Friday November 30, 2018


Black Forest Express


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 Dickens of a Christmas being held this weekend in Wellsboro….state bear harvest up 10% from last year….Mansfield State police have asked PA Crime Stoppers to help find armed robber…

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Obituaries: Ronald “Ronnie” Cloak, Coudersport and Les Coates, Coudersport


                                                                                                        Photo by John Eaton

Town Crier Phil Waber rings his bell and announces the 2 p.m. Victorian Stroll as he walks along Wellsboro’s Main Street during Dickens 2017.  In the background is Sara Pease of Crab Orchard, West Virginia who helps hold the sign identifying her as the winner of the 2017 Dickens of a Christmas Best Dressed Showcase.:

For the 35th Annual Dickens of a Christmas this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2, Wellsboro’s downtown will become a Victorian marketplace featuring delectable fare for eating and drinking and delightful wares for holiday gift giving or to keep.

Saturday, Dec. 1 beginning at 9 a.m., the town crier will greet everyone with the ringing of his bell and announcements of the day. Visitors meandering through the outdoor marketplace will enjoy performances by the Dickens Fezziwig Street Players and can take part in the Victorian Strolls at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The first place winner of the Dickens Best Dressed Showcase will take home a first place prize valued at $1,000. Prizes will also  be awarded to second through fifth place winners.

This Saturday only, Dickens streets will be closed to motorized vehicles. Performers and vendors get everyone in the spirit by dressing Victorian style. Adding to the festivities are holiday-bedecked stores and the community’s boulevards decorated with fresh Christmas trees covered with lights and ornaments and the gaslights with evergreen wreaths and bows.

More than 100 outdoor art and craft vendors will be offering hand carved Christmas trees, homemade jams, jellies, cheeses and meats, hand-painted Christmas ornaments, handmade pottery, furniture, jewelry (sterling silver, brass, copper, ceramic, fused glass, wood, Lake Erie beach glass, etc.), organic soaps and shampoos, specialty candles, hats, scarves, ponchos, sweaters, pet treats, snowmen, stuffed animals and dolls, wrought iron and hand-turned wooden pieces and so much more. Also available will be fresh Christmas wreaths, garlands, swags, centerpieces and greens.

Restaurants and 38 outdoor food vendors will tickle the taste buds and warm tummies with hot chocolate, chili, homemade soups and chowders, bread and rice puddings, homemade cookies, pies, cupcakes, candies, baked potatoes with toppings, wood-fired pizza, hot roast beef, roasted pork, sausage and crab cake sandwiches, German foods, meatballs, hot cider, coffee, fresh roasted peanuts, deep fried dill pickles, elk meat, bison products, whoopee pies, peanut brittle, kettle corn, caramel popcorn, apple dumplings, candy apples, soft pretzels, sticky buns, funnel cakes, and lots of other treats.

This Friday and Saturday, an additional 72 art, craft and food vendors can be found indoors at the United Methodist Church and Wellsboro Senior Center and on Saturday at the indoor/outdoor craft show at the Wellsboro Firemen’s Annex.

At the Deane Center see the Department 56 Dickens Village on display, have a portrait taken dressed Dickens style and see New York City-based Christine A. Moore Millinery’s “Dickens of A Christmas” Hat Collection or buy Wellsboro Rotary Club raffle tickets. Local churches will host a variety of indoor events Friday and Saturday. Among them is a Dickens of a Dinner, lunches, a  display of model trains, a cookie sale and in the spirit of helping others, an Alternative Giving Christmas Fair with entertainment and refreshments.

Hamilton-Gibson will present A Dickens of a Concert Friday night and six performances of  Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” at the Deane Center’s two theatres on Saturday and one performance on Sunday. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, t.he Arcadia Theatre is showing the film “The Man Who Invented Christmas” about Charles Dickens and his creation of Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters in his novella “A Christmas Carol.”

At 5 p.m. Saturday, the Candlelight Walk for Peace will begin at Packer Park on Queen Street and at 5:30 p.m. the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony with Santa and a carol sing will be on the Green.

For a detailed schedule of events or more information, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce, 114 Main Street, Wellsboro, Pa. 16901, call 570-724-1926, email or visit

Hunters during the final day of Pennsylvania’s statewide bear season harvested 365 bears, raising the 2018 statewide season harvest to 1,993 – a 10 percent increase compared to the 1,796 taken during the four days of the statewide season in 2017.

Hunters took more bears on the season’s last day than on the third day – 211. On the season’s second day, hunters took 381 bears.

Archery and other early-bear season harvest data is not included in this report. Comprehensive bear harvest totals that include bears taken during the early and extended seasons will be released in the coming months.

During the statewide season, bears were harvested in 55 counties.

The top 10 bears processed at check stations were either estimated or confirmed to have live weights of 600 pounds or more.

The largest bear harvested was a 780-pound male taken with a rifle Nov. 19 by Michael J. Rubeo, of Mercer, in Howe Township, Forest County.

A day later, a 708-pound male was taken by Timothy J. Weaver, of Dallas, Pa., with a rifle in Harvey’s Lake Borough, Luzerne County.

