Black Forest Express
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to the LHR’s website at www.lumberheritage.org
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.
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.