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Wednesday / July 30, 2014


 

Special Session

The State House reconvenes in special session Monday. At the top of the agenda... restoring some of the million dollars taken out of the new state budget by Governor Corbett... money used for state house operations. State Representative David Millard of Berwick will be on hand. Also expected to come up during the three day session is pension reform... with the governor and some lawmakers leaning towards a hybrid plan to bring costs under control.

 

Bloomsburg Nationals

The excitement is building for the biggest classic car show in the region. The Bloomsburg National's powered by Carlisle Events takes place the weekend of August 8th through the 10th at the Fair Grounds.

The event is good news for the local economy... which is somewhat depent on tourism... so says Otto Kurecian from the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau. An estimated 1-thousand cars, tucks and motorcycles from across the northeast are expected to be on the show field that weekend.

 

Summer Weather
As summers go, most will agree this one has been decent so far weatherwise... but will our good luck run out? It's tough to complain when your average high temperatures are in the low- to mid-eighties, especially considering that July is normally the hottest month. The mercury hasn't hit 100 anywhere in PA, and Pittsburgh didn't even make it to 90. A low pressure trough has kept the cool air coming from Canada, and although it may relax somewhat, forecasters with the National Weather Service don't see any major heat waves in the near future.

Water Main Break

If you're headed south on Route 11 to Danville... and points beyond... the busy highway is now open to traffic. A water main break at the start of the week closed the highway... shutting down the road as you enter the borough... and forcing thousands of drivers to find an alternate route. The main was fixed... the water moved... and the road re-opened to traffic on Tuesday.

 

Hit & Run Drivers

Drivers involved in hit-and-run accidents will face tougher penalties under a bill signed by Governor Tom Corbett. The measure increases the mandatory minimum prison sentence for fleeing the scene of a fatal accident from one- to three-years. "Kevin's Law" as it is known is named in honor of five-year-old Kevin Miller, who was struck by a hit-and-run driver in 2012, as he was crossing the street with his family in Wilkes-Barre. The bill also prohibits texting or hand-held cell phone use while driving a commercial or motor carrier vehicle.
 

Road Project

Drivers in the Danville – Riverside area will be faced with a traffic trouble spot starting Wednesday afternoon. PennDOT says a 2,2 mile micro – surfacing project on Route 54 gets underway. It stretches from the Borough of Riverside to Boyd Station in Northumberland County. The project may extend into Saturday.

 

Bloomsburg Bust

Two people are in custody following an early Tuesday morning drug bust in Bloomsburg. Police tell us that around 6:30 the Columbia County Drug Task Force... along with Bloomsburg PD served a search warrant at 329 East Street. Taken into custody was Stephen Belk and Glenda Fatzinger. No specific details were released, however a Town PD media release said Belk is a federal parolee who had recently been released from the Columbia County Prison.

 

Danville Stabbing

Danville Police continue their investigation into a weekend stabbing. They say 35 – year old Tammy Dinger allegedly stabbed 37 – year old Amy Zelner of Lewisburg. The incident taking place at Dinger's East Market Street apartment Saturday night. Zelner was taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. Dinger is in the Montour County lock up in Danville... unable to raise a quarter million dollars bail.

 

Teacher Trial

The trial continues today in Wilkes – Barre for a Hanover Area School District teacher accused institutional sexual assault. Opening statements were heard Tuesday... and it could head to the jury by Wednesday afternoon. 34 – year old Edward Evans is accused of picking up a student... and taking him home where they allegedly preformed sexual acts on each other in March of 2013.

 

Burglary

Hazleton Police are investigating a burglary of a convenience store early Tuesday morning. Cops say they found Pantry Quick on East Diamond Avenue broken into. Also some items were taken... a complete inventory has to be made to determine what was taken in the burglary.

 

Plains Twp Robbery

There was an armed hold up early Tuesday morning in the Wyoming Valley. This time it happened at the Turkey Hill Minit Market on South Market Street in Plains Township. The incident went down around 2 O'clock this morning. The bandit pulling a pistol on the clerk... then making off with cash and cigarettes... then disappeared into the night.

 

Sunbury Chief

There is a new Police Chief watching over Sunbury. City Council... this week... naming Brad Hare as the new Chief. He had been acting chief... and has already been involved in a shooting after he was faced with a man who pulled a knife.

 

Ag Accident

A Snyder County farmer is dead after his tractor toppled on top of him. Authorities say 57 – year old Elias Hoover of Selinsgrove was moving hay bales with a front end loader on a steep hill on Stahls Hill Road late Tuesday afternoon. That's when the machine tipped over... landing on Hoover.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

Tuesday night in the second game of their series against the Mets in New York... the Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Mets 6 to nothing. The series wraps Wednesday afternoon with a 12:10 start. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 11:35.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games played Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the San Francisco Giants 3 to 1... and the New York Yankees just got by the Texas Rangers 12 to 11.

 

HS Football

The official first day of high school football practice in Pennsylvania will be Monday, August 11, but most schools in our area will start next week. The P.I.A.A. requires teams to spend three days of practices without pads for players to get acclimated to the summer heat. If teams spend three days next week letting players get used to the heat, then they are allowed to start practicing with pads on August 11th. The opening night of the 2014 season will be Friday night, August 29th.

Tuesday / July 29, 2014


Bloomsburg Bust 

Two people are in custody following an early Tuesday morning drug bust in Bloomsburg. Police tell us that around 6:30 the Columbia County Drug Task Force... along with Bloomsburg PD served a serarch warrant at 329 East Street. Taken into custody was Stephen Belk and Glenda Fatzinger. No specific details were released, however a Town PD media release said Belk is a federal parolee who had recently been released from the Columbia County Prison.

