Friday August 3, 2018

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 76; Overnight low, 64; .03” rain

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Coudersport man killed in ATV accident….Minor injuries reported for Bradford driver…Austin woman foils attempted fraud….Woodsmen’s show being held this weekend at Cherry Springs State park….

Obituaries: Nelson Heller, Coudersport and Roberta “Bobbie”  Shields, Alma, NY

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A Coudersport man lost his life in an ATV accident Wednesday afternoon in Allegany Township, Potter County. State police report 59 year old Nelson Heller was traveling south on Bower Road near the Baker Creek intersection at around 4:00 o’clock when his E-Z-GO Sportsman went out of control on loose gravel. Heller, who was not wearing a helmet was ejected and became trapped underneath the machine. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Potter County Coroner Kevin Dusenbury. Coudersport volunteer emergency services assisted state police at the scene.

Minor injuries were reported for a Bradford man involved in a one-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon. According to state police at Kane, James Main was going north on Route 219 in Lafayette Township when his vehicle went off the road on a left hand curve, hit a guardrail and traveled about 100 feet down an embankment before coming to rest against several trees. The 29 year old driver was treated by EMS personnel and did not require treatment at a hospital.

Howard Foulkrod, 43 of Sabinsville has been arrested for DUI after he was pulled over by a state police patrol officer at around 10:00 pm June 9 at the intersection of Phoenix Run and Fry Roads in Hector Township ,Potter County. Police claim they stopped Foulkrod after seeing him driving on the wrong side of the road and allege they spotted an open container of an alcoholic beverage in his vehicle and determined he was drivingunder the influence of alcohol.

An Austin woman did not succumb to a potential fraud in late June. Authorities explained Kristie Pritt was contacted by an inmate at Albion SCI attempting to solicit money but she did not send any and the investigation is continuing.

Meanwhile, the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department is advising potential donors that memorials to the department should be sent to Post Office Box 161, Coudersport, PA 16915 only. Any other address is phony.

Perennial lumberjack favorites Arden Cogar Jr. and Mike Sullivan are bringing their Lumberjack Show of Champions to the main arena for the 67th Annual Woodsmen Show being held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3, 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Cherry Springs State Park in Potter County. The park is located at 4639 Cherry Springs Road, Coudersport, about 12 miles from Galeton via West Branch Road and 15 miles from Coudersport via Route 44.

During their one-hour shows at 11:45 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, Cogar and Sullivan will entertain the audience with humorous, informative demonstrations of the skills needed to be a lumberjack.

Contestants in Friday’s 2 p.m. hands-on amateur competition will get to rub elbows with these two lumberjack champions as Cogar, Sullivan and DCNR staff assist amateurs competing in the two-person log roll, axe throw and two-person crosscut. Amateurs must be at least 13 years of age to adults to compete; those 13 to 17 must have parental consent. Register for the contest Friday morning at the DCNR trailer and practice for the contest beginning at noon.

Visitors are encouraged to stick around to see if Sullivan can win the overall lumberjack title for the third year in a row during the professional competition on Saturday, Aug. 4 from noon to 3 p.m. As seen on television, the top lumberjacks and jills in the country will compete in eight different events, including log rolling, axe throw, springboard, tree felling, standing chop, hot chainsaw, one person buck crosscut and two-person buck crosscut.

On Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m., the horse pulling competition will be in the main arena. Draft horses weighing 1500 to 2000 pounds each will pull thousands of pounds of logs the same way trees were removed from the forest during the logging era.

Jay Smar will perform different music at each show he does on Saturday between 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. He plays two guitars, a claw-hammer banjo and fiddle and does flat footing, a type of clog dancing. A baritone, Smar sings traditional American and original folk, old time mountain music, bluegrass and gospel tunes as well as coal mining songs of Northeast Pennsylvania.

On Sunday, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., Johnny “Cash” Barnett on guitar will perform hits made famous by the legendary Johnny Cash as well as several others by artists, such as Merle Haggard, George Jones, Hank Williams Sr. and Jr., David Allen Coe, Waylon Jennings, Conway Twitty, Willy Nelson, Alan Jackson and Elvis Presley. Barnett has been doing a tribute show to Johnny Cash for the past 30 years, since he was 25 years old.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, visitors to Woodhick Grove can experience the lifestyle of woodhicks in an 1890s logging camp. Among the topics and demonstrations will be log rafting, split rail fence building, blacksmithing, music, woodcarving, lumber camp operation and storytelling. All topics are based on extensive research and are historically accurate to the period. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, participants in the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum’s Cork Camp will demonstrate the skills they have learned from this bygone era.

All three days will be a treasure hunt with prizes for children nine and under and food, craft and retail vendors. Available for purchase will be a variety of food and wood-related items, such as wood-turned art, wood sculptures, rustic furniture and wooden novelties as well as commemorative T-shirts, trapping supplies, lumber maintenance products, homemade baskets, chainsaws, a portable sawmill, etc.

