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Thursday / August 21, 2014


 

Central Columbia

For the first time in 53 years... the high school in the Central Columbia District will be vacant when classes start Thursday morning. The two story brick structure is undergoing an estimated $34 – million in renovations the next year.... with students using a portion of the middle school... and eleven modular buildings for class space. Central Superintendent Dr. Harry Mathias says Ag and industrial technology classes will used a separate building for their classes. Dr. Mathias says planning for the temporary use of space has been worked out... and there should be very few problems as the school year begins.

 

School Apps

There's a new resource on line for middle and high school students in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania Learns is a collection of state standards aligned resources. It has launched with middle school math and high school language arts resources and the state Education department is working with educators to provide additional materials. Pennsylvania Learns is available free of charge at iTunes U. It was developed after nearly a year of work.

 

Berwick Crime Walk

Berwick Mayor Tim Burke has launched another in a series of crime walks around the borough. It happened last night when an estimated two dozen residents walked Monroe, Elm and LaSalle Streets. Mayor Burke says LaSalle was targeted just due to the shear volume of calls... and requests.

 

Berwick Police

In a related development.... Burke plans to meet with Police Chief Ken Strish later today to talk about police staffing. One officer will fulfill military duty soon... two others are taking leave time... and officer Roger Bodwalk has announced his retirement leaving the force with staffing levels of 2004.

 

Auto Thefts
Pennsylvania has made quite a dent in car thefts in the last two decades and prevention has played a key role. Car thefts have plunged more than 70% in Pennsylvania between 1994 and 2013 according to the Pennsylvania Auto Theft Prevention Authority's annual report. The authority has been working to provide resources for law enforcement and increase public awareness about everything from sophisticated international theft rings to car jackers. PA's rate has dropped faster than the national average.

 

Al Lenzini Obit

Long – time Bloomsburg businessman Al Lenzini has died. He passed away at his Catawissa home Tuesday night. Mr. Lenzini owned Al's Mens Shop on Main Street for generations. Funeral services will be held Saturday at the St. Columba Church in Bloomsburg.

 

Nick Housenick Funeral

Funeral services will be held at 11 O'clock today for former Bloomsburg businessman and town councilman Nick Housenick. Mr. Housenick died last Saturday at the age of 76. At one time he owned Housenick Motor Company at Main and East Streets... and for a time served on Bloomsburg Town Council. Today's services will take place at the First Presbyterian Church on Market Street.

 

Retirement Nest Egg
A new poll from AARP Pennsylvania shows a growing level of economic anxiety. Financial security, of the lack thereof, is a major concern among the 50-plus population the poll examined. Major issues include costs rising higher than income, health expenses, and caring for a spouse who needs assistance with daily activities. 62% of those polled say they're more worried than hopeful about achieving their financial goals, with the highest level of anxiety expressed by those who have decided to postpone their retirement.

 

Train Hurts Girl

A 12 – year old Mahanoy City girl is in an Allentown hospital after being run over by a freight train Wednesday. Angelina Kane's leg was partially amputated when a Reading and Blue Mountain Northern freight train ran over her in the 500 block of Railroad Street. One person telling police the girl... and a juvenile companion were riding their bikes when suddenly the pair darted in front of the slow moving locomotive. The railroad's security department is conducting the investigation.

 

Freeland Fatal

A Lehighton man is dead after his car collided with a tractor – trailer near Freeland Wednesday morning. Pennsylvania State Police say they don't know why 34 – year old Jamin Zimmerman's car cross the center line of Route 940... colliding with the 18 – wheeler. Zimmerman was pronounced dead at the scene by the Luzerne County Coroner.

 

Natural Gas Pipeline

Natural gas provider UGI has announced plans for a one-billion-dollar pipeline to stretch from eastern Pennsylvania to into New Jersey. Through its PennEast Subsidiary, the utility says the pipeline will stretch 100 miles from neighboring Luzerne County and travel through parts of Carbon, Northampton, and Bucks Counties in Pennsylvania, as well as Hunterdon and Mercer Counties in New Jersey, carrying natural gas from the Marcellus Shale region. The project faces a lengthy regulatory and public approval process, with construction scheduled to begin in early 2017 and the pipeline expected to be operation by the end of that year.
 

Standard – Speaker Theft

She admits embezzling an estimated $38,000 from her employer... now a 27 – year old Hazle Township woman awaits a preliminary hearing. Authorities say Alyssa Mehalshick is accused of making off with the money from the Hazleton Standard – Speaker from early in 2013 and May of this year. Mahalshick worked in the circulation department of the newspaper... saying she needed the money to pay her bills. Hazleton police charged Mehalshick with two counts of theft and one count receiving stolen property, all third-degree felonies.

