Wednesday December 6, 2017


Tuesday’s high, 49; Overnight low, 24; .55” rain







Monday’s Tri-County power outage affected more than 600 people. …DCNR grants announced for Tioga County communities….

Obituary: Merle Graves (Shinglehouse)

Tri-County Rural Electric Co-op has confirmed to Black Forest Broadcasting that a large falling across a Hebron Township road was responsible for a power outage Monday evening. A total of 620 homes were affected. According to spokesman Jeff Fetzer,  264 members served by the Coneville substation were in the dark along with another 355 receiving electricity from the Frank Lent substation. That number was greater, according to Fetzer because earlier in the day, Allegheny Power was making changes and switched some of their customers to Tri County’s  Lent substation. The lights went out at 9:22 pm when the tree fell onto Whitney Creek Road and tore down two spans of wire.  Power was completely restored at 4:44 am. Fetzer said a flagger force responded as the road was blocked and set-up took one and a half to two hours as a result. The power outage knocked out two of Black Forest’s computers, despite sophisticated power surge units. As a result, our operation is somewhat comprised and modified until the computers can be replaced. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Rep. Matt Baker (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) has announced that three grants have been awarded to organizations in the 68th District under the Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s Community Conservation Partnership Program (CCPP).


The following grants have been awarded in the 68th District:

  • Roseville Borough – A grant of $40,000 for the rehabilitation of Roseville Borough Community Playground. The project would will include installation of play equipment with required safety surfacing, ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements.
  • Wellsboro Borough – A grant of $427,000 for the rehabilitation and further development of Woodland Park. Work will include the construction of an access road, parking areas and pavilion; installation of a playground with required safety surfacing, utilities, ADA access, landscaping, site amenities, project sign; and other related site improvements.
  • Endless Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council Inc. – A grant of $50,000 for construction of approximately 11 acres of riparian forest buffers along waterways in the Upper Susquehanna and West Branch Susquehanna watersheds in Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga and Wyoming counties. Work will include landowner outreach and engagement, buffer plantings and post-planting establishment, and other related site improvements.

The CCPP provides financial assistance to local governments, river and trail organizations, land trusts, and other nonprofits for planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects.


A Bernville, PA man has been arrested by Mansfield based state police for DUI. Troopers allege when they stopped him for a traffic violation  back on September 16, they found him to be driving under the influence.

Troopers at Mansfield suspect a 45 year old Tioga County woman for criminal mischief at a residence on Heath Road in Charleston Township on November 7.Troopers claim, the woman whose name  they did not release, intentionally damaged a vehicle owned by Heather Flannery to the tune of $924.27 and pulled a mailbox from the ground owned by Anthony Dehaven



Merle A. Graves, 85, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, December 4, 2017, in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, after a short illness.

Born on January 13, 1932 in Shinglehouse, he was a son of R. Lyle and Ada Ford Graves.  On September 21, 1957 in the Frayser Baptist Church in Memphis, TN, he married the love of his life, Carolyn J. Crain, who survives.

Merle graduated from Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1949.  He was a U.S. Army veteran.  He then attended Bryant & Stratton Business School in Buffalo and the National Hardwood and Lumber Association’s School of Hardwood Lumber Inspection in Memphis, TN.  He was employed at various lumber mills and in 1970 he began a career in insurance sales, retiring in August of 2017.  Along with his family, Merle was a maple syrup producer.

Merle was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, having served in several capacities within the church.  He enjoyed supporting his favorite baseball team, the NY Yankees and was an avid bowler, golfer, gardener and hunter.  He and his wife enjoyed square dancing with the Grand Squares.  He enjoyed listening to gospel quartet music and also enjoyed singing bass in his church choir and as a member of the gospel group, Witness.  Merle was the longtime secretary/treasurer of the Maple Grove Cemetery Association in Shinglehouse.  He had previously served on the Shinglehouse Borough Council.  He was a loving husband and devoted father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

Surviving besides his wife are five children, Sharon Elaine (Richard) Simon of Portville, N.Y., Donna (Leo) Higley of Eldred, John (Catherine) Graves of Warren, Gary (Patricia) Graves of West Point, VA, and Richard (Leah) Graves of Olean, N.Y.; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister, Lucille (Charles) Hastings of Newtown; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Merle was predeceased by his loving stepmother, Reba Woodard Graves; a brother, Lewis Graves; and a sister, Mareta Smith.

Friends may call from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm on Thursday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, December 8, 2017 at the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Robert M. and Sandra D. Howles, pastors, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Potter County Hospice, Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to Explosive Ordinance Device Warrior Foundation at

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