Thursday June 7, 2018

Black Forest Express

    Photo by Gerri Miller

Butter Cups by Back Fence

Wednesday’s high, 62; Overnight low, 32; .04” rain







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Obituaries: Maple Ingraham, Coudersport; Brandon Youngs, Ceres; Julie Donner, Coudersport (Lehighton & Bethlehem)

Pennsylvania State Parks celebrate 125 years….Many programs planned this weekend at some parks in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area…Bradford man scammed out of $200….No one hurt in a minor collision between tractor-trailers….Mansfield based state police will be conducting sobriety checkpoints this summer….

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Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn joined other state officials, the Bureau of State Parks, and historic group representatives last week in marking state parks’ 125th anniversary at an event at Washington Crossing Historic Park.

Washington Crossing was picked as the celebration site because it was most recently added to Pennsylvania’s system of 121 state parks. Rich in historical buildings and environmental education programs, the park is the site of George Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River during the American Revolution, and is a National Historic Landmark.

To plan state parks for the future, while preserving its legacy, the Bureau of State Parks last year launched “Penn’s Parks For All,” a strategic planning process keyed to a public survey and management of the parks for the next 25 years.

More than 14,000 people responded online and at individual parks to a series of questions about recreation, overnight accommodations, resource protection, funding, and operations. The department also is seeking input from state park staff and DCNR stakeholder groups; as well as a special online survey reaching minorities and young adults.

Survey results will be shared later this year, and a final plan is due in late 2019.

Totaling almost 300,000 acres, Pennsylvania’s state parks received the 2009 distinction of being named the nation’s best by the National Recreation and Park Society. With more than 40 million annual visitors, Pennsylvania state parks and forests generate more than $1 billion a year for the state’s economy through visitor expenditures on hotel rooms, dinners, souvenirs, and other amenities.

A 2012 study by the Pennsylvania State University showed the return on taxpayer investment in our state parks alone was estimated at nearly $12.41 for every $1 invested.

More information on Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests can be found at

There are 11 state parks located within the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Many have programs throughout the year, especially during the summer months. Events planned for this weekend at some of them include:

At Hills Creek State Park

Timber Rattlesnake

On Friday, June 8 at 8:30 p.m. in the Nature Center, explore the biology, management, and myths about Pennsylvania’s largest venomous snake through video, artifacts, and demonstrations.

Bobcat in Pennsylvania

In the Nature Center at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, learn about the history, biology and management of the bobcat. This presentation will include mounts, artifacts and video clips of actual research in Tioga County.

Go on a Beaver Hike

On Sunday, June 10 from 7 to 8 p.m., drive into the campground and go to C Loop to the Mid-State Trail sign and park along Campsite Road. Take a .75-mile hike along the trail to see an active beaver lodge and learn about this mammal’s history, management and role in the park. It’s a great hike for the whole family

World of the Beaver

In the Nature Center at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 10, learn more about this unique mammal that lives in the park through photos, skulls, hides and demonstrations.


Call the park office at 570-724-4246 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for more information.

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Night Sky Tour is Friday and Saturday, June 8 & 9

From 9:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9 in the Night Sky Viewing Area, experience the splendor of the night sky. Park staff will give a laser-guided tour of the constellations and recount the legends and myths surrounding these mysterious patterns. Afterwards, take an up close look at celestial objects through park telescopes. Pre-registration is required.

Nature at Night is Friday, June 8

Planning to go on the Night Sky Tour on Friday, June 8? Arrive early at the Night Sky Viewing Area and join park staff from 8 to 8:45 p.m. for a program on fascinating night critters, such as fireflies, bats, black bears or coyotes. Like to know what will be featured, email Registration is NOT required for Nature at Night programs.

Park Welcome & Walking Tour is June 9

Planning to be at the Saturday, June 9 Night Sky Tour program? Arrive early at the Night Sky Viewing Area and join park staff on Saturday from 8 to 8:45 p.m. for a short, guided walk of park facilities to learn about their past, present and future. All ages welcome. Meet at the kiosk near the restroom in the visitor parking area on the north side of RT 44.  The walk is less than a mile on mostly level terrain. Registration is NOT required for the Park Welcome & Walking Tour.

Picnic in the Park

Those who get to the park early are always welcome to take a picnic supper and make use of the park’s picnic grove near the Night Sky Viewing Area. The grove has picnic tables and charcoal grills onsite. Registration is NOT required to picnic in the park.


To Register

Online registration for stargazing programs is required. Visit If there is a problem with registering online or for information about these free programs, call (814) 435-1037 or email


Bike and Float the First Fork

Take a 2 mile bicycle tour along the Lowlands Trail, then cool off on a relaxing float back to 40 Maples.Adult bikes, inner tubes and life vests available upon request. Group size limited to 10 people.  Ages 8 and older.  Children must accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required.

Saturday, June 9 at 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Women in the Wilds Weekend at Sinnemahoning State Park

The Park is still accepting registrations for the Women In The Wilds Weekend at Sinnemahoning State Park. Friday June 22 through Sunday June 24, 2018, Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a ladies-only weekend filled with outdoor recreation and environmental education, a perfect opportunity to break out of your routine and try something new!