 

Berwick High School Football

When the Berwick High School football team opens the season at Crestwood, the Bulldogs will be led by their outstanding senior wide receiver Andrew Force. He says says the Bulldogs has a group of talented receivers. Berwick plays its final preseason scrimmage Thursday night at Crispin Field. The Bulldogs will take on both Northwest and Athens starting at 6.

 

PHL Phillies

Cole Hamels got his 7th win of the season as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Wednesday afternoon. The Phils have today off. Friday... they will open a weekend series at home against the Saint Louis Cardinals.

 

Other games..

In other games Wednesday... the New York Mets defeated the Oakland A's 8 to 5... the Pittsburgh Pirates just got by the Atlanta Braves 3 to 2... and the New York Yankees were downed by the Houston Astros 5 to 2...

 

NFL

In NFL preseason action Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Eagles in Philadelphia

 

 

Wednesday / August 20, 2014


 

Millville Strike

It was to have been the first day of school in the Millville Area District... but teachers there have decided to go on strike. And there will not be school in the district until further notice. Teachers there have been working without a contract since 2012... and talks Tuesday night to come to a last minute agreement failed. In addition to the lack of a pay raise... other issues include healthcare costs... and incentives for professional development.

 

Schools Open

It's the Berwick Area School District ringing the open bell Wednesday. They'll welcome students to the 2014 – 15 school year. Although many of the students reside in Berwick or Nescopeck... there are a lot of school bus stops in the district. Jenny Robinson of the Triple – A says all of us should be careful around the stops as well as the buses. And when you talk about buses... in the Central Columbia District... the majority of students use the bus to get to the Old Berwick Road facility. School there opens Thursday morning.

 

Rainy Day Funds

It seems school property taxes keep going up and up, but are some school districts just getting greedy? There is word more than a few have apparently banked up more than they should. State law limits how much money can be held in reserve by school districts, charter and specialty schools. But nearly 300 of them may have so-called "rainy day" funds above what state law permits. These funds are not to exceed between 8 and 12 percent of a school's annual budget, depending on the budget's size. Some school districts elude this limit by earmarking rainy day money for certain purposes, like pensions or healthcare.
 

Move In

Classes begin next Monday at the 14 state-owned universities... including Bloomsburg... and the schools are lending a helping hand to those moving in this week. But, Kenn Marshall of the System of Higher Education says the moving-in experience may be tougher for parents to deal with. As in the past couple of years... and estimated 10,000 freshmen and returning students are expected to begin classes on the BU campus starting Monday.
 

Health Concerns
The state health department has announced changes in the way it handles health concerns about Marcellus shale fracking, but a coalition of doctors, nurses, health and environmental groups says it's not enough. The groups are calling for an independent investigation into how past complaints were handled. At this time, Senate Democrats are working to convene a policy committee hearing. PennEnvironment says the state also needs a public health registry for natural gas fracking health complaints. The state Health Department says its exploring a number of options, including public private partnerships, to accomplish the goals of a registry.

 

AGAPE

Faith – based AGAPE of Bloomsburg is doing it's part to raise money for their programs through their fifth annual AGAPE Palooza at Town Park on Saturday. One event added is a Kayaking on the Susquehanna River from Espy to Bloomsburg on Saturday morning. Registration begins at 8:30 at Ft. McClure Boulevard and Market Street... but there is an opportunity to sign up early... so says AGAPE's Kathy Lowe. Ms. Lowe says the Kayaking float is being hosted by Susquehanna Outdoor Adventures of Espy. To pre – register... check out the AGAPE website.

 

Run Down Folo

31 – year old James Kemp of New York remains on the lose Wednesday... only days after he allegedly ran down 34 – William Humphries in Berwick Monday afternoon. Kemp fled the scene... but Humphries was Life Flighted to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville where he's being treated for traumatic injuries. Police says the two men squared off after an argument over drugs.

 

Crime Walk

Putting crime in it's place in Berwick. That's what folks plan to do Wednesday night when they begin a series of Crime Watch Walks. The event is organized by Mayor Tim Burke who has been pro – active in eliminating crime in target areas based on statistics. The group meets at the First Keystone Bank on Frease Avenue... and will walk down Monroe to Elm Street... turning left to LaSalle and back to the bank. If you live along the route... be sure to turn on your porch light in support of eliminating crime.

 

Sandwich Generation

Pennsylvania Senator Bob Casey is working on a plan to ease some of the burden of the sandwich generation. Senator Casey is proposing a Peace Corps type of organization to help ease the load on family members providing care for older relatives while raising their own families. The caregiver corps would assist anyone over age 65 or those eligible for Social Security Disability Income. They could provide respite care to give families a break.

