Friday July 31, 2020

“Cool” activities planned for this weekend at Sinnemahoning State Park

Thursday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 52






Potter County businesses invited to apply for Corona aid grants….Virus cases hold steady in region….Harrison Valley knocked unconscious in ATV crash….Bradford woman hurt in McKean  County Collision…..Sweden Township burglary investigated….Items stolen from McKean County campsite…

A grant program to help businesses and non-profit organizations adversely affected by the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic was unveiled this week  by the Potter County Board of Commissioners. Federal funds provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act will be used to cushion the blow of the ongoing public health crisis.

Primary purpose of the program is to provide immediate relief so that small businesses and non-profit organizations can retain employees, continue operations, and remain sustainable. Commissioners Nancy Grupp, Barry Hayman and Paul Heimel  say they recognize the need to inject the money into the local economy as quickly as possible.

“Because these are federal dollars that have been allotted to the county, we’ve been working hard to meet all of the administrative requirements,” said Commissioner Grupp, board chair. “It is our goal to make this process less cumbersome for the businesses and organizations who need the help now.”

Local applicants could qualify for up to $25,000. Funds can be used for payroll (preference will be given to those applicants that did not receive Paycheck Protection Program or Economic Injury Disaster Loan Funds); rent/mortgage payments; personal protective equipment or other COVID-19 related supplies; and operating expenses.

An online submission process is being put in place to expedite the processing of applications, which will be accepted from 10 am Monday, Aug. 3, through 4:30 pm Monday, Aug. 17. Applications may be submitted by visiting   Written applications will also be accepted. For details, contact Potter County Community Development Director Ellen Russell at (814) 274-8290 extension 209. Questions about the program can also be directed to her by phone or by email at

Detailed program eligibility requirements, including information about the application process, can be found on the county website, (Click on “Help for Local Businesses” located in the

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 30, that there are 860 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 111,078. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The cases here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area have held steady for at least a day or two. Elk county now has 42 cases; Tioga,  34; McKean, 26; Potter,20; and Cameron 5. Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County is holding at 157 and Allegany County at 74.

Allegheny County Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh,  is reporting an increase of 132 cases and Philadelphia County is reporting an increase of 127 cases.The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 23 and July 29 is 163,936 with 6,822 positive cases. There were 22,996 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 29. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,176 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 14 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 experts.

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 1,088,859 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.

Approximately 8,165 the total cases are in health care workers.

Coudersport based  state police report a Harrison Valley resident was hurt in a crash occurring Sunday evening on East Main Street in Harrison Township. Dustin Wheeler was operating a Polaris RZR XP 1000 eastbound on Route 49  attempting to exit the highway to the north at a high rate of speed. The machine went out of control, slid sideways in the grass when the right side wheels dug into the ground, causing the vehicle to roll over and eject the operator. The unit continued to roll until it struck a house where it came to final rest.  Wheeler was knocked unconscious for several minutes and was given first aid by state police who responded to the scene.  A landing zone was set up. However Medevac was recalled. Wheeler  was taken to UPMC Cole via Harrison Township ambulance for treatment of minor injuries.

A burglary on Angel lane in Sweden township is under investigation by state police to Coudersport, sometime between July 13 and 21. Someone damaged a camper owned by Coudersport couple  damaging the camper while  stealing various items from inside

31 year old Jason Gutshall of Coudersport has been arrested for public drunkenness after being nabbed on River Street in the village of Roulette at around 5am July 18. State police said they were called to 6 River Street for a fight and while in route to the scene, one of the involved individuals was allegedly found passed out in the middle of State Route 6 and appeared to be intoxicated.

Empoirum  based state police are looking for anyone who can help them solve a mystery. They report that on May 19 a pair of helium balloons with a note attached to a ribbon on one of the balloons was located at 5637 Beachwood Road in Shippen Township. The note refers to the anniversary of the death of the author’s father and mentions a crime which may have occurred during that period of time, which was estimated to have taken place in 1994.  Anyone with information is asked to call the Emporium barracks at 814-486-3321.

Minor  injuries were reported for a Bradford woman involved in a collision Wednesday afternoon in Lafayette Township McKean county State Police at Lewis Run report Kalee Kloss failed  to yield after stopping at a marked sign at the intersection of Route 219 and Route 59.  Kloss  was traveling through the intersection into the travel lane as a Kia Sorento driven by Mark Reed of Ridgway was traveling south on Route 219.  Kloss’s Chevrolet Equinox hit the Reed’s SUV in the side and then traveled about 50 yards north on State Route 219 coming to rest in the parking lot of Tacks Inn restaurant.

A 33 year old Smethport man has been arrested for physical harassment for an incident allegedly taking place Wednesday night on Canfield Hollow Road in Eldred Township.  Troopers claimed the man fled in an unknown direction when they arrived on the scene.  Officers  determined that family members had engaged in a verbal and physical altercation.  victim is listed as a 65 year old Pennsylvania man.

State police at  Ridgway say a Bradford driver was hurt in one vehicle crash occurring last Sunday morning on the Ogrin Road in Highland Township. Jacob Walker was traveling south when he swerved his Jeep Cherokee to the right for unknown reasons.  The Jeep hit an embankment and rolled  over onto its roof before stopping. Walker was taken to UPMC Kane  for treatment of his injuries.

A campground  theft on the afternoon of July 13 is being investigated by State Police at Lewis Run.  Thieves made off with an EZ Up canopy valued at $100,  a Coleman gas lantern, Coleman gas heated shower valued at $150 and a medium gray tote valued at $20 belonging to a 63 year old Wilcox man.