Black Forest Express
Photo by Gerri Miller
Thursday’s high, 63; Overnight low 68; .82” of rain
FRI-CHANCE OF SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 79
FRI NIGHT– PARTLY CLOUDY. LOW 57
SAT-PARTLY CLOUDY, CHANCE OF SHOWERS & THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 77
SAT NIGHT-LOW 59
SUN-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 80
SUN NIGHT-CLOUDS INCREASE, LOW 60
Obituaries: Kenneth Dietz, Mayer =, AZ (formerly Shinglehouse and Heidi Turk, Shinglehouse
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Wolf administration announces two programs to enhance ATV and snowmobile use….Wellsboro woman and baby slightly hurt in collision…Rocks stolen from Brookfield location…..gasoline siphoned ot of two vehicles parked in Nelson Township…rock thrown from overpass smashes tractor trailer window…Knoxville resident receives collection letter from hospital he never visited
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The Wolf Administration today announced new investments to support the more than 200,000 registered all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and snowmobile enthusiasts by making improvements to trails at five sites throughout Pennsylvania. One grant was awarded to a McKean County operation…..Projects approved include:
Columbia, Northumberland, and Schuylkill: Famous Reading Outdoors, $225,000, for preparation of a master plan for development of 20,000 acres of Famous Reading Outdoors ATV Trails & Off-Roading Park
Fayette: Indian Creek Valley ATV Club, $29,800, for preparation of a master plan for development of 750 acres of the Indian Creek Valley ATV Club in Saltlick Township; Also, Indian Creek Valley ATV Club, $110,400, for development of the Indian Creek Valley ATV Club, with work to include construction of a trailhead building; ADA access; landscaping; and signage and other related site improvements
Lackawanna, Susquehanna, and Wayne: Northeast PA Sno Trails Inc., $8,300, for purchase of equipment to construct and maintain 250 miles of snowmobile trails within the Northeast PA Sno Trails Inc. system
McKean: Majestic Kamp & Lost Trails Inc., $50,980, for purchase of equipment to construct and maintain 41 miles of Majestic ATV trails in Keating and Otto townships
Schuylkill: Burma MX & ATV Park, $174,000, for purchase of equipment to construct and maintain 100 acres of Burma off-highway vehicle tracks and trails in Blythe and East Norwegian townships
Administered through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), grants can fund up to 100 percent of a project. DCNR can award grants two times each year to, municipalities, and profit and nonprofit organizations for ATV- and snowmobile-related projects on county, municipal, non-profit, state, and private lands.
All ATVs and snowmobiles in Pennsylvania must be registered and titled with DCNR’s Snowmobile/ATV Section. Registration money is used to provide program administration funding; maintain trails in
DCNR has also 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.
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 has 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 allows planting of 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 is currently open and will close September 28.
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.
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
Improve water quality
Cool stream temperatures
Improve fish habitat
The grant application period opening this week also includes $250,000 for trails and projects related to the use of snowmobiles and ATVs. 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.
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.
Interested applicants should visit DCNR’s grants portal to apply.
Statewide ATV registrations approach 185,000; snowmobiles, 34,000.
For more information about ATV and snowmobile grants, visit DCNR’s grants web page.
A Duke Center woman was slightly hurt Thursday afternoon on Route 46 in Keating Township, McKean County. Kane based state police report Holly Bacha was speeding when her GMC Envoy went4 off the road, traveled through a small ditch and went up am embankment where it struck a culver with the front passenger tire. Bacha did not require treatment at a medical facility.
Slight injuries were also reported for a Wellsboro woman and infant involved in a collision Wednesday morning. According to state police at Mansfield, the collision occurred when Gerald Hanes of Sabinsville drove onto the Stoney Fork Road after stopping at the stop sign on Pheasant Hill road and failed to yield to Tracey Wanke. The Hanes Ram 3500 hit Wanke’s Subaru Forester and sent it into a ditch. The drivers did not require medical attention nor did a a one year old boy in Wanke’s car who was riding in a rear facing child safety seat.
DUI charges are being filed against 57 yearold Michael Wilmoth of Bradford after he was stopped at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Woodard place in Bradford on the evening of August 3. When police questioned Wilmoth, they determined he had been driving under the influence.