 

Woman Beaten Folo

Police in Hazleton are trying to track down the person responsible for an attack on a 94 – year old woman late last week. The attack took place inside Josephine Smalley's home. She is now in an Allentown – area trauma center... being treated for her injuries.

 

Transit Legislation
A hearing in Harrisburg next week will examine possible ways to modernize taxi and transit regulations in Pennsylvania. The advent of new technology and ride sharing services will likely be addressed at a hearing to be held at 9AM Thursday, August 28th, in Hearing Room 1 of the Commonwealth Keystone Building in Harrisburg. The Public Utility Commission regulations governing taxi and other transit providers were established long before smartphones and the internet, so one issue is how to reasonably allow ride sharing services using this technology to operate while maintaining driver and vehicle safety regulations.

 

Arrest

A Marion Heights man faces an August 27th preliminary hearing after cops found an estimated 17 – hundred dollars worth of heroin in his possession. They also found 400 dollars in cash on 21 – year old Mitchell Shields of the 500 block of East Melrose Street. An officer and a Northumberland Count probation officer took Shields into custody when he tried to make a get – a – way. He was remanded to the Northumberland county jail.

 

WHLM Sports

Bloomsburg HS Football

The Bloomsburg High School football team will face back to back challenges to open the regular season. The Panthers face Danville in the opener followed by Southern Columbia. Head coach Mike Kogut told WHLM's Jim Doyle that his team has to be ready right from the start. Bloomsburg plays its final preseason scrimmage this Friday night at Mahanoy Area.

 

PHL Phillies

In the second game of their home series Tuesday night against Seattle.... with the Mariners downing the Philadelphia Phillies 5 to 2. The teams complete the series today with a 1:05 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:30.

 

Other Games

In other games Tuesday night... The Atlanta Braves defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 11 to 3... It was the Oakland A's over the New York Mets 6 to 2... and the Houston Astro's downed the New York Yankees 7 to 4.

Tuesday / August 19, 2014


 

 

Hit and Run Suspect Sought

The search is still on for a man wanted for intentionally running down a second man in Berwick Monday afternoon. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says authorities are looking for 31 year old James Kemp of New York City. He's accused of allegedly running down William Humphries with his SUV. Humphries is in the Geisinger Medical Center being treated for multiple traumatic injuries.

 

Accounts Hacked

The owner of the Berwick Hospital and Wilkes – Barre General says someone hacked their computer system earlier this year... stealing data for an estimated 4.5 – million patients. Franklin, Tennessee – based Community Health Systems operates 206 hospitals across the United States. A statement from Community Health says hackers gained access to names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers... but no medical records were compromised.

 

Cops Honored

Two Bloomsburg Police officers... involved in an armed stand – off with a shotgun – totting mental patients have were honored recently by Town Council. Patrolman Shawn Hill and Sgt. Charlie Balon talked the man into surrendering in a cramped apartment in the 200 block of West Main Street last May.

Police Chief Roger Van Loan said the situation could have gone either way. The incident ended peacefully... without anyone injured... and that included the other tenets of the apartment building where the incident took place.

 

Bloomsburg Skuls

If you see more traffic than usual on the road... there's a good reason for that. It's the first day of school for the 1600 or so Bloomsburg Area School District students. Superintendent Cos Curry says he expects a smooth transition from summer into the fall. The Berwick Area School District begins classes on Wednesday... with the Central Columbia District opening the doors on Thursday.

 

Teacher Help

Governor Tom Corbett says one group needs to step up as the Philadelphia School District continues to struggle financially. Philadelphia School Superintendent William Hite says schools will open as scheduled September 8th, but more cuts will be made to close an $81 - million funding gap. Transportation will be cut for high-schoolers who live within two miles of schools and school police officer vacancies will be left unfilled. Governor Tom Corbett says teachers need to help out as well... by paying a portion of the cost of their healthcare.
 

Airport Funds

Governor Corbett is releasing $3.4 – million for improvements at 20 airports across the state. In our area... the Danville Airport in Riverside... in Northumberland County is in line to receive nearly $65,000 earmarked to acquire land. The Williamsport Regional airport in Lycoming County is in line to get $375,000 to improve the terminal access road. The money comes from PennDOT's aviation development program originating with the state's jet fuel tax.


Health Complaints

The State Health Department is making some changes so the process will be more clear for people with environmental health complaints. The department is enhancing the environmental health section of its web site and has reached out to the medical community to make sure they're aware of the complaint process, especially as it relates to Marcellus Shale drilling. In addition, people who make an environmental health complaint will get a response in writing.

