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Tuesday / September 2, 2014


 

Thunderstorm Watch

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for central and northeast Pennsylvania until 10 O'clock Tuesday night. A cold front is marching across the Commonwealth and should be in Columbia and Montour Counties around dusk.

 

Millville Strike Meeting

Millville Area School District teachers are expected to remain on the Pickett line as they carry out a strike against the District. But a group known as the Concerned Citizens of Millville are to scheduled to meet Tuesday night to help nudge talks off dead center. According to the group's Facebook page... the meeting will take place at the Millville Grange Hall.

 

Our Town

Bloomsburg will soon be the focus of the WVIA – TV “Our Town” series... which spotlights municipalities across northeast Pennsylvania. Lauren Martz is the assistant Town Administrator and says the uniqueness of Bloomsburg intrigued the WVIA producers. Ms. Martz says there will be two community meetings... the first is September 10th... the second on September 17th... both at the Caldwell Consistory at 6:30. A taped interview session will be held in October... with the show's air date penciled in for December 4th.

 

Berwick Crash

A 21 – year old Hazleton woman is facing drunk driving charges after she collided with a Berwick Police car over the weekend at Front and Market Streets. State Police tell us Stephanie Polanco was heading south on Market Street for the Berwick – Nescopeck Bridge when her car collided with the cruiser driven by Patrolman Scott Sienkiewicz. He was responding to a domestic disturbance call without lights and siren. Both Polanco and Sienkiewicz were treated at the Berwick Hospital for minor injuries.

 

Hazleton Deaths

Hazleton police are investigating the deaths of a husband and wife found in their home late Sunday night. When officers arrived at the rear of 805 North James Street... they found 51 – year old Wayne Volciak and his 51 – year old wife, Michelle, unresponsive and covered in blood. Authorities are treating the case as a murder – suicide.

 

Gubernatorial Poll

With Labor Day the traditional start of the political campaign season... a recent Franklin and Marshall poll shows Governor Corbett lagging nearly 25 points behind challenger Tom Wolf. The same poll also showed an estimated 25 percent of those questioned remain undecided who to vote for in November. State Representative David Millard of North Centre Township says the Governor must build on his accomplishments. Pollsters finding out that education and taxes are the two issues which concern the electorate.

 

Natural Gas Grants

Qualifying companies and organizations are eligible to apply for state grants to help them purchase and convert vehicles to natural gas. An estimated six million dollars total is intended to help pay for the incremental purchase and conversion costs of heavy-duty natural gas fleet vehicles. Those eligible to apply include non-profit and local transportation organizations, state owned or related universities, state or municipal authorities, for-profit companies and the PA Turnpike Commission. Applications are available at www.dep.state.pa.us.

 

Winter Prediction

If you didn't like last winter here in Northeastern PA.... you 're not going to like what the Farmer's Almanac is predicting. How 'bout a nasty and frigid couple of months ahead of us. An editor from the Lewiston, Maine – based publication says It will be very cold and crisp... as well as plenty of snow for NEPA.

 

Kevin Jordan

Funeral services will be held this week for long time radio and TV journalist Kevin Jordan. He died over the weekend. Jordan is known for working at a host of northeastern PA broadcast outlets.... such as WBRE / Channel 28 as a general assignment reporter, but specializing in politics. Kevin Jordan was 57.

 

WHLM Sports

The 2014 Cider Jug Soccer Game between Benton and Millville was rained out on Tuesday night, due to thunderstorms. The new start time will be 5PM on Wednesday evening. You can tune in to WHLM team coverage starting with the pregame show at 4:30.

What's Happening? Sunday, August 31, 2014


 

It's Labor Day Weekend in the Only Town in Pennsylvania.

 

The 6th annual Schuylkill County Wine Festival is happening this afternoon, at the Hegins Park on Stutzman Drive. Come for outstanding wine tastings, cuisine, live entertainment, and a table decorating contest. The festival runs from 1-6PM. Tickets are $15 each, and $5 for the designated driver. Group rates are available. For more information, check out SchuylkillWineFestival.com

 

Our Time Kindermusik returns to Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville this fall, starting September 10. The program is for children ages 16 months - 3 years old and their parents. Cost for the course is $85, or just $70 for church members. Deadline to sign up is today. For more information, visit GrovePresbyterianChurch.org

 

Susquehanna Valley UUC in Northumberland is holding a yard sale this Labor Day weekend at 265 Point Township Drive. Today, Monday and Tuesday, find Winter clothing, kitchen items, electronics, and more. Tuesday is Dollar Bag day from 8AM - Noon.

