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Follow along as field staff member Susan Gallagher releases a porcupine back into the wild and we’ll have a conversation with the executive director of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission about the status of the state’s fish population.  Plus, we have a trout season edition of Pennsylvania People and Places and a product giveaway and it’s all Sunday night at 6:30.

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Multiple Crashes on Interstate 380

A blast of winter-like weather caused all sorts of problems Tuesday night.

Rain turned to snow as the temperature dropped in parts of our viewing area.

One trouble spot was Interstate 380 in Lackawanna County and into Wayne and Monroe counties.

A tanker truck carrying sulfuric acid overturned in a multi-vehicle wreck on I-380 near the Gouldsboro exit.

Officials at the scene told Newswatch 16 so far it does not appear that any acid has leaked out of the tanker truck.

Businesses Prepare for Easter Sales

WAYNE COUNTY — The week leading up to Easter means a busy time for businesses that sell everything from flowers to candy.

Folks in Wayne County are getting ready for the spring holiday even though the weather Tuesday was far from spring-like.

A cold rain was falling but under the tent the flowers had bloomed. A truck recently dropped off a load of lilies and hyacinths for a roadside stand near Honesdale, a sure sign that Easter Sunday is days away.

“Easter then we take a week break, back for Mother’s day, Father’s Day, the whole season,” said Denise Smith.

But for now, it’s an Easter menu Dave’s Super Duper is ready to help with, stocking the coolers with ingredients for a holiday dinner for the whole family.

The supermarket’s owner said sales in the lead up to easter help after a long winter like the one we’ve had.

New Mayor Appointed in Honesdale

HONESDALE — A borough in Wayne County has a new mayor.

Honesdale Borough Council approved Jack Bishop as mayor at a meeting Monday night.

Bishop is well-known in Honesdale, having served on borough council.  He is also a veteran who is extremely involved in veterans affairs.

Ed Langendoerfer, the former mayor, resigned earlier this month because of his recent conflicts with Honesdale Borough Council.

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Strong Wind Spreads Fire, Destroys Home

PRESTON TOWNSHIP–Firefighters from Wayne and Susquehanna counties had a busy morning battling a fire that destroyed a home near Lakewood.

“When the crews arrived here the whole house was fully involved, flames through the roof. One wall of the house had already partially collapsed,” fire chief Tom Tisano said.

Fire crews say the homeowner, Salamphet Phonechanh was doing yard work with his wife when they noticed their home was on fire.

The two tried to put the fire out themselves before calling 911, but crews say the delayed call and gusty winds helped the fire spread quickly.

“With the winds now at 20-25 miles per hour, that really fueled the fire. It started a brush fire across the street and burned about an acre around the house so there was a lot going on,” Tisano said.

Along with burning some trees and the grass, the fire also destroyed the shed next to the home.

Body Found in Lackawaxen River Identified

HAWLEY — State police in Wayne County believe they found the body of a man that has been missing for almost two months.

Troopers say trout fishermen came upon the body of Richard Calvitti, 69, in the Lackawaxen River Sunday morning.

The man from Hawley went missing back in February.

An autopsy was done on Monday. The coroner ruled the death a suicide.

Two Brand New Businesses Gutted by Fire

TEXAS TOWNSHIP — A fire that broke out Saturday night on Route 6 near Honesdale gutted two shops, and left three others damaged by smoke and water.

Investigators have not determined a cause, but told merchants there was no evidence of arson.

Firefighters managed to stop the flames from reaching a carpet showroom, boutique, and health food store. However, two brand new businesses, 2 Cousins Construction and Savannah’s Inspirational Woodworks, were reduced to charred rubble.

In the daylight, a grand opening flag still waved in the wind.

“Our grand opening was last Saturday. We were scheduling our ribbon cutting ceremony in two weeks,” said Erich Buehring who owns the businesses.

The owners of the two businesses that were burned out know about overcoming hardship.