Wednesday’s high, 65; Overnight low, 48








Emergency services called to tractor accident in Allegany Township… State police investigate illegal unemployment claims….Owlett Votes to Prohibit Vaccine Passports….11.4 million people vaccinated….

Tri-Town Volunteers from Ulysses and Coudersport Emergency services responded to a tractor accident Wednesday afternoon in Allegany Township. Only a few details were available. The call was for a “tractor roll-over” with an adult and child listed as victims. One was flown by medical helicopter to an out of the area hospital.

Mansfield based state police are investigating a couple more illegal unemployment claims in Tioga County. A Delmar Township employer told police she had received an unemployment  compensation claim on June 17  for a 45 year old Wellsboro woman who is still employed at the business and who had not filed the claim. A 59 year old Knoxville woman told authorities a day earlier, that her employer told her someone had filed a claim in her name but she was still employed. Similar cases have been reported in Tioga County since the start of the pandemic.

The state House yesterday  approved legislation that would preserve medical freedoms for Pennsylvanians by prohibiting the use of vaccine passports and narrowing the powers of the Department of Health, said Rep. Clint Owlett (R-Tioga/Bradford/Potter).

“The people spoke loud and clear last month that they’d had enough of the unilateral authority of the Wolf administration during the past 16 months. They want their rights and their freedoms protected,” Owlett said. “The bill we passed today takes another step forward by ensuring all Pennsylvanians have the right to make the best medical decisions for ourselves and for our children.


“My vote today reflects what the vast majority of constituents in the 68th District have been asking for…NO vaccine passports!”

Senate Bill 618 would prohibit a government entity or an institution of higher education from requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccination to use the service, enter a building or undertake an activity. Institutions of higher education would include a post-secondary institution that received state funds, including funds from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA).

The bill also would prohibit the expenditure of tax dollars to create an electronic vaccine tracking system.

Finally, the bill would narrow the authority of the secretary of Health relating to issues under the Disease Prevention and Control Act. Specifically, the secretary could not order the closure of a business or other entity or require an individual who has not been exposed or potentially exposed to a contagious disease to physically distance from others, wear a face covering, conduct a specific hygiene practice, shelter in place, quarantine or isolate from other individuals or restrict travel.

The bill now returns to the Senate for consideration.

– The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 22, there were 174 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,210,820.


ELK 1581

McKEAN 2093


TIOGA 2096



There are 397 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 91 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 continues to drop, 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. The full 14-day moving average since the start of the pandemic can be found here.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of June 11 – June 17 stood at 1.4%.

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

Between 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, there were 8 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,612 deaths attributed to COVID-19. County-specific information and a statewide map are available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Pennsylvania hospitals began receiving shipments of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 14 and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine the week of Dec. 21. The Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) COVID-19 vaccine was first allocated to Pennsylvania the week of March 1. On Friday, April 23, the CDC and FDA notified all COVID-19 vaccine providers that the pause in administering doses of the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine has been lifted. Following the announcement, Pennsylvania resumed Janssen vaccinations. Vaccination numbers for Pennsylvania do not include Philadelphia, which is its own jurisdiction, or federal facilities, which are working directly with the federal government.


Vaccine highlights

Federal data representing all 67 counties:

  • According to the CDC, as of Tuesday, June 22, Pennsylvania has administered first doses of vaccine to 62% of its entire population, and the state ranks 8th among all 50 states for first doses administered by percentage of population.
  • According to the CDC, as of Tuesday, June 22, 59.1% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated while 74.6% have received their first dose.
  • According to the CDC, as of Tuesday, June 22 Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.


Statewide data representing the 66 counties within the Department of Health’s vaccine jurisdiction:

  • Vaccine providers have administered 11,482,733 total vaccine doses as of Wednesday, June 23.
  • 5,275,816 people are fully vaccinated; with a seven-day moving average of more than 24,800 people per day receiving vaccinations.
  • 1,364,816 people are partially vaccinated, meaning they have received one dose of a two-dose vaccine.
  • 6,640,644 people have received at least their first dose.


  • This week, a total of 13,146,080 doses will have been allocated through June 26:
    • 299,960 first/single doses will have been allocated this week.
    • 299,960 second doses will have been allocated this week.


  • To date, we have administered 11,482,733 doses total through June 22:
    • First/single doses:  6,640,644 administered
    • Second doses:  4,842,089 administered

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).

There are 163,290 individuals who have a positive viral antigen test and are considered probable cases and 638 individuals who have a positive serology test and either COVID-19 symptoms or a high-risk exposure.

There are 4,730,501 individuals who have tested negative to date.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there are 71,994 resident cases of COVID-19, and 15,535 cases among employees, for a total of 87,529 at 1,597 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Out of total deaths reported to PA-NEDSS, 13,349 have occurred in residents from nursing or personal care facilities. A county breakdown can be found here. Note that the number of deaths reported to NEDSS is not exactly the same as the COVID-19 related deaths reported by the death registry. The number of deaths among nursing and personal care home residents and employees is taken from the PA-NEDSS death data, as this information is not available in the death registry data.

Approximately 28,982 of our total cases are among health care workers.

