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News Archive Archives for 2013-09

Monday / September 30, 2013


Montour Twp Fire

It sounded worse than it was. A water heater in a mobile home in a park behind the Geisinger Medical Building on Montour Boulevard caught fire around 10:30 Monday  morning. That sent firemen from Montour, Hemlock and Scott Townships... as well as Catawissa and Bloomsburg rushing to the scene. The small blaze was squelched by Montour Police Chief Terry Eckert who used a small extinguisher to put out the flames. Firemen they made an extensive search to make sure the flames had not spread into the partitions. The home is owned by Gordon Brown... who incidentally... is a Lt. With Montour Township Fire Police.

 

Helicopter Folo

No word on funeral services for the 69 – year old pilot who died over the weekend after he was struck by a rotor of a helicopter giving rides at this year's Bloomsburg Fair. Carl Enlow of Reading died at Geisinger Medical Center apparently losing his hat with the rotating blade hitting him. Heritage Rotors of Port Orange, Florida... has been providing a birdseye view of the fairgrounds the past twenty years.

This is the first time any of there helicopters have been involved in an incident.

 

Fair Attendance

It was a pretty “fair” week for folks attending the 2013 edition of the Bloomsburg Fair. Figures released by fair officials show 75,171 people passed through the turnstiles Saturday... up an estimated 2 – thousand from the same day in 2012. Overall... attendance figures topped out at 422,429 in 2013... the most during the past five years... an estimated 7,000 more than visited the fair last year.

 

United Water

Work should begin this week on a nearly half – million dollar water main upgrade in three area in the Town of Bloomsburg. United Water's Bob Manbeck say water main diameters will be doubled in size on Knapp Avenue... as well as portions of 3rd and 4th Street. The utility's Manbeck won't say if the company was pressured into the upgrade... but earlier this year United Water was criticized for the lack of water pressure at a fire scene at 8th and Poplar Streets when flames destroyed two homes.

 

Millard / Prevailing Wage

We could know by the end of the day the future of the prevailing wage proposal that is expected to be voted upon Monday by the state house. The bill is is aimed at townships who want to do construction by upping the threshold on projects so union – type wages don't come into the equation... so says State Representative David Millard of Columbia County. Such as the one held in Williamsport last week... and previously in Stroudsburg. No prediction on how the measure will fare in the house. Townships seek it's approval.... but the measure is opposed by labor unions.

 

Road Work

PennDOT says road work is on tap in the Benton area this week. The agency's Rick Mason says Pennsy Supply will begin milling and paving operations today along Route 239 in Benton Borough. The work will be preformed between the Hoboken Sub Shop and Mendenhall Lane. Traffic will be restricted to a single lane.... with flagging personnel in place. The work is expected to be wrapped in mid – October.

 

Freeland Fire Department

The Freeland Fire Department is kicking off it's annual fund drive. They're hoping to raise at least $25,000 this year... to help pay down the debt they incurred a couple of years ago when they purchased a new pumper for $375,000. Other fund raisers by the department are earmarked for operation of the department.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

A rough weekend for a Wilkes – Barre family. Four adults and two children escaped flames which extensively damaged their home on Grant Street at the start of the weekend. Investigators say the blaze began at the rear of the home... damaging some rooms the an attic.

 

Wilkes – Barre Murder

The shooting death of a Wilkes – Barre woman late last week is being ruled a homicide by the Luzerne County Coroner. Authorities say 47 – year old Jan Aiello died of multiple gunshot wounds. She allegedly died at the hands of her husband... 48 – year old Vito Aiello. He then turned the weapon on himself. Mr. Aiello is expected to survive.

 

 

What's Happening Sunday, September 29, 2013


Helicopter Accident Folo

An employee of Florida – based Heritage Rotors has died as the result of injuries sustained Friday night on the Bloomsburg Fair grounds. Our media partner Newswatch 16 says 69 – year old Carl Enlow of Reading... a pilot for the company... wanted to talk to another employee when he walked into the tail rotor of the company's Enstrom helicopter. He was Life Flighted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where he later died. The accident happened just outside of Gate 5 around 7:30 Friday night. The company out of the Spruce Creek Fly – In in Port Orange, Florida has been providing helicopter rides to fair guests since 1993. Following the accident the ride was shut down... and the two helicopters remained on the ground Saturday.

 

                  --00--                         --00--Artspace Gallery will open an exhibit featuring new clay work by Sara Baker and fiber by Denise Richards on Thursday August 22nd. Recordings of music composed by Sean Richards Teeter will play during the show. The show runs through September 29th.

Central Susquehanna Sight Services are hosting a car raffle. They’re giving a way a 2013 Honda Insight Hybrid with 40 second prizes valued at $100. You can get tickets now for the November 14th drawing. Raffle tickets are a donation of $15.00 per ticket. Look for Central Susquehanna Sight Services at area events to enter. For information visit cssight.org.

The Orangeville Public Library will host their 2nd annual scarecrow-decorating contest again this year. Registration and pick up of scarecrow frames is from September 16th through October 12th. All decorated scarecrows will be put on display in front of the library. Voting begins October 14th. For more information visit the library located on Mill Street in Orangeville.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Huskies Football

In college football action Saturday, the Huskies were at home to face Lock Haven. Lock Haven scored early but after that it was all Huskies, as they remain unbeaten 56-10. Huskies go 4-0 Lock Haven falls to 2-2 For the season

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  Helicopter Accident Folo

An employee of Florida – based Heritage Rotors has died as the result of injuries sustained Friday night on the Bloomsburg Fair grounds. Our media partner Newswatch 16 says 69 – year old Carl Enlow of Reading... a pilot for the company... wanted to talk to another employee when he walked into the tail rotor of the company's Enstrom helicopter. He was Life Flighted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where he later died. The accident happened just outside of Gate 5 around 7:30 Friday night.

The company out of the Spruce Creek Fly – In in Port Orange, Florida has been providing helicopter rides to fair guests since 1993. Following the accident the ride was shut down... and the two helicopters remained on the ground Saturday.

 

 

 

 

Friday / september 27, 2013


Fairground Incident

An employee of Heritage Rotors was struck by the blade of one of two helicopters used to take guests on short flights round the Bloomsburg fair grounds Friday night. The name of the person injured has not been released, but he was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville by Life Flight. Not much is known about the 7:30 PM incident. Fair officials telling BloomUtoday that the scene will be secured overnight pending an investigation. The Bloomsburg Fair web site says Heritage Rotors has been providing fair ground flights for the past 20 – years. A further check shows the company was established by Douglas Pennypacker in Reading... and now is based at the Spruce Creek Airport in Port Orange, Florida... just south of Daytona Beach. Usually an incident of this type usually brings in Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board investigators.

 

 

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High School Football

In local High School football action Friday night, in a game heard on the WHLM stations Danville beat Central Columbia 34-6. The Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Danville's Sam Dressler.

 

On Classic Rock 103.5, in Berwick Bulldogs action, Berwick shut-out visiting Selinsgrove 36-0.

 

In other area games Friday, Southern Columbia beat Muncy 55-13, Bloomsburg beat Montgomery 57-12, and Vo-Tech fell to Wellsboro 48-0. You can hear all the details from the night's games in the WHLM Friday Night Footabll Report:

 

 

BU Huskies Football

In college football action Saturday, the Huskies are at home to face Lock Haven. Kickoff is at 3:30. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the BU Tailgate show at 1:30.

Thursday / September 26, 2013


Bloomsburg PD Grant

The Bloomsburg Police Department is getting a 2 – year, $40,000 grant from the PA Liquor Control Board. It's aimed at reducing underage and high risk drinking. Interim Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan says there alcohol is a problem in Bloomsburg. It usually shows up after 11 PM on weekend nights. Van Loan says BPD will earmark the money to increase officer presence at various times in areas such as Lightstreet Road... East and Iron Streets.

 

Sheriff / Wanted

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office usually gets the man... or woman... they're looking for. Now... deputy's are set up in the Education Building at the Bloomsburg Fair... with a unique way to find folks who have slipped the long arm of the law. Sheriff Tim Chamberlain has mug shots of those wanted. Many are sought for being deadbeat parents... or skipping court dates. Sheriff Chamberlain says deputies are getting plenty of tips... and working each one of them. As a matter of fact... several individuals wanted surrendered on their own Wednesday morning.

 

Bloomsburg Fair Attendance

Are those attendance numbers from the Bloomsburg Fair published in the Press – Enterprise accurate?? You bet they are.... says Jeff Turner... the Superintendent of Ticket Collectors. For example... 39,300 visitors went through the turnstiles Wednesday. About seven years ago... the fair board approved the installation of a bar code system in order to keep an accurate head count. Turner says the attendance figures are spot on.... and are somewhat lower than when ticket takers were using manual means of counting visitors.

 

Rep. Culver

State Representative Linda Culver... who takes care of Northumberland and Snyder County's in Harrisburg... is meeting and greeting people Thursday afternoon in Snydertown. It will take place at the Borough building on South Main Street starting at 3 O'clock. And on Friday... Representative Culver holds a legislative breakfast to talk about the issues. Then... on October 10th... its a Fall Senior Forum at the Nottingham Village Retirement Center in Northumberland.

 

DeAndrea Crash

Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea is probably a bit sore Thursday after his unmarked department – issued SUV after he collided with pick up truck... then into a sign post. The incident happened on North Cedar Street while responding to a call. Chief DeAndrea was shaken up and taken to Hazleton General to be checked out. His SUV sustained major damage.

 

Health Exchange

Starting October 1st, enrollment will be open for people who want to buy health care coverage through the federal run exchanges. The exchanges will offer different plans and different levels of coverage. That will mean different premiums and out-of-pocket expenses such as co - pays and deductibles. But Antoinette Kraus of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network says the information will be set up to help people compare plans in an easy to use fashion. She encourages people to really think about their health care usage when picking a plan.

 

Tobacco Tax

A proposal in President Obama's fiscal 2014 budget could help expand pre school education and help reduce smoking according to an analysis by tobacco opponents. President Obama is proposing a 94 cent increase in the federal tax on cigarettes and similar increases on other tobacco products. It's estimated that PA's share could provide access to quality pre schools for ten thousand children in the first year alone. Supporters add it will also stop over 80,000 Pennsylvania kids from starting to smoke in the first place.

 

Arrests

Two men and a woman were taken into custody Wednesday in the Heights section of Hazleton. The woman was eventually released... but a man was placed in the back of a squad car... suspected of vehicle thefts and break – in's. A second man who was recording the take down with a camera was also hustled off to police headquarters when he failed to listen to police requests to step back.

 

Luzerne County Bust

Two Luzerne County residents are in jail... facing felony heroine distribution charges. Police say 34 – year old Dontrell Ferguson and 23 – year old Keri Longenberger of Rutter Street in Hanover Township are accused of having thousands of dollars in drugs. Both are facing a long list of charges.

 

Voting Deadline

October 7th is the deadline for Pennsylvanians to register to vote in the November 5th election. This week... voter advocates sent the reminder that voting sends a message to politicians even in off-year elections. Susan Carty, president of the PA League of Women Voters, said 25% of eligible to vote, are still not registered and only 65% who are registered, go to the polls only for major elections.

 

WHLM Sports

Central / Danville

Central Columbia at Danville is Friday night's high school football game of the week here on the WHLM Stations. Central coach Jason Hippensteel, whose team is 2-2, knows what the Bluejays must do to knock off unbeaten Danville. Meantime... former Bloomsburg University football coach Danny Hale will be the special guest on the Countdown to Kickoff Show Thursday afternoon at 5:15 on the WHLM Stations.

 

Henry Hynoski

Henry Hynoski was placed on the season ending injured reserved list by the New York Giants this week. Hynoski, in his third season as the team's starting fullback, suffered a fractured shoulder in Sunday's game at Carolina.

 

NFL Thursday

In the NFL Thursday night, the San Francisco 49ers play the Rams in Saint Louis...

 

PHL Phillies

In the final game of their series in Miami Wednesday night... the Miami Marlins just getting by the Philadelphia Phillies 3 to 2. Thursday night, the Phils open a series in Atlanta against the Braves. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

In other games Wednesday... the Pittsburgh Pirates losing to the Chicago Cubs 4-2... the New York Mets defeating the Cincinnati Reds 1-0... and the Tampa Bay Rays downing the New York Yankees 8 to 3.

 

Wednesday / September 25, 2013


Bloomsburg Fair / Corbett

Governor Tom Corbett spent about an hour on the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Tuesday... and it was profitable for the fair association. The Governor and Agriculture Secretary George Grieg delivering a check for $21,000 out of the PA Fair Funds. Earlier in the day... Governor Corbett was in Hazleton for an event... but said the fair was always top of mind.

 

Penn State / Corbett

The N – C – double - A says Penn State will gradually get back football scholarships taken away over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. The sanctioning body crediting the University for making significant improvements in it's athletics programs. While visiting the Bloomsburg Fair on Tuesday... Governor Corbett says the move makes him very happy. The N – C – double - A says five scholarships will be restore next year... and 15 more will be phased in until the school reaches the limit of 86 in the 2016 – 17 season.

 

PPL Plant

Operators at the Susquehanna Steam Electric station in Salem Township... north of Berwick... has reconnected the Unit 2 generator to the regional electric grid. That happened Tuesday after wrapping up an inspection of its turbines. The unit was shut down and taken off line earlier this month. Workers replaced a small number of turbine blades, which had indications of cracking, and performed some minor repairs in areas of the plant that are accessible only when the unit is shut down.

 

Alcohol Education Grant

The Bloomsburg Police Department is one of 24 agencies... statewide.. to receive a grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor control board aimed at reducing underage and high risk drinking. In a news release... the local department plans to use the grant money to increase officer presence at strategic times... where underage and high risk drinking have historically been abundant and problematic. Overall... the PLBC is giving $2.1 - million dollars to 61municipalities... community groups... school... university's and law enforcement agencies through the Alcohol Education Grant Program.

 

Transportation Bill
The state house is getting more than a little nudge from some former lawmakers, as well as business and labor leaders. A bipartisan group is calling for final passage of the state senate's transportation funding plan. Former State Senator Rob Wonderling, now CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber, said its not a controversial vote. He said it's routine, something that happens every ten years or so. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale also called on his former colleagues in the house to pass the bill, saying the cost of inaction is much higher.

 

Perry Ave. Bridge

It's been there since 1926... a bridge on Perry Avenue... spanning a creek and connecting Hemlock and Montour Township... on Bloomsburg's west side. PennDOT's Rick Mason says the agency will lower the weight limit on the bridge from 40 tons to 32 tons for single vehicles... and 40 tons for longer wheelbase vehicles... such as tractor trailers. The Hemlock Creek span is one of hundreds of older structures across the state having it's weight limit reduced. That comes in the wake of the state legislature not coming to terms on a wide – ranging transportation bill.

 

Hazleton Arrest

A busy day for Hazleton Police. Officers took several people into custody Tuesday afternoon at a home at the corner of West 16th and Alter Streets following a drug investigation. Chief Frank DeAndrea said tips from neighbors helped in their on – going investigation.

 

Teacher's Alleged Theft

The former president of the Wyoming Area teachers union could do some jail time after she was charged with embezzling more than $30,000. Authorities say 48 – year old Lisa Barrett of Shavertown has agreed to plead guilty. She's accused of taking the money through the alleged misuse of a union credit card between 2006 and 2012. No sentencing date has been set.

 

Plea Deal

Former Luzerne County Controller Walter Griffith has worked out a plea deal in a case of recording conversations of people without their knowledge. Instead... of going to prison... Griffith was given three years probation... and cannot run for public office during that time. Griffith had faced three felony illegal wiretapping counts... but instead... he pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

High school football's regular season reaches the halfway mark this weekend, and three area teams are still unbeaten- Berwick, Southern Columbia, and Danville. All three are ranked in the top ten in the state by the Pennsylvania Football News. Southern Columbia is ranked first in Class A... Berwick is ranked 8th in Class AAA... and Danville is 8th in Class AA.

 

Berwick Football

Friday night Berwick faces Selinsgrove at Crispin Field. Selinsgrove coach Dave Hess, whose team has a 3-1 record, believes Berwick is good enough to make a long run in the postseason. You can hear Friday's Selinsgrove at Berwick game on Classic Rock 103.5. The coverage starts at 6 O'clock with The Coach Curry Show.

 

PHL Phillies

In Major League Baseball Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins by a score of 2 to 1. The Phillies and Marlins conclude their series in Miami Wednesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35. In other games Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates outlasted the Chicago Cubs 8 to 2... the New York Mets dumped the Cincinnati Reds 4 to 2... and the New York Yankees were blanked by the Tampa Bay Rays 7 to nothing.

 

 

Tuesday / September 23, 2013


Fair Livestock

With nearly 1,400 head of cattle checked in over the weekend... the livestock barns at the Bloomsburg Fair are bustling. Jeff Giger is the fourth generation of the Giger family to be the Association's livestock superintendent... making sure everything runs smoothly... and on top of that... he runs a barn tour every morning. Many of the participants in this year's fair are 4 – H members... some of which will have their cattle auctioned to the highest bidder later this week.

 

Fair / Corbett

The 158th edition of the Bloomsburg Fair rolls into it's fourth day... and with the promise of brilliant sunshine.. it could be a record setting day for attendance. On Monday... just over 40,000 people paid to go through the turnstiles... and that doesn't count those over 62 who got into the event free. That's a little less than a thousand more than what went through the gate a year ago. Meantime... Governor Corbett is expected to drop by the fairgrounds Tuesday afternoon. As in years past... he'll be making his way across the grounds... shaking hands and visiting with vendors.

 

Tourism Funding

The Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau is now accepting requests for funding by tourism – based groups. The bureau's Otto Kurecian says the money comes from a 3% bed tax that hotel guests pay to stay overnight. Kurecian says non – profit groups are eligible for the funding. Kurecian said the deadline to apply for the grant money is October 24th.

 

Chesapeake Bay

A victory in federal court in Pennsylvania for those in favor of recently established pollution limits for the Chesapeake Bay. Groups including the Farm Bureau and that National Association of Home Builders took the issue to court... claiming the EPA exceeded it's authority by setting limits... that the limits are based on faulty science. The judge in the case rejecting the suit saying when it comes to the EPA's Clean Water Act... the federal government must play a key role in pollution reduction.

 

Wilkes – Barre Shooting

Wilkes – Barre police are investigating a shooting. It happened Monday night on Hazle Street near a donut shop... when a person accidentally shot himself in the foot during a domestic disturbance. At least one person is in custody... and charges are pending.

 

Bridge Restriction

Another state – owned bridge in our area will be posted with a weight restriction as part of a statewide initiative to ensure bridge safety. PennDOT spokesperson Rick Mason says starting Thursday... the Perry Avenue bridge over Hemlock Creek will be restricted to single vehicles of 32 tons and to 40 tons for combinations. Mason says the restrictions go into effect as soon as signs are erected.

 

Sex Assault

A Tamaqua man... is in prison after he was accused of sexually assaulting a 12 – year old girl in Schuylkill County. 21 – year old Angel Resto was arrested over the weekend. The incident allegedly taking place in January. Resto remains in prison with bail set at $25,000.

 

Tax Reform

Some property tax reform bills are making their way through the state house. Bills that won the approval of the house finance committee would give school districts more options to shift the burden from property taxes to other levies. The Optional Property Tax Elimination Act includes options for earned income tax and business taxes. A second bill would allow districts to increase the earned income tax rate for the purpose of providing homestead exclusions without seeking voter approval.

 

In WHLM Sports..

BU Football

The unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team has moved up to 11th in the nation in the latest American Football Coaches Association Poll. Two other PSAC teams are in the top 25- defending conference champion IUP is 7th and West Chester is ranked 19th.

 

Hynoski / Giants

It's been a tough year for former Southern Columbia football star Henry Hynoski. Now in his third season as the New York Giants starting fullback, Hynoski battled back from an off - season knee injury to make it for the opening game of the regular season. Sunday, in the Giants' loss at Carolina, Hynoski suffered an injury to his left shoulder. It's not known how much playing time he will miss from this latest injury.

 

NFL

In the NFL Monday night the Denver Broncos blew past the Oakland Raiders 37 – 21...

 

PHL Phillies

In baseball... the Miami Marlins blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 4 to nothing. The second game of the series is in Miami is Tuesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:35.

 

In other games Monday night.. the Cincinnati Reds just getting by the New York Mets 3 to 2... and the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Chicago Cubs 2 to 1.

 

 

Monday / September 23, 2013


Bloomsburg Fair

If you tried to stroll the streets and avenues of the Bloomsburg Fair Sunday... it was a tough thing to do. Fair officials say an estimated 68.000 paying customers came through the turnstiles. Boots Hetherington of Schuylkill County was there. He's Governor Corbett's liaison to all 109 fairs across the state and he was in town since the state contributes... financially... to the exhibition. Meantime... the Governor is expected to be on the Fairgrounds Tuesday.. with the state house Agriculture and Tourism committee members stopping by for a visit later this week.

 

Fair App

If you're headed to the 158th edition of the Bloomsburg Fair this week.... and you have a smart phone... a couple of students at the University have produced a Fair app... so you won't get lost. BU Communication Studies professor Jim Tomlinson tells us anon – campus survey turned up a lot of the information they placed in the app. You can download the app from the iTune store. And if that doesn't work... stop by the WHLM information booth in front of the security building for up to the minute information.

 

Legislature / Millard

The State Legislature will be brought back into session Monday after spending two - and – a – half - months taking care of constituent concerns. Republican State Representative David Millard of Berwick says a transportation bill and the resolution of the state pension system woes is top of mind the first few weeks of the new session. But, Representative Millard said one issue not gaining traction is a proposal to take the state liquor stores private. That... he said... is for another day.

 

Education Demonstration
Education advocates are in Harrisburg, urging legislators to make funding a priority of the new legislative session. Making what they say is a public call for a thorough and efficient system of education, parents, teachers and other advocates are in Harrisburg to highlight the plight of schools in the wake of funding cuts. They are at the Capitol, urging legislators to make their constitutional responsibility their first priority of the fall legislative session.

 

State Job Stats

The PA Department of Labor and Industry says private and public sector jobs were on the increase during August. Pennsylvania’s August total jobs were at their highest level since October 2008, increasing by 11,300 to a total of 5.7 – million. Both private and public sector jobs were up with increases in eight of the 11 categories in which jobs are classified. However, the state's unemployment rate was up two – tenths of a percentage point to 7.7% in August.

 

Hazleton Fire

A fire investigator is trying to figure out how a blaze began in a vacant Hazleton home on Sunday. Hazleton's fire chief say there was no utilities going into the Grant Street home. Now... city's fire chief says he believes Sunday afternoon's fire is the work of an arsonist.

 

Delorean Fire

It was literally “back to the future” over the weekend in Hazle Township... when firemen were called to extinguish a fire in a 80's model Delorean. Daryl Given telling firefighters... he was southbound on I-81 when he began experiencing mechanical difficulties... with the blaze erupting in the rear engine compartment. Authorities say the Delorean was extensively damaged.

 

Alleged Kidnapping

Wilkes – Barre Police looking for three women who allegedly kidnapped a fourth woman Saturday night from a bar. Aleiya Hill of Kingston telling police three women pushed her into a car as she left a South Main Street bar... assaulted her... then forced Hill to pay for gas... then dumped her in Wilkes – Barre Township. Police are looking into the situation.

 

Wilkes – Barre Drug Busts

A drug bust in Wilkes – Barre at the start of the weekend. Wilkes – Barre and State Police arresting six people at several locations. Many of those arrested charged with dealing heroin. All are lock up in the Luzerne County prison system.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Bloomsburg University defensive end Larry Webster is the PSAC defensive player of the week. Webster had a career high four sacks in the Huskies 31-12 win Saturday afternoon at Kutztown. The win improved the Huskies record to 3-0. Saturday at 3:30, Bloomsburg meets Lock Haven at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. Lock Haven is 2-1.

 

NFL

In the NFL Sunday night.... the Chicago Bears got the best of the Pittsburgh Steelers 40 – 23.

 

Sunday in the NFL... the New York Jets defeated the Buffalo Bills 27-20... and the San Francisco Giants remaining winless with a 38-0 loss at Carolina.

 

PHL Phillies

In baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies removed the interim tag from Ryan Sandberg naming him to a three year contract as their manager. The Phils losing their final home game of the season yesterday to the Mets 4-3. Monday night the Phils begin a series in Miami. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:35 with the pregame show.

 

In other games Sunday... the Pittsburgh Pirates losing to the Cincinnati Reds 11-3... and the New York Yankees losing to the San Francisco Giants 2-1.

 

What's Happening Sunday, September 22, 2013


The 158th Bloomsburg Fair continues today through Saturday September 28th. There is lots of food, crafts, vendors, and daily entertainment. It’s happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

The Free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church from 10:00 AM to Noon. They feature their talking train and a model merry go round that adults and kids can play with. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

Artspace Gallery will open an exhibit featuring new clay work by Sara Baker and fiber by Denise Richards on Thursday August 22nd. Recordings of music composed by Sean Richards Teeter will play during the show. The show runs through September 29th with an opening reception on August 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Central Susquehanna Sight Services are hosting a car raffle. They’re giving a way a 2013 Honda Insight Hybrid with 40 second prizes valued at $100. You can get tickets now for the November 14th drawing. Raffle tickets are a donation of $15.00 per ticket. Look for Central Susquehanna Sight Services at area events to enter. For information visit cssight.org.

The Milton Harvest Festival is happening Friday September 13th through Sunday September 22nd. The community celebration promotes the people, organizations and businesses of Milton and the Central Susquehanna Valley. Get more information at www.miltonharvestfestival.com.

The Orangeville Public Library will host their 2nd annual scarecrow-decorating contest again this year. Registration and pick up of scarecrow frames is from September 16th through October 12th. All decorated scarecrows will be put on display in front of the library. Voting begins October 14th. For more information visit the library located on Mill Street in Orangeville.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team was at Kutztown Saturday afternoon. The Huskies bring home a decisive win, 31-12 was the BU final. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

What's Happening Saturday, September 21, 2013


It's the opening day of the 158th Bloomsburg Fair. One item guests will see is a new and improved Skyride, giving all of us a birds eye view of the fair grounds. Fair President Paul Reichart said during the debut of the ride last year state amusement inspectors only allowed 60 cars on the ride. That number has been doubled to the ride's maximum of 120 cars. There is lots of food, crafts, vendors, and daily entertainment. It’s happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

 

Roaring Creek Valley United Methodist Church is hosting their monthly breakfast for a donation this Saturday from 7:00 to 9:30 AM. They’re serving bacon, eggs, toast, French toast, ham, sausage, pancakes, and more. Donations will go to the CROP Walk. The church is located on Orchard Drive.

The 24th annual Hegins Valley Arts and Crafts Fair is happening Saturday September 21st from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There will be over 200 vendors and a variety of foods starting with breakfast at 7:00 AM. It’s happening rain or shine. Hegins Park is located off of exit 112 on Interstate 81.

The Children’s Museum invites your kids to Dinosaur Day on Saturday September 21st from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Learn about dinosaurs, go on a dinosaur hunt, make fossil crafts, and more. Wear a dinosaur on your shirt for a dollar off admission. The Children’s Museum is located at 2 West Seventh Street in Bloomsburg.

The Free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church from 10:00 AM to Noon. They feature their talking train and a model merry go round that adults and kids can play with. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

Artspace Gallery will open an exhibit featuring new clay work by Sara Baker and fiber by Denise Richards on Thursday August 22nd. Recordings of music composed by Sean Richards Teeter will play during the show. The show runs through September 29th with an opening reception on August 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

The Free Wheelchair Engineers Train Program at the Columbia Mall is open each Saturday from Noon to 4:00 PM. The display is up and running with the American Flyer and Dillon Floral limited-edition train with the puffing MTH steam engine.

SMILE is happy to announce that they will now host meetings in Bloomsburg and Berwick. SMILE is a group for single mothers to get together for support and friendship. Meetings in Bloomsburg will be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at Bloomsburg Christian Church. In Berwick at the New Covenant Christian Center on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. All meetings start at 10:00 AM. For special meeting info and more link up to the group on the Community Page.

Central Susquehanna Sight Services are hosting a car raffle. They’re giving a way a 2013 Honda Insight Hybrid with 40 second prizes valued at $100. You can get tickets now for the November 14th drawing. Raffle tickets are a donation of $15.00 per ticket. Look for Central Susquehanna Sight Services at area events to enter. For information visit cssight.org.

The Milton Harvest Festival is happening Friday September 13th through Sunday September 22nd. The community celebration promotes the people, organizations and businesses of Milton and the Central Susquehanna Valley. Get more information at www.miltonharvestfestival.com.

The Millville Community Players present “A Nice Family Gathering” Friday September 20th and Saturday September 21st at Millville High School. It’s a story of a man who loved his wife so much he forgot to tell her.

The Orangeville Public Library will host their 2nd annual scarecrow-decorating contest again this year. Registration and pick up of scarecrow frames is from September 16th through October 12th. All decorated scarecrows will be put on display in front of the library. Voting begins October 14th. For more information visit the library located on Mill Street in Orangeville.

Calendar Girl Model Search at Mt. Airy Casino. Thirty swimsuit models will compete for the cover, the crown and the cash at Gypsies, Mt. Airy Casino on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Doors will open at 9 pm, show begins at 10 pm. There is no cover charge for this show. Doors will open at 9 pm. Show begins at 10 pm. There is no admission charge to attend this event. Must be over 21.

 

Roaring Creek Valley United Methodist Church is hosting their monthly breakfast for a donation this Saturday from 7:00 to 9:30 AM. They’re serving bacon, eggs, toast, French toast, ham, sausage, pancakes, and more. Donations will go to the CROP Walk. The church is located on Orchard Drive.
9:00AM 3:00PM Arts and Crafts Fair The 24th annual Hegins Valley Arts and Crafts Fair is happening Saturday September 21st from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There will be over 200 vendors and a variety of foods starting with breakfast at 7:00 AM. It’s happening rain or shine. Hegins Park is located off of exit 112 on Interstate 81.
10:00AM 4:00PM Dinosaur Day The Children’s Museum invites your kids to Dinosaur Day on Saturday September 21st from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Learn about dinosaurs, go on a dinosaur hunt, make fossil crafts, and more. Wear a dinosaur on your shirt for a dollar off admission. The Children’s Museum is located at 2 West Seventh Street in Bloomsburg.
10:00AM 12:00PM Saturday Trains The Free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church from 10:00 AM to Noon. They feature their talking train and a model merry go round that adults and kids can play with. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.
10:00AM 12:00PM Saturday Trains The Free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church from 10:00 AM to Noon. They feature their talking train and a model merry go round that adults and kids can play with. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.
12:00PM 8:00PM Art Gallery Artspace Gallery will open an exhibit featuring new clay work by Sara Baker and fiber by Denise Richards on Thursday August 22nd. Recordings of music composed by Sean Richards Teeter will play during the show. The show runs through September 29th with an opening reception on August 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
12:00PM 4:00PM Wheelchair Engineer Trains The Free Wheelchair Engineers Train Program at the Columbia Mall is open each Saturday from Noon to 4:00 PM. The display is up and running with the American Flyer and Dillon Floral limited-edition train with the puffing MTH steam engine.
All Day SMILE Meeting SMILE is happy to announce that they will now host meetings in Bloomsburg and Berwick. SMILE is a group for single mothers to get together for support and friendship. Meetings in Bloomsburg will be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at Bloomsburg Christian Church. In Berwick at the New Covenant Christian Center on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. All meetings start at 10:00 AM. For special meeting info and more link up to the group on the Community Page.
All Day Bloomsburg Fair The Bloomsburg Fair is happening Saturday September 21st through Saturday September 28th. There is lots of food, crafts, vendors, and daily entertainment. It’s happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.
All Day Car Raffle Central Susquehanna Sight Services are hosting a car raffle. They’re giving a way a 2013 Honda Insight Hybrid with 40 second prizes valued at $100. You can get tickets now for the November 14th drawing. Raffle tickets are a donation of $15.00 per ticket. Look for Central Susquehanna Sight Services at area events to enter. For information visit cssight.org.
All Day Milton Harvest Festival The Milton Harvest Festival is happening Friday September 13th through Sunday September 22nd. The community celebration promotes the people, organizations and businesses of Milton and the Central Susquehanna Valley. Get more information at www.miltonharvestfestival.com.
All Day Play The Millville Community Players present “A Nice Family Gathering” Friday September 20th and Saturday September 21st at Millville High School. It’s a story of a man who loved his wife so much he forgot to tell her.
All Day Scarecrow Decorating The Orangeville Public Library will host their 2nd annual scarecrow-decorating contest again this year. Registration and pick up of scarecrow frames is from September 16th through October 12th. All decorated scarecrows will be put on display in front of the library. Voting begins October 14th. For more information visit the library located on Mill Street in Orangeville.
9:00PM n/a Model Search Calendar Girl Model Search at Mt. Airy Casino. Thirty swimsuit models will compete for the cover, the crown and the cash at Gypsies, Mt. Airy Casino on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Doors will open at 9 pm, show begins at 10 pm. There is no cover charge for this show. Doors will open at 9 pm. Show begins at 10 pm. There is no admission charge to attend this event. Must be over 21.
 
- See more at: http://www.whlm.com/community/calendar/20130921/details/#sthash.lVX9fizF.dpuf
Roaring Creek Valley United Methodist Church is hosting their monthly breakfast for a donation this Saturday from 7:00 to 9:30 AM. They’re serving bacon, eggs, toast, French toast, ham, sausage, pancakes, and more. Donations will go to the CROP Walk. The church is located on Orchard Drive.
9:00AM 3:00PM Arts and Crafts Fair The 24th annual Hegins Valley Arts and Crafts Fair is happening Saturday September 21st from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There will be over 200 vendors and a variety of foods starting with breakfast at 7:00 AM. It’s happening rain or shine. Hegins Park is located off of exit 112 on Interstate 81.
10:00AM 4:00PM Dinosaur Day The Children’s Museum invites your kids to Dinosaur Day on Saturday September 21st from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Learn about dinosaurs, go on a dinosaur hunt, make fossil crafts, and more. Wear a dinosaur on your shirt for a dollar off admission. The Children’s Museum is located at 2 West Seventh Street in Bloomsburg.
10:00AM 12:00PM Saturday Trains The Free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church from 10:00 AM to Noon. They feature their talking train and a model merry go round that adults and kids can play with. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.
10:00AM 12:00PM Saturday Trains The Free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church from 10:00 AM to Noon. They feature their talking train and a model merry go round that adults and kids can play with. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.
12:00PM 8:00PM Art Gallery Artspace Gallery will open an exhibit featuring new clay work by Sara Baker and fiber by Denise Richards on Thursday August 22nd. Recordings of music composed by Sean Richards Teeter will play during the show. The show runs through September 29th with an opening reception on August 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
12:00PM 4:00PM Wheelchair Engineer Trains The Free Wheelchair Engineers Train Program at the Columbia Mall is open each Saturday from Noon to 4:00 PM. The display is up and running with the American Flyer and Dillon Floral limited-edition train with the puffing MTH steam engine.
All Day SMILE Meeting SMILE is happy to announce that they will now host meetings in Bloomsburg and Berwick. SMILE is a group for single mothers to get together for support and friendship. Meetings in Bloomsburg will be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at Bloomsburg Christian Church. In Berwick at the New Covenant Christian Center on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. All meetings start at 10:00 AM. For special meeting info and more link up to the group on the Community Page.
All Day Bloomsburg Fair The Bloomsburg Fair is happening Saturday September 21st through Saturday September 28th. There is lots of food, crafts, vendors, and daily entertainment. It’s happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.
All Day Car Raffle Central Susquehanna Sight Services are hosting a car raffle. They’re giving a way a 2013 Honda Insight Hybrid with 40 second prizes valued at $100. You can get tickets now for the November 14th drawing. Raffle tickets are a donation of $15.00 per ticket. Look for Central Susquehanna Sight Services at area events to enter. For information visit cssight.org.
All Day Milton Harvest Festival The Milton Harvest Festival is happening Friday September 13th through Sunday September 22nd. The community celebration promotes the people, organizations and businesses of Milton and the Central Susquehanna Valley. Get more information at www.miltonharvestfestival.com.
All Day Play The Millville Community Players present “A Nice Family Gathering” Friday September 20th and Saturday September 21st at Millville High School. It’s a story of a man who loved his wife so much he forgot to tell her.
All Day Scarecrow Decorating The Orangeville Public Library will host their 2nd annual scarecrow-decorating contest again this year. Registration and pick up of scarecrow frames is from September 16th through October 12th. All decorated scarecrows will be put on display in front of the library. Voting begins October 14th. For more information visit the library located on Mill Street in Orangeville.
9:00PM n/a Model Search Calendar Girl Model Search at Mt. Airy Casino. Thirty swimsuit models will compete for the cover, the crown and the cash at Gypsies, Mt. Airy Casino on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Doors will open at 9 pm, show begins at 10 pm. There is no cover charge for this show. Doors will open at 9 pm. Show begins at 10 pm. There is no admission charge to attend this event. Must be over 21.
 
- See more at: http://www.whlm.com/community/calendar/20130921/details/#sthash.lVX9fizF.dpuf
Roaring Creek Valley United Methodist Church is hosting their monthly breakfast for a donation this Saturday from 7:00 to 9:30 AM. They’re serving bacon, eggs, toast, French toast, ham, sausage, pancakes, and more. Donations will go to the CROP Walk. The church is located on Orchard Drive.
9:00AM 3:00PM Arts and Crafts Fair The 24th annual Hegins Valley Arts and Crafts Fair is happening Saturday September 21st from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. There will be over 200 vendors and a variety of foods starting with breakfast at 7:00 AM. It’s happening rain or shine. Hegins Park is located off of exit 112 on Interstate 81.
10:00AM 4:00PM Dinosaur Day The Children’s Museum invites your kids to Dinosaur Day on Saturday September 21st from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Learn about dinosaurs, go on a dinosaur hunt, make fossil crafts, and more. Wear a dinosaur on your shirt for a dollar off admission. The Children’s Museum is located at 2 West Seventh Street in Bloomsburg.
10:00AM 12:00PM Saturday Trains The Free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church from 10:00 AM to Noon. They feature their talking train and a model merry go round that adults and kids can play with. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.
10:00AM 12:00PM Saturday Trains The Free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church from 10:00 AM to Noon. They feature their talking train and a model merry go round that adults and kids can play with. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.
12:00PM 8:00PM Art Gallery Artspace Gallery will open an exhibit featuring new clay work by Sara Baker and fiber by Denise Richards on Thursday August 22nd. Recordings of music composed by Sean Richards Teeter will play during the show. The show runs through September 29th with an opening reception on August 24th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
12:00PM 4:00PM Wheelchair Engineer Trains The Free Wheelchair Engineers Train Program at the Columbia Mall is open each Saturday from Noon to 4:00 PM. The display is up and running with the American Flyer and Dillon Floral limited-edition train with the puffing MTH steam engine.
All Day SMILE Meeting SMILE is happy to announce that they will now host meetings in Bloomsburg and Berwick. SMILE is a group for single mothers to get together for support and friendship. Meetings in Bloomsburg will be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at Bloomsburg Christian Church. In Berwick at the New Covenant Christian Center on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. All meetings start at 10:00 AM. For special meeting info and more link up to the group on the Community Page.
All Day Bloomsburg Fair The Bloomsburg Fair is happening Saturday September 21st through Saturday September 28th. There is lots of food, crafts, vendors, and daily entertainment. It’s happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.
All Day Car Raffle Central Susquehanna Sight Services are hosting a car raffle. They’re giving a way a 2013 Honda Insight Hybrid with 40 second prizes valued at $100. You can get tickets now for the November 14th drawing. Raffle tickets are a donation of $15.00 per ticket. Look for Central Susquehanna Sight Services at area events to enter. For information visit cssight.org.
All Day Milton Harvest Festival The Milton Harvest Festival is happening Friday September 13th through Sunday September 22nd. The community celebration promotes the people, organizations and businesses of Milton and the Central Susquehanna Valley. Get more information at www.miltonharvestfestival.com.
All Day Play The Millville Community Players present “A Nice Family Gathering” Friday September 20th and Saturday September 21st at Millville High School. It’s a story of a man who loved his wife so much he forgot to tell her.
All Day Scarecrow Decorating The Orangeville Public Library will host their 2nd annual scarecrow-decorating contest again this year. Registration and pick up of scarecrow frames is from September 16th through October 12th. All decorated scarecrows will be put on display in front of the library. Voting begins October 14th. For more information visit the library located on Mill Street in Orangeville.
9:00PM n/a Model Search Calendar Girl Model Search at Mt. Airy Casino. Thirty swimsuit models will compete for the cover, the crown and the cash at Gypsies, Mt. Airy Casino on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Doors will open at 9 pm, show begins at 10 pm. There is no cover charge for this show. Doors will open at 9 pm. Show begins at 10 pm. There is no admission charge to attend this event. Must be over 21.
 
- See more at: http://www.whlm.com/community/calendar/20130921/details/#sthash.lVX9fizF.dpuf

 

WHLM Sports

Berwick Football

The Berwick High School football team beat Wyoming Valley West for the first time since 2008 when the two unbeaten teams met at Crispin Field Friday night. The Final was 42-28.

 

Game of the Week

Central Columbia played its home opener Friday against Milton in the first game played on the Blue Jays new artificial turf. Milton took away the victory in that game 32-20.

 

In other action Friday night, Southern Columbia remains unbeaten after defeating South Williamsport 48-14,  Bloomsburg fell to Jersey Shore in Overtime 21-14, and unbeaten Danville stays unbeaten after a 37-13 win against Mifflinburg. Saturday afternoon Columbia Montour Vo Tech hosts Bucktail Area.

 

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

 

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team is at Kutztown Saturday afternoon. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 12:30 with The Husky Countdown Show.

 

Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies continue their series against the Mets after losing Friday night 6-4. Pregame starts at 6:30 Saturday night.

Friday / September 20, 2013


Consolidated Containers

The state fire marshal says an electrical problem in the ceiling sparked the blaze which caused considerable damage to the Consolidated Container Company in the BIDA Complex in Berwick Wednesday night. Now... The folks who run the firm are starting to clean up... trying to get things up and running.. .putting their 100 employees back to work. A large group of workers were at the plant Thursday checking out the damage. It's not known how long the plant will be out. Consolidated Container makes plastic bottles for companies in the consumer goods business.

