Wednesday May 30, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 60; no precipitation

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 Obituaries: Ronda Smoker-Allen, Genesee; Ellen Butler, Port Allegany;  Terry Hardes, Port Allegany

Unemployment went up if four out of five counties in Black Forest Service Area….Random Potter County residents participating in CDC Health Survey…Three people hurt in two motorcycle wrecks…Theft of grave stone markers investigated by State police in Coudersport…Items stolen from parked vehicle in McKean County

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The unemployment rate worsened in four out of the five counties in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area between March and April. Cameron County, which has often had the worst rate saw an improvement from 5.7% to 5.2%. Meanwhile, Potter County’s rate went up from 5.4 to 5.6%; McKean and Tioga Counties each saw an increase from 5.1 to 5.2%; and Elk realized an uptick from 4.0 to 4.1%. Pennsylvania’s rate during the period was 4.7% while the national figure improved to 3.9%. Adams County held steady at 3.3% for the best in Pennsylvania while Forest was still in 67th place but showed improvement from 7.2 to 6.4%.

The nation’s most comprehensive study on human health and nutritional status of people living in the United States is in Potter County now until August 7, 2018. Approximately 535 randomly selected area residents will have the opportunity to participate in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) when representatives of the National Center for Health Statistics, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention visit their homes. The data collected will help determine the number of people in the United States who have a range of health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. Public health officials, lawmakers, and physicians use the information to develop sound public health policies, direct and design health programs and services, and expand health knowledge for the nation. The information will also help participants learn more about their health. Those who are contacted are encouraged to participate. All information will be kept confidential.

Due to low attendance after the busy holiday weekend, Visit Potter -Tioga PA has decided to postpone The Downtown Workshop scheduled for today at the PA Lumber Museum . It will be rescheduled for a date this coming fall.

Coudersport based state police investigated two recent motorcycle crashes. Minor injuries were reported for 24 year old Bradley Lemoine of Berwick whose Kawasaki failed to make a right hand curve on the Wharton Road last Friday morning. The bike laid down and both Lemoine and the cycle slid across the road and came to rest on the northern shoulder. Lemoine was taken to Charles Cole hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

A Belmont, NY couple was injured Monday evening when their Harley Davidson Screamin Eagle hit a deer on the South Brookland Road in Ulysses Township. Jason Becker was going south and was unable to avoid the collision. He and his wife, Jillian, were taken to Charles Cole  Hospital by ambulance.

DUI charges are pending against a Lancaster, PA driver who was stopped by Coudersport based state police for a traffic violation on the night of April 27 in Abbott Township. Troopers claim when they pulled 57 year old David Enck on the Cheese Factory Road, they found he was impaired due to consuming alcoholic beverages.

Thieves who stole markers from the Parker Hill Cemetery in Hector Township are being sought by state police at Coudersport. A brass Gravestone marker valued at $100 and a steel marker valued at $50 belonged to Pamela Palmer of Shinglehouse and were taken between May 12 and 25.

Someone stole a rechargeable flashlight and concrete hammer from a vehicle owned by a 56 year old Smethport man on the morning of May 21 while it was parked at 37 Bordell  Cross Road in Keating Township.

Harassment charges are pending against a 52 year old Williards, MD man. Kane based state police allege the suspect, whose name was not released repeatedly contacted a 46 year old  Port Allegany woman last Wednesday night.

