Local News 4-24-14

NEW PATERNO STATUE PLANNED 

A new statute depicting legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno is planned for installation in downtown State College for November 2015. The alumni-led project will feature Paterno sitting on a bench reading Virgil’s “Aeneid.” The borough already approved plans for the sculpture. It will be located on private property near the entrance to The Tavern Restaurant off East College Avenue. Fundraising plans are underway for the $300,000 bronze statue.


FATAL BIKE CRASH INVESTIGATION

State College Police are seeking information on a fatal bike crash Saturday afternoon along Rolling Ridge Drive in State College. Police say an 85-year-old State college man struck a chain link fence post and cinderblock wall near the rear of the Firestone store on South Atherton Street, suffering severe head trauma. Anyone who observed the crash should call police at 814-278-4742. The man was riding a bright blue Trek mountain bike and was wearing a white snap brim hat and carrying a cane.


WAUPELANI HEIGHTS APARTMENTS

19 apartments destroyed by a 2013 July 4th fire on in the 400 block of Waupelani Drive are almost completely restored. According to Statecollege.com, about a quarter of tenants displaced by the firing are interested in returning to the Waupelani Heights complex. Reconstruction costs totaled almost $1.9 million. Tenants displaced by the fire will have the option to renew leases before units are released for rental.

STATE COLLEGE ROADWAY CLEANING

Folks traveling throughout State College today should use caution with road cleaning planned throughout the borough. Public Works Crews will be sweeping along roads and traffic islands beginning at 8:30 am. Extra caution is urged for those traveling on Atherton Street, University Drive, Westerly Parkway, Easterly Parkway, College Avenue and Beaver Avenue. Short delays are possible.