Thursday September 12, 2019

Black Forest Express



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Wednesday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 66; .62” of rain







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Obituary John “Punk” Rotello, Austin

Two men charged for trespassing confrontation near Emporium…..Lawrenceville man arrested for inspection violation….New state dairy commission begins operation…..Motorists reminded of a road closure next week in Cameron County…..

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Both men involved in  a dispute on Quail Run Road at Hicks Run Road  in  Cameron County Monday afternoon . According to state police at Emporium the argument concerned the use of an unregistered motorcycle on private property. Charges against a 72 year old Emporium man and a 26 year old man from Matawan, NJ are being filed in District Court.

Troopers at Mansfield have arrested a Lawrenceville man for inspection violation. Authorities allege 64 year old Henry Stiles, JR. issued an inspection sticker for a 2001 Ford F-150 on September  1 when the pickup should not have passed.

Rep. Martin Causer, chairman of the House Agriculture Committee reports the state’s new Pennsylvania Diary Future Commission held it’s inaugural meeting last week.The commission is  responsible for reviewing the status of the dairy industry in the Commonwealth and making recommendations on supporting dairy’s future in Pennsylvania.Membership on the commission includes  the chairs and minority chairs of the Senate and House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committees, appointments by the Senate, House and Governor, Secretaries of various state agencies, and representatives of the Farm Bureau, the Center for Dairy Excellence, the Milk Marketing Board, the Center for Rural PA and the Pennsylvania State University.Dairy farming is one of the most important parts of Pennsylvania’s agriculture economy, supporting 52,000 jobs and contributing $14.7 billion to the state’s economy.  However, challenging market conditions have created a serious threat to the livelihood of many dairy farmers.  The USDA reported that Pennsylvania lost 370 dairy farms in 2018. The number of dairy cows in the state decreased by 25,000 head.

PennDot is reminding area drivers that pipe replacement work will close a section of Route 4002 (Beechwood Road) in Cameron County on Tuesday, September 17. The closure will occur after school buses have completed their morning routes. An official detour will be in place during this one-day closure .A new, larger pipe will replace the existing pipe spanning West Creek near the West Creek Rail Trail crossing. Motorists will follow an official detour using Route 4002 (Beechwood Road) in Cameron County which turns into Route 1008 (West Creek Road) in Elk County, Route 1003 (West Creek Road) in Elk County, and Route 120 in Elk and Cameron counties. Dependent on work progress, PennDOT expects Beechwood Road to re-open sometime in the afternoon on Tuesday.The overall project involves excavation, removal of the existing pipe, placement of the new, larger pipe, backfilling and paving. All work is weather and schedule dependent. All work will be done by PennDOT Cameron County Maintenance.


John D. “Punk” Rotello, 82, a lifelong resident of Austin, passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after a short illness.Born on Monday, November 9, 1936 in Austin, he was a son of Alfonso and Mary Perry Rotello.  He married Peggy Hickoff, who survives.He attended Austin High School.  Punk was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and later served in the Naval Reserves.  He was employed for 30 years at Pierce Glass in Port Allegany, retiring in 1995.  He then was employed as a van driver for Potter County Human Services until July of this year, retiring due to illness.Punk was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin.  He was a life member of the Austin Volunteer Fire Department, where he also drove the ambulance for many years.  He was a member of the Port Allegany Moose Lodge 460 and a former member of the Coudersport Knights of Columbus Council 1355.  He was an avid supporter of many local and distant charities.  Punk was a happy go lucky guy. His greatest love was his family.Surviving in addition to his wife of 59 years are two sons, John A. (Lisa) Rotello of Austin and James E. (Lisa) Rotello of Franklinton, N.C.; a special nephew, Ray Card of Port Allegany; five grandchildren, Heather (Steve) Musser, Anthony “TJ” (Eryn) Rotello, Alyson Rotello, Pam (Jason) Crants, and Will (Alesha) Postlewait; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Josephine Sarick of Emporium; and two nieces, Carol Logue and Kathy Bencic; nephew, Dave Hostutler; and several grandnieces and grandnephews.In addition to his parents, Punk was predeceased by three sisters, Katherine Hostutler, Rose Cussins, and Gladys Card.Family and friends may call from 2 pm to 5 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm on Friday and from 10 am to 11 am on Saturday, September 14, 2019, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Turner Street, Austin, A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Saturday, with the Rev. Joseph Dougherty, pastor, as celebrant.  Burial will be in St. Augustine/St. Paul Cemetery, Costello.A Vigil service will be held at 7:30 pm on Friday at the church.Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Saturday.In lieu of flowers, memorials in Punk’s name may be made to E.O. Austin Home-Historical Society, PO Box 412, Austin, PA 16720; to the Austin Ambulance Association, PO Box 328, Austin, PA 16720; or to the Austin Pride Committee, 28 Reading Street, Austin, PA 16720.Punk’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences, share a fond memory or view a video tribute, please visit or visit our Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.