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News Archive Archives for 2014-04

Wednesday / April 30, 2014


Flood Risk

That Flood watch remains in effect for Columbia and Montour counties... as well as the remainder of the Susquehanna Valley. That's no surprise since we've received a lot of rain Tuesday... and a lot more is expected Wednesday. Charles Ross... a hydrologist for the National Weather Service in State College... says those of us living in low lying areas should be alert to flooding. Before the sun rises Thursday we could receive anywhere from two to five inches of rain.

 

Shooting Folo

State Police and the Luzerne County District Attorney's office are still trying to decide if a 16 – year old teenager will be charged in the shooting of a 32 – year old man. The unidentified teen allegedly shot David Wheeler Monday night with a 20 – gauge shotgun at a home on Mossville road... after Wheeler and the teen's mother got into a confrontation. Wheeler was Life – Flighted to a Wilkes – Barre hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He's reported in critical condition following surgery.

 

Kidsburg Build

The major build for Kidsburg two.0 begins Wednesday morning in the Bloomsburg Town Park... the original Kidsburg extensively damaged in the flood of 2011. Appearing on the Tuesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... the Town Park Association's Chuck Wagner says despite the pre – build held over the weekend... a lot volunteers are needed. And despite the forecast calling for rain and a flood watch.... Wagner said the build will go on. All you have to do is show up with a desire to work.

 

Vets Memorial

It's been tried several times over the past couple of years... now there is a group attempting to raise money and build a memorial to veterans... county wide. Bloomsburg Town councilperson Diane Levan is heading up the drive with a meeting on tap Thursday night. That meeting will take place at 7 O'clock in Council chambers at the Bloomsburg Town Hall.

 

Driller Survey

A state report says most gas drillers in Pennsylvania are ignoring a law requiring them to complete a survey about their use of women- and minority-owned businesses. WHLM's B.J. Small reports fewer than one third of the state's gas operators replied to a survey, mandated by Act 13, Pennsylvania's two-year-old oil and gas law, about companies they contracted with. Of those who responded, half of them said they did not contract with any small businesses owned by women, minorities or veterans. The Corbett administration hopes to get better compliance in this year's survey and get a firmer grasp on the situation.

 

Shenandoah Body

State police in Frackville... in neighboring Schuylkill County... are investigating the death of a Shenandoah woman. The only thing police are saying is that the unidentified woman's body was found in an apartment in the 500 block of Centre Street late Tuesday afternoon. There is a report of a man and woman fighting and investigators are checking that out.

 

Man Charged

A Dorrance Township man is accused of having sex with an underage girl. 26 – year old Matthew Meyers allegedly had sex with the 14 – year old girl several times. Meyers is facing a host of charges. He was arraigned at a magistrate's office in Sugarloaf Township. Meyers is locked up in Luzerne County.

 

Pizza Driver

It's tough to be a Domino's pizza delivery driver these days. Hazleton police are looking for the person who attacked a driver Monday night. The mugging happened in the 800 block of Penn Court. The driver was hit in the head several times with a baseball bat. Nothing was stolen. The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment.

 

NEPA unemployment

The state department of labor says unemployment in the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton area dropped to 7.7 % in March... the lowest since the start of 2009... but remained the highest unemployment rate in the Commonwealth. The number was compared to February's rate of 7.8%.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Former Bloomsburg University assistant football coach Bob Gutshall will be inducted into the Lock Haven University Athletic Hall of fame this Saturday. Gutshall, a 1967 graduate, played two seasons for the Bald Eagles after transferring from Pitt. In 1964 he was an All American as a running back. He was also one of the nation's top punters.

 

PHL Phillies

After a one hour and 28 minute rain delay, the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets finally got their game started in Philadelphia last night. In the end... the Mets defeated the Phils 6 to 1. Tonight's game against the Mets has been postponed due to the storms. A make-up date has yet to be determined.

 

In other games last night... the Seattle Mariners defeated the New York Yankees 6 to 3... and the game between the Pittsburgh Pirates the Baltimore Orioles was postponed due to rain.

 

NHL

In game six of their NHL playoff series last night... The Philadelphia Flyers getting by the New York Rangers 5 to 2... forcing game seven in their series.

 

Tuesday / April 29, 2014


Weather

The National Weather Service in State College says we could be in for a lot of rain between now and Thursday at midday. How 'bout 3 to 5 inches... with most of it expected to fall Wednesday night. That's prompted the issuance of a flood watch starting at 6 O'clock Tuesday night... through Thursday at noon time. Bloomsburg Town Administrator Bill Lowthert says he's working closely with Columbia County Emergency Management. We're keeping an eye on the situation.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

Gas prices continue to rise across northeastern Pennsylvania. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows that self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.74 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend. That's up three cents from a week ago... and a 15 - cents a gallon increase from a month ago. The Wall Street Journal is reporting gasoline prices are rising just ahead of the summer vacation season... as refiners are shipping more gas to other countries.

 

Kiwanis Pet & Toy

You can tell spring is here... and summer is just around the corner with the start of the area volunteer firemen carnival's. The first one begins next Wednesday... when the Kiwanis Pet and Toy Parade kick's off the Bloomsburg Fire Department event. Eric Stahley of the Kiwanis says the parade forms behind the Columbia County Courthouse at 5:30 next Wednesday.... moves west on Ridge Avenue and south on Market Street. The carnival runs through Saturday... May 10th behind the Bloomsburg Fire Hall in the 900 block of Market Street.

 

Kidsburg

A lot of activity at the new Kidsburg two point oh site at the Bloomsburg Town Park as volunteer completed the so – called pre – build. Beginning Wednesday... organizer Deb Huckens says volunteers are needed to help with the construction of the new Kidsburg play area... .and there is work for just about everyone. The new Kidsburg will replace the original play area which was extensively damaged during the flood of 2011.

 

Luzerne Co Shooting

State Police from Shickshinny are investigating a shooting which happened Monday night in Fairmont Township... in Luzerne County. Authorities were called to the 600 block of Mossville Road near Sweet Valley. One person was Life-flighted to the hospital. Police are remaining tight lipped... not identifying the victim or the alleged shooter.

 

Medicaid

While Governor Corbett waits for word on his health insurance expansion plan, people who lack coverage made their case to a state house committee on Monday. WHLM's Cathy Clark reports a dozen people testified in person or by video before the House Human Services Committee that they would have been covered if the state had expanded Medicaid. Instead, they're caught in a gap- unable to qualify for the current program or for the federal health exchange and subsidies. But one member of the committee said he doesn't think the federal government is going to pay what it's promising for expansion considering the debt it faces.
 

PA National Guard
The Pennsylvania National Guard's latest fight could be against a plan to reduce its forces. WHLM's B.J. Small reports military cuts proposed by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel would occur for the National Guard in 2016 and hit them by nine percent, or 1,400 troops. The target now is the 55th Brigade headquartered in Scranton, with major units in Wilkes-Barre, Lewisburg, Sellers, and Philadelphia. Pennsylvania's Adjutant General Wesley Craig considers citizen soldiers to be a bargain and calls the cuts foolhardy. 50 state governors are lobbying in opposition.

 

Frackville Death

An autopsy will be preformed today on the body of a 50 – year old man found dead in his hope in West Mahanoy Township near Frackville... in neighboring Schuylkill County. The body of the unidentified man was found Monday morning. Police say one person is in custody. He's identified as 53 year old Thomas Petrousky and is being held in the Schuylkill County jail.

 

Vandalism

State Police in Laporte are investigating some vandalism which occurred over the weekend near in Sullivan County to equipment owned by Brigadier Pipeline. Investigators say at least two people spray painted graffiti on metal plates covering Lake Road near Camp Bruele... then they rolled tires down a hill and followed that up by smashing the windshield of an excavator with a rock. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call state police at Laporte.

 

Arson Sentence

A Northumberland County man could spend up to the next seven years in prison. James Neidinger of Shamokin pleaded “no contest” to starting three fires over a two year period of time. During court proceedings in Sunbury... the judge sentencing Neidinger from 3 and a half to seven years in state prison... plus pay $77,000 in restitution.

 

WHLM Sports

Ron Powlus

A prominent former athlete, coach, teacher, and administrator was laid to rest yesterday in Berwick. Ron Powlus, Senior passed away last Thursday at age 67. Powlus was an outstanding three sport athlete at Nescopeck High School. Later he was a teacher, coach and administrator at Northwest High School. Powlus is the father of former Berwick and Notre Dame quarterback Ron Powlus, Jr.

 

HS Baseball

In high School baseball Monday... Muncy downed Benton 9 to 3... Southern Columbia defeated Bloomsburg 3 to 2... it was Hughesville over Central Columbia 7 to 3... and Mifflinburg got by Danville 3 to 2.

 

HS Softball

In girls softball... Nanticoke defeated Berwick 7 to 3... Hughesville downed Benton 3 to 1... and it was Southern Columbia over Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech 7 to 0.

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies were idle Monday... coming off a ten game west coast road trip. They open a home series with the New York Mets tonight with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

NHL

In the NHL playoffs Monday night... The Pittsburgh Penguins clinched their first round series over the Columbus Bluejackets 4 to 3....

 

Monday / April 28, 2014


Danville Teachers

Unionized Danville teachers are expected to be in the classroom this morning following a six day work stoppage. Teachers have been working without a contract for the past two years... and last week's stoppage was a show of support among union members. No new contract negotiations have been scheduled... and the work stoppage has pushed back graduation for seniors until at least June 12th.

 

Sunbury Fire

Six people were made homeless over the weekend by a fire in Sunbury. Damage has been estimated at $150,000. Authorities says the fire began started in an apartment on Fairmount Avenue. It spread to a neighborhood double home next door. The apartment was destroyed... while the half double sustained serious damage. No cause yet for that fire in Sunbury.

 

Renaissance Jamboree

Thousands of people spent all... or part of Saturday... on Main Street in Downtown Bloomsburg for the 36th annual Renaissance Jamboree. Sunny skies prevailed... with showers holding off for the most part. Renaissance Jamboree is unique since non – profits... for profits and food stands co – exist from Iron to West Streets. Now... plans will soon be formulated for the 2015 event.

 

Week of Caring

It's a week like none other.... a week of caring presented by the Berwick Area United Way. According to the United Way's Ginny Crake... it's a week to spiff up Berwick and the surrounding area in time for “Celebrate Berwick” scheduled for May 10th. To participate in this year's event... simply call the Berwick Area United Way on Second Street.

 

David Millard / XGR

The state house returns to session Monday... and there are a couple of issues on their plate including a proposal to keep the state store system status quo... but allow each store to set their own prices and hours. That word from State Representative David Millard of Berwick. The move to privatize state liquor stores... a keystone of Governor Corbett's administration... is dead in the water after it was passed by the house more than a year ago... and sent to the state senate where no action is planned on the measure.

 

Pennsylvania Lottery

Tickets are now on sale for the Pennsylvania Lottery's next millionaire drawing. WHLM Cathy Clark says the 18th Millionaire Raffle drawing is set for Saturday July 5th. Only 500 thousand tickets will be sold and all of the previous games have sold out. There are four first prizes of one million dollars with four prizes of $100,000, 100 prizes of one thousand dollars and almost 59 hundred prizes of $100. The game offers the lottery's best odds of winning a one million dollar prize, at 1 in 125 thousand. Since it began in 2005, the Millionaire Raffle has awarded over $90 million in prizes.

 

Summer Travel
After the winter we've had, it's hard to imagine that the start of the busiest weeks of summer travel are just a month away. Jeanenne Tornatore of Orbitz.com, says they're expecting a busy summer travel season. The traditional start to the summer vacation season begins Memorial Day Weekend... and Orbitz.com expects that time period to be really strong.

 

Charging Stations

The Pennsylvania Turnpike marked Earth Week by taking the wraps off of two new charging stations for electric vehicles. The electric vehicle charging stations are ready for customers to use at the Bowmansille Service Plaza in Lancaster County and the King of Prussia Plaza in Mongtomery County. Customers can charge electric vehicles for a small fee. The stations were funded through a partnership with DEP. Two more will go on line in Western PA in the next few weeks.

 

JC Penney

The J.C. Penney store in the Laurel Mall in Hazle Township will be only a memory next weekend. The long – standing anchor store will close it's doors at the close of business next Saturday. The Laurel Mall location was on a hit – list published earlier this year. Now... mall management is trying to secure another store to fill the void left by the shuttering of J. C. Penney.

 

Wilkes – Barre Hotel Fire

A fire marshal is trying to figure out what started a blaze which damaged six rooms of a hotel in Wilkes – Barre early Sunday morning. The fire began on the second floor of the Travel Lodge... with the guest trying to put out the flames before calling the fire department. Overall... a total of ten overnight guests had to be moved to other rooms.

 

Wilkes – Barre Assault

An 18 – year old Wilkes – Barre man is behind bars after he was charged with allegedly assaulting and robbing another man. Police say the incident happened late Saturday night at the corner of Carey Avenue and Corlear Street. The man assaulted was taken to a Wilkes – Barre hospital with serious, but non life – threatening injuries. Luciano Ramos will picked up by police Sunday afternoon.

 

WHLM Sports

Maroon & Gold Game

The Bloomsburg University defensive team team defeated the offensive team, 42-18, in the annual Maroon and Gold spring football game. It was played on Saturday afternoon on Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium under modified scoring rules. The game was the culmination of Huskies spring training.

 

BU Baseball

The BU baseball bats were silenced Sunday as the Huskies dropped a double header at Philadelphia University 9 to 1 and the second game 5 to 1. The Huskies wrap up their regular season with a record of 28 and 16. They now move on to the PSAC Tournament next weekend.

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team swept a double header Sunday from Mansfield. The Huskies defeated Mansfield in the first game 4 to nothing... and took the nightcap 3 to 2.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks in action in Phoenix Sunday. The final 2 to nothing. Philadelphia has the day off.. but they'll take on the New York Mets Tuesday night. Catch all the action starting with the pre-game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations..

 

In other Sunday games...

The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7 to nothing... the New York Mets blanked the Miami Marlins 4 to nothing... and the New York Yankees just got by the Los Angeles Angles 3 to 2.

 

 

What's Happening Sunday, April 27, 2014


The Kidsburg rebuilding project is looking for special help this weekend with prepatory and foundation work for the Big Build coming up on Wednesday. Help is needed in getting the grounds ready to build Kidsburg 2.0 - for more information call Deb at 301-518-7089, or go to Kidsburg.org

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club and Mopar Muscle of Central PA will be Cruising For Victory on Sunday, May 4th from 9 AM - 3:30 PM. 100% of the proceeds from the Cruise-In will benefit Camp Victory. The cruise-in will be on rain or shine at the camp in Millville. Registration is $12 per vehicle the day of the cruise. For more info and contact infomation, visit CampVictory.com

 

The Bloomsburg High School Student Ambassadors are hosting a gift card bingo at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall this afternoon. Doors open at Noon, the games start at 1 PM. Cost is $20 - there will be 20 games to play and 20 $100 gift cards to win. The Fire Hall is at 911 Market Street. 

