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News Archive Archives for 2014-08

What's Happening? Sunday, August 31, 2014


 

It's Labor Day Weekend in the Only Town in Pennsylvania.

 

The 6th annual Schuylkill County Wine Festival is happening this afternoon, at the Hegins Park on Stutzman Drive. Come for outstanding wine tastings, cuisine, live entertainment, and a table decorating contest. The festival runs from 1-6PM. Tickets are $15 each, and $5 for the designated driver. Group rates are available. For more information, check out SchuylkillWineFestival.com

 

Our Time Kindermusik returns to Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville this fall, starting September 10. The program is for children ages 16 months - 3 years old and their parents. Cost for the course is $85, or just $70 for church members. Deadline to sign up is today. For more information, visit GrovePresbyterianChurch.org

 

Susquehanna Valley UUC in Northumberland is holding a yard sale this Labor Day weekend at 265 Point Township Drive. Today, Monday and Tuesday, find Winter clothing, kitchen items, electronics, and more. Tuesday is Dollar Bag day from 8AM - Noon.

 

PennDOT Memorial

Remembering those who died in the line of duty... while performing their job. The PennDOT Traveling Workers Memorial is currently on display at the I-80 westbound rest area east of Mifflinville. The memorial honors PennDOT workers killed since 1970, many of them the result of careless, reckless or impaired drivers. The memorial, which will be displayed at the rest area throughout the holiday weekend... and is designed to raise public awareness that they need to pay full attention to driving in work zones.

 

WHLM Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies wrap up a weekend series in New York against the Mets this afternoon. First pitch flies at 1:10. Coverage starts with the pregame at 12:35.

 
Upcoming Events:
 

Sept 2

The Socrates Cafe is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Tuesday evening. The group will meet for their regular lively discussion at 6:30 PM. The topic this month is: what will be the impact of the Hobby Lobby court decision? Bring your opinions. The library is on Market Square in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Sept 4

Summer concerts at the Jackson Mansion wrap up this Thursday night, with the annual Berwick free Cake and Ice Cream Social. Music will be provided by Memory Lane at 7PM. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the mansion lawn on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Sept 4

Come to the Bloomsburg Pubilc Library this Thursday, and learn about 18th-century Columbia County with a visit by local author Patsy Van Dyke, as she discusses her research into the historical setting for her recent young-adult novel, "Freedom For Kate." The talk starts at 6:30 PM in the Fireplace Lounge.

 

Sept 5

The 7th annual BU Track and Field Market Street Mile is coming up at 6:30 PM this Friday evening in downtown Bloomsburg. The course takes runners on a path to "Discover Downtown." There will be prizes for the top finishers in each category. Registration is $20 for the mile-long course, or just $15 for the children's 1/2 mile and 1/4 mile courses at the park. Registration will be open at the Town Park Pavilion from 4:30-6PM the day of the race.

 

Sept 5

Celebrate National Yoga Month this Friday with an evening of free and open yoga instruction at the Bloomsburg town park bandshell from 5-7PM. Please bring your own mat and water. If you don't have a yoga mat, a beach towel can be used.

 

Sept 6

The Columbia County Historical and Geneaological Society celebrates their 100th birthday this Saturday with an open house from 9 - 11:30 AM at the Bloomsburg Public Library on Market Street. There will be food, contests, prizes, a historical scavenger hunt, and a special showing of vintage film of Bloomsbug from the 1940s.

 

Sept 6

The second annual Holly McAnall Walk for the Heart will be held this Saturday at 10 AM at the Bloomsburg Town Park. The 2 mile walk benefits Geisinger's Heart and Vascular Institute's Women's Hearth Health fund. Registration starts at 9 AM - cost to register is $10.

 

Sept 6

The Washies Fire Company in Danville is holding a Vera Bradley and Coach Bingo this Saturday at the hall on Railroad Street. Doors open at Noon, bingo starts at 1:30PM. Tickets are $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit local charities.

 

Sept 6 & 7

Cruise-in to the Mifflinville Fire Hall on Market Street this Saturday and Sunday for the Pennsylvania Summer Car, Truck, and Bike show. It starts with a cruise-in at 4PM on Saturday. Registration for the show on Sunday is open from 9AM - Noon. Fee for the show is $10 per car, or just $2 per spectator. There will be a swap meet, and kids activities, too. For more information, call 570-764-2315.

 

Sept 7

Celebrate recovery this Sunday afternoon and and rally against addiction with the third annual Anti-Heroin Rally at the Berwick Elks. Come to the Elks parking lot on West 3rd Street from 2-6PM for live music, speakers, information, and some great food - everyone is welcome.

 

Sept 7

It's Sundae Sunday - this Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg. Come to the church steps on Market Street from 6-8PM for live music and free ice cream.

 

Thru Sept 5

It's time to put in your nominations for this year's Geisinger HealthSouth Community Champion Awards. If you know someone who experienced a physically debilitating health issue or illness and overcame their challenges against the odds, had a great attitude and never gave up, you can recognize them as a champion. You can find nomination forms at the WHLM studios on Main Street in Bloomsburg, or by clicking the link at the top of the page. The awards will be presented on September 24 - deadline for submissions is Friday, September 5.

 

Sept 11-14

Get your tickets now to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 2nd annual Women's Solo Performance Festival, running Thursday through Sunday, September 11 - 14. The festival covers four days of original solo works by women artists presented on the Alvina Krause Theatre Stage. Tickets are $15 per show, or $50 for a full pass. And don't miss the first Women Artisans' Street Fair on Saturday the 13th, Center Street, just off Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Booth fee for the Fair is $25. For more information, check out the 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.

 

Thru November 15

The Danville chapter of the American Red Cross is opening nominations for this year's Robert Pursel Distinguished Citizen of the Year award, to be presented on November 15. For nomination forms, call 570-275-1441.

 

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, August 30, 2014


 

It's Labor Day Weekend in the Only Town in Pennsylvania.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose Lodge on Seiple Drive in Bloomsburg is holding a chicken barbecue this afternoon from Noon - 5PM. Bo Bandana will perform from 7-10 later that night. Take out is available, For more information, call 570-389-9623.

 

Town Hall UMC in Shickchinny is holding a Community Yard Sale today, from 8AM - 1PM at the church on Town Hill Road.

 

Susquehanna Valley UUC in Northumberland is holding a yard sale this Labor Day weekend at 265 Point Township Drive. Today, Monday and Tuesday, find Winter clothing, kitchen items, electronics, and more. Tuesday is Dollar Bag day from 8AM - Noon.

 

The 6th annual Schuylkill County Wine Festival is coming up on Sunday, at the Hegins Park on Stutzman Drive. Come for outstanding wine tastings, cuisine, live entertainment, and a table decorating contest. The festival runs from 1-6PM. Tickets are $15 each, and $5 for the designated driver. Group rates are available. For more information, check out SchuylkillWineFestival.com

 

Our Time Kindermusik returns to Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville this fall, starting September 10. The program is for children ages 16 months - 3 years old and their parents. Cost for the course is $85, or just $70 for church members. Deadline is Sunday, August 31. For more information, visit  GrovePresbyterianChurch.org

 

PennDOT Memorial

Remembering those who died in the line of duty... while performing their job. The PennDOT Traveling Workers Memorial is currently on display at the I-80 westbound rest area east of Mifflinville. The memorial honors PennDOT workers killed since 1970, many of them the result of careless, reckless or impaired drivers. The memorial, which will be displayed at the rest area throughout the holiday weekend... and is designed to raise public awareness that they need to pay full attention to driving in work zones.

 

WHLM Sports

The 2014 high school football season kicked off Friday night, and all six area teams were in action. You can hear all the details from the night's games with the WHLM sports team in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Berwick/Crestwood

In Mountaintop, Berwick faced Crestwood in a rematch of last November's District semifinal won by the Bulldogs 14-13. The Bulldogs came close, but Crestwood proved the stronger in their season opener, avenging their previous loss against Berwick with a 28-20 win.

 

Danville / Bloomsburg

Danville and Bloomsburg renewed their rivalry at Panther Stadium in our game of the week. The Ironmen took an early lead and never let go, leading to a 35-7 Danville win over the Panthers.

 

Other Football Action

In other action, Central Columbia fell to Selinsgrove 43-6, Southern Columbia trounced Mifflinburg 40-14, and Columbia Montour Vo Tech beat North Penn 14-6.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies opened a weekend series in New York Friday night against the Mets. The Phils lost that match 4-1. They'll play again Saturday night at 7:10. The pregame show starts at 6:35.

 
Upcoming Events:
 

Sept 2

The Socrates Cafe is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Tuesday evening. The group will meet for their regular lively discussion at 6:30 PM. The topic this month is: what will be the impact of the Hobby Lobby court decision? Bring your opinions. The library is on Market Square in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Sept 4

Summer concerts at the Jackson Mansion wrap up this Thursday night, with the annual Berwick free Cake and Ice Cream Social. Music will be provided by Memory Lane at 7PM. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the mansion lawn on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Sept 4

Come to the Bloomsburg Pubilc Library this Thursday, and learn about 18th-century Columbia County with a visit by local author Patsy Van Dyke, as she discusses her research into the historical setting for her recent young-adult novel, "Freedom For Kate." The talk starts at 6:30 PM in the Fireplace Lounge.

 

Sept 5

The 7th annual BU Track and Field Market Street Mile is coming up at 6:30 PM this Friday evening in downtown Bloomsburg. The course takes runners on a path to "Discover Downtown." There will be prizes for the top finishers in each category. Registration is $20 for the mile-long course, or just $15 for the children's 1/2 mile and 1/4 mile courses at the park. Registration will be open at the Town Park Pavilion from 4:30-6PM the day of the race.

 

Sept 5

Celebrate National Yoga Month this Friday with an evening of free and open yoga instruction at the Bloomsburg town park bandshell from 5-7PM. Please bring your own mat and water. If you don't have a yoga mat, a beach towel can be used.

 

Sept 6

The Columbia County Historical and Geneaological Society celebrates their 100th birthday this Saturday with an open house from 9 - 11:30 AM at the Bloomsburg Public Library on Market Street. There will be food, contests, prizes, a historical scavenger hunt, and a special showing of vintage film of Bloomsbug from the 1940s.

 

Sept 6

The second annual Holly McAnall Walk for the Heart will be held this Saturday at 10 AM at the Bloomsburg Town Park. The 2 mile walk benefits Geisinger's Heart and Vascular Institute's Women's Hearth Health fund. Registration starts at 9 AM - cost to register is $10.

 

Sept 6

The Washies Fire Company in Danville is holding a Vera Bradley and Coach Bingo this Saturday at the hall on Railroad Street. Doors open at Noon, bingo starts at 1:30PM. Tickets are $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit local charities.

 

Sept 6 & 7

Cruise-in to the Mifflinville Fire Hall on Market Street this Saturday and Sunday for the Pennsylvania Summer Car, Truck, and Bike show. It starts with a cruise-in at 4PM on Saturday. Registration for the show on Sunday is open from 9AM - Noon. Fee for the show is $10 per car, or just $2 per spectator. There will be a swap meet, and kids activities, too. For more information, call 570-764-2315.

 

Sept 7

Celebrate recovery this Sunday afternoon and and rally against addiction with the third annual Anti-Heroin Rally at the Berwick Elks. Come to the Elks parking lot on West 3rd Street from 2-6PM for live music, speakers, information, and some great food - everyone is welcome.

 

Sept 7

It's Sundae Sunday - this Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg. Come to the church steps on Market Street from 6-8PM for live music and free ice cream.

 

Thru Sept 5

It's time to put in your nominations for this year's Geisinger HealthSouth Community Champion Awards. If you know someone who experienced a physically debilitating health issue or illness and overcame their challenges against the odds, had a great attitude and never gave up, you can recognize them as a champion. You can find nomination forms at the WHLM studios on Main Street in Bloomsburg, or by clicking the link at the top of the page. The awards will be presented on September 24 - deadline for submissions is Friday, September 5.

 

Sept 11-14

Get your tickets now to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 2nd annual Women's Solo Performance Festival, running Thursday through Sunday, September 11 - 14. The festival covers four days of original solo works by women artists presented on the Alvina Krause Theatre Stage. Tickets are $15 per show, or $50 for a full pass. And don't miss the first Women Artisans' Street Fair on Saturday the 13th, Center Street, just off Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Booth fee for the Fair is $25. For more information, check out the 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.

 

Thru November 15

The Danville chapter of the American Red Cross is opening nominations for this year's Robert Pursel Distinguished Citizen of the Year award, to be presented on November 15. For nomination forms, call 570-275-1441.

 

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.

 

Friday / August 29, 2014


 

Millville Teachers Strike

Trying to get negotiations in that teachers strike in the Millville Area School District off dead center. According to their Facebook page... the Concerned Citizens of Millville will meet next Tuesday at the Millville Grange Hall. The post goes on to explain the meeting is designed to discuss strategies... getting both sides to the bargaining table... thus getting kids back to the classroom. Meantime... word is posted that negotiators are expected to meet face to face on September 10th. If they do... it will be the first time the two sides met since the strike began last Wednesday.

 

Test Scores / Public Education

A new study from the Pennsylvania State Education Association suggests there's a link between standardized test scores and funding for public education. In a three year period starting with the 2010-2011 academic year, the study says test scores for third through 5th graders declined, with the largest budget cuts coming in school districts with the highest levels of poverty. A state Education Department Spokesman dismisses the report, citing its use solely of standardized test scores to measure achievement.
 

Lou Barletta

With Congress in recess... there is nothing more Rep. Lou Barletta of Hazleton likes to do but tour fire halls and business areas in the 11th District. Mr. Barletta spent some time Thursday at the Reliance Fire Company in Berwick... getting a look at the rigs in the bays. Congressman Barletta also toured the Front Street business district.. talking with shop keepers... keeping the economy of Berwick rolling along.

 

XGR / Millard

It appears it's going to be a busy September for state house members... as they're called into a fall session September 15th. State Representative David Millard... a North Centre Township Republican says pension reform tops the proposed agenda... followed by the privatizing of the state store system. Also expected to be on the agenda is blighted housing in the major metro areas such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

 

Distracted Driving

The negative impact of distracted driving on teens is highlighted in a new report from the Governor's Highway Safety Association. The report finds that teens represent the largest proportion of drivers who are distracted at the time of a fatal crash. 57 percent of those killed were the teen drivers, the rest were their passengers, other vehicle occupants, pedestrians and bicyclists. Cellphones aren't the only distraction... research finds passengers have more of a negative impact on teen drivers than adults.

 

PennDOT Memorial

Remembering those who died in the line of duty... while performing their job. The PennDOT Traveling Workers Memorial is currently on display at the I-80 westbound rest area east of Mifflinville. The memorial honors PennDOT workers killed since 1970, many of them the result of careless, reckless or impaired drivers. The memorial, which will be displayed at the rest area throughout the holiday weekend... and is designed to raise public awareness that they need to pay full attention to driving in work zones.

 

Restaurant Rebuild

A Turbotville restaurant consumed by fire earlier this year is being rebuilt. Bradley's Fern Park in Delaware Township burned to the ground in February... now one of the co – owners... and friends are bringing the place back to life. A state fire marshal ruled that the blaze was accidental... and it began in a motor in a freezer. Now... there's a pending lawsuit against the company who manufactured that equipment. The restaurant's owners are shooting for an opening date in October.

 

Fire Chief

The Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief says he'll enter a plea in Federal Court next month. John Yuknavich has agreed ed to plead guilty to stealing $45,000 dollars from his volunteer fire department. In essence, the 50 – year old Yuknavich will plead guilty to making off with federal funds destined for his department. He could get up to ten years in federal prison.

 

Schuylkill Fatal

A Barnesville man is dead after he rammed into the rear of a car Wednesday night. Authorities say the incident happening on Route 309 near Tamaqua in neighboring Schuylkill County. 38 – year old Brian Bittner then slammed into a parked car. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the County Coroner.

 

Scam

An apparent scam in Nanticoke in Luzerne County. A man... claiming to be from the water company... made his way into a home this week on River Street... saying he needed to check the pipes. The victim telling police he then asked for money... but left the home when she said she didn't have any. The man then drove away in an unmarked pick up truck.

 

WHLM Sports

The 2014 high school football season kicked off Friday night, and all six area teams were in action. You can hear all the details from the night's games with the WHLM sports team in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Berwick/Crestwood

In Mountaintop, Berwick faced Crestwood in a rematch of last November's District semifinal won by the Bulldogs 14-13. The Bulldogs came close, but Crestwood proved the stronger in their season opener, avenging their previous loss against Berwick with a 28-20 win.

 

Danville / Bloomsburg

Danville and Bloomsburg renewed their rivalry at Panther Stadium in our game of the week. The Ironmen took an early lead and never let go, leading to a 35-7 Danville win over the Panthers.

 

Other Football Action

In other action, Central Columbia fell to Selinsgrove 43-6, Southern Columbia trounced Mifflinburg 40-14, and Columbia Montour Vo Tech beat North Penn 14-6.

 

College Football

In college football Thursday night... Texas A and M defeated South Carolina 52 to 28... and the Temple Owls defeated Vanderbilt 37 to 7.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies opened a weekend series in New York Friday night against the Mets. The Phils lost that match 4-1. They'll play again Saturday night at 7:10. The pregame show starts at 6:35.

 

Other Games

In major league baseball Thursday... the Detroit Tigers just got by the New York Yankees 3 to 2... and the Atlanta Braves downed the New York Mets 6 to 1.

 

 

Thursday / August 28, 2014


 

 

Blood Needed

We're approaching the final days of summer... but that doesn't mean that the need for blood and it's bi-products lessens. Colin Riccobon of the American Red Cross telling us from his Ashley office that it's easy to roll up your sleeve and donate. Want to know where a blood drive is being held in the area... simply go to the Community Ca lander section of our website... WHLM.com... to get the details.

 

Building Sold

One of Bloomsburg's landmark buildings has been sold. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... developers Matt Zoppetti and his partner... Sante D'Ambrosio has purchased Husky Corners... at Main and East Streets for $3.6 - million. The purchase closed earlier this month according to records at the courthouse. The pair buying the property from a Philadelphia – based consortium... who purchased the property from Delmar Zeisloft for $1.5 - million in 2004. There are no anticipated changes planned for the building.

 

Gubernatorial Poll
Governor Corbett still has a lot of ground to make up by November to win re-election according to the latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll. Democratic Challenger Tom Wolf holds a 25 point lead over Republican Governor Tom Corbett with 25% of the voters undecided. Franklin and Marshall College Poll Director Terry Madonna says the race remains nearly frozen since the June poll. He says Governor Corbett has not given the voters a reason to give him a second look and needs a big narrative change to gain ground. He says negative ads on both sides do not seem to be effective in moving voters.

Funding Education

The Commonwealth Foundation released a poll of 600 registered voters in Pennsylvania, on the subject of funding public education. 73% of those polled underestimated the amount the state spends on each student, while 66% expressed surprise when informed that the amount is 29-hundred dollars per student above the national average. 82% believe teachers make less than they actually do, and 54% said they are not willing to pay any more in taxes to increase education funding.

 

Charter School Costs
A new study shows increasing costs and growing pressure on school districts, as more students attend charter schools. The Penn State study shows that between 2006 and 2012, the cost almost doubled, to $1.3 - billion. Districts pay tuition for each student to attend a charter or cyber charter school. Professor Bill Hartman who led the study team, says there is currently no mechanism in place to control charter school growth. The study calls the pressure on local school district budgets obvious and escalating.

 

Retirement / Social Security
When you're young, retirement may be the last thing you are thinking about as you manage your finances. But the Social Security Administration wants people of all ages to know their benefits. You can get three personalized estimates of what you would get from Social Security at retirement, depending on whether you retire early with a penalty, at full retirement age or collect benefits later with an 8% annual "bonus" for each year you waited. The Social Security Administration wants people to sign up for a my Social Security account so they'll know what they need to put aside on their own for retirement.

 

Community Champion

The Geisinger Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Danville is looking for a Community Champion... and they're looking for nominations. That word from Geisinger's Nancy Presswood who said nominations for the Community Champion award are being accepted through September 5th. The award will be given... Wednesday, September 24th. You can pick up a nominating form at the WHLM Studio's at 124 E. Main Street, Bloomsburg.

 

Labor Day Holiday
As we head into the holiday weekend, the Pennsylvania Psychological Society says don't let your labors overwhelm you and don't take work with you on your time off. Being fearful about keeping your job, trying to do your best and trying to beat the clock can make stress build. Dr. Rex Gatto, a business psychologist in Pittsburgh, says technology has increased the work day, allowing us to check in when we are supposed to be off. He says decompressing is important not only to your health, but your job performance. He says we need to take breaks when we should, like at lunch time and unplug from work during our time off.

 

Labor Day Crackdown

With the Labor Day holiday weekend nearly upon us... PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police are becoming part of a national team designed to reduce alcohol – and – drug – related crashes. For example... two years ago there were 33 – hundred drug – related crashes... producing 136 fatalities. A year ago... there were 32 – hundred crashes... but fatalities increase to 143. PA DUI Task Forces... the PSP and local law enforcement will conduct checkpoints and roving patrols as part of the crackdown.

 

Hazleton Assault

Hazleton police are investigating the assault and the robbery of a man in the area of Fifth and Alter Streets late Tuesday night. Police say up to six Hispanic men with long hair took the man's wallet and fled into the night time. If you have information about the incident... call Hazleton Police.

 

Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Jobless Rate

The jobless rate in the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton metro area is down a tenth of a percent... to 6.8% in July. That's the lowest since October of 2008 according the state Department of Labor. Despite the trend... it's the 52nd consecutive month that the area has led the state in unemployment. The decline in the labor force is linked to the tenth of a percent drop.

 

Mahanoy City Fire

Still no word as to what started a fire in eight row homes Tuesday night in Mahanoy City. A fire marshal was on the scene all day Wednesday trying to figure out what sparked the blaze. The fire taking place on East Centre Street. Folks living in the buildings were evacuated and not injured.

 

Ricketts Glen

For the second time in this millennium... Lake Jean at the Ricketts Glen State Park will be drained next year. Repair work to the dam control tower will be undertaken.... a vital park of keeping the 245 – acre lake at an even keel. There was a similar situation back in 2001 when the lake was drained to preform the same kind of work. The latest project is expected to take about a year to complete at an estimated $800,000.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football 

The Bloomsburg University football team is ranked 25th in the country in the D2football.com preseason poll. In addition, that website recognized Huskies middle linebacker Justin Shirk as a 2nd team preseason All American. The Huskies open the season Saturday afternoon, September 6th against Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

 

College Football

The Division one college football season kicks off tonight with 6 games on the schedule including an S.E.C. Matchup... Texas A & M at South Carolina.

 

HS Football

The area's high school football season kicks off Friday night. You can hear a preview of all area teams on the Independence Honda Countdown to Kickoff Show Thursday afternoon following the 5 o'clock news.

 

PHL Phillies

In the final game of their home series against Washington Wednesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies downed the National's 8 to 4. The Phils have today off. They open a weekend series in New York against the Mets Friday night.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Wednesday... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3 to 1... the Atlanta Braves got by the New York Mets 3 to 2... and the New York Yankees downed the Detroit Tigers 8 to 4.

 

Wednesday / August 27, 2014


 

Ordinance

Bloomsburg Council Chambers was filled Tuesday as members of the Community and Economic Development Committee met... getting the wheels turning on a proposed anti – discrimination measure. It's genesis stems from a local bridal shop not wanting to service two gay women who plan to marry. For ComD chairperson Diane Levan... hearing input is the first step to any proposed legislation. The proposed legislation may be based off an ordinance enacted by the Bucks County Borough of Doylestown.... brought to council's attention by Bloomsburg businessman Dwayne Heisler. More discussion on the proposed ordinance when the committee meets next month.

 

Charter School Study

A new study points to racial and ethnic segregation in charter schools in Pennsylvania. The study was commissioned by the center for Rural Pennsylvania and conducted by researchers at Penn State. Over a five year period starting in 2006, the study showed patterns of segregation along racial and ethnic lines in Pennsylvania. Researchers say the trend mirrors residential segregation patterns in recent decades, but other factors such as the availability of transportation and whether subsidized school lunches are provided are also among the reasons.
 

Sex Assault Charges

A Wilburton man remains in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.. facing a list of sex related charges. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us 30 – year old Dustin Lee Reed of Wilburton is accused of forcing a 26 – year old woman to have sex with him at his home. His arrest on Monday follows a number of interviews and the collection of evidence. Reed was arrested and arraigned before District Justice Doug Brewer... and lodged in the jail in lieu of bail.

 

The Barbour's

The husband and wife accused of killing a Port Treverton man last year... have entered guilty pleas in Northumberland County Court. 18 – year old Miranda Barbour and her husband, 22 – year old Elytte pleading guilty to second degree murder Tuesday in the death of Troy LaFerrara last November. The pair moving to Selinsgrove from the Carolina's... then seeking out men through the social media site Craigslist. Both could have faced the death penalty if their cases would have gone to trial.

 

Power Cord Recall

The U S Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall that affects millions of people with notebook computers. The AC power cords of nearly 6 million HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers are being recalled due to a potential fire or burn hazard. The cords are labeled LS-15. The CPSC says if you have one, stop using it and contact HP for a free replacement. The recall does not affect the computers. The cords are also using on some AC adapter powered accessories such as docking stations.
 

Tobacco Survey
There is more concern about kids and electronic cigarettes after the release of the latest National Youth Tobacco survey of middle and high schoolers. The numbers show that more than a quarter million youth who had never smoked a cigarette used e cigarettes last year....a three fold increase from 2011. And it shows they were twice as likely to say they intend to smoke conventional cigarettes within the next year. The CDC says the analysis also found youth exposed to tobacco advertising had higher rates of intention to smoke than those who weren't.

 

Genealogical Society

The Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society is celebrating it's 100th year of existence next month.... Saturday, September 6th to be exact. That word from Executive Director Bonnie Farver... appearing on Tuesday's WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe and Norm. There is a party that day and it takes place at the Society's headquarters on the second floor of the Bloomsburg Public Library on Market Street... beginning at 9 AM.

 

Spreading the Word
A group of current and former school administrators is preparing to fan out across the state with the message that big changes are needed in funding public schools in Pennsylvania. The "circuit riders" as they are called are made up mostly of former superintendents, though some remain in leadership positions. Their goal is to point up the disparities in funding for the state's 500 school districts. The group is supported by organizations representing school administrators, business officials, and rural districts. One official points out the districts haven't had a solid funding formula in over 20 years.

 

Bank Robberies

Police are looking for a man who tried to rob a Hazleton bank, but failed... but was successful when he ripped off a second bank. He first tried to rob the First National Community Bank on Broad Street in Hazel ton... but the door was locked. Later... police say the same man robbed the Mauch Chunk Trust Bank in Hometown... getting away with some cash. Although investigators got a tag number... the vehicle came back as stolen.

 

Mahanoy City Fire

Fire investigators will be in Mahanoy City today... trying to figure out what sparked a fire in some row homes on East Centre Streets. The flames were first spotted around six O'clock Tuesday night. Folks living in the building were evacuated and not injured.

 

Cabbie Robbed

Hazleton Police are investing the robbery of a Yellow Cab driver early Tuesday morning. The incident taking place in the 400 block of Mill Street. Cops say a black male in a gray winter vest and a black hoodie stuck a sharp object in the driver side... demanding his cash. It's not known how much money was taken in the incident.

 

Weekend Auction
Some rare and valuable items will be up for auction this weekend as the state Treasury's Bureau of Unclaimed Property clears some space in its vault. If Treasury can't find the rightful owner after three years, the property can be appraised and sold to the highest bidder. Proceeds of the auction are still maintained if the owner or heirs make a claim. Morphy Auctions in Lancaster County will include over 500 items in its fine and decorative arts auction this Saturday and Sunday. They range from diamond jewelry to rare coins and a Nolan Ryan rookie card

 

 

WHLM Sports

Berwick HS Football

The Berwick High School football team opens the season Friday night in Mountain Top against the Comets of Crestwood. The teams last met in November in the District 2 Class AAA semifinals. Berwick won that game 14-13, and Crestwood Coach Greg Myers says his team is looking forward to a rematch with the Bulldogs. Berwick at Crestwood kicks off Friday night at 7. Coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 begins with the Lenahan & Dempsey Coach Curry Show at 6 O'clock.

 

PHL Phillies

In the second game of their home series against Washington Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington National's 4 to 3. The series concludes tonight with a 7:05 first pitch. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the St. Louis Cardinals 5 to 2... it was the New York Mets over the Atlanta Braves 3 to 2... and the Detroit Tigers getting by the New York Yankees 5 to 2.

 

 

Tuesday / August 26, 2014


 

Millville Teachers Strike

The teachers strike in the Millville school district enters day five Tuesday... with no end in sight. Prior to Monday night's school board meeting... teachers picketed in front of the school complex... while teachers union negotiator Mark McDade spoke to concerned parents. Rene Hodgson of a group known as the Concerned Citizens of Millville wants the teachers and the board talking to each other. Meantime... the state has given the teacher's union the okay to strike until October 1st. Teachers are hitting the picket line due to a lack of a contract since 2012... as well as wages increases and and health insurance costs.

 

NRC Meeting

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will held a public meeting next Wednesday. The session is designed to provide the result of NRC inspections recently preformed at PPL's nuclear power plant in Salem Township... north of Berwick. Coming under scrutiny will be the plant's Unit 2. An inspection was preformed in response to a decline in safety performance. The meeting will begin at 5 O'clock at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center... north of the plant's entrance... on Route 11.

 

Celebity Artist Series

How big is Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series ??? It's huge... kicking off October 10th with Winton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra. BU's Randall Presswood says the Marsalis appearance is the first of nearly a dozen artists performing over the winter months at the University. Tickets for the Marsalis concert are available by calling the B-U box office... Monday through Friday... starting at 12 noon each day...

 

Gas Prices

With the Labor Day holiday weekend approaching... the average price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular continues to fall. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of $3.40 a gallon in northeastern Pennsylvania. That's the same as it was over the weekend... three cents lower than a week ago... and off 18 – cents a gallon from last month at this time. The reason... lower prices for crude... and a supply that's plentiful.

 

Pay to Play
Snowmobilers, equestrians and mountain bikers using trails on state game lands may have to pay to use them under a new proposal from the state Game Commission. The proposed fee of up to $30 to help with upkeep and maintenance would be required for anyone who wants to ride snowmobiles, bikes and horses on state game land trails, but it would not apply to those who have hunting or furtaker licenses which include such access. The argument is that hikers and birdwatchers typically cause less damage to trails. The Game Commission expects to vote on the proposal at its meeting on September 22nd and 23rd in Delmont.

 

Transfiguration School

It appears the Transfiguration School in West Hazleton will be saved. A capital campaign has been launched to raise an estimated $1.2 - million to renovate the school... and use it for undetermined purposes for the Holy Name of Jesus Parish. The decision came after contractors recommended that the building be saved rather than torn down.

 

U.S. Steel

Legislation to deal with the use of foreign-made steel by Marcellus Shale natural gas drillers is being proposed by an Allegheny County lawmaker. State Senator Jim Brewster is pushing legislation that would require any safety device used in gas wells, including casings, to use American-made steel. He says using domestic steel isn't just an economic or jobs issue-- it's also a safety issue. Brewster says too many steelworkers have lost their jobs in PA to be using foreign made steel in a thriving industry.

 

Plea Deal

Sentencing is scheduled in November for an Allentown man... who pleaded guilty to child luring on Monday. Joseph Williams admitted he tried to get a boy into his car in Edwardsville earlier this year. He will remain in the Luzerne County Jail until sentencing.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team has 8 starters returning on defense from last year's team that won the PSAC title. One of the returning players is middle linebacker Justin Shirk who believes the Huskies defense can be better that it was last season. The Huskies open the season Saturday afternoon, September 6th at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

 

PHL Phillies 

In the first game of their three game home series against Washington Monday night.. the National's fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 3 to 2. Game two of their three game series is Tuesday night 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 St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3 to 2... and the New York Yankees outscored the Kansas City Royals 8 to 1.

Monday / August 25, 2014


 

Striking Millville Teachers

Teachers remain on strike in the Millville Area School District. Monday is the fourth day of a work stoppage that began last Wednesday after negotiators on both sides failed to come to an agreement on a new contract Tuesday night. Now... the Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition that parents... and some teachers will rally Monday night... in front of the high school prior to the board meeting... in an effort to get talks off dead – center. It's not known how long teachers are prepared to stay on the picket line, but our media partner Newswatch 16 reported that the state has given permission for teachers to remain out until October 1st.

 

University / Back to School

Getting back into the swing of things.... That's what students and professors are doing Monday on the campus of Bloomsburg University. That word from BU's Bonnie Martin. An estimated 10,000 students return to the campus Monday for the initial start of the 2014 – 15 school year.

 

Community College

Fall semester is starting at colleges across the state... and community colleges are touting their benefits to a wide range of students. Tuition at community colleges is about 60% less than other colleges in Pennsylvania and smaller class size can offer more individualized attention according to community college leaders in Pennsylvania. But state support has declined in recent years and the schools say community colleges are a key in helping sustain the state's economic recovery.

 

Lou Barletta

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton is unsettled about the situation in Iraq... especially now with last week's beheading of an American journalist by ISIS. Speaking in Bloomsburg recently.... Representative Barletta says the group is so violent that Al – Quada says they're too extreme. Mr. Barletta says ISIS has one goal and that's planting their flag on the U.S. Capitol. Mr. Barletta says he believes ISIS should have been stopped in Syria... and have recruited Americans to go to Syria... with those they recruited able to go freely between the two countries.

 

EPA Hearing

A recent public hearing focused on proposed new regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at reducing power plant emissions that contribute to climate change. The proposed Clean Power Plan is designed to regulate the emissions of carbon dioxide from the largest sources in the energy sector. The plan would reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants for which there are currently no national limits. Lawmakers and energy officials say any such plan must take into account Pennsylvania's economic health in general, and the coal industry in particular.

 

Game Commission Fees

Pennsylvania may soon charge a fee for snowmobilers, equestrians and mountain bikers who use state game land trails. A state game commission spokesman says the proposed license of up to $30 is designed as a plan to raise money for trail upkeep. Hikers wouldn’t be charged, and hunters already pay a fee. The Commission will likely vote on the plan next month.

 

Allergies
People who suffer from seasonal allergies could be in for a rough time over the next few months. We've had a mild summer and recent rain which does not bode well for allergy sufferers, but long term factors could also make it worse. Dr. Todd Green, president of the Pennsylvania Allergy and Asthma Association, says climate change has been leading to longer allergy seasons and higher pollen counts. He says people should not feel they have to suffer, your allergist has different options for treatment.

Preserving Farmlands
With the addition of 26 farms, Pennsylvania is closing in on a major milestone when it comes to preserving farmland. This latest addition brings the total amount of farmland preserved since 1988 to more than 493,000 acres over 4,600 farms in 57 counties. The state Bureau of Farmland Preservation says they expect to reach the half-million acre mark by this fall. Local, county, state, and federal governments have invested over $1.2-billion, making sure that these lands remain for agricultural use only.

 

Back Mountain Fatal

Authorities are investigating a one car fatal crash in the Back Mountain area of Luzerne County. The incident took place on Kunkle Road near Dallas. Although police aren't saying much... they do confirm a young man died at the scene... and was pronounced dead by the coroner.

 

WB Attempted Robbery

Police say they're investigating an attempted armed robbery in Wilkes Barre early Sunday morning. The incident happened on Hazle Street. Police say two men approached the victim... one of them pulling out a weapon. The victim than pulled out a gun of his own. The two would – be robbers fled.

 

I-81 Paving Job

Headed south on Interstate 81... say going from the Hazleton area to Harrisburg... there might be a slow down or two in neighboring Schuylkill County. PennDOT is undertaking a paving operation between the Pine Grove and Ravine exits this week. The Agency says there will be lane restrictions through early Friday evening.

 

Fly Ash

Fly ash produced by PPL's coal – fired power plant in Montour County will now be used to fill a mine pit in Locust Summit for the next ten years. Overall... an estimated quarter – million tons of fly ash... or about 16 – percent from the Washingtonville plant will go into the six acre pit in Mt. Carmel Township.

The pit is owned by the Gilberton Coal mine... and is located east of Route 901.


WHLM Sports

Pre-Season Rankings

Two area high school football teams were recognized by the Pennsylvania Football News in their preseason rankings. Moving up to Class AA this season, Southern Columbia is ranked third in the state. Only South Fayette and Aliquippa are ranked ahead of the Tigers who open the season this Friday at Mifflinburg. Berwick was given honorable mention in Class AAA. Archbishop Wood, the only team to beat the Bulldogs last season, is ranked first. Berwick opens the season Friday night at Crestwood.

 

Little League World Series

In the championship game of the Little League Word Series yesterday in South Williamsport, it was South Korea over Chicago 8 to 4.

 

PHL Phillies

Jerome Williams pitched 8 strong innings to help the Phillies beat the Saint Louis Cardinals 7-1 Sunday afternoon. The Phils open a home series Monday night against the Washington Nationals with the first pitch at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

In other games Sunday

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3; the New York Mets routed the Los Angeles Dodgers 11-3; and Brian McCann's pinch home run in the 10th inning gave the New York Yankees a

7-4 win over the Chicago White Sox.

 

What's Happening? Sunday, August 24, 2014


 

The annual Centre County Grange and Encampment Fair runs now through Thursday in Centre Hall. Come for the camping, food, rides, games, and live music by Chubby Checker, Bill Anderson, The Swon Brothers and more. For more information, visit GrangeFair.net

 

The 20th annual Dr. O's Victory Ride for Camp Victory rolls this morning at 10 AM at the camp in Millville. Registration opens at 8 AM, and a Sunday worship service will be held at 9 AM. $20 registration includes a barbecue chicken lunch. For more information, go to CampVictory.org

 

WHLM Sports:

The Philadelphia Phillies are at home this weekend to play the St. Louis Cardinals. First pitch flies this afternoon at 1:35. Coverage on the WHLM Stations starts with the pregame show at 1 o'clock.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

August 25, 26

The Bloomsburg YMCA will hold their annual Preschool Open House on Monday and Tuesday, August 25 & 26 from 10AM - Noon. Stop by the Y on East 7th Street and visit the staff, check out the facilities, and get readyfor the first day of school. Call 570-784-0188 for more information.

 

August 27

Registration is open now for BAY Swim at the Bloomsburg YMCA. Three programs will be offered this fall: A three week stroke development clinic starting September 2, Take Your Mark for those graduating from lessons to competitive swimming, and the age-group-competitive BAY Swim Team. Registration night is Wednesday, August 27, from 6-9 PM. For more information, call 570-854-5174.

 

Thru August 28

The annual Centre County Grange and Encampment Fair runs now through Thursday in Centre Hall. Come for the camping, food, rides, games, and live music by Chubby Checker, Bill Anderson, The Swon Brothers and more. For more information, visit GrangeFair.net

 

August 28

Summer concerts at the Jackson Mansion continue on Thursday with local favorites Covert Action at 7PM. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cash for concessions to the Mansion lawn on Market Street in Berwick.

 

August 31

The 6th annual Schuylkill County Wine Festival is coming up on Sunday, August 31, at the Hegins Park on Stutzman Drive. Come for outstanding wine tastings, cuisine, live entertainment, and a table decorating contest. The festival runs from 1-6PM. Tickets are $15 each, just $12 if bought before August 28, and $5 for the designated driver. Group rates are available. For more information, check out SchuylkillWineFestival.com

 

August 31

Our Time Kindermusik returns to Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville this fall, starting September 10. The program is for children ages 16 months - 3 years old and their parents. Cost for the course is $85, or just $70 for church members. Deadline is Sunday, August 31. For more information, visit GrovePresbyterianChurch.org

 

August 31 - Sept 1

The 95th annual All Home Days Celebration in Elysburg is coming up this weekend at Elysburg Community Park. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday come out for excellent food, community activites and awards, live music and more. The annual parade forms Saturday morning at 10:30 at the Alliance church, and moves at 11:30 - the theme is "SyFy." For more information, visit AllHomeDay.org

 

Thru Sept 5

It's time to put in your nominations for this year's Geisinger HealthSouth Community Champion Awards. If you know someone who experienced a physically debilitating health issue or illness and overcame their challenges against the odds, had a great attitude and never gave up, you can recognize them as a champion. You can find nomination forms at the WHLM studios on Main Street in Bloomsburg, or by clicking the link at the top of the page. The awards will be presented on September 24 - deadline for submissions is Friday, September 5.

 

Sept 11-14

Get your tickets now to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 2nd annual Women's Solo Performance Festival, running Thursday through Sunday, September 11 - 14. The festival covers four days of original solo works by women artists presented on the Alvina Krause Theatre Stage. Tickets are $15 per show, or $50 for a full pass. And don't miss the first Women Artisans' Street Fair on Saturday the 13th, Center Street, just off Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Booth fee for the Fair is $25. For more information, check out the 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.

 

Thru November 15

The Danville chapter of the American Red Cross is opening nominations for this year's Robert Pursel Distinguished Citizen of the Year award, to be presented on November 15. For nomination forms, call 570-275-1441.

 

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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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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, August 23, 2014


 

Join Agape this morning in Kayaking For Our Communities II, with a float down the Susquehanna from Espy to the Bloomsburg Town Park. The group forms at the park at 8:30 for transportation to Espy, and the float begins at 9AM. Registration is $75 with kayak included, or just $40 if you bring your own kayak. Children 12 and under must wear a lifejacket. All proceeds benefit Agape programs. For more information, call 570-317-2210.

 

It's Agape-palooza today at the Bloomsburg Town Park, from 10AM - 4PM. There's great food, live music, games, a petting zoo and more. The park is at the South end of Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The annual Shenandoah Heritage Day and Parade of Nations gets under way this morning at 10AM in downtown Shenandoah. The parade will be followed by festivities at Girard Park including ethnic food, games, crafts, and live music, just off North Main Street in Shenandoah.

 

The annual Centre County Grange and Encampment Fair runs now through Thursday in Centre Hall. Come for the camping, food, rides, games, and live music by Chubby Checker, Bill Anderson, The Swon Brothers and more. For more information, visit GrangeFair.net

 

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 Rd, Bloomsburg. The guest speaker will be Sharon Fletcher. There will be free coffee and snacks. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 570-389-1919.

 

Buckhorn Community Volunteer Fire Company #1 will hold their 7th annual community yard sale and craft show today, from 7AM - 4PM. Indoor tables are $10 each, and outdoor 12-by-12-foot spaces are $20. There will be chicken barbecue from 10AM - 5PM or 'till it's sold out! Take-out is available. For more information, call 570-784-6319.

 

The 4th annual Bear of Hope and Kelly's Krew car wash will be held today from 9AM - 3PM at Advance Auto on Route 11 in Bloomsburg. Proceeds benefit nursing home, hospice, and cancer patient support efforts in the area.

 

Learn how to help or maybe even adopt a retired racing Greyhound today from 11AM - 2PM at PetCo near the Wal-Mart complex in Buckhorn. Monica's Heart Greyhound Adoption group will be on hand if you are interested in adopting a Greyhound, or would like to find out more about the dogs and the organization. For more information, call 570-644-2358.

 

The Schuylkill Haven Island Park Festival gets under way this afternoon from 1-10 PM. There will be games, carraige rides, a petting zoo, and food. Live music will be performed by the Mahoney Brothers, Diaspora, and the Sterling Koch Trio. Admission is just $5, and kids under 5 get in free. Parking is also free. Bring your chairs and blankets but please, no outisde food, drinks, or pets.

 

Bethany United Methodist Church in Berwick will hold their annual ice cream social this evening starting at 4PM. There's home-made ice cream, barbecue, soup, sandwiches, and more. The church is at 116 Summerhill Avenue in Berwick.

 

The 20th annual Dr. O's Victory Ride for Camp Victory rolls this Sunday at 10 AM at the camp in Millville. Registration opens at 8 AM, and a Sunday worship service will be held at 9 AM. $20 registration includes a barbecue chicken lunch. For more information, go to CampVictory.org

 

WHLM Sports:

The Philadelphia Phillies are at home this weekend to play the St. Louis Cardinals. First pitch flies this evening at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations starts with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

August 25, 26

The Bloomsburg YMCA will hold their annual Preschool Open House on Monday and Tuesday, August 25 & 26 from 10AM - Noon. Stop by the Y on East 7th Street and visit the staff, check out the facilities, and get readyfor the first day of school. Call 570-784-0188 for more information.

 

August 27

Registration is open now for BAY Swim at the Bloomsburg YMCA. Three programs will be offered this fall: A three week stroke development clinic starting September 2, Take Your Mark for those graduating from lessons to competitive swimming, and the age-group-competitive BAY Swim Team. Registration night is Wednesday, August 27, from 6-9 PM. For more information, call 570-854-5174.

 

Thru August 28

The annual Centre County Grange and Encampment Fair runs now through Thursday in Centre Hall. Come for the camping, food, rides, games, and live music by Chubby Checker, Bill Anderson, The Swon Brothers and more. For more information, visit GrangeFair.net

 

August 28

Summer concerts at the Jackson Mansion continue on Thursday with local favorites Covert Action at 7PM. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cash for concessions to the Mansion lawn on Market Street in Berwick.

 

August 31

The 6th annual Schuylkill County Wine Festival is coming up on Sunday, August 31, at the Hegins Park on Stutzman Drive. Come for outstanding wine tastings, cuisine, live entertainment, and a table decorating contest. The festival runs from 1-6PM. Tickets are $15 each, just $12 if bought before August 28, and $5 for the designated driver. Group rates are available. For more information, check out SchuylkillWineFestival.com

 

August 31

Our Time Kindermusik returns to Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville this fall, starting September 10. The program is for children ages 16 months - 3 years old and their parents. Cost for the course is $85, or just $70 for church members. Deadline is Sunday, August 31. For more information, visit GrovePresbyterianChurch.org

 

August 31 - Sept 1

The 95th annual All Home Days Celebration in Elysburg is coming up this weekend at Elysburg Community Park. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday come out for excellent food, community activites and awards, live music and more. The annual parade forms Saturday morning at 10:30 at the Alliance church, and moves at 11:30 - the theme is "SyFy." For more information, visit AllHomeDay.org

 

Thru Sept 5

It's time to put in your nominations for this year's Geisinger HealthSouth Community Champion Awards. If you know someone who experienced a physically debilitating health issue or illness and overcame their challenges against the odds, had a great attitude and never gave up, you can recognize them as a champion. You can find nomination forms at the WHLM studios on Main Street in Bloomsburg, or by clicking the link at the top of the page. The awards will be presented on September 24 - deadline for submissions is Friday, September 5.

 

Sept 11-14

Get your tickets now to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 2nd annual Women's Solo Performance Festival, running Thursday through Sunday, September 11 - 14. The festival covers four days of original solo works by women artists presented on the Alvina Krause Theatre Stage. Tickets are $15 per show, or $50 for a full pass. And don't miss the first Women Artisans' Street Fair on Saturday the 13th, Center Street, just off Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Booth fee for the Fair is $25. For more information, check out the 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.

 

Thru November 15

The Danville chapter of the American Red Cross is opening nominations for this year's Robert Pursel Distinguished Citizen of the Year award, to be presented on November 15. For nomination forms, call 570-275-1441.

 

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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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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 / August 22, 2014


 

Millville Strike

Teachers in the Millville School District are expected to be back out on the picket line Friday.. as they continue to strike. It began earlier this week when an estimated 60 educators hit the picket line. The teachers manning the picket line over pay... heath care benefits and professional development. No new negotiations have been scheduled.

 

Basic Education

A 15 member commission whose task is to come up with a new way to fund public education in Pennsylvania held its first hearing this week. Commission members agree that any new school funding formula must take into account the local tax base, the number of students in each district, and a plan that ensures each district knows exactly how much funding to expect year after year. Commission members say the first hearing provided a good framework as they move ahead. The next hearing will take place in September in the Lehigh Valley, with date, time, and location yet to be determined.

 

Lou Barletta

The uncertainty coming out of Washington effects the nation's economy. That word from Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton as he spoke on the Bloomsburg University campus Thursday. Mr. Barletta said with all the uncertainty.... it's very difficult for a businessman to plan a year down the road. Mr. Barletta was the keynote speaker at a Thursday breakfast hosted by the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce.

 

Credit Union

Five people have been indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy and bank fraud in connection with alleged illegal loans through the Wilkes – Barre City Employees Credit Union. Federal agents arrested current Wilkes-Barre police officer Jason Anthony, former officer Tino Ninotti, LAG Towing owner Leo Glodzik and two other members of the Credit Union. All are free on bail.

 

Labor Day Travel
Millions of Americans will hit the road for Labor Day next week with travel for the holiday projected to be the busiest since the recession. It's the last holiday weekend of summer and nearly 35 million Americans are expected to travel at least fifty miles from home, an increase of 1.3% from last year. AAA credits the calendar- since the holiday is the earliest it can fall, along with gas prices, which are at a four year low. They're also seeing signs of more consumer confidence with spending outpacing the increase in income.

 

Holiday Travel / Hot Destinations

The last holiday weekend of the summer is almost here.... and many of us will be traveling. Jeanenne Tornatore of Orbitz.com says Las Vegas is the top destination for travel during next week's holiday weekend. But if you haven't many any reservations by now... that should be your top priority. Ms. Tornatore says you can still find deals by booking packages and picking the best travel day.

 

Food Allergies

The buckets were full of cash Thursday night... and a fund raiser at the Lightstreet Hotel to raise money for kids who suffer from food allergies... is being called a huge success. 9 – year old Olivia Hopper... the daughter of WHLM Sales Manager Larry Hopper... has to watch what she eats... something her mother keeps an eye on every week. So that takes that breakfast food off the list. There was plenty of good food and good friends... with contributions overflowing before the night was over.

 

Found Guilty

A Luzerne County court jury has found 22 – year old Kenneth Evans guilty of first degree murder in the shooting of a woman near the Sherman Hills apartment complex. Evans was charged in the November 2013 shooting death of 27 – year old Shantique Goodson... who was an acquaintance he had a beef with leading up to the incident. Sentencing will take place at a later date.

 

Trucker Rescued

It took rescuers an estimated 2 – hours Thursday to get a trapped trucker out of his cab... after his 18 – wheeler went down a steep embankment in the eastbound lane of Interstate 80. The incident began around 6:30 Thursday morning... and before the operation was over firemen from four different companies... including Berwick and Espy were called to the scene. Although the Michigan trucker appeared to be uninjured... he was life flighted to a local hospital for treatment.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

The high school football season kicks off a week from Friday night. This weekend all area teams will play their final preseason scrimmages. Friday night Central Columbia is at home against Shikellamy; Southern Columbia plays at Montoursville; Danville is at home against Canton; and Bloomsburg is at Mahanoy Area. Saturday morning, Columbia - Montour Vo – Tech is at home against Muncy.

 

BU / Larry Webster

Former Bloomsburg University defensive end Larry Webster has had an impressive preseason with the Detroit Lions. In Detroit's first preseason game against the Cleveland Browns, Webster took part in 27 plays. Only three other Lions played more. Last weekend against Oakland, Raiders' rookie quarterback Derrick Carr was forced to leave the game after a hit by Webster. The former Husky star will be back in action Friday night as the Lions are at home against Jacksonville.

 

NFL Thursday Night

In preseason football Thursday night... the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31 to 21...

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had Thursday off. Friday night they start a series at home against the Saint Louis Cardinals. The first pitch will be at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations will start with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other games

In a game played Thursday afternoon, the New York Yankees defeated the Houston Astros 3-0.

 

 

Thursday / August 21, 2014


 

Central Columbia

For the first time in 53 years... the high school in the Central Columbia District will be vacant when classes start Thursday morning. The two story brick structure is undergoing an estimated $34 – million in renovations the next year.... with students using a portion of the middle school... and eleven modular buildings for class space. Central Superintendent Dr. Harry Mathias says Ag and industrial technology classes will used a separate building for their classes. Dr. Mathias says planning for the temporary use of space has been worked out... and there should be very few problems as the school year begins.

 

School Apps

There's a new resource on line for middle and high school students in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Learns is a collection of state standards aligned resources. It has launched with middle school math and high school language arts resources and the state Education department is working with educators to provide additional materials. Pennsylvania Learns is available free of charge at iTunes U. It was developed after nearly a year of work.

 

Berwick Crime Walk

Berwick Mayor Tim Burke has launched another in a series of crime walks around the borough. It happened last night when an estimated two dozen residents walked Monroe, Elm and LaSalle Streets. Mayor Burke says LaSalle was targeted just due to the shear volume of calls... and requests.

 

Berwick Police

In a related development.... Burke plans to meet with Police Chief Ken Strish later today to talk about police staffing. One officer will fulfill military duty soon... two others are taking leave time... and officer Roger Bodwalk has announced his retirement leaving the force with staffing levels of 2004.

 

Auto Thefts
Pennsylvania has made quite a dent in car thefts in the last two decades and prevention has played a key role. Car thefts have plunged more than 70% in Pennsylvania between 1994 and 2013 according to the Pennsylvania Auto Theft Prevention Authority's annual report. The authority has been working to provide resources for law enforcement and increase public awareness about everything from sophisticated international theft rings to car jackers. PA's rate has dropped faster than the national average.

 

Al Lenzini Obit

Long – time Bloomsburg businessman Al Lenzini has died. He passed away at his Catawissa home Tuesday night. Mr. Lenzini owned Al's Mens Shop on Main Street for generations. Funeral services will be held Saturday at the St. Columba Church in Bloomsburg.

 

Nick Housenick Funeral

Funeral services will be held at 11 O'clock today for former Bloomsburg businessman and town councilman Nick Housenick. Mr. Housenick died last Saturday at the age of 76. At one time he owned Housenick Motor Company at Main and East Streets... and for a time served on Bloomsburg Town Council. Today's services will take place at the First Presbyterian Church on Market Street.

 

Retirement Nest Egg
A new poll from AARP Pennsylvania shows a growing level of economic anxiety. Financial security, of the lack thereof, is a major concern among the 50-plus population the poll examined. Major issues include costs rising higher than income, health expenses, and caring for a spouse who needs assistance with daily activities. 62% of those polled say they're more worried than hopeful about achieving their financial goals, with the highest level of anxiety expressed by those who have decided to postpone their retirement.

 

Train Hurts Girl

A 12 – year old Mahanoy City girl is in an Allentown hospital after being run over by a freight train Wednesday. Angelina Kane's leg was partially amputated when a Reading and Blue Mountain Northern freight train ran over her in the 500 block of Railroad Street. One person telling police the girl... and a juvenile companion were riding their bikes when suddenly the pair darted in front of the slow moving locomotive. The railroad's security department is conducting the investigation.

 

Freeland Fatal

A Lehighton man is dead after his car collided with a tractor – trailer near Freeland Wednesday morning. Pennsylvania State Police say they don't know why 34 – year old Jamin Zimmerman's car cross the center line of Route 940... colliding with the 18 – wheeler. Zimmerman was pronounced dead at the scene by the Luzerne County Coroner.

 

Natural Gas Pipeline

Natural gas provider UGI has announced plans for a one-billion-dollar pipeline to stretch from eastern Pennsylvania to into New Jersey. Through its PennEast Subsidiary, the utility says the pipeline will stretch 100 miles from neighboring Luzerne County and travel through parts of Carbon, Northampton, and Bucks Counties in Pennsylvania, as well as Hunterdon and Mercer Counties in New Jersey, carrying natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region. The project faces a lengthy regulatory and public approval process, with construction scheduled to begin in early 2017 and the pipeline expected to be operation by the end of that year.
 

Standard – Speaker Theft

She admits embezzling an estimated $38,000 from her employer... now a 27 – year old Hazle Township woman awaits a preliminary hearing. Authorities say Alyssa Mehalshick is accused of making off with the money from the Hazleton Standard – Speaker from early in 2013 and May of this year. Mahalshick worked in the circulation department of the newspaper... saying she needed the money to pay her bills. Hazleton police charged Mehalshick with two counts of theft and one count receiving stolen property, all third-degree felonies.

 

Berwick High School Football

When the Berwick High School football team opens the season at Crestwood, the Bulldogs will be led by their outstanding senior wide receiver Andrew Force. He says says the Bulldogs has a group of talented receivers. Berwick plays its final preseason scrimmage Thursday night at Crispin Field. The Bulldogs will take on both Northwest and Athens starting at 6.

 

PHL Phillies

Cole Hamels got his 7th win of the season as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Wednesday afternoon. The Phils have today off. Friday... they will open a weekend series at home against the Saint Louis Cardinals.

 

Other games..

In other games Wednesday... the New York Mets defeated the Oakland A's 8 to 5... the Pittsburgh Pirates just got by the Atlanta Braves 3 to 2... and the New York Yankees were downed by the Houston Astros 5 to 2...

 

NFL

In NFL preseason action Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Eagles in Philadelphia

 

 

Wednesday / August 20, 2014


 

Millville Strike

It was to have been the first day of school in the Millville Area District... but teachers there have decided to go on strike. And there will not be school in the district until further notice. Teachers there have been working without a contract since 2012... and talks Tuesday night to come to a last minute agreement failed. In addition to the lack of a pay raise... other issues include healthcare costs... and incentives for professional development.

 

Schools Open

It's the Berwick Area School District ringing the open bell Wednesday. They'll welcome students to the 2014 – 15 school year. Although many of the students reside in Berwick or Nescopeck... there are a lot of school bus stops in the district. Jenny Robinson of the Triple – A says all of us should be careful around the stops as well as the buses. And when you talk about buses... in the Central Columbia District... the majority of students use the bus to get to the Old Berwick Road facility. School there opens Thursday morning.

 

Rainy Day Funds

It seems school property taxes keep going up and up, but are some school districts just getting greedy? There is word more than a few have apparently banked up more than they should. State law limits how much money can be held in reserve by school districts, charter and specialty schools. But nearly 300 of them may have so-called "rainy day" funds above what state law permits. These funds are not to exceed between 8 and 12 percent of a school's annual budget, depending on the budget's size. Some school districts elude this limit by earmarking rainy day money for certain purposes, like pensions or healthcare.
 

Move In

Classes begin next Monday at the 14 state-owned universities... including Bloomsburg... and the schools are lending a helping hand to those moving in this week. But, Kenn Marshall of the System of Higher Education says the moving-in experience may be tougher for parents to deal with. As in the past couple of years... and estimated 10,000 freshmen and returning students are expected to begin classes on the BU campus starting Monday.
 

Health Concerns
The state health department has announced changes in the way it handles health concerns about Marcellus shale fracking, but a coalition of doctors, nurses, health and environmental groups says it's not enough. The groups are calling for an independent investigation into how past complaints were handled. At this time, Senate Democrats are working to convene a policy committee hearing. PennEnvironment says the state also needs a public health registry for natural gas fracking health complaints. The state Health Department says its exploring a number of options, including public private partnerships, to accomplish the goals of a registry.

 

AGAPE

Faith – based AGAPE of Bloomsburg is doing it's part to raise money for their programs through their fifth annual AGAPE Palooza at Town Park on Saturday. One event added is a Kayaking on the Susquehanna River from Espy to Bloomsburg on Saturday morning. Registration begins at 8:30 at Ft. McClure Boulevard and Market Street... but there is an opportunity to sign up early... so says AGAPE's Kathy Lowe. Ms. Lowe says the Kayaking float is being hosted by Susquehanna Outdoor Adventures of Espy. To pre – register... check out the AGAPE website.

 

Run Down Folo

31 – year old James Kemp of New York remains on the lose Wednesday... only days after he allegedly ran down 34 – William Humphries in Berwick Monday afternoon. Kemp fled the scene... but Humphries was Life Flighted to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where he's being treated for traumatic injuries. Police says the two men squared off after an argument over drugs.

 

Crime Walk

Putting crime in it's place in Berwick. That's what folks plan to do Wednesday night when they begin a series of Crime Watch Walks. The event is organized by Mayor Tim Burke who has been pro – active in eliminating crime in target areas based on statistics. The group meets at the First Keystone Bank on Frease Avenue... and will walk down Monroe to Elm Street... turning left to LaSalle and back to the bank. If you live along the route... be sure to turn on your porch light in support of eliminating crime.

 

Sandwich Generation

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey is working on a plan to ease some of the burden of the sandwich generation. Senator Casey is proposing a Peace Corps type of organization to help ease the load on family members providing care for older relatives while raising their own families. The caregiver corps would assist anyone over age 65 or those eligible for Social Security Disability Income. They could provide respite care to give families a break.

 

Woman Beaten Folo

Police in Hazleton are trying to track down the person responsible for an attack on a 94 – year old woman late last week. The attack took place inside Josephine Smalley's home. She is now in an Allentown – area trauma center... being treated for her injuries.

 

Transit Legislation
A hearing in Harrisburg next week will examine possible ways to modernize taxi and transit regulations in Pennsylvania. The advent of new technology and ride sharing services will likely be addressed at a hearing to be held at 9AM Thursday, August 28th, in Hearing Room 1 of the Commonwealth Keystone Building in Harrisburg. The Public Utility Commission regulations governing taxi and other transit providers were established long before smartphones and the internet, so one issue is how to reasonably allow ride sharing services using this technology to operate while maintaining driver and vehicle safety regulations.

 

Arrest

A Marion Heights man faces an August 27th preliminary hearing after cops found an estimated 17 – hundred dollars worth of heroin in his possession. They also found 400 dollars in cash on 21 – year old Mitchell Shields of the 500 block of East Melrose Street. An officer and a Northumberland Count probation officer took Shields into custody when he tried to make a get – a – way. He was remanded to the Northumberland county jail.

 

WHLM Sports

Bloomsburg HS Football

The Bloomsburg High School football team will face back to back challenges to open the regular season. The Panthers face Danville in the opener followed by Southern Columbia. Head coach Mike Kogut told WHLM's Jim Doyle that his team has to be ready right from the start. Bloomsburg plays its final preseason scrimmage this Friday night at Mahanoy Area.

 

PHL Phillies

In the second game of their home series Tuesday night against Seattle.... with the Mariners downing the Philadelphia Phillies 5 to 2. The teams complete the series today with a 1:05 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:30.

 

Other Games

In other games Tuesday night... The Atlanta Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 11 to 3... It was the Oakland A's over the New York Mets 6 to 2... and the Houston Astro's downed the New York Yankees 7 to 4.

Tuesday / August 19, 2014


 

 

Hit and Run Suspect Sought

The search is still on for a man wanted for intentionally running down a second man in Berwick Monday afternoon. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says authorities are looking for 31 year old James Kemp of New York City. He's accused of allegedly running down William Humphries with his SUV. Humphries is in the Geisinger Medical Center being treated for multiple traumatic injuries.

 

Accounts Hacked

The owner of the Berwick Hospital and Wilkes – Barre General says someone hacked their computer system earlier this year... stealing data for an estimated 4.5 – million patients. Franklin, Tennessee – based Community Health Systems operates 206 hospitals across the United States. A statement from Community Health says hackers gained access to names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers... but no medical records were compromised.

 

Cops Honored

Two Bloomsburg Police officers... involved in an armed stand – off with a shotgun – totting mental patients have were honored recently by Town Council. Patrolman Shawn Hill and Sgt. Charlie Balon talked the man into surrendering in a cramped apartment in the 200 block of West Main Street last May.

Police Chief Roger Van Loan said the situation could have gone either way. The incident ended peacefully... without anyone injured... and that included the other tenets of the apartment building where the incident took place.

 

Bloomsburg Skuls

If you see more traffic than usual on the road... there's a good reason for that. It's the first day of school for the 1600 or so Bloomsburg Area School District students. Superintendent Cos Curry says he expects a smooth transition from summer into the fall. The Berwick Area School District begins classes on Wednesday... with the Central Columbia District opening the doors on Thursday.

 

Teacher Help

Governor Tom Corbett says one group needs to step up as the Philadelphia School District continues to struggle financially. Philadelphia School Superintendent William Hite says schools will open as scheduled September 8th, but more cuts will be made to close an $81 - million funding gap. Transportation will be cut for high-schoolers who live within two miles of schools and school police officer vacancies will be left unfilled. Governor Tom Corbett says teachers need to help out as well... by paying a portion of the cost of their healthcare.
 

Airport Funds

Governor Corbett is releasing $3.4 – million for improvements at 20 airports across the state. In our area... the Danville Airport in Riverside... in Northumberland County is in line to receive nearly $65,000 earmarked to acquire land. The Williamsport Regional airport in Lycoming County is in line to get $375,000 to improve the terminal access road. The money comes from PennDOT's aviation development program originating with the state's jet fuel tax.


Health Complaints

The State Health Department is making some changes so the process will be more clear for people with environmental health complaints. The department is enhancing the environmental health section of its web site and has reached out to the medical community to make sure they're aware of the complaint process, especially as it relates to Marcellus Shale drilling. In addition, people who make an environmental health complaint will get a response in writing.

 

Freeland Apartment Complex

Some of the 23 residents who live in the Freeland Senior Apartments were allowed to return home on Monday... after they were evacuated from the building Sunday night... a half – dozen others are living elsewhere The evacuation happened when a large crack was discovered in a wall of the building. On Monday... an engineering company arrived on the scene to determine the extent of the problem. Many of those displaced are spending time with relatives... and in some cases... in hotels until the problem is corrected.

 

Open Records

It's high time to update Pennsylvania's laws concerning open records... so says the head of the state's Office of Open Records. Open Records Office Chief Terry Mutchler, says transparency laws are overdue for an update. This comes after Governor Tom Corbett's disclosure that he deletes his emails about once a week...making the media unable to see any of those messages they request under the state's Right-to-Know law. That law was overhauled in 2008 to define public records, but an overlapping law from the 1920's dictating how long they should be kept has not been revised.
 

Radio Shack Robbery

Police in Rush Township... in Hometown... south of Hazleton... in Schuylkill County are searching for two men who held up a Radio Shack store. When police arrived at the store... they found the clerk in the store room.... bound with duct tape. One of the men brandished a weapon... taking an unknown amount of merchandise.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices continue to fall all across northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of $3.43 a gallon... down a penny from the weekend. Overall... gas prices are down four cents from a week ago... and off 19 cents a gallon from last month.

 

WHLM Sports

Berwick High School

When the Berwick High School football team opens the season at Crestwood on August 29th, George Curry will begin his 45th season as a head coach. Curry has an experienced staff including offensive line coach Andy Mihaley who is in his 33rd season as a Berwick assistant coach. In their final scrimmage before the regular season, Berwick will take on both Northwest and Athens Thursday night at 6 at Crispin Field.

 

PHL Phils

In the first game of a home series against Seattle Monday night at Citizens Bank Park... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Mariners 4 to 1. The teams meet again Tuesday night at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other Games:

In other games Monday... The Atlanta Braves downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 7 to 3... and it was the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets 4 to 1.

Monday / August 18, 2014


 

Man Sought in Hit & Run

One man is in the Geisinger Medical Center after he was intentionally stuck by an SUV Monday afternoon in Berwick. The incident happened around 2:15 near the intersection of Susquehanna Avenue and Ida Street. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says William Humphries William Humphries sustained severe injuries and was transported to Geisinger by LifeFlight. Witnesses to the incident positively identified the operator of the involved vehicle, as James Kemp... also known as “Coke”. The white Hyundai Elantra with military stickers on the rear window, was recovered abandoned in the 1000 block of West Front Street a short time later. Now... numerous law enforcement agencies are currently searching for Kemp, who is believed to still be in the area. Chief Strish says investigators are currently securing an arrest warrant for Kemp.

 

 

Accounts Hacked

Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, announced on Monday that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients. Those hospital's include the Berwick Hospitals... and several in the Wyoming Valley. A statement from Community Health says hackers have gained access to names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers. Those effected include anyone who received treatment from a Community Heath Systems - owned hospital in the last five years -- or was merely referred there by an outside doctor -- is affected.

 

BU Students

Bloomsburg University’s incoming freshmen start moving onto the campus starting Monday. Many upper classmen began their return to the campus on Friday... all in preparation for the first day of fall class next Monday. Also: the campus shuttle service will operate on a condensed move – in schedule. An estimated 10,000 students are expected to return for the fall session.

 

Toomey / Iraq

U.S. planes continue to hammer away at fighters known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria... or ISIS in northern Iraq. The escalation of the air strikes is questionable to Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Pat Toomey... telling WHLM News recently we're watching the foreign policy of the Obama administration unravel before our eyes. Senator Toomey says ISIS is not the Taliban.. but rather Al – Quada itself... and when the U.S. withdraws from a leadership roll... there is someone standing in the wings to fill the void.

 

Millard / Philadelphia

From education to the money needed to run the mass transit system... that's what Philadelphia residents are faced with. Now... there is a proposal making the rounds of adding a two dollar tax to cigarettes sold in the City of Brotherly Love to help the school system through tough times. But, why should we care about Philadelphia and their problems. For State Representative David Millard... we don't face the challenges that folks in the Philly area have. It's believed that the state house will vote on that proposed increase in taxes for Philadelphia smokers when they're called into session next month.

 

Liquor Store Mark Up

The Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is putting to rest speculation that they're about to increase the 30 percent markup on wine and spirits. A memo leaked to the Associated Press suggested the PLCB should increase its markup by 5 percent to improve its financial picture. But Chairman Skip Brion says that's not going to happen, because the agency is financially sound. He points to the last three years and profits exceeding 100-million-dollars, and similar earnings expected this year. The PLCB last increased its markup in 1994.

 

Youth Sports Safety
A new survey finds some alarming trends in youth sports according to Safe Kids Worldwide. Over one million kids go to the E R each year for injuries from playing the fourteen most common sports according to Kate Carr of Safe Kids. Their survey finds one third of athletes report being hurt during dirty play, over 40 percent admit hiding or downplaying an injury to keep playing and more than half of coaches say they've felt pressured by a parent or player to put an injured athlete back in to the game.

 

Drones

Private use of smaller drones has been growing, but the Federal Aviation Administration is still working on regulations governing them, leaving local governments with a lot of questions. Harrisburg's solicitor was recently asked if it was OK for a real estate photographer to use a small unmanned aircraft to take pictures of a building going on the market. He couldn't provide an answer, because there is no state law and federal rules are still being developed. State lawmakers are considering banning drones from disturbing hunters or anglers and from being used by law enforcement for surveillance without a warrant.
 

Holocaust Education

The head of a statewide religious organization supports a new state law encouraging teaching about the Holocaust in Pennsylvania schools. Rabbi Carl Choper, President of the Interfaith Alliance of Pennsylvania, says knowing what happened during the Holocaust is important not only for school students, but for all of us. The events can be taught, he says in the context of major world events, or for younger students in Civics class. If Choper himself was teaching, one question he would pose is how something like this could happen in a civilization so close to ours, and so quickly.
 

Social Media
An entire generation is leaning on social media to introduce themselves to the world and maintain a reputation but, social media is a double-edged sword. Facebook, Twitter, Instragram...they can all help you find long-lost friends and keep everyone you know in the loop on what you're doing. There are plenty of positives to living an online life, but posting the wrong things can hurt you big time. Herb Hand is an assistant football coach at Penn State University. He pulled the plug on a promising recruit just because of what he saw on the kid's Facebook page. Hand says he tries to coach kids on the use of social media even when telling them they don't belong in the Penn State program.

 

Hazleton Robbery

Police in lower Luzerne County are looking for a robber. Authorities say a masked bandit robbed the KFC store on East Broad Street in Hazleton late Sunday night. The man grabbed some cash and fled into the night.

 

Freeland Building

Nearly two dozen residents of the Freeland Senior Apartment were evacuated from the complex late Sunday night. The evacuation happened after one of the residents discovered a crack in the wall. The fire chief says it could lead to a major structural problem. The residents had spent the night with family and friends... or in temporary housing.

 

Shots Fired

Hazleton Police are investigating a report from a driver who said he was ordered out of his car by two gun – toting men at the corner of 4th and North Laurel Streets over the weekend. The driver said the two masked men fired shots into the front of his car... but instead of stopping he sped away. The driver fled the scene uninjured.

 

Sherman Hills

More trouble at the Sherman Hills Apartment complex in Wilkes – Barre. An Allentown man telling police he was pistol whipped at the start of the weekend inside a laundry room. Alexander Aron said he was in the laundry room to meet a woman. That's when two men approached him... hit Aron with the butt of a gun... taking his wallet.

 

WHLM Sports

Southern Columbia

The Southern Columbia High School football team looked impressive Saturday night in the Tigers first preseason scrimmage against Shikellamy. This will be the first season in the school's history that the Tigers will be competing in Class AA. Head Coach Jim Roth is confident in his team's offense, but is concerned about the defense. Southern Columbia has a scrimmage this Friday at Montoursville. The Tigers open the season Friday night, August 29th at Mifflinburg.

 

PHL Phillies

In the final game of their weekend series in San Francisco, the Phillies lost to the Giants Sunday 5-2. Monday night the Phils open a home series against the Seattle Mariners. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

In other games Sunday:

The Washington Nationals downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 in 11 innings... the New York Mets lost to the Chicago Cubs 2-1... and the New York Yankees defeating the the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2.

 

 

What's Happening? Sunday, August 17, 2014


The Mifflin Township Forest Rangers will hold their 6th annual Motorcycle and Car Benefit Cruise today. Registration opens at 8AM at the Fire Hall on Market Street in Mifflinville. The run moves at 11AM. Cost is $25 for a single rider or $40 per couple. There's an optional poker hand and door prizes, too. Cost includes breakfast before and lunch after the run. Breakfast is open to the public during registration. For more information, call 570-759-2148.

 

Join the Susquehanna River Artists and their first Plein Aire Show and Wine Tasting this afternoon at O'Donnel Winery in Berwick. Enjoy an afternoon of live artistry, music, wine and food from Noon - 5PM. For more information, check out the Columbi-Montour Visitor's Bureau at iTourColumbiaMontour.com

 

WHLM Sports:

The Philadelphia Phillies continue West Coast play this afternoon with a game against the Giants. First pitch is at 4:05. Coverage starts with the Pregame show at 3:30.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

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.

 

August 23

Buckhorn Community Volunteer Fire Company #1 will hold their 7th annual community yard sale and craft show Saturday, August 23, from 7AM - 4PM. Indoor tables are $10 each, and outdoor 12-by-12-foot spaces are $20. There will be chicken barbecue from 10AM - 5PM or 'till it's sold out! Take-out is available. For more information, call 570-784-6319.

 

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, August 16, 2014


Goodwill Hose Company will hold their first annual Car and Truck show today at Bloomsburg Christian Church's parking lot on Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg. Registration will be open from 8:30 - 11:30 AM. Judging starts at Noon, and prizes will be awarded at 3 PM. There's 40 different awards, and dash plaques for the first 50 entries. Registration is $15 or $10 ahead of time. For more information, check out GHCCarShow.com

 

The 76th Montour-DeLong Community Fair wraps up today. There's free admission, free entertainment loads of food, games, and more. The fairgrounds are on Route 254, west of Washingtonville. For a full list of today's events at the fair, check out MontourDeLongFair.com

 

Valley Chemical's annual Fireman's Carnival runs through tonight at the Locust Township Municipal Building on Route 42 in Numidia. Starting at 6 there's games, rides, food, and live music. Covert Action takes the stage at 7PM. Please, no pets, alcohol, or bikes on the carnival grounds.

 

Join Traditional Catholic families at Holy Family Weekend at Hickory Run State Park today and Sunday. There will be hikes, activites, and conferences. For more information, check out HolyFamilyCamping.com

 

It's time for Fun In The Sun - the annual children's carnival at Trinity Reformed UCC in Bloomsburg. There'll be hot dogs, games, a big bounce house, and don't forget their cupcake wheel. The carnival runs today from 10AM - 2PM at the church lot on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Come out this afternoon for a chicken barbecue at the Espy Fire Hall on Tenny Street. Just $8 gets you half a chicken, baked potato, cole slaw and bread. Eat in or take out from Noon - 4PM for more information, call 570-594-0250.

 

The Mifflin Township Forest Rangers will hold their 6th annual Motorcycle and Car Benefit Cruise on Sunday. Registration opens at 8AM at the Fire Hall on Market Street in Mifflinville. The run moves at 11AM. Cost is $25 for a single rider or $40 per couple. There's an optional poker hand and door prizes, too. Cost includes breakfast before and lunch after the run. Breakfast is open to the public during registration. For more information, call 570-759-2148.

 

Join the Susquehanna River Artists and their first Plein Aire Show and Wine Tasting tomorrow at O'Donnel Winery in Berwick. Enjoy an afternoon of live artistry, music, wine and food from Noon - 5PM. For more information, check out the Columbi-Montour Visitor's Bureau at iTourColumbiaMontour.com

 

WHLM Sports:

The Philadelphia Phillies continue West Coast play this afternoon with a game against the Giants. First pitch is at 4:05. Coverage starts with the Pregame show at 3:30.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

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.

 

August 23

Buckhorn Community Volunteer Fire Company #1 will hold their 7th annual community yard sale and craft show Saturday, August 23, from 7AM - 4PM. Indoor tables are $10 each, and outdoor 12-by-12-foot spaces are $20. There will be chicken barbecue from 10AM - 5PM or 'till it's sold out! Take-out is available. For more information, call 570-784-6319.

 

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.

Friday / August 15, 2014


 

*BREAKING*

Missing Handgun

Police in Bloomsburg are searching for a lost handgun that went missing Friday afternoon in the 100 block of Jefferson Street. According to the report, the owner left the gun on the roof of a vehicle, and the gun is believed to have fallen off the roof after the driver pulled away. Police say the gun is loaded. It's described as a Glock model 32 inside a black leather holster. If you have any information about the missing gun, call the Bloomsburg Police at 570-784-6779.

 

 

Woman Dies as Car Sinks into Pond

A Mt. Carmel woman is dead after the car driven by her husband in rolled into a pond yesterday at the Ideal Campgrounds in Locus Township. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... 79 – year old Virginia Lindemuth was initially rescued from the sinking car by 50 – year old Mark Hoffman of Aristes... but she later died at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Her husband telling authorities he apparently forgot to put the Buick LeSabre into “park.”

 

Atlantic Sunrise

A town hall – type of meeting is on tap for tonight... hosted by the Shale Field Organizing Committee. They're concerned about a proposed natural gas pipeline... known as Atlantic Sunrise... which is slated to slice through the heart of Columbia County. And the committee's Casey Pegg of Benton says it could eventually deal with the taking of land through eminent domain. During a recent meeting of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission... most of the 200 people in attendance said they didn't want the pipeline coming through their property... or Columbia County. Friday night's meeting takes place at 7 O'clock at the Bloomsburg Fire Department on Market Street.

 

New Pipeline

There may be a natural gas pipeline running through Luzerne County. PennEast Pipeline Company says it wants to build a 105 – mile, 30 – inch in diameter line from just north of Wilkes – Barre.... continuing south through Carbon... Northampton and Bucks counties. It would be capable of shipping a billion cubic feet of natural gas a day from the Marcellus Shale Fields to destinations yet to be named.

 

Diesel Fracking
An environmental group says the illegal injection of diesel fuel during fracking continued despite industry claims it would be discontinued. Mary Greene, author of the Environmental Integrity Project report "Fracking Beyond the Law", says their review of federal records and the FracFocus data base shows continued use of diesel fuel in fracking. Ms. Greene says diesel products raise concern because they contain toxic and carcinogenic chemicals that play havoc with ground water.

 

Possible Cigarette Tax Hike

House and Senate members are considering an increase in the cigarette tax in Philadelphia to help the schools open on time, but one state lawmaker wants a statewide cigarette tax hike. Representative John Lawrence of Chester County is calling for an increase of 80 cents per pack. He says the revenue can be used to lower local property taxes which fund schools in much of the state. Lawrence says older property owners, especially those on fixed incomes, would benefit the most. Pennsylvania currently has the lowest cigarette tax of all its border states except Ohio and West Virginia.
 

Bloomsburg Panthers

With the high school football season ready to kick off later this month... the Bloomsburg Panthers is giving all of us an opportunity to meet the team. It takes place Saturday starting at 2 PM. Concessionaires will be on site to show their support. As a bonus... the Panthers scrimmage with Northwest Area... as well as Delaware County Christian starting at 5 O'clock Saturday.

 

SCORE
An organization that provides free advice to small businesses is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and has seen the need for its free help growing. SCORE has seen an increase in people opening their own business since the recession. In some cases they were pursuing a dream, but in other cases they had been downsized and had no other options. Last year, SCORE volunteers helped 12 hundred small businesses get started in Pennsylvania. Volunteers also help existing small businesses with advice on how to get over hurdles or to expand.

 

Hersheypark Coaster

Hersheypark will be home to the country's first indoor spinning glow-coaster. Laff Trakk will be the 13th roller coaster at Hersheypark when the attraction opens during the 2015 summer season. Riders will reach speeds of up to 40 mph on 1,400 feet of track that includes a half-loop and twist, high-banked curves, and Camelback air time hills.

 

Sex Offenders

Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities say they've conducted checks of registered sex offenders who live near where the Little League World Series got underway Thursday. The U.S. Marshals Service says the canvass this week of the homes of 164 offenders within 20 miles of the baseball tournament in Williamsport found five potential violations. Pennsylvania's version of Megan's Law requires certain offenders to register through the state police and report changes of address and other information.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team officially kicked off preparations for the 2014 season with the first day of practice Thursday. The Huskies will need to replace seven graduated all-conference performers from last year's P-S-A-C championship squad. But, that has not changed expectations for head coach Paul Darragh. The Huskies open the season on the road at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. On Saturday, September 6th. Bloomsburg begins it's home schedule with California on Saturday, September 13th at Redman Stadium.

 

HS Football

All area high school football teams will play preseason scrimmages Saturday. At 10 O'clock, Berwick plays at Central Dauphin; Central Columbia is at home against Shamokin; Danville is at North Schuylkill; and Columbia Montour Vo Tech plays at Warrior Run. At 5 o'clock Bloomsburg is at home against both Northwest and Delaware Valley Christian. At 7 Southern Columbia takes on Shikellamy at Tiger Stadium.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies open a weekend series against the Giants in San Francisco Friday night with the first pitch at 10:15. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:40.

 

Other games

In games played Thursday... The Detroit Tigers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 2... and the Washington Nationals downed the New York Mets 4 to 1.

 

Thursday / August 14, 2014


 

Main Twp Accident

A Mainville man is dead after losing control of his SUV Wednesday afternoon on a slippery State Route 339. Authorities say 54 – year old Felipe Olalde apparently lost control of his Ford Explorer... slamming into a utility pole... and flipping over on the driver's side. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Columbia County Coroner.

 

Blbg / SEDA Cog

The Bloomsburg Town Council has given it's approval to seek an estimated $160,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant money. SEDA – Cog's Tyler Dombroski says the money... 41% if received... would be earmarked for continuing work at Streater Field on Ft. McClure Boulevard. The other 41% used for curb cuts to make it easier for disabled persons to move about town. The remaining 18 % to be used for administration fees.

 

Mahoning Chief

Mahoning Township Police Chief Robert Blee is off the job... suspended for a week. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... Chief Blee is suspended for a reason that won't be known until a public meeting on Monday. That meeting takes place Monday at 5 PM at the Township building. Chief Blee has been Mahoning's top cop for the past four years.

 

Local Radar

The state Senate is considering a bill to allow local police departments the use of radar for speed enforcement. Pennsylvania is the only state where radar use is limited to State troopers, but Spokesman Rob Hicks of State Police Troop H in Harrisburg, says the department favors allowing this use by local departments. If fact, Hicks says speed enforcement at the local level is important, due to the increasing number of fatal accidents on local roadways. The measure will come up for a vote when the Senate returns to session next month.
 

Turbotville Augustfest

Big doin's in Turbotville this weekend... as the Lions Club presents “Augustfest” this coming Saturday. It's a day for a borough – wide yard sale... and to take a look at the community. But the center piece is the old train station which... for nearly 40 years... stood at the former Magee Transportation Museum on Millville Road... and it's gone through a lot... so says the Borough Historical Society's Michael Sechler including floods in Bloomsburg... and a was finally knocked down by a windstorm two years ago. “Augustfest” gets underway Saturday morning... with the Historical Society have a display... and selling souvenirs behind Sechler's home in the 100 block of Broadway Street.

 

Diesel Fracking
An environmental group says the illegal injection of diesel fuel during fracking continued despite industry claims it would be discontinued. The report from the Environmental Integrity Project shows 351 wells in 12 states, including Pennsylvania, fracked using a diesel product since 2010. The group says there's no evidence any of the companies had a Safe Drinking Water permit. Diesel products raise concern because they contain chemicals that are highly mobile in ground water, carcinogenic and toxic.

 

Scammers
Four people, including three from Pennsylvania, were recently indicted for running a Grandparent scam targeting seniors, but the scammers are often from outside the country and harder to catch, so prevention is critical. Scammers will make thousands of calls in hopes of hooking a handful of victims who fear their grandchild is in trouble and needs money. Renee Martin, Director of Education and Outreach for the Attorney General's Office says there are red flags: the caller needs money urgently, asks for it to be sent by wire transfer or prepaid card, will call at odd times, ask questions they should already know and may get personal data wrong.

 

Lion Brewery

Troubles at the Lion Brewery in Wilkes – Barre on Wednesday... a small explosion and ammonia leak took place at the plant off North Pennsylvania Avenue. Authorities say a tank inside the plant failed causing the problems. One person was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

 

Huber Breaker

The last vestige of the Huber Colliery in Ashley... is coming down. Workers are razing the power house used to generate electricity for the anthracite breaker when owned by the Glen Alden Coal Company. The colliery was first built in 1938 when coal was king... and shut down in the mid – 70's and sold to a Philadelphia company who scavenged the complex for it's steel.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team holds its first preseason practice Thursday afternoon. The Huskies will be preparing for their season opener Saturday, September 6th at Stonehill College in Easton Massachusetts.

 

PSAC Format

The PSAC has a new format for football this season. For the first time ever, the two mandated crossover games count in the divisional standings. Shippensburg University head coach Mark Maciejewski says he doesn't agree with the new format. Bloomsburg's two crossover games against Western Division opponents will be against California in week two in the Huskies' home opener and at Mercyhurst on week three.

 

PHL Phillies 

In the concluding game in their short series in Anaheim Wednesday night...  the Angles just got by the Philadelphia Phillies 4 to 3. The Phils have Thursday off. They will open a weekend series against the Giants in San Francisco Friday night.

 

Other Games

In other games Wednesday night... The Detroit Tigers downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8 to 4... the New York Mets were defeated by the Washington National's 3 to 2... and it was the Baltimore Orioles over the New York Yankees 5 to 3.

 

Wednesday / August 13, 2014


 

Main Twp Fatal Accident

Investigators are trying to figure out why a driver of an SUV collided with a utility poll Wednesday afternoon and died in the crash. The wreck was first called in around 2:45 Wednesday afternoon when the driver failed to make a right turn... snapping off the poll at it's base. The SUV rolled over on it's left side. First responders from Main Township, Mifflinville and Espy were called to the scene... as well as the Columbia County Coroner. The name of the driver has not been released.

 

Interstate Speed Limit

If you've driven I-80 in Central PA or 380 in the Pocono's... you 've probably noticed the high speed limits. Now you can drive 70 miles an hour on certain stretches of the highways. PennDOT's David Thompson in Montoursville said he doesn't expect any consideration for a raised speed limit in Columbia and Montour Counties until the agency completes a study.

 

Northumberland Co. Fatal

A Northumberland County woman is dead following a one car crash in Shamokin Township Tuesday afternoon. State Police say 29 – year old Tonya Kehler of Marion Heights lost control of her SUV near Paxinos and hit a tree. Police say she was not wearing a seat belt.

 

Higher Ed Adviser

As a controversy over his job duties heats up, Governor Tom Corbett's special adviser on higher education is stepping down. In his letter of resignation, Former Education Secretary Ron Tomalis says believes it's in the best interest of the Administration. Questions have been raised about whether he's doing the work to justify his salary as a special adviser on higher education. The pro Tom Wolf "Campaign for a Fresh Start" called for an investigation despite the resignation and also called for the firing of acting education secretary Carolyn Dumaresq.
 

Stuff the Bus

The Berwick Area United Way is in the final days of collecting back packs and school supplies in their annual Stuff the Bus campaign. It's designed to give an estimated 500 school students a leg up on the learning process... since school's across the region open next week. Berwick Area United Way CEO Ginny Crake says if you have backpacks or school supplies to donate... simply take them to the Berwick Area United Way office at the corner of 2nd and Pine Streets during business hours.

 

Bootleg Cigarettes
A higher cigarette tax in Philadelphia could bring more criminals to the city according to a former federal agent, who's sounding a warning about the new tobacco road. Cigarette smuggling is a multi billion dollar industry in the U S according to Richard Marianos, a former assistant director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. He says it has become more profitable for organized crime than illegal drugs. He fears that if Philadelphia raises its cigarette tax by two dollars a pack, it could cause an explosion of criminal smuggling.

 

Open Records Appointment

State lawmakers say they're not sure why Governor Corbett has not made a decision regarding a key state agency. The Department of Open records is one of the lesser known state agencies, but it serves an important function- to enforce Pennsylvania's Right To Know Law. The term of Executive Director Terry Mutchler expired last April, and there is no word from the Governor's office when or even if she will be re-appointed. Lawmakers from both parties are expressing their support, calling on the Governor to appoint Mutchler to another six year term.

Power Plant

Governor Corbett and Panda Power Funds broke ground Tuesday on a 829-megawatt natural-gas fueled power plant in Lycoming County.... near Montgomery. The project will power up to 1 million homes and contribute an estimated $5.85 - billion to the local economy within the first 10 years of operation. The plant is in the heart of the Marcellus Shale field and is expected to create 500 construction jobs, 27 permanent positions, and 45 indirect jobs in the local community.

 

Equipment Theft

An estimated $30,000 worth of equipment was stolen from a Northumberland County business. State Police in Milton say four mowers and a tiller was taken from Rovendale Ag and Barn near Watsontown. If you have information about the burglary... give state police in Milton a call.

 

Hazleton Robbery

Police in Hazleton are looking for a man who robbed a convenience store early Tuesday morning. Cops say a store on West Juniper Street was the target. The man... armed with a handgun and wearing a Spiderman mask... walked into the store... demanded money and fled the scene. Over the weekend, the C & P store on East Chestnut Street was also the target of a stick up artist wearing a Spiderman mask.

 

Stockton Water

It would cost a million dollars and take more than a year... but residents of Stockton... in Hazle Township... could have clean, unpolluted water. Stockton residents had problems with their unregulated water supply a month ago... but now the state says there is a program designed to replace the older water systems through the PA Infrastructure Investment Authority. Up to a million dollars could be used to extend the Hazleton City Authority's water system. An estimated 43 households now rely on an unreliable water system which is prone to pollution and contamination.

 

Sherman Hills

More trouble at the beleaguered Sherman Hill Apartment complex in Wilkes – Barre. This time a report of shots fired early Tuesday morning. Police responding to the scene found shell casings... and determined there had been a fight. No one was found in the area.

 

Tuesday / August 12, 2014


 

 

Bloomsburg Equality

The issue of equality came up during Monday night's Bloomsburg Town Council meeting. Bloomsburg businessman Dwayne Heisler, earlier in the day, presented council with a proposed ordinance to protect people who are gay or lesbians... bisexual and transgender individuals... from being discriminated against. The proposed ordinance submitted by Heisler stems from a Market Street Wedding show refusing to do business with a lesbian couple who plan to marry. Council members are expected to discuss the issue during their next Community and Economic Development Committee meeting.

