What a difference a day makes. Cold weather has returned to the Susquehanna Valley... following a couple of days in the 70's. Elise Colbert of the National Weather Service in State College says the warm up was brief... but a cold front swept through the region Tuesday... bringing with it rain, snow flurries and colder weather. Temperatures on Wednesday won't get out of the 40's. Colbert says if you put out hanging flower baskets this weekend or planted the herb garden, you'll have to protect them.
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.
A Bloomsburg man is in the Columbia County Prison after he was arrested for the alleged burglary of an East Main Street restaurant. BloomUToday.com is reporting 19 – year old Justin Lindsay is allegedly the person seen on video... burglarizing Frank's Pizza last month. Police receiving several tips after the video was posted on - line. Lindsay was arraigned Tuesday... with bail set at $25,000. Meantime, other suspects are being sought in the case.
Drano Bomb Folo
Still no arrests stemming from that home made Drano bomb which went off Monday night on the second floor of off – campus housing at Husky Korners at East and Main Streets... directly across from Bloomsburg Town Hall. Police and fire personnel responded to the scene to assess the situation. Luckily.... no one was injured.
Kidsburg Volunteers Needed
The folks coordinating the re-build of Kidsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park are looking for hundreds of volunteers. The build begins April 30th.... so says the Town Park Association Chuck Wagner... and runs at least five days. You can sign up to volunteer by going to the website... Kidsburg.org.
Danville Traffic Lights
The Borough of Danville is searching for a grant... leading to the re – timing of the ten traffic signals which dot Route 11 and along Mill Street. The search for money begins... as a year long traffic project is slowly being wrapped up... so says Borough Administrator Dan Knorr. He says finding the money... conducting a study and re – timing the lights may take another year to accomplish.
A selfish sort of animal mistreatment in Pennsylvania is in the spotlight during Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. The problem is highlighted by the case of an 82-year-old woman pleading no contest this week, to 14 counts of animal cruelty at Grace Kelly's childhood home in Philadelphia. It sheds light on the exploding practice of animal hoarding. George Bengal, of Pennsylvania SPCA in Philadelphia, says the number of animals simply outnumbers the ability of the owner to care for them. He gets one case of animal hoarding every month.
As the number of melanoma cases explodes in Pennsylvania, skin-tanning fans are turning to the bottle or can. Spray-on tans are the safest alternative to exposure to ultraviolet rays and to the threat of melanoma - which one in 50 people will get. And Dr. Victor Marks, director of dermatology for the Geisinger Health System, says the spray-tan industry has improved its products. He says early detection of melanoma is important. So people should pay attention to changes on their bodies, especially when it comes to moles.
Wilkes – Barre Fire
A Wilkes – Barre woman is dead following a fire at her Wyoming Street home late Monday night. Authorities say 51 – year old Laurie Merritt was discovered on the floor... and rushed to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital were she was pronounced dead. Investigators believe the blaze began in the attic of the building, but a fire investigator has yet to determine the exact cause.
West Nile Virus Grant
Luzerne County has been awarded $82,000 by the State Department of Environmental Protection for a West Nile Virus control program. The grant is part of the nearly $2.1 - million given out across the state to control mosquito's. A DEP spokesperson says the funding in used to cover the costs associated with surveying and controlling the bugs which carry West Nile Virus.
Red Cross Fire
The Red Cross office on Susquehanna Boulevard in West Hazleton is back in business after a small fire this week drew firefighters to their building. Authorities say the electrical blaze was centered in a heating and air conditioning unit. Employees in the office evacuated the building safely.
Shamokin Dam Plant
It's been around for generations.... and now it's now set to close. That power plant south of Shamokin Dam... along the Susquehanna River in Hummels Wharf will be shuttered by the end of June. The closure will send an estimated 60 employees to the streets. The decision comes as new environmental regulations take effect next year.
One of the tasks facing Bloomsburg University offensive coordinator Bryan McBryan this spring is rebuilding the offensive line which lost three outstanding players who combined for 121 straight starts.
McBryan is counting on junior Ryan Geiger who started at guard last season and will be one of the Husky captains this fall. The Huskies will conclude spring drills with the annual Maroon & Gold game Saturday, April 26th.
The Bloomsburg University baseball team will take a five game winning streak into its doubleheader at Shippensburg Wednesday afternoon. The first game begins at 2 0'clock.
PHL / ATL
The Philadelphia Phillies home game against the Atlanta Braves last night was postponed because of rain. Wednesday night's game begins at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the the pregame show at 6:30.
In the completion of a suspended game.. the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the the Cincinnati Reds 8 – 7. In the regularly scheduled game Cincinnati defeated Pittsburgh 7 to 5. The New York Mets blanked the Arizona Diamond Backs 9 to 0. The New York Yankees home game against the Chicago Cubs was postponed