Friday November 10, 2017

Thursday’s high, 48; Overnight low, 20; light snow

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Rep. Causer says veterans should be honored every day…Segment about Coudersport will air on Channel 2 WGRZ TV 6 o’clock news tonight…..teen passenger slightly hurt in Potter County crash…two motorists escape injury in car/deer encounters…..Motorcycle and trail cam stolen in Elk County…Thieves take $1700 worth of equipment from lot near Kane….

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Obituary: Edward “Butch” Black (Coudersport)

Saturday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day.Rep. Martin Causer is urging constituents to take a moment throughout the weekend to remember and thank the thousands of men and women who have served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces and who continue to make a positive difference in our communities.The lawmaker told Black Forest Broadcasting News:
“I am honored to have the opportunity to address veterans at a ceremony hosted by American Legion James Uber Post 489 at Ludlow’s Wildcat Park at 11 a.m. Saturday. In the evening, I will speak with veterans at the Bucktail American Legion Post 138 in Smethport.”
“Of course, it is important to remember and honor our veterans every day, not just once a year. In the General Assembly, we are working on several initiatives to help our veterans, including one that is now law.”

Known as the Stolen Valor Law, Act 9 of 2017 makes it a crime for someone to misrepresent military service or honors for the purpose of fraudulently attempting to obtain money, property or other benefits.
House Bill 1878 seeks to assist members of the National Guard with employment protection, as the bill would extend current employment protections to Pennsylvania citizens who are members of another state’s National Guard. Currently, the employment protection only applies to members of the Pennsylvania National Guard. The bill is currently in the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee and is expected to advance.

To recognize the meritorious service of military members, House Bill 165 would create and add the Pennsylvania Medal of Achievement and the Pennsylvania Veterans Service Award to the list of existing medals, badges and awards that are authorized and presented by the governor in the name of the Commonwealth, while House Bill 1762 would add the Honor and Remember Flag to the list of flags authorized to be flown on any public grounds or buildings in the Commonwealth. House Bill 165 passed the House earlier this year, and House Bill 1762 is in the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Potter County Today reports a short program on Potter County’s recovery from the 2002 bankruptcy of its leading employer, Adelphia Communications Corp., is due to air on the 6 pm newscast of Buffalo’s WGRZ Channel 2 on Friday, Nov. 10. A news crew spent the better part of a day in Coudersport filming interviews and local scenes to portray a community that is gradually coming back to vibrancy. Reporter Danny Spewak and a cameraman were hosted by Commissioner Paul Heimel, Community Development Director Jennifer Rossman, and Bill Pekarski, a Coudersport resident who has been chronicling and promoting the town through social media for more than a year. Those three were interviewed, as were the owners of two local businesses that symbolize the “new” Coudersport – John and Olga Snyder at Olga’s Gallery, Café and Bistro; and Mary Jo Stuckey and Patty Giannotti at Cream ‘n Sugar.

Common themes of the interviews included a recognition that the travel and tourism industry is a critical part of the community’s economic well-being. There are also signs that more people are looking to relocate areas such as Potter County, where the outdoor recreational opportunities, clean environment and rural lifestyle have appeal. “Niche tourists,” such as those being drawn to the Cherry Springs State Park’s International Dark Sky Preserve and motorcycle leisure riding organizations, are also showing up in greater numbers, the local business representatives said.

A teenage passenger was slightly hurt in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on Burt Street in Bingham Township. The 16 year old Harrison Valley boy was riding in a Chevrolet Cavalier driven by a 16 year old Ulysses boy which went off of the road on a left hand curve and hit a tree. The driver was not hurt. The passenger took himself to Charles Cole Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
An Illinois man escaped injury Wednesday afternoon in a car/deer collision on Route 6 in Roulette Township. According to state police at Coudersport, David Hardy of Decatur was headed east when a deer jumped over a guardail on the south side if the road. Hardy was unable to avoid impact.
A Knoxville woman also escaped injury in a car/deer encounter Sunday morning. Danielle Blasz was headed south on the Cummings Creek Road in Middlebury Township when her Ford Expedition went off the road and hit a utility pole after she swerved to avoid a deer.

Troopers at Mansfield allege a Louisiana man left the scene of a one-vehicle mishap early Tuesday morning in Blossburg. Brian Ulmer of Winnsbror was traveling south on Rpute 15 when his Acura TL went off the pavement and collided with a guardrail. The car had to be towed from that location.

