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What's Happening Saturday, May 31, 2014


The Montour Motorcycle Riders will hold a memorial and poker Ride To Remember Jack Lee this morning. Cost is $10 per rider, $5 per passenger, and poker hand for an optional $5. Registration will be open between 10:30 and 11:30 AM at Smokehouse Bar & Grill on Valley Road in Danville. Proceeds from the event will benefit Jack's family. For more information, call 570-441-4520.

 

Bring your four-legged friends to the Bloomsburg Town Park this morning for the 7th annual Bark In The Park dog walk at 10 AM, sponsored by the Mental Health Association of the Central Susquehanna Valley. Registration opens at 9:30 AM - fee is $10 per human. There will be a look-alike contest, various prizes and a raffle drawing. Call 570-784-9583 for more information.

 

The Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir, under the direction of Patricia W. Gensemer, will present their next vocal spectacular "Let Music Live" this evening and Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church, Market Street in Bloomsburg. Showtime is at 7 PM both evenings. The concerts are free, and you do not need a ticket to get in.

 

The Greater Hazleton Relay for Life runs through this evening at the Hazleton Area High School track on West 23rd Street. Don't forget to stop by to check out the family events and help support the American Cancer Society.

 

Work crews will be putting some finishing touches on the newly-built Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg town park this weekend. Kidsburg will be closed while fresh concrete is being poured at the site. Kidsburg will re-open Monday, June 2.

 

Friends of Josh Pecorelli are organizing a memorial spaghetti supper fundraiser this Sunday at Morris' Restaurant on Mulberry Street in Berwick. The traditional spaghetti dinner will run from 3 - 7 PM. Cost is just $8. Proceeds will help offset funeral expenses for Josh's family. There will also be a basket raffle. For tickets, more information, or to donate, call Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice at 570-520-4063.

 

The Bloomsburg American Legion is holding their first annual Car Show this Sunday from 10 AM - 3 PM at the Legion post on Old Berwick Road. There's no registration fee for the show. There will be live music by Beef, prizes, raffles, awards, and chicken barbecue. All proceeds will benefit the Bloomsburg Veterans Memorial in the Town Park. 

 

Don't forget to attend this year's First Columbia Teen Star musical competition, 2 PM Sunday afternoon at the Bloomsburg University Haas Center. There will be two winners selected this year, one vocalist and one instrumentalist. The judges this year will include WHLM's very own Bobby Gale. Tickets are just $5 and can be bought at any branch of First Columbia Bank and Trust.

 

WHLM Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies are in the middle of a long home stand versus the Mets this weekend. First pitch this afternoon is at 3:05 - we'll have everything starting with the pregame show at 2:30 PM.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

June 3

The Orangeville Public Library is holding a “Waterfall” greeting card making class on Tuesday June 3 at 6 PM. A sample of the cards is on display at the library at 301 Mill Street, along with a sign-up sheet. Seating is limited so register early. Materials will be provided. Stop by the library or call 570-683-5354 for more information.

 

June 6

The 2014 Bloomsburg Relay for Life is coming up this Friday at the Town Park on Market Street. The relay starts at Noon. WHLM's Bobby Gale will be on hand to bring us life updates from the event. Call 570-874-1413 extention 2102 for more information. Make sure to stop by, join in the family activites, and support the American Cancer Society.

 

June 7

The Robbins Run 5K and 10K are coming up on Saturday June 7 at 9 AM. Part of the River Town Race series, the course follows the J. Manley Robbins trail along Mahoning Creek in Danville. Registration will be open the morning of the race from 7:30 - 8:30 AM at the Hess Recreation Area on Meadow Lane. Fee is $20 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K - students 11-18 get $5 off the registration fee. Parking is limited. Call 570-336-2060 for more information.

 

Thru June 17

Donations of books are being accepted for the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library summer book sale, coming up June 19 - 23. Good-condition books can be dropped off at the library on Market Street. Please, no textbooks or encyclopedias. A special preview sale will be held for members of the Friends of the Library on June 18 from 5:30 - 7 PM.

 

Thru Sept 28

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

 

TFN

It's time to enroll in Columbia-Sullivan Head Start pre-school. Eligible families can sign up kids who will be 3 or 4 years old before September 1st. For more information and pre-application, call 570-784-1076. 

 

TFN

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

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

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

Streets in Danville.

 

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

Friday / May 30, 2014


 

WHLM Sports

HS Softball

The Central Columbia girls softball team won the District 4 Class AA championship Thursday, beating Towanda 7-1 in the final at Elm Park In Williamsport. The Bluejays will face Holy Cross Monday in the state playoffs at a site and time to be determined.

 

Bloomsburg Vs. S. Williamsport

In the District 4 Class A final, Bloomsburg lost to South Williamsport 5-2

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball in a District 4 Class AA semifinal, senior Colton Hock struck out 19 batters to lead Bloomsburg to an 8-1 win over Athens.

 

PHL Phillies

In the first game of a five game home series Thursday night against the New York Mets... the Philadelphia Phillies lost 4 to 1. Game two is tonight at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other games

In other action Thursday night... The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 6 to 3.

 

NBA

In the NBA's Western Conference Final series... the San Antonio Spurs claimed a victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder 117 to 89. San Antonio now leads the series 3 games to 2.

 

NHL

In the NHL's Eastern Conference final series... the New York Rangers clinched their series with the Montreal Canadiens... defeating Montreal 1 to 0.

 

Thursday / May 29, 2014


 

OKC Trucker

Attempted murder charges have been filed against the driver of that tractor – trailer shot Monday night by a Hemlock Township police officer. 45 – year old Dan Hadean of Oklahoma City is recovering in the Geisinger Medical Center after he shot twice by a Hemlock Township police officer Charles Dietterick. On Wednesday... investigators searched the 18 wheeler... finding forged paperwork. Hadean was on his way to New York from California with a load of fruit when Dietterick stopped him for alleged infractions at the Buckhorn exit ramp.

 

Safety Light

From the late 40's through the early 2000's... the U-S Radium plant... then taken over by Safety Light... was THE place to work. The plant producing signs, watch dials and instrument panels using radioactive materials. Since 2005... the plant has been a federal Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site... and the buildings will be leveled by the end of the year. The EPA's Mitch Cron says the radioactive building's will be dismantled by experts. The mitigation project so far has cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Less than a dozen people turned out last night at the Central Columbia Middle School to get an update on the demolition and mitigation project. What will eventually become of the ten acres of land has not been determined...

 

Moose Exchange

It's been four months since a disastrous fire extensively damaged the Moose Exchange in the 200 block of West Main Street in Bloomsburg. Since that time... a Harrisburg – based crew has been cleaning up the multi – story brick structure.... and businesses that were the backbone of the arts community have moved elsewhere. Manager Oren Helbok says the clean – up is progressing..... and should be done by mid – June. Helbok says the art deco ballroom on the second floor has been gutted but will be reconstructed as closely as it can to it's original glory. No timetable has been set for a make over of the interior of the building.

 

Hail Storms

We're still talking about that hail damage produced across Montour County last week produced by a small, but powerful storm. The hardest hit were two car dealerships just north of Danville... where an estimated one – million dollars worth of damage was sustained. The Triple -A's Jenny Robinson says that's small potatoes compared to the billion dollars in hail damage recorded in the U-S each year. The hail from last week's storm dented sheet metal... and knocked out windshields... rear windows and sun roofs on hundreds of cars parked at car dealerships and at Geisinger Medical Center.

 

Teen Star

It's an event many of us have been waiting for..... the fourth annual First Columbia Bank and Trust Teen Star competition. It takes place Sunday at Haas Auditorium on the Bloomsburg University campus. First Columbia President Lance Diehl says Sunday's show is top notch. Four judges... including WHLM's Bobby Gale... will make a determination as to the best vocalist and instrumentalist in the Susquehanna Valley.

 

Gubernatorial Endorsements
Governor Tom Corbett and his Democratic opponent Tom Wolf have each picked up a union endorsement a week after the primary. The Laborers' District Council of Western Pennsylvania is backing Governor Corbett because of the Republican's role in the passage of the transportation law that's spurring new highway and bridge construction jobs. Democratic opponent Tom Wolf has been endorsed by the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the state's largest teacher's union.

 

Power Outage Review

Communication is a theme of two reports that looked at power outages from the February ice storms. The PUC found that many electric customers were frustrated with inaccurate or changed estimated time for restoration of service and recommends utilities continue to enhance these efforts as well enhancing their web and mobile platforms. A PEMA review calls for increasing ways to share information on the status of road closures and power outages between governments and utilities.

 

Virtual Currencies

There has been a lot of buzz about so-called "virtual currencies" but state banking regulators say you should think twice about investing in them. The time - tested advice still stands true... investigate before you invest... and it certainly applies if you're thinking about investing in virtual currencies such as bitcoin or litecoin. Virtual currency is an electronic medium of exchange, and while it can be purchased, sold and exchanged with real currency, its not regulated. And remember these currencies are not backed by tangible assets or by the US government.

 

Lansford Fire

Investigators say a cooking accident caused a fire late Tuesday night which extensively damaged a double block home in Lansford... south of Hazleton. It appears the fire started in the rear of one of the homes... where the kitchen is located. At least one person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. No one else was hurt in that fire in Lansford.

 

Heroin Arrests

Two Hazleton men are in trouble with the law. 23 – year old Derniel Jimenez and 28 – year old Joel Vargas are facing drug charges stemming from the alleged distribution of Heroin. The incident went down in the 800 block of West First Street. Bricks of the drug was found in a bed... and 150 packets were discovered on Vargas. Both were hustled off to the Luzerne County lockup.

 

Fatal Folo

The police officer involved in a deadly wreck in Nesquehoning has been placed on unpaid leave. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting that officer Steven Homanko is off the job... at least temporarily. Homanko's cruiser slammed into a car driven by a Hazleton couple earlier this month killing 69 – year old Carola Sauers. No charges have been filed... yet.

 

WHLM Sports

Girls Softball

In girls softball Wednesday, in the District 2 Class AAA championship game, it was Berwick blanking Tunkhannock 5 to nothing.

 

HS Softball 

In District 4 softball Wednesday, two area teams advanced to today's finals with wins in the semifinals. In Class AA, Central Columbia beat Wellsboro 5-2. The Bluejays will take on Towanda in the final. Bloomsburg beat Line Mountain 6-1. The Panthers will take on South Williamsport. Both of those games will be played at Elm Park in Williamsport starting at 4:30.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Bloomsburg plays Athens in a District 4 AA semifinal Thursday afternoon at 4:30 at Bowman Field in Williamsport.

 

PHL Phillies

In the final game of their home series against Colorado Wednesday night... the Phillies defeated the Rockies 6 to 3. Thursday night the Phils are at home against the Mets. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other games

In other games Wednesday... the New York Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-0... and it was the New York Yankees defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 7 to 4.

 

NBA

In the NBA's Eastern Conference final series... the Indiana Pacers downed the Miami Heat 93 to 90. The Heat continue to lead the series 3 games to 2.

 

NHL

In the NHL's Western Conference final series... The Chicago Blackhawks just getting by the Los Angeles Kings 5 to 4. The Kings lead the best of seven series 3 games to 2.

 

Wednesday / May 28, 20 14


 

Shooting Folo

Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold says Hemlock Township police officer Charles Dietterick was justified in trying to defend himself Monday night against an unruly truck driver. Investigators say Dietterick stopped Dan Hadean of Oklahoma City... stemming from problems with his 18 – wheeler that had just left eastbound I-80 at the Buckhorn exit. That's where Officer Dietterick and Hadean got into a tussle... with the truckers using pepper spray and a hammer to attack the officer. Cpl. Dietterick was forced to fire two shots... striking Hadean in the chest and stomach. He's recovering at Geisinger Medical Center... and is expected to be arrested and charged when he leave the hospital.

 

Latest Gubernatorial Poll

Senior citizens appear to be turning on Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett. That information contained in a survey conducted by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute. Only 30.8 % of likely Pennsylvania voters have a favorable impression of Corbett, up from 29.4 % in February. Corbett, a Republican from Shaler, will be challenged by York businessman Tom Wolf, a former state Department of Revenue secretary, in November. Wolf trounced his three Democratic opponents in last week's primary.

 

Weather Damage

Another round of severe storms knocked out power in the Harrisburg area Tuesday, as officials continue assessing damage from last week's storms. The Lieutenant Governor traveled to Elk County on Tuesday to look at damage from flooding caused when thunderstorms dumped up to five inches of rain last week. Meanwhile in Eastern PA, AAA Mid Atlantic has received over 100 insurance claims from car and home owners due to golf ball and even tennis ball size hail. It's not clear yet if either incident will qualify for federal disaster assistance.

 

Historical Society

The Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society in Bloomsburg it's celebrating 100 years of operation... keeping the history of the county in one location. The Society's Bonnie Farver says their history began in 1914. The Society is located on the second floor of the Bloomsburg Public Library on Market Street... and are looking for volunteers to carry on the legacy of the County.

 

ARC Yard Sale

One of the biggest yard sales under one roof is now underway on Route 11 in Scott Township. It's the Animal Resource Center's primary fund raiser. The organization is accepting donations daily... and the ARC's Linda Bird says they're looking for furniture. The Animal Resource Center's yard sale runs through September in the building adjacent to the Digiplex Theaters.

 

Court Ruling
Governor Tom Corbett says he disagrees with last week's court ruling that opened the door for gay marriage in Pennsylvania, but he respect the ruling and logic behind it. Governor Tom Corbett elected not to appeal the ruling by federal judge John Jones III, signaling the end to Pennsylvania's longstanding gay marriage ban. The governor says he disagrees with the decision but he still respects Judge Jones and his thought process. The governor says his decision not to file an appeal came down to the fact that he didn't think it would succeed and it would be costly to continue pursuing the case.

 

Lawmakers Gifts
Government reform activists say they haven't forgotten state lawmakers' pledges to address the blind spots in Pennsylvania law on accepting gifts. State lawmakers and other officials are allowed to accept gifts as long as they report those valued at $250 or more... but legislators rushed to propose changes after reports naming five Philadelphia Democrats, four of them House members, who accepted money or gifts from an undercover informant working for state prosecutors. Since then, no new law has been passed, and Eric Epstein of Rock the Capital, says a new law is the only thing that will change behavior.


Hazleton Break-in's

Hazleton Police are investigating a series of break – in's that are believed to be linked. The first taking place late Monday night at Hell's Kitchen at 13 North Broad Street. Hours later there was an attempted break – in at Smart Geek Systems at 18 North Broad... with a third burglary at Pour House Bar and Grille in the 100 block of Winters Avenue. No one is in custody and the investigation is continuing.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire Ruled Arson

The fire that swept through a Wilkes – Barre home last month... killing a popular postal worker... was an act of arson. That's what investigators are saying in a fire which extensively damaged the home of Laurie Merritt and led to her death. No one has been arrested... but investigators are looking at her cell phone records.

 

Hazle Twp. Fire

A state police fire marshal will try and figure out what started a blaze in a house in Hazle Township Monday night. The fire at a house on Getz Drive... discovered around 8 PM. Fire crews from Luzerne and Schuylkill Counties were called to fight the flames. One man lives in the house, but he wasn't home when the fire started.

 

WHLM Sports

Playoff's

The weather was the only winner in local sports Tuesday with three playoff games postponed. The District 4 Class AA semifinal softball game between Central Columbia and Wellsboro will be played Wednesday at 5:30 at Elm Park in Williamsport. The Class A semi between Bloomsburg and Line Mountain will be played at 4 o'clock at the same site.

 

HS Baseball

In baseball, the Bloomsburg- Athens District semifinal has been rescheduled for Thursday afternoon at 4:30 at Bowman Field in Williamsport.

 

HS Softball 

The Berwick girls softball team takes on Tunkhannock Wednesday afternoon at Wilkes University in the District 2 Class AAA championship game.

 

PHL Phillies

After an hour and 22 minute rain delay... the Philadelphia Phillies home game with the Colorado Rockies got started Tuesday night. The final score... Colorado 6... the Phillies 2. The two teams meet again Wednesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Tuesday night... The New York Mets downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 4 to 2... and The St. Louis Cardinals blanked the New York Yankees six to nothing.

