Tuesday’s high, 85; Overnight low, 64; .33” of rain







Elk County

A Ridgway  motorcyclist was seriously hurt in an accident early Monday morning on Shelvey Summit Road in Fox Township. Benjamin Goodrow was going south when his Suzuki VL1500 fishtailed and tipped onto its left side, skidding about 100 feet before stopping on the fog line. Goodrow was flown to Altoona Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

Minor injuries were reported following a one-car crash Monday morning  on Route 66 in Highland Township. State police said the crash happened when Shawn Curcio of Bradford swerved to avoid a deer  and his Kia Soul went off the road and hit a guard rail. His passengers, 70 year old Mariann Curcio and 73 year old Paul Curcio were taken to UPMC Kane for treatment of minor injuries.

Both Wilcox residents involved in an argument have been cited for physical harassment. State police report the charges against a 49 year old man and a 50 year old woman were filed after they responded to a “domestic” on Kane Street in Jones Township early Sunday morning.

A burglary occurring Saturday afternoon in Jay Township, Elk County is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. Thieves stole a white water heater from the residence of a 57 year old Weedville woman. The heater is valued at $300.

State police at Ridgway arrested a 20 year old St. Marys man for shoplifting at the Kersey Walmart Monday evening. Troopers did not release the suspect’s name.

McKean County

Two Duke Center residents have been arrested for drug possession. State police at Lewis Run claim when they stopped a 2009 Ford Fusion on Sweitzer Drive, Saturday afternoon the driver was found in possession of a controlled substance and related drug paraphernalia. The passenger was also discovered in possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage. Troopers did not indicate which one was the driver and which one was the passenger but charges have been filed against 53 year old Kenneth Knowles and 47 year old Jennifer Knowles.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) has  announced new conservation measures in certain state forests where federally threatened and endangered bats are found.

The new conservation measures (PDF) address traditional firewood collection and cutting of standing dead trees to help protect and maintain habitats for the federally threatened northern long-eared bat and the federally endangered Indiana bat.

Standing dead trees along roads provide important habitat for the bats, which roost and rear their young in the cavities and loose bark.

Bats are vulnerable in April and at certain points throughout the year because they are still waking up or require dead trees as habitats to rear flightless young bats.

To protect the bats during critical points in their life cycles, firewood cutting and harvesting will be limited on designated roads in Bald Eagle, Buchanan, Elk, Forbes, Gallitzin, Loyalsock, Michaux, Moshannon, Pinchot, Rothrock, Sproul, Tiadaghton, Tioga Tuscarora, and William Penn state forests now through August 31.

Cutting also will be limited on designated roads in Bald Eagle, Pinchot, and Rothrock state forest districts between Sept. 1 through Nov. 1 and between April 1 and May 14, 2022.

Roads in these districts were chosen because they had the highest quality habitat for the bats that were vulnerable to firewood cutting.

Bats are essential in managing insect pests and contribute to forest health. In Pennsylvania, bats are insectivores eating at up to 1,000 mosquito-sized insects in an hour and consuming as much as 25 percent of their body mass in a single feeding event. Pregnant or nursing females can consume their body weight in insects each night.

The conservation measures are included in a Bat Habitat Conservation prepared by DCNR and the Pennsylvania Game Commission and approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service which identifies activities that may impact bats and presents avoidance strategies.

Those with questions are encouraged to contact their local district forest office for specific details for how these conservation measures are applied in your area and for detailed maps of areas where firewood harvesting is limited.

More information about firewood cutting is found in an FAQ (PDF). Visit DCNR’s website for more information about bat conservation efforts.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 20, there were 569 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,217,332.





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There are 274 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 49 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

Statewide percent positivity for the week of July 9 – July 15 stood at 1.7%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 19, there were 10 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 27,805 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, July 19, Pennsylvania ranks 5th among all 50 states for total doses administered.

According to the CDC, as of Monday, July 19, 61.9% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.


Vaccine providers have administered 11,442,686 total vaccine doses as of Tuesday, July 20.


