Sunday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 59; .36” rain







Electric bicycle stolen in Mansfield…Tennessee man accused of lying to Tioga County authorities…State police at Coudersport arrest Ohio man for having brass knuckles and drugs….Smethport couple ID theft victims…Two McKean County residents arrested on drug charges…Commercial truck driver charged  in McKean County for driving vehicle under the influence of drugs ….Fall colors explained by experts….

Elk County

A commercial truck driver was arrested in Elk County for driving under the influence of drugs. State police claim when they responded to a request from EMS who took the suspect to UPMC Kane for treatment, they found he had been driving a tractor trailer on the Wilcox Road under the influence of drugs last Wednesday. The suspect’s name, age,  and place of residence were not released.

Troopers at Ridgway are investigating a burglary occurring between June 6 and September 20 at a house on Church Street in Benezette Township. Several items were taken from the house owned by a 56 year old Clarendon woman.

Tioga County

An electric assisted bicycle was stolen last Thursday between 4 and 6 pm from Wendy’s on South Main Street in Mansfield. The bike belonged to a 31 year old Mansfield woman and is valued at $700. It is a black mountain bike with red lettering and anyone with information is asked to call 570.662.2151.

Mansfield based state police arrested a 35 year old Clarksville, TN man for lying to authorities. No details were released but the false information was allegedly given to state police on the afternoon of September 11 on the North Williamson Road in Covington Township.

Potter County

Coudersport based state police arrested two Ohio residents  on various charges after stopping their 2001 Toyota Camry on Ludwig Lane in Coudersport  late September 12.  An 18 year old male was arrested for having brass knuckles and his companion was arrested for drug possession.

A criminal trespass in Genesee Township remains under investigation by state police at Coudersport. The crime reportedly occurred last Thursday morning on land owned by 80 year old Mary Leyrer .

McKean County

Two McKean County residents have been charged with drug possession. Charges against 51 year old David Taylor of Lewis Run and 63 year old Todd Zickefoose of Smethport were after their 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt was pulled over on the Buffalo Pittsburgh Highway Friday morning. Troopers allege they found a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.

A Smethport couple are the victims of an ID theft. State Police at Lewis Run are investigating.


This week’s rainfall may negatively affect the region’s fall foliage—if nothing more than forcing leaves to fall prematurely.  The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources had predicted our foliage would peak this coming weekend.  Predictions are available on DCNR’s website and are updated each Thursday.

Pennsylvania has a longer and more varied fall foliage season than any other state in the nation — or anywhere in the world.

Only three regions of the world support deciduous forests that display fall autumn color:

Eastern North America

The British Isles and parts of northwestern Europe

Northeastern China and northern Japan

Forests in other regions are either tropical or dominated by conifers.

Pennsylvania’s location between 40° and 42° North latitude and its varied topography from sea level on the coastal plain to over 3,000 feet in the Laurel Highlands supports 134 species of trees and many more shrubs and vines that contribute to the display of autumn color.

Pennsylvania is the meeting ground of northern trees that flourish only on mountain tops farther south and southern species that are at the northern limits of their range.

Northern tree species include:

Gray and paper (white) birches

Mountain maple

American mountain ash

Quaking aspen

Pin (fire) cherry

Southern tree species include:

Black gum

Black walnut

Pignut hickory

Flowering dogwood

Southern red and scarlet oaks

Sweetbay and umbrella magnolias



Ohio buckeye, bur oak, and shingle oak, common to the Mississippi Valley, have eastern outposts on the Allegheny Plateau.

For years, scientists have worked to understand the changes that

happen to trees and shrubs in autumn. Although we don’t know all

the details, we know enough to explain the basics and help you to

enjoy nature’s multicolored autumn display.

Three factors influence autumn color — leaf pigments, length of

night, and weather, but not quite in the way we were told as children.

The timing of color change and leaf fall are primarily regulated by

the increasing length of night. None of the other environmental influences-temperature, rainfall, food supply, and so on-are as unvarying

as the steadily increasing length of night during autumn. As days

grow shorter, and nights grow longer and cooler, biochemical processes in the leaf begin to paint the landscape with nature’s autumn


The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Friday, Oct. 1, there were 5,352 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,435,292.


ELK 1979

McKEAN 3439


TIOGA 3100



There are 2,816 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 692 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continues to increase . Statewide percent positivity for the week of Sept. 17 – Sept. 23 stood at 8.9%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, there were 37 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 29,437 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

According to the CDC, as of Thursday, Sept. 30, 68.8% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 12,774,241 total vaccine doses, including 130,256 additional doses (which includes additional shots for immunocompromised individuals and booster shots), as of Friday, Oct. 1.

6,207,104 people are fully vaccinated; with 17,626 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 17,200 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 76,555 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 16,334 cases among employees, for a total of 92,889 at 1,626 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 31,139 of total cases have been among health care workers.