 

Gilberton Police Chief

The Gilberton Borough Council has begun termination proceedings against their controversial police chief. Mark Kessler was initially suspended when a video was posted on You Tube... showing the chief using borough's automatic weapons to fire off hundreds of rounds.... and cursing. The video went viral... prompting the suspension. Borough Council Thursday night voted to continue the suspension as they launch termination proceedings.

 

Bloomsburg Fair Improvements

We've waited for a year... and we're just hours away from the preview opening of the 158th Bloomsburg Fair. One item guests will see is a new and improved Skyride... giving all of us a birds eye view of the fair grounds. Fair President Paul Reichart said during the debut of the ride last year... state amusement inspectors only allowed 60 cars on the ride. But, that's been doubled to the ride's maximum of 120 cars. Friday's preview opening begins at 2 PM... with the fair officially opening Saturday morning at 7 O'clock.

 

AGAPE / Heating Money

It could be a long, rough winter... and that means there are folks who may have trouble paying their heating bills. So AGAPE volunteer Jessica Lowe is using the fair and it's guests to raise money by placing donation jars at the stands of the exposition's most popular concessionaires. Ms. Lowe says for many families... it's tough to make ends meet... and that's when they turn to AGAPE. Last year... AGAPE went through $19,000 to help people... and they hope to raise more money at this year's fair in order to keep their heating assistance program going.

 

Berwick Pool Fund Raiser

A man who works for a Berwick trucking company says he wants to raise $10,000 this weekend in an effort to get the swimming pool rehabilitated and re – opened on the Borough's west side. Marc Cosgrove plans to bike through Columbia and Luzerne Counties this weekend in order to raise the money. His 90 mile trek begins Friday... starting at the now – shuttered pool at Ber – Vaughn park.

 

Lou Barletta

Two years after the flood produced by Tropical Storm Lee... Congressman Lou Barletta still isn't happy with the response of the federal government. He chaired a hearing Wednesday... dealing with the re – authorization of FEMA. Mr. Barletta let it be known that FEMA's response was inadequate for some... especially in the area of so – called low cost loans. The federal government eventually dropped the interest rates for the loans.

 

Drug Bust

Agents connected with the Attorney General's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation unit has rounded up 16 people in connection with a drug trafficking organization stretching from the Dominican Republic to Luzerne... then to Northumberland County. Two grand juries indicting Juan Carlos Alvarez and fifteen others in the trafficking operation. Alvarez is currently in a federal prison.

 

Mohegan Sun

That new 238 room hotel at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs will open for business November 30th. Construction of the $50 – million dollar building has been underway for sometime. A spokesperson for Mohegan Sun said the hotel also has a 20,000 square foot convention center. The first reservations were taken last week.

 

Pedestrian Death

A 23 – year old man is dead... days after he was struck by a car as the stood beside his bike on the Sans Souci Parkway. Brett Freed died earlier this week at the Geisinger - Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township. He spent several days in the hospital before passing. Police in Hanover Township continues their investigation.

 

WHLM Sports

Berwick Football

The Berwick High School football team beat Wyoming Valley West for the first time since 2008 when the two unbeaten teams met at Crispin Field Friday night. The Final was 42-28.

 

Game of the Week

Central Columbia played its home opener Friday against Milton in the first game played on the Blue Jays new artificial turf. Milton took away the victory in that game 32-20.

 

In other action Friday night, Southern Columbia remains unbeaten after defeating South Williamsport 48-14,  Bloomsburg fell to Jersey Shore in Overtime 21-14, and unbeaten Danville stays unbeaten after a 37-13 win against Mifflinburg. Saturday afternoon Columbia Montour Vo Tech hosts Bucktail Area.

 

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

 

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team is at Kutztown Saturday afternoon. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 12:30 with The Husky Countdown Show.

 

NFL

In the NFL last Thursday night... Coach Andy Reid was back in Philadelphia as his Kansas City Chief's routed the Eagles 26 – 16.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had the night off. They begin a home series against the Mets Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

 

In other Thursday games... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated San Diego Padres 10 to 1... the San Francisco Giants downed the New York Mets 2 to 1... and the Toronto Blue Jays getting by the New York Yankees 6 to 2.

 

Thursday / September 19, 2013


Consolidated Container

Just what was the exact cause of a fire which extensively damaged a Berwick business Thursday night. That's what a state fire marshal will try to determine as he goes through the rubble of Consolidated Container on 7th Avenue... in the BIDA Complex. The fire began around 6:30 when workers returned power to a machine after some maintenance downtime. Fire departments up and down the Susquehanna Valley were called in. The more than two dozen employees working the second shift escaped unharmed. Consolidated Container serves the automotive, food and dairy industry with plastic bottles.

 

Barletta Chairs Hearing

Two years after the flood produced by Tropical Storm Lee... Congressman Lou Barletta still isn't happy with the response of the federal government. He chaired a hearing Wednesday... dealing with the re-authorization of FEMA. Mr. Barletta let it be known that FEMA's response was inadequate for some... especially in the area of so – called low cost loans. The federal government eventually dropped the interest rates for the loans... but during a recent talk in Bloomsburg... Barletta said Pakistan was also given loans for similar flooding... with no payback expected.

 

Chamber Partnership

They've talked about it for the past two years... and now it appears the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce and the Columbia – Montour Visitor's Bureau are exploring operational partnerships. Chamber President Fred Gaffney says there are efficiencies found in day to day operations... as well as staffing. Gaffney did stress Chamber offices in Danville... Berwick and a central location in Bloomsburg will remained staff... emphasizing service to some 6-hundred members is top of mind.

 

Fair / Economic Impact

How much of an economic impact does the Bloomsburg Fair have on the area. No exact figures are known... but a team of Bloomsburg University students are determined to find out for the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau. The Bureau's Otto Kurecian says the students will be talking to vendors.

Kurecian said final numbers won't be out for some time... but the impact spent by vendors for goods and services... and hotel rooms... is expected to be in the millions of dollars.

 

Gordner / Corbett

A recent Franklin and Marshall College poll says Governor Corbett could be in danger of losing next fall's gubernatorial election. At last count... there were anywhere from six to a dozen Democrats who want to replace Mr. Corbett. But, State Senator John Gordner of Berwick says the Governor can get reelected. Meantime, both Senator Gordner and State Representative David Millard says although his budgets have been unpopular... tax revenue has been able to fund them... and taxes have not been raised since Corbett took office.

 

Gas Prices

In our midweek check of pump prices... The cost of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular is holding steady across northeastern Pennsylvania. The Triple – A Fuel Gauge report shows gas is averaging 3-54 a gallon... the same as it was earlier this week... but down six cents a gallon from a week ago.

 

Tamaqua Fire

Nine people have to find another place to live now that flames forced them from their Tamaqua home... in Schuylkill County. The fire broke out before dawn Wednesday morning in a row home along the 100 block of Coal Street. Although no one was injured... but a dog and three cats died in the flames. Cause of the fire in Tamaqua remains under investigation.

 

Shamokin Fire

Three Shamokin – area residents escaped their burning home in Northumberland County early Wednesday morning. Crews made their way to the home at 3836 Upper Road in Gowen City where three people lived. One adult got out... a second adult and a child pulled to safety by neighbors. All were taken to Geisinger - Shamokin hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. First responders said the fire in appears to be an accident, sparked by an electrical problem.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Winners of their first two games and ranked 13th in the nation, the Bloomsburg University football team plays at Kutztown Saturday. The Golden Bears have lost their first two games, but their wide open passing attack led by freshman quarterback Alec Werner concerns Huskies coach Paul Darragh. Bloomsburg at Kutztown kicks off Saturday at 1 O'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 12:30 with the Husky Countdown Show.

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night, former Eagles coach Andy Reid makes his return to Philadelphia as his Kansas City Chiefs play the Eagles.

 

PHL Phillies

In baseball last night the Miami Marlins defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4 to 3 to wrap up their three game series. The Phils are idle Thursday. Friday night they begin a home series against the New York Mets.

 

In other games last night... the Pittsburgh Pirates were defeated by the Sand Diego Padres 3 to 2... the New York Mets just getting by the San Francisco Giants 5 to 4... and the New York Yankees downed the Toronto Blue Jays 4 to 3.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday / September 18, 2013


Consolidated Container Fire

Firemen from around the region converged on the Consolidated Container building early Wednesday evening. Firemen arriving on the scene at 910 7th Avenue called it a “working” fire with flames and a lot of smoke. The building is located on the former ACF Plant property at the corner of 7th and Freas Avenues. A command has been set up... and calls went out for tankers from across the area.... including Bloomsburg's aerial truck. It's also being learned that a call has gone out for a ladder truck from West Hazleton... as well as an air truck. The call was received by Columbia County Dispatch around 6:30... and firemen are expected to be on scene for the next several hours. Meantime... roads are shut down around the fire scene.

 

United Water Construction

United Water says they plan to upgrade some of their water delivery infrastructure in Bloomsburg starting later this month. The utilities Bob Manbeck says the project involves the replacement of water mains and service connections on Third Street... from Market to Iron... Fourth Street from Railroad to Market and a portion of Knapp Avenue. The project will cost the company an estimated $467,000. On Third and Fourth streets... the current 4 inch in diameter will be replaced by an 8 inch in diameter main... while the 2 – inch in diameter main on Knapp Avenue... will be replaced with a six inch in diameter pipe. Construction begins the final week of September on Knapp Avenue and is expected to be wrapped up by the end of October.

 

Bloomsburg Fair

We're only days away from the opening of the 158th edition of the Bloomsburg Fair.... and a tour of the fairgrounds on Tuesday shows that it's not the vast emptiness it was a week ago. We caught up with Fair President Paul Reichart who told us concessionaires are ready... and the Reithoffer amusements are in placed. The exposition has a “soft opening” beginning Friday afternoon... and transitioning into a week – long run Saturday morning. Taking a look at the Weather Eye Weather Center forecast for next week.... some showers on Saturday... but the rest of fair week calls for sunshine and temps in the upper 60's... with overnight lows in the 40's.

 

XGR

The 2013 – 2014 legislative session in Harrisburg could be acronomis to say the least. Lawmakers return to Harrisburg next week to get settled in. Representative Kurt Masser who takes care of Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties says the top of mind issue is state pension reform. Other items that need to be tackled according to Representative Masser is a transportation bill... and a measure to privatize state stores.

 

Stolen Pick Up

One of life's lessons.... don't leave your car or truck unlocked with the keys in the ignition. State Police at Bloomsburg telling us 48 – year old Douglas Lynn did that late Tuesday afternoon while making a stop at the Giant Supermarket on Front Street in Berwick. Moments later someone made off with his 1998 extended cab Chevrolet S – 10. Now... authorities are looking for the maroon and silver truck with PA tags. Have information about the theft... call Pennsylvania State Police.

 

Lou Barletta

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton steps into the spotlight this morning. He'll chair the hearing of the committee looking into the re-authorization of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The hearing will focus on FEMA's recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy in 2012... as well as problems encountered by Congressman Barletta’s constituents following Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee in 2011.

 

BU Boilers

The Commonwealth Financing Authority has given approval to a 2 – million dollar grant for Bloomsburg University. The grant will be used for the purchase and installation of a combined heat and power system. According to State Senator John Gordner and State Representative David Millard... the University will pick up the remaining funding for the ten million dollar project. The new boiler system and turbine generator will eliminate coal use and reduce energy consumption by 2.5%.

 

American Eagle

A soon to close distribution center of American Eagle Outfitters in western Pennsylvania... could mean a boon to employment in the Hazleton area. But now... state officials are reconsidering giving the company a half million dollars to build a new distribution center at the Humboldt Industrial Park... since the first center is being shuttered. One state official says they didn't know the company would close one distribution center... leaving two hundred people without jobs in order to get state funds to build a second center. That move is something the state frowns upon.

 

Hazleton Shooting Victim

Hazleton Police still don't have a suspect in custody in connection with the wounding of a man at a North Poplar Street garage over the weekend. After the unidentified man was shot in the throat... he was loaded in a car and dropped off at the Emergency Room of Hazleton General Hospital. He was later whisked away to a second facility after being stabilized.

 

Schuylkill Co. Fire

Fire investigators say a blaze that damaged one side of a double home Monday night started in the bathroom and spread. Adrienne Rogers and her three – year old son were able to escape the flames on Valley Street in Brockton... in Schuylkill County. The blaze was confined to the one – side of the half – double home. The pair, now, are staying with family members.

 

 

Tuesday / September 17, 2013


United Water

Harrisburg - based United Water telling us Tuesday that they plan to upgrade some of their water delivery infrastructure in Bloomsburg starting later this month. The Utilities Bob Manbeck says the project involves the replacement of water mains and service connections on Third Street... from Market to Iron... Fourth Street from Railroad to Market and a portion of Knapp Avenue. The project will cost the company an estimated $467,000. On Third and Fourth streets... the current 4 inch in diameter will be replaced by an 8 inch in diameter main... while the 2 – inch in diameter main on Knapp Avenue... will be replaced with a six inch in diameter pipe. Construction begins the final week of September... and is expected to be wrapped up by the end of October.

 

Stuart Tank

The Berwick Stuart Tank Committee has come across a 1942 era machine.... one that was built in Berwick during World War II.... and has a “for sale” sign hanging on it. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach... a member of the committee... says one has been found at the Military Museum of Southern New England in Danbury, Connecticut. And Kovach says... within the not too distant future... there will be a request for donations. 15, 000 tanks were made at the Berwick ACF complex during the war... but only a handful exist... and even less than that run. The money raised would be earmarked for the purchase and restoration of the Berwick – built tank.

 

Citations Handed Out

Bloomsburg police... as well as several other agencies were busy over the weekend... conducting saturation patrols. Cops targeting large groups of people gathering... causing disturbances. Bloomsburg Interim Police Chief Roger Van Loan telling us the biggest problem is underage drinking. There were 13 people arrested in that category... followed by the issuing of Disruptive Conduct Notices. Citations were also issued for disorderly conduct... public drunkenness and for open containers.

 

Danville Traffic

The phrase of the day in Danville.... take alternate routes. That word from Borough Administrator Dan Knorr who says with construction at routes 11 & 54... and with the Bloomsburg Fair right around the corner... another route through the work area should be top of mind for drivers. Knorr says if you're going to the Bloomsburg Fair next week and you live in Northumberland or Snyder Counties.... take Interstate 80 to get you around Danville's road construction.

