Friday, April 12, 2019



Thursday’s high, 46; Overnight low, 43







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Obituaries: Harlow, “Hal” Porter, Coudersport and Galen Kennel, Port Allegany


Port Allegany grandfather charged with trying to strangle 14 year old….Driftwood resident accused of shooting Emporium cat with bow and arrow…..Judge sentences Shinglehouse man to state prison for his role in drug death…..State House ag committee heard testimony on Causer’s bill to help dairy farmers affected by bad weather….Bridge rehab project begins next week near Ridgway….PA’s trout season opens tomorrow……

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State police at Lewis Run are charging 64 year old Harry Fleck of Port Allegany with strangulation after a confrontation with his grandson at a house on Green Hollow Road in Liberty Township Thursday night. When police interviewed the complainant,  a 35 year old woman and the 14 year old boy, they determined the teen had suffered injuries during a verbal and physical altercation with Fleck.  The defendant was arraigned at the state police barracks and charges  are pending in district court.

Emporium based state police have charged 21 year old Keaun  Kennedy of Driftwood with animal cruelty. Troopers allege Kennedy shot a cat on Songer  Lane in Emporium with a bow and arrow Monday night. The cat, owned byu Kevin Small of Emporium had to be euthanized due to the extent of its injuries. Following arraignment at the Cameron County Courthouse  bail was set at $5,000 and a preliminary hearing will be scheduled soon.

Potter County Senior Judge John Leete this week sentenced a  Shinglehouse man to a state prison sentence of 36-72 months in state prison related to a drug death nearly three years ago. Following a three-day jury trial, Oakley Mulkin  was found guilty of all charges, including distributing a designer drug, criminal use of a communications facility (cell phone) and involuntary manslaughter. For the  death of 28 year old Jordan Whitsell  of Sharon Township,  on May 11, 2016 where Mulkin delivered suspected heroin to which ultimately was determined to be Furanyl Fentanyl. Whitsell  injected the Furanyl Fentanyl causing severe respiratory depression and within hours died. It was  the first case in Potter County where Furanyl Fentanyl was involved in a known drug transaction or death.At the time of the offense, Furanyl Fentanyl was not yet classified as a controlled substance and was considered to be both a designer drug and a non-controlled substance. However, due to it’s very lethal effects, Pennsylvania classified Furanyl Fentanyl as a Schedule I Controlled Substance on August 8, 2016, after the incident.

Dairy farmers, milk haulers and public safety officials appeared before the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, which which is chaired by Rep.Martin Causer at the state Capitol on Wednesday to discuss his legislation that would exempt milk trucks from weather-related commercial vehicle travel bans. Causer introduced House Bill 915 in response to the Wolf administration issuing disaster emergency declarations this winter in which commercial vehicles were banned three times from some or all of the state’s interstate highways in anticipation of snow or ice accumulations. There is no question the travel bans had a significant impact on both dairy farmers and milk haulers. The cows produce milk every day, regardless of weather. Farmers have limited storage capacity and rely upon the milk haulers to move their product to market and make room for the next milking. Otherwise, they are forced to dump their milk, along with hundreds or thousands of dollars depending on the size of the dairy, down the drain. Our struggling dairy farmers simply can’t afford to do that. The meeting gave the dairy farmers and milk haulers the opportunity to share their experiences and concerns not only with the members of the committee but also with state officials who are involved in making the decisions about issuing travel bans.

Causer says he thinks  we all understand the need to be proactive when dealing with extreme weather conditions and the public safety consequences. However, we need to also consider the consequences of issuing travel bans prematurely or in what most would consider to be typical winter weather conditions. It was helpful to hear from state officials about the process they go through in making such decisions.










This Saturday, April 13, marks the statewide opening day of trout season. Fishing begins at 8 a.m. To participate, anglers ages 16 and older must have a valid Pennsylvania Fishing License and a Trout/Salmon Permit, both available at or at more than 700 issuing agents. Multi-year licenses are also available in 3-year, 5-year and 10-year increments. Prices for licenses and permits remain the same as last year. Youth anglers ages 15 and under do not require licenses or permits.

Work to rehabilitate a bridge on Grant Road (Route 4001) near Ridgway will begin Monday, April 15, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Restoration will improve the bridge’s condition from “poor” to “good”.

The bridge spans Alyworth Run in Ridgway Township, just outside of Ridgway Borough. It carries an average of almost 850 vehicles each day.

On Monday, the contractor will begin water and sewer line relocation work and will perform that work during daylight hours. An alternating traffic pattern will be enforced by flaggers in the roadway.

