Monday February 3, 2020

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

 Sunday’s high, 38’ Overnight low, 37; 1” plus snow and rain







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Obituary : Barbara Fickinger, Coudersport

Lackawanna River Named “River of the Year”….Troopers at Lewis Run investigate sex photo sent to young girl…..Several drivers arrested for DUI or drug possession…Wellsboro man unhurt when car  collides with three deer in Tioga County…

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A vibrant, cold-water “Class A” fishery in its middle and upper reaches, and a waterway that attracts more paddlers every year, the Lackawanna River in northeastern Pennsylvania has been voted the state’s 2020 River of the Year.

DCNR and Pennsylvania Organization for Waterways and Rivers (POWR) will work with the Lackawanna River Conservation Association (LRCA) to create a free, commemorative poster celebrating the Lackawanna River as the 2020 PA River of the Year.The Lackawanna River Conservation Association will receive a $10,000 Leadership Grant to help fund a slate of year-long 2020 River of the Year activities.Before joining the Susquehanna River, the Lackawanna River flows 60 miles through Susquehanna, Wayne, Lackawanna and Luzerne counties. The waterway had been adversely impacted by the anthracite coal mining industry and railroad, industrial, and urban development over the past 200 years. With the abandonment of the anthracite mines in the 1960s and the development of modern sanitary sewage treatment works, the river has staged a strong recovery.The LRCA was created by local citizens in 1987 to promote restoration and conservation of the Lackawanna River and its watershed resources in northeast Pennsylvania. LRCA is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization promoting the river through education, public involvement, consensus building, partnerships and hands-on opportunities for all ages. Since 1987, LRCA has worked with other community groups and public agencies to plan and promote projects addressing water pollution, recreation, community development, land and water conservation, public involvement, and public policy decision-making that affects the river and its watershed.In cooperation with DCNR, selection of public voting choices was overseen by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.POWR administers the River of the Year program with funding from DCNR. Presented annually since 1983, the 2019 River of the Year designation was awarded to the Clarion River in northwestern Pennsylvania. The public was invited to vote online, choosing from among five waterways nominated across the state. Other waterways nominated were Brandywine Creek, Buffalo Creek, Connoquenessing Creek and the Ohio River. The Allegheny River which flows through much of the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area was the 2017 River of the year.A commemorative River of the Year sojourn is among many paddling trips supported by DCNR and POWR each year. An independent program, the Pennsylvania Sojourn Program, is a unique series of a dozen such trips on the state’s rivers. These water-based journeys for canoeists, kayakers and others raise awareness of the environmental, recreational, tourism and heritage values of rivers. Additional information about the sojourn program can be found at the Pennsylvania Organization for Waterways and Rivers (POWR) websiteOpens In A New Window.More information about the River of the Year, nominated waterways, and past winners can be found at the Pennsylvania River of the Year websiteOpens In A New Window.For more information on conservation of Pennsylvania’s waterways, visit DCNR’s Rivers Conservation web page.

State police at Lewis Run are continuing to investigate a case of corruption of minors occurring Friday evening. A 13 year old Mt. Jewett girl received an obscene message through Facebook from a male who sent explicit photos and requested videos in return.

State police at Emporium have arrested a 27 year old Warren man for drug possession. Troopers explain when they stopped a vehicle on the Sizerville Road near Hayfield Hollow in Portage Township early Saturday morning, they allegedly saw a white powder on the passenger and when he stepped out of the car when asked to do so, they also claim they found methamphetamine on the floor.

A 24 year old DuBois man was also arrested by troopers at Emporium for DUI on Old West Creek Road in Shippen Township early Sunday morning. Authorities claim they were called on a report of an erratic driver who allegedly failed the field sobriety test and was taken for chemical testing. Another DuBois resident is being charged with drug possession. The 51 year old woman was was stopped for a summary traffic violation on Route 219 Friday  afternoon

Authorities did not release the names of any of the suspects.

No injuries were reported for a Wellsboro driver whose vehicle hit three deer on Route 6 in Shippen Township  Saturday night. Troopers report Viren Patel could not avoid hitting the deer which came onto the highway in front of his Toyota Sienna.


Barbara Scott Fickinger, 85, of Coudersport, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2020, at her home. Barbara was born on September 7, 1934 in Coudersport the daughter of the late Kenneth and Clara (Drabert) Scott.  She married Thomas E. Fickinger on August 13, 1958 at the Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport.  They celebrated 47 years of marriage together until his passing on November 16, 2005.Barbara graduated from Mansfield College and was a teacher at Corning High School and then at Coudersport High School.  In 1973 she and her husband purchased the Grabe Funeral Home from Tom’s stepfather and mother, George and Ellen Grabe.  They owned and operated the funeral home together until 1991.  Barbara loved to play bridge and was an avid reader.  She was a warm and welcoming person who loved people.Barbara is survived by her daughters, Pam Szkodzinski of Lodi, CA and Lisa (Robert Waters) Fickinger of Pottstown; a grandson, Paul (Kiersten) Fickinger of Lodi, CA; a sister, Carolyn Moran of San Diego, CA; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and three great great nephews, and her loving caregivers, Mary Freeman, Joanne Morey, Cathy Lent, Connie Sue Olney, Jennifer Cavanaugh, Kathy Williams, Gina Minor, and Sandra Lewis who were a very special part of her family. In addition to her parents and husband, Barbara was preceded in death by her brother, John Scott.  Friends and family are invited to pay tribute to Barbara’s life on Thursday February 6, 2020 from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport.  A funeral service will be held, Friday, February 7, 2020 at 11:00 am with Co-Pastors Donald R. Caskey and Warren B Cederholm Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions in Barbara’s name be made to UPMC – Cole Hospice, 102-108 South Main St., Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Ave., Coudersport, PA 16915.