Thousands of people crowded the Bloomsburg fairgrounds Monday.... as sunshine and temps in the mid 60's provided perfect weather. Fair officials said nearly 40,000 people passed through the turnstiles on the third official day of the exposition. That's compared to an estimated 26,600 who attended the same day back in 2010... the last year the fair was held. At the conclusion of the third official fair day... attendance is off an estimated 6,700... but it's expected to exceed that since decent weather is forecast from Thursday to the fair's conclusion on Saturday night.
Fair / Carl Shaffer
Farming and the nation's economy go hand in hand... as agri – businessmen plow... plant... and harvest crops to feed the world. It's never been more evident than at this year's Bloomsburg Fair. One man who knows that first hand is Mifflinville Farmer Carl Shaffer who is the president of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. Shaffer says the future of farming comes from 4-Her's and their projects... as well as Future Farmers of America organizations found at local high schools... and across the state.
Fair / George Greig
He was tapped by Governor Corbett to be state agriculture commissioner.... but he's never been to the Bloomsburg Fair until this week. Ag Secretary George Greig got an education of a lifetime when he walked the fair grounds with Governor Corbett. Greig will be back to the Bloomsburg Fair Wednesday evening when the Fair Association presents it's annual ho – down for animal exhibitors and vendors.
With Pennsylvania's Voter ID law on the books for the November general election... PennDOT is doing its best to make sure those who need an official form of identification gets one. The agency setting up shop in an area in the rear of the School Exhibits Building at the Fair to make sure the forms for making an application for an ID are available... and questions answered. PennDOT's Michael Taluto says there are only two forms to fill out to get the required documentation. As it stands now... some form of Government identification is required before you get a ballot when you go to vote on November 6th.
The Danville Borough Council approved a zoning variance during their meeting Monday night. It will allow the Danville Middle School on Route 11... to be used, once again, to educate kids. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... the variance was needed to the District could “wet proof” the building damaged during last September's flooding. The cost to do the work is estimated at $8 – million... with the building possibility coming back on line next year. However, Council cautioned if flooding takes place again... the school may be damaged since levees designed to hold back water have not been either repaired or replaced.
A West Hazleton man is jailed after he allegedly set seven fires in a one hour period on Monday in Hazleton. Authorities say 49 – year old Lawrence Ustenofski is charged with setting the fires to a sign at a fast food restaurant... to two vending machines at Hazleton General Hospital... to Grand Central Plaza where a second sign was set on fire. Ustenofski was caught coming out of the woods where tires were set on fire. He was arrested and is now awaiting a preliminary hearing.
A Hazleton resident has been charged in the stabbing death of a Carbondale man over the weekend. Authorities finding 37 – year old Joseph Cedeno of West Broad Street in his mother's Carbondale home. Cedeno is facing a long list of charges... including criminal homicide in the death of 28 – year old Dennis Doherty... who was stabbed 9 times. Doherty and Cedeno were friends... and robbery is believed to be a motive in the slaying.
Weis / Farm Show
Governor Corbett cut the ribbon Monday... officially welcoming Sunbury – based Weis Markets as the newest sponsor of the Pennsylvania Farm Show complex in Harrisburg. The governor says it's a three – quarters of a million dollar deal with Weis now having the naming rights to Expo Hall... the location of the Farm Show's food court.
The price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular is dropping... but not as fast as it went up. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report out shows that gas across northeastern Pennsylvania is averaging $3.84 a gallon... that's down a penny from Monday.... and down ten cents for the week. The reason for the drop... more gas in the pipelines... and refiners nearly completing the change over to winter blended gas.
Golf Cart Theft
Police in Northumberland County are looking for thieves who made off with a golf cart from an elderly man's yard along Route 147 in Point Township. Cops say the pair discovered the cart in the man's yard.... and after they took it.... abandoned the machine in a field adjacent to Ridge Road. If you have information about the theft... call police.
Bloomsburg University Football
The unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team is now ranked in the nation's top 10. The Huskies moved up to number 10 in the American Football Coaches Association Division II poll. This Saturday at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium, the Huskies will face Gannon University. That game will start at 1:30.
High School Football
There are three local high school football teams still unbeaten. Two of them... Danville and Central Columbia... meet Friday night at Central in our game of the week. The coverage begins at 6 O'clock with The Friday Football Commute on News Radio 930... 94.7 and 104.3... as well as Berwick's 1280 and www.whlm.com. The area's other unbeaten team, Southern Columbia, has a home game against Muncy on Friday.
Monday Night Football
Seattle's Russell Wilson threw a disputed 24-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate on the final play of the game... as the Seattle Seahawks rallied to defeat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 in Monday night football.
The Philadelphia Phillies had Monday off. They take on the Washington National's Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Two lefties are on the mound.... Cole Hamels faces Ross Detwiler. You can hear all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.