Both drivers were unhurt in a rear-end collision Thursday afternoon in Horton Township, Elk County. Ridgway based state police explained that the fender bender when Gerald Heilbrun of Brockway stopped on Route 219 to make a left turn and a Freightliner operated by Danile Mejia of Elizabeth, NJ ran into the back of Heilbrun’s Saturn Ion.

The theft of a motorcycle from a Weedville location is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. Thieves took a 1999 red and black GSXR 750 owned by Chad Eozzo of St. Marys between August 29 and September 14.

Troopers there also probed a theft occurring this past Sunday on an unnamed road off of Robin Road in Elk County. Crooks took a trail camera belonging to a St. Marys resident off of a tree between 5:00 and 6:30 pm.

Kane based state police are looking for thieves who took some equipment from a private lot on Route 6 in Kane between last Thursday and Monday. Several spools of copper wire, aluminum wire and two voltage testers were taken from the rear of a C>W> Wright Construction Company vehicle. The property is valued at $1700.00.

An ATV was recovered this past Saturday at the intersection of Fry Road and Douglas Road in Hector Township, Potter County. Authorities say the red Polaris Trailblazer appears to have been abandoned and anyone with ownership information is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

Edward “Butch” C. Black, 47, of Galeton, PA passed away, Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at Sweden Valley Manor in Coudersport, PA.e
Born September 24, 1970 in Coudersport, he was the son of Edward L. and Darla (Hallett) Black.
Butch was a graduate of Coudersport High School. He was employed at Darrow Motors in Wellsboro, PA in the auto body repair shop. He loved to ride his Harley Davidson and four wheeler. He enjoyed restoring vehicles for work and leisure. He will be remembered for his outgoing, friendly and funny personality.
Butch is survived by his father, Edward L. Black of Coudersport, PA ; sisters, Deborah (Dean) Hint of Cuba, NY and Barbara (Rob) Black of Moncks Corner, SC; niece, Kylie Hint and nephew, Cory Hint; Aunt Pat , Aunt Bonnie and Uncle Dave, and Aunt Shirley; several cousins; ex-wife Shari and her children, Joe and Brent. He was preceded in death by his mother Darla Black and nephew, Donny.
In keeping with Butch’s wishes there will be no services. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Coudersport American Legion Post 192.
Arrangements held by Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA 16915
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Thursday November 9, 2017



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BFB headlines (Thursday November 9, 2017)The Christmas House in Coudersport is having its annual open house today….Investigation is continuing into blaze which damaged an Elk County home yesterday….Burglars steal property from Weedville storage units…..Items stolen from bed of pick up parked at Walmart in Mansfield Sunday….Slight injuries reported for Emporium driver after car/deer encounter….NY state man unhurt in Tioga, PA driveway mishap..Next on-ar report after 10:06 am on

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The Christmas House at the corner of Main and Water Street in Coudersport is holding its annual open house from today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s s been 25 years since the fledgling non-profit moved into the
Former Austins’ meat market Though many changes have taken place, the mission of providing assistance to Potter County residents who find themselves in desperate circumstances continues to guide the work of the volunteers.

Christmas House volunteers say they have realized in recent years that many people are unaware of what just exactly goes there and this year, they want to issue an invitation to those folks to stop in the open house complimentary sandwiches, homemade soups and cookies are being offered all day. Charlene Smith, volunteer coordinator says a special invitation is extended to folks who work nearby to come for lunch, Families with young children can schedule their visits to coincide with the visit from Santa Claus from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Although Christmas House is open nearly year ˜round, assisting with rent, utilities, food, clothing, household goods, the volunteers move into high gear in October to orchestrate the distribution of hundreds of Christmas gifts to families in need all over the county .The volunteers are grateful for the ongoing support of all of the churches, organizations and individuals that help to keep the doors open and allow the work to continue says Smith says this year there is special need for larger gifts for school age children .People may alsoconsider donating funds to allow them to purchase those kinds of gifts.

Letters requesting names of Potter County children in need have been sent to area social service agencies, school nurses and churches .Individuals may also contact the Christmas House directly by calling (814) 274-0825 on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m .Smith says is important that
The Christmas House receives the names and ages of all children who need gifts by our
deadline of November 15,

The investigation is continuing into the cause of a fire which damaged a two-story wood frame house on Portland Mills Road in Spring Creek Township, Elk County Wednesday. The house was occupied by Ricky Hicks, Lisa Hicks, Desiree Vires and Joshua Hicks. Two of the residents were home when flames broke out just after noon. Joshua Hicks was taken by ambulance to Penn Highlands Dubois for treatment of minor injuries. Damage is estimated to be about $10,000.

