If you we're walking the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds on Monday... there was one common answer you got..... it was extremely hot. Jeff and Linda from Boyertown in Berks County weren't the only couple feeling the heat... so the Fair Association set up a number of cooling areas with misting hoses in order to give folks a break from the unusually hot weather. EMS workers reported several people came down with heat exhaustion with-in a short period of time. A cold front is headed our way with high temps Thursday in the lower 70's.... and 68 on Friday.
Is it the hot, sticky weather holding back fair crowd this year. It could be... with temps in the 80's yesterday. Fair officials tell us that last year 195 – thousand visitors passed through the turnstiles during the first four days of the fair... compared with 172 – thousand this year. That's off 23 – thousand visitors. But don't worry... fair attendance records could be broken later in the week when temperatures cool down the the lower 70's... how 'bout a high of 68 on Friday.
Public Utility Commission
The house consumer affairs committee heard testimony on legislation which would have the Public Utility Commission oversee municipal water and sewer authorities. While the Public Utility Commission is taking a neutral position on the proposal, chair Gladys Brown says increasing the number of water utilities the PUC oversees would likely result in the need to add about 100 new employees and increase the commission's budget, possibly above its statutory cap. Supporters of the bill say it would benefit consumers who often have difficulty resolving complaints about their water and sewer bills.
The state Treasurer is at the center of the battle over Pennsylvania's budget. A longstanding practice in Harrisburg has been for the Treasurer to grant short-term loans in order that the commonwealth can pay its bills on time. Treasurer Joe Torsella has refused to do so--he defended his action against criticism from House Republicans, who charge the Democrat is trying to force them into voting for tax increases. Torsella maintains he is following a prudent investor practice, and will issue more loans once the state resolves its budget impasse.
There has been a storm of controversy since Sunday when President Trump used social media to say taking a knee during the National Anthem is disrespectful. Listener Thomas Cope says he supports the President. Cope says continued not showing respect for the country does a disservice to anyone who has served in the military.
Animal Resource Center
The Millville – based Animal Resource Center has a cat you just might want to take home. Linda Bird from the A-R-C tells us about a cat by the name of “Spiffy.” To see the complete inventory of what the Animal Resource Center has to offer... just go to their web site... “nokillARC.org...” or check them out on their Facebook page.
Shamokin Dam Robbery
Police have arrested one man and are looking for another after an armed robbery and chase, through Snyder County. Shamokin Dam Police tell us the crooks held up Sterner's Coin Shop around 3:30 Monday afternoon, then duct-taped and pistol-whipped the elderly store owner. The men then led troopers on a chase through the Liverpool area, which ended with a crash. Police arrested Michael Rodenizer of Beaver Springs. The other suspect is still on the run.
Snakes in Park
Officials in Hazleton hope Altmiller Playground is expected to be re-opened today... a few days after it was shut down after the sightings of two rattlesnakes. The city's mayor says the rattlesnake reports were made on Friday. That's when the park was closed and the traps were set.
Horse & Buggy
A man is jailed on 200 – thousand dollars bond after being arrested in a hit and run crash. Police say 37 – year old Christopher Cranmer is jailed after his pick up truck hit the buggy containing an Amish family in Lycoming County. The allegedly drunk driver took off after hitting the buggy in Clinton Township near Montgomery Sunday night. State police say an Amish family of seven was headed home when a black pickup truck smashed into the back of their buggy. Five children under 13 years old and their mother were taken to the hospital. Their horse was injured as well.
The Scranton Scranton Times-Tribune is reporting , longtime republican congressman from Lackawanna County Joseph McDade has passed away. He died in Virginia over the weekend. He was 85 years old, just a few days short of his 86th birthday. McDade first ran for congress in the early 60's... and represented the 10th congressional district for 36 years.