BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS APRIL 15, 2022

NO FLIGHTS UNTIL SUMMER

Officials at Williamsport Regional Airport confirmed this week that Southern Airways will not have the expected commercial flights in place this month, instead holding off until at least late summer.  According to the Sun Gazette, airport director Richard Howell said Southern reconsidered their plans for Williamsport’S 3 flights per day on 9 planes, after SkyWest Airlines made an announcement to remove 29 cities from their flight roster.  Howell also reported at the Airport Authority meeting that the facility benefits from 3.7 million dollars in total CARES Act funding at this time. 

100TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION FOR THE UNITED WAY

The Lycoming County United Way celebrated their 100th Anniversary yesterday.  Williamsport Mayor Derek Slaughter, along with representatives from Pennsylvania’s government were at the event to acknowledge the LCUW’s landmark.  The First Community Foundation Partnership, a solid partner of the United Way presented them with a gifted contribution of 250 thousnad dollars.  The two groups were instrumental joining forces during the shut downs the COVID pandemic caused in the past few years, by helping to provide resources to the community.

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT BRIDGE IN MUNCY

There will be a bridge replacement project started next Monday in Muncy that will close Water Street between Main Street and Green Street.  There will be detours in place.  Truck traffic coming from Interstate 180 to the Industrial Park in Muncy Township will use exit 17, Lycoming Mall Road. According to a press release, Susquehanna Valley Construction Corporation will begin by removing the existing bridge over Glade Run.  Work will include new drainage and inlets, upgraded ADA ramps, realignment of the intersection, new traffic signals, and paving.

WASD NOTED AS A “BEST COMMUNITY” FOR MUSIC EDUCATION

A National designation as one of the Best Communities for Music Education  has come to Williamsport High School for the 20th time in 21 years, showcasing an outstanding commitment to student musicians.  The National Association of Music Merchants or NAMM Foundation selected on 738 school districts nationwide to be a Best Community providing music access and education to all students.  Find to full list of school at namm foundation dot org.

SECOND PERSON CHARGED IN WILLIAMSPORT STATUE DAMAGE AND THEFT

A New Jersey 19 year old is the second person to be charged for the damage and theft of the bronze baseball bat from the Little League statue at third and Market streets last October in Williamsport.  According to the Sun Gazette, Shane Thomas Perry, of Denville, faces one felony count of criminal mischief and was recently arraigned in district court for damaging and placing the bronze bat worth 5 thousand dollars on the ground.  A former South Williamsport resident was previously charged with receiving stolen property after she took the bat from in front of the statue.  Perry is free on 15 thousand dollars bail. 

PA UNIVERSITIES FREEZE TUITION

A New Jersey 19 year old is the second person to be charged for the damage and theft of the bronze baseball bat from the Little League statue at third and Market streets last October in Williamsport.  According to the Sun Gazette, Shane Thomas Perry, of Denville, faces one felony count of criminal mischief and was recently arraigned in district court for damaging and placing the bronze bat worth 5 thousand dollars on the ground.  A former South Williamsport resident was previously charged with receiving stolen property after she took the bat that Perry allegedly damaged.  He is free on 15 thousand dollars bail. 

COMMISSIONERS APPROVE DISASTER DECLARATION

An emergency disaster declaration has been approved by the Lycoming County Commissioners after a tornado hit Lairdsville in late March.  According to North Central Pa dot com local and state representatives surveyed the damage that happened to 25 homes and a barn, with some of the homes being lifted from their foundations. The declaration  is a way for the Coms to get FEMA and PEMA funding, but Commissioner Mirabito pointed out, to get that funding,there needs to be 20 million dollars in minimum damage.   They plan to seek other funds for Lairdsville relief where the average household has an income of 29 thousand a year and some have no insurance. 

SCHICK STUDENTS WILL TRAVEL TO ODYSSEY OF THE MIND WORLDS

The group of Odyssey of the Mind students from Donald E Schick Elementary has advanced to the World finals taking place in Iowa this May.  Odyssey of Mind is a problem-solving competition that encourages students to be creative  while planning a presentation of the project that they have been challenged with.  The six student team from grades 3 and 4 have advanced through regional and state competitions already.  If you’d like to support the Schick Elementary school’s travel budget by donating on their GoFundMe Page “Help Schick Elem OM team get to Worlds”  – or click here. https://gofund.me/87a830c0

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