 

International Week
Pennsylvania International Week kicked off this week. Peter O'Neill with the state's Department of Community and Economic Development, says PA's 23 authorized overseas trade representatives will be available to meet with Pennsylvania businesses over the next two weeks at 11 locations across the state. The presentations, seminars and networking events are designed to help businesses create new export sales and hopefully create more jobs at home.

 

St. Joe's Hospital

There could be the establishment of an assisted living facility... as well as a nursing school. The Clermont Group who purchased the former St. Joseph's Hospital in the 6-hundred block of North Church Street in Hazleton wants to do the conversion. They've already filed their paperwork with the Hazleton Zoning Hearing Board. The plans also include converting the Price's Dairy building into office space.


Curb Store Robbery

Hazleton police are looking for the person who robbed a convenience store Sunday night. The bandit strolled into Puff and Pic on West 15th Street... confronted the clerk and produced a knife. It's not known how much the robber got away with. If you have information about Sunday night's robbery... call Hazleton Police.

 

Shooting Victim

No one has been arrested in a shooting in Wilkes – Barre last week... and now one of the men shot... is dead. The Luzerne County coroner says an 18 – year old victim has passed. He died over the weekend stemming from a shooting on South Welles Street. A second person was treated and released at the hospital.

 

Wilkes – Barre Shooting

Wilkes – Barre Police are trying to find the person responsible for squeezing off some shots early Sunday morning on Maffett Street. Bullet casings were found on the streets... and a slug ended up in a front door of a home on Old River Road. No one was hit... and their not sure what the shooter was aiming at.

 

Grant Applications

State political leaders say they're encouraging fire companies and volunteer ambulance services to submit an application for the 2013 – 2014 service grant program. The grants may be used for the construction or renovation of a unit's station... the purchase or repair of equipment... training or debt reduction. The application period remains open until October 24th.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

Coming off a 45-37 win at Edinboro on Saturday, the Bloomsburg University football team has moved up two spots in the American Football Coaches Association poll of the nation's top 25 Division II teams. The Huskies are now ranked 13th. Two other PSAC teams are in the poll- IUP is ranked 8th and West Chester is 20th. This Saturday at 1 O'clock, the Huskies play at Kutztown.

 

HS Soccer

A boys high school soccer rivalry will be renewed this afternoon when Millville plays at Benton. It will be the first of two meetings for the teams this season.

 

NFL

In the NFL Monday night...the Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 20 to 10.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball, in the first game of a three game home series against Miami.. the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins 12 to 2. Game two of the series is Tuesday night. Coverage on the whlm stations begins at 6:30 with the pregame show.

 

In other action last night... the San Diego Padres blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 2 to nothing.

Monday / September 16, 2013


Deadly Shooting in Washington

There has been a deadly shooting rampage at Washington's Navy Yard. At least 12 people were killed. One gunman was killed. He is identified as 34 - year old Aaron Alexis... a civilian contractor from Ft. Worth, Texas. Police say Alexis acted alone... and there were no other gunmen involved. The investigation continues as to how he got weapons into the heavily guarded building.

 

PPL Steam Electric

Operations are back to normal at the PPL Steam Electric Station... north of Berwick in Salem Township. Operators declared a so – called “unusual event” at midday Sunday after water was discovered leaking inside a room at the plant's Unit 2 reactor building. The nuclear reactor of Unit 2 was shut down Saturday... and taken off line for repairs. An “unusual event” is the lowest of the emergency classification established by the U-S Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

 

Saving the Ber-Vaughn Pool

A man who works in Berwick is hoping to make a 10 – thousand dollar donation earmarked to get the now – defunct Ber – Vaughn Park swimming pool in order to get it running again. Marc Cosgrove says he plans to walk and bike an estimated 90 miles around Columbia and Luzerne Counties to make it happen... looking for donations along the way. Cosgrove begins his trek this Friday... starting at the pool.... then through Bloomsburg... going to the northern part of the county... as well as Luzerne county before finishing at Ber – Vaughn Park.

 

Emergency Preps

September is national emergency preparedness month.... and although we've dodged a lot of severe weather this summer... we should always be on our toes. Michelle Frey with Columbia County Emergency Management... says even an event... such as a thunderstorm we need to be prepared with things such as a flashlight... and a battery – operated radio. The bottom line... according to the EOC's Frye.... always be prepared for any event... and have a plan of action for your family.

 

Hazleton Shooting

No one is in custody in connection with the shooting of a Hazleton man Saturday afternoon. The 40 – year old man was dropped off at Hazleton General Hospital with a gunshot wound of the throat. No identity has been released, but it appears the shooting took place at a business on North Poplar... between East Spruce Alley and East Green Street. Hazleton Police are continuing the investigation.

 

Hazleton Suspect

Luzerne County authorities have taken a 21 year old man into custody for a West Hazleton shooting.  Christopher Vega is facing a host of charges following an incident on East Broad Street earlier this month. One man... was shot in the leg... the second was beaten up. Vega is now in the Luzerne County Prison.

 

Millville Road

The milling and paving of Millville Road in Bloomsburg got underway Sunday night. Contractor Glen Hawbaker, Incorporated plans to pave the road from Main and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg to the Millertown Road area. Other work is taking place at night this week near Millville and Iron Dale Road near the entrance to the United Water Company plant. The contractor is expected to have all the work completed by the end of the week.

 

Common Core

Controversial new graduation requirements have cleared a hurdle and are advancing. The graduation standards known as Common Core won approval from the state Board of Education, but still have to clear several other authorities before taking effect. The plan calls for new standards for the class of 2017 in Algebra, Biology and Literature...Composition and Civics would be added by 2020. The governor, House & Senate Education committees and the Attorney General are among those who still have to sign off on Core standards.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team won their second straight game to start the season with a 47-35 win at Edinboro Saturday afternoon. With 8:39 to play, senior running back Franklyn Quiteh made PSAC history. Quiteh became the career rushing leader... running for just over 5,700 yards during his BU Career. Quiteh had 231 yards rushing and three touchdowns and was named the PSAC Eastern division player of the week. Defensive honors went to the Huskies' junior safety Tomas Cabrera who had a fumble recovery, an interception, and eight tackles. The Huskies play at Kutztown Saturday afternoon.

 

NFL

In the NFL Sunday... The Philadelphia Eagles losing to the San Diego Chargers 33-30 …. and the New York Giants losing to the Denver Broncos 41-23. Monday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers play the Bengals in Cincinnati.

 

PHL Phillies

In baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Washington Nationals 11-2 on Sunday. Monday night the Phils play Miami at home. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

MLB

In other games Sunday... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Chicago Cubs 3-2... the New York Mets beat Miami 1-0 in 12 innings... and The Boston Red Sox downed the New York Yankees 9 to 2.

Sunday / September 15, 2013


PPL Steam Electric

Operations are back to normal at the PPL Steam Electric Station... north of Berwick in Salem Township. Operators declared a so – called “unusual event” at midday Sunday after water was discovered leaking inside a room at the plant's Unit 2 reactor building. The nuclear reactor of Unit 2 was shut down Saturday... and taken off line for repairs. An “unusual event” is the lowest of the emergency classification established by the U-S Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

 

Saving the Ber-Vaughn Pool

A man who works in Berwick is hoping to make a 10 – thousand dollar donation earmarked to get the now – defunct Ber – Vaughn Park swimming pool in order to get it running again. Marc Cosgrove says he plans to walk and bike an estimated 90 miles around Columbia and Luzerne Counties to make it happen... looking for donations along the way. Cosgrove begins his trek on Friday... starting at the pool.... then through Bloomsburg... going to the northern part of the county... as well as Luzerne county before finishing at Ber – Vaughn Park.

 

Emergency Preps

September is national emergency preparedness month.... and although we've dodge a lot of severe weather this summer... we should always be on our toes. Michelle Frey with Columbia County Emergency Management... says even an event... such as a thunderstorm rumbles through the region we need to be prepared with things such as a flashlight... and a battery – operated radio. The bottom line... according to the EOC's Frye.... always be prepared for any eventually... and have a plan of action for your family...

 

Hazleton Suspect

Luzerne County authorities have taken a 21 year old man into custody for a West Hazleton shooting. Christopher Vega is facing a host of charges following an incident on East Broad Street earlier this month. One man... was shot in the leg... the second beaten up. Vega is now in the Luzerne County Prison.

 

What's Happening Sunday September 15, 2013


The Loose Ties Model Railroad Club will open their huge display of trains today at the Columbia Mall.

 

The Central PA Vintage Iron Club presents their 9th annual Vintage Iron Fall Festival this weekend at the Union County West End Fairgrounds.

 

The Milton Harvest Festivals is happening through next weekend.

 

Shiloh United Church of Christ in Danville will hold an evening of line dancing with Denny Starr tonight from 5:00 to 7:30 PM.  Light refreshments will be served.

 

New Covenant Christian Church of Berwick will host NC7 Sunday nights starting tonight at 7:00 PM.  The church is located on West 11th Street in Berwick.

 

WHLM Sports

 

In the WHLM Game of the Week Southern Columbia was at Mount Carmel Friday night.  Southern took control from the start of the game to end in a 45-7 victory.

 

In other local High School Football action Bloomsburg beat Warrior Run 34-7, and Shamokin fell Danville 28-7

 

Bloomsburg University beat Edinboro on the road Saturday afternoon. The final was 47-35, Huskies.

 

In a Saturday afternoon game heard on Classic Rock 103.5, Berwick beat Dallas handily on the road 37-7.

 

In other High School action Saturday, the Rams of Vo-Tech fell to South Williamsport 41-12.

 

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

 

 

What's Happening Saturday September 14, 2013


The Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School PTO is hosting the annual Mum and bake sale at the school today  from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

 

The Millville Community Payers present “A Nice Family Gathering” today at Millville High School.

 

The Columbia Montour Boy Scout Council will host a Scout Shop Open House today  from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM and a Tiger Cub Fun Day from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  The fun day is for Tiger Cubs and boys interested in becoming Tiger Cubs.

 

The Saturday trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open today as usual in Danville.  At the Columbia Mall the Loose Ties Model Railroad Club will open their huge display of trains today and tomorrow, and the Wheelchair Engineers program will be open today.

 

The Bloomsburg “Walk to End Alzheimer’s” is being held in Bloomsburg Town Park today.  Registration is at 10:00 AM and the walk and program starts at 11:00 AM.

 

The 3rd Annual National Anti-Heroin Rally Day is today.  There are events happening at the Berwick Elks to celebrate recovery and rally against addiction from 1:00 to 5:00 PM today.

 

Catawissa First United Methodist church will host a block party today from 5:00 to 7:00 PM.  There will be live entertainment featuring guitarist Woody Wolfe along with free food, games, drawings, and prizes.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is hosting community auditions for their annual holiday show today at 3:00 and 4:00 PM.  Call the theatre for more information.

 

Grace Lutheran Church in Berwick is serving up a spaghetti dinner today from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

 

The Central PA Vintage Iron Club presents their 9th annual Vintage Iron Fall Festival this weekend at the Union County West End Fairgrounds.

 

The Milton Harvest Festivals is happening through next weekend.

 

The Rotary Club of Lycoming County present the 8th annual Balloonfest and Air Show at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds today.

 

The McClure Bean Soup Festival will wrap up today.  Bean soup is served starting at Noon and concessions open at 4:00 PM.

 

The Roaring Creek Valley Grange in Numidia is hosting a food basket bingo today.  Doors open at 11:30 and bingo starts at 1:00 PM.

 

Shiloh United Church of Christ in Danville will hold an evening of line dancing with Denny Starr tomorrow from 5:00 to 7:30 PM.  Light refreshments will be served.

 

New Covenant Christian Church of Berwick will host NC7 Sunday nights starting tomorrow at 7:00 PM.  The church is located on West 11th Street in Berwick.

 

WHLM Sports

 

In the WHLM Game of the Week Southern Columbia was at Mount Carmel Friday night.  Southern took control from the start of the game to end in a 45-7 victory.

 

In other local High School Football action Bloomsburg beat Warrior Run 34-7, and Shamokin fell Danville 28-7

 

Bloomsburg University beat Edinboro on the road Saturday afternoon. The final was 47-35, Huskies.

 

In a Saturday afternoon game heard on Classic Rock 103.5, Berwick beat Dallas handily on the road 37-7.

 

In other High School action Saturday, the Rams of Vo-Tech fell to South Williamsport 41-12.

 

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

 

 

Friday / September 13, 3013


Building Demolition

Changes to the landscape of downtown Bloomsburg began Thursday. Crews from Sokol Construction began demolishing the the former Cole's Hardware building... starting on Pine Avenue. By the end of the day most of the rear portion of the building was gone. In it's place... a new four story building will be constructed to be used by the Bloomsburg University Foundation. It's all due to a million dollar gift given by Duane Greenly... a Bloomsburg native and BU graduate. The new building is expected to be ready for occupancy by the end of 2014.

 

Danville Streetscape

The on-going Streetscape project along Mill Street in Danville will is expected to resume the evening of October 1st. PennDOT's Rick Mason says prime contractor Don Bower of Berwick will work overnight for two weeks to wrap the project. Traffic on Mill Street will be reduced to one lane... with “no parking” signs posted on both sides of the street. Work includes the milling and paving of Mill Street... as well as the installation of pedestrian crosswalks in the central business district.

 

Senior Expo

Hundreds of people turned out Thursday for a senior expo in Elysburg hosted by State Representative Kurt Masser. It was the third time in as many years those over sixty had a chance of get out of their homes... and travel to All Home Days Park to take a look at what vendors offered and to chat with Representative Masser about issues taking place in Harrisburg.

 

Legislature / John Gordner

The state legislature reconvenes next week in Harrisburg... and according to state senator John Gordner of Berwick... there are a lot of issues facing lawmaker. One of which is trying to figure out what to do about the rising costs of state pensions. That issue alone, will cost the state an estimated $600 – million next year. Other issues include... a transportation bill and the privatization of the state liquor store system... all three issues hanging in the balance since the spring of this year.

 

Benton Arrest

One man is in police custody after he allegedly stabbed a second man several times last month. State Police arresting Joseph Dunn in Benton this week. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting that Dunn allegedly stabbed another man along Route 254 in Benton Township. Dunn is facing several charges... including attempted homicide.

