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News Archive Archives for 2012-11

Friday November 30, 2012


Millard Talks State

We've been talking a lot about the looming state pension crisis, which is a $41-billion dollar problem. State Representative addressed that issue on the WHLM Morning Buzz saying that changes for future employees is among the most serious considerations. The two groups affected by the pension crisis are state employees and public school employees. The first day of state session is January 1st in Harrisburg.

 

Bloomsburg Fire

Bloomsburg firemen had their hands full Thursday night when a blaze extensively damaged an apartment building at 239 Iron Street.... near Pine Avenue. The apartment is primarily student housing. Reports from the scene indicate the fire began in a second floor apartment... with flames spotted coming through the windows. Firemen had the flames under control within thirty minutes of arriving on the scene. Reports say at least six people are going to need help from Bloomsburg University's Campus Life for shelter.

 

Road Work Next Week

A PennDOT maintenance crew in Columbia County is scheduled to perform crack sealing operations along a section of route 11 next week. The crew will seal pavement cracks along the northbound and southbound lanes of Route 11 in Scott and South Centre townships, starting at the north end of Bloomsburg and continuing to the Briar Creek Township line. Traffic patterns will switch daily, with traffic shifted into the center turning lane. Work will begin Monday and finish by Friday, weather permitting.

 

PA Health Care

Pennsylvania's health care facilities continue to show declines in the number of healthcare associated infections. Both the number and rate of healthcare associated infections declined last year by more than 3% overall. The report looks at three benchmark categories; catheter associated urinary tract infections, central lien blood stream infections and surgical site infections.

 

PPL Susquehanna

PPL has restarted Unit 2 at the Susquehanna nuclear plant north of Berwick on Thursday after repairing a hydraulic system associated with the unit's main turbine. The leak was discovered a little more than a week ago when operators tried to restart the unit after a shutdown for repairs to the turbine blades. Unit 2 is now producing electricity for the interconnected power grid.

 

Crash Victims Names

We now know the names of two individuals involved in the crash that killed a Nanticoke man Wednesday afternoon. Investigators say Mark Lacey of Nanticoke was killed when his car crossed the center line along Route 11 in Salem Township...and reports state that alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The driver of the SUV that was injured is Doreen Chacke of Plymouth who is in stable condition after the crash.


BU Store Nominated

Bloomsburg University's University Store has been nominated for the 2013 Collegiate Retailer of the Year Award. The National Association of College Stores recognizes the highest level of retailing excellence through the award. Nationwide only 51 stores have been nominated. One college store will be recognized for the award and receive $5,000 every two years. Beth Christian, manager of University Store, says the use of the prize would be determined by the Community Government Association.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Ironmen Travel to Hershey

The Danville High School football team has one day of practice left before tomorrow's Class AA state quarterfinal game against unbeaten Wyomissing at Hershey Park Stadium. That game kicks off at noon. Coverage on the whlm stations begins at 11:30 with the pregame show.

 

BU Football

Bloomsburg University's junior offensive lineman Brian Clarke is one of eight finalists for the 2012 Gene Upshaw Division 2 lineman of the year award. Clarke helped the Huskies break the PSAC single season team rushing record this past season.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams will play their first PSAC games this weekend at the Nelson Field House. Tomorrow afternoon, the teams play Slippery Rock, and Sunday afternoon they play Edinboro. Both days, the women's game starts at 1 followed by the men's game at 3. Saturday you can hear the men's game on the whlm stations starting with The Husky Warmup Show at 2:40. Sunday, you hear both games against Edinboro starting with the pregame show to the women's game at 12:40. Both the Edinboro and Bloomsburg women's teams are nationally ranked. Edinboro is 15th in the nation and the Huskies are 25th.

 

National Football League

In the NFL last night, it was the Atlanta Falcons over the New Orleans Saints 23-13.

Thursday November 29, 2012


Bloomsburg Fire

Bloomsburg firemen had their hands full Thursday night when a blaze extensively damaged an apartment building at 239 Iron Street.... near Pine Avenue. The apartment if primarily student housing. Reports from the scene indicate the fire began in a second floor apartment... with flames spotted coming through the windows. Firemen had the flames under control within thirty minutes of arriving on the scene. Reports say at least six people are going to need help from Bloomsburg University's Campus Life for shelter.

 

Crash Death

Police continue their investigation of a two vehicle crash that killed a Nanticoke man late Wednesday afternoon on Route 11 in Salem Township. The Press Enterprise is reporting that police suspect alcohol may have been involved in the crash. The Nanticoke man's Buick slammed head on into a black SUV. The driver of the SUV was flown to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment of injuries. Police are looking for information about the crash, if you have any details you can contact the Salem Township Police Department at 752-3772.

 

Death Penalty

The court has upheld the death penalty for a former Shamokin man who was convicted of shooting and killing a Kulpmont man during a 1994 home invasion. 40-year old Kevin Marinelli tried to have his death sentence and conviction overturned, but that request was denied by a federal judge. The original death warrant was signed in 1997 by Governor Ed Rendell, when Marinelli was 23-years-old.

 

Tourism Grants

The Montour County Commissioners have announced their 2013 tourism fund grants. The $50,000 granted will be given out to the Montour Area Recreation Commission, the Iron Heritage Festival, The Montour Delong Fairgrounds, and the Montour County Historical Society. 40% of the County hotel room rental tax specific to the support of cultural, historical and recreational assets are set-aside for the grant dollars, which are awarded annually by the County Board of Commissioners.

 

Danville Building Condemned

The Danville Manor apartment complex has been condemned, displacing the 15 people living there. Danville code enforcement Jackie Hart condemned the Mill Street building on November 20th after police had reported that the building was freezing cold, and the common area of the building had no heat. The owner was involved in the closing of the same building in 2009 when it was used as a personal care facility after more than 60 violations were discovered.

 

Fiscal Cliff and PA

The "fiscal cliff" isn't just a federal issue... what it could mean for Pennsylvania? It's estimated the fiscal cliff will increase federal tax revenue by $540-billion next year. Independent Fiscal Office Director Matthew Knittel crunches those numbers for PA. Realistically, he says, the economic impact on PA would be $8 - $20-billion. On the spending cut side of the fiscal cliff, analysts project that Pennsylvania might lose roughly $60-million dollars in federal funds next year.

 

State Pensions

A new report from the Governor's Budget Office details Pennsylvania's $41-billion dollar pension problem, and lays out a framework for solutions. But public employee unions are especially concerned by one option that suggests exploring changes to the future benefits of current employees. Governor Corbett's Budget Office spokesman Jay Pagni says a $41-billion dollar unfunded liability means the state can't limit pension reform talks to just future employees. Options included in the report are raising the retirement age and switching from a defined-benefit plan to a 401(k)-style defined contribution plan.

 

Doe Testing

A doe that escaped from a quarantined Adams County farm in October was shot and killed Monday, and it's now being tested for Chronic Wasting Disease. The deer, known as "Pink 23" because of its pink farm tag, was taken down at nearby farm. Both that farm and the one from which the doe escaped have been quarantined since October. So far, two deer have tested positive for CWD, resulting in the quarantine of 27 farms in 14 counties.

 

WHLM Sports


BU Men's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team played at Lincoln University last night. The Huskies fell to the Lions 81-67. The Huskies next game is Saturday afternoon against Slippery Rock at Nelson Field House in a game that start at 3 o'clock.

 

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team is ranked 25th in the nation this week in the USA Today Division 2 Coaches Poll. The Huskies will take a 3-0 record into their game against Slippery Rock Saturday at 1 at Nelson Field House.

 

National Football League

In the NFL tonight the New Orleans Saints play the Atlanta Falcons in Atlanta.

Wednesday November 28, 2012


Mission Mall

St. John's Lutheran Church is hosting Mission Mall for the 9th year in a row this year. Even though it's been around for almost a decade many still may wonder what exactly mission mall is. It's an oppourtunity for you to give to a chairty as a gift to someone else. You go to Mission Mall, learn about the organizations available...give to those organizations...and you get back a card to give to someone saying you made a donation in their name to that charity. Seventeen charities will be represented this year. It's happening this weekend and next at St John's Luthernan Church in mifflinville...there will also be lunch and cookies available.

 

Child Protection Task Force Report

The Task Force on Child Protection, which was appointed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky Case... says the state should change the definition of child abuse, revamp how allegations are investigated, improve training for those required to report suspected abuse, and add new mandated reporters. David Heckler, chair of the Task Force on Child Protection, says they were charged to put children first. It would also expand the definition of perpetrators to include volunteers who work with children on a regular basis in a relationship of trust with the child.

 

PennState Law School

Penn State is seeking permission to operate two, separate law schools. Officials are scrapping their original plan to end first-year classes at the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle -- instead proposing two separate law schools. Dean Philip McConnaughay believes it can work, as long as the Dickinson program remains modest in size. Other universities -- like Rutgers and Arkansas -- already operate separate law schools. The American Bar Association must sign off on PSU's plan.

 

Thanksgiving Crashes

State police report 13 fatalities related to 1,124 vehicle crashes over the 5-day Thanksgiving holiday in Pennsylvania. State Police responded to more than 100 additional crashes this year compared to the same 5-day period in 2011. Ten fatalitites were reported in 1,007 crashes last year. The crash figure does not include accidents investigated by local police departments.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Men's BBall

The Bloomsburg University Men's basketball team was on the road in the Philly area Wednesday night to play the Lions of Lincoln University. It was cats over dogs as the Lions beat the Huskies 81-67. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Class AA State Finals

The Danville High School football team faces a real challenge this Saturday when the Ironmen play unbeaten Wyomissing in a Class AA state quarterfinal at Hershey Park Stadium. Saturday's Danville-Wyomissing game kicks off at noon. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 11:30.

 

NBA

In the NBA last night, it was The Philadelphia 76ers 100 over The Dallas Mavericks 98.

Tuesday November 27, 2012


PennDOT Prepares

PennDot crews were out pre-treating some of the region's major routes overnight in advance of the winter weather forecast. Anti-icing invovles wetting the highway with a solution of salt brine before a storm's arrival. The solution lowers the freezing point of water and slows ore prevents ice from forming a bond with the pavement during the early stages of a storm. PennDOT reminds motorists to slow down and drive according to the conditions you encouter when a winter storm hits. You can also call 511 from any phone to check interstate traffic conditions before heading out.

 

House Seats

A pair of Democrat-held state House seats will be up for grabs when special elections are announced. Allegheny County's Matt Smith was elected to the state Senate, and York County's Eugene DePasquale was elected Auditor General in November. Since both were also reelected as state Reps, their resignations are pending in the House. DePasquale says his decision to wait until the end of the year to resign was based partly on the odd calendar and rules for the state House. There's no word yet on when the special elections will be scheduled.

 

Cyber Monday Re-Cap

The holiday shopping season moved from long lines around stores over the weekend to waiting for web sites to load in heavy traffic yesterday. Cyber Monday deals and coupons were hot search terms over the past week according to Daniel Sieberg, a Google trends expert. He says people were looking for electronics, with searches for laptops, tablets, TVs and gaming consoles among the top trends. He says about 80% of shoppers do their research on line and some buy from the web while others make their purchases in brick and mortar stores.

 

#Giving Tuesday

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday...and now #Giving Tuesday? Thanks to Social Media. The UN Foundation has teamed up with groups on the social networking site Twitter to desginate today as #Giving Tuesday. The idea is to have people offset the seasonal days of buing with a day of charitable giving. Aaron Sherinian of the UN Foundation hopes people will eventually look at this as the “opening day” for the giving season.

 

Casting Call

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble has a casting call for “Flood Stories, Too” tonight at 7:00 PM. All ages are welcome, and no previous acting experience is required. You will be asked to read a brief poem or something the director has prepared. They are looking for other skills like dancing and playing musical instruments. For a practice schedule, more show information and details contact the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Women's BBall

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team extended their record to 3-0 after their victory against Wilmington at Nelson Field House on Monday night. The Huskies' next game will be against Slippery Rock. That game will start at 1 o'clock Saturday afternoon at Nelson Field House.

 

BU Men's BBall

Two members of the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team were honored by the PSAC for their performances in an 88-86 overtime win over Chestnut Hill College last Tuesday. Junior Donthe Jordan, who had 23 points and a career high 20 rebounds, was named the Eastern Division player of the week. Wes Lyons, who had 19 points and 10 rebounds in that win, was named the Eastern Division's freshman of the week. The Huskies are back in action tomorrow night when they play at Lincoln University.That game starts at 7. Coverage on the whlm stations begins at 6:40 with The Husky Warmup Show.

 

National Football League

In the NFL last night, it was the Carolina Panthers over the Philadelphia Eagles 30-22.

Monday November 26, 2012


Parade of Lights

The 2012 holiday season in Bloomsburg was ushered in at the start of the weekend with the WHLM Parade of Lights. The WHLM Buzz Mobile and the Bloomsburg High School Marching band led off the event... as it traveled down Lightstreet Road... to Main... and then Market Streets. The big event of the evening was the arrival of Santa Claus. Santa told us kids aren't really looking for a lot lately. He will have hours at his cottage on Main Street infront of the Bloomsburg Diner Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the holiday season.

 

Yellow Dot

PennDOT is launching a pair of voluntary, life-saving programs to help emergency responders access a victim's medical information and emergency contacts if they've been involved in a crash. Participants in the Yellow Dot program fill out a form an place it in their glovebox; a yellow dot on their rear window alerts responders to check for it. The Emergency Contact Information program allows license holders to login to a secure database and add emergency contacts -- viewable only to law enforcement. Governor Corbett says the programs use common sense.

 

Thanksgiving Shopping Weekend

An estimated record of 247 million shoppers hit stores and websites over the Thanksgiving weekend...that's up about 9% from last year. Between early Thanksgiving shopping, black friday, and small business Saturday shoppers spent on average $423 each...that's up from $398 in 2011. Today is the day known as cyber-monday where shoppers will go online to find deals.

 

Deer Hunting

Today is the official start of deer-hunting season in Pennsylvania. It's being called an unofficial state holiday as many school district are closed today for the occasion. In some Pennsylvania counties the Pennsylvania Game Commission has extablished new rules for hunters due to a neurological illness discovered in Adams County this fall. The commission says the disease has not been found in wild-white taild deer popluations anywhere in PA. The deer-hunting season will last for two weeks.

