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Wednesday / August 27, 2014


 

Ordinance

Bloomsburg Council Chambers was filled Tuesday as members of the Community and Economic Development Committee met... getting the wheels turning on a proposed anti – discrimination measure. It's genesis stems from a local bridal shop not wanting to service two gay women who plan to marry. For ComD chairperson Diane Levan... hearing input is the first step to any proposed legislation. The proposed legislation may be based off an ordinance enacted by the Bucks County Borough of Doylestown.... brought to council's attention by Bloomsburg businessman Dwayne Heisler. More discussion on the proposed ordinance when the committee meets next month.

 

Charter School Study

A new study points to racial and ethnic segregation in charter schools in Pennsylvania. The study was commissioned by the center for Rural Pennsylvania and conducted by researchers at Penn State. Over a five year period starting in 2006, the study showed patterns of segregation along racial and ethnic lines in Pennsylvania. Researchers say the trend mirrors residential segregation patterns in recent decades, but other factors such as the availability of transportation and whether subsidized school lunches are provided are also among the reasons.
 

Sex Assault Charges

A Wilburton man remains in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.. facing a list of sex related charges. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us 30 – year old Dustin Lee Reed of Wilburton is accused of forcing a 26 – year old woman to have sex with him at his home. His arrest on Monday follows a number of interviews and the collection of evidence. Reed was arrested and arraigned before District Justice Doug Brewer... and lodged in the jail in lieu of bail.

 

The Barbour's

The husband and wife accused of killing a Port Treverton man last year... have entered guilty pleas in Northumberland County Court. 18 – year old Miranda Barbour and her husband, 22 – year old Elytte pleading guilty to second degree murder Tuesday in the death of Troy LaFerrara last November. The pair moving to Selinsgrove from the Carolina's... then seeking out men through the social media site Craigslist. Both could have faced the death penalty if their cases would have gone to trial.

 

Power Cord Recall

The U S Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall that affects millions of people with notebook computers. The AC power cords of nearly 6 million HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers are being recalled due to a potential fire or burn hazard. The cords are labeled LS-15. The CPSC says if you have one, stop using it and contact HP for a free replacement. The recall does not affect the computers. The cords are also using on some AC adapter powered accessories such as docking stations.
 

Tobacco Survey
There is more concern about kids and electronic cigarettes after the release of the latest National Youth Tobacco survey of middle and high schoolers. The numbers show that more than a quarter million youth who had never smoked a cigarette used e cigarettes last year....a three fold increase from 2011. And it shows they were twice as likely to say they intend to smoke conventional cigarettes within the next year. The CDC says the analysis also found youth exposed to tobacco advertising had higher rates of intention to smoke than those who weren't.

 

Genealogical Society

The Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society is celebrating it's 100th year of existence next month.... Saturday, September 6th to be exact. That word from Executive Director Bonnie Farver... appearing on Tuesday's WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe and Norm. There is a party that day and it takes place at the Society's headquarters on the second floor of the Bloomsburg Public Library on Market Street... beginning at 9 AM.

 

Spreading the Word
A group of current and former school administrators is preparing to fan out across the state with the message that big changes are needed in funding public schools in Pennsylvania. The "circuit riders" as they are called are made up mostly of former superintendents, though some remain in leadership positions. Their goal is to point up the disparities in funding for the state's 500 school districts. The group is supported by organizations representing school administrators, business officials, and rural districts. One official points out the districts haven't had a solid funding formula in over 20 years.

 

Bank Robberies

Police are looking for a man who tried to rob a Hazleton bank, but failed... but was successful when he ripped off a second bank. He first tried to rob the First National Community Bank on Broad Street in Hazel ton... but the door was locked. Later... police say the same man robbed the Mauch Chunk Trust Bank in Hometown... getting away with some cash. Although investigators got a tag number... the vehicle came back as stolen.

 

Mahanoy City Fire

Fire investigators will be in Mahanoy City today... trying to figure out what sparked a fire in some row homes on East Centre Streets. The flames were first spotted around six O'clock Tuesday night. Folks living in the building were evacuated and not injured.

 

Cabbie Robbed

Hazleton Police are investing the robbery of a Yellow Cab driver early Tuesday morning. The incident taking place in the 400 block of Mill Street. Cops say a black male in a gray winter vest and a black hoodie stuck a sharp object in the driver side... demanding his cash. It's not known how much money was taken in the incident.

 

Weekend Auction
Some rare and valuable items will be up for auction this weekend as the state Treasury's Bureau of Unclaimed Property clears some space in its vault. If Treasury can't find the rightful owner after three years, the property can be appraised and sold to the highest bidder. Proceeds of the auction are still maintained if the owner or heirs make a claim. Morphy Auctions in Lancaster County will include over 500 items in its fine and decorative arts auction this Saturday and Sunday. They range from diamond jewelry to rare coins and a Nolan Ryan rookie card

 

 

WHLM Sports

Berwick HS Football

The Berwick High School football team opens the season Friday night in Mountain Top against the Comets of Crestwood. The teams last met in November in the District 2 Class AAA semifinals. Berwick won that game 14-13, and Crestwood Coach Greg Myers says his team is looking forward to a rematch with the Bulldogs. Berwick at Crestwood kicks off Friday night at 7. Coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 begins with the Lenahan & Dempsey Coach Curry Show at 6 O'clock.

