Photo courtesy of Pennsylvania Game Commission

Total cases in PA now more than 56,000…number here stays steady…..Cattaraugus County adds another…Residents are encouraged to view Eagles on the Game Commission’s website…St, Marys man arrested for terroristic theats..Brookville man facing harassment charges….State police charge South Carolina motorist for stealing gasoline from Reed’s Market in Genesee…..

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 10, that there are 1,295 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 56,611. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of cases in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area has held steady at 23 cases: Tioga, 16; McKean, 6 (one death); Elk, 5; Potter 4; and Cameron 2. From nearby New York State, Cattaraugus County has 60 cases and Allegany County, 36.

Pennsylvania  is reporting an increase of 19 new deaths today, bringing the statewide total to 3,707 deaths in Pennsylvania. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the department’s website.

There are 227,772 patients who have tested negative to date.

Most of the patients hospitalized are aged 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

In nursing and personal care homes, there are 11,645 resident cases of COVID-19, and 1,645 cases among employees, for a total of 13,290 at 539 distinct facilities in 44 counties.(None  here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area). Out of the  total deaths, 2,529 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can also  be found on the website.

Approximately 3,759 of the  total cases are in health care workers.

For the latest information for individuals, families, businesses and schools, visit “Responding to COVID-19” on

Non-life-sustaining businesses in the red phase are ordered to be closed and schools are closed statewide through the remainder of the academic year. Currently, 24 counties, all five in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service  are in the yellow phase of reopening with less restrictions; 13 more will move to the yellow phase on May 15.

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at In A New Window.

You are invited to join the Game Commission in celebrating a growing bald eagle population and immerse yourself in this view from the top of a big sycamore tree nestled in Pennsylvania farmlands. Bald eagles are wild creatures and it is important to keep them wild. Please refrain from naming the birds to respect their wild nature. Also respect the privacy of the birds and the landowners, to whom we are extremely grateful for their enthusiastic cooperation. Periodic updates will be posted From the Nest and in the livestream chat. Enjoy! And remember, nature can be difficult to watch.Bald Eagle Livestream


Eagle Watching

During the nesting season, bald eagles are sensitive to disruptions such as loud noises and sudden movements. The Pennsylvania Game Commission encourages eagle watchers to stay at least 1,000 feet from bald eagle nests to reduce stress on the nesting eagles. Before visiting an eagle nest, please review bald eagle nest etiquette.


Contributions to Pennsylvania Wildlife

Donations to the Game Commission and proceeds from all sales bolster the Game Commission’s efforts to preserve, conserve and manage Pennsylvania’s wildlife resources and habitats. You might enjoy the Birds of Pennsylvania Field Guide among other books, calendars, patches, apparel and more.

​Celebrating 30 Years of Restoration More Information

The bald eagle’s history in Pennsylvania is a precarious one. In 1983, there were a mere three nests left in the entire state. With the help of the Canadian government, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and several other states reintroduced bald eagle chicks from Canada back to the Northeast United States. Today, Pennsylvania boasts more than 300 nests. This 22-minute documentary tells the story of that success. Read more about the Bald Eagle Reintroduction Project.

Pennsylvania Bald Eagle YouTube film

The recovery of bald eagles has come a long way since three nests in the late 1970s. With the success of the Game Commission’s recovery program, Pennsylvania now boasts more than 300 nests. As the eagle population increases, so does the chance of negative interaction between people and eagles. Lead in the environment is dangerous to bald eagles. Hunters can help prevent lead from being ingested by avian scavengers in two ways: by choosing to use non-lead ammunition and by burying carcasses and gut piles. Learn more in the resources below. Bald Eagles & Lead brochure PDF

Bald Eagles & Lead film (6:08)

Bald Eagles & Lead Toxicity webinar (50:20)


More Information

Bald Eagle Nesting

Pennsylvania Bald Eagle Webinar Opens In A New Window- recorded March 25, 2016 (37:25)

Bald Eagle Identification Tips

Bald Eagle Fast Facts

Bald Eagle Watching in Pennsylvania

Bald Eagle Nest Viewing Etiquette

Bald Eagle Wildlife Note

Pennsylvania Bald Eagles poster(PDF)

Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Pennsylvania Bald Eagles and Elk (PDF) and more resources for educators.

State police at Ridgway are planning to arrest  26 year old Jacob Dilley for terroristic threats. Troopers claim Dilley told an OSHA employee, Mark Harmon, last Thursday afternoon  that he would kill the owners of Secondary Development and Research to protect the people who still work at the plant on Servidea Drive in Ridgway. Dilley is a former employee of the business.

A 39 year old Brookville man has been cited for physical harassment in connection to an incident allegedly taking place Saturday evening on Route 219 in Horton Township, Elk County. A 51 year old Brockport woman was listed as the victim. But no names were released.

Troopers at Coudersport apprehended a South Carolina motorist for stealing gasoline from Reed’s Market in Genesee on the afternoon of April 30. Timothy Scott Burke was stopped by police who were responding to a call from the store. Authorities claim Burke did not have a registration forhis 2006 Honda Civic,  proof of insurance and driving without a license plus retail theft. Burke reportedly pleaded guity to all charges and was committed to the Potter County Jail.

The theft of a chainsaw is being investigated by state police at Coudersport. The orange 2018 372 XP Husqvarna was stolen from the back of a pick up truck owend by Reece Osgood last Wednesday afternoon.

A Port Allegany driver escaped injury last Wednesday morning in Ulysses Township last Wedensday morning. Daniel Vidonish was going west when a deer jumped onto Route 6 in front of his 2015 Chevrolet Colorado.

No injuries were reported in another car/deer collision last week. State police at Mansfield report the driver of a 2015 Jeep Cherokee could not avoid a whitetail which bounded onto Alder Run Road in Jackson Township last Thursday morning.  Since there were no injuries and the Jeep could be driven from the scene, the accident is considered a “non-reportable’ so the     driver’s name was not released.