Plenty of Pennsylvanians will be traveling this holiday weekend, according to Triple-A. The motor club is projecting the highest travel volume for the Memorial Day weekend since 2005 with about 1.5 million Pennsylvanians taking a trip; a 5 percent increase over last year. Triple-A says those driving will be paying the highest Memorial Day weekend gas prices in 4 years. At $3.12 the average price for a gallon of regular gas PA is 54 cents higher than last Memorial Day.
We're all looking for deals these days... and the Columbia – Montour office of aging has one for you in order to stretch food dollars. If your 60 years of age or older they're offering four, five dollar vouchers aimed at purchasing PA Grown products. The vouchers are now available at the Office of Aging... or starting on June 4th... they will be available at the Columbia – Montour six senior centers on a first come, first served basis.
Following a rough winter, efforts to improve road conditions across the state are continuing this spring. Through the end of April PennDOT had spent more than $17 million on pothole repairs and crews had used nearly 23,000 tons of asphalt to make those fixes. That's about 7,500 tons more of asphalt than had been used to that point in each of the previous two years. Motorists are encouraged to report potholes they see by calling 1-800-FIX-ROAD.
Animal Resource Center
Need a companion... Check out the Animal Resource Center shelter near Millville. They have plenty of dogs and cats... including a pooch by the name of T – Bird... so says Executive Director Linda Bird. You can check out the Center's dogs and cats by going to their website... “NoKillARC.Org.” Or you can follow the conversion on their Facebook page.
State lawmakers took time this week to address the issue of hunger in a ceremony on the grounds of the state Capitol. House and Senate members from both parties unveiled the Capitol Hunger Garden, a 1-thousand-square-foot parcel just outside the main capitol building. Fruits and vegetables will be grown on the land to be distributed to local food banks and soup kitchens. This marks the 9th year for the Hunger Garden, a partnership between lawmakers, the Central PA Food Bank, Penn State Cooperative Extension and the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association.
Wilkes – Barre Cafe
Wilkes-Barre Police are searching for the person who broke into a restaurant in the city three times in 10 days. The owner of the Anthracite Café in Wilkes-Barre tells our media partner Newswatch 16 that the man stole cash and caused damage that cost the business thousands of dollars. Mike Prushinski said police were able to identify him from surveillance video. He said police have been out looking for the man. So far, no arrest has been made.
There were problems in Shamokin... in Northumberland Thursday morning. It seems a contractor, who was replacing water lines, hit a four-inch gas line on 8th Street. Firefighters knocked on more than two dozen doors and told people they had to leave their homes until the natural gas line was fixed. The Shamokin Area Elementary Annex was also evacuated. Some residents who had nowhere to go were taken by ambulance to Shamokin City Hall. Utility crews shut off power in most of the city for about two hours as a precaution. The gas leak was fixed around noon time.
A teenager was arrested after allegedly firing a gun at someone this week after an argument in Hazleton. Police say 16 – year old Deivy Toribio was arguing with two men along 2nd and Grant Streets in the city when Toribio fired a shot at one of the men. According to police, when the shot missed the man Toribio then fired at least four more shots at the man’s car. He is facing aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and other related charges.
Police say a driver was allegedly speeding when she flipped her car Thursday afternoon in Luzerne County. The wreck happened on East State Street in Larksville. The police chief says the woman was driving with a suspended license, crossed into oncoming traffic. When she tried to get back in her lane, her vehicle rolled several times. The driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
A PennDOT manager accused of stalking and harassment is headed to trial in Pike County. A co-worker says John Corrigan allegedly touched her inappropriately and threatened to kill her if she took a spot at another PennDOT location. Corrigan and the victim, who was his subordinate, worked near Milford.
The PA House has said “no” to people who want a hedgehog or a sugar glider as a pet. House Bill 1273 was defeated this week by a vote of 120-71. State Rep. David Zimmerman, a Republican who represents part of Lancaster County, wrote the bill to end what he called an "unnecessary prohibition" on the tiny animals. He says Pennsylvania is one of only four states that doesn't allow the animals to be kept as pets. Some of the opposition came from the Humane Society.