Tuesday October 15, 2019

Black Forest Express

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Monday’s high, 65; Overnight low, 30

TUE-SUNNY, HIGH 60

TUE NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 49

WED-INCREASING CLOUDS, HIGH 50

WED NIGHT-SHOWERS, LOW 41

THU-LINGERING MORNING SHOWERS, HIGH 50

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Obituaries: Kathleen F. “Kay” Capehart, 75, of Roulette, and  Esther Yvonne (Keir) Kuhn, 91, Statesville NC, formerly of Sharon Center, Pa.,

 Governor has signed bill to give residents relief from telemarketers and robocalls….Potter County voters will have the chance tonight to try out new voting machines…blown tire causes crash in Tioga County…vandals break windows in Cameron County grader….Mansfield based state police looking for litterbug….Police say Eldred man died of natural causes….

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 Governor has signed bill to give residents relief from telemarketers and robocalls….Potter County voters will have the chance tonight to try out new voting machines…blown tire causes crash in Tioga County…vandals break windows in Cameron County grader….Mansfield based state police looking for litterbug….Police say Eldred man died of natural causes…. 

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It’s a popular topic of conversation when folks get together—telemarketing and robocalls.  Well, Governor Wolf has signed legislation that was written  to help Pennsylvanians avoid calls from telemarketers.

Under the new law – Act 73 (formerly House Bill 318) – Pennsylvanians no longer will have to renew their phone number’s registration on the state’s Do Not Call list. Residents previously had to renew their registration on the list every five years. The new law enables Pennsylvanians to permanently register their phone numbers.

The law also prohibits telemarketing calls on legal holidays.

“People should be able to enjoy Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Year’s Day and other holidays without annoying calls from telemarketers” the bill’s sponsor State Rep. Mark Gillen (R-Berks/Lancaster says.

The law also requires computerized auto-dialers, better known as robocalls, to provide residents with a way to opt out at the beginning of the call.

The new state law also enables businesses to register their phone numbers on the state’s Do Not Call list.

For more information or to register their phone numbers on the state’s Do Not Call list, Gillen encourages residents to visit the Office of Attorney General’s website.

The new law will take effect during the first week of December.

The municipal election in Pennsylvania will be held November   5. Potter County Director of Elections Sandy Lewis reminds residents that new voting machines will be in use for the election.  More election information is available on the website, pottercountypa.net (click on Departments/Elections). Members of the public can stop at the Elections/Voter Registration Office in the Gunzburger Building to become familiar with the new machines during regular business hours. They can also attend a public demonstration of the machines at the Gunzburger Building front conference room from 6-8 pm tonight or on  Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Federal and state funding have covered a portion of the machines’ price tag, which is upwards of $400,000. After soliciting proposals from state-certified vendors, the Potter County Commissioners purchased the machines and related software and services from Election Systems and Software (ES&S). All Pennsylvania counties must have in place certified voting machines that electronically record each vote and generate a paper ballot as an added level of security.

State police at Mansfield say a blown tire caused a “non-reportable” accident early last Friday morning in Westfield Township. A 2004 Chevrolet Blazer was going east on Route 49 when the right front tire deflated causing the driver to lose control. The |SUV went off the north berm and stopped in an adjacent ditch. Since there were no injuries and the vehicle could be driven away, the mishap is considered “non-reportable.”

A scattering of rubbish incident in Deerfield Township, Tioga County is also being investigated by troopers at the Mansfield barracks. Between August 8 and October 5, someone deposited a bag of household wastes alongside Baker Hill Road near the Dug Road.

The  unattended death of a 71 year old Eldred man this past was due to natural causes according to state police at Lewis Run. The man, whose name was not released, was found deceased Monday morning in his home on the West Eldred Road. The death occurred between 6:50 pm Sunday and 9:00 am Monday.

Obituaries

Kathleen F. “Kay” Capehart, 75, of Roulette, passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019, in Bradford Manor, .,Bradford, after a long illness.She was born on March 25, 1944. On August 27, 1981 in Norristown, Kay married Charles H. “Cappy” Capehart, who passed away on May 7, 2009.Kay was a van driver for Potter County Human Services.There will be no public visitation or funeral services.Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Kay, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

Esther Yvonne (Keir) Kuhn, 91, Statesville NC, formerly of Sharon Center, Pa., died at Catawba Valley Hospice House (Carolina Caring) on October 2, 2019. Born in Angelica, New York on December 11, 1927, much of her life was spent in Potter County, Pennsylvania. North Carolina was her home for the last 23 years. She was the daughter of the late Chester (Armstrong) Holcomb and Mary Gladys (Roberts) Holcomb.

A graduate of Otto Township High School in Eldred, PA and Olean Business Institute, she married her war hero, Earl Keir. The couple had their first child, Gail Patricia (Gary) Kailbourne in 1947. Two sons were to follow, Terry Earl Keir (1949) and Alan (Wayne) Keir (1952)

She spent the next 35 years “employed” on Earl’s 400-acre farm. A rainy day could find her chasing cows who had escaped the fence or bottle feeding an orphan calf. She raised a bountiful garden canning and freezing food for later use. She delighted in her eight grandchildren, always having time to read books, play a game or listen to a private “concert” of the current musical instrument being learned.

Having a personal relationship with Christ, Esther was very active in her church at Millport PA teaching Sunday School, VBS, Women’s Bible Studies, and serving on a host of committees. She transported children of the church to and from summer camps. She answered the call to help out when she learned of a need. She was kind and gentle to everyone she met.

Earl contracted pancreatic cancer and died in 1992. In 1994 she married Raymond Kuhn and the couple moved to North Carolina where they enjoyed the coast at Oak Island before relocating to Statesville, NC to be close to her daughter.

She was predeceased in death by her son, Terry Earl Keir, parents, Chester and Gladys Holcomb, sister, Grace (Ralph) Bradbury, and brothers Boyd (Dolores) and Bruce Holcomb. She is survived by her daughter Gail (Gary) Kailbourne of Statesville NC and son, Alan Keir of Monessen, PA. The delight of her life were her grandchildren Stephen Canfield of Cookeville TN, Jennifer (Piseth) Canfield Kry of Jacksonville FL, Kimberly (Philip) Kailbourne Kopsaftis of Sparta TN, Ryan (Jennifer) Kailbourne of Charlotte NC, Christopher (Annie) Keir of Belmont, NY, Carol (Jared) Empson of Coudersport, PA, Angela (Tim) Bickle of Bixby, OK and Erin Keir of Emporium PA. Esther was also blessed to have fifteen nieces and nephews. Also surviving is a daughter-in-law, Diane Keir Lytle of Coudersport.

There will be no public visitation. A celebration of Esther’s life will be held at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, on a date and time to be announced.

Esther’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Esther, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com