ID theft investigated in Elk County…..Sharon Township camp burglary probed….Two recent crashes investigated by Coudersport state police….Penn State to offer Chocolate course this summer….Hamilton-Gibson Players holding auditions for upcoming play….Health department reports number of Covid deaths in region…..N

Tuesday’s high, 22; Overnight low, -2







Elk County

Ridgway state police are investigating an ID theft victimizing a 90 year old Kersey woman Tuesday. Criminals used the victim’s name, address and debit card information illegally.

Potter County

A camp burglary taking place between October 1 and this past Sunday at 86 Gas Company Lane in Sharon Township is being probed by troopers at the Coudersport barracks. Thieves tried to force their way into the camp owned by Rickie Henry of Shermans Dale, PA by breaking two doors and several windows. Damage is estimated to total $300.

A Troupsburg, NY driver was unhurt in a one-vehicle crash Monday morning. According to Coudersport based state police, Taylor Stone was going east on South Street in Ulysses when his 1993 Ford F250 Supercab went off the road and into a ditch. After entering the ditch, the truck hit a fence, spun around and came to rest in the ditch. Stone was cited for speeding prior to the crash.

No injuries were reported for an Ebensburg, PA man whose pickup wrecked Sunday night in West Branch Township, Potter County. Troopers at the Coudersport barracks report Charles Pittsinger was going east on the Crippen Road when his 2020 Dodge Ram 1500 failed to make a right hand turn and struck an embankment for coming to rest on the driver’s side.  Police said Pittsinger was not using a seatbelt and is suspected of DUI.

Tioga County

Six women and two men are being sought for roles in Hamilton-Gibson’s production of “Into The Breeches” written by George Brant. Auditions are today  at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 29 at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, Jan. 30 at 1 p.m. at the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro. No experience is necessary to audition.

The comedy explores how a community theatre grapples with the loss of its male artistic director and leading men who are fighting across the sea in World War II. In the time-honored tradition of “the show must go on”, the director’s wife sets out to produce an all-female version of Shakespeare’s “Henriad”, assembling an unexpected team that delivers through collaboration and persistence.

The female characters include: Maggie Dalton, a white female in her mid-forties, a talented but untested director who is passionate, determined and smart; Celeste Fielding, a white female in her fifties, a diva who thinks she is glamorous; Winifred Snow, a white female in her fifties, an untalented but enthusiastic socialite who is benevolent but slightly vacant; Ida Green, an African-American female in her thirties, the imaginative costume designer; June Bennett, a white female in her late teens/early twenties, the beautiful and endearingly innocent ingénue; and Grace Richards, a white female in her late twenties/early thirties, a raw talent who is meek and humble. The male characters are: Ellsworth Snow, a white male in his sixties, the community theatre’s conservative, sour-faced board president and Stuart Lasker, a white male in his forties, the community theatre’s quip-ready stage manager.

All members of the cast and crew will be masked during all auditions, meetings and rehearsals. All those who audition along with crew members and volunteers are asked to be either fully vaccinated against the COVID virus or to have begun the process, due to the close proximity of the rehearsal and performance environment. Performances will be on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 1, 2 and 3, and Friday and Saturday, April 8 and 9 at the Warehouse Theatre. Sponsors are Larry and Barbara Biddison.For more information or for answers to questions or concerns about this production, email Director Thomas Putnam at or call Hamilton-Gibson at 570-724-2079.


Maybe this will make you feel better. The Department of Food Science in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will offer an innovative bean-to-bar course for both craft and industrial chocolate manufacturers June 20-23.The four-day Penn State Chocolate Short Course, which will be presented in the Rodney A. Erickson Food Science Building on the University Park campus, will be of value to those with both technical and nontechnical duties. Attendees will engage both their minds and hands to gain detailed knowledge of chocolate processing.During the short course, successful craft-chocolate entrepreneurs, equipment manufacturers and Penn State faculty will instruct participants in the theory and practice of chocolate production from the selection of raw materials through the marketing of the finished product. Penn State’s Department of Food Science has conducted research about chocolate quality and manufacturing for decades. The findings of many of those studies will be incorporated into the short course, according to Gregory Ziegler, distinguished professor of food science, and Helene Hopfer, Rasmussen Career Development Professor of Food Science, who are coordinating the event. Most recently, Hopfer and colleagues published a study conducted at Penn State of how roasting time and temperature of cocoa beans influence bitterness and other important sensory characteristics that affect consumer liking of chocolate. The lead researcher in that study, Alan McClure, founder of Patric Chocolate in Columbia, Missouri, also will speak at the short course. For more information about the short course or to register, visit the course website or call 877-778-2937.


The  state Health Department reports the number of deaths in Pennsylvania now totals 39,749. Deaths  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area  to date are mostly  holding steady.

Cameron 17 (up 1)

Elk 83

McKean 122

Potter 83

Tioga 180 (up 1)

Cattaraugus County in NY state now has  200 total deaths. Allegany County has  held steady at 140 total deaths.