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News Archive Archives for 2014-07

Thursday / July 31, 2014


 

Stolen Metal / Arrests

Two men have been arrested for allegedly taking an estimated $40,000 worth of metal from Crispin Valve along Fowler Avenue in Berwick. 48 – year old Joseph Kinney of Berwick... and 24 – year old Brandon Serafin of Huntington Mills were both arraigned earlier this week. Now Salem Township police are looking for 39 – year old Quinn Keck of Berwick. It's alleged the men stole the metal from the company... scrapping it for a profit.

 

ArtFest

One of the premiere special events in downtown Bloomsburg takes place Saturday on Center Street... between Main and Third Streets. It's the annual ArtFest promoted by Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated. The organization's Adrienne Mael says it's a pretty special event that happens once a year. Up to 30 artisans and several food vendors will be on Center Street. The event gets underway Saturday morning at 10 O'clock.

 

BU Gift

A Mechanicsburg couple have committed a million dollars to the Bloomsburg University Foundation. The donation by Michael and Beth Boguski will support university initiatives including Professional U, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Magnet School and the Henry Carver Fund, Bloomsburg University’s annual fund. Michael Boguski is a 1985 graduate of BU... and is the president of Eastern Alliance Insurance Group... and a member of the BU Foundation board of directors.


Tom Wolf Tax Proposal
The Democrat trying to unseat Governor Tom Corbett is calling for a progressive state income tax that targets the wealthy. But there are questions about the plan's feasibility and legality. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf isn't the first person to propose a progressive income tax in Pennsylvania, but he may be the first to offer a something of a constitutional "work-around." The constitution calls for uniformity in all taxes, but Wolf is proposing raising the PIT for everyone and also offering the same level of exemption. That would mean the wealthier you are, the more taxable income over the exemption line. The Wolf campaign has yet to release details on the proposed tax rate or the exemption level.

 

PSP Suit

The Pennsylvania State Police will fight a lawsuit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice that accuses the agency of discriminating against females in its hiring practices. Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan says the Department of Justice suit is an attempt to force PSP to lower the standards of its Physical Readiness Test. In July 2009, the Justice Department began an investigation into the state police�s female hiring practices. At issue are the examinations given to applicants for entry-level cadet positions in the first phase of hiring, which every applicant must pass to be accepted into the State Police Academy. The State police argue every applicant must be physically prepared to perform the duties of a trooper. I'm Pete Primak.

 

Concert Series

The Bloomsburg Town Park Summer Concert series has come to an end. Wednesday night... the sound of Gift, Troutman and Gift of the Selinsgrove area filled the area around the band shell. The band played traditional favorite, toe – tapping tunes from the 40's to the present day. For the past several years, Gift. Troutman and Gift have closed out the summer concert series.

 

Ice Cream - Cake Festival

The next big event at the Bloomsburg Town Park is the 56th annual Ice Cream and Cake Festival... which is to be held next Thursday evening. Park Association President Chuck Wagner says the cakes and pies will be made by community bakers... and the ice cream supplied by Brennan's Big Chill. An estimated 175 to 200 cakes are needed for the event. They can be dropped off next Thursday at a trailer parked at the town park.

 

Alzheimer's Disease

A Commission appointed by Governor Tom Corbett has come up with a list of recommendations designed to deal with a dramatic increase in those diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders. The numbers are nothing short of startling--five million Americans currently living with Alzheimer's, 400,000 live in Pennsylvania. In the last 2 years alone, the number of Pennsylvanians seeking Alzheimer's-related services has seen a 60-percent increase. The commission has come up with a total of seven recommendations. They include increasing awareness about Alzheimer's and related disorders, not only among the general public, but for those whose job it will be to treat and care for this population.

Dispatching Lawsuit

There is fallout stemming from a fire call in Mocanaqua which killed a woman. The family of that woman now says they'll file a lawsuit against Luzerne County's 911 system. If you recall... human error sent fire crews to be sent to the wrong location last May... rather than calling out the Mocanaqua fire department a tenth of a mile from the fire scene. A Luzerne County call taker was fired... and the dispatcher suspend following an internal investigation.

 

Teacher Acquitted

A suspended Hanover Area School District teacher has been acquitted of charges of having sex with a male student. 34 – year old Edward Evans heard the verdict in a Luzerne County courtroom following two hours of deliberations. Now... Evans says he'll try and get his job back with the district.

 

Travelocity

88 employees will be on the streets when a Travelocity call center closes in Hanover Township. That closing to take place at the end of next month. Some will be offered jobs with corporate parent Orbitz Worldwide.... but it won't be in the Wyoming Valley. The writing was on the wall when the Travelocity Partner Network was sold to Orbitz last February.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies were pounded by the Mets 11-2 Wednesday in New York in the final game of a three game series. Thursday night the Phils begin a four game series in Washington against the Nationals. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Wednesday, it was the Pittsburgh Pirates losing to the Giants in San Francisco 7-5... and the Texas Rangers just getting by the New York Yankees 3 to 2.

 

Trade Deadline

The major league baseball trading deadline is Thursday afternoon at 4 o'clock. The Phillies are involved in a number of trade rumors including those involving right fielder Marlon Byrd.

Wednesday / July 30, 2014


 

Special Session

The State House reconvenes in special session Monday. At the top of the agenda... restoring some of the million dollars taken out of the new state budget by Governor Corbett... money used for state house operations. State Representative David Millard of Berwick will be on hand. Also expected to come up during the three day session is pension reform... with the governor and some lawmakers leaning towards a hybrid plan to bring costs under control.

 

Bloomsburg Nationals

The excitement is building for the biggest classic car show in the region. The Bloomsburg National's powered by Carlisle Events takes place the weekend of August 8th through the 10th at the Fair Grounds.

The event is good news for the local economy... which is somewhat depent on tourism... so says Otto Kurecian from the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau. An estimated 1-thousand cars, tucks and motorcycles from across the northeast are expected to be on the show field that weekend.

 

Summer Weather
As summers go, most will agree this one has been decent so far weatherwise... but will our good luck run out? It's tough to complain when your average high temperatures are in the low- to mid-eighties, especially considering that July is normally the hottest month. The mercury hasn't hit 100 anywhere in PA, and Pittsburgh didn't even make it to 90. A low pressure trough has kept the cool air coming from Canada, and although it may relax somewhat, forecasters with the National Weather Service don't see any major heat waves in the near future.

Water Main Break

If you're headed south on Route 11 to Danville... and points beyond... the busy highway is now open to traffic. A water main break at the start of the week closed the highway... shutting down the road as you enter the borough... and forcing thousands of drivers to find an alternate route. The main was fixed... the water moved... and the road re-opened to traffic on Tuesday.

 

Hit & Run Drivers

Drivers involved in hit-and-run accidents will face tougher penalties under a bill signed by Governor Tom Corbett. The measure increases the mandatory minimum prison sentence for fleeing the scene of a fatal accident from one- to three-years. "Kevin's Law" as it is known is named in honor of five-year-old Kevin Miller, who was struck by a hit-and-run driver in 2012, as he was crossing the street with his family in Wilkes-Barre. The bill also prohibits texting or hand-held cell phone use while driving a commercial or motor carrier vehicle.
 

Road Project

Drivers in the Danville – Riverside area will be faced with a traffic trouble spot starting Wednesday afternoon. PennDOT says a 2,2 mile micro – surfacing project on Route 54 gets underway. It stretches from the Borough of Riverside to Boyd Station in Northumberland County. The project may extend into Saturday.

 

Bloomsburg Bust

Two people are in custody following an early Tuesday morning drug bust in Bloomsburg. Police tell us that around 6:30 the Columbia County Drug Task Force... along with Bloomsburg PD served a search warrant at 329 East Street. Taken into custody was Stephen Belk and Glenda Fatzinger. No specific details were released, however a Town PD media release said Belk is a federal parolee who had recently been released from the Columbia County Prison.

 

Danville Stabbing

Danville Police continue their investigation into a weekend stabbing. They say 35 – year old Tammy Dinger allegedly stabbed 37 – year old Amy Zelner of Lewisburg. The incident taking place at Dinger's East Market Street apartment Saturday night. Zelner was taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. Dinger is in the Montour County lock up in Danville... unable to raise a quarter million dollars bail.

 

Teacher Trial

The trial continues today in Wilkes – Barre for a Hanover Area School District teacher accused institutional sexual assault. Opening statements were heard Tuesday... and it could head to the jury by Wednesday afternoon. 34 – year old Edward Evans is accused of picking up a student... and taking him home where they allegedly preformed sexual acts on each other in March of 2013.

 

Burglary

Hazleton Police are investigating a burglary of a convenience store early Tuesday morning. Cops say they found Pantry Quick on East Diamond Avenue broken into. Also some items were taken... a complete inventory has to be made to determine what was taken in the burglary.

 

Plains Twp Robbery

There was an armed hold up early Tuesday morning in the Wyoming Valley. This time it happened at the Turkey Hill Minit Market on South Market Street in Plains Township. The incident went down around 2 O'clock this morning. The bandit pulling a pistol on the clerk... then making off with cash and cigarettes... then disappeared into the night.

 

Sunbury Chief

There is a new Police Chief watching over Sunbury. City Council... this week... naming Brad Hare as the new Chief. He had been acting chief... and has already been involved in a shooting after he was faced with a man who pulled a knife.

 

Ag Accident

A Snyder County farmer is dead after his tractor toppled on top of him. Authorities say 57 – year old Elias Hoover of Selinsgrove was moving hay bales with a front end loader on a steep hill on Stahls Hill Road late Tuesday afternoon. That's when the machine tipped over... landing on Hoover.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

Tuesday night in the second game of their series against the Mets in New York... the Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Mets 6 to nothing. The series wraps Wednesday afternoon with a 12:10 start. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 11:35.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games played Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the San Francisco Giants 3 to 1... and the New York Yankees just got by the Texas Rangers 12 to 11.

 

HS Football

The official first day of high school football practice in Pennsylvania will be Monday, August 11, but most schools in our area will start next week. The P.I.A.A. requires teams to spend three days of practices without pads for players to get acclimated to the summer heat. If teams spend three days next week letting players get used to the heat, then they are allowed to start practicing with pads on August 11th. The opening night of the 2014 season will be Friday night, August 29th.

Tuesday / July 29, 2014


Bloomsburg Bust 

Two people are in custody following an early Tuesday morning drug bust in Bloomsburg. Police tell us that around 6:30 the Columbia County Drug Task Force... along with Bloomsburg PD served a serarch warrant at 329 East Street. Taken into custody was Stephen Belk and Glenda Fatzinger. No specific details were released, however a Town PD media release said Belk is a federal parolee who had recently been released from the Columbia County Prison.

 

Murder Charges

Two years after his murder... two people have been charged in the death of Frank Spencer of Hemlock Township. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane says Spencer's ex wife... 49 – year old Maria Sanutti – Spencer... and her 72 – year old father... Anthony Rocco Franklin are charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of the 46 – year old Spencer at his home in July of 2012. Sanutti – Spencer is in custody... arrested in Shamokin Dam and taken to District Judge Doug Brewer in Millville.... then to the Columbia County Prison where she is being held without bond. Her father remains a fugitive and his whereabouts are unknown.

 

GHS Changes

Changes at the top at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. The Geisinger Health System Board of Directors say they've begun the process of recruiting a replacement for CEO Glenn Steele, Jr. who plans to retire next year. Dr. Steele will remain in the top slot at the hospital through the end of the fiscal year through the end of June. He will then continue as chairman of xG Health Solutions... an independently operated venture based in Columbia, Maryland. Geisinger is being assisted in it's CEO search by SpencerStuart... an executive search consulting firms.

 

Congressman Barletta
A Pennsylvania congressman who like to lead the charge on illegal immigration issues is pushing hard for a tougher way to track those in the country illegally. Congressman Lou Barletta says those who overstay their visas represent a significant threat to security in the U-S - citing the majority of 9/11 hijackers as his prime example. During a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee, Barletta questioned Tom Kean - former New Jersey Governor and former chairman of the 9/11 Commission... and said many of the commission's recommendations have been ignored. Kean and Barletta both support a biometric facial recognition exit system as a way to identify those who overstay their visas...

 

Natural Gas Drilling
Plans to drill for natural gas in an around state parks and forests in Pennsylvania are on hold, and state Senator Jim Ferlo of Allegheny County wants that move to be permanent. Ferlo is a member of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. He says lawmakers may go to court to ensure those plans for drilling never takes place. Ferlo says the public is generally supportive of the economic benefits of the drilling boom in Pennsylvania, but there are limits. The Corbett Administration has reached an agreement with an environmental group not to sign drilling leases, pending the outcome of a larger issue over funding that is currently before Commonwealth

Court.
 

Transco Pipeline

That proposed natural gas line project by the Williams Company... running from Susquehanna.... to Columbia County... to southeast PA will be the topic of a meeting to be held August 7th at the Lake – Lehman High School. The session to be hosted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission starting at 7 PM. The commission is seeking comment on environmental issues dealing with the proposed Atlantic Sunrise expansion of the Transco interstate pipeline.

 

PennDOT Hiring

Here we are... in the middle of summer... enjoying warm days and nights. Then there's PennDOT... they're looking for equipment and two – way radio operators they can count on in the dead of winter.

It's a yearly push by the agency to fill equipment operator slots... but you need some experience so says PennDOT's David Thompson. PennDOT is accepting applications through August 8th on the agency's website.

 

Gubernatorial Campaign
TV ads are flying in the 2014 race for governor, but both sides are also filling up the radio airwaves. Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf are battling it out on every media platform conceivable. The high profile TV campaigns have spilled over into radio, where the two Toms are jousting over taxes. The Corbett campaign is tying Wolf to his term as Revenue Secretary and the Rendell Administrations tax policies.
The Wolf campaign countered with a radio ad portraying a fictional "voter information" hotline. 99 days and counting until the November 4th election.

 

Economic Development
Legislation to expand an economic development program will likely be voted on in the state House next week. The program is known s CRIZ, or the Community Rehabilitation and Improvement Zone. It serves as an incentive for business creation or expansion, but Senator Jim Brewster of Allegheny County, says it should be expanded to include more distressed areas of the state. Right now CRIZ is available to municipalities with 30-thousand or more people, But Sen. Brewster says that plan leaves too many people out, and lawmakers should be working to improve as much of the state as possible.

 

Fire Folo

Investigators say that early Sunday morning blaze in Ashley which killed a woman was not suspicious... but they still don't know what started it. 65 – year old Kimberly Krasauski died in her home of carbon monoxide intoxication. Firemen finding the woman body on the first floor towards the rear of the residence. The structure was destroyed by the flames.

 

Job Corps Arrest

A Philadelphia man is in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg after he was arrested at the Red Rock Job Corp in Sullivan County. State Police tell us 22 – year old Richelieu Payne of Philadelphia arrived at the center on Sunday. With him... 212 individual bags of suspected marijuana... weighing an estimated 5 ounces. Payne was charged with possession with intent to deliver controlled substance. He was arraigned... and when he couldn't post $25,000 bail... he was remanded to jail.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phllies 

In the first game of a their three game series in New York Monday night... the Mets winning the initial game with the Philadelphia Phillies 7 to 1. The series continues Tuesday night with a 7:10 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

Other MLB Games 

In other games Monday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the San Francisco Giants 5 to nothing... and the Texas Rangers gained the upper hand on the New York Yankees 4 to 2.

 

LA Clippers

A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling Monday in his attempt to block the $2 - billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Sterling's estranged wife, Shelley, negotiated the sale of the team after her 80 - year old husband was banned from the NBA for making offensive remarks about African – Americans.

Monday / July 28, 2014


 

 

Spencer Murder Suspects

Two years after his murder... two people have been charged in the death of Frank Spencer of Hemlock Township. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane says Spencer's ex wife... 49 – year old Maria Sanutti – Spencer... and her 72 – year old father... Anthony Rocco Franklin are charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of the 46 – year old Spencer at his home in July of 2012. No word if Sanutti – Spencer is in custody. Her father remains a fugitive and his whereabouts are unknown.

 

Search on for Steele's Replacement

Changes at the top at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. The Geisinger Health System Board of Directors says they've begun the process of recruiting a replacement for CEO Glenn Steele, Jr. Dr. Steele will remain in the top slot at the hospital through the end of the fiscal year at the end of June of next year. He will then continue as chairman of xG Health Solutions... an independently operated venture based in Columbia, Maryland. Geisinger is being assisted in it's CEO search by SpencerStuart... an executive search consulting firms.

 

Drug Bust

A Philadelphia man is in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg after he was arrested at the Red Rock Job Corp in Sullivan County. State Police tell us 22 – year old Richelieu Payne of Philadelphia arrived at the center on Sunday. With him... 212 individual bags of suspected marijuana... weighing an estimated 5 ounces. Payne was charged with possession with intent to deliver controlled substance. He was arraigned... and when he couldn't post $25,000 bail... he was remanded to jail.

 

I – 80 Paving

Expect a long traffic back- up... as work continues this morning on a $2.6 – million dollar resurfacing project in the westbound lane of Interstate 80 near Buckhorn. The work includes milling and paving 5 miles in both lanes from Fishing Creek Bridge to the Montour County line. Prime contractor Glenn Hawbaker, Inc., is using two 12-hour shifts and working non-stop from Sunday evening to Friday at noon. Beginning Monday... Hawbaker crews will close the left lane of I-80 westbound at the Buckhorn interchange... with traffic shifts in place.

 

Fire Engine

It sits in it's bay at the Bloomsburg Fire Department on Market Street... a brand new $671,000 piece of firefighting apparatus. The KME – produced machine is for dual purpose use.... as a rescue truck due to a built in aerial ladder... as well as a pumper... so says Fire Chief Bob Rupp. Chief Rupp says he expects to have the new unit in service within two weeks... once equipment is stored on board... and crews trained.

 

Auto Recalls

The large number of auto recalls don't seem to be having a negative impact. John Devlin, President of the Pennsylvania Automotive Association, says dealerships have been busier than ever handing recall-related repairs, but from what he's heard, there's been minimal negative feedback from car owners. Those who do get a recall notice are advised to act quickly, even if that means you'll have wait a few weeks for an appointment. Despite the recalls, auto sales continue at a brisk pace.
 

No Lawsuit Expected

Governor Tom Corbett blocked some legislative spending with his line item veto of budget items earlier this month, but despite some rumbling from lawmakers, he doesn't expect a court battle. It's not the Governor's veto of legislative spending in the budget that got leadership talking about the possibility of a lawsuit, but his decision to veto $7.2 - million in earmarks for things like lawmakers' parking, sewage planning and natural gas research. House and Senate leaders say he overstepped his constitutional authority when he struck those items from another bill. But Governor Tom Corbett told reporters he doesn't think a lawsuit is likely.
 

