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What's Happening? Saturday, September 20, 2014


Manhunt Continues

State Police in Monroe County are still searching for Eric Frein, the suspected gunman in the shooting death of PA State Trooper Bryon Dickson earlier this week. Following reports of gunfire exchanged between Frein and officers, as of late Friday night police had surrounded a house near Frein's own home in Canadensis, and told reporters they believed he was hiding inside. An alert was put out for all residents in Barrett and Price townships to remain indoors while police tracked down the suspect. Frein reportedly slipped away and remains at large. The bounty for information leading to his capture was raised to $175,000 Saturday morning.

 

Weekend Events

It's time for the 159th Bloomsburg Fair, running through September 27 at the grounds just off Route 11 in Bloomsburg. Almost every fair food imaginable, hundreds of vendors, the midway, dozens of rides, agricultural exhibits, races, wolrd-class live entertainment and so much more. Don't forget to stop by the WHLM Information Station on A Avenue next to the Fair Office for daily Fair information. For a full list of the week's events, check out BloomsburgFair.com

 

The 25th annual Hegins Valley Arts & Crafts Faire will be held today from 9AM-3PM at the park in Hegins - rain or shine. There will be over 200 craftsmen from PA and beyond displaying and demonstrating their work, as well as a variety of foods, starting with breakfast at 7AM. Parking is just $2. For more information call 570-682-9541.

 

The Annual Pennsylvania Heritage Festival is today and Sunday at gates 2 & 3 of the Troy Fairgrounds, starting at 10AM each day. Come celebrate "Our Heritage In Music" with string bands, great food, juried crafters, demonstrations and much more. For more information, check out PAheritageFestival.org

 

WHLM Sports

You can hear details from Saturday's action in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

HS Football

Berwick's longstanding rivalry with Wyoming Valley West was stoked again Friday night at Spartan Stadium in Kingston. The Spartans gained momentum early on, and finished with a 31-21 win over Berwick.

 

Game of the Week

Unbeaten Southern Columbia remains unbeaten after shutting out Danville 46-0 in Friday night's game of the week. The Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Hunter Thomas of SCA.

 

Other games

In other games Friday night, Central Columbia beat Warrior Run 34-6, and Bloomsburg shut-out Montgomery 28-0 at Panther Stadium. Columbia Montour Vo Tech fell to Holy Redeemer at Wen-Cerra Memorial Field Saturday afternoon 27-20.

 

BU Huskies Football

In college football Saturday Bloomsburg University traveled to Mercyhurst College in Erie. The Huskies had a slow start, but came back up to finish with a 38-22 win. Bloomsburg's record is now 3-0 on the season, with 10 consecutive wins against the PSAC West.

 

MLB

In Major League Baseball... the Philadelphia Phillies continue their weekend series in Oakland against the A's. First pitch is at 4:05. The pregame gets under way at 3:30 PM.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Sept 25 - Oct 12

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble opens their 37th season with Anton Chekhov's classic dramedy, Seagull, re-set in 1960's Eagle's Mere, PA. The show runs Thursday, September 25 through Sunday, October 12 at the Alvina Krause Theatre in downtown Bloomsburg. For details on showtimes and ticket information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Sept 27

Town Hill UMC will be holding an Ice Cream Social this Saturday from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. There will be ice cream, pies, cakes, soup and sandwiches. Take out will be avilable. The church is at 417 Town Hill Road in Shickshinny.

 

Sept 28

Cruise For A Cause this weekend with the Dream Machines Motor Club this Sunday from 11am-3PM at the Columbia Mall. There is no entry fee, but a minimum donation of $5 is requested. Dash plaques will be presented to the first 50 donatiors. There will be 50/50 drawings and limited edition T-shirts, too. Proceeds benefit Autism organizations.

 

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.

 

Sept 28 & Oct 5

The Central PA Cougars 11 & Under baseball team will be holding tryouts for the 2015 season at Loyalsock Little Fields in Williamsport on Sunday, September 28 and Sunday, October 5 at 1 PM. Birth date cutoff for incoming players is May 1, 2003. For more information, check out the team's website at LeagueLineup.com

 

Thru Oct 2

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg for a regional college student printmaking exhibition, running through Thursday, October 2. The show features work from students of Lycoming College and Bloomsburg University.

 

Oct 4 - Nov 22

The Moose Exchange is putting out the call for your submission for Cover of a Comic, a community comic book art-inspired show, running October 6 through November 22. Come to the Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg Saturday, October 4 from 11AM - 1PM to sumbit your entry. A reception will be held on Friday, October 10, from 6-8PM.

 

Oct 4

The Bloomsburg Salvation Army is taking applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance for low-income families. There will be open signups at the Benton Community Center on Saturday, October 4 from 9AM-Noon. For details call 570-387-4112.

 

Oct 15

Bloomsburg University presents Bryan Anderson, Wednesday October 15 at 6:30 PM in Mitrani Hall at the Hass Center for the Arts. Bryan served as an MP Sergeant in the US Army in Iraq, and lost both legs and a hand to a roadside explosive. Since then, he has returned to snow boarding, rock climbing, and water skiing despite his injuries, and now works to inspire others. The program is free and open to the public.

 

Thru November 15

The Danville chapter of the American Red Cross is opening nominations for this year's Robert Pursel Distinguished Citizen of the Year award, to be presented on November 15. For nomination forms, call 570-275-1441.

 

TFN

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 LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

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.

 

TFN

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.

 

TFN
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.

 

 

Friday / September 19, 2014


 

Rural Drugs

Nineteen people... including an out of state supplier... face drug charges after a grand jury investigation in to heroin and drug trafficking business. The State Attorney General's office says 39 – year old Pedro Acosta of Brooklyn was busted for allegedly importing drugs into the area. The A-G's office identified the alleged distributors as 32 year old Amy Humphries and 32 – year old Kristin O'Connor... both of Berwick... 33 – year old Thomas Mensch the Second of Catawissa as well as 40 – year old Michael Swetman of Bloomsburg. All are behind bars.

