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What's Happening Sunday, April 20, 2014


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

 

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a community forum this Monday at the McBride Memorial Library on Market Street in Berwick. The topic will be "Addictions, recovery, and spirituality," with a panel featuring Rev. John Baumgartner of Reformers Unanimus, Rev. Aaron Hastie, and Lt. Kevin Polito of the Berwick Salvation Army. Everyone is invited. The talk starts at 6 PM.

 

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Columbia County contiue their monthly series of free gardening classes at the McBride Memorial Library on Tuesday the 22nd. This month the topic will be Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels. The program runs from 6 - 7:30 PM. Call to reserve your seat at 570-752-2241. The library is at 500 Market Street in Berwick. 

 

It's time to register for the 2014 First Columbia Teen Star musical competition, coming up on June 1 in the Haas center, Bloomsburg University. Two top winners will be selected this year - one vocalist and one instrumentalist. First place in both wins $1,500. It's open to any high school student who attends school in Columbia County. Deadline for registration is Wednesday April 23. For more information call 570-387-3464.

 

The Bloomsburg Rotary Club is holding their 21st annual Golf For Kids charity scramble at 9AM Saturday, May 3rd at the Links at Hemlock Creek. $80 entry fee per golfer includes a round of golf, refreshments, and steak! Event sponsorships are also available. Deadline for entry is Thursday, April 24. Call Mike at 570-784-3410 to enter and for more information.

 

The Kidsburg Rebuilding project is looking for special help this week with prepatory and foundation work for the Big Build coming up on April 30th. Help is needed Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 25, 26, and 27 in getting the grounds ready to build Kidsburg 2.0 - for more information call Deb at 301-518-7089,  or go to Kidsburg.org

 

The 36th annual Renaissance Jamboree in Downtown Bloomsburg us coming up on Saturday the 26th from 10 AM - 5 PM, rain or shine. There'll be tons of food, free entertainment, music, vendors and much more fun for the whole family. Remember to please leave your dogs at home and no skating or skateboarding.

 

The BU Department of Art and Art History will be holding portfolio reviews for High School Art Exhibition and Scholarships on Saturday, May 3rd on the Univerity campus. Deadline to register is Wednesday, April 30. For more information, call 570-389-4646, or email: JGodeke@BloomU.edu

 

The Kidsburg Rebuilding project will soon be coming to a head. Wednesday April 30th through Sunday May 4th will be Rebuild Kidsburg Week - and they need volunteers and crew captains organized now! If you are interested in helping with construction, call Deb at 301-518-7089, or go to Kidsburg.org

 

MetroCast Communications will host their third Giving Back 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, May 3 starting at 9AM at the Summerhill Road Fire Company in Berwick. Funds raised from the event this year will go to local organizations focusing on drug abuse prevention. Registration will be open the morning of the run from 7:30 - 8:45. Entry fee is $25 - breakfast will be served after the race. For more information call 570-802-5660 or visit NEPARunner.com

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club and Mopar Muscle of Central PA will be Cruising For Victory on Sunday, May 4th from 9 AM - 3:30 PM. 100% of the proceeds from the Cruise-In will benefit Camp Victory. The cruise-in will be on rain or shine at the camp in Millville. Early registration is $10 per vehicle or $12 the day of the cruise. Deadline for early registration is April 26. For more info and contact infomation, visit CampVictory.com

 

MC Federal Credit Union is accepting donations on behalf of the Dissinger family, who tragically lost three young boys in a house fire on April 4th. If you would like to help, donations came be made to the Dissinger Family Loss Donation Fund at any branch of MC Federal Credit Union, mailed to their main branch at 230 Walnut Street in Danville, or made by phone, by calling 570-275-6155. 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

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

What's Happening Saturday, April 19, 2014


Saturday Easter Egg Hunts:

 

Berwick:

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

 

Bloomsburg:

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

 

Buckhorn:

Come out for an Easter Egg hunt at the Columbia Mall this evening starting at 6 PM - sponsored by the Bloomsburg & Catawissa UMC Cluster. The hunt will take place in the Community Room at the Sears end of the mall.

