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Reader Makes Us Aware of New Phone Scam

I just received a phone call and they said that they were UPMC regarding medicare making sure I had medicare insurance and they were asking me a lot of questions so I hung up and recalled the number and there was it went to what it said UPMC no longer was using that phone number and I am a disabled person and I'm concerned about the citizens that the seniors and the disabled so I called the police and I called UPMC and the police told me to call you or let you know and I cannot let on UPMC know until the administrators come in on Monday is what the lady told me so awfully could put something out to just alert area residents thank you

the phone number that they were calling under was 412-432-5000

Jeffrey M. “Wolfie” Wolf, 67, of 10 West Main Street, Friendship

Jeffrey M. “Wolfie” Wolf: Loving Husband and Father

Jeffrey M. “Wolfie” Wolf, 67, of 10 West Main Street, Friendship, passed away Friday, March 20, 2020 at home after a lengthy illness.

Born on May 8, 1952, in Friendship, he was a son of Vernon and Wilma Meland Wolf. On May 21, 1993 he married the former Deidre Capelle who survives.

Jeff was a graduate of Friendship Central School Class of 1970. He then received an Associate's Degree in Audio Visual Technology from Monroe Community College.

After college he moved to California where he lived and worked for 12 years and then moved to Florida to be closer to his parents. While in Florida he met his wife and they returned to his hometown of Friendship in 2004. He then worked for Cuba Community Development Center as a Home Rehab Specialist.

The Friendship community was always close to Wolfie’s heart so in 2007, he and his wife purchased the Friendship Hardware Store to avoid its closure. In 2015 they added Wolfie’s BBQ to the hardware to sustain the business. He loved to smoke meats, make his own sauces, catering and coming up with new sandwich ideas. He ended up serving food to the community, first responders, and even a congressman.

While his children were young, he coached soccer, little league, modified and high school Baseball and helped raise money volunteering at Sports Boosters. He was a member of the Friendship Free Library Board for many years. In addition, he helped to coordinate the Friendship Bicentennial Flyers reunion baseball game and held a yearly celebration in the hardware for returning home comers.

In addition to his wife he is survived by
A Son Jacob Wolf Greece, NY
A Daughter Emma Wolf Hornell, NY
2 Brothers Barry (Mary) Wolf Endicott, NY
Bruce (Dona) Wolf Pittsburgh, California
Several Nieces and Nephews.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother, Jon Wolf.

At this time there will be no visitation or funeral services. This summer there will be a celebration of Wolfie’s life at a date and time to be announced.

Memorials may be made to the Friendship Free Library, 44 West Main Street, Friendship, NY 14739.

Arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., Cuba.

GROCERY DELIVERY FOR ELDERLY AND THOSE WITH SERIOUS UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS

In light of the current Covid-19 recommendations for high risk individuals, Shop and Save in Coudersport is offering grocery delivery within the Coudersport Borough to those 65 and older or those with serious medical conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and lung disease.
We encourage family and friends to shop for those at high risk. This is a limited, volunteer operation thru April 30th, 2020, with the possibility of an extension. 

Please understand that nationwide, stores are not receiving all they have ordered. There is a fair chance that one or more items you normally buy will require a substitution or removal from your list. Delivery in most cases will be the same day. All items must be as specific as possible. We do not have the manpower to necessarily clarify orders. Should you have a 2nd choice for an item, please indicate such. You may opt for any substitution of our choosing. We will not return items to the store unless it is our error. You would need to make other arrangements for any returns with your proof of receipt.

Please be sure to include your name and contact phone # on your grocery request and double-check it for specificity. 

PROCEDURE FOR ORDERING
Example
Item 2nd choice Any brand OK?
Large Peter Pan Smooth Peanut Butter Lrg Jiff Smooth P.B. No

Please check: Cash Check Credit Card
Name: _______________ Contact Phone Number_______________
Those paying by check or cash will be contacted prior to delivery in order to advise you of payment amount. Those paying by credit card will be contacted by Shop and Save, prior to delivery.
There is a minimum order of 5 items. There is a limit of 2 deliveries per week, with space capacity of about ½ a large car trunk.
Email (preferred method) subject line to read: “Grocery List” - sent to swankfoods@yahoo.com
Fax- First line to read: “Grocery List” fax to 814-274-2272
By phone – Please leave your name, phone # and best time to call on answering machine at 274-8824 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m only.

PennDOT Anti-Icing Roads in North Central PA

Montoursville, PA – Motorists in north central Pennsylvania are advised that the Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will be pre-treating major roads in advance of the winter weather forecast. Anti-icing trucks may be seen along high-volume roads in the PennDOT District 3 region in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties.

Anti-icing involves wetting the highway with salt brine before a storm’s arrival. The solution lowers the freezing point of water and slows or prevents ice from forming a bond with the pavement during the early stages of a storm.

The salt brine is spread from sprayers attached to the brine tank on PennDOT trucks. The trucks have signs on the backs indicating their purpose.
PennDOT notes that the anti-icing treatment isn't a silver bullet, and drivers still could encounter slick spots on the roadway; rather it gives our crews an edge at the start of winter weather.

