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Monday / October 31, 2011


Power Outages

Crews from Pennsylvania Power and Light continue to work in order to restore power to homes and businesses across their 29 county service area. The outages aren't as numerous in Columbia and Montour counties... as compared to other areas of service. At last check... an estimated 74 subscribers are without juice this morning in Columbia County. Many of the outages in Roaring Creek and Locust Township. Only 20 subscribers were without power in Montour County. System wide... an estimated 120,000 customers are without power.... down from the estimated 200,000 without juice over the weekend.

 

Catawissa Power

All of Catawissa was in the dark Saturday evening. The power went out around 5:30.... plunging the entire borough into darkness. Power was restored at 7:55. An apparent downed power pole was the culprit. Catawissa operates it's own power system... separate from the PPL grid.

 

Absentee Ballot

Tuesday is the last day to get an absentee ballot in order to vote in November's general election. Although it's a bit late to have one mailed to your address... you could stop by the Voter Registrar's office at the Court House annex on West Main in Bloomsburg to get one. But there is a deadline to return that ballot according to Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Rapasky... and that is November 4th. The generation election is Tuesday, November 8th.

 

Catawissa Parade

A couple of thousand people lined the route of march for last night's 104th annual Catawissa Halloween parade. Despite the bone chilling cold... they sat at curbside with lawn chairs and blankets... one person telling me the parade is what she waits for each year. Now... plans will get underway soon for the 105th annual Catawissa Halloween Parade.

 

Trick or Treat

It's a big night for ghosts and goblins to be out on the street trick or treating. Bloomsburg... Benton... and Scott Township will have trick or treating starting at 6 O'clock. Danville is also in the Halloween spirit tonight.... allowing trick or treating... since Saturday night's event had to be postponed due to the inclement weather. As per usual... area police department's warning drivers to watch out for the kids... since many Halloween costumes cut down on the vision of kids out on the streets... and many of the costumes may be dark.

 

Fatal

There were a number of traffic accidents in Columbia County over the weekend due to snowy conditions... including a fatal wreck. That happened Saturday during the storm. State Police at Bloomsburg say 22 – year old Tricia Shutt of Elysburg lost control of her SUV on State route 487... near Catawissa... and slammed into a tree. The road was slippery at the time. Authorities say Ms. Shutt was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

Robbery Arrests

Three people have been arrested and charged in the robbery of a conveniencecececece store and gas station at the Dorrance exit of Interstate 81. 27 – year old Kaelin Kovalski... 25 – year old Jolene Vonglis and 38 – year old Brian Stemple... all of White Haven... have been charged with robbery. All remain in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility on 100 -thousand dollars bond each.

 

Red Light Camera's

Hazleton Mayor Joe Yannuzzi says he favors a move to install red light cameras at city stop lights. He says it's a way to cut down on red light runners... and to curb aggressive driving. Last week... the state senate okayed a measure giving third class cities... such as Hazleton and Wilkes – Barre the ability to install the red light cameras. Before the camera come to fruition... a similar bill in the state house must be adopted.

 

Sunday / October 30, 2011


Catawissa Parade

The falling snow and temperatures forced the postponement of Saturday's Catawissa Halloween Parade. Instead... the parade is scheduled for Sunday evening at the same time.It forms at 6 O'clock and steps off at 7:30.

 

Catawissa Power

All of Catawissa was in the dark Saturday evening. The power went out around 5:30.... plunging the entire boro into darkness. Power was restored at 7:55. An apparent downed power pole was the culprit.

 

PPL Outages

More than an estimated 200,000Subscribers of Allentown – based PPL were without power Saturday night into Sunday as that massive winter storms weighed down trees... then falling against power lines. The giant utility services a 29 – county area of eastern Pennsylvania... and at one point 208,000 subscribers were in the dark. By 7 O'clock Sunday morning... the number was an estimated 193,000. Of that number 1,652 subscribers were in the dark in Columbia County... while just 100 households were without power in Montour County. The hardest hit area was Lehigh.... Northampton.... Lancaster and Dauphin counties.

What's Happening Sunday October 30th, 2011


The Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Company presents the 16th annual Haunted Woods tonight from 7:00 to 10:00 pm…at 102 Mountain Shadow Lane in Bloomsburg.

 

Bloomsburg University Flood Buddies will host “Dancin’ In The Dark” this afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the BU recreation center.  It’s a Zumba fitness event, and you’re encouraged to dress in costume.  Cost is $10, and proceeds will benefit Bloomsburg families who were affected by the flood.

 

Lightstreet United Methodist Church will host “Trunk n’ Treat” tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  There will be treats, activities, food and hayrides.

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ invites you out to their Harvest Party tonight from 6:00 to 8:00 at the church located in Sweet Valley.

 

The Bloomsburg University Chamber Orchestra Concert is scheduled for tonight at 2:30 PM at St. Matthew Lutheran Church on North Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

For times of trick-or-treating your area click on the pumpkin above.

 

WHLM Sports

In High School Football heard on WHLM AM Friday night, Bloomsburg defeated Danville 28-16. On 103.5 WHLM-FM Berwick beat Coughlin in thir homecoming game 26-21. In other local action Friday night it was Mt. Carmel over Southern Columbia 22-21 and Central Columbia over Warrior Run 35-7.

 

In college ball Saturday evening, the Huskies of BU slid their way to an unprecedented 24-21 loss to CW Post. Bloomsburg drops from being undefeated to 8-1 on the season so far. They face Kutztown on the road next Saturday. You can hear all the details from this week's action in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

Saturday / October 29, 2011


Winter Storm Warning

All of us in Columbia, Montour and Luzerne County are bracing for the first snow storm of the season... coming during the last weekend of October. The National Weather Service in State College has issued a winter storm warning for central and eastern Pennsylvania where we could see anywhere from five to ten inches starting early morning Saturday.... and falling through Saturday night. The storm formed in the southeast and will move up the east coast during the day.... with the storm warning expiring Saturday night.

 

Mocanaqua Fire

Firefighters from five townships and boroughs spent the overnight battling a two alarm fire at a former shoe factory in Mocanaqua... in Luzerne County. Shickshinny, Mocanaqua and Newport Township firemen were initially called to the scene at Pond Hill Road and Kennedy Street around 11:35 Friday night.... but the first officers on the scene escalated the fire to a two alarm blaze. They eventually needed help from Hunlock Creek and the Berwick Fire Department. A fire marshal will be called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire at the old shoe factory in Mocanaqua.

