Monday October 14, 2019

Black Forest Express

The 7th Annual First Fork Festival was held Saturday at Sinnemahoning State Park. Twenty-nine local vendors provided quality art, local handcrafted items, and a variety foods for sale.  Scheduled demonstrations and hands-on interpretive activities took place throughout the day. Visiting the First Fork Festival for the first time this year is the PA Woodmobile, a 34-foot long trailer filled with interactive exhibits about Pennsylvania forests the important products that come from the lumber and paper industries.

As a highlight of the festival, singer and songwriter, Jim Colbert, provided music  from 1:00-3:00 PM in front of the Wildlife Center.  Colbert, aka the Bellefonte Balladeer, performed  originals with subject matter ranging from playwright Eugene O’Neill, Centralia’s mine fire, vintage Triumph motorcycles and old Buicks to a host of selections about his home town of Johnstown.


A large crowd enjoyed the First Fork Festival Saturday at Sinnemahoning State Park. The weather                                    was perfect fall day.

Oh, oh, looks like Smokey is heading for someone’s lunch as he gets ready for his long

winter nap.

Sunday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 28







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A New York state man was burned in an explosion Friday at a McKean County campsite…Deer, bears, and a dog hit by area motorists….Kane man arrested for violating gun laws…Three people accused of writing worthless checks to Elk County business….On-going re-hab of Port Allegany Cemetary needs donations

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A Gowanda, NY man was seriously injured in an accidental fire Friday afternoon at a campsite at the majestic Trails Campground in Otto Township, McKean County. According to state police fire marshal Greg Agosti, when  43 year old Jack Gernatt tried to plug a conductor into a gasoline powered generator an arc flash occurred and ignited fumes from a nearby gasoline can causing a flash fire. Gernatt remained conscious but was taken by helicopter to the Erie County medical Center’s burn treatment unit in Buffalo.  Property Damage is estimated to be $20,000.

Animals crossing area highways are plaguing motorists. A Brockway woman received minor injuries in a car/deer collision Friday. State police say Chad Ecklund was going south on Route 219 when s deer crossed the highway in front of his Chevrolet Cruz. Ecklund was not hurt but his wife, Tammy, was taken by ambulance to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of minor injuries.

Stephen Davis of Industry, P{A was going north  on River Road in Benezette Township Friday evening when a bear entered the highway ion the right side of his GMC Suburban and hit the SUV which went off the road and collided with an embankment. The force caused the right front tire to fall off and come to rest on the road. Jenna Lasko of Kane who was traveling bend Davies, hit the tire on the roadway. Both drivers were unhurt as was a one year old girl riding in a child safety seat.

Troopers at Mansfield are looking for the driver of a white Chevrolet pick-up which struck and killed a dog at about 2:45 pm Friday on Main Street in Jackson Township. The driver continued on without making an effort to notify the dog’s owner.

State police at Ridgway have charged 34 year old David Plants of Kane for violating gun laws. Authorities claim Plants sold a handgun several years ago without transferring the pistol out of his name as required per a bail order. A charge has been filed in District Court.

Emporium-based state police are investigating the theft of a pistol from a Driftwood residence between June 20 and last Thursday. The Smith & Essib Five shot revolver belonged to 71 year old James McKenna and is valued at $380. It described as having a black rubber grip and a flat nickel finish on the metal. Anyone who has information is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 184.486.3321.

Three people have been arrested for writing bad checks to an Elk County business. State police claim 33 year old Bill  McMillen of St. Marys wrote a bad check for $60 on August 2; another for $43 on  August 23 and a third one for $80 on August 30.Amanda Ryden of Kersey is accused of issuing a worthless check for $103 on September 4 and Chastity Nicklas, 32, of Kersey reportedly paid the business with a worthless check in the amount of $20 on June 21.

The Restoration Project at Union Cemetery in Port Allegany has started,On view downtown is the first section of many of the replacement fence. The cemetery currently has funds available to do several sections but then they will be needing help to finish. As part of the project, the Cemetery also needs tohave old headstones straightened and landscaping done. This is an important part of the History of Port Allegany. Established in 1851 Union Cemetery is the resting place of the majority of the early settlers of Port Allegany. The intent is to have the Cemetery once again be something to be proud of when visitors come to trace their ancestors. They  are asking the support of everyone who would feel that this is a worthy project. No amount is too small. The Canoe Place Historical Society is thesponsoring agent and is a 501(c)3 organization. Any possible help would be greatly appreciated. For more information or to inquire about donating please call Joel Anderson at 814.642.9900.