Monday November 5, 2018

Black Forest Express


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

Sunday’s high, 47; Overnight low, 41; .20” inches of rain, weekend total






                                                                                                 WED NIGHT-LOW, 31


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Tomorrow is finally election day and a variety of choices await voters….One driver killed Sunday in Elk County collision…No one hurt in Tioga County rear-ender…Both men involved in scuffle arrested by Mansfield police…Port Allegany man arrested for disorderly conduct….Wellsoboro resident accused of stealing natural gas from UGI…..Vandals slash tires on two vehicles parked in Ridgway…

Obituaries: Kathryn Nichols, Shinglehouse and LeRoy White, Coudersport.

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The much anticipated “ mid-term” elections happen tomorrow.Polls are open from 7 am to 8 pm in all Pennsylvania voting precincts. Topping the ballot is the Pennsylvania governor’s race. Candidates include Democratic incumbent Tom Wolf with running mate John Fetterman for lieutenant governor; Republicans Scott R. Wagner and Jeff Bartos; Green Party candidates Paul Glover and Jocyln Bowser-Bostick; and Libertarians Ken B. Krawchuk and Kathleen S. Smith.

Running for U.S. Senate are incumbent Bob Casey Jr., Democrat; Lou Barletta, Republican; Neal Gale, Green; and Dale R. Kerns Jr., Libertarian.  Following a Supreme Court Ruling, Potter County was moved from the 5th Congressional District to the 12th District.Candidates for the Pa. 12th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives are Democrat Marc Friedenberg and Republican incumbent Tom Marino . Glenn Thompson, the incumbent representiven the 5th contressional District, a Republican is opposed by Demmocrat nominee Barbara Boser. Most of Potter County is in the 67th Legislative District, where the candidates for a two-year term in the Pa. House of Representatives are Democrat Maryann Cole and Republican incumbent Martin T. Causer. For Galeton Borough and Pike Township in Potter County and Tioga and Bradford Counties, the choices are Democrat Carrie Heath or Republican Clint Owlett for the 68th District seat. Voters do not have to vote along party lines in the general election and Voter ID’s are not required due to Supreme Court ruling.

One driver was killed in a collision Sunday afternoon in Elk County. State police report impact occurred when Angela Huff of Weedville pulled onto route 255 from Hickory Avenue in front of a car driven by Eleanor Masiasak of Houtzsdale. She was pronounced dead at Penn Highlands Elk. Police did not release any more information but say the investigation is continuing.

No one was hurt in a three-car pile up on Route 6 in Charleston Township, Tioga County Thursday afternoon. According to troopers at Masfield, the rear-ender happened when John Zimmemrman of Morris failed to notice that vehicles driven by Lindsay Lee of Blossburg and Ashley Woods of Mansfield had stopped for a a vehicle waiting to make a left turn. The Zimmerman’s Ford Taurus slammed into the back of Lee’s Ford Escape shoving it into Woods’s Chevrolet Travers. Zimmerman and his wife , Brittany, were using seatbelts as were Lee and Woods. A one year old girl in the Zimmerman car was in a rear facing child safety seat.

A 28 year old Ridgway woman was arrested on drug charges after being stopped by patrol officers Friday night at Montmorenci Avenue and Ash Street in that town. Troopers claim Savanna Simons had a small amount of suspected methamphetamine and related drug paraphernalia in her 2013 Silverado. Charges were reportedly filed before District Judge Martin.

Both men involved in a scuffle Saturday night in Shippen Township Tioga County have been cited for harassment. State police explain that when they responded to a “domestic” at 1417 Marsh Creek Road, they found that both 54 year old Kevin Mattison of Middlebury Center  and 48yearold Eric Massey of Wellsboro had attacked the other during an argument.

A Port Allegany man has been arrested for disorderly conduct after police were called Saturday night to a house at 852 Creek Road on a report of a possibly intoxicated suicidal male. Police claim 38 year old Tony Burford refused to answer troopers’  questions; tried to leave  and became aggressive and resisted verbal and physical commands before being place  under arrest.

State police at Mansfield have arrested 36 year old Jeremy Flannery of Wellsboro for theft of services and criminal mischief. Authorities claim UGI workers found on October 28 that Flannery had broken the lock on the gas meter at his home on Stony Fork Road. Employees immediately turned the valve off and replaced the lock. But, workers discovered on October 31, that the valve was broken again and a bypass had been put in place of where the meter had been removed.

Vandals slashed tires on a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2016 Dodge Dart owned by a Ridgway couple between 5:00 pm Wednesday and 8:00 am Thursday while the vehicles were parked on Commons lane in Ridgway.

Someone shot a window in a house on Broad Street in Port Allegany Sunday afternoon with a BB gun. Anyone who can identify the culprits is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.


Kathryn “Kate” Nichols, 96, of Shinglehouse, passed away with her loving family by her side on Sunday, November 4, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Born on January 30, 1922 on the family homestead in Shinglehouse, she was a daughter of Wayne M. and Sarah Stannard Nichols.
Kate was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1940. She was first employed by the former First National Bank (now Northwest) in Shinglehouse for 15 years and was then employed by the former Exchange National Bank (now Community Bank) in Olean for 23 years until her retirement.
Kate was an avid golfer. She was a member of the Bolivar Golf Club in Bolivar, N.Y. and was involved in several golfing associations in Pennsylvania and New York. She enjoyed gardening and bowling. Kate was well known in the area for her delicious blueberries.
Surviving are many loving nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Kate was predeceased by two brothers, Hollis W. Nichols and his wife, Nettie Sue, and George “Mike” Nichols; and a sister, Ann L. Nichols.
Family and friends may call from 9am to 11am on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11am with the Rev. Preston L. Hutchins, Jr., pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Kate’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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LeRoy C. WHITE, 82, of Coudersport, PA, died Monday, October 1, 2018 in his home.
Born November 11, 1935, in Coudersport, he was the son of Clifford Thompson and Virgie Elizabeth Denson White. He was married to the former Eileen E. Watson, who survives.A graduate of Coudersport High School, he attended Bucknell University and served honorably with the US Army Reserves.He was employed by L.H. Lincoln, Agway, Pure Carbon, and owned and operated a farm for many years. LeRoy was a member of the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, Eulalia Lodge #342 F & AM, Central Grange, Potter County Historical Society, Conservation District, and Farm Credit Bureau. He was an outdoorsman and loved taking his collies for rides.

Surviving besides his wife, Eileen, are: two children, Rebecca J. (Dennis) Campbell of Duke Center and Jeannine (Dan) Drummond, both of Duke Center; two step-children, Gwen Hankins of Altoona and Melody Hankins of Coudersport; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Allen C. (Barbara) White and James R. (Laurie) White, both of Coudersport; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and a nephew, Theodore White.

**********A Memorial Service will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, November 11, 2018 in the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church.**********

Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport, PA.

Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.

Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

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