Tuesday December 31, 2019

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Monday’s high, 47; Overnight low, 33; light snow







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Obituary: Mary Mitchell, Coudersport

Weather-related accident investigated in McKean County….Gifford man facing DUI charges….Vandals damage Tioga County house….First Day hikes planned for Wednesday throughout the region….

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A Shinglehouse resident escaped injury in a weather-related accident Saturday afternoon in Ceres Township, McKean County  Dustin Bean, 21, was going south on the Barden Brook Road when his For Ranger hit a patch of ice on the unmaintained road, slide backwards down over an embankment and hit a tree. The continued for about 20 more feet before s topping.

DUI charges are pending against 50 year old Jason Abrams oi Gifford who was pulled over by patrol officers on Woodard Road in Keating Township on the evening of November 29.

State police at Mansfield are looking for vandals who caused $200 in damage, with a pellet gun  to siding  on a house on Old State Road in Sullivan Township Tioga County last Friday morning.

The 2020 Step Outdoors Winter Outings Series will begin on New Year’s Day, Wednesday Jan. 1 with First Day Hikes at three state parks, according to organizer Tim Morey, a natural resource specialist with the Hills Creek State Park Complex.

“With the merger of the Tioga County Visitors Bureau and the Potter County Visitors Association on July 1, 2017, Step Outdoors expanded from being a Tioga County-based program to including activities from both counties,” said Pete Herres, a member of the Step Outdoors Network. “For the first time in 2019, we offered activities not only in January and February but in March, too” Herres noted.

“More than 30 activities will be offered in Tioga and Potter counties in January, February and March of 2020,” Morey said. “Included are lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Several programs combine indoor and outdoor activities and others are offered indoors only,” he said. “The majority of them are free and open to adults and children under adult supervision, from beginners to the experienced,” Morey added.

First Day Hike or Snowshoe & 5K will be at Hills Creek on Jan. 1

Start 2020 on the right foot by participating in the free First Day Guided Hike or 5K at Hills Creek State Park at 111 Spillway Road in Charleston Township, seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Tioga County. On Wednesday, Jan. 1, participants will meet at the park’s beach parking area to participate in either the hike or 5K. Runners should arrive between 12 and 12:30 p.m. to register for the 5K and pick up course information before the 1 p.m. start. The 5K is a free, no frills event. There are no aid stations and no awards. Runners write down their own times. The goal is for 5K participants to challenge themselves on a course around Hills Creek Lake. The short, family oriented, slow-paced guided hike of less than 1.5 miles will be on Tauscher’s Trail. If conditions allow, it will become a guided snowshoe hike. Hikers are encouraged to bring their own snowshoes or traction devices. A limited supply of both will be available to use free. Leader is Tim Morey. Hikers will cheer on 5K runners at 1 p.m. and then leave on their own adventure. Come early and stay late. If there is enough snow, families are welcome to bring sleds, tubes or toboggans and give the park’s Sledding Hill a try or cross-country ski, snowshoe or hike on the park’s trails and campground roads. For information, call the park at 570-724-4246.

First Day Hike is Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Lyman Run State Park

A free, First Day Guided Family Nature Hike will be on Wednesday, Jan. 1 at Lyman Run State Park at 454 Lyman Run Road in Galeton, Potter County. Bring cameras. Meet at 1 p.m. at the Lower Campground/Trail Head parking lot to go on this easy walk of less than a mile along the Lower Lyman Trail. Leader Maxine Harrison will identify different trees; encourage hikers to search for tracks and other signs of winter animal activity along with stream ecology and exploring the beaver pond. The hike is suitable for adults and children. Dogs must be on leash and under control at all times. Due to conditions, traction devices may be required and hiking poles are recommended. Preregistration is not required. For more information, call the park at (814) 435-5010.

