Tuesday June 30, 2020

Monday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 50






Arboretum Association President Wayne Wenzel takes a break from planting the park’s most recent addition, a pair of pink hydrangeas at the south entrance, (featured in lower right corner of photo) to talk with Vice President Kathy Kinard.

 Coudersport Arboretum Association looking for volunteers…..Pennsylvania’s re-opening is a model for other states…..Number of cases in region holding steady….Replacement of Hebron Township bridge starts tomorrow….Route 49  project in Lawrence Township, Tioga County underway…Investigation continues into death of Galeton woman…..

Having won a legal battle last year to keep the Coudersport Arboretum at it’s current site, Association members are inviting  anyone interested in becoming involved with the Coudersport Arboretum to attend the Arboretum Association’s next meeting, scheduled for Tuesday, July 7th at 5 pm at the Gunzburger Building.

“We’re looking for fresh faces, fresh ideas,” said Arboretum Association Vice President Kathy Kinard.

She and Association President Wayne Wenzel said although primary focus of the group’s been to provide maintenance, they’re excited to hear from the public about ways to expand and develop the property.

Topics for discussion at next month’s meeting include upcoming events, dates for their annual August music night performances, ways to expand public outreach and collaborate with local groups and organizations.

The group recently created a public facebook page, “Coudersport Arboretum Association” where historical photos, maintenance projects, upcoming events and how to support the Arboretum are listed.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 29, that there are 492 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 85,988. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of cases has inched up slowly here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Tioga County now has 25; Potter and McKean each 15; Elk, 13; and Cameron County 3. Across the border in New York State, the number has held for a couple of days. Cattaraugus County has 123 and Allegany County 59.

There are 6,614 total deaths in Pennsylvania attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 8 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

“As nearly the entire state is now in the green phase, we must remain committed to protecting against COVID-19,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvania has been a model for the country on how to reopen effectively using a careful, measured approach. However, the virus has not gone away. Each of us has a responsibility to continue to protect ourselves, our loved ones and others by wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and washing our hands frequently. Together we can protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, our essential workers and our healthcare system.”

Mask wearing is required in all businesses in all phases of reopening. Consistent mask wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 633 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 666,901 patients who have tested negative to date. Pennsylvania has a 78% 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 17,697 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,224 cases among employees, for a total of 20,921 at 689 distinct facilities in 52 counties—none here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area.. Out of the total deaths, 4,531 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 6,508 of our total cases are in health care workers.

PennDot has announced that preliminary work to replace a bridge on Route 44 in Hebron Township, Potter County, is scheduled to start Wednesday, July 1. The bridge spans Steer Run approximately four miles north of Coudersport near the intersection of Route 4006 (West Hebron Road).

Starting Wednesday, crews will begin preliminary excavation and tree removal. Work will then begin on construction of a one-lane temporary roadway that will carry traffic around the work zone as the bridge is replaced. PennDOT expects the temporary roadway to be ready for use later in July and will issue an update on the project before the traffic switch.

Overall work will include removal of the existing single span reinforced concrete slab bridge, installation of the replacement precast reinforced concrete box culvert, approach paving, drainage upgrades, guide rail replacement, pavement marking and miscellaneous items. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $742,000 job. PennDOT anticipates reopening the bridge to traffic in early September. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

The existing bridge is 15-feet long, was built in 1934 and is traveled by more than 1,700 vehicles daily.

Motorists are advised of lane restrictions on Route 49 in Lawrence Township and Lawrence Borough, Tioga County have begun. The ongoing reconstruction and widening project location will be from the intersection of Route 287 to the intersection of Route 15.

Contractor, Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., has expanded  working hours to a 24-hour operation. Motorists can expect single lane closures with flagging.   Work on this project includes excavation, pavement repairs, milling, subbase, paving, drainage, rumble strips, concrete curbs and sidewalks, signs, traffic signal upgrades, and pavement markings. Motorists can expect alternating lane closures with flagging during both daylight and over-night hours. Work is expected to be completed in September of 2020, weather permitting.

Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc., is the primary contractor for the $2,500,000 project.

Work on the  projects are being  done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site and relevant training.

Work on these projecs will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, and relevant training.

Authorities are continuing an investigation into the death of 29 year old Kathleen Marie Stirnaman of Galton. Last Thursday Sweden Township police were summoned to a home on Rush Creek Lane any analysis for a medical issue and first responders discovered the woman deceased. Completion of the investigation is pending autopsy and toxicology reports.