Friday March 8, 2019


Black Forest Express

Thursday’s high, 21; Overnight low, -8






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Watch a live stream of a hibernating Mama bear……Eliot Ness Fest committee announces expansion for this year’s event…..Black Forest News Editor receives several “spoofed” phone calls using her own number….ID theft investigated by Mansfield State Police….Passenger hurt in one-vehicle crash late last night on Looker Mountain Trail…..Emporium driver injured in collision….Slush covered road blamed for Tioga County accident……

The Game Commission has launched its second live stream of the season – video and audio captured at a Monroe County black-bear den and streamed in real time to viewers at

There’s much to be learned about the bears in the den.

The adult female has ear tags that indicate she previously was handled by Game Commission staff. While video from the den has not clearly shown the numbers on those tags, as the days pass, and especially as the bears move more, the tag numbers seem certain to provide some details about the bear’s past.

It’s also not yet known how many cubs are present in the den because they’re nestled so closely to their mother. With time, however, the answer will become obvious. Pennsylvania’s black bears usually are born in January and begin walking in about eight weeks. They leave the den when 3 months old.

The black-bear den livestream can be accessed through “Quick Clicks” on the homepage of the Game Commission’s website. The snow-goose migration livestream, which provides a 24-hour-a-day look at waterfowl off Willow Point at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, launched Feb. 26 and can be accessed from the Snow Goose Migration Update page accessed through Quick Clicks.

The Eliot Ness Fest committee announces they are expanding the festival this year to include activities on Sunday, July 21 and they are advising vendors this year’s changes mean required hours will be on Friday, Saturday and five hours on Sunday.

The ENF Committee says it is committed to hosting programming on Sunday for visitors in hopes to continue to grow this event into a three day festival and entice out-of-towners to stay through Sunday.   They saw many people coming to town last year on Sunday – so they want be sure there are activities, programs, and vendors available on Sunday.  The ENF Committee already has several programs on Sunday including an enhanced worship service at the Ness’s church, where Mr. and Mrs. Ness and son will be in their usual pew.  Also, a second theatrical showing of the Capone Trial will be held on Sunday at the Potter County Courthouse.  Local businesses are planning on brunch and lunch events and activities, the television show – The Untouchables, will be running at the Coudersport Theatre throughout the morning and a Sunday Matinee will show the movie – The Untouchables.

Something that has not changed from last year is to continue to support and promote local and regional artisans, makers, and food vendors.  Potter County businesses are offered a discounted rate on vendor space.

The ENF Committee is looking for vendors to produce and sell official Eliot Ness Fest merchandise, using official and trademarked Eliot Ness Fest artwork and graphics.  If you, or someone you know is interested, please contact Jennier Rossman.  In addition, the ENF Committee will be contracting to have the Official Eliot Ness Fest T-shirts produced to be sold by the Committee at the Welcome Tent and other locations throughout town.  Please contact Rossman  directly with interest or questions,

Organizations interested in fundraising can do so in two ways:  Host a water station (space is limited) or provide activities for kids.  There is no cost for space for either of these options.

Organizations interested in exhibiting services and organization information have opportunities to do so through sponsorship.  See sponsorship details at:

The committee says  hopes to see returning and new vendors this year as a larger turn-out than last year is expected..  There will be expanded vintage vehicles shows this year with additional street closures and for longer durations.  This was a huge draw last year.  There will be costume contests, Jack’s Place Speakeasy, music and entertainment on the square, historians and authors, movies, dancing, a parade, fireworks, tours, scavenger hunt, kid’s activities, and more.

Talk about spooky. This reporter received four phone calls yesterday from myself .My  Caller ID showed my correct name and phone number but I did not call myself. I  tried to answer the third call and found a robot was urging me to call Microsoft  within 48 hours or sometime dreadful would happen. I  know it was a robot because it did not respond to my shouting. Also, Microsoft does not call consumers. Crooks used my name and phone number to make the threatening calls. This is called “spoofing.” I had nothing to do with it. Please be assured I would NEVER call on behalf of Microsoft. If you are not expecting a call from me, do not answer it. The scammers will move on to another name and phone number soon.

Mansfield based state police are investigating an ID theft taking place February 21 or 22. An unknown thief used bank account information belonging to a 37 year old Wellsboro woman to make an unauthorized payment of $73.79 to First Energy Electric Company.

Minor injuries were reported for back seat passenger when a sedan wrecked late Thursday night on Looker Mountain Trail in Otto Township. A Chrysler Town and Country driven by Terry Short crossed the fog line on the southern side of the road while making a right hand curve. The car crossed the road and when Short tried to correct the path, the car traveled back across the East Bound lane went off the southern side of the highway, struck an embankment and rolled over onto the driver’s side. Short and the front seat passenger, Penny Holsinger were not hurt but Michael Lukaschunis who was riding in the back seat was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. All involved are Bradford residents.

An Emporium driver was injured in a collision Thursday, a few minutes after noon, in Jay Township, Elk County. Troopers at Ridgway explained that the collision occurred when 82 year old Paul Leonard of Weedville turned left onto route 255 from Chestnut Avenue in Jay Township and failed to notice a northbound car driven by Nicholas Botera . Leonard’s Chevrolet Silverado struck the driver’s side door on Botera’s Saturn Outlook. Botera was taken by Bennetts Valley Ambulance to Penn Highland Elk for treatment of unknown injuries.

Slippery road conditions are blamed for a one-vehicle accident last Friday morning in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police, Jenna  Lamphier of Mansfield was headed south on slush covered  Route 549 when her Chrysler PT Cruiser skidded off the road and hit a tree. She was wearing a seatbelt and was not hurt.