A delegation of Columbia County's movers and shakers is back from Washington where they spent Wednesday afternoon speaking with politicians who represent our area. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach says it's a last ditch efforts to get a flood wall built and to save a thousand jobs.
Pennsylvanians who suffered losses because of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee have been approved for more than 229 – million dollars in disaster relief. That word from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Of that number... 120 – million dollars has been okayed for individual assistance grants... and an additional 110 – million for housing assistance. Meantime... the deadline is November 14th to sign up for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. To do so... call 1 – 800 - 621 - FEMA or go on – line at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
AGAPE / Lasagna
Faith – based AGAPE of Bloomsburg is getting ready to wrap up its lasgana giveaway this coming weekend.... starting Thursday. The organization's Kathy Lowe says they've pretty much have gone through an estimated 5,000 pans of frozen lasagna... but distribution of the remaining product takes place starting Thursday. The distillation takes place at a frozen food trailer at the former Bloomsburg Mill's warehouse at the corner of 6th and Market Streets.
Mahoning Township police... near Danville... want to know who made off with a Geisinger Medical Center Shuttle bus earlier this week. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition someone got behind the wheel of the bus as it sat on the GMC campus... with the keys in the ignition. The bus was found a couple of hours after it disappeared at a garage off Route 11 in Point Township.
There is some grumbling in Harrisburg over proposed redistricting... especially from Hazleton area legislators. Under a proposal released this week... preliminary plans calls for splitting Hazleton from West Hazleton... as well as separate Hazle Townships into two parts... shifting those municipalities from the 116th into the 119th District. The proposal has the backing of the Legislative Reapportionment Commission who okayed the plan on a three to two vote this week.
A Hazleton man is headed for court. 22 – year old Rashad Santiago of North Locust Street is charged with allegedly having about $50,000 worth of cocaine stashed in a home on North Sheridan last February. He was captured in New York City last month after he failed to pay a bus fare. Santiago... this week... waived his right to a preliminary hearing... and his case will no proceed to trial.