News for 5/10/13


 The Pennsylvania Turnpike is waiving tolls again today for trips entering the Harrisburg East Interchange and exiting at the Carlisle Interchange as well as trips entering Carlisle and exiting Harrisburg East.The free passage will apply to all vehicle classes, including all passenger and commercial vehicles, eastbound or westbound for this specific trip only.

 All other Turnpike trips and transactions will be charged as normal and normal tolling procedures will apply during the waiver. The waiver of tolls is expected to be in place until Interstate 81 reopens, which could occur on Sunday or Monday.  


 Several political figures statewide are reacting to the passing of former Pennsylvania Governor George Leader.

 House speaker Sam Smith issued a statement yesterday remembering the former governor as an “outstanding gentlemen and a courageous leader.”State Treasurer Rob McCord called Leader a “courageous guy and in some ways PA’s first modern governor.”Terry Madonna, the Director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll, called Leader the man who “modernized many aspects of state government.”

 Leader, who passed away yesterday, took office in 1955 at the age of 37 and was the first governor to appoint a black cabinet officer. George Leader was 95  

Pugh Street Garage

 The Pugh Street Parking Garage will be closed to traffic for a few days next month. The garage will be closed for maintenance repairs from June 7th through the 16th. All vehicles must be removed from the garage by 11pm on June 6th or they will be towed.Monthly pass holders may use the Beaver Avenue Garage during this time. All other customers may use either the Beaver Avenue Garage or the Fraser Street Garage.

Road Work

 Due to inclement weather, the contractor for the State College Borough had to postpone pavement restoration at the intersection of University Drive, Easterly Parkway, and Walnut Spring Lane.Weather permitting; the work has been rescheduled for Monday and Tuesday between the hours of 7 and 5.Work will require periodic flagging and lane restrictions. Delays can be expected. 


 No one was injured when a .22 caliber bullet was shot through the window of an Aaronsburg home on Wednesday night. Police say a couple at the house was not harmed during the incident which happened around 8pm on the 100 block of East Plum Street in Haines Township. Police said the bullet caused major damage to the window and are classifying the occurrence as reckless endangering. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact state police at Rockview at 355-7545.

Colyer Lake

 The draining of Colyer Lake has been temporarily suspended and the state will seek money to upgrade the damn.According to the Centre Daily Times, officials from the Fish and Boat Commission recently determined the lakes depth is low enough that would take the kind of rainfall that happens about once every 25 years to overflow and trigger the dam’s deficient spillway to open.

 The deficiencies in the spillway played a major role in the state’s decision to start draining the lake in March. 


 A multi-car accident on East College Avenue caused a few minor delays yesterday afternoon. According to, two vehicles collided at the intersection of E. College Ave. and the exit ramp leading from the westbound lanes of the 322 bypass around 1:45. also reports that a third vehicle, with serious front end damage, was stopped about 150 feet away, in the westbound lanes of East College Ave. It wasn’t immediately clear whether that car made contact with the other two cars, or was involved in a separate accident.