 

Laundromat Burglary

Bloomsburg police want to find out the identity of a man... and his partner... who is seen on surveillance video taking money from washers and dryers at a local laundromat. The Wash and Shop in the Market Street Plaza was hit in the early evening hours of July 20th... with photo grabs released yesterday by police. Security consultant Eric Bower who's camera's caught the burglary in progress... says the camera provides a very clear picture. If you have any information about the burglary at the Wash and Shop.... call Bloomsburg PD.

 

911 Centers
Funding for County 9-1-1 centers is among the issues which will not be addressed when state lawmakers return to Harrisburg in the fall. A surcharge on telephone land lines is a major funding source, but is shrinking as more people switch to cell phones which include a lower surcharge. State lawmakers extended until next year the deadline for the land line surcharge which had been set to expire in June. But the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania says the issue needs to be addressed sooner, because some counties are having to bear a greater share of the funding burden. and can't afford to wait.

 

Fire Station Visit

If you're a U-S Senator and have a day off... what do you do. You tour a fire station... and that's just what U-S Senator Pat Toomey did Monday... making a stop at the Bloomsburg Fire Department on Market Street. Line officer Todd Davis liked what he heard from Senator Toomey. Senator Toomey said he was impressed with the amount of equipment and apparatus in bays at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall.

 

Interstate Speed

Speed limits went to 70 miles an hour today on two Pennsylvania Interstates as officials phase in and review the higher maximum speed set in the transportation bill last year. PennDOT will be reviewing the new 70 mile an hour limit on Interstate 80 from Exit 101 to mile marker 189 from Clearfield to Clinton County and Interstate 380 from I-84 in Lackawanna County to just north of Exit 8 in Monroe County. Officials will also look at other roads that may be appropriate for the new limit. A stretch of the PA Turnpike was converted late last month.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices all across northeastern Pennsylvania are slowly falling... and are matching the average nationwide price per gallon. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report is showing that you and I are paying an average of $3.47 a gallon for self – serve, unleaded regular. That's down a penny from the weekend... and five cents a gallon lower than a week ago.

 

Lame Duck Xgr

There's still a lot of business facing the legislature when it returns to session next month, but it does not look like voting will extend past the November election. Any issues not resolved before the legislature wraps up its session days in September and October will likely wait until next year. A lame duck voting session does not look likely, although house leaders say they have not discussed post election voting and senate leaders say they could call a session for some kind of emergency.
 

Hazleton Murder Trial

The final jurors will be selected Tuesday morning to hear a Hazleton murder case. 22 – year old Adamis Arias is charged with shooting and killing 19 year old Angel Villalobox following an argument. The shooting took place 18 months ago in the 500 block of West Maple Street in Hazleton. The trial is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the week.

 

Taxes / Obamacare

There are tax implications of the Affordable Care Act that will affect everyone at tax time next year, as well as some that could affect people using the federal marketplace. Everyone will have to provide proof of health insurance or an exemption at tax time next year to avoid a shared responsibility payment. And the IRS says people who used the federal marketplace to obtain coverage and are getting advance payments of the premium tax credit should let the marketplace know of any income, martial status, or family size changes that could affect the amount they receive to avoid overpayments or underpayments.
 

Plains Robbery

Still no suspect in custody in connection with the weekend robbery of a Dollar Saver store on North River Street in Plains Township. Cops say the man walked into the store... brandished a knife... demanded money and left. No one was injured in that stick up at the Dollar Saver store.

 

Lycoming Robbery

State Police near Williamsport are keeping a sharp eye out for a man wanted in connection with the hold up of a Sheetz early Sunday morning. Troopers say a man strolled into the store on Route 220 in Woodward Township... had the clerk fill a bag with cash... then left on foot. No one was injured in the early Sunday morning robbery.

 

PA Oil Trains

Two counties in Pennsylvania that hug rail lines used to transport large volumes of crude oil have not been notified about the cargo, in spite of a May requirement from the U.S. Department of Transportation that states share that information with local first responders. Cambria and Lebanon County's telling the McClatchy newspapers they were not receiving the notifications, even though the Norfolk Southern lines that run through the counties are used to bring crude oil trains to refineries and terminals in the Philadelphia area. The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency requires county emergency management officials to sign a nondisclosure agreement that limits the sharing of the crude oil train information with first responders.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team, the defending PSAC Champion, is picked to finish third this season in the PSAC East. That is the result of the coaches poll released Monday at a pre - season news conference at Kutztown University. West Chester is the preseason favorite. Golden Rams head coach Bill Zwann appreciates the vote of confidence. IUP was the pick to finish first in the Western Division.

Bloomsburg's first pre - season practice is Thursday afternoon. The Huskies open the season September 6th at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies lost to the New York Mets Monday afternoon 5 to 3 in the final game of their series. Tuesday night the Phils open a series in Anaheim against the Angels. The first pitch is at 10:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:30.

 

Other Games

In games played Monday.. the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Detroit Tigers 11 to 6... and the Baltimore Orioles downed the New York Yankees 11 to 3.

Monday / August 11, 2014


 

Atlantic Sunrise

You have not heard the last of a proposal by the Williams Company to place a 189 mile natural gas pipeline starting in Susquehanna County to Southeast Pennsylvania... cutting through the heart of Columbia County. Now, a group known as the Shalefield Organizing Committee holds a meeting Friday night at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall... so says the committee's Casey Pegg. On hand are expected to be folks who deal with eminent domain issues. A meeting last week at Bloomsburg University by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission drew about two – hundred property owners who don't want the pipeline run through the middle of Columbia County.

 

Fishing Creek Twp Fatal

Authorities are still investigating a deadly crash which took place Saturday night in the 100 block of Bendertown Road... in Fishing Creek Township. Our media partner Newswatch 16 tell us that State Police say 25 – year old Jeremy Naugle of Benton died when he lost control of his pick up truck and slammed into a utility poll. His truck crossing the road... slamming into a second pole. That brought a big transformer... as well as power lines. Naugle was transported to Geisinger Medical near Danville where he died. Authorities say speed and alcohol played rolls in Naugle's death.

 

Mt. Carmel

It was supposed to be a day of celebration of Mt. Carmel area football at the high school football stadium... but the day ended differently when a '97 graduate of the high school went into cardiac arrest and died. Published reports say it happened late Sunday afternoon when Dan Malakoski collapsed on the sidelines during an alumni tournament designed to raise money for charity. Medical attention was immediate, but he later died before being placed in a Life Flight helicopter. After word of Malakoski's passing reached the stadium... the festivities ended.

 

State Revenue

A we reported last week... Pennsylvania collected $2.2 - billion dollars in general fund revenue in July... the first month of the 2014-15 fiscal year. The numbers were above estimates initially made, but State Representative David Millard says it takes more than one month to tell a story. Meantime... the house goes back into session next month to try and override Governor Corbett's veto of money earmarked for legislative operation... and maybe... tackle state pension reform.

 

Severance / Pension

The new debate over a severance tax on natural gas could focus more on what to do with the money if such a levy were passed. A severance tax on natural gas drilling was considered as recently as June by Republican lawmakers but it was abandoned for lack of support. Still, a Republican State Senator is seeking support for a measure to dedicate a tax on drilling to the state's public pension debt. However, Democrats who support a new levy want the money to go primarily to education.

 

Drones

Technology and how it affects hunting and fishing in Pennsylvania is getting a closer look from lawmakers. One measure introduced by Senator Rich Kasunic would prohibit unmanned aircraft from disturbing someone who is hunting or fishing. He also doesn't want drones to become unsportsmanlike and be used to locate game. Another bill would allow hunters to use electronic calls to lure deer. But some argue they're not fair to the animals being pursued.

 

Road Project

A PennDOT maintenance crew begins work today on a pipe replacement and embankment improvement project in the Berwick area. Specifically... the project will take place on Water Dam Road in Briar Creek Township... in the Summer Hill area.... near the Luzerne County line. There is a detour in place using Dairy Road... which becomes Moore's Hill Road in Luzerne County.

 

SUV vs. Building

The driver of an SUV crashed into a Hazleton apartment and fled the scene. The accident taking place on West Elm Street. A woman and her granddaughter were inside the building... but they were not injured.

 

Wilkes – Barre Shooting

Still no suspect in custody wanted in connection with shots fired into a home in Wilkes – Barre late Saturday night. Police say the incident took place on Chester Street when two men pulled up in front of a house where a teen as sitting on the front porch. When he was calling police... the pair fired a couple rounds at the home. No one was injured.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

Area high school football teams begin pre - season practice Monday. Southern Columbia has the luxury of having a returning starter at quarterback. Nick Becker had an outstanding sophomore season, but his head coach Jim Roth thinks he can still get better. All area teams will have scrimmages this Saturday. The regular season kicks off Friday night, August 29th.

 

PHL Phillies

Ryan Howard's two out single in the 9th gave the Philadelphia Phillies a 7-6 win over the New York Mets Sunday at Citizen's Bank Park. The four game series concludes Monday afternoon with a 1:05 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pre - game show at 12:30.

 

Other Games

In other games Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the San Diego Padres 8-2, and the New York Yankees were beaten by the Cleveland Indians 4-1.

 

Golf

In golf, 25 year old Rory Macilroy won the 4th major of his career with a one stroke win over Phil Mickelson in the PGA tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

NASCAR

A.J. Allmendinger wins the three hundred mile NASCAR Cup Series event on the road course at Watkins Glen International in upstate New York.

 

 

What's Happening? Sunday, August 10, 2014


The Bloomsburg Nationals car and truck show returns to the fairgrounds this weekend. See more than 800 vehicles from classics, to hot rods and more. Come for the swap meet, manufacturers' booths, burnout contests, drag races, and much more! For a full schedule of events, check out CarlsisleEvents.com

 

First English Baptist Church on Millville Road in Bloomsburg will be holding a special Bluegrass Worship Service this morning at 9:30 AM. Music will be provided by local bluegrass group Raven Creek.

 

The Benton British Car Club will meet this afternoon at 3 PM at Strevig's Family Restaurant on Red Rock Road in Benton. They meet the second Sunday of every month. Anyone who owns a British-made car is invited to attend.

 

WHLM Sports:

The Phillies continue play at home this weekend with a game against the Mets. First pitch will be at 1:35, with the pregame getting under wat at 1 PM.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

August 11 - 16

The 76th Montour-DeLong Community Fair runs Monday, August 11 through Friday, August 16. There's free admission, free entertainment each night, and fireworks Friday night at 9 PM. The fairgrounds are on Route 254, west of Washingtonville. For a full list of the week's events, check out MontourDeLongFair.com

 

August 12

The Book Buddies - Bella, Chloe, and Riley - return to the Bloomsburg Public Library this Tuesday evening. They're therapy dogs who love to listen to your kids read aloud to them. Bring a favorite book or choose one from the library collection. The program starts at 6:30 PM.

 

August 13

Danville Memorial Park's Free Story Hour continues this Wednesday evening with a collection of flower stories. The program starts at 6:30 PM. Rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville.

 

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.

 

August 14

Summer concerts at the Jackson Mansion continue this Thursday night at 7PM. The Autumn Oldies Band will be playing the hits of the 50's & 60's. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and come cash for concessions to the Mansion lawn on Market Street in Berwick.

 

August 14 - 17

Join Traditional Catholic families August 14 - 17 for Holy Family Weekend at Hickory Run State Park. There will be hikes, activites, and conferences. For more information, check out HolyFamilyCamping.com

 

August 16

Goodwill Hose Company will hold their first annual Car and Truck show, Saturday, August 16 at Bloomsburg Christian Church's parking lot on Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg. Registration will be open from 8:30 - 11:30 AM. Judging starts at Noon, and prizes will be awarded at 3 PM. There's 40 different awards, and dash plaques for the first 50 entries. Registration is $15 or $10 ahead of time. For more information, check out GHCCarShow.com

 

August 16

Buckhorn Community Volunteer Fire Company #1 will hold their 7th annual community yard sale and craft show Saturday, August 17, from 7AM - 4PM. Indoor tables are $10 each, and outdoor 12-by-12-foot spaces are $20. There will be chicken barbecue from 10AM - 5PM or 'till it's sold out! Take-out is available. For more information, call 570-784-6319.

 

August 17

The Mifflin Township Forest Rangers will hold their 6th annual Motorcycle and Car Benefit Cruise, Sunday, August 17. Registration opens at 8AM at the Fire Hall on Market Street in Mifflinville. The run moves at 11AM. Cost is $25 for a single rider or $40 per couple. There's an optional poker hand and door prizes, too. Cost includes breakfast before and lunch after the run. Breakfast is open to the public during registration. For more information, call 570-759-2148.

 

August 17

Join the Susquehanna River Artists and their first Plein Aire Show and Wine Tasting, Sunday, August 17th at O'Donnel Winery in Berwick. Enjoy an afternoon of live artistry, music, wine and food from Noon - 5PM. For more information, check out the Columbi-Montour Visitor's Bureau at iTourColumbiaMontour.com

 

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

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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, August 9, 2014


The Bloomsburg Nationals car and truck show returns to the fairgrounds this weekend. Today and Sunday see more than 800 vehicles from classics, to hot rods and more. Come for the swap meet, manufacturers' booths, burnout contests, drag races, and much more! For a full schedule of events and registration information, check out CarlsisleEvents.com

 

St Luke Lutheran Church in Bloomsburg will hold an indoor yard sale today from 8AM - 3PM. There will be hot dogs, and other refreshments available as well. Proceeds benefit the Philanthropic Educational Organization for women's education. The church is on Market Square in Bloomsburg.

 

Learn how to help or maybe even adopt a retired racing Greyhound today from 11AM - 2PM at Tractor Supply Company on Route 11 in Bloomsburg. Monica's Heart Greyhound Adoption group will be on hand if you are interested in adopting a Greyhound, or would like to find out more about the dogs and the organization.

 

Come out to Draus Farms' Family Fun Day today from 11AM - 5 PM. There's hiking, games, food, crafts, music, and a zip line. Proceeds benefit Cystic Fibrosis. The farm is at 97 Riverhill Drive in Bloomsburg. For more information, call 570-441-4807.

 

First English Baptist Church on Millville Road in Bloomsburg will be holding a special Bluegrass Worship Service this Sunday morning at 9:30 AM. Music will be provided by local bluegrass group Raven Creek.

 

The Benton British Car Club will meet this Sunday at 3 PM at Strevig's Family Restaurant on Red Rock Road in Benton. They meet the second Sunday of every month. Anyone who owns a British-made car is invited to attend.

 

WHLM Sports:

The Phillies continue play at home this weekend with a game against the Mets. First pitch will be at 7:35, with the pregame getting under wat at 7 PM.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

August 11 - 16

The 76th Montour-DeLong Community Fair runs Monday, August 11 through Friday, August 16. There's free admission, free entertainment each night, and fireworks Friday night at 9 PM. The fairgrounds are on Route 254, west of Washingtonville. For a full list of the week's events, check out MontourDeLongFair.com

 

August 12

The Book Buddies - Bella, Chloe, and Riley - return to the Bloomsburg Public Library this Tuesday evening. They're therapy dogs who love to listen to your kids read aloud to them. Bring a favorite book or choose one from the library collection. The program starts at 6:30 PM.

 

August 13

Danville Memorial Park's Free Story Hour continues this Wednesday evening with a collection of flower stories. The program starts at 6:30 PM. Rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville.

 

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.

 

August 14

Summer concerts at the Jackson Mansion continue this Thursday night at 7PM. The Autumn Oldies Band will be playing the hits of the 50's & 60's. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and come cash for concessions to the Mansion lawn on Market Street in Berwick.

 

August 14 - 17

Join Traditional Catholic families August 14 - 17 for Holy Family Weekend at Hickory Run State Park. There will be hikes, activites, and conferences. For more information, check out HolyFamilyCamping.com

 

August 16

Goodwill Hose Company will hold their first annual Car and Truck show, Saturday, August 16 at Bloomsburg Christian Church's parking lot on Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg. Registration will be open from 8:30 - 11:30 AM. Judging starts at Noon, and prizes will be awarded at 3 PM. There's 40 different awards, and dash plaques for the first 50 entries. Registration is $15 or $10 ahead of time. For more information, check out GHCCarShow.com

 

August 16

Buckhorn Community Volunteer Fire Company #1 will hold their 7th annual community yard sale and craft show Saturday, August 17, from 7AM - 4PM. Indoor tables are $10 each, and outdoor 12-by-12-foot spaces are $20. There will be chicken barbecue from 10AM - 5PM or 'till it's sold out! Take-out is available. For more information, call 570-784-6319.

 

August 17

The Mifflin Township Forest Rangers will hold their 6th annual Motorcycle and Car Benefit Cruise, Sunday, August 17. Registration opens at 8AM at the Fire Hall on Market Street in Mifflinville. The run moves at 11AM. Cost is $25 for a single rider or $40 per couple. There's an optional poker hand and door prizes, too. Cost includes breakfast before and lunch after the run. Breakfast is open to the public during registration. For more information, call 570-759-2148.

 

August 17

Join the Susquehanna River Artists and their first Plein Aire Show and Wine Tasting, Sunday, August 17th at O'Donnel Winery in Berwick. Enjoy an afternoon of live artistry, music, wine and food from Noon - 5PM. For more information, check out the Columbi-Montour Visitor's Bureau at iTourColumbiaMontour.com

 

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 / August 8, 2014


Guilty Plea

A Bloomsburg woman has pleaded guilty to bank larceny charges after stealing from her employer. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... 56 – year old Mary Ann Gillespie could get up to 18 months in federal prison. She was the person that handled the money at Century 21 Covered Bridges Realty... and was “kiting” checks between two banks. Not only is she facing a federal prison sentence... but she must pay back $130,000 to the company... the first $50,000 before she's sentenced... which is expected late this year.

 

Festival

Several thousand people were on hand last night in Bloomsburg's Town Park for the 57th annual Cake and Ice Cream Festival. The Catawissa Military band presented some of the entertainment... the other coming from the Covered Bridge Cloggers. There was plenty of cake provided by bakers across the community... as well as Brennan's Big Chill providing the ice cream. Overall... a great way to wrap up town sponsored activities at the park.

 

Bloomsburg Nationals

Alternate traffic plans will be in effect this afternoon... if you're trying to get through Bloomsburg. The reason... the annual gridlock of Main Street by several hundred classic cars. It's all part of the Bloomsburg National's... powered by Carlisle Event. This weekend's Bloomsburg National's are expected to draw an estimated 1- thousand classic cars, trucks and motorcycles to the fairgrounds.

