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Wednesday / October 22, 2014


 

Budd Strong

After being critically injured by a rock tossed from an overpass onto Interstate 80 in Union County... Sharon Budd is anxious to get back to her home in Cleveland, Ohio. She rang the so – called “Victory Bell” at Geisinger Health South late Tuesday afternoon signaling her discharge from the rehab hospital. Both Sharon and her husband, Randy, will be home in the Cleveland area by mid – afternoon Wednesday. The four teenagers accused of dropping the large boulder off the overpass into the Budd car are awaiting court action.

 

Williamsport Murder

Williamsport police are looking for suspects in the murder of a Lycoming County teenager. The 16 – year old youngster was discovered early Tuesday morning on Dove Court... in the Newberry section of the city. Authorities say the teen was shot in the upper torso and left to die. Right now... cops are searching for a motive and suspects.

 

Animal Rights / Weapons Bill
Animal rights mixed with gun rights in one bill which failed to win passage before the House adjourned this week. The original bill passed in the House would have outlawed selling or consuming dog or cat meat, but the Senate tacked on an amendment banning live pigeon shoots. When it returned to the House for action on the amendment, it was never brought up, mainly due to opposition from gun rights groups, who claimed its passage would have led to more restrictions. Supporters of the bill included organizations like the Humane Society.

Domestic Violence

Legislation awaiting Governor Tom Corbett's signature, seeks to protect victims of domestic violence who repeatedly seek help. The measure won unanimous approval in both the House and Senate. The bill prohibits local governments from passing so-called nuisance ordinances, which seek to crack down on repeated calls to 911. Supporters say these measures have the unintended consequence of punishing victims of domestic violence who may call several times, but then refuse assistance once responders arrive. A number of organizations urged passage of this bill, including the ACLU and the Pennsylvania Coalition against Domestic Violence.

 

PennDOT

With temperatures dropping... the first hint of snow is literally on the horizon. PennDOT says it's prepared with salt and anti – skid materials to spread on the roads to make the drive to work as smooth as possible. The Agency's David Thompson says they've even sent plow operators and managers to a so – called “Winter Academy.” Thompson says it appears the agency has enough plow operators... but in the past have hired extra drivers, mechanics and secretarial staff on a part – time basis.

 

Coal Twp Money

Coal Township is getting money from the Marcellus Shale field of Pennsylvania. $188,000 will be received by the township which is earmarked for the construction of a multipurpose indoor gymnasium at the Arch Street Playground. It will go a long way toward the $288,000 needed to upgrade the entire play area. The funds come from impact fees assessed on natural gas drillers... with the money being channel through the Keystone Greenways program. No word when construction will get underway.

 

Kiddie Porn

A Freeland man is accused of possessing and sharing child pornography from his computer. 35 – year old Anthony Stefanik of Walnut Street was taken into custody this week. Stefanik is charged with 22 count of kiddie porn... and one count each of disseminating a photo or film of child sex acts. He's being held in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility unable to post $100,000 bond.

 

E-Cigs

Pennsylvania physicians say celebrity endorsements are to blame for the growing popularity in electronic cigarettes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a quarter million youth who never smoked a cigarette have used an e-cigarette. It's because of this that state physicians are calling upon the American Medical Association to work through the proper agencies, and prohibit celebrities from promoting electronic cigarettes. The physicians also want the electronic cigarettes to be banned from product placement in films.
 

Hazleton Robbery

Hazleton police are looking for two men who robbed an off – duty security guard late Monday night. It turned out the man who was robbed... and relieved of his weapon and his badge... is employed by an agency as a person to protect attorneys and visitors at the Luzerne County Domestic Relations branch office in Hazleton. The incident happened along North James Street.

 

Pedestrian Struck

Police in Hazleton are looking for the driver of an SUV who hit a pedestrian... moments after he stole from a self storage unit. Police say the theft by the older man took place at the Broad Street Self Storage on Monday. And as the thief was leaving the area he struck a man. The victim was badly hurt and was flown to a hospital for treatment.

 

New Lottery Game
Pennsylvania is participating in the newest multi-state lottery game. It's called the Monopoly Millionaires Club with a top prize of up to 25-million dollars. Players can also enter a separate million-dollar drawing which takes whenever the top prize isn't won, in addition to the chance to appear on a game show in Las Vegas, where you can win 2.5 million-dollars.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football Preview

Friday night's Berwick-Coughlin High School football game at Wilkes Barre Memorial Stadium will be a big game for both teams. Berwick has a 6 and two record, is riding a four game winning streak, and needs a win to stay in the hunt for second place in the upcoming District 2 AAA playoffs. Coughlin is 5 and 3 and on a three game winning streak. The Crusaders need a win to stay in contention for a District playoff spot. Friday's game kicks off at 7 O'clock. You can hear that game on Classic Rock 103.5. The coverage starts with the Lenahan & Dempsey Coach Curry Show at 6.

 

HS Soccer

The high school soccer post season playoffs began Tuesday. In a boys District 2 AA game.. it was Dallas 9 and Berwick nothing. In boys District 4 Class A...Danville downed Northeast Bradford 6 to 1.

