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.


Tuesday February 25, 2020

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Monday’s high, 52; overnight low, 19, light rain







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More than 60 tires dumped on property in Rutland Township, Tioga County…..All four people involved in a melee last month also in Rutland Township, facing charges…..Troopers at Lewis Run investigating a “cold case” of suspected indecent assault in Keating Township in McKean County…..icy road blamed for one-vehicle accident in Hamlin Township…..

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A package of bills to help prevent Elder Abuse is being considered in the state House.– State Rep. Gary Day (R-Lehigh/Berks) convened a House Aging and Older Adult Services Committee hearing last week  in Bucks County to listen to stakeholders with an interest in a four-bill package of legislation aimed at combatting elder abuse.The committee heard from testifiers who provided feedback about the four bills. Day sponsored one of the proposals – House Bill 398 – under consideration by the committee.Day’s bill would protect older Pennsylvanians susceptible to financial exploitation and would enable those senior citizens who have been financially exploited to pursue justice. The legislation would allow financial advisors to report to law enforcement or a government agency the suspected financial exploitation of older residents. It also would enable adults who have been financially exploited to seek recompense for legal fees and costs, and additional compensation related to the crime. Current law does not provide a specific remedy for older adults who suffer financial exploitation.The committee heard additional testimony about legislation (House Bill 397) that would permit electronic monitoring devices in long-term nursing care facilities. Another proposal (House Bill 398) would establish financial exploitation of elderly or care-dependent individuals as a crime and provide specific punishments and penalties. Current law does not specifically prohibit financial exploitation of elderly or care-dependent people. The fourth bill in the package (House Bill 400) would make it a crime to ridicule care-dependent persons by sharing photographs, videos or other digital images of them through social media or wireless communication.

State police at Lewis Run are pursuing a cold case of indecent assault. Authorities say the case involves two pre-teenage girls  11-12 years ago on Pierce Brook Road in Keating Township who were inappropriately touched. Police were notified through a Childline Report of suspected abuse.

A Shinglehouse driver escaped injury in a car/deer encounter early Sunday morning in Ceres Township. Toby Miller told police his GMC Sierra went off of the McCrea Brook Bridge and hit a tree when he swerved to avoid a deer. Miller was later located at his residence and told officers he was not hurt but his the 2011 pick up  had to be towed away.

Injuries were reported for a  Hazel Hurst driver after a weather-related accident Friday afternoon in Hamlin Township, McKean County. A Ford XLT driven by Melissa Himes slid across Route 6 near Dewey Avenue in Hamlin Township and enter and snow and ice packed ditch causing the front driver’s side tire to become stuck and throw the truck into a spin before it rolled over onto its roof.

All four people involved in a melee on Bakercrest Road in Rutland Township Tioga County on the evening of January 30 are being cited for physical harassment. Police did not release the names but say a 63 year old Mansfield man  a 40 year old Trout Run man,  a 55 year old man and a 54 year old woman, both from Millerton are facing charges in District Court.

Troopers at Mansfield are looking for the person who dumped more than 67 tires at around 9:00 am last Thursday, February 20. The tires were being hauled by a white truck and were dumped on township property along the West Branch Road between Bailey Creek Road and Tower Hill Road. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at 570.662.2151.


Monday February 24, 2020

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Sunday’s high, 46; Overnight low, 16







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Obituary: James “Jim” Salada, Shinglehouse

Tri-County REC launches broadband project…..Benezette man arrested for stealing money from bar…….camp burglary investigated by state police at Ridgway…..Motorists arrested for DUI and/or drug possession in three counties….

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Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative officially kicked off the first phase of its multi-year project to deliver high-speed fiber internet to rural north-central Pennsylvania during a launch ceremony in Coudersport, Pa., Friday.Federal, state and local officials, key vendors, and economic development, business and community leaders joined with representatives of Tri-County and its broadband internet subsidiary, Tri-Co Connections, to mark the beginning of a six-year project aimed at providing broadband internet service throughout the cooperative’s 5,000-square-mile service territory.Tri-County becomes the first electric cooperative in Pennsylvania to launch a fiber-to-the-home internet project, which will provide its members access to affordable high-speed internet service.“Our goal from the beginning has been to bring broadband to our rural communities just like we brought electricity to them back in the 1930s,” said Tri-County President & CEO Craig Eccher. “I am excited to report that our contractors have strung more than 35 miles of fiber-optic cable in the Coudersport area, and we will be connecting our first broadband customers in the coming days.This achievement would not be possible without the strong support of our elected officials and economic development leaders,” Eccher continued. “I am ever grateful to all who backed our efforts to bridge the digital divide in north-central Pennsylvania.”

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Craig Eccher,President and CEO of Tri-County and Congressman Fred Keller connect

the launch of Tri-Co Broadband. A Representtive from the Governor’s office and Rep. Clint 

U.S. Congressman Fred Keller (R-PA) attended the launch ceremony and congratulated the cooperative and Corning Incorporated for their efforts to improve the quality of life and encourage economic development in the region.“I thank Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative and Corning Inc. for prioritizing this important infrastructure project,” Keller said. “Rural broadband expansion projects like this help unlock the potential of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District. In Congress, I will continue to support sound legislation that supports the expansion of rural broadband to enhance educational, business, and trade opportunities and provide for the future of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District.”Corning Incorporated was selected as the optical fiber supplier for the project, which will result in the construction of 2,800 miles of fiber across all or parts of seven counties over the next five to six years.“Corning Incorporated is the perfect fit for our broadband project due to its proximity to our service territory and our shared commitment to advancing the region’s economic development objectives and improving the quality of life for our residents,” Eccher said.“This collaboration with Tri-County is an excellent example of Corning’s commitment to bring fiber to the American people across the country,” said Mike Jahn, FTTx sales director. “High-speed broadband is a necessity in today’s world, and we’re excited to help Tri-County deliver long-term value to communities across north-central Pennsylvania.”

