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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.

 

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

In the first game of a four games series at Citizen's Bank Park Monday night... the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 7 to 4. Game two is Tuesday night at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30. The Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets both had Monday off.

 

Other Action

In the American League Monday night... the Los Angeles Angels downed the New York Yankees

4 to 1.

 

Women's Soccer

The United States women's soccer team takes on Germany Tuesday night in Montreal in a World Cup semifinal. The other semifinal between Japan and England will be played tomorrow night. The World Cup final is set for Sunday night in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

 



 

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.

 

 

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 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.

 

 

What's Happening?

 

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

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.

 


 

 

** A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 615 PM EDT FOR SOUTHERN MONTOUR...COLUMBIA...NORTH CENTRAL SCHUYLKILL AND EAST CENTRAL NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTIES...

 

 

 

The Montour County Relay for Life continus today until 3PM at the Danville Middle school. Stop by and cheer on the runners, and enjoy food and events for the whole family, all while supporting the fight against cancer.

 

The annual spring United Way Trash To Treasure Sale is happening in the Kehr Union ballroom on Bloomsburg University's main campus. Find computers, electronics, furniture and more. Doors open at 9AM. The Early Bird Sale starts at 8AM. The sale runs until Noon. 

 

The 5th annual Bloomsburg Jorge's Walk to Defeat ALS will be held this morning at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Registration opens at 9AM. The walk starts at 10:30. For more information check out BloomsburgWalkToDefeatALS.org

 

This is your last day to submit your work to the Moose Exchange's next community art exhibit. "What Are You Reading?" will include works based on novels, short stories, poems, and even nonfiction that you have recently read. Submissions can be dropped off at the Antler Gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg. The show opens Monday May 18 and runs through Friday June 26. A reception will be held Thursday June 4 at 6PM in conjunction with the Gallery at the Greenly's Center's "Mark On The Wall" exhibit.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents 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. 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 Phils are at home this weekend to play the Diamondbacks of Arizona. First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM stations gets under way with the pregame at 6:30.

 

 



 

Berwick Football

Berwick Area School District head football coach George Curry has denied influencing two student athletes to transfer from Nanticoke Area to Berwick. The Wilkes – Barre Citizen Voice is reporting in Friday's edition that Curry refuted allegations that recruiting influenced the transfer. Berwick superintendent Wayne Brookhart has shut down the nationally – known football program for two weeks while an investigation is underway.

 

Mass Transit

A Harrisburg-based transit advocacy group is hoping this week's Amtrak tragedy in Philadelphia will lead to improvements in rail travel and safety. Brad Jones, Chairman of the Modern Transit Partnership, says the accident has raised two major points-rail travel, especially in this part of the country is increasingly popular, and the infrastructure which supports it is in need of major upgrades. As this tragedy continues to unfold Jones says his group is hopeful that attention will soon turn to the need for greater investments in the equipment and technology needed to make travel by rail much safer and more reliable.

 

Trash to Treasure

It's a day a lot of folks have been waiting for.... the United Way of Columbia County's semi – annual Trash to treasure sale on tap Saturday. The organizations Adrienne Mael says the big attraction are the number of laptop computers on the tables... ready to be sold. The sale begins Saturday morning at the Kerr Union on the Bloomsburg University campus starting at 9 O'clock. Early bird tickets are available by stopping by the United Way office on Penn Street... near the hospital.

 

Recognition

A Geisinger Medical Center nurse who rescued a 7 – year old girl from drowning in the Susquehanna River at the Shikellamy State Park Marina in August of 2013... was recognized Thursday for her actions. It all began when Lydia Ross of Sunbury was jogging along the water when she heard the girl calling for help. Ms. Ross pulling the girl from the water. And she was also thankful to an unknown man who pulled her out of the Susquehanna. State Representative Linda Culver of Northumberland County was also on hand with a proclamation from the State House.

 

Job Fair

Prospective job applicants made their way to the Danville Elks for Thursday's PA Career Link Job Fair. The WHLM Stations were there... as well as dozens of other prospective employees. Carol Theros of the staffing company Randstad...was looking for prospective employees for a wood working company who were were willing to work hard... have a good attitude... and be dependable. Even though the job fair was a one day event.... you can call or visit PA Career Link to see the area's latest job openings.

 

Nominee Approval

Governor Tom Wolf's nominee to head the Department of Banking and Securities has won unanimous committee approval. Robin Weissmann has a solid track record of government service, serving previously as a debt manager for the city of Philadelphia was well as Pennsylvania State Treasurer from 2007 to 2009. Weissmann told the Committee that the state enjoys a healthy relationship with the financial entities her department regulates, and one challenge we face involves changes to the traditional methods of borrowing, lending, investing and payments.

 

Safe Hunting
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is reporting another record low year for hunting-related shooting incidents. Travis Lau with the Pennsylvania Game Commission says they have been keeping track of hunting-related shooting incidents since 1915. This past year saw a record low number at 29. Officials say the Hunter Trapper Education Course has helped bring down accidents by 80 percent since 1959.

 

Hazleton Body

There is an investigation underway in Hazleton to determine how a person died... the decomposing body found under some brush between two homes this week. Specifically... the remains were found between the homes at 90 and 92 Wyoming Street. The Luzerne County Coroner says he may never be able to determine cause of death... but they aren't calling it a homicide. It's believed the remains have been there since February.

 

Hemp Growth

Bills in both the state House and Senate would legalize the growing of industrial hemp for research purposes. WHLM's Rachel McDevitt says the legislation is getting support...but also a few warnings.Experts with the state Department of Agriculture strongly support the measure... but recommend establishing a licensing system for growers.... creating penalties for law violations... and starting an advisory board to review any issues related to the industry. Representatives of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences say farmers will need to figure out the logistics of the cash crop.... including development costs... harvesting challenges... and pest control.
 

Inmates / Shamokin

The Shamokin Cemetery is getting a once over from an unlikely source. Eleven inmates from the Federal Correctional Institute in Schuylkill County are now involved in spiffing up the estimated 16 – thousand graves. They're spent part of this week mowing the lawn... and performing some trim work as part of a program between Shamokin and the correctional Institute. Correction officials say the prisoners are low – level offenders who will also spruce up Independence Street in downtown Shamokin.

 

Soccer HOF

Could we have a soccer Hall of Fame in Pennsylvania. That's a possibility thanks to some businessmen in Marshalls Creek... in the Pocono's. Specifically... they would like to bring it to the former Mountain Manor resort. The project would include a 5,000 seat stadium... with 20 outdoor soccer field... and maybe a couple of hotels. The estimated cost is $15 – million.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Track & Field

Bloomsburg University senior Kate Dodds will represent the Huskies at the 2015 NCAA Division II Women's Track and Field National Championships. Dodds earning entry in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters.

 

Girls HS Softball

In girls high school softball from Thursday... Hazleton blanked Berwick 9 to nothing... Southern Columbia downed Shamokin 7 to 5... Central Columbia defeated Montoursville 3 to nothing... and it was Columbia Montour Vo – Tech over Sullivan County 15 to nothing.

 

MLB

In Major League Baseball... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 4 to 2 at Citizens Bank Park on Thursday. The Phil's now open a weekend series Friday night when they welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. You can catch all the action beginning with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

 

Other Action

In other action Thursday... the Chicago Cubs defeated the New York Mets 6 to 5... and it was the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees 6 to 1.

 

NBA

In the NBA.... LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Chicago Bulls 94 – 73... and the Houston Rockets getting by the Los Angeles Clippers 119 to 107.

 



 

Drug Charges

Berwick man has been arrested on drug charges. Berwick Police tell us.... 44 – year old Aric Bernard of the 7474 Columbia Boulevard is facing a host of drug charges... after someone allegedly FedExed a package to him containing an estimated 86 grams of crystal meth. However it was sent to the Berwick Area Joint Sewer Authority office on Freas Avenue instead of to his camper he calls home. At one time... the Authority rented out a building where the camper is located. Authority workers call Berwick Police who in turn took him into custody. Bernard is facing a long list of charges and is awaiting a preliminary hearing on the 26th.

 

Kidsburg Security

Kidsburg in Bloomsburg's Town Park at the end of Market Street has a new layer of security. The park has been the target of vandals since it was built. Steve Savage of Northeast Automated Technologies has donated a camera system designed to overlook the Kidsburg complex. And Savage says you won't see any blurry pictures of the bad guys... thanks to the use of infra red technology. It's all recorded on a hard drive... the video of which can be used in the prosecution of those persons caught in the act.

 

Cook Out

It was a time to get out and meet your neighbors. The Berwick Area Community Watch... holding a cook – out this week behind City Hall. Borough Manager Debra Force says the get – together was a great time to meet old friends... and make new ones. Members of the Berwick Area Community Watch act as an extra set of eyes for the police department.

 

Cleveland Twp Fire

A state police fire marshal is expected to be on the scene of a Wednesday house fire in Cleveland Township in southern Columbia County. Flames broke out inside the multi – story home on Jackson Road at mid morning. Our media partner Newswatch 16 reports most of the interior was extensively damaged. No one was home when the blaze broke out.

 

Property Taxes
The House has given final approval to a bill to sharply reduce local property taxes. The legislation cuts property taxes between 40 and 60 percent, in exchange for a sales tax increase from 6 to 7 percent in most parts of the state, along with a hike in the personal income tax from 3-point zero 7 to 3-point-7 percent. Governor Tom Wolf, who favors a similar plan, says he's pleased with the bi-partisan vote on the bill, calling it a first step toward significant property tax relief.

 

Pension Plans
Governor Tom Wolf is expressing a number of concerns over the Senate-passed bill reforming the two major public pension systems. Like Senate Democrats who voted no, Wolf says he doesn't think the proper way to address the state�s pension debt is by cutting benefits for current and future workers. The Governor has put forth a plan of his own which does not curb retirement benefits, but borrows money to help offer immediate relief for the state and school districts facing sharply rising pension payments.

 

Animal Resource Center

Looking for a pet to keep you and your family company... be sure to check out the Animal Resource Center. The Center's Linda Bird appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz says they have a bunch of furry friends up for adoption. Check out all the animals up for adoption by going to their website.

 

Hunting Accidents
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is reporting another record low year for hunting-related shooting incidents. Since the Game Commission started recording hunting incidents in 1915...there have only been two years with that number under 30. Last year only had 29 hunting related shooting incidents. Just one year can claim no hunting-related fatalities.... 2014 saw one fatal incident. Officials say the Hunter Trapper Education Course has helped bring down accidents by 80 percent since 1959.

 

Inmates / Shamokin

The Shamokin Cemetery is getting a once over from an unlikely source. Eleven inmates from the Federal Correctional Institute in Schuylkill County are now involved in spiffing up the estimated 16 – thousand graves. They're spent part of this week mowing the lawn... and performing some trim work as part of a program between Shamokin and the correctional Institute. Correction officials say the prisoners are low – level offenders who will also spruce up Independence Street in downtown Shamokin.

 

Medical Marijuana

The state senate has passed the latest version of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana bill. The bill would make it legal in the state for marijuana to be used to treat certain illnesses when prescribed by a doctor. The vote was 40 – to – 7 It now heads to the house for their consideration.

 

Texting Bill

A Pennsylvania representative has introduced legislation to enhance penalties for drivers who cause severe injuries or death while texting behind the wheel. House Bill 853 would allow additional sentences of up to five years when drivers are convicted of vehicular homicide, involuntary manslaughter, or aggravated assault by vehicle. State Rep. Jaret Gibbons (D-Beaver/Butler/Lawrence) said his proposal would bring distracted driving penalties in line with those for driving drunk.

 

 



 

 

Berwick Bulldogs

A stand down for the Berwick Bulldogs high school football team. District Superintendent Wayne Brookhart on Tuesday afternoon suspended all football operations for two weeks... due to an on – going investigations into allegations that a player transferred to the Berwick program. Already the district has padlocked the weight training room at Crispin Field... and all off – season workouts are canceled.

 

Geisinger CEO

Spending Tuesday afternoon... making rounds with new Geisinger CEO Dr. David Feinberg... as he visited with Barbara Davis of Espy in GMC's Advance Center of Medicine. Dr. Feinberg wanted to know the good of the hospital... and the bad. He got both. Dr. Feinberg later talked about GMC's mission of keeping people healthy and providing the best quality of medical care in rural Pennsylvania. Dr. Feinberg arrived in Danville six weeks ago.. following a stint as chief of the UCLA hospital System near Los Angles

 

Lou Barletta

11th District Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton... who represents Columbia and Montour Counties in Washington... has undergone a heart procedure. A spokesman for his office says Mr. Barletta underwent successful cardiac characterization at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He's now back home... expecting to return to Washington next Monday.

 

Stuart Tank

The committee trying to secure a Berwick – built tank for display continue to negotiate with a seller of one of the machines. Bring Stuie Home committee member Tom McLaughlin says there is still a lot of detail work to do before the tank heads to Berwick. McLaughlin says the seller... in England... has not wavered from his $120,000 American dollars asking price... and right now... the committee is short a couple of thousand dollars to consummate the deal.

 

Amtrak Derailment

It's a mess in Northeast Philadelphia Wednesday morning... after an Amtrak passenger train jumped the tracks late Tuesday night. The derailment killed five people... scores of others are hurting. Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to be on scene in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia to try and figure out why Amtrak's Northeast Regional from Washington to New York left the tracks. CBS Radio News will have more on the story throughout the day at the top of the hour.

 

Pension Debt

Another proposal has been introduced aimed at dealing with the public pension debt in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania's two main pension funds-the State Employees Retirement System and the Public School Employees Retirement System, have a combined debt of $53 - billion. Representative John McGinnis' bill would increase the contributions by the state and school districts, and using a method called level dollar funding, pay off the debt over 20 years. McGinnis say that's how long it will take for the funds to be depleted if no action is taken.

 

Work Zone Safety
A bi-partisan group of lawmaker has unveiled new legislation designed to increase safety in highway work zones by using a controversial tactic. In 2013, there were 18,000 accidents and 16 deaths in highway and roadway work zones in Pennsylvania. A group of state lawmakers unveiled legislation they say is aimed at protecting workers and first responders in construction zones. The proposed solution: automated cameras. Technology-based automated enforcement has been controversial - from red light cameras to speed enforcement systems similar to this proposal... but the lawmakers backing the proposed 5-year pilot program say it is needed to save lives...

 

Medical Marijuana

The state senate has passed the latest version of Pennsylvania's medical marijuana bill. The bill would make it legal in the state for marijuana to be used to treat certain illnesses when prescribed by a doctor. The vote was 40 – to – 7. The proposal heads to the house for their consideration.