 

PHL Phillies

In the second game of their home series against Washington Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington National's 4 to 3. The series concludes tonight with a 7:05 first pitch. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the St. Louis Cardinals 5 to 2... it was the New York Mets over the Atlanta Braves 3 to 2... and the Detroit Tigers getting by the New York Yankees 5 to 2.

 

 

Tuesday / August 26, 2014


 

Millville Teachers Strike

The teachers strike in the Millville school district enters day five Tuesday... with no end in sight. Prior to Monday night's school board meeting... teachers picketed in front of the school complex... while teachers union negotiator Mark McDade spoke to concerned parents. Rene Hodgson of a group known as the Concerned Citizens of Millville wants the teachers and the board talking to each other. Meantime... the state has given the teacher's union the okay to strike until October 1st. Teachers are hitting the picket line due to a lack of a contract since 2012... as well as wages increases and and health insurance costs.

 

NRC Meeting

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will held a public meeting next Wednesday. The session is designed to provide the result of NRC inspections recently preformed at PPL's nuclear power plant in Salem Township... north of Berwick. Coming under scrutiny will be the plant's Unit 2. An inspection was preformed in response to a decline in safety performance. The meeting will begin at 5 O'clock at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center... north of the plant's entrance... on Route 11.

 

Celebity Artist Series

How big is Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series ??? It's huge... kicking off October 10th with Winton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra. BU's Randall Presswood says the Marsalis appearance is the first of nearly a dozen artists performing over the winter months at the University. Tickets for the Marsalis concert are available by calling the B-U box office... Monday through Friday... starting at 12 noon each day...

 

Gas Prices

With the Labor Day holiday weekend approaching... the average price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular continues to fall. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of $3.40 a gallon in northeastern Pennsylvania. That's the same as it was over the weekend... three cents lower than a week ago... and off 18 – cents a gallon from last month at this time. The reason... lower prices for crude... and a supply that's plentiful.

 

Pay to Play
Snowmobilers, equestrians and mountain bikers using trails on state game lands may have to pay to use them under a new proposal from the state Game Commission. The proposed fee of up to $30 to help with upkeep and maintenance would be required for anyone who wants to ride snowmobiles, bikes and horses on state game land trails, but it would not apply to those who have hunting or furtaker licenses which include such access. The argument is that hikers and birdwatchers typically cause less damage to trails. The Game Commission expects to vote on the proposal at its meeting on September 22nd and 23rd in Delmont.

 

Transfiguration School

It appears the Transfiguration School in West Hazleton will be saved. A capital campaign has been launched to raise an estimated $1.2 - million to renovate the school... and use it for undetermined purposes for the Holy Name of Jesus Parish. The decision came after contractors recommended that the building be saved rather than torn down.

 

U.S. Steel

Legislation to deal with the use of foreign-made steel by Marcellus Shale natural gas drillers is being proposed by an Allegheny County lawmaker. State Senator Jim Brewster is pushing legislation that would require any safety device used in gas wells, including casings, to use American-made steel. He says using domestic steel isn't just an economic or jobs issue-- it's also a safety issue. Brewster says too many steelworkers have lost their jobs in PA to be using foreign made steel in a thriving industry.

 

Plea Deal

Sentencing is scheduled in November for an Allentown man... who pleaded guilty to child luring on Monday. Joseph Williams admitted he tried to get a boy into his car in Edwardsville earlier this year. He will remain in the Luzerne County Jail until sentencing.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team has 8 starters returning on defense from last year's team that won the PSAC title. One of the returning players is middle linebacker Justin Shirk who believes the Huskies defense can be better that it was last season. The Huskies open the season Saturday afternoon, September 6th at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

 

PHL Phillies 

In the first game of their three game home series against Washington Monday night.. the National's fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 3 to 2. Game two of their three game series is Tuesday night at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Monday night... the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3 to 2... and the New York Yankees outscored the Kansas City Royals 8 to 1.

Monday / August 25, 2014


 

Striking Millville Teachers

Teachers remain on strike in the Millville Area School District. Monday is the fourth day of a work stoppage that began last Wednesday after negotiators on both sides failed to come to an agreement on a new contract Tuesday night. Now... the Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition that parents... and some teachers will rally Monday night... in front of the high school prior to the board meeting... in an effort to get talks off dead – center. It's not known how long teachers are prepared to stay on the picket line, but our media partner Newswatch 16 reported that the state has given permission for teachers to remain out until October 1st.

 

University / Back to School

Getting back into the swing of things.... That's what students and professors are doing Monday on the campus of Bloomsburg University. That word from BU's Bonnie Martin. An estimated 10,000 students return to the campus Monday for the initial start of the 2014 – 15 school year.

