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Sayre PD study: Minimal ‘high risk’ speeding on Court Street in South Waverly

SOUTH WAVERLY — After several South Waverly residents complained about speeding in the borough, the Sayre Borough Police Department conducted an in-house speed study to see if there was a problem.

At Monday’s borough council meeting, the study was released and showed that 98 percent of drivers were either “compliant or low risk.” That means they were traveling under 35 miles per hour.

The study was on Court Street in the borough. An electric speed sign was placed on the street for a total of 12 days — in both the east and west bound directions.

When it came to Court Street East bound, 1,619 total vehicles traveled over a six day period. The average speed was 25.6 miles per hour.

There were 1,589 cars that were traveling at a “compliant or low risk” speed, which was 98 percent of the vehicles.

The speed study shows 42 vehicles that were traveling at a “medium risk” speed, which is 36 to 40 miles per hour. That is less than 2 percent of the cars on the road during that span.

There were only eight cars that were recorded traveling 41-48 miles per hour — which is less than .49 percent.

The 85th percentile speed, which is the speed that 85 percent of vehicles do not exceed, was 29.19 miles per hour.

During a six-day span on the West bound side of Court Street, there were 6,288 total vehicles, which traveled at an average speed of 26.03 miles per hour.

Out of that number, 6,196 cars were at compliant or low risk speeds, which comes out to 98 percent, according to the study.

There were 85 vehicles traveling at the medium risk speed, which is less than 2 percent.

The speed sign only caught seven cars traveling at the high risk speed of 41 to 46 miles per hour. That is less than .11 percent.

The 85th percentile speed was 29.27 miles per hour on the West bound side.

Congressional candidate Terwilliger meets voters in Athens

ATHENS — While much of the state’s attention is focused on the presidential election in November, there is also a race for representative of Pennsylvania’s 12th Congressional District, currently represented by Fred Keller.

One of Keller’s challengers is Libertarian candidate Liz Terwilliger, who met with voters at the Mad Hatter Cafe in Athens on Thursday evening.

“I’m running because I want to see change,” Terwilliger said. “I want to change the power balance in Washington from the politicians back to the people.”

She has several ideas on how to do that.

One of those is setting a congressional term limit, with the intention of keeping an equal amount of power among all representatives.

“If I’m in Congress and can only run for two terms, then I can’t amass personal power over a 20-year career, and a representative from one district doesn’t have power over another,” she said. “They allow for more diversity in representatives, because there is more turnover.”

“I think we need to listen to more people,” she added. “The same people get listened to over and over again, and then we get the same solutions — or lack of solutions — for problems. If we have more voices at the table, then we can get more perspective on problems.”

If elected, Terwilliger also intends to push for single-issue legislation.

She says this also makes it easier for representatives to vote in a way that their constituents agree with, as some people will support one portion of the legislation, but not another.

“(We) can understand what is being voted on, because it’s one issue,” she said. “We can hold our representatives accountable.”

One example she cited was the recent attempt at passing police reform legislation.

“(It) irritated me to no end, because both parties put up policies that they knew the other party wouldn’t support (and blamed) the other party for obstruction,” she said. “In the meantime nothing gets done.”

Because she is running as a third party candidate, Terwilliger will need to amass approximately 1,800 signatures on a petition in order to appear on the ballot in November.

“I don’t really fit in with the Democrats because I’m very passionate about the Second Amendment, and I don’t really fit in with Republicans because I’m very passionate about social justice and equality, so the Libertarians just fit me,” she said.

Terwilliger is joined in challenging Keller by Democratic candidate Lee Griffin.

BCRAC receives grant to help with coronavirus recovery

TOWANDA — The Bradford County Regional Arts Council, which runs the region’s movie theaters, found out Monday that it would be getting $1,930 in the form of a grant.

The grant is meant to help art organizations in Pennsylvania recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grant was issued to the BRAC and 308 Pennsylvania nonprofit arts organizations as a part of $2.3 million of funding created by the CARES Act. Thirty-six organizations received $1.8 million via the National Endowment for the Arts and 273 organizations received the remaining $527,000 via the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

BCRAC Executive Director Elaine Poost said that the nonprofit will use the grant money to cover facility expenses at their three historic theaters, the Keystone Theater in Towanda, the Rialto Theater in Canton, and the Sayre Theatre, this month.

“While the theaters are in standby, and we have stepped back all expenses, we still have utilities, insurance, mortgage and other bills to cover,” Poost said. “Over the past three and a half months, we have been able to take care of a few maintenance issues and have completed a deep cleaning of each theatre. We look forward to reopening and seeing everyone back at the movies once it is feasible and safe to do so.”

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf stressed the importance of organizations like the BCRAC to local communities.

“Arts organizations are an important part of their communities and contribute to the economic health of our state,” said Wolf. “The COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for many organizations, including the arts. The National Endowment for the Arts recognized the role of the arts in Pennsylvania and the need to help artists and the organizations that support them to inspire creativity and vitality in our commonwealth.”

Arts and cultural economic activity, adjusted for inflation, accounted for 4.5 percent of gross domestic product or $877.8 billion, in 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. In Pennsylvania, the sector contributed $25.8 billion to the state’s economy and employed 176,000 workers.

“The arts and culture sector has been severely impacted by the pandemic, so we are very pleased that more than 300 arts organizations in Pennsylvania are receiving support through the CARES Act,” said Karl Blischke, PCA Executive Director. “Pre-pandemic, Pennsylvania’s creative economy was critical to the vitality and livability of our communities and to development of our commonwealth’s talent pipeline. Support for these organizations today helps to ensure that they are positioned to play a key role in the recovery of Pennsylvania’s cities and towns going forward.”