 

Come to the Bloomsburg Cinema Center on Monday, April 28 and catch a screening of the Bloomsburg University student and faculty film "Love In Bloom, One Last Time." The 7 PM showing is a special fundraiser for Camp Victory. Tickets are just $5 each. For advance tickets and more information, email Dr. Ganal - send it to RGanal@BloomU.edu

 

The BU Department of Art and Art History will be holding portfolio reviews for High School Art Exhibition and Scholarships on Saturday, May 3rd on the Univerity campus. Deadline to register is Wednesday, April 30. For more information, call 570-389-4646, or email: JGodeke@BloomU.edu

 

The Kidsburg Rebuilding project will soon be coming to a head. Wednesday April 30th through Sunday May 4th will be Rebuild Kidsburg Week - and they need volunteers and crew captains organized now! If you are interested in helping with construction, call Deb at 301-518-7089, or go to Kidsburg.org

 

MetroCast Communications will host their third Giving Back 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, May 3 starting at 9AM at the Summerhill Road Fire Company in Berwick. Funds raised from the event this year will go to local organizations focusing on drug abuse prevention. Registration will be open the morning of the run from 7:30 - 8:45. Entry fee is $25 - breakfast will be served after the race. For more information call 570-802-5660 or visit NEPARunner.com

 

The 28th annual Danville Spring Fling gets under way on Saturday May 3rd, rain or shine, from 9 AM - 5 PM. It's one of the oldest craft fairs in the region, and almost 200 vendors will be on hand to display their wares. The festival will wrap up with the running of the River Towns Marathon. For more information all 570-284-4502.

 

Central Susquehanna Sight Services will be holding a basket drawing at their stand at the Danville Spring Fling this Saturday. The gift basket includes gift certificates and discounts from many area businesses and is valued at $300! Tickets are just $3 each, or get two for just $5. 

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will present their next offering on the Alvia Krause stage, "Good People," running May 8 - 25. The show is full of humor, pathos, and suspense, takes a look at the class system still present in today's America, and will make you ask yourself, "what makes some people Good People?" For tickets and showtimes call the box office at 570-784-8181 or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Musicians are Wanted to join the Danville Community Band. The band includes players of all ages - and you don't have to be from Danville to join in. For more information, call 570-275-3520, or visit DanvilleCommunityBand.org

 

MC Federal Credit Union is accepting donations on behalf of the Dissinger family, who tragically lost three young boys in a house fire on April 4th. If you would like to help, donations came be made to the Dissinger Family Loss Donation Fund at any branch of MC Federal Credit Union, mailed to their main branch at 230 Walnut Street in Danville, or made by phone, by calling 570-275-6155. 

What's Happening Saturday, April 26 2014


It's the 36th annual Renaissance Jamboree in Downtown Bloomsburg today from 10 AM - 5 PM, rain or shine. There'll be tons of food, free entertainment, music, vendors and much more fun for the whole family. Say hi to the folks at the WHLM tent at the Iron Street stage and maybe even win some Phillies tickets! Remember to please leave your dogs at home and please no roller skates, bicycles, or skateboards within the grounds.

 

Stop by the Moose Exchange booth during the Renaissance Jamboree and enter for a chance to win a handmade quilt vlaued at $2800! Raffle tickets for the quilt are just $5 each - or three for $10. All proceeds will go to rebuilding the Moose Exchange main building.

 

Central Susquehanna Sight Services will be holding a basket drawing at their stand at the Jamboree today. The gift basket includes gift certificates and discounts from many area businesses and is valued at $300! Tickets are just $3 each, or get two for just $5. You can also check them out next Saturday at the Danville Spring Fling.

 

The Kidsburg rebuilding project is looking for special help this weekend with prepatory and foundation work for the Big Build coming up next Wednesday. Help is needed in getting the grounds ready to build Kidsburg 2.0 - for more information call Deb at 301-518-7089, or go to Kidsburg.org

 

The Columbia-Montour chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship will hold a meeting this Saturday morning at the Spirit Life Church at 1338 Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg. Guest Speaker will be Earl Mattern. Everyone is welcome. For more information call 570-799-0231.

 

Emmanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church in Bloomsburg is holding a coffee house night this evening at 6:30 PM. $5 admission gets you into the live music, coffee and other refreshments. For more information call 570-951-7875.

 

Shiloh Bible Church in Almedia will host the Whery Family in concert this evening at 7PM. A free will offering will be taken up during the concert. For more information call 570-784-3675. Shiloh Bible is at 123 Church Street. 

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church in Shickshinny is holding an ice cream social this afternoon from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. There will be homemafe pies, cakes, ice cream, and soups and sandwiches. Take-outs are avalable. For more information, call 570-864-2401.

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club and Mopar Muscle of Central PA will be Cruising For Victory on Sunday, May 4th from 9 AM - 3:30 PM. 100% of the proceeds from the Cruise-In will benefit Camp Victory. The cruise-in will be on rain or shine at the camp in Millville. Early registration is $10 per vehicle or $12 the day of the cruise. Deadline for early registration is today! For more info and contact infomation, visit CampVictory.com

 

The free Saturday Trains program, now in its ninth year at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, will be open as usual from 10AM to Noon with its talking train, the Amtrak Pennsylvanian, and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that children and adults can play with. Christ Memorial Episcopal is at the corner of Pine and East Market streets in Danville.

 

The Bloomsburg High School Student Ambassadors are hosting a gift card bingo at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Sunday, April 27. Doors open at Noon, the games start at 1 PM. Cost is $20 - there will be 20 games to play and 20 $100 gift cards to win. The Fire Hall is at 911 Market Street. 

 

Come to the Bloomsburg Cinema Center on Monday, April 28 and catch a screening of the Bloomsburg University student and faculty film "Love In Bloom, One Last Time." The 7 PM showing is a special fundraiser for Camp Victory. Tickets are just $5 each. For advance tickets and more information, email Dr. Ganal - send it to RGanal@BloomU.edu

 

The BU Department of Art and Art History will be holding portfolio reviews for High School Art Exhibition and Scholarships on Saturday, May 3rd on the Univerity campus. Deadline to register is Wednesday, April 30. For more information, call 570-389-4646, or email: JGodeke@BloomU.edu

 

The Kidsburg Rebuilding project will soon be coming to a head. Wednesday April 30th through Sunday May 4th will be Rebuild Kidsburg Week - and they need volunteers and crew captains organized now! If you are interested in helping with construction, call Deb at 301-518-7089, or go to Kidsburg.org

 

MetroCast Communications will host their third Giving Back 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, May 3 starting at 9AM at the Summerhill Road Fire Company in Berwick. Funds raised from the event this year will go to local organizations focusing on drug abuse prevention. Registration will be open the morning of the run from 7:30 - 8:45. Entry fee is $25 - breakfast will be served after the race. For more information call 570-802-5660 or visit NEPARunner.com

 

The 28th annual Danville Spring Fling gets under way on Saturday May 3rd, rain or shine, from 9 AM - 5 PM. It's one of the oldest craft fairs in the region, and almost 200 vendors will be on hand to display their wares. The festival will wrap up with the running of the River Towns Marathon. For more information all 570-284-4502.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will present their next offering on the Alvia Krause stage, "Good People," running May 8 - 25. The show is full of humor, pathos, and suspense, takes a look at the class system still present in today's America, and will make you ask yourself, "what makes some people Good People?" For tickets and showtimes call the box office at 570-784-8181 or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Musicians are Wanted to join the Danville Community Band. The band includes players of all ages - and you don't have to be from Danville to join in. For more information, call 570-275-3520, or visit DanvilleCommunityBand.org

 

MC Federal Credit Union is accepting donations on behalf of the Dissinger family, who tragically lost three young boys in a house fire on April 4th. If you would like to help, donations came be made to the Dissinger Family Loss Donation Fund at any branch of MC Federal Credit Union, mailed to their main branch at 230 Walnut Street in Danville, or made by phone, by calling 570-275-6155. 

Friday / April 25, 2014


Drug Program

The problem with drugs infiltrating the family was the focus of a drug and alcohol awareness program Thursday night in Danville. Keynote speaker George Rutherford of the White Deer Run treatment center in Allenwood says it comes down to education... because the drugs on the street yesterday are going to be different than what's on the streets today. The program at the Danville Middle School was hosted by State Representative Kurt Masser who serves Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties in Harrisburg.

 

Ray Musto

Long time northeastern PA State Senator Ray Musto has died. He passed at his Pittston home Thursday of cancer. Although Musto spent time as a state representative, congressman and state senator... he was indicted back in 2010 for allegedly receiving kickbacks on several projects. Earlier this year... he spent time at a federal hospital... and was finally discharged only weeks ago to return to his home. Former Senator Musto was 85.

 

Liquor Stores

One of the keystones of Governor Tom Corbett's administration is taking the state store system private. There are mixed feelings about that. But now there is a proposal being put forth by Representative Gene DiGirolamo of Bucks County calling for the state store system not to be sold off. In essence... go the way of the private sector... allowing store to set their own prices... and establish store hours based on the ebb and flow of traffic.

 

Irondale Auction

The historic Irondale Inn in Bloomsburg will soon be thing of the past... now that United Water has purchased it to make room for their new water filtration plant. D. Owen Grove Auctions has the task of parting out historic items in the structure. Auctioneer Dan Grove says he's found many significant and unique items. The auction of the historic items will begin late Saturday afternoon at the Grove Auction House in the 200 block of East Seventh Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Local Radar

Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan has been in favor of it... and now a coalition of mayors and police chiefs have come together in an effort to make radar guns available to local departments. Local police officers across the commonwealth say they could best enforce speeding laws by using radar guns, now only allowed for use by state police. A plan has been introduced in the state Senate to add radar to local law enforcement arsenals. Tom King, the police chief in State College, says current tools are outdated, and that the argument that departments will abuse radar to get rich is misguided. Bloomsburg Chief Van Loan says radar is more efficient and accurate than the system now in use to clock speeding drivers.

 

Tamaqua Folo

Police in Tamaqua... in neighboring Schuylkill County are looking for two people... who they believe... was making meth when a fire broke out late Wednesday evening. Investigators say household items used in making the product were found inside the fire – damaged apartment on West Broad Street. Being sought are Thomas Heiser and Kelsey Anderson who have not been seen since Wednesday night.

 

Hazle Twp Sewer

An estimated 50 Hazle Township residents in the Greenwood section could be hooked up to a sewer project ready to be launched. It will cost home owners about $1,500 to be connected. Sewage now is either collected in septic tanks... or literally dumped into a wooded area. A contract for the project is expected to be let in June... with a completion date of April 2015.

 

Northumberland Sheriff

Governor Corbett has nominated Robert Wolfe for Northumberland County Sheriff. Wolfe is currently the Acting Sheriff and Chief Deputy Sheriff of the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office. He has served for 20 years in various positions with the City of Shamokin Police Department and attained the rank of corporal.

 

Susquehanna River
A study of the Susquehanna River is entering its third year. WHLM's Cathy Clark tells us that the DEP has been looking at the health of the Susquehanna River basin, sampling water and aquatic life. Officials say they've already learned a great deal but want to collect more information this year to help create policy affecting the river. The study is also looking at the health problems affecting small mouth bass in the lower Susquehanna.

 

State Auto Auction

More than 360 vehicles will be auctioned off when the commonwealth holds its second state fleet auction next Tuesday at the Manheim Central Penn Auto Auction in Grantville. Trucks, SUV’s and sedans used by state agencies from various vehicle manufacturers will be available for bid. Also, vehicles seized by state law enforcement agencies will be up for auction as well. A vehicle preview for the public to inspect the vehicles will take place daily starting at 9 AM Friday through Monday.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team concludes spring drills Saturday morning with the annul Maroon & Gold game which starts at 11:30 at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. Larry White and Andy Ulicny will provide updates on the WHLM Stations during our coverage of the Renaissance Jamboree.

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team rallied from two early deficits on the way to a double header sweep of visiting Kutztown Thursday afternoon. The Huskies defeating the Golden Bears 5 to 2... and 10 to 3. The victories move Bloomsburg to 22 and 13 overall on the season... and 14 and 8 in the PSAC East.

 

In High School Baseball

Bloomsburg defeated Columbia – Montour Vo-Tech 12 to 2...

 

High School Softball

Muncy downed Benton 4 to 2... it was Bloomsburg over Sullivan County 25 to nothing... Central blanked Warrior Run 11 to nothing.. Milton downed Danville 14 to nothing... Newmann outscored Millville 21 to 10... and Southern defeated Hughesville 12 to nothing..

 

PHI Phillies

In the final game of their series Thursday night... the Philadelphia Phillies downed the Los Angles Dodgers 7 to 3. Friday night the Phil's begin a weekend series with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 9:05 on the WHLM Stations.

 

In other Major League action...

The Cincinnati Reds got by the Pittsburgh Pirates 2 to 1... the New York Mets outscored the St. Louis Cardinals 4 to 1... and the New York Yankees trounced the Boston Red Sox 14 to 5...

 

Thursday / April 24, 2013


Double Murder

Two Sweet Valley residents are in custody... charged with murdering a father and his son. Holly Crawford and James Roache were picked up by State Police at Shickshinny. The dead are identified as 73 – year old Ronald Evans and his 43 – year old son... Jeff. The incident taking place at a home on Sunset Lake Road in the Hunlock Creek area early Wednesday afternoon. Crawford and Roache are both behind bars in Luzerne County.

 

Conceal Carry

State Representative Kurt Masser held a Concealed Carry seminar Wednesday night in Ranshaw... in neighboring Northumberland County. Representative Masser says it's an important issue. On hand for the seminar... Northumberland County D-A Tony Rosini... as well as Montour County Sheriff Ray Gerringer and Northumberland County acting sheriff Robert Wolf. All answered questions dealing with the concealed carry law.

 

Orwigsburg Company

A company based in neighboring Schuylkill County has been accused by the federal government of illegally sending equipment to Iran. Hetran, Incorporated of Orwigsburg and it's chief executive officer are facing charges of sending a piece of equipment to that country used to manufacture cars and aircraft.

 

Danville Drug Seminar

There is a drug problem in the region among teens and young adults... and that's why a drug and alcohol seminar will be held Thursday night in Danville. Montour County Coroner Scott Lynn says he sees it all. Thursday night's seminar begins at 6:30 at the Danville Middle School auditorium. In addition to the program... there will be vendors on hand talking about treatment programs available in the area.

 

Democratic Candidates

Can the three other candidates for the Democratic nomination for Pennsylvania governor overcome frontrunner Tom Wolf ? WHLM's B.J. Small says former Revenue Secretary Tom Wolf has outspent and outpolled Rob McCord, Katie McGinty and Allyson Schwartz into a double-digit lead, now less than four weeks away from the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Dr. Terry Madonna, a political science professor at Franklin and Marshall College says it could be a race if next poll shows Wolf's lead down to 12 or 13 points. He expects the candidates to step up their contrast and compare tactics.

 

Republican Challenger

Now that a judge has ruled that Bob Guzzardi can stay on the Republican primary ballot for governor, the challenger to incumbent Tom Corbett is reassessing his chances. Guzzardi, the Montgomery County businessman and lawyer, who has called himself a "minor nuisance," will be on the Republican ballot May 20th, after a challenge to his paperwork. Guzzardi has done no fund-raising, and may be the longshot of longshots. Yet he talks optimistically about the possibility of getting support from fired-up Republicans. The judge's ruling allowing Guzzardi, is being appealed to the state Supreme Court.

 

Turkey Hill Robbery

Wilkes – Barre police are investigating a robbery which happened in broad daylight Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say a man strolled into the Turkey Hill on South Main Street. He produced a note demanding money... saying he was armed. The clerk handed over the cash and the robber fled. No one was hurt in Wednesday afternoon's stick up of that Wilkes – Barre Turkey Hill.

 

Road Work

A PennDOT maintenance crew in Columbia County is scheduled to perform roadway base repairs... starting next week... along Fisherdale Road/Tyson School Road in Cleveland and Locust townships.

