Thursday March 19, 2020

Black Forest Express

Wednesday’s high, 42; Overnight low, 41; .19” of rain

CLOUDY TODAY WITH A HIGH OF 54.

RAIN TONIGHT A LOW OF 51

. SHOWERS ON FRIDAY WITH A HIGH OF 64.

CLOUDS DISSIPATING FRIDAY NIGHT A LOW OF 27

SATURDAY MOSTLY CLEAR, A HIGH OF 39 AND AN OVERNIGHT LOW OF 20.

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Obituary :James “Jim” Burdick, Coudersport (Tidioute)

First coronavirus death reported in Pennsylvania—not cases have occurred yet in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area….Potter County Sheriff suspends pistol permits but still available in McKean County….Bath and Canandaigua VA Medical Centers curtail  visits….Community  Foundation for the Twin Tiers ext4ends scholarship deadline…Area cancer patients will soon have to go to Williamsport for radiation treatments….

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The Wolf Administration has  confirmed the state’s first COVID-19-related death, an adult from Northampton County. This individual was being treated at a hospital.Statewide, there are 133 cases of COVID-19 reported from commercial, hospital and state labs. There are 1,187 patients who have tested negative. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here.The Disease Control and Prevention Act protects the right to privacy and confidentiality of Pennsylvanians, so at this time, there is no additional information available about the patient.

So far, there are no cases in the counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting—Potter, Cameron, McKean, Elk and Tioga although two cases have been confirmed in neighboring Alleany County according to the New York State Department of Health.

Due to COVID19 and the Emergency Declaration issued by the Potter County Commissioners please see the following directives:

The Potter County Sheriff’s Department is suspending the issuance of all pistol permits until April 15, 2020 and the situation will be reevaluated at that time.

The Sheriff sale set for April 2, 2020 will proceed as scheduled.

The June 4, 2020 Sheriff’s Sale is cancelled and the following date of August 6 will be the next scheduled date with a cut off to receive proper paperwork is June 11, 2020.

If you have a Court Emergency or a scheduled Court related hearing, please call (814) 274-9720 prior to coming. Should you be directed to come to Court please come alone.  No one other than the essential people will be given entry into the building.

All information regarding permits as well as civil process can be found on our website at pottercountypa.net.  Click on the Department tab and then click on the Sheriff/Jail Warden tab.

Meanwhile, McKean County Sheriff Dan Woods says he will continue issuing pistol permits and has arranged for jail inmates to use a video program for family visits instead of personal contact. Each inmate will be given the same amount of time for a video visit as he would have regularly.

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System (Bath and Canandaigua VA Medical Centers) is adopting a “NO Visitors” policy for all inpatients, at both locations. No one under 18 will be allowed into the medical centers and should not accompany loved ones to their medical appointment.  Exceptions to this policy will be in compassionate cases, when Veterans are in their last stages of life on hospice units.  Veterans coming in for appointments should call prior to coming in if they are exhibiting flu-like symptoms.In addition, VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System is screening everyone who comes to the medical center at both campuses and at the Community Based Outpatient Clinics.  Entry at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center is through the Fort Hill Avenue entrance. At the Bath VA Medical Center, the entrance is on Veterans Avenue. This effort may delay entry to the building, and we encourage Veterans to arrive earlier for their appointments.In accordance with CDC guidance and VA protocols, people known to be at risk for COVID-19 infection are immediately isolated to prevent potential spread to others.VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System encourages Veterans and staff to take every day preventative actions to avoid being exposed to the virus:       If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, call VA before going to the facility. For more information about the Coronavirus, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The scholarship application deadlines for scholarships administered by the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers have been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus. The Community Foundation coordinates many of its scholarships with the school districts guidance offices. We will continue that coordination.However, until it becomes clearer when those school districts will reopen we will reschedule the scholarship deadlines in coordination with area school districts guidance offices. “Given the situation and uncertainty of when school districts can re-open it simply makes more sense to re-set the deadlines when we have more information,” said Suzanne Lee, President. “When that time comes students and parents may contact their districts guidance offices and the Community Foundation’s website for information.” The Community Foundation serves Bradford, Potter, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Tioga County, NY. It is a purely public charity, incorporated as a non-profit, that has been granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. The CFTT establishes endowment funds from contributions of many individual citizens, corporations, other foundations, other charitable organizations and government agencies for philanthropic purposes. As the endowment funds grow, the earnings from these funds are used to make grants to meet identified community needs or fulfill the desire of the donor. Donors can even make recommendations to the CFTT of the charitable organizations to receive grants. Anyone interested in learning more about the Community Foundation or in establishing a fund can contact the organization by any of these methods: telephone – 570-888-4759; email – slee@twintierscf.org or website – www.twintierscf.org.

 

UPMC Cole’s Patterson Cancer Center will integrate with world-renown UPMC Hillman Cancer Center this fall, to connect local cancer patients with the combined expertise of Hillman’s leading doctors, researchers, and specialty treatments available in Wellsboro, Williamsport, and Pittsburgh. As part of this integration, UPMC Cole will discontinue the radiation oncology program at the hospital on July 31, 2020. “When Cole joined UPMC, a commitment was made to evaluate the services at Patterson Cancer Center and develop a plan to continue to provide comprehensive oncology services to our community,” said Janie Hilfiger, president of UPMC Cole and UPMC Wellsboro. “Over the last two years, our leadership team and board have been working hard to complete this evaluation, carefully considering national best practices, our equipment, staffing, and resources. The decision to discontinue radiation oncology will allow us to focus our efforts on enhancing the medical oncology services at UPMC Cole as part of the integration with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and will ultimately result in better outcomes for our patients.” Current and future local patients in need of radiation oncology can choose to receive the treatment at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport, where the program is best-in-class. “Our radiation oncology program in Williamsport uses state-of-the-art equipment including a new radiation treatment machine called the Edge that became operational in 2019,” said Michelle Gaida, administrative director of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport and Wellsboro. “The Edge offers multiple advanced treatment options that can shorten treatment time and deliver radiation quickly and more precisely to even the smallest tumors.” UPMC Hillman Cancer Center has more than 60 locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Ireland and Italy. Ranked #7 in the country for cancer care, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center serves 114,000 patients each year, and with a wide range of specialties, the center treats virtually all types of adult cancer. Patients have access to more than 440 clinical trials and the latest oncology technology.  More details about this integration will be shared in the coming months. For more information about cancer services at UPMC Cole, visit UPMCCole.org.

Mansfield based state police  released details late yesterday regarding a collision occurring back on March 7 on Route 660 in Richmond Township. According to troopers. The crash occurred as Justin Peters of Galeton and Joshua Coffee of  Wellsboro were both going west when Coffee  attempted  to pass Peters the left hand lane and Peters moved his Dodge Ram to the left lane in front of Coffee’s  Subaru Impreza which hit the rear end of the pickup.  Both units traveled to the southern edge where they came to rest. The operators and a passenger in Coffee’s unit Carrie Frith  of Galeton  escaped injury.

Wednesday’s high, 42; Overnight low, 41; .19” of rain

CLOUDY TODAY WITH A HIGH OF 54.

RAIN TONIGHT A LOW OF 51

. SHOWERS ON FRIDAY WITH A HIGH OF 64.

CLOUDS DISSIPATING FRIDAY NIGHT A LOW OF 27

SATURDAY MOSTLY CLEAR, A HIGH OF 39 AND AN OVERNIGHT LOW OF 20.

 

First coronavirus death reported in Pennsylvania—not cases have occurred yet in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area….Potter County Sheriff suspends pistol permits but still available in McKean County….Bath and Canandaigua VA Medical Centers curtail  visits….Community  Foundation for the Twin Tiers ext4ends scholarship deadline…Area cancer patients will soon have to go to Williamsport for radiation treatments….