A recent burglary at Mark Petrini’s storage rental building at the intersection of the Bennetts Valley Highway and Elm Street in Weedville is being probed by state police at Ridgway. Criminals broke into each storage unit between 1:00 a.m. October 29 and last Saturday, November 4 at 3:00 pm. Several items, belonging to nine renters, were stolen. Authorities report the total loss has not been determined but anyone with information is asked to call the Ridgway barracks at 814.776.6136.

A theft occurring this past Sunday in the Mansfield Walmart parking lot is under investigation by state police at Mansfield. While the 46 year old man was shopping inside the store between 10:30 and 11:00 am, a crook stole various items from the bed of the victim’s pick up truck. Anyone with information about that crime is encouraged to call troopers at 570.662.2151.

Slight injuries were reported for an Emporium driver after a car/deer encounter Wednesday afternoon in Gibson Township, Cameron County. According to state police at Emporium, Sydney Williams lost control of his northbound Hyundai Elantra when he swerved to miss a deer on the Bucktail Trail. The SUV hit and embankment and rolled over onto the passenger side before stopping on the shoulder.Williams declined medical attention but the vehicle had to be towed from the scene.

Mansfield based state police relate that a Corning, NY driver escaped injury early Monday evening in a mishap on Hopi Lane in Tioga Borough. Lyman Gardner made a left turn in a driveway to park his Ford Explorer and accidentally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake when he tried to avoid hitting a motorcycle parked in the driveway. The SUV hit a tree in a neighbor’s yard and had to be towed away.

Officers at the Kane barracks are looking for a hit and run vehicle which caused considerable damage early Tuesday morning on Route 59 near Big Shanty in Lafayette Township. The unknown eastbound vehicle went off the road on a left curve at around 4:00 am, collided with a paper box and two mailboxes with the right front end. Then a utility pole with the right rear. The unit went back onto the road and crossed both lanes before departing. The driver failed to provide required information to police or property owners.

DUI charges have been filed against 27 year old Gerald Haus II of Westfield. State police at Mansfield allege when they questioned him on Route 49 just after 7:00 am October 24, they found he was driving under the influence of a drug or combination of drugs which “impaired his ability to safely drive a vehicle.”

Kane based state police have arrested 32 year old Beau Close, no address given, for DUI after pulling him over for speeding on the afternoon of October 22 on West Washington Street in Bradford Township.

Wednesday November 8, 2017


Tuesday’s high, 37; Overnight low, 16; no precipitation

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BFB Headlines (Wednesday November 8, 2017) Women dominate statewide judicial races….voters approve ballot question….Causer to host gun rights meeting….Burglars steal several items from Elk County home….ATV found in Galeton…Port Allegany woman hurt after swerving to avoid a deer…Canadian tractor trailer operator unhurt when trailer rolls over in Tioga County….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on

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Obituary: James”Jim” Heffner, Coudersport

Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris tells Black Forest Broadcasting that Hawbaker crews will be painting the downtown today. She is asking motorists to avoid parking there until they have the lines have been painted. painted. She says it will not take long to paint the spaces if there are no cars parked.

Pennsylvania voters gave overwhelming support to a ballot question in Tuesday’s election which could mean a reduction in property taxes. By an unofficial vote of 948,225 (53.98%) to 808.371 (46.02%) voters said school districts and municipalities should be able to increase the homestead exclusion for primary residences from the current 50% to 100%.The state legislature must vote on the proposal before it could become law and local governments and school boards would have to decide the percentage allowed.

Many candidates in local and county races across the region yesterday were unopposed. However, voters did decide several statewide judicial contests, with one having widespread local interest. Republican Sallie Mundy, a resident of Tioga County easily won a 10 year term to the Supreme Court. She had been appointed by Democrat Governor Tom Wolf to fill a vacancy. Democrats were victorious in several judicial elections which were dominated by women. Thomas Saylor and Debra Todd were retained to the Supreme Court while Jacqueline Shogan (O) was retained for another term on the Superior Court. The apparent winners of the Superior Court race were Maria McLaughlin(D), Carolyn Nichols(D). Deborah Kunselman (D) and Mary Murray (R). Winners for Commonwealth Court were Christine Fizzano (R) and Ellen Ceisler (D). Statewide election results can be found on the website Click on the banner “ELECTION RESULTS.”

