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  • 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.



    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.



  • What's Happening?

    July 29

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


    July 30

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


    July 30

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


    July 31

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


    July 31 (August 6)

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


    July 31 - August 1

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


    August 1

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


    August 1 & 2

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


    August 1 & 2

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


    August 1 & 2

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


    August 1 - 3

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


    August 1 - 3

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


    August 2

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


    August 2

    Come out for the first annual Battle of the Bands in Shickshinny this Saturday night. The show runs from 6 - 11 PM in the park behind Curry Donughts. Bring a chair or blanket. A $10 donation is requested - all proceeds benefit special needs children in the Shickshinny area.


    August 3

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


    August 3

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


    August 4 - 8

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


    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


    August 14 (16)

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


    Thru August 15

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


    Thru August 22

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


    Thru Sept 28

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



    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



    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.



    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.


    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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