Friday November 2, 2018


Black Forest Express

Dreary Saturday afternoon at Barnum Road Wetlands–Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 57; Overnight low, 56; .45” of rain

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Obituaries:  Stuart, “Stu” Young, Coudersport S &James, “Diamond Jim” Archer, Port Allegany/Keating Summit

 Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday….Game Commission unveils new app for hunters…..Guns and c ash stolen in Tioga County burglaries….More car/deer collisions reported….Two McKean County businesses cited for violating liquor laws….

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Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday @ 2:00 am. Turn clocks BACK one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

Whether you’re looking for a place to hunt, need a license or want an easy way to report your deer or turkey harvest, the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s new mobile-device app is a one-stop shop that’s loaded with information hunters and trappers need most.

Through the app, which is free to download at the iTunes and Google Play stores, hunters can find out what’s in season and where, when hunting hours start and end, and whether they’ll need to wear fluorescent orange while in the field, and how much.

The app provides instant access to the Hunting & Trapping Digest – the Game Commission’s complete regulations handbook – as well as the agency’s Mapping Center, which charts hunting opportunities including pheasant releases on state game lands and other hunting properties.

Those in need of licenses can buy them online through the app, or find an issuing agent nearby where they can pick up a license in person. And those who are successful in big-game pursuits can report their harvests through the app, learn the locations of bear and elk check stations, or find a processor where they can donate venison through the Hunters Sharing the Harvest program.

Wildlife-law violations can be reported through the app, and hunters can document their exact location to share in the case of an emergency.

More information about the app, and links to the iTunes and Google Play stores, can be found at by selecting Game Commission Mobile App under the Information & Resources tab.

Tioga County authorities are investigating several recent burglaries and thefts.  Burglars stole almost $9000 worth of guns and game cameras from a Tioga Township camp sometime since July. The burglars forced their way into a camp on Mitchell Creek Road owned by 87 year old Benjamin Risilia of Philadelphia and 58 year old David Risilia of Yardley. A list of the stolen items appears below:



Thieves took $1100 in cash from the home of Michael Smith  on Bailey Creek Road in Rutland Township between October 8 and 13. Crooks used a pry bar to force open the front door of BF Customs on Route 349 in Westfield Township between midnight and 6:00 am Wednesday. However, they apparently left empty handed as nothing was reported missing by the owner Tracy Atwell of Westfield although damage to the door is estimated to be about $100. Vandals damaged a wooden folding table, window screen and metal door when they broke into the Liberty Community Building between October 2 and  4. Rocks were thrown at several doors, screens were cut and graffiti was painted on the table and wall .Anyone with information is asked to call state police in Mansfield at 570.662.2151.

An Ulster, PA man was not hurt, despite not wearing a seatbelt when his pick up truck overturned on the Clermont Road in Hamlin Township Thursday morning. Patrick Henderson was going north on Route 146 when his Chevrolet Silverado dropped off the northbound berm, fishtailed on the wet pavement, struck an embankment and rolled  over onto the driver’s side.

Another car/deer collision in the area was investigated by state police at Mansfield. Troopers said 85 year old Howard White of Tioga was going north on Route 15 in Richmond Township at around 6:30 Thursday morning when his Ford Focus hit the whitetail.

A Corning, NY woman also avoided injury in a car/deer collision in Tioga County. State police report Audriana  Empet was headed south on Route 15 when her Mitsubishi Outlander hit the deer. The car continued on for about 500 feet before  stopping on the west berm.

Two McKean County establishments have been cited for liquor law violations. The liquor control board claims Bosers Beers on South Avenue in Bradford sold or provided alcoholic beverages to a 19 year old on September 3, 20018.

The Lighter Side Bar on Mechanic Street in Bradford was cited for failing to break liquor bottles within 24 hours on September 7; operating the bar without a valid health permit or license which expired on November 30, 2017 from December 1, 2017 to September 11, 2018 except for Sundays during the period and the licensed premises was not a bona fide restaurant because they maintained insufficient food items from April 1, 2018 to September 11, 2018.

The charges  against both businesses will be brought before an Administrative Law Judge who can impose penalties ranging from $50-$1,000 for minor offenses and up to $5,000 for more serious offenses., The judge can also impose a license suspension or revocation of the license based on the severity of the charge brought and may also mandate training for the licensee to educate them on the requirements of being a licensee.


Stuart R. “Stu” Young, 70, of Coudersport, passed away in his home on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.Born on May 1, 1948 in Darby, he was a son of John C. and Ellenjane Miller Young.  Stu grew up and lived his early adult life in the Philadelphia/South Jersey area, moving to Potter County in 2006.He was a mechanic by profession. Stu lovingly cared for his home where he resided for the past 12 years.  He loved the outdoors and loved to work with his hands.Surviving in addition to his wife, Martha, are three children; a stepson; numerous grandchildren; and a sister.Stu was predeceased by his parents.There will be no public visitation or funeral services.  Stu will be cremated and his ashes laid to rest as he wished.Stu’s family has entrusted his care and cremation to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Stu, please visit www.


James A. “Diamond Jim” Archer, 56, a lifelong Port Allegany/Keating Summit resident, passed away with his loving daughter by his side on Wednesday, October 31, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a short battle with cancer. Born on October 10, 1962 in Port Allegany, he was a son of Edwin and Genevieve Lewis Archer.  He was a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1981.  A hard worker, Jim was employed by Robinson Flagstone in Port Allegany.  He was also a bartender for several establishments before an injury curtailed his working career.His greatest love was his family.At a young age his mother passed away and he was raised by his loving aunt and uncle, William “Bill” and Ella Mae Robinson.Surviving are a daughter, Jessie M. Armour of Emporium; three grandchildren, Aaron James Crawford, Hunter Edward Akins, and David J. Akins III; his uncle, William “Bill” Robinson of Port Allegany; seven siblings, Edwin (Linda) Archer, Rick (Deb) Archer, Linda (Pete) Ayers, William K. Robinson,  and Loretta (Clark) Barber, all of Port Allegany, Deb (Gary) Dubois of South Dakota, and Robin R. Robinson of Roulette; and many nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his “second mom”, Ella Mae.At the current time, no services are planned.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Port Area Ambulance Services, 22279 US-6, Port Allegany, PA 16743.Jim’s family has entrusted his care and cremation to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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