BACKYARD BROADCASTING LOCAL NEWS JUNE 2, 2020

ELECTION DAY DETAILS FOR LYCOMING COUNTY
It’s election Day in Pennsylvania from 7am til 8pm tonight – there will be social distancing while you wait to cast your vote today, so expect to wait in line during peak times of voting in the General Primary.  Absentee or mail in voters should be sure to bring their ballots to the polls before 8pm.  The public is asked to wear a mask and bring  their own blue or black ink pen if possible.  A link to the updated polling places for each township in Lycoming County is available here.

SUSPECT IN TIOGA COUNTY SHOOTING AT LARGE
The suspect  who police say shot an Elmira, NY man in the parking lot of Fred’s Woodshed in Tioga County early Sunday morning is still at large.  According to Mansfield State Police, 20 year old Jahrell Jenkins was at the gentleman’s club for his birthday and New York media outlets say a fight inside the club migrated to the parking lot where Jenkins suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.  He was transported to UPMC in Wellsboro where he died in the ER, according to the Tioga County Coroner.  If you have information about the shooting please call Mansfield State Police 570 662-2151.

TRANSIT COMPANY AWARDED GRANT
An almost $7 million grant has been awarded to Williamsport’s River Valley Transit for operating, preventive maintenance and administrative expenses from the US Department of Transportation via the CARES Act, signed by President Donald Trump on March 27th.  According to the Sun Gazette the city-based regional transit system follows the CDC and OSHA guidelines resulting in reducing the risk of spreading COVID-19 among transit employees and passengers.

NO UPMC CAR SHOW IN SEPTEMBER
UPMC and the City Hospitals Auxiliary in Williamsport have cancelled this year’s Autumn Fest & Car Show originally scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 27. In a press release Bob Kane, chairman of the show’s planning committee and vice president of operations, UPMC in the Susquehanna region. “We apologize for any inconvenience and look forward to next year’s event in September of 2021.

ELECTION DAY IN PENNSYLVANIA
Today is election day for the General Primary in Pennsylvania and voters will cast their choices for the Republican and Democratic nominees for President, Attorney General, Auditor General, Treasurer and representation in federal government.  Polls are open from 7am until 8pm today with CDC guidelines in place at all polling places across Pennsylvania.  The public should wear a mask, bring your own pen, and expect to wait in longer lines since less people will be permitted in the polling area at a time.  Voters who applied for mail-in or absentee ballot who did not receive their documents in the mail may come to a polling place and vote by provisional ballot, or return a ballot not able to be mailed, in-person, until 8pm tonight.  A link to voter information from Lyco.org is available here.

PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS PROTEST, SOME DISPERSED BY NATIONAL GUARD
More trouble yesterday evening around the state as peaceful protests were disbanded  by the National Guard and officers using teargas as they approached Philadelphia’s 6pm curfew, along the Vine Street Expressway and onto I-676.  According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, many protesters were outraged and stunned with the force, citing that their demonstration was originally peaceful. In Harrisburg, a crowd  representing “The Movement – Harrisburg’s Protest to Protect All People,” rallied and walked around the city and the Capitol complex without any clashes with police.

EVANGELICAL TO ALLOW VISITORS
Evangelical Community Hospital has updated their visitor policy to allow visiting hours from 1p to 8pm for those who have been screened upon entering, be over 18, wear a mask and follow social distancing guidelines.  Caregivers and support people are permitted under various circumstances, such as pediatric cases or inpatients, and emergency care.  Find regular updates to the full visitation policy at evanhospital.com

DOG PARK APPROVED IN MONTOURSVILLE
In Monday’s virtual meeting with the Montoursville Borough Council, a dog park was approved at 41 Mill St. According to the Sun gazette, the project is organized by a recent area high school graduate, Zoe Gillespie, who has raised funds and organized volunteer labor for the park.  The 50 by 295 foot area adjacent to Superior Oil will be fenced in.  The council approved the change to the dog ordinance in the borough to allow pets without leashes at the location. The next meeting is scheduled forJuly 6 at the John Dorin Municipal Building.

FOUR YMCA BRANCHES TO OPEN NEXT WEEK
Four YMCA branches will be opening on Monday, June 8th. The Eastern Lycoming, Jersey Shore, Lock Haven, and Williamsport Branch YMCA’s will have restrictions in place to ensure everyone’s safety while  meeting the State requirements.  Find specific details on their website, including information about the waiver members will need to sign to return to the facility at www.rvrymca.org.  Use the bar code from your membership card and last name on your account to sign the waiver virtually.


Sports

A Fox Sports Anchor apologized for his comments during a “Fan in the Stands”  promotion, in which fans pay to have life-sized cardboard cutouts of images placed around empty stadiums.  Matty Johns apologized for making an inappropriate joke about an image of Adolf Hitler in the crowd – saying it was in poor taste.

NHL

If Hockey resumes, The NHL will have rigorous daily testing protocol where players will be tested daily before they leave their hotel rooms.  Each test costs the NHL $125 – making the cost of testing needed to get through the playoffs in excess of a few million dollars, since maybe up to 35,000 tests will be used.

NBA

An NBA Announcer for the Sacramento Kings Tweeted “All Lives Matter”.  Grant Napear was placed on Administrative leave by his radio station after the former Kings star, DeMarcus Cousins asked his opinion on the Black Lives Matter movement.  Napear’s comment was contrary to the movement’s mission.

BOXING
Boxing Legend Floyd Mayweather offered to pay for George Floyd’s funeral expenses and the family accepted.  Myweather is paying for all four services in Houston, Minnesota, Charlotte and another location to be announced.

 

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