Tuesday November 13, 2018

Mother Nature did not obey the Stop sign!

Monday’s high, 42; Overnight low, 31; 2.5” of snow

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Obituary: Josephine Heck, Wesfield

Game Commission selling wildlife and bird calendars….Falls Creek woman arrested for harassing Elk County resident….Two accidents with injuries in Harrison Township occur during short span of time…..several more car/deer collisions reported throughout the area….

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission this fall is offering both a wild birds and a wildlife calendar to raise money for wildlife conservation among residents who normally don’t contribute to wildlife’s wellbeing in the Keystone State.
The Game Commission says every dollar raised for Pennsylvania wildlife conservation matters in an era when so many neotropical birds are in decline; when cave bats have lost up to 95 percent of their populations to white-nose syndrome; and when the state bird, the ruffed grouse, has been decimated by West Nile virus.

Each calendar is 10½ by 13 inches and printed on quality stock. Every month features an exceptional wild bird or mammal color photograph that will dress up any room, as well as timely tidbits on birds or wildlife to help you stay abreast of seasonal outdoor happenings.

To purchase Game Commission calendars, visit The Outdoor Shop, a Game Commission region office or a vendor who sells the calendars.

Ridgway based state police have arrested a Falls Creek woman for harassment threatening physical contact. Troopers claim 30 year old Shalyn Chesnoka hit the door at the home of 45 year old Wendy Celinski at 15 Hulett Street in BenezetteTownship on the afternoon of October 29 and threatened Celinski.

Details about a one-vehicle accident last Friday afternoon on Route 49 in Harrison Township were released late last night by state police at the Coudersport barracks. Marie Diebel of Coudersport was headed east when her Ford Explorer went off the road and into a ditch a few minutes after noon. She was taken to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries.

A minutes later, Jared Fenstermacher of Bloomsburg, PA was hurt when his Chevrolet Colorado crossed Route 49 also in Harrison Township and hit an embankment. He was taken by Tri-Town ambulance to UPMC Cole with minor injuries.

Troopers at Emporium are looking for a hit and run vehicle which sideswiped another on Route 120 in Shippen Township Monday afternoon. The trailing unit of the westbound vehicle crossed the center line and struck the driver’s side mirror on an eastbound 2018 Hyundai driven by Scott Roy of Lafayette, LA. Roy was not hurt.

Deer continue to get hit by vehicles across the region. Steven Good was going north on Route 155 near Hobbs Lane in Liberty Township, McKean County early Sunday morning when a whitetail bounded onto the road in front of his Jeep Renegade. Good was unable to avoid the collision.

Three Rochester, NY men escaped injury in a car/deer encounter late Saturday night in Covington, Township, Tioga County. Adam Grudko was unable to avoid hitting the whitetail which jumped over the guardrail on Route 15 in front of his Volkswagen ATL. The driver and his passenger  Aleksandr Fesyuk were using seatbelts, while a second passenger,Mikhail Grudko was not.
A Weedville teen driver also escaped injury when his Pontiac Vibe hit a deer which was crossing the Million Dollar Highway Sunday night.

DUI charges are pending against a 28 year old Roulette driver. State police allege when they pulled over a 2002 VW Jetta in Port Allegany Sunday night, the determined the driver, whose name was not
released was driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

Josephine HECK, 72, of Westfield, PA, formerly of Brooklyn, NY, Queens, NY, and Wantaugh, Long Island, NY, died Monday, November 5, 2018 in her home. Born August 11, 1946, in Brooklyn, she was the daughter of Salvatore and Katherine Guardino Terzo. On May 22, 1966, in Brooklyn, she married Stephen M. Heck, who survives.
She was employed as a beautician for many years. Mrs. Heck and her husband resided in Harrison Township for the last 35 years. Surviving besides her husband, Stephen, are: three children, Stephen M. (Brenda) Heck, Jr. of Genesee, John J. (Tammy) Heck of Westfield, and Lisa M. (William) Benway of Westfield; five grandchildren; a brother, Salvatore (Eileen) Terzo of Queens, NY; and a sister, Geraldine Bellafiore of Levittown, NY. She was predeceased by her parents.
Private services were held at Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA. Fr. David Bechtel officiated.
Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com.



Monday, November 12, 2018

Black Forest Express   


                                     Winter arrived Friday, November 9. 2018–Photo by Gerri Miller

Sunday’s high, 40; Overnight low 16; .96” precip. For weekend (snow & rain)







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Authorities continue to investigate standoff Friday on Route 6……Bolivar man accused of threatening Shinglehouse woman over the phone…..Numerous car/deer collisions reported across the region….Slippery roads also blamed for crashes….DEP advising residents to inspect home heating oil tanks…..

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McKean County authorities have not released the name of a Liberty Township man who  caused Route 6 between Port Allegany and Smethport to be closed to traffic for 14 hours Friday in a stand-off with police. The incident began when trooper responded to a domestic violence call in progress. The suspect said he was going to burn down the house with everyone inside  The family members all escaped and the suspect barricaded himself with a reported firearm in side the house. He was found hiding in the attic and allegedly refused to listen to commands. He was tazed and taken into custody. He was then taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for medical treatment and mental health evaluation Traffic was detoured over 155 to the Larabee Y and then to Smethport. Sate police were assisted by the Smethport and Port Allegany police departments, Smethport and Port Allegany fire departments Port Allegany ambulance and PennDot.

Troopers at Kane have charged 25 year old Derek Foss of Bolivar, NY for terroristic threats. Police claim Foss threatened a 24 year old Shinglehouse woman over the phone early on the morning of October 10. He is now facing charges in District Court.

It’s the rut season for deer and there have been numerous car/deer collisions reported across the region.  Thomas Gage of Fillmore, NY was not hurt when his Chevrolet Impala hit a deer on the Brookland Road in Ulysses Township, Potter County last Thursday afternoon. No injuries were reported for Rebecca Smith of Wellsboro whose Hyundai Elantra collided with a deer on Route 6 just west of the Loucks Mills Road in Pike Township, Potter County last Thursday evening. A Byrndale couple also escaped injury in a car/deer collision late Saturday night on the Buena Vista Highway in Jones Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police Penny Vanalstine was going south on Route 321 when her GMC Sierra  encountered a white tail in her lane. She and her husband, James, were using seat belts at the time. Ali Kanji of Silver Spring Maryland was not hurt when his Volvo hit a deer on Route 15 in Richmond Township, Tioga County late last Thursday night. And David Dixon of Emporium, could not stop his Subaru Forester in time to avoid a deer which was crossing Route 6 in Shippen Township, last Friday afternoon.

Slippery roads blamed for numerous accidents across the region. Minor injuries were reported for a four year old Emporium  boy after a one-vehicle mishap last Friday afternoon in Shippen Township, Cameron County. State police report a Mazda driven by Crystal Hause of Emporium was going east on Route 120 when it slid off the road, went down an embankment and struck a utility pole before stopping. Hause and Jadelyn  Dengle also of Emporium were not hurt and the child did not require medical attention for his slight injury. Minor injuries were also reported for a Fairfax, VA woman whose Mazda Tribute slid off of Route 15 in Liberty Township, Tioga County just before noon Friday. The car rolled over after hit and embankment. Lauren Blechl did not go to a hospital for treatment. A Muncy driver escaped injury early Saturday morning when his Dodge Ram 1500 slid off of icy Route 15 in Liberty Township, Tioga County, hit a section of guardrails and then a  disabled Mack truck parked on the side of the road. Lawrence Lopez of Rochester, NY was not hurt when his Mack truck tractor slid off of icy Route 15 in Liberty Township Saturday morning and struck a guardrail where it became disabled. (This apparently was not the parked unit mentioned above as this accident occurred later that morning).A Sayre, PA man also escaped injury in a weather-related accident Saturday night in  Jackson Township, Tioga County. Matthew Isaacson was going north when his Volvo slid off of ice-covered Bailey Creek Road and hit a ditch. A Port Allegany teenager was not hurt when his car hit a guard rail along snow-covered Route 6 in Liberty Township, McKean County Friday morning. Gavin Minich, 18, was headed west at around 8:30 am. No one was hurt when a Vovlo struck the plow and front fender of an International Harvester in Foster Township, McKean County Friday morning. Miguel Cordova’s semi trailer  failed to make a left curve and went into the opposite lane.

