Friday July 26, 2019


                                                                         Black Forest Express


Thursday’s high, 80; overnight low, 50







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Elderly motorcyclist killed in Potter County accident….three people hurt in one-car crash in McKean County…Both drivers escape injury in Coudersport borough rear-end collision…search for elderly Ulysses resident has happy ending….theft of iPad from UPS package investigated by Lewis Run State police…

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An elderly NY state motorcyclist died Wednesday afternoon in a motorcycle accident on Cherry Springs Road in Abbott Township. State police at Coudersport report 80 year old Thomas Taylor was thrown off of his Kawasaki Concourse after hitting a patch of gravel at around 3:30 pm.

Three people were hurt in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon in Lafayette Township, McKean County. According to Lewis Run state police, Lawrence McAninch of Brookville was going south on Route 219 when his Nissan Armada crossed the fog line, hit some guardrails and became airborne. Two of the six occupants in the car were taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center by ambulance a third was later flown to Hamot Medical Center in Erie.

No one was hurt in a three-car pile-up in Middlebury Township, Tioga County Wednesday afternoon. Troopers at Mansfield explained 18 year old Caleb Hurd on Westfield was traveling south on Route 287 and 88 year old Marqueen Roe0f Tioga  was headed north on Catlin Hollow Road. Hurd was turning left at the “T” intersection and Roe’s Ford Edge collided with his Chevy S-10. The impact caused the pick-up to roll onto its side and hit a Ford Ranger driven by 83 year old Howard Wattles also of Westfield. All three drivers were using seatbelts as was 79 year old Carol Wattles riding in the SUV.

Coudersport borough police say both drivers escaped injury in a rear-end collision Thursday afternoon on East Second Street. Officers report the collision occurred when Ray Madison turned left to enter the parking lot at Potter County Beverage and his Dodge Dakota was hit in the rear by a Pontiac rental car driven by Adam Greenman who did not slow down in time to avoid the collision.

A search Thursday afternoon in the Ulysses area had a happy ending. Volunteers joined Sweden Township and State Police in looking for 72 year old Steven Haskins who had left his home at 406 North Street in Ulysses at around 2:00 pm. He was operating a Polaris Sportsman 250 towing a small cart with a generator, food and some camping supplies. Haskins reportedly  suffers from several medical conditions.

A theft occurring Wednesday afternoon between 5:40 and 5:45 pm in Eldred Township is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. During that brief period of time, a thief stole an iPad from a package that had been delivered to the Barden Brook residence but UPS.

A Bipartisan resolution  has been approved by the state senate  which would create a bipartisan/bi-cameral commission to study and recommend improvements  for the purpose of deploying high speed internet for unserved and underserved areas of the commonwealth .Meanwhile, Tri-County Rural Electric is working to bring broadband to its members in the Black Forest, through it’s new subsidiary Tri–Co Cnnections.  Telcom veteran Bill Gerski, who, earlier in his career,  worked for  Adelphia Communicatsions was hired by Tri County last fall to oversee as a vice president  responsible for marketing and sales development for Tri-Co as it deploys a fiber to the home internet network across the co-opssevice territory.. During the Eliot Ness Festlast Saturday Black Forest Broadcasting  encountered Gerski who updated us on the progress and said he is  optimistic that the deployment  will reach the Dingman Run area outside of Coudersport  this coming October. Gerski’s wife,  Denise Potter Gerski grew up in Oswayo.


Thursday July 25, 2019

Black Forest Express


Bee Balm in Hebron Township                                                                       Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 52







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 Obituaries: Carol Bianculli Jarvis, Coudersport  and Mary Jane “MJ” Roys Rickard,Port Allegany

McKean County woman arrested for intentionally ramming another unit…investigation continues into double fatal collision Tuesday in Otto Township…..Ag Progress Days next month will feature crop management, wildlife and conservation education…..

One person  involved in an assault by vehicle has been arrested and the other is on the run. State police at Lewis Run report they were called just before 7 o’clock Tuesday night to 1026 Look Mountain Trail in Otto Township to investigate a two-vehicle collision. When police arrived, they found that all involved had left the scene however, one of them, Daniell Rhodes was located at  her  home about a quarter a mile away. While investigating troopers found that she and John Rhodes had been involved in an unknown altercation prior to the collision and that she had been see driving erratically and allegedly intentionally drove her vehicle into the oncoming lane striking a vehicle driven by John Rhodes. The impact forced John Rhodes from his seat into the windshield causing it to crack. Danielle Rhodes was taken into custody and arraigned on charges of reckless endangerment and related offenses related to a hit and run vehicle crash. John Rhodes was not located and is suspected of leaving the area. He is also facing hit and run charges.

