2011-09-23 04:48:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Flood / Donation
A former Bloomsburg man... now a successful building contractor in California is coming through for flood victims. Gary Hock says he'll donate $100,000 dollars to people effected by the flood. His attorney Jack Mihalik says he's coming up with guidelines for giving away Hock's money. Mihalik says Hock hopes that other businesses will make a similar contribution to insure flood victims get back on their feet.
Flood / AGAPE
As we clean up our homes and businesses following the floods of earlier this month... we're learning more and more about the process. AGAPE spokesperson Kathy Lowe says we may have washed the walls and floors to get rid of the muck.... but we forget about the ceilings of rooms... touched by flood waters... and that's where mold can build up. AGAPE on 7th Streets in Bloomsburg continues to be the clearing house for all volunteers who are in town to clean up.
Cleaning a home after the floods of two weeks ago is time consuming... but it could be dangerous. Bloomsburg firemen were called to a home in the 4 – hundred block of Railroad Street shortly before 6-30 Thursday night. Reports from the scene indicate that someone using bleach and another cleaning agent sprayed the mixture on an electrical box... and was overcome by fumes. No one was injured... and firemen used fans to ventilate the basement.
Bloomsburg Police are keeping a sharp eye out for scammers who may have filtered into the area following the flooding of two weeks ago. Chief Leo Sokoloski tells us they've received reports of people telling flood victims they're insurance adjusters.... and asking for personal information. If you believe someone is trying to scam you... call Bloomsburg PD.
Residents of Danville who were affected by the flooding by rains left behind by Tropical Storm Lee are getting help from the American Red Cross Chapter on Mill Street. Executive Director Deanna Hollenbach says clean – up items are available... Monday thru Friday... starting at 9 AM. Also available is information dealing with mold clean – up and registering with FEMA. The Danville Chapter of the American Red Cross is at 346 Mill Street.
FEMA / Selinsgrove
FEMA has opened another Disaster Recovery Center. This one is in Snyder County... at the CareerLink Center in the 7-hundred block of Bridge Street in Selinsgrove. It opened this week.... and the hours are from 10 AM to 7 PM... daily... until they are no longer needed. The center is similar to one opened last week by FEMA on Sawmill Road near Lightstreet. It's a one stop place to begin the flood relief process.
Irene / Power
Remember Hurricane Irene of three weeks ago... and how many of us were in the dark due to the loss of power. Now the Public Utility Commission will take a closer look at how the utilities prepared and responded during a special forum next month in Harrisburg... so says the PUC's Jennifer Kocher. That forum will be held in Harrisburg on October 12th at the Commonwealth Keystone Building starting at 1:30.
It all started with a call for help after a trucker discovered his brakes were on fire while eastbound on Interstate 80 in Sugarloaf Township... in Luzerne County. Before it was over... the entire trailer with shredded plastic was destroyed. Luzerne County fire dispatch calling in equipment from Nescopeck Township to West Hazleton to squelch the flames. The fire shut down the highway for three hours while crews cleaned up the mess.
Conahan to be Sentenced
One more Luzerne County judge convicted in that “kids for Cash ” scheme is expected to be sentenced in Scranton Federal court Friday. Former Judge Michael Conahan pleaded guilty to racketeering in July of last year. Conahan and former judge Mark Ciavarella were convicted of taking boxes of cash from the developers of privately run juvenile detention centers. Conahan faces up to twenty years in prison.
A 5-and-a-half million dollar deal is in the works between the Hazleton Area School Board and the Scranton Diocese. The board wanting to purchase the former Bishop Hafey Junior/Senior High School on West 23rd Street... directly across from the Hazleton Area campus. Now... the board will hold a public hearing on the purchase proposal on October 6th.
The Pennsylvania High Education Assistance Agency is asking the state to include in its 2012-2013 budget a five percent increase in funding for its grant program. That amounts to about 400-million dollars for grants. The Agency also plans to supplement the state contribution with 50-million dollars earned through interest from its loans. The organization appropriates grants according to financial need.
Governor Corbett / Temporary Workers
Governor Corbett is looking for temporary workers who can assist victims at any of the Disaster Recovery Centers established in the wake of Irene and Lee. Workers should be trained in customer service and have a decent knowledge of state programs. If you are interested, contact the human resource offices through a state agency.
In week 4 of High School football action Friday night, on Newsradio 930 Southern Columbia shut out Central Coulmbia 40-0. On WHLM-FM Berwick fought a losing battle against rival Wyoming Valley West, the final 46-22 for WVW. IN other local games Danville fell to Mifflinburg 24-0 and Bloomsburg beat Milton 35-14. You can hear all the details from the WHLM sports team in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update: