Thursday June 4, 2020

Wednesday’s high, 77; Overnight low, 54; .16” of rain








Mindee Lyon, left, development manager for the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank’s Healthy Food Hub in Williamsport, accepts a $20,000 check from Bobbi Kilmer, president and CEO of Claverack Rural Electric Cooperative, and Craig Eccher, president and CEO of Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative. The donation will be used to fill COVID-19 crisis response boxes with food products that the Food Bank will distribute to area food pantries. The donation included $5,000 from each electric cooperative, along with $10,000 in matching funds from Co-Bank, a cooperative bank that offers financial services to cooperatives, including Claverack and Tri-County, across rural America.

 It’s almost Mountain Laurel time…Claverack, Tri-County Electric team up to support Central Pennsylvania Food Bank….DOH releases Dental Health guidance….number of cases in PA now over 73,000 with a 68% recovery rate…Red Cross Bloodmobile this afternoon in Eldred….Ridgway passenger arrested for drug possession…Minor injuries reported for Elkland driver….

 The breathtaking scenery transitions into our well-known dark skies that are filled with glorious stars. Fresh, clean air fills your lungs with the reminder that nature is doing her magic to restore and revitalize us even during our toughest times .Each year June brings the beautiful blooms of Pennsylvania’s state flower, the Mountain Laurel appear. While Mountain Laurel are celebrated across the region as these perennial blossoms fill the landscape with hues of violet and pink, Wellsboro annually hosts the state’s Mountain Laurel Festival each year but this year due to Covid-19 concerns, festivities are being curtailed (check out the event page on the website for updates –

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has released an update to the dental health care guidance as part of the commonwealth’s phased COVID-19 reopening plan. This guidance allows dental health care providers the ability to safely provide oral healthcare, including routine cleanings.

“This latest update provides dentists the opportunity to resume non-emergency dental care, including routine care, if they can provide it safely,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine. As more dental procedures are performed during the phased reopening, dentists should prioritize dental care for the highest need, most vulnerable patients first.”

Dental providers should follow protocols outlined by the CDCOpens In A New Window for all procedures. Providers should ensure they have the appropriate amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies to support their patient volume. The appropriate level of PPE, according to CDC guidance, must be available for all dental care practitioners including dental hygienists prior to providing any dental treatment. Providers should regularly check CDC guidance when providing care as recommendations and guidance could change frequently

All patients should be screened for symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving at the practice and social distancing should be maintained while in the practice. Patients should wash or sanitize their hands frequently and wear a mask when not undergoing treatment. Tele-density should continue when possible as patients may be able to be treated virtually.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 3, that there are 511 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 73,405. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. There are 5,742 total deaths in Pennsylsvania  attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 75 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

Things are returning. The  Red Cross is having a blood mobile today at the the First Church of God on Main Street in Eldred from one 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 and are asked to make temperature checks and practice social distancing. All donors throughout the month of June will receive a $5 gift card from Amazon.

Saturday is National Trails Day and a virtual hike is planned in Cameron County. Participants are encouraged to select a trail in the county and take a selfie. Use the hashtag national trails day and hashtag hike Cameron county when posting to social media, the Chamber of Commerce will randomly select winners from the posts.

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

 Ridgway based the police have arrested 21 year old Frederick Moore  of Ridgeway for possession of drug paraphernalia. Troopers pulled  a 2008 Chevrolet Impala over Monday evening on Boot Jack Road and Shelvy Summit Road in Ridgway Township for a traffic violation .Officers  say they noticed marijuana smoke emanating from the vehicle drug paraphernalia was seen, the passenger 21 year old Frederick Moore of Ridgeway was arrested for having drug paraphernalia. He was taken  to the barracks where he was fingerprinted and photographed. Charges are pending. In District Court.

Mansfield based state police report and Elkland man received minor injuries in  a one vehicle crash occurring back on May 23 at  around 9pm on Route 49 in Nelson Township, Tyler Heffner was driving a Dodge Stratus and was stopped at the intersection of Cummings Creek Road and Route 49. While attempting to make a left turn on the 49 and for unknown reason, Hefner lost control of the vehicle, which traveled north on Route 49 and struck the guardrail on the far side of the highway. Coming to final rest facing Northwest. He was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries

Troopers at Mansfield report another car deer encounter.  A Binghamton, New York driver escaped injury when his 2014 Infiniti hit deer on Route 15 in Richmond Township, Tioga  County Tuesday afternoon. Edward Mungo was traveling north when the deer bounded onto the highway in front of the SUV. Mungo was unable to avoid the collision but was not hurt.