Friday October 5, 2018

Black Forest Express



Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 69; Overnight low, 49;  .23” rain







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Obituary: Robert Grant, Coudersport

 PennDot says  condition of state bridges has improved…..Fundraiser in Knoxville this weekend inspired by animal cruelty case…..Coudersport woman hurt Tuesday morning when hit by a pick up truck….Custer City woman cited for speeding before one vehicle crash yesterday in Elk County…Attempted burglary at Eldred home under investigation by Kane Based State Police….. .

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PennDOT has  announced that the overall condition of state-maintained bridges has improved compared to January 2015. PennDOT has also unveiled a new “Bridge Conditions” map at where the public can view conditions of state and locally-owned bridges.

Since January 2015, there are 819 more state-maintained bridges in good condition, the number in poor condition has dropped by 1,044, and the number in fair condition has increased by 95. Since 2015, 2,086 state-maintained bridges have been restored and the department has put out 1,017 bridge projects. There are nearly 25,400 state-maintained bridges in Pennsylvania, the third-highest number in the nation, with the average age of state-owned bridges at over 50 years old.

Quarterly, public updates of bridge conditions in the state are viewable on the “Bridges” page of the “Projects & Programs” section of

There are 6,414 locally owned bridges, of which 1,886 – or 29.4 percent – are in poor condition. This is a decrease from January 2015 when 34.1 percent were in poor condition, and the number in good condition has increased from 21.5 percent to 23.2 percent. The need to improve local bridges was underscored when the biennial Transportation Performance Report, assembled by PennDOT, the State Transportation Commission, and the Transportation Advisory Committee and viewable at, identified local bridges as the only category receiving a “low” performance rating.

Since March 2015, nearly $1.8 billion in municipal liquid fuels investments have been distributed to certified municipalities for local infrastructure needs such as maintaining roads and bridges, winter services, traffic control devices, and more.

To learn more about bridges in Pennsylvania, including the department’s bridge-inspection procedures and more-detailed bridge-condition information, visit the Bridges page.

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A tragedy a few years ago has led to a fundraiser for a This Sunday, Oct. 7, Jerry Gaye of Osceola is holding his fifth annual benefit to raise money for Tioga County shelter dogs and cats. the benefit will be at the Howard S. Lines Knoxville VFW Post 6753 at 703 Boatman Road, Knoxville, Pa. 16928.the Blue Country Roots band will sing and play country and bluegrass music At 4 p.m.,.The Chinese auction will begin around 6 p.m. There will also be a 50/50 raffle.

Gaye has been doing these benefits since 2014, prompted into action when a one-year-old male dog was found in January of that year frozen to death in a plastic pet carrier in woods along Cummings Creek Road in Farmington Township. Charlie was alive when he was left in the locked carrier on Oct. 3, 2013. He died “due to probable starvation over a period of time” according to investigators. The man responsible was located, prosecuted and served time in jail for the inhumane act.

The proceeds from the 2018 benefit will be donated to the Heading Home Center operated by Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries, Inc., a volunteer-based organization founded in 2001 in Tioga County.

In September of 2016, Second Chance opened its newly built, no-kill center for dogs and cats at 725 Gee Road, Tioga, PA 16946. Between 2001 and the shelter opening, Second Chance volunteers had fostered stray cats and dogs in their homes until the animals were adopted or returned to their owners.

From Jan. 1 to Sept. 25 this year, 155 strays, including 83 dogs and 72 cats, were adopted from the Heading Home Center. In addition, the center returned 36 stray dogs to their owners.

People who attend the benefit can donate money to help Second Chance or take a bag of dog or cat food or cleaning supplies. No admission is charged. One hundred percent of the funds raised  will be used to benefit the animals.”

They can always use any kind of bottled dish soap, bleach and disinfectants like Pines-Sol or Lysol, also ,towels and washcloths to bathe the cats and dogs or to clean their living quarters and blankets for dog bedding.

Their top priority is to assist animals and their owners in Tioga County and nearby communities in Potter County and use resources for stray cats and dogs as well as pet owners in need. There is also  a spay/neuter assistance program.”

Donations of any kind of dry or wet cat and dog foods are appreciated. They are used them to provide owners in need with pet food. Cat food  is given to participants in the Guardian Homes program. These are Tioga County people who feed and care for colonies of feral cats  which  are trapped, neutered and then released back into their colonies.