In District 4 Class A girls soccer...Central Columbia blanked Mt. Carmel 1 to nothing.... and it was Bloomsburg over Wyalusing 4 to nothing.

 

MLB / World Series

In the opening game of the 2014 World Series... the San Francisco Giants down the Kansas City Royals 7 to 1.

 

Tuesday / October 21, 2014


 

Officer Injured

A Berwick police officer and his Fiancee are recovering from injuries sustained in a traffic accident over the the weekend in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. The Press – Enterprise is reporting that officer Regan Rafferty and girlfriend Kristen Jensen were near Keuka Lake when they were hit by a tractor – trailer... which moments before... hit a van. Rafferty and Jensen both receiving back and chest injuries. Police Chief Ken Strish says he doesn't know how long Rafferty will be off the job.

 

Accident

A Bloomsburg woman is recovering from injuries sustained when her car was broadsided by an empty gasoline tanker Monday morning. The Press – Enterprise is reporting 24 – year old Charlotte Lotz of the 500 block of West Main Street... apparently tried to do a U – turn... but ended up in front of a Sheetz fuel tanker. Tanker driver.. David Snyder... said he couldn't stop. Lotz was extracted from her car... and taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment.

 

Catawissa Parade

It's going to be a Saturday night to remember in Catawissa... as the borough holds it's 107th Halloween Parade. Janice Longenberger is one of the organizers... telling WHLM News there will be plenty of bands in the line of march... such as Central Columbia... Benton Area and Southern Columbia. The Catawissa Halloween parade forms at 6:0'clock... and steps off at 7:30.

 

Window Painting

If you were anywhere near downtown Bloomsburg... you probably saw dozens of high school students painting the windows of businesses along Main Street. All the windows will be judged... and the decorations come just in time for Friday night's Trick or Treat celebration sponsored by Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated.

 

Gas Prices

The price of self – serve, unleaded gasoline continues to fall in Columbia and Montour counties... as well as across northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of $3.18 a gallon... down a penny from Sunday... and off 8 cents a gallon from a week ago. It's due to falling crude oil prices and the lack of demand for the product.

 

State House
In its final voting day before the election, the state House gave final approval to a number of bills. Three of the bills are education-related-allowing schools to keep a supply of epi-pens on hand for students who suffer the effects of food allergies, preventing school districts from allowing abusive teachers to relocate to another state, and reforming the evaluation process for determining when someone who is home schooled has completed all their requirements. The House also approved legislation to require the Pennsylvania Lottery to seek legislative input when creating new games, as well as easing state regulations for emergency crews from other states who come to Pennsylvania for infrastructure repairs following a natural disaster.

 

State Senate
In a flurry of activity last week, the state Senate moved several dozen bills. But one issue that saw no final action sparked a four minute floor speech. Senator Lisa Boscola, a Northampton County Democrat, is taking her colleagues to task for failing to pass any property tax reform. She they can't continue to shoot their mouths off about their determination to cut property taxes and meekly return home empty handed. She plans to reintroduce a bill next session to shift table games revenues to property tax relief.


Vocational Funding

The office of Vocational Rehabilitation is funding four projects in the state to help people with disabilities. The program is designed to help OVR customers who need help landing a job.. by teaching employable skills. The U.S., Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services Administration is providing more than five hundred 26 thousand dollars to the project...which is free to OVR customers who qualify based off of a financial needs test.
 

Kingston Cop

A Kingston police officer is in trouble with the law. Officer John Sosnoski of Ashley is facing charges of DUI... speeding and driving an ATV on the streets. Investigators say Sosnoski hit a tree on the ATV he was riding in order to avoid a second ATV in Edwardsville in September.

 

Porngate

A State Supreme Court justice is off the job... at least temporarily. The court announcing that Justice Seamus McCaffery is off the state's high court. McCaffery is the latest causality swept up in the pornographic e-mail scandal in Harrisburg. Investigators say McCaffery received and forwarded hundreds of explicit e-mails.

 

Seminar
The Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital hold a free Breast Cancer Awareness program Tuesday. It all begins at 11 O'clock at the G-BH Conference Room 1 at 549 Fair Street. A hospital spokesman says the keynote speaker is Dr. John Widger who will discuss prevention and treatment options. An estimated 295,000 women nationally deal with breast cancer each year.

 

Lewisburg Stabbing

A man is recovering from a stab wound... and a second man is in jail... cooling his heels. Union County Police says Corey Lauver was stabbed in the head outside a Market Street bar in Lewisburg. He was taken to Evangelical Hospital for treatment... and later released. Meantime... police collared 21 – year old Elliot Fisher of Lewisburg... and charged him in the early Sunday morning stabbing. He's now an inmate at the Union County lockup with bond set at $350,000.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Saturday afternoon's West Chester at Bloomsburg University game will not only be a match - up of unbeaten college football teams, but a match - up of two of the top ten ranked Division II teams in the country. In this week's American Football Coaches Association Poll, West Chester is ranked 7th while the Huskies are 8th. Saturday's game kicks off at 2 o'clock.

 

High School Soccer 

Four area teams are in action today as the high school soccer playoffs begin. In a District 2 Class AA game, Berwick plays at Dallas. In District 4 Class A girls soccer, Central Columbia plays Mount Carmel and Bloomsburg plays Wyalusing - both of those matches will be in Williamsport. In District 4 Class A boys soccer, Danville plays Northeast Bradford this afternoon at Hughesville.

 

NFL

In the NFL Monday night... the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Houston Texans 30 to 23.

 

World Series

The 2014 World Series begins Tuesday night in Kansas City with the Royals taking on the San Francisco Giants. Madison Bumgarner will pitch for the Giants... while James Shields is on the mound for the Royals.

 

Monday / October 20, 2014


 

Our Town / Bloomsburg

The tape has been shot... the material turned in... and now it's up to the producers and editors of the WVIA – TV “Our Town” series to put it all together. After two community meetings last month... on – camera interviews were held Saturday to fill in the blanks of the subjects put forth. Producer Lisa Mazzarella says what video stays or goes in the final production is a tough job. “Our Town” Bloomsburg will make it's debut December 4th starting at 7 O'clock... on WVIA... Public Television for Northeastern PA.

 

Frein Search

The search continues in near by Pike County for 31-year-old Eric Frein. He's suspected of ambushing two Pennsylvania Sate Troopers, killing one and seriously wounding the other. Lt. Col. George Bivens says possible sightings of Frein continue... including one close to the high school he attended. The shootings took place at the Blooming Grove Barracks six weeks ago.

 

Frein Hearings
A state lawmaker is calling for a hearing on the State Police handling of September's deadly ambush outside a Pike County barracks and the search for suspected shooter Eric Frein. Sen. Lisa Baker, whose district includes the search area, is calling for a joint hearing of the Law and Justice and Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committees. The hearing will take place after Eric Frein is caught, and will examine such issues as communication, police tactics and practices, and how law enforcement interacted with the local community. Baker says the Chairmen of both committees are on board.

 

Ebola Scare

Pennsylvania officials are stepping up preparedness and responding to concerns about Ebola. State health officials are reviewing and assessing procedures and equipment in case any suspected cases of Ebola were to turn up in PA. They did confirm that three Pennsylvanians were on the same plane from Cleveland to Dallas as a nurse who tested positive for Ebola. They were still in Texas being monitored, are not under quarantine and have no symptoms.

 

Danville Flood Control

The Borough of Danville is still trying to recover from the floods produced by Tropical Storm Lee in September of 2011. Administrator Dan Knorr says the repair to the flood control areas along the 800 block of Continental Boulevard is coming along well and should be wrapped late this month or early next. Knorr says once repairs are made... a weak spot in the flood control system will be eliminated.

 

Act 47 / Distressed Cities

State lawmakers have approved a bill making some major changes in the state's distressed municipalities law. Among the changes to Act 47 are early intervention efforts and new deadlines to help municipalities emerge from distressed status. They were developed through the work of a task force that reviewed the law. The bill also gives distressed cities more flexibility to raise revenue. But Pittsburgh area lawmakers complained their city is excluded from the changes.

 

Pocono Raceway

You'll soon start to see some improvements around Pocono Raceway thanks to a million dollar Economic Growth Initiative grant doled out by Governor Corbett. The familiar black and white entrance to the 2-and-a-half mile speedway will soon be gone... and Pocono's 50 – year old tunnel will be rebuilt... in essence taller... allowing for today's modern transporters to get in and out of the infield more quickly. The work begins this week... and will be completed before the racing season begins next spring.

 

State House

The state Senate has gone home until after the election but the house has some loose ends to tie up with concurrence votes scheduled today on several bills. WHLM's Cathy Clark reports one deals with a controversial gun amendment. Supporters say giving groups like the NRA the legal standing to sue local governments over strict gun laws allows organizations to step in on behalf of a citizen who feels a local law violates their second amendment right. But opponents say the bill was done to punish and intimidate local governments and will leave the taxpayers footing the bill for any damages awarded.

 

White Haven Crash

Police in White Haven are still trying to figure out what caused the driver of a pick up truck to slam into a home in lower Luzerne County early Sunday morning. After impact... the driver fled, but was later captured. However, two people in the truck were air lifted to a hospital. No one was at home when the accident took place.

 

Hazleton Crash

A mini – van crashed into a Hazleton home around dawn Saturday morning... doing considerable amount of damage to the Church Street structure. Thus far... Hazleton police aren't saying much about the crash. The mini van smashing into the home's awning and gas meter... but there was no gas leak according to UGI. The accident remains under investigation.

 

Unemployment Rate

The unemployment rate in Pennsylvania has declined by one tenth of a percentage point last month. The PA Department of Labor and Industry says the state's jobless rate for September is 5.7 per cent. That is two – tenths of a percentage point below the US rate of 5-point-9 percent. Since September 2013, the state rate was down by 1.6 percentage points. The state says the civilian labor force – the number of people working or looking for work – was essentially unchanged in September. Employment rose by 11,000 persons while unemployment was down 8,000.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The stage is set for a battle of unbeaten college football teams this Saturday at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. Both Bloomsburg University and West Chester won their games on Saturday to improve to 7-0. Saturday's game kicks off at 2 o'clock.

