BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS MARCH 11, 2021

PRESIDENT TO VISIT PENNSYLVANIA
President Biden will visit Pennsylvania next week beginning a state-by-state effort to tout the benefits of the massive stimulus package passed yesterday and build momentum for his next legislative effort which could be a  infrastructure program meant to provide repairs, upgrades, and jobs.  President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that he says can pull the country through the end of the pandemic and lift up low- and middle-income Americans. Republicans have blasted the bill as an expensive partisan giveaway larded with a grab bag of liberal policy ideas and billions they say are unrelated to the pandemic. President Joe Biden will visit Delaware County on Tuesday – his first visit to Pennsylvania as president.

LOCAL UNIVERSITY TO GO IN-PERSON THIS FALL
Lock Haven University will return to in person instruction starting this fall semester, however the COVID climate may cause changes.  According to the university, they have slowly reopened some of their  facilities to allow for more in-person classes, events and gatherings, while adhering to local and state COVID safety guidelines.  The fall 2021 semester will begin on Monday, August. 23, with  final exams to be held starting December 6th.  Student-athletes will compete in intercollegiate athletic events in the fall.

HOME IMPROVEMENT FUNDS AVAILABLE TO JERSEY SHORE RESIDENTS
$65,000 in home improvements from the HOME Existing Owner-Occupied Housing Program is available to Jersey Shore residents.  According to SEDA-COG borough residents can apply for funds to repair the home structure, roof, plumbing, and other systems including energy-related improvements. There is no cost to homeowners who maintain home residency over a five-year period from the date of contract signing.  For more information, visit www.seda-cog.org.

RAISE THE REGION TODAY
The 30 hour online fundraiser in coordination with First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania and Backyard Broadcasting, Raise the region dot org, is underway and  2,317 donors have already raised just over a 500 thousand dollars helping 260 non profits around Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder or Union counties.  Alexander family dealerships are applying 150 thousand dollars in stretch funds as  incentives for donors to keep up the much needed help for area groups.  You can donate and watch the fundraising real time through tonight at midnight at raise the region dot org.

MEAT PLANT RESUMES OPERATIONS
A meat processing plant in Loganton has resumed operations after a DEA cease and desist letter was sent to halt the slaughterhouse’s local waste disposal.  According to the Record Online, a spokesman at Nicholas meat LLC confirmed that meat processing resumed on March 3rd after the company was recently to stop the application of  food processing residuals to snow-covered fields.  During the closure since February 23rd the employees there were paid for training.  The DEP has issued permits to Nichols to construct waste digester, which the state agency said is hoped to provide a long-term, sustainable solution to the waste products currently being applied to the ground.

LOCAL COVID UPDATE
Lycoming County has 26 new cases of the coronavirus as of yesterday at midnight.  Northumberland  County  has 18, Clinton County has 9.  According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health there were 2,594 and  43 new deaths attributed to COVID-19.  Lycoming County has 17 COVID-19 patients in the hospital with the coronavirus and 2 on ventilators.

PENN DOT  WORK ON I-180
The guiderail installation continues to cause slow downs along I-80 east and west this week as Penn DOT contracts with Green Acres Contracting Co., Inc to install guide rail upgrades through March 19th  in Fairfield Township, Montoursville Borough, Loyalsock Township and the City of Williamsport, Lycoming County.  Motorists should watch for crews along the right lanes during daylight hours.

PA FLAGS AT HALF-STAFF FOR COAL TOWNSHIP MAN
Commonwealth flags are to be flown at half-staff  after Governor Tom Wolf announced  it to honor of a Coal Township firefighter who died Monday. According to the Shamokin News-Item, Deputy fire Chief Kevin M. “Bubba” Malukas passed away Monday at home.  He graduated from Shamokin Area High School in 1980 and was one of the areas first EMT’s and an original crew member of Medic 9 in Shamokin.  Along with other service in Mount Carmel and Fairview County, Malukas served as the Coal Township fire chief since 1996.  A Mass will be Saturday at Mother Cabrini Church, on  N. Shamokin St, with interment to follow in All Saints Cemetery.

SPORTS
HS Boys Basketball District 4 Class A Championship
North Penn Liberty vs Saint John Neumann in Williamsport @8pm
District 6 class 6A Championship
Central Mountain vs Shikellamy at Bald Eagle Area @7

NBA
Grizzlies beat the Wizards 127 to 112, Mavericks over the Spurs 115 to 104
NBA tonight
76ers head to Chicago for an 8 PM tip off and the Celtics are in Brooklyn Nets at 7:30

The NHL announced a seven year deal yesterday bringing hockey back to ESPN for the first time since 2004 with 25 regular season games on ESPN or ABC an early round playoff series in a conference final each year also included will be for Stanley Cup final series on ABC and other online streaming hockey games for subscription customers

NHL
Wild be Golden Knights 4-3, Oilers over the Senator 7-1, Avalanche beat Coyotes 2-1, Kings beat the Ducks 5-1, Canadians beat the Canucks 5-1
NHL tonight
The Capitals come to Philly to meet the Flyers, Rangers face the Bruins in Boston and the Devils are with the Islanders in Brooklyn  – All games tip off @7pm

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