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Pennsylvania residents encouraged to vote for favorite river……Two Coudersport High School students win PennDot award….Mansfield state police investigate trucker “road rage”…Slush covered roads blamed for accident Tuesday morning near Coudersport……

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The Wolf Administration is encouraging  the public to vote online for the 2019 Pennsylvania River of the Year, choosing from among four waterways nominated across the state.

Waterways nominated for 2019 are the Clarion River, Conodoguinet Creek, Delaware River, and Lackawanna River.

Nominations consider each waterway’s conservation needs and successes, as well as celebration plans if the nominee becomes 2019 River of the Year. In cooperation with DCNR, selection of public voting choices is overseen by the Pennsylvania Organization for Watersheds and Rivers (POWR), an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council.

The public can vote for a favorite state waterway through 5:00 P.M. on Friday, January 4, 2019. The website enables voting and offers details on nominated waterways and the River of the Year program.

After a waterway receives the annual honor, local groups put in place a year-round slate of activities and events to celebrate the river, including a paddling trip, or sojourn. The organization nominating the winning river will receive a $10,000 leadership grant from DCNR to help fund River of the Year activities.

POWR and DCNR also work with local organizations to create a free, commemorative poster celebrating the River of the Year.

The River of the Year sojourn is among many paddling trips supported each year by DCNR and POWR. An independent program, the Pennsylvania Sojourn Program, is a unique series of a dozen such trips on the state’s rivers. These water-based journeys for canoeists, kayakers and others raise awareness of the environmental, recreational, tourism and heritage values of rivers. For more information about the sojourns, visit the Pa. Organization for Watersheds and Rivers website.

To learn more about DCNR’s Rivers Program, visit the DCNR website (go to “Conservation” and click on “Water”).

For details on the River of the Year program, visit the Pa. River of the Year website.

Presented since 1983, this year’s 2018 winner was Loyalsock Creek. Our own Allegheny River received the award a couple of years ago.

Among the most biologically diverse watersheds in Pennsylvania, and a a federally designated National Wild and Scenic Recreation River, the Allegheny River in western Pennsylvania has been voted the 2017 Pennsylvania River of the Year.

Waterways nominated were: Allegheny River (Middle  and Upper), and Brandywine, Loyalhanna and Perkiomen creeks.

At the time, DCNRSecretary Cindy Adams Dunn. “So rich in scenic beauty and historical significance, the Allegheny River is deservedly one of western Pennsylvania’s natural treasures.

Home to an increasing bald eagle population, the Allegheny River flows more than 315 miles through the state, including a portion of the PA Wilds. With a watershed area of 11,580 square miles, it contributes 60 percent of the Ohio River flow at Pittsburgh. Eighty-six miles of the Allegheny River — from Kinzua Dam to Emlenton — are a federally designated National Wild and Scenic Recreation River, containing seven islands that are protected under America’s National Wilderness Preservation System.

Coudersport High School students, Mara Miller and Breanna Sallade won the artistic category in PennDot’s “Paint the Plow” contest for District 2. The students were presented the award earlier this week.

The group photo with the plow shows Karen Michael, PennDOT District 2 Executive, Breanna, Mara,(red shirt) Sarah Batson–Art Teacher at Coudersport HS, and Kurt Berger– PennDOT Assistant Maintenance Manager for Potter County.

Mansfield based state police earlier this month investigated a “road rage” assault involving tractor-trailer operators. Randy Sherman, 66, of Blossburg told authorities when he as driving his semi on Route 15 near the Hepburnville exit in Lycoming County at around 7:00 am November 2, he felt a nudge as he was passing another tractor-trailer. Both drivers pulled to the side of the road and checked their rigs for damage. As Sherman stood up from checking his truck, he was hit once in the right eye by the other driver. The assailant is described as being a young white male, about 5’8” tall, between 24 & 34 years of age, weighing about 200 pounds and was clean shaven. Sherman’s glasses were broken in the assault. They are valued at $300.

An Eldred driver escaped injury Tuesday morning when his pick up truck hit a section of guard rails in Eulalia Township. Troopers at the Coudersport barracks say Cody Stone was headed east on Route 6 near the Elm Flat road when his Chevrolet Silverado hit a patch of slush and slid off the pavement onto the berm. The truck rolled over onto the driver’s side coming to rest in the eastbound lane.

And, state police at Coudersport overnight released details about a crash taking place last week in Hebron Township. Aaron Waters- Milliken of Portville, NY was seriously injured when his sedan wrecked after he swerved to avoid a deer. Waters-Millken was rounding a right hand curve on Route 44 when he swerved to avoid a whitetail which entered his path. The driver over-corrected causing hits Chevrolet Impala to spin across the road and hit an embankment and tree before rolling onto the drivers’ side. He was taken by ambulance to UPMC Cole.