Friday February 28, 2020

Black Forest Express


Thursday’s high, 44; Overnight low, 20







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Obituary: Sharon Reed, Coudersport (Shinglehouse and Portville)

Supplement may help to reduce cows’ belching…..Senior Citizens warned about another scam…..State police at Lewis Run are looking for 17 year old runaway…..Wellsboro woman accused of pushing another during a parking lot fight…..

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You may have heard some environmentalists suggesting that part of our global warming is due to cow flatulence. In fact, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York City said we should stop eating beef in order to reduce that methane emission however she apparently doesn’t know that cows also produce milk.  Research inidicates a feed supplement for dairy cows cuts their methane emission by about a quarter.The addition of 3-Nitrooxypropanol to the feed of dairy cows reduced their enteric methane emissions by about 25% in a recently published study — one in a series of Penn State studies of the investigational substance in the United States — which might be an early step toward it being approved for use in this country.Often referred to as 3-NOP, the compound inhibits an enzyme that is crucial to the final stage of methane synthesis in a cow’s rumen. When 3-NOP is fed to cattle, their methane production is inhibitedaccording to  researchers at Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.In addition to exploring 3-NOP’s effect on enteric methane emissions, the 15-week study conducted at the Penn State Dairy Teaching and Research Center examined 3-NOP’s influence on rumen fermentation, lactational performance, sensory properties of milk and the resumption of ovarian cycles in 56 lactating dairy cows. The results, which were published in the Journal of Dairy Science, confirmed those of other 3-NOP trials conducted at Penn State and around the world. Compared with the control group, cows ingesting 3-NOP decreased their daily methane emissions by 26%, methane yield by 21% and methane emission intensity by 25%. Significantly, the investigational substance did not affect lactational performance of the cows and in fact increased their feed efficiency per unit of milk yield. The sensory properties of milk from cows fed 3-NOP and cheese made from that milk were not affected by treatment.Methane — a natural byproduct of digestion in ruminants — is released by cows into the atmosphere mostly through belching. So, the results of 3-NOP trials are viewed by many scientists as critical, if the carbon footprint of dairy and beef cattle production is to be reduced to help slow climate change, 3-NOP is the only substance that has worked significantly in reducing enteric methane in cattle and not had unacceptable effects on milk production or quality.The Penn State research, including other studies completed or currently underway, is a critical step in the approval process for 3-NOP use in the United States and around the world, Hristov argues Dutch health and nutrition giant DSM, which has a patent on 3-NOP, already has applied to European regulators for authorization to sell the compound as a cattle feed additive. The company hopes to launch the product in the European Union by early 2021, followed by registrations in other regions such as Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.The climate-change contribution of methane from cow burping — often incorrectly characterized as cow flatulence — has been the subject of considerable derision within the U.S. The average dairy cow belches approximately 350 pounds of the potent greenhouse gas each year.Methane from animal agriculture is just 5% of the total greenhouse gases produced in the United States — much, much more comes from the energy and transportation sectors.3-NOP is expected to be economical, so farmers could afford to use it.The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture supported this work. DSM Nutritional Products provided partial financial support and 3-NOP for the project.

And briefly Black Forest Broadcasting  is advising area senior citizens about the latest scam. We know of residents who have received phone calls from someone purporting to be from the Social Security Office stating that the phone customers social security number has been suspended. “This is officer Marie Gomez from the Social Security Administration. This is to inform you that your social security number has been suspended due to some reasons, we request you to call us back on 4696762 5591. I repeated 469-676-5591 Thank you.”  First Social Security does not call recipients unless they’re returning a call that has been placed by a senior second of all social security numbers cannot be suspended So hang up according to police the best solution.

