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NFL

By this weekend, all of the NFL training camps will have opened. The New York Giants will begin preseason practices Friday. That means that former Southern Columbia star Henry Hynoski will begin his 4th season. Hynoski, the Giants starting fullback, earned a Super Bowl ring with the Giants in his rookie season in 2011.

 

Little League

In the major division Little league state tournament Wednesday in Newville... South Columbia just got by Avon Grove 7 to 6. On Thursday... they play Back Mountain.

 

PHL Phillies

Wednesday in major league baseball.. the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 8 to 2. Thursday night the Phils are at home to start a four game series against the Atlanta Braves. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pre - game show at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In other games Wednesday... The Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Minnesota Twins 10 to 4.... The San Diego Padres defeated the New York Mets 7 to 3... and the Texas Rangers outlasted the New York Yankees 5 to 2.

 

 



 

 

Wapwallopen Man Arrested

A Wapwallopen man is jailed after he led Berwick Police on a two mile chase this week using a pick up truck Police Chief Ken Strish says 20 – year old Joshua Hovancak led police on a pursuit from East 3rd and Chestnut Streets to the 500 block of Broad Street in Nescopeck... blowing through stop signs and red lights... and cutting down two tires. When stopped officers discovered Lye... used in making Meth... and other items used in the production of the drug... as well as bags of marijuana. Hovancak is being held on $50,000 bond.

 

KI Tablet Distribution

If you live within a ten mile radius of a nuclear power plant in Pennsylvania... you'll have an opportunity to pick up some Potassium iodide or KI tablets next week. And if you live that close to the Talen Energy Susquehanna Steam Electric Station... there are three distribution points. Columbia County Emergency Management's Jennifer Long says the pills are used to combat the effects of radiation in case of an accident... and the supply is updated every so often. Next Thursday's KI tablet distribution will take place starting at 2 O'clock. at the Salvation Army Building in Berwick... the Butler Township Community Center in Drums... and Luzerne County Community College Public Safety Training Institute in Nanticoke.

 

State Budget
The leader of the Democrats in the state Senate says the votes to override Governor Tom Wolf's budget veto simply aren't there. The call for a veto override came from Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai, but Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa says no one in his party would vote for the override, and Democrats in the House and Senate would be needed to reach a two-thirds majority. Costa says talks aimed at achieving a budget deal continue, but mainly at the staff level, and no date for formal negotiations has been set.

 

Tax Relief :
One economist says lawmakers should focus on property tax relief if they want to find common ground with Governor Tom Wolf. A report issued by the left - leaning Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center compared the property tax plan put forth by the Governor with the GOP-backed measure approved in the House last May. Economist Stephen Herzenberg who co-authored the report, says the two plans are similar, with the Wolf plan including significant relief in Republican-dominated areas of the state. He says that could set the stage for compromise between the Governor and the lawmakers.

 

Bloomsburg ArtFest

With temperatures expected to be in the upper 80's Saturday... and not a chance of rain... it appears that ArtFest 2015 in downtown Bloomsburg should be a huge success. Dozens of artisans are expected to be on Centre Street showing and selling their wares. The event is hosted by Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated... and executive Director Laura Haden says it's important to have an event of this type. ArtFest 2015 begins Saturday morning at 10 O'clock... and runs through late afternoon.

 

Firearms / National Guard
A state lawmaker is calling for the governor to allow National Guard recruiters to carry firearms. Representative Stephen Barrar says the deadly attack in Chattanooga made it obvious that military members should have the ability to protect themselves from extremists. He's sent a letter to Governor Tom Wolf asking him to use his executive power to allow National Guard recruiters and personnel to carry weapons. Barrar says the fact that more than 100 other lawmakers signed onto his letter shows the threat to military members needs to be taken seriously.

 

ADA Act
The state Department of Human Services is celebrating 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Deputy Secretary for the Office of Developmental Programs within the PA Department of Human Services, Nancy Thaler says without the Americans with Disabilities Act, life for people with disabilities would still look a lot like the 1970s. 20 years ago the Department had just over 2,000 people in it's community services system. Now there are 30,000 people avoiding institutions.

 

Biker / SUV Fatal

A collision between a motorcycle and an SUV killed the Luzerne County biker on Tuesday night. Authorities say 31 - year old Noel Lyttle of Freeland died when his bike ran into an SUV. The accident happened along Route 940 near White Haven. Police say Lyttle lost control... fell off his bike and died at the scene.

 

Williamsport Murder

A Williamsport man is now charged with the murder of his girlfriend... and hiding her body in a closet in his apartment for weeks. 34 – year old Hasan Gooden – Reid was arraigned Tuesday night on a murder charge... and abuse of a corpse. The body of his gal pal was found Tuesday at an apartment in the 1600 block of Sherman Street in Williamsport. Police say the murder took place earlier this month. Kristina Pope was stabbed four time following an argument over a broken toilet. Gooden – Reid is now in the Lycoming County jail.

 

Ashland Bodies

Autopsies are scheduled on the bodies of an Ashland couple... found this week in their Walnut Street home. Karen Kimmel and Donald Erb were found dead in an apparent murder / suicide. Investigators have not said how the couple died... but autopsy's are planned for Wednesday and Thursday in Reading.

 

Watsontown Shooting

A 56 – year old Watsontown woman is being treated for a gunshot wound of the shoulder. Police say Kim Allen was allegedly shot this week by 61 – year old Charles Bowner at a home on Stoney Batter Road in Watsontown. Bowner faces a number of charges. Police aren't say what led to the shooting.

 

Alleged Meth Lab

Two people inside a Hazle Township home in Luzerne County have been arrested after authorities raided the place on Monday... discovering a large Meth lab. Hazmat crews... firefighters and cops spent nearly 12 hours at the home on Ridge Avenue... dismantling the lab. The state attorney general's office have not identified the pair... or what charges they're facing.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team is ranked 13th in the nation in the Sporting News Pre - season Division 2 Top 25. The Huskies are one of three PSAC teams in the rankings. Slippery Rock is ranked 9th and West Chester is 18th. The Huskies report to pre - season camp on August 12th. Their first pre - season practice is August 13th.

 

PHL Phillies

In the first game of a two game series in Toronto last night... with the Philadelphia Phillies edging the Bluejays 3 to 2. The brief series concludes Wednesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Action

In other games Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates got by the Minnesota Twins 8 to 7... the New York Mets blanked the San Diego Padres 4 to nothing... and the New York Yankees routed the Texas Rangers 21 to 5.



 

Apparent Overdose

An autopsy is expected to be preformed Tuesday on the body of 23 – year old Christopher Cameron. He was found dead in his apartment late Sunday night in the 600 block of Old Berwick Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition that Cameron may have died of an apparent drug overdose. Cameron was no stranger to police. On three occasions he allegedly sold heroine to three informants and police were getting ready to arrest him. The investigation into Cameron's death is continuing.

 

Heat / Elderly

The next couple of days will be scorchers... with temperatures getting up into the upper 80's to lower 80's... and that could be tough on the elderly. Kathy Lynn with the Columbia – Montour office of Aging says... at times... heat can effect medications we use. Also... Ms. Lynn suggests dressing lightly. But by all means, according to Ms. Lynn... stay hydrated using water... instead of alcohol or caffeine – based drinks. Also... if you're trying to beat the heat... check one one of seven senior centers across Columbia and Montour Counties.

 

DCNR Money

It appears that the Town of Bloomsburg could be in line to receive an estimated $168,000 in Community Development Block Grant money. That word Monday night from SEDA – COG's Tyler Dombrowski during a Town Council meeting. As in the case last year... the money would be earmarked for the next phase of improvements at Streater Field at the confluence of the Susquehanna River and Fishing Creek. The council okayed the plan... and will hold a final public hearing on the application August 24th.

 

Marcellus Drilling

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has released the latest numbers on shale gas drilling in state forests. Drilling in state forests has experienced a considerable slow-down in recent years, according to the report. While 79 new wells were approved in 2013... only 47 were approved in 2014. However... 66 acres of forest-land were converted for pipeline right of ways last year... compared to 49 acres two years ago. Conservation and natural resources representatives say the decreased drilling has given the committee time to look ahead to issues like pipeline infrastructure and water preservation.

 

Drones

A state lawmaker wants to ban local governments from using drones for the next two years. Senator Mike Folmer says he's a constitutionalist...and he wants to make sure drone use doesn't violate the constitutional right not to be searched without a warrant. He's proposing a moratorium on the unmanned aircraft... but his plan would allow drones to be used for search and rescue missions and to train law enforcement and military personnel.

 

Animal Resource Center

It's a busy time at the Animal Resource Center. Their main mission is trying to find forever homes for cats and dogs. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... executive director Linda Bird telling Joe all the animals are ready for adoption... especially the cats and kittens. Also underway is the ARC's annual yard sale at Liberty Hall on the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. It will run Wednesday through Sunday through the end of August.

 

Alleged Meth Lab

Two people inside a Hazle Township home in Luzerne County have been arrested after authorities raided the place on Monday... discovering a large Meth lab. Hazmat crews... firefighters and cops spent nearly 12 hours at the home on Ridge Avenue... dismantling the lab. The state attorney general's office have not identified the pair... or what charges they're facing.

 

Wilkes – Barre Murder

A murder suspect has been taken into custody in Wilkes – Barre. Police charging 19 – year old Khalil Brathwaite with criminal homicide. He is accused in the weekend killing of Jason Canty. The incident taking place at the corner of Carey Avenue and New Alexander Street. Brathwaite surrendered to authorities... and is now in the Luzerne County Jail without bail.

 

Gas Prices

The price of an average price of a gallon of gas across northeastern Pennsylvania continues to drop. The Triple A Fuel Gauge report out this morning shows we're paying an average of $2.69 a gallon in Columbia and Montour Counties. That's down 4 cents from a week ago... and 13 cents off from a month ago.

 

Wilkes – Barre Probe

Four people are in trouble with the law... after they allegedly attacked Wilkes – Barre police officers during an investigation. It all started after cops were called to a home on Hazle Street on Sunday to investigate an alleged assault. The officers asked the folks found inside the home to leave... that's when two people attacked the officers. They face assault charges... while two others were also charged with obstruction.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Asst. Coach

Alyssa Flanagan is the new assistant coach for the Bloomsburg University women's basketball program. Flanagan was a four year starter at point guard during her playing days with the Huskies. She finished second in career assists and was named the tournament MVP after leading the Huskies to the 2013 PSAC Championship. She spent the last two years as a graduate assistant coach at Desales University. Flanagan replaces Diane Decker who is now the head coach at East Stroudsburg University.

 

Little League

In Little League baseball playoff action Monday in the major division state tournament South Columbia lost to Marple Township 7 to 4. In the 11 year old Division...South Columbia rallied for 7 runs in the last inning to beat Keystone 7-4 and advance to the state tournament which begins Friday at Plymouth Meeting.

 

PHL Phillies

After a travel day Monday... the Philadelphia Phillies begin a two game series Tuesday night in Toronto against the Bluejays. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In major league baseball Monday night... the New York Yankees defeated the Texas Rangers 6 to 2.

 



 

Death Investigation Underway

Bloomsburg Police are conducting a death investigation. According to a news release issued by the department. The Press - Enterprise identified the man as 23-yrar old Christopher Cameron, His body was found in a house in the 600 block of Old Berwick Road. Authorities don't believe the death is suspicious. Cameron's  body was found when Police... the Columbia County Drug Task Force and the Pennsylvania State Police Clandestine Lab team served a search warrant early Monday morning.The drug investigation has been turned over to Columbia County District attorney Tom Leipold.

 

Berwick Fire

A nine people were displaced... and a fireman injured after a blaze swept through the upper story of a double block home in the 1000 block of West Front Street in Berwick on Sunday. The blaze was initially spotted by a passing firemen. Everyone getting out of the house okay... now they're being assisted by the American Red Cross. Investigators are trying to figure out the cause of Sunday morning's fire in the 1000 block of West Front Street in Berwick.

 

Budget / Millard

There was no movement over the weekend in attempting to resolve the state budget impasse between Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and the Republican – controlled General Assembly. The big stumbling block is the proposed expansion of programs by Governor Wolf... paying for them by adding a tax to items which are not now taxed. State Representative David Millard of Berwick... says he likes some of Governor Wolf's proposals... but not the way he plans to fund them. High level talks are expected to take place this week.... will all lawmakers placed on a six hour callback to Harrisburg.

 

Supersided Loads
A state lawmaker wants to allow private companies to escort those super sized loads on Pennsylvania highway. The legislation from Schuylkill County Republican Senator David Argall would allow private companies to serve as escorts of super-sized truck loads, relieving state police of that task in certain situations. Argall's bill - which would set up a certification program - received a passing vote in the state House Transportation Committee last week. He says nearby states including Ohio and New Jersey already have such a system in place and doing so here would help reduce the burden on state police.

 

Speed Limit
Officials have been experimenting with a 70 miles-per-hour speed limit on three stretches of Pennsylvania highways. But what have they learned so far. Act 89 in 2013 allowed PennDOT to study the feasibility of 70MPH speed limits in Pennsylvania. The department set up pilot zones in three stretches of highway on I-80, I-380 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. PennDOT officials say preliminary results show that drivers have not dramatically increased their speeds as a result. Officials say the study will continue and decisions will be made if other highways can be opened up to 70MPH...

 

Poker Run on the River

The Borough of Berwick announcing over the weekend that it plans it's first ever Kayak Canoe Poker Paddle to raise money for various projects. It will be held august 22nd... and participants paddle the Susquehanna River from Shickshinny to the boat ramp at the Berwick Test Track Park. Council President Alvin Hill.. as well as Columbia County Commission Chairman Chris Young says it's a perfect opportunity to use an underutilized natural resource. The Borough of Berwick web site has all the information you need dealing with the event.

 

Wilkes – Barre Shooting

Wilkes – Barre police are looking for the person responsible for the shooting that left a second person dead. The shooting happened late Saturday night near the intersection of Carey Avenue and New Alexander Street. When police arrived at the scene... they found a person with a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a hospital and later died.

 

Biker Dies

A motorcyclist is dead following a crash in near Milton... in Northumberland County. State police say 73 – year old Carroll Reese of Lewisburg was trying to get onto the berm of Route 147 near Milton at the start of the weekend. That's when his motorcycle was hit by a car. A second biker was also hurt... but that person was treated and released from a Lewisburg – area hospital.

 

 

WHLM Sports

State Tournament

At the state tournament in Newville Sunday, the South Columbia Major Division Little League All Stars beat Back Mountain 6-4. They staged a comeback after trailing 4-1. The South Columbia 10 and 11 year olds beat Keystone 8-2 Sunday in Wellsboro to stay alive in the sectional tournament.

 

PHL Phillies

After finishing the first half of the season with the worst record in baseball, the Phillies are now the hottest team in the major leagues. On Sunday they beat the Chicago Cubs 11-5 at Wrigley Field to complete a three game weekend sweep. The Phils have the day off. On Tuesday night they take on the Bluejays in Toronto.

 

Other Games

In other games Sunday the Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 3-1; the Mets got by the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 in 10 innings; and the Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 7-2.

 

MLB Hall of Fame

The 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Class was inducted Sunday in Cooperstown. The four inductees were Craig Biggio, John Smoltz, Randy Johnson, and Pedro Martinez.

 



 

 

Berwick Fire

Two Berwick families are homeless after a fire extensively damaged their double block home late Sunday morning. The blaze began in a bedroom of a home in the 1 -thousand block of West Front Street.Reports from the scene indicate that flames were shooting from a second floor window. Everyone got out ot the house. The two families are being assisted by the American Red Cross. Investigators are trying to figure out the cause of Sunday morning's fire in the 1000 block of Front Street in Berwick.

 



 

Animal Resource Center will hold a car wash fundraiser today from 9AM - 4PM at AutoZone on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg. Cost per car is just $8. There will be snacks available, as well as some of the shelter's animals to meet and greet. Proceeds benefit Patsy the terrier's eye surgery costs.

 

The 5th annual Bear of Hope memorial car wash will be held today from 9AM - 4PM at Advance Auto Parts on Route 11 in Bloomsburg. Held in memory of Maryann Petro, proceeds will go to support the Boyd's Bears fund of the American Cancer Society.

 

It's Christmas In July with the Bloomsburg Salvation Army Service Center. Through the end of the month look for the red donation kettles at various restaurants around Columbia County. Come to the Columbia Mall gazebo today from 10AM - 5PM for the center's second annual Christmas In July event. New, unwrapped toys will be collected for distribution this Christmas. For more information call 570-594-5353.

 

The 10th annual Taste Full Event is happening today at the Sullivan County Fairgrounds. From 11AM - 4PM, rain or shine, you can sample offerings from area wineries, breweries, cafes and more. Admission is $25 at the gate; $10 for non-drinkers, and just $5 for a designated driver. The fairgrounds are on Route 154 in Forksville. For more information visit SullivanPAchamber.com

 

The first annual Danville Wine in the Pines festival is happening today from Noon - 5PM at historic Hess Field on Route 54. Area wineries, brewers, and food vendors as well as artists, crafters, and live entertainment will be featured. Admittance at the gate will be $20. For more information visit WineInThePinesFestival.com

 

It's the last day of the 88th annual Orangeville Fire Company Carnival. There's great live music, rides and games, and chicken barbecue today starting at 4PM. The carnival grounds are on Mill Street in Orangeville. 

 

The 145th Lycoming County Fair wraps up today at the fairgrounds in Hughesville. There's free entertainment and more featuring the demolition derby, tractor & truck pulls, figure-8 racing, horse pulls, and tons of live music. For tickets and more information, click the Lycoming County Fair logo at the top-right of the page.

 

Town Hill UMC will hold an ice cream social tonight from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. There will be soup, sandwiches, pies, cakes, and home-made ice cream. The church is at 417 Town Hill Road in Shickshinny.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phillies are in the Windy City to play the Cubs this weekend. This afternoon's first pitch is at 4:05. Pregame on the WHLM stations starts at 3:30.

 



 

Pair Arrested

Scott Township police...as well as other area agencies... had to work to find two men who broke into the vacant Giant Supermarket at Route 11 and Central Avenue early Thursday morning. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... 48 – year old Bart Maciejczyk and 49 – year old Michal Powell... both of Berwick.. were found either in or near a muddy access tunnel under the vacant building. The pair allegedly looking to find discarded metal to turn into cash. They were eventually apprehended and taken to the prison where they were arraigned by video. A preliminary hearing is set for early next month.

 

Scam Seminar

Teaching area senior citizens how to avoid becoming a victim of a scammer... bad guys who want to get their hands on your personal information. That was the object of a seminar at the Berwick High School on Thursday... presented by State Representative David Millard. Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold's message... don't lose your common sense. Never give personal information to anyone over the phone... the internet or through the mail. Thursday's program was hosted by Rep. Millard in association with the State Attorney General's Office... the Berwick Police Department and the Berwick Area United Way.

 

Chief of Staff

Out with the old... and in with the new. Governor Wolf is saying good-bye to one Chief of Staff while also announcing her successor. The Governor thanked outgoing Chief of Staff Katie McGinty for her service, calling her an invaluable adviser and friend. McGinty stepped down, reportedly to launch a run for the US Senate in next year's election. Wolf also named Mary Eisenhour as his new Chief of Staff. She most recently served as the Governor's Secretary of Legislative Affairs.
 

Democrats / Budget

House Democrats are calling on Republicans to play nice in state budget negotiations. Representatives Marty Flynn...Sid Michaels Kavulich...Michael Sturla...and Eddie Day Pashinski came together in Scranton to defend Governor Tom Wolf's proposed budget and demand the GOP take a seat at the table with them. They said Republicans refused to look at any type of tax increase...but without some...they said Pennsylvania's credit rating will continue to fall...and end up costing residents more.
 

Gas Severence Tax

A state lawmaker is hoping his latest plan is the key to pushing past the state budget impasse. Senator Jim Brewster from Allegheny County says his legislation would enact a severance tax on natural gas drillers that would be used to fund education and offer some property tax relief. The bill would add a three percent tax on top of the roughly two percent impact fee that drillers are paying to the state. That money would go exclusively to fund schools. Brewster says it's a fair tax that could raise up to 700 - million dollars for the state's students.

 

ArtFest

A lot of us are circling the calendar... looking ahead to next Saturday, August 1st... for ArtFest in downtown Bloomsburg. Centre Street between Main and Third will be blocked off allowing artisans to show the creations they've made. Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated's Laura Haden says the day runs into nighttime events... with entertaining jazz performed at St. Paul's church. The event is being promoted by DBI... and begins at 10 O'clock next Saturday rain or shine.

 

Ramp Theft

A happy ending for what was shaping up as a huge setback. It began with the theft of a wheelchair ramp... used by 15 – year old Linda Sanchez to get her in and out of her Hazleton home on West 4th Street. It was stolen on Wednesday... and it was replaced Thursday night by two me who learned of the family's plight. It's believed the ramp was stolen... with the thieves hoping to scrap it for money. The original ramp is still missing... and so are the thieves. If you have information about the theft... call Hazleton Police.

 

PennDOT / ADA Compliance
It's been 25 years since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law, and state officials say much progress has been made to become fully compliant in Pennsylvania. One example, according to PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards, all fixed route bus fleets in Pennsylvania are 100 percent ADA-accessible. In addition, over the next 15 years, Richards says all of the approximately 100 - thousand curb ramps on state routes should be in compliance. Advocates point out the economic benefits of the ADA with one motto on behalf of the disabiled-Access Equals Success.

 

Orwigsburg Post Office

There is a temporary closure on tap for the post office in Orwigsburg. It will be shuttered starting Saturday so postal officials can deal with... what they call... “environmental issues.” Those who get mailed delivered shouldn't notice a change in service... but those folks with a post office box will have to go to the Pottsville post office to pick up their mail.

 

Teplitz Proposal

A Dauphin County Democratic State Senator says he does not intend to take a paycheck... while there is no state budget. Senator Rob Teplitz said to do otherwise would make him a hypocrite. He has introduced legislation that would suspend the pay of lawmakers and top executive branch officials in the event of a late budget since state dollars will stop flowing to social service agencies and vendors who do business with the commonwealth. Thus far, the Teplitz proposed legislation has not gained any traction in Harrisburg.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Wrestling

Looking to rebuild after going winless in dual meets last season, the Bloomsburg University wrestling team has put together a large and talented recruiting class that includes two transfers and 16 former high school stars. The group includes two former high school state champions - T.C. Warner who won a Pennsylvania state title and Trevor Allard who was a state champion in New York State. This year's recruiting class includes two local standouts- Billy Barnes from Southern Columbia and Matt Welliver of Benton.

 

PHL Phillies

After a bye Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies open a weekend series Friday afternoon against the Cubs in Chicago. The first pitch will be at 4:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 3:30.

 

Thursday Games

In games from Thursday, the New York Yankees downed Baltimore 9-3 to complete a three game sweep of the Orioles. The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Washington Nationals 7 to 3... and the Los Angeles Dodges blanked the New York Mets 3 to nothing.

 

 



 

 

Scott Twp Crash

One person was taken to the hospital after his car smashed into a Scott Township business overnight. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting 23 – year old Scott Dobosh was injured when his car slammed into the side of Roberts Automotive Services on Lightstreet road around 11 O'clock Wednesday night. Owner Nathan Roberts says this is the first time someone has collided with his building despite the fact it's on a curve in the road. Scott Township police have yet to file charges stemming from the accident.

 

Senior Scams

Senior Citizens are getting scammed each and every day. That word from organizers of a Senior Crimes Expo to be held Thursday at the Berwick High School on Fowler Avenue. Bridgette Coolbaugh from State Representative David Millard's office says some folks don't know when they're being scammed.

The program begins at 9 O'clock... and is hosted by Rep. Millard... as well as the Berwick Police Department... the Berwick Area United Way and the State Attorney General's office.

 

Mega Millions

Someone... somewhere... is the holder of a Mega Millions ticket worth 152 – million dollars. That word from Mega Millions officials who said someone purchased a winning ticket at the Flying J truck stop... just off the Limestone exit off Interstate 80 in Northumberland County. That ticket matched all six numbers drawn this week. Thus far... no one has come forward with the ticket... and there is no way to figure out if the ticket was bought by someone who lives in the area... or just passing through. Officials say the winner could get the 152 million doled out over time... to take a lump sum of 91 million dollars.

 

CDL's

A state House Committee has approved legislation regarding Commercial Driver's Licenses in Pennsylvania. WHLM's David Payne reports, some members expressed some concerns prior to passage. The bill seeks to bring Pennsylvania into compliance with federal law by providing a more clear definition of a CDL and who is required to obtain one. Among the concerns expressed by members of the House Transportation Committee, is that more motorists would fall under that requirement. Despite unanimous Committee passage, a number of House members are calling on PennDOT to prepare for a larger number of CDL applicants if this bill becomes law.
 

Foster Care

A state House committee has approved a bill that aims to make the lives of children in foster care more normal. It can be a complicated process for children in foster care to play a sport... go on a field trip... or sleep over at a friend's house... because those types of activities need to be approved first by the county child welfare agency. The bill by Representative David Hickernell would give foster parents the authority to let their children participate in age-appropriate events without that prior approval.
 

Clickard at Town Park

Last night at Bloomsburg Town Park... the sound of the Clickard Consortium... a ten piece ensemble... playing everything from swing to modern jazz. There was an appreciative crowd on – hand as the Consortium played under partly cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper 70's. Next week.. the Town Park summer concert series wraps up with Gift, Troutman and Gift.

 

Festival

In less than two weeks... the Bloomsburg Town Park will be a bee hive of activity for the 58th Annual Ice Cream and Cake Festival. Town Park Association President Chuck Wagner says a minimum of 175 cakes are needed... and he says they always get enough product. The festival to be held Thursday, August 6th starting at 5 PM.

 

Schuylkill County

The Schuylkill County Jail in Pottsville is a bit crowded these days. It's so full... that some two person cells are now holding three inmates... that has led to some prisoners sleeping on the floor. Jail officials say they are housing an estimated 300 inmates in a building with only 277 beds. And along with overcrowding... the state Department of Corrections is telling the county it needs to fix the situation. But, whatever the alternative... it won't be a cheap fix.

 

Hazleton Police

The Hazleton City Council has boosted the police department to thirty – eight... by hiring four full time officers. The four will replace officers who have either retired or moved on to other jobs. All the new hires will earn 70 percent of the 59 – thousand dollar a year base salary... and will make the base salary after three years on the job.

 

Carjacking Suspect

At least one man is jailed in neighboring Luzerne County after he allegedly robbed a Pottsville man... and stealing his pick up. 20 – year old Dayquan Jones of Wilkes – Barre was taken into custody after being found in an apartment building on Stanley Street. Jones is facing a multitude of charges... and is jailed on a quarter – million dollar bond.

 

McGinty

Philly – dot – com is reporting that Gov. Tom Wolf's top aide, Katie McGinty, is seriously considering running for U.S. Senate in 2016 and has been reaching out to seek advice. McGinty plans to make a decision soon, said Mike Mikus, a Pittsburgh-based campaign consultant who managed McGinty's failed campaign for governor last year. McGinty has a lengthy resume, with service under former Gov. Ed Rendell and President Bill Clinton. She also is being recruited by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and Emily's List, a Democratic group backing female candidates who support abortion rights.

 

PSP Drug Busts

Pennsylvanians' addiction to heroin is the biggest drug problem in the state, a fact revealed not only in death statistics but also in state police drug busts. Trib.com is reporting Pennsylvania State Police seized four times as much heroin in the second quarter of the year as they did the first, according to numbers released this week. They seized more than 80 pounds of heroin worth more than $27 million between April and June, compared to just over 21 pounds between January and March. That's more than 100 pounds in six months. State police seized about 90 pounds of heroin during the first six months of 2014 and 68 pounds during the entire year of 2013.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The Phillies have now won 5 of their 6 games since the All Star break. On Wednesday, the Phils defeated the Miami Marlins 5-4 in ten innings. They have a day off Thursday. Friday afternoon they begin a weekend series in Chicago against the Cubs.

 

Other Games

In other games Wednesday, the New York Mets lost to the Washington Nationals 4-3... the Kansas City Royals downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 1... and the New York Yankees just got by Baltimore 4 to 3.

 

Men's Soccer

In men's soccer, in the Gold Cup semifinals at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta... Jamaica got by the United States 2 to one... and Mexico out – scored Panama 2 to 1.

 



 

Suspect Caught

A 20 – year old man... wanted by Bloomsburg Police... has been captured and is now in the Columbia County Prison. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... that Andrew Vaughn was picked up at an undisclosed location. Vaughn is the man who allegedly pulled a knife on some people in a Fetterman Avenue apartment this week... after demanding payment for a debt. He faces a host of felony charges stemming from the incident. Following arraignment... Vaughn was remanded to the prison on $20,000 bond.

 

Seniors / Heat

We've experienced some steamy days over the past week... and the forecast is calling for temps to stay in the 80's through the weekend. Those most effected by the heat are the elderly... so says Kathy Lynn of the Columbia County Office of Aging... and they should find a place to cool off. Ms. Lynn suggests to stop by one of the seven senior operated by the office of aging in Columbia and Montour Counties... and are open to those persons sixty years of age and older.

 

Budget Talks
Legislative leaders indicate that after three weeks without a state budget, they're finally getting around to detailed discussions. GOP leaders sat with Governor Tom Wolf and his staff for nearly 4 hours on Tuesday, as they all compared the two opposing spending plan proposals side by side. The meeting did not yield any big breakthroughs, but House Majority Leader Dave Reed says it gave both sides a chance to explain the thinking behind their proposals. Governor Wolf is asking for a number of tax increases to pay for increased education spending and a corresponding cut in property taxes. Republicans passed a no-tax-increase spending plan that Wolf vetoed..

 

Lou Barletta

A federal lawmaker who represents Columbia and Montour Counties in Washington has introduced a bill that would cut federal funding to so-called "sanctuary cities" for illegal immigrants.US Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton is introducing the Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Act following the July 1st murder of a woman in San Francisco, allegedly by an illegal immigrant. The bill would stop all federal funds to states or localities which resist or ban enforcement of federal immigration laws. More than 200 localities nationwide have been identified as safe havens for illegal immigrants.

 

Poultry
Efforts continue to protect poultry flocks in Pennsylvania. In some stores, the price of eggs is up almost 85% since May. Chicken is costing more as well - it's largely due to the Avian influenza outbreak on midwest poultry farms, where tens of millions of birds have had to be destroyed. The disease hasn't reached Pennsylvania flocks yet, but back in the 1980s, the Commonwealth did have an outbreak. Officials and farmers are taking extraordinary steps to keep the disease from revisiting the Keystone State. So far, Indiana is the nearest state with a confirmed case.

 

Wilkes Barre Shooting

Still on the loose Wednesday... a person who fired shots at a woman Monday night in the 300 block of Park Avenue in Wilkes-Barre. The woman telling investigators she heard two shots... and was hit once... and taken to the hospital for treatment. She'll be okay. Police have few leads to go on.

 

Plymouth Shooting

Authorities in Plymouth are investigating the case of “shots fired” late Monday night along East Main Street. Plymouth police and state troopers blocked off a portion of the roadway... after someone opened fire. At least one car was struck by a bullet.

 

PSP Drug Seizures
Pennsylvania State Police say troopers seized millions of dollars worth of illegal drugs in the second quarter of 2015. Troopers say 34 million total dollars worth of drugs were taken off the streets in the last three months. Broken down... it measures out to more than 80 pounds of heroin.... 64 pounds of cocaine... and nearly 800 pounds of marijuana. Officials say most of these drugs were found on Pennsylvania's highways that connect major cities. They credit more officers working in drug interdiction programs to the high number of drugs confiscated.

 

Youngster Hit

No charges have been filed... yet... against a Luzerne County man who hit and killed his 16 – month old son in front of his Courtdale home this week. Police say Michael Nice, Jr. died when he was hit by an SUV driven by his father. Michael Nice, Senior was taken into custody... give a blood test to see if he was under the influence... and later released.

