Monday December 4, 2017

 

2017 Thanksgiving sunset

Obituaries: Mary Ann Pollock, Mills & George Berry, Ulysses

Sunday’s high, 45; Overnight low 17; no precipitation
MON-CLOUDY, THEN MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 51
MON NIGHT-A FEW SHOWERS
TUE-RAIN, HIGH 52
TUE NIGHT-RAIN, MAYBE FLURRIES, LOW 28
WED-PARTLY CLOUDY, COLDER HIGH 34
WED NIGHT-A FEW CLOUDS, LOW 21

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Young Tioga County girl killed, 2 others hurt, in ATV accident……Elk County man arrested for arson…..fire in empty Ridgway house investigated….Potter County owner threatened by trespassers and Mansfield based state police investigate two trespass cases…theft of prescription medication from elderly Potter County woman probed…Camp burglary investigated in Tioga County…..Residents advised of scammers spoofing attorney general’s office

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An eight year old Roaring Branch girl was killed in an ATV accident Friday evening on Thomas Road in Union Township. According to Mansfield based state police report the girl was a passenger on an Arctic Cat 500 operated by an 11 year old girl which flipped onto its side and pinned the operator and two passengers underneath after going out of control while trying to make a left turn into the entryway of the Shell Appalachia well pad entrance at a high rate of speed. The victim was taken to Guthrie Troy Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The operator was taken by ambulance to Williamsport Regional Medical Center and a second passenger, a15 year old girl was flown by helicopter to Geisinger Medical Center.

State police have arrested a Ulysses driver for several traffic violations including speeding after a one-vehicle crash early Saturday morning in Westfield Township. Troopers relate Sklyar Williams was going west on Route 49 when her Chevrolet Cobalt crossed the road and hit a guardrail then continued on for a short distance before colliding with a tree head on. Authorities claim Williams left the scene after EMS personnel arrived and failed to notify police. Police suspect Williams was driving under the influence of alcohol.

No one was hurt in a rear-end collision Saturday afternoon in Elk County. State police explained the fender-bender occurred when George Sowers of Emporium stopped on the Bennetts Valley Highway to allow a pedestrian to cross the road and his Jeep Patriot was struck in the rear by a Dodge Durango driven by Scott Lydic of James City, PA. Both drivers were using seatbelts as was passenger Penny Sowers.

Arson charges have been filed against a 43 year old Shawn Schaefer of Ridgway for a fire taking place last April 25 on California Road in Horton Township. The state police fire marshal alleges Schaefer torched his residence at about 8:30 pm. He was released on $25,000 unsecured bail after being arraigned on charges of arson, theft by deception, criminal mischief and insurance fraud. His wife, Monique was also an owner but was not charged.

The cause of a fire which damaged at two-story wood frame home in Ridgway Saturday afternoon has not yet been determined. The blaze originated in a second flood bedroom at a house on Sheridan Avenue owned by Dolari Pounds of Ridgway. State police Fire Marshal Cpl. Greg Agopsti said the interior of the house as in poor condition and littered with trash and waste to the extent it was impossible to determine the cause. Anyone who can help with the investigation is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136 or Ridgway police at 772.0000.

A Potter County camp owner was reportedly harassed by someone along his property line on the West Branch of Dingman Run Road, Coudersport at around 8:30 am November 27. The suspect fled the scene in a vehicle after allegedly threatening to harm John Hall of Duncannon, PA.

Mansfield based state police report they have also investigated some criminal trespass cases. A Liberty man is suspected of walking onto property along Blockhouse Road owned by another Liberty resident Saturday afternoon. A couple of hours later, A 64 year old Canton man is accused of being on posted property owned by a 39 year old Roaring Branch woman without her permission.
The theft of some medicine from a Bingham Township home is being investigated by troopers at the Coudersport barracks. The prescription was stolen between 4:00 pm and 10:00pm November 5 from the home of 91 year old Helen Mastin of Ulysses.

