Monday’s high, 30; Overnight low, 25; ½” snow
TUE-SNOW SHOWERS, HIGH 31
TUE NIGHT-SNOW SHOWERS, LOW 11
WED-SNOW SHOWERS LIKELY, HIGH 19
WED NIGHT-LIGHT SNOW LIKELY, LOW 11
THU-CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS, HIGH 23
THU NIGHT-CHANCE OF SNOW SHOWERS, LOW 13
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BFB Headlines (Tuesday December 12, 2017) PennDot is advising motorists there is a potential for snow squalls and offers travel advice…Businesses reminded of façade program deadline…..Ballots available for Cameron County lighting contest…Tioga County woman hurt when SUV rolls over…Police looking for Sweden Township intruders….Party guests steal items from Tioga County home….ATV and shotgun stolen from Delmar Township camp…..Next on-air report after 12:06 pm on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com
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Obituaries: Goldie Meacham (Olean) & Kathleen Cool (Austin)
PennDOT is alerting drivers that snowfall and the potential for snow squalls are in the forecast for areas of northcentral Pennsylvania through Tuesday. Accumulations of up to 12 inches are possible in northern areas and a minimum of 3 inches is expected across much of the region. While accumulation could be slight in southern counties, winds and low temperatures could combine with the snowfall to make conditions slippery and challenging.
Sudden and heavy snow squalls are one of the biggest challenges that motorists, including PennDOT plow truck drivers, face during the winter. Motorists need to be alert for sudden squalls that can quickly cause roads to become snow covered. Heavy squalls can also cause whiteout conditions that can greatly restrict or virtually eliminate a driver’s visibility.
PennDOT recommends motorists avoid traveling during winter storms if possible, but motorists who must be on the road are urged to use caution while driving.
If motorists do encounter snow squalls while traveling, PennDOT offers this advice:
- Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.
- Turn on your headlights.
- Stay in your lane.
- Increase your following distance.
- Stay alert, keep looking as far ahead as possible and be patient.
- Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required.
- Use defroster and wipers.
- Keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice.
- During whiteouts, come to a complete stop only when you can safely get as far off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so.
- Use four-way flashers when traveling slowly.
- Do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could create a chain-reaction collision.
- Do not pass a vehicle moving slowly or speed up to get away from a vehicle that is following too closely.
- Always buckle up and never drink and drive.
PennDOT is prepared, with plow trucks and other equipment ready. Salt, anti-skid and other materials are in good supply. Crews will be working around the clock if necessary to keep roads safe and passable.
Motorists are reminded that roadways will not be free of snow while precipitation is falling. With freezing temperatures, roads that look wet may be icy, and extra caution is needed when approaching bridges and highway ramps where ice can form without warning. Motorists should leave plenty of space – six car lengths — when following a truck that is plowing or spreading winter materials.
While PennDOT recommends not traveling during winter storms, motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information, and access to more than 850 traffic cameras.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
PennDOT reminds motorists to pack an emergency kit for their vehicles. A basic kit should include non-perishable food, water, blanket, small shovel and warm clothes. When preparing an emergency kit, motorists should consider special needs of passengers such as baby food, pet supplies or medications and pack accordingly.
PennDOT also reminds citizens that downloadable materials, including home and car emergency kit checklists and emergency plan templates, are available at www.ReadyPA.org or by calling 1-888-9-READYPA. Citizens can find information about getting involved in local emergency response efforts and other volunteer opportunities through the Web site or the toll-free line.
For more information on winter driving and PennDOT operations, visit www.penndot.gov/winter.
For PennDOT regional information for major highways on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL
The PA Route 6 Alliance is reminding business and property owners in Warren,McKean, Potter and Tioga County that the deadline to apply for funding to improve the exterior of businesses is quickly approaching.
Applications for the regional façade grant program sponsored by the PA Route 6 Alliance and the PA Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship (PA Wilds Center) are due by December 22 at the Galeton office of the Alliance. Applications can be submitted electronically too.
The PA Route 6 and PA Wilds Regional Façade Program is intended enhance the attractiveness of the small towns within the PA Wilds and along the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor by helping commercial property owners and business owners in Warren, McKean, Potter and Tioga County improve the look of their buildings.
The PA Route 6 and PA Wilds Façade Program will provide funding to commercial building owners and business owners (with property owner approval) as well as non-profits, with the restoration of building facades within the targeted area. Eligible types of restoration activities include design assistance, a fresh coat of paint, new signage, and repairing or replacing an awning.
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.
The program is made possible thanks to an $183,000 Keystone Communities grant from the PA Dept. of Community and Economic Development (DCED), and project support funding from the PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR).
