Potter County Probation Department is looking for several people…Rural fire departments are encouraged to apply now for wildfire suppression grants….Covid deaths hold fairly steady in region….

Wednesday’s high, 52; Overnight low, 38






Potter County

The Potter County Probation Department has issued warrants for the following people:

SARAH BENNETT- last known address is Harrison Valley.

STACEY BOGENSCHUTZ- last known address is Lakeland, Fl.

JAMES W. BRIGHT Jr. – last known address is Bald Knob, AR.

TYLER CHRISTESON- last known address is Wellsboro, pa.

AMANDA EVANS – last known address is Smethport, pa.

SHANE KELLER- last known address is Wellsville, NY

David  J. Nye-last known address is Darby, PA

If you have any information about any of these people please contact the Probation  office at 814-274-8791 option #7.


The Wolf Administration announces that applications for grants to help Pennsylvania’s rural communities increase protection from wildfires are now being accepted.

Acting State Fire Commissioner Thomas Cook pointed to volunteer fire companies’ service to communities close to home, noting that many volunteer firefighters often join DCNR’s Bureau of Forestry crews battling wildfires across the U.S.

Grant applications must be electronically submitted through DCNR’s grant website by 4:00 P.M., Thursday, May 12, 2022. To expedite applications and decision-making processes, DCNR is accepting only online applications.

Local firefighting forces in rural areas or communities with fewer than 10,000 residents qualify for the aid, which is used for training and equipment purchases directly related to fighting brush and forest fires. Grant recipients are selected based on vulnerability and adequacy of existing fire protection. The key objective is to better equip and train volunteers to save lives and protect property in unprotected or inadequately protected rural areas.

Priority will be placed on projects that include the purchase of wildfire suppression equipment and protective clothing. Grants also may be used for purchasing mobile or portable radios, installing dry hydrants, wildfire prevention and mitigation work, training wildfire fighters, or converting and maintaining federal excess vehicles provided to them by the department.

The maximum grant that will be considered from any fire company in 2022 is $12,500.


Aid is granted on a cost-share basis. Grants for any project during a fiscal year cannot exceed 50 percent of the actual expenditures of local, public, and private nonprofit organizations in the agreement.

In 2021, nearly $603,000 was awarded to 109 volunteer fire companies serving rural areas and communities where forest and brush fires are common. The grant program, offered through DCNR and paid through federal grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, has awarded more than $13 million since it began in 1982.

The  state Health Department reports the number of deaths in Pennsylvania now totals 42,533  (+109). Deaths  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area  to date are mostly  holding steady.

Cameron 19

Elk 94

McKean 132 (+1)

Potter 90 (+1)

Tioga 187

Allegany County (NY) 146

Cattaraugus County (NY) 209 (+1)