 

BU Player

For the third time this season Bloomsburg University's senior linebacker Justin Shirk has been named the PSAC Eastern Division defensive player of the week. In Saturday's 31-13 win at Kutztown, Shirk had 13 tackles including two sacks.

 

NFL / Sunday

In the NFL Sunday... the Dallas Cowboys downed the New York Giants 31 to 21.

The Philadelphia Eagles had a bye week.

 

NFL / Monday

Monday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers are at home against the Houston Texans.

 

MLB / World Series

Game one of the World Series will be played tomorrow night in Kansas City with the Royals taking on the San Francisco Giants. The Royals last World Series championship was in 1985. The Giants will be looking for their third title in the past 5 years.

 

What's Happening? Sunday, October 19, 2014


Its' the 26th annual St Peter's and St John's Apple Festival this weekend at Heller Orchards on Route 239 in Wapwallopen. There's live entertainment, farm life demonstrations, games, competitions, food, vendors and of course, apples straight from the orchard. Today 11AM - 4PM. Please no pets, skateboards or bicycles on the festival grounds.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Danville / Central

Danville and Central Columbia renewed their rivalry Friday night at Ironmen Stadium for Danville's Homecoming weekend. Central spoiled the party though, beating Danville 27-17. Our Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Danny Koch of Central.

 

Berwick / Pittston

Berwick is on a 4-game winning streak after shutting out Pittston Area on Friday night. After only leading 8-0 at Halftime, the Bulldogs triggered the Mercy Rule in a 43-0 Berwick win.

 

Other HS Football Games

In other games Friday night, Southern Columbia is still unbeaten after battling Lewisburg for a 31-14 win, and Bloomsburg fell to Hughesville on the road 44-13. Saturday afternoon Columbia Montour Vo-Tech crushed Carson Long 50-14 in a game that saw Chris Zanolini set a school rushing record.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday afternoon, the Huskies of Bloomsburg University retained their Unbeaten record after beating Kutztown 31-13. BU's Eddie Mateo had a career best 84-yard touchdown, the second-longest in school records. Listen to the details from the game with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Oct 20

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a panel presentation and forum at the McBride Memorial Library on Monday, Oct 20. Several local officials will be on hand to discuss the Columbia Drug Court treatment program. The presentation starts at 6 PM at the library on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Oct 21

Celebrate 175 years of Bloomsburg University with their series of free Fall faculty lectures. This Tuesday, explore the history of the University with campus Archivist and Historian Robert Dunkelberger. The lecture starts at 7PM in the Kenneth S. Gross auditorium in Carver Hall on the BU main campus.

 

Oct 25

The Columbia-Montour Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International will meet on Saturday October 25, 10 AM at the Spirit Life Church, Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg. The guest speaker will be Evangelist Donald Reece. There will be free coffee and snacks. Everyone is welcome.

 

Oct 25

Get your tickets now for the first Camp Lavigne Wine Festival, Saturday October 25, from 10AM - 5PM at the camp North of Benton just off Route 487. Taste offerings from twelve area wineries and breweries and help support the Columbia-Montour BSA. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the festival. For ticket information, go to LocalWineEvents.com

 

Oct 22 / 25

It's the Great Pumpkin 5K Halloween Run & Fun Walk at 10:30AM Saturday Oct 25 at the PPL Riverlands on Route 11 North of Berwick. Pumpkin Awards will be given to the top finishers in their age group. Come in costume - there will be a costume contest before the run and freebies for costumed participants. Registration opens at 8:30AM at the Riverlands Pavilion. The first 200 entrants will receive a high-quality t-shirt. Entry fee is $15 before Oct 22 and $18 after, or just $8 for pre-entry witout a t-shirt. Proceeds benefit the Berwick YMCA. Check out RunForDiamonds.com for more information.

 

Oct 25/ Nov 15

Come see Waste Not, the newest exhibition at Artspace Gallery on Center Street in downtown Bloomsburg. The show features works made from discarded and re-purposed materials. The show runs through Saturday, November 15. An Artist's Reception will be held October 25, from 6-8PM.

 

Oct 31 / TFN

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library are offering the third in their series of ceramic crocks commemorating Bloomsburg's iconic sites. This year's crock features the 1892 Town Fountain. The 1/2 gallon crock is hand-made by a local Pennsylvania potter. You can see one at the Library on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Order forms are available at the Library front desk. Order by October 31 to guarantee delivery by Christmas.

 

Thru Late October

The Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale is going on now until late October. The doors will be open for shopping Saturdays and Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM at the ARC storefront in the Bloomsburg Cinema Center plaza on Route 11. All items have been massively marked down. All proceeds go to support A.R.C. Volunteers are still needed! Call 570-275-2313 for more information.

 

Nov 4

Celebrate 175 years of Bloomsburg University with their series of free Fall faculty lectures. This Tuesday, explore Scientific History with Geoscience professor Dr. Michael Shepard. The lecture starts at 7PM in the Kuster auditorium of the Hartline Science Building on the BU main campus.

 

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.

 

Nov 18

Celebrate 175 years of Bloomsburg University with their series of free Fall faculty lectures. This Tuesday, find out how Pre-K reading is more than just pictures, presented by Dr. Barbara Wilson. The lecture starts at 7PM in the Kuster auditorium of the Hartline Science Building on the BU main campus.