For more information about the PA Route 6 and PA Wilds Regional Façade Program, contact the PA Route 6 Alliance at 814-435-7706. Guidelines and applications can be found at www.paroute6.com/facade.
Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and L&M Lumber teaming up for the house decorating contest this year. Ten homes are listed on the ballot and voters select their top three selections. New this year is the opportunity to select a home not on the ballot to receive honorable mention.
The addresses of the homes participating include, 412 West 6th Street, 114 West 4th Street, 1007 Bucktail Trail Highway Driftwood (Mason Farm), 110 West 7th Street, 2067 Rich Valley Road, 20 Kelly Road (Blackburn Circle), 79 Bomar Drive, 378 East Fifth Street Extension, 2846 Sizerville Road and 212 East 4th Street. Ballots are available at L&M Lumber and the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce. Voting ends Saturday, December 16. The winners will receive Chamber Bucks and will be announced Monday, December 18.
A Columbia Cross Roads woman was hurt in a one-vehicle accident last Thursday evening in Richmond Township, Tioga County. State police at Mansfield just last night, released details reporting Brandi Maki was headed east on Route 6 near the Roseville Road when her Chevrolet Trailblazer skidded and spun off the road, crossed to the other side, hit an embankment, traveled over the embankment and overturned twice before coming to rest upside down in a nearby field. Maki was taken by ambulance to Troy Hospital and has been cited for speeding.
Sweden Township police are still looking for a couple of intruders who were chased off property on the North Hollow Road last Tuesday morning. When a resident let her dogs out at around 10:30 am, the dogs headed to the barn and began barking where two trespassers were located. One of them fired a gun and the dogs went back to the house. Both men were wearing camo clothing and ball caps. One has a beard and the other, blonde hair. They left the property in an older gray Ford single cab pick up with damage to the front passenger side.
Anyone knowing these individuals or sees the vehicles should call 911 immediately. Do not approach the truck.
A couple of thefts in Tioga County have been investigated by state police at Mansfield. A Tioga Township will probably not invite these guests again. Rayco Irean Teneyck had a part at her home on Old Keys Road Sunday night and after the guests left, she discovered several items had been stolen. Burglars stole a green 2000 Yamaha Grizzly ATV and a Springfield double barrel 16-gauge shotgun from a camp on West Hill Road in Delmar Township sometime since the first of October.The camp is owned by 79 year old Karl Latshaw of Berks County.
Goldie M. Meacham, 89, of Olean, passed away on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Olean, after a long illness.
Born on February 14, 1928 in Shinglehouse, Pa., she was a daughter of Fred and Hazel Wheeler Osborne. On November 30, 1946 in Coudersport, Pa., she married Paul E. Meacham, who passed away on April 29, 2008.
Goldie was employed at the former American Olean Tile Company for 22 years. She enjoyed animals and gardening.
Surviving are a son, Gary P. (Shirley) Meacham, Sr. of Clara, Pa.; a granddaughter, Lisa (Andrew) Sottolano; two grandsons, Gary P. (Amy) Meacham, Jr. and Eric (Jennifer) Meacham; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Grace Yentzer of Roulette and Alfreda Palmatier of Coudersport; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Goldie was predeceased by five sisters, Bea Stephens, Alyene Shaw, Ruth Gleason, Gloria Chapell and Beverly Smith; and a brother, Adelbert “Spud” Osborne.
At Goldie’s request, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Private burial services will be held on, Tuesday, December 12, 2017, in Woodland Cemetery, Coudersport.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials in Goldie’s name may be made to the Friends of the Pines, 2245 W. State Street, Olean, NY 14760.
Goldie’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Goldie, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com
Kathleen Janice Cool, 72, of Austin, PA, passed away at her home on Sunday, December 10, 2017. She was born on January 16, 1945 in St. Marys, PA, the daughter of the late Robert and Mary (Fetterman) Green.
Kathleen loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also enjoyed watching football and NASCAR, especially the Pittsburgh Steelers and driver, Davey Allison. Kathleen was a true homemaker and will be remembered for her kind-hearted nature.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son-in-law, Angela (Cool) and Richard Earle of Austin, PA; five grandchildren, Sloane (Joe Allen) Earle, James (Desi) Earle, Jordan Earle, Richard (Alexandria) Earle, Geraldine (David) Britton; 13 great grandchildren; brother, Gerald (Jean) Green; two sisters, Karen (Tango) Haviland and Linda Steis; sister-in-law, Lydia Green; several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Kathleen was preceded in death by three brothers, James, David, and Donald; her brother-in-law, Wayne Steis.
Kathleen’s services will be private and held at the convenience of her family.
To share your fondest memories of Kathleen, please visit thomasfickinger.com.
Local arrangements have been entrusted to Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Coudersport, PA.