Crawford County has launched its own program to help struggling bars and restaurants across the county stay open with limited customer capacity through the winter. The Bar and Restaurant Assistance Initiative will be using funds from the CARES Act grants to help eating and drinking establishments cover a portion of their monthly expenses through the winter of 2020 and 2021. The program can be applied for online here or in person by scheduling an appointment by calling (814)333-7341; the cut off date is October 30th and there will be no late submissions or second rounds of funding.
A spike of COVID-19 cases across Pennsylvania is being attributed to an expected increase due to the onset of flu season and to there being an influx of college students on campuses. More than 1,000 new cases per day were detected for the first week of October and average has slowly crept up from around 500 per day since September. Around 171,000 infections have been detected in Pennsylvania leading to about 8,350 deaths and while 81% of patients have recovered one in three Pennsylvanians are what are known as long haulers and suffer lasting sickness and health problems after recovery.
PennDOT’s maintenance schedule for the week of October 12th includes continuing construction on the bridge carrying Route 6 over French Creek in Cambridge Springs. You can find the schedule for Crawford, Erie, Forest, Mercer, Warren, and Venango Counties at PennDOT.gov/district1 while Clarion County is in district 10.
Edinboro University will be holding a Virtual Open House for 2020. On Saturday, October 24th and Saturday, November 14th, Edinboro University’s Virtual Fall Open House will be conducted in the same way as the typical open houses, and even include waving the application fee for prospective students who attend the virtual meeting. Space is limited and prospective students can register at edinboro.edu/visit.
On Saturday a federal judge entirely dismissed a lawsuit against the State of Pennsylvania launched by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign. The lawsuit alleged widespread voter fraud due the Pennsylvania’s new no excuse absentee voting laws but the Honorable Judge Nicholas Ranjan dismissed the case after the Trump campaign could not provide concrete evidence of fraud or of injury to any political campaigns.