Bloomsburg Mayor to Resign
Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr is stepping down. Starting July 1st he'll become Danville's Administrator of Governmental Affairs at a salary of $43,000 a year. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... the Danville Borough Council made the decision to hire Knorr when they met last night. Not only does he leave Bloomsburg government... but also his position at Rose Consulting... a job he's held since 2007. Town Council is expected to name Knorr's replacement when they meet the 24th of the month.
Replacing a Police Chief
An early day for the Bloomsburg Town Council's Administrative and Finance committee. They're meeting this morning at Town Hall... and top agenda item is starting the search for a new Police Chief. As we told you last week, current chief Leo Sokoloski will retire at the end of the month... and take a position as head of security at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County. The big question... do you start a nationwide search with the possibility of bringing in someone new... or do you promote from within... something that Mayor Dan Knorr would like to see. But first... council needs to name an interim Chief until a permanent successor is named to replace Chief Sokoloski.
A 2010 graduate of Central Columbia High School is recovering from wounds received while serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... Caleb Hemmen received shrapnel wounds during an attack on his unit by insurgents in southeast Afghanistan. Two soldiers died in the same attack. Hemmen is expected to be flown to a military hospital in Germany for further treatment.
Pennsylvania State Police at the Bloomsburg barracks have launched an investigation into a cruelty to animals case. Cpl. Corey Wetzel says three dogs were found Tuesday abandoned at a home at 177 Bendertown Road... in Fishing Creek Township. Not much is being said about the case, but arrangements were made for the care of the animals... and charges are expected to be filed.
Downtown Bloomsburg use to be a bustling place on a Friday night... two generations ago... but over that time things have changed. Now, Downtown Bloomsburg Incorporated wants to bring that back by hosting this month's First Friday event. DBI manager Adrienne Mael says the promotion is an effort to get folks to shop downtown... that really aren't normal business hours. Also... there will be a lot of entertainment for kids up and down the 200 block of Center Street ranging from Kidsburg... to the Bloomsburg public library and the YMCA.
The summer concert series at Bloomsburg Town Park kicks off Wednesday night. First up in the eight week series are the popular entertainers... the Shoreliners. For Town Park Improvement Association President Chuck Wagner... it's all about the venue... and the entertainment. Just like any other Wednesday evening... the entertainment begins at 7 O'clock. Be sure to bring a lawn chair or a blanket to sit on.
Plea Deal Reached
The husband of a long time local TV anchor says he'll plead guilty and serve up to 19 – years in federal prison for sending sexually explicit text messages to teenage boys. In a plea agreement... 52 – year old Mark Kandel says he'll plead guilty to one count of on – line enticement. He was first arrested last fall by Lackawanna County detectives, but soon the feds took over the case. Kandal is married to Channel 16 anchor Marissa Burke who is originally from Riverside in Northumberland County.
Fire investigators say it was an electrical problem which started a blaze at a house in the Eckley Miner's Village near Freeland at midday Tuesday. The home was occupied by 86 – year old George Gera who was born there. The structure was not only used as a home... but as a teaching tool... with hundreds of people stopping by each year to learn about the mining village.
Rent Rebate Program
The deadline for older adults and residents with disabilities to apply for Pennsylvania’s Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program has been extended from June 30th to December 31st. The rebate program benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older; widows and widowers age 50 and older; and people with disabilities age 18 and older who meet certain income criteria. As of last week... the Revenue Department had received 506,000 rebate applications.
Eighteen area players have been named to the Heartland Conference softball all star team including eight first team selections. Named first team Division I were Danville's Alyssa Shaw, an infielder, and Zina Knight, an outfielder. Central Columbia had four first team selections in Division 2- outfielder Lori Bauman and infielders Carly Swisher and Marissa Shelhamer. Also in Division 2 Southern Columbia pitcher Mallory Tomaschick was a first team pick. In Division 3, Bloomsburg outfielder Mallory Fry and infielder Michelle Smith were first team selections.
In the second game of their home series against Miami Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins 7 to 3. The series concludes Wednesday afternoon with a matinee that starts at 1:05 PM. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:30.
In other games Tuesday night... the Atlanta Braves got by the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 – 4... the Washington National defeated the New York Mets 3 – 2... and the New York Yankees downed the Cleveland Indians 4 – 3.
Last night in game three of the National Hockey League's Western Conference final series... it was Chicago over Los Angeles 3 to 1. Chicago leads the series 2 games to 1. Wednesday night the Pittsburgh Penguins play at Boston in game three of the Eastern conference final series. The Bruins lead that series two games to none.