A large milling machine will be used to remove failing areas of roadway, and new blacktop will be placed on the surface. Traffic will be detoured during the work, scheduled Monday and Tuesday of next week... weather permitting.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team split a doubleheader Wednesday with Shippensburg on the BU Campus. The Raiders won the opening game 5 to 1... but BU roared back in the second... defeating Shippensburg 11 to 1. On Thursday, the blue and gold take on Kutztown at the Jan Hutchinson Field on the upper campus.

 

HS Baseball

High School baseball Wednesday... Berwick blanked Dallas 3 to nothing...

 

HS Softball

High School Softball... Hazleton downed Berwick 9 to 4.

 

PHL Phillies

The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies last night 5 to 2. The two teams wrap up their four game series Thursday night in LA. Catch all the action on the WHLM Stations starting with the pre – game show at 9:35.

 

Other MLB Games

Other games from Wednesday... the Boston Red Sox downed the New York Yankees 5 to 1... the Cincinnati Reds dominated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 2... and the New York Mets handed the St. Louis Cardinals a loss with a score of 3 to 2.

 

NHL

In the NHL playoffs... in quarter final action Wednesday night... the Columbus Bluejackets went into overtime, but they defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 4 to 3. The series is tied at two games apiece.

 

Wednesday / April 23, 2014


Danville Teachers

Pickett lines are expected to be picketing the entrance to Danville Area Schools today as rank and file teachers continue their work stoppage in their contract dispute with the school board. Now... union leaders say the stoppage will only be off the job five days... returning to the classroom next week. Department of Education rules say the educators can only strike for five days... so students can complete the required 180 days of instruction.

 

Education Funding

A majority of voters believe public schools affect the economy and funding should be increased. They are also calling for a funding formula to do it fairly. WHLM's B.J. Small reports Opinion Outreach's spring survey, commissioned by school groups, shows that three-quarters of 800 voters asked, strongly favor a funding formula to ensure fair distribution. Jay Himes, of the PA School Business Officials, laments that there has not been a funding formula since 2010. Also in the survey, 84 % believe the state investment in public schools needs to be larger.

 

Renaissance Jamboree

All is ready for one of the biggest spring festival's of the season. Renaissance Jamboree on Main Street is Bloomsburg kicks off Saturday morning.... something Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated Manager Adrienne Mael has been working on for months. Main Street will become the home of scores of artisans and non – profit groups. And the weather is forecast to cooperate with clouds and sunshine with temps in the mid 60's.

 

Lou Barletta

Congressman Lou Barletta has been spending the past couple of weeks in the district chatting with civic clubs... and listening to constituents. That was the case recently in Danville where he talked with us about Obamacare and the soon to be departed Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebellus... saying the former Kansas Governor fell on the sword for Obamacare. She is expected to be replaced by Sylvia Mathews Burwell... the current director of the office of Budget and Management.

 

PA Farmlands

Nearly 2,800 additional acres of Pennsylvania farmland will be preserved statewide thanks to a state program. Since the state's farmland preservation program began in 1988, more than one-point-two billion dollars has been invested to preserve nearly a half-million acres on farms in 57 counties for future agriculture production. The latest round includes land on 28 farms in 13 counties. The goal is to slow the loss of prime farmland to non-agricultural uses by purchasing development rights from farmers.

 

Teen Star

The deadline is midnight Wednesday if you want to participate in this year's Teen Star competition sponsored by First Columbia Bank and Trust in Bloomsburg. The Banks Maria Valles says the fourth annual contest is open to vocalist and instrumentalists. This year's Teen Star finals take place June First at the Haas Auditorium on the Bloomsburg University campus. Entry forms can be obtained from school district music teachers... on line... or any branch of First Columbia.

 

Infant Death

The Luzerne County coroner says the death of a 2 month old baby in Nanticoke has been ruled a homicide. Little Jaxon Eckrote died in a home in February. Now... the coroner says the child died of asphyxiation.

 

Luzerne County Council

Luzerne County Council Edd Brominski has called for the resignation of County Manager Robert Lawton. The request came as a motion when the county council met this week. But the proposal died on a six to five vote. Some say Lawton is nothing more than a dictator... while supporters say Lawton is trying to mend a dysfunctional government.

 

Arson Case

A Dallas man... from Luzerne County's back mountain area is in jail... charged with arson. 27 – year old James Cummings was busted over he weekend and charged with setting a fire which destroyed a home on Woodlawn Avenue in Dallas last month. The house was vacant. Police say Cummings has admitted breaking into the home... and lighting a fire to keep warm.

 

Danville Money

The Danville Municipal Authority will receive a 7 – point – eight million dollar loan to update it's sewer system. The project will also allow for the lifting of a sewer connection moratorium... leading to the creation of 224 new jobs, the retention of nearly 10 – thousand jobs... and investing $255 – million into the local economy economy. The money for the loan came from the PA Infrastructure Investment Authority.

 

Road Work

A PennDOT maintenance crew in Columbia County is scheduled to perform roadway base repairs... starting next week... along Fisherdale Road/Tyson School Road in Cleveland and Locust townships.

A large milling machine will be used to remove failing areas of roadway, and new blacktop will be placed. Traffic will be detoured during the work, scheduled Monday and Tuesday of next week... weather permitting.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team will play its annual spring game this Saturday morning. Huskies coach Paul Darragh says the purpose of the game is to expose players to the public and to coaches. Saturday's Maroon & Gold game begins at 11:30 at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium.

 

High School Baseball

In high school baseball Tuesday... Millville defeated Columbia Montour Vo-Tech 6 to 3... and Midd – West downed Benton 12 to 1.

 

High School Softball

In girls High School softball... it was Central Columbia over Montoursville 6 to 5...

and Columbia – Montour Vo-Tech blanked Millville 18 to 0...

 

PHL Phillies

In game two of their series in Los Angeles Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies got by the Los Angeles Dodgers 3 to 2.Both teams meet again Wednesday night.

Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:35.

 

Other MLB games

In other games Tuesday night...the Cincinnati Reds downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 4 to 1... the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the New York Mets 3 to 0... and the New York Yankees got the best of the Boston Red Sox 9 to 3.

 

NHL

In the NHL playoffs Tuesday night...  the New York Rangers out – skated the Philadelphia Flyers 4 to 1... with New York with a two games to one lead in the series.

 

 

Tuesday / April 22, 2014


Danville Fire Folo

Folks picked up the pieces of their lives Monday after a Sunday night fire destroyed a downtown Danville restaurant... a neighboring third floor apartment of an adjoining building... with smoke and water damage throughout two buildings. It's believed the fire started in the second floor office of B.J.'s Steaks and Ribs on Mill Street. Now... authorities spent Monday trying to pinpoint the cause of Sunday night's Mill Street blaze. For Mike Kuziak who owns the building next to the restaurant... he says he plans to rebuild the apartments and clean up the bottom two floors of his building so his tenants can return... and Abigail's can resume business.

 

Car Wash Damage

Bloomsburg Police are looking for a man seen in surveillance video... causing damage to a 24 hour car wash. BloomUToday.com is reporting the Thrifty Car Wash at 7th and Catherine Streets became the target of the damage early in the morning of March 26th. The still frame from the video shows the alleged bandit... a white male... who appears to be in his 20's wearing a hoodie. If you have any information about the vandalism... give Bloomsburg Police a call.

 

Berwick Borough Manager

The search begins Tuesday for a replacement for Berwick Borough Manager Robert Hivish... who plans to move into the private sector. That... after Borough Council accepted the Hivish resignation. Hivish plans to begin work soon with a Lackawanna County construction company. No time table has been established to find a permanent replacement... allowing field supervisors to watch over on – going projects.

 

Kidsburg

It's coming down to the last few days for volunteers to sign up to help with the pre – build and the actual build of Kidsburg 2.0. The original Kidsburg was damaged during the Lee flood... and now organizers... like Deb Huckens hope folks in the Susquehanna Valley come through with a helping hand. The three day pre – build is set to begin Friday... with the actual construction of Kidsburg getting underway on the 30th. To sign up... simply go to the organization's website at Kidsburg.org.

 

Memory Overload

Forgetfulness and memory loss could be caused by no more serious a brain condition than there simply not being enough storage space left. Karen Kepner, a nurse practitioner with the program "Living Independently for Elders" at Geisinger Medical Center, equates the brain's capacity to recall to that of a computer data file. Ms. Kepner says memories aren't lost unless dementia sets in. She suggests exercising the brain, which is a muscle, with reading and word games.

 

United Rehab Clients

Clients who used United Rehabilitation Services in Hazleton are being assured that the department of Public Welfare is working for the continual care for patients in the area. URS recently said it intended to close down facilities not only in Hazleton, but Wilkes – Barre and Tunkhannock as well. All three facilities serve about 220 individuals... with upwards of 70 employees involved in the shut down. URS says a 2012 DPW rate change as the source of it's financial problems.

 

Lou Barletta

Congressman Lou Barletta is back in the district this week... and he's slated to make a number of public appearances. Mr. Barletta addresses the NEPA Manufacturers and Employers Association at the Top of the 80's starting Tuesday at midday. On Wednesday... he'll appear at a breakfast meeting of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce at the Genetti Inn and Suites... and later this week, Mr. Barletta appears in Carlisle. At the events he's expected to talk about the state of current legislation in Washington... and gather input on pending issues.

 

Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of gas continues to rise. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows the average price of self – serve, unleaded regular is $3.71 across northeastern Pennsylvania. That's the same as over the weekend... and up 7 cents a gallon from a week ago. A month ago... we were paying an average of $3.60 a gallon.

 

Unemployment Rate

The PA Department of Labor and Industry says the state's unemployment rate declined two – tenths of a percentage point... to an even six percent in March. That's the lowest it's been since October of 2008. The commonwealth’s rate was seven-tenths of a percentage point below the U.S. rate, which was unchanged from February at 6.7%. The state rate was down 1.7% from its March 2013 rate of 7.7%.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

Bloomsburg University senior Casey Cooperman has been named the PSAC Eastern Division pitcher of the week after shutting out defending conference champion East Stroudsburg last Friday. It was his 6th consecutive complete game.

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team split a doublehader Monday at East Stroudsburg losing the first game 3-2 and winning the nightcap 4-2.

 

High School Baseball

In high school baseball Monday... Berwick downed Lake Lehman 11 to 2... and Central Columbia got by Shikellamy 7 to 6.

 

High School Softball

In girls High School softball Monday... Bloomsburg blanked Montgomery 16 to nothing... Berwick outscored Coughlin 8 to 6... and Southern Columbia defeated Benton 12 to nothing.

 

PHL Phillies

In the first game of their series in Los Angeles. The Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Dodgers 7 to nothing. Game two is Tuesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:35.

 

OIther MLB Games

In other games Monday night...  the Pittsburgh Pirates just got by the Cincinnati Reds 6 to 5... and the New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 2 to nothing.

 

NHL

In game three of an NHL playoff series Monday night... The Pittsburgh Penguins skated by the Columbus Bluejackets 4 to 3. Pittsburgh now leads the series two games to one.

 

Monday / April 21, 2014


 

Danville Fire Folo

Folks picked up the pieces of their lives Monday after a Sunday night fire destroyed a downtown Danville restaurant... a neighboring third floor apartment of an adjoining building... with smoke and water damage throughout two buildings. It's believed the fire started in the second floor office of B.J.'s Steaks and Ribs on Mill Street. Now... authorities spent Monday trying to pinpoint the cause of Sunday night's Mill Street blaze. For Mike Kuziak who owns the building next to the restaurant... he says he plans to rebuild the apartments and clean up the bottom two floors of his building so his tenants can return... and Abigail's can resume business.

 

Berwick Manager

The search begins Tuesday for a replacement for Berwick Borough Manager Robert Hivish... who plans to move into the private sector. That... after Borough Council accepted Hivish's resignation. Hivish plans to begin work soon with a Lackawanna County construction company. No time table has been established to find a permanent replacement... allowing field supervisors to watch over on – going projects.

 

Stuart Tank

The sound of a 70 year old Berwick – built Stuart Tank permeated the air Saturday following ground breaking ceremonies for a permanent memorial to the machine and the men and women who built and maintained the ACF product. Berwick Mayor Tim Burke says the Stuart tank is deeply engrained in Berwick's historical roots. Several hundred people turned out for Saturday's event... then walked 500 feet to the Reliance Fire Hall for a short program... not only honoring the tank and it's history during World War Two... and the 9,000 workers who built them at the former ACF plant at Third and Oak Streets in Berwick.

 

Don Engle Field

He had a giant of a personality... but he also had a heart of gold. That's what you heard from folks who attended the dedication of a ball field at Central Columbia High School in honor of the late coach Don Engle. Former science and physical education teacher Richard Michael said Engle meant a lot to the district. Engle died earlier this year... after spending 29 seasons as coach and 32 years as an educator. He brought of host of baseball titles to the school... including a state championship back in 1991.

 

Biker Down

A Luzerne County biker remains in critical condition at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Authorities say Walter Remley of Beach Haven was tossed off his Harley Saturday afternoon as he tried to avoid some cars on Route 11... near Bissetts Lane. He was thrown an estimated 15 feet... landing on his face on the roadway.

 

Body Found

The body of a Schuylkill County woman was discovered in a Berks County storage site over the weekend. The remains of 24 – year old Alishia Eller of Pine Grove were found near Hamburg. Now... authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy that was preformed Sunday. No one is in custody in connection with the death of Ms. Eller.

 

Lockdown

That lockdown which had been in effect at the state prison near Dallas in Luzerne County has been lifted. It was imposed after a corrections guard was slashed by an inmate. Police and Correction union leaders say Joe Perez allegedly used a home made weapon and slashed guard Francis Petrowski in the face. Now... those union leaders say the lockdown was lifted too soon.

Sunday / April 20, 2014


 

Downtown Danville Fire

Danville Firemen called Sunday night for mutual assistance in battling an apartment fire at 291 Mill Street... an apartment above B.J. Steak and Seafood. Bloomsburg's Truck 42... Rescue 37 and Air 33 responded... as well as Catawissa's Rapid Intervention Team. The fire was discovered around 8:30 Sunday night... with flames shooting from the rear of the building. Firemen are expected to remain on the scene most of the night.

What's Happening Sunday, April 20, 2014


The Bloomsburg Fire Hall will not be hosting their regular breakfast this morning, due to the holiday weekend. The breakfasts will resume in the fall.

 

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a community forum this Monday at the McBride Memorial Library on Market Street in Berwick. The topic will be "Addictions, recovery, and spirituality," with a panel featuring Rev. John Baumgartner of Reformers Unanimus, Rev. Aaron Hastie, and Lt. Kevin Polito of the Berwick Salvation Army. Everyone is invited. The talk starts at 6 PM.

 

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Columbia County contiue their monthly series of free gardening classes at the McBride Memorial Library on Tuesday the 22nd. This month the topic will be Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels. The program runs from 6 - 7:30 PM. Call to reserve your seat at 570-752-2241. The library is at 500 Market Street in Berwick. 

 

It's time to register for the 2014 First Columbia Teen Star musical competition, coming up on June 1 in the Haas center, Bloomsburg University. Two top winners will be selected this year - one vocalist and one instrumentalist. First place in both wins $1,500. It's open to any high school student who attends school in Columbia County. Deadline for registration is Wednesday April 23. For more information call 570-387-3464.

