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The Taming of the Brew

Public · Tasting · Hosted by
Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble



Saturday, April 11 at 7:00pm

Caldwell Consistory
150 Market St, Bloomsburg,
Pennsylvania 178


Tickets Available
app.arts-people.com
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The microbrew and food festival is
always a hit with patrons and vendors
alike. The 14th annual event will
continue the legacy of supporting BTE
with a host of return and brand new
brewers and restaurants. Once you
are inside the event, all the food, beer,
and entertainment you can enjoy are
included.

WE ARE PLEASED to announce
SWAMP CANDY will be our featured
entertainment at this year's event!

So enjoy — but please remember to
always drink responsibly.

Only the finest craft beers are featured
at our festival. In 2015 we will also
feature a home brewery table of some
talented local home brewers.

• Berwick Brewing Company
• Boak's Beer
• Breaker Brewing Co
• Covered Bridge Brewhaus
• Crystal Ball Brewing Co.
• Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks
• Marley's Brewery and Grille
• Marzoni's Brick Oven & Brewing Co.
• Old Forge Brewing Co.
• Otto's Pub and Brewery
• Rusty Rail Brewing Co.
opening this year in Mifflinburg, PA
• Stoudts
• Tröegs Brewing Co.
• Turkey Hill Brewing Company
• Sly Fox
• Victory Brewing Co.
• Yards Brewing Company
Distributors
• Ace Beer Distributors
• Durdach Bros., Inc.
• Sacco Beer Distributors Inc.
• Voelcker's
BU 2015 Sports Camps & Clinics
Sun April 19 Keystone Basketball Shootout
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Remi & Buster - 2015                 3
SWKP,
Maybe?
What is
SWKP?
I love
SWPK
What is
SWPK??
Thats human
code for walk









What are YOU watching?   Turn
it into art!  


















Open-call show here at the Antler,
"What Are You Watching?", invites
artists of all ages and skill levels.  We
are looking for original works of art
based on your favorite films, television
shows, commercials, or music videos.
Artwork received by Saturday, April 4

Show Opens: Monday, April 6       

Reception:  Saturday, April 11, 6 - 8
p.m.

Show ends: Friday, May 15


We are also looking of experimental
video works to be projected from 11
a.m. -11 p.m. on April 11.      Click here
for Entry Form
Sunny High 85
State Police Look For
Driver of Hit & Run
Kitten Season
Home in Lackawanna County Hit by Fire
Three Palestinian women proudly tell their stories of struggle,
success, and hope as they try to make ends meet in Jerusalem.
Not until it stops
snowing
Are we going
SWKP?
Insurers set aside $300m for
Germanwings Alps crash claims















Lufthansa says its insurers are setting
aside $300m (€276.45m) to deal with
possible costs resulting from the
French Alps crash in which 150 people
died.

Lufthansa spokeswoman Kerstin Lau
said that is the amount currently
reserved to deal with "all costs arising
in connection with the case".

Last week, the company offered
immediate aid of up to €50,000 per
passenger to relatives of the victims.

Those payments are separate from
any eventual compensation payments
over the Germanwings crash.

Prosecutors believe, based on data
from the cockpit voice recorder, that
the Airbus A320's co-pilot locked his
captain out of the cockpit and
deliberately crashed Flight 9525 from
Barcelona to Duesseldorf last Tuesday.

Meanwhile, France's air accident
investigation agency said it was
examining cockpit entry and
psychological screening procedures
following the crash.

Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had in the past
had been treated for suicidal
tendencies, authorities say.

In its first statement since his
responsibility was established, the
French agency known as BEA said its
investigation was aiming to provide a
"detailed analysis" of flight data.

It also said it would be studying
"systemic weaknesses" that could have
led to the crash, notably psychological
screening procedures and cockpit-
door procedures.
Pennsylvania Represented at
International Trade Events in
Florida and Washington DC




A 53-county program intended to
attract foreign investment to
Pennsylvania was represented at two
international trade events this month.  
CORE PA Global was part of the
Pennsylvania booth at NPE2015:  The
International Plastics Showcase in
Orlando, FL, and had its own booth at
the SelectUSA Investment Summit in
Washington, DC.



CORE PA was initiated in December
2013 to bring foreign  investment to
Pennsylvania's rural counties.  It is
administered through SEDA-COG and
involves numerous economic
development organizations at the state
and county levels.



Noelle Long, Director of SEDA-COG's
Export Development program and
project manager for CORE PA,
commented on the Plastics Showcase,
"Pennsylvania is an excellent location
for international plastics companies
and related industries.  Manufacturers
across our state use plastics materials
as part of their production processes,
whether it's for medical devices,
packaging, or consumer goods, and
there's a strong connection to our
natural gas industry as the by-
products are used in the fabrication of
numerous manufactured goods.



"We're also home to valuable
resources for the plastics industry ─
the Plastics Innovation and Resource
Center at Penn College, in
Williamsport, and the plastics
engineering technology faculty at the
Penn State Behrend campus near
Erie."



The Investment Summit in Washington
was carefully limited to economic
development professionals and
qualified international investors.  "This
was a one-of-a-kind event," said Ms.
Long, "Firms from across the globe
were represented - firms that have
chosen to establish a presence in the
United States."   



In addition to staffing their booth at the
event, CORE PA's representatives had
pre-arranged appointments with
potential investors.  "It was a wonderful
opportunity to tell foreign companies
about our state and the workforce and
resources that are here for them," said
Ms. Long.



