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News Archive Archives for 2011-09

Friday / September 30, 2011


Flood Warning Cancled

That flood warning posted late Thursday by the National Weather Service for the Susquehanna River has been canceled. Bloomsburg and Danville had been a part of the warning ever since heavy rains fell in the Susquehanna watershed earlier this week. The river crested at 16.77 feet late Friday morning in Bloomsburg. The weather service had predicted it would crest Friday afternoon at 19 feet... which is at flood stage. The Susquehanna is now on its way back down to a normal level. The NWS is now predicting we may see more high water Monday morning... when the river reaches the so – called 'action stage.”David Millard

Trying to get money for flood victims from Tropical Storm Lee is a high priority in Harrisburg... so says State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township. Mr. Millard.... says it's money from either the state or federal government which will be earmarked for the acquisition of homes damaged or destroyed this months flooding. The issue still has yet to come up with – in the state house... with no time table established.

 

Luzerne Rain

If you live in the Luzerne County... you sure have received more than enough rainfall for the year. The National Weather Service says just over 49 – inches has fallen this year.... compared to the normal 28 inches the area receives. Most of the rain has fallen during Hurricane Irene... at the start of the month... and tropical storm Lee three weeks ago. The hardest hit areas... Butler Township near Hazleton.

 

FEMA / Mobile Home
Residents hit hardest by recent flooding finally have temporary homes. More than two-dozen mobile homes are being shipped to Luzerne and Bradford counties. FEMA says as many as 225 families may qualify for the units. The homes are furnished and complete with basic living utensils.

 

BTE

The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble kicked off their winter season Thursday night with their first Main Stage Performance. The BTE's Elizabeth Dowd says the show.... “Doubt... a Parable” deals with one particular conflict. The show runs through October 16th with performances Thursday thru Saturday night at 7:30... and Sunday afternoon matinee's at 3 O'clock.

 

Hazleton Bust

Six Hazleton area residents are the in Luzerne County prison after being busted on drug charges. The alleged ringleaders... 42 – year old Ronald Beritcho and 22 – year old Elizabeth Lorenz... and four others were caught by police with heroin... cocaine and crack cocaine... as well as 9 – thousand dollars in cash. The pair listed their address in the 7 – hundred block of North Locust Street. All six face a preliminary hearing.

 

Struck by Lightening

A 10 – year old Northumberland County youngster remains at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville... after he was struck by lightning as he stepped off his school bus. Logan Williams was running towards his Paxinos home on Dogwood Road when a bolt of lighting struck a near-by tree. Williams is listed in critical condition.

 

State Park Drilling
An environmental advocacy group is betting the threat of a tarnished image will keep natural gas drillers out of the state parks. Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future has launched a campaign aimed at getting drillers to pledge to keep their noisy rigs and construction material out of those particular areas

 

WHLM Sports

In High School Football Friday night, In a game heard on Newsradio 930 Southern Columbia fought valiantly and emerged the victor in a 29-28 game against Lewisburg. In Bulldogs action on 103.5 WHLM-FM Berwick shut out Selinsgrove 45-0. In other local action it was Bloomsburg 48 - Montgomery 15, Central Columbia 33 - Shikellamy 21, and Danville 45 - Milton 14. You can hear all the details from Friday's games with Team Coverage in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

 

 

Thursday / September 29, 2011


Flood Warning

 

FLOOD STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE, PA

410 PM EDT THU SEP 29 2011

 

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN PENNSYLVANIA...

 

** SUSQUEHANNA RIVER AT BLOOMSBURG

** SUSQUEHANNA RIVER AT DANVILLE

** YELLOW BREECHES CREEK NEAR CAMP HILL

 

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE SUSQUEHANNA RIVER AT BLOOMSBURG.

* FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON TO FRIDAY EVENING...OR UNTIL THE WARNING IS

CANCELLED.

* AT 3 PM THURSDAY THE STAGE WAS 14.2 FEET AND RISING.

* FLOOD STAGE IS 19.0 FEET.

* MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.

* THE RIVER IS FORECAST TO RISE TO NEAR FLOOD STAGE EARLY FRIDAY   

   AFTERNOON.

* AT 19.0 FEET...HIGH WATER AFFECTS HOMES ALONG RIVER ROAD.

 

Flood / Dan Knorr

The issue of a flood wall protecting Bloomsburg has been one of the hottest topics at Town Hall ever since record flooding three weeks ago. During a meeting this week.... Mayor Dan Knorr says the town is ready to commit to the project... but the feds aren't. Meantime... former chamber of commerce president Ed Edwards... now heading up the flood authority... says he wants to organize a meeting between federal, state and local officials... as well as businesses in an effort to get flood wall design off dead – center.

 

Flood / FEMA

They've had their boots on the ground in Columbia County since mid-September. Representatives from FEMA and other agencies are at the Agriculture Center daily to see what they can do to help following the floods of three weeks ago. FEMA's Mike Sweet says all you need to do is stop in. But before your first visit.... you must register by going on line at www.disasterassistance.gov.... or giving them a call at 1-800-621–FEMA.

 

Flood / Millard

With the flooding of earlier this month up and down the Susquehanna Valley.... could we see new sewage treatment plants built. That could be the case so says State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township. But it comes down to the issue of dollars and cents. The Bloomsburg Sewage Treatment plant took the wrath of the September Flooding.... inundating the work contractors had been performing the past couple of years.

 

Merck

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says Merck and Company's plant in Riverside... has allegedly violated environmental regulations. In a statement from the EPA.... the company allegedly discharged pollutants into the Susquehanna River in excess of it's permits. The EPA then slapped a 1.5-million dollar fine not only against the Riverside plant... but one in Montgomery County as well.

 

Luzerne Co Damage

Although they're still collecting data.... Luzerne County Emergency Management says that flooding earlier this month has topped the $24 – million dollar mark. Of that... $13.5 million dollars was caused to public infrastructure... with FEMA only commuting $11.6 million dollars to the recovery effort. Meantime... FEMA is starting to roll mobile homes in for victims of flooding. The first 25will be in place this week in Bradford County.

 

Pot Bust

A 57 – year old Haddock man.... south of Hazleton... is in jail after he was busted earlier this week. Police discovered nearly 300 marijuana plants around the home of Michael Merenda after someone called the cops. Merenda said the plants were for personal use... but that argument didn't fly.... so he was arraigned and remanded in jail in lieu of $15,000 dollars bond.

 

Teen Driving Legislation
The reigns are getting a bit tighter on teen drivers in Pennsylvania. The State House approved a bill that makes it primary offense for anyone under 18 to be improperly restrained, by a seat belt or safety seat. Also, junior drivers will be limited to one passenger during their first six months as a new driver, unless the passengers are family members. When asked about restrictions on texting, the bill's sponsor, Bucks County Republican Kathy Watson, said that is legislation that applies to every driver.

 

Senator Jane Orie Faces
Former State Senator Jane Orie faces more accusations. Allegheny County's District Attorney is suggesting a GOP insider deleted evidence that Orie used staffers to perform campaign work on state time. The state is looking for at least five computer files and they might issue as many as 20 subpoenas in an effort to uncover those files. The former senator will have jury trial in February.

Money for Cops May Stop
Harrisburg – area Representative John Payne is drafting legislation that would put a stop to municipalities redirecting proceeds from liquor license fees. The state LCB sends money to be used toward local police. The problem is that more than 400 communities do not have a police force. Payne would like to see money allocated to those municipalities directed toward the state police liquor control enforcement.

Wednesday / September 28, 2011


Town Will Pick Up Debris

When the Town of Bloomsburg stopped collecting flood debris last week the news came as a surprise to many flood victims. Council voted for one last round of debris pick up Tuesday night. Mayor Dan Knorr says let your neighbors know this is your last chance. Pickups in runoff-affected areas will start this week. Areas of town hit by the flood waters have until Monday morning, when crews will begin to work their way through town for one final sweep. If you do put rubbish at the curb after the sweep, you will be cited.

 

Contaminated Well Water

Among the many hidden damages that floods often bring is contamination of well water. Nells Taber of the Williamsport DEP tells us well water samples from affected areas are not passing the bar. He says you have to remember to disinfect your well before sending a sample to the DRC lab. You also have to keep the sample cold and get it to the office quickly before it expires. Information on how to disinfect your well and properly gather samples is available from the DEP.

 

Some Roads Still Closed

Penndot crews have been working long hours around the area and across the state to reopen bridges and roads damaged by flooding. Tuesday evening Millville road north of Bloomsburg was finally reopened to traffic. Penndot's Barry Schoch says there are yet still other roads and bridges that remain closed from the flooding, and at least 38 bridges statewide will require serious repair. At least 12,000 miles of roads were affected by the floods earlier this month.

 

Man Washed Down Pipe

A Man in Shamokin Dam was swept away by Flash Flood waters Tuesday when his car skidded off the road and into a flooded culvert. Joshua Hyde of Jersey Shore got out of his car but was then sucked into a 30 foot drainage pipe. He managed to pull himself to safety on the other side of the pipe and escaped with only minor injuries.

 

Work Zone Wreck

A three-car pileup on route 11 west of Bloomsburg sent three people to the hospital Tuesday. The press enterprise reports a Riverside woman will be cited for crashing into traffic that was stopped at the route 42 overpass near the Fairgrounds. Police stress that the area is a work zone and you must be careful when driving through that section of highway.

 

Danville Middle School Outlook

Cleanup efforts at the flooded Danville middle school are moving forward, but school officials aren't expecting to move back anytime soon. For the time being, middle school students will continue to hold class at the old Elementary school. It may cost as much as 5 million dollars to get the middle school back into a useable state.

 

BTE Opens Thursday

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will premiere their first main stage performance of this season later this week. “Doubt – a Parable” starts Thursday with a free performance at 7:30. Ensemble Member Elizabeth Dowd told us on the WHLM Morning Buzz, they'll also be taking flood donations before the show. The show runs through October 16th.

 

Lycoming County Business Relief

The Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce has raised over $300,000 in flood relief for small businesses affected by the disaster. The Chamber and the First Community Foundation Partnership of Pennsylvania are gathering donations from both private businesses and individuals. For more information you can go online at fcfpa.org.

 

Benton Blood Drive

The Benton Lions club will be holding a Blood drive this afternoon from 2-7 at the Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton. For more information you can call the red cross at 1 800 733 2767.

 

 

Tuesday / September 27, 2011


Fair Vendors Hang On

The Bloomsburg Fair may have been canceled this year but that doesn't mean you can't still get your hot sausage or funnel cakes. 40 or more vendors who would have spent this week at the fairgrounds have set up shop along route 11. The flow of customers has snarled traffic, though, and the Press Enterprise reports it has caused several accidents, including Monday when a motorcyclist struck a car that was pulling into a food stand. Scott township police say some of the stands may have to move to safer locations. And if you're looking for the animal events the Fair Board has organized a mini livestock fair for the 4-H October 14, 15, and 16.


Council Meeting

Cleanup from the floods earlier this month continues for many households. That process has left piles of trash and debris beside most streets in Bloomsburg. Town Council will meet tonight to discuss whether to extend the debris pickup that had been started immediately following the flood. The meeting starts at 6:00.


FEMA Money On The Way

Rental properties in northeast PA are at a premium with so many families displaced by the recent floods. FEMA's Joe Dimero says if you have been approved for rental assistance, don't worry the money is on its way, and if you signed up for direct deposit it may already be in your account. He says there are plans to bring in temporary mobile homes for those families unable to find rental properties.

 

Cleanup Supplies

Many homes in our area are still in need of cleaning after getting hit with the floods earlier this month. Kathy Lowe of AGAPE was in the WHLM studios for the Morning Buzz today. She says they have plenty of supplies and volunteers to help you clean up. She says the best way to deal with the threat of mold is to make sure you keep things as dry as possible. You can call AGAPE for assistance at 317-2210.


Berwick Robberies

Police in Berwick are asking for your help in catching the perpetrators of a series of daylight robberies in the West End of town. The robbers broke windows and sneaked in through unlocked doors while homeowners were out. If you have any information on the string of robberies call the Berwick PD at 752-3677.


Susquehanna Mud Slick

Scientists studying satellite photos of the debris from the recent floods tell us the majority of what was washed downstream has now reached the Chesapeake bay. Harry Campbell of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation says the sediment can create “dead zones” that suffocate the fish and other life in the water. He says the field of muck and debris was nearly 100 miles long before it settled into the bay.

 

Monday September 26, 2011


School Updates

It's been a little over two weeks since flood waters entered our areas, and now the Benton Area School Districts says they'll be open as of today operating on a regular scheduled. Officials in Danville say the middle school has dried out, but a decision about the school's future has not yet been made. Workers are still working to clean out the building to make it environmentally safe.

 

Flood Bills

A group of flood-related bills is being proposed by both Senator John Gordner and Represenative David Millard today. Among them is the Flood Mitigation Itemization Act, which will request money for flood projects, including a Bloomsburg flood wall. Representative Millard says it's important to get the bill proposed quickly so that the process of identifying an organizing flood projects can begin.

 

FEMA

The Federal Emergency Manaement Agency (FEMA) is young compared to other federal agencies. It's been around a little more than thirty years, and was created in response to the Three Mile Island disaster near Harrisburg. The agency did not exists when the flood waters of Agnes struck in 1972, and recovery victims are now using FEMA for the first time. Roughly a dozen FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers have been established across the eastern part of the state in response to this month's flooding. The center in our area is in the 700-block of Sawmill Road near Lightstreet.

 

ARC & McDonald's

McDonald's restaruants across Northeastern Pennsylvania are doing their part today for the various chapters of the American Red Cross. Until the close of business tonight...McDona'ds will donate ten percent of their sales to the American Red Cross. Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg chapter says the donations through “one day of caring” will be used to help flood victims. You can also drop off monetary contributions to the American Red Cross office in Bloomsburg at 7th and Iron Streets.

 

Bloom Hit and Run

Bloomsburg police sill don't have the driver in custody who is accused of running over a man early Saturday morning at the intersection of West Main and Railroad Streets. Police Chief Leo Sokoloski tells us a car struck the pedestrian and feld the scene traveling west on Main Street. The vehicle may be a silver or dark colored Ford Focus or a smiliar make. The car is believed to be damaged on the driver's side front bumper, fender and hood. The man struck was taken ot the hospital for treatment of injuries.

 

I-80 Closure

Starting Monday the eastbound travel lane will be closed between mile markers 239 and 241 on Interstate 80. The lane will remain closed through noon on Friday. To check interstate traffic conditions before heading out dial 511 on your phone.

 

Aid Available For Students

Bloomu.edu reports that college students whose families suffered severe losses in the recent flooding caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropcial Storm Lee may be eligible for re-evaluation of their state grant due to their changing financial circumstances. To be eligible, students must complete and submit a casualty loss form, available on PHEAA's website.

 

Homecoming Dresses

There's a homecoming dress drive happening in Bloomsburg. If you have donations of dresses and accessories you can drop them off at Bloomsburg high school through this Friday. Dresses must be clean and in good condition. The dresses will be available for girls in call area districts affected by the flooding at Bloomsburg High School this Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

What's Happening 9-25-2011


AGAPE is still looking for help to clean up homes that were damaged by the flood.  They have teams going out everyday, Monday through Saturday at 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, and on Sundays at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  Please wear long pants, and boots.  If you have your own protection gear, please bring that too, or they can supply it.  Meet at the AGAPE building located on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Turn the Page Book Drive will benefit all children and teens who have lost their books due to flooding in Columbia County.  New or gently used books for ages pre-K to teen are being collected at all First Columbia Bank branches until October 1st, the Bloomsburg Public Library, the WHLM Studios, the gazebo at the Columbia Mall, and Wal-Mart until the 14th.  The goal of collecting 5,000 books will help replace those lost by local teens, children, preschools and daycares.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church invites you out for Songs of the Civil War and Stories They Tell with narration by George A Turner and music by the Bicentennial Choir tonight at 7:00 pm.  The program was originally scheduled to happen at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, but has been moved to the church.  The church is located at the corner of Market and 3rd Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

St. Michael’s Church in Shenandoah is hosting a Chinese auction today.  Doors open at noon and games start at 1:30 PM.  Admission is $3.00.

 

Emmanuel Bible Chapel is hosting a blood drive tomorrow from 2:00 to 7:00 PM.  They’re located on Kachinka Hollow Road in Berwick.

 

WHLM Sports

In week 4 of High School football action Friday night, on Newsradio 930 Southern Columbia shut out Central Coulmbia 40-0. On WHLM-FM Berwick fought a losing battle against rival Wyoming Valley West, the final 46-22 for WVW. IN other local games Danville fell to Mifflinburg 24-0 and Bloomsburg beat Milton 35-14. You can hear all the details from the WHLM sports team in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

In Huskies football on Saturday, Bloomsburg Universit opened Eastern Conference play at home with a 46-7 victory over Millersville. You can hear all the details from Saturday's action from Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

 

What's Happening Saturday 9-24-2011


AGAPE is still looking for help to clean up homes that were damaged by the flood.  They have teams going out everyday, Monday through Saturday at 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, and on Sundays at 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.  Please wear long pants, and boots.  If you have your own protection gear, please bring that too, or they can supply it.  Meet at the AGAPE building located on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center will hold a free tetanus shot clinic provided by AGAPE today from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The clinic is for all residents in Columbia County who have been affected by the flood and have a FEMA number.  You’ll need to bring your number and a form of identification.  The center is located in Benton.

 

Turn the Page Book Drive will benefit all children and teens who have lost their books due to flooding in Columbia County.  New or gently used books for ages pre-K to teen are being collected at all First Columbia Bank branches until October 1st, the Bloomsburg Public Library, the WHLM Studios, the gazebo at the Columbia Mall, and Wal-Mart until the 14th.  The goal of collecting 5,000 books will help replace those lost by local teens, children, preschools and daycares.

 

The Montour Delong Fairgrounds will host an all you can eat haddock fish dinner tonight from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.  Dinners are $12.00 for you, half price for your children ages 6-12.  Take outs will be available, any active military people dressed in uniform will eat their dinner free.

 

St. Michael’s Church in Shenandoah is hosting a Chinese auction tomorrow.  Doors open at noon and games start at 1:30 PM.  Admission is $3.00.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church invites you out for Songs of the Civil War and Stories They Tell with narration by George A Turner and music by the Bicentennial Choir tomorrow at 7:00 pm.  The program was originally scheduled to happen at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds, but has been moved to the church.  The church is located at the corner of Market and 3rd Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

Emmanuel Bible Chapel is hosting a blood drive on Monday from 2:00 to 7:00 PM.  They’re located on Kachinka Hollow Road in Berwick.

 

WHLM Sports

In week 4 of High School football action Friday night, on Newsradio 930 Southern Columbia shut out Central Coulmbia 40-0. On WHLM-FM Berwick fought a losing battle against rival Wyoming Valley West, the final 46-22 for WVW. IN other local games Danville fell to Mifflinburg 24-0 and Bloomsburg beat Milton 35-14. You can hear all the details from the WHLM sports team in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

In Huskies football on Saturday, Bloomsburg Universit opened Eastern Conference play at home with a 46-7 victory over Millersville. You can hear all the details from Saturday's action from Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

 

Friday / September 23, 2011


Flood / Donation

A former Bloomsburg man... now a successful building contractor in California is coming through for flood victims. Gary Hock says he'll donate $100,000 dollars to people effected by the flood. His attorney Jack Mihalik says he's coming up with guidelines for giving away Hock's money. Mihalik says Hock hopes that other businesses will make a similar contribution to insure flood victims get back on their feet.

 

Flood / AGAPE

As we clean up our homes and businesses following the floods of earlier this month... we're learning more and more about the process. AGAPE spokesperson Kathy Lowe says we may have washed the walls and floors to get rid of the muck.... but we forget about the ceilings of rooms... touched by flood waters... and that's where mold can build up. AGAPE on 7th Streets in Bloomsburg continues to be the clearing house for all volunteers who are in town to clean up.

 

Bloomsburg Firefighters

Cleaning a home after the floods of two weeks ago is time consuming... but it could be dangerous. Bloomsburg firemen were called to a home in the 4 – hundred block of Railroad Street shortly before 6-30 Thursday night. Reports from the scene indicate that someone using bleach and another cleaning agent sprayed the mixture on an electrical box... and was overcome by fumes. No one was injured... and firemen used fans to ventilate the basement.

 

Scam Artists

Bloomsburg Police are keeping a sharp eye out for scammers who may have filtered into the area following the flooding of two weeks ago. Chief Leo Sokoloski tells us they've received reports of people telling flood victims they're insurance adjusters.... and asking for personal information. If you believe someone is trying to scam you... call Bloomsburg PD.

 

Danville Cleanup

Residents of Danville who were affected by the flooding by rains left behind by Tropical Storm Lee are getting help from the American Red Cross Chapter on Mill Street. Executive Director Deanna Hollenbach says clean – up items are available... Monday thru Friday... starting at 9 AM. Also available is information dealing with mold clean – up and registering with FEMA. The Danville Chapter of the American Red Cross is at 346 Mill Street.

 

FEMA / Selinsgrove

FEMA has opened another Disaster Recovery Center. This one is in Snyder County... at the CareerLink Center in the 7-hundred block of Bridge Street in Selinsgrove. It opened this week.... and the hours are from 10 AM to 7 PM... daily... until they are no longer needed. The center is similar to one opened last week by FEMA on Sawmill Road near Lightstreet. It's a one stop place to begin the flood relief process.

 

Irene / Power

Remember Hurricane Irene of three weeks ago... and how many of us were in the dark due to the loss of power. Now the Public Utility Commission will take a closer look at how the utilities prepared and responded during a special forum next month in Harrisburg... so says the PUC's Jennifer Kocher. That forum will be held in Harrisburg on October 12th at the Commonwealth Keystone Building starting at 1:30.

 

I-80 Fire

It all started with a call for help after a trucker discovered his brakes were on fire while eastbound on Interstate 80 in Sugarloaf Township... in Luzerne County. Before it was over... the entire trailer with shredded plastic was destroyed. Luzerne County fire dispatch calling in equipment from Nescopeck Township to West Hazleton to squelch the flames. The fire shut down the highway for three hours while crews cleaned up the mess.

 

Conahan to be Sentenced

One more Luzerne County judge convicted in that “kids for Cash ” scheme is expected to be sentenced in Scranton Federal court Friday. Former Judge Michael Conahan pleaded guilty to racketeering in July of last year. Conahan and former judge Mark Ciavarella were convicted of taking boxes of cash from the developers of privately run juvenile detention centers. Conahan faces up to twenty years in prison.

 

School Purchase

A 5-and-a-half million dollar deal is in the works between the Hazleton Area School Board and the Scranton Diocese. The board wanting to purchase the former Bishop Hafey Junior/Senior High School on West 23rd Street... directly across from the Hazleton Area campus. Now... the board will hold a public hearing on the purchase proposal on October 6th.

 

PHEAA
The Pennsylvania High Education Assistance Agency is asking the state to include in its 2012-2013 budget a five percent increase in funding for its grant program. That amounts to about 400-million dollars for grants. The Agency also plans to supplement the state contribution with 50-million dollars earned through interest from its loans. The organization appropriates grants according to financial need.

 

Governor Corbett / Temporary Workers
Governor Corbett is looking for temporary workers who can assist victims at any of the Disaster Recovery Centers established in the wake of Irene and Lee. Workers should be trained in customer service and have a decent knowledge of state programs. If you are interested, contact the human resource offices through a state agency.


WHLM Sports

In week 4 of High School football action Friday night, on Newsradio 930 Southern Columbia shut out Central Coulmbia 40-0. On WHLM-FM Berwick fought a losing battle against rival Wyoming Valley West, the final 46-22 for WVW. IN other local games Danville fell to Mifflinburg 24-0 and Bloomsburg beat Milton 35-14. You can hear all the details from the WHLM sports team in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Thursday / September 22, 2011


Flood / PennDOT

PennDOT is doing its best to open two major roads in the Bloomsburg area following tropical storm Lee two weeks ago. The agency's Rick Mason tells us an emergency contract has been let in order to repair the iron bridge on the Millville Road near the former Magee Transportation Museum. Meantime... work on the span of the bridge on Whites Church Road, which connects Scott and Mt. Pleasant Townships won't begin anytime soon.

 

Flood / AGAPE

Still trying to get your flood – ravaged home turned around for re-construction... and you need some help to do that... you might want to turn to the faith – based organization known as AGAPE. The organization's Kathy Lowe says don't be shy in asking for help. Simply give them a call at 317 – 2210. Meantime... AGAPE continues to serve meals at noon time in front of the Wesley United Church... as well as dinner at 5 O'clock at their headquarters on East 7th.

 

Flood / FEMA

FEMA's one stop disaster relief center continues to chug along at the Columbia County Ag Center on Sawmill Road near Lightstreet. The agency's Eugene Brezany says DRC workers have talked to... and helped nearly 500 people affected by the recent flooding. However, before you visit the center... or anyone of the half – dozen others across eastern Pennsylvania... you must first register at www.DisasterAssistant.gov... or by calling 1-800-612-FEMA.

 

CareerLink

Just as people are tossed out of work due to the closing of the RR Donnelley book binding plant on Old Berwick Road... the PA CareerLink that serves Columbia and Montour Counties on Tenny Street in Scott Township is temporarily closed due to flooding. Some employees effected by the October 24th closing had been using the services of the office. A CareerLink spokesperson says employers and job seekers can continue to access PA CareerLink services by calling 570-387-6288... or by visiting locations in Hazleton, Pottsville, Sunbury, Williamsport.

 

Luzerne Flood

Despite all the pressure on Luzerne County's levee system... the executive director of the county's flood control protection program says they're ready for another high water event. Director Jim Boozena telling the flood authority... holes in the levees have been fixed following a storm two weeks ago which drenched the Susquehanna Valley. The Susquehanna River cresting at 42.66 feet two weeks ago thanks to Tropical Storm Lee.

 

Subsidence

They don't know how long it's going to be closed... but State Route 125 south of Shamokin... at Burnside is closed due a mine subsidence. PennDOT putting a detour in place since Route 125 is close between Route 61 and Upper Road in Cameron Township. Authorities say the subsidence is an estimated 200 feet deep.

 

Luzerne Labs

The number of meth labs are on the rise in lower Luzerne County. Police breaking up a meth lab in a Nescopeck home. Earlier, police in Sugarloaf Township arrested a homeless man who had a rolling meth lab in his Sport Utility Vehicle. One drug treatment center spokesperson says although the use of meth remains relatively low... it's the number of labs popping up which is a surprise.

 

Robbery

A 19 – year old Mt. Carmel man is in the Northumberland County Prison after he allegedly tried to get drugs at a pharmacy this week. Charles Frantz, Jr showed a knife to the clerk inside Community Pharmacy at Oak and Fourth Streets. But, two Mt. Carmel residents collared Frantz and turned him over to police. He's jailed on $100,000 dollars bond.

 

Burglary

Salem Township police say they're investigating a burglary in the 1400 block of Johnson Avenue in East Berwick. Police say someone broke into the home and made off with some cash... as well as jewelry and coins. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition that the incident happened between 12 noon and 3 PM on Wednesday. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Salem Township police.

 

GOP Trial
Jury selection is complete in the public corruption trial of former State Representative Brett Feese of neighboring Lycoming County. Five Republicans, including ex-House Speaker John Perzel, pleaded guilty to corruption and are expected to testify against Feese when the trial gets underway next Monday. Feese is a one-time house Republican whip.

 

Governor's Mansion
The Governor's mansion in Harrisburg is open for tours again. The residence was evacuated along with much of Harrisburg earlier this month when flood waters rose. Fortunately, the mansion was not damaged. Everything is back in order, including an art exhibit being showcased for the public.

Wednesday / September 21, 2011


AGAPE / Lowe

It is an ongoing process to make sure people who need help... get it... as folks recover from the floods of September. AGAPE on 7th Street in Bloomsburg has become the center of the universe for volunteers involved in the clean up operation. The organization's Kathy Lowe says they'll send assessment teams out into the field Wednesday. AGAPE's greatest needs are for box fans... and working, small appliances. You can drop them off at the AGAPE's headquarters on 7th Street... in Bloomsburg... across from the YMCA.

 

Flood / Millard

With the floods of September comes visits to the area by politicians... and state representative David Millard says that's a pretty good sign they're interested in the on – going disaster. The Mt. Pleasant Township Republican says their visit could play an important roll in getting disaster money since they've gotten a first hand look at the destruction. Already, U.S. Senator Robert Casey visited Bloomsburg last week.... a day after Vice – President Joe Biden spent a few hours in the Wyoming Valley.

 

Red Cross

The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross is doing it's part to make sure all of us effected by the flood get our lives back together. One thing they need are donations to keep their program going... according to executive director Rita Inklovich. To donate... you can drop off a check at the Red Cross office on 7th and Iron Streets in Bloomsburg

 

Dumpsters

Flood victims in Bloomsburg have until the close of business today to place rubble in dumpsters that have been provided free by the Town. The dumpsters will be carted away Wednesday afternoon for the final time. Starting Thursday... those affected by the flooding will have to deal with their refuse hauler. The Town allowing large dumpsters from private services to be place on the streets or in driveways until the end of October.

 

Bloomsburg Firemen

Bloomsburg firemen were called out around 4:40 this morning to battle a blaze on the roof of the University Steam Plant at the corner of Lightstreet Road and Penn Avenue. The fire was located on the roof of the building. No cause yet as to what started that fire on top of the University Steam Plant on Lightstreet Road.

 

Benton Schools

Benton Schools will be on a so – called split sessions through Friday. The reason is that a transformer supplying electricity to the high school is expected to arrive Wednesday... taking two days to install. That means the day at the Elementary school begins at 8 O'clock... and runs through 10:45... while the middle and high school day will begin at 12:15 and run through 3 PM. School officials tell us in an e-mail that breakfast and lunch will not be served.

 

Luzerne Budget

Preliminary estimates show Luzerne County's preliminary budget is facing a 23-point-six million dollar shortfall. That word from Joan Pusateri who runs the budget and finance department. The possible shortfall came as the Luzerne County commissioners started hearings on the proposed 2012 budget. Key to the plan... a 9-point-3 million dollar increase in spending... while losing 14-point -3 million dollars in revenue. Commissioners must adopt a plan by the end of the year.

 

Stone Trial

Opening arguments began Tuesday in the murder trial of 59 – year old John Stone of Shickshinny. He's accused of murdering his gal pal... 37 – year old Catherine Tabit... with a hatchet at Stones home on Canal Street last October. The murder happened when Tabit was getting ready to return to her Kingston home. The trial continues Wednesday in Luzerne County Court in Wilkes – Barre.

 

Drug Charges

Two 18 – year old men are in big trouble with the law... after they were busted by Butler Township Police on drug charges. Police say Oliver Rivera of Drums... and Michael Campbell of Hazleton face a long list of drug charges after they were allegedly caught with with cocaine and heroin. The pair was arraigned... then taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after they were unable to post 5 – thousand dollars bail. A preliminary hearing for Rivera and Campbell is scheduled for the 28th.

 

State Ends Program
The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board pulls the plug on its wine kiosk program. That's after the company the state partnered with in developing and operating the kiosks defaulted on a payment of more than one-million dollars. Officials say the machines will be shut down today and soon they'll be permanently removed from stores.

 

Corruption Trial
Jury selection is complete in the public corruption trial of former State Representative Brett Feese of Lycoming County and two of his staffers. Five Republicans, including ex-House Speaker John Perzel, pleaded guilty to corruption and are expected to testify against Feese when the trial gets underway next Monday. Feese is a one-time Republican whip.

 

 

Tuesday / September 20, 2011


Flood / Gordner

Five State Senators say they will introduce a comprehensive, bipartisan legislative package deigned to bring relief to those affected by the flooding of Tropical Storm Irene and Lee. The group is being led by Senator John Gordner of Berwick who viewed the devastation of Columbia County first hand. Senator Gordner is being joined by Lisa Baker... John Yudichak and John Blake from the Wyoming Valley... as well Gene Yaw from Lycoming County.

 

AGAPE / Lowe

The work of AGAPE continues... as they've become the clearing house for volunteers working on flood recovery. AGAPE's Kathy Lowe says needs of the flood victims change every day.... and now it's the need for box fans. If you have a box fan or two you're not using.... drop it off at AGAPE on East 7th Street... across from the YMCA.

 

Schools

Bloomsburg Area School District staff and students... are heading back to the classroom today... following the closing of the district due to flooding. And with the Bloomsburg Fair canceled... school will be in session the week of the 24th. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition that Central and Berwick will stick to their original schedule... and will take off the traditional fair week. At Central... nearly a quarter of the district's faculty had booked vacations for fair week... and Superintendent Harry Mathais says bringing in substitutes would not be productive.

 

Murder trial

The murder trial of a Shickshinny man is expected to get underway today in Luzerne County Court in Wilkes – Barre. 59 – year old John Stone is accused of using a hatchet to murder his girlfriend... Katherine Tabit... in October of 2010. At the time... police said the two argued... and Tabit was headed to her home in Kingston... when Stone allegedly killed her at his home in the 100 – block of Canal Street.

 

Bloom Firemen

Bloomsburg firemen responding to two activated alarms overnight. The first one in the 300 – block of Lightstreet road last night.... then shortly after midnight... an activated alarm in the 800 – hundred block of Old Berwick Road. No fires were found.

 

PennDOT

Tropical Storm Lee may be long gone but PennDOT is still adding up the damage. PennDOT expects damage from flooding earlier this month to exceed 100 million dollars. The hardest hit area is District Three... which includes Columbia and Montour Counties. The problems range from entire bridges and sections of road swept away to minor shoulder washouts.

 

Teacher

Students and teachers in the Mahanoy Area School District are mourning the lost of one of their own. 51 – year old Jeff Donnelly of Barnesville... a district teacher... died over the weekend when an SUV collided with his motorcycle on a rural road. Police say the driver of the SUV may have been driving under the influence.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania are either holding steady or maybe dropping a bit. The Triple – A Fuel Gauge report out Tuesday shows that... on the average... self – serve, unleaded regular is selling for $3.58 – a - gallon. That's the same price as yesterday. A week ago... gas was selling for an average of $3.62 a gallon.

 

Monday / September 19, 2011


Boil Water Directive Lifted

United Water... the supplier of drinking water in the Bloomsburg area... has lifted it's boil water directive issued last week. The call from the utility was received around 2:30 Saturday afternoon. The boil water mandate was put into place when service was restored on Tuesday. It was lifted Saturday afternoon after the state's Department of Environmental Protection gave a thumbs up on the product after extensive testing.

 

Flood / DRC

The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center was busy this weekend... talking to folks... trying to help them get back on their feet following flooding earlier this month. The center is on Sawmill Road... near Lightstreet... and has turned into a one - stop shop for anyone effected by the flood. But one thing stressed by State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township.... be sure to document everything you lost with pictures. Representative Millard says before you visit any one of the seven DRC's in Northeastern Pennsylvania... be sure to first register on line at FEMA – dot – Gov... or call them at 1 – 800 – 621 – FEMA.

 

Bob Casey

Despite the flooding as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee... congress is wrangling over how much the Federal Emergency Management Agency should get. The Senate says FEMA should get a 7 – billion dollar appropriation... while the congress says it should only be 3 and a half billion. But U.S. Senator Bob Casey visiting Bloomsburg at the start of the weekend says the bickering should stop.

 

River Gauge

We now know how close the Wyoming Valley of Luzerne County came to being inundated. Luzerne County officials say a breakdown in communication led to the impression the Susquehanna River crested four feet below the actual high water mark. The reason... a river level gauge stopped providing accurate readings once the Susquehanna reached 38.5 at Wilkes – Barre... and stopped transmitting data once the river reached 41.2. The river is estimated to have hit a crest of 42.6 – feet... above the Agnes floods stage of 40.2. Now... the government says it will raise the gauge to just over 48 feet.

 

Bloomsburg Fight

Bloomsburg Police are investigating the discovery of two men... stabbed on Washington Avenue early Sunday morning. The names haven't been released by police, but the Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition the first man had a stab would to his right arm. He was treated and released from Geisinger in Danville. The second man had a stab wound to his right leg. If you have information about the stabbing... call Bloomsburg Police.

 

White Diner

A landmark diner in Schuylkill County on State Route 309 is apparently a total loss. Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a fire at the White Diner.. just south of Tamaqua Sunday afternoon. It took firemen nearly an hour to bring the blaze under control. No one was injured... and fire officials are calling the extensively damaged building a total loss.

 

Conyngham

A decision to combine some services between Conyngham and Sugarloaf Township has been placed on hold. There had been some talk about about combining water and sewer services... but that won't happened until further discussion and study is undertaken. One of the issues is representation on the board that takes care of water and sewer issues.

 

Computer Theft

The former Northumberland Borough Council Presidentt could learn his fate later this week. 40 – year old Bryan Wolfe pleaded guilty to two counts of thefts for making off with $176,000 dollars in computer hardware and software from Northway Industries of Middleburg. That's where he worked until the summer of 2007. Wolfe could be sentenced to two years in the county jail.... and given five years probation when he goes before Senior Judge Louise Knight this week.

 

Interstate 80 Work

PennDOT says starting Monday... the eastbound travel lane on Interstate 80 will be closed between mile markers 238 and 239 just east of Lightstreet. The eastbound travel lane will remain closed through 12 noon on Friday. The I-80 westbound travel lane will be closed Tuesday morning between the Lime Ridge... and just east of Lightstreet. The westbound travel lane will remain closed through Thursday afternoon.

 

Contract Expires
The current contract expires September 30th for more than 700 Pennsylvania Turnpike toll takers but there are no signs of a possible strike. Since the last contract was signed in 2007, the Turnpike Commission has successfully steered more commuters toward E-Z Pass. With talk of implementing an all-electronic toll system, there's not much wiggle room with which the union can negotiate.

 

Sunday / September 18, 2011


Boil Water Directive Lifted

United Water... the supplier of drinking water in the Bloomsburg area... has lifted it's boil water directive issued earlier in the week. The call from the utility was received around 2:30 Saturday afternoon. The boil water mandate was put into place when service was restored on Tuesday. It was lifted Saturday afternoon after the state's Department of Environmental Protection gave a thumbs up on the product after extensive testing.

 

Tetanus Shots

Free tetanus shots will be given out Sunday at the Bloomsburg YMCA on East 7th Street. It takes place from 12 Noon until 2 PM.

 

Free Cleanup Supplies & Food Drive

Lowes in Buckhorn has told us there will be two tractor trailers parked at their store Sunday with donated cleaning supplies and nonperishible food. If you need supplies to clean up you can stop by between 8AM & 3PM.

 

Danville Clothing Drive

The Danville SPCA is holding a clothing drive until 2PM or later Sunday at their facility on Old Bloom Road.

 

Disaster Recovery Center

The one – stop Disaster Recovery Center is now established at the Columbia County Agriculture Center at 702 Sawmill Road in Bloomsburg. The center will be open from 10 AM to 7 PM... seven days a week until they're not needed. The DRC is the one – stop place for flood relief. However, you must pre – register on line at www.fema.gov or by phone at 1-800-621-FEMA.

 

Don't Sightsee

PennDOT is asking all of us not to travel to flood – damaged areas... a little more than a week after high water damaged area roadways. Traveling in those areas... say along West Main Street in Bloomsburg... and Fernville poses a safety risk and the added traffic may impede recovery and repair efforts. PennDOT and people recovering from the flood ask that you refrain from visiting flood-damaged areas just to see the sights. PennDOT's Rick Mason, as well as the agency is asking everyone to be courteous; many people have suffered a wide range of flood damage and are trying to get their lives back together. If you have no business in flood-damaged areas, please refrain from going there.

 

Interstate 80 Work

PennDOT says starting Monday the eastbound travel lane will be closed between mile markers 238 and 239 just east of Lightstreet. The eastbound travel lane will remain closed through 12 noon on Friday.
The I-80 westbound travel lane will be closed Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. between mile marker 240 near (Lime Ridge/Berwick) and mile marker 237 (east of Lightstreet). The westbound travel lane will remain closed through Thursday afternoon.

 

WHLM Sports

The Panthers of Bloomsburg made their return to play Friday evening with a home field victory against Montoursville on their temporary home field at Redman Stadium. The Panthers won that match 36-7.

 

Saturday afternoon Columbia Montour Vo-Tech defeated East Juniata at home 14-6, and the Bulldogs of Berwick fell to Dallas 53-20.

 

Saturday evening Southern Columbia beat Shamokin 46-21 and Danville beat Central Columbia 24-14. You can hear all the details from Saturday's action in the WHLM High School Football Update:

 

 

 

Saturday / September 17, 2011


Boil Water Directive Lifted

United Water... the supplier of drinking water in the Bloomsburg area... has lifted it's boil water directive issued earlier in the week. The call from the utility was received around 2:30 Saturday afternoon. The boil water mandate was put into place when service was restored on Tuesday. It was lifted Saturday afternoon after the state's Department of Environmental Protection gave a thumbs up on the product after extensive testing.

 

Senator Casey

Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey took time out of his busy schedule to make a tour of the flood – ravaged Susquehanna Valley. During a stop in Bloomsburg Friday... Senator Casey spent an estimated 30 minutes at AGAPE on East 7th Street. AGAPE has become the center for volunteer sign up for people wanting to help in the cleanup efforts in Bloomsburg. While at AGAPE with County Commissioner David Kovach... he got an opportunity to see the distribution warehouse set up with flood relief supplies. Later he traveled east on 7th Street to drop in on the American Red Cross and discuss flood – related issues with the Chapter's Rita Inklovich... as well as Fred Gaffney, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Ed Edwards of the Town's flood wall committee. Then it was on to hard hit west Bloomsburg where he saw the destruction caused by Fishing Creek firsthand.... looking at ruined homes... and talking with flood victims

 

 

Water Sources

There are alternate water supplies brought into town by United Water in huge tanker trucks with spigots. They're located at the YMCA in Bloomsburg... The TPC Store on Route 11 at Tenny Street... the Towers on 3rd Street in Bloomsburg... 128 Franklin Avenue in Bloomsburg... as well as the Peanut Bowl, just off Route 11 east of Bloomsburg.

 

Tetanus Shots

Free tetanus shots will be given Saturday at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street. Distribution time is from 8 to 10 AM. On Sunday.. the shots will be given from 12 noon to 2 PM.

 

FEMA DRC

The federal government's Disaster Relief Center is up and running on Sawmill Road at the Columbia Count Agriculture Center. This is the one stop center for all the help food victims need to get back on their feet. However, before you visit you must pre – register. You can do that by going on – line to www.fema.gov or by calling 1 – 800 – 621 – FEMA. The DRC is opened daily from 10 AM thru 7 PM, seven days a week until they're no longer needed.

 

Cherokee Donates

A long time manufacturing company has come through for the Danville Chapter of the American Red Cross. Cherokee Pharmaceuticals of Riverside has contributed $10,000 to the disaster relief fund for the Danville and Bloomsburg area... including Riverside and Rush Townships of Northumberland County. This is not the first time Cherokee has supported the Danville American Red Cross. Two years in a row, the Danville Chapter applied for and received grants supporting its health and safety and disaster programs. Those grants became a key part in the disaster response as Danville Chapter set up shelter in the Danville High School during last week's flooding.

 

Free Cleanup Supplies

Lowes in Buckhorn has told us there will be two tractor trailers parked at their store Sunday with donated cleaning supplies and nonperishible food. If you need supplies to clean up you can stop by between 8AM & 3PM.

 

Roads Closed

PennDOT says there are still many roads closed in the area due to the floods of September. Here is a list supplied by Rick Mason from the agency's Montoursville office:

** SR 487 - closure shortened; closed now from south of Southern Columbia School at Hemlock Road to Knoebel's Parkway in Northumberland County;
** SR 1010 (Hosler Road/Eckrote Road) in North Centre Township from Cabin Run Road to Shelhamer Road;
** SR 1020 (Winding Road) in Fishing Creek Township, from Asbury Road to Harrison Road;
** SR 4008 (Back Branch Road) in Lightstreet from Oman Road to Main Street;
** SR 4009 (Millville Road/Iron Street) from SR 4008 (Millertown Road) to Main Street/SR 11 in the Town of Bloomsburg, truss bridge out of service;
** SR 4013 (Whites Church Road) in Mount Pleasant Township at Mount Pleasant Road and Back-Branch Road, bridge out;
** SR 4020 (Green Creek Road) in Orange Township from Mount Pleasant Road to Bowmans Mill Road;
** SR 4023 (Spruce Run Road) in Madison Township, from intersection of SR 254 to Ants Hill Road;
** SR 4025 (Ants Hill Road) in Madison Township from SR 44 to Liuzza Road;
** SR 4034 (Mount Pleasant Road) in Orange Township from SR 487 to Sandy Stone Drive;
** SR 4049 (Elk Grove Road) in Sugarloaf Township, from Spring Street in Central to the Sullivan County line...

 

WHLM Sports

The Panthers of Bloomsburg made their return to play Friday evening with a home field victory against Montoursville on their temporary home field at Redman Stadium. The Panthers won that match 36-7.

 

Saturday afternoon Columbia Montour Vo-Tech defeated East Juniata at home 14-6, and the Bulldogs of Berwick fell to Dallas 53-20.

 

Saturday evening Southern Columbia is at Shamokin. On the WHLM stations you can hear Danville play at Central Columbia - coverage starts with the pregame at 6:30.

 

 

Flood Information and What's Happening Saturday September 17th


Here’s What’s Happening:

 

If you’re looking to volunteer or need flood relief assistance contact AGAPE, located on 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The disaster recovery center is open on Sawmill Road in Bloomsburg from 10 to 7, seven days a week.

 

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA has tetanus clinics Saturday and Sunday.  They also have pharmacists and counselors available.  Call 784-0188 for more info.

 

Catawissa First United Methodist Church is serving lunch from 11:30 to 1:00 and dinner from 4:30 to 6:00 pm.  They will be serving meals at least through Monday.

 

Lunch will be served at Wesley United Methodist Church today, and the Friendship meal will be served at Wesley today as well in Bloomsburg.  Tomorrow in Bloomsburg AGAPE will serve a meal.

 

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church is serving a hot meal at 5:00 today.

 

The Columbia County Volunteers in Medicine Clinic present Mike Lewis in concert tonight at 7:00 pm at Berwick High School.  It’s a benefit for the clinic and flood victims.

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club will have their monthly car cruise in tonight in the Columbia Mall parking lot from 6 to 9 pm.

 

The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble presents “The Guys,” tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00.

 

Buy a tee shirt and the money goes to flood relief through the Red Cross.  Flood of 2011 tee shirts can be ordered by calling the radio station at 784-1200.  We’ll need your name, phone number, and shirt size.  $10.00 per shirt.

 

WHLM Sports

The Panthers of Bloomsburg made their return to play Friday evening with a home field victory against Montoursville on their temporary home field at Redman Stadium. The Panthers won that match 36-7. You can hear all the details with Jonathan Schwab in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Other area teams are in action Saturday. Southern Columbia plays at Shamokin. Berwick is at Dallas in a 1:00 game you can hear on 103.5 WHLM-FM. On Newsradio 930 at 1:00 Columbia Montour Vo-Tech plays at home against East Juniata, and later at 7:00 you can hear Danville at Central Columbia.

 

 

Friday / September 16, 2011


Clean Up

The sounds you hear on many of the streets of Bloomsburg these days is the sound of heavy equipment. It's the sound of front end loaders and dump trucks... gathering water – soaked belongings place at curbside. It's a process that is slowed by drivers getting in the way of crews. The sound is expected to continue for the next few weeks as crews gather the curbside trash... and haul it to a landfill in Lycoming County.

 

Road Open

A sign that the clean up of the homes along West Main Street in Bloomsburg is coming along.... the road between Market Square and the Mall Boulevard interchange is now open to traffic. The decision to open the road was made at mid-afternoon Thursday between Town officials and PennDOT. That means no more checks from the Pennsylvania National Guard at Market Square.

 

AGAPE

As the clean up continues in the Bloomsburg area from last week's flooding... AGAPE on 7th street has become the clearing house for volunteers. Thus far... 500 are on a list... so says AGAPE's Kathy Lowe. What's desperately needed... according to Lowe... are so – called “mudders.” Ms. Lowe says 'mudders' are sent to certain locations in Bloomsburg twice a day... at 9 AM and 3 PM. If you want to help... show up with your boots and shovels at AGAPE... directly across the street from the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

United Water

All of us... now have water running through our spigots. United Water crews spending the last five days or so... cleaning and repairing their Irondale Road facility in Bloomsburg... after the waters of Fishing Creek inundated their plant. But despite the return of water... the Utility's Bob Manbeck says we're still under a boil water directive... and there is no time to lift it. Under the mandate... you must bring tap water to a rolling boil for at least a minute.... then cool it before consuming.

 

PEMA Sites

A Disaster Relief Center set up by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency is up and running in Columbia County. The center opened it's doors earlier this week... and folks from PEMA and FEMA will be there from 10 AM until 7 PM... daily... until they're no longer needed. However, before you show up in person... you must pre – register. You can do so by going on – line and registering at www.FEMA.gov or calling the agency at 1 – 800 – 621 – FEMA.

 

Disaster Unemployment
The 19 Pennsylvania Counties qualifying for FEMA aid also qualifies for federal jobless benefits. Columbia... and Montour Counties come under that banner. Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to residents who are unemployed as a result of last week's flooding. You qualify if you no longer have a job because of the storm, suffered injury or illness, or are unable to get to work. October 14th is the deadline to apply for assistance.

 

Fair Canceled

With the dust settling after the Bloomsburg Fair Association Board decided to cancel the 2011 edition due to flooding... it's now trying to arrange things for 2012. Recovery efforts is expected to cost tens... if not.. hundreds of thousands of dollars of the board's bottom line. On Thursday's edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz Fair Board president Paul Reichart was asked by Joe... if the association could go bankrupt. Reichart doubted it since there is a lot of value to the land on which the fair is held.

 

Joe Biden

As Luzerne County residents continue to recover from the flood of 2011... Vice – President Joe Biden will be in the Wyoming Valley Friday. No word where Mr. Biden will end up... since his office hasn't released a specific itinerary. The Vice – President was born and raised in the Scranton area... so he's pretty familiar with the Wyoming Valley and it's people.

 

Child Abuse Alleged

There was a hearing for a Hazleton woman on Thursday... accused of abusing a 13 month old girl. The arrest of 28 – year old Maria Tula of Alter Street followed a one – year investigation. The investigation was launched after a doctor at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville treated the child for broken bones. Tula was arraigned on a felony charge of endangering the welfare of a child.

 

Luzerne / FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is expected to inspect damage of last week's flood... starting next week... in Luzerne County. On the list... public property... roads and bridges... as well as other infrastructure. Since Luzerne County has been declared a federal disaster areas... FEMA will reimburse local governments and agency for the cost of emergency response. Yet to be decided if the agency will reimburse public repair and clean up costs. That has been pegged at an estimated 30 – million dollars.


WHLM Sports

The Panthers of Bloomsburg made their return to play Friday evening with a home field victory against Montoursville on their temporary home field at Redman Stadium. The Panthers won that match 36-7. You can hear all the details with Jonathan Schwab in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Other area teams are in action Saturday. Southern Columbia plays at Shamokin. Berwick is at Dallas in a 1:00 game you can hear on 103.5 WHLM-FM. On Newsradio 930 at 1:00 Columbia Montour Vo-Tech plays at home against East Juniata, and later at 7:00 you can hear Danville at Central Columbia.

 

 

Thursday / September 15, 2011


No Fair

For the first time in it's history... there will be no Bloomsburg Fair this year. That decision made Wednesday night by the Fair Association Board. There are a variety of reasons according to Board President Paul Reichart... including public health... high risk of insurance claims... so many unknowns... as well as working in a disaster area. Another consideration... the fairgrounds are situation in the west end of Bloomsburg... hard hit by the high waters of Fishing Creek. Earlier this week... Reichart said the rampaging waters caused mind – boggling damage. Since the high water receded from the fairgrounds... volunteers have been working hard to get the grounds cleaned. For many... the task of getting the grounds ready for the 157th annual exposition seemed imposing at best. The Fair was scheduled to open it's doors on September 24th and run through October 1st.

 

United Water

United Water has restored service to the homes of their Bloomsburg customers. That word from utility's spokesman Bob Manbeck. In Sunken Heights... crews had to repair a water main which was damaged by flood waters. Fernville saw their first water in a week last night... while in Lightstreet... The utility installed a pump so resident had running water. Meantime... there is a boil water directive in effect... until further notice. That means tap water must be brought to a rolling boil for at least a minute... then cooled before consuming.

 

PEMA Sites

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency says they've opened seven disaster Recovery Centers across the region. One site has been established at the Columbia County Agriculture Center in the 700 block of Sawmill road. A PEMA spokesperson says the sites are open from 10 AM until 7 PM daily. However, you registrar before visiting a DRC site. You can do so on – line at FEMA-dot-gov or 1-800-621-FEMA.

 

AGAPE

The demand is there... and more volunteers are needed as Bloomsburg residents recover from last week's flood. AGAPE's Cathy Lowe says folks living on the flood – ravaged west end say they're tired and they need help. If you want to contribute time... and volunteer... go to the AGAPE building on East 7th Street... directly across from the YMCA..

 

Restaurants Closing

With the Town of Bloomsburg in a recovery mode following last week's flooding... Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says bars and restaurants will be required to close a little earlier than usual the next few days. Meantime... West Main Street.... at Market remains closed to thru traffic. Chief Sokoloski says folks who live along West Main Street need room to work... and cars and people just don't mix as we recover from the disaster. Meantime... the chief will be meeting with town, county and state officials Thursday to determine when Main Street could be open to traffic.

 

Disaster Unemployment
The 19 Pennsylvania Counties qualifying for FEMA aid also qualify for federal jobless benefits. Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available to residents who are unemployed as a result of last week's flooding. You qualify if you no longer have a job because of the storm, suffered injury or illness, or are unable to get to work. October 14th is the deadline to apply for assistance.

 

Iron Bridge

We won't be driving north to Millville out of Bloomsburg anytime soon. The so – called Iron Bride spanning Fishing Creek near the former Magee Transportation Museum is expected to be closed the next two months. That word from PennDOT. During the flooding of a week ago... water from the creek washed over the bridge. The high water also uprooted power lines and downed trees... effectively closing the link from Bloomsburg into Hemlock Township.

 

Memorial School

The flood of 2011 was felt all across Bloomsburg... and that includes students who attend the Elementary School... as well as their parents. Principal Ryan Moran says if you've been effected by the flood... or know someone who has... call the school. Information gathered will be sued to assess needs of families in effort to coordinate distribution of donations and services.

 

Tetanus Shots

There will be free tetanus shots offered to those people who are flood victims... and even volunteers cleaning up from last weeks flood. They will be offered at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th street starting today at 10 AM. On Friday... the shots will be given from 3 to 6 PM... with additional times scheduled for 8 to 10 on Saturday morning... and from noon until 2 Sunday afternoon.

 

ARC HQ's

The American Red Cross flood relief operation in Pennsylvania has set up shop in the Humboldt Industrial Park near Hazleton. It follows a visit last week of Tropical Storm Lee... and Hurricane Irene. It's in a warehouse where Red Cross officials oversee about a thousand volunteers statewide... who provide food and shelter to those people displaced by the flood.

 

BB Shooting

A Freeland man is in the Luzerne County Prison after he allegedly shot his girlfriend in the head with a BB gun. 31 – year old Gil Darcy of Washington Street faces a preliminary hearing today after allegedly shooting Rachel Rusnock. She will need surgery to remove the pellet. The shooting followed a domestic dispute at the home they share.

 

Meth Lab

A traffic stop by police in Sugarloaf Township in Luzerne County lead to the discovery of a rolling meth lab. Police say 33 – year old Gregory Jerrome was stopped along Route 93... when they discovered he not only was homeless... but he had an operating meth lab in the rear of his Chevrolet Blazer. Jerrome was charged with producing meth... arraigned and was taken to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

 

Insurance Mandate Unconstitutional
Pennsylvania is the latest state to rule an insurance mandate in President Obama's healthcare reform act is unconstitutional. U.S. Middle District Judge Christopher Conner says Congress does not have the power to dictate a lifetime financial commitment of health insurance coverage. Conner also wants to remove provisions tied to the mandate, such as the requirement for insurers to guarantee levels of coverage and to provide coverage for people with pre-existing medical conditions.

 

WHLM Sports

The Bloomsburg University Huskies traveled to IUP Thursday for their second mid-week match of the season. The Huskies held off IUP for a 20-16 victory. Bloomsburg is at home next Saturday to face Millersville. Coverage on the WHLM stations starts with the Tailgate show at 11AM.

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There will be no Bloomsburg Fair this year. That decision made Wednesday night by the Fair Association Board. There are a variety of reasons according to Board President Paul Reichart... including public health... high risk... so many unknowns... as well as working in a disaster area. Another consideration... the fairgrounds are situation in the west end of Bloomsburg... hard hit by the high waters of Fishing Creek. Earlier this week... Fair Association president Paul Reichart said the rampaging waters caused mind – boggling damage. Since the high water receded from the fairgrounds... volunteers have been working hard to get the grounds cleaned. For many... the task of getting the grounds ready for the 157th annual exposition seemed imposing at best. The Fair was scheduled to open it's doors on September 24th and run through October 1st.

Tuesday / September 13, 2011


United Water

The water is running through some of the 80 miles of pipes in the Bloomsburg area used by United Water to get their product to our homes. The company has been filling their storage tanks since last night... building up enough pressure allowing water to flow. The utility's Bob Manbeck telling us that shortly before noon.. the water slowly returned to homes and businesses along Bloomsburg's Main Street.

It will eventually flow into Scott, South Centre and Hemlock Townships... as well as Buckhorn, Lightstreet and Fernville. Manbeck says it will take up to two day to provide water service the way it was before the tanks went dry late last week.

 

Bloomsburg Fair

It will be at least another day or so before we know the fate of the 157th Annual Bloomsburg Fair.That word last night from Fair Association President Paul Reichart. The board met Monday afternoon to talk about this year's fair set to begin September 24th. Meantime, the association is asking volunteers to help in the massive clean up efforts at the fairground. Since they lost all phone service... the association is asking volunteers to top by the fairgrounds office if you can donate some time.

 

Flood / Shelter

Despite the fact that school begins today in Berwick... and the Red Cross Shelter operation has to be moved to the gymnasium... the organization won't miss a beat. The Chapter's Katherine Nyhoff says they're sheltering an estimated 50 people who have no place to go following late last week's flooding. And keeping the operation up and running hasn't been a problem thanks to volunteers donating their time. Now... the Red Cross is asking for donations in this time of need. You can help by dropping off cash or a check to the Berwick chapter in the 300 block of North Vine Street.

 

Flood / Gordner

With the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency... as well as the FEMA expected to set up shop in Bloomsburg for flood relief for residents... State Senator John Gordner continues to hammer away at one point... document your losses. Meantime... Congressman Lou Barletta says two of his staffers will be working out of the office of established at the Technology Center in the 200 block of Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Flood / Lahiff

There is one sign Bloomsburg and Columbia County are recovering from last week's flooding. County Emergency management director Larry LaHiff says we have crossed over the threshold of emergency response... and are now headed to the recovery phase. Longer term recovery includes damage assessment of the area... and the training of some county employees to take damage assessment reports.

 

Flood / Chris Young

The flooding experienced over the start of last weekend has not only impacted residents... but Columbia County as well. Commissioner Chris Young says the Domestic Relations office on Perry Avenue... in Montour Township... is a shambles. On another front... the twin covered bridges over Huntington Creek near Forks are standing... and don't appear to be damaged. But the county – operated park at the bridges is no more.... washed away downstream. Meantime... assessments are underway to get an estimate of damage.

 

PPL

Our flooding of last week had little impact... if any... on facilities owned by Allentown – based Pennsylvania Power and Light. A spokesperson said PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric Station north of Berwick... in Salem Township... Luzerne County is operating normally... and at full – rated power. If you recall... Susquehanna is on a hill, three – quarters of a mile from the river and was never threatened.

 

FunFest Folo

Hazleton police continuing to investigate a weekend incident... in which a specially built car ran into a crowds of people at the city's Fun Fest. The 1984 Ford was driven by 56 – year old Michael Hoilko of Hazleton. 13 people were injured in the incident... two children hit were flown to the Lehigh Medical Center in Allentown. The event's car show was just breaking up when the car... styled as a beer can... went into the crowd.

 

Monday / September 12, 2011


Flood / Police Chief

Crews started to pick up debris Sunday as residents of Bloomsburg started the arduous task of clearing flood – soaked items from their homes. Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says more debris removal started Monday morning at 6 O'clock... and will continue for days to come. Chief Sokoloski says crews spent Sunday placing dumpsters across the town... and dump truck drivers taking loads of trash to the Lycoming County landfill.

 

Clean up / Roads

The clean up from the floods produced by tropical depression Lee will continues Monday... and for many days to come. We are still under a state of emergency... and a curfew from dusk to dawn remains in effect. Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr and Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says large dumpsters will be in place today on the town's hard – hit west end... as well as along Market Street. Many primary roads were opened late Sunday... including Route 487 between Route 11 and the East Bloomsburg Bridge leading to Catawissa. Also open... Route 11 and the ramp leading to Mall Boulevard. Other roads will be opened as they're assessed for safety.

 

United Water

Crews with United Water... the major supplier of drinking water to the Bloomsburg area... are working as quickly as they can to restore it's system back to service. Many of us getting a call Sunday night... informing subscribers that service could be restored late Monday or sometime Tuesday. When that happens... we will be under a boil water advisory for an indefinite period of time.

 

Flood / John Gordner

As we try and get our lives back together following the flooding caused by Tropical Depression Lee... State Senator John Gordner of Berwick says if you're a flood victim you must document your losses using pictures or video tape. Senator Gordner also says you can get more information... and to pre – register for help be sure to turn to either the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency website or the one run by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

 

Flood / Cos Curry

As we confirmed on Sunday.... Superintendent Cos Curry says the Bloomsburg Area School district will not be holding classes today. The decision as to weather to hold classes will be made on a day – to – day basis. Superintendent Curry says the basement of the high school as well as the auditorium was damaged by the Susquehanna River's high water.

 

Luzerne Flood Folo

Thousands of residents of the Wyoming Valley section of Luzerne County got to go home over the weekend after the raging waters of the Susquehanna River forced them to flee. Luzerne County Emergency management officials say first assessment shows an estimated 6 – million dollars was caused by the high water.

Most of it spilling over the flood protection system on the west side of the valley.

 

Catawissa Shooting

State Police are investigating an officer involved shooting in Catawissa. It took place shortly before 12 noon Sunday in the 300 block of North Third Street. Police tell us 39 – year old Roger DeGhetto had taken family members hostage... holding them with a knife. Catawissa police arrived... but DeGhetto refused to drop the weapon. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today edition officer Joshua Laidacker fired one shot... striking DeGhetto... ending the standoff. DeGhetto was pronounced dead at the scene...with an autopsy scheduled for today.

 

Foster Twp Bus

State Police are investigating a fire which destroyed a passenger bus in Foster Township... in Luzerne County... Sunday night. They say it's a case of arson. The blaze was discovered by Foster Township fire chief Mike Spock... after smelling smoke at Nick's Storage on Route 940. The bus had no battery and it's engine had been torn apart for repair. This is the second time someone has tried to torch the bus in Foster Township.

 

Hazleton Funfest

Police in Hazleton are investigating an accident in which a car ran into a group of people over the weekend at the city's Funfest. It's not known why the driver of the car... made into a giant beer can... pushed it's way into the crowd. Hazleton General Hospital treated nine people in their emergency room. Two youngster were airlifted to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown... and one woman suffered head trauma and rushed to Wyoming Valley Medical Center. It's believed the accident was caused by a malfunctioning piece of equipment on the car.

 

WHLM Sports

In High School football Monday night, many area teams fought to get back to normality following last week's devastaing floods. On Newsradio 930, Central Columbia defeated Loyalsock at home 20-0. As heard on 103.5 WHLM-FM Berwick beat North Pocono in their home opener 38-28. In other local action it was Danville over Selinsgrove 21-7, and Southern Columbia over Montoursville 42-7. The Bloomsburg & Muncy match was cancelled; the Panthers' next game will be Friday night at Redman Stadium on the BU upper campus. The Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech game against Nanticoke has been postponed indefinitely, possibly to be played in week 11. For more regional results check out the WHLM High School Football Scoreboard.

 

 

Flood Information Sunday 9-11-11 8PM



CLOSINGS FOR
Monday
SEPTEMBER 12, 2011


SCHOOL CLOSINGS


Bloomsburg Schools


St. Columba School

Berwick Schools – however-activities resume at 3:30 p.m. School will be open on Tuesday.


Danville Schools


Columbia County Christian School – however – the Learning Center will be open, normal schedule.


Central Columbia Schools


Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech


Greenwood Friends School


Southern Columbia is on a 1 hour delay all week (9/12-9/16). Staff to report at normal time.


Luzerne County Community College. Classes will resume on Tuesday.

 

Bloomsburg University


Sports Note:
Bloomsburg High School Varsity Football at Muncy will be played Monday night (9/12/11) at 7:00 p.m. All other athletic events at Bloomsburg High School and away are postponed.

 

Berwick High School Football can be heard on 103.5 WHLM-FM Monday night starting at 6:00 PM with the Coach Campbell Show.

 

The Central Columbia Football game can be heard on News Radio 930, 94.7, and 104.3 starting at 6:30 PM Monday with the pre-game show.


BUSINESS CLOSINGS

PA Career Link in Bloomsburg


Additional Announcements:
The EMA Operation in Bloomsburg will be closing Sunday night, 9/11/11 at 11:00 p.m. And reopening on Monday morning, 9/12/11 at 6:00 a.m.


Del Monte Pet Products “WET” production will start with 3rd shift on Sunday, 9/11/11. “DRY” production will start with 1st shift on Monday, 9/12/11.


From Chief Leo Sokoloski: Salvage collectors need to get permission from the homeowner before taking any items or appliances from yards and driveways or risk being cited for theft.

 

Important Phone Numbers

 

DEP Oil Removal (for hazardous waste in basement water that needs to be pumped)

327-3636

 

To Get on "pump list"

784-1951

 

Volunteers call AGAPE at

317-2210

 

Flood Rumors/Information

784-6779

 

Bloomsburg University
Due to the continued water shortage, Bloomsburg University will remain closed through Friday Sept. 16. Classes will resume on Monday, Sept. 19. Students may return on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 17 and 18.

 

CLICK HERE for a list of road closings in Columbia and Montour counties

 

Bloomsburg Police Department Site

The Bloomsburg Police Department have updated their website with information for people in and around the town.  www.bloompd.com

 

Hot Meal In Orangeville

The American Red Cross will be serving a hot sit-down meal for residents of Orangeville who have been affected by the flooding from 6:00 - 7:30 PM Sunday.  It will be at the Orangeville Fire Company social hall.

 

Flood Information:

 

-For non-emergency needs, call the EMA at 389-5738.

 

 -For flood information or to confirm rumors, call 784-6779.  The hotline will be available Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 9pm.

 

-United Water will contact anyone whose phone number they have when water once again becomes available in Bloomsburg.  If United Water does not have your number, and you would like to be contacted, call 1-888-299-8972.

 

-Catawissa residents who need help cleaning up can call the Borough for assistance at 356-2561.

 

-Mandatory water conservation is in effect in Catawissa Borough.  Only essential use is allowed.

 

-If you’d like to offer help or assistance to the Fernville area, contact the Hemlock Township Municipal Building at 784-6178 or 336-7297.

 

-Water Buffaloes are available in the Bloomsburg area at the following locations:  Central Columbia High School, 7th Street in front of the Bloomsburg YMCA, Columbia County Prison, TPC Power Center (Route 11), Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School, and the Columbia County Courthouse.

 

-Montour Township residents can get bottled water and MRES at the township fire hall, but there is a very limited supply. There are also two water buffaloes at the township building. The 24 hour flood information hotline for Montour township is 784-4222.

 

-RR Donnelly will remain closed until 8AM Monday. Employees can call their hotline at 380-6760 to check when to come back to the plant.

 

Special Message From PennDOT

PennDOT reminds motorists to refrain from driving on closed roads until after

they are inspected and reopened by the department. Even after the floodwaters

recede, there may be damage that is not readily apparent. For example, the

roadway approaches to a bridge may visually appear to be intact from the

driver's view, but may in fact be undermined and ready to collapse under the

weight of a vehicle. (See attached photo)

 

Based on the area's impacted by flooding, the district will inspect some 1,900

state bridges and 3,100 miles of state highway. 14 bridge inspection teams have

been in the field daily since Thursday, while another 11 inspection teams are

assigned to concentrate on reviewing roadways for damage. Once floodwaters

recede, the roads are inspected on a priority basis, with interstates and

higher-volume traffic routes being reviewed first, then lower-volume routes.

Roads and bridges are reopened once the inspectors determine they are safe for

the traveling public.

 

Roads or bridges with moderate to significant damage will remain closed until

repairs or replacements can take place. Repairs, permanent and temporary, are

being started throughout the damage areas. At least four state bridges in the

district were destroyed in this week's flood. Some roadways also sustained

significant damage and will require contracts to be designed and executed to

facilitate recovery.

Flood Information Saturday 9-10-11


CLICK HERE for a list of road closings in Columbia and Montour counties

 

Bloomsburg Police Department Site

The Bloomsburg Police Department have updated their website with information for people in and around the town.  www.bloompd.com


Special Message From PennDOT:

 

Montoursville - More than two dozen flood-damage assessment teams are in the
field today across the nine north central Pennsylvania counties of PennDOT
Engineering District 3-0 which was hit hard by this week's deluge from Tropical
Storm Lee. With more than 250 of the district's state roads closed due to
flooding at the height of the event, there is plenty to review to ensure the
safety of the traveling public before roads can be reopened to traffic.

PennDOT reminds motorists to refrain from driving on closed roads until after
they are inspected and reopened by the department. Even after the floodwaters
recede, there may be damage that is not readily apparent. For example, the
roadway approaches to a bridge may visually appear to be intact from the
driver's view, but may in fact be undermined and ready to collapse under the
weight of a vehicle. (See attached photo)

Based on the area's impacted by flooding, the district will inspect some 1,900
state bridges and 3,100 miles of state highway. 14 bridge inspection teams have
been in the field daily since Thursday, while another 11 inspection teams are
assigned to concentrate on reviewing roadways for damage. Once floodwaters
recede, the roads are inspected on a priority basis, with interstates and
higher-volume traffic routes being reviewed first, then lower-volume routes.
Roads and bridges are reopened once the inspectors determine they are safe for
the traveling public.

Roads or bridges with moderate to significant damage will remain closed until
repairs or replacements can take place. Repairs, permanent and temporary, are
being started throughout the damage areas. At least four state bridges in the
district were destroyed in this week's flood. Some roadways also sustained
significant damage and will require contracts to be designed and executed to
facilitate recovery.

PennDOT maintenance crews throughout the district remain on duty through the
weekend to perform debris removal and minor repairs, as needed. PennDOT bridge
and roadway design teams are also on the job preparing preliminary plans for
emergency contracts.


As of this afternoon, some 150 state roads remained closed in the district,
which includes Columbia, Lycoming, Montour, Northumberland, Snyder, Sullivan,
Tioga, Union and Bradford counties.

 

Other Flood Info:

 

-For non-emergency needs, call the EMA at 389-5738.

 

-For flood information or to confirm rumors, call 784-6779.  The hotline will be available Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 9pm.

 

-United Water will contact anyone whose phone number they have when water once again becomes available in Bloomsburg.  If United Water does not have your number, and you would like to be contacted, call 1-888-299-8972.

 

-Catawissa residents who need help cleaning up can call the Borough for assistance at 356-2561.

 

-Mandatory water conservation is in effect in Catawissa Borough.  Only essential use is allowed.

 

-If you’d like to offer help or assistance to the Fernville area, contact the Hemlock Township Municipal Building at 784-6178 or 336-7297.

 

-Water Buffaloes are available in the Bloomsburg area at the following locations:  Central Columbia High School, 7th Street in front of the Bloomsburg YMCA, Columbia County Prison, TPC Power Center (Route 11), Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School, and the Columbia County Courthouse.

 

-Montour Township residents can get bottled water and MRES at the township fire hall, but there is a very limited supply. There are also two water buffaloes at the township building. The 24 hour flood information hotline for Montour township is 784-4222.

 

-RR Donnelly will remain closed until 8AM Monday. Employees can call their hotline at 380-6760 to check when to come back to the plant.

CRITICAL INFORMATION FRIDAY 10PM


Critical Information:

 

-You can reach the Bloomsburg Medicine Shoppe by calling 784-9582.  Leave a message.

 

-Mandatory water conservation is in effect in Catawissa Borough.  Only essential use is allowed.

 

-For non-emergency needs, call the EMA at 389-5738.

 

-For flood information or to confirm rumors, call 784-6779.  The hotline will be available Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 9pm.

 

-For those evacuated by the ammonia leak, Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Knorr said he expected those people to be allowed back by Monday.

 

-United Water will contact anyone whose phone number they have when water once again becomes available in Bloomsburg.  If United Water does not have your number, and you would like to be contacted, call 1-888-299-8972.

 

-For Fernville residents…residents will be allowed access by Creek Road from Schoolhouse Road off of Mall Boulevard at an undisclosed time Saturday.  Dusk til dawn curfew is still in effect.  All bridges are currently closed in Hemlock Township until they can be inspected.  Port-a-Potties and food tents are expected to be available by Sunday.

 

-If you’d like to offer help or assistance to the Fernville area, contact the Hemlock Township Municipal Building at 784-6178 or 336-7297.

 

-Water Buffaloes are available in the Bloomsburg area at the following locations:  Central Columbia High School, 7th Street in front of the Bloomsburg YMCA, Columbia County Prison, TPC Power Center (Route 11), Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School, and the Columbia County Courthouse.

 

-Shelters have been set up at several locations in the area…major shelters included the Bloomsburg Memorial Elementary School, Berwick High School, and Danville High School.

 

-Montour Township residents can get bottled water and MRES at the township fire hall, but there is a very limited supply. There are also two water buffaloes at the township building. The 24 hour flood information hotline for Montour township is 784-4222.

CLOSED ROADS FRIDAY FINAL UPDATE 10 PM


The following is the last update from PennDOT on road closures for Friday night:

 

Columbia County
SR 11 between Market Street in Bloomsburg and SR 42;
SR 42 from Millville Road in Hemlock Township to Black Run Road in Madison
Township;
SR 42 from Grovania Drive in Montour Township to the SR 11 on ramp;
SR 42 in Hemlock Township, from SR 44 to Millville Road;
SR 42 in Catawissa between SR 487 and Mountain Road;
SR 339 from Smith Hollow Road in Mifflin Township to Broad Street in Nescopeck;
SR 339 in Main Township, from Mainville Drive to Mt. Pink Road;
SR 487 from Airport Road to SR 11 at Bloomsburg;
SR 487 between Catawissa and SR 54 at Elysburg, flooding near Southern Columbia
School;
**OPEN - SR 1001 (Shaffer Road) in Scott Township from SR 11to
Carlson/Sawmill/Horse Farm roads;
SR 1010 (Hosler Road/Eckrote Road) in North Centre Township, from Cabin Run Road
to Shelhamer Road;
**OPEN - SR 1013 (Draketown Road) from Whitmire Road in Orange Township to Pine
Street in Orangeville;
**OPEN - SR 1015 (Golf Course Road) from Church Road in South Centre Township to
Fowlersville Road in North Centre Township;
SR 1017 (Lake Road) in Briar Creek Township, from SR 93 to Evansville Road;
SR 1020 (Winding Road) in Fishing Creek Township, from Asbury Road to Harrison
Road;
SR 1022 (Zaners Bridge Road) in Fishing Creek Road, from SR 487 to the Luzerne
County line;
**OPEN - SR 1025 (Summerhill Road/Jonestown Road) from Knob Mountain Road in
Briar Creek Road to Winding Road in Fishing Creek Township;
SR 1035 (Lower Raven Creek Road) between SR 487 in Stillwater and SR 239 in
Benton Township;
SR 2001 (Ideal Park Road/Mill Road) from Duke Road in Roaring Creek Township to
Gobster Pond Road in Locust Township;
SR 2004 (Center Street) from SR 61 in Centralia to the Schuylkill County line;
SR 2005 (Slabtown Road) from Ideal Park Road in Locust Township to Numidia Drive
in Catawissa Township;
SR 2018 (Sycamore Road/Main Street/Church Street) from Fourth Street in
Catawissa to Mainville Drive in Main Township;
SR 3001 (Fisherdale Road) in Cleveland Township, from Bear Gap Road to Middle
Road;
SR 3001 (Tyson School Road/Fisherdale Road) from Ashton Hollow Road in Cleveland
Township to SR 42 in Locust Township;
SR 3003 (Ashton Hollow Road/Orchard Drive) from Middle Road in Cleveland
Township to Mt. Zion Road in Franklin Township;
SR 3004 from SR 61 to the Northumberland County line;
SR 3008 (Bear Gap Road) in Cleveland Township, from Power Line Road to White
Church Road;
SR 3010 (Middle Road) in Cleveland Township, between Bear Gap Road and Ashton
Hollow Road;
SR 3012 (Mt. Zion Road) in Franklin Township, from the Montour County line to SR
42 in Catawissa;
SR 3014 (Susque View Road) in Franklin Township, from Mt. Zion Road;
SR 4002 (Legion Road/Grovania Drive) in Montour Township, from SRs 42 to 11;
**OPEN - SR 4003/SR 4006 (Frosty Valley Road) in Hemlock Township, from County
Line Road to SR 42;
SR 4008 (Back Branch Road) in Mount Pleasant Township from Millertown Road to
White Church Road;
SR 4009 (Millville Road) from Main Street in Bloomsburg to Mall Boulevard;
SR 4011 (Millertown Road) in Greenwood Township, from Bottom Road to Old State
Road;
SR 4011 (Millertown Road) in Mount Pleasant Township, from Rolling Hills Drive
to Turner Highview Road;
SR 4012 (Peppermill Road) in Hemlock and Madison townships, from Columbia Hill
Road to SR 44;
SR 4023 (Spruce Run Road) in Madison Township, from intersection of SR 254 to
Ants Hill Road;
SR 4025 (Ants Hill Road) in Madison Township from SR 44 to Liuzza Road;
SR 4034 (Mount Pleasant Road) in Orange Township from SR 487 to Sandy Stone
Drive;
SR 4049 (Elk Grove Road) in Sugarloaf Township, from Spring Street in Central to
the Sullivan County line;

 

 

Montour County
SR 11 from Bald Top Road in Mahoning Township to County Line Road in Union 
County;
SR 54 from Spruce Street in Danville to H Eyer Road in Mahoning Township;
SR 54 from north of Washingtonville to SR 44 east of Turbotville;
SR 2006 (Ridge Drive) in Cooper Township from Mt. Zion Drive to County Line 
Drive;
SR 2008 (Bloom Road) in Mahoning Township, from Schoolhouse Road to Woodbine 
Lane;
SR 2102 (Susquehanna Road) from the Northumberland County line to Sharp Ridge 
Road;
SR 3004 (Pottsgrove Road) in Liberty Township, between SR 45 and SR 642;
SR 3010 (Steckermill Road) in Liberty and Derry townships, between R & H Avenue 
and SR 54;
SR 4003 (Strick Road) in Limestone Township, from Landis Road to Ziegler Road;
SR 4001 (County Line Road) in Limestone Township;

 

Friday /September 9, 2011


 

River Update

The raging Susquehanna River has crested. It happened late this morning when it hit a mark of 32 .75 feet a new record for flooding in Bloomsburg. That exceeds the previous all – time record of 32.7 feet reached during the flood of 1904. Whatever the case... Bloomsburg is surrounded by water. Many residents telling us they've never seen the water this high... and have never seen certain areas of town flooded. The river is forecast to recede slowly... returning to flood stage of 19 feet Monday morning.

 

Ammonia Leak

Many folks in one section of Bloomsburg had a rude awakening this morning. Around 1:45... the sounds of sirens from police cars and fire apparatus pierced the night air... warning residents to evacuate. Their target area... west of Market... and south of 5th streets. The problem... a wayward ammonia tanks from Windsor Foods. That prompted the evacuation of residents in a one mile radius of the plant. Many the evacuees going with family and friends... or taken to shelters at the YMCA... the Bloomsburg Memorial School or the shelter at the Berwick High School.

 

Emergency Declaration

The Town of Bloomsburg is operating under an emergency declaration put into effect earlier this week by Mayor Dan Knorr. During a visit to the WHLM Studio's on Thursday... Mayor Knorr says it's simply a way to cut through red tape... quickly. The declaration is in effect until it's no longer needed.

 

United Water

As predicted... the United Water system pipes supplying water to Bloomsburg and surrounding area's ran dry. The company pulling it's pumps from Fishing Creek earlier this week after filling their huge water tanks. The company's Bob Manbeck says he doesn't know when water will be flowing through United Water's system. And once the water is restored... Manbeck says a boil water advisory will be in effect.

 

Obama Declaration

President Obama has declared parts of Pennsylvania a disaster area... now that the Susquehanna River is cresting. The declaration covers 42 of the state's 67 counties... and that includes Columbia and Montour Counties... and neighboring areas such as Luzerne, Sullivan, Lycoming, Northumberland and Schuylkill Counties. Obama's action authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures. The direct federal assistance, will be provided pay for 75% of what the counties spend leading up to... and the clean up after the flood.

 

Getting Reiter back up and running

Reiter is asking all salaried employees to report to the JAM Room at 10:00AM Saturday to begin clean-up. Hourly employees will be notified when it is safe to return to work.

CLOSED ROADS AS OF 1 PM


Released from PennDOT:

Columbia County
**OPEN - SR 11 between Bissette Lane in Scott Township and Keifers Lane in South 
Centre Township;
SR 11 between Market Street in Bloomsburg and SR 42;
SR 42 from Millville Road in Hemlock Township to Black Run Road in Madison 
Township;
SR 42 from Grovania Drive in Montour Township to the SR 11 on ramp;
SR 42 in Hemlock Township, from SR 44 to Millville Road;
SR 42 in Catawissa between SR 487 and Mountain Road;
SR 339 from Smith Hollow Road in Mifflin Township to Broad Street in Nescopeck;
SR 339 in Main Township, from Mainville Drive to Mt. Pink Road;
SR 487 from Airport Road to SR 11 at Bloomsburg;
SR 487 between Catawissa and SR 54 at Elysburg, flooding near Southern Columbia 
School;
SR 1001 (Shaffer Road) in Scott Township from SR 11to Carlson/Sawmill/Horse Farm 
roads;
SR 1010 (Hosler Road/Eckrote Road) in North Centre Township, from Cabin Run Road 
to Shelhamer Road;
SR 1013 (Draketown Road) from Whitmire Road in Orange Township to Pine Street in 
Orangeville;
SR 1015 (Golf Course Road) from Church Road in South Centre Township to 
Fowlersville Road in North Centre Township;
SR 1017 (Lake Road) in Briar Creek Township, from SR 93 to Evansville Road;
SR 1019 (Cemetery Road) in Briar Creek Township, from Freas Avenue to Martzville 
Road;
SR 1020 (Winding Road) in Fishing Creek Township, from Asbury Road to Harrison 
Road;
SR 1022 (Zaners Bridge Road) in Fishing Creek Road, from SR 487 to the Luzerne 
County line;
SR 1025 (Summerhill Road/Jonestown Road) from Knob Mountain Road in Briar Creek 
Road to Winding Road in Fishing Creek Township;
SR 1035 (Lower Raven Creek Road) between SR 487 in Stillwater and SR 239 in 
Benton Township;
SR 2001 (Ideal Park Road/Mill Road) from Duke Road in Roaring Creek Township to 
Gobster Pond Road in Locust Township;
SR 2004 (Center Street) from SR 61 in Centralia to the Schuylkill County line;
SR 2005 (Slabtown Road) from Ideal Park Road in Locust Township to Numidia Drive 
in Catawissa Township;
SR 2018 (Sycamore Road/Main Street/Church Street) from Fourth Street in 
Catawissa to Mainville Drive in Main Township;
SR 3001 (Fisherdale Road) in Cleveland Township, from Bear Gap Road to Middle 
Road;
SR 3001 (Tyson School Road/Fisherdale Road) from Ashton Hollow Road in Cleveland 
Township to SR 42 in Locust Township;
SR 3003 (Ashton Hollow Road/Orchard Drive) from Middle Road in Cleveland 
Township to Mt. Zion Road in Franklin Township;
SR 3004 from SR 61 to the Northumberland County line;
SR 3008 (Bear Gap Road) in Cleveland Township, from Power Line Road to White 
Church Road;
SR 3010 (Middle Road) in Cleveland Township, between Bear Gap Road and Ashton 
Hollow Road;
SR 3012 (Mt. Zion Road) in Franklin Township, from the Montour County line to SR 
42 in Catawissa;
SR 3014 (Susque View Road) in Franklin Township, from Mt. Zion Road;
SR 4002 (Legion Road/Grovania Drive) in Montour Township, from SRs 42 to 11;
SR 4003/SR 4006 (Frosty Valley Road) in Hemlock Township, from County Line Road 
to SR 42;
**OPEN - SR 4004 (Quarry Road/Ridge Road) from SR 11 in Montour Township to SR 
42 in Hemlock Township;
SR 4008 (Back Branch Road) in Mount Pleasant Township from Millertown Road to 
White Church Road;
SR 4009 (Millville Road) from Main Street in Bloomsburg to Mall Boulevard;
SR 4011 (Millertown Road) in Greenwood Township, from Bottom Road to Old State 
Road;
SR 4011 (Millertown Road) in Mount Pleasant Township, from Rolling Hills Drive 
to Turner Highview Road;
SR 4012 (Peppermill Road) in Hemlock and Madison townships, from Columbia Hill 
Road to SR 44;
SR 4041 (Rohrsburg Road) in Orange Township, between SR 487 and Newhart Road;
SR 4025 (Ants Hill Road) in Madison Township from SR 44 to Liuzza Road;
SR 4034 (Mount Pleasant Road) in Orange Township from SR 487 to Sandy Stone 
Drive;
SR 4049 (Elk Grove Road) in Sugarloaf Township, from Spring Street in Central to 
the Sullivan County line;

Lycoming County
SR 42 from SR 239 in Franklin Township to SR 220 in Sullivan County;
SR 44 in Washington Township, from Elimsport to the Union County line;
SR 54 from SR 15 to Arch Street in Montgomery Borough;
SR 87 in Upper Fairfield Township from SR 864 to Back Street;
SR 87 from I-180 at Montoursville to Route 220 at Dushore in Sullivan County;
**OPEN - I-180 RAMPS at Hughesville/Muncy Exits 13A and 13B (road shoulder 
damage is barreled off - exercise caution);
SR 220 from SR 405 in Hughesville to SR 42 at Muncy Valley in Sullivan County;
**OPEN - SR 405 closed between I-180 and SR 442 at Hulls Landing;
**OPEN - SR 405 at the Muncy River Bridge, closed between Main Street in Muncy 
to Armstrong Road in Clinton Township;
SR 442 from SR 405 near Muncy to the Columbia County line;
SR 864 from SR 87 at Farragut to Quaker Church Road in Mill Creek Township;
SR 880 in Limestone Township, closed at the intersection with Middle Road;
SR 973 from SR 287 at Salladasburg to Lycoming Creek Road;
SR 973 in Eldred Township, from Yeagle Road to SR 87;
SR 973 in Mifflin Township, at Salladasburg between SR 287 and Jobs Run Road;
SR 1002 (Trout Run Mountain Road) from Rose Valley Road to SR 14;
SR 1003 (Wallis Run Road) from SR 973 at Slabtown to Murray Run Road in Gamble 
Township;
SR 1004 (Southard Road/Field Station Road/Beech Valley Road) from SR 14 to Rose 
Valley Road;
**OPEN - SR 1017 (Lycoming Creek Road) at the Haleeka Bridge between Lower and 
Upper Powys roads in Lewis and Hepburn townships;
SR 2012 (Sylvan Dell Road) from South Williamsport to Route 15 in Armstrong 
Township;
SR 2014 (Broad Street) in Montoursville, between Warrensville Road and Loyalsock 
Avenue, also the I-180 WB on-ramp from Broad Street is closed;
SR 2014 (John Brady Drive) from Industrial Parkway in Muncy Creek Township to 
Water Street in Muncy Borough;
SR 2039 (Warrensville Road) from East Third Street to Four Mile Drive;
SR 2053 (Rabbit Town Road) in Muncy and Wolf townships, from SR 220 to SR 864;
SR 2055 (Chippewa Road) in Muncy Creek Township, from SR 405 to East Lime Bluff 
Road;
SR 2057 (Lime Bluff Road) in Muncy Creek Township, from SR 405 to East Lime 
Bluff Road;
SR 2067 (Wallis Road) in Moreland Township, from SR 442 to Dairy Farm Road;
SR 2069 (Moreland Township Road) in Moreland Township, from Old Lairdsville Road 
to SR 118;
SR 2073 (Beaver Lake Road) from SR 220 in Wolf Township to Green Valley Road in 
Penn Township;
SR 2077 (Beaver Run Road) in Franklin Township from SR 118 to Beaver Lake Road 
in Penn Township;
SR 3007 (Pine Run Road) in Woodward Township, from SR 220, south;
SR 4001 (Little Pine Creek Road) from SR 44 in Cummings Township to SR 287 in 
Pine Township;

Montour County
SR 11 from Bald Top Road in Mahoning Township to County Line Road in Union 
County;
SR 54 from Spruce Street in Danville to H Eyer Road in Mahoning Township;
SR 54 from north of Washingtonville to SR 44 east of Turbotville;
SR 2006 (Ridge Drive) in Cooper Township from Mt. Zion Drive to County Line 
Drive;
SR 2008 (Bloom Road) in Mahoning Township, from Schoolhouse Road to Woodbine 
Lane;
SR 2102 (Susquehanna Road) from the Northumberland County line to Sharp Ridge 
Road;
SR 3004 (Pottsgrove Road) in Liberty Township, between SR 45 and SR 642;
SR 3010 (Steckermill Road) in Liberty and Derry townships, between R & H Avenue 
and SR 54;
SR 4003 (Strick Road) in Limestone Township, from Landis Road to Ziegler Road;
SR 4001 (County Line Road) in Limestone Township;

