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Friends Remember Late Business Owner

SHAMOKIN — Family and friends are mourning the loss of a business owner in Shamokin.

Robert Jones, known as “Bob” to his friends, was the president of Jones ACE Hardware, a high school teacher and former Northumberland County Commissioner.

“There’s things you just feel you want to go ask him, and now he’s not there to ask. So, it’s a little bit of a void,” said Joe Harris, a manger of Jones ACE Hardware.

Jones’ friends said he died on March 12 from a heart attack. He was 73 years old.

“I wish I could be half the man he was, truly, really,” said Patrick Giarrizzo from Shamokin.

The original location of Jones Hardware is in Shamokin. Friends of Jones said he was the driving force behind expanding the company.

“He opened our store in Herndon making us a three store chain for ACE,” said Harris.

Bishop Gainer Installed As Bishop Of Harrisburg

HARRISBURG — A new bishop took over the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg on Wednesday.

It’s a big day today for many Catholics in central Pennsylvania.  Bishop Ronald Gainer is now officially the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg. The Diocese of Harrisburg is made up of 15 counties including Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder and Union Counties.

Bishop Gainer was born and raised in Pottsville and previously told Newswatch 16 he is proud to be a “coal cracker.”

There were a lot of smiles as Bishop Ronald Gainer was installed at St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg becoming the 11th Bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg.

“My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,” said Bishop Gainer to applause. “It feels very good to drop the title of bishop designate.”

Bob Sullivan and his wife grew up with the new bishop in Pottsville.

This week on Home & Backyard

This week on Home & Backyard:

-We’re making a springtime recipe at a local restaurant in Dallas
-Early seed planting!
-Paul Epsom has some indoor gardening tips for your houseplants
-Check out this springtime garden display, inside this 75 degree greenhouse!

It’s all this Saturday (3-22-14) at 9am, only on WNEP.

New Bishop Set To Oversee Harrisburg Diocese

HARRISBURG — There will be a new bishop installed Wednesday in the Diocese of Harrisburg.

Bishop Ronald Gainer is a Pottsville native and he will become the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg.

The installation ceremony begins at 2 p.m. and once that mass is over, Bishop Ronald Gainer will officially oversee a quarter of a million parishioners in 15 counties. That includes Catholics in Columbia, Montour, Snyder, Union and Northumberland Counties.

Bishop Ronald Gainer was introduced in January as the 11th bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg. He was born and raised in Pottsville and told Newswatch 16 he is proud to be a “coal cracker.”

This week on Pennsylvania Outdoor Life

Trout season is just around the corner and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is ready.  Join us at the Benner Spring Fish Hatchery in Central PA for a tour of their facility and watch a truck get loaded with trout destined for a local lake.  Plus, find out how efforts of a couple of groups in Schuylkill County are helping to clean up the Schuylkill River.  We’ve got all that plus People and Places and a product giveaway, all Sunday night at 6:30.

LIVE: Installation of Bishop Ronald W. Gainer

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Watch the Mass of Installation of Pottsville native Bishop Ronald W. Gainer, live at 2 p.m. on March 19.
The Mass of Installation will be streamed live from St. Patrick Cathedral in Harrisburg.

Frustrations Over New Housing Policy at Susquehanna University

SELINSGROVE–About 2,200 students attend Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. Around 100 seniors live off campus as well as some commuters, but next fall, university officials say those rules will change.

“The policy basically says that we will not be releasing any additional students off campus,” Chief Communications Officer Angela Burrows said.

University officials say in the past, students were allowed to live off campus because the school did not have the capacity to house everyone on campus. But now that Susquehanna University has additional residence halls, almost all students will be required to live on campus.

Susquehanna University is not the only school to implement these rules. Lycoming College and Bucknell University both have similar housing policies in place.