PennDOT reminds motorists to slow down and drive according to the conditions they encounter when winter storms hit.

Subscribe to PennDOT news in Bradford, Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga and Union counties at www.penndot.gov/District3.

Motorists can check conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 950 traffic cameras.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-

WAIVER EXTENSION, REVISED TIMING OF ENFORCEMENT: Monday, March 23 at 8:00 AM

Updated Business Guidance
Business Waiver Application Form
FAQ on Business Guidance

Harrisburg, PA – Due to the high volume of waiver requests, the Wolf Administration is delaying enforcement of Governor Tom Wolf’s order and the Secretary of Health’s order that all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania must close their physical locations to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Per Governor Wolf's and Dr. Levine’s orders, businesses that were non-life sustaining were ordered to close their physical locations on March 19, at 8:00 PM. This order stands, only the enforcement timing will change and become effective on Monday, March 23, at 8:00 AM.

Those businesses requesting clarification on whether they are defined as life-sustaining should check this list, email the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) customer service resource account at ra-dcedcs@pa.gov, or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH and select option 1 to reach DCED staff. For businesses that determine from the list that they are non-life sustaining, but would like to seek a waiver, there is an online waiver application.

When a business completes a waiver form, a team of professionals at DCED will review each request and respond based on the guiding principle of balancing public safety while ensuring the continued delivery of critical infrastructure services and functions. Those requesting a waiver will be notified via email if their operations may re-open. Businesses applying for a waiver must remain closed until a decision is made about their application.

DCED offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available. Yesterday, Governor Wolf announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow www.governor.pa.gov and www.doh.pa.gov.

Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen and Conservationists Elect New Officers March 14

Lowell Graybill, Lancaster County, was elected President of PFSC during the group’s spring conference, March 14, 2020. Mr. Graybill formerly served as treasurer of the PFSC. As PFSC President, he will be working diligently to ensure PFSC remains relevant in all areas of the organization's mission and that it remains at the forefront for conservation initiatives in Pennsylvania.

“I look forward to my tenure as the President of the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen and Conservationists. There are many challenges ahead of us as an organization and as conservationists. We must forge relationships and work together in all aspects of conservation, the Second Amendment and our outdoor heritage. Together we can tackle what is ahead of us.”

Lowell has been actively involved with the Federation since 1999. He has always had an interest in the outdoors and eagerly began hunting turkey and deer with his new wife and Father-In-Law in the late 80s. Lowell and his wife became certified to teach HTE classes around the time their children Stephanie and David were old enough to purchase their first hunting licenses at the age of twelve. Both he and his wife, Tracy, were presented the PGC Outstanding Instructor of The Year award in 2016.

Jahred Klahre, York County, was elected Vice President East. As Vice President East, Mr. Klahre will work closely with the PFSC president to ensure all organizational goals are being met, along with developing relationships in the eastern counties of Pennsylvania that benefit the mission of PFSC.

“I’m a driven professional with a passion for conservation and the promotion of science-based wildlife biology. It is my goal to use my energetic and compassionate leadership style to move PFSC forward and accomplish the tasks ahead of us for conservation, the Second Amendment, and our outdoor heritage.”

Jahred also serves in various volunteer capacities and is a member of Hunters United for Sunday Hunting, Quality Deer Management Association, Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, National Wild Turkey Federation, Sportsmen’s Alliance, NRA, Trout Unlimited, and Ducks Unlimited.

Shawn Myers, Mercer County, was elected Vice President West. As Vice President West, Mr. Myers will work closely with the PFSC president to ensure all organizational goals are met, along with developing relationships in the western counties of Pennsylvania that benefit the mission of PFSC.

“I look forward to doing everything I can to advance the mission of the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen and Conservationists regarding

our outdoor heritage, Second Amendment Rights and other

issues that face conservation here in Pennsylvania.”

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Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen and Conservationists Elect New Officers March 14 -continued-

Doug Lapp, Chester County, was elected PFSC Secretary. As PFSC Secretary, Mr. Lapp will work closely with the President and board promoting PFSC objectives. Doug will supervise and ensure proper recording and documentation of all Board and organizational meetings.

“There are two groups within American culture that claim to be the original conservationists: the farming community and the hunting community. My loyalties lie with science-based conservation. That’s why I am so heavily involved with both.”

Doug also serves in various volunteer capacities with Hunters United for Sunday Hunting, Cochranville Fire Company, Chester/Delaware County Farm Bureau, Lanchester Softball League, Highland Township Committeeman, Republican Committee of Chester County.

Chuck Lombarde, Pike County, was elected PFSC Treasurer. Mr. Lombarde formerly served as Vice President East. As PFSC Treasurer, Mr. Lombarde will supervise the collection and dispersal of all monies by working closely with PFSC staff assigned to financial duties.

“I look forward to my new role as the fiscal guardian for the Federation and working with our new slate of officers to carry out PFSC’s mission and advance our causes. It is exciting to have a new generation of leaders in the Federation, and I look forward to helping guide them in their roles within the organization.”

Mary Hosmer, Elk County, was re-elected to represent the individual members of the PFSC as the Member At Large. “I am honored to continue to serve the PFSC individual members, and I look forward to working with our new leadership. I believe we have embarked on a new era for the Federation, and I look forward to transitioning my position to a younger candidate very soon.”

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PFSC’s Mission:

To protect and conserve Pennsylvania's natural resources, outdoor heritage and Second Amendment Rights.

Conservation Pledge:

I give my pledge as an American, to save and faithfully defend from waste, the natural resources of my country, its air, soil and minerals, its forests, waters and wildlife.

Murphy's Pizza Now Open for "Take Out & Delivery" in Galeton

We are pleased to announce that Murphy’s Pizza will be opening at 2 West Street in Galeton on Saturday, March 21, 2020. 

We will be open for takeout and delivery. The dining area will be closed. 

We are postponing our grand opening event to a later time due to Covid-19. 

We open at 11 am and are offering your normal pizza shop foods, i.e. pizza, strombolis, hot and cold subs, Chester Fried Chicken and sides, salads, and many appetizers. 

If you are looking for something specific, give us a call. Our phone number is 814-435-8874. 

Find us on Facebook under Murphy’s Pizza. We look forward to serving all our new customers.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

FEMA Launches Rumor Control Website

McKean County Public Information Officer (PIO), Pamela Burlingame, released to the public, a website launched to provide information to combat rumors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The site was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is accessible by the general public. The website may be temporarily unavailable as updates are posted.
Burlingame noted that Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA)provides immediate updates to county officials and PIOs when new information becomes available from FEMA, PEMA, and from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Agriculture.
FEMA is working with state and local Emergency Management Agency and county PIOs to provide facts about COVID-19 and to dispel any rumors circulating in public platforms such as social media. The website is live and operational at https://www.fema.gov/coronavirus-rumor-control

McKean County Department of Emergency Services Update

The McKean County Department of Emergency Services activated extended efforts on Monday following a declaration of emergency by county officials. In a statement today, DES has provided a status update regarding emergency preparedness for addressing the impact of COVID-19 on first responders and local communities.

McKean County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated and is working with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Response Coordination Center (CRCC) to help local responders prepare for this potential disaster. Equipment, resources and personnel have been inventoried to identify any threats to an increase in emergency services needs resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.

The McKean County Department of Emergency Services has received a shipment from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be used strictly for ambulance, Quick Response Services (QRS) and fire department personnel. Items received included gowns, face shields, N95 masks, patient masks and gloves.

“Supplies are still limited and the potential impact of a sudden and sharp rise in cases will create a burden on our first responders and healthcare providers,” said McKean County Deputy EMA Director Gerard Rettger. “This shipment will help to protect our personnel as they carry out their duties in serving the publics medical needs, as cases emerge we will need to reassess additional needs.”

Services will be notified when and where they can pick up the valuable and much needed supplies. One of the main objectives of EOC is to keep both municipalities and first responders updated. This includes measures such as the recent declarations of a state of emergency required by the county and each municipality in order to qualify for any potential federal and state disaster funding. This declaration also allows officials to take immediate action as needed while the state of emergency is active.

As of March 20, 2020, the following municipalities have declared a state of emergency: McKean County, Bradford City, Bradford Township, Foster Township, Hamlin Township, Keating Township, Liberty Township, Mount Jewett Borough, Otto Township, Port Allegany Borough and Smethport Borough.

McKean County 911 Coordinator Joel Anderson explained, “There is a change in procedure for evaluating incoming 911 calls. In order to identify COVID-19 exposure, callers will be asked a series of questions and if a case is identified as suspect COVID-19, dispatchers will notify emergency responders to take precautionary measures.” See related article detailing this tool.

Another vital component of DES through the EOC is provide information to anyone involved in the provision of emergency services and to the public who may need emergency assistance. “Anyone who becomes ills is reminded that the Department of Health has issued protocol to first call your medical provider or medical facility or the Department of Health. Patients will be advised how to proceed, “said DES Director Tracy Carl.

Anderson added, “Patients who arrive in an ambulance will be triaged (evaluated) by hospital staff and will not receive priority treatment. Patients who arrive at the hospital by private vehicle will also be prioritized by the severity of symptoms and need for treatment.”

As part of the activation of an Emergency Operations Center for Incident COVID-19, a Situation Report each day to the McKean County Commissioners and the Public Information Officer. The report outlines the current situation, evaluates preparedness and reports any casualties and occurrences. To date, no cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in McKean County. One case has been reported by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in Potter County.

EMA 2nd Deputy, Bruce Manning, also serves as part of the EOC team. The team monitors updates from PEMA and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) to assess potential emergency situations for McKean County and to track reported cases and changes in procedure for treatment. “Monitoring these fast-paced updates from the state is vital for the safety of our staff, emergency responders and for anyone in the community who is impacted by this virus,” stated Manning. “Please stay calm, stay home and stay safe.”

Manning indicated that PPE stock will be distributed to local emergency responders on Friday and Saturday. If any municipality needs any information they can contact their Local Emergency Management Coordinator (LEMC) and if they need any assistance they can contact the County EOC.

