BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS APRIL 12, 2021

2021 SENIOR ART SHOW

The Lycoming College Senior Show for all Lyco students with a major in studio art and runs from April 22 through May 15. According to northcentralpa.com, the 2021 Senior Art Show features works and artist statements from the following graduating seniors: Inga Brostek (Williamsport) –Megan Snyder (Milton, Pa.) Martina Westcott – (Clearfield, Pa.) The Lycoming College Art Gallery is located in downtown Williamsport at 25 W. Fourth Street.

BOIL WATER ADVISORY

A water main break occurred on Sunday, April 11, 2021 on West Fourth Street in the City of Williamsport. The following area of the City of affected: West Fourth Street between Rose Street and Fifth Avenue, Grier Street between West Third Street and West Fourth Street, Fifth Avenue between West Fourth Street and Memorial Avenue If you are in the affected area, until further notice, please boil the water before consuming it. You will receive an additional notice when all corrective actions have been completed and customers no longer need to boil the water. If you have any further questions, contact the WMWA office.

SVOG PROGRAM

Applications are now open for the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG). According to northcentralpa.com, the funds will help those businesses which suffered early on and throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The grants are a valuable lifeline for operators of live venues, performing arts organizations, museums, movie theaters, promoters and producers, and talent representatives. The SVOG program appropriated more than $16.2 billion for grants via the Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act and the American Rescue Plan.

CALL OUT TO ACTORS

Hamilton-Gibson Productions is planning a return to in-person shows, but first they need some help in the form of a stage manager, backstage crew members, and six actors/actresses for an upcoming production of “Dead Man’s Cell Phone.” According to northcentralpa.com auditions to fill roles for four women and two men will be held on Friday, April 16 starting at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 17 at 4 p.m., and Monday, April 19 at 7 p.m. at the Warehouse Theatre, 3 Central Avenue.

BURGLARY OF TOOLS, EQUIPMENT

According to their facebook page, the Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police report that the Piatt Township Building was burglarized sometime between April 8 and April 9 and a variety of tools were stolen including a straight air grinder, a kobalt circular saw and dewalt power tools with batteries. Anyone with information is asked to contact Tiadaghton Valley Regional Police Department.

RESIDENTIAL EXPLOSION SATURDAY NIGHT

Pennsylvania State Police in Montoursville released additional information about a home explosion Saturday night in Lycoming Township, Lycoming County. Trooper Nathan Birth reported the  explosion was heard from the vicinity of the 3500 block of Linn Street in Lycoming Township at approximately 9:30 p.m. Both occupants, a male, 46, and female 48, were able to exit the structure, but the male sustained critical injuries and was transported to the Leigh Valley Burn Center and the female was uninjured. The State Police Fire Marshal continues to investigate, as the origin and cause are undetermined. “PA State Police request neighboring residents and businesses to review and provide any type of security video or digital video that may show the explosion or early stages of the fire to PSP Montoursville,” Birth said.

COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS PENALTIES

Four Northcentral Pa. establishments were recently cited by the Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement for allegedly failing to abide by COVID-19 disaster emergency restrictions. Penalties could include $50-$1,000 for minor offenses to up to $5,000 for more serious offenses, according to State Police. Also, establishments could face license suspension or revocation and mandated training for licensees. BLCE’s Williamsport District Enforcement Office, according to an April 5 press release, cited the Clinton County County Club, Lock Haven, J.P.’s Sports Bar and Grill, South Williamsport, Venture Inn, Jersey Shore, Speedy’s Place, Milton, Tiffany Lounge, Shamokin, and Washington Tavern, Northumberland.

WATER UTILITY SHUT OFF FOR NONPAYMENT 

Lycoming County Water and Sewer Authority customers who fail to pay their monthly bills once again face possible utility shut-offs. According to the SUN Gazette,  the shut-off policy had been suspended for delinquent customers since the beginning of COVID-19. The Authority, at their monthly meeting, voted to resume the policy.

LYCOMING COUNTY PRISON NUMBERS ON THE RISE

Inside a report of statistics, released at the Lycoming County Prison Board monthly meeting, inmate numbers have increased in the month of March. Warden Brad Shoemaker, according to the SUN Gazette, reported that the average daily overall figure for male and female inmates was at 264.26 during the month compared to 243.04 in February, with an increase in every category.

THE NEW LOVE CENTER

It is a program, focused on educating — and help feed — diabetic patients looking to get their health under control in the Jersey Shore community headed by the Geisinger Health System. The Fresh Food Farmacy program with help from a local coalition of ministries is called The New Love Center and they provide food at no charge through their cafe and food pantry.

CLEAN STREAMS FUND

Major streams such as the Susquehanna River and Loyalsock Creek would most certainly benefit from the plan to protect and restore many of the waterways across the state resulting in improved drinking water and investments in tourism and agriculture. According to the SUN Gazette,  State Sen. Gene Yaw, R-Loyalsock Township, is working to allocate $250 million of the state’s allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act to establish a Clean Streams Fund.

ARMED  ROBBERY AT JERSEY MIKE’S

An armed robbery at Jersey Mike’s, 201 Basin St at 5:46pm on Friday April 9th.  According to a press release from the Williamsport Bureau of Police, preliminary information stated the actor entered the restaurant, brandished a pistol and robbed the business of cash before fleeing westbound on Canal Street and then northbound on Academy St. The actor is described as a white male, approx. 6’2” tall, 250 pounds wearing a black zippered hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses, gloves and an orange and white baseball cap. Please forward any leads to the Williamsport Bureau of Police.

 

Sports:

ALIZE JOHNSON

Williamsport Native and Neumann grad Alize (al-ee-ZAY) Johnson signed a multi-year deal with the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets. In his first game suiting up for Brooklyn on March 24 at Utah, Johnson registered team highs with 23 points and 15 rebounds to go with three assists and two steals in 33 minutes of action off the bench.

 

 

 

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