In other news state police at Lewis run arrested a 54 year old Bradford man whose name they did not release for drug possession. Troopers say when they pulled the suspect over on Derrick  Road at Beachwood Drive in Foster township Tuesday afternoon, they found he was driving under the influence of drugs and was allegedly found in possession of drug paraphernalia. Charges are pending in District Court,

Troopers at Lewis Run  are looking for a 17 year old runaway . Faith Ann Miller age 17 was last reported to have been wearing nursing scrubs of an unknown color she is five foot two has brown hair and hazel eyes and was seen leaving her place of employment, the Pines Health Care Rehabilitation Center in Olean at around 10pm Tuesday.  She has not been seen or heard from since.  Anyone who has information as to her whereabouts is asked to call state place at Lewis Run 814-368-9230. She was driving a green Pontiac sedan when she left and police did not indicate if this is related, however, on February 20, they responded to a physical harassment occurring on West Washington Street where the runaway lives and indicated there was possible domestic violence between a mother and child. That investigation is continuing.

 A Wellsboro  woman is facing charges of physical harassment in District Court for an incident allegedly taking place Wednesday night in the parking lot of the Duncan Tavern,  State police did not release first names but claim that suspect Perry pushed victim Carroll during an argument. There were no injuries but charges are being filed before District Judge Robert Repard.

A 73 year old Port Allegany  man has been arrested for criminal trespass. Police claim that last Friday. he went onto posted property along Champlin Hill Road without the owner’s permission.


Thursday February 27, 2020

Wednesday’s high, 45; Overnight low, 22; 1” snow







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Area school districts receive more than $1.68 million dollars for school safety….Ridgway based state police investigate case of “sexting”, ….Coudersport man arrested for shop lifting at St. Marys Walmart……Emporium ex con arrested for gun possession…Tioga County man bilked out of $1000 and semi-automatic handgun stolen from Tioga County home….

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School safety grants totaling $1,680,530 are being awarded to 27 school districts in the 25th Senatorial District, according to Senator Joe Scarnati(R-25).Scarnati explained that funding for school safety initiatives has been one of his top priorities.The grants are facilitated as part of the School Safety and Security Grant Program, which was created by lawmakers in 2018.Thefunding was approved by the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).Eligible uses for the grants include hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention curricula, offering counseling services for students, and creating other programs to protect students.

25th Senatorial District School Districts that will receive grants include:

  • Canton Area SD $30,000.00
  • Cameron County SD $114,979.00
  • Clarion-Limestone Area SD $30,000.00
  • Clearfield Area SD $40,000.00
  • DuBois Area SD $40,000.00
  • West Branch Area SD $30,000.00
  • Keystone Central SD $45,000.00
  • Johnsonburg Area SD $30,000.00
  • Ridgway Area SD $30,000.00
  • Saint Marys Area SD $35,000.00
  • Forest Area SD $30,000.00
  • Brockway Area SD $30,000.00
  • Brookville Area SD $35,000.00
  • Punxsutawney Area SD $40,000.00
  • Jersey Shore Area SD $40,000.00
  • Bradford Area SD $448,833.00
  • Kane Area SD $30,000.00
  • Otto-Eldred SD $30,000.00
  • Port Allegany SD $30,000.00
  • Smethport Area SD $30,000.00
  • Austin Area SD $30,000.00
  • Coudersport Area SD $30,000.00
  • Galeton Area SD $30,000.00
  • Northern Potter SD $30,000.00
  • Oswayo Valley SD $30,000.00
  • Northern Tioga SD $326,718.00
  • Wellsboro Area SD $35,000.00


A total of approximately $53.7 million was awarded for 524 projects throughout the state in the current round of funding. PCCD received a total of 970 applications totaling $134.5 million for school safety projects in the current Fiscal Year.In spite of the popularity and importance of the School Safety program, Governor Wolf’s 2020-2021 budget proposes to cut $45 million from the program next year – a 75-percent reduction. Senate Republicans have made restoring this funding a top priority in budget negotiations.

Troopers at Ridgway are continuing to investigate a “sexting” taking place last summer in Elk County. A 15 year old girl sent a nude photo of herself to a 19 year old male and the picture has been sent and received by others.

