Wednesday October 10, 2018


Black Forest Express            

                                              Photo by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 83; Overnight low, 63; no rain

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Obituaries: Tammy Brown, Harrison Valley and Thomas Wilde, Sr., Clara

Scarnati announces wildfire fighting grants for several area departmentsNew domestic violence law works to keep guns out of hands of convicted domestic violence defendants…Brake rotors stolen from Corydon Township building.

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Scarnati announces wildfire fighting grants for several area departments….State House Ag committee says farmers need to be part of efforts to change environmental regulations….New domestic violence law works to keep guns out of hands of convicted domestic violence defendants…Brake rotors stolen from Corydon Township building
State grants totaling $58,236 were awarded for volunteer fire companies in the 25th Senatorial District, according to Senator Joe Scarnati (R-25).
Scarnati explained that these grants will help rural community volunteer fire companies guard against the threat of wildfires in the state’s forests and other undeveloped areas. The grant program is administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and is paid for through federal grants provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
Local firefighting forces in communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the aid, which is used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires. Grant recipients were selected based on vulnerability and adequacy of existing fire protection. Aid is granted on a cost-share basis, with recipients supplying matching funds.
In the 25th Senatorial District, 13 fire companies are receiving grants through this round of funding. Local grants for each of the awardees ranged from $500 to $9,181. A total of 132 grants were awarded statewide in 2018, with the maximum grant awarded to any fire company being $10,000.
Grants Awarded in the 25th Senatorial District :
• Clearfield County
o North Point Volunteer Fire Co., DuBois – $7,400

• Clinton County
oDunnstown Fire Co., Lock Haven $1,250
o Nittany Valley Volunteer Fire Co., Lamar – $500
o Renovo Fire Department, Renovo – $9,181
o Volunteer Fire Co. of Mill Hall, Mill Hall – $3,000
oWoolrich Volunteer Fire Co., Lock Haven – $5,547

Elk County
o Johnsonburg Fire Department, Johnsonburg – $3,061

McKean County
o Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $9,134
• Hamlin Township Volunteer Fire Department, Hazel Hurst – $1,083

• Potter County
o Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Coudersport – $3,350
o Kettle Creek Hose Co. No. 1 Volunteer Fire Co., Cross Fork – $7,045
o Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, Shinglehouse – $3,750

Senators Tom McGarrigle (R-26) and Tom Killion (R-9) praised a recent vote on landmark domestic violence legislation in the Pennsylvania Senate.
House Bill 2060 passed by a vote of 43-5 and now heads to Governor Tom Wolf for his signature. McGarrigle and Killion both strongly supported the bill and voted in favor of the legislation. Wolf has said he will sign the bill into law.
The House bill includes legislative language authored by McGarrigle and Killion in bills that passed the Senate by unanimous votes earlier this year. Part of Killion’s Senate Bill 501 and McGarrigle’s Senate Bill 502 are in House Bill 2060.
Killion’s legislative language contained in House Bill 2060 includes a requirement for abusers to relinquish their firearms within 24 hours of having a final Protection From Abuse order filed against them.
Killion’s language that bans Pennsylvania’s unsafe practice of allowing friends and family members of the abusers to store perpetrators’ guns and instead requires sheriffs, attorneys and licensed gun dealers to hold these firearms is also included in House Bill 2060. This makes it impossible for abusers to retrieve their weapons and commit further acts of violence.
Language from McGarrigle’s Senate Bill 502 is also included in House Bill 2060. McGarrigle’s legislative language allows the victims of domestic violence to ask for an extension of Protection From Abuse orders if the abuser has been incarcerated within the past 90 days.
2017 saw the highest number of domestic violence deaths in Pennsylvania in the last decade. Last year, 117 people were killed in domestic violence-related incidents, 78 of them by gun violence.

Kane based state police are investigating a theft taking place between September 28 and yesterday on West Washington Street in Corydon Township. Thieves stole an 8 lug Chevy Brake Rotor valued at $20 and a 10 lug Ford Brake Rotor valued at $10 from behind the Corydon Township building. The equipment belonged to the township and anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.


Tammy L. BROWN, 52, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Monday, October 8, 2018 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Born October 1, 1966, in Wellsboro, she was the daughter of Harry G. and Sharon Williams Freeborn.
On February 14, 1987 in Harrison Valley, she married Jeffrey J. Brown, who survives.
A 1984 graduate of Northern Potter High School, she was employed by Wundies in Wellsboro for eight years and K&W in Westfield for 12 years. Tammy attended the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Harrison Valley.
Surviving besides her husband, Jeff, are: her mother, Sharon Freeborn of Whites Corners; a daughter, Jessica Brown of Harrison Valley; a granddaughter, Rory; three brothers, Harry (Theresa) Freeborn, Jr. of Rexville, NY, James (Jeanine) Freeborn of Harrison Valley, and Robert Freeborn of Edmonds, WA; two sisters, Reva (Eric) Baldwin of Wellsboro and Rita (Luke) Reisinger of Harrison Valley; nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins. She was predeceased by her father.
Friends may call at the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, Harrison Valley, PA on Saturday, October 13, 2018 from 9:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM. The Rev. Scott Wills and the Rev. Timothy H. Miller will co-officiate. Burial will be in Whites Corners Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church, 217 E. Main St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927.
Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed

Thomas James Wilde, Sr., 71, of Clara, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Friday, October 5, 2018.Born on February 26, 1947 in Johnstown, he was a son of Thomas Jefferson and Goldie Ona Young Wilde. On August 31, 1963 in Souderton, he married Katharina “Kay” Kowalenko, who survives.Tom was employed as a welder/fitter at Cherry Steel in Langhorn, retiring in 1986 after an accident at work.He was a former social member of Coudersport American Legion Post 192 and a former social member of Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530. He enjoyed hunting and farming. Tom was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan.Surviving besides his wife are four children, Tina L. (Terry) Houben of Florida, Rose M. (Walter) Carpenter of Gold, Thomas J. Wilde, Jr. of Johnstown, and Jakob P. (Michaelle) Wilde of Nappanee, Indiana; seven grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Debbie L. (Jim) Fox of Canada and Sherry L. (Ronald) Pfister of Green Lane; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by a grandson, Kenneth Goepfert.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of Tom’s life at 11am on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, with the Rev. Russell J. Horning, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Shinglehouse, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Tom’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
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