Friday January 3, 2020

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Thursday’s high, 47; Overnight low, 40







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Obituary: Charles “Charlie” Sinnamond, Wharton

Unemployment improves in one county; holds steady in another and worsens in three others….Farm Show begins tomorrow in Harrisburg….Lottery player wins $100.000 in Roulette…..Both drivers cited after New Year’s Eve collision in Tioga County.

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The jobless rate improved in one county served by Black Forest Broadcasting between October and November;  held steady in another but worsened in three counties according to the state Department of Labor and Industry. Unemployment went down from 8.7% to 6.5% in Cameron County; stayed at 6.0% in Elk County; went up from 6.2% to 6.3% in Potter; increased from 5.8% to 5.9% in McKean County and rose from 5.4% to 5.6% in Tioga County. Even Adams County with the best rate in Pennsylvania saw a slight uptick from 3.1% to 3.2% while Fayette, at the bottom held steady at 6.5%. Unemployment in Pennsylvania during the period was.3% while the national figure was a historic low of3.5%

News travels fast especially in a small town like Roulette, PA. State lottery officials have announced a Potter County Lottery retailer sold a Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball® with Power Play® ticket worth $100,000 for the Wednesday, January 1 drawing. The ticket matched four of the five white balls drawn, 49-53-57-59-62, and the red Powerball 26, to win $100,000, less applicable withholding. Without the $1 Power Play option, the ticket would have been worth $50,000. The Power Play multiplier drawn was two.Drabee’s Mini Mart, 9 River St., Roulette, earns a $500 bonus for selling the winning ticket.Winners are not known until prizes are claimed and tickets are validated. Pennsylvania Lottery Powerball® winners have one year from the drawing date to claim prizes. The holder of the winning ticket should sign the back of the ticket and contact the nearest Lottery office.

The 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show, this week,  aims to showcase the countless ways o be a part of Pennsylvania’s vibrant and diverse agriculture industry and its promising future through its theme: Imagine the Opportunities.Opens In A New Window

Farm Show-goers will have a chance to explore the breadth of Pennsylvania agriculture, our heritage and the innovation driving our future,” said Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding. “Each and every one of more than half a million attendees will have the power to imagine how they can support, or be a part of, Pennsylvania agriculture’s bright future.”

In July of this year, Governor Tom Wolf signed the first-ever Pennsylvania Farm Bill, a $23.1 million investment in Pennsylvania agriculture to grow opportunities and resources, remove barriers to entry, and inspire future generations of leaders within agriculture. The PA Farm Bill harnesses the entrepreneurial spirit of those that fuel the commonwealth’s leading industry.

“This year’s Farm Show theme is inspired in part by Governor Wolf’s ability to imagine a bright future for Pennsylvania agriculture through the support found in the PA Farm Bill,” added Secretary Redding. “Thanks to this investment, the opportunities in Pennsylvania agriculture are boundless.”

The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the nation’s largest indoor agricultural event, featuring 12,000 competitive exhibits, more than 5,200 of which are animal competitions, plus more than 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs from January 4-11, 2020. Admission is free and parking is $15 in all Farm Show Complex-operated lots.

Both drivers involved in a New Year’s Eve collision have been cited by Mansfield based state police. Troopers report the collision occurred at the intersection of the Charleston Road and Route 6 in Charleston Township when Christopher Grimes of Wellsboro drove his Chevrolet Trailblazer  through the intersection without stopping and hit the driver’s side door on a Cadillac CTS driven by a 16 year old Mansfield boy. Neither driver was hurt. Grimes was cited for failing to obey stop and yield signs. The teen driver was cited for driving an uninsured vehicle.


Charles G. “Charlie” Sinnamond, 78, of Wharton, PA, passed away at home with his loving wife and family by his side on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, after a brief illness.

Charlie was born in Mount Pleasant, PA to Charles T. & Marybelle Thomas Sinnamond on August 06, 1941. He graduated from Elders Ridge High School in 1959. It is there where he met his wife of 58 years, Daleen R. Masisak Sinnamond. They were married on March 25, 1961 in Virginia.

He was a self-employed logger and operated his own sawmill for many years. Charlie and his wife owned and operated the Wharton General Store for 13 years.


He enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling. He was a past member of East Fork Sportsman’s Club. Later in life he found a love of cooking as well as feeding and watching wildlife.

He is survived by his loving wife, Daleen; one son, Chuck (Judy) Sinnamond of Wharton, PA; two daughters, Kim Sinnamond of Emporium, PA and MaryAnne Evans of Kansas City, MO; two sisters, Bonnie Rearick of Shelocta, PA and Kathy Sinnamond; ten grandchildren, Erika (Carl) Brown of Emporium, PA, Chris Artman of Emporium, PA, Courtney (Luke) Nelson of Omaha, NE, Christina (Rory) Bowen of Kansas City, MO, Dale (Kendal) Evans of Kansas City, MO, Melissa (Andrew) Bothell of Wharton, PA, Roselynn Evans of Carmichaels, PA, Chip (Allie) Sinnamond of Coudersport, PA, Adam Artman of Emporium, PA, and Emily Evans of Kansas City, MO; and 15 great grandchildren with another great grandson on the way.

Charlie was preceded in death by his parents.

By keeping with the family’s wishes there will be no visitation or funeral services.

In lieu flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Charlie’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 Charlie, please visit or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.



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