 

World Series

The St. Louis Cardinals have won MLB's World Series Friday night... as they defeated the Texas Rangers 6 to 2 in Game 7. The cards got a key hit by hometown star David Freese... and six innings of pitching from Chris Carpenter. It is the Cardinal's 11th World Series crown.

 

WHLM Sports

In High School Football heard on WHLM AM Friday night, Bloomsburg defeated Danville 28-16. On 103.5 WHLM-FM Berwick beat Coughlin in thir homecoming game 26-21. In other local action Friday night it was Mt. Carmel over Southern Columbia 22-21 and Central Columbia over Warrior Run 35-7.

 

In college ball Saturday evening, the Huskies of BU slid their way to an unprecedented 24-21 loss to CW Post. Bloomsburg drops from being undefeated to 8-1 on the season so far. They face Kutztown on the road next Saturday. You can hear all the details from this week's action in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

What's Happening Saturday October 29th, 2011


Local police departments and the Columbia County Conservation district will be taking back unwanted prescription drugs today from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Drop off your old medications, no questions asked, at the Millville, Berwick, Catawissa Borough, or Locust Township police departments.

 

There is a fall craft festival and Bloomsburg benefit happening today at the Marketplace at 10th Street Plaza.  There are over 50 vendors scheduled.  With a Chinese auction and 50/50 to benefit the Bloomsburg Fire Company, and a canned food tower will be built for the Bloomsburg Food cupboard.

 

Flood victims can pick up furniture and infant and toddler items today from 10:00 to 2:00 at Freedom Hall at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds.

 

The Moose Exchange in Downtown Bloomsburg welcomes back the community market today.

 

Bloomsburg Midget Football teams are coming together as a family to support and help their teammates whose families have lost in the flood of 2011 with a Chinese basket raffle and spaghetti dinner this afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  Serving is from 4:00 to 9:00 PM at Trinity United Church of Christ on 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Local churches in Danville will host a progressive dinner to benefit the Danville American Red Cross and Good Samaritan Mission today from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  The meal starts at Trinity Lutheran on East Market Street, moves to Pine Street Lutheran, and ends at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church on East Center Street.

 

Tonight is the 104th annual Catawissa Halloween Parade.  The parade starts forming at 6:00 PM and moves at 7:30 PM.  Rain date is Sunday.

 

The Catawissa American Legion Post 541 will host a community Halloween Bash following the Catawissa Parade this evening…with entertainment by “Alive and Well.”  The establishment will be non-smoking and there will be a $2.00 cover charge.

 

The Beaver Township Volunteer Fire Company presents the 16th annual Haunted Woods.  Tonight and tomorrow night from 7:00 to 10:00 pm…at 102 Mountain Shadow Lane in Bloomsburg.

 

Bloomsburg University Flood Buddies will host “Dancin’ In The Dark” tomorrow afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the BU recreation center.  It’s a Zumba fitness event, and you’re encouraged to dress in costume.  Cost is $10, and proceeds will benefit Bloomsburg families who were affected by the flood.

 

Lightstreet United Methodist Church will host “Trunk n’ Treat” tomorrow night from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.  There will be treats, activities, food and hayrides.

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ invites you out to their Harvest Party tomorrow night from 6:00 to 8:00 at the church located in Sweet Valley.

 

The Bloomsburg University Chamber Orchestra Concert is scheduled for tomorrow night at 2:30 PM at St. Matthew Lutheran Church on North Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

For times of trick-or-treating your area click on the pumpkin above.

 

 

WHLM Sports

In High School Football heard on WHLM AM Friday night, Bloomsburg defeated Danville 28-16. On 103.5 WHLM-FM Berwick beat Coughlin in thir homecoming game 26-21. In other local action Friday night it was Mt. Carmel over Southern Columbia 22-21 and Central Columbia over Warrior Run 35-7. You can hear all the deatils from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

 

Friday / October 28, 2011


Winter Storm

We're bracing for our first expected winter storm of the season... thanks to a low pressure area developing in Dixie. The National Weather Service in State College has already issued a Winter Storm Watch for most of Central Pennsylvania.... telling us the low pressure area will ride up the east coast... and could dump up to ten inches of heavy, wet snow... starting late tonight... into tomorrow. We'll keep you posted.

 

Catawissa Fire

A state police fire marshal will be called in today to determine the cause of a blaze which extensively damaged an apartment building last night in the 200 block of Pine Street in Catawissa. The fire was discovered shortly after 6 O'clock Thursday night. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition... the blaze forced 11 people out into the street. Two of the four apartments in the building were saved by firemen... but two others sustained substantial damage. It's not known when the building can be occupied.

 

Sunbury Fire Folo

A man from Northumberland County will be charged with arson stemming from a late Wednesday night fire. Authorities say Richard Lutz said he dropped a match along side a home in the 1 – thousand block of Walnut Street.... and failed to call 911. The fire spread... eventually destroying two homes. Right now... authorities aren't saying if the fire was intentionally set... but Lutz is facing a host of felony charges.

 

Bloomsburg Administrator

It's been tough to find just the right field of candidates for the job of Bloomsburg Town administrator. The first round of candidates was dismissed.... but applications are being taken through Friday afternoon for new candidates to replace Carol Mass. She's retiring in January. A spokesperson for the town's human resources office says the salary range has been advertised at between $58,000 to $68,000 a year... depending on experience.

 

Millard / Flood

State Representative David Millard says residents of the Fernville area are frustrated at the way flood recovery is going. It's been seven weeks since the floods of September inundated the area... and Millard says the slow nature of the government adds to those frustrations.

 

Sullivan County

Work has begun in neighboring Sullivan County on state Route 154 in the Forksville area. That road was heavily damaged by flooding last month.... all caused by Loyalsock Creek. Contractors plan to re-install guardrails... and rehab some walking paths adjacent to the waterway. A spokesman for PennDOT says repairs to Route 154... as well as Route 87 in Colley Township will cost a half million dollars.

