2018-02-10 / Front Page

Rt. 44: ‘Highway to the Stars?’


Professional photographer and outdoor enthusiast Curt Weinhold is spearheading a campaign to have a section of Route 44 named ‘Highway to the Stars.’ He took his case to the Potter County Commissioners seeking support last week. Professional photographer and outdoor enthusiast Curt Weinhold is spearheading a campaign to have a section of Route 44 named ‘Highway to the Stars.’ He took his case to the Potter County Commissioners seeking support last week. A grassroots campaign to have a section of Pa. Rt. 44 named “Highway to the Stars” gained an important ally last week.

Local professional photographer Curt Weinhold, a member of the Potter County Planning Commission, obtained a pledge of support from Commissioners Doug Morley, Paul Heimel and Susan Kefover at the board’s business meeting.

In addition to addressing a letter of support to PennDOT and members of the state legislature, the commissioners agreed to contact township supervisors on the Rt. 44 corridor to request their support. Summit and Abbott townships have already signed on. Other affected townships are Sweden, West Branch and Stewardson.

Weinhold coined the slogan to draw attention to the International Dark Sky Preserve at Cherry Springs State Park, a renowned attraction that is drawing tens of thousands of visitors annually. Under the plan, the legislature would direct PennDOT to create and erect signs in the Rt. 44 from the Rt. 6 intersection at Sweden Valley to the Lycoming County line.

In other business, the commissioners:

• announced that there are plans to restructure Potter County Special Olympics, with volunteer coaches needed for bowling, bocce and soft- ball throwing. The group also hopes to continue the annual track and field day at Coudersport Area Recreation Park. More details are available from Penny Coup at pcoup@specialolympicspa.org.

• convened as the Retirement Board to hear a report from Jeff Davidek, representative of C.S. McKee, the Pittsburgh firm that is contracted to manage the county employees retirement fund. Other Retirement Board members, Treasurer Krista Miller and Chief Commissioners Clerk Kathleen Majot, also attended. Davidek reported that the county’s plan is well-funded and in a good position for the future.

• reappointed a slate of certified members of the Potter County Emergency Management Program.

• were notified that Register and Recorder Gary Kelsey has hired Marian Butler to fill a deputy vacancy in his office, and that District Judge Annette Easton has hired Shanon Saler to fill an administrative vacancy in her office created by Butler’s resignation.

• renewed an agreement with the Pa. SAVIN system to provide victim notification of criminal offenders’ status, at no cost to the county.

• accepted the resignation of law clerk Matthew Metzger.

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