 

Danville:

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

 

Elysburg:

Come to Knoebel's this afternoon for an Easter Egg hunt at 1 PM in the Grove parking lot. The Easter Bunny will make an appearance. The hunt is open to kids 10 and younger.

 

Espy:

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

 

Madison Township:

Katy's Church is holding their second annual Victorian egg hunt this afternoon starting at 2 PM. The hunt is open to kids 12 and under, with a special area just for kids under 4. You will need to bring an empty basket  or bag. For more information call 570-764-2412. The church is on the corner of Katy's Church and Wolf Hollow Roads in Madison township.

 

Mount Pleasant Township:

Kids ages 10 and under are invited tothe Mount Pleasant Community Easter Egg hunt this afternoon,  being held at the Center on Millertown road at 2 PM.

 

Nescopeck:

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

 

Paxinos:

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

 
 
What's Happening?

Come spend A Day With Stuie in Berwick this afternoon. A real Berwick-built Stuart tank will be on display at 3rd and Oak Street and Reliance Fire Company starting at 2 PM, along with historical displays, memorabilia, food, live entertainment, and the official groundbreaking for the Stuart memorial. The event marks the 70th anniversary of the last Berwick Stuart tank produced. All active military personnel and Veterans are invited to attend.

 

Roaring Creek Valley UMC in Catawissa is holding a breakfast for a donation this morning from 7 - 9:30 AM. Proceeds will go to suppourt the soup kitchen at Wesley UMC in Bloomsburg, and Camp Lavigne. The church is on Orchard Drive in Catawissa.

 

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance will hold a community forum this Monday at the McBride Memorial Library on Market Street in Berwick. The topic will be "Addictions, recovery, and spirituality," with a panel featuring Rev. John Baumgartner of Reformers Unanimus, Rev. Aaron Hastie, and Lt. Kevin Polito of the Berwick Salvation Army. Everyone is invited. The talk starts at 6 PM.

 

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Columbia County contiue their monthly series of free gardening classes at the McBride Memorial Library on Tuesday the 22nd. This month the topic will be Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels. The program runs from 6 - 7:30 PM. Call to reserve your seat at 570-752-2241. The library is at 500 Market Street in Berwick. 

 

It's time to register for the 2014 First Columbia Teen Star musical competition, coming up on June 1 in the Haas center, Bloomsburg University. Two top winners will be selected this year - one vocalist and one instrumentalist. First place in both wins $1,500. It's open to any high school student who attends school in Columbia County. Deadline for registration is Wednesday April 23. For more information call 570-387-3464.

 

The Bloomsburg Rotary Club is holding their 21st annual Golf For Kids charity scramble at 9AM Saturday, May 3rd at the Links at Hemlock Creek. $80 entry fee per golfer includes a round of golf, refreshments, and steak! Event sponsorships are also available. Deadline for entry is Thursday, April 24. Call Mike at 570-784-3410 to enter and for more information.

 

The Kidsburg Rebuilding project is looking for special help this week with prepatory and foundation work for the Big Build coming up on April 30th. Help is needed Friday, Saturday and Sunday April 25, 26, and 27 in getting the grounds ready to build Kidsburg 2.0 - for more information call Deb at 301-518-7089,  or go to Kidsburg.org

 

The 36th annual Renaissance Jamboree in Downtown Bloomsburg us coming up on Saturday the 26th from 10 AM - 5 PM, rain or shine. There'll be tons of food, free entertainment, music, vendors and much more fun for the whole family. Remember to please leave your dogs at home and no skating or skateboarding.