 

PennDOT Memorial

Remembering those who died in the line of duty... while performing their job. The PennDOT Traveling Workers Memorial is currently on display at the I-80 westbound rest area east of Mifflinville. The memorial honors PennDOT workers killed since 1970, many of them the result of careless, reckless or impaired drivers. The memorial, which will be displayed at the rest area throughout the holiday weekend... and is designed to raise public awareness that they need to pay full attention to driving in work zones.

 

WHLM Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies wrap up a weekend series in New York against the Mets this afternoon. First pitch flies at 1:10. Coverage starts with the pregame at 12:35.

 
Upcoming Events:
 

Sept 2

The Socrates Cafe is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Tuesday evening. The group will meet for their regular lively discussion at 6:30 PM. The topic this month is: what will be the impact of the Hobby Lobby court decision? Bring your opinions. The library is on Market Square in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Sept 4

Summer concerts at the Jackson Mansion wrap up this Thursday night, with the annual Berwick free Cake and Ice Cream Social. Music will be provided by Memory Lane at 7PM. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the mansion lawn on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Sept 4

Come to the Bloomsburg Pubilc Library this Thursday, and learn about 18th-century Columbia County with a visit by local author Patsy Van Dyke, as she discusses her research into the historical setting for her recent young-adult novel, "Freedom For Kate." The talk starts at 6:30 PM in the Fireplace Lounge.

 

Sept 5

The 7th annual BU Track and Field Market Street Mile is coming up at 6:30 PM this Friday evening in downtown Bloomsburg. The course takes runners on a path to "Discover Downtown." There will be prizes for the top finishers in each category. Registration is $20 for the mile-long course, or just $15 for the children's 1/2 mile and 1/4 mile courses at the park. Registration will be open at the Town Park Pavilion from 4:30-6PM the day of the race.

 

Sept 5

Celebrate National Yoga Month this Friday with an evening of free and open yoga instruction at the Bloomsburg town park bandshell from 5-7PM. Please bring your own mat and water. If you don't have a yoga mat, a beach towel can be used.

 

Sept 6

The Columbia County Historical and Geneaological Society celebrates their 100th birthday this Saturday with an open house from 9 - 11:30 AM at the Bloomsburg Public Library on Market Street. There will be food, contests, prizes, a historical scavenger hunt, and a special showing of vintage film of Bloomsbug from the 1940s.

 

Sept 6

The second annual Holly McAnall Walk for the Heart will be held this Saturday at 10 AM at the Bloomsburg Town Park. The 2 mile walk benefits Geisinger's Heart and Vascular Institute's Women's Hearth Health fund. Registration starts at 9 AM - cost to register is $10.

 

Sept 6

The Washies Fire Company in Danville is holding a Vera Bradley and Coach Bingo this Saturday at the hall on Railroad Street. Doors open at Noon, bingo starts at 1:30PM. Tickets are $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit local charities.

 

Sept 6 & 7

Cruise-in to the Mifflinville Fire Hall on Market Street this Saturday and Sunday for the Pennsylvania Summer Car, Truck, and Bike show. It starts with a cruise-in at 4PM on Saturday. Registration for the show on Sunday is open from 9AM - Noon. Fee for the show is $10 per car, or just $2 per spectator. There will be a swap meet, and kids activities, too. For more information, call 570-764-2315.

 

Sept 7

Celebrate recovery this Sunday afternoon and and rally against addiction with the third annual Anti-Heroin Rally at the Berwick Elks. Come to the Elks parking lot on West 3rd Street from 2-6PM for live music, speakers, information, and some great food - everyone is welcome.

 

Sept 7

It's Sundae Sunday - this Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg. Come to the church steps on Market Street from 6-8PM for live music and free ice cream.

 

Thru Sept 5

It's time to put in your nominations for this year's Geisinger HealthSouth Community Champion Awards. If you know someone who experienced a physically debilitating health issue or illness and overcame their challenges against the odds, had a great attitude and never gave up, you can recognize them as a champion. You can find nomination forms at the WHLM studios on Main Street in Bloomsburg, or by clicking the link at the top of the page. The awards will be presented on September 24 - deadline for submissions is Friday, September 5.

 

Sept 11-14

Get your tickets now to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 2nd annual Women's Solo Performance Festival, running Thursday through Sunday, September 11 - 14. The festival covers four days of original solo works by women artists presented on the Alvina Krause Theatre Stage. Tickets are $15 per show, or $50 for a full pass. And don't miss the first Women Artisans' Street Fair on Saturday the 13th, Center Street, just off Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Booth fee for the Fair is $25. For more information, check out the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

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.

 

Thru November 15

The Danville chapter of the American Red Cross is opening nominations for this year's Robert Pursel Distinguished Citizen of the Year award, to be presented on November 15. For nomination forms, call 570-275-1441.