Later this summer, the bridge will be closed so that repair work can take place. Prior to that closure, PennDOT will issue an update on the project and detail a local detour that drivers will use while the bridge is closed.

The overall project includes wing replacement, joint grouting, drainage improvements, water and sewer line relocation, structure repairs, paving, and miscellaneous items. PennDOT expects the bridge to be finished in early September. Horizon Construction Group of Sandy Lake, PA  is the contractor on this $876,000 project.

PennDOT encourages drivers to “Know before they go” and to check conditions on more than 40,000 major roadway miles by visiting 511PA is free, available 24 hours a day, and provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 860 traffic cameras.

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Harlow D. “Hal” Porter, 82, of Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, PA. Born May 23, 1936, in Campobello, New Brunswick, Canada, he was the son of David and Laura Card Porter.  On May 3, 1958, in Shinglehouse, he married the former Sue Jackson, who survives.  He was employed by Pierce Glass in Port Allegany for 32 years.  Hal was a member of Gospel Tabernacle in Coudersport and the Christian Motorcycle Association, serving as president of the Twin Tier Chapter for many years.  Surviving besides wife, Sue, are:  five children, Timothy (Mary) Porter of Linden, Lori (Joseph) Wunderlich of Genesee, Joni (John) Prouty, Jr. of Ulysses, Wendy Porter of Sheffield, and Bethany (Kerry) Harley;  13 grandchildren;  13 great-grandchildren;  two siblings, Wayne (Elizabeth) Porter of Andover, OH and Carol Ann Kinney of Lubeck, ME; nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by his parents; and a daughter, Kelly S. Porter; and a brother, Austin Porter.  Friends may call at the Gospel Tabernacle, 420 Rte. 6 West, Coudersport, PA on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., with Funeral Services following at 4:00 p.m.  The Rev. John Minor will officiate.  Burial will be in East Sharon Cemetery, Shinglehouse.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Galen Ralph Kennel, 77, of Port Allegany, PA passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at Lakeview Healthcare Center in Smethport, PA.


Born on April 10, 1941 in Gap, PA he was the son of Rev. Calvin S. and Elsie Beiler Kennel. On February 4, 1979 he married Judith M. Dow, who passed away on March 17, 2008.


Galen was a resident of the Port Allegany area since 1955 and graduated from Port Allegany High School in 1959.


He completed a formal apprenticeship at G.T.E. Sylvania in Emporium and was employed there for 11 years. Before retiring in 2005, he was employed at Pittsburgh Corning in Port Allegany for 29 years. He was a Financial Secretary of American Flint Glass Workers Union Local 1019 for over 25 years and also Chairman of the PC Federal Credit Union for over 20 years.


He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Port Allegany and served as an elder. He gave of his time willingly to help others in both church and community projects. He was an avid outdoorsman who accomplished miles of hiking and biking.  Over the past 20 years, he conquered a large portion of the Appalachian Trail. He was an artisan very skilled in carving, woodworking, and wine making.  His gardens were plentiful and flowers abundant. He loved to travel with friends and family, but he made the most impact in his community where he was widely respected.


He is survived by two daughters and their spouses, Kimberly and Brett Butterfield of Katy, TX and Kristi and Michael Freeman of Port Allegany; one step-son, Scott Dow and his wife Jennifer of Corry, PA; two step-daughters, Lisa and Brett Trott of Colorado Springs, CO and Leslie and Douglas Stewart of Erie, PA; eight grandsons, Calvin (Jessica) Freeman, Gerad (Sara) Freeman, Dane Butterfield, Zachary Dow, Graham and Griffen Stewart, Nathan and Brenden Trott; four granddaughters Tara (Matt) Nagel, Anna and Maggie Dow, and Natalie Trott; three great-grandchildren, Luke and Tyler Nagel, and Zoe Butterfield; one brother, Calvin (Jim) Kennel and wife Kathy of Colorado Springs, CO; one sister, Vera Houben of SunCity, AZ, and many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Judy; three brothers, Leonard, Vernon and Gordon; and two sisters, Lynda King and Glenda Kennel.


The family will receive friends on Friday, April 12, 2019 at the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Home in Port Allegany from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. A graveside service will be held at the Millwood Mennonite Cemetery, Amish Road, Gap, PA on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 2 pm. A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Port Allegany on Monday, April 15th at 11:00 am.


In lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to the First Presbyterian Church, Port Allegany or to a charity of choice.


Online condolence may be made at


Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Port Allegany, PA.