Wednesday June 13, 2018

Black Forest Express

                                                                                                                                                                                                        Photo by Gerri Miller

Pennsylvania Mountain Laurel, Ulysses Township Potter County

Tuesday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 61; .24” rain overnight

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Obituaries:    Bonnnie Childs, Port Allegany and    Charles “Chick” REICHERTER, 83, of Winterville, NC, ( formerly of Montoursville, PA, Ulysses, PA)                                                                                                

Game Commission says some internet users may not be able to get hunting licenses on line….State is launching effort to prevent sabotage of election….Turtlepoint teen driver slightly hurt in one vehicle crash….Injuries reported for one passenger after Tioga County accident…Troopers at Kane investigate alleged theft from soon to be ex-wife and cyber theft…

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Some internet users might be unable to buy their 2018-19 Pennsylvania hunting licenses online due to an upcoming Internet security update.The update affects all purchasing websites – not just the Pennsylvania Automated Licensing System – and users of older-model computers are impacted most because many of these systems will be unable to make online purchases of any kind once the update is complete.Newer computers largely won’t be affected, though users might need to install updated versions of operating systems and web browsers.The easiest way to determine whether your computer will be capable of making Internet purchases once the update is complete is by going to to test your system. If your machine passes the test, it should be good to go in making future online purchases, including buying a hunting license.Licenses for the 2018-19 license year go on sale Monday, June 18.
The licenses become valid July 1 and, after that date, all who hunt, trap or who want to apply for an antlerless deer license must have an up-to-date 2018-19 license to do so.Buying licenses as soon as they go on sale increases a hunter’s chances of securing a Deer Management Assistance Program permit for properties where few permits are available.
License buyers also should be aware of some important changes for the 2018-19 license year.General hunting licenses and furtaker licenses each continue to cost $20.90 for Pennsylvania residents and $101.90 for nonresidents.
Resident senior hunters and furtakers, ages 65 and older, can purchase one-year licenses for $13.90, or lifetime licenses for $51.90. For $101.90, resident seniors can purchase lifetime combination licenses that afford them hunting and furtaking privileges. Like other hunters and trappers, seniors still need to purchase bear licenses to pursue bruins and obtain permits to harvest pheasants, bobcats, fishers or river otters.A complete list of licensing requirements can be found at
A resident Pennsylvanian who buys his or her 2018-19 hunting license is eligible to apply for an antlerless deer license July 9. Nonresidents can apply July 16. And a second round in which a hunter can receive a second antlerless deer license begins Aug. 6 for wildlife management units where licenses remain.

The deadline to apply for a 2018-19 elk license is July 31, and submitting an application costs $10.90. A total of 125 elk licenses – 26 antlered, 99 antlerless – have been allocated this year and will be awarded by lottery.

Auditor General Eugene DePasquale has announced he will conduct an audit of the state’s voter registration system to help enhance voting security before the 2020 election.“There is zero question that Russians tried to interfere with the 2016 election process in Pennsylvania and other states,” DePasquale said. “I want to use the power of my office to help make sure Pennsylvania is doing everything it can to have a fair and secure election. ”The audit is part of an interagency agreement with the Department of State and mirrors legislation introduced by Senator Kim Ward which passed the Senate unanimously earlier this year, but remains stalled in the House. “There is clear bi-partisan support for this audit and we need to act now to protect the integrity of Pennsylvania’s election process because any changes that might need to be implemented will take time,” he said.The audit, which will cover January 2016 through the end of the audit, will focus on the Department of State’s Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors (SURE) and include the following objectives:

Review of security protocols of the SURE system;
Assessment of whether records maintained with the SURE system are accurate and in accordance with the Help America Vote Act and Pennsylvania law;
Evaluation of the process for input and maintenance of voter registration records;
Review of the efficiency and accuracy of the SURE system;
Review of the internal controls, methodology for internal audits and internal audits review process;
Review of the external controls, methodology for the issuance of directives and guidance to the counties by DOS regarding voter registration and list maintenance, and
Any other relevant information or recommendations related to the accuracy, operability, and efficiency of the SURE system, as determined by the Auditor General.
“We will complete the audit in time so that the Department of State and county election offices can implement any recommendations prior to the 2020 election,” DePasquale said.
The Statewide Uniform Registry of Electors is a centralized voter registration and election management system used by the Department of State and maintained by the election authorities in each county.

A Turtlepoint teen driver was slightly hurt Tuesday afternoon in a one-vehicle e crash in Eldred Township. State police report 18yer old Matthew Moore  was going south on the West Eldred Road when his Mitsubishi Eclipse went off the road, struck a ditch and rolled over coming to rest upside down.

