Wednesday September 27, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 87; Overnight low, 52; no raiin







 Unemployment rate goes up in some counties  and holds steady  others in region…Causer is blasting Fish Commission for announcing closure of Oswayo Fish Hatchery…..Traffic pattern changes coming next week in Coudersport…..New Route 120 bridge in Cameron County has re-opened….Ridgway man wanted for trying steal items from parked cars…NY state resident accused of harassing Tioga PA woman….vandalism investigated in Elk County….

The region’s unemployment rate continues to see saw. Last month we reported improvement in all of the counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting. The rate in three  counties went up,  but held steady in two. The jobless in Potter County went up from 6.0 to 6.2%; Cameron County saw an increase from 6.2% to 6.7%; and Tioga County’s went up from 5.3 to 5.5%. McKean County’s stayed at 5.78% and Elk County held at 4.7% for the period. Pennsylvania’s rate dropped slightly from 5.0 to 4.9% and the US figure increased slightly from  4.3 to 4.4%. Centre County had the best percentage, 3.4% and Fayette County had the worst at 6.8% followed by Cameron and Potter Counties.

Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint ) is blasting the Fish and Boat Commission in response issued the following statement in response to a Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) plan to cut its budget by closing the Oswayo trout hatchery in Potter County:

“Once again, the PFBC, and particularly Executive Director John Arway, are playing politics and undermining their own mission to serve the state’s boaters and anglers. Director Arway hasn’t gotten his way, so he’s decided to threaten members of the General Assembly in an attempt to get votes on a bill that would give him and the commission free reign to hike license fees anytime they want without going to the Legislature for approval. Clearly this agency needs more legislative oversight, not less.

“I would like to know how Director Arway can keep a straight face when he says he needs to cut $2 million from his budget when the agency is sitting on more than $60 million in uncommitted reserve funds. That’s more than 100 percent of the agency’s annual budget, and it’s certainly more than enough to keep these vital hatcheries open while lawmakers, who are genuinely interested in ensuring quality fishing and boating opportunities for our residents, continue to engage in reasonable, cooperative negotiations rather than using scare tactics.

“I think it’s time for Director Arway and members of the commission to reconsider their approach to working with lawmakers and, more importantly, their approach to managing this organization. I am committed to working with the board of commissioners to address the long-range fiscal health of the agency, but it’s time for the commission to put the needs of our boaters and anglers first.”

Causer noted the commission voted 6-4 on Monday to give Arway the authority to make the budget cuts. According to the PFBC, closing the Oswayo hatchery alone would result in the elimination of 240,000 adult stocked trout in four lakes and 61 streams, including many in McKean, Potter, Cameron and Clinton counties.

“Of all the trout hatcheries in the state, Oswayo is the only one targeted for closure. This is just another example of how Harrisburg bureaucrats treat our rural communities like second-class citizens,” the lawmaker said.

PFBC previously threatened to close the Oswayo hatchery in 2013 but soon after reversed its decision. At that time, the Bellefonte hatchery had also been targeted for closure but remains open. This time around, in addition to the Oswayo hatchery, the agency has proposed closing the Union City hatchery in Erie County and Van Dyke Research Station in Juniata County, which would impact stocking of a variety of warm water species, including walleye, channel catfish, musky, northern pike and American shad.

As work continues a Route 6 project in Coudersport, (PennDOT) is issuing a detailed update. Begun in 2016, this two-year project will result in an improved roadway surface through downtown Coudersport as well as sidewalk improvements and bridge repairs.

Dependent on weather, area drivers can expect the following activity through mid-October:

  • On October 2 and 3, paving will take place on the eastbound lane of Second Street. Once paving is complete, construction will take place on the westbound lane.
  • On October 3, beams for the phase 2 bridge construction will be set. To allow for the crane setup and delivery of the beams, Main Street will be closed from Allegheny Street to Second Street. Main Street will be re-opened after the beams have been set. PennDOT expects the bridge to be open to two-way traffic in early November.
  • During the week of October 16, paving is to take place on the westbound lane of Second Street. After the paving is complete, Second Street will be re-opened to two-way traffic.

Impacts to parking in the downtown area continue, with fewer spaces than normal available. Drivers should remain prepared for travel delays in and around Coudersport.

The work zone stretches along Route 6 from West Street to Ludwig Lane. Overall work includes roadway reconstruction, drainage improvements, bridge rehabilitation, traffic signal upgrades, water line relocation, pavement markings, and miscellaneous items.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $4.8 million project, which will continue through November. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

During yesterday’s meeting of the Coudersport Area Chamber of Commerce, Borough Manager Bev Morris said Hawbaker is on target for finishing most of the work by mid-November. When asked by Chamber President Stan Swank if there are any plans to repair Eulalia Street,  Morris said it wouldn’t happen this year because asphalt plants close in October but she is hopeful  repaving can be done next year. The street has suffered additional wear and tear since it is currently serving as a one-way street, west due to the re-paving on Main Street.

Penn Dot also reports  construction is complete for a Route 120 (St. Marys Emporium Road) bridge, spanning Big Run near the Village of Truman, Cameron County re-opened this past Saturday. The bridge was replaced as part of the Rapid Bridge Replacement

. Replacement work was performed by Walsh Construction II.

The new crossing is longer and wider than the one it replaced and is designed with a 100-year lifespan.

This bridge is referred to as JV-25 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.

The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.

