Friday August 9, 2019

 

Black Forest Express

 

Hebron Township Bee Balm                                                                            Gerri Miller

 

Thursday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 59; .63” of rain (torrential downpours)

 

FRI-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 73

FRI NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 52

SAT-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 71

SAT NIGHT-PARTLY  CLOUDY, LOW 50

SUN-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 76

SUN NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 57 

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Obituaries: Tasha I. Takosky, 35, of Roulette, formerly of Bradford,  William D. Fish III, Coudersport, and Paige Coates, Ulysses

Pitt Bradford receives grant for engineering and IT building….DCNR awards grants for area programs….Mainsburg resident charged in connection to ATV  collision last month….

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The effort to bring new engineering and information technology training opportunities to the region took another step forward this week  as Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) and Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25) announced they have secured $1 million in state funding for the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

The university will use the funding to build an academic building to house its new and growing engineering and information technology programs. The funding supplements $2 million in state money released last year, and the lawmakers say they will work to obtain more to assist with the $22 million project cost, most of which will be funded by the university.

The proposed new building will house engineering labs, engineering shops, computer labs [including a Virtual Reality lab and a Systems, Networks and Projects (SNAP) lab], the campus IT hub, classrooms and related offices.

According to the university’s funding application, the building will be approximately 36,850 square feet and located on campus, adjacent to the Hanley Library. The design phase is anticipated between March 2019 and February 2020 with a construction phase to follow May 2020 through June 2021. Officials expect the project to create construction jobs as well as 10 new permanent faculty and staff jobs associated with teaching and supporting the academic programs. Additionally, 24 teaching jobs will be retained through the project.

The program expansion is expected to generate an average of 50 students each year and support 200 students after the fourth year. According to the state Department of Labor and Industry, students studying these majors will graduate into rapidly growing career fields.

The Wolf Administration has announced the 2018 Community Conservation Partnerships Program Grants List.The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding.sources including, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93) which includes KeyCommunity and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF); the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF); Pennsylvania Trails fund (PRT – federal source); Pennsylvania Heritage Area.Program (HA).

The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93) which includes KeyCommunity and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF); the federal Land and Water

Conservation Fund (LWCF); Pennsylvania Trails fund (PRT – federal source); Pennsylvania Heritage Area

Program (HA). The DCNR Recreation and Conservation grant program is funded with a variety of state and federal funding sources including, the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93) which includes KeyCommunity and Key-Land Trust; the Environmental Stewardship Fund (ESF); the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF); Pennsylvania Trails fund (PRT – federal source); Pennsylvania Heritage Area Program (HA).

Programs within the Black Forest Broadcasting service area receiving grants are:

McKean County:

Kinzua Valley Trail Club, $136,900, Development of the Kinzua Valley Trail in Lafayette Township andAllegheny National Forest, McKean County. Work to include construction of approximately 1 mile of trailand rehabilitation of approximately 2.2 miles of trail from the trailhead in Westline to Highway 219 and a bridge; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. Gregory Davis,(814) 778-5207, PRT

Norwich Township, $40,000, Rehabilitation of Norwich Township Park, Norwich Township, McKeanCounty. Work to include construction of baseball dugouts; installation of fencing and backstop; ADA access,landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. Jim Thomas, (814) 887-2732,

Potter County:

Bingham Township, $65,000, Reconstruction of two stream crossings in the Genesee River watershed

in Bingham Township, Potter County. Work to include reconstruction of stream crossings, streambank

stabilization, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. Alexander Veto, (814) 320-

Tioga County, $160,000, Payment toward the acquisition of approximately 2.8 acres in Wellsboro Borough,

Tioga County for the development of a trailhead for the Marsh Creek Greenway and Pine Creek Rail Trail.

Kimberlie Gridley, (570) 723-8251,

A Mainsburg resident has been cited in connection to an ATV collision last month in Sullivan Township. Mansfield based state police earlier today released details reporting 34 year old Shawn Neal was going south on the Mainsburg Road when his Kawasaki KV750GGF went off the road, hit a mailbox and rolled over. Neal reported fled the scene headed south and was later treated at Guthrie Troy Hospital for minor injuries.

