No charges have been filed in the death of an Orangeville woman Wednesday morning. State Police say 85 – year old Drue Spaide of Orangeville was northbound on Winding Road... when he struck a bicyclist. 60 – year old Caroline Shauger was thrown off her bike... over a guardrail... and down an embankment. She was pronounced dead at the scene by a Columbia County Deputy Coroner.
Berwick Swimming Pool
After more than two years of hard work.... the re-vitalized Berwick Swimming Pool is on the verge of opening for the first time in several years. The committee and work crews spending hours to update the pool... and Cathy D'Ambrosio says the wait is well worth it. The grand opening of the new Berwick pool at Ber – Vaughn park is expected to take place in mid – June.
Governor Tom Wolf says pension reform remains a part of the state budget talks, but the Goverhor is not looking at any short term relief. The public pension issue ravaging state finances has come about for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the legislature's failure to make the proper contributions. The bill is coming due to the tune of tens of billions of dollars, but Governor Tom Wolf says any benefits of a pension deal won't be immediately felt. The governor says there is hope that both sides can build on the pension talks in recent years to come up with a long-term solution...
Beer Sales / Gas Stations
This week's ruling allowing the sale of 6-packs of beer at certain gas stations is not sitting well with a group that represents beer distributors in Pennsylvania. At the urging of Governor Wolf, the PA Liquor Control Board approved nine licenses for the sale of beer at locations which also sell fuel. This very issue is about to go before the state Supreme Court. Pennsylvania's liquor code prohibits the sale of beer where gasoline is also sold. Groups like the Malt Beverage Distributors Association of Pennsylvania support the law as it currently stands, and questions the timing of this week's PLCB ruling.
There is a unique camp for kids aged 8 thru 17. It's Camp Caldwell designed to teach youngsters about musical productions... so says Samantha Norton. The day – long camp is at the Caldwell Consistory on Market Street at the square... and will culminate in a performance of “Your a Good Man Charlie Brown” on July 22nd. For more information... give the Consistory a call.
Police in Northumberland County continue to investigate two cases of possible child luring. The first happened late last week in Northumberland... when a man was spotted watching kids at a playground.
The second case... on Wednesday... when a boy in Sunbury told investigators a man asked him to get into his van. Officers believe the incidents in Sunbury and Northumberland are connected and they have an idea of who they are looking for.
Two big city men are behind bars... after they were busted this week on drug and a stolen weapon charge. The stop taking place on Goeringer Avenue in Hanover Twp. earlier this week. Cops finding heroin, marijuana... a few hundred dollars in cash... as well as an allegedly stolen handgun. Both Brooklyn men are in the Luzerne County lockup.
Kids with Disabilities
Governor Wolf has signed into law legislation benefiting high school students with disabilities. The bill directs Pennsylvania's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to work with disabled high school students, preparing them for the challenges and expectations of the workplace. In the past, most students didn't get this type of assistance until well into their senior year, and that's too late, according to Representative Mauree Gingrich, the bill's sponsor. Gingrich this new law will serve as an alternative to, in her words, "graduating to a couch."
The Count Council in neighboring Luzerne County have tabled a proposed controversial car registration fee ordinance. It's the second time the measure has been placed on the back burner. The ordinance would charge car owners a five dollar fee for registering their automobile or trucks. The money to be earmarked for fixing up Luzerne County roads and bridges. The issue apparently dead for the time being.