Area fire and emergency response groups receive CARES grants…..Owlett appointed to board of directors of Dairy Center for Dairy Excellence… slight increase region’s Covid Cases….Attempted burglary of a job trailer near Coudersport investigated….Coudersport woman cited for lying to police…Criminal mischief in Elk County probed by Troopers at Ridgway…

Thursday’s high, 68; overnight low, 31

MOSTLY SUNNY TODAY HIGH 65

BECOMING CLOUDY TONIGHT LOW 41

SATURDAY MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 71

LOW  50. OVERNIGHT.

SUNDAY ISOLATED MORNING SHOWERS, INCREASING  AS DAY GOES ON HIGH 66

OVERNIGHT LOW, 59

Fire and emergency response organizations in Cameron, McKean and Potter counties have been awarded more than $650,000 in grants from the state, according to  Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) The grant program was authorized under Act 26 of 2020 and provides $50 million in CARES funding for the state’s fire and ambulance companies. The program is being administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and Office of the State Fire Commissioner.

As stated in Act 26, the money must be used for operational and equipment expenses, such as utilities, insurance, equipment repairs and personal protective equipment; to replace lost revenues due to pandemic restrictions; or to cover costs related to cleaning, sanitizing and disinfecting equipment and property or other expenses incurred to prevent the spread of communicable illnesses.

Following is a list of local fire and ambulance companies and the amount of their grant awards:

Cameron County

Cameron County Ambulance Service, Emporium – $15,048.

Emporium Fire Department Inc., Emporium – $22,603.

Mountaineer Search and Rescue, Emporium – $23,014.

 

 

McKean County

 

Bradford City Fire Department, Bradford – $25,342.

 

Bradford Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $25,342.

 

Corydon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Bradford – $23,014.

 

Derrick City Volunteer Fire Department, Derrick City – $23,151.

 

Eldred Borough Volunteer Fire Department, Eldred – $11,094 for fire services and $5,856 for EMS operations.

 

Eldred Township Volunteer Fire Department, Eldred – $22,740.

 

Hamlin Township Volunteer Fire Department No. 1 – $11,094.

 

Kane Volunteer Fire Department, Kane – $22,740.

 

Lafayette Township Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, Lewis Run – $22,740.

 

Lewis Run Volunteer Fire Department, Lewis Run – $22,603.

 

Mount Jewett Area Ambulance Association, Mount Jewett – $15,048.

 

Mount Jewett Volunteer Fire Department, Mount Jewett – $22,877.

 

Norwich Township Volunteer Fire Department, Crosby – $24,384.

 

Otto Township Volunteer Fire Department, Duke Center – $22,603 for fire services and $14,708 for EMS operations.

 

Port Allegany Fire Department, Star Hose Company No. 1, Port Allegany – $24,931.

 

Port Area Ambulance Service Inc., Port Allegany – $15,048.

 

Rew Volunteer Fire Department, Rew – $22,877.

 

 

 

Potter County

 

Austin Volunteer Fire Department, Austin – $23,973 for fire services and $15,048 for EMS operations.

 

Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, Coudersport – $15,048.

 

Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department, Coudersport – $24,657.

 

Germania Fire Company, Galeton – $22,603.

 

Goodyear Hose Company No. 1, Galeton – $11,094.

 

Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Company, Harrison Valley – $23,836.

 

Kettle Creek Hose Company No. 1, Cross Fork – $22,603.

 

Roulette Chemical Engine No. 1 Inc., Roulette – $22,877 for fire services and $15,048 for EMS operations.

 

Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, Shinglehouse – $23,014.

 

 

 

HARRISBURG – Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter) has been appointed to the board of directors for the Center for Dairy Excellence.

 

“I am honored by the opportunity to support and advocate for an industry that is at the heart and soul of our region and the Commonwealth,” Owlett said. “At a time when our dairy farmers are continuing to struggle, the work of the center is more important than ever. I look forward to being a part of those efforts.”

Owlett has made support of the state’s dairy industry a top priority since being elected to the state House in 2018. He sponsored the law creating the state’s Dairy Investment Program, which is designed to help dairy farmers take advantage of growth opportunities in the industry.

 

The Center for Dairy Excellence is a nonprofit organization initiated by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture in 2004. It brings together people from more than 40 different dairy organizations in Pennsylvania with the goal of enhancing the profitability of the dairy industry by empowering people, creating partnerships, and increasing the availability and use of resources.

Owlett is serving on the board as the representative of the General Assembly. He replaces Rep. Mark Keller (R-Perry), who has been serving on the board since 2010. Keller is retiring at the end of the current legislative session in November.

 

To learn more about the Center for Dairy Excellence, visit centerfordairyexcellence.org.