 

The Bloomsburg Rotary Club is holding their 21st annual Golf For Kids charity scramble at 9AM Saturday, May 3rd at the Links at Hemlock Creek. $80 entry fee per golfer includes a round of golf, refreshments, and steak! Event sponsorships are also available. Deadline for entry is Thursday, April 24. Call Mike at 570-784-3410 to enter and for more information.

 

The Kidsburg Rebuilding project is looking for special help this week with prepatory and foundation work for the Big Build coming up on April 30th. Help is needed Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 25, 26, and 27 in getting the grounds ready to build Kidsburg 2.0 - for more information call Deb at 301-518-7089,  or go to Kidsburg.org

 

The 36th annual Renaissance Jamboree in Downtown Bloomsburg us coming up on Saturday the 26th from 10 AM - 5 PM, rain or shine. There'll be tons of food, free entertainment, music, vendors and much more fun for the whole family. Remember to please leave your dogs at home and no skating or skateboarding.

 

The BU Department of Art and Art History will be holding portfolio reviews for High School Art Exhibition and Scholarships on Saturday, May 3rd on the Univerity campus. Deadline to register is Wednesday, April 30. For more information, call 570-389-4646, or email: JGodeke@BloomU.edu

 

The Kidsburg Rebuilding project will soon be coming to a head. Wednesday April 30th through Sunday May 4th will be Rebuild Kidsburg Week - and they need volunteers and crew captains organized now! If you are interested in helping with construction, call Deb at 301-518-7089, or go to Kidsburg.org

 

MetroCast Communications will host their third Giving Back 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, May 3 starting at 9AM at the Summerhill Road Fire Company in Berwick. Funds raised from the event this year will go to local organizations focusing on drug abuse prevention. Registration will be open the morning of the run from 7:30 - 8:45. Entry fee is $25 - breakfast will be served after the race. For more information call 570-802-5660 or visit NEPARunner.com

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club and Mopar Muscle of Central PA will be Cruising For Victory on Sunday, May 4th from 9 AM - 3:30 PM. 100% of the proceeds from the Cruise-In will benefit Camp Victory. The cruise-in will be on rain or shine at the camp in Millville. Early registration is $10 per vehicle or $12 the day of the cruise. Deadline for early registration is April 26. For more info and contact infomation, visit CampVictory.com

 

MC Federal Credit Union is accepting donations on behalf of the Dissinger family, who tragically lost three young boys in a house fire on April 4th. If you would like to help, donations came be made to the Dissinger Family Loss Donation Fund at any branch of MC Federal Credit Union, mailed to their main branch at 230 Walnut Street in Danville, or made by phone, by calling 570-275-6155. 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phils conclude their weekend series on the road in Colorado this afternoon. First pitch will be at 4:10 - we'll be on the air with the pregame show at 3:35.

What's Happening Saturday, April 19, 2014


Saturday Easter Egg Hunts:

 

Berwick:

Berwick Christian Church at East and 5th Streets will hold an Easter Egg Hunt this morning starting at 11 AM. Kids ages 3-12 are invied to participate.

 

Bloomsburg:

The Bloomsburg American Legion post 273 is holding an Easter Egg hunt at the Bloomsburg Town Park this morning starting at 11 AM. Kids ages 2-10 are invited to join in the hunt.

 

Buckhorn:

Come out for an Easter Egg hunt at the Columbia Mall this evening starting at 6 PM - sponsored by the Bloomsburg & Catawissa UMC Cluster. The hunt will take place in the Community Room at the Sears end of the mall.

 

Danville:

Goodwill Hose Company will hold an Easter Egg hunt this morning at Danville Memorial Park starting at 10 AM.

 

Elysburg:

Come to Knoebel's this afternoon for an Easter Egg hunt at 1 PM in the Grove parking lot. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance. The hunt is open to kids 10 and younger.

 

Espy:

The Espy Fire Company Easter Egg hunt will be held this morning at the Fire Hall starting at 9 AM.

 

Madison Township:

Katy's Church is holding their second annual Victorian egg hunt this afternoon starting at 2 PM. The hunt is open to kids 12 and under, with a special area just for kids under 4. You will need to bring an empty basket  or bag. For more information call 570-764-2412. The church is on the corner of Katy's Church and Wolf Hollow Roads in Madison township.

 

Mount Pleasant Township:

Kids ages 10 and under are invited tothe Mount Pleasant Community Easter Egg hunt this afternoon,  being held at the Center on Millertown road at 2 PM.

 

Nescopeck:

Nescopeck Volunter Fire Companys' Easter Egg hunt will be held this afternoon at the baseball diamond starting at 2 PM. Kids 10 and under from the community are invited to attend. 

 

Paxinos:

Ash Grove UMC will hold a community Easter Egg hunt this afternoon starting at 2 PM. There will be live music by Simple Faith. Kids 2-10 are invited to join the hunt.

 
 
What's Happening?

Come spend A Day With Stuie in Berwick this afternoon. A real Berwick-built Stuart tank will be on display at 3rd and Oak Street and Reliance Fire Company starting at 2 PM, along with historical displays, memorabilia, food, live entertainment, and the official groundbreaking for the Stuart memorial. The event marks the 70th anniversary of the last Berwick Stuart tank produced. All active military personnel and Veterans are invited to attend.

 

Roaring Creek Valley UMC in Catawissa is holding a breakfast for a donation this morning from 7 - 9:30 AM. Proceeds will go to suppourt the soup kitchen at Wesley UMC in Bloomsburg, and Camp Lavigne. The church is on Orchard Drive in Catawissa.

 

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a community forum this Monday at the McBride Memorial Library on Market Street in Berwick. The topic will be "Addictions, recovery, and spirituality," with a panel featuring Rev. John Baumgartner of Reformers Unanimus, Rev. Aaron Hastie, and Lt. Kevin Polito of the Berwick Salvation Army. Everyone is invited. The talk starts at 6 PM.

 

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Columbia County contiue their monthly series of free gardening classes at the McBride Memorial Library on Tuesday the 22nd. This month the topic will be Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels. The program runs from 6 - 7:30 PM. Call to reserve your seat at 570-752-2241. The library is at 500 Market Street in Berwick. 

 

It's time to register for the 2014 First Columbia Teen Star musical competition, coming up on June 1 in the Haas center, Bloomsburg University. Two top winners will be selected this year - one vocalist and one instrumentalist. First place in both wins $1,500. It's open to any high school student who attends school in Columbia County. Deadline for registration is Wednesday April 23. For more information call 570-387-3464.

 

The Bloomsburg Rotary Club is holding their 21st annual Golf For Kids charity scramble at 9AM Saturday, May 3rd at the Links at Hemlock Creek. $80 entry fee per golfer includes a round of golf, refreshments, and steak! Event sponsorships are also available. Deadline for entry is Thursday, April 24. Call Mike at 570-784-3410 to enter and for more information.

 

The Kidsburg Rebuilding project is looking for special help this week with prepatory and foundation work for the Big Build coming up on April 30th. Help is needed Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 25, 26, and 27 in getting the grounds ready to build Kidsburg 2.0 - for more information call Deb at 301-518-7089,  or go to Kidsburg.org

 

The 36th annual Renaissance Jamboree in Downtown Bloomsburg us coming up on Saturday the 26th from 10 AM - 5 PM, rain or shine. There'll be tons of food, free entertainment, music, vendors and much more fun for the whole family. Remember to please leave your dogs at home and no skating or skateboarding.

 

The BU Department of Art and Art History will be holding portfolio reviews for High School Art Exhibition and Scholarships on Saturday, May 3rd on the Univerity campus. Deadline to register is Wednesday, April 30. For more information, call 570-389-4646, or email: JGodeke@BloomU.edu

 

The Kidsburg Rebuilding project will soon be coming to a head. Wednesday April 30th through Sunday May 4th will be Rebuild Kidsburg Week - and they need volunteers and crew captains organized now! If you are interested in helping with construction, call Deb at 301-518-7089, or go to Kidsburg.org

 

MetroCast Communications will host their third Giving Back 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, May 3 starting at 9AM at the Summerhill Road Fire Company in Berwick. Funds raised from the event this year will go to local organizations focusing on drug abuse prevention. Registration will be open the morning of the run from 7:30 - 8:45. Entry fee is $25 - breakfast will be served after the race. For more information call 570-802-5660 or visit NEPARunner.com

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club and Mopar Muscle of Central PA will be Cruising For Victory on Sunday, May 4th from 9 AM - 3:30 PM. 100% of the proceeds from the Cruise-In will benefit Camp Victory. The cruise-in will be on rain or shine at the camp in Millville. Early registration is $10 per vehicle or $12 the day of the cruise. Deadline for early registration is April 26. For more info and contact infomation, visit CampVictory.com

 

MC Federal Credit Union is accepting donations on behalf of the Dissinger family, who tragically lost three young boys in a house fire on April 4th. If you would like to help, donations came be made to the Dissinger Family Loss Donation Fund at any branch of MC Federal Credit Union, mailed to their main branch at 230 Walnut Street in Danville, or made by phone, by calling 570-275-6155. 

 

WHLM Sports

HS Baseball

The Central Columbia High School baseball field will be named Don Engle Memorial Field this morning prior to the start of a baseball tournament that involves Central Columbia, Bloomsburg, Wyalusing and Mifflinburg. Engle, who died in January, won more than 500 games and the 1991 state championship in his 29 years as the Blue Jays head coach. The dedication ceremony will begin at 9:30 AM.

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phils continure their weekend series on the road in Colorado this evening. First pitch will be at 8:10 PM - we'll be on the air with the pregame show at 7:35.

Friday / April 18, 2014


David Kovach / Stuart Tank

The last Stuart Tank rolled off the assembly line of the A-C-F plant in Berwick 70 – years ago this week... and Saturday ground will be broken to celebrate the tank, the A-C-F workers and the men who fought in the trenches. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach is spearheading the “Bring Stuie Home Campaign.” The program begins at 2 O'clock at the corner of Third and Oak Streets in Berwick.

 

Berwick Manager

Berwick will soon launch a search to find a new borough manager. 30 – year old Robert Hivish has tendered his resignation after two years on the job. He's accepted a position as a project manager with Kriger Construction of Dickson City... which has a higher potential for earnings. A temporary replacement is expected to be named when Borough Council meets next Monday.

 

Alarm Sounds at Fire Station

It's not every day an automatic fire alarm goes off inside a fire station. But, that was the case Thursday afternoon... when the alarm went off at the Bloomsburg Fire Department on Market Street. Rob Ikler and his crew were working with flooring equipment in the department's social room when a floor polisher malfunctioned... setting off the alarm. Several firemen responded to the building.... found all in order... and simply reset the alarm.

 

Bloomsburg Nationals

One of the biggest demolition derby's to be held in recent memory will take place during the third annual Bloomsburg Nationals by Carlisle Events this coming August at the Fairgrounds. Carlisle Events Mike Garland says they've partnered with a New York State – based production company for the August 9th event. The three day Bloomsburg National's begins August 8th at the fairgrounds... featuring thousands of classic cars.

 

DCNR Report

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has issues its first report since starting a monitoring program in 2011 to look at the impact of natural gas drilling on state forest lands. The reports shows there was less impact on acreage than expected due to efforts to encourage development near existing infrastructure. The Shale Gas Monitoring Report also says water quality has not been affected. But it raises concerns about invasive plants and pests that can impact native vegetation and says the effect on recreational experiences bears watching.

 

Death Probe

Hazleton Police are keeping a tight lid on a death investigation that began Wednesday night. A body was found in the area of South Cedar and Chestnut Streets. Police have not released any details or the identity of the person involved.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

Police in Wilkes – Barre continue to look for a robber wanted in connection with the stick up of a gas station this week. Police say the man strolled into the Hazle Mart on Hazle Street.... produced a weapon and demanded money. No word on how much he got away with.

 

Clerk of Courts

Schuylkill County's long – time clerk of courts has resigned. Stephen Lukach is a target of an investigation amid allegations he took thousands of dollars in taxpayer money from his office for his personal use. Although the investigation has been underway for some time... Lukach has not been charged.

 

Midd-West Super

The interim superintendent of school in Snyder County is suspended from the job without pay. The Midd – West School Board have given Daphne Snook time off since she is part of a criminal investigation dealing with a data breach. Thus far... no charges have been filed. It's not known how long Ms. Snook will be off the job.

 

PennDOT Survey
State transportation officials are working on a pair of long range plans and asking the public to weigh in through a survey. PennDOT is updating it's Long Range Transportation Plan and developing the state's first ever Comprehensive Freight Movement plan. Officials are asking the public to take a few moments to complete an on line survey to help identify top transportation priorities among all assets from freight connections to bike and pedestrians facilities.

 

Safe Drive / Potholes
Motorists looking beyond this week's cap to a rough winter, should think about making their vehicles safe for spring driving. Jenny Robinson of Triple-A Mid-Atlantic, says more potholes will spring from the latest cold blast. Going forward, that should have us checking vehicle alignment and steering, tire pressure, and windshield wipers. Ignoring road salt and brine residue on the undercarriage can cause serious consequences, like corroding brake lines. In the spring, motorists should also be on the lookout for more highway workers.

 

PreK/Kindergarten

A Philadelphia – area lawmaker is pushing to make kindergarten mandatory in public schools and to improve the accessibility of Pre-K. State Representative Brendan Boyle says Pennsylvania is among the six states that do not have a law requiring school districts to provide kindergarten for young students. While universal Pre-K wouldn’t be mandatory for school districts, kindergarten would become mandatory.

 

Hit and Run

Cops in Northumberland County say they're looking for a driver who hit a teen riding his bicycle Wednesday night in Sunbury.... then fled the scene. The incident happened at the corner of Packer and North Third Street. The teen was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Now... police are looking for a mid – 2000 Silver Ford Focus hatchback with damage to the hood and along the passenger side of the car.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Baseball

The Central Columbia High School baseball field will be named Don Engle Memorial Field Saturday morning prior to the start of a baseball tournament that involves Central Columbia, Bloomsburg, Wyalusing and Mifflinburg. Engle, who died in January, won more than 500 games and the 1991 state championship in his 29 years as the Blue Jays head coach. The dedication ceremony will begin Saturday morning at 9:30.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Thursday... Montoursville downed Bloomsburg 2 to 1...

 

HS Softball

In high school girls softball... It took nine innings, but Muncy blanked Bloomsburg 1 to nothing... Jersey Shore defeated Danville 13 to 3... It was Sullivan County over Millville 16 to 15... and Southern Columbia defeated Montoursville 4 to 2.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 yesterday in the final game of their series. Friday night, the Phils begin a weekend series against The Rockies in Colorado. The first pitch will be at 8:40. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 8:05.

 

Other MLB Games 

In other games Thursday... The Pittsburg Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first defeat on the road 11 to 2... and the New York Yankees downed the Tampa Bay Rays 10 to 2.

 

NHL

In the first game of an NHL playoff series last night it was the New York Rangers over the Philadelphia Flyers 4 to 1.

 

Thursday / April 17, 2014


 

 

Danville Teachers

Despite four hours of negotiations Wednesday night... unionized teachers at the Danville Area School District are out on the picket line Thursday morning... after failing to reach a new contract agreement. Superintendent Cheryl Latorre says the bottom line is that the work stoppage hurts kids the most. The work stoppage is expected to be anywhere from five to six days long. Danville Area graduation for seniors is still scheduled for June 6th. Teachers have been working without a contract since 2012.

