Thursday April 2, 2020

 

Wednesday’s high, 50; Overnight low, 24

SUNNY TODAY HIGH 46.

CLOUDY TONIGHT A LOW OF 34.

PARTLY CLOUDY TOMORROW HIGH 46.

CLOUDY TOMORROW NIGHT LOW 36.

SATURDAY, A SLIGHT CHANCE OF MORNING SHOWERS DAYTIME HIGH OF 55.

CLOUDY SATURDAY NIGHT LOW 43

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All of PA under “stay-at-home orders….Almost 1000 cases in 60 of 67 counties…Clarion and PSU SBA centers holding webinar Friday for affected businesses….PA Route 6 postpones events…..NY state woman nabbed in Tioga County after high speed chase….

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Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today announced all 67 Pennsylvania counties will be under stay-at-home orders Wednesday, April 1, at 8 p.m .Previously, there were 33 counties on statewide stay-at-home orders. The first orders were issued on March 23 for seven counties. The statewide stay-at-home order will continue until April 30. All Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice and non-life-sustaining business closures remain in effect. All essential state services will continue.

Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:

Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home

Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences

Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing

To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business

To care for a family member or pet in another household

Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities

Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons

Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services

Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction

Travel required by law enforcement or court order

Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth

Anyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.

The following operations are exempt:

Life-sustaining business activities

Health care or medical services providers

Access to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banks

Access to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure Orders

News media

Law enforcement, emergency medical services personnel, firefighters

The federal government

Religious institutions

Individuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.

International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.

The Department of Education will be providing updated guidance and resources on the continuity of education for students to schools in the coming days.

At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement. To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station. Do not call 911 or the Department of Community and Economic Development to file reports. Law enforcement officers should refer to Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance available online.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Wednesday  confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 1, that there are 962 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 5,805 in 60 counties. The department also reported 11 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 74. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

There are 42,427 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

Nearly 1% are aged 0-4;

Nearly 1% are aged 5-12;

1% are aged 13-18;

Nearly 9% are aged 19-24;

40% are aged 25-49;

Nearly 29% are aged 50-64; and

19% are aged 65 or older.

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date. All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide indefinitely.

For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.

The Clarion University SBDC, Penn State SBDC and the North Central Launchbox have joined together to host a webinar Friday April 3, 2020 from  1:00 pm to 2:30 pm  to provide answers to pressing   questions; followed by a Q & A session.

Topics to be covered are:

CARES Act

SBA Paycheck Protection Program

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Tax implications resulting from business impact

Information on bank financing and assistance

SBDC consulting services and resources

Speakers:

Angel Marschik, Supervisory Lender Relations Specialist , US SBA, Pittsburgh District Office

Heather Pleskonko, CPA, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly

Norm Strotman, Senior Vice President, Market Executive, Northwest Bank

Questions: Call us (814) 393-2060 or Email sbdc@clarion.edu

Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, has  announced a temporary change to the way troopers respond to select non-emergency incidents. With the goal of limiting in-person contact and mitigating the spread of COVID-19, the department has identified certain types of calls that may be resolved with limited or no on-scene response. The change went into effect April 1, 2020 and will remain until further notice.

Call types eligible for a modified response include lost and found items, littering, identity theft, and general requests to speak to a trooper. While limiting in-person contact and collecting as much information via telephone is the goal, the actual response will be based on the totality of the circumstances of each unique situation in consultation with a supervisor on duty. State police response protocol to emergencies and crimes in progress remains unchanged.

The department asks the public to be mindful of social distancing if they need to visit their local PSP station. Signs have been posted at each entrance instructing visitors not to enter the facility if they are experiencing symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Instead, they are instructed to contact the station by phone to speak to a trooper who may come outside to resolve the situation one-on-one if needed.

For a list of PSP stations, visit psp.pa.gov.

Due to uncertainty related to the coronavirus situation, the PA Route 6 Educational Summit and Annual Meeting, originally scheduled for May 13 and 14, has been rescheduled to August 5 & 6. The events will occur at the same time and same location. In relation to this, the nomination deadline for the Annual While the PA Route 6 Alliance office is currently closed, staff is still available to assist! Email info@paroute6.com for general information and questions, or reach out to staff for program-specific questions:

Candace Hillyard, Acting Executive Director

Krissy Bonning-Gould, PA Route 6 Artisan Trail Coordinator

Vanessa Billings Seiler, Facade Program Coordinator”Do 6″ Awards has been extended until Thursday, April 30.