 

Orangeville Parade

It was a perfect night for a parade in Orangeville Tuesday. The Catawissa Military Band... formed in 1869... provided the music... while hundreds of spectators lined the route of march. In the parade... kids and their pets... four wheelers... and fire apparatus from around the area. Columbia County Commissioners Chris Young... David Kovach and Rich Ridgway were the judges for the event. The parade was held in association with the annual fireman's carnival... and runs through Saturday night.

 

 



 

 

Fetterman Ave Assault

Bloomsburg Police are looking for a 20 – year old man wanted for questioning in the assault of a person in an Fetterman Avenue apartment. The incident happened Monday afternoon shortly after 4 O'clock when... police say... Andrew Vaughn … entered the apartment and demanding money. That's when he pulled out a folding knife... saying he would return to collect his money... then striking one of the victims. Vaughn is described as a black male... 6 feet, 2 inches tall... weighing an estimated 160 pounds. If you know where Vaughn is... call Bloomsburg Police.

 

State Budget

Governor Wolf and state legislative leaders are expected to sit down Tuesday... and talk about getting budget negotiation moving. The state has been without a spending plan for nearly four weeks... and it stirs up some bad memories for Columbia County Commission Chairman Chris Young. During the Rendell administration and the general assembly came to a stalemate... forcing Young and fellow commissioners to furlough county employees for five days and shut down county – run parks. Commissioner Young telling WHLM News recently that he would never do that again. Meantime... he says the county has enough money for payroll through September... hoping that the impasse is resolved before than.

 

Budget Talks
As state budget talks continue, house lawmakers returned to Harrisburg this week. Following a non-voting session day on Monday, state House lawmakers are scheduled to gavel into a full session Tuesday in Harrisburg. No major votes are expected, and all of the budget action will be behind closed doors as Governor Tom Wolf and republican legislative leaders continue to work toward any progress in the now-3 week old stalemate. Wolf is seeking a multi - billion dollar tax increase to boost funding for education and fund property tax relief... republicans sent him a budget that holds the line on taxes. The governor vetoed that entire budget bill, as well as separate bills for liquor privatization and pension reform.

 

SNAP Program
Those applying for the supplemental nutrition assistance program – or SNAP – no longer have to disclose certain financial information. But, the application may be causing some confusion. In April, Governor Tom Wolf eliminated an "asset test" for food stamps that required applicants to disclose all of their financial information, including bank accounts and retirement funds. In answering a listener question on Radio PA's "Ask the Governor" program, Wolf explained that some application forms may still have the old section requesting that info, He says that information is no longer mandatory, but including it could speed up your application process...

 

Chris Kovach

He's been in the Navy since late 2001... and since that time he's grown while defending our country.

Chris Kovach... the son of Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach... stopped by the courthouse annex in Bloomsburg Monday with only hours before his leave ended. Kovach says it takes a lot from families to make sure his military career stays on track. His main duty is to fly the Lockheed – Martin P-3 Orion multi – engine aircraft based out of Washington State...

 

Animal Resource Center

The Animal Resource Center has decided to expand the hours of their yard sale at Freedom Hall at the Bloomsburg fairgrounds. The ARC's executive director Linda Bird telling Joe on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz that the sale has been extended... now running Wednesday through Sunday.

If you want to drop off items for the ARC's yard sale... just place it in the tent adjacent to the Liberty Hall building so it can be sorted and placed on sale tables.

 

Montour Construction

If you use the intersection of Route 54 and Old Valley School Road in Montour County... you can expect some delays. A contractor will begin setting pole for new traffic signals later today.  A PennDOT spokesman says there will be changing traffic patterns with limited traffic stops throughout the week while this work is being performed.

 

Burglary / Animal Dead

State Police in Hazleton says they want to know who killed a three year old pit bull during a burglary over the weekend. A police report says someone broke into the home of Jeanne Bonner on North Buck Mountain Road near Freeland... sometime late Friday night. The report goes on to say that the burglar ransacked the home... and killed the woman's dog... stuffing a large candle in the animal's mouth. The investigation continues.

 

Two Hazleton Robberies

Still no suspect in two armed robberies in Hazleton over the weekend. Police say the stickup's were pulled off by a shotgun – toting man. The first taking place at Domino's Pizza... the second happened at the Great Wall Chinese restaurant on north Sherman Court. Police believe the robberies are related.

 

Gas Prices

The price you and I pay for self – serve, unleaded gasoline continues to drop ever so slowly. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of $2.73 a gallon in Columbia and Montour Counties. More at some stations... less at others. If you take a look at the overall picture... we're paying 88 cents a gallon less than we did a year ago when the average price was $3.61 a gallon.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies opened a three game series Monday night with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Phil's defeating the Rays 5 to 3. Tuesday night, Aaron Nola, the Phillies top pitching prospect, will make his major league debut. Game time is 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30.

 

Other games

In other games Monday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Kansas City Royals 10 to 7... and it was the Washington Nationals over the New York Mets 7 to 2.

 

Golf

39 – year old American Zach Johnson bested two rivals in a four hole playoff Monday to win the Open Championship in Saint Andrew, Scotland. Jordan Speith... who was trying to become the first golfer since Ben Hogan in 1953 to win the first three majors of the year... missed being part of the playoff by just one stroke.

 



 

Cos Curry

The search will be launched shortly for a new superintendent for the Bloomsburg School District... now that current super Cos Curry is taking a similar job at Stroudsburg. But, until Dr. Curry vacates his office.... top of mind remains the Bloomsburg District and the opening of doors for the 2015 – 16 school year. The Bloomsburg school board is expected to cast it's net far and wide in finding an interim superintendent... as well as a permanent replacement for Dr. Curry.

 

I-80 project

A micro-surfacing project on Interstate 80 westbound in Columbia and Montour counties is set to begin Monday. The first section is a 1.3 mile stretch in Montour County between the Danville and Limestone exit. The portion is expected to be completed approximately July 22nd. Once completed, work will begin in Columbia County between the rest area and the Berwick/Lime Ridge Exit. The work is expected to be completed the week of July 27, weather permitting. PennDOT says the cost for the two jobs is $340,000.

 

Millard / Budget

Democratic Governor Tom Wolf and the Republican controlled General Assembly are at loggerheads over a new state budget. Talks will continue Tuesday in an effort to get some movement. But State Representative David Millard of Berwick says that won't happen until the governor drops his instance on raising taxes. Rep. Millard... a member of the house appropriations committee... says the governor has some great ideas for programs... but if he wants them... he's better find other ways to do so instead of through hiking taxes.

 

Avian Flu

The prices for eggs and chicken are on the rise due to outbreaks of Avian Flu in other states. Now... there's a full court press to stave off the disease here in Pennsylvania. Avian flu has not been a problem in Pennsylvania since the 1980s, but the recent outbreaks in other states have officials and farmers doing their best to keep it from crossing the Keystone State's borders. Farms are implementing strict biosecurity measures and the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau reports all levels of farming are involved in the effort to prevent the spread of Avian flu...from the farmers to the state Ag Department and the farming sciences...

 

Pipeline Task force

A new task force has been created whose focus will be on natural gas pipelines in Pennsylvania. The main objectives of the Pennsylvania Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force include recommending the best ways to plan, locate and route pipelines in the state with the least impact on the environment and public safety. The 48 member panel includes representatives from the environmental, business, government and emergency preparedness sectors. The task force will have until February of next year to present its findings and recommendations to Governor Wolf. .

 

Domino's Robbery

Hazleton Police still don't have anyone in custody in connection with a pizza shop over the weekend. Police say that a man strolled into the Domino's on North Church Street... toting a shotgun... and demanding money. The bandit got away with some cash. No one was hurt in the Saturday night stick up in Hazleton.

 

Northumberland County Storm

Folks in Upper Augusta Township... in Northumberland County spent the weekend picking up the pieces left behind by a Saturday night storm. The National Weather Service says it was straight line winds that blew down trees and made a mess on the Brumback Farm. There was also damage to the family's barn housing a bingo and auction hall. Damage was also reported in Sunbury where trees ended up on streets.

 

State Unemployment

Pennsylvania’s unemployment rate remained steady in June, as payrolls shrank slightly. The state Department of Labor and Industry reporting over the weekend.. .that the jobless rate remained at 5.4 percent in June, the same as it was in May. That is above the national rate of 5.3 percent. A June survey of employers found that seasonally adjusted non-farm payrolls remained around 5.85 million after dropping by about 3,000 jobs.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

Jeff Francoure's walk off two run homer gave the Phillies an 8-7 win over the Miami Marlins Sunday for a sweep of the three game series. Monday night the Phils begin another three game home series. They play the Tampa Bay Rays at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1.. the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners 2-1... and in 18 innings.. the New York Mets downed the Saint Louis Cardinals 3 to 1.

 

Golf

For the first time since 1988, the Open Golf Championship will be decided on a Monday. Because of weather delays over the weekend at San Andrews, Scotland, the final round is underway. Going into today's final round, there was a three way tie for first. Jordan Speith, who is looking to win his third straight major championship, is just one stroke back.

 



 
                  ** Weather Watch **

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch through 11 O'clock Sunday night. The watch area includes most of the state... including Columbia and Montour Counties.

 

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The 145th Lycoming County Fair will be held through Saturday July 25 at the fairgrounds in Hughesville. There's free daily entertainment and more featuring the demolition derby, tractor & truck pulls, figure-8 racing, horse pulls, and tons of live music. For tickets and more information, click the Lycoming County Fair logo at the top-right of the page.

 

It's time again for the 88th annual Orangeville Fire Company Carnival, though Saturday July 25. There's great live music every night, rides and games, and chicken barbecue on Saturday starting at 4PM. The 68th pet and toy parade forms at 5:30 PM on Tuesday the 21st and moves at 6:30. The carnival grounds are on Mill Street in Orangeville. There is no carnival today.

 

The first Danville Heritage Festival will be held this weekend at the historic Hess Field recreation area, off Route 54 North of Danville. Come out for live entertainment, living history demonstations, garden tours, hymn sings, athletic competitions, and more. For a full list of the weekend's events visit DanvilleHeritage.com

 
The annual Danville Airport car, truck, motorcycle, tractor show, and fly-in is happening today from 9AM - 3PM at the airport in Riverside. Any year, make, model, or kind of vehicle is welcome. Entry is free, donations will be accepted. Registration opens at 9AM. Judging starts at Noon. Goodie bags will be presented to the first 100 participants. For more information call 570-971-2305.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents their annual summer family show, Sideways Stories From Wayside School, based on the series of children's novels by Louis Sachar. Tickets are $14 or just $8 for kids 12 and under. Group rates are also available. The last performance is today. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page. 

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phillies are back at home to start the second half of the season this weekend. They play the Marlins this afternoon in a game that will start at 1:35. Pregame on the WHLM stations gets under way at 1 o'clock.

 


 

The 145th Lycoming County Fair will be held through Saturday July 25 at the fairgrounds in Hughesville. There's free daily entertainment and more featuring the demolition derby, tractor & truck pulls, figure-8 racing, horse pulls, and tons of live music. For tickets and more information, click the Lycoming County Fair logo at the top-right of the page.

 

It's time again for the 88th annual Orangeville Fire Company Carnival, though Saturday July 25. There's great live music every night, rides and games, and chicken barbecue both Saturdays starting at 4PM. The 68th pet and toy parade forms at 5:30 PM on Tuesday the 21st and moves at 6:30. The carnival grounds are on Mill Street in Orangeville. There is no carnival on Sunday.

 

The first Danville Heritage Festival will be held this weekend at the historic Hess Field recreation area, off Route 54 North of Danville. Come out for live entertainment, living history demonstations, garden tours, hymn sings, athletic competitions, and fireworks at 9PM Saturday on the banks of the Susquehanna. For a full list of the weekend's events visit DanvilleHeritage.com

 
The Women's Center of Columbia and Montour Counties will hold their annual Ride For Shelter motorcycle run today. Registration will be open from 9-11 AM at the Catawissa Cracker Barrel. Cost is $10 per person, and includes a meal and admittance to the after-party at the Millville American Legion. There will be 50/50's, optional poker hands, and more. For more information call 570-784-6632.

 

It's Christmas In July today at St Joseph School, Route 11 in Danville. Get into the holiday spirit with a craft show from 9AM - 4PM, Live entertainment all day, and classic ethnic foods and adult beverages available from 11AM - 8PM.

 

The annual Danville Airport car, truck, motorcycle, tractor show, and fly-in is happening Sunday from 9AM - 3PM at the airport in Riverside. Any year, make, model, or kind of vehicle is welcome. Entry is free, donations will be accepted. Registration opens at 9AM. Judging starts at Noon. Goodie bags will be presented to the first 100 participants. For more information call 570-971-2305.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents their annual summer family show, Sideways Stories From Wayside School, based on the series of children's novels by Louis Sachar. Tickets are $14 or just $8 for kids 12 and under. Group rates are also available. The show runs through Sunday. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page. 

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phillies are back at home to start the second half of the season this weekend. They play the Marlins tonight in a game that will start at 7:05. Pregame on the WHLM stations gets under way at 6:30.

 



 

Counterfeit Couple

Who were the two people.... a man and a woman... passing counterfeit bills to businesses along Route 11 in Scott Township this week. That's what police want to know... as they released pictures on their social media page on Thursday. Scott Township police Sgt. Joe Grassley telling us the businesses didn't know what they had until depositing the money in the bank. Sgt. Grassley says the couple passed the funny money at the Dollar Tree... Tractor Supply and Cole's Hardware... before heading to Bloomsburg. If you have information... give the Scott Township Police Department a call.

 

Bloomsburg Fire Alarm

The Bloomsburg Fire Department alarm shook out out of a sound sleep early Friday. Firemen were initially called to the School House Apartment building on East First Street around 1:30 Friday morning. That's when Bloomsburg police found overcooked food on the stove. The fire department was canceled... and the person who lives there was checked out by an ambulance crew for smoke inhalation.

 

Lycoming County Fair

A slice of Americana opened last night in neighboring near Hughesville in neighboring Lycoming County. The 145th Annual Lycoming County Fair opened the gates Thursday... welcoming visitors from all over the region. The event runs through July 25th at the Fairgrounds in Hughesville.

 

Compromise Budget
In presenting his own compromise budget plan on Thursday, a Republican State lawmaker provided a rank-and-file perspective on the state budget talks... and the perception is indeed the reality. Bucks County Republican State Rep Gene DiGirolamo says he came up with his own spending plan because time is running out. The lawmaker confirms what is apparent to all others not in the legislature: the budget talks are going nowhere. DiGirolamo called for an end to rhetoric, especially the mailers that are being sent out in local legislative districts. He says both sides are making the situation worse with such tactics...

 

Bald Eagles

Stiffer penalties are likely for those who kill bald or golden eagles in Pennsylvania. At its latest quarterly meeting, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners gave preliminary approval to a measure to impose a $2,500 replacement cost for killing a bald or golden eagle. That cost dropped to $200 when the eagle was removed from the list of threatened species in Pennsylvania. State game officials say that although the golden and bald eagles populations are classified as recovered in Pennsylvania, they still need further protection.
 

Lou Barletta / Sanctuary Cities

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton... who represents Columbia and Montour Counties in Washington has called on congress to act on defunding so – called “sanctuary cities.” In essence... they're localities that resist or ban enforcement of federal immigration laws, or flatly refuse to cooperate with immigration officials. Mr. Barletta's bill will stop all federal funds from flowing to such jurisdictions. The legislation follows the murder this month of a 32 – year old woman... whose accused killer is a seven-time felon who had been deported five times previously.

 

PPL Ranking

J.D. Power and associates is out with rankings of utility companies... and they say PPL Electric Utilities is ranked highest among large electric utilities in the eastern United States for residential customer satisfaction, It's the fourth year in a row for the award. According to a PPL news release... the utility continues to invest in its system to improve reliability. Nearly $1 billion will be invested this year to replace equipment, build new lines and substations, install smart grid devices, and make other improvements.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

After the four day break for the All Star game, the major league baseball regular season resumes Friday. The Philadelphia Phillies are hoping for improvement after finishing the first half of the season with the worst record in the majors. The Phils open a three game home series Friday night against the Miami Marlins. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Open Championship

American Dustin Johnson shot a 7 under par 65 to take the lead after the first round of the Open Championship in Saint Andrews, Scotland. Six players are one stroke back. Jordan Speith is just two strokes back. Speith has won the last two majors and will try to be the first golfer since 1953 to win three straight majors in a calendar year.

 



 

Cos Curry

On a vote of nine to nothing... the Stroudsburg Area School Board has selected Cos Curry as their next school superintendent. The news about Curry's departure as Superintendent of the Bloomsburg District broke Thursday via our media partner Newswatch 16. Following Wednesday night's meeting... Curry telling the Pocono Record he has a long learning curve in front of him. Mr. Curry is expected to leave Bloomsburg and arrive in Stroudsburg in mid – October. Stroudsburg's district is twice the size of Bloomsburg... both in size and in student population.

 

United Water

United Water... which provides drinking water to Bloomsburg and four surrounding townships... dodged a bullet earlier this week when a tanker carrying hot tar... crashed near Orangeville... spilling at least two thousands gallons of the product into Fishing Creek. The utility's Bob Manbeck said water plant management was pro – active with their boom system to absorb the tar... and to shut down the plant for a couple of hours. Although the bulk of the tar has passed the lower reaches of Fishing Creek... Columbia County Emergency Management issued an advisory this week about swimming in the creek between Charmund Road and Bloomsburg Beach.

 

Toomey / Iran Deal

Count a Republican U-S Senator from Pennsylvania among those skeptical of the nuclear deal with Iran. U-S Senator Pat Toomey says - on the surface - the nuclear deal struck between the Obama Administration and Iran doesn't seem to be a good pact - given that unlikely allies Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Israel all oppose it. Toomey says he's grateful for a 60-day review period that is now commencing and he claims that he's even hearing from Democrats who are concerned about the nuke deal...

 

More Police Training

A bill to require additional training for police officers and district magistrates is now law.. Governor Tom Wolf has signed a bill into law requiring police officers and magisterial district judges to receive training on the recognition of people with mental illness, intellectual disabilities and autism. The goal is to de-escalate potentially bad situations and to avoid incarceration if at all possible. Training will include instruction on diversionary options.

 

Northumberland Co Prison

The plan to build a new Northumberland County jail on a piece of land that used to be an industrial site will apparently be placed on hold.. temporarily. Their former prison was destroyed by fire earlier this year. Now... The former Knight – Celotex land has an apparent environmental problem. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting that the Department of Environmental Protection in Harrisburg says the land had contaminated soil which need to be cleaned up. The cost has been placed at $300,000... with mitigation to begin next month.

 

Concert Series

Perfect weather Wednesday night... brought hundreds of people to Bloomsburg's Town Park to enjoy the summer concert series. On the bandstand... Memory Lane.. with their playlist of the 50's... 60's... and 70's. Next week... it the Clickard Consortium... an ensemble playing swing tunes to modern jazz. And remember... in three weeks... on August 6th... it's the 58th annual Ice Cream and Cake Festival... featuring the Catawissa Military Band and the Covered Bridge Cloggers..

 

Danville Festival

Big things happening in Danville this weekend. Now that a committee canceled the annual Danville Iron Heritage Festival... a newer, snappier gathering takes place this weekend at the Hess Field Complex... just off Route 54. The Danville Heritage Festival takes over where the Iron Heritage Festival left off. Organizer Van Wagner says there isn't much of a budget... and all hinges on the help of Volunteers.

 

Lycoming Man Caught

Arizona authorities day a Pennsylvania man has been arrested by undercover deputies after traveling across the country to have sex with a horse. 68 – year old Michael Crawford of Cogan Station in neighboring Lycoming County, was booked into a Maricopa County jail and later released on a felony bestiality charge. He was arrested after meeting with the undercover deputies in the Phoenix area.

 

New Hotel

New hotel rooms are coming to Luzerne County. The latest is the construction of a extended – stay hotel off Kidder Street near Wilkes – Barre. Crews have been at the site for a while... and is expected to open it's doors later this year. Professionals who are on the road are expected to make up the bulk of guests.

 

WHLM Sports

Former BU Student

Bloomsburg University product Eric Frain signed a professional baseball contract with the Camden Riversharks and recently joined the team. The Riversharks, based in Camden, New Jersey, are an independent team that plays in the Atlantic League. After transferring from a community college, Frain played for the Huskies for two seasons, compiling 100 hits and 41 runs batted in.

 

Golf

In golf, the Open Championship is underway at Saint Andrews in Scotland. All eyes are on Jordan Speith who is seeking his third straight major title after winning the Masters and the U.S Open.

 

PHL Phillies

It's the the last day of major league baseball's All Star break. The regular season resumes Friday. The Phillies will be at home against the Miami Marlins to begin a weekend series.

 



 

Moving on Up

The Pocono Record is reporting that the Stroudsburg Area School district will hire a new school superintendent by the time they finish their meeting Wednesday night. And that person is current Bloomsburg School Super Cos Curry. The board initially voting 9 to nothing during a closed door meeting last week to hire Curry at $167,000 a year... a bump of $40,000 from his Bloomsburg salary.

Dr. Curry was the top candidate among 28 applicants... and will head to Stroudsburg in mid – October. He replaces Dr. John Toleno who's contract was not renewed

 

Columbia County EMA

There are some ramifications from that 2,200 gallon spill of that hot tar from that tanker truck into Fishing Creek this week in Orange Township. Columbia County's Emergency Management Agency issuing a precautionary advisement Tuesday afternoon asking that all of us stay out of the creek between the accident site from Charmund Road to the Bloomsburg area. The EMA says there may be residual tar in the water... and it could effect any water equipment... pets... or even those folks who decide to go swimming. Jennifer Long with the EMA says if you go into Fishing Creek to swim... you do so at your own risk. Oil gathering booms are expected to remain in place for the next few days until the tar dissipates

 

Budget / Millard

The State is entering the third week of not having a state budget... thanks to an on – going dust up between Democratic Governor Wolf... and the Republican dominated General Assembly. State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... says there will be a budget in place by Labor Day or as late as Halloween. The biggest sticking point appears to be... according to Representative Millard... is Mr. Wolf's insistence to had taxes on to... literally... everything sold... all in an effort to raise 4 – billion dollars a year for the next four years.

 

Person Jailed

A 21 – year old woman remains in the Columbia County Prison... charged with allegedly trying to kill her husband... first with a cork screw... and then with a knife. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting that Alice Malave – Roque stabbed Michael Eyer at their home in the 700 block of Poplar Street Monday night. She allegedly used the corkscrew to stab him in the leg... she then grabbed a knife... allegedly stabbing him in the chest. The couple has had a history of domestic problems.

 

Airport Terminal Bid

We should know by early next month who will build the proposed Terminal Building and pilot's lounge at the Bloomsburg Airport. The building has been boarded up since the Lee Floods of 2011. This building will be quite different according to Town Administrator Bill Lowthert. It will be raised above the Lee flood level... and will be a place where pilots can grab a snack... a cup of coffee... and check weather prior to a flight. Bids for the construction of the new building must be in Town Hall by July 30th... with construction getting underway in August.

 

Former Mayor in Trouble

Former Harrisburg Mayor Stephen Reed is facing close to 500 criminal charges, alleging financial mismanagement during his time in office. The charges, outlined by state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, allege that Reed diverted millions from the issuance of public bonds into a special projects fund, and used the proceeds of some of those bonds to cover the costs incurred from prior bonds. Kane says these and other alleged crimes left Pennsylvania's capital city near bankruptcy and still struggling financially, adding that several others knew of these actions but failed to come forward.

 

State Aging Office
Pennsylvania's Secretary of Aging attended at a conference on aging earlier this week at the White House. Secretary of Aging Teresa Osborne says she took a lot back from the White House Conference on Aging held this week. The event is held every ten years to help chart the course of aging policy in the US. The conference focused on several areas including retirement security, healthy aging, and protecting seniors from financial exploitation, abuse and neglect. Osborne says efforts continue to reduce the need for long-term care and to promote independent living.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Basketball

Last season senior captain Alssene Saintilis averaged over 13 points and a team high 8.4 rebounds a game for the Bloomsburg University men's basketball team. While his playing days for the Huskies are over, Saintliness is not done playing the game he loves. He recently signed a professional contract to play in Italy. He will travel there late in August for training camp. The season run's through the end of May including playoffs and championship play.

 

MLB All Star Game

For the third straight season, the American League won the Major League Baseball All Star game. Last night in Cincinnati, the American League defeated the National League 6-3. Los Angles Angels center fielder Mike Trout, who led off the game with a home run, became the first ever back to back all star MVP..

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies don't' return to action until Friday when they begin a three game series with the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park. You can catch all the action on the WHLM Stations starting at 6:30.

 

 



 

Precautionary Message                      

There are some ramifications from that 2,200 gallon spill of that hot tar from that tanker truck into Fishing Creek this week in Orange Township. Columbia County's Emergency Management Agency issuing a precautionary advisement Tuesday afternoon asking that all of us stay out of the creek between the accident site from Charmund Road to the Bloomsburg area. The EMA says there may be residual tar in the water... and it could effect any water equipment... pets... or even those folks who decide to go swimming. Jennifer Long with the EMA says if you go into Fishing Creek to swim... you do so at your own risk. Oil gathering booms are expected to remain in place for the next few days until the tar dissipates

 

Tanker Wreck

Thousands of gallon of hot tar floated down Fishing Creek Monday... following an accident in which a tanker rolled over... spilling it's contents on the berm of State Route 487... and into Fishing Creek The highway between Stony Brook Circle Road and Charmund Road remains closed. Authorities say the driver was on his way from Milesburg to Stillwater.... but he didn't anticipate the sharp curve in the road past the Heritage House Restaurant in Orange Township. The accident shut down one of the busiest roads in Columbia County. The driver was trapped in his cab for a few minutes... but was freed by first responders and rushed to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. Charges are expected to be filed by police.

 

United Water

Employees at the United Water plant on Irondale Road monitored the tar spill. They went as far as to temporarily shut – down their water intake late Monday afternoon... but began taking water from the Fishing Creek around 8 O'clock Monday night. The shutdown taking place while the bulk of the tar – laden water passed the plant. United Water not only serves Bloomsburg... but four surrounding townships as well.

 

Bloomsburg Stabbing

Bloomsburg Police have arrested a 21 – year old woman... after she allegedly stabbed a man in a home on Popular Street early Monday evening. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting that Alice Malave – Roque is facing charges of attempted homicide... aggravated assault and simple assault. The Press – Enterprise is reporting that 28 – year old Michael Eyer was allegedly stabbed in the chest by the woman. Eyer was rushed to an area hospital for treatment... Malave – Roque was arraigned and hustled off to the Columbia County Prison.

 

State Budget
Nothing new to report on state budget talks following the latest meeting on Monday. Governor Tom Wolf emerged from a meeting with Republican lawmakers after just a few minutes and he was pointing fingers at House Speaker Mike Turzai for being the staunchest holdout against a new tax on gas drillers. The drilling levy would help fund the governor's proposed increases to the education line item. So, no breakthroughs after another closed-door meeting. Meanwhile, Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati says a short-term stopgap spending plan could be in the cards to keep money flowing to cash-strapped local governments, schools and non-profits. The governor says he's open to that idea...

 

Passing the Trash

A U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania is working to end a practice known as "passing the trash." In crafting a replacement for No Child Left Behind.... the Senate voted 98 to 0 to pass an amendment written by Senator Pat Toomey that would prohibit schools from allowing known sexual predators to move on to other schools. It's a practice he says is far too common...and one that states haven't been able to protect themselves against. Toomey says he's optimistic the full education bill will get a vote this week and be passed into law very soon.

 

Animal Resource Center

The Animal Resource Center's gigantic yard sale re – opens this weekend... after being down a week due to the 28th Annual Four Wheel Truck Jamboree. ARC Executive Director Linda Bird says they'd like to expand hours, but they need volunteers to handle the crowds. The yard sale continues Thursday at 10 O'clock.

 

PSU Football

Penn State Football took some time this past weekend to entertain the fans and raise money for a good cause. Over the weekend... approximately twenty-five-hundred Nittany Lions fans watched the team in its annual "Life for Life" event to raise money for Penn State Uplifting Athletes for Kidney-Cancer Research. Officially the offense beat the defense in six events by a score of thirty-one to thirty, but the real story is the program raising more than one-million dollars in thirteen years.
 

Gas Prices

The average price of self – serve, unleaded gasoline is slowly going down. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report show's we're paying an average of $2.77 a gallon in Columbia and Montour Counties. More at some stations... less at others. A week ago gas was averaging $2.79 a gallon.... and an average of $2.81 a gallon a month ago.

 

Doe Licenses

Monday was the day Pennsylvania hunter's have been waiting for. It was the first day hunters could apply for the first set of antelerless deer licenses. During the next three weeks... only PA residents can apply for a doe license... after that... the licenses are open to out – of – state hunters. Pennsylvania residents pay $6.70 for the license. For more information... check the Game Commission's website.

 

State Firefighters

Forty firefighters have returned home after a two-week deployment in Alaska to fight wildfires. Most of the firefighters were with the State Forestry Bureau. Alaska has had hundreds of wildfires this Spring and Summer.

 

 



Truck Crash Shuts Down Road

An update on the spilled oil truck on Rt. 487.... it was a tractor - trailer with an estimated 5,800 gallons of tar. The product is used by folks such as PennDOT to chip and tar rural roads. A rep from the EPA Williamsport office is on the scene... floating booms have been placed across the creek below the accident site. People using Fishing Creek as a swimming hole have been asked to get out of the water. United Water is doing it's part.. according to a statement from the Utility's Bob Manbeck. "United Water is working with Columbia County Emergency Management Agency officials to track progression of the tanker spill on Fishing Creek. The company set up booms following the spill to absorb any floating debris that may pass by its Bloomsburg Water Treatment Plant intake." No word on how long State Route 487 will be closed.

 

News BU Major

The State System Board of Governors has given their okay for a new major on the Bloomsburg University campus. This time the major is Supply Chain Management. B-U's Bonnie Martin tells us that the major will be offered for the first time this fall. You can check with BU to get the specifics of the program.

 

Scranton Cop

Funeral services are expected to be held later this week.. for a Scranton Police officer who died in the line of duty. Officer John Wilding was critically injured Saturday morning when he was chasing three robbery suspects on foot. Investigators say he jumped over a wall... and fell fifteen feet to the cement below. He was taken to Geisinger Community Medical Center where he died early Sunday morning. The three suspects were captured and are facing a variety of charges.

 

Berwick Theater

Making plans for this coming weekend... be sure to circle Saturday on your calendar. That's the day the folks who run the Berwick Theater on East Front Street have set aside for programs on the big screen with a Berwick theme... so says theater board member Ginny Crake. The theater will be open at 12:30... with the showing of “Strange Inherdence” starting at 1 O'clock.... followed by the WVIA production of Our Town Berwick.

 

Budget Stalemate

As the state budget stalemate drags on in Harrisburg, state lawmakers are faced with framing the debate in their local districts.... with a message for the governor. State Rep Martin Causer is a republican representing McKean, Cameron and part of Potter County. He has a message for Governor Tom Wolf Causer says rural Pennsylvanians want to tell the governor they can't afford any tax increases. He's referring to the governor's proposals to raise the personal income and state sales taxes. Wolf is also proposing a property tax reduction as part of his overall tax plan...

 

Vetoed Items
Republican House members representing Central Pennsylvania are taking Governor Tom Wolf to task for his vetoes of top GOP agenda items. The latest veto was for legislation overhauling the public pension system. That followed vetoes of liquor privatization and a GOP-backed state budget. House members representing York, Lancaster, Adams and Cumberland Counties appeared at a news conference, saying they sent the Governor a fiscally sound spending plan, and using his line-item veto could have avoided the budget crisis currently facing the state.

 

Dog Fighting

In an attempt to curb animal fighting in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf signed a new bill into law that bans owning items used for the illegal and deadly practice. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens... a Republican from Montgomery County... makes it illegal to possess “animal fighting paraphernalia.” That includes any device, implement, object or drug used or intended to be used for animal fighting, training animals to fight or the furtherance of those illegal activities. Anyone caught with animal fighting paraphernalia would be charged with a third degree misdemeanor.

 

UPS Truck / Buggy Collision

The investigation continues in Clinton County... after a UPS delivery truck slammed into a horse and buggy. Two people in the buggy were killed... including the horse. Three people were critically hurt. State police say the UPS driver was headed on way on West Winter Road near Loganton... slamming into the buggy which was headed the opposite direction.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies ended the first half of the season with a 4-2 loss to the Giants Sunday in San Francisco. The All Star break is underway. The home run derby will be held Monday in Cincinnati.

 

Other games

In other games Sunday... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 12 to 9... the New York Mets completed a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks with a 4-2 win... and it was the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox 8-6.

 

Wimbledon

In tennis Novak Djokovic won his second straight Wimbledon title with a 7-6. 6-7. 6-4, 6-3 win over Roger Federer

 

Golf

In golf... Jordan Speith (long "e") won the John Deere Classic.



 

The 28th annual Bloomsburg 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals wraps up today at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. There's be mud bogging, mud drags, tough truck challenges, and monster trucks featuring Raminator, Rammunition, and the 40th anniversary of the original Bigfoot. For tickets and more information visit 4WheelJamboree.com

 

Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Berwick will hold their annual church picnic and hot rod cruise-in today from 11AM - 6PM. Entry in the car show is free. There will be all kinds of ethnic foods and live music by the Shoreliners. The church is at 1730 Fowler Avenue in Berwick.

 

The Benton British Car Club will hold their monthly meeting this afternoon at 3PM at Strevig's Family Restaurant, Route 487 in Benton. They meet the second Sunday of every month. Anyone who owns a British-made vehicle is invited to attend.

 

Community Alliance Church in Bloomsburg will hold a Mega bible sports camp today through Thursday at the Bloomsburg Town Park from 6-8PM each evening. The program is for kids ages 4 years old through 5th grade. Registration is free. For more information call 570-784-6161.

 

Trinity United Church of Christ on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will host G-Force vacation bible school today, Tuesday July 14, and Thursday July 16 from 5-7:30PM each evening. The program is for kids 3 years old through 6th grade. Each session will begin with a meal followed by activities at 5:30. For more information call 570-784-6723.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Philadelphia Philles are still on the West coast this weekend. They play the San Fransisco Giants this afternoon. First pitch is at 4:05. Pregame on the WHLM stations starts at 3:30 PM.

 


 

The 28th annual Bloomsburg 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals are on through Sunday at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. There's be mud bogging, mud drags, tough truck challenges, and monster trucks featuring Raminator, Rammunition, and the 40th anniversary of the original Bigfoot. For tickets and more information visit 4WheelJamboree.com

 

The Bloomsburg YMCA Selfie Run scavenger hunt is happening this morning. Track down each of the items and snap a selfie, then be the first to return to the Y on 7th Street twin the top prizes. Entry fee is $20 or $40 for a team of up to 4 people. Registration opens at 7AM. The hunt starts at 9AM. For more information visit the Bloom YMCA under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Catawissa First United Methodist Church is sponsoring an all-you-can-eat breakfast 8-11 AM this morning at Indian Head Campground in Rupert. The menu will include Ham, eggs, pancakes, sausage gravy, potatoes, biscuits, and more. Cost is just $6 for adults, $3 for kids ages 5-9, and free for kids under 5. 

 

Monica's Heart retired racing Greyhound adoption group will be holding two informational events today July 11. From 11AM - 2PM stop by PetCo in the Buckhorn Wal-Mart plaza, or at Tractor Supply Company on Route 11 in Bloomsburg to learn more about the program, meet some of the dogs, and maybe even adopt one. For more information call 570-644-2358.

 

The annual Lightstreet Fire Company Carnival wraps up this evening at the carnival grounds on Center Street. There's live music, food, games, and free parking. The carnival gets under way starting at 5PM.

 

Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Berwick will hold their annual church picnic and hot rod cruise-in on Sunday from 11AM - 6PM. Entry in the car show is free. There will be all kinds of ethnic foods and live music by the Shoreliners. The church is at 1730 Fowler Avenue in Berwick.

 

The Benton British Car Club will hold their monthly meeting this Sunday at 3PM at Strevig's Family Restaurant, Route 487 in Benton. They meet the second Sunday of every month. Anyone who owns a British-made vehicle is invited to attend.

 

Community Alliance Church in Bloomsburg will hold a Mega bible sports camp July 12 - 16 at the Bloomsburg Town Park from 6-8PM each evening. The program is for kids ages 4 years old through 5th grade. Registration is free. For more information call 570-784-6161.

 

Trinity United Church of Christ on 7th Street in Bloomsburg will host G-Force vacation bible school Sunday July 12, Tuesday July 14, and Thursday July 16 from 5-7:30PM each evening. The program is for kids 3 years old through 6th grade. Each session will begin with a meal followed by activities at 5:30. For more information call 570-784-6723.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Philadelphia Philles are still on the West coast this weekend. They play the San Fransisco Giants tonight in a game that will start at 10:05 PM Eastern time. Pregame on the WHLM stations starts at 9:30.

 



 

Millville Fire

Volunteer firemen from around Columbia County were up all night... fighting a fire on the square in Millville... at the Fireside Video Store. The three story building not only house the video store... but a number of apartments on the second and third floor. Millville Fire Chief Rob Bower was one of the first people on the scene. Chief Bower says flames were shooting out the northern side of the building. Firemen from Millville... Bloomsburg... Benton... Orangeville... and Espy... as well as Montour County were on the scene. A state police fire marshal has been called in to determine the cause of the fire in Millville. This is the second time the building has been hit by fire... the first this past May when an electrical fire gave residents a scare.

 

Four Wheel Jamboree

The Bloomsburg Fair grounds will be ground zero this weekend for one of the area's premiere events. How 'bout the 28th annual Four Wheel Drive Jamboree. Thousands of trucks... and their enthusiasts will start rolling in Friday. So will security... including Bloomsburg Police. Chief Roger Van Loan says the show has quieted down somewhat from the 1990's... and they'll be enforcing all PA traffic laws if the trucks and Jeeps leave the grounds. Chief Van Loan will have officers paroling inside the fence being paid their regular and overtime rate by the Truck Show promotion company... and not the town's taxpayers.

 

Road Projects

Within the not too distant future two major road projects from Bloomsburg to Scott Township will get underway. Paving of a two mile stretch of road from Main and East Streets to Central Road... as well as Central Road to the Scott / Orange Township line will cost a little more than two million dollars. PennDOT spokesman David Thompson from his Montoursville Office says the work is being preformed with Act 89 money. The Act 89 money comes from higher fees on such items as gas tax... vehicle registration and drivers license fees.

 

Algae

A new project from Penn State Extension aims to make ponds and lakes in the commonwealth safer.
The project has created a state-wide network of researchers who will work to identify algae that could be toxic if swallowed... then get rid of it. Harmful algal blooms usually create a film on a pond or lake... can cause discoloration in the water...and come with an odor. Residents can take samples of suspicious algae to give to experts at Penn State's Ag Progress Days this August.

 

Death Penalty

Governor Tom Wolf is defending his decision to place a halt on issuing the death penalty. In an interview on Pittsburgh's KQV Newsradio, the Governor said he is on firm constitutional ground in issuing death penalty reprieves, and believes the courts will agree. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane is asking the Supreme Court to intervene in the case of a York County man sentenced to death in the 1993 murder of a teen. The Governor is also awaiting a report from a bipartisan commission studying the death penalty in Pennsylvania.
 

New Major at BU

The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education has approved Supply Chain Management as a major for Bloomsburg University. The major, focusing on the management process from the creation of a product through it consumption, will be offered for the first time this fall. The BU program will have a focus on operations, logistics and sourcing, and will prepare students for mid- and upper-level career tracks.

 

Subway / Little League

Subway restaurants has dropped its pitchman Jared Fogle. His Indiana home was raided in connection with a child pornography investigation. Meantime, Williamsport – based Little League says it will continue it's association with the sandwich maker. The sandwich chain is a sponsor of the Little League World Series, an organization that works with thousands of children every year.

 

Minersville Home

The Borough of Minersville has spent an estimated 40 – thousand dollars to tear down a house owned by an absentee landlord. The house is on Westwood Street... and has been an eyesore ever since Said Attalla purchased the property back in 2008. Initially the roof fell in... and attempts to reach Attalla in Canada... didn't work. No word as to what will happen to the property.

 

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

Footballs will be flying at Crispin Field Saturday as the annual Berwick 7 on 7 tournament and strong man competition takes place. Eight high school football teams will be competing including Berwick, Southern Columbia, Stroudsburg, Delaware Valley, Manheim Central, Parkland, Glen Mills, and Imhotep Charter of Philadelphia. The competition begins Saturday morning at 10 O'clock

 

PHL Vs. SFO

In the final game of a four game series in Los Angeles Thursday night the Dodgers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 6 to nothing. Friday night the Phils open a three game weekend series against the Giants in San Francisco. The first pitch will be at 10:15. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 9:40.

 

Other Games

In other games Thursday night.. The St. Louis Cardinals outscored the Pittsburgh Pirates 4 to 1... and the New York Yankees topped the Oakland A's 6 to 2.

 

Wimbledon

At Wimbledon Thursday... Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-4 to advance to Saturday's final. In that final Williams will take on 20th seed Garbina Muguruza of Spain.

 



 

GMC Fatal Fall

A 48 – year old Berwick construction worker fell nearly a hundred feet to his death while working Wednesday at the Foss building of the Geisinger Medical Center near Danville. The Press – Enterprise identified the victim as Stephen Kuchka. The three man crew was preparing to go to lunch when Kuchka fell 9 and a half stories. Montour County Coroner Scott Lynn says it's not known if man was wearing a safety harness. Now.. OSHA is expected to be back on scene today to continue their investigation.

 

Bridge Fatal Folo

That's the second time a construction worker has died in the area the past couple of days. OSHA investigators spent Wednesday at a bridge reconstruction site near Eyers Grove... off Route 42. That's where 37 – year old Richard Thomas Gold the Third of Unityville died Tuesday. He was caught when an earthen bank gave way... and co – workers couldn't get to him in time. OSHA says the Susquehanna Supply Company crew out of Williamsport didn't have safety measures in place. That investigation is continuing.

 

Montour County Death

Authorities say a woman is dead... following a fire at her Valley Township home in Montour County. The investigation into the death of 55 – year old Robin Shepperson is continuing. Her body was discovered by her husband at the couples Wagonwheel Hill Road near Danville. A state police fire marshal and the Montour County coroner are investigating.

 

Senior Scams

State Representative David Millard will hold a Senior Crimes Expo on Thursday, July 23rd at the Berwick High School. Bridgette Coolbaugh... with Mr. Millard's office... says the premise was pretty simple.... senior citizens getting scammed from numerous sources. The program is being coordinated by Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish... as well as Ginny Crake from the Berwick Area United Way. Also expected to be there is a special agent with the state Attorney General's office. The Senior Crimes Expo in two weeks... begins at 9 AM... and runs through noon time.

 

Ice Cream & Cake Festival

We're only four weeks away from the 58th annual Ice Cream and Cake Festival at Bloomsburg Town Park... as activities there slow somewhat. That word coming from Park Association president Chuck Wagner. Now... the Festival needs cake bakers. Each year... thousands of people attend the event... designed to raise money for programs and maintenance at the park.

 

Fake Doctors
Posing as a doctor now carries a harsher penalty in Pennsylvania. The new law signed last month effectively doubles the sentence for impersonating a medical doctor. An offender now faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Previously, it was two years and five thousand dollars... which is the same punishment for those who impersonate notaries or other licensed professionals like engineers and nurses.

 

Background Checks
A new state law that takes effect this month clarifies which people who work with children are required to undergo a background check. A set of guidelines was quickly put into place in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, but some say they were confusing while others say they went too far. Under this latest revision, school employees and volunteers will need the background checks if they supervise AND routinely interact with children. Those working at colleges and universities are exempt.

 

Man Jailed

A Glen Lyon man... in Luzerne County..

Police say that 60 – year old Richard Perugino was found having sexual contact in the basement of the boy's home... when the child's sister walked in on the pair.

The incident happened over the weekend.

Perugino is jailed with bail set at 25 – thousand dollars.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Wednesday night...the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 5 to nothing. That series in Los Angeles concludes Thursday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 9:35.

 

Other Games

In other games Wednesday... The New York Mets downed the San Francisco Giants 4 to 1... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the San Diego Padres 5 to 2... and the New York Yankees just got by the Oakland A's 5 to 4.

 

Wimbledon

At Wimbledon Thursday... Serena Williams takes on Maria Sharapova in a semi final match.

 

NBA

In NBA news, free agent Deandre Jordan of the Los Angles Clippers who had verbally committed to the Dallas Mavericks has changed his mind and will reportedly stay with the Clippers.

 

 



 

 

Fatal Construction Accident

We now know the name of the man who died on Tuesday at a bridge construction project near Eyers Grove. Also, investigators from OSHA are expected to be back at the scene to figure out what happened. The Press – Enterprise says 37 – year old Richard Thomas Gold the Third died when an earthen embankment collapsed on him. PennDOT says Gold was working for contractor Susquehanna Supply of Williamsport. They're preforming the bridge project... which includes reconstruction... repainting and paving the structure over Little Fishing Creek.

 

Fuel Spill

Bloomsburg firemen did quick work to mitigate a 30 to 40 gallon gasoline spill Tuesday afternoon at the Unity Station at the corner of East and 7th Streets. The spill happened when the driver of the large tanker truck apparently didn't close a valve... with the fuel spilling on the ground.... puddling on the pavement. Absorbent towels were laid on the pavement... with the material being covered with Speedee Dry.... which in essence... is industrial strength kitty litter. No one was injured in Tuesday's gasoline spill.

 

Red Cross

The American Red Cross is asking you to stick out your arm and give blood during the summer months. It's a historically slow time for donations... and some folks go on vacation and don't donate... so says Colin Riccobon from his Ashley office. A blood drive will be held Wednesday starting at 1 O'clock at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church on Main Street in Watsontown. Be sure to check the community page on our website WHLM-dot-com... for a drive coming to your area.

 

Budget Talks

The latest round of budget talks is still in its infancy. As WHLM's Rachel McDevitt reports lawmakers continue to push the same agendas. House Majority Whip Bryan Cutler says the real issue dividing the parties on a final budget is the question of how much the state will spend versus how much it will collect. Republicans are proposing to raise revenue with liquor privatization... which was vetoed by Democratic Governor Tom Wolf. Democrats are still pushing for a severance tax on natural gas drillers to pump more money into education.
 

Drought

The PA Department of Environmental Protection expanded an existing drought watch in mid-June from 27 to 37 counties, but has recent rain alleviated those conditions? The DEP cited below-average groundwater levels and in some cases, below-average surface water levels in issuing the drought watch. Significant rain since then may or may not have helped, because heavy rain often just runs off without replenishing underground aquifers. The DEP will be meeting with the PA Emergency Management Agency, the National Weather Service and others on Thursday to reevaluate the drought watch.

 

Lightstreet Parade

It's a tradition every year in Lightstreet in Scott Township. The Lightstreet Firemen's Pet and Toy parade marching down Main Street Tuesday night. As in past years... the procession was led by the Catawissa Military Band... which was formed in the 1860's. Also in this year's event... kids... their parents... tractors and plenty of fire apparatus from around the area. The parade held in association with this week's Lightstreet Fireman's Carnival..

 

Turnpike Tolls

If you use the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike... or the east – west branch.. you going to be deeper into your pocket to pay for increased tolls. The turnpike commission giving their okay for a six percent increase for cash customers... as well as E-Z Pass holder The increase goes into effect at the start of 2016.

 

Man Jailed

A Glen Lyon man... in Luzerne County. Police say that 60 – year old Richard Perugino was found having sexual contact in the basement of the boy's home... when the child's sister walked in on the pair. The incident happened over the weekend. Perugino is jailed with bail set at 25 – thousand dollars.

 

Allentown Mayor

The Allentown Morning Call is reporting that Mayor Ed Pawlowski suspended his U.S. Senate campaign Monday evening, days after the FBI searched City Hall and questioned officials in connection with a grand jury investigation.

In a statement released through a spokesman, Pawlowski said he would be suspending the campaign effort in order to focus on... in his words... "assisting in the federal investigation of Allentown contracting practices both prior to his election... and since."

 

Holiday Toll

PA State Police have released the numbers from the second holiday weekend of the summer driving season. During the Independence Day Holiday travel period, state police investigated a total of 473 crashes which resulted in 4 fatalities and 133 injuries. Police say 59 of the crashes were alcohol-related. Fortunately none of the fatal crashes involved alcohol. Last year's July 4th weekend lasted 4 days, when eight people died and 237 were injured in a total of 695 crashes.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

In the second game of a four game series in Los Angeles Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Los Angeles Dodges 7 to 2. The series continues Wednesday night with a 10:10 PM / Eastern start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:35.

 

Other Games

In other games Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates just got by the San Diego Padres 3 to 2... the San Francisco Giants blanked the New York Mets 3 to nothing... and the Oakland A's defeated the New York Yankees 4 to 3.

 

Wimbledon Tennis

Serena Williams is now just two wins away from her 21st Grand Slam tennis title. Tuesday at Wimbledon, Williams defeated Victoria Azarenka 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the semi - finals. Her next opponent will be Maria Sharapova who defeated American Co Co Vanderweigh 6-3,6-7,6-2. That semifinal will be played Thursday.

 

 



 

Construction Fatality

One person is dead after a trench collapsed at a work site near Eyers Grove in Greenwood Township. Out media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting that one worker was in a trench working on a bridge project just off Route 42... when the embankment gave way... trapping the worker. PennDOT says Susquehanna Supply of Williamsport was preforming the bridge project... which included reconstruction... repainting and paving the structure over Little Fishing Creek. The collapse happened around 8:30 Tuesday morning... with authorities investigating trying to figure out why the earthen embankment collapsed.

 

Fuel Spill

Bloomsburg Firemen were called out at midday Tuesday to take care of a gasoline spill at the Unity Station at the Corner of East and 7th St. Lt. Dennis Kuhar said a tanker pulled in to deliver gas... and that's when the driver failed to shut off a valve... spilling an estimated 30 to 40 gallons of gas in the parking lot... next to a home. Firemen immediately placed absorbent towels on the spilled gas... then covered the area with Speedee Dry... which in essence... is cat litter. Columbia County Emergency Management was called. Crews will have to dig up some of the grass to make sure the fuel didn't get into the basement of the house next door.

 

WHLM Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies are in Los Angeles tonight (Tuesday) for game two of a four game series with the Dodgers. Game time is 10:10 PM / Eastern. Catch all the action starting with the pre - game show a 9:35 on the WHLM Stations



 

 

State Budget / Columbia County

It's nearly a week without a state budget... and it's effects will soon be felt at the local level... such as in Columbia County. County Commissioner Chairman Chris Young says... as it stands now... the county is good until September... then look for alternate funding sources. Whatever the case payments must be made to the service side of government... as well as vendors who provided those services such as Children and Youth. Meantime... Mr. Young vowed not to close parks or have furloughs after times got tough back in the mid 2000's.

 

Budget Talks

More talks to resolve the budget impasse between Governor Wolf and the General Assembly are on tap for Monday. The talks are to involve top aides to Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders of both parties. The Legislature is in recess. The impasse started last Tuesday when Wolf vetoed a $30 billion Republican budget bill sent to him hours before a passage deadline. It's hoped that the talks move the issue off of dead center.

 

Millville Parade

Despite heavy rain... there was a lot to be said about the determination and grit of not only those folks who sat in their lawn chairs with umbrellas... but those parade participants. The event was led by a color guard representing all branches of the military. Mark Aker of Orangeville says he's been coming to the annual Independence Day Parade the past ten years... and he likes what he sees every year. The annual Fourth of July Parade through the streets of Millville... ended at the site of the 86th Annual Millville Fireman's Carnival.

 

Bloomsburg Fireworks

In Bloomsburg Saturday night... the sound of fireworks echoed up and down the valley. Thousands of people found a place to either park their car... or sit on lawn chairs to watch the fire works display launched at the Town Park swimming pool. The 25 minute display lit the night time sky with a multi – colored display. And depending on where you were... say on the upper campus of Bloomsburg University... you could also catch the fireworks show from the Catawissa Boat Club. The Bloomsburg display was sponsored by the Press – Enterprise and Kawneer.

 

Mine Water

A bill that would allow contaminated mine water to be recycled for use in natural gas drilling has passed a state House committee. The bill allows oil and gas companies to take treated mine water for use in hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" operations....without taking on the liability for all the contaminated water in a mine. Proponents of the bill say this will clear up murky laws that were discouraging this practice....and provide an environmental benefit on both sides of the equation...mine water will be treated and used...and frackers will use less fresh water.

 

Local Gun Laws

Democratic lawmakers say it's time to move forward now that Commonwealth Court has struck down a controversial state law concerning local gun ordinances. The law, approved in the previous legislative session, would have allowed individuals or groups to file suit against cities and towns which enact local firearms ordinances, and required the municipalities to pay the legal expenses of those who brought suit. Not long after the bill was signed, suits were filed against the cities of Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Lancaster and Philadelphia. The Commonwealth Court decision effectively nullifies those suits.
 

Ricketts Glen Rescue

An unidentified man was treated last night for a leg injury... sustained when he fell off a trail at the Ricketts Glen State Park and down an embankment. That prompted rescue crews from Columbia... Luzerne and Sullivan counties to race to the scene. Rangers telling our media partner Newswatch 16... that the man was walking along a train in a remote section of the park... when he slipped and fell several feet down an embankment. He was saved by two trees that were in his path. Firefighters warn that if you plan to hike... make sure you have the appropriate clothing and footwear.

 

ATV Fatal

A 22 – year old man is dead following an ATV crash in Luzerne County's Wright Township. Authorities say Matt Hilenski of Mountain was tossed from his ATV... near the entrance to the Alberdeen Baseball Field... shortly before 4 O'clock Sunday morning. Hilenski died at the hospital. Police are still investigating the incident.

 

Mifflinville Bridge Project

Another Monday... another day to find traffic tie up's along the Westbound lane of Interstate 80 near Mifflinville. PennDOT telling us that starting Monday... daylight sign patterns will be used to close alternating lanes of I-80 westbound. The lane changes called for by the contractor as crews preform temporary pavement removal and shoulder back up operations near the bridge spanning the Susquehanna River. Traffic is expected to be bumper to bumper during several day parts... including the afternoon drive home. If you have an alternate route to where you're going... take it.

 

 

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PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies ended their six game losing streak with a 4-0, ten inning win over the Braves in Atlanta Sunday. Monday night the Phils open a four game series against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. The first pitch is scheduled for 10:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:35.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Sunday the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Cleveland Indians 5-3... the New York Mets shut out the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-0... and it was the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees 8 to 1.

 

Women's Soccer

For the third time overall and the first time since 1999, the United States women's soccer team is the World Cup Champion. Sunday in Vancouver, the US downed Japan in the final,5-2.

 

Wimbledon Tennis

In the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, sisters Serena and Venus Williams are playing one another in the quarterfinals. It's the 26th meeting between them. Serena has won 14 times.

 

Coke Zero 400

Dale Earnhardt, Jr wins the rain – delayed NASCAR Cup Series Coke Zero 400 at the Daytona International Speedway.

 

 



 
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Phillies Baseball
The Phils are in Atlanta this weekend to play the Braves. This afernoon's first pitch is scheduled for 1:35. Coverage on the WHLM stations gets under way with the pregame show at 1 o'clock sharp.
 


 Happy 4th of July from Newsradio WHLM! 

 

The 86th annual Millville Fire Company Carnival wraps up today at the Carnival Grounds on East Main Street. There's live music as well as food, games, rides, and much more.  The Lenahan and Dempsey Independence Day parade forms at 9AM at Dog Gone Good Fuel and moves at 10:30. You can hear all the sounds of the parade on the WHLM stations starting with our live broadcast at 10. The low-level 4th of July fireworks show starts at 11PM at the Little league field.

 

The Berwick Summer Concert Series continues today with Independence Day festivities at the Jackson Mansion starting at 11AM. Music will be provided by Ruthy Stock from 7-9PM, followed by fireworks. The  Mansion is on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Independence Day festivities at the Bloomsburg Town Park start at 1PM this afternoon and run through the fireworks show at dusk. There will be live bands at the park bandshell all afternoon, concessions by several area restaraunts and vendors set up along Market Street, swimming activites at the town pool, and a car show in the old tennis court lot from 1-5. Rain date for the fireworks will be Sunday at dusk.

 
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Phillies Baseball
The Phils are in Atlanta this weekend to play the Braves. Today's first pitch is scheduled for 7:15. Coverage on the WHLM stations gets under way with the pregame show at 6:40.


 

 

Fourth of July Holiday

Traffic is already picking up as people head to their destinations for the 4th of July holiday weekend... Nearly 42-million people are expected to travel this holiday weekend nationwide, up seven-tenths of a percent from last year. One reason--- lower gas prices... about a dollar lower than they were last year at this time. One-point-five million Pennsylvanians are expected to travel by car this weekend.

 

Berwick 4th of July Celebration

There are big doin's in Berwick Saturday... as the Borough celebrates the 4th of July. The Stuart Tank... produced at the former A-C- &-F facility... will be the focal point of this year's celebration. County Commissioner David Kovach heading up the “Bring Stuie Home” campaign tells us a down payment has been placed on one of the Berwick – built tanks found in England. 15,000 of the tanks were made at the ACF plant... which employed 9,000 people during World War Two. Once back in Berwick... the tank will be on permanent display at the entrance to the BIDA Complex at Third and Oak Streets.

 

BUI / DUI

This holiday weekend... officials want to remind you that if you wouldn't have a drink and get behind the wheel of a car.... you shouldn't get behind the wheel of a boat either. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will have conservation officers monitoring the waterways this weekend to prevent people from boating under the influence of drugs or alcohol... and also to keep those same people from driving when they come ashore. Officials say when boating... you have to think of the people around you just as if you were driving on a road...and for that..it's best to be alert.

 

Criminal Mischief

Police in Locust Township are looking for the driver of a four wheel drive vehicle. That person is wanted for questioning stemming from donuts left on the JV Football practice field at the Southern Columbia High School. Through their Facebook page... cops say someone got on the field through a creek bed... caused some damage... leaving the area through the creek bed... to Hemlock drive... then heading towards Elysburg on State Route 487. If you have information about the Criminal Mischief... give Locust Township police a call.

 

Privatization of State Stores

Privatization of the sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania is on hold for now, following Governor Wolf's veto of the Republican-backed plan. The plan would have phased out state stores by opening up the sale of wine and spirits to private stores, bars, and other businesses already selling beer. Republican supporters say the state shouldn't be in the business of selling alcohol, especially when it's standing in the way of customer convenience. But Democrats sympathetic to state store employee unions say modernization could make wine and liquor purchases more convenient without dismantling the state system.
 

New Budget Talks

Budget talks are set to continue Monday, but political experts are warning not to expect a final budget any time soon. Governor Wolf ran on a platform of enacting a natural gas severance tax and increasing funding for education...which he didn't get in the Republicans' budget he vetoed. Now Republicans are likely to push their proposed pension reforms in future talks. Political analyst Dr. Terry Madonna says both sides seem to be digging their heels in...and without any serious consequences of a late spending plan...there will be no pressure to finish this budget.

 

Stuff the Bus

Although area schools have just let out for the summer.... there's one Berwick organization looking forward to the start of the 2015 school year. The Berwick Area United Way is launching their annual “stuff the bus” campaign. The organization's Ginny Crake says it's all in an effort by area businesses to help kids get a leg up on the year. The goal this year is to place 550 backpacks filled with supplies into the hands of students in the Berwick Area district... as well as kids attending Central, Bloomsburg and Northwest.

 

Mifflinville Project

Navigating the lane closures near the Mifflinville River Bridge Project in the Westbound lanes of Interstate 80 was tough this week... just wait until Monday. Starting that day... PennDOT says a daylight signing patter will be used to close alternating lanes of I-80 westbound. The big reason is so the contractor can perform temporary pavement removal and shoulder back up operations near the bridge.

And... as per usual... the westbound lanes of 80 near Mifflinville will be bumper to bumper. Alternate routes are advised.

 

Lycoming Fatal

Authorities say a North Carolina mother is dead... and her two children critically injured following a crash on Interstate 180 near the Lycoming County Mall. The Lycoming County Coroner says 32 – year old Brittany Sanuffer from Dunn, North Carolina.. lost control of her SUV... and rolled over in the median. She was not wearing her seat belt. Her two kids were buckled up... and were airlifted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. The investigation into that fatal crash in Lycoming County remains under investigation.

 

Hazleton Shootings

Hazleton Police have busted two men after two separate shootings this week. Police say Christian Ashby of Hazleton... and Michael Shirley of New York City are accused of carrying weapons without a license. The pair admitting to squeezing off a round at the scene of Wednesday's shooting along north Green Street. However, they're not charged directly with the shooting of two people.

 

Moon Park

The state now owns a plot of real estate. Moon Lake Park near Plymouth is now owned by the Department of Forestry. The park had belonged to Luzerne County... who failed to preform maintenance. State Senator John Yudichak fought to transfer the former county park to state control. The state plans to add new parking lots, improve trails, and better maintain the area.

 

 

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BU Football

Bloomsburg University's All American linebacker Justin Shirk signed a free agent contract with the Indianapolis Colts Thursday. He will join the Colts when they begin preseason workouts on August first. Shirk will be trying to join three other former Huskies who are currently on NFL rosters: Jahri Evans with the New Orleans Saints, Larry Webster with the Detroit Lions, and Matt Feiler with the Houston Texans.

 

PHL Phillies

In the final game of a four game set at Citizen's Bank Park last... the Milwaukee Brewers squeezed by the Philadelphia Phillies 8 to 7. Friday night the Phils open a weekend series against the Braves in Atlanta. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:35. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 7 O'clock.

 

Other games

In other games Thursday... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Detroit Tigers 8-4... and the New York Mets lost to the Chicago Cubs 6-1.

 

 



 

Liquor Bill Rejected

Governor Tom Wolf has rejected another big piece of legislation. State run wine and spirits stores are here to stay... at least for the time being... after Governor Wolf vetoed a Republican backed bill privatizing the system Thursday afternoon. Liquor privatization has been a priority for some republican leaders... and they claimed it would bring in hundreds of million in revenue while increasing convenience for Pennsylvanians. But Wolf said in a statement that the legislation falls short of a responsible means to reform the state liquor system and maximize revenues. He said the bill would result in higher prices for consumers and put many out of work. The Governor said he remains open to modernization.

 

Budget Battle

Gov. Tom Wolf and legislative leaders continue their work on resolving their differences on a 2015-16 state budget. Earlier this week.. the Governor vetoed a GOP – backed $30 – billion spending plan. Now... House and Senate members have... or will return to their districts... awaiting the next call from Harrisburg. House Majority Leader Dave Reed... a Republican from Indiana County... said starting next week, the legislative leaders and top-level staff will meet with Wolf Administration officials trying to narrow their differences.

 

DUI / BUI

Many of us will be taking to the highways this upcoming 4th of July Holiday weekend. Thousands more will be on the either the lakes or the Susquehanna River to cool down a bit. But, law enforcement isn't taking a holiday. Emmett Kyler of the PA Boat and Fish Commission telling reporters at the Shikellamy State Park in Northumberland on Wednesday about increased enforcement this weekend on the waterways of the state.

 

Turnpike Traffic

It's "game on" as the 4th of July holiday travel period gets underway on the Pennsylvania Turnpike..with around 2.8 – million vehicles expected during the extra long weekend. The official holiday travel period on the PA Turnpike began at 3PM Wednesday afternoon and it continues until 6AM next Tuesday. State police will be out in full force, so drivers should obey the speed limit and no-texting law. Real-time traffic alerts are available on Turnpike Roadway Information Line... the number is 866-976-TRIP, or visit the live Travel Conditions Map online at paturnpike.com

 

Bloomsburg 4th

A lot of folks are getting ready for the 4th of July holiday weekend. Many municipalities are hosting special events... including a celebration at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Park Association President Chuck Wagner says there will be a car show Saturday afternoon... followed by fireworks.... starting at mid evening... sponsored by the Press – Enterprise and Kawneer.

