Thursday July 18, 2018

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Bill giving hunters three Sundays has passed senate….Bath, NY motorcyclist killed in Tioga County crash Sunday….police look for hit and run vehicle….Coudersport woman charged with speeding after crash on Wycoff Run……

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Senator Jim Brewster of Allegheny and Westmoreland Counties, Senator Brewster co-sponsored legislation (Senate Bill 147) that specifies hunting be permitted on three Sundays throughout the year. This includes one day during deer rifle season, one day during deer archery season, and another day selected by the Game Commission. Also, the bill includes new provisions to address trespassing by hunters on private land.  Senator Brewster says that one of the greatest assets we have are state game lands. There are currently nearly 1.5 million acres of state game lands owned and maintained by the Game Commission. The game lands were paid for by hunters and help maintain open spaces for hunting and recreation. Senator Brewster also says that the measure would generate additional revenues for the commission. He said these revenues will help shore up finances and promote new initiatives.

A Bath,NY  motorcycle passenger was killed in a crash Sunday afternoon in Chatham Township, Tioga County. Mansfield based state police report 47 year old DeeDee Carnes was riding on a bike operated by Richard Fox, also of Bath, which went off of Route 249 near Short Hill Road and hit a small embankment on the west side of the highway. The bike went down the embankment and laid down on the left side. Carnes struck her head on a road sign on the curve. She was flown to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre where she succumbed to her injuries. The investigation is continuing.

State police at Mansfield are looking for a hit and run vehicle which damaged a PennDot work sign on the Bloss Mountain Road last Friday afternoon. An unknown northbound vehicle crossed the fog line on the east side of the highway, struck a PennDot sign and pushed it about 100 feet before stopping. The vehicle backed up and traveled south without the driver reporting the damage.

Coudersport based state police have charged a Coudersport woman with speeding following a one-vehicle crash Wednesday afternoon on Wycoff Run in Grove Township Cameron County. Valerie Werstler was going north when her Jeep Liberty failed to make a left hand curve, went off the road, spun around and hit a culvert with the rear end. Werstler was taken by ambulance to DuBois Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

A Ridgeley WV driver was not hurt when his Dodge Ram hit a fallen tree on Route 349 in Clymer Township, Tioga County early Wednesday morning. Sean Smith could not stop his pick up in time to avoid collision.

A tractor trailer operator was cited for careless driving after his Freightliner hit a mirror on a special equipment trailer in a work zone on Route 414 in Union Township, Monday afternoon. Police did not release the truck driver’s name but said no one was hurt.

Wednesday July 17, 2019


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Tuesday’s high, 88; Overnight low, 68







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Lawrenceville woman arrested for harassing relative….No injuries in Cameron County collision…..Elderly motorcyclist slightly hurt near Cross Fork…..Governor Wolf signs crime victim protection bills….

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State police at Mansfield arrested 28 year old Chyanne Parker of Lawrenceville for harassment with physical contact for an assault allegedly taking place Monday afternoon at 1273 Roundtop Road in Charleston Township. Troopers claim Parker physically attacked 62 year old Penny Parker of Wellsboro, threatened here and placed her hands on the victim’s neck while hitting her in the upper arm with a closed fist. Police did not say how the women are related.

No one was hurt in a collision Monday evening in Shippen Township, Cameron  County. State police report the collision occurred when an eastbound 2006 Subaru driven by 20 year old Brandon McCaslin of Smethport went out of control while making a right curve on Bryan Hill Road and left side panel and tire on a Ford F-150 driven by Paul Haviland of Emporium. Both drivers and passengers in McCaslin’s car, Tanner Thomas of Turtlepoint, a 16 year old Emporium boy and  Ty Bauer of Emporium were all using seatbelts.

A Port Allegany driver was not hurt when his Hyundai Santa Fe hit a deer on Route 46 just north of Columbia Hill Road in Keating Township, McKean County at around 6:30 am Tuesday. Mathew Carinci was going north when the whitetail entered the road.

