Montour Twp Fire
It sounded worse than it was. A water heater in a mobile home in a park behind the Geisinger Medical Building on Montour Boulevard caught fire around 10:30 Monday morning. That sent firemen from Montour, Hemlock and Scott Townships... as well as Catawissa and Bloomsburg rushing to the scene. The small blaze was squelched by Montour Police Chief Terry Eckert who used a small extinguisher to put out the flames. Firemen they made an extensive search to make sure the flames had not spread into the partitions. The home is owned by Gordon Brown... who incidentally... is a Lt. With Montour Township Fire Police.
No word on funeral services for the 69 – year old pilot who died over the weekend after he was struck by a rotor of a helicopter giving rides at this year's Bloomsburg Fair. Carl Enlow of Reading died at Geisinger Medical Center apparently losing his hat with the rotating blade hitting him. Heritage Rotors of Port Orange, Florida... has been providing a birdseye view of the fairgrounds the past twenty years.
This is the first time any of there helicopters have been involved in an incident.
It was a pretty “fair” week for folks attending the 2013 edition of the Bloomsburg Fair. Figures released by fair officials show 75,171 people passed through the turnstiles Saturday... up an estimated 2 – thousand from the same day in 2012. Overall... attendance figures topped out at 422,429 in 2013... the most during the past five years... an estimated 7,000 more than visited the fair last year.
Work should begin this week on a nearly half – million dollar water main upgrade in three area in the Town of Bloomsburg. United Water's Bob Manbeck say water main diameters will be doubled in size on Knapp Avenue... as well as portions of 3rd and 4th Street. The utility's Manbeck won't say if the company was pressured into the upgrade... but earlier this year United Water was criticized for the lack of water pressure at a fire scene at 8th and Poplar Streets when flames destroyed two homes.
Millard / Prevailing Wage
We could know by the end of the day the future of the prevailing wage proposal that is expected to be voted upon Monday by the state house. The bill is is aimed at townships who want to do construction by upping the threshold on projects so union – type wages don't come into the equation... so says State Representative David Millard of Columbia County. Such as the one held in Williamsport last week... and previously in Stroudsburg. No prediction on how the measure will fare in the house. Townships seek it's approval.... but the measure is opposed by labor unions.
PennDOT says road work is on tap in the Benton area this week. The agency's Rick Mason says Pennsy Supply will begin milling and paving operations today along Route 239 in Benton Borough. The work will be preformed between the Hoboken Sub Shop and Mendenhall Lane. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane.... with flagging personnel in place. The work is expected to be wrapped in mid – October.
Freeland Fire Department
The Freeland Fire Department is kicking off it's annual fund drive. They're hoping to raise at least $25,000 this year... to help pay down the debt they incurred a couple of years ago when they purchased a new pumper for $375,000. Other fund raisers by the department are earmarked for operation of the department.
Wilkes – Barre Fire
A rough weekend for a Wilkes – Barre family. Four adults and two children escaped flames which extensively damaged their home on Grant Street at the start of the weekend. Investigators say the blaze began at the rear of the home... damaging some rooms the an attic.
Wilkes – Barre Murder
The shooting death of a Wilkes – Barre woman late last week is being ruled a homicide by the Luzerne County Coroner. Authorities say 47 – year old Jan Aiello died of multiple gunshot wounds. She allegedly died at the hands of her husband... 48 – year old Vito Aiello. He then turned the weapon on himself. Mr. Aiello is expected to survive.