WEATHER FOR GRAND SLAM PARADE LOOKING GREAT

People attending tonight’s Grand Slam parade can expect what The National Weather Service calls a “typical mid-August day”. However, a cold front sweeping in by Friday means that the first two days of the Little League World Series may not have such good luck. Meteorologist Craig Evanego says the Grand Slam Parade in downtown Williamsport, which gets underway at 5:30 pm today seems to have the go-ahead from Mother Nature. The parade, which starts at the intersection of West 4th and Susquehanna Streets, will proceed east on West 4th to its intersection with Market Street. The parade will be aired on WBRE TV 28 starting at 6 pm.

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES GETS UNDERWAY TOMORROW

Tomorrow at 1 pm, the games begin in The Little League World Series with Mara caibo, Venezuela taking on Mexico at Volunteer Stadium, followed by Jackson, New Jersey vs. Fairfield, Connecticut at 3 pm at Lamade Stadium at 3pm White Rock British Columbia then takes on Emelia, Italy at 5 pm at Volunteer Stadium with Lufkin, Texas taking on Grosse Point, Michigan at Lamade Stadium at 7 pm to round out the day’s games. The Little League World Series gets underway tomorrow. That means thousands will be traveling to South Williamsport over the next several days. This year, PennDOT has launched a new page on its PA511 website and phone app to help with those coming out to Lamade Stadium, especially for those out-of-staters not familiar with area roadways. To find out more and to download the app, simply go to penndot.gov.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS CANCEL PROGRAM

Last month, The GEO Group started partnering with Pennsylvania to provide reentry service for state parolees as it does for the county, according to an announcement by Lycoming County commissioners at last night’s meeting. Though the program is new, citing transparency issues and lack of information, the commissioners voted 2-1 to halt it completely. Without access to the state’s contract with GEO, Couny Commissioner Rick Mirabito worries the state may be taking advantage of the taxpayer dollars that fund the county’s reentry program and connected costs. The program has been canceled until the commissioners can gather more information and hold a public vote.

NUMBER OF BLIGHTED PROPERTIES DROPS

This week, the number of properties listed as blighted in Williamsport has been reduced from a high of 188 in 2008 to a low of just 13. Yesterday, the city’s blighted properties review board looked at a list and praised the codes enforcement officers, saying that fines of up to $1,000 per building code violation are working. Violations that are citable include those listed in the international building codes and can include broken windows, holes in the roof, siding that is falling off, electrical dangers and other safety hazards.

TWO FACE DRUG CHARGES

Robyne Sautner and her son, Christopher Sautner, both of Blossburg, face drug charges after both overdosed on heroin at the Sunoco A-Plus on Dewey Avenue in Williamsport in late June. With the two were the man’s 9-year old son and another woman, who were in the store at the time. The Sautners were just two of more than 50 drug overdoses that overwhelmed emergency responders in the Williamsport area during a two-day period. In court, police testified that the Sautners traveled from Blossburg to Williamsport to obtain quantities of heroin. The two face numerous charges and are currently free on bail.

BRIDGE WORK UNDERWAY IN LYCOMING TOWNSHIP

A state Department of Transportation bridge crew will begin placing an epoxy overlay on the Bruce E. Bartley Sr. Bridge in Lycoming Township beginning today. The bridge will be closed between 7:30 am till about 6 pm, during which a detour will be placed using Daugherty’s Run Road, Beauty’s Run Road and Lycoming Creek Road.

GOVERNOR WOLF PRAISED

Educators are praising Governor Tom Wolf high marks for announcing he’ll reduce classroom time spent on dtandardized tests. The gorernor announced on Monday that he plans to cut the time students spend taking the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment, or PSSAs, by 20 percent for grades three through eight and 25 percent for the youngest students. According to Delores McCracken, vice president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, students have been spending an estimated 110-hours of classroom time each year on test preparation and taking PSSAs.

PA STATE POLICE JOIN NATION ANTI-DUI PROGRAM

The Pennsylvania State Police will join in the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administrations “Drive Sober or Get Pulled over” impaired driving enforcement starting today and running through September 4th. Although DUI-related fatalities have fallen by a third over the last three decades, recent statistics show a frightening trend. According to the NHSA, on average, 10,000 people were killed each year from 2011 to 2015, which equals one person killed every 51 minutes in 2015.

PROGRAM OFFERED TO FIRST RESPONDERS

Law enforcement and first responders in Lycoming and Clinton counties will be offered an intense, specialized 40-hour training on crisis intervention. According to Marwin Reeves of the Lycoming County Joinder Board, the crisis training is being brought to eh area to help responders develop de-escalation skills when encountering someone in a mental health crisis, coping with an intellectual disability or overcome by substance abuse.