 

Community College

Fall semester is starting at colleges across the state... and community colleges are touting their benefits to a wide range of students. Tuition at community colleges is about 60% less than other colleges in Pennsylvania and smaller class size can offer more individualized attention according to community college leaders in Pennsylvania. But state support has declined in recent years and the schools say community colleges are a key in helping sustain the state's economic recovery.

 

Lou Barletta

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton is unsettled about the situation in Iraq... especially now with last week's beheading of an American journalist by ISIS. Speaking in Bloomsburg recently.... Representative Barletta says the group is so violent that Al – Quada says they're too extreme. Mr. Barletta says ISIS has one goal and that's planting their flag on the U.S. Capitol. Mr. Barletta says he believes ISIS should have been stopped in Syria... and have recruited Americans to go to Syria... with those they recruited able to go freely between the two countries.

 

EPA Hearing

A recent public hearing focused on proposed new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at reducing power plant emissions that contribute to climate change. The proposed Clean Power Plan is designed to regulate the emissions of carbon dioxide from the largest sources in the energy sector. The plan would reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants for which there are currently no national limits. Lawmakers and energy officials say any such plan must take into account Pennsylvania's economic health in general, and the coal industry in particular.

 

Game Commission Fees

Pennsylvania may soon charge a fee for snowmobilers, equestrians and mountain bikers who use state game land trails. A state game commission spokesman says the proposed license of up to $30 is designed as a plan to raise money for trail upkeep. Hikers wouldn’t be charged, and hunters already pay a fee. The Commission will likely vote on the plan next month.

 

Allergies
People who suffer from seasonal allergies could be in for a rough time over the next few months. We've had a mild summer and recent rain which does not bode well for allergy sufferers, but long term factors could also make it worse. Dr. Todd Green, president of the Pennsylvania Allergy and Asthma Association, says climate change has been leading to longer allergy seasons and higher pollen counts. He says people should not feel they have to suffer, your allergist has different options for treatment.

Preserving Farmlands
With the addition of 26 farms, Pennsylvania is closing in on a major milestone when it comes to preserving farmland. This latest addition brings the total amount of farmland preserved since 1988 to more than 493,000 acres over 4,600 farms in 57 counties. The state Bureau of Farmland Preservation says they expect to reach the half-million acre mark by this fall. Local, county, state, and federal governments have invested over $1.2-billion, making sure that these lands remain for agricultural use only.

 

Back Mountain Fatal

Authorities are investigating a one car fatal crash in the Back Mountain area of Luzerne County. The incident took place on Kunkle Road near Dallas. Although police aren't saying much... they do confirm a young man died at the scene... and was pronounced dead by the coroner.

 

WB Attempted Robbery

Police say they're investigating an attempted armed robbery in Wilkes Barre early Sunday morning. The incident happened on Hazle Street. Police say two men approached the victim... one of them pulling out a weapon. The victim than pulled out a gun of his own. The two would – be robbers fled.

 

I-81 Paving Job

Headed south on Interstate 81... say going from the Hazleton area to Harrisburg... there might be a slow down or two in neighboring Schuylkill County. PennDOT is undertaking a paving operation between the Pine Grove and Ravine exits this week. The Agency says there will be lane restrictions through early Friday evening.

 

Fly Ash

Fly ash produced by PPL's coal – fired power plant in Montour County will now be used to fill a mine pit in Locust Summit for the next ten years. Overall... an estimated quarter – million tons of fly ash... or about 16 – percent from the Washingtonville plant will go into the six acre pit in Mt. Carmel Township.

The pit is owned by the Gilberton Coal mine... and is located east of Route 901.


WHLM Sports

Pre-Season Rankings

Two area high school football teams were recognized by the Pennsylvania Football News in their preseason rankings. Moving up to Class AA this season, Southern Columbia is ranked third in the state. Only South Fayette and Aliquippa are ranked ahead of the Tigers who open the season this Friday at Mifflinburg. Berwick was given honorable mention in Class AAA. Archbishop Wood, the only team to beat the Bulldogs last season, is ranked first. Berwick opens the season Friday night at Crestwood.

 

Little League World Series

In the championship game of the Little League Word Series yesterday in South Williamsport, it was South Korea over Chicago 8 to 4.

 

PHL Phillies

Jerome Williams pitched 8 strong innings to help the Phillies beat the Saint Louis Cardinals 7-1 Sunday afternoon. The Phils open a home series Monday night against the Washington Nationals with the first pitch at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

In other games Sunday

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3; the New York Mets routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-3; and Brian McCann's pinch home run in the 10th inning gave the New York Yankees a

7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.