Burglars damaged two homes in Richmond Township, Tioga County between 4:45 pm and 8:00 pm November 30; A door frame at the home of Michele Cleveland was damaged and so was a picture fram at the home of Lydia Akey-Cleveland.

Troopers at Mansfield also investigated a camp burglary last week in Clymer Township. Sometime between last Wednesday and this past Saturday, crooks burglarized a camp on Route 349opwned by Walter |Terry of Windgap, PA.

A cell phone stolen from a student’s desk at the North Penn-Liberty High School in Tioga County was recovered by a teacher. The phone belonged to a 14 yearold boy at was taken on the afternoon of November 17. As yet, there are no suspects.

Vandalism to a car in, Elk County was probed by troopers in Ridgway. Culprits loosened bolts holding tires on a vehicle belonging to a Jay Township couple between Wednesday and Saturday.

Scammers are spoofing an Office of Attorney General phone number in an attempt to get folks to pay them money. Spoofing is a tactic which allows people to mimic the phone numbers of legitimate businesses on the receiving party’s caller ID.
Some of the scammers are posing as agents from the Office of Attorney General and fraudulently claiming the call recipient owes money. The calls appear to originate from the attorney general’s office, but are actually coming from another phone number.
Other individuals reported scammers are using the ‘Grandparent Scam from the same phone number. These callers falsely claim a grandchild of the call recipient is in jail and needs bail, or has been in an accident and needs funds. These scams frequently target senior citizens.
If you have received one of these fraudulent calls, please call the Office of Attorney General Bureau of Consumer Protection hotline at 1-800-441-2555, email scams@attorneygeneral.gov or click here to file a complaint.
In the meantime, if you know you’re receiving a scam phone call, hang up. Don’t press any buttons and, if you received a voice mail message, don’t call the scammer back. Don’t trust caller ID and never give out personal information such as account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden name, passwords or other identifying information in response to unexpected calls.

Craft shows were held at several locations around the region Saturday, December 2, 2017. One of those was held at the Roulette Fire Hall. Mandy Andreano of Roulette (foreground) was on of the vendors and treated visitors to tasty dips made with ingredients from one of the companies she represents.

Vendors and visitors alike filled the Roulette VFD “Bingo Hall. The auxiliary provided a variety of refreshments.


                                                                                 Obituaries
Mary Ann POLLOCK, 73, of Mills, PA, died Friday, December 1, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.
She was born June 21, 1944, in Hornell, NY. On May 20, 1964, in Troupsburg, NY, she married Clifford Pollock, Jr., who predeceased her on April 9, 2017.
Surviving are: six children, Dennis (Erika) Pollock of Coudersport, James (Mary) Pollock of Mills, June Mastin of Bath, NY, Susan (Terry) Mills of Ulysses, Jennifer (Asa) Drake of Mansfield, and Rosella “Sam” (Martin) Morales of Galeton; 28 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Myra Shaffer of Genesee, Judy (John) Costello of Genesee, and Jane Drake of Lawrenceville, PA; an aunt, Jean Newbury of Ulysses; nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her husband, he was predeceased by parents, Francis A. and Ella Young Johnson; a son, Randy C. Pollock; two grandchildren, Samantha Marie Morales and Jonathan D. Pollock; two brothers, Arnold Johnson and Lawrence Johnson; and an infant sister, Jenny.
Friendsgaythered  at the Harrison Township Community Building on Sunday, December got a luncheon at 1:00 PM followed by a time of fellowship until 4:00 PM. A service was held at 3:30 with Rev. Duane Burdick officiating.
Burial will be in Mills Cemetery.
Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfuneralhome.com

