Wednesday May 23, 2018

Photo by Gerri Miller

Disabled military veterans participating in this year’s Trout Unlimited Project Healing Waters passed through Coudersport Tuesday afternoon on their way to the First Fork Lodge in Costello after touring Shinglehouse. They were greeted by appreciative citizens in both towns  and were accompanied by a number of motorcyclists. Project Healing Waters is sponsored by the God’s Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited and the Federation of Fly Fishers. Goal is to aid in the veterans’ physical and emotional recovery by introducing or rebuilding the skills of fly fishing and fly tying, and by supporting these skills as lifelong recreation.All activities, services and equipment are provided at no cost, including equipment that accommodates special needs.Participants came  to Potter County from Pennsylvania VA hospitals and are headquartered at Moore’s Run Fish and Game Preserve.

 Tuesday’s high, 73; overnight low, 56; .18” rain
WED-PEAKS OF AFTERNOON SUN, HIGH 75
WED NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 51
THU-LOTS OF SUN, HIGH 77
THU NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 54
FRI-SUNNY, HIGH 80

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Police investigate second bomb threat at Wellsboro factory….Five people hurt, including three children in McKean County crash…three people suspected of stealing vehicle from Willow Bay Campground….burglars damage door at one Smethport Area home and steal items including beer from another…..Area lawmakers announce grant for McKean County plant…..

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Mansfield based state police are investigating the second bomb threat at a Wellsboro factory occurring within a few days. The latest threat happened at about 5:00 am yesterday. When troopers arrived at Truck Lite on Route 6 in Charleston Township, they cleared the building and asked for an explosive canine team to search the facility. Nothing was found. A similar incident occurred last Tuesday May 15 (Election Day). A call was received at the plant at 6:27 am. The building was evacuated but a search turned up nothing. Anyone who has information about either incident is asked to call state police at 570.662.2151.

Five people , including three children, were hurt in a one-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon in Norwich Township., McKean County. According to troopers at the Kane barracks, a Dodge Ram pick up driven by Keith Grovanz of Emporium went off of Route 46 just south of the West Branch Road while approaching a hill. The truck hit a ditch, two PennDot signs and a large boulder before rolling over several times. The truck came to rest on the driver’s side. Grovanz, Amber Osgood of Johnsonburg and three boys, ages 2, 10 and 12 were all taken to Penn Highlands Elk by ambulance.

State police at Kane claim they have three suspects for a vehicle theft at the Willow Bay Campground in Corydon Township on May 6. A truck owned by a 50 year old Bradford man was taken at around 6:30 pm.

Troopers there are also investigating a couple of burglaries. Would-be thieves caused an estimated $500 in damage when they tried unsuccessfully to break into a building located at 5082 Route 46 in Keating Township between 7 :00 pm Sunday and 8:00 am Monday. The building is owned by a 56 year old Smethport man. Burglars successfully entered a garage located at 47 Bordell Cross Road in Keating Township early Monday morning and made off with two backpacks containing multiple items and a case of beer. The property, valued at $600 belonged to a 64 year old man and a 70 year old man, both of Smethport. Anyone with information is asked to call troopers at 814.778-5555.

State Senator Joe Scarnati and Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint) have announced a $1 million pipeline investment grant has been approved to support construction of a natural gas pipeline to International Wax Inc.’s (IWI) Keating Township facility.

“This is an important investment in our community that will help retain more than 130 good-paying jobs and support our local economy,” Causer said. “International Wax is a valued employer, and the grant will allow the company to make necessary upgrades to its facility to comply with federal regulations.”
IWI is looking to convert its current 4-inch main steam generation system from coal to natural gas at the Keating Township refinery. The project and associated boiler gas conversation project will bring the facility into compliance with the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s Major Source Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule

Causer noted the cost of the project exceeds the potential savings in energy reduction, so the project is being executed at a financial loss to the company.
The project consists of a new 6-inch steel, 8.5-mile natural gas pipeline to be installed within a 35-foot right-of-way running adjacent to State Route 46 and East Valley Road. A permanent interconnect will be constructed at the southern terminus of the line with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company in Crosby. The total project cost is more than $2.5 million.
IWI maintains four manufacturing locations that blend wax products and package them in various forms. This project and the associated boiler gas conversion project are being executed by IWI to bring the facility into compliance with the EPA’s Major Source Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rule. The total cost of the project is $2,512,549 and the cost of compliance is being executed at a financial loss to the company.

The project will consist of a new 6-inch steel, 8.5 mile natural gas pipeline to be installed within a 35 foot wide right of way running adjacent to State Route 46 and East Valley Road. A 75 foot by 100 foot permanent interconnect will be constructed at the southern terminus of the line with Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company in Crosby, Pennsylvania.
The financing was approved at the May 22nd Commonwealth Financing Authority meeting in Harrisburg. Funding for the project comes from the Commonwealth’s Pipeline Investment Program.
The grant was awarded to the McKean County Commissioners by theCFA through its Pipeline Investment Program.