 

Thru Nov 21

Come see Cover of a Comic at the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery on Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg, running through November 21. The exhibition is a community project based on the theme of comic book cover art. 

 

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, October 18, 2014


There's still time to get your ticket to the third annual Brewsburg local beer, food, and music festival, going on tonight, 7-11PM at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Tickets are $45 for general admission or $20 for a designated driver. Tickets can be bought at EventBrite.com or at the Chamber of Commerce on Market Street.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church in Shickshinny is holding a Fun Auction this morning at the church on Town Hill Road. Food and drink will be available. Doors open at 8:30 – the auction starts at 10AM.

 

The eleventh annual Applefest is going on today from 11AM - 4PM in downtown Ashland. There's live entertainment, games, prizes, and delicious food including homemade apple dumplings.

 

The Sons of the American Legion are holding a Leaf-Peeper motorcycle run today at the Catawissa Legion post just off Route 42. Entry fee is $15 per driver and $10 per passenger. Registration opens at 11AM. Food will be provided. All proceeds will benefit the local homeless veterans' center.

 

It's Oktoberfest time this afternoon at the Millville American Legion post 564, on Legion Road. The festival is family-friendly and everyone is invited. The fun starts at Noon with food, drinks, games, music, dancing, and much more.

 

First Presbyterian Church in Berwick is holding their 5th annual photo show and competition this afternoon, from 3-5PM at the church on Market Street. Come vote for your favorite picture. It's free and open to the public.

 

Strawberry Ridge Trinity UMC is holding an all-you-can-eat chicken and waffles dinner this evening at the church on Diehl Road near Washingtonville. Dinner will be served from 1-6PM. Cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. Take-out will be available.

 

Its' the 26th annual St Peter's and St John's Apple Festival this weekend at Heller Orchards on Route 239 in Wapwallopen. There's live entertainment, farm life demonstrations, games, competitions, food, vendors and of course, apples straight from the orchard. Today from 10AM - 4PM and Sunday 11AM - 4PM. Please no pets, skateboards or bicycles on the festival grounds.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Danville / Central

Danville and Central Columbia renewed their rivalry Friday night at Ironmen Stadium for Danville's Homecoming weekend. Central spoiled the party though, beating Danville 27-17. Our Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Danny Koch of Central.

 

Berwick / Pittston

Berwick is on a 4-game winning streak after shutting out Pittston Area on Friday night. After only leading 8-0 at Halftime, the Bulldogs triggered the Mercy Rule in a 43-0 Berwick win.

 

Other HS Football Games

In other games Friday night, Southern Columbia is still unbeaten after battling Lewisburg for a 31-14 win, and Bloomsburg fell to Hughesville on the road 44-13. Saturday afternoon Columbia Montour Vo-Tech crushed Carson Long 50-14 in a game that saw Chris Zanolini set a school rushing record.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday afternoon, the Huskies of Bloomsburg University retained their Unbeaten record after beating Kutztown 31-13. BU's Eddie Mateo had a career best 84-yard touchdown, the second-longest in school records. Listen to the details from the game with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Oct 20

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a panel presentation and forum at the McBride Memorial Library on Monday, Oct 20. Several local officials will be on hand to discuss the Columbia Drug Court treatment program. The presentation starts at 6 PM at the library on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Oct 21

Celebrate 175 years of Bloomsburg University with their series of free Fall faculty lectures. This Tuesday, explore the history of the University with campus Archivist and Historian Robert Dunkelberger. The lecture starts at 7PM in the Kenneth S. Gross auditorium in Carver Hall on the BU main campus.

 

Oct 25

The Columbia-Montour Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International will meet on Saturday October 25, 10 AM at the Spirit Life Church, Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg. The guest speaker will be Evangelist Donald Reece. There will be free coffee and snacks. Everyone is welcome.

 

Oct 25

Get your tickets now for the first Camp Lavigne Wine Festival, Saturday October 25, from 10AM - 5PM at the camp North of Benton just off Route 487. Taste offerings from twelve area wineries and breweries and help support the Columbia-Montour BSA. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 the day of the festival. For ticket information, go to LocalWineEvents.com

 

Oct 22 / 25

It's the Great Pumpkin 5K Halloween Run & Fun Walk at 10:30AM Saturday Oct 25 at the PPL Riverlands on Route 11 North of Berwick. Pumpkin Awards will be given to the top finishers in their age group. Come in costume - there will be a costume contest before the run and freebies for costumed participants. Registration opens at 8:30AM at the Riverlands Pavilion. The first 200 entrants will receive a high-quality t-shirt. Entry fee is $15 before Oct 22 and $18 after, or just $8 for pre-entry witout a t-shirt. Proceeds benefit the Berwick YMCA. Check out RunForDiamonds.com for more information.

 

Oct 25/ Nov 15

Come see Waste Not, the newest exhibition at Artspace Gallery on Center Street in downtown Bloomsburg. The show features works made from discarded and re-purposed materials. The show runs through Saturday, November 15. An Artist's Reception will be held October 25, from 6-8PM.

 

Oct 31 / TFN

The Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library are offering the third in their series of ceramic crocks commemorating Bloomsburg's iconic sites. This year's crock features the 1892 Town Fountain. The 1/2 gallon crock is hand-made by a local Pennsylvania potter. You can see one at the Library on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Order forms are available at the Library front desk. Order by October 31 to guarantee delivery by Christmas.

 

Thru Late October

The Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale is going on now until late October. The doors will be open for shopping Saturdays and Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM at the ARC storefront in the Bloomsburg Cinema Center plaza on Route 11. All items have been massively marked down. All proceeds go to support A.R.C. Volunteers are still needed! Call 570-275-2313 for more information.

 

Nov 4

Celebrate 175 years of Bloomsburg University with their series of free Fall faculty lectures. This Tuesday, explore Scientific History with Geoscience professor Dr. Michael Shepard. The lecture starts at 7PM in the Kuster auditorium of the Hartline Science Building on the BU main campus.

 

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.

 

Nov 18

Celebrate 175 years of Bloomsburg University with their series of free Fall faculty lectures. This Tuesday, find out how Pre-K reading is more than just pictures, presented by Dr. Barbara Wilson. The lecture starts at 7PM in the Kuster auditorium of the Hartline Science Building on the BU main campus.

 

Thru Nov 21

Come see Cover of a Comic at the Moose Exchange Antler Gallery on Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg, running through November 21. The exhibition is a community project based on the theme of comic book cover art. 

 

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.

 

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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 / October 17, 2014


Ebola

The Ebola scare in this country has the attention of Danville – based Geisinger Health Systems. Infection specialist Dr. Lisa Esolen and her team have developed a series of guidelines to deal with the disease. An example of which if someone presents at the emergency room with symptoms... they're asked a series of questions... and that could direct them to their next course of treatment. Dr. Esolen says isolation units have been established at the Geisinger Medical Center... as well as a Geisinger property in the Wyoming Valley.

 

Sears Closing

It will soon be lights out for the Sears store at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition that the anchor store will close early next year. Employees were told of the closing by letters. Sears... now owned by K-Mart... will begin to liquidate their merchandise at the end of the month... with the giant store to close permanently on January 18th.

 

United Water

Ground is expected to be broken later this month on Irondale Road for a new and improved United Water filtration plant. The utility's Bob Manbeck says the filtration plant will be able to produce an estimated 4 – million gallons of drinking water a day... the same as the current plant... but there will be use for future system expansion. The last obstetrical to break ground was cleared this week when the Bloomsburg Town Council gave it's okay to a land use proposal. The new plant is expected to be up and running by mid 2016.

 

George Turner

Funeral Services are expected to be announced today for former Bloomsburg Town Councilman and retired BU Professor George Turner. He died Thursday morning. Mr. Turner joined the BU faculty in 1965... retiring in the mid – 90's. He also served on the Bloomsburg Town Council for many years... as well as taking a leadership role in other community organizations. George Turner... dead at the age of 78.

 

Winter Outlook

Right now, it's not looking like another bitterly cold winter for Pennsylvania according to the seasonal outlook from the nation's weather forecasters. But WHLM's Cathy Clark reports they caution that seasonal forecasting is still an evolving science. Whether PA will have an average, colder, warmer or wetter or drier winter is basically a coin flip. It has an equal chance for all of the above, with the exception of Southeastern PA , which has a higher chance of a wetter winter and the far northeastern corner, with a higher chance for a warmer winter. NOAA's Climate Prediction Center is not expecting any prolonged visits from the polar vortex, but forecasters say its not impossible.
 

Clean Power Plan

Any plan to reduce carbon emissions in Pennsylvania as required by the federal government would need the legislature's blessing under a bill approved by the state senate and sent to the Governor. Pennsylvania needs to cut its carbon emissions by about 30% and has until 2030 to do it under the EPA's Clean Power Plan. That plan allows states leeway to develop their own policies to achieve the new limits on greenhouse gases. The bill requires the legislature to approve PA's plan. Environmental groups are concerned that will create a bureaucratic hurdle, hindering efforts to reduce pollution in the state.
 

Attorney General's Office

The office of the State Attorney general is now taking over the case of a ten year old boy... charged with murder in the death of a 90 – year old woman. Investigators say Tristen Kurilla killed the woman last weekend while at his grandfather's home in Wayne County. The AG's office is stepping in since there could be a conflict of interest in the Wayne County DA's office.

 

Medicare Enrollment

Open Enrollment for Medicare recipients is underway. WHLM's David Payne reports the period runs through December 7th. This is the time of year when Medicare recipients can seek changes to their coverage, and to be informed about what changes have taken place in Medicare since last year. Counselors under a program called APPREISE are also on hand to help recipients make their way through the process. To learn more contact your local area agency on aging.

 

Luzerne County Budget

Property owners in Luzerne County could be facing a 4% hike in property taxes in the 2015 budget. County Manager Robert Lawton telling county commission members that massive debt... rising retirement and insurance costs may force the increase. The proposed $266 – million budget will have a $4.5 - million increase in the general fund. But, the county is also faced with $400 – million in debt... and no credit rating.