Mckean County Covid-19 911 Protocol



Richard E. Lauer, 80, formerly of Bradford, and Pittsburgh, Pa

Richard E. Lauer

Richard E. Lauer, 80, formerly of Bradford, and Pittsburgh, passed away March 18, 2020 in Buffalo NY.

Born February 4,1940 in Bradford, he was the son of the late Bernard and Florence (Hill) Lauer.

Mr. Lauer enlisted in the United States Navy on May 9, 1957, he served aboard the U.S.S. Compass Island and was honorably discharged on March 29, 1963.

Mr. Lauer worked several years and retired as a Refrigeration Technician.

He was a member of the NRA and the Steamfitters Union Local # 449 out of Pittsburgh.

Surviving is one daughter, Linda Lauer, three sons, Ronald Lauer, Bradley Lauer and Brian
US Navy Veteran
Lauer, all of Buffalo NY, 17 grandchildren, several great grandchildren and two nieces.


Private visitation and funeral service for immediate family only, will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc. 33 South Ave., with Rev. Raymond Gramata officiating, followed by committal services and Military Honors by members of the United States Navy in St. Bernard Cemetery.

Due to recent restrictions regarding the COVID pandemic, viewing is limited; however this service will be streamed live for family and friends to view at 1:00 pm on Tuesday at www.hollenbeckcahill.com.

Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.hollenbeckcahill.com.

Myrtle A. Ferrie, 92, of Russell, PA

Myrtle A. Ferrie

Myrtle A. Ferrie, 92, of Russell, PA, and a resident of the Rouse Home, Youngsville, PA, died peacefully at the John and Orpha Blair Hospice residence on Friday, March 20, 2020. She was born June 20, 1927 in Jamestown, NY, daughter of the late Ernest and Clara Swanson Anderson. Myrtle was proud of her Swedish heritage. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Heath L. Ferrie whom she married November 12, 1949 at First Lutheran Church, Warren, PA, who died November 16, 2016.

Myrtle was a resident of Russell, PA, for the past 68 years. She was a 1945 graduate of Jamestown High School and was employed for over 30 years as office manager with the former Dr. George and Dr. Veryl Riley in Russell, PA. Myrtle is a member of Russell United Methodist Church where she was a Sunday school teacher and attended the adult Sunday school class, former member of the church choir, Thursday circle and the administrative council. She was also a member of the Pine Grove Lioness club and the sewing club. Myrtle was an avid flower gardener and baker, enjoyed playing the organ and accordion.
She is survived by her 3 children – Kathleen Fithian and husband, Brad of Russell, PA, Dean Ferrie of Boynton Beach, FL, Lynn Ferrie of Elberta, AL, 3 Grandchildren – James Fithian and wife, Amanda of Akeley, PA, Kristina Fithian of Boynton Beach, FL, Thomas Ferrie of AL, 3 Great Grandchildren – Andrea, Wade and Craig Fithian of Akeley, PA, several nieces and nephews and Chris Alabaugh, family friend and devoted caregiver.

A private funeral service will be conducted at Russell United Methodist Church, Main Street, Russell, PA, with Rev. Jerome Kennedy, Pastor, officiating. Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Russell, PA. Those wishing to place memorials may do so through Russell United Methodist Church, earmarked for Find Us Faithful, PO Box 28, Russell, PA, 16345, or Hospice of Warren County, 1 Main Street, Warren, PA, 16365.

Email condolences may be sent by visiting www.lewisfuneralhomeinc.com. The Donald E. Lewis Funeral Home, Inc. has been entrusted with arrangements.

Penn State DuBois provides clarity on spring semester event schedule

As discussions continue among Penn State University leadership on how to best serve our students and community during the turbulent time of this coronavirus pandemic, we at Penn State DuBois wish to clarify decisions made in regard to our semester schedule in the face of this unique situation.

As has been noted in University-wide news, classes through the end of Spring 2020 semester will be administered remotely. Students are asked to exercise social distancing and follow best hygienic practices.

Commencement ceremonies are postponed. Additionally, all games and events on our spring athletics schedule have been cancelled. Physical, in person awards ceremonies have also been moved to virtual settings to ensure social distancing can be maintained. While we still seek to recognize students for their many accomplishments, we feel virtual settings for these events will best help to maintain a healthy environment for all members of our campus community. 

For a listing of campus events and their current status please visit: https://dubois.psu.edu/covid-19-event-updates Penn State DuBois will provide updates and links to virtual events as they are scheduled. Please check back often. 