The investigation is continuing into a double fatal collision Tuesday morning in Otto Township. According to state police at Lewis Run, the collision occurred just before 10:30 am on Route 46 in Keating Township. When a pick up truck driven by 21 year old Edward Maluchnik of Eldred crossed the center line and hit head-on a car driven by 79 year old Paula Davies of Smethport. Both were pronounced dead at the scene by McKean County Coroner Mike Cahill.

A wide variety of crop management, wildlife and conservation education, as well as the signature hay show, will take place in and around the J.D. Harrington Crops, Soils and Conservation Building during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. 13-15.

The 2019 Pennsylvania Hay Show, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Forage and Grassland Council, will be held in the Harrington Building, at the end of East Fifth Street, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Hay entries should be dropped off at the special hay sample drop-off point located along the East entrance to Ag Progress Days or at the Harrington Building. Deadline for sample delivery is 10 a.m. on Aug. 13.

Specialists from Penn State and other organizations also will be on hand during the three-day expo to answer questions about crop production, hemp education, weed identification and biofuel feedstocks. Visitors can ask questions about crop and nutrient management, no-till practices, organic farming and sustainable agriculture, and even bring a weed for experts to identify.

Outside the Harrington Building, the Conservation Exhibit Area will feature displays on managing farmland to promote beneficial insects that are natural enemies of crop pests and weeds; solar-powered livestock watering systems; cover crop varieties; and managing soil health.

In addition, crop and conservation topics will be featured in other areas of the Ag Progress Days site, including demonstrations on direct-cut sorghum chopping, bagging high-moisture sorghum, high-speed tillage and a cover crop grazing exhibit, featuring cattle.

Tours focused on managing deer and other wildlife as part of a quality deer management system will take place daily at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., with an additional tour Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Tours will leave from the corn crib at the top of Main Street. Another featured tour will be Strategies for Improving Dairy Cropping Systems. This tour highlights lessons learned from this 10-year, multi-disciplinary research project. This tour departs at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Last, but not least, A-Maze-N-Corn — a family favorite since 2000 — gives children and adults the chance to wander a giant corn maze, which is stroller and wheelchair accessible. The popular destination is adjacent to the Harrington Building.

Sponsored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Ag Progress Days is held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, 9 miles southwest of State College on Route 45. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13; 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 14; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 15. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, visit the Ag Progress Days website. Twitter users can find and share information about the event by using the hashtag #agprogressdays, and the event also can be found on Facebook (@AgProgressDays).


Carol Bianculli Jarvis, 59, a current resident of Coudersport, formerly of Lyndhurst, N.J., passed away in her home on Thursday, July 18, 2019, of health complications.Born on October 8, 1959 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic, N.J., to August and Reta Bianculli.Carol absolutely adored and loved her family, friends and caregivers with all her heart.  Anyone who had the privilege of knowing her, knew she was one of a kind and will be deeply missed.She is survived by her son, Marco A. Jarvis and his family of Clifton, N.J.; and her sister, Linda Parshley and her family of Bradford, Massachusetts.Carol will be honored and remembered at a memorial 60th birthday party in October 2019.Carol’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Carol’s name may be made to the Coudersport Ambulance Association, PO Box 651, Coudersport, PA 16915.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Carol, please visit or our Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

Mary Jane “MJ” Roys Rickard, 69, of Port Allegany, passed away unexpectedly Sunday (July 21, 2019) at her home in Port Allegany.She was born June 21, 1950 in Port Allegany, a daughter of Max A.and Kathryn J.Caden Roys, Jr, On May 8, 1993 in Coudersport she married Marlin Rickard , who died Jan 14, 1994.MJ was a 1950 graduate of Port Allegany High School and attended OBI in Olean, NY.  MJ was a Phlebotomist and Receptionist, employed by Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.She was a member of St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church and the VFW Post 6391 Woman’s Auxiliary.MJ was a devoted mother, daughter, sister and friend to all who knew her.  She had a hearty laugh and warm, comforting smile for anyone who needed it.  MJ fiercely loved her family and friends and was generous with her famous, warm hugs.  In her younger years, she went on cross-country motorcycle adventures with her husband and friends riding her own Harley Low Rider.  Her tamer hobbies included gardening, sewing/quilting, and cookie decorating.  MJ embraced anyone who needed her with her whole heart.  She had a wide circle of devoted friends and family and passes on a legacy of love, laughter, acceptance, and joy.  She is survived by; one daughter Jennifer A. (Todd Steinberg) VanGorder of Port Allegany, one son; Jason W. (Lynn) VanGorder of Boalsburg Pa,Two grandchildren; Quinton A. and Maryn VanGorder One brother; Robert C.(Suzanne) Roys of Port Allegany.Several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her infant daughter.Visitation will be held on Friday, August 2, 2019 at 5:00pm at Veterans Memorial Home, Port Allegany, PA.  A Celebration of Life will be follow the visitation at 6:00pm, with the Rev James Kazimer, Pastor of the First Church of God of Eldred, officiating.Memorials maybe made to the Family.Online condolences may be made at are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

