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  • Friday / April 18, 2014

    David Kovach / Stuart Tank

    The last Stuart Tank rolled off the assembly line of the A-C-F plant in Berwick 70 – years ago this week... and Saturday ground will be broken to celebrate the tank, the A-C-F workers and the men who fought in the trenches. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach is spearheading the “Bring Stuie Home Campaign.” The program begins at 2 O'clock at the corner of Third and Oak Streets in Berwick.


    Berwick Manager

    Berwick will soon launch a search to find a new borough manager. 30 – year old Robert Hivish has tendered his resignation after two years on the job. He's accepted a position as a project manager with Kriger Construction of Dickson City... which has a higher potential for earnings. A temporary replacement is expected to be named when Borough Council meets next Monday.


    Alarm Sounds at Fire Station

    It's not every day an automatic fire alarm goes off inside a fire station. But, that was the case Thursday afternoon... when the alarm went off at the Bloomsburg Fire Department on Market Street. Rob Ikler and his crew were working with flooring equipment in the department's social room when a floor polisher malfunctioned... setting off the alarm. Several firemen responded to the building.... found all in order... and simply reset the alarm.


    Bloomsburg Nationals

    One of the biggest demolition derby's to be held in recent memory will take place during the third annual Bloomsburg Nationals by Carlisle Events this coming August at the Fairgrounds. Carlisle Events Mike Garland says they've partnered with a New York State – based production company for the August 9th event. The three day Bloomsburg National's begins August 8th at the fairgrounds... featuring thousands of classic cars.


    DCNR Report

    The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has issues its first report since starting a monitoring program in 2011 to look at the impact of natural gas drilling on state forest lands. The reports shows there was less impact on acreage than expected due to efforts to encourage development near existing infrastructure. The Shale Gas Monitoring Report also says water quality has not been affected. But it raises concerns about invasive plants and pests that can impact native vegetation and says the effect on recreational experiences bears watching.


    Death Probe

    Hazleton Police are keeping a tight lid on a death investigation that began Wednesday night. A body was found in the area of South Cedar and Chestnut Streets. Police have not released any details or the identity of the person involved.


    Wilkes – Barre Robbery

    Police in Wilkes – Barre continue to look for a robber wanted in connection with the stick up of a gas station this week. Police say the man strolled into the Hazle Mart on Hazle Street.... produced a weapon and demanded money. No word on how much he got away with.


    Clerk of Courts

    Schuylkill County's long – time clerk of courts has resigned. Stephen Lukach is a target of an investigation amid allegations he took thousands of dollars in taxpayer money from his office for his personal use. Although the investigation has been underway for some time... Lukach has not been charged.


    Midd-West Super

    The interim superintendent of school in Snyder County is suspended from the job without pay. The Midd – West School Board have given Daphne Snook time off since she is part of a criminal investigation dealing with a data breach. Thus far... no charges have been filed. It's not known how long Ms. Snook will be off the job.


    PennDOT Survey
    State transportation officials are working on a pair of long range plans and asking the public to weigh in through a survey. PennDOT is updating it's Long Range Transportation Plan and developing the state's first ever Comprehensive Freight Movement plan. Officials are asking the public to take a few moments to complete an on line survey to help identify top transportation priorities among all assets from freight connections to bike and pedestrians facilities.


    Safe Drive / Potholes
    Motorists looking beyond this week's cap to a rough winter, should think about making their vehicles safe for spring driving. Jenny Robinson of Triple-A Mid-Atlantic, says more potholes will spring from the latest cold blast. Going forward, that should have us checking vehicle alignment and steering, tire pressure, and windshield wipers. Ignoring road salt and brine residue on the undercarriage can cause serious consequences, like corroding brake lines. In the spring, motorists should also be on the lookout for more highway workers.



    A Philadelphia – area lawmaker is pushing to make kindergarten mandatory in public schools and to improve the accessibility of Pre-K. State Representative Brendan Boyle says Pennsylvania is among the six states that do not have a law requiring school districts to provide kindergarten for young students. While universal Pre-K wouldn’t be mandatory for school districts, kindergarten would become mandatory.


    Hit and Run

    Cops in Northumberland County say they're looking for a driver who hit a teen riding his bicycle Wednesday night in Sunbury.... then fled the scene. The incident happened at the corner of Packer and North Third Street. The teen was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Now... police are looking for a mid – 2000 Silver Ford Focus hatchback with damage to the hood and along the passenger side of the car.


    WHLM Sports

    HS Baseball

    The Central Columbia High School baseball field will be named Don Engle Memorial Field Saturday morning prior to the start of a baseball tournament that involves Central Columbia, Bloomsburg, Wyalusing and Mifflinburg. Engle, who died in January, won more than 500 games and the 1991 state championship in his 29 years as the Blue Jays head coach. The dedication ceremony will begin Saturday morning at 9:30.


    HS Baseball

    In high school baseball Thursday... Montoursville downed Bloomsburg 2 to 1...


    HS Softball

    In high school girls softball... It took nine innings, but Muncy blanked Bloomsburg 1 to nothing... Jersey Shore defeated Danville 13 to 3... It was Sullivan County over Millville 16 to 15... and Southern Columbia defeated Montoursville 4 to 2.


