The reverberations are still being felt throughout the region on word that Windsor Foods in Bloomsburg will shut it's doors early next year. Windsor will also shutter a plant in Riverside, California. That move is expected to toss an estimated 160 local people out of work... but Fred Gaffney of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says Windsor's decision wasn't unexpected.
Danville Flood Project
The Borough of Danville is putting some additional state money to work to insure the integrity of the flood control system. The nearly – half million dollars is left over funding from an H2O grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development. Danville Administrator Dan Knorr says the major problem is in Sechler and Blizzard Runs. Knorr said other areas to get attention is the construction of a wingwall at A Street... repairs to the Sechler Run pump station... and repairs to the Mahoning Creek floodwall. The work is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the year.
Over the past few years... it's become an important part of our lives... now State Representative David Millard is holding a concealed carry class at the Reliance Fire Company in Berwick next month. Columbia County Sheriff Time Chamberlain will discuss how to safely interact with police while exercising the legal right to carry a firearm. Also to be on hand is Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold. The class takes place November 7th at the Reliance Fire Hall on Third Street starting at 6 O'clock. Call Representative Millard's office to sign up.
Civil Suits Settled in Sandusky Case
Penn State announced Monday that it had settled a civil suit involving 26 victims from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal and will pay out nearly $60 million. "The terms of the settlements, which include a release of all claims against Penn State and other parties, are subject to confidentiality agreements. Of the 26 settlements, 23 are fully signed and three are agreed in principle, with final documentation expected within the next few weeks," the university said in a statement. "The aggregate dollar amount paid by the University for the 26 settled claims is $59.7 million and will be reflected in the University’s audited financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2013."
According to the university, it believes that its various liability insurance policies cover its settlements and defense of claims and those expenses not covered by insurance will be funded from interest revenues from the university to its own self-supporting units. In other words, tuition, taxpayer funds or donations will not be put towards the settlement's costs. Sandusky was sentenced last October to no less than 30 and no more than 60 years in prison after being found guilty on 45 counts of child sex abuse.
Crake / Boulevard
With the holiday's quickly approaching... the Berwick Jaycees have reached out for help from the Berwick Area United Way... not for dollars... but for people power to get the annual Christmas Boulevard on track. Producing parts and pieces for this year's event begins this coming Saturday... according to Berwick United Way CEO, Ginny Crake. In essence... bring your skills and idea's to the Jaycees building at 11th and Vine Street. Set up for the display is November 29th... with the Boulevard to open December 7th.
Since early in 2013.... Governor Corbett has been hammering away the fact that state lawmakers need to adopt an estimated 2-and-a-half-billion dollar transportation bill. Lawmakers kicked the can down the road... but just recently the issue has come up again... this time raising the rural interstate speed limit from from 65 to 70 miles an hour. Also associated with the proposed transportation plans are higher fees for car registrations and drivers licenses... issues not popular with the voting public.
Harrisburg Dust Up
A high – profile war of words is underway in Harrisburg between a state lawmaker and the state attorney general. It all started when Democrat Attorney General Kathleen Kane refused to represent the state in lawsuits against the same-sex marriage ban. Republican Butler County State Rep Daryl Metcalfe said he would seek articles of impeachment against Kane, comments to which she replied by calling him loud, arrogant and misguided. Governor Tom Corbett reluctantly addressed the controversy on his monthly Ask the Governor program, mostly to say he wants no part of the back and forth. The governor says he is content to stay out of the fray and let the media have it's field day...
Safe School Grants
Applications are now being accepted by the state department of education for Pennsylvania School Safety Grants. That word from State Senator John Gordner of Berwick. he Safe Schools grant period is open until early December... with the maximum individual grant capped at $25,000. The grant may be used for programs which address school violence.. including bullying... as well as for security – related technology and equipment.
The state House passed a bill to give a tax credit to employers who allow employees who are volunteer first responders to leave work and respond to emergencies. The bill also provides employment protection for responders in both the public and private sectors. It's designed to help the state retain and recruit more volunteers to the fire service.
Forty – Fort Murder Suicide
Investigators in Forty – Fort are trying to figure out why a father shot his infant daughter to death... then took his own life. Police rushing to the home on Wesley Street to find 1 – year old Camryn Shultz and her father, Nick, dead. Investigators are attempting to determine what led to the shootings.
Police Officer Takes Own Life
The death of a Carbon County Deputy Sheriff in Jim Thorpe... south of Hazleton... has been ruled a suicide. It happened at the start of the weekend when 33 – year old David Midas of Weatherly took an on – duty Lansford police officer hostage... they both drove to Jim Thorpe when Midas ended his life. Now... investigators want to know what triggered the incident.
Mohegan Sun Employment
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has become one of the top employers in Luzerne County... hiring up to 250 people... with total overall employment at 2,000. Many of the new hires will be employed at the newly constructed... $50 – million, 7 story motel which opens in mid – November. Pay ranges from 8 and a quarter to ten dollars an hour.
Regulating haunted houses in Pennsylvania is a scary proposition for one state department. It all comes under the purview of the state Department of Agriculture. Department spokesperson Samantha Krepps says the department inspects fixed structures used as haunted houses. Whatever the case... Ms. Krepps says all structures used during the Halloween season as Haunted Houses must meet specific criteria.
With the potential for a nearly 25% Medicare pay cut looming, doctors say its time to end the payment formula that has led Congress to enacting 15 patches to avoid similar cuts. Dr. Ardis Hoven, president of the American Medical Association, says the current Medicare payment formula is broken. Dr. Hoven says doctors want to move toward new models of patient care... and they need stability in their finances.