 

Drug Program

The drug problem is real... and it's here at home. That word from participants involved in next week's drug and alcohol program at the Danville Middle School hosted by State Representative Kurt Masser. Representative Masser telling reporters during a news conference Wednesday... he lost a niece to a drug overdose last year. Next week's program take place Thursday in the Danville Middle High School Auditorium beginning at 6:30.

 

Bloomsburg Library

The Bloomsburg Library is celebrating it's 125th anniversary... first chartered by the state in 1889. Library Director Hal Pratt says several mens club's received the original charter... with the library becoming was it is in 1903. Pratt says there are special events planned at the Market Street facility during the rest of the year highlighting the importance of the library.

 

Bridge Replacement

A heavily used bridge on Martzville road near the Berwick Country Club will be replaced starting next week. PennDOT's Rick Mason says work will begin Monday to replace a span built back in 1938... which takes Martzville Road over Glen Brook in Briar Creek Township. The bridge will be replaced with a new concrete box culvert on the same alignment. Construction should be completed by late July.

 

URS Closing

United Rehabilitation Service says they plan to pull the plug on it's locations in Hazleton... Wilkes – Barre and Tunkhannock. A URS spokesperson says cuts in funding is making it impossible to serve it's 250 clients. URS has a budget gap of about a million dollars. The rehab service provides employment and activities for folks with disabilities.

 

Jersey Man Extradited

A man from New Jersey is locked up in the Luzerne County prison on $100,000 cash bail after his extradition from the Garden State. Carlos Lopez is accused of holding a Hazleton woman against her will... and allegedly sexually assaulting her late last year. Hazleton police tracked him to New Jersey and brought him back to face charges.

 

State Police

It's no Easter Holiday weekend for Pennsylvania State Troopers. The PSP says troopers will be patrolling the highways... engaging in high visibility enforcement towards aggressive drivers. A spokesperson out of Troop L in Berks County says cops will be looking for abrupt lane changes... driving under the influence... driving too fast for condition... and following too closely.

 

Concealed Carry Class

State Representative Kurt Masser... who represents Columbia... Montour and Northumberland Counties will hold a Concealed Carry Seminar next Wednesday in Ranshaw. At the class... Northumberland County DA Toni Rosini... Montour County Sheriff Ray Gerringer... and Northumberland County Sheriff Robert Wolfe will bring folks up to speed on the laws dealing with weapon concealment. The session begins at 6 O'clock at the Brady Fire Company in Ranshaw.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team extended its winning streak to 7 in a row Wednesday with a doubleheader sweep of Shippensburg at Danny Litwhiler Field. The Huskies won the the first game 5-2 and the nightcap 4-1.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball, it was Central Columbia over Southern Columbia 6 – 2.

 

HS Softball

In girls High school softball... Berwick defeated Crestwood 9 – 1..

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Wednesday... the Atlanta Braves blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 1 to nothing. The teams conclude their series in Philadelphia Thursday in a 1:05 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:30.

 

In other action Wednesday... the New York Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2... the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Cincinnati Reds 4-0... The New York Yankees were home for two games against the Chicago Cubs. In the first game... the Yankees defeated the Cub 3 to nothing. In the nightcap, the Yankees blanked the Cubs 2 to nothing.

 

NHL

The NHL playoffs began Thursday night. In the opening round game... the Pittsburgh Penguins getting by Columbus 4 to 3.

Wednesday / April 16, 2014


Cold Weather

What a difference a day makes. Cold weather has returned to the Susquehanna Valley... following a couple of days in the 70's. Elise Colbert of the National Weather Service in State College says the warm up was brief... but a cold front swept through the region Tuesday... bringing with it rain, snow flurries and colder weather. Temperatures on Wednesday won't get out of the 40's. Colbert says if you put out hanging flower baskets this weekend or planted the herb garden, you'll have to protect them.

 

Lou Barletta

An effort by the U-S congress to exclude volunteer firefighters from Obamacare has been hijacked by the the Senate. That word from Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton who spent part of Tuesday touring the Friendship Fire Company in Danville and talking about volunteers and the Affordable Health Care Act. Representative Barletta also spent some time talking to a half – dozen shop owners on Mill Street... as a way to get some feedback on the issues.

 

Frank's Burglary

A Bloomsburg man is in the Columbia County Prison after he was arrested for the alleged burglary of an East Main Street restaurant. BloomUToday.com is reporting 19 – year old Justin Lindsay is allegedly the person seen on video... burglarizing Frank's Pizza last month. Police receiving several tips after the video was posted on - line. Lindsay was arraigned Tuesday... with bail set at $25,000. Meantime, other suspects are being sought in the case.

 

Drano Bomb Folo

Still no arrests stemming from that home made Drano bomb which went off Monday night on the second floor of off – campus housing at Husky Korners at East and Main Streets... directly across from Bloomsburg Town Hall. Police and fire personnel responded to the scene to assess the situation. Luckily.... no one was injured.

 

Kidsburg Volunteers Needed

The folks coordinating the re-build of Kidsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park are looking for hundreds of volunteers. The build begins April 30th.... so says the Town Park Association Chuck Wagner... and runs at least five days. You can sign up to volunteer by going to the website... Kidsburg.org.

 

Danville Traffic Lights

The Borough of Danville is searching for a grant... leading to the re – timing of the ten traffic signals which dot Route 11 and along Mill Street. The search for money begins... as a year long traffic project is slowly being wrapped up... so says Borough Administrator Dan Knorr. He says finding the money... conducting a study and re – timing the lights may take another year to accomplish.

 

Hoarders
A selfish sort of animal mistreatment in Pennsylvania is in the spotlight during Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. The problem is highlighted by the case of an 82-year-old woman pleading no contest this week, to 14 counts of animal cruelty at Grace Kelly's childhood home in Philadelphia. It sheds light on the exploding practice of animal hoarding. George Bengal, of Pennsylvania SPCA in Philadelphia, says the number of animals simply outnumbers the ability of the owner to care for them. He gets one case of animal hoarding every month.

 

Melanoma

As the number of melanoma cases explodes in Pennsylvania, skin-tanning fans are turning to the bottle or can. Spray-on tans are the safest alternative to exposure to ultraviolet rays and to the threat of melanoma - which one in 50 people will get. And Dr. Victor Marks, director of dermatology for the Geisinger Health System, says the spray-tan industry has improved its products. He says early detection of melanoma is important. So people should pay attention to changes on their bodies, especially when it comes to moles.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

A Wilkes – Barre woman is dead following a fire at her Wyoming Street home late Monday night. Authorities say 51 – year old Laurie Merritt was discovered on the floor... and rushed to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital were she was pronounced dead. Investigators believe the blaze began in the attic of the building, but a fire investigator has yet to determine the exact cause.

 

West Nile Virus Grant

Luzerne County has been awarded $82,000 by the State Department of Environmental Protection for a West Nile Virus control program. The grant is part of the nearly $2.1 - million given out across the state to control mosquito's. A DEP spokesperson says the funding in used to cover the costs associated with surveying and controlling the bugs which carry West Nile Virus.

 

Red Cross Fire

The Red Cross office on Susquehanna Boulevard in West Hazleton is back in business after a small fire this week drew firefighters to their building. Authorities say the electrical blaze was centered in a heating and air conditioning unit. Employees in the office evacuated the building safely.

 

Shamokin Dam Plant

It's been around for generations.... and now it's now set to close. That power plant south of Shamokin Dam... along the Susquehanna River in Hummels Wharf will be shuttered by the end of June. The closure will send an estimated 60 employees to the streets. The decision comes as new environmental regulations take effect next year.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

One of the tasks facing Bloomsburg University offensive coordinator Bryan McBryan this spring is rebuilding the offensive line which lost three outstanding players who combined for 121 straight starts.

McBryan is counting on junior Ryan Geiger who started at guard last season and will be one of the Husky captains this fall. The Huskies will conclude spring drills with the annual Maroon & Gold game Saturday, April 26th.

 

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team will take a five game winning streak into its doubleheader at Shippensburg Wednesday afternoon. The first game begins at 2 0'clock.

 

PHL / ATL

The Philadelphia Phillies home game against the Atlanta Braves last night was postponed because of rain. Wednesday night's game begins at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In the completion of a suspended game.. the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the the Cincinnati Reds 8 – 7. In the regularly scheduled game Cincinnati defeated Pittsburgh 7 to 5. The New York Mets blanked the Arizona Diamond Backs 9 to 0. The New York Yankees home game against the Chicago Cubs was postponed

 

Tuesday / April 15, 2014


 

Lou Barletta Tours Danville

An effort by the U-S congress to exclude volunteer firefighters from Obamacare has been hijacked by the the Senate. That word from Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton who spent part of Tuesday touring the Friendship Fire Company in Danville and talking about volunteers and the Affordable Health Care Act. Representative Barletta also spent some time talking to a half – dozen shop owners on Mill Street... as a way to get some feedback on the issues.

 

Drano Bomb

Excitement at Husky Korners... right across from Bloomsburg Town Hall Monday night... as someone set off a so – called “Drano” bomb... made of the popular drain cleaner and aluminum foil in a Gatorade bottle. Smoke from the device cleared the former Housenick Motors building... sending students out into the streets. Authorities blocked the area with three pieces of fire apparatus and four police cars. The device left behind residue of the drain cleaner.. but very little damage. No one has been charged in the incident.

 

Block Party Folo

Bloomsburg Police are out with figures stemming from this past weekend's Block Party... an event where university age students gather to have a good time. Police Chief Roger Van Loan... in a news release... telling us that more than 200 non – traffic citations... and 17 traffic tickets were issued. Bloomsburg Mayor Sandy Davis telling WHLM News Monday night... she's happy the weekend went smoothly... but the event has to be “curbed in the future.” Most of the citations dealt with violations of the open container law... underage consumption... and public drunkenness.

 

Espy Water

An unusual sight Monday morning.... water shooting up, out of the ground following a rupture in an 8 inch in diameter water main in the 2600 block of Old Berwick Road. Initially... United Water issued a boil water advisory... but later canceled it... so says the utility's Bob Manbeck. A United work crew spent a couple of hours replacing the water main. The cause of the break remains under investigation.

 

Boston Marathon

It was a year ago Tuesday a terrorist bomb shattered the finish of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Several people died... and hundreds injured when a pressure cooker packed with explosives detonated. For Doug Alter of Berwick... who plans to participate in next Monday's marathon... says there is something of a dark cloud hanging over him as he returns to Boston. Alter will be just one of an estimated 36,000 expected to participate in next Monday's event.

 

Property Tax
A bill to eliminate school property taxes could see action in the State Senate this spring, even though a similar measure failed to gain traction in the house. WHLM's Cathy Clark reports the house has approved a targeted approach that would leave the decision up to school districts on whether to keep, reduce or replace their property taxes. But the sponsor of a senate plan says there's bipartisan backing in his chamber for a bill to replace the school property tax with higher sales and personal income taxes. That measure has drawn opposition from the business community, schools and advocates for the poor.

Cancer Cases
As the number of cancer cases continues to rise in Pennsylvania and across the nation, physicians are concerned that the availability of care in local communities is declining. While more Pennsylvanians are being diagnosed with cancer, fewer people are dying from it. At issue, according to the latest "State of Cancer Care in America" study, is an oncology workforce and small community practices that cannot keep up with the growing patient population. Of the small and mid-size practices that serve more than one-third of new patients, two-thirds will merge, be sold, or close in the next year.

 

Wright Twp Fire

Fire investigators still haven't figured out what sparked a blaze which destroyed a Mountain Top area home Monday. The structure is located on Church Road in Wright Township. The owner getting out of the house safely after she was warned of flames by a neighbor.

 

I-81 Construction

PennDOT says it will rebuild and widen six miles of Interstate 81... between Scranton and the Luzerne – Lackawanna county line. The money coming from the state's new transportation funding bill. The $174 – million dollar project will add a third lane to the already bustling interstate.

 

Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of gasoline across northeastern Pennsylvania is slowing rising. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report out shows that the average price of self – serve, unleaded regular is $3.64 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend... and four cents higher than it was a week ago.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team was scheduled to play a doubleheader at Shippensburg Tuesday afternoon, but those games have been postponed until Wednesday afternoon.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Monday...  Berwick defeated Holy Redeemer 8 to 5... Benton downed Columbia Montour VO Tech 13 to 5.. It was Bloomsburg over Loyalsock 6 to 1..

 

In girls softball

Berwick downed Wyoming Valley West 12 to 1... Benton defeated Columbia Montour Vo Tech 4 to 1... And it was Southern Columbia over South Williamsport 9 to 4...

 

PHL / ATL

In the first game of a four game home series with Atlanta Monday night... the Atlanta Braves defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 9 – 6.

 

* Tonight's scheduled Phillies game has been rained out. A make-up date has yet to be determined. *

 

In other games last night...

The game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds was suspended due to weather after seven innings. The score tied 7 to 7. The game resumes Tuesday afternoon at 5:30....and the New York Mets defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7 – 3.

 

NBA

In the NBA Monday night... The Philadelphia 76ers downed the Boston Celtics 113 to 108.

 

 

Monday / April 14, 2014


 

Espy Water Main Break

That boil water advisory issued by United Water for residents along the 26 – hundred block of Old Berwick Road in Espy has been canceled. It was posted early Monday when an 8 inch in diameter line broke... spewing water several feet into the air.... so says the Utility's Bob Manbeck. It has yet to be determined what caused that water main to break Monday morning in Espy.

 

PPL Plant

Operators at PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric station in Salem Township north of Berwick took the Unit 1 reactor off line over the weekend. The outage is necessary for refueling and maintenance. During the downtime... a utility spokesman says 40 % of the uranium fuel will be replaced... as well as upgrading equipment with state-of-the-art technology. No word how long Unit 1 will be off – line, but Unit 2 continues to chug along at full power.

 

Foundryville Fire

Still no word as to what caused a deadly fire on Foundryville Road... just outside of Berwick. Our media partner... Newswatch 16... is reporting 57 – year old Mike Rupp died in the flames along with three dogs. The fire was discovered by Rupp's wife... Patricia... when she returned home late Friday night. Investigators say the blaze started in the living room area of the mobile home.

 

Block Party

For the most part... weekend block party revelers in Bloomsburg either went back to their dorms... student housing... or returned to where they came from following Saturday's event. Christina of Upper Darby... a BU student... took in her first Block Party telling us that she felt safe. But for Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan... it was a tiring day for officers who patrolled the event... and made a lot of arrests. Chief Van Loan says planning begins this week for the 2015 edition of Block Party in Bloomsburg... once reports from police department start streaming in as to what worked and what didn't.

 

Rt 11 Construction

A major resurfacing project gets underway Monday on Route 11 between Park Street in Bloomsburg and Shaffer Road in Scott Township. PennDOT's Rick Mason says the work involves milling the existing roadway... and repaving. Most of the work will be preformed overnight between 7 PM and 6 AM Monday night's through Friday morning's. The work is expected to be wrapped up by early June.

 

Boston Marathon

The life of a 1988 Bloomsburg University Mass Communication's graduate.... now a trauma surgeon... was changed dramatically a year ago Tuesday as she treated the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Tracey Dechert of Pottsville was off duty at the time... but returned to the Boston Medical Center as the victims began coming through the emergency room door. Dr. Dechert was on campus recently to give a talk about her experiences. Meantime... this year's Boston Marathon will take place a week from today among heightened security.

 

Hanover Township Accident

The intersection of East Main Street in Hanover Township and the San Souci Parkway is open Monday morning following a three car collision Sunday night. Authorities say two people were taken to the hospital following the crash. Three others sustained minor injuries.

