Tuesday June 30, 2020

Monday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 50

PARTLY SUNNY TODAY WITH THUNDERSTORMS POSSIBLE THIS AFTERNOON A HIGH OF 80

PARTLY CLOUDY TONIGHT LOW 57.

MOSTLY SUNNY TOMORROW WITH ISOLATED AFTERNOON SHOWERS POSSIBLE, HIGH OF 85.

MOSTLY CLEAR TOMORROW NIGHT LOW 60

THURSDAY, LINGERING SHOWERS AND PARTIAL CLEARING HIGH 86 AND A LOW OF 62.

Arboretum Association President Wayne Wenzel takes a break from planting the park’s most recent addition, a pair of pink hydrangeas at the south entrance, (featured in lower right corner of photo) to talk with Vice President Kathy Kinard.

 Coudersport Arboretum Association looking for volunteers…..Pennsylvania’s re-opening is a model for other states…..Number of cases in region holding steady….Replacement of Hebron Township bridge starts tomorrow….Route 49  project in Lawrence Township, Tioga County underway…Investigation continues into death of Galeton woman…..

Having won a legal battle last year to keep the Coudersport Arboretum at it’s current site, Association members are inviting  anyone interested in becoming involved with the Coudersport Arboretum to attend the Arboretum Association’s next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, July 7th at 5 pm at the Gunzburger Building.

“We’re looking for fresh faces, fresh ideas,” said Arboretum Association Vice President Kathy Kinard.

She and Association President Wayne Wenzel said although primary focus of the group’s been to provide maintenance, they’re excited to hear from the public about ways to expand and develop the property.

Topics for discussion at next month’s meeting include upcoming events, dates for their annual August music night performances, ways to expand public outreach and collaborate with local groups and organizations.

The group recently created a public facebook page, “Coudersport Arboretum Association” where historical photos, maintenance projects, upcoming events and how to support the Arboretum are listed.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 29, that there are 492 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 85,988. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of cases has inched up slowly here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Tioga County now has 25; Potter and McKean each 15; Elk, 13; and Cameron County 3. Across the border in New York State, the number has held for a couple of days. Cattaraugus County has 123 and Allegany County 59.

There are 6,614 total deaths in Pennsylvania attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 8 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

“As nearly the entire state is now in the green phase, we must remain committed to protecting against COVID-19,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvania has been a model for the country on how to reopen effectively using a careful, measured approach. However, the virus has not gone away. Each of us has a responsibility to continue to protect ourselves, our loved ones and others by wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and washing our hands frequently. Together we can protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our essential workers and our healthcare system.”

Mask wearing is required in all businesses in all phases of reopening. Consistent mask wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 633 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 666,901 patients who have tested negative to date. Pennsylvania has a 78% recovery rate.

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 17,697 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,224 cases among employees, for a total of 20,921 at 689 distinct facilities in 52 counties—none here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area.. Out of the total deaths, 4,531 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 6,508 of our total cases are in health care workers.

PennDot has announced that preliminary work to replace a bridge on Route 44 in Hebron Township, Potter County, is scheduled to start Wednesday, July 1. The bridge spans Steer Run approximately four miles north of Coudersport near the intersection of Route 4006 (West Hebron Road).

Starting Wednesday, crews will begin preliminary excavation and tree removal. Work will then begin on construction of a one-lane temporary roadway that will carry traffic around the work zone as the bridge is replaced. PennDOT expects the temporary roadway to be ready for use later in July and will issue an update on the project before the traffic switch.

Overall work will include removal of the existing single span reinforced concrete slab bridge, installation of the replacement precast reinforced concrete box culvert, approach paving, drainage upgrades, guide rail replacement, pavement marking and miscellaneous items. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $742,000 job. PennDOT anticipates reopening the bridge to traffic in early September. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

The existing bridge is 15-feet long, was built in 1934 and is traveled by more than 1,700 vehicles daily.

Motorists are advised of lane restrictions on Route 49 in Lawrence Township and Lawrence Borough, Tioga County have begun. The ongoing reconstruction and widening project location will be from the intersection of Route 287 to the intersection of Route 15.

Contractor, Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., has expanded  working hours to a 24-hour operation. Motorists can expect single lane closures with flagging.   Work on this project includes excavation, pavement repairs, milling, subbase, paving, drainage, rumble strips, concrete curbs and sidewalks, signs, traffic signal upgrades, and pavement markings. Motorists can expect alternating lane closures with flagging during both daylight and over-night hours. Work is expected to be completed in September of 2020, weather permitting.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., is the primary contractor for the $2,500,000 project.

Work on the  projects are being  done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site and relevant training.

Work on these projecs will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, and relevant training.

Authorities are continuing an investigation into the death of 29 year old Kathleen Marie Stirnaman of Galton. Last Thursday Sweden Township police were summoned to a home on Rush Creek Lane any analysis for a medical issue and first responders discovered the woman deceased. Completion of the investigation is pending autopsy and toxicology reports.

 

Monday June 29, 2020

Sunday’s high, 82; Overnight low, 54; .56″ of rain weekend total

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY A HIGH OF 82.

PASSING CLOUDS TONIGHT A LOW OF 57

PATCHY FOG AGAIN TOMORROW MORNING THEN MOSTLY SUNNY, A HIGH OF 81

OVERNIGHT LOW OF 58.

WEDNESDAY PATCHY MORNING FOG, THEN MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH OF 83  IT MAY BE BREEZY IN THE AFTERNOON,

A LOW OF 59.

Winners of Community Foundation scholarships announced….Covid cases creep up in Black Forest….Several traffic crashes investigated by PSP…..Covington man arrested for burglarizing Tioga County home….Elk woman accused of physical harassment with a weapon….

The Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers has  announced the 2020 scholarship recipients. The Community Foundation currently administers funds that specifically provide scholarships to students in Bradford, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga Counties Pennsylvania and Tioga County, New York.

Community Foundation Scholarships can be established by individual donors, corporations, and are often in honor or in memory of a loved one.

Here are the 2020 Potter County scholarship recipients from CFTT’s managed funds. A total of $7,000 was awarded.

 

Tomb Family Scholarship            

Name    Alyssa Reese

High School         Northern Potter High School

College Estrella Mountain Community College

Amount               $1,000

 

Ruth Agar Memorial Scholarship             

Name    Abigail Baker

High School         Northern Potter High School

College Lock Haven University

Amount               $1,000

 

Northern Potter Scholarship     

Name    Abigail Baker

High School         Northern Potter High School

College Lock Haven University

Amount               $1,000

Northern Potter Scholarship     

Name    Skylar King

High School         Northern Potter High School

College Penn State, Dubois

Amount               $1,000

 

 

Gerald F. Duffee, Sr. Scholarship             

Name    Taylor Brewer

High School         Austin Area High School

College Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Amount               $1,000

 

Darlene J. Sitler Memorial Scholarship 

Name    Melissa Lehman

High School         Northern Potter High School

College University of Pittsburgh, Bradford

Amount               $1,000

 

Rose Marie Tubbs Memorial Scholarship            

Name    Alyssa Burchell

High School         Northern Potter High School

College South Hills School of Business & Technology

Amount               $1,000

 

Founded in 2003, the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers serves 5 counties, Bradford, Potter, Sullivan and Tioga counties, PA and Tioga County, New York. The Foundation is committed to building philanthropic resources that will sustain healthy and vital communities now and into the future. The Foundation currently manages over 110 funds valued at over $7 million dollars and has awarded over $1.2 million in grants and scholarships since inception, positively impacting hundreds of lives in the region. For more information on its work in the community contact Suzanne Lee at 570.888.4759. Please visit the website at www.twintierscf.org.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 28, that there are 505 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 85,496. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area continue to inch up. Tioga County now has 24 cases; Potter 15, McKean County, 15; Elk, 13 and Cameron which has held steady for several weeks at 2 cases now has 3 cases. Across the border in New York State, Cattaraugus County now has 123 cases and Allegany has 59. There are 6,606 total deaths in Pennsylvania attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 3 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

Mask wearing is required in all businesses in all phases of reopening. Consistent mask wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 633 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 657,486 patients who have tested negative to date. Pennsylvania has a 78% recovery rate.

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 17,677 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,212 cases among employees, for a total of 20,889 at 687 distinct facilities in 51 counties—none here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Out of the  total deaths, 4,528(68.9%) have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 6,484 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Minor injuries were reported for a Coudersport man following a one vehicle crash early Saturday morning on Steer Brook road in Hebron Township. State Police at Coudersport say Stephen Limeburner was going south on Route 44 when his Ford Escape went out of control and flipped over. He was taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole.

