Millville Area Fire
A state fire marshal has been called in to determine the cause of a blaze which destroyed a Pine Township home Friday morning near Millville. Firemen were alerted around 5:10 this morning of a home fully involved in flame at 149 Poplar Road... near House Hollow Road. Reports from the scene indicate the structure was fully involved in flames. No injuries were reported.
We could know by the end of the day day if Allentown – based Talen Energy will cut an estimated 125 jobs at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in Salem Township... the Montour coal fired plant near Washingtonville... and the company's Bruner Island facility near York. According to the Allentown Morning Call... the company's union is bracing for the official word. A union spokesman says the job cuts would take place over the next couple of months. Meantime a spokesman for the Susquehanna plant deny any job cuts are being considered... saying staffing at all three plants is continually being evaluated.
A couple of hundred people made it through the doors of the Danville Elks Thursday to get an idea of how many jobs are available in our area. Human Resources expert Paul Miller of Sunbury – based Weis Markets... was on hand. He says he looks for potential employees with good work ethic. Dozens of people filled out applications for the many job available. The job fair was hosted by PA Career link... Sykes... the Columbia Montour chamber of commerce and the WHLM Stations...
Tourism is big business in Pennsylvania. 2014 is the most recent year tourism stats have been finalized for Pennsylvania and it was a banner year: nearly $40 billion in spending by about 193 international and domestic travelers - both record numbers. State tourism officials say Pennsylvania has many attractive destinations for domestic and international travelers. Overall tourism stats also include numbers from Pennsylvanians taking daytrips within the Commonwealth's borders...
David Millard / State Budget
Work continues on a proposed state budget for 2016 – 17. That word coming from House Appropriation committee member... Representative David Millard.. a Republican from Berwick. The difference between what the general assembly is proposing as opposed to the governor's spending plan is $141 - million.... but the state, overall, is a billion dollars in the hole. The General Assembly has until the close of business June 30th to present their version of the budget to Governor Wolf.
Reporting Suspected Child Abuse
The head of the PA Department of Human Services says major improvements are being made to the hotline for reporting suspected child abuse in Pennsylvania. A report this week from Auditor General Eugene DePasquale outlined instances of calls to Childline not being answered, cases not being followed up, and staffing issues. Ted Dallas, Secretary of the Department of Human Services which oversees Childline says problems are being addressed through hiring of new staff, upgrading the hotline's software, and by allowing suspected abuse to be reported online.
Trauma experts are offering tips for cyclists during National Safe Bike Month. The Pennsylvania Division of the American Trauma Society is urging everyone who plans to hop in the saddle this summer to wear a helmet, wear reflective clothing to make themselves visible, and to follow all the rules of the road. Nearly 13-hundred cyclists were injured in crashes in PA in 2014 and 19 were killed. Experts say a snug fitting helmet plays a vital role in preventing serious brain injuries.
ARC Yard Sale
The Columbia County – based Animal Resource Center's annual yard sale continues this weekend at the Bloomsburg Fair Grounds. Appearing on a recently edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz executive director Linda Bird telling Joe the money raised goes to the operation of the ARC's no kill shelter. That yard sale is held under the grandstand at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds every Thursday through Sunday until the end of August.
Crestwood School District
Spending cuts could be coming to the Crestwood School District in Mountain Top in Luzerne County. The school board needs to close a $1.2 – million budget gap... so they're considering eliminating kindergarten. Most of the 500 school districts in the state offer kindergarten... it's not mandated by the state education department. Eliminating the program would save a lot of money... board members would have to look elsewhere eliminating other programs to plug the gap.
Beer in Stores
It appears that a convenience store which also sells gasoline in Orangeville has been approved to sell beer by the PA Liquor Control Board. Hess Market in Orangeville was granted a license according to the PLCB. Other licenses have been approved for the Wilkes – Barre area... as well as Hazleton and Mahanoy City. Now... the state Supreme Court says it would take up a case challenging whether a convenience store can sell beer and gasoline without violating state law.
Kane / Reese
Could state attorney general Kathleen Kane be breaking a policy she signed into law. WWW.pennlive.com is reporting that Patrick Reese, a member of Kathleen Kane's security detail, continues to earn a nearly $100,000 salary after he was charged, convicted and sentenced to jail in connection with his spying on office emails. Kane kept Reese on payroll despite objections from other staff and an office policy — which Kane signed herself in 2013 — stipulating that employees charged in relation to their employment be suspended without pay. Reese earns a $99,000 annual salary, according to the office, as well as $62,000 in benefits, such as retirement and health care.