 

Murder Charges

Two years after his murder... two people have been charged in the death of Frank Spencer of Hemlock Township. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane says Spencer's ex wife... 49 – year old Maria Sanutti – Spencer... and her 72 – year old father... Anthony Rocco Franklin are charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of the 46 – year old Spencer at his home in July of 2012. Sanutti – Spencer is in custody... arrested in Shamokin Dam and taken to District Judge Doug Brewer in Millville.... then to the Columbia County Prison where she is being held without bond. Her father remains a fugitive and his whereabouts are unknown.

 

GHS Changes

Changes at the top at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. The Geisinger Health System Board of Directors say they've begun the process of recruiting a replacement for CEO Glenn Steele, Jr. who plans to retire next year. Dr. Steele will remain in the top slot at the hospital through the end of the fiscal year through the end of June. He will then continue as chairman of xG Health Solutions... an independently operated venture based in Columbia, Maryland. Geisinger is being assisted in it's CEO search by SpencerStuart... an executive search consulting firms.

 

Congressman Barletta
A Pennsylvania congressman who like to lead the charge on illegal immigration issues is pushing hard for a tougher way to track those in the country illegally. Congressman Lou Barletta says those who overstay their visas represent a significant threat to security in the U-S - citing the majority of 9/11 hijackers as his prime example. During a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee, Barletta questioned Tom Kean - former New Jersey Governor and former chairman of the 9/11 Commission... and said many of the commission's recommendations have been ignored. Kean and Barletta both support a biometric facial recognition exit system as a way to identify those who overstay their visas...

 

Natural Gas Drilling
Plans to drill for natural gas in an around state parks and forests in Pennsylvania are on hold, and state Senator Jim Ferlo of Allegheny County wants that move to be permanent. Ferlo is a member of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. He says lawmakers may go to court to ensure those plans for drilling never takes place. Ferlo says the public is generally supportive of the economic benefits of the drilling boom in Pennsylvania, but there are limits. The Corbett Administration has reached an agreement with an environmental group not to sign drilling leases, pending the outcome of a larger issue over funding that is currently before Commonwealth

Court.
 

Transco Pipeline

That proposed natural gas line project by the Williams Company... running from Susquehanna.... to Columbia County... to southeast PA will be the topic of a meeting to be held August 7th at the Lake – Lehman High School. The session to be hosted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission starting at 7 PM. The commission is seeking comment on environmental issues dealing with the proposed Atlantic Sunrise expansion of the Transco interstate pipeline.

 

PennDOT Hiring

Here we are... in the middle of summer... enjoying warm days and nights. Then there's PennDOT... they're looking for equipment and two – way radio operators they can count on in the dead of winter.

It's a yearly push by the agency to fill equipment operator slots... but you need some experience so says PennDOT's David Thompson. PennDOT is accepting applications through August 8th on the agency's website.

 

Gubernatorial Campaign
TV ads are flying in the 2014 race for governor, but both sides are also filling up the radio airwaves. Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf are battling it out on every media platform conceivable. The high profile TV campaigns have spilled over into radio, where the two Toms are jousting over taxes. The Corbett campaign is tying Wolf to his term as Revenue Secretary and the Rendell Administrations tax policies.
The Wolf campaign countered with a radio ad portraying a fictional "voter information" hotline. 99 days and counting until the November 4th election.

 

Economic Development
Legislation to expand an economic development program will likely be voted on in the state House next week. The program is known s CRIZ, or the Community Rehabilitation and Improvement Zone. It serves as an incentive for business creation or expansion, but Senator Jim Brewster of Allegheny County, says it should be expanded to include more distressed areas of the state. Right now CRIZ is available to municipalities with 30-thousand or more people, But Sen. Brewster says that plan leaves too many people out, and lawmakers should be working to improve as much of the state as possible.

 

Fire Folo

Investigators say that early Sunday morning blaze in Ashley which killed a woman was not suspicious... but they still don't know what started it. 65 – year old Kimberly Krasauski died in her home of carbon monoxide intoxication. Firemen finding the woman body on the first floor towards the rear of the residence. The structure was destroyed by the flames.

 

Job Corps Arrest

A Philadelphia man is in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg after he was arrested at the Red Rock Job Corp in Sullivan County. State Police tell us 22 – year old Richelieu Payne of Philadelphia arrived at the center on Sunday. With him... 212 individual bags of suspected marijuana... weighing an estimated 5 ounces. Payne was charged with possession with intent to deliver controlled substance. He was arraigned... and when he couldn't post $25,000 bail... he was remanded to jail.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phllies 

In the first game of a their three game series in New York Monday night... the Mets winning the initial game with the Philadelphia Phillies 7 to 1. The series continues Tuesday night with a 7:10 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

Other MLB Games 

In other games Monday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the San Francisco Giants 5 to nothing... and the Texas Rangers gained the upper hand on the New York Yankees 4 to 2.

 

LA Clippers

A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling Monday in his attempt to block the $2 - billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Sterling's estranged wife, Shelley, negotiated the sale of the team after her 80 - year old husband was banned from the NBA for making offensive remarks about African – Americans.

Monday / July 28, 2014


 

 

Spencer Murder Suspects

Two years after his murder... two people have been charged in the death of Frank Spencer of Hemlock Township. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane says Spencer's ex wife... 49 – year old Maria Sanutti – Spencer... and her 72 – year old father... Anthony Rocco Franklin are charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of the 46 – year old Spencer at his home in July of 2012. No word if Sanutti – Spencer is in custody. Her father remains a fugitive and his whereabouts are unknown.