 

Luzerne County Deficit

The budget numbers for Luzerne County government are worse than expected. County Council recently getting word that the government is $7.4 - million dollars in the red... figures revealed in an audit. A year ago... unaudited figures showed a $1.1- million dollar deficit. Most of the loss was four million dollars less than expected in general fund revenue... the remainder spending more than anticipated.

 

Spring Scams

Spring has sprung and unscrupulous home improvement contractors are out and about, looking for the next victim. As WHLM's Pete Primak reports many times these transient contractor will show up unannounced, offering to paint homes or pave driveways on the spot, perhaps for a few hundred bucks cash. The problem is, the work is often performed shoddily, using inferior materials or the contractor leaves before finishing the work. The state Attorney General's office says you should check the credentials of any contractor you're thinking about hiring, and get everything in writing.

 

Donate Life

The U S Department of Health and Human Services is trying to raise awareness about the need for organ donation. WHLM's Cathy Clark tells us April is Donate Life Month and Assistant U S Health Secretary Howard Koh says over 120,000 people are on a waiting list for donor organs. He says 18 people die every day on that list. The campaign "Made Possible by Organ Donors" is telling the stories of what recipients of donated organs are doing with the gift of life and health. You can learn more at organdonor.gov.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Softball

Playing at home for the first time this season, the Bloomsburg University softball team swept a doublheader from Millersville yesterday.

The Huskies won the opener 10-1 and then took the nightcap 4-3 in eight innings.

 

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team played a doubleheader Sunday against Kutztown. In game one... Bloomsburg defeated Kutztown 7 to 6.... while in the nightcap... BU topped Kutztown 11 to 7.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies completed a sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 4-3 win Sunday afternoon. On Monday night at home the Phils begin a 4 game series with the Atlanta Braves. Monday's game starts at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other Games 

In other games Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost a 4-1 decision to the Milwaukee Brewers who won their 9th straight game. The New York Mets were routed by the Los Angeles Angels 14-2, and Sunday night it was the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox 3 – 2.

 

The Masters

For the second time in three years, Bubba Watson is the winner of the Masters Golf tournament. On Sunday... Watson became the 17th multiple winner in the history of the event.

 

What's Happening Sunday, April 13 2014


Weekend Events

A reminder for this weekend that Montour County has issued an outdoor burn ban. A first offense carries a fine of $100. The ban will be in effect for 30 days.

 

It's Block Party weekend on and around the campus of Bloomsburg University. If you are driving through the campus and student housing areas be cautious and aware of pdestrians - there are certain to be lots of students out walking around this weekend. 

 

Suppourt the Bloomsburg Skate Park this morning and come out from 8 - 10 AM for a flapjack fundraiser at Applebees on route 11 in Bloomsburg. Cost is $7 for adults or $4.50 for kids 5 and under. 

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church in Shicksinny is hosting "Cinderella's Closet" this afternoon at the church at 417 Town Hill Road. The sale of prom and other dresses will run from Noon-7PM. Call 570-864-2401 for more information.

 

The Benton British Car Club is meeting at 3PM this afternoon at Strevig's Family Restaraunt on Route 487 in Benton. Anyone who owns a British-made car is welcome to attend.

 

Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Monday morning. Bring your kids ages 18 months to 3 years old at 9:15 AM for twenty minutes of stories, music, movement, and fun! All children must be accompanied by and adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library Diners Club invites you to La Fontana in Downtown Bloomsburg this Tuesday. Stop by the library to pick up a voucher, and ten percent of your check from lunch or dinner at La Fontana will go toward the library.

 

Come spend A Day With Stuie in Berwick on Saturday the 19th. A real Berwick-built Stuart tank will be on display at 3rd and Oak Street and Reliance Fire Company starting at 2 PM, along with historical displays, memorabilia, food, live entertainment, and the official groundbreaking for the Stuart memorial. The event marks the 70th anniversary of the last Berwick Stuart tank produced. All active military personnel and Veterans are invited to attend.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Philadelphia Philles Baseball

The Phillies continue their weekend series at home vs the Florida Marlins this afternoon. First pitch is at 1:35 PM - coverage on Newsradio 930 starts with the Phillies pregame show at 1:00.

What's Happening Saturday, April 12, 2014


Weekend Events

A reminder for this weekend that Montour County has issued an outdoor burn ban. A first offense carries a fine of $100. The ban will be in effect for 30 days.

 

It's Block Party weekend on and around the campus of Bloomsburg University. If you are driving through the campus and student housing areas be cautious and aware of pdestrians - there are certain to be lots of students out walking around this weekend. 

 

Tickets are still on sale for this evening's Taming Of The Brew 2014 at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Come sample regional microbrews, good food, and live music from 7 - 11 PM. Tickets are $75 each. You can order online at BTE's website under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library’s 125th birthday party continues this morning with another Coffeehouse, from 10 - 11:30 AM. This month, the Friends of the Library invite you to help celebrate the fifth year of the “Golden Friends,” the Library’s outreach program to seniors in assisted living and nursing homes. Enjoy entertainment and refreshments at the library on Market Street, and consider becoming a Friend yourself.

 

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Columbia County will be holding a Spring Into Gardening festival today at the Columbia County Ag Services Building on Sawmill Road in Bloomsburg. Presentations will include talks on tomato gardening, water gardening, good vs bad bugs, silent auctions, garden tours and more. Cost is $10 for the day. The program runs from 8:30 AM - 3 PM. Call 570-784-6660 for more information.

 

Swing by Bear Chrysler Dodge Jeep on Route 11 in Berwick this morning for a meet and greet with local Olympian Jason Terdiman. From 9 AM - 2 PM, Jason will be on hand to sign autographs and talk about his experiences as an Olympic athlete. Also check out the Olympic suits and real luge sled. A portion of all vehicle sales during the event at Bear CDJ will go toward the Terdiman Fund.

 

Mostly Mutts no-kill animal shelter is holding a doggie biscuit hunt today from 11 AM - 2 PM at Sunlight Feed and Pet Supply on Route 11 east of Bloomsburg. All dogs participating must be on a leash and up-to-date on their shots. There will be goodie bags for every dog and prizes. A $5 donation for the event is suggested. For more information, go to MostlyMuttsOnline.com

 

The Buckhorn Fire Company on Firehall road is hosting the second annual Jonathan's Journey craft and vendor fair today from 10 AM - 4 PM. Come check out lots of local vendors and take part in the chineese auction. All proceeds will benefit the March of Dimes.

 

MC Federal Credit Union is accepting donations on behalf of the Dissinger family, who tragically lost three young boys in a house fire on April 4th. If you would like to help, donations came be made to the Dissinger Family Loss Donation Fund at any branch of MC Federal Credit Union, mailed to their main branch at 230 Walnut Street in Danville, or made by phone, by calling 570-275-6155. 

 

Bethany United Methodist Church in Berwick is holding a clothing giveaway this morning from 9 AM - Noon. There will be clothing for all ages. The church is at 116 Summerhill Avenue in Berwick.

 

Faith Assembly of God in Hazle Township is holding their annual Easter EGG-Stravaganza this morning at the church on Fox Manor Road. There will be games, crafts, prizes, and a hunt for over 10,000 Easter eggs - and it's all free! Make sure to bring an empty basket or bag. The hunt runs from 10AM - Noon and is open to all kids from Pre-School through 6th Grade. Call Maureen at 570-459-2410 for more information.

 

Suppourt the Bloomsburg Skate Park this Sunday and come out from 8 - 10 AM for a flapjack fundraiser at Applebees on route 11 in Bloomsburg. Cost is $7 for adults or $4.50 for kids 5 and under. 

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church in Shicksinny is hosting "Cinderella's Closet" this Sunday at the church at 417 Town Hill Road. The sale of prom and other dresses will run from Noon-7PM. Call 570-864-2401 for more information.

 

The Benton British Car Club is meeting at 3PM this Sunday afternoon at Strevig's Family Restaraunt on Route 487 in Benton. Anyone who owns a British-made car is welcome to attend.

 

Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Monday morning. Bring your kids ages 18 months to 3 years old at 9:15 AM for twenty minutes of stories, music, movement, and fun! All children must be accompanied by and adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Philadelphia Philles Baseball

The Phillies continue their weekend series at home vs the Florida Marlins this evening. First pitch is at 7:05 PM - coverage on Newsradio 930 starts with the Phillies pregame show at 6:30.

April 11, 2014


Block Party

The town of Bloomsburg is getting ready for block party. The weather looks nice for the annual event. Police say they will be ready. Law enforcement does not want to see a repeat of last year when an armored vehicle had to be brought in to control a crowd on Fetterman Avenue. Several years ago the town started to issue permits to people who planned a large party. Large parties are defined as 150 or more. Two permits have been issued for this year.

 

Corbett Trailing in Polls

Governor Tom Corbett is behind in just about every poll when matched with every democrat who has announced their candidacy. The governor will try to turn that around with a state healthcare reform proposal instead of having Pennsylvania join the expanded federal Medicaid exchange. Corbett said he wants to reform all Medicaid. Under the plan, both for-profit and nonprofit funding would be involved. There would be more options for coverage and individuals would be more invested and involved in their healthcare plans.

 

Burn Ban

Montour County has issued a ban on outdoor burning. That means you can't burn trash or yard debris. A violation of the ban can carry a 100 dollar fine for the first offense, 200 dollars for the second offense and three hundred dollars for the third offense. The ban will be in place for 30 days.

 

Olympian

Jayson Terdiman of Berwick, who along with his partner finished 11th in the men's luge doubles in Sochi, will be signing autographs and displaying his sled on Saturday from 9am until 2pm at Bear, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep in Berwick. Terdiman was on the WHLM Morning Buzz and told us they make their own sleds at their training facility in Lake Placid, New York.

 

Child Abuse Bill

Proposals approved by the House and Senate define mandated reporters of child abuse in Pennsylvania and that reports be made to law enforcement or the Department of Public Welfare, going beyond institutional practice. Child advocates wanted to make sure that future reports aren't made just within the institution involved, based on lessons learned from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case. Senator Kim Ward of Westmoreland County sponsored the bill. The bill defines professions such as the health-related fields, clergy and schools, as required to report suspected abuse.

 

Deer Disease

A contagious and lethal disease for whitetailed deer, has turned up in Pennsylvania for the seventh time. The case of Chronic Wasting Disease has been found in captive deer, this time in Jefferson County. The farm in Reynoldsville and the deer's birthplace in Northampton County have been quarantined. Spokesperson Samantha Krepps of the Department of Agriculture says the agency was monitoring for CWD before it first found in PA in 2012.

E Cigarette Ban

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has signed legislation that bans the sale of e-cigarettes to minors immediately...and institutes a ban on their use by anyone in public places starting this summer. The proposals were passed by City Council unanimously and Nutter says it's best to treat this new product carefully. The public ban takes effect on July 1st.

 

Slow Down in Montour Township

The Montour Township police department is the process of looking for aggressive drivers. It is part of a special aggressive driving funding project. Police will target Montour Blvd., Rupert Drive, Mall Blvd., and Valley Road. Cops will be out at all times but especially during peak hours in the morning and afternoon commutes. The increased enforcement will run through May 4th.

 

Judge Unseals Records

The state attorney general continues to make her case for dropping an undercover investigation of elected officials that started before she took office. The newest arguments come from documents just unsealed by a judge. Attorney General Kathleen Kane says the newly opened court records confirm her office made the proper decision regarding the criminal investigation involving a confidential informant. She also released a written statement from Senior Counsel Bruce Beemer detailing why he recommended charges not be brought against the Philadelphia lawmakers and judge who allegedly accepted money or gifts. The documents indicate her office tried to nullify the agreement dropping charges against the informant. Kane suggests if the case is so great, the Philadelphia District Attorney's office can take it.

 

In WHLM Sports:

High School Baseball on Thursday:

Hazleton Area 6 Berwick 0

Southern Columbia 13 Muncy 3

Central Columbia 8 Warrior Run 6

Selinsgrove 5 Danville 3

 

Girls Softball Thursday:

Benton 4 St. John Neumann 2

Southern Columbia 2 Warrior Run 0

 

In Major League Baseball:

Brewers 6 Phillies 2

The Phillies start a weekend series with the Marlins tonight. We will have the pre-game at 6:30 on the WHLM stations.

Elsewhere:

Pirates 5 Cubs 4

Mets 6 Braves 4

Yankees 4 Boston 1

April 10, 2014


School Stabbing

Mental Health professionals are offering help to those affected by the Franklin Regional High School stabbings on Wednesday morning. Twenty four people were injured when a 16 year old student went on a rampage with two knives. Traumatic events affecting their peers can leave teens feeling anxious and sad according to Dr. Kathleen Dougherty, president of the Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society. She says parents need to watch for kids who might be overwhelmed by the incident and communicate with them.

 

Studio Tour

You will have a chance to see what and how local artists create this weekend. Saturday and Sunday you can travel through Columbia and Montour counties and see eleven different art studios. Members of the Susquehanna River Artists will be displaying their works and answering any questions you have about them. You'll also have a chance to pick up a piece of local art. For more information just click on “our partners” at the top of the page and go to Columbia Montour Visitors Bureau.

 

Springfest

This weekend is the fourth annual Springfest at Bloomsburg University. The university describes it as a free, healthy and safe alternative campus-community event for students and staff, friends and family. The Springfest weekend will kick off on Friday night with “Musicfest”, then on Saturday Springfest will offer different on the upper and lower campus. This year's Springfest theme is “Vegas: What Happens at Fest, Stays at Fest.”

 

Coffee

Researchers say they've discovered another reason to love coffee. A new study says that people who drink at least a cup a day have a lower risk of liver cancer compared to those who drink it only once in a while.

 

Drilling Tax

There is a bipartisan call for a severance tax on natural gas in Pennsylvania. Democratic State Senator Vincent Hughes says they're not advocating for any one piece of legislation but they are calling for driving more dollars to the education system through the Marcellus Shale industry. There's currently an impact fee, but Republican Representative Gene DiGirolomo says that's not enough. He says we need a tax that benefits the whole state and it should be done in this budget cycle.

 

CeaseFirePA Survey

All four Democratic candidates for Pennsylvania Governor got passing grades in a survey by a gun violence prevention group; but two stood out. Candidates Allyson Schwartz and Katie McGinty got the highest marks in the survey by CeaseFirePA, for supporting all 20 of its gun safety measures. Rob McCord and Tom Wolf gave some vague or qualified answers. Republicans Governor Tom Corbett and Bob Guzzardi, did not respond. Shira Goodman, of CeaseFirePA, wants gun violence to be at the forefront of this election.
 

State Senate Passes Gift Ban

The Senate passed a resolution banning cash gifts to its own legislators and employees, and sent a bill to the House that goes a step further. Senate Bill 1327 would prevent acceptance of cash gifts for ALL state and local public officials and employees. It was passed unanimously and is on its way to the House. Cash gifts of $250 or more would be a felony. Amounts less than that would be a misdemeanor.

 

Computer Hacking

A new report calls 2013 the year of the Mega Breach. The review came out just as we were learning of a new attack. The breach  named Heartbleed may have gone undetected for more than two years and could expose people's passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive data. Kevin Haley of Symantec says it's something websites are working to fix. Haley suggests if you have to change a lot of passwords, using a password manager to safely store them. Symantec's annual Internet Security Threat Report shows a 62% increase in the number of breaches last year.

