Friday February 8, 2019


Black Forest Express


Thursday’s high, 54; Overnight low 33, unmeasured rain

FRI-AM mixed precipitation, early high 52 then going down






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PA Senate committee has approved Sunday hunting…..County officials complain about  lack of funding for mandated voting machines….State police in Ridgway investigate pistol found in dumpster …St. Marys woman accused of shoplifting at Walmart…Bradford driver arrested for DUI early today……

Obituary: Marvin “Marv” Weik, Shinglehouse

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The State Senate Game and Fisheries Committee on Tuesday  approved Senate Bill 147, legislation which would give the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners the authority to regulate hunting on Sundays.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission supports this legislation that would give the agency the authority to determine for which species Sunday hunting should be lawful. The legislation approved must pass the full Senate, the House of Representatives, and be signed by the Governor before it could become law.

The current prohibition on Sunday hunting is in state law, and the Game Commission does not have the authority to change it without legislative action. Please contact your local state representative and/or state senator on this topic.

Governor Wolf presented his proposed budget earlier this week and many county and local officials claim the spending document does not include enough money for counties to purchase new voting machines which provide a paper trail as a security measure. Settlement of federal litigation requires that all voting machines have voter-verified paper trail systems in place by April 2020.  During a board meeting late last year, Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel report that CCAP is calling  for full state funding for voting systems, since counties are wholly responsible for selection and purchase of voting equipment.Heimel said some of the proposed machines provide repeated redundancy which adds to the cost and many would require significant voter education. State and federal governments must work closely to assure there is a marketplace of voting equipment that is compliant with certification requirements.

No one was hurt early this morning when a tractor trailer caught fire on East Second Street in Eulalia  Township. According to a social media post from the Coudersport volunteer debarment, firefighters were dispatched just after 2:30 am to a location near UPMC Cole and Sweden Valley Manor and found the rig fully involved upon arrival. Volunteers were able to keep flames from igniting the fuel tanks which had just been filled and the unit was under motion when the driver spotted the flames,. A 30 gal tank of hydraulic oil was also in the semi. According to the report, the tanker was saved but  the truck tractor with sleeper was destroyed. However, there were no injuries. Route 6 was closed for a time.

A 59 year old St. Marys woman has been arrested for shoplifting at Walmart in that town. Troopers report Roberta Benninger tried to leave the store Wednesday with $36.876 of merchandise hidden on her body.  She was stopped by store security personnel and is now facing charges in District Court.

Troopers at Ridgway are also probing the discovery of a pistol Thursday afternoon in Millstone Township. The Davis Industries model P-380 is a 380 caliber pistol and  has a chrome finish. Anyone with information about the gun is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136.

A Bradford man was arrested early this morning on Rpute 46 in Keating |Township, McKean County. State police did not release the 27 year old suspect but allege when they pulled over the 2012 Ford Focus they found he had been driving under the influence of drugs.2012 Ford Focus they foundhe had been driving under the influence of drugs.                                                                                                                                                                                            

The state liquor control board has cited the Acorn Market in Galeton for failing to post a “No Smoking” sign.,


Marvin R. “Marv” Weik, 49, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a courageous battle with metastatic malignant melanoma.Born on December 19, 1969 in Lebanon, Pa., he was a son of Russell “Russ” and Doris Lieninger Weik.Marv was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1988, in Shinglehouse.  He was formerly employed by Adelphia Communications in Coudersport for several years as a fiber optic engineer.Marv was a former social member of the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530.  He was extremely interested in astrophysics, teaching himself how to predict solar flare occurrences.  He loved teaching his daughter about the solar system, especially the sun and moon.  He enjoyed building model airplanes with his daughter.  Music was extremely important in Marv’s life, having followed local bands, especially Torque, which was formed in his basement.  His greatest loves were his daughters and his science studies.Surviving are two daughters, Evelynn J. Weik and Emma J. Weik, both of Bradford; his fiancée, Mandy L. Schneider of Bradford; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins of Lebanon.Marvin was predeceased by his parents and his maternal and paternal grandparents.A celebration of Marvin’s life will be held on a date and place to be announced.In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to Mandy Schneider, 44 Jackson Avenue, Bradford, PA 16701 to benefit Marvin’s two daughters.Marvin’s care and cremation arrangements have been entrusted to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Marv, please visit