Ronda L. Smoker-Allen, 42, of Genesee, passed away in her home on Sunday, May 27, 2018, after a long illness.Born on September 19, 1975 in Lancaster, she was a daughter of Ronald L. Smoker and Linda G. Walton.Ronda attended school in Wellsville, N.Y. and had also attended Northern Potter High School in Ulysses.  She later attained her GED. She was employed at the former Ox Yoke Inn in Galeton, Linda’s Genesee Family Restaurant in Genesee, and the Roadside in Shinglehouse, until retiring due to ill health.Ronda enjoyed horseback riding and camping.  She was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.  Her greatest love was her family and her pets.Surviving besides her father of Knoxville, TN are three children, Veronica R. Smoker of Coudersport, Cameron J. Allen of Austin, and Jessica G. (Anthony Dietze) Edwards of Genesee; a grandson, Bentlee H. Butler; a grandchild to be born in November; a sister, Shelly M. (Dale) Rennells of Genesee; a brother, Rodney L. (Jamie) Smoker of Dickson, TN; a stepsister, Delores (Greg) Stooksberry of Knoxville, TN; two stepbrothers, Ronald (Kimi) Zook of Tennessee and Jesse (Becky) Zook of Dickson, TN; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.Ronda was predeceased by her mother.A special thanks to Tex and Betty, Ann, Miranda, Tricia, Amber and Tonya for their love and help to Ronda throughout the years.Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Ronda’s life at 6pm on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at the home of her sister, Shelly Rennell’s, 1975 Ellisburg Road, Genesee.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ronda’s name may be made to the National Adrenal Diseases Foundation, PO Box 566, Lake Zurich, IL 60047; to an ASPCA of the donor’s choice; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.Ronda’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Ronda, please visit


Terry J. Hardes, 62, of Campbell Hollow Rd., passed away Saturday (May 26, 2018) at his home, of an apparent heart attack.      Born Mar. 3, 1956, in Coudersport, PA, he was a son of Ward C. and Katherine Franke Hardes.  On Oct. 11, 1986, in Port Allegany, he married Nancy L. Falk, who survives.     Terry was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, class of 1974.     Mr. Hardes worked for Olson-Tenglund, Inc. of Port Allegany, for 35 years.  He always managed to lighten up the demeanor of a customer while at work.       Terry was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed watching birds. He also loved woodworking and carpentry.      Surviving in addition to his wife Nancy, are two daughters, Colleen A. (Ken Kysor) Hardes of Parma Heights, OH, and Sara E. (Rich Benjamin) Hardes of Towanda, PA; a brother, J. Michael (Linda) Hardes of Port Allegany; and several nieces and nephews.        He was preceded in death by his parents.          Friends will be received from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 30, 2018) in the First Presbyterian Church, Port Allegany, where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. with Rev. Garen Smith, pastor, officiating.      Memorials can be made to the Port Area Ambulance Service.       Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be made to:  Nancy L. Hardes

68 Campbell Hollow Rd.  Port Allegany, PA 1674

Ellen R. Butler, 84, of Port Allegany, passed away at home with her loving family by her side on Monday, May 28, 2018, after a short illness.

Born on November 13, 1933 in Keating Summit, she was a daughter of Vern and Daphne Card Mantz.  She was formerly married to Jesse F. Butler.

Ellen was a graduate of Austin High School.  She was employed by the former Pierce Glass Company in Port Allegany, retiring after many years of service.

Ellen was a member of Port Allegany United Methodist Church, a member of the Women of the Moose in Port Allegany, and a member of the Coudersport American Legion Post 192 Ladies Auxiliary. Her greatest love was being with her family and grandchildren.  Her special gift in life was making people smile and laugh.

Surviving are three children, Rhonda B. (Erik) Coxon of Snowmass Village, Colorado, Scott J. (Raymona) Butler of Leander, Texas, and Sonja L. (T.J.) Kiser of Port Allegany; eight grandchildren, Darby Butler, Jessica Coxon, Xavier Kiser, Tiarra Kiser, Elias Kiser, Aleczander Kiser, Tristan Kiser, and Trey Kiser; a great-grandson, Lincoln Kiser; a brother, Ralph “Sye” (Carol) Mantz; two sisters, Virginia Meyers and Audrey “Connie” (Ted) Boyer; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ellen was predeceased by a sister and her husband, Alice and Joe Michael; and a brother-in-law, Gerald Meyers.

Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Ellen’s life from 3pm to 7pm on Thursday, May 31, 2018, at the Veteran’s Memorial Home, 4743 Route 155, Port Allegany.  Burial will be in Portage Valley Cemetery, Wrights, Pa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cole Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 102-108 South Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to Port Area Ambulance Services, 22279 US 6 West, Port Allegany, PA 16743.

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

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