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  • Tuesday / July 22, 2014


    Bloomsburg Flood Protection

    The Bloomsburg Town Council recently gave their okay for the installation of three sanitary sewage pump stations and six sanitary flow control structures around the yet – to – be – built floodwall protecting Autoneum and the former Windsor Food plant. SEDA – Cog's Glenda Ruch telling council that the town's Municipal Authority has agreed to own the facilities... but they have no one to take care of the pump stations during flooding. The Council agreed that duty will fall upon Public Works Department employees who will shift their job duties from road and general maintenance to flood control.


    Pension Reform

    Next week at this time the state legislature will be in special session... trying to resolve the issue of pension reform. During a stop in Bloomsburg last week, Governor Tom Corbett says it's one of the most complex issues facing his administration. The pension issue comes as Governor Corbett is facing re-election this fall. But in his talk... Corbett says his opponent Tom Wolf believes there isn't a pension crisis in the state.


    More Pension Reform

    Don't blame me... that's what a Luzerne County State Senator is saying in reference to the $50 - billion state pension crisis in Pennsylvania. State Senator John Yudichak says he voted no on a measure passed in 2001 that provided a 50 percent increase in pension benefits for lawmakers and a 25 percent increase for state and school employees. He says a 2010 reform measure that reduced pension benefits among other actions is working, but the crisis continues. Yudichak supports a plan to borrow nine billion dollars to reduce the unfunded liability.. he says a severance tax on the natural gas industry could pay the interest.


    Berwick Stabbing

    A preliminary hearing is scheduled next month for a Berwick man charged with aggravated and simple assault... stemming from a domestic disturbance over the weekend in an apartment in the 100 block of West Second Street. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says 19 – year old Steven Mercado and 50 – year old John Alex Flores – Rivera got into a fight on Saturday... which led to the stabbing of 61 – year old Ruth Rhodes... identified as Mercado's grandmother. She was stabbed in the shoulder by Flores – Rivera who had grabbed a knife during the argument. Strish says Flores – Rivera was arraigned... and when he was not able to post $50 – thousand bail... he was remanded to the Columbia County Prison until his August 4th arraignment.


    Temporary Beer Gardens

    The Liquor Control Board's handling of temporary licenses is being criticized by the co-chair of a Senate Committee overseeing the agency. They're called "Pop-Up Gardens"... off-site, catered events granted temporary licenses to serve beer and liquor. But State Senator Jim Ferlo, one of two chairmen of the Senate Law and Justice committee which oversees the L-C-B, says the agency is allowing liquor to be sold 10 hours a day, seven days a week, when the limit should be 5 hours for just one day. Ferlo says this is hurting restaurants and taverns near these "Pop-Up Gardens".


    Turnpike Speed Limits

    The transportation law passed last year authorizes a 70 mile an hour speed limit on eligible roads. But WHLM's Cathy Clark reports portions of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be the first to adopt the new limit. A 100 mile section of the PA Turnpike between the Blue Mountain and Morgantown Interchanges will go to 70 miles an hour this week. The Turnpike commission says its studies show that the design of the system in that area can safely accommodate the higher limit. Meanwhile, PennDOT is still reviewing other 65 mile an hour highways to see if the limit could be safely raised on any sections.


    Fire Department Grants

    Several Luzerne County fire volunteer fire departments are in line to receive an estimated 30 – thousand dollars from $590 – thousand being dolled out by the state Bureau of Forestry. The departments are located in area's where forest and brush fires are big problems. The money will be earmarked for equipment and training.


    Wilkes – Barre Sex Assault

    A disturbing story out of Wilkes – Barre. Police say they're investigating the sexual assault of a 9 – year old girl. The incident took place late yesterday afternoon on a home on South Sherman Street. For the most part... police are remaining tight lipped. No arrests have been made.


    NEPA Gas Prices

    The average cost of a gallon of gas continues to go down. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.60 a gallon... that's a penny less than the weekend... and nearly five cents a gallon from a week ago. The drop is attributed to a stabilizing situation in Iraq.



    The Luzerne County Treasurer's office is loosing an important employee. Office deputy Dominick DePolo will retire in early September after spending the past 15 years as a county employee. DePolo was involved in several initiatives to save Luzerne County money... and came up with programs to generate new revenues. They included the in – house collection of county taxes in cities.


    WHLM Sports

    NFL Football

    A sure sign that the football season is right around the corner- NFL preseason camps are opening. The Buffalo Bills were the first of the 32 teams to begin preseason workouts. The New York Giants will be on the field Tuesday, and that means that former Southern Columbia star Henry Hynoski will be starting his 4th NFL season. Hynoski appears to be fully recovered from a knee injury which limited him to just three games last season.


    PHL Phillies

    Pitching for the first time in two months, Phillies starter Cliff Lee lasted into the 6th inning against San Francisco Monday night. The Phils trailed 6-4 when he left the game. The Giants defeating the Phillies 7 to 4. Game two of the series is tonight starting at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.


    Other MLB Games

    In other games Monday night.. The Los Angles Dodges defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 2... the New York Mets were downed by the Seattle Mariners 5 to 2... and the Texas Rangers got by the New York Yankees 4 to 2.


  • What's Happening?

    July 21

    The Columbia Vally Moose Lodge will be hosting a blood drive from 1-6 PM on Monday. The lodge is located on Seiple behind Sheetz on Route 11 in Bloomsburg.


    July 21

    The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance is holding a community forum this Monday evening at 6 PM at White Haven Presbyterian Church. The topic will be protecting the community against drug use. The church is on Berwick Street in White Haven.


