Planning is expected to get underway soon for the 38th annual Renaissance Jamboree. The 37th annual affair was held Saturday along Main Street in Bloomsburg... with thousands of people attending despite cool temperatures and partly sunny skies. Non – profit and commercial vendors took up Main Street from Iron to West Streets... peddling their wares... and informing visitors about their cause. There was no shortage of entertainment either.... with a number of venues set up for anything from square dancing to... the big band sounds.... as well as Motown rock.
Bloomsburg Skate Park
We could see construction get underway soon for a place for skateboarders to ride. It would be in the Town Park area... along Ft. McClure Boulevard... in the area of the former skateboard Park. Town Park Improvement Association President Chuck Wagner says since the proposed park has received a 5 – thousand dollar grant... the facility must be constructed of concrete. Wagner says it's expected ground will be broken in late May or early June.... with boarders using the facility sometime in July.
There is a meeting Monday night at Town Council chambers dealing with what you want to see in Town Park. That session gets underway at 6 O'clock on the second floor of town hall... prior to Monday night's Town Council meeting.
Gov. Wolf's Budget
Governor Tom Wolf continues to push for his proposed budget, complete with tax hikes and Shifts. Governor Wolf proposed an ambitious plan to change numerous tax rates in Pennsylvania when he delivered his budget address to lawmakers last month. Since then, he's been on the road trying to sell his ideas to the people. On Radio PA's Ask the Governor program last week, Mr Wolf said he believes he can work well with Republican lawmakers who call the shots in the House and Senate... the two sides have about 9 weeks to get a compromise plan ironed out if they're to meet the June 30th budget deadline.
State Economic Stimulates
A recent roundtable discussion in Harrisburg looked at ways to stimulate the state's economy. A highlight of the meeting was the unveiling of a seven bill package sponsored by Senator Rob Teplitz. Key points include providing specific training for the jobs that are available, improving opportunities for veterans, as well as female and minority-owned businesses, promoting products that are made in Pennsylvania, and the creation of an office within the Department of Community and Economic Development to assist recent immigrants.
Knoebels Amusement Resort... sitting on the board of Columbia and Northumberland Counties opened for the first time for the 2015 season over the weekend. The ribbon was officially cut for the park's newest roller coaster... the Impulse. The first ride was auctioned off for “Give Kids the World.” The overall auction raising about $7,000 dollars. There are always impressive numbers from Knoebels... with the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau estimating guest attendance in the past at a million people a season.
Women's Center / Cell Phones
If you have an unwanted and unused cell phone.... why not turn it into the Women's Center in Bloomsburg... where it will be put to go use... and help the center.... so says Zabrina Finn. Cell phones that don't work are sent off to a company who erase personal information... then sending the Center a donation. Useable phones are wiped clean of data... and given to clients so they can call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
A bill in the state House would require schools to distribute information about eating disorders. State Representative Steve Santarsiero says he believes schools present a unique opportunity to get the right information to parents... so eating disorders can be addressed quickly if they occur. His bill would require schools share information on the warning signs with parents of children in fifth through twelfth grade. Eating disorders such as anorexia... bulimia... and binge eating affect more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians... and first symptoms usually present themselves in that age range.
A traffic stop led to drug charges against two men over the weekend in West Hazleton. Also in the car at the time of the stop was a six year old child. Officers stopped the vehicle on South Broad Street for having illegal lighting equipment. Probable cause was discovered to search the vehicle with cops coming up with narcotics and prescription medicine.
Wilkes - Barre Gunshots
Wilkes – Barre police are checking into reports of gunshots fired early Sunday morning. Police were called to the Passion Lounge on Scott Street. They later caught up with two people... believed to be involved... on Route 309. One person was taken into custody... while the second person ran off into some near-by woods.
Former Berwick quarterback C.J. Curry played in East Stroudsburg's spring game on Saturday night. That concluded his first spring with the Warriors, and afterward he said the experience was a positive one. Curry was in for 14 plays on Saturday night. He completed 2 of 4 passes for 33 yards.
In major league baseball Sunday, the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4. On Monday night.. the Phils open a four game series against the Cardinals in Saint Louis. The first pitch will be at 8:15. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 7:40.
Other MLB Games
In other games Sunday... the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Arizona Diamondbacks 8 to nothing... and the New York Yankees got by the New York Mets 6 to 4.
In the NBA playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a sweep of Boston with a 101-93 win over the Celtics.
Other NBA Games
In other games,,, The Los Angeles Clippers downed the San Antonio Spurs 114 to 105... the Washington Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors 125 – 94... and it was the Dallas Mavericks over the Houston Rockets 121 to 109.