Friday February 14, 2020

Black Forest Express

 Photo by Gerri Miller

Thursday’s high, 34; Overnight low 10







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Obituary: Kathleen, “Kathy” Tilton, Ulysses

Potter County EMA   urges residents to prepare for cold weather….McKean County search dog well received at Kane PTO meeting….Man arrested for trying to burglarize occupied Westfield home……Emporium man charged with violating PFA….Tioga County resident arrested for vehicle theft…Slushy roads blamed for McKean County accident

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With dangerous wind chills predicted over the next few days, the Potter County Department of Emergency Services urges all citizens to prepare themselves for extreme cold temperatures. Citizens should have a plan in place and know where to go should they lose power or heat.

Some precautions include:

*Dress appropriately for winter weather and recognize the symptoms of hypothermia


*Gather emergency supplies for home and/or work


*Prepare a winter go kit for your automobile



Area residents are encouraged to check on elderly neighbors and family members to ensure they are safe and as comfortable as possible.  If anyone needs urgent medical treatment, contact 911immediately.



Residents are encouraged to stay inside during extreme wind chill temperatures.  If you must go outside dress appropriately and maintain personal awareness:


*Wear loose fitting, lightweight layered clothing. Layers can be removed if perspiration


and subsequent chills become a problem


*Wear a hat, half of body heat is lost through the top of the head


*Keep your feet dry, wool socks are best if you are going to be out in the cold


*Cover your mouth and nose with scarves to help protect your lungs from cold air.


*If you become stranded, stay dry and cover all exposed body parts.


*Avoid overexertion, for example when shoveling snow. Do not ignore chest pain or


tightness in your chest


*Watch for signs of frostbite such as numbness or white pale appearance to the skin


*Watch for signs of hypothermia such as slurred speech, memory loss, uncontrollable


shivering, disorientation and exhaustion


*Seek medical attention for chest pain, frostbite or hypothermia as soon as possible


McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer reports On Bloodhound K9 “Dixie“ joined  her, handler Ruth Webb, handler Rod Johnson, and K9 trainee “Roxy“ at Kane Area Middle School’s PTO meeting February 12 as part of the organization’s First Responder Night along with area firemen and officers from Kane Boro and State Police.  Dixie is a trail dog who finds people by scent. The students were interested in hearing how the dogs were able to use their nose to find missing people.  The dogs have located missing people and tracked suspects for area law enforcement.  For more

Coudersport based state police have charged Tommy Causer Jr. with burglary and numerous related crimes after a break-on taking place at around 7:30 Thursday morning in Hector Township. Troopers summoned to a burglary in progress at the residence of Lawrence Pilot of West Grove PA and Lee and Valerie Gross of Westfield. Authorities claim Causer tried to force his way into the occupied house. Troopers chased him following his tracks in the snow and apprehended him on adjacent property. Causer was

An Emporium man was arrested by state police Sunday for violating a Protection from Abuse Order. Troopers claim the 42 year old suspect violated an active PFA filed against him by a 46 year old Emporium woman.

State police at Mansfield have arrested 28 year old Michael Campell of Canton  for auto theft.  Troopers claim Campbell drove a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado to the Ogdensburg Church late Monday night; parked it and the stole a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado. While investigating, troopers allegedly discovered that the 2012 Silverado was also stolen. Campbell was apprehended by state police and charged with theft, receiving stolen property and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

Slippery  roads are blamed for a one-vehicle accident Thursday morning a few minutes before 8:00 o’clock in Eldred Township. A 2017 Subaru Legacy slid off the West Eldred Road and hit a guardrail. The driver was not hurt and the car could be driven away so it’s considered a “non-reportable” so the driver’s name was not released.

Joshua Kulina of Savage Maryland escaped injury in a one-vehicle weather related crash last Saturday on Bailey Creek Road in Rutland Township, Tioga County. According to state police Kulina’s northbound Toyota Tundra spun off the snow covered road and hit a tree.

Troopers at Mansfield just released details about a one-vehicle crash on Ground Hog Day. Julia Dawson of AAronsburg, PA was cited for speeding after her Toyota Rav4 skidded across both lanes of snow and slush covered Route 15 and hit a guardrail. She was not hurt.


