Tuesday March 12, 2019

Black Forest Express


Monday’s high, 48; overnight low, 25

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Obituaries:John Dorman “Dorm” Wallace, Port Allegany and Olive Belle Eckstrom, Smethport

Operator of water tanker killed in Tioga County…Two car/deer collisions reported in Tioga County…16 year old Coudersport resident accused of harassment….Penn State Creamery announces on-line competition….

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Mansfield based state police will release the identity of a tractor trailer driver who was killed in a crash Monday evening once next of kin are notified. The 63 yea rold man was operating a tri-axle water truck on Route 414 in Union Township which went out of control on a right hand curve and overturned in the road. The rig subsequently hit and traveled through a guard rail on the south side of the road , went off the pavement and struck a concrete culvert near the passenger compartment and rolled down an embankment. The driver was pronounced dead at threw scene of the 6:45 pm accident by a Tioga County Deputy Coroner. State police were assisted by the Canton Fire and EMS, Liberty Fire Company, PennDot and American Truck Stop.

A Mainsburg driver escaped injury when the brakes on his 1999 Buick LeSabre failed Sunday afternoon in Richmond Township. Troopers report Christopher O’Connor was going south on the Westgate Road and tried to stop at the intersection with Canoe Camp Creek Road. The sedan struck some guardrails on the south side of Canoe Camp Creek Road when O’Connor tried to make a right turn. The car traveled over the guard rail and rolled over once before making a second impact and stopping. The road was closed to traffic in both directions for less than an hour.

Both drivers avoided injury when their SUV’s hit deer on Tioga County roads Monday morning within an hour. Keenan Strykowski of Wellsboro was going west on Route 6 near the Phoenix Road intersection when a deer ran from the southern to the northern berm in front of his Jeep Renegade. About an hour later, 81 year old Sheila Tshudy was traveling east on Route 49 uphill in Nelson Township when a whitetail entered her line of travel.

Troopers at the local barracks have arrested 18 year old Ross Bliss of Coudersport for harassment. Authorities claim Bliss assaulted a 32 yea old man during a quarrel on Cowburn Ropad in Allegany Township on the evening of March 4.

Penn State Berkey Creamery is bringing back Flavor Madness, the online tournament in which ice cream fans can vote weekly for their favorite flavors. The contest was held last in 2017, when Death by Chocolate took home the trophy.

“We had such a great response when we held the contest before that we decided to bring it back, this time pitting traditional favorites against some new flavors,” said Jim Brown, assistant manager. “It’s a fun way to celebrate Penn State, the Creamery, basketball and spring.”

Voting will take place on the Creamery’s web site (http://creamery.psu.edu/flavor-madness); participants are encouraged to share their picks on social media by using #FlavorMadness.

Fans can choose their favorite flavors each week, starting with the Berkey Creamery Sweet 16 from March 18 to 22. Participants can vote for each matchup in four different brackets.

The “I Scream” bracket features Vanilla Bean vs. Cookies-N-Cream and Happy Happy Joy Joy squaring off against Chocolate. In the “You Scream” bracket, Grilled Stickies is paired against Alumni Swirl, with Bittersweet Mint going against Peanut Butter Swirl.

The “We All Scream” bracket contains Death by Chocolate vs. Butter Pecan and Strawberry vs. Black Raspberry Frozen Yogurt. Finally, the “For Ice Cream” bracket offers a choice between Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and WPSU Coffee Break, and Peachy Paterno and Monkey Business.

The Flavor Madness voting schedule is as follows:

–The Creamery Sweet 16: March 18-22, with eight winning flavors announced March 25.

–Elite 8: March 25-29, with four winning flavors announced April 1.

–Flavorful 4: April 1-5, with winning flavors announced April 8.

–Tasty 2: April 8-12, with the “scoop champion” announced April 15.

The winning flavor will be discounted by $2 per half gallon on online shipments only at http://creamery.psu.edu from April 15 to 19. No in-store discounts will be offered.

