Tuesday August 13, 2018

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Monday’s high, 83; Overnight low,61; .02” of rain

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Obituary: Frank E. Nichols, 54, of Marseilles, IL, formerly of Roulette


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Flooding continues in north eastern Pennsylvania with several roads in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, and Sullivan, counties are closed due to high water. More rain is in the forecast for today. Governor Wolf has directed emergency departments to respond to the area hit by floods twice within the past month.
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nsylvania Emergency Management Agency is working with county and local emergency management to ensure residents are safely evacuated and receiving necessary services as PennDOT monitors road closures.

The Commonwealth Response Coordination Center (CRCC) was activated this morning at PEMA with staff in the Situation Awareness, Logistics, and Health sections to plan operations and staffing as needed. The Pennsylvania National Guard was given a warning order to ensure availability of personnel should they be needed in impacted areas.

Several people are homeless after a fire at a Coudersport apartment house. Firefighters were dispatched at approximately 6:00 pm to 391 Route 6 West in the borough. Star Hose volunteers from Port Allegany were summoned immediately along with Coudersport volunteers to a working fire. Borough police told responders that all tenants had been safely evacuated.

At approximately 6:20 pm second alarm went out bringing in Shinglehouse for specialized equipment and Roulette, Austin and Galeton.
Crews quickly brought the fire under control that had spread from the first floor to the attic with extensive damage .

In all some 77 firefighters answered the alarm with no injuries to fire personnel, or civilians. Due to the fire and water damage tenants from all six unitswere displaced and are staying with friends and family and being assisted by the Red Cross.
While enroute to assist Coudersport with this alarm Dept 10 Galeton was dispatched to a fire of their own.
All units returned at 8:45 pm and all Coudersport personnel were released at 11:30 pm with equipment and Apparatus placed into service.

The local department was assisted at the scene by : Coudersport Ambulance, Coudersport Borough Police, Roulette, Port Allegany, Galeton, Austin and Shinglehouse fire departments, helpers/supporters back at the station – cooking and feeding all of the responders.

Chief Bryan Phelps told Black Forest Broadcasting News this morning that an inspection by the fire marshal, police and himself, it was determined that an electrical short in a first floor bedroom wall sparked the fire which traveled into a downstairs closet and then went back up the structure to the attic. Damage to the building, owned by Shane Wilson Enterprises, amounts to an estimated $15,000 to $200,000. The building is insured and Wilson is a member of the fire department. Chief Phelps said, despite speculation, there was absolutely no connection between yesterday’s blaze and one in the same building in late May. That fire was caused, according to Phelps, by careless disposal of lint in the utility room. He added that yesterday’s fire is an example of what should be done. Working smoke alarms went off, alerting residents who immediately called 9-1-1 and evacuated. He said the department would rather respond to a call that didn’t materialize than to be delayed by an occupant’s hesitation. Chief Phelps said the two bridge replacement projects near the borough did not impact response for other departments. Roulette and Port Allegany had easy access from the west. Austin volunteers did have to use a local detour to reach the site.

DUI charges are pending against a Gifford man after a one-vehicle crash Sunday evening in Lafayette Township, McKean County. Kane based state police allege 63 year old Robert Nortum was driving under the influence of alcohol and speeding when his 2005 Chevrolet Cavalier crossed the Droney Road about a half mile west of Nesion Avenue, hit a dirt mound, became airborne and collided with a tree before rolling over onto its side. Nortum was treated at Bradford Regional Medical Center for facial injuries.

Kane based state police report DUI charges are pending against a 55 year old Gifford man who was stopped by patrol officers just before midnight last Friday. Trousers did not give the man’s name but say they pulled over his 2001 Jeep at the intersection of Zippo Drive and the Chestnut Street Extension in the City of Bradford for suspected drunk diving. He was taken to Bradford Regional Center for a blood draw . Authorities say charges are pending receipt of those results.

