Thursday October 10, 2019

 

Black Forest Express

Photo by Gerri Miller

Wednesday’s high, 65; Overnight low, 29 (Fog and frost)

THU-SUNNY, HIGH  IN THE MID 60s

THU NIGHT-LOW IN THE 40s

FRI-MUCH THE SAME

SAT-MAYBE A LITTLE RAIN IN THE MORNING, COOLER WITH A HIGH IN THE 50s

NEW SIGNAGE BEING PLACE THROUGHOUT LUMBER HERITAGE REGION…POTTER COUNTY VOTERS CAN TRY OUT NEW MACHINES AHEAD OF NOVEMBER ELECTION…..DRIVERS ESCAPE INJURY IN ELDRED REAR-END COLLISION….SHINGLEHOUSE WOMAN CITED FOR SPEEDING AFTER WRECK LAST WEEK….RIDGWAY WOMAN HURT WHEN DEBRIS FALLS FROM  VEHICLE AHEAD….COUDERSPORT WOMAN CITED FOR SCATTERING RUBBISH….

Visitors to the Lumber Heritage Region may be starting to notice some new signs popping up across the area. The Lumber Heritage Region’s new wayfinding signage program is up and running and will offer visitors to the area a unique opportunity to see all of the attractions located in the LHR.

Holly Komonczi (Executive Director) and Steve Manginell (Outreach Coordinator), have a difficult time hiding their enthusiasm for this new program and all of the possibilities they see in it that will help attract visitors to the area.

Holly states, “The concept of wayfinding signage isn’t a new one. In fact, baby-boomers and the generation that grew up watching the television show “MASH” may recognize the design. What makes our program unique is that we aren’t pointing people in the direction of another state or town, but to the next nearest tourist attraction.”

For instance, a family visiting the Lumber Museum in Galeton, PA may not realize that they are only 28 miles away from the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon.  This information may encourage visitors to travel to the next attraction simply because they didn’t realize they were already so close to it. Providing this information not only helps the traveler reach a new destination, but also helps get people moving around the region to visit other sites. And it is a great way to partner with other organizations.

Holly believes that working together and partnering with the organizations that operate other tourist attractions is a bonus for everyone involved. As the Executive Director of a non-profit organization, she understands how tight budgets make marketing a challenge and sees this program as a low-cost way to benefit all that participate.

The LHR also has plans to expand the wayfinding program to include new interactive ways for tourists to utilize the signs. A new geocaching trail is one idea the LHR is exploring. Geocachers will be able to follow the signs to the next geocache and have the opportunity to win a prize after they completed the trail. Other ideas include a “selfie” photo contest and a contest that will challenge visitors to tell us about their wayfinding experience.  They will then have the opportunity to have their story featured in the Lumber Heritage Newsletter.

So far, signs have been installed at the following locations: : The Pennsylvania Lumber Museum; Smicksburg Heritage Society; Forest County Historical Museum; Bilger’s Rocks; the new Straub Brewery Visitor’s Center; Renovo Heritage Park; Penn Brad Oil Museum;  the new Punxsutawney Phil’s Visitor Center; Pennsylvania Grand Canyon; the Bucktail Monument in Driftwood, PA and the Warren County Visitor’s Bureau.

For updates on the wayfinding program go to LHR’s website at lumberheritage.org or visit our Facebook page. For more information about this exciting new program contact Holly Komonczi by emailing her at hkomonczi@lumberheritage.org or by calling 814-761-4207.

Potter County Director of Elections Sandy Lewis reminds residents that new voting machines will be in use for the Nov. 5 Municipal Election. More election information is available on the website, pottercountypa.net (click on Departments/Elections). Members of the public can stop at the Elections/Voter Registration Office in the Gunzburger Building to become familiar with the new machines during regular business hours. They can also attend a public demonstration of the machines at the Gunzburger Building front conference room from 6-8 pm on Thursday, Oct. 10; Tuesday, Oct 15; and Tuesday, Oct. 29.

Federal and state funding have covered a portion of the machines’ price tag, which is upwards of $400,000. After soliciting proposals from state-certified vendors, the Potter County Commissioners purchased the machines and related software and services from Election Systems and Software (ES&S). All Pennsylvania counties must have in place certified voting machines that electronically record each vote and generate a paper ballot as an added level of security. The new machines are expected about ten years, if regulations and changing technology do not require them to be updated sooner.

Neither driver was hurt in a rear-end collision Wednesday morning in Eldred. State police at Lewis Run explained the collision occurred when 73 year old Robert Looker of Eldred was going north from a parked position to turn left onto the Prentisvale Road and 66 year old Kathy Johnson of Smethport was traveling too close behind and her Honda CRV ran into the back of Looker’s Cadillac XTS Looker drove onto the berm and Johnson put her SUV into reverse into the parking lot at Fox’s Pizza.  Both drivers were using seatbelts as was Looker’s wife, Paula.

No injuries were reported after a car/deer collision this morning in Keating Township, McKean County. According to state police at Lewis Run, Jacob Wise of Smethport was going south on the Daily Brook Road at around 6:30 am when a deer came entered the highway in front of Wise’s Chevrolet Impala. The car continued for about 300 feet before s topping in the southbound lane. Wise and his passenger, Emily Anthony of St. Marys were using seat belts.

Coudersport based state police report a Flushing NY driver and his passengers escaped injury in a one-vehicle crash early last Saturday morning in Summit Township. Xiaofeng Wang’s Acura MDX failed to make a right hand turn on the Cherry Springs Road and became disabled after hitting an embankment. Wang and his three passengers were all seat belted.

Details about a one-vehicle roll-over last week in Sharon Township were released overnight  by state police at Coudersport. Troopers cited Lillian Wondrack of Shinglehouse for speeding after her Chevrolet Mailbu rolled over when she jerked the steering wheel to avoid an animal on the road. The car went across both lanes of the wet road, hit a ditch on the east side, rolled over once coming to rest on its wheels.

A Ridgway woman was taken to Penn Highlands Elk for treatment of unknown injuries after an accident in Ridgway Township Tuesday morning. Kelly Deemer swerved her northbound Subaru Forester to avoid some debris when flew up behind the vehicle she was following. The car crossed the road, hit a guardrail and spun around before stopping in the southbound lane.

A Coudersport woman a has been arrested for scattering rubbish state police claim 48 year old Teresa Hulings dumped trash on the Sheldon Hollow Road in Hebron Township early last Thursday morning.