A Mt. Jewett driver allegedly refused a blood draw after being taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center early this morning. State police at Kane pulled Jonathan Jeffereds over on Congress Street at about 1:30 am and reportedly determine he was driving under the influence.
Troopers at Mansfield are investigating a theft by deception victimizing a Knoxville resident. Seth Burroous received a letter from a collection agency for charges incurred at a hospital that he had never been to.
Someone stole $50 worth of rocks from 1984 North Road in Brookfield Township within the past couple of weeks. The stones belonged to DHQM LLC of Landisville, PA.
Mansfield state police also investigated the theft of some gasoline from two vehicles parked at 19 Pease Hill Road in Nelson Township last weekend.
Thieves siphoned a gallon of fuel from a Toyota Camry owned by Kristen Tokarz of Nelson and 5 gallons from a Ford Fusion owned by Noel Parker of Lawrenceville.
An unknown vandal smashed the passenger side windshield on a Freightliner tractor trailer Tuesday night by throwing a rock at the rig from an overpass on Route 15 South.
Kristy Wilson of Knoxville is asking police to charge a contractor she hired to remodel a guest house on May 16. The work is about half done.
Kenneth John “Kenny” Dietze, 79, of Mayer, Arizona, formerly of Shinglehouse, Pa., passed away in his home on Thursday, August 2, 2018, after a short illness.
Born on July 16, 1939 in Hornell, N.Y., he was a son of the Rev. Kenneth W. and Alma P. Grube Dietze.
Kenny was a 1957 graduate of Oswayo Valley High School in Shinglehouse. He was employed as a meat cutter.
Kenny enjoyed hunting, ATV riding, sports, Penn State football, and time spent with his family.
Surviving are four sons, Michael H. (Evie) Dietze of Summerville, S.C., Roger M. (Vicki) Dietze of Shinglehouse, David A. Dietze of Cartersville, Georgia, and Virgil B. “Virgie” Dietze of Shinglehouse; four grandsons, Joshua (Whitney) Dietze, Brent (Jenna Maxson) Dietze, Nicholas (Shelby) Dietze, and Anthony (Jessica Edwards) Dietze; three great-grandchildren, Ava Mays-Dietze, Brantley Dietze, and Willow Vincent; his sisters and brother, Anne R. (Don) Quick of Keller, Texas, Paul W. (Debbie) Dietze of Shinglehouse, and Marilyn G. (Felix) Casacelli of the state of Indiana; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Kenny was predeceased by two sons, Kenneth Gregory “Greg” Dietze and Gary G. Dietze; a sister, Elizabeth P. Morris; and his stepmother, Dacia Dietze.
Kenny graciously donated his body to science. In keeping with his wishes, there will be no services.
Memorials may be made to the Oswayo Valley Memorial Library, PO Box 188, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Local arrangements have entrusted to the care of Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Kenny, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com
Heidi Turk, 45, of Shinglehouse, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, August 16, 2018.
Born on January 31, 1973 on Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska, she was a daughter of James P. “Jim” and Gertrud E. “Gert” Gaubatz Kellogg.
On May 7, 1994 in Shinglehouse, she married Stephen Turk, who survives.
Heidi was a graduate of Oswayo Valley High School, Class of 1991, in Shinglehouse and a graduate of the former Olean Business Institute in Olean, N.Y. She was employed at the Oswayo Valley High School as the Guidance Office secretary for 9 years until retiring due to ill health. She also was the owner and operator of Heidi’s Country Restaurant in Shinglehouse for several years.
She enjoyed fishing and solving Sudoku puzzles. Heidi’s greatest love was her children.
Surviving in addition to her parents of Shinglehouse are her former husband of Shinglehouse; her three children, twins, Kaylee M. Turk and Hunter M. Turk, and Kelsey C. Turk, all at home; her siblings, Jurgen (Judy) Kellogg of Youngsville, Ben (Melissa) Kellogg of Shinglehouse, Joanne M. (Larry) McCutcheon of Ischua, N.Y., and Jim P. (Dawn) Kellogg of Harrisburg; and several nieces and nephews.
Heidi was predeceased by her paternal and maternal grandparents.
Private funeral services will be held in the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, Pa., with Pastor Curt MacDonald of the Myrtle Gospel Tabernacle Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Heidi’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Heidi, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com