Thursday March 8, 2018

Photo provided by Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department


Wednesday’s high, 35;  Overnight low, 25; trace of snow







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Coudersport business heavily damaged by fire(see story below)…..Three Emporium residents arrested for drug manufacturing and related charges…..Eastern PA affected by second nor’easter and there’s a possibility of another….Penn State offers diabetes cooking class…..

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A Coudersport business was heavily damaged by fire Wednesday afternoon. Coudersport volunteers were dispatched a couple of minutes before 5 o’clock to Twin Tier Linen on North East Street for a working commercial fire. Enroute to the call only a few blocks away  a few blocks away, Chief Bryan Phelps  saw flames shooting into the air asked for a second alarm which brought in volunteers from Roulette, Shinglehouse, Galeton , Austin, and Port Allegany. Most remained on the scene for several hours  and were able to keep damage to about 25% of the building.  However, customers,  linens and rugs suffered smoke damage and will have to be re-cleaned. A Roulette firemen suffered a minor injury and was treated at Charles Cole Hospital. No one else was hurt. A nearby house was evacuated as a precaution but firefighters were able to keep flames from spreading to the house .A detour was established and remained in place until just before 9:00 pm The state police fire marshal  and the local fire department are investigating the fire but so far the cause is undetermined.

The business is Insured and the fire has displaced their  20 some employees. No other residents or businesses were displaced and were able to return to their homes. Coudersport 48 crews remained on scene til 23:45 and placed all of their  apparatus in service at 00:25 this morning.

Chief Phelps thanked  the following businesses and individuals that provided food/drinks to all of the Fireman:

Port and Cdspt FOXES, Cdspt SUBWAY, Mosch’s Country Tavern, and Donnell Ayers…It was and is GREATLY Appreciaed.

He also expressed gratitude  to local members, and mutual aid companies for their aggressive hard work in controlling and extinguishing this blaze. Thank you….”For it always saddens myself and our members of ANY loss of property within our community, Please keep Alex.Johnson and his family as well as his employees in your thoughts.”

Three Emporium residents have been jailed on charges relating to drug manufacturing. State police in that town report that when they went to a house at 60 Sycamore Street4 just after 9:00 am Wednesday trying to locate 26 year old Darren David Donovan who had multiple bench warrants. He was found hiding in an upstairs bedroom. While looking for Donovan, police used a search warrant and allegedly found items related to the manufacture of methamphetamines and a large amount of drug paraphernalia, suspected pot and meth. Donovan, 32 year old Gregory Guy Burdick and 60 year old Trisha Dawn Wilkins were arraigned before District Judge James Martin. Bail for Donovan and Burdick was set at $100,000 cash. Wilkins is charged with illegal dumping of methamphetamine waste and related offenses. Her bail was set at $50,000. Unable to post bond, all three were committed to the McKean County Jail.

The immediate Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area dodged the bullet Wednesday when a second nor’easter within a week dumped copious snow on the eastern part of Pennsylvania. The storm moved  quickly off the coast allowing PennDot and the Turnpike Commission to lift speed restrictions on the turnpike and several interstates before nightfall. Commercial traffic was banned in northeastern, PA.    But, residents are keeping a watchful eye on a potential third nor’easter which may move up the East Coast next week. It is too early to tell if the storm will move inland or stay out over the ocean.

We’ve been hearing a lot about the opioid epidemic but there is another deadly epidemic—diatebets especially among “Baby Boomers.”

Penn State Extension is offering a Dining with Diabetes program that for diabetes patients and their families.  Classes will be held for five weeks beginning on April 3 from  5:30 – 8:00 PM at the Ambulance Shed, 2227 US Route 6, Port Allegany, The series includes information on diabetes self-management including healthier eating, the five important numbers all diabetics should know, and how small lifestyle changes including physical activity can have a huge impact on health.

 Those attending  will learn how to prepare healthy meals that have less fat, sugar, and salt without cutting out taste with samples included as part of the program. The classes will be held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 – 8:00 PM on April 3, 10, 17, 24 and May 1 with a follow-up class in early July.  Register online at or call 1-877-345-0691. Funded in part by a grant from USDA, registration is just $5 per person or $10 for 2 people from the same household. This fee covers the five weekly classes with a three-month follow-up class. Scholarships are available. Space is limited so register today.

Dining with Diabetes is an approved research project conducted by Penn State University.  Participation in research is voluntary.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

Wednesday March 7, 2018


Black Forest Express


It’s Maple Syrup Time! (See story below)








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Port Allegany area home destroyed by fire….Sinnemahoning driver cited for failing to notify police of accident….Shinglehouse resident accused of harassment and driving without a license…Jamestown man accused of harassing ex-girlfriend, a Hebron Township resident….Troopers accuse Coudersport man of giving false ID to them….It’s Maple Syrup Time

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Obituary: Arlington Dunkle, Smethport

The state police fire marshal is investigating the cause of a fire which destroyed a two-story wood frame house on the North Brooklynside Road in Liberty Township, near Port Allegany Tuesday afternoon. The blaze was spotted by a passerby who reported seeing flames in a downstairs room and windows falling to the ground. Star Hose firefighters were dispatched at 12:33 pm. Volunteers from Roulette, Smethport, Eldred and Coudersport responded under the mutual aid system. There were no injuries. No one was home at the time and the ownership is not yet known but damage has been estimated to be about $25,000.

State police at Emporium have charged a Sinnemahoning driver in connection to an accident taking place last Thursday night in Gibson Township. Troopers report 38 year old David Ball was going east on Route 120 about a mile east of the Tunnel Hill Curve at around t 9:30 pm when he dozed off while going down a slight decline approaching a right curve. His Chevy  S-10 crossed the road the road, struck an embankment and continued on for about 125 feet in a ditch before stopping. Ball drove the pick up to a pull off and left it there. It was discovered the next day by a patrol officer who tracked Ball down through the truck’s owner. Later that day, Ball reported the mishap to police and told them he did not know he was required to report it at his earliest convenience. He has been cited for careless driving and failing to give immediate notice.

A Port Allegany  man has been arrested for drug possession. Coudersport based state police claim when they pulled 23 year old Trey Miller over on Route 6 West in Roulette township Saturday night they smelled pot coming from the car’s interior and spotted marijuana in plain  view. A search of the car reportedly turned up drugs and paraphernalia .

A charge of harassment with physical contact has been filed against 25 year old Darren Blauvelt of Shinglehouse. According to Coudersport based state police they were called to a  house at 125 Kellytown  Road in Sharon Township Saturday evening for a verbal altercation between Blauvelt and  22 year old woman which had turned physical. Police claim the couple left the house in a vehicle driven by Blauvelt but it was later determined he did not have a valid driver’s license so now he is also charged with driving without a license.

A harassment by communications was also investigated troopers at Coudersport. Brooke Vincent, 19, of Whitney Creek Road in Hebron Township told officers that her ex-boyfriend, 18year old Jordan Pollaro of Jamestown, NY has continued to contact her through email and texts since their break-up despite being told by Vincent she no longer wants contact from him. A summary offense against Pollaro has been filed in district court.

A Coudersport man is in trouble for giving false information to law enforcement. State police allege 30 year old Chad Wilcher identified himself as 31 year old Michael Wilcher of McDonald, PA when they stopped him on Route 6 near Denton Hill State Park back on March 11, 2016. He also allegedly paid the traffic citation using his relative’s name. It was discovered this past Februyr 20, that Wilcher had lied to them initially. He is facing charges of ID theft and giving false information to law enforcement.

State police at Ridgway are investigating a couple of recent burglaries on Spring Run Road in Weedville. Five pistols and three rifles were stolen from the home of Andrew Geyer  sometime Monday. And, sometime over the past weekend, criminals took an all black Smith & Wesson M&P Magpul Edition AR-15, .223/556 with a Nikon scope and custom muzzle break from a camp in that neighborhood owned by Jacob Hoyle of Ridgway.


This winter has contributed favorably to the production of maple syrup. Relatively warm days with frigid night time frigid temperatures are just the ingredients top make sap ru. There are many different kinds of trees in the Pennsylvania forests, but the sweetest tree in Pennsylvania is the sugar maple. The sap from the tree isused to make pure maple syrup.Sugar maple trees are unique to North America and grow naturally only in the northeastern United Sates and southeastern Canada. Pennsylvania maple syrup is a higher grade than Vermont’s which gets more recognition. Maple producers in the Black Forest continue to take home awards for their syrup and related maple products. Winners at the 2017 Farm Show included : Best of Show by Hamilton’s Maple Products Ulysses;  Premier Exhibitor and Best Collective Exhibitor by Jim & Dora Tice, Mainsburg, and 1st Place Syrup in two classes by Sons of Dunn Family Farm, Coudersport.

The production of maple syrup and maple by-products is not just a hobby along the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor; it is part of the traditions and folk life of the northern tier of Pennsylvania. Each year in early spring, maple producers throughout the state begin tapping the maple trees and producing a sweet sugary treat, known as Maple Syrup. The PA Route 6 Alliance is proud to honor this tradition, naming March as Maple Month.

The use of maple syrup in recipes has evolved over the years, making the sweet substance not just a breakfast staple anymore. Across PA Route 6, you will find restaurants using maple syrup in main courses, like maple spare ribs and maple-soy salmon, or to make a special martini or frappe. Maple syrup is an added boost for baking and can be turned into a glaze for fruits.

Various maple products are available. Of course, you can take home a gallon or two of maple syrup, but why not try some of the maple sugar rubs, maple covered nuts and popcorn or maple flavored mustards. Over the weekend of March 16 – 18, many maple producers open the doors of their sugarshacks to the public. Here you can learn about the various styles of production and taste test the growing numbers of ways to incorporate maple syrup into your cooking. This is a fun way to tour the countryside within the PA Route 6 Corridor. Some of the tours and events are:

14th Annual Maple Weekend, Potter and Tioga Counties

(Sites are near Mile Markers 175 – 244) The Potter/ Tioga Pennsylvania Maple Weekend is a true tribute to all things maple. The Maple Weekend is a “traveling festival” that allows visitors to observe tree tapping, sugar boiling, and other maple-related activities in Potter and Tioga counties. Seventeen members of the Potter/Tioga Maple Producers Association open their sugar shack doors during Maple Weekend for a deliciously educational experience. For more information, visit

Northwest PA Maple Association Taste & Tour Weekend.

(Sites are near Mile Markers 00N – 27N and 23 – 98)

Seventeen sugarhouses in the northwestern counties of Crawford, Erie and Warren, including the Hurry Hill Maple Museum, open their doors to the public for the 14th Annual Taste & Tour Weekend. Come and visit with the local maple syrup producers and see “how it’s done.” See first-hand the process of tapping the maple tree, collecting sap and boiling it down to make delicious syrup. Many maple sugar makers produce additional confections from their syrup. Most have free samples available, as well as products for sale. For more information, visit

Endless Mountains Maple Weekend

(Sites are near Mile Markers 234- 275)

A driving tour of maple open houses in the Endless Mountains Region of Bradford and Susquehanna Counties. Watch sap being boiled down, sample maple treats and learn the old age tradition of “sugaring” combined with some new technology.<>

Northeast Maple Weekend

(Sites are Wayne, Pike, and Lackawanna Counties)

8th Annual Self-Guided Maple Tour, a tour of maple open houses in the Northeast PA region, predominately in Wayne County but also with stops in Pike and Lackawanna Counties. Enjoy locally produced maple products and learn more about today’s producers of maple syrup.  You can tour area sugar bushes at your leisure, following the maple syrup making process from the tree to your table.  Along the way, pick up some locally produced pure maple products.  This event is free to the public. For a copy of the brochure,call the Wayne County Conservation District at 570-253-0930.

Milford, Pike County

Vine Hill Farm demonstration at Patisserie Fauchere, 403 Broad Street,Milford. On March 18th, a tapper from Vine Hill Farm will be PatisserieFauchere from 11 am to 1 pm, discussing their processes and providing freesamples.Be sure to stop by the sugarhouse. Tag your posts and photos with #Do6.


 Arlington Wade Dunkle, 96, of Smethport, passed away Friday (March 2, 2018) in the Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford.

He was born March 2, 1922 in Clermont, a son of Roy Arthur and Beatrice Fay Church Dunkle. On April 27, 1946, in St. Elizabeth of Hungary Rectory, Smethport, he married Veronica Teresa Ukasinski, who died May 18, 1989.

Mr. Dunkle graduated from Colegrove High School. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII from 1943 to 1945, where he was part of the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He fought in Northern France, the Rhineland, and the Ardennes.

Mr. Dunkle was a truck driver for many different companies over the years, retiring from Dresser Clarke/Rand. After retirement, he worked for the former Market Basket in Smethport as a janitor. He also helped mow lawns in the community.

He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Smethport, the American Legion; Bucktail Post #138 of Smethport, where he was a Past Commander, VFW Post #2497 of Smethport and the Elderberries Club at the Smethport Senior Center. He was a former member of the Smethport Ambulance Association, helped deliver Meals-on-Wheels, was a Red Cross Volunteer, a two-time McKean County Fair King, loved dancing, reading and Drive-In movies. He was a devoted Father and Grandfather.

He is survived by:

one daughter: Deborah G. Dunkle of Emporium, PA one son: Arlington Randle Dunkle of Smethport, PA

three sisters: Vesta June Dunkle Smith of Renovo, PA, Minnie Fay Dunkle Herzog of Roulette, PA and Ruby Marlene Dunkle Burt of Smethport, PA,

one brother: Wilbur Vincent Dunkle of Smethport, PA

two granddaughters: Rande Phoebe Dunkle and Suzanne Theresa Dunkle.

And many nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by five brothers: Keith Eugene, Kenneth LeRoy, Roland Dale, Roy LaVerne and Arthur James Dunkle. He was also predeceased by two sisters: Violet May Kelley and Irene Elizabeth Dunkle.Arlington chose to donate his body to science. A memorial service in his remembrance will be held Saturday, March 24 at 11:00 am from the United Methodist Church of Smethport, with the Rev. Rob Hernan, pastor, officiating.Arlington’s family requests prayers are said for him. They gratefully decline all flowers or food items that may be sent to them. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the United Methodist Church of Smethport, 607 King St., Smethport, PA 16749; American Legion; Bucktail Post #138, 417 W. Main St., Smethport, PA 16749; VFW Post #2497, 608 E. Water St., Smethport, PA 16749; Elderberries Club, Smethport Senior Center, 119 W. Main St., Smethport, PA 16749 or a charity of the donor’s choice.Online condolences may be made at are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.

Tuesday March 6, 2018

        Black Forest Express


Monday’s high, 37; Overnight low 20; no precipitation







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Westfield woman accused of burglarizing home in that town…Theft of items stolen from parked vehicle investigated by state police…….Emporium man facing hit and run charges….Millerton woman hurt in weather-related accident…..Hamilton Gibson lowers admission prices to main stage events……

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Westfield woman is facing a host of charges in connection to a burglary at a home on the Gilbert Road in that town on the morning of February 16. State police allege 54 year old Patricia Belanger stole items from a shed owned by 67 year old Freeman Haning and after being confronted by Haning, went into his house and stole more items before getting into another altercation. She was allegedly found by troopers with drugs and paraphernalia in her possession.

A theft of items from a vehicle is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Sometime between 11:00 pm last Wednesday and  9:00 am Thursday  a thief reached into a 1999 Jeep Cherokee owned by Frank Badmone of Westfield and stole a couple of items valued at a total of $45. The crime was committed while Badmone’s  Jeep was parked at his home on Route 49 and netted the crook a brownish black wallet, post office keys and a license.

Hit and run charges are pending against a 57 year old Emporium man, State police there claim a vehicle driven by the Rich Valley Road resident bumped the rear end of a vehicle driven by a 40 year old Emporium woman who had stopped for a pedestrian at the intersection of West 4th and South Wood Street. Police assert the drive left the scene but was discovered later at his home and they claim he admitted to being involved in the collision. According  to policy at some state police barracks, the name of a suspect is not released until charges have actually been filed.