 

NBA

In the NBA's Western Conference final series... The Oklahoma City Thunder downed the San Antonio Spurs 105 to 92. The win by OKC evens the best of seven series two games apiece.

 

NHL

In the NHL's Eastern Conference final series... the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers 7 to 4. Despite the loss... the Rangers lead the series three games to two.

 

Tuesday / May 27, 2014


 

 

Shooting Folo

Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold says the Hemlock Township police officer for shot an Oklahoma trucker twice says officer Charles Dietterick was justified. Driver Dan Hadean was pulled over by the officer at 9:10 Monday night on the eastbound off ramp of Interstate 80 near Buckhorn.... telling him his rig was in violation and he was going to pull it out of service. That's when Hadean got unruly... attacking Dietterick with a pepper spray and a hammer... after he was tazed by the officer. Hadean was shot twice by Dietterick and is recovering in Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.DA Leipold says charges will be brought against Hadean in a matter of days.

 

Mifflinville Parade

A lone bag piper played... and so did the Catawissa Military Band... leading the annual Memorial Day parade in Mifflinville on Monday. That... as hundreds of people line the route of march to the Mifflinville Cemetery. Attorney Al Luschas delivered the keynote address... pointing out the inadequacies in the Veterans Administration hospital system.... such as in Phoenix and Pittsburgh.... where it's documented vets have died for lack of treatment... or simply inadequate drinking water. The remarks were followed by a 21 gun salute and the sounding of taps.

 

Vets / Montour

Veterans were honored Monday in Montour County during the annual Memorial Day parade through Danville. Leading the parade was 102 – year old World War Two vet Robert Hall.... the event's grand marshal. Later in the day... state and local officials unveiled a sign near the Montour – Columbia County line designating Route 11 through Montour County as a Veterans Highway.

 

Susquehanna River
So far so good... those are the findings of a new report on a study of the Susquehanna River in 2013. The PA Department of Environmental Protection sampled water from the Susquehanna at Marietta, Harrisburg, and Sunbury, and the Juniata at Newport and the Lewistown Narrows. Dissolved oxygen levels and PH were found to be acceptable. DEP will hold a webinar to discuss the results of the study on Wednesday at 2 O'clock.

 

School Eats

Most children are excited to start their summer vacation, but WHLM's Cathy Clark reports children in need may get less to eat when school is out. Reporter Clark says too many children do not eat between school lunch and school breakfast according to Lisa Scales, director of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. She says the summer food service program is greatly under- utilized. They're working to raise awareness and add sites where children can get nutritious meals during the summer. Similar efforts are underway across the state.

 

DCNR

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is accepting applications for grants to help protect non-game species statewide, through its Wild Resource Conservation Program. The grants support projects to safeguard PA's non-game animals, including birds and mammals, amphibians and reptiles, insects and wild plants. Grants will be accepted in four areas, including surveys, research, conservation and management, and education. The deadline to apply is June 30th.

 

Arrested

Two people are in the Luzerne County lockup... after they were arrested for allegedly robbing a gas station in Dorrance Township at the start of the weekend. 29 – year old Dennis Cosgrove of White Haven and 22 – year old Daniel Kluck of Freeland both face a host of charges. Police say the pair robbed the Sunoco gas station and convenience store on Blue Ridge Trail in Dorrance late Friday night.

 

Device Discovered

Some tense moments for police in Wilkes – Barre when someone discovered... what appeared to be... a pipe bomb on the Wilkes University campus. The item was described as a two inch PVC pipe... painted black. Cops taking the item to the banks of the Susquehanna River. There it was discovered the pipe contained nothing more than brushes for blacktopping.

 

Shenandoah Fire

Investigators are still trying to figure out what started a fire over the weened in a double block home in Shenandoah Heights. Authorities say no one was living in the home on Florida Avenue. The two story house was extensively damaged by the flames.

 

Executive Order

Gov. Tom Corbett has issued an executive order aimed at supporting his controversial proposal for new drilling for Marcellus Shale natural gas in state forests and in state parks to help balance the next state budget. The order says that Oil and gas development that results in no additional surface disturbance to state park and forest land is consistent with the Environmental Rights Amendment in the state Constitution. Corbett had said he would issue this executive order as part of the proposal to generate $75 million from lease payments through additional drilling.

 

 

 

Monday / May 26, 2014


The Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company is holding their annual Memorial Day Fair  from 10 AM - 8 PM on Monday. Enjoy live music every evening as well as your favorite fair food. Don't forget the Memorial Day Parade - it forms at Noon at Ross Elementary and moves at 1 PM.

 

The Mifflinville Memorial Day Weekend celebration is under way today. Visit the German School and enjoy the 126th Memorial Day Parade starting at 9 AM and ending with ceremonies at the cemetary. Don't forget all the food and craft vendors at the town park all weekend long in downtown Mifflinville.

 

WHLM Sports:

The Philadelphia Phillies are at home this Memorial Day evening to face the Colorado Rockies. First pitch is at 5:05 - pregame will get under way at 4:30 PM.

What's Happening Sunday, May 25, 2014


The Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company is holding their annual Memorial Day Fair this weekend, opening from 5:30 - 10 PM today, and running from 10 AM - 8 PM on Monday. Enjoy live music every evening as well as your favorite fair food. Don't forget the Memorial Day Parade - it forms Monday at Noon at Ross Elementary and moves at 1 PM.

 

The Mifflinville Memorial Day Weekend celebration gets under way today with a tractor show from 10 AM - 4 PM. Monday, visit the German School and enjoy the 126th Memorial Day Parade starting at 9 AM and ending with ceremonies at the cemetary. Don't forget all the food and craft vendors at the town park all weekend long in downtown Mifflinville.

 

Catch the last day of The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's "Good People," the run ends today! 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.

 

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

 

Stop by Artspace gallery in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their newest exhibition, "Fragments" by Sara Mika and Larry Ney II. A reception will be held for the Artists on Saturday the 31st from 6 - 8 PM. The show runs through July 6.

 

WHLM Sports:

The Philadelphia Phillies continue their weekend home stand versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. First pitch is at 1:35, we'll be on the air with the pregame show at 1 PM.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

May 29 - June 1

Work crews will be putting some finishing touches on the newly-built Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg town park. Starting Thursday, May 29, Kidsburg will be closed while fresh concrete is being poured at the site. Kindsburg will re-open the following Monday, June 2.

 

May 31

The Montour Motorcycle Riders will hold a memorial and poker Ride To Remember Jack Lee on Saturday, May 31. Cost is $10 per rider, $5 per passenger, and poker hand for an optional $5. Registration will be open between 10:30 and 11:30 AM at Smokehouse Bar & Grill on Valley Road in Danville. Proceeds from the event will benefit Jack's family. For more information, call 570-441-4520.

 

Thru June 17

Donations of books are being accepted for the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library summer book sale, coming up June 19 - 23. Good-condition books can be dropped off at the library on Market Street. Please, no textbooks or encyclopedias. A special preview sale will be held for members of the Friends of the Library on June 18 from 5:30 - 7 PM.

 

TFN

It's time to enroll in Columbia-Sullivan Head Start pre-school. Eligable families can sign up kids who will be 3 or 4 years old before September 1st. For more information and pre-application, call 570-784-1076. 

 

TFN

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

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

What's Happening Saturday, May 24, 2014


The Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company is holding their annual Memorial Day Fair this weekend, opening from 5:30 - 10 PM today and Sunday, and running from 10 AM - 8 PM on Monday. Enjoy live music every evening as well as your favorite fair food. Don't forget the Memorial Day Parade - it forms Monday at Noon at Ross Elementary and moves at 1 PM.

 

The Mifflinville Memorial Day Weekend celebration gets under way today with a cruise-in form 10 AM - 4 PM. Sunday there will be a tractor show from 10 AM - 4 PM. Monday, visit the German School and enjoy the 126th Memorial Day Parade starting at 9 AM and ending with ceremonies at the cemetary. Don't forget all the food and craft vendors at the town park all weekend long in downtown Mifflinville.

 

The Bloomsburg Southern Baptist Church Relay for Life team will hold an indoor yard sale and bake sale today from 9 AM - 3 PM. They will have hamburger barbecue for sale, too! All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information call 570-784-8681. The church is at 108 Welliver Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

The Columbia-Montour Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International will hold a meeting this morning at 10 AM at the Spirit Life Church, 1338 Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg. The guest speaker will be Drew Thomas. There will be free coffee and snacks. Everyone is welcome. For more information call Joe at 570-799-0231.

 

Town Hill UMC will hold an ice cream social this evening from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. There will be ice cream, cake, pies, as well as soup and sandwiches. Take-out will be availible. Call 570-864-2401 for more information. The church is on Town Hill Road in Shickshinny.

 

Catch the last weekend of The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's "Good People," running through Sunday. 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.

 

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

 

Stop by Artspace gallery in downtown Bloomsburg and check out their newest exhibition, "Fragments" by Sara Mika and Larry Ney II. A reception will be held for the Artists on Saturday the 31st from 6 - 8 PM. The show runs through July 6.

 

WHLM Sports:

The Philadelphia Phillies continue their weekend home stand versus the Los Angeles Dodgers. First pitch is at 3:05, we'll be on the air with the pregame show at 2:30 PM.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

May 29 - June 1

Work crews will be putting some finishing touches on the newly-built Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg town park. Starting Thursday, May 29, Kidsburg will be closed while fresh concrete is being poured at the site. Kindsburg will re-open the following Monday, June 2.

 

May 31

The Montour Motorcycle Riders will hold a memorial and poker Ride To Remember Jack Lee on Saturday, May 31. Cost is $10 per rider, $5 per passenger, and poker hand for an optional $5. Registration will be open between 10:30 and 11:30 AM at Smokehouse Bar & Grill on Valley Road in Danville. Proceeds from the event will benefit Jack's family. For more information, call 570-441-4520.

 

Thru June 17

Donations of books are being accepted for the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library summer book sale, coming up June 19 - 23. Good-condition books can be dropped off at the library on Market Street. Please, no textbooks or encyclopedias. A special preview sale will be held for members of the Friends of the Library on June 18 from 5:30 - 7 PM.

 

TFN

It's time to enroll in Columbia-Sullivan Head Start pre-school. Eligable families can sign up kids who will be 3 or 4 years old before September 1st. For more information and pre-application, call 570-784-1076. 

 

TFN

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

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

Friday / May 23, 2014


 

Trailer Fire

A mobile home in a Briar Creek Township trailer court was extensively damaged by flames early Friday morning. Berwick firemen were called to the 7465 Route 11 shortly before 4 O'clock after someone discovered flames on the rear porch of a home. Berwick Fire Chief Bill Coolbaugh says the flames spread... extensively damaging the structure. It took Berwick volunteers an estimated 30 minutes to knock down the flames.

 

Susquehanna Valley Storm

A powerful thunderstorm storm... producing hail... rolled across the Susquehanna Valley Thursday afternoon. Steve Kaiser of Fairfield Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep on Route 11... witnessed the weather phenomenon... telling our media partner Newswatch 16 that an estimated 300 new and used cars were damaged. The storm also downed trees and power line around Strawberry Ridge and PPL Roads near Washingtonville. More damage assessments are to be made Friday.

 

Geisinger / Economic Impact

Danville – based Geisinger Health System is a major player in the economy of the Susquehanna Valley. According to a report out by The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania... Geisinger has an annual economic impact of $7.4 – billion to the local, regional and state economies. The report goes on to say that as an employer of 21,000... and through a ripple effect.. GHS supports an estimated 37,000 jobs in the commonwealth.

 

Click it or Ticket

If you see more than the number of police officers on the street this weekend... especially during the overnight hours... there's a good reason for that. The nationwide “Click it or Ticket” campaign is on with cops using for folks not wearing their seat belts. But, whatever the case usage has increased... and Bloomsburg PD Sgt. Leonard Rogutski says that's attributed to education and current laws. Sgt. Rogutski said drivers of pick – up trucks... out on the streets between 9 PM and 2 the next morning are being targeted. The local “Click it or Ticket” campaign is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration... doling out money to PennDOT which is filtered to local cop shops.

 

Montour County

Montour County employees may have had their personal information stolen. County commissioners telling our media partner Newswatch 16 a hacker got into the computers of a firm handling Montour County's payroll. It's the same firm that handles the payroll for Snyder County. Thus far... no one has been effected by the breach of security.

 

Abigail's Attic

A month after being affected by a fire which destroyed a neighboring restaurant... Abigail's Attic has reopened. The thrift store is an axillary of Geisinger Medical Center. They were shut down temporarily following a blaze last month which destroyed a steak restaurant. The attic's manager April Lease says the Medical Center came through with a lot of help. Abigail's Attic is now located at 322 Mill Street... in the heart of Danville's business district and is open Monday thru Friday

 

Hurricane Predictions

After last year's mild hurricane season, it looks like we can expect a near normal or below normal season this year with the expected formation of an El Nino suppressing formation of storms. The official prediction is for 8 to 13 named storms with 3 to 6 becoming hurricanes and one or two of them turning into major storms. But officials are emphasizing it only takes one to make landfall, like Andrew in 1992, to cause a disaster. They're urging people to be prepared, knowing what risk they face, where to go if evacuated and how to recover after a storm.

 

Holiday Weekend Traffic

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and you know what that means... heavy traffic is expected on all the highways and in particular, on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. An astounding two million vehicles are expected to use the PA Turnpike this Memorial Day weekend... and with such heavy volumes, drivers are being reminded to keep alert and stay focused as they travel. Obey posted speed limits, don't text and drive, and beware of motorcyclists as they will be out in full force. You can get travel conditions online at paturnpike.com slash webmap or on the smartphone app TRIP Talk.
 

Hazleton Kids

The Luzerne County Children and Youth Services are investigating of kids being left home alone. A Hazleton school district truancy officer discovered kids aged 4, 3 and a baby left unattended in a home in the 500 block of Maple Avenue. A 14 – year older charged with watching the children was found asleep in a bedroom. No one was taken into custody and the case remains open.

 

Lawsuit

Shickshinny Mayor Beverly Moore is suing the Borough Council. Ms. Moore says the council is shutting her out of meetings.... not allowed to enter the borough building on Union Street... and isn't allow access to borough records without a right to know request. Ms. Moore is asking a judge to force the council to tell her when meetings take place... access to borough records... as well as the borough building. It's not known when the judge will make a decision in the Moore lawsuit.

 

Couple Captured

A couple wanted in connection with a Wilkes – Barre shooting has been captured in New Jersey. Tony and Terasa Ransom were wanted in connection with the shooting of Josue Vargas outside his Hutson Street apartment last week. Vargas was treated at a Wilkes – Barre hospital and released. It's not known when the Ransom's will be returned to Luzerne Custody.

 

 

WHLM Sports

Girls HS Softball

Paige Seacrest pitched a one hitter and Kimmy Hollister had two hits and a sacrifice fly to lead the Central Columbia softball team to a 2-0 win over Montoursville Thursday to advance to the District 4 Class AA semifinals. On Tuesday at Elm Park in Williamsport the Bluejays will face Wellsboro, a 10-5 winner over Southern Columbia.

 

In a District 4 Class A playoff game Bloomsburg defeated Benton 7 to 3...

 

Boys HS Baseball

In baseball, in a District 2 AAA playoff game Berwick downed Scranton Prep 8 to 2..

 

Track & Field

A number of area athletes will be competing for medals at the state high school track & field championships. They begin Friday morning and conclude Saturday afternoon at Shippensburg University.

 

PHL Phillies

In Miami on Thursday... the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Marlins 4-3. Friday night the Phils open a weekend home series against the Dodgers. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Thursday... it was the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Washington National's 3 to 1... the New York Mets defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5 to 3... and the Chicago White Sox got by the New York Yankees 3 to 2.

 

NHL

In the NHL's Eastern Conference series Thursday night... the Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers 3 to 2. The Rangers continue to lead the series 2 games to 1.

 

Thursday / May 22, 2014


* Damaging Hail in Danville *

A powerful thunderstorm moved through the Danville area Thursday afternoon, dropping fist-sized hail that bashed the windows out of several vehicles. The storm cell was powerful enough to warrant a tornado warning at one point. Flash flood advisories were also in effect through the afternoon. 

 

Fruit-sized hail dropped by Thursday afternoon's damaging thunderstorm.

 

 

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Springtime in the Susquehanna Valley. An expected passage of a cold front and an unstable atmosphere has prompted the National Weather Service in State College to issue a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in an area from Sullivan to Lancaster County's... including Columbia and Montour. The watch is in effect until 8 PM Thursday evening. That means severe thunderstorms with heavy rains and damaging winds could develop.

 

Berwick Drug Arrests

Four people are in jail... facing dozens of charges stemming from a home invasion and robbery of an alleged Berwick drug dealer. Police Chief Ken Strish telling us 35 – year old James Hopper... 49 – year old Jack Defranco... 33 – year old Shawn Davis and 34 – year old Martin Addison allegedly taking Heroine and cash from a dealer known as “Gotti” at his rented home in the 1100 block of Chestnut Street in early March. All were arrested Wednesday. They were arraigned Wednesday night... and remanded to the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.

 

Luge Tryouts

The success of Olympian Jason Terdiman of Berwick has sparked an interest in Luge racing. So organizers of USA Luge will be in Berwick next month... looking for raw talent. Amy Shortledge of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says the tryouts will take place on the hill on Mulberry Street June 14th and 15th... with organizers bringing in the equipment needed. You can sign up at the BerVaughn Park Carnival open every night this week... or call the chamber office in Berwick.

 

Wolf Hits the Road
Tom Wolf is the Democratic Nominee in this year's Gubernatorial Election, Topping a field of tough primary opponents. How did he do it ??? Wolf dumped $10 million of his own money into his campaign, but Franklin and Marshal College political analyst Terry Madonna says it wasn't just the spending that catapulted Wolf to the nomination. Madonna says Wolf also gracefully handled the negative attacks from a couple of his primary opponents. That allowed Wolf to maintain his lead, although those numbers did originate from a massive TV ad buy in February and March...

 

Appeal

Governor Corbett on Wednesday announced he would not appeal the federal court ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages. In a statement, the governor repeated his personal opposition to same-sex marriage but said administration lawyers had concluded that an appeal of Tuesday's historic decision was "extremely unlikely" to succeed.

 

Mocanaqua Fire Folo

Two Luzerne County emergency dispatchers have been suspended without pay following a fatal fire last week in Mocanaqua. 52 – year old Michelle Dzoch died when she went back inside her house on Main Street to put out the flames. The two dispatchers apparently called the Conyngham fire company... instead of the Mocanaqua fire company for the blaze in Conyngham township.... resulting in a delayed response. Both dispatchers are awaiting a disciplinary hearing.

 

Lansford Fire

Investigators will try and determine how a fire started at a home on West Snyder Avenue in Lansford... South of Hazleton early Wednesday morning. Firemen were called to the home around 1:30.... with first firemen on the scene reporting flames shooting from the roof of the structure. No one was hurt in that overnight fire in Lansford.

 

Barletta Award

A national non – partisan senior citizens group has given it's Benjamin Franklin Award to 11th district congressman Lou Barletta. Mr. Barletta vowing for the repeal of the so – called “Death” or “Estate Tax.” The tax was first established to pay for World War One... and has never been repealed. Now... Barletta is one of many congressmen who believe the law's usefulness has passed. The 60 – plus Association is a national non – partisan senior citizens group based in the DC area.

 

BU Golf Outing

It's a chance to get out... take in the sunshine and the fresh air... and at the same time help women athletics at Bloomsburg University. A golf outing is scheduled for May 31st at the Links in Hemlock Township... so says BU women's basketball coach Bill Cleary. Interested in participating... give Coach Cleary a call or drop him an e-mail at the address found on the BU web site.

 

WHLM Sports

Girls HS Softball

The Berwick High School girls softball team has advanced to the District 2 Class AAA semifinals. In the quarterfinals Wednesday, the Bulldogs beat Honesdale 1-0.

 

Football Clinic

Hundreds of high school and junior high school quarterbacks will be at Crispin Field in Berwick on Saturday to improve their skills at the Curry/Powlus Quarterback camp. Instructors will include high school and college coaches as well as Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenburg and wide receiver Eugene Lewis.

 

NBA

In the NBA's Western Conference final series... the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 112 to 77. The Spurs now lead the series two games to none.

 

NHL

In the NHL's Western Conference final series... the Los Angeles Kings got by the Chicago Blackhawks 6 to 2. Both teams are tied at 1 games each.

 

Wednesday / May 21, 2014


 

Voting Machine Problems

A rough start to primary day 2014 in Columbia County on Tuesday. A voting machine in Mifflin Township... and a machine in a Bloomsburg precinct failed to load candidate information properly. So... Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky went to a back up plan switching to the provisional ballots to be counted as paper ballots. The last minute wasn't a problem... and the paper ballots were counted last night without a hitch. No word why the improper candidate information loaded into the electronic voting machines.

 

Election Returns

It will be the two Toms.... Corbett verses Wolf. That's at the top of the November general election ballot... with York County Democratic Tom Wolf trying to unseat incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett. Wolf telling supporters the real work is just beginning. In Columbia County... unofficially... Wolf garnered 59 % of the votes cast by democrats... a 40 % edge over nearest competitor Rob McCord. But overall... County voting officials say turnout was light with 13 % of the registered voters casting ballots. Statewide... Wolf getting an estimated 58 % of the Democratic ballots cast.

 

Gay Marriage

Continuing a rush of rulings that have struck down marriage limits across the country, a federal judge in Pennsylvania on Tuesday declared the state’s ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional.

The ruling was made by Judge John E. Jones III of Federal District Court in a decision posted on Tuesday afternoon. Pennsylvania is the last of the Northeast states with a ban on same-sex marriage, and if Tuesday’s ruling is not successfully challenged, it will become the 19th state to permit gay and lesbian couples to marry.

 

State Budget / Millard

Although it may be a downtime for many state legislators... Columbia County State Representative David Millard... and his colleagues on the House Appropriation Committee... are trying to figure out how to make ends meet and craft a proposed budget. Monthly tax revenues have been coming in lower than projected. Lawmakers are helping to fund several programs funded by the federal government that requires millions of matching state dollars.... money that sometimes isn't there.

 

Mausteller Update

A Bloomsburg Sprint car driver remains in the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville... recovering from injuries received during a race at the Selinsgrove Speedway Saturday night. Duane Mausteller sustained was injured when he collided with a car driven by Jamie Collard. Mausteller sustained head and leg injuries when the two cars collided during a feature race on the half – mile oval.

 

Tyler Duda

A 17 – year old Wyoming Valley man has pleaded guilty to charges of homicide by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter. Tyler Duda admits running down a pedestrian on West Union Street in Nanticoke last July. The guilty plea comes three weeks after his case was moved to Juvenile court. Duda could face time in juvenile detention center until he is 21.

 

Wilkes – Barre Shooting

Wilkes – Barre Police are looking for a coupled wanted in the shooting of a man late last week. Thresa and Tony Ransome are wanted on charges of allegedly shooting 27 – year old Josue Vargas of Wilkes – Barre. Vargas was on Hutson Street when he was shot. He was treated and released from a Wilkes – Barre hospital.

 

Memorial Travel

If you have travel plans for this Memorial Day weekend... you're not alone. The Triple A's Jenny Robinson says more people are hitting the road this weekend holiday... as compared to a year ago. Meantime... gas prices should be easing after a rise earlier in the spring. However, you'll pay more to fly... and hotel rates are going up.

 

WHLM Sports

High School Baseball

In the District 4 Class AA baseball playoffs Tuesday... Montoursville downed Southern Columbia

7 to 5. In District 2 Class AAA baseball the Berwick Bulldogs defeated North Pocono 3 to 1.

 

High School Softball

In a District 4 AA girls softball playoff game Montoursville blanked Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech 12 to nothing.

 

PHL Phillies

In the first game of their three game series in Miami Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies held on to down the Miami Marlins 6 to 5. Game two is tonight at 7:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Tuesday night... it was the Baltimore Orioles over the Pittsburgh Pirates 9 to 2... the Chicago Cubs downed the New York Yankees 6 to 1... and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the New York Mets 9 to 4.

 

NBA

In the NBA's Eastern Conference final series last night... the Miami Heat got past the Indiana Pacers 87 to 83. The series is tied up at one game each.

 

Tuesday / May 20, 2014


 

Election Returns

The ballots are cast... and the results are in. It appears Republican Governor Tom Corbett will be facing Democrat Tom Wolf of York County in the run for governor in the November General Election. In Columbia County... unofficially... Wolf garnered 59 – percent of the votes cast by democrats... with a 40 percent edge over nearest competitor Rob McCord. But overall... according to County chief registrar Matt Repasky... turnout was light with 13 – percent of the registered voters casting ballots. In statewide returns... Wolf continued his juggernaut late Tuesday night... collecting 58 – percent of the vote. In the race for Democratic Lt. Governor candidate... Michael Stack with 48 – percent of the ballots cast... leading Mark Critz who captured 16 percent of the vote. We'll have more on the 2014 primary during the news on the Wednesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz starting at 6 O'clock.

 

Bloomsburg Fire

A close call for residents Tuesday morning who live in an apartment building at 148 West Street in Bloomsburg. Columbia Medical Transport paramedic Alyse Litwhiler and her partner spotted trouble around 1:45 while on the way back from a call. They smelled smoke and saw flames shooting from the rear of the apartment building. Fire Chief Bob Rupp says he saw the flames when he arrived on scene. But, most of the fire was knocked down by a neighbor using a garden hose. And if the fire wasn't discovered by the alert EMS crew... it could have been disastrous... since everyone in the building was sleeping. All the tenants got out okay... and sought shelter with friends or relatives.

 

Berwick Borough Council

The Berwick Borough Council and Columbia County Commissioners giving accolades Monday night to the Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble... and the kids who produced the play “We Are Berwick.” The group presenting two performances to rave reviews. Borough Council President Alvin Hill says it was a unique way to look at Berwick's problems through the eyes of kids. Funding for the production came from Kawneer of Bloomsburg and the Alcoa Foundation.

 

Route 42 Project

A $1.5 - million realignment project on Route 42 in Jordan Township... in Lycoming County... is set to begin next week. According to PennDOT Rick Mason... the project involves realigning Route 42 with Route 118 by cutting both roads short... with a new alignment put in place. It will improve traffic flow and sight lines at the intersection. The project is scheduled to be wrapped up by late October.

 

Road Rage

Distracted drivers may be more annoying than aggressive drivers according to the annual Expedia Road Rage survey. Texting behind the wheel outranks tailgating as the behavior that angers or aggravates more drivers. Coming in third in the Expedia survey is the multi tasker-- that person who is eating, reading or grooming while driving. Drivers drifting in a lane or changing lanes frequently also draw ire as do those going well below the speed limit.
 

Special Education Funding

Concerns by charter schools have stalled progress on a bill to change the state's formula for special education funding. WHLM's B.J. Small is reporting a proposed new formula for funding special education, would pay charter schools based on the needs of each student. Now, when it's a special education student, the tuition is a higher, flat amount. Charter schools say the new system comes with deductions and not the same considerations for their budgets as the plan grants to school district. Charters say it would be devastating, others disagree. Hence the hold up.

 

Scam

State Police at Hazleton says there is a man posing as a utility worker... gaining access to homes. The latest incident happened late last week when a man in his 30's... dressed as a water company employee.. got into a South Church Street home... managing to make off with nearly 500 dollars in cash. If you're approached by a man dressed as a utility worker you're not expecting... call State Police.

 

Coughlin High School

If you're trying to get to Coughlin High School in Wilkes – Barre Tuesday morning... you'll be faced with orange fencing and barricades. It's the results of concerns over the structural integrity of the Washington Street side of the building. Now... entry to the school is gained through Coughlin's annex building and courtyard area.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices across Northeastern Pennsylvania are holding somewhat steady as we get ready for the Memorial Day weekend. The latest Triple A fuel gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular retailing for $3.71 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend. That's three cents less than a week ago. And pump prices are expected to go down further due to worldwide volatility in the oil markets.

 

Monday / May 19, 2014


 

Primary Vote

By the end of business Monday... the 40 plus polling precincts in Columbia County will have their voting machines installed for Tuesday's primary election. That word from Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky. The biggest draw this year is the race for the Democratic nomination for Governor... the winner going up against Governor Corbett in November. The polls open at 7 O'clock Tuesday morning... and close at 8 O'clock.

 

Bloomsburg Race Driver Injured 

Bloomsburg Sprint car driver Duane Mausteller is in the Geisinger Medical Center after being injured in a Saturday night crash at the Selinsgrove Speedway. Penn Live.com is reporting the incident happened on lap three of a consolation event when Canadian driver Jamie Collard flipped his sprint car at the end of the back stretch. Mausteller tried to avoid the wreckage but hit Collard's car and also flipped. He was trapped in his Sprinter until emergency crews extricated him. A family member say Mausteller suffered a broken right leg and ankle.

 

Click It or Ticket

Starting Monday.... you might see an extra police presence on the streets and highways... not only in Columbia and Montour County... but nationwide. It's the start of a crackdown on drivers not wearing their seat belts. The money for the overtime for police officers locally... comes from the federal government through PennDOT... so says Bloomsburg PD Sgt. Leonard Rogutski. Sgt. Rogutski said the target of the enforcement are drivers of pick up trucks late at night. Statistic say those are the drivers who don't buckle up and are likely to be killed or injured in a traffic accident.

 

Genomic / Geisinger

A $100,000 state grant is expected to go a long way in furthering a tel-medicine program aimed Genomics... or the genetic make up of patients in the Geisinger Medical System hospitals which dot the area. Governor Tom Corbett was in Danville at the start of the weekend to make the announcement. For project coordinator Dr. David Ledbetter... it's one way to keep Geisinger clients well. The money from the Discovered in PA... Developed in PA program will help a Geisinger facility in Luzerne County to build the infrastructure for telemedicine initiatives.

 

Shamokin / Coal Twp Fire

Investigators are expected to be in Coal Township Monday... trying to figure out what started a Sunday night blaze which damaged seven row homes. The fire taking place in the 1300 block of West Walnut Street near Shamokin. Authorities do know the blaze began on the second floor of one of the homes... and spread. No one was injured fighting last night's fire near Shamokin.

 

Schuylkill County Fire

Fire investigators say an electrical problem sparked a house fire over the weekend in Butler Township... Schuylkill County. The fire breaking out before dawn on Saturday morning on Broad Street... near Ashland. No one was injured, but it took firemen an estimated two hours to squelch the flames.

 

Sugarloaf Crash

A truck driver was flown to the hospital Sunday morning after his rig overturned on the exit ramp leading from Interstate 80 to Route 93 Southbound in Sugarloaf Township. State police say the driver was hauling a mixture of manure and water... and apparently tried to take the curve faster than allowed.

The truck went over on it's side... closing down both lanes of Route 93 for about an hour. The driver... life flighted to a regional trauma center for treatment.

 

Hazleton Lights

The city of Hazleton may undertake a program designed to replace 14 hundred streetlight fixtures with high efficiency LED units. That would reduce the cost of energy an estimated 65 – thousand dollars a year. The city would contract with a firm which would do the change over. No word when City Council plans to vote on the issue.

 

Vehicle Vs. House

A 53 – year old man apparently fell asleep at the wheel... then crashed into a home in the 2000 block of Main Street in Dewart... in Northumberland County Sunday morning. Timothy Emery slammed into the structure after to failing to stop at a stop sign... then slammed into a porch. Two people were inside the building, but the got out safely. Emery was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries.

 

Holiday Travel

If you have travel plans for Memorial Day weekend, you're not alone. WHLM's Cathy Clark says travel is expected to be at a post-recession high for Memorial Day with more than 36.1 million Americans planing a trip at least fifty miles from home. That's 1.5% higher than last year. Most will drive and they should see gas prices easing. Those who fly can expect to see airfares about six percent higher. Hotel and car rental costs are also up slightly.

 

WHLM Sports

Track & Field

Senior Ellen Shepard finished first in both the 100 and 200 meter dashes and anchored two winning relay teams to lead the Central Columbia girls to the District 4 Class AA team title in the track & field championships Saturday at Athens High School. The top two finishers in each event plus those that met qualifying standards will compete in the state championships which begin Friday morning at Shippensburg University.

 

D4 Baseball/Softball

The District 4 baseball and softball tournaments begin this week. In Class AA softball Tuesday afternoon, Columbia Montour Vo Tech plays Montoursville. The winner of that game will play at top seeded Central Columbia on Thursday.

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies defeated the Cincinnati Reds Sunday 8-3. The Phils have the day off. Tuesday night they will begin a three games series in Miami against the Marlins.

 

Other Games

In other games Sunday, the New York Mets lost a 6-3 decision to the Washington Nationals. The Yankees and Pirates played a doubleheader in New York. The Yankees won the first game 4-3... the Pirates took the nightcap 5-3.

 

NBA

In the first game of the NBA's Eastern Conference final series, it was the Indiana Pacers beating the Miami Heat 107-96.

 

NHL

In the first game of the NHL's Western Conference final series, the Chicago Blackhawks downed t the Los Angeles Kings 3-1.

 

What's Happening Sunday, May 18, 2014


The New Brush Arbor Choir will present "Welcome Home - a patriotic musical" this morning at 10 AM at Derrs Christian Church in Benton. All veterans are invited to attend. A free picnic will follow the program. For more information, call 570-864-3835.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents "Good People," running through May 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.

 

Come check out the multi-school collaboration "Plain Gold Ring," a musical comedy by local musician and 2013 Teen Star winner Dante Green, running this afternoon at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Showtime is 3:30 PM. Tickets can be bought in advance at Fog & Flame and Yo Choice on Main Street or by calling 570-394-1220.

 

WHLM Sports

The Phillies wrap up their home stand against the Cincinatti Reds this afternoon. The scheduled first pitch is at 1:35. The pregame gets underway on Newsradio 930 at 1 PM.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

May 19

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will give a public presentation on "Methamphetamine in Our Community" at Northwest High School in Shickshinny on Monday the 19th at 6 PM. Several local and area officials will be talking about how to spot signs of abuse and manufacturing, especially in rural areas. Call 570-542-7946 for more information. 

 

May 19

Registration opens on Monday the 19th for summer programs at the Bloomsburg Public Library. Children up to age 14 are invited to sign up for the summer reading club and the Great 8 - a program designed to combat academic slide during the summer. The programs both start in June at the library on Market Street. 

 

May 20

The Master Gardeners of Columbia County continue their free series of gardening lectures at the McBride Memorial Library on Tuesday the 20th. This month's topic is Square-Foot Intensive Gardening, presented by Joan Silver. Walk-ins are welcome, or call ahead at 570-752-2241 to reserve your seat. The talk runs from 6 - 7:30 PM at the library on Market Street in Berwick.

 

May 31

The Montour Motorcycle Riders will hold a memorial and poker Ride To Remember Jack Lee on Saturday, May 31. Cost is $10 per rider, $5 per passenger, and poker hand for an optional $5. Registration will be open between 10:30 and 11:30 AM at Smokehouse Bar & Grill on Valley Road in Danville. Proceeds from the event will benefit Jack's family. For more information, call 570-441-4520.

 

Thru June 17

Donations of books are being accepted for the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library summer book sale, coming up June 19 - 23. Good-condition books can be dropped off at the library on Market Street. Please, no textbooks or encyclopedias. A special preview sale will be held for members of the Friends of the Library on June 18 from 5:30 - 7 PM.

 

TFN

It's time to enroll in Columbia-Sullivan Head Start pre-school. Eligable families can sign up kids who will be 3 or 4 years old before September 1st. For more information and pre-application, call 570-784-1076. 

 

TFN

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

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

What's Happening Saturday, May 17, 2014


The 2014 Spring United Way Trash-To-Treasure Sale is going on this morning in the Kehr Union ballroom on the campus of Bloomsburg University from 9 AM - Noon. Don't forget the early bird sale at 8 AM. Call 570-784-3134 for more information.

 

The 20th annual Montour County Relay for Life continues through this afternoon at Southside Fire Company, 200 Avenue D in Riverside. Stop by for lots of family-fun activites during the relay and suppourt the local branch of the American Cancer Society.

 

Come enjoy a morning filled with music, comedy, and coffee at the next Coffee House Morning at the Bloomsburg Public Library this morning. Josh Pratt will provide music and humor, and the staff will provide the coffee, running from 10 - 11:30 AM at the library on Market Street.

 

Christ United Lutheran Church is holding a clothing give-away this morning from 8 AM - Noon. There will be a special children's activity center as well during the give-away. Christ United is at 116 Church Street in Catawissa.

 

The Bloomsburg Girls Soccer team is hosting their 2nd annual gift card bingo at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Market Street this afternoon. Doors open at noon, the games start at 2 PM. There will be 20 games for $20. Prizes include $100 gift cards and a special raffle for Coach purses. For tickets, call Penny at 570-394-1922.

 

The Mifflinburg Heritage and Revitalization Association presents the 2014 MayFest and WineFest today. Come check out the food, entertainment, craft and art vendors, historical demonstrations and much more - including a traditional May Pole dance - from 10 AM - 5 PM at MayFest. The WineFest tasting runs from 11 AM - 5 PM. Admission to the tasting is $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. For more information and tickets call 570-966-1166 or visit MifflinburgPA.com

 

The Central Columbia High School is organizing a Color Run for Haiti this morning at 11 AM. Registration is $20 per person. 

 

Bring your dogs and cats to the Locust Township Police Station today for a Rabies clinic sponsored by the Locust Township Police and the Ringown Valley Veterinary Hospital. Cost for the Rabies shot is only $10 per pet, and there will be other vaccines on hand by request. All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a pet carrier. Call 570-799-5806 for more information. 

 

Stop by the Cloak and Dragon boookstore in downtown Bloomsburg today for a meet & greet and signing by local author Andrew Shecktor. Andrew's first novel, Centraila, PA - Devils' Fire, explores the history of the doomed town leading up the start of the mine fire in 1962. The event runs from 10 AM - 6 PM.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents "Good People," running through May 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.

 

Come check out the multi-school collaboration "Plain Gold Ring," a musical comedy by local musician and 2013 Teen Star winner Dante Green, running today and Sunday at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Showtimes are 7:30 PM this evening, and a 3:30 PM Matinee on Sunday. Tickets can be bought in advance at Fog & Flame and Yo Choice on Main Street or by calling 570-394-1220.

 

The New Brush Arbor Choir will present "Welcome Home - a patriotic musical" on Sunday at 10 AM at Derrs Christian Church in Benton. All veterans are invited to attend. A free picnic will follow the program. For more information, call 570-864-3835.

 

WHLM Sports

The Phillies continue their home stand against the Cincinatti Reds this evening. The scheduled first pitch is at 7:05. The pregame gets underway on Newsradio 930 at 6:30 PM.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

May 19

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will give a public presentation on "Methamphetamine in Our Community" at Northwest High School in Shickshinny on Monday the 19th at 6 PM. Several local and area officials will be talking about how to spot signs of abuse and manufacturing, especially in rural areas. Call 570-542-7946 for more information. 

 

May 19

Registration opens on Monday the 19th for summer programs at the Bloomsburg Public Library. Children up to age 14 are invited to sign up for the summer reading club and the Great 8 - a program designed to combat academic slide during the summer. The programs both start in June at the library on Market Street. 

 

May 20

The Master Gardeners of Columbia County continue their free series of gardening lectures at the McBride Memorial Library on Tuesday the 20th. This month's topic is Square-Foot Intensive Gardening, presented by Joan Silver. Walk-ins are welcome, or call ahead at 570-752-2241 to reserve your seat. The talk runs from 6 - 7:30 PM at the library on Market Street in Berwick.

 

May 31

The Montour Motorcycle Riders will hold a memorial and poker Ride To Remember Jack Lee on Saturday, May 31. Cost is $10 per rider, $5 per passenger, and poker hand for an optional $5. Registration will be open between 10:30 and 11:30 AM at Smokehouse Bar & Grill on Valley Road in Danville. Proceeds from the event will benefit Jack's family. For more information, call 570-441-4520.

 

Thru June 17

Donations of books are being accepted for the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library summer book sale, coming up June 19 - 23. Good-condition books can be dropped off at the library on Market Street. Please, no textbooks or encyclopedias. A special preview sale will be held for members of the Friends of the Library on June 18 from 5:30 - 7 PM.

 

TFN

It's time to enroll in Columbia-Sullivan Head Start pre-school. Eligable families can sign up kids who will be 3 or 4 years old before September 1st. For more information and pre-application, call 570-784-1076. 

 

TFN

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

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

Friday / May 16, 2014


Mocanaqua Fire

Fire investigators are expected to return to a Main Street Mocanaqua home... destroyed by fire on Thursday. 52 – yearold Michelle Dzoch was able to get her daughter and two grand kids out of the structure... but apparently returned to try an put the flames out. That's when the roof collapsed... and attempts to save her didn't work. Investigators will try to determine what started that midday Thursday blaze.

 

Flash Flood Watch

We're in for a soggy Friday. The National Weather Service in State College has posted a Flash Flood Watch for most of Eastern and Central Pennsylvania. Precipitation making it's way ahead of a cold front could produce an estimated 1 to 2 inches of rain before sunset. The runoff could lead to rising creeks and streams.

 

Job Fair

Elysburg – based National Ticket Company is looking for a few good people to fill a half – dozen positions.. and that's why they were at a job fair Thursday at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn. Aaron Yoder of the company's human resources department says they're looking for people that can work well with others. Pre – employment screening for the company takes place next week at the PA Career Link office in Sunbury.

 

Berwick / Dumpster Day

It's a great time to do some spring cleaning.... but what do you do with the things you no longer want or need. In Berwick on Saturday it's dumpster day... a place to get rid of junk. Mayor Tim Burke says borough officials will take just about anything. Berwick's Dumpster day will be held at the borough test track starting at 8 O'clock Saturday morning..

 

Absentee Ballots

Planning to vote in Tuesday's primary by absentee ballot.... they must be back at the Columbia County registrar's office by Friday afternoon. That word from Chief Registrar Matt Rapasky. And that drop dead time is 4:30 Friday afternoon. Repasky says there are up to 40 absentee ballots to be returned to his office in the Columbia County courthouse annex.

 

PUC / Electric

The P U C is hoping to help electric customers avoid another round of sticker shock. Over the winter, customers on variable rate plans were hit with skyrocketing bills when electric prices went up. Now with the heat of summer on the horizon the PUC is alerting people who stayed with their local utility that prices may be rising for their electricity June 1st. Many of the utilities serving the state are increasing their price per kilowatt hour by 20 to over 50%. The PUC says you can price compare at PAPowerswitch.com.
 

Power Ready
Summer is not too far away and the power grid that serves the region says its ready to meet the demand from whatever heat the season throws at it. Demand is expected to increase by about 1.3% over last summer according to the PJM Interconnection, which serves PA, 12 other states and Washington DC. That's due to weather, the economy and population growth. The grid says it has large customers ready to reduce demand in the event of a system emergency and its member utilities have enhanced transmission since last summer.

 

Segregation

It's been sixty years since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to end segregation in public education. In Pennsylvania, the struggle continues. The Brown versus School Board decision created equal access to schools and ended segregation. Yet groups like the American Federation of Teachers says school closings, privatization, zero-tolerance approaches to school discipline, austerity and testing all threaten to undercut communities of color. AFT, a union that represents 1.5 million, blames funding cuts, including those in PA.

 

Turkey Hill Robbery

Wilkes – Barre police are looking for a man who robbed a curb store early Wednesday morning. Investigators say the man strolled into the Turkey Hill Market on Hazle Street... produced a box cutter and demanded money from the clerk. He left the store running towards Ashley. No one was injured in Wednesday's stick up in Wilkes – Barre.

 

Hazleton's Broad Street

If you use the Broad Street corridor in Hazleton to get to work... you might find some slow going. A section of Broad Street... from Winters Avenue in West Hazleton and Locust Street in Hazleton will be reduced to one – lane traffic in each directions. Weather permitting... the project should be wrapped up in about a week.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Baseball

In high school baseball Thursday...Bloomsburg downed Millville 8 to 2...

 

Girls HS Softball

In girls high school softball... Southern Columbia defeated Bloomsburg 11 to 1... and Loyalsock just got by Central Columbia 11 to 10

 

Weekend Games

The high school baseball and softball regular seasons end with this weekend's games. Seedings and pairings for the start of the District 4 playoffs will be determined at a meeting this Sunday.

 

Track Championship

The District 4 track & field championships will be held tomorrow at Athens High School. The top two finishers in each event plus those that meet qualifying standards will compete in next weekend's state championships at Shippensburg University.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had a day off Thursday. Friday night they open a weekend home series against the Cincinnati Reds starting at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In games played Thursday night... the New York Yankees blanked the New York Mets 1 to nothing... and the Milwaukee Brewers downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 4 to 3.

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs Thursday night... The Indiana Pacers clinched the second round of playoffs with a 93 to 80 victory over the Washington Wizards... and the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 104 to 98... thus clinching that series.

 

Thursday / May 15, 2014


 

Kiddie Porn Alleged

A Wapwallopen man is locked up in the Luzerne County jail after authorities arrested him on child pornography charges. 52 – year old Jeffery Hess of Overlook Road was busted by cops. He has admitted that he has downloaded “thousands” of pictures and videos of children. Bond is set at $150,000.

 

Nescopeck Crime

Residents of Nescopeck... with help from friends from Berwick... took the the streets Wednesday night in the tiny one square mile borough... showing their desire to cut down on crime. Nescopeck Mayor Larry Massina says that despite a population of only 1,500... there are some small town problems.. such as identity theft and some bar fights. Crime is held to a minimum with a police force of four part – time officers working a total of 55 to 75 hours a week.

 

Police Week

It's National Police Week... time to tip our cap to the men and women of law enforcement... with a constant remainder to “stay safe.” In Bloomsburg.... safety is always top of mind among officers... so says Police Chief Roger Van Loan. Meantime.... the 33rd Annual National Peace officer's memorial service will take place later today at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

 

Trash to Treasure

If you're looking to replace your current worn out computer... a new, gently used computer may be around the corner at Saturday's semi – annual United Way Trash to Treasure sale. The event to be held at the Kehr Union on the Bloomsburg University campus. United Way Executive Director John Thomas says the sale begins at 9 O'clock Saturday morning... but you can get in a bit earlier by purchasing an “early bird” ticket from the United Way office on Penn Avenue near the hospital.

 

Hazleton Playgrounds

A Hazleton City Councilwoman says she wants the city to take a hard line when it comes to littering and drug dealing at playgrounds. Councilperson Jean Mope is calling for fencing and gating of playgrounds... as well as the removal of basketball back boards at outdoor recreational facilities. A particular target... the James Street playground where disturbances keeps the neighborhood on edge.

No word if there will be an actual ordinance introduced in city council to curb the problems.

 

Harveys Lake Fire

A fire marshal is due in Harveys Lake Thursday to determine what sparked a blaze which chased a woman and her two dogs from their home. The incident happened Wednesday afternoon on Northview Avenue. The home was extensively damaged.

 

Northwest Super

The man who has headed the Northwest Area School District since 2011 is headed elsewhere in two months. Superintendent Ronald Grevera will become the head educator in the Nanticoke Area School District in July. He was hired by the board at a meeting held this week. His new salary... $120,000 – a - year... somewhat of a bump from his current $100,000 a year salary at Northwest.

 

Latest Poll
The primary is less than a week away and Tom Wolf still holds a large lead over his three opponents. Allyson Schwartz and Rob McCord gained ground on Tom Wolf but the latest Franklin and Marshall college poll still shows the York County businessman with a double digit lead in the Democratic race for Governor. Poll Director Terry Madonna says McCord has union backing and Schwartz a good ground game but they'd likely need the majority of undecided votes along with a collapse of the Wolf campaign, to overtake Wolf.