 

New Act on Stage

A replacement has been named to preform Sunday evening on the Grandstand stage as a replacement for A & E TV's Duck Dynasty duo. The Tommy Guns Band will preform starting at 7:30 on the 21st. As we told you exclusively Thursday morning... Duck Dynasty's Willie and Korie Robertson decided to cancel their appearance due to a conflict on the west coast. The couple's daughter is appearing on the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” with the Robertson's needing to be in Los Angeles. According to a social media post from the Fair... the appearance of the Tommy Guns Band is free to everyone. Their performance begins at 7:30 Sunday night at the Grandstand's main stage.

 

Blooming Grove / FBI

31 – year old Eric Matthew Frein is now a federal fugitive. He's the man believed to have killed Pennsylvania State trooper Byron Dickson last Friday... and critically wounding a second trooper during an attack at the Blooming Grove Barracks in the Pocono's. He remains on the loose. Now... the FBI has stepped in taking the case national... and offering a $100,000 dollar reward. More than 150 law enforcement officers are on the case... trying to find Frein... who is described as a survivalist... and believed to be somewhere in the Pocono's.

 

Dickson Funeral

Hundreds of Law enforcement officers line the street across from the Cathedral of St. Peter in Scranton where the funeral was held Thursday for the state trooper killed in an ambush last Friday. 38-year-old Cpl. Bryon Dickson was shot outside the Blooming Grove barracks in the Poconos. A second trooper was wounded in the ambush.

 

Bloomsburg Fair Vespers

There is a low key opening to this year's 159th Bloomsburg Fair. The gates open at 2 O'clock Friday afternoon... and at 6:30 the start of the annual Vespers service according to the Reverend Chuck Chamberlain... the chair of the Fair's Vespers committee. Rev. Chamberlain says Raven Creek provides the music to get the service started at 6:30... followed by featured speaker... internationally known Ruthy Stock who will preform in concert... and deliver her message. This year's Vespers takes place at the free stage.

 

State Health Care
Pennsylvania is moving forward to implement an expansion of health care coverage using federal Medicaid dollars under a recently approved waiver. But the election for Governor could have an impact. Governor Tom Corbett says the state is ready to begin covering hundreds of thousands of newly eligible Pennsylvanians in January, He said the goal of the plan, which includes premiums for some people, with discounts for making annual doctor visits, is to encourage healthy behaviors. But his Democratic opponent Tom Wolf does not favor the plan and would expand the current Medicaid coverage

Chamber Roundtable

There was an informal conversation this morning in Berwick dealing with the strengthening of the business community. Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce President Fred Gaffney says operating a business in Berwick is no different than being in a large, metro area. Another meeting is scheduled next month to discuss more ideas on how to market Berwick businesses through social media.

 

Education Department Oversight

Pennsylvania's top fiscal watchdog is expanding an audit of the Department of Education to look into the agency's oversight of advisers and consultants. The announcement from Eugene DePasquale comes after a newspaper report that found the department had little or no proof of actual work done in the 14 months it employed former secretary Ron Tomalis as a special adviser on higher education. State Education officials claim that Tomalis worked 40 hours a week. DePasquale says his probe will go beyond just one person, and will week to ensure this type of situation can never happen again.
 

XGR Gift Reporting
A state lawmaker is calling for swift action on legislation designed to strengthen gift reporting requirements for public officials. Separate versions of this measure are awaiting a vote in both the House and Senate. Under current law recipients are required to report any gift valued at over $250 and travel or lodging over $650. Both bills would lower the minimums to $50 dollars for gifts and $100 for travel or lodging. Supporters say the legislation has broad bipartisan support, and even with so few days left in the current session, a vote should take place.

 

Income Data
The U S Census Bureau is providing a snapshot of median income and other economic data from it's 2013 American Community Survey. Nationally, median household income held about steady last year at $52,000, the poverty rate was down slightly to 14.5% and the rate of people without health insurance stood at 13.4 %. Pennsylvania had a lower rate of poverty than the national average at 13.7% and a lower rate of uninsured at 9.7%.

 

Shamokin Fire

Fire investigators are expected to be at the scene of a three alarm blaze which extensively damaged five homes in Shamokin on Thursday afternoon. Firefighters were called to the 500 block of North First Street around 1:45 when flames were spotted Smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles. No one was injured in that three – alarm fire in Shamokin.

 

Craiglist Killers

The husband and wife who pleaded guilty last month to murdering a Port Treverton man last year in Sunbury will spend the rest of their lives in jail... without the possibility of parole. Elytte and Miranda Barbour were sentenced Thursday in Northumberland County Court for the murder of Troy LaFerrara.

He met the Barbour's through a social media listing. LaFerrara's body was found in a Sunbury alley last year.

 

Wilkes – Barre Shooting

A 23 – year old Wilkes – Barre man is dead... his body found early Thursday morning in a grassy area near the Interfaith Heights Apartments... no far from the troubled Sherman Hill Apartment complex. The body of Tyzheke Seward was found by a maintenance person. Police say he died of a gunshot wound. No one is in custody... and an autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

 

Cressona Robbery

Police in Schuylkill County are searching for a man who robbed a gas station Wednesday near Cressona. However, the bandit was wearing a Spiderman mask and holding a hunting knife when he pulled the stick up at the Exxon – Mobil Station. Authorities say the bandit got away with some money before fleeing.

 

Marino Aide

Six months probation for the media secretary for Congressman Tom Marino. Ryan Shucard pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor weapons charge in a Washington, D.C. Courtroom this week. Marino represents an area stretching from Montour and Northumberland Counties... north to the New York State border all the way to the Pocono's. If you recall... Shucard was arrested in July by Capitol Police for carrying an unloaded gun and ammunition into a federal office building.

 

Winning Ticket

One jackpot-winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth $325,000 from the Monday drawing was sold at Boyer’s Food Market... in Orwigsburg. The ticket correctly matched all five balls drawn. The retailer will receive a $500 bonus for selling this winning ticket.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

Berwick renews its high school football rivalry with Wyoming Valley West Friday night at Spartan Stadium in Kingston. Both teams have 2 and 1 records going into the game which you can hear on Classic Rock 103.5. The coverage starts at 6 O'clock with the Lenahan & Dempsey Coach Curry Show.

 

Game of the Week

Unbeaten Southern Columbia remains unbeaten after shutting out Danville 46-0 in Friday night's game of the week. The Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Hunter Thomas of SCA.

 

Other games

In other games Friday night, Central Columbia is at home against Warrior Run, and Bloomsburg takes on Montgomery at Panther Stadium. Columbia Montour Vo Tech plays Holy Redeemer at Wen - Cerra Memorial Field Saturday afternoon.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday Bloomsburg University plays Mercyhurst College in Erie in a noon start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 11:30 with the Husky Countdown Show.

 

NFL / Thursday

In the NFL Thursday night.. The Atlanta Falcons defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 56 to 14.

 

MLB

In Major League Baseball... the Philadelphia Phillies wrapped up a four game series against the Padres in San Diego. The Padres taking the victory 7 to 3. Friday night the Phils open a weekend series in Oakland against the A's. We'll join that game in progress following our high school game of the week.

 

Thursday / September 18, 2014


 

Tommy Guns to Replace Robertson's

A replacement has been named to preform Sunday evening on the Grandstand stage as a replacement for A & E TV's Duck Dynasty duo. The Tommy Guns Band will preform starting at 7:30 on the 21st. As we told you exclusively Thursday morning... Duck Dynasty's Willie and Korie Robertson decided to cancel their appearance due to a conflict on the west coast. The couple's daughter is appearing on the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” with the Robertson's needing to be in Los Angeles. According to a social media post from the Fair... the appearance of the Tommy Guns Band is free to everyone. Their performance begins at 7:30 Sunday night at the Grandstand's main stage.

 

Fugitive Caught

The man wanted in connection with the July 2012 murder of Hemlock Township businessman Frank Spencer... has been captured in South America. 72 – year old Anthony Rocco Franklin was taken into custody in Buenos Aries earlier this week. He's wanted on a host of charges including criminal homicide... arson... as well as being a fugitive from justice. It's believed Franklin fled the country last fall. Now, plans are underway to bring Franklin back to this country. His daughter... Maria Sanutti – Spencer was arrested two months ago on similar charges... and she remains jailed.

 

Alleged Cop Killer Stil not Captured

Still no sign of the man wanted by state police in the murder of a state trooper... and the wounding of a second at the Blooming Grove Barracks in Pike County last Friday. An arrest warrant was issued this week for 31 – year old Matthew Eric Frien... but he has not been spotted. He's described as a survivalist... and still may be in the Blooming Grove area. During a late Thursday afternoon news conference... Frien has now been placed on the FBI's top ten most wanted list... and that means a reward of $100,000, plus the $70,000 already posted by Pennsylvania Crimestoppers.

 

Human Trafficking
A new law which takes effect this month is aimed at cracking down on the crime of human trafficking. Starting in 2015 the Commonwealth will begin instructing local police officers in how to spot potential victims, and by the following year community colleges and police academies will add human trafficking awareness in their training curricula. The new law also requires the posting of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, 800-373-7888, where victims and potential tipsters are most likely to see it.

 

Our Town

The WVIA – TV production of “Our Town” Bloomsburg is a step closer to reality... following a final community meeting held Wednesday night. “Our Town” is based on the back stories associated with history of the area... such as the Fair... the carpet company... the Magee family... as well as volunteerism. The public TV station's Doug Cook said he was happy with what he heard. Community members were assigned to produce their particular segment... with on – camera interviews taking place next month. “Our Town” Bloomsburg will debut December 4th.

 

Good Sam Bill
A bill to protect people from certain drug prosecutions when they alert authorities to an overdose has cleared the state house unanimously, with amendments that will send it back to the senate. The bill would extend Good Samaritan protections to people who call for help in drug overdose cases. The house has added an amendment that would allow wider access to a prescription drug that can stop fatal heroin and opioid overdoses. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pillegi, sponsor of the bill, says the house made some good amendments and he expects the senate to send it to the governor for his signature next week.

 

Absentee Ballots

If you plan on voting in the November general election, but you can't make it to the polls... there is a way to cast your ballot... and that's by voting absentee. You can now make an application to get an absentee ballot... so says Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky. That also includes if you're ill and can't make it to the polling place. To apply for an absentee ballot... simply stop by the Registrar's office in the Courthouse Annex at the corner of Main and Center Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

Name Change for State Agency
After some concerns about costs were addressed, a name change for a major Pennsylvania department has cleared the legislature. Under the bill, the Department of Public Welfare will soon be known as the Department of Human Services. Governor Tom Corbett is expected to sign the bill changing the name. Costs of the transition would be spread out. The house has concurred with a senate amendment adding a toll free hotline for people to report suspected waste, fraud and abuse.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

A three – alarm fire in Wilkes – Barre Wednesday sent one person to the hospital with burns... reducing several homes to rubble... and extensively damaging a restaurant. Authorities say the blaze broke out at mid – afternoon on North Pennsylvania Avenue. Destroyed was Goodfellas Restaurant... as well as several second floor apartments. One man who lived in an apartment was pulled from the building with burns. A second person escaped. The cause of the blaze is now under investigation.

 

Wheelie Arrest

A Hanover Township man is facing a long list of charges after he allegedly popped a “wheelie” on an all – terrain vehicles in front of a Wilkes – Barre police officer. Victor Garcia – Rosado lifted the front wheels off the ground in front of officer Robert Collins who was on patrol Sunday afternoon. Police caught up with Garcia – Rosado when he crashed in the 100 block of Park Avenue.

 

Negotiated Plea

There are reduced charges for a 16 – year old Plains Township teen who was accused of stabbing and sexually assaulting a girl in Wilkes – Barre earlier this year. He waived his preliminary hearing... and will now face numerous charges sent to court. No word on when his trial will take place.

 

New Southern Principal

The Southern Columbia school board has decided to hire an assistant middle school principal working in the Shamokin School District... as the principal of Southern's middle school. William Callahan was hired on a six to two vote... at an annual salary of $82,000 plus benefits. Callahan was one of eleven candidates who applied for the job.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Ranked 15th in the nation in Division II, the Bloomsburg University football team travels to Erie to take on Mercyhurst College this Saturday. Huskies head coach Paul Darragh is concerned with Mercyhurst running back Brandon Brown-Dukes who has rushed for over one thousand yards in each of the past two seasons. Saturday's Bloomsburg at Mercyhurst game begins at noon. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the Husky Countdown Show at 11:30.

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Falcons in Atlanta.

 

PHL Phillies

In baseball Wednesday night..., The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the San Diego Padres 5 to 2. The series in San Diego concludes Thursday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 8:35.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Wednesday night... The Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Boston Red Sox 9 to 1... The Miami Marlins just got by the New York Mets 4 to 3... and it was the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Rays 3 to 2.

 

 

Wednesday / September 17, 2014


 

 

Robertson's Cancel

The Bloomsburg Fair Association Board is scrambling... now that word was received Wednesday that Willie and Korie Robertson have bowed out their show scheduled for Sunday night at the grandstand. Fair President Paul Reichart says the board will have to make some hard decisions. The reason for the cancellation... Korie Robertson's daughter is taking part in the TV show “Dancing with the Stars” in Los Angeles... and she must be there. Reichart says with the opening of the 159th set for Friday afternoon... the board will be working with vendor Variety Attractions in order to get some top flight entertainment for the Sunday night show. This is the second act to cancel. Last week ZZ Top pulled the plug on their September 25th show due to a member still recovering from injuries received when he fell on the tour bus. The slot will be filled by classic rock bank Lynard Skynard.

 

Fairground Injury

An employee of Reithoffer Shows... the supplier of rides to the Bloomsburg Fair... is recovering at the Geisinger Medical Center from injuries sustained in a work – related accident Tuesday. 23 – year old Brae Landis was in a bucket inspecting the Skyride... when his loose clothing became entangled in a guide wheel. Ride operator Rick Reithoffer telling our media partner Newswatch 16 that the accident was not due to a malfunction of the ride, but rather Landis not paying attention. Landis received a severely lacerated neck. He was transported to Geisinger by ground. The ride is expected to open on time Friday afternoon.

 

Suspect Sought

Pennsylvania State Police have issued an arrest warrant for a 31 – year old Canadensis man... now accused of murdering one state trooper and critically wounded another. State Police say Matthew Eric Frien is believe the man who pulled the trigger of a .308 caliber rifle... which killed 38 – year old Corporal Bryon Dickson.... and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass last Friday night. The shooting took place during shift change at the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks in Pike County. Frein became the main suspect when a resident walking a dog two miles from the barracks spotted a vehicle in a pond. Evidence found inside include shell casings that matched the bullets recovered in the shooting... as well as a drivers license and social security card. At last word... Frein is not in custody... and is considered armed and dangerous.

 

Line of Credit

Pennsylvania is borrowing from the state treasury, taking advantage of a line of credit after the government's main bank account balance hit a ten year low. Now, there's disagreement over the whether the timing is a sign of a bigger problem. The state has used short term financing at least 17 times over the last 20 years according to Jay Pagni, spokesman for Governor Tom Corbett. He says it has nothing to do with the integrity or structure of the budget. But Treasurer Rob McCord and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale say its a big deal because of the timing. McCord says the use of the credit line is prudent but the early need for it is alarming.

 

Nuclear Plant

PPL's Steam Electric station in Salem Township... north of Berwick... has been removed from the list of six most – watched nuclear power plants. The big reason... the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says plant management has taken sufficient action to take care of the issues plaguing the Unit two reactor... as well as unplanned shutdowns. A report from the NRC on Monday indicated the additional scrutiny is no longer needed.

 

State Spending
State house and senate panels tackled property tax reform, spending limits and debt reduction Tuesday. It's called the Taxpayers Protection Act and it got through the state senate finance committee on a 7 to 4 vote. Senator Mike Folmer says it would limit, not reduce the growth of state spending, based on the lesser of three thresholds. It would require future excess funds to be divided between the rainy day fund and unfunded pension liabilities with the rest returned to taxpayers.

 

Berwick United Way

It's a big task... but a lot of non – profit agencies are depending on the Berwick Area United Way. They've recently launched a campaign to raise an estimated $450,000 by the end of the year. One agency dependent on United Way funding is the Berwick Salvation Army headed by Lt. Kevin Polito. In particular... the Salvation Army is dependent on United Way funding for their comprehensive emergency services program.... designed to help folks who are in need of food, shelter and heat.

 

Teachers & Weapons

Legislation which would allow teachers and other school personnel in Pennsylvania to carry guns at work is drawing a mixed reaction. At a Senate Education Committee hearing, Sen. Donald White, the prime sponsor, said the bill would give schools more options for protecting students, as well as aiding law enforcement especially in rural areas, where response times can be longer. But Sen. Anthony Williams said it's a bad idea to place this responsibility on those whose principal interest is educating children. He adds that even persons with the highest level of firearms training make mistakes, sometimes with tragic consequences.
 

Medical Marijuana
A bill to legalize medical marijuana in Pennsylvania is awaiting a vote in the state Senate. Supporters say the active ingredient in marijuana can aid in the treatment of a number of conditions, as well as helping the body tolerate the effects of drugs for cancer or HIV. Those opposed say legalizing pot sends the wrong message about drug use and increases the potential for abuse. The bill's co-sponsor Sen. Daylin Leach, says he expects passage in the Senate, but adds he knows there are many opponents, including Gov. Tom Corbett.

 

Coaldale Mayor

The former mayor of Coaldale will spend the next nine months to three years in state prison. 75 – year old Richard Corkery was convicted in Carbon County court Tuesday after being found guilty earlier this year of watching child pornography on his work computer.

 

Wilkes – Barre Police Chief

The Wilkes – Barre Police Department has a new acting chief. Robert Hughes, Jr. was named to the job by Mayor Tom Leighton. He replaces Gerard Dessoye who retired following a 33 year career and is now the head of security at King's College. Now... the search is on for a replacement for Dessoye.

 

University of Pennsylvania

Bloomsburg University... didn't make the list.... but one PA University did. The men's magazine Playboy has released their ultra scientific list of the top party schools and the University of Pennsylvania takes the number one spot. This year is the first time Penn has even appeared on the list. Editors apparently consider many factors including, access to nightlife and musical events and creativity when planning social gatherings.

 

Tuesday / September 16, 2014


 

Ride Inspector Injured

An Oregon man... checking out the Skyride at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds with a state ride inspector... was injured Tuesday when his sweat shirt got caught in a wheel that guilds the cable. Our media partner.... Newswatch 16... says Brae Landis was in a bucket inspecting the ride when his loose clothing became entangled in the wheel.

Director of Security Bill Barrett says the man was cut on the back of his neck... and a shoulder injury. Landis was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment.

 

Suspect Sought

Pennsylvania State Police have issued an arrest warrant for a 31 – year old Canadensis man... now accused of murdering one state trooper and critically wounded another. State Police say Matthew Eric Frien is believe the man who pulled the trigger of a .308 caliber rifle... which killed 38 – year old Corporal Bryon Dickson.... and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass last Friday night. The shooting took place during shift change at the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks. Frein became the main suspect when a resident walking a dog two miles from the barracks spotted a vehicle in a pond. Evidence found inside include shell casings that matched the bullets recovered in the shooting. At last word... Frein is not in custody... and is considered armed and dangerous.

 

Flooding / Autoneum

Three years ago we were digging out from the debris, muck and mud left behind by flooding produced by Tropical Storm Lee. Not only were we trying to clean our homes... the folks at Autoneum... one of Bloomsburg's largest employers was doing the same. Now, County Commissioner David Kovach says the start of a floodwall is on the horizon... and it's designed to prevent flooding of the plant in the future around the Autoneum complex. It took a while for Autoneum to recover... but they're working at capacity today... supplying carpet to auto manufacturers around the world.... and thus saving an estimated 700 jobs.

 

Overnight Calls

Bloomsburg firemen were called out twice overnight. The first time around midnight when an oven malfunctioned in an apartment in a building on West Main Street... close to Oyer Avenue. No damage reported. Then... shortly after 2:15 this morning... an alarm was activated at an apartment at 133 West Main when some smoke was spotted. The problem was taken care of... and the one truck responding wasn't needed... and the incident wrapped up in a matter of minutes.

 

PPL Unit 2

The Unit 2 reactor at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plan in Salem Township... north of Berwick... is back on line. The unit was shutdown last week for inspection when data indicated vibrations after a few turbine blades potentially developed small cracks. With the unit shut down, workers performed an inspection and replaced one row of blades, although only a small number were found to have indications of cracking. Workers also performed additional maintenance activities that can be done only when the unit is not operating.

 

Multi - Modal Grants

The Department of Community and Economic Development has announced the first round of funding for local infrastructure improvement projects. A total of $40 – million will benefit 62 projects in 29 counties in Pennsylvania. The funds will be allocated early next year, with the work slated to get underway in the spring. Projects include improvements to ports, airports, local transit systems and streetscapes. Officials say public safety and the economic potential were two most important factors in deciding which projects to fund.

 

Education Tax Credits

The state house education committee heard from supporters of a bill to consolidate a pair of educational tax credit programs in an informational hearing in Harrisburg Tuesday. The two programs provide tax credits to businesses contributing to scholarship or educational improvement programs. One is geared specifically to students in low achieving schools. The bill would consolidate the Educational

Improvement and newer Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit programs , making changes to improve the chances of using all of the funds allocated.

 

Lecture Series

Bloomsburg University launches it's fall faculty lecture series Monday night on campus. First up... assistant professor of education Beth Rogowsky dealing with learning styles in education. Ms. Rowgowsky's talk entitled “Learning Styles Have Nothing to do with Learning” gets underway at 7 O'clock in the Kuster Auditorium of the Hartline Science Center.

 

Hazleton Robbery

Authorities are investigating a robbery which went down at a Hazleton area diner Monday night. Police say three people robbed the Beltway Diner on South Church Street. The incident happened around ten O'clock last night. The trio got away with some money. But, no one was hurt in last night's Hazleton – area stick up.

 

Execution Chemicals
The postponement of an execution which had been scheduled for next week may present an opportunity for death penalty opponents, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's first execution in 15 years is on hold until the state procures the necessary lethal injection drugs. The ACLU, which is against capitol punishment, has filed suit seeking to force the state to disclose where it's getting those drugs. Attorneys for the commonwealth have argued releasing information about the source of drugs could cause pharmacies to stop supplying them, which would result in the delay of future executions.

State E-Mails
As a judge decides whether to allow the release of alleged inappropriate emails shared among staffers of the state Attorney General's office that turned up during a review of the Sandusky case, Governor Corbett says he still can't assume they exist. Governor Tom Corbett says he's been told there were emails recovered that were inappropriate, but until they are presented to him, it's unfair to comment on them. He did make one thing clear during Radio PA's Ask the Governor, he would have stopped it right away. He says from the rumors he's hearing, if he had seen them, there would have quote "been all kind of Hades to pay".

 

NEPA Gas Prices

If you plan on driving somewhere this week... you'll find average gas prices across Northeastern Pennsylvania... they're holding steady. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of 3-39 a gallon across Northeastern Pennsylvania... off a Penney from a week ago... but down six cents a gallon from a month ago.

 

Hazleton Fire

Investigators still haven't told us what started a fire which extensively damaged a vacant home Sunday in Hazleton. Firefighters were called to the two story home on Alter Street Sunday afternoon when smoke and flames were seen coming from the building. No one was injured in that Hazleton fire.

 

 

Monday / September 15, 2014


 

Briar Creek Twp. Fatal

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused two SUV's to collide head – on Sunday morning on Shickshinny Valley road in Briar Creek Township... near the Luzerne County line. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition... 62 – year old William Kishbaugh of Berwick died in the fiery crash. Although positive ID will have to be made through dental records... Kishbaugh's relatives confirmed it was his SUV which was gutted by the resulting fire. The second driver... Jace Witchey of Shickshinny... suffered minor injuries.

 

Anti – Drug Meeting

It has been a big problem in Berwick.... Meth and Meth labs dotting the Borough. Now... the Berwick Anti – Drug Task Force is holding a meeting Monday night dealing with the problem. Berwick Police Officer Mike Monico says it's a big issue which started on the west coast and spread east... now embedding itself in small communities. Monday night's meeting dealing with Meth and Meth labs gets underway at 6 O'clock at the McBride Public Library in the 500 block of Market Street

 

Troopers Ambushed

Pennsylvania State Police continue to track down leads dealing with the search for the assailant who shoot two troopers at the Blooming Grove barracks at the start of the weekend. Corporal Bryon Dickson was shot and killed... while Trooper Alex Douglass was critically wounded. Douglass underwent surgery and is now talking to investigators. Meantime... a reward of $50,000 is being offered.

 

Bloomsburg Town Hall

Work will continue this week on the exterior of Bloomsburg Town Hall... as contracted crews power wash and paint the exterior of the 100 year old building... and repair the wood work which had begun to deteriorate. And to Town Administrator Bill Lowthert and Council... the renovation is well worth $100,000 invested. The exterior maintenance of the building is expected to be wrapped up before cold weather sets in.

 

Hazleton Fire

Investigators are expected to be back at the scene of a Hazleton house fire Monday. Firefighters were called to a vacant house on Alter Street Sunday afternoon when smoke and flames were seen coming from the building. No one was injured in that Hazleton fire.

 

PA Coal

There is disagreement over what impact new federal clean air regulations will have in Pennsylvania. Coal industry supporters estimate the new rules could cost 15 to 20-thousand jobs, while environmentalists predict great benefits to the state, in terms of cleaner air, water and land, improvements in public health, as well as new industries related to renewable energy. The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing that Pennsylvania reduce its carbon emissions by a total of 32 percent by the year 2030.
 

Sherman Hills

A shooting at the beleaguered Sherman Hills Apartment complex in Wilkes – Barre on Sunday. Cops aren't saying if they have a suspect... but they do say a man was shot in the neck on Parkview Circle around 5 O'clock Sunday afternoon. Police say the victim is not cooperating, but he was taken to a hospital for treatment.

 

STEM Competition
A statewide competition is underway for high school students in Pennsylvania to demonstrate their ability to apply STEM education to real world problems. The Jobs First Stem Competition is open to high school students across the state. Teams of five students will be selected from each of the interested schools to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math opportunities in their communities. They'll pick a problem, conduct research and develop a prototype device to address it. Students on the top three teams will be awarded scholarships.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

This past weekend's most exciting high school football game took place Friday night at Crispen Field in Berwick. The Bulldogs trailed Dallas 23-20 in overtime. But a last minute touchdown gave Berwick the win. The final Berwick 26, Dallas 23.

 

BU Football

There was also plenty of excitement Saturday at Bloomsburg University's Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. Braden Drexler's 32 yard field goal in overtime gave the Huskies a 23-20 win over California. Bloomsburg's Shawn Mitchell's interception set up Drexler's game winner. Mitchell also recovered a fumble and was named the PSAC's Eastern Division Player of the Week. The Huskies travel to Erie this Saturday to play Mercyhurst College.

 

NFL 

In the NFL Sunday... the New York Giants lost to the Arizona Cardinals 25-14... and it was the Green Bay Packers over the New York Jets 31 – 24. Tonight the Philadelphia Eagles play the Colts in Indianapolis.

 

PHL Phillies

In baseball, the Phillies blew a 3 run lead in the 9th in a 5-4 loss to the Florida Marlins on Sunday. Monday night the Phils open a series in San Diego against the Padres. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:35.

 

 

What's Happening? Sunday, September 14, 2014


There's still time to get your tickets to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 2nd annual Women's Solo Performance Festival, running through today. The festival features original solo works by women artists presented on the Alvina Krause Theatre Stage. Tickets are $15.  For more information, check out the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The 21st annual Preservers of the Past antique machinery show is going on this weekend at Burger's farm in Drums - today starting at 8AM. There's tractors, engines, demonstrations, a flea market, food and more. Follow the signs off Route 93 South.

 

The annual Old Mill Village Fall Festival and Pumpkintown celebration is happening today from Noon-5PM in New Milford. There's games, vendors, toys and candy, crafters, and harvest activites for the whole family. Please, no pets or alcohol. For more information, go to OldMillVillage.org

 

The first annual Shickshinny Bike and Poker Run for Special Needs Children is going on this morning. Registration opens at 10AM at Banko's on Route 11 – kickstands go up at 11AM. After the run, enjoy a pig roast and fixins and live music by OZ from 3:30-9PM. Cost is $20 per rider, $15 per passenger. There will be 50/50 rawings until 4PM. All proceeds benefit Kids Dream Of A Lifetime.

 

The Berwick VFW Auxiliary are holding a cancer benefit spaghetti dinner this afternoon from Noon-6PM, to benefit Dennis Horsefield. There will be basket raffles, an auction, bake sale, and a perogie sale. Cost is $8 per person. The VFW post is at 1408 West Front Street in Berwick.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Game of Week

Shamokin at Southern Columbia, a matchup of two teams off to 2-0 starts, was our game of the week Friday night. Southern Columbia rolled over Shamokin with a final score of 52-14.

 

Berwick / Dallas

Berwick was at home against Dallas on Friday. Scoring was low through much of the game, but it escalated to at 20-20 tie that went into overtime. Berwick came out on top at the end, 26-23 against Dallas in OT.

 

Other HS Football

In other games Friday night Danville fell to Loyalsock 35-0; Bloomsburg lost to Towanda 56-12; Central Columbia beat Central Mountain 36-15; and Columbia Montour Vo Tech fought hard against Nativity, leading for much of a game that ended in a 36-28 Nativity final.

 

BU Football

The Huskies of BU opened home play at Redman Stadium this weekend with an East/West crossover game against California on Saturday. A 50-yard field goal by Cal sent the game into overtime, but BU Junior Brayden Drexler kicked a field goal to win the game, 24-21 in overtime. WHLM's Jim Doyle has the game's details in the Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies continue their weekend series with the Marlins this afternoon. First pitch is at 1:35. The pregame starts at 1 PM.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Sept 15

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a panel discussion and presentation on Monday, September 15 at the McBride Memorial Library in Berwick. The topic of the evening will be "The Deadly Trend of Methamphetamine: What Can We Do?" The program starts at 6PM. The library is on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Sept 16

The Master Gardeners of Columbia County wrap up their series of free gardening lectures at the McBride Memorial Library this Tuesday with a look at putting your garden to bed for the winter, presented by Charlotte Welliver and Dee Hranitz. The talk starts at 6PM at the library on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Sept 17 & 18, Oct 4

The Bloomsburg Salvation Army is taking applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance for low-income families. From 9AM-1PM, Wednesday, September 17, families with names from A-K can sign up at First Presbyterian on Market Street; families with names from L-Z can sign up on Thursday the 18th. There will be open signups the evening of the 18th from 5-7:30PM, and at the Benton Community Center on Saturday, October 4 from 9Am-Noon. For details call 570-387-4112.

 

Sept 18

The Lonely Sock Club returns to the Bloomsburg Public Library this Thursday night with an evening of paper embroidery with Sandra Whitmire. The meeting starts at 6:30PM in the Fireplace Lounge of the library on Market Street.

 

Sept 19

New Covenant Christian Church in Berwick is holding a free movie night this Friday starting at 7PM featuring the Superbook series for children. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. The church is at 212 West 11th street, next to Crispin Field.

 

Sept 19-27

The 159th Bloomsburg Fair runs September 20-27 at the grounds just off Route 11 in Bloomsburg. Almost every fair food imaginable, hundreds of vendors, the midway, dozens of rides, agricultural exhibits, races, wolrd-class live entertainment and so much more. It all starts with the annual Vespers service at the Free Stage, Friday night Sept 19 at 7PM. For a full list of the week's events, check out BloomsburgFair.com

 

Sept 20, 21

The Annual Pennsylvania Heritage Festival is this Saturday and Sunday at gates 2 & 3 of the Troy Fairgrounds, starting at 10AM each day. Come celebrate "Our Heritage In Music" with string bands, great food, juried crafters, demonstrations and much more. For more information, check out PAheritageFestival.org

 

Sept 20

The 25th annual Hegins Valley Arts & Crafts Faire will be held this Saturday from 9AM-3PM at the park in Hegins - rain or shine. There will be over 200 craftsmen from PA and beyond displaying and demonstrating their work, as well as a variety of foods, starting with breakfast at 7AM. Parking is just $2. For more information call 570-682-9541.

 

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.

 

Thru Oct 2

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg for a regional college student printmaking exhibition, running through Thursday, October 2. The show features work from students of Lycoming College and Bloomsburg University.

 

Oct 4 - Nov 22

The Moose Exchange is putting out the call for your submission for Cover of a Comic, a community comic book art-inspired show, running October 6 through November 22. Come to the Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg Saturday, October 4 from 11AM - 1PM to sumbit your entry. A reception will be held on Friday, October 10, from 6-8PM.

 

Thru November 15

The Danville chapter of the American Red Cross is opening nominations for this year's Robert Pursel Distinguished Citizen of the Year award, to be presented on November 15. For nomination forms, call 570-275-1441.

 

TFN

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 LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

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.

 

TFN

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.

 

TFN
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.

 

What's Happening? Saturday, September 13, 2014


 

The 123rd McClure Bean Soup Festival and Fair wraps up today. There's free live music, horse shows, dog and pig races, parades, games, rides, and bean soup from Noon till closing. Other concessions open at 4PM. The festival is on Route 522 between Selinsgrove and Lewistown.

 

There's still time to get your tickets to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 2nd annual Women's Solo Performance Festival, running through Sunday. The festival features original solo works by women artists presented on the Alvina Krause Theatre Stage. Tickets are $15 per show. And don't miss the first Women Artisans' Street Fair going on today, Center Street, just off Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg. For more information, check out the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The 21st annual Preservers of the Past antique machinery show is going on this weekend at Burger's farm in Drums - today, and Sunday starting at 8AM each day. There's tractors, engines, demonstrations, a flea market, food and more. Follow the signs off Route 93 South.

 

The Central Susquehanna Valley Heart Walk is happening today from Noon-3PM at Knoebels in Elysburg. Team up with family, friends or co-workers and take strides to fight heart disease and stroke. The Heart Walk is family and pet-friendly. The events feature a 1 mile or 3 mile fitness walk, entertainment, activities for kids and health information. For more information visit Heart.org/CSVwalk

 

Come experience Pennsylvania's Native American cultures today at the Children's Museum with their new exhibit, Traveling Their Paths - Pennsylvania Indians. From 11AM-3PM come see drumming and dancing, artefacts, taste some 3-sisters stew, and help build a wigwam on the museum grounds. Going on rain or shine at the museum on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Come out to Hetlerville United Methodist Church for a hot dog, barbecue, and corn roast, today from 4-7PM. The church is at 626 Hetlerville Road in Nescopeck.

 

Saint Luke's Lutheran Church on Lighstreet Road in Bloomsburg is hosting a Chili Cook-off this evening from 5-7PM to benefit the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard. Bring food items to donate and get tickets to vote for your favorite chili. To enter your chili, call Robert at 570-317-2111.

 

The annual Old Mill Village Fall Festival and Pumpkintown celebration is happening today and Sunday from Noon-5PM in New Milford. There's games, vendors, toys and candy, crafters, and harvest activites for the whole family. Please, no pets or alcohol. For more information, go to OldMillVillage.org

 

The first annual Shickshinny Bike and Poker Run for Special Needs Children is going on this Sunday. Registration opens at 10AM at Banko's on Route 11 – kickstands go up at 11AM. After the run, enjoy a pig roast and fixins and live music by OZ from 3:30-9PM. Cost is $20 per rider, $15 per passenger. There will be 50/50 rawings until 4PM. All proceeds benefit Kids Dream Of A Lifetime.

 

The Berwick VFW Auxiliary are holding a cancer benefit spaghetti dinner this Sunday from Noon-6PM, to benefit Dennis Horsefield. There will be basket raffles, an auction, bake sale, and a perogie sale. Cost is $8 per person. The VFW post is at 1408 West Front Street in Berwick.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Game of Week

Shamokin at Southern Columbia, a matchup of two teams off to 2-0 starts, was our game of the week Friday night. Southern Columbia rolled over Shamokin with a final score of 52-14.

 

Berwick / Dallas

Berwick was at home against Dallas on Friday. Scoring was low through much of the game, but it escalated to at 20-20 tie that went into overtime. Berwick came out on top at the end, 26-23 against Dallas in OT.

 

Other HS Football

In other games Friday night Danville fell to Loyalsock 35-0; Bloomsburg lost to Towanda 56-12; Central Columbia beat Central Mountain 36-15; and Columbia Montour Vo Tech fought hard against Nativity, leading for much of a game that ended in a 36-28 Nativity final.

 

BU Football

The Huskies of BU opened home play at Redman Stadium this weekend with an East/West crossover game against California on Saturday. A 50-yard field goal by Cal sent the game into overtime, but BU Junior Brayden Drexler kicked a field goal to win the game, 24-21 in overtime. WHLM's Jim Doyle has the game's details in the Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies continue their weekend series with the Marlins this evening. First pitch is at 7:05. The pregame starts at 6:30.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Sept 15

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a panel discussion and presentation on Monday, September 15 at the McBride Memorial Library in Berwick. The topic of the evening will be "The Deadly Trend of Methamphetamine: What Can We Do?" The program starts at 6PM. The library is on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Sept 16

The Master Gardeners of Columbia County wrap up their series of free gardening lectures at the McBride Memorial Library this Tuesday with a look at putting your garden to bed for the winter, presented by Charlotte Welliver and Dee Hranitz. The talk starts at 6PM at the library on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Sept 17 & 18, Oct 4

The Bloomsburg Salvation Army is taking applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance for low-income families. From 9AM-1PM, Wednesday, September 17, families with names from A-K can sign up at First Presbyterian on Market Street; families with names from L-Z can sign up on Thursday the 18th. There will be open signups the evening of the 18th from 5-7:30PM, and at the Benton Community Center on Saturday, October 4 from 9Am-Noon. For details call 570-387-4112.

 

Sept 18

The Lonely Sock Club returns to the Bloomsburg Public Library this Thursday night with an evening of paper embroidery with Sandra Whitmire. The meeting starts at 6:30PM in the Fireplace Lounge of the library on Market Street.

 

Sept 19

New Covenant Christian Church in Berwick is holding a free movie night this Friday starting at 7PM featuring the Superbook series for children. Popcorn and drinks will be provided. The church is at 212 West 11th street, next to Crispin Field.

 

Sept 19-27

The 159th Bloomsburg Fair runs September 20-27 at the grounds just off Route 11 in Bloomsburg. Almost every fair food imaginable, hundreds of vendors, the midway, dozens of rides, agricultural exhibits, races, wolrd-class live entertainment and so much more. It all starts with the annual Vespers service at the Free Stage, Friday night Sept 19 at 7PM. For a full list of the week's events, check out BloomsburgFair.com

 

Sept 20, 21

The Annual Pennsylvania Heritage Festival is this Saturday and Sunday at gates 2 & 3 of the Troy Fairgrounds, starting at 10AM each day. Come celebrate "Our Heritage In Music" with string bands, great food, juried crafters, demonstrations and much more. For more information, check out PAheritageFestival.org

 

Sept 20

The 25th annual Hegins Valley Arts & Crafts Faire will be held this Saturday from 9AM-3PM at the park in Hegins - rain or shine. There will be over 200 craftsmen from PA and beyond displaying and demonstrating their work, as well as a variety of foods, starting with breakfast at 7AM. Parking is just $2. For more information call 570-682-9541.

 

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.

 

Thru Oct 2

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg for a regional college student printmaking exhibition, running through Thursday, October 2. The show features work from students of Lycoming College and Bloomsburg University.

 

Oct 4 - Nov 22

The Moose Exchange is putting out the call for your submission for Cover of a Comic, a community comic book art-inspired show, running October 6 through November 22. Come to the Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg Saturday, October 4 from 11AM - 1PM to sumbit your entry. A reception will be held on Friday, October 10, from 6-8PM.

 

Thru November 15

The Danville chapter of the American Red Cross is opening nominations for this year's Robert Pursel Distinguished Citizen of the Year award, to be presented on November 15. For nomination forms, call 570-275-1441.

 

TFN

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 LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

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.

 

TFN

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.

 

TFN
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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