Tuesday June 9, 2020

Monday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 46

PARTLY CLOUDY TODAY, HIGH 86

MOSTLY CLEAR TONIGHT. A LOW OF 63.

CLEAR TOMORROW A HIGH OF 86

OVERNIGHT LOW OF 60.

ON THURSDAY SUNNY, COOLER, HIGH 75

CLEAR THURSDAY NIGHT, A LOW OF 53

 

The Potter County Ed Council Ed2go offers variety of online courses….Covid cases continue to decline…region’s cases hold steady….Kayak stolen in Elk County…32 year old arrested for January burglary in Harrison Township…SUV collides with deer in Tioga County…PC Commissioners to hold hearing Thursday night on DCED-Covid programs…

The Education Council’s partnership with ed2go offers a wide range of highly interactive courses that you can take entirely over the Internet. All of the courses include expert instructors, many of whom are nationally known authors. These online courses are affordable, fun, fast, convenient and geared just for you, and there are courses available in all skill levels, from basic to advanced.

One very relevant ed2go area of study is grant writing. Ed2go offers a number of grant writing course options, including A to Z Grant Writing, Writing Effective Grant Proposals, Nonprofit Management and Grant Writing, and several others. These informative courses will equip you with the skills and tools you need to write grants. You’ll learn how to raise needed funds by discovering how and where to look for potential funders who are a good match for their organization. Students  also learn how to network and develop true partnerships with a variety of funders, how to organize a successful grant writing campaign, and how to put together a complete proposal package.

People who have taken ed2go classes give the program high praise. They report that the site is user friendly and the instructors are knowledge and responsive. For more information about grant writing courses or any of the  hundreds of others offered, visit https://www.ed2go.com/pcec/.

– The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 8, that there are 351 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 75,943. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

There are 5,953 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 10 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

There are 620 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 451,387 patients who have tested negative to date. Pennsylvania has a recovery rate of 71%.

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 16,167 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,807 cases among employees, for a total of 18,974 at 615 distinct facilities in 45 counties.(None here in  the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area).Out of the total deaths, 4,094 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 5,742 of the total cases are in health care workers.

Ridgway State Police are investigating the theft of a kayak from 5636 Highland Road in Jones Township, Elk County last Thursday. The blue white Old Town Vapor 10 foot kayak is valued at $400 and belonged to Robert Emmer of Kane. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at Ridgway 814-776-6136.

And a 26 year old Bronco, a woman has been cited for DUI. patrol officers allegedly observed the woman’s Dodge Dart, committing traffic violations and when they pulled her over on Route 219, she was suspected of driving under the influence and was taken to Penn Highlands elk for a legal blood draw.

State Police at Ridgway arrested a 21 year old Brockway man for DUI after he was pulled over in the 4500 block of Route 219 in Horton Township, Elk County Sunday morning. His name was not released.

While routine patrol officers, noticed a 26 year old Brockway woman driving a 2013 Dodge Dart, apparently under the influence of alcohol. When they questioned the driver, they determined she had been driving under the influence. She was placed under arrest and taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a legal blood draw and charges are pending those results.

Coudersport  State Police are investigating a scattering of rubbish incident occurring last Thursday evening at 465 West Hebron Road in Hebron Township. Someone dumped trash along the highway on land owned by Michael Rigas of Coudersport.

The  theft of a  check, belonging to an Allegany  township woman is also being investigated by state police at Coudersport. A stimulus  check for $1700 was stolen from Amanda Silsby last Friday. The investigation is continuing .

A criminal mischief Baker Hollow Road in Hebron  township Potter County is also being investigated by state police at Coudersport. Someone cut a road sign in half. Anyone who knows anything about that vandalism is asked to call the Coudersport barracks at 814. 274.8690.

Troopers  at Coudersport are looking for the owner of an abandoned ATV found at 1222 Grover Hollow Road in Birmingham Township last week. The vehicle was towed from the scene and the investigation is continuing.

32 year old Justin Fuhrer  no address given has been arrested for burglary. State police at Coudersport  say that he was the one responsible for stealing a five gallon red gas tank filled with diesel fuel, owned by James Katie of McCutcheon  Road Harrison Township back on January 9.

Monday June 8, 2020

Sunday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 43

SUNNY TODAY A HIGH OF 77.

CLEAR TONIGHT LOW 56.