Charles Beaver of Spring Grove, PA was slightly hurt last Saturday morning when his Harley Davidson Sportster wrecked on Pine Hill Road in Stewardson Township, Potter County. According to Coudersport based state police the bike laid down on its side after failing to make a down hill left hand curve and burst into flames when it hit the berm. Beaver declined to seek treatment.

Coudersport based state police this morning released details about a collision taking place a week ago in Allegany Township. The collision occurred as Joyce Knefly, 76 of Ulysses was passing a PennDot truck while headed east on Route 49 just as William Morgan of Ulysses was starting to turn the Ford F-350 to the left for a turn. Both drivers escaped injury as did passengers in the PennDot truck, Parry Hilfiger of Harrison Valley and Cordell Cady of Westfield. Knefly was cited for improper passing.

A Westfield woman has been arrested for possessing drug paraphernalia. State police allege when they interviewed  25 year old Korinne Pierce on the evening of June 25, she was in possession of a metal pipe similar to those used to smoke marijuana that had burned vegetative residue in it.

State police at Lewis Run conducted a sobriety checkpoint Saturday night into Sunday morning within their patrol area and made three DUI arrests issuing 7 citations and 19 warnings for traffic violations.

Rep. Rob Kauffman (R-Franklin), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, was present for the signing into law of several bills brought before the General Assembly by the committee. These bills will serve to protect and support Pennsylvania crime victims.

“One of the bills signed into law was based on legislation I authored to protect more children from the trauma of testifying in court,” said Kauffman. “Both myself and Sen. Lisa Baker (R-Luzerne/Pike/Susquehanna/Wayne/Wyoming) authored similar legislation in both chambers to increase the chance that one of the bills would make it through the legislative process and be signed into law.”

Act 31 of 2019 expands the circumstances in which out-of-court statements by a child may be deemed admissible.

“This is ultimately about making it easier for young children to testify in court in order to hold their perpetrators accountable,” said Kauffman.

Other bills signed into law are as follows:

• Act 21 of 2019 establishes the offense of female genital mutilation, which involves the non-medical and non-necessary cutting of the female genitalia.

• Act 23 of 2019 ensures a victim is permitted to be present in any criminal proceeding unless the court determines the victim’s own testimony would be altered by hearing other witnesses.

• Act 24 of 2019 helps protect victims of rape by preventing prosecutors from bringing up the victim’s sexual history or prior allegations of sexual abuse while prosecuting certain crimes.

• Act 29 of 2019 makes updates to the Sexual Assault Testing and Evidence Collection Act, including requiring the Pennsylvania State Police to create procedures for anonymous victims and establishing timelines for submitting, testing and storing rape kits.

• Acts 30 of 2019 expands the circumstances under which out-of-court statements may be used by including victims and witnesses with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorder.

“The House Judiciary Committee led the way in championing this package of victim-centered legislation this session,” said Kauffman. “We recognize the need for improved laws regarding crime victims and are continuing to work hard on their behalf.”
In addition to these new laws, the General Assembly approved a proposed constitutional amendment first vetted by the Judiciary Committee to include a victim’s bill of rights, known as Marsy’s Law, in the Pennsylvania Constitution. Voters will have the opportunity to approve the proposed amendment in the upcoming November election.

Tuesday July 16, 2019

Black Forest Express


David Shalkowski, organizer of the 8th Annual  “Domestic Violence Awareness” activities  held in Roulette this past weekend. Shalkowski has spearheaded this public awareness and fundraising event, as a memorial to his sister, Cheri Shalkowski Baker, who died as a result of a domestic violence incident in Roulette on July 13, 2008. Among the organizations that are supporting the observance is A Way Out, the Potter County domestic violence and sexual assault support services and education agency. Activities included Bingo, ice cream social 5K ryun/walk, chicken barbecue, homemade barbecue sauce and chocolate dessert contests and a cornhole tournament. Shalkowski told Black Forest Broadcasting that this year’s event grossed more than $1700. After expenses, most of the money will be donated to “A Way Out”, Domestic Violnece and Sexual Assault services with some reserved for individuals who are homeless due to domestic violence.


