BACKYARD BROADCASTING WEEKEND NEWS MAY 23, 2020

LYCOMING TO STAY  IN THE YELLOW
In a press release by Governor Wolf, Tioga, Clearfield, Cameron, Bradford, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan and Montour counties are  moving from the yellow to green phase on May 29th.  Wolf  says he expects the counties remaining red, mostly in the southeastern part of the state to move to yellow by June 5th.  Lebanon and Dauphin County will transition to yellow on May 29th as well.  Lycoming County remains in the yellow phase, along with Clinton, Columbia, Centre and Northumberland Counties.  According to the health officials, guidelines for counties in the green phase are being worked out now.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATE
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is reporting 866 new cases of the virus with a statewide total cases totaling 66,2058. There were 115 new deaths in the commonwealth, making the total 4,984.  In the phased approach determined by the Wolf Administration has cleared Tioga, Clearfield, Cameron, Bradford, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan and Montour counties to move from yellow to green on May 29th,  meaning that restaurants and bars, personal care, indoor recreation and entertainment can be open at 50% capacity.  Large recreational gatherings are still restricted and construction is ok to be at full capacity with the implementation of safety protocols.

WOLF EASES FORECLOSURE RULES FOR SOME
Rules on Foreclosures in the state are being loosened.  According to the Wolf Administration, a tenant who damages property or breaks the law can now be evicted with a modified executive order.  The moratorium banning  evictions and foreclosures for non-payment is scheduled to last until at least July 10th.

RESURFACING IN MONTOURSVILLE
According to PennDot a resurfacing project North Montour Street / Loyalsock Avenue will be starting this Tuesday after the Memorial Day Holiday. There will be single lane conditions with flagging on North Montour Street from Broad Street in Montoursville to North Loyalsock Avenue in Fairfield Township in the day.  And work on North Loyalsock Avenue to the Interstate 180 overpass in Fairfield Township will take place at night 8pm to 8am.  The 1.14-mile project includes milling and resurfacing of the existing roadway, base repairs and construction of curb ramps.

SHOOTING RANGES WILL OPEN
The state game commission is reopening shooting ranges in the counties being moved into the yellow phase and will begin to operate regular hours. The ranges in counties still classified as red with stay at home orders still in place will continue to to stay closed. Additional shooting ranges within the red will be commented on by the game commission as authorized.

MEMORIAL DAY IS VIRTUAL AT THE LIBRARY
The James V Brown Library has provided a permanent online memorial to honor Lycoming County veterans lost in our country’s wars.  A virtual World War II Memorial as well as a booklet compiled by George P Wolfe and volunteers commemorating the 60 Lycoming County residents lost in the Korean war, are now available and can be found under “Online Resources” in the “Digital Archives.”The permanent online monument www.jvbrown.edu is interactive and allows relatives, friends and coworkers to search the site by name.

SPORTS
NASCAR
The NASCAR coca cola 600 will be taking place this Sunday without spectators. People who had purchased tickets will be receiving refunds, or an event credit with an additional 20 percent added on.

NBA
Jerry Sloan, coach for the Utah jazz has died at age 78. It was reported he died of complications from Parkinson and Lewey body dementia.

NFL
In preparation for possible future social distancing regulation the Steelers will be the first NFL team to limit ticket sales. They will be cutting their available tickets by 50 percent.

MLB
Tampa Bay Rays pitching prospect Brent Honeywell has had an operation to remove scare tissue from his right ulnar nerve and is set to begin rehabilitation exercises

HS SPORTS
The Shamokin Area school District is installing new turf at their football field. According to WNEP an anonymous donor provided 250,000 dollars toward the estimated cost of 440,000 projected for new turf. Scheduled to be installed in may the field will be used for other school sports and classes in the fall.

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