BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JULY 28, 2020

Families in the Jersey Shore Area School District can expect a chance to see the school’s health and safety plan on the district website now after the school board there approved the proposed plan 9-0 last night during their virtual meeting. According to the Sun Gazette, district superintendent, Dr. Brian Ulmer said the type of reopening based on Lycoming and Clinton counties’ green designation, is for the total reopening of the schools but with the option for distance learning for some students and families with schools to open August 27th. Procedures for monitoring student and staff health are also a part of the plan.  Parents are being asked to choose which option – in-person, totally remote or a hybrid model – they desire for their child.

Police have identified the man who lost control of his Ford Ranger truck and landed in Lycoming Creek last Thursday.  According to the Sun Gazette, 58 year old Ronald Winkleman of Mill Hall was pulled from his truck by first responders after going into about 5 feet of water at the 3900 block of Lycoming Creek Road. Winkleman was transported to UPMC Williamsport in stable condition.

One city employee in Sunbury tested positive for COVID-19 and now Sunbury’s
M & T building is closed to the public for sanitizing.  According to the Daily Item, Sunbury Police Chief Brad Hare said the police are working from their cruisers and 911 is still available to residents who need police response. The shut down effects  the police department building, City Hall, the community pool, the streets department and also cancelled Monday night’s council meeting.

The Williamsport city police pension board has approved by an 8 to 0 vote, a drop-pension program for police chief Damon Hagan and two officers, Officer Debra Wasilauski and Capt. Donald Mayes  who is no longer with the city, during their virtual meeting this week.  A drop pension program allows for employees eligible to retire, to earn some benefits while continuing to work.  According to the Sun Gazette, the current pension calculations have yet to be obtained by a state-right to know request.

Police are continuing an investigation into a July 17th shooting on Hepburn Street in Williamsport.  According to the SUN Gazette, police say a 25 year old Philadelphia man was allegedly shot by his girlfriend after he refused to leave her apartment about 10pm.  The victim in the shooting was taken to UPMC Williamsport and the woman was questioned by police.  Officers said they questioned the woman and later released her with no charges filed in the case, also no word on the condition of the shooting victim as of today.

The City of Williamsport has settled a dispute with Lundy Construction after final payment for work done was delayed.  According to the Sun Gazette, Lundy completed a game-viewing deck project worth over $900 thousand along the first-base line at Bowman Field in 2017 and in accordance with the contract documents and specifications completed the work and requested a final payment from the previous city administration.     Former city finance director and ex-general manager of River Valley Transit, William E. Nichols Jr, previously told the Sun Gazette that he offered execs at Lundy membership and rides for the employees on the Hiawatha. According to Mayor Derek Slaughter, the parties resolved the dispute by working out a donation to the Hiawatha in return for the remaining $6 thousand payment amount.

Those motorists who travel north central Pennsylvania are reminded that the restrooms at the Interstate 80 westbound and eastbound rest areas in Montour County will be closed on Wednesday, July 29 for tank flushing and related water testing. According to a press release from PennDOT, The restrooms will be closed from approximately 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., but the parking areas will remain open.

Lock Haven University announced the decision to move to a mostly remote learning environment for the fall 2020 semester with limited exceptions and limited on-campus residency. This is a revision of earlier announced plans, which planned more face-to-face instruction and a semi-traditional on campus experience.  In a press release, Dr. Robert Pignatello, LHU president, said that bringing the entire campus community back – approximately 3,500 students, faculty and staff is too risky.  More information will be provided to students through their campus email. A hotline has been established for questions at 570-484-3700 available from 8am-6pm beginning today. The university’s COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions have been updated and can be viewed at www.lockhaven.edu.

.SPORTS
MLB
Commissioner Rob Manfred said he believes that MLB’s health protocols are working, despite an outbreak of COVID-19 among the Miami Marlins.  The Marlins had at least 11 players and two coaches test positive over the past few days, forcing the postponement of both Monday’s and Tuesday’s home games against the Baltimore Orioles. The team remained in Philadelphia, where testing results should be in today.  Pending the results, the Marlins are scheduled to resume play Wednesday in Baltimore.

Last night scores – The A’s beat the Angels three nothing, Padres over the Diamondbacks 6-2, Blue Jays over the Washington Nationals 4-1, Cubs beat the Reds 8-7, Rays beat the Braves 14-5, Brewers over the Pirates 6-5, KC Royals over the Tigers 14-6, Astros beat the Mariners 8-5, Mets beat the Red Sox 7-4, Yankees and Phillies, and the Orioles and Marlins games were postponed due to illness, White Sox & Indians game postponed due to rain.

NFL
The Philadelphia Eagles have paid tribute to the late Kobe Bryant with a memorial wall at their practice facility. The mural has three images of Bryant: one from his playing days at Lower Merion High School, one as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers and one in an Eagles uniform featured with “Kobe’s 10 Rules”.  Bryant was born in Philadelphia and returned to the area during his middle school years after some time overseas and was a big Eagles fan.

NFL
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to fans outlining the league’s plans to play during the coronavirus pandemic.  As veterans begin reporting to training camps this week, Goodell wrote that the league’s planning has followed the lead of medical experts and public health officials, including the CDC, the White House Task Force, governors and state health officials, and that safety remains paramount as players return to the field. The league and the players’ union reached agreement on a plan last Friday, after all preseason games were canceled.

Chicago plays at Cleveland, New York goes to Philadelphia, Toronto is in Washington, Chicago at Cincinnati, Atlanta goes to Tampa Bay, Milwaukee is in Pittsburgh, Chicago goes to Cleveland, Kansas City in Detroit, New York in Boston, St. Louis at Minnesota, Arizona plays Texas, LA plays Houston, Seattle is in Los Angeles to play the Angels, Colorado Rockies play the A’s, San Diego at San Francisco , and Baltimore at Miami is postponed

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