During the three days, more than 10 hours are scheduled for chainsaw artists entered in the Masterpiece Competition to each do a carving. These carvings can be viewed as they are created in the individual artists’ booths. Judges will pick the top three place winners for awards to be presented at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Chainsaw artists will also compete each day in one-hour Quick Carve contests to create special pieces that will be immediately auctioned off to the highest bidders.
Being raffled off during the Woodsmen Show will be a chainsaw on Friday at 2:30 p.m.; safety chaps and safety helmet on Saturday at noon; a chainsaw on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.; and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., a powered blower. Also being raffled off on Sunday are three firearms, including a Mossberg 500 .410 Pump-Action Shotgun, Ruger .308 caliber – Serial No. 1 of 1,000 made; and a Henry Golden Boy .22 Long Rifle. Need not be present to win.

The gates open each day at 9 a.m. Admission for adults is $9 on Friday and Sunday and $12 on Saturday. Admission for children 6 to 12 years old is $7 all three days. Children 5 and under are admitted free. A three-day pass for adults is $23 and $16 for children 6 to 12 years old.

The Galeton Rotary Club sponsors the Woodsmen Show. All proceeds from the event are used to support local projects. For more information, contact the Galeton Rotary Club at (814) 435-6855 or visit

Nelson C. Heller, 59, of Coudersport, passed away on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, from injuries sustained in an ATV accident.

Born on January 3, 1959 in East Stroudsburg, he was a son of Carl S. and Phyllis “Jean” Plank Heller. On December 31, 1991 in Coudersport, he married Pamela J. “Pam” Pepper, who survives.

Nelson was a graduate of Pleasant Valley Area School District in Brodheadsville. He was employed as a mason in the family business, Carl S. Heller and Sons Construction in Coudersport. At the time of his death, Nelson and his two sons were self-employed in the construction and masonry business.

Nelson was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 192, Coudersport. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed his ATV and snowmobiles.

Surviving besides his wife and his mother of Denver, N.C. are three children, Jesse L. (Brandy) Bailey of Coudersport, Nicole L. (Kevin J. Jr.) Dusenbury of Wailuku, Hawaii, and John C. (Darlene Oltman) Heller of Coudersport; two grandchildren, Mylan Bailey and Harli Heller; a sister, Carla (Rich) Muirhead of Coudersport; two brothers, Dale Heller of Bellefonte and Duane (Melody) Heller of Denver, N.C.; and several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Nelson was predeceased by his father.

In keeping with Nelson’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. A celebration of his life will be held at a place and date to be announced.

Nelson’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Roberta A. Shields “beloved wife, mother, and grandmother”

Roberta A. “Bobbie” Shields, 81, of Alma, passed away with her loving family by her side on Thursday, August 2, 2018, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, after a brief illness.

Born on August 19, 1936 in Olean, she was a daughter of Clarence W and Mary Louise Clark Cone. On March 7, 1953 in Shinglehouse, she married James L. “Jim” Shields, who passed away on December 23, 2017.

Bobbie attended Shinglehouse High School. She was employed as an aide for many years at the former Hewitt Manor Nursing Home in Shinglehouse. Her greatest joy was being a wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and homemaker.

Bobbie was a member of Faith Bible Church in Little Genesee. She enjoyed gardening and quilting, previously attending the quilting club at the Little Genesee Library. Her greatest love was the Lord and her family.

Surviving are four children, Cindie D. (Christopher) Capito of Cuba, James J. “Jay” (Carolyn) Shields of Shinglehouse, Mary Beth (Steven) Eaton of Shinglehouse, and Laura Lee Fuller of Cuba; seven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; a sister, Christine Pilon of Kill Buck; two brothers, Jerry (Hope) Cone of Shinglehouse and John (Helen) Cone of Stuart, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her beloved husband, Bobbie was predeceased by a son, William L. “Billy” Shields; a sister, Diane Peifer; and two brothers, infant Thomas Cone and Donald Cone.

Family and friends may call from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, Pa., where funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Ben Ramirez of Faith Bible Church, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Bible Church, 8137 Main Street, Little Genesee, NY 14754.

Bobbie’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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The 8th season of Music on the Lawn at Ulysses Library continues on Sunday, August 5th at 6:00 PM featuring the duo Casual Reply, Michelle Libertone and John Spicer performing acoustic folk, light rock, and country favorites. Please bring a lawn chair or blanket. Rain location is the Tri-Town Fire Hall. A collection will be taken during intermission to benefit the Ulysses Library Endowment Fund. Funding for Music on the Lawn at Ulysses Library is provided by the Barbara Joy Olney Community Harmony Fund, an endowment fund with the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers.