TRI COUNTY REPORT FOR OCTOBER 23RD, 2020

COVID-19 cases are continuing to rise throughout Pennsylvania.  The state added more than two-thousand new cases to the total yesterday, pushing it over 188-thousand. About 30 new deaths related to the virus were added to the death toll, which is close to 86-hundred. Two more Lawrence County residents have died from Covid-19 marking the fourth straight day the county has recorded a death. The death toll now stands at 29. The county has 777 Covid-19 cases after an increase of 24 yesterday.

In an effort to help bars and restaurants struggling amid the pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf is proposing to the Liquor Control Board to waive liquor licensing fees. Wolf says waiving these fees for restaurants, bars, clubs and hotels through 2021 would result in about 20-million-dollars in relief for over 15-thousand businesses. If the board adopts his proposal, it could go into effect at the start of next year.

More than 100 people jammed into the weekly meeting of the Baden Council Wednesday night amid rumors the city is considering a consolidation of its police department.  The rumors that circulated on social media said Baden is considering letting New Sewickley Township take over its police department.  Council President Judith Montell canceled the meeting because of the crowd size.  She told the residents that Baden is still gathering information on whether consolidation or contractual services would help cut costs.

President Trump’s second son, Eric, blasted former Vice President Joe Biden and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf in an event in Beaver County yesterday.  Eric Trump visited Munro Incorporated’s warehouse in Ambridge.  He criticized Governor Wolf’s coronavirus restrictions and promoted his father’s work defending the First and Second amendments.  He also said Biden would defund police though Biden has called for some police reform.  Biden has said he wants more funding for drug abuse and mental health programs so police can focus on battling crime.

Organizers are pulling the plug on the 2021 Great American Outdoor Show.  The show, put together by the N-R-A and held at the P-A Farm Show Complex, draws more than eleven-hundred vendors and exhibitors annually.  They did announce the 2022 show will be held during the first full week of February that year.

Some 29-thousand voters in Allegheny County who originally received an incorrect mail-in ballot are receiving their new ballots, and it looks a little different than the original ballot.  The new ballots have an orange stripe across the official ballot envelope and on the return envelope inside.  Elections officials caution voters against throwing away the striped envelopes.  They say some voters who already sent in their ballots may not know their original ballot was incorrect.

One day after President Trump participated in his final debate against Joe Biden, the president’s running mate is coming to Western Pennsylvania.  Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to host a campaign rally this afternoon at the Lynx F B O hangar at the Allegheny County Airport.  The event is set to begin at 4:30.  Staff advises that those wanting to attend must register on the campaign website.

A Cranberry Township firefighter has been honored for helping to save a child’s life.  Spencer Shea of the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company was given the company’s Merit Award for helping to save the life of an 18-month-old child.  The child, who was not breathing, had been brought to the Route 19 station September 20th.  Shea performed resuscitation until the child began breathing again and then turned over the child to Cranberry Township EMS.