Wednesday March 7, 2018


Black Forest Express


It’s Maple Syrup Time! (See story below)








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Port Allegany area home destroyed by fire….Sinnemahoning driver cited for failing to notify police of accident….Shinglehouse resident accused of harassment and driving without a license…Jamestown man accused of harassing ex-girlfriend, a Hebron Township resident….Troopers accuse Coudersport man of giving false ID to them….It’s Maple Syrup Time

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Obituary: Arlington Dunkle, Smethport

The state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of a fire which destroyed a two-story wood frame house on the North Brooklynside Road in Liberty Township, near Port Allegany Tuesday afternoon. The blaze was spotted by a passerby who reported seeing flames in a downstairs room and windows falling to the ground. Star Hose firefighters were dispatched at 12:33 pm. Volunteers from Roulette, Smethport, Eldred and Coudersport responded under the mutual aid system. There were no injuries. No one was home at the time and the ownership is not yet known but damage has been estimated to be about $25,000.

State police at Emporium have charged a Sinnemahoning driver in connection to an accident taking place last Thursday night in Gibson Township. Troopers report 38 year old David Ball was going east on Route 120 about a mile east of the Tunnel Hill Curve at around t 9:30 pm when he dozed off while going down a slight decline approaching a right curve. His Chevy  S-10 crossed the road the road, struck an embankment and continued on for about 125 feet in a ditch before stopping. Ball drove the pick up to a pull off and left it there. It was discovered the next day by a patrol officer who tracked Ball down through the truck’s owner. Later that day, Ball reported the mishap to police and told them he did not know he was required to report it at his earliest convenience. He has been cited for careless driving and failing to give immediate notice.

A Port Allegany  man has been arrested for drug possession. Coudersport based state police claim when they pulled 23 year old Trey Miller over on Route 6 West in Roulette township Saturday night they smelled pot coming from the car’s interior and spotted marijuana in plain  view. A search of the car reportedly turned up drugs and paraphernalia .

A charge of harassment with physical contact has been filed against 25 year old Darren Blauvelt of Shinglehouse. According to Coudersport based state police they were called to a  house at 125 Kellytown  Road in Sharon Township Saturday evening for a verbal altercation between Blauvelt and  22 year old woman which had turned physical. Police claim the couple left the house in a vehicle driven by Blauvelt but it was later determined he did not have a valid driver’s license so now he is also charged with driving without a license.

A harassment by communications was also investigated troopers at Coudersport. Brooke Vincent, 19, of Whitney Creek Road in Hebron Township told officers that her ex-boyfriend, 18year old Jordan Pollaro of Jamestown, NY has continued to contact her through email and texts since their break-up despite being told by Vincent she no longer wants contact from him. A summary offense against Pollaro has been filed in district court.

A Coudersport man is in trouble for giving false information to law enforcement. State police allege 30 year old Chad Wilcher identified himself as 31 year old Michael Wilcher of McDonald, PA when they stopped him on Route 6 near Denton Hill State Park back on March 11, 2016. He also allegedly paid the traffic citation using his relative’s name. It was discovered this past Februyr 20, that Wilcher had lied to them initially. He is facing charges of ID theft and giving false information to law enforcement.

State police at Ridgway are investigating a couple of recent burglaries on Spring Run Road in Weedville. Five pistols and three rifles were stolen from the home of Andrew Geyer  sometime Monday. And, sometime over the past weekend, criminals took an all black Smith & Wesson M&P Magpul Edition AR-15, .223/556 with a Nikon scope and custom muzzle break from a camp in that neighborhood owned by Jacob Hoyle of Ridgway.


This winter has contributed favorably to the production of maple syrup. Relatively warm days with frigid night time frigid temperatures are just the ingredients top make sap ru. There are many different kinds of trees in the Pennsylvania forests, but the sweetest tree in Pennsylvania is the sugar maple. The sap from the tree isused to make pure maple syrup.Sugar maple trees are unique to North America and grow naturally only in the northeastern United Sates and southeastern Canada. Pennsylvania maple syrup is a higher grade than Vermont’s which gets more recognition. Maple producers in the Black Forest continue to take home awards for their syrup and related maple products. Winners at the 2017 Farm Show included : Best of Show by Hamilton’s Maple Products Ulysses;  Premier Exhibitor and Best Collective Exhibitor by Jim & Dora Tice, Mainsburg, and 1st Place Syrup in two classes by Sons of Dunn Family Farm, Coudersport.

The production of maple syrup and maple by-products is not just a hobby along the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor; it is part of the traditions and folk life of the northern tier of Pennsylvania. Each year in early spring, maple producers throughout the state begin tapping the maple trees and producing a sweet sugary treat, known as Maple Syrup. The PA Route 6 Alliance is proud to honor this tradition, naming March as Maple Month.

The use of maple syrup in recipes has evolved over the years, making the sweet substance not just a breakfast staple anymore. Across PA Route 6, you will find restaurants using maple syrup in main courses, like maple spare ribs and maple-soy salmon, or to make a special martini or frappe. Maple syrup is an added boost for baking and can be turned into a glaze for fruits.