To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at

State police at Emporium are looking for 39 year old Arthur Alpaugh III of Ridgway who is wanted for trying to steal items from two vehicles Sunday afternoon. Witnesses told authorities they saw Alpaugh reach into vehicles owned by Stacie Adams and Carol Aromogost of Emporium while they were parked at the Dollar General and Fitness Center between 3:15 and 3:45 pm. The witnesses reported the suspect was driving a red or maroon Honda Civic with black bumpers. Anyone who knows of his whereabouts is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 814-486-3321.

A harassment charge has been filed against 44  year old Lynn Hurd of Canisteo, NY  by state police in Mansfield. Troopers claim Hurd repeatedly contacted Jennie Ahern of Tioga, PA and threw a broom at her Monday night.

Two criminal mischief incidents have been investigated by state police in Elk County.  Someone damaged a fence on Windy Lane in Kersey by driving through it on Sunday. And vandals drilled a hole through the side of a house on Portland Mills Road in Ridgway Township late Sunday night.


Trudy L. SHERWOOD, 56, of Galeton, PA, formerly of Ulysses, died Sunday, September 24, 2017 in Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA.  Born January 3, 1961, in Blossburg, PA, she was the daughter of Lester and Cora Haxton Pepperman.On December 30, 1976, in Ulysses, she married Kevin L. Sherwood, who predeceased her on March 12, 2009.

Surviving are:  a daughter, Devin (Caryl Bentley) Sherwood of Coudersport;  two sons, Alan (Ashley) Sherwood and Dylan (Diana) Sherwood, both of Ulysses;  six grandchildren, Zeke Barber, Jaiden Bentley, Raeleigh Sherwood, Alice Sherwood, Kevin Sherwood, and Harper Sherwood;  three brothers, Lester Pepperman, Jr. of Mt. Jackson, VA, Thomas Pepperman of Woodstock, VA, and Scott (Melissa) Pepperman of Spring Grove, PA;  four sisters, Peggy (Ernie) Kuratomi of Rochelle, VA, Shirley (Rev. Scott) Ogden of Coudersport, Nancy Burch of Mt. Jackson, VA, and Bonnie Lampman of Galeton, PA;  a brother-in-law, Donald Hilfiger of Ulysses;  aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Kathy Hickerson and Betty Hilfiger.

There will be no public visitation or service.  Private burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.

Arrangements are entrusted to the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Tuesday September 26, 2017

                                                Monday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 54; no rain







BFB Headlines (Tuesday September 26, 2017) Pennsylvania is one of three regions in the world with colorful fall foliage…Rep. Causer reports legislation is pending to prevent welfare checks from going to dead people…..Westfield woman suspected of discharging gun during argument….Sleepy Kane driver hurt in collision….Theft of ATV and vandalism in Tioga County neighborhood probed….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm today on

 To some experienced eyes, our foliage in this areas  is rather muted so far this year. Others have told us they are seeing more “reds” than usual. Whatever the case,  Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation — or anywhere in the world according to the department of conservation and natural Resources. We are blessed as there are only three regions of the world support deciduous forests that display fall autumn color:

Eastern North America

The British Isles and parts of northwestern Europe

Northeastern China and northern Japan

Forests in other regions are either tropical or dominated by conifers.

Pennsylvania’s location between 40° and 42° North latitude and its varied topography from sea level on the coastal plain to over 3,000 feet in the Laurel Highlands supports 134 species of trees and many more shrubs and vines that contribute to the display of autumn color.

Pennsylvania is the meeting ground of northern trees that flourish only on mountain tops farther south and southern species that are at the northern limits of their range.

Northern tree species include:

Gray and paper birch

Mountain maple


Southern tree species include:

Red oak

Sweetbay and umbrella magnolias




Ohio buckeye, bur oak, and shingle oak, common to the Mississippi Valley, have eastern outposts on the Allegheny Plateau.

DCNR has weekly fall foliage reports on its website. as well as on the Pennsylvania Tourism Office website.

Representative Martin Causer tells Black Forest Broadcasting there’s legislation pending with will prevent welfare payments being made to dead people.Approximately one year ago, Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale announced an audit performed by his office found the Department of Human Services (DHS) provided nearly $700,000 in welfare benefits to more than 2,300 individuals who had been dead for at least 60 days.The report  went on to note, “Not only does DHS (Deaprtment of Human Services) continue to put dollars on the [welfare benefit] cards assigned to individuals who have died, it often fails to detect use of those dollars.”The  bill would require DHS to regularly cross-reference its list of welfare recipients with the death records maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and the Social Security .House Bill 1614 – is currently under consideration in the House Health Committee.

Mansfield based state police are investigating a shooting at a Westfield home Monday afternoon.  Authorities claim 57 year old Debora Sipps discharged a gun inside a house at 2850 Route 49 at around 12:30 wounding 29 year old David Sipps in the abdomen.

A sleepy Kane woman was hurt in a collision Monday morning in Wetmore Township, McKean County. According to troopers there, Holli Anderson,27, was fatigued from working a night shift and dosed off just after 8:00 o’clock causing her Buick Enclave to cross the double yellow line and collide with at Dodge Ram 1500 driven by Michael Hancharick. He was not hurt but Anderson was taken to Kane UPMC for treatment of minor injuries.

State police at Mansfield are asking the public to help solve a couple of crimes occurring in the same Richmond Township neighborhood last weekend. Thieves stole a black and orange Yamaha Raptor 250 special edition ATV from the home of Ace Fuller on Newtown Hill Road  between 8:00 pm Friday and 6:00 am Saturday. And, vandals damaged a mailbox on that same road at about the same time. The mailbox is owned by Althea Taggart