 

Cab Robbery

Wilkes – Barre Police are looking for three people... wanted in the robbery of a taxi cab driver this week. The incident took place on Reno Lane... when the trio robbed the driver of an undetermined amount of cash.... threatening to kill him. Police say the suspects were last seen running toward Custer Street.

 

WHLM Sports

You can hear the results from Friday night's High School football action with WHLM team coverage in the Friday Night Football Report:

 

 

Danville / Central

Danville and Central Columbia renewed their rivalry Friday night at Ironmen Stadium for Danville's Homecoming weekend. Central spoiled the party though, beating Danville 27-17. Our Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Danny Koch of Central.

 

Berwick / Pittston

Berwick is on a 4-game winning streak after shutting out Pittston Area on Friday night. After only leading 8-0 at Halftime, the Bulldogs triggered the Mercy Rule in a 43-0 Berwick win.

 

Other HS Football Games

In other games Friday night, Southern Columbia is still unbeaten after battling Lewisburg for a 31-14 win, and Bloomsburg fell to Hughesville on the road 44-13. Saturday afternoon Columbia Montour Vo Tech plays Carson Long in New Bloomfield.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday, the unbeaten Huskies of Bloomsburg University play at Kutztown. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 12:30 with the Husky Countdown Show.

 

NFL

In the NFL last night...the New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 27 to 25..

 

Baseball

In baseball, in game five of the National League Championship series... the San Francisco Giants advance to the World Series. They defeated the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday night 6 to 3. The Giants now meet the Kansas City Royals in game one of the World Series next Tuesday night.

 

Thursday / October 16, 2014


 

Flood Wall

The skies may have been threatening... but about two dozen individuals... including political leaders... got a first hand look at where a proposed flood wall will be installed around Autoneum and the former Windsor Foods plant on Bloomsburg's west side. The SEDA – Cog guided tour indicates the area on Fifth Street near the fair entrance.. as well as sixth street.. will be radically changed... but for the better so says the Fair's Superintendent of Grandstands Carey Howell. Construction on the proposed $30 – million wall is expected to begin in early 2015... with an estimated 15 month build time... all in an effort to save hundreds of Autoneum jobs in the event of a flood.

 

Wayne Co. Youngster

A 10 – year old youngster remains in the Wayne County Correctional Facility after charged with murdering a 90 – year old woman. Tristin Kurilla of Damascus Township is facing one count of homicide and a count of aggravated assault in connection with the weekend death of Helen Novak. The incident took place at Kurilla's grandfather's home. The youngster is charged as an adult... and joins four other PA juveniles who faced murder charges before their 12th birthday.

 

Mental Health Treatment

A federal grant awarded to the state Welfare Department is aimed at mental health treatment for young adults. The 5 year, 5-million-dollar grant will look at ways to serve those age 16 to 25. Researchers have found this population is often underserved because they're too old for child-based care, but too young for they types of services available for adults. Researchers have also discovered early intervention in mental health services increases the chances of a successful outcome for the individual, their family and the community at large.
 

Columbia County Budget

Columbia County Commissioners are in the early stages of formulating a proposed budget for the 2015 fiscal year. Commissioner Chris Young says he doesn't anticipate a tax increase, but it will be... in his words... “close.” But... according to commissioner Young... there may be some surprises. No word when the Snutti – Spencer trial will get underway. A proposed budget must be formalized and then approved by the end of the year.

 

Cold Weather

As colder weather arrives, the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from heating systems increases. Have your heating system checked before the coldest weather arrives- that advice from State Fire Commissioner Ed Mann. He says a carbon monoxide detector is also critical. Mann says there are newer units that combine a smoke detector with a carbon monoxide detector. Even if you have an all electric house- using a kerosene heater, a generator during a power outage or having an attached garage can put you at risk.
 

Freeland Fire

Fire investigators say that blaze in a home in Freeland early Wednesday morning is suspicious. The flames gutted the vacant Main Street building.... damaged a second and closed the Freeland post office. When firemen arrived on scene... they found flames shooting out of the windows of the second floor of the building. It's believe the building will be torn down... since it's on the verge of collapse.

 

Background Checks
The state house has given final approval for a bill requiring more rigorous background checks for school employees who work directly with children. The bill is aimed at stopping a practice known as "passing the trash", allowing a school employee suspected of sexual abuse to quietly resign and move on to another school. It would ban schools from suppressing information related to a report of suspected sexual abuse. It would require public and private schools to conduct a thorough employee history review of any applicant who would work directly with children.

 

Hazleton Bank

The former Security Savings Bank on East Broad Street in Hazleton may be turned into a place for artists. The Downtown Hazleton Alliance for Progress purchased the 107 – year old building for $25,000... knowing full well... it may take years to raise the money necessary to fix it up. Many hope the building becomes the focal point for arts and culture in downtown Hazleton.

 

Bank Robbery

A Scranton man has been charged with holding up the M and T Bank in Hazle Township last week at the Laurel Mall. Police say 35 – year old Lee Sokalsky of Scranton faces seven counts of robbery and theft. U.S. Marshals arrested Sokalsky on Tuesday. He's being held at the Lackawanna County Correctional facility.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team plays at Kutztown Saturday afternoon. The Golden Bears are led by junior quarterback Chad Barton who has earned the respect of Huskies coach Paul Darragh. You can hear Saturday's Bloomsburg at Kutztown game on the WHLM Stations. Our coverage begins at 12:30 with the Husky Countdown Show.

 

Hale Appearance

Former Bloomsburg University head coach Danny Hale will be the guest Thursday afternoon on the Independence Honda Countdown to Kickoff Show. That show begins after the 5 o'clock News.

 

NFL Tonight

In the NFL Thursday night, the New York Jets play the New England Patriots in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

 

Wednesday / October 15, 2014


 

Fernville Fire Folo

Still no word as to what started a deadly fire last weekend in a house in the 200 block of Drinker Street in Fernville. 55 – year old Todd Hess died in the flames of smoke inhalation. On Tuesday... a state police fire marshal was at the scene with accelerate sniffing dog... but thus far... no cause for the early Sunday morning fire.

 

Youngster Dead

A Northumberland County man is charged with child endangerment now that police say a 9 – year old boy who was staying their died of an apparent drug overdose. 58 – year old Victor Hare the Third of Point Township telling investigators he was award the boy had used the prescription drug Oxycodone and alcohol in the past. But, despite that knowledge... allowed him to stay there where both items were easily reached.

 

Danville Projects

A number of streets in the Borough of Danville are being spiffed – up... just before winter weather sets in. Thanks is due to Borough Council who is spending an estimated $40,000 in money from Harrisburg. Borough Administrator Dan Knorr says the money comes from the state liquid fuel taxes collected by the state... and doled out to municipalities. Knorr said streets such as Nicholas Avenue and Center Street... as well as Front and Grant Streets are being repaired.

 

General Assembly
This session of the General Assembly is winding down and what does not pass will die until next year. A bill to reauthorize and reform consumer protections in the Public Utility Code has won final approval. It would offer protection from utility shutoffs and give people more options, time and flexibility to make a payment. Representative Bob Godshall outlined senate changes that needed house concurrence. The bill passed unanimously, although some felt winter shut off protections did not go far enough.

 

Fracking Tracking

Senate Democrats continue their call for a state database to track the health effects of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania. Members of the Senate Democratic Policy Committee want to know why no database exists, three years after it was recommended by the Marcellus Shale Advisory Commission. Legislation creating a health registry remains bogged down in committee. Lawmakers are also criticizing the state Health Department for not responding to recent complaints about possible health problems which may be related to the fracking process.

 

Conventional Oil Production
Legislation to address the concerns of the conventional oil industry in Pennsylvania has been approved by the state Senate. The bill establishes the Penn Grade Crude Development Advisory Council. Its aim is to work with the Department of Environmental Protection to come up with ways to promote traditional oil production in the state and to protect smaller operators from regulations which may be harming their business. The bill is now before the House, but with one voting day remaining in the current session, its future is uncertain.

 

Brewsburg

The Caldwell Consistory is decorated... the beer has been delivered... and now it's just waiting for Saturday evening for the annual Brewsburg celebration. Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated's Adrienne Mael says product from a half dozen regional breweries will be on tap... as well as food from more than a dozen area restaurants. All inclusive tickets are $45 each... less if your a designated driver.

You can purchase them at the Columbia Montour Chamber of Commerce office on Market Street.

 

Hazleton Man Stabbed

A Hazleton man has been identified as a murder victim in Boston. Now... police in that city say 69 – year old Santo Bernabel was initially thought to have died in a fire in the Roxbury section of the city. But upon further investigation... Bernabel had been stabbed multiple times and left for dead. Investigators now trying to figure out when he died... how long he had been dead... and what started the fire.

 

Ashland Robbery

Police in Schuylkill County are still looking for an armed robber who held up a popular Ashland business this week. Authorities say a man strolled into May's Drive – In holding a knife. He slashed at one of the employees... before making off with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one was injured.

 

Hegins Burglary

Authorities in Schuylkill County say they're looking for the person who broke into a Family Dollar store this week near Hegins. The burglary took place around 11:30 late Monday night.. when someone smashed – in the front door. Cops don't believe anything was stolen.

 

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

Two area high school football teams are in good position to gain high seeds when the District playoffs begin on November 7th. Unbeaten Southern Columbia is first in points in District 4 Class AA. If the Tigers stay in first, they will be home for as long as they last in the District playoffs. Berwick has moved into third place in District 2 Class AAA. If the Bulldogs win their last three games, they might pass Scranton Prep into second place which would give them a home game to start post season play. Southern Columbia is at home against Lewisburg this Friday. Berwick is at Pittston Area.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams begin pre-season practices Wednesday. Both teams open the regular season on November 14th- the women at home against New Haven, and the men at Penn State-Hazleton.

 

MLB / National

In major league baseball Tuesday afternoon in the National League Championship Series.. the San Francisco Giants squeezed by the St. Louis Cardinals 5 to 4. The Giants hold a two games to one advantage in that series.

 

MLB / American

Tuesday night in the American League Championship Series... the Kansas City Royals defeated the Baltimore Orioles 2 to one to take a three games to two advantage in that seven game series.

 

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