BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS MARCH 23, 2022

NEW DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT

A new district superintendent has been approved by the East Lycoming School Board. As reported by the SUN Gazette, Dr. Mark Stamm is set to begin July 1. Michael Pawlik’s resignation, effective the end of this current school year, was accepted by the board earlier this year. With upwards of 25 years of public education experience, Stamm has recently served 11 years in the South Williamsport Area School District as their district superintendent. According to Stamm, he is committed to taking the curriculum development forward and focusing on supporting the needs of the whole child.

SAFETY PROJECT STARTING APRIL 4

It is a multi-year safety improvement project that continues along Route 220 in Woodward and Piatt Townships. As reported by Sun Gazette, this $41 million endeavor is focusing on the Route 287 intersection of Piatt Township and Front Street, Linden and aims to create enhancements to safety improvements for such thing as U-turns and roadway upgrades. Beginning April 4, work start on replacing structures over Larry’s Creek, causing detours including new traffic patterns, restrictions and reduced speed limits for motorists.

DRIVER UNDER THE INFLUENCE CAUSES DEATH OF TWO TROOPERS AND CIVILIAN

A woman has been charged with third-degree murder and vehicular homicide while driving under the influence in an early morning crash on a Philadelphia interstate that claimed the lives of two Pennsylvania troopers and a civilian. State police said Tuesday that the charges against 21-year-old Jayana Tanae Webb of Eagleville would also include second-degree manslaughter of a law enforcement officer, involuntary manslaughter, recklessly endangering another person and driving under the influence. Gov. Tom Wolf ordered state flags to fly at half-staff through Friday, calling the case a reminder of the heroism of state troopers.

LOOKING FOR THE PUBLIC’S HELP TO FIND A SHOOTER

It was 8:30 pm, October 12, when a young mother of two was shot in the head, while in her second-floor apartment at Memorial Avenue and Maple Street in Williamsport. As reported by Sun Gazette, there has been no new information, however, Williamsport Bureau of Police Chief Jason Bolt reported the victim has been released from the hospital and added that she is making improvements since the night she was shot. In addition to not having new information on the shooter, police reported they remain unclear if the victim was the intended target or if the shot was a stray bullet. If you have any information on the shooting, please contact the Williamsport Bureau of Police.

LYCOMING COUNTY SENIOR JUDGE MAY SIT BEFORE BUCKNELL LAWSUIT

A Lycoming County Senior Judge could possibly sit before the case involving the whistle-blower lawsuit against Bucknell University. As reported by the Daily Item, the case has been brought by a former public safety officer. Meanwhile, Union County Judges Michael H. Sholley and Lori R. Hackenburg have both recused themselves from the case. In a filing yesterday at Union County Court of Common Pleas, the university requested the lawsuit be dismissed. Bucknell claimed the complaint filed in January by plaintiff Colby Snook was in bad faith with no evidence of wrongdoing on the party of the university.

FUNDRAISING FOR THE GARDENS

It has been Twenty-two years since the Montoursville Memorial Gardens, on Broad Street, were completed to honor those lost in the Flight 800 tragedy that unforgettable July 17, 1996. Now, as reported by SUN Gazette, the Perpetual Care Committee has stepped up and are embarking on a fundraising campaign for the needed maintenance and renovation. Working to raise $200,000, the committee has plans to remove a brick wall and the diseased hemlocks, install new concrete walk pavers and mulch removal among others.  If you are interested in donating to the fundraising campaign, please make checks out to the MASD Memorial Fund and mail to MASD Office, 50 North Arch Street, Montoursville, PA 17754.

SCHOOL CALENDAR TAKE TWO

Parents in the South Williamsport Area School District are going to have to wait until next month to see if Superintendent Mark Stamm brings a 2022-23 school calendar that will meet the approval of the school board. The latest vote was a no go for the latest version of the calendar, which sent Stamm back to the drawing board. Issues in defeating the measure, focused on the loss of student instructional time with the addition of six Act 80 days. Stamm will now bring a revised calendar, taking in the suggestions made by the board, to the next meeting. The next meeting of the board is a work session at 6 p.m. April 11, at the High School Library, 700 Percy St.

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