Kane based state police say charges are pending against a Bradford driver whose vehicle hit a house located at 4262 Route 646 in Keating Township Friday morning. The  front porch and side wall of the house were damaged upon impact. The driver and his passenger were not hurt and there were no injuries for occupants of the house.  The vehicle could be driven from the scene and the driver’s name should be released once charges are filed.

Ashleigh Updike  of Tioga, PA wearing a seatbelt and avoided injury Saturday afternoon when her Jeep Grand Cherokee went off the  east side of Route 15 in Richmond Township and collided with a sign after traveling about 100 feet down an embankment.

Both the driver and passenger escaped inury Friday afternoon in roll-over  in Gaines Township, Tioga County. Kenneth Spear of Cushing  NY was headed  north on Shin Hollow Road when his Ford F-350 went off the east side of the road ands truck an embankment with the front end before overturning.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is advising  residents to inspect and assess home heating oil tanks before the upcoming heating season to avoid leaks or spills that can be prevented.

Nearly one in five Pennsylvania households uses heating oil to stay warm in the winter. Owners of home heating oil tanks should inspect indoor and outdoor tanks for potential problems. Leaking heating oil tanks can contaminate drinking water and soils, diminish indoor air quality, create the potential for fires and explosions, and subject tank owners to very expensive cleanups, which may not be covered by homeowner insurance policies. With proper tank management, spills and leaks can be avoided. Tank owners who think their oil tank may have a problem should immediately contact their oil company for help.

DEP encourages home heating oil tank owners to routinely inspect the exterior of the tank and all attached equipment and follow these tips:

  • For safety reasons, always assume the tank contains at least some oil.
  • Check for signs of rusting on the tank and its structural supports.
  • Examine the tank’s fill line and feed line to the furnace for leaks.
  • Check for signs that the vent line is clogged by debris such as spider or bee nests.
  • Recognize that wet spots or odors near the tank may signal a problem.
  • Never tip over or empty a tank onto the ground.
  • Enlist a professional to perform maintenance or alterations to a heating oil tank system.

Tank owners should make certain that the home address is clearly visible and the tank’s fill line is clearly marked when heating oil is delivered. If a tank owner cannot be home when heating oil is delivered, mark the fill pipe with a red flag or marker and inform the oil company of its location. Residents should ensure that any disconnected fill pipes that remain above the ground are permanently sealed and cannot be opened.

If a leak or spill occurs, tank owners should do the following:

  • Find the source of the spill or leak and stop or contain the release, using absorbent material like cat litter, sawdust, peat moss or newspaper to stop the release from spreading.
  • Call the heating oil distributor to remove as much oil from the tank as is necessary to prevent further release.
  • Immediately notify the municipality and DEP.
  • If heating oil odors are getting into the house, ventilate affected areas, and close off unaffected areas.
  • Contact environmental professionals to begin the cleanup.
  • Keep detailed, accurate records.
  • Contact the insurance provider.

For more information on home heating oil tanks, visit the new Home Heating Oil web page on DEP’s website at www.dep.pa.gov/homeheatingoil or call DEP’s Division of Storage Tanks at 717-772-5599.

Friday November 9, 2018


Winter has arrived!

