East Branch of Fishing Creek, looking north
Thursday’s high , 33; Overnight low, 5; 1.5” new snow
FRI-PARTLY CLOUDY HIGH 23
FRI NIGHT-CLEARING, LOW 12
SAT-PARTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 34
SAT NIGHT-SNOW SHOWERS, LOW 26
SUN-SNOW POSSIBLE, HIGH 35
SUN NIGHT-LOW 28
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Obituary: Michael Young, West Bingham
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It’s official.; The world famous “Punxsutawney Phil” saw his shadow when he came out of his burrow at 7:20 am today. Legend has it that If the groundhog sees its shadow when it emerges from its burrow, there will be six more weeks of winter.If he does not see its shadow, spring will arrive soon.
(Usually he’s on the other end of a camera)
Local Photographer Curt Weinhold attended yesterday’s meeting of the Potter County Commissioners to enlist their support in naming the southern portion of Route 44 “Highway to the Stars” because it goes past Cherry Springs State Park which is the only dark skies park east of the Mississippi. The commissioners said they would send a letter of support to PennDot and will encourage the township supervisors in the area to sign on, if needed.
This tradition started in Europe as Candlemas Day. Germans who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700s brought the custom to America. February 2, 1886 – The Punxsutawney Spirit newspaper proclaims this date as Pennsylvania’s first official Groundhog Day celebration. Phil has been right about 39%of the time, but if you look at the calendar, no matter how you cut it Spring is 6 weeks away.
This is horse country and a number of 4-H members raise and show horses and some may want to help state police.The Pennsylvania State Police is once again looking for a few good horses. The force’s 26-horse mounted patrol unit is seeking donations of horses to be used statewide for searches, crowd control, security, and patrol operations of remote areas. As a secondary function, the animals participate in parades, demonstrations, and other community events.Horses must be geldings between the ages of 5 and 15 years old. The horse must stand at least 16 hands tall (5 foot 4 inches at the shoulder) and less than 18 hands tall. Drafts and draft-crosses are preferred. Thoroughbreds and other “hot bloods” are less desirable.
The animals must have quiet, sound dispositions and be free of serious stable vices. Horses will be accepted on a 120-day trial basis to determine their suitability. A veterinary examination will also be performed.
The Pennsylvania State Police maintains a stable at the Academy in Hershey and relies on donations for animals.
To arrange a donation or get more information, please contact Corporal Carrie Neidigh at 717-533-3463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Construction for a West Branch Road (Route 2002) bridge spanning Lyman Run in West Branch Township, Potter County, is scheduled to begin soon as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The bridge is located about two miles southwest of the village of Germania Station. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s structurally deficient bridge list.
Construction is expected to begin during the week of February 12 and be complete in mid-July. During this time, an alternating traffic pattern will be controlled by temporary traffic signals.
In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.
This bridge is referred to as JV-87 and is one out of the 558 bridges being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.
The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. The P3 approach will allow PennDOT to replace the bridges more quickly while achieving significant savings and minimizing impacts on motorists.
To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be
A Kane driver escaped injury Thursday afternoon when his SUV hit a de on E. Center Street in Johnsonburg. State police report Jason Woodin was head north when the whitetail came onto the road and he was unable to avoid the collision.
Out of the area but of interest. A Clearfield County woman died in a house fire Thursday afternoon. The state police fire marshal determined that the blaze at te home of 63 year old Donna Petty was caused by smoking while on oxygen.
Michael M. YOUNG, 61, of Bingham Center, PA, died Thursday, February 1, 2018 in his home. Born February 13, 1956, in Wellsville, NY, he was the son of Byron M. and Marion D. Barrett Young. On August 24, 1974, in Genesee, PA, he married the former Cheryl A. Blair, who survives. He was employed by Morgan Advanced Materials in Coudersport. Mike was a member of the Mills Union Church and served as Bingham Township Supervisor. Surviving besides his wife, Cheryl, are: two daughters, Jaime (Robert) Stiles of Eldred, PA and Pamela (David) Seifert of Fredericksburg, VA; four grandchildren, Zachary Seifert, Caleb Seifert, Riley Stiles, and Ethan Stiles; his mother-in-law, LaVonne Blair of Genesee; and many cousins. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Alice Fay Young in 1954; a brother, Lawrence Young in 1987; and his father-in-law, Robert E. Blair in Friends may call Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 and 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Olney Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Ulysses, PA, where Funeral Services will be held on Sunday at 2:00 PM. The Rev. Allyn R. Baker and the Rev. Todd Lamer will co-officiate. Burial will be in North Bingham Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Patterson Cancer Center, c/o Cole Memorial Hospital, 1001 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915.