 1:45 p.m. and reach Main Street by 2 p.m. The units will perform in front of the judges’ stand near the courthouse and then turn onto King and Walnut streets and disband at Central Avenue.


The coronation of the 2019 Pennsylvania State Laurel Queen will be on stage at the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre Saturday at 6:30 p.m.,  Tickets are available at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro. Admission is $10 at the door.The festival concludes Sunday morning, June 16 with the 10:30 a.m. Union Church service on The Green.


For more information about Laurel Festival activities, call the chamber at 570-724-1926, email, visit or stop in at 114 Main Street.



Friday, June 14

10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Arts & Crafts Fair &

International Street of Foods

The Green


10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jerry Brown & Django (capuchin monkey)

The Green


12 p.m.

Queen Candidates Welcome

Tioga County Courthouse Steps


4:30 p.m.

Queen’s Preview & Laurel Concert

with Band 3D

Deane Center Outdoor Stage

Rain location: Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center

$5 Donation Appreciated


7:30 p.m.

Gathering Time Salutes

Peter, Paul & Mary and Crosby, Stills & Nash

Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center

For ticket prices, call 570-724-6220

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Saturday, June 15

9 a.m.

10K Foot Race & 2-Mile Fun Run

Entry fee: 10K $25; Fun Run $5

Packer Park on Queen Street


9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Arts & Crafts Fair &

International Street of Foods

The Green


10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jerry Brown & Django (capuchin monkey)

The Green


12 p.m.

Mighty St. Joe’s Alumni Drum & Bugle Corps

Chamber Office Lawn


1 p.m.

Mansfield University SaxAlums

The Green


2 p.m.

Laurel Festival Parade

Nichols, Queen, Main, King, Walnut Streets


3 p.m.

Downbeat Percussion

The Green


6:30 p.m.

Coronation of 2019 Laurel Queen

Coolidge Theatre, Deane Center

Admission: $10


Sunday, June 16

10:30 a.m.

Union Church Service

The Green

Rain location: First Baptist Church

Freewill Offering


For more information about these events, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce by stopping in at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro, calling 570-724-1926, emailing or visiting



Joseph M. “Joe” Formoso, 59, of Port Allegany, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, in Erie County Medical Center, Buffalo, N.Y.Born on Monday, January 25, 1960 in Cincinnati, Ohio, he was a son of Anthony John and Ella Mae Henderson Formoso.  On May 19, 2001 in the Veteran’s Hospital Chapel, Cincinnati, Ohio, he married Robin G. Brundage, who survives.Joe attended Mt. Healthy High School in Cincinnati and took several college courses through Cincinnati State.Joseph was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the 50th Caliber Gunnery Infantry, honorably serving from 1977 to 1979.He loved his family, his pets, computers, anything with electronics.Left to cherish his memory are his wife; his mother, Ella Mae Formoso of Mesa, Arizona; five sons, Keith Robertson and Josh (Rose) Formoso, both of Tucson, Arizona, Michael Formoso of Cincinnati, Christopher Petteys of Pittsburgh, and Cody Petteys of Eldred; two daughters, Sonja (Fortino) Abeja of Greer, SC and Tasha Formoso of Las Vegas, Nevada; several grandchildren;  two sisters, Tina (Tommy) Stanley of Harrison, Ohio and Cindy (Barry) Ziegler of Mesa, Arizona; a brother, Anthony Formoso of Mesa, Arizona; several nieces and nephews; and his loving companion and support beagle, Molly Mae.A celebration of Joseph’s life will be held at 11 am on Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Chestnut Street Baptist Church, 314 Chestnut Street, Port Allegany with the Rev. Douglas Cameron, pastor, officiating. Members of the Veterans Memorial Home Honor Guard, Port Allegany, will accord military honors on Saturday at the church. The Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home proudly flies the American flag in honor of Mr. Formoso’s service from 1977 to 1979.Burial will be in Grimes Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McKean County SPCA, 80 Glenwood Avenue, Bradford, PA 16701.Joseph’s family has entrusted his 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 Joseph, please visit







Thursday June 13, 2019

Black Forest Express




Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel                                                                     —Gerri Miller

                                            Wednesday’s high, 70; overnight low, 53







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Obituary: Kurvin Hershey III, Coudersport

Property Tax/Rent rebate deadline extended…..Work to replace bridge in Oswayo Township begins next week….Minor injuries reported in one-vehicle accident in Homer Township…..Coudersport man arrested for hitting woman…Troopers probe threatening text message….Theft of power washer from Allegany Township investigated….ATV vandalized in Tioga County…..

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The deadline to apply for the state’s 2018 Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is being extended to Dec. 31, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced today.

Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2018. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities.

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

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

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

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

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

Residents are reminded that they need not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available at Causer’s offices at no cost. Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately.

For additional information or assistance, visit or contact one of Causer’s offices:

78 Main St., First Floor, Bradford – 814-362-4400.

107 S. Main St., Room 1, Coudersport – 814-274-9769.

55 Fraley St., Kane – 814-837-0880.

Claimants who already applied for their rebates may check the status of claims online at or by calling, toll-free, 1-888-PATAXES. Rebates will be issued starting July 1.