 

Freeland Apartment Complex

Some of the 23 residents who live in the Freeland Senior Apartments were allowed to return home on Monday... after they were evacuated from the building Sunday night... a half – dozen others are living elsewhere The evacuation happened when a large crack was discovered in a wall of the building. On Monday... an engineering company arrived on the scene to determine the extent of the problem. Many of those displaced are spending time with relatives... and in some cases... in hotels until the problem is corrected.

 

Open Records

It's high time to update Pennsylvania's laws concerning open records... so says the head of the state's Office of Open Records. Open Records Office Chief Terry Mutchler, says transparency laws are overdue for an update. This comes after Governor Tom Corbett's disclosure that he deletes his emails about once a week...making the media unable to see any of those messages they request under the state's Right-to-Know law. That law was overhauled in 2008 to define public records, but an overlapping law from the 1920's dictating how long they should be kept has not been revised.
 

Radio Shack Robbery

Police in Rush Township... in Hometown... south of Hazleton... in Schuylkill County are searching for two men who held up a Radio Shack store. When police arrived at the store... they found the clerk in the store room.... bound with duct tape. One of the men brandished a weapon... taking an unknown amount of merchandise.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices continue to fall all across northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of $3.43 a gallon... down a penny from the weekend. Overall... gas prices are down four cents from a week ago... and off 19 cents a gallon from last month.

 

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Berwick High School

When the Berwick High School football team opens the season at Crestwood on August 29th, George Curry will begin his 45th season as a head coach. Curry has an experienced staff including offensive line coach Andy Mihaley who is in his 33rd season as a Berwick assistant coach. In their final scrimmage before the regular season, Berwick will take on both Northwest and Athens Thursday night at 6 at Crispin Field.

 

PHL Phils

In the first game of a home series against Seattle Monday night at Citizens Bank Park... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Mariners 4 to 1. The teams meet again Tuesday night at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other Games:

In other games Monday... The Atlanta Braves downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 7 to 3... and it was the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets 4 to 1.

Monday / August 18, 2014


 

Man Sought in Hit & Run

One man is in the Geisinger Medical Center after he was intentionally stuck by an SUV Monday afternoon in Berwick. The incident happened around 2:15 near the intersection of Susquehanna Avenue and Ida Street. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish says William Humphries William Humphries sustained severe injuries and was transported to Geisinger by LifeFlight. Witnesses to the incident positively identified the operator of the involved vehicle, as James Kemp... also known as “Coke”. The white Hyundai Elantra with military stickers on the rear window, was recovered abandoned in the 1000 block of West Front Street a short time later. Now... numerous law enforcement agencies are currently searching for Kemp, who is believed to still be in the area. Chief Strish says investigators are currently securing an arrest warrant for Kemp.

 

 

Accounts Hacked

Community Health Systems, which operates 206 hospitals across the United States, announced on Monday that hackers recently broke into its computers and stole data on 4.5 million patients. Those hospital's include the Berwick Hospitals... and several in the Wyoming Valley. A statement from Community Health says hackers have gained access to names, Social Security numbers, physical addresses, birthdays and telephone numbers. Those effected include anyone who received treatment from a Community Heath Systems - owned hospital in the last five years -- or was merely referred there by an outside doctor -- is affected.

 

BU Students

Bloomsburg University’s incoming freshmen start moving onto the campus starting Monday. Many upper classmen began their return to the campus on Friday... all in preparation for the first day of fall class next Monday. Also: the campus shuttle service will operate on a condensed move – in schedule. An estimated 10,000 students are expected to return for the fall session.

 

Toomey / Iraq

U.S. planes continue to hammer away at fighters known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria... or ISIS in northern Iraq. The escalation of the air strikes is questionable to Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Pat Toomey... telling WHLM News recently we're watching the foreign policy of the Obama administration unravel before our eyes. Senator Toomey says ISIS is not the Taliban.. but rather Al – Quada itself... and when the U.S. withdraws from a leadership roll... there is someone standing in the wings to fill the void.

 

Millard / Philadelphia

From education to the money needed to run the mass transit system... that's what Philadelphia residents are faced with. Now... there is a proposal making the rounds of adding a two dollar tax to cigarettes sold in the City of Brotherly Love to help the school system through tough times. But, why should we care about Philadelphia and their problems. For State Representative David Millard... we don't face the challenges that folks in the Philly area have. It's believed that the state house will vote on that proposed increase in taxes for Philadelphia smokers when they're called into session next month.

 

Liquor Store Mark Up

The Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is putting to rest speculation that they're about to increase the 30 percent markup on wine and spirits. A memo leaked to the Associated Press suggested the PLCB should increase its markup by 5 percent to improve its financial picture. But Chairman Skip Brion says that's not going to happen, because the agency is financially sound. He points to the last three years and profits exceeding 100-million-dollars, and similar earnings expected this year. The PLCB last increased its markup in 1994.

 

Youth Sports Safety
A new survey finds some alarming trends in youth sports according to Safe Kids Worldwide. Over one million kids go to the E R each year for injuries from playing the fourteen most common sports according to Kate Carr of Safe Kids. Their survey finds one third of athletes report being hurt during dirty play, over 40 percent admit hiding or downplaying an injury to keep playing and more than half of coaches say they've felt pressured by a parent or player to put an injured athlete back in to the game.

 

Drones

Private use of smaller drones has been growing, but the Federal Aviation Administration is still working on regulations governing them, leaving local governments with a lot of questions. Harrisburg's solicitor was recently asked if it was OK for a real estate photographer to use a small unmanned aircraft to take pictures of a building going on the market. He couldn't provide an answer, because there is no state law and federal rules are still being developed. State lawmakers are considering banning drones from disturbing hunters or anglers and from being used by law enforcement for surveillance without a warrant.
 

Holocaust Education

The head of a statewide religious organization supports a new state law encouraging teaching about the Holocaust in Pennsylvania schools. Rabbi Carl Choper, President of the Interfaith Alliance of Pennsylvania, says knowing what happened during the Holocaust is important not only for school students, but for all of us. The events can be taught, he says in the context of major world events, or for younger students in Civics class. If Choper himself was teaching, one question he would pose is how something like this could happen in a civilization so close to ours, and so quickly.
 

Social Media
An entire generation is leaning on social media to introduce themselves to the world and maintain a reputation but, social media is a double-edged sword. Facebook, Twitter, Instragram...they can all help you find long-lost friends and keep everyone you know in the loop on what you're doing. There are plenty of positives to living an online life, but posting the wrong things can hurt you big time. Herb Hand is an assistant football coach at Penn State University. He pulled the plug on a promising recruit just because of what he saw on the kid's Facebook page. Hand says he tries to coach kids on the use of social media even when telling them they don't belong in the Penn State program.

 

Hazleton Robbery

Police in lower Luzerne County are looking for a robber. Authorities say a masked bandit robbed the KFC store on East Broad Street in Hazleton late Sunday night. The man grabbed some cash and fled into the night.

 

Freeland Building

Nearly two dozen residents of the Freeland Senior Apartment were evacuated from the complex late Sunday night. The evacuation happened after one of the residents discovered a crack in the wall. The fire chief says it could lead to a major structural problem. The residents had spent the night with family and friends... or in temporary housing.

 

Shots Fired

Hazleton Police are investigating a report from a driver who said he was ordered out of his car by two gun – toting men at the corner of 4th and North Laurel Streets over the weekend. The driver said the two masked men fired shots into the front of his car... but instead of stopping he sped away. The driver fled the scene uninjured.

 

Sherman Hills

More trouble at the Sherman Hills Apartment complex in Wilkes – Barre. An Allentown man telling police he was pistol whipped at the start of the weekend inside a laundry room. Alexander Aron said he was in the laundry room to meet a woman. That's when two men approached him... hit Aron with the butt of a gun... taking his wallet.

 

WHLM Sports

Southern Columbia

The Southern Columbia High School football team looked impressive Saturday night in the Tigers first preseason scrimmage against Shikellamy. This will be the first season in the school's history that the Tigers will be competing in Class AA. Head Coach Jim Roth is confident in his team's offense, but is concerned about the defense. Southern Columbia has a scrimmage this Friday at Montoursville. The Tigers open the season Friday night, August 29th at Mifflinburg.

 

PHL Phillies

In the final game of their weekend series in San Francisco, the Phillies lost to the Giants Sunday 5-2. Monday night the Phils open a home series against the Seattle Mariners. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

In other games Sunday:

The Washington Nationals downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 in 11 innings... the New York Mets lost to the Chicago Cubs 2-1... and the New York Yankees defeating the the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2.

 

 

What's Happening? Sunday, August 17, 2014


The Mifflin Township Forest Rangers will hold their 6th annual Motorcycle and Car Benefit Cruise today. Registration opens at 8AM at the Fire Hall on Market Street in Mifflinville. The run moves at 11AM. Cost is $25 for a single rider or $40 per couple. There's an optional poker hand and door prizes, too. Cost includes breakfast before and lunch after the run. Breakfast is open to the public during registration. For more information, call 570-759-2148.

 

Join the Susquehanna River Artists and their first Plein Aire Show and Wine Tasting this afternoon at O'Donnel Winery in Berwick. Enjoy an afternoon of live artistry, music, wine and food from Noon - 5PM. For more information, check out the Columbi-Montour Visitor's Bureau at iTourColumbiaMontour.com

 

WHLM Sports:

The Philadelphia Phillies continue West Coast play this afternoon with a game against the Giants. First pitch is at 4:05. Coverage starts with the Pregame show at 3:30.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

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.

 

August 23

Buckhorn Community Volunteer Fire Company #1 will hold their 7th annual community yard sale and craft show Saturday, August 23, from 7AM - 4PM. Indoor tables are $10 each, and outdoor 12-by-12-foot spaces are $20. There will be chicken barbecue from 10AM - 5PM or 'till it's sold out! Take-out is available. For more information, call 570-784-6319.

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

What's Happening? Saturday, August 16, 2014


Goodwill Hose Company will hold their first annual Car and Truck show today at Bloomsburg Christian Church's parking lot on Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg. Registration will be open from 8:30 - 11:30 AM. Judging starts at Noon, and prizes will be awarded at 3 PM. There's 40 different awards, and dash plaques for the first 50 entries. Registration is $15 or $10 ahead of time. For more information, check out GHCCarShow.com

 

The 76th Montour-DeLong Community Fair wraps up today. There's free admission, free entertainment loads of food, games, and more. The fairgrounds are on Route 254, west of Washingtonville. For a full list of today's events at the fair, check out MontourDeLongFair.com

 

Valley Chemical's annual Fireman's Carnival runs through tonight at the Locust Township Municipal Building on Route 42 in Numidia. Starting at 6 there's games, rides, food, and live music. Covert Action takes the stage at 7PM. Please, no pets, alcohol, or bikes on the carnival grounds.

 

Join Traditional Catholic families at Holy Family Weekend at Hickory Run State Park today and Sunday. There will be hikes, activites, and conferences. For more information, check out HolyFamilyCamping.com

 

It's time for Fun In The Sun - the annual children's carnival at Trinity Reformed UCC in Bloomsburg. There'll be hot dogs, games, a big bounce house, and don't forget their cupcake wheel. The carnival runs today from 10AM - 2PM at the church lot on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Come out this afternoon for a chicken barbecue at the Espy Fire Hall on Tenny Street. Just $8 gets you half a chicken, baked potato, cole slaw and bread. Eat in or take out from Noon - 4PM for more information, call 570-594-0250.

 

The Mifflin Township Forest Rangers will hold their 6th annual Motorcycle and Car Benefit Cruise on Sunday. Registration opens at 8AM at the Fire Hall on Market Street in Mifflinville. The run moves at 11AM. Cost is $25 for a single rider or $40 per couple. There's an optional poker hand and door prizes, too. Cost includes breakfast before and lunch after the run. Breakfast is open to the public during registration. For more information, call 570-759-2148.

 

Join the Susquehanna River Artists and their first Plein Aire Show and Wine Tasting tomorrow at O'Donnel Winery in Berwick. Enjoy an afternoon of live artistry, music, wine and food from Noon - 5PM. For more information, check out the Columbi-Montour Visitor's Bureau at iTourColumbiaMontour.com

 

WHLM Sports:

The Philadelphia Phillies continue West Coast play this afternoon with a game against the Giants. First pitch is at 4:05. Coverage starts with the Pregame show at 3:30.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

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.

 

August 23

Buckhorn Community Volunteer Fire Company #1 will hold their 7th annual community yard sale and craft show Saturday, August 23, from 7AM - 4PM. Indoor tables are $10 each, and outdoor 12-by-12-foot spaces are $20. There will be chicken barbecue from 10AM - 5PM or 'till it's sold out! Take-out is available. For more information, call 570-784-6319.

 

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.

 

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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

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

Friday / August 15, 2014


 

*BREAKING*

Missing Handgun

Police in Bloomsburg are searching for a lost handgun that went missing Friday afternoon in the 100 block of Jefferson Street. According to the report, the owner left the gun on the roof of a vehicle, and the gun is believed to have fallen off the roof after the driver pulled away. Police say the gun is loaded. It's described as a Glock model 32 inside a black leather holster. If you have any information about the missing gun, call the Bloomsburg Police at 570-784-6779.

 

 

Woman Dies as Car Sinks into Pond

A Mt. Carmel woman is dead after the car driven by her husband in rolled into a pond yesterday at the Ideal Campgrounds in Locus Township. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... 79 – year old Virginia Lindemuth was initially rescued from the sinking car by 50 – year old Mark Hoffman of Aristes... but she later died at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Her husband telling authorities he apparently forgot to put the Buick LeSabre into “park.”

 

Atlantic Sunrise

A town hall – type of meeting is on tap for tonight... hosted by the Shale Field Organizing Committee. They're concerned about a proposed natural gas pipeline... known as Atlantic Sunrise... which is slated to slice through the heart of Columbia County. And the committee's Casey Pegg of Benton says it could eventually deal with the taking of land through eminent domain. During a recent meeting of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission... most of the 200 people in attendance said they didn't want the pipeline coming through their property... or Columbia County. Friday night's meeting takes place at 7 O'clock at the Bloomsburg Fire Department on Market Street.

 

New Pipeline

There may be a natural gas pipeline running through Luzerne County. PennEast Pipeline Company says it wants to build a 105 – mile, 30 – inch in diameter line from just north of Wilkes – Barre.... continuing south through Carbon... Northampton and Bucks counties. It would be capable of shipping a billion cubic feet of natural gas a day from the Marcellus Shale Fields to destinations yet to be named.

 

Diesel Fracking
An environmental group says the illegal injection of diesel fuel during fracking continued despite industry claims it would be discontinued. Mary Greene, author of the Environmental Integrity Project report "Fracking Beyond the Law", says their review of federal records and the FracFocus data base shows continued use of diesel fuel in fracking. Ms. Greene says diesel products raise concern because they contain toxic and carcinogenic chemicals that play havoc with ground water.

 

Possible Cigarette Tax Hike

House and Senate members are considering an increase in the cigarette tax in Philadelphia to help the schools open on time, but one state lawmaker wants a statewide cigarette tax hike. Representative John Lawrence of Chester County is calling for an increase of 80 cents per pack. He says the revenue can be used to lower local property taxes which fund schools in much of the state. Lawrence says older property owners, especially those on fixed incomes, would benefit the most. Pennsylvania currently has the lowest cigarette tax of all its border states except Ohio and West Virginia.
 

Bloomsburg Panthers

With the high school football season ready to kick off later this month... the Bloomsburg Panthers is giving all of us an opportunity to meet the team. It takes place Saturday starting at 2 PM. Concessionaires will be on site to show their support. As a bonus... the Panthers scrimmage with Northwest Area... as well as Delaware County Christian starting at 5 O'clock Saturday.

 

SCORE
An organization that provides free advice to small businesses is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and has seen the need for its free help growing. SCORE has seen an increase in people opening their own business since the recession. In some cases they were pursuing a dream, but in other cases they had been downsized and had no other options. Last year, SCORE volunteers helped 12 hundred small businesses get started in Pennsylvania. Volunteers also help existing small businesses with advice on how to get over hurdles or to expand.

 

Hersheypark Coaster

Hersheypark will be home to the country's first indoor spinning glow-coaster. Laff Trakk will be the 13th roller coaster at Hersheypark when the attraction opens during the 2015 summer season. Riders will reach speeds of up to 40 mph on 1,400 feet of track that includes a half-loop and twist, high-banked curves, and Camelback air time hills.

 

Sex Offenders

Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities say they've conducted checks of registered sex offenders who live near where the Little League World Series got underway Thursday. The U.S. Marshals Service says the canvass this week of the homes of 164 offenders within 20 miles of the baseball tournament in Williamsport found five potential violations. Pennsylvania's version of Megan's Law requires certain offenders to register through the state police and report changes of address and other information.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team officially kicked off preparations for the 2014 season with the first day of practice Thursday. The Huskies will need to replace seven graduated all-conference performers from last year's P-S-A-C championship squad. But, that has not changed expectations for head coach Paul Darragh. The Huskies open the season on the road at Stonehill College in Easton, Mass. On Saturday, September 6th. Bloomsburg begins it's home schedule with California on Saturday, September 13th at Redman Stadium.

 

HS Football

All area high school football teams will play preseason scrimmages Saturday. At 10 O'clock, Berwick plays at Central Dauphin; Central Columbia is at home against Shamokin; Danville is at North Schuylkill; and Columbia Montour Vo Tech plays at Warrior Run. At 5 o'clock Bloomsburg is at home against both Northwest and Delaware Valley Christian. At 7 Southern Columbia takes on Shikellamy at Tiger Stadium.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies open a weekend series against the Giants in San Francisco Friday night with the first pitch at 10:15. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:40.

 

Other games

In games played Thursday... The Detroit Tigers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 2... and the Washington Nationals downed the New York Mets 4 to 1.

 

Thursday / August 14, 2014


 

Main Twp Accident

A Mainville man is dead after losing control of his SUV Wednesday afternoon on a slippery State Route 339. Authorities say 54 – year old Felipe Olalde apparently lost control of his Ford Explorer... slamming into a utility pole... and flipping over on the driver's side. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Columbia County Coroner.

 

Blbg / SEDA Cog

The Bloomsburg Town Council has given it's approval to seek an estimated $160,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant money. SEDA – Cog's Tyler Dombroski says the money... 41% if received... would be earmarked for continuing work at Streater Field on Ft. McClure Boulevard. The other 41% used for curb cuts to make it easier for disabled persons to move about town. The remaining 18 % to be used for administration fees.

 

Mahoning Chief

Mahoning Township Police Chief Robert Blee is off the job... suspended for a week. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... Chief Blee is suspended for a reason that won't be known until a public meeting on Monday. That meeting takes place Monday at 5 PM at the Township building. Chief Blee has been Mahoning's top cop for the past four years.

 

Local Radar

The state Senate is considering a bill to allow local police departments the use of radar for speed enforcement. Pennsylvania is the only state where radar use is limited to State troopers, but Spokesman Rob Hicks of State Police Troop H in Harrisburg, says the department favors allowing this use by local departments. If fact, Hicks says speed enforcement at the local level is important, due to the increasing number of fatal accidents on local roadways. The measure will come up for a vote when the Senate returns to session next month.
 

Turbotville Augustfest

Big doin's in Turbotville this weekend... as the Lions Club presents “Augustfest” this coming Saturday. It's a day for a borough – wide yard sale... and to take a look at the community. But the center piece is the old train station which... for nearly 40 years... stood at the former Magee Transportation Museum on Millville Road... and it's gone through a lot... so says the Borough Historical Society's Michael Sechler including floods in Bloomsburg... and a was finally knocked down by a windstorm two years ago. “Augustfest” gets underway Saturday morning... with the Historical Society have a display... and selling souvenirs behind Sechler's home in the 100 block of Broadway Street.

 

Diesel Fracking
An environmental group says the illegal injection of diesel fuel during fracking continued despite industry claims it would be discontinued. The report from the Environmental Integrity Project shows 351 wells in 12 states, including Pennsylvania, fracked using a diesel product since 2010. The group says there's no evidence any of the companies had a Safe Drinking Water permit. Diesel products raise concern because they contain chemicals that are highly mobile in ground water, carcinogenic and toxic.

 

Scammers
Four people, including three from Pennsylvania, were recently indicted for running a Grandparent scam targeting seniors, but the scammers are often from outside the country and harder to catch, so prevention is critical. Scammers will make thousands of calls in hopes of hooking a handful of victims who fear their grandchild is in trouble and needs money. Renee Martin, Director of Education and Outreach for the Attorney General's Office says there are red flags: the caller needs money urgently, asks for it to be sent by wire transfer or prepaid card, will call at odd times, ask questions they should already know and may get personal data wrong.

 

Lion Brewery

Troubles at the Lion Brewery in Wilkes – Barre on Wednesday... a small explosion and ammonia leak took place at the plant off North Pennsylvania Avenue. Authorities say a tank inside the plant failed causing the problems. One person was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

 

Huber Breaker

The last vestige of the Huber Colliery in Ashley... is coming down. Workers are razing the power house used to generate electricity for the anthracite breaker when owned by the Glen Alden Coal Company. The colliery was first built in 1938 when coal was king... and shut down in the mid – 70's and sold to a Philadelphia company who scavenged the complex for it's steel.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team holds its first preseason practice Thursday afternoon. The Huskies will be preparing for their season opener Saturday, September 6th at Stonehill College in Easton Massachusetts.

 

PSAC Format

The PSAC has a new format for football this season. For the first time ever, the two mandated crossover games count in the divisional standings. Shippensburg University head coach Mark Maciejewski says he doesn't agree with the new format. Bloomsburg's two crossover games against Western Division opponents will be against California in week two in the Huskies' home opener and at Mercyhurst on week three.

 

PHL Phillies 

In the concluding game in their short series in Anaheim Wednesday night...  the Angles just got by the Philadelphia Phillies 4 to 3. The Phils have Thursday off. They will open a weekend series against the Giants in San Francisco Friday night.

 

Other Games

In other games Wednesday night... The Detroit Tigers downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 8 to 4... the New York Mets were defeated by the Washington National's 3 to 2... and it was the Baltimore Orioles over the New York Yankees 5 to 3.

 

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