Thursday’s high 83; Overnight low, 44







NY state motorcyclist hurt in Tioga County collision with a deer….Elk County youth facing terroristic threat charges….Ridgway police look for couple who dumped a truck load of rubbish on land they don’t own.. Buffalo, NY woman facing drug charges in McKean County….Swimming Pools open this weekend at state parks….State positivity rate continues to decline….

State police at Mansfield have just released details about a motorcycle/deer collision occurring on Wednesday May 19 in Covington Township. Mark Thomas of Lindley, NY was going west on the Cherry Flats Road when a deer bounded onto the road in front his Harley Davidson Street Glide. After impact, the bike skidded and fell onto its side. Thomas and the bike slide on the road for a distance before coming to rest in a ditch. Thomas was taken to UPMC Wellsboro for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Charges of terroristic threats are pending against an Elk County juvenile. State police allege the youth exposed himself to other students on a school bus Tuesday afternoon and threatened to kill another student with a knife. The investigation is continuing.

A scattering of rubbish is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. Authorities report a white male and female with dark hair emptied a truckload of rubbish on property owned by David Starr of Kersey at little after 4:00 pm Thursday. The land is located at 138 Starr Road in Fox Township. The couple  was in a white lifted GMC or Chevrolet pick-up. Police say evidence was located in the trash and the investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call the Ridgway barracks at 814-776-6136.


A Buffalo, NY woman is facing drug charges in McKean County. Troopers at Lewis Run claim during a traffic stop on Route 219 in Foster Township early Wednesday morning, they discovered 52 year old Titina Sims was in possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Memorial Day is often cool in this part of the world but Pennsylvania state parks will begin allowing swimming this weekend.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announces that state park swimming pools and beaches will be open this holiday weekend to welcome visitors for the outdoor activities that have been so critical to our well-being during the pandemic.

Fifteen state parks have pools for the public to enjoy starting Saturday, May 29. They are typically open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend.


Visitors to park pools and beaches who are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a mask outdoors, however masks are still recommended to be worn when indoors, such as the restrooms. Masks for those not vaccinated are required indoors, when not actively swimming, and if unable to keep appropriate physical distance.

Dunn noted this year that construction projects and the ability to hire lifeguards is impacting schedules for the following parks:

Blue Knob State Park, Bedford County, the pool will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the season due to staffing issues;

Caledonia State Park, Adams County, due to staffing issues the pool will be closed until at least June 19;

Codorus State Park,York County, the pool will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the season due to staffing issues;

French Creek State Park, Berks County, is closed for the season  due to construction;

Little Buffalo State Park, Perry County, the pool will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the season due to staffing issues;

Nockamixon State Park, Bucks County, the opening is still to be determined due to staffing issues; and

Ryerson Station State Park, Greene County, the pool opening is still to be determined due to construction.

Parks not mentioned will resume their normal summer operation on May 29. DCNR is providing certification training at no cost for new lifeguards to help with recruitment. Further closures may be required.

Swimming is permitted at 35 state parks across the commonwealth at designated beaches. Swimming beaches are open and free to the public from before Memorial Day to after Labor Day, unless otherwise posted.

With the exception of Presque Isle State Park in Erie and Fuller Lake in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in Cumberland County, all park beaches operate under the “open swim” policy, meaning you swim at your own risk. While lifeguards are not present, beaches are patrolled by park staff.

Because of beach restoration projects, the Quaker Race Day-Use and campground beaches at Gifford Pinchot State Park in York County are currently closed. Although weather dependant, the opening date is anticipated for mid June.

Dunn also noted that DCNR is expanding its program offering visitors free sunscreen at state park beaches and swimming pools across the state.

The new parks to be included are:

Black Moshannon, Centre County (beach)

Canoe Creek, Blair County (beach)

French Creek, Berks County (playground)

Poe Valley, Centre County (beach)

Ricketts Glen, Luzerne County (beach)

Shawnee, Bedford County (beach)

Tuscarora, Schuylkill County (beach)

Tobyhanna, Monroe County (beach)

This program now has the potential to reach approximately one million visitors at 22 state parks.

For this fifth year, all park costs are covered by the Department of Health’s Cancer Fund, in conjuction with Impact Melanoma, with each park receiving two pole-mounted, battery-operated dispensers, supplying 30+ SPF BrightGuard sunscreen applications.

For more information about swimming in state parks visit the DCNR website.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed as of 12:00 a.m., May 27, there were 941 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,199,536.


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There are 1,172 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19 in Pennsylvania. Of that number, 296 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19. The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients per day is coming 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 May 14 – May 20 stood at 4.5% –down from the previous week.

As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, there were 40 new death identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,163 deaths attributed to COVID-19

According to the CDC, as of Thursday morning, May 27, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 57.3% of its entire population, and the state ranks 9th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.

According to the CDC, as of Thursday morning, May 26, 52.7% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated while 70% have received their first dose.

According to the CDC, as of Thursday morning, May 26, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

Vaccine providers have administered 10,385,967 total vaccine doses as of Thursday, May 27.

4,589,247 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 58,400 people per day receiving vaccinations.

This week, a total of 10,749,200 doses will have been allocated through May 29:

All Pennsylvanians age 12 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.

To date, 10,385,967 total doses have been administered through May 27:

Fully vaccinated people may choose not to wear a mask indoors or outdoors unless the business or organization requires it, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,697 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,369 cases among employees, for a total of 87,066 at 1,592 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 28,677 of the total cases are among health care workers.

The Potter County Farmers Market is being held today  at the Riley Center on Main Street next to the Crittenden (due to cold and rainy weather), from 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Here’s a list of all who plan to be there and what they plan to bring.

Barbara’s Creations will be there with a variety of products hand made from upcycled materials, including beeswax wraps, zipper jewelry, bags and backpacks, baby shoes and puppets, hotpads and pot holders, hats and mittens. For more information, you can contact her at or 814-544-9068

Joel and June’s Apiary will be at the Farmer’s Market with their raw creamed honey produced by their bees at Kenyon Farm in Hebron. They will be sharing a spot with Joanie’s Apiary, who will have raw honey along with beeswax products, including hand cream, body cream, and wood polish. They will also have Potter County notecards in packs of 1 or 5, as well as a new product, corn-filled heating pads. Lots to choose from! For more information, you can contact Joan at or 814-697-7586, or you can contact Joel at or 814-389-8621

Blue Marble Farms plans to be there with a variety of garden plants. They accept SNAP/EBT and Credit/Debit cards. For more information, contact Lisa at

Mahlon Davenport plans to attend the Market with woodcrafts, some rhubarb, and chives. For more information, contact him at or 814-642-2464

Alpaca Creations will be there with new and exciting alpaca apparel, including a large variety of designs and sizes of socks, yarns, rovings for spinning, and a selection of other alpaca products. They will be accepting Credit cards. For more information, you can contact them at or 814-601-0049

We will also be having a few new vendors. Our first new vendor is ME and My Boys goat milk products, who will be bringing a variety of handmade bar soaps, shampoo bars, lotions, and bath bombs. For more information, contact Michele at

Another new vendor will be Laura McLeod, who will be bringing lettuce, cucumbers, zinnias, and petunias. For more information, contact her at or 814-203-2756

Our third new vendor will be Brian Gustin, who plans to bring in some woodcrafts.

Unfortunately, there will be some vendors who will not be there at this time. Card Creek Wines and Card Creek Bakery will both not be there this week, however, their farm fresh brown eggs will be available for purchase by another vendor. If you would like to order from them, please call them at 814-544-7313, or by email at or

Miles Farm Produce will not be there this week, for as of yet unspecified reasons. For more information, contact Brenda Miles at, or by phone at 814-848-9841