Read more about the CORE PA Global
initiative. View photos on Facebook.
Learn more about SEDA-COG's Export
Development program.
Wednesday Events



SCIENCE CLUB: PIRATES OF
BLOOMSBURG


Discover the science of how pirates
and sailors of old did what they did;
activities about oceanography,
meteorolochildmuseumgy, chemistry,
astronomy, cartography, nutrition on
the high seas and more! $100,
members $90, required upon
registration for the 10-week class.
Ages 6-12 years.

Please check the website for
enrollment form or call the museum.


Start: April 01, 2015 4:30 pm
End: April 01, 2015 5:30 pm
Venue: The Children's Museum
Host: The Children's Museum
Phone: 570-389-9206
Address:

2 W. 7th Street, Bloomsburg, PA,
17815, United States        

Cost: $100; Members $90


ROCK WALL TRAINING


This course is designed as a refresher
for returning staff and as a mandatory
training for students and community
members that want to volunteer or
work for Quest. If you are interested in
being trained in the trees than come
check out the high ropes course on
upper campus. We will teach you how
to transfer participants from one
element of the course to the next 30ft
to 80ft in the air! No previous
experience necessary. Come out for a
fun afternoon of traversing through
trees and laughing with friends. Sign
up today!

Where: Bloomsburg University Upper
Campus

How to sign-up:  Since this is a free
training and no payment is required,
just email Susan  slawson@bloomu.
edu to get on the registration list.

Forms We Need From You

*  A completed Quest AOR/Medical
Form prior to participation in Quest
activities.

*  Signed Parental Consent for
participants who are minors (under 18
years of age).

Where will we meet?
At the Rock Wall on Upper Campus
across from Nelson Field House


Start: April 01, 2015 4:00 pm
End: April 01, 2015 7:00 pm
Venue: Bloomsburg University
Host: Bloomsburg University Quest
Address:

upper Campus, Bloomsburg, PA,
17815, United States        

Cost: FREE


SOCIAL SECURITY TAX WORKSHOP


This is an informative discussion on
Social Security. Medicare Supplements
will be discussed in detail. Sandy
Darlington, formerly of the local Area
Office on Aging, will be the evening’s
speaker. Call (570) 784-1716 to
reserve a spot. Seating is limited.
(Refreshments will be served.)



Start: April 01, 2015 7:00 pm
End: April 01, 2015 8:30 pm
Venue: Hampton Inn
Host: Appelman Financial
Address:

255 Paper Mill Road, Bloomsburg, PA,
17815, United States        

Cost: FREE


DAKHA BRAKHA (WORLD MUSIC)


DakhaBrakha is world-music quartet
from Kiev, Ukraine. Reflecting
fundamental elements of sound and
soul, Ukrainian “ethno-chaos” band
DakhaBrakha, create a world of
unexpected new music. The name
DakhaBrakha is original, outstanding
and authentic at the same time. It
means “give/take” in the old Ukrainian
language.
Accompanied by Indian, Arabic,
African, Russian and Australian
traditional instrumentation, the quartet’
s astonishingly powerful and
uncompromising vocal range creates a
trans-national sound rooted in
Ukrainian culture.



Start: April 01, 2015 7:30 pm
End: April 01, 2015 7:30 pm
Venue: Campus Theatre, Bucknell
University
Host: Weis Center for the Performing
Arts
Address:

413 Market Street, Lewisburg, PA,
17837, United States        

Cost: Adults: $10, Seniors 62+ and
Subscribers: $8, Youth 18 and Under:
$5, Non-Bucknell College Students
(limit 2): $5. Please be advised that on
the night of the performance cash will
be the only accepted form of payment.


OPENING OF THE JACKSON
MANSION


Open for regular tours –  March 31,
2015 – Tuesday, Wednesday and
Saturday – Tour times 11:30 a.m. and
1:30 p.m.  Private tours can be
arranged by calling the

JacksonMasionThumbCarriage House
570-759-8726 or by e-mailing mansion.
tours@berwickhistoricalsociety.org.  If
you have family members coming
home for Easter, we will be open on
Saturday, April 4 for tours from 11:30
am to 1:30 pm.

This palatial home, once home to Col.
Clarence Gearhart Jackson and his
family, has blossomed into a fine
house museum that would rival any in
the state.  Tours of The Jackson
Mansion are becoming very popular
and growing in number.  You should
come and enjoy one of Berwick’s
greatest treasures.



Start: April 01, 2015
End: April 01, 2015
Venue: The Jackson Mansion
Host: Berwick Historical Society
Phone: 570-759-8020
Address:

344 N. Market Street, Berwick, PA,
18603, United States        



ZUMBA


Zumba is a dance fitness program
involving dance and aerobic elements.
Zumba’s choreography incorporates
hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa,
merengue, mambo, martial arts, and
some Bollywood and belly dance
moves.  Squats and lunges are also
included.

The library program utilizes an X-Box
Kinect game rather than an in-person
instructor.

All attendees must be 18 or over and
must sign a waiver.

Class size is limited by space
constraints.


Start: April 01, 2015 5:00 pm
End: April 01, 2015 5:45 pm
Venue: McBride Memorial Library
Host: McBride Memorial Library
Phone: 570-752-2241
Address:

500 N. Market Street, Berwick, PA,
18603, United States        

Cost: FREE


MEET THE EASTER BUNNY

















Kids under 12 can meet the Easter
Bunny, plus get a photo to prove it
really happened, free of charge at the
Berwick Y.  The night will also feature a
chance to do an Easter craft and enjoy
refreshments.  Just bring a non-
perishable food item for a local food
bank to gain admission.



