PSU expert says colors may be muted this fall. See Story below.

Wednesday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 54







ID theft investigated….two Elk County residents charged with trespassing….Possible Child endangerment probed….weather conditions may cause “muted” fall foliage…69.2% of residents vaccinated….

Another ID theft is being probed by state police at Ridgway. The identity and social security number belonging to a 43 year old Ridgway man were used Tuesday to obtain a fraudulent unemployment claim.

Two Elk County suspects have been cited for trespassing on Walmart property on the Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys. Cody McLaughlin, 35 of Ridgway,  is accused of the crime Wednesday afternoon.  About an  hour later, Kristie Finland, 42, of St. Marys is accused of defiant trespass.

Troopers at Ridgway are following up on a report of child endangerment. The victims are listed as two Brockport girls, ages 13 and 15 and a 13 year old Falls Creek girl.

Because of the warm, wet summer, trees in Pennsylvania are mostly in great shape. But for the state’s forests to exhibit their most vibrant colors, conditions need to be cooler and drier in the next few weeks, according to a Penn State expert.

“Due to the wet summer, this was shaping up to be a banner year for the foliage, but we need the weather now to cooperate and cool down,” said Marc Abrams, professor of forest ecology and physiology in the College of Agricultural Sciences. “With unusually warm weather predicted until the middle of October, I expect that will delay and somewhat diminish fall colors.”

Also, Abrams added, the very wet summer in most of Pennsylvania may increase leaf spotting fungus that may also diminish coloration in places.

For nearly four decades, Abrams has studied how seasonal precipitation and temperature influence timing and intensity of fall colors in central Pennsylvania. He believes that clear, bright days, low but not freezing temperatures, and dry but not drought conditions promote the best fall colors.

Cooler temperatures signal deciduous trees to stop producing chlorophyll, the green pigment responsible for photosynthesis, he explained. The chlorophyll breaks down and disappears, unmasking other leaf pigments. These other pigments — called xanthophylls and carotenes — are what create the yellows and oranges seen in the leaves of yellow poplar, hickory, sycamore, honey locust, birch, beech and certain maples.

After chlorophyll production stops, trees also produce another pigment in their leaves called anthocyanin, according to Abrams. The anthocyanins create the brilliant reds and purples seen in maple, sassafras, sumac, blackgum and scarlet oak.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 6, there were 5,058 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,458,445.









There are 2,891 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 675 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%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 5, there were 111 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 29,722 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

According to the CDC, as of Wednesday, Oct. 6, 69.2% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

6,248,011 people are fully vaccinated; with 42,698 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 25,700 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 76,967 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 16,413 cases among employees, for a total of 93,380 at 1,634 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 31,274 of total cases have been among health care workers.


Patricia A. HACKMAN, 83, of Ulysses, PA, died Monday, October 4, 2021 in Robert Packer Hospital, Sayre.  Born March 26, 1938, in Blossburg, she was the daughter of Ivan and Susie Gee Freeman.  On June 22, 1985, at Eckert’s Pond, Ulysses, she married Donald E. Hackman, who survives.  She was employed by Truck-Lite in Coudersport for 20 years.  Patricia was a member of Women of the Moose.  She enjoyed traveling, camping, and spending time with family.  Surviving besides her husband, Donald, are:  five children, Michael Emmick of Harrison Valley, Donald Emmick of Nelson, Donna Emmick of Wellsboro, Bruce (Shannon) Emmick of Ulysses, and Ben (Candy) Emmick of Ulysses;  eight grandchildren;  several great-grandchildren;  a sister, Joanne Preble of Middlebury Center;  nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by a daughter, Brenda Bowen;  three grandsons, Michael L. Emmick, Jr., Dennis Emmick, Jesse Adams;  two daughters-in-law, Carol Emmick and Debra Emmick;  and a sister, Iva “Tillie” Townsend.  Services will be private.  Burial will be in Niles Valley Cemetery, Middlebury Township.  Memorials may be made to Goodyear Hose Co., Galeton, 16922 or Tri-Town Volunteer Fire Co., Ulysses, PA 16948.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at