 

The BU Department of Art and Art History will be holding portfolio reviews for High School Art Exhibition and Scholarships on Saturday, May 3rd on the Univerity campus. Deadline to register is Wednesday, April 30. For more information, call 570-389-4646, or email: JGodeke@BloomU.edu

 

The Kidsburg Rebuilding project will soon be coming to a head. Wednesday April 30th through Sunday May 4th will be Rebuild Kidsburg Week - and they need volunteers and crew captains organized now! If you are interested in helping with construction, call Deb at 301-518-7089, or go to Kidsburg.org

 

MetroCast Communications will host their third Giving Back 5K Run & Walk on Saturday, May 3 starting at 9AM at the Summerhill Road Fire Company in Berwick. Funds raised from the event this year will go to local organizations focusing on drug abuse prevention. Registration will be open the morning of the run from 7:30 - 8:45. Entry fee is $25 - breakfast will be served after the race. For more information call 570-802-5660 or visit NEPARunner.com

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club and Mopar Muscle of Central PA will be Cruising For Victory on Sunday, May 4th from 9 AM - 3:30 PM. 100% of the proceeds from the Cruise-In will benefit Camp Victory. The cruise-in will be on rain or shine at the camp in Millville. Early registration is $10 per vehicle or $12 the day of the cruise. Deadline for early registration is April 26. For more info and contact infomation, visit CampVictory.com

 

MC Federal Credit Union is accepting donations on behalf of the Dissinger family, who tragically lost three young boys in a house fire on April 4th. If you would like to help, donations came be made to the Dissinger Family Loss Donation Fund at any branch of MC Federal Credit Union, mailed to their main branch at 230 Walnut Street in Danville, or made by phone, by calling 570-275-6155. 

 

WHLM Sports

HS Baseball

The Central Columbia High School baseball field will be named Don Engle Memorial Field this morning prior to the start of a baseball tournament that involves Central Columbia, Bloomsburg, Wyalusing and Mifflinburg. Engle, who died in January, won more than 500 games and the 1991 state championship in his 29 years as the Blue Jays head coach. The dedication ceremony will begin at 9:30 AM.

 

Phillies Baseball

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

Friday / April 18, 2014


David Kovach / Stuart Tank

The last Stuart Tank rolled off the assembly line of the A-C-F plant in Berwick 70 – years ago this week... and Saturday ground will be broken to celebrate the tank, the A-C-F workers and the men who fought in the trenches. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach is spearheading the “Bring Stuie Home Campaign.” The program begins at 2 O'clock at the corner of Third and Oak Streets in Berwick.

 

Berwick Manager

Berwick will soon launch a search to find a new borough manager. 30 – year old Robert Hivish has tendered his resignation after two years on the job. He's accepted a position as a project manager with Kriger Construction of Dickson City... which has a higher potential for earnings. A temporary replacement is expected to be named when Borough Council meets next Monday.

 

Alarm Sounds at Fire Station

It's not every day an automatic fire alarm goes off inside a fire station. But, that was the case Thursday afternoon... when the alarm went off at the Bloomsburg Fire Department on Market Street. Rob Ikler and his crew were working with flooring equipment in the department's social room when a floor polisher malfunctioned... setting off the alarm. Several firemen responded to the building.... found all in order... and simply reset the alarm.

 

Bloomsburg Nationals

One of the biggest demolition derby's to be held in recent memory will take place during the third annual Bloomsburg Nationals by Carlisle Events this coming August at the Fairgrounds. Carlisle Events Mike Garland says they've partnered with a New York State – based production company for the August 9th event. The three day Bloomsburg National's begins August 8th at the fairgrounds... featuring thousands of classic cars.

 

DCNR Report

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has issues its first report since starting a monitoring program in 2011 to look at the impact of natural gas drilling on state forest lands. The reports shows there was less impact on acreage than expected due to efforts to encourage development near existing infrastructure. The Shale Gas Monitoring Report also says water quality has not been affected. But it raises concerns about invasive plants and pests that can impact native vegetation and says the effect on recreational experiences bears watching.

