Friday January 25, 2019

Black Forest Express




                                                Thursday’s high, 40; Overnight low, 21, light snow







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Obituary: Earl Seeley, Coudersport

Scarnati hopeful open primary bill will be considered this legislative session….Brockway man hurt yesterday when his house was destroyed by fire…Tractor Trailer operator unhurt when car carrier separates from tractor in Potter County…..Coudersport man charged with DUI for crash occurring earlier this month near the Westgate Inn on Route 6 west in the borough….

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Here in Pennsylvania, only Republicans and Democrats can vote in primaries. Independents and members of minority parties can vote in November elections. State Senate Pro Tempore, Joe Scarnati who represents the Black Forest broadcasting service area introduced legislation this past September to have an open primary in Pennsylvania. Scarnati says he is hopeful the bi-partisan  proposal will be taken up in the new legislative session from HQ. In addition to increasing the voter participation in the spring, Scarnati says he believes an open primary would help to tame the polarity between both ends of the political spectrum by giving more moderate voters a voice.Scarnati says “Senate Bill 1234 is a bi-partisan piece of legislation introduced with the goal of giving over 740,000 registered unaffiliated Pennsylvania voters the right to participate in the primary election process. Specifically, on the day of the primary election, it will allow these voters to choose to cast their vote on either the Republican or Democrat ballot. Voters who are registered with either the Republican or Democratic Party will continue to be required to vote on their respective ballots.”

“In our most recent primary election, only 18 percent of Pennsylvania’s registered voters went to the ballot box to cast a vote. The low turnout can in part be attributed to voters feeling disenfranchised by both major parties, who have taken control of our primary process. Allowing more people the opportunity to have a voice in their representation is an important step toward ensuring democracy.”

A Brockway man was hurt yesterday when an accidental fire destroyed his home on Rocky Lane in Horton Township, Elk County….The state police fire marshal reports the blaze originated  near a natural gas space heater Jay Himes was trying to light at around 2:00 pm Wednesday. Himes was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of his burns. Damage is estimated at $50,000,

A tractor trailer operator escaped injury Wednesday afternoon in a mishap on Route 607 in Keating Township, Potter County. State police say Ainsworth Hylton was going east when a trailer hauling vehicles became separated from his 2008 Sterling. The tractor came to rest without a collision in the4 eastbound lane. A damaged fifth wheel was repaired at the scene ant the rig was driven away. None of the vehicles being hauled were damaged. Austin volunteer fire fighters assisted at the scene.

Troopers at Coudersport have just issued news releases about a couple of accidents . Chelsey Parris,19,  of Bradford escaped injury last Saturday afternoon when her Dodge Avenger went off of route 49 in Ulysses Borough while making a right hand turn. The eastbound car hit a PennDot  traffic sign before  stopping.

Daniel Molnar of Roulette also escaped injury when his car wrecked in Roulette Township Monday morning. Molnar was going east on Route 6 when his Ford Focus crossed the road and struck a utility pole. Molnar was cited for speeding in connection to that crash.

Troopers at Coudersport have charged a Coudersport man with DUI for a crash which took place at around 1:00 am, January 3 on Route 6 West in the borough.  A 2016 Chrysler driven by Devan Tucker, 30, went off the road near 337 Route 6 West, hit an electric pole and slid  across w property owned by The Westgate Inn and 82 year old Rosemarie Reese. Tucker was not hurt but has now been cited for two counts of DUI,  one count each for failing to stay in his lane of travel, speeding and careless driving.

Two Bradford residents are facing DUI charges after being stopped by state troopers yesterday. Authorities say a 33 year old driver of a 2007 Chrysler was taken into custody after he was pulled over at around 5:15 pm on Jackson Avenue in the city and a 57 year old driver of a 2017 Fiat was arrested when she was stopped a couple of hours later on West Washington Street. Both defendants, whose names were not released, were taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for chemical testing. Charges are pending test results.

Coudersport Volunteer fire fighters responded to a diesel fuel spill early Thursday morning at Sheetz located at the corner of S. Main and West Chestnut Street. Volunteers were on scene for several hours. Before DEP personnel arrived. Traffic was re-routed and the Sheetz gas pumps were shut down. There was no explanation as to why the spill occurred.


Earl B. Seeley, 94, of Coudersport, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at his residence.Earl was born on January 8, 1925 in Woodhull, NY, the son of the late Charles and Bertha (Allen) Seeley.   He married the former June Marie Miller on May 29, 1947, in Coudersport, and they celebrated 62 years of marriage until her passing on May 10, 2010.

Earl worked as an Operator for PennDot retiring in 1987 after 27 years of service and was an Army veteran serving during WWII.  He was a 67-year life member of the American Legion Potter Post 192 and enjoyed working, restoring cars, camping and watching bowling and baseball.

Surviving are three sons, Larry (Carol) Seeley of Minnetrista, MN; Alan (Georgianna) Seeley of Coudersport; Curt Seeley (John Sauls) of Port Saint Lucie FL; a daughter, Carol Seeley of Coudersport; four grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren and a great great granddaughter.

In addition to his parents and wife Earl was preceded in death by four brothers, Lester, Hugh, Leon and Reed Seeley and five sisters, Atha Lewis, Reva Perigo, Dorothy Black, Bernice Mangelson and Ella Meacham.

Family and friends are welcome to a visitation Monday, January 28, 2019 from 10-11:00 am at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport, where the funeral service will follow at 11:00 am with Pastor Hank St. Amour, officiating.  Military honors will be provided by the Potter County Honor Guard.  Burial will be in the Woodland Cemetery, Five Points.

The family suggests contributions in Earl’s name be made to the American Legion Potter Post 192, 2 Buffalo St, Coudersport, PA 16915.