Friday September 6. 2019


Black Forest Express

Thursday’s high, 77; Overnight low 47







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Obituaries: Helen Mastin, Ulysses; Melvin Lowrey, Gaines; and John Foust, Coudersport

Delaware County Republican wants to close background check loophole….Brizzie Hollow bridge opens today….Loucks Mills Road will close later this month for repairs….Burglaries investigated by state police @ Mansfield….Tioga County teen driver hurt in one-vehicle crash…..

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State Rep. Chris Quinn (R-Delaware) has renewed his push to close the gun show loophole for background checks.Under current law, background checks are required in Pennsylvania for the private sales of handguns, including transactions at gun shows. Private sales of long guns are not required to undergo a background check.Quinn has introduced House Bill 159, which would require background checks for private sales of long guns, including those sold at gun shows. As part of his renewed push toward passing House Bill 159, Quinn will appear on “@Issue” on NBC 10 this Sunday, Aug. 25, at 11:30 a.m.“There is clearly a historic loophole in the law, and I believe this is a commonsense fix to ensure that only individuals who are legally qualified to purchase firearms can do so,” Quinn said. “This bill will help to ensure that firearms cannot continue to be purchased illegally.”Currently, handgun sales between parents and children or grandparents and grandchildren as well as sales between two registered law enforcement officers do not require background checks. House Bill 159 would keep the same exemptions for long guns, Quinn said.Under current law, long guns are defined in Pennsylvania as pistols with a barrel of 15 inches or longer, a rifle with a barrel of 16 inches or longer, a shotgun with a barrel of 18 inches or longer, or any firearm that is longer than 26 inches in total.Additionally, House Bill 159 would allow individuals at a gun show to secure one background check for a 72-hour period to be used on multiple purchases at that show.“Allowing people to go through one background check for the entire show is a compromise aimed at helping law-abiding gun owners,” Quinn said. “Gun reform is a difficult and politically volatile endeavor, so anytime we can work toward a compromise that brings both sides together, we need to do so.

PennDot is   alerting area drivers that a bridge on Route 4025 (Brizzie Hollow) in Oswayo Township will re-opened today  to traffic.. The bridge has been closed since mid-June, when replacement work got underway. The bridge spans Hemlock Hollow Run near Oswayo Borough. Replacing the bridge allows PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s list of bridges in poor condition.Once the bridge is open, the detour that has been in place will be lifted. The detour directs drivers to use Route 244, Route 44, and Route 4023 (Eleven Mile Road).Signage will be in place alerting drivers that guide rail at the bridge is not yet in place. Paving of the bridge deck and approaches is also pending. Drivers should anticipate roadway flagging and short delays in the coming weeks as that work takes place. This project has been a joint effort between Pro-Cut Concrete of Mechanicsburg and PennDOT Potter County Maintenance. The beams for the new structure were fabricated by PennDOT Bradford County Maintenance.

And, PennDot is advising motorists to an upcoming closure on Route 1003 (Loucks Mills Road). Starting sometime next week, Loucks Mills Road will be closed from just north of Route 6 to Hardscrabble Road. The target start date for the closure is Wednesday, September 11.  The closure is necessary to perform full-depth reclamation and repaving of the roadway in an efficient manner. An official detour will be in place.The detour will direct drivers to use Route 6, Route 449, Route 1001 (Fox Hill Road), and Route 1008 (Cross Road). Drivers familiar with the area may choose alternate routes.

The project got underway with preliminary work in early August. Drainage work followed in mid-August. The closure for this phase of the job is expected to last through September 27. Once complete, the job will prolong the useful life of the roadway and bring safer, smoother travel to area drivers.

This work is part of a group contract to address 14.5 miles of roadway in Potter County.

Funding for the Loucks Mills Road work was made possible by a partnership between PennDOT at JKLM Energy, LLC of Sewickley, PA. Funding includes $900,000 from JKLM Energy, with a match of $900,000 through PennDOT’s Partnership Program.

Overall work on Loucks Mills Road includes drainage improvements, roadway milling, asphalt paving, guiderail upgrades, and miscellaneous construction.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College, PA is the contractor on this $1.8 million project, which is expected to be complete in early October.

State police at Mansfield are investigating a couple of recent burglaries. Two full five gallon gasoline cans were stolen from a residential garage at 664 Valley Road in Richmond Township July 10 or 11. Entry was gained through an unlocked window in the back of the building which is owned by John Lindenmuth of Mansfield. The fuel is valued at $35. Criminals broke the front door and a Chatham Township camp to gain entry sometime between June 13 and July 4. Thieves sold a case of bud light beer valued aaaaat $25 while causing $300 in damage to the front door. The camp is owned by a 29 year old Halifax man.