The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program is one of many initiatives supported by the Pennsylvania Lottery, which dedicates its proceeds to support programs for older Pennsylvanians. Since the program began in 1971, approximately $6.9 billion has been paid to qualified applicants.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)has  announced that work to replace a bridge on a Route 4025 (Brizzie Hollow) in Oswayo Township, Potter County is scheduled to begin Monday, June 17. Replacing it will allow PennDOT to remove the bridge from Potter County’s list of bridges in poor condition.

The existing prestressed box beam bridge spans Hemlock Hollow Run near Oswayo Borough. It will be replaced with a concrete channel beam bridge. A detour making use of Route 244 to Route 44 to Route 4023 (Eleven Mile Road) will be implemented during the replacement. Drivers familiar with the area may consider taking alternate routes.

This project is a joint effort between Pro-Cut Concrete of Mechanicsburg and PennDOT Potter County Maintenance. Pro-Cut will saw the abutments and PennDOT will complete demolition of the existing structure, prep for the new structure, placement of the new channel beams, pouring the concrete for the new deck surface, mulching, seeding, approach paving, and guiderail installation. The beams for the new structure were fabricated by PennDOT Bradford County Maintenance.

PennDOT anticipates opening the bridge to traffic by August. Should work progress allow, PennDOT will reopen the bridge earlier. All work is weather and scheduled dependent

The existing 26-foot bridge was originally constructed in 1960 and carries an average of 52 vehicles a day. PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 950 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

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Minor injuries were reported for an Emporium couple after a one-vehicle accident on the Dividing Ridge Road in Homer Township late Sunday night. Joseph Short was going north when his 2007 Toyota Yaris went off the road and struck an embankment. He and his wife Jennifer, were using seatbelts and refused treatment. The car was disabled and had to be towed from the scene.

Troopers at Coudersport are continuing to investigate a terroristic threat via text messaging in Harrison Township. Rachel Thompson of Westfield notified police when she received text messages on May 21 from someone threatening to kill her.

Donald Rees, 48 of Coudersport has been arrested for assault causing bodily injury after a domestic violence incident  last Wednesday night in Coudersport.  State police claim Rees slapped a 47 year old woman several times causing injuries. The victim was treated at UPMC Cole and Rees was committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of bail after being arraigned for simple assault and harassment.

Another Coudersport man has been arrested for drug possession. According to state police, when they contacted James Rhinehart, 30, during an official investigation, they found him in possession of a small amount of marijuana and related paraphernalia.

The theft of a power washer on Rose Lake Lane in Allegany Township Potter County is under investigation by state police. The washer belonged to Luann Matteson of Genesee and was taken sometime last weekend. A garden hose was also damaged.

A criminal mischief on Button Hill Road in Jackson Township, Tioga County was investigated by state police at Mansfield. Sometime between 4:00 and 7:00 pm last Friday, vandals damaged an ATV owned by Stefanie Button while it was parked at her residence.

DUI charges are being filed against 28 year old Kendall Perry of Canton  after his 2015 Audi Q3 was stopped for a traffic violation on East Maple and Cartee Streets in Coudersport just after 2:00 am May 24. State police claim they determined Perry had been driving under the influence and the allege he resisted arrest when being taken into custody. He faces numerous traffic charges.


Kurvin P. Hershey III, 70, of Coudersport, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019, at UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehab, Coudersport, after an extended illness. He was surrounded by his loving family when heard the train whistle blow to be received by God.

Born on Saturday, April 9, 1949, in York, he was a son of Kurvin P. Jr. and Helen M. Darone Hershey. On August 16, 1986 in York, he married Roseann L. “Rose” Kuria Hershey, who survives.

Kurvin graduated from York Suburban High School in York, Class of 1967. After graduation, he went right into the work force at the family owned business, J.S. Hershey Bakery in York, maintaining the delivery vehicles and delivering baked goods. He was employed at Kightlinger Motors in Coudersport as an automotive service technician, retiring due to ill health.

Kurvin enjoyed hunting, fishing, guns, reloading ammo, building/rebuilding computers and RC Cars, Oreos, bacon, and Crown Royal. He also enjoyed recreational mechanicing, but when it came to blenders, he lost the battle, blender 1, Kurvin 0.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 32 years, Rose; his beloved therapy dog, Kallie; four children, Brandon (Valerie) Hershey and Danielle (Rob Heiss) Hershey, both of York, Aleisha (David) Greeley and Amanda (Erich Petsch) Hershey, both of Coudersport; ten grandchildren, Melissa (Joseph Olivero) O’Leary, Brandon Hershey, Jr., Bella Hershey, Eric Heiss, Nicholas Heiss, Elijah Heiss, Jocelyn Heiss, Kevin Greeley, Blake Greeley, and Marlhy Greeley; two great-grandchildren, Piper Olivero and Joseph Olivero, Jr.; a brother Steve Hershey of York; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Kurvin was predeceased by two brothers, Jeffery and Michael Hershey; his father-in-law, Albert Swords, Jr.; and two dogs, Bear Puppy and Baby Dog.

There will be no public visitation. A celebration of Kurvin’s life will be held at place, date and time to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cole Foundation, earmarked for UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehab, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Kurvin’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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