Lou Barletta Tours Danville
An effort by the U-S congress to exclude volunteer firefighters from Obamacare has been hijacked by the the Senate. That word from Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton who spent part of Tuesday touring the Friendship Fire Company in Danville and talking about volunteers and the Affordable Health Care Act. Representative Barletta also spent some time talking to a half – dozen shop owners on Mill Street... as a way to get some feedback on the issues.
Excitement at Husky Korners... right across from Bloomsburg Town Hall Monday night... as someone set off a so – called “Drano” bomb... made of the popular drain cleaner and aluminum foil in a Gatorade bottle. Smoke from the device cleared the former Housenick Motors building... sending students out into the streets. Authorities blocked the area with three pieces of fire apparatus and four police cars. The device left behind residue of the drain cleaner.. but very little damage. No one has been charged in the incident.
Block Party Folo
Bloomsburg Police are out with figures stemming from this past weekend's Block Party... an event where university age students gather to have a good time. Police Chief Roger Van Loan... in a news release... telling us that more than 200 non – traffic citations... and 17 traffic tickets were issued. Bloomsburg Mayor Sandy Davis telling WHLM News Monday night... she's happy the weekend went smoothly... but the event has to be “curbed in the future.” Most of the citations dealt with violations of the open container law... underage consumption... and public drunkenness.
An unusual sight Monday morning.... water shooting up, out of the ground following a rupture in an 8 inch in diameter water main in the 2600 block of Old Berwick Road. Initially... United Water issued a boil water advisory... but later canceled it... so says the utility's Bob Manbeck. A United work crew spent a couple of hours replacing the water main. The cause of the break remains under investigation.
It was a year ago Tuesday a terrorist bomb shattered the finish of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Several people died... and hundreds injured when a pressure cooker packed with explosives detonated. For Doug Alter of Berwick... who plans to participate in next Monday's marathon... says there is something of a dark cloud hanging over him as he returns to Boston. Alter will be just one of an estimated 36,000 expected to participate in next Monday's event.
A bill to eliminate school property taxes could see action in the State Senate this spring, even though a similar measure failed to gain traction in the house. WHLM's Cathy Clark reports the house has approved a targeted approach that would leave the decision up to school districts on whether to keep, reduce or replace their property taxes. But the sponsor of a senate plan says there's bipartisan backing in his chamber for a bill to replace the school property tax with higher sales and personal income taxes. That measure has drawn opposition from the business community, schools and advocates for the poor.
As the number of cancer cases continues to rise in Pennsylvania and across the nation, physicians are concerned that the availability of care in local communities is declining. While more Pennsylvanians are being diagnosed with cancer, fewer people are dying from it. At issue, according to the latest "State of Cancer Care in America" study, is an oncology workforce and small community practices that cannot keep up with the growing patient population. Of the small and mid-size practices that serve more than one-third of new patients, two-thirds will merge, be sold, or close in the next year.
Wright Twp Fire
Fire investigators still haven't figured out what sparked a blaze which destroyed a Mountain Top area home Monday. The structure is located on Church Road in Wright Township. The owner getting out of the house safely after she was warned of flames by a neighbor.
PennDOT says it will rebuild and widen six miles of Interstate 81... between Scranton and the Luzerne – Lackawanna county line. The money coming from the state's new transportation funding bill. The $174 – million dollar project will add a third lane to the already bustling interstate.
The average price of a gallon of gasoline across northeastern Pennsylvania is slowing rising. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report out shows that the average price of self – serve, unleaded regular is $3.64 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend... and four cents higher than it was a week ago.
The Bloomsburg University baseball team was scheduled to play a doubleheader at Shippensburg Tuesday afternoon, but those games have been postponed until Wednesday afternoon.
In high school baseball Monday... Berwick defeated Holy Redeemer 8 to 5... Benton downed Columbia Montour VO Tech 13 to 5.. It was Bloomsburg over Loyalsock 6 to 1..
In girls softball
Berwick downed Wyoming Valley West 12 to 1... Benton defeated Columbia Montour Vo Tech 4 to 1... And it was Southern Columbia over South Williamsport 9 to 4...
PHL / ATL
In the first game of a four game home series with Atlanta Monday night... the Atlanta Braves defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 9 – 6.
* Tonight's scheduled Phillies game has been rained out. A make-up date has yet to be determined. *
In other games last night...
The game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds was suspended due to weather after seven innings. The score tied 7 to 7. The game resumes Tuesday afternoon at 5:30....and the New York Mets defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7 – 3.
In the NBA Monday night... The Philadelphia 76ers downed the Boston Celtics 113 to 108.