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Monday / March 27, 2017

 

 

Ag Safety Day

The Mifflinville Fire Company has a piece of equipment it hopes it doesn't have to use.. a silo extracation device. That word from Chief Allen Mausteller. It was part of this weekend's Columbia County Ag Safety day at the Bloomsburg Fairground. And Chief Mausteller says they've never had to use the silo extracation device... you just don't know when you'll have to.... and it could be loaned out to out of town companies in a mutual aid basis.

 

For Kids Sake

People aren't volunteering or donating as they had in the pass. That fact came home to roost this weekend as the Big Brothers / Big Sisters held their annual Bowling for Kids Sakes at the P-nut Bowl in Bloomsburg. Executive Director Diane Macri said donation's and teams were off this year. And Ms. Macri says with her retirement pending... maybe it's time to give another generation an opportunity to bring the organization back.

 

Trump Rally

A Berwick man is now a candidate for Senator Bob Casey's job. Berwick councilman Andrew Schector made his intensions known during the Make America Great rally in Philadelphia. Mr. Schector is running as a Republican... and has a lot of hurdles to overcome such as state wide name recogination and the amount of money it takes to become known.

 

Union County Accident

Police are investigating a hit and run after a vehicle hit a sign in front of a Union County business. According to state police, the driver ran a stop sign and took out a sign at Fero Vineyards and Winery near Lewisburg sometime between 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Troopers said the vehicle ended up in a retention pond and was then pulled out by another vehicle. Anyone with information on the wreck in union County is asked to contact state police.

 

Snap Card

A Lycoming County woman is facing multiple charges after attempting to sell her SNAP benefits on a Facebook page. State investigators have charged 37 – year old Tanya Keenan – Mack of Williamsport with SNAP trafficking and access device fraud after she made a post to social media attempting to sell her benefits in exchange for drugs.

 

Domestic Violence Deaths

A new report found 102 people were killed in domestic violence incidents in Pennsylvania in 2016. The number is slightly down from 2015 when there was 114 people killed, according to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In 2016, there were 56 female victims and 46 male victims and 37 perpetrator deaths. Two of the deaths were two police officers who died while responding to domestic violence cases.

 

Cardinal Keeler

A public viewing is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Baltimore for former Harrisburg Bishop Cardinal William Keeler. Cardinal Keeler died last week at the age of 86. He grew up in Lebanon and attended Lebanon Catholic. He became Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg in 1983, then served as Archbishop of Baltimore and eventually elevated to Cardinal.

 

Residency Requirement

A look at Luzerne County's residency requirement will come up for discussion Tuesday. Several prospective applicants with strong resumes did not pursue Luzerne County government management jobs. If hired they would be required to relocate within the county. The policy requires the top manager, eight division heads, to live in the county within six months of their hiring.

 


Sunday / March 26, 2017

The Covert's Closet Spring fashion show is today from Noon-2 at the Capitol Bar & Grill in downtown Bloomsburg. Shop jewelry, makeup, and fashions from Covert's Closet while enjoying food and craft brews.  


Saturday / March 25, 2017

The 35th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids Sake is today at the P-Nut Bowl off Route 11 between Bloomsburg & Berwick. Come cheer on the bowlers and support the BBBS.

 

Meadowbrook Christian School's 35th anniversary benefit auction is today from 8AM – 3PM. Proceeds benefit the school and tuition assistance for students. The school is at 363 Stamm Road, off Route 254 in Milton.

 

AGAPE's Thanks for Giving donation drive is today. From 9AM – 9PM drop off nonperishable food and snacks for AGAPE's backpack program at the donation trucks parked at Lowe's in Buckhorn and at Surplus Outlet in Berwick.

 

The Columbia County Farm Bureau presents Ag Safety Day, today at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds industrial & educational buildings. From 10AM – 2PM come see presentations on equipment and outdoor safety, rescue methods, and much more. Refreshments will be available. Families and all ages are welcome.


Come to the Bloomsburg Public Library today for a free preview of this year's BTE Theatre In The Classroom presentation: All Aboard, the story of the first transcontinental railroad. The performance is open to all ages and starts at Noon at the library on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The annual Bloomsburg University Easter egg hunt for Endometriosis is this afternoon on the Nelson Field House lawn on BU's Upper Campus. The children's hunts start at 2PM, with the BU student hunt at 3PM. Entry is $2 per person. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

 

Come to the Montour-DeLong Community Fairgrounds for an all-you can eat haddock fish dinner this evening from 3-7 PM. Cost is $12 for adults, $6 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Active-duty military personnel eat free with ID. Take out is available. The fairgrounds are on Broadway Road in Danville.
 