 

Danville Parade

It's might have been a little chilly last night... but hundreds of people took part in the annual Halloween Parade in Danville. A marching band... floats and fire apparatus dotted the route of march on Mill Street. Next up.... the Catawissa Halloween Parade Saturday night.

 

Arrest

Two Mountain Top men are facing a long list of charges after they allegedly robbed a woman last weekend at a fast food restaurant. Wright Township police say 41 – year old Eric Bradford and 46 – year old Raymond Thomas worked together to swipe 60 dollars from the woman's purse. In essence... Thompson distracting the woman as he asked for directions... while Bradford allegedly made off with the money. Both are in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

 

Nanticoke Bust

Four people remain in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility after they were arrested on drug charges earlier this week in Nanticoke. Police raiding a home in the 4 – hundred block of East Main Street... and arresting 28 – year old Karl Traynham... and 22 – year old Hector Lopez. Two other men from New York City were also arrested. Taken in the raid were nearly 850 bags of heroin... some crack... marijuana... $3,500 in cash and a weapon.

 

Butler Twp / Luzerne Co.

Butler Township supervisors... in Luzerne County... says they'll hold off on replacing late supervisor Robert Shelhamer until after the election. Right now... Republican Charles Altmiller... and Democrat James Caffray are seeking the seat in the November 8th general election. It's believed the candidate who wins the seat... will be appointed to fill out the remaining two months of Shelhamer's unexpired term.

 

Sunday Hunting

The fate of a bill is still in limbo... that would permit hunting on Sunday's in Pennsylvania. Following a four hour meeting on the issue Thursday... House Game and Fisheries Chairman John Evan said he was still trying to round up enough votes to get his bill out of committee. The proposed legislation is being opposed by the State Farm Bureau headed by Mifflinville's Carl Shaffer.

 

WHLM Sports

In High School Football heard on WHLM AM Friday night, Bloomsburg defeated Danville 28-16. On 103.5 WHLM-FM Berwick beat Coughlin in thir homecoming game 26-21. In other local action Friday night it was Mt. Carmel over Southern Columbia 22-21 and Central Columbia over Warrior Run 35-7. You can hear all the deatils from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

 

Thursday / October 27, 2011


Flood Stories

There is a new... fresh set of stories from last month's flood being produced by Bloomsburg High School Students. Brandon Conrad and his associates are talking to people who had to deal with the stresses of the rising water on an hourly basis. The group stopped by the studio's of WHLM on Wednesday... to video tape the radio station's story. Conrad said documenting the event is important. The series of interviews will soon be published on the internet.

 

FEMA

Time is running short to seek assistance from FEMA or a loan from the Small Business Administration after a visit from Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee. Suzanne Solomon says people need to by November 14th to be eligible for help in the 28 disaster declared counties that include Columbia... and Montour. For FEMA assistance you can go on – line to register at www.disasterassistance.gov... calling the agency at 1-800-621-FEMA... or stop by the Disaster Recovery Center in the 700 block of Sawmill Road near Lightstreet.

 

Danville Meeting

A major meeting on tap Monday in Danville... as representatives of FEMA and the Small Business Administration discuss what federal disaster assistance is available. The meeting begins at 9 AM at the Danville City Hall. The session occurs two weeks before the deadline comes to an end to apply for assistance.

 

DRC's

The mission of the Disaster Recovery Center in Schuylkill and Snyder counties is just about over. As a matter of fact... they'll be closing their doors for good this Friday. The DRC's... such as the one on Sawmill Road near Lightstreet... were opened days after the water receded from last month's floods. The center in Schuylkill County at the Pine Grove fire hall.... and that in the Career Link Center in Selinsgrove in Snyder County... will remain open from 10 AM through 7 PM.... until Friday.

 

Road Contract

PennDOT says a contract has been awarded to Wolyniec Construction of Williamsport for flood repair to two roads in Montour and Northumberland Counties. The agency's Rick Mason says both locations involve large drainage pipe replacement on Ridge Drive in Montour County.... and on Irish Valley Road in Northumberland County. The pipes were heavily damaged due to run off from September flooding. The $274,000 contract is scheduled to be completed by early December.

 

Parents Weekend

The Town of Bloomsburg is expected to be fairly crowded this weekend. Families of Bloomsburg University students will get to sample campus life during this year’s annual Parents’ Weekend. The weekend begins at midday Friday... and runs through Sunday. The weekend’s events will include athletic events, professional entertainment and recreational opportunities.

 

Dushore Burglary 

Police say they're continuing an investigation into the break in of the Dushore Pharmacy in neighboring Sullivan County. One thing police have is surveillance video. They say... what appears to be two men in hoodies... broke into the store early Tuesday morning. The owner of the store completing an inventory of the prescription drugs to see what was stolen at the Dushore Pharmacy in Sullivan County

 

Frack Water

How safe is treated drilling water?? Not very.... so says a published report. Jason Conrad.... a former Marcellus Shale field worker near Dimmock... in Susquehanna County... was found guilty this week by a district justice on a disorderly conduct charge after he placed used drilling water in a glass container. Another worker came along... and although the jar was labeled “do not use...” that worker grabbed the container and proceeded to make a pot of coffee. The unnamed worker became ill with intestinal problems.

 

 

Thursday / October 27, 2011


Flood Stories

There is a new... fresh set of stories from last month's flood being produced by Bloomsburg High School Students. Brandon Conrad and his associates are talking to people who had to deal with the stresses of the rising water on an hourly basis. The group stopped by the studio's of WHLM on Wednesday to video tape the radio station's story. Conrad said documenting the event is important. The series of interviews will soon be published on the internet.

 

Road Contract

PennDOT says a contract has been awarded to Wolyniec Construction of Williamsport for flood repair to two roads in Montour and Northumberland Counties.

The agency's Rick Mason says both locations involve large drainage pipe replacement on Ridge Drive in Montour County.... and on Irish Valley Road in Northumberland County. The pipes were heavily damaged due to run off from September flooding. The 274 – thousand dollar contract is scheduled to be completed by early December.

 

Danville Meeting

A major meeting on tap Monday in Danville... as representatives of FEMA and the Small Business Administration discuss what federal disaster assistance is available. The meeting begins at 9 AM at the Danville City Hall. The session occurs just two weeks before the deadline comes to an end to apply for assistance.

