Bloomsburg Water Outage Update
Repairs have been completed to the ruptured water main in the Town of Bloomsburg and full water service has been restored. There is NO NEED to boil the water. Any United Water customers in Bloomsburg who experience discoloration in the water are advised that certain fire hydrants will be opened by United Water crew members to remedy such.
It was first announced in April... and now the second weekend of August is here... and it's time for the Bloomsburg Nationals... a huge car show Promoted by Carlisle Events at the Fairgrounds. For the past generation... or so... the organization has been promoting automotive and sportsman – type programs at the Carlisle Fairgrounds. Now Events co – owner Lance Miller says coming to Bloomsburg for the first time is a bit different. He says his company knows every nuance of the Carlisle Fairground... so now it's time to get used to Bloomsburg's layout. The three day event begins Friday... and runs through Sunday.... with plenty of activities to keep everyone busy.... including a gridlock of downtown Bloomsburg Friday starting at 12 Noon.
Lightning Victim Identified
A 41 – year old man from Moosic... in Lackawanna County... has been identified as the victim of a lighting strike Sunday afternoon at the Pocono Raceway. Monroe County coroner Robert Allen says Brian Zimmerman was standing near his car behind the main grandstand when lighting struck. He was administered CPR... but died later at Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg. Authorities say nine other people were hurt by the strike.
The lack of summer rain... punctuated by local showers is making it tough on Columbia and Montour County farmers this growing season. John Esslinger from the Penn State Extension Service on Sawmill Road... says the field corn crop used to feed cows over the winter season... doesn't appear to be plentiful this year. But in the overall scheme of agri-business.... Esslinger says what farmers are experiencing in the two county area is far from what's being felt in the midwest.
NEPA Gas Prices
Gas prices across northeast Pennsylvania have risen 26 – cents over the past month... and it continues to climb slowly. The latest Triple -A Fuel Gauge report... shows the price of self – serve unleaded regular is averaging $3.52 a gallon. That's up a penny from the weekend... and up eight cents a gallon from a week ago.
Work continues Tuesday night on road reconstruction on Front Street in Berwick. PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason says crews from Barletta Materials will begin milling and paving operations of northbound Route 11 between the Sheetz gas station and the K-Mart. That work will continue through early Wednesday morning. On Monday night... Barletta Construction milled and paved the southbound lane to start that portion of the project.
Hazleton City Council
Hazleton City Council debated an ordinance which limits the number of animals that can be housed on property. It's part of a package of ordinances being pushed by Police Chief Frank DeAndrea and eventually approved by Council on a 3 to 2 vote. However... the bone of contention... and discussed during their most recent meeting.... authorities entering homes to see if they're are any violations.
Where to store Luzerne County records. The issue remains on hold... while records not needed are being shredded at the Thomas C. Thomas warehouse in Wilkes – Barre. But a bigger issue is looming... either to purchase the warehouse... or to build a new facility... possibly on county land. Prothonotary Carolee Olenginski says the warehouse doesn't fit specifications since it isn't climate controlled... instead proposing new construction with office space on county property by the former Valley Crest nursing home in Plains Township. The current warehouse is costing Luzerne County $8,500 a month to rent.
In-depth bridge inspections in two area counties are scheduled to take place Tuesday. PennDOT will conduct an in-depth inspection of the Route 487 plate-girder bridge over Shamokin Creek in Ralpho Township. Agency spokesman Rick Mason says there will be daylight flagging, with minor traffic impacts. Also on Tuesday.... an inspection will also take on the Route 254 plate-girder bridge over Chillisquaque Creek in Derry Township in Montour County.
I – 80 Bridges
There will be a traffic troublespot on Interstate 80 this week as work continues on the refurbishing of the twin bridges over the Susquehanna between Lime Ridge and Mifflinville. PennDOT spokesman Rick Mason telling us the right lane of I-80 eastbound at the Berwick / Lime Ridge interchange will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday from 6 AM through 5 PM. That allows room for truck traffic to maneuver to perform road widening work. Also: the westbound Mifflinville on – ramp remains closed until traffic is switched to the new bridges in late August or mid – September.
PSAC Media Day
At its Media Day on Monday... the PSAC announced the results of its annual coaches’ poll. Defending PSAC East and Overall Champion Kutztown has been picked to win the Eastern Division, while California, PA; and IUP have been chosen as co-favorites in the PSAC West. The Golden Bears of Kutztown are coming off not only their first PSAC Championship in school history, but also just their second PSAC East Championship. The Bloomsburg Huskies were voted 2nd. It marks the seventh straight year that the Huskies have been elected as either number one or two in the poll. The Huskies will open their season on the road near Boston... as they take on a new opponent... the Skyhawks of Stone Hill. That game is scheduled for Friday, August 31st at 6 PM.
Ben Sheets pitched into the eighth inning and Freddie Freeman hit a two-run double as the Atlanta Braves took a 6-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a three-game set at Citizens Bank Park Monday night. Philadelphia's Vance Worley was tagged for four runs on six hits with three walks over 3 2/3 innings to take the loss. The Phils and Braves meet again Tuesday night. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.