 

Confirmation

Acting Secretary of State Pedro Cortes has taken harsh criticism for his last stint in office for the lack of investigation into a horrifying Philadelphia abortion clinic. But WHLM's Rachel McDevitt says the self-described "man of faith" is ready to prove he's still worthy of the office. McDevitt says acting Secretary Pedro Cortes defended his integrity to lawmakers in the Senate State Government Committee for about an hour before they unanimously approved his nomination and asked that it be referred to the full Senate. Cortes holds that if he had known anything about Kermit Gosnell and his botched abortions... he would have called prosecutors. He also says the department has learned valuable lessons from the mess and has new safeguards in place to keep similar cases from unfolding the same way.
 

WHLM Sports

Girls HS Softball

In girls high school softball Tuesday... Berwick defeated Wyoming Valley West 2 to 1... Bloomsburg downed Bucktail 11 to 2... it was Central Columbia over Loyalsock 15 – 13... Muncy downed Millville 16 to 2... and Milton defeated Southern Columbia 12 to 5.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Tuesday night, in the second game of their four game home series against Pittsburgh.... The Pirates got by the Philadelphia Phillies 7 to 2. The third game of the series begins Wednesday night at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations starts with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In other games Tuesday night... the Chicago Cubs defeated the New York Mets 6 to 1... and it was the Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees 4 to 2.

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs... The Cleveland Cavaliers just got by the Chicago Bulls 106 to 101. Cleveland now has a three to two edge in that series.... and the Rockets of Houston downed the Los Angeles Clippers 124 to 103. LA still leads the series 3 games to 2.

 

NHL

In the NHL Playoffs... the Tampa Bay Lightening skated by the Montreal Canadiens 4 to 1. Tampa Bay clinches the series with Tuesday night's victory.

 

 

 



 

Berwick Bulldogs

A stand down for the Berwick Bulldogs high school football team. District Superintendent Wayne Brookhart on Tuesday afternoon suspended all football operations for two weeks... due to an on – going investigations into allegations that a player transferred to the Berwick program. Already the district has padlocked the weight training room at Crispin Field... and all off – season workouts are canceled.

 

Geisinger CEO

Spending Tuesday afternoon... making rounds with new Geisinger CEO Dr. David Feinberg... as he visited with Barbara Davis of Espy in GMC's Advance Center of Medicine. Dr. Feinberg wanted to know the good of the hospital... and the bad. He got both. Dr. Feinberg later talked about GMC's mission of keeping people healthy and providing the best quality of medical care in rural Pennsylvania. Dr. Feinberg arrived in Danville six weeks ago.. following a stint as chief of the UCLA hospital System near Los Angles

 

Stuart Tank

The committee trying to secure a Berwick – built tank for display continue to negotiate with a seller of one of the machines. Bring Stuie Home committee member Tom McLaughlin says there is still a lot of detail work to do before the tank heads to Berwick. McLaughlin says the seller... in England... has not wavered from his $120,000 American dollars asking price... and right now... the committee is short a couple of thousand dollars to consummate the deal.

 

PennDOT Money

PennDOT spent a lot of money over the winter keeping the roads passable when we got hit with storm after storm. That was the same case for PennDOT's Montoursville office which covers Columbia and Montour counties. The agency's David Thompson says District 3 used a record 84,000 tons of salt... spending $25 – million dollars for winter service. Last year $20 – million dollars was spent on clearing roads... with an estimated 81,000 tons of salt used. As the agency regroups from the harsh winter... crews are out on the roads making sure the potholes left behind are repaired.

 

Williamsport Shooting

A fatal shooting in Williamsport late Monday night. Police say a 21 – year old man was found in the 400 blocks of Anthony Street... suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

 

Pension Reform
The Senate Finance Committee voted along party lines to approve a major overhaul of the two large public pension systems. The measure would phase out the traditional pension plan for future public school and state employees, replacing it with a 401(k)-style defined contributions plan. Committee Democrats complained that they had less than three days to read the 410-page bill, with one member unsuccessfully attempting to table the measure. It passed the committee and now heads to the full Senate.

 

Cigarette Tax Proposal

Public health advocates are hoping that state lawmakers will add smoking to the list of issues to be dealt with this legislative session. Members of the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network recently held a day of lobbying, meeting with House and Senate members to call for an increase of up to one dollar and 60 cents in the state's cigarette tax. Advocates are looking to cut the smoking rate especially among young people, but also point to a recent poll of registered voters, which shows an overwhelming majority favor a cigarette tax hike to help trim the state's budget deficit.

 

National Police Week

If you know a police officer... either patrolling the streets of the Susquehanna Valley... or the nation... it's getting tougher to carry out the duty. Over the weekend in Mississippi... two Hattisburg officers were gunned down during a routine traffic stop. Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan says he and his officers are seeing a change of attitude... getting a lot of “pushback” from people they interact with.

With this being National Police Week... officers remain vigilant while on patrol... and thinking about the officers who lost their lives... and the families they left behind.

 

High School Graduates
The latest report from the Everyone Graduates Center at Johns Hopkins University shows Pennsylvania is a leader in bringing up high school graduation rates. Education advocates are pushing for a 90 percent national graduation rate by 2020. New data shows Pennsylvania is getting close with 86 percent... 5 points more than the national average. Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Reading all gained between 6 and 12 percentage points just between 2011 and 2013. The Keystone state also made headway closing the gap between graduation rates for minority and low-income students.

 

Stroke Awareness

An estimated 800,000 people are affected nationwide by a stroke each year... another 7-and-a-half million people still feel the residual effects. That word from Geisinger's Health South's Nancy Presswood on this... National Stroke Awareness Month. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Ms Presswood says Health South will hold a program on Wednesday dealing with young people and strokes. Dr. Edward Kenton... the chief of neurology... will be the speaker. The program gets underway Wednesday at 4:30 at the Health South Rehab complex on the GMC campus.

 

Gypsy Moth

State environmental officials are ready to engage in their annual battle with the gypsy moth. During the spring, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be conducting aerial spraying in state forest land in six northeastern PA Counties... including Columbia... Carbon... Luzerne... Northumberland... Pike and Schuylkill. The area totals close to 27,000 acres. The insect damaged over 214,000 acres in the state last year.

 

Jim Thorpe Boy

A missing 12 – year old Jim Thorpe youngster was found safe and sound early Monday evening... after he was missing for 12 – hours. Mason Pachulski telling authorities he left his home early Monday morning... then hid while a massive manhunt was underway. That search involved more than a hundred people... including a state police helicopter... concentrating their efforts in a wooded area near his Center Street home.

 

Penn State

Penn State University set a new record for applications this year. President Eric Barron telling trustees that applications for this fall have exceeded last year's record of 126,000. Barron also says that funded faculty research and online classes are growing by double-digit percentages.

 

 



 

General Assembly Size

The size of the State House and Senate could be reduced if a proposal making it's way through the General Assembly is okayed. The house passed the reduction bill last week... with state representative David Millard voting “for” the measure.... but he says the proposal has a long way to go before final approval. Under the proposal... the house would go from 203 members to 151.... while the senate would be reduced to 37 members from it's current 50.

 

Gas Prices
The price of gasoline continues its upward swing but analysts say the price should level off for summer.
Since bottoming out at around 2 dollars a gallon at the beginning of the year, gas prices now average two dollars and 82 cents in Pennsylvania, but that's still a dollar cheaper than at this time last year. Triple-A Mid Atlantic reports the price will level off just in time for the summer driving season, and predicts the price will stay below the three dollar a gallon mark at least through the end of the year.

 

Blackfly Spraying

Pennsylvanians may notice some helicopters hovering over their waterways this summer... including here in Columbia County. Each summer the Department of Environmental Protection sprays a naturally-occurring bacterium on more than 16-hundred miles of PA rivers and streams.... to lower the population of black flies.... also known as gnats. Officials say black flies are a nuisance that keeps recreators from completely enjoying Pennsylvania's outdoors... and without this service.... taking that hike or visiting that park.... might look less appealing.
 

Pension Reform

Reforming the public pension system in Pennsylvania is a major priority for Legislative Republicans in the final months of the budget process. The plan would make major changes to the State Employees Retirement System and the Public School Employees Retirement System, mainly affecting future hires. The biggest change would be a transition from the traditional pension plan to a 401 (k) - style defined contributions plan. Despite their majorities in the House and Senate, Republicans are not expecting easy passage.

 

Absentee Ballot

Time is running out for you to apply for an absentee ballot if you want to vote in next Tuesday's primary... not only here in Columbia and Montour Counties, but across the state. That word coming from Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky. The time to make an application for the absentee ballot is by the close of business Tuesday... and it must be returned to the voter registration office by late Friday afternoon. The application can be picked up in the Courthouse Annex at the corner of West Main and Centre Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

Lawsuit Legislation

Legislation aimed at stopping a certain type of lawsuit is currently before the state Senate. The bill seeks to prevent what is known as a Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation, or SLAPP, which is seen as a way to intimidate or silence individuals or civic groups when they speak out on controversial issues. If it becomes law, victims of these types of legal actions would have the ability to recover attorney fees, costs and damages. The bill has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee and now heads to the full Senate.
 

I - 80 Road Work

Work continues on the Interstate 80 bridges over the Susquehanna River between the Lime Ridge and Mifflinville interchanges. A PennDOT spokesperson says paving and installing bridge deck epoxy overlays will continue through Thursday. It could be tough getting through the area since the westbound left lane will be closed... and then the right lane. The same will happen in the eastbound lane... and in both instances traffic will be slow – going.

 

Lycoming Fatal

A Unityville man is dead after his motorcycle collided with a minivan near the Columbia – Lycoming County line late Saturday night. State police say 19 – year old Albert Burkhart was northbound on Route 42 when he struck the van. Troopers say Burkhart died at the scene.... and was not wearing a helmet. The driver of the minivan was taken to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville with moderate injuries.

 

Back Mountain Fire

A fire investigator will be called in to determine what sparked a blaze last night near Dallas... in Luzerne County. At least one person in the house was taken to the hospital for treatment. Firefighters say they believe the blaze started at the rear of the home.

 

Toddler Dies

The Lehigh County Coroner says a 1 – year old boy tossed from an Allentown bridge by his mother last weekend has died. Coroner Scott Grim says Zymeir Perry died over the weekend at a Lehigh Valley Hospital. If you recall... he was allegedly tossed into the Lehigh River by his 19 – year old mother who also jumped into the water and remains hospitalized.

 

WHLM Sports

Track & Field 

Four area athletes had first place finishes in the Heartland Conference Coaches Track & Field Invitational Saturday at Shikellamy High School. Southern Columbia senior Luke Rarig won both hurdle races... Bloomsburg sophomore Jahvell Hemphill finished first in the 100 meter dash; Danville's Mackenzie Jones won the girls 32 hundred meter run... and Lindsey Carl of Central Columbia finished first in the girls high jump. The District 4 AA championships will be held next Saturday at Athens High School.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Sunday, the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the New York Mets 7 - 4. Monday night the Phils open a four game home series against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The first pitch will be at 7:05. Pre – game coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In other games Sunday, the Pirates downed the Saint Louis Cardinals 4 to 3... and the New York Yankees defeated the Baltimore Orioles 6 to 2.

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs Sunday... The Cleveland Cavaliers got by the Chicago Bulls 86 to 84. The teams are tied now at 2 games apiece. The Los Angeles Clippers routed the Houston Rocks 128 to 95. The Clippers lead the series 3 games to 1.

 

 



 

It's Graduation weekend at Bloomsburg University! Be alert for increased traffic and pedestrians in downtown Bloomsburg and around the BU campus.

 

The Benton British Car Club will meet this afternoon at Strevig's Family Restaurant on Route 487 in Benton. Anyone who owns a British-made vehicle is invited to attend. The meeting starts at 3PM.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Philadelphia Baseball

The Phillies are back at home this weekend. The play the Mets this afternoon in at game that starts at 1:35. The pregame show starts at 1 o'clock on the WHLM stations.

 


 

It's Graduation weekend at Bloomsburg University! Be alert for increased traffic and pedestrians in downtown Bloomsburg and around the BU campus.

 

The Bloomsburg Police Department will hold their first annul 5K run/walk today at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Check-in opens at 8AM, the run starts at 10AM. Entry fee is $20 each. For more information call 784-4155.

 

The Greater Columbia County Relay for Life team will hold a yard and bake sale today at Bloomsburg Southern Baptist Church, Welliver Drive in Bloomsburg.  Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The sale runs from 8AM - 2PM.

 

The third annual Celebrate Berwick festival is going on today from 9AM - 5PM. Check out vendors, games, rides and more set up along Route 11 from Briar Creek to downtown Front Street. For a full schedule of events visit CelebrateBerwick.com

 

Join the Montour Motorcycle Riders in support of the Animal Resource Center during the Ian's Wish benefit run. Registration is open from 10:30 - 11:30 AM this morning at the Jerseytown Tavern on Route 44. Cost is just $10 per person, and includes lunch at the Fort Rickett's VFW post in Benton. Donations of blankets, green cleaners, paper towels, and other pet products will be collected as well. For more information, call 570-441-4520.

 

The Benton British Car Club will meet this Sunday afternoon at Strevig's Family Restaurant on Route 487 in Benton. Anyone who owns a British-made vehicle is invited to attend. The meeting starts at 3PM.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Philadelphia Baseball

The Phillies are back at home this weekend. The play the Mets tonight in at game that starts at 7:05. The pregame show starts at 6:30 on the WHLM stations.

 



 

Millville Fire

A state police fire marshal is expected to be in Greenwood Township Friday... north of Millville... to determine the exact cause of a fire which extensively damaged a long – time bar. Flames broke out Thursday morning at the Village Inn along Route 42. Millville Fire Chief Rob Bower said,,.when he rolled in... he saw smoke pouring from the eaves at both ends of the building. Chief Bower says he believes the blaze began where an electrical panel is located. Co – owners Brett Holdren and Tasha Seely don't know if they'll rebuild the one story building north of Millville.

 

Simulated DUI

The fire trucks were there.... and so were the police cars and ambulances... and for good measure... Geisinger Medical Center's Life Flight. It was all part of a simulated DUI crash in a parking lot at the Berwick High School... presented by Students Against Drunk Driving... and is an object lesson so says adviser Heather Henry. The demonstration was held two days prior to the school's Junior / Senior prom.

 

Road Treatment
A new road treatment is aimed at reducing the number of accidents along Pennsylvania roadways. PennDOT demonstrated the substance known as High Friction Surface treatment for local, state and federal highways officials along a stretch of roadway in Central Pennsylvania with sharp curves and a history of accidents. The aim is increase friction even when a vehicle is speeding, thus reducing the chances of an accident caused by a slick road surface. PennDOT also already added this treatment to 63 locations across the state.