 

Firework Season

It's firework season... and safety advocates are asking you to plan for safety before lighting a fuse this holiday weekend. The month surrounding the 4th of July sees the highest number of firework-related injuries of the year... with an average of 240 people admitted to emergency rooms per day around the country. Experts with the Pennsylvania Division of the American Trauma Society recommend only using legal fireworks.... outside, away from buildings... and always keeping a bucket of water or a hose nearby.

 

State Pensions

A bill to overhaul the state employee pension system is on Governor Tom Wolf's desk after it passed the House and Senate this week. Senate Bill 1 cleared the House with a vote of 106 to 89...after the House State Government Committee exempted State Police and Corrections officers from future changes... and reduced the increased contributions current employees would have to make. Those amendments lower the projected savings over the next three decades from around 18 billion dollars to about 10 billion dollars.

 

Millville Pet & Toy Parade

In Millville last night hundreds of people lined the streets to watch the Millville High School band strut their stuff... playing the theme from the Batman Television series... as they led the Annual Pet and Toy Parade. They were followed by kids... their parents... their dogs and cats... and a variety of farm animals. Also on hand fire apparatus. Wednesday night's parade was in support of the 86th annual Millville Fireman's Carnival which runs through Saturday night.

 

Riverside Tornado

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Northumberland County's Rush Township this week... destroying a shed and damaging a car. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting the tornado touchdown happened around 8:30 Tuesday night near Riverside. The EF – 1 winds also blew around items not secured. No one was injured

 

Wayward Cop

A Carbon County police officer is being held... and will go to trial stemming from a crash which killed a Lehighton woman back in May of 2014. Stephen Homanko is facing criminal Homicide charges stemming from a crash on Route 209 which killed Carola Sauers... and badly injuring her husband. Police charge that Homanko was persuing a car... traveling at 100 miles an hour... moments before crashing into the Sauers car.

 

Luzerne County Audit

Luzerne County ran a $3.6 - million deficit last year. That contained in a draft audit released this week by County Manager Robert Lawton. In the past... the country has run an estimated 16 – million dollars a year since 2012. Lawton says 2015 should be a much better year... with the county erasing all deficits at the end of 2017.

 



 

 

Overnight Weather

A rough weather day for some of us in the listening area. The region was placed under a severe thunderstorm watch... and then a tornado warning for the southern part of Columbia County. Some trees were up rooted... knocking over utility polls. And in some cases... power was knocked out. The rain pelted down... raising the levels of small streams rolling into Fishing and Huntington Creeks... raising their levels. In near=by Snyder County a home in Middleburg was damaged when high winds knocked over a tree. Luckily, no one was injured.

 

Millard / Budget

Governor Wolf has decided not to sign the $30 – billion budget sent to him late Tuesday by the general assembly. The plan adopted by the Republican dominated house and senate holds the line on spending... and also considers the up and down movement of revenues coming into the state. Columbia County Representative David Millard says despite the actions of Democrat Wolf... the GOP won't cave into his nearly $34 – billion spending plan. Meantime... Governor Wolf hopes to meet with Republican legislative leaders on Wednesday to see if the two sides can come to a compromise...

 

Senate / Liquor

After keeping it bottled up for more than two year... the State Senate on Tuesday approved legislation paving the way for the sale of the state liquor system. The bill won approval 27 to 22... sending the measure to the house for their consideration. Under the Republican-crafted bill, state stores would be phased out and the wholesale system would be leased to private interests. Proponents are counting on the liquor bill to produce $220 - million in annual revenue for the state budget. Opponents say it will toss thousands of people out of work.

 

State Pension System

The state house has passed the Senate bill that overhauls the state employee pension system. Republican supporters of the bill say the switch to a 401k style, defined contribution plan for future employees under Senate Bill one is more sustainable that current Act 120 reforms... and will save taxpayers $10 - billion over the next thirty years. Democratic opponents say it's a bait and switch plan with billions in hidden costs that won't provide any retirement security for state employees.
 

Berwick Drug Bust

Two Berwick men are in the Columbia County Prison after they were arrested this week on a variety of drug charges... following a raid on a Garfield Avenue home. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish tells us Jeremy Brittain and Timothy Rodenhaver were arrested during the raid. Police finding $1,200 in cash... bundles of Heroin... a half – dozen rifles and a handgun. Both men were arraigned. Brittan's bail is set at $150,000... with Rodenhaver's bail established at $100,000. A preliminary hearing for the pair is set for July 13th.

 

Veterans Memorial

The wheels keep turning as a dedicated committee attempts to raise money and build a county wide veterans memorial in the middle of Market Street in the area of Town Park. Bloomsburg Town Councilperson Diane Levan is heading up the committee.... telling me in a recent interview there is a meeting Thursday night. Ms. Levan believes that if meetings were held outside Bloomsburg support would grow for the project. The group hopes to raise $350,000 to make the project a reality.

 

Dedication

The state Senate has unanimously approved legislation naming the Blooming Grove exit of I-84 after a state trooper who was gunned down nearby. The bill designates Exit 30 as the Corporal Bryon K. Dickson Exit. Dickson was killed in the September 12th ambush outside the Blooming Grove State Police Barracks in Pike County. The attack also left trooper Alex Douglass seriously wounded. The bill has also been approved by the state House and is expected to be signed by Governor Tom Wolf. A formal dedication ceremony is in the planning stages.

 

NEPA Gas

The average price of a gallon of gasoline is going down. The latest Triple - A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of $2.81 a gallon in Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as all across Northeastern PA. A week ago... we were paying an average of $2.83 a gallon. And if you're looking for cheap gas... you can find it at Penn Jersey on Northumberland Street in Danville. GasBuddy.com says self – serve unleaded regular is selling for $2.79 a gallon.

 

Plymouth Robbery

Police in the Wyoming Valley continue to look for a man who held up the Dunkin' Donuts in Plymouth Tuesday night. Cops say a man walked into the West Main Street store around 9-30. He produced a gun and demanded money. The bandit fled out the rear door of the building with an unknown amount of cash.

 

Grocery Store Closing

Heritage Fresh Food... a grocery store on south Popular Street in Hazleton... plans to close it's doors. The store has been in current location the past ten years or so... but now will close... because it's tough to compete with other big box supermarkets in the area. The closing day is fluid. It will remain open until the majority of products are sold from the shelf.

 

 

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PHL Phillies

In the second game of a four game series in Philadelphia Tuesday night...the Milwaukee Brewers just got by the Philadelphia Phillies 4 to 3. Game three is Wednesday night at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30.

 

Other games

In other game Tuesday night... the Chicago Cubs blanked the New York Mets 1 to nothing... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Detroit Tigers 5 to 4... and the Los Angeles Angels downed the New York Yankees 2 to 1.

 

Women's Soccer

In women's soccer Tuesday night, in a World Cup semifinal in Montreal... the United States defeated Germany 2 to nothing. The other semifinal between England and Japan will be played Wednesday night.



 

 

Berwick Drug Bust

Two Berwick men are in the Columbia County Prison after they were arrested this week on a variety of drug charges... following a rain on a Garfield Avenue home. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish tells us Jeremy Brittain and Timothy Rodenhaver were arrested during the raid. Police finding 12 hundred dollars in cash... bundles of Heroin... a half – dozen rifles and a handgun. Both were arraigned. Brittan's bail is set at 150 – thousand dollars... with Rodenhaver's bail established at 100 – thousand dollars. A preliminary hearing for the pair is set for July 13th.

 

Lou Barletta

Getting out of Washington and back to reality. That's what Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton did Monday.... stopping by a Catawissa restaurant to talk to local officials about their problems. It's the 28th visit to Boroughs, Towns and Villages since he's been in office. Mr. Barletta and his entourage taking a walking tour of Catawissa's Main Streets... greeting folks.... later ending up at the Catawissa Fire Hall... where he learned it's tough keeping the doors open with a dwindling volunteer staff.

 

State Budget

The state Senate is scheduled to vote late Tuesday on the state budget which cleared the House over the weekend. The GOP-backed spending plan will almost certain be vetoed by Governor Wolf. Senate Democrats say it contains none of the Governor's proposals which include a severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling. Republicans counter that they can't back higher taxes, with Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne saying we have to examine the true cost of all the Governor says he wants to achieve.

 

Weekend DUI

Police in Columbia and Montour Counties will have a visible prescience on the highways this 4th of July holiday weekend. The Pottsville – based North Central Regional DUI Enforcement Program says cops will be out over the holiday... checking for impaired drivers. It's all part of the “drive sober or get pulled over” program... funded with money from the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration funneled through PennDOT.

 

Mt. Carmel Arson

A Mt. Carmel woman is jailed after she was charged with trying to burn down the apartment building she lived in the past 15 – years. The incident happened at the start of the weekend. 64 – year old Susan Stanley was arraigned at a magistrate's office on Monday... on several arson charges. Court papers indicate she tried to get someone to do it... but when that person refused... she allegedly poured gas in the basement of the home in the 300 block of North Maple Street and set it afire. Ms. Stanley denies doing it. However... police say she was on the verge of being evicted by her landlord.

 

Rising Medicine Costs

A panel of state lawmakers heard testimony recently on the rising costs of pharmaceuticals. The House Insurance Committee heard from officials representing PACE - the state prescription program - as well as the Departments of Aging & Corrections. All are feeling the pinch of the rising cost of prescription drugs, including generic medicines that are on the rise after a few years of lower prices. The pinch is being felt especially in the PACE program and in the treatment of certain prison inmates...

 

Animal Resource Center

The Animal Resource Center's annual yard sale continues this weekend at Freedom Hall at the Bloomsburg Fair Grounds. But, executive Director Linda Bird says they running into a problem and they need volunteers. If you would like to donate some time and become associated with a very good program call 670 – 275 – 2313. The yard sale continues through the end of August.

 

Renewable Fuel

A state House committee voted to do away with a renewable fuel mandate from 2008. The 7-year-old law required that all gasoline sold in Pennsylvania must be at least 10 percent ethanol... after the state had produced and maintained 350 million gallons of the fuel made from grasses and other plants. But PA still hasn't made a drop of the stuff. A new bill erases the mandate. Supporters of the legislation say the old law is pointless... but opponents say there's no harm keeping it in place.

 

Plymouth Robbery

Police in the Wyoming Valley continue to look for a man who held up the Dunkin' Donuts in Plymouth Monday night. Cops say a man walked into the West Main Street store around 9-30. He produced a gun and demanded money. The bandit fled out the rear door of the building with an unknown amount of cash.

 

Construction

The Mifflinville bridge project over the Susquehanna River will continue to be a headache for drivers this week who are westbound on Interstate 80. PennDOT says construction crews will be closing lanes to perform paving work at the west end of the bridge to the Berwick / Lime Ridge interchange. The agency says traffic could be backed up several miles. PennDOT is urging you to take alternate routes to get to your destination.

 

Bloomsburg Fair Act

The Bloomsburg Fair Association has announced their latest grandstand act. Grandstand Superintendent Carey Howell says King and Country will be the opening act for Skillet... preforming Sunday, September 27th. King and Country is made up by Australian brothers... and are known for their melodies... driving rhythms... and theatrical instrumentation. Tickets are now on sale at the Grandstand Box Office.

 

 

 



 

Lou Barletta Tours Catawissa

Getting out of Washington and back to reality. That's what Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton did Monday.... stopping by a Catawissa restaurant to talk to local officials about their problems. It's the 28th visit to Boroughs, Towns and Villages since he's been in office. Mr. Barletta and his entourage taking a walking tour of Catawissa's Main Streets... greeting folks.... later ending up at the Catawissa Fire Hall... where he learned it's tough keeping the doors open with a dwindling volunteer staff.

 

United Water Plant

The contractor building the new, multi – million dollar United Water plant on Irondale Road are trying to make hay while the sun shines. The utility's Bob Manbeck says a tough winter delayed the project somewhat, but they're looking at wrapping the project on time in May of 2016. The new plant is out of the flood zone... which had been the Achilles heal of the current facility leaving the town dry during times of high water. The facility will have a new and improved water pickup... and a state of the art filtration system... allowing United Water to provide it's product in the most difficult of conditions.

 

Budget / Lynda Culver

The House has voted in favor a $30.1- billion state budget that provides funding for the core functions of government without increasing the tax burden for Pennsylvania citizens. State Representative Lynda Culver of Northumberland and Snyder Counties says it's a pretty basic proposed spending plan. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration and is expected to go to the governor’s desk by Tuesday afternoon... if not before.

 

Veto Threat
During a news conference at the start of the weekend... Governor Wolf said a budget package from the state Republicans is a sham... and he won't sign it. The Governor said he's been meeting with lawmakers since he took office to try and work out a budget that he feels is right for Pennsylvania. But the new budget plan from Republicans is not it. Mr. Wolf said the plan he's seen prioritizes liquor privatization.... increases education funding by quote--"basically nothing"-- and shifts half a billion dollars in current expenses to next year's deficit. After that...Wolf says he hopes Republicans can suspend the games and get to work on a good budget.

 

High Education
Funding for four state-supported universities the latest battleground in the state budget stalemate to come. Funding bills for Penn State, PITT, Temple and Lincoln were rejected by the House Sunday night after they did not get the required 2-thirds majority. Democrats refused to give republicans the votes needed because they complained the 3% proposed increase fell far short of what Governor Tom Wolf proposed and what the schools need...

 

Susquehanna River

The Susquehanna River is clean.... but not as clean as it should be. That word from John Arway the head of the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Arway says the health of the river has come a long way from 30 to 40 – years ago. Arway says the big problem is fishing for small mouth bass. It used to be great, but Arway says the fishing isn't as good as it was a generation ago.

 

Barletta Meet & Greet

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton... will be in Columbia County Monday to meet business owners in Catawissa. He plans to start at Woody's Place in the 300 block of Main Street. Monday afternoon, Mr. Barletta will be in Shamokin... presenting a bronze star to the family of Korean War Hero Thomas Lotis. The presentation takes place at the Price of Freedom Memorial on East Lincoln Street.

 

Confederate Flag
If you have spent time in the past week debating about whether or not the Confederate battle flag is a racist symbol, one Civil War expert says you're missing the point entirely. Many southerners see it as a symbol of heritage and history..others say it represents hatred and racism... the Confederate battle flag has been at the center of media and social media attention in the wake of the deadly shooting at a South Carolina church. But a professor at Gettysburg College says this discussion should have nothing to do with black and white issues. Dr. Allen Guelzo is the Director of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College. He says the flag's representation of treason alone means it should be folded up and put away forever.

 

Fatal Accident

State Police in Hazleton continue to investigate a one car crash in southern Luzerne County which killed two men. Investigators say 57 - year old Gerald Sweitzer of Weatherly was driving too fast late Saturday afternoon on Capios Road... in Foster Township... when he lost control of his car... slamming into trees. A passenger... 36 – year old Keith Frick of Pittston... also died in the crash.

 

Robbery Charges

A Wilkes – Barre man with no permanent address is in the Luzerne County lock up. Police say two additional robbery charges have been filed against 31 - year old Timothy Burns... bringing the overall total to at least four against him. Burns is accused of knocking off the Turkey Hill store on North Pennsylvania Avenue twice the morning of June 15th... and surveillance video led to filing two additional charges.

 

 



 

The 86th annual Millville Fire Company Carnival runs through Saturday July 4 at the Carnival Grounds on East Main Street. There's live music every night at 7, as well as food, games, rides, and much more. There's no carnival Sunday night, but come to the vesper service starting at 6PM. The pet and toy parade will be held Tuesday night June 30. It forms at 6:30PM near the Borough hall and moves at 7. The high-altitude fireworks show by Sky Shooters starts at 10PM on Friday July 3. The Independence Day parade forms at 9AM at Dog Gone Good Fuel and moves at 10:30. The low-level 4th of July fireworks show starts at 11PM at the Little league field.

 

The second annual Berwick Regatta is scheduled for today from 10AM - 5PM at Test Track Park in Berwick. The Berwick Boat Club will host outboard boat racing on the Susquehanna river, and there will be food and fun for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the Ber-Vaughn Park pool restoration.

 

The 43rd annual Pineknotter Days festival runs though Friday July 3 at King Street Park in Northumberland. There's great food, events, and entertainment for the whole family every night. Thursday come out to the car show from 6-9PM. Friday check out the craft show from 9AM-3PM. Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis community service projects.

 

 

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Major-League Baseball
The Philadelphia Phillies are at home this weekend to play the Washington Nationals. Today's first pitch is scheduled for 1:35. You can hear coverage on the WHLM stations starting with the pregame show at 1 o'clock this afternoon.
 


 

**WHLM Weather Advisory**

*Flood Watch*

A flood watch has been posted for our area effective through early Sunday morning. A slow-moving storm system is expected to bring heavy rain throughout the region beginning early Saturday morning and coninuting throughout the day and into the evening.

 

 

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The 86th annual Millville Fire Company Carnival runs through Saturday July 4 at the Carnival Grounds on East Main Street. There's live music every night at 7, as well as food, games, rides, and much more. There's no carnival Sunday night, but come to the vesper service starting at 6PM. The pet and toy parade will be held Tuesday night June 30. It forms at 6:30PM near the Borough hall and moves at 7. The high-altitude fireworks show by Sky Shooters starts at 10PM on Friday July 3. The Independence Day parade forms at 9AM at Dog Gone Good Fuel and moves at 10:30. The low-level 4th of July fireworks show starts at 11PM at the Little league field.

 

The second annual Berwick Regatta is scheduled for today and Sunday from 10AM - 5PM at Test Track Park in Berwick. The Berwick Boat Club will host outboard boat racing on the Susquehanna river, and there will be food and fun for the whole family. Proceeds benefit the Ber-Vaughn Park pool restoration.

 

The 43rd annual Pineknotter Days festival runs though Friday July 3 at King Street Park in Northumberland. There's great food, events, and entertainment for the whole family every night. Saturday at 8AM check out the soap box derby. Thursday come out to the car show from 6-9PM. Friday check out the craft show from 9AM-3PM. Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis community service projects.

 

Town Hill UMC will hold an ice cream social this evening from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. There will be soup, sandwiches, pies, cakes, and home-made ice cream. The church is at 417 Town Hill Road in Shickshinny.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose Lodge will hold another 21-and-over mixer dance tonight from 7-11 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Couples are also welcome. Cover charge is just $8 and includes snacks, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle. The Moose Lodge is located behind Sheetz on Route 11 between Berwick and Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-441-3534.

 
 
WHLM Sports
 
Major-League Baseball
The Philadelphia Phillies are at home this weekend to play the Washington Nationals. Today's first pitch is scheduled for 3:05. You can hear coverage on the WHLM stations starting with the pregame show at 2:30 this afternoon.
 


 

Millville Fireworks Date Moved

Since the area we live is in for heavy rains on Saturday... the Millville Fire Company Carnival officials have moved the date and day for their huge fireworks display. Instead of Saturday, June 27... the display will now take place Friday, July 3rd at 10 PM. Whatever the case... the annual Fireman's carnival begins Friday.

 

Flood Watch

We could be in for some rough weather the next day or so. The National Weather Service in State College... issuing a Flood Watch which goes into effect early tomorrow morning... and runs through early Sunday morning. It's for all of central an eastern PA and includes Columbia and Montour Counties. Meteorologists say there will be periods of heavy rain... with an estimate 2 to 3 inches falling by late Saturday night. The NWS says that will force creeks and streams to swell... and maybe go over their banks.

 

State Budget

There are only a handful of days left for the state General Assembly to come up with a proposed budget and present it to Governor Wolf. During an exclusive interview with WHLM News... House Majority Leader... Rep. Dave Reed of Indiana County... says it's a major struggle negotiating with the Wolf administration... especially over cost drivers which include pension reform.... as well as property tax relief. Rep. Reed says the house and senate will have a budget on the Governor's desk... but he probably won't sign it.

 

House Bill 911
A plan to ensure someone is on the other end of the line when you dial 9-1-1 is on it's way to the Governor's desk. The state House and Senate have passed a bill that would increase the monthly surcharges on all phones and online call services like Skype and iPhone's Facetime. That surcharge would rise to $1.65 to support county 9-1-1 centers - it's a fee increase of between 15 and 65 cents. The bill also gives Allentown and Bethlehem 4 years to merge their city 9-1-1 centers with their host counties. The governor is expected to sign the it.

 

Fiscal Impact Statement
Legislation approved the the state House would place an additional requirement when the Governor issues an Executive Order. The bill would require that Executive Orders include a fiscal impact statement prepared by the Independent Fiscal Office. Supporters say this is a way to determine the financial impact of the orders, keeping the taxpayers informed on potential gains or losses for the state. Opponents say this nothing more than a method by a Republican-controlled legislature to make trouble for the Governor who is a Democrat.

 

PennDOT Paving

You 've seen the signs along the road as you get closer to Bloomsburg Town Hall. Now PennDOT says they're getting ready for the repaving of State Route 487 from East and Main Streets to Central Road in Scott Township. The cost... an estimated $953,000.That word coming from the agency's David Thompson in Montoursville. A second paving job will run from Central Road in Scott Township to the Orange Township line... costing an estimated $1.3 – million.

 

Freshwater Resources
Legislation approved in the state Senate is designed to preserve freshwater resources, well as benefit the gas and oil industry. The bill would allow water from mines in Pennsylvania to be used in oil and gas operations. The water would have to be treated prior to transport from its current location. Along with reducing the use of freshwater to drill for gas and oil, the bill's sponsor says it also clears up legal hurdles which have been preventing companies from considering the use of water from mines. The measure now heads to the House.

 

Six County Firemen

It's been in the planning stage for the past two years.... the 113th annual Six County Firemen is now taking place in Nanticoke. Hundreds of first responders from a six county area... including Columbia and Montour Counties are taking part. Business meetings and dinners have taken place... but it all comes to an end tomorrow afternoon during a huge parade of apparatus through the streets of Nanticoke which gets underway at 2 O'clock.

 

Williamsport Fire

A Williamsport woman is dead after fire swept through her Third Street home this week. Authorities say 22 – year old Felicia Colley died Wednesday of smoke inhalation. She was trapped in a third story of an apartment house where she lived. Rescuers failed to get to her in time. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

 



 

I-80 Paving

If you're plan to use the westbound lane on Interstate 80 near the Mifflinville bridge over the Susquehanna River... lane restrictions are in effect. The restriction begins at mile market 242 due to paving. The bottom line is the possibility of a traffic tie – up for several miles heading into the area. If you plan to be westbound on I-80.... why not take an alternate route... such as US 93... in an effort to bypass the area altogether.

 

Berwick Football

An investigation by the District 2 athletic committee has ruled unanimously that Berwick High School football coach George Curry and the district did nothing wrong when two Nanticoke area students transferred to the Berwick Area. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition that the decision was made following a four hour meeting Wednesday in Dallas. The probe revealed that an outsider... Ed Warkevicz... not connected with the football program or the district.. allegedly recruited Damon Beckhorn, and his brother, Jules, to play on the Berwick football team... after dining their mother. The committee ruled that the Beckhorn's will not be allowed to pay football this season, but can play other sports at Berwick. Curry has since said he'll resign following the 2015 football season.

 

Grant Money

The Town of Bloomsburg could be in line for an estimated $165,000 grant from the state's Community Development Block Grant program... and minus administration fees... netting somewhere around $140,000 earmarked for soccer fields at the Streeter Field complex. That word from SEDA – COG's Tyler Dombrowski. If you recall... a few years ago... the town purchased the Streeter property... and since that time have turned it into a sports complex for soccer and other sporting venues. A final hearing on the grant application takes place in August.

 

Recreation

Recreation is important to folks who live in Montour County.... as well as other couches in the area. That word from Bob Stoudt of the Montour County Recreation Commission. Appearing on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... Stoudt says there are two major attractions in Montour County... and one of them is the Montour Preserve at the Talen Energy Coal Fired power plant in Washingtonville. The commission recently raising an estimated $100,000 in order to keep the preserve up and running... something that Talen Energy was not willing to do.

 

Budget Talks
The centerpiece of Governor Wolf's budget plans is a non – starter with the Republican legislature in Harrisburg... and that has budget talks at an apparent standstill. Governor Wolf wants to impose a severance tax on the gas drilling industry to fund education in Pennsylvania... and as both sides emerged from closed-door budget talks Wednesday, that proposal was declared dead by Republican leaders, who appear poised to pass their own budget with no tax increases - all but daring the governor to use his veto powers. There are 5 days left in the fiscal year.

 

Wine Shipments
The state Senate has approved a bill to allow direct shipments of wine to residents of Pennsylvania.
The measure would allow licensed wine sellers in other states to ship an unlimited amount to Pennsylvanians age 21 or over. Opponents say this would result in up to $40 - million in lost revenue for the state. The bill was approved 31 to 18, with sometimes raucous debate providing an example of what to expect when the LCB privatization bill comes up.
 

Williamsport Fire

A Williamsport woman is dead after fire swept through her Third Street home this week. Authorities say 22 – year old Felicia Colley died Wednesday of smoke inhalation. She was trapped in a third story of an apartment house where she lived. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The New York Yankees clobbered the Philadelphia Phillies 10-2 Wednesday at Yankee Stadium in the final game of a three game series. The Phils have Thursday off. Friday night they begin a three game weekend series at home against the Washington Nationals.

 

Other games

In other games yesterday, the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 2... and the Milwaukee Brewers downed the New York Mets 4 to 1.

 

College World Series

In the championship game of the college world series last night... it was Virginia over Vanderbilt 4 to 2.

 

NBA Draft

The NBA draft is Thursday night. The Minnesota Timberwolves have the first pick. Kentucky center Karl Anthony Towns is expected to be the Timberwolves selection.

 



 

Berwick Salvation Army

After five years serving the Berwick Salvation Army... it's time to move on. That word from the organization's Kevin Polito who now has been asked to serve Pottsville... and surrounding areas of neighboring Schuylkill County. Captain Polito says he's leaving the Berwick chapter better than he found it. captain Polito and his wife... have been a driving force behind the increased interest in the Berwick chapter... especially in the area of drug education.

 

Sharon Budd

There was a court appearance in Union County court Tuesday for the four teen accused of tossing a rock off an Interstate 80 overpass last July.... the rock critically injuring Sharon Budd... an Ohio teacher. The four admit to throwing the rocks off the overpass... but no one took responsibility of tossing the rock which struck Budd in the head. Two of the teens pleaded guilty... while a third said he needs time to take a look at his plea agreement. A fourth teen... 18 – year old Brett Lahr of New Columbia pleaded no contest earlier this year was sentenced to anywhere from 18 months to 20 years in state prison. Ms. Budd, meantime, faces a 7th operation at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville to replace part of her skull

 

Millard / State Budget

It's coming down to the wire and no one is giving an inch. State lawmakers in Harrisburg are working on a budget to present to governor Wolf by the end of the month... and State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... says there have been some long days and short nights. He says there will be a budget bill on Governor Wolf's desk on the 31st, but he doubts that he'll sign it. Rep. Millard said he expects legislators to work into the summer to hammer out a spending plan. Meantime... revenue coming into the state is enough to keep state services operating.

 

Teacher Tenure
A divided state House has approved legislation dealing with tenure for public school teachers. The bill would allow performance to favor tenure when a teacher is laid off for economic reasons. It passed 100 to 91 and now heads to the Senate. Supporters say teacher talent should trump seniority, while opponents claim the measure relies too heavily on an untested system that doesn't take into account the needs of the students.

 

Bloomsburg Roads

The money is budgeted... and within the not too distant future five road in the Town of Bloomsburg will be repaved. It's all part of the summer paving program so says Public Works Director John Barton. One of the road to get a partial paving job is Ft. McClure Boulevard... a heavily used road by traffic.. as well as walkers and runners. Mr. Barton adds that the patching of potholes which developed over the winter. Council awarded the $178,000 summer paving contract to Sokol, Incorporated of Bloomsburg.

 

Quinnipiac Poll

A Quinnipiac University poll out shows that incumbent Republican Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Pat Toomey a larger than expected lead over challenger Joe Sestak. Toomey defeated Sestak in 2010 in the race for one of two of PA Senate seats. The poll shows... that among likely voters... Toomey holds a 47 to 36 – percent lead over the retired Navy Admiral. A university spokesman says once election day rolls around... the percentage will be much closer.

 

Criminal Justice System
State lawmakers heard from advocates calling for a change in the criminal justice system.... so released offenders aren't trapped in a cycle of poverty. Having any type of criminal record can keep a person from getting a job.... which can be a big hit to their families and communities too. Advocates told lawmakers they hope to see legislation that would consider the bigger picture in sentencing... and automatically expunge records for non-repeat offenders after a certain amount of time. They also hope Pennsylvania will provide more services to the families of those incarcerated.

 

Confederate Flag

A major flag manufacturer says it will no longer make the controversial Confederate battle flag. Valley Forge Flag Company of Wyomissing says the decision stems from the killing last week of 9 people at an historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina had been a watershed moment in the debate over the stars and bars. A Valley Forge spokesman says the Pennsylvania-based company had long been uncomfortable with making what the flag industry had viewed as a historical artifact.

 

Shots Fired

Police in Northumberland County are trying to find the person responsible for squeezing off a couple of shots at a truck near Watsontown at the start of the weekend. The incident taking place on Susquehanna Trail. The owner of the truck was outside the cab when the shots were fired... and was not injured.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Women's Basketball

Diane Decker, who has been Bill Cleary's assistant at Bloomsburg University for the past 7 seasons, is the new head coach of the East Stroudsburg University women's basketball team. Before coming to Bloomsburg, Decker had been an assistant at East Stroudsburg for two seasons and was the Warriors interim head coach during the 2007-2008 season.

 

PHL Phillies

After a long rain delay at Yankee Stadium Tuesday night...the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the New York Yankees 11 to 6. The series concludes Wednesday afternoon at 1:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 12:30.

 

Other Games

In other games Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Cincinnati Reds 7 to 6... and the Milwaukee Brewers just got by the New York Mets 3 to 2...

 

College World Series

In the College World Series Tuesday night in Omaha... Virginia blanked Vanderbilt 3 to nothing. The victory forces game three for the title.

 

 



 

** Severe Thunderstorm Watch **

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for our area until 7 PM. The area includes Central and Eastern Pennsylvania... and encompasses Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties. A cold front is passing through Pennsylvania and should pass by early evening.

 

Bottled Water Recalled

Water bottled at two Pennsylvania facilities may be contaminated. The Pennsylvania departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection and Health are advising consumers not to drink water bottled at Niagara facilities in Berks and Lehigh counties between June 10th and 18th. Routine testing came back with positive results for E. coli at the water source in Schuylkill county. E. coli causes symptoms such as headache... nausea and diarrhea. Consumers can contact Niagara at 877-487-7873 for more information.

Town Council / Franchise Fee

The Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night.... approved a new cable franchise fee with Service Electric.... the provider of out of area and cable – only signals to the area. It's a ten year deal negotiated over the past several months... through a law firm... with SETV. Town Administrator Bill Lowthert says the agreement doesn't cover internet or phone service provided by the company. That means about $150,000 a year... or five percent of gross revenue... over the next ten years... lessening any future property tax hike.

 

Schuylkill ATV Fatal

Police in Rush Township near Tamaqua say alcohol played a role in a deadly ATV crash Monday afternoon in Schuylkill County. Authorities say 54 – year old Daniel Pupko of Grier City died when he lost control of his ATV and it flipped over. His brother... 56 – year old Stephen was not hurt in the crash. The incident happened on Marian Avenue near Tamaqua..

 

Shots Fired

Police in Northumberland County are trying to find the person responsible for squeezing off a couple of shots at a truck near Watsontown at the start of the weekend. The incident taking place on Susquehanna Trail. The owner of the truck was outside when the shots were fire... and was not injured.

 

Budget Deadline Looms
The top Democrat in the state Senate says Republicans are not being fair or realistic as the countdown toward the budget deadline continues. In remarks on the Senate floor, Senator Jay Costa said GOP leaders are putting a relatively minor issue, privatization of state liquor stores ahead of more pressing issues, like property tax reform and education funding. Governor Wolf has already stated his opposition to doing away with the state store system. Senator Costa says only fairness and compromise will allow House and Senate members from both parties to achieve the state's necessary goals.

