Tuesday March 19, 2019

Black Forest Express



Monday’s high, 33; Overnight low, 15

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Obituaries: Christopher Mitterer, Muderf (Coudersport), Sharon Kellogg, Shinglehouse, S. Becky Johnson, West Bingham, and Thomas, “Tommy” Clark, Derrick City (Shinglehouse)

Causer announces grants for area fire and EMS departments…Slide repairs being made on Route 144 in southern Potter County….Two Ithaca NY women nabbed in Potter County on drug charges….Emporium driver unhurt in car/deer encounter….

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Fire and emergency response organizations in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties have been awarded more than $425,000 in grants from the state, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announces.
“As our emergency response organizations continue to struggle financially, these grants are sure to be put to good use,” Causer said. “
The funding comes from an ongoing grant program created by the Legislature and administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner (OSFC). All funding comes from the proceeds from slot machine gaming, and not General Fund tax revenue.

Since its inception, the program has provided nearly $5.8 million in funding to fire and ambulance companies in the three-county area. Projects eligible for funding include construction or renovation of a fire or ambulance company facility, purchase or repair of equipment, training, or reduction of existing debt. Grant recipients must submit their signed grant agreements to the OSFC by the end of May to ensure sufficient time to process payment.

Following is a list of local fire and ambulance companies and the amount of their grant awards:


Cameron County
Cameron County Ambulance Service, Emporium – $7,155.22.
Emporium Fire Department Inc., Emporium – $11,512.73.
Mountaineer Search and Rescue, Emporium – $11,512.73.
McKean County

Bradford City Fire Department, Bradford – $7,155.22 for EMS operations; $13,824 for fire company operations.
Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $14,646.43.
Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $12,007.52.
Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department, Derrick City – $12,007.52.
Eldred Borough Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Eldred – $6,478.60 for EMS operations; $11,512.73 for fire company operations.
Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department, Eldred – $11,677.66.
Hamlin Volunteer Fire Department, Hazlehurst – $11,512.73.
Hilltop Volunteer Fire Department, Cyclone – $11,677.66.
Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane – $11,677.66.
Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,512.73.
Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $11,842.59.
Ludlow Volunteer Fire Department, Ludlow – $11,512.73.
Mount Jewett Area Ambulance Association, Mount Jewett – $7,155.22.
Mount Jewett Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $11,677.66.
Norwich Township Volunteer Fire Department, Crosby – $11,512.73.
Otto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Duke Center – $6,833.02 for EMS operations; $11,842.59 for fire company operations.
Port Allegany Fire Department, Star Hose Company No. 1, Port Allegany – $14,481.50.
Port Area Ambulance Service Inc., Port Allegany – $7,155.22.
Rew Volunteer Fire Department, Rew – $12,007.52.
Smethport Fire Department Inc., Smethport – $12,172.45.
Potter County

Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Austin – $13,162.04.
Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, Coudersport – $7,155.22.
Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Coudersport – $13,821.77.
Gale Hose Company No. 1 Inc., Galeton – $7,155.22.
Genesee Volunteer Fire Department Inc., Genesee – $3,620.32 for EMS operations; $11,512.73 for fire company operations.
Germania Fire Company, Galeton – $11,512.73.
Goodyear Hose Company No. 1, Galeton – $12,007.52.
Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, Harrison Valley – $13,162.04.
Kettle Creek Ambulance Association, Cross Fork – $4,698.62.
Kettle Creek Hose Company No. 1, Cross Fork – $11,512.73.
Roulette Chemical Engine No. 1 Inc., Roulette – $7,155.22 for EMS operations; $11,842.59 for fire company operations.
Tri-town Fire Company, Ulysses – $12,667.25.

We expect that Rep. Clint Owlett who represents eastern Potter, Tioga and Bradford counties will announce allocations for his district soon.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is advising motorists that a one-lane traffic pattern and stop condition have been placed on a section of Route 144 in Potter County.

Due to a slide condition along the roadway, PennDOT is restricting the northbound lane on a section of Route 144, about 1 ½ miles south of Galeton. The self-regulating stop will enforce an alternating traffic pattern through the area.

Drivers will also encounter advance signage and message boards alerting them to the stop condition and alternating traffic pattern.
This traffic pattern will be in effect until funding is secured to resolve the situation. PennDOT reminds drivers to always buckle up and obey posted speed limits.

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Drug charges were filed yesterday before District Judge Annette Easton in Coudersport for two Ithaca, NY women. Sarah Zaragozasmith and Victoria Varlak were arrested Febtruary 10 in Eulalia Township by state police and charge the women, whose ages were not provided were both in possession of controlled substances for which they had no prescription and related drug paraphernalia. Separate preliminary hearings are tentatively scheduled for the morning of April 15, 2019 before Judge Easton.

Emporium-based state police report a motorist from that town escaped injury in a car/deer encounter. Chad Barnhart was going east on Beechwood Road in Shippen Townwship early Monday morning when he swerved to avoid a deer standing on the road. His 2000Subaru Outback went off the left side of the highway, struck a ditch and two trees. Barnhart brought the car under control but it became disabled when he tried to drive it home. The car had to be towed from the scene. Barnhart was using a lap and shoulder belt.

