Friday June 12, 2020

The Potter County Commissioners held a public hearing June 11, 2020 in the Gunzburger  Building regarding the 2020 Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response Program. The County has been allocated $166,152 to help entities deal with the economic impact of Covid-19. Project summaries are due June 26, 2020 and the Commissioners’ selections will be announced during the board’s regular public  meeting Thursday July 2, 2020. A final public hearing is scheduled for Thursday July 16, 2020 also during the regular commissioners’ meeting. Individuals  or groups wishing to be considered should contact the commissioners’ office at 814.274.8290. Thursday’s meeting was both in-person and via conference call. Those attending in person included Alex Fish, Laurie Shear representing the Potter County Artisan Center, Gerri Miller, Potter County Artisan Center and Black Forest Broadcasting,  Gary Gunzburger, representing Eulalia Cemtery and Commissioners Nancy Grupp and Barry Hayman. Tyler Dombroski, Senior Program Analyst for the SEDA-COG  Community Devlopment Program conducted the hearing via Zoom and answered questions from those attending.

Thursday’s high, 90; Overnight low,43

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY A HIGH OF 72.

MOSTLY CLEAR TONIGHT AND LOW 44.

MOSTLY SUNNY AGAIN TOMORROW BUT COOLER A HIGH OF 63

CHANCE  SPOTTY SHOWERS TOMORROW NIGHT A LOW OF 42. SUNDAY, A MIXTURE OF CLOUDS

SUN WITH A HIGH OF 67

PA House passes legislation to strengthen elder abuse laws….. Vets in Bath VA Hospital will  be treated to a family parade Saturday….Virus  cases slowly inch up in the region….Mansfield based state police investigate reported sexual assault of two young Lawrenceville boys….

For many months of COVID-19 restrictions, which have included quarantine for the safety of our most vulnerable population, Bath Community  Living Center residents have not physically seen their loved ones or been able to have time out of doors. The Bath CLC teams have organized this parade as one of many creative events designed to celebrate and encourage the Veterans and their loved ones during this time of physical separation. A VA fire truck will lead the parade, and organizers anticipate that community participation will include approximately sixty vehicles. CLC residents have written messages on signs they will be holding up for their loved ones to see as they drive by.  VA Finger Lakes Healthcare System continues to be proud of the Bath VA CLC staff for the work they do to successfully keep residents COVID-19 free.

The Pennsylvania House this week took a strong stance against the abuse of elderly residents when it unanimously approved Rep. Kate Klunk’s (R-Hanover) House Bill 400. The legislation seeks to end the public shaming of care-dependent Pennsylvanians on the internet, specifically on social media.

Specifically, Klunk’s bill would create a new subsection to the abuse of a care-dependent person in the Crimes Code. It would make it a crime for a caretaker to share any audio, video or still image of a care-dependent person in any format, medium or through any electronic service pertaining to communication with the intent to ridicule them as a type of abuse. The bill grades this type of abuse as a third-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a fine up to $2,500. House Bill 400 now goes to the Senate for consideration.

June is World Elder Abuse Month. Sadly, one in 10 Americans aged 60 or older has been the victim of some form of elder abuse. Elder abuse includes physical, emotional and sexual abuse, as well as exploitation, neglect and abandonment. Perpetrators range from a victim’s children or spouse to staff at nursing homes, assisted living and other facilities. Scammers who prey on the elderly are also perpetrators of elder abuse.

Signs of abuse are isolation, weight loss, bruises or broken bones, increased confusion, unusual withdrawals from bank accounts and signing over a home to another person.

If you are the victim of elder abuse, or if you suspect someone you know is a victim, please don’t hesitate to report it. Report incidents to your local police department by calling 911 or call the state’s 24-hour abuse hotline at 1-800-490-8505. Kate clunk of Hanover

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 11, that there are 467 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 77,313. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.there are 6,113 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 51 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website. The number of cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area continues to creep up. Tioga County now has 20; McKean 13; Potter 12; Elk 6; and Cameron County. In nearby New York State, Cattaraugus County has 98 and Allegany County has 53.

There are 630  Pennsylvania 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 476,439 patients who have tested negative to date. Pennsylvania has a 72% recovery rate.

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 16,357 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,871 cases among employees, for a total of 19,228 at 627 distinct facilities in 45 counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,215 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities–none here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Approximately 5,888 of the total cases are in health care workers.

 

Mansfield base State Police are investigating a suspected indecent assault of two young children in Lawrenceville  at around 5:20pm on May 21 at a residence on Red House Lane. The victims are listed as a five year old boy And an 11 year old boy and the investigation is continuing.

 

Thursday June 11, 2020

Wednesday’s high, 92; Overnight low, 65; .16” of rain

PARTLY SUNNY TODAY A HIGH OF 76.

CLOUDS INCREASING TONIGHT LOW 53.

CLEAR TOMORROW A HIGH OF 78 MIX OF CLOUDS AND CLEAR SKIES TOMORROW NIGHT A LOW OF 53.

SOME SHOWERS POSSIBLE ON SATURDAY WITH A COOLER HIGH OF 72.

PARTLY CLOUDY SATURDAY NIGHT. A LOW OF 51

Photo by John Eaton

Sally and Jeff Jones of Between Two Rivers Maple Products are shown with their homemade maple syrup, maple cream, maple sugar and maple candy. They are not wearing masks in this photo but do wear them during market hours. They are among the many vendors at the Wellsboro Growers Market which is open Thursday afternoons throughout the summer.

 

Two area lawmakers introduce bills to  help broadband expansion…..Covid cases creep up in region…State police at Coudersport and Mansfield investigate possible child endangerment cases….Suspected rape of young Austin girl under investigation

Two area lawmakers have sponsored legislation to improve broadband in rural Pennsylvania. The state House has approved Rep. Clint Owlett’s (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) legislation to boost broadband access across rural Pennsylvania.“Owlett said “The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our schools, businesses and health care system has shone a light on just how badly our students, families, business owners and medical providers need broadband service, and they need it as soon as possible.” House Bill 2438 aims to help expedite the process and control costs by allowing rural electric cooperatives to deploy broadband service under their existing easements. The bill also authorizes cooperatives to allow other providers to access their easements. Finally, if a cooperative chooses to use an easement for broadband services, other providers would automatically have the right to use the easement for broadband purposes as well. The bill now goes to the Senate.

The House has  also approved legislation authored by Reps. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) and George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland) that would create a grant program to boost investment in the service.

“Reliable, high-speed internet service is not a luxury; it is a necessity,” Causer said.

House Bill 2348 would create the Unserved High-Speed Broadband Funding Program and fund it, in part, by repealing the Mobile Telecommunications Broadband Investment Tax Credit. This credit is currently limited to $5 million per year and is available to mobile telecommunication providers to invest in broadband equipment in Pennsylvania. Under the bill, the $5 million would instead be directed toward a grant program.

Under the bill, the grant program would be administered by the Commonwealth Financing Authority. Along with the $5 million appropriation called for in the bill, additional state and federal funding could be directed to the account and used for grant awards.

Entities eligible for grants would include nongovernmental entities with the technical, managerial and financial expertise to design, build and operate high-speed broadband service infrastructure within this Commonwealth; and rural electric cooperatives or local development districts in the Commonwealth. Any nongovernmental entity that qualifies for a grant would have to invest from its own funds at least 25% of the project cost.

Preference would be given to projects in the most unserved areas of the Commonwealth as defined by the Federal Communications Commission’s minimum speed requirements and to projects that already have federal funding allocated to them. The House also approved House Bill 2438, which would allow rural electric cooperatives to use their existing infrastructure to deploy fiber lines for broadband service. Both bills now go to the Senate for consideration.

On behalf of the millions of Pennsylvanians who remain out of work and who are struggling every day to feed their families, pay their bills and protect their livelihoods, today the House passed a resolution to end the COVID-19 emergency declaration with bipartisan support.

“Since early March, Pennsylvanians across the Commonwealth have dealt with the heavy hand of government as a result of this declaration,” House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) said. “The governor has used the power afforded to him under this declaration without input from the Legislature, suspending state laws, spending money without legislative approval, and his most unfair action of all, shutting down the family-sustaining careers of millions of Pennsylvanians.”

Under the Pennsylvania Constitution, the General Assembly has the authority to terminate a state of disaster emergency at any time by concurrent resolution. Upon adoption of the resolution, the governor must issue an executive order or proclamation ending the state of disaster emergency. Yesterday’s  House vote completes the concurrent resolution process.

“Today’s vote reflects the actions of millions of Pennsylvanians who are already back at work, social distancing and making their own choices to protect themselves while also providing for their families and promoting equality for every resident of the Commonwealth.”

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 10, that there are 410 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 76,846. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. Cases keep creeping up in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area. Potter County now has 12 cases; McKean, 13; Tioga 19; Elk, 6 and 2 in Cameron County. Pennsylvania now has a recovery rate of 72%. Across the border, Cattaraugus County has 96 and Allegany  County, 52.

There are 6,062 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 48 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

There are 631 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 467,329 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 16,309 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,845 cases among employees, for a total of 19,154 at 623 distinct facilities in 45 counties. Out of the  total deaths, 4,199 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 5,837 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Mansfield based State Police have arrested a 25 year old Wellsboro  man for strangulation following an altercation Tuesday evening on South First Street in Knoxville borough. The suspect whose name was not released is accused of strangling a 21 year old Wellsboro man during an argument.

Troopers  at Mansfield are continuing to investigate an endangering welfare of children on Seymour Hill Road in Sullivan township last Friday evening. Police claim that two children,  a six year old boy and a nine year old boy from Sullivan Township were home alone and the investigation is continuing.

 Minor injuries were reported for a passenger in a collision occurring Monday evening in Richmond Township Tioga  County. According to Mansfield base state police, the collision occurred as Eion Hicks- Lee of Blossburg was attempting to enter Lambs Creek Road from a closed US Army Corps of Engineers road to travel south and Stephen Rios of Mansfield was traveling north on Lambs Creek Road. Hicks-Lee pulled out in front  of Rios and his Kia Spectra  struck the right front corner of the Toyota Corolla driven by Rios. Minor injuries were reported for Daniel Knowlton of Mansfield who was riding  in the Hicks -Lee unit.

State police did not release details but say that a Ford Explorer, driven by Louise Keller of Troy and a Chevy Silverado driven by Randall Smith of Mansfield collided at the intersection of Route 6 and Mainsburg Road Monday afternoon.

Troopers didn’t release the name of the driver of a 2018 Hyundai Accent, which wrecked on Ore Bed Road  in Richmond township Tuesday . The driver was unable to see the road due to the sun and her Hyundai Accent went into a ditch where it came to rest. The female driver was wearing her seatbelt and escaped injury.

29 year old Dustin Lockwood Williamsport has been arrested by Mansfield base state police for criminal trespass.  beliefs claim that he drove an ATV onto a field along Route 660 in Covington Township, owned by Clifford Frost,  Lockwood Williamsport  allegedly drove his ATV onto a field which was properly posted against trespassing.

State police at Coudersport  are investigating a reported rape taking place last Friday morning on Foster Street in the borough of Austin. Police  say that the victim is a 13 year old Austin girl and the investigation is continuing. Troopers are also investigating the discovery of two firearms which do not have serial numbers. They were located along Howard Road in Harrison Township on June 1. One is a sawed off shotgun.

State Police at Coudersport  are continuing to investigate a report of reckless endangerment also on Howard road in Harrison Township. Saturday night troopers investigated a report of a gun shot being fired at that location and the investigation is continuing. Anyone who can shed light on the incident is asked to call the barracks at 814-274-8690.

Troopers are also probing a possible endangerment of a child occurring in Coudersport borough Sunday at around 5:48am on Saturday Main Street in Coudersport. Troopers say that they were called to that location when two young children were observed running on the sidewalks in the borough and troopers responded and returned the children to their home and the investigation continues.

Wednesday June 10, 2020

Tuesday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 68; sprinkles

PARTLY CLOUDY TODAY WITH CLOUDS INCREASING A WARM HIGH OF 87.

MOSTLY CLOUDY TONIGHT A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS A LOW OF 62.

MOSTLY CLOUDY, WITH SOME LEFTOVER SHOWERS POSSIBLE TOMORROW COOLER, A HIGH OF 72

OVERNIGHT LOW OF 55.

FRIDAY, MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A HIGH IN THE LOW 70s

State parks re-opening in phases….number of cases remains steady in the Black Forest Broadcasting area…. Deaths declining in PA…..Public hearing on Potter County’s application for DCED coronavirus program…..Kersey man arrested for DUI…

 Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn has announced the phased reopening of state parks and forest facilities continues Friday, June 5, in southeast and northeast Pennsylvania in line with Governor Tom Wolf’s direction to ensure Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation and help maintain positive physical and mental health. Facilities in 19 state parks will be reopening as the following counties move from the red to yellow phases of the state’s phased reopening plan:

Berks

Bucks

Chester

Delaware

Lackawanna

Lancaster

Lehigh

Montgomery

Northampton

Philadelphia

The secretary noted state park swimming pools will remain closed through Friday, June 12.  Some pools in yellow phase and green phase counties will reopen on Saturday, June 13.