 

Dairy Payments
House lawmakers heard from dairy farmers last week on a bill meant to clear up payments from milk dealers. The legislation would make sure it's clear how much of a farmer's monthly check is coming from product... and how much is coming from a state-mandated consumer premium... that is meant to stabilize milk prices. Supporters say dairy farmers have been getting a confusing picture of the premiums, causing them to lose trust in the co-ops that take their milk to market... but others say the bill would disrupt business.

 

ARC

Looking to adopt a dog or a cat for the family... look no further than the Animal Resource Center. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... executive director Linda Bird telling Joe they have a number of dogs and cats ready for forever homes. Give the Animal Resource Center a call to check out the animals... or take a look at ARC's Facebook page.

 

Cheap Gas

The price of self – serve, unleaded regular gasoline continues to creep upward. he latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report show's we're paying an average of $2.84 - a - gallon in Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as all across Northeastern PA. A week ago the average price was $2.82 a gallon.... compared to $2.80 a month ago. Meantime... the website GasBuddy.com shows that you can find cheap gas... at $2.79 a gallon... at Spirit at A and Walnut Streets in Danville.

 

State Budget

The new fiscal year for Pennsylvania state government begins July 1st and Democratic governor Tom Wolf and leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature are meeting regularly. They're trying to reach agreement on granting the state another year of spending authority. The sides have had little, if any, progress to show. Other subjects are in the mix as well... such as pension reform... the privatizing of the state store system... as well as resolving contracts with a number of unions

 

Nanticoke / Act 47

It's been nine years... but it appears Nanticoke is about ready to emerge from Act 47 status... that is getting out of bankruptcy. If and when they do... the city will be the first municipality in the state to emerge from financial trouble. PA Economy League Staffer Joe Boyle says he'll recommend to the state that Nanticoke be removed from Act 47 status... something that cities such as Shamokin and Pittsburgh have failed to do.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

In the first game of a three game set in New York last night... the Philadelphia Phillies downed the New York Yankees 11 to 8. Game two of the series is Tuesday night at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

College Baseball

For the second consecutive season, the College Baseball World series has come down to Vanderbilt against Virginia. On Monday night, in the first game of a three game championship series... and it was Vanderbilt over Virginia 5 to 1.

 

World Cup Soccer

In women's world cup soccer Monday night in Canada...... the United State downed Colombia 2 to nothing. In a second match Monday... Norway got by England 2 to 1.

 



 

 

Bottled Water Recalled

Water bottled at two Pennsylvania facilities may be contaminated. The Pennsylvania departments of Agriculture, Environmental Protection and Health are advising consumers not to drink water bottled at Niagra facilities in Berks and Lehigh counties between June 10th and 18th. Routine testing came back with positive results for E. coli at the water source in Schuylkill county. E. coli causes symptoms such as headache... nausea and diarrhea. Consumers can contact Niagara at 877-487-7873 for more information.

Town Council / Franchise Fee

The Bloomsburg Town Council Monday night.... approved a new cable franchise fee with Service Electric.... the provider of out of area and cable – only signals to the area. It's a ten year deal negotiated over the past several months... through a law firm... with SETV. Town Administrator Bill Lowthert says the agreement doesn't cover internet or phone service provided by the company. That means about $150,000 a year... or five percent of gross revenue... over the next ten years... lessening any future property tax hike.

 

Motorcycle Crash

State Police are still trying to figure out how two motorcycles crashed Sunday afternoon in Luzerne County. Authorities say the pair was riding their bikes on Route 11 near Shickshinny.. in Union Township... when they collided. Both riders were airlifted to near – by hospitals for treatment. Who they are and their conditions have not been released by State Police.

 

Catawissa Concerts

The Catawissa summer breeze concert series opens Thursday night.... and instead of having a Battle of the Bands... as in the past.... the series will be made up of tribute bands. Event organizer Joe Gaughan says the summer series will be launched by Greenriver... a Credence Clearwater tribute band. The concert takes place Thursday evening at CARA Park on Fourth Street. It's recommended that you bring a lawn chair or a blanket to enjoy the concert.

 

I-80 Work

More road work taking place this week on the Interstate 80... Mifflinville River Bridge Project.

PennDOT says... that starting Monday... through Wednesday... the westbound right lane of the super highway will be closed from Mile Marker 242 and 241... while the the contractor performs paving operations. The lane restrictions are in effect from sunrise to 6 PM each day.

 

Minimum Wage
Lost amid the myriad of major issues on the plates of lawmakers and the Governor is the ongoing debate over the minimum wage. Pennsylvania's minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour. Governor Wolf is among those pushing for an increase to $10.10. He believes it's actually good for businesses and he says it would be a big boost to the Commonwealth's economy... as workers would be more inclined to spend that money than put it in the bank. Advocacy groups recently delivered petitions consisting of 10,000 signatures to the governor in an effort to get a higher minimum wage for Pennsylvania workers.

 

Education Funding
Education advocates are pleased with the release of a new funding formula but are anxious for lawmakers to take the next steps. Stakeholders such as the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and the PA Partnerships for Children are excited to see Pennsylvania's name drop from the list of three states that don't have a funding formula for their schools. But they say even the best formula is worthless without the proper investment in education. They are hoping lawmakers will move quickly to confirm the recommendations as well as a dollar amount.

 

AG's Ratings
The polls are not with Attorney General Kathleen Kane. WHLM's Rachel McDevitt reports the 2016 race for her office could be even more challenging. According to the latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll... only 15 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of Attorney General Kathleen Kane. The Montgomery County District Attorney is investigating whether Kane should be prosecuted for perjury and other charges in an alleged grand jury leak... and those legal woes seem to be translating into political ones. State Senator John Rafferty has already announced and experts expect several more Republicans and Democrats to join the 2016 race for the AG's office.

 

Hazleton Assault

A 40 – year old man is behind bars in Luzerne County after he allegedly assaulted a Hazleton woman over the weekend. Police say Earl Hunsinger broke into a woman's home on East Maple Street while she was sleeping. He allegedly threatened her with a knife. She later got away and called police. Hunsinger was captured and taken to the Luzerne County Jail.

 

Man Held

A Hazleton man is behind bars after he was accused of threatening witnesses. Denny Mora allegedly made threats to people who said they knew Raphael Mora – Polanco. The two are brothers. Polanco is accused of killing Jorge Marrero during an altercation on Alter Street earlier this month. Mora is in the Luzerne County Prison awaiting further court action.

 

 

 

 



Happy Father's Day from the WHLM stations!
 

Community Alliance Church in Bloomsburg is sponsoring a MEGA Bible Sports Camp July 12-16 from 6-8 PM at the Bloomsburg Town Park. The program is geared toward kids 4 years old through 5th grade. Registration is free. Deadline to sign up is today. For more information call 570-784-6161.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Major League Baseball

The Philadelphia Phillis are back at home this weekend, playing the St. Louis Cardinals. This afternoon's game gets under way at 1:35. You can hear all the action on the WHLM stations starting with the pregame show at 1 o'clock.

 


Happy Father's Day weekend from the WHLM stations!
 

The first Greater Columbia County Relay for Life continues today at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds until Noon. There will be food and events for the whole family. Stop by and cheer on the runners, and support the fight against cancer.

 

The 18th annual Bloomsburg YMCA golf tournament is happening today at the Links at Hemlock Creek in Buckhorn - rain or shine. Shotgun start for the 4-person scramble is at 8AM. Registration is $75 each or $300 for a team of four. Cost covers green fees, cart, and food - including a full lunch buffet. There will be raffles and other games, too. For more information, visit the Bloomsburg YMCA under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The annual Mifflinville town-wide yard sale continues today. The sale starts at 8AM.

 

St. Columba Catholic Church in Bloomsburg will hold a rummage sale today from 9AM - Noon. The church is at 3rd and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-784-0861 ext.5.

 

The annual Benton Fireman's Carnival wraps up today at the fire hall on Colley Street. There's live music every night. Tonight's featured band will be Alive & Well. The Fireman's parade forms at 4PM this afternoon and moves at 5. There will be cash prizes for the best floats. For more information call 570-925-2020.

 

The annual parish festival at Divine Redeemer Church in Mount Carmel is happening today at the parish picnic grounds on West Cherry Street. Stop by from Noon-10PM for home-baked goods, ethnic foods, basket raffles, live music and more, including a chance to win two tickets to the Notre Dame vs USC football game in October. For more information call 570-339-3450.

 

Come to the Bloomsburg Town Park bandshell this evening for a free concert by The Mahoney Brothers, starting at 7PM. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food vendors will be available as well. Rain location will be in the Bloomsburg High School.

 

Community Alliance Church in Bloomsburg is sponsoring a MEGA Bible Sports Camp July 12-16 from 6-8 PM at the Bloomsburg Town Park. The program is geared toward kids 4 years old through 5th grade. Registration is free. Deadline is Sunday June 21. For more information call 570-784-6161.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Major League Baseball

The Philadelphia Phillis are back at home this weekend, playing the St. Louis Cardinals. Tonight's game gets under way at 7:05. You can hear all the action on the WHLM stations starting with the pregame show at 6:30.

 



 

Great Dane Trailers

Great economic news for Northumberland, Columbia and Montour Counties. Governor Wolf says Great Dane trailer plans to open a new facility in Paxinos... creating an estimated 150 new jobs. Great Dane will set up shop in the former Fleetwood RV site. The manufacturer of semi – trailers says it will invest an estimated $11 – million into the new plant. Great Dane has a manufacturing plant in Danville...

 

Veterans Memorial

The folks who are the driving force behind the proposed veterans monument in Bloomsburg Town Park are working hard these days. That word coming from the monument's committee chair... Diane Levan. Now the hard part... raising the $350,000 needed to bring the proposal to reality... so says Ms. Levan. The committee next meets July 2nd at the Bloomsburg Town Hall at 7 O'clock... and all are welcome.

 

Trap Shoot

The sounds of gunfire will be heard in lower Northumberland County through the weekend. An estimated 1,800 participants are at the Elysburg Rod and Gun Club taking part in the Pennsylvania State Trap Shoot... the largest such event in the state. And... that means a measurable economic impact... so says PSSA president Mike Schuler. According to a recent report by the Center for Community Research at Bloomsburg University... the event pumped an estimated $2.7- million into the economy of Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties.

 

Susquehanna By-Pass

Work continues towards the groundbreaking for the construction of the long – sought Central Susquehanna Valley Transportation Project. The 13 mile roadway linking US 15 near Winfield... to US 11 and 15 near Selinsgrove has been on the drawing boards for the last 10 – years or so. PennDOT District 3 engineer.. Sandy Tosca... says the hallmark of the four – lane, limited access roadway is a bridge spanning the west branch of the Susquehanna River in Union County. The contract for the bridge... so says Tosca... is expected to be let sometime in August.

 

Hazle Twp Fatal

The investigation is underway into an accident which killed two ATV riders on Thursday. State Police say 31 – year old Amber Judge and 23 – year old Eric Baker... both of Nuremberg blew through a red light at State Route 924... and the Hazleton exit of Interstate 81... and hit a tractor – trailer head on.

Both died at the scene. Police say the ATV was stolen earlier in the day from Black Creek Township. The driver of the big rig will not be charged.

 

Hazleton Free Lunch

Nearly 11,000 kids in the Hazleton area school district will be able to get free lunch... starting this fall. The district is now qualified for the federal Healthy Hunger – Free Kids Act. Superintendent Dr. Craig Butler says an estimated 80 percent of the students in the district are on a free or reduced lunch program. Starting in the fall... kids will now be able to get free breakfast and lunch when they attend school.

 

Lyco Drug Bust

It's being called one of the largest Heroin bust in Lycoming County. PA State Troopers raiding a home on Tinsman Avenue near Williamsport this week. Cops finding $58,000 worth of Heroin... an estimated $6,200 worth of cash... and $1,200 in cocaine... some cash and marijuana. Three people were arrested... all from the Williamsport area... all facing multiple charges.

 

Mt. Camel American Legion

It appears a rough winter has taken it's tool on the American Legion in Mt. Camel. The harsh weather took a toll with frozen pipes... and broken plumbing. Now... the organization is an estimated $15,000 in the hole... and the bills keep piling up... and they're turning to the public for help... through tax –deductible donations.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The longest loosing streak for the Philadelphia Phillies since 1999 is finally over. Ryan Howard's two run homer in the 6th inning Thursday afternoon was the difference as the Phils defeated the Baltimore Orioles 2-1. That ended their 9 game losing streak. Friday night the Phils open a weekend series against the Saint Louis Cardinals in Philadelphia. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In other games Thursday... the Pittsburgh Pirates just got by the Chicago White Sox 3 to 2... the Toronto Bluejays downed the New York Mets 7 to 1... and it was the New York Yankees over the Miami Marlins 9 to 4.

 

College Baseball World Series

In an elimination game in the College Baseball World Series in Omaha... TCU defeated LSU 8 to 4.

 

US Open

The US open got underway Thursday in Chambers Bay near Seattle. The leader after one round is Henrik Stenson who shot a five under par 65.

 

 



 

Danville Burglaries

Danville Police say there are still suspects on the loose... wanted for questioning in the theft of items from the Danville Little League. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting... some one broke into three concession stands this week... making off with a variety of items... including a safe with money. Also vandalized this week... a concession stand at a softball field. The thefts come during a fundraiser... the money of which is earmarked for a new field... a paved parking lot and lights.

 

Friends of Library

What a great weekend to pick up a couple of used books. The Friends of the Library are holding their semi – annual book sale at the Bloomsburg Public Library. Appearing on the Wednesday Edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... the Friends Mary Clapp says the books at the sale come from a variety of sources... including the library... as well as books brought in by members. The sale runs during regular library business hours.... wrapping up early Monday afternoon.

 

Town Park

Big doin's at the Bloomsburg Town Park on the evening of the Forth of July. Park Association President Chuck Wagner says there will be fireworks that night.... and the call has gone out for volunteers to preform a variety of tasks. Interested in helping on the fourth.... just give Mr. Wagner a call... or drop him an e-mail.

 

Bloomsburg Elks Lodge

The ranks of Elks Lodge 436 on Old Berwick Road Bloomsburg continues to grow. This week alone, the organization inducting eight new members. Exalted Ruler Jim Kistler says says civic pride... and helping veterans is a big reason people join. Another big program is participating in the state wide hoop shoot contest in January of each year.

 

State Budget Talks
As the calendar pages turn toward that June 30th end of the fiscal year, state budget talks are continuing in Harrisburg. Governor Tom Wolf assures that productive talks are continuing behind closed doors in Harrisburg. With less than 2 weeks left until the end of the fiscal year, time is rapidly running short and the governor does acknowledge it's possible for talks to extend into July...but he's optimistic and says meetings are continuing on a regular basis. If lawmakers and the governor miss the June 30th mark, it will be an extended summer budget session for the legislature, but that was somewhat commonplace as recently as last decade...

 

Death Penalty
Governor Wolf has the support of the voting public in a few key areas of his agenda, according to the latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll. Almost half of F&M College Poll respondents support the Governor's moratorium on the death penalty with only 37 percent opposed. Since the last poll in March...the number of voters in favor of Governor Wolf's budget proposal has not changed from 58 percent. Also the approval rating for Pennsylvania's top executive hasn't changed... roughly 2 in 5 voters think Wolf is doing an excellent or good job.

 

Hazleton Free Lunch

Nearly 11,000 kids in the Hazleton area school district will be able to get free lunch... starting this fall. The district is now qualified for the federal Healthy Hunger – Free Kids Act. Superintendent Dr. Craig Butler says an estimated 80 percent of the students in the district are on a free or reduced lunch program. Starting in the fall... kids will now be able to get free breakfast and lunch when they attend school.

 

2016 Farm Show
The theme has been unveiled for next year's Pennsylvania Farm Show which will mark a milestone. The theme - The 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show: Our Commonwealth's Blue Ribbon Experience. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding says the event will highlight our diversity, as well as the history of farming as an industry and where we're headed in the future. It is estimated that 5-thousand people attended the first Farm Show in 1917. The 100th Pennsylvania Farm Show takes place from January 9th through the 16th of next year.

 

PA State AG Race

A Republican lawmaker has officially announced his candidacy for Pennsylvania Attorney General. Fourth-term State Senator John Rafferty is seeking the post currently held by Democrat Kathleen Kane. Rafferty, a former Deputy Attorney General, launched a brief run in 20-11, but bowed out early when then-Governor Tom Corbett backed another candidate. Rafferty says he's announcing his candidacy early, before he and his fellow lawmakers get bogged down in negotiations over

Sunbury Revitalization

The non – profit group known as Sunbury Revitalization is out of business this week after their headquarters received water damage from a fire in their building. Sunbury Revitalization helps economic development. SRI President Meghan Beck says although the office is closed for clean-up... work continues for Saturday's renaissance festival.

 

Plea

The former assistant manager of the Wilkes-Barre Employees Federal Credit Union scheme has agreed to plead guilty. Amanda Magda says she'll plead guilty to aiding and abetting bank fraud. Magda was one of five people arrested nearly a year ago charged with using false information to get loans. If you recall... two Wilkes – Barre cops were also caught up in the scheme.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

At Citizen's Bank Park in Philadelphia Wednesday night... the Baltimore Orioles got by the Philadelphia Phillies 6 to 4. It was the 9th straight loss for the Phils. The teams conclude their series Thursday afternoon at 1:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:30.

 

Other Games

In other games Wednesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates got by the Chicago White Sox 3 to 2... the Toronto Bluejays blanked the New York Mets 8 to nothing... and the New York Yankees downed the Miami Marlins 2 to 1.

 

College Baseball

In an elimination game in the college baseball world series in Omaha last night.. the Florida Gators defeated Miami 10 to 2.

 

Golf

In golf, the U.S. Open begin this morning at Chambers Bay. The course is located just south of Seattle, Washington.



 

Danville Sewage

Life in some parts of Danville has been disrupted due to an on – going sewer pipe installation project that has been underway for some time. But Danville Borough Administrator Dan Knorr says installing larger pipes underground... headed to the sewage treatment plant is a good investment for the future. The biggest part of the on – going project is the instillation of 36 inch in diameter pipes leading to the sewage treatment plant... just south of the Danville Middle School.

 

DEP Violation

A Texas – based energy company has been fined nearly $9 - million for contaminating groundwater and a stream in Lycoming County. The Department of Environmental Protection announced the proposed penalty Tuesday against Range Resources, who has more than 5,300 wells in the state. The department said methane was detected in private water supplies and a stream following drilling and hydraulic fracking at a Lycoming County site in 2011. Range says any methane contamination is not its fault.

 

Sunday Hunting

Pennsylvania hunters would finally be able to hunt on up to a dozen Sunday's if legislation being introduced by two state representatives passes. State Rep. Frank Farina, a Democrat from Lackawanna County... and Rep. Robert Godshall, a Republican from Montgomery County, announced they will introduce legislation to allow the Pennsylvania Game Commission to authorize eight to 12 Sundays of hunting in the Commonwealth. which is one of 11 states that now restrict it. Godshall said the state eliminated the "blue law" on fishing in 1937, and he sponsored a bill 20 years ago that allowed Sunday hunting on private regulated shooting grounds.

 

Scams

Being a member of today's society means we're even more at risk for scams and identity theft. And it's not just the elderly being prayed upon... so says Janene Holter of the State Attorney General's Wilkes – Barre office. Speaking at a seminar in Buckhorn... in Hemlock Township on Tuesday... Ms. Holter says we all must be vigilant. The biggest hack... according to Ms. Holter... are callers identifying themselves from a police department or the IRS demanding money... or requesting your Social Security number... something you never give out to anyone... under any circumstance.

 

Bridge Replacement

Work has begun on preliminary work for a bridge replacement project on Route 93... just west of Dohl Road in North Centre Township. The work began earlier this week when prime contract... R-C Young, Incorporated of Mifflinville started looking at what is involved in the project. The firm will removing trees... allowing for the relocation of overhead utility lines. A detour is expected to be in place in early August.

 

Turnpike Commission

Officials of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission presented a status report to the Senate Transportation committee. Mounting debt was the biggest concern raised by Commission Chairman Sean Logan. It stems in part from Act 44, the state law which requires 450 million-dollar in annual payments to PennDOT. Without some sort of relief, Logan says they're looking at annual toll hikes for the foreseeable future. On the bright side, the Turnpike is embarking on construction and maintenance projects worth $1.7 – billion.
 

Gifts to Lawmakers

Lawmakers forming the bicameral "government reform caucus" are pushing for passage of a bill to limit gifts legislators can accept. Proponents of the bill say they appreciate Governor Tom Wolf starting the discussion on this issue with his outright gift ban for members of his administration...but they also say it's impractical. Representative Rick Saccone says his bill is meant to prohibit only large gifts that could be influential. Supporters say this measure should help restore the public's faith in state government without making elected officials feel guilty about accepting a cup of coffee at a meeting.

 

Plea

The former assistant manager of the Wilkes-Barre Employees Federal Credit Union scheme has agreed to plead guilty. Amanda Magda says she'll plead guilty to aiding and abetting bank fraud. Magda was one of five people arrested nearly a year ago charged with using false information to get loans. If you recall... two Wilkes – Barre cops were also caught up in the scheme.

 

Sentence

A Luzerne County man was sentenced this week to state prison stemming from a shootout that wounded two little girls. Trevor Whitaker pleaded guilty earlier this year to aggravated assault and possession of a firearm stemming from an incident in 2013 at the troubled Sherman Hills apartment complex. The two toddlers fully recovered from their wounds.

 

GOP / Northeast

Republicans are billing theirs as the “Grand Opportunity Party” when their Northeast Republican Leadership Conference opens in Philadelphia this week. Attendees will talk with panelists about American foreign policy and terrorism, Obamacare and health reform, connecting with voters through social media and faith. State party Chairman Rob Gleason said he wanted Pennsylvania to host it to show people that it's time for Republicans to carry the state in a presidential election.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The Baltimore Orioles hit a franchise record 8 home runs Tuesday night in a 19-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies at Camden Yards. It was the 8th straight loss for the Phils. The teams meet again Wednesday night, but the scene shifts to Philadelphia. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Tuesday night, the Pittsburgh Pirates won their 6th straight game with a 3-0 win over the Chicago White Sox... the New York Mets edged the Toronto Bluejays 3-2... and the New York Yankees were routed by the Miami Marlins 12-2.

 

NBA Finals

For the first time in 40 years, the Golden State Warriors are the champions of the NBA. In game six of the finals Tuesday night in Cleveland, the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 105-97 to take the series four games to two.

 

Women's Soccer

In women's World Cup Soccer, the United States beat Nigeria 1 to nothing

 

 



 

 

Trap Shoot Economics

The sound of gunfire echoed across the valley near Elysburg yesterday... the opening day of the Pennsylvania State Trap Shoot. The event is taking place through Sunday at the Elysburg Rod and Gun Club. Last year... the event generated $2.6– million in economic development.... so says Bloomsburg University's Heather Feldhaus who conducted a study. She says folks who participate also spend money for hotel rooms. They dine out... shop and go to Knobles. An estimated 1,000 participants will be at the shoot from 26 states. The shoot is the largest event of it's type in Pennsylvania

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The cost of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular gas continues to creep up. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows that the average price is holding steady at $2.82 a gallon across Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as all of Northeastern Pennsylvania. That's up five cents from a week ago... and up three cents from a month ago.

 

Mifflinville Paving

If you're headed west bound on Interstate 80 near Mifflinville... you could run into some delays. From now until Thursday... lane restrictions will be in effect... due to paving operations between mile marker 242 to 241. A PennDOT spokesman says the work will be preformed each day... from sunrise to 5 PM.

 

Bloomsburg Water Plant

Construction continues on United Water's new multi – million dollar water filtration plant on Irondale Road... just off Millville Road. The Utility's Bob Manbeck says you should be able to see some big progress this week... especially when the cinder block walls of the building are set into place. Mr. Manbeck says the new plant should be on line... producing water for the service area a year from now.

 

State Police Commissioner

Acting State Police Commissioner Marcus Brown has taken his name out of consideration to lead the force. After the state Senate voted not to confirm Governor Tom Wolf's choice for State Police Commissioner last week... the Governor and Col. Marcus Bown have agreed it's time to move on... and find a new nominee to lead the state's top police force. Wolf maintains that Brown is very qualified to lead the state police... and his administration says it's unfortunate that the senate put politics over the citizens in their vote.

 

ARC

A big weekend start to the Animal Resource Center's yard sale at Liberty Hall at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. The sale kicked off over the weekend. Appearing on the WHLM Morning Buss on Monday... Executive Director Linda Bird says new product is coming in the door each day. That tent is located adjacent to Freedom Hall. The yard sale runs every weekend... from Thursday thru Sunday... until the end of August

 

Indoor Air

The state House Health Committee heard testimony on legislation designed to strengthen Pennsylvania's ban on indoor smoking. The bill would remove most of the exemptions contained in the original law passed in 2008. In addition to tobacco use, the restrictions would also cover electronic cigarettes, which may present a problem for the bill's passage. Advocates of e-cigarettes say they should not be included because of their potential for getting tobacco users to quit, and they disagree with claims that vaping may be a health hazard.
 

Nanticoke Crash

A Nanticoke bakery is expected to be open for business Tuesday... just two days after a car slammed into their building. No one was injured when a driver hit the gas instead of the brakes... slamming into the side of the brick building over the weekend. The driver was not hurt in the crash.

 

Hazleton Shooting

Police say they're probing a shot's fired call in Hazleton. It happened early Sunday morning. Officers were called to West 5th and Grant Streets where shell casings were found on the pavement. No one was found at the scene.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

In the first game of a three game series in Baltimore Monday night... the Philadelphia Phillies were defeated by the Baltimore Orioles 4 to nothing. Game two is Tuesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other games

In other games Monday night... the New York Mets squeezed by the Toronto Blue Jays 4 to 3... the Pittsburgh Pirates out lasted the Chicago White Sox 11 to 6... and the Miami Marlins got by the New York Yankees 2 to 1.

 

NHL

In game 6 of the NHL finals Monday night,... the Chicago Blackhawks blanked the Tampa Bay Lightning 2 to nothing. It's the third Stanley Cup title for the Blackhawks in the past six years.

 

NBA

Tuesday night... in the NBA finals, the Golden State Warriors will try to clinch the franchise's first championship in 40 years when they take on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The game 6 will be played in Cleveland with Golden State leading three games to two.

 

 



 

Fatal Folo

Funeral service will be held Tuesday at the Stillwater Christian Church for 17 – year old Anna Getz... who died in a one car crash at the start of the weekend. State police tell us Ms. Getz was southbound on Ridge Road in Fishing Creek Township. She lost control of the 2006 mini – van and slammed into a tree. Ms. Getz was going to be a senior in the fall at the Benton High School. The services on Tuesday begin at 11 O'clock.

 

Carey Howell

The Bloomsburg Fair Board member who has headed the grandstand operation for the past ten year is calling it quits. Superintendent Carey Howell has made it known to the Association... the 2015 Bloomsburg Fair will be his last.... thus opening the position to someone new. Mr. Howell telling WHLM News that he just has too much on his plate. However he plans to continue his role on the Bloomsburg Town Council... as well as on the Municipal Authority.

 

Sullivan Co. Plane Crash

Two Dushore men are lucky to be alive after the small plane they were in crashed Sunday morning in Sullivan County. Authorities say the plane went down in a wooded area moments after taking off from Cherry Township. 55 – year old Richard Rexer, the pilot and 58 – year old John Smithkors were checked out at a hospital and later released.

 

Greenly Center

Although it had a soft opening last March... the Bloomsburg University's Greenly Center was formerly dedicated at the start of the weekend. Duane Greenly and his wife, Susan, made sure the University had the money to construct the four story building on East Main Street... but to leave a legacy in gown to town relations. Duane Greenly and his wife graduated from BU in 1972. Mr. Greenly a highly successful businessman.... finally settling in the Mechanicsberg area... with roots running deep in Bloomsburg.

 

Pipeline Task Force
Governor Tom Wolf has called for a task force to study how pipelines can effectively carry the commonwealth's natural gas. The Marcellus Shale boom is now 6 or 7 years old and with the growth of the industry comes greater need to deliver the gas to the marketplace. That means a vast distribution network – such as pipelines. Governor Tom Wolf says this has to be done right and he's relying on the state Department of Environmental Resources to assemble the task force. Wolf says the environmental impact is a major concern, as are the property rights of landowners, many of whom are already grumbling about right of way issues.

 

PA Voting

Proposed legislation is designed to make it easier to cast a ballot on election day in Pennsylvania. The bill would allow for same-day voter registration. Under the measure, a voter could walk into their polling place on election day present proof of residency and cast a provisional ballot. Supporters say it's working in at least a dozen other states, resulting in a double-digit increase in voter participation. Only 19 percent of registered voters in Pennsylvania turned out for last month's primary.

 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Monday is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Now... a state agency is encouraging residents to look for signs of abuse. 200,000 Pennsylvania seniors fell victim to elder abuse last year. The Department of Aging is teaming up with other state agencies to try and educate more people in the commonwealth on the signs and symptoms of abuse so they can fight this public health and human rights issue. Signs include strange injuries... a lack of food, clothing, and medicine...or a sudden inability to pay bills.
 

Alleged Shooter

Hazleton police say they've made an arrest in a shooting which left one man dead. Police taking into custody 26 – year old Raphael Mora – Polanca was arrested in the shooting death of 35 – year old Jorge Marrero last Thursday. Reports indicate that the shooting started on Alter Street... and ended up at Emerald Court and West 4th Street. Mora – Polanca was picked up Sunday about two block from the shooting.

 

Sunbury Fire

Five people were left homeless... after a fire made it's way through several apartments in Sunbury on Sunday. The blaze began around noon time on Market Street. Sunbury's fire chief says it's believed the blaze started in an ashtray on the porch. Firemen were able to save three cats found in one of the apartments

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team is ranked nationally in two preseason polls. The Huskies are 4th in the nation in the Lindy's Sports Division II Top 25... and 13th in the Sporting News Poll. Senior center Ryan Geiger is a Sporting News preseason All American.

 

PHL Phillies

The Pirates completed a three game weekend sweep of the Phillies Sunday in Pittsburgh with a 1-0 win in 11 innings. Monday night the Phils open a three game series in Baltimore against the Orioles. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Sunday... the New York Mets defeated the Atlanta Braves 10-8... and the New York Yankees got by the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

 

NBA Finals

Sunday night, in Game 5 of the NBA finals... the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavilers 104 to 91. Golden State now leads the series 3 games to 2.

 

NHL

In the NHL finals, the Chicago Blackhawks can clinch the title with a win tonight over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Chicago. The Blackhawks lead the series  three games to two.

 



This is the first weekend of the Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale, now back for the summer in Liberty Hall on the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. Stop by from 10AM - 4PM Thursdays through Sundays to find antiques, collectibles, and more. Donations can be dropped off 7 days a week. Please no televisions, exercise equipment, mattresses, or box springs. The sale runs through the end of August. 

 

The 24th annual Dream Machines Motor Club auto show is happening toay from 8:30 AM - 3 PM at the Bloomsburg Airport on Route 487. All vehicles from cars and trucks to motorcycles and big rigs are welcome. The featured category this year will be vintage survivor cars. Pre-registration is $10 or $15 the day of the show. For more information visit TheDMMC.org

 

The Benton British Car Club will hold their monthly meeting this afternoon at 3PM at Strevig's Family Restaurant on Route 487 in Benton. They meet the second Sunday of every month. Anyone who owns a British-made vehicle is invited to attend.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Philadelphia Baseball

The Phillies are in Pittsburgh this weekend to play the Pirates. Today's first pitch is scheduled for 1:35. You can hear the action on the WHLM stations starting with the pregame at 1 o'clock.

