BACKYARD BROADCASTING 2021 JUNE 16, 2021

SELF-INFLICTED CAUSE OF DEATH FOR MALE FOUND IN LOYALSOCK TOWNSHIP

The SUN Gazette reported that the male body found in a parked vehicle, just off of Lycoming Creek Road and north of Hays Lane at 7:15 pm Monday evening has been ruled as self-inflicted, according to Jerold Ross, the county’s chief deputy coroner.

A RALLY AND A DANCE PARTY PROTEST

While the Lycoming County Commissioners were holding their weekly meeting inside the Executive Plaza building yesterday, outside, a rally and dance party was held in support of the LGBTQ+ community and to protest requests from 2 County Commissioner to re-shelve books from the Pride month display at the James V. Brown library. According to northcentralpa.com, the request to the library’s executive director to take down the pride display, and a subsequent Facebook post made by County Commissioner Metzger provoked a widespread and vocal reaction.

THIRTY-SIX PEOPLE SPOKE TO THE COMMISSIONERS AT THEIR MEETING LAST NIGHT

The Lycoming County Commissioners meeting last evening was inundated with the issues surrounding the request to the library’s executive director to take down the pride display, and a subsequent Facebook post made by County Commissioner Metzger provoked a widespread and vocal reaction, one that occupied most of the meeting. According to a media source, upwards of thirty-six people addressed the commissioners from the microphone which varied for support of their library to support of the commissioners. In the end, “It was a request,” said Metzger, who made it clear that the library’s funding is not in jeopardy over the issue.

COVID-19 PARTNERS TO HOLD DRIVE-THRU CLINICS

UPMC in North Central Pa. is set to partner with Lock Haven University, Clinton County and Keystone Central School District to host drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinics on Friday, June 25 and Monday, June 28 from noon to 4 p.m. at Lock Haven University’s Student Recreation Center, 550 Railroad St., Lock Haven. Both clinics are free and open to the public. According to a media source, the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be available to community members ages 12 and over. Registration is not required.

2021 CITATION OF EXCELLENCE FOR DISTRICT 8

The Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) recently honored Williamsport Area High School teacher Kent Weaver with its 2021 Citation of Excellence for District 8 and is given to  “PMEA members who have made lasting contributions in their area of teaching.”  According to northcentralpa.com, Weaver received his citation from Head Principal Dr. Brandon Pardoe during a surprise break in the high school’s annual “Poptastik!” concert on June 2.Weaver, who retired on June 10 after 31 years at WAHS, is the only K-12 teacher in the state to have been awarded the citation twice since 2000.He last received the award in 2010.

A PURSUIT ENDED IN MULTIPLE FELONIES FOR A MIFFLINBURG MAN

Officer Shaffer, a Middleburg police officer responded to screams coming from a parked car and found a Mifflinburg man in the act of allegedly physically and sexually assaulting a woman. According to a media outlet,  Shaffer was at Penns Creek Pit Stop on June 2 when he saw a woman in a black sedan screaming for help. Pennsylvania State Police at Milton filed multiple felony charges at District Judge Jeffrey C. Mensch’s Office for both the pursuit and assault cases. Irvine’s bail $230,000. Irvine has a formal arraignment on July 26 in front of Judge Michael Hudock at Union County Court of Common Pleas.

300,000 COVID-19 VACCINES AND COUNTING

Geisinger has reached another milestone as we work to move past the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, Geisinger has administered COVID-19 vaccine number 301,306. Geisinger continues its vaccination efforts by offering walk-in vaccines. The next one is tomorrow at the Geisinger Jersey Shore Hospital Vaccine Center from 9 am to 5 pm and Friday at the Geisinger Hughes Center from 9am to noon.

PASSPORT PREP AT JAMES V BROWN LIBRARY

The James V. Brown Library is an official Passport Acceptance Facility . Library staff also can take your passport photo, making the library a one-stop shop for all your passport needs. Passport books are required for all air travel. According to a media outlet, State Department officials also encourage renewing soon because many countries are now enforcing a requirement for at least six months’ validity on a United States passport. Renewals are expected to take about six weeks. Most Americans can renew passports by mail for a fee of $110.

GUARANTEED ENERGY SAVINGS PROJECT PROPOSAL FOR THE MILTON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT

The Milton Area School Board will move forward with an estimated $5 million project in an effort to reduce energy costs and eliminate conditions that led to previous mold problems in the 2018-19 school year. During the public meeting last night, school board members approved the Guaranteed Energy Savings Project Proposal with a pricetag of $3.04 million. They now seek bids for controls and equipment using $1.96 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Funding. A news media outlet reported, the goal is to have bids ready for consideration in July with the work completed by the end of February 2022.

CHANGE IN LITTLE LEAGUE BRACKETS FOR THIS YEAR

Traditionally designated as the US and International brackets for the Little League World Series this year will be a little different. With only teams from the US participating this year, the Little League World Series is naming its brackets after MLB Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Tom SEAVER. 8 teams will play in each bracket with the championship team in each playing in the World Series Championship Game.  The World Series begins on August 19th in South Williamsport and wraps up on Sunday, August 29th.

SUNBURY CITY POLICE GETTING A NEW  HOUSE

The new home of the Sunbury Police Department, 337 Arch Street, is expected to be completed by Sept. 3, according to the Daily Item. Hepco Construction, of Selinsgrove, was awarded the $829,235 project earlier this year. The 5,900-square-feet building is currently having essential electrical completed, including installation of cameras and high-speed internet. The building, according to Councilman Jim Eister, will be a staple in the city.

AUTOPSIES PERFORMED ON SHOOTING VICTIMS FROM SNYDERTOWN

Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley has named 17-year-old John Paul Dickens as the third victim in a triple homicide June 9 in a Snydertown home. Kelley, said the deaths of Susan Williams, A news source reported state police have charged Matthew J. Reed, 23, with the murders. Reed, who was denied bail by Shamokin District Judge John Gembic, is due back in court on June 22.

ALL CHARGES BOUND OVER IN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY HOMICIDE CASE

Homicide charges against the Mount Carmel man accused in the death of 21-year-old Cheyenne Swartz were bound to Northumberland County Court on Tuesday, following a two-hour preliminary hearing.  Accused murderer Stephen Kruskie, 26, of West Third Street, will now face trial. Kruskie and his attorney,appeared before Shamokin District Judge John Gembic yesterday in an attempt to get homicide and homicide by vehicle charges thrown out. Coal Township Police charged Kruskie with running over Swartz on May 21. According to the Daily Item,  Judge Gembic listened to the testimony and, after both defense and prosecution ended their closing arguments, he bound all charges to county court.

GO FUND ME SUPPORTING FAMILY OF HOMICIDE VICTIMS

GoFundMe page has more than 300 donors . . . According to a media outlet, the tragic murders of Susan Williams and James Dicken Senior and Junior  left Anthony Dicken of New Jersey grieving over the loss of his family. A GoFundMe page was created Saturday and community support has been constant, with more than 50 donors that pledged at least $200.

POSITIVE AND UPLIFTING COVID-19 UPDATE FROM GOV TOM WOLF

Gov. Tom Wolf and Acting Secretary of Health Alison Beam had good news in a Tuesday update on COVID-19: a seven-day case increase of 2,044 (a decrease from a week ago), a statewide percent positivity of 1.9% , while locally Clinton County remains in the “low” transmission category, Centre and Lycoming counties in “moderate.” According to the Daily Item, Gov Tom Wolf notes,  we are seeing COVID-19 case counts increasing at a much lower pace, but we still see Pennsylvanians contract the virus each day,

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