Thursday October 31, 2019

Congressman Fred Keller was the featured speaker at the Luncheon of Deplorables sponsored by the Potter County Republican Committee October 26. Hear his remarks by tapping on the Black Forest Trails link on our home page.

 

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

                                        Wednesday’s high, 65; Overnight low, 50 .30” of rain

THU-RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES HIGH 63

THU NIGHT-HEAVY RAIN, WINDY, LOW 32

FRI-PARTLY TO MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 41

FRI NIGHT-CHANCE OF LAKE EFFECT RAIN OR SNOW, LOW 29

SAT-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 45

SAT NIGHT-A FEW CLOUDS, LOW 29

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Obituary: LaDessa Coats Chief, Rocklin, TX

Wind Advisory for tonight through Friday morning…Two area schools win places in “Paint the Plow” contest…slide repairs begin next week on Route 144 in Potter County…..ID theft investigated by state police n Cameron County….NY state driver seriously hurt in Tioga County car/deer encounter….

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS POSTED A .WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 10 AM EDT FRIDAYWest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph Expected.

* WHERE…The Laurel Highlands, much of the northern mountains andthe central and southern mountains west of I-99.* IMPACTS…Gusty winds could blow around unsecured objects.

Tree limbs could be blown down and a few power outages mayresult.Use extra caution when driving, especially if operating a highprofile vehicle. Secure outdoor objects.For high wind safety information, visit weather.gov/wind.The latest forecast information can be found on the

NWS State College Facebook page and Twitter @NWSStateCollege,

or on the web at weather.gov/ctp.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is pleased to honor the regional winners of the “Paint the Plow” safety outreach contest which promotes winter driving safety and fosters appreciation for high school art programs and student creativity.This year’s theme was “Don’t rush in ice and slush”. DuBois Central Catholic High School won the “Fan Favorite” award, which was determined by online voting. The plow depicts a trio of penguins clearly dizzy from the fall they took while rushing through ice and slush. Sugar Valley Rural Charter School in Clinton County was the honorable mention.Winner of the “Judges’ Pick” award was Coudersport High School, with a plow depicting snowmen in peril as a car careens toward them through ice and slush.

Cameron County High School won honorable mention for the “Judges’ Pick,” which was determined through specific criteria by a panel of judges.   

Participating schools included Bellefonte High School, Cameron County High School, Central Mountain High School, Clearfield Alliance Christian School, Coudersport High School, DuBois Central Catholic High School, Harmony High School, and Sugar Valley Rural Charter School.

2019 was the first year of participation by Clearfield Alliance, Sugar Valley, and Cameron County. During the winter weather season, the blades painted by all eight schools will be used to maintain state-owned roadways in District 2’s 9-County region. District 2 serves, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties.  Members of the public can view photos of the painted plow blades online at www.penndot.gov/district2 by clicking on the “Paint the Plow” icon. More information on the program can be obtained by contacting Marla Fannin at mfannin@pa.gov or 814-765-0423 or Tim Nebgen at tnebgen@pa.gov or 814-765-0598.“Paint the Plow” is a joint effort of PennDOT and area high schools. Students are invited to paint a plow blade with an original design based on a provided theme. The 2019 statewide theme is “Don’t Rush in Ice and Slush.” It was chosen to draw attention to the need for motorists to give themselves ample time for travel during wintry weather to arrive safely to their destination.For more information on winter driving and PennDOT operations, visit www.penndot.gov/winter.

 (PennDOTis alerting motorists that slide repair work will temporarily close a section of Route 144 next week. Starting Monday, November 4, Route 144 (Branch Road) will be closed from the Galeton Borough line,  west toward Germania for about a mile.

Crews will be working to repair a slide condition along the roadway and an official, 20-mile detour will be in place. Work hours will be during daylight between 8:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. but the closure and detour will remain in place around the clock throughout the week. Drivers will be directed to use Route 144, Route 6, Route 2002 (Branch Road/West Street), and Route 44. Drivers familiar with the area may choose to use alternate routes.

Morning and afternoon school buses will be able to move through the work area and emergency vehicles will be accommodated through the work area as necessary.

This section of Route 144 is currently under a lane-restriction pattern and the slide repair work will restore Route 144 to two-way travel in this area. PennDOT expects the closure to be in place through Friday, November 8 but will open the road earlier if work progress allows. All work will be performed by PennDOT Potter County Maintenance and all work is weather dependent.