 


 

This is the first weekend of the Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale, now back for the summer in Liberty Hall on the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. Stop by from 10AM - 4PM Thursdays through Sundays to find antiques, collectibles, and more. Donations can be dropped off 7 days a week. Please no televisions, exercise equipment, mattresses, or box springs. The sale runs through the end of August. 

 

The 5th annual Animal Resource Center golf tournament is happening today at the Links at Hemlock Creek in Buckhorn - rain or shine. Registration opens at 7AM. Shotgun start for the 4-person scramble is at 8AM. Cost is $260 per team, and includes 18 holes, snacks at the turn, lunch at the Links, and entry for 50/50s and other prizes. 

 

Come to the Liberty Township Fire Company today from 9AM - 5PM for a Benefit festival for Bill Fallon. There will be classic cars, arts & craft vendors, live music, and more fun for the whole family. The fire company is on Mooresburg Road in Danville. 

 

Katy's Church in Muncy is holding a trash-or-treasure sale today from 9AM - 3PM. There will be strawberry cheesecake for sale as well. Donations of unwanted items for the sale are being accepted. Proceeds benefit the church's security system. The church is at 440 Katy's Church Road. 

 

The annual Wilburton Hose Company car show will be held today from 9AM - 3PM. All kinds of vehicles are welcome. Prizes will be awarded for each class. Entries will be judged by a panel including WHLM's very own Mr. News. The fire company is on Main Street in Wilburton.

 

Unityville Volunteer Fire Company will hold their 6th annual Community Day this evening. Events start at 3PM with an open car show, grab some free food from the Fire Company from 4 - 8:30, then enjoy a fireworks show at 9:30 by hot Shotz. The fire company is just off Route 42 in Unityville.

 

The 24th annual Dream Machines Motor Club auto show is happening Sunday from 8:30 AM - 3 PM at the Bloomsburg Airport on Route 487. All vehicles from cars and trucks to motorcycles and big rigs are welcome. The featured category this year will be vintage survivor cars. Pre-registration is $10 or $15 the day of the show. For more information visit TheDMMC.org

 

The Benton British Car Club will hold their monthly meeting Sunday at 3PM at Strevig's Family Restaurant on Route 487 in Benton. They meet the second Sunday of every month. Anyone who owns a British-made vehicle is invited to attend.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Philadelphia Baseball

The Phillies are in Pittsburgh this weekend to play the Pirates. Today's first pitch is scheduled for 4:05. You can hear the action on the WHLM stations starting with the pregame at 3:30.

 



 

 

Mother / Daughter Busted

A mother and daughter are in the Columbia County Prison after they were busted Thursday on a series of drug charges. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish telling us that 24 Jessica Martin... and her mother 48 – year old Donna Hamilton were allegedly found in the home at 15 Clover Leaf Lane.... allegedly making methamphetamine. Martin was initially taken into custody for an outstanding warrant. Both are facing a long list of charges. The pair was arraigned before District Justice Craig Long in Catawissa... with bail set at $50,000 straight cash. They couldn't post bail... so they were remanded to the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg. A preliminary hearing is set for June 23rd.

 

Carey Howell to Resign Fair Job

That man who has been grandstand superintendent at the Bloomsburg Fair the past ten years is calling it quits. Carey Howell says he'll tender his resignation with the fair association soon. Howell says he plans to stay on until the fair association election in January... and train whoever wins the job. And he says he'll continue to serve on Bloomsburg Town Council and the Municipal Authority... since those jobs take less time than his fair job.

 

Berwick Fire

A Berwick woman is safe after a fire extensively damaged her Pearl Street home late Thursday afternoon. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting that a cat awoke the woman about 5:45... after smoke began to fill her two story home. It took firefighters 30 minutes to bring the flames under control. It's believed the blaze started in the kitchen... and spread to the second story. Now... a state police fire marshal will be on scene today to determine what caused that blaze on Pearl Street in Berwick.

 

Gordner / Theater

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission has approved a $10,000 grant to the Danville Business Alliance. The money is earmarked to begin a feasibility study for the possible renovation and reuse of the historic Capitol Theater in downtown Danville. That word coming from State Senator John Gordner of Berwick who worked with the Alliance on the application. The Commission's grant will fund a portion of the cost of an architectural study of the historic and ornate building.

 

Death Penalty
House lawmakers heard hours of testimony on Governor Tom Wolf's death penalty moratorium during a Thursday hearing in Harrisburg. Supporters and opponents of the death penalty say they want what's fair... fair to the victims and their families... a fair appeals process... and fair in terms of justice. District attorneys say when there isn't even a question of innocence the criminals who meet all the aggravating circumstances should be put to death.... but opponents from the Atlantic Center for Capitol Representation insist the system is broken.

 

ARC Yard Sale

The premiere yard sale of the year open Thursday at Liberty Hall on the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. The Animal Resource Center found the space just in the nick of time... allowing them to spread out their yard sale items on dozens of tables. ARC volunteer Shirley Adams says the money received is for a good cause... such as funding the work of the no kill shelter. The event is held every weekend through the end of August... starting Thursday morning. You can still donate items for the sale by placing them in a tent adjacent to Freedom Hall at the Fairgrounds.

 

Dream Machines

Hundreds of classic cars will make their way to the 24th annual Dream Machines Motor Club this Sunday at the Bloomsburg Airport. Appearing on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... the club's Randy Lawton telling Joe and Norm that in addition to the cars and airplanes fly-in... there will be vendors, food and music. The drive – in, fly -in event begins Sunday morning... and runs through mid afternoon at the Bloomsburg Airport.

 

School Funding
The commission charged with coming up with a funding formula for public schools in Pennsylvania missed this week's deadline for issuing a report. The Basic Education Funding Commission has not indicated when its work will be completed. Organizations like the Pennsylvania School Boards Association are anxious to see what's in the report. Communications Director Steve Robinson understands the delay, saying funding school districts is very important, and coming up with a fair and equitable formula can't be rushed.

 

Hazleton Shooting

Hazleton police are investigating a shooting that happened late Thursday night at the corner of Emerald Court and West 4th Street. Cops aren't saying much... but they do confirm one person was taken to the hospital after being shot in the face twice. Police aren't releasing the person's name.... or condition.

 

Retirement Security

Retirement security was the focus of a hearing by a state House Committee. With the state House set to vote on a Senate-passed plan to make major changes in the pension systems for teachers and state employees, the Democratic Policy Committee sought to examine the issue as it pertains to the sustainability of these plans. Testifiers included the Executive Director of the National Institute on Retirement Security, and the head of the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems.
 

Tornado Confirmed

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado hit East Cameron Township near Shamokin earlier this week. One resident says the tornado included high winds and heavy rain. No one was hurt in Monday's weather phenomena.

 

PITF

Governor Wolf has announced the formation of a task force to help Commonwealth agencies, the natural gas industry, and communities across the state collaborate more effectively as thousands of miles of pipelines are being proposed to transport natural gas from gas wells throughout the Commonwealth. In Pennsylvania, natural gas drilling has outpaced the development of the infrastructure needed to get gas to market. The Pipeline Infrastructure Task Force will include representatives from state agencies, the legislature, federal and local governments, the pipeline and natural gas industries and environmental groups.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

After a day off Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies open a weekend series against the Pirates in Pittsburgh Friday night. he first pitch is set for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In a game played Thursday night... the New York Mets got by the San Francisco Giants 5 to 4.

 

NBA

Thursday night in game four of the NBA finals... the Golden State Warriors downed the Cleveland Cavaliers 103 to 82. The series is now tied at two games apiece. Game five will be played Sunday night in Oakland.

 

NHL

The NHL final series between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning is tied at two games each. Game five will be played tomorrow night in Tampa.

 

Women's Soccer

The next World Cup match for the United States women's soccer team is Friday night. Team USA takes on Sweden at Winnepeg Stadium.

 



 

Berwick Fire

Fire crews in Berwick have spent the early Thursday evening battling a structure on Pearl Avenue.... on the Borough's north side. Most berwick units are on the scene... and Chief Bill Coolbaugh is requesting the Espy Fire Department's Rapid Intervention Team.

 

Pipeline Folo

Federal investigators spent Wednesday at the scene of a pipeline rupture near Unityville... on the Columbia – Lycoming County line. Investigators want to know why a 24 – inch in diameter natural gas pipeline ruptured this week... shaking neighbors... and leaving a grassy area... brown from dirt. Williams Pipeline's Scott Carney telling our media partner Newswatch 16 claiming it wasn't an explosion... but rather a rupture of a high pressure natural gas pipeline. The ensuring explosion forced the evacuation of up to 200 people. Investigators say it may take a year to figure out what happened.

 

Barletta / Spencer Murder

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton is urging that 72 – year old Anthony Franklin be returned to the United States from Argentina to face murder charges. Mr. Barletta is getting help in his fight from congressman Tom Marino... who represents central Pennsylvania and the Poconos. Franklin is wanted in the cold blooded killing of Hemlock Township businessman Frank Spencer back in 2012. Authorities say he fled to South America... and is now being held in prison. Already being held in connection with Spencer's death is his ex-wife...

 

Skateboard Park

On of the targeted items for the Bloomsburg Town Park Improvement Association is getting a new skateboard park up and running. Appearing on the Wednesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... Association President Chuck Wagner says they're received a $5,000 donation from the Tony Hawk Foundation... as well as $3,000 from the Bloomsburg Rotary Club. The association hope to have construction of the first phase underway this summer... at a cost of between 30 to 40 thousand dollars.

 

Seasoned Sounds

There was a nice crowd on hand last night at Bloomsburg Town Park for week two of the Summer Concert Series. On the bandshell Wednesday night was Seasoned Sounds... and their repertoire of hits from the 40's and 50's. The series continues next Wednesday with the Salamanders... playing classic rock.

 

Wolf Setback
Governor Tom Wolf has been handed a setback by the courts. In a split 4-3 decision, Commonwealth Court has ruled against the Wolf Administration, saying the governor overstepped his powers when he fired the director of Pennsylvania's Office of Open Records just days after taking office. The court ruled that Erik Arneson should be returned to the position with back pay and benefits. Wolf spokesman Jeff Sheridan says an appeal is forthcoming, so next stop is the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

 

Bird Flu

The new strain of avian flu does not affect human health....but it can hit the economy hard. WHLM's s Rachel McDevitt reports industry experts are busy preparing for a possible outbreak in the commonwealth. Among birds the flu virus is quick moving and deadly. If a case is found in PA.... the farm needs to be quarantined and the birds euthanized. The farm can then sit empty for months after it is cleaned. The PA Secretary of Agriculture is encouraging farmers to think of their biosecurity.... who is coming onto the farm.... where have they been... and what will the protocols be if a bird is found infected.

 

Coughlin HS

The Wilkes – Barre Area School Board has taken the first step to build a new, consolidated high school. The board Wednesday night selected the Coughlin High School site for the project... housing students in the 9th through 12th grades. The decision made despite protests from those attending the meeting. Both Meyers and Coughlin are in major need of repairs. One other plus... the Coughlin site is centrally located within the city limits.

 

Wounded Veterans

Last weekend a group of wounded veterans rode through Pennsylvania on adapted, three-wheeled motorcycles. The Road Warrior Foundation started its ride in Canada and is making its way down to Key West, Florida. Eight riders joined this year...and all have suffered injuries while deployed. Some were missing legs...parts of their hands. One woman was blind because of a virus she got in Iraq. But all of them were visibly grateful at the chance to go on a trip like this...and meet not only fellow soldiers on the road to recovery...but also the civilians they signed up to protect.

 

Tamaqua Fire

Three Schuylkill County men are staying elsewhere after their home burned to the ground this week. Authorities say the mobile home went up in flames around 8 O'clock Tuesday night. It was located on Catawissa Road near Tamaqua. The structure was destroyed... as well as two parked SUV. It's believed the fire is electrical in nature.

 

On line gaming

Pennsylvania has slot machines and table games in casinos. It has the lottery, small games of chance and horse racing. Plenty of gaming opportunities but the state may roll the dice on even more gambling. Online gaming is on the radar of lawmakers and gambling expansion is offering its usual enticements: a jackpot for the state’s coffers without raising anyone’s taxes.

 

Rachel Levine

A transgender woman has the approval of the Pennsylvania Senate to be Pennsylvania’s physician general in what one lawmaker calls a “history making” vote. Dr. Rachel Levine unanimously won confirmation Tuesday. The Wolf administration calls Levine an expert in pediatrics and psychiatry and says she helped start a division at Penn State Hershey Medical Center for the care of teens with complex medical and psychosocial problems.

 



 

Ruptured Gas Line

Investigators want to find out what sparked an explosion in a natural gas pipeline Tuesday night on the Columbia – Lycoming County line near Unityville. Several hundred people were evacuated from their homes around 9:30 last night when the 24 – inch in diameter pipe ruptured. Benton Emergency Management Director Dan Jankowski telling our media partner Newswatch 16 the explosion initially sounded like a plane crash. Folks were allowed back into their homes shortly after 11 O'clock... and roads were re-opened. Now... investigators will be on site today to try and figure out what happened last night near Unityville.

 

Berwick Community Crimewatch

Berwick Mayor Tim Burke and the Community Crime Watch will be out on the streets early Wednesday evening... walking a pre – determined route... in an effort to crush crime. It's the first time a crime walk has taken place since last December. Mayor Burke says the walk begins in the parking lot at the corner of Third and Market Street... with the group going west on Second to LaSalle... then returning east on Front Street. It all begins at 7 O'clock.

 

Fire Department

First responders of the Bloomsburg Fire Department have been busy thus far this year. Chief Bob Rupp says the department has run an estimated 170 calls in 2015. Very few structure fires.... but there are a fair share of burning food on the stove... as well as smoke alarms losing their juice. Whatever the case.... Chief Rupp believes if the current pace is sustained... department members could be responding up to 400 calls this year.

 

Berwick Pet and Toy

Hundreds of people lined Market Street in Berwick last night for the annual Pet and Toy Parade. Kids and their parents... along with their pets walked the route of march. And there were plenty of fire trucks from the greater Berwick area. The event was sponsored by the Berwick Elks Lodge.

 

Union Agreement

The Wolf Administration has taken another step toward labor peace with ratification of a new, one-year contract with the Harrisburg – based Service Employees International Union. The pact covers about 10,000 nurses, case-workers and other human service employees working in state government. SEIU employees will get a 2.25 percent pay increase in January, and all current health care benefits are carried over through 2015-16. Administration officials said the terms are identical in all major parts to the contract ratified last month by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the largest state workers' union.

 

Municipal Pensions

Legislation approved by the House State Government Committee would reform public pensions at the municipal level. The bill which now heads to the House, would change pension benefits for newly hired municipal workers to a defined contribution plan, and remove pension benefits altogether from the collective bargaining process. There would be no change for current retirees. A number of municipal leaders say they need these and other changes contained in the bill to meet increasing costs from municipal pensions.

 

XGR Committees
it's a busy time for legislative committees in Harrisburg. The state House Judiciary Committee gave the go-ahead to several pieces of legislation, sending them on to the full House. One bill sets up an "Officer Down Advisory." That would work like an Amber Alert when a suspect is at large following an attack on law enforcement... deploying electronic road signs and text alerts. The committee also unanimously approved bills increasing the penalties for impersonating law enforcement personnel and doctors...

 

Wilkes – Barre HS Site

It appears any new high school in Wilkes – Barre will be built at the site where Coughlin High School now stands. The Wilkes – Barre Area School Board is expected to give the okay when they meet Wednesday. The board says that while the Myers High School site has more property... Coughlin is centrally located. Some board members say building a new high school at the Coughlin site will reduce costs... such as in the area of transportation. Cost of the new school is pegged in the neighborhood of $100 – million.

 

Williamsport Arson

Authorities in Lycoming County are looking for an arsonist. If you recall... a vacant building on third street in Williamsport went up in flames last week. Now... investigators says the blaze is a case of arson. Thus far... there are no leads in the case.

 

 



 

** Breaking News **

Natural Gas Line Explosion

First responders from Columbia and Lycoming County's have been called to the area of Keller Hollow Road and Bradley Road in Jordan Township in Lycoming County for a possible gas line leak. Emergency units were first dispatched around 9:30 Tuesday night for a possible plane crash.... but arriving crews discovered it was a ruptured natural gas line near Keller Hollow and Bradley Road. Reports from the scene indicate that people living within a three mile area are being evacuated. Some are being directed to shelter at the Benton Fire Hall. ire police have shut Route 118 in the vicinity of Route 239. A crew from Williams Energy is close to the scene... waiting to get into the area to shut down natural gas flowing through the line. We'll have more on the WHLM Morning Buzz starting at 6 AM Wednesday.

 

George Curry

The end of a career may be near for Berwick School District Head Football Coach George Curry. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... the District School Board made it clear last night they plan to look for a replacement for Curry starting in the 2016 season. The 70 – year old Curry is one of the winningest coach's in the state... but recently... questions were raised and an investigation launched into the possibility of recruiting students from outside school's to join Berwick's program. Despite the board's action... Curry says he'll re-apply for his job.

 

Marcus Brown
Democrats in the state Senate are crying foul after Monday's defeat of State Police Commissioner-nominee Marcus Brown. Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa says the nomination turned into a side-show where special interest groups raised petty issues. Republicans, all of whom voted no, deny that claim, saying Brown was rejected because he failed to garner the confidence and support of lawmakers and the public. The 26 to 22 vote against confirmation came despite Governor Tom Wolf's last-minute request that the nomination be withdrawn.

 

Berwick Theatre

One of the fixtures of downtown Berwick is closed... at least temporarily. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition the Berwick Theater was condemned due to roof problems. The roof on the 100 – year old structure was pummeled over the winter due to ice and snow... and now leaks have developed. An estimated $14,000 is needed to repair the roof... followed by an inspection... in order for the theater to re-open.

 

ARC Yard Sale

It appears the Animal Resource Center has finally found a place to hold their annual yard sale. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Executive Director Linda Bird says it will be held at Liberty Hall at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. The event begins Thursday and will run through August 30th. All the money raised goes to the no kill shelter's operation.

 

Loan Agreements
A central Pennsylvania swine farm is benefiting from a partnership by the PA Agriculture Department and Department of Community and Economic Development. The state has secured a $200,000 low-interest loan for the Snyder County farm to begin supplying pork products to Montgomery County-based Hatfield Quality Meats. Currently, the company gets its products from out of state. Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding says this is an example of how government can benefit business as well as private operations in Pennsylvania.

 

Background Checks

Committee members voted on a bill meant to clarify who needs state and federal background checks required by new child protection laws. The last bill of a package of child protection legislation made background checks mandatory for many people who work with children... and caused a lot of confusion in the process. A new bill meant to clear up the requirements was met with opposition in the House Children and Youth Committee. Some said it will undo the work of the last two years and significantly reduce protections. The bill's sponsor says that's not the intent.

 

Capital Punishment

Governor Wolf recently issued another reprieve for a death row inmate. WHLM 's Rachel McDevitt says law enforcement officials are once again speaking out against the action. The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association says Governor Wolf has overstepped his constitutional authority by granting reprieves without a reason specific to the cases. Wolf has said he won't let any executions happen until a task force report on the death penalty is released... but the District Attorneys Association says Mr. Wolf isn't considering the families of the victims... or admitted guilt from the latest reprieved inmate Hubert Michael.

 

New Wilkes – Barre High School

It appears any new high school in Wilkes – Barre will be built at the site where Coughlin now stands. The Wilkes – Barre Area School Board is expected to give the okay when they meet Wednesday. The board says that while the Myers High School site has more property... Coughlin is centrally located. Some board members say building a new high school at the Coughlin site will reduce costs... such as in the area of transportation. Cost of the new school is pegged in the neighborhood of $100 – million.

 

Williamsport Arson

Authorities in Lycoming County are looking for an arsonist. If you recall... a vacant building on Third street in Williamsport went up in flames last week. Now... investigators says the blaze was set. Thus far... there are no leads in the case.

 

Indecent Assault

Hazleton police have captured they man who allegedly inappropriately touched a child. Police say 40 – year old David Vasquez Cruz of Hazleton was picked up Monday. It's alleged Cruze touched the child six years ago. He is facing charges of indecent assault and child endangerment... and is in the Luzerne County lockup.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded gasoline is holding somewhat steady. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report show's we're paying an estimated $2.77 a gallon in Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as across all of northeastern PA. A week ago... the price hovered around the $2.78 mark... and $2.81 a month ago.

 

Health Insurance

A national upswing of health insurance rate increases is coming to Pennsylvania. That could mean higher-than-expected rate increases next year for at least a couple hundred thousand Pennsylvanians who bought insurance in the marketplace created by the 2010 federal health care law. Paperwork filed with the state Department of Insurance shows that many insurers want rate increases of nearly 10 percent in one or more of their plans. The department emphasizes that it must approve any rate increase and that nothing is final.

 

 

 



 

** Tornado Watch **

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a watch for all of Central and eastern Pennsylvania. The watch is in effect until 8 PM Monday night.

 

PSP Nomination Pulled

Governor Wolf is asking the state senate to withdraw his nomination for commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. That happened Monday morning just before the full Senate was to vote on the Marcus Brown nomination. Some folks... especially ex – state troopers believe Brown should not have been wearing a state police uniform.... since he did not graduate from the state police academy at Hershey. Governor Wolf says Brown will remain as acting commissioner

 

Millard / State Budget

State lawmakers return to Harrisburg Monday... with only weeks to prepare a budget for the 2015 – 16 fiscal year. State Representative David Millard of Berwick says all the components coming from the Republican – controlled state house and senate have been plugged in.... just some additional tweaking needed. According to Mr. Millard... it's up to the governor to either reject it or sign the plan into law.

Just last week.. Governor Wolf's proposed $33 – billion, tax – laden budget went down in flames when it was rejected by the General Assembly 193 to nothing.

 

I-80 Work

If you use Interstate 80... especially near Mifflinville... there will be traffic trouble spots. PennDOT tells us that starting Monday... the eastbound, right lane will be closed until 5 O'clock this afternoon near mile marker 241 so a new expansion dam can be installed on the overpass bridge for Route 11.

On Tuesday... the left lane will be closed from 7 AM until 5 PM for the same operation. An agency spokesman says the procedure will take place in the westbound lane later in the week. The work could cause traffic to back up... so you might want to consider an alternate.

 

Eco Friendly Car

Students from Penn State are one year in to a four-year competition to make a muscle car eco-friendly. The team from Penn State is working towards the design of a 99 percent, show-room ready version of an eco-friendly... but still powerful Chevy Camaro. It's part of the Eco Car 3 competition between 16 schools from all corners of the country. Members of the Penn State team say it's a great way to build real world experience. They say their biggest challenge in the coming years will be staying on track as members graduate.

 

Town Park / Skateboard

Bloomsburg's own Park Improvement Association will soon tackle a major project. It's the construction of a new concrete skateboard park thanks to the help of a five thousand dollar grant from the foundation of professional skateboarder Tony Hawk. Chuck Wagner of the Town Park Improvement Association says the first phase will cost for phase one is between $30 to 40,000... with about half of that already in the bank. The new park will replace an old facility that out – wore it's usefulness several years ago.

 

Online Gaming

Republicans in the state Senate are set to unveil a plan to legalize online gambling In Pennsylvania. Supporters say it's a way to generate badly needed revenue for the state without a tax increase. The plan is being spearheaded by Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati. He cites a study that says this could bring in an extra $100-million. Competition from neighboring states is also among the reasons, with online gambling currently legal in New Jersey and Delaware.

 

Hazleton Camera's

Surveillance camera's in Hazleton may soon be expanded. Right now... there are camera's as part of the Broad Street Corridor project... with the additional camera's linked to that system. Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea says antennas used in the system are expected to be installed at the Lehigh Valley Hospital – Hazleton... as well as the airport. DeAndrea says that could send signals from the camera's back to city hall... where they're monitored.

 

Teenage Drug Use
The Wolf Administration is hoping more schools in the commonwealth will adopt a program that seems to be effective at curbing teenage drug use. Subsidized by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency... the LifeSkills training program is designed...not to scare kids away from using drugs... but to build up their self-confidence and encourage them to make smart decisions. Student surveys in the 93 schools where the program is already in place show it's effective. Kids are saying they are not trying drugs. Officials say those results are also saving the state money...at about 34-hundred dollars per student.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

Two families were forced from their home Sunday night... after a fire spread through an apartment building on Monroe Street in Wilkes – Barre. Authorities say two of the four apartments in the building were damaged... forcing the two families to live elsewhere. No one was hurt... and now a fire marshal is trying to figure out what started last night's fire in Wilkes – Barre.

 

Indecent Assault

Hazleton police have issued an arrest warrant for a man accused of inappropriately touching a child. Police say 40 – year old David Vasquez Cruz of Hazleton alleged the the child six years ago. Cruz is facing charges of indecent assault and child endangerment.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the San Francisco Giants 6-4 Sunday in the final game of a weekend series at Citizen's Bank Park. Monday night the Phils are in Cincinnati for the first of a three game series against the Reds. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:35.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates shut out the Atlanta Braves 3-0... the New York Mets got by the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3... and the New York Yankees over the Los Angeles Angels 6 to 2.

 

NBA

Sunday night in Oakland in game two of the NBA final series... the Cleveland Cavaliers just getting by the Golden State Warriors 95 to 93. The series is tied up at one game apiece... with the finals moving to Cleveland for game three Tuesday night.

 

NHL

In the NHL finals, game three will be played Monday night in Chicago. That series between the Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightening is tied at one game each.

 

NASCAR

And Martin Truex, Jr. wins Sunday's 400 mile NASCAR Cup Series event at the Pocono Raceway.

 



 

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will present their 2015 Theater In The Classroom program, Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," this weekend at the Alvina Krause Theater. Today's performance is at 3PM. Tickets are $15 for adults and just $8 for kids 12 and under. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Valley of Bloomsburg American Legion post 273 will hold their 2nd annual cruise-in today from 10AM - 3PM, rain or shine. Registration is free. There will be food, prizes, raffles, and goodie bags. Proceeds benefit the Veterans' Memorial of Columbia County. The post is at 110 Juniper Street in Bloomsburg, just off Old Berwick Road.

 

Enjoy an afternoon of coffee, teas, treats, and live music for a good cause at Grove Presbyterian Church this afternoon. Starting at 4PM, stop by the church on Bloom Street in Danville and check out the basket raffle and live music by Suzane Walzer, Brian Crane, and Zing Productions. A collection will be taken up to benefit the Carl Appleman and Leanne Segada family.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Philadelphia Baseball

The Phillies are at home this weekend to play the Giants. This afternoon's first pitch is scheduled for 1:35. You can hear all the action on the WHLM stations starting with the preagame show at 1 o'clock sharp.

 



 

The 8th annual Bloomsburg YMCA indoor yard sale is happening today  from 6:30AM - 1PM. Find household items, toys, clothes, furniture, baked goods, snacks and more. Donations can be dropped off during regular open hours at the trailer in the Y parking lot on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg. For more information, visit the Bloomsburg YMCA under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The McBride Memorial Library in Berwick will hold a used book sale today from 8AM - 2PM. All proceeds benefit the library on Market Street in Berwick.

 

Come to Moreland Baptist Church in Muncy today for a charity auction to benefit the victims of hurricane Sandy. Travel packages, gift baskets, sporting goods, and much more will be auctioned off starting at 10AM. For more information visit MorelandBaptistChurch.org

 

The 2015 John Sterling Devlin golf classic and silent auction is happening this afternoon at the Berwick Golf Club from Noon - 7PM. 50 different pieces of sporting memorabilia will be auctioned off, including signed and framed photographs, and a Pete Rose autographed jersey. Cost for the day's events is just $75 for non-golfers. Proceeds benefit the John Devlin Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, call BU Football Head Coach Paul Darragh at 570-389-4701.

 

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will present their 2015 Theater In The Classroom program, Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," this weekend at the Alvina Krause Theater. Today's performances are at 2 & 7:30PM, and Sunday's performance is at 3PM. Tickets are $15 for adults and just $8 for kids 12 and under. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Valley of Bloomsburg American Legion post 273 will hold their 2nd annual cruise-in on Sunday from 10AM - 3PM, rain or shine. Registration is free. There will be food, prizes, raffles, and goodie bags. Proceeds benefit the Veterans' Memorial of Columbia County. The post is at 110 Juniper Street in Bloomsburg, just off Old Berwick Road.

 

Enjoy an afternoon of coffee, teas, treats, and live music for a good cause at Grove Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon. Starting at 4PM, stop by the church on Bloom Street in Danville and check out the basket raffle and live music by Suzane Walzer, Brian Crane, and Zing Productions. A collection will be taken up to benefit the Carl Appleman and Leanne Segada family.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Philadelphia Baseball

The Phillies are at home this weekend to play the Giants. This afternoon's first pitch is scheduled for 3:05. You can hear all the action on the WHLM stations starting with the preagame show at 2:30.

 



 

NRC Hearing

What happens when two federal governmental agency's holds an environmental impact hearing... and only one person speaks. That was the case Thursday afternoon when a Harrisburg – area environmentalist spoke against a plan by PPL - Talen Energy to add a third reactor at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in Salem Township. Activist Eric Epstein says the plant will never be constructed due to many issues cropping up... including a reactor that doesn't exist and... until it does exist... is untested. PPL filed their application for a third reactor at the Susquehanna site in October of 2008.... and just recently the ownership of the plant going to Talen Energy. The NRC hopes to have a recommendation out by April of next year.

 

Northumberland County

Northumberland County could soon have a new jail... as well as a courthouse. The County Commission this week giving their okay... on a two to one vote... to take out a ten million dollar loan to build the jail and courthouse on the former Celotex site in Sunbury. The only commissioner to vote “no” on the idea was Rick Shoch who told our media partner Newswatch 16... if the plan goes through... he doesn't know how much property taxes will increase.

 

Corrections Officers

A third corrections officer in Northumberland County has been arrested. Joseph Marinelli is accused of smuggling tobacco and drugs into the prison. One of his jobs... transporting inmates to area jails since a fire which destroyed the Northumberland County Jail in Sunbury. Just last month Corrections officer Troy Taffner... and cafeteria worker Susan Studenski were arrested in the smuggling scheme.

 

Aggressive Driving

Aggressive driving... it's a big problem across our area of the state. Police officers were recognized Thursday in Danville for trying to get the problem under control. Sandy Tosca... an engineer with PennDOT's District 3 out of Montoursville says aggressive driving is one of the major causes of crashes and fatalities across Columbia and Montour Counties. With the help of federal grants funneled through PennDOT... police across the region will continue to watch for aggressive drivers.

 

Pension Changes

Lawmakers heard more on a proposed change to Pennsylvania's public pension system in a hearing this week. Unions and professional associations call Senate Bill one and its proposed changes to the pension system unfair and possibly unconstitutional. They say if lawmakers pay the bills... the current defined benefit plan will right itself and continue on for years. Some policy researchers, however, called the current system risky...and encouraged a switch to a defined contribution plan.

 

Railroad Safety

Advocates for railroad safety are trying to raise awareness of what people can do to protect themselves from a train collision. Joyce Rose is the President of Operation Lifesaver, a non-profit safety organization. She says, nationally, there has been an uptick in train crossing collisions. Ms. Rose went on to say seven people were killed and 25 were injured just in Pennsylvania during 2014.

 

Animal Cruelty

The Senate has passed several bills aimed at eliminating animal cruelty in the commonwealth. Tethering an animal outside in dangerous conditions....and offenders running kennels in family members' names are just a couple of the measures Senators gave their approval to this week. Also passed was a protection for horses.... and enhanced penalties for those who injure or kill an animal in a domestic violence situation. All bills passed with a strong majority and will now head to the House

 

Sex Assault

State Police in Sullivan County are investigating an alleged sexual assault that took place at the Red Rock Job Corp Center in Colley Township. Authorities say a 20 – year old woman was allegedly attack at the facility near Lopez earlier this week. Ponce say a 21 year old man is a person of interest... but no charges have been filed.

 

I-380 Bus Accident

State police are trying to determine why a tractor-trailer collided on Interstate 380 in the Pocono's with a charter bus taking Italian tourists to Niagara Falls. The bus driver was killed... as well as two others on the bus... leaving four people in critical condition. Authorities say the bus had departed from New York and was about a quarter of the way to its first destination when police said say it collided with a tractor-trailer that had crossed into oncoming traffic. The truck driver was treated for non – life threatening injuries.

