Monday, March 6, 2017

BB&T Ballpark Overhaul Continues with More Major Improvements for 2017

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Seating upgrades, expanded netting and new dugouts announced
Williamsport, PA - The Williamsport Crosscutters and the City of Williamsport have announced additional renovations taking place in time for the Cutters 2017 season.

The lower seating section of the stadium will be demolished to make way for new Field Reserved seats (formerly known as box seats). At 22 inches in width, the new seats will be a full 5 inches wider than the existing seats and feature cup holders as well as wider aisles for enhance fan comfort and convenience.

“With the successful completion of our new UPMC Susquehanna Loggers Landingpremium deck, we set our sights on the main grandstand in order to enhance the fan experience,” said Peter Freund, Principal Owner of the Cutters. “Not only will we have more comfortable and accessible seating options, but we are doing so thoughtfully to maintain the charm of our historic ballpark while modernizing it at the same time.”

The new plan also includes new, larger dugouts that will be relocated to the traditional areas on the first and third base lines as well as new expanded protective netting that will protect all fans in the stadium seating area.

The new state-of-the-art protective netting will be thinner and stronger than the current netting, providing enhanced visibility and enhanced protection. The new netting system will be vertical and not connected to the stadium roof, thus still allowing fans the opportunity to grab a foul ball while also providing maximum protection.

Freund stated, “The new stadium configuration will also prioritize the safety of our fans enjoying a game at BB&T Ballpark by installing the same netting found at the newest ballparks in the Country.”

The newly announced renovations are being made possible by a $1.25 million RACP Grant by the state for renovations to 92-year old BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field.

This latest announcement means that all fixed seats in the facility will be new and improved in 2017. The team previously announced the conversion of the former general admission seating to new individual reserved seats which will now be known as Stadium Reserved seating.

The Crosscutters 2017 home opener is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20 against the State College Spikes. Season Ticket MVP

Friday, March 3, 2017

James V. Brown Library participates in 2017 ‘Raise the Region’ fundraiser

James V. Brown Library Logo
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – The James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., is again participating in the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania’s Raise the Region fundraiser.

Williamsport Symphony Orchestra - Raise the Region® 2017

Welcome to Raise the Region® 2017 - First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania's 30-hour regional fundraising event.

Penn College - Young Entrepreneur Honored at Chamber Education Celebration

Penn College alumnus John R. Yogodzinski (’07, graphic communications management) is joined by Debra M. Miller, vice president for institutional advancement (left), and Kimberly R. Cassel, director of alumni relations
Williamsport, PA - A young entrepreneur who has created a vibrant marketing company while also playing a role in Williamsport’s emerging arts scene received an Alumni of the Year Award at the 16th annual Education Celebration hosted by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Thursday night at the Williamsport Country Club.

Alumni of the Year Award at the 16th annual Education Celebration hosted by the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce

John R. Yogodzinski III, a 2007 graduate of Pennsylvania College of Technology, was among those honored at the event that recognizes alumni, educators and students nominated by their educational institutions, and celebrates the cooperation among Lycoming County school districts, colleges, and business and industry.

World of Little League® Museum Offering Behind-the-Scenes Tours at Open House on April 1

Vice President and Executive Director of the Peter J. McGovern Little League Museum Lance Van Auken gives tour a tour
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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Visitors to the World of Little League®: Peter J. McGovern Museum and Official Store, on Saturday, April 1, will have the unique opportunity to participate in behind-the-scenes tours of the Little League® International complex.

Visitors will get exclusive access to the Dr. Creighton J. Hale International Grove, Volunteer Stadium, and Howard J. Lamade Stadium.  

As a part of the museum’s annual Open House, two full-complex tours are scheduled to begin in front of the museum at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively. There is no fee for the guided tour and admission to the World of Little League Museum is free that day.

Photo of the Day- North Central PA scene along a stream in Antes Fort

Along a stream in Antes Fort

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Penn College - Statewide presentations champion technical dual enrollment

Image: Pennsylvania College of Technology 
Monica A. McCarty, Penn College dual-enrollment specialist
Williamsport, PA — A member of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s College Transitions staff recently co-presented sessions on dual enrollment at the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Conference on Integrated Learning and at the Pennsylvania Association of Career & Technical Administrators 27th Annual Education and Workforce Development Symposium.

At the gatherings, Monica A. McCarty, Penn College dual-enrollment specialist, joined Randy Zangara, career and technology education director for Williamsport Area High School, in presenting sessions titled “Dual Enrollment Partnerships: Technical coursework and a pathways approach.”

Through dual enrollment partnerships, high school students can take college courses, earning credit on both their high school and college transcripts.

McCarty and Zangara discussed how pathways for dual enrollment in technical areas are created and expanded. While the benefits of dual enrollment for students are becoming well-known, they asserted, the majority of partnerships focus on general-education coursework, disregarding a large population of students who can also benefit from dual enrollment in technical fields. Meanwhile, partnerships that provide dual enrollment in such fields can help to reinforce the importance of hands-on, technical skills.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Little League® Eastern Region Director Don Soucy Announces Retirement; Assistant Region Director Corey Wright to be Named Director

(L to R): Eastern Region Staff - Amry Shelby, Don Soucy, Corey Wright
Courtesy of Little League Baseball and Softball
Don Soucy will serve as a Senior Advisor for the Eastern Region until his official retirement in June.SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (February 1, 2017) – Don Soucy, Little League®Eastern Region Director, has announced his retirement after more than 25 years of service at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn.