Kidsburg Build Out
Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night... approved final plans as one of the final steps to get Kidsburg 2.0 built. The original Kidsburg was wiped out by the floods of September of 2011... and since that time a lot of money has been raised to building a bigger and better facility. A build date has been slated between April 29th and May 4th. Permit applications were submitted late last year to the state Department of Environmental Protection. It's hoped that the required approved state permits will be back in town by March 1st.
It's something we don't see everyday.... folks trying to get out of our bitterly cold weather. Now... there is a place to turn... and that's AGAPE on 7th Street in Bloomsburg. The organization's Eileen Chapman says they've extended their hours... so not only are they open during the day.... but from 8 PM to 7 AM... in order to give folks a place to warm themselves. Ms. Chapman says the extended hours are in effect whenever the thermometer drops below 25 degrees
Berwick Christmas Boulevard
There is now a new group in Berwick who is charged with all the facets of running the annual Christmas Boulevard on Market Street. It was a week ago... Borough Council tuned over the responsibility to the Berwick Christmas Boulevard Association.... relieving the Jaycees of their duties after 67 years. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... the Association's Vikki Dietterick says time is of the essence. The Association will be approaching businesses that have given in the past... as well as prospective sponsors... in order to generate that seed money.
State Senator John Gordner of Berwick has been elected Majority Caucus Chair for the remainder of the 2013-2014 session by state Senate Republicans. He replaces former Sen. Mike Waugh who recently resigned to accept a position as Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Farm Show. As Caucus Chair, Senator Gordner will assist the Majority Leader and Majority Whip in formulation of the Senate’s daily legislative calendar. He will also preside over the Republican caucus meetings.
State Representative David Millard is bring back a Concealed Carry Seminar... this time to the Benton area during March. Millard... a Berwick Republican... says there is an overwhelming demand for the classes. On hand for the March 20th presentation at the Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center will be Sheriff Tim Chamberlain... and District Attorney Tom Leipold. The class is free, but you must sign up by calling Representative Millard's Bloomsburg office.
A state senate committee is considering a bill to expand the use of interlock devices for drunk drivers. The State Senate Transportation Committee holds a hearing this week on a bill to require all convicted drunk drivers to use ignition interlock devices, not just repeat offenders. Frank Harris of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, says its time to expand PA's interlock device law. Interlocks devices prevent a driver who has been drinking from starting and operating a vehicle.
Catholic School Week
Catholic schools across the commonwealth have plenty to boast about during their annual celebration this week. Joe Aponick of the Diocese of Harrisburg, says the annual observance is a time for Catholic schools to celebrate their gift of education. National Catholic Schools Week through Saturday will feature Masses, open houses and projects to celebrate education and emphasize a commitment to service in communities.
A Luzerne County grand jury has handed down indictments against a murder suspect... his attorney and the lawyer's investigator. Hugo Selenski... attorney Shelly Centini and investigator James Sulima have all been charged with jury tampering... in essence... allegedly intimidating witnesses and lying under oath. The 40 – year old Selenski was to have gone on trial in March... and that obviously has been pushed back. He's accused of murdering two people back in 2003... and burying their bodies in the back yard of his home.
Man Faces Charges
A lower Luzerne County man faces new charges. Victor Mumtaz was already facing burglary charges in Hazleton. Now he faces more burglary charges in West Hazleton. Mumtaz is charged with receiving stolen property... after he was found with $12,000 of U.S. Treasury bonds belonging to another man. He is now being held in the Luzerne County Jail.
Members of the Pennsylvania Game Commission are being urged to expand deer hunting opportunities in the commonwealth. There are published reports that deer were the game species most talked about at the start of the commission's annual winter meeting in Harrisburg. Commissioners are expected to consider opening the firearms deer season on the Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving, rather than on the following Monday.
Boys High School Basketball
The boys basketball teams of Bloomsburg and Central Columbia renewed their neighborhood rivalry last night. WHLM's Jim Doyle says the Blue Jays easily defeated the Panthers 62 to 40. In other boys basketball games Monday night... Danville defeated Midd West 51 – 34... Milton downed Southern Columbia 71 – 54. It was Warrior Run over Millville 56 – 40.
Girls High School Basketball... Crestwood downed Berwick 45 – 34.
Men's College Basketball
In top 20 men's college basketball Monday night... Duke defeated Pittsburgh 80 to 65... and Villanova got by Georgetown 65 to 60.