The Wolf Administration today confirmed the state’s first COVID-19-related death, an adult from Northampton County. This individual was being treated at a hospital.Statewide, there are 133 cases of COVID-19 reported from commercial, hospital and state labs. There are 1,187 patients who have tested negative. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here.The Disease Control and Prevention Act protects the right to privacy and confidentiality of Pennsylvanians, so at this time, there is no additional information available about the patient.

So far, there are no cases in the counties served by Black Forest Broadcasting—Potter, Cameron, McKean, Elk and Tioga although two cases have been confirmed in neighboring Alleany County according to the New York State Department of Health.

Due to COVID19 and the Emergency Declaration issued by the Potter County Commissioners please see the following directives:

The Potter County Sheriff’s Department is suspending the issuance of all pistol permits until April 15, 2020 and the situation will be reevaluated at that time.

The Sheriff sale set for April 2, 2020 will proceed as scheduled.

The June 4, 2020 Sheriff’s Sale is cancelled and the following date of August 6 will be the next scheduled date with a cut off to receive proper paperwork is June 11, 2020.

If you have a Court Emergency or a scheduled Court related hearing, please call (814) 274-9720 prior to coming. Should you be directed to come to Court please come alone.  No one other than the essential people will be given entry into the building.

All information regarding permits as well as civil process can be found on our website at pottercountypa.net.  Click on the Department tab and then click on the Sheriff/Jail Warden tab.

Meanwhile, McKean County Sheriff Dan Woods says he will continue issuing pistol permits and has arranged for jail inmates to use a video program for family visits instead of personal contact. Each inmate will be given the same amount of time for a video visit as he would have regularly.

Effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System (Bath and Canandaigua VA Medical Centers) is adopting a “NO Visitors” policy for all inpatients, at both locations. No one under 18 will be allowed into the medical centers and should not accompany loved ones to their medical appointment.  Exceptions to this policy will be in compassionate cases, when Veterans are in their last stages of life on hospice units.  Veterans coming in for appointments should call prior to coming in if they are exhibiting flu-like symptoms.In addition, VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System is screening everyone who comes to the medical center at both campuses and at the Community Based Outpatient Clinics.  Entry at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center is through the Fort Hill Avenue entrance. At the Bath VA Medical Center, the entrance is on Veterans Avenue. This effort may delay entry to the building, and we encourage Veterans to arrive earlier for their appointments.In accordance with CDC guidance and VA protocols, people known to be at risk for COVID-19 infection are immediately isolated to prevent potential spread to others.VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System encourages Veterans and staff to take every day preventative actions to avoid being exposed to the virus:       If you have symptoms or have been exposed to someone with symptoms, call VA before going to the facility. For more information about the Coronavirus, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

The scholarship application deadlines for scholarships administered by the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers have been postponed due to the COVID-19 virus. The Community Foundation coordinates many of its scholarships with the school districts guidance offices. We will continue that coordination.However, until it becomes clearer when those school districts will reopen we will reschedule the scholarship deadlines in coordination with area school districts guidance offices. “Given the situation and uncertainty of when school districts can re-open it simply makes more sense to re-set the deadlines when we have more information,” said Suzanne Lee, President. “When that time comes students and parents may contact their districts guidance offices and the Community Foundation’s website for information.” The Community Foundation serves Bradford, Potter, Sullivan, and Tioga Counties in Pennsylvania and Tioga County, NY. It is a purely public charity, incorporated as a non-profit, that has been granted 501(c)(3) status by the IRS. The CFTT establishes endowment funds from contributions of many individual citizens, corporations, other foundations, other charitable organizations and government agencies for philanthropic purposes. As the endowment funds grow, the earnings from these funds are used to make grants to meet identified community needs or fulfill the desire of the donor. Donors can even make recommendations to the CFTT of the charitable organizations to receive grants. Anyone interested in learning more about the Community Foundation or in establishing a fund can contact the organization by any of these methods: telephone – 570-888-4759; email – slee@twintierscf.org or website – www.twintierscf.org.

