BU Foundation to Expand
A Bloomsburg University graduate and his wife are giving back to the town. Duane Greenly... a '68 graduate of Bloomsburg High School... and a '72 graduate of BU are giving a $1 – million gift to the University foundation. The gift will be used to knock down the former Cole's Hardware building... and in it's place the 44,700 – thousand square foot Greenly Center will take will be built. Demolition will begin in August... with the building constructed by the following summer. The four story building will house the offices of the B-U Foundation... and several other tenants... and have underground parking. The announcement was made Friday morning exclusively on the WHLM Morning Buzz.
The Sick Susquehanna
The small mouth bass in the Susquehanna River are sick. WHLM's Matt Paul is reporting that a new report makes the case for accelerated pollution controls. That report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation calls it a perfect storm of pollution, parasites and warming water temperatures, which cannot be ignored. At issue is a 98-mile stretch of the Susquehanna River from Sunbury to the Maryland state line. The diseased and dying fish were first discovered in 2005, and Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission executive director John Arway has been tracking the decline ever since. The state DEP did not list the Susquehanna as an impaired river and plans more testing, but the report calls on the federal EPA to reverse that decision under the authority of the Clean Water Act.
State income for April will be enough to cover expenditures. That word from State Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser who was in Berwick Thursday to talk to members of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce. Secretary Meuser says he hopes for an increase in sales tax... but the national economy is keeping that below estimates. Meuser says once there is more confidence in the national economy.... revenues coming into the state treasury will increase.
Millard / Pension
State lawmakers in Harrisburg continue to explore ways to change the pension plans of state employees... and they aren't having much success. State Representative David Millard says his subcommittee... part of the house appropriations committee... is still looking at a lot of studies. He says current contracts cannot be broken. However, Representative Millard went on to say there is a possibility that new hires could be placed into a defined contribution plan... as opposed to a defined benefit plan. But whatever the case... the state pension reform issue won't be solved overnight.
The Celebrity Artist Series at Bloomsburg University presents big name entertainment Friday night as singer – songwriter Kathy Mattea preforms on campus. BU's Randall Presswood says Ms. Mattea is a Grammy Award winning entertainer. Mattea preforms Friday night at the Haas Center for the Arts in Mitrani Hall.
Sunbury Water Treatment
Sunbury’s 53-year old water treatment plant will be totally upgraded as a result of funding approved this week by PENNVEST. That word from state Senator John R. Gordner of Berwick... and state Representative Lynda Culver of Sunbury. In essence... the PENNVEST board approved a $3 million low cost loan for the Sunbury Municipal Authority. The money to be used for new treatment units that meet current environmental standards... as well as associated mechanical equipment.
More construction work is on the agenda next week along Front Street in Berwick. Starting Monday... Barletta Construction and Materials will begin excavating the right lane of West Front from Dunkin' Donuts to Market Street. They'll place a sub – base... followed by two or three new layers of blacktop. That work is expected to be wrapped up by Wednesday, May 8th.
Geisinger / Bucknell
Officials from Geisinger Health System and Bucknell University has opened the Autism and Developmental Medicine Center in Lewisburg. Many believe it's a national model for implementing guidelines for early diagnosis... medication management... and treatment options for children with developmental disorders. The Geisinger - Bucknell Autism and Developmental Medicine Center is opening under the auspices of Geisinger’s Autism and Developmental Medicine Institute... a system-wide initiative of Geisinger’s Department of Research.
Wilkes – Barre Shooting
One person is dead... and another is in custody following a deadly shooting in Wilkes – Barre Thursday night. Police say it happened when a fight between some men on Coal Street spilled over onto Reno Lane. That's when a gunshot rang out. Thus far... the name of the victim hasn't been released nor the name of the suspect in custody.
Luzerne County Superior Court President Judge Correale Stevens may become a nominee for a spot on the State Supreme Court. State Senator Daylin Leach of Montgomery County has set a a letter to Governor Corbett... suggesting that Stevens replace outgoing Justice Joan Orie Melvin. Her resignation becomes effect the first of the month.
A former state senator... now serving prison time... has had his named removed from venues he helped to create. The name of Bob Mellow no longer exists at the theater named in his honor at the Lackawanna College in Scranton. Board members approving the removal of the name. His name is also coming down from Marywood University... as well as Keystone College.
This will be a very busy weekend for the Bloomsburg University softball team which will close out the regular season with back to back doubleheders at Hutchinson Field. Friday afternoon the Huskies take on Clarion with the first game starting at 2:30. Saturday's opponent will be Mansfield. That twinbill begins at 1 O'clock.
In girls softball Thursday... Loyalsock downed Central Columbia 4 – 3... Benton defeated Millville 15 – 5... It was Southern Columbia over Lewisburg 15 – to – nothing...
The Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates for the third time in four games. Thursday's final was 6-4. The Phils are in New York Friday night to take on the Mets in a weekend series. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.
In other games yesterday, the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the New York Mets 3-2 and it was the New York Yankees getting by the Toronto Bluejays 5 to 3.
In the NBA playoffs Thursday night... Miami downed Milwaukee 104 – 91... Chicago getting by Brooklyn 79 – 76... and Memphis topped the Los Angeles Clippers 94 – 82.