18 year old Autumn Diel  of Sabinsville  was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of unknown injuries following a one vehicle crash Saturday afternoon in Clymer Township, Diehl was driving a Chevy Impala which went off the side of the road and traveled through a fence and down an embankment before striking a rise in embankment  causing front and damage the car spun around clockwise coming to rest in a pasture. She was taken by ambulance to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital

State police at Mansfield have arrested 29 year old Nathan Phillips of Covington for burglary. Authorities claim that last Tuesday afternoon, Phillips went into the home of a 29  year old Covington woman without her permission and took multiple items from the residence, including a black tattoo machine. screwdriver set, Bob Marley record player 32 inch Samsung TV. Two silver rings and other items valued at a total of $680.00.

Minor injuries were reported for a new Ville Pennsylvania driver found in one vehicle crash Saturday morning in Covington Township, Tioga County, Elizabeth Anderson was going north on Route 15 during a rainstorm when her Ford Focus went off the road on a right hand curve and slid into some guard cables and the median on the west side of the road. The car traveled across both lanes and then hit some guardrails on the east side of the road before finally stopping.

A 16 year old Westfield driver received minor injuries in a one vehicle crash occurring last Friday evening on Ackley road in Clymer Township. The teen  old driver was going south when his Nissan Altima traveled off the west side of the road. struck a fence and then a utility pole coming to rest in a field. He was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

State Police at Lewis Run have arrested a 25 year old Eldred  woman on charges of assault with a weapon for an incident allegedly taking place Saturday evening on Main Street and Chris drive in Eldred Borough. Police report that the suspect caused injury to a 49 year old Eldred  man and five  other victims listed as children from infancy to 16–  all from the elder area. The suspect was taken into custody without incident and was transported  to Bradford Regional Medical Center for medical evaluation. Charges are pending

A 49 year old Rixford  woman has been cited for physical harassment for a domestic violence incident allegedly taking place. Friday night on Looker  Mountain Trail in Otto Township. Police say the woman struck a 55 year old man with an open hand during an argument.

 

Friday June 26, 2020

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY WITH A HIGH OF 78.

CLOUDS INCREASING TONIGHT BRINGING ALONG SOME SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TOWARDS MORNING. A LOW OF 60

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS THROUGHOUT THE DAY TOMORROW WITH A HIGH OF 76.

SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TAPER OFF

MOSTLY CLOUDY SKIES TOMORROW NIGHT, A LOW OF 62.

SUNDAY, A MIXTURE OF CLOUDS AND SUN A HIGH OF 83.

Bald Eagle

PGC Photo by Joe Kosack

Program Saturday night in Mansfield about return of Bald Eagles…PennDot has extended deadline for several products….Covid cases hold steady in region—recovery rate is 78%….Warrant issued for Wellsboro man accused of terroristic threats…..Lawrence Township house damaged by burglars…..Driver cited for hit and run…..

This Saturday, June 27 at 7 p.m., Matt West of Wellsboro is giving a presentation titled “Return of the Bald Eagle to Pennsylvania” at the large pavilion in the Mill Cove Environmental Area at 3036 Mill Creek Road, Mansfield, Pa.  This program is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

West, a local expert, will talk about how the Pennsylvania Game Commission reintroduced the bald eagle, this raptor’s daily habits, competition with other fish-eating birds, such as the Osprey, how it chooses a mate, incubates eggs and raises its young as well as how to identify bald eagles and the best spots to view them in this area. He will display a mounted bald eagle along with photos of them.

Those who attend will need to bring chairs and are asked to follow CDC guidelines, including wearing masks and social distancing.

For more information, contact Patricia Butts by calling 570-463-1407 or emailing her at pbutts6610@yah

The Game Commission is extending its Wildlife on WiFi virtual learning campaign. The campaign was originally launched to provide parents, youth, and educators with at-home wildlife-education resources during the academic year school closures. While schools are out for the summer, the need for virtual learning opportunities remains and the Game Commission is committed to connecting Pennsylvania residents to wildlife no matter where they are.

