Tuesday December 11, 2018

Monday’s high, 31; Overnight low, 22







BFB Headlines (Tuesday December 11, 2018) Game Commission has launched  5th live stream of eagle nest….Burglars take money from homes in Tioga and McKean Counties….NY state man cited for speeding in connection to Potter County crash….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

The livestream from a bald-eagle nest near Codorus State Park in Hanover, Pa. has launched for a fifth season, with Hawk Mountain Sanctuary joining HDOnTap and Comcast Business as a partner in the project.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission in November awarded a permit to HDOnTap to manage the cameras at the nest and livestream the action.

In the live stream’s first four seasons, the Game Commission had secured permission for audio and video equipment and components to be installed at the Hanover, Pa. nest, and the 24-7 livestream was made possible through services donated by HDOnTap and Comcast Business. This year, HDOnTap secured the permit after the Game Commission decided it would explore a new livestream opportunity envisioned to launch early next year.

It’s the second time a Game Commission live stream from a bald-eagle nest was adopted by a private partnership.

The Game Commission’s first EagleCam in Pittsburgh was continued in its second and subsequent years by PixController and the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania.

In the inaugural run of the Pittsburgh live stream and the first four seasons of the Hanover, Pa. live stream, the Game Commission had provided the project’s primary educational component, with the agency working to explain wildlife behavior viewers see while watching, and answer their questions. This season, Hawk Mountain has taken over that role.

Hawk Mountain and HDOnTap will work together to help educate livestream viewers through a blog to be updated and posted bi-weekly during peak nesting season.

The Hanover, Pa. livestream can be found on HDOnTap’s website.

Meanwhile, the Game Commission still is finalizing plans for its next live stream, which it hopes to announce in the coming weeks.

A  burglary at a Tioga County home last week remains under investigation by state police at Mansfield. Sometime between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm Tuesday December 4 crooks entered the home of Preston Simonds and Tonya Carleton on the Stony Fork Road and made off with $280 in $20 bills.

An undisclosed amount of currency was stolen from A McKean County home Monday afternoon. The burglary at the residence of a 37 year old man on Dewey Avenue in Hamlin Township was discovered a little after 3:00 pm

A Wellsville man has been cited for speeding following a one-vehicle crash Sunday morning in Ulysses Township Sunday morning. State police at Coudersport explained 24 year old Cherokee Pensyl was headed north when his Ford F-350 went off of Routed 449 on a left hand curve and hit a guardrails.

Troopers at Mansfield have just released details about a one-vehicle crash last Thursday evening in Westfield Township. Christopher Bailey was  taken  by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital by ambulance after his Subaru Outback  skidded off of Route 49, hit a fence, then an embankment and rolled over three times before stopping.

Vandals damaged a mailbox in Sharon Township last Friday afternoon. Damage to the plastic  mailbox owned by 85 year old James Babcock is estimated to be about $50.

Donald W. HILFIGER, 67, of Ulysses, PA, died Sunday, December 9, 2018 in his home. Born February 25, 1951, in Coudersport, PA, he was the son of Malcolm and Dorothy M. Stiles Hilfiger.  On June 13, 1970, in Gaines, PA, he married the former Betty Jo Pepperman, who predeceased him on February 5, 2015.  Don was employed as an x-ray technician on pipeline construction for many years.  He was a member of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 2B.  Don and Betty owned and operated the Hitchin’ Post in Shongo from 1993—2008.  Surviving are:  his mother, Dorothy Lerch of Ulysses;  two children, Todd (Vickie) Hilfiger of Whitesville, NY and Billie Jo Hilfiger of Austin;  six grandchildren;  two great-grandchildren; five siblings, Sandra Potter of Ulysses,Bonnie (Terry) Timmerman of Whitesville, NY, Debra (Elwood) Lewis of Ulysses, Pamela (Kevin Davis) Wheaton of Addison, NY, and C. John “Goog” (Amanda) Putman Hilfiger of Ulysses, PA;  two step-siblings, Wendy (Mark) Willenbecker of Elizabethtown, PA and Randy (Judy) Lerch of Middletown, PA;  two aunts, Frances Frost and Margaret Wright;  and nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife and father, he was predeceased by his step-father, Joseph N. Lerch.  A private graveside will be held in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948 or the Tri-Town Volunteer Ambulance, P.O. Box 247, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhom




Monday December 12, 2018

Black Forest Express

Sunday’s high  32; Overnight low, 20






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Obituary: Dr. Norman Baker, Port Allegany

