Tuesday February 26, 2019


Black Forest Express


Monday’s high, 24; Overnight low, 12 some blowing snow







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Obituaries:Marlene “Marty” Kromar, Shinglehouse; Marcella Merritt, Roulette, Gregory Greene, Galeton

Judge rules in favor of “Friends of the Coudersport Arboretum”….Three people hurt in Elk County Collsison…Mansfield resident arrested for harassing teens….DUI Charges filed against Harrison Valley man….Troopers investigate unauthorized use of a vehicle in Austin area…..

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Senior Judge, J. Michael Williamson has ruled in favor of the Friends of the Coudersport Arboretum that the park cannot be sold as proposed by Coudersport Borough Council. The judge cited similar cases in Downingtown and Erie in deciding Coudersport Borough had not provided a preponderance of evidence that the property is no longer practicable or possible and has ceased to serve the public. In referencing the Downington case, the judge also referred to the principles of the public trust doctrine” all lands and buildings dedicated or to be dedicated shall be held in trust for the benefit of the public. Coudersport Borough Council first rejected the idea but when two members were absent from an official meeting, those in favor of selling the park to Sheetz for expansion shoved the proposal through. In August a group of citizens formed  “Friends of the Coudersport Arboretum”  to fight the proposal and engaged famed attorney Samuel Stretton to represent them in the court case against the Borough. complete ruling is at the end of this report, after the obituaries.

Three people were hurt in a collision Monday afternoon in Fox Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police report impact occurred when Caylene Genevro of St. Marys tried to make a left turn onto Route 248 from Route 555 and failed to notice a Chevrolet Colorado driven by Chelsea Bonfardin of Force, PA which was traveling south on Route 255. The Bonfardin vehicle hit Genevro’s Subaru Outback in the southbound lane. Both drivers and a passenger in Genevro’s car, Logan Gilmore, also of St. Marys were taken by ambulance to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of undisclosed injuries.

A Mansfield resident has been charged with harassment following a domestic violence squabble last Friday evening at a home on South Main Street in Richmond Township. Mansfield based state police allege 30 year old Jesse Vanskiver harassed a 14 year old boy and a 15 year old girl from Osceola.

DUI charges have been filed by Coudersport based state police against a Harrison Valley man. Troopers allege when they stopped  a 2015 Buick Encore driven Phillip Stiles Jr., 38, for a variety of traffic violations on Fox Hill Road in Ulysses Township early December 9, they detected the odor of alcohol. Stiles was given the Field Sobriety Test and taken to UPMC for blood work. He has also been charged with numerous related offenses.

State police at Coudersport are continuing to investigate the unauthorized use of a vehicle early Sunday morning in Portage Township. A known suspect allegedly drove a 2012 Cadillac SRX from  591 Costello Road without the owner’s permission. Police did not release the suspect’s name.


Following 51 weeks of intensive training, the 31st Class of the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Ross Leffler School of Conservation graduated Saturday during a ceremony at Susquehanna Township Middle School.This is the first class of graduates to enter the field with the official title of State Game Warden. While Game Commission conservation officers have been called game wardens for years, the title didn’t become official until 2018.Graduates on Saturday were commissioned as officers, and have been assigned to their new districts.During the ceremony, graduates were recognized for achievements in the areas of academics, marksmanship, physical fitness, driving skills and leadership.Graduate Andrew Hueser received the class award for academics, with a score of 97.9 percent. Graduate Daniel Carl was honored with the marksmanship award, scoring 571 out of a possible 700 points.Graduate Trevor Shauf was selected as the fitness award winner for maintaining the highest standard of physical fitness during the 51-week training program.Michael Smith received the Emergency Vehicle Operator Course driving award.And, Graduate Cody Jones was chosen by his classmates to receive the “Torch Award for Leadership.”Members of the 31st Class, their hometowns and their new assignments are:

Praveed Abraham, of Lansdale (northern Monroe County); Tyler Barnes, of West Chester (southern Bucks County); Ethan Beale, of Fenelton (eastern Venango County); Christopher Bence, of Johnstown (western Greene County); Scott Brookens, of Enola (northern York County); Zebulun Campbell, of New Wilmington (western Allegheny County); William Car, of Bechtelsville (southern Montgomery County); Daniel Carl, of Jackson Center (southern Mercer County); Adriel Douglass, of Scranton (northern Wayne County); Justin Faus, of Bloomsburg (southern Luzerne County); Anthony Ferreri, of Newmanstown (western Berks County); Daniel Gibble, of Jonestown (southern Lancaster County); Andrew Hueser, of Wellsville (northern Erie County); Cody Jones, of New Cumberland (southeastern Erie County); Madison Kyle, of Darlington (northern Mercer County); Kolton Mueller, of Denver (eastern Elk County); Cameron Murphy, of Camp Hill, (southwestern York County); Thomas Nelson, of Enola (northwestern Tioga County); Denton Schellhammer, of Johnstown, (eastern Armstrong County); Jared Schibik, of Mercer (eastern Crawford County); Charles Schuster, of Pottsville (northern Fayette County); Trevor Shauf, of Shippensburg (southern Franklin County); Michael Smith, of Duncannon (southwestern Tioga County); Patrick Sowers, of North Wales (southern Pike County); Derek Spitler, of Cleona (southern Northumberland County); Adam Traynor, of Eighty-Four (southwestern Washington County); and Ryan Zawada, of Lincoln University (southern Bucks County).