Katheleen M. “Kathy” TILTON, 64, Ulysses, PA, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, February 8, 2020 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre, surrounded by her loving family.  Born December 26, 1955, in Corning, NY, she was the daughter of Carlton L. and Reha “Betty” Mahnke Hand.  On December 31, 1974, in Prattsburgh, NY, she married her best friend, Donald E. Tilton, Jr., who survives.  After a disabling workplace injury, Kathy devoted her life to serving her community.  She was an active member of the Ulysses Free Methodist Church, Tri-Town Volunteer Firemen’s Auxiliary, and served as president of the Ulysses Area Improvement Association.  Kathy was honored as Ulysses Citizen of the Year in 2009.  She enjoyed baking, organizing and catering events, and crafting.  She cherished time with her grandchildren.  Surviving besides her husband, Don, are:  her mother, Reha Hand of Mills;  three children, Christian (Genny) Tilton of Coudersport, Tonya Peet of Knoxville, and Eric Tilton of Eden, NY;  several grandchildren;  many siblings from the Hand and Goerner families;  aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by her father, Carlton Hand;  a brother, Mark D. Hand;  a grandson, Jacob Tilton;  and her foster parents, Arnold and Leona Goerner.  Friends may call at the Ulysses Free Methodist Church on Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, with a Memorial Service following at 11:00 AM.  The Rev. Marty Zdrojewski will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to the Ulysses Free Methodist Church, Tri-Town Volunteer Firemen’s Auxiliary, or the Ulysses Area Improvement Association.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Thursday, February 13, 2020


Black Forest Express

 Photo by Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 43; Overnight low 31; 2-1/2” snow







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Obituary: Rosalind “Rose” Colvin, Olathe, KS (North Bingham)

Scarnati announces retirement….Allegheny County lawmaker introduces legislation to trim House…police agencies recognized for fighting aggressive driving……Smethport girl runs away from home…Canton man arrested for DUI after vehicle crash….Troopers at Coudersport nab two Potter County residents for DUI.

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President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati (R-25) has announced his retirement from the Pennsylvania Senate at the end of his 5th term in office.  Senator Scarnati represents the 25th Senatorial District, which includes Cameron, Clinton, Elk, Jefferson, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties and portions of Clearfield County.“Today I am announcing that I will not be seeking a 6th term as Senator for the 25th Senatorial District.  At the end of this year, I will have served the people of the 25th Senatorial district for 20 years.  With the support of my Senate colleagues, I have spent the last 14 of those years in the position of President Pro Tempore and served as Pennsylvania’s 31st Lieutenant Governor from 2008 to 2011. I have worked with five Governors and throughout this time I am proud to have been a leading advocate for rural Pennsylvania values.“While I am greatly humbled by those who have once again supported my petition to have my name on the ballot, after many conversations with family and close supporters I have made a personal, and not political, decision that I will not be filing my petitions.  My concern with leaving office has always been in large part wanting to ensure the 25th Senatorial District is well represented after my departure from the Senate.“I came to Harrisburg in 2001 as the first Senator elected as an independent. I was disappointed by the choices that our sitting Senator at the time had made, and could not support his candidacy. My independent streak never ended there in my tenure.  I have always believed that both sides of the aisle must work together on behalf of our constituents and compromise on issues without compromising on our values.  At the same time, I have always sought to protect working families and their hard earned tax dollars. Since the days of Governor Ed Rendell’s Administration, I have actively blocked the massive proposed tax hikes on workers and businesses as proposed by his Administration and others who have followed.“I am immensely proud of what we have accomplished for the Commonwealth during my time in the Senate. We have overseen the largest Republican majority since Eisenhower was president (34-16). We have protected the unborn by supporting a strong pro-life agenda.  We have fought to safeguard our 2nd Amendment rights that the liberal left continues to attack. In 2012, we passed a landmark Marcellus Shale Impact Fee bill to ensure responsible drilling and investments in our local communities. We have prioritized job growth and creation across Pennsylvania. We have fought for historic levels of school safety funding – and will continue that fight.“I thank my family for their unwavering support over the last two decades. Serving in public office is not something that you do alone. I am looking forward to traveling and spending more time with my wife Amy, our children and grandchild.  I also look forward to helping my parents who are both in their 80’s.

