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Fans Flock To World Series To Root For Philly

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Lamade Stadium and the lawn behind it were filled with baseball fans caught up in the Philadelphia frenzy in South Williamsport.

The Taney Dragons from the City of Brotherly Love were taking on the team from Las Vegas Wednesday night.

However, they didn’t need Lady Luck going against the City of Chance; they have their own lucky lady, star pitcher, 13-year old Mo`ne Davis.

“I think it`s awesome that a girl is playing with the guys and she`s doing such an awesome job all over,” said Lisa Schmidt from Northampton.

“We drove up here. I left work early today so we could get up here just to see her pitch tonight so I`m hoping she`s going to be on the mound,” said Kyle Mace who came up from Dover, Delaware.

“Phillies fan and Eagles fan, so got a lot of pride right now,” said Richard Schmidt from Northampton. “I’m happy to see a girl going at it.”

With a team from Pennsylvania in the series, Little League officials estimated a turnout of roughly 32,000 people.

“I think it draws a big crowd. I was here a couple years ago when we had another local team and we saw the support that that brought from the local area so it`s the same thing from Philadelphia,” said Gwen Petrella from Williamsport.

“180 miles, three hour drive, priceless,” said Joe Bondiskey from Philadephia.

To deal with the crowds, tickets were required for stadium seating.

Folks came out early in the morning, as it was first come, first serve.

“Oh my god for two hours, over two hours, standing in line to get the tickets. We went home to get something to eat and drink and came back. We were determined not to be in the back of the line this time,” said Nicole Anderson.

“It`s very, very important because Philadelphia`s my hometown anyway, so I`m just like rooting for them extra hard now,” said Patrice Brunson from Williamsport.

Jessica Brown is the principal of Masterman School in Philadelphia; some of the Taney players are her students.

“It is unbelievable and the tone right now in the city is ecstatic,” said Brown. “The mayor is out there right now, they`re having a watch party at city hall.”

In the end the Taney Dragons lost to the team from Las Vegas 8-1. The Pennsylvania team will take on the team from Chicago at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Tickets will again be required for stadium seating.

People Make Sacrifices to Come to the LLWS

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT-It’s pretty easy for folks from Central Pennsylvania to make the trip to the Little League World Series, but not everyone is lucky to be close by.

Others travel great distances to get to south Williamsport.

Ted Dowling of Perth, Australia watched his son take batting practice at the Little League World Series Complex. He says it was a long trip to South Williamsport. The team went through four time zones.

“It’s 11,500 miles to get here. It took the kids 31 hours on the plane,” Dowling said.

Some parents say they had to take time off from work.

“I’m a nurse at the local hospital so we don’t get a lot of relief. For me to suddenly need four weeks’ holiday, with nursing shortages, I’m not sure if it’s the same way over here, they weren’t that excited,” Dowling said.

Dowling says he spent several thousand dollars on flights, hotels and meals, and even took a loan so he, his wife and their other son could be here.

Families of players on the team from mexico say they helped each other out financially, so every child’s family could come to South Williamsport.

“Every family, we spent around $6,000,” Daniel Quiroz said.

Not everybody’s sacrifices are financial. Many people say they had to make some personal sacrifices, like the manager for the New England team, whose wife is battling cancer.

“She’s battling and she’s staying on course and doing the things she needs to. She misses her young one,” David Belisle said.

Manager David Belisle says little league and a good friend surprised him by flying his wife from Rhode Island to South Williamsport.

“That was the surprise of a lifetime. She’s been back home watching her little one play and not being able to cheer him on and just watching him on the tv screen,” Belisle said.

The coaches and parents say the sacrifices are worth it because of the smiles on the kids’ faces.

Pennsylvania Team Making Its Mark

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT-As most of you know by now, for the first time in three years a team from Pennsylvania is in the Little League World Series. The team from Center City, Philadelphia is representing the Mid-Atlantic Region, and today some of the team spoke to Newswatch 16.

The Mid-Atlantic team is making its mark on the Little League World Series, but not only because they won both their games so far. The Taney Dragons see themselves as the home team.

“It’s awesome because they get to see us play and we’re representing Pennsylvania and hopefully bringing back a title to Philadelphia,” Zion Spearman said.

“It’s cool. I mean it’s great that we get to host the whole Little League World Series and we have so many fans. It’s amazing,” Tai Shanahan said.

Little League officials say more than 30 thousand people attended Mid-Atlantic’s Sunday night game against Southwest. These kids from Philly say they’ve never played in front of that many people before.

“It was amazing. There were so many people, it was on tv, it was a great atmosphere,” Shanahan said.

“There’s a lot of pressure on you because they want you to do well and succeed, and so you just try to do your best on the field and make them proud,” Jack Rice said.

These kids play for the Taney Youth Baseball Association in Philadelphia, and they are known as the Taney Dragons. But in South Williamsport they are known as Mid-Atlantic. Jack Rice calls playing in the Little League World Series a dream come true.

“I wanted to come here and play, and now it’s reality that I get to come here and play at Lamade Stadium,” Rice said.

The team’s female pitcher, Mo’Ne Davis is getting a lot of attention, but even she says there is no “I” in team. She says she could not do it without her teammates. Power hitter Zion Spearman sums up the Little League experience pretty well.

“It’s been an amazing time meeting new teams and playing against the best competition in the whole world,” Spearman said.

Pennsylvania’s next game is Wednesday at 7:30 and Little League officials say they expect a larger than normal crowd. Tickets are being distributed on a first-come first-serve basis at the will-call window at noon that day. All tickets are free.

Two Killed In Truck Vs. Train Crash

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two men are dead tonight after the pickup truck they were in collided with a freight train on Friday in Lycoming County . Officials on the scene near Montgomery said both were construction workers at the new gas power plant being built in Lycoming County.

Griffith Company, a construction company based out of California, has confirmed that both men who died in the crash were working at the construction site where the new power plant is being built. Griffith Company said the two men were coming back to work after their lunch break when the truck was hit.

A United Rental pickup truck is dented and upside down. It sits feet from the railroad crossing where it was hit by a train here on Brick Church Road in Clinton Township near Montgomery.

Troopers said the truck was headed over the railroad crossing when it collided with a Norfolk Southern Train. The coroner said two men in the truck were killed. He has not yet released their names, but said they are from out of state.

“I feel sorry that somebody lost their life,” said Bill Pewterbaugh from Clinton Township.

Pewterbaugh lives right by the railroad crossing, he was inside his home when the crash happened.

“Basic train noise and a thud,” said Pewterbaugh.

Officials said the passenger died at the scene.

A Life Flight helicopter was called in. Officials said the driver of the truck was taken to Muncy Hospital and later flown to Geisinger Medical Center near Danville where he died.

Griffith Company representatives were also at the crash scene. They told Newswatch 16 both victims were working at the nearby construction site where a power plant is being built. The company says the men were coming back from lunch when the crash happened.

Pewterbaugh says the trains passing through here are loud. He’s surprised the driver didn’t stop.

“They lay on their horns a lot and they are extremely loud so you really can’t miss that. Unfortunately, it costs some lives, so,” said Pewterbaugh.

State Police are still investigating what may have caused the crash in Clinton Township near Montgomery.

UPDATE: Two Dead After Collision With Train

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Two men are dead following a train collision with a pickup truck in Lycoming County.

It happened around 12:15 p.m. Friday.

Authorities said the two men were in the pickup truck when it was struck by a train on Brick Church Road in Clinton Township, outside Montgomery.

There is no word on how the crash occurred.

Officials on scene say the two were construction workers at the new gas power plant behind built in Lycoming County.

Shooting In Williamsport, Suspects Sought

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WILLIAMSPORT — Police are investigating a shooting Friday morning in Williamsport.

Police say around 10:30 a.m. there was some kind of fight between several men on Memorial Avenue. That’s when there was gunfire, and one of the men was hit.

He was taken to the hospital.

Police are looking for the other men involved.

Opening Ceremonies at the Little League World Series

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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT — Opening ceremonies took place Thursday at Volunteer Stadium and that means the official start to the Little League World Series and ten days jam packed with baseball.

The opening ceremonies took place Thursday morning at the Little League complex in South Williamsport.

That means, the games have officially begun, kicking off the 75th anniversary of Little League.

The opening ceremonies got the crowd and the players pumped up for 10 days filled with baseball.

The 16 teams playing in the Little League World Series paraded in front of an enthusiastic crowd, as the 2014 opening ceremonies got underway at Volunteer Stadium.

The players each held little flags representing their country or state and local baseball and softball players carried the banners with the team’s names on them.

“I’m really excited to be here, and not everyone can be here, so everyone is excited,” said Daniel Quiroz of Mexico.

“For us, it’s absolutely perfect, amazing for the kids. It’s absolutely perfect,” said Marin Krany of the Czech Republic.

Many people say they’re excited because this year, for the first time in three years, there’s a team from Pennsylvania in the Little League World Series.

“We just can’t believe how excited people for this small group of 12, 13 year olds. It feels terrific. I’m thrilled for the kids and their families,” said Mid-Atlantic coach Alex Rice.

The Mid-Atlantic team is from Center City, Philadelphia. Coach Alex Rice calls the experience surreal.

“It’s really great how excited everyone back home is getting.”

Some of the kids say the best part so far is meeting the other teams.

“It’s really cool. You get to see all the teams and talk to them in different voices and it’s cool,” said Bryce Laire of the Southwest team.

Even so, the 16 teams have one goal.

“We want to win Williamsport!” said Daniel Quiroz. “Yeah!”

Only one team can win the Little League World Series, and we will find out in 10 days who that team is.

Grand Slam Parade Kicks Off Little League World Series

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It`s that time of the year again in Lycoming County to play ball!

