Friday December 6, 2019

Black Forest Express


                       Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 39; Overnight low, 22






                                                                           SUN NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 24

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Obituaries: Maria J. KIBBE, 57, of Harrison Valley, PA;  Anne C. HAGER, 86, of Westfield, PA; Merle Dale “Chip” Clark, 63, of Shinglehouse,

Victims’ rights legislation advances…..PennDot will memorialize fallen employees by naming bridges…Bradford man arrested for drug possession….Snowy roads blamed for McKean County accident..

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Victims’ rights legislation related to childhood sexual abuse has passed the Pennsylvania General Assembly and taken an important step to becoming a constitutional amendment.House Bill 963, authored by Rep. Jim Gregory (R-Blair), would provide a two-year window to submit claims in civil court if the statute of limitations has already expired for that victim.House Bill 963 passed the House in April and the Senate on Wednesday.Its companion bill, House Bill 962 sponsored by Rep. Mark Rozzi (D-Berks), would allow childhood victims to file suit until they reach age 55. That age is currently 30 under the statute of limitations.House Bill 962 would also remove the statute of limitations altogether for criminal cases.House Bill 962 was voted out of the Senate with an amendment this week and returns to the House for a concurrence vote.The bills are together known as the Hidden Predator Act.To become a constitutional amendment, the bills in the Hidden Predator Act would need to be approved in the next legislative session and then go before voters as a referendum question.Gregory’s bill seeks to amend Section 11 of Article 1 of the Pennsylvania Constitution (known as the Remedies Clause) to create the two-year window for civil claims.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has  announced a statewide effort to memorialize fallen employees with bridge dedications.The department is in the initial stages of an effort to name bridges after the PennDOT employees who died while on duty since 1970. Once this has been completed, PennDOT will work with the General Assembly to pass a naming authorization bill in the spring 2020 legislative session. PennDOT’s intent, with the involvement and approval of the family, is to name a bridge after each fallen PennDOT worker as an acknowledgement of their service to Pennsylvania. Each bridge will be marked with a sign that includes the fallen worker’s name, a visual reminder to motorists to slow down in work zones.The statewide initiative was inspired by a similar effort completed in honor of PennDOT District 3 employee Harold “Don” Whipple, who was killed in the line of duty in 2016. A bridge in Northumberland County was memorialized in Whipple’s name earlier this year.PennDOT staff will reach out to the families of fallen employees to discuss the program and is currently working to identify families of fallen employees who the department does not have next of kin information for, due to the length of time since the employee’s passing.A list of the names of fallen PennDOT employees statewide and additional information on the Traveling Worker’s Memorial can be found on PennDOT’s website.

A 24 year old Bradford man is facing drug charges after being stopped last night on Jackson Avenue at Whitehead Avenue in the city by Lewis Run based state police. Troopers say the suspect’s 1997 Ford F350 was pulled over for a traffic violation and he was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance and paraphernalia and is suspected of driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Charges against the unnamed suspect are pending blood results.

State police also did not release the name of a driver involved in a one-vehicle weather-related accident Wednesday evening in Wetmore Township. A 2008 Nissan Sentra while going west on Route 6, slid across both lanes and went into a ditch. Since there were no injuries and the car could be driven away, the accident is considered a “non-reportable.”


Maria J. KIBBE, 57, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Monday, December 2, 2019 in the Green Home, Wellsboro, PA, following a lengthy illness.  She was born October 1, 1962 in Alexandria, VA.  Maria enjoyed spending time with her family and friends at Keuka Lake, crocheting, shopping, and caring for her cats.  Surviving are:  her mother, Betty J. Metcalf Kibbe;  a son, Matthew (Whitney Schlimm) Kibbe;  three grandchildren, Dalton (Brittany Haskins) Kibbe, Preston Kibbe, and Lyndsey Wheeler;  three great-grandchildren, Oaklynn Kibbe, Sawyer Kibbe, and Adelayna Waseman;  a brother, David M. (Mary Dehner) Kibbe;  a niece, Sasha (P.J.) Stiles;  a nephew, Travis Brown;  aunts, uncles, and cousins.  She was predeceased by her father, Cleon L. Kibbe;  and a son, Joshua C. Wheeler.  A private graveside service will be held in Ulysses Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Potter County Animal Assistance Project, P.O. Box 25, Coudersport, PA 16915.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at To send flowers to Maria’s family, please visit our floral section.

Anne C. HAGER, 86, of Westfield, PA, died Wednesday, December 4, 2019 in Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, NY.  Born March 21, 1933, in New Britain, PA, she was the daughter of Grant and Catherine Carver Lapp.  On August 7, 1964, she married Chester Hager, who predeceased her on March 9, 2010.  She was employed by Cole Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1998.  Anne was a member of the Brookfield Unitef Methodist Church.  She loved to can, bake, sew, and be outdoors in her garden.  Surviving are:  two daughters, Priscilla (Harold) Boothe of Groveland, FL and Tina Ferraloro of Wellsville;  two sons, James Histand of Westfield and Philip (Edna) Hager of Quakertown;  four grandchildren;  four great-grandchildren;  a sister-in-law, Marge Lapp of New Columbia;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Wayne Lapp;  and two sisters, Eleanor Landis and Priscilla Darrah.  A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday, December 7, 2019 in the Brookfield United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Ed Rodarmel will officiate.  Memorials may be made to the Brookfield United Methodist Church.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at To send flowers to Anne’s family, please visit our floral section.

 Merle Dale “Chip” Clark, 63, of Shinglehouse, passed away Monday (Dec. 2, 2019) in UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehab Unit, Coudersport, after a long illness.Born Wednesday, March 28, 1956, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Merle D. and Janice M. Allison Clark. He was formerly married to Terri App Clark and then Jennifer Bosworth Clark.Chip was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1974, in Shinglehouse, where he played baseball and basketball.Chip worked a number of odd jobs until he went to Jamestown (N.Y.) Community College to become a licensed practical nurse, graduating in 1994. He was employed at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport.He relocated to Virginia where he was employed at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, working in the burn unit from 1999 until 2013. In 2011, Chip went back to school and became a registered nurse. He also worked as a nurse in the Evans-Haynes Burn Unit at the VCU Medical Center in Richmond (the oldest burn unit in the country).In 2013, Chip moved back to care for his mom, who had ALS, and later his dad, who had cancer.
Chip was a member of the former Oswayo Valley Lions Club in Shinglehouse and a member of the former Oswayo Valley Alumni Association in Shinglehouse. He loved the NY Yankees and was a Buffalo Bills fan.Surviving are a son, Jared D. (Brianna) Clark of Oswayo; a granddaughter, Harper, and a grandson, Hazen, whom he dearly loved; a brother, Guy S. (Rachelle) Clark of Friendship, N.Y.; and three nieces.Chip was predeceased by his parents.
In keeping with Chip’s wishes, there will be no public visitation. A celebration of his life will be held in the Spring/Summer of 2020 at a place and date to be announced.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association at
Chip’s 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 Chip, please visit or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.