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  • Wednesday / April 23, 2014

    Danville Teachers

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

     

    Education Funding

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

     

    Renaissance Jamboree

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

     

    Lou Barletta

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

     

    PA Farmlands

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

     

    Teen Star

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

     

    Infant Death

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

     

    Luzerne County Council

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

     

    Arson Case

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

     

    Danville Money

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

     

    Road Work

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

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

     

    WHLM Sports

    BU Football

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

     

    High School Baseball

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

     

    High School Softball

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

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

     

    PHL Phillies

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

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

     

    Other MLB games

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

     

    NHL

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

     

     

  • What's Happening?

    April 21

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

     

    April 21

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

     

    April 22

    This Tuesday at 6:30 PM. the Moose Exchange will present a screening of "Play Again" - a documentary focused on how growing dependance on the virtual world affects our connection to the natural world. The screening will take place at St. Paul's Episcopal church in downtown Bloomsburg. It's free and everyone is welcome. For more information, call 570-317-2596.

     

    April 22

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

     

    April 23

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

     

    April 23

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

     

    April 23

    PA CareerLink in Carbon County and the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Center are holding a Job Fair this Wednesday from 11 AM – 4 PM at the Jim Thorpe Memorial Hall.  Go to  www.carboncareerlink.org for more information.

     

    April 23

    A candlelight vigil will be held this Wednesday night for the students affected by the recent sexual abuse scandal at CM Vo-Tech. There will also be speakers in recognition of Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. The vigil starts at 8 PM at the offices of Richard Knecht at 339 West Front St. in Berwick.

     

    April 24

    Celebrate Earth Day this Thursday at the Bloomsburg Public Library. Aleea and Haley will share stories and a craft project. It starts at 6:30 PM at the library on Market Street.

     

    April 24

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

     

    April 25, 26, 27

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

     

    April 26

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

     

    April 26

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

     

    April 26, May 3

    Central Susquehanna Sight Services will be holding a basket drawing at several upcoming area festivals. The gift basket includes gift certificates and discounts from many area businesses and is valued at $300! Tickets are just $3 each, or get two for just $5. Come see them this Saturday at the Bloomsburg Renaissance Jamboree and the Lewisburg Arts Festival, and check them out next Saturday at the Danville Spring Fling.

     

    April 26

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

     

    April 26

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

     

    April 26

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

     

    April 26

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

     

    April 26, May 4

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

     

    April 27

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

     

    April 28

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

     

    April 30

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

     

    April 30

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

     

    May 3

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

     

    May 3

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

     

    May 8-25

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

     

    TFN

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

     

    TFN

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

 

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