Friday September 22, 2017

Thursday’s high, 81; Overnight low, 51; no rain

 

FRI-HIGH CLOUDS, HIGH 81

FRI NIGHT- CLEAR, LOW 56

SAT-SUNNY, HIGH 84

SAT NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 59

SUN-SUNNY, HIGH 85

SN NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 62

 

BFB Headlines (Friday September 22, 2017}Today is the first day of fall and the foliage updates are being provided by state agencies….Best foliage  viewing sites listed…PCN video about Potter County Courthouse now available on county website…Causers introduces bill to sell Kane Armory……Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

Friday September 22, 2017

Autumn arrives this afternoon in the region this afternoon.  Pennsylvania’s 17 million acres of woodlands soon will be bathed in fall  colors and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Pennsylvania Tourism Office again are teaming up to ensure fall foliage fans know when and where to look.

Boasting a unique blend of outdoor attractions, art and history, Pennsylvania has long been a travel destination year-round, earning special recognition for its fall beauty. Each year, Pennsylvania’s nearly 200 million domestic travelers inject an estimated $40.8 billion into Pennsylvania’s economy, generate $4.1 billion in tax revenues, and ultimately support more than 310,000 jobs related to travel and tourism.

Foliage typically peaks for several weeks near the beginning of October across Pennsylvania. As of  yesterday, DCNR will has weekly fall foliage reports on its website. http://www.dcnr.pa.gov/Conservation/ForestsAndTrees/FallFoliageReports/Pages/default.aspx

as well as on the Pennsylvania Tourism Office website. https://visitpa.com/articles/best-fall-foliage-ennsylvania

Visitors can get suggestions about the best spots to view fall foliage on the DCNR Penn’s Woods Fall Foliage story map, as well as on the Pennsylvania Tourism Office website.

For fall-inspired festivals and experiences, head to visitpa.com or follow Visit PA on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Pursue your happiness and join the conversation using the hashtag #FallinPA.

The tourism department says some of the best viewing will be in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area.

Kinzua Bridge State Park

 Best viewing time: early to mid-October

The park is the site of the Kinzua Viaduct, formerly the world’s highest and longest railroad bridge at 301-feet tall and 2,053 feet long.

For the best views: A skywalk supplies suburb views of the Kinzua Creek Valley year-round, and the valley is most beautiful when splashed with fall colors. Plus, a glass-bottom viewing area provides a look at the remnants of the famous viaduct.

Allegheny National Forest

Best viewing time: late September or early October

The national forest’s wealth of deciduous trees supply a wide array of warm reds, lively yellows and deep orange in autumn. Take a leisurely drive through the colorful forest or choose from a variety of hiking and biking trails to see the foliage up close.

For the best views: Hop on the National Longhouse Scenic Byway, a 27-mile loop through the Allegheny National Forest’s core, for postcard-worthy vistas.

Pennsylvania Route 6

Best viewing time: mid- to late October

Designated by National Geographic as one of the most scenic drives in the United States, Route 6 takes motorists through 11 counties and stretches over 400 miles across northern Pennsylvania.

For the best views: Explore the great eateries, museums and attractions that dot the famous route like Pine Creek Gorge and Lake Erie’s coastline – all of which are enhanced with color in October.

Pine Creek Gorge

Best viewing time: early October

Known as the Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania, Pine Creek Gorge is encased by Tioga State Forest, which turns shades of red, purple and yellow in the autumn. Catch the best views of the 50-mile-long, 1,000-foot-deep gorge at Leonard Harrison State Park or Colton Pont State Park.

For the best views: Drive along Pine Creek Gorge’s west rim to catch an eyeful of color and see northern Pennsylvania birds and other wildlife. Or hike the Pine Creek Rail Trail, a 60-mile route that runs through the gorgeous gorge.

