Berwick Road Work
Berwick business owners... especially those who have shops in the 100 block of West Front Street... got an update last night on a three year road construction project. But a project to get underway Monday has some store owners steaming... since it reduces the flow of traffic... and takes away parking spaces...bringing less people into their stores. Berwick Borough Manager Robert Hivish says he understand the business owners complaints aired Thursday evening... but every effort is being taken to minimize disruptions. The major part of the project annoying business owners begins Monday when northbound Front Street, from the area of Vine to Market Streets is scheduled to be taken down to its base... and reconstructed. A spokesman for Barletta Construction says the work on north and southbound Front Streets should be completed by the Berwick Front Street Festival on May 11th.
Fowlersville Road Crash
Two people are hospitalized following a Thursday afternoon crash on Fowlersville road in North Center Township. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... Darrin Bellum was westbound on the two lane road when he lost control of his Suburu and slammed into a tree. Bellum fled the scene... leaving an unidentified woman trapped. She was eventually freed... and Bellum caught a short time later in a field... bleeding from a head injury. He's listed in “serious” condition at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.
Flood Wall Meeting
A couple of months ago... the federal government confirmed that two Bloomsburg businesses have been awarded grants to build flood walls around their property. Now... a meeting will be held next Thursday to explain the projects... so says Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce President Fred Gaffney. The meeting is being organized by Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG... and Gaffney will be one of the speakers. The event taking place at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall starting at 7 PM.
More demolition and cleanup work in the 900 block of West Main Street in Bloomsburg. Since the first part of the week... a crew has used backhoes... a bulldozer and dump trucks to take down some of the ten houses in the block... all a part of a buyout of the flood -ravaged homes in that section of town. Town Administrator Bill Lowthert says once demolition crews move out... the area will be seeded... with the possibility existing that recreation area could sprout from the land.
PennDOT has announced that efforts to better manage staff vehicle usage has resulted in a 30% reduction in staff-assigned vehicles.... and $4 - million in savings on mileage reimbursements. An agency spokesman says by focusing its vehicle assignments to employees who regularly log the highest number of business-related miles each year... PennDOT has been able to substantially decrease employee mileage reimbursements. PennDOT currently maintains a fleet of approximately 1,500 passenger vehicles. Ten years ago... the number of passenger vehicles was more than 2,100.
Hazleton Arson Fire
An early Thursday morning fire in a vacant Hazleton apartment building is a case of arson. That determination made by a State Police fire marshal. The building is in the 100 block of East Chapel Street... and when firemen arrived... flames were shooting out of the structure. It's now up to police to determine who started that early morning fire in Hazleton.
The Hazleton Area School Board should find out next week how mold discovered in bricks at the Academy of Science in Butler Township will be eradicated. The school is scheduled to open in the fall.... and a spokesman for the company who constructed the building says the mold shouldn't cause any delays. Also... the company who provides insurance on the building is expected to pick up the tab.
Judge / Back Taxes
Luzerne County Judge Michael Vough and his wife owe some back taxes... how about 10 – thousand dollars worth. The Luzerne County Tax Claim Bureau says he owes delinquent school taxes for his home in West Pittston... and at Harveys Lake. Judge Vough says he got behind when his primary home in West Pittston was extensively damaged by flood waters back in 2011.
In girls softball Thursday... Central Columbia defeated Lewisburg 14 – 0... Benton downed Bloomsburg 7 – 2... Tunkhannock got by Berwick 3 – 2... Loyalsock getting past Southern Columbia 8 – 4... and Montgomery over powered Millville 21 to nothing.
In major league baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies open a three game weekend series Friday night in Miami against the Marlins. Game time is 7:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35 PM. The major league game between the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians was postponed due to weather.
In the NHL last night.... the Ottawa Senators getting past the Philadelphia Flyers 3 to 1.