Merck

Merck & Co. says it will terminate 8,500 workers company – wide as it tries to slash 2 and a half billion dollars in costs. A company spokesman says 600 jobs will be eliminated in North Wales and Lansdale in southeastern PA. Employees losing their jobs would be mostly field-based salespeople who call on family doctors and medical facilities. The cuts were disclosed in an official notice posted on the state Department of Labor and Industry website.

 

PA Lottery

With the Pennsylvania Lottery coming off a record year in sales, one state lawmaker says the effort to turn it over to private hands is likely dead. Sen. John Blake, Democratic Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, says he doesn't expect the Corbett Administration to pursue the issue any further, following criticism from the Treasurer and Attorney General, not to mention opposition in the House and Senate. Record sales likely silenced privatization talk once and for all, with the Lottery generating $3.8 billion in 2013-2014.

 

Revenge Porn Law

Some questions are being raised about the effectiveness of a new revenge porn law signed by the Governor earlier this month. Advocates for cyber civil rights believe PA's new revenge porn ban is too narrow. They say restricting it to lovers or ex lovers leaves out others who post explicit pictures of people without their consent. They also believe proving intent as required by the law will be problematic. Revenge porn usually refers to explicit photos or videos disseminated by intimate partners to punish the person depicted.

 

Tom Wolf

Pennsylvania Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wolf met with journalists at the start of the weekend. He said he would make a centerpiece of his first budget proposal an increase in income taxes on Pennsylvania's higher-earners. It would help expand the state's share of public education funding in exchange for a dollar-for-dollar reduction in local property taxes levied by school boards.

 

Hazleton Arrest

A Pittston man is in the Luzerne County Jail... arrested after he allegedly exposed himself in a department store. State Police tell us 33 – year old Isaac Kieselowsky allegedly committed lewd acts in Boscov's at the Laurel Mall near Hazleton on Sunday. He was taken down after being observed on video surveillance... and is facing a long list of charges.

 

Fatal Hit and Run

One man is dead... and a second is being held on a quarter million dollars bond following a hit and run in Hazleton over the weekend. 20 – year old Luis Jimenez Reyes is accused of hitting 21 year old Javier Miranda... then fleeing the scene. The incident happening at Broad and Pine Streets late Saturday night. Reyes telling investigators he drove off because he was scared.

 

Ashley Fire

A state police firemarshal will be called Monday to what's left of a burned out home on Green Street in Ashley. 65 – year old Kim Krakauski died when fire struck her home early Sunday morning. Despite attempts by firemen... they couldn't reach her in time. The fire chief believes the blaze began accidently.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

Ryan Howard's home run helped the Phillie's beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 Sunday afternoon. Monday night the Phils open a three game series against the Mets in New York. That game starts at 7:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Sunday... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Colorado Rockies 7 to 5... the New York Mets downed the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 and the New York Yankees lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4.

 

MLB Hall of Fame

Three players and three managers were inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. The players were slugger Frank Thomas and former Atlanta Braves teammates- pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. The managers were Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, and Joe Torre.

 

Golf

In golf, South African Tim Clark rallied past American Jim Furyk to win the Canadian Open in Montreal by one stroke.

 

NASCAR Cup Series

Jeff Gordon captured yesterday's NASCAR Cup Series Brickyard 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the fifth time in his career.

 

Severe Thunderstorm Watch


                                  ** Severe Thunderstorm Watch **

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH 449 IN EFFECT UNTIL 2 AM EDT MONDAY FOR THE FOLLOWING AREAS IN PENNSYLVANIA THIS WATCH INCLUDES 33 COUNTIES

 

IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA

ADAMS... BEDFORD... BLAIR... CAMBRIA... CAMERON... CENTRE... CLEARFIELD... CLINTON... COLUMBIA... CUMBERLAND... DAUPHIN... ELK... FRANKLIN... FULTON... HUNTINGDON... JUNIATA... LANCASTER... LEBANON... LYCOMING... MCKEAN... MIFFLIN... MONTOUR... NORTHUMBERLAND... PERRY... POTTER... SCHUYLKILL... SNYDER... SOMERSET... SULLIVAN... TIOGA... UNION... WARREN... AND YORK.

 

THIS INCLUDES THE CITIES OF... ALTOONA... BEDFORD... BERWICK... BLOOMSBURG... BRADFORD... CARLISLE... CHAMBERSBURG... CLEARFIELD... COUDERSPORT... DANVILLE... DUBOIS... EMPORIUM... GETTYSBURG... HARRISBURG... HERSHEY... HUNTINGDON... JOHNSTOWN... LANCASTER... LAPORTE... LEBANON... LEWISBURG... LEWISTOWN... LOCK HAVEN... MANSFIELD... MCCONNELLSBURG... MIFFLINTOWN... MOUNT UNION... NEWPORT... POTTSVILLE... RENOVO... RIDGWAY... SELINSGROVE... SHAMOKIN... SOMERSET... ST. MARYS... STATE COLLEGE... SUNBURY... WARREN... WAYNESBORO... WELLSBORO... WILLIAMSPORT AND YORK.

 

What's Happening? Sunday, July 27, 2014


It's 1940s Weekend at the Eckley Miners' Village Museum in Weatherly. Experience the WWII era with big band music, Allied and Axis encampments, historical talks, and an antique car show.For more information, check out EckleyMinersVillage.com

 

It's the last day for fairy tale time at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble as they present "The Sticky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Group rates are available. For more information, check out BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

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

 

Come to the Morris Family Restaurant on Route 11 West of Bloomsburg today from 3-7 PM for a benefit Spaghetti Dinner in honor of local Sprint Car driver Duane Mausteller. Cost per adult is $8 ahead of time or $10 at the door, $5 for kids. Tickets can be bought early at Morris' Restaurant or by calling 570-951-2137.

 

WHLM Sports:

In Phillies baseball this afternoon, Philadelphia faces the Arizona Diamondbacks at home. First pitch is at 1:35. The pregame show gets under way at 1 o'clock.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

July 29

Danville's summer concert series continues this Tuesday night with an evening of songs about Montour County by local musician and historian Van Wagner. The concert gets under way at 7 PM at the Delong Memorial Hall in Washingtonville.

 

July 30

The Summer Concert Series at the Bloomsburg Town Park continues this Wednesday night with the vocal harmonies of Gift, Troutman, and Gift starting at 7 PM. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

July 30

Danville Memorial Park's free story hour is back this Wednesday night with stories about Trees starting at 6:30 PM. Rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville.

 

July 31

Summer Concerts at the Jackson Mansion continue this Thursday night. It's a tribute to Jimmy Buffet with Jeff Brown & Sons of A Sailor starting at 7 PM. Bring a blanket or chair and some cash for concessions to the mansion lawn on Merket Street in Berwick.

 

July 31 (August 6)

The Bloomsburg Rotary Club and the Columbia County United Way are hosting a breakfast with internationally-recognized motivational speaker Michael Angelo Caruso on Wednesday, August 6, at Monty's on the Bloomsburg Univeristy campus from 8-10 AM. Caruso's will present his program, "How to Engage Someone in 15 Seconds" following breakfast. Tickets are $30 each - seats are limited and deadline for reservations is July 31. For more information, contact the United Way office at 570-784-3134.

 

July 31 - August 1

The Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital Auxiliary is holding a summer sidewlak sale this Thursday from 9AM - 6PM, and Friday from 9AM - 4PM. Heavily discounted items from the Gift Shop will be on display in the main lobby of the Hospital on Fair Street.

 

August 1

Join the Berwick Elks on Second Street this Friday for a Spaghetti Dinner to help feed the poor and homeless. The meal is all-you-can-eat from 5 - 8 PM, and there will be auctions and raffles. Dine-in or Take-out. Delivery is availible for orders of 8 or more. Tickets are $8 ahead of time or $10 at the door. Kids 12 and under eat for $4.50, and kids under 5 eat for free with an adult purchase. To place an order or for tickets call 570-441-5017.

 

August 1 & 2

Come to Our Lady of Mercy Church's annual picnic, 6 - 11 PM this Friday and Saturday, off Route 42 in Slabtown. Friday night it's a tribute to Jimmy Buffet by Parrot Beach, and Saturday night it's music by the 60's Boys. Everyone is welcome. Please, no coolers permitted on the church grounds.

 

August 1 & 2

The annual Potts Grove Fire Company Carnival will be held this weekend. There's food, games, vendors, music and more at the grounds on Route 642, West of Danville. Friday night features pork barbecue and live music by the Midlike Cowboys at 6:30 PM. Saturday features roast beef platters and the Frank Wicher Band at 6:30 PM.

 

August 1 & 2

Don't miss the BTE Noh Training Project's torchlight performance of the traditional Japanese play, Hagoromo, Friday and Saturday night at the Bloomsburg Town Park bandshell. Performances begin at sunset, so bring a chair and a warm blanket. Noh is one of the oldest forms of theater in the world, and the Noh Training Project is the only intensive program based in the U.S.

 

August 1 - 3

The 27th annual Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Show will be held this weekend at the Lycoming County Sportsmans Grounds off Route 87. Friday and Saturday from 7AM - 10:30 PM, and Sunday from 7AM - Noon. This year's featured manufacturer is Oliver. The owner of each exhibit will get 2 free passes and one camping pass. Grounds open for setup on Thursday, July 31. For more information and a full list of events, check out LVAMAASSOC.org

 

August 1 - 3

St. Joseph's Church in Berwick is holding an Italian Festival this weekend at the church grounds on Monroe Street. Friday and Saturday 4-9 PM, and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. There will be lots of ethnic foods, games, basket raffles, crafts and live entertainment. Friday night, the Shoreliners play, then it's polka by Joe Lastovica on Saturday, and a pasta dinner on Sunday.

 

August 2

Don't miss downtown Bloomsburg's ArtFest, this Saturday from 10AM - 5PM on Center Street, between Main and 3rd Streets. There will be live music, food, games, and exhibitions by local artists.

 

August 3

Catch the bus to Mohegan Sun this Sunday and help support area nonprofits. Tickets are $30 each, and include $25 free slot machine play and a $5 food voucher. For more information or to buy tickets, stop by any branch of MC Federal Credit Union or call 1-800-834-0062.

 

August 3

This Sunday evening, break the heat with some refreshments and "Melodic Melodies" at St. John Lutheran Church in Espy. Come hear live music by local musicians. It starts at 4 PM at the church on Old Berwcik Road.

 

August 4 - 8

Sign up now for Arts Camp at Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville, starting Monday, August 4, from 9:30AM - 2PM. There will be lots of different activites, crafts, and even cooking. Cost is $20 for the first child enrolled, $15 for the second, and $10 for the third child from each family. For more information, check out GrovePresbyterianChurch.org

 

August 6

Join State Representative David Millard at the Espy Fire Hall on Tenny Street for the annual Senior Expo, coming up Wednesday morning, August 6, from 9AM - Noon. Dozens of representatives from local businesses, State agencies, and nonprofit organizations will be gathered to answer your questions. There will be refreshments and door prizes! For more information, visit RepMillard.com

 

August 14 (16)

Gather your team for the 5th annual Gate House Golf tournament - coming up on Saturday, August 16, at the Links at Hemlock Creek. Shotgun start for the 4-person scramble game is at 9AM. $65 fee per golfer includes cart rental, refreshments, snacks, and sanwiches. Registration is due by Thursday, August 14. For more information, call 570-275-6766.

 

Thru August 15

You and your young actors can still sign up for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunities for all ages throughout the summer. Scholarships are available. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru August 22

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg and check out an exhibition of High School artists running now through August 22nd.

 

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

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainece to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

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.

What's Happening? Saturday, July 26, 2014


It's 1940s Weekend at the Eckley Miners' Village Museum in Weatherly. Experience the WWII era today and tomorrow with big band music, Allied and Axis encampments, historical talks, an antique car show, and a swing dance from 6-9 PM tonight. Cover charge for the dance is $10. Get in for just $8 by coming in period attire or uniform. For more information, check out EckleyMinersVillage.com

 

The 87th annual Orangeville Fire Company Carnival wraps up today starting at 5 PM. There's tons of carnival food, games, and rides. Covert Action plays tonght at the carnival grounds at Broad and Mill Streets.

 

It's fairy tale time at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble as they present "The Sticky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" running through Sunday at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Group rates are available. For more information, check out BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

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

 

The Bloomsburg Salvation Army is getting an early start on the Christmas season as they're holding a Christmas In July toy drive at the Columbia Mall today. Donations of new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the mall gazebo from 10AM - 5PM. All items will go to children in need in the Bloomsburg region through the Christmas Assistance Program.

 

Help rebuild the Bloomsburg Skate Park today with a charity raffle at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Market Street. Doors open at 12:15, and the raffle begins at 1 PM sharp. Tickets are $30 each and includes all-you-can-eat food and drinks from Marley's. Prizes include $250 Gift cards, electronics, Phillies tickets, cash prizes and more! Tickets are limited to the first 250 sold. For more information call 570-854-1822.

 

St Peter's Lutheran Church in Danville is holding their annual ice cream festival this evening at 4 PM. Come for the cookout, soups, ice cream, and music by Leon Derr. The church is at the corner of Grovania Drive and County Line Road.

 

Come to the Morris Family Restaurant on Route 11 West of Bloomsburg this Sunday from 3-7 PM for a benefit Spaghetti Dinner in honor of local Sprint Car driver Duane Mausteller. Cost per adult is $8 ahead of time or $10 at the door, $5 for kids. Tickets can be bought early at Morris' Restaurant or by calling 570-951-2137.

 

WHLM Sports:

In Phillies baseball this evening, Philadelphia faces the Arizona Diamondbacks at home. First pitch is at 7:05. The pregame show gets under way at 6:30 PM.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS:

 

July 29

Danville's summer concert series continues this Tuesday night with an evening of songs about Montour County by local musician and historian Van Wagner. The concert gets under way at 7 PM at the Delong Memorial Hall in Washingtonville.

 

July 30

The Summer Concert Series at the Bloomsburg Town Park continues this Wednesday night with the vocal harmonies of Gift, Troutman, and Gift starting at 7 PM. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

July 30

Danville Memorial Park's free story hour is back this Wednesday night with stories about Trees starting at 6:30 PM. Rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville.

 

July 31

Summer Concerts at the Jackson Mansion continue this Thursday night. It's a tribute to Jimmy Buffet with Jeff Brown & Sons of A Sailor starting at 7 PM. Bring a blanket or chair and some cash for concessions to the mansion lawn on Merket Street in Berwick.

 

July 31 (August 6)

The Bloomsburg Rotary Club and the Columbia County United Way are hosting a breakfast with internationally-recognized motivational speaker Michael Angelo Caruso on Wednesday, August 6, at Monty's on the Bloomsburg Univeristy campus from 8-10 AM. Caruso's will present his program, "How to Engage Someone in 15 Seconds" following breakfast. Tickets are $30 each - seats are limited and deadline for reservations is July 31. For more information, contact the United Way office at 570-784-3134.

 

July 31 - August 1

The Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital Auxiliary is holding a summer sidewlak sale this Thursday from 9AM - 6PM, and Friday from 9AM - 4PM. Heavily discounted items from the Gift Shop will be on display in the main lobby of the Hospital on Fair Street.

 

August 1

Join the Berwick Elks on Second Street this Friday for a Spaghetti Dinner to help feed the poor and homeless. The meal is all-you-can-eat from 5 - 8 PM, and there will be auctions and raffles. Dine-in or Take-out. Delivery is availible for orders of 8 or more. Tickets are $8 ahead of time or $10 at the door. Kids 12 and under eat for $4.50, and kids under 5 eat for free with an adult purchase. To place an order or for tickets call 570-441-5017.

 

August 1 & 2

Come to Our Lady of Mercy Church's annual picnic, 6 - 11 PM this Friday and Saturday, off Route 42 in Slabtown. Friday night it's a tribute to Jimmy Buffet by Parrot Beach, and Saturday night it's music by the 60's Boys. Everyone is welcome. Please, no coolers permitted on the church grounds.

 

August 1 & 2

The annual Potts Grove Fire Company Carnival will be held this weekend. There's food, games, vendors, music and more at the grounds on Route 642, West of Danville. Friday night features pork barbecue and live music by the Midlike Cowboys at 6:30 PM. Saturday features roast beef platters and the Frank Wicher Band at 6:30 PM.

 

August 1 & 2

Don't miss the BTE Noh Training Project's torchlight performance of the traditional Japanese play, Hagoromo, Friday and Saturday night at the Bloomsburg Town Park bandshell. Performances begin at sunset, so bring a chair and a warm blanket. Noh is one of the oldest forms of theater in the world, and the Noh Training Project is the only intensive program based in the U.S.

 

August 1 - 3

The 27th annual Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Show will be held this weekend at the Lycoming County Sportsmans Grounds off Route 87. Friday and Saturday from 7AM - 10:30 PM, and Sunday from 7AM - Noon. This year's featured manufacturer is Oliver. The owner of each exhibit will get 2 free passes and one camping pass. Grounds open for setup on Thursday, July 31. For more information and a full list of events, check out LVAMAASSOC.org

 

August 1 - 3

St. Joseph's Church in Berwick is holding an Italian Festival this weekend at the church grounds on Monroe Street. Friday and Saturday 4-9 PM, and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. There will be lots of ethnic foods, games, basket raffles, crafts and live entertainment. Friday night, the Shoreliners play, then it's polka by Joe Lastovica on Saturday, and a pasta dinner on Sunday.

 

August 2

Don't miss downtown Bloomsburg's ArtFest, this Saturday from 10AM - 5PM on Center Street, between Main and 3rd Streets. There will be live music, food, games, and exhibitions by local artists.

 

August 3

Catch the bus to Mohegan Sun this Sunday and help support area nonprofits. Tickets are $30 each, and include $25 free slot machine play and a $5 food voucher. For more information or to buy tickets, stop by any branch of MC Federal Credit Union or call 1-800-834-0062.

 

August 3

This Sunday evening, break the heat with some refreshments and "Melodic Melodies" at St. John Lutheran Church in Espy. Come hear live music by local musicians. It starts at 4 PM at the church on Old Berwcik Road.

 

August 4 - 8

Sign up now for Arts Camp at Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville, starting Monday, August 4, from 9:30AM - 2PM. There will be lots of different activites, crafts, and even cooking. Cost is $20 for the first child enrolled, $15 for the second, and $10 for the third child from each family. For more information, check out GrovePresbyterianChurch.org

 

August 6

Join State Representative David Millard at the Espy Fire Hall on Tenny Street for the annual Senior Expo, coming up Wednesday morning, August 6, from 9AM - Noon. Dozens of representatives from local businesses, State agencies, and nonprofit organizations will be gathered to answer your questions. There will be refreshments and door prizes! For more information, visit RepMillard.com

 

August 14 (16)

Gather your team for the 5th annual Gate House Golf tournament - coming up on Saturday, August 16, at the Links at Hemlock Creek. Shotgun start for the 4-person scramble game is at 9AM. $65 fee per golfer includes cart rental, refreshments, snacks, and sanwiches. Registration is due by Thursday, August 14. For more information, call 570-275-6766.

