Viral Outbreak On Appalachian Trail Hikes Toward Pennsylvania

Appalachian Trail building in .

Appalachian Trail building in . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

While the worst viral outbreak to strike hikers in Appalachian Trail history is traveling north from Georgia into Pennsylvania, health officials say there is really no reason for area residents to be concerned.

Bob Proudman, director of conservation operations for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, said an outbreak of norovirus among trail hikers began somewhere around the Tennessee-North Carolina border about four weeks ago and is moving north with the hikers.

Norovirus has a 12- to 48-hour incubation period, lasts 24 to 60 hours and may cause severe diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration.

“You could say it’s the most serious outbreak in AT history.  There was one case of hanatavirus which is very serious, in 1990.  It struck an Australian hiker and CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) got involved,” he said.  Hantavirus is a contagious disease spread by rodents.

Read more:  http://www.publicopiniononline.com/news/ci_23348379/viral-outbreak-appalachian-trail-hikes-toward-pennsylvania

Wilkes-Barre Mayor ‘Disgusted’ By Actions, Suspends Towing Contract

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Luzerne County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WILKES-BARRE, PA — As little as Mayor Tom Leighton said about the city’s reasons for suspending LAG Towing’s contract, he said less about other investigations that might involve the tower.

Leighton hastily called a press conference Friday afternoon to announce the suspension following the filing of theft charges against Leo A. Glodzik III, LAG’s owner.

“I am disgusted and disappointed by the actions of one of our city contractors,” Leighton said.  “I will not speculate on his guilt, but actions of this type will not be condoned or excused.  And we demonstrated today they will not be tolerated.”

He would not disclose the full details for the city’s action as it prepares for an arbitration proceeding and the appointment of an independent arbiter to affirm the validity of the suspension within 60 days — in compliance with the terms of the contract.

Read more:  http://www.timesleader.com/news/local-news/561566/Leighton-disgusted-by-actions-suspends-contract

5 Dead In Tornado In Oklahoma City Area, 75 Hurt

El Reno Oklahoma Tornado

El Reno Oklahoma Tornado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Tornadoes rolled in from the prairie and slammed Oklahoma City and its suburbs, trapping people in their vehicles as a storm swept down an interstate highway while commuters tried to beat it home.

Five people were killed, including a mother and baby killed near Union City.  Another person died at El Reno, the first city struck by the storm, said Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the state medical examiner. Circumstances involving the other two deaths weren’t immediately known, Elliott said.

About 50 people were hurt, five critically, hospital officials said.

Meteorologists had warned about particularly nasty weather Friday but said the storm’s fury didn’t match that of a deadly twister that struck suburban Moore last week.  Violent weather also moved through the St. Louis area, ripping part of the roof off a suburban casino.

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Season’s First Heat Wave Expected To End With A Bang On Sunday

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Berks County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Berks County‘s first official heat wave of the year is expected to morph into the first major summertime thunderstorm, starting Sunday afternoon into evening with gusty winds of 60 mph, torrential downpours, lots of lightning strikes and perhaps some damage, a meteorologist said.

“It certainly could pack a punch,” said Erik Pindrock of AccuWeather near State College.

Since it’s expected to be the first major lightning storm of the season, Pindrock said it’s important for everyone – but especially those working outside – to take it seriously, learn the facts about lightning and take the proper precautions, which mostly is to get inside.

“It’s a good rule that, if you’re outside and can hear thunder, it’s probably close enough to get hit by lightning,” said Pindrock, who grew up in Shillington.

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Pottstown’s Sunflower Truck Stop Cooks ‘Live With Kelly And Michael’

POTTSTOWN — Shorty’s Sunflower Cafe owner George Bieber and his Sunflower Truck Stop were cooking in the Big Apple on Friday.  It was all part of a contest being run by ABC’s “Live with Kelly and Michael” — the Truckin’ Amazing Cookoff.

In May, Ripa and Strahan announced their first-ever summer search for the nation’s best food truck.  “LIVE’s” viewers nominated their favorite food-on-the-go, and on Friday, May 17, the hosts announced the top 20 as selected by the “LIVE” production team.

Bieber and the Sunflower Truck Stop were among the top 20.

As soon as the show ended, viewers were encouraged to go to the “LIVE” website, watch videos submitted by the chefs, and cast their votes for the top 10.

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130531/ENTERTAINMENT01/130539823/pottstown-s-sunflower-truck-stop-cooks-live-with-kelly-and-michael-#full_story

Edgewood ‘Family’ Says Goodbye In Heartfelt Closing Ceremony

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County

Location of Pottstown in Montgomery County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

POTTSTOWN — The end of 44 years of educational tradition was marked Friday afternoon with closing ceremonies held at Edgewood Elementary School.

Students, teachers, staff, retirees, parents, administrators and school board members all gathered in the building’s steaming all-purpose room to say goodbye to the school they have called home for so many years, and to the people they have called “family” for just as long.

“This is a place that has welcomed every child as family,” Superintendent Jeff Sparagana told the assembly. “This is a school community that greets anyone who walks through the door as their own.”

He praised the work done at the school saying “never let anyone say our staff does not take the work they do seriously. If anyone in this region says the work we do here is not done well, I invite them to come here and visit and see for themselves.”

Read more:  http://www.pottsmerc.com/article/20130601/NEWS01/130539783/edgewood-family-says-goodbye-in-heartfelt-closing-ceremony#full_story