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  • Wednesday / April 1, 2015


    Block Party

    The annual rite of passage is just around the corner. Block party in Bloomsburg takes place April 18th.... and due to new zoning restrictions... huge gatherings are not anticipated. Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan says the usual compliment of officers will be supplemented by others. Chief Van Loan says there will be extra cars from out of town agencies... as well as a horse patrol to keep party goers in line.


    PASHEE Cops

    Where can Bloomsburg University police... and cops at 13 other state-owned schools have arrest powers. Now... there's proposed legislation in Harrisburg that seeks to clarify where campus police have authority. The bill states that the arrest powers of campus police extend to the roads and grounds that surround the state schools. It's the result of an October DUI arrest where the judge threw out the case because it involved a campus police officer in a location just off campus. The bill seeks to close a loophole created by that case, clearly spelling out where the powers of campus police officers can be carried out.


    Berwick Bust

    Three Berwick residents have been arrested and are now facing a long list of drug charges. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says the arrests this week of David Bomboy... Rebecca Ohl and Pamela Sponenberg capped an undercover investigation. It all went down Monday when Bomboy and Sponenberg were taken into custody as they left a Berwick apartment following a controlled buy of cocaine. Police then discovered Ohl and plenty of alleged drug paraphernalia. The trio was arraigned before a District Justice where bail was set at a half – million dollars for Bomboy... and $50,000 each for Sponenberg and Ohl. All are in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.


    PPL Request

    Starting the first of 2016... we could be seeing high PPL bills. The Allentown – Based utility is asking the state Public Utility Commission to okay a proposed rate increase. The average custom would see an increase of roughly $10.00 a month. PPL says the money from the rate hike would be earmarked for improved reliability and reduced outages.


    Revenue Budget

    The Acting Revenue Secretary going before the Senate Appropriations Committee as budget hearings continue. WHLM's David Payne is reporting Secretary Eileen McNulty spent much of the hearing defending Governor Tom Wolf's proposed 50 percent reduction in local property taxes, saying the formula used to come up with the cuts was fair and equitable, based in current state law. She also defended the Governor's plan for a 5-percent severance tax on Marcellus Shale drilling, with some Senators predicting it won't produce the billion-dollars in yearly revenue the Governor is predicting.


    Mifflinville / Memorial Day

    Plans are well underway for the annual Memorial Day weekend in Mifflinville. Organizer Bonnie Farver says starting Saturday, May 23rd there will be plenty of fun activities including a farm tractor and car show... capped by the annual Memorial Day parade on the 25th. The parade route takes marchers to the cemetery... which a ceremony will be held with County Commissioner Dave Kovach as the featured speaker.


    Toddler Update

    Authorities in Lycoming County are still debating weather to charge the parents of a two year old toddler who shot himself last week. Zackary Lee remains in critical condition at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Investigators say little Zackary found a weapon in his parents room... took it downstairs... and pulled the trigger.



    Governor Wolf has announced that the deadline to apply for the Low – Income Home Energy Assistance program has been extended until May 1st. LIHEAP was to have originally ended Friday... but was given an extra 30 days due to the severity and length of the winter. The program is funded by the federal government.


    Additional Charges

    More legal troubles for a Northumberland County man. Police say Victor Hare is now charged with involuntary manslaughter and drug delivery... following the death of a 9 – year old boy in his care last year. Investigators in Northumberland County say the youngster swallowed drugs that Hare had had lying around the house.


    Bucknell Students

    Three Bucknell University students were expelled this week. The trio working at the student – run radio station were expelled after making racist and violent remarks. All three were working last Friday when they made the remarks... on the air. A University spokesman says the behavior won't be tolerated.


    Bomb Threat

    Hazleton Police are still trying to figure out who left a note in a student bathroom... threatening to blow up the High School. Authorities say it was written on a napkin. A search of the building failed to turn up a device.


    Selinski's Gal Pal

    The ex – girlfriend of convicted killer Hugo Selenski... has been arrested on drug charges. Police say 44 – year old Carey Bartoo of Hanover Township... and 41 – year old Tara Cooper of Hunlock Creek were arrested by police over the weekend in Wilkes – Barre. Cops say they saw the pair with uncapped hypodermic needles... as well as packets of suspected cocaine. Both are lodged in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail.


    WHLM Sports

    BU Baseball

    Tuesday's snow storm was the only winner in local sports. Among the postponed events was the Bloomsburg University baseball team's doubleheader at Lock Haven. Those games have been rescheduled for Thursday afternoon starting at 1 o'clock.



    In men's college basketball Tuesday night, in the semifinals of the National Invitational Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City... Miami just got by Temple 60 to 57... and Stanford dominated Old Dominion 67 – 60.



    In exhibition baseball Tuesday, the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Toronto Bluejays 10 to 4. The Phils have announced that Cole Hamels will be their opening day starter. The Phils open the regular season next Monday at home against the Boston Red Sox.

  • What's Happening?


    March 30

    Sweet Valley Church of Christ is hosting free ladies' exercise classes Monday mornings at 9AM starting Monday March 30. Please dress appropriately and bring an exercise mat and water bottle. The church is on Main Road in Sweet Valley. For more information call 844-782-2266.


    March 30

    Come to Bloomsburg University's Carver Hall this Monday night for a free public screening of the acclaimed documentary film on hunger in America, A Place At The Table: One Nation Underfed. The film rolls at 7PM.


    April 2

    Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series continues with Take 6 - the most awarded vocal group in history - Thursday April 6 at 8PM at the Haas Center for the Arts. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children and BU students. For more information, find the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.


    Through April 3

    Reliance Fire Company #1 in Berwick is holding their annual Lenten Fish Fry every Friday through April 3. Eat in or take out. Local delivery is available for businesses and factories with a minimum of 5 orders. The fire company is at 501 West 3rd Street in Berwick. Call to pre-order, 570-752-5621.


    Through April 3

    Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg for their latest community exhibition - The Photographic Process - featuring works submitted by local amateur and professional photographers. The show runs through April 3.


    April 4

    Come to the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg this Saturday at Noon for a free performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream - part of BTE's theater in the classroom series. The perfromance is sponsored by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library.


    April 4

    Black Creek United Methodist Church will hold an Easter egg hunt Saturday April 4 from Noon - 3PM. Children of all ages are invited to join the hunt. The church is at 158 Golf Course Road in Sugarloaf.


    April 4 - May 16

    The Moose Exchange's Stairwell Gallery is looking for your submissions to "What Are You Watching?" the next community art exhibition - based around the theme of film and television. Submissions can be in any medium - physical or video - and should be submitted by April 4. A special screening for submitted experimental films and animations will be held Saturday April 11 from 11AM - 11PM with a reception at 6PM at the Antler gallery in downtown Bloomsburg.


    Through April 5

    Come to Artspace gallery in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their latest exhibition, Vista Gradients, by local fine art photographer Danielle deLeon. The showing runs through April 5.


    Through April 8

    Bloomsburg University's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program will be offering free assistance in filing your taxes through April 8 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Market Street in Bloomsburg. If you have low to moderate income or are 60 and older, stop by the church Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 4-8PM for help in filing your taxes. For more information call 570-389-5234.


    April 9

    Come to Market Square in downtown Bloomsburg Thursday April 9 at 2:45 PM for an observation of the 150th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War. At 3:15 PM local churches will toll their bells for 4 minutes in remembrance of the 4 years of the war. The program at the Civil War monument will include demonstrations of fife and drum music, live fire, and drills by the 149th PA Bucktails reenactment group.


    April 9

    Columbia County Christian School in Buckhorn will hold a Kindergarten open House on Thursday April 9 from 6-7:30 PM. Come meet the teachers, tour the facilities, and learn about the curriculum. The school is at 123 School House Road in Buckhorn.


    April 10 & 11

    Wesley United Methodist Church's spring rummage sale is coming up Friday April 10 from 8AM - 4PM and Saturday April 11 from 8AM - 1PM at the church on Market Street in Bloomsburg. Items can be dropped off for donation any time leading up to the sale. For more information call 570-784-1407.


    April 11

    There's still time to get your ticket to BTE's Taming of the Brew, Saturday April 1, 7-11 PM at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Come sample craft brews from ascross the country and try some local home-brewed beers as well. For more information visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.


    April 11

    The 6th annual Believe In Hope 5K Run & Walk in memory of Carissa Barrett will be held Saturday, April 11 at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Registration opens at 8AM. The race starts at 10AM. Registration fee is $20 or $8 without a shirt. Proceeds benefit St Jude's Children's Hospital. For more information, call 570-764-5778.