The Little League World Series starts Thursday but before the games begin, one big celebration was held in the city`s downtown.

Downtown Williamsport was a celebration of all things baseball.

The annual Grand Slam Parade held on West Fourth Street signaled the start of the 68th year of the Little League World Series in Lycoming County.

It`s a party for the young and young at heart.

“We`re the singing, sagging seniors. I belong to a group and we all dress up like old bats and so we all get our own little disguise up and we all do our own thing. We`ve been doing it for about six years,” said Beth Allison of Williamsport.

“I`ve watched Little League since I was a little kid. We`ve always gone over to the World Series,” said Heather Greenawart of Williamsport.

It was a frenzy on an international scale as the teams got caught up in the fan fever during the parade.

For locals, they`re proud to show off their home each year.

“I think it`s pretty cool and good for them because they`re getting to see Williamsport for the first time,” said Mike Gramely.

“Seeing different cultures and everybody get together it`s just a nice peaceful experience that I enjoy,” said Margaret Rintelman of Williamsport.

Members of the Aqua String Band from Philadelphia know who they’re rooting for.

There`s a team from Philadelphia in the series and its star pitcher is a 13-year old girl.

“This is the first time, I don`t think ever we`ve been in the World Series so we`re excited and we`re ecstatic and wish them to go all the way this year,” said band member Jeff Wiedmer.

And this is big year for Little League itself. The largest organized youth sport in the world turns 75 years old this year. It was started here in Williamsport back in 1939.

“Being that it`s our 75th anniversary, a lot of pride, these kids are small, medium, and large, have been here and continue to play baseball that started at our field,” said Jim McKinney, the president of the Original League from Williamsport.


Neighbors Relieved ‘Nuisance Bar’ Won’t Reopen

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WILLIAMSPORT — The district attorney in Lycoming County said a bar people have complained about for years will never open again.

A couple of rain clouds didn’t stop neighbors from sitting out on the porch while kids played on Franklin Street in Williamsport.

“Everybody comes out and sits around now,” said Bill Boatman of Williamsport.

Boatman lives across from The Port Tavern, a bar that was shut down by officals back in March. Now the district attorney has announced the bar will stay closed for good.

“Since I’ve lived here the bar has always been a drug bar,” said Boatman.

” Having empty beer bottles laying in front of your house. The noise was just astronomical,” said another neighbor.

Neighbors said police were called to the corner bar countless times. According to the district attorney, there were three shootings there within six months.

“We were all scared of the shootings, that’s what it was about,” Boatman said.

“You would walk by and there would be blood on the sidewalks from somebody who got shot, a drug deal that went bad,” said Kathy Hill of Williamsport.

Now, the district attorney has filed legal action against the bar and it’s owners, calling it a public nuisance.

“Growing up this was a neighborhood bar, but then as time went on people bought the place. Things changed,” Hill said.

Neighbors said they would like the entire building made into an apartment complex, so more families can come into the area.

Hill said the neighborhood has changed for the better since the bar closed down.

“You don’t have to worry about if something is going to come through your window,” she said.

Newswatch 16 did contact the owners of the bar, they had no comment.

Natural Gas To Electricity Plant in Lycoming County

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Ground was broken in Lycoming County Tuesday for a new natural gas power plant and a lot of the electricity generated is expected to heat homes and businesses in Pennsylvania.

Officials said they plan on using Marcellus Shale to generate electricity to power the community at the new plant that will bring jobs and more money to Central Pennsylvania.

Officials and project leaders broke ground at the future site of the Patriot Generating Station in Clinton Township near Montgomery. It is the second electric power plant in Pennsylvania that will use natural gas from Marcellus Shale. Even though the ground breaking was only held Tuesday, the contractor, Gemma Power, has already done quite a bit of work on the project.

“I would say about 25% complete,” said Fred Grasty, Quality Control Manager.

Grasty is from Montgomery. He has been working at the site since December. Officials said there are already 200 people working at the site. That number could increase to 500 before the project is done.

“It’s bringing in welders, electricians, piper fitters, and laborers.” said Grasty.

Grasty said local people are looking for jobs, “I just hired a guy the other day last week. That’s a local Montgomery hand.”

“This project here we feel very, very good about it, because it’s going to spend an awful lot on real estate taxes, which will be good for our county, our township,” said Bob More.

More sold 86 acres of his property where the power plant is being built. Many in the Montgomery area hope the site will improve their community.

Once construction is complete, gas from the Marcellus Shale will be brought in and help create electricity, which will in turn help power homes, schools, and businesses all across Pennsylvania.

“Produce locally and can be distributed locally,” said Greg Snyder from Siemens Energy.

Project leaders said the facility will help power up to a million homes in Pennsylvania and be a boost to the area’s economy.

“It will be a long 30, 40, 50 year producer of jobs and supporter of the local community,” said Snyder.

Once up and running, officials said the gas fired power plant could bring up to $5.8 billion to the local economy and create about 30 permanent positions. The construction project is expected to be complete by 2016.