Tuesday December 4, 2018

Black Forest Express


Monday’s high,40; overnight low, 26; .75” of snow preceded by .08” of rain






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Some Tri-County Co-op members will be getting share of capital credits….Potter County re-certified as “StormReady”….Force, PA man arrested for stealing merchandise from Walmart…..Medicine and legal document stolen from Harrison Township home……Northern Potter student arrested for disorderly conduct…Port Allegany bar cited by liquor control board….

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Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative will be returning $1 million in capital credits to members and former members of the cooperative this month. The Tri-County board of directors approved the retirement of $1 million worth of capital credits allocated to members’ accounts in 1987, 1988 and 2017. Current Tri-County members who received electric service from the cooperative in the retirement years will receive a credit on their December electric bills.The cooperative will mail checks to all inactive Tri-County members who are entitled to a capital credits refund but have moved from the co-op’s service area. The checks will be mailed Monday, Dec. 10.Capital credits reflect margins the cooperative realizes at the end of each year. Margins are the excess of income over expenses.

Because cooperatives are member-owned, non-profit enterprises, margins are allocated back to the members in the form of capital credits. The amount of the allocation to a member’s account is based on that member’s energy consumption during the retirement years.

The cooperative retains margins for a period of time to be used as working capital to assist in the financing of plant replacement and to build and maintain the electric system. When the co-op is financially able to do so, it retires margins by returning capital credits, also known as patronage capital, to members.

This capital credits retirement marks the second year of the cooperative’s hybrid capital credits program, which allows for the return of patronage capital in full for mature capital credits allocated in 1987 and 1988, as well as the return of capital credits earned by members in the most recent year,

The cooperative has returned over $5 million in capital credits to members since 2010, retiring capital credits in eight of the past nine years.


With headquarters in Mansfield, Pa., Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative provides electric distribution service to more than 19,000 accounts in Tioga, Potter, Bradford, Lycoming, McKean, Cameron and Clinton counties.

The National Weather Service (NWS) recently confirmed that the Potter County Emergency Management Agency has meet qualifications to be recertified, as StormReady which. The designation signifies readiness to receive and disseminate severe weather alerts over a period of three years, through November 2021. According to Barbara M. Watson, NWS meteorologist-in-charge in State College, Potter County met all criteria, including:

establishing a ’round-the-clock warning point and Emergency Operations Center;

at least four separate ways to receive NWS warnings;

at least two ways to monitor hydrometeorological data;

two or more ways to disseminate warnings;

weather information receivers in public facilities;

public education and training;

a hazardous weather operations plan;

automated siren controllers;

community preparedness and administration,

A 43 year old Force, PA man has been arrested for stealing merchandise from the St. Marys Walmart last Thursday night. Ridgway based state police did not release the suspect’s name but say he was pictured on video surveillance taking the items. Charges will be filed in District Court.

Troopers at Coudersport are looking for leads in solving a burglary which took place between November 16 and this past Sunday. Thieves entered the locked residence of a 73 year old Mills woman and stole a blood pressure prescription medication (Triamterne HCTZ) and a document f rom an attorney concerning her late husband.

A 17 year old Northern Potter student is being charged with disorderly conduct. According to state police at Coudersport, the girl tried to leave the school grounds Monday morning but staff found her hiding outside the school. Authorities claim this has been an ongoing occurrence.

The state Bureau of  Liquor Control Enforcement has cited a Port Allegany bar for violating state regulations. Authorities allege Shooters Grill and Bar LLC at 14 N. Main Street was not a bona fide restaurant because it did not maintain sufficient food items between July 11 and September 8, 2018 and also failed to adhere to conditions of an agreement with the board placing additional restrictions on the bar April 25 through September 18, 2018.