FIRE DESTROYS BUSINESS
It was an early morning three alarm blaze that destroyed a business and everything inside, just days before Christmas. Multiple fire companies responded to Mike Miller’s, a large truck repair, on Pine Run Road yesterday around 4:30 a.m. According to Township Fire Chief Richard Whalen, losses could be estimated at $2 million or higher. As reported by SUN Gazette, the state police fire marshal was on scene and the fire remains under investigation.
DRIVER IDENTIFIED IN FATAL I-180 ACCIDENT
The Lycoming County Coroner’s Office was called to the westbound exit #17 ramp off of I-180 for a motor vehicle crash. Mr. Jared Hess was driving a FedEx Home Delivery Truck that struck the back of a parked tractor trailer on the north berm of the ramp. He was not wearing a seatbelt and sustained multiple blunt force traumas upon impact. He was unresponsive upon arrival of EMS personnel. The deceased was extricated from the vehicle by Fire Rescue personnel from Muncy Twp., Muncy, and Montoursville. The passenger in the truck was transported to UPMC Susquehanna Williamsport Hospital for treatment of injuries.
HELP THE MAIL CARRIERS HELP YOU
As the winter season approaches, it is important that property owners make sure their mailbox is in the correct location to ensure the efficiency of both the mail service and the snow plowing operations. In addition, property owners should also inspect their mailbox to verify it has a strong support. Mail carriers will make every effort to deliver the mail. However, if the mailbox is not accessible to the carrier due to snow build up, or if it is not properly located along the roadway, you may have to pick up your mail at the post office.
MUNCY BOROUGH COUNCIL HELD REGULAR MEETING
It was an eventful meeting, finding approval to move ahead on the acquisition of a new property and the passing of the 2022 budget, successfully, without an increase in taxes. Muncy Borough Council took the necessary steps to begin annexing a property on Old Glade Run, which is currently owned by the borough, but a part of a Creek Township. According to SUN Gazette, the property will be utilized for “other potential borough uses.” Muncy Borough’s tax remains at a rate of 5.3 mills, and borough council unanimously passed the budget. Muncy Borough Council will next meet Monday, Jan. 3, at 6 p.m. in the Muncy Area Volunteer Fire Department’s fire hall.
TRAVEL NURSES AND SURGICAL TECHS WANTED
UPMC has created UPMC Travel Staffing, a new in-house travel staffing agency as a solution to the nationwide nursing shortage and to attract and retain highly skilled nurses and surgical technologists to its workforce. Building upon its strong global reputation as health care innovators and leaders, UPMC is believed to be the first health system in the country to launch its own staffing agency—initially for registered nurses and surgical technologists, with the potential to evolve to include additional job roles. The program will be open to nurses and surgical technologists who have left UPMC and have an interest in coming back, are working for outside travel agencies, are already employed by UPMC, or who have not yet worked at UPMC and would like to join the team.
TRAVEL NURSES AND SURGICAL TECHS WANTED
UPMC, like virtually every health care system in the nation, has brought in external travel nurses and surgical technologists to help at the bedside and in operating rooms throughout the past year. The goal of UPMC Travel Staffing is to rely less on outside agency staff and empower UPMC employees who would like to travel to UPMC hospitals across Pennsylvania, Maryland and New York—wherever and whenever the need is greatest. This new program will provide needed support for our frontline caregivers and career growth opportunities for UPMC nurses and surgical technologists interested in travel. Not only will the program be a retention tool for our current staff, it also will fuel a new pipeline to recruit nurses to UPMC and to bring people back who left UPMC.
GOVERNOR SIGNS MULTIPLE BILLS
Governor Tom Wolf signed House Bill 291 and 1260. Together, these bills will ensure that older adults in Pennsylvania continue to have access to crucial savings through PACENET, a lifeline for hundreds of thousands of older adults who need assistance with paying for their prescription medications. He also signed House Bill 2071, which establishes the PA Broadband Development Authority to provide broadband Internet access to unserved or underserved residents, and provides for powers and duties of the authority.
COVID-19 CASES LOCALLY YESTERDAY
The Pennsylvania Department of Health on Wednesday reported new COVID-19 cases. Clinton County reported 13 new cases. In Centre County 99 new cases. Lycoming County added 49 new cases. Tioga County added 28. Yesterday, the DOH reported 67 in Northumberland County, 31 in Snyder, 25 in Union and 11 in Montour.
POLICE REMIND YOU TO LOCK YOUR CARS
Thefts from cars are on the rise in Lewisburg and the Linntown areas. Buffalo Valley Regional Police remind motorists to lock vehicles, and don’t have any valuables in plain sight. According to a media outlet, items taken include purses, computers, GPS units and other items taken through either an unlocked door or when a window is broken. Anyone with information should contact Buffalo Valley Regional Police.