 

Stuff the Bus

The Berwick Area United Way is helping kids get back to school with a fashion statement. Right now... the United Way is gathering material to collect and stuff 500 backpacks filled with back to school supplies. Berwick United Way CEO Ginny Crake says you can drop off backpacks and supplies at the Berwick Area YMCA.. area churches... as well as at the McBride Public Library. All to be distributed to area schools on the 18th.

 

Questionable Teachers

Pennsylvania is number two in the nation in the number of sexual abuse cases involving teachers. The state Department of Education reports that since January, 450 complaints have been lodged against teachers, compared to 482 in all of last year. That's due in part to increased awareness, mainly in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. New laws have been put into place requiring suspected abuse to be reported directly to the state's child abuse hotline, and also providing greater protections for teachers, doctors, and others mandated to do the reporting.

 

Police Radar

Legislation being considered by the state Senate would change the way local police departments monitor speed. The bill would allow local departments the use of Radar, which is currently limited to State Police. Supporters say radar would be less expensive than the tools local departments currently use. A number of statewide organizations are calling for passage of this bill, including the PA Chiefs of Police Association, the Association of Township Commissioners, the State Association of Boroughs, and the PA Municipal League.

 

Burglary Arrest

Police in Fairview Township... in Luzerne County... are charging a 26 – year old man in connection with a number of daylight burglaries. Eugene Adams, Junior is charged with six burglaries in his neighborhood. He was first questioned by police in mid – July for a burglary... and since that time has been charged with five others.

 

Hit & Run

Hazleton police are looking for the driver of an SUV which hit a man late Wednesday night... then fled the scene. The 53 – year old victim was walking on North Poplar Street when he was hit. He was then flown to an Allentown Hospital trauma center for treatment. If you have information about the hit and run... call Hazleton Police.

 

911 Scam

If you live in Luzerne County... and you see the numbers 9-1-1 pop up on your caller I-D... don't be fooled. The county communication center in Wilkes – Barre is now warning about a scam. It seems someone is harassing people are getting calls... saying a family member will go to jail if you don't cough up a certain amount of money. It's not true... and if you get call... be sure to notify police.

 

Stabbing

A 16 – year old Wilkes – Barre teenager is behind bars after he allegedly stabbed... then sexually assaulted a girl last month. Police say Christopher Molinaro was charged in the attack. Molinaro telling investigators he stabbed the girl... who was supposed to be his friend.

 

Brian Bolus

The owner of an environmental clean up and wreck removal company... Minuteman Towing... is being held over for court proceedings. Brian Bolus began his business in Mifflinville... then moved it to the Milton Industrial Park... and at one time was honored by Governor Corbett. The state is accusing Bolus of inflating billing to Marcellus Shale gas companies... as well as breaking the state's environmental laws. During a preliminary hearing this week in Lewisburg... a judge determined there was enough evidence to send the Bolus case to trial.

 

Milton Meth Lab

Another day... another meth lab raid in the area. This time... police raided a suspected lab in a home on Broadway Street in Milton on Wednesday. Cops initially were trying to serve warrants when they discovered the lab. Right now... Angel Prokop... Ace Elmore and Clifton Elmore are behind bars in the Northumberland County jail in Sunbury.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies got out their brooms last night in a come from behind victory to defeat the Houston Astros 6 to 5. The Phil's winning all three games against the Astros this week. Friday night.. the Phil's take on the New York Mets starting at 7-05. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations...

 

In other games

The Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Miami Marlins 7 to 2... the Washington National defeated the New York Mets in 13 innings 5 to 3... and it was the New York Yankees blanking the Detroit Tigers 1 to nothing.

 

Hernandez Traded

The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired veteran right-hander Roberto Hernandez from the Philadelphia Phillies for two players to be named later, the teams announced Thursday. ESPN's Jayson Stark says the Phillies will receive two "lower-level minor leaguers." The Dodgers acquired Roberto Hernandez, who is 6 and 8 this season with a 3.87 ERA in 23 appearances, from the Phillies for the playoff stretch.

 

Penn State Football

Things are coming together for Penn State Head Football coach James Franklin. That's the case, as well, for quarterback Christian Hackenberg. He likes the way the team has come together as a unit. Penn State takes on the University of Central Florida in Dublin, Ireland later this month.
 

Thursday / August 7, 2014


 

Commission Meeting

A proposed natural gas pipeline by the Williams Company could be passing through Columbia... and nine other counties in Pennsylvania. The pipeline... and comments either for or against was the focus of a meeting Wednesday night by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the Bloomsburg University campus. BU professor Wendy Lynne Lee had a clear message for those at the meeting.... don't allow surveyors on your land... and don't sign any contract. The Williams Company wants to build that pipeline from Susquehanna County... 189 miles to Southeast Pennsylvania where it will connect with the Transco Gas pipeline. The commission has two more hearings on tap this week.

 

Berwick Drug Arrest

A 27 – year old Berwick man has been arrested after authorities discovered a suspected meth lab in his North Arch Street home. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says Nathan Peters allegedly had a meth lab under his sink as well as a non – active “one pot vessel” in a freezer. The arrest of Peters follows a tip from an informant. He now faces a long list of charges filed by Berwick Police.

 

Senior Expo

A couple of hundred people turned out Wednesday at the Espy Fire Hall for a Senior Expo hosted by State Representative David Millard. It was an opportunity to chat one on one with Rep. Millard. There were plenty of vendors offering their services... including United Water who is the main supplier of drinking water to the Bloomsburg area. The company's Bob Manbeck says it's the first time the utility has been at the Espy event. United Water was also there to tell the story about the new filtration plant United Water plans to construct in the Irondale section of Bloomsburg. Ground breaking is expected late this fall... with construction taking 15 months.

 

Ice Cream Festival

A fund raiser for the Bloomsburg Town Park Association gets underway at 5 O'clock. It's the 57th annual Cake and Ice Cream Festival. Held every year since 1957... Association President Chuck Wagner marvels at the longevity of the event. The cakes are being made by bakers across the area... and several flavors of ice cream provided by Brennan's Big Chill.

 

Philadelphia Schools
Governor Tom Corbett is asking lawmakers to come back to Harrisburg earlier than planned to deal with the Philadelphia School Funding issues. Governor Corbett could call a special session to address a bill to help fund Philadelphia Schools, but he could not compel the legislature to finalize the two dollar a pack tax on cigarettes. Right now, the governor is urging the legislature to return before the start of the school year and act on the bill. The house and senate are not scheduled to reconvene until mid-September.

 

Minimum Wage

A state lawmaker strongly disagrees with those who claim that raising the minimum wage in Pennsylvania would result in job losses. Bills introduced in both the House and Senate would increase the minimum wage from the current rate of 7-25 an hour to 10 dollars and 10 cents. Senator Daylin Leach of Montgomery County supports the increase, and says there is no direct correlation between a higher wage and the loss of jobs. Leach points to a survey from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics which shows solid job growth for the first six months of this year in the 13 states which have raised their minimum wage.
 

Marching Bands
The start of football training season means it's also time for band camp. WHLM's David Payne reports while marching band may not be as rigorous as football, it can still take a physical toll. Dr. Ryan Roza, who specializes in Orthopedics for the Geisinger Health System, says band members can suffer some of the same injuries as football players, especially this time of year when the body is adjusting to increased activity. He says you can guard against dehydration with your favorite sports drink, and also watch for symptoms of heat stroke. A sudden rash or blister is a good sign that it's time to get out of the sun.

 

Transit Study

Hazleton City Council says it welcomes a study from PennDOT dealing with public transportation in the region. It would include Luzerne and Lackawanna counties. However, council went on record opposing any consolidation of Luzerne County Transit and Hazleton Public transit. The council will officially endorse the plan when they meet August 19th.

 

Newborn Infant

More tests are planned following he autopsy of a newborn baby... discovered in a garbage can this week in Blythe Township in Schuylkill County. 22 – year old Tara Paltanavage is now behind bars at the Schuylkill County jail in connection with the child's death. Paltanavage telling authorities the baby was born stillborn when she gave birth in a bathtub. She placed the child in the garbage outside the home. Paltanavage is facing a long list of charges.

 

Shamokin Meth Lab

Two Shamokin area men are in the Northumberland County jail in Sunbury... after they were caught this week... allegedly making meth. 31 – year old Thomas Reddinger... and 42 – year old Roger Shaw are behind bars on $75,000 bail each. Cops finding an alleged meth in a home in the 1000 block of West Spruce Street in Shamokin.

 

Escapees

After two high – profile escapes in a month... security will be increased around the Luzerne County Correctional facility. The county has gotten approval from the City of Wilkes – Barre to install razor wire from the housing unit to the exercise yard. Until that's done... manpower will be increased to watch the area. During the past 30 days... two non – violent inmates have scaled a 10 foot chain link to freedom in broad daylight.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies showed strength Wednesday night... as they defeated the Houston Astros 10 to 3 in interleague play. One of the highlights... Pitcher David Buchanan clobbered the first hit of his career. The two teams meet again Thursday night at 7:05. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations...

 

In other games

The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Miami Marlins 7 to 3... The New York Yankees downed the Detroit Tigers 5 to 1... and it was the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 7 to 1.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles are getting ready for their prime time pre – season game against the Chicago Bears on Friday. Quarterback Nick Foles believes the offense is more comfortable in training camp in the second season under Head Coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles and the Chicago Bears square off Friday night at Soldier Field at 8 O'clock.

 

Wednesday / August 6, 2014


Pipeline Meeting

Hundreds of people are expected to be Haas Center for the Arts at Bloomsburg University Wednesday night as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission holds a meeting about a proposed natural gas pipeline. It is currently set to go through ten Pennsylvania County's... including Columbia, Montour and Luzerne... and is part of the proposed expansion of the Williams Company Atlantic Sunrise Expansion feeding gas to the Transco natural gas pipeline in southeast PA. During a meeting two months ago at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall... there was a lot of opposition voiced by Columbia County land owners. Wednesday ight's meeting gets underway at 7 O'clock... with a Williams Partner Open House at 6. Earlier we said the meeting was in Dallas... but that meeting is tomorrow night... and we regret the error.

 

Bloomsburg National's / Downtown

Thousands of people are headed to Columbia County for this weekend's Bloomsburg National's produced by Carlisle Events. One of the big items on anyone's check list is taking part in Friday's gridlock. That's where part of Main Street is shut down with hundreds of classic cars taking up the travel lanes. Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated manager Adrienne Mael says that's good for business. The event kicks off Thursday night at Quaker Steak and Lube in Buckhorn with the show field open at the fairgrounds Friday morning.

 

National Night Out

Up and down the the Susquehanna Valley... cop shops observed National Night Out. In Bloomsburg... local officers were on hand... including the Pennsylvania State Police. Trooper David Peters says it's an opportunity to meet the folks they protect and serve. Other observances were held last night in Berwick and Danville.

 

Federal Discrimination Suit

Governor Tom Corbett has been getting feedback since the U. S. Justice Department announced a lawsuit last week claiming Pennsylvania State Police discriminate against women in their hiring practices. The suit alleges the fitness test for state police is discriminatory against women. But Governor Corbett calls that very insulting. He's had women of all ages come up to him to say they're appalled that the Department of Justice would think women couldn't meet this requirement. He says women today are in great physical shape and can do this test.

 

Body Found

An autopsy is scheduled to be preformed today on the body of a newborn girl... found Tuesday in Blythe Township in Schuylkill County. Taken into custody by police is 22 – year old Tara Paltanavage who lives near Tamaqua. She's being held on a quarter – million dollars bail. Paltanavage is believed to be the infant's mother. The body was discovered Tuesday in a green garbage can in front of the Winfield Drive home where she lives.

 

Keep PA Beautiful
The organization known as Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful has been awarded a $1.4-million grant. The money comes from the state Department of Environmental Protection, and will be used to increase community involvement in the cleanup of litter and the clearing of illegal dump sites. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is based in Greensuburg, Westmoreland County, and has chapters in a total of 38 counties. Members clean up an estimated 48,000 tons of waste from parks, trails, streams and roadsides.

 

Protecting the Amish
A Lancaster County woman has launched an effort to protect Amish residents from exploitation from the growing number of Amish-based reality TV shows. Shows like Amish Mafia and Breaking Amish are portraying the population in an unflattering light. As a result, filmmaker and Lancaster County resident Mary Haverstick has launched Respect Amish. It's a movement aimed at convincing about 3-thousand businesses to boycott production crews who travel to Pennsylvania, making it more difficult and expensive to make these shows. Haverstick says the shows exploit the Amish and promote misunderstanding of their way of life among the non-Amish.

 

Education Adviser
A former education secretary is generating some controversy over whether he's doing enough to earn his keep in his current state post. Former education secretary Ron Tomalis has been serving as a special adviser on higher education for more than a year and a Democratic activist and Republican State Senator have questioned whether he's doing enough to justify his $140,000 a year salary. Governor Tom Corbett, speaking on Radio PA's Ask the Governor, says there is no ghost employee and he would not have somebody not doing their job.

 

Heroin Bust

A Pittsburgh man is in jail in Luzerne County... and state police have seized an estimated $2.4 - million worth of heroin. 38 – year old Rashod Clark was on Interstate 80 in Butler Township... and was in the process of being pulled over when he tried to get away. He was captured... and when cops searched his car... they found a suitcase full of heroin... already packaged. Clark was arraigned with bail set at a half – million dollars.

 

Robbery Suspect

Police in the Wyoming Valley believe they have the man they were looking for. Now... they've charged 19 – year old Dametrius Laws of Plains Township with allegedly pulling a stick up at the Turkey Hill store on South Main Street near Wilkes – Barre last week. Following an arraignment... he was taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility since he couldn't post 50 – thousand dollars straight cash bail.

 

Third Party Candidates

The possibility of a third-party candidate's crashing the gubernatorial race between Republican Gov. Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf has faded away as two such hopefuls conceded they lacked enough voter support. Green Party nominee Paul Glover and Ken Krawchuk of the Libertarian Party said their campaigns had fallen short of the nearly 17,000 petition signatures needed by Friday to qualify for the Nov. 4th ballot.

 

Inappropriate Teachers

Claims of inappropriate relationships, sex abuse and misconduct filed against Pennsylvania school teachers are on track to double in less than a year. That word from state officials. The state Department of Education recorded 482 complaints during 2013. Of those, about 100 resulted in official action that year, through public reprimand or suspension or revocation of a teacher’s license. Allegations ranged from drunken driving and drug possession to prolonged, multi-victim rape.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

Ryan Howard singled in the winning run in the 15th inning to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 2-1 win over the Houston Astros Tuesday night. The two teams meet again Wednesday tonight at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Game time is 7:05...

You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

 

Other games Tuesday night..

The Miami Marlins defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 6 to 3... the New York Yankees were downed by the Detroit Tigers 4 to 3... and it was the New York Mets over the Washington Nationals six to one.

 

BU Men's Soccer

Bloomsburg University's Men's Soccer team will be busy... playing nine games starting September 4th... and wrapping the season October 22nd. First up at Steph Pettit Stadium on the BU Campus... the Huskies take on St. Thomas Aquinas on the 4th at 4 PM. It's a non – conference match... followed by the New York Institute of Technology on September 13th... and Chestnut Hill on the 16th. The season ends October 22 with a match against Millersville.

 

Tuesday / August 5, 2014


National Night Out

Cop shops up and down the Susquehanna Valley will be observing National Night Out Tuesday evening. In Bloomsburg... the event begins at six O'clock at the Norris Rock Pool at Catherine Street and Ft. McClure Boulevard. Bloomsburg PD Officer Ken Auchter says... besides displays... there are some freebee's for the kids such as bike helmets and backpacks. Also on hand are officers from near – by departments as well as fire and EMS displays. National Night Out is also being observed in Berwick... and in Danville.

 

Bloomsburg National's

A recent craze sweeping the nation has been hiding cash in envelopes at various locations. Now Carlisle Events... the promoter of this weekend's Bloomsburg National's at the fair grounds is following suit. They'll be hiding denominations of cash in downtown Bloomsburg as well as at the show site. The denominations run anywhere from ten to 200 dollars... hidden in envelopes. The Bloomsburg National's powered by Carlisle Events begins Friday at the fair grounds... with an estimated 1,000 classic cars, trucks and motorcycles on display.

 

Drilling in Loyalsock
A section of the Loyalsock State Forest in northcentral Pennsylvania is the target of plans by the state to drill for natural gas. But a number of lawmakers and activists have come out in opposition. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources plans to issue drilling permits for the Clarence Moore tract of the forest, which refers to the previous owner. Rep. Greg Vitali is the sponsor of a House resolution which calls on the Governor to use his authority to halt the permits. One activist referred to the Loyalsock as the-quote-canary in the coal mine, saying if drilling is permitted here, then no open space in Pennsylvania would be off limits.

 

Air Quality

Mother Nature deserves all the credit for the better-than-average air quality we've had so far this summer. Only four Air Quality Action Days have been declared by the state Department of Environmental Protection so far this summer. That's way below the average and good news for those with breathing problems. The cooler than normal temperatures and cloud cover have helped deter the formation of ozone, a major pollutant. A color coded system ranging from green for good to orange for unhealthy is utilized to grade air quality.

 

Boback Expo

A senior expo is on tap tomorrow in Dallas... in the back mountain area of Luzerne County... presented by State Representative Karen Boback. Ms. Boback taking care of political issues in northern Columbia... Luzerne and Wyoming Counties. She says it's an opportunity for those over 55 to talk to vendors and take part in seminars on subjects important to folks reaching retirement years. The event will take place as Misericordia University in Dallas starting at 10 AM.

 

Ebola Threat
The state's top doctor and other physicians took part in a call-in with reporters hosted by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to assure the public Pennsylvania is prepared to respond to the threat of Ebola, even though the risk is low. State Physician General Dr. Carrie DeLone emphasized the risk of a significant Ebola outbreak in the U S is extremely low and close to non-existent. She says the virus is not easy to catch and is spread only from someone who is actively sick. She says it is not spread through the air. She says someone with symptoms would also have other risk factors including travel to an area where Ebola is active.

 

Dollar General

Freeland... near Hazleton... may get a Dollar General store. The city council there is expected to give it's informal approval at a work session this week... with final approval on a land development plan next week.

 

Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of gas continues to drop. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report shows that the average price of self – serve, unleaded regular is holding steady at 3-56 a gallon across northeastern Pennsylvania. That's down a penny from the weekend... and down four cents from a week ago.

