Thursday July 9, 2020


Tuesday’s high, 91; Overnight low, 64




The Dean Center moves concerts outdoors….PennDot is resuming highway clean-up program…..Virus cases continue to creep up in region…..New York state man injures Tioga County woman with lawn chair….Smokey the bear silhouette stolen in Elk County…..

 Organizations have adapted  in order to continue their events in spite of the COVID 19 virus. The Dean Center for the Performing Arts on Main Street Borough  has made the decision to move six concerts originally scheduled for indoors to be held outdoors. The Dean Center has been running a free series of seven concerts on the outdoor stage featuring local musicians. But the Gabe Stillman band based in Williamsport was to open the series of those six indoor BYOB concerts on Friday featuring regional musicians but instead the Stillman concert will begin at 6:30pm on the outdoor stage, rather than inside the Coolidge theater. There will be live entertainment every Friday this summer with a mix of local and regional talent and all the shows will be free. However, organizers are hoping that those who attend will support the concerts by making a donation. While the Stillman band’s electrifying sound is unmistakeably rooted in American blues, the group draws deeply from influences of Soul, R&B, Funk, and New Orleans Jazz and Blues music. Those attending are invited to take lawn chairs and sit on the grass in front of the outdoor stage or sit on lawn chairs on Cental Avene, which will be closed to traffic between Main Street and the Warehouse Theater to provide space for social distancing. And again, all donations will be appreciated.

PennDot announces guidance for groups looking to beautify their communities as its adopt the highway activities resume across the state including mask wearing social distancing and frequent hand sanitizing the actual Activities had been suspended as part of Pennsylvania’s efforts to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In continued preventative measures against the spread of the virus volunteers must adhere to all Centers for Disease Control, (CDC) and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines while carrying out Adopt the Highway activities, including social distancing wearing of masks by individuals washing hands frequently, and using hand sanitizer whenever appropriate. As always PennDot will provide volunteer groups with safety vests, trash bags, work gloves and other equipment as requested and other equipment as requested by their PennDOT AAH coordinator for safety. Pennsylvania State Police will be notified of all scheduled events PennDot will pick up bagged litter from the roadside. While all adopt the highway cleanups will start on state maintained highways, areas that are non state maintained can be cleaned and adopted through the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful program. More information about that is available at the website Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful. More information is available at

To join an existing AAH team or start your own, visit the Adopt-A-Highway page under “Roadway Beautification” at

 And speaking of the virus, the Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12am yesterday, there are 849 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing a statewide total to 92,148. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have COVID 19. The number in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area continues to go up. Elk county has jumped to 28 cases Tioga County has 27; Potter County 17; McKean 20; and Cameron 4. Cases are increasing across the border in New York State. Cattaraugus County has 130 cases and Allegany County has 54.

The number of new cases in Allegheny County, PA,  increased by 230 cases overnight. Philadelphia County increased by 90 cases overnight.The number of tests administered since July 1 is 118,128 with 5,542 positive test results. There are 6,812 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 25 new deaths

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 635 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 774,378 patients who have tested negative to date.

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 18,060 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,380 cases among employees, for a total of 21,440 at 727 distinct facilities in 55 counties including institutions in Elk and McKean Counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,663 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 6,903 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Ridgway  based State Police have made a couple of DUI arrests. Nathan Poirier of Kersey was cited after being stopped on the Million Dollar highway and Fairview road in Fox Township in Elk County on June 14, just after 2am.  He was pulled over for an alleged traffic violation and subsequently cited for DUI. And 39 year old Jason Burkett of Weedville was arrested after he was stopped on the Green Road at Industrial Park Road at around 4:30pm  last Friday and subsequently was placed under arrest for DUI and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A 52 year old Corning  New York man has been arrested by Mansfield based state police for assault with a weapon for an incident allegedly taking place on the evening of June 6th at 692 Route 49 in Westfield Township.  Troopers claim David Halstead hit. 48 year old Julieanne Coogan, of Westfield on the back several times will a lawn chair and caused bruising on her back legs and butt. Halstead fled the scene before police arrived, but is facing charges of simple assault, harassment and criminal mischief to a char broil grill valued at $250 .

State police at  Mansfield are continuing to investigate a firearms violation taking place at the Morris Gun Show back on March 14, on Lambs Creek Road in Richmond Township. A 31 year old Jacksonville, Florida man attempted to buy a gun from Moore Sports center while knowing he was prohibited from owning  a weapon. Charges were filed in District Court.

 And 36 year old Wilbur Wood of Covington has been arrested for physical harassment for an assault allegedly taking place Monday night on North Williamson Road in Covington Township. Wood is accused of threatening a 16 year old Covington boy saying he was going to beat him and pound his face in. He is now facing charges in District Court.

Troopers at Ridgway are investigating the theft of a Smokey the Bear silhouette, which was taken from Game Lands 44 near State Route 219 near Rocky Top Road in Ridgway Township, Elk county yesterday. The silhouette valued at $50, belonged to a 59 year old Austin woman and was attached to the fire danger gauge. Anyone with information about that theft is asked to call State Police at Ridgeway.

Troopers at the Emporium  barracks have also made DUI arrest. A 78 year old Emporium man was charged after patrol officers reportedly observed numerous indicators of impairment while the suspect was driving on East Third Street in Emporium on July 4, just after midnight. He was taken into custody for suspicion of DUI  and charges are pending in District Court.

A criminal mischief occurring on East Fifth Street in Emporium is being probed by State Police vandals “egged” a 1990 orange Suzuki while it was parked on East Fifth Street. Anyone who has information about that incident is asked to contact the Emporium  barracks at 814-486-3321.