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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.

 

 

Tuesday / April 22, 2014


Danville Fire Folo

Folks picked up the pieces of their lives Monday after a Sunday night fire destroyed a downtown Danville restaurant... a neighboring third floor apartment of an adjoining building... with smoke and water damage throughout two buildings. It's believed the fire started in the second floor office of B.J.'s Steaks and Ribs on Mill Street. Now... authorities spent Monday trying to pinpoint the cause of Sunday night's Mill Street blaze. For Mike Kuziak who owns the building next to the restaurant... he says he plans to rebuild the apartments and clean up the bottom two floors of his building so his tenants can return... and Abigail's can resume business.

 

Car Wash Damage

Bloomsburg Police are looking for a man seen in surveillance video... causing damage to a 24 hour car wash. BloomUToday.com is reporting the Thrifty Car Wash at 7th and Catherine Streets became the target of the damage early in the morning of March 26th. The still frame from the video shows the alleged bandit... a white male... who appears to be in his 20's wearing a hoodie. If you have any information about the vandalism... give Bloomsburg Police a call.

 

Berwick Borough Manager

The search begins Tuesday for a replacement for Berwick Borough Manager Robert Hivish... who plans to move into the private sector. That... after Borough Council accepted the Hivish resignation. Hivish plans to begin work soon with a Lackawanna County construction company. No time table has been established to find a permanent replacement... allowing field supervisors to watch over on – going projects.

 

Kidsburg

It's coming down to the last few days for volunteers to sign up to help with the pre – build and the actual build of Kidsburg 2.0. The original Kidsburg was damaged during the Lee flood... and now organizers... like Deb Huckens hope folks in the Susquehanna Valley come through with a helping hand. The three day pre – build is set to begin Friday... with the actual construction of Kidsburg getting underway on the 30th. To sign up... simply go to the organization's website at Kidsburg.org.

 

Memory Overload

Forgetfulness and memory loss could be caused by no more serious a brain condition than there simply not being enough storage space left. Karen Kepner, a nurse practitioner with the program "Living Independently for Elders" at Geisinger Medical Center, equates the brain's capacity to recall to that of a computer data file. Ms. Kepner says memories aren't lost unless dementia sets in. She suggests exercising the brain, which is a muscle, with reading and word games.

 

United Rehab Clients

Clients who used United Rehabilitation Services in Hazleton are being assured that the department of Public Welfare is working for the continual care for patients in the area. URS recently said it intended to close down facilities not only in Hazleton, but Wilkes – Barre and Tunkhannock as well. All three facilities serve about 220 individuals... with upwards of 70 employees involved in the shut down. URS says a 2012 DPW rate change as the source of it's financial problems.

 

Lou Barletta

Congressman Lou Barletta is back in the district this week... and he's slated to make a number of public appearances. Mr. Barletta addresses the NEPA Manufacturers and Employers Association at the Top of the 80's starting Tuesday at midday. On Wednesday... he'll appear at a breakfast meeting of the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce at the Genetti Inn and Suites... and later this week, Mr. Barletta appears in Carlisle. At the events he's expected to talk about the state of current legislation in Washington... and gather input on pending issues.

 

Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of gas continues to rise. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows the average price of self – serve, unleaded regular is $3.71 across northeastern Pennsylvania. That's the same as over the weekend... and up 7 cents a gallon from a week ago. A month ago... we were paying an average of $3.60 a gallon.

 

Unemployment Rate

The PA Department of Labor and Industry says the state's unemployment rate declined two – tenths of a percentage point... to an even six percent in March. That's the lowest it's been since October of 2008. The commonwealth’s rate was seven-tenths of a percentage point below the U.S. rate, which was unchanged from February at 6.7%. The state rate was down 1.7% from its March 2013 rate of 7.7%.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

Bloomsburg University senior Casey Cooperman has been named the PSAC Eastern Division pitcher of the week after shutting out defending conference champion East Stroudsburg last Friday. It was his 6th consecutive complete game.

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team split a doublehader Monday at East Stroudsburg losing the first game 3-2 and winning the nightcap 4-2.

 

High School Baseball

In high school baseball Monday... Berwick downed Lake Lehman 11 to 2... and Central Columbia got by Shikellamy 7 to 6.

 

High School Softball

In girls High School softball Monday... Bloomsburg blanked Montgomery 16 to nothing... Berwick outscored Coughlin 8 to 6... and Southern Columbia defeated Benton 12 to nothing.

 

PHL Phillies

In the first game of their series in Los Angeles. The Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Dodgers 7 to nothing. Game two is Tuesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:35.

 

OIther MLB Games

In other games Monday night...  the Pittsburgh Pirates just got by the Cincinnati Reds 6 to 5... and the New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 2 to nothing.

 

NHL

In game three of an NHL playoff series Monday night... The Pittsburgh Penguins skated by the Columbus Bluejackets 4 to 3. Pittsburgh now leads the series two games to one.

 

Monday / April 21, 2014


 

Danville Fire Folo

Folks picked up the pieces of their lives Monday after a Sunday night fire destroyed a downtown Danville restaurant... a neighboring third floor apartment of an adjoining building... with smoke and water damage throughout two buildings. It's believed the fire started in the second floor office of B.J.'s Steaks and Ribs on Mill Street. Now... authorities spent Monday trying to pinpoint the cause of Sunday night's Mill Street blaze. For Mike Kuziak who owns the building next to the restaurant... he says he plans to rebuild the apartments and clean up the bottom two floors of his building so his tenants can return... and Abigail's can resume business.

 

Berwick Manager

The search begins Tuesday for a replacement for Berwick Borough Manager Robert Hivish... who plans to move into the private sector. That... after Borough Council accepted Hivish's resignation. Hivish plans to begin work soon with a Lackawanna County construction company. No time table has been established to find a permanent replacement... allowing field supervisors to watch over on – going projects.

 

Stuart Tank

The sound of a 70 year old Berwick – built Stuart Tank permeated the air Saturday following ground breaking ceremonies for a permanent memorial to the machine and the men and women who built and maintained the ACF product. Berwick Mayor Tim Burke says the Stuart tank is deeply engrained in Berwick's historical roots. Several hundred people turned out for Saturday's event... then walked 500 feet to the Reliance Fire Hall for a short program... not only honoring the tank and it's history during World War Two... and the 9,000 workers who built them at the former ACF plant at Third and Oak Streets in Berwick.

 

Don Engle Field

He had a giant of a personality... but he also had a heart of gold. That's what you heard from folks who attended the dedication of a ball field at Central Columbia High School in honor of the late coach Don Engle. Former science and physical education teacher Richard Michael said Engle meant a lot to the district. Engle died earlier this year... after spending 29 seasons as coach and 32 years as an educator. He brought of host of baseball titles to the school... including a state championship back in 1991.

 

Biker Down

A Luzerne County biker remains in critical condition at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Authorities say Walter Remley of Beach Haven was tossed off his Harley Saturday afternoon as he tried to avoid some cars on Route 11... near Bissetts Lane. He was thrown an estimated 15 feet... landing on his face on the roadway.

 

Body Found

The body of a Schuylkill County woman was discovered in a Berks County storage site over the weekend. The remains of 24 – year old Alishia Eller of Pine Grove were found near Hamburg. Now... authorities are awaiting the results of an autopsy that was preformed Sunday. No one is in custody in connection with the death of Ms. Eller.

 

Lockdown

That lockdown which had been in effect at the state prison near Dallas in Luzerne County has been lifted. It was imposed after a corrections guard was slashed by an inmate. Police and Correction union leaders say Joe Perez allegedly used a home made weapon and slashed guard Francis Petrowski in the face. Now... those union leaders say the lockdown was lifted too soon.

Sunday / April 20, 2014


 

Downtown Danville Fire

Danville Firemen called Sunday night for mutual assistance in battling an apartment fire at 291 Mill Street... an apartment above B.J. Steak and Seafood. Bloomsburg's Truck 42... Rescue 37 and Air 33 responded... as well as Catawissa's Rapid Intervention Team. The fire was discovered around 8:30 Sunday night... with flames shooting from the rear of the building. Firemen are expected to remain on the scene most of the night.

What's Happening Sunday, April 20, 2014


The Bloomsburg Fire Hall will not be hosting their regular breakfast this morning, due to the holiday weekend. The breakfasts will resume in the fall.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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. 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phils conclude their weekend series on the road in Colorado this afternoon. First pitch will be at 4:10 - we'll be on the air with the pregame show at 3:35.

What's Happening Saturday, April 19, 2014


Saturday Easter Egg Hunts:

 

Berwick:

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

 

Bloomsburg:

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

 

Buckhorn:

Come out for an Easter Egg hunt at the Columbia Mall this evening 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.

 

Danville:

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

 

Elysburg:

Come to Knoebel's this 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.

 

Espy:

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

 

Madison Township:

Katy's Church is holding their second annual Victorian egg hunt this afternoon 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 afternoon,  being held at the Center on Millertown road at 2 PM.

 

Nescopeck:

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

 

Paxinos:

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

 
 
What's Happening?

Come spend A Day With Stuie in Berwick this 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.

 

Roaring Creek Valley UMC in Catawissa is holding a breakfast for a donation this morning 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.

 

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.

 

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. 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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

 

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.

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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. 

 

WHLM Sports

HS Baseball

The Central Columbia High School baseball field will be named Don Engle Memorial Field this 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 at 9:30 AM.

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phils continure their weekend series on the road in Colorado this evening. First pitch will be at 8:10 PM - we'll be on the air with the pregame show at 7:35.

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.

 

PreK/Kindergarten

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.

 

NHL

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

 

Thursday / April 17, 2014


 

 

Danville Teachers

Despite four hours of negotiations Wednesday night... unionized teachers at the Danville Area School District are out on the picket line Thursday morning... after failing to reach a new contract agreement. Superintendent Cheryl Latorre says the bottom line is that the work stoppage hurts kids the most. The work stoppage is expected to be anywhere from five to six days long. Danville Area graduation for seniors is still scheduled for June 6th. Teachers have been working without a contract since 2012.

 

Drug Program

The drug problem is real... and it's here at home. That word from participants involved in next week's drug and alcohol program at the Danville Middle School hosted by State Representative Kurt Masser. Representative Masser telling reporters during a news conference Wednesday... he lost a niece to a drug overdose last year. Next week's program take place Thursday in the Danville Middle High School Auditorium beginning at 6:30.

 

Bloomsburg Library

The Bloomsburg Library is celebrating it's 125th anniversary... first chartered by the state in 1889. Library Director Hal Pratt says several mens club's received the original charter... with the library becoming was it is in 1903. Pratt says there are special events planned at the Market Street facility during the rest of the year highlighting the importance of the library.

 

Bridge Replacement

A heavily used bridge on Martzville road near the Berwick Country Club will be replaced starting next week. PennDOT's Rick Mason says work will begin Monday to replace a span built back in 1938... which takes Martzville Road over Glen Brook in Briar Creek Township. The bridge will be replaced with a new concrete box culvert on the same alignment. Construction should be completed by late July.

 

URS Closing

United Rehabilitation Service says they plan to pull the plug on it's locations in Hazleton... Wilkes – Barre and Tunkhannock. A URS spokesperson says cuts in funding is making it impossible to serve it's 250 clients. URS has a budget gap of about a million dollars. The rehab service provides employment and activities for folks with disabilities.

 

Jersey Man Extradited

A man from New Jersey is locked up in the Luzerne County prison on $100,000 cash bail after his extradition from the Garden State. Carlos Lopez is accused of holding a Hazleton woman against her will... and allegedly sexually assaulting her late last year. Hazleton police tracked him to New Jersey and brought him back to face charges.

 

State Police

It's no Easter Holiday weekend for Pennsylvania State Troopers. The PSP says troopers will be patrolling the highways... engaging in high visibility enforcement towards aggressive drivers. A spokesperson out of Troop L in Berks County says cops will be looking for abrupt lane changes... driving under the influence... driving too fast for condition... and following too closely.

 

Concealed Carry Class

State Representative Kurt Masser... who represents Columbia... Montour and Northumberland Counties will hold a Concealed Carry Seminar next Wednesday in Ranshaw. At the class... Northumberland County DA Toni Rosini... Montour County Sheriff Ray Gerringer... and Northumberland County Sheriff Robert Wolfe will bring folks up to speed on the laws dealing with weapon concealment. The session begins at 6 O'clock at the Brady Fire Company in Ranshaw.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team extended its winning streak to 7 in a row Wednesday with a doubleheader sweep of Shippensburg at Danny Litwhiler Field. The Huskies won the the first game 5-2 and the nightcap 4-1.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball, it was Central Columbia over Southern Columbia 6 – 2.

 

HS Softball

In girls High school softball... Berwick defeated Crestwood 9 – 1..

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Wednesday... the Atlanta Braves blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 1 to nothing. The teams conclude their series in Philadelphia Thursday in a 1:05 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:30.

 

In other action Wednesday... the New York Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-2... the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Cincinnati Reds 4-0... The New York Yankees were home for two games against the Chicago Cubs. In the first game... the Yankees defeated the Cub 3 to nothing. In the nightcap, the Yankees blanked the Cubs 2 to nothing.

 

NHL

The NHL playoffs began Thursday night. In the opening round game... the Pittsburgh Penguins getting by Columbus 4 to 3.

Wednesday / April 16, 2014


Cold Weather

What a difference a day makes. Cold weather has returned to the Susquehanna Valley... following a couple of days in the 70's. Elise Colbert of the National Weather Service in State College says the warm up was brief... but a cold front swept through the region Tuesday... bringing with it rain, snow flurries and colder weather. Temperatures on Wednesday won't get out of the 40's. Colbert says if you put out hanging flower baskets this weekend or planted the herb garden, you'll have to protect them.

 

Lou Barletta

An effort by the U-S congress to exclude volunteer firefighters from Obamacare has been hijacked by the the Senate. That word from Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton who spent part of Tuesday touring the Friendship Fire Company in Danville and talking about volunteers and the Affordable Health Care Act. Representative Barletta also spent some time talking to a half – dozen shop owners on Mill Street... as a way to get some feedback on the issues.

 

Frank's Burglary

A Bloomsburg man is in the Columbia County Prison after he was arrested for the alleged burglary of an East Main Street restaurant. BloomUToday.com is reporting 19 – year old Justin Lindsay is allegedly the person seen on video... burglarizing Frank's Pizza last month. Police receiving several tips after the video was posted on - line. Lindsay was arraigned Tuesday... with bail set at $25,000. Meantime, other suspects are being sought in the case.

 

Drano Bomb Folo

Still no arrests stemming from that home made Drano bomb which went off Monday night on the second floor of off – campus housing at Husky Korners at East and Main Streets... directly across from Bloomsburg Town Hall. Police and fire personnel responded to the scene to assess the situation. Luckily.... no one was injured.

 

Kidsburg Volunteers Needed

The folks coordinating the re-build of Kidsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park are looking for hundreds of volunteers. The build begins April 30th.... so says the Town Park Association Chuck Wagner... and runs at least five days. You can sign up to volunteer by going to the website... Kidsburg.org.

 

Danville Traffic Lights

The Borough of Danville is searching for a grant... leading to the re – timing of the ten traffic signals which dot Route 11 and along Mill Street. The search for money begins... as a year long traffic project is slowly being wrapped up... so says Borough Administrator Dan Knorr. He says finding the money... conducting a study and re – timing the lights may take another year to accomplish.

 

Hoarders
A selfish sort of animal mistreatment in Pennsylvania is in the spotlight during Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month. The problem is highlighted by the case of an 82-year-old woman pleading no contest this week, to 14 counts of animal cruelty at Grace Kelly's childhood home in Philadelphia. It sheds light on the exploding practice of animal hoarding. George Bengal, of Pennsylvania SPCA in Philadelphia, says the number of animals simply outnumbers the ability of the owner to care for them. He gets one case of animal hoarding every month.

 

Melanoma

As the number of melanoma cases explodes in Pennsylvania, skin-tanning fans are turning to the bottle or can. Spray-on tans are the safest alternative to exposure to ultraviolet rays and to the threat of melanoma - which one in 50 people will get. And Dr. Victor Marks, director of dermatology for the Geisinger Health System, says the spray-tan industry has improved its products. He says early detection of melanoma is important. So people should pay attention to changes on their bodies, especially when it comes to moles.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

A Wilkes – Barre woman is dead following a fire at her Wyoming Street home late Monday night. Authorities say 51 – year old Laurie Merritt was discovered on the floor... and rushed to Wilkes-Barre General Hospital were she was pronounced dead. Investigators believe the blaze began in the attic of the building, but a fire investigator has yet to determine the exact cause.

 

West Nile Virus Grant

Luzerne County has been awarded $82,000 by the State Department of Environmental Protection for a West Nile Virus control program. The grant is part of the nearly $2.1 - million given out across the state to control mosquito's. A DEP spokesperson says the funding in used to cover the costs associated with surveying and controlling the bugs which carry West Nile Virus.

 

Red Cross Fire

The Red Cross office on Susquehanna Boulevard in West Hazleton is back in business after a small fire this week drew firefighters to their building. Authorities say the electrical blaze was centered in a heating and air conditioning unit. Employees in the office evacuated the building safely.

 

Shamokin Dam Plant

It's been around for generations.... and now it's now set to close. That power plant south of Shamokin Dam... along the Susquehanna River in Hummels Wharf will be shuttered by the end of June. The closure will send an estimated 60 employees to the streets. The decision comes as new environmental regulations take effect next year.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

One of the tasks facing Bloomsburg University offensive coordinator Bryan McBryan this spring is rebuilding the offensive line which lost three outstanding players who combined for 121 straight starts.

McBryan is counting on junior Ryan Geiger who started at guard last season and will be one of the Husky captains this fall. The Huskies will conclude spring drills with the annual Maroon & Gold game Saturday, April 26th.

 

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team will take a five game winning streak into its doubleheader at Shippensburg Wednesday afternoon. The first game begins at 2 0'clock.

 

PHL / ATL

The Philadelphia Phillies home game against the Atlanta Braves last night was postponed because of rain. Wednesday night's game begins at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In the completion of a suspended game.. the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the the Cincinnati Reds 8 – 7. In the regularly scheduled game Cincinnati defeated Pittsburgh 7 to 5. The New York Mets blanked the Arizona Diamond Backs 9 to 0. The New York Yankees home game against the Chicago Cubs was postponed

 

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