Tuesday September 10, 2019

Black Forest Express


 Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 73; Overnight low, 47







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Obituary: Earnest Briggs Sr., Lincolnton, NC

PennDot is accepting applications for projects to enhance infrastructure….fewer crashes this Labor Day weekend than last year….Suicide Prevention activities  being held at Bath VA Center…..Causer encourages area seniors to attend Friday’s expo in Kane…Thief makes fake check to steal money from Coudersport area business man….Mansfield troopers are looking for contractor who stiffed Wellsboro man…

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PennDOT has announced that applications will be accepted to fund improvement projects that will enhance Pennsylvania roadways, bridges, transit facilities, park and ride facilities, sidewalk, crosswalk safety improvements, bicycle lanes and route designations under the Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) through November 8, 2019.

Eligible applicants include municipalities, council of governments, business/non-profit organizations, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, public airports, airport authorities, and ports and rail entities. Projects that will be considered should coordinate local land use with transportation assets to enhance existing communities.

Last year, 49 projects were awarded $43 million in grant funding throughout 23 counties.

Act 89 established a dedicated Multimodal Transportation Fund that stabilizes funding for ports and rail freight, increases aviation investments, establishes dedicated funding for bicycle and pedestrian improvements and allows targeted funding for priority investments in any mode.

PennDOT will evaluate the applications and make selections based on safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility, job creation, energy efficiency, and operational sustainability. PennDOT expects to announce grant recipients next year and funding will become available in July 2020.

For more information about the program and previous years’ applications and awards, visit www.penndot.gov and click on Multimodal Program under the “Projects & Programs” menu.

Fewer crashes were investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police during the Labor Day holiday weekend compared to the same time in 2018.

The four-day holiday driving period began on Aug. 30 and concluded on Sept. 2, 2019. Troopers investigated 684 crashes in that time, which represents a 5 percent decrease from the 722 crashes investigated during Labor Day weekend last year. DUI arrests were also down by 5 percent, from 643 in 2018 to 610 in 2019.


Seven people were killed in seven separate crashes this Labor Day weekend, including one crash that involved alcohol. Troopers issued 11,742 speeding citations, 849 seat belt citations, and 138 citations to travelers for not securing children in safety seats.

These statistics cover only crashes and incidents investigated by the Pennsylvania State Police and do not include incidents to which other law enforcement agencies responded.


​                Total Crashes     Fatal Crashes     People Killed      People Injured  Alcohol-Related Crashes               Alcohol-Related Fatal Crashes

2018       722         6              6              224         80           3

2019       684         7              7              204         45           1


​                DUI Arrests         Speeding Citations          Child Seat Citations         Seat Belt Citations           Other Citations

2018       643         13,041   194         929         15,724

2019       610         11,742   138         849         13,758

In addition to enforcing traffic laws, troopers remain proactive in educating the public on traffic safety and applicable regulations. State police community service officers (CSOs) are available to provide a variety of no-cost safety presentations to schools, businesses, and community groups. To learn more, visit www.psp.pa.gov.

VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System at Bath, NY will be hosting the Power of One Walk as an event to highlight and demonstrate the community’s support in suicide prevention on Thursday, September 12 10:30am – 2:30pm (opening ceremony to start promptly at 10:30amat the: Bath VA Medical Center Campus.There are numerous activities planned for the day including a walk, art show, music, yoga, Tai Chi, food and refreshments, emotional support animals, t-shirt painting, rock painting and much much more.  Over 40 health and human services will be supporting the event and providing additional activities and information. One of the unique art works on display will be Christopher Cilento’s work titled – The Journey. Christopher Cilento is a 24-year Army Veteran who has seen multiple combat deployments.  His creative work shows how art was used in his personal journey toward healing. There will be a reception held for his work on Tuesday, September 10 from 3 to 5 in the Auditorium, Building 92.His art work will be on display for the public September 10, 9-5 and September 12, 10:30-2:30.The Power of One event is being held during Suicide Prevention Awareness week which runs September 9-14.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting area senior citizens, their family members and caregivers to the Kane Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Sept. 13. The  free event will be held at the Kane Community Center, 46 Fraley St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.“I encourage everyone to come out and take advantage of the opportunity to get a wealth of information about programs and services that can benefit them in one convenient location,” Causer said.

State, county and local vendors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions. Information about health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing and personal safety will be available. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded.An additional expo is planned on Friday, Oct. 11, at the Roulette Fire Hall.For more information about the senior expo in Kane, contact Causer’s Kane office at 814-837-0880. Information is also available at RepCauser.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/RepCauser.

Coudersport based state police are investigating a theft by disposition of funds. Someone made a false check on Roger Dunn’s company on August 28 and cashed it through a mobile app. Dunn lives on Marvin Hill Road in Sweden Township.

Troopers in Mansfield are looking for a contractor who stiffed a 63 year old Wellsboro man. The suspect  allegedly agreed to a construction job on May 22 and was paid for part of the work but has not finished the project and has ignored phone calls and letters from the victim.

 Earnest H. BRIGGS, Sr., 85, of Lincolnton, NC, died Friday, September 6, 2019 in the Charles George VA Medical Center, Asheville, NC.  Born October 17, 1933, in Brookland, PA, he was the son of Earnest and Ethel Trimm Briggs. On January 30, 1952, in Eldred, he married the former Eleanora May Baker, who survives.  A Korean War and Vietnam War Veteran, he served honorably with the US Marine Corps from 1951 – 1955 and 1964 – 1982, retiring at a Gunnery Sergeant. He was employed by the JP Stevens Yarn Factory in Lincolnton and worked as a security guard at Walmart in Lincolnton. Surviving besides his wife, Eleanora, are:  four children, Linda May (Chris) Longoria, Anna (Sam) Dillard, CeCelia Joan Guillot, and Earnest (Pam) Briggs, III;  19 grandchildren;  40 great-grandchildren;  18 great-great-grandchildren;  two brothers, Albert (Betty) Baker and Charles Baker;  two sisters, Cecelia Jean (Jim) Thompson and Beatrice Johanson;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his step-father, Albert Baker;  two sisters, Waneta M. Snyder and Earnestine H. Williams;  and two brothers, Billy Baker and Maynard Baker.  Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Saturday, September 14, 2019 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  The Rev. Timothy H. Miller will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Military Rites will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to Ulysses Cemetery, c/o Liz Cowburn, P.O. Box 153, Ulysses, PA 16948.Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.