Thursday, February 13, 2020


Black Forest Express

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Wednesday’s high, 43; Overnight low 31; 2-1/2” snow







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Obituary: Rosalind “Rose” Colvin, Olathe, KS (North Bingham)

Scarnati announces retirement….Allegheny County lawmaker introduces legislation to trim House…police agencies recognized for fighting aggressive driving……Smethport girl runs away from home…Canton man arrested for DUI after vehicle crash….Troopers at Coudersport nab two Potter County residents for DUI.

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President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) has announced his retirement from the Pennsylvania Senate at the end of his 5th term in office.  Senator Scarnati represents the 25th Senatorial District, which includes Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties and portions of Clearfield County.“Today I am announcing that I will not be seeking a 6th term as Senator for the 25th Senatorial District.  At the end of this year, I will have served the people of the 25th Senatorial district for 20 years.  With the support of my Senate colleagues, I have spent the last 14 of those years in the position of President Pro Tempore and served as Pennsylvania’s 31st Lieutenant Governor from 2008 to 2011. I have worked with five Governors and throughout this time I am proud to have been a leading advocate for rural Pennsylvania values.“While I am greatly humbled by those who have once again supported my petition to have my name on the ballot, after many conversations with family and close supporters I have made a personal, and not political, decision that I will not be filing my petitions.  My concern with leaving office has always been in large part wanting to ensure the 25th Senatorial District is well represented after my departure from the Senate.“I came to Harrisburg in 2001 as the first Senator elected as an independent. I was disappointed by the choices that our sitting Senator at the time had made, and could not support his candidacy. My independent streak never ended there in my tenure.  I have always believed that both sides of the aisle must work together on behalf of our constituents and compromise on issues without compromising on our values.  At the same time, I have always sought to protect working families and their hard earned tax dollars. Since the days of Governor Ed Rendell’s Administration, I have actively blocked the massive proposed tax hikes on workers and businesses as proposed by his Administration and others who have followed.“I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished for the Commonwealth during my time in the Senate. We have overseen the largest Republican majority since Eisenhower was president (34-16). We have protected the unborn by supporting a strong pro-life agenda.  We have fought to safeguard our 2nd Amendment rights that the liberal left continues to attack. In 2012, we passed a landmark Marcellus Shale Impact Fee bill to ensure responsible drilling and investments in our local communities. We have prioritized job growth and creation across Pennsylvania. We have fought for historic levels of school safety funding – and will continue that fight.“I thank my family for their unwavering support over the last two decades. Serving in public office is not something that you do alone. I am looking forward to traveling and spending more time with my wife Amy, our children and grandchild.  I also look forward to helping my parents who are both in their 80’s.

“Throughout my time in office, I am grateful to have been surrounded by friends and fellow senators whom I respect.  My success has been largely in part because of serving with incredible colleagues and working with a team of talented individuals who are not my staff, but my co-workers. It takes a strong team to serve constituents and to oversee operations of the Senate. “I sincerely thank my constituents for the honor of representing them. While the announcement of my future departure comes today, I will still be actively engaged in serving my district and the Senate for the next nine months. I also look forward to continuing to lead the effort this year to maintain our Senate Republican Majority.  Following my departure from the Senate, I will be taking a more active role in my business and evaluating other opportunities.” Scarnati has been praised over the years by citizens and local leaders for his work on their behalf.

Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) recently introduced legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution, reducing the number of legislative districts in Pennsylvania from 203 to 151.“Pennsylvania has the second-largest state legislature in the country,” Gaydos said. “Reducing the number of seats in the House of Representatives will not only provide a significant cost savings to taxpayers, but also streamline the legislative process and make it easier for lawmakers to reach consensus.”Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill), a co-sponsor of House Bill 2151, has advocated for similar legislation during the last two legislative sessions.“I believe in smaller government, cutting costs and streamlining services, so I would support this bill on those merits alone,” Knowles said. “I also believe a smaller House would lead to better discussion, clearer debate and more opportunity for each member to make his or her point. Too often that is lacking with such large numbers.” Some rural lawmakers have expressed concern that such a plan would further reduce representation of rural constituents.Because such a change would necessitate an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution, identical versions of the bill would need to pass through the General Assembly in back-to-back sessions. At that point, the public would vote on the amendment in a statewide referendum.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Highway Safety Network held a press event Wednesday in Bloomsburg to honor local police officers for their outstanding participation in PennDOT’s Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project in 2019. State police Troop F which includes the Lewis Run and Ridgway stations was among the agencies being recognized.Individual award recipients from Columbia County included Patrolman Daniel O’Donnell with the Hemlock Township Police Department, Officer David Bowman with the Bloomsburg Police Department, Patrolman William C. Lefevre and Patrolman Tyler Soboleski with the South Centre Township Police Department and Patrolman Evan Lingousky with Scott Township Police Department.Also receiving individual awards: from Snyder County Patrolman Jacob Shipman and Patrolman Leif E. Hassenplug with the Shamokin Dam Police Department; from Union County Patrolman Terrell Lehman from Buffalo Valley regional Police Department and from Northumberland County Patrolman Michael Menapace from the Coal Township Police Department.Several local law enforcement agencies were also recognized for their efforts in enforcing aggressive driving laws:

Pennsylvania State Police- Troop F

Bloomsburg Police Department

Hemlock Township Police Department

Scott Township Police Department

South Centre Township Police Department

Coal Township Police Department

Mount Carmel Township Police Department

Sunbury Police Department

Shamokin Dam Police Department

Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department

The 2019 aggressive driving enforcement focused on red light running, the Steer Clear law, the left lane law, distracted driving, work zone violations, tailgating and heavy trucks. Motorists exhibiting other unsafe behaviors such as speeding, following too closely, or other aggressive actions were cited.Municipal police agencies that participated in last year’s campaign made 39,141 aggressive-driving related contacts citing 22,353 drivers for speeding. Failing to stop for red lights and stop signs resulted in 3,077 citations. Additionally, the enforcement accounted for 34 felony arrests, 98 fugitives apprehended, 126 impaired driving arrests and 1,259 occupant protection citations.The Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).For more information on aggressive driving, visit  or call 877-723-6830.For local updates on Twitter visit, and follow statewide PennDOT news on Twitter at

State police at Lewis Run are looking for a 17 year old Smethport girl who ran away from her home  at 905 West Main Street Tuesday night. However, no description of the girl or her name were provided by authorities.

No one was hurt in a collision a week ago on Route 249 in Middlebury Township, Tioga County. According to Manasfield based state police the collision occurred when a southbound Nissan Sentra driven by Seth Reese crossed the double yellow line and hit a GMC Terrain d riven by Nicole Simonds of Little Marsh.

A Washington, DC driver was not hurt when his SUV  while traveling south on snow-covered Route 15 in Tiogqa Township Saturday morning hit and struck a guard rail barrier, then slid across the road and hit the western guardrail t wice before stopping.

DUI charges are pending against Christopher Hibbert, of Canton  following one vehicle roll over at around 12:30 am February 2 on Fallbrook Road in Ward Township, Tioga County. Troopers suspect Hibbert had been drinking before driving his 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup. The pickup went off the right side of River Road and collided with a boulder causing it to roll onto the driver side. Police claim HIbbert left the scen prior to their arrival. Hibbert was treated atTroy Hospital for unknown injuries.

State police at Coudersport have arrested  two  Potter County residentst for DUI. David Brown, 27 of Coudersport  was cited after he was pulled over on 44 in Hebron Township a few minutes after Ryan Dexter, 37 of Genesee was arrested after he drove to 320 North Street  in Ulysses at around 8:30 am, January 17. Dexter was additionally charged with public drunkenness and related summary offenses.


Rosalind D. “Rose” COLVIN, 70, of Olathe, KS, formerly of North Bingham, PA, died Tuesday, February 4, 2020 in Homestead of Olathe Memory Care, Olathe.  Born September 24, 1949, in Coudersport, PA, she was the daughter of Stewart G. and OnnoleeTruax Hall.  A 1967 graduate of Northern Potter High School, she studied nursing at BOCES and earned an associate’s degree in medical secretarial from Olean Business Institute.  She was employed by Galeton Production, DCNR, Adelphia, Telcove, Level 3, and retired from MedPlast in Westfield in 2012.  Surviving are:  a daughter, Nicolle “Nikki” (Nathan) Singletary of Olathe;  11 grandchildren;  five great-grandchildren;  a brother, Ronald C. (Theresa) Hall of North Bingham;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Sonja Rohrer.  Private burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to North Bingham Cemetery, c/o Charles Nelson, 214 Grover Hollow Road, Genesee, PA 16923.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at