Love's Truck Stop Fire
It could have been a lot worse. That word from Mifflinville fire chief Dave Mausteller... after volunteers from Berwick to Espy were called out around 4:30 Thursday morning to battle a reported fuel pump fire at Love's Truck Stop on Route 339... near Interstate 80. Chief Mausteller says heat tape used to warm an additive for diesel fuel caught fire. The small fire was put out by an employee using a dry chemical extinguisher.
Trash to Treasure
The United Way of Columbia County holds it's annual Trash to Treasure sale Saturday on the Bloomsburg University campus. It begins at 9 O'clock.... but if you get your hands on some Early Bird tickets... you have first dibs on a lot of items... so says the United Way's John Thomas. Up for grabs hundreds of items for sale at the Kehr Union on the BU campus... including some out – dated, but handy video cassette recorders... and computer laptops.
The Women's Center of Bloomsburg is trying to help their clients who may not have a cellphone, but need one in an emergency. They'll be accepting donations of old, wireless devices which may be cluttering up a junk drawer in your home. The Center's Zabrina Finn says the data cards will be scrubbed... the batteries charged and given to clients who may have to call 9-1-1... and it's environmentally friendly program. Finn says the Bloomsburg Library... the Berwick YMCA... and the Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville are accepting the old, but gently used phones.
Millard's New Assignment
State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Millville... has taken on an additional workload in Harrisburg. He's been named to chair a sub – committee dealing with education as part of his duties on the House Appropriations Committee. The sub – committee's goal this year is to to establish a cost – effective spending approach to education... as well as dealing with the public pension crisis. In addition to serving on Appropriations... Representative Millard is a member of the committees of Agriculture and Rural affairs... Tourism and Recreational Development and Gaming Control.
Games of Chance
It appears a state law dealing with small games of chance has led to the cancellation of a so – called “Night at the Races” for an auxiliary of Catholic Social Services in Hazleton. It was to have been held Saturday night. The event is used as a fund raiser... but after the legislature failed to pass an amendment last year... holding the event would technically be breaking the law. Now... State Rep. Tarah Toohill of Hazleton is favor of changing the law so non - profit groups can hold such fundraisers.
Work continues on a second magnet school for the Hazleton area district.... this one in Butler Township. Renovations began last month on the $11 – million project. The new school will get kids out of modular buildings now being used... with the school focusing on science... technology... engineering and mathematics.
A candlelight vigil is being planned in State College next Tuesday to mark the 1-year anniversary of the death of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. A group known as Inspiration Way is hoping to build a memorial brick walkway in State College. Organizers say they will light 409 candles, one for each of Paterno's victories before 111 were stripped as part of NCAA sanctions in response to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.
The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams played Shippensburg last night. Bloomsburg defeating the Shippensburg women 70 to 40... while the Shippensburg men got by the Bloomsburg men 79 to 58.
Girls HS Basketball
In girls high school basketball last night... Southern Columbia defeated Central Columbia 41 – 36... and Bloomsburg downed Sullivan County 52 – 29.