Friday December 27, 2019

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high 52, Overnight low, 38

FRI-LIGHT RAIN, HIGH 49

FRI NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 32

SAT-PARTLY SUNNY, HIGH 44

SAT NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 34

SUN-SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN, THEN RAIN, HIGH 46

SUN NIGHT-RAIN, LOW 43

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Johnsonburg man arrested for stealing a vehicle…..Police looking for Grinch who stole Santa and Mrs. Claus from Dagus Mines residence….Smethport woman facing DUI charges…..Volunteers needed for next week’s bird count in Tioga County…

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A Johnsonburg man has been arrested for theft, drug paraphernalia and possession. Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving with suspended license. While investigating the report of a theft of a motor vehicle, troopers encountered 34 year old Joseph Gerg on the Boot Jack Road and placed him under arrest Thursday afternoon.

Troopers at Ridgway are looking for the Grinch who stole a plastic inflatable Santa and Mrs. Claus belonging to a 56 year old Dagus Mines resident early this morning. The thief apparently headed toward the Toby Road intersection after taking the couple at around 3:15 am.

State police at Lewis Run arrested a 51 year old Smethport woman for DUI after stopping her 2011 Chevrolet over on Route 446 last night when she was allegedly observed committing traffic violations.

The Tiadaghton Audubon Society is holding its 52nd Annual Wellsboro-Mansfield Circle bird count on Wednesday January 1, New Year’s Day.The center of the circle is the intersection of Whitneyville and Charleston roads. The bird count areas included in the circle are: North – Ives Run Campground; South – Arnot and South Elk Road; West – Route 6 and Heise Run Road; and East – Mansfield University.  People willing to volunteer their time to help with the count are asked to email their names and email addresses before 7 p.m. this Sunday, Dec. 29 to tasmember@yahoo.com or for more information to call Sean and Robin Minnick at 570-948-9052. All volunteers will receive an area assignment via email. Those who are new to counting will be teamed up with others who are experienced. It is not necessary to be a member of the Tiadaghton or the National Audubon Society to participate in this bird count.

During the past several decades, the number of individuals participating in the Mansfield-Wellsboro count has remained consistent at 20 even though different people do it. The number of bird species recorded has averaged 45 and the total number of birds counted around 5,000. During the past four years, the total number of birds recorded has dropped from around 5,000 to closer to 4,000.

When Frank Chapman started the Christmas Bird Count in 1900, no one could have predicted how important it would become as a resource and tool for conservation. The nationwide count has helped document the comeback of the previously endangered bald eagle and significant increases in waterfowl populations, both the result of conservation efforts.