Pine Street Lutheran Church is holding a chicken & waffle dinner this evening from 4-7 PM. Cost is $9 for adults. All-you-can-eat. Take-out is available. The church is at 407 Pine Street in Danville.

 

Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series presents world-famous Gospel quintette the Blind Boys of Alabama, in concert tonight at the Haas Center for the Arts. The group's history can be traced back 7 decades to the original members in the 1930's. The show starts at 7:30PM.

 

The Covert's Closet Spring fashion show is Sunday from Noon-2 at the Capitol Bar & Grill in downtown Bloomsburg. Shop jewelry, makeup, and fashions from Covert's Closet while enjoying food and craft brews.  


Friday / March 24, 2017

 

 

 

Block Party

With “block party” only weeks away... there is a concern on the part of Bloomsburg University. That word coming from the University's Dan Knorr... who says “block party” with thousands of college -age kids is not backed by BU. Some of the restrictions put into place... is the closing of the parking lot on Lightstreet Road in front of the hospital... forcing visitors to park in other area's of the town.

 

Underage Drinking

The investigation continues into an underage drinking party at the home of a Southern Columbia teacher. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting more than three dozen teens were there, mostly students from Southern Columbia High School. Locust Township police say the teacher and his wife didn't know the party was happening at their Lake Glory Road home, but a lot of students are now in trouble. Southern Columbia school officials and police are still trying to identify all those involved in the underage drinking.

 

Vets
Few thinks unite lawmakers from both parties like veterans, so a joint legislative hearing was held Thursday to provide lawmakers with an update on efforts to help this important group. The House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees heard from two top officials from the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs including Adjutant General Anthony Carrelli who offered some thanks for the support the legislature gives to veterans programs. Deputy Adjutant General Eric Weller also told lawmakers that the department was looking to become more efficient and that there is a constant effort to do more for vets.

 

Scouting Program

April 6th is the evening that the Boy Scout Council of Columbia – Montour Counties honors those who make things better in the community. The scouts Scott Atherton says three individuals will be honored.

They include former Pine Barn owner Marty Waltzer... the Knoebels family and father Dominic Mamarella will be honored. The event gets underway at 7 O'clock the evening of April 6th at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. There are tickets still available.

 

Tax Reform
Property tax reform is once again on the political radar in Harrisburg with a new proposal under consideration. Before wrapping up for the week, state Senator Mike Folmer urged his colleagues to take a closer look at Senate Bill 76, which he says would replace the 14 billion dollars in revenue which would be lost by eliminating local property taxes. Not so fast, says Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa. He says the bill includes a condition that school districts be debt free before eliminating taxes, with most districts failing to meet that condition.

 

Wildfire prevention
It's wildfire prevention week in the commonwealth, though state officials hope you'll work to prevent forest fires all year round. The month of March marks the beginning of a possibly dangerous three months for forest fires in Pennsylvania. The combination of bright sun, strong winds, and warming temperatures can quickly can increase wildfire dangers... and if you start a fire, even by accident... you will be charged for the cost of putting it out. Last year, Bureau of Forestry personnel and volunteer firefighters battled more than 850 reported fires over more than 12,000 acres across the state.

 

AVP Air Show

After days of speculation and unconfirmed reports from Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport officials, the word is out that the airport will host an air show the 12th and 13th of August. The revived air show has already locked up acts like the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team. With a budget of $375,000, airport officials are just hoping to break even with ticket sales, concessions and sponsorships.

 

Snyder County Deaths

The names have been released of a father and daughter who were found dead inside a home in Snyder County on Wednesday. According to state police, 41-year-old Donovan Gillison and 15-year-old daughter, Jada, were discovered inside a home along Fisher Road near Selinsgrove. While an autopsy shows that the girl died of carbon monoxide exposure... it is still not clear how the father died.

 

Plains Fires

Crews were called to reports of flames around 5 p.m. Thursday in one Luzerne County community. According to reports, the flames broke out at a double block home along the 100 block of North Main Street in Plains Township near Wilkes-Barre. One scene report says that most of the visible damage done to the home was centered near the second story. The investigation into that blaze is continuing.

 

Former Harrisburg Bishop

A former bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, who served most recently as cardinal in the Baltimore diocese, has died at age 86. Cardinal William Keeler was the seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, serving from 1984 to 1989. He served in Baltimore, first as archbishop, and was then elevated to cardinal 1994 by Pope John Paul II in a mass at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. When he retired in 2007, he had 51 years of active ministry, including 33 years in the Harrisburg diocese and 18 years in Baltimore. No word on funeral arrangements.

 


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