 

UPMC Cole’s Patterson Cancer Center will integrate with world-renown UPMC Hillman Cancer Center this fall, to connect local cancer patients with the combined expertise of Hillman’s leading doctors, researchers, and specialty treatments available in Wellsboro, Williamsport, and Pittsburgh. As part of this integration, UPMC Cole will discontinue the radiation oncology program at the hospital on July 31, 2020. “When Cole joined UPMC, a commitment was made to evaluate the services at Patterson Cancer Center and develop a plan to continue to provide comprehensive oncology services to our community,” said Janie Hilfiger, president of UPMC Cole and UPMC Wellsboro. “Over the last two years, our leadership team and board have been working hard to complete this evaluation, carefully considering national best practices, our equipment, staffing, and resources. The decision to discontinue radiation oncology will allow us to focus our efforts on enhancing the medical oncology services at UPMC Cole as part of the integration with UPMC Hillman Cancer Center and will ultimately result in better outcomes for our patients.” Current and future local patients in need of radiation oncology can choose to receive the treatment at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport, where the program is best-in-class. “Our radiation oncology program in Williamsport uses state-of-the-art equipment including a new radiation treatment machine called the Edge that became operational in 2019,” said Michelle Gaida, administrative director of UPMC Hillman Cancer Center in Williamsport and Wellsboro. “The Edge offers multiple advanced treatment options that can shorten treatment time and deliver radiation quickly and more precisely to even the smallest tumors.” UPMC Hillman Cancer Center has more than 60 locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Ireland and Italy. Ranked #7 in the country for cancer care, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center serves 114,000 patients each year, and with a wide range of specialties, the center treats virtually all types of adult cancer. Patients have access to more than 440 clinical trials and the latest oncology technology.  More details about this integration will be shared in the coming months. For more information about cancer services at UPMC Cole, visit UPMCCole.org.

Mansfield based state police  released details late yesterday regarding a collision occurring back on March 7 on Route 660 in Richmond Township. According to troopers. The crash occurred as Justin Peters of Galeton and Joshua Coffee of  Wellsboro were both going west when Coffee  attempted  to pass Peters the left hand lane and Peters moved his Dodge Ram to the left lane in front of Coffee’s  Subaru Impreza which hit the rear end of the pickup.  Both units traveled to the southern edge where they came to rest. The operators and a passenger in Coffee’s unit Carrie Frith  of Galeton  escaped injury.

Obituary

James E. “Jim” Burdick, 85, of Coudersport, formerly of Tidioute, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020, at UPMC Cole Skilled Nursing and Rehab, Coudersport, after a short illness.     Born on Thursday, May 10, 1934 in Port Allegany, he was a son of George H. and Carita Mae Campbell Burdick.     Jim was a graduate of Tidioute High School, Class of 1951 and was a 1955 graduate of Pennsylvania State University.  Upon graduation, Jim entered the US Air Force on May 15, 1956 and served until June 30, 1961, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant.  Jim continued with his military career serving in the US Air Force Reserves from 1964 to 1969.     Holding several positions throughout his life, Jim was a chemist for a period of time in Wichita, Kansas, Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Ridgway, Pennsylvania.  For a period of time Jim worked in the powdered metal industry in Ridgway and St. Marys.  For ten years, Jim worked in Johnsonburg at the paper factory and lastly he worked for Caldwell’s Manufacturing in Emporium.     Jim enjoyed gardening, coin collecting, taking walks, astronomy, reading and continuous lifelong learning.     Surviving are two sisters, Alice L. Carpenter of Bradford and Ilene L. (Karl) Altenhein of Mina; a brother, Frederick Alan (Emilia) Burdick of Emporium; three nieces; four nephews; and a grandnephew.     In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by a brother, David G. Burdick.     In keeping with Jim’s wishes there will be no public visitation.  Friends are invited to join Jim’s family at 11 am on Friday, March 20, 2020, at the Norwich Cemetery, Colegrove, for a time of sharing and reflection.     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coudersport Public Library, 502 Park Avenue, Coudersport, PA 16915 or a charity of the donor’s choice.     Jim’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.     To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jim, please visit www.virgllhowardfuneralhome.com or the funeral home Facebook page, Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home.