Wednesday’s high, 88; Overnight low, 60 MOSTLY CLOUDY TODAY A HIGH 71. CLEARING SKIES TONIGHT A LOW OF 57. MOSTLY CLOUDY TOMORROW BREEZY A HIGH OF 70. CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF SHOWERS TOMORROW NIGHT LOW 54 SATURDAY, STARTING THE START OUT WITH CLOUDS HIGH 67 CLEARING SKIES SATURDAY NIGHT A LOW OF 59. Reps. Causer and Dunbar’s bill to boot broadband internet service passes senate committee….Coudersport woman starts program to provide weekend food for students…Centre County has increasing amount of Covid cases…Morris woman cited for collision……log cutter destroyed by fire earlier this week in Hebron Township….. Reps. Martin Causer (R-Cameron/McKean/Potter) and George Dunbar (R-Westmoreland), prime sponsors of a bill to boost broadband internet service in the state’s most rural communities, today praised the bill’s unanimous passage by members of the Senate Communications and Technology Committee.“Reliable, high-speed internet service is an absolute necessity in this day and age, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Causer said. “Our students and teachers need it to improve educational opportunities. Businesses need it to stay competitive and better serve their customers. And our doctors and patients need it to improve access to health care.”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. Eligible 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 bill now goes to the full Senate for consideration. Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris says Coudersport Borough crews will be on the upper end of Damascus Street on Friday, September 11, 2020 for a road project. There could be traffic delays. The project is anticipated to take one day. collier coeur aimant collierpascher11008 The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., September 9, that there are 931 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 141,290. All 67 counties in Pennsylvania have cases of COVID-19. The number of cases here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area are 65 in Elk County; 50 in Tioga; 44 in McKean; 25 in Potter and 8 in Cameron County. In neighboring New York State. Cattaraugus County has gone up to 234 cases and Allegany County is holding at 92. Centre County where Penn State is located is reporting an increase of 180 cases. The number of tests administered within the last 7 days between September 2 and September 8 is 145,946 with 5,564 positive cases. There were 18,127 test results reported to the department through 10 p.m., September 8. These results represent the total number of tests administered. Mask-wearing is required in all Pennsylvania businesses and whenever leaving home. boucle doreille epaisse 718braceletpascher4422 Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 according to health experts. There are 1,625,640 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. boucle doreille fermoir 718braceletpascher5486 . In nursing and personal care homes, there are 21,499 resident cases of COVID-19, and 4,630 cases among employees, for a total of 26,129 at 948 distinct facilities in 61 counties including Elk and McKean. Out of the total deaths, 5,262 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. agatha collier perle noir Approximately 9,945 of the total cases are among health care workers. State Police at Ridgway have arrested a 48 year old Ridgway woman for DUI after stopping her on the Ridgway /St. Mary’s Road in Ridgway Township Tuesday afternoon for a traffic violation. She was taken to Penn Highlands Elk and consented to a legal blood draw. Charges are pending those results. Police did not release her name. Ridgeway troopers are looking for the owner of a red and blue 160 quad runner Suzuki four wheeler, which was found in the woods about a quarter mile off of Toby Road on September 1. Anyone with information of the possible owners is asked to contact the Ridgway barracks. State Police at Mansfield investigating a criminal mischief taking place on Creamery Street in Liberty Borough last Friday.Vandals damaged a parked vehicle belonging to Karl Miller of Canton and the investigation is continuing. They’re also probing a criminal mischief occurring on Blockhouse Road also in Liberty borough Friday night. collier or ancien collierpascher2476 Someone damaged a single pane window at the home of Beth Burkhart Damage is said to be $100. Mansfield Bay State Police are investigating a report of an unauthorized use of the motor vehicle in Clymer Township taking place over the weekend but no further details were released. They’re also continuing to investigate a report of Cruelty to Animals taking place September 1 at 28 Neal Park Lane in Richmond Township. No further details were given. But details about a collision taking place last Friday afternoon in Charleston township Tioga County have been released by State Police at Mansfield. Troopers say that the collision occurred when Jeri Smith of Morris and Samantha Enck of Wellsboro were traveling south on Route 287 in the right lane of travel. Enck slowed down to turn left toward a pull off on the left side of the highway. Smith drove into the oncoming traffic lane and then attempted to pass the Enck Ford Explorer and struck the left front side of the SUV in the middle of the incoming traffic lane. Smith has been charged with following too closely and limitations on overtaking on the left. Both drivers escaped injury as did the children in their vehicles Coudersport volunteer firefighters responded to a remote location about two miles off of Route 44 on old Township Line Tuesday afternoon when a Timco log cutter became overheated and caught fire. The machine was a total loss and is valued at 300,00 to $500,000 and was owned by Schmidt Trucking Wilcox. It was insured and there were no injuries.