    July 21 - 24

    Wesley United Methodist Church on Market Street in Bloomsburg will be hosting a kids' choir camp starting Monday. The four-day program will meet from 6-7 PM each evening to learn traditional camp songs. No reservation is needed. For more information, call the church at 570-784-1407.


    July 22

    The Danville Memorial Park summer concert series continues this Tuesday evening with acoustic rock by Rusty Foulke. The concert starts at 7 PM - rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian on Bloom Street.


    July 23

    The Summer Concert Series continues at the Bloomsburg Town Park this Wednesday night at 7 PM. Enjoy classic rock and country hits from the 50s through the 80s played by Top Shelf. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street.


    July 23

    The Summer Concert Series at the Bloomsburg Town Park continues this Wednesday night with Top Shelf playing Classic Rock and Country from the 50s to the 80s starting at 8:30 PM. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street.


    July 24

    Meet award-wining journalist and author Dan Washburn at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Thursday evening, as he discusses his book "The Forbidden Game." The book looks at the parallels between China's development and the surreal way the game of golf has been treated within the country. The talk starts at 6:30 PM at the library on Market Street in Bloomsburg.


    July 24

    Stop by the Jackson Mansion in Berwick this Thursday for the next of their Summer Concert Series. An evening of gospel music presented by SCMM and The Evansville Gang starts at 7 PM. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and some cash for concessions. The Mansion is on Market Street in Berwick.


    July 26

    The Columbia-Montour Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International will meet this Saturday at 10 AM at Spirit Life Church, 1338 Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg. The guest speaker will be Darren Canning. There will be free coffee and snacks. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 570-799-0231.


    July 26

    The Bloomsburg Salvation Army is getting an early start on the Christmas season as they're holding a Christmas In July toy drive at the Columbia Mall this Saturday. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the mall gazebo from 10AM - 5PM. All items will go to children in need in the Bloomsburg region through the Christmas Assistance Program.


    July 26

    Help rebuild the Bloomsburg Skate Park this Saturday with a charity raffle at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Market Street. Doors open at 12:15, and the raffle begins at 1 PM sharp. Tickets are $30 each and includes all-you-can-eat food and drinks from Marley's. Prizes include $250 Gift cards, electronics, Phillies tickets, cash prizes and more! Tickets are limited to the first 250 sold. For more information call 570-854-1822.


    July 26

    St Peter's Lutheran Church in Danville is holding their annual ice cream festival this Saturday at 4 PM. Come for the cookout, soups, ice cream, and music by Leon Derr. The church is at the corner of Grovania Drive and County Line Road.


    July 26 & 27

    It's 1940s Weekend at the Eckley Miners' Village Museum in Weatherly. Experience the WWII era on Saturday and Sunday with big band music, Allied and Axis encampments, historical talks, an antique car show, and a swing dance from 6-9 PM on Saturday. Cover charge for the dance is $10. Get in for just $8 by coming in period attire or uniform. For more information, check out


    Thru July 26

    The 87th Orangeville Fire Company Carnival runs now through Saturday, July 26. There's tons of carnival food, games, rides, and free nightly entertainment.  The line-up this year includes the Raven Creek Band on 7/21, the Catawissa Military Band on 7/22, the McNett Country Band on 7/23, Memory Lane on 7/24, Smooth Country on 7/25, and Covert Action on 7/26. Don't forget the Pet & Toy Parade on Tuesday, July 22 moving at 7 PM. 


    July 27

    Come to the Morris Family Restaurant on Route 11 West of Bloomsburg this Saturday from 3-7 PM for a benefit Spaghetti Dinner in honor of local Sprint Car driver Duane Mausteller. Cost per adult is $8 ahead of time or $10 at the door, $5 for kids. Tickets can be bought early at Morris' Restaurant or by calling 570-951-2137.


    Thru July 27

    It's fairy tale time at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble as they present "The Sticky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" running through Sunday, July 27 at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Group rates are available. For more information, check out BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.


    July 31 (August 6)

    The Bloomsburg Rotary Club and the Columbia County United Way are hosting a breakfast with internationally-recognized motivational speaker Michael Angelo Caruso on Wednesday, August 6, at Monty's on the Bloomsburg Univeristy campus from 8-10 AM. Caruso's will present his program, "How to Engage Someone in 15 Seconds" following breakfast. Tickets are $30 each - seats are limited and deadline for reservations is July 31. For more information, contact the United Way office at 570-784-3134.


    August 1 & 2

    Don't miss the BTE Noh Training Project's torchlight performance of the traditional Japanese play, Hagoromo, Friday and Saturday August 1 & 2 at the Bloomsburg Town Park bandshell. Performances begin at sunset, so bring a chair and a warm blanket. Noh is one of the oldest forms of theater in the world, and the Noh Training Project is the only intensive training program based in the U.S.


    Thru August 15

    You and your young actors can still sign up for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunities for all ages throughout the summer. Scholarships are available. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.


    Thru August 22

    Come to the Moose Exchange Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg and check out an exhibition of High School artists running now through August 22nd.


    Thru Sept 28

    Donations are being accepted for the Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale going on now until late September. The doors will be open for shopping Thursdays through Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM at the ARC storefront in the Bloomsburg Cinema Center plaza on Route 11. Donations of appliances, clothing, and other items can be dropped off 7 days a week - please no Televisions, Computers, Mattresses, Box Springs, or Exercise Equipment. All proceeds go to support A.R.C. Volunteers are still needed! Call 570-275-2313 for more information.



    Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainece to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to



    Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.



    The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.


    The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a newly arrived American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.


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