Emporium based state police are investigating an ID theft taking place October 19 in Emporium. A thief used a Discover Card and an AAA card at local businesses to make purchased without the cardholders permission or knowledge.

A Niagara Falls, NY woman was hurt in a one-vehicle accident last Thursday in Covington Township, Tioga County. State police say Alyssa Sacks was going north on Route 15  when a deer came onto the road from the western side, Sacks swerved her Toyota Corolla to avoid the white tail causing her car to hit some guardrails on the eastern side, The car bounced off the guard rail traveled across both northbound lanes and hit guardrails on the western side, then traveled back across the road before coming to rest. Sacks was taken to Williamsport General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Her passenger, Shane Hellems of Albion, NY was not hurt.

Troopers at Mansfield are still looking for a hit and  run driver from May 31, An unknown vehicle backed into a 2010 Lexus  owned by Anthony  Allen of Wellsboro and left the scene headed east. The case remains open.

Obituary

LaDesssa Coats Chief, 61, of Rocklin, passed away on June 18, 2018, after a long illness. LaDessa was born in Moscow, Idaho to Durwood and Helen Longfors Coats. Preceded in death by her father and her sister Helmi Coats. Survived by her husband Leonard Chief of Rocklin, California; her mother Helen Henderson of Park Rapids, Minnesota; her brothers, Bob (Carla) Coats of Thorofare, New Jersey and Aarne (Cindy) Coats of Lone Pine, California; and several nieces and nephews.

LaDessa waited tables to buy her first car, a 1969 Mustang fastback; she enjoyed owning sports cars throughout her younger years. LaDessa was a 1975 graduate of Sierra High School in Tollhouse, California. She attended Reedley Junior College for two years before enlisting in the US Air Force as an Electronics Technician. She served honorably for four years active duty at Travis Air Force Base in California, followed by nine years in the Air Force Reserves. LaDessa had many temporary duty assignments, including Okinawa, the Philippines, Korea, and Hawaii. While serving she made two close, lifelong friends, Cecelia and Martha.

Upon discharge from active duty in 1982, LaDessa went to work for AT&T as a Testing Technician where she worked until retiring in 2012. Her friend Cecelia also worked with her at AT&T. She married her soulmate, Leonard Chief, in 2000 and they enjoyed almost two decades of marriage. LaDessa never had children of her own, but deeply loved her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed being a part of their lives through cards, letters, and visits. She was also very protective and supportive of her brothers and could be relied on for comfort at any time.

Like her father before her, LaDessa inherited Myotonia, a form of muscular dystrophy. It slowly took her health in her later years. Fortunately, Leonard was there for her and she remained independent of others and self-reliant.

LaDesssa will always be loved and missed by those whose lives she touched.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 am on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa. The Rev. Thomas Isaacson, pastor of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, Pa.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Saturday.

LaDessa’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of LaDessa, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

There’s still time to send flowers to the Memorial Service at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home at 11:00 AM on November 2, 2019.

 

 

Wednesday October 30, 2019

Black Forest Express

 Photo by Gerri Miller

                                                    Tuesday’s high, 69; Overnight low, 48

WED-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 61

WED NIGHT-RAIN,LOW 54

THU-RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES HIGH 65

THU NIGHT-RAIN, LOW 40

FRI-AM RAIN THEN PARTLY CLOUDY

FRI NIGHT-LOW 31 (SNOW?)

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Unemployment went up in most area counties…State House approves
Senate bill to modernize voting in Pennsylvania…Austin teen arrested for sending pornographic picture of himeself….Ulysses man accused of physical harassment…Wellsboro resident charged for unauthorized use of a vehicle….Troopers look for whoever took a joy ride in a Tioga County truck….Nails reportedly left intentionally in Potter County driveway……

Obituaries: Fay Long Booth, Coudersport and Greta Jackson, Sebring Florida (Cooudersport)

Unemployment went up between August and September in most counties within the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area according to the state department of Labor and Industry. The jobless rate in Potter County held steady at 5.3%and went down slightly in Elk County from 4.5% to 4.4%. However unemployment went up from 4.6% to 5.0% in McKean County; increased fro 4.8 to 5.1% in Cameron County and went up from 4.8% in Tioga to 5.0%. Centre County had the best reate in Pennsylvania at 2.0% while Forest dropped back down to the bottom with 6.3%. Snyder County which suffered a major hit earlier this year with the sudden closure of a plant, saw an improvement from 6.1% to 5.3%. . Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s rate was 4.0% and the US had an historic low of 3.5%.