Start: April 01, 2015 6:00 pm
End: April 01, 2015 8:00 pm
Venue: Berwick YMCA
Host: The Berwick YMCA
Phone: 570-752-5981
Address:

231 W. Third Street, Berwick, PA,
18603, United States         
Energy Conservation Projects
in Two Communities are Moving
Ahead




Community-wide energy conservation
projects are underway in two small
Central Pennsylvania towns ─ Millheim
and Selinsgrove.  With assistance and
funding support provided through the
SEDA-COG Energy Resource Center
(ERC), the community's residents,
businesses, and nonprofit
organizations are taking steps to
reduce energy use and explore
alternative energy sources.



Millheim -

Central PA Community Action, Inc.
(CPCA) was among the earliest
partners in Millheim's energy
independence project.  CPCA is
responsible for home weatherization in
Centre County, providing no-cost
services to those with low and
moderate incomes.  The services are
funded through FirstEnergy's WARM
program.



Through the Millheim project,
community volunteers are visiting
homes, identifying those which may
qualify for weatherization, providing
information on additional services, and
asking residents to complete surveys
about their home's energy use.  ERC
Director Stacy Richards said,
"Information gathered through the
surveys will ensure that the project
truly meets the needs of the
community."  To date, 85 surveys have
been completed and more than 20
households have been identified as
potentially eligible for free
weatherization through CPCA.



Additional services include
comprehensive energy audits,
completed by professional energy
contractors.  Through such audits and
utility bill analyses, households' and
businesses' precise levels of energy
use are ascertained and specific, cost-
effective energy reduction measures
are identified.  As a result of the
Energy Center's efforts, the energy
audit's cost is only $50, instead of the
usual $250-$300.



Selinsgrove -
Although the project in Selinsgrove
began in March with a launch
celebration for $elinsgrove $aves,
members of the community had
already been actively involved.



Homecare providers from Union-
Snyder Agency on Aging, Inc., one of
the project's partners, have identified
senior citizens that may qualify for free
weatherization services  through SEDA-
COG's Weatherization program.  The
Borough's Senior Center and member
churches of the Selinsgrove Area
Ministerium, are making their
congregations and clients aware of the
project's programs to help them
reduce their energy costs.


The project has asked PPL Electric
Utilities to offer all Selinsgrove
residents energy walk-through surveys
or energy audits.  If PPL does make
these available, the Selinsgrove
Borough Council has allocated funding
from the Gelnett Trust to waive the
cost of the $50 energy walk-through
surveys for the first 200 Borough
residents.



Several activities are planned as
$elinsgrove $aves gets underway.  
Schools are getting involved and
businesses are being surveyed
regarding energy use.  A do-it-yourself
workshop is planned for businesses
and non-profit organizations in the
Borough, teaching them how to track
their energy use.


Company Completes First
Export to Ireland




There's a bit of Union County on the
Emerald Isle today.  A custom made
log home package under construction,
manufactured by Timberhaven Log
Homes sits on a green meadow, its
floor-to-ceiling windows looking out on
the rolling hills of Ireland.  The home
features three bedrooms, five
bathrooms, a sitting room with
cathedral ceiling, and a 66-foot deck.  
Over 1.5 miles of logs were produced
for the home, which was the company's
first export to Ireland.



Timberhaven is one of about 120 firms
actively working with SEDA-COG's
Export Development program.  Located




Inside a Timberhaven log home.

in the Lewisburg area, the company
first approached SEDA-COG's Export
staff about the Ireland sale at
SEDA-COG's International Trade
Conference in State College last fall.



Shipping a 6,608 sq. ft. home package
across the ocean is not without
challenges.  Three separate
international sea containers were
needed, as were custom handmade
pallets.  Based on SEDA-COG's
assistance, the pallets and other wood
packaging material were heat-treated
as per international regulations.  
Special measures are needed to
reduce the risk of introducing insects
and disease that could harm healthy
forests in global markets.



Timberhaven worked closely with
SEDA-COG, educating themselves on
export compliance, shipping and
logistics, and required testing
procedures for their wood materials.



In addition to Ireland, the company has
exported to the Netherlands.  Now that
it is well versed in the European
Union's international trade
requirements, Timberhaven is poised
to potentially increase its level of
exports across the Atlantic.
Financing News . . .



SEDA-COG has finalized a $200,000
loan for the construction of two broiler
houses in the Bloomsburg area.  Two
brothers, Randy and Ronnie Rhoads,
built them on their parents' farm.  The
project includes financing through
AgChoice Farm Credit and cash
equity.  The new broiler houses will
further diversify the Rhoads' operation,
which includes hogs, beef, corn,
wheat, and soybeans.  The Rhoads
brothers are the fifth generation of the
family to work the farm.




SEDA-COG has approved a loan of
$116,000 to Oberjoch Kennels in
Williamsport.  Bank financing is also
anticipated.  Oberjoch plans to
purchase the facility it is currently
leasing.  Owner Stacy Ann Miller has
over 27 years' experience in
professional dog grooming, is an
active member of the Williamsport Dog
Training Club, and teaches classes in
dog training and agility.  Oberjoch
currently has five employees and
expects to hire a sixth in the near
future.   
Byte-sized News . . .



