Tuesday’s high, 79; Overnight low, 45






Tioga County camp burglary probed….Icy road causes Elk County accident…Ridgway man accused of using a dumpster without permission……Twelve north central counties agree to improve water quality….Unemployment improves in region……More than 8.3 million Covid Vaccines administered in PA…

Tioga County

A camp burglary on South Main Street in Richmond Township is being investigated by state police at Mansfield. Sometime between last September 1 and April 14 someone damaged an exterior door and frame on a house owned by a 24 year old Rutherford NJ man. Damage is estimated to be $1000. Anyone with information is encouraged to call state police at 570-662-2151.

Minor injuries were reported for a Westfield driver after a one-vehicle accident early Sunday morning in Brookfield Township, Tioga County. Todd Spicer’s Suzuki Grand Vitara slid of the road  into a marshy area  after entering California Road from Scott Road and spun 180 degrees before colliding with a cluster of small trees. Spicer did not require medical attention but was charged with speeding.

A 28 year old Blossburg woman is being charged with drug possession. Police claim when they stopped a 2005 Chevrolet on Route 15 N Saturday morning they found a passenger was in possession of a controlled substance. Her name was not released.

Elk County

DUI charges are pending against a 48 year old Reynoldsville man after a traffic stop on Route 219 early Friday morning for a traffic violation. Troopers allege they found the driver of the 2010 Ford Focus was driving under the influence of a controlled substance. The suspect, whose name was not released, was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for a blood draw. Charges are pending the results.

Icy road conditions  were blamed for a one-vehicle accident last Thursday morning in Horton Township, Elk County. According to Ridgway based state police, Kevin Papa of Ridgway was going north on Route 219 when his Dodge Ram pickup slid off the road after hitting a patch of ice, hit an embankment and rolled over onto its roof. Papa was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of minor injuries.

State police at Ridgway have arrested 50 year old Shane Miles for theft of services. Authorities claim Miles used  a garbage dumpster  from the Family Dollar store without permission this past Sunday. The charge was filed in District Court.


The unemployment picture improved and all counties served by Black Forest . Unemployment went down from 7.5% in February to 7.2% in  March in Potter County. McvKean County saw a decrease from 7.9 to 7.3%; Cameron county showed an improvement from 9.2 to 8.1%. Tioga County had a decrease from 7% to 6.8% and Elk county also saw a decrease going from 8.7 to 8.5%. Montour county has the best unemployment rate in the state knocking out  a few other counties going from 5% to 4.8%. Philadelphia County still has the worst rate in Pennsylvania but it also saw improvement going from 11.2 to 10.8%. Unemployment here in Pennsylvania during the period was 7.3% and in the US as a whole 6%.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced  that twelve counties in DEP’s Northcentral Region have taken the first significant step to improving the health of local waterways. The counties, with the assistance of DEP, are creating Countywide Action Plans (CAP) to identify projects that will reduce nutrient and sediment pollution in the Susquehanna River and its tributaries and are looking for local groups to get involved.

The effort is part of the state-coordinated Phase 3 Watershed Implementation Plan to improve water quality to benefit local communities, economy, and quality of life in Pennsylvania’s share of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, while meeting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency pollution reduction requirements for the Bay.

The CAPs are designed to, among many things, identify best management practice (BMP) projects in each county that can decrease the levels of nitrogen and phosphorous, two leading sources of pollution, in local waterways. Some of those projects could include stream bank and floodplain restoration, streamside tree plantings, culvert replacement, stream bank fencing, and many others. They also provide farmers with tools to implement BMPs on their properties, in particular, effective management of manure, another source of pollution in waterways. Cover crops, soil and water conservation planning, and agriculture erosion and sediment control are among many others.

County participation in the CAPs is voluntary and the plans are being administered by county conservation districts and county planning departments. All counties in Pennsylvania’s share of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, with the exception of those with minimal pollutant loadings, opted into developing CAPs. Eight counties have already completed their plans during an earlier planning phase and have begun implementing projects.

The twelve participating Northcentral Region counties are: Bradford, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, and Union. Also within DEP’s Northcentral Region, Centre County has already completed its plan under an earlier phase, and Cameron County did not need to complete a plan because its pollutant loadings within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed are minimal.

Pennsylvania made record progress in 2019-2020 in the watershed, achieving its sixth largest annual phosphorus reduction. Wastewater treatment plants contributed 61 percent, their second largest annual phosphorus reduction in 35 years.

Farms contributed 25 percent of the nitrogen reduction and 32 percent of the phosphorus reduction, which is their largest annual phosphorus reduction since 2010. Better accounting of implementation of nutrient and sediment reducing practices, such as the state-required agricultural erosion and sediment control and nutrient and manure management plans, was one contributing factor.

The 12 Northcentral counties will begin implementing their completed CAPs in September.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 27, there were 3,333 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,139,390. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area McKean County has 2611 confirmed cases;  Tioga  County 2405; Elk, 1530. Potter 917 and Cameron 193. Across the border in New York State Cattaraugus County has 5293 confirmed cases and Allegheny County 3255.

There are 2,495 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 517 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Most of the patients hospitalized are ages 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in patients 65 or older.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is about 3,400 lower than it was at the peak on December 25, 2020. The current 14-day average continues to increase, but it is still below what it was at the height of the spring peak on May 3, 2020.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of April 16 – April 22 stood at 8.6% an improvement over the previous week.

The most accurate daily data is available on the website, with archived data also available.

As of 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 26, there were 84 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 26,072 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

According to the CDC, as of Tuesday morning, April 27, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 47.7% of its eligible population, and the state ranks 10th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.

According to the CDC, as of Tuesday morning, April 27, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 8,130,899 total vaccine doses as of Tuesday, April 27.

3,239,152 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 94,400 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,925,582 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

5,164,734 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 8,326,640 doses will have been allocated through May 1:

297,520 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

276,520 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date, 8,130,899 doses total have been  administered through April 27:

First/single doses:  5,164,734 administered

Second doses:  2,966,165 administered

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home, even if fully vaccinated. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.


There are 150,635 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 639 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 4,364,133 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 70,516 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,734 cases among employees, for a total of 85,250 at 1,588 distinct facilities in all 67 counties this information is not available in the death registry data.

Approximately 27,568 of the total cases are among health care workers.

All Pennsylvanians age 16 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. The provider map is available here.

A commonwealth COVID-19 vaccination guide explains the current process for getting one. Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.

Vaccine provider map to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.

I was hopeful on your Morning announcement that you could promote the Free drive thru Covid 19 vaccine clinic at UPMC Cole main campus east entrance 9-1 this Saturday May 1st.  No appointment needed.  Everyone 16 + is eligible.  Process is simple and you don’t need to leave your car.