Wednesday’s high, 68; Overnight low, 34; .02” RAIN /FREEZING RAIN
THU-CLOUDY WITH MIXED PRECIPITATION HIHG 38
THU NIGHT-RAIN, LOW 31
FRI-CLOUDY, AFTERNOON SLEET & FREEZING RAIN, HIGH 52
FRI NIGHT-LOW 38
SAT-CLOUDY, HIGH 48
SAT NIGHT-RAIN, HIGH 40
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Two more bridges to be named for Potter County veterans…..Causer hosts property tax/rent rebate clinics…..Traffic change coming on Fox Hill Road near Ulysses…….State police in looking for hit and run driver whose image was captured on camera….Natural gas leak investigated Tuesday afternoon in Coudersport….Church in neighboring county torched…..
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Freezing rain early this morning forced the cancellation of classes at Austin, Coudersport, Galeton, Northern Potter and Oswayo Valley. The Oswayo Valley Library as closed and emergency services personnel responded to numerous traffic accidents, some with injuries.
Two more Potter County bridges will be named in honor of area veterans who died in service to the country under a new state law, according to Rep. Martin Causer (R-Turtlepoint)
Under Act 9 of 2018, the bridge located on Avenue A over the Allegheny River in Coudersport Borough is designated the Commander Philip F. “Jet” Palmatier Jr. Memorial Bridge. The law also designates the bridge on Sunnyside Road over the Oswayo Creek in Shinglehouse Borough as the PVT Malon Stanley Memorial Bridge.
Palmatier was born in Coudersport in 1950, graduated from high school with honors and was appointed to the United States Naval Academy. On Dec. 10, 1990, Palmatier was flying a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico when his TA-4 Skyhawk collided with another jet, killing him.
Stanley, also a native of Potter County, was drafted into the United States Army at the start of World War II and served in the 1st Cavalry Division. He was among the forces that stormed Leyte Island under the command of Gen. Douglas MacArthur and was killed in action in 1944 while providing cover for his fellow troops who were ordered to retreat. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart for his service.
Causer sponsored House Bill 1510 to name both Potter County bridges. His proposal was added to another bill naming several other bridges across the Commonwealth. That bill was signed into law by the governor on Feb. 15.
Rep. Causer is hosting several events designed to help eligible senior citizens and people with disabilities file for the state’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate program over the next couple of weeks. There is no fee to participate, and no appointments are required. The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Feb. 22
Harrison Valley Community Building, 205 E. Main St., Harrison Valley – 9-10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 27
Kane Senior Center, 100 S. Fraley St., Kane – 1-3 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 28
Emporium Senior Center, 213 ½ S. Maple St., Emporium – 9:30-11 a.m.
Port Allegany Senior Center, 216 N. Main St., Port Allegany – 1-2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6
Bradford Senior Center, 60 Campus Dr., Bradford – 9:30-11 a.m.
The Property Tax/Rent Rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians who are 65 years or older, widows and widowers 50 years or older, and those 18 years or older with disabilities. Eligibility income limits are set at $15,000 for renters and $35,000 for homeowners, excluding 50 percent of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income and Railroad Retirement Tier 1 benefits.
Free assistance with filing the forms is also available at Causer’s offices in Bradford (78 Main St., first floor, phone 814-362-4400); Coudersport (107 S. Main St., Room 1, phone 814-274-9769); or Kane (55 Fraley St., phone 814-837-0880). Forms and additional information are available at www.RepCauser.com.
PennDot is advising motorists that temporary flagging, followed by temporary automatic flagging devices, will be in place soon on a section of Route 1001 in Potter County.
A large volume of truck traffic is travelling from a gas well site on Tom May Road in Ulysses Township and moving through the intersection of Fox Hill Road (Route 1001) and Tom May Road (T-455). To facilitate traffic movement and enhance safety at the intersection, flaggers will be place as early as tomorrow, February 22.
Starting in early March, the flaggers will be assisted by temporary automatic flagging devices and warning signs on Fox Hill Road. The temporary automatic flagging devices will be short and portable and will be located on each side of the intersection. Advance signage on Fox Hill Road will include message boards displaying the messages “Construction entrance ahead” and “Trucks entering highway”. Signage on the temporary devices will direct drivers to “Stop here on red signal”.
PennDOT expects this traffic pattern to be in place through early June and reminds motorists to be alert for these changes at the intersection. Drivers should always buckle up and obey posted speed limits.
To help make decisions as to whether to travel during winter weather, motorists are encouraged to “Know Before You Go” by checking conditions on more than 40,000 roadway miles, including color-coded winter conditions on 2,900 miles, by visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which is free and available 24 hours a day, provides traffic delay warnings, weather forecasts, traffic speed information and access to more than 850 traffic cameras. Users can also see plow truck statuses and travel alerts along a specific route using the “Check My Route” tool.
511PA is also available through a smartphone application for iPhone and Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by following regional Twitter alerts accessible on the 511PA website.
For regional updates on Twitter, follow www.twiiter.com\511PAStateCOLL
Coudersport based state police are looking for a hit and run driver whose vehicle damaged a parked truck, Sunday afternoon in the Pine Creek Inn parking lot in Pike Township. While backing up, the unknown vehicle hit a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado owned by Zack Cowburn of Coudersport. The driver took off without notifying Cowburn or authorities. Anyone who can ID the driver is asked to contact State police @814.274.8690.
A suspected natural gas leak Wednesday afternoon in Coudersport Borough caused a response from the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department. Firefighters were dispatched at about 2:45p to Apartment 2 at 117 N. Main Street. All occupants were safely evacuated and the building was turned over the owner and UGI Utilities.
Out of the area but of interest. Investigators report a Clearfield County church was torched early Wednesday morning. Police discovered that someone had intentionally set fire the exterior of the Lutheran Fellowship Church on Pine Street in Curwensville. The extent of damage was not reported.Anyone who has information is asked to call State Police Marshal in Ridgway or the Curwensville Police Department.