Monday January 28, 2019

Black Forest Express

Sunday’s high, 28; Overnight low, -10; 2.5″ new snow







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Obituaries: Nicole Bean, Eldred (Shinglehouse) and Richard “Rick” Thum, Sabinsville

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Elderly Middlebury Center woman fatally injured in one-vehicle accident….Two other drivers unhurt  Tioga County crashes….Elk County teen arrested for shoplifting at Walmart….Property Tax/Rent rebate applications now available….

An elderly Middlebury Center woman was fatally injured in a one-vehicle accident last Friday morning in Liberty Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, Herbert Harrison, 76, was going east on Route 414 when his 2018 Ford F-150 went off the road on a downhill left hand curve, traveled through some snow along the road, stuck a traffic sign, continued going east down an embankment. The passenger side collided with two trees before stopping. Darlene Harrison, 77, was flown by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center where she later died.

Two other drivers escaped injury in Tioga County crashes. Ryan Scanlon of Camden, DE was going north on Route 15 when his 2016 Ford Focus began to slide through some slush after making a right hand curve. Scanlon was unable to regain control and the car skidded into some guardrails. Pamela Seeley was going west on the Arnot Road in Charleston Township Saturday morning when her Suzuki  XL7 hit a patch of ice, got into some snow on the berm and crossed the entrance of the South Elk Run Road before hitting a section of guardrails.

State police at Ridgway are charging a 17 year old Benezette girl with retail theft. Troopers claim the teen stole about $690 in merchandise from Walmart last Thursday afternoon.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Potter/McKean/Cameron) and Rep. Clinton  Owlett(R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter)  announce applications for the 2018 Property Tax/Rent Rebate are now available, Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes paid in 2018. The program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with permanent disabilities.

Income eligibility limits are set at the following levels, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits:

$0 to $8,000, maximum $650 rebate (homeowners and renters).

$8,001 to $15,000, maximum $500 rebate (homeowners and renters).

$15,001 to $18,000, maximum $300 rebate (homeowners only).

$18,001 to $35,000, maximum $250 rebate (homeowners only).

The lawmakers  remind  residents that they need not pay a private entity for assistance in filing the forms. Copies of the forms, as well as assistance with filing them, are available their offices at no cost. Applicants should be prepared to provide all the necessary income, property tax or rental information required to process claims quickly and accurately. Applications are due by June 30.Causer’s staff will be h

Additionally, for the convenience of area senior citizens, we will offer several clinics at senior centers across the 67th Legislative District. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Kane Senior Center, 100 S. Fraley St., Kane – 1-3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 20

Eldred Senior Center, 169 Main St., Eldred – 9:30-11 a.m.

Smethport Senior Center, 119 W. Main St., Smethport – 1-2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Emporium Senior Center, 213 ½ S. Maple St., Emporium – 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Appointments preferred. Call 814-486-3707.)

Port Allegany Senior Center, 216 N. Main St., Port Allegany – 1-2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 5

Bradford Senior Center, 60 Campus Drive, Bradford – 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 6

Oswayo Valley Senior Center, 106 S. Oswayo St., Shinglehouse – 9:30-11 a.m.

Coudersport Senior Center, 171 Route 6 West, Coudersport – 1-2:30 p.m.olding Tax/rent rebate clinics at several locations over the next few weeks.

For additional information or assistance, contact Causer’s offices in Coudersport 814-274-9769, Kane 814-362-4400  and Bradford,  Phone: 814-837-0880 orOwlett’s offices at (570) 724-1390 in Wellsboro or (570) 297-3045 in Troy. A link to additional information about the program, as well as access to downloadable forms, is also available on his website at


Nichole M. Bean, 42, of Eldred, formerly of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Buffalo General Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y., after suffering a brain aneurysm.Born on April 15, 1976 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Charles H. “Charlie” and Carol A. Best Johnson.  On March 22, 2006 in Shinglehouse, she married Charles L. “Chuck” Bean, who survives.Nichole was a graduate of Allegany (N.Y.) High School and attended State University of New York at Fredonia.  She later graduated from the BOCES Nursing Program as a Licensed Practical Nurse.  At the time of her death, Nichole was employed at the Bradford Manor as an LPN.Nichole loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and kayaking.  She loved watching NASCAR.  Her greatest love was her family and her dog, Bode.  Her last act of kindness was to be an organ and tissue donor.Surviving besides her husband are her father of Allegany; four stepchildren, Justin L. (Christa Kent) Bean and Andrew M. (Chelsea Wichert) Bean, both of Shinglehouse, Taylor L. (Brayden) Meacham of Yuba City, California, and Gunner C. Bean of Shinglehouse; a granddaughter, Layken Lynne Meacham; a brother, Eric E. (Michelle) Johnson of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee; a niece; a nephew; and two grandnieces.In addition to her mother, Nichole was predeceased by a sister, Heidi L. Johnson; her mother-in-law, Harriett Bean; and her father-in-law, Art Bean.Family and friends may call from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Lawn Cemetery, Bolivar, N.Y.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Nichole’s name may be made to the Bradford Manor Patient Activity Fund, 50 Langmaid Lane, Bradford, PA 16701 or to the Sena Kean Manor Patient Activity Fund, 10783 US Rte 6, Smethport, PA 16749.Nichole’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 Nichole, please visit

Richard D. “Rick” THUM, 79, of Sabinsville, PA, died Wednesday, January 23, 2019 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport. Born June 15, 1939, in Martinsville, NJ, he was the son of Francis E. and Gladys Corbin Thum.He served honorably with the US Army and US Army National Guard from 1959 – 1964. On August 5, 1961, in Franklin Park, NJ, he married the former Cornelia W. “Corkie” Boyden, who survives. A 1957 graduate of Bound Brook High School, he attended Rutgers University.  He was employed as a ready-mix truck driver by Houdaille Construction Materials and Weldon Concrete, retiring in 1993.  Rick was a member of Teamsters Local #469 in Hazlet, NJ and a life member of the NRA. He was an avid dirt track modified stock car driver, competing on New Jersey tracks at Flemington and East Windsor for 15 years.  After a several year abscence from racing, he began again as a car owner.  Thum Racing Team (12T) fielded cars for many top Northeast modified drivers until 2004. Those drivers included the Van Pelts, Alan and Danny Johnson, Frank Cozze, Steve Paine, Jeff Trombley, and J.J. Yeley.  Every weekend the car competed at tracks in Woodhull, Canandaigua, Weedsport, Syracuse, Rolling Wheels in Auburn, and Middletown with success. A hunter and fisherman, he hunted white tail deer on his farm and in New York and Kansas and fished off Pine Island, FL on the Gulf coast in his Mako fishing boat during the winter months. He enjoyed riding the back roads and fields with his Labrador retriever, Tug.  Rick loved his farm and nothing made him happier than driving his John Deere tractor making hay. Surviving besides his beloved wife and best friend, Corkie, are:  a son, Douglas Scott Thum of Sabinsville;  two grandsons, Matthew (Rebecca) Thum of Laurel, MD and Douglas R. Thum of Plainsboro, NJ;  a sister, Susan (William) Harrington of Overland Park, KS;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, David Steven Thum; his step-mother, Alexandra Thum;  and a brother, Jeffrey Thum. Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, January 28, 2019 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 3:00 PM.  The Rev. Timothy H. Miller will officiate.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  Burial will be in Ten Mile Run Cemetery, Princeton, NJ. Memorials may be made to the National Rifle Association. Online condolences may be expressed at