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  • Tuesday / April 15, 2014


    Lou Barletta Tours Danville

    An effort by the U-S congress to exclude volunteer firefighters from Obamacare has been hijacked by the the Senate. That word from Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton who spent part of Tuesday touring the Friendship Fire Company in Danville and talking about volunteers and the Affordable Health Care Act. Representative Barletta also spent some time talking to a half – dozen shop owners on Mill Street... as a way to get some feedback on the issues.


    Drano Bomb

    Excitement at Husky Korners... right across from Bloomsburg Town Hall Monday night... as someone set off a so – called “Drano” bomb... made of the popular drain cleaner and aluminum foil in a Gatorade bottle. Smoke from the device cleared the former Housenick Motors building... sending students out into the streets. Authorities blocked the area with three pieces of fire apparatus and four police cars. The device left behind residue of the drain cleaner.. but very little damage. No one has been charged in the incident.


    Block Party Folo

    Bloomsburg Police are out with figures stemming from this past weekend's Block Party... an event where university age students gather to have a good time. Police Chief Roger Van Loan... in a news release... telling us that more than 200 non – traffic citations... and 17 traffic tickets were issued. Bloomsburg Mayor Sandy Davis telling WHLM News Monday night... she's happy the weekend went smoothly... but the event has to be “curbed in the future.” Most of the citations dealt with violations of the open container law... underage consumption... and public drunkenness.


    Espy Water

    An unusual sight Monday morning.... water shooting up, out of the ground following a rupture in an 8 inch in diameter water main in the 2600 block of Old Berwick Road. Initially... United Water issued a boil water advisory... but later canceled it... so says the utility's Bob Manbeck. A United work crew spent a couple of hours replacing the water main. The cause of the break remains under investigation.


    Boston Marathon

    It was a year ago Tuesday a terrorist bomb shattered the finish of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Several people died... and hundreds injured when a pressure cooker packed with explosives detonated. For Doug Alter of Berwick... who plans to participate in next Monday's marathon... says there is something of a dark cloud hanging over him as he returns to Boston. Alter will be just one of an estimated 36,000 expected to participate in next Monday's event.


    Property Tax
    A bill to eliminate school property taxes could see action in the State Senate this spring, even though a similar measure failed to gain traction in the house. WHLM's Cathy Clark reports the house has approved a targeted approach that would leave the decision up to school districts on whether to keep, reduce or replace their property taxes. But the sponsor of a senate plan says there's bipartisan backing in his chamber for a bill to replace the school property tax with higher sales and personal income taxes. That measure has drawn opposition from the business community, schools and advocates for the poor.

    Cancer Cases
    As the number of cancer cases continues to rise in Pennsylvania and across the nation, physicians are concerned that the availability of care in local communities is declining. While more Pennsylvanians are being diagnosed with cancer, fewer people are dying from it. At issue, according to the latest "State of Cancer Care in America" study, is an oncology workforce and small community practices that cannot keep up with the growing patient population. Of the small and mid-size practices that serve more than one-third of new patients, two-thirds will merge, be sold, or close in the next year.


    Wright Twp Fire

    Fire investigators still haven't figured out what sparked a blaze which destroyed a Mountain Top area home Monday. The structure is located on Church Road in Wright Township. The owner getting out of the house safely after she was warned of flames by a neighbor.


    I-81 Construction

    PennDOT says it will rebuild and widen six miles of Interstate 81... between Scranton and the Luzerne – Lackawanna county line. The money coming from the state's new transportation funding bill. The $174 – million dollar project will add a third lane to the already bustling interstate.


    Gas Prices

    The average price of a gallon of gasoline across northeastern Pennsylvania is slowing rising. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report out shows that the average price of self – serve, unleaded regular is $3.64 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend... and four cents higher than it was a week ago.


    WHLM Sports

    BU Baseball

    The Bloomsburg University baseball team was scheduled to play a doubleheader at Shippensburg Tuesday afternoon, but those games have been postponed until Wednesday afternoon.


    HS Baseball

    In high school baseball Monday...  Berwick defeated Holy Redeemer 8 to 5... Benton downed Columbia Montour VO Tech 13 to 5.. It was Bloomsburg over Loyalsock 6 to 1..


    In girls softball

    Berwick downed Wyoming Valley West 12 to 1... Benton defeated Columbia Montour Vo Tech 4 to 1... And it was Southern Columbia over South Williamsport 9 to 4...


    PHL / ATL

    In the first game of a four game home series with Atlanta Monday night... the Atlanta Braves defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 9 – 6.