 

PennDOT Spending

A relentless winter exhausted snow removal budgets across Pennsylvania and pushed the state Department of Transportation to its limit as it fought to keep highways safe and passable, according to a first-of-its-kind survey released this week. PennDOT spent $272 - million to keep traffic flowing on the state's 40,000 miles of roadway, according to the agency's Erin Waters-Trasatt. That's 34 percent more than the $203 - million it budgeted for winter maintenance based on a five-year average of previous expenditures.

 

Water Week

We're celebrating National Drinking Water Week... and United Water... the company who supplies drinking water to the Bloomsburg area is involved. The utilities Bob Manbeck says you'll save money by fixing leaks.... and by taking steps to conserve. Mr. Manbeck says most of the leaks around the home or apartment is in the area of the toilet.

 

Freeland Water

Big changes at the Freeland Municipal Water and Sewer Authority... after they were faced with serious issues over the winter. Not only will a 100 – year old water reservoir be renovated... but so will the outside of the building which houses the authority. Also... two new wells will be dug to increase capacity to the systems 2,400 subscribers. If you recall... Freeland lost most of it's water service during the harshest days of winter due to frozen pipes and age of the infrastructure.

 

Telemedicine
Physician advocates are calling for more access to telemedicine, but a recent poll shows PA residents might not be ready for treatment delivered through Skype. According to a survey from Susquehanna Polling.... 94 % said it's important to see their doctor in person. The Pennsylvania Medical Society is hoping to change those perceptions through exposure to telemedicine. On their list of requirements is face-to-face video conferences.... doctors with a medical license for the state where their patient lives.... and insurance companies covering telemedicine the same way as traditional care.

 

Senator Pat Browne

The future of a power state lawmaker remains uncertain following an accident last weekend. Senator Pat Browne of Lehigh County was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident. While doctors say he is expected to make a full recovery, Republican leaders say they're not sure when he'll be able to return to work. Brown chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, and plays a key role in the budget process. Meanwhile his accident is being investigated as a possible DUI, which could have an effect on his leadership role in the Senate.

Shenandoah Valley

Teachers in the Shenandoah Valley School District may be hitting the picket line... going on strike as the end of the school year draws to an end. If it happens... district teachers may start their job action as early as next week. Teachers say they've been working without a contract since the start of the 2011 school year.

 

Rick Santorum

Remember former PA Senator Rick Santorum... serving from 1994 until he was defeated in 2007 by Bob Casey. There's word he may try a second run for the Republican nomination for President. He's expected to make his formal announcement on May 27th.

 

WHLM Sports

Track & Field

Our area's best high school track & field athletes will be at Shikellamy High School in Sunbury on Saturday for the Heartland Conference Meet. The competition begins at 10:30 AM.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Thursday... Bloomsburg downed Shamokin 7 – 1...

 

HS Softball

In girls softball Thursday... Central Columbia defeated Hughesville 15 to 3... and it was Southern Columbia over South Williamsport 7 to 4.

 

PHL Phils

In the major leagues... the Philadelphia Phillies open a three game weekend home series against the Mets Friday night starting at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In games played Thursday night.. The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds 7 to 2... and the New York Yankees just got by the Baltimore Orioles 4 to 3.

 

NHL

In the NHL Playoffs Thursday night... Tampa Bay defeated Montreal 3 to 1 to clinch that series... and the Chicago Blackhawks blanked Minnesota 4 to nothing... taking that series four games to none.

 



 

Millville Fire

A fire investigator is expected to be bought in to figure out what started a fire at the Village Inn... north of Millville... Thursday morning. Firemen were dispatched to the 29 – hundred block of Route 42 north when the owner smelled smoke and saw flames coming from a crawl space above the first floor. Fire companies from across the mid section of Columbia County responded... including a half dozen tankers since there is no hydrant service in the area. No one was injured in Thursday morning's blaze that extensively damaged the Village Inn... north of Millville... on Route 42. Fire police have closed the section of Route 42 north of Millville.

 

Geisinger – Woodbine

Notice a lot of pre – construction at the Geisinger – Woodbine Lane Outpatient Clinic. The wraps were taken off Wednesday for a 135.000 thousand square foot addition to the building... just off Route 11. The $54 – million project will double the size of the former TRW plant... with a parking garage to accommodate 325 cars. Newly - hired CEO Dr. David Feinberg says it all comes down to convenience for patients. The new addition to Geisinger – Woodbine is expected to be completed in two years.

 

Food Trucks / Town Park

For the past couple of months... Bloomsburg Town Council has been soliciting suggestions for Town Park at the end of Market Street... and it appears food truck aren’t on the list. Town Park Association President Chuck Wagner telling council recently that folks like the idea of vendors renting canoes, kayaks and bikes.... but not so much for food trucks. Meantime... Town Council has recently taken the wraps off a Food Truck Pilot Program... allowed to sell their products in three municipal parking lots. Two permits have been issued... and a third is waiting for an applicant.

 

Drug & Alcohol

The re-nomination of Gary Tennis to head the state department of drug & alcohol program is a step closer to the full Senate. Gary Tennis is one of two holdovers from the Corbett cabinet nominated to continue their jobs under Governor Tom Wolf. Corrections Secretary John Wetzel is the other. The Tennis nomination cleared the Senate Public Health & Welfare Committee as it continues its path toward the full Senate. Tennis was named Secretary under Governor Tom Corbett when the Drug & Alcohol department was first established in 2012 - as a result of legislative action from 2010...

 

Municipal Pensions

The municipal pension crisis was the focus of a state House hearing this week in Harrisburg. The House State Government Committee heard testimony, mainly from mayors of small and mid-size cities in Pennsylvania, about the sustainability of the current pension system. The committee is considering a reform plan which would gradually transform the current system from a traditional pension plan to a defined contribution plan. Those who testified, including the Mayors of Lancaster, York and Easton, are all calling for passage.
 

Pet & Toy Parade

The opening of the area carnival season Wednesday night.... as the 49th annual Kiwanis Pet and Toy parade march south on Market Street in Bloomsburg. Leading the procession... the Bloomsburg High School band. They were followed by kids and adults walking their pets... pulling their wagons... as well as out of area fire departments sending some equipment. The event kicked off this years Bloomsburg Fire Department carnival... which runs through Saturday night.

 

Property Taxes

A ranking House Republican said Wednesday that party leaders were ready to put to a vote a hotly debated property-tax-relief proposal, shifting the spotlight to an issue certain to become a key point in this year's budget talks. Majority Leader Dave Reed of Indiana County said he intended to call the GOP - sponsored plan for a floor vote next week, despite not knowing whether it had the support to pass the chamber - or even enough to win a majority among his own party. The GOP plan, championed by Rep. Stan Saylor of York County, calls for hiking the sales and personal-income tax and using that money to reduce property taxes, shifting the school-funding burden off homeowners.
 

Tax Hike

Wilkes – Barre property owners could see higher tax bills in the future. Even if Governor Wolf's budget was approved without change... any extra money earmarked for the district by the state would erase due to lost tax revenue... as well as employee salary increases... and pension costs. The board must okay the district's budget by the end of June... and now there's a consideration of raising taxes 2-point-seven percent.

 

Hazleton Airport

The Hazleton City Council has accepted a 1-point-three million dollars Aviation Grant Tuesday night. The money will be used to fund a Runway Safety Area at the Hazleton Airport. Under the agreement.... $70,000 must be paid for with funds from airport revenues. The project will be undertaken by the only bidder... Hazleton Site Contractors.

 

Oil Trains

U.S. Senator Bob Casey is joining forces with PEMA to push for legislation aimed at reducing the number of so-called oil trains moving through the country. During a news conference this week, Mr. Casey discussed the dangers of trains that carry flammable materials. If they derail, they can explode. Casey cited rail studies showing trains carried more than 11.5 - billion gallons of crude oil through the U.S. In 2013.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

Six home games highlight the newly released 2015 Bloomsburg University football schedule. All home games will start at 2 o'clock with the exception of the regular season finale which will kick off at noon. The Huskies open the season September 5th at home against Stonehill.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Wednesday... Mt Carmel blanked Bloomsburg 7 to nothing... and Hughesville downed Central Columbia 5 to nothing...

 

HS Softball

In girls softball.. Berwick defeated Crestwood 10 to 2.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league action Wednesday night... the Atlanta Braves wrapped up their three game series with the Philadelphia Phillies. The final... Atlanta 7 and the Phil's 5. The Phil's are off Thursday. They open a three game weekend home series against the New York Mets Friday night.

 

Other Action

In other games Wednesday... The Cincinnati Reds blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 3 to nothing... The New York Mets downed the Baltimore Orioles 5 to 1... and it was the Toronto Bluejays over the New York Yankees 5 to 1.

 

NBA

In the NBA Playoffs...the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Chicago Bulls 106 to 91... and the Houston Rockets got by the Los Angeles Clippers 115 to 109.

 



 

 

Geisinger – Woodbine

Notice a lot of pre – construction at the Geisinger – Woodbine Lane Outpatient Clinic. The wraps were taken off Wednesday for a $250.000 thousand square foot addition to the building... just off Route 11. The $54 – million project will double the size of the former T-R-W plant... with a parking garage to accommodate 325 cars. Newly - hired CEO Dr. David Feinberg says it all comes down to convenience for patients. The new addition to Geisinger – Woodbine is expected to be completed in two years.

 

Food Trucks / Town Park

For the past couple of months... Bloomsburg Town Council has been soliciting suggestions for Town Park at the end of Market Street... and it appears food truck aren’t on the list. Town Park Association President Chuck Wagner telling council recently that folks like the idea of vendors renting canoes, kayaks and bikes.... but not so much for food trucks. Meantime... Town Council has recently taken the wraps off a Food Truck Pilot Program... allowed to sell their products in three municipal parking lots. Two permits have been issued... and a third is waiting for an applicant.

 

BU Graduation

It's expected to be a busy weekend on the campus of Bloomsburg University... as spring commencement is held. That word coming from the school's Bonnie Martin. The ceremonies will be held Saturday on BU’s Academic Quadrangle starting at 8:30... then again at Noon.... followed by ceremonies at 3:30. Degrees for 113 graduate students and seven doctoral students will be conferred during a ceremony on Friday evening Haas Center for the Arts.

 

Northumberland Jail

The Northumberland County Commissioners have voted to purchase land in order to build a new prison. Their former prison in Sunbury was destroyed by fire early this year. The site is where the former Celotex plant produced it's product for years. Commissioner Vinny Clausi says $4 – million from the state would help pay for the 19 – acre parcel of land. Since the fire back in January... other jails in the area have taken up the slack.. such as the Snyder County Jail in Selinsgrove.

 

Selinsgrove Church

The congregation of the Christ United Methodist Church near Selinsgrove are trying to figure out what to do... now that their church was extensively damaged late Monday night. A state police fire marshal says the blaze was electrical in nature... starting in the church's break room.... spreading to the entire building. Not only did the congregation hold church services there on Sunday... but the building also housed a pre – school. Now... church members are deciding weather to building a replacement facility on a near – by parcel of land they own...

 

Legislature Reduction
The state House approved a pair of amendments to the state Constitution on reducing the size of the Legislature. After more than two hours of sometimes raucous debate, the House voted to reduce its membership from 203 to 151, and to cut the Senate from 50 to 37. Supporters point to cost savings and a more manageable Legislature, while opponents say reductions would make it more difficult for lawmakers to respond to individual constituents. Both measures must pass the House and the Senate in consecutive sessions, then be put to the voters.

 

Pet & Toy Parade

It's something all of look forward to in the spring.... the annual Kiwanis Pet & Toy Parade... marching through the center of Bloomsburg. The 49th annual parade will be held Wednesday night... starting at 6 O'clock. Organizer Marianne Kreisher says the parade has taken on a new life... with a shorter route... as well as participation from boy and girl scout troops and fire departments from around the area. The parade forms at 5:30 behind the Columbia County Courthouse... and makes it's way to the carnival grounds.... in back of the Bloomsburg Fire Department on Market Street.

 

Phone Use
Safety advocates are reminding parents to put their phones away while in the car. A new survey from the National Safety Council shows 95 percent of parents who use cell phones in the car do not change their behavior when driving with their teenage children... but 94 percent of those same parents report being their child's primary driving teacher. Representatives with the PA Teen Safe Driving Coalition say parents need to teach their kids about distracted driving the same way they teach them to wear seatbelts.

 

Sentence

A surprising sentence for the first of five people to targeted in the Wilkes – Barre City Federal Credit Union scandal. Jeffery Serafin of Wyoming pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. His sentence... only a single day in jail... but the Judge ordered Serafin to pay $11,000 in restitution. Four others are in line to plead and be countenanced.

 

General Service Secretary

The Senate State Government Committee has voted unanimously to confirm Curt Topper as Governor Wolf's nominee to head the Department of General Services. Curt Topper is no stranger to DGS. From 2003 to 2008, Topper served as Deputy Secretary for Procurement. He also served in the private sector, working for the accounting firm KPMG, and most recently as Assistant Vice President at Georgetown University. During his brief time as Acting DGS Secretary, Topper has led Governor Wolf's cost saving initiative, known by the acronym GOTIME.

 

Stabbing Suspect

A Wilkes – Barre man wanted in connection with a double stabbing Sunday morning has been captured in Clinton County. Authorities say 29 – year old William MacBlain is accused of stabbing Howard Jakaboski as well as gal pal Nicole Schneider. The incident happening in a Sheridan Street apartment early Sunday morning. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment. MacBlain was captured by State Troopers on Interstate 80... while responding to a report of a crash.

 

Failing Teachers

The House Education Committee has voted to end teacher layoffs that are based strictly on seniority. House Bill 805 would require school districts to use teacher performance first when making furlough decisions. The performance ratings would be based on the teacher evaluation system adopted in 2012. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

 



 

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of gas continues to climb. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report show's were paying an average of $2.74 a gallon for self – serve unleaded regular in Columbia and Montour Counties. That's up four cents a gallon from a week ago. A month ago we were paying an average of $2.50 a gallon.

 

David Millard / Property Taxes

The wheels of state government continue to slowly churn in Harrisburg... with the Republican – controlled General Assembly not a bit happy with Governor Wolf's proposed budget riddled with tax increases. State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... says one issue which may burst through the haze is property tax reform. Also... Mr. Millard said it appears that pension reform may become a top priority for the Wolf administration.

 

Budget Surpluses
Despite positive revenue collections this fiscal year, the state's Independent Fiscal Office is holding to its prediction of red ink in the next year. IFO Director Matthew Knittel says the state is looking at a $1.6 – billion deficit for the fiscal year which begins July first, even though there's currently a surplus. The Revenue Department says the state is half a billion-dollars in the black, mainly due to higher than expected collections of the corporate net income tax, as well as a other one-time revenue sources. Knittel says as the current fiscal year winds down, don't expect that to continue.