 

Thru August 15

You and your young actors can still sign up for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunities for all ages throughout the summer. Scholarships are available. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru August 22

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg and check out an exhibition of High School artists running now through August 22nd.

 

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

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainece to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

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.

July 25, 2014


 

I-80 Crash

Both westbound lanes of Interstate 80 near Lightstreet are now open... following a fatal crash this afternoon. Three tractor – trailers were involved.... one of the drivers, a 48 – year old Missouri man, died. Authorities tell reporter Nikki Krize of media partner Newswatch 16... that one of the double – bottom big rigs belonging to United Parcel Service slowed due to a backup from road resurfacing near Buckhorn. That's when the Missouri trucker slammed into the rear of the trailer. The driver died at the scene. The accident closed one lane of the super slab while traffic homicide investigators did their job. Both lane were opened around 5 O'clock, but the resulting backup stretches to the Berwick / Lime Ridge interchange.

 

Home Invasion

Still no suspects in custody in a pre – dawn home invasion in Espy. It was shortly after 4 on Thursday morning when five men forced their way into an apartment in the 2400 block of Second Street... pistol whipping two people. The suspects fled the scene, but they left the pistol behind... now police are hoping they'll find fingerprints on the weapon... putting them closer to the persons responsible. The two people pistol whipped were treated at the scene by EMS.

 

Fingerprinting

As recently as 2006, local and state police agencies failed to fingerprint up to 1/3 of criminal suspects. But things have improved since then. According to the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the compliance rate improved to 86-percent in 2013, and up to 87 percent as of the first quarter of this year. Technology and time have been cited as the two greatest challenge, with the Commission helping to fund electronic fingerprinting machines, as well as establishing central booking centers, where suspects are dropped off to be fingerprinted, processed and arraigned, allowing police officers to return to their patrols.

 

New Apparatus

A new piece of apparatus for the Bloomsburg Fire Department is tucked inside it's bay. The $660,000 attack pumper was built in neighboring Schuylkill County by KME in Nesquehoning. As Chief Bob Rupp explained... it's a pumper with a short aerial ladder on top... designed to get fire victims out of second and third story windows. It won't be responding to fires for another two weeks or so... since the engine must be equipped and personnel trained.

 

Sullivan County Sheriff

The Sullivan County Sheriff is calling it quits. Sheriff Bryan Brady says his last day in the office is Friday. In a letter to media organizations... Sheriff Brady included a list of 20 complaints... accusing the Sullivan County commissions of making... what he calls... “dangerous decisions...” putting county residents at risk. No word yet as to who will replace Sheriff Brady.

 

Ride Safety

Headed out this weekend to a fireman's carnival... maybe an amusement park.... or a fair one always wonders about the safety of a ride. But State Agriculture Secretary George Greig... on a recent visit to the Knowable Amusement Resort.. says rides are inspected by state certified inspectors who are trained to look for problems. Secretary Greig says 2,200 state certified inspectors make an estimated 9,500 inspection each season... the results of which are posted on the state Ag department's web site.

 

State Education Funding
A 15 member commission will be reviewing Pennsylvania's way of distributing state education funding. Members of the Basic Education Funding Commission acknowledge they're facing a challenge to find the fairest way of distributing state money to public schools. They will consider wealth, local tax effort, geographic price differences, enrollment levels, local support and other factors. A report is due back to the legislature by next June.

 

DNA Samples
Legislation passed in the state Senate would require a DNA sample to be taken from someone charged with a crime. Under current state law, only someone convicted of a serious crime is required to submit a DNA sample. The bill to expand that practice to those accused is stalled in the House, mainly due to civil liberties concerns. Supporters say it's an important law enforcement tool and an emerging trend, which is now law in 30 states plus the District of Columbia.

 

Wilkes – Barre Sex Assault

A man has been arrested by authorities in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a woman inside the Ousterhout Free Library on South Franklin Street. Leon Crosby is facing a host of charges in connection with the midday assault. Police say the library was filled with people when the crime took place.

 

Wrong Blood

We're just now finding out that a Hazleton woman died at an Allentown hospital last January due to the wrong type of blood used in a transfusion. The Hazleton Standard Speaker story by Tom Ragan... indicates a coroner's report and a second report from the state department of health indicated that Deborah Davis died from receiving an incorrect blood type. The Davis family hasn't said if they'll bring a lawsuit against the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

 

Richard Petty Donation

Seven time NASCAR Cup Series Champion Richard Petty will make an appearance at the Weis Market in Mountain Top August 1st. The King will donate 40,000 pounds of food to the Weinberg Northeast Regional Food Bank. It's a collaborative effort between Richard Petty Motorsports... his sponsor Smithfield and Weis Markets.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings Thursday to help the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 win over San Francisco Giants as the Phils salvaged the last game of their four game series. Friday night the Phil's open a three game home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games yesterday, the Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 4-2, and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the New York Mets 9 to 1.

 

PGH Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers open training camp today.

For the 47th straight year, that camp is at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

Pittsburgh finished 8 and 8 last season and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

 

Thursday / July 24, 2014


 

I-80 Crash Update

Both westbound lanes of Interstate 80 near Lightstreet are now open... following a fatal crash this afternoon. Three tractor – trailers were involved.... one of the drivers, a 48 – year old Missouri man, died. Authorities tell reporter Nikki Krize of media partner Newswatch 16... that one of the double – bottom big rigs belonging to United Parcel Service slowed due to a backup from road resurfacing near Buckhorn. That's when the Missouri trucker slammed into the rear of the trailer. The driver died at the scene. The accident closed one lane of the super slab while traffic homicide investigators did their job. Both lane were opened around 5 O'clock, but the resulting backup stretches to the Berwick / Lime Ridge interchange.

 

Espy Home Invasion

Scott Township police are investigating a home invasion which went down shortly after 4 O'clock Thursday morning on 2nd Street in Espy. Reports we're getting are indicating at least 4 men broke into a home in the 2400 block... near Central Avenue. All four made their getaway on foot... last seen headed towards Old Berwick Road.

 

Montour County Fatal

An elderly Danville woman is dead after she pulled her car in front of a log truck at a busy Montour County intersection. Authorities say 84 – year old Mary Gray pulled her car into the path of the truck at the intersection of Routes 652 and Route 54. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver.. 40 – year old Steven Shoemaker of Millmont was not injured.

 

Dairy Farming

If you're a dairy farmer these days.... you must be a risk manager as well. That word from John Frey of the Center for Dairy Excellence in Harrisburg. He was at a breakfast Wednesday hosted by State Representative David Millard at a Numidia restaurant. Frey says dairy prices have changed dramatically over the past six years. But despite those changes.... there are opportunities for dairy farmers... such as exporting farm products to other nations... such as China.

 

Ice Cream Festival

It's hard to believe the summer of 2014 has zipped by at a record pace. In just a few weeks... August 7th... it's the 56th annual Ice Cream & Cake Festival at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Park Association President Chuck Wagner says it's the highlight of everyone's social calendar. Entertainment for the night consists of the Catawissa Military Band and the Covered Bridge Cloggers.

 

Higher Speed Limit

Motorists will be able to try out the state's higher maximum speed limit this summer. The Pennsylvania Turnpike has already converted the stretch between the Blue Mountain and Morgantown Interchanges to 70. PennDOT will move over 100 miles of Interstates 80 and 380 in northern PA to 70 miles the week of August 11th. Officials will study the impact with the goal of converting the entire turnpike to the higher limit next spring. PennDOT is looking at adding more 70 mile an hour stretches to other interstates and freeways next spring or summer.

 

PennFuture / DEP

There's more reaction from this week's report on how the state DEP is handling the natural gas boom in Pennsylvania. A report from the Auditor General outlines serious inadequacies in the DEP, including understaffing, lack of adequate funds, and little if any regulatory authority. The statewide advocacy group PennFuture says it's not surprised by the report itself, only by the depth of its findings. Officials say they're hopeful those who have opposed a drilling severance tax will now take a second look, mainly as a means to address the shortfalls outlined in the report.

 

Hazleton Transit

The Luzerne County Council has voted to cut it's funding for Hazleton Public Transit. In essence... shutting off matching funds designed to get the system PennDOT grants. Luzerne County is strapped for cash... and councilman Stephen Urban said their money to Hazleton Transit must go... since they are not a part of the County's Transit system. Right now... Hazleton transit has an estimated $522,000 in reserves.

 

Fire Department Money

Small, rural fire companies statewide will share in nearly $600,000 in grants to help guard Pennsylvania's forests and other undeveloped areas. The matching grants will help 158 volunteer fire companies in smaller communities that can certainly use the money. Luzerne County is in line to get an estimated $30,000. The money will be used to better equip and train volunteers to save lives and protect property. Local fire companies in communities with less than 10-thousand residents qualify for the federal grants of up to 75-hundred dollars, with recipients supplying matching funds.

 

Home Struck

One person was taken to the hospital Wednesday when a bolt of lightning struck a house in Lansford. The incident happened late in the afternoon on Patterson Street when a line of thunderstorms swept through the area. Emergency dispatchers say the person injured was NOT hit by the bolt of lightning.

 

Pension Crisis

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf said this week in Pittsburgh that he's open to working with the Legislature on pension reform. That has become a major financial issue for Pennsylvania and a burgeoning campaign issue in the governor's race. During a visit to Pittsburgh on Monday, Gov. Tom Corbett said he's the only candidate who can address the problem. Corbett's campaign and the state Republican Party have hammered Wolf for denying what Corbett describes as a pension crisis.

 

Classic Car Auction
For the first time in its 27-year history, the nationally-known Mecum Auto Auction is coming to Pennsylvania. The four day event starts today at the state Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Organizers say it was their fans in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastersn US who convinced them to hold an auction in this part of the county. As many as a thousand custom and collector cars will be up for auction during the first three days, with the final day to feature about 200 motorcycles. The auction will also be televised, on the NBC Sports and Esquire cable channels.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings Thursday to help the Philadelphia Phillies to a 2-1 win over San Francisco Giants as the Phils salvaged the last game of their four game series. Friday night the Phil's open a three game home series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Thursday... the New York Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 4-2.

 

Wednesday / July 23, 2014


 

Montour County Fatal Update

An elderly Danville woman is dead after she pulled her car in front of a log truck at a busy Montour County intersection. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting 84 – year old Mary Gray pulled her car into the path of the truck at the intersection of Routes 652 and Route 54. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver.. 40 – year old Steven Shoemaker of Millmont was not injured.

 

Eggs and Issues

If you're a dairy farmer these days.... you must be a risk manager as well. That word from John Frey of the Center for Dairy Excellence in Harrisburg. He was at a breakfast Wednesday hosted by State Representative David Millard at a Numidia restaurant. Frey says dairy prices have changed dramatically over the past six years. But despite those changes.... there are opportunities for dairy farmers... such as exporting farm products to other nations... such as China.

 

Red Cross

The American Red Cross is facing a looming blood shortage... leading to an urgent need for donors. Although it's a nationwide problem, it does affect our area... so says the organization's Colin Riccobon working out of their Wyoming Valley office. Riccobon says all blood types are needed. Want to find out where the nearest blood drive is... just go to the community calendar section of www.whlm.com.

 

Bank Fraud

The feds have filed bank fraud charges against a Bloomsburg woman. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting 59 – year old Mary Gillespie is being accused of a check fraud scheme in which she allegedly stole money from two banks. First Columbia Bank and Trust of Bloomsburg... and the Fulton National Bank were allegedly targets of the scheme. Gillespie faces trial... and could get up to ten years in federal prison.

 

Bonds Downgraded
The Corbett administration says the state's pension crisis is a key reason for the recent downgrade of the state's general obligation bond rating. Budget secretary Charles Zogby says every day, the state's pension systems become more costly and unsustainable, impacting not only the state budget, but local school district budgets and household budgets. He says the taxes needed to support these costs comes from every Pennsylvania taxpayer. But Democrats are blaming the bond rating downgrade on the state budget which they say is full of one time revenues.

 

Eckley Miners Village

The committee ... trying to raise money for a Berwick – built Stuart Tank... is expanding it's horizons. This weekend... according to committee member... Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach... the organization has been asked to take part in the activities this weekend at the Eckley Miners Village near Hazleton. Commissioner Kovach says the Eckley Mining organization reached out to the “Bring Stuie Home” committee. Just over 15,000 Stuart tanks were manufactured at the Berwick A-C-F plant.

 

Orangeville Parade

It was a perfect night Tuesday for the annual Pet and Toy Parade through the borough of Orangeville. As hundreds of people lined Main Street... the parade was lead by the Orangeville / Orange Township police cruiser.... and the Catawissa Military Band. Every age demographic took part in the event... part of this years Orangeville Community Fire Department carnival. The event runs through Saturday night across the street from the fire hall.

 

Fruit Recall

Peaches, nectarines and plums by the millions are being pulled from grocery store shelves because of possible listeria contamination. Giant... Weis... Wegmans and big box stores like Sam's Club are involved in the recall. A California – based packing company initially made the recall decision this week.

 

DEP Report

The state Department of Environmental Protection has a lot more work to do to ensure the natural gas industry is being regulated properly... that's according to the PA's Auditor General. Eugene DePasquale blasts the DEP for failing to adequately monitor well safety or to provide clear and timely information to citizens. DePasquale says the agency is underfunded, understaffed and lacks the infrastructure to meet the demands it faces amid the fast-growing industry. DEP Secretary Christopher Abruzzo notes the audit covers a four-year period ending in 2012... he says many of the recommended reforms have been implemented.

 

Police Statistics
The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is reporting some troubling statistics. The number of federal, state and local law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty is up 31 percent for the first six months of the year. Firearms deaths have surpassed traffic fatalities, which were also up. The report also shows an increase in heart attack deaths. In PA, a Philadelphia school police sergeant suffered a fatal heart attack after breaking up a fight and a Brentwood officer was shot to death responding to a domestic dispute.

 

Woman Rescued

A woman is recovering from injuries after her leg was impaled on a cemetery fence in Hazleton Tuesday afternoon. The incident taking place around 4:30 at the corner of Vine Street and Diamond Avenue. Investigators are trying to figure out what happened. Firemen had to use saws and grinders to free the woman... who was eventually airlifted to an Allentown hospital.

 

PA Lotto
It was a great fiscal year for the Pennsylvania Lottery...but it was still a struggle to make sure seniors got their fair share. The Pennsylvania Lottery wrapped up fiscal year 2013-14 with a record 3-point-8 billion dollars in sales. But the lottery is required to return 27 percent of ticket sales revenue to pay for those senior programs. It did so but just barely at 28-point-5 percent. Consumer preference is gravitating toward instant games, which have a higher payout percentage than numbers games, putting the squeeze on profits.

 

Statue Stolen

Not even religious statues in Hazleton are safe from thieves. Police getting a report that a Blessed Mother Statue was stolen from a lawn at a home on Carson Street this week... and a statue of Mary was the target of burglars... but they couldn't move it off the porch. Cops say if you see anything suspicious, give them a call.

 

West Hazleton Bar

A bar on West Green Street in West Hazleton is getting a reputation of having loud music... fights and just this past weekend a shooting. Since it opened in March... Ivanna's Bar and Restaurant is becoming a target for the noise complaints and just this weekend the shooting of a man in his 20's. He's in critical condition at an Allentown hospital.

 

Hazleton Traffic

South Church Street in Hazleton will see increased traffic the next week or so. Soil is being hauled to a mine reclamation site in the southwest section of the city. The heaviest traffic will be near the entrance of Buttonwood Street and Route 309. That's where those truck are delivering fill from two construction projects to fill mine pits... and covering old landfills.

 

 

 

Tuesday / July 22, 2014


 

Bloomsburg Flood Protection

The Bloomsburg Town Council recently gave their okay for the installation of three sanitary sewage pump stations and six sanitary flow control structures around the yet – to – be – built floodwall protecting Autoneum and the former Windsor Food plant. SEDA – Cog's Glenda Ruch telling council that the town's Municipal Authority has agreed to own the facilities... but they have no one to take care of the pump stations during flooding. The Council agreed that duty will fall upon Public Works Department employees who will shift their job duties from road and general maintenance to flood control.

 

Pension Reform

Next week at this time the state legislature will be in special session... trying to resolve the issue of pension reform. During a stop in Bloomsburg last week, Governor Tom Corbett says it's one of the most complex issues facing his administration. The pension issue comes as Governor Corbett is facing re-election this fall. But in his talk... Corbett says his opponent Tom Wolf believes there isn't a pension crisis in the state.

 

More Pension Reform

Don't blame me... that's what a Luzerne County State Senator is saying in reference to the $50 - billion state pension crisis in Pennsylvania. State Senator John Yudichak says he voted no on a measure passed in 2001 that provided a 50 percent increase in pension benefits for lawmakers and a 25 percent increase for state and school employees. He says a 2010 reform measure that reduced pension benefits among other actions is working, but the crisis continues. Yudichak supports a plan to borrow nine billion dollars to reduce the unfunded liability.. he says a severance tax on the natural gas industry could pay the interest.

 

Berwick Stabbing

A preliminary hearing is scheduled next month for a Berwick man charged with aggravated and simple assault... stemming from a domestic disturbance over the weekend in an apartment in the 100 block of West Second Street. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says 19 – year old Steven Mercado and 50 – year old John Alex Flores – Rivera got into a fight on Saturday... which led to the stabbing of 61 – year old Ruth Rhodes... identified as Mercado's grandmother. She was stabbed in the shoulder by Flores – Rivera who had grabbed a knife during the argument. Strish says Flores – Rivera was arraigned... and when he was not able to post $50 – thousand bail... he was remanded to the Columbia County Prison until his August 4th arraignment.

 

Temporary Beer Gardens

The Liquor Control Board's handling of temporary licenses is being criticized by the co-chair of a Senate Committee overseeing the agency. They're called "Pop-Up Gardens"... off-site, catered events granted temporary licenses to serve beer and liquor. But State Senator Jim Ferlo, one of two chairmen of the Senate Law and Justice committee which oversees the L-C-B, says the agency is allowing liquor to be sold 10 hours a day, seven days a week, when the limit should be 5 hours for just one day. Ferlo says this is hurting restaurants and taverns near these "Pop-Up Gardens".

 

Turnpike Speed Limits

The transportation law passed last year authorizes a 70 mile an hour speed limit on eligible roads. But WHLM's Cathy Clark reports portions of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be the first to adopt the new limit. A 100 mile section of the PA Turnpike between the Blue Mountain and Morgantown Interchanges will go to 70 miles an hour this week. The Turnpike commission says its studies show that the design of the system in that area can safely accommodate the higher limit. Meanwhile, PennDOT is still reviewing other 65 mile an hour highways to see if the limit could be safely raised on any sections.

