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Tuesday’s high, 53; overnight low, 26

WED-CHANCE OF RAIN OR SNOW SHOWERS, HIGH 35

WED NIGHT- CHANCE OF RAIN OR SNOW SHOWERS, LOW 30

THU-RAIN & SNOW, HIGH 40

THU NIGHT-LOW 31

FRI-SNOW SHOWERS, HIGH 35

FRI NIGHT-LOW 26

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Obituaries: James, “Jim” Buckingham, Coudersport; Alice Harris Lowe, Shinglehouse

Unemployment worsened in the region between November and December..Black Bear Harvest sets new record….Auto parts stolen from Harrison Valley business…..Medications taken from Harrison Township home

Today’s podcast:

While unemployment has reached a historic low nationally, that’s not the case here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. The jobless rate went up in all five counties. Potter County saw an increase from 6.7% to 7.1%; McKean County realized an uptick from 5.9% to 6.4%; Cameron’s jumped from 6.5% to 8.1%; Tioga’s went up from 5.8% to 6,2%; and Elk’s increased from 6.2% to 7.1%. Even Centre County which had the best figure in the state, saw a slight increase from 3.2% to 3.3%. Cameron County’s rate was the worst in the state. Pennsylvania’s rate was 4.5% during the period while the national figure was at a low of 3.5%.

– Pennsylvania hunters took 4,653 black bears this past fall, setting a new state record bear harvest.In 2018, the bear harvest was 3,153, 11th best all-time, but also the lowest bear harvest in the past 11 years. So, the overall bear harvest increased by a third from 2018 to 2019.With a statewide bear population of about 20,000 bears over the past several years, it was a harvest increase sought by the Game Commission, which had employed the largest suite of bear-season changes ever approved in a single license year. Pennsylvania’s previous top bear seasons occurred in 2011, when 4,350 bears were harvested, and in 2005, when 4,164 were taken.In recent years, bad breaks with weather, particularly on opening days, when hunter participation is typically at its highest, have kept the bear harvest down.But in the four years prior to 2019, hunters still took more than 13,850 bears, which exemplifies the bear population’s resiliency to remain around 20,000.Over the course of bear hunting’s three major season segments hunters took 1,629 bears in the general season; 1,340 in the muzzleloader and special firearms seasons; 1,117 in extended firearms seasons and 561 in the bear archery season. The muzzleloader, extended and archery harvests are all new record harvests, too.

Bears were taken in 58 counties and 22 of Pennsylvania’s 23 Wildlife Management Units (WMUs).The largest bear through all 2019 seasons is the 813-pound male taken with a rifle on the opening day of the general season in Smithfield Township, Monroe County, by Victor M. Vassalluzzo, of Kintnersville.The heaviest bear ever taken in Pennsylvania was an 875-pounder harvested in 2010 in Middle Smithfield Township, Pike County. Since 1992, seven black bears weighing at least 800 pounds have been lawfully harvested in Pennsylvania hunting seasons.Other large bears taken in the 2019 bear general and extended bear seasons include: a 747-pound male taken with a rifle in Wright Township, Luzerne County, by J. Kripp Jr., of Mountaintop; a 743-pound male taken with a rifle in Greene Township, Pike County, by Matthew J. Erdie Jr., of Nazareth; a 696-pound male taken with a rifle in Penn Forest Township, Carbon County, by Brian J. Borosh, of Jim Thorpe; a 661-pound male taken with a rifle in Lake Township, Wayne County, by Michael A. Biduck II, of West Abington; a 657-pound male taken with a rifle in Franklin Township, Columbia County, by Nicholas A. Podgurski, of Elysburg; a 656-pound male taken in Hanover Township, Luzerne County, by Dale J. Kobal, of Hunlock Creek; a 631-pound male taken with a muzzleloader in Porter Township, Clarion County, by Mark V. Neiswonger, of New Bethlehem; a 630-pounf male taken with archery tackle in West Penn Township, Schuylkill County, by Craig L. Moyer, of New Ringgold; and a 623-pound male taken in Beech Creek Township, Clinton County, by Mikael J. Catanese, of Sewickley.

Lycoming County finished with 284 bears to take the top county bear harvest. It was followed by Clinton and Tioga counties, both with 267. Other top counties for bear harvests in 2019 were: Huntingdon, 180; Potter, 174; Luzerne, 163; Pike, 161; Bedford, 156; Centre, 146; and Warren, 146.

Final county harvests by region (with 2018 figures in parentheses) are:

Northwest – 557 (517): Warren, 146 (72); Venango, 80 (96); Forest, 69 (70); Crawford, 65 (79); Jefferson, 65 (79); Clarion, 65 (52); Butler, 44 (26); Erie, 16 (29); Mercer, 7 (13); and Lawrence, 0 (1).

