BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE, 17, 2020

FOUR INJURIES AND ONE FATALITY IN ROUTE 487 ACCIDENT
An accident that happened Monday on SR 487 south of Zaner Bridge Road in Fishing Creek Township killed the driver of one vehicle, seriously injured his passengers and also injured the drivers of another vehicle who were hit head on along the Columbia County highway.  State Police at Bloomsburg say 52 William Garris of Holiday, FL,  was driving an Oldsmobile Cutlass Sierra, with 65 year old Paula Martin of Elmira, and 29 year old William Garris as his passengers. The Oldsmobile struck the guiderail heading south on 487, overcorrected and veered into the northbound lane where 34 year old Bridget Kingston of Bloomsburg and 19 year old Karlea Bingman of Catawissa were in a Kia Sorrento which then flipped over.  Police say Garris Sr. died upon impact of the crash, three victims were Life-Flighted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville with serious injuries following the collision and Paula Martin also in serious condition was taken to the hospital by ambulance.

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM TO END
These are the last two weeks of the Paycheck Protection Program, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.  The program works with lenders to prioritize access to capital and loan forgiveness for those who qualify. Underserved and disadvantaged businesses and nonprofits are encouraged to use the PPP financing, and are reminded of the upcoming deadline of June 30, 2020. So far, according to  apress release by the SBA they have  already served more than 4.5M businesses and nonprofits, infusing more than $500B into the economy. https://www.sba.gov/paycheckprotection/find  to apply.

HUNTING LICENSES AVAILABLE MONDAY
The Pennsylvania Game Commission has announced that licensed for the 2020-21 season go on sale next Monday, June 22nd.   General hunting and furtaker licenses will be available and resident seniors can purchase lifetime licenses, with changes in state law, hunting will be permitted on three Sundays in the commonwealth.  A resident Pennsylvanian with a current hunting license is eligible to apply for an antlerless deer license July 13, with non-residents able to apply July 20. The deadline to apply for an elk license, awarded by lottery, is July 31. Information is available at  pgc.pa.gov. The 2020-21 license year begins July 1.

PA REPRESENTATIVE WILL VOLUNTEER AT FREE DINNER EVENT
Jeff Wheeland, of the 83rd  District of the PA House of Representatives will be one of the volunteers to serve the public during the “Take Out on PA Skill” free dinner event with Meile Manufacturing and Backyard Broadcasting at the 220 Eatery in Linden this Thursday from 4-6.  According to a press release, due to financial challenges following COVID-19, this is a way to meet and also give back to the communities hit hard by the pandemic.  All families, especially those impacted by the recent changes are invited to the event this at 7458 S. Route 22 in Linden.

BLIGHTED PROPERTY REVIEW COMMITTEE PLAN DISCUSSED
Williamsport City Council’s first meeting of the new 6 member blighted property review committee at the Trade and Transit Centre II Tuesday, and determined it could take over $100K to pay for removal of blighted properties in the city. However this committee was formed to enable the Redevelopment Authority to acquire by purchase, gift, bequest, eminent domain or otherwise, any blighted property, according to city ordinance.  According to the Sun Gazette, the committee said if the properties are purchased by the city, there needed to be a deed restriction requiring owners to fix the property to the city code within a certain time.  The next meeting of the committee is July 15th

VICTIMS  FROM ROUTE 220 ACCIDENT RECOVERING
Two men from Lycoming County are recovering after a head-on collision that occurred on Route 220 and Champion Hill Road in Davidson Township, Saturday morning June 6th left them seriously injured.  According to the Sun Gazette, Geisinger Medical Center said patients, 30 year old Andrew Taylor of Muncy and his passenger 31 year old Afton Digilarmo of Hughesville are no longer being treated for their critical injuries there.  Police are investigating  and are working on reconstructing the accident but they say Taylor’s pickup truck crossed the center line about 2:30am and crashed head on into an oncoming tractor trailer. That driver was not identified, but was treated at UPMC for minor injuries.  Volunteer firefighters from Muncy Valley, Eagles Mere and Laporte responded to the accident.

SUSPECT TAKES SOMETHING AND LEAVES SOMETHING
Police in Danville are looking for a suspect who broke into a vehicle in Valley Township and ultimately defecated in the garage before fleeing the scene with a bike and belongings from the victim’s car.  PA State police say, on June 9th a person broke into a car on Old Valley Road, taking clothing and stealing a white Mongoose mountain bike, but not before deciding to leave something behind.  Police are investigating the theft.

RECYCLING IN MUNCH CREEK TOWNSHIP TO BEGIN AGAIN
Muncy Creek Township has recycling available once again at the municipal building according to Lycoming County Resource Management.  Rules for recycling continues to follow new protocols as at all Lycoming County recycling facilities, with new combined materials like, broken down fibers, newspaper and cardboard – plastic 1&2, tin steel and aluminum – and glass bottles and jars.  The public is still asked to not throw the bags used to bring recyclables to facility into the receptical

SPORTS
NBA
A 100 page document from the NBA detailing what life will be like for players when basketball resumes next month on the Disney campus in Florida, was sent to the players yesterday.  A detailed protocol for when a positive test is obtained from a player was spelled out, as well as living conditions and requirements if a player is quarantined.  The players have until June 24 to inform their respective teams whether they plan to participate in the NBA’s return-to-play plan at Walt Disney World.

College Football
Oklahoma State football coach Mike Grundy was called out by a player after a picture of him wearing a shirt with the logo of right-wing news network One America News was discovered and prompted the star running back, Chuba Hubbard, to threaten to boycott the team.  Gundy apologized and vowed positive changes for his football program.  Hubbard, a redshirt junior from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada, rushed for 2,094 yards last season and was a first-team All-American and the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.

MLB
In an interview with the Los Angeles Times yesterday, Dr. Anthony Fauci warned of the potential dangers of letting the Major League Baseball season go too far into the fall due to the lack of knowledge about how the virus will behave during colder months. The potential for a season of any length is currently unclear, as the commissioner’s office won’t set a schedule unless the union waives its right to file a grievance against the league.

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