 

Disaster Relief Center's

The mission of the Disaster Recovery Center in Schuylkill and Snyder counties are just about over. As a matter of fact... they'll be closing their doors for good this Friday. The DRC's... such as the one on Sawmill Road near Lightstreet... were opened days after the water receded from last month's floods. The center in Schuylkill County at the Pine Grove fire hall.... and that in the Career Link Center in Selinsgrove in Snyder County... will remain open from 10 AM through 7 PM.... until Friday.

 

Berwick United Way

The Berwick United Way's annual fall campaign drive has a little less than a month to run. The campaign is used to fully or partially fund 14 partner agencies in the greater Berwick Area. Executive Director Joy McGinnis has a pretty simple pitch for prospective donors.... simply talking about donating a dollar a paycheck. The Berwick United Way Campaign runs through November 18th.

 

Parents Weekend

The Town of Bloomsburg is expected to be fairly crowded this weekend. Families of Bloomsburg University students will get to sample campus life during this year’s annual Parents’ Weekend. The event begins at midday Friday... and runs through Sunday. The weekend will include athletic events, professional entertainment and recreational opportunities. BU President David Soltz will welcome family members during an open forum Saturday... at the Kehr Union Fireside Lounge.

 

Dushore Break in

Police say their continuing an investigation into the break in of the Dushore Pharmacy in neighboring Sullivan County. One thing police have is surveillance video. They say... what appears to be two men in hoodies... broke into the store early Tuesday morning. The owner of the store completing an inventory of the prescription drugs to see what was stolen at the Dushore Pharmacy in Sullivan County.

 

State Bridges

A report out by Transportation for America says more than 22 – million motorists traveling through the state... are driving over structurally deficient bridges every day. According to the Washington, D.C. – based coalition dealing with transportation reform.... Pennsylvania was number one for having the most bridges in need of significant maintenance... repair or replacement. The state of Oklahoma is second in the nation when it comes to bad bridges.

 

Fracking Water

How safe is treated drilling water... not very.... so says a published report. Jason Conrad.... a former Marcellus Shale field worker near Dimmock... in Susquehanna County... was found guilty this week by a district justice on a disorderly conduct charge after he placed used drilling water in a glass container. Another worker came along... and although the jar was labeled “do not use...” that worker grabbed the container and proceeded to make a pot of coffee. The unnamed worker became ill with intestinal problems.

 

Match 6 Winner

Luzerne County has a new multi – millionaire. The state lottery office in Harrisburg says an unidentified 62 – year old Wilkes – Barre man will receive a jackpot of 4.2 - million dollars for getting all the numbers correct on Monday's Match 6 drawing. The man used a quick pick to select the winning numbers. The ticket was sold at the Anthracite Newsstand on Public Square.... which will receive $10,000 dollars for selling the winning ticket.

 

Couple Pleads Out

The couple charged by Hazleton Police for leaving their young daughter in an apartment by herself before it caught fire... has signed a plea deal in the case. Police say Pablo Chirre and Silvia Elisa Sanchez Diaz pleaded to a charge of endangering the welfare of a child in Luzerne County Court. That's a first – degree misdemeanor. Chirre and Diaz getting two years probation. The child was discovered when a fire broke out in January after the couple left the toddler by herself in an apartment at South Laurel and West Elm Streets.

Wednesday / October 26, 2011


Berwick Halloween Parade

Berwick celebrated the fall season... as they held their annual Halloween parade Tuesday night the length of Market Street. The event was followed by the burial of a time capsule chock full of today's items which will be opened in 2036.... so says Borough Manager Shane Pepe. Buried in the time capsule are pictures of Riverfest... newspaper articles... as well as an iPod.

 

Veterans Day Parade

The transition of the seasons in Bloomsburg means plenty of parades for everyone. Bloomsburg Town Councilman Paul Kinney this week saying the town is gearing up for it's annual Veterans day parade on Saturday, November 12th. Kinney says it forms at the Bloomsburg Hospital parking lot... and moves down Lightstreet road onto Main Street. There will be a ceremony at Market Square. The previous day... on November 11th... there will be a Veterans Day Service at the Wesley United Methodist Church at 3rd and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

PennDOT Roads

PennDOT is still trying to fix roads throughout the region torn up by last month's flooding. The agency's Rick Mason says that 19 – hundred roads and bridges in District 3... covered by the Montoursville area office... have been damaged... with an estimated cost of $52 – million needed for repairs. Route 487 in Columbia County... as well as Route 54 near Danville... have been reopened due to emergency contracts being issued. Other roads will be repaired on a contractual basis... or using PennDOT employees.

 

Teen Drivers Legislation

Governor Corbett has signed a new bill aimed at teenage drivers. The new legislation goes into effect in December... and regulates the number of teenagers in a car of a newly – licensed driver.... requiring additional training for nighttime and adverse weather driving... as well as seat belt use.

 

Volunteers Needed

Faith – based AGAPE of Bloomsburg are seeking volunteers for a number of programs undertaken since last month's flood. Spokesperson Kathy Lowe says people are needed to handle the traffic at their information desk... and storehouse workers... as well as to hand out food and their furniture distribution site at Freedom Hall at the Fair grounds. Want more information... call AGAPE at 317 – 2210.

 

Bloomsburg Man Arrested

A Bloomsburg man was arrested last weekend when police originally caught him allegedly stealing clothing.... but moments later he was busted on drug charges. 28 – year old Eric Simons faces a long list of allegations. His partner... 44 – year old Alan Cool of Nescopeck... is also facing drug charges. The bust happened when Simons allegedly snatched clothing from a store in the Laurel Mall near Hazleton.

 

Sara Lee

Roughly 200 employees of the Sara Lee Corporation near Sunbury are trying to figure out what their futures will be.... now that the U-S Justice Department has cleared the way for Grupo Bimbo to acquire Sara Lee's baking business. That will make Grupo Bimbo one of the largest producers of sliced bread in the U.S. The deal between the two companies is expected to close sometime next week.

 

Assault Arrest

Police say a Hazleton man is cooling his heels in the Luzerne County Prison after he allegedly took a swipe at a man with a knife... changing a tire last weekend. 56 – year old Fred Welsh of Terrace Boulevard faces a long list of charges after he allegedly pulled a knife on a man changing the flat tire on Welsh's wife's car. He also tried to head – butt an officer while placing him in back of a squad car.  Welsh is in prison on $75,000 bond.