The animals at the center eat 200 pounds of dog and cat food a month. “We buy Victor dog food and 4Health for the cats.

The center also works closely with law enforcement. “including  local police, state police, the cruelty officer, dog warden and township staff who takle  stray dogs and cats to the shelter.

For more information about the benefit and the Chinese Auction, call the Knoxville VFW at 814-326-4321 or stop in at Blend’s Feed and Farm Supply, 7788 PA-49, Osceola, PA 16942. Items for the Chinese auction can be dropped off at the Knoxville VFW or Blend’s.

A Coudersport woman was taken to Charles Cole Hospital after being hit by a pick up truck Tuesday morning. Borough Police Chief McClain told Black Forest Broadcasting the accident took place at the intersection of South Main and Maple Streets when a southbound pick up truck driven by David Matteson of Genesee struck 67 year old Jennie Kaple. The chief said no charges were filed and Kaple’s injuries were unknown.

Troopers at Ridgway claim a Custer City woman was speeding yesterday when her SUV hydroplaned on the and rolled onto its side Jones Township. State police report a 1995 Jeep Cherokee spun off the Burning Well Road after encountering a pool of water on the pavement. Jasmine Waldek, 22, and her passenger Mark Bailey also of Custer City were using seatbelts and two children, a 3 year old boy and a female infant were in child safety seats.

An attempted burglary at an Eldred home is being investigated by state police at Kane. Criminals tried to force their way into a house on Edson Street owned by a 41 year old Eldred woman between 7:30 pm last Saturday and  yesterday. They were unable to gain entry but did cause considerable damage to the door and frame. Anyone who can provide information is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.


Robert D. “Bob” Grant, 92, of Coudersport, formerly of Denver, Pa., passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born on February 19, 1926 in Ephrata, he was a son of Earl Eugene Sr. and Helen Dundore Grant.  On September 15, 1951 in the Reformed Church in Denver, he married Pauline Sweigart, who passed away on August 25, 2012.

At the age 8 or 9, Bob worked in his father’s ice plant, earning 75 cents a week and later he worked on his grandfather’s farm in Goglersville during the summer.

He attended Reamstown School and later earned his GED.  Bob enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 17, serving on the USS New Orleans, a heavy cruiser, sailing in the South Pacific, from February 9, 1944 to April 18, 1946.  After the War, upon returning home in 1946, he earned his pilot’s license.  After his service to his country, Bob was again employed by his father in the excavating business.  Later he established the Bob Grant Well Drilling and Water Systems in Denver, Pa., retiring in early 1990’s.  After retiring from his business, Bob was not one to sit.  He worked with a building construction company, worked at Chemlawn and also was employed by a cable provider subcontractor installing cable T.V.  He also worked as a driver for Ezra Bieler in Lancaster County.

Bob was a life member of the VFW.  In 1960, Bob became a mason at Ephrata Lodge #665 F. & A.M. and later in 1960 joined the Lodge of Perfection in Lancaster.  In 1961 he joined the Raja Shrine in Reading where he was a Shriner’s clown.  In 1961 Bob began serving on the Denver Borough Council where he served for two 4-year terms.

Surviving are his daughter, Pat Northeimer of Coudersport; a grandson, John Wesley Northeimer of Coudersport; a great-granddaughter, Makenzie B. Northeimer of Coudersport; a brother, James (Thelma) Grant; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Bob was predeceased by two brothers, Kenneth Grant and Earl Grant Jr., along with his wife, Veona.

A memorial service honoring Bob’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Christ Episcopal Church, 601 North Main Street, Coudersport, with Mother Janis Yskamp, rector, officiating.

Members of Eulalia Lodge #342 F. & A.M. will conduct a Masonic memorial service.   Military honors will be accorded by the Potter County Honor Guard.  Burial will be in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Sinking Spring.

A time of fellowship and a luncheon will follow the services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob’s name may be made to the American Cancer Society; to a Shriners Hospital for Children, 1645 W. 8th Street, Erie, PA 16505; or to the Masonic Village at Elizabethtown, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, PA 17022.

Bob’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory, or view a video tribute of Bob, please visit