George C. BERRY, 75, of Ulysses, PA, died Friday, December 1, 2017 in Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, PA.
Born April 9, 1942, in Philadelphia, he was the son of Chester Charles and Anna Burdick Berry.
He was married to the former Frances A. Jeres, who survives.
George was employed as a cab driver in Philadelphia and Daytona Beach, FL.
Surviving besides his wife, Frances, are: three children, Anne Marie Berry of Mills, Charles C. Berry of Mills, and Thomas V. (Gail) Berry of Jacksonville, AL; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and a sister, Patricia D’Amico of Bunnell, FL. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Donna Berry; three brothers, Charles Berry, Thomas Berry, and James Berry; and a half-brother, William Barthe.
There will be no visitation or service.
Memorials may be made to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Arrangements are entrusted to Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

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Friday December 1, 2017

 

2017 Thanksgiving sunset

Thursday’s high, 44; overnight low, 34; no precipitation
FRI-CHANCE OF RAIN, HIGH 41
FRI NIGHT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, LOW 30
SAT-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 43
SAT NIGHT-CLEARING, LOW 29
SUN-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 45
SUN NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 30

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Dickens of a Christmas in Wellsboro this weekend…Christmas in the Wilds next Saturday in Emporium…..Concurrent deer season begins Monday…Bear harvest low…..Police look for man accused of child sexual assault…..Knoxville woman tricked out of $400 and shot gun stolen from Tioga County home…

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With the arrival of December, several Christmas events are planned.Wellsboro’s downtown will become an early Victorian marketplace with delectablefare for eating and drinking and delightful wares for holiday gift giving this weekend for the 34th Annual Dickens of a Christmas.
As visitors meander through the outdoor marketplace among more than 160 artists, craftsmen and food vendors, they will enjoy performances by the Fezziwig entourage and Victorian Strolls at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and can register for the Dickens Best Dressed Contest with a chance to win prizes valued at $1,000.
More than 75 artists, craftsmen and food vendors will be found at three Indoor craft shows. Open on The craft shows at the United Methodist Church and Wellsboro Senior Center will be open Friday and Saturday and at the Wellsboro Firemen’s Annex on Saturday only.
Hamilton-Gibson will present A Dickens of a Concert Friday night and six performances of “A Christmas Carol” at the Deane Center’s two theatres on Saturday and one performance on Sunday. The Arcadia Theatre is showing the film “A Miracle on 34th Street” all three days. Local churches will host a variety of indoor events Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2
At 5 p.m. Saturday, the Candlelight Walk for Peace will begin at Packer Park on Queen Street and at 5:30 p.m. the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony with Santa and a carol sing will be on The Green.

A complete schedule of events is posted on our Calendar and we have a Dickens Scrapbook page as well.

Across the region, Christmas in the Wilds will be held on Saturday December 9 will feature a Yuletide Caroling Contest at 1:00pm in downtown Emporium. Individuals and groups encouraged to take the stage and sing carols. A panel of judges will select the winners. This event is just one of several additions to the holiday celebrations in Cameron County.
Starting this weekend and continuing through December 16 Santa and his elves will set up shop in downtown Emporium at the Pennsylvania North Pole location. Elves will be available each Saturday to wrap presents from 10-noon. Santa will visit the shop from 1-3. On Friday December 8, the North Pole will be one of the stops at the Holiday House Tour which will feature Squares for Charity. The squares created by members of the Cameron County Quilters will be showcased at Guy and Mary Felt Manor. The quilts are ready to hang or used as a table topper. Proceeds from the silent bids will go to the quilters’ charity of choice. Paws & Claus Pet Supply is the stop for the coloring contest. Santa will select the winners and prizes will come from the North Pole.
Tickets for the Holiday House Tour on Friday December 8 are limited. They are $15 each and include a stop at Flowers N Things Open House, the North Pole, Guy and Mary Felt Manor, two homes and conclude at Aroma Café for appetizers, dessert and samples from Bearded Brewing.