 

Stick Up

Who is that man in a hoodie who robbed a Sunoco gas station in Dorrance midday on Tuesday? That's what police want to find out. They have video surveillance tape of a man who robbed the convenience store with a knife on the Blue Ridge Trail... but they want to know who he is. Police say after robbing the clerk... the man fled into a wooded area behind the store... and has not been seen since.

Tuesday / October 25, 2011


RR Donnelley

It will be a quiet place Tuesday... the RR Donnelley publishing firm along Old Berwick Road in South Centre Township shuttered for good. The workforce of an estimated 400 people is gone. If you recall... it was two months ago that the Chicago – based firm announced it was closing its printing plant. Since that announcement... sources tell WHLM News... that the work force has dwindled. The plant has been an important part of the Columbia County economy since the late 1960's.

 

Town Council

We won't know until early next month as to whether the Town of Bloomsburg will charge for permits to rebuild following last month's flood. The issue surfaced last night during the Town Council meeting. Mayor Dan Knorr says there's a lot of questions to be answered... especially how much money the town will receive from FEMA.

 

SBA

One of the many government agencies working to bring some sort of semblance to life in our area following the flood... is the Small Business Administration. The SBA's John Frederick says they're the federal government agency who can tide you over with a bridge loan. Frederick said the deadline for filing an application for an SBA loan is November 14th.

 

Robbery

Police in Conyngham... in Luzerne County... are investigating the stick up of a Turkey Hill Farm convenience store overnight. An all points bulletin was issued shortly after 1 O'clock for a late model Jeep seen leaving the area. As of last check... the suspects have not been located.

 

Coal Twp

The Northumberland County Coroner says a blocked chimney flue is being blamed for the deaths of three people in Coal Township earlier this month. Coroner James Kelley says 93 – year old Wayne Maurer... his 84 – year old wife... and their 43 year old daughter... Mary Jo... died of carbon monoxide poisoning. Investigators finding a blocked and damaged flue which led to the deaths in a two story home on South Oak Street. The house didn't have any carbon monoxide detectors.

 

Assault Reported

One man is in custody after he was involved in a fight on Hazleton's south side. Police say the unidentified man was carrying a machete when he was taken into custody late Sunday at the intersection of East Hickory and South Wyoming Streets. No word on the man's identity... or if charges have been filed.... or if anyone else was involved in that reported assault in Hazleton.

 

Wiltsie Center

After being saved from the wrecking ball in the late 1990's.... the former Hazleton High School is now home to preforming artists. The Alice Wiltsie Performing Arts Center opened its doors... and presented its first performance over the weekend. The building was constructed in 1926... and abandoned years later. The first big act in the building will be the group “Chicago” on November 27th.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices across Northeastern Pennsylvania are bobbing and weaving. An overnight check shows that self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging 3.48 a gallon. That's down a penny from Monday... and down two cents from a week ago. You can find gas less expensive at neighborhood convenience stores and gas stations.

 

Pension Sought

A former Luzerne County probation official tied to a massive juvenile justice investigation that landed two county judges in prison wants her pension contributions returned. There are published reports... Sandra Brulo is seeking the return of more than $96,000 in pension payments. Brulo pleaded guilty in March 2009 to tampering with juvenile court records in her position in the Luzerne County probation department.

 

Man Burned

Investigators are still trying to determine what started a fire over the weekend that critically burned a Schuylkill County man. 51 – year old John Marcavage was airlifted to the Lehigh Valley Burn Unit after he was pulled out of his New Philadelphia home by two men. Firemen were hampered in their effort to fight the fire due to a large amount of trash in the home.

Monday / October 24, 2011


AGAPE Funds

If you're one the many victims of the September floods... and still trying to get back on your feet... faith – based AGAPE of Bloomsburg is a resource you can turn to. The organization's Kathy Lowe tells us they're taking applications for assistance. You can pick up an application at AGAPE headquarters on 7th Street in Bloomsburg Monday and Tuesday... as well as Thursday through Saturday.

 

AGAPE Donation

Faith – based AGAPE of Bloomsburg has received a donation of nearly $17,000 Saturday from the so – called Mini-Fair set up in the Renco Ace Hardware parking lot after the cancellation of the 157th annual Bloomsburg Fair. At least 7 vendors set up shop... and customers contributions made the donation possible.

 

Traffic Stops

A 19 – year old volunteer EMT and Fireman from the Benton area is charged with impersonating a public servant... after he allegedly pulled over three women with his car... equipped with emergency lights. State Police at Bloomsburg say Christopher Warnig allegedly initiated at least three night time traffic stops using his VW Jetta... equipped with red and blue lights. He would approach the women wearing a blue EMT – style uniform. Police believe say there may be more victims who have not yet called authorities.

 

Juveniles

The state Senate has approved changes to Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice Act. State Senator Stewart Greenleaf says his bill is a direct response to the “Kids for Cash” scandal in neighboring Luzerne County.... calling confinement as a last resort.

 

Missing Grates

PennDOT has a mystery on their hands. The agency's Rick Mason says someone is stealing inlet cover grates along Bottle Drive in Ralpho Township.... near Paxinos in Northumberland County. Mason tells us each grate costs anywhere from $150 to $240 to replace.

 

Ambulance Records

Not enough time to destroy sensitive records. The Hazleton Standard Speaker is reporting that a former officer of the now – defunct Hazleton Community Ambulance Association failed to shred records found in a dumpster over the weekend behind the Southside fire station on Broad Street. Joseph Kotansky said he usually shred the records... but failed to do so for papers from 2003 and 2004... when he ran out of time. Those records contain ambulance runs and patient information... as well as social security numbers.

 

ATV Crash

State Police are investigating an all – terrain vehicle crash which took place in Carbon County Sunday afternoon. Police say 40 – year old Robert Kemmerer of Jim Thorpe died when his ATV went off the road near Buttonwood and North Sycamore Drives in Penn Forrest Township. A rider on the ATV.. 39 – year old Rebecca Cohen – Kemmerer was injured and flown to a Bethlehem hospital for treatment.

 

Hazle Twp Crash

A Hazle Township woman... in Luzerne County... is being treated at the Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown after she was struck by a car in her front yard late last week. 63 – year old Mary Ellen Stish remains in critical condition. The driver of the car was trying to avoid an accident in front of her... when she lost control of her car... striking Stish.

