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Waking up to the work week with a couple of inches of snow on the ground.  Crews are out working trying to clear things off, and most main roads are in good shape this morning, but side streets and roads in the higher elevations could be snow covered an slippery so take it easy as you head out, clean off your vehicles and leave early for your destination.  Speed limits and commercial vehicle restrictions have been restored on Interstate’s 80 and 180 and all other main roads in our area.  Schools are on delay.  Here is that list.


A man was taken to the hospital on Saturday night after being struck by a vehicle in the city of Williamsport.  That accident happened as the man stepped into the roadway on Washington Boulevard near St. Bonafice Church and was struck by a white SUV.  He was taken to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center where his name and condition were not released.  The driver of the vehicle has not been identified and Williamsport police continue their investigation into that pedestrian accident.


85th District State Representative Fred Keller has been chosen as the Republican nominee to run for the 12th U.S. Congressional District seat vacated in January by Tom Marino.  Keller who represents Union and Snyder Counties in Harrisburg survived four rounds of voting by Republican conferees in the city of Williamsport as he was one of fourteen candidates vying for a chance to run against Decmocrat Marc Fridenberg in a special election on May 21st.   It took nearly seven hours of debate and the four votes before the five term state representative from Kreamer was chosen.


Some 40 people walked from the Lycoming County Courthouse to the County Prison on Third Street on Saturday night in a vigil to bring awareness to what they say is the need for better healthcare in the prison system.  The candlelight vigil was organized by a group called the Recovery Community Connection not only to protest, but to remember the life of 30 year old Ashley Cupp who died in a cell at the prison while incarcerated there on February 22nd.  A cause of death was not released, though it wasn’t suspicious.


State police in Milton over the weekend reported that an unidentified 17 year old female from Mifflinburg was seriously injured in a crash near Lewisburg on Thursday afternoon.  Police say the crash happened on Route 192 just west of Beaver Run Road around 2pm when a vehicle driven by 18 year old Tyler Manis of Mifflinburg went off the roadway, swerved and hit a grass embankment, spinning around twice. The 17 year old passenger was taken to Geisinger. Her condition not released.  Two other teens were treated at Evangelical Hospital.  Manis was not injured.


Pennsylvania’s Governor appeared in the city of Williamsport on Friday to highlight his plan to push for additional funding to assist communities with storm preparedness and disaster recovery.  Wolf wants to institute a severance tax on the gas drilling industry in Pennsylvania and says he believes some $4.5 billion dollars could be raised which will be used for various projects including the flood levee recertification and repair in Lycoming County.  Republicans in the State Legislature remain continue to be against the severance tax.


Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor was to make a stop in Lock Haven yesterday as part of his listening tour to gather comments from the public about legalizing recreational marijuana, but due to the threat of inclement weather, that stop was cancelled.  State officials say they will make an announcement soon about when Lt. Governor John Fetterman will reschedule..  He is stopping in each of the 67 counties to talk to residents about legalizing recreational marijuana.  A Lycoming County stop has not yet been announced.


Work will continue this week in the city of Williamsport this week to cut down trees along West Fourth Street in the Newberry section as the road rehabilitation project gets underway there.  Motorists are reminded that things can be slow going as the flow of traffic will be directed by flagpersons.  You are reminded to be patient and drive accordingly.