 

Celebrate Berwick

The Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce... as well as the Borough of Berwick is preparing for Saturday's Celebrate Berwick event. It takes place along West Front Street... from the Briar Creek line east... to Front and Market Streets. The Chamber's Donna Sharrow says Berwick is a very important part of Columbia County. Celebrate Berwick not only has displays in the business district along West Front Street.... but there is a kids area in the Berwick Offray parking lot.... as well as a car show in the K-Mart Plaza.

 

Celebrity Artist Series

A much anticipated announcement has been made dealing with the guests expected to appear on the Bloomsburg University campus during the 2015 – 2016 Celebrity Artist Series. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe... the university's Randall Presswood unveiling the first act of the season. Ms. Popovic has been working on her own the past twenty years... and as a solo performer since 2000... and is always a crowd favorite.

 

Church Fire

Fire crews in Snyder County... near Selinsgrove... spent the night battling a fire at a church. They were called to the Christ United Methodist Church late Monday night. The building is used as a pre – school facility. A post on their social media page said the school would be closed today.

 

ObamaCare
The Pennsylvania Departments of Health and Insurance want consumers to be aware of a certain mandate under the Affordable Care Act. Insurers offering coverage through the ACA marketplaces are required to cover services to quit smoking at no cost to policy holders...but a study by the American Lung Association says not all insurance companies are complying. Representatives for the Insurance Department say if those consumers are being asked to pay.... and they can't work it out with their insurer... they can call the hotline at 877-881-6388.

 

Eliminating Racism
A team in central Pennsylvania has been working to eliminate racism in policing through education. Over the past three months...the YWCA of Greater Harrisburg...together with its Community Responders Network.... the Dauphin County Chiefs of Police Association and the US Justice Department.... have trained 300 police officers from 30 municipalities in four main areas: reducing racial profiling and building trust, understanding civil rights laws, responding to hate crimes, and delivering culturally competent services.

 

Stabbing Suspect

A Wilkes – Barre man wanted in connection with a double stabbing Sunday morning has been captured in Clinton County. Authorities say 29 – year old William MacBlain is accused of stabbing Howard Jakaboski as well as gal pal Nicole Schneider. The incident happening in a Sheridan Street apartment early Sunday morning. Both were taken to the hospital for treatment. MacBlain was captured by State Troopers on Interstate 80... while responding to a report of a crash.

 

First Responders

Recruiting and retaining volunteer first responders is a major challenge for Pennsylvania's recently appointed Fire Commissioner. According to Tim Solobay, the numbers tell a troubling story. The number of volunteer firefighters and paramedics in Pennsylvania has gone from a high of 300,000 30 years ago to less than 1/6th that amount today. Solobay says he is in favor of a number of incentive programs to attract and retain volunteers, such as local tax credits, tuition assistance, and the waiving of fees on drivers licenses.

 

PennDOT Potholes

You'll be seeing a lot of yellow truck on highways over the next few weeks. PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards announcing that crews are aggressively tackling the growing numbers of potholes showing up on state – maintained roads. The reason... rough winter weather... and the thawing and freezing cycles that are developing the big holes... which we hit with our cars. Ms. Richards says an estimated 3,600 pot hole complaints have been phoned in... with crews fixing 3,500 of the trouble spots since March First.

 

Failing Teachers

The House Education Committee has voted to end teacher layoffs that are based strictly on seniority. House Bill 805 would require school districts to use teacher performance first when making furlough decisions. The performance ratings would be based on the teacher evaluation system adopted in 2012. The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

 

Pat Browne

A state senator who represents the Lehigh Valley in Harrisburg remains hospitalized after crashing out on his motorcycle over the weekend. State Senator Pat Browne suffered multiple injuries in a motorcycle crash near Allentown. Senate leaders says Browne is expected to be hospitalized until at least the weekend. State Police say they are investigating the crash as a possible case of driving under the influence. Browne's license was suspended twice previously after drunk driving crashes in 1995 and 1999.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Softball

The season has come to an end for the Bloomsburg University women's softball team. The Huskies were not among the 8 teams chosen for the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional. Bloomsburg's record stands at 26 and 16.

 

Central / Bloomsburg BB

In what is believed to be the first ever Bloomsburg- Central Columbia baseball game played under the lights, Central Columbia's Devon Sanders pitched a no hitter to lead the Bluejays to an 8-0 win over the Panthers Monday night. The game was played at Don Engle Memorial Field at Central

 

Other HS Baseball

In other high school baseball action Monday... Berwick defeated Tunkhannock 9 to 5... Danville downed Shamokin 11 to 1... and Millville swept a double – headers from Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech... 8 to 1... and 18 to 2.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball... The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Atlanta Braves Monday night 5 to 2. The series resumes Tuesday night at 7:10. Coverage on the WHLM stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

Other MLB Action

In other action... The Toronto Bluejays defeated the New York Yankees 3 to 1...

 

NBA

In the NBA, in opening games of Conference semifinal series... The Chicago Bulls downed the Cleveland Cavaliers 99 to 92... and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Houston Rockets 117 to 101.

 



 

 

Water Plant

If you travel north on Millville Road... we always try and get a sneak peek of the construction of United Water's new filtration plant. Construction is progressing.... but the Utility’s Bob Manbeck says our harsh, winter weather has slowed things up a bit. Mr. Manbeck says the current construction pace will allow the plant to go on line in May of 2016.

 

I-80 Bridges

If you plan to use Interstate 80 near Mifflinville this week... there will be lane restrictions in effect for both the east and westbound lanes. The change will allow paving of the road... then installing bridge deck epoxy overlays. Starting Monday... a daylight signing pattern will be used to close the westbound left lane... and then switching to the westbound right lane between mile marker 242 and 241. The same procedure will be used in the right lanes later this week.

 

Non – Violent Criminals

Legislation has been re-introduced which would help non-violent criminal offenders who ave served their time re-enter the work force. The bill would make it easier for those who committed non-violent offenses to expunge their records, and would prohibit potential employers from asking about past criminal conduct. It would also shield employers from civil liability if an ex-offender they hire commits another crime. The bill passed the Senate unanimously in the last session but stalled in the House.

 

Elks / Vets

It was a big weekend in the lives of some of the nation's veterans who live at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Wilkes – Barre. About a dozen vets went fishing in rural Orangeville courtesy of Elks Lodge 436 of Bloomsburg and the Orangeville Sportsman Club. The vets caught a number of big trout stocked in the pond... and being good fishermen... they tossed them back into the water... all part of a catch and release program.

 

Inclusion Summit

A state lawmaker joined business and non-profit leaders in Scranton earlier this week for an Inclusion Initiative Summit. State Senator John Blake of Lackawanna County says the work done at the inclusion summit helped to engage organizations on the ground to signal that Scranton and Pennsylvania are welcoming communities that can provide opportunity for immigrants. He says a report from the Independent Fiscal Office shows any population growth in Pennsylvania over the next ten years will be entirely because of immigration.
 

State Pensions

Republicans in the state Senate are expected next week to unveil a plan to deal with the public pension deficit. No one is saying exactly what's in the plan, but GOP leaders have said they're opposed to borrowing to close the pension deficit. Even so, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Pat Browne isn't completely closing the door on borrowing, saying it's worth a look if other compromises are included. Republicans have said a pension deal must be completed before agreeing on a state budget.

 

Sunbury Stabbing

A stabbing in front of a Sunbury bar early Sunday morning sent two men to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville... and another man to jail. Police says the incident happened on North Third Street when Tyrone Lee got kicked out of the bar... and proceeded to allegedly stab the pair. Lee is now facing attempted homicide charges. Benjamin Herrold and James Herb were rushed to Geisinger after being stabbed.

 

Sex Assault Arrest

A homeless man... who once lived in Danville... is in the Snyder County jail after he was charged with sexually assaulting a mentally handicapped woman with a mental capacity of a 13 – year old. 36 – year old Jamie Griffin not only allegedly sexually assaulted the victim... but also alleged bit the woman. He was arraigned Sunday at a Magistrate's office... and sent to jail.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University women's softball team will find out this morning if their season's record of 26 and 16 will be good enough to earn the Huskies a bid to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. Bloomsburg split four games over the weekend at the PSAC tournament in Quakertown beating Seton Hill and East Stroudsburg and losing to Gannon and California.

 

Central / Bloomsburg Baseball

Central Columbia and Bloomsburg renew their high school baseball rivalry Monday night under the lights at Don Engle Memorial Field at Central. Tonight's game starts at 6:30.

 

PHL Phillies

In the majors Sunday, the Philadelphia Phillies salvaged the last game of their weekend series in Miami, beating the Marlins 6-2. The Phils open a three game series Monday night in Atlanta against the Braves with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:35.

 

Other Games

In other games Sunday, the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 1-0... the St. Louis Cardinals downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 3 to 2... and the New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 8 to 5.

 

NBA

Two NBA Conference Semifinal series started Sunday. In the Eastern Conference, the Washington Wizards beat the Atlanta Hawks 104 to 98... and in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 101 to 86.

 

 



 

It's the opening weekend of 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. The show runs through May 17. For more information visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company is holding a country breakfast buffet this morning from 8AM-Noon. Tickets can be bought at the door - $8 for adults, $4 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. The fire hall is at 655 East County Road in Wapwallopen.

 

Come to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this afternoon for the first annual Bloomsburg Bites Back run/walk against Lyme disease. Registration is free and opens at 1PM, the race starts at 2PM. Run/walkers should wear a lime or green-colored shirt if possible. All donations gathered will go towards Lyme disease research. For more information call 570-784-8392.

 

The Ladies Expo at Ponduce Farms in Elysburg is going on today from 1-4 PM. Come for an afternoon of socializing, shopping, and relaxing, featuring area businesswomen, a massage therapist, handcrafted items, seminars, demonstrations, refreshments and more. Admission is free. Get entered for a door prize when you donate a heath or beauty product for the Women's Center. For more information call 570-799-5888.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phils are in the middle of a road trip this weekend, playing the Marlins in Florida. Today's game starts at 1:10. You can hear coverage on the WHLM stations starting with the pregame at 12:35.



 

It's time for Danville's annual Spring Fling. The festival gets under way starting with the River Town Marathon and half-marathon at 7AM. From 9AM - 5PM come to downtown Danville for crafters, vendors, delicious food and more from local businesses and nonprofits.

 

The third annual Montour Township Fire Company car & truck show is happening today from 8AM - 2PM at the Bloomsburg Christian Church on Deussen Drive, off  Route 11 West of Bloomsburg. Registration is $15 for each car or truck. There will be 50/50s, raffles, food by Steph's Subs and ice cream from the Lightstreet Fire Company.

 

The United Way of Columbia County golf classic is going on today at the Links at Hemlock Creek in Buckhorn. Entry per person for the 4-man scramble is $60 and includes cart, greens fees, lunch and the free beer cart! Shotgun start is at 9AM. For more information call the United Way at 784-3134.

 

The annual Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis 5K walk is happening today at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Gather your pledges and walk as an individual or as a team. The walk starts at 10AM. Proceeds benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information call 717-671-4000.

 

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's Summer Camp Open House is this afternoon at the Mitrani Production Center in downtown Bloomsburg. Stop by from 1-3 PM and meet the actors and teachers, learn more about the theater camp's programs, and enter to win a free BTE summer camp package. For more information, visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society will present "A Miner's Tale," performed by Robert Thomas Hughes, tonight at Ridge Street UMC in Almedia. The one-man show explores the lives of child workers in Pennsylvania's coal mines in the early 1900's. The show is free, and starts at 7:45.

 

It's the opening weekend of 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. The show runs through May 17. For more information visit the BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Hobbie Volunteer Fire Company is holding a country breakfast buffet on Sunday from 8AM-Noon. Tickets can be bought at the door - $8 for adults, $4 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 and under. The fire hall is at 655 East County Road in Wapwallopen.

 

Come to the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Sunday afternoon for the first annual Bloomsburg Bites Back run/walk against Lyme disease. Registration is free and opens at 1PM, the race starts at 2PM. Run/walkers should wear a lime or green-colored shirt if possible. All donations gathered will go towards Lyme disease research. For more information call 570-784-8392.

 

The Ladies Expo at Ponduce Farms in Elysburg is going on this Sunday from 1-4 PM. Come for an afternoon of socializing, shopping, and relaxing, featuring area businesswomen, a massage therapist, handcrafted items, seminars, demonstrations, refreshments and more. Admission is free. Get entered for a door prize when you donate a heath or beauty product for the Women's Center. For more information call 570-799-5888.

 

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phils are in the middle of a road trip this weekend, playing the Marlins in Florida. Today's game starts at 4:10. You can hear coverage on the WHLM stations starting with the pregame at 3:35.



 

Millville Fire

Firemen from across Columbia County responded to a reported electrical in a building at 4 West Main Street in Millville shortly after 4:30 Friday morning. First due firemen found smoke coming from the attic of the building. Units from Millville, Benton, Hemlock Township, Orangeville... the ladder truck from Bloomsburg and the Rescue Intervention Team from Espy.... responded to that reported structure fire at 4 West Main Street in Millville.

 

Danville Space

There is a new group in Danville and it deals with industrial development. The Danville Borough Industrial Development Task Force meets next Tuesday. It's the job of the task force to find space that could be developed... and it all started with a tour last fall... so says Danville Administrator Dan Knorr. The initial meeting of the task force takes place Tuesday at 10 O'clock... at the Danville Municipal building on Mill Street.

 

Governor Wolf

The first 100 days of Governor Wolf's reign hasn't been easy... especially when a Democratic governor is trying to get a proposed $33 – billion dollar budget adopted through a majority Republican General Assembly.

But despite the odds... Governor Wolf telling me after his appearance on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... there are some talented people working under the capitol dome. One of the things the governor does is simply walk down the floor where legislator's offices are locate and simply drops in to shoot the breeze. That's one method of breaking the ice and getting a budget adopted by this time next month.

 

Dave Millard / PSP

An estimated 300 PA state police officers and support staff are settling in... and setting up shop in Baltimore Friday morning... following riots that took over the city earlier in the week. State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... says it's all part of one state helping another in times of need. The riots began when a 24 – year old man died in police custody.

 

PEMA Certification

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency has just earned its national accreditation... which officials say is helpful as they get calls for help in other states. The accreditation means PEMA has met or exceeded national standards in 16 areas from planning and resource management... to communications and corrective action. It mean they're ready for the next emergency... be it flooding in PA or rioting in nearby Baltimore. PEMA is now sending one of their certified emergency management assistance administrators to help that city coordinate resources during its State of Emergency.