Thursday’s high, 45; Overnight low 27







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PennDot reports work is continuing on two McKean County bridges due to weather-related delays….Another bridge will be dedicated honoring a fallen hero…Genesee driver hurt in one-vehicle accident…..Numerous items stolen from Lewis Run home…Troopers at Coudersport looking for person who left a hypodermic needle at local motel…..

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Obituary: Wendy Hann, Coudersport (formerly Shinglehouse)

Construction continues on a Route 46 (Emporium Road) bridge in McKean County. The bridge spans Havens Run in Norwich Township, about three miles southeast of the village of Betula.

Construction for the bridge replacement started in August and was expected to be complete in November. Due to weather-related delays, the bridge replacement is now anticipated to be complete in December. Drivers will still be directed through an alternating traffic pattern controlled by temporary traffic signals.

This bridge is referred to as JV-59 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

Penn Dot also reports construction continues on a Route 346 (Derrick Road) bridge spanning Foster Brook in Foster Township, McKean County.

Construction to replace the bridge completed October 29 and additional work of repairing a retaining wall was incorporated into the project. The retaining wall work is expected to be complete in December. Drivers will still be directed through an alternating traffic pattern controlled by temporary traffic signals.

This bridge is referred to as JV-66 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, the schedule for both bridges  may change.

A bridge on U.S. Route 219 in Lafayette Township will now carry the name of an Iraq War airman killed in action earlier this year, said Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint), who introduced the initiative in the state House.

Act 161 of 2018 designates the bridge on U.S. Route 219 over the Kinzua Creek, also known as the Tally Ho Bridge, in Lafayette Township as the Staff Sgt. Carl Enis Memorial Bridge. Enis died on March 15, 2018, when his helicopter crashed in western Iraq. He was just 31 years old.

Enis served as a pararescueman, one of the most challenging roles in the Air Force. Members of Air Force Special Operations, pararescue (PJ) specialists rescue and recover downed aircrews from hostile or otherwise unreachable areas. These highly trained experts perform rescues in every type of terrain and partake in every part of the mission, from search and rescue, to combat support to providing emergency medical treatment, in order to ensure that every mission is a successful one.

He was assigned to the Air Force Reserve’s 308th Rescue Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida, where he served for eight years. His awards and decorations include the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal with bronze oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. In the past two years, he received multiple awards, including Airman of the Year for both the 920th Rescue Wing and Air Force Reserve Command.

Although he resided in Florida, Staff Sgt. Enis has generations of connections to the McKean County area and spent a great deal of time locally with family, hunting and fishing in the Kinzua Creek where the bridge named in his honor crosses over.

Enis’ grandparents owned the Enis Hotel in Westline, now known as the Westline Inn. His family also owned a hunting lodge in the area that he frequently visited.

Causer introduced the legislation at the request of local veterans with the support of the Lafayette Township supervisors. The measure was signed into law last month.

 Sweden Township police say even though there was a special detail Operation Safe Stop for School bus safety the officers at every chance they get follow/sit and monitor School bus stops and routes..If you know of a problem or issue with a route or stop, please don’t hesitate to contact the department in any of the school districts they cover.

Northern Potter – Ulysses Boro

Coudersport – Sweden Twp

Port Allegany – Roulette Twp

Call 814-274-0654 or 911

It’s is time for the yearly To Fill A Backpack 12 Days of Christmas raffle.  They  will be drawing for 31 days again with the big drawing for $1,000 on December 25th.  Anyone that is interested in tickets can get them from any of the sellers listed below or you can mail your payment to To Fill A Backpack – Attn: Christmas Raffle – 81 Burleson Avenue – Roulette, PA 16746. Payment can be made by cash, check, money order, Facebook money or even PayPal (please contact the group  for information on how to use PayPal). The cost of tickets is $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00 and you must be 18 years of age to purchase tickets (Parents please do not buy tickets and put your children’s names on them). If you would like ticket stubs returned please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.  If you are interested in donating a prize please send an email to tofillabackpack@gmail.com or give me a call at 814-544-2612 to make arrangements. Ticket sellers:  Caroline Powers, Dawn Mahon, Deb’s Candy Shoppe, Linda Hemphill, Pat Pelchy, Penny Thomas, Stephanie Carpenter all in Coudersport.  Doug Williams and Joel Schroll in Port Allegany.  Cathy Kaziska and Andy Kulp in Roulette.  Cindy Penworth and Meranda Moore in Eldred.  Stacy Bair and Tara Morey in Smethport.  Wally Eaton in the Olean area.