 

TFN

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainece to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

TFN
The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a newly arrived American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 

What's Happening? Saturday, August 30, 2014


 

It's Labor Day Weekend in the Only Town in Pennsylvania.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose Lodge on Seiple Drive in Bloomsburg is holding a chicken barbecue this afternoon from Noon - 5PM. Bo Bandana will perform from 7-10 later that night. Take out is available, For more information, call 570-389-9623.

 

Town Hall UMC in Shickchinny is holding a Community Yard Sale today, from 8AM - 1PM at the church on Town Hill Road.

 

Susquehanna Valley UUC in Northumberland is holding a yard sale this Labor Day weekend at 265 Point Township Drive. Today, Monday and Tuesday, find Winter clothing, kitchen items, electronics, and more. Tuesday is Dollar Bag day from 8AM - Noon.

 

The 6th annual Schuylkill County Wine Festival is coming up on Sunday, at the Hegins Park on Stutzman Drive. Come for outstanding wine tastings, cuisine, live entertainment, and a table decorating contest. The festival runs from 1-6PM. Tickets are $15 each, and $5 for the designated driver. Group rates are available. For more information, check out SchuylkillWineFestival.com

 

Our Time Kindermusik returns to Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville this fall, starting September 10. The program is for children ages 16 months - 3 years old and their parents. Cost for the course is $85, or just $70 for church members. Deadline is Sunday, August 31. For more information, visit  GrovePresbyterianChurch.org

 

PennDOT Memorial

Remembering those who died in the line of duty... while performing their job. The PennDOT Traveling Workers Memorial is currently on display at the I-80 westbound rest area east of Mifflinville. The memorial honors PennDOT workers killed since 1970, many of them the result of careless, reckless or impaired drivers. The memorial, which will be displayed at the rest area throughout the holiday weekend... and is designed to raise public awareness that they need to pay full attention to driving in work zones.

 

WHLM Sports

The 2014 high school football season kicked off Friday night, and all six area teams were in action. You can hear all the details from the night's games with the WHLM sports team in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Berwick/Crestwood

In Mountaintop, Berwick faced Crestwood in a rematch of last November's District semifinal won by the Bulldogs 14-13. The Bulldogs came close, but Crestwood proved the stronger in their season opener, avenging their previous loss against Berwick with a 28-20 win.

 

Danville / Bloomsburg

Danville and Bloomsburg renewed their rivalry at Panther Stadium in our game of the week. The Ironmen took an early lead and never let go, leading to a 35-7 Danville win over the Panthers.

 

Other Football Action

In other action, Central Columbia fell to Selinsgrove 43-6, Southern Columbia trounced Mifflinburg 40-14, and Columbia Montour Vo Tech beat North Penn 14-6.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies opened a weekend series in New York Friday night against the Mets. The Phils lost that match 4-1. They'll play again Saturday night at 7:10. The pregame show starts at 6:35.

 
Upcoming Events:
 

Sept 2

The Socrates Cafe is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Tuesday evening. The group will meet for their regular lively discussion at 6:30 PM. The topic this month is: what will be the impact of the Hobby Lobby court decision? Bring your opinions. The library is on Market Square in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Sept 4

Summer concerts at the Jackson Mansion wrap up this Thursday night, with the annual Berwick free Cake and Ice Cream Social. Music will be provided by Memory Lane at 7PM. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to the mansion lawn on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Sept 4

Come to the Bloomsburg Pubilc Library this Thursday, and learn about 18th-century Columbia County with a visit by local author Patsy Van Dyke, as she discusses her research into the historical setting for her recent young-adult novel, "Freedom For Kate." The talk starts at 6:30 PM in the Fireplace Lounge.

 

Sept 5

The 7th annual BU Track and Field Market Street Mile is coming up at 6:30 PM this Friday evening in downtown Bloomsburg. The course takes runners on a path to "Discover Downtown." There will be prizes for the top finishers in each category. Registration is $20 for the mile-long course, or just $15 for the children's 1/2 mile and 1/4 mile courses at the park. Registration will be open at the Town Park Pavilion from 4:30-6PM the day of the race.

 

Sept 5

Celebrate National Yoga Month this Friday with an evening of free and open yoga instruction at the Bloomsburg town park bandshell from 5-7PM. Please bring your own mat and water. If you don't have a yoga mat, a beach towel can be used.

 

Sept 6

The Columbia County Historical and Geneaological Society celebrates their 100th birthday this Saturday with an open house from 9 - 11:30 AM at the Bloomsburg Public Library on Market Street. There will be food, contests, prizes, a historical scavenger hunt, and a special showing of vintage film of Bloomsbug from the 1940s.

