Fishing Creek Twp Accident
A Jonestown man is recovering from injuries sustained in a two – vehicle accident on Monday on Route 487 in Fishing Creek Township. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... 26 – year old Kyle Halat lost control of his Geo Tracker on ice – covered 487 and slammed into a milk tanker on it's way to Benton. Halat apparently hitting some black ice... then the tanker. He had to be extricated from his SUV... then flown to Geisinger Medical Center by LifeFlight.
As state lawmakers prepare a budget for the 2014 – 15 fiscal year.... they're looking over their shoulders at the current budget plan. Some months have provided a surplus with tax revenues to pay the bills... other months have fallen short... and according to State Representative David Millard of Berwick... that has an impact. Lawmakers have until the end of June to come up with a spending plan... something Representative Millard says will be accomplished...
April first begins the start of the street sweeping season in Berwick. Borough Manager Robert Hivish says just about every day from April to November... the street sweeper will be found out and about during the morning hours... giving Berwick curb appeal. Hivish says the work is preformed by a part time employee who salary is already budgeted.
As of Tuesday... vehicle related documents are going up in price. It's the first wave of fee changes in the wake of Pennsylvania's new $2.4 - billion transportation funding bill. Jan McKnight of PennDOT says the money from the increased fees will be earmarked for transportation safety enhancements. Fees being increased will come from duplicate drivers licenses... ID Cars... certificates of titles... as well as title security interest documents.
Bad Breaks Heal
Two Pennsylvania medical centers are among five in the nation to earn the highest certification for knowing how to make the best of bad breaks. Geisinger's Medical Center in Danville and its Wyoming Valley center in Wilkes-Barre have received the international Platinum CORE Certification for exceeding benchmarks in managing elderly and fragility fractures. Maturing Baby Boomers are expected to produce epidemic numbers. Geisinger has exceeded national benchmarks in the time it takes to get patients surgery, their length of stay, and morbidity and mortality rates.
Glenn Steele Honored
Geisinger Health System CEO... Dr. Glenn Steele.. has been named to the Becker's Hospital Review’s list of “40 of the Smartest People in Healthcare.” The list highlights individuals who stand out as having the intellect and acumen needed to spearhead successful reform. A Geisinger spokesman says nominees of providers, payers and policymakers were sought out and researched by the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team... which based its decision on leaders who found the best ways to contain costs while improving the quality of care.
As Pennsylvania's heroine epidemic rages on, the good news is that drug courts are getting positive results. Heroine use in the commonwealth and the 98 drug courts making a difference were under the microscope for the House Judiciary Committee. Karen Blackburn, of the administrative office of Pennsylvania Courts, noted the positive results. Seventy-five percent of graduates were arrest-free for two years after leaving the program. Taxpayers also saved more than $3.30 for every dollar invested in drug courts.
The Department of Environmental Protection has announced a $3.4 million investment in an all-new agricultural outreach and assistance program. The Regional Agricultural Watershed Assessment Program is designed to improve water quality in six different watersheds throughout the state. About $600,000 from the Environmental Stewardship Fund, commonly referred to as the Growing Greener Program, has been budgeted for each watershed... which have yet to be selected.
Two Roman Catholic parishes in Tamaqua and Shenandoah will merge into a a single parish in each borough in July. During worship services over the weekend... it was announced that two parishes in Tamaqua will merge into one known as the Pope John the 23rd Parish. In Shenandoah... seven parishes will be merged into the Divine Mercy Parish. In recent years... the church has been facing a declining enrollment.
If you plan to travel this week... you'll find the average price of gas across northeastern Pennsylvania holding steady... including Columbia and Montour Counties. The latest Triple - A Fuel Gauge report self serve, unleaded regular is holding steady at $3.59 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend... and the same as it was a week ago. Gas dropping four cents a gallon over the past month.
Investigators in the back mountain area of Luzerne County are looking for the cause of a Monday morning fire near Dallas. No one knows what sparked a house fire on Woodlawn Avenue. Authorities say that house in Dallas was vacant.
Bloomsburg University junior baseball player Eric Frain is the PSAC Eastern Division player of the week. Frain went 4 for 6 at the plate in helping the Huskies sweep a doubleheaders from West Chester last Thursday.
In their season opener at Texas on Monday... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Texas Rangers 14 to 10. Game two of that series is tonight starting at 8:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pre – game show at 7:30.
In other Major League openers on Monday... the Pittsburgh Pirates just getting by the Chicago Cubs 1 to nothing.... the Washington National downed the New York Mets
9 to 7. The New York Yankees play their season opener tonight in Houston.
NCAA Women's Finals
Two regional finals were played Monday night in the NCAA women's basketball tournament. Connecticut defeated Texas A & M 69 – 54... and it was Notre Dame over Baylor 88 – 69.