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Wednesday’s high, 69; Overnight low, 50: .,38” rain
THU-MOSTLY SUNNY, HIGH 73
THU NIGHT-MOSTLY CLEAR, LOW 50
FRI-SUNNY, LOW HUMIDITY, HIGH 78
FRI NIGHT-PARTLY CLOUDY, LOW 57
SAT-PARTLY CLOUDY, SLIGHT CHANCE OF SHOWER, HIGHT 77
SAT NIGHT-MOSLTY CLOUDY, LOW 61
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Obituary: William Munter, Punta Gorda, FL (Austin)
Motorists are reminded of PA’s school bus law…..Pitt Bradford Receives grant to develop engineering and technical facilities….LPN course to be held in Coudersport next year…Contractor facing theft charges for failing to complete McKean County Home improvement project…..vandalism to “no trespassing “ signs investigated by Emporium state police….
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Our focus today is on education.
As the new school year gets underway, motorists need to be vigilant to avoid potentially tragic crashes and strong penalties as school buses return to the roads and transport children.
Motorists approaching a school bus with its red lights flashing and stop arm extended are required to stop in all directions at least 10 feet from the bus. The only exception to the law is when a school bus is stopped on the opposite side of a highway clearly separated by a divider, such as concrete barriers or grass medians. Even in this situation, motorists should remain watchful of students trying to cross the road to catch the bus.
If convicted of violating Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law, drivers face a $250 fine, five points on their driving record and a 60-day license suspension.
Students are also exposed to traffic while waiting for buses or walking to the bus stop or school. Motorists are reminded to be cautious and alert when approaching a school bus stop and to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.
In addition to watching for school buses, motorists should be alert in school zones, which become hubs of vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Motorists are required to slow down to the posted speed limit of 15 mph in school zones. If convicted, violators face a fine and three points on their driving record.
For more information on Pennsylvania’s school bus stopping law, school bus safety tips and programs, visit www.penndot.gov/safety, then click “School Bus Safety” under “Traffic Safety and Driver Topics.”
In a major boost for education and employment opportunities in the region, Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) and Sen. Joe Scarnati (R-25) yesterday announced $2 million in state funding to support the development of facilities for engineering and technology at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.
“This project has the potential to breathe new life into our economy,” Causer said. “It gives area students the opportunity to pursue rapidly growing career fields, especially in engineering and information systems and it gives local employers peace of mind that a supply of highly trained and qualified workers will be available to meet their needs. This is certainly a win-win for northwest and northcentral Pennsylvania.”
The lawmakers said area manufacturers and other employers have consistently expressed a need for engineers to support their operations, and local university officials have been working for many years to bring engineering programs to Bradford to fill that need.
“This state funding will be a tremendous asset for our region,” Scarnati said. “All too often, students who leave the area to pursue engineering degrees do not return despite the job opportunities that exist in the region. Once these programs are up and running, we will be in a better position to keep our young people here and to retain the manufacturing jobs we have, as wel as recruit new opportunities.”
The grant funding will be used toward the development of a building to house engineering labs, engineering shops, computer labs, and other specialized spaces to support new programs meeting local needs, along with classrooms, offices and storage space.
University officials praised the grant as a vital investment in meeting the needs of both students and employers.
Funding for the project was authorized by lawmakers in the Capital Budget Project Itemization Act and was released by Gov. Tom Wolf.
Penn College, in partnership with the Education Council, will be offering a Practical Nursing Program in Coudersport next year. This full-time clock hour program is scheduled over one calendar year with classes and clinicals held four days per week, plus every other Friday for the first two levels. Graduates earn a certificate in licensed practical nursing. Class begins February 4, 2019, and graduation will be held January 30, 2020. This course is eligible for Pell Grants and Federal Loans.
A free information session being held on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Education Council’s Coudersport office. Registration for the Information Session is required. To register, call the Education Council at (814) 274-4877 by September 4th. For more information about the program, contact Penn College at Wellsboro at (570)724- 7703.
Kane based state police say they are continuing to investigate a theft victimizing a 55 year old Kane woman. The victim told officers yesterday that she had paid a contractor $4,000 for home improvement work and the job has never been completed. Charges are pending.
A criminal mischief taking place Wednesday afternoon is being probed by state police at the Emporium Barracks. Vandals stole three “no trespassing signs and two poles, one of them bent, at the intersection of the Downey Hollow Road and Downey Road in Cameron county between 8:30 pm Tuesday and 7:45 am Wednesday.
William G. “Bill” Munter, 100, of Punta Gorda, Florida, and formerly of Austin, Pennsylvania, celebrated life until his unexpected passing on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Cole Memorial Hospital in Coudersport, PA.
Born May 2, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of William A. and Norah Fowler Munter. He married Grace L. Sayer in Elkton, Maryland, on August 23, 1942. She preceded him in death on April 23, 2006.
He attended Nether Providence High School in Delaware County, PA, and later earned his GED. In 1938, Bill enlisted in the U.S. Army and served until 1941. He followed that with an enlistment in the U.S. Navy. In World War II, he sailed aboard the USS Brooklyn and later crewed the commissioning of the USS Lorain County. From 1962-1966, Bill was stationed with the Fleet Training Group at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, retiring at the rank of Senior Chief Gunner’s Mate. His service continued as a civilian, employed as an instructor in small arms and tank maintenance at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.
When he retired in 1981, Bill and his wife built a log home in Potter County, Pennsylvania, after spending considerable time researching how to accomplish this task. Pride in home and property were evident in how he tended his vegetable garden and fruit orchard.
Known for his generosity, Bill built rocking horses for children of friends; as well as people he met throughout his travels.
An avid outdoorsman, Bill fished for trout and hunted for deer and turkey in “God’s Country.” Even after he put up his handmade turkey calls, he continued to support the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Bill wintered for many years in Punta Gorda, Florida, until he became a permanent resident two years ago.
Bill enjoyed telling jokes, recounting life stories and raising a glass with his many friends at the American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport, PA; the VFW in Port Allegany, PA; the Elks Lodge in Deep Creek, FL; and the Moose Club in Port Charlotte, FL. At those same places, he also loved to listen to music and dance, he even showed off his moves at his 100th birthday bash at the Deep Creek Elks Lodge.
Surviving are his son, William S. “Bill” Munter of Austin, PA; daughter, Grace E. Dorety of Rotonda West, Florida; and granddaughter, Denise (Mark) Vickers.
In addition to his parents and wife, Bill’s two sisters, Eleanor Hetzner and Betty Waldhauer, preceded him in death.
Graveside military funeral and committal services will be accorded by the U.S. Navy in Edgewood Memorial Park, Glen Mills, PA, at 2:45 pm on Monday, August 27, 2018.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Bill’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Bill, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com