Thursday October 11, 2018


Black Forest Express

Fall 2002: This year’s foilage is not as brilliant as it  has been in previous years

Photo By Gerri Miller 

Wednesday’s high, 78; Overnight low 68; .07” rain







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DEP says new electronic system will speed up permitting….Causer’s senior expo to be held Friday in Roulette….Both drivers hurt in Genesee collision…State police are looking for driver of abandoned car wrecked near Austin….Prison inmate accused of harassing ex wife in Smethport….Coudersport man charged for hitting another in an argument…Semi driver unhurt in collision with a turkey in Cameron County…..

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The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has  launched an electronic permit system to provide landowners a more efficient way to request permit registrations for new projects that affect wetlands and waterways and get a faster response from DEP.

A variety of projects are covered by Chapter 105 Wetland and Waterway Obstruction and Encroachment General Permits, including stream crossings, small docks and boat ramps, streambank rehabilitation or protection, gravel bar removal, intake and outfall structures, agricultural crossings and ramps, minor road crossings, agricultural activities, and fish habitat enhancement structures.

DEP processes at least 2,500 Chapter 105 registration requests for business, municipal, and individual landowners each year. The Chapter 105 e-permit, which is accessed through DEP GreenPort (registration is required for first-time users), will save time for applicants and department reviewers, include online permit payment, reduce the expense of printing complex design drawings, and make information available in real-time to the public, for increased transparency. DEP will also continue to accept paper registrations to accommodate applicants whose only option is a paper form.

The Chapter 105 e-permit is the latest electronic tool in DEP’s continuing efforts to use technology solutions to improve customer service, reduce paper-driven processes, and further protect the environment. Stakeholders can now use online tools to file permit applications for surface coal mining, storage tank renewals, and radiation protection renewal, and other regulated activities. In addition, DEP has developed online processes to digitize grants systems, modernize facility inspection processes, and archive content for access by both staff and the public.

As DEP continues to seek ways to modernize and increase efficiency, the agency encourages applicants to use the Chapter 105 e-permit and provide feedback on it.

Applicants are encouraged to send comments and suggestions on the e-permit to a dedicated email account: All messages will be reviewed and considered for future improvements. Applicants will also be invited to participate in a web-based conference call to learn more about the functionality of the new tool and provide recommendations for potential enhancements.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting area senior citizens, their family members and caregivers to the Potter County Senior Citizens Expo in Roulette tomorrow  Friday, Oct. 12. The free event will be held at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 River St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

State, county and local exhibitors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions. Information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing and personal safety will be available. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded. Lunch will be served at no charge.

For more information, contact Causer’s Coudersport office at (814) 274-9769. Information is also available at or on Facebook at

Both drivers were hurt Monday afternoon when their vehicles collided on Main Street in Genesee. State police report the collision occurred when a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Dalton Sheets of Wellsville hit a 2013 Ford Fiesta driven by a  17 year old Genesee girl which was going  across Route 449 from School Street. After impact, the pick up continued straight up an embankment, hit the corner of a house at the corner of Route449 and the Ellisburg Road before rolling over and coming to rest upside down on the highway. Sheets was taken to Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville and the teen driver was transported to UPMC Cole.

An inmate at SCI – Laurel Highlands had been arrested for harassing his ex-wife, a Smethport woman. State police at Kane allege 56 year oild Donald Kinney of Bradford sent unwanted letters to the victim’s home on Route 46regarding her and her new husband.

James Mitchell, 37 of Coudersport was arrested by state police after allegedly hitting a 24 year old Coudersport man in the chest with a closed fist during a dispute at around 5:30 am Tuesday on West Beech Street.

Troopers at Coudersport are looking for a driver who abandoned  a wrecked car in Keating Township Sunday morning. The 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt went off of the Bark Shanty Road, struck an embankment and rolled over onto its roof. When police arrived, the driver could not be located but the car had to be towed from the scene.

An Eldred truck driver escaped injury when his Freightliner hit a turkey on Route 120 in the Cameron County village of Truman Wednesday morning. David Lowe was going east when the turkey was hit by the rig’s driver side windshield.

State police at Kane did not release the name of a 28 year old Bradford man suspected of burglarizing a building at the McKean County Fairgrounds last night. Authorities claim the suspect broke a side window used for concession purposes to get inside the building and stole about a dozen of MyLaps X 2 Transponders owned by a 26 year old Port Allegany man valued at $2100.00. The transponders were located by the victim and the investigation is continuing.

A camp break-in is being investigated by state police at Emporium. Burglars pried open a door on a shed at the camp on the  Four Mile Road in Shippen Township between September 29 and  Monday and stole a .22 cal. Savage Arms Rifle and a $10 gas can containing about $2 worth of fuel. The camp is owned by a 41 year old Kersey man.