Thursday’s high, 77; Overnight low, 45

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY A HIGH OF 75.

CLOUDS INCREASING TONIGHT. MAYBE A SHOWER LOW IN THE LOW 40S.

MUCH COOLER TOMORROW, PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A HIGH OF AROUND 50.

MOSTLY CLEAR TOMORROW NIGHT WITH A LOW IN THE LOW 30S.

ON SUNDAY MOSTLY SUNNY BUT STILL COOL WITH A HIGH OF 50

CLOUDY SUNDAY NIGHT WITH THE LOW AND THE LOW 40S.

Energy grant program available to farmers and small business…..Virus cases continue to move up in region….Cameron County Camp burglary investigated by PSP…..Westfield man arrested for violating PFA…..Wellsboro man accused of physical harassment…. https://soundcloud.com/gerri-miller-611294886/black-forest-broadcasting-podcast-october-23-2020.

Grant funding for energy efficiency and pollution prevention projects for small business owners and farmers is still available from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) through the Small Business Advantage Grant program.

Pennsylvania farmers and other small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible for the grants. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses. Natural resource protection projects are exempt from the minimums; however, the projects must be able to quantify sediment and nutrient reductions into nearby waterways.

Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds for equipment or materials, up to $7,000, when adopting energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes. Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis, and will be accepted until fiscal year 2020-21 funds are exhausted, or Monday, April 12, 2021, whichever occurs first.

The complete grant application package is available by visiting the DEP Small Business Ombudsman’s Office’s site.

To contact the Small Business Ombudsman’s Office, call 717-772-5160 or email ra-epadvantagegrant@pa.gov.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., October 22, that there were 2,063 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 188,360. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area Tioga County has 132 cases; Elk, 102; McKean, 78; Potter 39 while Cameron is still holding at 8 cases. Across the border in New York State. Allegany County has 224 cases and Cattaraugus 434. Allegheny County Pennsylvania  is reporting an increase of 128 cases, Luzerne County is reporting an increase of 107 cases, Philadelphia County is reporting an increase of 111 cases and Westmoreland County is reporting an increase of 117 cases.

The number of cases reported today is one of the highest numbers reported since the beginning of the pandemic. However, there was a faulty data file sent to the system by a laboratory earlier this week, which prevented some of the lab results from being properly reported. Therefore, some of the cases being reported today should have been counted as part of the positive test results reported on October 21,

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between October 15 and October 21 is 231,483 with 10,375 positive cases. There were 37,114 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., October 21. There are 8,592 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 30 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Mask-wearing is still  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 2,185,079 individuals 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 24,990 resident cases of COVID-19, and 5,436 cases among employees, for a total of 30,426 at 1,036 distinct facilities in 62 counties. Out of the total deaths, 5,670 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities.

State Police at Emporium are investigating a camp burglary occurring sometime between August 3 and October 3 along the First Fork Road in Grove Township. Police did not release details except to say that the camp is owned by a 74 year old Bassett, Virginia man,

Troopers at Mansfield have arrested a 47 year old Westfield man for violating a protection from abuse order. The victim is listed as a 43 year old Mills woman. The alleged crime took place on September 26. The suspect whose name was not released was taken into custody and held for arraignment.

A 49 year old Wellsboro man has been arrested for physical harassment for an incident allegedly taking place September 27 and around 6pm on Pheasant Hill Road in Delmar  Township. The suspect is accused of grabbing a 54 year old Wellsboro woman by the neck during an argument.

A theft occurring at Whitetail Crossing and Fallbrook Road in Ward Township Tioga County sometime since August 31 is under investigation by troopers at Mansfield. Zachary Vroman of Canton paid $122.40 on eBay for 100% protein powder but never received the product.

State police at Ridgway have arrested a 27 year old man from that town for trespassing. Officers claim the suspect, whose name they did not release, went into the apartment belonging to a 25 year old woman on Commons Lane without her permission.