It's been a tough year for farmers across the country.... as well as in Columbia and Montour Counties... in some instances not enough rain... in other ways just enough to keep crops growing. But according to John Esslinger of the Penn State Extension Service on Sawmill Road... says some farmers rely on bringing water from an outside source. However, Esslinger said farmers dealing with field crops... such as corn, alfalfa and soybeans may have a short return this year... since those commodities aren't usually irrigated.
A blue ribbon was cut late Tuesday afternoon... officially opening One Pine Barn Place... a banquet and meeting facility at the Pine Barn Inn... next to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. It took contractors less than a year to turn a piece of ground next to the PBI... into a showplace. The 8,600 square foot Geisinger – owned facility will hold an estimated 250 banquet guests and will have a staff of 50. Cost of the project... including renovating the Pine Barn Inn... and estimated $4 – million.
The Bloomsburg Police Department will do it's part to combat underage and high - risk drinking. The department is just one of 29 across the state to get a $17,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Chief Leo Sokoloski says they'll use the grant money to increase officer presence at strategic times where underage drinking is prevalent... such as St. Patrick's Day... Block Party... and other weekends through the 2012 – 2013 school year.
Plans are being finalized for the third annual AGAPE Palooza to be held August 18th at Bloomsburg Town Park. AGAPE was instrumental in the flood clean-up effort stemming from Tropical Storm Lee... and organization spokesperson Kathy Lowe says it's a celebration of the community. Ms. Lowe says many churches across the area... as well as non – profit organizations will be taking part in AGAPE Palooza. The celebration begins the 18th at 2 O'clock.
A 45 – year old Danville woman... who is the former treasurer of a Boy Scout troop... will spend 30 – days in jail. Tracey Lee Myers embezzled funds from Troop 37 for four years... taking just over $4,000 in the process. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that Myers has made restitution. The money was used to pay household and personal expenses.
The Luzerne County Council... Tuesday night... electing Tim McGinley of Kingston as its next chairperson. McGinley... a Democrat... was elected on a vote of 6 to 5. He'll take over the job September 1st... after current chairman Jim Bobeck steps down on August 31st.
A Hazleton man... in prison since the late 1990's... remains in jail as he awaits a new trial on charges of sexually assaulting children. A request by Gerald Delbridge to be allowed out on bail... was denied this week. Earlier this year... the State Superior Court said Delbridge could have a new trial. He was convicted in 1999.. but since that time the courts have said he was entitled to a hearing on whether adults ranging from relative to police.. tainted the thoughts of 4 and 5 year old children who were victims in the case. Another bail hearing for Delbridge could come as early as next week.
The state bureau of Labor and Industry says the unemployment rate in the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre area... including Hazleton... rose six - tenths of a percentage point in June... above 9% for the first time since February. Luzerne County getting hit the hardest with an jobless rate of 9.8% in June. However, once the rate is seasonally adjusted, it stands at 9.3%. The rate is the highest among Pennsylvania's 14 large labor markets.
As part of her commitment to serve... 117th District State Representative Karen Boback will have satellite office hours Wednesday... starting at 9 O'clock.. at the Conyngham Township Municipal Building on Pond Hill Road in Mocanaqua. A member of her staff will be available to answer questions from constituents about Harrisburg issues.
Weis Markets has removed several prepacked deli salads from its shelves since these products contain onions that are under voluntary recall. A the company says the products were produced by a California company. The removed items include Weis-brand prepacked coleslaw, potato, egg, ham and pasta salads; all Weis 2 Go Salads and Garden Fresh Salsa. Weis says it is doing this as a precaution since there have been no reports of illness related to this recall.
The front of Beaver Stadium on the Penn State University campus looks nothing like it did a month ago. The area where a bronze statue of Joe Paterno stood... and carted away two weeks ago... is now lush grass with newly planted trees. The Paterno statue is now in a secure, undisclosed location... after it was learned that he worked with other high ranking college officials to cover up abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky... eventually found guilty and is now awaiting sentence.
Ground is expected to be broken later this year by a Wilkes – Barre based development group for a sports and events complex near Mohegan Sun casino at Pocono Downs. The group says 120 acres will be leased... with the complex to cost anywhere from $12 to $20 – million. It would include three domes for a number of sports... as well as outdoor areas for baseball, softball and Little League. The development will be done in phases... with the first to be completed by the end of the year.
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Philadelphia's Cliff Lee and Jimmy Rollins combined to defeat the red hot Washington National's Tuesday night. The final was 8 to 0. Lee shut out the National's over seven innings.... while Rollins slugged an inside the park home run. The Phil's and Nat's meet again Wednesday night. You can catch all the action with the pre – game show at 6:30... with the first pitch expected at 7:05 on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3 & Berwick's 1280.
The Philadelphia Phillies have traded Shane Victorino and Hunter Pence. Victorino is headed for the Los Angeles Dodgers for two pitchers.... while Pence will go to the San Francisco Giants for three players. Philadelphia management made the move... saying they wanted to overhaul their roster after a disappointing season.
Penn State University received its first big blow since the NCAA sanctions were handed down last week. Starting tailback Silas Redd will not return to the Nittany Lions... instead he'll move on to USC to join the Trojans. He'll be able to play immediately because of the penalties against PSU.