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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Roulette dispatched to Rt. 6 For Vehicle Crash


At 11:00 PM on Saturday, Roulette fire and EMS have been dispatched to Rt. 6 near the township live for a vehicle off the roadway. Hold in quarters except fire police. Reporting no injuries.

Coudersport dispatched for 2 vehicle crash


At 10:25 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Fire & EMS dispatched to North Hollow Road and Route 6 for a two vehicle crash. Report one vehicle in the roadway.

Coudersport Ambulance to Rt. 44 North


At 8:45 PM on Saturday, Coudersport  ambulance dispatched to  Rt. 44 North for difficulty breathing.
 
RECALLED.

Austin Dispatched To Crash on Rt. 607


 At 6:50 PM on Saturday, Austin Fire & EMS dispatched to Rt. 607 near Gas Well Road for a vehicle on its roof.

Coudersport Medic Dispatched to Cherry Springs For Snowmobile Accident


 At 6:47 PM on Saturday, Coudersport Medic 7 has been dispatched to meet Kettle Creek  Ambulance 26 at Cherry Springs for a victim of a snowmobile accident.

PennDOT and PA Turnpike Implement Vehicle Restrictions in Response to Winter Storm

Motorists Urged to Avoid Travel if Possible

Harrisburg, PA – In response to winter weather and icy conditions through much of the state, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) are implementing restrictions on trucks and other vehicles on certain roadways around the state, which will begin at noon today and remain in place until conditions warrant their removal. Motorists are urged to avoid travel if possible.

Effective at noon today, vehicle restrictions are anticipated on the following roadways at Tier 1 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

    The entire length of Interstate 76/276 (PA Turnpike mainline) in both directions; and
    The entire length of Interstate 476 (PA Turnpike Northeast Extension) in both directions;

Effective at 12:15 PM today, vehicle restrictions are anticipated on the following roadways at Tier 1 of the commonwealth’s weather event vehicle restriction plan:

    The entire length of Interstate 76 (Schuylkill Expressway) in both directions;
    The entire length of Interstate 78 in both directions;
    Interstate 81 from the Maryland border to Interstate 80;
    The entire length of Interstate 83 in both directions;
    The entire length of Interstate 95 in both directions;
    The entire length of Interstate 176 in both directions;
    The entire length of Interstate 283 in both directions;
    The entire length of Interstate 295 in both directions;
    The entire length of Interstate 476 (non-tolled portion) in both directions; and
    The entire length of Interstate 676 in both directions.

Firefighters Make Short Work of Angelica House Fire


 Angelica Fire and Rescue

2/13/21
At approximately 14:44 this afternoon we were dispatch along with our automatic mutual aid from Belmont fire, Belfast fire, MTS ambulance, and D1 FAST to a structure fire at 50 Closser Ave in the Village of Angelica. 

 Firefighters were able to track down the fire which was between the floor joists of the first and second story of the home.  Though there was some damage to the residence from the fire and us gaining access and extinguishing it, it is all repairable.  We are just thankful someone was home that smelled the smoke and was there to call 911. 

Thank you to all that responded and for a great save.

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Ridgway Dispatched For Crash on Laurel Mill Road


 At 4:50 PM on Saturday, Ridgway Fire & EMS have been dispatched to the area of 7957 Laurel Mill Road for a vehicle crash into trees. A 64 year old female reporting chest pain.

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE

National Weather Service State College PA
307 PM EST Sat Feb 13 2021
 

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH
TUESDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 9
inches possible.

* WHERE...Warren, McKean, Potter and Tioga Counties.

* WHEN...From Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon.

* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult. The hazardous
conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

There is the potential for significant winter weather that may
impact travel.

Review winter weather safety and preparedness information at
weather.gov/winter.

The latest forecast information can be found on the
NWS State College Facebook page and Twitter @NWSStateCollege,
or on the web at weather.gov/ctp.

Winter Storm Watch issued February 13 at 2:53PM EST until February 16 at 1:00PM EST by NWS Buffalo

...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY MORNING THROUGH TUESDAY AFTERNOON...
* WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations over 9
inches possible. The heaviest snow is expected Monday night and
Tuesday morning.
* WHERE...All of western and north central New York.
* WHEN...From Monday morning through Tuesday afternoon.
* IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult at times with snow
covered roads. The hazardous conditions could impact the
evening commute on Monday and the morning commute on Tuesday.

INSTRUCTIONS: Begin needed preparations at home or with your vehicle. Travel
may become difficult, so plan accordingly.

Issued By: NWS Buffalo (Western New York)

 

Allegany County Firefighters Responding to Structure Fire on Closser Avenue


 Allegany County Fire Wire

Angelica, Belfast, Belmont, and Fast team 1 dispatched for a structure fire on Closser Ave.

Austin Dispatched For Carbon Monoxide Investigation


 At 12:54 PM on Saturday, Austin Fire Dept.66 Main Street for a carbon monoxide investigation.

Kane & Mutual Aid Fire Companies Battled Fire At Kane Hardwoods Early Thursday Morning


KANE FIRE DEPT 5

At approximately 4:40am Thursday Kane Station 5 was dispatched for a commercial structure fire at Kane Hardwood with multiple fires showing in a conveyor system and silo area.  

A second alarm was called due to the size and complexity of the fire and temperatures hovering near single digits.  

We would like to take a moment to especially thank the Ludlow, Mt. Jewett, Sheffield, Wilcox, and Johnsonburg fire departments along with the various other departments that filled in for them while they came to assist us.  

A special shout out to Wilcox for attending to and transporting our injured firefighter to UPMC Kane for treatment.  

Without the help that volunteer fire departments share quite often and the support of the communities, none would be as successful on their own.  

Picture credits go to Wilcox FD FB page and Dave Carlson.

Chicken BBQ is Ready At Roulette Fire Hall

 

Stoltz Of Coudersport Is Hiring A Part Time Employee


 

One Transported To UPMC Kane In Two Vehicle Crash On RT. 231 In Wetmore TWP.


 

Turtlepoint Man Cited For Harassment In Annin TWP.


 

Investigation Ongoing For A Death In Wetmore TWP.


 

Driver Transported To UPMC Kane In One Vehicle Crash On Reigel RD. In Wetmore TWP.


 

Death Ruled Natural In Wetmore TWP.


 

No Injuries In Two Vehicle Hit And Run Crash On RT. 46 In Norwhich TWP.


 

Police Reform regarding the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office

Pursuant to Executive Order 203, Governor Cuomo directed all municipalities in New York State
to submit a plan with suggestions on how to improve services and increase trust between the
police and the community. To that end, Allegany County is seeking feedback regarding the
public’s experiences and opinions of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office.

Public input may be submitted in the following format:
o Letters addressed to: Police Reform Committee, Room 213, 7 Court Street,
Belmont, NY 14813
o Online response to survey questions: https://forms.gle/RD7kbqDUMYgKLBBd7
o Participating in a virtual community forum held on February 18, 2021, at 3:00 p.m.
through Zoom. Those interested in participating may receive a link to the meeting
by contacting Michelle Denhoff by email at denhoffmm@alleganyco.com or by
phone at 585-268-7153.

Additional information regarding the Allegany County Police Reform Committee may be found on

the webpage: https://www.alleganyco.com/departments/county-administrator/committee-on-
police-reform/

Public response will be reviewed by the Allegany County Police Reform Committee and used to
develop recommendations for changes to the operations of the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office.
While we know police reform is a big subject, please remember that the focus of this specific
Committee is solely on the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office, and the most helpful information you
can provide this committee will be specific to your experiences and opinions of the Allegany
County Sheriff’s Office.

Hair Auction helps Penn State DuBois close in on THON Goal

THON cut 2021 – 
THON Haircut 2021 participants were: 
Top row, left to right: Audrey Harmic, Heather Witherow. 
Second row, left to right: Jessica Mondi, Alianna Raffeinner, and Steve Harmic. 
Third row, left to right: Megan McCain, and Michael Morri.



DuBOIS, PA – In a challenging time filled with virtual events, the Penn State DuBois Hair Auction to benefit THON still ended the night with $7,615 raised to support children battling cancer. This puts the overall campus goal to support THON 2021 at $19,441.77. 

Each year, student activists at Penn State DuBois work tirelessly to support the efforts of THON, Penn State's Dance Marathon, that raises millions of dollars toward the fight against pediatric cancer.  The Hair Auction is the biggest fundraiser of every THON season. 

This year, volunteers who put themselves under the sheers for the cause were Alianna Raffeinner, a 10 year old from Kersey, PA, Heather Witherow, former Penn State DuBois Student Government Association president, Megan McCain, Penn State DuBois student, 
Steve Harmic, Penn State DuBois Strategic communications officer, Steve’s daughter, 9 year-old Audrey Harmic, Jessica Mondi, the Penn State DuBois marketing strategist, and Penn State DuBois student Michael Morri. All got their cuts at The Beauty Bar in DuBois. 

Watch the full hair auction here.  

“There’s no way that during the pandemic I thought we could bring in donations like this,” said Director of Student Affairs Rebecca Pennington, who oversees the THON fundraising activities at Penn State DuBois.  “I was nervous going into the event, but so pleasantly surprised at the outcome.”

On stepping up to support this cause, hair donor Megan McCain said, “I was inspired by my experience at THON last year. It completely changed my life to meet such loving, kind, strong children and families that go through so much every day and still have smiles on their faces. I love doing anything I can to help my PSUD family because they inspire me every day.”

There is still time to donate to THON through Penn State DuBois.  To do so, visit THON’s Donor Drive at  https://tinyurl.com/psudthon 

The largest student-run philanthropy in the world, engaging more than 15,000 students across Pennsylvania, THON has raised over $180 million for the Four Diamonds Fund since its inception in 1973. The event's sole beneficiary, and a leader in the fight against pediatric cancer, the Four Diamonds Fund fills in the funding gaps that insurance leaves for the patients it serves, enabling families to focus on caring for their child. Because of large donors like THON, Penn State Hershey Hospital recruits world-class talent to continue innovative research, and to maintain and expand the state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital.

Four Penn State DuBois students will represent the campus as the official THON Dancers at this year’s Penn State Dance Marathon. Charis Martell, Brianna Shaw, Sarah Voris, and Haley Rummel are this year’s official Penn State DuBois THON dancers. Though held virtually this year, these individuals are still tasked with staying on their feet for 46 hours to raise money for support of the fight against childhood cancer. You can watch the livestream any time from 6 p.m. Feb. 19, until 4 p.m. Feb. 21, at https://thon.org/livestream 



Watch For Slippery Conditions Saturday Afternoon Through 7 AM Sunday


 

WOMEN WRITERS MUST REGISTER BY FRIDAY, FEB. 19 TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2021 HG WOMEN’S PROJECT “WOODPECKER LIPS”

Photo provided
Jessie Thompson has directed and led acting workshops for the HG Women’s Project and prior to that worked as an actor in New York, Los Angeles and around the country.

The goal of the 2021 Hamilton-Gibson Women’s Project titled “Woodpecker Lips” is to provide opportunities for women to write, perform, direct and tell local stories meaningful to community theater audiences.

In keeping with that goal, a free workshop is being held for aspiring and experienced writers.

“Intro to Monologue Writing” will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 27 via Zoom. Through the workshop, each participating writer will develop an original monologue about a living or historical local or Pennsylvania woman. The length of the monologues will vary.

Leading the workshop is Lilace Guignard. She will talk about the elements of a stand-alone monologue and how to create one. During discussion and group activities, the writers will choose their topics and begin the process of character development. Writers can come up with their own idea about the woman they would like to research or can choose one from the list.

There will also be two free feedback sessions during which the writers will give helpful input about each other's monologues in progress. The participating writers will determine the dates, times and whether the feedback sessions will be held online or in-person in Wellsboro. 

The deadline to register for the Feb. 27 workshop is Friday, Feb. 19. Before writers register, they are asked to watch a video about the overall project and details about the upcoming Feb. 27 workshop and then complete the online registration form. Both can be found on the Hamilton-Gibson website at https://www.hamiltongibson.org.

"The Feb. 27 workshop is the only instructional one, so writers that miss the Feb. 19 deadline can't join in later," said Guignard. 
Photo provided
Lilace Guignard has taught creative writing since 1992 and written for HG performances. Her memoir, “When Everything Beyond the Walls Is Wild: Being a Woman Outdoors in America” was published by Texas A&M Press.



Those with questions about the free writing workshop and feedback sessions or the Zoom format can email Guignard at lilacemellin@gmail.com.

Jessie Thompson is the producer of “Woodpecker Lips”, the 2021 HG Women’s Project, which will end with performances of the original monologues created by the writers at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5 and 6 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 7.

Thompson is leading the free Director’s Workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 26. It will be held online or in Wellsboro at a location to be announced. This workshop is for adult women interested in directing a monologue for the November production and also for actors. Discussed will be the tools necessary to foster trust and allow exploration of a character to bring out the creativity in every actor and performance. To register for this workshop, email Thompson at woodpeckerlips2021@gmail.com or call the HG office at 570-724-2079.

Auditions for actors will be in-person in the Warehouse Theatre at 3 Central Avenue in Wellsboro at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28, 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30 and 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1. No registration is necessary. Or, actors can do a one to two-minute video monologue and email it to woodpeckerlips2021@gmail.com

WELL ARMED WOMAN SHOOTING CHAPTER, TIOGA COUNTY, PA TO MEET THURSDAY, FEB. 18

The Well Armed Woman Shooting Chapter, Tioga County, Pa. will meet at  9:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 18 to travel to the National Range and Armory in Williamsport, Pa. After shooting for several hours, the group will go to lunch and hold a brief meeting. 

"Members are asked to bring donations to the meeting for Asa’s Place and Wellspring Community Support Services,” said Jones, chapter co-leader.

For more information, contact Jones at 570-549-2794 or jones_mk@yahoo.com.

Lynda A. Steinhauser, 79,formerly of South Avenue, Bradford, PA.

Lynda A. Steinhauser

Lynda A. Steinhauser, 79,formerly of South Avenue, Bradford, passed away, Friday, February 12, 2021, at Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Emporium PSP Seeking Information For The Whereabouts Of Ethan Vislay


 

McKean County Republicans Are Extremely Grateful For Work President Trump Accomplished in His Time in Office



 

McKean County Jail Is Hiring A Part-Time Nurse

 


Coudersport Youth Softball And Baseball Registrations

 



The Right Stuff Winter Sale Friday, Saturday & Sunday in Coudersport

 


Coudersport Shop ,N Save Open Interviews February 16th

 


Great Lakes Otolaryngology, PC Ear, Nose And Throat Surgery, Allergy And Dermatology Is Accepting New Patients

 


Olney / Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory LLC, Ulysses, PA

 


Rick's Auto In Port Allegany Is Looking For A Mechanic

 


Truck-Lite Is Hiring Full Time And Part Time Assemblers

 


Electri-Cord Is Hiring Full-Time Wire Harness Assemblers

 


West Branch and Abbott Townships are looking for a part time, as needed person to help fill in at our Joint Dumpster Facility.


 

Pike Township is looking for a part time, as needed, road worker / laborer.


 

LLOYD BURKHOUSE AUCTIONS PUBLIC AUCTION SUNDAY, February 14th - 1PM


 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Crash on Rt. 66

At 10:25 PM. On Friday, fire rescue and EMS have been dispatched to Rt. 66 and Lamont Road for a vehicle in the ditch. Caller did not know if the vehicle was occupied. No one was found. Vehile is off the roadway.

Laurie S. REES, 50, of Port Allegany, PA.

Laurie S. REES

Laurie S. REES, 50, of Port Allegany, PA, died Thursday, February 11, 2021 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport. 

Born November 8, 1970, in Coudersport, she was the daughter of Carol Rees. A 1989 graduate of Port Allegany High School, she was employed by Helpmates. 

Surviving are: her mother, Carol Rees of Port Allegany; two brothers, Travis Gaines of Port Allegany and Justin (Tina) Rees of Roulette; a sister, Wendy (Tom) Rees Manning of Port Allegany; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 

She was predeceased by her step-father, Gordon Gaines; and her longtime companion, Shane A. Bailey. 

Services will be private. Memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements are under the direction of Olney-Foust Funeral Homes & Crematory, Ulysses, PA. Online condolences may be expressed at www.olneyfoust.com.

Lois C.Bell, 93, of Valleybrook Drive, Bradford, PA.

Lois C.Bell

Lois C.Bell, 93, of Valleybrook Drive, Bradford, passed away Monday, February 8, 2021, at her residence.

Lois was born in East Liverpool OH on February 16, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Everett and Clara (Dotson) Crawford. She was a 1944 graduate of Bradford High School.

On May 16, 1959 in the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church, she married Clyde E. Bell who preceded her in death on April 13, 2015. 

She was a 60 year member of Hill Memorial United Methodist Church, a life member and past president of Phi Beta, member and past treasurer of the Bradford Alumni Association, treasurer for the Class of 1944. She was a member of BACPAC, Bradford Bowling Association, the Bradford Ecumenical Home Auxiliary, and the YWCA. In her free time she loved to garden with her flowers, sew, cook, and quilt. 

Lois worked at Bradford National Bank and retired from First Laurel Bank in 1974. She along with Clyde moved to Waterbury CT, and together managed the Hillcrest  Apartments.