 

Fire Department Grants

Several Luzerne County fire volunteer fire departments are in line to receive an estimated 30 – thousand dollars from $590 – thousand being dolled out by the state Bureau of Forestry. The departments are located in area's where forest and brush fires are big problems. The money will be earmarked for equipment and training.

 

Wilkes – Barre Sex Assault

A disturbing story out of Wilkes – Barre. Police say they're investigating the sexual assault of a 9 – year old girl. The incident took place late yesterday afternoon on a home on South Sherman Street. For the most part... police are remaining tight lipped. No arrests have been made.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The average cost of a gallon of gas continues to go down. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.60 a gallon... that's a penny less than the weekend... and nearly five cents a gallon from a week ago. The drop is attributed to a stabilizing situation in Iraq.

 

Vacancy

The Luzerne County Treasurer's office is loosing an important employee. Office deputy Dominick DePolo will retire in early September after spending the past 15 years as a county employee. DePolo was involved in several initiatives to save Luzerne County money... and came up with programs to generate new revenues. They included the in – house collection of county taxes in cities.

 

WHLM Sports

NFL Football

A sure sign that the football season is right around the corner- NFL preseason camps are opening. The Buffalo Bills were the first of the 32 teams to begin preseason workouts. The New York Giants will be on the field Tuesday, and that means that former Southern Columbia star Henry Hynoski will be starting his 4th NFL season. Hynoski appears to be fully recovered from a knee injury which limited him to just three games last season.

 

PHL Phillies

Pitching for the first time in two months, Phillies starter Cliff Lee lasted into the 6th inning against San Francisco Monday night. The Phils trailed 6-4 when he left the game. The Giants defeating the Phillies 7 to 4. Game two of the series is tonight starting at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Monday night.. The Los Angles Dodges defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 2... the New York Mets were downed by the Seattle Mariners 5 to 2... and the Texas Rangers got by the New York Yankees 4 to 2.

 

Monday / July 21, 2014


 

Berwick Theater

A re – dedication of the Berwick Theater on East Front Street over the weekend. The latest reincarnation so says Rene DiAugustine Bower... who took over the theater after her grandfather's passing... is taking it to non – profit status. It's believed that operating as a non – profit will open the doors for grants... such as one badly needed for a digital projection system.

 

Farmer's Breakfast

State Representative David Millard sits down Wednesday morning with a large part of his constituency... area farmers and agri – businessmen. It happens over breakfast at Ponduce Farms near Numidia. And Rep. Millard says it literally comes down to eggs and issues. The meeting gets underway at 8 AM. If your in the agriculture business and you want to attend the breakfast... give Rep. Millard's office a call.

 

Healthy PA

The federal government has yet to sign off on Governor Tom Corbett's health care reform proposal. WHLM's David Payne reports balancing the state budget is at stake. The budget relies on expected savings outlined in the Governor's Healthy Pennsylvania plan totaling $125 - million. The federal government must sign off on the plan and even if approval is given, any changes may affect the amount of those savings. State lawmakers say they haven't seen all the details, and even supporters of Healthy Pennsylvania, want to take a closer look because the bulk of the savings come from unspecified general assistance.

 

Child Protection
There could be action in a U S Senate committee as this week on a child protection bill introduced by Pennsylvania U S Senator Pat Toomey. The bill would require schools to perform background checks on all employees and bans them from helping a sexual predator find a new teaching job. Senator Toomey says since January, 275 teachers have been arrested in the U S for sexual misconduct with children. He called for action before the new school year begins. A companion bill passed the U S House last year.

Web Presence
Businesses and nonprofits across the country benefited from their web presence to the tune of $111 - billion, an 18 percent increase, according to a report from Google. The Google Economic Impact Report finds a 13% increase in PA from the previous year in benefits from an on line presence and use of digital tools. But Google Vice President Susan Molinari says too many businesses still have no web or social media sites. She says use of the web and social media is even important for basic information now, when people check hours of operation and locations for businesses

 

Marino Staffer

A staff member for congressman Tom Marino is out of police custody. Ryan Schucard... the media secretary for the congressman... pleaded not guilty Saturday on felony charges of carrying a pistol without a license. He was busted when he tried to enter the capitol on Friday. Marino represents Montour and Northumberland counties... as well as areas of the Pocono's all the way to the New York State line near Binghamton.

 

Lycoming Derailment

Crews will spend all day trying to clean up the mess from a train derailment in Lycoming County. 12 cars from a Norfolk – Southern train jumped the track near River Road in Susquehanna Township Sunday afternoon. Four of those were filled with coal. A preliminary report from the Nisbet Fire Department says there was a mechanical issue that caused the cars to derail.

 

Hazle Twp Robbery

State Police in Hazleton are searching for two men who held up a wireless phone store on Sunday. It happened at NTX Wireless on Airport Road near the Laurel Mall. The pair walking in... one of the men brandished a handgun... demanding access to the store's safe containing cellphones and smart tablets. The pair got what they wanted and fled to a waiting vehicle.

 

Motorcycle Fatal

A Wapwallopen man is dead when his motorcycle crashed near Nanticoke Saturday night. The coroner's office says 46 – year old Anthony Chopyak died at the scene... despite the fact he was wearing a helmet. The cause of Saturday night's wreck in Newport Township remains under investigation.

 

Hazleton Shooting

A Hazleton man remains in critical condition... after he was shot in the neck outside a West Hazleton bar early Saturday morning. Police identified the victim as 19 – year old Deivon Barlow. He was initially taken to a Hazleton in a private car... and later transferred by medical helicopter to a trauma unit in Allentown where Barlow is being treated for two gunshot wounds to the neck.

 

Robert Casey

Nearly $560 - million to find cures for a variety of medical maladies dogging military veterans was added by Sen. Bob Casey Jr. to the 2015 Defense Appropriations bill. The measure cleared committee and awaits a full Senate vote. If approved by the Senate... it will be merged with a similar House of Representatives spending package inked in June.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field Sunday 8-2. On Monday night the Phils return home for the start of a four game series against the San Francisco Giants. That game begins at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated Colorado 5-3 to complete a three game sweep of the Rockies. The New York Mets dropped a 2-1 decision to the San Diego Padres while the Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reads 3-2.

 

Open Championship

25 - year old Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland won the British Open Championship which concluded yesterday in Royal Liverpool. At 17 under par, McIlroy finished two strokes ahead of Ricky Fowler and Sergio Garcia.

 

What's Happening? Sunday, July 20, 2014


Danville's annual Iron Heritage Festival is in full swing this weekend, with a special look at the years "After Gettysburg." There will be re-enactments, historical presentations, railway excursions, live music, food and much more. For a full list of events, check out IronHeritageFestival.org

 

The 87th Orangeville Fire Company Carnival runs now through Saturday, July 26. There's tons of carnival food, games, rides, and free nightly entertainment.  The line-up this year includes the Raven Creek Band on 7/21, the Catawissa Military Band on 7/22, the McNett Country Band on 7/23, Memory Lane on 7/24, Smooth Country on 7/25, and Covert Action on 7/26. Don't forget the Pet & Toy Parade on Tuesday, July 22 moving at 7 PM. 

 

It's fairy tale time at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble as they present "The Sticky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" running through Sunday, July 27 at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Group rates are available. For more information, check out BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The annual Car/Truck/Cycle/Tractor show and Fly-In will be held today at the Danville Airport, as part of the 2014 Iron Heritage Festival. The show is open to any year, make, or model vehicle or antique tractor. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. Registration starts at 9 AM, awards conclude by 3 PM. For more information, call Jeff at 570-971-2305.

 

Bloom Bounce at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn is holding a free-admission night for special needs children and their families this evening from 5-7 PM. For more information call 570-317-2555.

 

WHLM Sports

The Phillies are back in action this weekend following the All-Star break. They're on the road in Atlanta. First pitch this afternoon is scheduled for 1:35. The pregame show starts at 1 o'clock sharp.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

July 21

The Columbia Vally Moose Lodge will be hosting a blood drive from 1-6 PM on Monday. The lodge is located on Seiple behind Sheetz on Route 11 in Bloomsburg.

 

July 21

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance is holding a community forum this Monday evening at 6 PM at White Haven Presbyterian Church. The topic will be protecting the community against drug use. The church is on Berwick Street in White Haven.

 

July 21 - 24

Wesley United Methodist Church on Market Street in Bloomsburg will be hosting a kids' choir camp starting Monday. The four-day program will meet from 6-7 PM each evening to learn traditional camp songs. No reservation is needed. For more information, call the church at 570-784-1407.

 

July 22

The Danville Memorial Park summer concert series continues this Tuesday evening with acoustic rock by Rusty Foulke. The concert starts at 7 PM - rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian on Bloom Street.

 

July 23

The Summer Concert Series continues at the Bloomsburg Town Park this Wednesday night at 7 PM. Enjoy classic rock and country hits from the 50s through the 80s played by Top Shelf. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street.

 

July 21 - 25

Shiloh United Church of Christ and Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville are holding a "Jungle Safari" bible school the week of July 21 from 6-8 PM each evening. To sign up, contact Shiloh Church at 570-275-1943, or call Grove Presby at 570-275-0692.

 

July 21 - 25

St. Mary's Church on Fowler Avenue in Berwick is holding a "Weird Animals" bible school starting Monday, July 21. The program is open to kids ages 5-12. For registration information go to StMarysBerwick.com

 

July 21 - 25

It's time to sign up for Youth Basketball Day Camp at Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House. The next session starts Monday, July 21. The clinic is open to both girls and boys, from 2nd - 8th grade. Cost is $150 for the week-long program. For more information and to register go to BUcamps.com

 

July 23

The Summer Concert Series at the Bloomsburg Town Park continues this Wednesday night with Top Shelf playing Classic Rock and Country from the 50s to the 80s starting at 8:30 PM. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street.

 

July 24

Stop by the Jackson Mansion in Berwick this Thursday for the next of their Summer Concert Series. An evening of gospel music presented by SCMM and The Evansville Gang starts at 7 PM. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and some cash for concessions. The Mansion is on Market Street in Berwick.

 

July 26

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

 

July 26

Help rebuild the Bloomsburg Skate Park this Saturday with a charity raffle at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Market Street. Doors open at 12:15, and the raffle begins at 1 PM sharp. Tickets are $30 each and includes all-you-can-eat food and drinks from Marley's. Prizes include $250 Gift cards, electronics, Phillies tickets, cash prizes and more! Tickets are limited to the first 250 sold. For more information call 570-854-1822.

 

July 26

St Peter's Lutheran Church in Danville is holding their annual ice cream festival this Saturday at 4 PM. Come for the cookout, soups, ice cream, and music by Leon Derr. The church is at the corner of Grovania Drive and County Line Road.

 

July 26 & 27

It's 1940s Weekend at the Eckley Miners' Village Museum in Weatherly. Experience the WWII era on Saturday and Sunday with big band music, Allied and Axis encampments, historical talks, an antique car show, and a swing dance from 6-9 PM on Saturday. Cover charge for the dance is $10. Get in for just $8 by coming in period attire or uniform. For more information, check out EckleyMinersVillage.com

 

July 27

Come to the Morris Family Restaurant on Route 11 West of Bloomsburg this Saturday from 3-7 PM for a benefit Spaghetti Dinner in honor of local Sprint Car driver Duane Mausteller. Cost per adult is $8 ahead of time or $10 at the door, $5 for kids. Tickets can be bought early at Morris' Restaurant or by calling 570-951-2137.

 

July 31 (August 6)

The Bloomsburg Rotary Club and the Columbia County United Way are hosting a breakfast with internationally-recognized motivational speaker Michael Angelo Caruso on Wednesday, August 6, at Monty's on the Bloomsburg Univeristy campus from 8-10 AM. Caruso's will present his program, "How to Engage Someone in 15 Seconds" following breakfast. Tickets are $30 each - seats are limited and deadline for reservations is July 31. For more information, contact the United Way office at 570-784-3134.

 

August 1 & 2

Don't miss the BTE Noh Training Project's torchlight performance of the traditional Japanese play, Hagoromo, Friday and Saturday August 1 & 2 at the Bloomsburg Town Park bandshell. Performances begin at sunset, so bring a chair and a warm blanket. Noh is one of the oldest forms of theater in the world, and the Noh Training Project is the only intensive program based in the U.S.

 

Thru August 15

You and your young actors can still sign up for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunities for all ages throughout the summer. Scholarships are available. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru August 22

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg and check out an exhibition of High School artists running now through August 22nd.

 

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.

 

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Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainece to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

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.

 

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

 

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

What's Happening? Saturday, July 19, 2014


Danville's annual Iron Heritage Festival is in full swing this weekend, with a special look at the years "After Gettysburg." There will be re-enactments, historical presentations, railway excursions, live music, food and much more. For a full list of events, check out IronHeritageFestival.org

 

Roaring Creek Valley United Methodist Church is holding a Mission charity breakfast for a donation this morning. From 7-9:30 AM grab pancakes, eggs, french toast, and other breakfast essentials. The church is at 6 Orchard Drive in Catawissa.

 

Support the Columbia-Montour Women's Center with a Ride For Shelter this morning, rain or shine. There will be poker hands, raffles, and a drawing for the $500 Man Cave Grand Prize Pack from Vreeland's Harley-Davidson. Cost is $10 per rider. All vehicles are welcome. Registration will be open from 9-11 AM at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant in Catawissa. The ride will end with a meal at the Millville Legion post. 

 

Trinity Reformed UCC on 7th street in Bloomsburg is holding a car wash today from 10 AM - 2 PM. Proceeds benefit their Children's Carnival coming up in August.

 

Come to the Childrens' Museum on 7th Street in Bloomsburg today for "May The Force Be With You" Day, from 11 AM - 1 PM. Check out Star Wars science experiments, crafts, games, and get your picture taken with professional Star Wars characters. Get a dollar off admission if you come in a Star-Wars costume or t-shirt. For more information, go to The-Childrens-Museum.org

 

The 87th Orangeville Fire Company Carnival runs now through Saturday, July 26. There's tons of carnival food, games, rides, and free nightly entertainment.  The line-up this year includes Remember When on 7/19, the Raven Creek Band on 7/21, the Catawissa Military Band on 7/22, the McNett Country Band on 7/23, Memory Lane on 7/24, Smooth Country on 7/25, and Covert Action on 7/26. Don't forget the Pet & Toy Parade on Tuesday, July 22 moving at 7 PM. 

 

The Nescopeck Township Volunteer Fire Company Carnival wraps up today. The Fire Hall is at 510 Zenith Road.

 

Hetlerville United Methodist Church is holding an ice cream social this evening, from 4-7 PM. The church is at 626 Hetlerville Road near Mifflinville.

 

It's fairy tale time at the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble as they present "The Sticky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales" running through Sunday, July 27 at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Group rates are available. For more information, check out BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The annual Car/Truck/Cycle/Tractor show and Fly-In will be held this Sunday at the Danville Airport, as part of the 2014 Iron Heritage Festival. The show is open to any year, make, or model vehicle or antique tractor. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated. Registration starts at 9 AM, awards conclude by 3 PM. For more information, call Jeff at 570-971-2305.

 

Bloom Bounce at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn is holding a free-admission night for special needs children and their families this Sunday from 5-7 PM. For more information call 570-317-2555.

 

WHLM Sports

The Phillies are back in action this weekend following the All-Star break. They're on the road in Atlanta. First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:10. The pregame show starts at 6:35.

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

July 21

The Columbia Vally Moose Lodge will be hosting a blood drive from 1-6 PM on Monday. The lodge is located on Seiple behind Sheetz on Route 11 in Bloomsburg.

 

July 21

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance is holding a community forum this Monday evening at 6 PM at White Haven Presbyterian Church. The topic will be protecting the community against drug use. The church is on Berwick Street in White Haven.

 

July 21 - 24

Wesley United Methodist Church on Market Street in Bloomsburg will be hosting a kids' choir camp starting Monday. The four-day program will meet from 6-7 PM each evening to learn traditional camp songs. No reservation is needed. For more information, call the church at 570-784-1407.

 

July 22

The Danville Memorial Park summer concert series continues this Tuesday evening with acoustic rock by Rusty Foulke. The concert starts at 7 PM - rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian on Bloom Street.

 

July 23

The Summer Concert Series continues at the Bloomsburg Town Park this Wednesday night at 7 PM. Enjoy classic rock and country hits from the 50s through the 80s played by Top Shelf. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street.

 

July 21 - 25

Shiloh United Church of Christ and Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville are holding a "Jungle Safari" bible school the week of July 21 from 6-8 PM each evening. To sign up, contact Shiloh Church at 570-275-1943, or call Grove Presby at 570-275-0692.

 

July 21 - 25

St. Mary's Church on Fowler Avenue in Berwick is holding a "Weird Animals" bible school starting Monday, July 21. The program is open to kids ages 5-12. For registration information go to StMarysBerwick.com

 

July 21 - 25

It's time to sign up for Youth Basketball Day Camp at Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House. The next session starts Monday, July 21. The clinic is open to both girls and boys, from 2nd - 8th grade. Cost is $150 for the week-long program. For more information and to register go to BUcamps.com

 

July 23

The Summer Concert Series at the Bloomsburg Town Park continues this Wednesday night with Top Shelf playing Classic Rock and Country from the 50s to the 80s starting at 8:30 PM. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street.

 

July 24

Stop by the Jackson Mansion in Berwick this Thursday for the next of their Summer Concert Series. An evening of gospel music presented by SCMM and The Evansville Gang starts at 7 PM. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and some cash for concessions. The Mansion is on Market Street in Berwick.

 

July 26

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

 

July 26

Help rebuild the Bloomsburg Skate Park this Saturday with a charity raffle at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Market Street. Doors open at 12:15, and the raffle begins at 1 PM sharp. Tickets are $30 each and includes all-you-can-eat food and drinks from Marley's. Prizes include $250 Gift cards, electronics, Phillies tickets, cash prizes and more! Tickets are limited to the first 250 sold. For more information call 570-854-1822.

 

July 26

St Peter's Lutheran Church in Danville is holding their annual ice cream festival this Saturday at 4 PM. Come for the cookout, soups, ice cream, and music by Leon Derr. The church is at the corner of Grovania Drive and County Line Road.

 

July 26 & 27

It's 1940s Weekend at the Eckley Miners' Village Museum in Weatherly. Experience the WWII era on Saturday and Sunday with big band music, Allied and Axis encampments, historical talks, an antique car show, and a swing dance from 6-9 PM on Saturday. Cover charge for the dance is $10. Get in for just $8 by coming in period attire or uniform. For more information, check out EckleyMinersVillage.com

 

July 27

Come to the Morris Family Restaurant on Route 11 West of Bloomsburg this Saturday from 3-7 PM for a benefit Spaghetti Dinner in honor of local Sprint Car driver Duane Mausteller. Cost per adult is $8 ahead of time or $10 at the door, $5 for kids. Tickets can be bought early at Morris' Restaurant or by calling 570-951-2137.