SUNNY AGAIN TOMORROW WARMER WITH A HIGH OF 87.

CLEAR TOMORROW NIGHT LOW 62 ON WEDNESDAY CHANCE OF SCATTERED SHOWERS, A HIGH OF 85 AND AN OVERNIGHT LOW OF 61

People are speculating about the increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the area. Potter County had held at 4 from March until sometime last week and now has gone up to 11 cases. Elsewhere around the region Tioga  has 19, McKean 13, Elk 6 and Cameron 2.There are  a total of 51 cases here in Pennsylvania Counties  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Across the border in New York State,  Allegany County has gone up to 51 and Cattaraugus  has risen to 94 cases.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 6, that there are 701 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 75,086. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

There are 5,931 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 45 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

There are 620 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 435,122 patients who have tested negative to date. Pennsylvania now has a  71% 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 16,056 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,793 cases among employees, for a total of 18,849 at 613 distinct facilities in 45 counties. (None in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area). Out of the total deaths, 4,092 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 5,703 of the total cases are in health care workers.

State Police at Lewis Run say that a 63 year old woman from Caledonia, New York was killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon in Hamlin Township.  Police did not release her name but report she was riding on a Harley Davidson operated by a 76 year old man also from Caledonia.  Both were using helmets. The accident occurred about a mile south of Route 6 in Hamlin Township. The bike was going south when it went off the east side of the road struck an embankment off the left shoulder and overturned. The operator whose name was not released was transported by Medivac from the scene to UPMC Hamot.  The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. Police were assisted by several emergency services personnel.

State Police  at Lewis Run also report investigating a possible DUI related crash occurring Saturday evening on a forestry road in Corydon Township. A 2800 Ruckus was traveling south at a high rate of speed and went out of control. The operator fell from the vehicle onto the roadway. He was allegedly determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol and charges are pending in district court.

 A 43 year old Portville,  New York resident has been cited for DUI after troopers pulled him over on Main Street at  Canfield Hall Road in Eldred Borough Saturday night for a traffic violation. They allegedly found that he was driving his Dodge Ram under the influence of alcohol.

A hit and run occurring last Thursday night just before midnight on Route 44 in Ceres Township McKean County is being investigated by troopers at Lewis Run. An unknown vehicle went off the Bells Run  Road  and sideswiped a utility pole with a passenger side. The driver regained control and fled the scene headed north.   The  vehicle lost a red bed cap and likely suffered damage to the passenger side. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at Lewis Run 814-368-9230.

A 35 year old Johnsonburg resident has been cited for DUI in  connection to a crash occurring late Thursday night in Hamilton Township McKean County, the man whose name was not released. was arrested when state police responding  to a domestic violence incident and found that the suspect was driving a 2016 Chrysler  Patriot.  He was located and detained by police and after investigation,  he was taken into custody on suspicion of driving under the influence. He  was also found to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia according to police . Charges are pending in District Court.

A 57 year Smethport man  has been cited for DUI after he was stopped on Barnum Road in Eldred Township last Wednesday night for a traffic violation. Police arrested him  for DUI with drugs .Charges are also pending against him in District Court.  DUI charges are also pending in connection to a one vehicle crash occurring Friday afternoon in Liberty township McKean County. Police did not release the name of the driver. A Chevy Malibu veered off the south side of Combs Creek road while traveling east. The driver over corrected and lost control of the car causing it to reenter the road,cross  both lanes of travel and strike a bridge railing where it became disabled and had to be towed from the scene. The operator whose name was not released was wearing a seatbelt and sustained minor injuries and was taken to Bradford Regional Medical Center for evaluation. Police say that during the investigation, they determined that the driver was operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs.

A theft. victimizing a 43 year old Eldred woman is under investigation by troopers at Lewis Run. Someone took money from a bank account belonging to a 43 year old woman through MoneyGram withdrawals. The  investigation is continuing.  the amount of money involved was not released by troopers..

 

 

Friday June 5, 2020

Thursday’s high,80; Overnight low, 64; .33” of rain

BE A FEW ISOLATED SHOWERS TODAY A HIGH OF 79.

POSSIBLE SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TONIGHT LOW 60.

MOSTLY SUNNY TOMORROW LESS HUMID. A HIGH OF 75. MOSTLY CLEAR TOMORROW NIGHT, LOW OF 48.