 

Hungry Hunters Lunch

If you're a hungry hunter Katy's church has the cure. They'll host their annual hungry hunters lunch today from 11 to 5...serving up hot soups, sandiwhces, desserts, and hot drinks. Proceeds benefit the rennovation of their church, which is located on Wolf Hollow Road in Madison Township.

 

WHLM Sports


Danville Advances

Danville is the only area high school football team still alive in the state playoffs. Last Friday the Ironmen won the Distirct 4 Class Double "A" championship with a 28-21 win over Mount Carmel. This Saturday at noon at Hershey Park Stadium Danville will play unbeaten Wyomissing in a state quarterfinal. You can hear that game on the whlm stations beginning with the pregame show at 11:30.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team extended their record to 3-0 after their victory against Wilmington at Nelson Field House on Monday night. The final was BU 96 - 55. You can hear the details from the night's action with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

National Football League

In the NFL yesterday afternoon. the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Cleveland Browns 20-14. Last night, it was the New York Giants over the Green Bay Packers 38-10. Tonight The Philadelphia Eagles play the Carolina Panthers in Phildelphia.

Here's What's Happening Sunday November 25, 2012


Town Hill United Methodist Church invites you to their worship service this morning at 9:00 AM.  They will have Chaplain LTC Army Harlan Triplet as a guest speaker.  The church is located on Town Hill Road in Shickshinny.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is hosting Treefest at the Caldwell Consistory in Downtown Bloomsburg this weekend and next.  Visit to see hundreds of decorated Christmas trees, local entertainment, crafts, and the annual Gingerbread House display.

 

BTE also hopes you’ll join them at the Alvina Krause Theatre this weekend for their holiday performance “A Christmas Carol.”  Show times today is at 3:00 PM.  The show runs through December 29th.

 

Downtown Bloomsburg invites you and your kids to hop aboard the North Pole Express this weekend.

 

The Unityville Community Volunteer Fire Company is serving up their 53rd annual Buckwheat and Cakes Sausage supper this weekend.  They’ll continue serving 24-hours around the clock through tonight at 9:00 PM.  The fire company is located on Route 42 in Unityville.

Here's What's Happening Saturday November 24, 2012


The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is hosting Treefest at the Caldwell Consistory in Downtown Bloomsburg this weekend and next.  Visit to see hundreds of decorated Christmas trees, local entertainment, crafts, and the annual Gingerbread House display.

 

BTE also hopes you’ll join them at the Alvina Krause Theatre this weekend for their holiday performance “A Christmas Carol.”  Show times this weekend are Saturday afternoon at 2:00 PM, Saturday night at 7:30 PM, and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM.  The show runs through December 29th.

 

Downtown Bloomsburg invites you and your kids to hop aboard the North Pole Express.  The train rides will run today and tomorrow.

 

The Free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville Today.

 

The Women’s Center is seeking donations of unwrapped toys to go to children who have been displaced by domestic violence.  They are hosting a gift-drive night from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM at the Jamison City Hotel in Benton tonight.  They’ll have karaoke and entertainment throughout the evening.  Donating a toy will get you in the drawing for prizes.

 

AGAPE presents Christian comedian Gordon Douglas on his “Flaming Tricycle of Fury Tour” tonight at 7:00 PM at First Baptist Church in Danville.  Admission is a free will donation.

 

The Montour Delong Fairgrounds are hosting an all you can eat haddock fish dinner today from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.  Kids five and younger and any active military personnel dressed in uniform eat free.  The fairgrounds are located on Broadway Road in Danville.

 

The Unityville Community Volunteer Fire Company is serving up their 53rd annual Buckwheat and Cakes Sausage supper this weekend.  They are serving 24-hours around the clock through tomorrow night at 9:00 PM.  The fire company is located on Route 42 in Unityville.

 

Tonight the Animal Resource Center will host their 8th annual banquet and auction at the Washies Fire Hall in Danville.  Doors open at 5:00 PM…tickets are $25.00.

 

Elysburg Alliance Church will offer a contemporary worship service tonight at 6:30 PM.  The service features contemporary Christian music with a meaningful message.  Refreshments are provided following the service…the church is located on Alpha Ave in Elysburg.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church invites you to their worship service tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM.  They will have Chaplain LTC Army Harlan Triplet as a guest speaker.  The church is located on Town Hill Road in Shickshinny.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Football

Two area high school football teams tried to advance in the post season playoffs Friday night. Danville beat Mount Carmel 28-21 in the District 4 AA championship game. Southern Columbia ended their unbeaten season Friday night as they fell to Dunmore 35-29  in a Class A first round state playoff game. You can hear all the details from Friday's playoff action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Friday / November 23, 2012


Run for the Diamonds

Blue skies... and temperatures in the 40's made for perfect conditions for the estimated 1,700 participants in the 103rd Annual Run for the Diamonds on Thanksgiving Day in Berwick. Eventual winner Derek Nakluski of Kitchener, Ontario Canada and defending race winner C – Fred Joslyn played a game of cat and mouse on the 9 mile course. Rookie Kara Millhouse of State College finished first in the women's division defeating the 2012 defending race winner.

 

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble

A return of a tradition for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble. Back on stage at the Alvina Krause Theater is Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol....” directed by BTE's Richard Cannaday. The first performance of “A Christmas Carol” is Friday night at 7:30... following WHLM's 3rd annual Parade of lights.... and runs every weekend through December 29th. Admission for Friday night's performance is only $5.00... the same as it was in 1978.

 

PPL Susquehanna

One of two reactors at PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric Station.... north of Berwick in Luzerne County... remains shut down. If you recall... it was a week ago Unit 2 was brought back on line following some scheduled maintenance work.... when it was shutdown automatically by computers. Operators finding hydraulic fluid leaking into a system that controls the flow of steam into the unit's turbine. It's been down ever since... with maintenance people repairing the problem. No word when Unit two at the PPL plan in Salem Township will be back on line.

 

Shickshinny Meth Arrest

A 32 – year old Shickshinny man is in the Luzerne County Prison... after police busted a suspected Meth lab. Dante Diagostino was arrested after police spent most of Thanksgiving day at a home on North Susquehanna Avenue. There... cops found evidence... obtained a search warrant and eventually arrested Diagostino.

 

Berwick Meth Lab

He's know to every law enforcement agency in Columbia County. Police in Berwick arresting Tyler Bitler at the start of the Thanksgiving holiday... charging him with making Meth in the family's home at 1540 Fairview Avenue. Cops say family members made the call to authorities... eventually seizing materials used to make meth. Bitler was arraigned... and hustled off to the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg... and is being held on $50,000 straight bail.

 

Berwick Parade

If you're in Berwick this morning.... you'll have an opportunity to catch the Annual Santa Parade. The event forms at 9:30 in the lot next to Crispin Field. It steps off at 10:30. The route of march consists of starting on Mulberry Street.... to Front.... then making a left on Market Street. Parade vehicles, floats and marchers then continue back to the football field.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Football

Two area high school football teams tried to advance in the post season playoffs Friday night. Danville beat Mount Carmel 28-21 in the District 4 AA championship game. Southern Columbia ended their unbeaten season Friday night as they fell to Dunmore 35-29  in a Class A first round state playoff game. You can hear all the details from Friday's playoff action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

NFL

In the NFL yesterday... the Houston Texans beat the Detroit Lions 37-34 in overtime. The Washington Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys 38 to 31... and the New England Patriots crushed the New York Jets 49 – 19.

Thursday / November 22, 2012


Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble

If you don't think there's anything to do in Bloomsburg this first weekend of the holiday season... think again. Following Friday night's 3rd annual WHLM Parade of Light... the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble kicks off their first performance of Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”... at the Alvina Krause Theater on Centre Street. Ticket prices for tonight's performance is 5 dollars each.... but BTE's Richie Cannaday says Saturday's admission price is pretty reasonable. By just showing up with a can of food... you get into the theater free. The first performance of Dickens “A Christmas Carol” begins at 7-30 Friday night... with shows running every weekend through December 29th.

 

Run for the Diamonds

Canadian Derek Nakluski held off last year's winner, C. Fred Joslyn, to finish first in the 103rd Run for the Diamonds Thursday in Berwick. Nakluski finished 11 seconds before Josyln in the annual nine mile road race. In the women's competition, former Penn State runner Kara Millhouse took the first place diamond pendant finishing 9 seconds head of last year's winner, Katie O'Regan. Over 1,700 runners competed in Thursday's event in near perfect conditions.

Thanksgiving Thursday November 22, 2012


This morning it's the 103rd Run For The Diamonds in Berwick. Race starts at 10:30 AM...you can hear coverage of the race on News Radio 930, 94.7, 104.3, Berwick's 1280, Danville's 105.5, and here at WHLM.com.

 

Santa Claus is coming to town in The WHLM Parade of Lights tomorrow night. The parade leaves the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital Parking lot at 6:00 PM, and will travel down Main and Market Streets in Bloomsburg...ending at the Fire Hall.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble invites you to the Caldwell Consistory for Treefest this weekend and next. There are hundreds of decorated trees along with entertainment from local schools, dance groups and folk musicians.

 

Downtown Bloomsburg invites you to hop aboard the North Pole Express this Saturday and Sunday. You can get tickets at the Chamber of Commerce office in Bloomsburg or at Ticketyderby.com.

 

BTE also has their opening weekend for “A Christmas Carol” this weekend. Show times are Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 PM and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

The Unityville Fire Company is serving up their 24-hour buckwheat cakes and sausage supper this weekend. Serving starts 6:00 AM Friday and continues round the clock until 9:00 PM Sunday night.

 

AGAPE presents Christian comedian Gordon Douglas on his “Flaming Tricycle of Fury Tour” this Saturday night at First Baptist Church in Danville. For tickets call AGAPE at 317-2210. Cost is a free-will donation.

 

WHLM Sports

Thanksgiving morning brought perfect conditions for the 2012 Run For the Diamonds in Berwick. The first three diamond rings went to Derek Nickowski of Onatrio, C. Fred Jocelyn of New York, and Paul Thistle of Philly. The first three pendants went to Kara Lee Millhouse, Katie O'Reagan, and Megan Eckert. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Sports Report:

 

 

Wednesday / November 21, 2012


Serial Arsonist

Still no suspects... but police are trying to track down leads dealing with a serial fire bug in the Shickshinny – Mocanaqua area. The latest fire happened Monday afternoon when a blaze damaged a three unit apartment on Railroad Street in Mocanaqua. Monday's fire is the the fifth suspicious blaze in the Mocanaqua – Shickshinny area in the past month.

 

Salvation Army

If you've been on the streets doing any pre – thanksgiving shopping... you've probably noticed the Berwick Salvation Army bell – ringers. The Red Kettle drive is part of the efforts to make ends meet for nearly 500 local families during the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays... so says Lt. Kevin Polito. He said the money raised also helps various year – round programs. Lt. Polito says the bell ringers are set up at Boyers Market and K-Mart in Berwick... as well as Big Lots in Bloomsburg... and the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. Starting Friday... they'll appear in front of area Wal – Mart stores.

 

Run for Diamonds

There could be a record turnout for Thursday's Run for the Diamonds in Berwick. Thus far an estimated 1,300 runners are registered to participate... and appearing on Tuesday morning's edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... organizer Margaret Livsey says entries keep pouring in. Live coverage of the annual Run for the Diamonds in Berwick with Sports Director Jim Doyle.... Thursday morning on the WHLM Stations.

 

Barletta / Farmers

11th District Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton... has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Federation. Mr. Barletta was recognized for supporting policies that help agri-businessmen attain profitability... with less regulatory interference.... and increased demands for farm products through new uses... and enhanced trade opportunities.

 

Bradford Co. Collision

A Sullivan County resident is one of the two men who died Tuesday morning in a grinding crash on Route 220 in Bradford County Tuesday morning. Authorities identified one of the victims as Scott Halboerster of Dushore. Police say he tried to pass a car and collided with an SUV driven by a New York State man. Halboerster was not wearing his seat belt. A still unidentified girl in one of the SUV's was Life Flighted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment.

 

Deputy Corner Complaint

The Luzerne County Accountability, Conduct and Ethics Commission is looking into a deputy county coroner who allegedly used his position to solicit private funeral service business. The name of the person did not surface during this week's public meeting. But Coroner William Lisman says he welcomes the probe. The complaint against the deputy coroner came from two funeral homes.

 

Hazleton Graffiti

Ramps at a skate parkk near the Arthur Street School in Hazleton have been painted over... and thus the graffitii pained by vandals has disappeared. It happened Tuesday as high school student's took part in the clean up of the park by POWER Hazleton. It's all about community pride... and volunteering time to put things back in order.

 

Deer Accidents

With the early onset of nightfall at this time of year... all of us are being reminded by PennDOT to be on the lookout and be prepared to encounter white-tailed deer on roads. Deer are most active during their breeding season and particularly between sunset and sunrise. Hunting season also increases the movement of deer. PennDOT statistics show more than half of all reportable crashes in District 3... which includes Columbia and Montour Counties... take place the last three months of the year... during the overnight hours.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Men's BB

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team played Chestnut Hill College last night at Nelson Field House. WHLM Sports Director Jim Doyle is reporting that Bloomsburg downed Chestnut Hill 88 to 86 in overtime. The Huskies hit the hardwood next Wednesday when they play Lincoln University

 

Danville HS Football

The Danville High School football team will try for the school's first District football title since 1999 this Friday when the Ironmen play at home against Mount Carmel in the District 4 Class AA final. You can hear that game on the whlm stations beginning with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

BU's Quiteh

Bloomsburg University's junior running back Franklyn Quiteh is one of eight finalists for the Harlon Hill Trophy which goes to the Division 2 College Football Player of the Year. The winner will be announced December 14th in Florence,Alabama site of the Division 2 national championship game.

 

NBA

In the NBA last night... the Philadelphia 76er's shut down the Toronto Raptors 106 to 98.

