Black Forest Express
Monday’s high, 53; Overnight low, 25
OVERCAST TODAY HIGH 44
CLOUDY TONIGHT AND LOW 37
OVERCAST WITH SOME SCATTERED SHOWERS.
TOMORROW A HIGH OF 51
RAIN TOMORROW NIGHT
A LOW OF 42
POSSIBLE MORNING SHOWERS ON FRIDAY AN EARLY HIGH OF 50 TEMPERATURES DROPPING
A LOW OF 28 OVERNIGHT
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Obituary: William “Bill” Ceccacci, Blossburg (Ulysses)
Causer sponsors bill to increase broadband service in rural areas……Department of health explains quarantine and isolation…..Wilcox man arrested for strangulating a woman….Weedville man accused of stealing vehicle part…..vandalism to tractor trailer probed in Tioga County…..
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As Tri-Co Connections prepares to put its first customers online in the Tri County Rural Electric . cooperatives service area’ working to bring broadband services to the state’s rural communities, Reps. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) and George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) have introduced the Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program.“Access to high-speed internet is not a luxury but a necessity for our students and teachers, our farmers and business owners, and our doctors and patients,” Causer said. “This proposal will address one of the biggest challenges to broadband expansion by providing some much-needed funding for the unserved and underserved areas of the Commonwealth.”House Bill 2348 seeks to repeal the Mobile Telecommunications Broadband Investment Tax Credit. This credit is limited to $5 million per year and is available to mobile telecommunication providers to invest in broadband equipment in Pennsylvania. The $5 million would instead be directed toward a grant program.“As part of our annual Performance Based Budgeting process each year, the Independent Fiscal Office found approximately 90% of the spending incentivized with this tax credit would have occurred without it,” said Dunbar, who serves as vice chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. “We can put this funding to work in a far better way in the form of a competitive grant program to promote investment in some of the areas most in need of broadband service.”Under the bill, the grant program would be administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Along with the $5 million appropriation called for in the bill, additional state and federal funding could be directed to the account and used for grant awards.Entities eligible for grants would include nongovernmental entities with the technical, managerial and financial expertise to design, build and operate high-speed broadband service infrastructure within this Commonwealth; and rural electric cooperatives or local development districts in the Commonwealth. Any nongovernmental entity that qualifies for a grant would have to invest from its own funds at least 25% of the project cost.Preference would be given to projects in the most unserved areas of the Commonwealth as defined by the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum speed requirements and to projects that already have federal funding allocated to them.The bill was introduced with 20 cosponsors
The Pennsylvania Department of Health this afternoon provided an update on COVID-19 and confirmed one additional presumptive positive case of COVID-19, the first in Philadelphia County, bringing the statewide total to 12. This patient is in isolation at home.
“Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who may have a contagious disease,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians should know that we are taking every precaution to keep our communities safe. If someone is sick with COVID-19, they are in isolation at home or at a hospital and getting medical care. If someone is in quarantine, they have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19 and are at home to limit exposure to the community.”
Isolation separates people who are sick with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Isolation is usually voluntary, but in an emergency, the department has the authority to isolate people who are sick.
Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. If someone is in quarantine, they may not become sick. Quarantines can also be voluntary, but in an emergency or disease outbreak, the department has the authority to require someone to be quarantined if they come in contact with someone who has an infectious disease.
“While we anticipate that there will be more Pennsylvanians with COVID-19 in the coming days and weeks, it is important for residents to know the commonwealth is prepared and to be prepared themselves,” Dr. Levine said. “Right now, you have a higher chance of testing positive for COVID-19 if you have traveled to a country or state with known community outbreaks or have come in contact with someone who has the virus. We are working with the health care community across Pennsylvania to keep them informed, consult on patient testing and ensuring they have the resources they need to care for patients.”
To date, there are more than 116,000 cases worldwide, including more than 4,000 deaths. There are 761 cases and 27 deaths to date in the United States. The department expects cases to continue to be confirmed in the upcoming days and weeks but wants everyone to take action to help prevent the spread of the virus. The department also said due to the rapidly changing nature of the spread of COVID-19 around the world, it is important for families to be prepared.
Troopers at Ridgway have arrested 35 year old Roger Vonarx of Wilcox for strangulation following an argument occurring February 23 on Old Kane Road in Jones Township. Authorities claim that Vonarx choked a 47 year old Wilcox woman while they were arguing and threw her to the floor.
State police at Ridgeway have also arrested 25 year old Dylan Carnahan of Weedville for theft of vehicle parts. Police allege Carnahan removed a catalytic converter from a BMW parked in the lot at the Fence garage in Force, PAon February 25 and charges have been filed in District Court.
Mansfield base State Police are investigating vandalism done to a semi- trailer on Route 49 at the Route 15 South intersection in Lawrence Township Tioga county last Thursday evening While the truck driver was inside a store, someone cut an air hose to the Western Express trailer being hauled by an International Harvester. Anyone with information is asked to call Mansfield based state police at 570-662-2151. The airline hose is valued at $100.
William L. “Bill” Ceccacci, afectionately known as Scratch, 87, of Blossburg, formerly of Ulysses, passed away Monday, March 9, 2020 at Broad Acres Nursing Home, Wellsboro.Bill was born on March 18, 1932 in Philadelphia, a first generation Italian American, the son of the late Guglielmo and Vincenza (DeSimone) Ceccacci. On Oct. 13, 1962, in Philadelphia, He married the former Bridget M. Brown and celebrated 47+ years of marriage until her passing on September 16, 2010. Bill worked as a computer engineer for Girard Bank & Burrous Corp., Philadelphia, later he worked as a maintenance technician for National Fuel Gas. He was an Army veteran serving in Germany during the Korean War. Bill was a member of St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Coudersport, was a Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, a life member of the Liberty Veterans of Foreign War, Post 6755, he enjoyed fishing and crabbing and was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. Surviving are a daughter, Vicki (David) Johnson of Coudersport; sons, Vince (Norma) Ceccacci of Blossburg; Vaughn (Lauren) Ceccacci of Hughesville; and Michael (Susan) Rash of Scotch Plains, NJ; sisters, Yolanda Krywucki of Philadelphia; and Antoinette (Robert) Durian of Blue Bell; grandchildren; Nicolas Ceccacci, Nicolena Ceccacci, Emily Edling, Kevin Johnson, Kimberly Johnson, Brody Rash and Dean Rash.At Bill’s wishes there will be no visitation or services. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Bill’s name can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.
The family has entrusted the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home 210 North East St. Coudersport, PA 16915 with his arrangements.