Another popular event this past weekend was the annual St. Eulalia Community Festival in Coudersport. The festival included homemade festival foods including funnel cakes. baked goods, pierogies, a chinese auction, bounce house, kids’ movie, bingo and live music.

BFB Headlines (Tuesday July 16, 2019)Owlett announces grants to help homeless in Potter, Tioga and Bradford Counties…..To Fill A Back Pack accepting applications for upcoming school year. Fire causes $150,000 in damage to Elk County house….Passenger hurt in Tioga County car/deer collision….Genesee man arrested for DUI and host of other charges after his truck runs into convenience store… on-air report after 12:06 pm today on

  Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) announced that nearly $1.2 million in housing assistance has been granted to various projects in Bradford, Potter and Tioga counties.

Funding and projects are as follows:

Northern Tier Community Action Corp., Potter County – $60,000 to assist households that are facing homelessness. Services including financial assistance, case management, data collection and evaluation.

Cleveland Dream Center Inc., Tioga County – $200,000 to assist those who are homeless or facing homelessness after reentering society, either from incarceration and/or drug addiction.

David’s by the Lake, Tioga County – $82,500 to help provide transitional housing for three homeless families with children or older couples without children. Families also receive services and assistance in moving to permanent housing.

United Christian Ministries Inc., Tioga County – $90,500 to supplement the organization’s current U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Continuum of Care grant. Funding will also help residents with rental assistance and organizational funds to cover the cost of supplemental rent, building operations, supportive services and program/organization administration.

Trehab, Bradford County – $600,000 to mitigate the effect of the Marcellus Shale housing shortage. Funding will be used to provide down payment and closing cost grants among other supports to help move families and individuals into proper housing.

Tioga Bradford Housing Authority, Bradford County – $150,000 to assist county residents access needed funding for repairs and upgrades, including new roofs, windows and doors; new water heaters; siding repair; plumbing and electrical upgrades; furnace replacement; and upgraded insulation.

Funding is allocated to the Pennsylvania Housing Affordability

The To Fill A Back Pack program is now accepting backpack requests for the 2019/2020 School year. They  will be distributing in the Bradford, Cameron, Lycoming, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties.  If you are not located in one of those Counties, please do not submit a request. Back packs are not shipped.  They  will never run out of backpacks thanks to the generous donations from our local communities Anyone that is interested in donating supplies or making a monetary donation can contact us directly and we will arrange to pick it up or let you know where you are able to drop it off.  Please mail monetary donations to the address shown below.  Both supply and monetary donations accepted year round. Currently there are Backpack Liaisons located in the Galeton, Emporium and Smethport area and are actively looking for others in the Wellsboro, Mansfield, Bradford.  If you would be interested in helping out please contact  by email or phone. Anyone that is in need of a backpack must fill in the form located at the link below.  “Almost everyone” now has availability to the internet either through his or her cell phone, at home or even through a friend.  The group is  trying to streamline requests to keep them all in one place to avoid notes here and there that get misplaced, etc.   No phone calls accepted after 8pm.

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Anyone who is interested in helping pack backpacks on August 10 at the Roulette Fire Hall please feel free to show up at 10am.  Usually it takes  about 2 hours to get everything packed and cleaned up so it is a very short time to donate your time on a Saturday.  Anyone that has requested backpacks please feel free to stop in after 11am to pick them up if you can.   Location Liaisons come around the same time if possible or at least by noon to pick up their area’s backpacks.  If you are not able to make it that day please let them know when you are able and they will arrange to be available to accommodate those times.