 

Fisherdale Road School Demo

Circle November 6th on you're calendar. The Roaring Creek and Catawissa Valley Historical Study Group will be having an open house and cider press demonstration at 123 Fisherdale Road near Elysburg. It starts at 2 PM. The group acquired the one room Fisherdale school house in 2009. The open house is to show the work the group has completed, will have short talks and demonstrations during this time.

Sunday / October 23, 2011


Activated Alarm

If you hear the Bloomsburg Fire Department alarm go off overnight... it was a call for an activated fire alarm at 111 W. Main Street. Fireman finding burned food on a stove.

 

AGAPE Donation

Faith – based AGAPE of Bloomsburg has received a donation of nearly $17,000 Saturday from the so – called Mini-Fair set up in the Renco Ace Hardware parking lot after the cancellation of the 157th annual Bloomsburg Fair. At least 7 vendors set up shop... and customers contributions made the donation possible.

 

Missing Grates

PennDOT has a mystery on their hands. The agency's Rick Mason says someone is stealing inlet cover grates along Bottle Driver in Ralpho Township.... near Paxinos in Northumberland County. Mason tells us each grate costs anywhere from $150 to $240 to replace. If you see any suspicious activity... call PennDOT toll – free at 1 – 800 – FIX – ROAD.

 

Fisherdale Road School Demo

Circle November 6th on you're calendar. The Roaring Creek and Catawissa Valley Historical Study Group will be having an open house and cider press demonstration at 123 Fisherdale Road near Elysburg. It starts at 2 PM. The group acquired the one room Fisherdale school house in 2009. The open house is to show the work the group has completed, will have short talks and demonstrations during this time.

 

CBS Correspondent Passes

CBS News correspondent Robert Pierpoint has died in Santa Barbara. He was 86. Pierpoint covered the White House from Eisenhower to Carter... then became State Department correspondent.

 

World Series / Game 3

Cardinals' first baseman Albert Pujols makes history in game 3 of the World Series hitting 3 home runs. The final score St. Louis 16 and the Texas Rangers 7. Game four Sunday night at 8 O'clock.

 

What's Happening Sunday October 23, 2011


Espy Fire Hall in Bloomsburg is hosting a pasta lunch buffet today for Robin Hrinda, a local mother fighting a rare form of breast cancer.  The buffet is open from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, meal is $7.00 for you, $5.00 for you children.

 

Trinity United Methodist Church in Danville is hosting a blood drive from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm today.

 

Reichart’s Mardi Gras in association with Drumming Academy and Extreme Audio present HEART a benefit concert today at the Caldwell Consistory in Bloomsburg.  Admission is $20.00 and bands will play from 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  HEART stands for Helping Everyone Affected Rebuild Together.

 

The Orangeville Nursing and Rehab Center invites you out to a Vera Bradley Bingo today at 2:00 pm.   Tickets are $20.00 with a $5.00 ticket price discount if you donate a 5lb or more bag of dog or cat food.  All proceeds benefit the center’s activities department and the Animal Resource Center.

 

WHLM Sports

In High School football Friday night, in a game heard on Newsradio 930 Central Columbia fell to Lewisburg in their Homecoming match 28-12. On 103.5 Berwick and Pittston traded blows with Berwick emerging the 42-31 victor. In Pregame ceremonies at Southern Columbia Henry Hynoski's #27 jersey was retired. Hynoski was on hand for the honor and for the 41-0 Southern win over Loyalsock. In other local action Friday, Bloomsburg soundly beat Warrior Run 57-6, and Danville beat Shamokin 42-14.

 

In College ball Saturday, the Huskies of BU broke the DII record books in coming back from a 35-point deficit against West Chester. Bloomsburg put up 55 consecutive points by the end of the game, the final 55-42. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

What's Happening Saturday October 22, 2011


There is no shortage of food in our area today.  Here’s a list of meals that are happening:

 

The Bloomsburg High School Football boosters second annual spaghetti dinner is being served up this afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.  Cost is $8.00 for you, $4.00 for your kids under 12, and free for kids under 3.  It gets you spaghetti, meatballs, salad, rolls, beverage and dessert.  It’s happening at Wesley United Methodist Church.  The Panther will be there along with a varsity football player.

 

AGAPE is hosting pasta-palooza today from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Lime Ridge Community Center.

 

St. John’s Community Church in Catawissa is serving open pit roasted chicken dinners today from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  The church is located at 3rd and Pine Streets.

 

The Montour-Delong Fairgrounds are hosting an all you can eat haddock fish dinner from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.  Meals are $12 for you, half price for kids, and free for any active military people dressed in uniform.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church will host a pork dinner and bazaar from 4:30 to 6:0 pm.  417 Town Hill Road in Shickshinny.

 

Grace United Methodist Church in Millgrove, PA invites you to a roast pork and sauerkraut supper with bake sale from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

 

There are plenty of other activities too…

 

It’s pumpkin palooza in Danville today from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm…there are lots of pumpkin-related events for your family.  All proceeds will benefit the parks, trails and recreation programs in Montour County.

 

There is a barn sale fundraiser to benefit Katy’s Church happening from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm at 10 Phillips Road in Bloomsburg between Millville and Jerseytown on Route 254.

 

The Fall Festival is happening at Trinity United Church of Christ from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm today, 260 East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The annual fall craft fair at Columbia Montour Vo Tech is today from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

 

Jackson Baptist Church in Derr Township is holding a clothing and household item giveaway today from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

 

Mentor Ministries International invite you to disaster relief fun day happening from 2:00 to 7:00 pm at Young’s Funny Farm located on Knob Mountain Road in Berwick.

 

Alpha Phi Omega from Bloomsburg University is hosting a free kids’ fun night with games, crafts, food and movies, from 1:00 to 8:00 pm at Community of Christ Church in Bloomsburg.

 

The Beaver Township Fire Company haunted woods are open from 7:00 to 10:00 pm tonight…located at 102 Mountain Shadow Lane in Bloomsburg.

