Tuesday April 2, 2019

Black Forest Express



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Obituaries: James “Jimmy” Friend, Coudersport and Pearl Hill, Coudersport (Philadelphia)

Causer sponsors bill to help dairy farmers during travel bans and invites constituents to a town hall meeting in Emporium….McKean County woman scammed in attempted internet purchase….ice and deer figure in a couple of recent accidents…..Roulette man arrested on drug possession charges….Two McKean County bars cited by liquor control board…..

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Recognizing the negative impact of weather-related commercial vehicle travel bans on Pennsylvania dairy farmers, House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee Chairman Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) is sponsoring legislation to exempt milk trucks from any future travel bans. House Bill 915 will be the subject of an informational meeting of the committee next week. Causer introduced his bill in response to the Wolf administration issuing a disaster emergency declaration this winter in which commercial vehicles were banned three times from some portions or all of the state’s interstate highways in anticipation of snow or ice accumulations. “The problem with that policy is, dairy cows continue to produce milk no matter what the weather,” Causer said. “Without any way to get their milk picked up and delivered to market, farmers may have no choice but to dump it, and that is the last thing our struggling dairy producers need. “While there are other perishable products that enter commerce via travel on our highways, milk is the only product where the cows keep giving it, the schedule for their milking simply cannot be adjusted, and there isn’t any spare capacity in the bulk tank,” he added. Causer acknowledged the importance of public safety when dealing with winter storms but says the administration needs to recognize the unique nature of milk production and the impact on Pennsylvania dairy farmers. The committee meeting will feature presentations by administration officials as well as other stakeholders and will be held on Wednesday, April 10, in Room 60 East Wing of the state Capitol. Barring technical difficulties, it will be streamed live at RepCauser.com starting at 9 a.m.

Meanwhile,– Rep. Causer will host a town hall meeting on Thursday, April 4, at the Emporium Fire Hall, 419 N. Broad St., Emporium. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. “I encourage area residents to come out for an update on the state budget and other issues under discussion in the state Legislature,” Causer said. “I also look forward to answering your questions about these and other issues of concern.” In addition to the budget, Causer said lawmakers have been working on bills to improve workforce development, enhance career and technical education in the Commonwealth’s school districts, protect consumers, ensure the rights of crime victims and more.

There is no need to RSVP for the town hall meeting. Those who need more information may contact Causer through his website at www.RepCauser.com, or by calling 1-866-437-8181.

State Police at Lewis Run are advising area residents of an internet scam. A 21 year old Westline woman told troopers she had sent $255.00 via Western Union to someone selling a Parrot over Bradford, PA Garage Sale on Facebook but never received the bird. The investigation revealed the Facebook account is a scam as the “seller” was not going to provide the bird. Authorities encourage citizens to be aware of those types of scam and to take extra precautions when providing money over the internet.

A one vehicle accident Monday morning in Horton
Township, Elk County sent a Ridgway woman to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. According to state police at Ridgway, Angela Martin was going north at around 6:30 am through “S” turns when her Chevrolet Trailblazer spun off Route 219 after hitting a patch of ice. The SUV stopped after hitting a house. Martin was extricated by EMS personnel and taken by ambulance to Penn Highland DuBois.

A Wellsboro teen and her passengers were hurt in car/deer encounter early Sunday morning in Charleston Township. Mansfield based state police report 18 year old Alexis Adams was driving a 2009 Subaru Impreza east on  Route 6 when she swerved to avoid two deer standing on the road. The car went off the road and hit a traffic sign, then spun clockwise and collided with a utility pole before stopping. Adams was taken to UPMC Williamsport by ambulance. Her 18 year old passengers, Kylea Smith of Wellsboro and Kara Swetland of Middlebury Center declined treatment for their minor injuries.

No injuries were reported for a Westfield driver whose SUV hydroplaned on Beechwood Lake Road in Clymer Township last Friday afternoon. Mansfield troopers say James Jordain’s 1998 Nissan Pathfinder slid off the road and rolled over one and a quarter times before coming to rest on its left side.

