Muncy and Hughesville area locals 4.8
Announcement was made of the cancellation of the annual Billtown Blues Festival, held at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds in Hughesville. This would have been the festival’s 31st year. The event was rescheduled to an undetermined date in June 2021.
Also canceled is the annual spring concert performed by the West Branch Chorale, although the group remains hopeful that a summer concert can be rescheduled. The organization continues to celebrate its 50th year.
Also rescheduled is an open house celebrating the 55th anniversary of the Friends of the Muncy Public Library. The event was to take place this month, but a later date is pending.
Area colleges and universities rescheduled commencement ceremonies which typically were to occur in May and June to summer and fall dates.
County coroners throughout the commonwealth face the possibility of not having the capacity to handle all the decedents if there is a sudden flood of coronavirus deaths in the future. The coroners’ association has four refrigerator trailers for holding and transporting decedents (in large numbers), strategically located in four counties. Each trailer, located in Lycoming, Northampton, Cumberland and Bedford counties, can handle up to 34 bodies. Each refrigerator trailer is accompanied with a second trailer that carries necessary supplies like protective clothing, body bags, lighting and other equipment.
Sheetz locations across the state will include a free turkey sandwich, chips and a drink to children in need on a daily basis while supplies last. The program will be available for a period of two weeks, at which time it will be re-evaluated based on community needs.
Pennsylvania State Police will no longer respond in person to some types of calls as the agency tries to limit troopers’ contact with the public. Calls for lost and found, littering, identity theft and general requests to speak to a trooper are among the types of calls that will now be resolved with the limited or no-scene response.
Volunteer fire companies across the Commonwealth, already pinched for the dwindling base of volunteers, are also feeling the pandemic’s impact. Gone for now are weekly meetings and training sessions in favor of home conference calls. Along with the pinch comes the bruise of canceling fundraising events that help sustain the company, which so quickly comes to the aid of emergencies.
The county’s recycling drop-off centers and curbside collections, anticipated to restart April 1, have been closed and suspended until further notice.
The Right-a-Way drive-thru convenience store on Route 405, Hughesville, temporarily closed its doors and hopes to reopen April 30.
Until next week: stay home, stay healthy, stay calm.