BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MAY 28, 2020

PA LAWMAKER KEPT CORONAVIRUS DIAGNOSIS QUIET
A Republican from Dauphin County who worked closely with several other leaders in the PA House Chamber has just revealed he has been self-quarantining after being exposed to the coronavirus and experiencing mild symptoms on and after May 14th.  According to PennLive, Representative Andrew Lewis disclosed his exposure to a few other members of his staff and Representative Russ Diamond who sits near him in the chamber.  Those people also self-quarantined.  House Democrats are reacting with shock and outrage that only GOP members were notified of Lewis’ exposure. Republican leaders said they followed the proper protocols so that anyone who qualified to be told of Lewis’ illness was notified and self-quarantined.

COMMISSIONERS SEND LETTER TO GOVERNOR REQUESTING GREEN PHASE CONSIDERATION
The Lycoming County Commissioners have written a letter to send to Governor Wolf and have shared it at lyco.org for the public to view.  In the document, they acknowledge that of the 17 counties who are scheduled to move into the green phase as of May 29th, Lycoming County, as the county seat, would like to be reconsidered for opening this week, since many of the factors and guidelines for reopening are met.  The commissioners expressed concern for the people and businesses in Lycoming County who are poised and ready to reopen iN a safe and responsible manner.  The request for “Lycoming County to enter the Green Phase” was sent to Governor Wolf Tuesday.

JOB CREATION AT NEW DOLLAR GENERAL IN OVAL
Fifteen jobs have been created in Oval, thanks to the recently completed construction of a new retail store there.  According to a press release by Williamsport’s Hutchinson Companies, the 9,100 square foot Dollar General building is different aesthetically than other new retail construction with a rustic style to complement the area’s architecture, as well as an added hitching post for horses belonging to Amish clientele.  The new Oval store celebrated a Grand opening at 149 Mountain View Lane opened yesterday.

PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATE
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health there are 780 new cases of the coronavirus for a state wide total of 69,417.  There have been 115 people who have died from the virus as of yesterday, for a statewide total of 5,265.  Lycoming County has no new cases.  Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine says they are monitoring pediatric cases of “MISC Syndrome” <<,LEVINE 1 under investigation>>> Geisinger Medical Center reported last Saturday that they are monitoring their first pediatric inflammatory syndrome case in their Danville facility

LOCK HAVEN PLANNING A POTENTIAL FALL SEMESTER OPENING
Lock Haven University has announced plans that they are working through strategies so that they are ready for reopening in the fall.  According to a press release by the university, they are intent on opening the campus and reestablish campus life.  They have put together seven working groups of faculty, staff, students and community members to evaluate the considerations for every scenario that could arise when they resume studies at Lock Haven and hope to wrap up discussions in time to announce a decision on the fall semester in June.

DMV EXTENDS EXPIRING LICENSES TIL JUNE 30
If your Driver’s license is set to expire at the end of this month, PennDOT is giving you a month to take care of it.  According to the department, driver licenses, ID’s and learner’s permits, will be extended for Pennsylvania residents through June 30, 2020 in response to statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts. A camera card is considered a driver’s license, so it is covered by the same terms and conditions is also extended through June 30, 2020.  You can take care of a lot of vehicle document tasks, plus get information on new hours and DMV policies at www.dmv.pa.gov.

UCONN STUDENT MURDER SUSPECT CAPTURED IN MARYLAND
The 23 year old University of Connecticut student accused of killing two people who was on the run for 6 days and spotted in eastern Pennsylvania convenience stores and shopping areas has been captured in Hagerstown Maryland.  According to WNEP Peter Manfredonia is suspected of killing 62 year old Ted DeMers last Friday and 23 year old Nicholas Eisele, who was found deceased Sunday in Derby, Connecticut. Authorities say he took a hostage in a stolen car and fled the state. After a multi-state manhunt, Manfredonia was taken into custody at a truck stop in Hagerstown near the Washington County Sheriff’s Office last night.

YWCA TO HOLD VIRTUAL AUCTION FUNDRAISER THROUGH THE WEEKEND
There will be a virtual auction tonight to benefit the YWCA North Central PA in place of their 9th Biennial Charity Gala and Auction that was cancelled due  COVID-19.  According to YWCA administrators the fun starts through Facebook Live starting at 7pm tonight, where committee members, employees, and an auctioneer will describe the important work of the YWCA and the items you can bid on.  The community is encouraged to support a rich history of empowering women and vibrant programs that change and save lives as the  YWCA has done in Lycoming County for 127 years. Find out more at ywcawilliamsport.org.

LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR RECREATION DEPARTMENT PROGRAMS
The Loyalsock Township recreation department has announced they are holding summer recreation programs beginning with Tennis on June 8th, limited sign u ps for the Sumer Youth Program on June 15th and the Summer Hoops basketball program on Jun 22nd.  The pool is also on a tentative schedule to open June 5th. Community members should expect modifications to the programs due to CDC modifications, but can go to loyalsocktownshipbos.com for registration forms and pool pass applications.

SPORTS

NBA
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is postponing its’ enshrinement ceremonies for the class of 2020 until next year. According ESPN the alternate dates for October proposed we’re not feasible. The 2020 class includes Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, San Antonio Spurs great Tim Duncan, and former Minnesota Timberwolves and Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett. There will be separate ceremonies for this year‘s class and the class of 2021 even though they’ll be held in the same calendar year.

NBA Media Ventures is being sued by a landlord who alleges the league has failed to pay $1.25 million in rent on its store on New York’s Fifth Avenue during the coronavirus pandemic. The suit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Yorkby a landlord who collects $7.5 million per year, or $625,000 per month.  NBA Media Ventures did not pay rent for April and May, when the store was closed.

GOLF
Phil Mickelson wants to see “The Match” become an annual event.  According to the legendary golfer he wants to showcase people like Steph Curry, Michael Jordan or Tony Romo who are good golfers and also have great personalities. Last Sunday’s charity golf exhibition raised $20 million for COVID-19 featuring Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady

NFL
NFL owners won’t vote this week on two rule proposals that would have established “sky judge” positions for the 2020 season. ESPN says the league could still stage an experiment that would allow for expanded communication between replay assistants in the booth and referees on the field.  The two rule proposals were put forth by the Baltimore Ravens and Los Angeles Chargers, but they were not endorsed by the league’s competition committee.

 

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