Bishop McFadden Passes
The man who has led the Catholic diocese of Harrisburg has died. That diocese includes Columbia and Montour Counties. 65 – year old Bishop Joseph McFadden passed Thursday morning while attending a meeting in Philadelphia. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting that he spent the night in Philadelphia to attend a meeting, but when he awoke... he felt ill and was taken to a hospital. He died shortly before 8 AM. There has been no cause of death. He was appointed Bishop of Harrisburg in June of 2010.
Ever since the reconstruction of Front Street in Berwick began... mom and pop businesses have been hurting.... so much so... that a Borough refuse hauler is trying to help. Mike Knorr is offering a promotion in conjunction with Subway to bring people downtown.... footing the bill for six inch subs at lunchtime Friday to the first 100 people. It was just a week ago Mr. Knorr stirred up business by offering bagels and coffee to folks in the 200 block of West Third street... since getting to the downtown bagel shop has been a chore due to road construction. The re-construction of Front Street is expected to be wrapped up by next Wednesday.
Pet & Toy Parade
The carnival season was officially opened in Bloomsburg Wednesday night... starting with the 47th annual Kiwanis Pet and Toy Parade. The Bloomsburg High School band leading the line of march south on Market Street... in front of hundreds of bystanders who were at curbside. The parade ushered in the annual fire department carnival. The Catawissa Military Band provided last night's entertainment. The annual carnival runs through Saturday evening.
Two area car clubs are getting together Sunday in an effort to raise money for Camp Victory near Millville. Mopar Muscle of Central PA and the Dream Machines Motor Club of Bloomsburg will host a car cruise and a scavenger hunt. Kim Peterman said a recommended route will be followed leading cruisers to Buckhorn and Muncy. The event will include a luncheon and a show and shine in the afternoon. It all takes place Sunday at Camp Victory near Millville.
Governor Tom Corbett touched off a heated debate about job applicants and drugs during his appearance this week on a radio show called "Ask the Governor." In essence, Mr. Corbett said many employees are having a hard time finding qualified applicants who can pass the drug test. State Treasurer Rob McCord says he was "saddened" to hear the governor's comments. McCord's name is widely mentioned as a leading Democratic candidate for governor in 2014.
Want to find out about the Shikellamy State Park Complex... and what they have on tap for the 2013 summer recreation season. State Representative Lynda Culver is holding an annual meeting Thursday night in conjunction with the the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources... dealing with just that. A season overview... plans for the marina at the confluence of the north and west branches of the Susquehanna River... as well as season activities is on the agenda. The meeting begins at 6 O'clock... at the Sunbury Social Club in the 300 block of East Drive in Sunbury.
Danville School Board
You'll have an opportunity to talk with Danville Area School Board members Thursday night. The League of Voters is sponsoring an “Ask the School Board” night this evening. During a recent interview... Board President Allan Schappert says it's an opportunity to ask questions... while at the same time... the board will get plenty of feedback. The event takes place tonight starting at 7 O'clock at the Danville Borough Ballroom on Mill Street.
The Luzerne County Coroner's office is ruling the death of an 85 – year old woman at a Weatherly nursing home a homicide. The coroner's office says Margaret Lechleitner who lived at the Weatherwood Nursing Home was allegedly pushed... then striking her head when she fell down. The incident happened last month. The case remains under investigation.
Authorities in the City of Hazleton are now enforcing a new noise ordinance. Play your music too loud overnight... and you get busted... so says police chief Frank DeAndrea. Citations will be issued to folk creating loud noises. Already one person has been cited and is facing a 75 dollar fine.
The Police Chief in Kingston is on paid administrative leave. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting that the leave for chief Keith Keiper will allow the borough to review policies as it relates to officers providing security to outside events. Recently … off duty Kingston police officers provided security at a Wyoming Valley West School District dance were paid cash for their services. And that has peaked the interest of the IRS.
An early Wednesday morning fire we told you about in Northumberland County now appears to be suspicious in nature. The blaze broke out in the basement of the vacant side of a double block house in the 5 – hundred block of Girard St. in Atlas. 47 – year old Randy Merlo and his dog were able to escape. Strong Fire Chief Tim Shincowich was injured when a 5 – inch supply line failed and struck his legs. The chief was treated at Geisinger – Shamokin General Hospital... and later released.
A visitation will be held Friday evening for 65 – year old Sarah McMullen who died in a car crash on the Old Tioga Turnpike earlier this week. She was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, Dennis, when their Saturn slammed into a tree. Mr. McMullen was critically injured. The visitation for Sarah McMullen to be held at the McMichael Funeral Home on Route 487 in Benton.
Governor Corbett has nominated Beverly Mackereth as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. She has been the acting chief for the past couple of months. The 55 – year old Mackereth will oversee the Department of Public Welfare, which employs approximately 16,000 workers and has a budget of more than $28 - billion in state and federal dollars. The department provides services and supports to approximately 2.3 million citizens in Pennsylvania.
The Bloomsburg University softball team hit five home runs and pitcher Kate Pain won both games as the Huskies beat Gannon 7-1 and Shippensburg 6-0 Wednesday on the first day of the PSAC championships in Quakertown. The Huskies move on in the winner's bracket. Thursday at 1 o'clock, they will face California.
In high school baseball yesterday... it took 11 innings, but Berwick defeated Wyoming Area 2 to 1... Muncy blanked Benton 13 to nothing... Bloomsburg getting by Southern Columbia 8 – 7... Mifflinburg downed Danville 5 to nothing... Hughesville roughed up Central Columbia 5 to 2.
The Philadelphia Phillies lost to Indians again In Cleveland Wednesday night 6-0. Thursday... the Phils begin a four game home series against the Miami Marlins. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.
In the NBA playoffs Wednesday night, Boston stayed alive with a 92-86 win over the Knicks in New York. The Knicks lead that series three games to two. In other playoff action last night... Oklahoma downed Houston 107 to 100.
In the National Hockey League, in the first game of their Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Islanders... the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the Islanders 5 – 0.