Tuesday / November 20, 2012


PPL Power Plant

Some problems Tuesday morning at the PPL Susquehanna power plant north of Berwick in Salem Township. Only hours after placing Unit 2 at the PPL Susquehanna power plant back online...operators took the unit off the power grid... shutting it down overnight. The reason... the discovery of a hydraulic oil leak on a system that controls the flow of steam into the turbine. A utility company spokesman said that early Tuesday morning... operators manually shut down the reactor... and plant systems are responding as designed. Susquehanna employees are investigating the cause of the oil leak. Unit 2 was initially placed back on line last night... following inspection and replacement of cracked turbine blades.

 

Mocanaqua Fire

There has been another suspicious fire in Mocanaqua. This time it happened Monday afternoon when flames were discovered in a flood – damaged three unit apartment on Railroad Street. Firemen had the blaze knocked down in minutes. Monday's fire is the the fifth suspicious blaze in the Mocanaqua – Shickshinny area in the past month.

 

Thanksgiving Travel

Many of us are hitting the road this weekend.... if not going to grandma's house... at least we're taking a mini vacation. Jenny Robinson of the Triple - A says most people will travel by car... other by air... and even some by train. Wednesday is expected to be the busiest travel day. Overall... Robinson says an estimated 44 – million people will be on the road this holiday weekend.

 

Agri-businessmen Meet

National challenges were on the minds of state farmers who gathered for the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau's 52nd annual meeting in Hershey. Farm Bureau President... Carl Shaffer of Mifflinville... says the looming “fiscal cliff” could impact farmers, as well, by increasing the federal estate tax from 35 to 55%.... and reducing the exemption for land from $5 – million to $1 – million. Shaffer knows what he's talking about... since he operates one of the larger farms in Columbia County near Mifflinville.

 

Robberies

Two convenience store gas stations in the Hazleton area were the targets of stick up artists early Monday morning. Police say the first robbery took place at the Turkey Hill on Route 93 and the Airport Beltway... the second taking place at the Sunoco on Route 93 and Kiwanis Boulevard... near the Turkey Hill. But despite their proximity... police say the two are not related. Anyone with information on the stickups should call State Police at Hazleton.

 

Coal Company Layoff

A major coal operator is temporarily laying off workers at a number of mines in the area. Blaschak Coal Corporation says workers will be laid off at Lattimer, near Hazleton... Primrose near Mahanoy City... as well as Centraila. The layoff are due to slower than usual coal sales... and an increase in inventory and the amount of coal mined.

 

Person of Interest Found Dead

A man... considered a person of interest in his mother's death... was found dead in his car in a parking lot in Milton Monday. 55 – year old Mark Boyles was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say Boyles was found inside a car... resting against guardrails of a business in the 700 - block of Hepburn Street. No cause of death was given... but there will be an autopsy. Boyles was considered... at one time... a person of interest in his mother's death at the home they shared in Milton.

 

Guilty Plea

A 34 – year old Shamokin man... has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 13 – year old Coal Township girl last February. Shaine Wyland of Bear Valley Avenue entered his plea before Northumberland County President Judge Robert Sacavage... who reduced his bail from $200,000 to $20,000. Judge Sacavage said that Wyland is not considered a flight risk and is expected to appear for sentencing in January.

 

Holiday Express

It's shaping up to be a pretty eventful weekend in Bloomsburg... starting with the WHLM Parade of Lights Friday evening. There will be a series of train rides on the North Pole Express from Bloomsburg towards Danville on the North Shore Railroad.... starting Saturday morning... with Santa Claus as a special guest. Tim Wagner of Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated says Santa will be in town to usher in the holiday season with the WHLM Parade of lights... starting at 6 O'clock Friday night. Tickets for the North Pole Express can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office on Market Street... or on the web at www.ticketderby.com.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team played at Villanova last night in an exhibition game. WHLM's Larry White is reporting Villanova downed BU 78 to 38. Meantime, the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team plays Chestnut Hill College Tuesday night at Nelson Field House starting at 7 O'clock. You can hear that game on the WHLM Stations beginning with The Husky Warmup Show at 6:40.

 

HS Football

Two of the winningest high school football coaches in state history face each other for the first time Friday night when Southern Columbia plays Dunmore in a Class A first round state playoff game. Dunmore coach Jack Henzes is second in state history with 368 career wins. Southern Columbia coach Jim Roth is fifth with 342 victories. Friday's game at Valley View High School begins at 7 O'clock. Our coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

MNF

In the NFL last night... the San Francisco 49ers defeated the Chicago Bears 32 to 7.

 

Monday / November 19, 2011


Suspicious Mocanaqua Fire

Another day... another suspicious fire in Mocanaqua. This time it happened Monday afternoon in a flood – damaged three unit apartment at 15 to 17 Railroad Street. Moments after the fire was reports... crews were at the scene... knocking the blaze down in a matter of minutes. Monday's fire is the the fifth suspicious blaze in the Mocanaqua – Shickshinny area in the past month.

 

Holiday Express

A big treat for everyone this weekend... as the annual North Pole Express train ride take place. The event is being promoted by the Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated... with five trips on Saturday and three on Sunday.... according to DBI president, Tim Wagner. Departure takes place from the Sherwin – Williams Paint store.... which used to be the former Erie – Lackawanna train station on Market Street between 6th and 7th Streets. Tickets available at the Chamber of Commerce on Market Street or through www.ticketderby.com.

 

Thanksgiving Travel

Many of us... an estimated 44 – million people nationwide... are getting ready to hit the road this Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. However, the Triple A's Jenny Robison says we won't be going as far this year than in previous years. And Robinson and the Triple A says many of us will be hitting the road... the airport or train station sometime Wednesday.

 

Hazleton Robberies

Two convenience store gas stations in the Hazleton area were the targets of stick up artists early Monday morning. Police say the first robbery took place at the Turkey Hill on Route 93 and the Airport Beltway... the second taking place at the Sunoco on Route 93 and Kiwanis Boulevard... near the Turkey Hill. But despite their proximity... police say the two are not related. Anyone with information on the stickups are to call State Police at Hazleton.

 

Columbia Co Taxes

If you're a taxpayer in Columbia County.... you'll be paying more property taxes when you get your bill later this year. It will be used to fund part of the county's $21 – million budget. Two reasons for the increase according to Commissioner David Kovach... the state keeps cutting money to counties.... and the loss of flood damaged property taken off the tax rolls. Meantime... the state has yet to pay a bill of a million dollars for the operation of the Children & Youth division from the first quarter of this year.

 

Flood Authority

The Bloomsburg Area Flood Control Authority still may have some life after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers nixed a flood control project for the Town. The authority was formed in 2007 when there was hope for town wide flood protection, but with that opportunity gone.... Mayor Dan Knorr says the door opens for other avenues for the Authority. Just in the past few weeks.... the federal government and the state have allocated millions of dollars for the protection of Autoneum and Windsor Foods... two of the largest employers in Bloomsburg.

 

University Strike

Ballots are being counted for a vote to authorize a strike by faculty and coaches at Bloomsburg University... as well as 13 other state owned schools of higher eduction. Kenn Marshall with the PA State System of Higher Education says a strike is not necessarily going to happen. Another bargaining session between state negotiators and the University's faculty and coaches is scheduled for December 11th.

 

Child Abuse Alleged

A North Center Township man was jailed after he was arrested for allegedly breaking the leg of his infant daughter. 18 – year old Andrew Hess has admitted twisting the leg of his 60 day old daughter... Elvira... in order to make her stop crying. The break was confirmed by doctor at Geisinger in Danville.... adding the child's leg was broken twice before. Hess is facing a long list of charges. The child is in shelter care.

 

Stolen Truck

There is one less truck in the parking lot of the Town of Bloomsburg's recycling center Monday morning. Sometime overnight Friday... someone made off with a '98 Dodge Ram pick up truck from the center on Patterson Drive. You can't miss it if you see it... since it has blue municipal tags and a recycling logo on both doors. If you have information about the theft call Bloomsburg Police.

 

Hazleton PD

Two members of Hazleton City Council are calling on Police Chief Frank DeAndrea to resign. Council members Jean Mope and Jack Mundie aren't happy that the chief went public that the department is undermanned and ill – equipped. The two said DeAndrea should have come to council before going public with his concerns. However, DeAndrea says he isn't going anywhere fast... since he is appointed to the job by Mayor Joe Yunizzi.

 

Sheetz

If you tried to purchase unleaded, regular gas at Sheetz convenience stores in Northeastern Pennsylvania over the weekend... including the one in Sugarloaf Township near Hazleton... you were out of luck. It seems problems at a refinery... coupled with the trickle down effect of Hurricane Sandy... put the stores in a bind. They either ran out of gas.... or were on the verge of running out. Many of the store were expecting deliveries of the product overnight.

 

Hazle Twp. Fire

Investigators want to find out how a fire started in a vacant double home in Hazle Township over the weekend. The blaze was spotted by a state trooper on patrol in the 800 block of Winters Avenue. The building was vacant due to foreclosure... but it's believed someone was living there despite the lack of water and electricity. Right now... authorities are leaning towards the start of the fire as accidental.

 

Remains

Who do those human remains belong to?? That's what State Police are trying to figure out after they were found in a wooded area near Nanticoke over the weekend. Right now... cops do not know how long the remains were in the woods... leaving that up to the medical examiner.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Saturday's 58-20 loss at Shippensburg in the NCAA playoffs ended the season for the Bloomsburg University football team. The Huskies finished with a 10-2 record with both losses coming to Shippensburg. However, Bloomsburg set a PSAC record for team rushing yards in a season.

 

HS Football

In high school football two area teams are still alive in the post season. This Friday Danville will be at home against Mount Carmel in the District 4 Class AA final which you can hear on the WHLM Stations. Southern Columbia faces Dunmore at Valley View High School in a first round Class A state playoff game which you can hear on Classic Rock 103.5. Our coverage of both games starts at 6:30.

 

BU Women's Basketball

The Bloomsburg University women's basketball team improved their record to 2-0 with a 74-71 double overtime win at Lincoln University on Saturday. Monday night... the Huskies played an exhibition game at Villanova. The Huskies lost that game 78-38 to take a 2-1 record so far this season. You can hear the details from the match with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

NFL / Sunday

In the NFL yesterday the Washington Redskins dominated the Philadelphia Eagles 31 to 6.... the New York Jets defeated the St. Louis Rams 27 to 13.... and the Baltimore Ravens defeated the the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night 13 to 10.

 

NASCAR

Jeff Gordon wins the NASCAR Cup Series Ford Eco Boost 400 at the Homestead / Miami Speedway... but Brad Keselowski wins the 2012 Cup Series Championship.

 

What's Happening Sunday November 18, 2012


The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club will open their display of trains at the Columbia Mall this weekend. They are open from Noon to 4 today. They will be giving away a free train worth over $200 this weekend.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is serving up their monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet today from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Brunch is served starting at 10:00 AM.

 

The Kidsburg 2.0 committee hopes you'll dine out at the Turkey Hill Brewing Company today from 4:00 to 9:00 PM. Your meal will help them raise funds to re-build Kidsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park.

 

On Monday night you can “Shop the Bloomsburg Public Library.” Stop by the library to look through the goodies from the Monday night knitting club, different wood workings, the library's first craft book, and all sorts of other things. A great way to kick off your holiday shopping. They are located on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, and it's also the 103rd annual Run For The Diamonds in Berwick. The race starts at 10:00 AM. You can hear the race right here on the WHLM Stations.

 

And, next Friday Santa Claus will come to town in The WHLM Parade of Lights. The parade route will leave the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital parking lot, travel down Lightstreet Road, onto Main Street, turning down Market, and finally finish at the Bloomsburg Fire Department. The parade starts at 6:00 PM. You can be a part of the parade for a chance to win $1,000, $500, or $250 if you have one of the top three entries. For entry information click the link to the right.

 

Right after the parade next Friday Santa Claus will be back at his cottage in front of the Bloomsburg Diner to light the Bloomsburg Christmas tree!

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team played at Penn State-Hazleton last night. Bloomsburg coming away with a 79 – 78 victory.

 

High School Football

Three area high school football teams have playoff games this weekend. Friday night Southern Columbia beat South Williamsport at Tiger Stadium in the District 4 Class A final 47-12. Danville won at home against Athens in a District 4 Class AA semifinal 14-13. You can hear all the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

Saturday afternoon, Berwick faced Abington Heights in the District 2 Class AAA final at Crispin Field. The teams went back and forth but the game ultimately ended in a 44-34 win for Abington Heights.

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team reached the post season this year for the 9th time in school history. Saturday the Huskies once again met Shippensburg in an NCAA Division 2 first round game. BU could not overcome the Red Raiders' offence and the game ended 50-20 in favor of Shippensburg.

 

You can hear all the details from Saturday's action in the WHLM Weekend Football Report:

 

 

What's Happening Saturday November 17, 2012


The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church is open today. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club will open their display of trains at the Columbia Mall this weekend. They are open from 11 to 5 today and Noon to 4 tomorrow. They will be giving away a free train worth over $200 this weekend.

 

St. Columba Church presents their Winterfest 2012 today. It's the 8th annual craft and food festival happening at the church, which is located at the corner of 3rd and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

First English Baptist Church is hosting Mission Mall today in their downstairs social room. It's an alternative gift-giving fair, where you can donate in the name of someone else for their gift this season.

 

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Catawissa's breakfast for a donation today benefits the Wesley Soup Kitchen and AGAPE.

 

The Mill-Green United Methodist Crhuch is hosting a hymn sing tonight at 7:00 PM. Refreshments will follow the program. The church is located on Old Greenwood Road, about three miles out of Millville.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is serving up their monthly all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet tomorrow from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Brunch is served starting at 10:00 AM.

 

The Kidsburg 2.0 committee hopes you'll dine out at the Turkey Hill Brewing Company tomorrow from 4:00 to 9:00 PM. Your meal will help them raise funds to re-build Kidsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park.

 

On Monday night you can “Shop the Bloomsburg Public Library.” Stop by the library to look through the goodies from the Monday night knitting club, different wood workings, the library's first craft book, and all sorts of other things. A great way to kick off your holiday shopping. They are located on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Next Thursday is Thanksgiving, and it's also the 103rd annual Run For The Diamonds in Berwick. The race starts at 10:30 AM. You can hear the race right here on the WHLM Stations.

