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    • rdhdemt
      With the recent COVID-19 pandemic ruling our lives recently, Berwick Historical Society has been hard at work behind the scenes, getting ready for a new exhibit. Just in time for the passing Halloween season, the Berwick Historical Society has just restored and opened an exhibit of the Old Berwick Jailhouse. The Old Carriage House, located at the Jackson Mansion is the site of the new exhibit. Jackson Mansion was built in the 1800’s, and served as a mansion, Town Hall, Berwick Police Department, and yes, our very own Jailhouse.
      In 1950, the Berwick Police Department took over the Carriage House and converted it into the Berwick Police Department. The police department served the members of the town of Berwick until 2009. As quoted by executive director of the Jackson Mansion, Jim Stout.
      In 2009 The Berwick Historical Society took possession of the Jackson Mansion and Carriage House. This is when restorations of the property began. The result, is as you see when you take the tours throughout the mansion to this current day. Obviously the “Jail cell” remained in tact, but wasn’t open to the public until now.
      So, with everyone concentrating on the pandemic, Berwick Historical society, restored the old Carriage House, and with brushes and tools in hand, restored the Jailhouse, to its former glory!
      The exhibit displays pictures of the police departments history over the last century. Photographs of the Berwick Police Department can be traced back to the turn of the century. Other memorabilia are displayed, as a proud display of Berwick history. Artifacts from the original Carriage House are also on display.
      So, if your looking to find something to do during the “pandemic”, take a short walk over to the Berwick Historical Society and Carriage House and see the history surrounding the town of Berwick!
       

    • Guardian
      This month marks the start of Geisinger's new visitation policy that includes, no visitors.  Visitors are allowed to see patients and enter facilities under special circumstances only.  The company stated, that this is to help keep patients safe, as COVID-19 cases increase in the area and within local hospitals. 
      Geisinger is offering ways to accommodate family members allowing communications with loved ones while in the facilities. Such as, providing families with iPads.  Family members are encouraged to contact the hospital to find out more information.  Geisinger Clinics and Outpatient facilities are still allowing one person to accompany the patient in those facilities.
      Berwick Hospital has also  implemented a no visitor policy at this time.
      You can view the full policy here: https://www.geisinger.org/coronavirus/patients-and-visitors/coronavirus-visitor-update
      Visitation for special situations (visiting hours can be flexible): (as of 11/11/2020)
      Patients who are medically unstable (two designated visitors) All patients who are imminently dying (within hours to days), but who are not positive for or suspected to have COVID-19 (two visitors)  A one-time “substitution” with two other visitors is permitted. Visits should ideally be between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Patients undergoing surgery or procedures (one single-time visitor immediately after the procedure) Delivering mothers (one support person) Patients who are minors and those with limited decisional capacity (up to two parents or guardians) Patients who have altered mental status, an intellectual, developmental or cognitive disability or a communication barrier (two visitors) Patients with disruptive behavior where a family member is key to their care (two visitors) Patients being discharged (one visitor to help with discharge planning) ER patients (no visitors, with some exceptions as noted): Patients who are medically unstable (one visitor, at provider’s discretion) Patients who are at end of life (two visitors)  Patients who are minors and those with limited decisional capacity (up to two parents or guardians) Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays and caregiver provides safety (one visitor) Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care (one visitor) Alerted patients (e.g., STEMI, stroke, trauma) (one visitor)

    • Guardian
      On Wednesday, Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education stated that the board unanimously agreed to continue working on plans to combine some higher education schools.  The two possible mergers Bloomsburg, Lock Haven, and Mansfield and/or California, Clarion, and Edinboro.  A merger between the set of schools would result in them operating under a single accredited entity and a single leadership team.
      The board provided a press release that stated the next step of the process would be presenting a plan to the board by April 2021.  That would mean a merger could go into effect and have the new integrated university accepting students as early as fall of 2022.  Further details will likely not be available until a full plan is presented; however, this merger does not mean the individual universities would be closing their campuses.