A Coudersport man has been arrested by Ridgway based state police for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart store. Troopers claim 29 year old Eric James Ditzler and a female companion stole $182.41 worth of merchandise last Saturday afternoon. Police say they recovered assorted clothing items, toiletries, pens and a pregnancy test. Police did not release Ditzler’s name however Black Forest was able to find it in public documents. Apparently charges  have not been filed against the woman.

A 40 year old Shippen Township man has been arrested by Emporium based state police for illegal possession of a fire arm. When troopers conducted a welfare check on 40 year old Richard Earle, Jr. at his Mountain Top Road Tuesday evening they found a gun inside the house. As a convicted felon, Earle is not allowed to own a gun. Police removed the weapon from the house.

A theft by deception is being investigated by state police at Mansfield.  Tony  Stitely of Blossburg told authorities he purchased a transmission on September 24 from an online company, “Got All Auto Parts” or “” but has never received the transmission and his $1,000 payment has not been received.

Burglars stole a Ruger LCS9 semi-automatic  hand gun from the home of Steven Hand on Scouten Hill Road in Charleston Township. The gun, which is valued at $400 was taken  between December 8 and 15. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151,

Wednesday February 26, 2020

Tuesday’s high, 53; Overnight low, 34, light rain







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 Unemployment goes up throughout the  region……This is FFA week ……Troopers  at Mansfield investigate sexual assault of a juvenile girl several years ago…Three people arrested for a Tioga County fight….Wellsboro woman accused of stealing money from employer…..

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Despite a record low jobless rate nationally, unemployment went up  between November and December in in all five counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting. Potter County’s went up from 6.7% to 7.1%; Mckean saw an increase from 5.9% to 6.4%; Cameron County’s increased from 6.5 %to 8.1%; Tioga County’s went up from 5.8% to 6./2%; and Elk realized an uptick from 6.,2% to 7.1%.The national rate was c.5% during the period and Pennsylvania’s was 4.5%. Centre County had the best rate in Pennsylvania at 3,3% even though that was slight increase from the previous month of 1/10 of one percent. Cameron County had the highest unemployment  in the state during the period.

The Pennsylvania  Senate, earlier this month,  unanimously approved a resolution sponsored by State Senator Elder Vogel (R-47) declaring the week of February 19 through 26, 2011 as FFA week in Pennsylvania.The Future Farmers of America (FFA) was founded in 1928 by a group of young farmers. Today, there are more than 520,000 FFA members in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. The membership includes not only famers, but also a diverse group in agriculture related science and business.

“The FFA does more than promote agricultural careers to our younger generations,” Vogel said. “They also impart to these young men and women time-honored values of hard work, education, and community involvement. Agriculture remains our largest industry because groups like the FFA continue to promote not only farming, but biology, chemistry, agribusiness, and other related fields.

Senator Vogel said the resolution recognizes the importance that the FFA plays in promoting agriculture and the personal development of their members.

Yesterday we reported troopers at Lewis Run are investigating the alleged sexual assault of two young girls in the Smethport area 11-12 years ago. Today, we tell you Troopers at Mansfield are investigating the rape allegedly of  a young girl taking place between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2019. The suspect is known to police, although they did not release his name and the investigation is continuing. The alleged crime was reported by Children and Youth Childine Report.

All three people involved In a scuffle on the evening of January 30 on Apache Lane in the borough of Tioga, are being cited f or physical harassment. State police say the incident began when a 49 year old Blossburg man entered the home of a 28 year old man and a 26 year old woman and became involved in an argument over a civil matter. The intrude refused to leave the house and then all three began hitting each other.

State police at Mansfield have charged a 24 year old Wellsboro woman for theft. Troopers did not release the suspect’s name, but allege she stole money on three occasions while being employed at AutoZone on S. Main Street in Richmond Township over the past month.