 

And, next Friday Santa Claus will come to town in The WHLM Parade of Lights. The parade route will leave the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital parking lot, travel down Lightstreet Road, onto Main Street, turning down Market, and finally finish at the Bloomsburg Fire Department. The parade starts at 6:00 PM. You can be a part of the parade for a chance to win $1,000, $500, or $250 if you have one of the top three entries. For entry information click the link to the right.

 

Right after the parade next Friday Santa Claus will be back at his cottage in front of the Bloomsburg Diner to light the Bloomsburg Christmas tree!

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team played at Penn State-Hazleton last night. Bloomsburg coming away with a 79 – 78 victory.

 

High School Football

Three area high school football teams have playoff games this weekend. Friday night Southern Columbia beat South Williamsport at Tiger Stadium in the District 4 Class A final 47-12. Danville won at home against Athens in a District 4 Class AA semifinal 14-13. You can hear all the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

Saturday afternoon, Berwick faced Abington Heights in the District 2 Class AAA final at Crispin Field. The teams went back and forth but the game ultimately ended in a 44-34 win for Abington Heights.

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team reached the post season this year for the 9th time in school history. Saturday the Huskies once again met Shippensburg in an NCAA Division 2 first round game. BU could not overcome the Red Raiders' offence and the game ended 50-20 in favor of Shippensburg.

 

You can hear all the details from Saturday's action in the WHLM Weekend Football Report:

 

 

Friday / November 16, 2011


Flood Project Money

The Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved $11.8 – million in funding for a project to provide flood protection. The word coming from State Senator John Gordner of Berwick and State Representative David Mallard of Millville. The money is earmarked for flood protection around Autoneum and Windsor Foods in west Bloomsburg. Both companies are the keys to an estimated 1,000 thousand jobs. Gordner and Millard started talking with the C-F-A when the US Army Corps of engineers decided not to to proceed with flood protection around the entire west side of town.

 

Kidsburg 2.0

Remember Kidsburg at Bloomsburg Town Park... built in the early 90's as the go to place for kids and their parents. It was destroyed by the floods of 2011... and now there is a group... getting a groundswell of support for the construction of... what is known... as Kidsburg 2.0.... so says organizers Deb Huckans of Bloomsburg. Ms. Huckens puts the project cost... at in her words... “several hundred thousands of dollars” with fund raising just now getting off the ground.

 

Dryer Fire

Bloomsburg firemen made short work of a gas dryer fire in the 600 block of West Main Street... near Barton around 8 O'clock last night. The dryer was on the second floor. Chief Bob Rupp was one of the first on the scene telling WHLM News there was a lot of heavy smoke. Firemen charged a 2 – and – a - half inch line as a precaution... but the blaze was doused with a water fire extinguisher. Damage was minimal.

 

Geisinger Visits Halted for Children

Geisinger Medical Center has issued temporary restrictions prohibiting children under the age of 5 from visiting children's and women's impatient units. The reason... a seasonal increase in pediatric Respiratory Virus cases. Geisinger's Dr. Michael Ryan... young patients have vulnerable immune systems that may not be able to fight of the potentially dangerous virus. Age related visitation restrictions serve as a protective measure to eliminate the threat of exposure.

 

Hazleton Property Taxes

It appears Hazleton City property owners will be paying a higher tax rate than first expected. During the taping of a television show Thursday... Hazleton Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi says the proposed tax rate will be higher than the 60% increase first proposed. Later in the day.... a memo was issued to council members by acting director of administration... Steve Hahn... saying the increase will be in the neighborhood of 75% after discovering two revenue sources drying up... worth $700,000. Hazleton City Council must have a budget in place by the end of the year.

 

Hazleton Dispute

Hazleton police on their way to a domestic argument at the Pine Street Playground... ended up at a near – by apartment building... eventually seizing a shotgun. Police say two women and a man were involved at the fracas at 49 North Pine. A search of the apartment produced the shotgun... with no one claiming ownership. No one was charged in the midday incident.

 

Freeland CVS Robbery

A man is in the Luzerne County Jail after he allegedly robbed the CVS on Centre Street in Freeland Wednesday. Police say Angel Molina – Rivera strolled into the drug store... handed the clerk a note demanding cash... got some money and took off. Police say Molina – Rivera is also wanted in Ohio on drug charges.

 

Northumberland Fire

A Northumberland County man has lost his second house to fire in two years. Firemen were called to Duke Street in Northumberland on Thursday... when flames broke out in the home of Bob Whary. The home was extensively damage and believed to have been accidental. Two years ago... the place where he lived in Sunbury burned down when an extension cord overheated.

 

Gas Pipeline

Although no time table has been set... a natural gas line project will have an effect on Montour County. The 30 – inch diameter pipeline project will start in Sullivan county... cross through Valley Township … make it's way to the Susquehanna River.... then be extended to the Philadelphia suburbs. Commonwealth Pipeline... will do the installation work... burying the pipe at lease ten feet underground. No word on when the project will start.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team played at Penn State-Hazleton last night. Bloomsburg coming away with a 79 – 78 victory.

 

High School Football

Three area high school football teams have playoff games this weekend. Friday night Southern Columbia beat South Williamsport at Tiger Stadium in the District 4 Class A final 47-12. Danville won at home against Athens in a District 4 Class AA semifinal 14-13. You can hear all the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Saturday afternoon at 1 o'clock, Berwick plays Abington Heights in the District 2 Class AAA final at Crispin Field. Coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 begins at noon with The Coach Curry Show.

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team is in the post season for the 9th time in school history. Saturday at noon the Huskies play at Shippensburg in an NCAA Division 2 first round game. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with The Husky Countdown Show at 11:30.

 

NFL / Thursday

In the NFL Thursday night... the Buffalo Bills getting by the Miami Dolphins 19 to 14.

Thursday / November 15, 2012


Flood Project Money

The Commonwealth Financing Authority has approved $11.8 – million in funding for a project to provide flood protection. The word coming from State Senator John Gordner of Berwick and State Representative David Mallard of Millville. The money would be earmarked for flood protection around Autoneum and Windsor Foods in west Bloomsburg. Both companies are the keys to an estimated 1,000 jobs. Gordner and Millard started talking with the Commonwealth Financing Authority when the US Army Corps of engineers decided to to proceed with flood protection around the entire west side of town.

 

Geisinger Visits Halted for Children

Geisinger Medical Center has issued temporary restrictions prohibiting children under the age of 5 from visiting Children's and women's impatient units. The reason... a seasonal increase in pediatric Respiratory Syncytial Virus cases. According to Dr. Michael Ryan... young patients have vulnerable immune systems that may not be able to fight of the potentially dangerous virus. Age related visitation restrictions serve as a protective measure to eliminate the threat of exposure.

 

Bloomsburg Budget

There still some hard decisions to make before the Town of Bloomsburg comes up with a proposed budget for 2013. Council met for four hours Monday night... going over the proposal line by line... taking a look at next year's expected income... trying to match it with proposed spending. The result thus far... an estimated $400,000 shortfall. But, Mayor Dan Knorr says there was a lot of give and take to bring that figure down... from an initial $1 – million dollar deficit. The council will meet on November 29th...with an attempt to close that budget deficit.

 

Meth Task Force

The state attorney general's office... as well as local law enforcement has formed a meth lab task force in Columbia County. It's mission... so says District Attorney Tom Leipold is to stop meth labs in their tracks... and there has been some in roads made thus far. The state attorney general's office provides some manpower... while local law enforcement know where the bad guys are cooking up the drug.

 

Bloomsburg Library

Keep an eye on your mailbox... since the Bloomsburg Public Library has sent direct mail flyers about the Library's “no bake sale.” Appearing on Wednesday's Edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... Director Hal Pratt says it's one way to develop a new funding source in the light of state funding cuts. And, Pratt says, the Bloomsburg Library is making an all important transition from printed material to the digital age.

 

Catawissa Burglaries

It appears homes in the Catawissa area have become targets of daring daylight burglars. Our media partner... NewsWatch 16 is reporting break in's have taken place in Catawissa... as well as Franklin Township. An estimated $5,000 worth of jewelry... coins... computers... and even a handgun have been stolen. Police say they have no leads... but it does appear the thefts are the work of more than one person.

 

West Hazleton Fire

A state police fire marshal has been called in to investigate a Wednesday afternoon blaze in West Hazleton. The fire broke out in the 100 – block of East Green Street at midday... causing extensive damage to the home. Authorities say four people were displaced by the smoke and flames.

 

Mark Ciavarella Appeal

The attorney for former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella... telling the U-S Third Circuit Court of Appeals Wednesday that his client deserves a new trial. The 62 – year old Ciavarella was sentenced earlier this year in a so – called kids – for – cash scheme which sent millions of dollars in cash across his desk... while sentencing wayward teens to a for – profit detention center run by his buddies. No word when the court will make it's decision.... and until then Ciavarella continues to serve a 28 – year sentence at a medium security prison in Illinois.

 

Freeland Water

Those folks who live all Birkbeck Street in Freeland ... from Front Street to the Cemetery... may have their water interrupted Thursday... and possibly Friday. Other areas affected include Pine Street... between Walnut and Foster. The reason is some work underway. In addition to losing water service... the product would be discolored with very low pressure.

 

PSP / Dispute

State Police at LaPorte are still investigating a domestic dispute which landed a man in jail. Troopers tell us 28 – year old David Showalter of Hillsgrove got into an argument with his gal pal over the weekend. When the argument got heated... Showalter allegedly tossed his girlfriend into a wall... struck her on the face and thrown to the floor. Showalter was arrested.... given a preliminary arraignment... with bail set at $10,000. He couldn't post it... so Showalter was hustled off to the Wyoming County Correctional facility.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

There are 167 Division II college football teams in the country, but only 24 make it to the NCAA Playoffs. That puts Bloomsburg University in select company as the Huskies prepare for their opening round playoff game Saturday at Shippensburg. That game kicks off at noon. Our coverage on the WHLM stations begins at 11:30 with the Husky Countdown Show.

 

Berwick HS Football

Berwick High School's last District football championship came back in 2008 when they beat Abington Heights in the District 2 AAA final. This Saturday those teams meet once again in the District final at Crispin Field. The game begins at 1. Our coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 begins at noon with The Coach Curry Show.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Men's basketball team played at Penn State-Hazleton Thursday night. The Huskies held on in a back-&-forth game to wind up with a 79-78 win. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

NBA/Last

In the NBA last night...the Detroit Pistons defeated the Philadelphia 76er's 94 to 76.

 

NFL/Tonight

In the NFL tonight, Miami is at Buffalo.

Wednesday / November 14, 2012


Drugs & Gang Seminar

Illegal drugs... pervasive in our society these days.... and they're showing up more and more in Columbia County. That was a message of a meeting Tuesday night at the Berwick High School organized by Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach. Columbia – Montour President Judge Tom James was on hand... and he said society needs a new national drug policy. Other high profile speakers were on hand for the program... including Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish... and Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold.

 

Student With Knife Disarmed

A 13 – year old Bloomsburg School student faces charges and expulsion from school after allegedly pulling a knife on a teacher. The student or teacher have not been identified by Bloomsburg Police, but the Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that no one was injured... and the girl was taken into custody. Superintendent Cos Curry telling the paper it was nothing more than an isolated incident.

 

Shickshinny Arson

Authorities in Shickshinny are trying to find an arsonist responsible for two pre – dawn Tuesday morning fires. An SUV belonging to the son of the Borough's Mayor went up in flames.... and a short time later... a three – alarm fire breaking out in a vacant home on North Susquehanna Avenue. The Shickshinny fire company requesting help from the Mocanaqua and Berwick fire departments to extinguish. Two other suspicious fire have leveled empty homes in Mocanaqua over the past three weeks.

 

Millard / Caregivers

State Representative David Millard of Millville will hold another in a series of caregiver forums Thursday night near Lightstreet. The forums are designed to provide information dealing with end of life care.... or just the care of an elderly person... and Representative Millard says sometime we don't know where to turn. A panel will be on hand.... not to give legal advice... but rather point out who to turn to in the time of need. The forum to be held at the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging on Sawmill Road near Lightstreet.

 

Veterans Bill

A series of bills dealing with veterans issues have been signed into law by Governor Corbett. One of them... sponsored by State Senator Lisa Baker... a Republican from nearby Luzerne County... calls for $1. 7 - million from the sale of the Scotland School for Veterans Children will help to get the newly – created Veterans Trust Fund started. The fun will provide additional money for veterans programs.

 

Hazleton Arrest

A McAdoo man is in trouble with the law. 27 – year old Justin Anderson was arrested by police after he allegedly smashed the front door of the Lackawanna College in Hazleton Tuesday. Police picking up Anderson at the school at the corner of East Broad and Cedar Streets. He was taken to a hospital to be treated for injuries. Anderson is facing charges of criminal mischief... resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

 

Execution Scheduled

Governor Corbett has signed an execution warrant for a man convicted of murdering four people... including a Schuylkill County woman... back in 1995. The murder spree of 41 - Mark Spotz included killing his brother... June Olinger of Schuylkill County.... a woman in York County.... and a woman in Cumberland County. The Spotz execution is scheduled to take place in early January.

 

Sandusky Request

Jerry Sandusky’s lawyers have asked for a little more time to file briefs supporting the former Penn State assistant football coach’s bid to have child sexual abuse convictions overturned and a new trial granted. Defense attorney Joe Amendola asked Centre County Judge John Cleland for two more weeks past Friday’s deadline to file supporting arguments for Sandusky’s post-sentencing motions. Sandusky was convicted earlier this year of having sex with ten teenaged boys over a 15 – year period of time.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Southern HS Football

Southern Columbia has won 20 District 4 Class A football championships in the past 21 seasons. Friday night, the unbeaten Tigers will try for another when they play once beaten South Williamsport in the District final at Tiger Stadium. Southern Columbia coach Jim Roth is concerned with the Mounties power running game. Friday's District final kicks off at 7 O'clock. You can hear the game on Classic Rock 103.5 starting with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

BU Football

The successful regular season of the Bloomsburg University football team is reflected in the All PSAC team that was released yesterday. Fifteen Huskies were named to the first and second teams, the most of any Eastern Division school. Leading the way was running back Franklyn Quiteh who was a first team selection for the third time. The blockers who helped Quiteh become the conference's leading rusher were well represented- four of the Huskies offensive linemen and tight end Dylan Manni were named all PSAC.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team plays at Penn State -Hazleton tomorrow night at 7 O'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations starts with the Husky Warmup Show at 6:40. The Huskies lost their season opener Saturday against Pitt-Johnstown.