 

Death Probe

Hazleton Police are keeping a tight lid on a death investigation that began Wednesday night. A body was found in the area of South Cedar and Chestnut Streets. Police have not released any details or the identity of the person involved.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

Police in Wilkes – Barre continue to look for a robber wanted in connection with the stick up of a gas station this week. Police say the man strolled into the Hazle Mart on Hazle Street.... produced a weapon and demanded money. No word on how much he got away with.

 

Clerk of Courts

Schuylkill County's long – time clerk of courts has resigned. Stephen Lukach is a target of an investigation amid allegations he took thousands of dollars in taxpayer money from his office for his personal use. Although the investigation has been underway for some time... Lukach has not been charged.

 

Midd-West Super

The interim superintendent of school in Snyder County is suspended from the job without pay. The Midd – West School Board have given Daphne Snook time off since she is part of a criminal investigation dealing with a data breach. Thus far... no charges have been filed. It's not known how long Ms. Snook will be off the job.

 

PennDOT Survey
State transportation officials are working on a pair of long range plans and asking the public to weigh in through a survey. PennDOT is updating it's Long Range Transportation Plan and developing the state's first ever Comprehensive Freight Movement plan. Officials are asking the public to take a few moments to complete an on line survey to help identify top transportation priorities among all assets from freight connections to bike and pedestrians facilities.

 

Safe Drive / Potholes
Motorists looking beyond this week's cap to a rough winter, should think about making their vehicles safe for spring driving. Jenny Robinson of Triple-A Mid-Atlantic, says more potholes will spring from the latest cold blast. Going forward, that should have us checking vehicle alignment and steering, tire pressure, and windshield wipers. Ignoring road salt and brine residue on the undercarriage can cause serious consequences, like corroding brake lines. In the spring, motorists should also be on the lookout for more highway workers.

 

PreK/Kindergarten

A Philadelphia – area lawmaker is pushing to make kindergarten mandatory in public schools and to improve the accessibility of Pre-K. State Representative Brendan Boyle says Pennsylvania is among the six states that do not have a law requiring school districts to provide kindergarten for young students. While universal Pre-K wouldn’t be mandatory for school districts, kindergarten would become mandatory.

 

Hit and Run

Cops in Northumberland County say they're looking for a driver who hit a teen riding his bicycle Wednesday night in Sunbury.... then fled the scene. The incident happened at the corner of Packer and North Third Street. The teen was rushed to the hospital for treatment. Now... police are looking for a mid – 2000 Silver Ford Focus hatchback with damage to the hood and along the passenger side of the car.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Baseball

The Central Columbia High School baseball field will be named Don Engle Memorial Field Saturday morning prior to the start of a baseball tournament that involves Central Columbia, Bloomsburg, Wyalusing and Mifflinburg. Engle, who died in January, won more than 500 games and the 1991 state championship in his 29 years as the Blue Jays head coach. The dedication ceremony will begin Saturday morning at 9:30.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Thursday... Montoursville downed Bloomsburg 2 to 1...

 

HS Softball

In high school girls softball... It took nine innings, but Muncy blanked Bloomsburg 1 to nothing... Jersey Shore defeated Danville 13 to 3... It was Sullivan County over Millville 16 to 15... and Southern Columbia defeated Montoursville 4 to 2.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 1-0 yesterday in the final game of their series. Friday night, the Phils begin a weekend series against The Rockies in Colorado. The first pitch will be at 8:40. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 8:05.

 

Other MLB Games 

In other games Thursday... The Pittsburg Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first defeat on the road 11 to 2... and the New York Yankees downed the Tampa Bay Rays 10 to 2.

