FIRE DAMAGES HOME NEAR PENNSDALE

Fire struck near Pennsdale yesterday damaging a more than 200 year old home along Route 220. The fire broke out in the house in the 1700 block of Route 220 around 3:45pm and when they arrived, firefighters found flames coming from a corner of the house which was built in 1804 and was currently going under renovations.  The homeowner, Carolyn Mark was outside the home when the fire started and was able to get her five dogs out.  Firefighters reported had the flames knocked down fairly quickly.  No one was hurt and a damage estimate was not released. The cause is under investigation.  Route 220 from Rabbittown Road, east to Route 220 was closed for awhile as firefighters battled flames there.

MONTOURSVILLE FIRE

No one was injured in a fire which broke out inside a Montoursville Garage yesterday.  Firefighters were dispatched to Bieber’s Garage in the 300 block of North Loyalsock Avenue around 2:15 yesterday afternoon when fire broke out in a vehicle inside of the garage.  A worker there was able to drive the burning vehicle out of the garage and workers then held the fire at bay with portable extinguishers until firefighters arrived and were able to put it out.  The fire broke out when an employee was doing some welding work on a pick up truck in one of the bays when the chassis caught fire. 

BUILDING SPARED FOR NOW

The former YMCA building and Children’s Developer Center along West Fourth Street at the Gateway to the Historic District has been spared, for now.  Williamsport City Council voted 5-1 against razing the building to provide for a green space in front of the current Liberty Arena.  That vote followed allegations against the former business owner, the Liberty Group for not living up to expectations when they said they would use some grant money to re-develop the building to turn it into a mixed use facility.  The city would like to see the building re-developed.

MONEY SAVED IN COUNTY

Lycoming County officials believe they have saved the county money by eliminating a position within the Planning Department, and by shifting around employees and giving some promotions as well.  The commissioners approved the elimination of the environmental planner position and moved that person, Joshua Billings to the job of subdivision and land development administrator and also give some promotions along the way. Commissioner believe the moves will save the county over $320,00 in five years, $30,000 or so of that within the rest of this year.

MAN ESCAPES SERIOUS INJURY

A Williamsport man escaped serious injury when his and another vehicle collided in the city yesterday.  A vehicle driven by 59 year old Ronald Ault and one driven by a 17 year old boy collided at the corner of Memorial Avenue and Cemetery Street around 2:45pm yesterday.  Ault’s jeep turned over onto it’s roof, and he was able to climb out and was treated at the scene for minor injuries, declining a trip to the hospital.  It’s not believed the teen was injured in that city crash.

SHAMOKIN HOMES EVACUATED

About two dozen homes as well as an elementary school were evacuated in Shamokin yesterday for a gas leak.  A contractor replacing water lines on 8th Street struck a four inch gas line, rupturing it around 8am.  Firefighters were called in to knock on more than two dozen doors telling residents they had to get out until the gas line was fixed. Some 200 students at the Shamokin Elementary School were moved to the elementary school in nearby Coal Township.  Residents were not allowed back in their homes for about four hours yesterday. More than 3,200 power customers in parts of Shamokin were without power after it was shut off as a precaution.

GOVERNOR ANNOUNCED POTHOLE FIX

Following a winter in which extreme temperature changes caused potholes to open up across the State, Governor Wolf yesterday announced an aggressive campaign to accelerate repaving work on the interstates and fix potholes across the Commonwealth.  Wolf says that the Department of Transportation has prioritized $22.3 million dollars for pothole patching through June 30th.  An additional $7 million dollars will be allocated for 7 interstate maintenance projects covering potholes and other repairs on 78 miles of roadway this year. 

MEMORIAL WEEKEND ENFORCEMENT

Police agencies across our area are gearing up for the Memorial Day Weekend.  State police in our region as well as the Lycoming County DUI Task Force have announced they will conduct DUI Checkpoints as well as roving patrols, strictly enforcing the .08% blood alcohol limit.  Police are also continuing watching for aggressive drivers and as part of the Click it Or Ticket Campaign, for drivers not properly buckling up.

WAR DEAD TO BE HONORED

Veterans groups and youth organizations alike are preparing for a large amount of ceremonies, parades and other events to honor war dead as part of the Memorial Day weekend holiday.  The events get underway at 11am tomorrow during the Annual Lycoming County Memorial Day Service at Veterans Memorial Park along Wahoo Drive in the city of Williamsport. The Keynote Speaker will be Retired Army Master Sgt. Chester Beaver.  There will be renditions of patriotic songs, laying of wreaths on war monuments, rifle salutes and the playing of taps as well as the retiring of colors. 

DELAYED OPENING

It was hoped that Splash Cove, the city’s public pool at Memorial Park would open up this weekend,  City officials say instead the pool will now open up on June 2nd and 3rd, as 11 lifeguard students will be certified by then.  The pool will then open everyday for the season on June 9th.  Applications for weekly or season passes are available on the city website by email or picked up outside the recreation office on the 2nd floor of city hall.  The Loyalsock pool is expected to be open all this weekend Saturday through Monday beginning at 1pm each day and will open full time for the season on June 1st.