Decisions on summer youth programs and other upcoming events will be announced as new information becomes available. Please continue to follow Penn State University News sources for the latest updates at: 

https://sites.psu.edu/virusinfo/
https://dubois.psu.edu/covid19faq
https://sites.psu.edu/virusinfo/faqs/#events

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Gov. Wolf, Secretary Levine Provide Updated Guidance, Stress Need for Compliance as Cases Rise

Updated Business Guidance
Business Waiver Application Form
FAQ on Business Guidance 

Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine provided an update today on their orders to close all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania at 8 p.m. yesterday, March 19, as the state seeks relief to save lives, stop the spread of COVID-19 and help workers and businesses through this challenging and quickly changing situation.
“Yesterday, I made the difficult decision to order the closure of the physical locations of businesses that are not critical to sustaining life in a pandemic, and to practice social distancing for all others,” said Governor Wolf. “We’re in an unprecedented crisis and we need to use every tool at our disposal. The difficult decisions we make now will make it possible for our health care workers to manage this crisis as we see the full brutality of the virus in the coming weeks.”
The orders to close the physical locations of all non-life-sustaining business took effect at 8 p.m. last night, March 19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21. Businesses are encouraged to use virtual or telework operations if they can do so.
A list of both life-sustaining and non-life-sustaining businesses is here. Business guidance has been updated after conversations with businesses, stakeholders, and individuals—in consultation with the Department of Health—and has been aligned with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency advisory released yesterday.
This is an evolving situation and decisions will continue to be made and revisited as needed. If a business listed for closure believes it could help mitigate this crisis by providing a life sustaining service, it can seek an exemption. Businesses can get a waiver application through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website. or may contact the Department of Community and Economic Development at ra-dcedcs@pa.gov or by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH and selecting option 1.
“I was a business owner for much of my adult life and I understand your concerns,” said Gov. Wolf. “These are uncharted waters and we’re going to do everything we can to help the people and businesses of Pennsylvania.”
DCED offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available. Governor Wolf announced yesterday the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).
The spread of COVID-19 is increasing at an exponential pace, especially in urban areas and southeast Pennsylvania. New cases are beginning to appear in other counties, which suggests community spread. The Department of Health reported earlier today there were 83 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 268 Pennsylvanians who have tested positive in 26 counties.
“While we continue to be concerned about the spread of this virus to seniors, a preliminary analysis from the CDC this week shows that 20 percent of all hospitalized patients in the U.S. are between 20 and 44 years old,” said Dr. Rachel Levine. “We are seriously concerned that individuals in their 20 to 44 age range are not heeding the message to stay home and are creating an unnecessary risk to themselves and others.”
The Department of Health is working with health systems and hospitals to determine their current abilities to handle a surge of people needing hospitalization and the commonwealth is looking for all options to add capacity for the health care system to care for a surge of Pennsylvanians needing care.
“There is one way to make sure people don’t need to be hospitalized and we don’t strain our health care system: Stay calm. Stay home. Stay safe,” said Dr. Levine.

Capitol News from State Rep. Martin Causer

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Friday, March 20, 2020 The latest news from the State Capitol

Update on Coronavirus Impact in PA

Coronavirus cases are continuing to increase across the Commonwealth, and as of Friday have reached more than 260 confirmed cases in more than two dozen counties, including the first case in Potter County. Check the latest case information here. 

Clearly, our top priority must be protecting public health and preventing, as much as possible, further spread of this disease. I encourage you to practice “social distancing” as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – staying at least 6 feet away from other people when possible and avoiding large gatherings of 10 or more people. And use these tips from the Department of Health to further protect yourself and others in our community.

 

In further response to the growing spread of COVID-19, Gov. Tom Wolf announced late yesterday afternoon the mandated closure of all “non-life-sustaining” businesses in the Commonwealth by 8 p.m. last night. This is devastating news to many of our employers and the employees who rely on them for the paychecks that help pay their bills and put food on their tables. While protecting public health is important, we must also recognize the impact mitigation efforts are having on business owners and people who are being laid off from their jobs as a result. As businesses are being given the opportunity to seek waivers from the administration to continue their operations, it seems that a more organized, phased-in approach would have been more effective and caused less panic for our citizens.

While we face many uncertainties in the days and weeks ahead, I would encourage everyone to try to remain calm. Be sure to turn to reliable sources like the ones listed here for information about the virus rather than believing rumors and unverified posts on social media. While you take the necessary steps to protect yourselves, be sure to also reach out to your friends and neighbors. Try to find ways to support our local businesses that are being negatively impacted by this pandemic, such as ordering take-out for dinner or purchasing gift cards for services.

Americans have been tested many times throughout our history and we always come through even better than we were before. I am confident that will be the case now as well.

Important Information for Businesses

To read the governor’s news release explaining his actions, click here. 

To review a chart from the governor about which businesses may stay open and which must close, click here

If you are a business owner and unsure about whether you must close, the governor’s office asks that you email ra-dcedcs@pa.gov. If your business is subject to closure under the governor’s order, you may seek a waiver by emailing RA-dcexemption@pa.gov.

The governor states he has the authority to make such orders based on the emergency declaration issued as a result of the spread of COVID-19. Lawmakers are researching the extent of those powers. Ultimately, the governor and lawmakers of all parties must work together in the steps we take to protect public health and support the needs of employers, employees and our communities.

District Office Reminder

In the interest of protecting public health, my offices in Bradford, Coudersport and Kane are temporarily closed to walk-in service. However, we remain ready to assist via phone, email and internet.

We made this decision based on recommendations offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to help prevent the potential spread of coronavirus. We encourage you to reach out for assistance with any state-related issues by contacting us online at www.RepCauser.com or by calling the Bradford office at 814-362-4400; the Coudersport office at 814-274-9769; or the Kane office at 814-837-0880.

Other Notable News Regarding COVID-19

The “waiting week” requirement for unemployment has been suspended. For more information concerning unemployment compensation for EMPLOYEES, click here.  For more information concerning EMPLOYER unemployment relief, click here.  

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is expediting trout stocking efforts (volunteers not permitted) and moving to one statewide mentored youth fishing day on April 11 and a statewide opening day of April 18. If you haven’t already purchased your license, there are some new options as a result of COVID-19. Click here for more information. 

The deadline for the 2019 Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program for seniors and people with disabilities has been extended to Dec. 31. Click here for more information. 

The Department of Education has canceled all PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year. This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA). For more information of interest to schools, students and families, click here.

Small businesses and nonprofit organizations are now eligible for assistance from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Businesses may obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the hearing impaired), or by e-mailing disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded at www.sba.gov/disaster.

The Pennsylvania Department of Aging has announced that the Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly (PACE) program will offer refill extensions for older adults. PACE will now reimburse refills even if the program participants haven’t used 75% of their supply, which was a prior requirement for refills to be reimbursed under the program. Program participants who would like to receive this exception must have their pharmacy contact PACE at 1-800-835-8040. (This exception excludes opioids and other controlled substances, which will be handled on a case-by-case basis.) In order to help older adults comply with COVID-19 mitigation efforts, the PACE program is helping enrollees receive free home delivery of their medications from their pharmacies. Read more here.

The federal income tax deadline has been extended from April 15 to July 15. Visit www.IRS.gov.                                   
 

Thanks for Coming!

We had a great turnout for our Farmer Breakfast at the Pine Creek Inn in Galeton last week! It’s always a pleasure to spend time with the hard-working men and women in the agriculture industry. And it was great to have our youth represented from both the Headwaters and Grand Canyon chapters of FFA. Although Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding was unable to attend by orders of the governor related to coronavirus, Rep. Clint Owlett and I will be sure to share the discussion with him and look forward to the opportunity to invite him back to the area in the future. Watch the full meeting here.
                                     

NY State Governor Cuomo Announces Executive Order "PAUSE"

Recalls

Lindt & Spr√ľngli (USA) Inc. Issues Voluntary Recall on Undeclared Milk and Soy in One Lot of Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Chocolate Bars

Lindt & Spr√ľngli (USA) Inc. of Stratham, New Hampshire, is issuing a voluntary recall of one lot of its Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa chocolate bars due to the bars being wrapped in the wrong packaging. The bars are labeled as Excellence 85% Cocoa, but contain Lindt Excellence Dark Caramel Sea Salt bars. Therefore, this product does not contain accurate information about allergens. Consumers who have a food allergy or have any sensitivity to milk or soy should not consume the product as it could result in a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction.

The recalled Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa Chocolate Bars were distributed nationwide to wholesale and online retailers.

The recalled Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa chocolate bars are labeled with Lot Code L5539, a Best Before date of 11-30-2020, and UPC of 3746601645.

Lindt has received no reports of any illness, allergic reactions or allergen-related complaints for this product to date. The recall was initiated following consumer contacts regarding the wrong product inside the Lindt Excellence 85% Cocoa bar.

Allegany County COVID-19 update

As of Friday, March 20, 2020, Allegany County Department of Health (ACDOH) still has 2 positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are still waiting for the test results from the 37 new individuals tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, a disease caused by a novel coronavirus. All 37 Allegany County individuals, who were tested on Tuesday, remain in isolated/quarantined. As soon as we have the test results for these individuals they will be notified by ACDOH.

We have received many questions about different issues connected to COVID-19. Here are some of these questions and our guidance:

· When will I be released from isolation or quarantine?
o This is a very difficult question to answer. As the guidance from New York State Department of Health changes for COVID-19 isolation and quarantine and each Allegany County case is on a different time frame; we will be working with each individual to determine the end date of their isolation or quarantine.
· Can I get COVID-19 from my public water?
o No, you cannot get COVID-19 from your public water supply, the treatment of public water kills the virus.
· Who can I call if I am depressed and need someone to help me or a family member?
o Mental Health Crisis 24-hour Hotline-1-888-448-3367
o Mental Health Crisis 24-hour Text Line- Send a text to “Got 5” or 741741

