Tuesday July 14, 2020

It’s like stepping back in time when you visit Carlson’s Country Store. Congratulations to Carlson’s Country Store in Turtlepoint as they celebrate their 100th anniversary of being in business this year! Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) presented a House citation to George and Ginny Carlson, who operate the store along with Jim Carlson.




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 Virus cases increase in younger demographics but cases hold steady here…Elk County woman scammed out of $1000….Emporium based state police investigate theft of services and criminal mischief….Coudersport woman hurt in one-vehicle accident….Austin driver cited for speeding after  607 crash Thieves steal numerous items from Potter County camp…

A Coudersport woman received minor injuries and a one vehicle accident occurring Saturday afternoon on Kaple Hill Road in Summit Township Potter County, Cherie Currier  was driving a Subaru Outback southbound. When she began to negotiate a left hand curve the car  didn’t respond and sideswiped a tree before crashing head on into another tree. She  was transported by ambulance to UPMC Cole.

A  scattering of rubbish on Route 6 West in Pike Township Potter County is also under investigation by troopers at the Coudersport barracks. Someone dropped some garbage along the road  last Tuesday morning and the investigation is continuing.  A burglary at a Sylvania Township camp occurring sometime since May 31 remains under investigation by state police at the Coudersprt barracks.  Criminals forced their way into a detached shed at the camp owned by Shirely  and Robert Shrekengrost of  Rural Valley Pennsylvania. Thieves made off with a White riding lawnmower, weed eater and miscellaneous items. They also gained entry into the camp itself and stole two fishing poles and a package of toilet paper before leaving in an unknown direction. Value of trhe  stolen items is in excess of a couple of hundred dollars.

An Austin woman escaped injury one vehicle accident occurring last Friday morning on Route 607 in  Keating  Township Potter County. Gail Knauer was allegedly speeding when her Toyota Matrix went out of control on a left hand curve and fishtailed off the road striking an embankment along the east side. She was wearing a seat belt and was not hurt but has been cited for speeding.

A Ulysses resident has been charged with drug possession State Police saved when they pulled over a 2004 Nissan Maxima commercial street in Genesee on June 27at around 9:30pm. They allegedly found Jordan Bartoo age 19 of Ulysses in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia and various charges are being filed  in District Court.

Emporium based  State Police are investigating a theft of services occurring over the past several months. The victim notified state police a contractor who has been paid  for services  which have not been completed and the contractor has  ceased communicating  and the investigation into that continues. The worksite was along the First Fork Road in Grove Township, Cameron County.

A criminal mischief occurring at 32 North Cherry Road in  Emporium borough between June 30 and July 5 is being investigated by troopers at the Emporium barracks. Someone damaged the rear window on a Ford F -150. owned by James Berry of Emporium  while it was parked at that location. Anyone with information is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 486.3321.

A burglary occurring on South Mountain Road in Shippen and Township Cameron County is also under investigation  by troopers at Emporium vandals stole $216 in cash various denominations from the home of  a 64 year old Emporium  man sometime over the past several months.

State Police at Mansfield have arrested 26 year old Patricia Dillen of Mansfield on physical harassment charges in connection to a scuffle allegedly taking place Saturday night on South Main Street in Richmond township. Courtney Stonstenburg  of Blossburg told police that Dillen had punched her in the face, causing a cut to her lip during an altercation occurring in the parking lot of Rita Alex, LLC.

State  police at Ridgeway are investigating a scam victimizing a 46 year old Kersey woman taking place last Friday. The victim told police she received a phone call from an unknown number and answered the phone.  The caller related they’d found a vehicle in Texas with drug paraphernalia and related that the vehicle had all her information and that the police were coming. The unknown caller advised the victim to get spare money. She purchased five $200 Walmart gift cards at the request of the caller and provided all card numbers to the crook. After providing the card numbers she called Walmart to check if the gift cards had she had purchased.   All five had a zero balance.  At that time the victim realized that she had been scammed to the tune of $1,000.

