Black Forest Express
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Tuesday’s high, 48; Overnight low 24
WED-CLOUDY, THEN CLEARING, HIGH 46
WED NIGHT-RAIN POSSIBLE, LOW 32
THU-CHANCE OF SNOW, EARLY HIGH OF 31
THU NIGHT-LOW 18
FRI-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 25
FRI NIGHT-LOW 17
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Obituaries: Bonnabell Reed, Coudersport & Taylor Lewis, Coudersport
Tree seedlings available from Game Commission….Potter County Commissioners announce effort to stem outflow of population…..Death of Elk County man investigated….Shinglehouse resident arrested for physical harassment and police say claim of sexual assault at Kane Area High School unfounded…..
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While it might be winter, landowners can begin making plans to help wildlife this spring – and beyond – by planting tree and shrub seedlings offered by the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s Howard Nursery.The 2020 seedling order form is available online, and sales are now underway.The Howard Nursery grows tree and shrub seedlings for use on state game lands and Hunter Access properties, as well as for the Seedlings for Schools program and the Game Commission’s conservation partners.
Any remaining surplus is available to Pennsylvania residents for purchase. Seedlings are sold in units of 25.
The 2020 order form contains a small selection of evergreens and deciduous trees, most of which are native to Pennsylvania and collected from Pennsylvania sources. The order form also offers seedling descriptions, site preferences and benefits.
Those species available are: white pine, red pine, Norway spruce, red oak, sawtooth oak, Washington hawthorn and black locust.
Those interested in placing an order should call Howard Nursery at 814-355-4434. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Orders can be placed by FAX as well at 814-355-8094.
The order form is available at www.pgc.pa.gov. Place your cursor over “Information & Resources” in the menu bar at the top of the homepage, then click on “Make a Purchase” to find the 2020 Seedling Order Form. There also will be a link in Quick Clicks called Seedling Sales.
A strategy to address two of the most serious challenges facing Potter County in the new decade will be unveiled at the next public meeting of the Board of Commissioners, slated for 11 am Thursday, Jan. 16, at the Gunzburger Building.
“Project 2025” is a blueprint to reverse the steady descent of the county’s population, coupled with the growing outmigration of young adults. These trends have serious implications for the future vitality and quality of life in Potter County.
Most recent U.S. Census Bureau figures reflect another 5-percent drop in population, from 17,462 in 2010 to 16,622 as of June 2019. At the same time, the county’s median age has gradually risen to 47 years, far above the statewide median of 41.
Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Paul Heimel and Barry Hayman have assigned two of their department heads, Planning Director Will Hunt and Community Development Director Ellen Russell, to develop and implement Project 2025.
Its goal is to assemble stakeholders, conduct intensive research, and implement a strategy to reverse the population loss and median age growth by the end of 2025.
Some of the options are spelled out in the 2020-29 Countywide Comprehensive Plan. That document reflects input provided by hundreds of community leaders, business owners, conservation advocates, education and tourism officials, and others with an interest in the county’s future.
A website will be developed to serve as a clearinghouse for Project 2025. It will include progress reports, links to helpful resources and other features.
Ridgway based state police are continuing to investigate the death of a 24 year old Kersey man Monday night. Authorities say no foul play is suspected.
An alleged statutory rape and sexual assault last Friday at the Kane Area High School has turned out to be unfounded. Lewis Run state police say following their investigation, no charges will be filed.
A Shinglehouse man has been arrested for physical harassment for an assault allegedly taking place Sunday evening on Mill Street in Shinglehouse. Joseph Thompson, 34, is accused of shoving a victim, onto a couch during an argument.
Bonnabell J. Reed (Bonnie C. Reed) 97 of Coudersport passed away Sunday January 12, 2020 at Sweden Valley Manor.Born March 8, 1922 to Glenn H. and Lida A. (Roberts) Corey in Coudersport, PA.She was a graduate of Coudersport High School’s class of 1940. Bonnie attended Bradford’s School of Nursing and worked in Coudersport for Dr.’s Herman and George Mosch in Coudersport. She married the late Darwin “Duke” Reed. Bonnie was a member of the Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport, Eulalia Chapter 148 Order of Eastern Star, and the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, and for many years she volunteered at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital.Bonnie is survived by a daughter: Darlene L. Unger of Jonestown, PA; a son: Roger W. Reed of DuBois, PA; 6 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 6 great-great-grandchildren, and one brother: Paul (Josephine) Corey of Coudersport. She was preceded in death by her parents, former husband, daughter: Janet (Mike), four brothers: Roderick, Merlyn, Edwin and Dean Corey, and a sister: Glendora Chilson.A Celebration of Life will be held at the family’s convenience, and those wishing to make a donation in Bonnie’s memory are requested to remember the Park United Methodist Church 15 E. 3rd St. Coudersport, PA 16915, or Potter County Hospice 1001 E. 2nd St. Coudersport, PA 16915.The family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East St. Coudersport, PA 16915 with her arrangements.To send flowers to Bonnabell “Bonnie” J. Reed’s family, please visit the floral section.
Taylor V. Lewis, 13, of Coudersport, went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, January 12, 2020, after tragically experimenting with a horrible fad of aerosol propellant inhaling. He was son of Thomas L. and Valerie E. (Gerbec-Lewis) Werstler. Born on Thursday, November 30, 2006, in Coudersport, to birth parents Vaughn Lewis, and Katherine Thompson of Emporium, Pa. Taylor was a seventh grade student in the enrichment program at the Austin Area High School. He attended the Austin Free Methodist Church. Taylor was a very intelligent boy who loved working on everything mechanical, including riding mowers, mini-bikes, electric fans, and even creating his own battery fed lights. He loved fishing; hunting; working on cars with his Dad; spending time with, and helping his family; collecting leaves and studying geography; and collecting rocks with his nieces, Nadia and Irissa. He also liked playing video games; building forts with “Sissy”, Jessica; swimming; camping; and KFC, Nashville Hot chicken was his favorite. He knew most all cars by make, model, engine, etc., and always watched Counting Cars and Top Gear. His greatest loves were his family and being outdoors. Surviving in addition to his Mom and Dad of Coudersport, are his biological parents, Vaughn Lewis and Katherine Thompson of Emporium; six sisters, Jessica Lewis and Sylvia Lewis, both of Emporium, Skylar Werstler, Tanjee Werstler, both of Coudersport, Trinity Werstler and Mikenzi (David) Sabatino, both of Clearfield; his “Grammy”, Sarah Lanphere of Emporium; Grandpa, Larry Werstler of Green Cove Springs, FL; two very special nieces, Nadia and Irissa Sabatino; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins, including special cousin, Adam Lukaschunis. Taylor was predeceased by his biological grandfather, David Thompson; grandmother, Arlene Walker; and grandfather, Edward Gerbec. Also Sebastian and Leonardo Sabatino, both in infancy. Family and friends may call from 9am to noon on Friday, January 17, 2020, at God’s Country Ministries, 1237 East Second Street, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at noon with Taylor’s pastor, Roger Laktash, officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery, Austin. Memorials in Taylor’s name may be made to the Austin Free Methodist Church,
c/o Pastor Roger Laktash, 44 East Vine Street, Port Allegany, PA 16743.
Taylor’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Taylor, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com
Taylor’s family’s prayer is that no other family should ever have to experience this kind of loss. Please talk to your children and grandchildren about the consequences of experimenting with this horrible fad of huffing.