· What businesses have been closed down?
o The New York State Governor has closed many non-essential businesses including gyms, physical fitness centers, sporting events, movie theaters, casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks, libraries, worship services, hair salons, barber shops, and tattoo/piercing business. Restaurants and bars continue to do take-out and delivery only. Grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, medical offices and hospitals remain open.
· What are non-essential vs. essential services?
o Non-essential services are those that we do not need to live, which includes the list of businesses that the governor has closed. Essential services are those that we need to live like gas stations, grocery stores, food producers, and transportation that moves the food from the producers to the wholesalers and on to the grocery stores. We also need pharmacies, medical offices, and hospitals to take care of the ill and keep us healthy.
· Where can I get the right information on COVID-19?
o There are many sources of information on the internet and many of them are not good information or can be dangerous. The Allegany County, the New York State Department of Health and the Center for Disease Control websites are the best sources of information that is trusted and valid.
§ www.alleganyco.com
§ https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
§ https://health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/coronavirus/
o Be careful of scams and apps to download that do not come from a trusted place. For example, there is an app that says it has the latest information for COVID-19 and when you download it to your cell phone it locks your phone and tells you have to pay to unlock your phone,
o Be careful of people asking for money or setting up go fund me pages. Always check with the agency or person they are raising funds for to make sure it is not a scam.
· Can I get COVID-19 from my dog or cat and can I give COVID-19 to them?
o No, you cannot get COVID-19 from your pets and they cannot give it to you. So hug away, pets can be very comforting in a time like this.
· Watch for the Allegany County videos, answering many more questions from Allegany County residents, every Tuesday and Friday on the Allegany County website and the Allegany County DOH Facebook page.
o Call us with your questions at 585-268-9700
o Email us your questions at healthinfo@alleganyco.com
o NYSDOH-Coronavirus hotline (1-888-364-3065)
ACDOH will continue the investigations to identify any additional close contacts. Once identified, the close contacts will be notified of their potential exposure to COVID-19 and placed under mandatory isolation or quarantine to monitor health status. ACDOH reminds the Allegany County community that ACDOH continues to follow the COVID-19 testing criteria established by the NYSDOH.

We would like to reiterate that any resident experiencing a fever, with cough or shortness of breath should call their health care provider (don’t show up at their office, Urgent Care, or ER before calling). If symptoms are severe and/or you require an ambulance for transport, call 911 and notify the operator that you are experiencing symptoms relative to COVID-19.

We will update the public by releasing information to the local media as the situation develops. The Allegany County Department of Health (ACDOH) reminds residents to protect yourself and your family by washing your hands often, stay home (6-8 feet away from others), stay away from sick people and the elderly, cover your cough and sneeze, disinfect surfaces that are touched often, and stay home if you are sick.


Allegany County residents can call 585-268-9700 or email to healthinfo@alleganyco.com with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) or travel related questions.

WAGNER ACE HARDWARE – COVID VIRUS IMPACT - LIFE ESSENTIAL BUSINESS

Dear Neighbor,

We are sure by now you’ve received several messages about the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As owners of Wagner Ace Hardware, we live here too. Our note is merely a humble attempt to communicate, update and especially assist our community as best we can, given the platform we have.

With the spread of Coronavirus across the country, we want to offer support and a steady hand knowing many in our community are concerned. Many of you are asking what you can do around the home to help prevent the spread of illness and keep your family safe. We’re monitoring the evolving situation closely and are relying on up-to-the moment guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the State of PA, and local health officials to inform our recommendations. As of this writing, Wagner Ace Hardware is categorized as a life-sustaining business according to Governor’s Wolf’s 03/19/2020 update.

We currently have limited supply of some in-demand items. We’re working with our suppliers to stock-up on additional in-demand items such as more cleaning and disinfectant products, hand soaps, hand sanitizers and everything else you need to preserve and protect your home and your family.

We realize minimizing contact can also help prevent the spread of illness and we’ll continue to offer alternatives for you to get what you need. We encourage you to order items online at www.acehardware.com or give us a call at 814.274.8615; we would be happy to order product for you as well. We have twice weekly deliveries of our Ace truck.

We are also happy to deliver your pre-paid order to your car when you drive-up. We want to make it convenient for you to get the products you need.

Through thoughtful comprehensive analysis and evaluation including the top priority of consideration for employee and customer health and safety, Wagner Ace Hardware is voluntarily adjusting store hours under an abundance of caution as follows:

Sunday through Saturday, 8:00a – 1:00p.

We will evaluate daily and communicate should situations call for further modification.

From our family to yours, we offer our deepest sympathies to those who have already been impacted. We are here to serve you. Our sole purpose is simple – since 1913 - we exist to help others and we are committed to supporting our community in this time of need.

Stay healthy, safe and let’s help each other.

Kind regards,

Chris & Genny Tilton
Susan Lemons & Ralph Wagner
Owners
Wagner Ace Hardware

Murphy's Pizza Now Open for "Take Out & Delivery" in Galeton

We are pleased to announce that Murphy’s Pizza will be opening at 2 West Street in Galeton on Saturday, March 21, 2020. 

We will be open for takeout and delivery. The dining area will be closed. 

We are postponing our grand opening event to a later time due to Covid-19. 

We open at 11 am and are offering your normal pizza shop foods, i.e. pizza, strombolis, hot and cold subs, Chester Fried Chicken and sides, salads, and many appetizers. 

If you are looking for something specific, give us a call. Our phone number is 814-435-8874. 

Find us on Facebook under Murphy’s Pizza. We look forward to serving all our new customers.

Port Allegany School District "Lunch Pick Up" Changes

GAME COMMISSION SHOOTING RANGES CLOSED

The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced it is closing all shooting ranges on state game lands, effective immediately, until further notice.

The closure includes rifle, shotgun, pistol, and archery ranges.

Given Gov. Tom Wolf’s March 19 updated guidance to help control the spread of COVID-19, the Game Commission will not have the staffing to service these ranges, which require routine maintenance. Additionally, many of these ranges can become very crowded and represent a potential risk to the spread of COVID-19. 

