A pow – wow in Harrisburg Tuesday between State Representative David Millard... as well as the governor's office dealing with the effects of flooding in Bloomsburg. Also scheduled to attend is former Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce president Ed Edwards... and current president Fred Gaffney. It was Gaffney who said the meeting deals with preventing flooding at Autoneum... and Windsor Foods... always targets of high water. Both Autoneum and Windsor Foods holds the key to an estimated 850 Bloomsburg – based jobs... and preventing flooding at their locations is of prime importance.
Jared Comes to Visit
He's been a pitch man for the Subway restaurant chain for the past 14 years.... now Jared Fogle tours the country visiting local stores... and stopping by elementary schools to get the word out about childhood obesity. The 34 – year old Fogle was in Bloomsburg Monday to thank the local store owner for raising the most money for this spring's Joe Snedeker charity bike ride... but also visit with the kids at the Memorial Elementary School. The message... get out from in front of the television and computer screens and exercise or you can become obese. He knows what he's talking about. Back in the mid to late 80's... the once portly Jared Fogle tipped the scale at just north of 400 pounds wearing pants with a 60 – inch waste.
Geisinger Health Systems and Guthrie Health of Sayre... are joining forces to study the impact the Marcellus shale gas industry is having on patients. Dr. David Carey of Geisinger's Weis Center for Research says it's the first large – scale assessment of the health effects impacting patients they care for. Dr. Carey says there is very little hard data dealing with the effects of the gas drilling industry. Guthrie is about a mile south of the border with New York State... a state where drilling is not allowed.
Columbia County Budget
The Columbia County Commissioners are getting ready to tackle a proposed budget for 2013. But, according to commissioner David Kovach... there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes with Chief Clerk Gail Kipp collecting a lot of information and talking to department heads. One unknown according to Kovach is how the flood buyout properties will affect the tax rolls. Some houses in the flood plain have been renovated.... while others are going off the tax rolls permanently.
With the opening of the Bloomsburg Fair in less than two weeks... final preparation work is underway. Over the weekend... the chairs for the new Sky Ride were installed. More than a hundred chairs in all will transport fair guests from the Main gate to the midway attractions. The $1 – million ride was installed by Reithoffer Shows... and Rick Reithoffer says it's part of being an innovate amusement company. Reithoffer characterizes the Sky Ride as the longest aerial tram operating on any fairground in the U-S. The Fair begins with a preview day on the 21st. The 157th exposition officially opening the 22nd... and running through the 29th.
A year after flood waters covered a quarter of Bloomsburg... the local ministerium gave thanks for the recovery of the area. It happened during a special Sunday night service at Town Park. Ministerium President Steven Engelhardt reaching out and giving thanks to those who volunteered their time and efforts to get the town back in shape in such short order. Flood survivors told their stories. Also on hand... the Bicentennial Choir.
PennDOT says you might experience some delays the next two days... when the right lanes of Interstate 80...both eastbound and westbound... between the Lime Ridge and Mifflinville interchanges will be closed until 7 O'clock Monday night. The agency's Rick Mason says the closures are in preparation to switch traffic on the new and reconstructed bridge over the Susquehanna River along the westbound alignment. The same situation happens Tuesday... but the right lanes will be shuttered until 5 PM.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Dean Kriner Funeral Home in Bloomsburg for 27 – year old Jason Ryman... originally from Danville... who spent the last five years in Philadelphia. He was a 2003 graduate of Danville High School and graduated in 2008 from Bloomsburg University. He died over the Labor Day weekend after fall overboard while boating on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. His body was recovered late last week.
One man is dead... and two are wounded during a shootout at a bar in Plymouth early Sunday morning. Police say 39 – year old Scott Luzetsky of Edwardsville died in the hail of bullets at Bonnie's Bar in the 100 block of East Main Street. Two other people... 24 – year old William Allabaugh and 29 – year old Stephen Hollman... both of Plymouth... were wounded and are being treated at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. Allabaugh has been charged with homicide and attempted homicide. Police aren't saying what happened.... since the investigation is continuing.
A Drums man remains in critical condition at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center. 20 – year old Matthew Kaschak was tossed from his motorcycle last week when he struck the side of a car driven by a 78 – year old Sugarloaf woman. Lillian Curry was apparently pulling out of a private driveway on Route 309... north of Hazleton when the bike collided with her car.
Luzerne County will soon be looking for a new purchasing director. Current director Frank Pugliese has submitted his resignation... moving on as physical plant director and buildings – and – grounds supervisor for the Wyoming Area School District. Pugliese has been on the job since 2009.
Junior placekicker Dan Fisher has had a fine career at Bloomsburg University, but he has never had a better game than he did Saturday in the Huskies home opener against Edinboro. Fisher kicked three field goals including one from 52 yards for a new school record. In addition, he was three for three in extra points and had a career best 65 yard punt in helping the Huskies to a 30-14 win. Bloomsburg , now 2-0 will face defending PSAC Champ Kutztown this Saturday at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium. Kutztown beat the Huskies last season 52-14.
In NFL action yesterday afternoon, the Philadelphia Eagles opened their season with a 17-16 win over the Cleveland Browns in Cleveland. In Sunday night football... the Denver Broncos defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31 to 19.
The Philadelphia Phillies swept a double header from Colorado on Sunday. In the first game... Philadelphia got by the Rockies 3 to 2.... in the night cap... the Phils sweeping Colorado 7 to 4. The Phil's begin a home stand with the Miami Marlins Monday night. The pre – game show begins at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.