Thursday January 30, 2020

Black Forest Express

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Wednesday’s high, 35; overnight low, 6







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Obituary: Lois Fitzgerald, Coudersport

The Game Commission is accepting comments on its draft of a new Elk Management Plan….Two area schools receive cafeteria grants…..Potter County Commissioners looking for younger residents to help with the 2025 plan…..Mansfield driver cited for speeding and driving without a license following crash in Covington Township….Snowy road conditions blamed for Elk County accident…..Eldred man arrested for drug possession following police stop and prescription medicine stolen from Wellsboro mailbox….

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission has released a draft of its new Elk Management Plan, a document that, when adopted, will guide the agency’s elk management program through 2025.The plan is in draft form and available to view at It can be accessed through a link in the Quick Clicks section.The 2020-2025 Elk Management Plan focuses on maintaining a healthy and sustainable elk population, creating quality habitat and employing strategies for mitigating elk-human conflicts. In addition, there are goals related to educating and informing an interested public about elk and elk management. The new plan also highlights several research needs including methods of estimating populations and surveying hunter opinions about elk management.Comments about the plan will be accepted from the public through Feb. 21, 2020, and can be emailed to or sent by mail to: Elk Management Plan, Bureau of Wildlife Management, Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg PA 17110-9797.A summary of public comments received, and any changes made in response to the comments, will be included in the final version of the Elk Management Plan, which will be presented to the Game Commission’s Board of Commissioners for approval at the board’s April meeting.

Grants were awarded to two area school districts Tuesday to help with the purchase of needed equipment,  according to Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)

The Austin Area School District in Potter County was awarded $16,629 for a walk-in cooler.  The Bradford Area School District in McKean County was awarded $22,746 for a combination gas oven to be located at George G. Blaisdell Elementary School. The grants, which come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The funding is awarded to schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and have 50% or more of students eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Schools often use the grants to purchase new refrigerators, freezers, stoves and dishwashers.

Across the state, more than $925,000 in funding was awarded to 72 schools.

Potter County Commissioners are seeking young adults who are residents of Potter County, who are interested in becoming more involved in their communities by serving on a steering committee for Project 2025.

Project 2025 is the county’s newest initiative to encourage community pride and participation, promote growth and migration to Potter County, and reverse the steady population decline.

Committee members will advise county leaders on the direction and implementation of Project 2025. Those willing to provide their voice for the county’s future should contact Community Development Director Ellen Russell at (814) 274-8290, extension 209, or by emailing by Friday, Feb 14.

State police at Mansfield don’t  know if a Middlebury Center driver was hurt in a one-vehicle crash early last Saturday amorning in Del,are Township. Lane Gee was going north when his Jeep Cherokee went off Route 287 and hit some guardrails. Gee left the scene before troopers arrived.

Troopers at Mansfield have cited a Blossburg driver for failing to be licensed and speeding  after his Ford Taurus wrecked on East Creek Road in Covington Township Sunday afternoon. Jawelle Brown lost control of  his westbound Ford Taurus on the snow and ice covered dirt road. The car went off the road and hit a tree. Brown walked to the Blossburg Borough police office to report the accident. He and his passenger, Taaj Dallas were not hurt.

A St.Marys driver also escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash early Sunday morning in Fox Township, Elk County. Lung Ho was traveling north on the Toby Road when Acura MDX slid off of the snow covered Toby Road and struck a tree.

Emporium based state police have arrested 20 year old Caleb James of Eldred for drug possession after pulling over his 2006 Ford F-150 on Route 120 near Taggert Lane in Shippen Township early last Thursday morning. Troopers claim a glass pipe was in plain view and a probable cause search allegedly turned up two pipes, a metal marijuana container/grinder and a small amount of suspected pot inside.

The theft of some prescription medications from a mailbox on Wilkins Road in Duncan Township sometime over the past month. An undisclosed amount of Levoxine and Venflaxine belonging to a 67 yar old Wellsboro woman were removed from her mailbox her mailbox between December 26 and 29. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.


Lois Irene (Hall) Fitzgerald, 86, of Coudersport, formerly of Perrysville, OH, passed away Monday, January 27, 2020, at UPMC Cole Long Term Care Facility, Coudersport.Lois was born on February 23, 1933 in Aliquippa, PA the daughter of the late Ephraim W. and Evelyn (Pence) Hall.  She married John L. Fitzgerald on July 20, 1951 in Decatur, IN and they celebrated 36 years of marriage until his passing on January 9, 1988.Lois was a wonderful homemaker and worked at the Mohican Youth Academy in Loudonville, OH.  She was a member of the Eulalia Chapter of the Eastern Star.  Lois enjoyed her family, reading, gardening and wintering in Florida with her sister Marie.Lois is survived by two sons, Douglas (Tammy) Fitzgerald of Maricopa, AZ and Loren (Sharon) Fitzgerald of Coudersport, PA; a brother Robert (Beverly) Hughes of Shepherdstown, WV; a sister, Carol (Larry) Secoy of Perrysville, OH; grandchildren, Chance, Heather, and John Fitzgerald, and Savanah Hembree-Fitzgerald.  She is also survived by special friends, Betty, Kevin, and Ally Dean of Loudonville, OH; a nephew, Eric (Tonya) Parker of Perrysville, OH, and a niece, Kara Hughes of Ashburn, VA.In addition to her parents and husband, Lois was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Hall.Friends and family are invited to pay tribute to Lois’s life on Thursday January 30, 2020 from 6 pm – 7 pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport, with a funeral service to follow with Rev. John Kallerson officiating.  A committal service will be held Monday, February 3, 2020 at Greenlawn Cemetery, Perrysville, OH.


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