BACKYARD BROADCASTING, LOCAL NEWS DEC 31, 2021

SUN GAZETTE CARRIER SAVES A WOMAN FROM HOUSE FIRE

A hero emerges when the need arises.  It was early Wednesday morning when a residential blaze erupted in Loyalsock Township.  A SUN Gazette newspaper carrier, out delivering on her morning route, heard screams coming from inside. Becky Levano made the decision to go in and found Sheila Myers and her dog, Buddy, at the rear of her home, unable to escape. According to SUN Gazette, Levano assisted Myers to the outside of her home, moments before the fire exploded, consuming everything.

 

UPDATED COVID-19 CASES

The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Thursday reported new COVID-19 cases. More than two million coronavirus cases have been reported statewide since the start of the pandemic, according to the state Department of Health’s Thursday update.  Clinton County reported 54 new cases. In Centre County 234 new cases were recorded. Lycoming County added 113 new cases. There were 102 new infections in Northumberland County, 34 in Snyder, 26 in Union and 25 in Montour. Tioga County had 27.

 

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS

The public comment deadline is today and the Clinton County Commissioners have renewed their call for more information regarding  the proposal from the Maryland Air National Guard in which they wish to expand training flights over a large swath of north central Pennsylvania. On Wednesday, the commissioners shared their most recent letter they sent to the Maryland National Guard. This letter also included petitions from hundreds of concerned citizens, looking for information and expressing concerns, according to therecordonline.com. The commissioners on Wednesday shared with the media their most recent letter, what they called “a final stand,” to the Maryland National Guard, sending along information they have gathered, including petitions with hundreds of signatures from area residents expressing their concern about the safety of the flights. This final letter, joins one sent by Governor Tom Wolf.  

 

$3.5 MILLION PAID TO EMPLOYEES IN 2021

In 2021, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) investigated more than 4,000 complaints of alleged labor law violations and returned more than $3.5 million in earned wages to Pennsylvania workers whose employers violated a labor law, according to data released today by L&I Secretary Jennifer Berrier. Most of the complaints investigated in 2021 and in recent years were relevant to the Wage Payment and Collection Law (WPCL), the Minimum Wage Act (MWA), the Prevailing Wage Act, (PWA), the Child Labor Act (CLA) and the Construction Workplace Misclassification Act (CWMA). The Bureau of Labor Law Compliance includes 24 investigators, four supervisors and six central office staff who work in district offices located in Altoona, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Scranton.

THE NEW PA SENIOR FOOD BOX PROGRAM

Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Aging Secretary Robert Torres today highlighted the Wolf Administration’s successful rebrand of the PA Senior Food Box Program in 2021, formally known as the Commodity Supplemental Food Program. Over 7,100 seniors enrolled after the department made significant steps to improve access to and awareness of the program. Key to the effort is a partnership between the Departments of Agriculture and Aging that has enabled the Department of Aging’s PACE pharmaceutical assistance program to conduct outreach to its enrollees who may also be eligible for the Senior Food Box Program. Through these actions in 2021, Pennsylvania is optimistic that it will be approved to maintain its existing caseload by the USDA in the coming year. The Administration hopes to further increase enrollment in 2022 and increase Pennsylvania’s caseload to serve even more seniors in need in the coming years.

POLICE REMIND DRIVERS OF OPERATION SAFE HOLIDAY

The New Year’s Eve Holiday has historically resulted in an increase of impaired driving crashes and arrests.  With this in mind, the Old Lycoming Police Department hopes to get drivers to think if they plan on celebrating with alcohol and other substances this holiday weekend.  Police officers want to take this opportunity to remind drivers that preventing an impaired driving incident is simple.  Remember to plan ahead, designate a sober driver and leave extra time to get to your destination. New Year’s weekend impaired driving/DUI Task forces statewide in addition to locally in Lycoming County will be part of Operation Safe Holiday, tasked with removing impaired drivers from the roadways.

OPERATION SAFE HOLIDAY

Operation Safe Holiday continues through New Year’s Day. Law enforcement will conduct impaired driving enforcement details, with zero tolerance toward drivers impaired by drugs or alcohol. According to PennDOT data, there were 1,175 crashes resulting in 31 deaths during the same period in 2019. Drivers are also reminded to obey Pennsylvania’s Move Over Law, which requires drivers to move over or slow down when they encounter an emergency scene, traffic stop, or disabled vehicle. The goal of the Move Over Law is to protect law enforcement, emergency medical providers, and other first responders when responding to crashes.

DCNR GRANT TO RIDER PARK IN GAMBLE TOWNSHIP

State Sen. Gene Yaw (R-23) today applauded the funding announcement by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) dedicating thousands toward waterways protection, stormwater management, as well as park and recreational improvements throughout Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Union and surrounding counties. These highly competitive DCNR grants were awarded through the Conservation Community Partnerships Program (C2P2).  In Lycoming County; First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania received $250,000 for further development of Rider Park in Gamble Township, Lycoming County. Work will include construction of a pavilion, pedestrian walkway, parking area, access drive and stormwater management measures; installation of interpretive signage; ADA access, landscaping, project sign and other related site improvements. ESF

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY TRAFFIC STATISTICS BY PENNSYLVANIA STATE POLICE

The Pennsylvania State Police investigated 488 motor vehicle crashes, which killed six people and injured 90 others, during the Christmas holiday weekend from December 24-26, 2021. Alcohol was a factor in 8% of the crashes, including one fatal crash, and resulted in 181 DUI arrests. State Troopers also arrested 158 individuals on criminal charges and issued 4,007 traffic citations. With New Year’s Eve celebrations still ahead, state police will once again be on the lookout for impaired, aggressive, and distracted drivers. Remember to plan ahead for a safe ride home before heading out, especially if your holiday plans involve alcohol.

 

TURNPIKE TOLLS INCREASING AS PROMISED IN JULY

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) reminds drivers that a toll increase announced earlier this year is set to take effect just after midnight Sunday. In July, the PTC approved a 5% toll increase for all E-ZPass and PA Turnpike Toll By Plate rates for the entire system. This is the first time in six years that the annual increase has been less than 6%.The most common toll for a passenger vehicle will increase from $1.60 to $1.70 for E-ZPass customers and from $3.90 to $4.10 for Toll By Plate customers. To find updated 2022 toll rates go to paturnpike.com

THE 2021 PERSON OF THE YEAR!!

It is an act of giving and giving back. Donations are accepted and then turned into adorable monkeys that are sent to needy children for emotional support.  Alyson Creasy is not your typical 12-year-old, as her website, alysmonkeys.org, has allowed her to send over 6,000 monkeys to those in need.  Because she continues to make a difference in the community and beyond, Aly has become a 2021 person of the year finalist, as reported by SUN Gazette.

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