Statewide – The Wolf Administration has since noon, June 22:

  • Provided Early Warning Monitoring Dashboard update

The Department of Health is working to ensure the vaccine is provided in a way that is ethical, equitable and efficient to all Pennsylvanians:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Unite Against COVID Weekly Update is a round-up of news you can use and answers to your most pressing vaccine questions – delivered directly to your inbox every week.
  • Frequently asked questions can be found here.

The Wolf Administration stresses the role Pennsylvanians play in helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Get vaccinated with one of the three safe and effective vaccines available to provide the best layer of protection.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
  • Download the COVID Alert PA app and make your phone part of the fight. The free app can be found in the Google Play StoreOpens In A New Window and the Apple App StoreOpens In A New Window by searching for “covid alert pa”.







June 26

The Smethport Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a fun fest which includes a vendor fair, boot drive, food trucks and beverage area. The event will conclude with the annual fireworks display over Hamlin Lake beginning at 9:30pm. The vendor fair will be held from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

July 17

Join us for a day of family fun at the Coudersport Arboretum Four bands will perform; beginning at noon and ending at 8 PM.Artisan/civic group tables. Food, drinks. Take your own chair, and plan to spend the day!Public restrooms will be available on site.

August 7

The only rabies clinic in Potter County this summer will be a drive-through at the Potter County Veterinary clinic on Route 6 West, Coudersport. $5 per pet.


Open auditions are at 4 p.m. this Saturday, June 26 and at 1 p.m. this Sunday, June 27 in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro for male and female performers of all ages and races to try out for radio plays being presented during Hamilton-Gibson’s Tune in to Radio HG Festival.


No previous acting experience is required. Actors do not memorize lines, wear costumes or makeup. They read their lines from their scripts and use only their voices to create characters. Rehearsals will be scheduled based on availability.


“No one has to register to audition,” said Gabe Hakvaag. “Just be there at the time listed on Saturday or Sunday.”


Tune in to Radio HG Festival performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 20 and 21 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 22 in the Deane Center’s Coolidge Theatre at 104 Main Street in Wellsboro.


The same four radio plays will be performed for each show. The radio plays are: “Sam Spade” with Mitch Kreisler directing; “Easy Aces” with Sarah Dutertedirecting; “The Thin Man” with Yolie Canales directing; and “Gunsmoke” with Hakvaag directing.

For the performances, the theatre will be transformed into WBFR studios with a live audience watching actors stand before mics with their scripts in hand, while live sound effects and music are combined to create an old-fashioned program of radio plays.

For more information, call the Hamilton-Gibson Productions office at 570-724-2079 or email





This Saturday, June 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project is holding a free, in-person three-hour Woodpecker Lips Director’s Workshop indoors at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro.


“There’s plenty of room so anyone who wants to attend can. Just be at the Warehouse Theatre this Saturday by 9:50 a.m. No registration is required,” said Jessie Thompson who is leading the workshop.


Originally, the workshop was going to be held outdoors in the roofed pavilion at the Nessmuk Recreation Area. “With the weather being unpredictable I decided to change the location from outdoors to indoors. I felt it would be easier to focus if we are indoors,” Thompson said.


Not only is this workshop for women who have never directed before but also for experienced directors.


“Because only one actor is involved, this is the perfect time for a woman interested in directing to give it a try. It’s simpler to direct a monologue rather than a large cast and crew production with a lot of moving parts and a larger investment of time,” said Thompson.


“Directing a monologue with one actor can also be rewarding for an experienced director. “I think directing a monologue is an opportunity to dig a little deeper into what that one actor is doing to help her make her performance more dynamic, engaging and entertaining for the audience,” she added.

Discussed during the workshop will be the practical aspects of organizing the directing process and the tools needed to work with actors to foster trust and allow them to creatively explore characters to bring both the actors’ and the director’s vision to life.

“We are seeking women to direct each of the 13 monologues written by area women about a living or historical Pennsylvania woman,” said Thompson. “The monologues range from five to eleven minutes apiece. Some of them are dramatic with intense moments. Others are bolder and funnier or quiet and reflective. I am bringing a short synopsis of each monologue with me to the directors workshop for our potential directors to take a look at.”

Thompson has directed and led acting workshops for the HG Women’s Project and prior to that worked as an actor in New York, Los Angeles and around the country. She is the producer of “Woodpecker Lips,” the 2021 Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project. The goal of the project is to provide opportunities for women to write, direct and act to tell local stories meaningful to community theater audiences.

The project will conclude with performances of the 13 monologues at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 29 & 30 and Nov. 5 & 6 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, Oct. 31 & Nov. 7.


For more information about the Woodpecker Lips Directors Workshop, email Thompson at

June 13

from 1 to 3 p.m. this Sunday, June 13 and continuing on Sundays, June 27 and July 11, weather permitting, the Nessmuk Rod and Gun Club is hosting skeet shoots for members and the public at its outdoor range at 4646 Route 287 in Delmar Township, 6.5 miles south of Wellsboro.

Skeet shoots will then resume in August and September. They will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday, including on Aug. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 and Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26, weather permitting. The decision about whether skeet shoots will continue on Sundays in October will be made in September. The fee to shoot skeet for members and non-members 18 years of age and older is $6 per round of 25 clays and $3 for youth ages 12 to 17. All shooters have to provide their own shotguns and ammunition. Eye and ear protection are required.For more information, contact Skeet Shoot Coordinator John Davis at or 570-439-1300.




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