 

Minimum Wage

Two separate pieces of legislation being introduced this week would raise the minimum wage in Pennsylvania. A five - bill package, sponsored by Senator Christine Tartaglione would, among other things, raise the wage to $8.67 an hour by July first and $10.10 by January first, and prohibit employers from deducting bank fees from employee tips when a customer pays with a credit card. Senator Daylin Leach will introduce a separate measure tomorrow to raise the wage to $15 – an - hour and do away with the so-called "tipped minimum."
 

Severance Tax
Governor Tom Wolf doesn't seem likely to back off his wish for a five percent severance tax on natural gas drillers. Governor Wolf says Pennsylvanians are the ones already paying severance taxes from other states... without passing that back in our natural gas exports. Wolf says he wants to see the industry work for Pennsylvania... and he believes the way to create a lasting partnership between the state and industry... is to have that severance tax fund education... so residents can see the benefits in their own communities.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

A fire in Wilkes – Barre at a vacant building is under investigation. The former Roth American Building on North Pennsylvania Avenue caught fire early Thursday morning. The flames were contained to the roof of the vacant building being converted into office space.

 

Williamsport Shooting Suspect

A Philadelphia area man will be brought back to Williamsport to face charges stemming from a shooting. Michael Spencer was picked up in the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday. He faces attempted murder charges for pulling a gun and squeezing off shots outside a Williamsport bar earlier this month. Five people were hit by stray bullets. Authorities say Spencer got into an argument with some people outside the bar.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Softball

After losing to Gannon 2-0 in the opening round of the PSAC playoffs in Quakertown Thursday, the Bloomsburg University softball team stayed alive with a 10-3 win over East Stroudsburg. Friday, the Huskies play Seton Hill at 1:30.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Thursday... Millville swept a double header from St. John Neumann. The first game 8 to 1... and the second 11 to 1.

 

HS Softball

In girls softball... Bloomsburg defeated Sullivan County 25 to 3.... and it was Southern Columbia over Montoursville 9 to 6.

 

PHL Phillies

In the majors, the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the Saint Louis Cardinals last night 9-3. Friday night the Phils open a three game weekend series in Miami against the Marlins. Game time is 7:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:35. In other action Thursday night... the Washington Nationals downed the New York Mets 8 to 2.

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs, the Chicago Bulls routed the Milwaukee Bucks 120-66 to win that series four game to two. In other action... The Los Angeles Clippers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 102 to 96. With the victory... the Clippers clinch the series.

 

NFL Draft

The NFL Draft began last night in Chicago. With the first overall pick, the Tampa Bay Bucs chose Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.

 

 



 

Bloomsburg Flood Wall

Work has begun on that $30 – million flood wall on Bloomsburg's west side... designed to save jobs at the Autoneum plant on West 5th Street. The wall will be higher than the high water mark of the 2011 flood... keeping Autoneum and the former Windsor Food plant high and dry during times of flooding. Bill Seigel of Lewisburg – based SEDA-COG says Autoneum workers will soon have a new way to gain entry to the plant along North Shore railroad tracks. Flood wall construction is expected to take a little more than a year and a half... with a completion date targeted by the end of 2016.

 

PSP / Baltimore

The Pennsylvania State Police is sending 300 troopers and other personnel to help authorities in Baltimore as they try to maintain peace and prevent a repeat of looting and arson that erupted earlier this week. The agency Wednesday that Maryland had accepted its offer of resources. The deployment is expected to begin late Thursday. Maryland will reimburse Pennsylvania's costs.

 

Medical Marijuana

State lawmakers have even more to consider when it comes to medical marijuana after a public hearing in Pittsburgh this week. Advocates for medical marijuana legalization from the ACLU said they are hoping for specific clauses in the law that protect patients from discrimination and high costs. However... law enforcement representatives from Colorado... where medical marijuana was legalized before recreational.... warned that they've seen a lot of problems... including more traffic fatalities...and accidental cannabis poisonings in children.

 

Education Funding Commission
The work of the bipartisan Basic Education Funding Commission is winding down. The Commission spent the last year holding a series of public hearings on how to come up with a fairer and more equitable method of funding public education in Pennsylvania. The latest hearing took place this week at the University of Pittsburgh. Those with differing views on this issue agree on one thing-the current formula isn't working. Whatever the final recommendations, Governor Tom Wolf says he hopes it can be part of next year's budget.

 

Camp Victory

It's one of the first vintage car show's of the season. It takes place Sunday at Camp Victory off Route 254 near Millville.... so says Randy Lawton of the Bloomsburg – based Dream Machine Motor Club. Registration for the event gets underway at 9 O'clock Sunday Morning.

 

Air Quality Awareness

Pennsylvania is joining in the national observance of Air Quality Awareness Week. During this week, the Department of Environmental Protection is calling on Pennsylvanians to renew their commitment to protecting air quality and public health. Experts say transportation has a major effect on the air, so individuals can take such steps as carpooling, choosing a car with lower emissions, and making sure tires are properly inflated. You can go on line to dep.state.pa.us to find additional suggestions.
 

Ricketts Glen

The 245 acre Lake Jean at Ricketts Glen State Park will be closed this summer.

The body of water is being drained to replace a control tower at the top of a dam.

That tower controls the water flow to lake.

The water should drain out in two week's or so.

 

Berwick Dumpster Day

Spring has arrived... so the Borough of Berwick is sponsoring it's 8th annual Dumpster Day on May 16th. A huge dumpster will be at Test Track Park off Eaton Street. Most everything is taken that day... but there is a charge for tires and freon – based appliances. You must be a Berwick resident to take part in the May 16th event.

 

Williamsport Shooting Suspect

A Philadelphia area man will be brought back to Williamsport to face charges stemming from a shooting. Michael Spencer was picked up in the City of Brotherly Love on Wednesday. He faces attempted murder charges for pulling a gun and squeezing off shots outside a Williamsport bar earlier this month. Five people were hit by stray bullets. Authorities say Spencer got into an argument with some people outside the bar.

 

PSP Academy

A memorial service is on tap Friday for the 96 members of the Pennsylvania State Police who have made the ultimate sacrifice. The annual service will be held at the State Police academy in Hershey. That service to begin at 11 O'clock. On Saturday... the public to tour the Academy... and it's museum starting at 1 PM.

 

Sign Snatchers

Wilkes – Barre police are looking for two men who ran through lawns... snatching political signs from yards. The thefts taking place on West River Street. The incident was happened on this week... and was caught by a surveillance camera and shared on social media.

In all... 16 campaign signs were stolen.

 

Charges Dropped
Charges have been dismissed against a Wilkes – Barre woman charged with assaulting a man. Pia Daniels was charged earlier this month after investigators say she accident shot the father of her 2 year old child. In essence... it boiled down to the fact the man did now want to testify against Daniels.... so assault charges were dropped in court.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University women's softball team plays Gannon Thursday afternoon at 1:30 in the opening round of the PSAC championships in Quakertown. The Huskies are the second seed in the East while Gannon is the third seed from the west.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Wednesday... Bloomsburg blanked Columbia Montour Vo-Tech 13 to nothing... It was Danville over Central 8 to 6... and Benton just by Montgomery 6 to 5.

 

HS Softball

In girls high school softball... Bloomsburg defeated Central Columbia 3 to 2.

 

MLB Baseball

In the majors Wednesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies lost to the St. Louis Cardinals 5 to 2. That four game series in Saint Louis concludes with a Thursday afternoon game starting at 1:45. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 1:10.

 

Other Games

In other games... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Chicago Cubs 8 to 1... The red hot Miami Marlins downed the New York Mets 7 to 3... and the Tampa Bay Rays got by the New York Yankees 3 to 2.

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs... the Atlanta Hawks outscored the Brooklyn Nets 107 to 97. Atlanta now takes a three games to 2 lead in that series... and the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Portland Trailblazers 99 to 93 to clinch that series.

 

 



 

Kidnapping Alleged

Three people are in the Columbia County Prison... after they allegedly kidnapped a 5 – year old child from his Maple Road home in Berwick Tuesday afternoon... in a custody dispute. Berwick Police tell us 52 - Kimberly Boston of Nescopeck... 34 – year old Steven Slusser and 24 – year old Rachelle Deschaine... both of Colorado... allegedly snatched the child from the arms of Lori Torsella. All were located in Nescopeck a short time later... and are facing charges of criminal trespass.. criminal conspiracy... and simple assault. The trio was arraigned before District Justice Doug Brewer in Millville last night.

 

State Dog Warden

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is sending dog wardens throughout Columbia County this week.... checking to see if your “pooch” is currently licensed and if the animal has had a rabies shot. That word from the Departments Logan Hall. Mr. Hall says the wardens will use a computer data base through their smart phones in order to find dog owners who have not renewed their licenses.

 

Spring Fling

You can tell Spring has finally arrived in the Susquehanna Valley. This Saturday it's Danville's turn for a festival. Spring Fling gets underway on Mill Street Saturday morning... and runs the entire day... so says organizer Jim Wilson. The event takes place along Mill, Lower Mulberry, East and West Mahoning Streets... with free shuttle parking available.

 

Trash to Treasure

Looking for a good deal on either a lap or desktop computer.... the United Way of Columbia County is holding it's twice – a – year Trash to Treasure sale at the Kerr Union Building at the University on Saturday May 16th , Early bird tickets are available... and allow you on the selling floor an hour before the general public. You can pick up those tickets at United Way headquarters on Penn Ave.

 

Lucille Whitmire
Funeral services will be held Thursday for former County Commissioner Lucille Whitmire of Berwick. She died over the weekend at the Geisinger Medical Center. Ms. Whitmire was a very active Democrat.... serving 12 years as County Commissioner... and a couple of terms as a Berwick Councilperson... including a stint as president. Those funeral services taking place Thursday at at 10 O'clock at the St. Joseph Catholic Church on Monroe Street.

 

State Treasurer Selection

The Senate's top Republican says he has no problems with Governor Tom Wolf's pick for state Treasurer, but he's not happy with the way the choice was made. The Governor chose venture capitalist Tim Reese to replace Rob McCord, who stepped down to face federal corruption charges. The problem, according to Senate President Pro Tem Joe Scarnati, is Republicans were not in on the process. Governor Wolf responded by saying there's no requirement for the GOP to be consulted, adding they'll have their chance when the Senate votes on Reese's nomination.

 

Support for PSP Chief
In a recent interview with Radio PA... Governor Wolf again voiced his support for the man who has become a controversial nominee for State Police Commissioner. In spite of loud opposition to Colonel Marcus Brown from some parties over an incident in which Brown removed signs critical of him from near his home.... and his decision to wear the State Police uniform without going through the PA academy.... Governor Wolf says he has not considered withdrawing Brown's nomination... and he's proud to stand behind him. Brown has not yet had a confirmation hearing scheduled in the state Senate.

 

Kathleen Kane
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane orchestrated an illegal leak to embarrass a critic and later lied about it under oath, according to a grand jury report made public Monday. The panel found that Kane's testimony was "riddled with inconsistencies" and that she lied about virtually every aspect of the leak, from her motivation to what she knew about the leaked documents and to who else was involved. In painting her as a liar, the grand jury relied on testimony from Kane's senior appointees, whose accounts were at odds with hers. Kane spokesman Chuck Ardo said this week that the AG was innocent and would not resign.

 

Drug Seizures

Pennsylvania State Police seized over $9.5 – million in cocaine and heroin during the first quarter of 2015. In addition to cocaine and heroin, troopers also seized over 54 pounds of cocaine, 157,000 thousand prescription pills, and over 14-hundred ponds of marijuana. One drug getting close attention is heroin, with the state facing a crisis in overdose-related deaths. Troopers say the 21 pounds of heroin seized during the first quarter is valued at $7.1 – million.

 

Cops Plead

August 17th is the date for sentencing for two former Wilkes – Barre police officers.36 year old Tino Ninotti and 35 - Jason Anthony entered guilty please this weeks before a U.S. District Judge. The pair pleaded guilty for trying to steal thousands of dollars from the Wilkes – Barre City Employee Federal Credit Union. Both could face 30 years in prison.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Lacrosse

The Bloomsburg University women's lacrosse team lost at West Chester 14-10 Tuesday in the PSAC Quarterfinals. The Huskies finished the season with a record of 8 and 8.

 

HS Softball

In girls softball Tuesday... Dallas downed Berwick 3 to 1... and Bloomsburg blanked St. John Neumann 10 to nothing.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Tuesday night... The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 11 to 5. The teams meet again Wednesday night in Saint Louis with the first pitch scheduled for 8:15. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 7:40.

 

Other Games

In other games Tuesday night... The Chicago Cubs downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 6 to 2... The Miami Marlins squeezed by the New York Mets 4 to 3... and the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the New York Yankees 4 to 2.

 

NBA

In the NBA Playoffs... the Houston Rockets clinched their series with the Dallas Mavericks 103 to 94... and the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 111 to 107. The Spurs lead the series 3 games to 2.

 



 

NEPA Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of gasoline continues to creep upward. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report shows... that in Northeast Pennsylvania... we're paying an average of $2.70 a gallon. More at some gas stations... less at others. That's up 7 cents from a week ago.... and 20 - cents a gallon higher than a month ago.

 

Bloomsburg Town Park

What should the future hold for Bloomsburg Town Park. That was the topic of a fact – finding meeting held Monday night at Town Hall. From kayak rentals to food trucks.... and even Montour County is willing to help Bloomsburg... so says Bob Stout who heads up the Montour County recreation Commission. No action was taken since it was strictly an informational meeting, but the Town is expected to float requests for proposals from business people in the not too distant future.

 

US Supco

The head of Pennsylvania's leading LGBT advocacy group is among those eagerly awaiting Tuesday's arguments on same-sex marriage before the US Supreme Court. Ted Martin, Executive Director of Equality Pennsylvania, needless to say, is hoping the Supreme Court upholds the right for same-sex couples to marry. Even if that happens, Martin says it's hard to escape the irony for those couples in Pennsylvania.

 

Audit / University System

An audit of the State System of Higher Education found it needs to improve safety procedures... and cut costs. The auditor general's office found that the state system was on track when it came to preventing sexual discrimination and violence on campus.... but says the system needs to step up its game and make policies uniform across the 14 universities. Auditors also said tuition continues to rise at the colleges... despite commendable efforts to manage increasing expenses.
 

Weis Markets

Sunbury – based Weis Market's is expanding. The company breaking ground in Milton Monday designed to add on 100,000 square feet to it's distribution center. The area will be used for refrigerated dairy and meat products... and take stress off of it's distribution outlets in Sunbury and Milton.

