Black Forest Express
Photo by Gerri Miller Tuesday’s high, 40;Overnight low, 23
WED-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 37
WED NIGHT-SNOW, MIXED PRECIPITATION, THEN RAIN, LOW 33
THU-CLOUDY CHANCE OF RAIN, HIGH 37
THU NIGHT-OVERCAST, SNOW POSSIBLE, LOW 16
FRI-SNOW SHOWERS POSSIBLE, HIGH 16
FRI NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 8
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Despite Phil’s prediction, we still have some winter weather ahead and DCNR has information for outdoor recreation…..The PA Lumber Museum will have “snowmobility” events all weekend….Wellsboro’s Winter Celebration this weekend will feature a variety of family activities.
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Despite Phil’s prediction of an early spring, we still have winter weather ahead. The Pennsylvania state parks Winter Report allows winter outdoor recreation enthusiasts to monitor snow and ice conditions with state parks. The Winter Report is updated weekly (at a minimum) by state parks during the winter season. The report lists the ice thickness and what ice activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have ice, but if it is not thick enough, then the activities are not available.The report also lists the snow thickness and what snow activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have snow, but if it is not thick enough, then the activities are not available.The report is searchable by park and by winter outdoor recreation activity.
Close to home, winter activities are planned for this weekend in both Potter and Tioga Counties. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is hosting Snow-Mobility Weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14, 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is 10 miles west of Galeton and 10 miles east of Coudersport at 5660 Route 6 in Ulysses Township. For this weekend only, if there is enough snow, the museum will work with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to create a special 5-mile route for snowmobilers that starts at Thompson Road, south of Route 6 in the Susquehannock State Forest and ends on museum property. Way-finding signs and instructions will be placed along the route. Snowmobilers are urged to use extreme caution and watch for oncoming traffic when crossing Route 6 to get to the museum.
On Saturday, Curt Weinhold, a museum board member, will lead a free, 4.5-mile cross-country skiing excursion. It will begin promptly at 9 a.m. at the trailhead near the DCNR Bureau of Forestry District 15 Office located at the top of Denton Hill (GPS address: 3150 2nd Street, Coudersport). Interested skiers should meet at the District 15 office at 8:45 a.m. The mostly downhill route will include Denton Hill cross-country ski trails and end at the museum.
Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Feb. 14, 15 and 16, the museum will show a variety of documentary films on a continuous basis for free. Among the documentaries are: “The CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), A Peaceful Revolution;” “The Last Raft, a Story of Courage and Tragedy on the Susquehanna;” “Gifford Pinchot’s Conservation Legacy;” “Mira Lloyd Dock: A Beautiful Crusade;” “Straight Talk: the Ralph Abele Story;” “Voices of Pine Creek: An Oral History (Vols. 1 & 2)” and “America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment.”
All visitors, including snowmobilers and cross-country skiers, are welcome to warm up in the museum with free hot beverages available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. On Saturday only between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. will be an all-you-can-eat pancake brunch for $8 per person with all proceeds to benefit the museum and its educational programs. The brunch also includes two sausage patties and a choice of coffee, tea or cocoa.
Regular admission rates apply for entry into museum exhibits but there is no cost to enter for food purchases or to see the documentaries. Admission rates are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older and $5 for youth ages 3 to 11.
For more information or to verify snow conditions, call the museum at 1-814-435-2652.
Photo by Tim McBride
With enough snow, The Green in the heart of downtown Wellsboro, will become a course for the tubing contest at 2 p.m. This photo was taken during Wellsboro Winter Celebration’s first tubing contest.
The Wellsboro Winter Celebration is offering three days of winter indoor and outdoor fun this weekend.
“Out of Rushmore’s Shadow”, a living history presentation by Lou Del Bianco, master storyteller and entertainer, will be at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre. Lou portrays his grandfather, Luigi Del Bianco. Speaking in the first person as Luigi, Lou talks about his grandfather’s unique contribution as the chief carver on Mount Rushmore, our nation’s greatest memorial. He also shares historic documents, photos and video. The program will be about an hour, including time for questions. It is appropriate for adults and youth, ages 10 to 17. For tickets, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.
The FFA Pancake Breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday morning.
By 9 a.m. on Saturday at 99 Main Street, four ice carvers will have created a throne for children and adults to sit on and have pictures taken by friends and relatives. Working in pairs, the carvers will then demonstrate their skills by creating six other ice masterpieces on the sidewalks in front of downtown Main Street businesses. The last sculpture will be finished by 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to watch the carvers work and ask them questions. It’s free.
Beginning at 11 a.m. on The Green, a park in the heart of downtown Wellsboro, the ice carvers will go head-to-head to earn bragging rights for creating the best ice masterpieces during three 20-minute heats. Audience members will pick the winner of each heat and the overall winner. It’s free.
Youngsters ages 4 to 12 are encouraged to sing, dance and act as they go “Around The World” with Lou Del Bianco at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street. This nationally recognized children’s entertainer and six-time Parents Choice award winner has been working with youth of all ages since 1982. Register children now for this free program by calling the Deane Center.
The Chili with a Chance for Chocolate Taste-Off will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with 15 chilis to taste at 15 downtown businesses. Pick up a passport for $5 to sample the chilis and vote on the winners as well as enter the drawing to win one or more of 15 baskets of chocolates, each valued at $25. Taste-off passports are available now at the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the day of the event, passports will be available in front of Penn Oak Realty, Inc. at 65 Main Street.
From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday on The Green will be free family-friendly events. There will be a cross-skiing mini-clinic for beginners, snow golf, and at 2 p.m., a tubing contest for children and adults. Stop in at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall for free cookie decorating and hot chocolate for youngsters ages 1 to 12.
A “Live Eric Clapton Experience” presented by the Bell Bottom Blues, a six-member band, will be at the Deane Center Saturday night.
Sunday will feature brunch with music by Joe Callahan, free wine tastings and a free outdoor running/hiking challenge.
For a complete schedule, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wellsboropa.com and click on Wellsboro Winter Celebration.
State police at Ridgway are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a parked unit Tuesday at around 11:00 am in the parking lot of the Family Dollar/Elk County Foods on the Wilcox Road. An unknown vehicle struck the passenger side on a 2020 Dodge Ram causing damage to the bumper and bed. The truck is owned by Stanley Young of Ridgway. Anyone who has information is asked to call state police at 814.776.3136.