Tuesday September 17, 2019

Black Forest Express

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Monday’s high, 75; Overnight low, 50    







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Obituary: Laverna Cooney, Austin

Constitution Day celebrated locally….PennDot says “Roundabouts” curtail serious accidents…..Kane man arrested for assaulting older woman….Possible harassment at UPMC Cole investigated by state police…Woman reported missing from Kane area home….Driver cited for speeding following rear end collision last week in Tioga County…..Next  on-air report after 12:06 pm today on www.blackforestbroadcasting.com

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Today is Constitution Day and is being  celebrated in Potter County with the Daughters of the American Revolution taking charge of the observance. Members of the Allegewi Chapter will hold a ceremony at the courthouse square at 3:45 pm, followed by a ringing of the courthouse bell at 4, recognizing the time of the ratification of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. Local churches will also be sounding their bells. Communities, schools, churches, and individuals are encouraged to participate in the Bells Across America tribute to the Constitution. The Potter County Commissioners passed a resolution commending the Allegewi Chapter and designating Sept. 17-23 as Constitution Week.

We’ve heard complaints about the new ones in nearby Olean, NY but no doubt we’ll be seeing more of them in Pennsylvania based on a report from PennDot  that according to department data, fatalities, injuries, and crashes decreased overall at 19 roundabouts at 16 locations after they were built.

PennDOT recently reviewed data for 19 roundabouts on state routes at intersections that were previously stop or signal controlled. These roundabouts were selected based on having at least three years of crash data available before and after the roundabouts were built. These 19 comprise all the roundabouts on state routes that met the selection parameters. Department data based on police-submitted crash reports spanning the years 2000 through 2018 shows:

Fatalities were reduced (from 2 to 0)

Suspected Serious Injuries were reduced by 90 percent (from 10 to 1)

Suspected Minor Injuries were reduced by 79 percent (from 24 to 5)

Possible/Unknown Severity Injuries were reduced by 81 percent (from 70 to 13)

Property Damage Only crashes increased by 10 percent (from 69 to 76)

Total number of crashes decreased by 34 percent (from 138 to 91)

In addition to the 19 roundabouts meeting the selection criteria, 29 other roundabouts have been built on state routes and over 40 more are in design.

Roundabouts are frequently installed to address intersections with safety issues but may also be installed to improve traffic flow as well as other reasons such as traffic calming, and to facilitate pedestrian mobility.

Although roundabouts are safer and typically more efficient than traditional signalized intersections, in many cases they may not be the best option due to topography or other reasons, such as property impacts, capacity issues and proximity to other intersections.

Roundabouts are recognized by the Pennsylvania State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) as an innovation that has become standard practice within the transportation community.

The Pennsylvania STIC facilitates the rapid implementation of proven, well-researched and documented state, regional, national and international technologies, tactics, techniques and any other innovations that are new to Pennsylvania. The STIC also supports the implementation of the Federal Highway Administration’s Every Day Counts (EDC) Initiatives.

To educate Pennsylvanians on how to navigate a roundabout, the department created a video on how to use both single and multi-lane roundabouts whether in a vehicle, on a bicycle or on foot. The video can be accessed by visiting the roundabout page on www.penndot.gov or by visiting the department’s YouTube channel.

State police at Lewis Run have arrested 22 year Nicholas Dash of Kane for harassment with injury following an assault last Monday night, September 9, on Welsh Street in that town. Troopers allege Nicholas Dash assaulted a 43 year old Kane woman during an argument. He was committed to the McKean County Jail after being arraigned for harassment and simple assault.

Troopers at the Coudersport barracks are continuing to investigate an apparent harassment occurring last Monday night at UPMC  Cole. Diamond Button, 19, of Genesee was identified as the victim but no further details were released.

McKean County authorities are looking for a missing Kane area woman. Angela Newton was last seen at about 8:30am Sunday on Mahoney Lane but she did not show up for work at the Kane Country Club later that day. She has a 3-1/2 year old child who is currently at the home of her parents and may be 2 or 3 months pregnant. Anyone who knows of her whereabouts is asked to call the Lewis Run Barracks at 814-368-9230.

A Wellsboro driver has been arrested for speeding in connection to a rear-end collision occurring last Thursday morning on Main Street in Richmond Township. State police at Mansfield re[prt 23 yearold Tyler Chamberlain could not stop his Chevrolet LLV in time to avoid hitting the rear end of a Ford Focus driven by 74 year old Santa Newman of Elkland. Both drivers and a passenger in Newman’s car, 78 year old Charles Dincher of Mansfield escaped injury.


 Laverna J. Cooney, 87, of Austin, passed away Saturday, September 14, 2019 at her home.Laverna was born on December 11, 1931 in Wharton Twp., the daughter of the late Dewey Z. and Leola (Brooks) Peters.  She married Robert W. Cooney and celebrated 37 years together until his passing on January 7, 1999.Laverna graduated from Austin High School and owned and operated, with her husband Robert, the Cooney Hardware Store in Austin for 40 years. Laverna was a member of the Austin United Methodist Church and the Eulalia Chapter #148, Order of the Eastern Star, Coudersport.   She enjoyed playing bingo, going to the casinos and loved to bowl in the lady leagues in Coudersport.  Laverna was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and cared for and looked after her family, neighbors and friends.  She was also well known for her baked beans. Laverna is survived by a son, Robert L. (Karen) Cooney of Smethport; a daughter, Teresa M. Cooney of Austin; grandsons, Robert, Thomas and David Cooney, twin great granddaughters, Eloise and Elizabeth Cooney and many special nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents and husband, Laverna was preceded in death by brothers, Weldon and Russell Peters, sisters, Norma Geraldine Hunsinger-McIlhaney, Wilma Brown and Ardella Losey and a son-in-law, Sean M. Welch.At Laverna’s wishes there will be no visitation, a private burial will take place in Forest Hill Cemetery.In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Laverna’s name can be made to, Austin Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 328, Austin, PA 16720 or to an animal charity of the donor’s choice.Arrangements being handled by the Thomas E. Fickinger Funeral Home, 210 N. East Street, Coudersport, PA.