News

 

LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013

LOCAL NEWS FOR SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013

  THE PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE IS WAIVING TOLLS FOR MOTORISTS WHO DRIVE BETWEEN THE CARLISLE AND HARRISBURG EAST EXITS AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO INTERSTATE 81, WHICH REMAINS CLOSED NEAR HARRISBURG BECAUSE OF DAMAGE FROM A TANKER TRUCK FIRE.   PENNDOT OFFICIALS SAY THE SECTION OF I-81 NEAR HARRISBURG IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN CLOSED IN BOTH DIRECTIONS FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS.  A FULLY-LOADED DIESEL TANKER OVERTURNED ON AN OVERPASS ABOVE THE INTERSTATE THURSDAY AND EXPLODED INTO FLAMES. THE INTERSTATE AND THE OVERPASS WERE BOTH DAMAGED.  TURNPIKE MOTORISTS MUST TAKE A TICKET AT ONE EXIT AND PRESENT IT AT THE OTHER TO GET THE FREE TOLLS.  E-ZPASS USERS CAN ENTER AND EXIT THE TURNPIKE NORMALLY AND NOT BE CHARGED FOR TRIPS BETWEEN THOSE TWO EXITS, WHICH ARE ABOUT 21 MILES APART.

  IF YOU'D LIKE TO MAKE YOUR CAR LESS ATTRACTIVE TO THIEVES, YOU CAN DO THAT TODAY IN JUST A FEW MINUTES.  THE LEHIGH COUNTY AUTO THEFT AND INSURANCE FRAUD TASK FORCE IS HOLDING A FREE VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER-ETCHING EVENT SATURDAY FROM 8 TO 2 AT THE WHITEHALL TOWNSHIP MUNICIPAL BUILDING OFF OF MacARTHUR ROAD.  AUTHORITIES SAY THE PROCESS OF ETCHING A VEHICLE'S I.D. NUMBER ON ALL OF ITS WINDOWS MAKES THE VEHICLE LESS ATTRACTIVE TO THIEVES BECAUSE THEY WOULD HAVE TO REPLACE ALL THE WINDOWS OR DEFACE THE GLASS TO REMOVE THE ETCHING SO IT CAN'T BE IDENTIFIED AS BEING STOLEN. 

  LOCAL LETTER CARRIERS HOPE TO TAKE MORE FROM YOUR MAILBOX THAN THEY DROP OFF ON SATURDAY.  "ON MAY 11 WE'RE ASKING OUR PATRONS TO LEAVE NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS IN A STURDY BAG BY THEIR MAILBOX AND WE'LL DO THE REST.  WE'LL PICK UP THE FOOD AND MAKE SURE IT GETS ON ITS WAY TO PEOPLE WHO NEED IT," SAYS EASTON LETTER CARRIER FRANK KELLY.  THE FOOD COLLECTED WILL BE TURNED OVER TO THE SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK.  MORE THAN 370,000 POUNDS OF FOOD WAS COLLECTED LAST YEAR.

  FUNERAL SERVICES FOR FORMER PENNSYLVANIA GOV. GEORGE LEADER ARE SET FOR NEXT WEEK.  THE COUNTRY MEADOWS RETIREMENT HOME IN HERSHEY, PART OF A CHAIN THAT LEADER AND HIS WIFE FOUNDED, SAID FRIDAY THAT A VIEWING WILL BE HELD AT THE HOOVER FUNERAL HOME IN HERSHEY ON WEDNESDAY.  A MEMORIAL SERVICE IS SCHEDULED FOR 10:30 A.M. THURSDAY AT THE DERRY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN HERSHEY.  BURIAL WILL AT A LATER DATE.  LEADER, A DEMOCRAT WHO SERVED A FOUR-TERM TERM AS GOVERNOR IN THE 1950S, FOUGHT FOR REFORMS IN GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC EDUCATION.  AFTER LEAVING OFFICE, HE HAD A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS CAREER BUT ALSO KEPT HIS HAND IN POLITICS.  HE DIED THURSDAY FOLLOWING A BRIEF ILLNESS AT AGE 95.

  MAY IS MOTORCYCLE AWARENESS MONTH.  GOVERNOR TOM CORBETT URGES MOTORCYCLE RIDERS AND DRIVERS OF CARS TO BOTH BE ON THEIR TOES.  "LET'S STAY SAFE OUT THERE.  LIVE FREE, RIDE ALIVE," CORBETT SAYS.  THAT'S THE WEBSITE THE GOVERNOR AND PENNDOT URGE YOU TO VISIT TO LEARN TIPS ON HOW BOTH MOTORCYCLISTS AND CAR DRIVERS CAN KEEP EACH OTHER SAFE DURING MOTORCYCLE DRIVING SEASON.

 

 

More Articles