Surviving are two nephews, Michael Crawford, and Bruce Flanders, one niece Lou Pezzano, great nieces and nephews, including Monica Crawford and Nicole Crawford. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clyde of 55 years, two sisters, Frances Andric, and Marion Flanders, two brothers, Fred Crawford, and Everett Wendall Crawford, two nephews, Paul Flanders, and Mark Crawford.

Friends are invited to attend a memorial service at 6:00pm on Tuesday February 23, 2021, in the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church, with Rev. Jay Tennies, Pastor officiating. Burial will be in McKean Memorial Park.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes, Inc.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the Hill Memorial United Methodist Church, 44 Kennedy Street Bradford, PA 16701. 

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Elizabeth A. "Tootie" Eschrich, 90, formerly of 24 Cross Drive, Bradford, PA.

Elizabeth A. "Tootie"  Eschrich

Elizabeth A. "Tootie"  Eschrich, 90, formerly of 24 Cross Drive, Bradford, passed away, February 11, 2021, at the Bradford Ecumenical Home.

Born October 4, 1930 in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late William and  Anna Helena (Ungemah) Hare.

She graduated from Bradford High School in 1948.

On September 11, 1948, in Bradford, she married Herbert S. "Pat" Eschrich, who passed away, September 29, 1991.

Tootie devoted her life to her family. She excelled at baking, cooking, crocheting, being a horse mom, and being a Girl Scout leader. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her grandchildren. She loved to garden, and traveling with her best friend forever, Darlene "Dolly" Kleiderlein.

Surviving are two daughters, Judy Cawley and Lori (Chris) Works, both of Bradford, one son, John (Debbie) Eschrich, of Lewis Run, one granddaughter, Amy (David) Storer, two grandsons, Forrest Works, and Coleman (Amy) Works, one great granddaughter, Claire Storer, one great grandson, Sean Storer and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one brother William Hare.

Family will be receiving friends in the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc. 33 South Avenue, on Monday, February 15, 2021, from 3 pm to 5 pm and 6 pm to 7 pm at which time a funeral service will be held with Rev. W. LeRoy Beckes. retired Presbyterian minister officiating.
 
This service will be livestreamed at 7:00pm. To view go to www.hollenbeckcahill.com, use South Avenue camera.

Burial will be in Willow Dale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions if desired may be made to the SPCA, or the Special Olympics

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Taryn A. Couch, 25, of Bradford, PA.

Taryn A. Couch

Taryn A. Couch, 25, of Bradford, passed away Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at the Bradford Regional Medical Center.

Born on  February 20, 1995 in Bradford, she was a daughter of the late William D. Couch, Jr. and Flora J. (Rickard) Nye. She was a 2013 graduate of Coudersport High School.

Tayrn was employed at the Bradford Ecumenical Home and the Bradford Pavilion. She was currently employed as a home health care worker. She loved taking care of her patients at the Pavilion and providing care to all.

She loved to travel and experience new adventures, especially going to NYC. She enjoyed all kinds of outdoor activities including camping and fishing. Taryn was very artistic in painting and designing nails. She always wanted to start her own nail design business.

Taryn is survived by her mother Flora Nye, of Port Allegany, sisters Ashley Rickard, of Port Allegany, Cynthia (Nate) Kline, of Bradford, brother David (Amber) Couch, of Bradford, Maternal grandmother Cynthia Cox, of Gifford, aunt Brenda (Steve) Sheppard, of Bradford, and many cousins.


She was preceded in death by her father William Couch, Jr., paternal Grandparents Bill and Sara Couch, maternal grandfather Donne L. Cox, Grandfather Marlin W. Rickard, two grandmothers Donna Dudley and Grace Rickard

Upon the family's request there will not be any service at this time. A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Home, Inc.

Online condolences can be made at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

Chicken BBQ at Roulette Fire Hall Saturday Starting at Eleven AM

 

Snows A Go For Roulette VFD Poker Run & Chicken BBQ Saturday


 

COMING SOON TO A MAPLE FARM NEAR YOU; BRYDONSON'S

 


COVID 19 Vaccine Update

 COVID 19 Vaccine Update

The COVID 19 vaccine rollout here in Pennsylvania has not been perfect and I have heard from many folks struggling to find appointments for themselves or their loved ones who are eligible under the expanded Phase 1A category. The Department of Health has acknowledged the problems and is taking several steps to fix them moving forward.

