Consolidated Container Fire
Firemen from around the region converged on the Consolidated Container building early Wednesday evening. Firemen arriving on the scene at 910 7th Avenue called it a “working” fire with flames and a lot of smoke. The building is located on the former ACF Plant property at the corner of 7th and Freas Avenues. A command has been set up... and calls went out for tankers from across the area.... including Bloomsburg's aerial truck. It's also being learned that a call has gone out for a ladder truck from West Hazleton... as well as an air truck. The call was received by Columbia County Dispatch around 6:30... and firemen are expected to be on scene for the next several hours. Meantime... roads are shut down around the fire scene.
United Water Construction
United Water says 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 on Knapp Avenue and is expected to be wrapped up by the end of October.
We're only days away from the opening of the 158th edition of the Bloomsburg Fair.... and a tour of the fairgrounds on Tuesday shows that it's not the vast emptiness it was a week ago. We caught up with Fair President Paul Reichart who told us concessionaires are ready... and the Reithoffer amusements are in placed. The exposition has a “soft opening” beginning Friday afternoon... and transitioning into a week – long run Saturday morning. Taking a look at the Weather Eye Weather Center forecast for next week.... some showers on Saturday... but the rest of fair week calls for sunshine and temps in the upper 60's... with overnight lows in the 40's.
The 2013 – 2014 legislative session in Harrisburg could be acronomis to say the least. Lawmakers return to Harrisburg next week to get settled in. Representative Kurt Masser who takes care of Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties says the top of mind issue is state pension reform. Other items that need to be tackled according to Representative Masser is a transportation bill... and a measure to privatize state stores.
Stolen Pick Up
One of life's lessons.... don't leave your car or truck unlocked with the keys in the ignition. State Police at Bloomsburg telling us 48 – year old Douglas Lynn did that late Tuesday afternoon while making a stop at the Giant Supermarket on Front Street in Berwick. Moments later someone made off with his 1998 extended cab Chevrolet S – 10. Now... authorities are looking for the maroon and silver truck with PA tags. Have information about the theft... call Pennsylvania State Police.
Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton steps into the spotlight this morning. He'll chair the hearing of the committee looking into the re-authorization of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The hearing will focus on FEMA's recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy in 2012... as well as problems encountered by Congressman Barletta’s constituents following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.
The Commonwealth Financing Authority has given approval to a 2 – million dollar grant for Bloomsburg University. The grant will be used for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system. According to State Senator John Gordner and State Representative David Millard... the University will pick up the remaining funding for the ten million dollar project. The new boiler system and turbine generator will eliminate coal use and reduce energy consumption by 2.5%.
A soon to close distribution center of American Eagle Outfitters in western Pennsylvania... could mean a boon to employment in the Hazleton area. But now... state officials are reconsidering giving the company a half million dollars to build a new distribution center at the Humboldt Industrial Park... since the first center is being shuttered. One state official says they didn't know the company would close one distribution center... leaving two hundred people without jobs in order to get state funds to build a second center. That move is something the state frowns upon.
Hazleton Shooting Victim
Hazleton Police still don't have a suspect in custody in connection with the wounding of a man at a North Poplar Street garage over the weekend. After the unidentified man was shot in the throat... he was loaded in a car and dropped off at the Emergency Room of Hazleton General Hospital. He was later whisked away to a second facility after being stabilized.
Schuylkill Co. Fire
Fire investigators say a blaze that damaged one side of a double home Monday night started in the bathroom and spread. Adrienne Rogers and her three – year old son were able to escape the flames on Valley Street in Brockton... in Schuylkill County. The blaze was confined to the one – side of the half – double home. The pair, now, are staying with family members.