 

There are blood drives at the Orangeville Fire Hall from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and the Geisinger Medical Building on Front Street in Berwick from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

The Columbia Montour Genealogical Society are hosting a genealogy fair at the Northern Columbia Community and Cultural Center in Benton from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

 

There will be a full meeting of the Columbia-Montour chapter full gospel business men’s fellowship international today at 10:00 am at Bloomsburg Community Church located on West Street.

 

And, Hetlerville United Methodist Church will hold a hymn sing tonight at 7:00 pm with special music and light refreshments.

 

WHLM Sports

In High School football Friday night, in a game heard on Newsradio 930 Central Columbia fell to Lewisburg in their Homecoming match 28-12. On 103.5 Berwick and Pittston traded blows with Berwick emerging the 42-31 victor. In Pregame ceremonies at Southern Columbia Henry Hynoski's #27 jersey was retired. Hynoski was on hand for the honor and for the 41-0 Southern win over Loyalsock. In other local action Friday, Bloomsburg soundly beat Warrior Run 57-6, and Danville beat Shamokin 42-14.

 

In College ball Saturday, the Huskies of BU broke the DII record books in coming back from a 35-point deficit against West Chester. Bloomsburg put up 55 consecutive points by the end of the game, the final 55-42. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

Friday / October 21, 2011


Fair Refunds
If you had tickets to attend the night shows at this year's Bloomsburg Fair... now you can get refunds. The 157th annual edition of the fair was canceled following the flooding produced by Tropical Storm Lee. According to the Fair's Facebook page... an estimated 30,000 refund transactions have taken place this week alone. The entry goes on to say that personnel will be at the office at the Grandstand Monday thru Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM... and on Saturday from 9 to 3.

 

Absentee Ballot

The general election on November 8th is fast approaching... and your last opportunity to pick up an absentee ballot is November 1st. Columbia County Chief Registrar Matt Rapasky says to get an absentee ballot... just call or stop by the Voter Registration off at the Columbia County Courthouse Annex on Main Street. All ballots must be returned by the close of business on November 4th.

 

PennDOT / Orangeville

Work began this week on two state roads west of Orangeville... damaged by flood waters last month. PennDOT's Rick Mason says contractor Robert C. Young has started repairs along Green Creek and Charmund Roads in Orange Township. Both roads have been closed since the September floods. The $286,000 project is expected to be wrapped up in mid – November.

 

BTE

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble is getting ready for their production of Holiday Memories starting November 25th. The BTE's Richard Cannaday says the Truman Capote story deals with his upbringing in the deep south during the depression... with his two friends... his dog and an eccentric aunt. The production running from November 25th to December 30th at the BTE Theater on Center Street.

 

Harrisburg Bankruptcy

Governor Corbett has signed legislation on Thursday that allows for the takeover of the state's capital city of Harrisburg, setting up a legal confrontation between the state and the city. The bill paves the way for the governor to declare a state of fiscal emergency that leads to a recovery plan for Harrisburg, which filed for bankruptcy last week.

 

West Hazleton Oversight

The city of West Hazleton will soon be operating in the black. For the past five years... the city treasury had been running at a deficit... but due to some pencil sharpening... and getting volunteer help for projects.... the city will soon be on the plus side of the ledger. When West Hazleton achieves it's goal early next year... it will be the first time since 2006 the city has not been operation with state oversight.

 

Butcher Knife Attack

A Hazleton man is in trouble with the law. 35 – year old Omar Rivera of North Vine Street... is charged with attacking a woman with a butcher knife in mid – September. Police say Maria Perez was arguing with Rivera... when he allegedly grabbed a butcher knife... cutting her face. Rivera is facing a host of charges... and remains in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility.

 

Soldier Honored

An area soldier killed in Iraq in 2003 has been honored by the State House... and now has a road in his name. Representative Linda Culver says a portion of State Route 642 in Northumberland and Montour counties is now known as the Zachariah Long Highway. Ms. Culver's office says the newly named highway stretches from the intersection of Route 642 and Route 54... and proceeding west to the boarder of Northumberland and Union counties.

 

WHLM Sports

In High School football Friday night, in a game heard on Newsradio 930 Central Columbia fell to Lewisburg in their Homecoming match 28-12. On 103.5 Berwick and Pittston traded blows with Berwick emerging the 42-31 victor. In Pregame ceremonies at Southern Columbia Henry Hynoski's #27 jersey was retired. Hynoski was on hand for the honor and for the 41-0 Southern win over Loyalsock. In other local action Friday, Bloomsburg soundly beat Warrior Run 57-6, and Danville beat Shamokin 42-14. You can hear all the details from Friday's action in the WHLM Friday NIght Football Update:

 

 

 

Thursday / October 20, 2011


Hock Flood Money

It's been just about a month since former Bloomsburg resident Gary Hock earmarked $100,000 for flood recovery in the area. Hock is now a California developer... based in Montecito... and has directed Bloomsburg attorney John Mihalik to take care of of distributing the money... in $500 chunks... to flood victims who need it the most. Mihalik telling us... that through e-mails. Mr. Hock appears to be pleased with the distribution efforts. Attorney Mihalik says applications from an estimated 200 people were processed over the past couple of weeks.

 

Municipal Assistance

Officials of municipalities will spend a some time with representative FEMA and PEMA as to how to be reimbursed from all the flooding we endured a month ago. In most cases... municipalities and non – profits can recoup up to 75% of their expenses from FEMA... with the remaining 25% from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Thursday night's meeting gets underway at 7 O'clock at the Bloomsburg High School on Railroad Street.

 

Wanted Person

Bloomsburg Police and other cop shops around the area are looking for 38 – year old Dennis James Conklin. Police chief Leo Sokoloski says Conklin is wanted on a felony burglary arrest warrant. If you know the whereabouts of Dennis Conklin.... call BPD officer Kenneth Auchter at 784-6779.

 

I-80 Construction

Construction continues this week in association with the Interstate 80 river bridges project in South Centre and Mifflin Townships. PennDOT tells us the eastbound right lane will be closed between the Lime Ridge and the Mifflinville interchanges... now through noontime Friday. The agency's Rick Mason also says stop signs remain in place at the top of the ramps entering westbound I-80 from Route 339 south and eastbound I-80 from Route 11 north.

 

YMCA / 5 K

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA is expanding their 10th annual 5 K run through the streets of Bloomsburg on New Year's eve. The Y has produced a package to please just about everyone... centered around the run... which includes a hotel stay... and a new years eve party. Call the Y... on 7th Street in Bloomsburg for more information.