 

Drug Rally

Combating the drug problem in Berwick and Columbia County. That's the goal of an anti – drug rally Saturday afternoon in the parking lot of the Berwick Elks Club on Third Street. That word from organizer Vicky Lowery says it's all about raising awareness of the use of illegal narcotics in the area. The anti – drug rally gets underway at 1 O'clock Saturday afternoon.

 

Schuylkill Fire

Authorities still don't know the cause of a fire which destroyed a home in neighboring Schuylkill County early Thursday morning. The house was located along Old Catawissa Road near Zion Grove. First responders were met by a wall a flames. Fire officials say the family who lived in the home was on vacation.

 

Conviction

A 30 – year old Luzerne County man has been found guilty of burglarizing a state troopers home in Lafflin last year. William Gronosky on Nanticoke has been in trouble with the law in the past... but this time the burglary netted him the trooper's duty – issue hand gun... used when he shot at troopers during a high speed pursuit. Earlier this month Gronosky was convicted of robbing a West Nanticoke gentleman's club.

 

Schuylkill Sheriff

The embattled police chief of Gilberton... now want's to be Schuylkill County's next sheriff. Mark Kessler made the announcement on social media this week. He's running as an independent against incumbent Democratic Sheriff Joseph Groody... and GOP challenger Patrick Reynolds in the November 5th general election.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Football

The Southern Columbia and Mount Carmel football teams renew their rivalry tonight at the Silver Bowl in Mount Carmel in our game of the week. From start to finish Southern Columbia was all over Mount Carmel, With Southern 45 Mount Carmel 7

 

Other Games

In other games tonight.... Bloomsburg is at home against Warrior Run,Bloomsburg 34 Warrior Run 7 and Danville has a home game against Shamokin. Danville 28 Shamokin 7

 

Saturday Games

Saturday afternoon Berwick plays at Dallas. Coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 begins at 1 PM with The Coach Curry Show. Also Saturday afternoon, Columbia Montour Vo Tech plays its home opener, taking on South Williamsport.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday, Bloomsburg University is at Edinboro in a game that kicks off at noon. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 11:30 with The Husky Countdown Show.

 

MLB

In major league baseball Thursday night.. the Philadelphia Phillies crushed the San Diego Padres 10 to 5... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Chicago Cubs 3 to 1.... the New York Mets lost to the Washington Nationals 7 to 2... the New York Yankees just getting by the Baltimore Orioles 6 to 5..

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night... the New England Patriots defeated the New York Jets 13 to 10.

Thursday / September 12, 2013


 

 

Benton Arrest

One man is in police custody after he allegedly stabbed a second man several time.

State Police arresting Joseph Dunn in Benton this week. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting that Dunn allegedly stabbed another man along Route 254 in Benton Township. The victim was rushed to Geisinger Medical Center where he's recovering from multiple stab wounds. Dunn is facing several charges... including attempted homicide.

 

Senior Expo

Hundreds of people turned out yesterday for a senior expo in Elysburg hosted by State Representative Kurt Masser. It was the third time those over sixth had a chance of get out of their homes... and travel to All Home Days Park to take a look at what vendors offered and to chat with Representative Masser about issues taking place in Harrisburg.

 

XGR / John Gordner

It's been a rough and tumble year in the state legislature... with a number of hot button issues... including what to do about state pensions.

With lawmakers heading to Harrisburg next week... State Senator John Gordner says there will be a 600 – million dollar additional cost to pensions next year.

That... according to Senator Gordner... eats up any natural budget growth...

 

BU Power

Classes at Bloomsburg University will resume Thursday morning... after they were abruptly canceled Wednesday afternoon when the power went out. A university spokesperson says an electrical short circuit to the main service supplying juice to the campus... failed Wednesday afternoon.... throwing the entire campus in the dark. Crews from Pennsylvania Power and Light restored service to the upper campus area... then began fixing the outage on the lower campus. Power was restored overnight.

 

911 Remembrance

Remembering the victims of the 9-11 attacks on America. Bugler Gary O'Neal in front of the Jackson Mansion on Market Street in Berwick on Tuesday paying tribute to the nearly 3000 people who died at the World Trade Center in New York City... the Pentagon in Northern Virginia... and a lonely farmer's field in Somerset County near Shanksville. O'Neal says it's part of an organization that remembers 9-11. O'Neal playing taps in front of the Ranger Hose Company... at the Reliance Fire Hall... the Nescopeck AMVETS... arriving to play at the Jackson Mansion.

 

Susquehanna Workshop

Two years after the floods produced by Tropical Storm Lee devastated the area... Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG will hold a workshop later this month... dealing with the Susquehanna River. SEDA – COG's Trish Carothers says this is an opportunity to learn about the Susquehanna and the 70 communities it effects. The workshop takes place September 30th at the Kehr Union building on the Bloomsburg University campus.

 

Paving Project

A PennDOT highway maintenance crew in Columbia County will begin a paving project on Mainville Drive in Catawissa and Main townships next Monday. Work will take about two weeks to wrap up. Starting Monday... the crew will be working on the hill between Route 487 and Sycamore Drive. The section of the road will be detoured during daylight hours.

 

Masser / Senior Expo

Representative Kurt Masser who takes care of Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties in Harrisburg is hosting his annual Senior Expo on Thursday at All Home Days Park in Elysburg. The event begins at 10 O'clock... and several hundred people are expected to attend. With the expo underway... Representative Masser's offices will be closed in Elysburg and Danville, but will reopen Friday.

 

Arrest

A 33 – year old White Haven man is free after state police arrested him on a number of sex related charges. State Police at Hazleton says 33 – year old Jason Lyman is accused of having unlawful contact with an underage girl at various locations in the Mountain Top area. Police finding an estimated 1,500 messages between Lyman and the girl until the two were discovered last May. Lyman was arraigned and released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

 

Luzerne County Employees

Luzerne County employees will start working 40 hours a week starting in 2014. They had been working 37 and a half hours. The County Council approving the lengthen hours when they met this week. County Manager Robert Lawton says the straight 40 hour week will make it easier to administer payroll and manager offices.

 

Power Plants

An environmental group is supporting stronger regulation of power plant emissions, citing federal data that shows Pennsylvania power plants rank third in carbon emissions. Seven PA power plants... including one in Montour County... rank among the top 100 most polluting in the country based on carbon emissions according to PennEnvironment. All are coal-fired plants - Brunner Island in York County, the PPL Montour Plant in Montour County... as well as five plants in southwestern PA.

 

Pool Safety
The summer took a tragic toll at pools and spas this summer. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the danger still exists. The C-P-S-C says more than 200 children under age 14 drowned in pools and spas between Memorial Day and Labor Day...with 9 of the deaths in Pennsylvania. The majority of the victims were under age 5. The agency says its important to put up barriers and have constant supervision of young children around the water, and teach water safety at the earliest age possible.

 

 

Wednesday / September 11, 2013


Power Problem at BU

An electrical short circuit to the main service supplying juice to the entire Bloomsburg University campus... failed Wednesday afternoon.... throwing the entire campus in the dark. That word coming from a University spokesperson. There is an unconfirmed report that says the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital was also effected. Crews from Pennsylvania Power and Light restored service to the upper campus area... then began fixing the outage on the lower campus. Classes were immediately canceled... and that includes all Wednesday evening classes. Until the power is restored.... there will be extra campus security increasing their patrols.

 

Bloomsburg Fire Department

When you opened the door... It had the smell of a new truck. A fire engine recently manufactured by KME in Nesquehoning stopped by the Bloomsburg Fire Department Tuesday night... where volunteers got a chance to smell and touch the engine with a rescue ladder on top. Fire Chief Bob Rupp says they want to replace an engine with a new piece.... so he's seeking quotes. Cost of the new apparatus is in the neighborhood of $650,000. Meantime... town council is expected to include the purchase price in the 2014 budget.

 

Barletta / Syria

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton says he won't support a military attack on Syria... following a classified briefing he received at the beginning of the week. Mr. Barletta said President Obama hasn't laid out a clear plan of action... as well as the ramifications of such a strike. Mr. Obama said military action is necessary after the Assad government allegedly used gas on a thousand people involved in an uprising.

 

Reithoffer / Safety

The rides of the Reithoffer Shows are making their way to the grounds of the 158th Bloomsburg Fair. But, how safe are the rides which are set up and dismantled an estimated 40 times a year? Rick Reithoffer says they're safe due to constant inspections since he travels from state to state. This year's Bloomsburg Fair has a “soft opening” scheduled for September 20th. The exposition runs through the 28th.

 

Caregiver Forum

State Representative David Millard is hosting a senior caregiver support forum on Thursday evening in Benton. The forum is designed to inform family and friends... who are caregivers... the services available to them. For example... insurance and Medicare programs... hospices... elder law... as well as independent living. The forum to be held Thursday night at the Northern Columbia County Community Center in Benton. The event getting under at 6:30.

 

Senior Expo

Representative Kurt Masser who takes care of Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties in Harrisburg is hosting his annual Senior Expo on Thursday at All Home Days Park in Elysburg. The event begins at 10 O'clock... and several hundred people are expected to attend. With the expo underway... Representative Masser's offices will be closed in Elysburg and Danville, but will reopen Friday.

 

Scott Township / Flood

Two years ago on this date... we were all cleaning up from the destruction left behind by the flood waters of tropical storm Lee. The big question at the time was where do we turn next. But for Scott Township.... things have returned to normal for many... so says Secretary Eric Stahley. Meantime the federal, state and local governments have purchased 22 flood damaged home along Old Berwick Road and White Birch Lane. All should be all torn down by the end of the month.

 

Teen Charged

A 16 – year old Kingston Township teenager spent his first night behind bars. Tyler Duda is facing third degree murder... and a host of other charges after Nanticoke police say he hit and killed a pedestrian walking home from a 4th of July celebration. Duda did not have a license and had alleged stolen his mother's SUV... striking and killing Nickolas Zurilla as he tried to cross West Union Street in Nanticoke. Investigators say he was traveling at 72 miles an hour in a 25 zone. Duda is being held on a million dollars bail.

 

Weatherly Fire

A Weatherly business... south of Hazleton.. is up and running Wednesday morning following a fire at Weatherly Casting early Tuesday. Fire crews were called to the plant after employees tried to douse a small blaze. The fire was apparently on the roof... but it was extinguished quickly.

 

Milton Vandalism

Northumberland County investigators are trying to figure out who vandalized an elementary school over the weekend. The James Baugher School in Milton was vandalized... but the custodial staff cleaned up the mess. Police not saying what the damage was. A month ago.... the While Deer Elementary school in the Milton district was the target of vandals.

 

 

Tuesday / September 10, 2013


I-80 Accident

After being shut down for ten hours... the westbound lane of Interstate 80 is now opened. It was shut down around midnight after a tanker truck hauling 7,500 gallons of a gasoline / diesel fuel mixture overturned near the State Route 487 overpass. The accident happened moments after midnight. Lightstreet fire chief Darren Shaffer telling us the driver lost control of the big rig... with the cab separating from the tanker... and rolling over several times. The tanker overturned at least once. Shaffer said the driver got out of the crushed cab under his own power... and was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment of minor injuries.

 

Guilty Plea

A Berwick man faces up to 15 – years in prison after he admits to driving drunk without a license... and running down a man on a bicycle who was on his way home from work a year ago. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting 18 – year old Joseph Rish pleading guilty in Columbia County court to a homicide by vehicle charge in the death of Robert Mohr. Mohr was struck and killed as he rode his bike from the Denny's restaurant in Lightstreet to his home along Ridge Road in North Center Township.

 

Veterans Memorial

A big push is underway to construct a Veterans Memorial in Bloomsburg by next spring. So Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night... giving its approval to its placement in the middle of lower Market Street... in Town Park. Council member Diane Levan is one person spearheading the project... hoping to raise $500,000 dollars for construction and perpetual care. Council will also get the final design of the memorial when they meet next month.

 

State Grant

Thanks to a state grant funnel through PennDOT from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration... Bloomsburg Police are doing their part to try and stem a growing problem of aggressive driving. Interim Police Chief Roger Van Loan says the biggest problem is on West Main Street... near the Moose Exchange at Jefferson Street. Interim Chief Van Loan says that's where aggressive drivers are ticketed and sent on their way. The aggressive driving program runs through the end of the month.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

Pump prices are holding steady for self – serve unleaded regular gas across northeast Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Triple – A Fuel Gauge latest report shows we're paying an average of $3.61 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend... but down two cents from a week ago. A year ago... unleaded regular was averaging $3.84 a gallon.

 

Alzheimer's Walk

Trying to help people with Alzheimer's will hit Market Street in Bloomsburg on Saturday to help raise money to combat the disease. Kathy Martin of Orangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center says the disease is not only trying on those who have it... but their families as well. Registration for the walk begins at 10 O'clock Saturday morning at the Bloomsburg Town Park...with the walk stepping off at 11.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

After Saturday's 41-13 season opening win over Stonehill College, the Bloomsburg University football team has moved up to 15th in the nation in this week's American Football Coaches Association Poll. Two other PSAC teams are in the top 25- IUP is 8th and West Chester is 23rd. Shippensburg was ranked 7th last week, but has dropped out of the top 25 after a 33-0 loss to Shepherd on Saturday.

 

NFL

The first week of the NFL ended last night with two games... the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Washington Redskins 33 – 27... and the Houston Texans downed the San Diego Charges 31 – 28.

 

MLB

In major league baseball Monday night... The Pittsburgh Pirates getting by the Texas Rangers 1 to nothing... the Washington National blanked the New York Mets 9 to nothing... and the Baltimore Orioles got by the New York Yankees 4 to 2.

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies had Monday night off. They start a home series against the San Diego Padres Tuesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

Monday / September 9, 2013


Interstate 80 Closed

Interstate 80 is closed between the Lightstreet and Berwick / Lime Ridge exits. A tanker loaded with gasoline and diesel fuel flipped on it's side in the eastbound lane of the highway around midnight. Emergency crews remain at the scene making sure the product in the tank does not leak. Fire police are getting drivers around the situation.

 

Guilty Plea

A Berwick man faces up to 15 – years in prison after he admits to driving drunk without a license... an running down a man on a bicycle who was on his way home from work a year ago. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting 18 – year old Joseph Rish pleading guilty in Columbia County court to a homicide by vehicle charge in the death of Robert Mohr. Mohr was struck and killed as he rode his bike from the Denny's restaurant in Lightstreet to his home along Ridge Road in North Center Township.

