BACKYARD BROADCASTING AUGUST 3, 2021

NEW RIDER PARK MANAGER ANNOUNCED

The First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania recently appointed Sara Street as the Rider Park manager. The vacancy was created by the retirement of Bonnie Mahoney, who served in the role for more than eight years. According to Sun Gazette, as Rider Park manager, Street’s position will oversee upkeep and development of the 867-acre natural area. Rider Park is the largest privately owned recreation area in Lycoming County and is open to the public daily from dawn until dusk.

REPAIRS TO SPLASH COVE POOL 

It could take upwards of several weeks, but city officials remain confident that the leaks and other improvements to Splash Cove pool at Memorial Park is important to the community.  In a Facebook live video, Mayor Derek Slaughter addressed the ongoing process, stating that in the year of 2019, the pool lost an estimated 1 million gallons of water. According to SUN Gazette, Slaughter said the city workers will persist so that the pool can be opened back up for the 2022 season.

FEDERAL LAWSUIT AGAINST LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

A lawsuit in federal court against the Loyalsock Township School District found them accused of failing to protect students from sexual abuse by a former middle school basketball coach, who was arrested and jailed on indecent contact charges. According to SUN Gazette, the civil suit against the district lists upwards of 10 individuals, including administrators, teachers, counselors and others who may have exposed the minor to undue risk and harm, as filed by the plaintiff’s attorney. The plaintiff is asking for Judge Matthew W. Brann to issue a judgment of more than $50,000.00.

A “SNAPSHOT” OF THE TREES AND THEIR HEALTH IN BRANDON PARK 

Lauren Imgrund, the deputy secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources,  was visiting with several local students as they took an inventory of Brandon Park’s trees. The students are summer interns in the Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps, a Wolf administration initiative offering work experience, job training and educational opportunities to young people who complete recreation and conservation projects on the state’s public lands. According to a media source, they plan to be at the park through Aug. 13 taking a true “snapshot” of the existing living urban forest that makes up Brandon Park.

LYCOMING COLLEGE GRAD NEW DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FIELD OPERATIONS FOR PA GAME COMMISSION

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has a new deputy executive director of field operations. David Mitchell, a Lycoming College grad, who recently had been serving as the director of the Southeast Region Office, stepped into his new role on July 24. In his new position, Mitchell is responsible for coordinating and advancing the wildlife management program in the agency’s six regions. According to a media outlet, Mitchell reports he is  eager to serve at the Game Commission headquarters in Harrisburg to continue to advance the agency’s mission across the state.

HIGH SPEED MOTORCYCLE CHASE LANDS LYCOMING MAN IN JAIL

For a Lycoming County man, it was his second time leading police in a high-speed chase on his motorcycle. According to a police arrest affidavit, Devin M. Bailey, 25, was allegedly traveling 87 mph in a 55 mph zone on Route 15 in Gregg Township, Union County on July 2. Bailey was charged with a third-degree felony of fleeing and eluding police. He is incarcerated with bail  set at $5,000 monetary. According to a media outlet, a preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 3 at the office of District Judge Jeffrey Mensch.

THEFT CHARGES HELD OVER FOR COURT IN UNION COUNTY

 A Mifflinburg man had his case held over for court, as he was accused of stealing upwards of $3,000 from his employer in Union County. Ronald H. Parker, 24, of Mifflinburg, was charged with third-degree felonies of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property for the alleged thefts  at Harveys Market on State Route 304 in Limestone Township, according to northcentralpa.com.  A formal arraignment in front of Union County Judge Michael T. Hudock is scheduled for Oct. 25.

 

 

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