Northumberland County
SR 45 from SR 405 to SR 147 at Montandon;
SR 45 in West Chillisquaque Township from Housels Run Road to SR 405;
SR 54 from Logan Run Road/Boyd Station Road in Rush Township to North D & H 
Avenue in Riverside;
SR 54 in Mount Carmel Township between SR 901 and SR 2034/SR 2038;
SR 61 (Front Street) along the Susquehanna River at Sunbury;
SR 61 at the Hamilton Underpass just outside of Sunbury;
SR 61 between Sunbury and SR 225 at Shamokin;
SR 147 from Boyles Run Road in Lower Augusta Township to SR 4018 in Upper 
Augusta Township;
SR 147 from Shikellamy Avenue in Upper Augusta Township to Priestly Avenue in 
Northumberland Borough;
SR 405 in West Chillisquaque Township, from SR 147 to SR 45;
SR 405 from Tenth Street in Milton to Susquehanna Trail in Turbot Township;
SR 487, from SR 54 at Elysburg to SR 42 in Catawissa;
SR 487 from SR 61 at Paxinos to SR 54 at Elysburg;
**OPEN - SR 890 between Whiteys Road in Rockefeller Township and SR 61 in Upper 
Augusta Township;
SR 901 from SR 61 to SR 54 in Mount Carmel Township;
SR 1005 (Seagrave Drive) in Delaware Township, between Eighth Street Drive and 
SR 54;
SR 1007 (Susquehanna Trail) from Route 44 in McEwensville to Rovendale Drive in 
Delaware Township;
SR 1014 (Brimmer Avenue) in Watsontown, from Main Street to the river bridge;
SR 1015 (Paradise Street) from SR 44 at Turbotville to SR 1016 in Turbot 
Township;
SR 1024 (Ridge Road) in Point Township, from Spruce Hollow Road to Roush 
Drive/Mountain Road;
SR 1025 (Shakespeare Road) in East Chillisquaque Township, from SR 45 to Hobbes 
Road;
SR 1031 (Housels Run Road) in West Chillisquaque Township, from SR 45 to Sodom 
Road;
SR 2002 (Boyd Station Road) in Rush Township, from SR 54 to the Montour County 
line;
SR 2001 (Little Roaring Creek Road/Sharp Ridge Road) in Rush Township;
SR 2003 (Logan Run Road) in Rush Township, between Hill Road and Warner Road;
SR 2007 (Short Road) in Shamokin Township, from Friedline Road to Snydertown 
Road;
SR 2018 (Airport Road) in Ralpho Township from SR 54 to Reading Turnpike Road;
SR 2010 (Shamrock Road) from Short Road in Shamokin Township to SR 4012 in 
Ralpho Township;
SR 2020 (Mountain Road) in Ralpho Township, between SR 61 and Reading Turnpike 
Road;
SR 2022 (School House Road) in Shamokin Township, from Hollow Road to Irish 
Valley Road;
SR 2040 (7th Street) in Mount Carmel Borough from SR 61 to Ashland Road;
SR 3001 in Jackson Township, between Sucker Street and Herndon Bypass Road;
SR 3010 (Schwaben Creek Road) in Washington Township, between Slutter Valley 
Road and Cherrytown Road;
SR 4001 (Sunbury Road) from East Sunbury Road in Rush Township to SR 54 in 
Riverside Borough;
SR 4002 (Kipps Run Road) in Riverside from Pine Swamp Hollow Road to Trailer 
Park Road;
SR 4004 (Mile Post Road) in Upper Augusta Township, from Shikellamy Avenue to 
Mount Pleasant Road;
**OPEN - SR 4005 (Market Street) in Snydertown Borough, between SR 61 and 
Sunbury Street;
SR 4012 (Snydertown Road) from Reagan Street in Sunbury to Market Street in 
Snydertown;
SR 4020 (Hallowing Run Road) in Rockefeller Township, from Dornsife Mountain 
Road to SR 890;
SR 4026 (Irish Valley Road) in Shamokin Township, between Hollow Road and SR 61;

Snyder County
SR 11 from the SR 15 split at Tedd's Landing to Duke Street in Northumberland;
**OPEN - SR 1023 (Market Street/Old Trail Road/Susq. Valley Mall Drive) in 
Monroe Township, from Commerce Avenue to Mill Road;
SR 2009 (Middlecreek Road) in Penn Township, from Market Street to SR 35;
**OPEN - SR 3003 (Heister Valley Road) in West Perry Township, from SR 35 to 
Winey Road;
SR 3005 (Mill Race Road) in Perry Township, from SR 35 to Heister Valley Road;

Sullivan County
SR 87 from Route 220 at Dushore to I-180 in Lycoming County;
SR 154 from SR 220 at Laporte to SR 87 at Forksville;
SR 220 through the entire county, from Lycoming County to Bradford County;
SR 2001 (Beaver Lake Road) in Davidson Township, from the Lycoming County line 
to SR 42;
SR 2002 (Nordmont Road) in Davidson Township, between Brown Hill Road and Long 
Brook Road;
SR 2003 (Nordmont Road) in Laporte Township, between Nordmont and SR 220;
SR 3005 from the Lycoming County line in Shrewsbury Township to SR 87;
SR 4001 (Elk Creek Road) from SR 154 at Lincoln Falls to SR 87 in Hillsgrove 
Township;
SR 4005 (Middle Road) in Fox Township, from Mountain Road to SR 154;
SR 4014 from SR 154 in Elkland Township to Mill View Mountain Road in Forks 
Township;

Tioga County
SR 328 in Jackson Township, from Wales Road to Hudson Hill Road;
SR 1007 (Elk Run Road) from Ashley Hill Road in Sullivan Township to Reynolds 
Road in Rutland Township;
**OPEN - SR 1013 (Jackson Center Road) in Jackson Township, from Tower Hill Road 
to Warner Road;
SR 1018 (Warner Road/Pony Hill Road) in Jackson Township, from SR 328 to Middle 
Road;

Union County
SR 44 in Gregg Township, from 3 miles west of Route 15 to Mill Road in 
Washington Township, Lycoming County;
SR 45 in East Buffalo Township, from SR 15 to the Northumberland County line;
**OPEN - SR 1003 (Hoffa Mill Road/Fort Titzell Road) in Buffalo and Kelly 
townships, from SR 192 to Cross Road Drive;
SR 1004 (Cross Roads Drive) in Kelly Township, from Fort Titzell Road to Hollow 
Road;
SR 1005 (River Road) in Kelly Township, from SR 15 to Water Street;
SR 1009 (River Road) from SR 642 in West Milton to High Street in White Deer 
Township;
SR 1011 (Third Street/Old Route 15) between Route 642 at West Milton and SR 15 
in White Deer Township;
**OPEN - SR 1012 (Devitt Camp Road) in Gregg Township, from SR 44 to SR 15;
**OPEN - SR 1018 (William Penn Drive) in Kelly Township, from Airport Road to 
Newman Road;
**OPEN - SR 2007 (Fairground Road) from SR 192 in Lewisburg to William Penn 
Drive;
SR 3003 (Eighth Street) in Mifflinburg, from Meadow Lane to just south of Green 
Ridge Road;
SR 3003 (Millmont Road) in Lewis Township, between Creek Road and Haupt Road;

Bradford County
SR 6 in Burlington and West Burlington townships, from Berwick Turnpike to 
Bailey Corners Road;
SR 6 in Wysox and Standing Stone townships, from Masonite Drive to Valley Road;
SR 6 Wysox Golden Mile from SR 187 to SR 2032;
SR 6 from SR 187 at Wysox to Valley Road in Standing Stone Township;
SR 187 from SR 467 in Rome Township to the New York state line;
SR 187 from Wysox to the Wyoming County line;
SR 187 from SR 467 Rome Township to the New York state line;
SR 187 in Asylum Township from Kilmer Hill Road to North Street;
SR 187 in Orwell Township (bridge out) one-quarter mile north of Orwell Hill 
Road;
SR 187 in Windham Township from SR 1049 to the New York state line;
SR 187 from Wyalusing New Albany Road to the Wyoming County line;
SR 220 closed from SR 414 in Monroeton to Wyalusing New Albany Road at New 
Albany;
SR 220 from Overton Road in New Albany from Laddsburg Hill Road in Albany 
Township;
SR 409 in Wyalusing Township, from SR 706 in Camptown to Brewer Hollow Road;
SR 467 in Rome Township, from SR 187 to Irish Ridge Road;
SR 1007 in Tuscarora and Stevens townships, from SR 1001 to SR 1003;
SR 1017 (Herrickville Road) in Herrick Township, from SR 706 at Camptown to Arey 
Road;
SR 1020 (Shores Road) in Sheshequin Township between Sackett Road and Crowley 
Hill Road;
SR 1029 (Lake Hill) from SR 187 to SR 1031;
SR 1038 (Warren Center Road) in Warren Township, from Leraysville Road to Warren 
Center;
SR 1040 (Cadis Road) in Warren Township, from Leraysville Road to the New York 
state line;
SR 1043 (Sheshequin Road) from SR 1041 in Wysox to Water Road in Sheshequin 
Township;
SR 1049 (Leraysville Road) in Pike, Warren and Windham townships, from SR 467 to 
SR 187;
SR 1055 (Battle Creek Road) from SR 187 at Rome to Cotton Hollow Road;
SR 1055 (Battle Creek Road) in Rome Township, from Parks Creek Road to 
Enterprise Road;
SR 1056 (Front Street) in Athens Township, from SR 199 to North Rome Road;
SR 1057 (North Rome Road) in Litchfield Township, between Ridge Road and 
Sportsman Road;
SR 1058 (Litchfield Road) in Litchfield Township, from Snow Road to the New York 
state line;
SR 1067 (Hill Road) in Litchfield Township, from Cotton Hollow Road to 
Litchfield Road;
SR 2007 (Wilmot Road) from SR 2011 to SR 2009;
SR 2010 (Wyalusing New Albany Road) between SR 187 and SR 6;
SR 2010 (Wyalusing New Albany Road) from Gravel Pit Road to Oak Hill Road.
SR 2024 (Airport Road) in Towanda Township, from Main Street to Kilmer Hill 
Road;
SR 3005 (Canton Cross Road) in Canton Township from Southside Road to SR 414;
SR 3009 (Burlington Turnpike) in Burlington Township, from SR 3024 to SR 6;
SR 3019 (Bailey Corners Road) from SR 514 to SR 414;
SR 4020 (Mile Lane) in Athens Township from Wilawana Road to Highland Road.

PennDOT warns motorists not to drive across roads covered with water because the 
water may be deeper than it looks, and to never drive around barricades or signs 
on closed roads - Turn Around, Don't Drown.

Motorists are also advised traffic signals may not be functioning due to power 
outages, and to use extreme caution at intersections.

 

ROAD CLOSURES/CANCELATIONS CLICK HERE


TUNE TO NEWS RADIO 930, 94.7, 104.3 AND 103.5 FOR AROUND THE CLOCK COVERAGE.

 

 

CLICK THE FLOOD COVERAGE LINK ABOVE PICTURES FOR CURRENT RIVER LEVELS AND CURRENT CREST PREDICTIONS.

 

Water Buffaloes (FOR BLOOMSBURG UNITED WATER CUSTOMERS):

 

-Central Columbia HS (Old Berwick Road)

-7th Street in front of Bloomsburg YMCA

-Columbia County Prison (721 Iron Street)

-TPC Power Center (Route 11)

-129 Franklin Street, Bloomsburg

-14 Kent Street Bloomsburg

**Bring your own containers.

 

 

Non-Emergency number to Columbia County Emergency Management: 784-6300

 

Curfew is in effect for Bloomsburg (DARK)


National Guard and PA State Police have been called in to assist

 

Cops are working 12-hour shifts

 

SHELTERS:

-Catawissa Ministerium (@ Christ United Lutheran Church)

-Berwick High School

-Danville High School

-Bloom Memorial (last reports shelter is full)

 

 

 

HERE IS THE LATEST INFORMATION FROM PENN DOT FOR ROAD CLOSURES:

 


More than 200 state roads are flooded and closed in north central counties today
and not all of them have barricades.

Motorists who must travel are reminded to exercise common sense. Do not drive
around barriers (where they are in place) or attempt to travel any flooded
roads. It's just too dangerous and you could be placing your safety and the
safety of others at risk.

The following state highways are closed in north central PA at this time due to
flooding:

 

Columbia County
SR 11 between Bissette Lane in Scott Township and Keifers Lane in South Centre 
Township;
SR 11 between Market Street in Bloomsburg and SR 42;
SR 42 from Millville Road in Hemlock Township to Black Run Road in Madison 
Township;
SR 42 from Grovania Drive in Montour Township to the SR 11 on ramp;
SR 42 in Hemlock Township, from SR 44 to Millville Road;
SR 42 in Catawissa between SR 487 and Mountain Road;
SR 339 from Smith Hollow Road in Mifflin Township to Broad Street in Nescopeck;
SR 339 in Main Township, from Mainville Drive to Mt. Pink Road;
SR 487 from Airport Road to SR 11 at Bloomsburg;
SR 487 between Catawissa and SR 54 at Elysburg, flooding near Southern Columbia 
School;
SR 1001 (Shaffer Road) in Scott Township from SR 11to Carlson/Sawmill/Horse Farm 
roads;
SR 1010 (Hosler Road/Eckrote Road) in North Centre Township, from Cabin Run Road 
to Shelhamer Road;
SR 1013 (Draketown Road) from Whitmire Road in Orange Township to Pine Street in 
Orangeville;
SR 1015 (Golf Course Road) from Church Road in South Centre Township to 
Fowlersville Road in North Centre Township;
SR 1017 (Lake Road) in Briar Creek Township, from SR 93 to Evansville Road;
SR 1019 (Cemetery Road) in Briar Creek Township, from Freas Avenue to Martzville 
Road;
SR 1020 (Winding Road) in Fishing Creek Township, from Asbury Road to Harrison 
Road;
SR 1022 (Zaners Bridge Road) in Fishing Creek Road, from SR 487 to the Luzerne 
County line;
SR 1025 (Summerhill Road/Jonestown Road) from Knob Mountain Road in Briar Creek 
Road to Winding Road in Fishing Creek Township;
SR 1035 (Lower Raven Creek Road) between SR 487 in Stillwater and SR 239 in 
Benton Township;
SR 2001 (Ideal Park Road/Mill Road) from Duke Road in Roaring Creek Township to 
Gobster Pond Road in Locust Township;
SR 2004 (Center Street) from SR 61 in Centralia to the Schuylkill County line;
SR 2005 (Slabtown Road) from Ideal Park Road in Locust Township to Numidia Drive 
in Catawissa Township;
SR 2018 (Sycamore Road/Main Street/Church Street) from Fourth Street in 
Catawissa to Mainville Drive in Main Township;
SR 3001 (Fisherdale Road) in Cleveland Township, from Bear Gap Road to Middle 
Road;
SR 3001 (Tyson School Road/Fisherdale Road) from Ashton Hollow Road in Cleveland 
Township to SR 42 in Locust Township;
SR 3003 (Ashton Hollow Road/Orchard Drive) from Middle Road in Cleveland 
Township to Mt. Zion Road in Franklin Township;
SR 3004 from SR 61 to the Northumberland County line;
SR 3008 (Bear Gap Road) in Cleveland Township, from Power Line Road to White 
Church Road;
SR 3010 (Middle Road) in Cleveland Township, between Bear Gap Road and Ashton 
Hollow Road;
SR 3012 (Mt. Zion Road) in Franklin Township, from the Montour County line to SR 
42 in Catawissa;
SR 3014 (Susque View Road) in Franklin Township, from Mt. Zion Road;
SR 4002 (Legion Road/Grovania Drive) in Montour Township, from SRs 42 to 11;
SR 4003/SR 4006 (Frosty Valley Road) in Hemlock Township, from County Line Road 
to SR 42;
SR 4004 (Quarry Road/Ridge Road) from SR 11 in Montour Township to SR 42 in 
Hemlock Township;
SR 4008 (Back Branch Road) in Mount Pleasant Township from Millertown Road to 
White Church Road;
SR 4009 (Millville Road) from Main Street in Bloomsburg to Mall Boulevard;
SR 4011 (Millertown Road) in Greenwood Township, from Bottom Road to Old State 
Road;
SR 4011 (Millertown Road) in Mount Pleasant Township, from Rolling Hills Drive 
to Turner Highview Road;
SR 4012 (Peppermill Road) in Hemlock and Madison townships, from Columbia Hill 
Road to SR 44;
SR 4041 (Rohrsburg Road) in Orange Township, between SR 487 and Newhart Road;
SR 4025 (Ants Hill Road) in Madison Township from SR 44 to Liuzza Road;
SR 4034 (Mount Pleasant Road) in Orange Township from SR 487 to Sandy Stone 
Drive;
SR 4049 (Elk Grove Road) in Sugarloaf Township, from Spring Street in Central to 
the Sullivan County line;

Lycoming County
SR 42 from SR 239 in Franklin Township to SR 220 in Sullivan County;
SR 44 in Washington Township, from Elimsport to the Union County line;
SR 54 from SR 15 to Arch Street in Montgomery Borough;
SR 87 in Upper Fairfield Township from SR 864 to Back Street;
SR 87 from I-180 at Montoursville to Route 220 at Dushore in Sullivan County;
I-180 RAMPS are closed at Hughesville/Muncy Exits 13A and 13B;
SR 220 from SR 405 in Hughesville to SR 42 at Muncy Valley in Sullivan County;
**SR 405 closed between I-180 and SR 442 at Hulls Landing;
SR 405 at the Muncy River Bridge, closed between Main Street in Muncy to 
Armstrong Road in Clinton Township;
SR 442 from SR 405 near Muncy to the Columbia County line;
SR 864 from SR 87 at Farragut to Quaker Church Road in Mill Creek Township;
SR 880 in Limestone Township, closed at the intersection with Middle Road;
SR 973 from SR 287 at Salladasburg to Lycoming Creek Road;
SR 973 in Eldred Township, from Yeagle Road to SR 87;
SR 973 in Mifflin Township, at Salladasburg between SR 287 and Jobs Run Road;
SR 1002 (Trout Run Mountain Road) from Rose Valley Road to SR 14;
SR 1003 (Wallis Run Road) from SR 973 at Slabtown to Murray Run Road in Gamble 
Township;
SR 1004 (Southard Road/Field Station Road/Beech Valley Road) from SR 14 to Rose 
Valley Road;
SR 1017 (Lycoming Creek Road) at the Haleeka Bridge between Lower and Upper 
Powys roads in Lewis and Hepburn townships;
SR 2012 (Sylvan Dell Road) from South Williamsport to Route 15 in Armstrong 
Township;
SR 2014 (Broad Street) in Montoursville, between Warrensville Road and Loyalsock 
Avenue, also the I-180 WB on-ramp from Broad Street is closed;
SR 2014 (John Brady Drive) from Industrial Parkway in Muncy Creek Township to 
Water Street in Muncy Borough;
SR 2039 (Warrensville Road) from East Third Street to Four Mile Drive;
SR 2053 (Rabbit Town Road) in Muncy and Wolf townships, from SR 220 to SR 864;
SR 2055 (Chippewa Road) in Muncy Creek Township, from SR 405 to East Lime Bluff 
Road;
SR 2057 (Lime Bluff Road) in Muncy Creek Township, from SR 405 to East Lime 
Bluff Road;
SR 2067 (Wallis Road) in Moreland Township, from SR 442 to Dairy Farm Road;
SR 2069 (Moreland Township Road) in Moreland Township, from Old Lairdsville Road 
to SR 118;
SR 2073 (Beaver Lake Road) from SR 220 in Wolf Township to Green Valley Road in 
Penn Township;
SR 2077 (Beaver Run Road) in Franklin Township from SR 118 to Beaver Lake Road 
in Penn Township;
SR 3007 (Pine Run Road) in Woodward Township, from SR 220, south;
SR 4001 (Little Pine Creek Road) from SR 44 in Cummings Township to SR 287 in 
Pine Township;

Montour County
SR 11 from Bald Top Road in Mahoning Township to County Line Road in Union 
County;
SR 54 from Spruce Street in Danville to H Eyer Road in Mahoning Township;
SR 54 from north of Washingtonville to SR 44 east of Turbotville;
SR 2006 (Ridge Drive) in Cooper Township from Mt. Zion Drive to County Line 
Drive;
SR 2008 (Bloom Road) in Mahoning Township, from Schoolhouse Road to Woodbine 
Lane;
SR 2102 (Susquehanna Road) from the Northumberland County line to Sharp Ridge 
Road;
SR 3004 (Pottsgrove Road) in Liberty Township, between SR 45 and SR 642;
SR 3010 (Steckermill Road) in Liberty and Derry townships, between R & H Avenue 
and SR 54;
SR 4003 (Strick Road) in Limestone Township, from Landis Road to Ziegler Road;
SR 4001 (County Line Road) in Limestone Township;

 

Closures/Cancellations:

 

Bloomsburg University through Monday, re-opening Tuesday

Bloomsburg Area School District (Friday)

Berwick Area School District (Friday)

Millville Area School District (Friday)

Luzerne County Community College (Through Sunday, re-opening Monday)

Columbia Montour Vo-Tech (Friday)

Columbia County Courthouse (Friday)

St. Columba (Friday)

Columbia County Christian School-and The Learning Center (Friday)

Southern Columbia Area School District (Friday)

Magic Carpet Preschool(Friday)

Bloomsburg YMCA Preschool classes (Friday)

Danville Area Schools (Friday)

Sullivan County Schools Closed (Friday)

 

First Columbia Bank offices will be open at 10am Friday, except Bloomsburg Market Street office which will be closed.