“Throughout my time in office, I am grateful to have been surrounded by friends and fellow senators whom I respect.  My success has been largely in part because of serving with incredible colleagues and working with a team of talented individuals who are not my staff, but my co-workers. It takes a strong team to serve constituents and to oversee operations of the Senate. “I sincerely thank my constituents for the honor of representing them. While the announcement of my future departure comes today, I will still be actively engaged in serving my district and the Senate for the next nine months. I also look forward to continuing to lead the effort this year to maintain our Senate Republican Majority.  Following my departure from the Senate, I will be taking a more active role in my business and evaluating other opportunities.” Scarnati has been praised over the years by citizens and local leaders for his work on their behalf.

Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) recently introduced legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution, reducing the number of legislative districts in Pennsylvania from 203 to 151.“Pennsylvania has the second-largest state legislature in the country,” Gaydos said. “Reducing the number of seats in the House of Representatives will not only provide a significant cost savings to taxpayers, but also streamline the legislative process and make it easier for lawmakers to reach consensus.”Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill), a co-sponsor of House Bill 2151, has advocated for similar legislation during the last two legislative sessions.“I believe in smaller government, cutting costs and streamlining services, so I would support this bill on those merits alone,” Knowles said. “I also believe a smaller House would lead to better discussion, clearer debate and more opportunity for each member to make his or her point. Too often that is lacking with such large numbers.” Some rural lawmakers have expressed concern that such a plan would further reduce representation of rural constituents.Because such a change would necessitate an amendment to the Pennsylvania Constitution, identical versions of the bill would need to pass through the General Assembly in back-to-back sessions. At that point, the public would vote on the amendment in a statewide referendum.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Highway Safety Network held a press event Wednesday in Bloomsburg to honor local police officers for their outstanding participation in PennDOT’s Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project in 2019. State police Troop F which includes the Lewis Run and Ridgway stations was among the agencies being recognized.Individual award recipients from Columbia County included Patrolman Daniel O’Donnell with the Hemlock Township Police Department, Officer David Bowman with the Bloomsburg Police Department, Patrolman William C. Lefevre and Patrolman Tyler Soboleski with the South Centre Township Police Department and Patrolman Evan Lingousky with Scott Township Police Department.Also receiving individual awards: from Snyder County Patrolman Jacob Shipman and Patrolman Leif E. Hassenplug with the Shamokin Dam Police Department; from Union County Patrolman Terrell Lehman from Buffalo Valley regional Police Department and from Northumberland County Patrolman Michael Menapace from the Coal Township Police Department.Several local law enforcement agencies were also recognized for their efforts in enforcing aggressive driving laws:

Pennsylvania State Police- Troop F

Bloomsburg Police Department

Hemlock Township Police Department

Scott Township Police Department

South Centre Township Police Department

Coal Township Police Department

Mount Carmel Township Police Department

Sunbury Police Department

Shamokin Dam Police Department

Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department

The 2019 aggressive driving enforcement focused on red light running, the Steer Clear law, the left lane law, distracted driving, work zone violations, tailgating and heavy trucks. Motorists exhibiting other unsafe behaviors such as speeding, following too closely, or other aggressive actions were cited.Municipal police agencies that participated in last year’s campaign made 39,141 aggressive-driving related contacts citing 22,353 drivers for speeding. Failing to stop for red lights and stop signs resulted in 3,077 citations. Additionally, the enforcement accounted for 34 felony arrests, 98 fugitives apprehended, 126 impaired driving arrests and 1,259 occupant protection citations.The Pennsylvania Aggressive Driving Enforcement and Education Project is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).For more information on aggressive driving, visit  or call 877-723-6830.For local updates on Twitter visit, and follow statewide PennDOT news on Twitter at

State police at Lewis Run are looking for a 17 year old Smethport girl who ran away from her home  at 905 West Main Street Tuesday night. However, no description of the girl or her name were provided by authorities.

No one was hurt in a collision a week ago on Route 249 in Middlebury Township, Tioga County. According to Manasfield based state police the collision occurred when a southbound Nissan Sentra driven by Seth Reese crossed the double yellow line and hit a GMC Terrain d riven by Nicole Simonds of Little Marsh.