Southwest – 347 (261): Somerset, 124 (85); Fayette, 62 (58); Armstrong, 58 (33); Indiana, 42 (34); Cambria, 29 (21); Westmoreland, 29 (26); Allegheny, 2 (2); Greene, 1 (1); and Beaver, 0 (1).

Northcentral – 1,605 (989): Lycoming, 284 (159); Clinton, 267 (158); Tioga, 267 (166); Potter, 174 (109); Centre, 146 (87); McKean, 129 (67); Clearfield, 103 (87); Elk, 101 (54);Cameron, 80 (67); and Union, 54 (35).

Southcentral – 731 (474): Huntingdon, 180 (142); Bedford, 156 (80); Fulton, 80 (58); Perry, 68 (31); Mifflin, 54 (29); Franklin, 47 (26); Juniata, 42 (34); Blair, 40 (44); Cumberland, 27 (12); Snyder, 25 (7); Adams, 11 (7); and York, 1 (4).

Northeast – 1,228 (775): Luzerne, 163 (105); Pike, 161 (104); Wayne, 131 (70); Monroe, 130 (103); Bradford, 128 (96); Carbon, 88 (60); Sullivan, 87 (53); Susquehanna, 82 (46); Wyoming, 82 (40); Lackawanna, 79 (34); Columbia, 64 (38); Northumberland, 26 (24); and Montour, 7 (2).

 

Southeast – 185 (137): Schuylkill, 79 (50); Dauphin, 67 (48); Berks, 17 (8); Northampton, 16 (17); Lehigh, 4 (4); and Lebanon, 2 (10).

 

The final bear harvests by Wildlife Management Unit (with final 2018 figures in parentheses) were: WMU 1A, 20 (23); WMU 1B, 167 (161); WMU 2A, 11 (7) WMU 2B, 3 (4); WMU 2C, 292 (193); WMU 2D, 189 (155); WMU 2E, 82 (75); WMU 2F, 351 (259); WMU 2G, 712 (422); WMU 2H, 111 (73); WMU 3A, 268 (222); WMU 3B, 427 (223); WMU 3C, 224 (134); WMU 3D, 493 (323); WMU 4A, 308 (218); WMU 4B, 192 (114); WMU 4C, 254 (168); WMU 4D, 370 (252); WMU 4E, 139 (105); WMU 5A, 25 (8); WMU 5B, 1 (4); and WMU 5C, 14 (10).

Despite the size of Pennsylvania’s bear harvest, it’s still within a harvest range in which the Game Commission is comfortable, which compelled the Board of Game Commissioners to add a week to the 2020 bear archery season.

 

An Elderly Ulysses woman was almost the victim of ID theft. Troopers at Coudersport say 76 year old Mary Prouty received a phone call recently from someone claiming to be an employee of Social Security and told her that her bank accounts would be frozen if she did not supply personal information. Instead, she notified authorities. Police advise Social Security does not call citizens unless they are returning a phone call from a recipient.

Coudersport based state police are investigating the theft of some auto parts from a Harrison Valley business between October 1 and January 16. Catalytic convertors were stolen from several vehicles owned by Larry Metcalf.

Thieves stole some prescription medications from the  home 43 year old Christine Browning and 20 year old  Kristel Chatteron   on East Main Street in Harrison Township between January 25 and 28. Stolen medicine included a half bottle of Gabpentin, Clonidin patch; 300 mg. Gabpentin  and 5-10 Trazadone Hydrochloride pills.

The theft of a red  laptop from a building at 591 Costello Road is also being  investigated by troopers at the Coudersport barracks. The computer is owned by Clint Fowler. The make is not known. Anyone with information about any of these crimes is asked to call state police at 814.274.8690.

A couple of Wellsville, NY residents escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash a few minutes later Sunday afternoon in Genesee Township. Jaclyn Casale was going north when her Hyundai Elantra slid off the road, went into a ditch and hit a tree. Casale and her passenger, Daniel Butler were using seatbelts.

Cody Heck of  East Smethport man was unhurt Sunday  afternoon  in Ulysses Township when  his Chevrolet HHR went off the South Brookland Road on a left curve and struck a guardrail.