 

Search on for Steele's Replacement

Changes at the top at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. The Geisinger Health System Board of Directors says they've begun the process of recruiting a replacement for CEO Glenn Steele, Jr. Dr. Steele will remain in the top slot at the hospital through the end of the fiscal year at the end of June of next year. He will then continue as chairman of xG Health Solutions... an independently operated venture based in Columbia, Maryland. Geisinger is being assisted in it's CEO search by SpencerStuart... an executive search consulting firms.

 

Drug Bust

A Philadelphia man is in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg after he was arrested at the Red Rock Job Corp in Sullivan County. State Police tell us 22 – year old Richelieu Payne of Philadelphia arrived at the center on Sunday. With him... 212 individual bags of suspected marijuana... weighing an estimated 5 ounces. Payne was charged with possession with intent to deliver controlled substance. He was arraigned... and when he couldn't post $25,000 bail... he was remanded to jail.

 

I – 80 Paving

Expect a long traffic back- up... as work continues this morning on a $2.6 – million dollar resurfacing project in the westbound lane of Interstate 80 near Buckhorn. The work includes milling and paving 5 miles in both lanes from Fishing Creek Bridge to the Montour County line. Prime contractor Glenn Hawbaker, Inc., is using two 12-hour shifts and working non-stop from Sunday evening to Friday at noon. Beginning Monday... Hawbaker crews will close the left lane of I-80 westbound at the Buckhorn interchange... with traffic shifts in place.

 

Fire Engine

It sits in it's bay at the Bloomsburg Fire Department on Market Street... a brand new $671,000 piece of firefighting apparatus. The KME – produced machine is for dual purpose use.... as a rescue truck due to a built in aerial ladder... as well as a pumper... so says Fire Chief Bob Rupp. Chief Rupp says he expects to have the new unit in service within two weeks... once equipment is stored on board... and crews trained.

 

Auto Recalls

The large number of auto recalls don't seem to be having a negative impact. John Devlin, President of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association, says dealerships have been busier than ever handing recall-related repairs, but from what he's heard, there's been minimal negative feedback from car owners. Those who do get a recall notice are advised to act quickly, even if that means you'll have wait a few weeks for an appointment. Despite the recalls, auto sales continue at a brisk pace.
 

No Lawsuit Expected

Governor Tom Corbett blocked some legislative spending with his line item veto of budget items earlier this month, but despite some rumbling from lawmakers, he doesn't expect a court battle. It's not the Governor's veto of legislative spending in the budget that got leadership talking about the possibility of a lawsuit, but his decision to veto $7.2 - million in earmarks for things like lawmakers' parking, sewage planning and natural gas research. House and Senate leaders say he overstepped his constitutional authority when he struck those items from another bill. But Governor Tom Corbett told reporters he doesn't think a lawsuit is likely.
 

Merck

Merck & Co. says it will terminate 8,500 workers company – wide as it tries to slash 2 and a half billion dollars in costs. A company spokesman says 600 jobs will be eliminated in North Wales and Lansdale in southeastern PA. Employees losing their jobs would be mostly field-based salespeople who call on family doctors and medical facilities. The cuts were disclosed in an official notice posted on the state Department of Labor and Industry website.

 

PA Lottery

With the Pennsylvania Lottery coming off a record year in sales, one state lawmaker says the effort to turn it over to private hands is likely dead. Sen. John Blake, Democratic Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, says he doesn't expect the Corbett Administration to pursue the issue any further, following criticism from the Treasurer and Attorney General, not to mention opposition in the House and Senate. Record sales likely silenced privatization talk once and for all, with the Lottery generating $3.8 billion in 2013-2014.

 

Revenge Porn Law

Some questions are being raised about the effectiveness of a new revenge porn law signed by the Governor earlier this month. Advocates for cyber civil rights believe PA's new revenge porn ban is too narrow. They say restricting it to lovers or ex lovers leaves out others who post explicit pictures of people without their consent. They also believe proving intent as required by the law will be problematic. Revenge porn usually refers to explicit photos or videos disseminated by intimate partners to punish the person depicted.

 

Tom Wolf

Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf met with journalists at the start of the weekend. He said he would make a centerpiece of his first budget proposal an increase in income taxes on Pennsylvania's higher-earners. It would help expand the state's share of public education funding in exchange for a dollar-for-dollar reduction in local property taxes levied by school boards.

 

Hazleton Arrest

A Pittston man is in the Luzerne County Jail... arrested after he allegedly exposed himself in a department store. State Police tell us 33 – year old Isaac Kieselowsky allegedly committed lewd acts in Boscov's at the Laurel Mall near Hazleton on Sunday. He was taken down after being observed on video surveillance... and is facing a long list of charges.

 

Fatal Hit and Run

One man is dead... and a second is being held on a quarter million dollars bond following a hit and run in Hazleton over the weekend. 20 – year old Luis Jimenez Reyes is accused of hitting 21 year old Javier Miranda... then fleeing the scene. The incident happening at Broad and Pine Streets late Saturday night. Reyes telling investigators he drove off because he was scared.

 

Ashley Fire

A state police firemarshal will be called Monday to what's left of a burned out home on Green Street in Ashley. 65 – year old Kim Krakauski died when fire struck her home early Sunday morning. Despite attempts by firemen... they couldn't reach her in time. The fire chief believes the blaze began accidently.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

Ryan Howard's home run helped the Phillie's beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Sunday afternoon. Monday night the Phils open a three game series against the Mets in New York. That game starts at 7:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Sunday... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Colorado Rockies 7 to 5... the New York Mets downed the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 and the New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4.

