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

CLOUDY TODAY HIGH  85

LOW TONIGHT IS 63.

PARTLY CLOUDY TOMORROW A HIGH OF 82

OVERNIGHT LOW OF 62

SATURDAY RAIN AND THUNDERSTORMS, A HIGH OF 81

AND AN OVERNIGHT LOW OF 66

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 epadvantagegtrant@pa.gov.

 

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.

Wednesday July 29, 2020

Wheat against the Night

Tuesday’ high,84; Overnight low, 57

CLOUDY TODAY WITH A CHANCE OF AN AFTERNOON SHOWER HIGH OF 86.

 CLEAR SKIES TONIGHT LOW 62.

 MOSTLY SUNNY TOMORROW HIGH OF 87

OVERNIGHT LOW OF 51.

FRIDAY, MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A HIGH IN THE HIGH 80s

Unemployment rate is improving in region….Wycoff run to be closed for road work….Traffic will be detoured around Route 246 bridge…..All PA nursing homes have been tested for virus….cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area holding mostly steady….ID Theft in Tioga County under investigation….Port Allegany man accused of  hitting woman during argument….Two fugitives picked up by Lewls Run state police….

The unemployment picture in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area has improved in most of the counties we cover.  Potter County held steady between May and June at 12.3%. However, McKean County went down from 15.2 to 12.8%. Cameron County saw a decrease from 20.2 to 15.9; Elk County saw a decrease from 19.6 to 17.8%; however,  Tioga County went up from 12.2 to 12.7%. Centre County has a best unemployment rate in Pennsylvania going down from 8.3 to 7.8%. And Monroe County has assumed the bottom position going down from 18.4 to 18%. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate here in Pennsylvania during the period was 13%  and in the US 11.1, as most regions are seeing an improvement following the virus, lockdown.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today that Wykoff Run Road (Route 2001) in Cameron County will be closed to through traffic during daylight hours, starting Monday, August 10. Various locations along the road will see underdrain work, as well as paving. The closure is expected to be in place through Friday, August 28 and a detour will be in place during that time. Work hours are set for 7:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Camp owners and residents will be able to access their properties during each day’s work hours. Through traffic will need to follow the signed detour. The detour will make use of Wykoff Run Road (Route 2001), Route 555, and Quehanna Highway (Route 2006). Motorists familiar with the area may consider alternate routes. The detour will be lifted outside of work hours.All work will be performed by PennDOT Cameron County Maintenance. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

PennDot has also announced that a Route 246 bridge in McKean County will close on Monday as replacement work gets underway. The bridge spans Baker Run near the village of Rixford in Otto Township. This concrete T-beam bridge was originally built in 1925, is 22-feet long, and carries an average of almost 1,200 vehicles each day. It will be replaced with a precast box culvert.  Starting August 3, the bridge will be closed, and demolition will begin. A detour will be in place to move travelers around the closure. The detour will make use of Route 246, Route 346, and Route 646. The closure and detour are expected to be in place until at least early September.This project is a cooperative effort between PennDOT McKean County Maintenance and L.C. Whitford  Co., Inc. of Wellsville, New York. The contractor will set the box culvert and perform paving. McKean County Maintenance will perform excavation, site prep, demolition of the existing bridge, backfill, and rock placement. All work is weather and schedule dependent. Work on the projects will be done in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the job site and relevant training.

The Department of Health has announced all 693 nursing homes in Pennsylvania have completed testing all residents and staff for COVID-19 at least once, in accordance with Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine’s universal testing order issued June 8.Universal testing requires each nursing home to test all staff and residents for COVID-19 at least once to better understand the scope of how COVID-19 has impacted these vulnerable communities across the state. The department’s goal with implementing this universal testing in nursing homes is to rapidly detect asymptomatic positive residents and staff, manage their care or appropriately exclude staff from work, and prevent further transmission of COVID-19 in these living settings.By completing universal testing, facilities are one step closer to achieving all prerequisites for their implementation plan to allow safe visitation, communal dining, activities and more based on the Department of Health’s Reopening Guidance for Nursing Homes.For frequently asked questions on universal testing in nursing homes, visit the Department of Health’s website .In addition, the department has completed more than 98 percent of the infection control surveys CMS required to be completed by the end of July. The remaining surveys will be completed in the next few days. Personal care homes, assisted living residences and immediate care facilities, licensed by the Department of Human Services, are ordered by Secretary of Health Dr. Levine to complete universal testing for COVID-19 at least once by August 31.All long-term care facility data is updated weekly each Tuesday. This long-term care facility data ordered by the Department of Health includes the number of cases, number of employee cases and number of deaths that have occurred at each facility. Facilities that are not reporting, or not reporting properly, have been assisted to ensure the data is being shared properly.For facilities with fewer than five in any of the collected data points, the information is redacted to protect patient confidentiality at that facility. If a facility does not have any COVID-19 cases or deaths, it will still be shown on the Department of Health spreadsheet.

Meanwhile,  The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 28, that there are 1,120 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 109,384. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area an additional case has been reported in Elk County, bringing its total up to 40; Tioga County has 34; McKean, 20; and Cameron 5. Across the border in New York State, Cattaraugus has gone up to 153 while Allegany County is holding at 74.

Allegheny County, PA is reporting an increase of 119 cases, Philadelphia County is an increase of 175 cases and Delaware County an increase of 118 cases.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 21 and July 27 is 162,937 with 6,526 positive cases. There were 24,428 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 27. These results represent the total number of tests administered.

There are 7,146 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 24 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 641 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 1,059,776 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 providers 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:

 

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 19,225 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,868 cases among employees, for a total of 23,093 at 835 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of our total deaths, 4,857 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

Approximately 8,045 the total cases are in health care workers.

Troopers at Mansfield are investigating an ID theft, victimizing a 67 year old Wellsboro man. An unknown thief opened a credit card on July 1 in the victim’s name without his consent and the investigation is continuing.

A 34 year old Port Allegany man has been arrested for physical harassment in connection to a domestic violence assault allegedly taking place at around 11:30pm last Wednesday, July 22 on South Main Street in that town. Authorities say they determined that the man and his girl friend became involved in an argument which became physical. During the disagreement, the suspect allegedly slapped the victim across the face.

Two fugitives  were arrested by State Police and committed to the McKean County jail  on felony warrants. State police say they conducted a welfare check on a vehicle that had pulled off to the side of the road on Route 219 and Route 59 in Lafayette Township at around 1:30am Sunday and both individuals  were found to be wanted by Foster Township police. They were taken  into custody and transported to a district judge for arraignment.

DUI charges are being brought against a 27 year old Bradford resident who was pulled over on Congress Street in the city Monday evening for an alleged traffic violation. Police say they determined he was driving his 2008 Toyocar Van Container Trailer under the influence.

A Jamestown New York resident is suspected of DUI after he was stopped by State Police at Route 321 and Five Mile Road in Wetmore Township  Saturday evening. Charges are being filed in District Court.

A 19 year old Galeton resident has been arrested for DUI by Mansfield base State Police who reported around 3:30am Sunday the suspect was pulled over for traffic violations and allegedly found to be operating his 2005 Chevy Trailblazer under the influence of alcohol.

DUI charges are also pending against a 41 year old Bradford  man who was stopped by State Police on Boylston Street at Kennedy Street in the city Saturday evening for suspicion of driving his 2000 Chevrolet under the influence.

An Enola, Pennsylvania couple escaped injury in  a one vehicle crash occurring Sunday evening in Delmar Township Tioga County. State police  report Jeffrey Barlup was going north on Route 287 when he drove his Volkswagen Atlas off the side of the road and hit a utility pole, where it came to rest off the right side of the highway. He and his wife Tracey were both using seatbelts and were not hurt.

