Tuesday August 7, 2018

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 91; Overnight low, 61
TUE-CHANCE OF SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 86
TUE NIGHT-THUNDERSTORMS, LOW 68
WED-RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES, HIGH 81
WED NIGHT-CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS, LOW 62
THU-SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN, HIGH 82
THU NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 62

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Today is Purple Heart Day…..Police answer two domestic violence incidents….150 ft. of tri rated cable stolen and several more spools damaged in Tioga County…Mansfield Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant loses more than $600 in phone scam….Car/deer collision investigated by state police at Emporium….Vandals cause $550 in damage to car parked in Covington……

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Monday’s high, 91; Overnight low, 61
TUE-CHANCE OF SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 86
TUE NIGHT-THUNDERSTORMS, LOW 68
WED-RAIN, HEAVY AT TIMES, HIGH 81
WED NIGHT-CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS, LOW 62
THU-SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN, HIGH 82
THU NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 62

Today is Purple Heart Day…..Police answer two domestic violence incidents….150 ft. of tri rated cable stolen and several more spools damaged in Tioga County…Mansfield Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant loses more than $600 in phone scam….Car/deer collision investigated by state police at Emporium….Vandals cause $550 in damage to car parked in Covington……

Today is Purple Heart Day. The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who are wounded or killed during service. It was created by Gen. George Washington, whose appreciation of the importance of a soldier in any campaign impelled him to recognize outstanding valor and merit by granting a commission or an advance in rank for the person concerned.
Unfortunately, in the summer of 1782, he was ordered by the Continental Congress to cease doing so – as there were no funds to pay the soldiers, much less the officers. Deprived of his usual means of reward, he searched for a substitute. On Aug. 7, 1782, he created the Badge of Military Merit, later to be known as the Purple Heart.
On the bicentennial of the first U.S. President’s birthday, February 22, 1932, the badge was reinstated. This time it was called the Order of the Purple Heart, a purple-enameled, gold-bordered heart with a profile of Washington in the center.
The Purple Heart has since become the oldest military decoration in the world still in present use.

This past June 22, the state house approved a resolution making Pennsylvania the 24th state to honor its military veterans wounded and killed in combat by becoming a Purple Heart state. Companion legislation in the Senate authored by Sen. Pat Browne (R-Lehigh) was also passed.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart – an organization established in 1932 strives to foster an environment of goodwill among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support legislative initiatives, and provide services to all veterans and their families.

The heat must be causing tempers to flare. State police answered two more domestic violence calls within the past week. Because these are domestic violence incidents, police have not revealed names of those involved. A 43 year old Westfield woman is accused of hitting her 56 year old husband and threatened to shoot him with a semi-automatic handgun during an argument in the home of the Potter Brook Road last Wednesday afternoon. She is facing charges of harassment, simple assault and reckless endangerment in district court. Both James City residents involved in a scuffle last night on Pennsylvania Avenue in Highland Township, Elk County are being cited for harassment. State police at Ridgway explained a 42 year old man and a 37 year old woman hit each other when their disagreement escalated.

A burglary at 5225 Route 14 in Union Township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Sometime between July 12 and 31, burglars made off with 150 ft. of #3 conductor #2 #6 Ground Tri-rated cable belonging to John Smith of Roaring Branch. Seven spools of tri-rated wire were cut at various locations so the thieves could determine the gauge of the cable inside.

Troopers also investigated a phone scam victimizing the Mansfield Dunkin’ Donuts, An unknown crook called the business at around 11:30 pm on July 28 and posed as a corporate store manager. He told an employee to remove $672 from the cash register and deposit it onto two Walmart Prepaid money cards. After the employee gave the caller the credit card numbers, he had the employee scratch off the numbers making them illegible. The loss totaled $685.00.

A Dubois driver and his wife escaped injury in a car/deer collision Sunday evening on the Sizerville Road in Portage Township, Cameron County. According to state police at the Emporium barracks, Steven Ribble was headed south when the whitetail bounded onto the road from the west in front of his Dodge Dart. Ribble was unable to avoid impact. Both Ribble and his wife, Lisa, were using seatbelts. The car had to be towed from the scene due to windshield damage.

Vandalism to a car in Ward Township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police. The rear window, tail light and roof were damaged when the 2004 Dodge Neon was parked at 93 White Tail Crossing late Saturday night. Damage to the car, owned by Kristin Kingsley of Covington amounts to an estimated $550.
                                                             Obituary

Edwin L. Spittler, Sr., 90, of East Smethport, passed away Saturday (August 4, 2018) surrounded by his loving family and friends at Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.He was born Aug. 5, 1927 in Ashford, NY, a son of Charles and Winona Smith Spittler. On April 12, 1959, in Limestone, NY, he married Mary R. Rumsey, who died Aug. 15, 1996.Mr. Spittler was a 1943 graduate of Limestone High School and joined the U.S. Navy, serving from 1948 to 1953, during the Korean Conflict. Ed worked at Bell Telephone in several positions before retiring. He retired from the company when it was still named Bell.Ed was a member of the VFW Post #2497 Aux. of Smethport, the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby, was a founding member and life member of the State Line Draft Horse Club, and was a volunteer firefighter in Limestone, NY. Ed loved music, sports, horses and spending time with his family.

He is survived by:
one daughter: Susan I. Clark of Smethport
two sons: Edwin L. (Cheryl) Spittler, Jr. of Bradford, and Dana L. (Teri) Spittler of East Smethport
his companion for several years, Linda Peterson, of Bradford, and her children and grandchildren
seven grandchildren: Jacoby (Megan) Spittler, Jenna (Cassidy) Corah, Abbie Spittler, Lynn Spittler, Marcus Spittler, Julia (John) Amon and Shawna Clark
four great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Milton and Charles Spittler, Jr., as well as two nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 7 at 10:00 am from the Norwich Cemetery, Colegrove, with the Rev. Vincent Cieslewicz, pastor of St. Elizabeth Church, officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the American Legion; John Berg Post #976 of Crosby.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the East Smethport Baseball Association or the Potter County Education Council, in care of the Homeland Security Program at Seneca Highlands Career & Technical Ctr., Port Allegany. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.