Tuesday, July 3, 2018

 

Something to help you cool down!      

                                                    Homer Township, Potter County March 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Gerri Miller 

Monday’s high, 94; Overnight low, 68; .65” of rain (series of thunderstorms)
TUE-CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 88
TUE NIGHT-LOW, 69
4TH OF JULY-PARTLY CLOUDY, SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 88
WED NIGHT-LOW 77
THU-MOSTLY CLOUDY, SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS, HIGH 84

THU NIGHT-SLIGHT CHANCE OF THUNDERSTORMS, LOW68

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Motorists reminded to slow down during holiday trips…New Fireworks law in effect now….one driver hurt in rear-end collision in Tioga County….theft of wallet probed by troopers at Ridgway…McKean County bar fined for Sunday sales and entertainment without a license…..Construction of Route 449 bridge in Potter County is underway…Bridge on the “Olean Road” near Bradford will be replaced later this month.

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State police are reminding motorists to slow down this Independence Day holiday noting that speed is the leading cause of traffic crashes. Patrols will be looking for speeders and drunk drivers over the next several days. Authoriities say impairment begins with the first drink. Drivers over 21 can be charged with DUI if their blood alcohol content is .08% or greater. Drivers under 21, can be charged with DUI if their  alcohol content is .02% or greater.

This July, Pennsylvania residents who had previously been banned from using powerful fireworks, will have their first opportunity to set them off during Independence Day holiday celebrations. Public safety officials statewide are encouraging consumers to exercise caution when using fireworks and reminding them that certain rules and safety regulations need to be observed.
House Bill 542 was signed into law on October 30, 2017. Under the new law, the Fireworks Act of 1939 was repealed and replaced in its entirety. The complete version of the new law can be viewed here. However, the questions and answers below highlight the most noteworthy changes.
Q: Which fireworks are Pennsylvania residents now allowed to purchase and use?
Consumers can now purchase and use “Class C” or “consumer-grade” fireworks that include firecrackers, Roman Candles, bottle rockets, and similar fireworks that contain a maximum of 50 milligrams of explosive material. The expansion includes those fireworks that were previously only available to out-of-state residents.
“Display fireworks,” which are classified as including salutes that contain more than two grains or 130 milligrams of explosive materials, and professional-grade aerial shells containing more than 60 grams of pyrotechnic compositions, are still only to be used by professionals with a permit from the municipality where the display will take place.
Q: Who can purchase fireworks?
Anyone 18 years of age or older can purchase them.
Q: What are the restrictions on where they can be used?
• They cannot be ignited or discharged on a public or private property without express permission of the property owner.
• They cannot be discharged from or within a motor vehicle or building.
• They cannot be discharged toward a motor vehicle or building.
• They cannot be discharged within 150 feet of an occupied structure.
• They cannot be discharged while the person is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or another drug.
Also, it is recommended that you check with your local municipality, as you may also be subject to applicable local ordinances.
Q: Where can the fireworks be purchased?
They can be purchased at any licensed facility, including temporary ones. The licenses are issued by the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Examples of temporary facilities include tents or other structures found in parking lots. These temporary structures can sell fireworks between the dates of June 15-July 8, and December 21-January 2 each year. Click here for more information on Department of Agriculture licensing.
One driver was taken to Soldiers and Sailors Hospital in Wellsboro for treatment of injuries suffered in a rear-end collision Sunday afternoon in Richmond Township, Tioga County. State police report the collision occurred when Penny Collins of Lawrenceville slowed her 2012 Ford Escape to a stop for a vehicle turning left onto Airport Road. Justin Simonetti of Mansfield who was behind Collins could not stop his 2009 Ford Escape in time and hit the rear of the Collins unit. He was cited for speeding and did not require treatment for a slight injury, however Collins was taken by ambulance to the hospital for treatment of unknown injuries.

A theft in Spring Creek Township, Elk County Monday afternoon is being investigated by state police at Ridgway. A wallet belonging to a 19 year old Ridgway woman was stolen from a vehicle parked at the intersection of Hallton Road and Irwin Run Road at around 5:30 pm. Anyone with information is asked to call troopers at 814.776.6136.

The state Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement has fined a McKean County bar for violating state law. An administrative law judge ordered L. R. Roadhouse to pay a $150 fine for selling/furnishing are giving alcoholic beverages on 20 Sundays between January 1, 2017 and May 21, 2017 and for allowing patrons to dance and a live band to perform without an amusement permit on May 20, 2017. The bar’s license was also suspended for two days.
Construction for a Route 449 (South Brookland Road) bridge in Potter County is scheduled to begin this week as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The bridge spans Buckseller Run in Ulysses Township. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from Potter County’s structurally deficient bridge list.
Construction is expected to begin on July 5 and be complete in two weeks. During this time, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Route 49, Route 44 (North Main Street), US 6 (East 2nd Street), and Route 449 (North Brookland Road).
In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.

Construction for a Route 646 (Olean Road) bridge in McKean County is scheduled to begin soon as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. The bridge spans Pennbrook Run in Foster Township, about a mile north of the village of Gilmore. Replacement of this bridge will allow PennDOT to remove it from McKean County’s structurally deficient bridge list. Construction is expected to begin the week of July 16 and be complete in late August. During this time, drivers will be directed to follow a detour along Route 646 (Olean Road), Route 346 (Main Street), and Route 546 (Oil Valley Road).
In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may change.
The bridges are two out of 558 being replaced under the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project. JV references the joint-venture partnership between Walsh/Granite, which is leading construction for the entire project.
The Rapid Bridge Replacement Project is a public-private partnership (P3) between PennDOT and Plenary Walsh Keystone Partners (PWKP), under which PWKP will finance, design, replace, and maintain the bridges for 25 years. To see the bridges included in the statewide initiative and to learn more about the Rapid Bridge Replacement Project and P3 in Pennsylvania, visit www.p3forpa.pa.gov. Additional information on the project, the team, and how to bid on the project can be found at www.parapidbridges.com.