Wednesday June 3, 2020

Tuesday’s high, 77; low 67; 1.25” of rain overnight from a thunderstorm







Voter turnout was said to be light across the state. For yesterday’s primary election and yesterday’s only regional contest Cris Dush appears to be the winner for the Republican nomination for state senate with an unofficial lead of a two to one margin or 68% of the vote to defeat Herman Supalizo if Dush’s  victory holds,( he had an unofficial lead of 10,000 votes). He will face Democrat Margie Brown in November, in  a contest to replace outgoing Senator Joe Scarnati,  a Republican who has served the 25th senatorial district for many years.  Brown was unopposed in the Democratic primary. The 25th senatorial district encompasses all of the counties in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area. This was the first election where voters could mail in ballots without having to be absent from their voting district. Governor Tom Wolf has extended the deadline for mail in ballots to be counted by one week.

 The COVID-19 has resulted in high unemployment rates across the nation and it is no exception here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Potter County went from  9% in March to 15.7% in April, McKean  County saw an increase from 8% to 18.6%;. Cameron County  went from 9% to 24.7% Tioga County went up from 7.4 to 15.4%. And Elk county which had the worst rate in Pennsylvania, went up from 7.8% to 25.7%. During the period, Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate was 15.1% while  the national figure jumped to 14.7%.  Center county had the best rate in Pennsylvania but of course it also went up from 4.5% to 10.4%.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12am. Yesterday, there are 612 additional positive cases of COVID-19 bringing the statewide total 270 2894 all 67 counties in Pennsylvania Have COVID 19th here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area, the total has gone up with the addition of another case in Tioga County making their total 19. The King County has 12 cases elk six, Potter four and Cameron county two in nearby New York State kind of wrongness catalog is kind of held steady at 89. Well, Allegheny has gone up to 48 cases, there are 5667 total deaths and Pennsylvania attributed to COVID-19. An increase of 100 new deaths county specific information is available on the health department’s website. There are 616 patients who have a positive serology tests and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high risk exposure which are considered probable cases and not confirmed cases. There are 399,361 patients have tested negative to date and a Pennsylvania has a recovery rate of 60 7% most of the patients hospitalized are 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older in nursing and personal care homes. There are 15,660 resident cases of COVID-19 and 2696 cases among employees for total 18,356 at 609 distinct facilities in 44 counties, none of them here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area. Out of the total deaths 30 597 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 50, 523 of the total cases are in health care workers .

Things are beginning to return. The Nessmuck Rod and Gun Club members will meet tonight at seven o’clock outdoors at the club pavilion near Wellsboro to  allow for social distancing.

The Red Cross we’ll have a blood mobile tomorrow at the First Church of God on Main Street in Eldred from 1 to 5:30pm. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face covering or mask while after drive. Donors are asked to make temperature checks and practice social distancing. All donors through the month will receive a $5 gift card from Amazon. All types of blood are needed. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of ID are required. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states 16 with parental consent must weigh at least 110 pounds and being generally good health.   High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

 And a phased reopening of the FW Gunzburger County Office building by the Potter County Commissioners took effect on Monday in compliance with the green phase of Governor Tom Wolfe Corona virus pandemic executive order. Public health and safety measures are in effect access is limited To the main street entrance, where masks and hand sanitizer are available. Many services can be accessed remotely through telephone or the internet. The Potter county commissioners will be meeting on Thursday at 11am. During the green phase of the executive order the public can also participate in person or by telephone.  If you wish to participate by phone dial 814-274-0844 and enter the PIN 1144 77 when prompted

The Coudersport volunteer Fire Department will have a drive- thru chicken barbecue Saturday at the fire hall beginning at 11am and continuing until gone. $10 for dinner $7 for a half.

 Coudersport based state police are continuing to investigate a domestic violence assault allegedly occurring on May 24 at around 2pm at a home on Reed Run Road in Keating Township.  A 39 year old Emporium woman told police that she had been assaulted by a known male at that location. The  investigation is continuing.

Car/ deer encounters continue to plague area motorists. A Smethport  motorcyclist was injured Sunday afternoon on the Glen Hazel Road in Jones Township, Elk County when his Harley Davidson Heritage softail hit a deer while he was negotiating a right hand curve the motorcycle hit the deer and Marshall Shunk  was flown by helicopter to UPMC Hamot  for treatment of serious injuries.

Emporium  based a police report that an elderly Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania man escaped injury in a car/ deer accident occurring Monday afternoon on Route 120 in Gibson Township. 75 year old Michael Zampogna was going east on a curve when he noticed a deer crossing the road, Zampogna tried to swerve to avoid contact but  his Chevy Avalanche went off the road and into a ditch, struck a log and continued on for a short distance before coming to final rest against another log.

Mansfield based state police say that a driver escaped injury with a collision with a deer on Route 49  in Lawrence Township Monday morning. The GMC Yukon was going west on Route 49 when it struck a deer which had entered the highway.  There was only minor damage reported and no injuries so the accident is considered a “non reportable”.

A criminal trespass occurring Sunday afternoon at 16 Pleasant Valley Road in Pike Township Potter County was investigated by troopers at the Coudersport barracks.  Someone driving  a 2004 Jeep trespassed on land belonging to Michael Kelly of Galeton.  The suspect left the scene before police arrived and the investigation is continuing.