A Millerton woman was hurt in a one-vehicle accident last Friday morning in Liberty Township, Tioga County. Troopers at the Mansfield barracks explained Sherri  Anastasio was going south on snow covered Route 15 at around 8:30 am when her Ford Escape failed to make a left downhill curve, spun off the road and went onto the median where it collided with a guide wire sustaining severe front end damage before skidding back onto the highway and coming to rest in the southbound lane. Anastasio was taken to Williamsport General Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Her three passengers, Sherri Stickler, Ashley Tong, Carrie Able and a 9year old girl all from Lindley, NY were not hurt. Police said the driver and all of the passengers were using seatbelts.

DUI charges have been lodged against 37 year old Christina Vanorder of Tioga, PA. State police claim when they talked to Vanorder during a traffic stop on Walnut Street in Tioga early New Years Day, they found she was driving under the influence.

Samuewl  Croskey, 30 of Tarentum, has also been arrested for DUI. Kane based state police claim they found Croskey had been driving under the influence when they stopped him at the intersecteion of Main Street and Marilyn Horne Way in Bradford city early February 18.


Here is some good news for those who enjoy attending plays and musicals in Wellsboro..Hamilton-Gibson Productions is significantly reducing the price of admission to its six main-stage productions, including “Ring of Fire” in March, “Blithe Spirit” in April, “Calendar Girls” in May, “The Giant Peach” in July, “Driving Miss Daisy” in September and “The Crucible” in November.


“We are taking a leap of faith in slashing our main-stage production admission prices,” said Thomas Putnam, HG artistic director. “Since we first started in 1991, our purpose has been to make community performing arts accessible to everyone,” he explained. “Even though the cost of these productions continues to rise, we are trusting that more people will be able to attend these shows, thus making up the loss in revenue we’ll incur by cutting admission prices.”


During the past decade, Hamilton-Gibson has increased admission twice to help cover the rising production costs of plays and musicals, such as royalty and venue fees and materials for sets, costumes, programs and posters.


In 2007 and 2008, admission was $14 for adults and $6 for students and children and pay-what-you-can for Sunday matinees.


In 2009, admission for adults was increased by $1 to $15. The $6 price for students and children and the pay-what-you-can for Sunday matinees stayed the same. Added was a First Saturday Special admission, $10 for an adult and free for a child or student.  All of these prices remained the same from 2009 to 2013.


In 2014, Hamilton-Gibson continued to offer three admission options for the five performance dates for its main-stage productions. The regular admission price was increased by $3 to $18 for adults and by $1 to $7 for children and full-time students for the two Fridays and the second Saturday. The First Saturday Special was increased by $2 to $12 for adults and remained free for children and full-time students. The Sunday matinee admission continued as pay-what-you-can. The FlexPass was increased to $75 for adults 65 and older and $90 for adults, 64 and younger. These prices stayed the same from 2014 through 2017.


“This year, there will only be one admission fee for all five performances of our main-stage productions,” said Putnam. For adults of all ages the admission fee will be $12. For youth, 18 and under, admission will be $6. We are also offering a $60 FlexPass for adults. That FlexPass price represents a $30 savings from the $90 price for adults 64 and younger and a $15 savings from the $75 price for adults 65 and older,” Putnam said.


“With this step, we are re-committing ourselves to our mission statement to provide opportunities for people to enrich and empower their lives through community theatre and the performing arts,” said Putnam. “To us, there is an understood ‘all’ before the word ‘people.’ It means we are embracing everyone in our community, including those who have lost their jobs through plant closings, people on fixed incomes and young families just starting out. It is tough to become enriched and empowered if a person can’t afford to attend a live community theatre production in the first place,” he said


“Many people told us that they were comfortable paying the $18 admission price for adults because they felt it was inexpensive based on the high caliber of live theatre we offer. We are counting on these folks to reflect their support by increasing their yearly patron gift,” Putnam said


To find out how to become a patron or to reserve seats, contact the HG office at 570-724-2079 or Tickets can also be purchased online at the HG website at or via links to Ticketleap on HG’s Facebook page.

he winners of the To Fill A Backpack TV raffle drawn on March 3rd are:


Ticket #1 – Kenny Pierce of RouletteÂ

Ticket #2 – Julie Schroll of Port Allegany


Congratulations to the winners…and thanks to everyone that purchased tickets.