Voting on the house decorating contest sponsored by L&M Lumber begins Friday December 8 and continues through Saturday December 16. Ballots will be available in the local newspapers, Facebook and at both the chamber office and L&M Lumber.
Santa will start Saturday with breakfast at the Emporium Fire Hall with the Auxiliary. Adults can eat for $5 and children $3. Downtown vendors will set up with Santa’s reindeer. Saturday night the event continues with the Emporium Community Dance at the Cameron County Vets at 8pm.
Information on any of the activities can be obtained from the chamber office at 34 East Fourth Street Emporium.

The first week of Pennsylvania’s rifle deer season ends Saturday.In most areas, hunters may take only antlered deer during the first five days of the season. Antlerless and antlered seasons then run concurrently from the to the season’s close next Saturday, December 9
Hunters killed about 30 percent fewer bears in Pennsylvania’s recent, four-day, firearms hunting season for bears. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the 2017 firearms season harvest was 1,796, down from 2,579 in the four-day season in 2016.
Driving rains, with fog and sleet in some areas, thwarted hunters on the first day of the firearms season, Saturday, November 18, and held down the overall harvest to the lowest in recent years.
As of a result, the overall bear kill for all of 2017 most likely will not be among the state’s highest. However, it also won’t be the lowest of the 21st century. That position is held firmly by 2007, when hunters took 2,362 bears.
This year’s overall bear tally is already above 2007’s mark, when the 480 bears killed in the regional early season and the archery season, and 170 bears already harvested in the extended season are added to the total.
In some parts of the state hunters may shoot bears through part or all of the firearms season for deer, which continues through Saturday, December 9.

Kane based state police are looking for 24 year old Kruze Jordan Carpenter Stewart who is wanted by warrant for child sexual assault offenses. He is accused of aggravated indecent assault of a person less than 16 years of age, and corruption of minors, indecent assault of a person less than 16, The crimes allegedly took place this past September in Mt. Jewett. Anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to call state police at 814.778.5555.

Troopers in Mansfield are investigating an electronic theft and a tangible theft. both taking place on Wednesday of this week. Knoxville resident 62 year oild Jeryl Abbott received a phone call from someone claiming to be an IRS agent and was informed that her arrest was imminent for back taxes she owed unless she purchased gift cards or wired $400 to stop the arrest. Abbott purchased Apple iTunes gift cards for $400 and then provided the caller with the redemption codes. Afterwards, she contacted her tax preparer who told her she did not owe any back taxes and the she had been the victim of a scam. Authorities caution citizens that the IRS does not call taxpayers by telephone—only by letter through the US Mail and to be safe, check with their tax preparer before taking any action.

Burglars stole a gun from the unlocked home of Koren Brown on Main Street in Antrim between 4:00 and 11:00 pm Wednesday and took a Charles Daly 20 gauge shotgun. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact state police at 570.662.2151.

Thursday November 30, 2017

 

2017 Thanksgiving sunset

Wednesday’s high, 54; Overnight low, 22; no precipitation
THU-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 48
THU NIGHT- RAIN POSSIBLE, LOW 33
FRI-MOSTLY CLEAR, HIGH 40
FRI NIGHT-CLOUDS, LOW 29
SAT-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 44
SAT NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 31

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BFB Headlines (Thursday November 30, 2017)Unemployment rate improves in area…..Dominion employees volunteered recently for improvements at the Elk Country Visitors Center….Weight limit imposed on Cameron County bridge….Connecticut teens arrested on drug charges in Potter County…..Two Port Allegany women hurt in collision near Roulette….Juvenile suspected of stealing car in Tioga County….Mansfield resident accused of lying on gun application……Cops investigate mailbox vandalism near Coudersport….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

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The unemployment rate improved between September and October in four out of the five counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting and held steady in the fifth. The jobless rate dropped from5.9% to 5.7% here in Potter County; went down from 5.5% to 5.3% in McKean County; decreased from 6.7% to 6.6% in Cameron County and fell from 5.5 to 5.4% in Tioga County. Elk County held steady at 4.4%. Chester County had the best rate in the Commonwealth at 3.3%. a slight decrease of one-tenth of a percent over the previous month. Cameron was number 67 out of 67 counties, followed by Forest with a percentage of 6.5%. Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate for the period was 4.7% while the national figure was better at 4.1%.

Twenty-three Dominion Energy employees from four surrounding states participated recently in the company’s Energizing Our Communities initiative with a full day of volunteer work at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, a small town located in north central mountains of Pennsylvania.
Among the activities completed were the installation of 2 new areas of pavers in the primary drop-off and viewing area, loading, transporting and restacking tons of wood to several areas of the center to be used to burn for heat by visitors during the fall and winter seasons, and, of course — the easiest of the tasks — mulching several new picnic areas. As an added bonus, Dominion Energy covered the cost of the entrance fee for the center’s 4-D educational movie — not only for our colleagues who wished to view, but for all visitors on that day.
In addition to the volunteer work, the group presented a $12,500 donation from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to the region’s visitor center.
The Keystone Elk Country Alliance KECA which operates it center is a 501©(3) non-profit Conservation Organization headquartered at the Elk Country Visitor Center in Benezette, PA

PennDOT is notifying area motorists that weight limits have been posted on a Route 4004 (Rich Valley Road) bridge in Shippen Township, Cameron County. The one-lane bridge spans the Driftwood Branch of Sinnemahoning Creek, northwest of the village of Rich Valley.
As of November 22, the posted weight limit is 21 tons for single vehicles and 23 tons for combination vehicles. Vehicles exceeding the posted weight limits are required to use alternate routes.
Posting weight limits will slow deterioration on the bridge and preserve safety until repairs or replacement can occur. The bridge was originally constructed in 1971, is 51 feet long, and carries an average of 100 vehicles daily.

Coudersport based state police have arrested a couple of Connecticut teenagers on drug charges. When a patrol officer stopped 19 year old Samuel Fix on Route 6 in Sweden Township on August 6, they allegedly found he was driving under the influence of a controlled substance and seized several items of drug related contraband. Authorities learned than Fix and Madelyn Vinsel, also 19, were camping at Cherry Springs State Park and also allegedly found more drug related contraband. Fix has been charged with two counts of possession with the intent to deliver a controlled substance, possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession of drug paraphernalia, three counts of driving under the influence of a controlled substance, purchasing alcohol by a minor, and a variety of traffic violations. Vinsel is accused of possession of a small amount of marijuana for personal use, possession of drug paraphernalia and purchase of alcohol by a minor.

A Port Allegany woman and her passenger were hurt in a collision Sunday evening on Route 6 in Roulette Township. According to Coudersport based state police report 76 year old Constance Curtis was going west on when her SUV struck a deer. The carcass flew into the eastbound lane where it was hit by a pick-up truck driven by Andrew Goodwill also of Port Allegany. Curtis and her passenger, Kimberly Parrish, Port Allegany, were taken by Roulette Ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital.

Mansfield based state police relate a juvenile is suspected of stealing a Hyundai Accent from Matthews Motors/Country Car Rentals on North Callahan Road in Delmar Township October 15. The car, owned by Leonard Kreger of Wellsboro was found wrecked near the Stokesdale Acorn with two tires blown off. The investigation is continuing.

A Mansfield resident has been arrested for providing false information on a gun application. State police claim 53 year William Siebel lied while filling out ATF Form 4473 at GNR Sporting Goods in Richmond Township July 16. Charges were filed in District Court.

Vandalism to several Coudersport mailboxes is being probed by state police. Between 10:30 pm Monday and 7:00 am Wednesday, culprits smashed mailboxes and damaged other property on the Toles Hollow, Ice Mine and Vader Hill Roads by throwing frozen water bottles. Property owners were identified as Pamela Dailey, John Fleckenstein, Marleen Fantas, Daniel Bollhorst, Martin Weiss, Lawrence Wycoff and Faith McKeone. Anyone who can provide information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.