Volunteers clean up Cowanesque Lake Recreation area. See story below:

Johnsonburg man arrested for Chop Shop activities….Tractor Trailers collided in Elk County…..Volunteers cleaned up Cowanesque Lake recreation area last weekend…66.7% of state residents vaccinated….


Thursday’s high, 70; Overnight low 50







Elk County

A Johnsonburg man has been arrested on felony counts related to VIN alteration. State police at Ridgway claim 39year old Benjamin Cummings removed a vehicle identification number tag from one vehicle and placed it on another and then sold it to someone else. During the course of the investigation, authorities found that the vehicle with the altered number had been reported stolen in 2012. Charges of Alteration or destruction of a vehicle identification number, operating or conducting a chop shop and receiving stolen property were filed in district court.

Both operators escaped injury when tractor trailers collided Monday morning in Jones Township, Elk County. According to state police, the rear-end collision occurred when 73 year old David Wahlberg of Kane failed to notice that Oleg Volkov of Howard Beach,NY had slowed his Kenworth down for traffic and failed to stop his Western Star. Wahlberg was cited for following too closely.

Tioga County

Last Saturday Sept. 4 was a perfect day for a major debris cleanup of the playground flooded in the South Shore Recreation Area along Cowanesque Lake on Wednesday, Aug. 18

Originally a cadre of volunteers was enlisted, including the Friends of Tioga-Hammond and Cowanesque Lakes of which he is a member, the Tioga County Bass Anglers, Cowanesque Valley Bass League and Keystone Trail Association plus the general public to help clean up trash that littered areas around and on the lake.

Those plans changed when the damage done during heavy rains on Aug. 18 forced the closing of Tompkins Campground for the season and made the South Shore playground and picnic area unusable because of mud, downed trees and branches.

At 8 a.m. on Sept. 4, 35 people, including U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff, volunteers from the organizations and community members began the cleanup operation under the direction of Ranger Brad McElheny.


The Corps brought in heavy equipment and hand tools. All of us worked for four solid hours and got the debris cleaned up a little after noon.

The South Shore Recreation Area playground and picnic area, boat launch and boating were opened to the public on Sept. 4 in time for the Labor Day Weekend.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 9, there were 4,197 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,333,308.


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McKEAN 3099


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There are 2,082 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 506 patients are in the intensive care unit with COVID-19.

The trend in the 14-day moving average number of hospitalized patients continues to increase again. Statewide percent positivity for the week of Aug. 27 – Sept. 2 stood at 8.2%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, there were 52 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 28,498 deaths attributed to COVID-19.

According to the CDC, as of Wednesday, Sept. 8, 66.7% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 12,371,904 total vaccine doses, including 49,119 additional doses authorized for people who are immunocompromised, as of Thursday, Sept. 9.

6,030,978 people are fully vaccinated; with 21,948 vaccinations administered since yesterday and a seven-day moving average of more than 16,700 people per day receiving vaccinations.

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 74,834 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 16,006 cases among employees, for a total of 90,840 at 1,615 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 30,425 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.