 

In WHLM Sports

Scouts from at least 16 NFL teams will be on campus today for Bloomsburg University's Pro Day. Five Huskies will take part: defensive end Larry Webster, offensive line men Brian Clarke and Matt Feiler, wide receiver Glen Hutton and placekicker Dan Fisher. Running back Franklyn Quiteh will not take part because of recent shoulder surgery.

 

In high school baseball on Wednesday:

Berwick 5 Crestwood 3

Bloomsburg 9 Benton 2

Southern Columbia 13 Millville 3

 

In MLB:

The Phillies lost to the Brewers 9-4 on Wednesday. We'll have the final game of that series tonight on the WHLM stations. The pre-game starts at 6:30pm.

In other games:

Braves 4 Mets 3

Cubs 7 Pirates 5

Orioles 5 Yankees 4

 

The Bloomsburg University baseball team split a double-header with Clarion on Wednesday. The Huskies lost the first game 3-2 and won the nightcap 15-6.

 

 

April 9, 2014


NRC Meeting

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will meet with management of the Susquehanna nuclear power plant tonight. The public meeting is to begin at 6pm at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center at 634 Salem Blvd. In Berwick. The NRC staff will answer your questions. The NRC issues reports on performance at each plant twice a year, during the mid-cycle, or mid-point of the year and at the conclusion of the year.

 

Deer Licenses

The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners has set the 2014-2015 antlerless deer license allocations at levels intended to allow the deer population to increase almost everywhere in the state, even in the chronic wasting disease management areas in the south central region. Referring to hunter comments and legislative pressure in favor of growing the deer herd, commissioners cut the allocations below last year's levels.

 

Governor Corbett in Central Pa.

Governor Tom Corbett will be in Lewisburg today to officially kickoff JOBS1st On the Road in Central Pennsylvania and announce funding for neighborhood improvements to attract visitors and job creators to Lewisburg. Corbett will be joined by Department of Labor and Industry Secretary Julia Hearthway and members of her team.

 

Child Abuse Bills

Governor Tom Corbett has signed three bills expanding programs designed to help prevent child abuse in Pennsylvania. The central bill will provide new funding for the states current child advocacy centers and allow the expansion of the program that fosters the use of multidisciplinary investigative teams. Governor Tom Corbett called the bills another step in the fight to end child abuse. The bill doubles the fee for copies of birth certificates from $10 to $20 to generate nearly $4 million a year.

 

Car Crash

20 year old Matthew of Benton was taken to Geisinger Hospital with what police describe as moderate injuries after a car crash on Tuesday on Route 487 in Fishing Creek Township. Police say Young was driving at a high rate of speed south on 487 when he failed to notice another car in front of him turning into a driveway. He put on the brakes but lost control and hit a utility pole.

 

Tax Freedom Day

You might file your tax return by April 15th but you won't satisfy your total tax bill until the 21st. That's the day when you'll finally pay off your tax burden. Lyman Stone with the Center for State Tax Policy says we'll pay 4.5 trillion dollars in taxes compared to 4.3 million dollars on food, clothing and housing.

 

Tax Help

If you need some late-season tax help the state has extended service hours offered by the Department of Revenue's Taxpayer Service and Information Center. Through April 15th the center will be open from 7:30 am to 7 pm during the week and from 8am to 4pm this Saturday. The number is 717-787-8201.

 

Legislator of the Year

Congressman Lou Barletta has been named Legislator of the Year by the National Volunteer Fire Council. Last year Barletta introduced a bill that made sure volunteer emergency responders were not counted as full-time employees under the mandate of Obamacare.

 

Safe Digging Month

Utility lines are hit more than six-thousand times a year statewide as a result of digging, so the PUC wants to spread the word... dial 8-1-1 before you dig, at least three business days in advance. Robin Tilley of the PUC says when a line is hit, it endangers workers, damages lines, and it can result in environmental pollution and loss of utility service to customers. The PA One Call service is free... for more information go online to PA1Call.org. April has been designated Safe Digging Month in Pennsylvania.

 

In WHLM Sports:

Former Bloomsburg High School standout quarterback Blake Rankin is transferring from Rutgers. He didn't play at all last season and decided it was time to find a team where he could get some playing time. No word on where he may end up.

 

In Girls Softball

Bloomsburg 16 Millville 0

 

In the Phillies home opener on Tuesday, the Brewers took care of the Phils 10-4. Game two of that series is tonight. We'll have the pre-game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

In other games:

Mets 4 Braves 0

Pirates 7 Cubs 6

Orioles 14 Yankees 5

 

In the women's NCAA finals:

Uconn 79 Notre Dame 58

 

In the NHL:

Flyers 5 Florida 2

The Flyers clinch a playoff spot.


 

April 8, 2014


Murder-Suicide Investigation

More information is coming out about that strange case of a homicide-suicide Sunday in Montoursville. 78 year old Edward White of Williamsport was found shot to death. Later a car chase by police ended in Loyalsock Township when, police say 28 year old Jacqueline Delguerico of Williamsport shot and killed herself in the car. Now police say there may have been a romantic relationship between them. One officer says a video shows the two arguing at the Montoursville Walmart on Saturday night.

 

Danville Children Laid to Rest

The funeral will be held today for the three Dissinger boys who were killed in that fire near Danville last weekend. Counselors were on hand Monday to talk with teachers and students. Classmates have already donated clothing and other items as well as money for the three remaing children. Donations are being accepted at MC Federal Credit Union in Danville. There will be a visitation today at 12:30 and the funeral will be at 1:30pm at the Danville Mennonite Church.

 

Top Ten List

Pennsylvania has made the top ten when it comes to tax burden. The state ranks tenth in shelling out for state taxes, that's up two slots from last year. The Tax Foundation says Pennsylvanians paid $4,374 dollars per capita in 2011, the latest year figures are available. But soon we'll be paying more. The Tax Foundation says because of the union pensions for state workers and teachers we'll be paying an additional $1,000 per household within the next few years as pensions dramatically increase.

 

Penndot

Penndot held a news conference on Monday in the parking lot of their Lime Ridge stockpile to raise work zone safety awareness. This is work zone safety week. Penndot's traveling memorial was also on display. It pays tribute to more than 80 Penndot workers killed in the line of duty since 1970. 2.1 billion dollars of road construction is scheduled this year, so there will be plenty of work zones and officials reminding us to slow down around those zones.

 

Public Meeting in Riverside

A public meeting will be held tonight in Riverside to talk about a road project. Work is expected on Route 54, just off the Danville-Riverside Bridge in Northumberland County. The meeting is intended to get public input. The meeting will start at 6:30 pm at St. Peter's Fellowship Hall on Sunbury Road in Riverside.

 

Moose Exchange

It's been a little over two months since fire destroyed the Moose Exchange building in downtown Bloomsburg. Recently United Water opened a valve on Main Street to provide water to the building and PPL hooked up temporary electricity, but today the complete clean-up process will begin. Power Component Systems of Harrisburg will do the job.

 

Gift Ban

Pennsylvania lawmakers took another step to ban cash gifts after recent allegations that several house members accepted cash from a confidential informant. The Senate State Government Committee approved a bill to punish government officials and employees for accepting cash gifts from anyone seeking to influence public policy. It goes to the full Senate.

 

In WHLM Sports:

Major League Baseball in a light schedule on Monday

Yankees 4 Orioles 2

 

The Phillies home opener against the Brewers is today at 4:05 pm, we'll be on the air with the Phillies pre-game show at 3:30.

 

In the NCAA finals on Monday night:

Connecticut 60 Kentucky 54

In the women's final tonight it will be

Notre Dame against Connecticut in a battle of

undefeated teams.

April 7, 2014


Homicide-Suicide

State police aren't saying if a homicide and suicide Sunday in Lycoming County are connected. But Pennlive.com is reporting that Williamsport police say the car driven by a suicide victim belonged to a man whose body was found along a Montoursville street. The body of 78 year old Edward White Sr., of Williamsport was found at Fairview Drive and Cemetary Road. Later there was a high speed chase into Loyalsock Township and witnesses say they saw a woman shoot herself while the car was still moving. Police say blood, other than that of the feamle was found in the car.

 

A Day of Mourning

A state police fire marshall is still investigating the cause of the fire that took the lives of three brothers near Danville on Friday. Daniel, Gavin and Arthur Dissinger, ages 13, 7 and 2 were killed in the blaze. The Danville school district is having a dress-down day today to raise money for the family. Counselors will be on hand to talk with students and teachers. Donations for the family are being accepted at MC Federal union in Danville.

 

Petition Challenge

As he waits for a judge's ruling on whether he can stay on the Republican primary ballot, a gubernatorial hopeful says the process is clearly skewed. Signatures on Republican Bob Guzzardi's nominating petitions were challenged by Republicans in court last week, as was his missing a deadline for filing a financial interest statement. A judge said she would rule quickly on whether Guzzardi's name will be removed from the primary ballot, dissolving his challenge to Republican Governor Tom Corbett. Guzzardi sees it as paranoia.

 

Earth Month

 April is Earth Month and the Department of Environmental Protection hopes Pennsylvanians will take some time to clean up the Commonwealth. The theme is Pick it up PA and DEP hopes residents will pick up litter around their homes and in public areas. Spokeswoman Amanda Witman says there are plenty of clean up events this month.You can also start your own event...DEP and PennDOT will help with garbage bags, gloves and vests. You can register at the Great American Clean up's website.

 

Nursing Priorities

Nurses in Pennsylvania hope this is the year they see action on some key staffing issues in the legislature. The Pennsylvania State Nurses Association is backing a safe staffing bill that calls on hospitals to set up a team of nurses and other staff to make decisions on how many nurses are needed to care for patients adequately and safely. The Association also wants barriers removed that prevent advanced practice nurses from practicing to their full authority.

 

Kennel Laws

A bill approved by the Senate and sent to the House will make sure those who lose their license to operate a dog kennel in Pennsylvania don't continue to do so under false pretenses. Senator Rich Alloway's bill passed by the Senate, closes a loophole, to stop Dog Law violators who lose their licenses to operate kennels in the commonwealth, from continuing to be involved in the business at the same location, by shifting licenses to other family members. The kennel measure is part of a broad package of pet protection bills. Still to come is anti-tethering legislation.

 

In WHLM sports:

The Phillies home opener scheduled for Monday has been postponed until Tuesday at 4:05 Pm. You can hear the pre-game show at 3:30 on the WHLM stations.

 

In baseball Sunday:

Cubs 8 Phillies 3

Pirates 2 St. Louis 1

Cincinnati 2 Mets 1

Yankees 6 Toronto 4

 

The NCAA men's basketball season comes to an end tonight with the championship game in Arlington, Texas. It will be the University of Conn. Vs Kentucky.

 

Tuesday night the NCAA womens final will be played in Nashville with two undefeated teams. Notre Dame faces the University of Conn.

 

Two area girls high school basketball players have made the all-state team. Millville senior Mattie Bower was a class “A” second team selection and Danville sophomore Amber Renz was a triple “A” pick.

What's Happening Sunday, April 6, 2014


It's time to register for the 2014 First Columbia Teen Star musical competition, coming up on June 1 in the Haas center, Bloomsburg University. Two top winners will be selected this year - one vocalist and one instrumentalist. First place in both wins $1,500. It's open to any high school student who attends school in Columbia County. Deadline for registration is April 23. For more information call 570-387-3464.
 
The Kidsburg Rebuilding project will soon be coming to a head. Wednesday April 30th through Sunday May 4th will be Rebuild Kidsburg Week - and they need volunteers and crew captains organized now! If you are interested in helping with construction, call Deb at 301-518-7089, or go to Kidsburg.org
 
Phillies Baseball
The Phillies are on the road to face the Cubs this weekend. Saturday afternoon, the Phils won 2-0. Philadelphia will finish their series at Chicago this afternoon. First pitch is at 2:20 - Pregame on Newsradio 930 gets underway at 1:45. 
 
* The Phillies' home opener vs the Brewers has been re-scheduled for Tuesday afternoon. Air time is 3:30 PM. 

What's Happening Saturday, April 5, 2014


The spring Crusader’s Class rummage sale is set for this weekend at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg. The sale runs from 8AM – 1PM this morning. Proceeds benefit church missions.

 

Starting this weekend, the Courtyard Theater at the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Selinsgrove will present the comedy-thriller "Deathtrap" as the next in their series of monthly productions featuring local actors and actresses. Tickets are $15 each. Call 570-374-0060 for showtimes and ticket information.

 

It’s the Bloomsburg YMCA’s 28 annual Dinner Dance this evening from 6-10 PM at the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. This year’s theme is “The Red Carpet” – Come in costume as your favorite movie star or character and you could win a prize! Cost is $55 each. More information call 570-784-0188.

 

Columbia County Christian School is holding their 16th annual benefit auction this morning at the school complex on Schoolhouse Road in Buckhorn. Doors open at 8 AM – the live auction starts at 9 AM. View the current list of items to be sold at CCChristianSchool.com

 

The Berwick Kiwanis is sponsoring Pizza Bowl 2014 today at the Berwick High School Cafeteria starting at 10 AM.  More than 10 different area pizza vendors will be on hand showcasing their wares. There will be awards presented for the best pizzas, activates for kids and fun events for the whole family.

 

St Josephs Church in Berwick is holding their annual spring fair today from 9AM - 2 PM at the church on Monroe Street. There will be food, crafts, and fun stuff for the whole family.

 

The Bloomsburg Moose Lodge is holding a chinese auction this afternoon at the lodge on Sepile Drive, behind the Bloomsburg Sheetz. The auction will run from 1-5 PM. All proceeds will benefit the Mooseheart foundation.

 

West Side Career and Technology Center in Kingston is holding a craft fair today at the center on Evans Street from 10 AM - 3 PM. There will be vendors of jewelry, woodworking, housewares and more, including food by the Culinary Arts program and a chinese auction. 

 

The 7th annual Susquehanna Warrior Trail 5K run/walk in Shickshinny is today, starting at 10:15 AM. Registration will be open from 9-10 AM at Oak and North Canal Streets. Entry fee is $20. Call 570-542-7946 or go to SusquehannaWarriorTrail.org for more information.

 
Trinity Academy in Shenandoah is holding a basket auction this evening starting at 7 PM at the former Cardinal Brennan High School field house in Fountain Springs. The event will feature more than 100 themed baskets plus an Apple iPad Air, Coach and four one-day Disney Hopper passes. Proceeds will benefit Trinity Academy. Call 570-462-3927 for more information.
 
Greenwood Friends school is holding their annual fundraising auction this evning at the Caldwell Consistory on Market Square in downtown Bloomsburg. There will be live local musicians, great food, a live auction and several silent auctions with lots donated by local artisans and businesses. The evening runs from 6-10 PM. Call 570-458-5532 for more informaiton.
 
It's time to register for the 2014 First Columbia Teen Star musical competition, coming up on June 1 in the Haas center, Bloomsburg University. Two top winners will be selected this year - one vocalist and one instrumentalist. First place in both wins $1,500. It's open to any high school student who attends school in Columbia County. Deadline for registration is April 23. For more information call 570-387-3464.
 
The Kidsburg Rebuilding project will soon be coming to a head. Wednesday April 30th through Sunday May 4th will be Rebuild Kidsburg Week - and they need volunteers and crew captains organized now! If you are interested in helping with construction, call Deb at 301-518-7089, or go to Kidsburg.org
 
Phillies Baseball
The Phils took a convincing 7-2 win in their first game against at Cubs this weekend on Friday. Philadelphia will face Chicago again this afternoon. First pitch is at 2:20 - Pregame on Newsradio 930 gets underway at 1:45. The Phillies will play their home opener on Monday afternoon vs the Brewers.

