BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

FORMER SHOP-VAC EMPLOYEES DEMONSTRATE
Former employees gathered yesterday, demonstrating in protest of losing their jobs last week at the Shop-Vac plant in Williamsport yesterday. The two dozen people who marched outside the Reach Road property, displayed signs and received support from motorists and truck drivers who honked as they went by.  Shop-Vac employees were abruptly terminated last week when, according to a letter from the HR department at the company, a business deal to sell the business fell through.   The company also cited the reasons for the closing as the global COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis.

JERSEY SHORE ELIMINATING HYBRID LEARNING
The Jersey Shore Area School District will eliminate the hybrid model of class instruction beginning the second marking period, November 2nd.  According to the Sun Gazette,  instruction for students K-12 will only be available in person or totally remote in the district’s online program, JSOL.  Dr. Brian Ulmer said the recommendation to eliminate the hybrid model is due to the low numbers of students who are enrolled in that type of learning – only 22 of the 650 students at Jersey Shore Middle.  Parents will be notified beginning today.  Additionally, 5 flexible instruction days were approved for bad weather days when students can still attend school remotedly as well as the board deciding to keep the attendance of Jersey Shore sporting events and extracurriculars at 250 people outdoors and 25 indoors.

CAMPER FIRE IN NISBET
Nisbet Volunteer firefighters responded to a camper fire yesterday afternoon on East Waterfront Drive.  According to the Sun Gazette, the 1995 Chateau camper, owned by Rick Bolay of Williamsport had smoke pouring from the structure at about 3:50 Monday.  The fire was brought under control in about 15 minutes and according to fire officials was electrical in nature.  South Williamsport and DuBoistown volunteers were also at the scene.

COVID CASES CAUSE CHANGES AT PENN COLLEGE
Rising cases of COVID-19 at Pennsylvania College of Technology has caused the administration there to amend the student code of conduct in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. The Dean of academic operations and chair of the college’s COVID-19 task force Anthony J. Pace said there are new sanctions on campus that address willful or negligent actions or conduct that endangers the safety of the college community.  According to a press release from the college, there are 16 active cases at Penn College currently. Forty individuals with positive cases have been medically cleared to return to class or work.  Pace said the majority of cases are from off-campus students.

INMATE WINS FEDERAL SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE
A former inmate at Muncy State Correctional Institution has won compensatory and punitive damages in federal court over a sexual harassment and assault case.  According to the Sun Gazette, civil court records say Josie McCormick alleged she was subjected to repeated sexual advances by Matthew Allabach,  when he was a guard at the prison in 2015 and 2016.  Other defendants named were defendants in the case were SCI Muncy and Robert Smith, a former superintendent of the prison.  The trial in Middle District Court took place in Wilkes-Barre and wrapped up last week.

LYCOMING COUNTY COVID-19 UPDATE
Lycoming County has added 23 more positive coronavirus cases to the list. According ot the PA Department of Health, there are 658 positive cases to date here.  Statewide, there were 1,594 additional positive cases reported from Saaturday and Sunday combined bringing the total to 156,826.  Seven people died from COVID-19 over the weekend, total of 8,107 fatalities of Pennsylvanians from the virus.

SIDEWALK AND CURB WORK IN SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT THIS WEEK
PennDOT says there will be work in South Williamsport beginning tomorrow through October 6th that will cause some lane closures.  Crews will be along Riverside Drive between Grove Street and Linden Street in South Williamsport installing sidewalks and ADA curb ramps.  Also Wednesday watch for East Central Avenue to be closed between Route 15 northbound and Route 15 southbound while HRI, Inc., paves the East Central Avenue tie-ins to Route 15 Motorists can expect single lane conditions with flaggers on the scene. Work will be performed during daylight hours between 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM

TURKEY PATH REPAIRED BY LYCO CREW
A Williamsport crew completed the work that allowed the Turkey path at Leonard Harrison State park to reopen after it didn’t have a traditional opening this past spring.  According to the Sun Gazette, the state park area had sustained damage from falling trees along the popular trail that leads to the Pine Creek in Tioga County and the overlook on the east rim of the Pennsylvania Grand Canyon which kept the trail closed for the year.  Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps crew members based in Williamsport were trained in the skills needed to work the terrain to build new decking platforms and stairs at the site.  The path is now open for the first time since Thanksgiving 2019.

SPORTS
NFL

Monday Night Football Chiefs beat the Ravens 34-20
MLB
Royals beat the Tigers 3-1, Marlins over the Yankees 5-nothing, Padres edged the Giants 5-4, Rangers over the Astros 8-4, Nationals routed the Mets 15-5, Orioles over the Blue Jays 7-5, Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 11-3, Red Sox over the Braves 9-1, Cubs beat the White Sox 10-8, Indians over the Pirates 8-6, Dodgers beat the Angels 5-nothing, Reds beat the Twins 5-3 in10 innings, A’s over the Mariner’s 6-2, Rays blanked the Phillies 5-nothing, Cardinals over the Brewers 5-2

NHL
Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars 2-nothing in Game 6 of the finals for a 4-2 win of the 2020 Stanley Cup.

NBA
Finals between the LA Lakers and Miami Heat – Game 1 tomorrow night at 9 PM

HS Girls Tennis
South over Montgomery 3-2, Bucktail beat Muncy 4-1, Loyalsock over Lewisburg 4-1,  Selinsgrove defeated Williamsport 4-1, Central Mountain over Milton 5-0h

HS Girls Soccer
South over Sullivan County 4-1, Milton beat Loyalsock 2-nothing, Muncy beat Millville 3-2 in OT, Lewisburg blanked Shamokin 3-nothing, Mifflinburg over Hughesville 3-nothing
HS Boys Soccer
Mifflinburg over Hughesville 1- nothing

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