A proposed natural gas pipeline by the Williams Company could be passing through Columbia... and nine other counties in Pennsylvania. The pipeline... and comments either for or against was the focus of a meeting Wednesday night by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the Bloomsburg University campus. BU professor Wendy Lynne Lee had a clear message for those at the meeting.... don't allow surveyors on your land... and don't sign any contract. The Williams Company wants to build that pipeline from Susquehanna County... 189 miles to Southeast Pennsylvania where it will connect with the Transco Gas pipeline. The commission has two more hearings on tap this week.
Berwick Drug Arrest
A 27 – year old Berwick man has been arrested after authorities discovered a suspected meth lab in his North Arch Street home. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says Nathan Peters allegedly had a meth lab under his sink as well as a non – active “one pot vessel” in a freezer. The arrest of Peters follows a tip from an informant. He now faces a long list of charges filed by Berwick Police.
A couple of hundred people turned out Wednesday at the Espy Fire Hall for a Senior Expo hosted by State Representative David Millard. It was an opportunity to chat one on one with Rep. Millard. There were plenty of vendors offering their services... including United Water who is the main supplier of drinking water to the Bloomsburg area. The company's Bob Manbeck says it's the first time the utility has been at the Espy event. United Water was also there to tell the story about the new filtration plant United Water plans to construct in the Irondale section of Bloomsburg. Ground breaking is expected late this fall... with construction taking 15 months.
Ice Cream Festival
A fund raiser for the Bloomsburg Town Park Association gets underway at 5 O'clock. It's the 57th annual Cake and Ice Cream Festival. Held every year since 1957... Association President Chuck Wagner marvels at the longevity of the event. The cakes are being made by bakers across the area... and several flavors of ice cream provided by Brennan's Big Chill.
Governor Tom Corbett is asking lawmakers to come back to Harrisburg earlier than planned to deal with the Philadelphia School Funding issues. Governor Corbett could call a special session to address a bill to help fund Philadelphia Schools, but he could not compel the legislature to finalize the two dollar a pack tax on cigarettes. Right now, the governor is urging the legislature to return before the start of the school year and act on the bill. The house and senate are not scheduled to reconvene until mid-September.
A state lawmaker strongly disagrees with those who claim that raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania would result in job losses. Bills introduced in both the House and Senate would increase the minimum wage from the current rate of 7-25 an hour to 10 dollars and 10 cents. Senator Daylin Leach of Montgomery County supports the increase, and says there is no direct correlation between a higher wage and the loss of jobs. Leach points to a survey from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics which shows solid job growth for the first six months of this year in the 13 states which have raised their minimum wage.
The start of football training season means it's also time for band camp. WHLM's David Payne reports while marching band may not be as rigorous as football, it can still take a physical toll. Dr. Ryan Roza, who specializes in Orthopedics for the Geisinger Health System, says band members can suffer some of the same injuries as football players, especially this time of year when the body is adjusting to increased activity. He says you can guard against dehydration with your favorite sports drink, and also watch for symptoms of heat stroke. A sudden rash or blister is a good sign that it's time to get out of the sun.
Hazleton City Council says it welcomes a study from PennDOT dealing with public transportation in the region. It would include Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. However, council went on record opposing any consolidation of Luzerne County Transit and Hazleton Public transit. The council will officially endorse the plan when they meet August 19th.
More tests are planned following he autopsy of a newborn baby... discovered in a garbage can this week in Blythe Township in Schuylkill County. 22 – year old Tara Paltanavage is now behind bars at the Schuylkill County jail in connection with the child's death. Paltanavage telling authorities the baby was born stillborn when she gave birth in a bathtub. She placed the child in the garbage outside the home. Paltanavage is facing a long list of charges.
Shamokin Meth Lab
Two Shamokin area men are in the Northumberland County jail in Sunbury... after they were caught this week... allegedly making meth. 31 – year old Thomas Reddinger... and 42 – year old Roger Shaw are behind bars on $75,000 bail each. Cops finding an alleged meth in a home in the 1000 block of West Spruce Street in Shamokin.
After two high – profile escapes in a month... security will be increased around the Luzerne County Correctional facility. The county has gotten approval from the City of Wilkes – Barre to install razor wire from the housing unit to the exercise yard. Until that's done... manpower will be increased to watch the area. During the past 30 days... two non – violent inmates have scaled a 10 foot chain link to freedom in broad daylight.
The Philadelphia Phillies showed strength Wednesday night... as they defeated the Houston Astros 10 to 3 in interleague play. One of the highlights... Pitcher David Buchanan clobbered the first hit of his career. The two teams meet again Thursday night at 7:05. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations...
In other games
The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Miami Marlins 7 to 3... The New York Yankees downed the Detroit Tigers 5 to 1... and it was the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 7 to 1.
The Philadelphia Eagles are getting ready for their prime time pre – season game against the Chicago Bears on Friday. Quarterback Nick Foles believes the offense is more comfortable in training camp in the second season under Head Coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles and the Chicago Bears square off Friday night at Soldier Field at 8 O'clock.