Tuesday May 8, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller
Mother Nature unleashed gusty winds and a torrential downpour Friday afternoon to put a “damper’ on the 52nd Potter-Tioga Maple Festival in and around Coudersport. But she made up for it Saturday delivering a perfect summer day. Hundreds of people got out to enjoy the weather and the annual parade up Main Street. (See story below.)

Monday’s high, 64; Overnight low, 33; no precipitation.






                                                                                    THU NIGHT-CLOUDY, LOW 54

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 Some 10,000 area people were in the dark after Friday’s storm…..PennDot began work today on the Milk Plant Road in Wellsboro; detour in place…..Emporium man’s vehicle collides with elk…..DUI Charges filed against Blossburg woman involved inone-vehicle crash…..Kane teen arrested for shoplifting at St.Marys Walmart….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcsting.com


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West Penn  Power tells Black Forest Broadcasting News that some 445 residential and commercial customers  in Lumber and Gibson Townships Cameron County and  the village Benezette in Elk County had a two hour planned outage from 10:30 am today until 12:30 pm. West Penn spokesperson, Todd Meyers explained that during the clean up over the weekend following a strong thunderstorm Friday afternoon, crews detoured some lines temporarily in order to get as many customers back on line as quickly as possible. Now that repairs have been made, crews returned the system to its regular configuration. Meyers said at the peak of the outage 5261 customers in Potter, Mckean, Cameron and Elk Counties  were in the dark , He said 80% had their power back on by 9:30 am Saturday. Some 150 were still without power early Saturday evening. . Meyers said the outage was caused by a strong front which tore across the northern tier Friday between 4:00 and 5:00 pm with winds gusting at 60 mph downing trees and power lines. Vendors set up on the Court House Square in Coudersport for the Maple Festival, heeded the advice of the Potter County Emergency Services department  and closed up shop for the evening. Some who were using tents, quickly dismantled them as a safety precaution. Meanwhile, some 5500 Tri-County Rural Electric Co-op members lost electricity due to the storm. Some experienced about 48 hours without electricity.  A spokesperson for the Co-op said while a number of members lost power due to downed trees and wires, the situation was worse because Tri-County gets its electricity from West Penn.  Customers served by the Frank Lent substation in Hebron Township experienced a “blink” when workmen switched Tri-County to another source Friday afternoon and then again Saturday afternoon when service was returned to the West Penn feed. Fortunately, while it was an inconvenience for some 10,000 people on the first real spring-likeweekend,

A PennDOT maintenance crew in Tioga County  began a bridge repair project on Route 2002 (Milk Plant Road) in Liberty Township. The bridge is located near North Loudenslager Road. Work is expected to be completed by Friday, May 11, weather permitting. A detour will be in place using North Loudenslager Road, Route 414 and Route 2005 (Blockhouse Road).

An Emporium man escaped injury early last Friday morning when his SUV collided with an elk on Route 120 in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police  explain Edward Robinson was going east at around 3:30 am when an elk came onto the road. Robinson swerved to avoid the animal but his Jeep Grand Cherokee  spun off the road and into some guardrails after  hitting the s the animal’s rear end. Robinson was able to drive from the scene but police did not report the elk’s condition.

DUI charges have been filed against a Blossburg woman in connection to a one-vehicle crash earlier this spring. State police at Mansfield say 33 year old Desiree Holmos was drunk when her Chevrolet Suburban  went off of the Williamson Road in Blossburg at around 12:15 am March 30. After receiving BAC test results, troopers charged her with DUI resulting in general impairment; DUI with highest rate of alcohol, careless driving, reckless driving and failing to stay on the highway.

Meanwhile, state police at Ridgway warn motorists that they will be conducting a DUI checkpoint somewhere in Elk County this month.

A Kane teenager has been arrested for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart on two occasions this month. Troopers at Ridgway allege 18 year old Wesley Cleer stole $32.40 in merchandise on May 1 and another $6,88 worth of products yesterday. He has been charged with retail theft in District Court.