Friday June 5, 2020

Thursday’s high,80; Overnight low, 64; .33” of rain





PC Commissioners confirm two more cases of Covid-19… PA has a 69% recovery rate…..Rep. Causer will resume veterans’ representatives sessions….Farmers market open this afternoon in Coudersport…..Virtual trail hike planned for tomorrow in Cameron County…Coudersport volunteer fire department will have a drive-thru chicken bbq Saturday…No foul play suspected in death of North Carolina man at Stevenson Dam…Eldred man accused of threatening another…Theft of items from Mills, PA residence investigated by State Police

This is not what we wanted to hear there’s been an increase in COVID-19 cases in the region. Commissioner Barry Hayman announced yesterday that there are now two more cases here in Potter county and he’s asking people to continue to mask up and follow  the CDC guidelines. “I do want to refer to the fact that we are now at the end of our first week and the green phase and originally wanted to say how blessed we are with only four confirmed cases of COVID. And no fatalities. And the sure you plan to say something. News changes that. And we were told this morning, we have two more cases of COVID confirmed but we’re so blessed because we have no fatalities in the county. And I guess what’s prompting me to say this or to bring this up is that I know we’re all tired of hearing and learning and talking about and dealing with COVID but it doesn’t care. It doesn’t go away. It’s a virus and we have to be mindful of that, I had a friend email me last week late last week with  the slogan that ‘if you care you wear’ and and I guess what’s bringing me to this point is more and more, I’m seeing fewer and fewer folks masking up. Now the beauty is we live in an area where you don’t have to be masked very long. usually only when you go to the store or in town unless of course you’re an employee and a business that requires you to, to wear a mask and that is difficult. And while we’re blessed in so many ways, there are some of us that are still suffering. And we’re all cognizant of that. If you’re a business man or woman and had to close down and lost your source of income, or if you’re an employee of those businesses and were furloughed, that’s  a severe price to pay. And again, we’re mindful of that. But I get a little discouraged when I hear people get upset about the fact they feel that their rights are being somehow infringed upon by being asked to wear a mask. And it really belies the point the fact that we have two more cases were notified this morning, belies the fact that this is not an infringement on anybody civil rights. This is a simple public health request. And by wearing a mask, you’re demonstrating probably in the most simplest form and the most basic form, human kindness and concern for others.”

Potter County  Commissioner Barry Heyman announcing the  county now has six cases. You can hear the complete discussion about COVID-19 by the Potter County Commissioners during yesterday’s meeting, on our website, Black Forest Elsewhere around the region, Tioga has 19; McKean, 13 Elk 6; Potter 6; and Cameron 2. Across the border in New York State, Allegany County has 49 and Cattaraugus has gone up to 91.




The Department of Health distributed the fourth shipment of the investigational antiviral medication, remdesivir, to treat patients in the hospital with COVID-19. Yesterday, 4,400 doses of medication were sent to 73 hospitals. The federal government distributed the shipment to the department on Wednesday, June 3 and this entire allotment has been shipped to Pennsylvania hospitals.

The Department of Health first distributed 1,200 doses of the medication to 51 hospitals across Pennsylvania on May 12. A second round of 7,938 doses was sent to 79 hospitals on May 15 and May 18, and a third round was distributed to 81 hospitals on May 22. The hospitals that have received these shipments were determined based on the number of COVID-19 patients at the hospital over a recent seven-day period, and the severity of the illness of those patients based on whether they are on a ventilator. The department will continue to work with its federal partners to acquire more doses of this medication to serve more patients across Pennsylvania.

Remdesivir is given to a patient through an IV once per day for up to 10 days, depending on how critically ill the patient is. According to the FDA, remdesivir may help decrease the amount of coronavirus in the body, which may lead to a faster recovery.

Meanwhile The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 4, that there are 537 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 73,942. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

There are 5,817 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 75 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website. There are 618 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 416,942 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 15,848 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,740 cases among employees, for a total of 18,588 at 613 distinct facilities in 45 counties. Out of the total deaths, 3,895 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 5,601 of our total cases are in health care workers.

In an effort to ensure area veterans receive the services and support they need, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced he will resume hosting a veterans service representative from the American Legion at his local offices this month.

