Wednesday October 24, 2018

The server for Black Forest Broadcasting at North Central Internet was off line for several  hours Tuesday and Wednesday. When it was re-booted entries between June 27 and October 22 were deleted. We don’t know if we can get them back from North Central or if we will have to enter them ourselves. This goes for everything including calendar. The situation  is further complicated because Tri-County REC today advised they are going to have a planned power outage tomorrow. We will do what we can as fast as we can and we appreciate your patience.



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Law which would require electronic prescriptions for opioids awaits governor’s signature…..Meth use reportedly on increase in Potter County…..State police are increasing their practice of not releasing names in DUI and harassment cases even though details are public information….

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Rep. Tedd Nesbit (R-Mercer/Butler) SAYS that legislation he sponsored to require opioids to be prescribed electronically will not only bring consistency in the way prescriptions are filled, but will also prevent the fraudulent use of prescription pads to fuel the opioid crisis.
Nesbit authored the bill because under current state law, opioids must be prescribed by hand, which lends itself to fraudulent use and theft. His House Bill 353 would require opioids to be prescribed electronically, allowing doctors to send their orders directly to the patient’s pharmacy and preventing handwritten prescriptions from being used fraudulently or stolen. Providers can prescribe other medications electronically already.
Nesbit added. “In fact, electronic prescriptions may even provide greater convenience for patients, who would not have to pick up a prescription from their doctor, deliver it to the pharmacy and wait for it to be filled. It can be prescribed and transmitted like all other prescriptions.”
Another benefit of e-prescribing is that the tracking of the prescription can go directly to the prescription drug monitoring database, implemented last year, to ensure that only those who have a legitimate medical need for these prescriptions can access them.

Once reaching the desk of the governor, he has 10 days to act on the legislation. The proposed law was sent to the governor on October 17.
During the October 11 board meeting, Potter County Commissioner Paul Heimel reported that DA Andy Watson and Drug and Alcohol Director Colleen Wilbur day the use of methamphetamine has increased in the county since opioids are becoming less available. Meth manufacturing can be very dangerous as some of the ingredients are volatile. A misstep can lead to an explosion and fire which has happened a few times in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area.

Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris  reports Leaf pick up has begun in Coudersport Borough She acts that resident s rake leaves to curb and remember Mr. Leafy can’t pick up shrubs, branches or flowers.

Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) presented Benjamin Wolf with a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in recognition of him attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. Benjamin, age 14, is a member of Troop 106 in Mansfield and the son of Josh Wolf and Dawn Hull. For his Eagle Scout project, he designed and built a primitive campsite consisting of a lean-to, a fire pit and four benches on Loop Trail at the Mill Cove Environmental Area.

Area state police seem to be going down a slippery slope by not reporting names in their news releases, even though the details are public information. Coudersport based state police have not yet released details about a water truck accident on Route 6 in Sweden Township Saturday morning. Troopers at Coudersport say they are continuing to investigate a harassment allegedly taking place on the afternoon of October 9 at 457 Route 6 West in Eulalia Township. Authorities say Brenda Beveridge, 67 of Bradford, was punched during an argument but they did not release the name of the suspect. Ridgway based state police did not reveal the name of a 24 year old Force, PA man accused of assaulting a 25 year old Force, PA woman during an argument at a residence on Pine Avenue in Jay Township last Friday evening. Both Smethport resident involved in a dispute Saturday morning in Keating Township, McKean County remain nameless. State police at Kane report a 23 year old and a 51 year old woman are facing harassment charges for a disagreement which resulted in numerous items being broken at a home on Route 46. DUI charges are pending against another Smethport resident whose name was not disclosed. Troopers claim when they stopped a 1999 Ford Explorer for a summary traffic violation in Port Allegany early Sunday morning and determined the 40 year old man had been driving under the influence. A 43 year old Eldred woman is also facing DUI charges. State police at Kane allege when they pulled over the driver at the intersection of Route 155 and Route 446 in Eldred Township early Saturday morning, they determined she was driving under the influence..