Columbia – Montour Tourism
With the Covered Bridge and Arts Festival on the horizon... the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau is out with the economic impact left in wake in 2012. The agency's Otto Kurecian said direct spending totaled $8.5 - million... with the overall impact checking in at $14.2 – million. The agency is now gearing up for the 2013 edition of the festival to be held over four days, the first weekend in October, at the Knoebels Amusement Resort near Elysburg.
Monday is the first day of classes for students attending Bloomsburg University. For the past week students have been moving into apartments in town... with the University's Bonnie Martin telling us that enrollment is expected to peak at just north of 10,000. Final figures won't be available from the University until the middle of next month
The construction zone at Routes 11 and 54 in Danville will be a very busy place Monday morning. Not only are crews involved in a flood control project... bunching up traffic at the intersection... but the newly re-constructed Danville Middle School is open for the first time in two years. Also spending the morning there will be four Danville police officers ready to write tickets... so says Chief Eric Gill. Chief Gill urging parents to have their kids take buses to school to avoid turning left on Route 11 while southbound attempting to turn in from of northbound traffic.
State Aviation Grants
The Hazleton Municipal Airport is in line to receive a $50,000 grant to complete design work for obstruction removal. That word from Governor Corbett's office... part of $5.4 – million dollars in state and federal investments that will enhance safety and operations at 15 – airports across the state. The $286,000... the state's portion of the funding from PennDOT comes from a jet fuel tax.
Work is expected to begin Monday on a nearly $400,000 resurfacing project through the Borough of Benton on State Route 487. Prime contractor... Pennsy Supply... with do ADA – complaint curb ramp upgrades... pavement base repair... bridge deck work... topping off the project with milling and paving 487 from L & K Mills... north through Mendenhall Lane. The project is expected to be wrapped by mid – October.
Funfest in Hazleton is scheduled for September 7th and 8th... and for this year's event... there are some new sponsors... as well as some first time vendors. For the past few year's the event has been losing money... so vendors are now a flat fee, instead of a percentage of their take... and sponsors... such as Mohegan Sun have stepped up to the plate. Funfest and it's parade is produced by the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce.
Wilkes – Barre Shooting
There are still no suspects in custody after two kids were shot over the weekend at a Wilkes – Barre housing project. The two and five year old children were apparently caught in the cross fire at the Sherman Hill Apartment complex. Police say the two kids are in critical condition.
A state police fire marshal has not determined the cause of a blaze which destroyed the Washington Hook and Ladder Company in Mahanoy City Saturday morning. It happened only hours before the borough's Sesquicentennial... and annual firemen convention took place. Lost is a ladder truck they purchased a couple of years ago... as well as turnout gear used by the volunteer firemen.
Former Southern Columbia star Henry Hynoski is now off the "physically unable to perform list." That means he is eligible to play in the New York Giants regular season opener September 8th at Dallas. Hynoski, the Giants starting fullback, injured his knee on May 22nd and had surgery. He is in his third season in the NFL.
In his first appearance since May 5th... Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay went 6 innings Sunday in a 9-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. Monday night the Phil's open a four game series against the Mets in New York. Coverage on the WHLM Stations stations begins with the pre - game show at 6:35.
Other MLB Games
In other games Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the San Francisco Giants 4-0. The Pirates remain tied for first in the National League Central with Saint Louis. The New York Mets lost to the Detroit Tigers 11-3 and the New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in 11 innings.
Little League World Series
In the championship game of the Little League World Series in South Williamsport... Japan downed California 6 to 4...
In tennis, the US Open begins Monday morning in Flushing, New York.