Black Forest Express
Sunday’s high, 33; Overnight low 7
MON-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 39
MON NIGHT-SNOW SHOWERS, LOW 33
TUE-SNOW & RAIN TAPER OFF, HIGH 42
TUE NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY 25
WED-CLEARING, HIGH 29
WED NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 15
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Obituary: Emogene Houghtaling, Coudersport
More state parks will welcome pets at campsites in 2021….Mt. Jewett man arrested for harassment….Emporium based state police investigate harassment by cell phone and texting….St. Marys resident suspected of shoplifting at St. Marys Walmart….Bradford teen arrested for public drunkenness after discovered staggering in Port Allegany Sunday morning
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The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced that more campsites will be open to pets when they visit Pennsylvania state parks next year.Beginning with the 2021 camping season, a total of 46 new campsites will allow camping with pets at these state parks:
Codorus, York County (13 sites)
Frances Slocum, Luzerne County (14)
Ohiopyle, Fayette County (3)
Ryerson Station, Greene County (7)
Tobyhanna, Monroe County (7)
Trough Creek, Huntingdon County (2)
Ohiopyle also will offering an ADA-compliant cottage that permits pets.Since its inception as a pilot program in 2001, with nine state parks participating, “Pet Camping” has expanded to include 56 of Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks. Also, a total of 26 state parks allow dogs in designated cabins, cottages and yurts.Advance announcement of pet camping expansion will enable interested campers to make reservations up to 11 months in advance at affected state parks.DCNR officials stress pet owners at all designated sites must comply with many program regulations. They govern leashing; barking and other noise; maximum number of pets allowed (two, when the size of a cat or larger); aggressive behavior; proper cleanup and disposal of feces; valid licensing when required; and needed vaccinations.Violations could require campers to remove their animals from park grounds. Park officials will be empowered to determine whether animals meet the definitions of “pet” (commonly kept in household captivity) and “caged pets” (will not be released from their cage while at the park). Livestock are not considered pets.Payable at time of reservation, fees will cover added maintenance and program costs at participating parks. Fees are $5 per night for dogs in cabins, deluxe cottages and yurts; $3 per night for standard camping cottages; and $2 per night for campsites. Pets are already allowed in state park Day Use areas. State parks in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area which currently allow pets at campsites are Hills Creek, Kettle Creek, Leonard Harrison and Lyman Run. More information on reservations and other state park details can be obtained by telephoning 1-888-PA-PARKS. Check DCNR’s website for participating state parks and detailed regulations governing pet programs.
Harassment charges are pending against a 52 year old Mt. Jewett man who allegedly called a 48 year old Mt. Jewett woman numerous times throughout the day last Thursday and pushed her while inside a residence o Airport Road in Lafayette Township.
Emporium based state police are continuing to investigate harassment by communications. A 36 year old Kittanning, PA man reportedly received several unwanted phone calls and text messages of threatening and harassing nature Saturday morning while in Driftwood.
Troopers at Ridgway did not release the name of a 44 year old St. Marys man who is suspected of stealing an item valued at $39.88 from the St.Marys Walmart last Thursday evening.
State police at Lewis Run did not release the name of a driver whose Pontiac Grand Am hit a church sign and a Penn Dot sign at the intersection of Routes 246 abd 346 in Eldred Township McKean County at around 9:30 last Tuesday night. Troopers said the driver left the scene but contacted them later to report the collision which occurred when he or she became distracted.
DUI charges are pending against 30 year old Brian Conner of Cyclone after a one-vehicle crash in Keating Township, McKean County last Thursday morning. Troopers claim when they investigated they 8:00 crash just north of the Sprester Road, they determined Conner had been driving his Chevrolet Silverado under the influence of a controlled substance. He was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for a blood draw.
A Bradford teenager has been arrested for underage drinking by state police at Lewis Run. Jordan Bond, 19, was released to his parents after police found him walking down Main Street in Port Allegany a few minutes after 5 o’clock Sunday morning. Officers claim due to his level of intoxication, Jordan was unsure of his whereabouts.
Emogene L. Houghtaling, 91, of Coudersport, passed away Friday, February 14, 2020, at UPMC – Cole, Coudersport.mogene was born on August 29, 1928 in Coudersport, the daughter of the late Theodore L. and Neva (Brady) Brewer. She married John W. Houghtaling on September 27, 1947 in Olean and they celebrated 50 years of marriage until his passing on December 8, 1997.Emogene was a wonderful homemaker and worked as a waitress at the former Fischer’s Restaurant and Potato City and the Hotel Crittenden, Coudersport. She was a member of the Christ Episcopal Church, Coudersport. She enjoyed her time with her family, baking, reading, word puzzles and playing cards.Emogene is survived by two sons, Dave Houghtaling and Timothy (Midge) Houghtaling all of Coudersport; three daughters, Evec (Joel) Ivory of Sebastian, FL; Sheila (Robert) Luke of Palm Bay, FL; and Brenda (Gene) Baller of Nanticoke; a daughter-in-law, Kathie Houghtaling of Roulette; 12 grandchildren, 6 step grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren, a great great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Emogene was preceded in death by a son, Michael Houghtaling, four brothers and six sisters.Friends and family are invited to pay tribute to Emogene’s life on Tuesday February 18, 2020 from 5 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 private burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery.In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorial contributions in Emogene’s name be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.