Other large bears taken over the season’s first two days – all but one taken with a rifle – include: a 704-pound male taken Nov. 17 in Goshen Township, Clearfield County, by Mickey L. Moore, of Clearfield; a 697-pound male taken Nov. 19 in Chapman Township, Clinton County, by Scott Yorty, of Bloomsburg; a 681-pounder taken Nov. 17 in Coal Township, Northumberland County, by Robert L. Britton III, of Coal Township; a 680-pounder taken Nov. 19 in Chest Township, Clearfield County, by Douglas D. Routch, of Curwensville; a 679-pound male taken with a handgun Nov. 17 in Farmington Township, Warren County, by Jordan Tutmaher, of Warren; a 666-pound male taken Nov. 20 in Snyder Township, Jefferson County, by Earl F. Timothy, of Brockway; a 627-pound male taken Nov. 19 in Snyder Township, Jefferson County, by Wayne C. Kline, of Reynoldsville; and a 623-pound male taken Nov. 17 in Newport Township, Luzerne County, by Corrina M. Kishbaugh, of Nanticoke.

More bears are yet to be taken in extended seasons in many Wildlife Management Units. The overall 2017 bear harvest was 3,438, the ninth-largest in state history. In 2016, hunters took a total of 3,529 bears – the fifth-largest harvest all time. The largest harvest – 4,350 bears – happened in 2011, when preliminary statewide season totals numbered 3,154.

The preliminary statewide season bear harvest by Wildlife Management Unit was as follows: WMU 1A, 19 (14 in 2017); WMU 1B, 120 (58); WMU 2A, 5 (1); WMU 2C, 127 (91); WMU 2D, 125 (102); WMU 2E, 66 (27); WMU 2F, 213 (191); WMU 2G, 357 (388); WMU 2H, 65 (75); WMU 3A, 106 (111); WMU 3B, 129 (182); WMU 3C, 53 (85); WMU 3D, 153 (185); WMU 4A, 127 (75); WMU 4B, 55 (38); WMU 4C, 92 (48); WMU 4D, 123 (89); WMU 4E, 53 (33); and WMU 5A, 5 (3).

The top bear-hunting county in the statewide season was Clinton County with 128 bears. It was followed by Lycoming County, which almost annually challenges Clinton County for the state’s top county bear harvest.

Statewide season harvests by county and region are:

Northwest (411): Venango, 78 (43); Jefferson, 69 (48); Crawford, 59 (22); Warren, 59 (84); Forest, 55 (31); Clarion, 41 (34); Butler, 19 (12); Erie, 18 (6); and Mercer, 13 (6).

Southwest (183): Somerset, 57 (42); Fayette, 39 (27); Indiana, 31 (8); Armstrong, 26 (31); Cambria, 16 (8); and Westmoreland, 14 (10).

Northcentral (689): Clinton, 128 (115); Lycoming, 107 (130); Tioga, 90 (127); Clearfield, 80 (51); Potter, 62 (118); Cameron, 61 (42); Centre, 52 (34); Elk, 47 (64); McKean, 47 (62); and Union, 15 (11).

Southcentral (255): Huntingdon, 78 (46); Bedford, 54 (33); Fulton, 35 (21); Blair, 22 (8); Juniata, 16 (11); Franklin, 14 (9); Perry, 14 (12); Mifflin, 10 (13); Adams, 5 (3); Cumberland, 4 (4); and Snyder, 3 (2).


Northeast (395): Luzerne, 53 (36); Pike, 51 (94); Bradford, 50 (28); Monroe, 50 (36); Sullivan, 32 (63); Carbon, 31 (25); Wayne, 30 (60); Wyoming, 27 (30); Columbia, 20 (10); Lackawanna, 20 (27); Northumberland, 17 (3); Susquehanna, 13 (20); and Montour, 1 (1).

Southeast (60): Dauphin, 26 (15); Schuylkill, 20 (7); Lebanon, 7 (2); Lehigh, 3 (0); Northampton, 3 (2); and

Pennsylvania State Police, Troop F, Mansfield, continue their investigation of a Robbery that occurred at Acorn Gas Station, located in Lawrenceville Township, Tioga County earliert this ytear and have asked Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers to assist in the search.

On September 7, 2018, at approximately 12:40 a.m., an unknown white male suspect entered the Acorn Gas Station wearing a black ski mask with skull design, black long sleeve shirt, camouflage pants with an army style bag, carrying an AR 15 style rifle, and stated “this is a robbery.”  The suspect demanded an employee to give him all the money from the cash register and fled the scene on foot with $120 from the register.  There were two employees working at the time, of the incident and the suspect did not point the weapon at the employees.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:  If you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS.  All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.


Ronald M. “Ronnie” CLOAK, 53, formerly of Coudersport, Ulysses, and Penndel, died Tuesday, November 27, 2018 in Bradford Manor, Bradford, PA.  Born December 15, 1964, in Philadelphia, he was the son of Russell E. and Catherine O’Driscoll Cloak.  Surviving are:  six siblings, Michael Cloak of NC, Mary Ferry of FL, Colleen Cloak of Coudersport, Karen LaFlamme of FL, Diane O’Brien of Berks, and Timothy Cloak of Swoyersville;  and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents;  and a brother, Richard Cloak.  Services will be private.  Memorials may be made to Potter County Special Olympics, P.O. Box 255, Coudersport, PA 16915.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at


                          Lee Coates, 80, of Lodge Rd., Coudersport, died, Wednesday, November 28, 2018, at the Bath VA Medical Center, Bath, NY.Lee was born on April 16, 1938 in Pecville the son of the late Alvin and Ruth (Ham) Coates.Lee worked as an electrician for Jersey Central Power and served in the Army during the Vietnam War.Lee is survived by a sister, Alma M. Duetsch of Bethlehem.At Lee’s request there will be no visitation or services. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport.