Thursday August 2, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 81; Overnight low, 65; .54” rain







Today’s complete forecast:

Obituary: Bonita “Bonnie” Graves, Shinglehouse

BFB Headlines (Alleged bank robber nabbed…..Four people hurt in Potter County collision Wednesday afternoon….One driver hurt in McKean County  fender bender Wednesday morning…both Galeton residents  involved in domestic  fight facing charges….Burglars steal $400 worth of items from Jackson Township house last month….Owner of McKean bar cited for violating liquor laws….Program about lanternfly will be featured at Ag Progress Days, later this month…

Today’s podcast:


The manhunt for a Genesee man suspected for three recent hold-ups has ended last night with his capture in Rochester, NY Police 27 year old Chase Lotter is suspected of robbing t the Kwik Fill station on South Avenue in Bradford at about 10:15 pm Tuesday night. Lotter is also suspected of robbing . the Bolivar branch of the Steuben Trust Company on July 24 and the Crosby store in Belmont Monday morning.. Lotter was sentenced to Pennsyslvania  state prison in 2014 for a 2013 robbery at Buchanan’s Pharmacy in Eldred and was released earlier  this year. In each crime, Lotter threatened employees he had a gun, but authorities  reportedly never found a weapon.

Four people were hurt Wednesday afternoon in a collision at the intersection of Route 49 and 449 in Ulysses Township. Coudersport based state police report the collision occurred when Brian Daniel of Ulysses who was traveling east turned onto Route 449 to go north. His Jeep Cherokee hit a Ford Edge driven by 80 year old Marjorie Brent of Hartwell , GA. She and her husband, 83 year old William Brent were seriously injured. Daniel and his 16 year old female passenger suffered minor injuries. All four were transported by ambulance to UPMC Cole. State police were assisted at the scene by Tri-Town Volunteer fire and ambulance, and  Genesee ambulance . Minor injuries were reported for one driver involved in a fender-bender  on Route 6 in Wetmore Township, McKean County Wednesday morning, According to Kane based state police, the collision occurred when Edward Gerg who was traveling west tried to pass another vehicle going in his direction when he spotted Sherry Davidson of Ludlow approaching in the eastbound lane. As he steered to the right to move out of the way, his GMC  Sierra hit the side wheel well on Davidson’s Jeep Patriot. Davidson did not require transport to a medical facility. Gerg was not injured.

Both Galeton residents involved in a domestic violence incident early Wednesday morning will be answering harassment charges in district court. Coudersport based state police explained a 34 year old woman and 35 year old man argued at around 2:00 am at a residence on West Main Street which escalated to a point where the disagreement became physical.

A theft taking place between July 13 and 21 in Jackson Township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Burglars forced their way through a locked door at a house on Bly Road owned by Kim Simmons of Pine City, NJ stole an Apple older desktop computer ($200)’ treadle sewing machine ($125); and two copper bucket ($25 each).

State police at Coudersport report they turned up multiple drugs and paraphernalia when they used a warrant to search a residence located at 204 W. Main Street in Galeton Monday evening. Presumably charges are pending.

A Kane bar owner has been cited by the state liquor control board for violating state law. Enforcement officers allege Erik Smith, owner of the Buckhorn Hotel failed to maintain and complete truthful records for a two year period immediately preceding April 4, 2018; failed to file sales tax and employer withholding tax returns with the Pennsylvania department of Revenue from 7/01/17-3/31/18; failed to adhere to contidions of an agreement with the board on January  23, 2018 and 2/21/18; failed to file required reports with the Department of Labor and Indusry from March 28, 2017 through March 28, 2018; failed to pay the Department of labor and Industry unemployment tax for a period between March 28, 2017and March 28, 2018 in the amount of $1,578.39. The charges are being brought before an Administrative Law Judge who can impose fines ranging from $50-$1,000 for minor offenses and upt to $5,000 for more serious offenses. The judge can also order a license suspension or revocation and mandate training.

The looming threat posed by the invasive spotted lanternfly will take center stage in the College of Agricultural Sciences Exhibits Building and Theatre during Penn State’s Ag Progress Days, Aug. 14-16.

Displays and presentations in the building also will highlight programs related to pond management and bait-fish production, hemp research, animal health, and agricultural policy.

Native to Asia, the spotted lanternfly was found for the first time in the United States in Berks County in 2014 and since has spread throughout 13 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania — a region that the state Department of Agriculture has designated as a quarantine zone. The pest also has been found in Virginia and, most recently, in New Jersey.

The planthopper feeds on sap, weakening plants and leaving behind a sugary excrement called honeydew, which promotes the growth of sooty mold — further harming the plant — while attracting other insects and creating a sticky mess that can render outdoor areas unusable. The pest threatens Pennsylvania’s grape, tree fruit, hardwood and nursery industries, which collectively are worth about $18 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy.


“Because this is the first population of spotted lanternfly outside Asia, it’s difficult to assess the magnitude of the threat it presents, but it is potentially the worst introduced insect pest since the arrival of the gypsy moth nearly 150 years ago,” said Rick Roush, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Roush will co-host a spotted lanternfly update with Pennsylvania Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding in the College Exhibits Building Theatre on Aug. 14.


Visitors to the building also can speak with Penn State experts, learn how to identify the various life stages of spotted lanternfly, and find out how they can help contain and manage lanternfly infestations.

Residents from any of the counties under quarantine going to Ag Progress Days or to any other locations inside or outside the quarantine area should inspect their vehicles before traveling to be sure they aren’t transporting spotted lanternflies, which are known to be good hitchhikers.

More information about spotted lanternfly, the state quarantine and how to report a sighting is available on the Penn State Extension website.

Other topics featured in the College Exhibits Building, on Main Street at the Ag Progress Days site, will include the following:

  • Healthy Ponds, Making Cents with Bait-Fish Production. Visitors can take a walk down the Susquehanna River, name the tributaries, and visit a pond where they can learn about pond management and harvesting minnows as a value-added enterprise. Experts from Penn State’s Department of Ecosystem Science and Management will share information about how to establish a successful bait-fish production operation.
  • Best Practices for Optimum Animal Health. Get an inside look at the latest in veterinary science research. Penn State’s Veterinary Extension Team will address mineral supplementation, antibiotic stewardship and managing reproductive health issues to promote healthy animals and identify the financial benefits to the farm.
  • What is the Potential for Industrial Hemp in Pennsylvania? Visit with the Penn State Hemp Extension Team to discuss the potential uses of the crop, what is being done to develop markets and the current prospects for profitable hemp production in the state. Specialists will share the current legal status of the crop and current production techniques that have proven effective in the field.


  • Where can your education take you? Did you know there are more job openings in agriculture and related fields each year than qualified graduates to fill them? Prospective students and their families can visit with representatives from the Undergraduate Education Office to learn about College of Agricultural Sciences programs in animal, biomedical, environmental, plant and social sciences. Faculty and staff will answer questions and provide information.




  • Shirts for Scholars. Visitors can purchase an Ag Progress Days or College of Agricultural Sciences shirt, with proceeds benefiting programs for scholars. Collectable Penn State Dairymen’s Club milk bottles also will be available.



Bonita M. “Bonnie” GRAVES, 68, of Shinglehouse, PA, died Friday, July 27, 2018 in South Mercy Hospital, Buffalo, NY.   Born July 25, 1950, in Trenton, NJ, she was the daughter of Wilbur and Lillian Nutt Rogers.

Surviving are:  her husband, Timothy P. Graves of Harrison Valley;  a daughter, Shoshonna Shoap of Thompson’s Station, TN;  a grandson, Aaron Shoap;  a brother, Kevin Rogers of Orlando, FL;  two sisters, Kathy Hume of Wellsboro and Karen Nichols of Jacksonville, FL;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Regina McCracken.

A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 4, 2018 in the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  The Rev. Mel Ternes will officiate.

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