Thursday January 31, 2019


Black Forest Express


Wednesday’s high, +12; Overnight low, -11


Obituary: Thomas Smith, Coudersport

Second day of “Canadian Invasion” closes school and senior centers again…. Causer says he has free fishing summaries for anglers…..Friday is “Wear Red Day” in Pennsylvania….both Port Allegany drivers unhurt in rear-end collision….Tioga County teen driver cited for collision….

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The second day of the “Canadian Invasion” resulted in the cancellation of classes at most area schools and the closing of Potter County Senior Centers, Coudersport and Oswayo Valley Memorial Libraries. Austin, Coudersport ,Galeton, Johnsonburg, Kane, Northern Potter Oswayo Valley, Penn College of Technology (Williamsport), Port Allegany, Ridgway, Smethport and St. Marys all cancelled classes and afternoon and evening activities. Austin, Coudersport and Northern Potter will have a two-hour delay on Friday.

We might be thinking of ice fishing this week, but some anglers are looking forward to trout season which opens April 14. Rep. Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting, The Fish and Boat Commission has decided to charge a fee this year for the Pennsylvania Fishing Summary which used to be provided free with the purchase of a fishing license. Causer says he has a supply of the Summary in each of his offices, Coudersport, Kane and Bradford and they are free of charge.

The Pennsylvania Senate adopted a resolution making Friday, February 1,. 2019 “Wear Red Day” to create awareness of women’s heart health as part of the “Go Red Campaign. On the first Friday of every February, which is designated as American Heart Month, the nation comes together, igniting a wave of red from coast to coast. The goal is to inform women, their family and friends about cardiovascular disease and what can be done to prevent early illness and/or death. Several; years ago, experts found that heart disease in women is different than in men. Since the discovery efforts have been made to draw attention to the disease which is still the number one killer of women.

Mansfield based state police are looking for a car stolen from Buffards Riverside Estates in Lawrenceville Tuesday or Wednesday. The 2017 Nissan Altima is owned by James Thomas and is described as being white with PA Registration HKZ8944. The thief stole the owner’s key fob and drove off in the car between 7:00 pm Tuesday and 1:30 am Wednesday. Anyone who spots the car is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

Both Port Allegany women escaped injury in a rear-end collision just before noon Wednesday in Liberty Township. According to Kane based state police, the accident occurred when Cassie Bell stopped her Chrysler Town and Country on Route 6 to make a left turn into a driveway. Cynthia Longstaff, failed to notice that Bell had stopped and her Chevrolet Captiva ran into the back of the sedan. Two 9 year old girls riding in Bell’s vehicle also escaped injury.

A 17 year old Wellsboro girl has been cited for improperly entering a highway after a collision last Tuesday in Charleston Township, Tioga County. Troopers report the teen driver entered the Cherry Flats Road from a private driveway without yielding to right of way to a westbound Chrysler PT Cruiser driven by Lori Smith of Blossburg. Both vehicles had disabling damage.

DUI charges are pending against a Crower, OK man who was stopped on Route 219 with the intersection of Route 6 in Hamlin Township, McKean County Monday afternoon. Troopers say charges are pending the results of a blood test and the suspect’s name will be released when charges are filed.
Thomas E. Smith, Sr., 78, of Coudersport, passed away Monday, January 28, 2019 at UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Tom was born on October 11, 1940 in Coudersport, the son of the late James A. and Lilly (Hanna) Smith. On October 5, 1963 he married the former Sandra Smith and they have celebrated 55 years of marriage.
Tom was a truck mechanic for Kightlinger Motors, Coudersport, for 36 years and was a veteran of the Navy.
In addition to his wife Tom is survived by a son, Thomas E. Smith, Jr. and his wife Amanda of Rising Sun, MD; a brother, David Smith of Virginia; three grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by a daughter, Tammy Yates.
At Tom’s wishes there will be no viewing or service and a private burial will be in Sweden Hill Cemetery, Sweden Township.
Arrangements being handled by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East Street, Coudersport.