Friday May 17, 2019

      Black Forest Express



White Lilacs are doing well this spring–not so for Purple Lilacs.

Thursday’s high 68; Overnight low, 51







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Obituaries: Paul Woodard, Shinglehouse & Thomas  Arthur Bean, Sr., Shinglehouse

Scarnati pushing for open primaries in PA…. Lots of .Activities fat Hills Creek State Park Spring Fest  Saturday….$5,000 in cash stolen from Wellsboro home….state police investigate possible road rage….

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Kenneth J. Serfass presented a program on his childhood hero, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant Wednesday night at the S. W. Smith Library in Port Allegany. His  presentation began with Grant’s teenage years and ended in 1866 when he was the highest ranking General in the Army, prior to his two terms as president. Serfass is a retired gunnery sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and a former Civil War re-enactor. The program was made possible by the Port Allegany VFW. Serfass also presented a program at the Hamlin Library in Smethport Tuesday night. That program was made possible by a donation from the Smethport American Legion.

–Photo by Gerri Miller

Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) announced Thursday that there are plans to advance language to allow for open primaries in Pennsylvania when the Senate returns to session in June. Scarnati began to push for open primaries last year and renewed his efforts earlier this year with the introduction of Senate Bill 300.  He explained that the motive behind this legislation is to allow more people to have a voice and moderate primaries from extremism.“In February I was pleased to introduce Senate Bill 300 to allow for open primaries in Pennsylvania,” Scarnati said.  “This bill is a bi-partisan piece of legislation introduced with the goal of giving over 740,000 registered unaffiliated Pennsylvania voters the right to participate in the primary election process.”Senate Bill 300 was referred to the Senate State Government Committee and last month the Committee held a hearing to discuss election law legislation, including open primaries.“Allowing more people the opportunity to have a voice in their representation is an important step toward ensuring democracy. In June, I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on this important legislation,” Scarnati concluded.

Tuesday’s election may be confusing to some voters because while only registered Republicans and Democrats can vote, there will be a special election to decide who will represent the 12th Congressional District in Congress. Republican Tom Marino won last November but resigned soon after taking office due to serious health problems. Governor Wolf decided to hold the special election to fill the vacancy on the same day as the Primary Election to make it more convenient for voters and less costly for the state and local municipalities. All registered  voters will choose either Democrat Marc Friedenberg or Republican Fred Keller to fill the vacancy. Potter and Tioga Counties are now in the 12th Congressional District, having been moved out of the 5th when the congressional map was re-drawn by the state legislature. Cameron, Elk and McKean remain in the 5th Congressional District.

During Springfest 2019, canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle boards will be available for children and adults to try for free. Shown here, a mother and child try a two-person kayak on Hills Creek Lake at last year’s event.  Photo by John Eaton

Free, family-friendly outdoor activities for all ages will be available at Springfest 2019, from 10:00 am-3:00 pm at Hills Creek State Park, seven miles northeast of Wellsboro in Charleston Township.One of the most famous protectors of our forests, Smokey Bear, will stop in for a visit and have some great giveaways.  There will be stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and canoeing for people of all ages at Hills Creek, with Mansfield University Kayak Club members, other volunteers and park staff assisting.

All equipment is provided free to either paddle with a parent or solo if the child is capable and wants to try it even for just a minute.

Youth will have the opportunity to experience fishing on Hills Creek Lake with help provided by Jim Mucci of Hills Creek State Park. Fishing poles, bait, and lures will be provided free to those who want to learn basic fishing skills. Fishing licenses are required for anyone 16 and older.

Anglers of all ages can learn how to tie a fly with Trout Unlimited Tiadaghton Chapter #688 volunteers. Fly tying materials and equipment will be provided free. Also available will be fly rods to practice casting at different distances and targets. Free T-shirts for kids will be given away on a first come, first served basis.

There  will be an opportunity to meet the dogs of Laurel Mountain K9 Search & Rescue. This non-profit search team is comprised entirely of volunteers dedicated to assisting fire, EMS and law enforcement agencies with incidents involving lost or missing individuals. Currently, there are 10 team members, five of whom are certified by the National Academy of Search and Rescue. One dog is certified in trailing and as a cadaver dog. Six other dogs are in various stages of training. Presentations will be given at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm.

Mandy Marconi, environmental education specialist at the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s station all about elk. See what an elk calf (mount) looks like when it is just a few days old and feel a real velvet lk antler. Color a plaster cast elk track to take home. Supplies are limited.

Community Health Nurse Kara Gochnauer with the Northcentral District of the Pennsylvania Department of Health will have free pamphlets and handouts with information on Lyme disease and how to prevent it and also be available to answer questions about this tick-borne disease.

At the Tiadaghton Audubon Society station will be information on creating a backyard habitat for birds and Wellsboro being designated a Bird Town community. Available will be a free bird sleuth explorer’s guidebook for kids that includes scavenger hunt activitiesTAS volunteers will conduct short bird walks at 11:00 am., noon, 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm. Those who don’t have binoculars can borrow a pair.

The Bureau of Forestry station will provide information on why landowners need to remove non-native plants and how to do it. Landowners will see live samples of invasive plants found in this area and get hands-on advice on how to control them from Steve Hoover, service forester. Also on display will be native plants that landowners can use on their properties along with free handouts on invasive and native plants.

