The past month or so has been a whirlwind of activity for Moose Exchange manager Oren Helbok. The Exchange was extensively damaged when a fire tore through the 60 – year old structure... and now Helbok and his board of directors are waiting for an insurance settlement. But in the meantime... the Moose Exchange has set up shop at 24 East Main Street in Bloomsburg. Helbok says there's no word when the insurance company will come through with a settlement so clean up of the Moose Exchange on West Main Street can begin.
It's not an everyday occurrence a community and a product produced there during World War Two is honored with a roadside sign. But, that's the case of the Stuart Tank... built by a Berwick company which saw action around the world. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach on a committee who submitted an application. Commissioner Kovach is also one of a group of many trying to acquire one of the 15,000 Stuart tanks building between 1941 and 1944 at the ACF. The signage is expected to be placed next to a memorial display at the corner of 3rd and Oak Streets in Berwick.
It happened back in August of 1963... and now the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission says a roadside marker will be erected near the site of the Sheppton Mine disaster and Rescue in neighboring Schuylkill County. The marker is one of 21 approved this week... selected from the 57 applications submitted to the commission. David Fellin and Henry Thorne were rescued after being trapped underground for two weeks following a cave-in. Their partner... Lewis Bova.. didn't make it out and is still entombed in the mine.
WSJ Op - Ed
Governor Corbett is defending himself after an op-ed posted on The Wall Street Journal website criticized him for having few legislative accomplishments to show for his three years in office. The Wall Street Journal blog article criticized Governor Corbett for not achieving critical reforms in education policy, pensions, and taxes. The governor says the piece is flat out wrong. Mr. Corbett says two of his major policy goals remain unfinished: public pension overhaul and dismantling the state liquor system...but he says he kept his campaign promises, and those issues weren't among them.
Corbett / Liquor
Governor Corbett says he's still working on a plan to change the state's system of liquor stores but isn't giving any new information about what might eventually be enacted. Corbett addressed the topic at a news conference in Harrisburg this week, after announcing a new designation for veterans on Pennsylvania driver's licenses. He says he's also pursuing changes to the state's two large public-sector pension plans because they require significant state revenue support. Corbett fought for liquor privatization and pension changes during last year's budget negotiations but wasn't able to get them through the Legislature.
A new set of guidelines have the goal of cutting down on the increasing number of hospital-borne infections which are resistant to most antibiotics. The new rules were established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and include a checklist to improve antibiotic prescribing. A recent study shows that a 30 percent reduction in the use of certain antibiotics can reduce serious infections by more than 25-percent. Geoffrey Roche of the Pocono Medical Center says they're ahead of the game, having placed the new rules in effect at his facility last fall.
Former Wilkes – Barre Mayor Funeral Set
Funeral services for former Wilkes – Barre Mayor Lee Namey will be held Saturday. Namey died this week at the age of 69. He served several terms on City Council and was elected mayor in 1988... serving through 1996. Namey was an art teacher at West Side Career and Technology Center before becoming mayor.. and was principal of the school following his retirement from city government.
Wyoming Officer Plea
A suspended part – time Wyoming police officer has pleaded guilty in Luzerne County Court with having sex with four teenage girls. 21 – year old Cody Smith made the plea deal in four separate criminal cases. He'll be sentenced in June... and has already agreed to serve from two to four years in state prison.
Slot revenues in Pennsylvania remained soft in February. Figures released by the gaming commission says revenue was off 7.5% compared to February of 2013. Official believe some of the drop can be attributed to the brutal weather and competition from casinos in Ohio and Maryland.
Eleven area wrestlers will be competing in the Class AA state championships in Hershey. Those championships begin Thursday morning at 9 O'clock.
Bloomsburg University senior basketball player Catherine Noack has been named the PSAC Eastern Division Athlete of the year. Noack leads the Huskies in scoring. Her teammate Jocelyn Ford is a second team all PSAC selection. Huskies head coach Bill Cleary has been named the PSAC East coach of the year for the second time in his 6 year tenure at Bloomsburg. Cleary has led the Huskies to a 24 and 3 record. They will take a 17 game winning streak into Saturday afternoon's conference semifinal game against Gannon at Edinboro. You can hear that game on the WHLM Stations starting with the pregame show at 12:40.
HS Girls Basketball
The Millville High School girls basketball team will take a perfect 24 and oh record into their Class A first round playoff game. On Saturday at 6 O'clock... the Quakers will face Upper Dauphin at the McCloskey Center in Danville. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 5:40.
In the NHL Wednesday night... The Philadelphia Flyers defeated the Washington Capitals 6 to 4.