Contracts have been awarded for the
Bloomsburg Flood Protection Project.  
Estimated cost ─ $30 million.  SEDA-
COG is administering the project on
behalf of the Columbia County
Commissioners.



Plans are in the works to expand our
Natural Gas Utilization Initiative from
three to 11 counties.  Additional
federal funds will be pursued.



Over a thousand free online computer
courses were completed through our
Online Broadband & Technology
Training program, which recently
ended.  Several participants even won
a prize.  



SEDA-COG and the Susquehanna
Greenway Partnership are working with
Renovo and other communities in
western Clinton County on an effort to
generate local development and
related improvements.  The goal ─
preserve, renew, and revitalize.


Non-farm jobs in Pennsylvania
reached a new high in February as
unemployment inched ahead.



SEDA-COG's Procurement Technical
Assistance Center has begun its 30th
year.  Here are the latest facts and
figures, plus a few success stories.
Travel Advisory










Monday update: Work on Route 6
Retaining Wall Begins Next Week in
Bradford County



 
All District 3

 
Monday update: Work on the retaining
wall replacement will begin on April 15
instead of April 7. Temporary signals
will be set up in flash mode on April 7,
then will be fully activated on April 15
when work begins.

Next week, a PennDOT maintenance
crew in Bradford County will begin
preparation work for a retaining wall
replacement on Route 6 between
Route 4017 (Leona Road) and Route
3019 (Wallace Road) in East Troy.

On Wednesday and Thursday,
shoulder work will be performed
requiring a lane closure during daylight
hours. Flaggers will provide traffic
control.

On Tuesday, April 7, work will begin
on the retaining wall replacement. The
eastbound lane will be closed for that
portion of the project. Temporary
signals will be used to control traffic.

The project is expected to be
completed in about two months.

Motorists can check conditions on
more than 40,000 roadway miles by
visiting www.511PA.com. 511PA, which
is free and available 24 hours a day,
provides traffic delay warnings,
weather forecasts, traffic speed
information and access to more than
770 traffic cameras.
511PA is also available through a
smartphone application for iPhone and
Android devices, by calling 5-1-1, or by
following regional Twitter alerts
accessible on the 511PA website.
Attorney General Kane: Four
accused of stealing $39K in
separate Medicaid fraud
schemes




HARRISBURG – Attorney General
Kathleen G. Kane today announced
criminal charges have been filed
against four individuals accused of
committing Medicaid fraud.

The charges were the result of
investigations by the Office of Attorney
General’s Medicaid Fraud Control
Section. Those charged are:
• Yvonne Watson, 57, 5637
Ridgewood St., Philadelphia
• Joe Louis Watson, 57, 1601 S. 60th
St., Philadelphia
• Linda Bernice Campbell, 59, 7701
Lindbergh Blvd., Apt. 1915,
Philadelphia
• Luseni Kamara, 41, 121 Cherry St.,
Sharon Hill, Delaware County

According to a criminal complaint,
Yvonne and Joe Watson were
implicated in a scheme that netted
more than $36,000 through fraudulent
Medicaid claims.

Joe Watson was a participant in a state
Independence Waiver Program,
meaning he received in-home care
from personal care attendants to help
him avoid being placed in an assisted
living facility.

Yvonne Watson worked as one
personal care attendant, but agents
allege she continued to bill for services
rendered after Joe Watson had
terminated her as his attendant in April
2012.

Further investigation also revealed
that Yvonne Watson had allegedly
billed for services she rendered while
she was working two other jobs. The
alleged fraudulent billings related to
Yvonne Watson were made between
March 2010 and May 2012.

Additionally, Joe Watson is accused of
falsifying time sheets for Yvonne that
showed her working during hours when
services were not rendered, agents
allege.

Linda Campbell also worked as Joe
Watson’s personal care attendant and
allegedly billed for services that she
did not render. The alleged fraudulent
billings connected to Campbell ranged
from June 2013 to January 2015 and
totaled nearly $1,000.

Yvonne Watson and Campbell are
charged with five counts of Medicaid
fraud, three counts of theft by
deception and one count each of
conspiracy to commit theft by
deception and receiving stolen
property.

Joe Watson is charged with five counts
of Medicaid fraud, three counts of theft
by deception and one count of
conspiracy to commit theft by
deception.

Kamara charges  

According to a criminal complaint,
Kamara worked as a therapeutic
support staff member for The
Devereux Foundation. He was tasked
with providing services to a student.

An investigation revealed that Kamara
allegedly submitted records indicating
he had met with the student, when in
fact the student was absent from
school. Kamara is also accused of
submitting records that falsified the
amount of time he worked with the
student.

The fraud resulted in the overpayment
of more than $1,800 during a six-week
period in late 2013, agents allege.
Kamara is charged with four counts of
Medicaid fraud and one count each of
theft by deception and receiving stolen
property.

All four defendants were released from
custody pending their preliminary
hearings, which are scheduled in April.
Their cases will be prosecuted by
Senior Deputy Attorney General
Christian Sondergaard Jr., of the
Office of Attorney General’s Medicaid
Fraud Control Section.

 

(A person charged with a crime is
presumed innocent until proven guilty.)

Man who died in London Tube
accident was trying to save his
brother



A British man died after being hit by a
Tube train as he tried to save his
brother, who had fallen on to the
tracks.

The 35-year-old from London was
trying to pull his 32-year-old brother to
safety at London Underground’s Old
Street station when they were both
struck.