 

July 31 (August 6)

The Bloomsburg Rotary Club and the Columbia County United Way are hosting a breakfast with internationally-recognized motivational speaker Michael Angelo Caruso on Wednesday, August 6, at Monty's on the Bloomsburg Univeristy campus from 8-10 AM. Caruso's will present his program, "How to Engage Someone in 15 Seconds" following breakfast. Tickets are $30 each - seats are limited and deadline for reservations is July 31. For more information, contact the United Way office at 570-784-3134.

 

August 1 & 2

Don't miss the BTE Noh Training Project's torchlight performance of the traditional Japanese play, Hagoromo, Friday and Saturday August 1 & 2 at the Bloomsburg Town Park bandshell. Performances begin at sunset, so bring a chair and a warm blanket. Noh is one of the oldest forms of theater in the world, and the Noh Training Project is the only intensive program based in the U.S.

 

Thru August 15

You and your young actors can still sign up for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunities for all ages throughout the summer. Scholarships are available. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru August 22

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg and check out an exhibition of High School artists running now through August 22nd.

 

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.

 

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Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainece to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

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 / July 18, 2014


 

Suspicious Package

What was first thought to be a suspicious package at the corner of West Main Street and Whiteman Avenue in Bloomsburg late Thursday afternoon... turned out to be a broken crock pot. Bloomsburg Police telling us the package was first thought to contain a pressure cooker... similar to the one that exploded during the 2013 Boston Marathon killing several and injuring dozens of people. That alone was enough for West Main to be shut down as police investigated. But it only took cops minutes to figure out the device was nothing more than a broken crock pot. Two women were seen with the item moments before police arrived. If you have information about the incident... call Bloomsburg Police.

 

Pension Reform / Corbett

The hot button issue in Harrisburg these days is pension reform. Governor Tom Corbett was in Bloomsburg Thursday afternoon... promoting his message that reform in a “must.” The governor says he's getting his message out. Mr. Corbett, however, isn't pleased that the general assembly failed to take up the issue.... so a special three day session will be held... starting August 4th.

 

Bloomsburg Airport

The Bloomsburg Airport is in line to receive state money. Governor Corbett announcing that the town... the owner of the airport... will get $158,000 to update the airport's master plan. The money coming from from the PennDOT aviation development program and the Federal Aviation Administration. It's part of an $18 – million state and federal investment that will improve safety and operations at 35 PA airports that support an estimated 26 – hundred jobs.

 

Water Pollution
The Fish and Boat Commission has been charged with enforcing water pollution regulations for a century in PA and it says its having trouble keeping up with Marcellus Shale drilling due to staffing. The Commission is already short by 16 waterways conservation officers but Executive Director John Arway says they really need another 6 or 7 in a special force just to oversee the Marcellus Shale activity. He says they're understaffed to the point they can't do surveillance of waterways near Marcellus Shale drilling sites and they're just trying to respond to complaints.

 

Heritage Festival

Big doins' in Danville this weekend during the 16th annual Iron Heritage Festival. It began Thursday night with cemetery tours.... but tonight it's the IHF parade travels northbound on Mill Street.... followed by plenty of things to do on Saturday... so says Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau executive director Otto Kurecian such as North Shore Railroad train rides to Bloomsburg and Northumberland... tours of the Montgomery House with the day wrapping up with fireworks over the Susquehanna River. Live coverage of Friday night's Iron Heritage Festival Parade begins at 7 O'clock on the WHLM Stations...

 

ArtFest

Last minute details are being taken care of dealing with ArtFest 2014 on Centre Street in Bloomsburg in two weeks. Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated's Adrienne Mael say we can hope to see a cross section of artisans... including a glass blower. ArtFest 2014 takes place on Centre Street in Bloomsburg Saturday, August 2nd.

 

PennDOT / Bridges
A program operated by PennDOT seeks those interested in refurbishing and re-using older bridges. Right now there is one state-owned bridge and ten county or locally-owned bridges for sale. The goal is to have them refurbished and relocated to a park, scenic trail, college campus, or other open space. It's part of a program to save historic bridges that cannot be rehabilitated for continued use by motorists.

 

Stockton Water

Some of the residents in the village of Stockton... near Hazleton... continued to use a contaminated water supply... despite a DEP warning that it's unsafe to use. Residents in Stockton continue to use a pond... which DEP says... is contaminated with the bacteria which effects a person's intestinal tract. Meantime... the City of Hazleton brought in a water buffalo late last week... providing fresh, clean water to Stockton's residents.

 

Quake Maps
New maps from the U S Geological Survey show 42 states are at risk for damaging ground shaking earthquakes. Pennsylvania's risk is about the same as in earlier maps. But the 2011 earthquake in Virginia shows the south eastern U S has the potential for larger and more damaging quakes than considered in previous maps. One thing not included in the maps- earthquakes believed to be induced by the waste water injection process in the deep wells. More study into that seismic activity is underway.

 

Schuylkill Fire

Fire investigators want to know how a house fire started yesterday in neighboring Schuylkill County. Authorities say crews were called out to a home on Sport Hill Road in the Branchdale section of Reilly Township.... after flames were seen coming from the structure. Luckily... no one was injured in Thursday's Schuylkill County blaze.

 

Fire Department Consolidation

The consolidation of three volunteer fire company's in the coal region may become a reality. Talks have been going on to merge McAdoo and Keystone in Schuylkill County and Tresckow in Carbon County. The three companies would be housed under one roof... and would save the departments a lot of money in the long run. There will be a meeting dealing with the issue in Tresckow on Monday.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The major league baseball season resumes Friday night following the All Star break. The Philadelphia Phillies open a weekend series in Atlanta. The Phils are in last place in the National League East- 10 games behind the first place Washington Nationals. The Braves are in second place, just one percentage point behind the Nationals. Friday night's game begins at 7:35. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins immediately following our live coverage of tonight's Iron Heritage parade in Danville.

 

Other Games

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in 4th place in the National League Central.. but they are just 3 and a half games behind first place Milwaukee. The Pirates begin a home series tonight against the Colorado Rockies.

 

Golf

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy shot a six under par 66 to take the lead after the first round of the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. Tiger Woods is tied for 10th but is just three strokes behind McIlroy.

 

Thursday / July 17, 2014


 

United Water

Hummelstown - based United Water... the main provider of drinking water in the Bloomsburg area... are going through the regulatory hoops as they plan a new water plant for their subscribers. Utility spokesman Bob Manbeck says the company plans to use a membrane ultra system to provide the highest quality of water possible. Mr. Manbeck says ground could be broken as soon as this fall.

The $25 – million plant will be built above the flood plain... in an effort to keep water flowing during an emergency.

 

Roads and Bridges

A recent study does not paint a positive picture of roads and bridges in Pennsylvania. The report, from the American Society of Civil Engineers, gives Pennsylvania a D-Minus for the condition of its roads. In addition, 23% of the state's bridges are classified as structurally deficient, the highest percentage of any other state. Mike Britt, Senior Vice President of the Mechanicsburg engineering firm Modjeski and Masters, says that doesn't mean bridges are in danger of failing. The good news is the PennDOT funding bill signed by the Governor means over 500 bridges will be replaced over the next five years.

 

Jersey Casino Gambling

The declining casino picture in Atlantic City has officials in Pennsylvania keeping watch. One Atlantic City Casino has already shut down and three others have announced plans to follow suit if they don't find a buyer. Gaming insdustry officials here in Pennsylvania have expressed concern, but they're not expecting a similar decline here. Even so, Richard McGarvey, Spokesman for the PA Gaming Control Board, says we'll have to see what the long term impact will be on revenues generated in Pennsylvania, as even more casinos open in other states .
 

Medical Marijuana

State lawmakers left for their summer break without a final senate vote on a medical marijuana bill. The bill would create a regulatory framework for growing and prescribing medical cannabis for treatment of a wide range of illnesses. State Senator Mike Folmer believes the committee vote gave it some momentum, but says they have a battle to go forward. The House Republican majority has not supported the measure and the bill goes beyond what Governor Tom Corbett has said he will support.

 

BTE

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is producing a summer time play aimed at kids. The BTE's Richie Cannaday says The Stinky Cheese Man begins Thursday afternoon at the Alvina Krause Theater on Center Street... and runs through the 27th. There is a soft opening for the production this afternoon at 1 O'clock.

 

Summer Concert Series

With temperatures in the upper 70's.... folks made their way last night to Bloomsburg Town Park for the summer concert series. Entertainment was provided by Memory Lane... with their rendition of hits from the 60's... 70's and 80's. Next Wednesday night... Top Shelf with classic rock and country from the 50's through the 80's. The Summer Concert Series is funded by the Bloomsburg Town Park Association.

 

Wilkes - Barre Shooting

Police in Wilkes – Barre are investigating a shooting which happened late Wednesday night. Authorities say it happened on Meade Court when a 30 – year old man was shot in the arm. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of the non – life threatening wound. The victim refused to give cops his name... or what led to the shooting late last night in Wilkes – Barre.

 

Sherman Hills Troubles

Wilkes – Barre police are investigating the shooting of two men this week at the troubled Sherman Hills housing complex. Cops were called to Building 328 after there was a reports of shot's fired in an attempted robbery. Meantime... the two men wounded in the shooting were taken to the hospital for treatment.

 

Hazleton Softball

The Hazleton Area School district will soon start advertising for a new varsity girls' softball coach. The School board this week vacated the position... and said they're seeking candidates. The move comes after the PIAA barred coach Vince Trivelpiece from coaching in district two for the 2014 – 15 season. The sanctioning body said Trivelpiece allowed an ineligible to take part in a game.

 

Beltzville Beach

The beach at Beltzville State Park in near-by Carbon County is closed to swimmers. The reason: a high bacteria county contained in water samples. The beach will be closed until tests from water samples come back showing the bacteria has cleared. It's the second time this season that the beach has been closed due to trouble with the water.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The second half of the major league baseball season will begin Friday night. The Phillies will start a weekend series in Atlanta against the Braves. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:35. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:40.

 

Where They Stand

The Phillies are in last place in the National League East. The Braves are in second place just one percentage point place behind the first place Washington Nationals.

 

Golf

Golf's next major tournament is underway. The Open Championship began Thursday morning in Liverpool, England.

Wednesday / July 16, 2014


 

Briar Creek Twp Fire

A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a home early Wednesday morning on Knob Mountain Road in Briar Creek Township... north of Berwick. First responders found the structure fully involved when they arrived around 1 AM. Firemen from Summerhill... Berwick... Mifflinville... and Orangeville were called to the scene. A fire investigator is expected to be on scene in an effort to determine what caused the blaze on Knob Mountain Road in Briar Creek Township.

 

Danville Flood Control

If you use Route 54 in Danville... north of Route 11 to get to work... you'll find a construction project underway. It's all part of Danville's on – going flood control project... and according to Borough Administrator Dan Knorr... the work on the flood walls is behind schedule by about a year. Knorr says the project should be wrapped up by December... and adds that's when the traffic detour through the area should disappear.

 

Bloomsburg Resolution

The Bloomsburg Town Council approved two resolutions this week. The first one... requesting a watershed restoration and protection grant for Streater Field totaling an estimated $39,000 so says Town Administrator Bill Lowthart. The swail project would also involve the removal of a driveway to the field... changing it into a biking and hiking path. No word when the town will know if they've secured the grant.

 

Locust Street Crossing

If you stopped by the North Shore Railroad crossing on Locust Street in Bloomsburg... you found a dozen of so workers toiling feverishly. They're with Finkbeiner and Associates of Altoona... and they're replacing the crossing for the railroad. The crossing will be closed the next few days while new rails are installed.

 

Hall of Fame

Two distinguished Pennsylvanians were inducted today into the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs Hall of Fame on Tuesday. The honorees are state Supreme Court Justice Seamus McCaffrey and Senator Lisa Baker of Luzerne County. Both are being recognized for their service to those in uniform-Justice McCaffrey for his part in establishing Veterans Courts, and Senator Baker, as a former Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. The ceremony took place at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County

 

Enrollment

A nonprofit that helps people with questions about the Affordable Care Act is expanding to more areas of Pennsylvania. Enroll America is developing new partnerships to expand beyond southeastern and southwestern Pennsylvania. Open enrollment and renewals for insurance through the federal exchanges will begin on November 15th. State Director Bill England says its not to early to start getting your questions answered so that you're ready to sign up once enrollment begins.

 

Lozano Sentenced

A Hazleton man will spend the next 4 to 23 months in the Luzerne County Correctional facility. 64 – year old Pedro Lozano was sentenced this week for download child pornography. He was initially accused of downloading kiddie porn... twice... in January of 2013. Lozano is the same person who challenged Hazleton’s immigration law.

 

Guilty Cop

A former Luzerne County police officer has pleaded guilty to selling prescription drugs. The plea was made in federal court when former Hughestown police officer Robert Evans admitted he sold prescription drugs... and at times selling them from the police station. Evans was first arrested last August by the FBI. The agency says he sold Oxycodone while on duty from his cruiser.

 

Kings Administrator

A Mountain Top man... who at one time... was an administrator at King's College... has been sentenced for downloading kiddie porn. James Stewart was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in jail. Now... Stewart is spending his time in the Luzerne County prison.

 

Sex Assault

Wilkes – Barre Police are looking for a man who attacked a girl in Luzerne County. The incident happened this week in Kirby Park... when a girl was pulled into a wooded area near the Market Street Bridge... and sexually assaulted. Police described the man as having dirty blonde hair... and missing teeth.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Two members of the Bloomsburg University football team have earned mention on the 2014 USA College Football Division II Preseason All - American team. Senior linebacker Justin Shirk is a first team selection while junior corner back Gary Postell has been given honorable mention. Shirk, a team captain for the second straight season, led the Huskies in tackles in 2013 and was first team all PSAC.

Postell. who was third in tackles, was a second team all PSAC pick.

 

All Star Game

The American League defeated the National League 5-3 in last night's All Star baseball game in Minneapolis. Playing in his final all star game, Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter went two for two. The Phillies only all star, second baseman Chase Utley, hit a double and was hit by a pitch in his two at bats.

 

Season Resumes

The major league baseball regular season resumes on Friday. The Phillies will open a series in Atlanta.

 

Tuesday / July 15, 2014


 

Bloomsburg Town Council

Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night gave their okay to their 2014 Community Development Block Grant application. Although the final figure isn't set in stone... SEDA – Cog's Tyler Dombroski says it will probably come in a little less than $160,000. One project getting the green light was phase two of the on – going Streater Park project. There is also a second project the council gave their approval for... and it affects folks who are disabled or use walkers and scooters to get around.

 

Bus Ridership

Seven people testified Monday in a district court near Harrisburg against two top officials of the Luzerne County Transportation Authority. Stanley Strelish and Robb Henderson are accused of inflating ridership figures in order to get millions of dollars from PennDOT for the county's senior ride program. Testimony was heard that Strelish and Henderson pushed the drivers to inflate figures... showing so – called “ghost riders” were taking the bus. Testimony resumes Tuesday morning.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of gas continues to fall across northeast Pennsylvania. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report show's self – serve, unleaded regular hovering round the $3.65 a gallon mark. That's a penny less than over the weekend... and two cents a gallon less than a week ago. A year ago we were paying an average of $3.51 a gallon.

 

Liquor Store Sales
Governor Tom Corbett is making a full press for pension reform after using the line item veto on some legislative spending. But another priority seems to be on the back burner. The state house passed a liquor privatization bill last year but its been caught up in the senate, which can't even agree on modernization. Governor Corbett, speaking on a radio show said there are so many different interests in this issue, it's hard to get the 26 votes needed for senate passage. He believes there are 23 to 24 Republican votes but not one Democratic vote for it.

 

Historical Society

The Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society is celebrating it's 100th birthday this year... and is a repository for all things Columbia County. Executive Director Bonnie Farver says some of the more unusual questions deal with the location of buildings in the late 1800's and early 1900's. In addition to keeping items in order at their space at the Bloomsburg Library... the Historical society is looking for volunteers to carry on the work for years to come...

 

Stockton Water

Folks in two villages in the Hazleton area now have a water buffalo to draw their drinking water from. People who live in Stockton 6 and 8 were told late last week not to drink or bathe using their tap water due to the presence of a germ that can cause problems with the intestinal track. The water supply to the two villages is not controlled by anyone... and is unfiltered. Residents say it would cost too much to hook up to the Hazleton water system.

 

PUC Warns of Scammers
If someone comes to your door and claims to be from the state Public Utility Commission, don't let them in. The PUC has received reports of people knocking on doors claiming to be a PUC employee. It comes at the same time as an increase in door to door and telephone solicitations by electric suppliers after the electric price spike this winter. The PUC says its employees would not just knock on someone's door without notice.

 

Driver Robbed

Wilkes – Barre Police are looking for the person who held up a pizza delivery driver early Monday morning. The Domino's driver was held up on Hanover Street while making a delivery. It's not known how much money was taken, but the driver was uninjured.

 

Drug Charges

A 43 – year old woman from Mahanoy City... in neighboring Schuylkill County... was taken into custody over the weekend. When 43 – year old Andrea Startzel was pulled over by cops for a traffic violation... they found 24 grams of bath salts in her car... as well as other drugs and needles. Now... Startzel faces a host of drug charges.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

Summer is a busy time for high school football players who take part in many 7 on 7 passing games, like the ones played in Berwick on Saturday. Southern Columbia coach Jim Roth says the program is valuable for the players. Roth went on to explain that when the season gets underway... attention is turned to special teams... and not so much the basics. The official first day of football practice is August 11th.

 

All – Star Game

For the first time in 29 years, the Major League baseball All Star game will be played Tuesday night in Minneapolis. The Phillies only all star is Chase Utley who will start at second base for the National League in tonight's game.

 

Home Run Derby

In the home run derby held Monday night... Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland A's only hit three homers in the first round, but still managed to defend his Home Run Derby title.

Monday / July 14, 2014


 

Moose Exchange

It's been six months since a fire extensively damaged the Moose Exchange on West Main Street in Bloomsburg. And within the not too distant future contractors will be in the building... bringing it back to life. Exchange Manager Oren Helbok says it's an opportunity to bring the 40's structure into the 21st century through use of energy efficient devices... such as windows. Mr. Helbok is hopeful that the building can be opened to the non – profit arts community sometime in 2015.

 

Ralpho Crash

A Shamokin man was critically injured late Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle was rammed from the rear by a Jeep. Authorities say 29 – year old Corey Thompson was northbound on Route 61... in Ralpho Township... when his bike was rear – ended by a jeep driven by a 17 – year old teenage girl. Thompson was rushed to Geisinger – Shamokin... and transferred by Life Fight to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville for treatment. The three teens in the jeep were not hurt.

 

Corbett Takes Heat

Governor Tom Corbett is taking heat from legislative leaders, Republicans included, on his line item veto of general assembly spending. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai said the governor's actions seem to be about politics. But Governor Corbett says someone could call just about anything they do in Harrisburg politics. He did not address the comment directly but said he's disappointed when he sees leaders complaining when his administration is making sound fiscal decisions.

 

Millard / Farmers' Breakfast

Getting the views of local agri-businessmen and farmers.... that's what State Representative David Millard plans to do as he hosts a farmers' breakfast in Numidia next week. Rep. Millard says it's important to bring agri-businessmen up to speed... as well as get some feedback. The event will be held at Ponduce Farms south of Numidia on Wednesday, July 23rd at 8 AM. Interested in attending... RSVP Representative Millard's office in Bloomsburg.

 

Sandusky Report
A lengthy review of the investigation into Jerry Sandusky released last month found that there was no direct evidence politics influenced the case. Governor Tom Corbett says he already felt vindicated when he looked at the results of the case that started when he was Attorney General - Jerry Sandusky in prison convicted of 45 counts. As to Attorney General Kathleen Kane's retraction of comments that two victims may have been molested after the investigation started, he says she dug her own hole and has to dig her own way out.

 

Teen Drivers
Summer is a dangerous time for teen drivers and car crashes are a leading cause of teen deaths. Now, there is a new study looking at effective ways to get teens to buckle up. Primary seat belt laws and their enforcement top the list according to the national Governors' Highway Safety Association. Spokeswoman Kara Macek says PA's primary law for drivers and passengers under age 18 is a good first step. Also effective are programs using parental and community involvement, social media and peer to peer efforts.

New Dealership

Two former National Football League players say they plan to break ground on a car dealership in Hazleton within the next few weeks. Jessie Amstead and Antonio Pierce plan to open Nissan, Kia and Honda dealerships and the detailing shop. They will employ up to 200 people at their Hazle Township location.

 

School Taxes

If you live in Luzerne County... and own property... you could see you school tax bill increasing. The rate is going up in all district, except for the Hanover Area School District. But, Hanover Area still has one of the highest rates. Luzerne County officials blaming on state funding cuts in prior years... and rising personnel and pension costs.

 

Robbery Suspects

Two people are now charged with robbing a Turkey Hill store on Hazle Street in Wilkes – Barre. Robert Monaco of Glen Lyon is charged with the stick up... getting money from the on – duty clerk early Saturday morning. Joanne Marx of Wilkes – Barre is charged with driving the get – a – way vehicle. Both are locked up.

 

Tamaqua Theft

State Police are looking for the person who made off with nearly 3-hundred feet of copper piping. The theft taking place at a home in Schuylkill Township near Tamaqua. Also gone are parts for a Ford Mustang... a Mack truck.. as well as snow plows, tools and a trailer. Anyone with information on the theft is asked to call State Police at Frackville.

 

WHLM Sports

Big Man Competition

Manheim Central finished first among the 8 teams competing in the 7 on 7 passing tournament at Crispin Field In Berwick on Saturday. Berwick won the big man/strong man competition.

 

PHL Phillies

In their last game before the All Star break, the Philadelphia Phillies were routed by the Washington Nationals 10-3 Sunday afternoon. At the break, the Phils have a record of 42 and 53. They are in last place in the National League East... 10 games behind the first place Nationals. The Phils will resume play Friday in Atlanta.

 

Other MLB Games

In other Sunday games... the New York Mets completed a sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 9-1 victory.... and the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Cincinnati Reds 6-3. Sunday night... the Baltimore Orioles defeated the New York Yankees 3 to 1.

 

All Star Game

The major league all star game is tomorrow night in Minneapolis. Monday night the home run derby will be held.

 

World Cup

In the World Cup final Sunday, it was Germany defeating Argentina 1-0 in two extra periods. It is Germany's first world cup title since 1990.

 

 

Tstorm Watch


                     *** Severe Thunderstorm Watch ***

 

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for most of Central and Northeastern Pennsylvania. The area includes Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties. It will remain in effect until 11 O'clock Sunday evening.

 

What's Happening? Sunday, July 13, 2014


The 144th Lycoming County Fair runs now through Saturday the 19th in Hughesville. Come for the food, free entertainment, rides, races, tractor pulls and more all week long. Don't forget the double-figure-8 Demolition Derby race on Saturday. For a full list of events check out  lycomingfair.net

 

The 4x4 Jamboree Nationals return to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend. Enjoy Monster Trucks, Offroading and Tough Truck challenges, Mud Bogging and more. For tickets and more information check out  4WheelJamboree.com

 

Saint Mary's Church in Berwick is holding a free cruise-in tomorrow as part of their annual church picnic at 1730 Fowler Avenue. Featuring all kinds of ethnic foods, and live music by the Shoreliners. Bring your antique, classic, custom cars and hot rods. The picnic and cruise-in runs from 11 AM - 6 PM, Sunday.

 

WHLM Sports:

The Phillies are back at home this weekend to face the Nationals. First pitch this afternoon is scheduled for 1:35. We'll kick things off with the pregame show starting at 1 PM sharp.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

July 15 (August 2)

Sign up your rising 4th and 5th graders now for Science and Technology: For Real, a free science experiment workshop on Saturday August 2, at the Bloomsburg High School Cafeteria. Space is limited, so sign up early. Sessions start at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM. For more information visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page. Deadline for signups is Tuesday, July 15.

 

July 18-26

The Orangeville Fire Company Carnival runs Friday, July 18 through Saturday, July 26. There will be games, music, and of course food at the grounds on Mill Street.

 

July 19

Help support the Women's Center of Columbia & Montour Counties with the annual Ride For Shelter motorcycle run and cruise, coming up Saturday, July 19. Registration will be open at the Cracker Barrel in Catawissa from 9 - 11AM the morning of the run. Cost per rider is $10 and includes lunch at the end of the ride. Grab a poker hand, a raffle, door prizes, and sign up for the Man Cave Grand Prize Pack from Vreeland's Harley-Davidson - valued at over $500! All vehicles are welcome. Call 570-784-6632 for more information.

 

Thru August 15

You and your young actors can still sign up for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunities for all ages throughout the summer. Scholarships are available. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru August 22

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg and check out an exhibition of High School artists running now through August 22nd.

 

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

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainece to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

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.

 

What's Happening? Saturday, July 12, 2014


The annual Lightstreet Fire Company carnival wraps up today. Stop by the grounds on Center Street for your favorite food, games, music, ice cream and much more. Tonight's free live music will be the Tommy Guns Band.

 

The 144th Lycoming County Fair runs now through Saturday the 19th in Hughesville. Come for the food, free entertainment, rides, races, tractor pulls and more all week long. Today, it's the world's largest Demolition Derby, and don't forget the double-figure-8 race next Saturday. For a full list of events check out  lycomingfair.net

 

The 4x4 Jamboree Nationals return to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend. Today and Sunday enjoy Monster Trucks, Offroading and Tough Truck challenges, Mud Bogging and more. For tickets and more information check out  4WheelJamboree.com

 

Good Shepherd UMC is holding an all-you-can-eat breakfast this morning from 9 AM - Noon. They'll have pancakes, sausage, eggs and much more! Cost is $6 for adults, $4 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 & under. Proceeds benefit the Bundles of Blessings diaper ministry. Good Shepherd is at 101 East 5th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Monica's Heart Greyhound Adoption group is holding a hotdog and soda fundraiser today at Tractor Supply Company on Route 11 in Bloomsburg. Stop by from 11 AM - 3 PM and help support the adoption of retired racing Greyhounds.

 

Saint Mary's Church in Berwick is holding a free cruise-in tomorrow as part of their annual church picnic at 1730 Fowler Avenue. Featuring all kinds of ethnic foods, and live music by the Shoreliners. Bring your antique, classic, custom cars and hot rods. The picnic and cruise-in runs from 11 AM - 6 PM, Sunday.

 

WHLM Sports:

The Phillies are back at home this weekend to face the Nationals. First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:15. We'll kick things off with the pregame show starting at 6:40.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

July 15 (August 2)

Sign up your rising 4th and 5th graders now for Science and Technology: For Real, a free science experiment workshop on Saturday August 2, at the Bloomsburg High School Cafeteria. Space is limited, so sign up early. Sessions start at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM. For more information visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page. Deadline for signups is Tuesday, July 15.

 

July 18-26

The Orangeville Fire Company Carnival runs Friday, July 18 through Saturday, July 26. There will be games, music, and of course food at the grounds on Mill Street.

 

July 19

Help support the Women's Center of Columbia & Montour Counties with the annual Ride For Shelter motorcycle run and cruise, coming up Saturday, July 19. Registration will be open at the Cracker Barrel in Catawissa from 9 - 11AM the morning of the run. Cost per rider is $10 and includes lunch at the end of the ride. Grab a poker hand, a raffle, door prizes, and sign up for the Man Cave Grand Prize Pack from Vreeland's Harley-Davidson - valued at over $500! All vehicles are welcome. Call 570-784-6632 for more information.

 

Thru August 15

You and your young actors can still sign up for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunities for all ages throughout the summer. Scholarships are available. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru August 22

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg and check out an exhibition of High School artists running now through August 22nd.

 

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

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainece to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

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 / July 11, 2014


 

PPL Restores Power

PPL crews worked feverishly Thursday to restore power to subscribers out of juice since Tuesday night's storm. And they were successful. The PPL outage website Friday morning shows a little less than two dozen customers still without power in Columbia County. In Montour County.... everyone has had their power restored. Across the entire PPL system... there are an estimated 128 customers without power Friday morning across the utility's 28 county service area. Power is expected to be fully restore by the close of business today.

 

State Budget

After sitting on his desk the past ten days... Governor Tom Corbett has signed into law the 2014-15 state budget. The spending plan invests a record $12 billion in state funding for students in Pennsylvania’s early, basic and post - secondary education systems. It represents an increase of $323 million, or 2.8%, over last year’s budget. Since taking office, Governor Corbett has increased funding for early, basic and post - secondary education from $10.8 billion to $11.9 billion – an increase of more than $1 billion.


Budget React
Legislative Leaders are not happy with Governor Tom Corbett's decision to slash their own operating budget. House Majority Leader Mike Turzai believes Governor Corbett is using lawmakers as a scapegoat and suggests the line-item vetoing of parts of the General Assembly's budget is off target, saying the budgets for the judiciary and even the governor's own executive branch have outpaced the growth of the legislature's spending. Turzai says he doesn't understand why Governor Corbett is not signing the budget as is. The Governor did sign the budget, but struck out $65 million from lawmakers' budget and 7.2 million from projects designated by the legislature. It's the governor's latest attempt to force lawmakers into passing a plan for comprehensive public pension reform...

 

PennDOT Safety

It's been a rough season for PennDOT workers in construction zones. Through June 23rd of this year, one PennDOT worker was killed... and there have been ten incidents reported resulting in injury or equipment damage, as well as 32 “near misses” of cars and trucks not adhering to work zone rules.

The agency's David Thompson out of PennDOT's Montoursville office urges drivers to slow down. This year has already surpassed the 18 near misses reported in 2013, which also saw 44 staff-injury or equipment-damage reports.

 

Berwick Theatre

It used to be known as the Strand Theatre in the 100 block of East Front Street in Berwick... but for at least two generations it's been known as the Berwick Theatre. Now... the DiAugustine family is turning the 100 – year old theater from a for – profit to a non – profit in order to raise money for digital projection equipment. And... they're getting help from the Berwick Area United Way where Ginny Crake is CEO. A re-dedication of the theater is now slated for July 19th at 5 O'clock... where folks with a common goal will come together and celebrate the life of the late Vince DiAugustine... and keep his dream alive.

 

Drums Robbery

Police in Butler Township near Hazleton are looking for a man who robbed the National Penn Bank on Route 309 in Drums Thursday. Investigators say the man strolled into the bank... showed a teller a weapon... got some cash and took off towards Hazleton. Local police are investigating... as well as the FBI.

 

Councilman

A West Hazleton councilman has pleaded guilty to a citation for retail theft. 29 – year old William Sharkey is accused of taking items from a Weis Supermarket. Court paperwork show Sharkey entered his plea at a Magisterial District Court in Hazel Township... paying $241 for the May 30th incident. Council president Mark Yeager says the incident has no effect on his borough council position.

 

Death Benefits

State Senate has approved legislation amending a law regarding first responders and death benefits. Under current state law, if a police officer or firefighter dies in the line of duty, their survivors have 90 days to file a claim for death benefits. Under the measure approved unanimously in the Senate, that deadline would be extended to three years, bringing Pennsylvania in line with federal law. State Senator Tim Solobay sponsored the bill, which was prompted by the case of a police officer whose family missed the deadline, but eventually succeeded in receiving benefits. Solobay says his measure seeks to ease the burdens family members face during a stressful time.

 

WHLM Sports

American Legion Baseball

The American Legion baseball playoffs began Thursday. Berwick defeated Line Mountain 5 to 1... Bloomsburg blanked Shamokin / Mt. Carmel 11 to nothing... and Danville just got by Selinsgrove 4 to 3...

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies completes a four game sweep of Milwaukee Thursday with a 9-1 win over the Brewers. In their final series before the all star break the Phillies take on the Washington Nationals at home. Friday night's game begins at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Thursday night... The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 9 to 1... the Atlanta Braves took care of the New York Mets 3 to 1... and the Cleveland Indians downed the New York Yankees 9 to 3...

 

World Cup

The World Cup in Brazil concludes Sunday with Germany facing Argentina

 

 

 

Thursday / July 10, 2014


 

 

Corbett Signs Budget Bill

After sitting on his desk the past ten days... Governor Tom Corbett has signed into law the 2014-15 state budget. The spending plan invests a record $12 billion in state funding for students in Pennsylvania’s early, basic and post - secondary education systems. It represents an increase of $323 million, or 2.8%, over last year’s budget. Since taking office, Governor Corbett has increased funding for early, basic and post - secondary education from $10.8 billion to $11.9 billion – an increase of more than $1 billion.

 

Storm Cleanup

PPL crews spent all day Wednesday trying to restore power to storm – ravaged Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as across their service area. Linemen are getting assistance from out – of – town crews. The utility's Teri MacBride says full restoration of power could take until the end of Thursday... with an estimated 80% restored by late Wednesday night. As of Thursday morning... PPL's Outage website says about a thousand subscribers are in the dark... all are along a line north of Interstate 80.

 

Moose Exchange

It's been six months since a fire extensively damaged the Moose Exchange in the 200 block of West Main Street in Bloomsburg. Now... a new chapter in the resurrection of the Exchange begins... so says manager Oren Helbok. The non – profit group which runs the building says they expect to hire an architect who will pinpoint what needs to be replaced. That includes heating and air conditioning... windows and doors... the roof and electrical system... and making sure the building comes back to it's pre – fire state... for an opening targeted for sometime in 2015.

 

Storm Water

Foster Township near Hazleton is coming up to snuff in the eyes of the federal government. They plan to develop a public education and outreach program dealing with storm water management. It was two months ago the Environmental Protection Agency said Foster Township was one of nearly two dozen municipalities in Luzerne County that needed to come up with a plan to inform residents about the run off and how it affects waterways. Flyers, brochures and social media will be used to reach out to residents.

 

Congressman Barletta

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton has backed bipartisan House passage of legislation that streamlines federal workforce training programs and promotes training for high-demand jobs. At the same time... the measure also requires accountability from the agencies involved in administration of the program. The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act incorporates provisions of Barletta’s America Works Act, which he introduced last year to encourage states and localities to prioritize federal spending on education and training. The bill heads to President Obama for his signature.

 

Escapee Caught

A Luzerne County Correctional Facility inmate... on the lamb for about a week... was captured Tuesday about a mile from the jail. Police finally caught up with 20 – year old Luis Feliciano at a fast food restaurant on Northampton Street. Feliciano had been serving time for misdemeanor drug charges.

 

Sunbury Shooting

A 22 – year old man is in the hospital... and the interim Police Chief in Sunbury is temporarily off the job while an investigation is underway into the shooting of Erick Trometter. He was wanted for a domestic disturbance earlier this week... and when Chief Brad Hare approached him on Mile Post Road... Trometter pulled a knife on the chief. That's when a shot was fired. Trometter is listed in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

 

Park Money

Governor Tom Corbett says Pennsylvania will receive $1.3 – million dollars from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund for local park, outdoor recreation and conservation projects. The money will require a 50 – 50 match of state dollars. It's designed to fund the acquisition of park land and improve recreational opportunities.

 

Wednesday / July 9, 2014


 

      ** Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Effect **

 

Storm / Power

PPL crews spent the overnight hours restoring power to thousands of subscribers in Columbia and Montour Counties... following a powerful storm that swept across the Susquehanna Valley Tuesday night. At the height of the storm an estimated 4,700 customers were without juice in Columbia County.... including most, if not all of downtown Bloomsburg... and the WHLM Stations. However, one bright spot was John Berger's Capital Restaurant where there was plenty of cold beer powered by CO2 and wings cooked with gas fueled fryers. The problem seemed to be centered behind the Moose Exchange on West Main Street... where there was a report of trouble with a transformer.

 

Storm Scams
Confusion can reign for homeowners who suffer property damage in the wake of Tuesday night's storm... and unfortunately scam artists can swoop in to take advantage. Melissa Fox with the state Insurance Department has some advice for homeowners who have suffered property damage in the wake of a storm. Ms. Fox says says anyone doing more than five thousand dollars of business a year must be registered with the Attorney General's Bureau of Consumer Protection.

 

Lightstreet Parade

A fireman's carnival is not complete without a Pet and Toy Parade. And that was the case Tuesday night in Lightstreet just before the storm hit. The Catawissa Military Band led the line of march.... followed by kids and their pets... and plenty of fire apparatus from around the area. The Lightstreet Community Fire Department carnival continues through Saturday Night.

 

Bridge Work

Work got underway this week on the rehabilitation of a bridge which takes Route 42 over Route 11 on the west side of Bloomsburg. The Elysburg – based contractor will repair delaminated concrete on the piers and preform other sub – structure work. New expansion joints will also be installed on the bridge deck. The work is expected to be completed in mid – November.

 

Tuition Rates

The State System of Higher Education has set tuition for next year. Base tuition will go up 198 dollars a year or 99 dollars a semester for students attending one of the 14 state owned universities. A spokesman says that matches next year's projected inflation rate of 3%. Fees are set at the university level but most of the schools will increase room and board and other fees. The Board of Governors also approved new flexible pricing for six universities including discounts for veterans and active military.

 

Budget Update
The top Republican in the state senate has a message for Governor Tom Corbett. Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati issued a statement late Tuesday, just after the Senate had wrapped up passage of a fiscal code bill - a companion piece to the budget bill lawmakers sent to Governor Corbett 9 days ago. That budget remained unsigned heading into this Wednesday, and Scarnati's message to the governor is clear: sign it. Scarnati says the governor vowed during the budget process that he would not sign off on any new taxes unless he got liquor privatization and public pension reform. Those issues remain unresolved, but Scarnati says the legislature sent the governor a budget with no new tax revenues so there's no reason for the governor to hold out. Scarnati called the spending plan "reasonable" and urged a signature before vital programs and services are disrupted.

 

Camp Dost

Nearly 90 guests of Ronald McDonald House in Danville are spending the week at Camp Dost at Camp Victory outside of Millville. It's an opportunity for the kids who have life threatening diseases... to get away from the everyday grind.... and to have a sibling with them. This week's camping session is made up of kids aged 5 thru 18 who are cancer patients... and their siblings from 20 counties in Pennsylvania and New York State.

 

Porch Collapse

Six people were rushed to hospitals... including some young children... when a deck collapsed during a party in Carbon County... south of Hazleton. The incident happened late yesterday afternoon in Penn Forest Township. The collapsed deck trapping several people. Four of the victims were taken by helicopter to an Allentown Hospital for treatment.

 

Route 309

Busy Route 309 between Mt. Top and Wilkes – Barre is open to traffic Wednesday morning. At midday on Tuesday.. it was a different story. The road was closed for a time on Tuesday when a blast dislodged some rocks and debris... spreading them across the highway. No one was hurt... and the road was reopened by mid-afternoon.

 

Gun Pulled

An elderly Wilkes – Barre man is facing a long list of charges after he pulled a weapon on a couple while using an ATM machine on Public Square. John Psolka pointed the weapon at the couple... and others.. telling them to leave. Cops were called. They found a firearm in his waistband and a pocket... both loaded. He is being held in the Luzerne County lockup.

 

Texas Woman Killed

A Texas woman is dead after she was hit by a car this week in Lycoming County. Police say the woman was sitting in the middle of Little Pine Creek Road near Jersey Shore and was hit by a car. Authorities say they don't know if the driver of the car will be ticketed.

 

WHLM Sports

Strong Man

Footballs will be flying at Crispin Field In Berwick this Saturday as 8 high school teams compete in the annual 7 on 7 tournament and the big man/strong man competition. In addition to the Bulldogs, the schools competing will be Saint Joe's Prep of Philadelphia, Manheim Central, Delaware Valley, Mount Carmel, Danville, Southern Columbia, and Northwest. The tournament begins Saturday morning at 9 O'clock.

 

PHL Phillies

In the second game of their series in Milwaukee Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 9 to 7. The teams meet again Wednesday night at 8:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 7:35.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Tuesday night... The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 4... The New York Mets got the best of the Atlanta Braves 8 to 3... and the Cleveland Indians downed the New York Yankees 5 to 3.

 

World Cup

In the World Cup soccer semifinals Tuesday... Germany defeated Brazil 7 to 1. In Wednesday's semifinal, the Netherlands faces Argentina.

 

 

 

Tuesday / July 8, 2014


 

Storm / Power

PPL crews will spend the overnight hours restoring power to thousands of subscribers in Columbia and Montour Counties... following a powerful storm that swept across the Susquehanna Valley Tuesday night. At the height of the storm an estimated 4,700 customers were without juice.... including most, if not all of downtown Bloomsburg... including the WHLM Stations. However, one bright spot was John Berger's Capital Restaurant where there was plenty of cold beer powered by CO2 and wings cooked with gas fueled fryers. The problem seemed to be centered behind the Moose Exchange on West Main Street... where there was a report of trouble with a transformer.

 

Lightstreet Parade

A fireman's carnival is not complete without a Pet and Toy Parade. And that was the case Tuesday night just before the storm hit. The Catawissa Military Band led the line of march.... followed by kids and their pets... and plenty of fire apparatus from around the area. he Lightstreet Community Fire Department carnival continues through Saturday Night.

 

Espy Fire

A state police fire marshal will now try and figure out what sparked a blaze which damaged an Espy home Monday night. Firemen were called out around 8:30 when smoke was discovered coming from the home of Vicki Hidlay in the 2400 block of Old Berwick Road. First due firemen from Espy called for additional pumpers and tankers from surrounding departments. The fire was brought under control an hour after it was discovered.

 

Gas Leak

Millville Road in Bloomsburg was shut down for a while late Monday afternoon as fire crews dissipated natural gas from a line that hasn't been used in decades. Bloomsburg Fire Chief Bob Rupp says the owner of the home at 306 Millville Road was cleaning... accidentally knocking off the cap which plugged the line. Chief Rupp said the situation was volatile with some people in the immediate area evacuated. An electric fan was used to dissipate the gas... until a crew from UGI arrived on the scene. No one was injured in Monday's incident on Millville Road.

 

Madison Twp Fire

Millville firemen made short work of a fire early yesterday afternoon on Deihl Road in Madison Township. It appears that flames from a burn barrel spread to dry grass... then to a shed and a truck. The fire was quickly put out.

 

Man Burned

An Orangeville man remains in stable condition at an Allentown hospital after an aerosol can apparently exploded in a fire and burned him over the weekend. The Press – Enterprise is reporting 53 – year old Ted Miller of Savage Hollow Road purchased a box of goodies, but tossed it in a fire. That's when it's believe a can exploded.... burning one of his arms. Orange Township police discovered two aerosol cans in the rubble... one of the cans with it's bottom blown off.

 

Berwick Borough Manager

The Berwick Borough Council will have to start from scratch in their search for a new manager. Before she spent a day in her office... Gena Maize... called it quits. She was hired last month on a six to one vote... but Tuesday's edition of the Press – Enterprise says council president Alvin Hill is blaming criticism published in the newspaper.... while Maize says the job wasn't a good fit. She was to assume the job with no governmental experience. It's expected Maize will return to her position as director of business operations for the Berwick Area Ambulance Association.

 

Downtown Bloomsburg

Trying to push the Bloomsburg business district into the future. That's what the folks who make up Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated are doing these days. DBI's Adrienne Mael says they plan to get input from a outside source on downtown... and also attempt to lure some new businesses to Main Street.... all this as a capital campaign has been launched. It's happening as the Bloomsburg University constructs it's center piece building on Main Street.... a project that is expected to be completed next year.

 

Cash Five

The folks who run the Pennsylvania Lottery says one jackpot - winning Cash 5 ticket worth $225,000 was sold in neighboring Luzerne County for last Friday's drawing. The ticket was sold at the Turkey Hill convenience store in Mountain top. Thus far... no one has come forward with the winning ticket... and they have a year to claim their prize.

 

Preference for Vets

The state Senate has passed a bill that would give preference to veterans and families of active duty military who want to lease public housing. Senate Bill 1135 would require local housing authorities to give preference to veterans and families of active duty military when leasing public housing. Homeless veterans would get first preference, with second preference going to disabled vets or their families, and third to families of deceased vets and service-members. The bill is now before the House Urban Affairs Committee for consideration.

 

Holiday State Statistics
The highway statistics are in from the Fourth of July travel period in Pennsylvania. 247 people were injured and eight people died in crashes responded to by the Pennsylvania State Police. The number of people killed decreased from last year's Fourth of July holiday period, when there were eleven fatalities. State troopers investigated 695 total accidents between Thursday and Sunday. Of those, 72 involved alcohol, including two fatalities. Two of those killed were not wearing seat belts. 487 people were arrested for driving under the influence. And troopers issued nine-thousand 646 speeding citations.

 

Hazleton Fatality

A 47 – year old man is dead after his ATV slammed into a parked SUV over the weekend. Police say the accident happened on Carleton Avenue in Hazleton. The victim has been identified as Howard Pfeiffer of Hazleton. Police have yet to say what caused the deadly crash.

 

Police Training

Hazleton police plan to keep up with the latest training by taking part in an on-line program on policies and procedures. Netrastar Professional Learning in Lackawanna County will partner with the city and provide the free on line training program. Already Wilkes – Barre police are using the method in order to keep them sharp.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

Wilkes – Barre Police are still searching for the person who robbed a convenience store early Monday morning on North Pennsylvania Avenue. Police say the robber strolled into the Turkey Hill Store with a knife and made off with an undetermined amount of cash. No one was hurt in the stick up.

 

Wilkes – Barre Crash

Wilkes – Barre police continue to search for four man who ran from a car following a crash early Monday morning on South Main Street. Police say their car ran into a tree... a parked SUV and into a home. The four were apparently not injured since they jumped from the car and fled.

 

 

 

Monday / July 7, 2014


                

 

Natural Gas Leak

Millville Road in Bloomsburg was shut down for a while late Monday afternoon as fire crews dissipated natural gas from a line that hasn't been used in decades. Bloomsburg Fire Chief Bob Rupp says the owner of the home at 306 Millville Road was cleaning... accidentally knocking off the cap which plugged the line. Chief Rupp said the situation was volatile with some people in the immediate area evacuated. An electric fan was used to dissipate the gas... until a crew from UGI arrived on the scene. No one was injured in Monday's incident on Millville Road.

 

Ride Inspections

We're in the middle of the carnival season... and getting ready to begin the 109 fairs that dot the Commonwealth. But how safe are the rides.... No problem what so ever so says State Agriculture Commissioner George Greig... whose department inspects rides on a regular basis. During a recent visit to Knoebles Amusement Resort... Secretary Greig says he has no qualms about getting on any ride at a fireman's carnival... a fair or a theme park which displays the most recent inspection sticker...

 

PPL Plant

The Unit Two reactor at PPL's Susquehanna Nuclear Power plant is back on line. It was shut down for repairs last month to fix some cracks in the turbine blades... and to take care of other work that could only be preformed in the shutdown mode. Unit two began generating electricity and was put back on line early Saturday morning.

 

Mt. Carmel Fire

A fire marshal will help determine the cause of an early Sunday morning blaze which damaged the former Lipinski Lumber Company in Mt. Carmel. The building on seventh Avenue was used for storage. At least one fire fighter was treated for heat exhaustion while fighting Sunday morning's fire.

 

Danville Flood Control

Work is expected to begin Monday on a wall which is part of Danville's flood control system. Danville administrator Dan Knorr says the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will repair a flood wall in the 800 block of Continental Boulevard. The repair job is expected to cost $1.4 - million... 80% paid for by the federal government. The remainder to be picked up by the state or through money left over from grants.

 

Shamokin Parade

A beautiful day Saturday in Shamokin... in Northumberland County... as thousands of people lined the streets to take in the City's 150th Anniversary Parade. There were plenty of fire and rescue apparatus leading the line of march.... as well as a classic cars from around the region... and plenty of musical units. The celebration came to an end with a massive nighttime display of fireworks.

 

Gas Mileage

Pennsylvanians who traveled the roads over the holiday weekend likely felt the pinch at the gas pump, but some spent a lot less fueling up than others. New research from the Consumer Federation of America finds the average fuel economy of new cars has improved by 20 percent in the past four years. Spokesman Jack Gillis says it means those who drive a typical 2014 model vehicle spend about three-hundred dollars a year less on gasoline than those with a 2008 model. And he says savings should only increase as manufacturers improve fuel efficiency. Critics, including some car dealers and manufacturers, have voiced concerns that the standards could hurt business. But Gillis says consumers are driving the demand. In his group's research, most people surveyed said they expect the next car they purchase to average at least 30-miles per gallon.

 

Human Trafficking
Among the legislation sent to Governor Tom Corbett last week was a bill that cracks down on human trafficking. The bill provides prosecutors in Pennsylvania with a more accurate definition of human trafficking, which supporters say should lead to more arrests and convictions, and greater penalties for those who are convicted. Supporters say human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, and efforts to combat the practice must come from leaders at all levels of government. Here in Pennsylvania, experts say human traffickers take advantage of the interstate highway system of transport their victims.

 

Missing Man Found

A Hazleton man reported missing on early Sunday morning... has returned home. 27 – year old Brandon Collins was disappeared from the Conyngham area. Despite a search by firemen and police... there was no sign of Collins. He later showed up at his home... unharmed.

 

Census
The latest U S Census estimates on age, sex and race show Pennsylvania continues to "age". The nation's population continues to age and become more diverse according to Jason Devine of the Census Bureau. He says Pennsylvania's median age is higher than the national average and the percent of the population 65 and older has also been increasing faster in Pennsylvania. In terms of race, PA has followed national trends where the Hispanic population had the largest numeric increase while the Asian population had the largest percentage increase.

 

Hazleton Fire

Authorities are investigating how an early morning fire began in a vacant building in the 500 block of Alter Street in Hazleton Sunday morning. Deputy fire chief Brian Mandak says he believes the fire was intentionally set in the vacant half of the three story double home. The folks living on the other side of the house escaped unharmed.

 

Revenge Porn
Legislation outlawing a form of harassment commonly known as "revenge porn" has passed the state House by a unanimous vote. The bill was previously approved in the Senate, but now by returns for concurrence on House-passed amendments. The measure would make it a crime to publish unapproved, sexually explicit images of a former partner. Supporters say it's a relatively new form of harassment, clearly intended to intimidate the victim, who is usually a female. The offense would be regarded as a second degree misdemeanor punishable by to a year in prison and a $5,000 fine. It would become a first-degree misdemeanor with even harsher penalties if the victim is a minor.

 

 

 

 

 

What's Happening? Sunday, July 6, 2014


WHLM Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies take on the Pirates in Pittsburgh this afternoon. The first pitch flies at 1:35 - the pregame gets under way at 1 PM.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

July 7-12

The annual Lightstreet Fire Company carnival starts up this Monday and runs through Saturday the 12th. Stop by the grounds on Center Street for your favorite food, games, music, ice cream and much more. The band line-up this year includes Smooth Country on Monday, Covert Action on Tuesday night, Raven Creek on Wednesday, the McNett Country Band on Thursday, Alive and Well on Friday, and the Tommy Guns Band on Saturday.

 

July 8

The Danville Memorial Park summer concert series continues this Tuesday evening with a trubute to folk music legend Pete Seeger by Zing Productions. The concert starts at 7 PM - rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian on Bloom Street.

 

July 8

Summer concerts at Cara Park in Catawissa continue this Tuesday evening with a tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival by Green River. The show starts at 7 PM. For more information call 570-356-2561. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food and drink concessions will be availible. Rain location for all shows will be at the Catawissa Fire Company on 4th Street.

 

July 9

Story Hour at Danville Memorial Park returns this Wednesday with an evening of stories about the Sun, Moon, and Stars led by Merry Hackenberg. The progam is free and starts at 6:30 PM. for more information, contact Grove Presbyterian Church at 570-275-0692.

 

July 9

The Summer Concert Series at the Bloomsburg Town Park continues this Wednesday night at 8:30 PM. The Clickard Consortium will take the stage, playing a variety of Jazz from Swing to Modern styles, under the direction of BU Professor Dr. Stephen Clickard. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street.

 

July 10

The Lonely Sock Club will meet at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Thursday night. The project will be origami modular stars. The meeting starts at 6:30 PM at the library on Market Street.

 

July 10-19

The 144th Lycoming County Fair is coming up Thursday, July 10 and running through Saturday the 19th in Hughesville. Enter to win four Family Fun Passes to the Fair and the Demolition Derby by clicking the link at the top of the page. The winner will be announced Friday, July 11 live on the WHLM Morning Buzz. For a full list of events check out lycomingfair.net

 

July 10

Stop by the Jackson Mansion in Berwick this Thursday for the next of their Summer Concert Series. The Legends Oldies Bank will be performing tunes from the 50s & 60s. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and some cash for concessions. The show starts at 7 PM at the Mansion on Market Street in Berwick.

 

July 12

Sign up now for BTE's Kayak Day, coming up Saturday, July 12 from 9AM - 2PM. Enjoy the beauty of the Susquehanna river on a 3-hour paddle from Lime Ridge to the Bloomsburg Town Park - with a cook-out on a private island in-between! Cost is $50 per person, and includes kayak rental, lunch, and T-shirts for the first 50 to sign up. Call 570-784-5530 with questions or to sign up.

 

July 12

Monica's Heart Greyhound Adoption group is holding a hotdog and soda fundraiser this Saturday at Tractor Supply Company on Route 11 in Bloomsburg. Stop by from 11 AM - 3 PM and help support the adoption of retired racing Greyhounds.

 

July 13

Saint Mary's Grove on Fowler Avenue in Berwick will hold their annual community picnic on Sunday, July 13 from 11 AM - 6 PM. Come check out the great ethnic foods, basket and gift raffles, the antique, hot rod and custom car show, and live music by the Shoreliners starting at 1 PM.

 

July 15 (August 2)

Sign up your rising 4th and 5th graders now for Science and Technology: For Real, a free science experiment workshop on Saturday August 2, at the Bloomsburg High School Cafeteria. Space is limited, so sign up early. Sessions start at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM. For more information visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page. Deadline for signups is Tuesday, July 15.

 

July 18-26

The Orangeville Fire Company Carnival runs Friday, July 18 through Saturday, July 26. There will be games, music, and of course food at the grounds on Mill Street.

 

July 19

Help support the Women's Center of Columbia & Montour Counties with the annual Ride For Shelter motorcycle run and cruise, coming up Saturday, July 19. Registration will be open at the Cracker Barrel in Catawissa from 9 - 11AM the morning of the run. Cost per rider is $10 and includes lunch at the end of the ride. Grab a poker hand, a raffle, door prizes, and sign up for the Man Cave Grand Prize Pack from Vreeland's Harley-Davidson - valued at over $500! All vehicles are welcome. Call 570-784-6632 for more information.

 

Thru August 15

You and your young actors can still sign up for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunities for all ages throughout the summer. Scholarships are available. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru August 22

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg and check out an exhibition of High School artists running now through August 22nd.

 

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

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainece to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

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.

What's Happening? Saturday, July 5, 2014


The annual Millville Firemen's Carnival wraps up this evening. Don't miss the rides, games, food, and free entertainment. Remember When takes the stage at 7PM tonight, followed by the massive fireworks display at midnight.

 

Come to the Moose Exchange Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg and check out an exhibition of High School artists running now through August 22nd.

 

WHLM Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies take on the Pirates in Pittsburgh this afternoon. The first pitch flies at 4:05 - the pregame gets under way at 3:30 PM.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

July 7-12

The annual Lightstreet Fire Company carnival starts up this Monday and runs through Saturday the 12th. Stop by the grounds on Center Street for your favorite food, games, music, ice cream and much more. The band line-up this year includes Smooth Country on Monday, Covert Action on Tuesday night, Raven Creek on Wednesday, the McNett Country Band on Thursday, Alive and Well on Friday, and the Tommy Guns Band on Saturday.

 

July 8

The Danville Memorial Park summer concert series continues this Tuesday evening with a trubute to folk music legend Pete Seeger by Zing Productions. The concert starts at 7 PM - rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian on Bloom Street.

 

July 8

Summer concerts at Cara Park in Catawissa continue this Tuesday evening with a tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival by Green River. The show starts at 7 PM. For more information call 570-356-2561. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food and drink concessions will be availible. Rain location for all shows will be at the Catawissa Fire Company on 4th Street.

 

July 9

Story Hour at Danville Memorial Park returns this Wednesday with an evening of stories about the Sun, Moon, and Stars led by Merry Hackenberg. The progam is free and starts at 6:30 PM. for more information, contact Grove Presbyterian Church at 570-275-0692.

 

July 9

The Summer Concert Series at the Bloomsburg Town Park continues this Wednesday night at 8:30 PM. The Clickard Consortium will take the stage, playing a variety of Jazz from Swing to Modern styles, under the direction of BU Professor Dr. Stephen Clickard. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street.

 

July 10

The Lonely Sock Club will meet at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Thursday night. The project will be origami modular stars. The meeting starts at 6:30 PM at the library on Market Street.

 

July 10-19

The 144th Lycoming County Fair is coming up Thursday, July 10 and running through Saturday the 19th in Hughesville. Enter to win four Family Fun Passes to the Fair and the Demolition Derby by clicking the link at the top of the page. The winner will be announced Friday, July 11 live on the WHLM Morning Buzz. For a full list of events check out lycomingfair.net

 

July 10

Stop by the Jackson Mansion in Berwick this Thursday for the next of their Summer Concert Series. The Legends Oldies Bank will be performing tunes from the 50s & 60s. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and some cash for concessions. The show starts at 7 PM at the Mansion on Market Street in Berwick.

 

July 12

Sign up now for BTE's Kayak Day, coming up Saturday, July 12 from 9AM - 2PM. Enjoy the beauty of the Susquehanna river on a 3-hour paddle from Lime Ridge to the Bloomsburg Town Park - with a cook-out on a private island in-between! Cost is $50 per person, and includes kayak rental, lunch, and T-shirts for the first 50 to sign up. Call 570-784-5530 with questions or to sign up.

 

July 12

Monica's Heart Greyhound Adoption group is holding a hotdog and soda fundraiser this Saturday at Tractor Supply Company on Route 11 in Bloomsburg. Stop by from 11 AM - 3 PM and help support the adoption of retired racing Greyhounds.

 

July 13

Saint Mary's Grove on Fowler Avenue in Berwick will hold their annual community picnic on Sunday, July 13 from 11 AM - 6 PM. Come check out the great ethnic foods, basket and gift raffles, the antique, hot rod and custom car show, and live music by the Shoreliners starting at 1 PM.

 

July 15 (August 2)

Sign up your rising 4th and 5th graders now for Science and Technology: For Real, a free science experiment workshop on Saturday August 2, at the Bloomsburg High School Cafeteria. Space is limited, so sign up early. Sessions start at 9 AM, 11 AM, 1 PM. For more information visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page. Deadline for signups is Tuesday, July 15.

 

July 18-26

The Orangeville Fire Company Carnival runs Friday, July 18 through Saturday, July 26. There will be games, music, and of course food at the grounds on Mill Street.

 

July 19

Help support the Women's Center of Columbia & Montour Counties with the annual Ride For Shelter motorcycle run and cruise, coming up Saturday, July 19. Registration will be open at the Cracker Barrel in Catawissa from 9 - 11AM the morning of the run. Cost per rider is $10 and includes lunch at the end of the ride. Grab a poker hand, a raffle, door prizes, and sign up for the Man Cave Grand Prize Pack from Vreeland's Harley-Davidson - valued at over $500! All vehicles are welcome. Call 570-784-6632 for more information.

 

Thru August 15

You and your young actors can still sign up for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunities for all ages throughout the summer. Scholarships are available. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru Sept 28

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

 

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

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainece to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

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.

Thursday / July 3, 2014


 

Weather Watches Issued

The weather is turning a bit volatile as we approach the Independence weekend. The National Weather Service in State College has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for most... if not all of the WHLM listening area. That includes Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties. Forecasters say a strong line of thunderstorms are developing and are moving east. The watch remains in effect through 0 O'clock Friday night. At the same time... a flash flood watch is in effect until 9 O'clock. We're following the storms as they march their way across the Commonwealth.

                     

Former High School Football Coach Passes

AN area high school football coaching legend has died. WHLM's Jim Doyle is reporting that Joe Diminick... also known as “Jazz...” passed away overnight. Diminick was the head coach at Mount Carmel for 31 years. His teams won 267 games and lost only 81. When he retired in 1992, he was the state's winningest coach. Mr. Diminik was 88 years old.

 

Catawissa Fire

A State Police firemarshal has been called in to determine the cause of a garage fire... discovered shortly before 6 this morning in the 400 – block of North Third Street in Catawissa. First due firemen finding the garage fully involved... calling for mutual aid from Montour and Hemlock Townships... as well as Numidia. No word as to how long the investigation will take.

 

 

Lou Barletta

It's going to be a long and emotional day for congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton. He's in McAllen, Texas to take a look at the flow of undocumented kids... who are illegal aliens... coming across the U.S. Border from Mexico. Mr. Barletta is will testify Thursday afternoon before a committee of the Homeland Security Administration meeting in McAllen.

 

Pension Reform

The tone changed on the pension debate in the legislature on Wednesday, even though no final vote has been taken. Shortly after Governor Tom Corbett held a news conference taking the house to task for sending the pension bill back to committee, the House majority leader tried to undo that vote. As a rules debate continued, the committee chair called a meeting of the panel and voted the bill back to the floor. Majority leader Mike Turzai says there will be important discussions and they'll retake the issue this fall. Governor Corbett commended the action to vote the bill back.

 

Fireworks Safety

There are plenty of professional fireworks displays this weekend up and down the Susquehanna Valley. But, for Bridgett Coolbaugh with the Berwick Fire Department... firefighters are worried about backyard displays which could go horribly wrong. For the most part... most fireworks are illegal in Pennsylvania.

However, the Pennsylvania State Police web site says ground and hand – held sparklers... novelty and toy caps are allowed to be purchased and used under the law

 

NRC Hearing

As we told you last month... Allentown – based PPL plans to spin off of it's electrical generating business... including the Susquehanna Nuclear Power plant in Salem Township... combing it with Riverstone Holdings... forming Talen Energy. The issue was the crux of a public hearing held Wednesday in Rockville, Maryland by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Many of the current PPL workers at the Susquehanna site are expected to transition... and become Talen Energy employees...

 

Penny Lenig - Zerby

The former superintendent of the Benton Area School District thought she had a job in the Harrisburg area... but she doesn't anymore. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... the board of the Steelton – Highspire School District hired Penny Lenig – Zerby last month to be a high school principal. But this week... the school board reversed the decision. Lenig – Zerby was suspended as Benton Superintendent two months ago following a wild ride for students on a school bus will an allegedly intoxicated driver behind the wheel. She has officially cut her ties with the district.

 

Medicaid Expansion
A new report suggests Pennsylvania is at a disadvantage for its decision not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The report comes from the President's Council of Economic Advisors. It shows that failing to offer Medicaid coverage to those without health insurance is costing the state more than $8 – billion in federal support between now and fiscal year 2017. The study also says expansion would create an additional 35,000 jobs and reduce catastrophic expenses for close to 14,000 Pennsylvanians.

 

Food Safety

Food poisoning incidents usually surge in the warmer summer months. Fourth of July weekend is a big time for cookouts and picnics. That's why its important to properly clean, separate, cook and chill your foods to avoid bacteria that can make people sick. The USDA says the elderly, pregnant women, young children and people with compromised immune systems are especially at risk. It's estimated one in six Americans get sick from some form of food poisoning each year.

 

Barletta Award

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton has received the “Legislator of the Year” Award from the National Volunteer Fire Council. It's for his work in protecting volunteer fire companies from Obamacare. The award represents Barletta’s success in preventing volunteer fire companies and emergency response agencies from incurring costs and fines under Obamacare that could have caused them to close their doors.

 

June Revenue

Mixed revenue figures coming from Harrisburg this week. The state treasury says PA collected $2.8 – billion in general fund revenue in June. Thats $23 – million more than expected... but is off a half – billion dollars for the year... or 1.7%. That money used to finance the closing days of the 2013 – 2014 budget plan.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies continue their loosing ways... now having lost six games in a row. The Phil's were blanked Wednesday night by the Miami Marlins 5 to 0. The three game set concludes Thursday night with a 6:05 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 5:30.

 

Other MLB Games....

In other games last night...the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 5 to 1... the Atlanta Braves downed the New York Mets 3 to 1... and it was the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees 6 to 3.

 

Wimbledon Tennis

The upsets continued at the Wimbledon tennis tournament Wednesday. Defending men's champ Andy Murray was defeated in straight sets by Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

 

 

Wednesday / July 2, 2014


 

Autopsy

Authorities in Columbia County are awaiting the results of an autopsy preformed Tuesday on a Northampton County man. 60 – year old William Boettinger died in a multi – vehicle collision in the westbound lane of Interstate 80 near the Lightstreet interchange earlier this week. State police say Boettinger was driving a refuse hauling truck when he failed to stop for traffic entering a construction site... slamming into the rear of a tractor – trailer. He died at the scene. Police what to know if he had a medical condition leading up to the crash.

 

Boating Under the Influence

Officers from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will be out on the waterways this Forth of July weekend... looking for folks boating under the influence. Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold says he's prosecuting more and more boaters on BUI charges... weather they're behind the wheel of a motor boat... in a kayak or a canoe. DA Leipold says the penalty's are the same if you were arrested on the water or behind the wheel of your automobile.

 

Pension Reform
Public Pension reform was unceremoniously pushed to the back burner in the state house Tuesday. The proposal to change pension benefits for future state and school employees has been sent to the sidelines indefinitely. Shortly after the bill was brought up for debate and a vote on the House floor, 15 Republicans joined with Democrats to send it to a committee for further study - a procedural tactic that is the equivalent of saying "we don't want to deal with this right now." Governor Tom Corbett now has to decide if he will sign the state budget without getting his top priority, something he seemed unwilling to do when the budget initially reached his desk Monday night...

 

Corbett / Budget Signing
Governor Tom Corbett is still reviewing the budget state lawmakers sent him, with a vote on pensions now looking unlikely in the house. But, there may be consequences to his actions... since the latest poll numbers show he'll need some victories heading into the fall election. Mr. Corbett faces some

significant hurdles according to Franklin and Marshall College Poll Director Terry Madonna. He says Democratic Challenger Tom Wolf leads the Governor by 22 points, only one in four registered voters believes Governor Corbett is doing an excellent or good job and about the same number think he's done a sufficient job to deserve re-election. Six in ten believe the state is on the wrong track.

 

DBI Website

The group known as Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated is now sporting a new website. The former site had been in place for years... and it was time for a change... so says DBI's Adrienne Mael. Ms. Mael says the new website not only has a business directory, but is a clearing house for local events...

 

Kevin's Law

Governor Corbett has signed a bill that toughens the penalty for leaving the scene of a fatal crash. The bill was named Kevin's law after a five year old boy who was killed while crossing the street with his family in 2012 after leaving a Wilkes – Barre church days before Christmas. It raises the mandatory minimum sentence from one to three years for fleeing the scene of a fatal accident. The change will put the penalty on par with the sentence for a DUI homicide. Supporters say the disparity encouraged impaired drivers to flee.

 

Karen Boback

State Representative Karen Boback... who represents a portion of northern Columbia... as well as Luzerne and Wyoming County's will have office hours Wednesday at the Conyngham Township Municipal Building on Pond Hill Road in Mocanaqua. Either Ms. Boback or an office staffer will be there to answer questions or address concerns from constituents. Office hours from from 10 O'clock until noon.

 

Hazleton Softball

Playing not one... but two ineligible high school softball players... can get you in a lot of trouble. Now we're learning that Hazleton Area's head softball coach... Vince Trivelpiece... is suspended from coaching at any District two school for all of next season. The Hazleton Cougars have also been placed on probation by the PIAA next season as well.

 

Pierce St. Bridge

Construction on the Pierce Street Bridge in Wilkes – Barre may be coming to an end this week. The span connects Kingston and Wilkes – Barre... and for the past couple of years there has been a massive re-construction project. The construction company hopes to take care of some milling and paving of the roadway the next two days... lifting all restrictions late Thursday afternoon.

 

Pringle Stabbing

A 29 – year old woman from Shickshinny is in jail... after she allegedly stabbed a man this week in Pringle. Heather Muchler allegedly stabbed her boyfriend at the corner of Hoyt and North Streets during a heated argument. The victim was not identified, but was taken to the hospital for emergency surgery. Muchler is being held on $50,000 bond.

 

Wilkes – Barre General Nurses

Nurses at Wilkes – Barre General Hospital are expected to go on strike this Friday. The 480 – or – so unionized workers have been working under the terms of an expired contract since April of 2013, Their bone of contention... health insurance... staffing and salary.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

In the first game of a ten game road trip for the Phillies Tuesday night in Miami... the Marlins defeated the Philadelphia Phillie's 5 to 4. The teams meet again Wednesday night at 7:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

Other MLB Games 

In other games Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 3 to 2... the Atlanta Braves got by the New York Mets 5 to 4... and the Tampa Bay Rays downed the New York Yankees 2 to 1.

 

World Cup

The U.S. National team was eliminated in the World Cup yesterday with a 2-1 loss to Belgium. After a scoreless regulation... all of the goals were scored in extra time.

 

Other World Cup

In other World Cup action Tuesday... Argentina downed Switzerland 1 to nothing.

Tuesday / July 1, 2014


 

I-80 Fatal

After being shut down for nearly nine hours... the westbound lane of Interstate 80 from Lime Ridge to Buckhorn is reopen to traffic. It was closed shortly after 1 O'clock Monday when a garbage truck rammed the rear of a tractor – trailer setting off a five vehicle pile – up just west of the Lightstreet interchange. The driver of the garbage truck was trapped in his cab and died at the scene. Pennsylvania State Police identify the driver as 60 – year old William Boettinger of Danielsville... in Northampton County. An accident reconstruction team spent hours trying to figure out what happened and take measurements of the scene. No word as to why Boettinger he ran into the rear of the tractor – trailer... stopped in a construction zone.

 

Budget / Millard

The General Assembly has put their stamp of approval on a nearly $30 – billion budget for fiscal year 2014 – 15... but Governor Corbett has yet to sign it into law... and no one knows when he will. State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... voted FOR the measure. Representative Millard says agriculture has received an increase in the spending plan... and education is funded at historic levels. Meantime.. Governor Corbett says he's not happy that lawmakers failed to reach a pension reform package.

 

Vendor Charged

Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold says a vendor at that weekend gun show at the Bloomsburg fairgrounds... will be charged with simple assault. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... 44 – Geoffrey Hawk will be charged after the 38 – caliber weapon went off while he demonstrated a holster. 25 – year old Krista Gearhart was shot in the leg. Hawk telling investigators he never loads a weapon.. but said he put it down and walked away earlier in the day... and someone could have place a round in the chamber. Gearhart is recovering from her wound at her Orangeville home.

 

Barletta / Kiddie Immigration

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton is packing his bags... and is headed for McAllen, Texas on the U-S / Mexican border on Thursday. He wants to get a first hand look at the problem of children illegally coming into this country across the border. During a news conference in Hazleton Monday... Representative Barletta called the illegals a national security problem. Representative Barletta questioned of the placement of the kids.... and the possibility of putting them in the Min Sic Building in Hazleton. Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says not only would an influx of undocumented kids tax his police department... but it would be a burden on the city's school system and social services.

 

Energy Bills

With energy usage expected to once again rise this summer, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission is hoping new rules will avoid a repeat of the huge increases in electric bills during the winter. The new rules were adopted after a winter season when electricity customers, especially those with variable-rate plans, saw their bills double and in some cases triple in the course of a few weeks. The changes include more understandable language in service agreements so that customers will know exactly what they can expect, as well as a shorter transition period for customers who opt to go with another supplier. The state Consumer Advocate's office has filed complaints against five energy suppliers after hearing from thousands of angry ratepayers.
 

Gas Prices / Hazleton

Headed out of town for the Independence weekend... you may be paying more at the gas pumps. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows that... right now.. motorists across northeastern PA are paying an average of $3.70 for a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular. That's the same as it was over the weekend... and up only a penny from a week ago. However, it's believed that prices will go up a couple of cents a gallon later this week... just hours before the heaviest travel time of the summer gets underway.

 

BUI on the 4th
The Fourth of July weekend is a busy one for boat traffic and officials are reminding people the drunk driving rules are pretty similar on land and on the water. A boat operator with a blood alcohol level of point 08 can be charged with boating under the influence and face fines, loss of operating privileges and penalties. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the effects of alcohol are magnified on the water combined with wind, motion and heat. Spokeswoman Jenny Robinson says drinking too much on board is also dangerous for passengers, who could fall overboard and drown.

 

Kevin's Law

Governor Corbett signed “Kevin's Law” Monday night. It happened hours after state senate passage of the bill. The law is named for a 5 – year old Luzerne County boy who died at the hands of a hit and run driver during the 2012 holiday season as he left a Wilkes – Barre church. Now.. drivers could face a sentence of three years in prison for a hit and run death... instead of just one year behind bars.

 

Rosini Confirmed

The State Senate of Pennsylvania has unanimously confirmed Anthony Rosini as Common Pleas Judge of Northumberland County. That word from Senator John Gordner of Berwick. First elected as Northumberland County District Attorney in 1995, Rosini is in his fifth term as D.A. Rosini was nominated for the position by Governor Tom Corbett and received unanimous approval of the Senate Judiciary Committee at his confirmation hearing last week.

 

WHLM Sports

Armand Leaks

A former Bloomsburg University basketball player has wrapped up an opportunity of a lifetime... representing his country with Team USA during a series of games in Italy. Armand Leaks became a stand out on the team. In the first game... he compiled 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds... as the Americans lost at the buzzer. Leaks graduated from BU just this past spring.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had Monday off to regroup following their loss to the Atlanta Braves in a weekend series. Now... they play the next ten games on the road. Tuesday night... the Phils begin a series with the Miami Marlins. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:35 on the WHLM Stations.

 

Other MLB Games

Other games Monday... the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees 4 to 3... and the Atlanta Braves downed the New York Mets 5 to 3.

 

World Cup

In World Cup action Tuesday... Argentina takes on Switzerland at 12 noon... while the big game of the day features the United States facing Belgium at 4 O'clock.

 

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