Numerous outdoor activities planned for weekend across the region including Backyard Bird Count. See story below.

…PSP in three area counties probe ID thefts…..Winter Outing series continues this weekend in area counties…Covid deaths holding steady…..

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State police in three area counties are probing more ID thefts. Troopers at Lewis Run are investigating an ID theft victimizing a 69 year old Kane  woman last Wednesday, February 9. An unknown person filed a false unemployment claim using personal information of a 39 year old Ridgway man Thursday morning and a thief used personal data belonging to a 57 year old Middlebury, PA woman to illegally obtain unemployment benefits.

The Winter Outings Series continues with Snow-Mobility Weekend at the Pennsylvania Lumber Museum and the Great Backyard Bird Count Walk at Sinnemahoning State Park, both in Potter County and a hike or snowshoe or sledding at the Nessmuk Recreation Area near Wellsboro in Tioga County.

Josh Roth at the Lumber Museum in Ulysses, Kim Lott at Sinnemahoning State Park and Tom Oliver at the Tioga State Forest District Office in Wellsboro each say  most of  their events this weekend are a go. “The snowmobile trail will be ready.  The cross-country ski or hike outing has been canceled  because of ice on the trail.Lott said the bird walk will definitely be held, no matter what the conditions. Oliver said there may not be enough snow to snowshoe on the trail at Nessmuk Lake but snowshoes will be available in case there is. A guided hike will be held if there isn’t,” he added.

The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum is hosting Snow-Mobility Weekend this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 18, 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The museum is 10 miles west of Galeton and 10 miles east of Coudersport at 5660 Route 6 in Ulysses Township. If there is enough snow, a special five-mile museum-access route will be opened for snowmobilers that starts at Thompson Road, south of Route 6 in the Susquehannock State Forest and ends on museum property.

Between 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. this Saturday only will be a pancake breakfast for $8 per person with proceeds to benefit the museum and its educational programs. The breakfast will include all-you-can-eat pancakes, two sausage patties and a choice of coffee, tea or hot cocoa. A variety of documentary films will be shown for free.

Regular admission rates apply for those touring museum exhibits; complimentary admission (one per person) is included with the purchase of a pancake breakfast.

Admission rates are $8 for adults; $7 for seniors 65 and older and $5 for youth ages 3 to 11.

For more information or to verify snow conditions, call the museum at 1-814-435-2652.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, there will be a free, two-hour Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) two- or three–mile walk on mostly level terrain for novice and experienced birders. Meet at Pavilion 1 in the 40 Maples Day Use Area at Sinnemahoning State Park at 4843 Park Drive in Austin, Potter County. If needed, snowshoes will be provided. For more information, call the park office at 814-647-8401 and dial 0 for the front desk.

Go sledding or on a guided hike or, if there is enough snow, a snowshoe hike from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Nessmuk Recreation Area on Route 287, one mile south of Wellsboro. If conditions allow, Tom Oliver, Tioga State Forest recreation forester, will lead visitors on a free guided hike at 1 p.m. in the parking area on the hill near the covered picnic pavilion. Arrive by 12:30 p.m. to put on boots or snowshoes or, if conditions warrant, hiking traction devices. Those who have their own equipment should take it. A limited number of snowshoes and hiking traction devices will be available for children and adults to borrow and use free. Youngsters who take sleds, saucers, toboggans and tubes can go sledding down the hill behind the picnic pavilion.

To learn more about Winter Outing events or for updates on snow and ice, trail conditions, directions and more, search for Step Outdoors Tioga County on Facebook or visit https://www.stepoutdoors.org.

The  state Health Department reports the number of deaths in Pennsylvania now totals 42,617. Deaths  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area  to date are mostly  holding steady.

Cameron 19

Elk 95 (+1)

McKean 132

Potter 90

Tioga 187

Allegany (NY) 146

Cattaraugus 209

Elk County

A 41 year old Brockway woman has been arrested for DUI after a traffic stop on Boot Jack Road in Ridgway late New Year’s Eve. Troopers at Ridgway claim they found the suspect had been driving her 2004 Chevrolet under the influence of alcohol.

McKean County

Drug possession charges are being filed against a 46 year old Bradford man who was pulled over by state police early Thursday morning on Mill Street in the city. Officers claim the suspect, whose name was not revealed, was allegedly found to be in possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia when his 2006 Dodge Stratus was searched.