 

Sept 6

The second annual Holly McAnall Walk for the Heart will be held this Saturday at 10 AM at the Bloomsburg Town Park. The 2 mile walk benefits Geisinger's Heart and Vascular Institute's Women's Hearth Health fund. Registration starts at 9 AM - cost to register is $10.

 

Sept 6

The Washies Fire Company in Danville is holding a Vera Bradley and Coach Bingo this Saturday at the hall on Railroad Street. Doors open at Noon, bingo starts at 1:30PM. Tickets are $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit local charities.

 

Sept 6 & 7

Cruise-in to the Mifflinville Fire Hall on Market Street this Saturday and Sunday for the Pennsylvania Summer Car, Truck, and Bike show. It starts with a cruise-in at 4PM on Saturday. Registration for the show on Sunday is open from 9AM - Noon. Fee for the show is $10 per car, or just $2 per spectator. There will be a swap meet, and kids activities, too. For more information, call 570-764-2315.

 

Sept 7

Celebrate recovery this Sunday afternoon and and rally against addiction with the third annual Anti-Heroin Rally at the Berwick Elks. Come to the Elks parking lot on West 3rd Street from 2-6PM for live music, speakers, information, and some great food - everyone is welcome.

 

Sept 7

It's Sundae Sunday - this Sunday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg. Come to the church steps on Market Street from 6-8PM for live music and free ice cream.

 

Thru Sept 5

It's time to put in your nominations for this year's Geisinger HealthSouth Community Champion Awards. If you know someone who experienced a physically debilitating health issue or illness and overcame their challenges against the odds, had a great attitude and never gave up, you can recognize them as a champion. You can find nomination forms at the WHLM studios on Main Street in Bloomsburg, or by clicking the link at the top of the page. The awards will be presented on September 24 - deadline for submissions is Friday, September 5.

 

Sept 11-14

Get your tickets now to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 2nd annual Women's Solo Performance Festival, running Thursday through Sunday, September 11 - 14. The festival covers four days of original solo works by women artists presented on the Alvina Krause Theatre Stage. Tickets are $15 per show, or $50 for a full pass. And don't miss the first Women Artisans' Street Fair on Saturday the 13th, Center Street, just off Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Booth fee for the Fair is $25. For more information, check out the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

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.

 

Thru November 15

The Danville chapter of the American Red Cross is opening nominations for this year's Robert Pursel Distinguished Citizen of the Year award, to be presented on November 15. For nomination forms, call 570-275-1441.

 

TFN

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainece to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

 

TFN
The free Wheelchair Engineers program at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn will be open from Noon - 4 PM every Saturday at the Sears end of the mall. The handicapped-accessible model train layouts are open to everyone. See a newly arrived American Flyer and the Dillon Floral limited-edition train with its puffing MTH steam engine and MTH controls. Everyone is welcome.

 

Friday / August 29, 2014


 

Millville Teachers Strike

Trying to get negotiations in that teachers strike in the Millville Area School District off dead center. According to their Facebook page... the Concerned Citizens of Millville will meet next Tuesday at the Millville Grange Hall. The post goes on to explain the meeting is designed to discuss strategies... getting both sides to the bargaining table... thus getting kids back to the classroom. Meantime... word is posted that negotiators are expected to meet face to face on September 10th. If they do... it will be the first time the two sides met since the strike began last Wednesday.

 

Test Scores / Public Education

A new study from the Pennsylvania State Education Association suggests there's a link between standardized test scores and funding for public education. In a three year period starting with the 2010-2011 academic year, the study says test scores for third through 5th graders declined, with the largest budget cuts coming in school districts with the highest levels of poverty. A state Education Department Spokesman dismisses the report, citing its use solely of standardized test scores to measure achievement.
 

Lou Barletta

With Congress in recess... there is nothing more Rep. Lou Barletta of Hazleton likes to do but tour fire halls and business areas in the 11th District. Mr. Barletta spent some time Thursday at the Reliance Fire Company in Berwick... getting a look at the rigs in the bays. Congressman Barletta also toured the Front Street business district.. talking with shop keepers... keeping the economy of Berwick rolling along.

 

XGR / Millard

It appears it's going to be a busy September for state house members... as they're called into a fall session September 15th. State Representative David Millard... a North Centre Township Republican says pension reform tops the proposed agenda... followed by the privatizing of the state store system. Also expected to be on the agenda is blighted housing in the major metro areas such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

 

Distracted Driving

The negative impact of distracted driving on teens is highlighted in a new report from the Governor's Highway Safety Association. The report finds that teens represent the largest proportion of drivers who are distracted at the time of a fatal crash. 57 percent of those killed were the teen drivers, the rest were their passengers, other vehicle occupants, pedestrians and bicyclists. Cellphones aren't the only distraction... research finds passengers have more of a negative impact on teen drivers than adults.

 

PennDOT Memorial

Remembering those who died in the line of duty... while performing their job. The PennDOT Traveling Workers Memorial is currently on display at the I-80 westbound rest area east of Mifflinville. The memorial honors PennDOT workers killed since 1970, many of them the result of careless, reckless or impaired drivers. The memorial, which will be displayed at the rest area throughout the holiday weekend... and is designed to raise public awareness that they need to pay full attention to driving in work zones.

 

Restaurant Rebuild

A Turbotville restaurant consumed by fire earlier this year is being rebuilt. Bradley's Fern Park in Delaware Township burned to the ground in February... now one of the co – owners... and friends are bringing the place back to life. A state fire marshal ruled that the blaze was accidental... and it began in a motor in a freezer. Now... there's a pending lawsuit against the company who manufactured that equipment. The restaurant's owners are shooting for an opening date in October.

 

Fire Chief

The Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief says he'll enter a plea in Federal Court next month. John Yuknavich has agreed ed to plead guilty to stealing $45,000 dollars from his volunteer fire department. In essence, the 50 – year old Yuknavich will plead guilty to making off with federal funds destined for his department. He could get up to ten years in federal prison.

 

Schuylkill Fatal

A Barnesville man is dead after he rammed into the rear of a car Wednesday night. Authorities say the incident happening on Route 309 near Tamaqua in neighboring Schuylkill County. 38 – year old Brian Bittner then slammed into a parked car. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the County Coroner.

 

Scam

An apparent scam in Nanticoke in Luzerne County. A man... claiming to be from the water company... made his way into a home this week on River Street... saying he needed to check the pipes. The victim telling police he then asked for money... but left the home when she said she didn't have any. The man then drove away in an unmarked pick up truck.

 

WHLM Sports

The 2014 high school football season kicked off Friday night, and all six area teams were in action. You can hear all the details from the night's games with the WHLM sports team in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Berwick/Crestwood

In Mountaintop, Berwick faced Crestwood in a rematch of last November's District semifinal won by the Bulldogs 14-13. The Bulldogs came close, but Crestwood proved the stronger in their season opener, avenging their previous loss against Berwick with a 28-20 win.

 

Danville / Bloomsburg

Danville and Bloomsburg renewed their rivalry at Panther Stadium in our game of the week. The Ironmen took an early lead and never let go, leading to a 35-7 Danville win over the Panthers.

 

Other Football Action

In other action, Central Columbia fell to Selinsgrove 43-6, Southern Columbia trounced Mifflinburg 40-14, and Columbia Montour Vo Tech beat North Penn 14-6.

 

College Football

In college football Thursday night... Texas A and M defeated South Carolina 52 to 28... and the Temple Owls defeated Vanderbilt 37 to 7.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies opened a weekend series in New York Friday night against the Mets. The Phils lost that match 4-1. They'll play again Saturday night at 7:10. The pregame show starts at 6:35.

 

Other Games

In major league baseball Thursday... the Detroit Tigers just got by the New York Yankees 3 to 2... and the Atlanta Braves downed the New York Mets 6 to 1.

 

 

Thursday / August 28, 2014


 

 

Blood Needed

We're approaching the final days of summer... but that doesn't mean that the need for blood and it's bi-products lessens. Colin Riccobon of the American Red Cross telling us from his Ashley office that it's easy to roll up your sleeve and donate. Want to know where a blood drive is being held in the area... simply go to the Community Ca lander section of our website... WHLM.com... to get the details.

 

Building Sold

One of Bloomsburg's landmark buildings has been sold. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... developers Matt Zoppetti and his partner... Sante D'Ambrosio has purchased Husky Corners... at Main and East Streets for $3.6 - million. The purchase closed earlier this month according to records at the courthouse. The pair buying the property from a Philadelphia – based consortium... who purchased the property from Delmar Zeisloft for $1.5 - million in 2004. There are no anticipated changes planned for the building.

 

Gubernatorial Poll
Governor Corbett still has a lot of ground to make up by November to win re-election according to the latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll. Democratic Challenger Tom Wolf holds a 25 point lead over Republican Governor Tom Corbett with 25% of the voters undecided. Franklin and Marshall College Poll Director Terry Madonna says the race remains nearly frozen since the June poll. He says Governor Corbett has not given the voters a reason to give him a second look and needs a big narrative change to gain ground. He says negative ads on both sides do not seem to be effective in moving voters.

Funding Education

The Commonwealth Foundation released a poll of 600 registered voters in Pennsylvania, on the subject of funding public education. 73% of those polled underestimated the amount the state spends on each student, while 66% expressed surprise when informed that the amount is 29-hundred dollars per student above the national average. 82% believe teachers make less than they actually do, and 54% said they are not willing to pay any more in taxes to increase education funding.

 

Charter School Costs
A new study shows increasing costs and growing pressure on school districts, as more students attend charter schools. The Penn State study shows that between 2006 and 2012, the cost almost doubled, to $1.3 - billion. Districts pay tuition for each student to attend a charter or cyber charter school. Professor Bill Hartman who led the study team, says there is currently no mechanism in place to control charter school growth. The study calls the pressure on local school district budgets obvious and escalating.

 

Retirement / Social Security
When you're young, retirement may be the last thing you are thinking about as you manage your finances. But the Social Security Administration wants people of all ages to know their benefits. You can get three personalized estimates of what you would get from Social Security at retirement, depending on whether you retire early with a penalty, at full retirement age or collect benefits later with an 8% annual "bonus" for each year you waited. The Social Security Administration wants people to sign up for a my Social Security account so they'll know what they need to put aside on their own for retirement.

 

Community Champion

The Geisinger Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Danville is looking for a Community Champion... and they're looking for nominations. That word from Geisinger's Nancy Presswood who said nominations for the Community Champion award are being accepted through September 5th. The award will be given... Wednesday, September 24th. You can pick up a nominating form at the WHLM Studio's at 124 E. Main Street, Bloomsburg.

 

Labor Day Holiday
As we head into the holiday weekend, the Pennsylvania Psychological Society says don't let your labors overwhelm you and don't take work with you on your time off. Being fearful about keeping your job, trying to do your best and trying to beat the clock can make stress build. Dr. Rex Gatto, a business psychologist in Pittsburgh, says technology has increased the work day, allowing us to check in when we are supposed to be off. He says decompressing is important not only to your health, but your job performance. He says we need to take breaks when we should, like at lunch time and unplug from work during our time off.

 

Labor Day Crackdown

With the Labor Day holiday weekend nearly upon us... PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police are becoming part of a national team designed to reduce alcohol – and – drug – related crashes. For example... two years ago there were 33 – hundred drug – related crashes... producing 136 fatalities. A year ago... there were 32 – hundred crashes... but fatalities increase to 143. PA DUI Task Forces... the PSP and local law enforcement will conduct checkpoints and roving patrols as part of the crackdown.

 

Hazleton Assault

Hazleton police are investigating the assault and the robbery of a man in the area of Fifth and Alter Streets late Tuesday night. Police say up to six Hispanic men with long hair took the man's wallet and fled into the night time. If you have information about the incident... call Hazleton Police.

 

Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Jobless Rate

The jobless rate in the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton metro area is down a tenth of a percent... to 6.8% in July. That's the lowest since October of 2008 according the state Department of Labor. Despite the trend... it's the 52nd consecutive month that the area has led the state in unemployment. The decline in the labor force is linked to the tenth of a percent drop.

 

Mahanoy City Fire

Still no word as to what started a fire in eight row homes Tuesday night in Mahanoy City. A fire marshal was on the scene all day Wednesday trying to figure out what sparked the blaze. The fire taking place on East Centre Street. Folks living in the buildings were evacuated and not injured.

 

Ricketts Glen

For the second time in this millennium... Lake Jean at the Ricketts Glen State Park will be drained next year. Repair work to the dam control tower will be undertaken.... a vital park of keeping the 245 – acre lake at an even keel. There was a similar situation back in 2001 when the lake was drained to preform the same kind of work. The latest project is expected to take about a year to complete at an estimated $800,000.

 

 

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BU Football 

The Bloomsburg University football team is ranked 25th in the country in the D2football.com preseason poll. In addition, that website recognized Huskies middle linebacker Justin Shirk as a 2nd team preseason All American. The Huskies open the season Saturday afternoon, September 6th against Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

 

College Football

The Division one college football season kicks off tonight with 6 games on the schedule including an S.E.C. Matchup... Texas A & M at South Carolina.

 

HS Football

The area's high school football season kicks off Friday night. You can hear a preview of all area teams on the Independence Honda Countdown to Kickoff Show Thursday afternoon following the 5 o'clock news.

 

PHL Phillies

In the final game of their home series against Washington Wednesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies downed the National's 8 to 4. The Phils have today off. They open a weekend series in New York against the Mets Friday night.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Wednesday... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3 to 1... the Atlanta Braves got by the New York Mets 3 to 2... and the New York Yankees downed the Detroit Tigers 8 to 4.

 

Wednesday / August 27, 2014


 

Ordinance

Bloomsburg Council Chambers was filled Tuesday as members of the Community and Economic Development Committee met... getting the wheels turning on a proposed anti – discrimination measure. It's genesis stems from a local bridal shop not wanting to service two gay women who plan to marry. For ComD chairperson Diane Levan... hearing input is the first step to any proposed legislation. The proposed legislation may be based off an ordinance enacted by the Bucks County Borough of Doylestown.... brought to council's attention by Bloomsburg businessman Dwayne Heisler. More discussion on the proposed ordinance when the committee meets next month.

 

Charter School Study

A new study points to racial and ethnic segregation in charter schools in Pennsylvania. The study was commissioned by the center for Rural Pennsylvania and conducted by researchers at Penn State. Over a five year period starting in 2006, the study showed patterns of segregation along racial and ethnic lines in Pennsylvania. Researchers say the trend mirrors residential segregation patterns in recent decades, but other factors such as the availability of transportation and whether subsidized school lunches are provided are also among the reasons.
 

Sex Assault Charges

A Wilburton man remains in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.. facing a list of sex related charges. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us 30 – year old Dustin Lee Reed of Wilburton is accused of forcing a 26 – year old woman to have sex with him at his home. His arrest on Monday follows a number of interviews and the collection of evidence. Reed was arrested and arraigned before District Justice Doug Brewer... and lodged in the jail in lieu of bail.

 

The Barbour's

The husband and wife accused of killing a Port Treverton man last year... have entered guilty pleas in Northumberland County Court. 18 – year old Miranda Barbour and her husband, 22 – year old Elytte pleading guilty to second degree murder Tuesday in the death of Troy LaFerrara last November. The pair moving to Selinsgrove from the Carolina's... then seeking out men through the social media site Craigslist. Both could have faced the death penalty if their cases would have gone to trial.

 

Power Cord Recall

The U S Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall that affects millions of people with notebook computers. The AC power cords of nearly 6 million HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers are being recalled due to a potential fire or burn hazard. The cords are labeled LS-15. The CPSC says if you have one, stop using it and contact HP for a free replacement. The recall does not affect the computers. The cords are also using on some AC adapter powered accessories such as docking stations.
 

Tobacco Survey
There is more concern about kids and electronic cigarettes after the release of the latest National Youth Tobacco survey of middle and high schoolers. The numbers show that more than a quarter million youth who had never smoked a cigarette used e cigarettes last year....a three fold increase from 2011. And it shows they were twice as likely to say they intend to smoke conventional cigarettes within the next year. The CDC says the analysis also found youth exposed to tobacco advertising had higher rates of intention to smoke than those who weren't.

 

Genealogical Society

The Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society is celebrating it's 100th year of existence next month.... Saturday, September 6th to be exact. That word from Executive Director Bonnie Farver... appearing on Tuesday's WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe and Norm. There is a party that day and it takes place at the Society's headquarters on the second floor of the Bloomsburg Public Library on Market Street... beginning at 9 AM.

 

Spreading the Word
A group of current and former school administrators is preparing to fan out across the state with the message that big changes are needed in funding public schools in Pennsylvania. The "circuit riders" as they are called are made up mostly of former superintendents, though some remain in leadership positions. Their goal is to point up the disparities in funding for the state's 500 school districts. The group is supported by organizations representing school administrators, business officials, and rural districts. One official points out the districts haven't had a solid funding formula in over 20 years.

 

Bank Robberies

Police are looking for a man who tried to rob a Hazleton bank, but failed... but was successful when he ripped off a second bank. He first tried to rob the First National Community Bank on Broad Street in Hazel ton... but the door was locked. Later... police say the same man robbed the Mauch Chunk Trust Bank in Hometown... getting away with some cash. Although investigators got a tag number... the vehicle came back as stolen.

 

Mahanoy City Fire

Fire investigators will be in Mahanoy City today... trying to figure out what sparked a fire in some row homes on East Centre Streets. The flames were first spotted around six O'clock Tuesday night. Folks living in the building were evacuated and not injured.

 

Cabbie Robbed

Hazleton Police are investing the robbery of a Yellow Cab driver early Tuesday morning. The incident taking place in the 400 block of Mill Street. Cops say a black male in a gray winter vest and a black hoodie stuck a sharp object in the driver side... demanding his cash. It's not known how much money was taken in the incident.