 

NHL

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

 

Thursday / April 17, 2014


 

 

Danville Teachers

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

 

Drug Program

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

 

Bloomsburg Library

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

 

Bridge Replacement

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

 

URS Closing

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

 

Jersey Man Extradited

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

 

State Police

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

 

Concealed Carry Class

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

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

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

 

HS Baseball

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

 

HS Softball

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

 

PHL Phillies

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

 

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

 

NHL

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

Wednesday / April 16, 2014


Cold Weather

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

 

Lou Barletta

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

 

Frank's Burglary

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

 

Drano Bomb Folo

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

 

Kidsburg Volunteers Needed

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

 

Danville Traffic Lights

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

 

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

 

Melanoma

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

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

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

 

West Nile Virus Grant

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

 

Red Cross Fire

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

 

Shamokin Dam Plant

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

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

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

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

 

BU Baseball

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

 

PHL / ATL

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

 

Other Games

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

 

Tuesday / April 15, 2014


 

Lou Barletta Tours Danville

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

 

Drano Bomb

Excitement at Husky Korners... right across from Bloomsburg Town Hall Monday night... as someone set off a so – called “Drano” bomb... made of the popular drain cleaner and aluminum foil in a Gatorade bottle. Smoke from the device cleared the former Housenick Motors building... sending students out into the streets. Authorities blocked the area with three pieces of fire apparatus and four police cars. The device left behind residue of the drain cleaner.. but very little damage. No one has been charged in the incident.

 

Block Party Folo

Bloomsburg Police are out with figures stemming from this past weekend's Block Party... an event where university age students gather to have a good time. Police Chief Roger Van Loan... in a news release... telling us that more than 200 non – traffic citations... and 17 traffic tickets were issued. Bloomsburg Mayor Sandy Davis telling WHLM News Monday night... she's happy the weekend went smoothly... but the event has to be “curbed in the future.” Most of the citations dealt with violations of the open container law... underage consumption... and public drunkenness.

 

Espy Water

An unusual sight Monday morning.... water shooting up, out of the ground following a rupture in an 8 inch in diameter water main in the 2600 block of Old Berwick Road. Initially... United Water issued a boil water advisory... but later canceled it... so says the utility's Bob Manbeck. A United work crew spent a couple of hours replacing the water main. The cause of the break remains under investigation.

 

Boston Marathon

It was a year ago Tuesday a terrorist bomb shattered the finish of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Several people died... and hundreds injured when a pressure cooker packed with explosives detonated. For Doug Alter of Berwick... who plans to participate in next Monday's marathon... says there is something of a dark cloud hanging over him as he returns to Boston. Alter will be just one of an estimated 36,000 expected to participate in next Monday's event.

 

Property Tax
A bill to eliminate school property taxes could see action in the State Senate this spring, even though a similar measure failed to gain traction in the house. WHLM's Cathy Clark reports the house has approved a targeted approach that would leave the decision up to school districts on whether to keep, reduce or replace their property taxes. But the sponsor of a senate plan says there's bipartisan backing in his chamber for a bill to replace the school property tax with higher sales and personal income taxes. That measure has drawn opposition from the business community, schools and advocates for the poor.

Cancer Cases
As the number of cancer cases continues to rise in Pennsylvania and across the nation, physicians are concerned that the availability of care in local communities is declining. While more Pennsylvanians are being diagnosed with cancer, fewer people are dying from it. At issue, according to the latest "State of Cancer Care in America" study, is an oncology workforce and small community practices that cannot keep up with the growing patient population. Of the small and mid-size practices that serve more than one-third of new patients, two-thirds will merge, be sold, or close in the next year.

 

Wright Twp Fire

Fire investigators still haven't figured out what sparked a blaze which destroyed a Mountain Top area home Monday. The structure is located on Church Road in Wright Township. The owner getting out of the house safely after she was warned of flames by a neighbor.

 

I-81 Construction

PennDOT says it will rebuild and widen six miles of Interstate 81... between Scranton and the Luzerne – Lackawanna county line. The money coming from the state's new transportation funding bill. The $174 – million dollar project will add a third lane to the already bustling interstate.

 

Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of gasoline across northeastern Pennsylvania is slowing rising. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report out shows that the average price of self – serve, unleaded regular is $3.64 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend... and four cents higher than it was a week ago.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team was scheduled to play a doubleheader at Shippensburg Tuesday afternoon, but those games have been postponed until Wednesday afternoon.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Monday...  Berwick defeated Holy Redeemer 8 to 5... Benton downed Columbia Montour VO Tech 13 to 5.. It was Bloomsburg over Loyalsock 6 to 1..

