Wednesday June 10, 2020

Tuesday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 68; sprinkles






State parks re-opening in phases….number of cases remains steady in the Black Forest Broadcasting area…. Deaths declining in PA…..Public hearing on Potter County’s application for DCED coronavirus program…..Kersey man arrested for DUI…

 Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn has announced the phased reopening of state parks and forest facilities continues Friday, June 5, in southeast and northeast Pennsylvania in line with Governor Tom Wolf’s direction to ensure Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation and help maintain positive physical and mental health. Facilities in 19 state parks will be reopening as the following counties move from the red to yellow phases of the state’s phased reopening plan:











The secretary noted state park swimming pools will remain closed through Friday, June 12.  Some pools in yellow phase and green phase counties will reopen on Saturday, June 13.

Capacity at beaches and pools will be limited to 50 percent of the normal facility capacity, the secretary noted. Mitigation measures will be in place, including restricting visitor parking, controlling facility access, social distancing and the wearing of face masks when not in the water. All Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance remains in effect.

Dunn reminded visitors lifeguards are on duty at beaches at two state parks: Fuller Lake, at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Cumberland County, and Presque Isle State Park, Erie County.

Because of necessary maintenance work, swimming pools at Ryerson Station State Park, Greene County, and Codorus State Park, York County will not be opening for the 2020 season.

At the 19 state parks in the latest counties moving from red to yellow phase, Dunn said family campground sites and park offices are among facilities reopening. State forest district offices, including William Penn, are now open.


Facilities such as cabins, cottages, lodges, and yurts will be opening statewide Friday, June 12. In all DCNR facilities, additional cleaning protocols are in place to help protect park and forest visitors.

DCNR has followed Governor Wolf’s plan and process for reopening Pennsylvania using red, yellow and green colors to outline restrictions in place for that county. During this period, the public has been able to access DCNR trails, lakes, rivers, streams, forests, roads, and parking areas statewide for recreation.

All nine marinas in state parks are open. Shoreline mooring sites at all state parks also are open.

Boat concessions in yellow phase counties are permitted to be open, but in some cases are not. State parks should be called directly for more information about marinas and boat concessions.

All picnic pavilion reservations, playgrounds, nature play areas, interpretive centers, amphitheaters, and group camping facilities statewide will remain closed in yellow areas.

Picnic tables in state parks are dispersed to allow room to spread out and avoid crowds. Campsites and cabins should only be used by members living in the same household as part of COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

People are advised not to travel long distances for outdoor recreation, and instead should look for opportunities close to home. Pennsylvania has 6,000 local parks and more than 12,000 miles of trails available (check first to make sure they are open, as some local parks are closed).

Find open state park and forest facilities by county using the DCNR Reopening Map.

Visitors can help keep state parks and forest lands safe by following these practices:

Avoid crowded parking lots and trailheads

Bring a bag and either carry out your trash or dispose of it properly

Clean up after pets

Avoid activities that put you at greater risk of injury, so you don’t require a trip to the emergency      room

To help avoid exposure to COVID-19 and protect others, and still enjoy the outdoors:

Don’t hike or recreate in groups – go with those under the same roof, and adhere to social distancing (stay 6 feet apart)

Wear a mask

Take hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly

Avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose

Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow

If you are sick, stay home


Pennsylvania has 121 state parks, and 20 forest districts.





The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 9, that there are 493 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 76,436. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.There are 6,014 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 61 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website. There are 625 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 459,248 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 16,247 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,824 cases among employees, for a total of 19,071 at 618 distinct facilities in 45 counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,117 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 5,796 of the total cases are in health care workers.

The  Potter County Commissioners will  be holding a public meeting on Thursday to discuss the DCED Coronavirus mitigation grants, as announced by Chairman Nancy Grupp at last week’s meeting. “We are going to be having a public hearing on June 11, for some DCED funds that we had applied for approximately $166,000. This is just the first step in how we’d like to how you would like the public would like to see the funds used. If there are going to be again restrictions on it. However, you can call in or zoom in, I believe, is on June 11 at 6pm. There’s an announcement out there in the paper out in the media as to how to do that and we would like to have the public participate.  So that we can get some ideas out there of how to use the funds in ways that benefit our county.”  Directions on how to join in virtually are on our website Black Forest  People may attend in person but must wear masks, use the Main Street entrance and follow social distancing.

Ridgway based State Police have arrested a 50 year old Kersey man for DUI. After stopping him on Bennett’s Valley Highway at Lincoln street in Jones township Monday night for alleged traffic violations. Police claim they found that the suspect. whose name they did not release, was operating his 2008 Chevy Silverado under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to Penn Highlands for a legal blood draw and charges are pending those results.

Carolyn S. EATON, 59, of Mentor, OH, formerly of Genesee, PA, died March 1, 2020.  A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM, Sunday, June 14, 2020 in the Genesee United Methodist Church.  Rev. Rob Anderson will officiate.  CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines are recommended.  Online condolences may be expressed at send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Carolyn S. EATON, please visit our floral store.