Thursday July 12, 2018



Black Forest Express

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Wednesday’s high, 86; Overnight low, 52

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State budget and proposed bill help dairy farmers…Road project underway on several Bradford Streets….Work to replace bridge over Marsh Creek In Tioga County starts next week…Route 49 between Coudersport and Harrison Valley to be repaved later this summer…..Troopers at Coudersport investigate three recent thefts…drug paraphernalia discovered in camper parked in Harrison Township, Potter County… Austin man arrested for public drunkenness….Ex employee suspected of using phone to harass owner of Genesee business….

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Agriculture in Pennsylvania’s number one industry and dairy is a big part of the ag industry. Dairy farmers in Pennsylvania are experiencing rough times, with farms reportedly on the brink of bankruptcy. The state is taking measures to provide some help. The state is taking steps to help them .Introduced by Senator Schwank , Senate Resolution 384 directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to conduct a study and issue a report making recommendations for initiatives to assist dairy producers in the Commonwealth in response to the decreasing demand for dairy products and decreasing milk prices. The new state budget provides $5 million in grant money to help dairy farmers survive an economic crisis brought on by falling milk prices and a decline in consumption of beverage milk. The Commonwealth Financing Authority is to adopt guidelines for distributing the money to farmers and processors for such purposes as finding new markets for dairy products, developing specialty dairy products, marketing programs and research and development. The $5 million is being transferred from the existing First Industries economic development program which has provided financial assistance to farmers. The state has earmarked 5 million dollars to combat these issues, however Senator Schwank says there’s something you can do to help as well.She says that next to the “sell By Date” there is a numerical code. If it is42, the milk was produced in Pennsylvania and she urges all consumers to buy only Pennsylvania milk.


Roadway improvement work began today in Bradford on a Pennsylvania Department of Transportation project.Through the end of the month, crews will work a mill and fill operation along High Street, Owens Way, South Avenue, West Corydon Street, and Sullivan Road—all in Bradford. Paving of these same streets is scheduled for August and PennDOT will issue an update prior to that work.Traffic will be controlled by flaggers in the roadway enforcing an alternating traffic pattern.
Drivers should expect delays as work takes place.

Later this summer, a section of Route 49 in Potter County– from Coudersport to Harrison Valley, will also see improvement work.Overall work includes milling, roadway repair, ADA ramps, and paving. A small amount of drainage work is also planned along Route 49.Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College, PA is the contractor on this $5.1 million job, which is expected to be complete by October. All work is weather and schedule dependent.PennDOT reminds drivers to be cautious in work zones, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles at 511PA is free and available 24 hours a day and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.


Next week, PennDOT bridge crew in Tioga County will begin a bridge deck replacement project on T-479 (Marsh Creek Road) in Shippen Township. The bridge is located at the intersection of Straight Run Road.
A detour will be in place using Straight Run Road, Route 6 and Webster Road.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks have investigated three different thefts occurring in Potter County last month. Thieves stole two sections of 10’ x 15” black sluice pipe sections from 2964 Route 607 between June 4 and 28. The pipes, which belong to Keating Township, are valued at $200. A Parmak electric fencer was stolen on the afternoon of June 20 from a location at the intersection of the Hamilton Road and Bunnell Road in Bingham Township. The equipment is owned by Michael Thompson of Ulysses and is valued at $225. Criminals stole five solar panels, 12 volt batteries and miscellaneous items from a camp on Bailey Hill Road in Hector Township between June 21 and 25. The camp is owned\ed by Kim Foster of Olean, NY.

Using a search warrant, Coudersport based state police allegedly found drug paraphernalia inside a camper parked at 335 Howard Road in Harrison Township on the afternoon of June 24. No more details were released but police say the investigation remains open.

Two “non-reportable” traffic accidents were also investigated by state police at the Coudersport barracks. The first occurred on the afternoon of June 28 in Genesee Township. A 2011 Chevrolet Malibu was speeding when it failed to make a turn and slid off of Route 449 into a yard. The driver backed onto Wintergreen Road and took off headed east. The 17 year old Bolivar NY girl was pulled over about ¾ mile later. She was not hurt and the car could be driven away. However, she was cited for speeding. Both drivers escaped injury in a minor fender-bender in Ulysses Township this past Saturday morning. A 2009 Jeep Patriot was going south of Bailey Hill Road, a winding piece of road, when the driver tried to brake for a Ford F-250 which was backing out of a driveway on the Loucks Mills Road. Since neither driver was hurt and the vehicles could be driven, it was technically a “non-reportable.”

A 60 year old Austin man has been arrested for public drunkenness. State police claim when they responded to a call about a man lying in a field off of Costello Avenue just before 1:30 am Wednesday, the found David Walter Dehart under the influence of alcohol.