Friday June 12, 2020

The Potter County Commissioners held a public hearing June 11, 2020 in the Gunzburger  Building regarding the 2020 Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response Program. The County has been allocated $166,152 to help entities deal with the economic impact of Covid-19. Project summaries are due June 26, 2020 and the Commissioners’ selections will be announced during the board’s regular public  meeting Thursday July 2, 2020. A final public hearing is scheduled for Thursday July 16, 2020 also during the regular commissioners’ meeting. Individuals  or groups wishing to be considered should contact the commissioners’ office at 814.274.8290. Thursday’s meeting was both in-person and via conference call. Those attending in person included Alex Fish, Laurie Shear representing the Potter County Artisan Center, Gerri Miller, Potter County Artisan Center and Black Forest Broadcasting,  Gary Gunzburger, representing Eulalia Cemtery and Commissioners Nancy Grupp and Barry Hayman. Tyler Dombroski, Senior Program Analyst for the SEDA-COG  Community Devlopment Program conducted the hearing via Zoom and answered questions from those attending.

Thursday’s high, 90; Overnight low,43






PA House passes legislation to strengthen elder abuse laws….. Vets in Bath VA Hospital will  be treated to a family parade Saturday….Virus  cases slowly inch up in the region….Mansfield based state police investigate reported sexual assault of two young Lawrenceville boys….

For many months of COVID-19 restrictions, which have included quarantine for the safety of our most vulnerable population, Bath Community  Living Center residents have not physically seen their loved ones or been able to have time out of doors. The Bath CLC teams have organized this parade as one of many creative events designed to celebrate and encourage the Veterans and their loved ones during this time of physical separation. A VA fire truck will lead the parade, and organizers anticipate that community participation will include approximately sixty vehicles. CLC residents have written messages on signs they will be holding up for their loved ones to see as they drive by.  VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System continues to be proud of the Bath VA CLC staff for the work they do to successfully keep residents COVID-19 free.

The Pennsylvania House this week took a strong stance against the abuse of elderly residents when it unanimously approved Rep. Kate Klunk’s (R-Hanover) House Bill 400. The legislation seeks to end the public shaming of care-dependent Pennsylvanians on the internet, specifically on social media.

Specifically, Klunk’s bill would create a new subsection to the abuse of a care-dependent person in the Crimes Code. It would make it a crime for a caretaker to share any audio, video or still image of a care-dependent person in any format, medium or through any electronic service pertaining to communication with the intent to ridicule them as a type of abuse. The bill grades this type of abuse as a third-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine up to $2,500. House Bill 400 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

June is World Elder Abuse Month. Sadly, one in 10 Americans aged 60 or older has been the victim of some form of elder abuse. Elder abuse includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse, as well as exploitation, neglect and abandonment. Perpetrators range from a victim’s children or spouse to staff at nursing homes, assisted living and other facilities. Scammers who prey on the elderly are also perpetrators of elder abuse.

Signs of abuse are isolation, weight loss, bruises or broken bones, increased confusion, unusual withdrawals from bank accounts and signing over a home to another person.

If you are the victim of elder abuse, or if you suspect someone you know is a victim, please don’t hesitate to report it. Report incidents to your local police department by calling 911 or call the state’s 24-hour abuse hotline at 1-800-490-8505. Kate clunk of Hanover

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 11, that there are 467 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 77,313. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.there are 6,113 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 51 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website. The number of cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area continues to creep up. Tioga County now has 20; McKean 13; Potter 12; Elk 6; and Cameron County. In nearby New York State, Cattaraugus County has 98 and Allegany County has 53.

There are 630  Pennsylvania 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 476,439 patients who have tested negative to date. Pennsylvania has a 72% recovery rate.

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 16,357 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,871 cases among employees, for a total of 19,228 at 627 distinct facilities in 45 counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,215 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities–none here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Approximately 5,888 of the total cases are in health care workers.


Mansfield base State Police are investigating a suspected indecent assault of two young children in Lawrenceville  at around 5:20pm on May 21 at a residence on Red House Lane. The victims are listed as a five year old boy And an 11 year old boy and the investigation is continuing.