Friday October 4, 2019

Black Forest Express

 Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 68; Overnight low, 49







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Obituary: Jerome “Jerry Dubots, Coudersport

Some locations may have a frost tonight….PA’ s Archery season opens Saturday…McKean County Conservation District receives grant to fight invasive plants…Route 120 road and wall repairs underway in Elk County…Death of Coudersport man in Clearfield County prison investigated….Natural gas diverted in Mt. Jewett and filled gas can stolen from Tioga County vehicle…Numerous activities on tap for the weekend….

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SATURDAY MORNING…* WHAT…Low temperatures near freezing with areas of frost  likely.

* WHERE…McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties.* WHEN…Early Saturday morning.* IMPACTS…Freezing temperatures could kill crops and other sensitive vegetation.

 Leaves are changing and dropping and a frost is in the forecast ,so that can only mean hunting seasons are underway in the Keystone state.Pennsylvania’s statewide archery deer season begins Saturday and its return is prompting the Pennsylvania Game Commission to issue some helpful reminders about new opportunities .Among them are additional early bear seasons and a longer firearms deer season that includes a Saturday opener. But many seasons will begin sooner. In the statewide archery deer season, properly licensed bowhunters statewide can hunt for antlered or antlerless deer through Nov. 16. This later November closing date, which is due to the way the calendar falls, promises to offer some prime hunting days during the deer rut. A late archery deer season then runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 20.Properly licensed bowhunters in Wildlife Management Units 2B, 5C and 5D also may take antlered and antlerless deer during an extended late archery season, which runs from Dec. 26 to Jan. 25.The season for squirrels and rabbits for junior license holders only also kicks off on Oct. 5 and runs through Oct. 19, and junior license holders can pursue ring-necked pheasants from Oct. 12-19.


The regular season for squirrels, rabbits, quail, woodcock and ruffed grouse opens Oct. 19, the pheasant season opens the following Saturday, Oct. 26, and the seasons for all six small game species closes on Friday Nov. 29 due to the Saturday firearms deer season opener. The season reopens Dec. 16 through Dec. 24. Then for squirrels, rabbits, quail and pheasants, a winter season runs from Dec. 26-Feb. 29. There again is no late winter grouse season.

Oct. 12 is also the opening of duck season in the North Zone, and the season opens Oct. 19 in the South Zone.

Pennsylvania in 2019 is doubling its number of statewide bear-hunting days, creating the state’s lengthiest bear-hunting opportunity since the 1930s.

The new statewide bear muzzleloader season that begins Oct. 19 and ends Oct. 26 leads the way for an early firearms bear season from Oct. 24-26 for junior and senior hunters, hunters who are on active military duty, and certain disabled persons. A two-week archery season from Oct. 28-Nov. 9 follows.

The four-day general bear season from Nov. 23-27 is followed in some areas by extended seasons that in eight Wildlife Management Units have increased from four to seven days.

The one week antlerless-only muzzleloader deer season runs statewide from Oct.19-26 and overlaps with a special firearms season Oct. 24-26 for antlerless deer for junior and senior hunters, mentored youth, hunters who are on active military duty, and certain disabled persons.

For the first time in more than 50 years, Pennsylvania’s regular firearms deer season will open on a day other than the Monday after Thanksgiving – Saturday Nov. 30. The season then will run through Dec. 14. A concurrent antlered and antlerless season continues in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D, while in all other WMUs, it’s antlered-only from Nov. 30-Dec. 6, and then antlered and antlerless from Dec. 7-14.

The antlered and antlerless flintlock season runs statewide Dec. 26-Jan. 20; Dec. 26-Jan. 25 in WMUs 2B, 5C and 5D.

An extended firearms antlerless only season in the Special Regulation counties of Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia opens Dec. 26 and closes Jan. 25.Pennsylvania’s wild turkey season begins Nov. 2 in most parts of the state, but hunters are reminded that season lengths vary by WMU, and fall-turkey hunting is closed in some areas.

The seasons are as follows: WMU 1B – Nov. 2-9; WMU 2B (Shotgun and archery gear only) – Nov. 2-22 and Nov. 28-29; WMUs 1A, 2A (Shotgun and archery gear only in Allegheny County), 4A and 4B, – Nov. 2-9 and Nov. 28-29; WMUs 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 4C, 4D and 4E – Nov. 2-16 and Nov. 28-29; WMU 2C – Nov. 2-22 and Nov. 28-29; WMU 5A – Nov. 7-9; WMU 5B – Nov. 5-7; WMUs 5C and 5D – CLOSED TO FALL TURKEY HUNTING.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has announced the McKean County Conservation District will receive $50,000 in funding from the state Department of Agriculture to assist with two projects designed to control and eliminate infestations of invasive plant species in the region.The conservation district sought funding through the newly created Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account, which was established earlier this year under legislation authored by Causer and funded in the 2019-20 state budget.