 

Gun Violence Month

A state lawmaker is sponsoring a resolution to observe June as Gun Violence Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. Senator Art Haywood says he's involved in this effort because he doesn't want to see his family, friends, neighbors or constituents become the victims of gun violence. Haywood cited statistics showing three people are murdered by guns in Pennsylvania every two days, giving the state the 4th highest rate of total gun deaths in the nation, 10th highest for children and teens. Haywood also refers to gun violence as a threat to public health.

 

Firefighter Sentenced

A Wyoming Valley volunteer firefighter is head for state prison. David Donnora will serve the next four to ten years behind bars. Donnora pleaded guilty earlier this year to setting fire to a home in Dupont... in December of 2012.

 

Water Main

A major roadway in the Wyoming Valley is back open. The Sans Souci Parkway was opened after it was shut down due to a break in a water main... causing the road to buckle. The replacement of a section of the water main forced an estimated 40 homes and businesses to lose water.

 

 

WHLM Sports

HS Softball

The long and successful season of the Bloomsburg High School girls softball team came to an end Thursday with a 2-1 loss to Conemaugh (con-eh-maw) Valley in the Class A state quarterfinals. Bloomsburg ends the season with a record of 23 and 2... and the future looks bright for the Panthers who had an all underclassmen starting lineup.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies dropped the final game of their home series against the Cincinnati Reds 6-4. Friday night, the Phils open a three game home series against the San Francisco Giants. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30.

 

Other games

In other action Thursday night... The New York Mets dropped the Arizona Diamondbacks 6 to 2...

 

NBA

In the first game of the NBA's championship series Thursday night in Oakland... the Golden State Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 108 to 100.

 

Triple Crown

At Belmont Park in New York Saturday... American Pharaoh will try to become the first horse in 37 years to win the Triple Crown.

 



 

NRC Hearing

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission holds two public hearings Thursday... dealing with the Draft Environmental Report for a proposed third reactor at the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in Salem Township... north of Berwick. PPL built the first two reactors more than thirty years ago... and made application in 2008 for a third. There will be two different sessions... one at 3 PM... the second at 7:30... so says the NRC's Neil Sheehan. Sheehan says both the hearings will take place at Monty's on the Bloomsburg University upper campus.

 

Marcus Brown Confirmation
The Senate Law and Justice Committee has decided to take no position on the nomination of Colonel Marcus Brown as State Police Commissioner. After a sometimes contentious hearing, Committee Chairman State Senator Chuck McIlhenney moved that the nomination be forwarded to the full Senate without a vote. Brown has been under fire from Republican Senators and others for a number of issues, including wearing the PA State Police uniform even though he did not come up through the ranks here. There's no word on when a full Senate vote will be scheduled.
 

Wolf Nominees

The Senate has given the official nod of approval to more of Governor Tom Wolf's executive nominees.
Three more nominations to Governor Wolf's cabinet are not just acting anymore... but fully confirmed. Pedro Rivera and Teresa Miller were approved to be Secretary of Education and Insurance commissioner, respectively... by a 48 to 0 vote. Though a key committee decided to take no position on his nomination.... Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley was also confirmed by a 44 to 4 vote. Some lawmakers had expressed concern over his position on natural gas drilling.
 

Concert in the Park

Right on time and on cue.... The Danville Community Band kicked off the 2015 Summer Concert Series at Bloomsburg Town Park Wednesday night. Despite threatening skies... folks brought out their lawn chairs and blankets. The series of concerts continue every Wednesday at 7 O'clock through July 29th. The summer events will be capped off with the 58th annual Ice Cream and Cake Festival on Thursday August 6th.

 

Rail Safety

Advocates for railroad safety are trying to raise awareness of what people can do to protect themselves from a train collision. Seven Pennsylvanians died at railroad crossings last year and 25 were injured. Now in an awareness campaign Operation Lifesaver is asking people to "think train" every time they see tracks. Representatives say you should never try to beat a train or drive around the gates at a crossing.... because trains are much faster than they look.... and take up to a mile to come to a full stop.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Softball

It was worth the wait for the Bloomsburg High School girls softball team. After postponements on Monday and Tuesday, the Panthers finally got to face Mountain View Wednesday in a Class A state playoff game and beat the Eagles 4-1 at Bloomsburg University's Jan Hutchinson Field. It was the 23rd straight win for the Panthers who will be right back in action Thursday afternoon taking on Conamaugh Valley in a state quarterfinal at Bald Eagle Area starting at 4 o'clock.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Cincinnati Reds 5 to 4 Wednesday night. The three game series at Citizen's Bank Park concludes Thursday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Wednesday... the Pittsburgh Pirates down the San Francisco Giants 5 – 2... the San Diego Padres defeated the New York Mets 7 to 3... and it was the New York Yankees over the Seattle Mariners 3 to 1.

 

College Softball

NCAA Finals In the championship game of the the women's softball World Series... Florida downed Michigan 4 to 1.

 

NHL

In the opening game of the National Hockey League's finals series... the Chicago Blackhawks got by the Tampa Bay Lightening 2 to 1.

 



 

Couple Found Dead

A Salem Township couple are dead in an apparent murder – suicide. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting police and the coroner were called to the home early Wednesday morning. The couple has not been identified. Investigators are sifting through the information they're getting... and also don't know how long the pair had been dead.... or what lead to their deaths.

 

Millard / Wolf

Governor Wolf is regrouping after his tax – laden proposed budget was handing a stunning defeat this week by the state house.... going down in flames 193 to nothing. The proposal comes to $33 – billion ... and is filled with tax increases including state sales and personal income tax. State Representative David Millard of Berwick tells us the Republican controlled house and senate are formulating a plan of their own. Whatever the case... a budget must be on Governor Wolf's desk by the end of the month.

 

Bloomsburg Fire

Did you hear the fire siren go off overnight.... Bloomsburg firemen were called out at 1:30 Wednesday morning when someone spotted a fire in a dumpster behind the Auto Zone store at Ferry Road and 7th Street. Reports from the scene that flames were shooting an estimated three feet above the top of the bin. It didn't take firemen long to douse the blaze... and return to their headquarters.

 

Talen Energy

The federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission says it will hold an open house next Thursday to discuss the agency's annual review of the safety performance of Talen Energy's Susquehanna Steam Electric plant in Salem Township. The event starts at 5 O'clock at the Susquehanna Energy Information Center on Salem Boulevard. An NRC spokesman says folks from the agency will be on hand to discuss the performance 2014... and oversight plans for 2015.

 

Voters

Two Democratic house members are promoting legislation allowing PA residents to vote on the same day they register. Representatives Ryan Bizzarro and Kevin Schreiber says their proposal increases convenience and turnout... especially among young, minority and low – income voters. If the bill is approved... Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says voters would be given provisional ballots... until the local election board okays their application. No word if the proposal will gain traction. Similar efforts in the past have failed.

 

Pension System

Lawmakers heard from supporters and opponents to a bill that would restructure the public pension system in Pennsylvania in the first of two hearings this week. Financial experts said any retirement plan can be managed well or it can be managed poorly. Changing the pension structure now to a defined contribution or 401(k) style plan could affect the amount that current... state workers will see at retirement... but experts say an average person should be able to appropriately plan for the future. PA state troopers and corrections workers are asking to be exempted from any changes.

 

PA Department of Environmental Protection
Governor Wolf's choice to lead the State Department of Environmental Protection has his confirmation hearing this week. Acting D-E-P Secretary John Quigley appeared before the state Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee and faced questions about his past experience with the environmental group PennFuture and his view of Marcellus Shale, pipelines and other potential environmental impacts facing Pennsylvania in the coming years. The committee voted unanimously to advance Quigley's nomination.

 

ER Drop Off

State Police are now handing the case of a person shot outside the Wilkes – Barre City limit. But who delivered the gunshot victim to the hospital is a mystery. The unidentified man was dropped off at Wilkes – Barre General Hospital at midday Tuesday. The man said he was shot outside the city... and that's when someone picked him up... and drove him to the hospital Emergency Room.

 

A-Treat

It appears a deal to purchase the Allentown – based A-Treat Soda company is dead. The company shut down after producing their product for a hundred years... and distributing it in the region. A deal between the company and a Lehigh Valley businessman was struck... but now it appears it lost it's carbonation. Paul Eifler said this week... that the company didn't keep it's end of the deal. No one knows if someone else is waiting in the wings to buy the remnants of the company and produce the product.

 

Powerball Ticket
A Powerball ticket sold in the Hazleton area... is a winner... and worth an estimated 2 million dollars. That word from the lottery commission in Middletown. The ticket was sold at Nelly Travel Plaza in Nuangola... in Luzerne County. The Powerball tickets matched all five white balls drawn... but not the red Powerball number to win a prize of $2 million. The store getting a $10,000 bonus.

 

 

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HS Softball

For the third day in a row, the Bloomsburg and Mountain View girls high school softball teams will try to play their Class A first round state playoff game. After postponements the last two days, the two teams will meet Wednesday at 4:30 at Bloomsburg University's Jan Hutchinson Field.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies squeaked by the Cincinnati Reds 5 to 4. The second game of the Phils home series begins Wednesday night at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In other games Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates down the San Francisco Giants 7 to 4... the San Diego Padres downed the New York Mets 7 to 2... and it was the New York Yankees over the Seattle Mariners 5 to 3.

 

NCAA Softball

In the NCAA softball World Series... Michigan blanked Florida 1 to nothing. Both teams have won one game each.

 

NHL

The NHL's championship series begins Wednesday night with the Chicago Blackhawks playing the Tampa Bay Lightening in Tampa.

 

 



 

NEPA Gas Prices

The average price of self – serve, unleaded regular gas held steady over the weekend. The latest Triple - A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of $2.78 a gallon in Columbia and Montour Counties. That's down two cents a gallon from a week ago... but up eight cents a gallon from a month ago. Prices are expected to hold steady for the next few days.

 

WTC Memento

A retired member of the New York City Fire Department... now a volunteer for the Steven Siller Tunnel to Tower Foundation... presenting the owner of M & M Carpet and Home on Route 11 in South Centre Township with a memento from September 11th, 2001. Retired Battalion Chief Charles Gussman... giving Michael Chorba, Senior a shadow box with a piece of metal from the World Trade Center. M & M Carpet Centers... nationwide... along with supplier Mohawk... have contributed money to help build homes across the nation for the foundation's Building of America's Bravest program. The donations used for the construction of “smart homes” for returning service members catastrophically injured in combat in the Iraqi or Afghan war theaters.

 

House Vote / Taxes

A stunning setback for Democratic Governor Tom Wolf. House Republicans called up Governor Wolf's tax-shifting plan on Monday, and the House shot it down by a unanimous vote. Mr. Wolf denounced the vote as “gamesmanship” and said it was an effort to embarrass the administration. But Majority Leader David Reed... a Republican from Indiana County... said the vote gave the Wolf administration what it wanted: a vote on the entire tax package in his budget, rather than breaking it into pieces for individual votes.

 

People to Poles
Lawmakers are pushing a bill they say would get more people to the polls. Voter turnout for last month's primary in PA was low... around 19 percent. Representative Ryan Bizzarro says to raise the number of engaged voters... the commonwealth needs to get rid of arbitrary restrictions to voting that especially impact young... low income... and minority voters. His bill would allow for same day voter registration. Bizzarro says critics of his bill are worried about voter fraud... but he says his bill takes steps to eliminate fraud while streamlining the voting process.

 

Energy Hearing
Alternative energy was the topic of a hearing on Monday before the House Democratic Policy Committee. The hearing focused on Governor Wolf's $225 – million initiative to promote alternative energy in Pennsylvania. The funds would come from another of the Governor's plans, a severance tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling. Planning and Policy Director John Hanger told committee members that alternative energy, especially solar, is a growing industry, pointing out the economic as well as environmental benefits.

 

Math Success
School may be letting out around the state, but students are getting even more tools to help them succeed in math. Through a partnership with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association...70,000 more students will now have access to the First in Math program. First in Math teaches math skills through games. It's a way of getting instant feedback in a way that doesn't feel like learning. Schools in Philadelphia have used the program for a decade... and have seen students' math proficiency rise 40 percentage points from the 20th to around the 60th percentile.

ARC

If you belong to a non – profit organization... you know there are fund raisers throughout the year to keep you solvent. The latest one is for the Animal Resource Center... so says executive director Linda Bird. ARC plans to have a golf outing June 13th at the Links in Hemlock Township.

 

Suspect Captured

A second arrest has been made in a deadly Williamsport shooting that happened last month. Police say Terrance Perez has been collared by cops in an out of state city. He was extradited back to Williamsport to face murder charges.

 

PSP / Zion Grove

A Zion Grove man is in custody after ramming his late model car into a state issued SUV driven by State police. The incident happened late last week on Ringtown Road in Zion Grove. State police say 30 – year old Brad Moyer allegedly was doing 91 miles an hour before strike the SUV head on. The troopers were treated and released from a Schuylkill County hospital. Moyer was hospitalized... and is facing a long list of charges.

 

 

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HS Softball

Monday's scheduled girls softball Class A first round state game between Bloomsburg and Mountain View was postponed to Wednesday afternoon. The game will be played at Jan Hutchinson Field at Bloomsburg University starting at 4:30.

 

PHL Phillies

After a day off Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies will try to snap their seven game losing streak when they open a three game home series against the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In games played Monday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates just got by the San Francisco Giants 4 to 3.... the New York Mets blanked the San Diego Padres 7 to nothing... and the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners 7 to 2.

 

College Softball

In Oklahoma City Monday night, in the first game the 3 game series to decide the NCAA Division One softball championship... it was Florida over Michigan 3 to 2...

 

 



 

State House / David Millard

The state legislature reconvenes Monday morning in Harrisburg after a short spring break. State Representative David Millard says lawmakers will will be looking at two major issues... a pension plan the Senate has sent to the house... and in the Senate... a property tax reform bill okayed by the house. Still top of mind, however, is getting their version of a 2015 – 16 proposed budget to Governor Wolf's desk... while Wolf works on his own version of the plan to be submitted to the general assembly.

 

State Budget
It's the first day of June... and that means the one-month stretch fun to the state budget deadline. Now... things are about ready to heat up. Things have been relatively quiet in Harrisburg the past couple weeks as lawmakers have been in recess, but the show is back on for the final 30 days before the end of the fiscal year. Lawmakers have upwards of 20 session days scheduled in June, and Governor Tom Wolf says he hopes everyone comes to the table with open minds in this final month before the deadline. While the governor applauds the House and Senate for voting on some major budget-related initiatives of late, he says he's looking for some give and take in crunch time.

 

Danville Sewer Project

A major sewer line replacement project is underway in Danville. The biggest undertaking is increasing the line size into the waste treatment plant from 24 to 36 inches in diameter... making for the more efficient flow of material. That's not all according to Borough Administrator Dan Knorr. There are area's of Danville that will see new, bigger lines installed. It's expected the $7 – million project will interfere with life until it's wrapped up in October 2016.

 

First Responders

State lawmakers are using their recess to show support for a bill that saves volunteer first responders money. From Bucks County to Allegheny County... lawmakers have stood with volunteer fire companies to advocate for House Bill 1081... which exempts the first responders from paying for the state and federal background checks now required under new child protection laws. Supporters say we count on these volunteers to protect our communities... and so to deter their service by charging them up to 50 dollars is a wrong that needs corrected.
 

CO2 Detectors
A new state law takes effect Monday requiring landlords to install carbon monoxide detectors. The detectors must be installed in any rental unit that has an attached garage, fossil fuel-burning heater or appliance, or fireplace. Those who fail to comply could face fines of up to 50 dollars per unit. In addition, tenants are required to maintain the detectors, including replacing batteries. The mandate comes after the state adopted a building code for new structures with the same requirement.

 

Talen Energy

The PPL signs will soon be coming down... replaced by new ones at a couple of power plants in the area. The new signs will show that Talen Energy is taking over from PPL at the Steam Electric Station on Route 11 in Salem Township... as well at the generating station near Washingtonville... in Montour County. It's all part of an overall scheme to get the Allentown – based utility out of electrical production ... concentrating on the end product to distribute electricity to homes and businesses.

 

Kids in Cars
With summer just about here, state agencies want to remind you to never leave a child in a car unattended. It's not only illegal to leave a child alone in a car... but it's incredibly dangerous as well. In just 10 minutes... the temperature inside a car can rise 20 degrees. And infants and young children are most susceptible to heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Officials with the state department of health say if you see a child with dry, red, hot skin... experiencing dizziness or nausea... get them to a hospital as soon as possible.

 

Sex Assault

A Hazleton man is in the Luzerne County lock – up after he was arrested and charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a 9 – year old girl. 55 – year old Ramon Colon was arrested at the start of the weekend... and arraigned on Saturday. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting Colon is charged with sexually assaulting a child... corruption of minors and terroristic threats.

 

Wilkes - Barre Shooting

Police in Wilkes – Barre are investigating a shooting which happened last night. One person was taken to the hospital... after being shot in one of the buildings on North Empire Court... near the Sherman Hills Apartment complex. Police aren't saying if they have a shooter in custody... or if that person remains on the loose.

 

 



 

The Creative Dog pet salon is holding their 2nd annual adoption day today from Noon-4PM. Come enjoy some food and sweet treats, and meet some of the pets from ARC, the Danville SPCA, Monica's Heart and others. The salon is at 660 West Main Street in Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-594-5558.

 

Bloom Bounce in the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn is holding a special needs night tonight from 5-7 PM. Admission will be free for families with special needs children, siblings are included.

 

This is the last weekend to collect gently-used shoes for the Central Columbia High School Marching Band shoe drive. Look for donation bins in locations in Bloomsburg, Berwick, and on Bloomsburg University's campus. For more information call 570-204-7254.

 

 

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Philadelphia Baseball

The Phillies are back home this weekend to play the Colorado Rockies. First pitch this afternoon is scheduled for 1:35. The pregame show starts at 1 o'clock on the WHLM stations.

 


 

The 2015 Greater Hazleton Relay for Life continues today at the track at Cougar Park on West 23rd Street in Hazleton. Come cheer on the runners, enjoy some food and entertainment, all while supporting the fight against cancer.

 

St John's Lutheran Church in Mifflinville is hosting a 5K run/walk this morning. The run starts at 9AM at the corner of 5th and Race streets in Mifflinville. Entry fee is $20 or just $5 without a t-shirt. Proceeds benefit the church's new building campaign. For more information call 570-784-6489.

 

The Quakers of Millville are holding a spring plant sale today from 9AM - 2PM on the front porch of the meeting house on Main Street in Millville. Proceeds will benefit the Greenwood Friends School.

 

Moreland The Magician returns to the Bloomsburg Public Library today. Admission is free. The magic starts at 10AM at the Library on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The 5th annual Central PA Wine and Beer Festival returns to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds today from 11AM - 5PM. There will be wine and beer producers from around the region, as well as local foods and live music. Tickets are $20 at the gate.

 

Come to Artspace Gallery for their latest exhibit: Life Is Still Beautiful, featuring works by guest artist Melanie Pacoli Eck. The showing runs through Sunday July 12. A reception will be held tonight at 6PM at the gallery on Center Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Creative Dog pet salon is holding their 2nd annual adoption day on Sunday from Noon-4PM. Come enjoy some food and sweet treats, and meet some of the pets from ARC, the Danville SPCA, Monica's Heart and others. The salon is at 660 West Main Street in Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-594-5558.

 

Bloom Bounce in the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn is holding a special needs night on Sunday from 5-7 PM. Admission will be free for families with special needs children, siblings are included.

 

This is the last weekend to collect gently-used shoes for the Central Columbia High School Marching Band shoe drive. Look for donation bins in locations in Bloomsburg, Berwick, and on Bloomsburg University's campus. For more information call 570-204-7254.

 

 

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Philadelphia Baseball

The Phillies are back home this weekend to play the Colorado Rockies. First pitch this afternoon is scheduled for 3:05. The pregame show starts at 2:30 on the WHLM stations.

 


 

Berwick Meth Bust

Five people are in custody after Berwick police raided a suspected meth lab in a home in the 300 block of East Fourth Street Thursday afternoon. The bust went down around 3 O'clock with officers finding meth allegedly being cooked. Also on hand was the Berwick fire department... since there is always danger of a meth lab exploding so says Fire Chief Bill Coolbaugh. The five people were taken to the Columbia County Prison and face arraignment sometime Friday.

 

David Millard / Budget

As the Republican – dominated house and senate nail down a proposed budget for the 2015 – 2016 fiscal year... Democratic Governor Tom Wolf continues to work on Pension and property tax reform. Two bills dealing with the issues have criss – crossed in the two governmental bodies... but according to state representative David Millard... they're may be a sticking point on property tax reform. Despite the wheeling and dealing in Harrisburg, Representative Millard says the governor will have a budget on his desk by the June 30th deadline... but whether he's willing to sign it is another matter.

 

DUI Checkpoints

There will be the more than usual amounts of police on the highways of Columbia County this weekend. Police will be establishing checkpoints on some heavily traveled road which PennDOT has pointed out as trouble spots. During a recent interview... Bloomsburg PD's Leonard Rogutski says officers face drivers they've arrested in the past for DUI. The Sobriety Checkpoints are funded by PennDOT with money funneled down from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

Ticks

The Pennsylvania Health Department wants you to take precautions against tick bites this summer... in order to avoid the dangers of Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease is a bacterial infection carried by ticks that left untreated could lead to arthritic or nervous system complications. Early tick bite identification is key to avoiding the serious consequences that can come from the disease. Officials recommend wearing long pants and sleeves when spending time outside and using a tick repellent. If you do get bitten... pull the tick out carefully with a pair of tweezers.
 

Veterans

The state Senate unanimously passed a measure to provide more funding to help the commonwealth's veterans. The "Honoring our Veterans" license plate has been available for passenger vehicles and trucks since 2012. Fifteen dollars of each sale of the plate goes to the Veterans Trust Fund...which gives assistance grants to PA vets. The plate plus the option to donate during drivers license renewals is bringing in $100,000 a month. Senator Lisa Baker sponsored the legislation that would add revenue by giving motorcycle riders the option to purchase the same plate. Her bill now goes to the state House.
 

Church Theft

Hazleton Police are trying to track down the persons who stole from a church. Thieves broke into the Christ Lutheran Church on West Green Street sometime this week... making off with power tools and a CD player. Nothing else was taken in the burglary.

 

Paid Sick Leave

Paid sick leave was the focus of a state Senate hearing this week in Philadelphia. The hearing was held by the joint House/Senate Democratic Policy Committee. It comes in the wake of a Senate-passed bill overturning a Philadelphia law requiring employers with 10 or more workers to allow paid time off if a worker or a family member are sick. Lawmakers heard from policy makers, business owners, employees who say the leave is needed.
 

Susquehanna Thruway

The proposed Central Susquehanna Valley Thruway project is a step closer to reality. PennDOT tells us a contract is expected to be awarded this summer for the construction of a four lane bridge connecting State Route 147 near Montandan with Route 15 near Winfield. The Thruway project has been in the works for years and won't be completed until 2024. PennDOT says the bridge alone will take four years to construct. It is part of the 13 – and – a – half mile freeway... providing drivers with a by – pass around the region encompassing Northumberland... Sunbury and Shamokin Dam.

 

Sentences

The two men convicted of the brutal beating of a Hazleton man have been sentenced. 28 – year old Robert Travarez of Hazleton was sentenced to six months house arrest and probation... while 31 – year old Roberto Plascencia was sentenced to probation. Both men were convicted of beating A.J. Goryl in March of 2013. Goryl is permanently disabled.

 

Rick Santorum

Former PA Republican Senator Rick Santorum who lost the GOP nomination to Gov. Mitt Romney in 2012, says he’s “ready” to run for president in 2016. The 57 year old Santorum formally announced his intentions during an event Thursday in Cabot... in Butler County... near his childhood home. He joins a quickly widening Republican field that already includes six declared candidates and could grow to encompass around a dozen more.

 

 

WHLM Sports

HS Softball

Bloomsburg won its first high school softball District championship yesterday with a 5-2 win over Cowanesque Valley in the District 4 Class A final at the Moser Complex in Turbotville. The Panthers will open the state playoffs on Monday when they take on District 2 champion Mountain View. That game will be played at Bloomsburg University's Jan Hutchinson Field starting at 4:30.

 

More Softball

In the District 2 Class AAA Final last night at Wilkes University, Berwick lost to Nanticoke 6-1.

 

PHL Phillies

After a day off Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies return to action Friday night taking on the Colorado Rockies, in the first game of a weekend series at Citizen's Bank Park. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In games played Thursday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates down the San Diego Padres 11 to 5... and the New York Yankees were defeated by the Oakland A's 5 to 4.

 

NHL

The National Hockey League's conference finals have come down to two game 7's. Friday night in the Eastern Conference ,Tampa Bay faces the New York Rangers in New York. Saturday night, in the Western Conference, the Chicago Blackhawks play the Ducks in Anaheim.

 

 



 

Berwick Meth Bust

Five people have been busted after they were allegedly making meth in a house on Berwick's East Side. Berwick Police Chief Ken Strish said the five were taken into custody at 325 E. 4th Street at mid afternoon Thursday. Also called to the scene was the Berwick Fire Department. Chief Bill Coolbaugh says they work hand in hand with Berwick Police... as well as the State attorney general's office. The five arrested Thursday afternoon... were arraigned Thursday and remanded to the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.

 

Sentence Handed Down

A man found guilty earlier this year of stabbing his childhood best friend... is now headed for state prison. 28 – year old Brett Woodside was sentenced to up to 20 – years behind bars in Columbia County Court for stabbing 24 – year old Brandon Burns at a home along Old Berwick Road in Almedia in July of 2013. Authorities say Woodside and Burns got into an argument when Woodside pulled a pocket knife. Woodside has been lodged at the Columbia County Prison since the stabbing.

 

PPL Hearing

Seven years ago... Pennsylvania Power and Light submitted a request tot he federal government to build a third reactor at it's Susquehanna Steam Electric Station north of Berwick. Now the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is just getting around to holding hearings dealing with a draft environmental report. Two hearings will be held next Thursday on the BU campus will take place at 3 PM... and at 7:30 PM at Monty's on the upper campus of Bloomsburg University.

 

Penn State Trustees
A state lawmaker is sponsoring a bill aimed at reforming the Board of Trustees at Penn State University. The bill introduced by Senator John Yudichak, a Penn State alumnus from neighboring Luzerne County, would set the voting membership at 36, consisting of 14 Commonwealth Trustees appointed by the Governor, the President Pro Tem of the Senate and the Speaker of the House. In addition, ten at-large trustees would be appointed by a selection committee, along with 12 alumni elected members. Yudichak says it's a matter of openness and accountability.

 

911 Centers

The telephone surcharge which funds 911 centers in Pennsylvania was the focus of a Senate Committee hearing this week. Testimony before the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee centered on legislation passed in the House which would increase the charge to a $1.65 per month for all devices. The current charge ranges from one dollar to $1.50. Supporters say it's a matter of public safety and counties dealing with higher operational and technology costs, with opponents saying the charge is already too high and current state revenues are sufficient to meet the cost.
 

Pay inequality

Two state lawmakers have introduced a measure to learn more about what they are calling the greatest, long-term societal problem...income inequality. Democratic Representative Michael Schossberg of Lehigh County and his colleague Representative Peter Schweyer have introduced a resolution that would commission a study on the effects of income inequality on the entire state. Schossberg says he hopes the study will help lawmakers gain traction on measures like increasing funding for education and raising the minimum wage...which he says could help close the income gap.

 

Blood Donors

We're in the starting stages of summer... and the American Red Cross continues to look for past blood donors... and cultivate new ones. The organization's Colin Riccobon says it's critical to get all types of donors. Meantime, blood drives are being held across the Susquehanna Valley in the next week... as the Red Cross builds it's supply of the product.

 

Montour Co. Construction

Work has begun on a project to improve the intersection of Route 54 and Old Valley School Road in Valley Township... in Montour County. Kuharchick Construction Inc. is the prime contractor on the $368,000 project, which includes the replacement of existing traffic signals with a new system with video detection, guard rail upgrades, new signs and pavement markings. The project is expected to be completed in late August.

 

Genome Project

Geisinger investigators David Ledbetter and Christa Martin are among the genomic medicine experts who authored a paper profiling the Clinical Genome Project. The paper was published online this week by The New England Journal of Medicine. Completed in April 2003, the Human Genome Project represented a landmark international research effort that mapped the genes making up human DNA. The ClinGen Project is building upon the Human Genome Project by harnessing data from hundreds of thousands of clinical genetics tests being performed each year and determining which variants are most relevant to improving patient care.

 

Lottery Winner

One jackpot - winning Pennsylvania Lottery Cash 5 ticket worth more than $1 million from last Friday's drawing was sold at Stange’s Quick Serve on Birney Avenue in Scranton. The ticket correctly matched all five numbers to win the prize The retailer will receive a $10,000 bonus for selling this winning ticket. The ticket holder has yet to come forward.

 

 



 

 

 

Bloomsburg Crash

Some folks are waking up sore after a three car crash early last evening at the intersection of West Main and Railroad Streets in Bloomsburg. Bloomsburg Police officer Nicholas Szkodny said a Dodge Stratus driven by 65 – year old Jay Leighow of Bloomsburg was traveling on Main Street. That's when a Jeep Liberty pulled out of Railroad... and was hit. The Jeep driven by 23 – year old Amanda Cioffi of Cogans Station ended up on it's side... striking a second SUV driven by Stephen Albert. Cioffi was slightly injured and was treated at the scene. Leighow was not injured... but Cioffi was cut on the arm and treated at the scene.

 

PSP Stats

Pennsylvania State Police have released traffic accident totals for this year's Memorial Day weekend. State police investigated a total of 718 accidents, which resulted in 13 fatalities and 247 injuries. This compares to five fatalities and 277 injuries during last year's Memorial Day travel period. Sixty-two of the accidents troopers investigated this year were alcohol-related, including two which resulted in fatalities. In addition, troopers made 451 DUI arrests, cited over 12-hundred individuals for not wearing seat belts and issued citations to another 306 motorists for not securing children in safety seats. The official Memorial Day travel period lasted from 6 pm Friday through midnight Monday.

 

Bloomsburg Fire Department

If your the chief of a fire department... the rating you get from the nationally – recognized Insurance Service Organization... is a big deal.... especially for folks who pay insurance premiums on their homes. Bloomsburg Fire Chief Bob Rupp says the local department has gone from a five to a four on a scale of ten. Word of the new rating was announced Tuesday afternoon at the Town Council's Public Safety Committee meeting.

 

Nuke Hearing

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission... and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take comments on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for a new nuclear power plant in Salem Township... just north of Berwick. The hearing will take place Thursday, June 4th at Monty's on the upper campus of Bloomsburg University. PPL submitted the application in October of 2008 for the construction of a new reactor adjacent to the current Susquehanna Steam Electric Station. The first hearing is scheduled for June 4th at 3 O'clock... with the second beginning at 7:30.

 

State Budget
Governor Tom Wolf says he still plans on signing a new state budget on time next month. Democrat Governor Wolf and the Republican-dominated legislature remain far apart on several key issues as the stretch run of the budget process approaches. With that June 30th deadline looming, the governor says he is developing a backup plan in the event there's no deal by the start of the new fiscal year. Wolf and the legislature are faced with closing a budget gap of between one and two billion dollars. The governor says there has been progress made in recent talks, but he did not offer specifics...

 

Amtrak Funding

A group of Senators from Northeast Corridor states.... including PA's Bob Casey... says if Congress would get behind better investment in the nation's rail system... there would be fewer fatal derailments... such as occurred in Philadelphia earlier this month. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut says the in – action of congress has left Amtrak with a $21 – billion backlog. Meantime... PA Senator Casey says safety and economic issues are at stake...

