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.

 

 

 

 

Monday March 30,2020

Black Forest Express

CLOUDY TODAY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS A HIGH OF 47.

SCATTERED SHOWERS TAPER OFF TONIGHT LOW 35.

MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A HIGH OF 47. AGAIN

TOMORROW. ISOLATED SHOWERS

TOMORROW NIGHT A LOW 33.

WEDNESDAY MOSTLY CLOUDY WITH A HIGH OF 47 ONCE AGAIN

More than 3000 cases of virus reported in 58 counties….5 cases in Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area…Stay at Home order expanded,,,,,,Pennsylvania Food Banks receive waiver to distribute food….IDEAL ID delayed one year…

The Pennsylvania Department of Health yesterday  confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 29, that there are 643 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 3,394 in 58 counties. The department also reported four new deaths among positive cases, bringing the statewide total to 38.. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital. County-specific information and a statewide map are available at the department’s website. There are 30,061 patients who have tested negative to date. 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.

County                 Number of Cases             Deaths     (Counties within the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area are in bold type.

Adams  8

Allegheny            265         2

Armstrong          3

Beaver  28

Berks     68

Blair       3

Bradford              3

Bucks    203         1

Butler    47           2

Cambria               1

Cameron             1             

Carbon 9

Centre  22

Chester                137

Clarion  1

Clearfield             2

Columbia             6

Crawford             3

Cumberland       22           1

Dauphin               35

Delaware             276         4

Erie        7

Fayette                10

Franklin                11

Greene                6

Huntingdon        1

Indiana 2

Juniata  1

Lackawanna       56           2

Lancaster             67           2

Lawrence            8              1

Lebanon              19

Lehigh   151         3

Luzerne                94           2

Lycoming             3

McKean               1             

Mercer 7

Mifflin   2

Monroe               135         3

Montgomery     488         5

Montour              4

Northampton    126         4

Northumberland              1

Perry     1

Philadelphia       865         5

Pike       33           1

Potter   2             

Schuylkill              21

Snyder  2

Somerset            2

Susquehanna    1

Tioga     1             

Venango              1

Warren 1

Washington        24

Wayne  7

Westmoreland  47

York

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. Governor Wolf and Health Secretary Levine have  Expanded  ‘Stay at Home’ Order to Beaver, Centre and Washington Counties to Mitigate Spread of COVID-19, The order now includes these 22 counties: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Centre, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, 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

Just one day after a letter from Governor Tom Wolf to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding received approval for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture to operate a Disaster Household Distribution program, through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), to provide critical food supplies to Pennsylvanians adversely affected as a result of statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. On Thursday, March 27, 2020, Governor Wolf sent Secretary Perdue a letter urging him to approve the department’s waiver application that would allow more food to be distributed at hundreds of locations across the state, while temporarily waiving the need to verify household eligibility. Late Friday, March 28, 2020, the department received approval to use USDA Foods as part of a Disaster Household Distribution program being operated through the state’s network of food banks, food pantries, and pop-up distribution sites. The approval allows the department and its partners to more efficiently distribute a variety of foods – including meats, vegetables, fruit, canned goods, cereal, rice, pasta, eggs, and more – to those most affected by the closure of non-life sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania. As we reported last week, the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is set up and providing food  as needed.Visit the “Find Food” page on www.centralpafoodbank.org to find the closest program or call 717-547-6336 for information.

The  Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)has  announced that the Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration.PennDOT closed all driver and photo license centers on March 16 and paused REAL ID issuance in the state out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of public health. PennDOT also sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, requesting that the agency consider extending the October 1, 2020 REAL ID enforcement deadline.REAL ID is a federal law that affects how states issue driver’s licenses and ID cards if they are going to be acceptable for federal purposes. A federally-acceptable form of identification (whether it’s a Pennsylvania REAL ID driver’s license or ID card, a valid U.S. Passport/Passport Card, a military ID, etc.) must now be used on and after October 1, 2021, as identification to board a commercial flight or visit a secure federal building that requires a federally acceptable form of identification ID for access.REAL ID is optional in Pennsylvania. There is no requirement that any resident obtain a REAL ID; PennDOT will continue to offer standard-issue driver’s licenses and photo IDs once issuance has resumed. More information about document requirements, including a printable document checklist, can be found on the Document Check page of the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services website.  Customers may complete various transactions and access multiple resources via  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.

State Police at Ridgway are investigating a violation of a child custody order occurring in Horton Township Friday evening. Police claim that the mother of a 16 year old girl did not return her to her father as per that order.

Troopers at Ridgway are charging 23 year old Shannon Stevens  of St. Mary’s with making false reports to law enforcement. Troopers claim that Shannon Stevens gave her sister’s information to them last Wednesday  because she herself did not have a valid license when questioned by police at 104 flagstone road in city of St. Mary’s.

State police at Lewis Run investigating the theft of a motor vehicle occurring between 6 pm Saturday and 2am Sunday on Highland Road in Wetmore Townshp.  Someone took a 2009 white Chevy Silverado from its original location on property along Highland Road in Wetmore Township owned by 40 year old Kane man and drove the vehicle a short distance before abandoning it when it became stuck in the mud. Anyone with information is asked to call state police at Lewis from 814-368-9230.