 

Bloom Vet Hospital closed, will be open Saturday

 

Del Monte closed til Sunday

 

K-Fab closing return to work Sunday, scheduled chift, due to fact of not scheduled work day, please call supervisor if you can't make it.

 

Bloomsburg YMCA closed Friday

Friday / September 9, 2011


River Level

The Susquehanna River continues it's rampage. Flood warnings are in effect for both the North Branch and the West Branch of the river. In Bloomsburg... the river shot past the 32 – foot mark shortly after 4 this morning as it continued towards it's expected crest of 32.4 feet. That's two – tenths of a foot higher than what we experienced with tropical storm Agnes back in June of 1972.

 

Ammonia Leak

Many folks in one section of Bloomsburg had a rude awakening this morning. Around 1:45... the sounds of sirens from police cars and fire apparatus pierced the night air... warning residents to evacuate. Their target area... west of Market... and south of 5th streets. The problem... a wayward ammonia tanks from Windsor Foods. That prompted the evacuation of residents in a one mile radius of the plant. Many the evacuees going with family and friends... or taken to shelters at the YMCA... the Bloomsburg Memorial School or the shelter at the Berwick High School.

 

Emergency Declaration

The Town of Bloomsburg is operating under an emergency declaration put into effect earlier this week by Mayor Dan Knorr. During a visit to the WHLM Studio's on Thursday... Mayor Knorr says it's simply a way to cut through red tape... quickly. The declaration is in effect until it's no longer needed.

 

United Water

As predicted... the United Water system pipes supplying water to Bloomsburg and surrounding area's ran dry. The company pulling it's pumps from Fishing Creek earlier this week after filling their huge water tanks. The company's Bob Manbeck says he doesn't know when water will be flowing through United Water's system. And once the water is restored... Manbeck says a boil water advisory will be in effect.

 

Obama Declaration

President Obama has declared parts of Pennsylvania a disaster area... now that the Susquehanna River is cresting. The declaration covers 42 of the state's 67 counties... and that includes Columbia and Montour Counties... and neighboring areas such as Luzerne, Sullivan, Lycoming, Northumberland and Schuylkill Counties. Obama's action authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and provide appropriate assistance for required emergency measures. The direct federal assistance, will be provided pay for 75% of what the counties spend leading up to... and the clean up after the flood.

 

Flood Watch Update


Flash flood warning is in effect for Columbia and Montour Counties.

 

Flood warning is in effect for the Susqhehanna at Bloomsburg and Danville.

 

Click on "Flood Watch" for more information.

 

TUNE TO NEWS RADIO 930, 94.7 and 104.3 FOR COVERAGE

 

***IMPORTANT NOTE:  CONSERVE WATER IN BLOOMSBURG.  PUMPS HAVE BEEN SHUT DOWN.  THERE IS ENOUGH WATER FOR THE NEXT DAY OR SO, BUT WITH THE PROJECTED LEVEL OF THE RIVER THIS COULD TURN INTO AN ISSUE.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE EVERY ATTEMPT TO CONSERVE WATER AT THIS POINT***


Columbia County Department of Public Safety says the American Red Cross will open a shelter for persons displaced by flooding and power outages.  The shelter is located at Bloomsburg Memorial School at 5th and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.  Opens at 5:00 pm this afternoon.  Persons with pets should take them to Annie's Place located on the Bloomsburg University Upper Campous off County Club Drive.  Displaced persons should bring medications and personal care items with them to the shleter.

 

The Catawissa Ministerium is opening a shelter at the Christ United Lutheran Church, 116 Church St., 356-7312.  The side doors will be open at 6 pm.

 

**Volunteers will be needed to help fill sand bags in Danville at the intersection of routes 11 and 54. Bagging begins at 9AM Thursday morning**

 

CLOSED ROADS:


Columbia County

SR 11 between Market Street in Bloomsburg and SR 42;
SR 42 from Millville Road in Hemlock Township to Black Run Road in Madison Township;
SR 42 in Hemlock Township, from SR 44 to Millville Road;
SR 254 in Greenwood Township, from Eagle Road to Zaners Road;
SR 442 (entire length) from SR 42 north of Millville to SR 405 near Muncy in Lycoming County;
**SR 487 in Orange, Fishing Creek and Benton townships, between Nor Pole Road in Orange Township and SR 254 in Benton Township;
SR 487 from SR 239 in Benton Township to Parks Road in Sugarloaf Township;
SR 487 between Catawissa and SR 54 at Elysburg, flooding near Southern Columbia School;
**SR 1035 (Lower Raven Creek Road) between SR 487 in Stillwater and SR 239 in Benton Township;
**SR 487 in Orange Township, between both intersections with Stony Brook Road;
SR 3001 (Fisherdale Road) in Cleveland Township, from Bear Gap Road to Middle Road;
SR 3008 (Bear Gap Road) in Cleveland Township, from Power Line Road to White Church Road;
**OPEN - SR 3010 (Middle Road) in Cleveland Township, from Bear Gap Road to Polk Lane;
SR 3012 (Mt. Zion Road) from Orchard Drive in Franklin Township to SR 42 in Catawissa;
SR 4003/SR 4006 (Frosty Valley Road) in Hemlock Township, from County Line Road to SR 42;
**SR 4008 (Back Branch Road) in Mount Pleasant Township from Millertown Road to White Church Road;
SR 4009 (Millville Road) from Main Street in Bloomsburg to Mall Boulevard;
SR 4011 (Millertown Road) in Greenwood Township, from Bottom Road to Old State Road;
SR 4012 (Peppermill Road) in Hemlock and Madison townships, from Columbia Hill Road to SR 44;
SR 4041 (Rohrsburg Road) in Orange Township, between SR 487 and Newhart Road;
SR 4025 (Ants Hill Road) in Madison Township from SR 44 to Liuzza Road;
**SR 4034 (Mount Pleasant Road) in Orange Township from SR 487 to Sandy Stone Drive;
SR 4049 (Elk Grove Road) in Sugarloaf Township, from Spring Street in Central to the Sullivan County line;

 

Montour County
SR 54 from Valley Road just north of I-80 in Valley Township to SR 44 east of Turbotville;
SR 54/SR 254 intersection at Washingtonville;
SR 642 from SR 45 in Liberty Township to SR 54 at Mausdale;
SR 642 in Valley Township, from Columbia Hill Road to Creek Road;
SR 1003 (PP&L Road) in Derry and Anthony townships, from Strawberry Ridge Road to Arrowhead Road;
SR 1004 (Arrowhead Road) in Anthony Township, from SR 54 to PP&L Road;
**SR 2006 (Ridge Drive) in Cooper Township from Mt. Zion Drive to County Line Drive;
SR 2008 (Bloom Road) in Mahoning Township, from Schoolhouse Road to Woodbine Lane;
SR 3004 (Pottsgrove Road) in Liberty Township, between SR 45 and SR 642;
SR 3008 (Valley Road) from Klondike Road in Liberty Township to SR 54 in Valley Township;
SR 3010 (Steckermill Road) in Liberty and Derry townships, between R & H Avenue and SR 54;
SR 4004 (Bush Road) in Derry Township, from the Limestone Township line to SR 54;
SR 4004 from SR 11 in Montour Township to SR 42 in Hemlock Township;

 

Cancellations and Delays:

 

Bloomsburg Fire Department Bingo cancelled.

 

Bloomsburg Fair ticket sellers and takers meeting cancelled.

 

All Thursday actvities and choirs cancelled at Wesley United Methodist Church cancelled.

 

Senior Centers in Columbia and Montour Counties closed Thursday and Friday, no meals on wheels.

 

The Loyalsock @ Central Columbia football game has been postponed until Saturday.

 

All First Columbia Bank offices will open at 11AM Thursday.

 

The following schools have cancelled class for Thursday:

 

Luzerne County Community College

Bloomsburg University

 

Berwick

Central Columbia

Bloomsburg

Danville

St. Columba

Columbia County Christian (learning center will be open regular hours)

Greenwood Friends

Learning Tree Child Care in Danville
Southern Columbia

 

Wednesday / September 7, 2011


A Pennsylvania Soaker

We are getting soaked this morning across the region. It's all part of the remnants of tropical depression Lee which is riding north along a cold front. The rain is prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for the area... including Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties.

 

Columbia County

Near the Columbia – Northumberland County line... some people vacationing at the Knoebles Resort were evacuated from their campers... as well as some folks who are spending time at the J and D camp grounds. There is also a report of four people being evacuated from their RV's at the Ideal Camp grounds near Slabtown. The flood warning for Columbia County is due to expire late this morning.

 

Luzerne County

A flash flood warning is posted for Luzerne County after Little Nescopeck Creek began taking a lot of water from it's tributary's. That has already produced flooding in area's of Hanover Township... especially the San Souci Highway. Other flooding was reported in Nuangola... where there was a reported partial structure collapse on Gay Street.

 

Susquehanna River

With all this rain here... as well as along the southern tier of New York State and northern Pennsylvania... we're keeping an eye on the Susquehanna River. The National Weather Service says the Susquehanna is forecast to rise rapidly over the next day... cresting at 25.4 feet by Thursday evening at 8 O'clock. That would create a lot of flooding along the river... and Fishing Creek. Flood stage in Bloomsburg is 19 feet. Flooding would include low lying areas of Bloomsburg and Montour County.

In particular... not only are the fairgrounds in the western part of Bloomsburg underwater... but the airport as well. We're keeping a watch on the situation... and we'll keep you informed.

 

United Way

The United Way of Columbia County is in its first full week of raising funds for 15 of its member agencies. But with the organization's major contributor... the R-R Donnelley plant on Old Berwick Road closing in October... the United Way's John Thomas says it make the job much tougher. The member agencies rely on the United Way to either fund all or part of their yearly budgets.

 

Fair Preps

Despite the rain we've had the past day or so... preparations for the 157th Annual Bloomsburg Fair continue. Fair Association President Paul Reichart says he doesn't plan to see any difference between the expositions the past couple of years... and this year's event. The Bloomsburg Fair begins September 24th... and runs through October 1st.

 

Home Shot

Police in Hazleton continue their investigation into finding out who shot into two homes on East Mine Street this week. Cops say someone shot into a home at 144 East Mine Street with six people inside. A second home at 146 East Mine was also fired into, but no one was inside. Luckily... no one was injured.... and police are trying to figure out a motive.

 

Robbery Suspect

A 28 – year old Hazleton man is in jail... charged with robbing a convenience store over the weekend. Police say Leonel Colon is charged with two felony counts stemming from the robbery of Craig's Food Mart on West Broad St. Colon was picked up after he was identified on surveillance video. He's now in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility awaiting bail.

 

Solar Energy
The solar industry in Pennsylvania is reaching new historic levels across the state. According to Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, the state has reached 100 megawatts of installed solar capacity, which produces enough pollution-free electricity to power nearly 13-thousand homes a year. In four years, the solar industry has helped create more than 67-hundred jobs and spawned over 600 solar businesses.

 

WHLM Sports

Two area high school football teams will play their home openers this Friday night. The Blue Jays of Central Columbia will play Loyalsock in our game of the week. Coverage will begin at 6 O'clock with the Friday Football Commute on the WHLM stations... News Radio 930, 94.7and 104.3 as well as www.whlm.com

 

Berwick Bulldogs

The Bulldogs of Berwick take on North Pocono at Crispin Field. You can hear that game on 103.5 / WHLM-FM. The coverage starts at 6 O'clock with The Coach Campbell Show.

 

Philadelphia / Atlanta

Vance Worley gave up two runs over six frames as the Phillies defeated the Braves 6 to 3. The victory comes following a nearly two hour rain delay. The Phils wrap up their three game homestand with the Braves Wednesday night. You can catch all the action with the pre – game show at 6:30 on the WHLM Stations.

Tuesday / September 6, 2011


Flood Watch
The next few days will be pretty soggy around the region. Most of the state is under a flood watch... thanks to the rains dumped along a cold front from the remains of tropical depression Lee. The National Weather Service says Lee is poised to soak most of Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as the rest of the Commonwealth through Thursday. Katia, on the other hand, is a category four hurricane in the Atlantic. That storm is expected to stay in the ocean but bring strong winds and heavy surf along the East Coast.

 

Red Cross

With the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Irene just a little more than a week ago... the American Red Cross is still on the scene in parts of the northeast trying to help. For Rita Inkloich of the Bloomsburg Chapter... it's been one of the most expensive operations in recent memory. Now, the Red Cross is now reaching out to all of us to help pay for the recovery operation. You can do so by dropping off a check at the Red Cross office on 7th Street in Bloomsburg... or going on line at www.redcross.org

 

CareerLink / Donnelley

It's been well documented over the past couple of weeks that one of Columbia County's top fifteen private employers will shut it door in late October. That move will toss an estimated 300 people out of work. Now... Pennsylvania's CareerLink is attempting to help those workers. The agency's Shannon Miller says for the soon – to – be – displaced workers... one advantage is being employed by the company twenty – plus years. Miller said the CareerLink Scott Township office on Tenny Road has already started to help some of the soon – to – be - unemployed Donnelley workers.

 

Fatal Fire

Investigators are trying to figure out what started a fire in a Scranton home... leaving three people dead.

An off – duty firefighter discovered the blaze around 1 O'clock this morning at the Lawall Street home. Firefighters say the home had no working smoke detectors.

 

Benton Fire

Benton Firemen were called out last night to help one of their own Monday night. Authorities say firemen were called to the 2nd floor apartment of Andrew Funk in the 300 – block of Third Street when a stove fire broke out. Funk is a volunteer firemen with the Benton Department. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition that Funk and his girlfriend made it out safely. Firemen had the flames knocked down quickly... then checked the structure for extensions.

 

West Hazleton Fire

Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a fire which damaged two double homes over the weekend in West Hazleton. Firefires were called to 309 West Green street after flames were spotted in an apartment on the second floor. The fire spread to 311 West Green as well. Luckily... no one was at home when the fire broke out.

 

Hazle Twp Crash

A Sheppton man is dead following a one – vehicle crash Sunday afternoon on Route 924 in Hazle Township. Police say 39 – year old Todd Hartz was northbound on 924 when he lost control of his pick up. It went off the road at Scotch Pine Drive... eventually striking a tree. Hartz died at the scene of the crash.

 

PennDOT Work

PennDOT says starting Tuesday... there will be a short term driving lane closure for Interstate 80 westbound from mile marker 223 to 221 in Montour County. The agency's Rick Mason says the closure is expected to be in effect through Friday afternoon.

 

PA Union Friendly
A new study by the Competitive Enterprise Institute finds Pennsylvania among the top five union-friendly states. The study ranks Pennsylvania 46th in terms of labor policy that negatively affects taxpayers but promotes unions. All that can change when lawmakers return to Harrisburg in two weeks.

Business groups are pushing for a "right to work" law that they say will save taxpayers money and improve the business climate in communities across the state.

 

Turnpike App
The PA Turnpike now has an app for smart phones. TRIP Talk is a new smart phone app that provides real-time Pennsylvania Turnpike traffic info. As the name suggests, the new app is hands-free and eyes-free. The app will send an audio alert, but if you happen to be chatting when the alert sounds, it will pause until you are through with your call.

 

Poll

More than half of Pennsylvania residents say the state is going the wrong way. The survey by Lancaster-based Franklin & Marshall College also says about half of those polled believe the biggest issues in Pennsylvania are the economy and the unemployment rate. Less than a third, 32%, think Governor Tom Corbett is doing a good job. The college's Center for Opinion Research questioned 525 adults from August 22nd to the 29th.

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of gasoline continues to hold steady across Northeast Pennsylvania. The Triple – A Fuel Guage report out this morning shows that a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular is at $3.63.

That's the same as it was Monday... and up seven sets from a week ago.

