Monday June 1, 2020

Sunday’s high, 64; Overnight low 30







In lieu of traditional Commencement Exercises,  due to Covid-19 Coudersport High

School Seniors paraded through the town Saturday afternoon  and were greeted by proud

parents, granddparents and members of the community. The Courthouse Square was 

adorned with photographic posters of each senior. Oswayo Valley Seniors participated in a parade

Through Shinglehouse Friday night.

June 1, 2020

Tuesday is the postponed Primary Election in Pennsylvania Area Counties to Receive More Than $6 Million in CARES Act Funds…One new case reported in Tioga County…..Cattsraugus County now has 88 cases….Potter County Fair canceled this year….Artisan center re-opening this week…..shooting death of Black New York State resident probed in Tioga County….Police investigate two high speed chases…..

Tomorrow is the postponed primary election day here in Pennsylvania. Republicans and Democrats will be selecting  their party’s nominees for president, Pennsylvania Attorney General Auditor General and Treasurer, congressman, state senate, representative in the General Assembly, delegates to national conventions and committee men and women. Polls will be open from 7am to 8pm. Tuesday, the election was moved to June 2 due to the corona virus, Pennsylvania will be closely watched as it is the first time that people can mail in their votes without having to indicate illness or being away from their voting district.

Cameron, McKean and Potter counties will collectively receive more than $6 million in federal coronavirus relief funds under legislation approved by the House on Thursday according to  Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint).

Senate Bill 1108 directs the money to be distributed based on population with no county receiving less than $1 million. Under the bill, McKean County will receive $3.67 million, Potter County will receive $1.49 million and Cameron County will receive $1 million.

Eligible uses of funds include: offsetting cost of direct county emergency response; small business assistance; programs to support local economic development entities; assistance to cities, borough, towns or townships for costs related to the emergency including planning; behavioral health and drug and alcohol abuse treatment services; nonprofit assistance programs; and broadband internet deployment.

The county block grant funding is part of a $2.6 billion appropriation of federal coronavirus relief funds. The bill also includes $225 million for a Statewide Small Business Assistance Program; $632 million for nursing homes, long-term care and personal care; $10 million for food assistance programs; and $50 million for volunteer fire companies and emergency medical service (EMS) companies.

Pennsylvania received these funds from the federal government through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. This act provides necessary emergency relief to Americans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senate Bill 1108 has been approved by both chambers of the Legislature and is now awaiting the governor’s signature.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 31, that there are 511 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 71,926. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting area have increased by 1. Tioga County now has 17; McKean County has 12; Elk, 6; Potter 4 and Cameron 2. ,Across the border. Cattaraugus now has 88 while Allegany County is holding at 44.

There are 5,555 total deaths inP ennsylvania attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 18 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available here.

There are 620 patients who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure, which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 383,111 patients who have tested negative to date.

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 15,486 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,659 cases among employees, for a total of 18,145 at 609 distinct facilities in 44 counties. Out of our total deaths, 3,540 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found on the department’s website.

Approximately 5,455 of the  total cases are in health care workers. Pennsylvania has a recovery rate of 64%.

Here are a couple of items related to the Coronavirus. The Potter County Fair Association Board of Directors regrettably announced that the fair will not be held this year. They’re looking forward to resuming the popular event next summer and issued this statement. “The board of directors of The Potter County Fair Association has made the decision to not move forward with the 2020 Potter County Fair, this is to include the Jr. Livestock Auction for 2020. The board has invested a great deal of time and energy gathering information from various sources prior to making this decision. This decision was made taking into account all aspects of the fair. We considered the safety and well being of all our volunteers, exhibitors, vendors and attendees. Given the CDC regulations and the Governor’s order of no gatherings greater than 250 individuals, we feel there is no way for us to continue this year. Other factors involved with our decision were liability and financial issues brought about by the Corona Pandemic. Given these unprecedented circumstances, there is no decision that we could have made to the satisfaction of the community at large and all parties involved.

While we realize not everyone will agree with this decision, it has been made with the best of intentions. The Fair Board of Directors is very disappointed to have to make this decision. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and continued support as we maneuver through these troubled times.

We look forward to seeing you all in 2021.”

The Potter County Artisan  Center, located at 227 North Main Street in  Coudersport , re-open  this Wednesday, however, visitors are asked to wear masks and follow CDC guidelines.

Mansfield based State Police are investigating a criminal homicide taking place at around 3am yesterday, outside of Fred’s Woodshed in Tioga Township, Tioga County. Jahrell Jenkins. 20, of Elmira, a black man was gunned down outside the bar.Police say the investigation is ongoing and more details will be released later but anyone with information about the shooting death are asked to call State Police at 570.662. 2151

 Troopers at Mansfield have arrested 20 year old Joel Hutchinson of Emperor’s New York for fleeing and eluding police say that they initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle for speeding on Route 15 North about four miles prior to the Canoe Camp exit.  During the stop, the vehicle fled and a  pursuit was initiated. The 2011 Chevy Camaro traveled about 20 miles before stopping just across the New York state border. Hutchinson was taken into custody and charges were bound through District Court including fleeing and eluding, reckless endangerment of another person and multiple offenses.

Sweden Township and state police are continuing to investigate a chase taking place last Wednesday evening in Ulysses Borough. The  chase began when chief Bryan Phelps tried to stop a blue sedan as it fled south on Main Street in Ulysses,  and then went onto South Street through a private farm drive and over the hill to Lehman Hollow Road and continued into Hector Township. While fleeing the suspect vehicle passed individuals along the highway at high speeds.  At the end of Lehman hollow road, it made a turn  towards Loucks  Mills road, approximately one to one and a half miles from the Lehman Hollow Road intersection, the suspect rammed and drove through a logging gate and continued about two miles into the woods where the vehicle became disabled and the suspects fled on foot. One was taken into custody . The vehicle had to be removed by Gaines  Garage. However, the second suspect has not been located. Anyone with information about the incident or the suspect is asked to contact the Sweden Township police department or state police at 274 8690.

A Coudersport  driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash occurring last Wednesday afternoon in Lawrence township Tioga  County.  State Police at Mansfield report Heather Wargo was going east on Buckwheat Hollow Road when a deer came onto the road in front of her GMC Yukon. She tried to avoid hitting the deer by applying the brakes and swerving around it.  She missed a deer but the  The SUV went out of control, traveled off the road and struck a tree.

State Police at Ridgway are charging 25 year old Benjamin Johnson of Johnsonburg for setting fire to his own house at 142 Harrison Avenue in Johnsonburg Sunday afternoon. Police say that when they investigated they found  that the fire was started intentionally . Johnson was taken into custody and arraigned.  Estimated damage is $50,000