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., October 8, that there were 1,376 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 167,928. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of cases continues to inch up in most counties  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area. Tioga County is now at 103; Elk 81; McKean, 66: Potter 34 while Cameron county is still holding at 8 cases.  Across the border in New York State, Cattaraugus County now has 311 cases and Allegany  County 128.

Allegheny Pennsylvania is reporting an increase of 128 cases and Philadelphia is reporting an increase of 205 cases.

The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between October 1 and October 7 is 210,227 with 7,585 positive cases. There were 32,653 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., October 7.

 

There are 8,299 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 27 new deaths reported. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

 

Mask-wearing is required in allPennsylvania  businesses and whenever leaving home. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 according to health experts.

There are 1,985,103 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 23,611 resident cases of COVID-19, and 5,229 cases among employees, for a total of 28,840 at 999 distinct facilities in 61 countiesincluding, McKean, Elk and Tioga . Out of the r total deaths, 5,528 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here.

Coudersport Based  State Police are probing a burglary occurring at 216 buffalo street in Eulalia Township.  Sometimes since last Friday tried to gain entry to Reed Brothers Rentals from Clearfield, and upon investigation troopers found that the door of the white job trailer was damaged in the process. Anyone with information related to that attempted burglary is asked to contact State Police at 814-274-8690. It is believed that the burglary took place  Monday afternoon.

A Coudersport woman has been cited for disorderly conduct. According to state police  Chantall Tubbs reported a crime that was quickly proven to have never happened. She claimed the incident occurred September 17 at 696 Route 6  West in  Coudersport,  She later admitted her statement was not true and was arrested for making false reports.

A criminal mischief occurring on Route 3002 in Millstone Township Elk County is under investigation by troopers at the Ridgway barracks. Someone damaged keys belonging  to Ford F 150 while it was parked at that location on September 29. Cables to a satellite dish were also cut. The victim is listed as a 64 year old Pittsburgh man.

Coudersport-Robert Baker, 86 of Coudersport died October 6.Robert was born on April 4 1934, in Smethport, the son of the late John B. and Alice Annette (Dibble) Baker. He was married to the former Marie May Galusha who preceded him in death on April 4, 1992.  

Robert worked for Eberly Tannery and later Westfield Tanning for a total of 47 years.  He loved playing the harmonica and violin, spending time with his family and friends and his long time companion, Dorothy Burdick.  He also enjoyed playing bingo and “stupid chicken” watching.

In addition to his companion Dorothy, Robert is survived by a son, Russell Tubs of Roulette; a daughter, Laura Hemphill of Roulette; a brother, Merle Dibble of Bradford; grandchildren, Kristine (A.J.) Fessenden of Roulette; Critter (Anna) Hemphill of Port Allegany; Melinda (Tim Gotschal) Hemphill of Eldred: Kathey (Daniel) Brown of Galeton; Tammy Tubbs of Selinsgrove; a grand daughter–in-law, Lisa Tubbs of Ulysses: 16 grandchildren including Brittany Freer, who took care of him, of Roulette; several great great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Marie, Robert was preceded in death by two sons; Robbie Tubbs and Edwin Tubbs, who the bridge on Chestnut Street in Coudersport is named in honor of, a grandson, Phillip Tubbs, four brothers; Oscar, Ed, Harold, and Cleo Baker and two sisters; Pearl Elias and Helen Manning.

Family and friends are invited to a visitation Friday, October 9, 2020 from 6-8:00pm at the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East St., Coudersport.  A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 am at the funeral home with Pastor Doug Cameron, officiating.  Pennsylvania COVID-19 guidelines will be in place including mask and social distancing.  Burial will be in the Eulalia Cemetery.  

A luncheon will be held following the burial at the Riverside Methodist Church, River St., Roulette, at 1pm.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions in Robert’s name be made to, Roulette Fire Company, River Street, Roulette, PA 16746.

 

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Robert Roy Baker, please visit

 

 

The Potter County Farmer’s Market, located at the Courthouse Square in Coudersport, will be open this Friday, October 9th, from 1 pm to 5 pm. Here is a list of who plans to be there and what they plan to bring.

 Joanie’s Apiary will not be there this week, however, they still have lots of honey and other products. If you want to place your orders, you can contact them at (814) 697-7846.

Barbara’s Creations will be there with handmade items crafted from repurposed materials, including bags and backpacks, scarves and mittens, puppets and baby shoes, zipper and denim jewelry, beeswax wraps, and more.

Howard Agventures will be at the market with a huge amount of pumkins in many colors including stacking pumpkins, corn stalks, mini pumpkins, straw bales and spaghetti squash.

Blue Marble Farm will be there with carrots, carrot tops, fennel, beets, radishes, turnips, sprouting broccoli greens, mild mustard greens, and more! Accepting FMNP checks.

Lucy’s Essentials will be selling a variety of products, including butter lotion, bath bombs, homemade candles, sugar scrubs, and all purpose cleaner laundry soap.

Brian Welsh of Ruane Enterprises will be bringing quail eggs, succulents, handmade afghans, handmade knives with wooden handles, and dried herbs.

Card Creek Bakery will be there with an assortment of artitsan and tradition loaves of bread for grilling, breakfast, appetitizers and meals, as well as some sweet treats.

Card Creek Wines will be there with a selection of artisan wines.

Metzger’s Farm will be bringing fresh apple cider and organic apples.

Come on in and shop with us on Friday the 9th!

Approximately 11,160 of our total cases are among health care workers.

 

The Potter County Farmer’s Market, located at the Courthouse Square in Coudersport, will be open this Friday, October 9th, from 1 pm to 5 pm. Here is a list of who plans to be there and what they plan to bring.

 Joanie’s Apiary will not be there this week, however, they still have lots of honey and other products. If you want to place your orders, you can contact them at (814) 697-7846.

Barbara’s Creations will be there with handmade items crafted from repurposed materials, including bags and backpacks, scarves and mittens, puppets and baby shoes, zipper and denim jewelry, beeswax wraps, and more.

Howard Agventures will be at the market with a huge amount of pumkins in many colors including stacking pumpkins, corn stalks, mini pumpkins, straw bales and spaghetti squash.

Blue Marble Farm will be there with carrots, carrot tops, fennel, beets, radishes, turnips, sprouting broccoli greens, mild mustard greens, and more! Accepting FMNP checks.

Lucy’s Essentials will be selling a variety of products, including butter lotion, bath bombs, homemade candles, sugar scrubs, and all purpose cleaner laundry soap.

Brian Welsh of Ruane Enterprises will be bringing quail eggs, succulents, handmade afghans, handmade knives with wooden handles, and dried herbs.

Card Creek Bakery will be there with an assortment of artitsan and tradition loaves of bread for grilling, breakfast, appetitizers and meals, as well as some sweet treats.

Card Creek Wines will be there with a selection of artisan wines.

Metzger’s Farm will be bringing fresh apple cider and organic apples.

Come on in and shop with us on Friday the 9th!

tarting at noon, Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk, dressed in 1790s period clothing, will give a live, one-hour theatrical performance with a behind-the-scenes look at the history of the ghostly tales in Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” He brings these ghostly characters to life using varied voices, accents, gestures and audience participation.

 

Kruk’s show, “The Legends of ‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ — The Haunted History of the Headless Horseman and Sleepy Hollow’s Ghosts'” is recommended for children, ages 8 and older and adults, including ghost and history buffs. This program is family friendly with tales that are spooky but not scary or gory. Thanks to sponsors Xtreme Internet and Indigo Wireless it is free and open to the public.

 

At 3 p.m. will be a two-hour concert by Mama Corn, a four-member band of multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters known for their quirky, onstage antics, and fun-loving attitude. Their infectious fun will soon have the audience joining in. Members include co-founders Jeremy Nelson of Hollidaysburg on banjo and mandolin, Bruce Forr of Duncansville on guitar, John Stevens of Bellwood on dobro and harmonica, and Bryan Homan of Bellefonte on upright bass.

 

Based in Altoona, Pa. and a mainstay on the mid-Atlantic bluegrass festival circuit, this band plays everything from Bill Monroe, Pink Floyd and the Bee Gees to Flatt and Scruggs and Crosby Stills and Nash. Their bread and butter is their original music featured on three studio CDs. Among the recognizable tunes the audience will hear are “Fox on the Run”; “Driving My Life Away”; “Helplessly Hoping”, “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”, “Fearless” and “End of the Line” along with the band’s original fan favorites, such as “About a Minute Ago”, “Shenandoah Mountain Tops”, “Someday Knock on Wood” and “The Hanging of Alfred Andrews.”

 

Bring lawn chairs and/or blankets and sit on the lawn in front of the outdoor stage or on Central Avenue, which will be closed to traffic to provide space to allow people room for dancing and social distancing.

 

Both events are weather dependent and may start a little earlier. Visit deanecenter.com, email office@deanecenter.com, or call 570-724-6220 for more information.

 

At 7:30 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 9 is the opening performance of Hamilton-Gibson’s production of “Stray Cats” in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. Other shows will be at 7:30 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2:30 p.m. this Sunday, Oct. 11 and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 16 and 17 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18.

 

The play blends humor, sadness, monologues and music in a unique way as each man tells his story.Seating is limited. Tickets are $14 for adults and $6 for youth, 18 and under. Also available are FlexPasses for $60. Tickets and FlexPasses have to be ordered in advance and prepaid online at hgp.booktix.com or by calling the HG office at 570-724-2079 with credit card information.