 

Hunger

A new report out by the AARP Foundation shows more and more Americans over the age of 50 are at risk of going hungry. That's up nealry 80 percent since 2001. The AARP's Ray Landis says the economy is taking it's toll. Landis says people in the 50 to 59 age group are in a tough bind because they don't yet qualify for social security... yet they're too old to qualify for programs designed for families with children.

 

Monday / September 5, 2011


Overnight Storms

Thunderstorms and rain rolled through Columbia and Montour Counties overnight.

If PPL crews didn't do enough last week... they were called out to restore power to sections of the area... especially Briar Creek Township near Berwick. There were reports of power outages around the 500 block of Martzville Road... Cemetery Road as well as near the Evansville recreation area. That power was restored overnight... but according to PPL's outage map on the web, other trouble spots are in Pine, North Centre and Main Townships.

 

PennDOT Work

PennDOT says starting Tuesday... there will be a short term driving lane closure for Interstate 80 westbound from mile marker 223 to 221. The agency's Rick Mason says the closure is expected to be in effect through Friday afternoon.

 

Hurricane Relief

A week after Hurricane Irene visited the northeast U.S.... the America Red Cross is still out in the field doing whatever they need to do to provide relief. Deanna Hollenbach of the Danville Chapter says more than 4,000 Red Cross workers continue to operate shelters in eight states... serving meals... hand out relief supplies and offer emotional support as people affected by the storm begin to recover. Now... attention is turned to Katia now swirling in the Caribbean... with the National Hurricane Center placing it a couple of hundred miles of the US Mainland.

 

Sunday / September 4 2011


SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WS 835

NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK

245 PM EDT SUN SEP 4 2011

 

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1100 PM EDT

FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS

PENNSYLVANIA COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

 

BRADFORD... CLINTON... COLUMBIA... LACKAWANNA... LUZERNE... LYCOMING... MONTOUR... NORTHUMBERLAND... PIKE... SULLIVAN... SUSQUEHANNA... TIOGA... UNION... WAYNE... WYOMING...

 

PennDOT Work

PennDOT says starting Tuesday... there will be a short term driving lane closure for Interstate 80 westbound from mile marker 223 to 221. The agency's Rick Mason says the closure is expected to be in effect through Friday afternoon.

 

Hurricane Relief

A week after Hurricane Irene visited the northeast U.S.... the America Red Cross is still out in the field doing whatever they need to do to provide relief. Deanna Hollenbach of the Danville Chapter says more than 4,000 Red Cross workers continue to operate shelters in eight states... serving meals... hand out relief supplies and offer emotional support as people affected by the storm begin to recover. Now... attention is turned to Katia now swirling in the Caribbean... with the National Hurricane Center placing it a couple of hundred miles of the U.S. Mainland.

 

What's Happening Sunday September 4, 2011


Celebrate the 92nd annual All Home Days this weekend in Ralpho Township Park in Elysburg.  Today there is a basket bingo, and Monday things wrap up with a chicken barbeque.  That and a whole lot more is happening at the All Home Days celebration in Elysburg.

 

The 4th annual Pig Pickin’ Corn Roastin’ Good Time sponsored by the Columbia Montour Aging office is happening today from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm.  The event is rain or shine and there will be fun for your entire family.  It’s going on at the Catawissa Boat Club on Route 42 just before the bridge.

 

The Bloomsburg Tennis Club is having a 75th anniversary picnic today from noon to 6:00 pm for all members.  There will be free hot dogs and beverages.  It’s rain or shine.  Call Hervey Gillespie at 441-5432 for information.

 

The Sweet Valley Church of Christ will be having “Spiritual Renewal Meetings” tonight through Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  A nursery will be provided and a free will offering will be accepted each evening.  The church is located on Main Road in Sweet Valley and is handicap accessible.

 

If your club or organization has an event that’s coming, send us the information, email infogirl@whlm.com.

What's Happening Saturday September 2, 2011


Celebrate the 92nd annual All Home Days this weekend in Ralpho Township Park in Elysburg.  Events start today with a breakfast.  Tomorrow there is a basket bingo, and Monday things wrap up with a chicken barbeque.  That and a whole lot more is happening at the All Home Days celebration in Elysburg.

 

The Taste of Hamburg-er festival is happening today in Downtown Hamburg from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.  Admission is free and so is the entertainment.  There will be a burger eating contest and more.

 

The Berwick Elks are hosting an NFL Punt, Pass & Kick Competition today at Salem Track and Field.  The competition is free and open for your kids ages five to fifteen.  Registration is at 1:30 and the competition starts at 2:00 pm.  Your kids must have proof of date of birth and be accompanied by parent or guardian.

 

There is a community day going on at the Columbia Mall today from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.  Local non-profit organizations will set up and provide information about what they do, how they help, and how you can help.  The Columbia Mall is located in Buckhorn.

 

The Danville Adoption Center of the Pennsylvania SPCA annual yard sale is today from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm at the shelter.  The Danville SPCA is located at 2801 Bloom Road.

 

The 4th annual Pig Pickin’ Corn Roastin’ Good Time sponsored by the Columbia Montour Aging office is happening tomorrow from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm.  The event is rain or shine and there will be fun for your entire family.  It’s going on at the Catawissa Boat Club on Route 42 just before the bridge.

 

The Bloomsburg Tennis Club is having a 75th anniversary picnic tomorrow from noon to 6:00 pm for all members.  There will be free hot dogs and beverages.  It’s rain or shine.  Call Hervey Gillespie at 441-5432 for information.

 

The Sweet Valley Church of Christ will be having “Spiritual Renewal Meetings” this Sunday through Wednesday from 7:00 to 8:00 pm.  A nursery will be provided and a free will offering will be accepted each evening.  The church is located on Main Road in Sweet Valley and is handicap accessible.

 

If your club or organization has an event that’s coming, send us the information, email infogirl@whlm.com.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team opened the season Thursday night against Ashland of Ohio at Redman Stadium. Bloomsburg downing Ashland 27 to 20. A driving force behind the victory was Franklyn Quiteh. The Huskie's next game is September 10th at Clarion.

 

WHLM's Game of the Week

The 2011 High School football season kicked off Friday night with all area teams in action. In a game heard on Newsradio 930, Bloomsburg beat South Williamsport at Panther Stadium 42-22. In Bulldogs action on 103.5 WHLM-FM Berwick opened their season on the road at Crestwood, falling 19-6.

 

Other Top Rated Games

In other local games Friday night... it was Southern Columbia over LineMountain 42-25, Danville beat Shikellamy 38-19, Central Columbia lost to Montoursville 14-6 and Columbia - Montour Vo-Tech fell to Sayre 29-8. For more local and regional results check out the WHLM High School Football Scoreboard.

Saturday / September 3, 2011


Shickshinny Fire

Shickshinny firemen fought a pre – dawn blaze Saturday morning in a home at 16 Crary Street... off Glenn Avenue. Reports from the scene say the fire began on the second floor around 5 O'clock. Shickshinny initially called for units from the Berwick Fire Department for mutual aid... and also called for help from engine companies and manpower from Mocanaqua, Hunlock Creek and Huntington Township. Cause of Saturday morning's fire in Shickshinny remains under investigation.

 

Bloomsburg Alarm

Bloomsburg volunteer firemen were called to 570 East 2nd Street early Saturday morning. An audible fire alarm was going off in one of the apartments in the building... and that prompted town fire sirens to go off around 1:05 AM The department checking out the scene.... by sending a couple of pieces of apparatus to the the address. No fire was found.

 

PPL Restoration

Only a hand full of homes and businesses in the PPL service area remain without power, but are expected to get their electricity back sometime Saturday. It's all do to Hurricane Irene which cruised through central and eastern Pennsylvania last weekend. The storm was the second worst in the utility's history when measured by both the number of trouble locations — 3,200 — and number of affected customers — about 415,000. As for daybreak Saturday... six locations were without power in Columbia County... where there were initially 6,696 outages reported. Those without power were in Benton and Sugarloaf Townships. Other scattered outages were in Monroe, pike and Wayne Counties.

 

WHLM Sports, Friday Sept. 2, 2011


BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team opened the season Thursday night against Ashland of Ohio at Redman Stadium. Bloomsburg downing Ashland 27 to 20. A driving force behind the victory was Franklyn Quiteh. The Huskie's next game is September 10th at Clarion.

 

WHLM's Game of the Week

The 2011 High School football season kicked off Friday night with all area teams in action. In a game heard on Newsradio 930, Bloomsburg beat South Williamsport at Panther Stadium 42-22. In Bulldogs action on 103.5 WHLM-FM Berwick opened their season on the road at Crestwood, falling 19-6.

 

Other Top Rated Games

In other local games Friday night... it was Southern Columbia over LineMountain 42-25, Danville beat Shikellamy 38-19, Central Columbia lost to Montoursville 14-6 and Columbia - Montour Vo-Tech fell to Sayre 29-8. For more local and regional results check out the WHLM High School Football Scoreboard.

 

 

Friday / September 2, 2011


PPL Update

PPL crews continue to restore power to parts of Columbia and Luzerne Counties following last weekend's visit by Hurricane Irene. Early Friday morning... there were 162 PPL subscribers in Columbia County still without power... mostly in the northern townships where downed trees on lines continue to be a problem. That's down from the initial 6,800 homes and businesses that lost juice. In Luzerne County... only 13 homes are still without power in Salem and Nescopeck Townships. System wide... PPL says 3,300 homes are without power... out of the initial 300,000 subscribers last Sunday evening.

 

Luzerne County Damage

Luzerne County Emergency Management officials say 3.4-million dollars worth of damage was caused to the county last weekend by Hurricane Irene. The preliminary figure will be submitted to the Federal Emergency Management Agency... but it's likely to grow larger once detailed assessments are made by township and city officials. The hardest hit areas... the city of Wilkes – Barre... and the Dallas and the Sweet Valley regions of the Luzerne County.

 

Irene / Crops

Strong winds from Hurricane Irene last weekend did more than topple trees and cut off power in the region. The Hurricane took a bite out of the state’s fruit crop. The Pennsylvania Farm Bureau reports high winds and heavy rain caused some loss of apples, pears and peaches at the peak of the growing season.

 

United Way

It's going to be a rough and tumble year for the United Way of Columbia County. The organization kicking off their 2011 campaign this week. United Way Executive Director John Thomas says this year's campaign will be challenging since some past contributors may have to use the services of the the United Ways member agencies.

 

Bloomsburg Fair

With the arrival of September... comes the anticipation of the Bloomsburg Fair. Over the past couple of months... a new stage has been built.... and a Skyride is in place. But Fair Association President Paul Reichart says this year's event will also feature Civil War reenactors. The re-enactors will show fair visitors what live was like back in the early 1860's. The 157th annual edition of the Fair opens on Saturday, September 24th.

 

Theft Reported

State Police at Bloomsburg are investigating the break – in of a home along Pole Bridge Road in Jackson Township. According to a news release... someone took Power tools... guns and ammunition from the home of 57 – year old Allen Paisley. The incident happening this week while Paisley was not home. If you have information dealing with the burglary... call state police at the Bloomsburg barracks.

 

Hazleton Super

The Hazleton School District has a new interim Superintendent. He's deputy superintendent Francis Antonelli. He'll replace Super Samuel Marolo who is on a so – called “leave of absence” for the 2011 – 2012 school year.

 

Hugo Selenski

Hugo Selenski will now be allowed to represent himself in his upcoming murder trial in Luzerne County. The trial begins September 19th at the Luzerne County Courthouse. Selinski is accused of killing Tammy Fassett and Michael Kerkowski. Their bodies were found in Selinski's back yard eight years ago. Back in 2008... Selinski was cleared in a Luzerne County double murder case.

 

Investigation into Super Buyouts
Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner is examining the cost-effectiveness and justification of school district contract buyouts. Wagner told the Central Dauphin School District he is investigating the recent reassignment of school superintendent Luis Gonzalez. Last month, the school board voted not to renew Gonzalez's contract and to assign him special projects for the remainder of his current contract. The Auditor General also put the Gettysburg, Allentown, and Philadelphia school districts on notice.

 

State Police Honored
Governor Corbett tells Pennsylvania State Police who have served in the military since the 9-11 attack that they have ennobled the state police uniform by donning the U.S. Military uniform. The governor was speaking at the first of many ceremonies marking the tenth anniversary of 9-11. Former Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North was the featured speaker at Thursday's ceremony at the Naval Support Activity Center in Mechanicsburg. More than 300 State Troopers were honored.

Cell Phone Warnings
Whether to put warning labels on cell phones is a topic being bandied about in the State House. Members of Pennsylvania's Democratic Policy Committee held an informal meeting on the Drexel University's campus Thursday. The heard testimony for and against the labels. One of the proponents argued that while he cannot confirm the dangers of cell phones, he certainly could not say they are safe. Despite FDA findings that cell phones pose little or no risk to users, some scientists say the microwave radiation emitted from cell phones is dangerous.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team opened the season Thursday night against Ashland of Ohio at Redman Stadium. Bloomsburg downing Ashland 27 to 20. A driving force behind the victory was Franklyn Quiteh. The Huskie's next game is September 10th at Clarion.

 

WHLM's Game of the Week

The 2011 High School football season kicked off Friday night with all area teams in action. In a game heard on Newsradio 930, Bloomsburg beat South Williamsport at Panther Stadium 42-22. In Bulldogs action on 103.5 WHLM-FM Berwick opened their season on the road at Crestwood, falling 19-6.

 

Other Top Rated Games

In other local games Friday night... it was Southern Columbia over LineMountain 42-25, Danville beat Shikellamy 38-19, Central Columbia lost to Montoursville 14-6 and Columbia - Montour Vo-Tech fell to Sayre 29-8. For more local and regional results check out the WHLM High School Football Scoreboard.

 

 

Thursday / September 1, 2011


Donnelley / CareerLink

With word of an estimated 300 people losing their job with the planned closing of the R-R Donnelley book binding plant on Old Berwick Road... a little more than two dozen have turned to the Pennsylvania Career Link for help. Shannon Miller of the CareerLink's Lewisburg office tells us... there are a lot of options available for soon – to – be – displaced workers. Ms. Miller says P-A CareerLink on Tenny Street in Scott Township can tell you where the hot jobs are.... and how to upgrade your skills set.

 

TPC Heist

Police are trying to figure out who snatched an estimated $73,000 worth of utility vehicles to waiting trucks. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition that the thieves made off with the Kubota vehicles early Wednesday morning after cutting a fence at the rear of the TPC Power Center... along Route 11 in Scott Township. It's believed once inside the storage area... the crooks simply drove the machines through the fence and into the trucks without being noticed. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call Scott Township P-D.

 

Car in Creek

Bloomsburg Police say a woman who had been having trouble with her car... got so mad... she allegedly set the car's interior on fire and pushed it into the water at the confluence of the Susquehanna River and Fishing Creek this week. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... 22 – year old Amelia Traver of the 200 block of West Main Street later reported the '95 Nissan Altima stolen. But the car was spotted early Tuesday evening bobbing in the water.... and later retrieved by the Bloomsburg Fire Department. Traver and a male friend now face charges.

 

PPL / Columbia County

One of Eastern Pennsylvania's largest utilities is still struggling to bring their subscribers back on line following a weekend visit from Hurricane Irene. Allentown – based PPL Electric says there are still an estimated 550 subscribers in Columbia County without power this morning... down from the initial 6,200 at the height of the storm. The biggest problem area is Briar Creek Borough... where roughly 1,500 homes and business are without power. In neighboring Luzerne County... only 22 – subscribers are in the dark... and that includes just a handful of customers in Salem and Nescopeck Townships.

 

Red Cross

Where ever disaster strikes... you'll find the American Red Cross. And now with folks picking up the pieces left behind by Hurricane Irene's visit... the Red Cross is there. Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg Chapter says the Red Cross is being dispatched across the Northeast. Ms. Inklovich says what's really needed now are donations in order to keep the Red Cross and their services afloat.

 

Bloomsburg Football

The Bloomsburg Area School District kicks off it's high school football season on Friday. They'll play South Williamsport at Panther Stadium. Head coach Larry Sones has been with the program the last ten years... and so has much of his coaching staff. You can hear the game between Bloomsburg and South Williamsport Friday night starting at 6-40 on the WHLM Stations... News Radio 930.... 94.7 and 104.3.

 

BU agreement

Bloomsburg University and the town has hammered out an extension this week dealing with on – campus fire protection. For the past eight years... the University has contributed 38 – thousand dollars towards the purchase of a ladder truck back in 2003. Now... a new three year agreement with the fire department calls for a contribution of 45 – thousand dollars a year... starting this year. The deal was approved during this week's meeting of the Pennsylvania's Council of Trustees meeting on the B-U campus.

 

Meth Lab / Beach Haven

Authorities in Salem Township.... in Luzerne County... north of Berwick have raided a suspected meth lab on Main Street in Beach Haven. The lab was located in a camper. Cops stumbling upon the lab as they investigated a robbery in the area. This is the third meth lab to be discovered in the Berwick area in the past month. Thus far... no one is in custody in connection with that meth lab in Beach Haven.

 

Pleads Guilty

A 16 – year old Luzerne County teenager has pleaded guilty to charged stemming from the death of a friend. In court on Wednesday... Adam Fredmund admitted he was under the influence of alcohol... driving his Kia Sport Utility Vehicle too fast on a Wright Township road... near Glen Summit... two months ago when he crashed. The wreck killing 16 – year old Brian Madry. Fredmund could face detention until he's 21 when he's sentenced September 15th.

 

Charges Dropped

Three arson charges lodged against a homeless man have been dropped. 56 – year old Kenneth Reichart has been in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility since June after allegedly starting fires at a house in the 3 – hundred block of West Broad Street in Hazleton. The charges were dropped after a judge hearing the case said the state failed to prove their case.

 

Gas Prices

The average prices of a gallon of gas in northeastern Pennsylvania is slowing inching up. The Triple - A fuel gauge report... shows the a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular is $3.57. The Triple - A says prices were averaging $3.56 earlier this week. A week ago... gas was averaging $3.55 a gallon.

 

WHLM Sports

The Bloomsburg University Huskies opened the 2011 football season with a game against Ashland, Ohio. Ashland threatened to take the lead late in the game, but Bloomsburg strode ahead to hold on to a 27-20 victory. Bloomsburg starts conference play next Saturday against Clarion. Jim Doyle and Andy Ulicny will bring you all the action on the WHLM stations - Newsradio 930, 94.7 and 104.3.

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