Friday August 7, 2020

Thursday’s high, 81; Overnight low, 56

A CHANCE OF AN ISOLATED THUNDERSTORM TODAY A HIGH OF 78.

 A LOW TONIGHT OF 63.

 PATCHY FOG STARTING  OUT TOMORROW THEN MOSTLY SUNNY SKIES, A HIGH OF 83

OVERNIGHT LOW OF 58.

SUNDAY, SUNNY WITH BREEZE DEVELOPING IN THE AFTERNOON A HIGH OF 85

AN OVERNIGHT LOW OF 61.

 Wycoff Run detour begins Monday… Proposed bill would allow fire departments and other non-profits to conduct raffles, etc. on line….Covid cases continue to inch upward in region…..Ridgway state police are looking for a 60 year old man reported missing………Marysville woman accused of kicking in camp door. ….Kane teenager arrested for  drug possession after being pulled over by patrol officers….

Local EMS groups have had to adapt their fundraising efforts due to the Coronavirus. Many organizations have found unique ways to continue to raise funds using technology and social media and some some departments have instituted drive-thru chicken barbecues. NowReps. Mike Reese (R-Westmoreland/Somerset) and Ryan Warner (R-Fayette/Westmoreland) announcethat they have introduced legislation to permit Small Games of Chance (SGOC) licensees to conduct games online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Events to raffle popular items such as golf equipment and other items have become important community fundraisers throughout Pennsylvania. COVID-19 restrictions have greatly inhibited the fire departments, veterans associations and other nonprofit organizations that rely on revenue from these events. However, many of these entities have not only continued to operate, but in some cases, particularly first response agencies, have experienced an increase in their expenses because of the coronavirus.

Some licensees took an innovative approach to make up for this revenue loss by using online methods to conduct games of chance. However, current enforcement regulations and procedures do not expressly allow for online sales of small games chances but do prohibit licensees from accepting credit card and online payments from participants. House Bill 2764 would create statutory language to allow SGOC licensees to conduct online games as well as conduct online transactions during the duration of the COVID-19 emergency declaration.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., August 6, that there are 807 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 116,521. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area, the number of cases continues to go up slightly. Tioga  County has 37;  Elk 48; McKean 34.  Potter is holding at 20 and Cameron is holding at 6 cases. Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County has gone up to 164 while Allegany  county has 76 cases. Allegheny County in Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh is reporting an increase of 100 cases

Allegheny County Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh,  is reporting an increase of 100 cases and Philadelphia is reporting an increase of 112 cases. The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 30 and August 5 is 148,132 with 5,496 positive cases. There were 21,590 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., August 5. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,282 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 38 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the Health Department’s website.

Mask-wearing is required in all  Pennsylvania businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 according to experts.

There are 643 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 1,183,730 patients who have tested negative to date

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 19,799 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,071 cases among employees, for a total of 23,870 at 870 distinct facilities in 61 counties including Elk and McKean.  Out of the total deaths, 4,943 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities

Approximately 8,522 of the total cases are amongst health care workers.

Update: State Police at Ridgway announced this afternoon that 60 year old Blaine Trumbull was found safe and unharmed in Ridgway Borough earlier today.

Troopers at Ridgway are looking for Blaine Edward Trumble. He is a white non -Hispanic male 60 years of age six feet tall and weighs approximately 160 to 180 pounds. He has brown eye, short gray hair, and could possibly have a mustache. He’s missing both front teeth and has a large injury scar on the front and back of his left shoulder Trumble has been missing from his home in Ridgway Township since Friday, July 17. He does not own a vehicle and relies on friends for his transportation needs. The investigation has revealed that he has had no cell phone or financial activity since July 17. He has ties of Punxsutawney and is known to consume alcohol and cigarettes. His disappearance is considered suspicious in nature, and anyone with information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact trooper and Lauren Strishcock  at the Ridgeway barracks 814-776-6136.

State Police at Lewis Run have arrested a 41 year old Marysville woman. For  criminal mischief.. Troopers claim that Tammy Lynn Robertson  damaged a door on a camp belonging to a 38 year old Kane man, which is located in Hamilton and Hamilton Township late Tuesday night.

Troopers did not release the name of a driver involved in a one vehicle accident in Eldred township Tuesday morning, a Rixford woman was traveling south on Route 446 near the intersection Larabee Y intersection when a deer entered the highway and she was unable to avoid the collision. The driver was wearing a seatbelt and it was an injured however, the car had to be towed from the scene so police should have released her name.

 A 17 year old Kane  resident has been charged with drug  possession.  While on routine patrol Monday night  just before midnight, they pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation and through further investigation, drugs and paraphernalia were allegedly  found inside the vehicle.