Members of the Mountain Modelaires R/C Airplane Club of Wellsboro will have a display of radio controlled airplanes, helicopters, and quadcopters, and adults and children both can try out a radio-controlled airplane flight simulator. Children, eight and older, along with their parents, can assemble and decorate a foam model glider to take home. All materials will be provided free.

At the craft station, Grand Canyon FFA members will assist youngsters with a plant-related activity.

Visitors can go on a self-led hike using park maps as a guide. Or, at 1:00 pm there will be a 45-minute slow-paced easy hike led by Bureau of Forestry staff. Children and adults are welcome to take  their bikes and wear helmets, as required by law, and bike at the park.To learn more about Springfest or for directions, e-mail: or call 570-724-4246.

A burglary occurring at a home on S. Elk Run Road in Charleston Township, Tioga County is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Criminals broke into the home of 47 year old Benjamin Sayers between 7:00 am and 3:00 pm April 5 and stole $5,000 in cash. Entry was gained through the back door.

A possible road rage incident is also being investigated by state police at Mansfield. A white 2015 Nissan Frontier hit a red Chevrolet Impala on Route 49 at Stepherd Creek Road in Lawrence Township at about 2:15 pm last Sunday. Police have listed the incident as an “assault with serious bodily injury.”


Paul L. Woodard, 74, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 in the Buffalo VA Medical Center, Buffalo, N.Y., after a short battle with cancer.

Born on August 30, 1944 in Blossburg, he was a son of Paul O. and Virginia M. Wilson Woodard.  On July 2, 1973 in Middlebury Center, he married Deborah J. “Deb” Wood, who survives.

Paul was a graduate of North Penn High School in Blossburg.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

Paul was employed by the Olean General Hospital, Olean, N.Y. in the maintenance department, retiring in 2006 after 25 years of service.

He was a member of the Bolivar Golf Club, a member of Shinglehouse American Legion Post 530, a member of the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club in Millport, a life member of the VFW in Three Forks, Montana, and was a member of the Maple Grove Cemetery Association Board of Directors in Shinglehouse.  He was a former member of the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department.

Paul was a car enthusiast, having restored a number of antique and classic cars.  His 1970 convertible Chevelle was his “baby”. He was an avid hunter and golfer. He also enjoyed bowling.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 45 years; three children, Mark Woodard of New Columbia, Keith Woodard of Dewart, and Jennifer (Karl Tietz) Woodard of Farmington, Minnesota; a grandson, Keegan Tietz of Farmington; eight brothers and sisters, Clarence (Marilyn) Woodard of Columbia Crossroads, Leonard (Lois) Woodard of Middlebury, Pearl Smith of Liberty, Theresa (Charles) Ellison of Maryland, Clifford (Jan) Woodard of Cadiz, Kentucky, Isa (Dan Weatherford) Woodard of Mesa, Arizona, Ida Woodard of Elmira, N.Y.,  and Pamela Woodard of Blossburg; and many nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Frank (Theresa) Woodard of Millerstown and a special niece, Sue (Tom) Hancock of Middlebury.

In addition to his parents, Paul was predeceased by four siblings, Connie Breeding, Robert Woodard, Frank Woodard, and Penny Monk.

In keeping with Paul’s wishes, there will be no public visitation.  A celebration of his life will be held on a date and place to be announced.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in Paul’s name may be made to the LEEK Preserve, 497 SR 244E, Oswayo, PA 16915.

Paul’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

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Thomas Arthur Bean, Sr., 72, of Shinglehouse, passed away in his home with his loving wife by his side on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Born on October 25, 1946 in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Arthur and Harriett Barrett Bean.  On May 12, 1968 in Prentisvale, he married Betty Sue Kriner, who survives.

Tom was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1966, in Shinglehouse.  He entered the U.S. Army in August of 1966 and was honorably discharged in August of 1969, having served in Vietnam from 1966 to August of 1968.

Tom was employed at several jobs before being employed at Cooper Industries in Olean, retiring after 30 years of service.  During those years, he was also the owner/operator of Tom Bean’s Repair Shop in Shinglehouse, where he worked on farm equipment, closing the business a few years after his retirement from Cooper Industries.

He was a member of Shinglehouse American Legion Post #530, a life member of the Eldred Conservation Club, and a member of the Oswayo Valley Rod and Gun Club in Millport. Tom loved the outdoors, hunting, trapping, fishing and boating.

Surviving besides his wife of 51 years, are a son, Thomas A. (Christa) Bean, Jr. of West Clarksville, N.Y.; a daughter, Bobbie Jo (David) Gray of Middleburg; three grandsons, Tyler (Amy) Bean-Dowell, Greyson Bean, and Caleb Gray; a granddaughter, Megan Kaye (Adam) Knepp; three step-grandchildren, Ariel Schadt, Austin Carson, and Velvet Carson; two great-grandchildren; several step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dale Bean of Ceres and Chuck Bean of Eldred; two sisters, Linda (Phil) Skiver of Shinglehouse and Monica (Chris) O’Brien of Salamanca, N.Y.; and many nieces of nephews.

In addition to his parents, Tom was predeceased by a sister Donna Jordan.

In keeping with Tom’s wishes, there will be no public visitation.  A celebration of Tom’s life will be held at place and date to be announced.

Burial will be in Bath National Cemetery, Bath, N.Y.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the L.E.E.K. Preserve, 497 SR 244E, Oswayo, PA 16915 or to God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited-Project Healing Waters, PO Box 702, Coudersport, PA 16915.

Tom’s family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.

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