A 44 year old Kane man has been arrested for physical harassment for domestic violence incident allegedly occurring at around 1:00 am Saturday on Hamilton Road in Hamilton Township McKean County State police allege the accused, whose name was not released,  attacked a 46 year old Kane woman during an argument,

A criminal mischief occurring in Eldred Township sometime last Wednesday or Thursday is also being investigated by state police at Lewis Run.  A stray bullet struck an electrical box at a residence located at 581 West Eldred  Road and no other property was damaged. There were no injuries.

A Port Allegany   driver escaped injury in one vehicle crash occurring last Monday on the Port/Turtlepoint Road in Liberty township McKean County.  James Green was going south an unsafe speed due to weather and road conditions when  his Cadillac Eldorado went out of control on the snow and slush covered road went off the west side of the road. Green was unable to regain control due to speed .The car went off the road and hit a parked unoccupied  Chevrolet Equinox

A criminal mischief occurring at 860 Barden Brook Road in Eldred Township last week is being investigated by troopers at Lewis Run. someone scratched the passenger side of a vehicle owned by Victoria Zamberlynn of Bradford  and Kevin Krise of Eldred. Damage is estimated to be $100 to the roof and $900 to the passenger side of the vehicle.

State police at  Coudersport report a Shinglehouse  driver escaped injury in one vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Route 44 in Clara Township. Shane Bundy was going south when his Buick Encore went out of control in the slush covered road crossed the northbound lane,  jumped an embankment and continued off the roadway into a front yard before coming to rest in the woods next to the property owner’s yard.

State police at Mansfield picked up a man wanted in Maryland earlier this month. 44 year old Derek Crouse  of Hagerstown was wanted by warrant and was located at 2087 Hills Creek Lake Road in Charleston Township Tioga  County. He was placed under arrest and taken into custody on March 4.

A 62 year old Mansfield woman told police that she tried to contact PayPal to help with her account and related that she gave all of her information and then realized the number she had contacted was not the PayPal number. She did not lose money in the incident.

A criminal mischief occurring in Sullivan Township Tioga  County is under investigation by troopers at the Mansfield barracks.  Sometime between March 21 and 28. vandals damaged a light pole at 771 Old State Road in Sullivan township to the tune of $50.

Friday March 27, 2020

Black Forest Express

Thursday’s high, 60; overnight low, 43; .13” rain

MOSTLY SUNNY  TODAY A HIGH 54

CLOUDS INCREASING. TONIGHT A LOW OF 38

RAIN ALL DAY TOMORROW HIGH 47

Off  AND  ON SHOWERS TOMORROW NIGHT A LOW OF  42 ON

SUNDAY SCATTERED SHOWERS BUT WARMER A HIGH OF 62

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More than 1600 positive cases in 48 Pennsylvania counties…..Stay at home order expanded….McKean County DA says don’t use 9-1-1 to report non-compliant businesses….Northwest Bank announces new safety procedures take effect Monday…Coudersport school district makes lemonade out of lemons……

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health yesterday confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., March 26, that there were  560 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,687 in 48 counties. The department also reported five new deaths, bringing the statewide death total to 16. County-specific information and a statewide map are on the department’s website. All people are either in isolation at home or being treated at the hospital.

“Our notable increase in cases over the past few days indicate we need everyone to take COVID-19 seriously,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”

Statewide, there are 1,687 cases of COVID-19 reported from commercial, hospital and state labs. There are 16,441 patients who have tested negative, and 16 total deaths. With commercial labs being the primary testing option for most Pennsylvanians, data is not available on the total number of tests pending. All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide at least through April 6.

The Governor’s expanded stay-at-home now includes Lehigh and Northampton counties, bringing total to 10.

 

McKean County District Attorney Stephanie L. Vettenburg-Shafferis asking residents to refrain from reporting non-compliant businesses to 9-1-1.The Governor’s Order required certain businesses to temporarily close their physical operations and the list has been modified over the last few days. Law enforcement has been tasked with enforcement. The District Attorney’s Office, local police chiefs, and state police are in frequent contact and have a protocol for responding to any concerns. Of course, they are also in frequent contact with county and state officials. The 911 Center has received calls from people about area businesses. Any such calls should be directed to the police department in the jurisdiction of that business’s location rather than 911 so the lines are free to receive emergency calls.When the officers receive a complaint about a business (and there have only been a few), they review the list of “life-sustaining businesses” and consider the type ofbusiness that is the subject of the complaint. The list of the type of businesses that are permitted to continue physical operations under the Governor’s Order is available to anyone. It can be found at https://dced.pa.gov/; click on “life-sustaining business list.”

North West Bank announces starting Monday, March 30, 2020, it will  adapt its practices to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and ensure the well-being of customers and employees. Branch lobby hours will be reduced  and in-person banking appointments will be limited  to weekdays between 9 am and 1 pm and Saturday during normal business hours.Drive thru services will remain open ­­­during normal business hours. Branches without drive thrus will remain open by appointment only.

The Coudersport Area School District made lemonade out of lemons. Coudersport teachers and staff are missing students and invited  Teachers were  at the Elementary school from 11:30-12:30 today  to see students who picked  their lunches at a safe distance. Staff invited students to give them a  happy wave! Then from there, starting at 12:30  a car parade took place  around Coudersport. Residents were invited to  stand on their porches and wave the honking cars. People not residing in the borough were invited to park at several locations to join in.