First Day Hike is Jan. 1 at Sinnemahoning State Park

At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 1, meet at the Sinnemahoning State Park Wildlife Center at 4843 Park Drive in Austin, Potter County for a free, easy, family-friendly 2.5-mile First Day Guided Hike along the fairly level Lowlands Trail. See dens, nests and other animal traces and enjoy the beauty of First Fork Valley. Recommended for adults and children eight and up. Dress for the weather. Bring water. Preregistration is not required. FMI: Call the park office at 814-647-8401 and dial 0 for the front desk or email SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov.

Register by Jan. 2 for Jan. 4 Snowshoeing Basics at Sinnemahoning

Thursday, Jan. 2 is the deadline to register for Snowshoeing Basics. It’ s free. Some snowshoes and trekking poles will be provided for youth and adults or participants can bring their own. Join experienced snowshoer Kimberly Lott on Saturday, Jan. 4 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Sinnemahoning State Park Wildlife Center at 4843 Park Drive in Austin, Potter County. The program will begin indoors in the Wildlife Center classroom with an introduction to snowshoeing equipment and styles, followed by a guided practice instruction on level ground and then a short excursion on the trail. If snow depth is insufficient for snowshoeing, the indoor program will be held followed by a two- to three-mile nature hike. Register online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/sinnemahoning_state_park. FMI: Call the park office at 814-647-8401 and dial 0 for the front desk or email SinnemahoningSP@pa.gov.

Eagle Watch is Sunday, Jan. 5 at Tioga-Hammond Dam Spillway

At 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020 a free, one-hour Eagle Watch led by local expert Matt West will be at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Tioga-Hammond Dam spillway at 94-98 South Main Street in Tioga Borough. This is one of the best spots in the area to see bald eagles. Bring a camera and binoculars. A limited number of spotting scopes and binoculars will be available. West will talk about the life of the bald eagle, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s reintroduction program, how to identify this raptor and areas in Tioga County where people can go to see them. To get to the spillway from Wellsboro, take Route 287 north for 17 miles, turn right at the stop sign onto South Main Street in Tioga Borough, drive to the end of the street, wind past the park entrance gate and drive past the spillway to the parking area. For information, call the Ives Run Visitor Information Center at 570-835-5281.


Mary Y. MITCHELL, 96, of Coudersport, PA, died Sunday, December 29, 2019 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport. 

Born January 4, 1923, in Limestone, NY, she was the daughter of Joseph and Antoinette Naples Yannie.She was employed as a nurse’s aide by Cole Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1985.  She then was employed by the Coudersport Chamber of Commerce and Career Link.Mary attended Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport. She was an accomplished seamstress, avid reader, enjoyed playing cards and traveling.Surviving are: two sons: Dale Mitchell of Eagle, WI and David (Sharon) Mitchell of Franklin, MA; three daughters: Nadine (Joel) Shade of Coudersport, Lana Foust of Coudersport, and Gloria (John) Kaeselau of Elma, NY; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a brother, Lawrence “Larry” (Beth) Yannie of Charlotte, NC; a sister, Josephine (Paul) Corey of Coudersport; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a grandson, Benjamin Mitchell; a daughter-in-law, Jackie Mitchell; a son-in-law, John Foust; four sisters, Louise Camp, Lucy White, Ann Long, and Lena Shaver; and three brothers, John Yannie, Alexander Yannie, and Paul Yannie. A memorial service will be held in Spring 2020 at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport. Burial will be in St. Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.Memorials may be made to Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. Third St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or the Cole Foundation, Attn: Andrea Streich, (for Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Patient Activity Fund), 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.To send flowers to Mary’s family, please visit our floral section.

Monday December 30, 2019

Black Forest Express

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Sunday’s high, 52; Overnight low, 43; unmeasured rain







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Johnsonburg couple arrested for animal cruelty and neglect…Wilcox woman sought for physical harassment……icy roads blamed for Tioga County accident……One driver hurt in collision……..Theft of several items from Emporium residence investigated…

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State police at Ridgway have arrested a Johnsonburg  couple for animal cruelty and neglect. Troopers allege 48 year old Ian Benson and 42 year old Amy Benson  moved from the residence at 1022 Water Street Extension in Ridgway township and left behind a dog for three months  with no shelter, food or water and was sleeping on piles of garbage. The dog had extremely protruding ribs, hip bones and vertebrae bones. Charges have been filed in district court. Police did not report if the dog had to be put down or if it is undergoing treatment.