AND ON SUNDAY SUNNY WITH A HIGH OF 68

PC Commissioners confirm two more cases of Covid-19… PA has a 69% recovery rate…..Rep. Causer will resume veterans’ representatives sessions….Farmers market open this afternoon in Coudersport…..Virtual trail hike planned for tomorrow in Cameron County…Coudersport volunteer fire department will have a drive-thru chicken bbq Saturday…No foul play suspected in death of North Carolina man at Stevenson Dam…Eldred man accused of threatening another…Theft of items from Mills, PA residence investigated by State Police

This is not what we wanted to hear there’s been an increase in COVID-19 cases in the region. Commissioner Barry Hayman announced yesterday that there are now two more cases here in Potter county and he’s asking people to continue to mask up and follow  the CDC guidelines. “I do want to refer to the fact that we are now at the end of our first week and the green phase and originally wanted to say how blessed we are with only four confirmed cases of COVID. And no fatalities. And the sure you plan to say something. News changes that. And we were told this morning, we have two more cases of COVID confirmed but we’re so blessed because we have no fatalities in the county. And I guess what’s prompting me to say this or to bring this up is that I know we’re all tired of hearing and learning and talking about and dealing with COVID but it doesn’t care. It doesn’t go away. It’s a virus and we have to be mindful of that, I had a friend email me last week late last week with  the slogan that ‘if you care you wear’ and and I guess what’s bringing me to this point is more and more, I’m seeing fewer and fewer folks masking up. Now the beauty is we live in an area where you don’t have to be masked very long. usually only when you go to the store or in town unless of course you’re an employee and a business that requires you to, to wear a mask and that is difficult. And while we’re blessed in so many ways, there are some of us that are still suffering. And we’re all cognizant of that. If you’re a business man or woman and had to close down and lost your source of income, or if you’re an employee of those businesses and were furloughed, that’s  a severe price to pay. And again, we’re mindful of that. But I get a little discouraged when I hear people get upset about the fact they feel that their rights are being somehow infringed upon by being asked to wear a mask. And it really belies the point the fact that we have two more cases were notified this morning, belies the fact that this is not an infringement on anybody civil rights. This is a simple public health request. And by wearing a mask, you’re demonstrating probably in the most simplest form and the most basic form, human kindness and concern for others.”

Potter County  Commissioner Barry Heyman announcing the  county now has six cases. You can hear the complete discussion about COVID-19 by the Potter County Commissioners during yesterday’s meeting, on our website, Black Forest broadcasting.com. Elsewhere around the region, Tioga has 19; McKean, 13 Elk 6; Potter 6; and Cameron 2. Across the border in New York State, Allegany County has 49 and Cattaraugus has gone up to 91.

 

 

 

The Department of Health distributed the fourth shipment of the investigational antiviral medication, remdesivir, to treat patients in the hospital with COVID-19. Yesterday, 4,400 doses of medication were sent to 73 hospitals. The federal government distributed the shipment to the department on Wednesday, June 3 and this entire allotment has been shipped to Pennsylvania hospitals.

The Department of Health first distributed 1,200 doses of the medication to 51 hospitals across Pennsylvania on May 12. A second round of 7,938 doses was sent to 79 hospitals on May 15 and May 18, and a third round was distributed to 81 hospitals on May 22. The hospitals that have received these shipments were determined based on the number of COVID-19 patients at the hospital over a recent seven-day period, and the severity of the illness of those patients based on whether they are on a ventilator. The department will continue to work with its federal partners to acquire more doses of this medication to serve more patients across Pennsylvania.

Remdesivir is given to a patient through an IV once per day for up to 10 days, depending on how critically ill the patient is. According to the FDA, remdesivir may help decrease the amount of coronavirus in the body, which may lead to a faster recovery.

Meanwhile The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., June 4, that there are 537 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 73,942. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19.

There are 5,817 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 75 new deaths. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website. There are 618 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 416,942 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 15,848 resident cases of COVID-19, and 2,740 cases among employees, for a total of 18,588 at 613 distinct facilities in 45 counties. Out of the total deaths, 3,895 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. Approximately 5,601 of our total cases are in health care workers.

In an effort to ensure area veterans receive the services and support they need, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) announced he will resume hosting a veterans service representative from the American Legion at his local offices this month.

