Friday, April 27 2018

BFB Express


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Barnum Road Wetlands, Eldred, PA

 Thursday’s high, 63; overnight low,32







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 Obituaries: Marlin “Mud” Moore (complete), Coudersport,  Frank Chase, Whitesville, NY and James “Jim” Snyder, Genesee

Cops bust meth lab in Sinnemahoning-four people arrested….Police looking for SUV stolen from Smethport  area last night….theft of check from Austin mailbox probed….wildfire near Coudersport Thursday afternoon caused by careless burning…..Potter County receives second environmental award…Spring Gobble season opens tomorrow….next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on

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Area law enforcement  busted a meth lab and arrested four people in Cameron County Thursday. It all started when troopers severd bench warrants on 39 yearold Jay Ball of Sinnemahonig while on Route 120 in Lumber Township. At about 8:00 am. While taking Ball into custody, police allegedly discovered numerous drugs and paraphernalia.  Information found during Ball’s arrest led officers to obtain  a search warrant for his home at 10356 Main Street in Sinnemahoning. There, at around 11:30 am, authorities found an active clandestine lab used to manufacture methamphetamine. And summoned the Clandestine Lab Response team and local EMS as meth labs are very dangerous and can cause an explosion. All of the occupants were evacuated and decontaminated. Benjamin Simms, 24 of Austin; Ashley Grovanz, 25, of Sinnemahoning and Jessica Pearsall of Emporium were all arrested for numerous drug crimes including manufacturing methamphetamine, causing or risking a catastrophe and endangering the welfare of children. After being arraigned by District Judge Barry Brown, they were jailed. Simms was also locked up for violating his Potter County Probation/parole for his involvement and is awaiting preliminary arraignment on his additional charges.

Kane-based state police are looking for a vehicle stolen from the Smethport area last night. Troopers believe 18 year old Tyler Newman took the gray 2011 Kia SUV from along Route 646 in Keating Township and had not been seen since. The car has PA registration HKY3573.  Anyone who  spots the car or knows of Newman’s whereabouts is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.

Troopers in Coudersport are looking for the thief whole stole a check from a mailboux on Turner Street inAustin between 2:30 and 5:30 pm April 15. The $25 check belonged to the Austin Volunteer  Fire Department and was drawn on NorthWest Savings Bank.

(Shown at the ceremony (from left) are: Pennsylvania Environmental Council president Davitt Woodwell; Pa. DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn; Jason Childs, manager of Potter County Conservation District; Pa. DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell; and Alex Veto, dirt/gravel/low-volume roads specialist with Potter County Conservation District).

 Potter County Conservation District (PCCD) was honored this week in Harrisburg with the coveted 2018 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence. It’s based on a project titled, “Water Quality Protection and Education: Ludington Run and Beyond.” The district developed a comprehensive plan to improve water quality and restore habitat on Ludington Run, a tributary of the Genesee River. Stream bedding materials are enhancing successful fish spawning; runoff carrying sediment and pollutants is discharging in a safe manner, and stream plantings are stabilizing the soil and reversing the trend of thermal pollution. PCCD Manager Jason Childs and Alexander Veto, the agency’s dirt/gravel/low-volume roads project specialist, received the award on the district’s behalf.


Because this work took place in the headwaters region, its benefits will impact countless people both in Potter County and downstream. Having met or exceeded all expectations, the Ludington Run Pilot Project is now a documented best practice that will be used as a model in other areas of Potter County and publicized statewide and nationally.


Potter was the first Pennsylvania county to establish a conservation district, dedicated to establishing innovative conservation practices with leadership, hands-on assistance and education. That mission continues today. The district’s goal to foster stewardship of natural resources by inspiring current and future generations to preserve the legacy of conservation. The district prides itself on being a grassroots, boots-on-the-ground organization with dedicated specialists who work with the farming community, environmental interests, government entities and agencies, as well as the general public, to support stewardship of natural resources. Potter County also received the 2012 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence for formation and successful deployment of the Triple Divide Watershed Coalition, committing all of the public water suppliers in the county to protection of the wells, springs and surface sources of public drinking water.


