Wednesday February 27, 2019


Black Forest Express

Tuesday’s high, 20; Overnight low 12

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 Fire heavily damaged vacant house in Galeton Tuesday…..Fatal accident near Shinglehouse last night…..Pick up truck wrecks on snow covered road in Tioga County Tuesday…semi-trailer overturns last week in Tioga County…St. Marys teen allegedly shoplifting nabbed by security personnel…State police at Coudersport investigate possible PFA violation…..CWD moves closer to Black Forest Broadcasting Service area….PA Route 6 Alliance plans workshops on bike tourism…..

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A vacant house located at 127 Germania Street in Galeton sustained moderate damage in an electrical fire Tuesday afternoon. According to Gale Hose Chief Joe Cimmino, borough police were first on the scene and saw smoke coming from the two-story house which caused him to request a second alarm. Volunteers from Germania, Clymer, Coudersport and Wellsboro answered the mutual aid call. Chief Cimmino said approximately 40 fire fighters battled the blaze for about two and a half hours. Some 1400 feet of 5” hose was laid to draw water from the West Branch of Pine Creek. Chief Cimmino said “thank God the forceful winds from Sunday and Monday had subsided” and while chilly, the temperature was much better than some subzero temperatures fire fighters had to endure in previous memorable fires. He explained the rental house had been vacant for a couple of weeks and was being remodeled in anticipation of new tenants. There were no injuries.

There was no information available at news time from State Police at Lewis Run regarding a fatal vehicle crash last night in Ceres Township. Social media reported early on that two men were killed in the single car accident but we have not been able to confirm details however police did say their department investigated a fatal crash.

A Millerton driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle weather-related accident early Wednesday morning. Mansfield based state police report Stephen Chilson was going south of Route 15 a few minutes before 3:00 am when his Ford F250 went out of control on the snow-covered rad and struck a set of guardrails on the west side before tipping over onto its side. The truck came to rest partially in the right hand lane.

A tractor trailer operator also escaped injury Saturday afternoon in a mishap occurring on Route 414 in Union Township, Tioga County. State police said the right rear tire on the trailer slid off the right side of the road, causing the trailer to roll over onto its side. Only minor damage occurred and police did not release the name of the Freightlinger operator.

Retail theft charges are being filed against a 16 year old St. Marys girl. Troopers at the Ridgway barracks say the girl was nabbed by Walmart security personnel Tuesday afternoon when she allegedly removed merchandise without paying for the items. The girl was held by staff until state police arrived.

Coudersport based state police say they are continuing to investigate a possible PFA violation. A 24 year old Ulysses woman told troopers that she had received an intimate image sometime since the first of November. No further details were released

It’s getting closer…..A captive deer that has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) will require Disease Management Area3 (DMA 3) to expand into Pennsylvania’s elk range.

The exact adjusted boundary of DMA 3 and all other DMAs that could expand due to newly detected CWD-positive deer will be announced in coming weeks, after all samples collected from 2018 hunter-harvested deer are tested. About 3,000 of 6,309 samples from hunter-harvested deer remain to be tested.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture last week announced a buck on a hunting preserve near Curwensville in Clearfield County tested positive for CWD.

The CWD-positive buck had been brought to the Clearfield County hunting preserve from a Fulton County captive-deer facility, where it was born and raised. The state Department of Agriculture placed the Clearfield County hunting preserve and the Fulton County captive-deer facility under quarantine and they are to remain under quarantine for five years.
While the new DMA 3 boundary will be announced after all sampling of hunter-harvested deer is final, the CWD-positive captive deer would expand DMA 3 to the northeast, where it would encompass at least some Elk Hunt Zones, said Game Commission Wildlife Management Director Matthew Schnupp.

Within DMAs, specific regulations apply to help prevent the spread of CWD. The intentional feeding of deer is prohibited within DMAs, as is the field possession by hunters of urine-based deer attractants. Hunters harvesting deer and – in the case of an expanded DMA 3 – elk within DMAs are prohibited from exporting the entire carcasses or high-risk parts from those animals outside the DMA.

High-risk parts where the CWD prion (causative agent) concentrates are: the head (including brain, tonsils, eyes, and lymph nodes); spinal cord/backbone (vertebra); spleen; skull plate with attached antlers, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; cape, if visible brain or spinal cord material is present; upper canine teeth, if root structure or other soft material is present; any object or article containing visible brain or spinal cord material; and brain-tanned hide.

Hunters within DMAs can help prevent the spread of CWD by limiting the movement of high-risk parts and properly disposing of high-risk parts in lined-landfills or in Game Commission provided dumpsters.

Currently, state Department of Agriculture coordinates a mandatory surveillance program for 874 captive cervid facilities throughout the state of Pennsylvania. Since 1998, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has tested over 39,000 captive deer, of those, 96 have tested positive. For more information on the mandatory surveillance program or CWD in captive facilities, please visit

With PA Route 6 recently being named US Bike Route 36 and the development of more rail-trails along the Corridor, the PA Route 6 Alliance plans to develop and promote this designation to bring more travelers to our communities. The goal is to create a Bike Friendly Business and Community Program that will enhance the biking experience. The Alliance will be holding workshops MARCH 13, 14, & 15in Kane, Corry, Wellsboro and Wyalusing
Russ Roca from Path Less Pedaled
Russ has worked with many states and regional organizations to develop Bike Tourism Plans
What is Bicycle Tourism?

Topics to be discussed include:

The Economic Impact
Business Testimonials
Case Studies: Oregon Scenic Bikeways, Otago Central Rail Trail,
Bicycle Friendly Business Program
What we can do now!
For more information and to register at Route 6 Alliance at 814-435-7706.