The  30-minute program about Potter County history and interesting features for visitors that aired recently on the Pennsylvania Cable Network can now be viewed in its entirety on the county’s website, pottercountypa.net. A production crew from PCN spent two days in Coudersport earlier this summer filming local scenes and conducting interviews as part of PCN’s Historic Courthouses series. Major focus is on the Potter County Courthouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, Historical Society President David Castano and Commissioner Paul Heimel, as hosts, made sure the program spotlighted stories and attractions that would be of interest to tourists. Filming took place in and around the courthouse, as well as nearby sections of Coudersport with interesting architecture or historical significance. The crew also filmed at the Potter County Historical Society Museum and the F.W. Gunzburger County Office Building.

“The producers were very interested in Potter County’s connections to crimefighter Eliot Ness, the infamous thieves known as the Brinks Gang, famous musician Ole Bull, and other local story lines,” Commissioner Heimel said. Castano, who was the narrator and tour guide, shared colorful stories about local history, including the public execution of wife-killer Joshua Jones – whose skull is on display at the museum – and the background on the establishment of the town square and construction of the 156-year-old courthouse. Among local familiar faces appearing in the program are Judge Stephen Minor, Tillie Masolotte, Ed Thompson, Alex Fish and Kim Schaar.

“We were pleased to hear from the crew that this was one of the most interesting shows PCN has worked on since the courthouse series began several years ago,” Heimel pointed out. “One of them said the biggest challenge was assessing the volume of material they collected to determine what would make the cut for a half-hour program.”

The Potter County Courthouse is not the only building in the region on the National Register. The Kane Armory is also an official historic place and Rep. Martin Causer hasintroduced legislation to authorize the sale of the Kane Armory property.

Under the bill, the sale price of the armory and the adjacent “weekend training” site property would be determined by a competitive bid process.

“The armory has been sitting vacant for a few years and is now costing the Commonwealth nearly $10,000 annually to maintain,” Causer said. “It would be helpful to taxpayers to have the property put to productive use and placed on the tax rolls.”

House Bill 1787 authorizes the conveyance (sale) of two separate properties. The first includes the armory building, which is just under 16,000 square feet in size, and a detached three-bay concrete block garage sitting on approximately 0.34 acres. The second property is known as the weekend training site and consists of a fenced compound, large metal storage building and small storage sheds on approximately 1.46 acres.

Causer notes the armory was built in 1922 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. When the property is advertised for bid, it will include an historic preservation covenant approved by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. The person or entity that purchases the building with the covenant would receive a discount on the property in exchange for the preservation of the building. If the property is not sold in the first round of bidding, the covenant would be removed for the second bid request. The bill is awaiting consideration in the House State Government Committee.

Causer is also advising area residents to check their credit reports in light of the Equifax Data Breach. The lawmaker says the Pennsylvania Attorney General has joined other states I to investigate and anyone who finds they have been a victim should call the Attorney General’s toll free hotline, 1-800-441-2555.

OBITUARIES

Ivan L. “Ike” KIBBE, Jr., 92, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Wednesday, September 20, 2017 in Highland Health Care Center, Wellsville, NY.

Born May 12, 1925, in Harrison Township, he was the son of Ivan and Myra I. Outman Kibbe.

On June 24, 1944, in Westfield, PA, he married the former Jennie Cary, who predeceased him in 2002.

Mr. Kibbe owned and operated Ivajen farms in Harrison Township for many years, as well as drove bus for the Northern Potter School District for over 50 years.

He attended the Mills Union Church and was a 60-year member of the Grange, a life-time member of the Harrison Valley Fire Department and Holstein Association of America, as well as an avid Cleveland Indians fan.

Surviving are:  two sons, Leonard (Kathryn) Kibbe and Thomas (Vicki) Kibbe of both of Harrison Valley; a daughter, Joan (Jody) Martin of Ulysses; 16 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; a brother, Theodore Kibbe of Harrison Valley, PA;  two sisters, Betty Metcalf and Loveda (Dale) Potter, both of Harrison Valley;  and many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by four sisters, Arloene Jones, Mary Lou Kibbe, Virginia Lampman, and Beverly Tormey; and four brothers, Byron “Jum” Kibbe, Jacob H. Kibbe, Cleon Kibbe, and Russell Kibbe.

