Friday April 26, 2019

For our friends who live where they can’t hear peepers who are the harbingers  of spring. Weather lore says they must be frozen three times before Spring is finally here. That may happen this weekend. Click on the start arrow below and  enjoy the welcome sound.

Thursday’s high, 57; Overnight low,53; .38” of rain







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Obituary: Jeanne Gourley, Shinglehouse (Wallingford)

State rep to re-introduce bill about cell phones and driving……Work to begin soon on two McKean County bridges…hackers steal large amount of money from  Lewis Run business…Vandals use BB gun to damage vehicle in Liberty Township…Culprits dump sugar in Elk County ATV  gas tank…

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As we reported earlier this week, April is “Distracted Driving Awareness”month. Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) is again calling for action on her legislation to help stop distracted driving accidents related to phone use and fatalities throughout the Commonwealth.

Brown has reintroduced her hand-held cellphone ban legislation, House Bill 37, which would prohibit drivers from having their phones in their hands while driving their vehicle. Drivers must use Bluetooth technology or a docking station in order use their phones.

“We need laws in place here in the Commonwealth to help curb this potentially deadly habit, which is why I have reintroduced my hand-held cellphone ban legislation,” said Brown. “This bill gives our Legislature a starting point to help protect and save the lives of our fellow Pennsylvanians. Pennsylvania has a road safety problem and we have a reasonable solution supported by law enforcement, House Bill 37, to assist with this problem which can make a difference to save lives.”

Brown will also be holding a press conference on Tuesday, April 30, from 10-11 a.m. in the East Wing Rotunda at the Capitol Building to bring awareness to cellphone distracted driving and the terrible impact it is making on our Pennsylvania communities.

“In light of April being designated as distracted driving awareness month, I wanted to take the time to make sure people understand how dangerous it is to use their phones when driving,” said Brown. “We continue to see many people lose their own lives or lose their loved ones due to this distraction. Enough is enough and we need to change our cellphone-use behavior and this law will support that initiative.”

During the press conference, representatives from AT&T will be present to administer a virtual reality simulation for attendees to experience the dangers of distracted driving.

Brown added, “The purpose of the simulation is to give attendees the opportunity to not just learn about impacts of distracted driving, but to virtually see and experience this enhanced danger.”

Construction work for a new bridge on Route 46 (Emporium Road) in McKean County will resume next week as part of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT) Rapid Bridge Replacement Project.  The bridge spans Havens Run, about three miles southeast of the village of Betula in Norwich Township.A single-lane traffic restriction controlled by temporary traffic signals went into effect in August 2018. That pattern was scheduled to end in late 2018 but late- season flooding and environmental restrictions temporarily halted construction activity until late spring 2019. The bridge work is now expected to be complete in August, which will restore traffic to two lanes.

In the event of unfavorable weather or unforeseen activities, this schedule may continue to change.

PennDot is also  is alerting area drivers that work to replace a Route 59 box culvert near Smethport is scheduled to start Wednesday, May 1. The box culvert spans Ice Pond Brook, about a mile west of Smethport on Route 59. Traffic will be controlled through the work zone by temporary traffic signals enforcing an alternating traffic pattern. Replacement work will take place in a half-width configuration. Overall project work will include excavation of the current box culvert, placement of a new box culvert, backfill, paving, and guide rail updates. The existing box culvert is 15-feet long, was built in 1930, and carries more than 2,300 vehicles daily. PennDOT expects the new structure to be complete in early September. L.C. Whitford Co., Inc. of Wellsville, New York is the contractor for this $931,000 job.Subscribe to PennDOT news in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties at For regional updates on Twitter, follow\511PAStateCOLL

Lewis Run state police are investigating a cyber theft victimizing a business  on Lincoln Drive in Lafayette Township last week. Thieves removed a large amount of money from a business account through an email scam April 17-19.

Troopers at the Ridgway barracks are probing a criminal mischief taking place Sunday afternoon at 219 in Fox Township. Someone poured sugar into the gas tank of a four wheeler while it was parked  at 219 Ridge Road.

Vandals using a BB gun caused $150 in damage to the back window on a 2011 Chevrolet Equinox  owned by a Port Allegany man while it was parked on Wilson Avenue in Liberty Township Monday afternoon.  Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 814.368.9230.

A Covington, PA man has been arrested for DUI by Mansfield based state police. Shawn Jackson was pulled over on Route 15 North just aftere 3:00 am Easter Morning for a traffic violation and troopers suspected he had been driving under the influence. Police say a BAC confirmed a high level of alcohol in his system.

Police did not reveal this suspect’s name but reported that DUI charges have been filed again a 41 year old Mansfield man who was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox which they s topped early last Friday morning at the corner of Main Street and Chamberlain Lane in Lawrenceville.


Jeanne L. Gourley, 57, of Shinglehouse, formerly of Wallingford, passed away unexpectedly in her home on Monday, April 22, 2019.Born on June 10, 1961 in Chester, she was a daughter of Robert J. and Mary Louise Keyser Gourley.Jeanne attended Chichester High School in Chichester and Neumann University in Aston.She was employed in retail sales.Jeanne enjoyed photography and kept a detailed journal of her activities.  She loved her grandchildren.Surviving are three children, Stephen J. Stefanko of Havertown, Christopher M. Stefanko of Collingdale, and Lauren M. (Derek) Rush of Havertown; two grandchildren, Benjamin Fleming and Kaylee Rush; a sister, Nancy L. McCleaft of Shinglehouse; a brother, James R. (Rita) Gourley of Brookhaven; a special aunt, Joan A. Bridge of Media; and several nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Jeanne was predeceased by a sister, Amy Gourley.There are no services currently planned.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a church of the donor’s choice.Jeanne’s family has entrusted her care and cremation arrangements to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jeanne, please visit