Tuesday July 16, 2019

Black Forest Express


David Shalkowski, organizer of the 8th Annual  “Domestic Violence Awareness” activities  held in Roulette this past weekend. Shalkowski has spearheaded this public awareness and fundraising event, as a memorial to his sister, Cheri Shalkowski Baker, who died as a result of a domestic violence incident in Roulette on July 13, 2008. Among the organizations that are supporting the observance is A Way Out, the Potter County domestic violence and sexual assault support services and education agency. Activities included Bingo, ice cream social 5K ryun/walk, chicken barbecue, homemade barbecue sauce and chocolate dessert contests and a cornhole tournament. Shalkowski told Black Forest Broadcasting that this year’s event grossed more than $1700. After expenses, most of the money will be donated to “A Way Out”, Domestic Violnece and Sexual Assault services with some reserved for individuals who are homeless due to domestic violence.


Another popular event this past weekend was the annual St. Eulalia Community Festival in Coudersport. The festival included homemade festival foods including funnel cakes. baked goods, pierogies, a chinese auction, bounce house, kids’ movie, bingo and live music.

BFB Headlines (Tuesday July 16, 2019)Owlett announces grants to help homeless in Potter, Tioga and Bradford Counties…..To Fill A Back Pack accepting applications for upcoming school year. Fire causes $150,000 in damage to Elk County house….Passenger hurt in Tioga County car/deer collision….Genesee man arrested for DUI and host of other charges after his truck runs into convenience store…..next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

  Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) announced that nearly $1.2 million in housing assistance has been granted to various projects in Bradford, Potter and Tioga counties.

Funding and projects are as follows:

Northern Tier Community Action Corp., Potter County – $60,000 to assist households that are facing homelessness. Services including financial assistance, case management, data collection and evaluation.

Cleveland Dream Center Inc., Tioga County – $200,000 to assist those who are homeless or facing homelessness after reentering society, either from incarceration and/or drug addiction.

David’s by the Lake, Tioga County – $82,500 to help provide transitional housing for three homeless families with children or older couples without children. Families also receive services and assistance in moving to permanent housing.

United Christian Ministries Inc., Tioga County – $90,500 to supplement the organization’s current U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care grant. Funding will also help residents with rental assistance and organizational funds to cover the cost of supplemental rent, building operations, supportive services and program/organization administration.

Trehab, Bradford County – $600,000 to mitigate the effect of the Marcellus Shale housing shortage. Funding will be used to provide down payment and closing cost grants among other supports to help move families and individuals into proper housing.

Tioga Bradford Housing Authority, Bradford County – $150,000 to assist county residents access needed funding for repairs and upgrades, including new roofs, windows and doors; new water heaters; siding repair; plumbing and electrical upgrades; furnace replacement; and upgraded insulation.

Funding is allocated to the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability

The To Fill A Back Pack program is now accepting backpack requests for the 2019/2020 School year. They  will be distributing in the Bradford, Cameron, Lycoming, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties.  If you are not located in one of those Counties, please do not submit a request. Back packs are not shipped.  They  will never run out of backpacks thanks to the generous donations from our local communities Anyone that is interested in donating supplies or making a monetary donation can contact us directly and we will arrange to pick it up or let you know where you are able to drop it off.  Please mail monetary donations to the address shown below.  Both supply and monetary donations accepted year round. Currently there are Backpack Liaisons located in the Galeton, Emporium and Smethport area and are actively looking for others in the Wellsboro, Mansfield, Bradford.  If you would be interested in helping out please contact  by email or phone. Anyone that is in need of a backpack must fill in the form located at the link below.  “Almost everyone” now has availability to the internet either through his or her cell phone, at home or even through a friend.  The group is  trying to streamline requests to keep them all in one place to avoid notes here and there that get misplaced, etc.   No phone calls accepted after 8pm.

Please fill out the form located at this link:  https://forms.gle/iv4aBTKGwNvgxvAw6

Anyone who is interested in helping pack backpacks on August 10 at the Roulette Fire Hall please feel free to show up at 10am.  Usually it takes  about 2 hours to get everything packed and cleaned up so it is a very short time to donate your time on a Saturday.  Anyone that has requested backpacks please feel free to stop in after 11am to pick them up if you can.   Location Liaisons come around the same time if possible or at least by noon to pick up their area’s backpacks.  If you are not able to make it that day please let them know when you are able and they will arrange to be available to accommodate those times.

Roulette Township is looking for part-time help. This job will include weekends and on call work. You will be helping the water/sewer operator. A high school diploma or GED equivalent is a must and good math skills are a plus. A pre-employment drug test is mandatory. You may pick up an application at 80 Railroad Ave. or email a resume to roulettwp@gmail.com. Applications will be accepted until July 28th by 4 pm. If you have any questions you can call the office at 814-544-7549.

The cause of a fire which resulted in an estimated $150,000 in damage early Monday morning in Elk County remains undetermined. Firefighters were dispatched at 2:45 AM TO 628 Penn Street in Johnsonburg. The house was owned by Joshua Quigley of DuBois. It is unknown if the property was insured. There were no injuries.

A Shinglehouse woman and her young passengers escaped injry on the afternoon of July 7 when their GMC Adcadia was damaged in a mishap  in the Acorn Market Parking lot. State police at Coudersport said the fender bender happened when a 16year old girl driving a Chevy Malibu hit the bumper on the SUV when she was backing up. The driver left the scene without providing required information but was later located. Beth Drake was using a seatbelt and four girls, including an infant, were properly restrained.

A Blossburg passenger was hurt in a car/deer collision last Friday evening on Route 15 in Richmond Township, Tioga County. Troopers report  Elaine Levanowitz was riding in a Dodge Ram 1500 driven by her husband, Thomas, went a deer  ran into its path. She was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital by Wellsboro ambulance. Mr. Levanowitz was not hurt.

State police at Coudersport have filed numerous charges, including DUI, against 57 year old Kevin Ruggiero of Genesee for a one-vehicle crash that occurred on the evening  of June 25 in that town. Troopers say Ruggiero put  his 2016 Ford F250 truck in reverse, and traveled at a high speed. The truck hit a pillar of Reed’s Market with the passenger door, then continued across Commercial Street and collided with a 2002 Chevrolet owned by Leo Shutt which was parked in a driveway. The impact caused Shutt’s car to push into a garage resulting in extensive damage. Ruggiero was also cited for moving stopped or parked vehicle, failing to properly back up, careless driving and failing to wear a seatbelt.

DUI charges are also pending against 49 year old Peter Mackie of Kersey who was stopped by patrol officers on Route 120 in Shippen Township, Cameron County during the early morning of June 30.


Edwin I. Corey, 95, of Sweden Valley, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.Ed was born on August 8, 1923 in Coudersport, the son of the late Glenn H. & Lida  Amelia (Roberts) Corey.  He married the former Lois Chilson on January 21, 1945 and celebrated 63+ years of marriage until her passing May 6, 2009.

Ed was a self employed carpenter and worked on many projects in the Coudersport area including Cole Memorial Hospital.  He was a Navy veteran, serving during WWII.   Ed was a member of the American Legion Potter Post 192, Coudersport , the Eulalia F&AM Masonic Lodge #342, Coudersport and he loved to work.

Surviving are his, two grandsons, Mark F. Corey of Nashville, TN; and Matt S. and Marisa Corey of Boca Raton, FL; a granddaughter, Marty A. and Nick Cummins of Bradford;  great grandchildren, Garrett and Mason, brother, Paul & Joey Corey of Sweden Valley and a sister, Bonnie Reed of Coudersport.

In addition to his parents and wife, Ed was preceded in death by a son and daughter-in-law, Edwin H. and Mary Anne Corey, brothers; Dean, Hoxie & Rodrick Corey, and a sister, Glendora Chilson.

Family and friends are welcome to a visitation, Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 5-7 pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport.  Burial will be private in Sweden Hill Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions in Ed’s name to be made to the Edwin Corey Memorial Baseball Fund, C/O Citizen & Northern Bank, P.O. Box 229 Coudersport, PA 16915 or donations can be delivered to the bank in person at 10 North Main Street, Coudersport, to support local baseball organizations and players or to a donation of the donor’s choice.

There’s still time to send flowers to the Viewing at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd. from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on July 18, 2019.