They're called “Flood Proofing Workshops...” and they're put on by the Baltimore office of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Two of those workshops will be held Thursday... in light of flooding which took place in Columbia County back in 2011. For Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach... keeping rain runoff out of creeks and rivers begins at home. The first session by the Corps is for municipal official... but there is a public meeting on the subject tonight at 7 O'clock at the Caldwell Consistory on Market Street in Bloomsburg.
It's been in the planning stage since the first of the year.... and Saturday is the day to Celebrate Berwick. It's a three – mile long celebration stretching from the downtown area... south along Route 11... to the Berwick Borough line. The event is produced by the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce... specifically out of the Berwick office... so says the Chamber's Amy Shortlidge. “Celebrate Berwick” begins at 11 O'clock Saturday morning.... and there will trolly service available throughout the day.
Nifty After 50
The Columbia Mall in Buckhorn was ground zero Wednesday for the senior population of the County. The Columbia – Montour Aging Office hosted their annual program Nifty after 50. Ina Shultz of Catawissa was strolling through the mall... taking a look at what more than 30 vendors had to offer. Ms. Shultz also picked up goodies and trinkets being given away by those vendors.... many items she said she can use around the house.
State Police at Stonington say they expect to file underage drinking charges against 25 – Danville Area students who attended a post – prom party last Saturday night in the Rush Township area of Northumberland County near Riverside. One girl was taken to the hospital for an alcohol overdose. Now... the Danville administration and the school board is taking a look at the incident. Police say most of the kids will be charged with underage drinking. They add two adults may be cited as well.
The folks trying to rebuild Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg Town Park are holding another in a series of fundraisers Saturday. It's a 5K Run / Walk from Town Park... down Ft. McClure Boulevard... to the covered bridge at Fishing Creek and then return. Registration for the event begins at 7:30 AM at Town Park. The 5K Run / Walk is sponsored by PPL and Brennan's Big Chill and begins at 9 O'clock.
Governor Tom Corbett's pension reform plan is being introduced in the General Assembly. With less than eight week's to go in the fiscal year. During a news conference in Harrisburg on Tuesday... State Senator Mike Brubaker a Republican from Lancaster County... telling reporters he's sponsoring the bill version of the governor's pension reform plan, and will soon schedule a public hearing in the Senate Finance Committee. Meantime... State Rep. Chris Ross... a Republican from Chester County.. is sponsoring the governor's pension reform plan in the House, where he looks forward to explaining the consequences of inaction. It comes at a time the state's public pension obligations are on track to increase from $1.1 - billion last year, to $4.3 - billion by 2016.
One man was injured when a fire in a burn barrel went out of control and spread to other areas at Drifton Auto Sales in Hazle Township. The blaze shut down State Route 940 while firefighters did their job. The fire spread to near-by woods... but the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources stepping in. Authorities say it is illegal to have open fires in Hazle Township.
A PPL lineman is in trouble with the law. 59 – year old Michael Charles Fino of Hughestown is charged with hindering the prosecution and obstructing the administration of law. Authorities say Fino telling alleged drug dealer Leroy Trudgen that surveillance camera's had been installed by other utility linemen at his Trudgen's tire business in Pittston... and he was a target of an FBI investigation... requesting a so – called finders fee of cocaine. When Trudgen was arrested in April of 2012... it set off a chain of events which led to the arrest of 19 other people.
Apparently fighting a fire can put a crimp on a city's aging infrastructure. That's what happened Tuesday morning in the Newberry section of Williamsport. Firemen were called to a house fire, but when they turned on the hydrant... the water main split apart... sending water out onto the street. Firefighters had to rely on the water in their apparatus tanks before hooking on to a second hydrant. The problem is now repaired. The family living in the house escaped safely.