Lily LaRegina, Special to the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association
Howard J. Lamade Stadium sits empty during what would have been the second week of the 2020 Little League World Series in South Williamsport on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020. As the severity of the COVID-19 global pandemic continued to increase this past spring, the Little League International's Board of Directors made the announcement in April that the 2020 World Series would be canceled. The lack of Little League in Williamsport and South Williamsport is hurting local businesses and hospitality services already under financial strain during the pandemic.
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – Franco's Lounge, a little family-owned Italian joint on Fourth Street, has hosted the likes of Orel Hershiser, Alex Rodríguez and Jennifer Lopez.
But not in the coronavirus year of 2020. There are no ESPN crews, and no 12-year-old baseball players from Hawaii, or Italy, enjoying the menu and cozy atmosphere at Franco's.
The Little League World Series was canceled in April because of the COVID-19 pandemic and this quaint Pennsylvania city on the Susquehanna River, and it's sister city _ South Williamsport, where Little League is actually headquartered _ won't be hostin...