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On the way to see President Trump today, be advised that traffic will be heavy.  You are urged to park at the Lycoming Mall and take the shuttle busses that run all day beginning at 9am.  The gate to the airport will not open until 4am and access will only be through South Loyalsock Avenue.  No access will be available across the railroad tracks along any other Street and there will be no access at Mill Street as it is closed today.  No chairs, coolers, travel mugs, bags or any other items will be allowed in.  You are only allowed to take water in sealed water bottles.  There will be facilities on the site, but no handicapped parking is available there.


With president Trump’s appearance in town, Montoursville officials are reminding residents there that there could be 10,000  or more people making their way around town today.  Residents are reminded to leave early for their destinations this morning as traffic is expected to be heavy. They are also being reminded to be respectful and hospitable to visitors.  School has been closed in Montoursville today.  Businesses in Montoursville say they are ready for the onslaught there today.


More than 950 students at the Pennsylvania College of Technology were handed their degrees at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport in three ceremonies on Friday and Saturday.  The College also recognized three alumni including John Estep of Troy, a 1974 graduate of WACC who earned the Distinguished Alumnus Award, and three faculty members including Ryan Good, a, assistant professor of welding who was awarded the Veronica M. Muzic Master teaching award.


Storms hit across our region yesterday bringing with it at least one tornado warning for northern Lycoming County as well as Sullivan County.  High winds brought down trees and power lines with scattered power outages.  It’s not known at this time if any tornados touched down in the region.  There was damage reported in Bradford County and also in the south portion of our region.


Traffic on I-180 in the area of the Lycoming Mall will be slow going especially during the busy hours due to long term lane restrictions there.  The passing lane in both directions is closed from approximately a half mile west of the Lycoming Mall Interchange to the Pennsdale Interchange.  Today and tomorrow the westbound passing lane will actually be closed all the way to the Muncy/Hughesville Interchange.  Motorists are reminded to watch for the work and drive accordingly.


Fire destroyed a double block home in Bloomsburg yesterday morning and was so intense it damaged three other properties there.  Four persons lived in apartments in the one side of the home on Fair Street and one is still unaccounted for.  Dogs will be on the scene to search for that person today.  The fire broke out around 1am and took about 5 hours to bring under control. A cause may not be able to be determined due to the extent of damage.


That motorcyclist seriously injured in a crash on Lycoming Creek Road in Loyalsock Township last week has been identified.   On Wednesday morning, a vehicle driven by 85  year Fred McClain of Williamsport entered Lycoming Creek Road from Motter Lane and struck a motorcycle operated by 46 year old Casey Metzger of Williamsport.  Metzger was transported to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Regional Medical Center.  His condition not released. McClain was not injured.


A Williamsport man was charged last week with possession of child pornography and criminal use of a communication’s facility by the state attorney general’s office.  A search of Stephen Vail’s residence on Hepburn Street turned up illicit photos of minors.  He was arraigned and jailed in lieu of $150,000 dollars.