Wednesday September 12, 2018


Black Forest Express

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Tuesday’s high, 60; Overnight “low,” 61

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Rep. Causer part of EMS recognition ceremony at state capitol…..Coudersport getting ready to welcome “The Moving Wall” Thursday…St. Marys woman hurt in minor accident…..Troopers at Coudersport looking for litterbug who scattered rubbish in Eulalia Township…..State police at Kane still looking for man who disappeared 31 years ago tonight….

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Obituaries: Patricia, “Pat,” Torok, Ulysses and Rachel Ann Jones, Erie (Harrison Valley)

Rep. Martin Causer (R-McKean, Potter & Cameron) joined EMS personnel from across the state to participate in the Eighth Annual EMS Memorial Service at the state capitol on Monday, Sept. 10. As part of the solemn event, the names of 49 emergency services personnel who have died in the line of duty in Pennsylvania were read and a bell was rung in a tribute to them and their service. Rep. Causer offered brief comments at the ceremony about the importance of the sacrifices made by first responders in our state and nation.

The community of Coudersport is getting ready to welcome the “Moving Wall’ Thursday. The Moving Wall, a half-size replica of Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., to Potter County. The exhibit will be set up at Coudersport Area Recreation Park (CARP) from Thursday evening, Sept. 13, through mid-day Monday, Sept. 17. The Moving Wall lists the names of the more than 58,000 Americans who were killed in the war. It will be on display 24/7 with guides available to help locate names and other educational exhibits on the grounds. A brief welcoming ceremony will be held at the courthouse square at 9:30 am Thursday. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for 5 pm Thursday at CARP. The public is encouraged to attend, Volunteers are still needed to assist with security, frame construction, on-site assistance, removal of the wall base and many other responsibilities. To learn more or to sign up to help, call 814-274-8290, extensions 207 or 203, or send email to Patriot Guard Riders have been invited to Escort then Stand In Honor for the arrival of The Moving Wall, replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.The Moving Wall is a 1/2 size replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington DC which has been touring the country for thirty plus years.
“The Wall” went on display for the first time in Tyler, Texas October 1984, and two structures of The Moving Wall now travel the USA from April through November “The Wall, To Honor and To Remember All Fallen Heroes lost and their sacrifices that were made during the Vietnam War.
Thursday,13 September 2018
Staging: Approximately 8:00 AM
Morgan Advanced Materials (Pure Carbon)
1118 E 2nd St, Coudersport, PA 16915
Briefing: 8:30 AM
KSU: 9:00 AM
Carp Park
105 W 7th St

Re Staging: 4:15 PM
At Carp Park on the Field Track just to the left of the field entrance.
Flag Line: 4:40pm
For the Opening Ceremony of “The Moving Wall” will last about 1.5hrs.

Minor injuries were reported for a St. Marys woman whose SUV hit an embankment on the Toby Road in Fox Township just a few minutes before 9:00 am Tuesday. State police report Roseann Reed was going south when her Ford Explorer went onto the right shoulder and re-crossed the road before stopping. She was taken by ambulance to Penn Highland Elk in Dubois for treatment.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks are looking for a litterbug who scattered rubbish in the vicinity of Vader Hill Road and Apple Tree Lane in Eulalia Township early last evening.

Talk about “Cold Cases”.The Pennsylvania State Police, Troop C, Kane, continue their search for Dale Kerstetter. On September 12, 1987, at approximately 11:15 p.m., an unknown masked suspect entered the Corning Plant and confronted the night watchman, Dale Kerstetter. The masked suspect then directed Dale Kerstetter towards a room in the plant in which there was a furnace located. Inside the furnace was a platinum pipe that was surrounded by fire brick. Once entry into the room was made, the masked suspect forcefully entered the top of the furnace, removed the fire brick, and cut out the platinum pipe. The pipe was initially valued at over $500,000.00. The masked suspect then fled the scene. During the incident and after the masked suspect removed the pipe, Dale Kerstetter disappeared. Dale has not been seen since. It is unknown the involvement, if any, Dale Kerstetter had or if he was a victim to the crime as well. The whereabouts of Dale Kerstetter and the unknown suspect are unknown. Dale Kerstetter has been listed as a missing person since the commission of the crime. Dale was a longtime employee of the facility and had just recently been demoted and moved to his current position of night watchman. Dale Kerstetter is described as a white male, height: 5’4”, weight: 130 lbs., red shoulder length curly hair, and blue eyes. Dale was 52 at the time of his disappearance. He was last seen wearing a dark shirt and pants.
WHAT YOU CAN DO: If you have information on this crime, any serious crime, or wanted person, call Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers Toll Free at 1-800-4PA-TIPS. All callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for a CASH REWARD.
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Patricia K. TOROK, 74, of Genesee, PA, died Monday, September 10, 2018 at UPMC Cole, Coudersport, PA after being stricken at home. Born October 24, 1943, in Pocatello, ID, she was the daughter of John and Clarice Jelinek Szabo. On October 27, 1962, in Brunswick, OH, she married Harold A. “John” Torok, who survives. Her life was devoted to her family. She and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Ulysses Township for many years. Pat was employed by the Potter County Municipal Sewage Agency for 17 years, Northern Tier Children’s Home in Harrison Valley, Cole Memorial Hospital, and retired from the Potter County Sheriff’s Office. She served as a Sunday school teacher and secretary/treasurer for the Gold Church and Ulysses United Methodist Church, and volunteered with the Potter County unit of the American Cancer society for many years. Pat was a voracious reader and visited the library weekly. Surviving besides her husband, John, are: three sons, John (Sue) Torok, David (Melanie) Torok, and James (Bonnie) Torok; five grandchildren, John Jr., Jessica, David “DJ”, Gage, and Austin; a great-grandson, Caiden; a sister, Linda (Wally) Abend; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents. A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, September 15, 2018 at the Gold Church, 2402 SR 49 W, Ulysses, PA. The Rev. Frank Mickle will officiate. Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 247, Ulysses, PA 16948. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Rachael Anne JONES, 34, of Erie, PA, formerly of Harrison Valley, died unexpectedly on Saturday, September 8, 2018. 
Born July 27, 1984, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Gregory N. and Gretchen D. Newcomb Jones.
A graduate of Whitesville Central School, she attended Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State Behrend, and Fortis College in Erie.
Surviving are: her parents of Harrison Valley; two daughters, Leanna Caryn Jones and Rayona Imani Jackson; a brother, Jeramy Jones of Lancaster, PA; and maternal grandfather, Milton (Millie) Newcomb of Ulysses. She was predeceased by maternal grandmother, Geraldine Newcomb; paternal grandparents, George and Arlene Jones.
Friends may call at the Ulysses United Methodist Church on Sunday, September 16, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM, with a Memorial Service following at 4:00 PM. The Rev. Todd Lamer will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Mercy Center for Women,, 1039 East 27th Street, Erie, PA 16504 or the Ulysses United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 294, Ulysses, PA 16948.
Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.
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