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October 27, 2021

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E-Z Pass and the evolution of US freeway tolls

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Tourists through the July Fourth holiday most likely recognized the absence of toll booths on quite a few significant U.S. thruways. On Interstate 90, for case in point, a lot of of the toll booths have possibly been eradicated or they are merely no for a longer period manned. Motorists just breeze on via.

An app allows customers to pay tolls on the Pennsylvania Turnpike with E-ZPass or toll-by-plate. The app is available through the Apple Store or on Google Play.

You really don’t get a free journey, of study course. All those who do not have an E-Z Move get a invoice in the mail for the regular fees for employing the roadways. At just one time, the folks who manned the toll booths ended up part of a beneficial patronage technique applied by state politicians, but that has evidently ended. I’m certain they’ll uncover other ways.

Just imagine, had they completed absent with toll booths in the 1940s, Sonny Corleone may well nonetheless be alive.

A lot more:How did PA turnpike rank as most costly? ‘Fantasy’ vacation across the point out, officers say

• Erie drummer Joe Travers is bundled in Alex Winters’ new documentary, “Zappa,” on the life  of the late rocker Frank Zappa. There is a whole lot of previously unreleased footage in the film, which is taking part in on cable Tv set. Travers, who has performed with Billy Idol, Duran Duran, Drake Bell and Z (Ahmet and Dweezil Zappa), was beforehand showcased in the motion picture, “Zappa Performs Zappa.”

The historic tall ship fishing schooner Lettie G. Howard passes the North Pier Light at Presque Isle State Park. The Flagship Niagara League on Wednesday announced the cancellation of the sailing season for the Lettie G. Howard.

• A person of the terrific latest pleasures of summer in Erie is sailing on the Lettie G. Howard, the attractive, 75-foot schooner which is again in city. Afternoon and sunset sails are accessible from Dobbins Landing each day via September. Tickets are priced at about $25 for grown ups for the sails past about 90 minutes.

• Evelyn Anderson, who died June 23 at the age of 94, wrote nature columns for a long time for the Erie Times-News. The writer of a lot of publications, Evelyn liked Presque Isle Condition Park and knew each individual inch of it.

1926 – 2021:Evelyn Louise Anderson

I will never ever neglect President Ronald Reagan’s campaign prevent in Erie in 1984 when he was fielding nasty concerns from the countrywide reporters about a simmering scandal in Washington, D.C. Reagan was increasing weary of the issues and signaled to his press secretary, “Just 1 much more.”

All of the big-time reporters ended up clamoring to ask the final issue, but Reagan pointed to Anderson, who inquired, “Mr. President, what is your beloved wildflower?” The nationwide media forms were dumbfounded, but Evelyn had a further entry for her book about celebs and their favorite bouquets.

The Pier 6 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant shown June 29, 2021offers diners a view of Presque Isle Bay. Pier 6 is the latest venture by John Melody and Russell Stachewicz, who also own the U Pick Six bars.

• Speaking of Presque Isle, the watch of the bay from the new Pier 6 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, which opened this past 7 days, is impressive. The institution, situated on the roof of the building across from the Courtyard by Marriott, looks like a different winner for entrepreneurs John Melody and Russell Stachewicz.

Much more:Pier 6 Rooftop Bar & Restaurant on Erie’s bayfront open up to the public

Sam Constantino, 87, of Erie fishes from the new fishing platform June 25, 2021 at the foot of Holland Street in Erie. Constantino has been fishing for 70 years and believes the pier is a great asset for the community. "This is a really nice place to sit down and fish," said Constantino. "At my age I can't do a lot of walking. This pier is great for the person that doesn't want to monkey around with a boat."

• The naming of the not too long ago finished Holland Road fishing pier for longtime S.O.N.S. of Lake Erie leaders Ed Kissell and Jerry Skrypzak is most suitable. Kissell and Skrypzak have labored tirelessly for quite a few several years for the enhancement of general public bayfront properties. Kissell can even be witnessed weeding and tending to the bouquets planted by S.O.N.S. members at the entrance to the Bayfront Parkway.

Erie can only hope that other group-minded volunteers will choose up in the years in advance wherever Kissell and Skrypzak have established this sort of a excellent example.

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2021, file photo, Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid lines up for a faceoff against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta. McDavid was voted the Hart Trophy winner as the NHL's MVP for the second time in his career, Tuesday, June 29. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

• Connor McDavid, who thrilled Erie hockey supporters when he performed for the Otters, is only 24 yrs old, however he just received the Nationwide Hockey League’s Most Useful Participant Award. A whole lot of good athletes have handed via Erie on their way to the major time, but McDavid, who maintains shut ties listed here, may possibly be the ideal.

Far more:Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid’s dominant standard time lands him Hart Trophy

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