(Shown at the ceremony (from left) are: Pennsylvania Environmental Council president Davitt Woodwell; Pa. DCNR Secretary Cindy Dunn; Jason Childs, manager of Potter County Conservation District; Pa. DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell; and Alex Veto, dirt/gravel/low-volume roads specialist with Potter County Conservation District).


Pennsyslvania’s Gobbler 50th spring gobbler  season begins Saturday and runs through May 31. The forecast for the coming season is a statewide turkey population numbering between 210,000 to 220,000 birds, said Mary Jo Casalena, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s wild turkey biologist.

Turkeys are coming through a relatively mild winter, and they again had a tremendous acorn crop last fall to help them with winter survival. A light fall harvest – preliminarily estimated at 11,780 – sparked by greater supplies of fall foods and fewer hunters afield also has helped kindle increased expectations for the spring hunt.

“Last spring, hunters took 38,101 birds in the state’s turkey seasons,” Casalena said. “I expect a similar harvest this spring, somewhere between 36,000 and 38,000 turkeys.”

Pennsylvania turkeys are coming off a trying year. Frequent spring and summer rains in 2017 hampered poult survival in some areas of the state. What has helped turkeys, though, has been recent mild winters.

“The lighter fall harvests, mild winters and increased acorn crops over the past two years, however, could support increased reproduction this spring, Casalena noted. “But our spring weather will have to cooperate.”

The turkey population remains below its peak of 280,000 in 2001 with substantial fluctuations every three to four years, likely due to fluctuations in recruitment, which is influenced substantially by the interaction of habitat quality, weather, predation and harvest, Casalena said. Overall, the population is slowly increasing from its most-recent low of 192,612 in 2010, with increases in the one- and two-year age classes.

Last spring, 5,049 turkeys were taken with a second spring gobbler license; 20,529 hunters purchased second gobbler licenses.


Marlin Dale “Mud” Moore, 70, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away in his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 27, 2018, after a lengthy illness.

Born on June 27, 1947 in Port Allegany, he was a son of Howard E. and Dorothy M. Kelly Moore.  On July 28, 2017 in Sinnemahoning, he married June M. Hurler, who survives.

Mud grew up in Sweden Valley and attended a two-room country school through the sixth grade. He was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1966, where he was a member of the football team.  While in high school, Mud worked part time in several gas stations at the same time.

He began working in Rochester, N.Y. for a few years after graduation and then returned to Coudersport working at the former Market Basket in Wellsville, N.Y. as an assistant manager.  He then was employed at Worthington Corporation in Wellsville until 1972.  He then was employed at the former Pure Carbon Company in Coudersport and later was employed by the Potter County Sheriff’s Department where he was the first Potter County State Certified Corrections officer.  In 1987, he was appointed Coudersport Borough Manager, a position that he held until retiring in 2013. During the 27 years as manager, Marlin completed many large projects, such as the new water and sewer system and building a new Borough Maintenance facility which when finished was paid for completely.  He worked hard for many grants to help pay for the projects.   Another of his projects was the rebuilding of the Fourth Street Bridge.  On Monday, April 23, 2018, Mud was honored in the renaming of the Fourth Street Bridge to the Marlin “Mud” Moore Memorial Bridge.  At the time of his retirement, the Borough had no debt other than the remaining water and sewer debts. He again then worked for the Potter County Sheriff’s Department from 2014 until July of 2017, retiring due to illness.

Mud was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, a member of Coudersport Knights of Columbus Council 1355, a life member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport, a member of the Costello Sportsman’s Club, a life member of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department and a life member of the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association.  He was a board member of the Northern Tier Children’s Home for eight years and was a former member of the Coudersport Borough Council where he served as a trustee for the State Borough’s Association and had served as council vice president for one year and had served has president in 1986.  He enjoyed playing golf and was an avid hunter. He very much enjoyed his participation over the years in the Potter Players where he excelled as a soloist.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Michael E. (Kathy Orth) Moore of Woodland Park, Colorado; two daughters, Michelle M. (Trevor) Leathers of Austin, Texas and Larae M. (Chad Wilcher) Cornish of Coudersport; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Neil R. (Darla) Moore of Sebastian, Florida and H. Mark (Chris) Moore of Coudersport; a sister, A. Faye (Frederick “Wick”) Furman of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mud was predeceased by two brothers, Donald Lynn Moore and Gary J. Moore.

