BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 2, 2020

MASK WEARING MANDATORY NOW
Governor Wolf yesterday expanded the business safety order originally signed in April of this year that requires the wearing of masks in businesses, with a new order signed by Dr. Levine that makes mask-wearing mandatory when residents leave their homes, effective immediately in Pennsylvania.  The new order is authorized under the Disease Prevention and Control Act, and outlines the situations when a mask must be worn and including a few limited exceptions.  Dr Levine said, Pennsylvanians must not be complacent while continuing to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the commonwealth.  You can read the full order here.

STATE POLICE CLOSE STATION FOR DECONTAMINATION
The Pennsylvania State Police said yesterday that they closed the Troop F – Milton station for decontamination for the day after several officers tested positive for the virus statewide.  All service calls were rerouted to surrounding stations.  There is no station specific data as to who tested positive due to privacy concerns, but in a press release the State Police say there are 10 enlisted troopers and one civilian on leave due to their positive tests.  Find information about the State Police response at psp.pa.gov.

HIGH COURT STRIKES DOWN REPUBLICAN ACTION AGAINST SHUT-DOWN
Pennsylvania’s high court has ruled against a Republican effort to end Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown orders. Wednesday a resolution passed with mostly GOP votes and could have ended Wolf’s emergency disaster declaration that led to the closure of “non-life-sustaining” businesses, bans on large gatherings and orders for people to isolate at home. According to the Associate Press, the high court ruled without hearing an oral argument after 2 senior Republican senators sued to enforce their resolution.

BLOOMSBURG FAIR CONCERTS POSTPONED
bloomsburg fair has postponed the John Pardi, Brad Paisley and Chicago concert for this year until 2021.  Fans heading to the fair next year will enjoy the same lineup for the next year.  Dnothing if you’d like to keep your seat assignments and tickets already purchased. Those wanting refunds can take steps through the ticket vendor with a link to the details here. The Bloomsburg fair main office is closed today and tomorrow in observance of the holiday weekend.

SELINSGORVE POOL TO OPEN TOMORROW
The pool is opening in Selinsgrove tomorrow at noon after a temporary repair and the COVID-19 climate shortened their season.  According to Selinsgrove Area Recreation, swimmers will need to adhere to CDC guidelines when using the facilities with sliding boards, diving boards, and water fountains closed. Season pool passes have been discounted due to the shortened season.  They are also asking for donations for upcoming major repairs, renovations, and resurfacing which is expected to cost about $200,000,

LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP CRASH UPDATE
Names have been released in the crash that occurred on East Third Street in Loyalsock Township Tuesday around 5:30pm.  According to State Police on Montoursville, 46 year old Jerry Baldwin of Louisiana was the operator of one motorcycle involved in the crash, his passenger was 26 year old Krystle Richardson of Cogan Station and the operator of the second motorcycle, 26 year old Tiara Gough also from Cogan Station were all three seriously injured when 25 year old Ashley Wilson of Millmont attempted a left turn out of the parking lot near Tinsman Avenue and collided with both bikes.  Wilson was also injured in the crash and all four were taken by ambulance to UPMC Williamsport.  According to the Sun Gazette the motorcyclists are each recovering from serious injuries.

The K-9 officer Mariska was used in a recent search of the Northumberland County prison and she turned up narcotics which led to an investigation. According to police, narcotics belonging to a contracted employee were found on Thursday, June 18 at around 11:30am. Media reports say Watsontown police assisted the Coal Township police department with information about the search.

Federal emergency aid for renters in Pennsylvania hit hard financially during the pandemic is still in the works as Gov. Tom Wolf’s ban on foreclosures and evictions nears an expiration.  The application period for aid begins Monday to the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency. Wolf and state lawmakers are devoting at least $150 million in federal coronavirus emergency relief money for rental assistance of $750 per month for up to six months. Assistance is contingent on the renter losing their job after March 1, or seeing their income drop by at least 30% due to the pandemic.

SPORTS
NFL
The NFL has shortened its 2020 preseason to two games, cancelling Weeks 1 and 4 of its original preseason schedule, as well as a canceled Aug. 8 Hall of Fame game. Most players will still report to training camp on July 28, but the first preseason games won’t be played until Aug. 20-24. The second week of preseason games is scheduled for Aug. 27-31. Some re-shuffling of the original preseason schedule for Weeks 2 and 3 are underway, as each team will play one home game and one on the road.
NASCAR
The NASCAR Cup Series car driven by Corey LaJoie will have a “Trump 2020” paint scheme for nine races, including Sunday’s Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, following a sponsorship by Patriots of America PAC, which is supporting the reelection bid of President Donald Trump.  The No. 32 Ford Mustang, owned by Go Fast Racing and will have a red, white and blue paint scheme.

NBA
In the upcoming August and November elections, Michigan residents will be able to use the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center in Detroit as a “satellite center” to register and vote on site.  For the primaryon  Aug. 4th and the Nov. 3 elections there will be company-wide paid days off to staff members so they can vote and volunteer as election workers in the community. Rallying others to do the same is a big purpose.  The Pistons have also collaborated with the Michigan Secretary of State’s office to drive voter participation and awareness in addition building a voter registration page into the Pistons.com website.

NHL
The national HockEy League has determined that Edmonton and Toronto are going to be the hub cities to hos5t games when the league resumes the season.  The original hope was to have one sitein Canada nd the other in the US, but with spiking coronavirus cases, the league decided on two Candian cities. The players are expected to vote on a return to play proposal tomorrow or Saturday

 

 

 

 

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