Friday October 27, 2017

Thursday’s high, 52; Overnight low, 24; no precipitation

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BFB Headlines (Friday October 27, 2017) Area businesses encouraged to apply for façade grants….Potter County to participate in national program recognizing Vietnam veterans……Roulette resident caught “red-handed” trying to burglarize home….Police looking for Pennfield man accused of assaulting teenage girl…..Next on-air report after 10:06 am today on

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Obituaries:Henry Whitsell, (Rexville, NY), Walter Larnerd (Harrison Valley), Richard O’Brian (Coudersport) and Brant Pekarski service (Coudersport) Geraldine Davis service

The PA Route 6 Alliance and the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PAWilds Center) have launched a regional façade grant program for communities along Route 6 in the Pennsylvania Wilds with the goal of enhancing the attractiveness of the small towns by helping commercial property owners and business owners in Warren, McKean, Potter and Tioga County improve the lookof their buildings. Deadline for applying for the program is December 22,2017.
The PA Route 6 and PA Wilds Façade Program will provide funding tocommercial building owners and business owners (with property owner approval) as well as non-profits, with the restoration of building facadeswithin the targeted area. Eligible types of restoration activities include design assistance, a fresh coat of paint, new signage, and repairing or replacing an awning. Façade improvements do not need to be costly and will greatly improve the façade of the building, making a lasting effect on the community.According to Terri Dennison of the PA Route 6 Alliance, the Façade program will fund about 32 façade projects at a maximum of $5000 each with a required 1:1 match. It will also make smaller matching signage grants available to 50 retail and host site establishments involved in The Wilds Cooperative, a visitor experience the PA Wilds Center is working to curate and grow.Guidelines, applications and a link to the PA Wilds Design Guide can be found at> Auman has been hired to coordinate the program for PA Route 6. She is available to meet with interested property and business owners. For more information about the PA Route 6 and PA Wilds Regional Façade Program or to schedule an appointment with Ms. Auman, contact the PA Route 6 Alliance in Galeton at 814-435-7706. During the October 12, 2017 Potter County Coimmissioners’ meeting, Susan Kefover said she is disappointed that the number of applications is far below the amount of money available and encouraged businesses to apply.The program is made possible thanks to an $183,000 Keystone Communities grant from the PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development (DCED), andproject support funding from the PA Dept. of Conservation & NaturalResources (DCNR).

Potter County has been accepted as a partner in a project to honor Vietnam veterans. Commissioner Paul Heimel reported at yesterday’s board meeting that the county has received a letter from Major General James T. Jackson director USA Vietnam War congratulating the county on becoming a partner in the national Commemoration of the Vietnam War Initiative, a project of Congress and the Defense Department. Heimel said plans are being made to hold a local high-profile Vietnam Veterans Recognition Dinner and Memorial Service next year. Meanwhile, the latest edition of the quarterly newsletter, Potter County Veterans News, is now available. The Oct.-Dec. 2017 edition reports on the recent ceremony to honor Korean War casualty William Sadewasser at the Ulysses Cemetery; a poignant account of a Galeton family’s reckoning with the loss of Navy sailor Anthony Bernard Caracciolo in the sinking of the USS Juneau; an American Legion/Boy Scouts flag retirement ceremony in Shinglehouse; updates on the Potter County Veterans Gravestone Restoration Project; special statewide honors for Coudersport American Legion Post 192; and reports on new scams that are targeting veterans and on proposals to expand the reach of VA health care through telemedicine. The Oct.-Dec. 2017 edition and all past issues of Potter County Veterans News are available on the county website,, or by contacting Dawn Wooster, executive secretary for the Potter County Commissioners, at 814-274- 8290, extension 207.

An 18 year old Roulette resident has been jailed for an attempted burglary Thursday morning in the village. According to Sweden Township Police Chief Bryan Phelps, because of recent events taking place officers have been patrolling the community at targeted times and locations. He said that with the help of an alert citizens, Wyatt Dean was apprehended at around 11:00 am trying to burglarize a home.
After being captured, Dean was arraigned in front of Judge McCleaft( Shinglehouse ) and was committed to the Potter County Jail when he was unable to post the $25,000 (% bail ). While performaing their duties, corrections officer reportedly found suspected narcotics/contraband in his sock. Once in side the jail, in the performance of their duties correction officers located suspected narcotics/contraband in his sock, Chief Phelps says additional Drug-related charges are pending against Dean. Sweden Township police cover Roulette under a contract and were assisted by members of the Coudesport Borough police department. helps said officers appreciate assistance from the public and encourage anyone who sees something suspicious to contact 911.