 

No tickets will be sold at the door due to the COVID 19 pandemic. A rigorous cleaning regimen and state safety protocols such as wearing masks and social distancing are being followed.

 

 

 

 

 

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Oct 10 7:15am Saturday Morning Bird Walks

Bring your own binoculars to look for birds and plan on hiking around the park and out on the bridge! It’s healthy too! Meet in front of the visitor center. Please call (814)…

Location: Kinzua Bridge State Park

Oct 10 12pm Fall Leaves Hike

Explore the park while enjoying and learning about some of our trees! Meet in front of the visitor center. Please call (814) 778-5467 to sign up. Limit 6 participants or 6…

Location: Kinzua Bridge State Park

Oct 11 12pm Sunday Afternoon Nature Walk

Discover nature around the main picnic area of the park! Meet in front of the visitor center. Limit 6 participants. You must call to register at (814) 778-5467. We are…

Location: Kinzua Bridge State Park

Oct 16 6:30pm Night-time Photo Shoot

Join the Twin Tiers Camera Club’s Bart Barton for a photo shoot out on the Bridge! This program includes a brief overview of night-time camera basics. This program is…

Location: Kinzua Bridge State Park

Oct 17 7:15am Saturday Morning Bird Walks

Bring your own binoculars to look for birds and plan on hiking around the park and out on the bridge! It’s healthy too! Meet in front of the visitor center. Please call (814)…

Location: Kinzua Bridge State Park

This weekend Sinnemahoning State Park is offering a line-up of live interpretive walks, educational talks, and demonstrations on Saturday, October 10th, between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM, plus a “virtual” First Fork Festival Arts and Crafts Show on Facebook.  Pre-register early because group sizes are limited.

 

Fall Bird Walk

Saturday, October 10, 2020

 

9:00 AM � 11:00 AM

Join local birding enthusiast, Mark Johnson, as he searches for the birds of autumn in the forest and fields of Sinnemahoning State Park.  Beginner birders, as well as experts and those in-between are all welcome. Walk will cover 1-2 miles over uneven terrain. Face masks required. Group size limited; pre-registration is required. Meet outdoors in front of the Wildlife Center.

 

Blacksmithing Demonstration

Saturday, October 10, 2020

10:00 AM � 3:00 PM

These days we take for granted how difficult it once was to make metal products. Robbie Ickes will demonstrate iron forging techniques that blacksmiths used during the early days of the First Fork Valley settlement. The iron will glow and the water will sizzle as Robbie hand-fashions various items over the hot flames. Program will be held outdoors near Pavilion 2 at the 40 Maples Day Use Area.  Stop by anytime between 10 AM and 3 PM.  Facemasks required.

 

The Pennsylvania Bucktails

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Two sessions: 10:30-11:15 AM and 1:00-1:45 PM

Learn the fascinating history of the Pennsylvania Bucktails, the unit that was formed from the woodsmen, loggers, and rafters of Northern PA and became the most famous Pennsylvania regiment of the American Civil War.  Face masks required. Group size limited; pre-registration is required. Meet at Pavilion 1 at the 40 Maples Day Use Area.

 

Fall Wildflower Walk

Saturday, October 10, 2020

2:00 PM � 3:15 PM

Enjoy a leisurely walk in the cool fall air as we take a closer look at the wildflowers that add color to the landscape with DCNR Bureau of Forestry botanist, Chris Firestone.  Walk will cover about 1 mile over fairly-level terrain. Face masks required. Group size limited; pre-registration is required. Meet outdoors in front of the Wildlife Center.

 

�Virtual� First Fork Festival Arts and Crafts Show

Weekend of October 10-11, 2020

In addition to the live programs, the �virtual� First Fork Festival Arts and Crafts Show will be held online, weekend of October 10-11, 2020.  A select number of vendors will be participating, displaying and selling high quality art and local handcrafted items online. Visit the Sinnemahoning State Park Facebook page for more information.

 

 

 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these programs at Sinnemahoning State Park will be held outdoors, will require social distancing, and will require the use of facemasks.  Program group size is limited.  Pre-registration for programs is required.

 

 

 

To pre-register for a program, or for more information, please visit the DCNR Calendar of Events https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/sinnemahoning_state_park/calendar.

 

If you need assistance with online registration, please call the park office 814-647-8401 and dial 0 for the front desk.

 

 

 

If you need an accommodation to participate in PA State Park activities due to a disability, please contact the park you plan to visit.  With at least seven days�notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.

 

 

 

Phone: 814.647.8401 l Email: KLott@pa.gov