Scott Homes to be Raised
Nearly two years after flood waters from Tropical Storm Lee a $151,000 contract has been awarded to a Hazleton company to demolish homes damaged by high water. Penn Earthworks will soon start to take down the 22 homes... working with a short time frame... so says Township Secretary Eric Stahley. Stahley says the houses in question are located on the riverside of Old Berwick Road between Tenny Street and Edgar Avenue... as well as structures on the dead – end portion of White Birch Lane.
An annual tradition is about to begin at Bloomsburg Town Park... starting next week. It's the beginning of the summer concert series. That word from Town Park Improvement Association President Chuck Wagner. First up on Wednesday, June 5th are the Shoreliners at 7 O'clock. Wagner says the Association ends the summer with the annual Cake and Ice Cream Festival on August 1st.
Police Chief to Retire
Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski has made his intentions known. He plans to retire from the department at the end of June... to become head of security at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County. Mayor Dan Knorr says Sokoloski's retirement is top of mind when the Administrative and Finance Committee meets June 5th. Knorr says there is expected to be discussion as to who to name in the interim until a new chief is found... and whether the candidate will be from outside the town... or from within the ranks of the department.
July 4th Fireworks
The tradition of Red, White and Boom... will continue this fourth of July at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Bloomsburg Town Administrator Bill Lowthert says the Press – Enterprise has stepped up to the plate... footing the bill for this year's event. At one time the Town Park Improvement Association backed out of funding the fireworks display for the lack of cash... then town council stepped in saying they would find money in their budget... but with the Press – Enterprise now footing the bill... the event will be bigger than in years past.
Federal, State and Local officials are remaining tight lipped as to why they raided an environmental plant near Milton... in Northumberland County on Wednesday. The raid at Minuteman Environmental Services in the Milton Industrial Park began in the morning and lasted into the night. No one is saying what they're looking for, but agents were seen with boxes of records being loaded into a truck. It was January of 2012 that Governor Corbett visited the facility... calling the Brian Bolus' operation... an “American success story.”
A new initiative at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville is giving the health care system an extra dose of transparency. Now... patients can see their case through their doctor's notes. GMC's Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Jonathan Darer, says they are expanding patients' access to their doctors' notes following the overwhelming success of a pilot study. Meantime... Geisinger has expanded the program to include more than 500-doctors.
Allentown – based Pennsylvania Power and Light says the utilities price – to – compare will soon be higher for residential customers.... lower for small businesses. Those higher rate kicks in June 1st according to a company news release. The move means an increase of 8.2 cents per kilowatt hour.... up from 7.2 cents. Small business price to compare from 10.8 cents per kilowatt hour... down to 7.7 cents.
Hazleton Traffic Stop
A 24 – year old Wilkes – Barre man is in the Luzerne County Jail following a traffic stop this week in Hazleton. Jeremy Cieniawa faces a long list of charges after he fought with cops during a traffic stop on Route 93... in the parking lot of a home improvement store. He was arraigned... with bail set at $50,000.
Trying to combat mold. That's what the Hazleton Area School district is doing... as they put together a team designed to combat the problem at the future home of the district's science academy in Butler Township. The latest addition is Harry Neill... an industrial hygienist working with an environmental company based in Exton. The 55,000 square foot building lay idle until the district purchased the structure back in early 2011.
The Hazleton Housing Authority has reappointed Charles Gennaro as chairman for the 15th consecutive year. Also... the board said it will apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. If the cash comes through... it will be earmarked for the installation of surveillance cameras... security doors and deadbolt locks for authority property.
In WHLM Sports
That District 4 Class AA semi – final baseball game Wednesday between Southern Columbia and Hughesville was rained out. The game has been rescheduled to Thursday afternoon at 4:30 at Williamsport's Bowman Field.
In girls softball, in the District 2 Class AAA championship at Marywood University... Valley View defeated Berwick 2 to nothing.
Poor field conditions at Elm Park in Williamsport, forced the postponement of Wednesday's softball playoff games. Thursday afternoon in the District 4 Class AA semifinals, Central Columbia plays Loyalsock at 4 o'clock followed by Southern Columbia against Warrior Run. In a Class A semifinal, Bloomsburg plays Muncy at 5:30.
In major league baseball Wednesday night... The Philadelphia Phillies downed the Boston Red Sox 4 to 3. The Phils and Red Sox meet again again Thursday night in Philadelphia. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.
In other games last night...The New York Mets defeated the New York Yankees 9 – 4... and the Pittsburgh Pirates scooted by the Detroit Tigers 5 to 3.
In the NBA Eastern Conference Final series tonight, Indiana is at Miami. That series is tied at two games each.