 

Weekend Auction
Some rare and valuable items will be up for auction this weekend as the state Treasury's Bureau of Unclaimed Property clears some space in its vault. If Treasury can't find the rightful owner after three years, the property can be appraised and sold to the highest bidder. Proceeds of the auction are still maintained if the owner or heirs make a claim. Morphy Auctions in Lancaster County will include over 500 items in its fine and decorative arts auction this Saturday and Sunday. They range from diamond jewelry to rare coins and a Nolan Ryan rookie card

 

 

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Berwick HS Football

The Berwick High School football team opens the season Friday night in Mountain Top against the Comets of Crestwood. The teams last met in November in the District 2 Class AAA semifinals. Berwick won that game 14-13, and Crestwood Coach Greg Myers says his team is looking forward to a rematch with the Bulldogs. Berwick at Crestwood kicks off Friday night at 7. Coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 begins with the Lenahan & Dempsey Coach Curry Show at 6 O'clock.

 

PHL Phillies

In the second game of their home series against Washington Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Washington National's 4 to 3. The series concludes tonight with a 7:05 first pitch. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the St. Louis Cardinals 5 to 2... it was the New York Mets over the Atlanta Braves 3 to 2... and the Detroit Tigers getting by the New York Yankees 5 to 2.

 

 

Tuesday / August 26, 2014


 

Millville Teachers Strike

The teachers strike in the Millville school district enters day five Tuesday... with no end in sight. Prior to Monday night's school board meeting... teachers picketed in front of the school complex... while teachers union negotiator Mark McDade spoke to concerned parents. Rene Hodgson of a group known as the Concerned Citizens of Millville wants the teachers and the board talking to each other. Meantime... the state has given the teacher's union the okay to strike until October 1st. Teachers are hitting the picket line due to a lack of a contract since 2012... as well as wages increases and and health insurance costs.

 

NRC Meeting

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission will held a public meeting next Wednesday. The session is designed to provide the result of NRC inspections recently preformed at PPL's nuclear power plant in Salem Township... north of Berwick. Coming under scrutiny will be the plant's Unit 2. An inspection was preformed in response to a decline in safety performance. The meeting will begin at 5 O'clock at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center... north of the plant's entrance... on Route 11.

 

Celebity Artist Series

How big is Bloomsburg University's Celebrity Artist Series ??? It's huge... kicking off October 10th with Winton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Orchestra. BU's Randall Presswood says the Marsalis appearance is the first of nearly a dozen artists performing over the winter months at the University. Tickets for the Marsalis concert are available by calling the B-U box office... Monday through Friday... starting at 12 noon each day...

 

Gas Prices

With the Labor Day holiday weekend approaching... the average price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular continues to fall. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of $3.40 a gallon in northeastern Pennsylvania. That's the same as it was over the weekend... three cents lower than a week ago... and off 18 – cents a gallon from last month at this time. The reason... lower prices for crude... and a supply that's plentiful.

 

Pay to Play
Snowmobilers, equestrians and mountain bikers using trails on state game lands may have to pay to use them under a new proposal from the state Game Commission. The proposed fee of up to $30 to help with upkeep and maintenance would be required for anyone who wants to ride snowmobiles, bikes and horses on state game land trails, but it would not apply to those who have hunting or furtaker licenses which include such access. The argument is that hikers and birdwatchers typically cause less damage to trails. The Game Commission expects to vote on the proposal at its meeting on September 22nd and 23rd in Delmont.

 

Transfiguration School

It appears the Transfiguration School in West Hazleton will be saved. A capital campaign has been launched to raise an estimated $1.2 - million to renovate the school... and use it for undetermined purposes for the Holy Name of Jesus Parish. The decision came after contractors recommended that the building be saved rather than torn down.

 

U.S. Steel

Legislation to deal with the use of foreign-made steel by Marcellus Shale natural gas drillers is being proposed by an Allegheny County lawmaker. State Senator Jim Brewster is pushing legislation that would require any safety device used in gas wells, including casings, to use American-made steel. He says using domestic steel isn't just an economic or jobs issue-- it's also a safety issue. Brewster says too many steelworkers have lost their jobs in PA to be using foreign made steel in a thriving industry.

 

Plea Deal

Sentencing is scheduled in November for an Allentown man... who pleaded guilty to child luring on Monday. Joseph Williams admitted he tried to get a boy into his car in Edwardsville earlier this year. He will remain in the Luzerne County Jail until sentencing.

 

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BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team has 8 starters returning on defense from last year's team that won the PSAC title. One of the returning players is middle linebacker Justin Shirk who believes the Huskies defense can be better that it was last season. The Huskies open the season Saturday afternoon, September 6th at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.

 

PHL Phillies 

In the first game of their three game home series against Washington Monday night.. the National's fell to the Philadelphia Phillies 3 to 2. Game two of their three game series is Tuesday night at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Monday night... the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3 to 2... and the New York Yankees outscored the Kansas City Royals 8 to 1.

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