Friday August 31, 2018






Black Forest Express


Photo by Gerri Miller



Thursday’s high 77; Overnight low, 57; no rain







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Obituaries: Theresa Robinson, Shinglehouse & Jean Lent, Coudersport

Farmers urged to apply for conservation tax credits….Penn State fans advised of possible traffic delays for tomorrow’s opener…..Kane based state police looking for hit and run vehicle….NY driver cited for DUI in Tioga County…..full weekend of activities in the region…..

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Ten million dollars in tax credits are available to help farmers implement best management practices (BMPs) to prevent water pollution or purchase conservation equipment through 2018-19 Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) program tax credits.

REAP is a Pennsylvania tax credit program for agricultural producers who install BMPs or make equipment purchases that reduce nutrient and sediment runoff, which improves Pennsylvania’s streams and watersheds. The program is administered by Pennsylvania’s State Conservation Commission, which provides support and oversight to the state’s 66 county conservation districts.

Farmers may receive tax credits of up to $150,000 per agricultural operation for 50 to 75 percent of a project’s cost. The most common projects approved are for no-till planting and precision ag equipment, waste storage facilities, conservation plans, Nutrient Management Plans, and protecting animal heavy use areas like barnyards. Cover crops and riparian stream buffers are also common REAP-eligible practices. REAP can be used in conjunction with other funding sources such as the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) or the Chesapeake Bay Program to help install BMPs.

For projects that include the proposed purchase of equipment, the equipment must be delivered by June 30, 2019. For projects involving the implementation of structural BMPs, all BMPs and BMP components must be complete by June 30, 2020, to be eligible.

REAP applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The only eligibility requirement is that producers must be in compliance with the Pennsylvania Clean Streams Law.

Private investors may act as project sponsors by providing capital in exchange for tax credits. Any individual or business subject to taxation through personal income tax, corporate net income tax, the bank shares tax or others is eligible to participate in REAP.

Since the program began in 2007, REAP has awarded tax credits to more than 5,200 projects totaling more than $76 million. The improvements have kept nearly five million pounds of nitrogen, nearly 200,000 pounds of phosphorus, and more than 200,000 tons of sediment. Private investments in REAP have also contriuted to the conservation projects, which in total are worth more than $196 million.


The 2018-19 REAP application packet, as well as other information about REAP, is available on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s website,, or by contacting Joel Semke at 717-705-4032 or Learn more about Pennsylvania’s commitment to improving water quality in the Mid-Atlantic.


PennDOT is alerting drivers that they could encounter delays as they travel to Centre County for Penn State home football games this fall. The season opener is Saturday, September 1 at 3:30 P.M vs Appalachian State.

PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 major roadway miles by visiting 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

More specifically, fans can expect the following restrictions—based on their starting locations:

From western PA:

  • On I-80 eastbound, there is potential for lane closures from Emlenton/mile-marker 42 to Knox/mile-marker 53. There are also 12-foot width restrictions. Paving expected to end September 23. Bridge work expected to end October 23. Speed reduced to 60 mph in these work zones. Please allow for extra travel time.

From the Harrisburg area:

  • On Route 283 in southeastern Dauphin County, there are lane restrictions (one lane each direction) between the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Route 341 (Toll House Road). This is about a 6-mile stretch.
  • On Route 322 in Centre County, there is a crossover from Decker Valley Road to Sand Mountain Road, with one lane available in each direction. This area is about a mile east of the village of Potters Mills. This area also features a 13-foot width restriction.


From the Altoona area:

  • On I-99 there is potential for lane closures from Altoona 17th Street/mile-marker 33 to near Pinecroft/mile-marker 37 and from Bellwood/mile-marker 41 to Tipton/mile-marker 45. Both work zones have 16-foot width restrictions. Road work expected to end November 8.
  • On I-99, there is potential for lane closures at the Tyrone bridge/mile-marker 48, with a 14-foot width restriction. Bridge work expected to end October 5. Speed reduced to 55 mph in these work zones. Please allow for extra travel time.


