Friday January 5, 2018



Thursday’s high, 17; Overnight low -2; no new snow







To hear today’s forecast, click on arrow below.

Most area schools cancelled classes today….Potter County Senior Centers and some libraries are closed…..PennDot is urging motorists to prepare for winter driving ….102nd PA Farm Show begins Saturday in Harrisburg…Fugitive from justice in Missouri apprehended in Elk County….State police in two counties…arrested three motorists for DUI

Obituary: Axel Strang, Smethport

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As a result of the bitter cold weather, these area schools have cancelled classes for today:Austin (no evening activities), Bradford, Coudersport, Galeton, Hebron Center Christian School, Kane, Northern Potter, Oswayo Valley, Port Allegany, ,Smethport and St. Marys.

Potter County Senior Centers (used blizzard boxes),Oswayo Valley Memorial Library and Roulette Community library and recycling center both today and Saturday.

Right on cue, PennDot is urging motorists to prepare their vehicles and take time to familiarize themselves with winter safety laws as part of Pennsylvania’s Winter Driving Awareness Week, which runs January 7-13.

Drivers should prepare their vehicles by having a trusted mechanic check the cooling system, battery, hoses, drive belts, tires and wiper blades to ensure they are in good condition and functioning properly.”

Drivers should also frequently check all fluid levels, lights and wiper blades as well as tires which should be also be examined often for the correct level of air pressure and adequate tire-tread depth to perform on ice and snow.

Finally, the traveling public should also prepare or restock a vehicle emergency kit. The kit should contain items such as non-perishable food, water, first-aid supplies, warm clothes, a blanket, cell phone charger and a small snow shovel. Motorists should tailor their kits to any specific needs that they or their families have such as baby supplies, extra medication and pet supplies.

Motorists should also be aware that all vehicles should be fully clear of ice and snow before winter travel. If snow or ice is dislodged or falls from a moving vehicle and strikes another vehicle or pedestrian causing death or serious bodily injury, the operator of that vehicle could receive a $200 to $1,000 fine.

When winter weather does occur, PennDOT asks drivers to be extra cautious around operating snow-removal equipment. When encountering a plow truck, drivers should:

Stay at least six car lengths behind an operating plow truck and remember that the main plow is wider than the truck.

Be alert since plow trucks generally travel much more slowly than other traffic.

When a plow truck is traveling toward you, move as far away from the center of the road as is safely possible, and remember that snow can obscure the actual snow plow width.

Never try to pass or get between several trucks plowing side by side in a “plow train.” The weight of the snow thrown from the plow can quickly cause smaller vehicles to lose control, creating a hazard for nearby vehicles.

Never travel next to a plow truck since there are blind spots where the operator can’t see and they can occasionally be moved sideways when hitting drifts or heavy snowpack.

Keep your lights on to help the operator better see your vehicle. Also remember that under Pennsylvania state law, vehicle lights must be on every time a vehicle’s wipers are on due to inclement weather.

In addition to driving safely around plows, motorists are urged to drive according to conditions. If motorists encounter snow or ice-covered roads, they should slow down, increase their following distance and avoid distractions. Last winter in Pennsylvania, preliminary data shows that there were 252 crashes resulting in 129 injuries on snowy, slushy or ice-covered roadways where aggressive-driving behaviors such as speeding or making careless lane changes were factors.

To help make decisions as to whether to travel during winter weather, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 major roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Chck My Route” tool.

511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.

PennDOT has created a Winter Safety media center including social-media sized graphics highlighting winter driving preparations and operations at in the “Media Center” under the “Connect With Us” footer.

For more information on safe winter travel, an emergency kit checklist and information on PennDOT’s winter operations including a video, visit Additinal winter driving and other highway safety information is available at

Follow the conversation by using #PAWinter on Twitter at and like the department on Facebook at


The frigid weather can mean only one thing—it’s Farm Show time. The 102nd Pennsylvania Farm Show begins this Saturday in Harrisburg. This year’s theme is “Strength in our Diversity.” State Agricultural Secretary Russell Redding said there will be displays in each hall celebrating diversity across the state’s agriculture industry, from food and different types of agricultural activities to multiculturalism amongst the farming population.

One of the new events at this year’s farm show is the calving corner, where throughout the week visitors can see live births of cows and veterinarians at work.

As calves are born at the farm show they will be recorded on these boards, which are on display around the calving corner area of the farm show.

Admission is free and parking is $15 in all Farm Show Complex-operated lots. The annual Farm Show boasts over 6,000 animals, hundreds of exhibitors and vendors, hundreds of contests and demonstrations, and one 1,000-pound butter sculpture! Click each day below, for the full schedule of events and happenings.

Friday, January 5: 12 PM – 9 PM

(food court only)

Saturday, January 6: 8 AM – 9 PM

Sunday, January 7: 8  AM – 8 PM

Monday, January 8: 8 AM – 9 PM Tuesday, January 9: 8 AM – 9 PM

Wednesday, January 10: 8 AM – 9 PM

Thursday, January 11: 8 AM – 9 PM

Friday, January 12: 8 AM – 9 PM

Saturday, January 13: 8 AM – 5 PM

2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, PA 17110

PHONE: 717-787-2905


Ridgway based state police apprehended a fugitive from justice during a traffic stop last evening at the intersection of North Broad Street and Allenhurst Avenue in that town. Justin Madejrich, 25 of Buffalo, NY was pulled over for alleged multiple traffic violations just after 6:00 pm. During the stop, troopers discovered he was wanted in Jackson County Missouri for drug possession and delivery. Police say they are also investigating suspected illegal activity in Elk County. Madejrich was taken into custody and committed to the Elk County prison awaiting extradition to Missouri.


State police at Coudersport and Mansfield have recently arrested motorists for DUI. Glenn Houser, 38, of Manhoy City, PA was cited by troopers at Coudersrport when he was pulled over for a traffic violation December 20 on |oute 6 just east of Mill Street in Galeton.


Matthew Gordon of Sault Sainte Marie, MI has been charged with DUI in connection to a collision on November 17 on Mann Hill Road in Tioga, PA. And, Angela Beard, 29 of Elmira was cited after being stopped just before 4:00 am December 9 on Route 328 in Jackson Township, Tioga County. Troopers allege when they interviewed Beard, they determined she had been driving under the influence of alcohol….

 Axel Alan Strang, 58, of Smethport, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday (January 2, 2018) at his residence.He was born Sept. 20, 1959 in Kane, a son of Harold A. and Grace C. Safstrom Strang.Mr. Strang was a 1977 graduate of Smethport Area High School and attended Mansfield University, where he received his Bachelor’s degree.Mr. Strang worked as a custodian at the Smethport Area High School. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Smethport and a Son of the American Legion. He loved running, his family and friends.He is survived by:three sisters: Roxana L. Strang of Wilmington, DE, Jane B. (Philip) Anderson of Paulden, AZ and Susan M. (James) Snyder of Akron, OH,one brother: Edward R. (Edith) Strang of Middlesex, NJHe also was the beloved uncle of eight nieces and and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents.Visitation will be held on Friday from 6-8 P.M. at Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., 2 Bank St., Smethport, PA, where funeral and committal services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at 11 AM, with the Rev. Rob Hernan, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Smethport, officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Smethport.Memorial donations, if desired, are going to be made into a scholarship in Axel’s name at the Smethport Area High School, and should be forwarded to Roxana Strang, 105 Congressional Drive, Apt. D, Wilmington, DE 19807. Online condolences may be made at are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.