Christopher E. MITTERER, 60, of Munderf, PA, died Thursday, March 14, 2019 in Jefferson Manor, Brookville, PA. Born January 3, 1959, in Coudersport, he was the son of Marion E. “Jack” and Phyllis J. LukachMitterer. A graduate of Bucktail High School in Renovo, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Penn State University, he a science teacher in the Brockway School District. Chris served on the Jefferson County Cooperative Extension Board, the Jefferson County Conservation District, and was a member of several equine organizations. Surviving are: his father of Coudersport; a brother, Joseph (Cathy) Mitterer of Albers, IL; nieces and nephew, Sarah (Eric) Lindow, Candace (Todd Moore) Mitterer, and Jeremiah Mitterer; grand-nieces and grand-nephews, Paige Kellerman, Ella Kellerman, GwendelynLindow, RenleyLindow, and Cullen Lindow; his girlfriend, Theresa Shick of Brookville; and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother on September 18, 2018. There will be no visitation or service. Burial will be in Fox Hill Cemetery, Ulysses, PA. Memorials may be made to Penn State University, 186 Main St., Suite 3, Brookville, PA 15825 (memo line: Jefferson County Opportunity Award in memory of Chris Mitterer).
Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com. 

Sharon J. Kellogg, 79, of Shinglehouse, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 17, 2019, after a short battle with cancer.Born on Thursday, July, 6, 1939 in Sandusky, Ohio, she was a daughter of Robert and Lula Bradt Stewart. On July 4, 1968, at the home of her parents in New Brighton, she married Gerald A. “Jerry” Kellogg, who survives.Sharon was a graduate of Zelienople High School, Class of 1957. She graduated from Clarion State College with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education in 1961. In 1961, Sharon accepted a position as librarian at the Oswayo Valley Junior/Senior High School in Shinglehouse, teaching until 1968. She served on the Oswayo Valley Library Board of Directors for many years.Sharon was a very faithful person to the Lord and her family. She enjoyed family and friends and corresponding with them online. She enjoyed going on car rides.Surviving besides her husband of 50 years are three children, Leah J. (Jeremy) Stuck of Belmont, N.Y., Joshua D. (Jacquelyn) Kellogg of Gibsonia, and Daniel (Robin Baker) Kellogg of Shinglehouse; and five grandchildren, Taylor Stuck, Christian Stuck, Aaron Stuck, Faith Kellogg and Michael Kellogg.In addition to her parents, Sharon was predeceased by a son, Laurie Gene Kellogg.In keeping with Sharon’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Sharon will be buried in the Bath National Cemetery in Bath, N.Y.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.Sharon’s family has entrusted her 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 Sharon, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.comebecca

S. “Becky” JOHNSON, 70, of West Bingham, PA, died Sunday, March 17, 2019 in her home. Born October 5, 1948, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Joseph T. and Rose Ella DeLappa Grover. She was employed by MedPlast in Westfield, retiring in 2013. Becky will always be remembered as a loving mother and grandmother. Surviving are: a daughter, Danette (Ryan) Wightman of West Bingham; three grandchildren, Zachary (Samantha Struble) Kamats, Jesse (Amber) McCutcheon, and Veronica Smoker; seven great-grandchildren, Brianna Kamats, Jason Kamats, David Kamats, Madalin McCutcheon, Macie McCutcheon, Bentlee Butler, and Braxlee Vanhorn; two brothers, Marvin (Brenda) Grover of Genesee, PA and John (Barbara) Grover of Shippensburg, PA; four nieces and one nephew. She was predeceased by her parents; a granddaughter, Jocelyn M. Saunders; and a brother, James Herbert Grover. There will be no visitation or service. Memorials may be made to Ulysses Cemetery, P.O. Box 153, Ulysses, PA 16948. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

Thomas A. “Tommy” Clark, 76, of Derrick City, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford, after a long illness.
Born on June 5, 1942 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Albert W. “Click” and Lucille H. “Lucie” Ahl Clark. On February 14, 1991 in Bradford, he married Kathryn A. “Kay” Frantz, who passed away on October 3, 2016.
Tommy was a graduate of Bradford High School, Class of 1961. He attended Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. He owned Clark’s Service Store in Shinglehouse, from 1971 until September of 1982 and later owned and operated T & C Enterprises in Derrick City.
He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Bradford. Tommy spent many hours drinking coffee and chatting with his friends and associates.
Surviving are a son, Anthony “Tony” (Michele) Clark of Westminster, Maryland; a grandson, Keegan Clark; a granddaughter, Raegen Clark; and numerous cousins.
In addition to his parents and wife, Tommy was predeceased by an infant daughter, Kimberly Ann Clark.
Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where a memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Preston L. Hutchins, Jr., pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530, PO Box 25, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Tommy’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences, share a fond memory, or view a video tribute, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com