 

What's Happening? Sunday, August 24, 2014


 

The annual Centre County Grange and Encampment Fair runs now through Thursday in Centre Hall. Come for the camping, food, rides, games, and live music by Chubby Checker, Bill Anderson, The Swon Brothers and more. For more information, visit GrangeFair.net

 

The 20th annual Dr. O's Victory Ride for Camp Victory rolls this morning at 10 AM at the camp in Millville. Registration opens at 8 AM, and a Sunday worship service will be held at 9 AM. $20 registration includes a barbecue chicken lunch. For more information, go to CampVictory.org

 

WHLM Sports:

The Philadelphia Phillies are at home this weekend to play the St. Louis Cardinals. First pitch flies this afternoon at 1:35. Coverage on the WHLM Stations starts with the pregame show at 1 o'clock.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

August 25, 26

The Bloomsburg YMCA will hold their annual Preschool Open House on Monday and Tuesday, August 25 & 26 from 10AM - Noon. Stop by the Y on East 7th Street and visit the staff, check out the facilities, and get readyfor the first day of school. Call 570-784-0188 for more information.

 

August 27

Registration is open now for BAY Swim at the Bloomsburg YMCA. Three programs will be offered this fall: A three week stroke development clinic starting September 2, Take Your Mark for those graduating from lessons to competitive swimming, and the age-group-competitive BAY Swim Team. Registration night is Wednesday, August 27, from 6-9 PM. For more information, call 570-854-5174.

 

Thru August 28

The annual Centre County Grange and Encampment Fair runs now through Thursday in Centre Hall. Come for the camping, food, rides, games, and live music by Chubby Checker, Bill Anderson, The Swon Brothers and more. For more information, visit GrangeFair.net

 

August 28

Summer concerts at the Jackson Mansion continue on Thursday with local favorites Covert Action at 7PM. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cash for concessions to the Mansion lawn on Market Street in Berwick.

 

August 31

The 6th annual Schuylkill County Wine Festival is coming up on Sunday, August 31, at the Hegins Park on Stutzman Drive. Come for outstanding wine tastings, cuisine, live entertainment, and a table decorating contest. The festival runs from 1-6PM. Tickets are $15 each, just $12 if bought before August 28, and $5 for the designated driver. Group rates are available. For more information, check out SchuylkillWineFestival.com

 

August 31

Our Time Kindermusik returns to Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville this fall, starting September 10. The program is for children ages 16 months - 3 years old and their parents. Cost for the course is $85, or just $70 for church members. Deadline is Sunday, August 31. For more information, visit GrovePresbyterianChurch.org

 

August 31 - Sept 1

The 95th annual All Home Days Celebration in Elysburg is coming up this weekend at Elysburg Community Park. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday come out for excellent food, community activites and awards, live music and more. The annual parade forms Saturday morning at 10:30 at the Alliance church, and moves at 11:30 - the theme is "SyFy." For more information, visit AllHomeDay.org

 

Thru Sept 5

It's time to put in your nominations for this year's Geisinger HealthSouth Community Champion Awards. If you know someone who experienced a physically debilitating health issue or illness and overcame their challenges against the odds, had a great attitude and never gave up, you can recognize them as a champion. You can find nomination forms at the WHLM studios on Main Street in Bloomsburg, or by clicking the link at the top of the page. The awards will be presented on September 24 - deadline for submissions is Friday, September 5.

 

Sept 11-14

Get your tickets now to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 2nd annual Women's Solo Performance Festival, running Thursday through Sunday, September 11 - 14. The festival covers four days of original solo works by women artists presented on the Alvina Krause Theatre Stage. Tickets are $15 per show, or $50 for a full pass. And don't miss the first Women Artisans' Street Fair on Saturday the 13th, Center Street, just off Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Booth fee for the Fair is $25. For more information, check out the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru Sept 28

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

 

Thru 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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

What's Happening? Saturday, August 23, 2014


 

Join Agape this morning in Kayaking For Our Communities II, with a float down the Susquehanna from Espy to the Bloomsburg Town Park. The group forms at the park at 8:30 for transportation to Espy, and the float begins at 9AM. Registration is $75 with kayak included, or just $40 if you bring your own kayak. Children 12 and under must wear a lifejacket. All proceeds benefit Agape programs. For more information, call 570-317-2210.

 

It's Agape-palooza today at the Bloomsburg Town Park, from 10AM - 4PM. There's great food, live music, games, a petting zoo and more. The park is at the South end of Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The annual Shenandoah Heritage Day and Parade of Nations gets under way this morning at 10AM in downtown Shenandoah. The parade will be followed by festivities at Girard Park including ethnic food, games, crafts, and live music, just off North Main Street in Shenandoah.

 

The annual Centre County Grange and Encampment Fair runs now through Thursday in Centre Hall. Come for the camping, food, rides, games, and live music by Chubby Checker, Bill Anderson, The Swon Brothers and more. For more information, visit GrangeFair.net

 

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 Rd, Bloomsburg. The guest speaker will be Sharon Fletcher. There will be free coffee and snacks. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 570-389-1919.

 

Buckhorn Community Volunteer Fire Company #1 will hold their 7th annual community yard sale and craft show today, from 7AM - 4PM. Indoor tables are $10 each, and outdoor 12-by-12-foot spaces are $20. There will be chicken barbecue from 10AM - 5PM or 'till it's sold out! Take-out is available. For more information, call 570-784-6319.

 

The 4th annual Bear of Hope and Kelly's Krew car wash will be held today from 9AM - 3PM at Advance Auto on Route 11 in Bloomsburg. Proceeds benefit nursing home, hospice, and cancer patient support efforts in the area.