The most comprehensive effort to modernize and improve Pennsylvania’s elections since the 1930s was passed by the House of Representatives Tuesday. Senate Bill 421 establishes mail-in voting in the Commonwealth, gives Pennsylvanians more time to register to vote ahead of elections and eliminates the straight-party ticket option from ballots.

The legislation also provides the pathway for the state to provide $90 million in bonding to help every Pennsylvania county pay for newly required modern voting machines. Gov. Tom Wolf acted unilaterally to decertify voting machines statewide and required counties to obtain more advanced and secure voting machines that produce a verifiable paper trail with each vote. The Legislature moved to provide the funding in June; however, the governor vetoed that measure.

“Gov. Wolf’s action forced counties into a corner,” Cutler said. “Every county was required to come up with new machines regardless of their current voting systems. House Republicans responded in June and again today, hearing from our counties and providing more money than the administration asked for.”

Other modernization measures include allowing voter registration up to 15 days prior to an election, allowing all ballots to be received until 8 p.m. on election days and establishing mail-in voting. The mail-in voting will work similar to the current absentee ballot system but would allow any registered voter to vote by mail, increasing access for all voters. Further, all mailed and absentee ballots will go to centralized locations, not to individual precincts, strengthening security and timeliness, and helping provide clear and definitive election results as quickly as possible.

Previously established policies for members of the military and emergency voting remain in place. The legislation now returns to the Senate for further consideration.

An Austin teenager is in trouble with the law. State police claim the 14 yar old boy sent a pornographic image of himself to a victim last Friday night. He is being prosecuted through Juvenile justice.

Thomas Walsh, 50 of Ulysses was arrested by Coudersport based state police Sunday night for physical harassment. Authorities allege a verbal altercation between Walsh and a 30 year old Ulysses woman escalated to the point where Walsh assaulted the victim just before 9:00 pm.

Car/deer collisions continue across the region. State police at Emporium say a 2002 Ford  Escape hit a whitetail Monday night on Route 120 in Shippen  Township. Troopers at Mansfield report  another deer was killed Monday night after being hit by a 1997 Subaru Outback on Route 15 near Park Hill Road in Tioga Township. Both drivers were unhurt and their vehicles could be driven after the collisions so the accidents are considered “non-reportable” and the drivers’ names were not released.

A 24 year old Wellsboro resident is being charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Troopers at Mansfield claim Roger Vanness took a 2012 Ford Fusion owned by 61 year old Carolyn Vanness withou0t her permission on October 12 and fled in an unknown direction to an unknown destination.

State police at Mansfield are also looking for whoever took a joy ride in a 1995 Silverado between September 9 and 12 along Route 49 In Osceloa Township. The truck, owned by Wayne Wood of Knoxville was later located on a field road a short distance away.

State police at Coudersport investigated a criminal mischief taking place Monday morning in West Branch Township. Vandals apparently intentionally left nails in the driveway belonging to David Burrous.

Obituaries

 Fay E. Long Booth, 97, of Coudersport, died Monday (Oct. 28, 2019) in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Born Sept. 24, 1922, in Sweden Hill, she was a daughter of Joseph E. and Alberta Britt Gleason. On Aug. 16, 1939, she married Floyd W. Long, who predeceased her in 1995. In 1997, she married Clifton Booth, who predeceased her in 2009.
Fay and Floyd owned and operated a dairy farm for over 50 years. She served as a director of the Coudersport Board of Education and IU9 Board, Republican Committeewoman, and a 4H leader.
Fay was a member of the North Eulalia Baptist Church and the Colesburg Community Club. She was an accomplished seamstress, gardener, and pianist.
Surviving are four children, Joan A. (Skip) Carey of Victor, N.Y., Nancy C. Long of Coudersport, Mark (Theresa) Long of Coudersport, and Lisa F. (Kurt) Elliott of Coudersport; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Long Bailey of Coudersport; ten grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Dee Ruter of Coudersport; two brothers, William (Shirley) Gleason of Coudersport and Edwin (Lucy) Gleason of Monticello, Ky.; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husbands, she was predeceased by a son, Benjamin R. Long; an infant son, Scott Long; a sister, Alyce G. Reese; and an infant brother, James Gleason.
Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 from 9 to 11 a.m., with funeral services following at 11 a.m. The Rev. Michael C. Reeves will officiate. Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Christmas House, 402 North Main St., Coudersport, PA 16915.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

