Wednesday November 1, 2017

Tuesday’s high, 44; overnight low 25, trace of precipitation

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Unemployment improved in most area counties last month…..Rep. Baker in Washington for President’s opioid announcement…..Potter County Historical Society produces road tours book….Cameron County gears up for holiday shopping….Blossburg woman accused of letting dog run loose….19 year old Coudersport driver arrested for driving under the influence of drugs…

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The region’s unemployment rate improved in three counties and held steady in two others in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area between August and September according to figures just released by the state department of Labor and Industry. The jobless rate decreased from 6.2% to 6.0% in Potter County; from 5.7% in 5.5% in McKean County; and from 4.7% TO 4.4% in Elk County. Unemployment held steady at 5.5% in Tioga and 6.7% in Cameron County, the highest in Pennsylvania followed by Forest at 6.5%, an increase of 2/10ths of a percent in the period. Potter moved up to 5th place from the bottom in Pennsylvania. The statewide jobless rate was 4.5% and the national figure was 4.2.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, 13 Pennsylvanians are dying everyday due to an opioid or heroin overdose. In 2016, 4,812 Pennsylvanians died from an overdose of opioid drugs. There have been several opiod overdose deaths in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area.
Earlier in the week, Baker co-hosted the 2017 Rural Pennsylvania Legislative Briefing on “Addressing the Challenges of Addiction in Rural Pennsylvania.” During the meeting, officials talked in depth about the opioid epidemic and its impact on the already stressed and limited services available in rural areas of the state.

Baker said the president’s declaration will help expand access to medical services in rural areas, as well as expand telemedicine services, which are of great use to less populated areas.

According to Potter County’s official Website, Potter County Today, the Historical Society has released a new guide that offers six options for those who wish to explore the county’s roots. It’s designed as a tool to deepen local residents’ appreciation of their heritage and assist tourists who are looking for interesting adventures, according to society president David Castano. Copies of the 80-page booklet are available at the PCHS museum on North Main Street in Coudersport.

Six routes are laid out in the guide based on regions of Potter County. The booklet contains summaries of local industries, individuals and communities. Road maps with directions have been added to each section. Dozens of archival photos provide an important visual element to the engaging text. On the Northwestern Tour, drivers can see the site of a pallisaded Native American village dating back to the late Fifteenth Century. The Southeastern Tour recalls the rise and fall of the village of Cross Fork, which was teeming with a population of 2,500 or more residents plus twice that many itinerants during the lumber book of the early Twentieth Century. PCHS dedicated the booklet to the late Bob and Maxine Currin, each of whom was active with the society. They were known to take regular driving tours to explore Potter County history.

The Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Artisan Centerare planning for the gift giving season. Hours are adjusted starting today The store front is open 10am-4pm Monday through Friday. Tuesday night extra hours include 6:30-9:00pm. Adjusted weekend hours are Saturday 9am-3pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm.

Shop Small Saturday November 25, focuses on presents for shoppers. Each time a shopper spends $10 at a participating Cameron County business they will be entered to win prizes. Shoppers can register for the event on Facebook and receive an extra ticket in the drawing. The contest will run from 9am till 2pm. The drawings will take place at 2:30pm at the Cameron County Chamber of Commerce and Artisan Center. The prizes will be donated by those participating businesses. This year the chamber challenges shoppers. ‘Can’ you kick the box store habit? The prizes will be kept sealed in tin cans. The lucky winners will be given a choice of the cans and a can opener!

A Blossburg woman has been cited for failing to confine her dog. State police at Mansfield allege a dog belonging to Kimberly Boyce got loose and went onto the property of her neighbor Michael Klemick of Cogan Station this past Sunday.

Coudersport based state police did not release the suspect’s name by report DUI charges are pending against a 19 year old Coudersport resident . Troopers claim when they pulled the woman over in Portage Township Monday evening for speeding, they discovered she was driving under the influence of a controlled substance.

A Florida man has been arrested by state police in Mansfield for DUI. Harry Knight of Panasoffke was cited after being pulled over at the intersection ofRoute 287 and the Bradshaw Road in Tioga, just before midnight September 22.