Thursday July 2, 2020

Wednesday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 55






Enchanted Mountain Music Festival is on line and free…..Region sees slight increases in virus….Warren man accused of assaulting McKean County corrections officer….PSP Mansfield probe vandalisms….

Image by Gordie Dunlap.

Among essential workers recognized in the Endless Mountain Music Festival’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” tribute are those working at UPMC Wellsboro. Shown are operating room nurses at the hospital.

All sorts of events have had to be canceled or changed this year due to the Coronavirus. There  have been graduation and birthday parades, streamed weddings and funerals, in- car church services , drive through  fire department chicken barbecues and, this summer’s Endless Mountain Music Festival has been canceled but he popular series  is available online. Featured are video concerts recorded and submitted by guest musicians who were to perform this summer in Pennsylvania and New York during the live 17 concerts in 17 days event. All of the online concerts are free and available to everyone.

A special tribute to essential workers includes 13 members of the EMMF Festival Symphony Orchestra’s brass and percussion sections performing American composer Aaron Copland’s three-minute “Fanfare for the Common Man.” For this inspiring piece, videos and audios recorded individually by each of the fanfare musicians performing their parts are brought together and then Intertwined with photographs of essential workers.

“We were going to hold a big celebration for our 15th anniversary this summer but in light of the coronavirus crisis felt it necessary to put the health and safety of our musicians, staff, volunteers and audience first,” said Board President Ardell Thomas in April when the decision was made to move the entire 2020 festival to July 16 through Aug. 1, 2021.

Maestro Stephen Gunzenhauser and EMMF Executive Director Cynthia Long worked with the involved musicians and composers and successfully rescheduled all of the concerts planned for this year to next year. Gunzenhauser founded the Wellsboro-based festival in 2005 and has served as its artistic director and conductor since the first festival was held in the summer of 2006. Internationally recognized, he recently retired after completing his 40th year as conductor and music director of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in Lancaster, Pa.

All 2020 pre-purchased season passes will be honored in 2021. To learn more, visit or call the Endless Mountain Music Festival Box Office at 570-787-7800.

To access the 2020 Virtual Endless Mountain Music Festival and view each of the concerts and tribute to essential workers individually use this link It is available on the Endless Mountain Music Festival’s website at, the EMMF Facebook page at Endless Mountain Music Festival, at Instagram@endlessmountainmusicfestival, or Twitter@EMMusicfestival

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 1, that there are 636 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 87,242. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. . The number of cases continues to inch up here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area. Tioga County has now has 23; McKean, 18  Potter 16, Elk 15. and Cameron County, 3. Across  the border in  neighboring New York State Cattaraugus  County has 123 cases and Allegany  61. There are 6,687 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 38 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

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

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 689,562 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 17,805 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,291 cases among employees, for a total of 21,096 at 699 distinct facilities in 52 counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,583 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. None here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area

Approximately 6,636 of our total cases are in health care workers.

State Police at Lewis Run have arrested 25 year old Matthew Confer  for a fight taking place at the McKean County Jail yesterday. Police claim while Confer  was being placed into the restraint chair for behavior in the jail he became aggressive and  resisted  a correctional officer’s commands and currently was dry stunned. Confer then kicked the correctional officer multiple times in the crotch. He is now charged with aggravated assault, assault by prisoner, simple assault and harassment in District Court.

A 25 year old Smethport  man has been arrested for physical harassment for an incident allegedly taking place Tuesday night on Bailey Avenue in Norwich  Township.  Troopers claim the suspect attacked a 27 year old Smethport  woman during an argument.

State  police at Mansfield have investigated a number of criminal mischief incidents occurring in Tioga  County over the past few days  sometime Sunday or Monday, vandals broke the right window on a Bobcat, an  E 45 excavator which was parked on unattended as the intersection of Canoe Camp Creek and  West Gate Road.   Damage is estimated to be  $200.

Vandals kicked in the door of a home at 1686 Route 549 in Rutland Township Tioga  County  sometime over the past few months causing $100 in damage.  Culprits  damage the hasp on a shed located long Scenic View Drive in Farmington Township sometime this past Sunday causing $10 in damage. The  shed is owned by a 34 year old Tioga Pennsylvania man.

Minor injuries were reported for a Westfield woman following a  one vehicle crash occurring Monday night just before midnight in Clymer Township. Deborah Warner was going north negotiating a sharp left curve when her Mazda CX 9 went out of control went  off the Road into a grassy area of a nearby residence. She was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital for treatment of minor injuries by Clymer Township  fire and ambulance.