    April 11 & 12

    The 4th annual Susquehanna River Arts open studio tour is happening Saturday and Sunday April 11 & 12. Several local artists' studios will be open 11AM - 5PM both days for you to browse their work, talk with the artists, and get a glimpse at the creative process. Collect all the participating artists' initials and be entered for a chance to win free art! For more information and details on participating artists visit


    April 12

    Greenwood Friends School is holding an open house on Sunday April 12 from 2-4 PM. The school serves students from Preschool through 8th grade. Greenwood Friends is on State Route 254 just outside of Millville. For more information, call the school at 57- 458-5532.


    April 17

    Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series wraps up the season with Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem, Friday April 17 at 7:30PM in BU's Carver Hall. The acclaimed vocal band will present "American Spiritual," a selection of tunes drawing on 150 years of American music from Appalachian ballads to Rock & Roll.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for children and BU students. For more information, find the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at the top of the page.


    April 18

    Bring your pup or pooch to Clark's Ag & Pet on Route 11 in Bloomsburg for a Doggie Biscuit Hunt, Saturday April 18 from 11AM - 2PM. A $5 donation gets your dog in the hunt - all dogs will receive a treat bag. All dogs must be on a leash. For more information call 570-275-7896.


    April 18

    The Danville Child Development Center's annual Celebrity Waiter dinner is coming up Saturday, April 18, at the historic Danville Borough Ballroom on Mill Street. Step back to the Roaring Twenties with flappers, casino games, and live music. Cost is $60 each or $100 per couple. Cocktails start at 5PM with dinner at 5:45. For more information, call 570-275-4047.


    April 18

    The Animal Resource Center will host Another Night of Wine And Music, Saturday April 18 at the Barn at Boone's Dam on Fort McClure Boulevard in Bloomsburg. Enjoy live jazz from Tony Kurdilla and the Lehigh Avenue Jazz Quartet, appetizers, and check out the silent auction. Doors open at 6PM, wine tasting by Shade Mountain Winery starts at 6:30. Get your tickets in advance for just a $35 donation. Proceeds benefit ARC. For more information, call 570-850-6986.


    April 19

    The Orangeville Fire Company will host a Pampered Chef Bingo on Sunday April 19 to benefit the Orangeville Public Library. Doors open at 12:30 - games start at 2 PM. For more information call 570-683-5354.


    Through April 22

    It's time to register for the 5th annual First Columbia Teen Star musical competition. Registration is open through April 22. The contest is open to all students attending high school in Columbia County. The final event will be held Sunday May 31 in Bloomsburg University's Mitrani Hall. Two top prizes of $1,500 each will be awarded to the first place vocalist and instrumentalist. Forms are available from your school music department, at any branch of First Columbia Bank, or at


    April 25

    The 37th annual Bloomsburg Renaissance Jamboree is coming up Saturday April 25 in downtown Bloomsburg - rain or shine. The open-air street fair includes tons of food, crafters, vendors, free live entertainment and more. The jamboree runs from 10AM - 5PM.


    April 25

    The 12 annual Village Sampler and Wine Tasting will be held Saturday April 25 at the Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton. Wine tasting starts at Noon - food samples start at 2:30 and runs til 5PM. The event is only open to those 21 and older. Pre-order your food tickets for just $10 or both food and wine for $20. For more information call 570-925-0163.


    May 2

    Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Summer Camp Open House is coming up Saturday May 2 at the Mitrani Production Center in downtown Bloomsburg. Stop by from 1-3 PM and meet the actors and teachers, learn more about the theater camp's programs, and enter to win a free BTE summer camp package. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.


    June 19

    The annual Catawissa Teenage Battle of the Bands is coming up Friday June 19, as part of the summer concert series. First place prize is $300, 2nd place is $100. A majority of the members in each band must be teenagers to enter. For more information, call 570-356-2561.


    Thru Summer

    Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library, Monday mornings at 9:15AM. The weekly 20-minute program of stories, songs, puppets, and more is perfect for kids ages 18 months to three years and their parents or guardian. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.



    The Danville Community Band is looking for new members. Whether you've played for years or are just starting out, they invite you to join the band. No audition is needed. Rehearsals start at 7PM Thursdays in the Kirkbride building on the Danville State Hospital campus. For more information visit or call 570-275-3520.



    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 maintenance 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 till 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 classic 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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