BACKYARD BROADCASTING JULY 13, 2021

DUI WHILE OPERATING A HORSE AND BUGGY ON THE HIGHWAY

A 19-year-old Lycoming County man was charged with driving a horse and buggy under the influence of alcohol. According to Watsontown Police,  they stopped Samuel Zook, of Montgomery, for a traffic violation in the borough around 1:45 a.m. on May 30. According to a media outlet, Zook, the driver, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of DUI and a summary count of Underage Drinking.

8-year-old FLOWN TO GEISINGER MEDICAL CENTER FOLLOWING 3 VEHICLE ACCIDENT

An eight-year-old boy was flown to the hospital and four other people were injured in yesterday’s three-vehicle crash along Route 45 in East Buffalo Township, Union County. The medical condition on the boy is unknown.According to a media source,  28-year-old Cody Zerby of Lewisburg and his young passengers, 8-year-old boy and a 3-year-old child,  were waiting to make a turn on Route 45 when his vehicle was struck from behind by 68-year-old Rodger Kline of Beaver Springs. Kline’s vehicle then struck a third vehicle. In total, Officers say all five people were injured and taken to Evangelical Community Hospital for treatment and their medical conditions are unknown.

LOSING AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHTS

The Williamsport Regional Airport is losing its American Airlines flights, but officials are working to find an alternative passenger service. American Airlines will maintain flights through September. These once-a-day flights, Monday through Friday have been a draw to those arriving and leaving the airport.  According to Airport Executive Director Richard Howell airport officials are hoping to soon learn what specific companies are interested in flights to the D.C. area.

LYCOMING AND  UNION COUNTIES FROM “LOW” TO “MODERATE” RANKING

 An upgrade in test-positive rates per 100,000 people in the past week, has taken Lycoming County and Union County from “low” to “moderate”. The reports are an early warning monitoring system,”  Barbara  Hemmendinger of the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition reported. As of last Thursday, 40.2 percent of Lycoming County’s population is fully vaccinated, while 33.6 percent of Clinton County’s population is fully vaccinated.  On July 20, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., River Valley Health and Dental Center will offer vaccines in the Lycoming County Fair’s Red Cross building.

VACCINATION LOCTIONS 

According to Barbara Hemmendinger of the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition, “Unless a person is fully vaccinated, which does not occur until at least two weeks following that person’s final dose (of the vaccine), that individual is not adequately protected against the Delta variant.”  Tomorrow,  as well as on July 21 and 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Williamsport YMCA will host a walk-in COVID-19 vaccine clinic provided by River Valley Health and Dental Center. On July 19, UPMC will administer vaccines at the Lycoming County Fair.

VOTING FOR INTEGRATION TOMORROW

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s governing body — the Board of Governors — is scheduled to vote tomorrow, on integrating Mansfield and LHU with Bloomsburg. The action began a 60-day public comment period which displayed an overwhelming majority of opposition to the integration, according to SUN Gazette. The quarterly public meetings will start at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow and will resume at 10 a.m. on Thursday via Zoom. Both can be streamed via Youtube.

TWO WIN ROTARY CLUB HONORS

In addition to distribution of community grants, the Rotary Club of Williamsport honored two individuals who demonstrated the respected notary value of “service above self” and, yesterday, received the honor of Rotarian of the Year and Non-Rotarian of the Year. Theresa Kohler, treasurer of Rotary Club, was appointed this year’s Rotarian of the Year. The Non-Rotarian of the Year Award was given to Cleveland Way, shelter director at American Rescue Workers.

ROTARY CLUB COMMUNITY GRANTS

The Rotary Club of Williamsport issued community grants totalling upwards of $3,500.  The James V. Brown Library received a grant for the “We Are Water Protectors” books as part of its summer reading program, and  Safe Kids Lycoming County for a carbon monoxide detector program, among others. Expectation Women’s Center also received a grant, as did Sojourner Truth Ministries, AIDS Resource Alliance, Greater Lycoming Habitat for Humanity, American Rescue Workers and North Central Sight Services.

HIGH SPEED PURSUIT THROUGH CITY ARREST

A Williamsport man led police on a high-speed chase through the city of Williamsport told officers he wanted to get a coffee.  Kevin Lee Stabler, 60, of Williamsport was charged with felony fleeing from an officer and several summery traffic offenses, stemming from stop signs and red lights to high speed, after authorities were able to locate him. Stabler was given $15,000 unsecured bail, which he posted on July 6 and is scheduled to appear in Lycoming County Court on July 12 for a preliminary hearing.

LEAP CENTER AT PENN COLLEGE

Pennsylvania College of Technology recently created a LEAP Center which will place an emphasis on assisting students through their first year by functioning as an advisory source. LEAP stands for ‘Learning, Evolving, Adapting, Preparing, which is an affirmation of Penn College’s continued commitment to student success, according to a media outlet.  The LEAP Center officially opened on July 1. With a primary objective is to increase student retention and enhance recruitment. Christie Bing Kraker officially began her duties as Director of LEAP on June 23. She brings over 25 years of experience with post-secondary experience to Penn College.

GOV TOM WOLF IN STATE COLLEGE TO SUPPORT ACT 26

Governor Tom Wolf yesterday joined Penn State University (PSU) athletes, university leadership and lawmakers at Beaver Stadium to celebrate the passing of Act 26 of 2021. It amends the Public School Code to allow athletes at Pennsylvania colleges to earn money from endorsements, such as sponsorships and appearances, and still be allowed to compete. Act 26 does not allow student athletes to receive payment for playing a sport or athletic achievement; rather, Pennsylvania’s new law provides student athletes with an opportunity to benefit financially from their NIL. Gov Tom Wolf remarks, “This is an exciting moment for athletes and colleges in Pennsylvania, and I am proud to sign the law allowing for these opportunities.”

BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY CHANGES FOLLOWING ATTEMPTED BREAK IN AT TOWER HOUSE

Bucknell President John Bravman announced yesterday he’s making Fran’s House, also known as Tower House, the permanent campus affinity house for LGBTQ students.  Bravman also reports the Philadelphia law firm’s investigation found no evidence the students who attempted to break into the house were motivated by bias against the residents and their LGBTQ affinity. However,  the investigation highlighted the need for additional practical training and a cultural assessment of University Public Safety. BU  is working to engage recognized experts in the field of campus safety to review institutional practices and assess campus culture.

LOCK HAVEN CITY COUNCIL TAKING TIME TO FEDERAL AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN FUNDS

Lock Haven City Council set out to spend with purpose, the $950,000 the city received in federal American Rescue Plan funds.  With a list of possibilities and a price tag of upwards of $1.6 million, it is ultimately up to council how to divvy up the federal funds.. City Manager Greg Wilson told council last night it has until the end of 2024 to determine how to allocate the funds. The city manager said with limited funds and unlimited ideas as to the best use of those funds, the ranking will help the city’s staff know where to start to devote their time to make the best use of this one-time resource.

ANTIQUE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF AMERICA VISITS LOCK HAVEN

Clinton County this week rolls out the red carpet for a group of antique auto lovers. About 75 members of the Antique Automobile Club of America (AACA) are in Lock Haven for their “Lost in the Woods” Vintage Tour. There are 35 vehicles in the tour, all of them dating from 1931 and older! Participants trailered in the antique autos and then drive them on day trips throughout the week. According to therecordonline.com,  members of the tour welcome questions and enjoy showing off their antique autos. The group checked into the Fairfield Inn & Suites in Lock Haven on Sunday.

 

 

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