School is opening Wednesday morning for students in the Bloomsburg and Berwick Area School Districts. In Bloomsburg... teachers wrapped up three days of in – service training on Tuesday... and they're ready to greet an estimated 1600 students. Area police will pay extra attention to school zones... especially in the area around the Memorial School at 5th and Market Streets in Bloomsburg... and the elementary schools in Berwick. Central Columbia teachers and students return to the classroom Thursday.
Headed to take in the Bloomsburg Fair in a couple of weeks... if you have a backpack... a purse or stroller... they'll be searched by security personnel before entering the fairgrounds. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that a new policy has been developed for the searches stemming from the Sandy Hook school shootings... and the Boston Marathon explosions. Folks working security will be looking for things like knives... weapons or drugs... and even fireworks. The Fair begins September 21st.
Downsizing the State House
State Representative David Millard of Berwick says a move by State House Speaker Sam Smith to reduce the size of the House won't gain any traction. Smith has authored legislation calling for the state house to be reduced by 25%. Speaker Smith has called the 203 member house... too large and too inefficient.
United Water Company workers are busy this week flushing fire hydrants in Bloomsburg... as well as Montour and Scott Townships. The utilities Bob Manbeck says the flushing operation helps to cleanse the build up of mineral deposits. Manbeck adds that if there is a hydrant flushed in your neighborhood... it may be some discolored water. To solve that problem... just run the cold water tap for a few minutes... and the discoloration will go away.
The Berwick YMCA has launched a fund raising campaign... and will also... send two people to the NFL Superbowl next February. Board member Maureen Kocher says the money raised through ticket sales the next few months will go to good use like funding the continuation of programs. Ms. Kocher says tickets can be obtained at a number of events around the Berwick area... as well as at the Berwick YMCA at Third and Vine Streets.
Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says he's planning on holding a training session in October dealing with dog fighting. During the past few months... police officers have come across either dead or severely injured dogs on the streets. That's lead DeAndrea to conclude dog fighting is running rampant in Hazleton and surrounding suburbs.
A lawsuit has been filed by the company which insures Kings College... in order to get it's money back from a fired employee. Travelers Insurance is suing Erin Savitski...a former human resources director... who allegedly embezzled $57,000 from the college. Savitski was fired two years ago when school officials learned of the scheme to fatten her pay check. No civil charges were ever filed in the case.
Obama in Scranton
The White House is laying out plans for President Obama's trip to Scranton on Friday. They say Mr. Obama and Vice – President Joe Biden will visit Lackawanna College in Scranton starting at 5 O'clock. They'll talk about the rising prices for higher education. Tickets to see the Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden are on a first come, first serve basis... and will be distributed Wednesday starting at 4 O'clock at the Angeli Hall Main Building in the 500 block of Vine Street in Scranton.
The Bloomsburg University football team is ranked 18th in the nation in the American Football Coaches Association preseason poll. Two PSAC teams are ranked ahead of the Huskies- Shippensburg is 7th and IUP is 10th.
Bloomsburg University senior Dan Fisher needs just five field goals and 19 total points this season to become the PSAC's career leader in both categories. Ed Rush, the Huskies kicking coach, says Fisher does not see failure in what he does. The Huskies open the season September 7th at home against Stonehill College of Massachusetts.
In the second game of their home series against Colorado Tuesday night...the Rockies defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 5 to 3. The two teams meet again Wednesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.
In other games Tuesday night...
The Pittsburgh Pirates blasted the San Diego Padres 8 to 1.... the New York Mets downed the Atlanta Braves 5 to 3. In game one of a doubleheader... the New York Yankees took the best of the Toronto Blue Jays 8 to 4... in the second game... the Yankees just got by the Blue Jays 3 to 2.