Fair / Corbett
The Bloomsburg Fair is part of our culture. That word from Governor Tom Corbett who spent two hours on the ground at the 157th exposition late Sunday afternoon. The Governor pressing the flesh with fairgoers and vendors alike... telling WHLM News the fair has a huge economic impact. Joining Governor Corbett was State Agriculture Secretary George Greig. Bloomsburg Fair Association Directors showing off the fairgrounds thanks to the thousands of hours of work preformed by volunteers following last September's flood.
Fair / Barn Tour
Want a little something extra while you visit this year's 157th Bloomsburg Fair.... why not take an in depth tour of the barns which house cattle... goats and sheep. Livestock Superintendent Jeff Giger says it's an opportunity for kids and adults to get a little closer to the animals and to find out where dairy products come from. Tours are given daily at 10:30 and 4:30... with folks meeting in front of the Arena.
Continuing a positive operational performance trend, Geisinger Health System ended fiscal year 2012 on June 30th in a strong financial position. According to a hospital spokesperson... Geisinger achieved an operating margin just over $154 – million... on revenue of $2.9 - billion. That's an 11% growth over 2011. In addition... Geisinger continued their friendly take - over strategy... by absorbing the Bloomsburg Hospital... as well as Shamokin Area Community Hospital.
Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton hopes a bill dealing with flood recovery will soon become law. Just last week... congress okayed a measure authored by Mr. Barletta designed to reduce interest rates to disaster victims who borrow money from the Small Business Administration. During a stop last month in flood – ravaged Shickshinny, Rep. Barletta said instead of a 6% SBA interest rate... it would range anywhere from ¾ to 2% of the current market rate... not to exceed 4%. One important provision calls for the measure to be retro – active to January of 2011. Although Rep. Barletta is urging action on the part of the Senate.... it's not known when the measure will come up for a vote.
There will be a road closure starting Monday as PennDOT shuts down Mt. Pleasant Road... between Lick Run and Diehls Road. The road will be closed through Wednesday morning. The road closure is necessary so PennDOT crews can operate a large crane needed to install a new box culvert creating a bridge on Whites Church Road. The original bridge which carries traffic over a stream was destroyed during last September's flooding. The agency's Rick Mason says there is a detour in effect using Millertown Road... Route 254 and Rohrsburg Road. The new bridge should be opened to traffic sometime in October.
Pennsylvania's unemployment was up slightly last month. The State Department of Labor and Industry says the unemployment rate for August was 8.1%... up two - tenths of a percent over July. The state unemployment rate was the same as August 2011. Meantime.... Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate equaled the U.S. rate in August and has been at or below the U.S. rate for 70 consecutive months.
Hazleton police are staying tight lipped about an accident... which found a car slamming into a house in the 800 block of North Church Street. The car left a gaping hole in the side of the home. That has since been covered up with plywood.
The Hazleton Area School District is becoming pro – active as it launches a a new bully prevention program. It's a program three years in the making... and many feel it's the most comprehensive ever. Those who must take the program include every adult employee... as well as kids who attend district schools. Also scheduled to take the training are outside vendors and school bus drivers.
The Borough of Freeland has a new full – time police officer patrolling the streets. Michael Racho appointment now brings the force up to two full-time... and seven part – time officers. Racho earned the job based on seniority... and having the right qualifications.
The three game winning streak of the Bloomsburg University football team was in jeopardy Saturday in Long Island as the Huskies trailed L.I.U. Post by six points early in the 4th quarter. Then a pass to Kyle Fisher tied the score for a touchdown and an extra point kick put the Husky's in the lead for the rest of the game... winning with a score of 42 – 27. It was one of three touchdown receptions for Fisher who was named the PSAC Eastern Division offensive player of the week.
The New York Jets defeated in the Miami Dolphins in overtime 23 to 20... the Oakland Raiders got by the Pittsburgh Steelers 34 to 31.. and The Philadelphia Eagles were defeated by the Arizona Cardinals 27 to 6.,,
A tough day for the Philadelphia.... as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Phil's 2 – 1 on Sunday afternoon. The Phil's are not eliminated from securing a wild-card race for a playoff spot in the National League, but they're going to need a miracle. They're five game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in an attempt to go to the playoffs. The Phil's have Monday off.... as they get ready to take on the Washington Nationals Tuesday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280.