 

In girls softball

Berwick downed Wyoming Valley West 12 to 1... Benton defeated Columbia Montour Vo Tech 4 to 1... And it was Southern Columbia over South Williamsport 9 to 4...

 

PHL / ATL

In the first game of a four game home series with Atlanta Monday night... the Atlanta Braves defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 9 – 6.

 

* Tonight's scheduled Phillies game has been rained out. A make-up date has yet to be determined. *

 

In other games last night...

The game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds was suspended due to weather after seven innings. The score tied 7 to 7. The game resumes Tuesday afternoon at 5:30....and the New York Mets defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 7 – 3.

 

NBA

In the NBA Monday night... The Philadelphia 76ers downed the Boston Celtics 113 to 108.

 

 

Monday / April 14, 2014


 

Espy Water Main Break

That boil water advisory issued by United Water for residents along the 26 – hundred block of Old Berwick Road in Espy has been canceled. It was posted early Monday when an 8 inch in diameter line broke... spewing water several feet into the air.... so says the Utility's Bob Manbeck. It has yet to be determined what caused that water main to break Monday morning in Espy.

 

PPL Plant

Operators at PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric station in Salem Township north of Berwick took the Unit 1 reactor off line over the weekend. The outage is necessary for refueling and maintenance. During the downtime... a utility spokesman says 40 % of the uranium fuel will be replaced... as well as upgrading equipment with state-of-the-art technology. No word how long Unit 1 will be off – line, but Unit 2 continues to chug along at full power.

 

Foundryville Fire

Still no word as to what caused a deadly fire on Foundryville Road... just outside of Berwick. Our media partner... Newswatch 16... is reporting 57 – year old Mike Rupp died in the flames along with three dogs. The fire was discovered by Rupp's wife... Patricia... when she returned home late Friday night. Investigators say the blaze started in the living room area of the mobile home.

 

Block Party

For the most part... weekend block party revelers in Bloomsburg either went back to their dorms... student housing... or returned to where they came from following Saturday's event. Christina of Upper Darby... a BU student... took in her first Block Party telling us that she felt safe. But for Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan... it was a tiring day for officers who patrolled the event... and made a lot of arrests. Chief Van Loan says planning begins this week for the 2015 edition of Block Party in Bloomsburg... once reports from police department start streaming in as to what worked and what didn't.

 

Rt 11 Construction

A major resurfacing project gets underway Monday on Route 11 between Park Street in Bloomsburg and Shaffer Road in Scott Township. PennDOT's Rick Mason says the work involves milling the existing roadway... and repaving. Most of the work will be preformed overnight between 7 PM and 6 AM Monday night's through Friday morning's. The work is expected to be wrapped up by early June.

 

Boston Marathon

The life of a 1988 Bloomsburg University Mass Communication's graduate.... now a trauma surgeon... was changed dramatically a year ago Tuesday as she treated the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Tracey Dechert of Pottsville was off duty at the time... but returned to the Boston Medical Center as the victims began coming through the emergency room door. Dr. Dechert was on campus recently to give a talk about her experiences. Meantime... this year's Boston Marathon will take place a week from today among heightened security.

 

Hanover Township Accident

The intersection of East Main Street in Hanover Township and the San Souci Parkway is open Monday morning following a three car collision Sunday night. Authorities say two people were taken to the hospital following the crash. Three others sustained minor injuries.

 

Luzerne County Deficit

The budget numbers for Luzerne County government are worse than expected. County Council recently getting word that the government is $7.4 - million dollars in the red... figures revealed in an audit. A year ago... unaudited figures showed a $1.1- million dollar deficit. Most of the loss was four million dollars less than expected in general fund revenue... the remainder spending more than anticipated.