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Bill Gerski, SVP Business Development Tri-Co Connections after Map of  first deployment 

was lit up for viewing.

The fiber build-out officially kicked off Nov. 18, 2019, when crews began work along Dingman Run Road outside of Coudersport. Since then, crews have completed 35 miles of fiber optic cable construction in Tri-County service territory north of Coudersport.

Phase one of the build-out entails construction of about 110 miles of fiber in western portions of Tri-County’s service area that will make broadband service available to approximately 1,300 Tri-County residential, seasonal and commercial members.Tri-Co Connections is expected to connect its first internet customers in the first quarter of 2020.After phase one construction in the Coudersport area concludes in early spring, the project will shift to phase two: building a 385-mile fiber backbone that will connect Tri-County REC’s substations. The fiber backbone will improve electric system communications and expand the cooperative’s smart grid capabilities.Tri-County has secured a portion of funding for the project from the Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, the FCC Connect America Fund Phase II auction, the Pennsylvania Broadband Initiatives Program, the Appalachian Regional Commission and the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp.“This launch marks a historic day for Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative members and our region,” said Bill Gerski, Tri-Co Connection’s senior vice president for business development. “We expect the availability of broadband will transform our region by spurring job creation, bolstering economic development, discouraging youth out-migration and creating opportunities in areas such as telemedicine and distance learning. This is a game-changer for north-central Pennsylvania.”With headquarters in Mansfield, Pa., Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative has served the residents of north-central Pennsylvania since 1937. Today the cooperative provides electricity to over 16,600 members in Tioga, Potter, Bradford, Lycoming, Clinton, McKean and Cameron counties.Corning ( is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science, with a more than 165-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramic science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing and engineering capabilities to develop category-defining products that transform industries and enhance people’s lives.

A 27 year old Benezette man has been jailed for burglarizing The Benezette Hotel  early lst Friday morning. State police allege the suspect, whose name they did not release, took $390 from the bar. Charges are pending in district court.

A camp break-in on the Bennetts Valley Highway is also being investigated by state police at Ridgway. Sometime since November 18, 2017, thieves stole numerous item’s  from the empty house howed by a 56 year old Penfield woman.

Several  motorists have been arrested for DUI. State police at Emporium charged the driver of a 2018 Ford after allegedly finding 16 grams of pot and paraphernalia when they conducted a traffic stop near Hunts Run  in Lumber Township Friday afternoon. Officers assert they smelled a strong odor of marijuana coming from inside the vehicle and report the driver admitted there was weed in the vehicle. A 31 year old  Weedville woman was allegedly found to be driving her  2017 Chevrolet Camaro after it hit a tractor trailer in the Valley Farm Market Gas Station on The Bennetts Valley Highway last Thursday afternoon. State police at Lewis Run are charging a 19 year old Kane woman with possession of drug paraphernalia after stopping her 2005 Ford Explorer  on Poplar Street in that town Friday afternoon for a traffic violation.  Drug possession charges are pending against a 37 year old DuBois resident wh was pulled over by Lewis Run state at Lewis  Saturday morning on Route 219 in Hamlin Township. The names of all of  the suspects were withheld by state police.

James K. “Jim” Salada, 64, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday (Feb. 22, 2020) in UPMC Hamot, Erie.Born on Monday, Sept. 26, 1955, in Erie, he was a son of James L. and Margaret Sulin Salada.Jim was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Shinglehouse, Class of 1974 and a graduate of Jamestown Community College, Olean, N.Y. He was employed for over 20 years as a mechanical engineer at the former Olean American Tile in Olean, until the plant closed. Then, for a short period of time, he was employed by Dresser Rand in Olean, N.Y. until moving to Goose Creek, S.C. to accept a position with Bosch Automotive in Charleston, S.C. as a logistics engineer. Jim returned to his beloved home in Shinglehouse after retiring in 2019.Jim was a member of Grace Bible Independent Bible Church in Shinglehouse. He loved to fish, both fresh and salt water. An avid traveler in his younger years, he traveled to Egypt on an archaeological dig. His greatest love was his family and the family farm, “Salada Farms,” in Shinglehouse.Left to cherish his memory are his mother of Shinglehouse; his daughter, Megan M. (Jeremy) Taylor of East Amherst, N.Y.; a grandson, McCarrick John Taylor; two brothers, Bradley W. “Brad” (Amy Chappell) Salada and Allen A. (Amber) Salada, both of Shinglehouse; three sisters, Gloria Jean (Robert) Boozer of Cochranton; Patricia Ann Salada of Bowman, S.C., and Terrie Lynn (Dave) Sliwinski of Stoneboro; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews; and a host of friends. Jim was predeceased by his father.Family and friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday and from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 26, 2020) at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 S. Union St., Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 1 p.m., with the Rev. Thomas Isaacson, pastor of Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church and the Rev. Roger N. Hain, pastor emeritus, officiating. Burial will be in East Sharon Cemetery, Shinglehouse.Memorials in Jim’s name may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 475, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; Grace Bible Independent Baptist Church, 392 Coon Crossing Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or Hebron Union Church Christian School, 1149 SR 44N, Coudersport, PA 16915.Jim’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jim, please visit or the