A  21 year old Smethport man is being cited for making false reports to law enforcement. State police say they went to a home at 437 West Main Street in Smethport Borough Sunday afternoon on a report of a stolen vehicle.  Police found that the car was not stolen and they have now charged the owner with making false reports.

Troopers at the Mansfield barracks have arrested 36 year old Victoria Bauman of Lindley, New York for physical harassment in connection to an incident allegedly taking place  during the early morning on July 27 along Route 328 and Lawrence Township. Police claim that the suspect shoved a 26 year old Tioga woman during an argument.  Bauman  is now facing charges in District Court.

 

Thursday August 6, 2020

Photo by John Eaton
Director Sarah Knight is shown during a “Children’s Soap Opera Network” rehearsal with Sylvia, Milo and Oliver Duterte. Details:

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Wednesday’s high, 78; Overnight low, 46

CLOUDS WILL  INCREASE THE DAY GOES ON HIGH OF 78

SHOWERS TONIGHT  LOW OF 60.

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TOMORROW HIGH OF 79.

RAIN  TAPERING OFF TOMORROW NIGHT LOW 58.

CLOUDY ON SATURDAY WITH A HIGH OF 83

CLEAR SKIES SATURDAY NIGHT, A LOW OF 60

Elk Run will be held this weekend in Cameron County…..Businesses affected by Covid-19 encouraged to apply for CARES grants…..Cases hold steady in most area counties…..Coudersport woman arrested for terroristic threats…Car/deer encounters reported in two locations….Tractor Trailer operator unhurt in minor Potter County mishap…Next on-air report after 12:06pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

Schuylkill River Runners moved its Elk Run from the Benezette area to Cameron County.  The event features a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon spread over Saturday and Sunday, August 8 and 9.  All the running will take place on the Cameron County portion of West Creek Rails Trails.

All three races will start and end on the trail in downtown Emporium.  Participants will be directed to the downtown outdoor stage area to enjoy Bryan Titus who is performing as part of the  Rich Valley Wines event.  That concert sponsored by Rich Valley Wines and Hygrade Inn will begin at 8pm Saturday.  Wanting entertainment following the half mile race on Sunday, Schuylkill River Runners will sponsor Titus for an afternoon concert.  During both events, Rich Valley Wines will have tastings, slushies, and bottled wine for sale.  The event is not limited to race participants.  The public is encouraged to bring chairs and enjoy the live performances.

Users of the West Creek Rails Trails reminded that late morning Friday a truck will be on the trail marking the distances for all three events.  The 5k and 10k races begin Saturday evening at 6pm.  The half marathon begins Sunday at 7am.

The second and final round of CARES Act grants for eligible small businesses, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, will begin Monday, Aug. 10, at 9 a.m. Pennsylvania small businesses can apply for grants to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdown order. This application will close on Friday, Aug. 28, at 11:59 p.m.

Eligible businesses may begin applying for the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance program by visiting pabusinessgrants.com/.

This project is financed by a grant from the federal Department of U.S. Treasury, under the administration of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania CDFI Network. The PA CDFI Network is a group of 17 PA-based community development financial institutions that primarily provide financing options for small businesses.

For more information about this outreach, or any other state-related issue, contact your local state  representative.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., August 5, that there are 705 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 115,714. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. However, fortunately, the number of cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area held steady in the last few hours Tioga County has 36 cases; Elk, 46 ;  McKean 33; and Cameron 6. Across the border in New York State. Allegany County has 76 and Cattaraugus County has gone up to 164.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 29 and August 4 is 148,934 with 5,625 positive cases. There were 18,814 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., August 4. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,244 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 12 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 according to health experts.

There are 643 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 1,169,011 patients who have tested negative to date.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 19,740 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,047 cases among employees, for a total of 23,787 at 867 distinct facilities in 61 counties including Elk and McKean.. Out of the total deaths, 4,941 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 8,460 of the total cases are amongst health care workers.

State Police at Coudersport have charged 39 year old Jessica Kenley of Coudersport  with terroristic threats for an incident allegedly taking place last Wednesday on Dwight Road in Hebron Township. State police say the charges were filed after they responded to a domestic violence assault. Kenley was taken into custody and committed to the Tioga County Jail following arraignment

 A 20 year old Wellsville driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash occurring Saturday afternoon on the South Brooklyn Road in Ulysses township. State police at Coudersport report 20 year old Gage Geffers was going north negotiating right hand curve when he swerved to the right to miss a deer. His Toyota Tundra fishtailed off  the road and struck a guardrail, then flipped over the guardrail coming to rest in a group of trees about 20 feet down an embankment on the east side of the road

Troopers at Coudersport have released details about a tractor trailer accident occurring last Thursday on Route 49 in Harrison Township, Alan Halliday of Genesee was going east when a tarp attached to his trailer became unsecured and struck an  overhead utility line to a nearby house causing the lines to block the road.  Tri-Town and Harrison Valley Fire Departments responded along with Penelec.