    • Guardian
      Commonwealth Health has sold off Berwick Hospital to Fayette Holdings, in a move that is expected to change ownership of the hospital by the end of the year.  Berwick Hospital was owned by Commonwealth Health, who owns numerous local hospital (e.g. Wilkes Barre General) and stated that the hospital will be completely independent from Commonwealth Health once the new ownership takes place.
      Information is limited about the sale at this time, but from reports like The Times Leader, it sounds like the employee union is working well with the sale and there is no mention of any positions being lost.

    • Guardian
      The Benton Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting a breakfast fundraiser this upcoming Sunday, but it will be slightly different then normal thanks to the current pandemic.  In order to help keep people protected, the breakfast will be served on platters (instead of buffet style line) and volunteers will be around to help ensure you can enjoy all the cakes you can eat.  Drinks will also be served in individual containers instead of the normal dispensers and seating will be spaced to allow more social distancing.
      According to the fire company's Facebook event, the breakfast will cost $9 per adult and $4 per child (under 12).  We hope a good turnout for them as volunteer companies continue to struggle with lack of funding during this outbreak.

    • Guardian
      Starting Friday (the 9th), indoor events and facilities will be allowed to host gatherings at 15% max capacity.  For example the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre Twp will be allowed to open with a max capacity of 1,500 instead of the normal 10,000 people.  Local news sources, such as the Citizen's Voice have reported mixed views by local business owners as 15% is a very small income compared to costs of opening these large buildings and many local events have already been cancelled until next year.
      We hope this is able to aid our local businesses, but we would like to remind everyone that supporting our local businesses is still needed and 15% will not allow these already struggling organizations to thrive.

    • Guardian
      Governor Wolf has signed a new executive order that protects homeowners and renters from eviction or foreclosure until the 31st of August.  “I am taking this action to help families know they will have a roof over their heads and a place to live while all of us fight the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Gov. Wolf. “It takes one more burden off of people who are struggling and ensures that families can remain in their homes so they can protect their health and wellbeing.”
      Property owners that have accepted funds though the PHFA program that was created with the Cares Act have already signed an agreement to not foreclosure or evictions as part of the agreement that provided $175 million dollars in funding.  For more information on this program click here.
      The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Federal Housing Finance Agency, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture have also each extended eviction and foreclosure protections for housing under their authority to August 31st.
      These new protections do not protect renters and property owners from eviction if illegal activity or property damage was involved.  All renters and home owners struggling with paying their rent or mortgage should contact their landlord or mortgage provider immediately to discuss options.  Renters and homeowners are still required to make payments if they can.
       
      References
      Gov. Wolf Announces Protections from Foreclosures and Evictions Through Aug. 31. (2020, July 10). Retrieved July 11, 2020, from https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-announces-protections-from-foreclosures-and-evictions-through-aug-31/

    • Guardian
      As the COVID-19 shutdowns cripple our local Fire/Rescue services ability to present fundraisers, the Bloomsburg Fair Association is working with local fire companies and created a weekend carnival happening Friday July 17th to Saturday July 18th.  
      This event will help support numerous local fire companies with their finances and offer a great family experience at the same time!  Below is a list of companies and their offerings for the carnival.
      Benton Volunteer Fire Company: French Fries Berwick: Eagle Hose Company: Roast Beef & Cheddar Sandwiches Berwick: Rangers Hose Company: Loaded Potato Bloomsburg Fire Department: Hot & Sweet Sausage, Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs and Cheesesteaks Danville: Goodwill Hose Company: Chicken BBQ (Sat.) Lime Ridge Fire Company: Walking Taco Main Twp Fire Company: Sweet Corn Millville Community Fire Company: Carmel Corn, Peanuts, Cotton Candy, Donuts, Soda and Rip-Offs Mifflin Twp Forest Rangers & Fire Company: Big 6 Wheel and Soda Pitch (Tentative) Wilburton #1 Fire Company: Potato Pancakes There will also be a CORNHOLE tournament July 18th starting at 1:30 at the FIREMAN’S RELIEF CARNIVAL.  Presented by 673 Cornhole.

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