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BFB Headlines (Tusday May 11k 2021)Burglar caught by  troopers in Potter County….two people charged with theft for stealing beverages…Vandals cause $1000 in damage to pickup parked in Elk County…Kane man picked up on a warrant…4-H looks to open up more features….9.2 million Pennsylvanians given vaccines…Next on-air report after 12:06pm on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

A burglary suspect was caught red-handed by state police at Coudersport  Wednesday afternoon in Harrison Township. Troopers took 35 year old J Rositzke of Wellsville into custody but his companion escaped. The house on Route 49 west is the home of Bruce Mattison of Mills.

A Wellsboro driver escaped injury in a one-vehicle accident Sunday evening on Route 44 in Hebron Township, Potter County. Charles Tameris was going north and tried to make a slight curve when his Dodge Van hit a patch of standing water and hydroplaned off the right side of the road and where it traveled  went into a ditch until it collided with a tree. Tameris was cited for speeding.

State police at Ridgway arrested 25 year old David Cabisca of Bradford for theft. Troopers allege Cabisca stole a 12 ounce can of Miller Lite off the porch at the residence of a 21 year old man on South Avenue yesterday….

Neither driver was  hurt in a collision Sunday afternoon in Lafayette Township in McKean County. According to state police at Lewis Run, the collision occurred when Ivy Thompson of Buffalo, NY lost control of her Kia Rio due inclement weather. The car slid into the opposite lane where it collided with GMC Acadia driven by Paul Platko of Gifford. Reno Klotzbach riding in Thompson’s vehicle and a young child in Platko’s SUV also escaped injury.

A criminal mischief on West Washington Street in Bradford just before midnight May 5 was investigated by state police at Ridgway. Vandals damaged the passenger front door on a 2015 Chevrolet Silverado owned by a 51 year old Southington, Ohio woman. Damage is estimated to be $1000.

Another criminal mischief was investigated by state police at Ridgway. Vandals had “egged” the front porch window at the Highland Road home of 50 year old Kane man late last Friday night.

Troopers at the Ridgway barracls arrested a 38 year old Brockport woman, whose name was not lreased, on a burglary charge. Cops claim the supsecte entered a home on Kystone Road on the evening of April 7 abnd took a beverage from the home o threeBrockport rewsidents before fleeing from the scene. However, she was later apprehended at her home on the Keystone Roadand allegedly vound to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was acting in a “strange” manner. Police claim there were multiple items of drug paraphernalis in plain view and a child hadbeef left alone at the residence during the allged burglary./C hildre and youth serviucecs intervened on behalf of the child.

Several people have been arrested for DUI and/or drug possession across the region. A 48 year old Bradford man was arrested when police stopped his pedalcycle on South Avenue on the evening of April 27. Police claim the suspect was found in possession of multiple controlled substances and related paraphernalia.

Ryan Thomas, 32, of Kane was arrested after officers discovered Thomas had a controlled substance and related paraphernalia in his 2008 Grand Prix when they stopped him on Route  in Hamlin Township late Saturday night.

William Lemke, 40, of Emporium was arrested Sunday night when troopers allegedly  found a controlled substance and related paraphernalia in his 2016 on the night of May 9, on Route 46 in Norwich Township, McKean County.

Robert Duck, 42 of Kane was transported to the McKean County Jail on an active warrant after officers reportedly found drug paraphernalia while going through his personal property.


As group-gathering restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic ease, leaders of the Pennsylvania 4-H youth development program are planning for the probability that youth 4-H members and volunteer leaders will be able to participate in program activities in person in the coming months.

However, the organization is likely to take a hybrid approach — with in-person activities supplemented with virtual offerings — into the future, according to Joshua Rice, Penn State Extension assistant director for 4-H youth development programs.

“One of the primary ways that the 4-H program had to evolve during the earlier stages of the pandemic was shifting our program offerings to a virtual format,” Rice said. “It was important that the sense of community and connection that exists within the program remain, even if that meant that it would have to be achieved in a new way.”

He noted that 4-H clubs were able to hold meetings virtually, and some county-based 4-H extension educators hosted “Ask the Educator” zoom hours each week to give volunteer leaders, members and parents a chance to get updates and ask questions. Educators also developed learn-at-home projects, offered virtual camps and countywide virtual social events, and provided lessons and resources for teachers to support in- and out-of-classroom learning.

“We also moved some of our larger statewide events to a virtual format,” Rice said. “These included our 4-H State Leadership Conference, which had youth participants from nine states, and our 4-H Capital Days event. During these events and in the post-event surveys, numerous members told us that the virtual format gave them a chance to participate in the programs for the first time.”

Based on the feedback from participants, families and volunteers, 4-H likely will continue offering events in a hybrid format. “We realized that by offering virtual options, it helped to remove some barriers for youth and families who have not been able to attend in the past,” Rice said.

The pandemic did reveal a few challenges to offering programs in a virtual format, Rice conceded.

“One of the biggest barriers to offering virtual opportunities is the lack of access to broadband internet service in various parts of the state,” he said. “Some also feel that it is harder to replicate the hands-on aspect of the 4-H program that has been the foundation of inquiry learning on which 4-H prides itself.”

