Council / Airport
The Bloomsburg Town Council is trying to save a long time airport business... but at the same time get the rent money the town is owed. The discussion surfaced Monday night when Kelly Green of Columbia Aircraft came up with a plan to renegotiate the lease with the town since the company couldn't operate for six months after last September's flooding. Mayor Dan Knorr says it will come down to negotiations between the town and the aircraft engine building company. Knorr says the plan centers around for forgiveness for the first six months of rent following the flood... the second six months only paying half the rent...with the rest of the lease, through 2014 negotiable. Council's finance committee will take a look at the proposal when they meet December 5th.
A salute to veterans taking place Monday. At the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital... an American flag was raised at the entrance to the emergency room.... honoring vets across the area. Vietnam vet Jack Pollard and Bloomsburg University Police officer Sam Haines preformed the honor. A similar ceremony was performed at the same tie at the Geisinger campus in Danville.
It was a day to remember those soldiers and sailors who gave so much for this country. That was the case Saturday during the annual Bloomsburg Veterans Day parade. As folks lined the streets.... veterans... some from World War Two... and veterans organizations marched down Lightstreet Road... to Main... then to Market Street... led by the Bloomsburg High School Band. There were cheers and applause for those in the line of march. At the Bloomsburg Fire Department.... there was a short program dealing with Veterans Day and what it means to all of us. During the parade... a fly - over took place of several aircraft from Mountain Aviation in Riverside.
Drugs / Gangs
The drug trade and related gang activities is a big problem... not only in Columbia and Montour Counties... but everywhere. That word from Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach who plans on holding a seminar on the issue Tuesday night at the Berwick High School. Appearing on a recent edition of the morning buzz... Kovach says the problem effects everyone. A number of local law enforcement personnel will be there... along with at least one Columbia County judge and the district attorney. The program begins at 6 O'clock... at the Berwick High School cafeteria.
A state fire marshal will be called in to determine the cause of a blaze which apparently started in a garage... and spread to a home in the 700 – block of the Zaners – Rohrsburg Road in Greenwood Township Sunday afternoon. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition... that the structure is occupied by Chris and Ann Nemchick... and their 3 – year old son. Ann Nemchick was the only person home... spotted the flames and called Columbia County emergency dispatch. No one was injured... but the family is now being assisted by the Red Cross.
Unit 2 at the PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant remains off line Monday morning after it was shut down Friday due to a computer glitch. A utility spokesman says a computer system that controls the reactor's water level was not functioning properly calling for operators to manually shut down the reactor. While the Unit 1 is shut down, employees will will try and figure out the control system malfunction and begin a previously announced turbine blade inspection as part of ongoing efforts to address turbine blade cracking as the plant finalizes long-term solutions. Unit 1 is operating safely and is unaffected by the loss of the system on Unit 2.
Butler Township Police
Crime is on the increase in Butler Township... near Hazleton. Police Chief David Pavelko telling the board of supervisors that the problems experienced by Hazleton and Hazle Township are making an impact in his monthly police reports. Pavelko says there were 35 incidents of serious crime in October. To combat the problems... Butler Township hired a full time officer earlier in the year... and approved the purchase of a new police car... and the necessary computer equipment.
Governor Corbett has announced that the state will fund twenty-four freight-rail projects across Pennsylvania. In Luzerne County the Redevelopment Authority is in line to receive $168,000 to rehabilitate seven railroad bridges in Avoca, Kingston and Wilkes-Barre. The move will improve business rail access, upgrade rail infrastructure and provide much-needed repairs.
The Bloomsburg University football team is headed for a rematch with Shippensburg. Sunday night the team gathered at Monty's on the upper campus to watch the Division II football selection show on NCAA.com. They found out they will play at Shippensburg this Saturday in a first round NCAA playoff game. It's a rematch of a game played two weeks ago won by Shippensburg 49-42. Both teams will take 10-1 records into Saturday's game. The Huskies ended the regular season Saturday with a 49-41 win at Slippery Rock. Shippensburg suffered their first loss of the season falling to IUP in the PSAC championship game 41-10.
In the NFL Sunday... the Cincinnati Bengals beating the New York Giants 31-13... the Dallas Cowboys downed the Philadelphia Eagles 38 to 23... and it was the Seattle Seahawks over the New York Jets 28 to 7.
Tonight the Pittsburgh Steelers are at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.