Greta Mae Jackson, 91, of Sebring Missionary Village, Sebring, Florida, formerly of Coudersport, Pa., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 25, 2019, at the Kenilworth Care and Rehabilitation Center, Sebring, after a short illness.Born on Friday, February 24, 1928 in Borie, Summit Township, Potter County, she was a daughter of Merrick Victor and Miriam Joy Reed Jackson.Greta was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1944. In 1951, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia, returning to Coudersport to work as a registered nurse at the Coudersport hospital until 1954.In 1954 Greta, along with her sister Lois, became a student at Tennessee Temple Schools in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in preparation for the mission field. During Bible school and college, she worked as a registered nurse at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga. In 1960, Greta was accepted as a missionary candidate by Sudan Interior Missions and in 1961 she sailed on a freighter from New York City to Switzerland for language studies and then ultimately to Dahomey, French West Africa where she served as a nurse on several mission stations for approximately 45 years.Greta returned to Coudersport upon her retirement from the mission field, residing there for several years before moving to Sebring Missionary Village.Surviving are a sister, Marilyn Jackson (Dr. Robert) Wagner of Coudersport; two brothers, Donald “Buck” (Carol) Jackson and Daryl (Judy) Jackson, both of Coudersport; and many nieces nephews, and friends.In addition to her parents, Greta was predeceased by a brother and his wife, Dale and Jane Jackson; and two sisters, Lois I. Jackson and Rhea Reeves and her husband, Pastor Charles Reeves.Family and friends may call from 10 am to 11 am on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at the North Eulalia Baptist Church, Route 49 West, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 11 am with Michael C. Reeves, pastor and Greta’s nephew, officiating. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greta’s home church, North Eulalia Baptist Church, Route 49 West, Coudersport, PA 16915,Greta’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Greta, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday October 29, 2019

 

 

Black Forest Express

 

 Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 64; Overnight low, 50 Smidgen of rain

TUE-INCREASING CLOUDS, HIGH  60

TUE NIGHT-LOW, 49

WED-CLOUDY, HIGH 63

WED NIGHT-CHANCE OF SHOWERS, LOW 53

THU-MORNING SHOWERS, THEN RAIN HIGH 68

THU NIGHT-RAIN, LOW 43

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Mansfield resident accused of knocking woman down with his truck and running over foot….Wellsville woman arrested for hurting Genesee Township man…Harassment charges filed against Mansfield man…..Credit card theft probed by Coudersport state police…Farmer escapes injury when tractor and manure equipment rolls over….Westfield man arrested after allegedly walking into telephone pole while drunk….Two McKean County men cited following altercation…Troopers arrest Millerton woman for disorderly conduct….Congressman Keller tells area residents pollsters will be watching what happens next Tuesday in Pennsylvania……

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Mansfield based state police have arrested a 26 year old resident of that town for assault with a weapon. Troopers claim, the suspect whose name was not released, was sitting in the cab of  his2007 Dodge Ram Promaster while arguing with a 23 year old Mansfield woman who was standing next to the driver side door on the night of October 17 along Route 6 in Richmond Township.The suspect allegedly backed up knocking the woman down with it driver side mirror and running over her foot causing serious injury. He reportedly left the scene without rendering aid but was later located and was committed to the Tioga County Prison.

A  48 year old Wellsville, NY woman was arrested for assaulting a 43 year old Genesee Township man on Commercial Street in  Genesee on the evening of October 10. State police claim the woman scratch the victim’s left hand and arm during a disagreement.

Troopers at Mansfield have charged 50 year old William Martin of Mansfield with physical harassment in connection to an assault allegedly taking place on the night of September 14 at 30 Black Top Lane in Richmond Township. Authorities claim Martin grabbed 40 year old Angela Wilkins by the arm and pushed 51 yea rold Mansfield resident Tammy  Button telling her he would shoot her. While investigating, state police allegedly found marijuana plants growing outside Martin’s home.

