Senior 2 Senior Program resumes. See story below.

NY state man indicted in connection to body found in Potter County….Kane resident cited for injuring another man….Theft of check investigated in Hamlin Township….Seniors 2 Seniors program resumes today…..97% of Covid victims were unvaccinated….67.2% PA residents vaccinated…..

Tuesday’s high, 81; Overnight low, 62







Potter County

A Chemung County NY grand jury has indicted 21 year old Thomas Bovaird for allegedly kidnapping, torturing and killing Juan Gose Gotay whose mutlilated body was found this a past April on Route 6 in Ulysses Township, Potter County. The Pennsylania State Police Major Crime team  is leading the Potter County investigation.

McKean County

Troopers at Lewis Run have charged 33 year old Timothy Fretz of Kane for assault with a weapon for an incident allegedly taking place Saturday afternoon on Route 6 in Wetmore Township. Fretz is accused of injuring a 61 year old Kane man during a disagreement.

A theft taking place last Friday in Hamlin Township, McKean County is being investigated by state police at Lewis Run. Pennhills Resources LLC of Kane told police a check was intercepted in the mail and the dollar amount and receiving name were altered on the front of the check which was deposited by an unknown individual.

No injuries were reported for a Lynchburg, VA truck driver following a mishap September 1 in Lafayette Township. Osmond Smith was going south on Route 219 when his Peterbilt 579 went sideways into the opposite lane and  hit a guard rail.


Lewis Run state police have made several DUI arrests recently. A 36 year old Kane woman was arrested Saturday evening on Route 6 in Wetmore Township; a 46 year old Eldred woman was arrested after being stopped on McCrea Brook Road in Ceres Township early Saturday morning; Gregory Westlake, 58 of Bradford was arrested last Thursday evening on West Washington Street in Bradford; Alexa Holleran, 25  of New Stanton PA was arrested during the early morning of August 1 on the Larabee Road Eldred Ariel Penn, 29 of Olean was arrested early September 5 on N. Main Street, Port Allegany. She was allegedly found in possession of a controlled substance and related drug paraphernalia; an Euclid, Ohio driver is accused of possessing a controlled substance and related drug paraphernalia after being pulled over on Route 219 in Hamlin Township on the afternoon of August 25.

Both men involved in a fight early Sunday morning in McKean County have been arrested for physical harassment. State police report 23 year old John Dracup of Bradford and 49 year old Charles Keene of Willowick, Ohio assaulted each other during an argument on Klondike Road in Corydon Township.

Potter County

The Potter County Education Council, Tri-Co Connections, the Potter County Human Services Area Agency on Aging, the Seneca Highlands CTC and our local school districts are continuing to team up to implement a county-wide program called Seniors 2 Seniors. This program is teaching basic computer skills, digital literacy, and cybersecurity to senior citizens so that they have the skills and knowledge to utilize the many benefits of high-speed Internet which can include:

  • Staying connected to friends and family
  • Sending and receiving emails
  • Using search engines to navigate the Internet
  • Utilizing telemedicine (healthcare from home)
  • Using on-line banking
  • Shopping from home (for items not available in the local area)

As a part of this program, the Potter County Education Council, Tri-Co Connections and the Area Agency on Aging have local high school students volunteering to provide on-site support to each of the adults who participates in the course.

Course Schedule:

The Seniors 2 Seniors technology course is being offered at each of the four senior centers in Potter County on a five-week rotating schedule, meeting on Wednesdays from 12:45 – 1:45 PM (following the school districts’ calendars), throughout the 2021-2022 school year. The first Seniors 2 Seniors course will be held at the Coudersport Senior Center beginning on September 15th and ending on October 13th. The course is scheduled at the Shinglehouse Senior Center (October 20th – November 17th),  the Ulysses Senior Center (March 16th – April 13th) and then at the Galeton Senior Center (April 20th – May 18th).


You can register yourself, or a parent, or grandparent by calling the Potter County Education Council at (814) 274-4877, registering on the Potter County Education Council’s website at or stop by the Potter County Education’s Coudersport office at 5 Water Street.


The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s report on COVID-19 post-vaccination cases, commonly known as “breakthrough cases,” shows the overwhelming majority of cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the state are among the unvaccinated.

“With nearly seven million Pennsylvanians fully vaccinated, the data makes it clear: the vaccines are safe and effective at preventing severe illness from COVID-19,” Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam said today during a news conference at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Hospital’s Suburban Pavilion.

“The overwhelming majority of the COVID-19 related cases, hospitalizations and deaths in Pennsylvania occurred in people who were not vaccinated,” she said. “In fact, the data shows that compared to unvaccinated people, fully vaccinated Pennsylvanians are seven times less likely to get COVID-19, and eight times less likely to die from COVID-19.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines post-vaccination cases as individuals who are fully vaccinated and tested positive for COVID-19 more than 14 days after they completed their full one-dose or two-dose vaccination series. They are also referred to as vaccine breakthrough cases.

Today’s online report shows that since January 2021:

  • 97 percent of COVID-19-related deaths were in unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people. Among a total of 6,472 COVID-19-related deaths identified in Pennsylvania in 2021, the latest data shows 213, or three percent, post-vaccination deaths identified. Cumulative death incidence among the unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated was 7.9 times as high as the death incidence among the fully vaccinated.
  • 95 percent of reported hospitalizations with COVID-19 as the primary diagnosis/cause of admission were in unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people. Among a total of 34,468 hospitalizations with COVID-19 as the primary diagnosis/cause of admission reported in Pennsylvania, 1,820 were reported to have occurred in fully vaccinated people. These figures account for data from 55 percent of all hospitals and 69 percent of acute care hospitals in Pennsylvania, representing approximately 80 percent of acute care beds in the state.
  • 94 percent of reported COVID-19 cases were in unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people. Among a total of 639,729 positive cases, there have been 35,389, or six percent, identified post-vaccination cases. Cumulative case incidence among the unvaccinated and not fully vaccinated was 7.1 times as high as the case incidence among the fully vaccinated.

“That means that 97 percent of deaths reported through the beginning of September were in unvaccinated or not fully-vaccinated people,” Beam said.

Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania Department of Health today confirmed that as of 12:00 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 14, there were 3,732 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 1,354,451.


ELK 1775

McKEAN 3154


TIOGA 2872



There are 2,239 individuals hospitalized with COVID-19. Of that number, 551 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. Statewide percent positivity for the week of Sept. 3 – Sept. 9 stood at 9.1%.

As of 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, there were 83 new deaths identified by the Pennsylvania death registry, reported for a total of 28,651 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, Sept. 13, 67.2% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

Vaccine providers have administered 12,461,424 total vaccine doses, including 57,183 additional doses authorized for people who are immunocompromised, as of Tuesday, Sept. 14.

6,073,683 people are fully vaccinated; with 19,293 vaccinations administered since Friday and a

In licensed nursing and personal care homes, there have been a total of 75,170 resident cases of COVID-19 to date, and 16,055 cases among employees, for a total of 91,225 at 1,618 distinct facilities in all 67 counties.

Approximately 30,552 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.