Appointments by phone are encouraged; however, in-person appointments are also available. To protect the health and safety of veterans and staff, only one appointment will be scheduled per hour to allow for cleaning and social distancing. To avoid overlap with others, veterans should not arrive early for their appointments. At the request of the Legion representative, they also must wear a mask.




The schedule is as follows:

Kane office: Wednesday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Kane office is located at 55 Fraley St. Please call 814-837-0880 to schedule an appointment.

Bradford office: Wednesday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Bradford office is located at 78 Main St., first floor. Please call 814-362-4400 to schedule an appointment.

Coudersport office: Thursday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Coudersport office is located at 107 S. Main St. Please call 814-274-9769 to schedule an appointment.

Assistance is available with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. Veterans need not be a member of the American Legion to participate.

The Potter county Farmer’s Market is open  from 1 pm to 5 pm today. Here is a list of who will be there and what they plan on bringing.

Card Creek Bakery will bring a variety of fresh homemade bread, and in addition, will bring a few assorted greens.

Barbara’s Creations will be there with bags, scarves, zipper jewelry, baby shoes, and puppets.

Mahlon Davenport will be bringing woodcrafts, bowls, bird houses and feeders, cutting boards, etc., as well as rhubarb.

Mike Thompson will be bringing really nice beet greens, spinach, radishes, Spring onions, and  lettuce, as well as Rough Ryder Brand knives and will be doing knife sharpening.

Miles Farm Produce will be there with Rhubarb, Asparagus & Parsley.

Blue Marble Farm will be there with Mini Romaine Lettuce, French Breakfast Radishes, Green Garlic and more. We will also have a few vegetable plants and Black Raspberry plants.

Card Creek Wine will be there with an assortment of artisan wines.

The Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department will have a chicken barbecue starting at 11 and continuing until gone. Drive through pick up. $10 for a dinner; $7 for a half.

Saturday  is National Trails Day.  A virtual hike is planned in Cameron County.  Participants are encouraged to select a trail in the county and take a selfie.  Use the hashtags #NationalTrailsDay and #HikeCameronCounty when posting to social media.  The chamber of commerce will randomly select winners from the posts. “This is one event where you can social distance,”  says executive director Tina Solak.  The chamber is continuing to plan for a golf outing and Weekend in the Wilds.  Admitting both of those events may look different as the chamber will follow the Covid-19 guidelines from the PA Department of Health.





Emporium based state police say no foul play is suspected in the death of 75 year old Richard Zemencik of Pinehurst North Carolina whose body was found Wednesday evening north of the Boat Launch area at Sinnemahoning State Park.. State police were assisted at the scene by several area emergency departments.

State Police at Lewis Run, have arrested a 22 year old Eldred man for criminal mischief. Authorities claim that when they went to a report of a domestic incident on Edson street in Eldred borough Sunday morning, they found the hood of a 2011 Chevrolet belonging to a 55 year old Eldred  man damaged and charges have been brought against are being brought against the 22 year old suspect, whose name was not released.

 A Kane driver escaped injury in a car deer collision occurring early Monday morning on Route 321. In Wetmore Township McKean County, Rochelle Causer, was driving a Dodge Caravan north when several deer came onto the highway Causer overcompensated causing the vanV to go off the road and strike a guardrail.

A 26 year old Eldred resident as been arrested for harassment for an incident allegedly taking place Tuesday afternoon on the Coleville  Road in Ott Township. Authorities claim that the suspect whose name was also not released, antagonized and threatened a 51 year old man and charges are being filed in District Court

 A criminal mischief occurring at 136 School Street in Wetmore Township, McKean County is being probed by troopers at Lewis Run. Someone vandalized a roadway  at that location Tuesday.

Troopers at Lewis Run are also investigating a forgery taking place earlier this week. A fraudulent check had been withdrawn from an account belonging to a 28 year old Kane woman in the amount of $42.000.

Troopers at Lewis Run are also investigating a pornography/ obscene material incident occurring sometime since early March of possible child pornography in Lewis Run Borough.

 Coudersport based State Police are investigating a burglary taking place on Route 49 West in Harrison Township Monday. An  empty red gallon gas tank and catalytic converter were stolen from property owned by Bruce Madison of Mills. Anyone with information about that the left is asked to call the state police barracks had 814-274-8690