Wednesday January 8, 2019

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Tuesday’s high, 42; Overnight low, 24; ½”new snow






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Obituary: Helen Pearsall, Coudersport (Sizerville)

Farm Show continues in Harrisburg…Two Tioga County school districts  have been awarded Ag Education grants….Kersey man arrested for terroristic threats…Corsica man nabbed for violating PFA in Potter County….State police at Ridgway arrested Elk County man on drug charges and possession of an illegal weapon….

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The 104th Pennsylvania Farm Show continues through Saturday in Harrisburg. Pennsylvania is proud to host the largest indoor agricultural exposition under one roof in the nation, with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibits every year. The event showcases the quality and breadth of Pennsylvania’s agriculture industry and the people who make it thrive. The show offers visitors a tiny slice of the industry that employs nearly half a million people and contributes $185 billion to Pennsylvania’s economy every year. The Pennsylvania Farm Show offers something for everyone, young and old, farmers and non-farmers, foodies and just people who like to have fun. Aside from food and entertainment, the annual event offers the public an opportunity to get an up-close view of how our food goes from farm to fork, and learn about the diversity of Pennsylvania agriculture and the ingenuity of its people. Farmers have the opportunity to show off what they do best, meet old friends and new, and check out cutting edge farm equipment, supplies and farming practices.

In a related note, two Tioga County school districts and one in Bradford County have been awarded grants to help prepare the state’s next generation of farmers, according to Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) . The Ag and Youth Grant program was reenacted by the General Assembly earlier this year as part of a comprehensive package of bills designed to support the state’s top industry.“We need to help our farmers deal with the challenges they are facing today, but at the same time we need to prepare for the future,” Owlett said. “This grant program is one way we are working to boost agriculture education and expose future workers to the many opportunities that exist in the industry.”The Wellsboro Area School District was awarded $2,000 to help bring the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Mobile Ag Science Lab to the elementary school to teach the younger students in the district about agriculture and where their food comes from. The grant requires no matching funds.North Penn-Liberty High School in the Southern Tioga School District was awarded $25,000 toward a building to house the Ag Production Career and Technical Education program and FFA Chapter. This grant requires matching funds.Canton Area School District in Bradford County was awarded $7,250 for the purchase of hydroponics equipment for Canton Area FFA students and environmental science, ag science and ag biology students.The grants were among 55 awarded across the Commonwealth. Funded at $500,000 for this year, the grant program provides youth organizations with direct, non-matching grants of up to $7,500 to defray costs of eligible projects, and matching reimbursement grants of up to $25,000 for capital projects or equipment purchases. Eligible projects included those that are for education or workforce development seminars or field trips; agricultural safety training programs; and capital projects or equipment.

Ridgway abased state police did not release the name of a 30 year old Kersey man arrested for making terroristic threats Monday night in Fox Township. The suspect allegedly sat on top of a 32 year old Kersey woman during an argument, grabbed her wrist when she tried to get her phone and threatened to kill her several times. The suspect was committed to the Elk County Jail Following arraignment 59-03-03

A Corsica PA man was arrested by Coudersport based state police Monday for violating a protection from abuse order. Joseph Snyder., 39, was released  on bail after being arraigned. The alleged crime took place on East Second Street in Coudersport  and the victim is said to be a 29 year old St. Marys woman.

State police at Ridgway  apprehended a man wanted in both Elk and Erie Counties during a traffic stop Monday afternoon on Shelvey Summit Road in Ridgway Township.  Seth Badeau was pulled over for doing 67 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. Officers claim they could smell marijuana coming from the vehicle and after a probable cause  search the allegedly found drugs and paraphernalia, a prohibited offensive weapon and suspected counterfeit currency. Badeau was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a legal blood draw and was released after refusing to the chemical testing.


Helen L. Pearsall, 88, of Coudersport, formerly of Sizerville, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, December 25, 2019, in UPMC Hamot, Erie.Born on Friday, February 6, 1931 in Driftwood, she was a daughter of Arthur H. and Louise Anna Wolfe Pearsall. She was formerly married to Joseph E. Walker, who preceded her in death.Helen had been employed at Sylvania Corporation in Emporium for many years.Helen attended Gardeau Church, where she was the caretaker for many years. While living in Coudersport, Helen attended Gospel Tabernacle Church. She was active in the Adopt a Highway program, a member of the Cameron County Grange, and was a member of the Coudersport Senior Center. While living in Cameron County, she worked on the election board. She enjoyed gardening; going to camp with her granddaughter, Faith Lynne; fishing; and the outdoors. She was a very loving and caring, beautiful woman. She was a mother to her grandchildren and adored her great-grandchildren.Surviving are two daughters, Marilyn Walker Reynolds of Summerville and Faith E. Walker Banks of Emporium; seven grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; three sisters, Pauline Pearsall Hayes of Monroe, Louisiana, Naomi Pearsall Dill of Sterling Run, and Judy Pearsall of St. Marys; a brother, David Pearsall of Snow Camp, North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and her former husband, she was predeceased by a son, Dale A. Walker; three sisters, Josephine I. Pearsall Reed, Mildred Pearsall Irwin, and Esther J. Pearsall Greg; six brothers, Eddie Pearsall, Sr., Richard I. Pearsall, Arthur H. Pearsall, Jr., Allen E. Pearsall, Herbert I. Pearsall, and Robert S. Pearsall.Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the Gardeau Church, 2896 Gardeau Road, Emporium.Helen’s family is being assisted by Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Helen, please visit






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