Both drivers escaped injury when their cars collided on West Main Street in Elkland Saturday eyeing. State police at Mansfield explained a Ford Focus driven by Brandie Bartlett of Tioga, PA veered off of the road and hit a 2004 PT Cruiser driven by Kimberlie Sicliano which was parked on the right shoulder.

Coudersport based state police have charged a Roulette man with drug possession. Billy Jordan, 27, was a passenger in a 1991 Buick Century which was pulled over by a patrol officer on Route 6 near Burtville on March 17 just after 9:00 pm for numerous traffic violations. Police claim they determined Jordan was in possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and related drug paraphernalia. The driver, whose name was not provided, was cited for one summary traffic violation.

DUI charges have been filed by state police against 29 year old Amanda Pritt of Austin who was stopped by troopers early February 24 on the Cowley Hill Road.

State police at Ridgway arrested a 25 year old Emporium man for driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Authorities did not release the man’s name but say when they responded to a “welfare check” at 1102 Million Dollar Highway in Fox Township Sunday evening, they suspected he had been driving his 2000 Mazda under the influence of a controlled substance.

Two McKean County bars have been fined by the Liquor Control Board. An administrative law judge fined” Shooters Grill and Bar”  in Port Allegany $850 for failing to maintain sufficient food items between July 11 and September 6, 2018 to qualify as a restaurant and failure to adhere to conditions previously agreed to between April 25 through September 18, 2018. The “Lighter Side” in Bradford was fined $700 for failing to break empty liquor bottles within 24 hours on September 7, 2018, operating the establishment without a valid health permit and failing to maintain sufficient food items to qualify as a restaurant between April 1 and September 11,


James W. “Jimmy” Friend, 47, of Coudersport, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Born on January 30, 1972 in Claxton, Georgia, he was a son of Henry P. and Jacqueline “Jackie” Martin Friend. On June 6, 2013 in Coudersport, he married Tamela V. “Tammy” Hults, who survives.
He attended Reidsville High School in Reidsville, Georgia.
Jimmy was employed as a chef. He enjoyed fishing. He was a practical joker and loved to make everyone laugh. His greatest love was his family, especially his grandchildren.
Surviving besides his wife are eleven children, Phillip M. Friend of Roulette, Alexandria E. Earle, James W. Friend, Jr., Thomas M. Friend, all of Coudersport, Jonathan A. Friend, serving with the U.S. Marines in North Carolina, Allen C. Friend of Kerrville, Texas, Sara Adams of Illinois, Katie Lowe of Springfield, Ohio, and Mickey J. Hults-Lowe, Jasmine L. Lowe, and Chandler S. Hults-Lowe, all of Coudersport; eleven grandchildren; a brother, Paul (Joan) Friend of Salem, Indiana; four sisters, Lynette (Jerry) Turner of Brunswick, Georgia, Susie (Larry) Webb of Vidalia, Georgia, Penny (Joe) Stewart of Salem, Indiana, and Emily (Ceasar) Hernandez of Reidsville, Georgia; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Jimmy was predeceased by a brother, Dwayne Friend; and a nephew, Larry Webb, Jr.
Family and friends are invited to call from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at Christ Episcopal Church, Coudersport, where a celebration of Jimmy’s life will follow at 3 p.m., with Mother Janis Yskamp, rector, and Pastor Pete Tremblay of the God’s Country Ministries, Coudersport, officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please visit Tammy’s Friends Facebook page for the link to the Go Fund Me page to assist with expenses.
Jimmy’s family has entrusted his 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 Jimmy, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com


Pearl N. Hill, 97, of Coudersport, formerly of Philadelphia, passed away with her loving daughter by her side on Sunday, March 31, 2019, in UPMC Cole Long Term Care Unit, Coudersport.
Pearl was born on Friday, February 10, 1922, a daughter of Sim and Lina Mae Goosbey Norman. She was the widow of the late John Hill.
Pearl was employed by former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover as superintendent of his personal residence household staff. Prior to retiring, she was a seamstress for the Quarter Master of the Federal Government where she made the space suit for Neil Armstrong.
She was an avid fan of the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team.
Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Ernestine “Tina” (Joe) Avery of Shinglehouse.
Burial will be in Greenmount Cemetery in Philadelphia.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Pearl’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 Pearl, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com