In 1930, Ross Leffler, then president of the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners, proposed the establishment of a training school for game protectors. When the training school opened its doors in 1932, in Brockway, Jefferson County, it was the first such conservation officer training school in the world and served as a model for other states.

From 1932 until 1935, the Ross Leffler School of Conservation offered in-service training for game protectors. The Commission voted to make the school a permanent facility and enrolled its first class of trainees in 1936, and continued training new classes at this facility until 1986.

In 1987, the training school was moved to the Harrisburg headquarters, which just opened the doors to its current facility in Susquehanna Township, Dauphin County.

Game Commission Game Wardens are responsible for administering a wide variety of agency programs within an assigned district of about 350 square miles.

Primary duties include law enforcement, responding to wildlife conflicts, conservation education, and administration of the Hunter-Trapper Education program. Wardens also are responsible for supervising and training part-time Deputy Game Wardens.


-Marlene A. “Marty” Kromar, 83, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Portville, N.Y., passed away with her daughter by her side on Monday, February 25, 2019, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y.Born on November 20, 1935 in Wellsville, N.Y., she was a daughter of Clarence L. Kelligan and Evelyn N. Stewart Kelligan Allen.  On May 24, 1980 in Coudersport, she married Henry S. “Hank” Kromar, who passed away on June 25, 2009.Marty was a graduate of Coudersport High School.  She was employed as a manager at the former Farad Electronics Corporation in Coudersport.She was a former longtime resident of Coudersport.Marty enjoyed reading and crocheting, and especially enjoyed playing the organ for her grandchildren.  She loved fishing, baking and cooking.  Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Surviving besides her mother, Evelyn Allen, of Coudersport, are a daughter, Colleen M. (Walter) Ramsey of Oswayo; a son, Kevin Kohn of Texas; a step-daughter, Kathleen (Lynn) Lotter of Portville, N.Y.; three grandchildren, Kelly (Jay) Gooch, Jennifer (Gary) Merriman, and Harley (Kristen) Ramsey; two step-grandchildren, Preston Lotter and Chase Lotter; nine great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; a sister, Shirlee A. Leete, of Coudersport; and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, and great-grandnieces and grandnephews.In addition to her father and husband, Marty was predeceased by a brother, Keith C. Kelligan; and two sisters, Sheila Allen and Dorla Tucker.Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 6pm on Friday, March 1, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, with Mrs. Kathryn Boyd, lay speaker of the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church, officiating.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.Marty’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Marty, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Marcella Merritt was born in Shelter Island, New York and was raised in Greenport, New York where she attended school and later married John Merrill of Amagansett, New York. She is survived by Marjorie Ruthenberg (daughter), James Ruthenberg (Marjorie’s husband), Mark Merrill (son), Elizabeth Merrill (Mark’s wife) and was preceded in death by her son, Loren Merrill.  She is survived by many loving grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.  Marcella’s grandchildren, Dawn Kent and Emily Shaw, were fortunate to have her presence in raising three great-grandchildren (Dawn & Kenny Kent’s children, Christa and Joshua Kent, and Emily Shaw’s son, Elijah Gant).  Mark and Elizabeth Merrill’s children (Marcella’s grandchildren), Rebecca, Cole, Andrew, and Violet were also survived by her.  Our family was blessed to be able to watch Marcella love and raise great-great-grandchild, Aliyah Kent (Christa Kent’s daughter).All of Marcella’s family were originally from Long Island, New York before they departed to several locations including Roulette, PA and Port Allegany, PA.Marcella was loved by all and will leave many cherished memories and imprints in the people’s lives that she touched.  She was a kind, compassionate, caring and generous woman who was graced by God to find peace at home alongside her family.There are currently no services planned at this time.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cole Memorial Home Health and Hospice, 102-108 South Main Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Marcella’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Marcella, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Gregory Peter Greene, 70, a lifelong resident of Galeton, passed away in his home on Thursday, February 21, 2019.Born on May 1, 1948 in Wellsboro, he was a son of Leighton Raymond and Edna Abrahamson Greene.He was a graduate of Galeton High School.  Greg honorably served in the U.S. Army as an administrative specialist.  He was employed in the oil/gas industry.Greg was a member of the Raymond Richar VFW Post 6611 in Galeton.Surviving are a sister, Marcia E. (Kenneth J.) Wingo of Ulysses; two nieces, Tess (Mike) Thome and Amanda (Dave) VanderWeele; and seven grandnieces and grandnephews.In addition to his parents, Greg was predeceased by a sister, Cheryl A. Greene.Private graveside burial services will be held in the West Hill Cemetery, Galeton.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gale Hose Ambulance Company, PO Box 223, Galeton, PA 16922.Greg’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 of Greg, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com