 

Learn how to help or maybe even adopt a retired racing Greyhound today from 11AM - 2PM at PetCo near the Wal-Mart complex in Buckhorn. Monica's Heart Greyhound Adoption group will be on hand if you are interested in adopting a Greyhound, or would like to find out more about the dogs and the organization. For more information, call 570-644-2358.

 

The Schuylkill Haven Island Park Festival gets under way this afternoon from 1-10 PM. There will be games, carraige rides, a petting zoo, and food. Live music will be performed by the Mahoney Brothers, Diaspora, and the Sterling Koch Trio. Admission is just $5, and kids under 5 get in free. Parking is also free. Bring your chairs and blankets but please, no outisde food, drinks, or pets.

 

Bethany United Methodist Church in Berwick will hold their annual ice cream social this evening starting at 4PM. There's home-made ice cream, barbecue, soup, sandwiches, and more. The church is at 116 Summerhill Avenue in Berwick.

 

The 20th annual Dr. O's Victory Ride for Camp Victory rolls this Sunday at 10 AM at the camp in Millville. Registration opens at 8 AM, and a Sunday worship service will be held at 9 AM. $20 registration includes a barbecue chicken lunch. For more information, go to CampVictory.org

 

WHLM Sports:

The Philadelphia Phillies are at home this weekend to play the St. Louis Cardinals. First pitch flies this evening at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations starts with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

August 25, 26

The Bloomsburg YMCA will hold their annual Preschool Open House on Monday and Tuesday, August 25 & 26 from 10AM - Noon. Stop by the Y on East 7th Street and visit the staff, check out the facilities, and get readyfor the first day of school. Call 570-784-0188 for more information.

 

August 27

Registration is open now for BAY Swim at the Bloomsburg YMCA. Three programs will be offered this fall: A three week stroke development clinic starting September 2, Take Your Mark for those graduating from lessons to competitive swimming, and the age-group-competitive BAY Swim Team. Registration night is Wednesday, August 27, from 6-9 PM. For more information, call 570-854-5174.

 

Thru August 28

The annual Centre County Grange and Encampment Fair runs now through Thursday in Centre Hall. Come for the camping, food, rides, games, and live music by Chubby Checker, Bill Anderson, The Swon Brothers and more. For more information, visit GrangeFair.net

 

August 28

Summer concerts at the Jackson Mansion continue on Thursday with local favorites Covert Action at 7PM. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cash for concessions to the Mansion lawn on Market Street in Berwick.

 

August 31

The 6th annual Schuylkill County Wine Festival is coming up on Sunday, August 31, at the Hegins Park on Stutzman Drive. Come for outstanding wine tastings, cuisine, live entertainment, and a table decorating contest. The festival runs from 1-6PM. Tickets are $15 each, just $12 if bought before August 28, and $5 for the designated driver. Group rates are available. For more information, check out SchuylkillWineFestival.com

 

August 31

Our Time Kindermusik returns to Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville this fall, starting September 10. The program is for children ages 16 months - 3 years old and their parents. Cost for the course is $85, or just $70 for church members. Deadline is Sunday, August 31. For more information, visit GrovePresbyterianChurch.org

 

August 31 - Sept 1

The 95th annual All Home Days Celebration in Elysburg is coming up this weekend at Elysburg Community Park. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday come out for excellent food, community activites and awards, live music and more. The annual parade forms Saturday morning at 10:30 at the Alliance church, and moves at 11:30 - the theme is "SyFy." For more information, visit AllHomeDay.org

 

Thru Sept 5

It's time to put in your nominations for this year's Geisinger HealthSouth Community Champion Awards. If you know someone who experienced a physically debilitating health issue or illness and overcame their challenges against the odds, had a great attitude and never gave up, you can recognize them as a champion. You can find nomination forms at the WHLM studios on Main Street in Bloomsburg, or by clicking the link at the top of the page. The awards will be presented on September 24 - deadline for submissions is Friday, September 5.

 

Sept 11-14

Get your tickets now to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 2nd annual Women's Solo Performance Festival, running Thursday through Sunday, September 11 - 14. The festival covers four days of original solo works by women artists presented on the Alvina Krause Theatre Stage. Tickets are $15 per show, or $50 for a full pass. And don't miss the first Women Artisans' Street Fair on Saturday the 13th, Center Street, just off Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Booth fee for the Fair is $25. For more information, check out the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru Sept 28

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

 

Thru 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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

TFN
The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a newly arrived American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

Friday / August 22, 2014


 

Millville Strike

Teachers in the Millville School District are expected to be back out on the picket line Friday.. as they continue to strike. It began earlier this week when an estimated 60 educators hit the picket line. The teachers manning the picket line over pay... heath care benefits and professional development. No new negotiations have been scheduled.

