Thursday November 14, 2019

Black Forest Express

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Wednesday’s high, 33; Overnight low 24







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Obituaries: Rovetta Winseck, Roulette, H. Darlene Yeager, Port Allegany, Charles Fenstermacher, Eldred and Marlin “Mo”Kellogg, Shingleshouse

Republican state senator continues to fight for ending Eastern Standard Time….Students reminded of deadline to enter PennDot contest….icy street blamed for one-vehicle accident in Kane….

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As we adjust to the return of Eastern Standard time  Senator Scott Martin (R-13) continues  to push for an end to the twice-yearly time changes, once and for all.Earlier this year, Martin reintroduced a Senate Resolution urging Congress to make Daylight Saving Time permanent in the United States.Daylight Saving Time began as an energy-saving measure in World War I and was made permanent for most states in 1966 with passage of the Uniform Time Act. However, studies show that the twice-a-year time change results in more accidents, health problems and a loss of productivity of more than $400 million annually.“Studies have shown that the time change does more harm than good for our economy and for the safety of our citizens,” Martin said. “There is no good reason why we need to continue to move the clocks forward and backward every few months. It only robs us of daylight in the evenings when most families spend time together and creates more dangerous driving conditions when many people are going home from work.”Eliminating the transition between standard time and Daylight Saving Time would require action at the federal level. Arizona and Hawaii are currently exempt from time changes resulting from Daylight Saving Time, while exemptions from standard time have been proposed in Maine, Massachusetts and Florida.

With the December 20 entry deadline rapidly approaching, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) remind students in grades 9-12 to participate in the third PennDOT Innovations Challenge. The Innovations Challenge encourages students to use their problem-solving, creative and strategic-thinking abilities to solve real-world transportation challenges in a competition among their peers.

This year’s Innovations Challenge asks students to look at cost-effective technologies and innovative solutions – aside from laws, programs and educational campaigns – that can be developed in the next five to 10 years to help PennDOT more efficiently, effectively and safely control litter along roadways.

Last year, PennDOT spent nearly $13 million cleaning up roadside litter across Pennsylvania.  In addition, nearly 5,000 volunteers spend countless hours participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program each year. These dollars and volunteer hours could have otherwise been spent on delivering a better transportation network and making Pennsylvania a better state in which to live.

“While we are grateful for the selfless actions of our thousands of Adopt-A-Highway volunteers, we continue to look for ways to curb the amount of roadside litter across Pennsylvania, said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. Through the PennDOT Innovations Challenge, students can develop a long-term, sustainable solution to address this ongoing challenge, and make Pennsylvania a cleaner and more beautiful place to live. “

“In addition to a public health hazard and eyesore, the litter along Pennsylvania’s roads is an environmental problem, degrading soil, water, and wildlife,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.  DEP is excited to support this opportunity to have young innovators bring fresh solutions to this longtime problem for the benefit of current and future generations of Pennsylvania.”

The Innovations Challenge aims to not only help students explore real transportation challenges that PennDOT is facing, but also open their minds to the very real possibility of working for PennDOT after graduation.

“Engineering and equipment operator positions are key to building and maintaining Pennsylvania’s vast road and bridge network,” Richards added”However, PennDOT employs more than 11,000 Pennsylvanians from a wide array of educational backgrounds in nearly 400 job classifications.”

Regional Innovations Challenge winners will be selected and invited to compete in Harrisburg for the state championship. This year, the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB) organization are providing a combined total award of $3,000 to be divided among the first, second and third place statewide winning teams.

For complete Innovations Challenge details, visit The deadline for submissions is December 20, 2019.

The driver of a Ford 500 escaped injury in a one-vehicle mishap Tuesday night in Kane. The truck, which was headed east on Sedgwick Street failed to make a right turn onto Kinzua Avenue after hitting a patch of ice, went off the road and hit a fence. Since there were no injuries and the vehicle could be driven from the scene under its own power, the accident is considered a “non-reportable” so the driver’s name was not released.


Rovetta J. Winseck, 62, of W. Carley Hill Rd., passed away Wednesday (Nov. 6, 2019) in her home, unexpectedly.
Born January 31, 1957, she was a daughter of Jason E. and Helen Stuck Blose.  On Feb. 15, 1975, in Roulette, she married Carroll “Dude” Winseck, who died Apr. 9, 1997.
Rovetta worked as a bus driver for Charles Cox, Port Allegany, was a service agent for Adelphia Cable Co., and worked for Trucklite and Twin Tier Linen Service all of Coudersport, before her retirement.
Surviving in addition to her longtime companion, Roy E. Wertz of Roulette, two sons, Nathan D. (Casey) Winseck of Roulette, Carroll M. Winseck, III, of Townsend, DE, a stepson, Nicholas Wertz of Sunbury, PA; a stepdaughter, Mariah Wertz on active duty with the US Army, stationed in Ramstein, Germany; two grandchildren, Hannah and Melanie Winseck; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Carroll, and a brother, Bryon K. Blose.
Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 23, 2019) in the Fishing Creek Methodist Church, Roulette, with Rev. Roger Laktash, officiating.
Memorials can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be sent to:  Nathan D. Winseck
65 W. Carley Hill Rd.
Roulette, PA. 16746

