National Night Out
Cop shops up and down the Susquehanna Valley will be observing National Night Out Tuesday evening. In Bloomsburg... the event begins at six O'clock at the Norris Rock Pool at Catherine Street and Ft. McClure Boulevard. Bloomsburg PD Officer Ken Auchter says... besides displays... there are some freebee's for the kids such as bike helmets and backpacks. Also on hand are officers from near – by departments as well as fire and EMS displays. National Night Out is also being observed in Berwick... and in Danville.
A recent craze sweeping the nation has been hiding cash in envelopes at various locations. Now Carlisle Events... the promoter of this weekend's Bloomsburg National's at the fair grounds is following suit. They'll be hiding denominations of cash in downtown Bloomsburg as well as at the show site. The denominations run anywhere from ten to 200 dollars... hidden in envelopes. The Bloomsburg National's powered by Carlisle Events begins Friday at the fair grounds... with an estimated 1,000 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles on display.
Drilling in Loyalsock
A section of the Loyalsock State Forest in northcentral Pennsylvania is the target of plans by the state to drill for natural gas. But a number of lawmakers and activists have come out in opposition. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources plans to issue drilling permits for the Clarence Moore tract of the forest, which refers to the previous owner. Rep. Greg Vitali is the sponsor of a House resolution which calls on the Governor to use his authority to halt the permits. One activist referred to the Loyalsock as the-quote-canary in the coal mine, saying if drilling is permitted here, then no open space in Pennsylvania would be off limits.
Mother Nature deserves all the credit for the better-than-average air quality we've had so far this summer. Only four Air Quality Action Days have been declared by the state Department of Environmental Protection so far this summer. That's way below the average and good news for those with breathing problems. The cooler than normal temperatures and cloud cover have helped deter the formation of ozone, a major pollutant. A color coded system ranging from green for good to orange for unhealthy is utilized to grade air quality.
A senior expo is on tap tomorrow in Dallas... in the back mountain area of Luzerne County... presented by State Representative Karen Boback. Ms. Boback taking care of political issues in northern Columbia... Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. She says it's an opportunity for those over 55 to talk to vendors and take part in seminars on subjects important to folks reaching retirement years. The event will take place as Misericordia University in Dallas starting at 10 AM.
The state's top doctor and other physicians took part in a call-in with reporters hosted by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to assure the public Pennsylvania is prepared to respond to the threat of Ebola, even though the risk is low. State Physician General Dr. Carrie DeLone emphasized the risk of a significant Ebola outbreak in the U S is extremely low and close to non-existent. She says the virus is not easy to catch and is spread only from someone who is actively sick. She says it is not spread through the air. She says someone with symptoms would also have other risk factors including travel to an area where Ebola is active.
Freeland... near Hazleton... may get a Dollar General store. The city council there is expected to give it's informal approval at a work session this week... with final approval on a land development plan next week.
The average price of a gallon of gas continues to drop. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report shows that the average price of self – serve, unleaded regular is holding steady at 3-56 a gallon across northeastern Pennsylvania. That's down a penny from the weekend... and down four cents from a week ago.
Still no suspects in custody with the burglary of the Tropical Palms restaurant in Wilkes – Barre. Police say it happened early Saturday morning... when someone smashed the front window. Once inside... the burglar broke open a jukebox... and stole money.
A home improvement contractor is behind bars in Northumberland County... after allegedly taking money from customers and not doing the work promised. Robert Kolovich of Northumberland is the owner of Lifetime Choice Windows. He was arrested by state police on a long list of charges after he failed to do work on a home near Canton.
17-year-old is the fourth person to face adult charges in a highway rock-throwing incident on Interstate 80 near Milton that severely injured an Ohio teacher last month. Authorities say Keefer Lance McGee of New Columbia was arraigned and is facing a long list of charges. He's accused along with three others in the July 10th incident on Interstate 80 that caused traumatic injuries to Sharon Budd of Uniontown, Ohio. She is now in serious condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
BU Fall Schedules
You can tell the fall semister at Bloomsburg University is about to begin when sports teams release their schedules. The Huskies Field Hockey team open their season by heading south of the border. They'll play September 6th at Gaffney, South Carolina... for a game with Limestone... before heading to Newberry to play at Newberry College the next day. Meantime... BU's Women's Soccer season begins September 4th when they hit the road to play Clarion.
The Philadelphia Phillies had Monday off to think about their weekend series with the Washington National's. They move on tonight to begin a three game series at Citizens Bank Park with the Houston Astros. Game time is 7:05. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations...
Other MLB Games
In other games Monday night... The San Francisco Giants got by the New York Mets 4 to 2... and the New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers 2 to 1.
The NFL pre - season is about to begin... and for the Philadelphia Eagles it starts this weekend in the Windy City. The Eagles and the Chicago Bears collide at Soldier Field in a prime – time match up.