State Police in  Mansfield report an elderly Mansfield man escaped injury in a car /deer encounter on Lambs Creek Road in Richmond township Sunday evening. 73 year old Raymond Coppola was going north when he swerved his vehicle to avoid a deer. The unit rotated 180 degrees before coming to final rest along the west side of the highway. It had to be towed from the same the scene.The driver escaped injury although is now facing charges of speeding in connection to that accident. This is Black Forest Broadcasting News.

 

Wednesday August 5, 2020

Tuesday’s high, 76; Overnight low, 57; .31″ of rain

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY A HIGH OF 74.

A FEW CLOUDS TONIGHT LOW OF 54

MIX OF CLOUDS AND SUN TOMORROW, A HIGH OF 77

CLEAR SKIES TOMORROW NIGHT, A LOW OF 60.

FRIDAY CLEAR ONCE AGAIN WITH A HIGH OF 80

Penn State presents webinars on lyme disease….Covid cases inch up in region….Vandals damage Shippen Township grader and steal property….car parked in Emporium damaged by vandals…Troopers       revive overdose victim.

Pennsylvania has the dubious distinction of being the number one state with Lyme Disease. As part of Penn State Extension’s efforts to educate and share information, educators is hosting a webinar series on ticks and disease prevention through Sept. 17.

In Pennsylvania, several species of ticks are of concern to both people and animals, and several pathogens are associated with those ticks. Along with native ticks, there are concerns about an invasive tick species and its impact on cattle.

Each webinar is one hour and will take place at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on the scheduled dates. The webinars, which will be recorded for later viewing, include ample time for moderated question and answer sessions.

To register, visit http://extension.psu.edu/tick-webinars.

Dates and topics are as follows:

–Aug. 6: “Tick Protection Around the Home.”

–Aug. 13: “Protecting Yourself from Tick Bites.”

–Aug. 27: “Lyme Disease and Other Tick-borne Diseases in Pennsylvania.”

–Sept. 3: “Tick Risks for Pennsylvania Cattle.”

–Sept. 10: “Protecting Your Horses from Tick Bites.”

–Sept. 17: “Hunters and Vector-borne Diseases: A Tick-ing Time Bomb.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., August 4, that there are 854 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 115,009. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area Elk County has gone up to 46 cases. Tioga  went up one to 36. McKean has 33; Potter 20 and Cameron 6. Across the border in neighboring New York State Cattaraugus County has inched up to 164 while Allegheny County is holding at 75. Allegheny County Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh  is reporting an increase of 132 cases and Philadelphia County is reporting an increase of 131 cases. The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 28 and August 3 is 150,145 with 5,891 positive cases. There were 22,579 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., August 3. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,232 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 23 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 according to health officials.

There are 643 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 1,156,520 patients who have tested negative to date

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 19,694 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,024 cases among employees, for a total of 23,718 at 860 distinct facilities in 61 counties including Elk and McKean. Out of the total deaths, 4,922 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 8,403 of the  total cases are amongst health care workers.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 19,694 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,024 cases among employees, for a total of 23,718 at 860 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 4,922 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 8,403 of the total cases are amongst health care workers.

Emporium based State Police are investigating a theft of items from a vehicle parked at in Shippen Township yesterday.  Thieves stole a 50 foot steel towing hood chain and damaged the driver side  and rear windows. on a commercial grader owned by Shippen Township  while it was parked  at the intersection of Baldy Run Road and Old North Creek Road. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Emporium barracks at 814-486-3321. The towing chain is valued at $290.

A criminal mischief occurring on Oak Grove Lane in Shippen. Township Cameron County Monday evening is also under investigation by troopers at Emporium. Vandals  damaged the driver’s side  door on a 2014 Nissan Altima sedan belonging to a 56 year old Emporium woman. Anyone with information about that incident is also asked to call the Emporium Barracks .

 Ridgway based State Police report they responded to a drug overdose on Grant Street in Ridgway Township back on July 17 at around 7:30pm. The victim, a 25 year old Ridgway man  was revived with Narcan and CPR. He  was taken to Penn Highlands for further treatment.

Troopers at Ridgway say they are continuing to investigate the report of a rape taking place somewhere in Elk county over the past year or so.

 

 

Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

 

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