State police in Ridgway are looking for a Penfield man suspected of attacking a teenage girl Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Upper Front Street and Depot Street in that town. Troopers claim the suspect shoved the 16 year old girl in the shoulder and slapped her hand when she tried to keep him from assaulting another pedestrian. The known suspect allegedly fled the scene before being apprehended but charges are pending against him in District Court.

Henry W. WHITESELL, 55, of Rexville, NY, died Sunday, October 22, 2017 in his home. Born April 5, 1962, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of Francis Melvin and Marjorie Faulkner Whitesell.
Henry worked as a farmhand, logger, and woodcutter and was a jack of all trades. He was the type of man that would give you the shirt off his back. If there was something that you needed, he would give it to you or let you borrow it with no questions asked. He would stop whatever he was doing to help you out. Henry loved all his kids and tried to the best of his ability to give and provide for them so they could have the best life possible.
Surviving are: five children, Jeanette (Walter) Hammond, Ashley (Steve) Gallaher, Betty Sue Whitesell, Dustin W. Whitesell, and Kiley Whitesell; three grandchildren, Anthony Limprun, McKayla Gallaher, and Riley Gallaher; six siblings, Nancy (Jeff) Empson, Ann Whitesell, Lillian (Shawn) Delill, Amy (Robert Lewis) Whitesell, Dennis Whitesell, and Shirley Ryan; nieces, nephews, and cousins; and longtime friend, Helen Snyder. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Vicki Whitesell.
Friends may call at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 6:00 PM. The Rev. Trevor Price will officiate. Burial will be in Genesee Cemetery.
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Walter A. LARNERD, 67, Harrison Valley, PA, died Sunday, October 22, 2017 in his home.
A Memorial Service will be held 10:00 AM, Saturday, October 28, 2017 at the West Pike Baptist Church, West Pike, PA. The Rev. John Prouty will officiate.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915. Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at

Richard W. O’Brien, 88, passed away Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport, PA. 10 days short of his 89th birthday.
Born October 31, 1928 in West Haven, CT, Richard lived in Connecticut most of his life. He was the son of the late Stephen A. O’Brien, attorney and Edith MacDonald, his parents had divorced when Richard was quite young.
Richard grew up on Hoydens Hill in Fairfield, CT at his Uncle Walt’s dairy farm. He attended grammar school in Fairfield, CT and graduated from the Warren Harding High School, Bridgeport, CT , in 1946. After serving in the Army for two years, stationed in Germany after the war, he then attended and graduated from UCONN, The University of Connecticut, in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He was a lifelong member of Jesse Lee United Methodist Church, in Easton, Ct., and a 50 year member of the Ashlar-Aspetuck Lodge No. 142 in Easton, CT. Richard worked at Marsh Dairy until they closed and then for Electric Maintenance in Black Rock for many years as accountant and bookkeeper retiring in 2006.
Richard is survived by one nephew, Denis O’Brien of Pelham, MA and several cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother; Thomas O’Brien and a nephew, David O’Brien both of the Amherst area of Massachusetts.
Later in life, Richard relied on the care of his cousin Warren Cederholm. He moved from Connecticut to Pennsylvania nine years ago to be closer to his cousin, he resided at Cole Manor in Coudersport, PA . While he was able, he attended Park United Methodist Church. In keeping with Richard’s wishes, burial will be private in the Lawn Cemetery, Huntington, CT. The Reverend Cederholm will preside at the service. Arrangements held by Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA.
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Family and friends of Brant Pekarski are invited to attend a celebration of his life Sunday at the Coudersport American Legion Post 192.Visitation will be from 1-2p with a memorial service following at 2:00pm. Arrangements are under the direction of the Howard Funeral Home.

Geraldine DAVIS, 84, of Coudersport, PA, died Wednesday, October 4, 2017.  A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, October 28, 2017 in the Sweden Valley Faith United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Steven Small will officiate. A luncheon will follow the service.   Burial will be in Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette, PA.  Memorials may be made to Sweden Valley Manor Activity Fund, 1028 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at