A Washington, DC driver was not hurt when his SUV  while traveling south on snow-covered Route 15 in Tiogqa Township Saturday morning hit and struck a guard rail barrier, then slid across the road and hit the western guardrail t wice before stopping.

DUI charges are pending against Christopher Hibbert, of Canton  following one vehicle roll over at around 12:30 am February 2 on Fallbrook Road in Ward Township, Tioga County. Troopers suspect Hibbert had been drinking before driving his 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup. The pickup went off the right side of River Road and collided with a boulder causing it to roll onto the driver side. Police claim HIbbert left the scen prior to their arrival. Hibbert was treated atTroy Hospital for unknown injuries.

State police at Coudersport have arrested  two  Potter County residentst for DUI. David Brown, 27 of Coudersport  was cited after he was pulled over on 44 in Hebron Township a few minutes after Ryan Dexter, 37 of Genesee was arrested after he drove to 320 North Street  in Ulysses at around 8:30 am, January 17. Dexter was additionally charged with public drunkenness and related summary offenses.


Rosalind D. “Rose” COLVIN, 70, of Olathe, KS, formerly of North Bingham, PA, died Tuesday, February 4, 2020 in Homestead of Olathe Memory Care, Olathe.  Born September 24, 1949, in Coudersport, PA, she was the daughter of Stewart G. and OnnoleeTruax Hall.  A 1967 graduate of Northern Potter High School, she studied nursing at BOCES and earned an associate’s degree in medical secretarial from Olean Business Institute.  She was employed by Galeton Production, DCNR, Adelphia, Telcove, Level 3, and retired from MedPlast in Westfield in 2012.  Surviving are:  a daughter, Nicolle “Nikki” (Nathan) Singletary of Olathe;  11 grandchildren;  five great-grandchildren;  a brother, Ronald C. (Theresa) Hall of North Bingham;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Sonja Rohrer.  Private burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to North Bingham Cemetery, c/o Charles Nelson, 214 Grover Hollow Road, Genesee, PA 16923.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at

Wednesday February 12, 2020

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller Tuesday’s high, 40;Overnight low, 23







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Despite Phil’s prediction, we still have some winter weather ahead and DCNR has information for outdoor recreation…..The PA Lumber Museum will have “snowmobility” events all weekend….Wellsboro’s Winter Celebration this weekend will feature a variety of family activities.

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Despite Phil’s prediction of an early spring, we still have winter weather ahead. The Pennsylvania state parks Winter Report allows winter outdoor recreation enthusiasts to monitor snow and ice conditions with state parks. The Winter Report is updated weekly (at a minimum) by state parks during the winter season. The report lists the ice thickness and what ice activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have ice, but if it is not thick enough, then the activities are not available.The report also lists the snow thickness and what snow activities are available at that park. Sometimes a park can have snow, but if it is not thick enough, then the activities are not available.The report is searchable by park and by winter outdoor recreation activity.

Close to  home, winter activities are planned for this weekend in both Potter and Tioga Counties. The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is hosting Snow-Mobility Weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 14, 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is 10 miles west of Galeton and 10 miles east of Coudersport at 5660 Route 6 in Ulysses Township. For this weekend only, if there is enough snow, the museum will work with the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources to create a special 5-mile route for snowmobilers that starts at Thompson Road, south of Route 6 in the Susquehannock State Forest and ends on museum property. Way-finding signs and instructions will be placed along the route. Snowmobilers are urged to use extreme caution and watch for oncoming traffic when crossing Route 6 to get to the museum.

On Saturday, Curt Weinhold, a museum board member, will lead a free, 4.5-mile cross-country skiing excursion. It will begin promptly at 9 a.m. at the trailhead near the DCNR Bureau of Forestry District 15 Office located at the top of Denton Hill (GPS address: 3150 2nd Street, Coudersport). Interested skiers should meet at the District 15 office at 8:45 a.m. The mostly downhill route will include Denton Hill cross-country ski trails and end at the museum.

Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Feb. 14, 15 and 16, the museum will show a variety of documentary films on a continuous basis for free. Among the documentaries are: “The CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps), A Peaceful Revolution;” “The Last Raft, a Story of Courage and Tragedy on the Susquehanna;” “Gifford Pinchot’s Conservation Legacy;” “Mira Lloyd Dock: A Beautiful Crusade;” “Straight Talk: the Ralph Abele Story;” “Voices of Pine Creek: An Oral History (Vols. 1 & 2)” and “America’s First Forest: Carl Schenck and the Asheville Experiment.”

All visitors, including snowmobilers and cross-country skiers, are welcome to warm up in the museum with free hot beverages available between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. each day. On Saturday only between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. will be an all-you-can-eat pancake brunch for $8 per person with all proceeds to benefit the museum and its educational programs. The brunch also includes two sausage patties and a choice of coffee, tea or cocoa.

Regular admission rates apply for entry into museum exhibits but there is no cost to enter for food purchases or to see the documentaries. Admission rates are $8 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older and $5 for youth ages 3 to 11.

For more information or to verify snow conditions, call the museum at 1-814-435-2652.

Photo by Tim McBride

With enough snow, The Green in the heart of downtown Wellsboro, will become a course for the tubing contest at 2 p.m. This photo was taken during Wellsboro Winter Celebration’s first tubing contest.

The Wellsboro Winter Celebration is offering three days of winter indoor and outdoor fun this weekend.

“Out of Rushmore’s Shadow”, a living history presentation by Lou Del Bianco, master storyteller and entertainer, will be at 7 p.m. on Friday in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre. Lou portrays his grandfather, Luigi Del Bianco. Speaking in the first person as Luigi, Lou talks about his grandfather’s unique contribution as the chief carver on Mount Rushmore, our nation’s greatest memorial. He also shares historic documents, photos and video. The program will be about an hour, including time for questions. It is appropriate for adults and youth, ages 10 to 17. For tickets, call the Deane Center at 570-724-6220.

The FFA Pancake Breakfast will be from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

By 9 a.m. on Saturday at 99 Main Street, four ice carvers will have created a throne for children and adults to sit on and have pictures taken by friends and relatives. Working in pairs, the carvers will then demonstrate their skills by creating six other ice masterpieces on the sidewalks in front of downtown Main Street businesses. The last sculpture will be finished by 4:30 p.m. The public is invited to watch the carvers work and ask them questions. It’s free.

Beginning at 11 a.m. on The Green, a park in the heart of downtown Wellsboro, the ice carvers will go head-to-head to earn bragging rights for creating the best ice masterpieces during three 20-minute heats. Audience members will pick the winner of each heat and the overall winner. It’s free.

Youngsters ages 4 to 12 are encouraged to sing, dance and act as they go “Around The World” with Lou Del Bianco at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street. This nationally recognized children’s entertainer and six-time Parents Choice award winner has been working with youth of all ages since 1982. Register children now for this free program by calling the Deane Center.

The Chili with a Chance for Chocolate Taste-Off will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday with 15 chilis to taste at 15 downtown businesses. Pick up a passport for $5 to sample the chilis and vote on the winners as well as enter the drawing to win one or more of 15 baskets of chocolates, each valued at $25. Taste-off passports are available now at the Wellsboro Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the day of the event, passports will be available in front of Penn Oak Realty, Inc. at 65 Main Street.

From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday on The Green will be free family-friendly events. There will be a cross-skiing mini-clinic for beginners, snow golf, and at 2 p.m., a tubing contest for children and adults. Stop in at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Fellowship Hall for free cookie decorating and hot chocolate for youngsters ages 1 to 12.

A “Live Eric Clapton Experience” presented by the Bell Bottom Blues, a six-member band, will be at the Deane Center Saturday night.

Sunday will feature brunch with music by Joe Callahan, free wine tastings and a free outdoor running/hiking challenge.

For a complete schedule, contact the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce at 570-724-1926, email or visit and click on Wellsboro Winter Celebration.

State police at Ridgway are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a parked unit Tuesday at around 11:00 am in the parking lot of the Family Dollar/Elk County Foods on the Wilcox Road. An unknown vehicle struck the passenger side on a 2020 Dodge Ram causing damage to the bumper and bed. The truck is owned by Stanley Young of Ridgway. Anyone who has information is asked to call state police at 814.776.3136.