Despite these obstacles, the organization still enrolled 60,000 Pennsylvania youth in 4-H programs in 2020, down from 78,000 in 2019. More than 24,000 youth attended nearly 2,200 virtual club meetings and programs, 17,800 were reached in 732 classrooms through virtual 4-H school enrichment programs, and more than 13,000 youth participated in 4-H animal science virtual programming.

Rice pointed out that adopters of the virtual format have found several positive aspects of online 4-H programming, including flexibility in scheduling.

“It can help to remove financial barriers that sometimes exist, and it also has allowed for participation by entire family units,” he said. “We have seen moms, dads, grandmas, grandpas and siblings all in the kitchen taking part in the ‘Stir-it-Up Saturdays’ 4-H cooking program and other learning opportunities that we provide.”

The implementation of virtual programming also allowed 4-H to attract new audiences, according to Rice.

“During the pandemic, we have seen growth in our programs in the areas of healthy living, expressive arts, civic engagement, leadership and environmental science,” he said. “Developing new programs and offering them in a variety of formats helped us to increase our reach. And that has advanced our goal of having Pennsylvania 4-H reflect the state’s population and diversity.”

The 4-H program area perhaps hit hardest by the pandemic was animal science, in which many youth purchase livestock that they care for and raise, with an eye toward exhibiting and selling their animals at county fair youth livestock shows, most of which were cancelled in 2020. Rice noted that despite the lack of livestock shows, youth in these programs last year still were able to complete their project work, and many took advantage of 4-H educational programs to help them direct-market their animals to local buyers.

Looking ahead, he expressed optimism that these events will be permitted to take place this summer. “With vaccination programs building immunity among our population and the governor’s announcement that most of Pennsylvania’s COVID restrictions will be lifted at the end of May, we expect that our 4-H program once again will partner with local fair boards, FFA chapters, volunteers and others to conduct animal shows and market-livestock sales.”

Similarly, in-person 4-H summer camps are likely to resume, but with modifications, Rice said. “We will not be able to host overnight residential camps, but we will offer summer day camps — some incorporating a hybrid in-person/virtual model — that will provide youth with the hands-on, in-person experiences that our 4-H’ers have come to know and love,” he said.

Rice said regardless of program area or delivery method, the mission of 4-H remains the same: to provide meaningful opportunities for all youth and adults to work together to create sustainable community change.

“We aim to accomplish this within three primary content areas — civic engagement and leadership, healthy living, and science,” he said. “4-H is a place where all youth can flourish. We are founded in research-based principles of positive youth development, and we work together with volunteers, families and community stakeholders to try and make sure our 4-H youth grow and develop into productive and engaged members of society.”

Administered in Pennsylvania by Penn State Extension, 4-H is a nonformal youth development education program of the nation’s Cooperative Extension System and the U.S. Department of Agriculture that helps young people develop knowledge and skills to become capable, caring and contributing citizens. Information about local programs can be found on the Penn State Extension website at https://extension.psu.edu/4-H.For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twitter.com/511PAStateCOLL

– The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 10, there were 1,023 additional positive cases of COVID-19, in addition to 1,376 new cases reported Sunday, May 9, for a two-day total of 2,399 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,174,687. Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area, McKean County has 2,755 confirmed cases; Tioga, 2466; Elk, 1554; Potter, 976 and Cameron, 197 confirmed cases. In New York State. Cattaraugus County has 5560 confirmed cases and Allegany County had 3379 cases.

There are 1,924 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 427 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. Cumulatively, the majority of COVID cases are in 20- to 29-year-olds (207,938), followed by 30- to 39-year-olds (179,510) as indicated by the COVID-19 dashboard

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is starting to come down, after peaking at 2,661 patients which is slightly below what it was at the height of the spring 2020 peak of 2,751 patients on May 3, 2020.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of April 30 – May 6 stood at 6.6%.

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

As of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, May 8, there were 11 new deaths and as of 11:59 p.m. Sunday, May 9, there were 7 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 26,550 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 Monday morning, May 10, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 9,232,573 total vaccine doses as of Monday, May 10.

3,897,192 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 68,900 people per day receiving vaccinations.

1,761,455 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.

5,658,647 people have received at least their first dose.

This week, a total of 9,556,320 doses will have been allocated through May 15:

320,320 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.

297,520 second doses will have been allocated this week.

To date,  9,232,573 total total doses have been administered  through May 10:

First/single doses:  5,658,647 administered

Second doses:  3,573,926 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. Consistent mask-wearing is critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

There are 156,842 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 4,467,488 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,232 resident cases of COVID-19, and 14,949 cases among employees, for a total of 86,181 at 1,590 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. O

Approximately 28,025 of the total cases are among health care workers.

All Pennsylvanians age 16 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. Use Vaccine Finder to find a COVID-19 vaccine provider near you.

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.

All of the locations that received vaccine and how much they have received can be found on the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution webpage.

Vaccine dashboard data can also be found on the website to find more information on the doses administered and showcase demographic information.