Friday / April 4, 2014


Road Work

Expect to see a lot of orange cones and road work signs this spring and summer as the state gets ready to repair roads and bridges across the commonwealth. There are dozens of projects planned and one in Columbia County on Route 42 in Locust Township and one project in Montour County on Route 254 in Limestone Township. All the work is being done with the money that the state received after passage of last year's transportation bill.

 

Electric Rates

New regulations adopted by the Public Utility Commission will require power suppliers to disclose more information about their rates, and provide customers with the chance to change companies more quickly. This comes in the wake of spiking variable electric rates as winter temperatures were taking a nosedive. The PUC heard the calls of 9,000 customers, and voted Thursday to provide more information and greater protections for residential and small business customers choosing variable rates.

 

High Speed Chase

There was a high speed chase on Thursday afternoon that took police through Selinsgrove, Shamokin Dam, Sunbury, Point Township and then near Danville before it ended. State police say they approached a man in Selinsgrove but he got in his car and drove off. They haven't released his name or any other information yet but they do say that charges are pending.

 

Taxes

Last minute tax filers will want to check their figures and make sure they're not missing deductions as April 15th draws near. While e-filing has cut down on math errors, its still important to be sure you're putting in the right numbers. Greg Rosica of Ernst and Young says your earnings need to be correct and match up with your 1099 and W2 forms. And make sure you're not overlooking deductions. If you've already filed- he says now is a good time of year to review your finances and decide whether you need to make changes for tax season next year.

 

Pizza Robbery Fail

Police in Hazleton are asking for your help if you know anything about an attempted robbery of a pizza delivery vehicle this week. They say two men, one with a gun, approached the vehicle near Cedar and Holly streets but the driver sped off before the would-be robbers got to him. If you know anything about the incident call Hazleton police at 570-459-4940.

 

Art Contest

The commonwealth, Council on the Arts, and The Arc of Pennsylvania have teammed up for the statewide contest titled "Art: The Universal Language." Entries will be accepted April 15 through Aug. 25. Prizes will be awarded and winning pieces will be displayed in the state Capital. Maureen Cronin, executive director of The Arc, says those with disabilities communicate through art. More info and an entry form can be found at the website "thearcpa.org"

 

Pole Fire

Fire crews were called out in Berwick this morning after a pole was reported on fire on West Front Street. Fire police were called in to re-route traffic in that area. No structures were involved and there were no reports of injuries.

 

E Cigs

Electronic cigarettes are posing a higher risk of poisonings according to a new report from the CDC. In 2010- only about one call a month came into poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids. Now, it's an average of 215 calls a month. While half involve children under age 5, over 40 percent are adults over 20. Poisonings were not only through ingestion, but also skin absorption. Symptoms included vomiting, nausea and eye irritation. Public health groups have been calling on the government to regulate the nicotine devices.
 

In WHLM Sports:

In Girls Softball Thursday

Berwick 6 Lake Lehman 2

Central Columbia 10 Loyalsock 5

It was the 750th career win for Central coach Dwayne Ford.

Benton 17 Millville 0

Southern Columbia 15 Lewisburg 0

 

The Phillies open a weekend series with the Chicago Cubs on Friday afternoon. Catch all the games on the WHLM Stations.

 

The Bloomsburg University football team starts spring practice on Friday. Head Coach Paul Darragh told WHLM's Jim Doyle that it's a chance to give young players in the program a chance to compete and take a step forward and try to fill positions that were lost to graduation. The Huskies will conclude spring drills with the annual Maroon and Gold game on Saturday, April 26th.
 

Thursday / April 3, 2014


Moose Construction

On Tuesday, April 8th, just a little over two months after the fire that closed the Moose Exchange, workers from Power Component Systems of Harrisburg will start a complete clean-up, the first step towards the reconstruction and eventual reopening, PPL connected the temporary electrical service to the building two weeks ago, after Selsyn Electrical installed a new meter base and interior breaker box last week.

 

No Sandusky Review

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court justices said they will not review Jerry Sandusky's child molestation conviction. Sandusky said his lawyers were rushed too quickly to trial and didn't have enough time to prepare the case. Sandusky is serving a 30 to 60 year prison sentence for sexual abouse of 10 boys.

 

Fernville Bust

There was a drug bust in Fernville on Wednesday, it happened at 122 Ferncliff Road. The Press Enterprise reports the bust was led by a SWAT team and three were arrested. One of those arrrested was 24 year old Brianne N. Young of Mifflin Township. The report says she was carrying about 420 bags of heroin in her purse.

 

Drug Disposal

If you have old and unused prescription drugs hanging around the medicine cabinet there is a safe way to dispose of them. The Bloomsburg and Berwick police departments have an area where the drugs can be dropped off according to Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold. The two drop off boxes were obtained through a grant from a district attorney's association.

 

Gift Ban

Leaders of both parties in the Pennsylvania State House have banned most types of cash gifts after recent allegations that some lawmakers accepted cash from an informant in a criminal investigation. The reports which were in the Philadelphis Inquirer said members accepted payments from a lobbyist who was wearing a wire. The attorney general says there's probably not enough there to file charges.

 

Gas Going Up?

Gas prices are expected to rise this spring, but they're already higher than most drivers are willing to pay but they're not willing to do much about it. A new Triple A survey syas that once prices reach the three dollar and fifty cent range people say they're too high, but most people are getting used to the higher prices are won't make drastic changes in their driving habits. Triple A says prices could go up as much as 20 cents a gallon soon.

 

Pa. Revenue Down

March and April are usually the biggest revenue collection months for the state, but Pennsylvania collected 20 million dollars less than it estimated it would in March. That includes an extra 80 million dollars in profits the Liquor Control Board transferred to the general fund. The state hadn't expected the LCB to transfer the money that soon. So, Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser says the state came in about 100 million below estimates for March alone.

 

In WHLM Sports

The Phillies lost to the Texas Rangers 4-3 on Wednesday night. The Phil's are off on Thursday and start a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs on Friday.

 

The bloomsburg University baseball team split a double header with West Chester on Wednesday winning the first game 2-1 and losing the second game 1-0. On Friday the Huskies play a doubleheader at Millersville.

 

In High School Baseball:

Berwick 7 Coughlin 1

Bloomsburg 14 Milton 0

Central Columbia 4 Mount Carmel 2

Danville 8 Milton 7

Southern Columbia 2 Montgomery 1

 

 

Wednesday / April 2, 2014


Driving Enforcement

Police officers in Columbia and Montour Counties are on heightened awareness... looking for aggressive driving. Now through early May... cops will be on the lookout for drivers not following traffic laws... so says PennDOT's David Thompson. Officers will be looking for speeding... drivers not obeying traffic lights and blowing through stop signs. The project is being funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through PennDOT.

 

PA Ag Budget
Pennsylvania farmers want to see more money for agriculture in the state budget and more protection for landowners who lease drilling rights. The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is calling for $2.8 - million more than Governor Tom Corbett has proposed for Penn State ag research and cooperative extension. The bureau also wants lawmakers to prevent well operators from getting around the royalty floor by charging fees back to landowners who lease drilling rights. President Carl Shaffer says it's not widespread yet, but there's concern it could grow.

 

Tourism

There is a National Parks Service report just out... showing that national parks, monuments, trails and historic sites pump more than $444 – million into the PA economy each year. And Craig Dalby of the NPS says park service lands are connected to about 7,000 Pennsylvania jobs. The report says 39% of visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants... grocery and convenience stores. Lodging accounts for 27%... and other amusement and recreation services account for 20% of spending.

 

Broken Boomer Bones

Two Geisinger Health System hospitals are among only five in the nation to earn the highest certification for knowing how to make the best of bad breaks. Dr. Michael Suk of the Orthopedic Surgery department for Geisinger Health System, says maturing Baby Boomers are expected to produce epidemic numbers of hip and other geriatric fractures. The two hospital's making the grade are Geisinger Medical Center in Danville and its Wyoming Valley center in Wilkes-Barre...

 

Hazleton Slashing

Hazleton police has locked up a woman who allegedly tried to stab a man Monday night. The incident happening in the 500 block of North Sherman Court. 26 – year old Tracy McMurrian of Hazleton used a large knife to slash the unidentified man. Right now... McMurrian faces assault charges.

 

NEPA Unemployment

Unemployment in the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton area has dipped to a five year low. The Department of Labor and Industry says the jobless rate fell fourth tenths of a percent to 7-point-7 percent in February... the lowest it's been since January of 2009. The latest figures show unemployment has fallen a full percentage point since December of last year.

 

Wilkes – Barre Masonic Temple

Fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused a Tuesday afternoon blaze which damaged the Masonic Temple on North Franklin Street in Wilkes – Barre. The building was empty at the time the fire broke out on the first floor... but it spread quickly throughout the four story building. No one was hurt in battling the afternoon fire at the Masonic Temple.

 

March Revenue

Pennsylvania still isn't out of the woods when it comes to tax revenues. Revenue Secretary Daniel Meuser says the state collected $4.2 - billion in general fund revenue in March... but that was nearly $21 - million less than anticipated. Overall... fiscal year to date collections total $20 – billion... about a half of a percent below estimate. The figures released as state lawmakers formulate a budget for the next fiscal year which begins July 1st.

 

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The Bloomsburg University baseball team played a double header Tuesday afternoon in Shippensburg. In game one... Bloomsburg losing a heart breaker 3 to 2.... in the nightcap... Bloomsburg came back to defeat Shippensburg 7 to 6. The Huskies are back in action Wednesday afternoon with a doubleheader at West Chester.

 

HS Softball

In high school girls softball from Tuesday... Muncy downed Benton 12 to 5... Bloomsburg blanked Sullivan County 19 to nothing... Central Columbia defeated Warrior Run 3 to 1... it was St. John Neumann over Millville 15 to 4... and Southern Columbia downed Hughesville 7 to nothing.

 

MLB

In Major League Baseball Tuesday night... the Texas Rangers got by the Philadelphia Phillies 3 to 2. Game three of the series is tonight at 8:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 7:30.

 

Other games

The New York Yankees played their season opener Tuesday night in Houston... with the Astro's defeating the Yankees 6 to 2.

 

Women's Final Four

The women's college basketball final four is now set. In regional finals Tuesday night... Maryland just getting by Louisville 76 – 73... and Stanford beat North Carolina 74 – 65. Maryland and Stanford will join Connecticut and Notre Dame in the Final Four Sunday in Nashville.

 

Tuesday / April 1, 2014


Fishing Creek Twp Accident

A Jonestown man is recovering from injuries sustained in a two – vehicle accident on Monday on Route 487 in Fishing Creek Township. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... 26 – year old Kyle Halat lost control of his Geo Tracker on ice – covered 487 and slammed into a milk tanker on it's way to Benton. Halat apparently hitting some black ice... then the tanker. He had to be extricated from his SUV... then flown to Geisinger Medical Center by LifeFlight.

 

State Revenues

As state lawmakers prepare a budget for the 2014 – 15 fiscal year.... they're looking over their shoulders at the current budget plan. Some months have provided a surplus with tax revenues to pay the bills... other months have fallen short... and according to State Representative David Millard of Berwick... that has an impact. Lawmakers have until the end of June to come up with a spending plan... something Representative Millard says will be accomplished...

 

Street Sweeping

April first begins the start of the street sweeping season in Berwick. Borough Manager Robert Hivish says just about every day from April to November... the street sweeper will be found out and about during the morning hours... giving Berwick curb appeal. Hivish says the work is preformed by a part time employee who salary is already budgeted.

 

New Fees

As of Tuesday... vehicle related documents are going up in price. It's the first wave of fee changes in the wake of Pennsylvania's new $2.4 - billion transportation funding bill. Jan McKnight of PennDOT says the money from the increased fees will be earmarked for transportation safety enhancements. Fees being increased will come from duplicate drivers licenses... ID Cars... certificates of titles... as well as title security interest documents.

 

Bad Breaks Heal
Two Pennsylvania medical centers are among five in the nation to earn the highest certification for knowing how to make the best of bad breaks. Geisinger's Medical Center in Danville and its Wyoming Valley center in Wilkes-Barre have received the international Platinum CORE Certification for exceeding benchmarks in managing elderly and fragility fractures. Maturing Baby Boomers are expected to produce epidemic numbers. Geisinger has exceeded national benchmarks in the time it takes to get patients surgery, their length of stay, and morbidity and mortality rates.

 

Glenn Steele Honored

Geisinger Health System CEO... Dr. Glenn Steele.. has been named to the Becker's Hospital Review’s list of “40 of the Smartest People in Healthcare.” The list highlights individuals who stand out as having the intellect and acumen needed to spearhead successful reform. A Geisinger spokesman says nominees of providers, payers and policymakers were sought out and researched by the Becker's Hospital Review editorial team... which based its decision on leaders who found the best ways to contain costs while improving the quality of care.

 

Drug Courts

As Pennsylvania's heroine epidemic rages on, the good news is that drug courts are getting positive results. Heroine use in the commonwealth and the 98 drug courts making a difference were under the microscope for the House Judiciary Committee. Karen Blackburn, of the administrative office of Pennsylvania Courts, noted the positive results. Seventy-five percent of graduates were arrest-free for two years after leaving the program. Taxpayers also saved more than $3.30 for every dollar invested in drug courts.

 

Watersheds

The Department of Environmental Protection has announced a $3.4 million investment in an all-new agricultural outreach and assistance program. The Regional Agricultural Watershed Assessment Program is designed to improve water quality in six different watersheds throughout the state. About $600,000 from the Environmental Stewardship Fund, commonly referred to as the Growing Greener Program, has been budgeted for each watershed... which have yet to be selected.

 

Catholic Churches

Two Roman Catholic parishes in Tamaqua and Shenandoah will merge into a a single parish in each borough in July. During worship services over the weekend... it was announced that two parishes in Tamaqua will merge into one known as the Pope John the 23rd Parish. In Shenandoah... seven parishes will be merged into the Divine Mercy Parish. In recent years... the church has been facing a declining enrollment.

 

Gas Prices

If you plan to travel this week... you'll find the average price of gas across northeastern Pennsylvania holding steady... including Columbia and Montour Counties. The latest Triple - A Fuel Gauge report self serve, unleaded regular is holding steady at $3.59 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend... and the same as it was a week ago. Gas dropping four cents a gallon over the past month.

 

House Fire

Investigators in the back mountain area of Luzerne County are looking for the cause of a Monday morning fire near Dallas. No one knows what sparked a house fire on Woodlawn Avenue. Authorities say that house in Dallas was vacant.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

Bloomsburg University junior baseball player Eric Frain is the PSAC Eastern Division player of the week. Frain went 4 for 6 at the plate in helping the Huskies sweep a doubleheaders from West Chester last Thursday.

 

PHL Phillies

In their season opener at Texas on Monday... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Texas Rangers 14 to 10. Game two of that series is tonight starting at 8:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pre – game show at 7:30.

 

Other Games

In other Major League openers on Monday... the Pittsburgh Pirates just getting by the Chicago Cubs 1 to nothing.... the Washington National downed the New York Mets

9 to 7. The New York Yankees play their season opener tonight in Houston.

 

NCAA Women's Finals

Two regional finals were played Monday night in the NCAA women's basketball tournament. Connecticut defeated Texas A & M 69 – 54... and it was Notre Dame over Baylor 88 – 69.

 

 

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