 

Basic Education

A 15 member commission whose task is to come up with a new way to fund public education in Pennsylvania held its first hearing this week. Commission members agree that any new school funding formula must take into account the local tax base, the number of students in each district, and a plan that ensures each district knows exactly how much funding to expect year after year. Commission members say the first hearing provided a good framework as they move ahead. The next hearing will take place in September in the Lehigh Valley, with date, time, and location yet to be determined.

 

Lou Barletta

The uncertainty coming out of Washington effects the nation's economy. That word from Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton as he spoke on the Bloomsburg University campus Thursday. Mr. Barletta said with all the uncertainty.... it's very difficult for a businessman to plan a year down the road. Mr. Barletta was the keynote speaker at a Thursday breakfast hosted by the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce.

 

Credit Union

Five people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy and bank fraud in connection with alleged illegal loans through the Wilkes – Barre City Employees Credit Union. Federal agents arrested current Wilkes-Barre police officer Jason Anthony, former officer Tino Ninotti, LAG Towing owner Leo Glodzik and two other members of the Credit Union. All are free on bail.

 

Labor Day Travel
Millions of Americans will hit the road for Labor Day next week with travel for the holiday projected to be the busiest since the recession. It's the last holiday weekend of summer and nearly 35 million Americans are expected to travel at least fifty miles from home, an increase of 1.3% from last year. AAA credits the calendar- since the holiday is the earliest it can fall, along with gas prices, which are at a four year low. They're also seeing signs of more consumer confidence with spending outpacing the increase in income.

 

Holiday Travel / Hot Destinations

The last holiday weekend of the summer is almost here.... and many of us will be traveling. Jeanenne Tornatore of Orbitz.com says Las Vegas is the top destination for travel during next week's holiday weekend. But if you haven't many any reservations by now... that should be your top priority. Ms. Tornatore says you can still find deals by booking packages and picking the best travel day.

 

Food Allergies

The buckets were full of cash Thursday night... and a fund raiser at the Lightstreet Hotel to raise money for kids who suffer from food allergies... is being called a huge success. 9 – year old Olivia Hopper... the daughter of WHLM Sales Manager Larry Hopper... has to watch what she eats... something her mother keeps an eye on every week. So that takes that breakfast food off the list. There was plenty of good food and good friends... with contributions overflowing before the night was over.

 

Found Guilty

A Luzerne County court jury has found 22 – year old Kenneth Evans guilty of first degree murder in the shooting of a woman near the Sherman Hills apartment complex. Evans was charged in the November 2013 shooting death of 27 – year old Shantique Goodson... who was an acquaintance he had a beef with leading up to the incident. Sentencing will take place at a later date.

 

Trucker Rescued

It took rescuers an estimated 2 – hours Thursday to get a trapped trucker out of his cab... after his 18 – wheeler went down a steep embankment in the eastbound lane of Interstate 80. The incident began around 6:30 Thursday morning... and before the operation was over firemen from four different companies... including Berwick and Espy were called to the scene. Although the Michigan trucker appeared to be uninjured... he was life flighted to a local hospital for treatment.

 

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HS Football

The high school football season kicks off a week from Friday night. This weekend all area teams will play their final preseason scrimmages. Friday night Central Columbia is at home against Shikellamy; Southern Columbia plays at Montoursville; Danville is at home against Canton; and Bloomsburg is at Mahanoy Area. Saturday morning, Columbia - Montour Vo – Tech is at home against Muncy.

 

BU / Larry Webster

Former Bloomsburg University defensive end Larry Webster has had an impressive preseason with the Detroit Lions. In Detroit's first preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, Webster took part in 27 plays. Only three other Lions played more. Last weekend against Oakland, Raiders' rookie quarterback Derrick Carr was forced to leave the game after a hit by Webster. The former Husky star will be back in action Friday night as the Lions are at home against Jacksonville.

 

NFL Thursday Night

In preseason football Thursday night... the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31 to 21...

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had Thursday off. Friday night they start a series at home against the Saint Louis Cardinals. The first pitch will be at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations will start with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other games

In a game played Thursday afternoon, the New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros 3-0.

 

 

Thursday / August 21, 2014


 

Central Columbia

For the first time in 53 years... the high school in the Central Columbia District will be vacant when classes start Thursday morning. The two story brick structure is undergoing an estimated $34 – million in renovations the next year.... with students using a portion of the middle school... and eleven modular buildings for class space. Central Superintendent Dr. Harry Mathias says Ag and industrial technology classes will used a separate building for their classes. Dr. Mathias says planning for the temporary use of space has been worked out... and there should be very few problems as the school year begins.

 

School Apps

There's a new resource on line for middle and high school students in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Learns is a collection of state standards aligned resources. It has launched with middle school math and high school language arts resources and the state Education department is working with educators to provide additional materials. Pennsylvania Learns is available free of charge at iTunes U. It was developed after nearly a year of work.

 

Berwick Crime Walk

Berwick Mayor Tim Burke has launched another in a series of crime walks around the borough. It happened last night when an estimated two dozen residents walked Monroe, Elm and LaSalle Streets. Mayor Burke says LaSalle was targeted just due to the shear volume of calls... and requests.