1 West Main Street

Galeton, PA 16922

814-435-7706

info@paroute6.com

s website. There are 42,427 patients who have tested negative today.

A Horseheads New York woman was taken into custody by Mansfield based police following a  high chase occurring Monday afternoon on Route 15. in Lawrenceville. Mansfield  state police were notified by Steuben  County New York 911 that New York State Police were in pursuit of a vehicle stolen in Chemung  County which was  southbound on I -99. The vehicle continued into Pennsylvania via US 15 where state police units took over.  The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado traveled  in excess of 100 miles per hour and traveled recklessly. The truck  was brought to a stop after a successful spike strip deployment by Old Lycoming Township police department. Sarah Gulbreth, 33,  was taken into custody without incident in Lycoming County and was transported to UPMC Wells bro for a blood draw. She was arraigned before District Judge Repard, who denied bail. Culbreth  was taken to the Tioga County Prison after being charged with receiving stolen property, driving under the influence of drugs, reckless endangerment, fleeing or attempting to elude officers and numerous traffic offenses.

A Wellsboro  driver and his passenger suffered minor injuries in a one vehicle accident occurring Saturday morning on Route 287 in Delmar Township Tioga County. According to Mansfield based state police Trenten Johnston was going south making a right hand turn off of Marsh Creek Road onto Route 287, when his Jeep Grand Cherokee went off the road, traveled down a small embankment and rolled over onto its roof before coming to  rest. Johnson and his passenger Brianna  Ryan also of Wellsboro were taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital.

Troopers at Lewis Run are investigating the theft of a dirt bike last Thursday on the Two Mile Road in Annin  Township. The 2017 red Apollo Sporting Products is owned  by an 18 year old Port Allegany resident and was taken from the front porch of his residence. The bike is described as having a red frame and seat, see and black plastics.Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at Lewis 1-814-368-9230.

A  55 year old Dubois man is being charged with harassment by communication after he allegedly contacted a 30 year old Eldred woman by phone and text messages making harassing comments. On March 10, the investigation continues.

Wednesday April 1, 2020

 Black Forest Express

Statewide total of virus cases nears 5,000……14 patients have died but almost 38,000 have tested negative…. 26 counties under “stay at home orders”….Virtual eagle watching may give you something to do while staying home…Downstate driver arrested for drug and paraphernalia possession after being stopped by troopers in Elk County….State police in Mansfield have charged two Tioga County men for physical harassment in separate incidents…. https://soundcloud.com/user-159792485/black-forest-broadcasting-podcast-april-1-2020

SCATTERED MORNING SHOWERS WILL GIVE WAY TO CLEARING SKIES A HIGH 52.

CLEAR TONIGHT A LOW 31.

MOSTLY SUNNY TOMORROW HIGH 51.

CLOUDY TOMORROW NIGHT AND LOW OF 33

STARTING OUT MOSTLY SUNNY ON FRIDAY WITH A HIGH OF 56.

RAIN PARTLY CLOUDY FRIDAY NIGHT WITH A LOW OF 35.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health yesterday confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 31, that there are 756 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 4,843 in 60 counties. The department also reported 14 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 63. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.There are 37,645 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

  • Less than 1% are aged 0-4;
  • Less than 1% are aged 5-12;
  • 1% are aged 13-18;
  • Nearly 10% are aged 19-24;
  • Nearly 41% are aged 25-49;
  • Nearly 29% are aged 50-64; and
  • Nearly 19% are aged 65 or older.

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date. All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide indefinitely. Currently 26 counties are under stay-at-home orders. The order now includes these 26 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.

Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:

Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home

Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences

Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing

To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business

To care for a family member or pet in another household

Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities

Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons

Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services

Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction

Travel required by law enforcement or court order

Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth

Anyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.

The following operations are exempt:

Life-sustaining business activities

Health care or medical services providers

Access to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banks

Access to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure Orders

News media

Law enforcement, emergency medical services personnel, firefighters

The federal government

Religious institutions

For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on pa.gov.