A Wellsboro teen  driver was treated at Soldiers and Sailors Hospital Tuesday evening for injuries he suffered in a one-vehicle crash on the Marsh Creek Road in Shippen Township . State police report the 17 year old was going west when his 2010 Toyota Sienna went off the road , re-entered the highway, crossed to the other side and hit some trees.


Helen M. MASTIN, 93, of Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, September 5, 2019 in UPMC Hamot, Erie.  Born May 22, 1926, in Galeton, she was the daughter of Lorenzo and Sarah Griffin Robinson.  On January 20, 1946, in Elkland, she married Arthur Leroy Mastin, who predeceased her on August 16, 1990.  She was employed by Westinghouse in Bath, NY and Galeton Production.  Helen and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm in Ulysses.  She was a member of West Bingham Bible Union Church.  Surviving are:  four children, Allen Alfred (Christine) Mastin of White Deer, Carol (Mitchell) Jones of Ulysses, Arthur Lorenzo Mastin of Coudersport, and Pauline (Thomas) Kleintop of Ulysses; 11 grandchildren;  27 great-grandchildren;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a grandson, Allen Arthur Mastin; and five siblings, Etelka, Murble, Isabelle, Clarence, and George.  Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 5:00 PM. The Rev. David K. Ford will officiate. Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 247, Ulysses, PA 16948 or the American Heart Association.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Melvin L. LOWREY, 80, of Gaines, PA, died Tuesday, September 3, 2019 in his home.  Born August 13, 1939, in Blossburg, he was the son of Sabin C. and Daisy Shelly Lowrey. A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1958 – 1961.  On February 24, 1990, in Knoxville, he married the former Audrey D. Stevens, who survives.  He was employed as a cable television technician by the Sabinsville and Gaines/Watrous TV associations.  He also was employed by Corning Glass Works, Jerry Eckert Construction, Pagano Construction, and Truck-Lite in Wellsboro, retiring in 2003.  Melvin was a member of the Galeton Moose, Carl E. Hyde American Legion Post #963 in Ulysses, and the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers.   Surviving besides his wife, Audrey, are:  six children, Don (Irene) Lowrey of Evington, VA, Melvin Lowrey of San Angelo, TX, Nancy (Sidney) Brunson of Snyder, TX, Robert (Veronica) Lowrey of Moorefield, OH, Michael (Amber) Lowrey of Palm Coast, FL, and James (Emily) Lowrey of Cartersville, GA;  many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren;  two step-sons, Frank (Dawn) Taft, Jr. of Dry Prong, LA and Lowell Howard (Tina) Taft of Gaines;  a sister, Louise Alexander of Sabinsville;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Monday, September 9, 2019 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM. The Rev. David R. Brelo will officiate. Burial will be in Parker Hill Cemetery. Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  Memorials may be made to God’s New Beginnings Church, 104 East Main St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927.  Online condolences may be expressed at

John H. FOUST, 77, of Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, September 4, 2019 in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.  Born July 19, 1942, in Coudersport, he was the son of Harry and Goldina McCracken Foust.  A US Army Veteran, he served honorably from 1959 – 1962.  He was an MP in Germany.  On June 21, 1980, in Coudersport, he married the former Lana L. Mitchell, who survives. He was employed as a supervisor by Pure Carbon in Coudersport for over 24 years.  John then went to barber school and owned and operated John’s Barber Shop until his retirement.  He was a member of American Legion Potter Post #192 in Coudersport.  Surviving besides his wife, Lana, are:  five children, Gary (Sheila) Foust of Coudersport, Brian (Mike Bagley) Foust of Port Allegany, Dawn (Randy) Gee of Coudersport, Wendy Little of Coudersport, and Robert (Brian Hoover) Foust, Tampa, FL;  six grandchildren, Trevor John Foust, Elizabeth Burd, McKenna Gee, Dylan (Katie Jo) Foust, David Burd, and Alexander Burd;  a great-grandson, Keegan Gockley;  a brother, Joseph (Sandy) Foust of Coudersport;  his mother-in-law, Mary Mitchell of Coudersport;  nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by five brothers, Harry Foust, Walter Foust, Tom Foust, Ed Foust, and Wayne Foust;  and a sister, Verna L. Sevinsky.  Services will be private.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard.  Memorials may be made to UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.  Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at