 

Older Drivers

There are more and more drivers on the road who are age 65 and up and their habits are different than their parents according to new research. The AAA Foundation for Traffic safety shows more older drivers are working and commuting compared to 20 years ago. The research also notes an increase in traveling by vehicle and miles traveled. 90% use prescription medications and two-thirds of drivers age 65 and older take multiple medications. AAA says its important for older drivers to regulate their own behavior if medications could affect their safety.
 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Baseball

In high school baseball Wednesday... Central Columbia downed South Williamsport 2 to 1... Troy defeated Danville 9 to 1... it was Southern Columbia over Montgomery 7 to 4... and Millville downed Bucktail 7 to 2.

 

Girls HS Softball

In girls softball... Central Columbia routed Lewisburg 17-2... Montgomery got the best of Benton 7 to 3... and Hughesville defeated Columbia Montour Vo – Tech 7 to 4.

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies lost their third game in a row Wednesday afternoon falling to the Los Angeles Angels 3-0. The Phils have Thursday off. Friday they open a three game weekend home series against the Cincinnati Reads.

 

In other games...

After two games at Yankee Stadium, the New York Mets and New York Yankees played Wednesday night at Citi Field. The Mets blanking the Yankees 4 to nothing.... and the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Milwaukee Brewers 4 to 1.

 

NBA

In the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday night... Lebron James scored 29 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 96 – 94 victory over the Brooklyn Nets The Heat now clinch the series with their win last night. In the NBA Western Conference semifinals...the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Portland Trailblazers 104 to 82. The Spurs clinch that series as well.

 

Wednesday / May 14, 2014


 

Online Gambling

The possibility of on – line gambling isn't going anywhere fast in the halls of the state legislature in Harrisburg. It's an idea being promoted... with a recent report indicating the state could raise an estimated $113 – million in revenue. But, for State Representative David Millard.... not so fast since the issue must be explored in depth. Also... safe guards would have to be put in place to keep kids under 18 off websites where the gaming takes place... and to make sure youngsters aren't using a parent's credit card.

 

Officer Involved Crash

A South Centre Township police officer was not injured early Tuesday after he fell asleep behind the wheel... crashing his cruiser. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition that 26 – year old Travis Stotelmyer extensively damaged the township's 2008 Dodge Charger while patrolling along Bissett Hollow Road around 6:30 Tuesday morning. Police Chief Bill Richendrfer said Officer Stotelmyer had worked several overnight shifts as a part – timer. He also works for the Scott Township police department. No charges will be filed.

 

Cruiser Crash

State Police are still investigating a crash between a Nesquehoning police cruiser and a car earlier this week. 69 – year old Carola Sauers of Hazleton died after she was taken to a hospital. Her husband was also critically injured. The cruiser was driven by 25 – year old officer Steven Homanko. It's not known if Homanko was involved in a pursuit. He was treated for moderate injuries. No charges have been filed stemming from that accident in Carbon County.

 

Search Warrant

State Police at Shickshinny have obtained warrants to search a Fairmount Township home where a 32 – year old man was shot by a 16 – year old boy. David Wheeler later died due to a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The domestic dispute at the Mossville Road home last month stemmed from Wheeler taking a bank card belonging to the boy's mother. Thus far... no charges have been filed against the teen.

 

Golf Tournament

There is a big Saturday outing on tap for those golfers who plan to participate in the John Devlin tournament... raising money for the Bloomsburg University Football Scholarship fund. It take place at the Rolling Pines Golf Course... just south of Briar Creek. Head Football Coach Paul Darragh appeared on the Tuesday Edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz that there are some openings to play. BU was the last stop on Coach Devlin's outstanding career... and the the tournament and silent auction is a testament to his dedication to football. Registration is at 12 noon Saturday... with a shotgun start an hour later.

 

Lottery Winner

A Sheppton woman has hit it big in the Pennsylvania Lottery. Folks at the state lottery say 66 – year old Barbara Shema – Jabs won $162,000 on a Cash 5 ticket sold at the Hazle Mini Mart in Hazle Township. She was one of two players to hit it big in the recent Cash 5 drawing.

 

Montour Paving

PennDOT is getting ready to start two paving projects in Montour County. Beginning Monday... a section of Route 254 in Derry Township will be resurfaced. The two day project will from from Route 54 in Washingtonville to just beyond Steffens Road. A second project will begin next Wednesday... when PPL Road will be paved. Detours for both projects will be implemented.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Baseball

In high school baseball Tuesday... Bloomsburg defeated Southern Columbia 11 to 1.

 

Girls HS softball

The Berwick Bulldogs won the Wyoming Valley championship... downing Wyoming Valley West 4 to 2.

 

PHL Phillies

In the first game of a two game home series against the Los Angeles Angels... LA just getting by the Philadelphia Phillies 4 to 3. The second and final game of the series begins Wednesday afternoon at 1:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Tuesday night the New York Mets downed the New York Yankees 12 to 7... and it was the Milwaukee Brewer over the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 2.

 

NHL

In the final game of an NHL Eastern conference semifinal series Tuesday night...The New York Rangers getting by the Pittsburgh Penguins 2 to 1.

 

NBA

In an NBA eastern conference semifinal... the Washington Wizards defeated the Indiana Pacers 102 to 79. The Pacers lead the series three games to two. In an NBA Western Conference semifinal, it was the the Oklahoma City Thunder over the Los Angeles Clippers 105 to 104. The Thunder lead the series three games to two.

 

 

 

Tuesday / May 13, 2014


 

 

Officer Involved Crash

A South Centre Township police officer was not injured early Tuesday after he fell asleep behind the wheel... crashing his cruiser. The Press – Enterprise is reporting on their Facebook page that 26 – year old Travis Stotelmyer extensively damaged the township's 2008 Dodge Charger while patrolling along Bissett Hollow Road around 6:30 Tuesday morning. Police Chief Bill Richendrfer said Officer Stotelmyer had worked several overnight shifts as a part – timer. He also works for the Scott Township police department. No charges will be filed.

 

Sunbury Police Chief

The Sunbury Police Chief has been demoted. It happened during Monday night's city council meeting. Chief Stephen Mazzeo was kicked down to a patrolman by Mayor David Persing. The Mayor says morale is low within the department... and he laid the blame at the feet of Chief Mazzeo. The Mayor denying it's a personal vendetta. Now... City Council will look for a new top cop. Until that happens Sunbury Police Corporal Brad Hare is the acting Chief.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of gasoline across Northeastern PA is slowly dropping. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows that the average price is down to $3.74... the same as it was over the weekend... and down three cents from a week ago. However, a month ago... we were paying an overage of $3.64 a gallon.

 

Artists Featured

The works of three area artists adorn the walls of the Bloomsburg office of State Representative David Millard. One of the artists featured is Juliet Doucette – Renner of Unityville. Ms. Doucette – Renner telling me Columbia County is a hotbed for artists. Other artisans featured in Representative Millard's office include Gail Fox of Bloomsburg and Julia Doucette of Millville.

 

Stroke Awareness

On the health beat... Just over three – quarters of a million people in the U.S. suffer a stroke each year.

Dr. Edward Kenton, director of neurology at Danville – based Geisinger Health System, says the rate of deaths due to stroke is higher in Pennsylvania than it is nationwide. The latest figures surfacing during National Stroke Awareness Month.

 

Relay for Life / Golf

Want to do some golfing... and at the same time help a worthy cause. The Berwick Hospital Center is sponsoring their 4th annual golf tournament for Relay for Life this Friday at Rolling Pines Golf Course... so says the hospital's Chief Operating Officer Chad Kramer. The event begins with registration and lunch at 11 O'clock at the Rolling Pines Golf Course... just off Route 11.

 

Hazleton / Heroin

An article in the past Sunday's New York Times Magazine is shedding an interesting light on Hazleton. The article focused on Alter Street... known for it's heroin trade... and the trouble produced. Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea called the article fair... saying the city's police department is understaffed and had a tough time to keep the problem in check.

 

Hazleton Robbery

Hazleton police are seeking two armed robbers who took a cell phone from a woman. The incident happened shortly after 11 O'clock Sunday night on Alter Street. Police say one of the men pointed a weapon at a woman and demanded her phone. She complied, but the pair also took her purse.

 

Montour Paving

PennDOT is getting ready to start two paving projects in Montour County. Beginning Monday... a section of Route 254 in Derry Township will be resurfaced. The two day project will from from Route 54 in Washingtonville to just beyond Steffens Road. A second project will begin next Wednesday... when PPL Road will be paved. Detours for both projects will be implemented.

 

Tattoo Legislation
A bill to regulate tattoo shops and artists in Pennsylvania is headed to the State Senate. The tattoo art industry isn't regulated in the commonwealth, at the moment. A measure passed by the House would include shop licenses, random state inspections, and the requirement that tattoo artists complete a Bloodborne Pathogen Certification. Republican senators have no plan yet to advance the bill in their chamber.

 

Small Biz
As we mark Small Business Week, a new survey looks at the top concerns of business owners. Small businesses employ about one third of the U S population and issues like government relations and health care reform, confusing tax requirements, a tight loan market, customer retention and the struggle to recruit and retain staff are keeping owners up at night. The survey for Allstate finds while half are optimistic about growing their business this year, only one quarter would add staff.

 

WHLM Sports

Boys HS Baseball

There was plenty of action in high school baseball Monday. Bloomsburg defeated Central Columbia 7 to 1... Wyoming Valley West downed Berwick 9 to 5... and it was Benton over Columbia Montour Vo-Tech 7 to 3...

 

Girls HS Softball

In girls softball... Central Columbia blanked Danville 10 to nothing... and Benton defeated Columbia Montour Vo-Tech 3 to nothing.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had Monday off. Tuesday night they begin a two game home series against the Los Angeles Angels. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Monday Games

Last night in the big apple... the New York Mets downed the New York Yankees 9 to 7

 

NBA

In the NBA conference semifinals Monday night.. the Miami Heat defeated the Brooklyn Nets102 to 96. Miami leads the series 3 games to one... and the the Portland Trailblazers downed the San Antonio Spurs 103 to 92. The Spurs lead the series three games to one.

 

NHL

Tuesday night in the NHL playoffs. it's the 7th and deciding game in the series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Rangers. The game will be played in Pittsburgh.

 

Monday / May 12, 2014


 

Recycling Building Renamed

After a delay of a few months... the Bloomsburg Recycling building on Patterson Avenue was dedicated over the weekend in the name of former councilwoman Florence Thompson. She is considered the Godmother of recycling in the Susquehanna Valley... starting the town's program back in 1977. Recycling director Charles Fritz said Florence Thompson had a huge impact on what the town does today. One factoid brought out Saturday.... recycling in Bloomsburg became the way of life back in 1983... five years before it was mandated by the state of Pennsylvania.

 

Nursing Home

About thirty residents of a Luzerne County Nursing home had to be evacuated Sunday night after either a water pipe or a boiler malfunctioned at the Lakeside Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Harveys Lake. Water... a few inches deep... filled the first floor of the facility. Most residents went to stay at a near – by facility... while others stayed with relatives.

 

Hydrant Flushing

It's that time of the year.... fire hydrants throughout the Town of Bloomsburg will be flushed by United Water crews. The Utility's Bob Manbeck says the operation begins Monday... and will continue through the rest of the week. Manbeck says if a hydrant is flushed in you neighborhood.... you water may be discolored. To resolve the issue... simply open the cold water tap on your spigot for a few minutes until the discoloration disappears...

 

Duck Dynasty

The stars of one of the hottest cable TV shows in the country will make an appearance at this year's Bloomsburg Fair. It was announced over the weekend that Willie Robertson and his wife... Korie... will preform in a “talk show” setting. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition the stars of “Duck Dynasty” will appear on Sunday, September 21st on the grandstand stage. The announcement comes less than a week after the fair announced that the rock group ZZ Top will preform during the 159th exposition.

 

Pheasants

The state Game Commission is continuing its efforts to restore the population of wild pheasants in Penns Woods...and fields. Pheasants flourished in the late 60s and early 70s here in PA.. but populations have disappeared across most of the state since the mid 70s, mostly due to development in natural habitat areas and changes in farming practices. In response, the state Game Commission has established four so-called "pheasant recovery areas" to help bring the birds back, and it seems to be working. The Game Commission has relied on western states to supply birds for repopulation here.

 

Church to Close

After a hundred years of being a church... Holy Savior Church in Wilkes – Barre will be closing it's doors for good in June. The last service there is June 29th... so says a spokesman for the Diocese of Scranton. The decision follows a consolidation of several churches back in 2011.

 

Oil & Gas Report

The state Department of Environmental Protection has released its first-ever Oil and Gas Annual Report. The Oil and Gas Annual Report is intended to provide information and insight on the D-E-Ps mission to protect Pennsylvania's air, land and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of its citizens. A new video has also been released featuring D-E-P staff conducting the work of the Oil and Gas Program in the field. It and the actual report can be seen by going online to dep.state.pa.us, and clicking on the "Oil and Gas Annual Report" button on the homepage.

 

Car Slams Church

A Hazleton man is in trouble with the law after slamming his car into the Diamond United Methodist Church at the corner of West Diamond Avenue and Locust Street on Saturday. Police say 50 – year old Jeffrey Broyan lost control of his car... and was taken to a Hazleton hospital for treatment. He was subsequently arrested by police for driving under the influence.

 

PPL Contract

Pennsylvania – based companies of PPL Corporation and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1600 have reached a tentative agreement on a three year labor contract. Among other items... it included a nearly eight percent wage hike over the term of the contract... as well as chances in healthcare benefit options. The local represents about 3-thousand workers for PPL Electric Utilities, power plants owned by the company and various PPL corporate services groups.

 

Seminar

State House Representative Karen Boback who represents part of Columbia County... along with Rep. Phyllis Mundy of Luzerne County will host an Elder Justice Seminar today at Misericordia University in Dallas. There will be information on how senior can prevent from becoming victim of a crime... as well as providing information about long – term care planning. The seminar gets underway at 9 O'clock this morning at Misericordia Insalaco Hall.

 

Road Project

A PennDOT maintenance crew will spend Thursday and Friday to replace large pipes under Hollow Road in Catawissa Township in order to improve drainage. The pipe project is one mile north of Catawissa. A red arrow detour will be in effect using River Hill Drive... West Main Street and Second Street in Catawissa.

 

WHLM Sports

Larry Webster

Defensive end Larry Webster became the 6th player in Bloomsburg University history to be drafted by the NFL when he was taken in the 4th round by the Detroit Lions on Saturday. Two of Webster's Husky teammates signed as free agents following the draft. Offensive tackle Matt Feiler signed with the Houston Texans and guard Brian Clarke signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team saw its season come to an end yesterday with a 5-2 loss to California at the N.C.A.A. Division 2 Atlantic Regional Championships. The Huskies finished the season with a record of 28 and 19.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies blew a 4-1 lead in a 5-4 loss to the New York Mets yesterday in a game that went 11 innings. The Phils have Monday off. Tuesday night they open a home series against the Los Angeles Angels.

 

In other games Sunday...

The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the New York Yankees 6-5 and it was the St. Louis Cardinals over the Pittsburgh Pirates 6 to 5.

 

NHL

In the NHL playoffs last night... the New York Rangers skated past the Pittsburgh Penguins 3 to 1. That second round playoff series is tied at 3 games apiece.

 

What's Happening? Sunday, May 11, 2014


The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents "Good People," running through May 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.

 

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

 

The Community Singers will present a salute to American composers on Monday, May 12. The concert starts at 7 PM at St. Peter's UMC at 240 Sunbury Road in Riverside.

 

The Book Buddies - Bella, Chloe, and Reilly - are back at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Tuesday night at 6:30 PM. They're therapy dogs who love to listen to your kids practice their read-aloud skills. Bring a favorite book, or pick one from the Library collection. The Library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Catch an encore performance of the original student production, "We Are Berwick" this Tuesday at 6 PM in the Berwick Middle School cafeteria. The play is written and performed by Berwick area students, and takes a look at the city's reputation in light of the growing methamphetamine problem in the region. 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Philadelphia Philles wrap up their series on the road vs the Mets this afternoon with the first pitch at 1:10. We'll get things started on Newsradio 930 with the pregame show at 12:35 PM.

 

Upcoming Events

 

May 17

The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau is organizing a covered bridge bus tour of more than a dozen of the county's historic covered bridges coming up on Saturday, May 17. Cost per rider is $20, and includes a special picnic lunch at the Twin Bridges. For more information check out iTourColumbiaMontour.com

 

May 17

The Bloomsburg Girls Soccer team is hosting their 2nd annual gift card bingo at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Market Street on Saturday the 17th. Doors open at noon, the games start at 2 PM. There will be 20 games for $20. Prizes include $100 gift cards and a special raffle for Coach purses. For tickets, call Penny at 570-394-1922.

 

May 17

The Mifflinburg Heritage and Revitalization Association presents the 2014 MayFest and WineFest on Saturday, May 17. Come check out the food, entertainment, craft and art vendors, historical demonstrations and much more - including a traditional May Pole dance - from 10 AM - 5 PM at MayFest. The WineFest tasting runs from 11 AM - 5 PM. Admission to the tasting is $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. For more information and tickets call 570-966-1166 or visit MifflinburgPA.com

 

May 17

The 2014 Spring United Way Trash-To-Treasure Sale is coming up on Saturday May 17 in the Kehr Union ballroom on the campus of Bloomsburg University from 9 AM - Noon. Get in on the early bird sale at 8 AM for just $5 a ticket. Pick up tickets at the United Way office on North Penn Street. Call 570-784-3134 for more information.

 

May 17

The Fort McClure chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are organizing a bus tour to historic Fort Stanwix in Rome, NY on Saturday May 17. The tour is $45 per person. The bus will depart at 7:30 AM and return at 9 PM. For more information call 570-854-4355.

 

May 17

Bring your dogs and cats to the Locust Township Police Station on Saturday the 17th for a Rabies clinic sponsored by the Locust Township Police and the Ringown Valley Veterinary Hospital. Cost for the Rabies shot is only $10 per pet, and there will be other vaccines on hand by request. All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a pet carrier. Call 570-799-5806 for more information. 

 

May 17. 18

Come check out the multi-school collaboration "Plain Gold Ring," a musical comedy by local musician and 2013 Teen Star winner Dante Green, running next Saturday and Sunday at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Showtimes are 7:30 PM on Saturday night, and a 3:30 PM Matinee on Sunday. Tickets can be bought in advance at Fog & Flame and Yo Choice on Main Street or by calling 570-394-1220.

 

May 18

The New Brush Arbor Choir will present "Welcome Home - a patriotic musical" on Sunday May 18 at 10 AM at Derrs Christian Church in Benton. All veterans are invited to attend. A free picnic will follow the program. For more information, call 570-864-3835.

 

May 19

Registration opens on Monday the 19th for summer programs at the Bloomsburg Public Library. Children up to age 14 are invited to sign up for the summer reading club and the Great 8 - a program designed to combat academic slide during the summer. The programs both start in June at the library on Market Street. 

 

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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

 

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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. 

 

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Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

What's Happening? Saturday, May 10, 2014


Come Celebrate Berwick with the Front Street Festival today from 11 AM - 5 PM. There will be sidewalk sales, wine tastings, food and craft vendors, a car show, family games and much more going on across town. For a full schedule of events, check out the Celebrate Berwick page on Facebook.

 

Don't forget to stop by Reliance Fire Company on Third Street in Berwick during the Celebrate Berwick Festival for their fish fry. $8 gets you a choice of baked or fried fish, and plenty of fries and coleslaw. Take-out is available.

 

Don't miss the annual Bloomsburg YMCA indoor yard sale this morning from 6:30 AM - 1 PM. Find lots of items from appliances, to furniture, to clothing. The Y is on West 7th Street, in Bloomsburg.

 

The annual Bloomsburg Fireman's Carnival wraps up this evening at the Department headquarters at 911 Market Street. There will be rides, games, plenty of food and live music. 

 

Fill a bag and feed families this Saturday. The US Post Office is holding a Stamp Out Hunger food drive this weekend. All you have to do is fill a bag with non-perishable food items and leave it by your mailbox for your carrier to pick up on Saturday. Please, no glass containers. 

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents "Good People," running through May 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.

 

The Boondockers 4x4 club is holding a mud bog today at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds starting at 11 AM. Registration will be open from 7 - 10 AM. Cost is $20 per run. All proceeds go to local charities. There will be plenty of food on hand. Please do not bring any alcohol, grills, or pets.

 

The Town of Bloomsburg will be honoring Florence Thompson this morning with an official plaque unveiling at the Patterson Drive Recycling Center. Florence was the driving force in making Bloomsburg the first community in Pennsylvania to set up a curbside recycling program. Ceremonies get under way at 11 AM.

 

The Legion Riders of the Bloomsburg American Legion will hold their second annual Flapjack Breakfast at Applebee's on Route 11 from 8 - 10 this morning. Tickets at the door are $7.50 for adults and $3.50 for children under 12.  All proceeds will benefit Legion programs for veterans and current members of the armed services.

 

Good Wil's Restaurant on Route 11 in Northumberland is hosting a classic car cruise-in this evening. There will be live music from 3 - 6 PM and plenty of food and home made ice cream.

 

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

 

The Community Singers will present a salute to American composers on Monday, May 12. The concert starts at 7 PM at St. Peter's UMC at 240 Sunbury Road in Riverside.

 

The Book Buddies - Bella, Chloe, and Reilly - are back at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Tuesday night at 6:30 PM. They're therapy dogs who love to listen to your kids practice their read-aloud skills. Bring a favorite book, or pick one from the Library collection. The Library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Catch an encore performance of the original student production, "We Are Berwick" this Tuesday at 6 PM in the Berwick Middle School cafeteria. The play is written and performed by Berwick area students, and takes a look at the city's reputation in light of the growing methamphetamine problem in the region. 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Philadelphia Philles continue their series on the road vs the Mets tonight with the first pitch at 7:10. We'll get things started on Newsradio 930 with the pregame show at 6:35 PM.

 

Upcoming Events

 

May 17

The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau is organizing a covered bridge bus tour of more than a dozen of the county's historic covered bridges coming up on Saturday, May 17. Cost per rider is $20, and includes a special picnic lunch at the Twin Bridges. For more information check out iTourColumbiaMontour.com

 

May 17

The Bloomsburg Girls Soccer team is hosting their 2nd annual gift card bingo at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Market Street on Saturday the 17th. Doors open at noon, the games start at 2 PM. There will be 20 games for $20. Prizes include $100 gift cards and a special raffle for Coach purses. For tickets, call Penny at 570-394-1922.

 

May 17

The Mifflinburg Heritage and Revitalization Association presents the 2014 MayFest and WineFest on Saturday, May 17. Come check out the food, entertainment, craft and art vendors, historical demonstrations and much more - including a traditional May Pole dance - from 10 AM - 5 PM at MayFest. The WineFest tasting runs from 11 AM - 5 PM. Admission to the tasting is $12 in advance or $15 at the gate. For more information and tickets call 570-966-1166 or visit MifflinburgPA.com

 

May 17

The 2014 Spring United Way Trash-To-Treasure Sale is coming up on Saturday May 17 in the Kehr Union ballroom on the campus of Bloomsburg University from 9 AM - Noon. Get in on the early bird sale at 8 AM for just $5 a ticket. Pick up tickets at the United Way office on North Penn Street. Call 570-784-3134 for more information.

 

May 17

The Fort McClure chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution are organizing a bus tour to historic Fort Stanwix in Rome, NY on Saturday May 17. The tour is $45 per person. The bus will depart at 7:30 AM and return at 9 PM. For more information call 570-854-4355.

 

May 17

Bring your dogs and cats to the Locust Township Police Station on Saturday the 17th for a Rabies clinic sponsored by the Locust Township Police and the Ringown Valley Veterinary Hospital. Cost for the Rabies shot is only $10 per pet, and there will be other vaccines on hand by request. All dogs must be on a leash and all cats must be in a pet carrier. Call 570-799-5806 for more information. 

 

May 17. 18

Come check out the multi-school collaboration "Plain Gold Ring," a musical comedy by local musician and 2013 Teen Star winner Dante Green, running next Saturday and Sunday at the Caldwell Consistory in downtown Bloomsburg. Showtimes are 7:30 PM on Saturday night, and a 3:30 PM Matinee on Sunday. Tickets can be bought in advance at Fog & Flame and Yo Choice on Main Street or by calling 570-394-1220.

 

May 18

The New Brush Arbor Choir will present "Welcome Home - a patriotic musical" on Sunday May 18 at 10 AM at Derrs Christian Church in Benton. All veterans are invited to attend. A free picnic will follow the program. For more information, call 570-864-3835.

 

May 19

Registration opens on Monday the 19th for summer programs at the Bloomsburg Public Library. Children up to age 14 are invited to sign up for the summer reading club and the Great 8 - a program designed to combat academic slide during the summer. The programs both start in June at the library on Market Street. 

 

TFN

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

 

TFN

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. 

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

Friday / May 9, 2014


Scott Twp Arrests

Three people are in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg after they were busted Thursday night by Scott Township police. According to the department's Facebook account... the trio was involved in a large scale retail theft operation and were caught just leaving the Giant Supermarket on Route 11. The Press – Enterprise identify the three New York State residents as 32 – year old Dwayne Evans of Briarwood... 26 – year old Michael Morris of New York city... and 38 – year old Majida Abdullah Muhammad – Earnell of Jamaica on Long Island. The three individuals nicknamed the “Zipper Crew” have been seen on video surveillance statewide making off with an estimated $35,000 in high priced health and beauty products. In Thursday's heist Evans and Morris made off with $4,000 in products. After stealing the items... they would go to New York City where they would sell their booty. One individual who saw the events go down early Thursday evening said cops shut down Route 11 near Applebee's until the suspects were arrested and processed.

 

Week of Caring

The so – called “Week of Caring” promoted by the Berwick Area United Way ends Saturday.... and over the past week or so... public places in Berwick... Salem Township and Nescopeck... were given some badly needed attention. For example... the front lawn of the Salem Elementary School. That's where we found Rebecca Davis of the parent – teachers organization planting flowers and mulching at the School's entrance. The “Week of Caring” involved hundreds of folks... trying to spiff – up the borough as they attempt to eradicate a perception problem.

 

Celebrate Berwick

There are big doin's in Berwick on Saturday. The Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce is presenting “Celebrate Berwick....” as an opportunity to see what the borough has to offer... so says the Chamber's Amy Shortledge. The celebration includes a wine tasting event... a show of classic cars at the K- Mart Plaza parking lot... as well as sidewalk sales by merchants along Front Street.

 

Wilkes – Barre Gunshots

Police in Wilkes – Barre are trying to figure out why a building was shot up early Thursday morning. Investigators say bullet holes were found in a business at the corner of North Washington and Beaumont Street. Not only were bullet fragments discovered... but blood on the ground as well. However... Wilkes – Barre hospitals are reporting no one presented themselves in an emergency room with a bullet wound.

 

Wage Rallies

Rallies to raise the minimum wage were staged across Pennsylvania on Thursday... including one in the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton area. The coalition "Raise the Wage PA," held rallies across PA, calling for an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. They say it would help one million working families and boost the state's economy. Mark Price, of the Keystone Research Center in Harrisburg, says there is little negative fallout from raising the wage by one dollar in each of the next three years.

 

Open Records

They say "breaking up is hard to do"... such is apparently the case between the state's Office of Open Records director and the Corbett administration. The six-year term of Pennsylvania open records czar Terry Mutchler expired last month, and she'd like to stay on the job but she's not sure if the Corbett administration is seeking a replacement. The Open Records Office was established in 2008 with the passage of the state's Right-to-Know law, which provides increased public access to government records. Governor Tom Corbett says he's nowhere near making a decision at this point.

 

Assisted Care Facility

The residents of an assisted living facility in Nanticoke are back in their apartments. The 45 residents were chased away from Nanticoke Villa early Tuesday morning when an air conditioning unit caught fire. No one was hurt... but the residents had to spend the last few day at the Nanticoke High School gymnasium.

 

Keystone Job Corps

Four people from Baltimore pleading guilty this week to some of the violations lodged against them after they were discovered on Keystone Job Corp property in Butler Township. They were arrested last month after they blew through a security gate... entering the property without authorization. One of the occupants of the car said he was there to pick up a girl. Later... the group crashed through the gate again... this time slamming into a security vehicle.

 

Milton Theft

There's been a burglary of a Valaro convenience store along Route 405 near Milton. Trooper say someone used a concrete block to get into the store... and eventually made off with an estimated $2,000 in cigarettes. The break – in took place late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

 

VFW Theft

There has been a theft from a VFW post in Northumberland County... in Upper Augusta Township. State troopers say an estimated $2,800 was taken from the post on Shikellamy Avenue in Sunbury. Investigators say they have no idea who would make off with the cash... but it believed the money was taken over the past 30 days.

 

Workforce Development

Professionals determined to put Pennsylvanians to work are sharing ideas and training in Hershey this week. Six hundred representatives of the PA Workforce Development Association from across the commonwealth, are meeting in Chocolatetown through the end of the day, for 45 workshop sessions that focus on job training and re-employment. PWDA Chairman Scott Sheely says the job search has changed over the last five years. Employers are looking for workers now, instead of the other way around.
 

WHLM Sports

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team takes on West Chester Friday in the first round of the NCAA Division 2 Atlantic Region One tournament at California University of Pennsylvania. That game starts at 1:30. The double elimination tournament concludes on Sunday.

 

HS Softball

In high school softball Thursday...Berwick downed Tunkhannock 2 to 1... Bloomsburg just getting by Benton 5 to 4... Central Columbia blanked Lewisburg 23 to nothing... and in a double – header Millville outdistanced Montgomery12 to 4... as well as the second game 15 to nothing.

 

PHL Phillies

In the final game of their series in Toronto Thursday night... the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 12 to 6. The Phils open a weekend series in New York against the Mets Friday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs Thursday night... The Miami Heat downed the Brooklyn Nets94 to 82. Miami leads the series 2 games to none... the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Portland Trailblazers Thursday night 114 to 97. The Spurs lead that series two games to none.

 

Thursday / May 8, 2014


Central Columbia Renovations

The infrastructure at the Central Columbia High School is slowly falling apart... and the 52 – year old building will undergo a massive $34 – million renovation once the current school year ends. One feature... according to superintendent Harry Mathias... is using Geo – thermal to heat and cool the building. During the year long project... students will be taught at the middle school... as well as 11 modular units already in place on the site.

 

Teen Star Auditions

There were auditions Wednesday at the Millville High School Auditorium for contestants who want to preform in the Teen Star musical competition June 1st on the B-U campus. This is the fourth year First Columbia Bank and Trust in Bloomsburg has sponsored the event. President Lance Diehl says he doesn't envy the job of the judges looking for contestants. One other audition is scheduled Saturday... staring at 10 O'clock at the Millville High School Auditorium.

 

Pet & Toy Parade

A big Wednesday night in Bloomsburg.... the 48th annual Kiwanis Pet and Toy parade rolling south on Market Street.... and the start of the Bloomsburg Fire Department Carnival. As hundreds of people lined the street to hear the Catawissa Military Band... also viewing the kids... their parents... their pets and toys. Fire apparatus from around the area was also in the line of march. The Bloomsburg Fire Department carnival runs through Saturday night...

 

On Line Gaming
In a year of lackluster revenues, a new study says legalizing online gambling could be Pennsylvania's best bet for raising additional tax dollars. Online gambling could produce another $113 million a year in tax revenues, a report says. The study commissioned by the Senate assessed gambling in the state and the potential impact of online gambling at PA's 12 casinos. Casinos could also add fantasy and prediction gambling. The Senate Community Economic and Recreational Development Committee will discuss the findings in June.

 

Hugo Selenski Trial

A new date for the double murder trial of Hugo Selenski is now set for November 12th at the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes – Barre. He was to have gone on trial this month... but it was postponed. Selenski has some new attorneys... and they need time to review the case. He is accused of murdering two people 12 years ago... and burying their bodies behind his home.

 

Wrong Way Arrest

A 26 – year old man has been taken into custody by Hazleton police after his late model car struck a porch and several vehicles after traveling the wrong way on West Maple Street. Shawn Malloy was charged for suspicion of driving under the influence... as well as operating a vehicle with a suspended license.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

Fire investigators in Wilkes – Barre are trying to figure out what started a blaze which extensively damaged two homes on Maxwell Street. The fire was spotted early yesterday morning. The people living inside the buildings were able to escape unharmed.

 

WHLM Sports

NFL Draft

The 2014 NFL draft begins Thursday night and several Bloomsburg University seniors are hoping to hear their names called before the draft concludes on Saturday. Defensive end Larry Webster, offensive linemen Matt Feiler and Brian Clarke... as well as running back Franklyn Quiteh are all on the NFL scouts' radar. Five Huskies have been drafted in the school's football history. The latest was all pro guard Jahri Evans who was a fourth round pick in 2006.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Wednesday... Berwick downed Hazleton 4 to 2... Bloomsburg defeated Benton 11 to 2... Central Columbia blanked Shamokin 1 to nothing... It was Montoursville over Danville 11 to 4... Southern Columbia blanked Millville 4 to nothing... and Columbia Montour Vo – Tech defeated Bucktail 10 to nothing.

 

HS Softball

In girls softball... Central Columbia downed Bloomsburg 12 to 2... Southern Columbia beat Lewisburg 13 to 1... and Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech defeated Bucktail 19 to 3.

 

PHL Phillies

In the first of a two game series Wednesday night in Toronto... the Philadelphia Phillies were blanked by the Blue Jays 10 to nothing. The teams meet again tonight at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Wednesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Francisco Giants 4 to 3... the Miami Marlins getting by the New York Mets 1 to nothing... and it was the New York Yankees over the Los Angeles Angles 9 to 2.

 

NHL

In the NHL playoffs Wednesday night... the Pittsburgh Penguins skated by the New York Rangers 4 to 2. Pittsburgh now leads the best of seven series 3 games to 1.

 

Wednesday / May 7, 2014


 

DUI Charges Tossed

DUI charges lodged against a former Benton Area School District bus driver have been thrown out. Initially 38 – year old Jennifer Watson was charged with DUI following profanity – laced drive in March... taking kids home from the Benton High School. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition that District Judge Doug Brewer decided there wasn't enough evidence to make the charges stick. Watson has since been fired from her part – time driver's job... and now the school board is looking into the action taken by School Superintendent Penny Lenig-Zerby. She is on administrative leave following the incident.

 

Kane Impeachment

An undercurrent of partisan rancor emerged in a state house committee Tuesday as the Republican chair opened a hearing on a resolution to impeach the Democratic state attorney general. Democrats walked out shortly after the hearing began to discuss whether Attorney General Kathleen Kane should be impeached for refusing to defend the state's ban on gay marriage and other decisions. Franklin and Marshall College Professor Terry Madonna calls such impeachment procedures rare and says it's hard to believe the effort is on sound ground, despite controversy generated by some of Kane's decisions.
 

Prescription Drugs

The state senate has approved a bill that will set up a prescription drug database in Pennsylvania. The prescription drug monitoring program would create an electronic data system to list all controlled substances prescribed and dispensed in PA. The medical community supports the bill as a way to help prevent doctor shopping and drug abuse. But the Pennsylvania ACLU still has problems despite changes in the measure, expressing concern that law enforcement would still have too much access to the information.
 

Pet and Toy Parade

The kick off to the carnival season.... as well as various pet and toy parades in the area takes place Wednesday night in Bloomsburg. The 48th annual Kiwanis Pet and Toy parade will stroll down Market street around 6 O'clock Wednesday night to the Bloomsburg Fire Department... where volunteers kick off their annual carnival. Eric Stahley of the local Kiwanis Club says the events compliment each other. Wednesday night's Pet and Toy forms at 5:30 behind the Columbia County Courthouse.... with the line of march starting at 6 O'clock going west on Ridge Avenue...then south on Market Street.

 

Celebrate Berwick

Thousands of people are expected to be in eastern Columbia County Saturday for the second annual “Celebrate Berwick” event. It's a way to highlight Berwick along Front Street. But there's always that question... where do I park and how do I make my way to the events. Amy Shortledge from the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says problem solved due to the help of a Berwick transportation company. Some of the events... according to Ms. Shortledge include a wine tasting party in Briar Creek Township... a car show at the K-Mart Plaza... as well as merchants holding a sidewalk sale in Berwick's business district.

 

Death Investigation

Police in Hazleton are investigating the death of a 3 – month old girl. The toddler died Monday afternoon at 34 East First Street. Authorities say the death does not appear to be suspicious, but Hazleton investigators are getting a hand in their probe by state police and the Luzerne County D-A's office.

 

Nanticoke Fire

Dozens of people are waking up Wednesday morning in the gymnasium of the Nanticoke Area High School. They lived at the Nanticoke Villa... a personal care home... hit by fire early Tuesday morning. All the residents got out of the building safely when a fire broke out in an air conditioners in a second floor apartment. No word how long the residents will be at the high school.

 

Barletta Endorsement

The National Federation of Independent Business has thrown it's support behind congressman Lou Barletta in his run for re-election. The NFIB's Kevin Shivers says Mr. Barletta continues to support small business in the 11th congressional district.

 

Hanger Endorsement

A former Democratic candidate for Governor has thrown his support behind front runner Tom Wolf. John Hanger announced he intends to vote for Wolf in the Democratic primary May 20th. Hanger was the darling of the more liberal "progressive" wing of the Pennsylvania Democratic party, and his signature platform dealt on the legalization, regulation and taxing of marijuana.

 

Williamsport Robbery Suspect

A man who allegedly held up a Williamsport movie theater is in police custody... and locked up. They say 39 – year old Jason Talini allegedly held up the Cinema Center on W. 4th Street early Monday afternoon... and was quickly captured. It's also believed that Talini is responsible for two other stick – up's. He's in the Lycoming County Jail on a quarter – million dollars bail.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Baseball

In high school baseball from Tuesday... Southern Columbia defeated Mt. Carmel 3 to 2... and Jersey Shore downed Danville 13 to 4.

 

HS Softball

In girls softball... It was Berwick over Lake Lehman 12 to 2... Central Columbia downed Hughesville 16 to 1... the Benton Tigers defeated St. John Neumann 7 to 1,,, It was Muncy over Millville 17 to 1... and Southern Columbia beat Warrior Run 11 to 9.

 

PHL Phillies

The Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night in the final game of their home series. The Phils and the Blue Jays meet again Wednesday night with the series shifting to Toronto

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Tuesday night... the Miami Marlins blanked the New York Mets 3 to nothing... The Pittsburgh Pirates outscored the San Francisco Giants 2 to 1... and the New York Yankees squeezed by the Los Angeles Angels 4 to 3.

 

NHL

In the NHL playoffs Wednesday night the Pittsburgh Penguins play the Rangers in New York. The Pens lead the series two games to one.

Tuesday / May 6, 2014


Measles Exposure

Geisinger Medical Center in Danville is one of two hospitals in the region that may have exposed guests to measles. The PA Department of Health says two cases of measles possibly occurred not only at Geisinger, but at the Pocono Regional Medical Center in East Stroudsburg. Dr. Lisa Esolen... the head of infection control at Geisinger... says symptoms include a fever, cough, stuffy, runny nose for a couple of days... then after a couple of days, a rash begins. A Geisinger spokesman says anyone at the Foss Clinic on the afternoon of April 23rd... or may have ridden the shuttle buses... could be at risk.

 

Abigail's Attic

The Geisinger Medical Center Auxiliary... burned out of their Abigail's Attic location on Mill Street in Danville a few weeks ago... needs your help. That word from long – time thrift shop manager April Leese. Ms. Leese says the items in their shop were smoke damaged during the fire at a Mill Street restaurant last month. If you have some items to donate... you can drop them off Tuesday... in the Abigail Lobby at GMC.

 

Berwick Salvation Army

An estimated 40 years is a long time between upgrades. Lt. Kevin Polito of the Berwick Salvation Army knows that all to well. But now... their facility on West Second Street is being spiffed up thanks to a benefactor. The upgrade of the facility... the first since 1974 will cost the Berwick Chapter an estimated $200,000, but Lt. Polito says it will be worth it. The work is underway now... and should be finished by July.

 

Luzerne County

Cash strapped Luzerne County Government is looking at a new way to raise money. They'll looking at the possibility of logging hundreds of acres of county – owned land. In particular... they're taking a look at a plot of land containing hundreds of acres of trees near Moon Lake Park near Nanticoke... cut down the trees and sell them. The revenue from the lumber could close some of the gap in the budget... now totaling hundreds of millions of dollars.

 

State Revenue

A closely watched state revenue report for April shows a $506 – million dollar revenue shortfall... with a liquor fund transfer factored in for the fiscal year ending June 30th. One of the main reasons for the shortfall is that personal state income and corporate taxes are coming in below projections. In addition... the financial service Standard and Poors says it could downgrade the state's credit rating is things don't improve.

 

Feds Blamed for Shortfall

The Governor and other Republicans point to the federal government as being responsible for Pennsylvania's shortfall in tax collections. Tax revenue for the commonwealth was down nine percent in April. GOP Senate Appropriations Chairman Jake Corman puts PA's shortfall partly at the feet of the federal government for ending tax breaks on capital gains, dividends and higher wage earners. The Independent Fiscal Office says revenue wasn't lost, but pulled into 2012 in order to get income in under the lower tax rates.

 

Pittston Fire

A spectacular fire destroyed a home Monday afternoon in Pittston. The blaze began around 3 O'clock on Tedrick Street near East Columbus Avenue. A family of five lived in the structure. Now... a fire marshal has been called in to determined the cause of the blaze.

 

Representative Culver Meeting

State Representative Lynda Schlegel Culver who district includes Sunbury will host her annual meeting next week to update the public on the boating and marina schedule at Shikellamy State Park. The meeting is next Thursday at 6 O'clock at the Degenstein Community Library. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ manager at Shikellamy State Park John Clifford will provide an overview of the 2014 park complex, current and future plans for the marina and information about seasonal activities at the park.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Softball

For the 32nd consecutive season, the Bloomsburg University softball team has been selected for the NCAA Division 2 championships. The Huskies are seeded third in the Atlantic One Region and will take on second seeded West Chester in the opening round on Friday afternoon at California University of Pennsylvania.

 

HS Baseball

Monday in high school baseball... Warrior Run defeated Central Columbia 6 to 5... and Selinsgrove downed Danville 4 – 1...

 

HS Softball

In girls softball... it was Loyalsock over Southern Columbia 6 to 2... Bloomsburg got the best of Columbia – Montour Vo-Tech 3 to 1... and Berwick defeated North Schuylkill 3 to 2...

 

PHL Phillies

In the first of a two game home series against Toronto last night... the Blue Jays blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 3 to nothing. Game two is Tuesday night. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Monday night... the San Francisco Giants just got by the Pittsburgh Pirates 11 to 10... the Miami Marlins outscored the New York Mets 4 to 3... and the Los Angeles Angels defeated the New York Yankees 4 to 1.

 

NHL

In the NHL Playoffs... the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the New York Rangers 2 to nothing. The victory gives Pittsburgh a 2 games to one lead in second round playoff action.

 

 

Monday / May 5, 2014


Gas Prices

Gas prices are especially steep in Pennsylvania, but some relief is imminent. Pennsylvania's average gas price of $3.77 a gallon for April is up 30 cents since a year ago. Just nine states saw steeper increases, according to data from the Triple - A. State and international politics are compounding historically higher fuel prices, and the result is an expensive one for Pennsylvanians. The Triple – A says gas prices are expected to peak later this week... and drop again by Memorial Day.

 

Kidsburg Build

After five days... through rain and wind... as well as sunny weather... the build out of Kidsburg 2.0 at Bloomsburg Town Park is complete. By late Sunday afternoon... the majority of work was finished... so says organizer Deb Huckens. Minor work still needs to be preformed... but that's small in comparison to the initial work which had to be preformed making the latest version of Kidsburg a reality.

 

Elks & Veterans

A little more than a half dozen veterans from the VA Hospital in Wilkes – Barre had a pretty good time Saturday. They were the guests of the Bloomsburg Elks lodge at the Orangeville Sportsman Club for some relaxation and fishing... so says the organization's Karl Rickmers. The seven vets enjoyed the day... as the local Elks lodge continued their tradition of helping the VA Hospital and the veterans.

 

BU Graduation

The Quadrangle at Bloomsburg University will be busy this Saturday... hosting three separate graduation ceremonies. The College of Business and Education will hold the first ceremony at 9 AM Saturday with just over 300 students graduating... followed by the graduation of 390 Seniors from the College of Science and Technology at Noon... and College of Liberal Arts graduates 516 at 3 O'clock.

 

Shooting Victim

A Fairmont Township man... shot last week by a teenager... has died of his wound. 32 – year old David Wheeler was shot by the 16 – year old teen during an apparent domestic dispute last Tuesday. The incident taking place in a home in the 600 block of Mossville Road. At the time police said they were looking into a case of self – defense. No charges have been filed.

 

Woman Arrested

A Hazleton woman is under arrest for her part in the mugging of a Domino's Pizza Delivery driver last week. Jennifer Esposito is jail in connection with the attempted robbery. Police say the driver was called to an apartment on Penn Court in Hazleton. That's when a man hit the driver over the head with a baseball bat. He's still on the loose.

 

Lycoming Deaths

Authorities in Lycoming County are still investigating the deaths of five people in a cabin near Montgomery over the weekend. A man, a woman and three kids died when it's believed carbon monoxide fumes filled the cabin following a Friday night party. The carbon monoxide apparently caused by a malfunctioning propane heating unit.

 

Abigal's Attic

One of the Danville businesses damaged in a fire two weeks ago has moved and is looking for donations. Abigail's Attic... run by the Auxiliary at Geisinger Medical Center was located next to a restaurant that was extensively damaged by fire last month. The items in the building had to been tosses due to the damage. Now... the Auxil1ary is looking for gently worn clothing and accessories starting Tuesday in the Abigail lobby at GMC. Their new shop will be open soon at at 322 Mill Street in Danville.

 

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East – West Football

Berwick's senior quarterback C.J. Curry was named the Most Valuable Player for his performance Sunday in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches East-West All Star game at Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh. Curry threw three touchdown passes to lead the East to a 35-25 win. Curry's Berwick teammate Dain Kolwalski started at cornerback and had an interception. Southern Columbia's Josh Trip and Robert Delbo also played for the East team.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 1-0 Sunday afternoon. Monday night the Phils are at home against the Toronto Bluejays. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

In other games Sunday... the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Toronto Bluejays 7-2... the New York Yankees lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1... and it was the New York Mets 5... the Colorado Rockies 1

 

NHL

In game two of a National Hockey League playoff series... the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the New York Rangers Sunday 3 to nothing. The series is now even at one game apiece.

 

NBA

The first round of the NBA playoffs ended yesterday with two game 7's. The Brooklyn Nets finished off the Toronto Raptors 104-103... and the San Antonio Spurs eliminated the Dallas Mavericks 119-96.

 

Sunday / May 4, 2014


Kidsburg Build

After five days... through rain and wind... as well as sunny weather... the build out of Kidsburg 2.0 is complete. By late Sunday afternoon... the majority of work was finished... so says organizer Deb Huckens. Minor work still needs to be preformed... but that's small in comparison to the initial work which had to be preformed making the latest version of Kidsburg a reality.

 

Elks & Veterans

A little more than a half dozen veterans from the VA Hospital in Wilkes – Barre had a pretty good time Saturday. They were the guests of the Bloomsburg Elks lodge at the Orangeville Sportsman Club for some relaxation and fishing... so says the organization's Karl Rickmers. The seven vets enjoyed the day... as the local Elks lodge continued their tradition of helping the VA Hospital and the veterans.

 

BU Graduation

The Quadrangle at Bloomsburg University will be busy this Saturday... hosting three separate graduation ceremonies. The College of Business and Education will hold the first ceremony at 9 AM Saturday... followed by the graduation of 390 Seniors from the College of Science and Technology at Noon... and College of Liberal Arts graduates 516 at 3 O'clock.

What's Happening? Sunday, May 4, 2014


The Kidsburg Rebuilding project is in full swing! Today, crews will be rebuilding the playground that was wrecked by the Lee flodd of 2011. They can still use your help! Volunteers are especially needed this morning between 8 AM and Noon. If you are interested in helping with construction, call Deb at 301-518-7089, or go to Kidsburg.org

 

Donations are being accepted now for the annual Bloomsburg YMCA yard sale, coming up on Saturday, May 10 from 6:30 AM - 1 PM. Bring your second-hand items to the Y parking lot on West 7th Street, and look for the trailer during regular operating hours. Make sure all items are in wearable, useable, and working condition. Please, no televisions or computers.

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club and Mopar Muscle of Central PA will be Cruising For Victory today 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

 

St Michael's Church Hall on West Oak Street in Shenandoah is holding an American Girl doll bingo this afternoon. Admission is $20 each. Doors open at Noon, Games start at 1:30 with an early bird game at 1:15. Tickets for a special drawing will be given out for advance ticket holders and for bringing a donation of non-perishable food or personal care items. Call 570-462-0809 for more information.

 

Today is the 4th annual Camp Lavigne Motorcycle Run to benefit the Columbia-Montour Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Registration will be open from 9:30 - 11 AM at the Council Service Center just off Central Road in Bloomsburg. Fee is $15 per rider and includes lunch at Quaker Steak and Lube. Cars are welcome, too! For more information, call 570-784-2700.

 

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 Book Buddies - Bella, Chloe, and Reilly - are back at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Tuesday night at 6:30 PM. They're therapy dogs who love to listen to your kids practice their read-aloud skills. Bring a favorite book, or pick one from the Library collection. The Library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The annual Bloomsburg Fireman's Carnival starts Wednesday night, May 7, and runs through Saturday the 10th. It all gets under way with the traditional Pet and Toy parade Wednesday afternoon. The parade forms behind the Columbia County Courthouse at 5:30 and moves at 6PM. All participants will get free tickets to the carnival.

 

Bring your good listeners age three to five to the Bloomsburg Public Library on Wednesday for Storytime at 10:00 AM. A coloring project will follow the half hour of stories. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The Library is on Market Square in Bloomsburg.

 

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.

 

Come Celebrate Berwick with the Front Street Festival on Saturday, May 10th from 11 AM - 5 PM. There will be sidewalk sales, wine tastings, food and craft vendors, a car show, family games and much more going on across town. For a full schedule of events, check out the Celebrate Berwick page on Facebook.

 

The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau is organizing a covered bridge bus tour of more than a dozen of the county's historic covered bridges coming up on Saturday, May 17. Cost per rider is $20, and includes a special picninc lunch at the Twin Bridges. For more information check out iTourColumbiaMontour.com

 

Central Columbia High School is organizing a Color Run for Haiti coming up on Saturday, May 17 at 11 AM. Registration is $20 per person. For more information and to register email ColorRunForHaiti2014@gmail.com

 

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. 

 

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg. 

 

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Phillies Baseball

The Philadelphia Philles are back in action this weekend. They continue their home stand against the Nationals this afternoon at 3:05. The action starts with the pregame show at 2:30.

 

HS Football

Four area high school football players will be playing this afternoon in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association's East-West All Star game. C.J. Curry and Dain Kowalski of Berwick, as well as Josh Tripp and Robert Delbo of Southern Columbia will be playing for the East team. The game will start at 2 o'clock at Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh.

What's Happening? Saturday, May 3, 2014


The Kidsburg Rebuilding project is in full swing! Today and Sunday crews will be rebuilding the playground that was wrecked by the Lee flodd of 2011. They can still use your help! Volunteers are especially needed this evening from 5 - 9 PM, and Tomorrow morning between 8 AM and Noon. 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 & Walkthis morningy 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 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 is going on today, 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.

 

Join the Bloomsburg Children's Museum today for a Mother's Day Mad Hatter tea party from 10 AM  - 4 PM. There will be crafting projects, refreshments, and make sure to wear a crazy hat to get a dollar off admission. The Museum is on West 7th Street, next to the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

The 2014 Great Strides walk for Cystic Fibrosis will get underway this morning at the Bloomsburg Town Park starting at 10 AM. There will be food, games, and raffles to floow the walk. Registration will be open starting at 9 AM

 

Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ is holding a car wash today from 10 AM - 2 PM. All proceeds will benefit their August Childrens' Carnival. The church is on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Donations are being accepted now for the annual Bloomsburg YMCA yard sale, coming up on Saturday, May 10 from 6:30 AM - 1 PM. Bring your second-hand items to the Y parking lot on West 7th Street, and look for the trailer during regular operating hours. Make sure all items are in wearable, useable, and working condition. Please, no televisions or computers.

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club and Mopar Muscle of Central PA will be Cruising For Victory on Sunday 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

 

St Michael's Church Hall on West Oak Street in Shenandoah is holding an American Girl doll bingo this Sunday afternoon. Admission is $20 each. Doors open at Noon, Games start at 1:30 with an early bird game at 1:15. Tickets for a special drawing will be given out for advance ticket holders and for bringing a donation of non-perishable food or personal care items. Call 570-462-0809 for more information.

 

Sunday is the 4th annual Camp Lavigne Motorcycle Run to benefit the Columbia-Montour Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Registration will be open from 9:30 - 11 AM at the Council Service Center just off Central Road in Bloomsburg. Fee is $15 per rider and includes lunch at Quaker Steak and Lube. Cars are welcome, too! For more information, call 570-784-2700.

 

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 Book Buddies - Bella, Chloe, and Reilly - are back at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Tuesday night at 6:30 PM. They're therapy dogs who love to listen to your kids practice their read-aloud skills. Bring a favorite book, or pick one from the Library collection. The Library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The annual Bloomsburg Fireman's Carnival starts Wednesday night, May 7, and runs through Saturday the 10th. It all gets under way with the traditional Pet and Toy parade Wednesday afternoon. The parade forms behind the Columbia County Courthouse at 5:30 and moves at 6PM. All participants will get free tickets to the carnival.

 

Bring your good listeners age three to five to the Bloomsburg Public Library on Wednesday for Storytime at 10:00 AM. A coloring project will follow the half hour of stories. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The Library is on Market Square in Bloomsburg.

 

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.

 

Come Celebrate Berwick with the Front Street Festival on Saturday, May 10th from 11 AM - 5 PM. There will be sidewalk sales, wine tastings, food and craft vendors, a car show, family games and much more going on across town. For a full schedule of events, check out the Celebrate Berwick page on Facebook.

 

The Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau is organizing a covered bridge bus tour of more than a dozen of the county's historic covered bridges coming up on Saturday, May 17. Cost per rider is $20, and includes a special picninc lunch at the Twin Bridges. For more information check out iTourColumbiaMontour.com

 

Central Columbia High School is organizing a Color Run for Haiti coming up on Saturday, May 17 at 11 AM. Registration is $20 per person. For more information and to register email ColorRunForHaiti2014@gmail.com

 

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. 

 

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg. 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Philadelphia Philles are back in action this weekend. They continue their home stand against the Nationals tonight at 7:05. The action starts with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

HS Football

Four area high school football players will be playing this Sunday in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association's East-West All Star game. C.J. Curry and Dain Kowalski of Berwick, as well as Josh Tripp and Robert Delbo of Southern Columbia will be playing for the East team. The game will start at 2 o'clock at Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh.

Friday / May 2, 2014


Main Street Collision

In a story you heard first on Newsradio 930, the driver of a pickup truck parked along the 100 block of East Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg opened his door into the path of an oncoming tractor-trailer late Friday morning. The door was crumpled under the force of the semi, which was hauling a tanker of gasoline. The driver of the pickup was shaken but not injured. 

 

Bloomsburg police move a damaged pickup truck Friday after a semi truck collided with the driver-side door

Bloomsburg police move the damaged pickup following the Friday morning collision.

 

Sex Assault Alleged

A 24 – year old Catawissa man is facing nearly 200 sex related charges after allegedly having sexual contact with two young girls. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting that Matthew Mausteller is accused of having inappropriate contact with two girls... aged six and eleven... at his home and a Catawissa housing project. Court papers indicate Mausteller forced the two kids to touch him... as he allegedly touched them. Mausteller was arraigned Thursday and was remanded to the Columbia County Prison.

 

Veterans Memorial

There is an effort underway to build an all – inclusive memorial to military veterans vets in Bloomsburg. A meeting was held Thursday night... designed to get the project rolling among service groups. Bloomsburg council person Diane Levan is one of the organizers... telling me fund raising will be targeted at a different demographic... other than folks who have already given to other different projects. Ms. Levan says an estimated $500,000 will be needed. The proposed memorial will sit in the middle of Market Street at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Design and engineering work already finalized.

 

Kidsburg Construction

What a difference a day makes.... power drills working non – stop and volunteers pitching in to help construct Kidsburg at Bloomsburg's Town Park. Wind and rain hampered the start of the build out on Wednesday... but with temperatures in the 70's Thursday about a hundred volunteers pitched in. Organizers says they can use additional volunteers and power tools in order to get the build wrapped up Sunday afternoon.

 

Week of Caring

The Berwick Area United Way is launching it's “Week of Caring” on Monday... leading up to next Saturday's Celebrate Berwick. The object... spiffing up the borough... a spring cleaning of sorts. The organization's Ginny Crake talked about the satisfaction of taking part. Want to get involved... it's easy to do.... just call the Berwick Area United Way office on East Second Street to volunteer your group.... or as an individual.

 

Corbett / Marijuana
Governor Tom Corbett is now backing medical marijuana. But he decision deals with a very specific type of treatment. The Governor, after meeting with parents of children with severe seizure disorders, has proposed allowing a research-based pilot program that would provide access to an oil derivative of cannabis that's taken orally called CBD. The program would be conducted with leading children's hospitals in Pennsylvania and include further scientific study of the use of the so-called marijuana oil.

 

Bob Guzzardi

The State Supreme Court has removed the only challenger to Governor Corbett on the May 20th Republican primary ballot. Voting 5 to 2... the state's high court ruled that Bob Guzzardi's name will not appear on the ballot. The reason... the Guzzardi campaign failed to file financial interest papers with the state ethics commission. Political observers said the Ardmore businessman had no chance of beating Governor Corbett in the primary.

 

Dream Machines Cruise - In

Looking for something to do on Sunday... how 'bout taking in the third annual car cruise in to benefit Millville – based Camp Victory. The event begins at 9 O'clock Sunday morning... and also features a poker run for classic cars with prizes awarded Sunday afternoon. All the proceeds go to the many camps held throughout the summer at Camp Victory.

 

Pete Laubach

One of the founders of the Berwick Area Ambulance Association and a well – known resident has passed. Eugene Laubach died this week. In the late 1950's... he was one of a handful of people to start a group providing ambulance service to the greater Berwick area. Graveside funeral services are set for Monday at 11 O'clock at the Pine Grove Cemetery on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Letteer Sentencing

A Luzerne County man will spend the next two to five years in state prison for hitting and killing a 5 – year old youngster and then fleeing the scene. The incident happened back in December of 2012 on West North Street in Wilkes – Barre. Little Kevin Miller had just left a Christmas party with his parents. Now... Thomas Letteer of Plains Township was hustled off to state prison after the sentence was handed down.

 

Arson Fire

Authorities now say that brush fire in Foster Township last week is a case of arson. An estimated 330 acres of brush and wooded area were scorched in the Hickory Hills sub – division south of Hazleton. If you have any information dealing with the fire... call state police.

 

Tamaqua Fire

Hart Metals, Incorporated on Broad Street in Tamaqua is open for business... after a fire at the plant earlier this week. The firm makes magnesium powder... and somehow... some of the material caught fire. One firefighter was taken to the hospital for breathing in too many fumes.

 

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BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team was eliminated from the PSAC tournament Thursday with a 2-1 loss to Pitt-Johnstown. The Huskies will now await word on a possible NCAA tournament bid.

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team defeated Gannon 5-2 Thursday in their first game in the PSAC tournament. That tournament is being played at Veteran's Park in Quakertown.

 

HS Football

Four area high school football players will be playing this Sunday in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association's East-West All Star game. C.J. Curry and Dain Kowalski of Berwick... as well as Josh Tripp and Robert Delbo of Southern Columbia will be playing for the East team. The game will start at 2 o'clock at Franklin Regional High School near Pittsburgh.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies begins a weekend home series Friday night with the Washington Nationals. Tonight's first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other games

In games played Thursday night, in a doubleheader in Baltimore... the Orioles downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 1... in the nightcap Baltimore defeated Pittsburgh 6 – 5. The Colorado Rockies beat the New York Mets 7 to 4... and it was the New York Yankees getting by the Seattle Mariners 2 to 1.

 

Thursday / May 1, 2014


 

Flood Watch Expires

That flood watch issued earlier this week has been dropped by the National Weather Service in State College. Columbia and Montour County's... as well as the Susquehanna River watershed experiencing heavy rains the past 24 to 36 hours... but they've moved on to the east. The major concern was the creeks and tributaries flowing into the Susquehanna River watershed. But that has passed. And the river isn't an issue. For example in Bloomsburg... the Susquehanna is expected to crest at 11 feet Friday morning... that's five feet below action stage.

 

Kidsburg Build

It was raining... the wind was blowing... and the temperatures in the mid 40's... but the first day of the build out of Kidsburg in Bloomsburg got underway with the help of volunteers. Jody Fitzpatrick of South Center Township was just one of the dozens of people on site in Town Park. The build continues today... rain or shine... with volunteers and tools still needed to wrap up the construction by Sunday afternoon.

 

Game Protection

The Pennsylvania House Game and Fisheries Committee met this week to discuss a new bill dealing with threatened and endangered species. Its opponents say some elements of the legislation go "too far" by effectively second-guessing scientific data. Oversight on endangered species is currently split between the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission... and the state game commission... as well as the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

 

Murder Suspect

A man wanted in connection in the death of his girlfriend in Shenandoah has been arrested in New York City. Louis Nunez – Calderon was arrested by U.S. Marshals... NYPD and State Police in the Big Apple Wednesday night. He is the main suspect in the murder of Wendy Contreras. Her body was found in her home on Centre Street in Shenandoah Tuesday afternoon. State Police say arrangements are being made to bring Nunez – Calderon back to Schuylkill County.

 

Gaming Revenue

The company that owns Mohegan Sun Casinos near Wilkes – Barre and in Connecticut are reporting a 32 percent drop in second quarter profit. That... according to the company... was due to lower slot machine revenue and the brutal winter which effected the northeast... keeping senior citizens at home. Despite the downturn... both casino's did relatively well compared to other gaming locations in the northeast.

 

Gas Prices

You've probably noticed that prices are rising at the gas pump. Pennsylvania's average price is 6 cents higher than last week and 30 cents above this time last year. Jenny Robinson of Triple - A Mid Atlantic says prices will likely peak early next week. But she says they may go down again by Memorial Day weekend. With an average price to start the week of $3.77 a gallon, PA could top last year's high point of $3.80 a gallon.

 

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BU Baseball

Five members of the Bloomsburg University baseball team have been honored by the PSAC. Huskies' head coach Mike Collins is the PSAC East coach of the year while Damen Muth is the Eastern Division's freshman of the year as well as a second team all East selection. Junior third basemen Eric Frain and pitcher Casey Cooperman were first team picks and pitcher Tyler Hill was a second team choice. Thursday at 3:30, the Huskies take on Pitt - Johnstown in a PSAC first round playoff game at Kelly Automotive Park in Butler. that game was postponed from Wednesday.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies home game against the New York Mets last night was postponed until June 2nd. On Friday night, the Phils open a weekend home series against the Washington Nationals. The Pirates game at Baltimore last night was also postponed as was the Yankees home game against Seattle.

 

NHL

In the NHL Playoffs... the New York Rangers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 2 to 1 Wednesday night. The Rangers now earn the right enter round two of the playoffs to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night.

 

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