One passenger was hurt Sunday evening when an SUV wrecked on Connelly Mountain Road in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. Mansfield based state police claim Isaiah Compton of Mansfield was speeding when his Nisan Pathfinder skidded on the wet pavement while trying to make a right curve. Connelly overcorrected causing the vehicle to veer to the opposite side of the road where it collided with a steep embankment and rolled over. He and three passengers, Kaynen Arridondo and Crystal Acevedo both of Mansfield and Margo Haddow of Wellsboro all were unhurt while Yasmine Black of Blossburg was taken by ambulance to Troy Hospital.

Troopers at Mansfield just released details about a car deer collision last Friday afternoon in Tioga Township. Jaime Shorthouse of Mansfield was headed south on Route 15 when a deer entered her lane and was hit by her Kia Sedona.

Two thefts are being probed by state police at the Kane barracks. An unknown cyber thief used a Macy’s Credit Card belonging to Carol Kocjancic of Kane to make multiple charges on May 18in Pasadena, CA. The charges totaled $421 and Kocjancic did not know about the purchases until she received a bill the mail, after which she called police.
The investigation is continuing into a possible theft and forgery in Bradford. The 48 year old male victim told police that his “soon to be ex-wife” had been forging his signature on checks and cashing them for herself. Total loss exceeds $1500 and authorities say charges are pending.


Bonnie L. Childs, 59, of Vine St.,Port Allegany, passed away Saturday (June 9, 2018) in her home, surrounded by her family. Born July 20, 1958, in Trenton, NJ, she was a daughter of Albert and Alda Horrocks Bates. On June 3, 1978, in Jackson NJ, she married Robert H. Childs, Sr. Surviving in addition to her mother, Alda, and former husband, are a son, Robert H. Childs, Jr. of Browns Mills, NJ; two daughters, Selena A. (Bill) Massimino of Browns Mills, NJ, Melissa A. (David) Stepp of Port Allegany; four grandchildren: Emily Marissa, Allison, and Dalton; three brothers, Rickey Bates of Long Island, NY, Steven Bates of Manchester, NJ, David Bates of Dallas, TX, three sisters, Robin Biagi and Delores Hoffman both of Vineland, NJ, and Lynda Young of Covington, LA; an aunt & uncle, John and Fay Horrocks of Surfside Beach, SC; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Albert, and a brother, Albert Bates. A celebration of Life service will be held at a later date & time to be announced. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switze Funeral Home, Port Allegany.
Condolences can be made to: Robert H. Childs, Jr. Robert J. Childs, Sr.
Port Allegany, PA 16743

Selena A.Massimino Melissa A. Stepp
219 Reed Ave. 23 E. Vine St.
Browns Mill, NJ 08015

Charles “Chick” REICHERTER, 83, of Winterville, NC, formerly of Montoursville, PA, died Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Friends may call at the Trinity Assembly of God, 322 Loyalsock Ave., Montoursville, PA on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Allyn R. Baker will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Korean War Veterans Honor Guard. Burial will be in Montoursville Cemetery.
Born July 2, 1934, in Schenectady, NY, he was the son of William and Phoebe Smith Reicherter. A Korean War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Army from 1953 – 1955. A graduate of Barrington College and Columbia University, Chick devoted his life to education. He was Superintendent of the Northern Potter School District in Ulysses, PA, then moved to Montoursville and retired from BLAST Intermediate Unit #17. In retirement, Chick could be found in his garage with his woodworking or out with the Korean War Veterans military honor guard performing rites at funerals or attending veteran’s events. Chick was man of strong faith and freely shared his love of God.
Surviving are: his wife, Debbie Scott Reicherter; four children, Patty (Dane) Slaughter of Anderson, SC, Peter (Elise) Reicherter of Garnersville, NY, Philip (Robyn) Reicherter of Sussex, NJ, and Katie (Patrick) Lucey of Fuquay Varina, NC; and six grandchildren, Jadyn Slaughter, Kaelyn Slaughter, Courtney Reicherter, Stephanie Reicherter, Connor Lucey, and Jack Lucey. His grandchildren called him Poppy or Papa and he loved each of them dearly. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Honey (John) Dunn; sisters-in- law, Jeanne (Todd) Alderson, Kim (Jeff) Gardner, and Stella Reicherter; brothers- in-law, Steve (Peggy) Scott, Carm Scott, and Steve Yackel and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brother, Bill Reicherter; and his sister, Alida Yackel.
Memorials may be made to Spring Arbor Memory Unit, 3207 Carey Road, Kinston, NC 28504.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at