British Transport Police (BTP) said
they are not treating the incident as
suspicious, adding that it appeared to
be a “tragic accident”.

The London man was taken to the
Royal London Hospital, where he later
died.

Police officers are appealing for
witnesses to the incident, which
happened at 12.20am yesterday.

BTP said officers discovered the two
men with serious injuries after being
called to the station, adding: “The
men, one aged 32 from Manchester
and the other aged 35 from London,
were treated at the scene by
colleagues from the London
Ambulance Service and then taken to
Royal London Hospital in a critical
condition.

“The 35-year-old man from London
died in hospital later that day. The 32-
year-old man from Manchester
remains in a stable but critical
condition.

“Officers are not currently treating the
incident as suspicious and are now
working to put together a fuller picture
of what happened.”

Investigating officer Detective
Sergeant Adrian Naylor said: “I am
keen to speak to anyone who was at
the station or on the platform when the
incident happened to help us
understand how the two men came to
be struck by a train.”
Anne Frank 'died earlier than
previously thought'












New research by the Anne Frank
House museum suggests that the
famed Second World War diarist is
likely to have died earlier than
previously thought.

The conclusion was published today,
on the 70th anniversary of the official
date of the deaths of Anne and her
sister Margot as decided by Dutch
authorities after the war.

But researchers Erika Prins and
Gertjan Broek say that the Jewish pair
likely died of typhus in February 1945.

Anne’s diary about her life in hiding
during the war has made her a symbol
for the suffering of Holocaust victims.

The research, based on witness
accounts, documents and at least one
new interview, underscores the horrific
conditions Jewish people endured in
the Bergen-Belsen camp where Anne
died at the age of 15.
Firm launches small device for
Type 1 diabetics



It looks like an MP3 player but this
small device is aimed at helping
diabetics avoid hypoglycemic attacks,
also known as “hypos”, by copying the
body’s own control system.

The MiniMed 640G mimics the
pancreas’s natural ability to predict
and prevent these low blood sugar
episodes, manufacturer Medtronic
says.

It is designed to help some of the worst
affected type 1 diabetics in the UK,
who are eligible for insulin pump
systems to constantly regulate their
blood sugar level, and will be available
on the NHS.

Karen Addington, chief executive the
Juvenile Diabetes Research
Foundation (JDRF), said: “Type 1
diabetes is a complex and challenging
condition that is on the rise in the UK. It
requires intensive self-management
day and night.

“People affected by the condition –
including parents of small children that
have it – welcome technology that can
help improve blood glucose control
and bring increased peace of mind.

“New technologies offer people with
type 1 diabetes the chance to live a
fuller life with more freedom, making it
easier for them to do things like eat
out, sleep in on weekends, play sports
and travel abroad without having to
take time out to manage the condition
– which many can also be self-
conscious about.”



















US firm Medtronic says the device
uses patented “SmartGuard”
technology to stop feeding insulin into
the bloodstream before a dangerous
low is predicted, and then also kicks
back in to avoid a rebound high sugar
level.

It says that in clinical trials it prevented
eight in 10 hypos, including in those
who had just exercised.

Dr Pratik Choudhary, consultant in
diabetes at King’s College London,
said: “This new MiniMed 640g system
represents another important step
forward towards an artificial pancreas.
It will be particularly beneficial for the
5%-10% of type 1 patients who
experience frequent serious lows
and/or are unable to recognise lows.”

The National Institute for Health and
Care Excellence (Nice) recommends
pump technology for adults and
children with diabetes if they fit certain
criteria.












State Extends LIHEAP Help

Posted 11:17 am, March 31, 2015, by
Dan Ratchford        



HARRISBURG — Peoples struggling to
pay heating bills now have more time
to apply for help.

Gov. Tom Wolf announce Tuesday
that the deadline to apply for help
through the Low-Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has
been extended until May 1.

The program, funded by the federal
government, was set to end on April 3.

Gov. Wolf said the program was
extended because of the length and
severity of the winter.

PPL Requesting Rate Hike

Posted 10:58 am, March 31, 2015, by
Dan Ratchford        


PPL Electric Utilities is asking the state
to approve a rate hike.

The company filed the request with the
Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission
Tuesday.

The electric bill for the average
customer would go up about $10 a
month if the request is approved.

PPL says money from the rate hike
would go towards improved reliability
and reducing outages.

The increase would take effect
January 1, 2016.

Troopers: Woman Caught with
Stolen Vehicle After Running
out of Gas


Posted 11:17 pm, March 30, 2015, by
Bill Michlowski        

 













SCRANTON — State police say a
trooper stopped to help a driver whose
vehicle ran out of gas, only to find out
the vehicle had been stolen.

The trooper found the Jeep Grand
Cherokee along Interstate 81 near the
Central Scranton Expressway around 4:
30 p.m. Monday.

A records check on the vehicle showed
it was stolen.

The driver, Kaitlyn Wegrzynowicz, 22,
of Hanover Township, had flagged
down another driver to ask for gas
money and walked down the ramp,
according to state police.

Upon returning to the vehicle, she was
taken into custody.

Troopers said Wegrzynowicz also had
a small amount of marijuana and was
driving with a suspended license.

Woman taken into custody after
wandering streets with a naked
child


By Travis Kellar - tkellar@civitasmedia.
com

HANOVER TWP. — A 30-year-old
woman was taken into custody after
police say she was found wandering
the streets with a naked child on
Saturday.


Police responded to the incident on
Pulaski Street on Saturday morning.
The police report indicates that the
temperatures were in the 20s that
morning. The unidentified female
entered a resident’s running vehicle in
a driveway — when confronted by the
resident, the vehicle rolled into the
roadway and struck another vehicle
and street sign.


The woman then left the area with the
naked child and was later found in
another resident’s home on Garman
Street. Police say the resident had left
his door unlocked.


Police made contact with the woman at
that time, and she was taken into
custody for a mental health evaluation.
Police also say that a criminal warrant
for her arrest related to the incident is
pending.


The child was found to be unharmed
and alert, according to police. The age
of the child was not indicated in the
police report.

Dallas looks to make run at
Division I

Dallas girls and boys teams try
to move on without major stars

 

By Paul Sokoloski -
psokoloski@civitasmedia.com



Dallas' Katie Kravitsky returns to lead
the Mountaineers girls in field events
after finishing fourth in the high jump at
the PIAA Class 3A Track and Field
Championships last season.
Dallas' Katie Kravitsky returns to lead
the Mountaineers girls in field events
after finishing fourth in the high jump at
the PIAA Class 3A Track and Field
Championships last season.




Dallas' Katie Kravitsky returns to lead
the Mountaineers girls in field events
after finishing fourth in the high jump at
the PIAA Class 3A Track and Field
Championships last season.




Wyoming Valley West's long jumper
and triple jumper Jermichael Bunch
eyes a third straight trip to the PIAA
Track and Field Championships.
Wyoming Valley West's long jumper
and triple jumper Jermichael Bunch
eyes a third straight trip to the PIAA
Track and Field Championships.



Wyoming Valley West's long
jumper and triple jumper
Jermichael Bunch eyes a third
straight trip to the PIAA Track
and Field Championships.




The neat thing about track and field is
there isn’t much standing around.


So the Dallas Mountaineers aren’t
about to sit still and lament their losses.


No matter how talented they happened
to be.


“You can’t live in the past,” Dallas
coach Matt Samuel said, “as much as
some of us would like to. As much as I
would like to.”


That doesn’t mean they can’t think
about the good old days.


Dallas boys star Dominick Deluca set
the District 2 Class 3A record by
winning the 3,200-meter run in 9:03.54
last season before going on to earn a
state medal. And famed Dallas girls
distance runner Regan Rome was a
four-time Class 3A district champion
and earned a state silver medal in the
1,600 run last year.


But they both graduated, after leading
the charge for Dallas’ track and field
team for the past four years. That
leaves some giant shoes for the
Mountaineers to fill.


“You don’t,” said Samuel, whose boys
team finished second and girls team
wound up third in the Wyoming Valley
Conference Division I last season.
“You don’t replace them. You kind of
move forward.”


Actually, Deluca and Regan Rome
began helping the Mountaineers move
ahead before they left.


“Regan and Dominic, they made it a
little bit easier,” Samuel said. “They’ve
passed around their knowledge to
these kids.”


They say knowledge is power.


And the Dallas girls certainly didn’t
lose all their steam.


The Mountaineers plan to move ahead
this season behind returning state
competitors Lindsey Oremus (1,600
run) and Regan’s sister Ally Rome
(3,200 run) and high jumper Katie
Kravitsky, a junior who matched the
District 2 Class 3A record with a leap
of 5 feet last season and then brought
home a fourth-place medal from
states. Rome won the state’s gold
medal in cross country and was
followed across the finish line by
Oremus, who won silver.


But going the distance is just a small
part of track and field.


“It’s a unique sport,” Samuel said. “It’s
a lot like swimming. You can be driven
as an individual, and it’s going to help
the team. Our goal is to be very good
as a jumper or runner or thrower, and
then the entire team will do well.


“It’s truly and entire team sport.”


Many teams in the WVC field will be full
of star power this season.


Pittston Area returns Madison
Mimnaugh, a district record-setter in
the 400-meter dash, and state jumper
Olivia Giambra to a heavily-
experienced team that went 7-0 and
won the league’s Division I and District
2 Class 3A championships last season.


Coughlin brings back Tamar
Bourdeau, a state qualifier in the 100
hurdles and 300 hurdles; Nathaniela
Bourdeau, who competed in the 100-
meter dash and 300 hurdles at states;
and Mary Tona, a state qualifier in the
400 dash and 1,600 run. The three of
them, along with the departed Carly
Ray, set the District 2 Class 3A record
in the 4X400 relay last season.


And Hazleton Area boasts state
sprinter Emily Malone and Kayla
Merkel, an eighth-place state medalist
in javelin.


The boys field promises just as much
excitement in Division I.


Wyoming Valley West’s Jermichael
Bunch looks to defend his District 2
title in the long jump and return to
states in that event, along with his
triple jump and 110 hurdles events.
Pittston Area’s Josh John is in a race
to return to the PIAA championships in
the 100 dash and his teammate
Angelo Aita eyes a return to states in
the triple jump for the first time since
2013.


Tunkhannock knows Dallas’ pain of
losing big names, as star-power
stalwarts Carson Ayers, Ben Siegel,
John Loomis and Joey Moffitt all
graduated. But the Tigers do welcome
back Jack Tidball, a state performer in
the 3,200 run.


And the Dallas boys will try to make up
the loss of some distance dominance
with sheer speed, as junior sprinter
Uzee Ukattah showed plenty of
promise at last year’s districts.


“It’s a whole new season,” Samuel
said. “You hit the re-set button.”

