Thursday November 30, 2017


2017 Thanksgiving sunset

Wednesday’s high, 54; Overnight low, 22; no precipitation

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BFB Headlines (Thursday November 30, 2017)Unemployment rate improves in area…..Dominion employees volunteered recently for improvements at the Elk Country Visitors Center….Weight limit imposed on Cameron County bridge….Connecticut teens arrested on drug charges in Potter County…..Two Port Allegany women hurt in collision near Roulette….Juvenile suspected of stealing car in Tioga County….Mansfield resident accused of lying on gun application……Cops investigate mailbox vandalism near Coudersport….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on

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The unemployment rate improved between September and October in four out of the five counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting and held steady in the fifth. The jobless rate dropped from5.9% to 5.7% here in Potter County; went down from 5.5% to 5.3% in McKean County; decreased from 6.7% to 6.6% in Cameron County and fell from 5.5 to 5.4% in Tioga County. Elk County held steady at 4.4%. Chester County had the best rate in the Commonwealth at 3.3%. a slight decrease of one-tenth of a percent over the previous month. Cameron was number 67 out of 67 counties, followed by Forest with a percentage of 6.5%. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate for the period was 4.7% while the national figure was better at 4.1%.

Twenty-three Dominion Energy employees from four surrounding states participated recently in the company’s Energizing Our Communities initiative with a full day of volunteer work at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, a small town located in north central mountains of Pennsylvania.
Among the activities completed were the installation of 2 new areas of pavers in the primary drop-off and viewing area, loading, transporting and restacking tons of wood to several areas of the center to be used to burn for heat by visitors during the fall and winter seasons, and, of course — the easiest of the tasks — mulching several new picnic areas. As an added bonus, Dominion Energy covered the cost of the entrance fee for the center’s 4-D educational movie — not only for our colleagues who wished to view, but for all visitors on that day.
In addition to the volunteer work, the group presented a $12,500 donation from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to the region’s visitor center.
The Keystone Elk Country Alliance KECA which operates it center is a 501©(3) non-profit Conservation Organization headquartered at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, PA

PennDOT is notifying area motorists that weight limits have been posted on a Route 4004 (Rich Valley Road) bridge in Shippen Township, Cameron County. The one-lane bridge spans the Driftwood Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek, northwest of the village of Rich Valley.
As of November 22, the posted weight limit is 21 tons for single vehicles and 23 tons for combination vehicles. Vehicles exceeding the posted weight limits are required to use alternate routes.
Posting weight limits will slow deterioration on the bridge and preserve safety until repairs or replacement can occur. The bridge was originally constructed in 1971, is 51 feet long, and carries an average of 100 vehicles daily.

Coudersport based state police have arrested a couple of Connecticut teenagers on drug charges. When a patrol officer stopped 19 year old Samuel Fix on Route 6 in Sweden Township on August 6, they allegedly found he was driving under the influence of a controlled substance and seized several items of drug related contraband. Authorities learned than Fix and Madelyn Vinsel, also 19, were camping at Cherry Springs State Park and also allegedly found more drug related contraband. Fix has been charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, purchasing alcohol by a minor, and a variety of traffic violations. Vinsel is accused of possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession of drug paraphernalia and purchase of alcohol by a minor.

A Port Allegany woman and her passenger were hurt in a collision Sunday evening on Route 6 in Roulette Township. According to Coudersport based state police report 76 year old Constance Curtis was going west on when her SUV struck a deer. The carcass flew into the eastbound lane where it was hit by a pick-up truck driven by Andrew Goodwill also of Port Allegany. Curtis and her passenger, Kimberly Parrish, Port Allegany, were taken by Roulette Ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital.

Mansfield based state police relate a juvenile is suspected of stealing a Hyundai Accent from Matthews Motors/Country Car Rentals on North Callahan Road in Delmar Township October 15. The car, owned by Leonard Kreger of Wellsboro was found wrecked near the Stokesdale Acorn with two tires blown off. The investigation is continuing.

A Mansfield resident has been arrested for providing false information on a gun application. State police claim 53 year William Siebel lied while filling out ATF Form 4473 at GNR Sporting Goods in Richmond Township July 16. Charges were filed in District Court.

Vandalism to several Coudersport mailboxes is being probed by state police. Between 10:30 pm Monday and 7:00 am Wednesday, culprits smashed mailboxes and damaged other property on the Toles Hollow, Ice Mine and Vader Hill Roads by throwing frozen water bottles. Property owners were identified as Pamela Dailey, John Fleckenstein, Marleen Fantas, Daniel Bollhorst, Martin Weiss, Lawrence Wycoff and Faith McKeone. Anyone who can provide information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.