Thursday June 28, 2018

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Wednesday’s high, 68; Overnight low, 63; .76” rain
THU-THUNDERSTORMS, MOSTLY CLOUDY, HIGH 75
THU NIGHT-MOSLTY CLOUDY, LOW 60
FRI-SUNNY, HIGH 80
FRI NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 62
SAT-SUNNY, HIGH 86
SAT NIGHT-CLEAR, LOW 68

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Bradford Airport awarded federal grant…to help develop a business strategy for a 13-acre site at the airport….PennDot announces traffic pattern change on Route 44 project near Millport…Bridge replacement to begin near Wellsboro……Fireworks added to the Eliot Ness Fest activities….Next on-air report after 12:06 pm on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com
Congressman Glenn Thompson reports. The Appalachian Regional Commission awarded $29,500 to the Bradford Regional Airport Authority to help with the strategic plan. Local sources will match $29,500 bringing the total project funding to $59,000.

Obituary: John, “Jack” Costello, Shinglehouse

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Rep. Thompson announces the Bradford Regional Airport has received a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission.
Rep. Thompson said. “Bradford Regional is an economic hub in McKean County and thanks to this federal and local partnership, we will be able to continue growing employment in McKean County.”
“For the past several years the Bradford Regional Airport has been working toward developing the airport campus with the goal of diversifying our revenue opportunities in order to increase future viability,” Airport Manager Alicia Dankesreiter said. “This funding will allow us to focus resources to developing specific sites and recruiting businesses. The Business development and Recruitment Plan is a key piece in moving forward. Congressman Thompson’s continued support for the airport and specifically for this project is very much appreciated. We are encouraged that he shares our feelings on the vital need for economic development in our rural Pennsylvania communities.”
The site is located west and southwest of Runway 5 with access provided from State Route 59 (Mt. Alton Road).

ABOUT THE PROJECT

McKean County will consult a professional planning firm to work with the Bradford Regional Airport Authority to develop a specialized and targeted business recruitment strategy for a 13-acre site at the airport.

The study will be shared with potential developers and national site selectors to help the Airport Authority determine three companies that will be best suited to take advantage of the site.

The oil and gas, and timber industry, among others, have expressed an interest in the site since 2015. Existing tenants located at the Bradford Regional Airport include the National Guard and the Pennsylvania State Police – who recently commenced construction of a new state police barracks.

The Airport Authority said the added security of the state police makes the site ideal for the gas and oil industry, light manufacturing and other emerging industries in the state.

PennDot announces  that access to Eleven Mile Road (Route 4023) from Route 44 will be restored by the end of the week. Crews will restore access Friday, June 29, after completing repairs to the westbound lane of the Oswayo Creek Bridge near Millport in Potter County .Crews will begin repairs to the eastbound lane beginning Friday, June 29. Drivers will encounter an alternating traffic pattern at the bridge enforced by temporary traffic signals. Canada Hollow Road (Township Road 339) will be closed for access from Route 44. Local traffic needing to access the road will follow a detour using Cow Run (Route 4017) and Canada Hollow Road (T-339). This new detour will be in place through mid-August.
The 187-foot bridge spans Oswayo Creek in the village of Millport and carries an average of 1,700 vehicles per day..
The overall project will extend the life of the roadway surface from Shinglehouse Borough to Coneville, and bring repairs to three bridges. Activity includes roadway grinding, installation of pavement base drain, drainage replacement, pipe flushing, roadway widening, overlay, tree trimming for daylighting, pavement markings, basic bridge repairs, new signage, and miscellaneous construction. Roadway work zones feature flaggers in the roadway enforcing alternating traffic patterns. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. of State College is the contractor on this $9.1 million job. PennDOT expects to complete the project by October. All work is weather and schedule dependent.
Next week, a PennDOT bridge crew in Tioga County will begin replacing a structure on Knowlton Road in Delmar Township.The existing 12-foot steel I-beam bridge spanning a tributary to the East Branch of Stony Fork Creek was built in 1942. It will be replaced with a precast box culvert.Knowlton Road will be closed at the bridge during the project. A detour will be in place using Route 3007 (Dibble Hill Road and West Branch Road).This project is expected to be completed in early September, weather permitting.

Legislation sponsored by Senator Mario Scavello (R-40) to reduce littering across Pennsylvania by requiring offenders to pick up trash received final legislative approval and will be sent to the Governor for enactment.
Senate Bill 431 requires that for a first offense of scattering rubbish, a person is required to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for between five and 30 hours within six months, in addition to the existing fine of $50 to $300. For a second or subsequent offense, the offender may also be required to pick up litter or illegally dumped trash for 30 to 100 hours over one year, in addition to the existing fine of $300 to $1,000.
Furthermore, existing fines are doubled when committed in a litter enforcement corridor and tripled for litter that originated from a commercial business within a litter enforcement corridor.
To ensure safety when litter is being picked up, Senate Bill 431 requires that a vehicle must yield the right-of-way to any authorized vehicle or pedestrian engaged in work upon a highway within a litter enforcement corridor.

The inaguaral Eliot Ness Fest is less than a month away and the committee announces that a Fireworks Display Saturday night, July 21 has been added to the activities.There is also an additional seating of Pasta with Capone on Sunday, July 22. The list of vintage vehicles, to be displayed on Main Street on Saturday, July 21, continues to grow. Keep an eye on committee’s website and Facebook page for on-the-fly updates and announcements.

John F. “Jack” Costello, 86, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, June 25, 2018 in Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport, after a long illness.
Born on November 11, 1931 in Wellsville, N.Y., he was a son of William and Catherine Moran Costello. On October 24, 1953 in Genesee, he married Marilyn M. Smith, who survives.
Jack was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1949.
In his younger years, Jack was employed in the local oil fields, Alcas in Olean, N.Y., the former McGraw Edison in Olean, N.Y, and numerous other jobs. He retired from Dresser-Rand in Wellsville in 1995 after 26 years of service.
Jack enjoyed fishing at Black Lake, snowmobiling, three wheeling, camping, working on cars and visiting with his friends, Dick Evingham and Stanton Peters.
Surviving besides his wife are three sons, Donald F. “Don” Costello of Shinglehouse, Dennis D. (Evelyn) Costello of Chapel Hill, N.C., and James P. (Amber) Costello of Shinglehouse; five grandchildren, Derek (Ashlee) Costello, Dawn (Gary) Firster, Kirk Costello, Kamrie Costello, and Kent Costello; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Jack was predeceased by a sister, Mary Baker; and four brothers, Harold, Raymond, Paul, and Bob.
In keeping with the family’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral services. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Jack’s name may be made to Sweden Valley Manor Patient Activity Fund, 1028 East Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to the Shinglehouse Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 475, Shinglehouse, PA 16748.
Jack’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jack, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com