A case of  lost or mislaid property at the Twin Lakes Road in Jones township Elk County is also being investigated by state police at Ridgway that occurred sometime yesterday. Thieves  removed several items from an unattended camp site. Anyone with information is asked to contact state police at Ridgway.

The investigation is continuing into a suspected DUI crash occurring on Highland Road in Highland Township Elk County last night at around 6:30pm The driver was flown to UPMC Hamot and is suspected of having driven the vehicle under the influence and may face charges.








The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 13, that there are 328 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 95,742. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area while increasing from the spring has remained steady over the last couple of days. Elk county has 31 cases Tioga 29; McKean; 20 Potter 18 and Cameron 4.  Across the border in neighboring New York State. Cattaraugus  County is holding 138 cases ;  Allegheny County has 66.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 6 and July 12 is 135,631 with 5,560 positive test results.

There are 6,911 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 7 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

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 835,732 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. More data is available here.

The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds. An alert was sent to healthcare providersOpens In A New Window over the weekend about the changing COVID-19 case demographics, as there are more cases in younger age groups than in those 50-64 and 65+. The following regions have seen significant increases among 19 to 24-year-olds in each month from April to present in July:

SW – Approximately 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 25 percent of cases so far in July;

SE – Nearly 5 percent of cases in April to nearly 17 percent of cases so far in July;

NE – Nearly 6 percent of cases in April to over 16 percent of cases so far in July;

NW – Nearly 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 12 percent of cases so far in July; and

NC – Nearly 8 percent of cases in April to nearly 13 percent of cases so far in July.

SC – Approximately 7 percent of cases in April to nearly 13 percent of cases so far in July.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 18,279 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,481 cases among employees, for a total of 21,760 at 750 distinct facilities in 55 counties including McKean and Elk. Out of the total deaths, 4,699 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 7,158 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine is warning  the commonwealth is on the verge of repeating the pattern that led to widespread community shut-downs in the spring to mitigate COVID-19, urging residents to stop the cycle by wearing a mask and making important choices to reduce exposure.

“At the start of the pandemic, we saw a higher number of cases in people ages 19-49, before it spread to those over age 65,” Dr. Levine said. “This pattern is now repeating. There are things we can do right now to stop this cycle, beginning with wearing a mask, staying at least six feet away from others not in your household, and maintaining healthy habits like washing your hands.”

The number of Pennsylvanians over the age of 65 who are positive for COVID-19 has dropped to about half of the overall cases. The number of Pennsylvanians aged 19-49 with positive cases now account for 45 percent of the total case count.

Dr. Levine encouraged residents to make the choice and avoid situations where they could be exposing themselves to COVID-19.

“If you feel uncomfortable with how close people are at the restaurant where you are dining, make the choice to leave,” Dr. Levine said. “If you are in a store where people are not following the mandatory mask order, make the choice to leave. And if you are getting together with people who a



Norma J. HYATT, 90, of Quarryville, PA, formerly of Lock Haven and Ulysses, died Thursday, July 9, 2020.  Born April 8, 1930, in Kinzers, she was the daughter of Carl and Mary RimmeyHohman.  On April 29, 1950, in Elkton, MD, she married Jay W. Hyatt, who predeceased her on December 31, 2005.  An LPN, she was employed by Chester County Hospital and Pocopson Home, both in West Chester, and retired form Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport in 1988.  Norma was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Jersey Shore and a former member of Bible Union Church in West Bingham.  Surviving are:  two daughters, Doreen (Richard) Van Yperen of Cumming, GA and Shirley Hyatt of West Chester;  a daughter-in-law, Dianne (David) Swenson of West Grove;  eight grandchildren;  21 great-grandchildren;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, James Hyatt, on November 10, 2005;  and two siblings, Carl Hohman, Jr. and Amy Greenfield.  Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses on Friday, July 17, 2020 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 2:00 PM.  CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines apply.  Rev. Jeffrey P. Howell will officiate.  Burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Samaritan’s Purse at www.samaritanspurse.org or the SPCA.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.