Tuesday / November 13, 2012


Bloomsburg AD Fired

He's gone as the Bloomsburg School Districts Athletic Director... but Bill Perkins will remain as a health and physical education teacher. Perkins... fired by the school board last night... after he signed a ten year contract in May with an Ohio company who secures advertising to be placed at Panther Stadium. But, he failed to get permission from the school board. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... Perkins had the opportunity to approach the board and talk about the deal on at least three occasions... but he didn't. Perkins had been the district's AD for the past 17 years.

 

Council / Airport

The Bloomsburg Town Council is trying to save a long time airport business... but at the same time get the rent money the town is owed. The discussion surfaced Monday night when Kelly Green of Columbia Aircraft came up with a plan to renegotiate the lease with the town since the company couldn't operate for six months after last September's flooding. Mayor Dan Knorr says it will come down to negotiations between the town and the aircraft engine building company. Knorr says the plan centers around for forgiveness for the first six months of rent following the flood... the second six months only paying half the rent...with the rest of the lease, through 2014 negotiable. Council's finance committee will take a look at the proposal when they meet December 5th.

 

Mocanaqua Fire

A second devastating fire of a vacant house in Mocanaqua in less than a month... and that has people in that Luzerne County Borough a bit worried. Our media partner... Newswatch 16... is reporting the latest blaze Monday afternoon at 38 Main Street is only a couple of doors away from the first fire a few weeks ago. The fire destroyed the three – apartment buildings. Firemen from Mocanaqua, Shickshinny and Berwick responded. Now.. a state police fire marshal will be on the scene Tuesday to figure out how the blaze started.

 

Flag Raising

It was an event held at Geisinger campuses around the region... the raising of the American Flag in honor of all veterans. Vietnam era vet Jack Pollard.... and Sam Haynes of the Bloomsburg University Police Department raised the flag during the ceremony at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital. The event taking place near the emergency room entrance to the hospital.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania have stabilized some what. According to the latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report... the price of self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.58 a gallon... holding steady from the weekend... but up a penny over the past week. Overall... gas has dropped thirty – one cents a gallon over the past month.

 

Central / Donations

Donations continue to come in for a new health and wellness center on the Central Columbia School District campus. The latest contribution... amounting to $10,000 came in late last week from the Alexander Family Dealerships. The center... as well as a new track... artificial turf for the football field... and lights for a ball diamond is being funded totally with donations... with no tax dollars involved.

 

Nanticoke Burglaries

Burglars have been busy in Nanticoke... in Luzerne County. Police say five homes along East Union... and South Prospect... as well as South Market and West South Streets have been the targets of burglars. They've made off with a cross – section of consumer electronics. Most of the burglaries have taken place during the daylight and early evening hours.

 

Wilkes – Barre Shooting

Police in Wiles – Barre are looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting in the Sherman Hills Apartment Complex. One man was rushed to the hospital late Sunday afternoon. At least six shots were fired, but police are remaining tight – lipped about how many times the victim was shot... his name or age. The victim now in Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.

 

Railroad Dollars

Twenty-four freight-rail projects across Pennsylvania will improve business rail access, upgrade rail infrastructure and provide much-needed repairs with the aid of a nearly $18.6 million state investment. In Lycoming County... SEDA Cog will received $3.5 million to replace a railroad bridge over Loyalsock Creek that was destroyed as a result of flooding in September of 2011. In Union County... the Lewisburg & Buffalo Creek Railroad will get nearly $88,000 to rehabilitate the railroad's Buffalo Creek Bridge and St. George Street overpass in the Borough of Lewisburg. Okayed earlier this year by the General Assembly.... the grants are administered by PennDOT's Bureau of Rail Freight, Ports and Waterways.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team swept the PSAC Eastern Division player of the week honors. Junior running back Franklyn Quiteh was the offensive player of the week for his 183 yards rushing and four touchdowns against Slippery Rock. Quiteh went over 5000 yards for his career and is now in second place in school history. Sophomore linebacker Justin Shirk was the defensive player of the week for the second straight time. Shirk had a career high 14 tackles including two sacks in that 49-41 win over the Rock. The Huskies completed the regular season with a 10-1 record. This Saturday they will get a chance to avenge their only loss when they play at Shippensburg in an NCAA first round playoff game. That game will start at noon. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 11:30 with The Husky Countdown Show.

 

NFL

In the NFL Monday night... the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 16 to 13 in overtime.  Now... the team is concerned about the health of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger who received a right shoulder injury early in the third quarter...

 

NBA

In the NBA... the Milwaukee Bucks downed the Philadelphia 76er's 105 - 96.

Monday / November 12, 2012


Council / Airport

The Bloomsburg Town Council is trying to save a long time airport business... but at the same time get the rent money the town is owed. The discussion surfaced Monday night when Kelly Green of Columbia Aircraft came up with a plan to renegotiate the lease with the town since the company couldn't operate for six months after last September's flooding. Mayor Dan Knorr says it will come down to negotiations between the town and the aircraft engine building company. Knorr says the plan centers around for forgiveness for the first six months of rent following the flood... the second six months only paying half the rent...with the rest of the lease, through 2014 negotiable. Council's finance committee will take a look at the proposal when they meet December 5th.

 

Flag Raising

A salute to veterans taking place Monday. At the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital... an American flag was raised at the entrance to the emergency room.... honoring vets across the area. Vietnam vet Jack Pollard and Bloomsburg University Police officer Sam Haines preformed the honor. A similar ceremony was performed at the same tie at the Geisinger campus in Danville.

 

Vets Parade

It was a day to remember those soldiers and sailors who gave so much for this country. That was the case Saturday during the annual Bloomsburg Veterans Day parade. As folks lined the streets.... veterans... some from World War Two... and veterans organizations marched down Lightstreet Road... to Main... then to Market Street... led by the Bloomsburg High School Band. There were cheers and applause for those in the line of march. At the Bloomsburg Fire Department.... there was a short program dealing with Veterans Day and what it means to all of us. During the parade... a fly - over took place of several aircraft from Mountain Aviation in Riverside.

 

Drugs / Gangs

The drug trade and related gang activities is a big problem... not only in Columbia and Montour Counties... but everywhere. That word from Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach who plans on holding a seminar on the issue Tuesday night at the Berwick High School. Appearing on a recent edition of the morning buzz... Kovach says the problem effects everyone. A number of local law enforcement personnel will be there... along with at least one Columbia County judge and the district attorney. The program begins at 6 O'clock... at the Berwick High School cafeteria.

 

Greenwood Fire

A state fire marshal will be called in to determine the cause of a blaze which apparently started in a garage... and spread to a home in the 700 – block of the Zaners – Rohrsburg Road in Greenwood Township Sunday afternoon. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition... that the structure is occupied by Chris and Ann Nemchick... and their 3 – year old son. Ann Nemchick was the only person home... spotted the flames and called Columbia County emergency dispatch. No one was injured... but the family is now being assisted by the Red Cross.

 

PPL Susquehanna

Unit 2 at the PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant remains off line Monday morning after it was shut down Friday due to a computer glitch. A utility spokesman says a computer system that controls the reactor's water level was not functioning properly calling for operators to manually shut down the reactor. While the Unit 1 is shut down, employees will will try and figure out the control system malfunction and begin a previously announced turbine blade inspection as part of ongoing efforts to address turbine blade cracking as the plant finalizes long-term solutions. Unit 1 is operating safely and is unaffected by the loss of the system on Unit 2.

 

Butler Township Police

Crime is on the increase in Butler Township... near Hazleton. Police Chief David Pavelko telling the board of supervisors that the problems experienced by Hazleton and Hazle Township are making an impact in his monthly police reports. Pavelko says there were 35 incidents of serious crime in October. To combat the problems... Butler Township hired a full time officer earlier in the year... and approved the purchase of a new police car... and the necessary computer equipment.

 

Rail Investment

Governor Corbett has announced that the state will fund twenty-four freight-rail projects across Pennsylvania. In Luzerne County the Redevelopment Authority is in line to receive $168,000 to rehabilitate seven railroad bridges in Avoca, Kingston and Wilkes-Barre. The move will improve business rail access, upgrade rail infrastructure and provide much-needed repairs.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team is headed for a rematch with Shippensburg. Sunday night the team gathered at Monty's on the upper campus to watch the Division II football selection show on NCAA.com. They found out they will play at Shippensburg this Saturday in a first round NCAA playoff game. It's a rematch of a game played two weeks ago won by Shippensburg 49-42. Both teams will take 10-1 records into Saturday's game. The Huskies ended the regular season Saturday with a 49-41 win at Slippery Rock. Shippensburg suffered their first loss of the season falling to IUP in the PSAC championship game 41-10.

 

NFL Sunday

In the NFL Sunday... the Cincinnati Bengals beating the New York Giants 31-13... the Dallas Cowboys downed the Philadelphia Eagles 38 to 23... and it was the Seattle Seahawks over the New York Jets 28 to 7.

 

NFL Tonight

Tonight the Pittsburgh Steelers are at home against the Kansas City Chiefs.

 

What's Happening Sunday November 11, 2012


Town Hill United Methodist Church is celebrating their anniversary this morning and invite you out for gospel music at 9:00 AM.

 

It's gift card bingo today...it's 20 games for $20.00, and each game has a $100 gift card prize. Games start at 2:00 PM at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall.

 

Bloomsburg University Community Orchestra has a performance this afternoon at 2:30 PM in Mitrani Hall on the BU Campus.


Wesley United Methodist Church invites you to a handbell concert this afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

Benton British Cars is meeting today at 3:00 PM at Strevigs Restaurant in Benton.

 

The Skate Park of Bloomsburg is proud to bring the only Central Pennsylvania screening of “The Bones Brigade” today at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds go to re-build the Bloomsburg Skate Park fund.

 

Catawissa First United Methodist Church is hosting a hymn sing today at 3:00 PM...there is no charge.

 

The annual Night of Giving at the Columbia Mall is happening tonight starting at 6:00 PM to benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership.

 

And coming up on Tuesday night at Berwick High School there will be a drug and gang awareness event being organized by Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach. It's in the Berwick High School Cafeteria from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday night.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

The Bloomsburg High School football team tried to avenge their season-opening loss as they played South Williamsport in the first round of D4 Class A playoffs Friday. The Panthers were unable to pull out the win; the final was 32-16 South Williamsport.  In the other Class A semifinal, Southern Columbia remains unbeaten with a 28-21 win against Line Mountain. In the District 4 Class AA playoffs Friday night, Danville beat Loyalsock 31-6 and Central Columbia fell to Mount Carmel 17-0.

 

Saturday's Game

Saturday afternoon at Crispin Field, Berwick played Dallas in a District 2 Class AAA semifinal. Berwick took the victory in that game 21-7. They will face Abington Heights in the Final.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday Bloomsburg University ended the regular season with a 49-41 win at Slippery Rock, a game the Huskies needed to clinch an NCAA playoff spot.

 

You can hear all the details from Saturday's action in the WHLM Stadurday Sports Report:

 

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Women's basketball team opened the season Friday afternoon against Chestnut Hill at Nelson Field House. The Huskies took a decisive 84-54 win in that game.

What's Happening Saturday November 10, 2012


The Bloomsburg Veterans Day Parade is scheduled for today followed by a meal for Veterans at the Fire Hall.

 

Stillwater Christian Church will host a non-profit world fair trade gift expo featuring handmade items from around the world...the sale continues today until 2:00 PM.

 

There's a craft Bazaar at the Potts Grove Fire Hall today.

 

Catawissa Christian Church is taking donations today for the victims of hurricane sandy. Drop off your donations at the church located on Main Street in Catawissa.

 

Holy Family Convent in Danville will host their annual Spaghetti Dinner this afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

 

The Men of Wesley United Methodist Church are hosting a Roast Beef Dinner today from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. The church is at Third and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

Boy Scout Troop #44 from Lime Ridge is hosting a ravioli and meatball dinner at the Lighthouse in Lightstreet today. Serving is from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose is hosting a comedy night tonight at 6:00 PM...tickets are available at the door.

 

Elysburg Alliance Church will offer a contemporary worship service tonight at 6:30 PM.

 

Join the fun at Brewsburg, formerly Oktoberfest, from 7:00 to 11:00 PM tonight at the Moose Exchange in Downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church is celebrating their anniversary tomorrow morning and invite you out for gospel music at 9:00 AM.

 

It's gift card bingo tomorrow...it's 20 games for $20.00, and each game has a $100 gift card prize. Games start at 2:00 PM at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall.

 

Bloomsburg University Community Orchestra has a performance tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 PM in Mitrani Hall on the BU Campus.


Wesley United Methodist Church invites you to a handbell concert tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

Benton British Cars is meeting tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM at Strevigs Restaurant in Benton.

 

The Skate Park of Bloomsburg is proud to bring the only Central Pennsylvania screening of “The Bones Brigade” tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds go to re-build the Bloomsburg Skate Park fund.

 

Catawissa First United Methodist Church is hosting a hymn sing tomorrow at 3:00 PM...there is no charge.

 

The annual Night of Giving at the Columbia Mall is happening tomorrow night starting at 6:00 PM to benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership.

 

And coming up on Tuesday night at Berwick High School there will be a drug and gang awareness event being organized by Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach. It's in the Berwick High School Cafeteria from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday night.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

The Bloomsburg High School football team tried to avenge their season-opening loss as they played South Williamsport in the first round of D4 Class A playoffs Friday. The Panthers were unable to pull out the win; the final was 32-16 South Williamsport.  In the other Class A semifinal, Southern Columbia remains unbeaten with a 28-21 win against Line Mountain. In the District 4 Class AA playoffs Friday night, Danville beat Loyalsock 31-6 and Central Columbia fell to Mount Carmel 17-0.

 

Saturday's Game

Saturday afternoon at Crispin Field, Berwick played Dallas in a District 2 Class AAA semifinal. Berwick took the victory in that game 21-7. They will face Abington Heights in the Final.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday Bloomsburg University ended the regular season with a 49-41 win at Slippery Rock, a game the Huskies needed to clinch an NCAA playoff spot.

 

You can hear all the details from Saturday's action in the WHLM Stadurday Sports Report:

 

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Women's basketball team opened the season Friday afternoon against Chestnut Hill at Nelson Field House. The Huskies took a decisive 84-54 win in that game.

Friday / November 9, 2012


Unit 2 Shut Down at Susquehanna

Operators at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant safely shut down the Unit 2 reactor Friday because a computer system that controls the reactor's water level was not functioning properly. Operators manually shut down the reactor when they identified the malfunction and plant systems responded as designed. Susquehanna employees are investigating the reason for the loss of the computer system. While the unit is shut down, employees will address the control system malfunction and begin a previously announced turbine blade inspection as part of ongoing efforts to address turbine blade cracking as the plant finalizes long-term solutions. Unit 1 is operating safely and is unaffected by the loss of the system on Unit 2.

 

YMCA Donation

The Bloomsburg YMCA was the recipient Thursday of the generosity of Lycoming County – based new car dealership group. The Alexander Family Group group... with a location in Espy... coming through with a $25,000 donation for “the Y.” Cleve Hummel... the Y's Chief Volunteer Officer... says the donated dollars goes a long way. Dealership founder Blaise Alexander says it all comes down to keeping people healthy. Also receiving a $10,000 donation was Central Columbia School Superintendent Harry Mathias. He says the money will be earmarked for their health and wellness complex at the school's Old Berwick Road campus.

 

Berwick Man Jailed

A 24 – year old Berwick man remains lodged at the Northumberland County Jail after he faced a preliminary hearing earlier this week. Justin Cressinger of West Front Street in Berwick was pulled over last week by a Ralpho Township police officer. But when cops went to place the cuffs on him... Cressinger escaped... leading to a massive manhunt across Elysburg and Ralpho Township. He was captured a couple of hours later at the home of 19 – year old Brittney Anecki. She's facing a long list of charges... including concealing a fugitive.

 

Bloomsburg Area Schools

Officials with the Bloomsburg Area School District held a public meeting Thursday night dealing with testing and what will be required to graduate a few years down the road. In essence... Superintendent Cos Curry... appearing on the WHLM Morning Buzz... says it comes down to passing a minimum requirement test... some of it still in the proposal stage. Curry says it's part of the federal “no child left behind” program.

 

Whites Church Bridge

Another piece of flood recovery in Columbia County. One of the bridges lost during the September 2011 flooding is now opened to traffic. The new Whites Church Road Bridge is fully functional. The previous 28 – foot long bridge over Deer Lick Run... near Mt. Pleasant Road was heavily damage during the flood. Finishing touches... such as guardrails... will be installed at a later date.

 

Millard Senior Forum

State Representative David Millard of Millville... is holding a senior caregiver support forum next Thursday at the Columbia – Montour Aging Office on Sawmill Road... near Lightstreet. The forum is designed to give local residents... serving as caregivers for seniors... awareness of resources that are available. Millard says many people are thrust into the roll of a caregiver... at times with little or no preparation.

 

Hazleton Schools

We told you last week about the roof being ripped off the Hazleton Area Ninth Grade Center due to Superstorm Sandy. Now, we're happy to report the holes have been temporarily patched... and there are oversized dehumidifier's blowing air through the 12 classrooms affected. Superintendent Francis Antonelli says the kids should be back in the classrooms after the Thanksgiving Holiday break.

 

Pallet Company

An unknown... U.S. - based pallet rental service company will soon set up in the Humboldt Industrial Park... near Hazleton. The move will create 40 new jobs... in nearly 99 – thousand square feet of space.

Word of the company comes from Mericle Commercial Real Estate. The company provides pallet service to grocery... warehouse... club and discount retails in the US, Canada and Mexico.

 

Wilkes – Barre Jobs

We should know by the end of Friday... who stays as a Wilkes – Barre city worker... and who goes. The city is facing a 2 million dollar budget crunch and the administration of Mayor Tom Leighton asked 300 employees to accept furloughs through the end of the year. There weren't many takers... so Leighton's staff will pick and choose who stays on the job... and who hits the bricks. An announcement is forthcoming late Friday as to how to maintain service... but with less people.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

The Bloomsburg High School football team tried to avenge their season-opening loss as they played South Williamsport in the first round of D4 Class A playoffs Friday. The Panthers were unable to pull out the win; the final was 32-16 South Williamsport.  In the other Class A semifina, Southern Columbia remains unbeaten with a 28-21 win against Line Mountain. In the District 4 Class AA playoffs Friday night, Danville beat Loyalsock 31-6 and Central Columbia fell to Mount Carmel 17-0.

 

You can hear all the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday Night Sports Update:

 

 

Saturday's Game

Saturday afternoon at Crispin Field, Berwick plays Dallas in a District 2 Class AAA semifinal in a game that begins at 1 O'clock. You can hear that match-up on Classic Rock 103.5 starting with The Coach Curry Show at noon.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday Bloomsburg University ends the regular season with a game at Slippery Rock, a game the Huskies need to clinch an NCAA playoff spot. You can hear that contest on the WHLM Stations beginning with the Husky Countdown Show at 12:30.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University Women's basketball team opened the season Friday afternoon against Chestnut Hill at Nelson Field House. The Huskies took a decisive 84-54 win in that game. The Husky Men's team officially opens their season tomorrow at 3 at the Nelson Field House.

 

NFL

In Thursday night football.... Indianapolis downed Jacksonville 27 to 10.

 

Thursday / November 8, 2012


YMCA / Central Donation

A pretty healthy donation for the Bloomsburg YMCA.... a $25,000 boost from the Alexander car dealership group. Blaise Alexander... who got his start in the car business near Elysburg... says it all comes down to the health and wellness of people. Executive Director Roger Brown says the donation is earmarked for remodeling the room used for the Zuma program... and a couple of other items as well. The Alexander Family Group also donated $10,000 to the Central Columbia School District for it's new health and wellness center on Old Berwick Road. Superintendent Harry Mathias says the money will be put into a new six lane, all – weather track... artificial turf for the football field and lights for a heavily used baseball stadium.

 

Berwick Man

A 24 – year old Berwick man remains lodged at the Northumberland County Jail after he faced a preliminary hearing this week. Justin Cressinger of W. Front Street in Berwick was pulled over last week by a Ralpho Township police officer. But when cops went to place the cuffs on him... Cressinger escaped... leading to a massive manhunt across Elysburg. He was captured a couple of hours later at the home of 19 – year old Brittney Anecki. She's facing a long list of charges... including concealing a fugitive.

 

Pallet Company

An unknown... U.S. - based pallet rental service company will soon set up in the Humboldt Industrial Park... near Hazleton. The move will create 40 new jobs... in nearly 99,000 square feet of space. Word of the company comes from Mericle Commercial Real Estate. The company provides pallet services to grocery... warehouse... club and discount retails in the US, Canada and Mexico.

 

Husband of TV Anchor Arrested

The husband of a Channel 16 anchor has been arrested by police... charged with the alleged sexual abuse of a minor. 52 – year old Mark Kandel of Peckville... in Lackawanna County... is the husband of Channel 16 anchor Marisa Burke... originally from Riverside. Kandel is charged with criminal solicitation... and sexting a 17 – year old boy. During a perp walk in Scranton on Wednesday... he remained silent and didn't talk with reporters. If you recall... back in 2008 Kandel pleaded guilty to giving alcohol to minors.

 

Graham Spanier

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was arraigned and released on bail at a brief court appearance near Harrisburg Wednesday. He's charged with lying about and concealing child sex abuse allegations involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Spanier signed paperwork after his bail was set at $125,000, but he was not required to post any of that amount. He was ordered to forfeit his passport and be fingerprinted. He didn't enter a plea. No word when his trial will take place.

 

Steam Electric Station

Unit 1 at PPL's Susquehanna nuclear power plant... north of Berwick in Luzerne County is back on line Thursday morning. That.. after completing a turbine blade inspection. The inspection found signs of cracking on a small number of turbine blades... confirming data from diagnostic equipment install earlier this year. The bad blades were replaced. Meantime... Unit 2 will be shut down in the near future for a similar inspection.

 

Mt. Carmel Fire

Fire investigators are trying to figure out what started a blaze Wednesday morning in some row homes in the 200 block of Second street in Mt. Carmel. The fire tossed three families out into the street. The fire ripped through a double home at 244 and 246 East Second Street... as well as at 252 East Second. A third home at 248 East second sustained smoke damage. Mt. Carmel firemen got help from crews from as far away as Frackville and Sunbury.... and as well as Catawissa to help bring the four alarm fire under control.

 

Election Night

Taking a backward glance following Tuesday's general election. For many... it was one of the smoothest run elections in memory. And Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says election day went as planned. But the only hitch came from a person identifying himself as a lawyer... questioning the low voter turnout in Centralia. There are only nine registered voters in Centralia ... with only six casting a ballot. Many moving out of the boro over the last generation due to a continuing mine fire.

 

Skateboard Park

A dedicated group of skateboard enthusiasts are doing their part in constructing a park adjacent to the Bloomsburg town pool. Travis Creveling is one of those individuals. He appeared on the Wednesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... saying the new skateboard park will be constructed of concrete. Meantime... the group is planning a fundraiser on Sunday at the Moose Exchange on Main Street in Bloomsburg. They'll be showing a yet to be released documentary featuring one of the first major skateboard teams in the nation.

 

Alleged Embezzlement

A 51 – year old woman has been arrested by Nanticoke police after they filed theft charges against a former Luzerne County Community College official. Janet Griffith of Newport Township faces a minimum of three county of theft for allegedly embezzling $16,000. At one time Griffith was the secretary of the college's Public Safety Training Institute. She was arraigned and is free on her own recognizance.

 

Mt. Top Fire

A Fairveiw Township woman... has died of burns received in a fire at her Glen Summit home earlier this week. 44 – year old Tracey Zero died at the Lehigh Valley Hospital burn unit. Her husband... Chris Zero remains in critical condition... after they were found in the bedroom of their home. Authorities are still trying to figure out what caused the fire.

 

Bridge Work

It may be slow going Wednesday in the westbound lane of Interstate 80... between the Mifflinville and Berwick interchanges. A PennDOT spokesman says the right lane will be closed on the new bridge crossing the Susquehanna River as work is preformed to remove the wall on the old westbound bridge.  The two bridges are close together and the contractor wants to make sure a shield is in place to prevent flying pieces of concrete from hitting cars. It's the last scheduled day of the project... and it should be wrapped by late this afternoon.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Needing a win to clinch an NCAA playoff berth, the Bloomsburg University football team plays at Slippery Rock Saturday afternoon in the Huskies regular season finale. The Rock is led by quarterback Nigel Barksdale. It's a player Huskies' coach Danny Hale will keep an eye on. Bloomsburg at Slippery Rock kicks off Saturday at 1 0'clock. Our coverage on the whlm stations begins at 12:30 with The Husky Countdown Show.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's and women's basketball teams open the regular season at home this weekend. Friday afternoon at 4, the women's team plays Chestnut Hill. You can hear that game on the WHLM Stations beginning with the pregame show at 3:40. The men's team plays Pitt-Johnstown Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock.

 

NFL Thursday

Thursday night in the NFL.... Indianapolis is at Jacksonville.

Wednesday / November 7, 2012


 

 

 

TV Anchor's Husband Arrested

The husband of a Channel 16 anchor has been arrested by police... charged with the alleged sexual abuse of a minor. 52 – year old Mark Kandel of Peckville... in Lackawanna County... is the husband of Channel 16 anchor Marisa Burke. Kandel is charged with criminal solicitation... and communication with a minor. During a perp walk in Scranton on Wednesday... he remained silent. If you recall... back in 2008 Kandel pleaded guilty to giving alcohol to minors.

 

Mt. Carmel Fire

Fire investigators are trying to figure out what started a blaze Wednesday morning in some row homes in the 2 – hundred block of Second Street in Mt. Carmel. The fire ripped through a double home at 244 and 246 East Second Street... as well as at 252 East Second. A third home at 248 East second sustained smoke damage. Mt. Carmel firemen got help from crews from as far away as Frackville and Sunbury.... as well as southern Columbia County... including Catawissa... to help bring the four alarm fire under control.

 

Bridge Work

It may be slow going Thursday in the westbound lane of Interstate 80... between the Mifflinville and Berwick interchanges. A PennDOT spokesman says the right lane will be closed on the new bridge crossing the Susquehanna River as work is preformed to remove the wall on the old westbound bridge.

The two bridges are close together and the contractor wants to make sure a shield is in place to prevent flying pieces of concrete from hitting cars. It's the last scheduled day of the project... and it should be wrapped by late this afternoon.

 

Election Recap

He gave it a good shot... but Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr came up a bit short in his bid to unseat incumbent Republican David Millard in the 109th house district... representing most of Columbia County. With Tuesday's huge voter turnout... Knorr was able to muster about 45% of the vote... compared to Millard's 54%. Whatever the case... Millard said he didn't take the Knorr candidacy lightly. Voter turnout was a big factor in Tuesday's election. Data supplied by Columbia County Clerk Gail Kipp shows nearly 62% of registered voters in the county cast a ballot at 42 precincts.

 

Masser / Yeager

Republican State Representative Kurt Masser was re-elected to a second two-year term to represent the 107th District. Complete, but unofficial results show Masser with nearly 12,000 votes compared to the 8,900 received by democratic challenger Ted Yeager. The 107th district includes all of Montour County and parts of Northumberland and Columbia counties.

 

Tarah Toohil

Incumbent Republican Tarah Toohil defeated long – time Butler Township supervisor Ransom Young in her re-election bid for the 116th Legislative District which includes the Hazleton area. Toohil defeated Young by a two to one margin. Her priorities... attempting to attract jobs to her district.

