Thursday July 30, 2020

Photo by John Eaton

Chuck Gilligan of Pinafore Run Farm displays his freshly picked blueberries. He will be bringing some with him this Thursday, July 30.

Wednesday’s high, 84; Overnight low, 65; .45 inches of rain







Energy efficiency Grants available for farmers and small businesses….Virus Cases inch up in Elk and Cattaraugus Counties….A Smethport pedestrian killed early today in Keating Township….Emporium motorcyclist hurt when bike collides with a pile of logs…Sabinsville man arrested for operating ATV while drunk….

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced the availability of $1 million in grant funding to Pennsylvania small businesses and farmers for energy efficiency, pollution prevention, and natural resource protection projects through the Small Business Advantage grant program. New to the program this year is the opportunity for farmers to install solar pumping systems for their agricultural operations.

Eligible projects include adopting or acquiring equipment or processes that reduce energy use or pollution. Examples of eligible projects are HVAC and boiler upgrades, high-efficiency LED lighting, solvent recovery and waste recycling systems, and auxiliary power units deployed as anti-idling technology for trucks.

Last year, 233 small businesses were awarded grants for their projects. Natural resource protection projects may include planting riparian buffers, installation of streambank fencing to keep livestock out of streams, and investing in agricultural storm water management projects, with the goal of reducing sediment and nutrient loads in our waterways.

Pennsylvania-based small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time equivalent employees are eligible. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption, or pollution related expenses.

Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds of up to $7,000 to adopt or acquire energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Only costs incurred between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, are eligible.

Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2020-21 funds are exhausted or April 12, 2021, whichever occurs first. All applications must be submitted through the Commonwealth’s Single Application for Assistance. Printed, faxed, and mailed applications are not accepted.

The complete grant application package, which includes step-by-step instructions and instructional videos for completing the online application, is available by visiting the DEP Small Business Advantage Grant.

To contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office, call 717-772-5160 or email


The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 29, that there are 834 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 110,218. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.Elk County here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area continues to go up with now 42 cases; Tioga County has 34 ;McKean 26; Potter 20; and Cameron 5. Across the border in New York State. Cattaraugus County has gone up to 157 but Allegany County is holding at 74. Allegheny County, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh is reporting an increase of 125 cases. and Philadelphia County is reporting an increase of 111 cases.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 22 and July 28 is 161,894 with 6,619 positive cases. There were 20,503 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 28. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,162 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 16 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website. Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 according to  health officials. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older. There are 642 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 1,073,863 patients who have tested negative to date.In nursing and personal care homes, there are 19,290 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,893 cases among employees, for a total of 23,183 at 841 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,883 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities .Approximately 8,110 the total cases are in health care workers.

A Smethport man was killed early this morning when he was run over by a vehicle on Route 46 in Keating Township. According to troopers at Lewis Run, 33 year old Clint Fenton was lying in the eastbound lane just after 1:30 am when an eastbound vehicle ran over him . Fenton was taken to Olean General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The name of the vehicle driver was not released by authorities.

State Police Emporium report that an Emporium man was seriously hurt in a motorcycle crash occurring on the 4 Mile  Road in Shippen Township just after 2am last Friday., 30 year old Chad Barnhart was going west negotiating left curve when his Yamaha WR 450F went off the road before laying down and colliding with a  large pile of logs. The bike was partially stuck underneath when it came to rest. Batnhart was transported to Penn Highlands Elk  by Cameron County EMS. Police noted that Barnhart was not wearing a helmet or eye protection and is now facing numerous charges including operating a vehicle without visual inspection certificate, speeding, careless driving and other offenses.

Mansfield based state police have arrested 44 year old Richard Fenstermacher of Sabinsville following an ATV crash back on July 14 on the Broughton Road in Westfield Township. Police say that he was operating an ATV with two children from Wellsboro and 10 and five years  aboard and he was determined to be operating the machine under the influence.

 State Police at Lewis Run are investigating attempted burglaries and burglaries along the Pennsy  Grade Road in Sargent township last weekend. They found  criminals entered  multiple camps on the property without permission and the investigation is continuing. Anyone who can shed light on the crimes is asked to call the Lewis Run barracks at 814-368-9230.

 State Police at Lewis Run say they are continuing to investigate and report of statutory rape and sexual assault allegedly occurring in Lafayette Township between January 1 2010 and December 31 2013.

 A 27 year old Derrick City man has been arrested for drug possession following a traffic stop on Derrick Road  and South First Street in Foster Township McKean county yesterday morning. Police  say when they conducted the traffic stop they allegedly found the suspect in possession of a controlled substance in  his 2006 Subaru. A criminal mischief  McKean county has resulted in the arrest of a 53 year old Bradford man whose name was not released. Police say that their investigation found that the suspect caused damage to jail property and he is now facing charges for that in District Court.

A  67 year old Port Allegany  man whose name was not released by troopers has been arrested on a charge of terroristic threats. Police claimed that the suspect and a 48 year old Port Allegany  woman became involved in an argument which escalated to a physical assault during which  the suspect allegedly shoved the victim causing her causing injury. The suspect was committed to the McKean county jail after arraignment.