A Kane driver escaped injury Thursday morning in a car/deer collision in Jones Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police report Daniel Brinkley  was going south on the Buena Vista Highway and could not avoid hitting a deer crossing the road. His Ford Focus was disabled and had to be towed from the scene.

Injuries were reported fopr a Genesee woman after a one-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon. According to state police at Coudersport, Christina  Marshall’s Toyota Corolla went off Route 449 and brushed up against a guardrail, continued along the west shoulder before striking an embankment and rolling over coming to rest on the driver’s side. Marshall was helped out of the wrecked car by a passerby.

A burglary at a Lewis Run home is being investigated by state police at Kane. Sometime between  9:45 am and 2:00 pm Tuesday, burglars stole several items ranging from jewelry to prescription drugs from the Route 59 home of a 38 year old woman.

DUI charges have been lodged against an Emporium driver by state police there.  Troopers claim when patrol officers stopped 48 year old Jon Arbriatis last night displayed signs of impairment and was subsequently arrested.

David Six, 34,of Lawrenceville was charged with DUI by state police at Mansfield. Authorities claim when they pulled Six’s  2017 Chevrolet Traverse over for a traffic violation on Route 287 they foundhe had been driving under the influence of alcohol.

State police at Coudersport are looking for the owner of a hypodermic needle found outside a local motel. An employee of the Laurelwood Inn found the needle on the afternoon November 1 and notified police.


Wendy S. Hann, 64, a longtime resident of Coudersport, formerly of Shinglehouse, passed away with her loving family by her side on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, in Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after a short illness.

Born on March 17, 1954 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Harold D. and Patricia A. Terrette Danforth.  On September 29, 1990 in Coudersport, she married Timothy J. Hann, who survives.

Wendy was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse.  She held many jobs throughout her life, but most especially cherished her work with Dickinson Mental Health in Coudersport where she was able to contribute to the care of many needy individuals whom she loved dearly.

As a child, Wendy attended the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church.  She loved to play Bingo and crochet for her grandchildren. Her greatest love was her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving besides her husband are her mother of Shinglehouse; two daughters, Michelle L. (Pete) Black of Coudersport and Amanda L. (Craig) Kandare of Watertown, N.Y.; two sons, Christopher M. “Cub” (Jessica) Taylor of Shinglehouse and Christopher J. (Jessica) Hann of Troy; twelve grandchildren, Brailee D. (Zakk) Linden, Brody M. Taylor, Shaelyn E. Black, Ryelle C. Black, Trinity F. Lundy, Emily A. Taylor, Braylon J. Kandare, Eric D. Behnke, Bowen C. Taylor, Tucker N. Taylor, Arya A. Taylor, and Hudson M. Kandare; a great-grandson, Knox Lee Linden; five siblings, Robert (Pat) Danforth of O’Fallon, Illinois, Bruce (Kay) Danforth of Shinglehouse, Harold “Butch” Danforth of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, Deanna (Don) Peters of Knapp Creek, N.Y., and Shari (Dana) Hemphill of Coudersport; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Wendy was predeceased by her father.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 4pm and 6 to 8 pm on Sunday at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 11am on Monday, November 12, 2018, with the Rev. Preston L. Hutchins, Jr., pastor of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Randall W. Headley of Port Allegany, officiating.  Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 100 North Academy Avenue, Danville, PA 17822 or to the House of Care, 100 N. Academy Avenue, Danville, PA 17822.

Wendy’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences, share a fond memory, or view a video tribute of Wendy, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com