The funding will be split equally between two projects. The first will target a non-native, invasive and noxious weed called goatsrue, which initially appeared in McKean County 20 years ago. In recent years, the plant – which is poisonous to livestock – has spread to Cameron, Elk and Warren counties. So far, those infestations are smaller than most of what is found in McKean County, and officials hope to stop the spread and get rid of the plant before it causes any further damage. The project would be conducted on public and private lands in Cameron, Elk, McKean and Warren counties.

The second will target the non-native, invasive Japanese knotweed. Clearing this plant would increase the effectiveness of reforestation efforts on commercial timber lands and improve recreational opportunities in the Tionesta Creek watershed, including improving watercraft and swimming access as well as fishing. The infestation is classified as a small, satellite population of the plant. According to conservation district officials, the Tionesta Watershed is one of very few watersheds in the state that could be devoid of Japanese knotweed with successful implementation of the eradication plan to be funded in part by the grant funding. The project would be conducted on public and private lands in Warren, Forest, Elk and McKean counties.


PennDOT is alerting area drivers that a road and wall project on Route 120 in St Marys got underway on Monday, September 30. The work zone is located near a railroad crossing on Route 120, just west of Quala-Die, Inc. Overall work will include roadway repair and paving, removal of the existing retaining wall and construction of a new wall, shoulder repair, guide rail installation, new curb and sidewalk, and miscellaneous items. Traffic control will feature daytime lane restrictions, with roadway flaggers enforcing an alternating traffic pattern. Drivers should plan for short travel delays. Lane restrictions in the work zone will be lifted at the end of work each day, allowing for two-lane traffic.  HRI, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $156,000 project, which is expected to be finished by early November. PennDOT reminds drivers to remain alert in construction zones, obey posted speed limits, and always buckle up.

State police in Clearfield County are investigating the death of a Coudersport man in the Houtzdale State Prison Tuesday night. Gerald Bowman, 70 was found unresponsive in his cell at about 9:34 pm and was taken by ambulance to Mount Nittany Medical Center where he was pronounced deat at 10:24 pm. Bowman had pleaded guilty in March in Potter County Court to a third DUI offense plus resisting arrest and careless driving. He was serving 10 months, 15 days and 8 years in state prison and had been at Houtzdale since August 13.

State police at Lewis Run are investigating the theft of natural gas and tampering with a gas meter in Mt. Jewett belonging to Knox Energy. Police say they have a male and female suspect in the case.

The theft of a full gas can from a parked vehicle in Lawrenceville during the early morning of August 17. A dark colored SUV was parked a short distance from the Main Street scene. The gasoline was taken from a 2011 Ford Escape belonging to Alaina Mahosky of Mainsburg. The fuel and can are valued at a total of $17.


Jerome “Jerry” F. Dubots, 67, of Coudersport, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at his home. Born September 8, 1952, to George and Helen (Pekarski) Dubots, Sr. in Coudersport, Jerry grew up in Coudersport, and graduated from Coudersport High School. He worked at Pure Carbon, and then at his own business, Jerry’s Meat Processing, where he gained a reputation for his proficiency at processing deer. He was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, where he was instrumental in initiating the college scholarship program for local graduates. Jerry was an avid fisherman, loved his dogs, and enjoyed mowing, cooking, visiting local stores, sitting under his pavilion and listening to music and sports (especially baseball) on the radio, and finding new ways to prepare food.


Jerry is survived by his beloved partner Sandi Shutt of Coudersport; three daughters: Micki Brown (Todd) of Coudersport, Brigette Dubots of Coudersport, Christin Dubots (Nimish Patel) of Philadelphia; 7 grandchildren: Loryn Angood, Emaly and Madyson Dubots-Angood, Xander, Viggo, and Ysabel Brown, and Aran Dubots Patel; a brother: George Dubots, Jr. (Stephanie) of Port Allegany; a sister Frances Carpenter of Coudersport; a sister-in-law:  Jenny Pekarski; three dogs: Patches, Bommer, and Steeler07; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Joe Dubots and James Pekarski, Sr.; a brother-in-law: Michael J. Carpenter, Sr. and two nephews: Michael J. Carpenter, Jr. and James Pekarski, Jr.


Friends and family are invited to pay tribute to Jerry’s life on Friday October 4, 2019 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East Street Coudersport, PA, and to a Mass of Christian Burial 2 pm Saturday October 5, 2019 at the St. Eulalia Catholic Church 6 Maple Street Coudersport, PA, with Fr. James Campbell officiating, burial in the St. Eulalia Catholic Cemetery. Those wishing to share a memory or condolence with his family are invited to visit The family encourages anyone who wishes to make a donation in Jerry’s memory to do so to a charity of their own choice.