In addition to the campaign’s extension, Wildlife on WiFi (WoW) resources, such as virtual field trips, will now also be offered to adult groups in at-risk communities and new virtual education events will be offered to the general public.

WoW connects Pennsylvania residents to wildlife across three pillars, each with engagement opportunities tailored for different age levels, audiences and content format.

The Wildlife on WiFi remote learning hub offers dozens of home-based wildlife lessons and activities, nature-themed storybook readings, conservation-science videos, and livestream wildlife webcams. The hub is updated regularly with new activities.

Regular social engagement activities on the Game Commission’s Facebook page. These include popular “Wildlife Challenges” to engage the Game Commission’s online community with fun, educational content.

Virtual field trips for youth and school groups, as well as general audience virtual events such as “From the Field.” This segment allows audience members to engage with a biologist live while watching pre-recorded wildlife-science surveys and other conservation-management practices.

The premiere “From the Field” segment to take place on Tuesday, June 30 at 11:30 a.m. will focus on barn owls and American kestrels. To register for the event,  contact wildlifeonwifi@pa.gov to learn more about Wildlife on WiFi and schedule a virtual field trip.

This summer the focus of Wildlife on WiFi’s virtual field trips, social-media engagement activities, and new lessons will be under three themes:

All About Pollinators: What is a pollinator and what can you do to help them thrive? Discover why pollinators play a vital role in ensuring healthy and vibrant habitat for our state’s wildlife!

125th Anniversary of the Game Commission: Did you know the Game Commission was founded in 1895 around the time electricity first became available in U.S. cities? What did the world of Pennsylvania wildlife look like then and how has it changed? Learn about the Game Commission’s history, mission and current conservation practices.

Pennsylvania BIG Mammals: Pennsylvania is home to some BIG mammals. This summer the Game Commission is highlighting one of our state’s biggest: Rocky Mountain Elk. Explore why there are Rocky Mountain Elk in Pennsylvania and what our state’s biologists are doing to make sure they thrive.

To check out WoW, go to www.pgc.pa.gov and select “At Home Learning” under Quick Clicks. To schedule a WoW virtual field trip or inquire about any of the Game Commission’s educational resources, please contact wildlifeonwifi@pa.gov.

– The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 25, that there are 579 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 83,770. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

There are 6,557 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 39 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

Mask wearing is required in all businesses in yellow and green phases of reopening. Consistent mask wearing, even in counties in the green phase, could have lasting benefits as a COVID-19 surge is possible this fall.

There are 632 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 621,031 patients who have tested negative to date

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths (67%) have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 17,454 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,123 cases among employees, for a total of 20,577 at 676 distinct facilities in 50 counties—none here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Out of the  total deaths, 4,471 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities..

Approximately 6,341 of our total cases are in health care workers.

State Police at Mansfield have charged 49 year old Ronald Hastings of Wellsboro  for terroristic threats for an incident allegedly taking place  on the night of June 16 on Rice Road in Charleston Township. Troopers claim Hastings left the scene in an unknown direction after a domestic violence incident and then he allegedly sent the 35 year old woman several threatening text messages. Charges have been filed in District Court and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Anyone with  information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact State Police at Mansfield 570.662. 2151.

A burglary  on Burrows Hollow Road and Lawrence Township Tioga County  is under investigation by state police at Mansfield. The crime occurred sometime over the past month  when would be thieves tried to gain entry to a house belonging to a 57 year old California, Maryland man.  A door casing was damaged to the tune of $100 and an exterior door was damaged to a total of $250.

State Police at Mansfield did not release the drivers name, but say that a Chevy Lumina was involved in a hit and run on Route 549 in Roseville Borough  Tuesday afternoon. The crash occurred as the car turned left on the route 549 From Roseville Avenue at a high rate of speed, went out of control continued to travel north before exiting the road on the east side and then it traveled across both lanes and before going  back on the route 549 headed north. The driver failed to stop and give information about the crash but was located at his residence later. The unnamed suspect fully cooperated during their investigation according to authorities.

An Elkland  driver was taken to Robert Packer Hospital Sayre for treatment of injuries following a one vehicle accident last Saturday evening on Holden  Brook road in Osceola Township. State police say that Kelvin  Davis was driving a Dodge Ram pickup and while traveling south the truck went off the west side of the road,  traveled  into a field struck with a tree before stopping.