BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS NOVEMBER 25, 2020

PENNSYLVANIA CERTIFIES THE 2020 ELECTION
After weeks of legal challenges following the presidential election in Pennsylvania, which was a battleground for the Trump campaign attempting to turn the state’s 20 electoral votes his way, the Pennsylvania State Department certified the results yesterday declaring Joe Biden as the winner.   President Trump and his lawyers faced a federal judge in Williamsport last week, who dismissed their lawsuit alleging unfair treatment of voters, saying the team used strained legal arguments.  Pennsylvania’s electors will meet in the state Capitol on December 14th.

COMMUNITY THEATER LEAGUE FACES LEASE QUESTIONS
It’s been discovered that Williamsport’s Community Theatre League’s lease of the third-floor office space of the Trade and Transit Centre I, on W. Third St., which they expected to expire December 31st, is actually invalid according to city administrators.  According to the Sun Gazette, Mayor Derek Slaughter said the assumed current lease between the city and the CTL was not reviewed properly in 2016 when the Williamsport Lycoming Chamber of Commerce moved from the space.  There was also no occupancy permit granted in 2016.  Members of the theater League are rallying to be a part of the discussion that will come as the city considers the spaces in which they’d like to relocate, and hopefully renew the lease that would have to be reconciled before renewal. City administrators say the theater’s lease for the first floor of the building is valid for the next 29 years.

WAHS GOES TO REMOTE LEARNING AFTER THANKSGIVING
All students in the Williamsport Area School District will shift to remote learning mode following the Thanksgiving break, December 1st through 4th.  According to a statement by the school district the action is to allow those students potentially exposed over the holiday break to quarantine without missing school.  All students are expected to log in to Schoology according to their regular academic schedules.  Anyone who believes that they have been exposed to or have had a positive case in their household over should stay home and contact the school first thing on December. 7th for further information.

DRIVE THROUGH HOLIDAY EVENT
Knoebels Amusement Resort has prepared new attraction for the holiday, a socially distanced Christmas Display this year called “Joy Through the Grove” According to media outlets, the display is a mile-and-a-half of Christmas lights going from the amusement park to the campground with more than 400 light-up pieces.  Joy Through the Grove opens this Friday with paid admission and runs through January 3rd.  The public can purchase tickets and  pick up pre-ordered snacks at the admissions building.

VICTIM IN 3RD CITY SHOOTING IN A MONTH WAS A TEENAGE BOY
A teenage boy was the victim in a shooting that occurred in Williamsport’s East End Monday night.  State police say the 14 y ear-old was struck by the gunshot while at the 900 block of Penn Street about 6pm.  Police say a verbal argument occurred prior to the shooting between the group on the street and those on the porch, and the injured boy was treated for the wound at a local hospital.  Police are now investigating the third neighborhood shooting since October 23rd, anyone with information is asked to call Williamsport Bureau of Police.

VALLEY SCHOOLS GO REMOTE
Several Valley schools are in remote learning for the next couple of weeks.  All of the Lewisburg Area School District reports they will be remote through December 4 due to spikes in COVID-19 in the area.  In addition, the Selinsgrove Area School District announced that all students in grades K through 12 will move to distance learning December 1 through December 8.  The Mifflinburg Area School District announced yesterday  that it will transition to remote learning for grades 6 through 12 beginning December 1 through December 9. The elementary and intermediate schools are not affected.  At Mifflinburg, there were 3 unrelated positive COVID-19 cases including a bus driver, a support staff member, and a staff member in the high school.

COVID AFFECTING LIBRARY HOURS
There are some changes in library hours in our area at this time, the Union County Library system is returning to no-contact pick-up service due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the area. They will restart this service this Friday, affecting  the Herr Memorial Library in Mifflinburg, The Public Library for Union County in Lewisburg and the West End Library in Laurelton. Patrons can pick-up a library order in the lobby after being notified by a staff member.  The Lewisburg public library is also closed due to a water problem  in the building. IN Williamsport, The James V. Brown Library is open for all services, and holds pickup is available at the Market Street entrance.

UPTOWN MUSIC COLLECTIVE SHOW TO GO VIRTUAL
After facing COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, the Uptown Music Collective and the Community Arts Center will now present a completely virtual performance of their upcoming  music program called Reelin’ in the Years, which will feature the music of rock and roll hall of fame inductees Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers.  There will be performances on Dec 4th & 5th with Friday and Saturday night streaming  tickets available.  The show is sponsored in part through a partnership with Hudock Capital Group.  Tickets for the live stream are $15.00 and are available through the Community Arts Center Website – CAC live dot com.  For details about the show visit uptownmusic.org or call 570-329-0888.

SPORTS
HS Upcoming weekend HS Football
PIAA Class AAAA Championship game
Jersey Shore against Thomas Jefferson
Saturday 3:30pm at Hershey Park Stadium.

PIAA Class AA Championship Game
Southern Columbia vs. Wilmington
Saturday 11am Hersheypark Stadium

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