Ag Safety Day
The Mifflinville Fire Company has a piece of equipment it hopes it doesn't have to use.. a silo extraction device. That word from Chief Allen Mausteller. It was part of this weekend's Columbia County Ag Safety day at the Bloomsburg Fairground. And Chief Mausteller says they've never had to use the silo extraction device... you just don't know when you'll have to.... and it could be loaned out to out of town companies in a mutual aid basis.
For Kids Sake
People aren't volunteering or donating as they had in the pass. That fact came home to roost this weekend as the Big Brothers / Big Sisters held their annual Bowling for Kids Sakes at the P-nut Bowl in Bloomsburg. Executive Director Diane Macri said donation's and teams were off this year. And Ms. Macri says with her retirement pending... maybe it's time to give another generation an opportunity to bring the organization back.
A look at Luzerne County's residency requirement will come up for discussion Tuesday. Several prospective applicants with strong resumes did not pursue Luzerne County government management jobs. If hired they would be required to relocate within the county. The policy requires the top manager, eight division heads, to live in the county within six months of their hiring.
Philadelphia Trump Rally
A Berwick man is now a candidate for Senator Bob Casey's job. Berwick councilman Andrew Shecktor made his intentions known during the Make America Great rally in Philadelphia. Mr. Shecktor is running as a Republican... and has a lot of hurdles to overcome such as state wide name recogination and the amount of money it takes to become known.
Avian flu is making a comeback in other states, and that has poultry farmers in Pennsylvania on alert during the spring season. Reports of bird flu in Alabama and Tennessee come as the migration season moves into full swing. No cases have been reported in Pennsylvania, but experts are warning poultry operators both large and small to be on alert, and take steps to keep their flocks away from wild birds as a precaution. An on-line guide to keeping poultry safe can be found at extension.psu.edu.
Union County Accident
Police are investigating a hit and run after a vehicle hit a sign in front of a Union County business. According to state police, the driver ran a stop sign and took out a sign at Fero Vineyards and Winery near Lewisburg sometime between 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Troopers said the vehicle ended up in a retention pond and was then pulled out by another vehicle. Anyone with information on the wreck in union County is asked to contact state police.
President Donald Trump's proposed budget would eliminate the 21st Century Learning Centers Program. The 1.2 billion-dollar initiative funds numerous after school programs, including the SHINE program. Among its successes, SHINE demonstrates high levels of student promotion, higher science grades and greater parental involvement. Democratic State Senator John Yudichak, who represents a portion of NE PA, where SHINE has shown results, plans to travel to Washington to keep the program funded.
A bill approved by the state Senate aims to increase transparency around lobbying in Harrisburg. The bill from Republican Senator Dan Laughlin of Erie would require lobbyists to register and file reports electronically... instead of with paper forms. It also requires the Department of State to post the information to its website within seven days. Laughlin hopes by getting things online faster, his legislation can improve the public's confidence in elected officials.
A Lycoming County woman is facing multiple charges after attempting to sell her SNAP benefits on a Facebook page. State investigators have charged 37 – year old Tanya Keenan – Mack of Williamsport with SNAP trafficking and access device fraud after she made a post to social media attempting to sell her benefits in exchange for drugs.
Domestic Violence Deaths
A new report found 102 people were killed in domestic violence incidents in Pennsylvania in 2016. The number is slightly down from 2015 when there was 114 people killed, according to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In 2016, there were 56 female victims and 46 male victims and 37 perpetrator deaths. Two of the deaths were two police officers who died while responding to domestic violence cases.
A public viewing is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Baltimore for former Harrisburg Bishop Cardinal William Keeler. Cardinal Keeler died last week at the age of 86. He grew up in Lebanon and attended Lebanon Catholic. He became Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg in 1983, then served as Archbishop of Baltimore and eventually elevated to Cardinal.