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  • Bethany United Methodist Church's Bethany Blessings holiday craft show is today from 9AM – 2PM. There will be crafters, vendors, food & baked goods, and Santa Claus visiting from 1-2. The church is on Summerhill Avenue in Berwick.

     

    BTE's annual TreeFest continues this weekend at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. See more than 130 live decorated trees and enjoy live local entertainment. Hours are today 10AM - 6PM, and Sunday from Noon-4PM.

     

    The 70th annual Berwick Community Christmas Boulevard opens today through Saturday December 31. Come to Market Street in Berwick from 6-10 PM every evening and marvel at the decorations along the mile-long boulevard. Proudly sponsored by the WHLM stations.

     

    The annual Minersville Santa Train rides with the Project 113 steam engine are this Sunday and Sunday December 18. Rides depart from the Minersville train station on East Sunbury Street at 10:30AM, 1PM, & 3PM. Tickets are $13 for adults, $9, for kids 3-11, and free for children under 3.

     

    Give a gift with meaning this year at the annual Mission Mall alternative gift-giving event Sunday at the Mifflinville Methodist Social Hall on Market Street. From Noon-3 meet with local charities and make a donation in someone's name. Lunch and cookie plates will be available.



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    Millard / Barletta

    It's the waiting game for Congressman Lou Barletta. Earlier in Donald Trump's search for a Transportation Secretary... Mr. Barletta was highly recommended. But, that job has gone to another... and this time Mr. Barletta's name is being tossed about as Secretary of Labor... something that doesn't surprise State Representative David Millard of Berwick. Appearing on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Mr. Millard said he'd be interested in Mr. Barletta's job in Washington.... if he were to vacate the position.

     

    Prayer / Football

    A second school district in the area has ordered the head football coach to stop praying with his players. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting... members of the Danville Area High School football team have a tradition of praying before each game. A national group fighting for the separation of church and state found out about that, and like it did the Dunmore team, helped put an end to it. The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter to Danville Area's superintendent this week after someone posted a video on social media of a coach appearing to pray with the football team.

     

    Drought Conditions
    Parts of Pennsylvania dealing with drought conditions got some welcome relief this week in the form of rainfall, but, much more is needed. Thirty counties remain under a drought watch which calls for a voluntary 5 percent reduction in non-essential water use. Those areas got over an inch of rain this week with more expected over the next few days, but state environmental officials say rainfall deficits total 7 to 8 inches. In addition, a drought warning remains for Carbon, Lehigh, Monroe and Northampton Counties.

     

    PennDOT Tech
    The state Department of Transportation and Penn State University have teamed up to form a high-tech partnership. PennDOT's District 2, which covers nine midstate counties has been chosen as a technology corridor, with a focus on Interstate 99. The department and Penn State are teaming up to place Intelligent Transportation Systems, or ITS technology on I-99 and conduct tests, which include the use of autonomous or driverless vehicles. Officials say the partnership's goals are to reduce road congestion, increase safety and save lives.

     

    Ex-Offenders
    A law that aims to give ex-offenders of low-level crimes a better foothold in society is now in effect. The law allows people who have been convicted of non-violent misdemeanors to have their criminal record sealed from public view...if they have served their punishment and have stayed out of the criminal justice system for ten years. To do this, the person must file a petition with the Court of Common Pleas in the county where the charge originated. Supporters say the law will reduce recidivism and lower corrections costs for the state.

     

    Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble

    The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble is in the middle of producing a play... all by three cast members... about “Every Christmas Story Ever Told.” It's a 90 minute comedy everyone can relate too. “Every Christmas Story Ever Told”... runs weekends through December 23rd

     

    Wilkes – Barre Fatal

    The Luzerne County coroner said a woman is dead after a crash in Wilkes-Barre. Emergency crews were called to the intersection of Market Street and Pennsylvania Boulevard around 4:30 p.m. Thursday. A driver slammed into a pole at the corner of the busy downtown intersection. The driver was taken to the hospital where the coroner said she died.

     

    Charitable Organizations
    Some charitable organizations in Pennsylvania are seeing donations come in at a slower pace this year. In 2015, the Lycoming County United Way helped fund 34 organizations that provided services to more than 28-thousand people--about a quarter of the total county population. This year, the organization is still about one million dollars away from its 1-point-4 million dollar fund raising goal for the year. Its executive director says that could be due to uncertainty in the presidential election year...and the rise in healthcare premiums.

     

    UGI Gas
    New gas rates are in effect for UGI customers. Subscribers will see their monthly gas bill go down. UGI said in a news release that rates for residential heating will go down about 6.2 percent. An average residential bill will go from $82.92 per month to $77.75 per month.

     

     



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  • High School Football State Semifinals

    In a game you heard on the WHLM Stations, Southern Columbia faced Ligonier Valley in the Class AA State Semifinals Friday night. Final Score: Southern Columbia 31 - Ligonier Valley 27. 

     
    Friday night's other semifinal was Steel Valley 49 - Wilmington 13.
     

     

    Huskies Basketball

    The Bloomsburg University men’s and women’s basketball teams were in Erie to play Mercyhurst Saturday afternoon. The Huskies Women's team lost to Mercyhurst 66-46 and the Huskies Men's team lost 74-68.

     

    College Wrestling

    The Bloomsburg University wrestling team takes on George Mason Saturday at the Nelson Field House. That match starts at 2 0’clock.



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    Southern Columbia

    Southern Columbia has been to the state football finals a record 14 times. The Tigers are one win away from making it 15. Friday night in the Class AA semifinals at Bald Eagle Area High School, Southern Columbia plays Ligonier Valley in a matchup of two unbeaten teams. The game kicked off at 7 O'clock. 

     

    Final Score In the High School Football State Semi-Final is Southern Columbia 31 - Ligonier Valley 27. 

     

    Friday night's other semifinal was Steel Valley 49 - Wilmington 13.

     

    BU Basketball

    The Bloomsburg University men’s and women’s basketball teams play at Mercyhurst Saturday afternoon starting with the women’s game at 1 o’clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:30.

     

    BU Wrestling

    There’s college wrestling Saturday afternoon at the Nelson Field house as Bloomsburg University takes on George Mason. That match begins at 2 o’clock.

     

    NFL / Thursday

    In the NFL Thursday night... it was the Dallas Cowboys over the Minnesota Vikings 17 to 15.

     



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