Wednesday May 16, 2018

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Barnum Road Wetlands, Eldred, PA

Tuesday’s high, 80; overnight low, 46; .41”rain

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Obituary: Robert “Bob” Smith, Coudersport

Republicans and Democrats chose party nominees yesterday…Strong storms troppled trees and wires in central PA Tuesday…Elderly driver unhurt when her VW collided with a semi yesterday in Elk County.. Ten year old found with loaded gun in McKean County….16 year old vandal used BB guns to damage Tioga County home…..

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Winners in yesterday’s Republican primary include Congressman Lou Barletta endorsed by President Trump who will run against incumbent Democrat Bob Casey this fall for US Senate. Scott Wagner defeated opponents Paul Mango and Laura Ellsworth to capture the Republican nomination for Governor. He will be challenging popular incumbent Democrat Tom Wolf in the November General election. In Pennsylvania, gubernatorial candidates run separately from Lt.Governor—a situation some would like to change in order to make the ticket similar to presidential elections in which the presidential candidate chooses his or her vice presidential choice. Governor Wolf and Lt. Governor Mike Stack have had an icy relationship which led to Wolf to remove some of Stack’s “perks” in the wake of charges that he and his wife were abusive toward staff and his state police security detail.. In yesterday’s Democrat primary, John Fetterman upset Stack to win the nomination for Lt. Governor.

The congressional races were more confusing; All of the counties in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area previously were part of the 5th Congressional District, represented by Republican Glenn Thompson. As a result of a new map ordered by the State Supreme Court, Now, Cameron, Elk and McKean are included in the 15th District. Thompson was unopposed yesterday to clinch the nomination for congress while Susan Boser defeated Wade Jodun in the Democrat race and will now face Thompson. Potter and Tioga Counties are in the 12th congressional district along with several eastern and south central counties. Tom Marino won the Republican nomination but the contest between Marc Friedenburg and Judy Herschel was too close to call at news time.

A severe thunderstorm toppled trees and downed wires Tuesday afternoon in Central Pennsylvania. Communities in Cameron and Elk Counties lost power for a time. Several roads in Columbia and Northumberland county were closed until today due to fallen trees. Temperatures dropped dramatically from near 80 into the 60s as the front moved from south to north.
An elderly Johnsonburg woman escaped injury when her VW Beatle collided with a semi Tuesday afternoon in Ridgway Township. State police report 96 year old Dorothy Eggler attempted to enter the Wilcox Road and drove in front of a Freightliner driven by James Loxton of Redbridge, Ontario. The truck driver swerved to miss the car but the VW struck the rear tire of the rig. Loxton also was not hurt.

A 10 year old boy is accused of reckless endangerment for an incident allegedly taking placed last Saturday afternoon at 449 Woodard Road in Keating Township. The child’s guardians discovered him with a loaded pistol and called state police who seized the weapon as evidence. No charges have been filed as of this time.

A criminal mischief occurring on April 22 in Middlebury Township, Tioga County was investigated by troopers at the Mansfield barracks recently. A 15 year old boy from Middlebury Center is accused of firing bbs at a house on Monkey Run Road causing $180 in damage to 10 sections of siding, a glass globe for an exterior light and vinyl door molding.


Robert Hugh “Bob” Smith, 92, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Born on October 6, 1925 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Lawrence and Viola Marvin Smith. On July 5, 1948 in St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport, he married Dorothy A. Dubots, who survives.
Bob was a U.S. Army veteran having served from 1944 to 1946 during World War II in France, Belgium, and Germany. He was employed for 40 years at Pittsburgh Corning in Port Allegany, where he started as a shift foreman and retired as plant supervisor of the glass block division. Bob later worked at the former Erway’s Restaurant in Coudersport, PA.
Bob was a member of Coudersport American Post 192 and was a proud member of the NRA. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and woodworking. Bob was known for his kindness in making wooden key chain holders and then giving them away to numerous people.
Surviving besides his wife of 70 years are several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Bob was predeceased by three children, Patricia Smith, Tommy Smith, and Cheryl Smith, who all sadly passed away from Cystic Fibrosis; a sister, Phyllis Acker; and two half-brothers, Allen and Tom Froebel.
Friends may call from 11am to 1pm on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the gathering space of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1pm in the church with the Rev. James C. Campbell, pastor, as celebrant. Burial will be in St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery, Coudersport.
Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Thursday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Bob’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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