Wednesday October 11, 2017

Wednesday October 11, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 77; Overnight low 50; no rain






                                                      FRI NIGHT-A FEW SHOWERS, LOW 40

BFB Headlines  (Wednesday October 11, 2017)Causer’s Senior Expo this Friday in Roulette….DCNR announces grants to plant trees near streams…McKean County man jailed for violating Megan’s law…..Both men involved in Potter County scuffle arrested…..Motorist unhurt when SUV catches fire after hitting bear….Money stolen from Shinglehouse home…..Damaged lawnmower recovered in Tioga County….Next on-air report after 10:06a on

Obituaries: Barbara Sauley (Sabinsville); Ruth Lehman (Coudersport) Jean Corey (Coudersport)

Area senior citizens, their family members and caregivers are invited to the 15th annual Senior Citizens Expo on Friday, Oct. 13, at the Roulette Fire Hall, 12 Riverside Drive, Roulette. The free event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and lunch will be provided. State, county and local exhibitors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions about issues such as health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing and personal safety. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded. For more information, contact my offices in Coudersport (814-274-9769) or Bradford (814-362-4400). Information is also available at or on Facebook at

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has announced that $1 million in PENNVEST-funded grants are being made available to assist landowners with planting trees along streams in Pennsylvania to improve water quality. The grant application period opening this week also includes $250,000 for trails and projects related to the use of snowmobiles and ATVs. Pennsylvania has a goal of planting 95,000 acres of streamside buffers by 2025.

To expand on the existing streamside buffer options for landowners, DCNR is piloting a multi-functional buffer option that is eligible for these grant dollars to provide greater flexibility in landowner eligibility, buffer designs, widths, plant species and offer the option of planting some income-producing crops in the buffer zone. For the PENNVEST-funded grants multi-functional buffers are preferred but not required.

The DCNR Community Conservation Partnership Program grant round opened on October 2 and closes December 20 for these grants.

Individual landowners; businesses; non-profit organizations; local governments; and educational institutions are all eligible for the buffer grants, but must be prequalified. Information about how to prequalify is available online on the DCNR grant portal.

Funding for Snowmobile / ATV projects is through the ATV Management Restricted Account and the Snowmobile Management Restricted Account as authorized by Act 97 of 2016. The accounts are supported by registration fees. The legislation was endorsed and sponsored by Rep. Martin Causer.

Trail projects include acquisition; planning; development; rehabilitation; or maintenance of designated routes on land for motorized recreation activities.  This includes the purchase of equipment for trail construction or maintenance.

DCNR Bureau of Forestry service foresters located in each of the 20 forest districts statewide can assist landowners with information about planting forest buffers

Forest buffers along stream banks provide critical barriers between polluting landscapes and receiving waterways. Properly planted and maintained, streamside tree and shrub plantings filter the runoff of sediments and the fertilizers that are applied to lawns and crops; control erosion; improve water quality; reduce flooding; cool stream temperatures; and improve fish habitat.

Interested applicants should visit the DCNR grant portal.

 A Foster Township man has been jailed in lieu of $50,000 bail for violating Megan’s law .Kane based state police did not provide details about 44 year old Michael Keller’s failure to comply with the law as required by convicted sexual predators.

Both men involved in a scuffle have been charges by Coudersport  based state police withh simple assault and harassment. Troopers claim 62 year old Patrick Doyle of Tower City, PA and 55 year old Gerald Morral of West Branch PA argued while on Alpine lane in West Branch Township last Wednesday afternoon and the disagreement escalated to a point where each shoved the other.

A Macedon, NY man escaped injury when his SUV struck a black bear on Route 15 in Tioga Township. According to state police, James Piper Jr was going south just south of the Route 15 on ramp when the collision occurred Sunday evening. As a result of the collision Piper’s 2015 Chevrolet Equinox caught fire but he was able to drive it to the Welcome Center  parking lot and safely exit.

Minor injuries were reported for a Wilcox driver following a speed related crash Tuesday night in Ridgway Township. Troopers report Todd Berger was going too fast for conditions when his Chevrolet Silverado went off the Long Level Road while making a left hand turn. The truck struck a tree before stopping. Berger was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment.

Coudersport based state police are investigating a burglary at a Shinglehouse area home between September 6 and 25th. Thieves entered the home of Carrie Dickerson and Frank Carr on the Honeoye Road by unknown means and made off with some cash from a safe.

The theft of a lawn mower in Union Township, Tioga County is being probed by state police at Mansfield. A thieve stole a Tecumseh Formula 8 lawn mower owned by 81 year old Marlene Boyce between 8:00 pm last Wednesday and 6:00 am the next day. The mower, was found damaged near the victim’s home on Boyce Road. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.


Barbara L. SAULEY, 71, of Hector Township, Sabinsville, PA, died Saturday, October 7, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA. Born December 11, 1945, in Carlisle, PA, she was the daughter of Charles P. and Alma M. Blosser Stine. She was married to Kenneth G. Sauley, who survives. Surviving besides her husband, Ken, are:  a son, Michael Sauley of Galeton;   and two granddaughters. There will be no visitation or service. Arrangements are entrusteD to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Memorials may be made to Gale Hose Ambulance, 2 Union St., Galeton, PA 16922. Online condolences may be expressed at

Ruth L. Lehman, 86 , a long time resident of Sweden Valley Manor of Coudersport, PA passed away October 9, 2017 at Cole Memorial Hospital.Born in Odin, PA , April 17, 1931 she was the daughter of Henry and Beatrice Bradley Lamont Jr.he was a 1948 graduate of Austin High School and also coordinator of their 50th class reunion in 1998.On October 2, 1954 she married Norman “Corky” Lehman Jr. who preceded her in death January 30, 2006. Ruth is survived by her only daughter Lori Kay Lehman of Coudersport. She was employed by Bell Telephone Company as a telephone operator for 14 years in the Coudersport office. She worked as a clerk for J. C. Penneys for 16 months and she was  a switchboard operator and admissions clerk at Cole Memorial Hospital for 18 years, retiring in 1985.She enjoyed hunting, fishing, and vacationing in Florida with her family. Ruth also adored her cats. She had a great interpersonal skills and working with the public. She was also a member of TOPS.A receiving of friends and family will be held, Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA from 2-4pm. Funeral services to follow at 4pm, Tyler Currie, officiating celebrant. Burial will take place in Sweden Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to your local SPCA.Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband, aunts, uncles and cousins.To share your fondest memories of Ruth visit

Jean L. Corey, 83, of Coudersport, passed away on Monday, October 9, 2017 at the Sweden Valley Manor.Born April 8, 1934 in Port Alleghany, PA, she was the daughter of Owen and Helen Simpier.Jean was a member of the American Legion and American Cancer Society. Jean was a loving wife and mother and took great pride in raising her children. One of her favorite hobbies was knitting.  Jean will be remembered for her outgoing and friendly personality.Jean is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Dean H. Corey of Coudersport; son, Rod Corey and his wife Diane of Coudersport, PA; sister, Sara Anderson of Indiana, PA; 6 grandchildren, Rachel, Ryan, Jedidiah, Brianna, Joshua and Colton; several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Haskins and her sister, Winifred Simpier.Local arrangements have been entrusted to Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915.To share your fondest memories of Jean, visit