David Kovach / Stuart Tank
The last Stuart Tank rolled off the assembly line of the A-C-F plant in Berwick 70 – years ago this week... and Saturday ground will be broken to celebrate the tank, the A-C-F workers and the men who fought in the trenches. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach is spearheading the “Bring Stuie Home Campaign.” The program begins at 2 O'clock at the corner of Third and Oak Streets in Berwick.
Berwick will soon launch a search to find a new borough manager. 30 – year old Robert Hivish has tendered his resignation after two years on the job. He's accepted a position as a project manager with Kriger Construction of Dickson City... which has a higher potential for earnings. A temporary replacement is expected to be named when Borough Council meets next Monday.
Alarm Sounds at Fire Station
It's not every day an automatic fire alarm goes off inside a fire station. But, that was the case Thursday afternoon... when the alarm went off at the Bloomsburg Fire Department on Market Street. Rob Ikler and his crew were working with flooring equipment in the department's social room when a floor polisher malfunctioned... setting off the alarm. Several firemen responded to the building.... found all in order... and simply reset the alarm.
One of the biggest demolition derby's to be held in recent memory will take place during the third annual Bloomsburg Nationals by Carlisle Events this coming August at the Fairgrounds. Carlisle Events Mike Garland says they've partnered with a New York State – based production company for the August 9th event. The three day Bloomsburg National's begins August 8th at the fairgrounds... featuring thousands of classic cars.
The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has issues its first report since starting a monitoring program in 2011 to look at the impact of natural gas drilling on state forest lands. The reports shows there was less impact on acreage than expected due to efforts to encourage development near existing infrastructure. The Shale Gas Monitoring Report also says water quality has not been affected. But it raises concerns about invasive plants and pests that can impact native vegetation and says the effect on recreational experiences bears watching.
Hazleton Police are keeping a tight lid on a death investigation that began Wednesday night. A body was found in the area of South Cedar and Chestnut Streets. Police have not released any details or the identity of the person involved.
Wilkes – Barre Robbery
Police in Wilkes – Barre continue to look for a robber wanted in connection with the stick up of a gas station this week. Police say the man strolled into the Hazle Mart on Hazle Street.... produced a weapon and demanded money. No word on how much he got away with.
Clerk of Courts
Schuylkill County's long – time clerk of courts has resigned. Stephen Lukach is a target of an investigation amid allegations he took thousands of dollars in taxpayer money from his office for his personal use. Although the investigation has been underway for some time... Lukach has not been charged.
The interim superintendent of school in Snyder County is suspended from the job without pay. The Midd – West School Board have given Daphne Snook time off since she is part of a criminal investigation dealing with a data breach. Thus far... no charges have been filed. It's not known how long Ms. Snook will be off the job.
State transportation officials are working on a pair of long range plans and asking the public to weigh in through a survey. PennDOT is updating it's Long Range Transportation Plan and developing the state's first ever Comprehensive Freight Movement plan. Officials are asking the public to take a few moments to complete an on line survey to help identify top transportation priorities among all assets from freight connections to bike and pedestrians facilities.
Safe Drive / Potholes
Motorists looking beyond this week's cap to a rough winter, should think about making their vehicles safe for spring driving. Jenny Robinson of Triple-A Mid-Atlantic, says more potholes will spring from the latest cold blast. Going forward, that should have us checking vehicle alignment and steering, tire pressure, and windshield wipers. Ignoring road salt and brine residue on the undercarriage can cause serious consequences, like corroding brake lines. In the spring, motorists should also be on the lookout for more highway workers.
A Philadelphia – area lawmaker is pushing to make kindergarten mandatory in public schools and to improve the accessibility of Pre-K. State Representative Brendan Boyle says Pennsylvania is among the six states that do not have a law requiring school districts to provide kindergarten for young students. While universal Pre-K wouldn’t be mandatory for school districts, kindergarten would become mandatory.
Hit and Run
Cops in Northumberland County say they're looking for a driver who hit a teen riding his bicycle Wednesday night in Sunbury.... then fled the scene. The incident happened at the corner of Packer and North Third Street. The teen was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Now... police are looking for a mid – 2000 Silver Ford Focus hatchback with damage to the hood and along the passenger side of the car.
The Central Columbia High School baseball field will be named Don Engle Memorial Field Saturday morning prior to the start of a baseball tournament that involves Central Columbia, Bloomsburg, Wyalusing and Mifflinburg. Engle, who died in January, won more than 500 games and the 1991 state championship in his 29 years as the Blue Jays head coach. The dedication ceremony will begin Saturday morning at 9:30.
In high school baseball Thursday... Montoursville downed Bloomsburg 2 to 1...
In high school girls softball... It took nine innings, but Muncy blanked Bloomsburg 1 to nothing... Jersey Shore defeated Danville 13 to 3... It was Sullivan County over Millville 16 to 15... and Southern Columbia defeated Montoursville 4 to 2.
The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 yesterday in the final game of their series. Friday night, the Phils begin a weekend series against The Rockies in Colorado. The first pitch will be at 8:40. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 8:05.
Other MLB Games
In other games Thursday... The Pittsburg Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first defeat on the road 11 to 2... and the New York Yankees downed the Tampa Bay Rays 10 to 2.
In the first game of an NHL playoff series last night it was the New York Rangers over the Philadelphia Flyers 4 to 1.