Tuesday September 24, 2019

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 50, .17” of rain







Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) has announced that Tri-Co Connections, a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) internet service provider and wholly owned subsidiary of Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, has selected Corning as their supplier of choice to bring high-speed broadband connectivity to rural communities in North Central Pennsylvania.

Tri-Co Connections will deploy fiber infrastructure across a more than 3,200-mile service area to provide data transmission speeds up to 1000Mbps, unlimited local and long-distance phone service and home security service to its subscribers. The project will deliver fiber broadband to more than 18,000 homes and businesses over the next six years.

“Corning’s proximity to our service area, rich history of innovation in the FTTH space and track record of deploying fiber to rural communities made them the right partner for Tri-Co,” said Bill Gerski, Senior Vice President of Business Development at Tri-Co Connections. “Once completed, our new optical network will advance the region’s economic development objectives and improve the quality of life for the residents we serve.”

The Tri-Co subsidiary will deploy optical fiber cable, housings and jumpers from Corning’s FTTH product portfolio for all phases of the project to overcome the challenges of distance, density and terrain in the mountainous North Central Pennsylvania region.

“Corning looks forward to working with Tri-Co to deliver fiber to the people of North Central Pennsylvania,” said Angela Haneklau, Vice President of North American Carrier Network Sales for Corning Optical Communications. “We’ve seen the significant impact that affordable, ubiquitous access to fiber broadband has on rural communities and applaud Tri-Co’s continued commitment to serving the community.”

With an extensive product portfolio, decades of network expertise, and more than 52 million homes passed, Corning provides FTTH solutions that address major challenges such as speed of deployment, labor costs, performance and quality, project cost deferment, and future readiness.

To learn more about how Corning is helping to transform rural communities with the power of optical fiber networks, visit: https://www.corning.com/worldwide/en/products/communication-networks/applications/fiber-to-the-home/community-broadband.html.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is alerting motorists that drivers traveling on Route 120 in the Driftwood area may encounter temporary stops along the roadway. Starting as early as today, crews will be drilling caissons as work begins on a slide correction and retaining wall project.

The work location on Route 120 is between the Route 555/120 intersection and the Route 872/120 intersection in Gibson Township, with the eastbound lane closed. Temporary traffic signals are in place for the project but during work hours, extended traffic stops are needed to allow for drilling in as safe a manner as possible. Stops of up to 15 minutes in each direction are possible. The traffic stops are preferable to implementing a lengthy detour. Drilling work and extended traffic stops are expected through mid- October.

During night-time hours, the temporary signals will enforce an alternating traffic pattern. Once drilling is complete, the remainder of the project will take place under an alternating traffic pattern controlled by the temporary traffic signals.

Construction of the retaining wall is expected to last through mid-November. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $851,000 project.

A Kane man  has been jailed in lieu of $50,000 straogjt bail being arraigned for assault with a weapon and related charges. State Police at Lewis Run Allege 35 year old Josh Joseph Bodistow cut the left wrist of a 25 year old female victim with a circular saw just before 11:00pm last night on School Street in Wetmore Township. A  preliminary hearing is scheduled for October 3, 2019.

Deer are on the run and there has been an uptick in deer-related collisions. A Canadian motorcyclist was hurt Saturday afternoon when his Kawasaki Ninja hit a deer on Route 872 in Wharton Township, Potter County. Angelus Fernades was going south on Route 872 and while negotioating a left curve, hit a whitetail that crossed the road in front of him, Fernades swerved to avoid the animal but the bike went ofof control on gravel and the operator laid it on its side. Fernades was wearing a helmet but suffered arm and leg injuries and was flown to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre.

A Ridgway family escaped serious injury when their SUV collided with a deer Monday evening in Jones Township, Elk County,. Seth Young was headed south on Route 948 just before 8:00pm and could not avoid the deer. Young’s wife, Tabitha was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of minor injuries. Young and two children, a 13 year old boy and a 16 year old girl were using seatbelts and were not hurt.

Mechanical failure may have caused a collision last Thursday afternoon in Deerfield Township, Tioga County. State police at Mansfield explained Kevin Osceola was attempting to turn right from Route 249 onto Route 49 when the calculator on his 2008 Ford Mustang stuck causing the car to traveled into the eastbound lane on Rro0ute 49 where it impacted a Chevrolet Silverado driven by Philip Walker of Knoxville. Both drivers were using seatbelts and a one year old girl and a 7 year old boy were property secured in car seats and were not hurt.

An Eldred woman has been cited for following too closely after a collision last Wednesday afternoon I Liberty Township, McKean County. Troopers say Nancy Babcock’s Hyundai Santa Fe struck a Toyota Prius driven by Brenda Lowman of Port Allegany as Lowman tried to make a left turn from the northbound lane. After impact, Babcock’s SUV became airborne and spun about 180 degrees before landing on the driver’s side. Babcock had to be extricated from the wreckage by the Jaws of Life. She was taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole.

The theft of a snowmobile from 252 Teuscher Hill Road in Allegany Township is being probed by state police at Coudersport. The red XC600 Polaris belongs to Russell Free and was stolen by a campsite Sunday afternoon. It was towed away by a maroon Dodge truck and a silver trailer with yellow NY sate plates.

Coudersport based state police are also continuing to investigate a defiant criminal trespass occurring this past Saturday afternoon in Sweden Township .Five ATVs, one Suzki, three Yamahas and one Honda were seen operating on posted property at 193 Neefe Road owned by Scott Wenk.


Katharine C. “Kathy” Wentzel, 75, of Coudersport, formerly of Delaware County, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2019 at her home after an extended battle with cancer.Kathy was born on January 23, 1944 in Chester, the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth (Alexander) Cliff. She married Wayne L. Wentzel, who survives, on November 6, 1993 and they have celebrated 25 years of marriage together.In 1961, Kathy graduated from Eddystone High School, Delaware County, and later earned an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science from North Harris County College. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, reading (especially J.R.R.Tolkien and Ann McCaffrey), playing on her PS2 (especially Spiro, and Darkest Fairie), computer games (especially hidden object and adventure games), collecting figurines and travelling. She especially enjoyed trips to Hawaii and New Hampshire. Her favorite place to visit was Potter County, so much so she and her husband Wayne decided to make Coudersport their home.In addition to her husband, Wayne, Kathy is survived by sons, Steven Wentzel of Woodbury, NJ; Michael Skobel of Conroe, TX; and EhrenWentzel of Florida; daughters; Kimberly Barnack of Aston; Nicole Papp of Gibbstown, NJ; and Nicole Skobel of Coudersport; sisters, Barbara Raudabaugh of Carlisle; and Sandy Greto of Aston; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren.Friends and family are invited to the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport, from 6-7pm Monday September 30, 2019 to pay tribute to Katharine’s life, memorial service to follow at 7pm, in the funeral home, with Rev. John L. Kallerson, officiating.Memorial contributions in Kathy’s name can be made to the American Cancer Society, Patterson Cancer Center, Potter Unit, 1001 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915, or the Coudersport Arboretum S. West Street Coudersport, PA 16915.To share your fondest memories of Kathy or to sign her guestbook, please visit www.thomasfickinger.com