Harrisburg - based United Water telling us Tuesday that they plan to upgrade some of their water delivery infrastructure in Bloomsburg starting later this month. The Utilities Bob Manbeck says the project involves the replacement of water mains and service connections on Third Street... from Market to Iron... Fourth Street from Railroad to Market and a portion of Knapp Avenue. The project will cost the company an estimated $467,000. On Third and Fourth streets... the current 4 inch in diameter will be replaced by an 8 inch in diameter main... while the 2 – inch in diameter main on Knapp Avenue... will be replaced with a six inch in diameter pipe. Construction begins the final week of September... and is expected to be wrapped up by the end of October.
The Berwick Stuart Tank Committee has come across a 1942 era machine.... one that was built in Berwick during World War II.... and has a “for sale” sign hanging on it. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach... a member of the committee... says one has been found at the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury, Connecticut. And Kovach says... within the not too distant future... there will be a request for donations. 15, 000 tanks were made at the Berwick ACF complex during the war... but only a handful exist... and even less than that run. The money raised would be earmarked for the purchase and restoration of the Berwick – built tank.
Citations Handed Out
Bloomsburg police... as well as several other agencies were busy over the weekend... conducting saturation patrols. Cops targeting large groups of people gathering... causing disturbances. Bloomsburg Interim Police Chief Roger Van Loan telling us the biggest problem is underage drinking. There were 13 people arrested in that category... followed by the issuing of Disruptive Conduct Notices. Citations were also issued for disorderly conduct... public drunkenness and for open containers.
The phrase of the day in Danville.... take alternate routes. That word from Borough Administrator Dan Knorr who says with construction at routes 11 & 54... and with the Bloomsburg Fair right around the corner... another route through the work area should be top of mind for drivers. Knorr says if you're going to the Bloomsburg Fair next week and you live in Northumberland or Snyder Counties.... take Interstate 80 to get you around Danville's road construction.
Pennsylvania International Week kicked off this week. Peter O'Neill with the state's Department of Community and Economic Development, says PA's 23 authorized overseas trade representatives will be available to meet with Pennsylvania businesses over the next two weeks at 11 locations across the state. The presentations, seminars and networking events are designed to help businesses create new export sales and hopefully create more jobs at home.
St. Joe's Hospital
There could be the establishment of an assisted living facility... as well as a nursing school. The Clermont Group who purchased the former St. Joseph's Hospital in the 6-hundred block of North Church Street in Hazleton wants to do the conversion. They've already filed their paperwork with the Hazleton Zoning Hearing Board. The plans also include converting the Price's Dairy building into office space.
Curb Store Robbery
Hazleton police are looking for the person who robbed a convenience store Sunday night. The bandit strolled into Puff and Pic on West 15th Street... confronted the clerk and produced a knife. It's not known how much the robber got away with. If you have information about Sunday night's robbery... call Hazleton Police.
No one has been arrested in a shooting in Wilkes – Barre last week... and now one of the men shot... is dead. The Luzerne County coroner says an 18 – year old victim has passed. He died over the weekend stemming from a shooting on South Welles Street. A second person was treated and released at the hospital.
Wilkes – Barre Shooting
Wilkes – Barre Police are trying to find the person responsible for squeezing off some shots early Sunday morning on Maffett Street. Bullet casings were found on the streets... and a slug ended up in a front door of a home on Old River Road. No one was hit... and their not sure what the shooter was aiming at.
State political leaders say they're encouraging fire companies and volunteer ambulance services to submit an application for the 2013 – 2014 service grant program. The grants may be used for the construction or renovation of a unit's station... the purchase or repair of equipment... training or debt reduction. The application period remains open until October 24th.
Coming off a 45-37 win at Edinboro on Saturday, the Bloomsburg University football team has moved up two spots in the American Football Coaches Association poll of the nation's top 25 Division II teams. The Huskies are now ranked 13th. Two other PSAC teams are in the poll- IUP is ranked 8th and West Chester is 20th. This Saturday at 1 O'clock, the Huskies play at Kutztown.
A boys high school soccer rivalry will be renewed this afternoon when Millville plays at Benton. It will be the first of two meetings for the teams this season.
In the NFL Monday night...the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 20 to 10.
In major league baseball, in the first game of a three game home series against Miami.. the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins 12 to 2. Game two of the series is Tuesday night. Coverage on the whlm stations begins at 6:30 with the pregame show.
In other action last night... the San Diego Padres blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 2 to nothing.