Wednesday October 3, 2018



Tuesday’s high, 74; low 54; 1.63”


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Obituaries: Judith Castano, Coudersport;  George States, Port Allegany; and Phyllis Amell, Port Allegany

Some flooding reported in the area Tuesday afternoon…..Unemployment improved in three counties in the Black Forest Service Area in August….. Charges filed against a Port Allegany man for allegedly harassing his estranged wife…..Two Emporium residents charged after domestic disturbance…Burglars steal clock off of Cyclone porch in broad daylight…..

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Several communities in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area were inundated Tuesday afternoon by training thunderstorms—meaning thunder, lightning, winds and rain kept going over the same area for several hours. We received 1.63” of rain here at the studio yesterday. A neighbor reported 1.25” had fallen within an hour . As a result, some areas received flash flooding. The National Weather Service issued flash flood watches, tornado watches and warnings for several counties throughout the afternoon expiring during the early evening. There are unconfirmed reports a tornado touched down in Crawford County damaging a nursing home and that a funnel cloud was spotted behind a mail in Clearfield County. Fortunately there were no serious injuries or damage.

The unemployment rate improved between August and July in three out of five counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting according to information just released by the state department of labor and Industry. Potter County’s rate decreased from 5.1% to 4.8%; Cameron County’s went down from 5.1 to 4.6%; and Elk saw a slight downturn from 3.6% to 3.5%. However, McKean’s went up a tad from 4.3 to 4.4% and Tioga County realized an uptick from 4.6% to 4.8%. Centre County had the best rate in Pennsylvania a an even 2% a decrease from 3.1%. Forest County remained in last place at 5.7% but that was a decrease of 7/10ths of a percent. Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s jobless rate was 4.1% while the national figure was 3.9% in August.

Kane based state police say charges will be filed against a 23 year old Port Allegany man suspected of harassing his estranged wife at her home on the Sun Valley Road in Annin Township. Police claim the suspect contacted a 19 year old woman via several different4 phone numbers and showing up at her work on multiple occasions after being told not to.

Harassment charges are also pending against two Emporium residents for a domestic disturbance early Tuesday morning at a residence on Mountain View Road. Charges will be filed against a 29 year old man and a 54 year old woman.

Troopers at Kane are looking for two burglars who stole an item from a Cyclone residence Monday afternoon. Authorities report two white, non-Hispanic men driving a white 2006 Dodge Caravan stopped at the home of 75 year old John Ryan and 72 year old Rebecca Ryan on The Bingham Road at around 4:00 pm. One of the men got out of the van, and took a clock from the porch. He re-entered the van which took off headed north. The clock is valued at $40 and the investigation is continuing.

A Mill Hall man was not hurt last Tuesday morning in a one-vehicle accident in Stewardson Township Potter County. State police at Coudersport just released details reporting Dusty Delany’s GMC failed to make a sloping left curve and rolled onto the driver’s side after colliding with an embankment.

Two out of state drivers are facing DUI charges in Potter County. A 30 year old French Creek. WV man was stopped by officers after his 2018 Ford went through a yard at the intersection of East Second Street and Ludwig Lane a few minutes before 1:00 am last Saturday. A 30 year old Houma, LA driver was arrested after police found him asleep at the wheel of his vehicle in the Coudersport McDonald’s drive-through line at around 6:15 am Sunday. Authorities did not release the names of the suspects.


 Judith Ann Castano, 69, of Coudersport, died on Sunday (Sept. 30, 2018) at UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
She was born on June 29, 1949 in Binghamton, N.Y., a daughter of the late Joseph and Nina Conn Mack. She married David Castano on June 6, 1970, and celebrated 48 years of marriage on June 6.
Judy graduated from Susquehanna Valley Central High School, Conklin, N.Y., Class of 1967 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Mansfield University in 1971. Later she taught socially and emotionally disabled children and completed her teaching career teaching mentally challenged & learning disabled children in Shinglehouse.
She was a member of Saint Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, where she was a lector and Eucharistic Minister. She was also a member of the Catholic Daughters of America.
Her first ten years were spent living next to the Ross Park Zoo in Binghamton, and this contributed to the fact that several of her favorite books had animal themes: Black Beauty to Moby Dick.
Judy enjoyed growing herbs and was a founding member of the Frosty Hollow Herb Guild. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, P.A.S.R., The international Brick Collectors Club, and The Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers Association.
Being an avid traveler, she made fifteen trips to Nova Scotia. She collected music, Slovak recipes, books, and Blue Willow China. Other passions included watching freighters, photography, scrapbooking, touring ancient cemeteries in New England, and doing laundry in an organized fashion. She was a learner, thinker, observer, planner, memory keeper, environmentalist, baker, caregiver, writer, reader, sewer, friend, and God’s child. Her loves include Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Leonard Cohen, Billy Ray Cyrus, Albert Schweitzer, Buddy Rich, Don Imus, Rupert Brooke, Joseph Lincoln, and Calvin Welsh.
In addition to her husband, David, she is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, April and Chad, grandchildren, Angela, Elizabeth, and Henry; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Mack, a niece and nephew, and two special cousins, Phyllis and Mary.
In addition to her parents, Judy was preceded in death by a brother, Randall and many aunts and uncles.
Family and friends are welcome to a visitation from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport. All are welcome to join in the recitation of the Rosary at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Saint Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 East Maple St., Coudersport, with the Rev. James Campbell officiating. Burial will be in St. Gregory Catholic Cemetery, Macdonaldton on Oct. 8.
Memorial contributions may be made in Judy’s name to St. Eulalia Catholic Church, 6 Maple Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or St. Gregory Catholic Church, 247 High St., Meyersdale, PA 1552, or your local SPCA or the Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Ave, Coudersport, PA 16915.

George W. States, 82, of Port Allegany, formerly of Punxsutawney and Smithport, passed away Saturday (September 29, 2018) in the Olean General Hospital, Olean.He was born May 21, 1936 in Smith Mills, PA, a son of Eugene N. and Relda Faye Davis States. On December 23, 1955 in Marchand, he married Shirley J. Stoneberg, who died Dec. 17, 2017.Mr. States attended Punxsutawney High School.Mr. States was first employed by GM in Buffalo then by IA Construction of Franklin, PA for 40 plus years, where he worked as a laborer, truck driver, equipment operator, paving foreman and moving up to regional manager of the Port Allegany District.He was a member of the Jaffa Shriners, a 50 yr. member of the John W. Jenks Lodge #534 F&AM, Moose Lodge #460 of Port Allegany and Sons of the American Legion Post #258 of Port Allegany.He enjoyed gardening, hunting, walking and most importantly spending time with his family and friends.He is survived by one son, William (Rachelle) States of Rixford, PA and one Daughter, Pamela (William) Neely of Glen Campbell, PAfour Grandchildren, four Great Grandchildren and one step GrandchildThree brothers: Samuel States of California, Charles (Marlene) States and John (Bridget) States, both of PunxsutawneyHe was preceded in death by his parents, wife Shirley, two brothers, Allen States and James States, one sister, Sarah Jane States and one step brother, Robert Davis.At George’s request, there will be no visitation. A graveside service will be held at the Union Hill Cemetery, Rossiter, PA , at a later date.Memorials may be made to the Union Hill Cemetery Association, 108 Aspen St., Punxsutawney, PA 15767. Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

Phyllis M. Amell, 94, of N. Brooklynside Rd., passed away Friday (Sept. 28, 2018) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.
Born May 8, 1924, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of Don and Lula S. Smith Chandler. On Aug. 24, 1962, in Shinglehouse, she married Howard L. Amell, who died Apr. 4, 2013.
Mrs. Amell was a self-employed hair dresser for many years before her retirement.
Phyllis was a lifetime resident of the area and attended the Turtlepoint Evangelical Church. She was also a life member of the Star Hose Auxiliary.
Surviving are two sons, Gilbert E. Amell and Keith A. Amell both of Port Allegany; two daughters, Merita L. Greenleaf of Orlando, FL, and Kathy L. Amell of Eldred; a stepdaughter, Jackie (Dave) Kaples of Virginia; several grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren; a sister, Joyce M. Seeley of Port Allegany; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Howard, a son, Lawrence A. Amell, two brothers, Daryl and Lawrence Chandler; and four sisters, Donna Minard, Christine Hardes, Beatrice Chandler, and Lois Smith.
Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday (Oct. 3, 2018) with Rev. Anthony Edgell, pastor of the Turtlepoint Evangelical Church, officiating. Burial will be in Grimes Cemetery, Port Allegany.
Memorials can be made to the Star Hose Auxiliary.

Condolences can be made to: Kathy L. Amell
5230 Route 446
Eldred, PA. 16731