 

Berwick Police

In a related development.... Burke plans to meet with Police Chief Ken Strish later today to talk about police staffing. One officer will fulfill military duty soon... two others are taking leave time... and officer Roger Bodwalk has announced his retirement leaving the force with staffing levels of 2004.

 

Auto Thefts
Pennsylvania has made quite a dent in car thefts in the last two decades and prevention has played a key role. Car thefts have plunged more than 70% in Pennsylvania between 1994 and 2013 according to the Pennsylvania Auto Theft Prevention Authority's annual report. The authority has been working to provide resources for law enforcement and increase public awareness about everything from sophisticated international theft rings to car jackers. PA's rate has dropped faster than the national average.

 

Al Lenzini Obit

Long – time Bloomsburg businessman Al Lenzini has died. He passed away at his Catawissa home Tuesday night. Mr. Lenzini owned Al's Mens Shop on Main Street for generations. Funeral services will be held Saturday at the St. Columba Church in Bloomsburg.

 

Nick Housenick Funeral

Funeral services will be held at 11 O'clock today for former Bloomsburg businessman and town councilman Nick Housenick. Mr. Housenick died last Saturday at the age of 76. At one time he owned Housenick Motor Company at Main and East Streets... and for a time served on Bloomsburg Town Council. Today's services will take place at the First Presbyterian Church on Market Street.

 

Retirement Nest Egg
A new poll from AARP Pennsylvania shows a growing level of economic anxiety. Financial security, of the lack thereof, is a major concern among the 50-plus population the poll examined. Major issues include costs rising higher than income, health expenses, and caring for a spouse who needs assistance with daily activities. 62% of those polled say they're more worried than hopeful about achieving their financial goals, with the highest level of anxiety expressed by those who have decided to postpone their retirement.

 

Train Hurts Girl

A 12 – year old Mahanoy City girl is in an Allentown hospital after being run over by a freight train Wednesday. Angelina Kane's leg was partially amputated when a Reading and Blue Mountain Northern freight train ran over her in the 500 block of Railroad Street. One person telling police the girl... and a juvenile companion were riding their bikes when suddenly the pair darted in front of the slow moving locomotive. The railroad's security department is conducting the investigation.

 

Freeland Fatal

A Lehighton man is dead after his car collided with a tractor – trailer near Freeland Wednesday morning. Pennsylvania State Police say they don't know why 34 – year old Jamin Zimmerman's car cross the center line of Route 940... colliding with the 18 – wheeler. Zimmerman was pronounced dead at the scene by the Luzerne County Coroner.

 

Natural Gas Pipeline

Natural gas provider UGI has announced plans for a one-billion-dollar pipeline to stretch from eastern Pennsylvania to into New Jersey. Through its PennEast Subsidiary, the utility says the pipeline will stretch 100 miles from neighboring Luzerne County and travel through parts of Carbon, Northampton, and Bucks Counties in Pennsylvania, as well as Hunterdon and Mercer Counties in New Jersey, carrying natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region. The project faces a lengthy regulatory and public approval process, with construction scheduled to begin in early 2017 and the pipeline expected to be operation by the end of that year.
 

Standard – Speaker Theft

She admits embezzling an estimated $38,000 from her employer... now a 27 – year old Hazle Township woman awaits a preliminary hearing. Authorities say Alyssa Mehalshick is accused of making off with the money from the Hazleton Standard – Speaker from early in 2013 and May of this year. Mahalshick worked in the circulation department of the newspaper... saying she needed the money to pay her bills. Hazleton police charged Mehalshick with two counts of theft and one count receiving stolen property, all third-degree felonies.

 

Berwick High School Football

When the Berwick High School football team opens the season at Crestwood, the Bulldogs will be led by their outstanding senior wide receiver Andrew Force. He says says the Bulldogs has a group of talented receivers. Berwick plays its final preseason scrimmage Thursday night at Crispin Field. The Bulldogs will take on both Northwest and Athens starting at 6.

 

PHL Phillies

Cole Hamels got his 7th win of the season as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Wednesday afternoon. The Phils have today off. Friday... they will open a weekend series at home against the Saint Louis Cardinals.

 

Other games..

In other games Wednesday... the New York Mets defeated the Oakland A's 8 to 5... the Pittsburgh Pirates just got by the Atlanta Braves 3 to 2... and the New York Yankees were downed by the Houston Astros 5 to 2...

 

NFL

In NFL preseason action Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Eagles in Philadelphia

 

 

Wednesday / August 20, 2014


 

Millville Strike

It was to have been the first day of school in the Millville Area District... but teachers there have decided to go on strike. And there will not be school in the district until further notice. Teachers there have been working without a contract since 2012... and talks Tuesday night to come to a last minute agreement failed. In addition to the lack of a pay raise... other issues include healthcare costs... and incentives for professional development.

 

Schools Open

It's the Berwick Area School District ringing the open bell Wednesday. They'll welcome students to the 2014 – 15 school year. Although many of the students reside in Berwick or Nescopeck... there are a lot of school bus stops in the district. Jenny Robinson of the Triple – A says all of us should be careful around the stops as well as the buses. And when you talk about buses... in the Central Columbia District... the majority of students use the bus to get to the Old Berwick Road facility. School there opens Thursday morning.