Roulette Township is looking for part-time help. This job will include weekends and on call work. You will be helping the water/sewer operator. A high school diploma or GED equivalent is a must and good math skills are a plus. A pre-employment drug test is mandatory. You may pick up an application at 80 Railroad Ave. or email a resume to Applications will be accepted until July 28th by 4 pm. If you have any questions you can call the office at 814-544-7549.

The cause of a fire which resulted in an estimated $150,000 in damage early Monday morning in Elk County remains undetermined. Firefighters were dispatched at 2:45 AM TO 628 Penn Street in Johnsonburg. The house was owned by Joshua Quigley of DuBois. It is unknown if the property was insured. There were no injuries.

A Shinglehouse woman and her young passengers escaped injry on the afternoon of July 7 when their GMC Adcadia was damaged in a mishap  in the Acorn Market Parking lot. State police at Coudersport said the fender bender happened when a 16year old girl driving a Chevy Malibu hit the bumper on the SUV when she was backing up. The driver left the scene without providing required information but was later located. Beth Drake was using a seatbelt and four girls, including an infant, were properly restrained.

A Blossburg passenger was hurt in a car/deer collision last Friday evening on Route 15 in Richmond Township, Tioga County. Troopers report  Elaine Levanowitz was riding in a Dodge Ram 1500 driven by her husband, Thomas, went a deer  ran into its path. She was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital by Wellsboro ambulance. Mr. Levanowitz was not hurt.

State police at Coudersport have filed numerous charges, including DUI, against 57 year old Kevin Ruggiero of Genesee for a one-vehicle crash that occurred on the evening  of June 25 in that town. Troopers say Ruggiero put  his 2016 Ford F250 truck in reverse, and traveled at a high speed. The truck hit a pillar of Reed’s Market with the passenger door, then continued across Commercial Street and collided with a 2002 Chevrolet owned by Leo Shutt which was parked in a driveway. The impact caused Shutt’s car to push into a garage resulting in extensive damage. Ruggiero was also cited for moving stopped or parked vehicle, failing to properly back up, careless driving and failing to wear a seatbelt.

DUI charges are also pending against 49 year old Peter Mackie of Kersey who was stopped by patrol officers on Route 120 in Shippen Township, Cameron County during the early morning of June 30.


Edwin I. Corey, 95, of Sweden Valley, passed away Friday, July 12, 2019 at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville.Ed was born on August 8, 1923 in Coudersport, the son of the late Glenn H. & Lida  Amelia (Roberts) Corey.  He married the former Lois Chilson on January 21, 1945 and celebrated 63+ years of marriage until her passing May 6, 2009.

Ed was a self employed carpenter and worked on many projects in the Coudersport area including Cole Memorial Hospital.  He was a Navy veteran, serving during WWII.   Ed was a member of the American Legion Potter Post 192, Coudersport , the Eulalia F&AM Masonic Lodge #342, Coudersport and he loved to work.

Surviving are his, two grandsons, Mark F. Corey of Nashville, TN; and Matt S. and Marisa Corey of Boca Raton, FL; a granddaughter, Marty A. and Nick Cummins of Bradford;  great grandchildren, Garrett and Mason, brother, Paul & Joey Corey of Sweden Valley and a sister, Bonnie Reed of Coudersport.

In addition to his parents and wife, Ed was preceded in death by a son and daughter-in-law, Edwin H. and Mary Anne Corey, brothers; Dean, Hoxie & Rodrick Corey, and a sister, Glendora Chilson.

Family and friends are welcome to a visitation, Thursday, July 18, 2019 from 5-7 pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East Street, Coudersport.  Burial will be private in Sweden Hill Cemetery.

The family suggests contributions in Ed’s name to be made to the Edwin Corey Memorial Baseball Fund, C/O Citizen & Northern Bank, P.O. Box 229 Coudersport, PA 16915 or donations can be delivered to the bank in person at 10 North Main Street, Coudersport, to support local baseball organizations and players or to a donation of the donor’s choice.

There’s still time to send flowers to the Viewing at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, Ltd. from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on July 18, 2019.