PPL Unit 2
Operators at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station north of Berwick reconnected the Unit 2 generator to the regional electric grid this week after completing a planned inspection of its turbines. Workers replaced several dozen blades to enhance safe and reliable operations until next spring's refueling outage. No cracked blades were found, which is consistent with the data being received from the turbine's extensive monitoring system. Plant engineers will continue to closely monitor blade performance.
Millard / Flood Insurance
The state house has moved to approve a resolution sponsored by Berwick Republican David Millard. He's calling on congress to complete action on legislation to prevent flood insurance rates from skyrocketing for thousands of PA homeowners. The expiration last year of funding to support the federally guaranteed National Flood Insurance Program is threatening huge increases in flood insurance premiums nationwide.
A malfunctioning ceiling fan appears to have been the cause of a small fire yesterday at Berwick Medical Professionals on West Third Street in Mifflinville. Firemen from Espy to Berwick were called to the building around 9:30 Tuesday morning to douse some flames. Folks waiting to start appointments got out of the building safely.
Still no word as to the cause of a fire which destroyed a popular Mountain Top restaurant in Butler Township along Route 309. Damenti's went up in flames late Monday night. Although no cause has been assigned... investigators say it began in the kitchen. It's not known if the owners will try and rebuild the establishment.
Starting next fall... students who attend Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove will be required to live on – campus. A spokesperson for the University says with the addition of new dormitories... it makes it possible for all full – time students to live on school grounds. In the past... students were allowed to live off campus due to the housing crunch. Lycoming College and Bucknell University have a similar housing policy in effect.
The Diocese of Harrisburg will welcome its 11th Bishop at a Mass of Installation at mid afternoon Wednesday. The Most Reverend Ronald Gainer will be installed as the Bishop of Harrisburg during an Installation Mass starting at 2 O'clock. His influence will be felt up and down the Susquehanna Valley. The Mass can be viewed online and at select TV outlets. The mass includes a procession of 25 to 30 cardinals and bishops. Bishop Gainer follows Bishop Joseph McFadden, who died last May. The Diocese includes 15 counties and 250,000 Catholics.
A bill in the state House would prevent natural gas companies from short-changing landowners on royalty money. WHLM's B.J. Small is reporting from our Harrisburg News Bureau drilling companies have been deducting processing and transporting costs from the royalties they pay landowners and it's shortchanging the 12.5 % royalties that have been outlined in a 1979 state law. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Garth Everett of Lycoming County, says it hasn't been easy bill to push. The Marcellus Shale Coalition calls the bill unconstitutional and a vast legislative over-reach.
The final District 4 high school basketball team remaining in the state playoffs was eliminated Tuesday night. Saint John Neumann from Williamsport lost to Math, Civics, and Science from Philadelphia in a boys Class A state semifinal. The final was 76-53.
Division 2 Basketball
In Division 2 men's college basketball Tuesday night, PSAC champ East Stroudsburg lost to West Liberty 89-82 in the Atlantic Region final.
Southern Columbia High School wrestling coach Jerry Marks has been named the Heartland Conference Division 3 Coach of the year. Marks led the Tigers to the division title.
Six Bloomsburg University wrestlers will compete in the NCAA Division One championships. Those championships begin Thursday at Oklahoma City.
The NCAA men's basketball tournament opened last night in Dayton, Ohio. In the first game, Albany defeated Mount Saint Mary's 71-64. In the second game North Carolina State downed Xavier 74 – 59. Wednesday night in Dayton, Iowa plays Tennessee and Cal Poly plays Texas Southern.