 

State Grant

Thanks to a state grant funnel through PennDOT from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration... Bloomsburg Police are doing their part to try and stem a growing problem of aggressive driving. Interim Police Chief Roger Van Loan says the biggest problem is on West Main Street... near the Moose Exchange at Jefferson Street. Interim Chief Van Loan says that's where aggressive drivers are ticketed and sent on their way. The aggressive driving program runs through the end of the month.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

Pump prices are holding steady for self – serve unleaded regular gas across northeast Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Triple – A Fuel Gauge latest report shows we're paying an average of $3.61 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend... but down two cents from a week ago. A year ago... unleaded regular was averaging $3.84 a gallon.

 

Alzheimer's Walk

Trying to help people with Alzheimer's will hit Market Street in Bloomsburg on Saturday to help raise money to combat the disease. Kathy Martin of Orangeville Health and Rehabilitation Center says the disease is not only trying on those who have it... but their families as well. Registration for the walk begins at 10 O'clock Saturday morning at the Bloomsburg Town Park...with the walk stepping off at 11.

 

Lou Barletta / Syria

Congressman Lou Barletta gets a classified briefing Monday as to the situation with Syria as congress mulls over the idea of giving President Obama the okay to carry out a military strike on that middle eastern county. The Assad government is accused of gassing its own people a couple of weeks in order to quell ongoing uprisings. Mr. Barletta says he is conflicted... and questions any attack on Syria. Congressman Barletta making his remarks during an appearance before the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce at the start of the weekend.

 

Bardo Bridge

If you usually use the Bardo Road Bridge in Greenwood Township in your travels... you'll be faced with detours. The Columbia County – owned bridge will be closed this week. Crews will be working on the span... starting Monday... for repairs to the decking. It is expected to be open by the end of the week.

 

State Bridges

Thousands of bridges around the state are having their weight limits reduced... in order to stretch their life span. The problem is most bridges are more than 50 – years old and they're reaching the end of their life cycle. PennDOT's Rick Mason says structural problems have developed over the years. The legislature didn't take up the transportation funding issue prior to adjournment... but now is expected to be top of mind when they reconvene later this month.

 

Dick Hess

Funeral services will be held this week for Representative Dick Hess who served the central part of the state. Hess chaired the state house transportation committee as it grappled with funding for roads and bridges and he's being remembered as a key player in trying to reach a compromise that would not put a large burden on consumers. The bill got bogged down in the house and some fear Hess's passing could mean a loss of momentum when the issue is considered again this fall.
 

Dairy Show

The 50th annual All American Dairy Show opened over the weekend at the state farm show complex in Harrisburg. The Department of Agriculture's Nicole Bucher says dairy is an important industry in PA... pumping billions of dollars into the state's economy. The show runs through Thursday.

 

Flood Protection

Luzerne County has a new director of the Flood Protection Authority. 58 – year old Christopher Belleman takes over the job later this month. He will replace Jim Brozena who retired earlier this year.  Belleman is currently the County director of operational services.

 

Break-In's

Cops in Ashley... in Luzerne County.. are investigating a string a break – ins over the weekend. Investigators say all the cars were parked in a back alley of Ashley Street. Police in that part of Luzerne County are asking drivers to lock their cars... and remove personal belongings.

 

Burglary

State Police in Hazleton are investigating a burglary, which happened at the start of the weekend in Foster Township in Luzerne County. Troopers say someone broke into a home... making off with consumer electronic goods. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call State Police at Hazleton.

 

 

What's Happening Sunday September 8, 2013


St. John’s Community Church of Catawissa is having music in the park today at 1:00 PM in Cara Park.  The Evansville Gang will play.  In case of rain the concert will be at the church on the corner of 3rd and Pine Streets in Catawissa.

 

The Benton British Car Club will meet today at 3:00 PM at Strevigs Family Restaurant located on Route 487 in Benton.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church invites you to their front steps for Sundaes tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  They’ll have a clown and live music.  The church is located on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

WHLM Sports

 

After winning their season opener on the road, the Danville High School football team defeated Loyalsock in its home opener Friday night. The final was 23-21. In Bulldogs action Berwick trounced Pottsville 56-7.

 

In other action Friday, Bloomsburg beat Hughesville 35-21, Southern Columbia beat Montgomery 58-6, Central Columbia were shut out by Montoursville 41-0, and Columbia Montour Vo-Tech were denied by Nanticoke 48-0. Check out the WHLM High School Football Scoreboard for more area scores.

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team opened the season at home against Stonehill College of Massachusetts Saturday afternoon, in the first time since 1992 that Danny Hale has not been not the Huskies' head coach. Paul Darragh made his head coaching debut in the game that ended in a convincing 41-13 Huskies win. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

 

What's Happening Saturday September 7, 2013


Downtown Danville presents the annual fall arts and crafts festival today from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  More than 100 crafters will fill Mill Street, and there will be free parking and shuttle service.

 

Zombies are taking over Berwick today as part of the Berwick Area United Way and American Red Cross Preparedness Day.  There’s a Zombie 5K Run and vendors set up with emergency preparedness information at Berwick Test Track Park.  It’s happening from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

 

The 1st Annual Holly Mcanall Memorial Walk for the Heart is today in Bloomsburg Town Park.  Registration starts at 9:00 AM and the walk starts at 10:00 AM.  It’s a 2-mile walk benefiting Geisinger’s Heart and Vascular Institute Women’s Heart and Vascular Health Fund.

 

The Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg invites you to Grandparents Day today from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Grandparents and kids can enjoy old-fashioned games and toys, special make and take crafts, story time, and a sing along.  Admission is free for grandparents.

 

The Free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville will be open as usual today, and the Wheelchair Engineers train program at the Columbia Mall will be open as well.

 

The Orangeville Volunteer Fire Company will host their 3rd annual fall car show today from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  There will be a craft and vendor show going on as well.

 

There’s a spaghetti dinner happening at the Jerseytown Community Center to benefit a local man battling multiple sclerosis this afternoon from 3:00 to 7:00 PM.  Money raised will go toward making his home handicap accessible.

 

The 5th annual Silltwater Poetry Festival is happening today at the Municipal Park in Stillwater from 3:00 to 9:00 PM, rain or shine.  Admission is free.  There will be open mic sessions, acoustic music and a magnetic poetry contest.

 

St. John’s Community Church of Catawissa is having music in the park tomorrow at 1:00 PM in Cara Park.  The Evansville Gang will play.  In case of rain the concert will be at the church on the corner of 3rd and Pine Streets in Catawissa.

 

The Benton British Car Club will meet tomorrow at 3:00 PM at Strevigs Family Restaurant located on Route 487 in Benton.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church invites you to their front steps for Sundaes tomorrow from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  They’ll have a clown and live music.  The church is located on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

WHLM Sports

 

After winning their season opener on the road, the Danville High School football team defeated Loyalsock in its home opener Friday night. The final was 23-21. In Bulldogs action Berwick trounced Pottsville 56-7.

 

In other action Friday, Bloomsburg beat Hughesville 35-21, Southern Columbia beat Montgomery 58-6, Central Columbia were shut out by Montoursville 41-0, and Columbia Montour Vo-Tech were denied by Nanticoke 48-0. Check out the WHLM High School Football Scoreboard for more area scores.

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team opened the season at home against Stonehill College of Massachusetts Saturday afternoon, in the first time since 1992 that Danny Hale has not been not the Huskies' head coach. Paul Darragh made his head coaching debut in the game that ended in a convincing 41-13 Huskies win. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

Friday / September 6, 2013


Bloomsburg University

Enrollment this year at Bloomsburg University is holding its own. That word from President Dr. David Soltz... making an appearance on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz. Overall... enrollment dropped a bit last year... due to a decline in high school graduates. Just over ten thousand full and part – time students dot the campus for the 2013 – 2014 school year... and that number will fluctuate during the year.

 

Columbia Co. United Way

The Columbia County United Way in Bloomsburg... launching their annual fall fund raising campaign on Thursday. The organization's John Thomas says it takes a lot of volunteers to make the capitol campaign a huge success. Thomas says the $511,000 raised last year really didn't cover the expectations of 15 member agencies. However, the volunteers hope to meet and exceed that figure this year.

 

Powerball Winner

Someone in the Berwick area is going to pocket some big bucks. The state Lottery Commission says someone purchased a ticket worth a million dollars at the Fresh N Quik on Market Street in Berwick.  It all stems from last Saturday's Powerball drawing. The ticket correctly matched all five white balls... but not the red powerball. The person holding the ticket has a year to claim the prize.

 

Emergency Preps

With September being designated as Emergency Preparedness Month... it's time to take stock with what you would do is a sudden crisis. Michelle Frye of Columbia County Emergency Management says you should consider emergency's you might face. Ms. Frye says every crisis... and every emergency is different. Have questions... call Columbia County Emergency Management.

 

Shamokin Fire

A state police fire marshal is expected to be at the home of Jim and Cheryl Hoffman Friday... trying to figure out what sparked a Thursday night blaze near Shamokin. Jim Hoffman is the Coal township fire chief.... and watched as flames ripped through the home in the 1300 block of Independence St. The fire turned into a two – alarm blaze. The double unit house was extensively damaged.

 

DeSanto Troubles

The former executive director of the Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority is in trouble with the law. 63 – year old Fred DeSanto of Pittston has been charged by the Luzerne County District Attorney's office with diversion of services stemming from an alleged theft which took place nine years ago. DeSanto abruptly quit his job last month only days before he was to be questioned in the case.

 

Robber Convicted

A Luzerne County man was found guilty yesterday... in the robbery of a strip club in Plymouth last year. William Gronosky of Nanticoke is accused of sticking up the Carousel Lounge. Still on the table... court proceedings on a charge of firing at a state trooper... as well as a home invasion in Luzerne County.

 

PPL Steam Electric

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it's keeping an eye on Unit 2 at PPL's Steam Electric plant in Salem Township... north of Berwick. It's up for a so – called supplemental inspection later this month. It's all due to unplanned shutdown of the reactor last year. The NRC says the public was never in danger... and a plant spokesman says corrective actions are being implemented.

 

WHLM Sports

 

After winning their season opener on the road, the Danville High School football team defeated Loyalsock in its home opener Friday night. The final was 23-21. In Bulldogs action Berwick trounced Pottsville 56-7. You can hear the details from those games in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

In other action Friday, Bloomsburg beat Hughesville 35-21, Southern Columbia beat Montgomery 58-6, Central Columbia were shut out by Montoursville 41-0, and Columbia Montour Vo-Tech were denied by nanticoke 48-0. Check out the WHLM High School Football Scoreboard for more area scores.

 

BU Football

When the Bloomsburg University football team opens the season at home against Stonehill College of Massachusetts Saturday afternoon, it will be the first time since 1992, that Danny Hale is not the Huskies' head coach. Paul Darragh makes his head coaching debut in the game that kicks off at 1 O'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the Husky Tailgate Show at 11 O'clock.

 

NFL

In the NFL's opening game Thursday night... the Denver Bronco defeated the Baltimore Ravens 49 to 27.

 

Baseball

In baseball... the New York Yankees downed the Boston Red Sox 9 to 8...

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies were idle Thursday. They start a weekend home series against Atlanta Friday night.

Thursday / September 5, 2013


 

 

Bloomsburg University

Enrollment this year at Bloomsburg University is holding it's own. That word from President Dr. David Soltz... making an appearance on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz. Overall... enrollment dropped a bit last year... due to a decline in high school graduates. Just over ten thousand full and part – time students dot the campus for the 2013 – 2014 school year... and that number will fluctuate during the year.

 

Columbia Co. United Way

The Columbia County United Way in Bloomsburg... launching their annual fall fund raising campaign on Thursday. The organization's John Thomas says it takes a lot of volunteers to make the capitol campaign a huge success. Thomas says the $511,000 raised last year really didn't cover the expectations of 15 member agencies. However, the volunteers hope to meet and exceed that figure this year.

 

Emergency Preps

With September being designated as Emergency Preparedness Month... it's time to take stock with what you would do is a sudden crisis. Michelle Frye of Columbia County Emergency Management says you should consider emergency's you might face. Ms. Frye says every crisis... and every emergency is different. Have questions... call Columbia County Emergency Management.

 

Flood Wall

An unexpected stumbling block to the proposed flood wall project in Bloomsburg to protect two large businesses on the town's west end. One of those firms... Windsor Foods... says it doesn't want a flood wall around its West 11th Street plant... then pulled the million dollars they pledged for the project. But County Commissioner David Kovach says he... and the two other commissioners aren't giving up. Ground breaking for the project was expected this year... but no one is certain how the decision made by Windsor Foods will effect overall plans.

 

Bloomsburg Fair

With the start of the Bloomsburg Fair just weeks away... the Fair Association's directors met with the media to talk about the 158th exposition. Also on hand was Rick Reithoffer who has brought his rides to the fair grounds as long as anyone can remember. He told us there will be new rides for the kids... as well as for teens and adults. The fair begins with a “soft opening” on the 20th.... with the exposition getting underway the following day.

 

DUI Checkpoints

Local police officers who make up the regional DUI Enforcement Group says Sobriety Checkpoints will be in Columbia County this weekend. The enforcement action begins Friday night... and will continue Saturday. Usual spots to watch are Routes 11, 487 and 42. The checkpoints are funded by PennDOT with money from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

Area Code

We've known about it for months... but on September 21st... all of us will have to dial ten digits to reach others by phone if we're in the 570 area code. You would think businesses in the Susquehanna Valley would need new stationary... business cards and the like... but that apparently isn't the case... so says Tom Hower of Custom Advertising of Berwick. The overlay okayed by the PUC kicks in the 21st... and in essence for local calls you'll have to use 570... then the rest of the number to reach who you're calling. 911 calls are not effected. 

 

August Revenues

The Pennsylvania Department of Revenue releases its collection data for August. It shows Pennsylvania collected about $1.8 - billion in general fund revenue during the month. That's about .1%point one percent below what the department estimated. Though P-A collected more in sales tax receipts this month than anticipated personal income, corporate, inheritance and realty transfer tax collections are all down. The commonwealth collected slightly more revenue from cigarettes, malt beverages, liquor and table games than expected this month. But non - tax revenue collected for the year so far is more than 32 percent below state estimates.