A 30 year old Mansfield resident is also facing DUI charges. State police in that town pulled the suspect over on the Appalachian Thruway /287 Sunday evening for a vehicle code violation and allege he appeared to have been driving under the influence . The suspect refused chemical testing, an automatic sentencing in Pennsylvania.

A Covington, PA driver was hurt Sunday morning when his pick up truck wrecked on Route 6 in Shippen Township Tioga County. According to Mansfield-based state police Cody Crum was going east when his For F-150 crossed the road to the other side, collided with a traffic sign and ran into a rock pile next to a driveway. The truck hit a ditch and continued in it before stopping when the left rear hit a tree. Crum was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries. He was cited for failing to stay within his lane for not using a seatbelt.

No injuries were reported for a St. Marys teen driver after a car/deer encounter Monday morning on Cleveland Street in Jay Township. Ridgway based state police report 18 year old Nobuo Yamanaka Elder was headed east making a right hand turn when the white tail bounded onto the highway. Yamanaka Eldred lost control of his Hyundai when he swerved to avoid the deer.

The theft of some auto parts in Rutland Township, Tioga County, is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Thieves made off with a Kenda Off Road tire, valued at $100; a Boristar 225/75/16 Off Road Tire valued at $50and a Brush Guard for a Jeep Laredo valued At $50. The items belonged to Scott Kent of Mllerton and were stolen between August 7 and 11.

And a thief helped himself or herself to a forgotten $20 bill at the Mansfield Walmart just before 1:00 pm last Thursday. Sarah Draper, 18 of Millerton, told police she had accidentally left the bill at the self –check out station and when she returned it was gone.

Ag Progress Days features the latest technology and research exhibits, educational programs, and guided tours. Sponsored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, the event celebrates the forty-third year to be held at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, nine miles southwest of State College, PA. It is one of only three agricultural exhibitions in the country sponsored by a major University. Our exhibits showcase the latest in Penn State research, as well as information on best management practices and changing regulations in the agricultural industry.

With 500 exhibitors from 34 states and 4 provinces of Canada, we have something for everyone. Each year, farming families from across Pennsylvania and surrounding states attend this three-day event. Of the 45,000 expected attendees, over 60 percent are actively engaged in agriculture or related professions. Come and learn about the latest innovations in the agricultural industry and spend your day with Penn State Extension educators.

Ag Progress Days features include:

80+ acres for crops and machinery demonstrations
55 acres for indoor and outdoor exhibits The Official Program Guide in PDF format for the 2018 Ag Progress Days Show is posted at the home page. Please reference the Events Calendar as it offers a complete listing of events, searchable by your interest.
The Official Program Guide in PDF format for the 2018 Ag Progress Days Show is posted at the home page. Please reference the Events Calendar as it offers a complete listing of events, searchable by your interest.


Frank E. Nichols, 54, of Marseilles, IL, formerly of Roulette, passed away Saturday, August 11, 2018 at UPMC Hamot, Erie.
Frank was born on February 19, 1964 in Coudersport, the son of the late Robert L. and Margaret L. (Bossie) Nichols.
Frank was a graduate of Port Allegany High School, Class of 1982, and a veteran of the Air Force. He worked for Flint Hills Resources in Illinois.
Frank was good with his hands and enjoyed custom building work. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, taxidermy and golfing.
Surviving are three daughters, Tiffany N. and Shaun Hornbeck of Ottawa, IL; Brittany R. Nichols of Marseilles, IL and Amy J. Nichols of Ottawa, IL; two sisters, Rose and Dennis Lloyd and Mary Nichols all of Coudersport; four brothers; James and Brita Nichols of Austin; Robert Nichols, Jr. of Roulette; Rex and Jodie Nichols of Coudersport; and Michael Nichols of Port Alleghany; a granddaughter, Cadence Hornbeck, numerous nieces and nephews and his companion, Kristy Kaliszewski.
Family and friends are welcome from 6-8:00 pm, Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport, where the funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Wednesday August 15th, with Pastor Doug Cameron, officiating. Burial will follow at Hill Cemetery, Roulette, with military honors provided by the Potter County Honor Guard.