Wednesday October 30, 2019

Black Forest Express

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                                                    Tuesday’s high, 69; Overnight low, 48







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Unemployment went up in most area counties…State House approves
Senate bill to modernize voting in Pennsylvania…Austin teen arrested for sending pornographic picture of himeself….Ulysses man accused of physical harassment…Wellsboro resident charged for unauthorized use of a vehicle….Troopers look for whoever took a joy ride in a Tioga County truck….Nails reportedly left intentionally in Potter County driveway……

Obituaries: Fay Long Booth, Coudersport and Greta Jackson, Sebring Florida (Cooudersport)

Unemployment went up between August and September in most counties within the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area according to the state department of Labor and Industry. The jobless rate in Potter County held steady at 5.3%and went down slightly in Elk County from 4.5% to 4.4%. However unemployment went up from 4.6% to 5.0% in McKean County; increased fro 4.8 to 5.1% in Cameron County and went up from 4.8% in Tioga to 5.0%. Centre County had the best reate in Pennsylvania at 2.0% while Forest dropped back down to the bottom with 6.3%. Snyder County which suffered a major hit earlier this year with the sudden closure of a plant, saw an improvement from 6.1% to 5.3%. . Meanwhile, Pennsylvania’s rate was 4.0% and the US had an historic low of 3.5%.

The most comprehensive effort to modernize and improve Pennsylvania’s elections since the 1930s was passed by the House of Representatives Tuesday. Senate Bill 421 establishes mail-in voting in the Commonwealth, gives Pennsylvanians more time to register to vote ahead of elections and eliminates the straight-party ticket option from ballots.

The legislation also provides the pathway for the state to provide $90 million in bonding to help every Pennsylvania county pay for newly required modern voting machines. Gov. Tom Wolf acted unilaterally to decertify voting machines statewide and required counties to obtain more advanced and secure voting machines that produce a verifiable paper trail with each vote. The Legislature moved to provide the funding in June; however, the governor vetoed that measure.

“Gov. Wolf’s action forced counties into a corner,” Cutler said. “Every county was required to come up with new machines regardless of their current voting systems. House Republicans responded in June and again today, hearing from our counties and providing more money than the administration asked for.”

Other modernization measures include allowing voter registration up to 15 days prior to an election, allowing all ballots to be received until 8 p.m. on election days and establishing mail-in voting. The mail-in voting will work similar to the current absentee ballot system but would allow any registered voter to vote by mail, increasing access for all voters. Further, all mailed and absentee ballots will go to centralized locations, not to individual precincts, strengthening security and timeliness, and helping provide clear and definitive election results as quickly as possible.

Previously established policies for members of the military and emergency voting remain in place. The legislation now returns to the Senate for further consideration.

An Austin teenager is in trouble with the law. State police claim the 14 yar old boy sent a pornographic image of himself to a victim last Friday night. He is being prosecuted through Juvenile justice.

Thomas Walsh, 50 of Ulysses was arrested by Coudersport based state police Sunday night for physical harassment. Authorities allege a verbal altercation between Walsh and a 30 year old Ulysses woman escalated to the point where Walsh assaulted the victim just before 9:00 pm.

Car/deer collisions continue across the region. State police at Emporium say a 2002 Ford  Escape hit a whitetail Monday night on Route 120 in Shippen  Township. Troopers at Mansfield report  another deer was killed Monday night after being hit by a 1997 Subaru Outback on Route 15 near Park Hill Road in Tioga Township. Both drivers were unhurt and their vehicles could be driven after the collisions so the accidents are considered “non-reportable” and the drivers’ names were not released.

A 24 year old Wellsboro resident is being charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Troopers at Mansfield claim Roger Vanness took a 2012 Ford Fusion owned by 61 year old Carolyn Vanness withou0t her permission on October 12 and fled in an unknown direction to an unknown destination.

State police at Mansfield are also looking for whoever took a joy ride in a 1995 Silverado between September 9 and 12 along Route 49 In Osceloa Township. The truck, owned by Wayne Wood of Knoxville was later located on a field road a short distance away.

State police at Coudersport investigated a criminal mischief taking place Monday morning in West Branch Township. Vandals apparently intentionally left nails in the driveway belonging to David Burrous.


 Fay E. Long Booth, 97, of Coudersport, died Monday (Oct. 28, 2019) in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.
Born Sept. 24, 1922, in Sweden Hill, she was a daughter of Joseph E. and Alberta Britt Gleason. On Aug. 16, 1939, she married Floyd W. Long, who predeceased her in 1995. In 1997, she married Clifton Booth, who predeceased her in 2009.
Fay and Floyd owned and operated a dairy farm for over 50 years. She served as a director of the Coudersport Board of Education and IU9 Board, Republican Committeewoman, and a 4H leader.
Fay was a member of the North Eulalia Baptist Church and the Colesburg Community Club. She was an accomplished seamstress, gardener, and pianist.
Surviving are four children, Joan A. (Skip) Carey of Victor, N.Y., Nancy C. Long of Coudersport, Mark (Theresa) Long of Coudersport, and Lisa F. (Kurt) Elliott of Coudersport; a daughter-in-law, Cheryl Long Bailey of Coudersport; ten grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Dee Ruter of Coudersport; two brothers, William (Shirley) Gleason of Coudersport and Edwin (Lucy) Gleason of Monticello, Ky.; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husbands, she was predeceased by a son, Benjamin R. Long; an infant son, Scott Long; a sister, Alyce G. Reese; and an infant brother, James Gleason.
Friends may call at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 from 9 to 11 a.m., with funeral services following at 11 a.m. The Rev. Michael C. Reeves will officiate. Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Christmas House, 402 North Main St., Coudersport, PA 16915.
Online condolences may be expressed at


Greta Mae Jackson, 91, of Sebring Missionary Village, Sebring, Florida, formerly of Coudersport, Pa., went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, October 25, 2019, at the Kenilworth Care and Rehabilitation Center, Sebring, after a short illness.Born on Friday, February 24, 1928 in Borie, Summit Township, Potter County, she was a daughter of Merrick Victor and Miriam Joy Reed Jackson.Greta was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1944. In 1951, she graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia, returning to Coudersport to work as a registered nurse at the Coudersport hospital until 1954.In 1954 Greta, along with her sister Lois, became a student at Tennessee Temple Schools in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in preparation for the mission field. During Bible school and college, she worked as a registered nurse at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga. In 1960, Greta was accepted as a missionary candidate by Sudan Interior Missions and in 1961 she sailed on a freighter from New York City to Switzerland for language studies and then ultimately to Dahomey, French West Africa where she served as a nurse on several mission stations for approximately 45 years.Greta returned to Coudersport upon her retirement from the mission field, residing there for several years before moving to Sebring Missionary Village.Surviving are a sister, Marilyn Jackson (Dr. Robert) Wagner of Coudersport; two brothers, Donald “Buck” (Carol) Jackson and Daryl (Judy) Jackson, both of Coudersport; and many nieces nephews, and friends.In addition to her parents, Greta was predeceased by a brother and his wife, Dale and Jane Jackson; and two sisters, Lois I. Jackson and Rhea Reeves and her husband, Pastor Charles Reeves.Family and friends may call from 10 am to 11 am on Thursday, October 31, 2019, at the North Eulalia Baptist Church, Route 49 West, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 11 am with Michael C. Reeves, pastor and Greta’s nephew, officiating. Burial will be in Summit Cemetery.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greta’s home church, North Eulalia Baptist Church, Route 49 West, Coudersport, PA 16915,Greta’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 Greta, please visit