Bloomsburg / Geisinger
It could be early next year before the Pennsylvania Health Department... and other regulatory agencies give their final approval of a proposed merger between the Bloomsburg Hospital and Geisinger Health Systems. Bloomsburg administrator Regis Caboner says there are a lot of hoops to jump through to get approval. The approval process could take anywhere from six months to a year. If you recall... it took the state nearly eight months to okay that merger between Geisinger and Shamokin Community Hospital.
A Benton man was transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville after crashing his Jeep early Saturday morning. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us... 22 – year old Joseph Grenewich demolished his Jeep in a one vehicle accident on Zaners Bridge Road... in Fishing Creek Township around 4:15 in the morning. Police say he was treated by EMTs then hustled off to Geisinger. The investigation into that crash on Zaners Bridge Road is continuing.
With sunny skies and temps in the 80's downtown Bloomsburg visitors flocked to Centre Street for the ArtFest 2011 on Saturday. The street was blocked off to vehicular traffic.... and folks walked up and down Centre... looking at what artisans had to offer. Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr was also on hand. Planning is already underway for next year's ArtFest 2012 on Centre Street in Bloomsburg.
Union workers who have been on strike against Verizon plan to head back to work Tuesday. Members of the Communications Workers of America and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers went on strike earlier this month. The strike effected an estimated 80 landline technicians working in the Bloomsburg area. The strike ends despite the lack of a contract. Both sides are expected to work on the issues when they meet at the bargaining table.
World Youth Day
Roughly 250 Susquehanna Valley Catholics are due home from Madrid Monday. The participants, mostly teenagers, took part in a weeklong retreat that culminated with World Youth Day. Included on the trip were teens from St. Columbia Church in Bloomsburg... and St. Josephs in Danville. The event, which is held every three years, attracts at least a million Catholic youths from about 200 countries.
A West Hazleton man is jailed after he allegedly had sexual relations with a teenage relative over the past three years. 39 – year old Hernan Torres faces a long list of sex – related charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted the teenage girl... who then told police and they launched an investigation. Torres was arraigned and taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility... and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing later this month.
Harveys Lake Fire
A high intensity light... left on by construction workers... is being blamed for a fire which destroyed a structure near Harveys Lake Sunday afternoon. Authorities say the light was shining directly on a mattress which caught fire. No one was injured in that structure fire near Harveys Lake.
September 11th Celebration
The tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America is only weeks away... and ceremonies will be held across Luzerne County. In Hazleton... there will be a parade during Funfest... as marchers honor the heroes of September 11th. At Luzerne County Community College... a steel piece from the World Trade Center in New York will be included into the design of the Walk of Honor at the Nanticoke Campus.
Kids & Heat
With pre – season high school football scrimmages underway.... the American Academy of Pediatrics is out with guidelines on practicing in extreme heat. Some say the guidelines do little more than affirm the policies most Susquehanna Valley football coaches already have in place. The instructions address what to wear and how to wear it, and chart the amount of water children should drink. The academy put out a set of guidelines after research was released that showed kids are no more susceptible to heat stroke than adults.