If you see some university students with bright yellow GPS units in the downtown area... they're preforming a survey of parking patterns. They're not only doing the project for credit... but to put an end to guessing about what spots are in demand... and at what time... so says Geography and Geosciences Associate Professor Jeff Brunskill. Associate Professor Brunskill said business owners and residents will be surveyed as well to determine issues in the community... as to how it relates to parking.
A sight to behold... as a crew of maintenance workers... dressed in superhero outfits... cleaned dozens of windows at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital on Tuesday. It was a performance folks in the hospital won't forget. For Eric Ruhl of Performance Services, Incorporated of Harrisburg.... portraying Batman for pediatric and adult patients... as well as hospital staff... simply makes the day. Geisinger management has contracted with the company... and the crew... to portray the superheroes at all their properties.
Bloomsburg Fire Truck
It will take about a year to get here... but Bloomsburg Town Council has given the fire department the go ahead to order a new piece of apparatus. KME of Nesquehoning... in Carbon County... is expected to get the order soon for the attack truck... with a shorter than usual wheelbase... allowing drivers to navigate the town's narrow streets and alleys. The $671,000 purchase price will be off – set by trading in an aging pumper... grants from foundations... and heavily relying on money stashed away in the town's fire tax account.
If you tried to go west on Third Street Tuesday... between Center and Market Streets... you couldn't. Sokol Construction of Bloomsburg is under contract with United Water to replace water mains and connections... doubling pipe size from 4 to 8 inches in diameter. When WHLM News went by the construction site on Tuesday... a backhoe was ripping up the pavement and dirt…. then placing it in a dump truck. The nearly half – million dollar project got underway late last month and calls for the installation of bigger water mains... not only on Third Street... but Fourth Street and Knapp Avenue as well.
New Police Chief
Bloomsburg has a new Chief of Police. On a unanimous vote... council Monday night... removing the word “interim...” and thus promoting long – time officer Roger Van Loan to top cop. Mayor Carey Howell says despite a state wide search... and applications from around the country... Van Loan was the best candidate for the job. He'll receive $75,000 annually. Van Loan replaces Leo Sokoloski who took a job heading up law enforcement at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County.
here is now a lot of movement on that planned all – county veterans memorial to be place in the middle of Market Street at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Plans were unveiled at Monday night's town council meeting. Council Vice – Chair... Diane Levan... a driving force behind the memorial says it will be placed closer to Ft. McClure Boulevard than originally planned due to the future construction of Kidsburg... and keeping the memorial out of a residential area. The memorial will consist of concrete... covered with a granite veneer... a lot of landscaping and polls with flags to honor all branches of the military.
XGR / Millard
Lawmakers in the state house could vote this week on Representative's David Millard's bill dealing with prevailing wages boosting the threshold where union type wages kick in from $25,000 to $100,000. During a recent interview.... Representative Millard says his measure could tie into the legislature's proposed transportation bill... however... it's designed as a “stand alone” bill. Lawmakers reconvene in Harrisburg Tuesday... and Representative Millard said his prevailing wage bill could come up for a vote as early as Wednesday.
Things are back to normal at the Berwick Theater on West Front Street... after 17 people came down with carbon Monoxide poisoning at the start of the weekend. Many were treated at the Berwick Hospital... and later released. The theater’s Facebook page indicating a blocked flue in the furnace caused the gas to leak out of the projection room. Theater owners have now installed a series of CO2 detectors to give them a heads up to any issues with the heating system.
It's important to get you pets... such as a cat... spayed and neutered. That advice from the group PA Pets. The organization's Jo Wright says feral female cats... for instance... can have as many as four litters a year. PA Pets runs a spay and neutering clinic... with the help of a volunteer medical staff.
Stop by their thrift store at 5th and Catherine Streets for more information.
DJ Shooting Update
Wilkes – Barre Police have not come up with a suspect yet in the shooting death of a popular Wyoming Valley D-J... and a mainstay at the Wilkes University radio station. Michael Onley was gunned down outside a South Main Street bar early Sunday morning... in what authorities say... was a drive – by shooting. Now... a memorial has sprouted up in the bar's parking lot where the incident took place.
If you're headed somewhere this week... it will cost you less to fill up the gas tank. The latest Triple A fuel gauge report... shows that across northeastern Pennsylvania... self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.32 a gallon... down a penny from the weekend... and off three cents from a week ago. The reason... a surplus in inventory... and people driving less.
A meeting to get the public's input on the PA State Plan for Alzheimer's is set for this week in the Lehigh Valley. The meeting will be held Thursday at Quakertown Hospital. It's a chance for people to have their voices heard as the state comes up with its plan for Alzheimer's treatment and education.
Pre - registration for the meeting is required by calling the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter.
Tour for Governor Corbett
Governor Corbett was on the road over the weekend... spending part of it at a Carbon County manufacturing plant. The governor getting a first hand look at KME Kovatch... the manufacturer of emergency vehicles. The family run business has been around since 1946... and have an estimated 800 people on staff. Company officials telling the governor that a challenge these days is finding skilled workers who know manufacturing... mechanical and electrical work.