Monday May 14, 2018

Black Forest Express

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Barnum Roads Wetlands, Eldred, PA

Sunday’s high, 57; Overnight low, 46; 2.86 of rain for the weekend







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BFB Headlines (Monday May 14, 2018) Elderly pedestrian killed in Mansfield accident…..Three people hurt in McKean County crash…Ridgway man accused of torching storage shed….Roulette man arrested for domestic violence assault….Cyber criminals use Driftwood man’s ID to make online purchase…Troopers claim Smethport woman intentionally damaged property belonging to Eldred resident…Criminal trespass in Hector township investigated…Unknown persons have put mattress and other items in dumpster rented by Emporium business…Several area museums awarded state grants…PA Primary election is tomorrow…

Obituary: Birdella Haskins, Coudesport

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An elderly Mansfield woman was killed just afternoon when she was struck by a car. According to state police, a 70 year old Wellsboro man was going east on Route 6 and swerved to the left in a futile attempt to avoid hitting the pedestrian  90 year old Bernice Gruzlweski.  She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tioga County coroner. The driver’s name was not released.

Three people were hurt Sunday afternoon in a one-vehicle crash on W. Main Street in Smethport. Troopers report Penny Cliber of Tyrone was going east on Route 59 when her car veered off the road and collided with two telephone poles. Ciber and and her two passengers, Brenda Hoffman of Smethport and a 14 year old girl were treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center.

An arson charge has been filed against a 27year old Ridgway man .When the state police fire marshal looked through the rubble after an 8 x10 storage shed was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning he found the remains of a pair of blue jeans and a partially burned wallet containing the PA driver’s license  was found in Brian  Reed’s clothing. Belonging  to Brian Reed. The suspect was observed at the scen e without shoes and pants and allegedly admitted to officers that he had started the blaze with the idea of destroying the shed owned by Alicia Fourness of Weedville. Damage is estimated to be $2,000.  After being arraigned for arson, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment and criminal trepss Reed was locked up in the Elk County Prison.

Troopers at Coudersport have charged 46 year old Brian Knauer of Roulette with harassment in connection for a domestic violence assault last Wednesday night. Authorities claim Knauer shoved a 43 year old woman, a 17yer old girl and a 16 year old boy to the kitchen floor during an argument. Knauer is facing three charges of harassment in district court.

Cyber thieves used the ID of a 70 year old Driftwood man  to buy an online vacation site last Thursday. The investigation by state police is continuing.

Kane-based state police have arrested 31 year old Kathleen Burdick in connection to an incident reportedly taking place last Wednesday evening at the intersection of Route 446 and Coryville Alley. Authorities claim Burdick broke open a pallet of rocks and threw threw  them on the ground to remove her vehicle from property owned by Joseph Johnson. Damage is estimated to be $400.

A criminal trespass in Hector Townshp was investigated earlier this month by state police at Coudersport. Unknown trespassers parked their small white SUV on property along the Loucks  Mills Road owned by Michele Lederer of Parker Ford  , PA without her permission for an undetermined amount of time.

Unknown persons deposited various items into a dumpster belonging to Reid and Reed Auto Sales on the Sizerville Road on two separate occasions recently . A used/worn dirty mattress and box springs were left there last Wednesday or Thursday. And, trash and laundry detergent were put in the dumpster sometime this past Saturday.

Seven museums and historical organizations in the 25th Senatorial District have been awarded $28,000 in state grants, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).

Scarnati explained that the grants were awarded as part of the state’s Cultural and Historical Support program, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC).  The goal of the program is to strengthen the Pennsylvania museum community through providing general operating support to museums and official county historical societies that are not supported by other state agency funding programs.

“Our area is fortunate to have outstanding museums and historical societies,” Scarnati said. “I am glad that these grants will offer assistance so that they can continue to provide excellent educational opportunities within our communities.”

Grant Recipients In the 25th Senatorial District Included the Following Groups:

o   Cameron County Historical Society – $4,000

o   Clearfield county Historical Society – $4,000

o   Clinton County Historical Society – $4,000

o   Jefferson County Historical Society – $4,000

o   Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center, Jefferson County – $4,000

o   McKean County Historical Society – $4,000

o   Tioga County Historical Society – $4,000

Birdella Grant (Ridlon) Haskins, 95, a long-time resident of Coudersport, passed away at her home on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. She married Howard B. Haskins in Coudersport on May 25, 1946, they shared 55 years of marriage together prior to his death in 2002. She was born on April 8, 1923 in North Stratford, New Hampshire, the daughter of the late John C. and Irene (Grant) Ridlon.Birdella graduated from Coudersport High School and continued her education at Bryant and Stratton College. Her primary occupation consisted of owning and operating the former Birdella Grabe Furniture Store located in Coudersport. In addition, she was employed by her family’s hardware store, Ridlon Hardware, for over a decade and also served as the personal secretary to well-known attorney, John Mahaley, from 1946 until 1957. Birdella was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Coudersport for over 50 years, serving as church secretary during many of those years. She was a member of the Charles Cole Hospital Auxiliary, the Coudersport Office Girls and was an active volunteer with the Red Cross Blood Mobile. Her hobbies and interests included gardening, hosting family events and reading, as she was involved in many book clubs. Birdella will be remembered by family and friends for her caring personality and kind-hearted nature.Left to cherish her memory are, her son and daughter-in-law, John H. and Cris Haskins of Coudersport; granddaughters, Shannon Haskins and Brittany Haskins, both of Coudersport; one great-granddaughter, Oaklynn Kibbe; one great-grandson and great-granddaughter on the way; many dear friends.In addition to her parents, Birdella was preceded in death by her husband, Howard.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Birdella’s name to either, Eulalia Cemetery, c/o Donna Lehman, P.O. Box 226, Coudersport, PA 16915 or an organization of your choice.

Birdella’s funeral service will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018, 2:00 p.m. at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd., 210 North East Street, Coudersport, PA 16915. There will be one hour of visitation prior to service from 1:00 p.m. until time of service. Pastor Carl Greene will be officiating and burial will take place in Eulalia Cemetery. To share your fondest memories of Birdella or to sign her guestbook, please visit Local funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd., Coudersport.

Donations may be made to:Eulalia Cemetery

c/o Donna Lehman P.O. Box 226, Coudersport PA 16915