To further mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the agency has closed its buildings to the public and postponed in-person Hunter-Trapper Education classes. However, hunters 11 years old and up now can take the online Hunter-Trapper Education class and all fees typically associated with the online course are waived through March 30.

The Game Commission maintains about 30 shooting ranges on game lands statewide. The ranges ordinarily can be used during regular hours by anyone with a valid hunting or furtaker license, or shooting-range permit.

While it’s not known when the ranges will reopen, the decision to reopen the ranges will be announced by a future news release.

Game Commission Executive Director Bryan Burhans says, ”We know the ranges are popular, and we know this announcement will cause disappointment among those who use these ranges, but our No. 1 priority, at this time, is public health and we are encouraging people to stay home and heed all state and federal safety precautions.”

Pennsylvania’s 1.6 million acres of state game lands still are open for public access, at this time. All seasons and bag limits still are in effect. The Game Commission’s state game wardens and dispatchers are considered essential employees and are still working and responding to wildlife emergencies and more. Calls can still be placed to the region offices; visit this page for a list of phone numbers: http://bit.ly/2IRr6q8.

For the latest information about COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, please visit the Department of Health’s website: www.health.pa.gov

“We encourage everyone to continue to take precautionary measures during this time and to continue to be safe and responsible as we get through the next few weeks together,” Burhans said.

Liberty Township Supervisors Declare Disaster Emergency


Potter County CareerLink CLOSED


North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning and Development Commission Gives Info

The PA Department of Community and Economic Development can be reached at their website for all of the latest information. There they will find extensive listings of resources and recent additional information. https://dced.pa.gov.

News from State Rep. Matt Gabler

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Friday, March 20, 2020 The latest news from the State Capitol

State Government Reacts to COVID-19

 

The COVID-19 virus cannot and should not be ignored. I believe we all need to adhere to the call for “social distancing” and efforts to “flatten the curve” in order to confront the spread of this disease. Now, maybe more than ever, personal hygiene that includes hand washing and coughing/sneezing into the crease in your elbow is something everyone should be practicing.

It seems news related to this virus changes hourly. My email is an attempt to make you aware of stories from the past week that are factual and will change very little, if at all.

  •   Late Thursday afternoon, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. that night, in order to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at?12:01 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday).

A link to the list of life-sustaining and non-life-sustaining businesses can be found by clicking here. Please know the list was compiled solely by the governor after consulting with his agencies. I am calling on Gov. Wolf to revoke his order or at the very least revise his list of non life-sustaining businesses. I am actively looking at every option to get the order reversed so small business owners can continue to provide for their families.

We’ve been told the list is being adjusted, no doubt in reaction to those business owners who are reaching out to the governor’s office. As always, the latest COVID-19-related news will be posted on my Facebook page.

I wholeheartedly agree with House leaders, who feel the list was “provided with no explanation, and we will explore all avenues available to us to determine whether the action he’s taken is allowed within our state Constitution.”

Please click here to read their complete statement. 

  •   Attention business owners - My House colleagues and I were contacted by a representative of Gov. Wolf’s administration later that day in response to his list of what he deems to be - or not be - a “life-sustaining business.”

We were told any business that would like to seek a waiver from being closed should send an email to RA-dcexemption@pa.gov.

Also, any business with questions about whether they need to close should send an email to ra-dcedcs@pa.gov.

Please CC me on the emails that you send so I can help you follow up. My address is is listed at the bottom of this email.

  •   The Pennsylvania Department of Education has canceled PSSA testing and Keystone exams for the 2019-20 school year as a result of COVID-19. This includes the Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA).

PSSA testing was scheduled to begin April 20. Keystone testing was scheduled to begin May 11.

  •   After initially closing all rest areas, PennDOT has reopened these 13 of its 30 rest areas most used by truckers
  o   I-81: Luzerne northbound/southbound, Cumberland northbound/southbound; I-80, Venango eastbound/westbound, Centre eastbound/westbound, Montour eastbound/westbound; and I-79: Crawford northbound/southbound, Allegheny northbound only.

  o   Portable restroom facilities are available at these locations. Each location will have five portable toilets (one of which is ADA-accessible) that will be cleaned once a day.

  o   Electronic message signs notify drivers near the opened areas. In order to prevent further spread of COVID-19, PennDOT is NOT opening any of the indoor facilities because there is no staff to keep them clean and properly sanitized. PennDOT will continue to evaluate and will determine whether additional rest areas can be reopened.
                                                 
  •   All PA Turnpike service plazas are now open, along with all inside restrooms. The outdoor portable toilets will remain in place at the service plazas for approximately one week.

Limited food options are available at all service plazas from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. for take-out only. (The North Midway and Valley Forge locations will offer food 24/7.) All service plazas will have limited staffing for the safety of the employees of HMS Host and

7-Eleven, which operate the PA Turnpike service plazas. Fuel and all convenience stores inside the service plazas will continue to remain open 24 hours a day.

While my district office is closed to walk-in visitors, my staff and I are here to help and can do so by calling us at the number listed below. We’re still here working for you!