 

Red Cross / Nepal

The tiny south Asian country of Nepal is trying to recover from a devastating earthquake which shook the region over the weekend. CBS Radio News says the death toll has now surpassed 4,000 and could climb as high as 10,000. The Central Pennsylvania American Red Cross it pitching in the with the relief efforts... so says CEO Ellen Kyzer from her Harrisburg Office. If you want to help... you can donate by going to the American Red Cross web site... or simply send a check to the Red Cross... noting at the bottom it's for Nepal's disaster relief.

 

Protecting Animals
Lawmakers advocated protecting animals in the commonwealth at a recent rally in Harrisburg. Senators Andy Dinniman and Richard Alloway have introduced a package of bills in support of Pennsylvania's pets.... calling it a clearly bipartisan issue. The bills include measures allowing people to sue for civil damages if someone hurts or kills a pet... setting standards for tethering.... and creating a specialty license plate to fund spay and neuter programs at shelters.

 

Animal Resource Center

One of the biggest fund raisers of the year is the annual yard sale produced by the Animal Resource Center. They had a huge space the past couple of years... but that area is gone... and the search for an equal space continues.... so says the ARC's Linda Bird. They would like to find a building with at least 8,000 square feet of space. Ms. Bird making her remarks on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz with Joe and Norm.

 

Rice Township

Officials of Rice Township... in the Mountain Top area of Luzerne County says 15 of the township’s roads are in need of major repair. That was the result of a survey... and fix could cost taxpayers a million dollars. Penn Eastern Engineers preformed the survey with suggestions to repave Rice Township roads. Right now... the township has about a half million dollars set aside for repairs over the next five years... about a half million dollars short of what is needed.

 

Road Work

If you use one particular Main Township Road... Sycamore Road in in Main Township... you may have to use a detour. PennDOT Crews will begin repair on Route 2018... commonly known as Sycamore Road beginning Tuesday. An agency spokesman says a detour will be in place starting early Tuesday morning. The detour will incorporate Route 487 and Mainville drive.

 

Former Criminals

The Senate Democratic Policy Committee is hosting a roundtable discussion focusing on employment challenges for former criminal offenders. At issue is how best to help non violent ex-offenders move forward once their sentences are served. Those taking part in the discussion include Reading Mayor Vaughn Spencer, Janet Ginzberg, a Staff Attorney with the Employment Law Unit of Community Legal Services of Philadelphia, and Cindy Daub, Executive Director of Re-entry and Quality Assurances at the Pennsylvania State Board of Probation and Parole.

 

Hazleton Drugs

A traffic stop led to drug charges against two men over the weekend in West Hazleton. Also in the car at the time of the stop was a six year old child. Officers stopped the vehicle on South Broad Street for having illegal lighting equipment. Probable cause was discovered to search the vehicle. Police coming up with narcotics and prescription medicine.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Lacrosse

The Bloomsburg University women's Lacrosse team plays at West Chester Tuesday afternoon in a PSAC Quarterfinal. The Huskies are the 6th seed in the tournament. West Chester is seeded third.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Monday... Benton blanked Millville 4 to nothing... Lewisburg downed Bloomsburg 11 to 3... Loyalsock defeated Central Columbia 15 to 2... and it was Hughesville over Danville 4 to 1.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Monday night... The Philadelphia Phillies downed the Saint Louis Cardinals last night 4 to 1. The second game of that 4 game series in Saint Louis begins Tuesday night at 8:15. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 7:40.

 

Other Games

In other games Monday night.. the Chicago Cub blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 4 to nothing... the New York Mets downed the Miami Marlins 3 to 1... and the New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4 to 1.

 



 

Renaissance Jamboree

Planning is expected to get underway soon for the 38th annual Renaissance Jamboree. The 37th annual affair was held Saturday along Main Street in Bloomsburg... with thousands of people attending despite cool temperatures and partly sunny skies. Non – profit and commercial vendors took up Main Street from Iron to West Streets... peddling their wares... and informing visitors about their cause. There was no shortage of entertainment either.... with a number of venues set up for anything from square dancing to... the big band sounds.... as well as Motown rock.

 

Bloomsburg Skate Park

We could see construction get underway soon for a place for skateboarders to ride. It would be in the Town Park area... along Ft. McClure Boulevard... in the area of the former skateboard Park. Town Park Improvement Association President Chuck Wagner says since the proposed park has received a 5 – thousand dollar grant... the facility must be constructed of concrete. Wagner says it's expected ground will be broken in late May or early June.... with boarders using the facility sometime in July.

 

Town Park

There is a meeting Monday night at Town Council chambers dealing with what you want to see in Town Park. That session gets underway at 6 O'clock on the second floor of town hall... prior to Monday night's Town Council meeting.

 

Gov. Wolf's Budget
Governor Tom Wolf continues to push for his proposed budget, complete with tax hikes and Shifts. Governor Wolf proposed an ambitious plan to change numerous tax rates in Pennsylvania when he delivered his budget address to lawmakers last month. Since then, he's been on the road trying to sell his ideas to the people. On Radio PA's Ask the Governor program last week, Mr Wolf said he believes he can work well with Republican lawmakers who call the shots in the House and Senate... the two sides have about 9 weeks to get a compromise plan ironed out if they're to meet the June 30th budget deadline.

 

State Economic Stimulates
A recent roundtable discussion in Harrisburg looked at ways to stimulate the state's economy. A highlight of the meeting was the unveiling of a seven bill package sponsored by Senator Rob Teplitz. Key points include providing specific training for the jobs that are available, improving opportunities for veterans, as well as female and minority-owned businesses, promoting products that are made in Pennsylvania, and the creation of an office within the Department of Community and Economic Development to assist recent immigrants.

 

Knoebels

Knoebels Amusement Resort... sitting on the board of Columbia and Northumberland Counties opened for the first time for the 2015 season over the weekend. The ribbon was officially cut for the park's newest roller coaster... the Impulse. The first ride was auctioned off for “Give Kids the World.” The overall auction raising about $7,000 dollars. There are always impressive numbers from Knoebels... with the Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau estimating guest attendance in the past at a million people a season.

 

Women's Center / Cell Phones

If you have an unwanted and unused cell phone.... why not turn it into the Women's Center in Bloomsburg... where it will be put to go use... and help the center.... so says Zabrina Finn. Cell phones that don't work are sent off to a company who erase personal information... then sending the Center a donation. Useable phones are wiped clean of data... and given to clients so they can call 9-1-1 in an emergency.

 

Eating Disorders
A bill in the state House would require schools to distribute information about eating disorders. State Representative Steve Santarsiero says he believes schools present a unique opportunity to get the right information to parents... so eating disorders can be addressed quickly if they occur. His bill would require schools share information on the warning signs with parents of children in fifth through twelfth grade. Eating disorders such as anorexia... bulimia... and binge eating affect more than 400,000 Pennsylvanians... and first symptoms usually present themselves in that age range.

 

Hazleton Drugs

A traffic stop led to drug charges against two men over the weekend in West Hazleton. Also in the car at the time of the stop was a six year old child. Officers stopped the vehicle on South Broad Street for having illegal lighting equipment. Probable cause was discovered to search the vehicle with cops coming up with narcotics and prescription medicine.

 

Wilkes - Barre Gunshots

Wilkes – Barre police are checking into reports of gunshots fired early Sunday morning. Police were called to the Passion Lounge on Scott Street. They later caught up with two people... believed to be involved... on Route 309. One person was taken into custody... while the second person ran off into some near-by woods.

 

WHLM Sports

CJ Curry
Former Berwick quarterback C.J. Curry played in East Stroudsburg's spring game on Saturday night. That concluded his first spring with the Warriors, and afterward he said the experience was a positive one. Curry was in for 14 plays on Saturday night. He completed 2 of 4 passes for 33 yards.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Sunday, the Phillies beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4. On Monday night.. the Phils open a four game series against the Cardinals in Saint Louis. The first pitch will be at 8:15. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 7:40.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Sunday... the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Arizona Diamondbacks 8 to nothing... and the New York Yankees got by the New York Mets 6 to 4.

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs, the Cleveland Cavaliers completed a sweep of Boston with a 101-93 win over the Celtics.

 

Other NBA Games

In other games,,, The Los Angeles Clippers downed the San Antonio Spurs 114 to 105... the Washington Wizards defeated the Toronto Raptors 125 – 94... and it was the Dallas Mavericks over the Houston Rockets 121 to 109.

 



 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phils will wrap up their series against the Braves this afternoon in a 1:35 game. The pregame show gets under way on the WHLM stations at 1 o'clock sharp.

 



 

It's time for the 37th annual Bloomsburg Renaissance Jamboree, going on today in downtown Bloomsburg - rain or shine. The open-air street fair includes tons of food, crafters, vendors, free live entertainment and more. Stop by the WHLM booth at the corner of Main and Iron Streets and check out the latest collectors crock from the Bloomsburg Public Library, featuring Bloomsburg University's iconic Carver Hall. The Jamboree runs from 10AM - 5PM.

 

Katy's Church near the State Game Lands in Millville is holding a cleanup day for the church cemetery today from 9AM - 2PM. Cemetery families are invited at help. Refreshments and food will be provided for volunteers. For more information call 764-2412.

 

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

 

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

 

The 12 annual Village Sampler and Wine Tasting will be held this afternoon at the Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton. Wine tasting starts at Noon - food samples start at 2:30 and runs til 5PM. The event is only open to those 21 and older. Pre-order your food tickets for just $10 or both food and wine for $20. For more information call 570-925-0163.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church is holding an Ice Cream Social tonight from 4:30 - 6:30 PM. There will be homemade soups, sandwiches, cakes, pies, and ice cream. 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 featuring DJ Eddie. 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.
 
 
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Phillies Baseball
The Phillies are in the middle of a home stand against the Atlanta Braves this weekend. Tonight's game starts at 7:05. You can hear the action on the WHLM stations starting with the pregame show at 6:30.
 


 

Stuart Tank

The “Bring Stuie Home” committee in Berwick are a step closer to bringing one of the World War Two tanks back home. Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach.. a committee member.. says there is a seller in England ready to part with the last Stuart tank in his collection. The seller wanting $120,000 for the tank... so the haggling continues. But whatever the case... the paper work has been started... and if it's brought back to the county... massive tank will be put on display at entrance of the BIDA Complex at Third and Oak Streets in Berwick.

 

Susquehanna Steam Electric

The spin – off of the Susquehanna Steam Electric Station in Salem Township... north of Berwick... is one step closer to reality. PPL Corporation and Riverstone Holdings have been notified by the U.S. Department of Justice that the agency has closed its review under the Antitrust Improvements Act of the proposed spinoff. The action is the final regulatory decision needed to close the transaction and keeps PPL and Riverstone on track to closing the deal during the second quarter of 2015. The transaction, when closed, will form Talen Energy Corporation... which will be an independent, publicly traded company.

 

Marcellus Shale
A group representing municipalities in Pennsylvania has come out against Governor Tom Wolf's proposal to replace the impact fee on Marcellus Shale natural gas wells. The State Association of Township Supervisors says their opposition stems from changes the Governor wants to make in the impact fee paid to local governments affected by natural gas drilling. The current sliding scale based on the amount of drilling activity would be changed to a flat fee, and the Supervisors feel under that plan they would miss out if new wells come on line. The fees for 2014 totaled 225 million-dollars.

 

Renaissance Jamboree

Bloomsburg Police will be enforcing a no – parking ban along Main Street... from Iron to Jefferson overnight. Shortly thereafter... the set up begins for this year's Renaissance Jamboree featuring several hundred craft and food booths. Organizer Jimmie Gilliland says since you can't park anywhere near Main Street... there is shuttle bus service from the fairgrounds. Saturday's event gets underway at 10 O'clock... and runs through late afternoon.

 

Cardiac Rehab

Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital has reached and passed a milestone. The hospital's Cardiac Rehabilitation unit is celebrating it's 30th anniversary. Coordinator Madeline Dellegrotti has been in the department since it's inception back in 1985. Now... the cardiac rehab unit includes more exercise machines... as well as preventative methods to lower the risk of a second heart attack... or acquiring heart disease.

 

Sick Leave Laws
Governor Tom Wolf said Thursday he would veto a state proposal to eradicate local sick-leave laws in Pennsylvania if it reaches his desk. The measure, which passed the Republican-controlled Senate with bipartisan support, aims to preempt a Philadelphia law requiring businesses with 10 or more employees to give workers an hour of paid sick leave for every 40 hours worked. Opponents say businesses shouldn't have to deal with a patchwork of local labor laws, but supporters say Philadelphia workers need such benefits in the absence of a uniform statewide law requiring paid sick-leave.

 

State Social Media
As part of Governor Tom Wolf's efforts toward "Government that Works"...the state's financial services regulator has opened three new social media accounts. Officials with the Department of Banking and Securities say if people are on social media...the agency can meet them where they are...with industry news and investing tips. You can now find the department on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Representatives say they hope people will use the shared information to protect themselves and their money from scams...and raise their level of financial literacy.

 

Road Work

Work continues on a $1.9 - million bridge painting project spanning multiple counties in our area. An Ohio – based contractor will continue blasting and painting operations on the Route 487 Bridge in Paxinos, and the Route 61 Bridge near Uniontown. Also to get the once over is the Route 522 bridge between the boroughs of Shamokin Dam and Selinsgrove... in near – by Snyder County A PennDOT spokesman said drivers should be alert for changing traffic patterns... as well as one lane traffic.

 

Access Cards

Pennsylvanians could not use cash assistance cards to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products under a bill pending in the state House of Representatives. Rep. Mike Reese... a Republican from Westmoreland and Somerset Counties said his legislation would also prohibit cash withdrawals on electronic benefit transfer cards at businesses licensed by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. State law already bans the purchase of liquor and alcohol with EBT cards.

 

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team plays back to back doubleheaders against East Stroudsburg Friday and Saturday. Those games will decide which team will grab the 4th and final playoff spot in the PSAC East. The Huskies and Warriors are currently tied for that 4th spot. Friday's doubleheader begins at 1 0'clock at the Danny Litwhiler Field.

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team swept a doubleheader at Lock Haven Thursday. The Huskies won the opener 9-0 and the nightcap 2 to1 in 8 innings.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Thursday... Cemtral Columbia defeated Shamokin 5 to 3...

 

HS Softball

In girls softball... Bloomsburg blanked Muncy 1 to nothing... and Central Columbia downed Montoursville 4 to 1.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball, the Philadelphia Phillies were routed by the Miami Marlins 9-1in Thursday afternoon action. The Phils open a three game home series Friday night against the Atlanta Braves at 7:05. Coverage n the WHLM Stations begins at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In other games yesterday Thursday... the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Chicago Cubs 5-4... the New York Mets extended their winning streak to 11 with a 6-3 win over the Atlanta Braves... and the New York Yankees completed a sweep of the Detroit Tigers with a 2-1 win.

 



 

Berwick School Construction

Demolition began Wednesday in Berwick on a former clothing factory... paving the way for a new school. The West Berwick Elementary School will take in students from the current Orange Street and 14th Street schools. Superintendent Wayne Brookhart says the demolition will take an estimated six weeks... with construction on the $20 – million dollar school taking about a year.

 

Wolf / Kane
Like many others, Governor Tom Wolf says he's waiting for the legal system to deal with the trouble state attorney general. Kathleen Kane is facing possible charges from a grand jury, a potential contempt charge from a judge and a lawsuit from a fired former agent... and that's just this month. Kane's legal woes have been mounting steadily over her 2 – plus years in office and many on both sides of the political aisle are saying they want the legal process to play out. That includes Kane's fellow Democrat - Governor Tom Wolf... but the governor says the Kane situation is more cause for concern about the larger issue of trust in public officials.

 

State Budget
With just over 2 months to go before the state budget deadline, Governor Wolf is facing an uphill battle with a Republican Legislature that seems to be poised against his proposed tax plans. Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman says the governor's plans for tax increases will not pass in the Republican - dominated general assembly and that makes it difficult to even start crafting a budget, given there would be no sources for the revenue the governor is proposing in many line items. Governor Wolf - appearing on Radio PA's Ask the Governor - responded by saying it's a simple numbers issue: the state needs and wants to spend money on certain things and it hasn't been collecting enough to do so...

 

Dog License

If you have a dog... make sure it has a 2015 license. State Dog Wardens will canvass homes in Columbia County starting Monday... in order to see if your “pooch” has the proper credentials... so says the State Ag Department's Logan Hall. Mr. Hall says the wardens will use a computer data base to try and find dog owners that have not renewed their licenses.

 

Geisinger / WVIA

A documentary profiling Geisinger Medical Center... and it's health care system makes it's debut Thursday night on northeast PA's public TV station WVIA. Geisinger's Mike Ferlazzo says it's an all – encompassing, locally – produced show. The program makes it's debut... Thursday night at 7:30 on WVIA. Encore performances take place between Sunday, the 28th and May 3rd.

 

Secretary of Human Services

The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee approved Governor Tom Wolf's pick for Secretary of Human Services. Human Services makes up the biggest chunk of the state budget at about 40 percent. Acting Secretary Ted Dallas says he hopes to put that money to good use by investing in quality community programs that should cut costs in the long run. He also wants to turn to an outcome-based payment system for those services... and he wants to get more Pennsylvanians to work... by focusing on their individual talents and needs.

 

Man Sought

Wilkes – Barre police want their man. Investigators are looking for Dondre Bess... wanted in connection with a shooting that wounded a person at the Sherman Hills housing project last month. They don't know where he is... but Bess is considered armed and dangerous.

 

Chicken Pox

You think in this day and age Chicken pox would have been eradicated. But that's not the case in the Valley Elementary Middle School in Sugarloaf Township... in the Hazleton School District. The school's website says one child has the virus. Now... school officials say if kids aren't vaccinated against chicken pox... to stay home from school through next Wednesday in order to avoid exposure.

 

Public School Funding

Proposed legislation would guarantee public schools continue to be funded. Under the bill, in the event a state budget is not approved by August 15th, the basic subsidy for all 500 school districts would still be allocated at the previous year's amount. The bill is sponsored State Senator Ryan Aument, who says a budget impasse is possible between Governor Tom Wolf and the GOP - controlled legislature. Expected disagreements over spending and taxes have fueled speculation over whether a new budget will be in place by the June 30th deadline.

 

News Secretary

A veteran press secretary familiar with Capitol politics is set to take on the job in Attorney General Kathleen Kane's office. Chuck Ardo, former spokesman for ex-Gov. Ed Rendell and ex-Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson, would become Kane's seventh spokesman in two years. Kane's office would not confirm his hiring. Ardo's salary is not known. He plans to sign a six-month contract. Kane's most recent communications director, Aaron Sadler, quit in February.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Lacrosse

The Bloomsburg University women's lacrosse team lost to IUP 11-4 Wednesday afternoon. It was the last regular season home game for the Huskies.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Wednesday... Hughesville defeated Southern Columbia 4 to 1... and it was Lewisburg over Danville 8 to 5.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Wednesday night... The Philadelphia Phillies lost the the Florida Marlins 6 to 1. The series concludes Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia... with a game starting at 1:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 12:30 with the pre – game show.

 

Other Games

In other games Wednesday night... The Pittsburgh Pirates squeezed by the Chicago Cubs 4 to 3... The New York Mets rallied... beating the Atlanta Braves 3 to 2... and the New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers 13 to 4.

 

NHL

In the NHL Playoffs... the New York Rangers downed the Pittsburgh Penguins 2 to 1. The Rangers now hold a 3 game to 1 lead in the best of seven series.

 

NBA

In the NBA Playoffs... The Atlanta Hawks out-scored the Brooklyn Nets 96 to 91... The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 97 – 82... and the San Antonio Spurs downed the Los Angeles Clippers 111 – 107.

 



 

Southern Teachers

The Southern Columbia school board has okayed a new contract with it's teachers when they met this week. The pact is retroactive from July 1st of 2013... and runs through the middle of 2018. The new contract calls for teachers to get a 1 percent salary increase in the first year... a 2.5 percent increase in the second through fourth years.... and 2-point-six percent in the final year. The vote by the school board was 6-1... while the teachers voted 72 to 11 in favor of the agreement.

 

Education Spending

Senate Republicans are sending a message to the Wolf Administration-don't count your "fiscal chickens" before they hatch. GOP leaders are criticizing the Governor for encouraging early education groups to apply now for state grants, with the Governor proposing a sharp increase in education spending. Lawmakers are expressing disbelief that the administration is asking various groups to plan for money that has yet to be appropriated. A spokesman for the Governor says they just want organizations to have as much time as they need to plan for the funds.

 

ObamaCare / Drug Companies

In a recent hearing with state lawmakers on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on pharmaceutical companies...industry representatives emphasized their role as an economic driver... and the importance of good insurance plans. Trade association representatives noted it can take 2 billion dollars over the course of a decade to develop a new drug. They said... to keep people healthy.... we need a system that does not shift so much of the financial burden of healthcare onto the patient.... and an insurance system that doesn't arbitrarily restrict access to doctors or medicine. Representatives said they believe the market makes prescriptions in the United States cheaper in the long run... compared with other countries.

 

Renaissance Jamboree

Most of Main Street in Bloomsburg will be blocked off on Saturday for the 37th annual Renaissance Jamboree. Coordinator Oren Helbok says there will be plenty of entertainment stretching from Iron to Jefferson Street... and plenty of craft and food vendors. Meantime, police will be blocking off a portion of Main Street.... as well as some of Market Street around the square. Renaissance Jamboree opens Saturday at 9 AM.

 

PSU

Another internal battle is brewing on Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees, and this time it could lead to legal action. Seven alumni-elected trustees on the 32-member board have repeated their demand to have access to materials used in preparation for the blistering investigative report by former FBI director Louis Freeh. The report concluded that former university leaders conspired to cover up child sex-abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

 

State Economic Growth

Lawmakers are holding a hearing Wednesday on how to stimulate economic growth in the commonwealth. The public is invited to join the lawmakers and business representatives at the Harrisburg University of Science and Technology at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon. There will be a roundtable discussion centered around the challenges of central PA... as well as a package of bills from Senator Rob Teplitz. He says he wants Pennsylvania's economic recovery to continue to be a top priority.

 

Danville Dumpster Days

If you live in Danville... and are doing some spring cleaning around the house this weekend... where do you toss the trash. How 'bout in some dumpsters provided by the Borough... during Dumpster Day on Saturday at the Danville Soccer Complex on Market Street... so says governmental affairs director Dan Knorr. They'll take items such as white goods.... all electronics.... as well as used tires. Mr. Knorr says the dumpsters are open at 7 AM.... with the day wrapped by 1 O'clock.

 

Barn Fire

Firemen from Columbia and Luzerne Counties couldn't save a family barn which when up in flames at midday Tuesday. Firemen were called to Moss Road near Sweet Valley. But, when they got there... the barn was gone and their operations dealt with keeping the flames from spreading. Although... it had been part of a dairy farm years ago... in recent years it had been used for storage. There is no cause as to what sparked Tuesday's fire in the Sweet Valley area of Luzerne County.

 

Lyme Disease

Pennsylvania officials are warning residents that there is now a danger of Lyme disease in every county in the commonwealth. Department of Environmental Protection researchers say that black legged deer ticks have now been observed in all 67 Pennsylvania counties... the first time that has happened. The ticks are the primary carrier of the disease that can cause fever, fatigue, headache, muscle aches and joint pain.
 

Medical Marijuana

Legislation legalizing marijuana for medical purposes has won unanimous approval in the Senate State Government Committee. Prior it its passage, the measure was amended to add a "real time" registry to track the growth, production and distribution of medical cannabis. It also eliminates the production of edible cannabis products, although patients would be allowed to mix prescribed cannabis into their foods, such as herbal teas and mashed potatoes. The amendment also expands the list of covered diseases to include HIV/AIDS and glaucoma.

 

A-Treat

A Pennsylvania – based soft drink may return to the shelves soon. If you recall... A-Treat Bottling shut it's doors earlier this year after being in business for a century. Now... a Lehigh Valley businessman has agreed to purchase the company. The deal includes the name... the trademark and the formulas for the flavors. Allentown businessman Paul Eifler says he hopes to have eight flavors on grocery store shelves by the time summer arrives.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Baseball

The Bloomsburg University baseball team split a high scoring doubleheader at IUP Tuesday winning the first game 19 - 7 before dropping the nightcap 12 to 5.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Tuesday... Mt. Carmel blanked Central Columbia 3 to nothing.

 

HS Softball

In girls high school softball... Central Columbia defeated Lewisburg 20 to 9.... It was Bloomsburg over Benton 13 to 1... Southern Columbia downed Loyalsock 8 to 3... and it was Berwick over Lake Lehman 7 to 1.

 

Bucknell Coach

Bucknell introduced their new men's basketball coach Tuesday. Nathan Davis spent the last 6 seasons at head coach at Randolph Macon in Ashland, Virginia... a Division 3 school. Davis was a Bucknell assistant from 2003 to 2008. He replaces Dave Paulson who left last month to coach George Mason.

 

MLB

In major league baseball Tuesday night... The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins 7 to 3. The two teams square off Wednesday night at Citizens Bank Park. Game time is 7:05. You can catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

 

Other Games

In other action... The Chicago Cubs downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 9 to 8... It was the New York Mets over the Atlanta Braves 7 to 1... and the New York Yankees defeated the Detroit Tigers 5 to 2.

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs Tuesday night..., The Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 99 to 91... and the Houston Rockets outscored the Dallas Mavericks 111 – 99.

 



 

Block Party Arrests

On Monday... we told you about the 2015 edition of Block Party in Bloomsburg... an event targeted at teens and university students... and fueled by beer and social media... and not sanctioned by either the town or the University. Now we know police were busy writing citations. Police Chief Roger Van Loan says that between 4 O'clock Friday afternoon... and 8 O'clock Sunday morning... officers issued 226 non – traffic citations. Another 15 traffic citations were issued. Chief Van Loan says there were numerous criminal arrests for narcotics possession... DUI and assaults.

 

Bloomsburg Fire / OBW

Bloomsburg firemen were out on the streets early Tuesday morning. Specifically in the 600 block of Old Berwick Road near Locust Street. The reason... a fire in an electrical meter which powers one of the five apartments in the building. Chief Bob Rupp and Rescue Chief Hugh Gross said the wiring leading to the meter was old. PPL was called to disconnect power to the apartment.

 

Child Abuse

Preventing Child Abuse in America. You can see the support by Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital with purple pin wheels planted on a small hill overlooking the parking lot in front of the Medical Arts building. Geisinger psychiatrists Dr. Steven Paolucci says child abuse is a serious issue. The pin wheels were also planted at Geisinger facilities in Danville and Shamokin.

 

Celebrate Berwick

May 9th has been circled on a lot of calendars. That's the day for the third annual Celebrate Berwick event along Front Street. The Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce is hosting the fun – filled day.... and coordinator Donna Sharrow says there will be plenty of things to do... especially for the kids at the Offray parking lot near the Briar Creek borough line. The event gets underway at 9 AM.... and runs through the afternoon. Need information... give the Chamber in Bloomsburg a call.

 

Labor Dispute Safety

Legislation on the state House floor aims to protect public safety in the midst of labor disputes. Republican Representative Ron Marsico says his bill would end the current exemption for labor unions when it comes to accusations of threats, stalking, or harassment. Marsico says these tactics have been used during labor disputes in the past...but in order to prevent potential violence in those situations and protect the public...labor organizations and management must be held to the same criminal law as everyone else.

 

Turnpike Safety

State Police and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission are teaming up for a new safety campaign. "Operation Orange Squeeze" will see troopers conducting speed enforcement from inside work areas. It comes on the heels of two accidents in 2 years which resulted in the deaths of workers within Turnpike construction zones. The campaign, which includes the website OperationOrgangeSqueeze.com, will launch next month in the Philadelphia region and work its way west by the end of the summer.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

The average price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular gasoline continues to increase. According to the latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report... we're paying an average $2.63 a gallon across Columbia and Montour counties... as well as all of northeastern Pennsylvania. A week ago we were paying $2.50 a gallon.... and $2.53 a gallon a month ago.

 

Trout Season

Trout season open over the weekend all across northeastern Pennsylvania... with anglers hitting area streams right after day break. John Arway who heads up the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission says you'll have lots of opportunities to catch a big one. Trout season has been open for two weeks in neighboring Schuylkill County.... and points south towards the Philadelphia area.

 

Captured

A Mt. Carmel man is in custody after he wrangled he way out of a police cruiser in handcuffs. Police say Michael Fickinger of Ashland was arrested Saturday for taking weapons from a Mt. Carmel home. Once he was cuffed and placed in a cruiser.. he smashed out the back window and escaped. He was captured Sunday morning... still wearing those handcuffs. Fickinger faces a long list of charges.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Softball

After a week in which the Bloomsburg University softball team won 8 of 10 games, the Huskies have swept PSAC honors. Freshman outfielder Emily Mayhew is the player of the week and Sarah Bortner is the pitcher of the week.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Monday... Southern Columbia blanked Bloomsburg 10 to nothing.

 

HS Softball

In girls softball Monday... Central Columbia downed Danville 9 to 3.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had the night off. Tuesday night the Phil's open a three game home series against the Miami Marlins starting at 7:05. Coverage on the whlm stations begins at 6:30.

 

MLB

In games Monday night... The Chicago Cubs downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 2... and the Detroit Tigers got by the New York Yankees 2 to 1.

 

NHL

In the NHL playoffs Monday night...the New York Rangers skated past the Pittsburgh Penguins 2 to 1. The Rangers now lead the series two games to one.

 



 

From the Weather Eye Weather Center...

The National Weather Service in State College has issued a Tornado Watch for most of the Susquehanna Valley  It is in effect until 10 O'clock tonight and includes the following counties. Columbia, Montour, Lycoming, Northumberland, Cameron, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Elk Schuylkill, Snyder and Union. 

 

Once again... a Tornado Watch has been issued for a 12 county area of Central Pennsylvania.

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Bloomsburg Block Party

Block Party 2015 is in the books.... and many of the out of town participants are home. Ground Zero was at the corner of Lightstreet Road and Fetterman Avenue. During the event a lot of citations were issued. I had an opportunity to ride along in a cruiser driven by Bloomsburg PD Sgt Leonard Rogutski. The Sergeant facing several issues from disorderly conduct... to too many people at a party to an open container violation. All were solved in a satisfactory manner. Town Councilman Carey Howell got a ride along... telling me that the crowds were smaller... saying council did the right thing when changing the ordinance to gatherings of 150 people or less... and not charging admission. Now... an assessment will get underway to determine what went right... and what should be changed.

 

Man Busted

A Bloomsburg man is in the County Jail after he allegedly attacked several police officers... then barricading himself in an apartment just before dawn Saturday morning. Our media partner Newswatch 16 says 27 – year old Jeremiah Hess initially caused a disturbance at Frank's Pizza. He was chased on foot by police to an apartment above Hess' Tavern. There... he barricaded himself inside. Police backed off... with Hess being picked up midday Saturday as he walked along a street

 

State Budget
With about 2-and-a-half Months to go before the state budget deadline, lawmakers are starting to slowly get organized. WHLM's Brad Christman says it was something of a bumpy start when Governor Tom Wolf indicated he was willing to work long after the June 30th deadline if necessary. House Majority Leader Dave Reed took offense at the remark, but says things have been smoothed over following a recent meeting between the governor and GOP leaders. Reed says "working groups" have formed and have begun to tackle the different pieces of the governor's budget plan - in search of common ground. Republicans have publicly acknowledged that there is little in the governor's plan that they agree with, and they plan to vote on their own priorities in the coming weeks and months.

 

State Unemployment Rate
Pennsylvania's unemployment rate rose slightly last month. The Commonwealth's jobless rate rose one-tenth of a point in March to 5.3%. That's still below the national rate of 5.5 and down 8-tenths of a point from this same time last year. Some sectors saw job numbers fall, but construction led the gainers, adding 2700 jobs. Since last March, Pennsylvania nonfarm jobs are up by more than 54,000 with the largest gains in transportation & utilities, leisure & hospitality and education & health services. Only two of the sectors declined from a year ago - information and government.

 

Berwick Mayor's Ball

For the first time in years... there will be a Mayor's Ball in Berwick. It takes place this Saturday at the Berwick Country Club on Martzville Road. For Mayor Tim Burke... it's his way to raise money for non – profit programs in the Berwick, Nescopeck and Mifflinville areas. Tickets are $40.00 each... and area available from Mayor Burke... or by calling Berwick City Hall.

 

Tim Tebow

Former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow may become a Philadelphia Eagle. The official announcement is expected Monday... as he signs a one year deal. The former Heisman Trophy winner was a first-round pick by Denver in 2010. He started 14 games for the Broncos and led them to a playoff victory in the 2011 season.

 

Captured

A Mt. Carmel man is in custody after he wrangled he way out of a police cruiser in handcuffs. Police say Michael Fickinger of Ashland was arrested Saturday for taking weapons from a Mt. Carmel home.

Once he was cuffed and placed in a cruiser.. he smashed out the back window and escaped. He was captured Sunday morning... still wearing those handcuffs. Fickinger faces a long list of charges.

 

Blue Mountain Fire

Firefighters continue to douse hot spots which destroyed hundreds of acres of brush in Carbon and Lehigh County over the weekend. An estimated 400 acres of brush was destroyed on Blue Mountain near Bowmanstown. Most of it was brought under control... but now firemen continue to watch for hot spots.

 



 

Fire Department Busy

Bloomsburg firemen were kept busy late Friday night into Saturday morning. Around 11 O'clock Friday they were called to a possible structure fire at 61 E. 1st Street when an apparent electrical malfunction produced a fire inside the wall of the building. Firemen had that situation mitigated in a matter of minutes. While that was winding down, Engine 24 was dispatched to preform an elevator rescue at the former Hotel Magee. Up to a half dozen people were stuck between the first and second floor and were rescued safely. Shortly after 2:30 Saturday morning firemen were called to a possible structure fire at the rear of 278 East 7th Street. The department clearing the incident minutes after arriving on the scene. 

 

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It's Block Party Weekend in the Only College Town in Pennsylvania. Be on the look out for increased pedestrians in downtown Bloomsburg and on Lightstreet Road and East Street.

 

St. James Luthern Church on East County Road in Hobbie will be holding a take-out roast beef dinner on Saturday April 25. Dinners are $10 each and can be picked up from 4-6 PM. Orders must be placed by today. For more information call 570-379-3878.

 

The Orangeville Fire Company will host a Pampered Chef Bingo today to benefit the Orangeville Public Library. Doors open at 12:30 - games start at 2 PM. For more information call 570-683-5354.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Huskies Football

The Bloomsburg University football team concluded spring drills with their annual Maroon & Gold game Saturday morning at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. The game ended in the 3rd quarter with the Gold's 35-17 lead over the Maroon. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 
Major League Baseball

The Philles are on the road this weekend to play the Washington Nationals. This afternoon's first pitch is at 1:35. The pregame show on the WHLM stations starts at 1 o'clock sharp.

 



 

Fire Department Busy

Bloomsburg firemen were kept busy late Friday night into Saturday morning. Around 11 O'clock Friday... they were called to a possible structure fire at 61 E. 1st Street when an apparent electrical malfunction produced a fire inside the wall of the building. Firemen had that situation mitigated in a matter of minutes. While that was winding down... Engine 24 was dispatched to preform an elevator rescue at the former Hotel Magee. Up to a half dozen people were stuck between the first and second floor... and were rescued safely. Shortly after 2:30 Saturday morning... firemen were called to a possible structure fire at the rear of 278 East 7th Street. The department clearing the incident minutes after arriving on the scene. The two incidents come just as Block Party gets underway in the Town of Bloomsburg.

 

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It's Block Party Weekend in the Only College Town in Pennsylvania. Be on the look out for increased pedestrians in downtown Bloomsburg and on Lightstreet Road and East Street.

 

Join the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library this morning for a Brer Rabbit Coffee House from 10 - 11:30. Come hear Hal Pratt share some Brer Rabbit tales for all ages, and enjoy coffee and snacks. The library is on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Bring your pup or pooch to Clark's Ag & Pet on Route 11 in Bloomsburg for a Doggie Biscuit Hunt today from 11AM - 2PM. A $5 donation gets your dog in the hunt - all dogs will receive a treat bag. All dogs must be on a leash. For more information call 570-275-7896.

 

Monica's Heart greyhound adoption group will be holding an educational meet-and-greet event today at the Marketplace Petsmart in Selinsgrove from 11AM - 2PM. Learn more about retired racing greyhounds, meet some of the dogs, and maybe even adopt one. For more information call 570-644-2358.

 

Bethany United Methodist Church in Berwick is holding a free clothing giveaway today from 9AM - Noon. There will be Spring and Summer clothes for all ages. The church is on Summerhill Avenue in Berwick.

 

A community meeting to discuss the proposed Atlantic Sunrise pipeline project will be held this afternoon at 2PM in the Mount Pleasant Township building on Millertown Road. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

 

The Father's Hope chili cookoff is happening this evening from 4-6 at the Revival Tabernacle on the Susquehanna Trail in Watsontown. Taste more than a dozen chilis - the winner will be decided by a cash vote. There will also be hot dogs and drinks available, as well as activities for children. All proceeds benefit the Father's Hope orphan mission.

 

The Danville Child Development Center's annual Celebrity Waiter dinner is happening tonight at the historic Danville Borough Ballroom on Mill Street. Step back to the Roaring Twenties with flappers, casino games, and live music. Cost is $60 each or $100 per couple. Cocktails start at 5PM with dinner at 5:45. For more information, call 570-275-4047.

 

The Animal Resource Center will host Another Night of Wine And Music, tonight at the Barn at Boone's Dam on Fort McClure Boulevard in Bloomsburg. Enjoy live jazz from Tony Kurdilla and the Lehigh Avenue Jazz Quartet, appetizers, and check out the silent auction. Doors open at 6PM, wine tasting by Shade Mountain Winery starts at 6:30. Get your tickets in advance for just a $35 donation. Proceeds benefit ARC. For more information, call 570-850-6986.

 

St. James Luthern Church on East County Road in Hobbie will be holding a take-out roast beef dinner on Saturday April 25. Dinners are $10 each and can be picked up from 4-6 PM. Orders must be placed by tomorrow. For more information call 570-379-3878.

 

The Orangeville Fire Company will host a Pampered Chef Bingo on Sunday  to benefit the Orangeville Public Library. Doors open at 12:30 - games start at 2 PM. For more information call 570-683-5354.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Huskies Football

The Bloomsburg University football team concluded spring drills with their annual Maroon & Gold game Saturday morning at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. The game ended in the 3rd quarter with the Gold's 35-17 lead over the Maroon. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

Major League Baseball

The Philles are on the road this weekend to play the Washington Nationals. Game 3 of the series starts this afternoon at 1:05; pregame at 12:30.

 



 

Block Party

With the annual rite of spring known as Block Party starting Friday night in Bloomsburg... there are several new camera – equipped security systems in place. That word from security specialist Eric Bower. He knows of at least five newly installed high – definition systems now in place where there have been troubles in the past. Bower says the new systems are effective if a person gets to within ten feet of the camera. Meantime, block party will hit full song on Saturday. But Bloomsburg Police Chief Roger Van Loan says he plans to import officers from surrounding county's to keep the party under control.

 

Pipeline

The Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce has thrown it's support behind a proposed 35 – mile natural gas pipeline. The project is designed to supply natural gas to a power plant in Shamokin Dam... in Snyder County. But... it could also provide gas service to a portion of Montour County. The pipeline would begin in Lycoming County by hooking up to the Transco Pipeline... with an estimated 500 construction jobs created. There would be an unknown number of jobs created at the power plant... which now sits dormant.

 

Job Tour

Governor Tom Wolf continued his "Jobs That Pay" tour this week with stops in Berks and Lycoming Counties. The Governor visited East Penn Manufacturing in Berks County, as well as the Energy Technology Education Center in Montgomery Borough, Lycoming County. In both locations, Wolf stressed his investments in education which he says will enable Pennsylvanians to secure the stable, good paying jobs in fields such as manufacturing and energy. He added that rebuilding the middle class depends on a skilled workforce and the education necessary to achieve those skills.

 

Voter Registration

Time is running out if you plan to vote in next month's primary. Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says if you want to register to vote... have a change of address or name... Monday afternoon is the final day to make those changes. Repasky says if you need to make a change... you can go into the voter registration office in the Columbia County Courthouse Annex on Main Street in Bloomsburg... or simply download the forms off the county's website... but it must mailed back with a Monday postmark.

 

State Vehicle Auction

If you're in the market for a used vehicle, there's a big auction taking place next week near Harrisburg. Nearly 400 vehicles will be on the block at the next auction of state vehicles next Tuesday in Dauphin County. The event kicks off at 10AM at Manheim Keystone Pennsylvania on Firehouse Road in Grantville. You can preview the vehicles in person at the auction site through Monday, from 10AM to 4PM daily, or online at dgs.pa.gov.
 

Leadership Conference

The right leaning Pennsylvania Leadership Conference gets underway in Camp Hill Friday. One of the movers and shakers co-coordinating this weekend's event is Lowman Henry... the radio voice of the Lincoln Radio Journal heard every weekend on the WHLM Stations. Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz.... Henry says the keynote speaker for tonight is former CBS TV investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson. The event is taking place at the Radison Penn Harris conference center... just outside of Harrisburg.

 

Ed Pawlowski

Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski is expected to announce Friday that he will seek the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate seat held by Republican Pat Toomey. That could set up the potential for a contested Democratic Party primary in 2016. Also running is Democrat Joe Sestak, a former congressman from suburban Philadelphia who narrowly lost to Toomey in 2010. Pawlowski briefly tested his statewide electoral prospects in last year's governor's race, but he never made the ballot and dropped out after reporting disappointing fund raising.

 

Disabilities

Services provided to adults with disabilities in Pennsylvania was the focus of a hearing of the House Human Services Committee. Committee members heard from a variety of stakeholders in the adult disability field including officials with the Department of Human Services, along with caregivers and clients, and their family members. The main goal of the hearing was to determine what is and is not working, and suggest ways to improve how services are provided and if any laws or regulations need to be changed.

 

Stabbing Suspect

Wilkes – Barre police have charged a man in the stabbing death of a veteran. 27 – year old Matthew Vantine was arraigned and was charged with criminial homicide. Vantine is accused in the stabbing death of Bryan Hogan in an apartment in the heights section of Wilkes – Barre in January.

 

Hit & Run

Still no one in custody in the hit and run death of a Wilkes – Barre man earlier this month in Ashley. Hanover Township police now say 61 – year old Larry Herbert was struck by two cars on April 3rd. Neither of the drivers stopped to render aid.

 

Schuylkill Burn Ban

Starting today... Schuylkill County residents will be under a burn ban. County commissioners have enacted a 30 day ban starting at noon... running through May 17th. It is the fourth year that a burn ban was put in place.

 

WHLM Sports

BU / Saturday

Bloomsburg University's upper campus will be a very busy place tomorrow as the University celebrates an All Athletic Alumni Day. The Husky softball, baseball, women's lacrosse and men's and women's tennis teams will all be in action. There will be two alumni games, a celebration of the 1995 Husky baseball team that reached the College World Series, and the dedication of Steph Pettit Stadium. In addition, the Husky football team will conclude spring drills with the annual Maroon & Gold game which begins at 11 O'clock. Coverage of that game on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 10:30.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Thursday... Berwick blanked Crestwood 4 to nothing..

 

HS Softball

In softball from Thursday... Central Columbia downed Milton 12 to 4... and it was Bloomsburg over Bucktail area 16 to 1.

 

MLB

In major league baseball... it was the Washington National over the Philadelphia Phillies 5 to 2. That series in Washington continues tonight at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30. In another National League East game last night.. the New York Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 7 to 5.

 

NHL

In the NHL Thursday night, in the first game of a playoff series... the New York Rangers got past the Pittsburgh Penguins 2 to 1.

 

 


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