Tri-County members in the Coudersport area are receiving high speed internet…..Covid-19 cases drop in PA and hold mostly steady in region….Smethport man dies in house fire…..Wellsboro man jailed for strangulation…
Monday’s high, 88; Overnight low, 67; .o4” of rain
SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS THIS AFTERNOON A HIGH OF 75
THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT LOW OF 62.
SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS TOMORROW LITTLE WARMER HIGH OF 79
OVERNIGHT LOW OF 63.
THURSDAY A SLIGHT CHANCE of SOME THUNDERSTORMS OTHERWISE PARTLY CLOUDY, A HIGH OF 81
A LOW OF 62.
Deven Phillips (L) and Othaniel Baptist (R) are employees of Lantek, Tri-Co’s contractor for installing Fiber Optic Cable across
the utility’s service area.
With good weather occurring and the pandemic going downward here in Pennsylvania, more and more Tri-County Rural Co-Op members are being hooked up to the cooperative’s fiber- optic broadband internet service—Tri-Co Connections. The co-op recently launched Phase 1 of a six year program to bring internet connectivity to underserved or non-served members. Tri-County members live within a 5,000 square mile area in seven counties. The co-op was formed in late 1936 after frustrated farmers took it upon themselves to plant poles and string electric wires across the region a year after President Franklin D. Roosevelt had signed the Rural Electrification bill into law but only a fraction of rural residents had the benefits their city cousins enjoyed. Sparse populations and challenging geography did not make it feasible for electric companies to expand their services to include rural residents. Now, some 84 years later, Tri-Co Connections is set on bringing its members into the 21st Century the same way rural electric co-ops turned the lights on in rural communities all across the country. Phase 1is in the Coudersport area and some 43% of members have signed up bringing high-speed internet to some 2,000 homes. According to Bill Gerkski, Tri-Co Connections Senior VP Business Development, contractors are making 5-6 drops per day (stringing Fiber optic cable from Tri-County’s electric poles to homes and businesses. And about four home installations are completed each day. Tri-County which is a model for other co-ops had an advantage over private companies by using most of its existing poles. But Gerski says the project would not have possible without grants and low interest loans from a variety of government sources. Governor Tom Wolf, in announcing his program “Restore Pennsylvania” said “one of the biggest challenges facing Pennsylvania is lack of universal broadband access.” Gerski says Tri-Co’s goal is to break down the digital divide and end the educational, economic and social inequalities that exist between rural and urban communities.” The addition of high speed internet may make it attractive for some urban families to re-locate to rural areas in the near future, some 42% of Tri-County members are seasonal and some may want to make the change. Gerski told Black Forest Broadcasting News that the pandemic has confirmed the need for up-to-date technology which allows members to access medical providers without leaving home, conduct business on-line, telecommute and stay in touch with family and friends.
Gerski told us 40% of the co-op members are senior citizens so the Co-op has partnered with the Potter County Education Council to mentor senior citizens in the new technology through a program called Seniors2Seniors. High School seniors meet with senior citizens at their centers and teach them how to use electronic devices to make purchases and/or stay in touch. The 8-week course has been completed in the Coudersport and Oswayo Valley Senior Centers and will begin this August at Ulysses and in September at the Galeton Senior Center.
Another benefit of high speed broadband is that all of the Co-op’s substations will be able to communicate with each other making responses to emergencies and outages faster.
Tri-Co’s deployment began in the Coudersport area with the first member going on-line April 9 in the Niles Hill area. The project will continue much like ripples in a pond until high speed internet is available to all members across the seven county service area.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 22, that there are 456 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 82,186. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.
There are 6,426 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 3 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.
Mask wearing is required in all businesses in yellow and green phases of reopening. Consistent mask wearing, even in counties in the green phase, could have lasting benefits as a COVID-19 surge is possible this fall.
There are 631 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 585,662 patients who have tested negative to date. Pennsylvania has a recovery rate of 77%.
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 17,177 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,053 cases among employees, for a total of 20,230 at 667 distinct facilities in 49 counties—none here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Out of the total deaths, 4,389 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 6,219 of the total cases are in health care workers.
The total in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area continues to inch up. Tioga County now has 23 cases. McKean 15; Potter 13; Elk 9;and Cameron County 2 cases. Across the border, Cattaraugus County has 115 cases and Allegany County has 58 cases.
The State Police fire marshal is continuing his investigation into a fatal fire occurring early yesterday at 1276 Bordell Road in Keating Township McKean County. Kenneth McCrolbie. 59. died in that fire. Police say that it began just after midnight. During the investigation, it was determined that the fire originated inside the house McCrobie and four dogs were located deceased inside the structure however, Cynthia McCrobie was able to exit the building and the investigation is continuing.
State Police at Ridgway have arrested a 23 year old Kersey man for drug possession after stopping his 2000 Ford Mustang for traffic violations on Route 219 Sunday night. Police claim the passenger was found in possession of methamphetamine and paraphernalia. Charges are pending.
Troopers at Lewis Run are charging two Kane residents for physical harassment for an assault allegedly taking place last Tuesday June 16 on Field Street in the borough of Kane. Police claim that the suspects gave false names to troopers as they were being questioned about the incident. The victims are listed as two girls ages 15 and 17 from Kane.