 

WB Burglary

Still no suspects in custody with the burglary of the Tropical Palms restaurant in Wilkes – Barre. Police say it happened early Saturday morning... when someone smashed the front window. Once inside... the burglar broke open a jukebox... and stole money.

 

Northumberland Contractor

A home improvement contractor is behind bars in Northumberland County... after allegedly taking money from customers and not doing the work promised. Robert Kolovich of Northumberland is the owner of Lifetime Choice Windows. He was arrested by state police on a long list of charges after he failed to do work on a home near Canton.

 

Charges

17-year-old is the fourth person to face adult charges in a highway rock-throwing incident on Interstate 80 near Milton that severely injured an Ohio teacher last month. Authorities say Keefer Lance McGee of New Columbia was arraigned and is facing a long list of charges. He's accused along with three others in the July 10th incident on Interstate 80 that caused traumatic injuries to Sharon Budd of Uniontown, Ohio. She is now in serious condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Fall Schedules

You can tell the fall semister at Bloomsburg University is about to begin when sports teams release their schedules. The Huskies Field Hockey team open their season by heading south of the border. They'll play September 6th at Gaffney, South Carolina... for a game with Limestone... before heading to Newberry to play at Newberry College the next day. Meantime... BU's Women's Soccer season begins September 4th when they hit the road to play Clarion.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had Monday off to think about their weekend series with the Washington National's. They move on tonight to begin a three game series at Citizens Bank Park with the Houston Astros. Game time is 7:05. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations...

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Monday night... The San Francisco Giants got by the New York Mets 4 to 2... and the New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers 2 to 1.

 

Philadelphia Eagles

The NFL pre - season is about to begin... and for the Philadelphia Eagles it starts this weekend in the Windy City. The Eagles and the Chicago Bears collide at Soldier Field in a prime – time match up.

 

 

Monday / August 4, 2014


 

Special Session

The State House will be graveled into special session Monday to deal with a number of issues... including restoring money for legislative operation... vetoed last month by Governor Corbett. Also... according to state Representative David Millard is trying to deal with pension reform. Two plans could surface... the first... a hybrid 401K type plan for new employees... the second expected to be proposed by Rep. Glen Grell... a so – called “three bucket” approach to solve the $50 – billion issue.

 

Revenue

The figures are out... and Pennsylvania collected $2.2 - billion in General Fund revenue for July... the first month of the 2014 – 15 fiscal year. That word from Secretary of Revenue Daniel Meuser. The biggest chunk of the money... coming from $862 – million in sale tax receipts... with personal income tax revenue checking in with $836 – million.

 

Ag Progress Days

August has arrived and that means Penn State's “Ag Progress Days" are just around the corner. Chuck Gill with Penn State Ag Sciences says the August 12th through 14th Ag Progress Days will feature a wide array of displays and hands-on experiences connected to farming, and that's something we should all care about. If you're in the industry, there will be trade displays...families can experience an up-close look at the farming process that brings food to their table. The event takes place in Rock Springs - that's about 9 miles from State College.

 

Red Cross Blood

The American Red Cross continues to look for donors who want to give a unit of blood. Colin Riccobon from the organization's Wyoming Valley office says donations... nationwide... as well as locally... have been off substantially during the spring and summer. Want to check on a blood drive in the area... just go to our community calendar page at our website... WHLM.com.

 

I-80 Construction

Work gets underway Monday on Interstate 80 westbound... from the Buckhorn interchange to the Montour County line. That section of roadway has undergone a 2.6 – million road resurfacing project the past few weeks. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the day. The contractor will spent Monday performing permanent line painting and miscellaneous clean up work.

 

Butler Twp Fatal

A Glen Lyon man is dead when he rolled his SUV Saturday... while on W. Butler Drive near Hazleton. Authorities say 42 – year old Angelo Hardy was pronounced dead at an Allentown hospital. A passenger... 24 – year old Erica Mundo of Hazleton crawled from the wreckage in front of the Valley Regional East fire station and flown to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital where she is listed in “fair” condition.

 

Scams

Times are tough, and a lot of people are having problems paying their bills...and now phone scammers are taking advantage of it. Phone scammers are making themselves out to be with the state Attorney General's office to collect debts. The A-G's office says it would never initiate such a call, so don't give out any information and just hang up. Another scam involves tech-support, in which callers allege they detected a virus on their victim's computer, and offering tech support to get login and password information, and in some cases credit card information.
 

PUC Disclaimer

A state House Republican wants ads for wine and liquor sold in state stores to come with a friendly reminder. “This ad paid for by you, the taxpayers of Pennsylvania"... that's the disclaimer state Rep Stephen Bloom wants to add to all Liquor Control Board advertisements. Bloom says the agency spent five-point-eight million dollars on advertising last year, money that could otherwise have gone to the commonwealth. Even though the LCB is funded by its sales revenue and not by tax dollars, Bloom says the agency is still a taxpayer resource.

 

Theft

State Police in Frackville say they're searching for the burglar who broke into the Ringtown area home of a police officer. Gone are uniform shirts. However, the they're from Frackville, Ashland and Butler Township... three previous part – time jobs the officer has held. He now is a full – timer with the Mt. Carmel PD. Also gone... a tub of sports memorabilia and a baseball card collection. Know anything about the burglary... call state police at Frackville.

 

Sherman Hills

A man suspected of stabbing another man over the weekend is in police custody. Jose Hernandez is accused of the stabbing Friday night at the Sherman Hills apartment complex. The man who was stabbed is listed in critical condition at a Wilkes – Barre hospital... while Hernandez left the hospital.

Police have yet to file charges in the case.

 

Water Conservation

The Borough of Conyngham has received a $4,600 grant from the League of women voters of Pennsylvania. It's designed to raise awareness of the need of conserving water. A group known as the Friends of the Nescopeck... will educate local officials the importance of improving the water quality and conserving the water in Little Nescopeck Creek.

 

Wilkes – Barre Burglary

Still no suspects in custody with the burglary of the Tropical Palms restaurant in Wilkes – Barre. Police say it happened early Saturday morning... when someone smashed the front window. Once inside... the burglar broke open a jukebox... and stole money.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phils

The Philadelphia Phillies were taken to the woodshed by the Washington National's Sunday afternoon. The Nat's defeating the Phil's 4 to nothing. The Phillies have the day off. They'll begin a three game series with the Houston Astros Tuesday night at 7:05. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

 

Other Games

The Arizona Diamondback defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3 to 2... New York Yankees powered by the Boston Red Sox 8 to 7... and the San Francisco Giants blanked the New York Mets 9 to nothing.

 

Pete Van Wren

Funeral services will be held this week for long – time Atlanta Brave broadcaster Pete Van Wieren. He died of cancer over the weekend at his Atlanta – area home. Van Wieren was teamed with the late Skip Carey for 33 season... bringing the nation Braves baseball on SuperStation WTBS.

 

Pocono

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. wins Sunday's GoBowling.com NASCAR Cup Series event at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond.

What's Happening? Sunday, August 3, 2014


The 27th annual Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Show will be held this weekend at the Lycoming County Sportsmans Grounds off Route 87. Today  from 7AM - Noon. This year's featured manufacturer is Oliver. For more information and a full list of events, check out LVAMAASSOC.org

 

St. Joseph's Church in Berwick is holding an Italian Festival this weekend at the church grounds on Monroe Street. Today from Noon - 5 PM. There will be lots of ethnic foods, games, basket raffles, crafts, Pasta Dinner, and live entertainment.

 

This 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.

 

WHLM Sports:

The Phillies are on the road this weekend to face the Washington Nationals. Today's first pitch flies at 1:35 PM. Coverage on Newsradio 930 gets under way with the pregame show at 1 o'clock.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

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 5

Danville's summer concert series wraps up this Tuesday morning with a program of classic and kid-friendly songs by Stars Rising. The show starts at 11 AM at the Riverside Borough playground. Rain location will be Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville.

 

August 5

Berwick's Police Department will be hosting this year's National Night Out celebration on Tuesday evening. Come to the Borough lot on North Market Street from 4-8 PM for food, drinks, games, an up-close look at emergency vehicles, and a night of family fun and neighborhod unity against crime.

 

August 5

The Socrates Cafe will meet again this Tuesday night at the Bloomsburg Public Library. The topic this month is: "What is America's Global Role Today?" Bring your opinions. Discussion starts at 6:30 PM at the Library on Market Street.

 

August 5

The Master Gardners of Columbia County continue their series of free lectures at the McBride Memorial Library this Tuesday night with a look at hot to save seeds from your own garden, presented by Suann Leighow. The presentation starts at 6 PM at the library on Market Street in Berwick.

 

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 6

The free story hour at Danville Memorial Park continues this Wednesday night with an evening of Clown stories starting at 6:30 PM. Rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville.

 

August 7

The Summer Concert Series at the Bloomsburg Town Park wraps up this Thursday night with the 57th annual Ice Cream & Cake Festival. The Catawissa Military Band and the Covered Bridge Cloggers will be providing entertainment. The Festival runs from 5 PM until dark. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street.

 

August 7

Summer concerts at the Jackson Mansion continue this Thursday night with country tunes by Licker'd Up. The show starts at 7PM. Bring a chair or blanket and cash for concessions to the Mansion lawn on Market Street in Berwick.

 

August 8 - 10

The Bloomsburg Nationals car and truck show returns to the fairgrounds this weekend. Friday, Saturday and Sunday see more than 800 vehicles from classics, to hot rods and more. Come for the swap meet, manufacturers' booths, burnout contests, drag races, and don't forget the Downtown Bloomsburg Gridlock parade on Friday afternoon. For a full schedule of events and registration information, check out CarlsisleEvents.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.

 

August 14 - 17

Join Traditional Catholic families August 14 - 17 for Holy Family Weekend at Hickory Run State Park. There will be hikes, activites, and conferences. For more information, check out HolyFamilyCamping.com

 

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, August 2, 2014


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

 

The annual Potts Grove Fire Company Carnival continues today. There's food, games, vendors, music and more at the grounds on Route 642, West of Danville. This evening features roast beef platters and the Frank Wicher Band at 6:30 PM.

 

Come to Our Lady of Mercy Church's annual picnic, 6 - 11 PM today, off Route 42 in Slabtown. Tonight it's live music by the 60's Boys. Everyone is welcome. Please, no coolers permitted on the church grounds.

 

Don't miss the BTE Noh Training Project's torchlight performance of the traditional Japanese play, Hagoromo, tonight at the Bloomsburg Town Park bandshell. 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. Performance begins at sunset, so bring a chair and a warm blanket.

 

The 27th annual Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Show will be held this weekend at the Lycoming County Sportsmans Grounds off Route 87. Today 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. For more information and a full list of events, check out LVAMAASSOC.org

 

St. Joseph's Church in Berwick is holding an Italian Festival this weekend at the church grounds on Monroe Street. Today 4-9 PM, and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. There will be lots of ethnic foods, games, basket raffles, crafts and live entertainment. Tonight, it's live polka by Joe Lastovica, and don't forget the pasta dinner on Sunday.

 

Catch the bus to Mohegan Sun tomorrow 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.

 

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.

 

WHLM Sports:

The Phillies are on the road this weekend to face the Washington Nationals. Today's first pitch flies at 7:05 PM. Coverage on Newsradio 930 gets under way with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

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 5

Danville's summer concert series wraps up this Tuesday morning with a program of classic and kid-friendly songs by Stars Rising. The show starts at 11 AM at the Riverside Borough playground. Rain location will be Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville.

 

August 5

Berwick's Police Department will be hosting this year's National Night Out celebration on Tuesday evening. Come to the Borough lot on North Market Street from 4-8 PM for food, drinks, games, an up-close look at emergency vehicles, and a night of family fun and neighborhod unity against crime.

 

August 5

The Socrates Cafe will meet again this Tuesday night at the Bloomsburg Public Library. The topic this month is: "What is America's Global Role Today?" Bring your opinions. Discussion starts at 6:30 PM at the Library on Market Street.

 

August 5

The Master Gardners of Columbia County continue their series of free lectures at the McBride Memorial Library this Tuesday night with a look at hot to save seeds from your own garden, presented by Suann Leighow. The presentation starts at 6 PM at the library on Market Street in Berwick.

 

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 6

The free story hour at Danville Memorial Park continues this Wednesday night with an evening of Clown stories starting at 6:30 PM. Rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville.

 

August 7

The Summer Concert Series at the Bloomsburg Town Park wraps up this Thursday night with the 57th annual Ice Cream & Cake Festival. The Catawissa Military Band and the Covered Bridge Cloggers will be providing entertainment. The Festival runs from 5 PM until dark. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street.

 

August 7

Summer concerts at the Jackson Mansion continue this Thursday night with country tunes by Licker'd Up. The show starts at 7PM. Bring a chair or blanket and cash for concessions to the Mansion lawn on Market Street in Berwick.

 

August 8 - 10

The Bloomsburg Nationals car and truck show returns to the fairgrounds this weekend. Friday, Saturday and Sunday see more than 800 vehicles from classics, to hot rods and more. Come for the swap meet, manufacturers' booths, burnout contests, drag races, and don't forget the Downtown Bloomsburg Gridlock parade on Friday afternoon. For a full schedule of events and registration information, check out CarlsisleEvents.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.

 

August 14 - 17

Join Traditional Catholic families August 14 - 17 for Holy Family Weekend at Hickory Run State Park. There will be hikes, activites, and conferences. For more information, check out HolyFamilyCamping.com

 

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.

Friday / August 1, 2014


 

Pension Reform

The state house reconvenes in special session Monday... and one of their tasks will try to figure out pension reform... a $50 – billion problem for state government. Appearing on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Representative Glen Grell of Cumberland County says the problem didn't happen overnight.. but rather through benefit enhancements back in 2001. Also a contributing factor was the nation's economy tanking in 2008 and 2009. A third problem... the State failed to put enough money into the pension kitty... thus leaving it woefully short. Grell says he'll offer a so – called “three bucket” approach next week to bring the pension system to where it needs to be.

 

Power Line

Allentown – based PPL Corporation says that it's Pennsylvania utility, PPL Electric Utilities Corporation, is proposing to build a major new regional transmission line that would make electric service more reliable and enhance the security of the electric grid while reducing the cost of electricity for consumers. As currently proposed, the 500-kilovolt line would run about 725 miles from western Pennsylvania into New York and New Jersey, and also south into Maryland.

 

Susquehanna River Pollution
The head of the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has put out an urgent call for action to reduce pollution in the Susquehanna River. Fish and Boat Commission Executive Director John Arway says at certain sites along the Susquehanna, they've found more diseased fish this year than in the last ten years combined. The main culprit is phosphorus from agricultural runoff, which results in algae, which is starving the river of oxygen. Arway has written to the Environmental Protection Agency, asking officials to use their regulatory authority to reduce the sources of pollution into the Susquehanna.

 

National Night Out

Keeping the lines of communication open between police... and the folks they protect and serve. That's the object of next Tuesday's National Night out at the Bloomsburg Swimming pool. Bloomsburg PD Officer Ken Auchter says it's an opportunity to chat with folks on a one – on – one basis.... while not behind the wheel of a police cruiser. National night out begins Tuesday evening at the town pool at six O'clock. Other departments will also be on hand. There are some giveaways... and free swimming.

 

Route 54

Talk about traffic trouble spots.... there was one on Thursday as PennDOT continues to micro – surface a 2 miles stretch of Route 54 in Northumberland County... from Riverside to Boyd Station. The work caused traffic to be backed up into Danville. You can expect the same slow go Friday... so you might want to take an alternate route. The micro – surfacing project got underway earlier this week... and is expected to be wrapped up late Friday afternoon.

 

Nanticoke Incident

Police in Nanticoke continue to investigate an accident which happened at the Ride Aid on East Main Street Thursday night. Cops say a vehicle hit a woman... slamming her into the side of the building. She was taken to a near – by hospital for treatment of her injuries.

 

Games of Chance
Since the state allowed bars and taverns to apply for small games of chance licenses, the response has been underwhelming. Now a move is underway to try to spur interest in bringing the games to you local pub. Tavern gambling licenses went on sale earlier this year with the state expecting to rake in $150 - million a year in proceeds...but tavern owners complained about high fees and a long application process. The state is attacking one of those issues by lowering the application fee from $2000 to $500. So far, only 21 licenses have been issued...

 

Medical Marijuana

The state Senate will take up the issue of medical marijuana when members reconvene in September. Legislation allowing doctor-prescribed medical cannabis was approved by the Senate Law and Justice Committee, and Senator Daylin Leach of Montgomery County, is confident the full Senate will approve the measure. Leach was among the members of the National Conference of State Legislatures who traveled to Colorado, the first state to legalize marijuana. Leach says he learned a great deal, both positive and negative, in terms of what should be included in the bill being voted on in Harrisburg.

 

Hazleton Shots

Hazleton police are investigating gunfire at three different locations late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The first shots were fired on West Diamond Avenue and Pace Street... followed by shots that hit a double block home near Church and 12th. The third happened several blocks away. No one was hurt... and there have been no arrests made.

 

Lottery Winner

Some one is holding a Cash 5 jackpot ticket worth an estimated $400,000. The ticket was sold at John's Churchill Family Restaurant in Hazleton for Wednesday night's drawing. A second winning ticket was sold in McKeesport... in western PA. Thus far... no one has come forward to claim their prize.

 

PFA

The Luzerne County Council chairman has been hit with a temporary retraining order. A judge signing a protection from abuse order against Rick Morelli requested by a Dallas woman. Morelli is accused of harassing and stalking the woman... and he was ordered to surrender all his weapons to the Luzerne County Sheriff. A hearing has been established for next Thursday.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

In the first game of a four game set in Washington last night...the Philadelphia Phillies trounced the Washington National's 10 to 4.

The teams meet again tonight at 7:05.

Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

PGH Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates began a series in Arizona last night... with Pittsburgh defeating Arizona 7 to 4.

 

Trade Deadline

The major league baseball trade deadline ended at 4 yesterday afternoon.

The Phillies made no moves but three big name pitchers changed teams.

The Boston Red Sox traded Jon Lester to the Oakland A's and John Lackey to the Cardinals. Tampa Bay sent David Price to Detroit.

 

NFL Hall of Fame

In ceremonies in Canton, Ohio tomorrow, former Kutztown University wide receiver Andre Reed will become the first PSAC player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Reed played 16 seasons, 15 of them with the Buffalo Bills. The Bills will play the New York Giants in the Hall of Fame game Sunday night. After missing most of last season with an injury, Henry Hynoski is expected to see action at fullback for the Giants.

 

 

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