If you are looking for things to do while staying at home or to keep the kids occupied, you may want to visit a Pennsylvania Eagle cam that’s located in Hays near Pittsburgh. It’s operated by the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania. And there are hatchlings .Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania has confirmed a hatch at the rebuilt Hays Bald Eagle nest. The confirmation is based on the adult eagles’ behaviors. Because the webcam cannot see into the rebuilt nest, there is no visual confirmation of the hatch. However, the parents are exhibiting behaviors consistent with a hatch. They are bringing food into the nest and ripping it into small pieces, then leaning over to feed the eaglet.http://www.aswp.org/pages/hays-nest .However, another Eagle cam on a farm near Hanover is indicating that the eggs that were dropped  there in February are probably not going to hatch. Both sites have historical footage you can also view. Eagles have made a remarkable comeback across the United States and here in Pennsylvania.  From just a handful of pairs a few years ago. There are now nearly 100 pairs here in the Keystone state. https://hdontap.com/index.php/video/stream/hanover-bald-eagle-nest-live-cam

State police in Ridgway arrested 35 year old Brian Frain  of Avonmore Pennsylvania for DUI after they pulled him over for several traffic violations on the Toby Road in  Fox Township just before midnight on March 6.  He was driving a 2006 Chevy Cobalt and was allegedly found to be under the influence of drugs and in possession of drug paraphernalia.

State police at Mansfield have arrested a 49 year old man from that town for physical harassment following an argument on South Main Street in Richmond Township at around 11:30pm Tuesday. Upon arrival troopers determined that the suspect had threatened physical contact for a 42 year old Mansfield woman and charges are pending in District Court.

Also a 59 year old Wellsboro man is facing similar charges for an incident allegedly taking place on the evening of March 14 on Scouten Hill Road in Charleston Township. A suspect allegedly subjected a 12 year old boy to unwanted physical contact by grabbing him in the neck and pushing him into a wall. No injuries were sustained but charges have been filed. In District Court.

Tuesday March 31, 2020

Black Forest Express

Monday’s high: 60; Overnight low, 34
This Afternoon
Isolated showers. Cloudy, with a high near 46.
Tonight
Scattered showers, mainly after 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 33.
Wednesday
Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 48.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 30.
Thursday
Partly sunny, with a high near 47.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
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Obituary: Douglas “Skip” Carpenter, Harrison Valley

DOH reports almost 700 more cases but almost 34,000 patients have tested negative….PennDot announces deadline extended for most products…..Free SBA Webinars Wednesday and Thursday for small business owners….Potter County Senior Centers remain closed; Meals can be picked up……Lumber Heritage Mini Grants awarded…..Police revive overdose patient…..Corruption of Minors case probed in McKean County…..Emporium man arrested for illegal possession of guns…..

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health has confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 30, that there are 693 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 4,087 in 59 counties. The department also reported 11 new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 49. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

There are 33,777 patients who have tested negative to date. Of the patients who have tested positive to date the age breakdown is as follows:

Less than 1% are aged 0-4;

Less than 1% are aged 5-12;

1% are aged 13-18;

10% are aged 19-24;

41% are aged 25-49;

28% are aged 50-64; and

19% are aged 65 or older.

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There have been no pediatric deaths to date.

All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide at least through April 6. Currently 22 counties are under stay-at-home orders. Statewide – The Wolf Administration has announced since noon, March 29:

Requested a federal major disaster declaration to support COVID-19 response.

Announced Pennsylvania State Police non-life-sustaining business closure enforcement numbers.

 The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has  announced that expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, learner’s permits, persons with disability placards, vehicle registrations and safety and emission inspections will be extended for Pennsylvania residents in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

Deadlines on the following products will be extended effective March 27, 2020:

Driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended through May 31, 2020.

Vehicle registrations, safety inspections and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended through May 31, 2020.

Persons with Disabilities parking placards scheduled to expire from March 16 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended through May 31, 2020.

These extensions are in addition to those announced on March 16.

Additionally, all Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers and the Harrisburg Riverfront Office Center in Pennsylvania are closed for counter service until further notice effective close of business on Monday, March 16

As a reminder, customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via the Driver and Vehicle Services website, www.dmv.pa.gov. Driver and vehicle online services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and include driver’s license, photo ID and vehicle registration renewals; driver-history services; changes of address; driver license and vehicle registration restoration letters; ability to pay driver license or vehicle insurance restoration fee; driver license and photo ID duplicates; and driver exam scheduling. There are no additional fees for using online services.

Do you have questions about the SBA Emergency loan for small business owners. This no-cost webinar is designed to provide our small business clients with answers to help you understand: 1) who is eligible for an SBA Emergency loan, 2) what you need to have in hand before filing your application 3) understand realistic timelines for approval/closing on your loan 4) helpful guides to help you estimate your economic loss to SBA Facilitating the call is PASBDC director of capital acquisition, Marcia McGavisk. Marcia brings over 25 years of commercial SBA 7A lending experience and she has experience as VP of Operations with one of the largest SBA 504 lenders in the Commonwealth. Because of the anticipated number of people on this webinar, we will take questions through chat and we will try to address as many questions as possible in the one-hour time slot that we have available.

