Geisinger has announced it is taking part in a new research study led by the Stanford University School of Medicine. The study, titled Stanford Technology, Analytics, and Genomics in Sleep (STAGES), is designed to provide investigators with more information about sleep and sleep disorders. Geisinger is currently accepting study participants and will enroll more than 11,000 individuals. Other participating medical facilities include The Mayo Clinic and St. Luke’s Hospital. The study will enroll 30,000 participants in total. Participants in the study must be 13 years old or older and be referred to a Geisinger Sleep Clinic. For additional information or to sign up as a participant of the STAGES study call 570-214-1651.
Rain and flooding this year have been hard on farmers in our area as well as other parts of Pennsylvania, but some help is on the way in the form of federal disaster relief. The US Department of Agriculture has approved disaster funding for farmers in 14 eastern and central PA counties. Farmers who suffered crop damage due to this year's unusually wet weather can apply. Gov. Tom Wolf says this aid can help farmers recoup losses from this year and get a head start on the 2019 growing season. Farmers in Columbia, Lebanon, and York counties are eligible, as well as those in the adjacent counties of Adams, Berks, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Luzerne, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Schuylkill, and Sullivan.
Christmas tree farming is big business in our area and across the state. More than 1,400 Christmas tree farms in Pennsylvania produce about a million cut trees each year. Paul Shealer, a Christmas tree grower in Schuylkill County says all this year's rain was good for some Christmas trees and bad for others. He says many trees prone to root rot from excessive water which were planted on sites with poor drainage were lost, while others on good drainage sites did well.
A PennDOT maintenance crew in Columbia County will perform crack sealing on Route 11 this week between the Montour County line and the Town of Bloomsburg. PennDOT says the work will be done during daylight hours and could cause minor traffic delays.
A contractor continues a 3.2-mile widening and resurfacing project on Route 339 from West Street to Smith Hollow Road in Mifflin Township, Columbia County. This week, the contractor will restore pipe trenches and install rock outlets from just north of John Street to Smith Hollow Road. Weather permitting, work will take place between 7 AM and 4 PM each day through Friday.
In a game you heard on the WHLM stations Friday afternoon, Southern Columbia came out on top in the Class AA High School Football State Championship game against Wilmington by a score of 49-14. Wilmington led early, but Southern steamed back to tie the game at halftime 14-14, and controlled the second half to secure their victory, and their 9th State Championship. Southern Columbia is perfect on their 2018 season, at 16-0.
Unbeaten Southern Columbia will try for the school’s 9th state football championship this afternoon when the Tigers play Wilmington in the Class AA Final at Hershey Park Stadium. Coverage on the WHLM stations begins with the pregame show at 12:30.
The state football championships got underway yesterday in Hershey. In Class A, Farrell routed Lackawanna Trail 55-7. In the Quad A final, Cathedral Prep beat Imhotep Charter 38-7.
While Pennsylvania's high school football season ends with the state championships in Hershey this weekend, high school basketball's regular season begins tomorrow night. Locally the weekend schedule will be highlighted by several tournaments. At Berwick tomorrow night the 18th annual Joe Nespoli Boys tournament will feature Berwick against Selinsgrove and East Stroudsburg South against Wyoming Sem. Both the Bloomsburg and Central Columbia boys begin play tomorrow night in the First Columbia tip off tournament at Bloomsburg University. Bloomsburg will play Fleetwood while Central faces Jersey Shore.