Your Turn

They have launched a new tool called Your Turn to help Pennsylvanians understand where they fall in the vaccine prioritization effort and to be alerted when it is their turn to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine.

If an individual does not have internet access or is unable to use the Your Turn tool, they can call 877-PA-HEALTH and speak with a representative to determine eligibility. If an individual is eligible, the representative will help the individual locate nearby vaccine providers and provide contact information so the individual can make a vaccine appointment directly with a provider.

As of Friday, February 12 – the Department of Health is issuing a new order to improve the administration, scheduling and reporting of vaccinations. Here’s what will be included in the new order:

Administration:

    To address the limited supply of vaccine at this time, all vaccine providers will be required to administer a specific percentage of vaccine first doses received within seven days of receipt of those doses. There will be caveats for inclement weather.
    Vaccine will be administered in accordance with the current Phase of Pennsylvania’s vaccine rollout.
    For two-dose vaccines, providers will make every appropriate effort to ensure available appointment for that second dose.

Appointments:

    In addition to online scheduling systems and publishing appointment availability, providers must also have a phone-based registration system to schedule appointments for the administration of any applicable dose. Phone lines cannot simply direct patients to a website; scheduling over the phone must be made available for individuals who cannot access online scheduling.
    Providers will report that information to the Department for publishing on our website.

Reporting:

    As health equity remains a priority, vaccine providers will continue to report race and ethnicity of vaccine recipients in accordance with the Order published in December.
    Providers will enter information in the Department’s immunization registry to record receipt of vaccine and ongoing inventory levels.
    Administration of vaccine doses within 24 hours into PASIIS.

Accountability:

    The COVID-19 vaccination effort requires the collaboration and cooperation of leaders at all levels of government, legislators, vaccine providers, citizens, and stakeholders. It is our collective responsibility to work together to slow the spread of COVID-19 until it is curtailed. Adherence to the Order is part of that responsibility.

The Department may reduce or suspend allocations of first doses for those vaccine providers who do not comply with the Order.

Our supply remains a problem, and while we can expect increased doses soon from the federal government, we will need to remain patient before vaccines are available on demand to the general public. In the meantime, please keep up social distancing and wearing a mask.

UPMC Physical Therapist: Cancer Affects Stamina, Energy

By: Shari Berthold, DPT
Physical Therapy, UPMC

If you experience fatigue during or after cancer treatment, you are not alone. Fatigue, usually described as feeling tired, weak, or exhausted, affects most people during cancer treatment with 14-96% of survivors experiencing some form during active treatment and 19-82% in the years after treatment is complete. Fatigue can have a profound effect on one’s ability to participate in self-care, family, and work roles and can impact quality of life.
What Causes Cancer Fatigue

Fatigue can have many causes including:
anemia (the lack of oxygenated red blood cells)
medication side effects
hormone imbalances
heart, lung, and kidney damage
nutritional deficiencies and dehydration
depression physical deconditioning
sleep disturbances
and cancer progression or recurrence.  

Not everyone who has cancer experiences fatigue. And if you do, the level of cancer fatigue you experience can vary — you may feel a mild lack of energy, or you may feel completely wiped out.
Your cancer fatigue may occur episodically and last just a short while, or it may last for several months after you complete treatment.
Treatment Options

Some fatigue during cancer treatment is to be expected. But if you find that cancer fatigue is persistent, lasting weeks, and interferes with your ability to go about your everyday tasks, tell your doctor.

Treatment for fatigue is individualized and often comprised of a multi-discipline approach including nutrition, energy conservation, counseling, medication, and exercise. 
It is a common myth that rest is the best treatment for fatigue. This belief further compounds the problem as rest leads to further inactivity that leads to further weakness and a downhill cycle develops that can even lead to disability. This belief can be promoted by family, friends, and even health care professionals. 

Exercise, however, for the treatment of fatigue is supported by a high level of evidence and is strongly recommended. Exercise can include cardiovascular forms like walking and biking, stretching, and strengthening. It’s important to consult with your doctor before starting any exercise routine and no matter what, take it slow. 

If you struggle to get started or you’re not seeing progress over time, ask your provider for a referral to physical therapy. A physical therapist will identify your risk factors for exercise and design specific exercise programs with modifications to meet your individual needs.
Shari Berthold, DPT, is a physical therapist with Pain Management and Rehabilitation Services at UPMC Williamsport. For more information, visit UPMCSusquehanna.org/Rehab.