 

Early Childhood Education
A report issued Tuesday by Governor Wolf, law enforcement, and corrections officials finds an investment in early childhood education equals fewer offenders later on. Between the ages of 1 and 5 children go through their most rapid period of brain development. They form their conscience during that age... learn how to control impulsive behavior.... get along with others and to respect authority... which can lead to better decisions down the road. Governor Wolf says he hopes to track progress throughout children's education so Pennsylvania won't have to wait 15 years before it knows if the pre-k programs are working.

 

Paving Work

PennDOT crews began paving a section of Stamm Road in Anthony Township... in Montour County. There is a detour in place using Preserve Road.... McCormick Road and Ridge Road. In all cases... school buses will be able to go through the area without a problem.

 

Drought Watch
A drought watch remains in effect for portions of Pennsylvania. The watch was first issued in March for 27 counties, mostly in northern and northeastern parts of the state. Despite the snowy winter in much of Pennsylvania, the Department of Environmental Protection reports consistent below - normal groundwater levels prompted officials this week to continue the watch, which calls for a voluntary five-percent reduction in non-essential water use.

 

Drug Arrest

A West Hazleton man is cooling his heels in the Luzerne County lockup. 23 – year old Christopher Irizary was stopped for a suspected traffic violation. Authorities finding 75 bags of heroin... as well as prescription drugs. He was already wanted by police before he was stopped.

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular is holding steady across northeast Pennsylvania... as well as Columbia and Montour County. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report show's the average price of gasoline is holding around the $2.79 mark. More at some places... less at other stations. A week ago... we were paying an average of $2.79... and $2.70 a gallon a month ago.

 



 

 

Bloomsburg Accident

One slight injury was reported Tuesday night during a three vehicle crash at the corner of West Main and Railroad Streets in Bloomsburg. Police tell us a Chrysler product driven by 65 year old Jay Leihow of Bloomsburg was westbound on Main Street.... when a Jeep Liberty... northbound on Railroad... pulled in front of the Leihow cars. The two vehicles collided... sending the Jeep over on the driver's side.... with the Jeep sliding into an Lincoln Navigator... which was stopped eating to cross Main Street. When the dust settled... the Chrysler was sideways in the street.... after skidding nearly 40 feet. The Jeep's driver... from Trout Run... north of Williamsport... was slightly injured and treated at the scene. Her two passengers were unhurt. All cars had to be towed from the scene. The 23 – year old driver of the Jeep will be ticketed.

 

Beaver Run / Montour County

Montour County authorities say two people were hurt over the Memorial Day holiday. The pair falling down a cliff at Beaver Run in Mayberry Township late Monday afternoon. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 is reporting that the victims were taken to the hospital... with what is described as severe injuries.

 

Mifflinville Memorial

Thousands of people lined the streets of Mifflinville Monday to take in the Village's 127th annual Memorial Day Parade. As they have in year's past.... the Catawissa Military Band was one of the highlights of the parade... which included tractors... classic cars and first responders and their equipment. One person taking part was Jim Hauck, Jr. of the Bloomsburg area who spent 20 years in the U-S Air Force... saying having a celebration in Mifflinville is well worth the effort. The Mifflinville Memorial day ended at the local cemetery... where Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach delivered the main speech. The service ending with a 21 gun salute and the playing of taps..

 

PPL / Unit 2

Unit 2 at PPL Corporation's Susquehanna nuclear plant in Salem Township... north of Berwick... resumed generating electricity for the Northeast power grid Monday after completing its scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. Susquehanna's maintenance crews replaced approximately 40 percent of the unit's uranium fuel, and performed maintenance and ongoing upgrades. The Susquehanna plant's two generating units have planned refueling and maintenance outages every 24 months.

 

XGR Size

It will be a long time before we get an opportunity to vote on a measure downsizing the state's House and Senate. Speaking with WHLM News... State Representative Lynda Culver of Sunbury says downsizing is not the right thing to do. Ms. Culver added that if the districts get bigger through downsizing.... she won't be able to talk one – on – one with her constituents.

 

Invasive Pest
Another invasive species has caught the attention of agriculture officials, but, a region in Pennsylvania is the first to report this particular pest. It's called the Spotted Lanternfly... it was officially discovered last fall in Berks County and it's a threat to agriculture - especially the grape, fruit tree and hardwood industries. The bug is native to China, India, Japan and its presence in Pennsylvania marks the first known infestation in the U-S. The state Department of Agriculture received nearly $1.4 million to hire crews for survey, installation of tree bands, and assist in eradication efforts in the six Berks County townships infested with the Spotted Lanternfly...

 

Salem Twp Fatal

A Catawissa biker is dead following a weekend crash near Shickshinny... in Luzerne County. State Police tell our media partner Newswatch 16... that 28 – year old Barry Wittig of Catawissa died when the driver of a car crossed the roadway... colliding with the bike. Wittig was pronounced dead at the scene.... the driver of the car taken to the hospital for treatment.

 

Business Tax Break
Legislation is being introduced that would give tax breaks to businesses in Pennsylvania that create new jobs meeting certain criteria. The "Made in Pennsylvania Manufacturing Tax Credit Act" would pay back up to five percent of payroll expenses to PA-based manufacturers creating new jobs, with conditions. To qualify, the jobs would have to be full-time, with health benefits, pay a wage equal to the average in the county where the jobs are based, and maintained for at least five years. Qualifying businesses would need to increase payroll by at least one million dollars over a four-quarter period.

 



 

The Mifflinville Memorial Day Fair continues today at the carnival grounds on East First Street. Come for the food and live entertainment. The 127th Memorial Day Parade starts at 8:45AM today at the German School, followed immediately by the memorial service at the cemetery.

 

The annual Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company Memorial Day Fair wraps up today. There's free parking and live entertainment. Today's events start at 10AM with the parade at 1:30, followed by the Fireman's Olympics at 3:30. Please no pets or alcoholic beverages. The fairground is at 5383 Main Road in Sweet Valley.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phils play the Mets this afternoon in a game that starts at 1:10 PM. The pregame on the WHLM stations gets under way at 12:35.

 

 



 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ will hold a special Veterans Memorial Service this morning at 9:30AM. All area veterans as well as those currently serving and their families are invited to attend. The church is at 5439 Main Road in Sweet Valley.

 

The Mifflinville Memorial Day Fair runs through Monday at the carnival grounds on East First Street. There's food and live music every night. This afternoon there's a tractor show from 10-4. On Monday the 127th Memorial Day Parade starts at 8:45AM at the German School, followed immediately by the memorial service at the cemetery.

 

The annual Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company Memorial Day Fair continues today through Monday. There will be free parking and live entertainment every night. Monday's events start at 10AM with the parade at 1:30, followed by the Fireman's Olympics at 3:30. Please no pets or alcoholic beverages. The fairground is at 5383 Main Road in Sweet Valley.

 

Come to St John Lutheran Church this afternoon for an organ recital by members of the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The recital starts at 4PM at the church on Old Berwick Road in Espy.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phils are playing the Washington Nationals this weekend. Today's game starts at 1:35. The pregame on the WHLM stations gets under way at 1 o'clock sharp.

 



 

Memorial Day Weekend is getting Summer under way with the return of the Bloomsburg Farmer's market. Starting today, come to Market Square from 7AM - 1PM every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday for fresh and locally-grown fruits, vegetables, flowers,eggs, meat and more. The market will run through October. For more information call 570-784-7123 extension 117.

 

The Mifflinville Memorial Day Fair runs today through Monday May 23-25 at the carnival grounds on East First Street. There's food and live music every night. Today come to the cruise-in from 10AM - 4PM. Sunday afternoon there's a tractor show from 10-4. On Monday the 127th Memorial Day Parade starts at 8:45AM at the German School, followed immediately by the memorial service at the cemetery.

 

The annual Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company Memorial Day Fair continues today through Monday. There will be free parking and live entertainment every night. Monday's events start at 10AM with the parade at 1:30, followed by the Fireman's Olympics at 3:30. Please no pets or alcoholic beverages. The fairground is at 5383 Main Road in Sweet Valley.

 

Today is the last day of the annual Southside Fire Company carnival. Come enjoy great food, games, rides, and live music. Come to the chicken BBQ today starting at 4 PM. The carnival grounds are at Avenue D and Third Street in Riverside.

 

Town Hill UMC is holding an ice cream social this evening from 4:30-6:30 PM. There will be soups, sandwiches, pies, cakes, and homemade ice cream. Take-out is available. The church is at 417 Town Hill Road in Shickshinny.

 

The Columbia Valley Moose Lodge will hold another 21-and-over singles dance tonight from 7-11 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM. Couples are also welcome. Cover charge is just $8 and includes snacks, door prizes, and drinks. The Moose Lodge is located behind Sheetz on Route 11 between Berwick and Bloomsburg. For more information call 570-441-3534.

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ will hold a special Veterans Memorial Service on Sunday at 9:30AM. All area veterans as well as those currently serving and their families are invited to attend. The church is at 5439 Main Road in Sweet Valley.

 

Come to St John Lutheran Church on Sunday afternoon for an organ recital by members of the Susquehanna Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The recital starts at 4PM at the church on Old Berwick Road in Espy.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phils are playing the Washington Nationals this weekend. Today's game starts at 4:05. The pregame on the WHLM stations gets under way at 3:30.

 



 

Mt. Pleasant Twp Fire

A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a garage and it's contents... then spread to the adjoining home early Thursday evening in Mt. Pleasant Township. The Press – Enterprise identifying the home belonging to John and Shirley Turner. The first alarm was sounded around 6:15... initially for a garage fire at 22 Shirley Bird Drive... just off Ellis Turner Road. Lightstreet Fire Chief Darren Shaffer says the blaze could be spotted from miles away. Despite mutual aid from across the county... only the frame of the home and the chimney were standing. No cause has been determined... but a state police fire marshal from Hazleton will be called in to figure out how Thursday night's Mt. Pleasant Township blaze started.

 

Holiday Weekend

The Memorial Day holiday travel period is now underway, and experts predict it will be the busiest one in years. Triple-A Mid Atlantic is projecting travel this Memorial Day holiday period to be up 4-point-6 percent over last year, reaching a ten-year high. A major factor is lower gas prices, the lowest in at least five years.

 

Grilling Safety

Here we are... the Memorial Day weekend is upon us... and if you're planning to grill, a few tips can go a long way to help you do it safely. Before you do anything, visually inspect your grill, and if you're using propane or natural gas check fuel line hoses for holes, cracks and leaks, and make sure there are no sharp bends in the hose or tubing. Also make sure all surfaces are clean... and use a thin wire brush to gently clean the holes or ports of each burner. Your nose is your first line of defense when using propane or natural gas... if you detect an odor shut off the gas supply immediately.

 

Bridge Replacement

Three area bridges are ending their life cycle.... and will soon be replaced through a unique private – public partnership with PennDOT. Dan Galvin of Plenary Walsh Keystone Partnership telling WHLM News bridges that span State Routes 254.. 487 and 4031 will soon be replaced. What is unique about the bridge projects is that Plenary Walsh will finance the projects.. design... replace and maintain the bridges for 25 – years. PennDOT, in turn, will maintain ownership of the spans.

 

Lou Barletta

A Pennsylvania congressman is pushing for cost savings in the offices and building leased by the Federal Government. Pennsylvania Republican Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton is the sponsor of legislation that would reform the way federal real estate is managed. Barletta says half of all the leases held by the General Services Administration are set to expire in the next 5 years and that's an opportunity to streamline the process. The House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee approved the bill unanimously and sent it on to the full House. Barletta says the federal government currently spends more than $5 billion on these commercial leases...
 

Foster Kids

Pennsylvania needs to do more to find families for children in the child welfare system. That finding contained in a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. About fourteen thousand kids are in state foster care. Michael Race says foster kids who live with families do better in school, are less likely to drink or take drugs, are more optimistic... adding the state recognizes the difference a family can make, but finding them is tough. The Casey report shows... about one in seven minors in foster care nationwide doesn't live with relatives or a foster family

 

Home Invasion

Two men are on the run after a violent home invasion early Wednesday morning in Snyder County. Selinsgrove Police said two men forced their way into a home on West Chestnut Street. According to authorities, two of the seven people in the home fought off the attackers. No one inside the home was hurt.

 

Suspect Arrested

A suspected Wilkes – Barre drug dealer was taken into custody after fleeing from the Luzerne County Courthouse this week. That... after he learned he had an active warrant for his arrest. 27 – year old Amos Coker was later busted at a home on Northampton Street... tracked to the location by a court – ordered monitoring device. Coker was out of jail on $100,000 bond.

 

H.J. Heinz

Ahead of its merger with the Kraft Food Group... H.J. Heinz Company is reassuring state and local officials it is committed to staying in Pittsburgh. This week... Heinz official hosted state and Pittsburgh – area political leaders... telling them not to worry about the company vacating the Western PA. It marks the second meeting between Heinz and elected officials since its merger was announced.

 

 

 

WHLM Sports

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Thursday, in a District 4 Class A quarterfinal... Canton downed Benton 4 to 2.

 

HS Softball

In girls softball, in a District 4 Class A quarterfinal... Benton defeated Galeton 3 to 2. District 4 Class AA quarterfinals... it was Columbia Montour Vo – Tech over Montoursville 2 to nothing... and Central Columbia blanked Wyalusing 10 to nothing.

 

HS Track & Field 

Bloomsburg High School sophomore Jahvel (ja-vell) Hemphill will try to repeat as 100 meter champion at the state track & field championships which begin Friday morning at Shippensburg University. Two other area athletes will try to repeat as medal winners: Luke Rarig of Southern

Columbia in the hurdles and Lindsey Carl of Central Columbia in the high jump.

 

MLB

In major league baseball Thursday... the Colorado rocked Philadelphia 7 to 3. Friday night the Phils open a weekend series against the Nationals in Washington. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30 with the pre – game show.

 

Other MLB Games

In other action Thursday...the New York Mets blanked the St. Louis Cardinals 5 to nothing.

 

NBA

In the NBA Western Conference final series.. the Golden State Warriors squeezed by the Houston Rockets 99 to 98. Golden State now leads the series 2 games to nothing.

 

NHL

In the NHL Western Conference final series... the Anaheim Ducks skated by the Chicago Black Hawks 2 to 1. Anaheim now leads the series 2 games to 1.

 



 

 

** Breaking News **

Mt. Pleasant Twp Fire

A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a garage and it's contents... then spread to the adjoining home early Thursday evening in Mt. Pleasant Township. The first alarm was sounded around 6:15... initially for a garage fire at 22 Shirley Bird Drive... just off Ellis Turner Road. Lightstreet Fire Chief Darren Shaffer says the blaze could be spotted from miles away. Despite mutual aid from across the county... only the frame of the home and the chimney were standing. No cause has been determined... but a state police fire marshal from Hazleton will be called in to figure out how Thursday night's Mt. Pleasant Township blaze started.

 

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Chris Young

Columbia County Commissioner Chris Young showing Tuesday he didn't need an endorsement from an established political party to win in Tuesday's primary... and by a big margin. Instead... he got the endorsement of the voters. The Columbia County Republican Party.... refused to give their endorsement to Mr. Young earlier this year... and decided to back a candidate with little or no political experience... but that didn't matter. Republican Young... and incumbent Rich Ridgeway will square off against Democrats David Kovach and Tim Burke for the three commissioner positions open.

 

Pension Reform

A major pension reform plan passed by the state Senate is now before the House. House members will consider a plan that includes higher pension costs for current state employees and teachers, as well as a change to a 401(k)-style defined contributions system for future hires. It's author, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says pension costs drive all other state spending so this issue needs to be tops on the priority list. Governor Tom Wolf has his own reform plan, with Senator Corman saying he knows there are tough negotiations ahead.

 

Marcellus Health Registry
Governor Tom Wolf wants to establish a registry to monitor health effects from Marcellus Shale drilling. A similar registry was set up three years ago with two million-dollars butgeted - but those funds were ultimately eliminated. Governor Wolf wants to set aside $100,000, but health advocates say that's not enough to get accurate information. The health registry is set to be run by 2 state agencies, the Department of Health and the Department of Environmental Protection.

 

Blood Donors

The American Red Cross is launching a program called 100 days of summer... a hundred days of hope... as they try to get all of us to participate in blood drives across the region. Colin Riccobon working out of the American Red Cross Ashley office says despite other outside influences... the organization still needs folks to show up at Blood Drives across the region. There are a series of blood drives being held across the area Call the organization's 800 number or go straight to their web site for the day and locations of a drive near you.

 

Medical Marijuana
Governor Tom Wolf hosted a round table discussion on medical marijuana that supporters used to further their cause. Opponents to a Senate bill that would allow doctors to recommend medical cannabis to their patients with certain debilitating illnesses were conspicuously absent from the discussion that included many parents of sick children calling for the change. Those opposed have instead called for more research before legalization...but advocates say it will be a tool that can provide relief for families that need it.

 

Lifeguards

Visitors to state parks this holiday weekend will notice that those with beaches have no lifeguards. However one state lawmaker seeks to change that. The lifeguards were eliminated from all but two state park beaches in 2008 as a cost saving move. Senator Rob Teplitz is sponsoring legislation to restore them. He says they not only provide safety and lifesaving services, but certified lifeguards can also administer first aid and similar types of assistance. The bill is currently before the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.
 

Saving Employers Money

A workers' health and safety program through the PA Department of Labor and Industry has saved employers in the commonwealth millions. When Pennsylvania businesses form certified workplace safety committees through Labor and Industry's Bureau of Workers Compensation... they become eligible for a 5 percent discount on their workers compensation insurance. Since the mid-nineties... 10-thousand committees have formed. In April of this year alone... they saved 2 million dollars. The labor department also offers free trainings in more than 130 topics to keep workplaces the safest they can be.

 

Williamsport Fire

Four people are homeless... after a grease fire swept through a home in the 16 – hundred block of Memorial Avenue in Williamsport Wednesday morning. Authorities say the home belongs to Pastor Joseph Walker and his family... and is right across the street from the Freedom House Church... where he officiates. The fire was tough to extinguish... necessitating a second alarm. Everyone getting out of the building safely.

 

Lotto Tax

If you win big in the Pennsylvania Lottery... we're talking about over 600 dollars... you may be taxed on your winnings by the state. It's one of the hidden money makers in Governor Wolf's proposed budget for the 2015 – 16 fiscal year. If the budget is approved... with the Wolf proposal... it would be the first time since the inception of the lottery back in 1971. Mr. Wolf says taxing state lottery winnings could add up to 15 million dollars for the state treasury next year.

 



 

Primary Returns

The primary election for 2015 in Columbia County is over. The polls opened Tuesday morning at 7 O'clock.... and closed at 8 PM. In some hotly contested races... with 42 out of 42 locations reporting...

 

** Republican Party **

COUNTY COMMISSIONER

(VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN ) 2

                                                Votes    Percentage

CHRIS E. YOUNG. . . . . . . . .       2,929    44.74

CRYSTAL A. DEITERICH. . . . . . . 1,209    18.47

RICH RIDGWAY . . . . . . . . .        2,342    35.78

WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . .              66         1.01

 

MEMBER OF COUNCIL TOWN OF BLOOMSBURG

(VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN ) 3

                                           Votes    Percentage

CHUCK WAGNER . . . . . . . . . 200      37.95

JOE MARTARANO . . . . . . . . . 202      38.33

WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . .        125      23.72

 

 

** Democratic Party **

COUNTY COMMISSIONER

(VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN ) 2

                                              Votes    Percentage

DAVID M. KOVACH . . . . . . . .   2,379   56.07

TIM BURKE . . . . . . . . . .           1,298   30.59

WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . .            566      13.34

 

MEMBER OF COUNCIL TOWN OF BLOOMSBURG

(VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN ) 3

                                                Votes  Percentage

ERIC BOWER . . . . . . . . . .         276     25.92

FRED T. TRUMP . . . . . . . . .        227      21.31

JIM HUBER . . . . . . . . . .            260      24.41

DIANE LEVAN. . . . . . . . . .         250      23.47

WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . .            52         4.88

 

** Mt Pleasant Home Rule Question **

                           Votes    Percentage

YES . . . . . . .        89         21.45

NO. . . . . . . .        326       78.55

 

State Voting Results

Voters statewide have selected the three Republicans and Three Democrats who will face off in November for an unprecedented three open seats on the State Supreme Court. On the Republican side, GOP voters selected Superior Court Judge Judy Olsen, Commonwealth Court Judge Anne Covey and Adams County Judge Mike George as their nominees for the fall. They will face Democrats David Wecht and Christine Donohue - currently judges on the Superior Court...and Philadelphia Judge Kevin Dougherty. All but one of those 6 - Christine Donohue - had won their party's endorsement for the primary election. Incumbent Supreme Court Justice Correale Stevens - who is just one year away from the mandatory retirement age of 70 - finished in last place out of the 6 GOP candidates. The general election will be held on November 3rd.
 

Park Work Day

It's that time of the year that Town Park in Bloomsburg gets spiffed – up by volunteers. Chuck Wagner of the Town Park Improvement Association says Kidsburg will be closed for a couple of hours while mulch is replaced and touch up work preformed. Most of the work deals with replacing mulch and touching up equipment which is used hard by the kids. In addition.... up to 2,000 flowers will be planted throughout the park. Want to volunteer your time... just show up Saturday morning at 8 O'clock with your tools and be prepared to work.

 

Abu – Jamal Suit

Attorneys for convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal have sued Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania this week, the complaint seeks an injunction from the court ordering Geisinger and prison officials to permit Abu-Jamal to receive visits from his attorneys and from immediate family while he is at GMC. Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death for the 1981 murder of a Philadelphia police officer. He has been serving his sentence at the State Correctional Institution in Schuylkill County.

 

Russell Redding

The person who is the new Secretary of Agriculture in the Wolf administration steps into the roll for the second time. Russell Redding was ag secretary in the Rendell administration.... taking a break when Tom Corbett was governor. Redding was the Dean of Agriculture at a school of higher education... where he saw fresh faces ready to enter the world of farming. Secretary Redding speaking with WHLM News prior to being the keynote speaker at the recent Columbia County ag banquet

 

Property Taxes

When the state legislature meets again in June, one lawmaker will be ready with new legislation to lower property taxes by 50 percent. The state House passed a measure before the assembly's recess that cuts property taxes by raising the sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent... and the personal income tax from three point oh seven to three point seven percent. But Democratic Senator Vincent Hughes calls the bill irresponsible. His legislation is modeled after Governor Tom Wolf's proposal... which differs in a few key ways... like driving more money into struggling urban school districts.

 

PennDOT's Seat Belt Campaign

As we approach the holiday weekend and the start of summer travel, PennDOT is embarking on a new seat belt safety campaign. PennDOT is joining the Pennsylvania State Police and more than 500 law enforcement organizations in 15 other states and the Canadian Province of Ontario for the effort, known "Border to Border." It will involve increased seat belt enforcement at state borders across the eastern US, focusing on roadways with a higher than average number of accidents where motorists have been unbelted. The campaign runs through June 7th.

 

Turkey Season

Hunting times for spring gobbler season are now longer. Travis Lau with the Pennsylvania Game Commission says spring gobbler season has some differences in requirements from other seasons. He cites the spring turkey season is for shotguns... and you don't have to use florescent orange. Lau adds hunters can stalk the bird all day from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset from now until May 30th.

 

Evangelical Hospital

There is a new leader at Lewisberg's Evangelical Community Hospital. Kendra Aucker has been named the hospital's new president and CEO. The announcement was made during a news conference on Tuesday. She has been with the hospital the past 25 – years... and has served as executive vice – president and chief operating officer the past five years. Ms. Aucker begins her new duties in July.

 

Lycoming Fatal

An 18 – year old teen from Sweet Valley is dead after his pick up truck slammed into an embankment Monday night in Lycoming County. Authorities identified the driver as Anthony Gennusa. The accident took place on Route 118... near Lairdsville... in Franklin Township.

 

Hazleton Body

Still no progress in identifying a man who's body was found last week.. in Hazleton... behind a wall near Manhattan Court and Hemlock Street. Luzerne County coroner Bill Lisman says the body is severely decomposed and was wearing winter clothing. Now... investigators are trying to determine if the body is that of a man who went missing during the winter months.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

In Denver Tuesday night.... the Colorado Rockies just got by the Philadelphia Phillies 6 to 5... in a hotly contested game. Game three of the four game series is tonight at Coors Field. The first pitch is 8:40. The pre – game show on the WHLM Stations is 8:05.

 

Other games

In other games last night... the Minnesota Twins defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 8 to 5... the Washington National's downed the New York Yankees 8 to 6... and it was the St. Louis Cardinals over the New York Mets 10 to 2.

 

HS Baseball

District 4 AA first round playoffs in High School baseball...Southern Columbia defeated Mt. Carmel 11 to 4... and Line Mountain got by Central Columbia 5 to 3.

 

HS Softball

District 4 AA first round playoffs in High School softball... South Williamsport blanked Southern 5 to nothing.

 

NBA

In the NBA Western Conference finals... the Golden State Warriors blasted by the Houston Rockets110 to 106. The Warriors lead the series one game to none. Wednesday night in the Eastern Conference Finals... Cleveland takes on Atlanta.

 

NHL

NHL action Tuesday night... the Chicago Blackhawks got by the Anaheim Ducks3 to 2. The series is now tied at one game apiece. On Wednesday night... the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning meet.

 

Deflategate

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Tuesday that he will not appeal the punishment handed down to him by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell over the controversy known as Deflategate.

 



 

Primary Returns

The primary election for 2015 in Columbia County is over. The polls opened Tuesday morning at 7 O'clock.... and closed at 8 PM. In some hotly contested races... with 42 out of 42 locations reporting...

 

** Republican Party **

COUNTY COMMISSIONER

(VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN ) 2

                                                Votes    Percentage

CHRIS E. YOUNG. . . . . . . . .       2,929    44.74

CRYSTAL A. DEITERICH. . . . . . . 1,209    18.47

RICH RIDGWAY . . . . . . . . .        2,342    35.78

WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . .              66         1.01

 

MEMBER OF COUNCIL TOWN OF BLOOMSBURG

(VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN ) 3

                                           Votes    Percentage

CHUCK WAGNER . . . . . . . . . 200      37.95

JOE MARTARANO . . . . . . . . . 202      38.33

WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . .        125      23.72

 

 

** Democratic Party **

COUNTY COMMISSIONER

(VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN ) 2

                                              Votes    Percentage

DAVID M. KOVACH . . . . . . . .   2,379   56.07

TIM BURKE . . . . . . . . . .           1,298   30.59

WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . .            566      13.34

 

MEMBER OF COUNCIL TOWN OF BLOOMSBURG

(VOTE FOR NOT MORE THAN ) 3

                                                Votes  Percentage

ERIC BOWER . . . . . . . . . .         276     25.92

FRED T. TRUMP . . . . . . . . .        227      21.31

JIM HUBER . . . . . . . . . .            260      24.41

DIANE LEVAN. . . . . . . . . .         250      23.47

WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . .            52         4.88

 

** Mt Pleasant Home Rule Question **

                           Votes    Percentage

YES . . . . . . .        89         21.45

NO. . . . . . . .        326       78.55

 

 



 

 

Fatal I-80 Accident

State police are continuing their investigation into a fatal wreck on Interstate 80 near Mifflinville. It occurred shortly after 5 O'clock Monday afternoon when an SUV wentn out of control... crossed the median and slammed into recreational vehicle pulling a trailer. It happened in the eastbound lane of the superhighway. Reports from the scene indicate one person died in the SUV and six other people injured. The accident backed up traffic in both directions for miles.

 

Geisinger CEO

A new era in Geisinger Medical Center and Health System has been launched. Earlier this month... Dr. David Feinberg signed on as the Health Systems CEO... replacing Dr. Glenn Steele.... and he's already made an impact with his money back guarantee for treatment. During a recent meet and greet with the media... Dr. Feinberg says it all comes down to one issue... and that's communication. Dr. Feinberg comes to Geisinger after leading the UCLA Medical Center near Los Angeles for a number of years.

 

Teens Killed

Grief counselors are expected to be at Central Mountain High School in near – by Clinton County this morning... after two students died in a one car crash over the weekend. Carly Miller and Jordan King died in the crash as they were returning from a spring dance at the Lock Haven University. State police are still investigating the accident.

 

Statewide Elections
Off-year statewide judicial elections usually don't get much attention, and that's true again this year despite some historic significance in the races for state supreme court. Not since the 1700s have there been three open seats on the state Supreme Court at one time - but even with that historic backdrop, voter turnouts Tuesday are expected to be their usual lows. That makes it almost impossible to gauge where the candidates stand, especially given the expected lack of voter knowledge on the names they'll see on Tuesday's ballot. Information on the 12 candidates seeking 6 nominations is available on the PA Bar Association's website. Three Republicans and three democrats will be selected to be on the ballot in November.

 

Pension Crisis

Governor Wolf has appointed the state's top fiscal watchdog to lead a task force that will try to find legislative solutions to the state's $8 billion in underfunded municipal pension liability. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale's office has already released a report on municipal pensions with recommendations for reform, but this effort will bring more voices to the table. The task force will meet with municipal leaders, lawmakers and other interested parties to hopefully arrive at a fix that will save some pension funds from the brink of bankruptcy. DePasquale says they will have to balance the urgency of the situation with a thorough review.

 

Linda Culver

Governor Wolf has been in office for just about four months. He was faced with a plate full of problems since day one... including formulating a budget for the coming fiscal year... negotiating contracts with five different unions representing an estimated 70,000 employees.... as well as presenting nominees to the state senate for confirmation. But thorough it all.. State Representative Linda Culver... a Republican from Northumberland County... feels the governor is personable... coming to her office to meet and talk with her about the state's problems. But, will we have a state budget by the time June 30th rolls around.

Ms. Culver says we're going to have to wait and see.

 

Motorcycle Safety Month

Governor Wolf has declared May Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month in Pennsylvania. In making the declaration, Governor Wolf says he wants to stress the importance that the motoring public be aware of motorcycles on the streets and highways and recognize the importance of staying alert and practicing safe driving techniques. Crashes involving motorcycles dropped from 3,427 in 2013 to 3,284 in 2014, but resulting fatalities rose from 181 to 186 during that period.

 

House Gaming Committee

A recent hearing before the House Gaming Oversight Committee focused on issues facing the state's casino industry. Lawmakers heard from casino owners who earlier this year signed a letter expressing opposition to a number of proposals, including a total smoking ban and allowing video gaming terminals in bars and restaurants. They would like the state to approve tax credits as an incentive to make improvements, and some want to see internet gambling legalized.
 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

Wilkes – Barre police continue to investigate the gunpoint robbery of a man on North Washington Street early Sunday morning. The victim telling police he was approached... with the robber demanding his belongings. The bandit getting away with cash, jewelry and a cell phone.

 

Hazleton Robbery

The start of the weekend... a robbery goes down in Hazleton. This one, police say, taking place at the Dollar General on East Diamond Avenue early Friday evening. There is surveillance video of a man strolling into the store. He pointed a weapon at the clerk... and took cash from the register. If you have information about the crime... give Hazleton Police a call.

 

Susquehanna River

A state representative and advocates for the health of the Susquehanna River are calling on the Department of Environmental Protection to take immediate steps to begin a clean-up following the discovery of a cancerous fish. A Harrisburg TV station is reporting State Rep. Sue Helm.. a Republican from Dauphin want the DEP to declare the Susquehanna an impaired river. The move would open the doors for federal assistance and aid, and it would set a timeline for state government to clean up the river

 

PSU Cyberattack

Penn State University was the victim of a cyberattack in which hackers stole user names and passwords issued by the College of Engineering. That prompted the school to begin notifying 18,000 people whose Social Security numbers or other personal information were stored on the targeted computers. Penn State says an investigators found that only a small number of the stolen College of Engineering accounts were used by the attackers to access the network.

 



 

Today is your last chance to catch the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presentation of the Broadway smash hit "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. A hilarious send-up of Anton Chekhov's themes of loss and longing, the play is intended for mature audiences of at least High School age. For more information visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

 

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The Phils are at home this weekend to play the Diamondbacks of Arizona. First pitch this afternoon is scheduled for 1:35. Coverage on the WHLM stations gets under way with the pregame at 1 o'clock sharp.

 

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