Mansfield Based State Police have arrested 36 year old Joseph Burkholder, of Wellsboro for strangulation. Authorities claimed that on June 8 at around 6:15pm Burkholder put a 57 year old Wellsboro woman in a headlock making it difficult for her to breathe. He allegedly resisted arrest while being taken into custody but was apprehended and transported to the Tioga County Prison for holding.
State police at Coudersport are investigating the hit and run occurring early Saturday morning. In Keating township, A Mercury Milan was traveling south on Route 155 negotiating right hand curve when the driver under compensated and the car entered the northbound lanes and traveled across the road went off the pavement and struck a parked vehicle before leaving the scene.
Troopers are also investigating a possible violation of firearm sales. They say that a suspect trying to buy a gun from John’s Sporting Goods in West Branch Township on June 10, but the investigation revealed that the suspect had falsely completed the paperwork and the investigation is continuing.
Minor injuries were reported for a Freedom New Hampshire man following a motorcycle crash in Harrison Township, Potter county and back on June 14, Austin Glaze was riding a Harley Davidson Road Glide which collided with a deer on Route 49. Blaze was transported to UPMC Cole for treatment of minor injuries.
An unauthorized use of a motor vehicle is also being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Last Thursday afternoon, a 2008 Ford Escape was being used by the owners son’s friends who are not authorized to be using the vehicle and the investigation is continuing.
Coudersport State Police are investigating a crop of pot discovered recently. Two suspected marijuana plants and various paraphernalia were found at 26 Second Street in the village of Roulette Saturday afternoon The investigation is continuing.
A 77 year old Austin woman was scammed out of some money Saturday morning by unknown persons who called her on the phone.
42 year old Clint Fowler of Austin has been charged with various drug possession offenses. Police say while they were conducting a routine traffic enforcement Cowley Hill Road in Keating Township, they encountered a 2008 Ford Escape SUV. A traffic stop was initiated and upon further investigation, Fowler was allegedly found to be driving under the influence and in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. His residence was searched and numerous items of drug paraphernalia were allegedly discovered, along with precursors of a Methamphetamine lab operation . He is now facing numerous charges after being committed to the Potter County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bond.
Adam Sallade of Roulette has been arrested for drug possession State Police says that they discovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia on his person while they interviewed him on Second Street in Sweden Township June 15.
And 33 year old Daniel Tourette of Shinglehouse has been arrested for drug possession. Troopers say while they were conducting a routine traffic enforcement on Main Street in Genesee Township on June 8, they found a 2011 Toyota Tundra pickup truck driven by Tourette had committed several traffic violations and police claim upon further investigation, they found him in possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
34 four year old Chad Baker of Eldred was arrested by Coudersport based a police on drug possession charges after they stopped him on June 4 through a routine traffic stop on the North Bingham Road in Genesee Township. His 2001 Ford Windstar station wagon was pulled over for a traffic violation and Police initiated a traffic stop. Upon further investigation, he was allegedly found in possession of controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. Charges have been filed in District Court.
Troopers at Coudersport are investigating an identity theft occurring June 16 victimizing a 50 year old Austin woman.
Vera Valenti of Austin has been charged with disorderly conduct for an incident allegedly taking place last Friday afternoon on Costello Avenue in that town, investigating Troopers charged Valenti with simple trespass and disorderly conduct. The victim is a 72 year old Austin man.
Gerald S. “Jerry” CARY, 87, of Harrison Valley, PA, died Wednesday, June 17, 2020 in Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester, NY. Born October 5, 1932, in Harrison Township, he was the son of Stephen L. and Margery Spoor Cary. Jerry owned and operated a dairy farm for 30 years and was employed in maintenance by the Northern Tier Children’s Home in Harrison Valley from 1985 – 2015. In retirement, he spent his time working in his wood shop and tending to his lawn and garden. He was a life member of the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company. Surviving are: three children, Allen J. (Darcie) Cary of Bloomington, IL, Martin J. (Jennifer) Cary of Harrison Valley, and Diane L. (Bob) Willard of Wellsville, NY; a daughter-in-law, Robin Cary of Mills; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four step-daughters; a sister, Emily “Jeanie” Pfuntner of Charleston, SC; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Janet Manning Cary; a son, Kevin L. Cary; and three siblings, Jennie C. Kibbe, Leland “Pete” Cary, and Maude C. Reed. Friends may call at the Roadside Rest in Harrison Valley on Friday, June 26, 2020 from 1:00 – 3:00 PM, with a firemen’s service at 3:00 PM. CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines are recommended. Private burial and committal will be in Whites Corners Cemetery. Rev. Trevor Price will officiate. Memorials may be made to the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, 112 E. Tannery St., Harrison Valley, PA 16927. Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.
COUDERSPORT, Pa.—Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation for Yvonne E. “Bonnie” Setzer, 86, a longtime resident of Coudersport, from 1pm to 2pm on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at the Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport where a celebration of her life will follow at 2pm. The Rev. Scott Ogden, pastor, will officiate. She will be buried next to her husband in the Reed Cemetery, Borie.
Bonnie passed away on April 10, 2020.
Bonnie entrusted her care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
For further information, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com