Wednesday September 19, 2018


Black Forest Express


             Photo by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 82; Overnight low, 73

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ATV operator killed in Ulysses accident….two Roulette residents jailed after a fight last week…Bradford man arrested for harassing Emporium woman….No one hurt when car hits tractor trailer drift shaft on highway…..Potter County Department of Aging schedules Medicare appointments….PennDOT Forestry department have begun road repairs on Route 321 in McKean County…

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A Wyano PA man was killed in an ATV accident Tuesday night in Ulysses. Authorities report 65 year old Gary Cykrot was operating a Polaris 500 when it went into a ditch near the intersection of Burt Street and |Academy Street and rolled on top of him .When first responders arrived they found witnesses to the crash tending to him; removed the machine and took him out of the ditch were they immediately began emergency medical treatment. However, despite their efforts he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene due to blunt force trauma by Deputy Potter County Coroner Ken Wingo.Cykrot was not wearing a helmet. The other individual he was riding with fled the area and made no calls for help, was not identified

Two Roulette residents have been jailed after a fight in the village last Thursday night. State police were called to the Fourth Street home at around 11:30 and allegedly found 49 year old Brian Knauer had injured a 43 year old woman during an argument. After being arraigned for harassment and resisting arrest, Knauer was committed to the Potter County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. The victim was later arrested on a probation violation and was taken to the McKean County Jail.

A Bradford man has been arrested for harassing his former girlfriend by phone. Emporium based state plice allege 49 year old Wade Bunker repeatedly contacted a 47 year old Emporium woman last week against her wishes.

No one was hurt in an unusual accident Tuesday afternoon on the Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police explained that the drive shaft on a Peterbilt operated Richard Tripodi of Ridgway dropped onto the highway while he was going south. Tony Ekert of St. Marys was traveling behind the rig and could not avoid hitting the drive shaft. He and his passenger Julie Cavalline also of St. Marys were using seatbelts and two children, ages 3 and 6 were riding in child safety seats.

The Potter County Department of Aging says, there is a vast amount of information associated with Medicare, much of it is complicated and it changes every year. If you’re going to be on Medicare soon, there is information available to help you make informed decisions about your Medicare choices. If you are already on Medicare, there is information that will protect your rights and may help lower your out of pocket expenses. If you are caring for family members on Medicare, there is information to help you ensure they receive the best care available under Medicare.
The Potter County APPRISE Program, a free health insurance counseling program designed to help Pennsylvanians with Medicare, has specially trained counselors to answer your questions and provide you with objective, easy to understand information about Medicare, Medicare Supplemental Insurance, Medicaid, and Long-Term Care Insurance.
Local APPRISE counselors will be available to assist Potter County residents at these Events:
• Falling Leaves Outdoor Show: Friday, October 5, 2018 and Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Courtyard Square in Coudersport from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm each day, weather permitting.
• Representative Martin Causer’s Senior Expo: Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 Riverside Drive, Roulette, PA 16746 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
The following Medicare Open Enrollment Events are by appointment only. Please call the Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging and ask for Barbara Busch, APPRISE Coordinator, at 1-800-800-2560 or 814-544-7315 to schedule a private Medicare counseling session.Be sure to bring your new Medicare card to your appointment.
October 17-December 5 libraries and PCHS
Appointments are limited and time slots fill up fast! Be sure to schedule your appointment in advance. For more information about the APPRISE program or other supports and services provided by the Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging, please call 1-800-800-2560 or 814-544-7315.
October Appointment Times
• October 17, 2018, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm – Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport
• October 18, 2018, 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm- Ulysses Library, Main Street, Ulysses
• October 19, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North Street, Roulette
• October 25, 2018, 11:30am to 6:00pm – Galeton Public Library, 5 Park Lane, Galeton
• October 26, 2018, 9:00 am to3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North Street, Roulette
• October 30, 2018, 12:30 pm to 5:00 pm – Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, 103 North Puritan Street, Shinglehouse,

November Appointment Times
• November 1, 2018, 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm- Ulysses Library, Main Street, Ulysses

• November 2, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North Street, Roulette
• November 14, 2018, 10:30 am to 3:00 pm- Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, 103 North Puritan Street, Shinglehouse
• November 15, 2018, 11:30 am to 6:00 pm- Galeton Public Library, 5 Park Lane, Galeton
• November 16, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North Street, Roulette
• November 28, 2018, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm- Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport
December Appointment Times
• December 3, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North Street, Roulette
• December 5, 2018, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm- Potter County Human Services, 62 North Street, Roulette

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) began a  roadway improvement work earlier today on Route 321 in McKean County. This work will improve roadway ride quality and extend the life of the roadway surface from Route 59 in Marshburg to Sugar Bay.
Across 7 miles of roadway, overall work will include drainage improvements, roadway milling, asphalt paving, guiderail upgrades, and miscellaneous construction.
Drivers could encounter more than one work zone across the entire stretch of the project. At each work zone, an alternating traffic pattern will be in place, enforced by roadway flaggers. PennDOT reminds drivers to be cautious in work zones, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.
PennDOT is partnering with the U.S. Forest Service on this project– to the benefit of both agencies, as well as roadway users. Upgrades to Route 321 will make removal and hauling of pest-infested and at-risk trees easier and more convenient for the U.S. Forest Service. In turn, the Forest Service will provide tree trimming and tree removal along State Routes in the Allegheny National Forest—allowing for “daylighting” of roadways. “Daylighting” makes it easier for sunlight to hit roadway surfaces, which helps ice and snow melt more quickly.
IA Construction of Franklin, PA is the contractor on this $4.3 million job. The project will be active until Thanksgiving before shutting down for the winter. Work will resume in the spring of 2019 as weather allows. Completion of all work is expected in July of 2019.

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