 

Spring Scams

Spring has sprung and unscrupulous home improvement contractors are out and about, looking for the next victim. As WHLM's Pete Primak reports many times these transient contractor will show up unannounced, offering to paint homes or pave driveways on the spot, perhaps for a few hundred bucks cash. The problem is, the work is often performed shoddily, using inferior materials or the contractor leaves before finishing the work. The state Attorney General's office says you should check the credentials of any contractor you're thinking about hiring, and get everything in writing.

 

Donate Life

The U S Department of Health and Human Services is trying to raise awareness about the need for organ donation. WHLM's Cathy Clark tells us April is Donate Life Month and Assistant U S Health Secretary Howard Koh says over 120,000 people are on a waiting list for donor organs. He says 18 people die every day on that list. The campaign "Made Possible by Organ Donors" is telling the stories of what recipients of donated organs are doing with the gift of life and health. You can learn more at organdonor.gov.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Softball

Playing at home for the first time this season, the Bloomsburg University softball team swept a doublheader from Millersville yesterday.

The Huskies won the opener 10-1 and then took the nightcap 4-3 in eight innings.

 

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team played a doubleheader Sunday against Kutztown. In game one... Bloomsburg defeated Kutztown 7 to 6.... while in the nightcap... BU topped Kutztown 11 to 7.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies completed a sweep of the Miami Marlins with a 4-3 win Sunday afternoon. On Monday night at home the Phils begin a 4 game series with the Atlanta Braves. Monday's game starts at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other Games 

In other games Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost a 4-1 decision to the Milwaukee Brewers who won their 9th straight game. The New York Mets were routed by the Los Angeles Angels 14-2, and Sunday night it was the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox 3 – 2.

 

The Masters

For the second time in three years, Bubba Watson is the winner of the Masters Golf tournament. On Sunday... Watson became the 17th multiple winner in the history of the event.

 

What's Happening Sunday, April 13 2014


Weekend Events

A reminder for this weekend that Montour County has issued an outdoor burn ban. A first offense carries a fine of $100. The ban will be in effect for 30 days.

 

It's Block Party weekend on and around the campus of Bloomsburg University. If you are driving through the campus and student housing areas be cautious and aware of pdestrians - there are certain to be lots of students out walking around this weekend. 

 

Suppourt the Bloomsburg Skate Park this morning and come out from 8 - 10 AM for a flapjack fundraiser at Applebees on route 11 in Bloomsburg. Cost is $7 for adults or $4.50 for kids 5 and under. 

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church in Shicksinny is hosting "Cinderella's Closet" this afternoon at the church at 417 Town Hill Road. The sale of prom and other dresses will run from Noon-7PM. Call 570-864-2401 for more information.

 

The Benton British Car Club is meeting at 3PM this afternoon at Strevig's Family Restaraunt on Route 487 in Benton. Anyone who owns a British-made car is welcome to attend.

 

Toddler Time is back at the Bloomsburg Public Library this Monday morning. Bring your kids ages 18 months to 3 years old at 9:15 AM for twenty minutes of stories, music, movement, and fun! All children must be accompanied by and adult. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Bloomsburg Public Library Diners Club invites you to La Fontana in Downtown Bloomsburg this Tuesday. Stop by the library to pick up a voucher, and ten percent of your check from lunch or dinner at La Fontana will go toward the library.

 

Come spend A Day With Stuie in Berwick on Saturday the 19th. A real Berwick-built Stuart tank will be on display at 3rd and Oak Street and Reliance Fire Company starting at 2 PM, along with historical displays, memorabilia, food, live entertainment, and the official groundbreaking for the Stuart memorial. The event marks the 70th anniversary of the last Berwick Stuart tank produced. All active military personnel and Veterans are invited to attend.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Philadelphia Philles Baseball

The Phillies continue their weekend series at home vs the Florida Marlins this afternoon. First pitch is at 1:35 PM - coverage on Newsradio 930 starts with the Phillies pregame show at 1:00.

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