With “block party” only weeks away... there is a concern on the part of Bloomsburg University. That word coming from the University's Dan Knorr... who says “block party” with thousands of college -age kids is not backed by BU. Some of the restrictions put into place... is the closing of the parking lot on Lightstreet Road in front of the hospital... forcing visitors to park in other area's of the town.
The investigation continues into an underage drinking party at the home of a Southern Columbia teacher. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting more than three dozen teens were there, mostly students from Southern Columbia High School. Locust Township police say the teacher and his wife didn't know the party was happening at their Lake Glory Road home, but a lot of students are now in trouble. Southern Columbia school officials and police are still trying to identify all those involved in the underage drinking.
Few thinks unite lawmakers from both parties like veterans, so a joint legislative hearing was held Thursday to provide lawmakers with an update on efforts to help this important group. The House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees heard from two top officials from the Department of Military & Veterans Affairs including Adjutant General Anthony Carrelli who offered some thanks for the support the legislature gives to veterans programs. Deputy Adjutant General Eric Weller also told lawmakers that the department was looking to become more efficient and that there is a constant effort to do more for vets.
April 6th is the evening that the Boy Scout Council of Columbia – Montour Counties honors those who make things better in the community. The scouts Scott Atherton says three individuals will be honored.
They include former Pine Barn owner Marty Waltzer... the Knoebels family and father Dominic Mamarella will be honored. The event gets underway at 7 O'clock the evening of April 6th at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. There are tickets still available.
Property tax reform is once again on the political radar in Harrisburg with a new proposal under consideration. Before wrapping up for the week, state Senator Mike Folmer urged his colleagues to take a closer look at Senate Bill 76, which he says would replace the 14 billion dollars in revenue which would be lost by eliminating local property taxes. Not so fast, says Senate Minority Leader Jay Costa. He says the bill includes a condition that school districts be debt free before eliminating taxes, with most districts failing to meet that condition.
It's wildfire prevention week in the commonwealth, though state officials hope you'll work to prevent forest fires all year round. The month of March marks the beginning of a possibly dangerous three months for forest fires in Pennsylvania. The combination of bright sun, strong winds, and warming temperatures can quickly can increase wildfire dangers... and if you start a fire, even by accident... you will be charged for the cost of putting it out. Last year, Bureau of Forestry personnel and volunteer firefighters battled more than 850 reported fires over more than 12,000 acres across the state.
AVP Air Show
After days of speculation and unconfirmed reports from Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport officials, the word is out that the airport will host an air show the 12th and 13th of August. The revived air show has already locked up acts like the U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor Demonstration Team, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team. With a budget of $375,000, airport officials are just hoping to break even with ticket sales, concessions and sponsorships.
Snyder County Deaths
The names have been released of a father and daughter who were found dead inside a home in Snyder County on Wednesday. According to state police, 41-year-old Donovan Gillison and 15-year-old daughter, Jada, were discovered inside a home along Fisher Road near Selinsgrove. While an autopsy shows that the girl died of carbon monoxide exposure... it is still not clear how the father died.
Crews were called to reports of flames around 5 p.m. Thursday in one Luzerne County community. According to reports, the flames broke out at a double block home along the 100 block of North Main Street in Plains Township near Wilkes-Barre. One scene report says that most of the visible damage done to the home was centered near the second story. The investigation into that blaze is continuing.
Former Harrisburg Bishop
A former bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, who served most recently as cardinal in the Baltimore diocese, has died at age 86. Cardinal William Keeler was the seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, serving from 1984 to 1989. He served in Baltimore, first as archbishop, and was then elevated to cardinal 1994 by Pope John Paul II in a mass at St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican. When he retired in 2007, he had 51 years of active ministry, including 33 years in the Harrisburg diocese and 18 years in Baltimore. No word on funeral arrangements.