 

Barletta

11th district congressman Lou Barletta won reelection to a second term in office. With complete, but unofficial returns... Barletta led Democratic challenger Gene Stilp 58% to 41%. Barletta outperformed Stilp in all nine counties in the reconfigured district which stretches from Luzerne.... south along the west side of the Susquehanna River.. through Columbia.... to the Maryland state line.

 

Blood Drives

With Hurricane Sandy a distant memory these days.... the damage left behind does linger... especially for the American Red Cross up and down the east coast. Sue Norton of the Bloomsburg Chapter says the storm disrupted more than 300 blood drives... but left the organization an estimated 12,000 units short of blood. Ms. Norton telling us they make up the shortfall with local blood drives. Looking for a blood drive in your neighborhood.... just go to the “calendar” section of www.whlm.com.

 

Vets Parade

Saluting our veterans.... for Veterans Day. That's the cause for a parade Saturday morning in Bloomsburg. Kate Levan is coordinating the event. She says the parade forms at 9 O'clock in the parking lot of Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital... and steps off an hour later. The route of march has the parade coming out of the parking lot... down Lightstreet Road... onto Main Street... taking a left at Market... ending at the Bloomsburg Fire Department. In past years... hundreds of people have lined Main and Market Streets in Bloomsburg as they honor the veterans who served in the nation's armed forces.

 

Wilkes - Barre Superintendent

The City of Wilkes – Barre has a new school superintendent. Bernard Prevuznak replaces Jeff Namey. The vote for the hiring was 5 to 4. Prevuznak is a long time art teacher.... and served as a deputy under former superintendent Namey.

 

Plant Closing

A Schuylkill County business is calling it quits after more than 1 hundred years. Fessler U-S-A... a clothing manufacturer near Orwigsburg has closed it's doors for good. Many of the 130 employees are now out of a job. The owners of the plant blame the national economy for it's downfall. Fessler U-S-A has been around since 1899.

 

Northumberland Murder

Investigators in Northumberland County are calling the death of an 80 – year old woman “suspicious.” Now... they're looking for the woman's 55 – year old son. They say Vennie Boyles died inside her Park Lane home in Milton over the weekend. Not seen since... is her son... Mark Boyles. Investigators are calling him a “person of interest” in the case.

 

WHLM Sports

Berwick / Dallas

When the Berwick High School football team plays Dallas Saturday at Crispin Field in a District 2 AAA semifinal, it will be a rematch of a game Berwick won 50-14 on September 14th. Dallas has won seven straight games since that defeat. Mountaineers' coach Bob Zaruta says he believes the team can win the rematch. The Dallas at Berwick game kicks off Saturday at 1 O'clock. Coverage on Class Rock 103.5 begins at noon with The Coach Curry Show. Saturday's other semifinal is Valley View at Abington Heights.

 

Bloomsburg / South Williamsport

Bloomsburg lost its season opener at South Williamsport. Friday night... the Panthers will try to avenge that loss when they play at South Williamsport in a District 4 Class A semfinal. You can hear that game on the WHLM Stations. Our coverage begins at 6 with The Friday Football Commute. Friday's other semifinal is Line Mountain at Southern Columbia.

 

HS Soccer

In high school soccer Tuesday... In a girls Class AA first round state playoff game... Trinity tops Berwick 2 to nothing. Trinity now moves on to Saturday's quarterfinal where they'll meet Moon. In a boys Class A first round state playoff game Greenwood defeated Benton 1 to 0.

Election Results


Election Recap

Election day 2012 is in the history books... and in Columbia County... there were winners and loosers. In one of the hotly contested races... this one for the 109th state house seat... incumbent Republican David Millard retains his seat... defeating Democratic Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr. Millard... capturing 54 percent of the complete, but unofficial vote. For Dan Knorr... it's back to work in Wednesday  morning... and back to Town Hall as Mayor. Columbia County voting officials say out of 39,883 registered voters.... 61 – percent... or 24,631 people cast a ballot.

 

Barletta Reelected

11th district congressman Lou Barletta won relection to a second term in office.

With complete, but unofficial returns... Barletta led Democratic challenger Gene Stilp 58 to 41%. Barletta outperformed Stilp in all nine counties in the reconfigured district which stretches from Luzerne.... south along the west side of the Susquehanna River.. through Columbia.... to the Maryland state line.

 

Tarah Toohil

Incumbent Republican Tarah Toohil defeated long – time Butler Township supervisor Ransom Young in her re-election bid for the 116th Legislative Disctirt which includes the Hazleton area. Toohil defeated Young by a two to one margin. Her priorities... attempting to attract jobs to her district.

 

More on the WHLM Morning Buzz beginning at 6 AM / Eastern.

 

Tuesday / November 6, 2012


Election Day

It's election day across Columbia and Montour counties... as well as across the state and nation. The polls open at 7 O'clock. The big interest in this year's voting... is the run for President... with President Obama and Mitt Romney either showing up or sending representatives to northeastern PA. In Columbia County... Chief Registrar Matt Rapasky says registration numbers between Democrats and Republicans are evenly divide at an estimated 17,000 thousand apiece.... while voters registered as independent or third party checking in with an estimated 5,900. The polls remain open until 8 O'clock tonight.

 

Bloomsburg Apartment Fire

An apartment fire on Bloomsburg's Main Street early Tuesday morning. The fire department responding to a second story apartment at 134 West Main Street around midnight when smoke alarms sounded and someone spotted smoke coming from the building. Deputy Bloomsburg Fire Chief Scott McBride said he started waking up volunteer when he called for a second alarm. That brought Espy and Montour Township firemen to the scene... as well as a truck from the Berwick Fire Department. Cause of the fire remains under investigation.

 

Career Fair

An estimated 1,000 students will be at Milton High School tomorrow (Wednesday) for the annual Central PA Career Fair. This year's fair is organized by the Milton School District and the Central PA Chamber of Commerce Business and Education Association.... so says the Chamber's Jeff Shaffer. Shaffer says an estimated 50 post – secondary schools, businesses and organizations will be on hand to share local career options.

 

Bicentennial

The 200th anniversary of Columbia County will soon be upon us. As a matter of fact... the weekend of March 22nd and 23rd of next year... are the two days set aside to honor the County's 200th birthday. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Bicentennial chairman Dave Kovach says there's a huge parade on tap for Saturday, March 23rd.  It begins at the Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital parking lot... then steps off... down Lightstreet Road.... the full length of Main Street ending at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. There will be fun and food in the afternoon... with fireworks at dusk.

 

Hazleton Taxes

If you live in Hazleton... and you own property... you could be in for a pretty hefty tax increase. Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi has presented city council with his budget.... and it includes a proposed 60% tax increase... due to offset revenue losses... and to put more dollars into police spending. Under Yannuzzi's proposal... a person who owns a home valued at $93,000... would pay an estimated $139 – extra a year... on top of the $289 – they paid in 2012. Members of council will take a look at the Mayor's proposed budget... making cuts to allow more affordable living for Hazleton area residents.

 

Northumberland Murder

Investigators in Northumberland County are calling the death of an 80 – year old woman “suspicious.” Now... they're looking for the woman's 55 – year old son. They say Vennie Boyles died inside her Park Lane home in Milton over the weekend. Not seen since... is her son... Mark Boyles. Investigators are calling him a “person of interest” in the case.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices are falling noticeably all across northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report shows that self – service, unleaded regular is averaging $3.57 a gallon. That's down a penny from the weekend... off three cents from last Monday... and down 36 – cents from a month ago. The reason.... lower crude oil prices, a big price drop in pump prices in California and Hurricane Sandy.

 

Berwick Fire Folo

Still no word as to what caused that fire in a vacant house in the 300 block of Vine Street in Berwick Sunday evening. A state police fire marshal spent Monday going through the rubble at 347 Pine. As of now... that Sunday night fire in Berwick is labeled “suspicious."

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

For the second week in a row, a Bloomsburg University linebacker is the PSAC Eastern Division defensive player of the week. Last week it was senior Jarett Pidgeon. This week it's sophomore Justin Shirk who had a career high 14 tackles and a forced fumble in Saturday's 24-23 win over West Chester. The Huskies remain in 4th place in the Super Region One rankings. They can clinch an NCAA playoff spot and a likely first round home game if they can win at Slippery Rock on Saturday in the regular season finale.

 

NFL

In Monday night football...the Philadelphia Eagles fell to the New Orleans Saints 28 – 13.

 

NBA

In the NBA last night...The New York Knicks defeated the Philadelphia 76er's 110 – 88.

 

 

Monday / November 5, 2012


PPL Update

Allentown – based PPL Electric Utilities has restored about 99% of it's customers left without juice due to Hurricane Sandy. However.... a utility spokesperson said the 5,000 subscribers still in the dark... should have their power back on sometime Monday. Most areas of concern are in Northampton and Lehigh Counties.... as well as the Poconos. During the height of Sandy... and estimated 400,000 homes and businesses were without power.

 

Election Day

Just one more day until we go to the polls to make our choice for President... Congress... State Senator and Representative. Also... Monday is the day that voting machines are delivered to 42 precincts across Columbia County. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says the machines are sealed... but what happens when poll workers arrive Tuesday morning?  Repasky says poll workers check the seals to make sure they're still in place. Polls open at 7 O'clock Tuesday morning. Repasky says Republican and Democratic registration is about equal at 17 thousand for each party... with an estimated 59 – hundred registered as independent or third party voters.

 

Berwick Fire

A State Police fire marshal is being called in to determine the cause of last night's blaze in a vacant home in the 300 block of Vine Street in Berwick. The flames were discovered around 8 O'clock Sunday night forcing neighbors out into the street... as the temperatures started to slide. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition that Berwick fire officials says they believe the blaze is “suspicious.”  It's the second time in the past week a vacant building has gone up in flames in the 300 block of Vine Street in Berwick.

 

Bloomsburg Budget

The second in a series of budget workshops for the Town of Bloomsburg will be held later this month. The 2013 proposed budget is currently pegged at $5.1 – million dollars... an estimated million dollars over the current spending plan. But that includes a department heads wish list that won't see the light of day in the final proposal. However, Town Administrator Bill Lowthart says one big ticket item is painting town hall. One estimate has come in at $133,000 which includes the painting of the three story building and a lot of work to fix deteriorating woodwork. The next town budget meeting is scheduled for November 14 at 5 PM.

 

Bridge Work

There will be more roadwork this week in the westbound lanes of Interstate 80 between the Mifflinville and Berwick exits. Starting Tuesday... the westbound right lane will be closed on the new bridge over the Susquehanna River so crews can remove the parapet of the old westbound bridge. The reason... the bridges are close together... so there is a potential of flying debris. The operation begins at 7 AM and ends at 5 PM.

 

Luzerne Budget

The Luzerne County Council will have an opportunity to take a look at the county's proposed $122 – million dollar budget for 2013 on Monday. The numbers are the same for this year's budget.... and it calls for no tax increases... keeping the tax rate at an estimated $523 for each $100,000 of assessed valuation. The County Council has between now and the middle of December to approve the plan.

 

Campaigning

Some last minute political campaigning will take place Monday in the Wyoming Valley. Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuilani will be at Republican Headquarter on Main Street in South Wilkes – Barre. He'll appear with U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith. Also scheduled to be there are US Senator Pat Toomey... and David Freed... a candidate for State Attorney General.

 

More Campaigning

There is some last minute campaigning tonight for President Obama. Former President Bill Clinton will make a stop at the Scranton High School Monday night. Doors open at 7:30... and you must have a ticket to get in.

 

Slot Revenue

Gross revenue from slot machines at the state’s 11 casinos was down 4.4% last month from the same period a year ago, a decline blamed in part on the effects of Superstorm Sandy. The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is reporting that gross slots revenue at the state’s 11 casinos last month totaled $188.4 - million, down from $197.2 - million during the same period in 2011 — when just 10 casinos were open. The decline marked just the fourth time since the state’s first casino opened in 2006 that monthly slots revenue was down.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team kept its playoff hopes alive with Saturday's 24-23 win over West Chester. It was the 212th career win for head coach Danny Hale which moves him into a tie for second with the late Dr. Gene Carpenter of Millersville for career wins by PSAC coaches. The Huskies end the regular season Saturday afternoon at Slippery Rock.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team played an exhibition game yesterday against Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. WHLM's Jim Doyle said the Syracuse Orangemen defeated the Bloomsburg Husky's 103 to 60. The Huskies open the regular season Saturday afternoon at home against Pitt-Johnstown. That game will begin at 3 o'clock. You'll hear all the action on the WHLM Stations.

 

NFL

In the NFL Sunday.... the Pittsburgh Steelers defeating the New York Giants 24 to 20. Monday night the Philadelphia Eagles play the Saints in New Orleans.

Here's What's Happening Sunday November 4, 2012


PPL Update

PPL Electric Utilities is pouring more and more manpower into eastern Pennsylvania as the final push continues this weekend to repair the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy. Approximately 600 additional line workers, now finished working in other areas of the PPL Electric Utilities service territory, arrived Friday and Saturday to supplement the existing army of repair crews. The additional manpower brings the total workforce in the eastern part of the state to 2,500. While power is now restored to more than 85 percent of the PPL Electric Utilities customers affected by the massive storm, the utility’s commitment to getting the lights back on as safely and as quickly as possible until the last customer is restored will not waver. As of late Saturday afternoon... In Columbia County... all subscribers now have power... restoring 3,808 customers since Monday. There are 39 outages in Montour County... located in West Hemlock and Mahoning Townships. Overall more than 382,000 customers have had service restored since Sandy hit Monday. About 58,000 customers remained out of service across the utility’s 10,000-square-miles service territory as of midday Saturday.

 

Barletta Request

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton has sent a letter to President Obama asking that the federal pre-landfall disaster declaration for Pennsylvania be expanded to include reimbursement for emergency protective measures taken before superstorm Sandy hit the commonwealth. President Obama signed an emergency declaration for Pennsylvania on Monday, October 29th, in response to Governor Tom Corbett’s request of Sunday, October 28th.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Football
Bloomsburg / Central

Bloomsburg and Central Columbia ended the regular season by renewing their neighborhood rivalry Friday night at Redman Stadium on the BU campus. The game ended in a 34-12 Bloomsburg victory.

Berwick / Hazleton
Berwick exteneded their record to 9-1 after beating Hazleton 49-7 at Crispin Field on Friday night.

Other Games
Danville defeated Selinsgrove 24-14 in a Heartland Conference Division I Championship... and Southern Columbia trounced Warrior Run 50-19. Saturday afternoon Columbia Montour Vo - Tech is at home against Pius X.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday afternoon, the Huskies of Bloomsburg University played West Chester in a game at Redman Stadium. The Golden Rams never led in the game that ended in a 24-23 BU win. You can hear all the details from the game with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team lost an exhibition game to Towson University 87-65 last night in Maryland. On Sunday, the Huskies play at Syracuse in a game that starts at 4. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with The Husky Warmup Show at 3:40.

Here's What's Happening Saturday November 3, 2012


Take part in the Danville Area Community Center’s 17th annual 5K today.  Proceeds from the race benefit the DACC’s sponsorship program.

 

The Children’s Museum is hosting a family fun run today.  It starts at the Bloomsburg Public Library and ends at the Museum.  The town will have Market Street from pine Avenue to 7th Street in Bloomsburg temporarily closed for the run.

 

In Berwick it’s the 4th annual Run for the Cause starting at Fuel Fitness.

 

The Columbia Mall is hosting the free to breath walk put on by Team Haney for the National Lung Cancer Partnership today.

 

There’s a blood drive today at the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation…they are located on West Front Street in Berwick.

 

Support the Central Columbia Football Boosters at their annual craft show today.  They have over seventy vendors set up at the school…located on Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg.

 

St. Matthew Lutheran Church on North Market Street in Bloomsburg has their third annual fair trade fair today at the church.  This year’s proceeds benefit the Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine.

 

Mahoning Presbyterian Church’s fall bazaar is today.  They have plants, crafts, jewelry, and food…the church is located at the corner of East Mahoning and Ferry Streets in Danville.

 

Another bazaar at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Grovania today…with crafts, and homemade soup sandwiches and ice cream.

 

If you’re hungry tonight you can stop by St. Paul’s Straub Lutheran Church for a family style roast beef dinner.  Serving is from 3:00 to 6:30 PM, and take outs are available.  The church is on Frosty Valley Road in Danville.

 

It’s Murder Mystery Theater tonight at the Moose Exchange in Downtown Bloomsburg with “Greased.”  Doors open at 6:30 PM.

 

The Columbia Montour Barbershoppers are celebrating “45 Years of Harmony” tonight at the Central Columbia High School Auditorium.  To get your tickets today call 387-7918.  The show starts promptly at 7:59 PM.

 

And, tomorrow Fabulous Felines Cat Rescue will host Vera Bradley Bingo at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall.  Doors open at 12:30 PM, and games begin at 2:00 PM.  It’s twenty games for twenty dollars…refreshments will be available.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Football
Bloomsburg / Central

Bloomsburg and Central Columbia ended the regular season by renewing their neighborhood rivalry Friday night at Redman Stadium on the BU campus. The game ended in a 34-12 Bloomsburg victory.

Berwick / Hazleton
Berwick exteneded their record to 9-1 after beating Hazleton 49-7 at Crispin Field on Friday night.

Other Games
Danville defeated Selinsgrove 24-14 in a Heartland Conference Division I Championship... and Southern Columbia trounced Warrior Run 50-19. Saturday afternoon Columbia Montour Vo - Tech is at home against Pius X.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday afternoon, the Huskies of Bloomsburg University played West Chester in a game at Redman Stadium. The Golden Rams never led in the game that ended in a 24-23 BU win. You can hear all the details from the game with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team lost an exhibition game to Towson University 87-65 last night in Maryland. On Sunday, the Huskies play at Syracuse in a game that starts at 4. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with The Husky Warmup Show at 3:40.

Friday / November 2, 2012


 

 

PPL Outage Update

PPL Utilities continues to make power restoration progress in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, with 75 percent of affected customers now back in service. Utility officials said the goal remains to restore power to 80 to 85 percent of all affected customers across its system by 11 PM Friday night... and to have the lights back on for all — including the Lehigh Valley, parts of Bucks and Montgomery counties, the Poconos and northeast Pennsylvania — by 11 PM Sunday. As of late Friday afternoon.... 47 subscribers remain without power... mostly on a line north of I – 80. Only two subscribers in Montour County don't have any power. The Poconos and Lehigh County remain the biggest area to restore the power.

 

Luzerne Power

The folks who supply power to part of Luzerne County says they've restored service to all 17 – thousand customers left in the dark by Hurricane Sandy. UGI Electric says the juice was restored Thursday afternoon. PPL says it's taking care of its customers... of the 24.000 left in the dark by the storm... many have had the power restored with only 378 outages as of Friday morning.

 

Storm Assessment

So how did Columbia County make out during this weeks storm. If you're county spokesman John Thomas.... pretty well... thank you. During the height of the storm... the County's Emergency Management Agency worked around the clock to make sure there were no problems.

 

Autoneum / Corbett

We we're the first to tell you earlier this week... that through the efforts of Congressman Lou Barletta... the U-S Economic Development Administration has okayed a $15 – million grant for the design and construction of a flood wall around Autoneum and Windsor Foods on Bloomsburg's West Side. That's good news for the two companies who employ a combined 1,000 people. Speaking with reporters recently outside Autoneum... Governor Corbett says money for the project has been top of mind in Harrisburg. No word when the EDA will release the money, but it will be supplemented by state dollars... as well as contributions from Autoneum and Windsor Foods.

 

Northumberland Search

Police in the Elysburg area of Northumberland County have captured a man they were looking for most of Thursday afternoon. Authorities say Jason Cressinger of Berwick allegedly ran from a Ralpho Township police officer during a traffic stop. For several hours Thursday afternoon... cops converged in the 400 block of Route 54 looking for Cressinger. He was eventually found early Thursday evening inside a motorcycle shop... and taken into custody along with an unidentified woman.

 

Black Creek Township Fire

A state police fire marshall has been called in to determine the cause of a house fire in Black Creek Township... in Luzerne County. Firemen stayed on the scene nearly six hours at the Landis family home in the 1100 block of Cedar Head Road this week. It was involved in flames when firemen arrived. No one was hurt in that blaze in Black Creek Township.

 

Luzerne Buyouts

The owners of 163 Luzerne County properties... damaged in the flooding of September 2011... should receive buyout offers early next year. Flood Protection Authority Executive Jim Brozena said offers will be made to the property owners... including those in Shickshinny. $14.3 - three million dollars will be earmarked for the buy outs. 75 % of the funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency... 22% from the state... and the remaining 3% from Luzerne County.

 

Graham Spanier

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier has been charged with several counts in the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal at the university, including obstruction of justice, perjury, conspiracy, endangering the welfare of children and failure to report allegations of child abuse. Additional charges were also files Thursday against former PSU Athletic Director Tim Curley and ex – Vice President Gary Schultz. The three men now faces the same five charges. Spanier, Curley and Schultz... as well as ex football coach Joe Paterno... are accused of covering up Sandusky's actions. Paterno died last January.

 

Bolus Assault

A man who started his towing business in Mifflinville is recovering after he was struck on the head after he was lured from his from his Lewisburg area home by a women who said she had a flat tire. Right now... East Buffalo Township police say they have no suspects in custody in the assault on Brian Bolus. It happened when arriving at the woman's car at the bottom of the Bolus driveway... where two men were waiting. Bolus was treated and released at Evangelical Hospital.

 

Union Fatal

A retired Sunbury police officer is dead following a one car crash in West Buffalo Township in Union County Wednesday night. Authorities say 65 – year old William Hudson was west bound on Route 192... near Mifflinburg... when he lost control of his pick up truck... and slammed into a tree. Hudson owned and operated Pop Snyder's restaurant on Market Street in Sunbury. Trooper say he wasn't wearing a seat belt.

 

State Unemployment

Pennsylvania's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in September, up one-tenth of a percentage point from the August rate of 8.1 percent. Resident employment was up 23,000, and the number of unemployed residents was up 5,000.

 

PennDOT

Superstorm Sandy has had an effect on PennDOT drivers license offices. Agency Secretary Barry Schoch says PennDOT has authorized the extension of the expiration dates for Pennsylvania driver licenses... identification cars... and vehicle inspections and registrations. That extension is now November 15th for registrations... safety and emissions inspections. The same date has been given to folks with driver licenses and ID card set to expire between October 26th and November 15th.

 

WHLM Sports

 

High School Football
Bloomsburg / Central

Bloomsburg and Central Columbia ended the regular season by renewing their neighborhood rivalry Friday night at Redman Stadium on the BU campus. The game ended in a 34-12 Bloomsburg victory.

Berwick / Hazleton
Berwick exteneded their record to 9-1 after beating Hazleton 49-7 at Crispin Field on Friday night.

Other Games
Danville defeated Selinsgrove 24-14 in a Heartland Conference Division I Championship... and Southern Columbia trounced Warrior Run 50-19. Saturday afternoon Columbia Montour Vo - Tech is at home against Pius X.

You can hear all the details from Friday night's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday afternoon, the Huskies of Bloomsburg University try to keep their playoff hopes alive when they play West Chester in a 1 o'clock start at Redman Stadium. Coverage on the whlm stations begins at 11 O'clock with The Husky Tailgate Show.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team lost an exhibition game to Towson University 87-65 last night in Maryland. On Sunday, the Huskies play at Syracuse in a game that starts at 4. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with The Husky Warmup Show at 3:40.

 

NFL Thursday

In the NFL last night the San Diego Chargers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31 - 13.

Thursday / November 1, 2011


Former PSU President Charged

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier has been charged with several counts in the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal at the university, including obstruction of justice, perjury, conspiracy, endangering the welfare of children and failure to report allegations of child abuse. Additional charges were also files Thursday against former PSU Athletic Director Tim Curley and ex – Vice President Gary Schultz. The three men now faces the same five charges. The scandal erupted a year ago when former PSU assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of abusing ten boys over a fifteen year period. Sandusky was convicted in June and is now serving his time in a state prison in Somerset County. Spanier, Curley and Schultz... as well as ex football coach Joe Paterno... are accused of covering up Sandusky's actions. Paterno died last January at 84.

 

PPL Outage Update

Pennsylvania Power and Light says more and more people continue to have power restored in their 29 county service area as the result of Sandy. In Columbia County... there are only 323 homes and businesses without power late Thursday, down from an original 2,500 at the height of this week's storm. 102 power subscribers In neighboring Montour County are without juice. System wide, 179,000 customers remain in the dark in the 29 county service area.... down from the initial 400,000 plus from late Monday night into Tuesday morning. PPL's Bloomsburg spokesperson Terri McBride says there are an estimated 1,600 crews working across the system trying to restore power.Water & Ice

PPL has made arrangements with a number of stores in Columbia and Montour... and other counties to provide free ice and water to customers without electricity. Most Weis Markets... as well as Boyer's Markets in Berwick and Ashland are participating in the program. Also included are Sheetz convenience stores and Red Rock Corners on State Route 118 near Benton.

 

Absentee Ballot

Governor Corbett has extended the deadline for county election officials to receive applications for absentee ballots to accepted. Columbia is one of those counties.... according to spokesman John Thomas. If you still want to vote by absentee... you have until 5 O'clock Friday afternoon to do so.  The elections office is located in the courthouse annex on West Main Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Sandy Death

Six people have died in Pennsylvania as the result of Superstorm Sandy. The latest death is in near – by Carbon County where three adults and a child were taken to a hospital this week. One of those adults became the latest statistic. Authorities say exhaust fumes from a generator used to provide power to a home without electricity is being blames for the death.

 

Hazleton Schools

After having the last three days off due to Superstorm Sandy.... teachers and students in the Hazleton Area School District are returning to school Thursday. A regular schedule will be followed. However, the 9th grade center took the biggest hit during the storm... with it's roof peeled back... damaging at least a dozen rooms. Students who are assigned to those particular areas will be re-assigned to the high school.

 

United Water / Luzerne

It's looking a lot better for United Water subscribers in neighboring Luzerne County. The utilities Bob Manbeck says a water conservation request has been lifted for Dallas Borough... Dallas Township... Shavertown... Harvey's Lake and Noxen. Power to United's pumping station was cut off late Monday night or early Tuesday when trees fell across electrical lines... forcing the company to deploy generators in order to keep the pumps running.

 

Bloomsburg Budget

How to formulate a budget for 2013 is one of the toughest jobs Bloomsburg town administrator and the finance director have to do. For Administrator Bill Lowthart... it's a fine balancing act between anticipating incoming revenue and a number of funding sources. Lowthart says the preliminary budget is $5.1 – million dollars... with projected revenues estimated at $4.1 – million.

 

United Way

About six weeks into it's annual fund raising program... the United Way of Columbia County continues to roll along. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... co – chair Al Luschas said money raised goes to one of fifteen member agencies... which keep kids out of trouble. The United Way of Columbia County hopes to raise an estimated $525,000.

 

NEPA Unemployment

The State Department of Labor and Industry says unemployment in the Hazleton, Wilkes – Barre and Scranton area is up two – tenths of a percent in September. It's now at 9.6%. The metro area continuing a two year run of having the highest seasonally – adjusted unemployment rate among the state's 14 metro areas.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Seventeen seniors will be playing their final regular season home game when the Bloomsburg University football team plays West Chester Saturday. Huskies coach Danny Hale is concerned with running back Rondell White one of the big time starters for West Chester. West Chester at Bloomsburg kicks off Saturday at 1 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 11 with The Husky Tailgate Show.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team played an exhibition game tonight at Towson University located near Baltimore. The game ended in an 87-65 win for the Towson Tigers. You can hear the details with Larry White in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

NBA

In the NBA Wednesday night, the Philadelphia 76ers opened the season at home against the Denver Nuggets. At the final buzzer... Philadelphia defeated Denver 84 to 75.

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night... Kansas City is at San Diego.

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