Friday March 6, 2020

Black Forest Express

Daylight Saving Time Returns Sunday March 8, 2020 @2:00am. Push

clocks AHEAD one hour before going to bed Saturday night.

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Big Moores Run Road, Homer Townshp







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Obituary: Dennis “Sam” Ford, Shinglehouse

Investigation continues into cause of vacant house fire in Bradford…Rifle  stolen fro,m Tioga County home….Lewis Run State police make several DUI arrests…Proposed legislation would allow citizens to remove ineffective local officials…..Almost time for Peregrine Falcon to hatch eggs at DEP headquarters…

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The state police fire marshal is continuing to investigate a blaze which occurred on State Street in Bradford City Wednesday night a vacant wood frame house on my Mandy Thompson of Dubois was damaged to the tune of over $50,000. The cause is yet unknown. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Bradford City Police Department or Pennsylvania State Police in Ridgeway and 814.776. Troopers  at Mansfield are investigating a theft occurring on  East Hill Road in Covington Township sometime between February 18  and this past Tuesday  someone took a rifle belonging to  Fred Colegrove of Covington. The gun  is described as being a Field Master Remington Arms with  a blonde wooden ‘t stock and a Bushnell  scope valued at $460.

State Police  at Lewis Run have made several DUI arrests without releasing the names of the defendant. Trooper say a 65 year old Lewis Rn  man is facing charges following a one vehicle crash Tuesday night on Lincoln Drive in  Lewis run.  When police investigated a one vehicle crash involving a 2007 Town and  Country minivan,  they determined that the driver had been driving under the influence and charges will be filed in District Court. A 25 year old Columbus Ohio resident has been charged with drug possession after police pulled his 2012 Chevy Silverado over for a traffic violation on Route 219 near  the Old Bradford Road in Hamlin Township, McCain County Tuesday night. During the stop police determined that the driver had been operating his vehicle under the influence of a controlled substance. He was taken to Branford Regional Medical Center for chemical testing and the investigation is continuing.  A 59 year old Lewis Run  woman is facing DUI charges after she was pulled over on Lafayette Avenue at Valley Hunt Drive also Tuesday night in Lewis Run . During the traffic stop. police blaze determined that she had been driving her 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo under the influence of alcohol. She was also taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for chemical testing and an arrest is pending those results.

A Lancaster County lawmaker is co sponsoring legislation that would help municipalities remove negligent local officials. We have more about that from Hanson Quickle  in Harrisburg: “Currently, the only way to remove a local official who neglects his or her duties is by waiting for the next election or by seeking removal through the State Senate and the governor. Senate Bill 1068 would amend the state constitution to allow the General Assembly to create a process to remove officials who have been derelict in their duties. Senator Scott Barton explained that the issue needs to be addressed the case in which local officials have abandoned their positions  have created serious consequences both for municipalities and taxpayers. I mean, there has to be a mechanism for local governments to conduct their business and hold accountable those officials who really aren’t doing their job and meeting the responsibilities and that’s to the detriment of the people that they’re supposed to represent. Senator Barton is co sponsoring the measure along with Senator Pat Stofan.= of Fayette County. The bill could receive Senate committee consideration later this month.”

The Department of Environmental Protection is advising Falcon cam followers, it’s the time of year to make predictions as to when the first egg of 2020 will arrive. With this year’s mild winter,Consider that the female nesting on the Brandywine Building in Wilmington, Delaware, a falcon that hatched in 2008. Laid her first egg  of 2020 on February 26. She now has four eggs and has been known to lay as many as six in a nesting season since she took over the Wilmington site by combat with an established bird in 2010. She has had three mates had 41 chicks, including six and one year and fledged 39. One of her male offspring is currently nesting on the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia.  The first Falcon egg arrived on March 5 in 2016, March 8, 2017, March 13, 2018 March 18 2019. You can follow along with the Pennsylvania Falcon cam at gov /Falcon. Repairs and maintenance were completed on the 15th Floor  ledge of the Rachel Carson building the DEP headquarters in Harrisburg. The primary reason for accessing the ledge was to repair the trim on the nest box. Once that was completed, gravel was added to the box and the camera and lenses were cleaned and some basic measurements were added to the interior of the nest box. These inch increments will allow Falcon cam fans to follow the growth of the fledglings  this spring.


 Dennis A. “Sam” Ford, 74, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday (Feb. 26, 2020) in Sena Kean Manor, Smethport.Born on Thursday, July 26, 1945, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of O. Glenn and Eva Sherwood Ford. On Aug. 7, 1965, in the Bell Run Union Church, Shinglehouse, he married Sandra L. “Sandy” Daily, who passed away on March 5, 2016.Sam started his school years in a one room schoolhouse on Bell Run and then attended Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.At one time Sam ran a dairy farm on Sunnyside Road in Shinglehouse. He retired from Stroehmann’s Bakeries in Olean, N.Y., after more than 40 years of service.
Sam attended Bell Run Union Church in Shinglehouse. For several years, Sam and his wife were volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program in Potter County. He enjoyed mowing lawns and handing out Tootsie Roll pops to young and old. “Smiling Sam” always had a twinkle in his eye. Surviving are a son, Gregory A. Ford of Shinglehouse; two grandsons, Matthew G. Ford and Joshua G. Ford; a brother, Kenneth (Teresa) Ford of Shinglehouse; a sister, Jessie Schoonover of Bradford; and many nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents and wife, Sam was predeceased by three brothers, Orville Ford, Rollie Ford and Jack U. Ford; and three sisters, Lorena Pratt, Loretta McCaffrey and Agnes “Aggie” Pratt.Family and friends are invited to call from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday (March 7, 2020) at Bell Run Union Church, Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse, where a memorial service will follow at noon, with the Rev. Chad E. Shaffer, pastor of Bell Run Union Church, officiating. Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bell Run Union Church, 904 Taylor Brook Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Bell Run Community Club, c/o Becky Austin, 308 Austin Road, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Sam’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, express condolenceor share a fond memory of Sam, please visit or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.