State Police Look For Driver of Hit
& Run




Shickshinny, Luzerne County-State
Police are searching for the driver and
vehicle involved in a hit and run in
Luzerne County.

Investigators say David O'Kane was
driving on Route 11 in Shickshinny
when he struck a box truck.

Contractors, who were using the truck
to haul materials into the nearby CVS
Pharmacy approached, O'Kane and
that's when State Police say he took
off.

The silver mini van he was driving has
Pennsylvania registration with the
license plate, JJD 0883.

Anyone with information on where
okane or the vehcile might be is asked
to call State Police in Shickshinny.
Welcome to spring

Restaurant Cleared Out by Gas
Odor


Posted 3:48 pm, March 31, 2015, by
Amanda Kelley        












EAST STROUDSBURG — Customers
at a restaurant in Monroe County were
driven out by a gas odor.

Friendly’s Restaurant in east
Stroudsburg was evacuated around 2
p.m. Tuesday due to the smell of gas.

Fire crews and UGI officials arrived at
the restaurant and aired the place out.

There is no word on the cause or when
the restaurant will reopen.

Former Superintendent to
Receive Settlement


Posted 3:18 pm, March 31, 2015, by
Dan Ratchford        
















        






MIDDLEBURG — The Midd-West
School District in Snyder County will
pay a former superintendent $130,000
to settle a federal lawsuit.

Daphne Snook filed the lawsuit last
year following an unpaid suspension.

Snook had been accused of reading
emails related to the district’s search
for a new superintendent.

The Snyder County district attorney
determined Snook did not break any
laws, so no charges were filed.

Man to be Cited for Animal
Cruelty in Dog Death


Posted 2:51 pm, March 31, 2015, by
Dan Ratchford        

















Lacka Dog 1-12         


GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP — The
person accused of killing a dog in
Lackawanna County has now been
found.

Greenfield Township police say Gerald
Snyder will be cited for animal cruelty.

The Kaminsky family says their dog
ran off in January from their home near
Carbondale, and was found dead two
days later.

SPCA officials say Snyder is the family’
s neighbor.

Suspect Named in Scranton
Homicide


Posted 12:26 pm, March 31, 2015, by
Stacy Lange,      






     









SCRANTON –Charges were filed
Tuesday afternoon for a homicide in
Scranton. Police accuse Joseph
Thornton, 26, of killing his neighbor in
December.

Thornton was arraigned at police
headquarters Tuesday afternoon. He’s
accused of killing Stephanie Tyminski.
The two were neighbors, and lived
across the hall from each other at
Valley View Estates in Scranton.

Their other neighbors have suspected
Thornton since the killing happened in
December.

Thornton has been behind bars for
weeks, and finally Scranton police
have charged him with what they
always intended to: criminal homicide.

Police say he killed Stephanie
Tyminski in December.

According to court papers, Thornton
had strong romantic feelings for
Tyminski, who lived across the hall at
Valley View Estates in south Scranton.
Tyminski did not return those feelings.
Police believe that may have been
what drove Thornton to beat and
strangle Tyminski until she died.

Tyminski’s friends and fellow neighbors
say they suspected that Thornton was
the killer.

“You knew it, see. We both did.”

Betty Webber lives at Valley View
Terrace and says Thornton’s arrest
gives them some relief.

“The one day I spoke to him, I was
walking down to my house, and of
course, he was like, ‘I didn’t do it.’ I’m
like, ‘OK,’ thinking in the back of my
head, ‘you can’t say it out loud.'”

Scranton police say Thornton tried to
cover up the killing. They say blood
had been cleaned up, and Tyminski’s
body had been put into the bathtub.

Weeks later, detectives found Tyminski’
s cell phone and other belongings
miles away on the bank of Leggett’s
Creek in north Scranton.

“They should seek the death penalty
on him. She didn’t deserve that, you
know, a man can overpower a woman
every time. Just because she wouldn’t
go with him doesn’t mean he had the
right to kill her, if he done it,” said
David Godlewski.
Boehner: Administration
Treatment of Bibi
‘Reprehensible’


House Speaker John Boehner, who is
traveling to Israel during the
congressional recess this week, called
the Obama administration’s treatment
of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu “reprehensible.”

“I think the animosity exhibited by our
administration toward the prime
minister of Israel is reprehensible,” the
Ohio Republican said in an interview
aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the
Union.”

Netanyahu won reelection this month
not long after a highly controversial
speech to a joint meeting of Congress
where he warned against a possible U.
S.-backed deal with Iran over that
country’s nuclear program. The
administration has long pressured
Netanyahu to put a stop to what it calls
illegal Israeli settlements.

In the final days of his campaign, the
Israeli leader said he no longer
supported a peace deal where
Palestinians would be given their own
state — long a goal of Middle East
peace talks — only to reverse himself
after winning. Boehner said he saw
nothing wrong with the flip-flop.
Firefighters reportedly taken
hostage at fire station near
Philadelphia, suspect in
custody

 



Armed man reportedly took firefighters
hostage on Tuesday morning


A former firefighter is in police custody
after allegedly taking four firefighters
hostage at a fire station near
Philadelphia on Tuesday, according to
local media reports.



An armed man reportedly took the
hostages around 10:30 am at the
LaMott Fire House in Cheltenham,
Pennsylvania, according to reports.



Initial reports claim that the suspect
allegedly was holding hostage four
other firefighters with a handgun in the
station's basement. Police now say the
suspect was in a dispute with the fire
company up until yesterday.

