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Election official provides information about absentee/mail-in ballots…..Covid cases continue to increase in region …..NY motorcyclist seriously hurt in Potter County accident….Police look for “peeping tom” in Hector Township…..Potter County resident defrauded out of large sum of money by crooks claiming to represent Publisher’s Clearing House……

The 2020 presidential election is thankfully only three weeks away. And Pennsylvania residents are reminded that October 19 is the final day to register, report change of address or change party affiliation and time to be eligible to vote in the November 3 general election. However, voters can vote across party lines and do not necessarily need to change their registration before the November 3 general election. If you are not a registered voter, you can contact the county elections office here in Potter County, it’s 814-274-8467. And staff will be willing to help you do that sample ballots are also posted

Potter County Director of Elections Sandy Lewis has issued a reminder that Oct. 19 is the final day to register, report change of address or change party affiliation in time to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 3 general election. “We encourage everyone to visit to see if they are registered and if all their information is current,” Lewis said. “You can also contact our office at 814-274-8467 and we will help you. If you are not a registered voter, you can contact our office to request an application, or you can register through the website” Sample ballots have been posted on the county website, (go to Departments and select Elections/Voter Registration.)

Absentee/vote-by-mail ballot applications continue to be accepted. These ballots must be inserted into the “secrecy envelope” that’s provided, and that envelope must then be inserted into the outer envelope. The outer envelope has a Voter Declaration on the back. This requires printed name, signature and address. “If either of those steps is not completed correctly, your ballot will not be counted,” Lewis said. To view a brief video detailing the vote-by-mail/absentee ballot process, go to a county’s website. General information on voting by mail can be found in a brief video.

Completed ballots can be hand-delivered (by the voter himself/herself only) to the Elections Office at the Gunzburger Building or can be mailed. Postage is already paid. Director Lewis also advised that the website contains a wealth of helpful information.

Potter County  Director of Elections Sandy Lewis says the deadline to apply for an absentee or mail in ballot is quickly approaching. October 27is the last day anybody can apply for an absentee ballot /mail and ballot. Basically, let’s say October 28 rolls around, andyou  just realized “I have to have an absentee ballot” The only way they could get an absentee ballot is to  physically have to come go to the Elections Office; do the application at our table.We turn around give them the ballot to vote on they vote on the spot and they leave the ballot with us. But October 27 is the very last day that we are by law required to mail ballots not to anybody was requested.

 And for those who still want to vote the old fashioned way, Director Lewis says safety precautions will be in place. “We’re going to have the same safety measures in place for the fall election that we did for the primary. We’re going to send PPE kits out to all the polling places which are going to you know, have hand sanitizers. Basically, we’re still going to do the six foot rule. If you want to take your own pen to sign a poll book, please feel free to do that. You know, we will have poll workers there you know, wiping down the used pens. We’re going to do the best that we can. We’re going to ask that follow CDC guidelines, social distance  and  wear a mask if you feel free It’s not mandatory that the poll workers or the voters wear the mask that’s strictly up to each individual.” To hear our complete interview with Potter county director of election Sandy Lewis, go to our website Black Forest and click on the Black Forest trails tab voters can go to votes To find out more information about the upcoming election.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., October 12, that there were 1,088 new cases, in addition to 1,166 new cases reported on Sunday, October 11 for a two-day total of 2,254 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 173,304. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between October 5 and October 11 is 239,484 with 9,117 positive cases. There were 23,061 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., October 11. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There were 6 new deaths reported Sunday, October 11, and 18 new deaths reported for Monday, October 12 for a total of 8,368 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

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 2,044,706 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 23,953 resident cases of COVID-19, and 5,289 cases among employees, for a total of 29,242 at 1,007 distinct facilities in 61 counties including Elk, McKean and Tioga.. Out of the total deaths, 5,552 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 11,345 of the total cases are among health care workers.

Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area the number keeps going up. Tioga County now has 117 cases; McKean 78; Elk 85 Potter has gone up to 37; and Cameron county is holding at eight across the border in New York State Allegany County now has 151 and Cattaraugus County 362.

A Webster New York motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in an accident occurring on  theSouth BrooklandRoad in Ulysses Township Sunday afternoon. Heather Young was traveling south when her Yamaha VStar 1100 failed to make a right curve and went off the road. She was taken to in to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre for treatment of serious injuries

Minor  injuries were reported for Coudersport  driver following a car/ deer collision in Sharon Township just before 8am yesterday. Laurie Harding was going south and was unable to stop her Buick Encore in time to avoid hitting the deer. The car became disabled. Harding was wearing a seatbelt was taken to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries

A Galeton driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash occurring Monday morning just before 8am on the Germania Road in West Branch Township. Joseph Sutton was driving a white GMC commercial vehicle which went off the road, traveled through a fence, sideswiped a parked van a parked pickup truck and telephone pole before finally, stopping. Police did not indicate if any charges are pending against the driver.

 Troopers at Coudersport are investigating a report of a “peeping tom” on Wright Road in Hector Township early last Thursday morning. Police say that someone was banging on a residential door several times throughout the night and early morning. The victim told police that the unknown individual would run away and could be heard and moving through the property.  A search of the property however, was conducted with negative results.

A criminal mischief occurring on Route 607 in Austin Boruogh on the First of September is still under investigation by state police at Coudersport.  Vandals broke a stained glass window at a home at 37 Route 607, causing $500 in damage.

Dakota Jones,23, of wellsville was arrested by Coudersport based state police on charges of criminal trespass and criminal mischief. troopers allege that Jones committed the crimes against Sandra Patch of Ulysses. He was arraigned on those charges in District Court.

 A 16 year old Port Allegany boy was seriously hurt in a one vehicle accident occurring in Roulette Township last Friday night. The teen driver was operating a Saturn SL, which failed to make a right hand curve while speeding at the intersection of the Burtville Road. The car went off the highway struck an embankment and then a stump before rotating 180 degrees and coming to rest. The car sustained disabling front end and driver side damage. The driver was transported by by Mercy flight to Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo. The youth has been charged with speeding and connection to that crash.

Coudersport based State Police did not release very many details about a theft by deception. They report that a Hector Township resident was defrauded out of a large sum of money by individuals impersonating Publishers Clearing House representatives. The crime took place late last week.

The theft of some vehicle parts is under investigation by safe place at Ridgway. Sometime Saturday, thieves removed a hydraulic snowplow pump belonging to Steve’s Auto Sales and Carwash in Wilcox.  The pump is valued at $80.

A residential burglary is also being probed by State Police at Ridgway sometime last Saturday, thieves went into camp owned by a 46 year old Arcade New York resident and removed about $205 worth of items.  

A 31 year old Byrnedale woman has been cited for violating dog laws. Police claim that her canine bit a victim on the right arm because it was not firmly secured at the residence and without provocation escaped the yard and bit the victim. Charges were filed in District Court.