Thursday September 13, 2018


Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 66 slight trace of rain







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Obituaries: Pamela “Pam” Doane, Shinglehouse (Roulette) and Robert “Bob” Johnson, Bolivar

Moving Wall arrives in Coudersport……Beekeepers suggest leaving honey bees alone til spring…..record number of competitors have signed up the annua “Kickin’ Ash BBQ” contest next Saturday in Emporium…..Bradford driver may have suffered seizure before accident……

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The Moving Wall will be located at Coudersport Area Recreation Park today through mid-day Monday September 17. An opening ceremony will be held at 5:00 pm and will feature a speaker from the Pentagon and local officials. 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..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.

Fall is quickly approaching. Home  and camp owners are preparing their properties for the upcoming winter. Preparations may include getting rid of a variety of pests. The North Central  Beekeepers Association suggests holding off on removing honey bees until spring if at all possible.

Do you have Honey Bees in your house or a tree near your house?

The bees have been there a while but now there are just so many.

You think “Wow I need to get rid of these but I do not want to kill them”.

So you call a beekeeper to come to remove them.

That is a nice idea, however, before you call someone please consider this

  1. Can I live with them there until Spring? Spring is a much better time to remove them. They can build up in a new home in plenty of time for the next winter.
  2. RIght now there are more bees in the hive than there will be later in the fall, winter and spring. The drones get kicked out and die and many of the bees start dying off. In the fall the Queen starts laying fewer eggs and then usually no eggs during the winter, so the result is fewer bees.

So altho you are inundated with bees now and you put up with them all summer,  it would be best if you can to wait until spring to have them removed

  1. The hive or location they are in will be full of honey and nectar so when it is removed all of that is a mess and difficult to move and usually not usable, just best for the bees to eat all winter.
  2. Removing and saving the bees is a great idea, However, if you remove them now, chances of them living is really low. You really are most likely to loose them then save them.

A beekeeper might be able to add them to another hive but not the best scenario as you might have another queen to deal with or she might get killed while being removed. Harder to find her with so many bees in the hive.

  1. The bees might not make it thru the winter in your house and then in the spring you would want to find any holes and patch them up so a new colony does not move in.
  2. If the colony in your house dies in the winter, if you can you might want to check in the walls and remove any old comb in there and spray it with soapy water or something to get rid of the honey and beeswax scent.

If at all possible call a beekeeper in the spring to have them removed while the colony is small and less or no honey is in your walls.

A record number of competitors signed up for the All Fired Up Kickin Ash BBQ competition Saturday, September 22 in Emporium. .  “The addition of the $500 cash prize for the mystery meat category is creating interest in the five year old event,” says Cameron County Chamber of Commerce executive director Tina Solak.  Embassy Powdered Metal providing the award and Solak picking the meat that the competitors must cook.  Competitors will be given the item at 6pm Friday night and must use what they bring to season and cook the unknown variety.

Nam Knights of America Allegany Chapter will kick the event off Friday night with beer sales and music on the portable stage provided by acoustic guitarist Even Gerg.  The public invited to mingle with the competitors and enjoy the music.  On Saturday music by Old Skool and food sales will begin at noon.

Because of the large number of competitors Greenwood Street will be closed to traffic on Friday night and Saturday.  The stage will be place on the property across Greenwood Street.

The chamber is selling a new version of the All Fired Up Kickin Ash BBQ shirts created by Art & Ink.  The orange shirts are $10 each.

Authorities believe a Bradford man may have suffered a seizure Tuesday afternoon when his sedan  went off of West Washington Street in Corydon Township.  Victor Stephens. 69 was flownto UPMC Hamot for treatment of injuries he suffered when his Mercury Grand Marquis GS kept going straight on a right hand curve, entered a ditch, came back onto the road and the crossed a driveway before heading into another ditch where it stopped. Kane based state police report Stephens  has Epilepsy  and may have suffered a seizure before the accident.


Pamela K. “Pam” Doane, 63, of Shinglehouse, a former longtime resident of Roulette, passed away in her home on Saturday, September 8, 2018, after a long illness. Born on December 15, 1954 in Coudersport, she was a daughter of Lynn E. and Marion Teusher Doane.

Pam was a graduate of Port Allegany High School. She had been employed at several jobs, including the former Roulette Drive-In, Emporium Specialties in Austin, and most recently, Potter Pak in Roulette.Pam enjoyed crocheting and watching Disney movies, but her greatest love was her family.Surviving are her mother of Roulette; two sons, Kenneth E. (Melissa) Gamet, III of Coudersport and Kevin M. (Christina) Gamet of Port Allegany; eight grandchildren, Darius C. Eckerd, Daysha L. Eckerd, Sebastian L. Gamet, Ayla M. Gamet, Aaron M. Gamet, Onica M. Gamet, Jersey N. Gamet, and Taysen J. Gamet; a brother, Leslie “Les” Doane of Roulette; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to her father, Pam was predeceased by a brother, Greg Doane; and two sisters, Yvonne Paneda and infant sister, Rhonda.Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at the First Baptist Church, 144 Main Street, Roulette, with the Rev. Martin E. Montgomery, pastor, officiating.   Burial will be in Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Ambulance Association, PO Box 98, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Pam’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Pam, please visit

Robert Leroy “Bob” Johnson, 70, a lifelong area resident of Bolivar and Richburg, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, in his home, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on January 16, 1948 at the family home in Bolivar, where he also passed away. He was a son of James D. and Ruth Geneva Gant Johnson.  On April 22, 1972 in the First Day Baptist Church in Richburg, he married Judith “Judy” Melhuish, who survives.

Bob was a graduate of Bolivar Central School, Class of 1967.  He graduated from the former Olean Business Institute in 1969.  Following graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, having served in Viet Nam.  He was honorably discharged in 1971.

After the service, Bob worked at various jobs, including Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, the former Heritage Cutlery, and Giant Food Mart. He retired from the Wellsville Manor Nursing Home.  Bob also served on the Richburg Village Board.

Bob was a faithful man who trusted in the Lord.  He attended Faith Bible Church in Little Genesee.  He was an avid hunter, enjoyed spending time at the family camp in Pennsylvania, and enjoyed being with his children and three grandchildren. He also enjoyed politics and history.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Matthew S. Johnson of Bolivar; a daughter, Sabrena S. (Christopher) Day of Richburg; three grandchildren, Camrynn Day, James Day and Maximus Day; two brothers, David (Sharon) Johnson and Douglas (Carla) Johnson, both of Bolivar; several nieces and nephews; three stepsisters, Darla Ostrum, Sharon (David) Johnson, and Bonnie (Charles) Gorham; and a stepbrother, Michael Smith.Bob was predeceased by his parents; a brother, William Johnson; and his stepmother, Alma Johnson.Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2018, at Faith Bible Church, Little Genesee, where funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Ben Ramirez, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar.

Members of Morrison-Hayes Honor Guard, Wellsville, will accord full military honors on Saturday.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home Care and Hospice, 194 Main Street, Wellsville, N.Y. 14895; to Kenyon Andrus Post 772, 387 Main Street, Bolivar, N.Y. 14715; or to the Wounded Warriors Project at .Bob’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences, share a fond memory, or view a video tribute of Bob, please visit