Another sweet bonus — participants in the Flavor Madness contest will be entered in a drawing for a free shipment of Creamery ice cream (within the 48 continental U.S. states) with a new winner chosen every week. Winners will be selected at random from the pool of each week’s players with a valid email address.

Participants must re-enter each week to be eligible for that week’s prize. Winners will be contacted by email and must respond within seven business days to claim their prize. Winners will receive five half gallons of ice cream or frozen yogurt. For complete contest rules, go to http://creamery.psu.edu/flavor-madnes


John Dorman “Dorm” Wallace, 92, of Port Allegany, went to be with the Lord, Friday March 8, 2019 in Olean General Hospital.

He was born Feb 22, 1927 in Mannford, OK, a son of John and Garnett Davis Wallace. He was married to the love of his life for 62 years, Virginia Marie Williams, who passed away in 2013.

Dorm was a graduate of Bradford Area High School and served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was employed by Penelec in Bradford for 47 years, retiring as a district line foreman in 1989.

He was a very active member of St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Port Allegany, the Knights of Columbus Council #8018, the American Legion Frank Burt Post #258 of Port Allegany, Fri-Wal Enterprises, and the World Karting Association.

He was a great conversationalist with an outgoing personality. He enjoyed all things automotive, especially Formula 1 racing, local railroad history, and sharing his family heritage of the Bradford and Austin areas. He loved making his grandchildren laugh with funny songs and jokes.

He leaves many great memories to be cherished by his sons James (Suzanne) Wallace of Smethport, Joseph (Tracy) Wallace of Bolivar, NY, daughters Mary Beth (Steve) Frison of Port Allegany, Barbara (Kevin) O’Donnell of Bradford, Christine (Greg) Michaelian of Stuart, FL, daughter-in-law Carol (Jeffrey) Wallace of Port Allegany, 19 Grandchildren, and 31 Great-Grandchildren.

He was also, preceded in death by an infant daughter Martha Marie, son Jeffrey Wallace, son-in-law Steve Frison, brother William Wallace, and sister Vera Anderson.

Calling hours begin with a Christian Wake service at 3:45 on Monday, March 11, immediately followed by visitation from 4-7 PM at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc, 105 Main St, Port Allegany. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 12, at 10 AM in St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Port Allegany, with the Rev. James Campbell, pastor as Celebrant. Military Honors will be accorded by the Port Allegany Honor Guard. Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery, Bradford.

Memorials are appreciated to: St Gabriel Catholic Church, Port Area Ambulance Service, American Legion Frank Burt Post #258 of Port Allegany or a memorial of donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany.

Olive Belle Eckstrom, 91, of Smethport, passed away Friday (March 8, 2019) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.

She was born Nov. 26, 1927 in Port Allegany, a daughter of Asa and Hazel Nolan Connor. She was married to John Ponikvar, who died in 1970. She then married William Abbey, who died in 1976. She was married lastly to Wesley Eckstrom, who died in 2001.

Mrs. Eckstrom had worked at Backus Company of Smethport for a period of time, but was ultimately a homemaker, tending to the needs of her family.

She loved music, playing Bingo and spending time with all of her family.

She is survived by:
One son: William (Carolyn) Abbey of Smethport
One daughter: Donna (Larry) Schneller of Cyclone
One step daughter: Linda Huntington of East Smethport
Grandchildren: John E. Abbey, Deanna Hudak, Ann Marie Cady, Sharon Lynn Conlin and Robert John Schneller
fourteen great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by two great-great grandchildren and one brother.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 12, from 4-5 PM at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, where funeral and committal services will be held at 5 PM with the Rev. Max Simms, pastor of the Hilltop Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Port Allegany.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Sena Kean Manor Activities Department, 17083 Rt. 6, Smethport, PA 16749 or a charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hartle-tarboxfuneralhomes.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.