 

MLB Hall of Fame

Three players and three managers were inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The players were slugger Frank Thomas and former Atlanta Braves teammates- pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. The managers were Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, and Joe Torre.

 

Golf

In golf, South African Tim Clark rallied past American Jim Furyk to win the Canadian Open in Montreal by one stroke.

 

NASCAR Cup Series

Jeff Gordon captured yesterday's NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the fifth time in his career.

 

Severe Thunderstorm Watch


                                  ** Severe Thunderstorm Watch **

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 449 IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 AM EDT MONDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN PENNSYLVANIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 33 COUNTIES

 

IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA

ADAMS... BEDFORD... BLAIR... CAMBRIA... CAMERON... CENTRE... CLEARFIELD... CLINTON... COLUMBIA... CUMBERLAND... DAUPHIN... ELK... FRANKLIN... FULTON... HUNTINGDON... JUNIATA... LANCASTER... LEBANON... LYCOMING... MCKEAN... MIFFLIN... MONTOUR... NORTHUMBERLAND... PERRY... POTTER... SCHUYLKILL... SNYDER... SOMERSET... SULLIVAN... TIOGA... UNION... WARREN... AND YORK.

 

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF... ALTOONA... BEDFORD... BERWICK... BLOOMSBURG... BRADFORD... CARLISLE... CHAMBERSBURG... CLEARFIELD... COUDERSPORT... DANVILLE... DUBOIS... EMPORIUM... GETTYSBURG... HARRISBURG... HERSHEY... HUNTINGDON... JOHNSTOWN... LANCASTER... LAPORTE... LEBANON... LEWISBURG... LEWISTOWN... LOCK HAVEN... MANSFIELD... MCCONNELLSBURG... MIFFLINTOWN... MOUNT UNION... NEWPORT... POTTSVILLE... RENOVO... RIDGWAY... SELINSGROVE... SHAMOKIN... SOMERSET... ST. MARYS... STATE COLLEGE... SUNBURY... WARREN... WAYNESBORO... WELLSBORO... WILLIAMSPORT AND YORK.

 

What's Happening? Sunday, July 27, 2014


It's 1940s Weekend at the Eckley Miners' Village Museum in Weatherly. Experience the WWII era with big band music, Allied and Axis encampments, historical talks, and an antique car show.For more information, check out EckleyMinersVillage.com

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

WHLM Sports:

In Phillies baseball this afternoon, Philadelphia faces the Arizona Diamondbacks at home. First pitch is at 1:35. The pregame show gets under way at 1 o'clock.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

July 29

Danville's summer concert series continues this Tuesday night with an evening of songs about Montour County by local musician and historian Van Wagner. The concert gets under way at 7 PM at the Delong Memorial Hall in Washingtonville.

 

July 30

The Summer Concert Series at the Bloomsburg Town Park continues this Wednesday night with the vocal harmonies of Gift, Troutman, and Gift starting at 7 PM. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

July 30

Danville Memorial Park's free story hour is back this Wednesday night with stories about Trees starting at 6:30 PM. Rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville.

 

July 31

Summer Concerts at the Jackson Mansion continue this Thursday night. It's a tribute to Jimmy Buffet with Jeff Brown & Sons of A Sailor starting at 7 PM. Bring a blanket or chair and some cash for concessions to the mansion lawn on Merket Street in Berwick.

 

July 31 (August 6)

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

 

July 31 - August 1

The Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital Auxiliary is holding a summer sidewlak sale this Thursday from 9AM - 6PM, and Friday from 9AM - 4PM. Heavily discounted items from the Gift Shop will be on display in the main lobby of the Hospital on Fair Street.

 

August 1

Join the Berwick Elks on Second Street this Friday for a Spaghetti Dinner to help feed the poor and homeless. The meal is all-you-can-eat from 5 - 8 PM, and there will be auctions and raffles. Dine-in or Take-out. Delivery is availible for orders of 8 or more. Tickets are $8 ahead of time or $10 at the door. Kids 12 and under eat for $4.50, and kids under 5 eat for free with an adult purchase. To place an order or for tickets call 570-441-5017.

 

August 1 & 2

Come to Our Lady of Mercy Church's annual picnic, 6 - 11 PM this Friday and Saturday, off Route 42 in Slabtown. Friday night it's a tribute to Jimmy Buffet by Parrot Beach, and Saturday night it's music by the 60's Boys. Everyone is welcome. Please, no coolers permitted on the church grounds.

 

August 1 & 2

The annual Potts Grove Fire Company Carnival will be held this weekend. There's food, games, vendors, music and more at the grounds on Route 642, West of Danville. Friday night features pork barbecue and live music by the Midlike Cowboys at 6:30 PM. Saturday features roast beef platters and the Frank Wicher Band at 6:30 PM.

 

August 1 & 2

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

 

August 1 - 3

The 27th annual Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Show will be held this weekend at the Lycoming County Sportsmans Grounds off Route 87. Friday and Saturday from 7AM - 10:30 PM, and Sunday from 7AM - Noon. This year's featured manufacturer is Oliver. The owner of each exhibit will get 2 free passes and one camping pass. Grounds open for setup on Thursday, July 31. For more information and a full list of events, check out LVAMAASSOC.org

 

August 1 - 3

St. Joseph's Church in Berwick is holding an Italian Festival this weekend at the church grounds on Monroe Street. Friday and Saturday 4-9 PM, and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. There will be lots of ethnic foods, games, basket raffles, crafts and live entertainment. Friday night, the Shoreliners play, then it's polka by Joe Lastovica on Saturday, and a pasta dinner on Sunday.

 

August 2

Don't miss downtown Bloomsburg's ArtFest, this Saturday from 10AM - 5PM on Center Street, between Main and 3rd Streets. There will be live music, food, games, and exhibitions by local artists.

