Monday December 9, 2019



Black Forest Express

                                                            Sunday’s high, 35; Overnight low, 32







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There were Christmas Craft Shows all across the region this past Saturday such as the one held at the Roulette Fire Hall. Vendors told  Black Forest Broadcasting that business was brisk.

DCNR releases report on park usage…..Smethport man arrested for strangulation and other crimes…two drivers arrested following road rage fight….Thieves steal booze and toilet paper from McKean County camp….Theft of a truck investigated by Mansfield police… collision reported in Cameron County…

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced the release of a preliminary report gleaned from results of an extensive two-year survey.

In response to the release of the preliminary report, the Bureau of State Parks’ website now features downloadable information detailing survey findings and includes a public comment tool to address recommendations suggested as a result of this input. Also, in a continuing attempt to gain public feedback Sinnemahoning and other parks across the state will be scheduling public meetings.

The public input meeting for Sinnemahoning State Park will be held in the classroom of the Park Office and Wildife Center on Saturday December 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., immediately following the annual Holiday Open House. This meeting will also include park updates and an open forum for public comments and concerns. The Park Office and Wildlife Center is located at 4843 Park Road, Austin, PA, in Grove Township, Cameron County, just 14 miles south of Austin.

Recommendations in this “Penn’s Parks for All” report address:

Improvement of outdoor recreation opportunities; expansion of outdoor recreation oportunities; protection of resources from recreation impacts; offering of more “active adventure activities;” expansion of overnight accomodations; protection of parks’ natural and cultural resources;  parks’ financial support; and improved services and facilities.

Presented in the Penn’s Parks for All Preliminary Report (PDF) is a summary of results from the various surveys, along with proposed recommendations to guide the management of Pennsylvania state parks for the next 25 years. To access:; click on “State Parks;” then Penn’s Parks for All.

A series of surveys was conducted by Penn State in 2017 and 2018 to assess the attitudes and opinions of Pennsylvania state park visitors and the public regarding key issues affecting the future of the state parks. In 2017, 10,186 adults responded online and 4,090 answered surveys at parks.  A 2018 statewide telephone effort reached out to 1,650 Pennsylvanians; and an online survey the same year targeted 1,131 Latinos, Asians and African Americans.

Public comment on these survey responses and resultant recommendations will be accepted online and in writing until December 31, 2019.  For online participation, visit the Penn’s Parks for All Preliminary Report (PDF). Address written comments to: PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of State Parks’ Planning Section, P.O. Box 8551, Harrisburg, PA 17105-8551.

Seeking additional information, scheduled stakeholder meetings will be held at state parks throughout the state this fall and early next year. A final report is planned in summer 2020.

It has been 25 years since DCNR’s Bureau of State Parks underwent its last strategic planning effort — StateParks 2000. That effort guided state park improvements that included the  modernization of facilities; expanded environmental education programs; and designated natural areas in order to better protect sensitive or special natural resources. Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks total almost 300,000 acres. Together with DCNR’s state forest system, they are one of the largest expanses of public lands in the eastern United States.

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Lewis Run state police  have arrested  a 24 year old Smethport man for strangulation, simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief for a domestic violence assault Saturday afternoon on Route 46 in Keating Township. Troopers claim Andrew Kolata stranguled a 23 year old Smethport woman and damaged a pair of prescription glasses in the assault.

Both men involved in a road rage fisticuff are facing charges in Tioga County District Court. According to Mansfield based state police, the Kenneth Stocum of Lawrenceville and John Selvero of Troy argued about each other’s driving and shoved each other before getting back into their vehicles and leaving the scene.

A camp burglary last week on Camp Run in Lafayette Township is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. Burglars stole alcoholic beverages and two rolls of toilet paper from the camp owned by a 74 year old Butler, PA man.

Mansfield based state police are investigating a temporary theft of a motor vehicle at 71 Morris Run Road in Hamilton Township between 2:00 and 3:00pm Octpber 27. Someone drove off in a 2005 White Ford F550 but returned it a short ime later.

A West Mifflin, PA driver and his passenger escaped injury in a car/deer collision Friday evening in Shippen Township, Cameron County. According to state police at Emporium, Matthew Miller was going west on Route 120 when his Ford Escape hit a deer in his lane of travel. The SUV continued on for about 150 feet before stopping. The driver and his passenger, Scott Miller of Allison Park, PA were using seatbelts a the time.