Mini – Fair
A mini-fair of sorts for Four – H and F-F-A at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend as participants got to show off their cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. Livestock superintendent Jeff Giger says it's a great growing experience for participants.
One person on the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Sunday for the so – called mini fair was Lt. Governor Jim Cawley. Mr. Cawley says the weekend event is a testimony to the resilience to the American Farmer and the people of this area. On another subject... Mr. Cawley says talks will get underway soon in Harrisburg dealing with a number of different aspects regarding flood wall protection for Bloomsburg.
The two groups handling the $100,000 earmarked for flood relief by former Bloomsburg resident Gary Hock says they're expanding the area of eligibility. Bloomsburg attorney Jack Mihalik telling us over the weekend that the Wesley United Methodist Church and the Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation is expanding the relief fund to flood victims in South Centre township... as well as Scott Township in the vicinity of Old Berwick Road from the Bloomsburg town line to McGuire Park Drive near Central High School. As has been the case during the past few weeks... applications will still be taken from flood victims who live in Bloomsburg, Hemlock and Montour Townships. You can fill out the paperwork Tuesday and Wednesday... starting at 5:30... at the Bloomsburg YMCA.
It's been a little more than a month since record breaking floods produced by the rain of tropical storm Lee inundated the region. Now... we're learning FEMA has distributed nearly 108 – million dollars in grants to people seeking help. That money used for temporary housing... home repairs and personal property losses. Meantime.. the Small Business Administration has doled out nearly 25 – million dollar in low interest loans... while the flood insurance program has kicked in an additional 33 – million dollars.
An autopsy is scheduled for Monday for a White Haven teenager who died over the weekend along Club 40 road in Hazleton. Police say 18 – year old Paul DeNoia was pronounced death at the scene. State Police spent Sunday re-constructing the accident scene to determine how DeNoia's car crashed. A second person riding in the car was injured. He was taken to a Hazleton hospital for treatment.
A state police fire marshal says an abandoned building which was burned... was the work of an arsonist. The incident happened at the start of the weekend at 81 N. Wyoming Street. Investigators says combustible material was set on fire in three locations inside the building.
It appears the murder trial of Hugo Selenski will begin in neighboring Luzerne County Court in Wilkes – Barre on November 29th. Jury selection will begin during mid – November. Selenski is accused of murdering two people back in 2002. He is already serving a 32 to 65 year sentence in state prison for conviction stemming from a Monroe County home invasion.
A federal judge will hear arguments Monday over whether Pennsylvania's cash-strapped capital city can move ahead with a bankruptcy petition. The state of Pennsylvania and Harrisburg's mayor are fighting a 4-to-3 City Council vote that authorized the city to file for bankruptcy protection. Harrisburg is saddled with about 400 – million dollars of debt... and six pending lawsuits, mostly related to an aging trash incinerator.