 

Rainy Day Funds

It seems school property taxes keep going up and up, but are some school districts just getting greedy? There is word more than a few have apparently banked up more than they should. State law limits how much money can be held in reserve by school districts, charter and specialty schools. But nearly 300 of them may have so-called "rainy day" funds above what state law permits. These funds are not to exceed between 8 and 12 percent of a school's annual budget, depending on the budget's size. Some school districts elude this limit by earmarking rainy day money for certain purposes, like pensions or healthcare.
 

Move In

Classes begin next Monday at the 14 state-owned universities... including Bloomsburg... and the schools are lending a helping hand to those moving in this week. But, Kenn Marshall of the System of Higher Education says the moving-in experience may be tougher for parents to deal with. As in the past couple of years... and estimated 10,000 freshmen and returning students are expected to begin classes on the BU campus starting Monday.
 

Health Concerns
The state health department has announced changes in the way it handles health concerns about Marcellus shale fracking, but a coalition of doctors, nurses, health and environmental groups says it's not enough. The groups are calling for an independent investigation into how past complaints were handled. At this time, Senate Democrats are working to convene a policy committee hearing. PennEnvironment says the state also needs a public health registry for natural gas fracking health complaints. The state Health Department says its exploring a number of options, including public private partnerships, to accomplish the goals of a registry.

 

AGAPE

Faith – based AGAPE of Bloomsburg is doing it's part to raise money for their programs through their fifth annual AGAPE Palooza at Town Park on Saturday. One event added is a Kayaking on the Susquehanna River from Espy to Bloomsburg on Saturday morning. Registration begins at 8:30 at Ft. McClure Boulevard and Market Street... but there is an opportunity to sign up early... so says AGAPE's Kathy Lowe. Ms. Lowe says the Kayaking float is being hosted by Susquehanna Outdoor Adventures of Espy. To pre – register... check out the AGAPE website.

 

Run Down Folo

31 – year old James Kemp of New York remains on the lose Wednesday... only days after he allegedly ran down 34 – William Humphries in Berwick Monday afternoon. Kemp fled the scene... but Humphries was Life Flighted to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where he's being treated for traumatic injuries. Police says the two men squared off after an argument over drugs.

 

Crime Walk

Putting crime in it's place in Berwick. That's what folks plan to do Wednesday night when they begin a series of Crime Watch Walks. The event is organized by Mayor Tim Burke who has been pro – active in eliminating crime in target areas based on statistics. The group meets at the First Keystone Bank on Frease Avenue... and will walk down Monroe to Elm Street... turning left to LaSalle and back to the bank. If you live along the route... be sure to turn on your porch light in support of eliminating crime.

 

Sandwich Generation

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey is working on a plan to ease some of the burden of the sandwich generation. Senator Casey is proposing a Peace Corps type of organization to help ease the load on family members providing care for older relatives while raising their own families. The caregiver corps would assist anyone over age 65 or those eligible for Social Security Disability Income. They could provide respite care to give families a break.

 

Woman Beaten Folo

Police in Hazleton are trying to track down the person responsible for an attack on a 94 – year old woman late last week. The attack took place inside Josephine Smalley's home. She is now in an Allentown – area trauma center... being treated for her injuries.

 

Transit Legislation
A hearing in Harrisburg next week will examine possible ways to modernize taxi and transit regulations in Pennsylvania. The advent of new technology and ride sharing services will likely be addressed at a hearing to be held at 9AM Thursday, August 28th, in Hearing Room 1 of the Commonwealth Keystone Building in Harrisburg. The Public Utility Commission regulations governing taxi and other transit providers were established long before smartphones and the internet, so one issue is how to reasonably allow ride sharing services using this technology to operate while maintaining driver and vehicle safety regulations.

 

Arrest

A Marion Heights man faces an August 27th preliminary hearing after cops found an estimated 17 – hundred dollars worth of heroin in his possession. They also found 400 dollars in cash on 21 – year old Mitchell Shields of the 500 block of East Melrose Street. An officer and a Northumberland Count probation officer took Shields into custody when he tried to make a get – a – way. He was remanded to the Northumberland county jail.

 

WHLM Sports

Bloomsburg HS Football

The Bloomsburg High School football team will face back to back challenges to open the regular season. The Panthers face Danville in the opener followed by Southern Columbia. Head coach Mike Kogut told WHLM's Jim Doyle that his team has to be ready right from the start. Bloomsburg plays its final preseason scrimmage this Friday night at Mahanoy Area.

 

PHL Phillies

In the second game of their home series Tuesday night against Seattle.... with the Mariners downing the Philadelphia Phillies 5 to 2. The teams complete the series today with a 1:05 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:30.

 

Other Games

In other games Tuesday night... The Atlanta Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 11 to 3... It was the Oakland A's over the New York Mets 6 to 2... and the Houston Astro's downed the New York Yankees 7 to 4.

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