BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS FEB 15, 2022

11 WAHS STUDENTS EARN TOP 3 PLACEMENTS IN REGIONAL SKILLSUSA COMPETITON

Twenty Williamsport Area High School students competed in the regional SkillsUSA competition at Pennsylvania College of Technology last week.  Four seniors earned first-place finishes in the following competition categories: Ben Pennings, CNC (Computer Numerical Controls) Milling Specialist; Madison Waugh, Early Childhood Education; Raymond Hartman, Medical Math; and Emily Scaife, T-shirt Design. These four students now move on to the state competition in Hershey in April.  According to the organization’s website, “SkillsUSA is a national student organization that develops employability, participatory and leadership skills to complement the occupational skills developed by students in technical education classrooms or work-based learning sites.  SkillsUSA is an integral part of approved technical education occupation programs.”  WAHS has 15 workforce development courses made available to students through the its Career and Technical Education program.

 

11 WAHS STUDENTS EARN TOP 3 PLACEMENTS IN REGIONAL SKILLSUSA COMPETITON

Senior Quaseer Saunders won second place in the Job Interview contest.  Three earned third-place wins in the following categories: senior Emily Reeder, First Aid/CPR; senior Domonic Cendoma, Related Technical Math; and seniors Adelia Engel, Madalyn Gross, Matthew Lavallee Harris, and junior Elizabeth Ryder in Health Knowledge Bowl.  According to the organization’s website, “SkillsUSA is a national student organization that develops employability, participatory and leadership skills to complement the occupational skills developed by students in technical education classrooms or work-based learning sites.  SkillsUSA is an integral part of approved technical education occupation programs.”  WAHS has 15 workforce development courses made available to students through the its Career and Technical Education program.

 

CHECK THE WELFARE TURNS INTO PURSUIT

Sunday State Police (PSP) responded to the area of Canterbury Rd, Loyalsock Township to check on the welfare of a white, non-Hispanic male inside his vehicle. Information had been provided to PSP that the individual had previously been making suicidal comments. Upon arrival, Troopers made contact with the driver who refused to roll down the window or comply with Troopers requests. Troopers attempted to take the driver into custody. Instead, the driver sped off, almost striking several Troopers. At this time, a pursuit ensued. The pursuit ended at the Sheetz in Loyalsock Twp. where a collision occurred. Once the driver was removed from the vehicle, he continued to physically resist arrest. The driver was subsequently taken into custody and transported to the hospital for evaluation.

 DOULA SERVICES FOR INCARCERATED WOMEN

First Lady Frances Wolf and the departments of Corrections (DOC) and Human Services (DHS), along with the Tuttleman Foundation and Genesis Birth Services, today announced a new partnership that is bringing doula services to women who are pregnant while incarcerated. The goal of the program is to support mothers through a difficult and vulnerable period and empower them as they prepare to reenter their communities. Funded through the Tuttleman Foundation, the doula pilot at SCI Muncy is a first step in expanding pregnancy and parenting supports for women incarcerated in DOC facilities.

CARES ACT CLINTON COUNTY

Governor Tom Wolf announced nearly $14.2 million in Community Development Block Grant-CARES Act (CDBG-CV) funding to support communities and their residents on a path to success. The following projects were included in the most recent block of CDBG-CV funding approvals: $510,962 to Clinton County to improve emergency services radio communication between their 911 center in the Borough of Flemington and the western portion of the county. The existing system has many coverage gaps (dead zones) where responders in western Clinton County cannot communicate with the 911 center, receiving hospitals, or with one another.

CARES ACT LYCOMING COUNTY

Governor Tom Wolf announced nearly $14.2 million in Community Development Block Grant-CARES Act (CDBG-CV) funding to support communities and their residents on a path to success. The following projects were included in the most recent block of CDBG-CV funding approvals: $1,040,000 to the Covation Center Inc. through the Partnership for Regional Economic Performance (Centre, Clinton, Columbia, Juniata, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, and Union counties) to provide grants of up to $85,000 to small businesses throughout Central Pennsylvania.

DRIVER LICENSE CENTERS CLOSED FOR HOLIDAY

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) today announced that all driver license and photo centers, including the Riverfront Office Center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, February 19, through Monday, February 21, in observance of Presidents Day. Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website.

 

NEW JUDGE SWORN INTO PA COMMONWEALTH COURT

During a ceremonial session today, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Court welcomed its newest judge as Stacy Wallace was sworn-in by the Honorable P. Kevin Brobson, Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Wallace of McKean County won election to the Court in Nov. 2021 and will serve a 10-year term. The Commonwealth Court was established in 1968 and is one of Pennsylvania’s two statewide intermediate appellate courts. The Court has subject matter jurisdiction over state and local government matters. It also acts as a trial court when lawsuits are filed by or against Commonwealth officials and Commonwealth agencies. Appellate cases are generally heard by panels of three judges in Philadelphia, Harrisburg and Pittsburgh, although, on occasion, the Court sits in other locations.

AMBULANCE ALLIANCE

Hepburn Township, Trout Run and Ralston volunteer fire companies officially formed an alliance to bring regionalized paid ambulance service to cover ambulance service for Hepburn, Lycoming, Lewis and McIntyre townships. As reported by Sun Gazette, the initial crews will consist of two paid emts to run the ambulance calls from 6 am to 6 pm with a future goal of 24 hour paid emergency service.  A public signing of the alliance is set for 6:30 p.m tonight at the Trout Run Vol. Fire Co. social hall, Trout Run.

CRASH UNDER INVESTIGATION IN WILLIAMSPORT

Williamsport Bureau of police are investing a vehicle accident in where a Ford Fusion plowed into a parked car on Memorial Avenue, just west of Stevens Street about 9 p.m. last night. As reported by SUN Gazette, all three occupants fled on foot and were picked up a few blocks from the scene. The driver, who was suspected of driving under the influence,  was taken to UPMC to be treated for injuries. The accident remains under investigation.

 

 COVID CASES IN UPPER COUNTIES

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Monday reported new cases of COVID-19. Clinton County reported seven new cases. Centre County added 23 and Lycoming County listed 35. Tioga County added 5.

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