Explosion Rips Finish of Boston Marathon
The words “Everyone is okay....” never sounded so good. That phrase from a runner from Berwick who took part in Monday's tragedy- marred Boston Marathon. Authorities say at least two people are dead and more than 100 injured following two explosions Tuesday afternoon at the finish line. Doug Alter telling WHLM News from Boston he came across the line about 20 minutes before the explosion took place saying it looked like the finish to any other Boston Marathon. Boston Police now say the explosions were bombs that may have been planted in trash cans.
Meantime, the woman who co-ordinates the annual “Run for the Diamonds” marathon in Berwick on Thanksgiving Day says the events of Monday at the finish of the Boston Marathon is unbelievable. Two bombs went off near the finish line killing two... and injuring at least 100 others. Margaret Livsey watched events unfold on her television. Ms. Livsey telling us that she doubts a tragedy such as happened in Boston could happen at the Berwick event. Boston police say initial reports show the explosive devices were hidden in trash cans and went off as the bulk of the runners came across the finish line.
Operators at the PPL Steam Electric Station in Salem Township... north of Berwick.. shut down the Unit 2 reactor over the weekend. A utility spokesman says it's all part of a planned refueling and maintenance outage. While shutdown... maintenance workers will replace an estimated 40% of the uranium fuel and complete a large number of upgrades... also inspecting the units turbines... replacing several pieces of the turbine assembly. Unit 1 continues to operate at full power.
Mt. Carmel Project
It's been thirty years in the making... a project to prevent flooding along Shamokin Creek in Mt. Carmel.... effecting hundreds of homes each time the water spills over it's banks. Ground was broken at the start of the weekend for a 14 – million dollar flood control project... something State Representative Kurt Masser was happy to see it started. Emily Homanick has lived near the creek since the mid 80's... and still has sandbags piled near the front of her home along Water Street. Don Bower, Incorporated of Berwick is the prime contractor on the three year project... which includes 800 feet of pre – cast concrete to keep the stream within it's banks.
Road construction on Front Street in Berwick gets underway this week. Starting Tuesday Barletta Materials of Hazleton will begin excavating the existing roadway on Front Street from an area running from Vine to Market Streets. The company will then place a sub base... and then up to three layers of blacktop. It's all part of a three year project to improve everything from sewer and water lines to roadways. Berwick Borough Manager Robert Hivish says he has mixed feelings about the overall project. The work is expected to be completed by May 6th... with the final layer of asphalt to be placed after the Celebrate Berwick Festival on May 11th.
A woman critically injured in a one – car crash in North Center Township last week has been upgraded to “serious” condition at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition.. Denise Woodridge is recovering from multiple injuries... including two broken hips sustained in that one – car crash along Fowlersville Road. The driver of the car.. Darrin Bellum is also in Geisinger in “fair” condition. Following the crash he fled the scene, but was captured moments later. He's facing a list of charges once he gets better.
Within the not too distant future... large murals are expected to sprouts on the sides of building in downtown Bloomsburg. The murals will be on Miller Avenue between Main Street and Pine Avenue... as well as Centre Street. Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated manager Adrienne Mael telling town council the murals are designed to spiff – up downtown Bloomsburg.
The owners of a 130 foot smokestack in Hazleton Heights hope to be at Hazleton City Hall Monday... acquiring the permits to remove part of the structure so it doesn't endanger the neighborhood. Businesses at Terrace Plaza were closed Friday when the city condemned the property the smokestack sits on... forcing the closure of a grocery store... a nail shop and a Dollar outlet. Once the permits are secured... and fines paid... a large crane is expected on site to remove the top section of the smokestack so the area isn't endangered by a possible collapse.
Judge and Taxes
A Luzerne County Judge and his wife are up to snuff on their back taxes. As we told you last week... Judge Michael Vough owed $10,000 in 2012 school taxes on homes in West Pittston and Harveys Lake. The Judge now says he's paid those taxes... making him square with the county. Most of the problem surfaced... according to the judge... when he spent nearly $200,000 to get his flood – ravaged property back in shape following the September 2011 flood.
Hazleton's CAN DO organization has sold 25 – acres of land in East Union Township portion of the Humboldt Industrial Park... which sits in Schuylkill County. The purchaser... according to a CAN DO spokesman is 62 Green Mountain LLC of Wilkes – Barre. The developer purchasing the property for nearly $381,000. The land is vacant... and it's not known what the developer plans to do with the nearly 26 acres of land.