NY state man wanted for shooting in Meadville apprehended in Potter County…Warrant issued for Port Allegany man accused of assaulting female victim with a knife…Johnsonburg man killed when thrown out of his rolling SUV…Shinglehouse teen driver seriously hurt in collision faces DUI charges….Ridgway police looking for gun taken from the Bingham Road area Saturday afternoon…

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State  police at Coudersport on Saturday. nabbed a Whitesville, NY wanted in a shooting in Meadville which took place Thursday morning in that borough. Anthonie  Sugden was committed to the Potter County Jail awaiting extradition to Crawford County on  attempted homicide and other charges. Elizabeth Rossario, 40, of Jamestown was captured Thursday afternoon in Jamestown. She is believed to have been in the home where Wilbert Bascom III was shot.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 26 Year old Port Allegany man for an assault with a weapon in connection to a domestic violence incident between 4:00 pm Sunday and 2:15 am today at a North Main Street home. State police did not release the suspect’s name but say he choked, punched and kicked a 27 year old woman causing bruising, swelling and redness and is accused of putting a knife to the victim’s throat threatening to kill her He fled the home and may be in the Scio, NY area.

A Johnsonburg man was killed late Saturday night in a one-vehicle crash in Jones Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police report 53 year old Scott Hirchen was headed north on Route 219 when his GMC  Acadia went onto the shoulder, struck an embankment and rolled over several times before stopping. Horche was not using a seat belt and was ejected from the SUV as it rolled over.

DUI charges are being filed against a 17 year old Shinglehouse after  a collision Friday morning on Kings Run Road in Ceres Township, McKean County. Kane based state police say the teenager was driving a 2013 Chevy Cruz  at abpit 8:30 am when it crossed over into the opposite lane while on a right hand curve and collided with a Jeep Grand Cherokee head-on driven by  a 50 year old Bradford woman. The youth was taken to Olean General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Police claim he was driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. The adult driver was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center by a family member. Her name was not released.

Robert Howard 62,of Limestone has been arrested for DUI by state police at Kane. Troopers pulled Howard over early Saturday morning at the intersection of Congress Street and Elm ,Street in Bradford for numerous traffic  violations and was allegedly found to be driving his 2003 Ford Escape under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

State police at Kane did not release the name of a 61 year old Allentown, PA man driving his 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee reportedly  under the influence of drugs and alcohol when it crashed late last night near  the Lantz Corners intersection in Hamilin Township.

DUI  charges are also being filed against a Wellsboro man who was stopped by patrol officers for speeding on Route 6 in Richmond Township a little before noon on November 21. Donald Niles was allegedly clocked driving his 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe 72 mph in a 55 mph zone. Police claim when they talked to Niles, they smelled as strong odor of marijuana and seized some pot and paraphernalia.

Ridgway based state police are looking for a gun which may have been stolen Saturday afternoon from along the Bingham Road in Ridgway Township. Christian Keller, 22 of Kersey, told police he had left the rifle at the gate while loading his vehicle at around2:30 pm. When he returned at 6:00 pm,  the rifle was missing. It is a Winchester Model 70 featherweight .270 WSN=M caliber bearing serial # 35AZM03232 rifle with a wood stock, stainless steel barrel and stainless steel  Leupold scope. Anyone withi information is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136.

Vandalism in Keating Township McKean County last Thursday was investigated by state police at Kane. During a brief period of time, between 8:00 am and 10:20 am, vandals cut out a section of  chain link fence  and trespassed on property owned by a 62 year old Rew woman. Damage is estimated to be about $200.


Dr. Norman F.C. Baker, 81, of Hanson Hollow Rd., passed away Wednesday (Dec. 5, 2018) in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.
Born on Nov. 24, 1937, in Pleasant Valley Township, Sartwell Creek, he was a son of Harold F. and Doris Wambold Baker. On December 19, 1964, he married Helen Jean Metcalf of Detroit, MI. They divorced in 1968.
Dr. Baker was a graduate of the Port Allegany High School, class of 1955. He earned a B.S. degree form    Houghton College, Houghton, NY, in 1959. In 1963 he graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathy with the Doctor of Osteopathy degree. He interned at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital in 1963-64 and completed a four year residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1968 at the Riverside Osteopathic Hosptial, Trenton, MI.
He practiced in Union and Clark, NJ form 1968-1976. He was on staff of the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, and the Port Allegany Community Hospital form 1976-1980 at which time he accepted a position at Ohio University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, OH as Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. During the fourteen years of tenure at Ohio University he practiced his specialty at O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens, OH, and Doctor’s Hospital of Nelsonville, OH.  He introduced several advanced procedures of his specialty to these institutions. He delivered approximately 4000 babies during his career. For five years he served as chairman of the medical school’s Department of Specialty Medicine and sat on several committees of the medical school and hospitals. He was the recipient of many outstanding faculty awards and was recognized for his educational efforts by the Ohio House of Representatives.
Dr. Baker was certified in 1975 by the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.  For outstanding service, he was elected a Fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists in 1984.  He served on the American Osteopathic Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology for several years and was active in the Examination Committee of that Board.
In 1994 he accepted a position at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Chicago, IL, teaching and practicing there until his retirement in 1998, when he returned to the Port Allegany area.
He served as resident organist and choir director of the Sartwell Creek Union Church for many years, and substitute organist for three years for the First Presbyterian Church, Port Allegany.  In 2005, he participated as a recitalist in the Organ Recital Series of the Presbyterian Church.
He was active in the Sartwell Creek Union Church serving as assistant treasurer, and financial secretary for many years. He also was active in the Sartwell Creek Cemetery Association as well as the Port Allegany Community Services, and Meals on Wheels. He was instrumental in the publication of his father’s two local historical books, A Journey in Time and A Journey in Time-Vol. 2.
He is survived by a sister, LoRena Nadene (LaVerne) Howard of Burtville, and by a niece and a nephew, three grandnephews, one grandniece, as well as several great-grandnephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and an infant son, Jonathan Daniel Baker.
At Norman’s request, there will be no viewing or funeral service.  Burial will be in Card Creek Cemetery, Roulette.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be sent to:  L. Nadine Howard
980 Sartwell Creek Rd.
Port Allegany, PA 16743

Friday December 7, 2018

Black Forest Express



 Rep. Causer says progress is being made to help fire and ambulance departments across the state….Potter County Commissioners approve tax hike……Two Galeton women accused of shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart….Covington driver cited for speeding after truck crashes….Snow-covered road blamed for McKean County accident…..

Thursday’s high, 31; overnight low 19; .75” snow







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  Rep. Causer says progress is being made to help fire and ambulance departments across the state….Potter County Commissioners approve tax hike……Two Galeton women accused of shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart….Covington driver cited for speeding after truck crashes….Snow-covered road blamed for McKean County accident…..Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

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With fire and ambulance services continuing to struggle locally and across the Commonwealth, a 39-member commission that included lawmakers and representatives of statewide fire and EMS organizations released a detailed report and recommendations for action at the Capitol last week according to Rep. Martin Causer.The commission, established under Senate Resolution 6 of 2017, was formed to follow up and expand upon prior recommendations to address the growing challenges facing first responders and the communities that rely upon them.

The report includes 92 concepts incorporated into 27 recommendations to address challenges in the fire and EMS communities, with most of them focused on staffing, funding and training needs.

The full report is available @RepCauser.com

Earlier this year, the General Assembly took two major steps forward in the effort to boost financial support for EMS agencies, approving my proposal to increase Medicaid reimbursements and another law requiring both private insurers and Medicaid to reimburse for treatment provided regardless of whether transport takes place. I am hopeful we can build on that momentum as we review and develop legislation in response to the findings of the report in the upcoming 2019-20 legislative session.

The Potter County Commissioners, during their regular meeting Thursday, approved a resolution raising property taxes by one mill from 17.50 to 18.50. Commissioner Paul Heimel said the increase will mean about $20 more a year for the typical residential property owner and will be somewhat offset by  the elimination once again of thje $5 per capita tax. The increase will be partially used to retire expenses incurred with the upgrading of the aging 9-1-1 system.,

Two Galeton women have been arrested for shoplifting at the St. Marys Walmart on November 19. The women, agens 28 and 25 are accused  stealing more than $1100 in merchandise including candy and food items, clothing, arts and crafts, candles, a three-drawer toe and a plush paw patrol. Their names were not released by state police at the Ridgway barracks who said charges will be filed in district court.

State police at Mansfield have charged 37 year old Joshua Libowski of Covington with speeding and leaving the scene of damage to unattended vehicle or property. Troopers explained Libowski’s Ford F-250 went off of West Hill Road Early Wednesday morning and struck a utility pole before going into a ditch. Authorities claim Libowski left the scene prior to their arrival.

No injuries were reported for a Kersey teenager and her passenger after a weather-related accident Thursday afternoon on Route 219 in Lafayette Township. According to Kane based state police `8 year old Julia Davis was going north when her Jeep Cherokee spun across the snow covered road and hit a snow-covered embankment before stopping along side the road.