The department continues to urge Pennsylvanians to follow CDC guidance for wearing a mask where required by law, rule and regulations, including healthcare, local business and workplace guidance. For the protection of themselves and others, individuals who have not yet been vaccinated or are partially vaccinated, are still encouraged to wear a mask when in public.


In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 72,125 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 15,601 cases among employees, for a total of 87,726 at 1,599 distinct facilities in all 67 counties. Approximately 29,185 of total cases have been among health care workers.

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.


Curtis William “Sonny” Perkins, 84, of Shinglehouse, passed away on Thursday, July 15, 2021, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.

Born on Tuesday, May 4, 1937 in Portland, Maine, he was the only child of Curtis L. and Hazel F. MacMillan Perkins.

Sonny attended school in Michigan where his father was employed by Texaco.  The family moved to Shinglehouse to live on the Perkins family homestead.

Sonny was a member of the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church where he greeted those attending church with a bulletin.  He was also a member of the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse.  He enjoyed history, his computer, and reading the Bible.  He loved his beloved dog, Pepper.  Curtis William was a gentle man.  He loved his friends, including his caring angels, Janette Church and Nancy Haynes, both of Shinglehouse, his church family, and the staff and residents of Sweden Valley Manor.

Surviving are several cousins, including, Olin Edgar (Ave Maria) Perkins, Stephen Perkins, Rick Shavalier, Kevin Shavalier, Joy Campbell, Donna Jean, and Debbie; ten second cousins, including Christopher Clapp, who along with his mother, Carolynn, until her death, were responsible for Sonny’s well being.

Sonny was predeceased by his parents; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held in the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church on a date and time to be announced.

Sonny will be laid to rest with his parents in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Shinglehouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shinglehouse United Methodist Church, PO Box 671, Shinglehouse, PA 16748 or to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, PO Box 296, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.

Sonny’s family entrusted his care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Sonny, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com or the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home Facebook page.


Doris Mae METCALF, 96, of Milledgeville, GA, formerly of Potter Brook and Port Allegany, PA, died Sunday, July 18, 2021 in Lynn Haven Health & Rehabilitation, Gray, GA.


Born April 4, 1925, in Potter Brook, she was the daughter of William Richard and Agnes Mae Robbins Truax.  On August 28, 1943, in Potter Brook, she married Wilbert Richard Metcalf, who predeceased her in 1977.  A graduate of Westfield High School, she was employed by Galeton Production during and after World War II from 1944 – 1947 and The Goodie Gallery in Milledgeville from 1981 – 1992.  Doris was a member of Order of the Eastern Star #33 in Westfield, Potter Brook Happy Hour Club, and First Christian Church, Milledgeville.


Surviving are:  a daughter, Beverly Kobbe of Milledgeville and her family, Eric (Ashley) Kobbe, Kinsey (Charles) Kinnamon, Anna Kobbe, and Chloe Kobbe;  a daughter and son-in-law, Bonnie Kay (Gary) Pennington of Milledgeville and their family, Kevin Caden, Eve (Matt) Derstine, Sophia Derstine, and Haleigh Pennington;  a son and daughter-in-law, Rick (Janine) Metcalf of Murrells Inlet, SC and their family, Matthew (Amber) Metcalf, Mason Metcalf, Bailey Metcalf, Marc (Annie) Metcalf, Samuel Metcalf, and Abby Metcalf;  nieces and nephews.  In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a grandson, Gary Pennington, Jr.;  a son-in-law, Alan L. Kobbe;  and two sisters, Ruth E. Orcutt and Elberta L. Potter.


Friends may call at Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA on Friday, July 23, 2021 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, with Funeral Services following at 12:00 PM.  Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery, Potter Brook.


Memorials may be made to Riverview Cemetery, c/o Garry Abbott, 134 Potter Brook Road, Westfield, PA 16950.


Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.


To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Doris Mae (Truax) METCALF, please visit our floral store.






July 23, 2021

11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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621 South Main Street

Ulysses, PA 16948

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July 23, 2021

12:00 PM

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621 South Main Street

Ulysses, PA 16948

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