Capacity at beaches and pools will be limited to 50 percent of the normal facility capacity, the secretary noted. Mitigation measures will be in place, including restricting visitor parking, controlling facility access, social distancing and the wearing of face masks when not in the water. All Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance remains in effect.

Dunn reminded visitors lifeguards are on duty at beaches at two state parks: Fuller Lake, at Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Cumberland County, and Presque Isle State Park, Erie County.

Because of necessary maintenance work, swimming pools at Ryerson Station State Park, Greene County, and Codorus State Park, York County will not be opening for the 2020 season.

At the 19 state parks in the latest counties moving from red to yellow phase, Dunn said family campground sites and park offices are among facilities reopening. State forest district offices, including William Penn, are now open.

 

Facilities such as cabins, cottages, lodges, and yurts will be opening statewide Friday, June 12. In all DCNR facilities, additional cleaning protocols are in place to help protect park and forest visitors.

DCNR has followed Governor Wolf’s plan and process for reopening Pennsylvania using red, yellow and green colors to outline restrictions in place for that county. During this period, the public has been able to access DCNR trails, lakes, rivers, streams, forests, roads, and parking areas statewide for recreation.

All nine marinas in state parks are open. Shoreline mooring sites at all state parks also are open.

Boat concessions in yellow phase counties are permitted to be open, but in some cases are not. State parks should be called directly for more information about marinas and boat concessions.

All picnic pavilion reservations, playgrounds, nature play areas, interpretive centers, amphitheaters, and group camping facilities statewide will remain closed in yellow areas.

Picnic tables in state parks are dispersed to allow room to spread out and avoid crowds. Campsites and cabins should only be used by members living in the same household as part of COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

People are advised not to travel long distances for outdoor recreation, and instead should look for opportunities close to home. Pennsylvania has 6,000 local parks and more than 12,000 miles of trails available (check first to make sure they are open, as some local parks are closed).

Find open state park and forest facilities by county using the DCNR Reopening Map.

Visitors can help keep state parks and forest lands safe by following these practices:

Avoid crowded parking lots and trailheads

Bring a bag and either carry out your trash or dispose of it properly

Clean up after pets

Avoid activities that put you at greater risk of injury, so you don’t require a trip to the emergency      room

To help avoid exposure to COVID-19 and protect others, and still enjoy the outdoors:

Don’t hike or recreate in groups – go with those under the same roof, and adhere to social distancing (stay 6 feet apart)

Wear a mask

Take hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly

Avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose

Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow

If you are sick, stay home

 

Pennsylvania has 121 state parks, and 20 forest districts.

 

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The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 9, that there are 493 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 76,436. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.There are 6,014 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 61 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website. There are 625 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 459,248 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 16,247 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,824 cases among employees, for a total of 19,071 at 618 distinct facilities in 45 counties. Out of the total deaths, 4,117 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 5,796 of the total cases are in health care workers.

The  Potter County Commissioners will  be holding a public meeting on Thursday to discuss the DCED Coronavirus mitigation grants, as announced by Chairman Nancy Grupp at last week’s meeting. “We are going to be having a public hearing on June 11, for some DCED funds that we had applied for approximately $166,000. This is just the first step in how we’d like to how you would like the public would like to see the funds used. If there are going to be again restrictions on it. However, you can call in or zoom in, I believe, is on June 11 at 6pm. There’s an announcement out there in the paper out in the media as to how to do that and we would like to have the public participate.  So that we can get some ideas out there of how to use the funds in ways that benefit our county.”  Directions on how to join in virtually are on our website Black Forest Broadcasting.com.  People may attend in person but must wear masks, use the Main Street entrance and follow social distancing.

Ridgway based State Police have arrested a 50 year old Kersey man for DUI. After stopping him on Bennett’s Valley Highway at Lincoln street in Jones township Monday night for alleged traffic violations. Police claim they found that the suspect. whose name they did not release, was operating his 2008 Chevy Silverado under the influence of alcohol. He was taken to Penn Highlands for a legal blood draw and charges are pending those results.

Carolyn S. EATON, 59, of Mentor, OH, formerly of Genesee, PA, died March 1, 2020.  A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM, Sunday, June 14, 2020 in the Genesee United Methodist Church.  Rev. Rob Anderson will officiate.  CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines are recommended.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Carolyn S. EATON, please visit our floral store.