Friends may call Saturday, September 23, from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM, Sunday, September 24, in the Mills Union Church.

The Rev. Lowell Watkins and Rev. Allyn Baker will co-officiate.

 

Burial will be in Mills Cemetery.

 

Memorials may be made to the Mills Union Church, P.O. Box 11, Mills, PA 16937 or the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department 112 East Tannery St. H.V. 16927.

 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.

 

Gary H. Murray, Sr.          CAPTION “beloved husband, uncle and brother”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Gary H. Murray, Sr., 69, of Shinglehouse, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, September 21, 2017, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, after a long illness.

Born on July 24, 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland, he was a son of William and Mary Meldrom Murray.  On January 9, 1988 in Port Allegany, he married June M. Kemp, who survives.

Gary was a graduate of Hereford High School.  He was a GM mechanic for several area dealerships and later became a self-employed gunsmith for 30 years, owning and operating Gary’s Gunnery in Shinglehouse.

Gary was a member and past council president of Bethel Lutheran Church in Portville. He was a lifelong member of the NRA and was a founding member and past president of the former Oswayo Valley Lions Club in Shinglehouse. He was a member and past board member of the Emporium Country Club and for several years he was the organizer for the yearly Shinglehouse Open golf tournament. Gary was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, bowler, and golfer. He enjoyed hunting and camping.

Surviving besides his wife are his beloved grandnephew and gun shop partner, Kyle C. Rice of  Ulysses;  five siblings, John (Marlene) Murray of Lebanon, Peggy (Royston) Cole of Pennsylvania, Lynn Hoy and Wendy Swift, both of Maryland, and Bonnie Starck of Hanover; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Gary was predeceased by a son, Gary H. Murray, Jr.

Family and friends are invited to call from 5 to 6pm on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the Bethel Lutheran Church, 79 Brooklyn Street, Portville, N.Y. where a celebration of Gary’s life will follow at 6pm with the Rev. Marie Meeks, pastor, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bethel Lutheran Church, 79 Brooklyn Street, Portville, NY 14770 or to the Potter County Baptist Church, Eleven Mile Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Gary’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Gary, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Gary H. Murray, Sr.          CAPTION “beloved husband, uncle and brother”

SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa.—Gary H. Murray, Sr., 69, of Shinglehouse, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, September 21, 2017, in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, after a long illness.

Born on July 24, 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland, he was a son of William and Mary Meldrom Murray.  On January 9, 1988 in Port Allegany, he married June M. Kemp, who survives.

Gary was a graduate of Hereford High School.  He was a GM mechanic for several area dealerships and later became a self-employed gunsmith for 30 years, owning and operating Gary’s Gunnery in Shinglehouse.

Gary was a member and past council president of Bethel Lutheran Church in Portville. He was a lifelong member of the NRA and was a founding member and past president of the former Oswayo Valley Lions Club in Shinglehouse. He was a member and past board member of the Emporium Country Club and for several years he was the organizer for the yearly Shinglehouse Open golf tournament. Gary was an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan, bowler, and golfer. He enjoyed hunting and camping.

Surviving besides his wife are his beloved grandnephew and gun shop partner, Kyle C. Rice of  Ulysses;  five siblings, John (Marlene) Murray of Lebanon, Peggy (Royston) Cole of Pennsylvania, Lynn Hoy and Wendy Swift, both of Maryland, and Bonnie Starck of Hanover; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Gary was predeceased by a son, Gary H. Murray, Jr.

Family and friends are invited to call from 5 to 6pm on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the Bethel Lutheran Church, 79 Brooklyn Street, Portville, N.Y. where a celebration of Gary’s life will follow at 6pm with the Rev. Marie Meeks, pastor, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bethel Lutheran Church, 79 Brooklyn Street, Portville, NY 14770 or to the Potter County Baptist Church, Eleven Mile Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Gary’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Gary, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com