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Frosty Morning on Fishing Creek
Tuesday’s high, 38; Overnight low, 23; no precipitation
WED-MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH IN THE MID 40s
WED NIGHT-RAIN, LOW IN THE MID 30s
THU-CLOUDY, COOLER, HIGH IN THE LOW 40s
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Area municipalities awarded state grants for transportation, flood protection, recreation and water projects…Volunteers needed for Potter County drug advisory board…….Car/deer colllisions continue to plague motorists across the region…
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Christmas is coming early for some area municipalities. State Senator Joe Scarnati and Rep. Martin Causer announce Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) has approved a total of $2,679,678 in state funding for nine local transportation, flood protection, trail, recreation and water projects in the 25th Senatorial District.Rep. Causer reports grants were approved Tuesday by the Commonwealth Financing Authority and were awarded as follows: Coudersport Borough, $300,000; Eldred Borough, $129,412; and Emporium Borough, $220,000.Each of the three communities is going through a levee certification process to ensure they meet standards set out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.In the fifth phase of its certification process, Coudersport will use its grant to repair and upgrade a sewer line located at the toe of the Mill Creek Levee. The line must be encased in concrete because of its location.In Eldred, funds will be used to conduct a study, including subsurface borings to analyze the existing levee and subgrade conditions, as part of its levee system certification process.Emporium will use its funds to conduct an engineering study of the Sinnemahoning Creek Levee to ensure it meets or exceeds requirements for certification.
Projects authorized by a flood protection authority, the Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, or identified by a local government for flood mitigation are eligible for Flood Mitigation Program grants.According to Sen. Scarnati, Benezette Township in Elk County will receive an $18,000 grant (Sewage Facilities Program) This grant will provide assistance for an Act 537 special study to evaluate modifications and upgrades to the existing Benezette Township wastewater treatment plant. An engineering evaluation will include a description and justification of the improvements, operational changes and/or design modifications that are necessary to ensure permit compliance. The total project cost is $37,908.The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy – $40,000 grant (Greenways, Trails and Recreation Program).This grant will assist with development of a multi-use trail system on the Bennett Branch Forest property located in Jay Township, Elk County and Huston Township, Clearfield County. The trail system will incorporate forest management roads improved to accommodate hunting, hiking, biking and wildlife watching. Trail improvements also include improved surface and drainage of forest management road. In addition, there will be construction of a gathering area and installation of park signage. The total project cost is $49,802.
According to Scarnati, the more than $2.6 million in local funding is being distributed as state grants. The financing was approved at the November 14th CFA meeting in Harrisburg. Funding for the projects comes from money generated by the Marcellus Shale Impact Fee (Act 13 of 2012) and the Transportation Funding Plan (Act 89 of 2013).
Scarnati explained that in the 25th Senatorial District the following projects were approved across seven counties. Clinton County is also receiving a $285,266 grant for UPMC Susquehanna – (Multimodal Transportation Fund Program)This funding will assist UPMC Susquehanna with a streetscape improvement project in the City of Lock Haven. The project will include pedestrian safety enhancements to improve safety, mobility and accessibility to Lock Haven Hospital. These improvements are critical due to the hospital’s remote location in one of Lock Haven’s residential communities. Currently, residents walk on Cree Drive and other streets in the city due to the lack of sidewalks, which creates potentially serious conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians. Streetscape improvements along Cree Drive and Irwin Street include sidewalk installation, lighting and landscaping. The total project cost is $407,524.Brockway Bolrough in Jefferson County will receive a $1,000,000 grant (Multimodal Transportation Fund Program) . The project includes the realignment of an existing intersection at SR 219 and SR 28 as well as building a new 700 foot access road near this intersection that will help traffic flow to a nearby residential neighborhood. The area is experiencing increased growth due to two major manufacturing plants, Phoenix Sintered Metals and Owens Brockway Glass, retail establishments including Sheetz, and two recently established secondary training centers, Brockway Center for Arts and Technology and Butler Community College branch campus. High traffic volume is converging through the current intersection creating safety and traffic congestion issues. The borough proposes to improve access in and out of the area to improve safety measures for vehicles, bikes and pedestrian mobility. The total project cost is $3,304,370.
Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) has also announced a $450,000 state grant to support the ongoing development of a downtown transit center in Bradford.The grant will be used to help conduct final engineering for the project, prepare bid documents and fund construction of the transit center. Causer says the ultimate goal is to construct a regional transfer center for local and intercity public transit passengers and tour buses in Bradford’s central business district. The center would provide a location for buses to meet and transfer individuals; an indoor waiting area with eating, restrooms, ticket booths and bus system information; and a parking lot for buses and commuter cars.
The center is also part of a larger mission by the Area Transportation Authority of North Central Pennsylvania to better meet the needs of consumers in its 5,000-square-mile service area. Similar multimodal centers have already been constructed in St. Marys and Punxsutawney.
The grant was awarded by the Commonwealth Financing Authority through its Multimodal Transportation Fund.
If you would like to help stem the opiod epidemic sweeping across the region, here’s your chance.
The Potter County Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Advisory board will hold a meeting noon on Friday, Nov. 17, at Kaytee’s Restaurant in Coudersport. Board meetings are open to the public. To volunteer or learn more, contact Potter County Human Services at (814) 544-7315.
The board serves in a consulting role to Potter County Human Services in the delivery of prevention and treatment programs. Additional members are needed to give the board a broader cross-section of experience, viewpoints and expertise. The field has been changing dramatically in recent times with the growing abuse of prescription drugs, including rising incidents of heroin use. At the same time, misinformation that diminishes the potential negative effects of marijuana use has rapidly spread as part of policy debates over issues such as legalization and medical applications.
Coudersport Borough Manager Bev Morris tells Black Forest Broadcasting leaf pick up will end Thursday, November 16th.Residents having leaves after that, are asked to bag them.
The cause of a fire at a Smethport home Tuesday morning is being investigated by the state police fire marshal. Firefighters were dispatched at 8:04 am to a house on Rosehill Avenue. First responders witnessed flames shooting out of the side of the house. Family members were able to evacuate safely and there were no injuries. Volunteers were able to contain the blaze to an upstairs bedroom and attic. Members of the Norwich and Hamlin Township and Star Hose Company from Port Allegany assisted under the mutual aid system. The fire was declared under control at 8:43 am. The house was reportedly insured.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 14 for a Port Allegany woman charged with illegally entering a Roulette home this past summer. Authorities allege 20 year old Kayla Causer forced her way into the home of Mia Snyder on Pine Lane on the afternoon of July 15 to look for clothing .while her boyfriend Walker Smithmeyer held Snyder down. Snyder was able to free herself and ran to a neighbor’s house. Causer was released on $10,000 unsecured bail after being arraigned on charges of robbery, simple assault, defiant trespassing and harassment. Authorities did not indicate if Smithmeyer will be charged in connection to the incident.
Kenneth E. “Kenny” Easton, 67, a longtime resident of Coudersport and formerly of Shinglehouse, passed away on Friday, November 10, 2017, in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a lengthy illness.
Born on June 6, 1950 in Coudersport, he was a son of Alfred E. and Catherine Hawkes Easton. On February 14, 1972 in Coudersport, he married Sarah L. “Sally” Moshier, who passed away on February 18, 2016.
Kenny was a graduate of Eldred High School and was a U.S. Army veteran having served during the Vietnam War, attaining the rank of sergeant. He was employed as a truck driver and logger for many years.
Kenny was a member of the Coudersport American Legion Post 192 and a member of the Sons of the American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport. He loved to travel, having traveled to every state except Alaska and Hawaii. He also enjoyed hunting. His greatest love was his family.
Surviving are three sons, Stanley R. (Stephanie) Easton of Coudersport, Steven R. (Maria) Easton of Brattleboro, VT, and Scott R. (Jennifer) Easton of Coudersport; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Elton “Deo” Easton of Florida and Al (Janet) Easton of Olean, N.Y.; four sisters, Charla (Richard) Dill, Ciela Garrison, and Georgiana Peavy, all of Colorado, and Gail (Clifford) Babb of Arkansas; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Kenny was predeceased by an infant brother, Leonard.
Family and friends are invited to attend a celebration of life at 3pm on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Coudersport American Legion with Pastor Jim Eastman of the Deeper Waters Ministries, Emporium, officiating. Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors following the celebration. A time of fellowship with a luncheon provided by the Legion Auxiliary will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Kenny’s name may be made to Coudersport American Legion Post 192, 2 Buffalo Street, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Kenny’s family has entrusted his care to the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Kenny, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com
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