Tasha I. Takosky, 35, of Roulette, formerly of Bradford, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving family, on Wednesday, August 7, 2019, after a long battle with cancer.Born on Saturday, February 18, 1984 in Beaumont, Texas, she was a daughter of Frank H. Turner and Shirley Y. Butler Takosky.Tasha was a graduate of Port Allegany High School.  Prior to her illness, she was employed as a home health aide and homemaker.She loved hunting, fishing, camping, traveling, cooking, mudding with her truck, and John Deere tractors.  At the time of her passing, she, along with her sons, were in the process of building a Koi fish pond at her home.  Her greatest love was her family, especially her children.Left to cherish her memory are her mother, Shirley Y. (Rodney Carney) Takosky of Port Allegany; her adoptive father, Mark Andrew Takosky; four children, Dylan R. Butler of Roulette, Heavenly Jane Butler of Ulysses, James J. Fleck of Roulette, and Alex J. Butler of Roulette; four siblings, Matthew M. (Jasmine Tankersley) Takosky of Roulette, Kristie I. (Bob Dietz) Takosky of Meadville, Derick J. (Bri) Butler of Erie, and Luke M. Butler of Port Allegany; four nieces; an aunt, Marilyn (Robert) Clark; and an uncle, Claude Rodger Butler. Tasha was predeceased by her maternal grandmother, Mary J. Butler; her maternal grandfather, Richard Joseph Butler, Sr.; two uncles, Richard J. Butler, Jr. and Gary Lee Butler; and an aunt, Marsha Jane Jenkins.In keeping with Tasha’s wishes, there will be no visitation.  A celebration of her life will be held on a date and time to be announced.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to her family for the benefit of her children, c/o the First Baptist Church, attention: Cheryl Barshinger, PO Box 246, Roulette, PA 16746.Tasha’s family has entrusted her 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 Tasha, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or our Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.Tasha’s family sends a special thank you to the Kids and Cancer Foundation for their continued support of Tasha’s children.

William Delos Fish, III, 70, of Coudersport, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019 at Darway Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Forksville, PA.William was born on October 27, 1948 in Coudersport, the son of the late William Delos Fish, Jr. and Jill (Carlson) Fish.   He married the former Gail Nordquist on June 14, 1969, in Galeton, and they celebrated 45 years of marriage until her passing on November 2, 2014.William was an Army veteran served in Germany during the Vietnam War where he was awarded expert with the M-14 and marksman with the M-16.  He worked for 35 years as a Union Carpenter.  William was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union and the American Legion, Potter Post 192.  He was a contributor to; the Environmental Defense Fund, American Civil Liberties Union, Ocean Conservancy, Amnesty International, Southern Poverty Law Center and the Democratic Committee Council serving Potter County and surrounding areas.Surviving are two sons, Jeremy B. (Amanda C.) Fish of Coudersport and Andrew W. Fish of Mechanicsburg; a brother, John Frederick Fish of Indiana, PA; six grandchildren; Jacob Lee, Jessica Lynn, Joseph Blaek, Jaedyn Elijiah, Cerentity Mae and Adelynn June Fish and a niece and nephew, Cassie and Alexander Fish. In addition to his parents and wife William was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Jamie Lynn Goodhart. Family and friends are welcome to a visitation Friday, August 16, 2019 from 1:30 – 2 pm at the First United Presbyterian Church at Fourth and Main Streets, Coudersport.  A memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm, with Co-Pastors Donald R. Caskey and Warren B Cederholm Jr. officiating.  Casual and colorful attire encouraged and hiking boats welcomed. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery, Coudersport with military honors provided by the Potter County Honor Guard. Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home of Coudersport is in charge of arraingements.

Paige B. COATES, 82, of Ulysses, PA, died Wednesday, August 7, 2019 in his home.  Born April 27, 1937, in Elmira, NY, he was the son of Merle and Phyllis Leree Shaw Coates.  On August 6, 1966, in Elkland, he married the former Hattie Mae Carson, who survives.  He was employed by the Northern Tioga School District and the Potter County Housing Authority.  Paige attended the Bible Union Church in West Bingham.  Surviving besides his wife, Hattie Mae, are:  three sons, Curtis (Elizabeth) Coates of Harrison Valley, Kevin (Bambi) Coates and Jason Coates, both of Ulysses;  five grandchildren, Kurtis, Dawson, Myriah, Savannah, and Noah; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Bess of Knoxville.  He was predeceased by his parents.  Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, August 10, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with Funeral Services following at 11:00 AM. The Rev. David K. Ford will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook.  Memorials may be made to Coates Heritage House, Elkland, PA 16920.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.ngements.