Friends may call from 10am to 1pm on Monday, April 30, 2018 in the gathering space of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1pm with the Rev. James Campbell, pastor, as celebrant.  Burial will be in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery, Coudersport.

Members of the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department and Volunteer Ambulance Association will pay their respects on Monday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cole Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 102-108 South Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; to the Patterson Cancer Center, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, 171 Port Allegany Road, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Mud’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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Frank E. CHASE, 65, of Whitesville, NY, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018 in Highland Hospital, Rochester, NY.A gathering and dinner celebrating Frank’s life will be hosted by the family on Sunday, May 6, 2018 from 1:00 — 4:00 PM at the Whitesville Fire Hall.  All are welcome to share stories and celebrate a life well lived.  Born November 11, 1952, in Wellsville, he was the son of Frank L. and Joyce Langdon Chase.   On March 3, 1973, in Ulysses, PA, he married the former Vickie Carr, who survives.  He was employed by Dresser-Rand in Wellsville and Fitzpatrick Poultry Farms in Whitesville.  Surviving besides his wife, Vickie, are:  his mother and step-father, Joyce and Dennis Pritchard of Whitesville; three sons, Frank (Bobbi) Chase of Sayre, PA, Keith (Heather) Chase of Ulysses, PA, and Allan (Darlene) Chase of Elmira;  eight grandchildren;  two great-grandchildren;  three brothers, Randall Chase of Wellsville, Robert Pritchard of Little Genesee, and Rodney Pritchard of Wellsboro, PA;  a sister, Sally Houston of Hornell;  three step-siblings, Carol (Jim) Phillips of Virginia Beach, VA, Dave (Janice) Hutchison and Cindy (Ron) Welch, both Whitesville;  nieces, nephews, an aunt, an uncle and cousins.  He was predeceased by his father and step-mother, Frank L. and Ruby Chase;  a sister, Tonya Whitsell.  Burial will be in Whitesville Rural Cemetery.   Memorials may be made to the Whitesville Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 256, Whitesville, NY 14897.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

James H. “Jim” SNYDER, 74, of Genesee, PA, died Thursday, April 19, 2018 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA.  Born June 21, 1943, in Genesee, he was the son of Hiram and Lucene G. Dunn Snyder.  A 1961 graduate of Northern Potter High School, he was the owner of Jim’s Joy Farm Registered Holsteins from 1961 – 1968.  He was employed by the Dept. of Forests and Waters, PA Dept. of Highways, Wellsville Button Factory, Current Controls in Wellsville, Otis Eastern, Genesee Hardware, and retired from Dresser-Rand, Wellsville, NY in 2006 after over 38 years.  Jim served as an officer of Local 1580 I.A.M., as a shop steward, and a member of Moose Lodge #601 in Wellsville.  He served as a Genesee Township Supervisor and as vice-president and president of the Genesee Park and Recreation Board.  Jim enjoyed country music, NASCAR and local racing, and the greatest friendship of animals, especially his dog and best friend, Cuddles.  Surviving are:  two step-daughters, Linda Grover and Diane Marsden;  step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren;  a half-brother, Harold Earl Snyder;  and the love of his life, Julie Morsman.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two half-brothers, Austin Snyder and Robert Snyder;  and a half-sister, Bernice “Peg” Woolley.  Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Monday, April 30, 2018 in the Solid Rock Bible Church, Hickox, PA.  The Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate.  Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Genesee Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 9, Genesee, PA 16923 or the Genesee Park and Recreation Board, c/o Genesee Township, P.O. Box 1, Genesee, PA 16923.

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