H. Darlene Yeager, 70, of Skinner Creek Rd., passed away Monday (Nov. 11, 2019) in Olean General Hospital, after a brief illness.
Born in February 1, 1949, in Port Allegany, she was a daughter of Leo and Flossie H. Smith Bosworth.  On July 24, 1976, in Port Allegany, she married Daniel A. Yeager, who survives.
Darlene was a lifetime resident of the area and a graduate of Port Allegany High School, class of 1967.
Mrs. Yeager was employed with Pittsburgh Corning Co., formerly of Port Allegany, for 31 years, retiring in 2004.
She was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose, Lodge 460, Port Allegany. She enjoyed games on her Kindle, but most of all, enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and her three dogs.
Surviving are two sons, Brud L. (Terri) Yeager of Winter Springs, FL, Stacy A. Yeager of Erie, PA; a daughter, Tammy M. (Matt) VanScoter of Port Allegany; 11 grandchildren: D-Kota Heysham, Miranda Wilber, Savannah Gray, Bladen Yeager, Parker Yeager, Jett Ruding, Coy VanScoter, Preston Yeager, Payton Yeager, Journey Wilmoth, Ayla VanScoter, 2 great-grandchildren,  Lillian Langworthy and Drew Heysham, ; two brothers, Ronald (Penny) Bosworth of Youngsville, PA, Larry (Connie) Bosworth of Port Allegany; and several nieces and nephews;  and her 3 dogs: Jack, Mr. Binx, and Kitty-kitty.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life service from 1-4 p.m. Saturday (Nov. 16, 2019) at Moose Lodge 460, Port Allegany.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Switzer Funeral Home, Port Allegany.

Condolences can be sent to:  Daniel A. Yeager
329 Sinner Creek Rd.
Port Allegany, PA 16743

Charles F. Fenstermaker of 3401 Route 446 Eldred, PA., passed away Sunday (November 10, 2019) at Sena Kean Manor in Smethport, PA., after a lengthy illness.Born January 14, 1939, in Kane, PA., he was the son of Charles L. and Gertrude Miller Fenstermaker.  On August 3, 1983 in Hinsdale, he married Mary Rucinski, who survives.Charlie worked as a draftsman at Dresser Rand in Olean for many years.  He was a member of the Pulaski Club in Olean and St. Raphael’s Catholic Church in Eldred, PA. He loved gardening and working outside.In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter; Deborah (Jessica) Fenstermaker of Washington, D.C.; four sons, Lawrence (Bonnie) Fenstermaker of Hesston, KS., Charles “Art” (Pamela) Fenstermaker of Stratham, N.H., Joseph (Lori LaBella) Fenstermaker of Gastonia, N.C., Donald (Darlene) Fenstermaker of Rochester, N.H., three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mary Wilber of Meadville, PA.He was predeceased by his parents.Friends will be received at the Guenther Funeral Home, Inc., 1303 E. State Street, Olean on Thursday from 4-7pm.  Funeral services will be held on Friday (November 15, 2019) beginning with a 9:30am prayer service at the funeral home, followed by a 10am Mass of Christian Burial at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.Memorials if desired may be made to, Rural Ministries, 472 Sartwell Creek Road, Port Allegany, PA 16743.Online condolences may be expressed at, send flowers to Charles’ family, please visit our floral section.


Marlin L. “Mo” Kellogg, 69, formerly of Taylor Brook, passed away Monday (Nov. 11, 2019) at the Swede Valley Manor in Coudersport, following a lengthy illness.

Born Aug. 13, 1950, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Robert Earl and Marie Lou Wilson Kellogg.He was a 1969 graduate of Shinglehouse High School and later attended Olean Business Institute and Jamestown Community College, and had also taken other correspondence courses.

Mo had proudly served with the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He had been employed by the Alstom Preheater in Wellsville, N.Y., as a welder and fabricator prior to his retirement due to poor health.

He was a member of the Shinglehouse American legion Post 530, the American Welding Society, the Osweyo Valley Rod and Gun Club and PA Cleanways.

Mo loved being outdoors and especially trapping, hunting, fishing and gardening, but mostly his enjoyment was spending time with and teaching his grandchildren.

Surviving are one son, Vincent (Kendra) Kellogg of Portville, N.Y.; a daughter, Sadie (Brendon) Enty of Shinglehouse; and five grandchildren, Liberty, Layken and Landon Enty and Kenyan and Sawyer Kellogg.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Bobbie Jolene Kellogg in 2009; a grandson, Wyatt Enty in 2002; and a sister, Diane Frost in 2016.

A private celebration of life will be held at the convenience of the family.
The family requests that memorials be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Online condolences may be made at the