 

August 3

Catch the bus to Mohegan Sun this Sunday and help support area nonprofits. Tickets are $30 each, and include $25 free slot machine play and a $5 food voucher. For more information or to buy tickets, stop by any branch of MC Federal Credit Union or call 1-800-834-0062.

 

August 3

This Sunday evening, break the heat with some refreshments and "Melodic Melodies" at St. John Lutheran Church in Espy. Come hear live music by local musicians. It starts at 4 PM at the church on Old Berwcik Road.

 

August 4 - 8

Sign up now for Arts Camp at Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville, starting Monday, August 4, from 9:30AM - 2PM. There will be lots of different activites, crafts, and even cooking. Cost is $20 for the first child enrolled, $15 for the second, and $10 for the third child from each family. For more information, check out GrovePresbyterianChurch.org

 

August 6

Join State Representative David Millard at the Espy Fire Hall on Tenny Street for the annual Senior Expo, coming up Wednesday morning, August 6, from 9AM - Noon. Dozens of representatives from local businesses, State agencies, and nonprofit organizations will be gathered to answer your questions. There will be refreshments and door prizes! For more information, visit RepMillard.com

 

August 14 (16)

Gather your team for the 5th annual Gate House Golf tournament - coming up on Saturday, August 16, at the Links at Hemlock Creek. Shotgun start for the 4-person scramble game is at 9AM. $65 fee per golfer includes cart rental, refreshments, snacks, and sanwiches. Registration is due by Thursday, August 14. For more information, call 570-275-6766.

 

Thru August 15

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

 

Thru August 22

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

 

Thru Sept 28

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

 

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, July 26, 2014


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

 

The 87th annual Orangeville Fire Company Carnival wraps up today starting at 5 PM. There's tons of carnival food, games, and rides. Covert Action plays tonght at the carnival grounds at Broad and Mill Streets.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

WHLM Sports:

In Phillies baseball this evening, Philadelphia faces the Arizona Diamondbacks at home. First pitch is at 7:05. The pregame show gets under way at 6:30 PM.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

July 29

Danville's summer concert series continues this Tuesday night with an evening of songs about Montour County by local musician and historian Van Wagner. The concert gets under way at 7 PM at the Delong Memorial Hall in Washingtonville.

 

July 30

The Summer Concert Series at the Bloomsburg Town Park continues this Wednesday night with the vocal harmonies of Gift, Troutman, and Gift starting at 7 PM. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

July 30

Danville Memorial Park's free story hour is back this Wednesday night with stories about Trees starting at 6:30 PM. Rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville.

 

July 31

Summer Concerts at the Jackson Mansion continue this Thursday night. It's a tribute to Jimmy Buffet with Jeff Brown & Sons of A Sailor starting at 7 PM. Bring a blanket or chair and some cash for concessions to the mansion lawn on Merket Street in Berwick.

 

July 31 (August 6)

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

 

July 31 - August 1

The Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital Auxiliary is holding a summer sidewlak sale this Thursday from 9AM - 6PM, and Friday from 9AM - 4PM. Heavily discounted items from the Gift Shop will be on display in the main lobby of the Hospital on Fair Street.

 

August 1

Join the Berwick Elks on Second Street this Friday for a Spaghetti Dinner to help feed the poor and homeless. The meal is all-you-can-eat from 5 - 8 PM, and there will be auctions and raffles. Dine-in or Take-out. Delivery is availible for orders of 8 or more. Tickets are $8 ahead of time or $10 at the door. Kids 12 and under eat for $4.50, and kids under 5 eat for free with an adult purchase. To place an order or for tickets call 570-441-5017.

 

August 1 & 2

Come to Our Lady of Mercy Church's annual picnic, 6 - 11 PM this Friday and Saturday, off Route 42 in Slabtown. Friday night it's a tribute to Jimmy Buffet by Parrot Beach, and Saturday night it's music by the 60's Boys. Everyone is welcome. Please, no coolers permitted on the church grounds.

 

August 1 & 2

The annual Potts Grove Fire Company Carnival will be held this weekend. There's food, games, vendors, music and more at the grounds on Route 642, West of Danville. Friday night features pork barbecue and live music by the Midlike Cowboys at 6:30 PM. Saturday features roast beef platters and the Frank Wicher Band at 6:30 PM.

 

August 1 & 2

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

 

August 1 - 3

The 27th annual Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Show will be held this weekend at the Lycoming County Sportsmans Grounds off Route 87. Friday and Saturday from 7AM - 10:30 PM, and Sunday from 7AM - Noon. This year's featured manufacturer is Oliver. The owner of each exhibit will get 2 free passes and one camping pass. Grounds open for setup on Thursday, July 31. For more information and a full list of events, check out LVAMAASSOC.org

 

August 1 - 3

St. Joseph's Church in Berwick is holding an Italian Festival this weekend at the church grounds on Monroe Street. Friday and Saturday 4-9 PM, and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. There will be lots of ethnic foods, games, basket raffles, crafts and live entertainment. Friday night, the Shoreliners play, then it's polka by Joe Lastovica on Saturday, and a pasta dinner on Sunday.

 

August 2

Don't miss downtown Bloomsburg's ArtFest, this Saturday from 10AM - 5PM on Center Street, between Main and 3rd Streets. There will be live music, food, games, and exhibitions by local artists.

 

August 3

Catch the bus to Mohegan Sun this Sunday and help support area nonprofits. Tickets are $30 each, and include $25 free slot machine play and a $5 food voucher. For more information or to buy tickets, stop by any branch of MC Federal Credit Union or call 1-800-834-0062.

 

August 3

This Sunday evening, break the heat with some refreshments and "Melodic Melodies" at St. John Lutheran Church in Espy. Come hear live music by local musicians. It starts at 4 PM at the church on Old Berwcik Road.

 

August 4 - 8

Sign up now for Arts Camp at Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville, starting Monday, August 4, from 9:30AM - 2PM. There will be lots of different activites, crafts, and even cooking. Cost is $20 for the first child enrolled, $15 for the second, and $10 for the third child from each family. For more information, check out GrovePresbyterianChurch.org

 

August 6

Join State Representative David Millard at the Espy Fire Hall on Tenny Street for the annual Senior Expo, coming up Wednesday morning, August 6, from 9AM - Noon. Dozens of representatives from local businesses, State agencies, and nonprofit organizations will be gathered to answer your questions. There will be refreshments and door prizes! For more information, visit RepMillard.com

 

August 14 (16)

Gather your team for the 5th annual Gate House Golf tournament - coming up on Saturday, August 16, at the Links at Hemlock Creek. Shotgun start for the 4-person scramble game is at 9AM. $65 fee per golfer includes cart rental, refreshments, snacks, and sanwiches. Registration is due by Thursday, August 14. For more information, call 570-275-6766.

 

Thru August 15

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

 

Thru August 22

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

 

Thru Sept 28

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

 

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.

July 25, 2014


 

I-80 Crash

Both westbound lanes of Interstate 80 near Lightstreet are now open... following a fatal crash this afternoon. Three tractor – trailers were involved.... one of the drivers, a 48 – year old Missouri man, died. Authorities tell reporter Nikki Krize of media partner Newswatch 16... that one of the double – bottom big rigs belonging to United Parcel Service slowed due to a backup from road resurfacing near Buckhorn. That's when the Missouri trucker slammed into the rear of the trailer. The driver died at the scene. The accident closed one lane of the super slab while traffic homicide investigators did their job. Both lane were opened around 5 O'clock, but the resulting backup stretches to the Berwick / Lime Ridge interchange.

 

Home Invasion

Still no suspects in custody in a pre – dawn home invasion in Espy. It was shortly after 4 on Thursday morning when five men forced their way into an apartment in the 2400 block of Second Street... pistol whipping two people. The suspects fled the scene, but they left the pistol behind... now police are hoping they'll find fingerprints on the weapon... putting them closer to the persons responsible. The two people pistol whipped were treated at the scene by EMS.

 

Fingerprinting

As recently as 2006, local and state police agencies failed to fingerprint up to 1/3 of criminal suspects. But things have improved since then. According to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the compliance rate improved to 86-percent in 2013, and up to 87 percent as of the first quarter of this year. Technology and time have been cited as the two greatest challenge, with the Commission helping to fund electronic fingerprinting machines, as well as establishing central booking centers, where suspects are dropped off to be fingerprinted, processed and arraigned, allowing police officers to return to their patrols.

 

New Apparatus

A new piece of apparatus for the Bloomsburg Fire Department is tucked inside it's bay. The $660,000 attack pumper was built in neighboring Schuylkill County by KME in Nesquehoning. As Chief Bob Rupp explained... it's a pumper with a short aerial ladder on top... designed to get fire victims out of second and third story windows. It won't be responding to fires for another two weeks or so... since the engine must be equipped and personnel trained.

 

Sullivan County Sheriff

The Sullivan County Sheriff is calling it quits. Sheriff Bryan Brady says his last day in the office is Friday. In a letter to media organizations... Sheriff Brady included a list of 20 complaints... accusing the Sullivan County commissions of making... what he calls... “dangerous decisions...” putting county residents at risk. No word yet as to who will replace Sheriff Brady.

 

Ride Safety

Headed out this weekend to a fireman's carnival... maybe an amusement park.... or a fair one always wonders about the safety of a ride. But State Agriculture Secretary George Greig... on a recent visit to the Knowable Amusement Resort.. says rides are inspected by state certified inspectors who are trained to look for problems. Secretary Greig says 2,200 state certified inspectors make an estimated 9,500 inspection each season... the results of which are posted on the state Ag department's web site.

 

State Education Funding
A 15 member commission will be reviewing Pennsylvania's way of distributing state education funding. Members of the Basic Education Funding Commission acknowledge they're facing a challenge to find the fairest way of distributing state money to public schools. They will consider wealth, local tax effort, geographic price differences, enrollment levels, local support and other factors. A report is due back to the legislature by next June.

 

DNA Samples
Legislation passed in the state Senate would require a DNA sample to be taken from someone charged with a crime. Under current state law, only someone convicted of a serious crime is required to submit a DNA sample. The bill to expand that practice to those accused is stalled in the House, mainly due to civil liberties concerns. Supporters say it's an important law enforcement tool and an emerging trend, which is now law in 30 states plus the District of Columbia.

 

Wilkes – Barre Sex Assault

A man has been arrested by authorities in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a woman inside the Ousterhout Free Library on South Franklin Street. Leon Crosby is facing a host of charges in connection with the midday assault. Police say the library was filled with people when the crime took place.

 

Wrong Blood

We're just now finding out that a Hazleton woman died at an Allentown hospital last January due to the wrong type of blood used in a transfusion. The Hazleton Standard Speaker story by Tom Ragan... indicates a coroner's report and a second report from the state department of health indicated that Deborah Davis died from receiving an incorrect blood type. The Davis family hasn't said if they'll bring a lawsuit against the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

 

Richard Petty Donation

Seven time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Richard Petty will make an appearance at the Weis Market in Mountain Top August 1st. The King will donate 40,000 pounds of food to the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank. It's a collaborative effort between Richard Petty Motorsports... his sponsor Smithfield and Weis Markets.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings Thursday to help the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 win over San Francisco Giants as the Phils salvaged the last game of their four game series. Friday night the Phil's open a three game home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games yesterday, the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 4-2, and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the New York Mets 9 to 1.

