BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS SEPTEMBER 9, 2020

The Superintendent of Loyalsock released an official message yesterday concerning a probable case of COVID-19 that has affected the school.  According to a social media post from Jerry McLaughlin addressed to friends and families in the district, all football student athletes and football coaches are to quarantine today until September 18th.  According to McLaughlin, the PA Department of Health is investigating the case and no contacts of the students need to quarantine unless they are notified.  No word on whether the case is a Lancer student or another student athlete who came in contact with the team.  As a result of the outbreak, the football game between Warrior Run and Loyalsock scheduled for Friday will not be played.

Governor Wolf has announced that restrictions on indoor dining at restaurants will change and occupancy will be allowed to be at 50% starting September 21st.  According to the Governor, establishments that want to increase capacity must certify to the state that they are complying with all public health guidelines to be able to appear in a searchable database called Open & Certified Pennsylvania.  Other restrictions on the hospitality industry will still apply. Restaurants must stop selling alcohol at 10 p.m., and bars that don’t offer meal service will remain shut down

The Lycoming County Commissioners voted on a prisoner and case management program at their meeting yesterday, approving GEO Reentry Services 2 to 1 for an annual cost of $69 thousand.  According to the Sun Gazette, the discussion that preceded the vote had Commissioner Rick Mirabito arguing to choose STEP Inc,, a non-profit in Lycoming County who has handled reentry for over 50 years.   Commissioners Scott Metzger and Tony Mussare noted that GEO was more intune with the criminal justice system.

There will be drive thru flu clinics available in Lycoming and surrounding counties this fall.  According to a press release from Geisinger Medical Center, their primary care offices are hosting drive-thru clinics for patients and Geisinger Health Plan members ages 3 and older.  Flu season generally begins in late October and runs through May.  The first event is September 23rd at the Susquehanna Valley Mall, but the events in our area will take place at the mall in Pennsdale October 31st and November 1st from 9am til 2pm

Governor Wolf spoke in Lancaster County yesterday and asked lawmakers to pass the eviction moratorium and makes changes to a statewide rent and mortgage relief program for a second time in a two week period, and that the federal government is making an effort to give some relief.  <<< WOLF ALL RENTERS>>>  He says the program doesn’t go far enough.  The Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, which administers the program, said only 1,756 tenants were approved for $3.3 million in rent relief in August.  Wolf said Landlords have been reluctant to participate in the state program and want lawmakers to raise the $750 per month cap and change the program’s cumbersome application process to encourage participation.

A kindergarten class in Danville Area School District was sent home after a positive COVID-19 case was reported. According to media outlets, Superintendent Dr. Ricki Boyle says sending students in that classroom home was done as a precaution while they wait for more specific guidance from the state Department of Health. Dr. Boyle says the students in that kindergarten classroom will be quarantined for 14 days and will now learn through the district’s ‘bridge model hybrid’ with the teacher doing online instruction from the classroom and no students present.

Lycoming County has reported 3 new covid-19 cases as of yesterday at midnight with five hospitalized COVID-19 patients, none are on a ventilator.  According to the PA Department of Health there are 496 additional positive cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 140,359.  There are 7,791 total deaths attributed to COVID-19, an increase of 11 new fatalities.

PennDOT is accepting applications  to fund new transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund (MTF) through November 6, 2020. According to a press release, officials from PennDOT say the Fund enhances connectivity in the state and allows local projects to benefit all regions and selected based on safety benefits, regional economic conditions, technical and financial feasibility.  Eligible applicants include municipalities, council of governments, business/non-profit organizations, economic development organizations, public transportation agencies, public airports, airport authorities, and ports and rail entities. For information, visit www.penndot.gov and choose  Multimodal Program under  “Projects & Programs”

SPORTS
HS Sports
GOLF

Peyton Mussina shot a 37 to leave Montoursville against Williamsport in high school golf, Montoursville winning 163 to 208. Central Mountain’s Peyton Newley lead with a 41 and tied with Lewisburg.
Girls Tennis
Central Mountain blanked Milton five-oh Olivia Anastos and Katie KWIATEK both won – 6-0,6-0.  The Wildcats have a match with Jersey Shore today.

HS FOOTBALL
Bloomsburg’s season opener at Hughesville has been moved to this Saturday (9/12) at 7pm.The game was originally scheduled for Friday, but was pushed back at Bloomsburg’s request.

In the NBA East Semi-finals Game 5 – The Heat over the Bucks 103- 94 Miami winning the series 4-1. Lakers beat the Rockets 112-102 in the West Semi-finals Game 3 LA leads the series 2-1

MLB
In the Twins and Cardinals doubleheader first game, Twins beat the Cardinals 7-3 Cardinals beat the Twins 6-4 in Game 2,  doubleheader for the Phillies and Red Sox, Phillies winning Game 1 6-5, Red Sox over the Phillies 5-2 in Game 2, Nationals beat the Rays 5-3, Royals over the Indians 8-6, A’s beat the Astros 4-2 in their doubleheader Astros beating the A’s in game 2, 5-4, Blue Jays over the Yankees 2-1, Pirates beat the White Sox 5-4, Marlins blanked the Braves 8-nothing, Tigers over  the Brewers 8-3, Orioles thumped the Mets 11-2, Rangers bumped the Angels 7-1, Cubs blanked the Reds 3-nothing, Padres routed the Rockies 14-5, Dodgers edged the Diamondbacks 10-9, Giants over the Mariners 6-5

NHL
West Finals Game 2 – Golden Knights beat the Stars 3-nothing,  series tied up one and one.  Islanders and Lightning play tonight Game two of the East finals at 8pm Tampa Bay leading 1-nothing.

US OPEN Tennis
Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka played beat 93rd-ranked Shelby Rogers 6-3, 6-4 in the US Open quarterfinals and set up a semifinal against 28th-seeded Jennifer Brady, a 25-year-old from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania who has never been this far at a major tournament.

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