Wednesday December 5, 2018

Tuesday’s high, 21; LOW 8







BFB HEADLINES (Wednesday December 5, 2018) Committee announces expanded plans for Eliot Ness Fest 2019….State police warn of holiday phone scams….Emporium home burglarized Monday evening….Renovo driver hurt when his pick-up sideswiped a dump truck in Tioga County….state police warn of holiday phone scams….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on

Drinkers toasted the end of Prohibition in the U.S. on this day in 1933. It had been 14 years between (legal) drinks. The long dry spell ended at 5:32 p.m., when Utah became the last of 36 states to ratify the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (repealing the 18th Amendment, which had prohibited all booze).


In a related note, the schedule of events and activities is growing for the second annual “Eliot Ness Fest: Touched by the Untouchable” scheduled for the July 19-21 weekend in Coudersport, Pa. With sponsorship by the Potter County Historical Society, an expanded planning committee has been busy laying the groundwork for a celebration that returns all of the highlights from this year’s event and adds several more attractions. Committee members emerged from last week’s meeting with several announcements:

–Plans are progressing for a dramatic re-enactment of the trial of Al Capone at the Potter County Courthouse. An effort is also underway for Eliot Ness Fest 2019 to host the first-ever reunion of the descendants of Eliot Ness and his band of “Untouchables.” Stay tuned for details!

–The popular Vintage Eliot Ness/Al Capone Era (pre-1933) Car and Truck Show will return, with most or all of last year’s participants already registered. A separate Vintage Ness Cleveland Era (late ‘30s and early ‘40s) Car and Truck Show is in the works for the street where Eliot Ness lived. Also, Law Enforcement Vehicles of various vintages and types will be displayed at the courthouse square.

–Street theater performances, an expanded parade, fireworks, and other entertainment are in the planning stages. Colorful historic interpretative bus tours will also be expanded.

–A number of prominent authors and historians will be appearing, presenting fascinating programs at the Coudersport Theatre, where feature films and fascinating documentaries will air all three days.

–An expanded Law Enforcement Spotlight is in the works, headquartered at the courthouse square, with a broad variety of exhibits, programs, and appearances by special guests.

–Many area businesses are already onboard with plans to partner with the committee in expanding the venues for the thousands of visitors who are expected.

Further updates will be posted on Facebook and on the official Eliot Ness Fest website (

The Bath VA Medical Center and the Elmira, Wellsboro, Wellsville and Coudersport, PA Community Based VA Outpatient Clinics will be seeing patients on Wednesday, December 5th during the National Day of Mourning for the passing of President Bush. Veterans with appointments, or those with procedures scheduled for that day, should go to their appointments as scheduled.

Emporium-based state police are investigating a burglary at a home on West Fourth Street in that town Monda y night. Burglars entered the home of a 57 year old man and 46 year old woman by unknown means between 9:00 pm 11:30 pm  and stole items valued at about  $3877. No one was home at the time.

Minor injuries were reported for a Renovo man after a collision Tuesday morning on Route 6 in Shippen Township, Tioga County.  Mansfield based state police report the accident happened when Daniel Snyder was making a right curve while headed west and drove into the oncoming lane where his Ford F-150 sideswiped a Peterbilt dump truck driven by Vaughn  Laubach of Williamsport. Snyder was taken tol Soliders and Sailors hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. Laubach  was not hurt.