 

PGH Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers open training camp today.

For the 47th straight year, that camp is at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

Pittsburgh finished 8 and 8 last season and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

 

Thursday / July 24, 2014


 

I-80 Crash Update

Both westbound lanes of Interstate 80 near Lightstreet are now open... following a fatal crash this afternoon. Three tractor – trailers were involved.... one of the drivers, a 48 – year old Missouri man, died. Authorities tell reporter Nikki Krize of media partner Newswatch 16... that one of the double – bottom big rigs belonging to United Parcel Service slowed due to a backup from road resurfacing near Buckhorn. That's when the Missouri trucker slammed into the rear of the trailer. The driver died at the scene. The accident closed one lane of the super slab while traffic homicide investigators did their job. Both lane were opened around 5 O'clock, but the resulting backup stretches to the Berwick / Lime Ridge interchange.

 

Espy Home Invasion

Scott Township police are investigating a home invasion which went down shortly after 4 O'clock Thursday morning on 2nd Street in Espy. Reports we're getting are indicating at least 4 men broke into a home in the 2400 block... near Central Avenue. All four made their getaway on foot... last seen headed towards Old Berwick Road.

 

Montour County Fatal

An elderly Danville woman is dead after she pulled her car in front of a log truck at a busy Montour County intersection. Authorities say 84 – year old Mary Gray pulled her car into the path of the truck at the intersection of Routes 652 and Route 54. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver.. 40 – year old Steven Shoemaker of Millmont was not injured.

 

Dairy Farming

If you're a dairy farmer these days.... you must be a risk manager as well. That word from John Frey of the Center for Dairy Excellence in Harrisburg. He was at a breakfast Wednesday hosted by State Representative David Millard at a Numidia restaurant. Frey says dairy prices have changed dramatically over the past six years. But despite those changes.... there are opportunities for dairy farmers... such as exporting farm products to other nations... such as China.

 

Ice Cream Festival

It's hard to believe the summer of 2014 has zipped by at a record pace. In just a few weeks... August 7th... it's the 56th annual Ice Cream & Cake Festival at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Park Association President Chuck Wagner says it's the highlight of everyone's social calendar. Entertainment for the night consists of the Catawissa Military Band and the Covered Bridge Cloggers.

 

Higher Speed Limit

Motorists will be able to try out the state's higher maximum speed limit this summer. The Pennsylvania Turnpike has already converted the stretch between the Blue Mountain and Morgantown Interchanges to 70. PennDOT will move over 100 miles of Interstates 80 and 380 in northern PA to 70 miles the week of August 11th. Officials will study the impact with the goal of converting the entire turnpike to the higher limit next spring. PennDOT is looking at adding more 70 mile an hour stretches to other interstates and freeways next spring or summer.

 

PennFuture / DEP

There's more reaction from this week's report on how the state DEP is handling the natural gas boom in Pennsylvania. A report from the Auditor General outlines serious inadequacies in the DEP, including understaffing, lack of adequate funds, and little if any regulatory authority. The statewide advocacy group PennFuture says it's not surprised by the report itself, only by the depth of its findings. Officials say they're hopeful those who have opposed a drilling severance tax will now take a second look, mainly as a means to address the shortfalls outlined in the report.

 

Hazleton Transit

The Luzerne County Council has voted to cut it's funding for Hazleton Public Transit. In essence... shutting off matching funds designed to get the system PennDOT grants. Luzerne County is strapped for cash... and councilman Stephen Urban said their money to Hazleton Transit must go... since they are not a part of the County's Transit system. Right now... Hazleton transit has an estimated $522,000 in reserves.

 

Fire Department Money

Small, rural fire companies statewide will share in nearly $600,000 in grants to help guard Pennsylvania's forests and other undeveloped areas. The matching grants will help 158 volunteer fire companies in smaller communities that can certainly use the money. Luzerne County is in line to get an estimated $30,000. The money will be used to better equip and train volunteers to save lives and protect property. Local fire companies in communities with less than 10-thousand residents qualify for the federal grants of up to 75-hundred dollars, with recipients supplying matching funds.

 

Home Struck

One person was taken to the hospital Wednesday when a bolt of lightning struck a house in Lansford. The incident happened late in the afternoon on Patterson Street when a line of thunderstorms swept through the area. Emergency dispatchers say the person injured was NOT hit by the bolt of lightning.

 

Pension Crisis

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf said this week in Pittsburgh that he's open to working with the Legislature on pension reform. That has become a major financial issue for Pennsylvania and a burgeoning campaign issue in the governor's race. During a visit to Pittsburgh on Monday, Gov. Tom Corbett said he's the only candidate who can address the problem. Corbett's campaign and the state Republican Party have hammered Wolf for denying what Corbett describes as a pension crisis.

 

Classic Car Auction
For the first time in its 27-year history, the nationally-known Mecum Auto Auction is coming to Pennsylvania. The four day event starts today at the state Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Organizers say it was their fans in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastersn US who convinced them to hold an auction in this part of the county. As many as a thousand custom and collector cars will be up for auction during the first three days, with the final day to feature about 200 motorcycles. The auction will also be televised, on the NBC Sports and Esquire cable channels.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings Thursday to help the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 win over San Francisco Giants as the Phils salvaged the last game of their four game series. Friday night the Phil's open a three game home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Thursday... the New York Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 4-2.