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) is inviting area residents to a free Firearms Safety and Rights Seminar set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Kane Community Center, 46 Fraley St., Kane.
Speakers will include McKean County District Attorney Stephanie Vettenburg-Shaffer; McKean County Sheriff Dan Woods; and McKean County Deputy Sheriff and long-time firearms instructor Roger Sager. Topics will include Pennsylvania’s concealed carry laws, the Castle Doctrine and other valuable information regarding state gun laws.
“Whether you already own firearms or are just thinking about making a purchase, this forum provides a great opportunity to learn more about your rights and how to handle your firearms safely,” Causer said.
People who wish to attend the seminar are encouraged to register in advance by visiting or calling the Kane office at 814-837-0880. Seating is limited.

Ridgway based state police are investigating a burglary taking place at a house on the Million Dollar Highway between 6:00 pm Sunday and 6:00 pm Monday. Criminals entered Heath Goodyear’s home during that period of time and made off with a chainsaw valued at $300, a fly rod valued at $250, approximately $50 in US currency and about three doezen traps valued at $720. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.776.6136.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks are looking for the owner of an ATV found last Thursday afternoon in Galeton. The purple 1996-1998 Polaris Scrambler 500 was discovered about a half mile west of River Street. Authorities did not indicate if they believe the machine was stolen or abandoned but anyone who has ownership information is encouraged to call 814.274.8690.

State police in both Potter and Tioga Counties are getting caught up on their paperwork. Late yesterday, troopers at Coudersport reported Nicole Snell of Port Allegany was hurt last Wednesday morning when she swerved to avoid a deer on the Sartwell Creek Road in Pleasant Valley Township. The Chevrolet Impala went off the right side of the road and collided with several fence posts and a ditch before re-entering the highway, coming to rest along the south berm. Snell was taken by Roulette Volunteer Ambulance to Charles Cole Hospital where she was treated for minor injuries.
A NY state driver escaped injury in a crash last Friday afternoon in Sharon Township, Potter County.

Aaron Whitsell , 21, was allegedly speeding when his northbound Subaru Legacy went off of the Whites Corners Road, hit an embankment and rolled over a couple of times before coming to rest perpendicular in the northbound lane.

Both Wellsboro drivers were unhurt a week ago today in a collision in Delmar Township, Tioga County. According to state police at Mansfield, impact occurred when Thomas Chilson made an improper left turn in front of Garrett Fairbanks on the Hilbolt Road. Both Chilson’s Ford F350and Fairbanks’s Subara Legacy had to be towed from the scene.

No injuries were reported for a Canadian tractor trailer operator following a mishap early last Saturday morning in Bloss Township. Investigators relate Volodymyr Kulykovich was going north when his Freightliner went onto the berm and collided with a guardrail. The rig then slid across both northbound lanes causing the trailer to roll over onto the driver’s side. The cab stayed upright.


James “Jim” Merle Heffner, 74, of Coudersport, PA died at his home, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 after a prolonged illness. Jim was born on Aug. 30, 1943 in St. Marys, PA, the son of Charles and Dorothy (Johnson) Heffner. He married his wife Kay Cyphert on June 8, 1968 and shared 49 years of marriage together.
After graduating from High School in St. Marys, PA, Jim served our country for six years as a Navy Corpsman and later for 4 years as an Air Force nurse. Jim attended the Philipsburg State Hospital of Nursing and served as the Infection Control Nurse and the Education Coordinator at the Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport for 23 years and as a home health nurse for several years with Pediatric Services of America. He also used his nursing and military skills as a volunteer EMT coordinator/ instructor for Potter County.
Jim was a member of the George E. Wagner Masonic Lodge of St. Marys, PA, American Legion Post 192, Coudersport and the Coudersport Consistory.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife Kay; daughter, Sherry of Columbus, OH; brother ,Earl (Ann) of St. Marys, PA; sisters, Fern (Richard) Imdorf of Conway, SC, Elsie Haralson, of Ridgway, PA; sister-in-law, Judy Ann (Cyphert) Montgomery, of Strattanville, PA and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; son, Robert John Heffner; sister, Lois Secco; and brothers, Charles and Robert John Heffner.
A receiving of friends and family will be held Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017 from 4-6 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 10, 2017 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 North East St., Coudersport, PA. Funeral services to follow Friday at 10:30 a.m.,Pastor Scott Ogden officiating. Burial will be in the Sweden Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be directed to your favorite animal shelter, the Volunteers That Care, Box 750, Coudersport, PA or the Patterson Cancer Care Center, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA.
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