First Fork Festival will be held Saturday at Sinnemahoning State Park. See story below.

Motorcylist hurt in Potter County spill….suspect arrested for  criminal trespass in Sharon Township….Two people arrested for fight in Gaines Township….First Fork Festival this Saturday at Sinnemahoning State Park…Almost 70% of PA residents vaccinated….

A Hughesville motorcyclist received minor injuries in a crash Saturday afternoon in Stewardson Township, Potter County. State police say Margaret Feist was trying to make a sharp left curve when her Harley Davidson  20122 FLSTC Heritage Softail went off the road and into some loose gravel where it landed on its side. Feist was taken to Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital.  Troopers noted Feist was wearing all proper motorcycle attire and a full helmet but she was cited for operating an uninspected vehicle.

A criminal trespass in Sharon Township Saturday evening was investigated by Coudersport based state police. A suspect, whose name was not released, was found to have driven a pick up onto property along the Honeoye Road owned by a 45 year old Austin woman. Grass was damaged. Coudersport based state police recently  arrested two people for criminal trespass on the property  and related charges. Dakota Peterson, 29, of Alburtis, PA and Daniel Harris, 29 of Shinglehouse are accused of criminal trespass into a structure and criminal conspiracy for an incident allegedly occurring September 20 at 2420 Honeoye Road in Sharon Township. Petersen is also charged with obstruction of justice, driving while operating privileges are suspended or revoke and operating a vehicle without a valid inspection. Harris is additionally charged with possession of a small amount of marijuana and paraphernalia. The property owners are identified as Tracy Metcalf and Michael Majot of Austin.

Both people involved in an altercation September 21 at 3670 Route 6 in Gaines Township have been cited for physical harassment. State police say the charges were made after they responded to an active domestic violence incident and separated 35 year old Dawn Broll and  41 year old Steven Rook.

Troopers at Coudersport also investigated a physical assault at a wedding reception on Club Hill Road in Abbot Township Saturday night. A 30 year old Montgomery, PA man was accused of slapping the victim in the face but the victim declined to file charges.

Cameron County

The 8th Annual First Fork Festival is lining up to be the best one yet!  On Saturday, October 9th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at Sinnemahoning State Park, will feature dozens of  local authors, artists, and artisans showcasing their talents amidst a backdrop of full autumn color in the Pennsylvania Wilds.

The First Fork Festival provides a unique opportunity to shop for gifts, or pick up something special for yourself, while enjoying the beautiful fall weather in the First Fork Valley.  High quality art and  photography, local handcrafted items and collectibles, and a variety of local foods will be available for sale.  On-going demonstrations and hands-on interpretive activities throughout the day make this festival fun for the entire family.

As a highlight of the festival, special guest, singer and songwriter, Van Wagner, will take the stage from 1:00-2:00 PM in front of the Wildlife Center.  A native of the Danville area, Van Wagner has performed musical storytelling all over the world and has been featured in several film productions.  With a little bit of music, a little bit of laughter, and lot of culture, Wagner’s entertaining program will take listeners on a journey through Pennsylvania’s rural heritage and remind listeners of why we should be proud to be from Pennsylvania.  Including favorite originals like: North of 80, Crosscut Saw, Woolrich Coat, Where the Bears Dance, and more, Van Wagner’s engaging presentation is sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Other highlights of the 2021 First Fork Festival include, live demonstrations include blacksmithing and flintknapping with Robbie Ickes, hiking stick carving with Nelson Haas, and local history presented by Pennsylvania State Park educators.

Joining the festival for the first time this year is local author and movie producer, Gale Largey, showing his video Austin Disaster 1911, and selling autographed copies of his latest production featuring Nessmuk,  the foremost environmentalist/naturalist from the Pennsylvania Wilds.

This community-focused admission-free event takes place at the Sinnemahoning State Park Office and Wildlife Center, just off Route 872 in Grove Township, Cameron County, 14 miles south of Austin, PA.

If you have questions about the festival or other programs at Sinnemahoning State Park, please contact the park office at 814-647-8961 or or visit the park’s Facebook page at


The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that between 12:00 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 2 and Monday, Oct. 4, there were 14,076 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,449,368.








There are 2,776 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 672 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. 24 – Sept. 30 stood at 9.1%.

Between 11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3, there were 94 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 29,531 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

According to the CDC, as of Sunday, Oct. 3, 69.1% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 12,872,728 total vaccine doses, including 172,363 additional doses (which includes additional shots for immunocompromised individuals and booster shots), as of Monday, Oct. 4.

6,231,260 people are fully vaccinated; with 98,487 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 23,200 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 76,780 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 16,359 cases among employees, for a total of 93,139 at 1,628 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Approximately 31,186 of total cases have been among health care workers.