Various maple products are available. Of course, you can take home a gallon or two of maple syrup, but why not try some of the maple sugar rubs, maple covered nuts and popcorn or maple flavored mustards. Over the weekend of March 16 – 18, many maple producers open the doors of their sugarshacks to the public. Here you can learn about the various styles of production and taste test the growing numbers of ways to incorporate maple syrup into your cooking. This is a fun way to tour the countryside within the PA Route 6 Corridor. Some of the tours and events are:

14th Annual Maple Weekend, Potter and Tioga Counties

(Sites are near Mile Markers 175 – 244) The Potter/ Tioga Pennsylvania Maple Weekend is a true tribute to all things maple. The Maple Weekend is a “traveling festival” that allows visitors to observe tree tapping, sugar boiling, and other maple-related activities in Potter and Tioga counties. Seventeen members of the Potter/Tioga Maple Producers Association open their sugar shack doors during Maple Weekend for a deliciously educational experience. For more information, visit

Northwest PA Maple Association Taste & Tour Weekend.

(Sites are near Mile Markers 00N – 27N and 23 – 98)

Seventeen sugarhouses in the northwestern counties of Crawford, Erie and Warren, including the Hurry Hill Maple Museum, open their doors to the public for the 14th Annual Taste & Tour Weekend. Come and visit with the local maple syrup producers and see “how it’s done.” See first-hand the process of tapping the maple tree, collecting sap and boiling it down to make delicious syrup. Many maple sugar makers produce additional confections from their syrup. Most have free samples available, as well as products for sale. For more information, visit

Endless Mountains Maple Weekend

(Sites are near Mile Markers 234- 275)

A driving tour of maple open houses in the Endless Mountains Region of Bradford and Susquehanna Counties. Watch sap being boiled down, sample maple treats and learn the old age tradition of “sugaring” combined with some new technology.<>

Northeast Maple Weekend

(Sites are Wayne, Pike, and Lackawanna Counties)

8th Annual Self-Guided Maple Tour, a tour of maple open houses in the Northeast PA region, predominately in Wayne County but also with stops in Pike and Lackawanna Counties. Enjoy locally produced maple products and learn more about today’s producers of maple syrup.  You can tour area sugar bushes at your leisure, following the maple syrup making process from the tree to your table.  Along the way, pick up some locally produced pure maple products.  This event is free to the public. For a copy of the brochure,call the Wayne County Conservation District at 570-253-0930.

Milford, Pike County

Vine Hill Farm demonstration at Patisserie Fauchere, 403 Broad Street,Milford. On March 18th, a tapper from Vine Hill Farm will be PatisserieFauchere from 11 am to 1 pm, discussing their processes and providing freesamples.Be sure to stop by the sugarhouse. Tag your posts and photos with #Do6.


 Arlington Wade Dunkle, 96, of Smethport, passed away Friday (March 2, 2018) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.

He was born March 2, 1922 in Clermont, a son of Roy Arthur and Beatrice Fay Church Dunkle. On April 27, 1946, in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Rectory, Smethport, he married Veronica Teresa Ukasinski, who died May 18, 1989.

Mr. Dunkle graduated from Colegrove High School. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1943 to 1945, where he was part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He fought in Northern France, the Rhineland, and the Ardennes.

Mr. Dunkle was a truck driver for many different companies over the years, retiring from Dresser Clarke/Rand. After retirement, he worked for the former Market Basket in Smethport as a janitor. He also helped mow lawns in the community.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Smethport, the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport, where he was a Past Commander, VFW Post #2497 of Smethport and the Elderberries Club at the Smethport Senior Center. He was a former member of the Smethport Ambulance Association, helped deliver Meals-on-Wheels, was a Red Cross Volunteer, a two-time McKean County Fair King, loved dancing, reading and Drive-In movies. He was a devoted Father and Grandfather.

He is survived by:

one daughter: Deborah G. Dunkle of Emporium, PA one son: Arlington Randle Dunkle of Smethport, PA

three sisters: Vesta June Dunkle Smith of Renovo, PA, Minnie Fay Dunkle Herzog of Roulette, PA and Ruby Marlene Dunkle Burt of Smethport, PA,

one brother: Wilbur Vincent Dunkle of Smethport, PA

two granddaughters: Rande Phoebe Dunkle and Suzanne Theresa Dunkle.

And many nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers: Keith Eugene, Kenneth LeRoy, Roland Dale, Roy LaVerne and Arthur James Dunkle. He was also predeceased by two sisters: Violet May Kelley and Irene Elizabeth Dunkle.Arlington chose to donate his body to science. A memorial service in his remembrance will be held Saturday, March 24 at 11:00 am from the United Methodist Church of Smethport, with the Rev. Rob Hernan, pastor, officiating.Arlington’s family requests prayers are said for him. They gratefully decline all flowers or food items that may be sent to them. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the United Methodist Church of Smethport, 607 King St., Smethport, PA 16749; American Legion; Bucktail Post #138, 417 W. Main St., Smethport, PA 16749; VFW Post #2497, 608 E. Water St., Smethport, PA 16749; Elderberries Club, Smethport Senior Center, 119 W. Main St., Smethport, PA 16749 or a charity of the donor’s choice.Online condolences may be made at are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.