    * Tonight's scheduled Phillies game has been rained out. A make-up date has yet to be determined. *


    In other games last night...

    The game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds was suspended due to weather after seven innings. The score tied 7 to 7. The game resumes Tuesday afternoon at 5:30....and the New York Mets defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7 – 3.



    In the NBA Monday night... The Philadelphia 76ers downed the Boston Celtics 113 to 108.



  • WHLM Community Calendar

    April 14

    Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Monday morning. Bring your kids ages 18 months to 3 years old at 9:15 AM for twenty minutes of stories, music, movement, and fun! All children must be accompanied by and adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.


    April 15

    The Bloomsburg Public Library Diners Club invites you to La Fontana in Downtown Bloomsburg this Tuesday. Stop by the library to pick up a voucher, and ten percent of your check from lunch or dinner at La Fontana will go toward the library.


    April 16

    Bring your good listeners age three to five to the Bloomsburg Public Library on Wednesday for Storytime at 10:00 AM. A coloring project will follow the half hour of stories. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The Library is on Market Square in Bloomsburg.


    April 16

    Holy Family Convent in Danville is selling homemade soup and sandwiches every Wednesday during Lent. Soups are $4.50 a quart or $8.50 for a half gallon. Subs are just $4 each. This lat week's soups are Ham & Bean and Cream of Broccoli. Call 570-275-3121. Orders can be picked up from Noon - 4 PM. The Convent is at #1 Montour Street in Danville.


    April 16

    The Easter Bunny will make an appearance at the Berwick YMCA on 3rd Street this Wednesday from 6 - 8 PM. Come and have your kids' picture taken and put together a framing kit. Donations to the Food Cuboard will be accepted during the event.


    April 16

    Shiloh United Church of Christ will hold a community Last Supper presentation this Wednesday evening at 7 PM. Everyone is invited to attend. The church is at 500 Bloom Road in Danville


    April 17

    The Lonely Sock Club crafting club for teens and adults will meet again this Thurday at 6:30 PM at the Bloomsburg Public Library. This session will focus on miniature bookbinding. Learn to sew a signature and assemble a book from scratch. All materials will be provided. The Library is on Market Street in Bloomsburg.


    April 18

    The Nescopeck Township Fire Company Auxillary will hold their annual Easter Egg hunt this Friday morning from 9 - 10 AM. Register for the hunt at the Fire Company social Hall.


    April 18

    The Orangeville Public Library is holding their annual Good Friday bake sale this week at the First Columbia Bank branch in Orangeville. Hours are this Friday from 8:30AM til late-afternoon, or whenever they sell out. For more information call 570-685-5354.


    April 19

    Come spend A Day With Stuie in Berwick this Saturday afternoon. A real Berwick-built Stuart tank will be on display at 3rd and Oak Street and Reliance Fire Company starting at 2 PM, along with historical displays, memorabilia, food, live entertainment, and the official groundbreaking for the Stuart memorial. The event marks the 70th anniversary of the last Berwick Stuart tank produced. All active military personnel and Veterans are invited to attend.


    April 19

    Roaring Creek Valley UMC in Catawissa is holding a breakfast for a donation this Saturday from 7 - 9:30 AM. Proceeds will go to suppourt the soup kitchen at Wesley UMC in Bloomsburg, and Camp Lavigne. The church is on Orchard Drive in Catawissa.


    April 19

    Saturday Easter Egg Hunts:



    Berwick Christian Church at East and 5th Streets will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday starting at 11 AM. Kids ages 3-12 are invied to participate.



    New Life Tabernacle Church and local businesses of Bloomsburg will be sponsoring a community Easter egg hunt this Saturday at 11AM at the High School Soccer Fields on Railroad Street. All kids must be registered to participate. Registration will be open at 10AM Saturday morning or call 570-742-4895 to pre-register. The hunt is open to all kids ages 12 and under.


    The Bloomsburg American Legion post 273 is holding an Easter Egg hunt at the Bloomsburg Town Park this Saturday starting at 11 AM. Kids ages 2-10 are invited to join in the hunt.



    Come out for an Easter Egg hunt at the Columbia Mall this Saturday starting at 6 PM - sponsored by the Bloomsburg & Catawissa UMC Cluster. The hunt will take place in the Community Room at the Sears end of the mall.



    Goodwill Hose Company will hold an Easter Egg hunt this Saturday at Danville Memorial Park starting at 10 AM.



    Come to Knoebel's this Saturday afternoon for an Easter Egg hunt at 1 PM in the Grove parking lot. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance. The hunt is open to kids 10 and younger.