    PHL Phillies

    The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 yesterday in the final game of their series. Friday night, the Phils begin a weekend series against The Rockies in Colorado. The first pitch will be at 8:40. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 8:05.


    Other MLB Games 

    In other games Thursday... The Pittsburg Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first defeat on the road 11 to 2... and the New York Yankees downed the Tampa Bay Rays 10 to 2.



    In the first game of an NHL playoff series last night it was the New York Rangers over the Philadelphia Flyers 4 to 1.


  • What's Happening?

    April 14

    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 15

    The Bloomsburg Public Library Diners Club invites you to La Fontana in Downtown Bloomsburg this Tuesday. Stop by the library to pick up a voucher, and ten percent of your check from lunch or dinner at La Fontana will go toward the library.


    April 16

    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 16

    Holy Family Convent in Danville is selling homemade soup and sandwiches every Wednesday during Lent. Soups are $4.50 a quart or $8.50 for a half gallon. Subs are just $4 each. This lat week's soups are Ham & Bean and Cream of Broccoli. Call 570-275-3121. Orders can be picked up from Noon - 4 PM. The Convent is at #1 Montour Street in Danville.


    April 16

    The Easter Bunny will make an appearance at the Berwick YMCA on 3rd Street this Wednesday from 6 - 8 PM. Come and have your kids' picture taken and put together a framing kit. Donations to the Food Cuboard will be accepted during the event.


    April 16

    Shiloh United Church of Christ will hold a community Last Supper presentation this Wednesday evening at 7 PM. Everyone is invited to attend. The church is at 500 Bloom Road in Danville


    April 17

    The Lonely Sock Club crafting club for teens and adults will meet again this Thurday at 6:30 PM at the Bloomsburg Public Library. This session will focus on miniature bookbinding. Learn to sew a signature and assemble a book from scratch. All materials will be provided. The Library is on Market Street in Bloomsburg.


    April 18

    The Nescopeck Township Fire Company Auxillary will hold their annual Easter Egg hunt this Friday morning from 9 - 10 AM. Register for the hunt at the Fire Company social Hall.


    April 18

    The Orangeville Public Library is holding their annual Good Friday bake sale this week at the First Columbia Bank branch in Orangeville. Hours are this Friday from 8:30AM til late-afternoon, or whenever they sell out. For more information call 570-685-5354.


    April 19

    Come spend A Day With Stuie in Berwick this Saturday afternoon. A real Berwick-built Stuart tank will be on display at 3rd and Oak Street and Reliance Fire Company starting at 2 PM, along with historical displays, memorabilia, food, live entertainment, and the official groundbreaking for the Stuart memorial. The event marks the 70th anniversary of the last Berwick Stuart tank produced. All active military personnel and Veterans are invited to attend.


    April 19

    Roaring Creek Valley UMC in Catawissa is holding a breakfast for a donation this Saturday from 7 - 9:30 AM. Proceeds will go to suppourt the soup kitchen at Wesley UMC in Bloomsburg, and Camp Lavigne. The church is on Orchard Drive in Catawissa.


    April 19

    Saturday Easter Egg Hunts:



    Berwick Christian Church at East and 5th Streets will hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday starting at 11 AM. Kids ages 3-12 are invied to participate.



    The Bloomsburg American Legion post 273 is holding an Easter Egg hunt at the Bloomsburg Town Park this Saturday starting at 11 AM. Kids ages 2-10 are invited to join in the hunt.



    Come out for an Easter Egg hunt at the Columbia Mall this Saturday starting at 6 PM - sponsored by the Bloomsburg & Catawissa UMC Cluster. The hunt will take place in the Community Room at the Sears end of the mall.



    Goodwill Hose Company will hold an Easter Egg hunt this Saturday at Danville Memorial Park starting at 10 AM.



    Come to Knoebel's this Saturday afternoon for an Easter Egg hunt at 1 PM in the Grove parking lot. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance. The hunt is open to kids 10 and younger.



    The Espy Fire Company Easter Egg hunt will be held this Saturday morning at the Fire Hall starting at 9 AM.


    Madison Township:

    Katy's Church is holding their second annual Victorian egg hunt this Saturday starting at 2 PM. The hunt is open to kids 12 and under, with a special area just for kids under 4. You will need to bring an empty basket  or bag. For more information call 570-764-2412. The church is on the corner of Katy's Church and Wolf Hollow Roads in Madison township.


    Mount Pleasant Township:

    Kids ages 10 and under are invited tothe Mount Pleasant Community Easter Egg hunt this Saturday afternoon,  being held at the Center on Millertown road at 2 PM.



    Nescopeck Volunter Fire Companys' Easter Egg hunt will be held this Saturday at the baseball diamond starting at 2 PM. Kids 10 and under from the community are invited to attend. 



    Ash Grove UMC will hold a community Easter Egg hunt this Saturday afternoon starting at 2 PM. There will be live music by Simple Faith. Kids 2-10 are invited to join the hunt.


    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

    The Penn State Master Gardeners of Columbia County contiue their monthly series of free gardening classes at the McBride Memorial Library on Tuesday the 22nd. 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

    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 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 26

    The 36th annual Renaissance Jamboree in Downtown Bloomsburg us coming up on Saturday the 26th 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 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:


    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


    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


    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



    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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