A Wilcox woman is being sought in connection to a physical harassment allegedly taking place Saturday morning at 2284 Mefferts Run Road in Jones Township, Elk County. Authorities claim 34 year old Terra SChloder assaulted 20 year old Madilyn Schloder during an argument but let the scene before police arrived. Anyone who knows of her whereabouts’ is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136.

Troopers at Lewis Run are looking for the driver of a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado which went off of Route 59 near Music Mountain Road intersection at around 3:30 am Saturday and landed in a ditch. The driver left the scene before police arrived. The pick up had to be pulled out of the ditch.

Icy conditions on Pinecreek Road in Delmar Township are blamed for a one-vehicle accident Saturday morning. State police at Mansfield say  as Robert Spong of Wellsboro was cresting a hill, his Ford Ranger slide on the ice covered road and went down a three foot embankment before rolling over onto its room. Spong declined treatment for a minor injury.

A Saratoga Springs man escaped injury in a car/deer collision Christmas morning on Route 15 in Lawrence Township, Tioga County.  Raymond Goss was unable to avoid hitting the deer with his  northbound  Lexus.

DUI charges are being filed against 40 year old Jeremy Rossi of Ridgway after state police pulled his 2001 Jeep over for alleged traffic violations on Lafayette Street  in that town Christmas evening.

Emporium-based state police are looking for the thief or thieves who stole property fron a home on Est Fourth Street in that town Saturday evening. Stolen items included a brake caliper, rotor, personal paperwork and a pinball machine belonging to Richard Housler.


Friday December 27, 2019

Black Forest Express

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Thursday’s high 52, Overnight low, 38







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Johnsonburg man arrested for stealing a vehicle…..Police looking for Grinch who stole Santa and Mrs. Claus from Dagus Mines residence….Smethport woman facing DUI charges…..Volunteers needed for next week’s bird count in Tioga County…

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A Johnsonburg man has been arrested for theft, drug paraphernalia and possession. Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving with suspended license. While investigating the report of a theft of a motor vehicle, troopers encountered 34 year old Joseph Gerg on the Boot Jack Road and placed him under arrest Thursday afternoon.

Troopers at Ridgway are looking for the Grinch who stole a plastic inflatable Santa and Mrs. Claus belonging to a 56 year old Dagus Mines resident early this morning. The thief apparently headed toward the Toby Road intersection after taking the couple at around 3:15 am.

State police at Lewis Run arrested a 51 year old Smethport woman for DUI after stopping her 2011 Chevrolet over on Route 446 last night when she was allegedly observed committing traffic violations.

The Tiadaghton Audubon Society is holding its 52nd Annual Wellsboro-Mansfield Circle bird count on Wednesday January 1, New Year’s Day.The center of the circle is the intersection of Whitneyville and Charleston roads. The bird count areas included in the circle are: North – Ives Run Campground; South – Arnot and South Elk Road; West – Route 6 and Heise Run Road; and East – Mansfield University.  People willing to volunteer their time to help with the count are asked to email their names and email addresses before 7 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 29 to tasmember@yahoo.com or for more information to call Sean and Robin Minnick at 570-948-9052. All volunteers will receive an area assignment via email. Those who are new to counting will be teamed up with others who are experienced. It is not necessary to be a member of the Tiadaghton or the National Audubon Society to participate in this bird count.

During the past several decades, the number of individuals participating in the Mansfield-Wellsboro count has remained consistent at 20 even though different people do it. The number of bird species recorded has averaged 45 and the total number of birds counted around 5,000. During the past four years, the total number of birds recorded has dropped from around 5,000 to closer to 4,000.

When Frank Chapman started the Christmas Bird Count in 1900, no one could have predicted how important it would become as a resource and tool for conservation. The nationwide count has helped document the comeback of the previously endangered bald eagle and significant increases in waterfowl populations, both the result of conservation efforts.