4843 Park Road, Austin, PA 16720

A McKean County man was scammed out of $200 yesterday according to state police at Kane .The 58 year old Bradford resident received a phone call at about 8:30 am and gave the caller pin numbers for iTunes gift cards valued at $200 to speed up his computer. The crook told the victim he was with “Google” however did not provide the promised services.

No one was hurt in a car/deer collision Wednesday morning on the first Fork Road in Grove Township, Cameron County. State police at Emporium report Charles Coup of Bellefonte was going north on Route 872 when a whitetail bounded onto the highway in front of his Hyundai Sport. Coup and his passengers James Finley of Port Matilda and David Jackson of Bellefonte were all using seatbelts and the SUV’s airbags deployed upon impact.

Neither driver was hurt in a “Trailer Bender” Tuesday night in Snyder Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police report the operator of a Freightliner was trying to back into a loading dock but failed to notice an International Harvester parked in a nearby stall and hit the left side bumper of the parked rig. The operator fled the scene without providing information to the other driver.

Mansfield based state police are advising motorists that they will be conducting sobriety  checkpoints  at undisclosed locations throughout Tioga County during the months of July, August and September.


Maple E. Ingraham, 97, of Coudersport, passed away, Monday, June 4, 2018, at UPMC Cole, Coudersport.She was born on June 8, 1920 in Westfield, the daughter of the late Ivan and Albertine (King) Rushmore.  Maple married Bill Ingraham who preceded her in death in 1965.Maple was a graduate of Westfield School.  She retired from Smith of Galeton Gloves in 1982 after 18 years of service.  She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, crocheting and her beloved family farm.Maple is survived by four daughters, Barrie Magglioco of Callaway, VA; Patricia and Frits Rushmore Den Hertog of Callaway, VA; Carol McPherson of Westfield; Dawnette and Randy Deiter of Coudersport; two sons, Terry McCloskey of Westfield; Robert Wood of North Richland Hills, TX; 8 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.In addition to her parents and husband, Maple was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Samantha Deiter and two sisters, Jean Hilboldt and Norma CraneIn keeping with Maple’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services.Memorial donations in Maple’s name may be made to the Galeton Public Library, 5 Park Lane, Galeton, PA 16922.

Brandon M. Youngs, 34, of Ceres, N.Y., passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, June 4, 2018, in the Cuba Memorial Hospital Palliative Care Unit, Cuba, after a courageous battle with cancer.Born on November 2, 1983 in Coudersport, Pa., he was a son of Clyde K. Jr. and Laurie Green Youngs.Brandon was a graduate of Bolivar-Richburg Central School in Bolivar.  He was first employed by Blue Bird Bus Company in Olean, then by I.A. Construction in Portville as a loader operator, and lastly as a lab tech by Glenn O. Hawbaker in Shinglehouse, until retiring due to ill health.Brandon was a member of the Sons of the American Legion at the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530 and was a past member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department.  He was a member of the Layed Back Luxuries Car Club.  His greatest love was his entire family and his friends.Surviving besides his parents of Ceres are a sister, Heather M. Youngs of Ceres; his beloved nephew, Bentley Youngs; his maternal grandfather, Delmar G. Green of Shinglehouse; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.Brandon was predeceased by his paternal grandparents and his maternal grandmother.Friends may call from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday and from 10am to noon on Friday, June 8, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., where funeral services will follow at noon with Pastor Ben Ramirez of Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee, officiating.  Burial will be in Bowler Memorial Cemetery, Little Genesee.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.Brandon’s family has entrusted his 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 Brandon, please visit

Julie Donner, 79, of Coudersport, formerly of Lehighton and Bethlehem, passed away at home with her loving family by her side on Monday, June 4, 2018.Born on September 5, 1938 in Ceiba, Puerto Rico, she was a daughter of Modesto and Julia Casillas Mercado.  She was married to Willard R. “Skip” Donner, Sr., who passed away on September 27, 1991.Julie was of the Roman Catholic faith.  She was a former member of the Lehighton American Legion Post 314 Ladies Auxiliary and the Beaver Run Rod & Gun Club.  She enjoyed gardening and spending time with her loving family, especially her grandchildren.Surviving are a daughter, Cheryl Ann “Sherry” (Bert) Ianson of Coudersport; two sons, Willard Donner, Jr. of West Virginia and Jeffrey (Kathleen) Donner of Weatherly; seven grandchildren, Willard III, Haley, Jeffrey, Christopher, Rea, Jessica, and Jeffrey, Jr.; two great-grandchildren, RileyMae and Luna; many sisters and brothers; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Julie was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.Friends may call from 9:30am to 11am on Friday, June 8, 2018, at the Ovsak Funeral Home, 190 South 4th Street, Lehighton, where funeral services will follow at 11am with Deacon Joseph C. Wilhelm, Jr., officiating.  Burial will be in Gnaden Huetten Cemetery, Lehighton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Julie’s name may be made to Cole Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 102-108 South Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.

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

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