Appointments by phone are encouraged; however, in-person appointments are also available. To protect the health and safety of veterans and staff, only one appointment will be scheduled per hour to allow for cleaning and social distancing. To avoid overlap with others, veterans should not arrive early for their appointments. At the request of the Legion representative, they also must wear a mask.

 

 

 

The schedule is as follows:

Kane office: Wednesday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Kane office is located at 55 Fraley St. Please call 814-837-0880 to schedule an appointment.

Bradford office: Wednesday, June 24, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Bradford office is located at 78 Main St., first floor. Please call 814-362-4400 to schedule an appointment.

Coudersport office: Thursday, July 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Coudersport office is located at 107 S. Main St. Please call 814-274-9769 to schedule an appointment.

Assistance is available with issues such as compensation, education, pension, health care and death benefits. Veterans need not be a member of the American Legion to participate.

The Potter county Farmer’s Market is open  from 1 pm to 5 pm today. Here is a list of who will be there and what they plan on bringing.

Card Creek Bakery will bring a variety of fresh homemade bread, and in addition, will bring a few assorted greens.

Barbara’s Creations will be there with bags, scarves, zipper jewelry, baby shoes, and puppets.

Mahlon Davenport will be bringing woodcrafts, bowls, bird houses and feeders, cutting boards, etc., as well as rhubarb.

Mike Thompson will be bringing really nice beet greens, spinach, radishes, Spring onions, and  lettuce, as well as Rough Ryder Brand knives and will be doing knife sharpening.

Miles Farm Produce will be there with Rhubarb, Asparagus & Parsley.

Blue Marble Farm will be there with Mini Romaine Lettuce, French Breakfast Radishes, Green Garlic and more. We will also have a few vegetable plants and Black Raspberry plants.

Card Creek Wine will be there with an assortment of artisan wines.

The Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department will have a chicken barbecue starting at 11 and continuing until gone. Drive through pick up. $10 for a dinner; $7 for a half.

Saturday  is National Trails Day.  A virtual hike is planned in Cameron County.  Participants are encouraged to select a trail in the county and take a selfie.  Use the hashtags #NationalTrailsDay and #HikeCameronCounty when posting to social media.  The chamber of commerce will randomly select winners from the posts. “This is one event where you can social distance,”  says executive director Tina Solak.  The chamber is continuing to plan for a golf outing and Weekend in the Wilds.  Admitting both of those events may look different as the chamber will follow the Covid-19 guidelines from the PA Department of Health.

 

 

 

 

Emporium based state police say no foul play is suspected in the death of 75 year old Richard Zemencik of Pinehurst North Carolina whose body was found Wednesday evening north of the Boat Launch area at Sinnemahoning State Park.. State police were assisted at the scene by several area emergency departments.

State Police at Lewis Run, have arrested a 22 year old Eldred man for criminal mischief. Authorities claim that when they went to a report of a domestic incident on Edson street in Eldred borough Sunday morning, they found the hood of a 2011 Chevrolet belonging to a 55 year old Eldred  man damaged and charges have been brought against are being brought against the 22 year old suspect, whose name was not released.

 A Kane driver escaped injury in a car deer collision occurring early Monday morning on Route 321. In Wetmore Township McKean County, Rochelle Causer, was driving a Dodge Caravan north when several deer came onto the highway Causer overcompensated causing the vanV to go off the road and strike a guardrail.

A 26 year old Eldred resident as been arrested for harassment for an incident allegedly taking place Tuesday afternoon on the Coleville  Road in Ott Township. Authorities claim that the suspect whose name was also not released, antagonized and threatened a 51 year old man and charges are being filed in District Court

 A criminal mischief occurring at 136 School Street in Wetmore Township, McKean County is being probed by troopers at Lewis Run. Someone vandalized a roadway  at that location Tuesday.

Troopers at Lewis Run are also investigating a forgery taking place earlier this week. A fraudulent check had been withdrawn from an account belonging to a 28 year old Kane woman in the amount of $42.000.

Troopers at Lewis Run are also investigating a pornography/ obscene material incident occurring sometime since early March of possible child pornography in Lewis Run Borough.

 Coudersport based State Police are investigating a burglary taking place on Route 49 West in Harrison Township Monday. An  empty red gallon gas tank and catalytic converter were stolen from property owned by Bruce Madison of Mills. Anyone with information about that the left is asked to call the state police barracks had 814-274-8690