BACKYARD BROADCASTING NEWS JUNE 6, 2019

ROAD REOPENS NEAR BARBOURS

Motorists in Lycoming County are advised Route 87 reopened this morning between Lower Barbours Road in Plunketts Creek Township and Route 973 in Upper Fairfield Township after State police investigated and reconstructed a serious wreck that happened around 4:30 yesterday.  The crash injured forty year-old Tammy Yourish of South Williamsport, who was driving a Toyota who then connected with 63 year-old Jean Confer and her passenger 33 year-old Kristin Confer of Williamsport in a Hyundai Santa Fe.  Police say all three women were trapped in the wreckage for a short time.  Two of the women were taken to UPMC by ambulance, one flown to Geisinger in Danville.  No word on their condition today.

PROPOSED PROPERTY TAX DECREASE

With a budget proposal vote coming up June 18, the Williamsport Area School Board finance committee was able to bring down a proposed tax increase of .45 mills to .39 mills Tuesday.  That means, it’s an additional 39 dollars for every 100 thousand dollars of assessed property value for Williamsport Area schools, according to the Sun-Gazette.    If the tax rate is approved the real estate tax millage will be at 16.89.

PRICE INCREASE FOR SOME TRANSIT SERVICES

The price of a bus ride is going up.  The GM of regional transit services, William Nichols, Jr., told the city’s finance committee that River Valley Transit will be raising the package price for 10-ride and monthly passes by one dollar.  Nichols said the department must cover a local match to receive state financial assistance for the service, which is over 400 thousand dollars of  the 4.3 million dollar allocation.

D-DAY VET FROM PA SPEAKING TONIGHT

Today marks the 75th Anniversary of the largest seaborne invasion in history.  June 6th is D-Day . Head to Hummelstown tonight for the monthly meeting of the Central PA WWII Roundtable at 7pm to meet 95 year old Joe Drake, of Hawley, PA who served as sergeant with Company A, 2nd Ranger Battalion and who’s company climbed the cliffs at Pointe du Hoc on June 6, 1944. For details on Drake’s talk go to central PA ww 2 roundtable dot org.

SCHOOLS OUT CONSTRUCTION STARTS
The initial phase of the Williamsport Area High School’s Millionaires Lane reconstruction project is underway.  The access road between Fox Hollow Road and the school’s bus loop will closed through June 21st.  The project will see a complete resurfacing of the road, curbs, drainage and new lighting, as well as sidewalks for pedestrian traffic.  Construction should be completed by mid-August.

CITY FIRE TRUCK OUT OF COMMISSION
One of Williamsport’s fire trucks needs repair.  City Fire Chief, Todd Heckman told the public safety committee Tuesday that Tower One has been out of service for a week and that the hydraulic system for the ladder was broken.  In the meantime, Loyalsock Township has loaned a truck to the city.  Heckman suggested to the committee that public safety and vehicle needs be included in the city’s budget in 2020.

RE-PAVING SLOWS TRAFFIC IN SNYDER COUNTY
Road Construction today in Snyder County.  PennDOT will complete pavement patching on Route 11/15 northbound in Shamokin Dam Borough and Monroe Township.Watch for construction zones from Park Road in Monroe Township to Eighth Avenue in Shamokin Dam. There will be lane restrictions on Route 11/15 northbound from approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PENN STATE CREAMERY INCLUDED ON PA ICE CREAM TRAIL

There is a Pennsylvania Ice Cream Trail, and the landmark Penn State Berkey Creamery in University Park is one of the stops on it this year. Enjoy the second annual “Pursue your scoops Ice Cream Trail” now through September 2nd and have your passport stamped at hand selected PA -preferred creameries for a commemorative T-shirt.  Penn State’s Berkey Creamery is the largest university creamery in the United States.  Get the details at visitPA.com.

FUEL SPILL CLEAN UP ON RT 15 WILL CLOSE ONE LANE

There will be a diesel fuel spill clean-up on Route 15 northbound in Jackson Township, Lycoming County. The work site is about a mile north of the Buttonwood Exit.  The right driving lane of Route 15 northbound will be closed from approximately 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The left passing lane will remain open.

Sports

HS Baseball Quarterfinals slated for today at Central Columbia:

Class A – Montgomery vs. Greenwood

Class AA – Schuylkill Haven vs. South Williamsport

High School Softball quarterfinals today at Central Columbia

Class AAA – Warrior Run vs. Pine Grove

Congratulations to Alex Garbrick of Central Mountain.  He was selected in the 40th round of the 2019 MLB draft by the NY Yankees.

Major League Baseball

Washington over the White Sox 6-4, Tampa Bay blanked Detroit 4-0, Toronto took out the Yankees 11-7, Cleveland beat the Twins 9-7, Orioles lost to the Rangers
2-1,  the LA Angels edged Oakland 10-9, and the  Mariners stomped Houston 14-1.  It was Arizona over the LA Dodgers in 11 innings, Phillies beat san Diego 7-5, it was the Mets over San Francisco 7-0, and the Pirates won against the Braves 7-4. Miami beat Milwaukee 8-3 and the Cubs edged the Rockies 9-8.  Cincinnati at St Louis was postponed til August.

NBA Finals

In Game 3 last night, the Golden State Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors 123-109.  Making it 2-1 Toronto.  Next game is Friday in Oakland.

NHL Stanley Cup

St. Louis edged Boston in Overtime; tying up the finals 2-2

Tennis – Rain washed out the French Open yesterday.

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