Thursday May 30, 2019

Black Forest Express

Wednesday’s high, 80; Overnight low, 60; .64” of rain







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Nancy Grupp officially wins Republican nomination for Potter County Commissioner (story posted on website but not on podcast)…Motorcyclist seriously hurt after hitting deer in Tioga County….York, PA driver wrecks car on wet Cameron County road…. State police investigating threatening messages sent to Emporium woman…Bingham Township receives state grant to upgrade traffic light…..Coudersport bridge to be dedicated Saturday in memory of WWII soldier…..

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The Republican nomination for Potter County Commissioner has been determined. Unofficially, Nancy Grupp was ahead of David Buckler by only one vote as of May 21, Primary Election day,but she picked up two more votes in the final count conducted over the past week. (See below). That means she and Paul Heimel will be the Republican nominees in November election. Barry Hayman was unopposed in the Democrat primary so if nothing changes, those three candidates will become the new board of commissioners in January 2020. Director of elections Sandy Lewis  noted that while Grupp received some Democrat write-ins there were not enough votes to put her on the Democrat ticket.Nancy has been active in the Coudersport Chamber of commerce and in her township government. Barry Hayman is a retired history teacher and knows the county well. Of course, Paul Heimel has already served two terms.

Paul Heimel – 1505

Nancy Grupp – 1493

Lorentz Larry Hinrichsen – 247

J David Buckler – 1489

fternoon in a collision with a deer in Sullivan Township, Tioga County. State police said Keith Killian was going east on Old State Road when the whitetail came onto the road in front of his 2017 Harley Davidson. The cycle’s front wheel came off upon impact.

A tractor-trailer operator escaped injury Sunday morning when his rig hit a deer on Route 249 in Chatham Township. Louis Mendoza was going south when the collision occurred just after 6:00 am. The International Trick  and Engine became disabled as a result of the impact.

No injuries were reported for a York, PA man whose car wrecked on Wycoff Run Road in Grove Township Cameron County Tuesday morning. A 2005 Honda Accord driven by Elishai-James Roach slid on wet pavement while rounding a slight right, went off the road and collided head-on with a tree. The car became disabled and had to be towed from the scene.

State police at Ridgway report a DUI check point conducted Saturday night near Ridgway resulted in three DUI arrests and several traffic citations.

Troopers in Emporium say charges are pending against a known suspect who is accused to sending threatening messages through social media to an 18 year old woman in that town.

Yesterday Governor Tom Wolf  announced that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) will distribute $15.4 million in Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funding to 38 municipalities statewide to fund 50 safety projects. A community in the Black Forest Broadcasting Service Area is among those receiving grants.Pennsylvania’s ARLE program aims to improve safety at signalized intersections by providing automated enforcement at locations where data shows red-light running has been an issue.

Under state law, grant funding is supplied by fines from red light violations at 30 intersections in Philadelphia. The law specifies that projects improving safety, enhancing mobility and reducing congestion can be considered for funding. Municipalities submitted 134 applications, totaling almost $38 million in requests.

Projects were selected by an eight-member committee based on criteria such as benefits and effectiveness, cost, local and regional impact, and cost sharing.

This investment brings the total dollars awarded through the ARLE funding program to $78.49 million, funding 416 safety projects since 2010.

The 50 approved projects are as follows:

Potter County

Bingham Township – $35,000 to improve safety at Northern Potter School with new solar powered flashing devices, pedestal and signage.  

Allegheny County:

Churchill Borough – $107,000 to upgrade traffic signal controllers, install battery backup systems, and new LED traffic signal heads at three intersections.

City of Pittsburgh – $165,000 to upgrade the traffic signal at intersection of Bigelow Boulevard and Bayard Street with new traffic signal supports, LED signal heads, full pedestrian accommodations and detection system.

McKeesport City – $344,000 to upgrade the traffic signal at intersection of Versailles Avenue and Evans Street by installing new traffic signal supports, signal heads, pedestrian accommodations, controller assembly, detection, and new ADA curb ramps; to create a Traffic Safety Program that would assess the needs of intersections throughout the city where there are large pedestrian and vehicle conflicts, speeding issues and sight distance problems; and to install Accessible Pedestrian Signals at the intersection of Lysle Boulevard and Coursin Street.

Mt. Lebanon Township – $268,149 to improve safety and operational efficiencies by constructing an auxiliary right turn lane on the Segar Road approach to Bower Hill Road; to improve safety and operational efficiencies by constructing of an auxiliary right turn lane on the Bower Hill Road approach to Washington Road, and to replace strain poles with Mast Arms at the intersection; and to install new LED pedestrian signal heads, emergency vehicle preemption, emergency generator panels, and push buttons at various locations.

Richland Township – $164,000 to install new LED pedestrian signal heads, emergency vehicle preemption, emergency generator panels, and pedestrian push buttons at various locations.

Springdale Borough – $505,500 to upgrade traffic signal at the intersection of Pittsburgh Street and School Street with new signal supports, LED signal heads, pedestrian accommodations, controller assembly, detection and ADA facilities; and to upgrade traffic signal at the intersection of Pittsburgh Street and James Street with new signal supports, LED signal heads, pedestrian accommodations, controller assembly, detection and ADA facilities.

Swissvale Borough – $60,000 to upgrade traffic signal heads and the traffic signal controller, and to install a battery backup system at the intersection of South Braddock Avenue and Waverly Street/Edgewood Avenue.

Berks County

Amity Township – $173,245 to improve safety by modifying the traffic signal left turn phasing at Route 422 and Monocacy Creek Road and reconstructing the center median on the Eastern leg.

Exeter Township – $299,000 to reconstruct the traffic signal at the intersection of Perkiomen Avenue and East Neversink Road by installing mast arms, video and dilemma zone detection, emergency pre-emption, and ADA compliant pedestrian accommodations.

Muhlenberg Township – $79,596 to improve safety by rehabilitating school warning signal system on Kutztown Road.

Bucks County

Bristol Township – $308,200 to improve safety at the intersection of Hood Boulevard and Queen Anne Drive by installing mast arms, conduit, signal cables, uninterruptable power supply, LED vehicular signal heads, LED countdown pedestrian signal heads, pedestrian push buttons, video detectors, radar detection system and emergency preemption system.

Doylestown Township – $380,817 to improve safety at the intersection of Swamp Road and Easton Road by retiming the traffic signal and installing mast arms, emergency preemption, dilemma zone detection, video detection, uninterruptable power supply, pedestrian push buttons and dedicated hand/man pedestrian signals with countdown timers.

Morrisville Borough – $20,000 to update and replace existing regulatory signage at various locations throughout the borough and install breakaway sign posts.

Northampton Township – $137,000 to improve pedestrian and traffic signal improvements at four intersections by installing pedestrian countdown timers, emergency vehicle preemption, video detection and radar detection.

Plumstead Township – $646,128 to improve pedestrian safety at the center of Plumsteadville by installing ADA ramps, crosswalks, pedestrian push buttons Hand/Person pedestrian signals with countdown timers, and signalization upgrades.

Cambria County

Loretto Borough – $50,000 to improve pedestrians and motorist safety at Syberton Road from Saint Michael School to the Basilica of Saint Michael Church by installing pedestrian crossing, detectable warning devices, a level walkway, pavement markings, and flashing warning signals.

Centre County

Ferguson Township – $80,000 to upgrade bicycles/motorcycles detection by installing dilemma zone and digital radar detections at two signalized intersections; Blue Course Drive & Circleville Road/Teaberry Lane and Blue Course Drive &Havershire Boulevard.

Huston Township – $25,000 to improve safety on Route 3040 (Alt220) to the east of the village of Julian by installing a new solar-powered flashing warning sign on pedestal support pole.

Chester County


East Whiteland Township – $71,216 to maintain and improve safety by deploying portable traffic control signals at desirable locations throughout the township.

Columbia County

Town of Bloomsburg – $301,154 to improve safety at the intersection of Market Street and 5th Street by fully modernizing the traffic signal and adding emergency vehicle preemption.

Erie County

City of Erie – $72,040 to upgrade fluorescent and incandescent railroad preemption signs with LEDs at four intersections.

Lackawanna County

Dickson City Borough – $335,000 to install a traffic signal and pedestrian improvements at the intersection of Bowman Street and Main Street.

Lancaster County

City of Lancaster –$563,080 to upgrade school beacon flashers located at 12 schools throughout the city; and to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety at four intersections along Christian Street by installing ADA curb ramps, vegetated curb bump outs, and speed tables.

East Petersburg Borough – $218,000 to improve the traffic signal at the intersection of Main Street and State Street by installing updated traffic signal supports, hand/person pedestrian signals, ADA-compliant pedestrian pushbuttons, MUTCD compliant lights, high-intensity grade reflective signal material, and the use of LED signals.

Mount Joy Borough – $219,060 to upgrade pedestrian signals at five intersections along Main Street by installing HAND/MAN countdown LED signals and APS pedestrian push buttons.

Luzerne County

City of Hazleton – $269,430 to upgrade the traffic signal at the intersection of 15th Street and Grant Street by installing mast arms, new signal heads, pedestrian countdown signals with push buttons, video detection system, emergency preemption system, pavement markings and ADA ramps.

Montgomery County

Abington Township – $189,520 to modernize the traffic signal at the intersection of Meetinghouse Road and Fox Chase Road by installing updated signal equipment, detection, pedestrian push buttons and ADA curb ramps.

Upper Dublin Township – $380,000 to improve traffic signal and geographic layout of the intersection of Susquehanna Road and Fitzwatertown Road by upgrading the signal controller and installing pedestrian countdown signals, new battery backup, mast arms, dilemma zone detection, traffic adaptive system and a protected left turn lane.

Upper Moreland Township – $106,500 to upgrade pedestrian and traffic signals at the intersection of Blair Mill Road and Horsham Road by installing countdown pedestrian signals, emergency preemption, video detection and radar dilemma zone detection.

Northampton County

Forks Township – $411,798 to upgrade signals along Sullivan Trail by installing battery backup system, ADA-compliant curb ramps, continental-style crosswalk pavement markings, and pedestrian countdown timers with pushbuttons.

Northumberland County

City of Sunbury – $317,000 to improve the traffic signal at the intersection of North Fourth Street and Reagan Street by installing a new mast arm, ADA compliant curb cuts and crosswalk, new vehicle detection and pedestrian signals with push buttons.

Philadelphia County

City of Philadelphia – $7.6 million to continue the Neighborhood Slow Zone Program, by deploying traffic calming strategies at various locations throughout the city; to continue Philadelphia’s Modern Roundabout Program by replacing geometrically complex signalized intersections with roundabouts at four possible locations; Ardleigh Street & Vernon Road, Cobbs Creek Parkway & 70th Street, Montgomery Avenue & Belmont Avenue, and Pine Road & Shady Lane; to establish a citywide program to improve pedestrian and traffic safety by improving LED street lighting expecting to cover approximately 35 city blocks; to improve safety along Cobbs Creek Parkway from 63rd Street to Upland Street by replacing guiderail system; to identify and implement Pavement Marking and Signing Asset Management throughout the city; and to expand and upgrade arterials by integrating them into ATMS in which new signal controllers are being interconnected with single-mode fiber optic system.

Washington County

East Washington Borough – $56,000 to improve safety at along East Beau Street by installing LED school zone speed limit warning devices.

Westmoreland County

Hempfield Township – $70,000 to upgrade school zone speed warning devices at two schools.

Sewickley Township – $53,000 to improve safety at Young Senior High School along Lowber Road by installing speed limit sign with flashing beacons.

York County

Spring Grove Borough – $229,855 to improve safety at the intersection of Main Street and Jackson Street by improving geometric layout, stripping and curbing, and installing Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon on Main Street.

Windsor Borough – $8,614 to install emergency vehicle preemption equipment at the intersection of Main Street and Penn Street.

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On the day after Thanksgiving in 1942, 20-year-old George A. Pesock from the “tannery section” of west Coudersport enlisted in the U.S. Army. A week later, he reported for basic training. George’s family would never see him again.

He became the town’s second casualty of World War II on July 9, 1944, succumbing to wounds he received in action on the Pacific Ocean island of Saipan.

At 2 pm on Saturday, June 1, descendants of PFC Pesock and community leaders will gather at the U.S. Rt. 6 bridge, not far from the family’s former home, to dedicate the Private First Class George A. Pesock Bridge. The public is encouraged to attend. The bridge is located close to the Elk Street intersection.

The son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Pesock, George quit school early to go to work for the Damascus Tanning Company near his home. He was one of multiple Pesock brothers who enlisted for service to their country.

His brother John, a seaman, was discharged by the Navy as a result of a severe skull injury. Other brothers were Stanley, Peter, Frank, Joseph and Michael. He was also survived by two sisters, Helen Easton and Mary Caskey.

George Pesock received his basic training at Camp Wheeler in Georgia. He was then transferred to Camp Stahlman near San Francisco, and later to Hawaii. From there, he was deployed to the Pacific Theater of Operations for the 27th Infantry Division.

PFC Pesock had sought a furlough to visit his family before he shipped out, but the request was denied. His parents and siblings were not aware that he had been deployed when they received a telegram from the War Department informing them of his death.

State legislation approving the memorial bridge designation was approved and signed by Gov. Tom Wolf in 2016. American Legion Post 192 of Coudersport worked with the office of Rep. Martin Causer to arrange for Saturday’s ceremony.

Michael Pepper, director of veterans’ affairs for Potter County, will be emcee. Rep. Causer and State Senator Joe Scarnati are among those expected to speak.

Post 192, under the direction of Commander Walter Brock,was deeply involved in PFC Pesock’s memorial mass at the St. Eulalia Catholic Church in Coudersport. Damascus Tannery closed for the day so its employees could attend. The Rev. F. M. O’Connell, pastor, officiated.

Pallbearers were Army veterans Walter Foust, Paul Milchuck and Ernest Caldwell, and Navy veterans Theodore Sevinsky, Harry Foust and Robert Secott.Interment was in St. Eulalia Cemetery, Eulalia Township.