From the Williamsport area:

  • On Route 15, there are lane restrictions (one lane each direction) at Winfield in Union County, along with a 14-foot width restriction.
  • On Route 26, there is a new traffic signal at the end of the I-80 westbound off-ramp at the Bellefonte/161 exit. This is a traffic pattern change that should alleviate major congestion and back-ups on I-80 westbound as traffic approaches the Bellefonte exit.

After Labor Day, lane restrictions will be in place for eastbound traffic across the Moshannon Creek bridge at mile-marker 141 in Centre County. This restriction will remain through early October.

In State College:

  • For Labor Day weekend, North Atherton Street will have two lanes open for traffic in each direction from North Hills Place to Cherry Lane. The center lane remains closed and no left turns will be allowed.

PennDOT reminds drivers that 511PA offers them up-to-date information on most roads across the state, allowing them to plan before heading out. 511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

For regional updates on Twitter, follow\511PAStateCOLL.

Kane-based state police are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a mailbox in Eldred Township Tuesday afternoon. The unknown northbound  unit  went onto the eastern berm and collided with a mailbox at 3413 Route 46 near the Amanda Lane intersection. The driver failed to notify the property owner of the damage. Anyone with information is asked to call the Kane barracks at 814.778.5555.

A New York State driver was arrested for DUI in Tioga County just before 2:00 am August 19. According to Mansfield based state police,. When they stopped 35 year old Douglas Taft of Lindley, NY for a traffic violation they determined he had been d riving his 2004 Dodge Ram under the influence.


Theresa A. Robinson, 59, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, August 28, 2018, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y.

Born on July 6, 1959 in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of Wallace W. and Kathleen Brodfuehrer Greene.  On July 31, 1988 in Smethport, she married Michael J. “Mike” Robinson, who survives.

Theresa attended Smethport High School and Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.  She had previously been employed at the former Hadden’s Store in Ceres.

Theresa formerly attended the First Baptist Church in Shinglehouse.  She enjoyed reading and flower gardening.  Her greatest love was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving besides her husband are four children, Ryan T. Schultz and Melissa M. Payne, both of Shinglehouse, Michael J. (Alexandria) Robinson of Alexandria, Virginia and Patrick J. (Jessica) Schultz of Appleton, N.Y.; thirteen grandchildren; three brothers, David (Helga) Greene of Germany, Larry (Debbie) Greene of Albion, and Raymond (Valerie) Greene of Bradford; two sisters, Betsy Sweet of Bradford and Rose Jackson of Clarendon; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Theresa was predeceased by two brothers, John Greene and Thomas Greene; and a sister, Karen Schneider.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Theresa’s name may be made to the First Baptist Church, PO Box 68, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Theresa’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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Jean E. Lent, 87, of Coudersport, passed away peacefully, Sunday, August 26, 2018, at UPMC-Cole, Coudersport.Jean was born on November 19, 1930 in Tulsa, OK, the daughter of the late Wray Johnson and Minnie Kemery.She was a graduate of Zion Bible Institute, class of 1951.  Jean was a member of the Gospel Tabernacle, Coudersport.Jean’s greatest passion was teaching music and working with music ensembles.  Jean traveled all over the globe.  During her travels she participated in missionary work in Israel teaching music to blind children.

Jean is survived by three adult children, a sister and many grand and great grand children.  Son, Timothy Lent of PA; daughter Clarissa and her husband Vincent DiPilato of CT; daughter Priscilla and her husband Gary Davis of IL.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Leslie Linden Hosley,  a brother, Wilbur Johnson and a grandson, Dylan Langworthy.

A private memorial service will be held at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport followed by a private burial in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations in Jean’s name be made to either of the following: Zion Fellowship for sound system upgrade, c/o Dr. Paul Caram, 835 SR 49 West, Ulysses, PA 16948 or the Coudersport Area School District for musical equipment for the elementary school, attn: the Business office, 698 Dwight Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.