Local law enforcement now reportedly
has a suspect in custody.

The local ABC affiliate reported that
police officers entered the firehouse
through a garage and closed the
garage behind them. Around 11:50
am, the suspect was taken into police
custody.

Police also have detained others,
though it is not clear if they are
suspects or civilians.
Lehigh Valley growing jobs
better than other regions of
Pennsylvania, study says





















Don Cunningham says job growth in
the Lehigh Valley is as good as it
seemed. (lehighvalleylive file photo)

The Lehigh Valley has grown jobs at a
higher percentage rate than other
statistical areas in Pennsylvania.

Lehigh Valley Economic Development
Corp. graphic

If it seems the Lehigh Valley is growing
jobs at a faster rate than other parts of
the state, a new study says that's true.

The valley Statistical Metropolitan Area
now has nearly 3 percent more jobs
than it did in December 2007, the
Lehigh Valley Economic Development
Corp. reports from its analysis. That's
a larger percentage gain than any of
the other eight Metropolitan Statistical
Areas --
Philadelphla-Camden-Wilmington,
Pittsburgh, Erie, Harrisburg-Carlisle,
Lancaster, Reading,
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and York --
studied in Pennsylvania, according to
a news release.

The Lehigh Valley statistical area
includes Carbon, Lehigh and
Northampton counties in Pennsylvania
and Warren County in New Jersey,
according to the Federal Reserve
Bank of Philadelphia.

Only Pittsburgh (1.83 percent),
Lancaster (1.10 percent) and Reading
(0.59 percent), among that group of
regions with more than 200,000
people, are in positive territory.

The Lehigh Valley had 355,300
seasonally adjusted nonfarm jobs in
the first quarter of this year, up from
345,600 in December 2007, which
LVEDC is listing as the beginning of
the recession. The study used
percentages for comparison rather
that totals because of the difference in
the population size among the areas,
the news release said.

"This analysis confirms what we
thought to be true: the Lehigh Valley
has launched out of the recession with
more development and job creation
than any other region in Pennsylvania,
including Philadelphia and Pittsburgh,"
LVEDC President and CEO Don
Cunningham said in the news release.

The region also recovered faster than
all but Pittsburgh, hitting prerecession
job totals in the fourth quarter of 2012,
the LVEDC said. And it never dipped
as low as seven other regions when it
came to job losses in the depth of the
recession, recording 3.93 percent
below December 2007 at its worst in
the fourth quarter of 2009, the LVEDC
said.

LVEDC didn't look at the quality of jobs
lost and gained for this study,
spokesman Colin McEvoy said.

Out like a lamb? Not March 2015
in Northeastern Pennsylvania



WILKES-BARRE — In like a lion, out
like a lamb? Not quite.


The weather in the Wyoming Valley
has transitioned back and forth
between occasionally sunny and
seasonable weather and cold weather
with rain and snow. It has been stuck in
limbo for several weeks now, with
residents asking a simple question:
When will the warm weather be here to
stay?


Monday was just another day at work
for Mark Abrams. Abrams, 46, of
Clifford, is a road worker with TSE Inc.
He was working with several
colleagues on Union Street, and said
working in Luzerne County is at least
warmer than working in Susquehanna
County.


He said there is at least a 10-degree
difference between the two counties,
with Luzerne County being the warmer
of the two.

“The older I get, the more I hate the
cold,” he said.
Hot and cold

WNEP meteorologist Tom Clark said
fluctuating weather is typical for this
time of the year.


“We’re still in the transition between
late winter and early spring, summer
weather,” he said. “The cold air doesn’
t give up that easily. When it’s pushed
out of town, it wants to come back into
town again. That’s pretty typical with
how the atmosphere works.”
VIDEO INVITE: Governor Tom
Wolf Invites You to his
Facebook Town Hall


Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf is
holding a Facebook Town Hall live
online tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31 at
1:30pm on his 2015-2016 budget. The
event will be live streamed on
Facebook at https://www.facebook.
com/governorwolf/app_142371818162.

Facebook users and followers are
invited to ask the governor questions
about his budget proposal and key
initiatives – jobs that pay, schools that
teach, and government that works – by
posting a comment on the
announcement on Facebook here: http:
//bit.ly/Join-Facebook-Town-Hall

How Facebook users can participate in
the town hall event:

1. If you don’t already follow the
governor on Facebook, click the like
button on the Governor Tom Wolf
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.
com/governorwolf

2. Submit your questions for Governor
Tom Wolf by leaving a comment on the
Facebook post announcing the town
hall event: http://bit.ly/Join-Facebook-
Town-Hall


But it's
April 1st!
Well wait until December, it
might be warmer
Governor Wolf Applauds PRPA’
s Enactment of Gift Ban, Legal
Contracting Reform

Harrisburg, PA - Governor Tom Wolf
today applauded the Philadelphia
Regional Port Authority (PRPA) for its
enactment of a gift ban as part of the
organization’s Ethics Policy. The
governor also commended PRPA for
adjusting its process for contracting of
legal services.

PRPA’s board passed a resolution
amending the Authority's ethics policy
so that the section on prohibiting gifts
mirrors that of the Governor's
executive order.  As you will see the
ethics policy covers both the Board
and its employees. PRPA also
adjusted its internal process for
contracting legal services. Going
forward, on projects that require legal
services, PRPA will issue requests for
qualifications to firms that are currently
on the approved on-call list and
selections will be made based upon
qualifications and an equitable
distribution of work.