Dates:

Wednesday, April 1 9:00-10:30: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26686

Thursday, April 2, 9:00-10:30: https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26687

Thursday, April 2, 9:00-10:30 https://pasbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/26688

Due to the Coronavirus, the Potter County Senior Centers will remain closed until further notice.  Home delivered meals will still be delivered on the normal day.  If any senior center participant would still like to receive a meal, on the day the senior center is open, please make a meal reservation at your senior center.  You will have to pick up your meal at the senior center between 11 a.m. – Noon.  Donations will still be accepted. All Volunteer Luncheons will be postponed to a later date. Sorry for the inconvenience, but we want to keep everyone safe during this difficult time.  Please call your local senior center for details or call Barb Kiel at 814-544-7315 or 1-800-800-2560.  Thank you!

There is some good news to report. The Lumber Heritage Region (LHR) has announced the winners of their 2020 Mini-Grant Program and some of those are in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area.Since 2001 the mini grant program has provided funding to all 15 counties in the region leveraging over three million dollars in total project costs. This year’s program received a total of 10 applications from 10 counties.  The Project Committee was able to award grant funds to 9 projects. Matching dollars for these projects from other sources, totaling $30,860 bringing a $60,720 investment to the 15-county region. This investment will enhance existing assets; create new assets; and/or complete existing plans. There are several opportunities available in the coming year the LHR welcomes groups or individuals to get involved and encourage program synergies and strategic regional opportunities that support the missions of both organizations and enhance the visibility of the region. To get involved or donate to one of the many projects in the region email to info@lumberheritage.org or log on to the LHR’s website at www.lumberheritage.org

Recipients include

Pennsylvania Lumber Museum-Potter County – $2,500

MJ2KB Trail Association – Mckean County – $1,060

Allegheny Hardwoods Utilization Group – Multiple Counties – $5,000

Dubois Area Historical Society-Jefferson County – $900

Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau – Multiple Counties – $5,000

Cameron County Chamber of Commerce – Cameron County – $1,750

Clearfield County Historical Society – Clearfield County – $400

Borough of Kane – Mckean County – $10,000

Keystone Wood Products Association – Multiple Counties – $3,250

The Program uses funding from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2), and the Environmental Stewardship Fund, for local and regional projects that relate to the work of the Lumber Heritage Region. The funding requires a dollar for dollar match.

Lewis Run State  Police responded to an overdose on East Pine Trail in Lafayette Township back on March 7, just before 7pm. The victim was treated at the  scene and was then transported by ambulance to UPMC Kane for further treatment.

A corruption on minors incident is being investigated by troopers at Lewis Run.  The crime allegedly was committed just before 7pm March 6 on the Prentisvale Road in Eldred and was initiated by a report from the McKean County Children and Youth Services. The investigation is continuing.

Emporium  based State Police have arrested a 32 year old Ridgway man for illegal possession of a firearm in Shippen. Township. When troopers  investigated a violation from abuse order Sunday afternoon at 359 Old West Creek Road, they found  guns at the home which were seized as evidence. d Charges against the unnamed suspect are pending.

                                                                                     Obituary

Douglas M. “Skip” CARPENTER, 77, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Friday, March 27, 2020 in his home.  Born June 15, 1942, in Ulysses, he was the son of Monroe Martin and Gertrude Mitchell Carpenter.  In November of 1970, he married the former Marjorie L. Moshier Mesler, who predeceased him on November 7, 1988.  He was employed by Woodcraft in Ulysses.  Surviving are:  eight step-children, Bradley J. Mesler, Kenneth A. Mesler, Steven O. Mesler, Barry J. Mesler, Brody J. Mesler, Michael R. Mesler, Bonnie J. Mesler, and Georgia Jean Mesler;  many grandchildren and great-grandchildren;  three sisters, Norma Cobb Nichols of Coudersport, Laura (Charles) Nelson of Genesee, and Beverly J. Lehman of Ulysses;  a brother, James (Ruth) Carpenter of Carbondale; nieces and nephews.  In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by three brothers, Leonard C. Carpenter, Robert I. Carpenter, and Monroe Seldon Carpenter;  and two sisters, Bonita Anne Carpenter and Neva Hardy Stockstill.  Honoring his wishes, there will be no service.  Cremation was at Olney-Foust Crematory.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Arrangements are entrusted to Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.