Wednesday February 14, 2018


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Tuesday’s high, 41; Overnight, low 34







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Two St. Marys women held for drug death…Tractor trailer wrecks on icy Elk County road….DCNR workshop next week in Coudersport about 2018 grants….Tourism agency warns members of misrepresentation…Public invited to comment on statewide bicycling and walking plan….

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Elk County District Attorney and Ridgway based state police will have a news conference at 2:00 o’clock this afternoon in the Elk County Courthouse Annex regarding the arrest of two St. Marys women accused of delivering drugs which resulted in a death. Teresa Lynn Sample, 27, and 29 year old Allison Louise Miller were picked up on a warrant Tuesday and committed to the Elk County prison in lieu of bail after being arraigned before District Judge James Martin. Both women are accused of drug delivery resulting in death, Act 64 violations and criminal use of a communications facility. More details will be released at today’s news conference.

A Wisconsin tractor-trailer operator escaped injury early this morning when his West Star 5700XE wrecked on the Burning Well Road in Jones Township. According to Ridgway based state police, James Weber of Kieler, WI was going south when his rig went out of control after encountering ice at around 2:00 am. The semi slid across the road and became disabled when it collided with an embankment.

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Recreation and Conservation (BRC) 2018 grant program for statewide, regional and local recreation and conservation are open until  April 11, 2018.

To assist potential applicants in the PA Wilds region, DCNR is offering a free, one-hour grants workshop in Coudersport on February 22, 2018, at the Gunzburger Building, 1 Main St., Coudersport, PA. 16915.

The workshop will provide technical assistance to potential applicants on DCNR grants available for recreation, conservation, riparian buffer, trail, and community based projects. Attendees will have the opportunity to interact with staff and receive information on grant program selection criteria, eligible applicants and projects, and documents required for various types of applications.

Community leaders, municipal officials, consultants, board members, trail managers, land conservation professionals and park and recreation professionals are encouraged to attend. If you are interested in applying to this grant program, attending this grant workshop is strongly encouraged.

For information or to register for this workshop, contact Janine at the Potter County Education Council at 814-274-4877 or

Visit Potter Tioga PA is advising members that it has been brought to the group’s attention that its members are being approached regarding purchasing an ad in a new “Route 6 Travel Guide.” Thie publication is NOT being created in affiliation with the PA Route 6 Alliance, Visit Potter Tioga, or any other tourism-related organization.

Any correspondence sent by the PA Route 6 Alliance or Visit Potter Tioga will contain either the PA Route 6 Alliance or Visit Potter Tioga logos shown in a letter to members. Anyone with questions regarding this (or any other matters should call the organization’s office  us at (570) 724-0635.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, (PennDOT) has announced that it has begun the process of updating the Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan and is inviting the public to weigh in through an online survey.

The plan, last updated in 2007, will outline a vision and framework for improving conditions for walking and bicycling across Pennsylvania, especially for those Pennsylvanians who walk and bicycle out of necessity rather than for leisure and recreation.

Over the next 18 months, PennDOT will use the project website to provide information on the department’s progress. The community survey also will be accessible on the site and will play a critical role in understanding the current issues and challenges facing people who walk and bike across Pennsylvania.

Once completed, the Pennsylvania Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan will be a resource for Municipal Planning Organizations (MPOs), Regional Planning Organizations (RPOs), and municipalities throughout Pennsylvania, providing guidance to local governments on best practices for developing and implementing regional and local bicycle and pedestrian plans.

The plan also will develop a set of goals, objectives and performance measures to guide PennDOT’s efforts to support a complete multimodal network.

More information on traffic safety, including walking and biking, is available at under “Travel In PA.”

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