Wednesday July 24, 2019



Black Forest Express


Bee Balm in Hebron Township                                                                     –Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s High, 70; Overnight low, 57; .36” rain







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Obituary: Norman Davis, Galeton

PennDOT Seeks Public Input on Highway Safety through Online Survey……Republican Lawmaker introduces legislation to help control opioid prescriptions…..Charges have been filed against one Elk County resident and others are pending against a second suspect…..

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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is seeking motorists’ input on traffic safety and driving behaviors through its annual online Highway Safety Survey found at

PennDOT will use the feedback from this annual survey to better understand the attitude and actions of the public concerning a variety of driving behaviors.

“Safety remains our top priority and we are grateful for the public’s continued engagement in making our roadways safer,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “The results from this annual survey help us gauge participants’ attitudes on highway safety and allow us to adjust our safety activities as we work to reduce crashes and fatalities.”

The survey is available on PennDOT’s website through August 12 and should take about five minutes to complete. All responses, including the “comments” fields, are anonymous.

More than 6,000 people responded to last year’s survey. Notably, nearly 91 percent of respondents said they always wear a seat belt and 88 percent of respondents said they never drive while impaired. When asked how often they use a hands-free option to make or take phone calls while driving, 67 percent of respondents say they either always use hands-free device or never make or take phone calls while driving.

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 Rep. John Hershey (R-Mifflin/Juniata/Franklin) has  introduced a bill  to require that prescribers enter into treatment agreements with new patients who need a prescribed opioid regime.

House Bill 1740 would require a prescriber to ensure new patients understand the risks of addiction and dangers of overdose associated with opioid medications.

The prescriber would be required to conduct baseline drug testing for the patient to flag undisclosed drug use and noncompliance with treatment, unless there is a compelling reason not to do so.

“Because of the opioid crisis and addictive nature of opioids, we need to create public policies like this to protect the health and safety of Pennsylvanians. This proposal is just one part of what needs to be a multi-faceted approach to address this devastating crisis,” Hershey said.

Pennsylvania had the third-highest rate of overdose deaths in the 2017 statistics reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The state had 5,456 overdose deaths and the nation had 70,237 overdose deaths that year, according to the CDC.

State Police at Ridgway  investigated a domestic violence incident that occurred on Main Street In Kersey earlier this week. A 49 year old man and a 31 year old female became involved in a verbal altercation that become physical. The male suspect was taken into custody and charges have been filed. The woman also faces charges. No names were released.


Norman L. DAVIS, 86, of Galeton, PA, died Sunday, July 21, 2019 in the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA.Born July 30, 1932, in Ulysses, he was the son of Maynard L. and Viola Ruth Carriel Davis.A graduate of Galeton High School, he served honorably with the US Army from 1953 – 1955.He was married to the former Emogene Strickland Lamphier of Branchport, NY for 42 years.  She predeceased him on May 27, 1997.On August 18, 1999, in Sweden Valley, PA, he married the former Janice J. LaBar of Galeton, who predeceased him on August 17, 2014.Norman worked in light industries in Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, California, and Oregon for over 37 years.An outdoorsman, he enjoyed hiking, camping, and exploring. A lifelong birder, he also was a self-taught naturalist, author, and photographer.  He loved cats and was “owned” by several over the years.  This ultimately led to an in-depth research of the Eastern cougar, past and present.  He was an active researcher for the Eastern Puma Research Network for over 14 years. Norman produced and presented slide programs on wildlife and nature and also produced wildlife artwork.  In his later years, he authored “Nature Rambler,” a book of essays of year around outdoor adventures.A life-long Seventh-day Adventist, he was a member of the Coudersport Seventh-day Adventist Church.Surviving are:  two step-sons and five step-daughters;  a sister-in-law, Judy Davis;  a nephew, Lawrence G. Davis II;  two nieces, Jennifer and Amber;  and several cousins.  In addition to his wives, he was predeceased by two step-daughters;  and a brother, Lawrence G. Davis of Silver Spring, MD.Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses on Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM.  Pastor Michael Bernard will officiate.  Military Rites will be accorded in the funeral home by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery, Sunderlinville.Online condolences may be expressed at