A case of theft by deception is being investigated by state police at the Coudersport barracks. Apparently someone used a credit card belonging to Jennifer Gorda of Galeton on October 20 without her permission.

A Tioga County farmer escaped injury when his tractor and manure equipment overturned Saturday evening. Mansfield state police did not release the man’s name but say the farmer was driving a 2011 Case 140 Maxxum on the West Branch Road in Shippen Townshp during a rain s torm. While going down a hill, the manure tanker and pump weaved and then jackknifed causing the tractor to spin across the road and roll onto its right side. The manure pump broke free and landed on the east side of the road. The tractor and tanker came to rest alongside an embankment near a residential lawn. After being righted, the tractor and tanker were driven from the scene.

A Liberty driver escaped injury in a mishap Monday morning in Richmond Township. State police say Boyd Mitsifer was going about 70 mph on Route 15 when the driver’s side rear wheels came off. Mitstifer was able to bring the pick up to a controlled stop.

Police did not release the name of the driver of a 2004 GMC Yukon which hit a deer on Route 6 in Shippen Township late Sunday night. There were no injuries or property damage.

Troopers arrested a 44 year old Westfield man for public drunkenness Saturday afternoon. The suspect was observed walking along Route 49 in Westfield Township and walked into a telephone pole.

Charges are pending against two Rew residents following a fight early October e20 on the Northland Road in Keating Township. Police claim a disagreement between the two erupted into a physical altercation.

Michele Powlison. 67,  of Millerton has been cited for disorderly conduct following a  heated discussion with staff at Verizon Wireless in Mansfield Monday afternoon.

Pennsylvania’s Municipal Election is a week away. Voters will be choosing township and borough officials, county officeholders and statewide judges. Congressman Fred Keller, representing the new 12 congressional district was the featured speaker at the “Deplorables Luncheon” sponsored by the Potter County Republican Committee. Keller won a special election earlier in the year to replace Tom Marino who resigned shortly after taking office last January due to health reasons. Keller told the group assembled at the West End Grill that all eyes will be on Pennsylvania next Tuesday to see how many local and state seats will be filled by Republicans which will be a harbinger for the 2020 election and  the potential for keeping Pennsylvania for President Trump who according to pollsters, surprisingly won the usual “blue” state in 2016. You can hear Keller’s remarks on our website. Just click on Black Forest Trails.

Obituary

LaDesssa Coats Chief, 61, of Rocklin, passed away on June 18, 2018, after a long illness.LaDessa was born in Moscow, Idaho to Durwood and Helen Longfors Coats (formerly of Alma, NY). Preceded in death by her father and her sister Helmi Coats. Survived by her husband Leonard Chief of Rocklin, California; her mother Helen Henderson of Park Rapids, Minnesota; her brothers, Bob (Carla) Coats of Thorofare, New Jersey and Aarne (Cindy) Coats of Lone Pine, California; and several nieces and nephews.

LaDessa waited tables to buy her first car, a 1969 Mustang fastback; she enjoyed owning sports cars throughout her younger years. LaDessa was a 1975 graduate of Sierra High School in Tollhouse, California. She attended Reedley Junior College for two years before enlisting in the US Air Force as an Electronics Technician. She served honorably for four years active duty at Travis Air Force Base in California, followed by nine years in the Air Force Reserves. LaDessa had many temporary duty assignments, including Okinawa, the Philippines, Korea, and Hawaii. While serving she made two close, lifelong friends, Cecelia and Martha.

Upon discharge from active duty in 1982, LaDessa went to work for AT&T as a Testing Technician where she worked until retiring in 2012. Her friend Cecelia also worked with her at AT&T. She married her soulmate, Leonard Chief, in 2000 and they enjoyed almost two decades of marriage. LaDessa never had children of her own, but deeply loved her nieces and nephews. She enjoyed being a part of their lives through cards, letters, and visits. She was also very protective and supportive of her brothers and could be relied on for comfort at any time.

Like her father before her, LaDessa inherited Myotonia, a form of muscular dystrophy. It slowly took her health in her later years. Fortunately, Leonard was there for her and she remained independent of others and self-reliant.

LaDesssa will always be loved and missed by those whose lives she touched.

Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 am on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa. The Rev. Thomas Isaacson, pastor of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, will officiate. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse, Pa.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Saturday.

LaDessa’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of LaDessa, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.