Friday June 26, 2020







Bald Eagle

PGC Photo by Joe Kosack

Program Saturday night in Mansfield about return of Bald Eagles…PennDot has extended deadline for several products….Covid cases hold steady in region—recovery rate is 78%….Warrant issued for Wellsboro man accused of terroristic threats…..Lawrence Township house damaged by burglars…..Driver cited for hit and run…..

This Saturday, June 27 at 7 p.m., Matt West of Wellsboro is giving a presentation titled “Return of the Bald Eagle to Pennsylvania” at the large pavilion in the Mill Cove Environmental Area at 3036 Mill Creek Road, Mansfield, Pa.  This program is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

West, a local expert, will talk about how the Pennsylvania Game Commission reintroduced the bald eagle, this raptor’s daily habits, competition with other fish-eating birds, such as the Osprey, how it chooses a mate, incubates eggs and raises its young as well as how to identify bald eagles and the best spots to view them in this area. He will display a mounted bald eagle along with photos of them.

Those who attend will need to bring chairs and are asked to follow CDC guidelines, including wearing masks and social distancing.

For more information, contact Patricia Butts by calling 570-463-1407 or emailing her at pbutts6610@yah

The Game Commission is extending its Wildlife on WiFi virtual learning campaign. The campaign was originally launched to provide parents, youth, and educators with at-home wildlife-education resources during the academic year school closures. While schools are out for the summer, the need for virtual learning opportunities remains and the Game Commission is committed to connecting Pennsylvania residents to wildlife no matter where they are.

In addition to the campaign’s extension, Wildlife on WiFi (WoW) resources, such as virtual field trips, will now also be offered to adult groups in at-risk communities and new virtual education events will be offered to the general public.

WoW connects Pennsylvania residents to wildlife across three pillars, each with engagement opportunities tailored for different age levels, audiences and content format.

The Wildlife on WiFi remote learning hub offers dozens of home-based wildlife lessons and activities, nature-themed storybook readings, conservation-science videos, and livestream wildlife webcams. The hub is updated regularly with new activities.

Regular social engagement activities on the Game Commission’s Facebook page. These include popular “Wildlife Challenges” to engage the Game Commission’s online community with fun, educational content.

Virtual field trips for youth and school groups, as well as general audience virtual events such as “From the Field.” This segment allows audience members to engage with a biologist live while watching pre-recorded wildlife-science surveys and other conservation-management practices.

The premiere “From the Field” segment to take place on Tuesday, June 30 at 11:30 a.m. will focus on barn owls and American kestrels. To register for the event,  contact to learn more about Wildlife on WiFi and schedule a virtual field trip.

This summer the focus of Wildlife on WiFi’s virtual field trips, social-media engagement activities, and new lessons will be under three themes:

All About Pollinators: What is a pollinator and what can you do to help them thrive? Discover why pollinators play a vital role in ensuring healthy and vibrant habitat for our state’s wildlife!

125th Anniversary of the Game Commission: Did you know the Game Commission was founded in 1895 around the time electricity first became available in U.S. cities? What did the world of Pennsylvania wildlife look like then and how has it changed? Learn about the Game Commission’s history, mission and current conservation practices.

Pennsylvania BIG Mammals: Pennsylvania is home to some BIG mammals. This summer the Game Commission is highlighting one of our state’s biggest: Rocky Mountain Elk. Explore why there are Rocky Mountain Elk in Pennsylvania and what our state’s biologists are doing to make sure they thrive.

To check out WoW, go to and select “At Home Learning” under Quick Clicks. To schedule a WoW virtual field trip or inquire about any of the Game Commission’s educational resources, please contact

– The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 25, that there are 579 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 83,770. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

There are 6,557 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 39 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 632 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 621,031 patients who have tested negative to date

Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths (67%) have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 17,454 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,123 cases among employees, for a total of 20,577 at 676 distinct facilities in 50 counties—none here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Out of the  total deaths, 4,471 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities..

Approximately 6,341 of our total cases are in health care workers.

State Police at Mansfield have charged 49 year old Ronald Hastings of Wellsboro  for terroristic threats for an incident allegedly taking place  on the night of June 16 on Rice Road in Charleston Township. Troopers claim Hastings left the scene in an unknown direction after a domestic violence incident and then he allegedly sent the 35 year old woman several threatening text messages. Charges have been filed in District Court and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. Anyone with  information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact State Police at Mansfield 570.662. 2151.

A burglary  on Burrows Hollow Road and Lawrence Township Tioga County  is under investigation by state police at Mansfield. The crime occurred sometime over the past month  when would be thieves tried to gain entry to a house belonging to a 57 year old California, Maryland man.  A door casing was damaged to the tune of $100 and an exterior door was damaged to a total of $250.

State Police at Mansfield did not release the drivers name, but say that a Chevy Lumina was involved in a hit and run on Route 549 in Roseville Borough  Tuesday afternoon. The crash occurred as the car turned left on the route 549 From Roseville Avenue at a high rate of speed, went out of control continued to travel north before exiting the road on the east side and then it traveled across both lanes and before going  back on the route 549 headed north. The driver failed to stop and give information about the crash but was located at his residence later. The unnamed suspect fully cooperated during their investigation according to authorities.

An Elkland  driver was taken to Robert Packer Hospital Sayre for treatment of injuries following a one vehicle accident last Saturday evening on Holden  Brook road in Osceola Township. State police say that Kelvin  Davis was driving a Dodge Ram pickup and while traveling south the truck went off the west side of the road,  traveled  into a field struck with a tree before stopping.