PA’s Spring Gobbler season opens Saturday. .See  Story below:

Elk County woman seriously hurt in in DUI/ATV crash…..Tioga County resident’s car wrecks after hydroplaning…..PA’s spring turkey season opens Saturday…..8.2 million vaccine doses administered across the state…..


Wednesday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 59; .80” of rain






McKean County

State Police at Lewis Run have released details about a one vehicle accident occurring last Wednesday morning April 21st In Keating township at around 7:30am. Regina Freeman,78, of Bradford was going north on Route 646 trying to make a right hand curve when her Toyota Four Runner went out of control due to icy road conditions. The SUV struck a tree on the west side of the highway. However, Freeman declined treatment for her minor injuries.

A Knox Pennsylvania driver escaped injury in a one vehicle crash Monday night at around 10pm in Wetmore  Township McKean County. Troopers at Lewis Run report, Dean  Bruce was going north on Route 66 North of the intersection with Old Mill Road when he fell asleep at the wheel of his Chevy Cruze, causing it to go off the northbound lane and strike a cement culvert at the entrance of St. Callistus Cemetery.Upon impact ,the car continued to travel north for about 45 feet before it stopped in the northbound lane of the highway. Bruce escaped injury and is being charged with a minor traffic violation.

Both drivers escaped injury in  a collision Tuesday morning in Ceres Township McKean County. Troopers at Lewis Run explained that the collision occurred when Matthew Sciotti of Coudersport was following a Ford FedEx van driven by Joshua Chewning  of Big Run Pennsylvania and failed to notice that the truck was slowing down to make a left turn into a private driveway.  When Scotti  noticed the truck turning he tried to go around the left side and the vehicles collided at that point. A passenger in the FedEx truck, Jason Blum of Penfield also escaped injury.

Potter County

Coudersport Based  State Police have arrested a 49 year old Smethport woman were driving under the influence of drugs after stopping her Tuesday evening on Route 44 in Sharon township. Police claim when they stopped the woman, whose name they didn’t release, for a traffic violation, they discovered she was driving her 2005 Kia Sorrento under the influence of drugs.

Elk County

State police at Ridgway have just released details about an ATV crash occurring on April 10 in Benezette Township. Tammy Vanatta was seriously injured when her Polaris 500 H.O. went off Route 555 and struck a guardrail. Vanatta was transported to UPMC Altoona and has been charged with DUI.

Tioga County

A Lawrenceville man escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident last Wednesday morning in Lawrenceville. State police report Thomas Tracy was headed west on Mechanic Street when his Nissan Altima slid across the wet pavement and hit an electric pole. Tracy was cited for speeding.


Pennsylvania’s spring turkey season kicks off Saturday, May 1, the statewide spring gobbler season opens  on Saturday  May 1and runs to May 31.Although the 2020 estimated spring population of 196,200 turkeys was slightly below average, last year’s good summer reproduction and light fall harvest sets the stage for a good population this spring.Properly licensed hunters may harvest two bearded turkeys during the spring turkey season. A general hunting license provides spring-turkey hunting privileges and a tag that can be used to harvest one bird. Additionally, hunters before the start of the statewide season may purchase a Special Spring Turkey License, which enables them to harvest a second bird. Only hunters with the second license can take a second turkey.Once again last year, second-tag sales set a new record, with 25,524 hunters buying these licenses. It was the fourth consecutive year second-tag sales topped 20,000.Those second tags led to 3,731 harvests, making for a 15 percent success rate for those who purchased a second tag.Last spring’s overall estimated harvest was 34,500 turkeys. Sixteen percent of turkey hunters were successful in filling their first tag.

Hunting hours begin one-half hour before sunrise and end at noon for the first two weeks of the statewide season (May 1 through May 15). Hunters are asked to be out of the woods by 1 p.m. when hunting hours end at noon. This is to minimize disturbance of nesting hens.

From May 17 through May 31, hunting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. The all-day season allows more opportunity at the point in the season when hunting pressure is lower and nesting hens are less likely to abandon nests.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., April 28, there were 3,686 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,143,076. . Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting service area,  McKean County has 2611 confirmed cases; Tioga County, 2407; Elk 1530; Potter 923 and Cameron 193 confirmed cases over in New York State Cattaraugus County has 5113 confirmed cases in Allegheny County 3265.


There are 2,448 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 516 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.

As of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, there were 57 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 26,129 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 Wednesday morning, April 28, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 48.1% 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 Wednesday morning, April 28, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 8,226,293 total vaccine doses as of Wednesday, April 28.

3,292,263 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 93,800 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,916,425 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

5,208,688 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, 8,226,293 doses total have been administered through April 28:

First/single doses:  5,208,688 administered

Second doses:  3,017,605 administered

Mask-wearing is required in all businesses and whenever leaving home. Fully vaccinated people are permitted to participate in some activities without a mask based on CDC guidance released yesterday. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 4,373,088 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 70,600 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,759 cases among employees, for a total of 85,359 at 1,588 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 27,612 of the total cases are among health care workers.

All Pennsylvanians age 16 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. 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.

May 1

There will be a 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.  Vaccination is the best way for Potter County to get back to normal.

Harold L. “Walt” SHERWOOD, II, of Bolivar, NY, formerly of Shinglehouse, PA and Ulysses, PA, died Thursday, April 22, 2021 in Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY.

Born September 7, 1955, in Warsaw, NY, he was the son of Harold L. and Shirley Hancock Sherwood.  Walt was active in the operation of the family business, Sherwood Enterprises, Inc., for many years.He earned his nickname from NBA star Walt Frazier.  Walt enjoyed motor sports and all forms of racing.  He was a huge sports fan, in NASCAR, David Pearson, in football, 49ers Joe Montana, and in baseball, San Francisco Giants Willie Mays.  He was an assistant coach with Ulysses Little League for 10 years, including an undefeated season in 1971.  Surviving are:  a brother, Robert (Vicki) Sherwood of Ulysses;  a sister, Darcy Lea Sherwood;  an uncle, Glenn Sherwood of Warsaw, NY;  nieces, nephews, and cousins.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, Lyle K. Sherwood, Kevin L. Sherwood, and Carroll B. Sherwood.  Private burial will be in Ulysses Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to Ulysses Library, P.O. Box 316, Ulysses, PA 16948.  Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA.  Online condolences may be expressed at