Monday October 29, 2018


Black Forest Express

 Dreary Saturday afternoon at BarnumRoad Wetlands–Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 48; Overnight low, 40; 1.89” rain (weekend total)







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Obituary:Vera “Jean” Taylor, Ceres

LIHEAP Applications open starting Thursday…..Bradford house fire ruled accidental…..ID thieves siphoned off more than $7000 from Tioga County resident….Another Tioga County man victim of money transfer scam……More car/deer collisions reported….Vandals damage excavator in Emporium…Mansfield  based state police look for litterbug who left trash on private property in Brookfield Township…..

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As cold weather  moves in, residents who are struggling with their home heating bills can apply for assistance from the state’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) beginning Thursday, Nov. 1according to  Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.

The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150 percent of the federal poverty level income. For example, the income limit for an individual is $18,210; for a couple, the limit is $24,690; and for a family of four, it is $37,650.

Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence as follows:

Cameron County, 411 Chestnut St., Emporium, 1-877-855-1824.

McKean County, 68 Chestnut St., Suite B, Bradford, 1-800-822-1108.

Potter County, 269 Route 6 West, Room 1, Coudersport, 1-800-446-9896.

Vera “Jean” Taylor         CAPTION “beloved wife, mother, and grandmother”


A fire which caused $20,000 in damage to a Bradford home Friday night was accidental according to the state police fire marshal. The house at 10 Williams Street was occupied by Richard Schoonover, 35, Sarah Miller, 32, Michael Schoonover, 32 and three children ages  9, 11and 12. There were no injuries.

State police at Mansfield are investigating an ID theft victimizing a Middlebury Center man. Cyber thieves have been withdrawing sums of money from a bank account belonging to Arthur Baines since the first of this year. In all, some $7246,50 was siphoned out via ATMs.

An 85 year old Mansfield man was the victim of a scam using wire transfers. Troopers report the senior citizen received several phone calls at his home informing him to send money to various locations. The crime is also under investigation by state police.

Deer continue to plague drivers across the region. Kathleen Deangelis of Westfield escaped injuries Friday morning on Route 287 in Tioga Township. Her Toyota Rav became disabled upon impact and had to be towed from the scene. No injuries occurred to a Mansfield driver whose vehicle hit a deer early Friday morning on Route 6 in Richmond Township Tioga County Wilson Giles was going east when the dear crossed the road in front of his Chevrolet Colorado.

Troopers at Kane did not release the suspect’s name but say drug charges are pending against a 44 year old Dubois man who was pulled over Friday afternoon at the intersection of Town Line Road and Route 219 in Hamlin Township. Police claim they found  a small amount of suspected pot and drug paraphernalia in the 2010 Acura TSX.

Coudersport based state police late Saturday night finally released details about an accident taking place over a week ago on Route 6 in Sweden Township. Steven Austin of Troupsburg, NY was going west when his Peterbilt hauling a load of water, slid off the road and hit two small trees before rolling over onto the right side. The 23 year old driver was taken to UPMC Cole by Coudersport ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

State police at Ridgway are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a parked car early Sunday morning in Highland Township. The westbound unit went off the road and struck a Chevrolet Cobalt parked along New Jersey Avenue. The driver of the unknown unit, possibly a Ford, left the scene without notifying authorities.

Vandals caused $200 in damage to an excavator parked on Route 120 in Emporium last Tuesday or Wednesday. A stone found behind the lot, was thrown at the rear window causing it break and crack surrounding glass. The machine is owned by George Brown, 72, of Emporium.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks are looking for a litterbug who left trash on property located on the South Road in Brookfield Township, Tioga County during a one-hour period last Monday. A plastic shopping bag containing a cheeseburger wrapper, a plate, aluminum foil, napkins, a clear zipper bag and a shopping bag from China addressed to the suspect were left on land owned by 80 year old David Brown of Westfield.


Vera “Jean” Taylor, 88, of Ceres, passed away with her loving husband by her side on Wednesday, October 24, 2018, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y., after a short illness,.

Born on July 23, 1930 in Erie, she was the daughter of George W. and Elva Buss Saeger.  On July 12, 1953, in the Ceres United Methodist Church, she married Glenn “Don” Taylor, who survives.

In 1948, Jean graduated from Bolivar Central School and later graduated from Buffalo State College.  For several years, Jean was the Home Economics teacher at Portville Central School.  She left teaching to become the office manager of the family business, Taylor Excavating in Ceres, which later incorporated to become Taylor & Armstrong Contracting in Eldred.  In 1978, Don and Jean left Taylor & Armstrong Contracting to resume their business, Don Taylor Excavating, while still remaining good friends with the Armstrong family.

Jean was a longtime member of the Ceres United Methodist Church where she graciously served the Lord as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, and Arts & Crafts teacher, all while serving on various committees.  She also enjoyed playing the piano during Church services on Sundays.  Jean was also an active member of the Ceres Community Center, where she put in countless hours organizing and working the annual Ham & Leek and Harvest dinners. She was also an active member of the Oswayo Valley Historical Society in Shinglehouse, having served as curator for many years.  Jean was also the chairperson of the Shinglehouse Food Cupboard, putting in selfless hours to ensure the community was served well.  She was also an active member of the Bolivar 4 C’s Senior Center in Bolivar for several years.  Jean was an honored 50 year member of the Tyler Mizpah Chapter 97 Order of the Eastern Star in Portville.

Jean was a truly caring person, always thinking of others first.  She loved the outdoors.  You could find her tooling around in her golf cart tending to her flowers and garden.  She truly loved bird watching, she was always looking up species in her book.  She hung hummingbird feeders around her porch where she would sit for hours watching them come and go.  Jean was an avid reader, always carrying a book with her.  Jean was also very fond of animals, especially her dog, Felix.

Surviving besides her husband of 65 years are two sons, Gregory “Greg” (Lynne) Taylor of York and Christopher “Chris” Taylor of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Denee (Timothy) Graham of Waldorf, MD; eight grandchildren, Brian (Cerese) Holes, Richard “Ritchie” Holes, Grant Taylor, Alyson (Justin) Doty, Derek (Dana) Taylor, Danielle Taylor, Natasha (Jason Carr) Taylor, and Kegan (Mike Gustin) Wilson; twelve great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Laurie Taylor.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8pm on Sunday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse and from 10 to 11 am on Monday, October 29, 2018, at the Ceres United Methodist Church, where funeral services will follow with the Rev. Preston L. Hutchins, Jr., pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Ceres.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jean’s name to the Ceres United Methodist Church, c/o 2905 Kings Run Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Jean’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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