Obituaries

James H. “Jim” Buckingham, 79, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away with his loving family by his side on Sunday, February 2, 2020, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after suffering a massive stroke on Saturday.Born on Wednesday, February 21, 1940 in Knoxville, he was a son of William and Dorothy Johnson Buckingham. On April 5, 1974 in Coudersport, he married Alva L. Caldwell, who survives.Jim was a graduate of Elkland High School. He enlisted in the US Army, having served in Korea. He then graduated from the Robert Packer Department of Radiology, Class of 1970. He was employed by Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport as chief x-ray technician from 1970 until his retirement in 2003. After retiring from the hospital, he continued his career with Champion Orthopedics in Coudersport until recently when he finally retired.Jim was a member of the Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport and was a faithful member of Potter Post 192 in Coudersport, where he served as treasurer/finance officer. In 2004 and 2017, Jim was honored to be named Legionnaire of the Year by Post 192. He loved fishing, bowling, and golfing, but his greatest love was his family.Surviving besides his wife are a son, William J. “Will” (Elizabeth Boyle Machlan) Buckingham of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a daughter, Brandi L. (Jason Coleman) Buckingham of Wellsville, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Margaret Machlan, Lucy Machlan, Lucas Coleman, and Allison Coleman; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a brother, William A. Buckingham; and a sister, Dolores NinomiyaA celebration of Jim’s life will be held this spring at Potter Post 192 in Coudersport on a date and time to be announced. Full military honors will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Gilmore Cemetery, Wharton.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Potter Post 192, 2 Buffalo Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Jim’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jim, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

Alice D. Harris Lowe, 76, a longtime resident of Shinglehouse, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020, in The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford, after a long illness.Born on Monday, May 17, 1943 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Babbitt and Lee Anna Sherwood Harris. She married Jack J. Lowe, who passed away on July 23, 2004.Alice was a lifelong crafter and enjoyed taking care of the elderly in her younger years.Surviving are three sons, William Appleby, Robert Vaughn, and Daniel Vaughn; a daughter, Eva Lee Anna (Peter) Cady; two grandchildren, Jackson and Brynn Cady.In addition to her parents and husband, Alice was predeceased by a son, Richard Appleby, Jr.; a granddaughter, Jade Appleby; two brothers, Walter and Bob; and a sister, Ruth.There will be no public visitation or funeral services. Private burial services will be held on a later date in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an SPCA of the donor’s choice or to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.Alice’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Alice, please visit virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

 

 

 

 

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James H. “Jim” Buckingham, 79, a longtime resident of Coudersport, passed away with his loving family by his side on Sunday, February 2, 2020, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport, after suffering a massive stroke on Saturday.Born on Wednesday, February 21, 1940 in Knoxville, he was a son of William and Dorothy Johnson Buckingham. On April 5, 1974 in Coudersport, he married Alva L. Caldwell, who survives.Jim was a graduate of Elkland High School. He enlisted in the US Army, having served in Korea. He then graduated from the Robert Packer Department of Radiology, Class of 1970. He was employed by Charles Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport as chief x-ray technician from 1970 until his retirement in 2003. After retiring from the hospital, he continued his career with Champion Orthopedics in Coudersport until recently when he finally retired.Jim was a member of the Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport and was a faithful member of Potter Post 192 in Coudersport, where he served as treasurer/finance officer. In 2004 and 2017, Jim was honored to be named Legionnaire of the Year by Post 192. He loved fishing, bowling, and golfing, but his greatest love was his family.Surviving besides his wife are a son, William J. “Will” (Elizabeth Boyle Machlan) Buckingham of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a daughter, Brandi L. (Jason Coleman) Buckingham of Wellsville, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Margaret Machlan, Lucy Machlan, Lucas Coleman, and Allison Coleman; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a brother, William A. Buckingham; and a sister, Dolores NinomiyaA celebration of Jim’s life will be held this spring at Potter Post 192 in Coudersport on a date and time to be announced. Full military honors will be accorded by members of the Potter County Honor Guard. Burial will be in Gilmore Cemetery, Wharton.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Potter Post 192, 2 Buffalo Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to Park United Methodist Church, 15 East Third Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.Jim’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jim, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.

Alice D. Harris Lowe, 76, a longtime resident of Shinglehouse, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2020, in The Pavilion at Bradford Regional Medical Center, Bradford, after a long illness.Born on Monday, May 17, 1943 in Olean, N.Y., she was a daughter of Babbitt and Lee Anna Sherwood Harris. She married Jack J. Lowe, who passed away on July 23, 2004.Alice was a lifelong crafter and enjoyed taking care of the elderly in her younger years.Surviving are three sons, William Appleby, Robert Vaughn, and Daniel Vaughn; a daughter, Eva Lee Anna (Peter) Cady; two grandchildren, Jackson and Brynn Cady.In addition to her parents and husband, Alice was predeceased by a son, Richard Appleby, Jr.; a granddaughter, Jade Appleby; two brothers, Walter and Bob; and a sister, Ruth.There will be no public visitation or funeral services. Private burial services will be held on a later date in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an SPCA of the donor’s choice or to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215.Alice’s family has entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Alice, please visit virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.