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  • Wednesday / July 23, 2014

     

    Red Cross

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

     

    Bank Fraud

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

     

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

     

    Eckley Miners Village

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

     

    Orangeville Parade

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

     

    Fruit Recall

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

     

    DEP Report

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

     

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

     

    Woman Rescued

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

     

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

     

    Statue Stolen

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

     

    West Hazleton Bar

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

     

    Hazleton Traffic

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

     

    WHLM Sports

    BU Football

    Three former Bloomsburg University football players, who helped the Huskies win the 2013 PSAC title, will be experiencing their first NFL preseason camp soon. Guard Brian Clarke, a free agent with the Dallas Cowboys, will begin drills tomorrow in Oxnard, California. Offensive tackle Matt Feiler will be practicing in Houston starting Saturday hoping to make the roster of the Texans. And defensive end Larry Webster, a 4th round pick of the Detroit Lions, will begin working out with the Lions next Monday at Allen Park in Michigan.

     

    PHL Phillies

    In the second game of their home series against the San Francisco Giants Tuesday night...the Giants defeating the Philadelphia Phillies 9 to 6. Game three of the series will start tonight at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations will begin with the pregame show at 6:30.

     

    In other games last night... The Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Los Angeles Dodgers 12 to 7... the New York Mets getting by the Seattle Mariners 3 to 1... and the New York Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 2 to 1.

     

     

  • What's Happening?

    July 21

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

     

    July 21

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

     

    July 21 - 24

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

     

    July 22

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

     

    July 23

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

     

    July 23

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

     

    July 24

    Meet award-wining journalist and author Dan Washburn at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Thursday evening, as he discusses his book "The Forbidden Game." The book looks at the parallels between China's development and the surreal way the game of golf has been treated within the country. The talk starts at 6:30 PM at the library on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

     

    July 24

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

     

    July 26

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

     

    July 26

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

     

    July 26

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

     

    July 26

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

     

    July 26 & 27

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

     

    Thru July 26

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

     

    July 27

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

     

    Thru July 27

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

     

    July 31 (August 6)

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

     

    August 1 & 2

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

     

    Thru August 15

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

     

    Thru August 22

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

     

    Thru Sept 28

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

     

    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.

 

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