2012-12-14 06:18:00 by Mark Williams / News Director
Kidsburg 2.0 Donation
A big financial boost for the volunteers attempting to raise money for Kidsburg 2.0, which will eventually be built at Bloomsburg Town Park... replacing the original kids playground. It happened Thursday when First Columbia Bank and Trust came through with a $50,000 donation. The First Columbia donations comes a week after Kawneer and the Alcoa Foundation started the drive for construction money with a $20,000 gift... and earlier this week... the Mitrani Foundation came through with a $10,000 donation.
An electric heater too close to a bed is believed to have sparked a fire, which destroyed a mobile home in Berwick late Thursday afternoon. The home was located at a trailer court on Warren Street... near the 1100 block of West Front. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... 23 year old Nicholas Haubner was house sitting for his mother... and went out to pay a bill... when the fire broke out. Initially... it was believed someone was trapped in the structure... but the only causality was the family's Labrador retriever.
It's winter commencement weekend at Bloomsburg University. 559 graduate and undergraduate students will receive their diploma's. 88 graduate students will be honored Friday night at 6 O'clock... while undergraduate students will have ceremonies Saturday at 10 AM and 2 PM at the Haas Center for the Arts in Mitrani Hall.
Really want to get into the Christmas spirit? Drop by the Moose Exchange on West Main Street for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's “Santaland Diaries.” The Santaland Diaries began Thursday night.... and will continue Friday and Saturday at 8 O'clock... with a late night show Saturday at 10:15 PM. Meantime... on stage at the Alvina Krause Theater this weekend is BTE's “A Christmas Carol.”
An ex – substitute teacher for the Shamokin Area School District has pleaded guilty to sending graphic texts to four female students. 24 – year old Michael Zack of Marion Heights entered his plea to sending 4,300 messages between March and October of 2011. Zack is expected to be sentenced before the end of February.
Orange Twp Folo
A Milton man remains in serious condition following a crash earlier this week on Route 487... at Megargell Road in Orange Township. Authorities say say 65-year-old Harold Reiner drifted into the opposite lane and slammed head-on into a vehicle driven by Waldemar Lysk of Benton. Both Reiner and Lysk were taken to Geisinger Medical Center. Lysk was treated and released.
A former parochial school in Hazleton... will be converted into the Hazleton Integration Project... a community center for the city. That word from Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon.... who is from Hazleton. Maddon... along with former New York Yankee player Tito Martinez says the center will be a place for the community to gather. Opening of the center is scheduled for March.
Mt Top Fire
Still no official word as to the cause of a Wright Township fire which destroyed a home along Route 309. Jack and Amy Gentilesco got out of the house in time... and so did their cats. Their kids were at school when Wednesday's fire broke out. As investigators search for the cause... Jack Gentilesco says he believes a wood burning stove caused the fire.
State HS Football Championships
The high school football teams that eliminated two local teams in the state playoffs will play in the state finals this weekend at Hershey Park Stadium. Dunmore, the team that beat Southern Columbia, will play unbeaten Clairton Friday at 1 o'clock in the Class A state final. Saturday at noon, Wyomissing, the team that eliminated Danville, will take on Aliquippa in the Class AA state championship game.
Girls HS Basketball
In girls basketball Thursday night.... Benton downed Columbia Montour Vo Tech
67 – 34.
Central Vs Bloomsburg
In girls basketball Friday night.... Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renewed their neighborhood rivalry. Central defeated the Panthers by a score of 63-44. You can hear the details from the night's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM High School Hoops Update:
In the NFL Thursday night the Cincinnati Bengals blew by the Philadelphia Eagles 34 – 13.