 

Burglars Nabbed

Four alleged burglars... described as professionals by police... are now in the Luzerne County Jail. All are from the DC Metro area... and were caught in Schuylkill County following a high speed chase. They were busted after surveillance video showed the men grabbing thousands of dollars in cash from a safe at the Top of the 80's convenience store near Sugarloaf.

 

Hazleton Funfest

One of Hazleton's biggest events is getting ready to kick off for the weekend. Funfest brings an estimated 100,000 people to the city each year. This year's event follows the belief by organizers that there wasn't enough money to produce one this year... due to the cost of city services such as police department overtime and trash removal. But some corporate sponsors have stepped up to the plate. The event begins Saturday morning and runs through Sunday evening.

 

I-80 Fatal

A Tulsa, Oklahoma man is dead after he lost control of his car Wednesday morning... and plowed into some trees in the median of Interstate 80... eastbound... in Butler Township in Luzerne County. State police at Hazleton say 34 – year old Michael Mitchell's foreign compact drifted into the median... slamming into two trees. Mitchell was killed on impact and pronounced dead by Luzerne County coroner Gerald Jones.

 

Snyder Fatal

One motorcyclist is dead following a Tuesday night crash in Snyder County. The crash taking place on Route 104 near Middleburg... but details surrounding the wreck have not been released. Also not released... the name of man on the bike who died..

 

 

Wednesday / September 4, 2013


Windsor Food's Flood Wall

An unexpected stumbling block to the proposed flood wall project in Bloomsburg to protect two large businesses on the town's west end. One of those firms... Windsor Foods... says it doesn't want a flood wall around it's West 11th Street plant... then pulled the million dollars they pledged for the project. But County Commissioner David Kovach says he... and the two other commissioner's aren't giving up. Ground breaking for the project was expected this year... but no one is certain how the decision made by Windsor Food's will effect overall plans.

 

Bloomsburg Fair

With the start of the Bloomsburg Fair just weeks away... the Fair Association's directors met with the media to talk about the 158th exposition. Also on hand was Rick Reithoffer who has brought his rides to the fair grounds as long as anyone can remember. He told us there will be new rides for the kids... as well as for teens and adults. The fair begins with a “soft opening” on the 20th.... with the exposition getting underway the following day.

 

Area Code

We've known about it for months... but on September 21st... all of us will have to dial ten digits to reach others by phone if we're in the 570 area code. You would think businesses in the Susquehanna Valley would need new stationary... business cards and the like... but that apparently isn't the case... so says Tom Hower of Custom Advertising of Berwick. The overlay okayed by the PUC kicks in the 21st... and in essence for local calls you'll have to use 570... then the rest of the number to reach who you're calling.

 

Dumpster Fire

Short work was made to... what could have been... a disastrous dumper fire behind an apartment building at 123 West Main Street in Bloomsburg Tuesday afternoon. Right around 2:45... some one called in the alarm... and Bloomsburg Fire Chief Bob Rupp said a lot of people pitched in to bring the initial blaze in the dumpster under control such as neighbors and police officers. Firemen using a line off a Bloomsburg pumper truck to make sure the fire was out. No word as to what caused that dumpster in Bloomsburg to catch fire.

 

Berwick Area United Way

The Berwick Area United Way kicked off the start of it's annual fund raising drive  Wednesday. The organization supports 14 core agencies... but the United Way is slowly changing so say CEO Ginny Crake. Ms. Crake says her organization wants to raise an estimated $400,000... the same goal as the past couple of years.

 

Microsoft / Nokia

The word that Microsoft plans to purchase wireless phone maker Nokia for $7.3 - billion has startled the business world... both locally and across the nation... as well as around the globe. But what effect will it have locally?  Ric Dworsak of Tel – Us Communications on Route 11 says he believes it won't really be a game changer in the wireless industry. That follows by just hours the announcement that Verizon was purchasing 45 percent of its wireless business from Britain's Vodafone... giving it total control of its wireless division... and boosting its bottom line.

 

Gas Prices

If you've got to fill up your gas tank... you'll be paying more. The Triple - A Fuel Gauge report out Tuesday shows that self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.62 a gallon... down a penny from the weekend... but up eight cents from a week ago. The reason... unrest in the middle east... forcing the prices of a barrel of crude to hit a high of of $112.00.

 

Victim Identified

We now know the identity of one of two men killed in a fiery crash last month in Rush Township near Elysburg. The Northumberland County coroner says 46 – year old James Connelly of Danville was identified through tattoos. The second man has yet to be identified. If you recall... the pick up truck they were in hit a tree, rolled over and caught fire killing both men.

 

Hazleton Shooting

A domestic squabble Monday night... led to the man being shot in the face... allegedly by his girl friend. Police say Joseph Rogoskey and 28 – year old Mary Kirkpatrick were arguing... when Kirkpatrick pulled a weapon and shot Rogoskey. She's now charged with assault... while her boyfriend is being treated at a Hazleton hospital. Kirkpatrick is locked up in the Luzerne County Jail.

 

Threats

A Freeland man is in the Luzerne County Jail. 57 – year old Wayne Harding allegedly made threats against borough leaders... forcing them to call off last Tuesday night's council meeting. This is not the first time Harding's been in trouble with the law. A month ago he allegedly threatened Freeland's Code Enforcement officer.

 

 

Tuesday / September 3, 2013


Dumpster Fire

Short work was made to... what could have been... a disastrous dumpers fire behind an apartment building at 123 West Main Street in Bloomsburg Tuesday afternoon. Right around 2:45... some one called in the alarm... and Bloomsburg Fire Chief Bob Rupp said a lot of people pitched in to bring the initial blaze in the dumpster under control such as neighbors and police officers. Firemen using a line off a Bloomsburg pumper truck to make sure the fire was out. No word as to what caused that dumpster in Bloomsburg to catch fire.

 

Microsoft / Nokia

The word that Microsoft plans to purchase wireless phone maker Nokia for $7.3 - billion has startled the business world... both locally and across the nation... as well as around the globe. But what effect will it have locally. Ric Dworsak of Tel – Us Communications on Route 11 says he believes it won't really be a game changer in the wireless industry. That follows by just hours the announcement that Verizon was purchasing 45 percent of it's wireless business from Britain's Vodafone... giving it total control of it's wireless division... and boosting it's bottom line.

 

Berwick Area United Way

The Berwick Area United Way kicks off the start of it's annual fund raising drive on Wednesday. The organization supports 14 core agencies... but the United Way is slowly changing so say CEO Ginny Crake. Ms. Crake says her organization wants to raise an estimated $400,000... the same goal as it's been the past couple of years.

 

Gas Prices

If you've got to fill up your gas tank... you'll be paying more. The Triple - A Fuel Gauge report out Tuesday shows that self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.62 a gallon... down a penny from the weekend... but up eight cents from a week ago. The reason... unrest in the middle east... forcing the prices of a barrel of crude to hit a high of of $112.00.

 

Hazleton Shooting

A Hazleton woman is in the Luzerne County jail after she allegedly shot a man in the fact late Monday night. Police telling us the incident happened in the 700 block of North James Street. That's when 28 – Mary Kirkpatrick is accused of shooting the man in the face. He was rushed to a hospital for treatment.

Kirkpatrick is facing a host of charges.

 

Castawayz Fire

Still no word as to what cause a weekend fire that extensively damaged a Briar Creek Township bar and restaurant on Route 93. The Castawayz's went up in flames midday Saturday... forcing four people to flee from the bar... as well as a tenant who lived in an apartment above the business. No one was injured.

 

Prevailing Wage / State Revenue

Two more hearings are expected to be held this month dealing with a proposal to increase the cost of construction project that would trigger prevailing wage for those working on the job. Right now... it stands at $25,000... but State Representative David Millard of Berwick wants that limit raised to $100,000 before union – type wages kick in. A hearing was held in Stroudsburg last week... with hearings now set for Williamsport and Johnstown later this month. Meantime... only two months into the state's current budget... and the state seems to be holding it's own with revenue coming into the treasury... and bills being paid. That word from State Representative Millard. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Mr. Millard says the state should be in fine shape as the fiscal year continues....

 

Susquehanna River Workshop

The Susquehanna River can be a great assert to the communities along it's banks... but it can also cause devastation... as we found out two years ago. Now... Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG is holding a workshop on the Bloomsburg University campus later this month dealing with the river and understanding flooding impacts... so says the organization's Trish Carothers. The Susquehanna River Town Workshop to be held September 30th at the Kehr Union on the B-U campus.

 

Ralpho Fatal

An 80 – year old Danville woman died Sunday when she pulled into the path of a rollback truck at the intersection of Route 54 and Airport Road. Stella Adams was pronounced dead at Geisinger Medical Center. The rollback's driver 63 – year old Donald Whalen of Kulpmont was also injured and taken to Geisinger. Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley says Adams died due to blunt force trauma.

 

Ashland Fire

Investigators say they don't know the cause of a fire in Ashland early Monday morning... making eight people homeless. The apartment building was located on West Centre Street... and despite investigators visiting the scene... no one seems to have a concrete answer. There were no injuries in the early morning blaze.

 

Body Found

The body of a teenager.. missing for the past week... was found over the weekend near Newport... in Luzerne County. The body of 17 – year old Zachary Patrician was discovered near Glen Lyon. Police offering no other comment. Patrician was the object of a search the past week.

 

Dorrance Stick up

A late Monday night robbery at a Dorrance Township gas station just off of Interstate 81. Police say someone strolled into the Sunoco station at exit 155...

The bandit held the cashier at gunpoint... got the money from the register and fled. No one was hurt in the late Monday stick up in Dorrance Township.

 

Jewelry Swiped

State Police are looking for a jewelry thief who made off with an estimated 15 – hundred dollars from a Barnesville home.. south of Hazleton. Police says the crook broke into the Maple Street home either late Sunday night or early Monday morning... making off with an assortment of jewelry.

 

Yard Sales

Hazleton City Council will soon be asked to enact an ordinance... calling for a five dollar permit for every yard sale held. It's being proposed by police chief Frank DeAndrea... who believes it will eliminate folks reselling products purchased at stores... and limit sales to only two a year. Some council members say they're reluctant to go along with the proposal.

 

 

 

Monday / September 2, 2013


Castawayz Fire

Still no word as to what cause a weekend fire that extensively damaged a Briar Creek Township bar and restaurant on Route 93. The Castawayz's went up in flames midday Saturday... forcing four people to flee from the bar... as well as a tenant who lived in an apartment above the business. No one was injured.

 

Prevailing Wage

Two more hearings are expected to be held this month dealing with a proposal to increase the cost of construction project that would trigger prevailing wage for those working on the job. Right now... it stands at $25,000... but State Representative David Millard of Berwick wants that limit raised to $100,000 before union – type wages kick in. A hearing was held in Stroudsburg last week... with hearings now set for Williamsport and Johnstown later this month.

 

Susquehanna Workshop

The Susquehanna River can be a great assert to the communities along it's banks... but it can also cause devastation... as we found out two years ago. Now... Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG is holding a workshop on the Bloomsburg University campus later this month dealing with the river and understanding flooding impacts... so says the organization's Trish Carothers. The Susquehanna River Town Workshop to be held September 30th at the Kehr Union on the B-U campus.

 

Ashland Fire

Investigators say they don't know the cause of a fire in Ashland early Monday morning... making eight people homeless. The apartment building was located on West Centre Street... and despite investigators visiting the scene... no one seems to have a concrete answer. There were no injuries in the early morning blaze.

 

Jewelry Stolen

State Police are looking for a jewelry thief who made off with an estimated 15 – hundred dollars from a Barnesville home.. south of Hazleton. Police says the crook broke into the Maple Street home either late Sunday night or early Monday morning... making off with an assortment of jewelry.

 

Monday / September 2, 2013


SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WS 510
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
320 PM EDT MON SEP 2 2013

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 510 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1000 PM EDT
FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

PAC015-023-027-031-033-035-037-047-053-065-069-079-081-083-093-
097-103-105-109-113-115-117-119-121-123-127-131-030200-
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PA
.    PENNSYLVANIA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

BRADFORD             CAMERON             CENTRE
CLARION              CLEARFIELD          CLINTON
COLUMBIA             ELK                 FOREST
JEFFERSON            LACKAWANNA          LUZERNE
LYCOMING             MCKEAN              MONTOUR
NORTHUMBERLAND       PIKE                POTTER
SNYDER               SULLIVAN            SUSQUEHANNA
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What's Happening Monday September 2, 2013


 

Calender of Events / Monday

Today is the final day of the 162nd Sullivan County Fair.  Admission is $6.00, and includes rides.  For more information go to www.sullivancountyfair.com.

 

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Susquehanna Valley yard sale continues today.  The sale will start at 8:00 AM and features winter clothing and holiday times.  It’s happening rain or shine at the church located on Point Township Drive in Northumberland.

 

This week the Susquehanna Valley Reading Partners start free citizenship classes.  Classes at the Thomas Beaver Free Library in Danville start Thursday, and classes at the Bloomsburg Public Library start next Monday.  Registrations will be taken at the libraries.

 

La Leche League of Bloomsburg will hold their monthly meeting this coming Thursday at 7:30 PM at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.  This month’s topic is “Why Breastfeed Your Baby.”  The group is for pregnant women, mothers and babies.  The church is located on Lightstreet Road in Bloomsburg.

What's Happening Sunday September 1, 2013


The 162nd Sullivan County Fair continues through Monday.  Daily admission is $6.00, and includes rides.  For more information go to www.sullivancountyfair.com.

 

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Susquehanna Valley is hosting a yard sale all weekend long through Monday.  The sale will start at 8:00 AM each day and features winter clothing and holiday times.  It’s happening rain or shine at the church located on Point Township Drive in Northumberland.

 

The Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg presents a family friend musical directed by Paige and Hayley Morgans this weekend.  “Tafton and the Deep” will be on stage today at 1:00 PM.  Proceeds will be donated to the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard.

 

The Liberty Township Fire Company is serving up an all you can eat breakfast and brunch today from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The meal is ham, scrapple, sausage gravy and biscuits, and a ton of other breakfast favorites.

 

You’re invited to the 5th annual Schuylkill County Wine Festival happening in Hegins Park today from 1:00 to 6:00 PM.  Tickets are $15 per person or $5 for designated drivers.

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