After careful scientific study (a gross exaggeration, we'll admit) we have determined that approximately 86 percent of drivers in Warren on average do not know what those two wide, white lines running perpendicular across roadways indicate.
For the other 25 percent, they indicate a crosswalk and require drivers to stop to allow pedestrians to cross the street.
On a recent walk to the middle of downtown Warren a Times Observer researcher stood in a crosswalk on Pennsylvania Avenue. Two west-bound cars traveled through without even slowing. The third, operated by an elderly woman in a Toyota stopped and smiled. We would like to extend to her one Peach for stopping and another for the smile, always a nice touch in a small town.
In the east-bound lane, four drivers filed through without stopping. One made a point of smiling, tough the researcher detected a bit of malevolence in the grin. Pits for each of them.
Both the researcher and the lady in the Toyota waited patiently for a long gap in the east-bound traffic for their journeys to continue.
Here's a Peach for the City of Warren Police Department, which goes to the trouble of calling a person to warn them when the time is drawing nigh for their parking ticket to go from $10 to $64. Don't count on such personal attention from the Philadelphia Police Department.
However, we're not convinced that the reason for the original ticket was the best: parking on the wrong side of a street on the wrong day even though there is no snow on the ground to plow. Nevertheless, a law is a law, and we appreciate the warning.
The local election season is already upon us, with a few campaign announcements already made. A whole raft of local offices will be on the ballot, and we are hanging on to a Peach to offer local politicians who keep it clean this coming season. Be aware, however, that we have a pocket full of Pits for those who resort to besmirching and otherwise personally attacking their opponents.
Here's a belated Peach got those residents of Youngsville who turned out at a borough council meeting to press their view that the borough should do whatever it can to keep the Brokenstraw Valley Pool operating this summer. Community involvement is always a good thing, and the effort led to the formation of a citizens committee trying to find some solutions to the pool's budget problem .