    The Espy Fire Company Easter Egg hunt will be held this Saturday morning at the Fire Hall starting at 9 AM.


    Madison Township:

    Katy's Church is holding their second annual Victorian egg hunt this Saturday starting at 2 PM. The hunt is open to kids 12 and under, with a special area just for kids under 4. You will need to bring an empty basket  or bag. For more information call 570-764-2412. The church is on the corner of Katy's Church and Wolf Hollow Roads in Madison township.


    Mount Pleasant Township:

    Kids ages 10 and under are invited tothe Mount Pleasant Community Easter Egg hunt this Saturday afternoon,  being held at the Center on Millertown road at 2 PM.



    Nescopeck Volunter Fire Companys' Easter Egg hunt will be held this Saturday at the baseball diamond starting at 2 PM. Kids 10 and under from the community are invited to attend. 



    Ash Grove UMC will hold a community Easter Egg hunt this Saturday afternoon starting at 2 PM. There will be live music by Simple Faith. Kids 2-10 are invited to join the hunt.


    April 21

    The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a community forum this Monday at the McBride Memorial Library on Market Street in Berwick. The topic will be "Addictions, recovery, and spirituality," with a panel featuring Rev. John Baumgartner of Reformers Unanimus, Rev. Aaron Hastie, and Lt. Kevin Polito of the Berwick Salvation Army. Everyone is invited. The talk starts at 6 PM.


    April 22

    The Penn State Master Gardeners of Columbia County contiue their monthly series of free gardening classes at the McBride Memorial Library on Tuesday the 22nd. This month the topic will be Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels. The program runs from 6 - 7:30 PM. Call to reserve your seat at 570-752-2241. The library is at 500 Market Street in Berwick. 


    April 23

    It's time to register for the 2014 First Columbia Teen Star musical competition, coming up on June 1 in the Haas center, Bloomsburg University. Two top winners will be selected this year - one vocalist and one instrumentalist. First place in both wins $1,500. It's open to any high school student who attends school in Columbia County. Deadline for registration is Wednesday April 23. For more information call 570-387-3464.


    April 24

    The Bloomsburg Rotary Club is holding their 21st annual Golf For Kids charity scramble at 9AM Saturday, May 3rd at the Links at Hemlock Creek. $80 entry fee per golfer includes a round of golf, refreshments, and steak! Event sponsorships are also available. Deadline for entry is Thursday, April 24. Call Mike at 570-784-3410 to enter and for more information.


    April 26

    The 36th annual Renaissance Jamboree in Downtown Bloomsburg us coming up on Saturday the 26th from 10 AM - 5 PM, rain or shine. There'll be tons of food, free entertainment, music, vendors and much more fun for the whole family. Remember to please leave your dogs at home and no skating or skateboarding.


    April 30

    The BU Department of Art and Art History will be holding portfolio reviews for High School Art Exhibition and Scholarships on Saturday, May 3rd on the Univerity campus. Deadline to register is Wednesday, April 30. For more information, call 570-389-4646, or email:


    April 30

    The Kidsburg Rebuilding project will soon be coming to a head. Wednesday April 30th through Sunday May 4th will be Rebuild Kidsburg Week - and they need volunteers and crew captains organized now! If you are interested in helping with construction, call Deb at 301-518-7089, or go to


    May 3

    MetroCast Communications will host their third Giving Back 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, May 3 starting at 9AM at the Summerhill Road Fire Company in Berwick. Funds raised from the event this year will go to local organizations focusing on drug abuse prevention. Registration will be open the morning of the run from 7:30 - 8:45. Entry fee is $25 - breakfast will be served after the race. For more information call 570-802-5660 or visit


    April 26, May 4

    The Dream Machines Motor Club and Mopar Muscle of Central PA will be Cruising For Victory on Sunday, May 4th from 9 AM - 3:30 PM. 100% of the proceeds from the Cruise-In will benefit Camp Victory. The cruise-in will be on rain or shine at the camp in Millville. Early registration is $10 per vehicle or $12 the day of the cruise. Deadline for early registration is April 26. For more info and contact infomation, visit



    MC Federal Credit Union is accepting donations on behalf of the Dissinger family, who tragically lost three young boys in a house fire on April 4th. If you would like to help, donations came be made to the Dissinger Family Loss Donation Fund at any branch of MC Federal Credit Union, mailed to their main branch at 230 Walnut Street in Danville, or made by phone, by calling 570-275-6155. 


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