 

Wednesday / July 23, 2014


 

Montour County Fatal Update

An elderly Danville woman is dead after she pulled her car in front of a log truck at a busy Montour County intersection. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting 84 – year old Mary Gray pulled her car into the path of the truck at the intersection of Routes 652 and Route 54. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver.. 40 – year old Steven Shoemaker of Millmont was not injured.

 

Eggs and Issues

If you're a dairy farmer these days.... you must be a risk manager as well. That word from John Frey of the Center for Dairy Excellence in Harrisburg. He was at a breakfast Wednesday hosted by State Representative David Millard at a Numidia restaurant. Frey says dairy prices have changed dramatically over the past six years. But despite those changes.... there are opportunities for dairy farmers... such as exporting farm products to other nations... such as China.

 

Red Cross

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage... leading to an urgent need for donors. Although it's a nationwide problem, it does affect our area... so says the organization's Colin Riccobon working out of their Wyoming Valley office. Riccobon says all blood types are needed. Want to find out where the nearest blood drive is... just go to the community calendar section of www.whlm.com.

 

Bank Fraud

The feds have filed bank fraud charges against a Bloomsburg woman. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting 59 – year old Mary Gillespie is being accused of a check fraud scheme in which she allegedly stole money from two banks. First Columbia Bank and Trust of Bloomsburg... and the Fulton National Bank were allegedly targets of the scheme. Gillespie faces trial... and could get up to ten years in federal prison.

 

Bonds Downgraded
The Corbett administration says the state's pension crisis is a key reason for the recent downgrade of the state's general obligation bond rating. Budget secretary Charles Zogby says every day, the state's pension systems become more costly and unsustainable, impacting not only the state budget, but local school district budgets and household budgets. He says the taxes needed to support these costs comes from every Pennsylvania taxpayer. But Democrats are blaming the bond rating downgrade on the state budget which they say is full of one time revenues.

 

Eckley Miners Village

The committee ... trying to raise money for a Berwick – built Stuart Tank... is expanding it's horizons. This weekend... according to committee member... Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach... the organization has been asked to take part in the activities this weekend at the Eckley Miners Village near Hazleton. Commissioner Kovach says the Eckley Mining organization reached out to the “Bring Stuie Home” committee. Just over 15,000 Stuart tanks were manufactured at the Berwick A-C-F plant.

 

Orangeville Parade

It was a perfect night Tuesday for the annual Pet and Toy Parade through the borough of Orangeville. As hundreds of people lined Main Street... the parade was lead by the Orangeville / Orange Township police cruiser.... and the Catawissa Military Band. Every age demographic took part in the event... part of this years Orangeville Community Fire Department carnival. The event runs through Saturday night across the street from the fire hall.

 

Fruit Recall

Peaches, nectarines and plums by the millions are being pulled from grocery store shelves because of possible listeria contamination. Giant... Weis... Wegmans and big box stores like Sam's Club are involved in the recall. A California – based packing company initially made the recall decision this week.

 

DEP Report

The state Department of Environmental Protection has a lot more work to do to ensure the natural gas industry is being regulated properly... that's according to the PA's Auditor General. Eugene DePasquale blasts the DEP for failing to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens. DePasquale says the agency is underfunded, understaffed and lacks the infrastructure to meet the demands it faces amid the fast-growing industry. DEP Secretary Christopher Abruzzo notes the audit covers a four-year period ending in 2012... he says many of the recommended reforms have been implemented.

 

Police Statistics
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is reporting some troubling statistics. The number of federal, state and local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty is up 31 percent for the first six months of the year. Firearms deaths have surpassed traffic fatalities, which were also up. The report also shows an increase in heart attack deaths. In PA, a Philadelphia school police sergeant suffered a fatal heart attack after breaking up a fight and a Brentwood officer was shot to death responding to a domestic dispute.

 

Woman Rescued

A woman is recovering from injuries after her leg was impaled on a cemetery fence in Hazleton Tuesday afternoon. The incident taking place around 4:30 at the corner of Vine Street and Diamond Avenue. Investigators are trying to figure out what happened. Firemen had to use saws and grinders to free the woman... who was eventually airlifted to an Allentown hospital.

 

PA Lotto
It was a great fiscal year for the Pennsylvania Lottery...but it was still a struggle to make sure seniors got their fair share. The Pennsylvania Lottery wrapped up fiscal year 2013-14 with a record 3-point-8 billion dollars in sales. But the lottery is required to return 27 percent of ticket sales revenue to pay for those senior programs. It did so but just barely at 28-point-5 percent. Consumer preference is gravitating toward instant games, which have a higher payout percentage than numbers games, putting the squeeze on profits.

 

Statue Stolen

Not even religious statues in Hazleton are safe from thieves. Police getting a report that a Blessed Mother Statue was stolen from a lawn at a home on Carson Street this week... and a statue of Mary was the target of burglars... but they couldn't move it off the porch. Cops say if you see anything suspicious, give them a call.

 

West Hazleton Bar

A bar on West Green Street in West Hazleton is getting a reputation of having loud music... fights and just this past weekend a shooting. Since it opened in March... Ivanna's Bar and Restaurant is becoming a target for the noise complaints and just this weekend the shooting of a man in his 20's. He's in critical condition at an Allentown hospital.

 

Hazleton Traffic

South Church Street in Hazleton will see increased traffic the next week or so. Soil is being hauled to a mine reclamation site in the southwest section of the city. The heaviest traffic will be near the entrance of Buttonwood Street and Route 309. That's where those truck are delivering fill from two construction projects to fill mine pits... and covering old landfills.

 

 

 

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