Nearly 160 municipalities have received recycling grants. See story below.

A 33 year old Genesee man arrested for assaulting infant…..theft of auto in Austin investigated…..Hit & Run charges filed against Coudersport driver…Wilcox man hurt in equipment related accident….Nearly 150 municipalities receive recycling grants…


A 33 year old man has been arrested  for assaulting an infant

on August 9, 2020 at a house on Grover Hollow Road in Genesee Township. State police did not reveal the name of the suspect but say they were notified by Potter County Children and Youth alleging child abuse. Black Forest Broadcasting has learned that  a warrant was issued for 33 year old Cody Alan Kibbe on charges of felony aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of children and endangering another person.  Bail was set at $10,000 and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 10.The investigation is continuing according to police.

Troopers at Coudersport are investigating a reported auto theft

in Keating Township Saturday. Police say they have a suspect in the theft of a 2009 Hyundai Accent owned by John Burger of Austin.

Hit and run charges have been filed against 22 year old Jacob Vanbergen of Coudersport.

Troopers allege Vanbergen was going east on Town Line Road early last Thursday when his 2014 Dodge Ram 1500 failed to make a right hand curve, went off the road way and hit a fence before leaving the scene.

A Wilcox man received minor injuries in an equipment related accident

Tuesday morning in Jones Township Elk County. According to Ridgway police, John Stumpf was doing a maintenance test drive on his 1998 Chevrolet Corvette for steering/power train issues when the car failed to make a right turn and went off the road, colliding with a tree. Stumpf was cited for failing to have the car registered.

Both drivers escaped injury in a collision Tuesday morning in Ridgway Township

Troopers report the collision occurred when Brian Everly of Kersey who was in the southbound lane of Route 219 preparing to turn onto Route 948 and turned into the northbound lane causing his 2019  Volkswagen Jetta to hit a Kia Optima driven by Andrew Kunselman of Ridgway.

The PA Department of Health reports, there have been 44,713 (+34) Covid 19 deaths in the state to date.

Deaths  in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service area  to date are holding steady.

Cameron 21 (+1)

Elk 101

McKean 140

Potter 92

Tioga 193

All 154

Cat 221

Nearly 160 county and municipal governments will be getting a boost to their recycling

and leaf-collection programs this year, thanks to $30.5 million in Recycling Development and Implementation Grants from the Wolf Administration. Grants were awarded to 157 county and municipal governments for recycling collections and education, as well as leaf litter pickup.

Here in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area, Cameron County will be receiving $127,444; Ridgway Borough, $212,025; Bradford City, $117, 160; and Mansfield Borough $59,394.

Many of the grants are for community leaf collection programs. Leaf litter cannot be sent to landfills, and many municipalities prohibit open burning.

Pennsylvanians recycle approximately 6 million tons of materials per year. These materials are reintroduced into the manufacturing process, saving valuable resources, creating jobs and other economic benefits, and realizing vital environmental benefits.

Based on the 2017 Recycling Economic Impact Study, over 66,000 people are employed directly in the recycling marketplace, while nearly 110,000 others work via indirect or induced recycling-related jobs.  Recycling adds $22.6 billion to Pennsylvania’s state product.

Through the grant program, municipalities and counties in Pennsylvania are eligible for up to 90 % funding of approved recycling program costs. Municipalities that are designated financially distressed under the Financial Distressed Communities Act are eligible to receive funding for an additional 10 % of approved costs. Grants were also awarded based on programs designed to meet current market demands for recyclable goods.

Examples of eligible projects include operating leaf compost facilities, developing web-based programs on recycling for consumers, expanding recycling processing facilities, installing data collection systems on recycling vehicles, continuing and creating curbside recycling programs, and developing educational materials to encourage residents to properly recycle.

A complete list of grants is available here: