Tuesday October 8, 2019

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Monday’s high, 60; Overnight low , 47; .21” of rain







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This is Fire Prevention Week….GOP lawmakers call out Governor Wolf for making unilateral environmental order…..Bradford Road Project delayed….Causer’s Senior Expo Friday in Roulette

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This is Fire Prevention Week, instituted after two disastrous fires on the same day in 1871  In Peshtigo, Wisconsin, one of the most disastrous forest fires ever destroyed the town of burned across six counties and killed over 1100 people.

Then Mrs. O’Leary’s cow is accused of kicking over a lantern in the barn on this day in 1871, The barn, on DeKoven Street in Chicago, caught fire. The fire spread, scorching almost four square miles, killing about 300 people and leaving a path of destruction valued at over two hundred million dollars — a lot of dollars for that time.  Of course, Patrick & Mrs. O’Leary’s barn was destroyed; as were 17,450 other buildings, leaving almost 99,000 people homeless. The city of Chicago was virtually leveled. And out of the ashes, a phoenix, in tNow, more than 125 years later, a history buff, Richard Bales, says it may not have been Mrs. O’Leary’s cow, after all. It seems that Daniel ‘Peg Leg’ Sullivan, a neighbor of the O’Leary’s, was in the barn feeding his mother’s cow. He either kicked over a lantern or dropped a match or pipe, setting the famous fire. Sullivan, who had been questioned about the fire, said he was across the street when he saw the fire break out. A two-story building would have blocked his view. So, Bales theorizes that Sullivan lied and was the cause of the fire, rather than Mrs. O’Leary’s cow.

House Republican leaders are issuing the following statement in response to Gov. Wolf’s executive order on Pennsylvania joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative:

“The regulation of carbon dioxide presents significant impacts on our economy, the environment and on the bottom line for Pennsylvania families.

“The people of our Commonwealth, as represented and heard through the General Assembly, have the absolute right to review, approve or disapprove any plan that has such far reaching implications. This move calls for another new energy fee on Pennsylvanians. Taxpayers will pay more every time they flip a switch, make breakfast or charge their phone.




“We strongly disagree with Gov. Wolf’s continued practice of go-it-alone approaches that are unhelpful in working cooperatively to move our Commonwealth forward in a way that best represents the interests of all Pennsylvanians.

“Our state is not an autocracy, and one-sided decisions as significant as this leave out the important voices of Pennsylvania workers, communities and families whose livelihood is built upon important sectors of our energy economy. Pennsylvania’s energy sector is currently reducing greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 30% in recent years according to some estimates, and the industry is doing this without burdensome regulations.

“We believe the executive branch cannot bind the state into multi-state agreements without the approval of the General Assembly, and we plan to execute the fullest extent of our legislative power on behalf of the people of Pennsylvania.”

Republican State Senators have expressed similar concerns.

PennDot is alerting area drivers that road work in the City of Bradford has been postponed. Work was scheduled to begin tomorrow, October 8 but is now delayed. Drivers are reminded that this work will result in travel delays that could be lengthy.

The new work schedule could see milling and paving activity beginning as early as Friday, October 11 and running through Friday, October 25. Bradford area drivers will encounter ‘round the clock work on West Corydon Street and South Avenue, with potential for work to occur on Saturdays. All work is weather and schedule dependent.

Milling will occur first, followed by paving at the following locations:

  • West Corydon Street (Route 4004)—from the City of Bradford line to South Avenue;
  • South Avenue (Route 4007)—from Main Street to Sherman Street;

Drivers should expect lengthy travel delays, as an alternating traffic pattern is enforced by roadway flaggers. Drivers familiar with the area are strongly encouraged to use alternate routes. In addition to the milling and paving, PennDOT reminds drivers that the Forman Street bridge remains closed and a streetscape project continues on Main Street.

The Bradford work is part of a contract to improve seven roads in McKean County and two in Potter County. Glenn O. Hawbaker, Inc. has been the contractor on this $5.2 million project.

PennDOT reminds drivers that they can subscribe to PennDOT news in Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk, Juniata, McKean, Mifflin, and Potter counties at www.penndot.gov/District2.

Area senior citizens, as well as family members and caregivers, are again invited to the 17th annual Senior Citizens Expo coming up riday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Roulette Fire Hall, located at 12 River St.

The expo provides access to a wide range of information in one convenient location. State, county and local exhibitors will be on hand to distribute information and answer questions about issues such as health care, insurance, nutrition and exercise, fire safety, financial planning, fraud protection, government services, hunting/fishing, personal safety and more. Health screenings will also be offered, and door prizes will be awarded.

A Trout Run driver has been cited for improper overtaking on the left following a collision last Friday afternoon in Union Township, Tioga County.  According to Mansfield based state police,21 year old James Eck, while  going south on Route 14, passed several vehicles in a passing zone but collided with a Jeep Compass driven by 77 year  Patricia Shaffer as she was turning left onto Wheel Inn Lane.  Both drivers escaped injury as did a passenger in Shaffer’s car, 79 year old Carol Morgan also of Canton.