Tuesday December 3, 2019

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

                                                            Monday’s high, 34; Overnight low, 17; .50” of new snow







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Some Tri-County REC members will be getting an early Christmas present….Potter County Leadership 2020 classes begin soon…Seven people hurt in weather-related accident in Elk County….icy roads cause tractor-trailer tie up in Tioga County…..Osceola man accused of domestic violence assault….Buffalo woman arrested in McKean County for drug possession…..

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Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative will be returning nearly $1 million in capital credits to members and former members of the cooperative beginning in December.The Tri-County board of directors approved the retirement of $945,000 worth of capital credits allocated to members’ accounts in 1988 and 2018.Current Tri-County members who received electric service from the cooperative in the retirement years will receive a credit on their December electric bills.The cooperative will mail checks to all inactive Tri-County members who are entitled to a capital credits refund but have moved from the co-op’s service area. The checks will be mailed Tuesday, Dec. 10. Capital credits reflect margins the cooperative realizes at the end of each year. Margins are the excess of income over expenses.Because cooperatives are member-owned, not-for-profit enterprises, margins are allocated back to the members in the form of capital credits. The amount of the allocation to a member’s account is based on that member’s energy consumption during the retirement years.The cooperative retains margins for a period of time to be used as working capital to assist in the financing of plant replacement and to build and maintain the electric system. When the co-op is financially able to do so, it retires margins by returning capital credits, also known as patronage capital, to members.This capital credits retirement marks the third year of the cooperative’s hybrid capital credits program, which allows for the return of patronage capital in full for mature capital credits allocated in 1988, as well as the return of capital credits earned by members in the most recent year, 2018, at a discounted rate.The cooperative has returned over $5.9 million in capital credits to members since 2010, retiring capital credits in nine of the last ten years.

With headquarters in Mansfield, Pa., Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative provides electric distribution service to nearly 17,000 members in Tioga, Potter, Bradford, Lycoming, McKean, Cameron and Clinton counties.

After 10 previous classes, Leadership Potter County (LPC) has had a makeover.  The revamped program is an opportunity for residents from throughout Potter County to learn about themselves, participate in collaborative experiences and engage in opportunities to become more civic minded.

Leadership Potter County 2020 will help participants expand their personal leadership skills, introduce them to key issues currently facing the region, and provide them with an understanding of future trends that may impact their community.

Over the course of twelve months, LPC 2020 will cover important topics that teach participants about their own leadership styles and connect them to valuable resources in the county. The program will examine topics such as local government, healthcare, education, culture, tourism, economic development, emergency services, and much more.

Another benefit of the program is meeting, networking and forming relationships with cohort members and county residents in their various roles. Nicole Zaun/LPC 2018, commented, “Leadership Potter County helped me to gain insight about our community while gaining skills and connections to enhance my professional career.” Perhaps the LPC mission statement expresses it best: “The mission of the Leadership Potter County program is to educate and develop a continuous group of leaders who have a strong sense of self-awareness, can work collaboratively with others, and who are civically and socially engaged for the greater good of Potter County.”

Leadership Potter County 2020 is scheduled to begin in January 2020. To receive the $50 Early Bird discount, apply and pay just $525 per participant by December 6, 2019. After December 6th, pay the full tuition of $575. For more information or an application, call the Education Council at (814) 274-4877 or email jmorley@pcedcouncil.org.

Seven Maryland residents, including two teenagers where hurt in a weather-related accident4 Monday morning in Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police, Sisay Haile of Silver Spring was going south on Route 219 in Jones Township when his 2019 Chevrolet Suburban encountered slush on the highway and slid off the pavement, hit an embankment and a utility pole before overturning several times before coming to rest in a nearby field. The driver, and all six passengers were taken by ambulance to Penn Highlands St. Marys for evaluation.

No details were available at news time from Mansfield-based state police regarding a pile-up last night on icy Route 15. There was an uncofirmed report of a one-vehicle accident and several tractor trailers pulling off the icy road.

Mansfield based state police have arrested a 50 year old Osceola man for physical harassment in connection to an alleged assault early this morning at a home on Route 49. Troopers claim when they responded to a domestic violence incident at about 12:30 am they found the suspect had assaulted a 47 year old 47 woman. No names were released.

DUI charges are pending test results for a 22 year old Buffalo woman who was pulled over by troopers at Lewis Run Friday evening in Lewis Run.  Authorities claim when they s topped the 2006 Kia at South and Lafayette Avenues they found the woman appeared to be driving under the influence of a controlled substance and was in possession of suspected pot and paraphernalia.  Her name was also not released.


Charles F. Harris, 67, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Fairport, N.Y., passed away in his home with his loving wife and also his close friend, Debbie Hadden, by his side on Thursday, November 28, 2019, after a short illness.

Born on Monday, November 10, 1952, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Clyde F. and Margaret M. Osborn Harris.  On May 14, 1987 in Winchester, Virginia, he married Tina M. Ortega, who survives.

Charles was a graduate of Rush-Henrietta High School in Henrietta, N.Y.  He was a U.S. Army veteran and later served in the National Guard.  He was employed for 33 years by the U.S. Postal Service in Henrietta.  After retiring from the Postal Service and moving to Shinglehouse to live in the family home, Charles was employed as a security guard at Dresser-Rand in Olean, N.Y. and until his illness was a driver for ATA in Shinglehouse.

Charles was a member of the First New York Dragoons and a member of the NRA.  He was a sharpshooter.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and anything to do with guns and reloading ammo.  His greatest love was his family.  Charles enthusiastically supported the President, “Trump 2020”.

Surviving besides his wife are a son, Tyler J. Harris of Fairport, N.Y.; two stepsons, Brett A. Ortega and Donovan A. Freece, both of Fairport, N.Y.; a grandson, Carter Ortega; two sisters, Donna Bianchi of Henrietta, N.Y. and Georgia (Vern) Cooper of Clifton Springs, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews.

Charles was predeceased by his parents.

In keeping with Charles’ wishes, there will be no services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the North/South Skirmish Association via n-ssa.org/donate

Charles’ family has entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Charles, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.