Both drivers escaped injury in  a rear end collision occurring Saturday night on Main Street in Eldred Borough.  State police report the collision occurred near the intersection with Chrisman Street while both vehicles were headed north. 18 year old Dalton Dewert of Corning New York was following a Honda VTX driven by Tyler Salada of Port Allegany  and failed to notice that Salada was slowing down and allowed his Chevy Trailblazer to run into the back of the Salada unit

State Police at Lewis Run are investigating a hit and  run occurring Saturday afternoon on High Street in Mount Jewett.  An unknown vehicle when off the road and hit a 2014 Chevrolet Chrysler 2000  owned by Christopher Yoder of Mount Jewett.  The unknown driver fled the scene.  Damage was reported to a mirror on the parked unit.

 

 

Tuesday July 28, 2020

Monday’s high, 90; Overnight low, 70; trace of rain

TODAY A CHANCE OF AN AFTERNOON SHOWER OTHERWISE CLOUDY,  HIGH 86.

LOW TONIGHT 62.

MOSTLY SUNNY TOMORROW HIGH OF 87

OVERNIGHT LOW OF 61.

THURSDAY MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 89 CHANCE OF ISOLATED SHOWERS

 THURSDAY NIGHT LOW OF 64.

 PennDot seeks public input on safety….PennDot is also seeking winter employees…..Covid cases hold steady in region…..Mansfield state police investigate fatal drug overdose…… https://soundcloud.com/user-159792485/black-forest-broadcasting-podcast-72820

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is seeking motorists’ input on traffic safety and driving behaviors through its annual online Highway Safety Survey found at www.PennDOT.gov/Safety.The results from this annual survey help PennDot gauge participants’ attitudes on highway safety, and potentially allow the department  to adjust safety activities to further reduce crashes and fatalities. Officials say it takes only five minutes to complete. All responses, including the “comments” fields, are anonymous. More than 10,000 people responded to last year’s survey. Notably, nearly 91 percent of respondents said they always wear a seat belt and 89 percent said they never drive while impaired. When asked which behaviors distracted them while driving in the last month, only 14 percent of respondents indicated “Using a hand-held cell phone” was a distraction. Thirty-eight percent of those surveyed indicated “Adjusting the radio or climate controls” was a distraction, while 37 percent indicated they were distracted by an object outside of the vehicle. For more information on our highway safety efforts, visit www.PennDOT.gov/Safety.

Follow PennDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/PennDOTNews, Instagram at www.instagram.com/pennsylvaniadot/, and Facebook at www.facebook.com/PennsylvaniaDepartmentofTransportation.I

Individuals seeking seasonal employment are encouraged to apply for a variety of winter maintenance positions now open at PennDOT.The program runs from September through April and includes positions for transportation equipment operators, diesel and construction equipment mechanics, automotive mechanics, tradesman helpers, welders and radio dispatchers. Additional details about the positions, along with the job application, are available at employment.pa.gov. Click on “Open Jobs” and then go to “PennDOT Seasonal Winter Jobs. Harrisburg, PA –

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., July 27, that there are 839 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 108,264. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Fortunately, those in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area has held steady for the last couple of days. Tioga  County has 34; Elk, 39; McKean, 26; Potter 20 and Cameron 5. In neighboring New York State, Cattaraugus has gone up to 151 while Allegany County  has 74.Allegheny County Pennsylvania  is reporting an increase of 180 cases and Philadelphia County is reporting an increase of 166 cases.The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between July 20 and July 26 is 159, 495 with 6,398 positive cases. There were 17,738 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., July 26. These results represent the total number of tests administered. There are 7,122 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 4 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 according to health officials.

 

There are 641 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 1,042,424 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. The department is seeing significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases among younger age groups, particularly 19 to 24-year-olds.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 19,157 resident cases of COVID-19, and 3,837 cases among employees, for a total of 22,994 at 831 distinct facilities in 61 counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,851 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 7,974 the total cases are in health care workers.

State police  at Mansfield are continuing their investigation into a fatal drug overdose occurring Friday, July 17  on Elk Run Road in Gaines Township Troopers say they were called to the home of a 35 year old Gaines woman who was unresponsive and in full arrest. She was pronounced dead at the scene and the investigation is continuing.