 

State Supreme Court

The Pennsylvania State Supreme court is now using social networking to alert all of us about decisions and rulings. A Twitter feed is now being used to provide quick notification of new orders... rules... opinions and statements written by the justices. A spokesperson for the justices says it's part of the court's commitment to provide access to proceedings and documents.

 

Hazleton Teachers

There is a pilot program underway in the Hazleton School District... and could change the way public school teachers are evaluated. It's all part of Governor Corbett's education reform package. Hazleton teachers will now be graded as in the past... but student progress is also being thrown in for good measure. The program also calls for feedback to the evaluation... as well as resources to help teachers improve in their weak areas.

 

Busted

A Freeland man is in trouble with the law. 28 – year old Jonathan Searfoss has been arrested on a number of drug – related charges... when Beaver Meadows police allegedly found a dozen heroin packets on him during a traffic stop earlier this week. Police say Searfoss is in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility in lieu of 25 – thousand dollars bond. They add the driver of the car... 28 – year old Keith Roberts of Junedale failed a field sobriety test and could be charged with DUI.

 

Road Work

If you're route takes you near Broad Street and Jefferson Avenue in West Hazleton... be prepared to spend some time in traffic. Work on a road project... part of the Broad Street Corridor Project... is now a daytime only job. That... after residents in the area complained of all the noise associated with overnight road work. If you're headed into that area... PennDOT is asking you to use an alternate route.

Wednesday / October 19, 2011


Flood / Town Council

There was a special meeting of Bloomsburg Town Council Tuesday night as to how the town government preformed during last month's flooding. However, it turned into a session dealing with flood protection. Issues like dredging the waterways... to flood walls... to the purchase of the Streater property came up. Council person Diane Levan says there is still a lot of frustration among town residents. Overall... town government received high marks as to their performance during last month's flood... and the actions taken to make the town safe.

 

FEMA Deadline

The deadline is fast approaching to register for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA's Mike Sweet says November 14th is the last day to register for help from the federal government. You can register with FEMA by going on – line to www.disasterassistance.gov or by calling the agency at 1- 800 – 621 - FEMA.

 

Flood Legislation

Three state representatives from neighboring Luzerne County have introduced a series of bills stemming from the recent flooding in Northeastern Pennsylvania. State Rep Phyllis Mundy says the recent flooding has brought to light flaws in Pennsylvania's disaster assistance system. Meantime.... State Rep Gerald Mullery says a bill he is proposing would streamline the aid process to those people effected by flooding.

 

PPL Operator

A senior reactor operator at PPL's Steam Electric Station in Salem Township... north of Berwick... had an eventful vacation in Indiana. The unnamed operator was arrested for indecent exposure by Indiana State Police. After telling his bosses... the Nuclear Regulatory Commission got involved.. saying they're evaluating the issue. Senior Operators are expected to mention any legal problems to their employers when they report back on the job... with the individual involved reporting his troubles two days after he returned from vacation.

 

Bridge Replaced

A sign of normalcy following the floods of last month. PennDOT telling us that a bridge replacement project on Camp Lavigne Road... in Sugarloaf Township in northern Columbia County... has been opened to traffic. The agency's Rick Mason says a contractor replaced the previous bridge over Coles Creek on the existing alignment, just off the intersection with Route 487. The structure was replaced at a cost of $911,000.
 

Hazleton Demolition

Demolition is underway along the so – called Broad Street Corridor Project in Hazleton. Already this week, crews have dropped a house at the corner of Spruce and Cedar streets... and a second house will soon be raised. The land will be used for off street parking for Lackawanna College's Hazleton Center.  The demolition work is being paid for by PennDOT.

 

Inmate Care

Thanks to a move by the general assembly... the cost of keeping a prison inmate healthy will drop somewhat. The move means a significant savings to Luzerne County... so says Prison Warden Joseph Piazza during Tuesday's Prison Board meeting. The general assembly has placed caps on the amount health care providers can charge on an out – patient basis... following guidelines established by Medicaid and Medicare.

Tuesday / October 18, 2011


Special Meeting

Residents of the town of Bloomsburg... will have an opportunity to talk about recent flooding across the town during a special council meeting Tuesday night. Town officials want to hear the good, the bad and the ugly with the actions of the town... so says Mayor Dan Knorr. That special meeting takes place starting at 6 O'clock... Tuesday night... at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall at Market and 9th Streets.

 

AGAPE Donation

Faith – based AGAPE of Bloomsburg has a hefty donation from a major Columbia County business that has given in the past. The Kawneer Company through the Alcoa Foundation... donating $10,000 Monday afternoon to help AGAPE's mission

 

Flood Grant

Applications will be accepted Tuesday and Wednesday as two local groups continue their quest to give away portions of a $100,000 gift for flood relief by former Bloomsburg resident Gary Hock. Attorney Jack Mihalik says Wesley United Methodist Church and the Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation will take applications... this Tuesday and Wednesday... at the Bloomsburg YMCA starting at 5:30 PM. But now, they're expanding their area of eligibility to flood victims in South Centre... and Scott Township. Also included are flood victims of the Town of Bloomsburg.. Montour and Hemlock Townships. The 500-dollar grants are to be used by flood victims who lost personal items to the water.

 

Lou Barletta

A town hall meeting held Monday night in Hazleton by congressman Lou Barletta turned nasty. As the former Hazleton mayor attempted to explain his goals while in Washington... people in the audience started interrupting the answers to questions. That's the same thing that happened to the freshman republican during a town hall in Espy... in Scott Township last spring. This was Mr. Barletta's first public session since announcing two months ago... he was eliminating town hall – style meetings.

 

County Council

The name of a Freeland businessman will now show up on the November 8th general election ballot for Luzerne County Council. 52 – year old Michael Lacey... a pharmacist... replaces Betsy Summers who says she'll direct her energy in a run for Wilkes – Barre Mayor. In addition to Lacey... Libertarian candidate Tim Mullen and Brian Bergman will also be on the fall ballot.

 

SAT Average

The State Department of Education says the Crestwood School District is one of a half – dozen in Northeastern Pennsylvania to surpass state and national averages on the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Crestwood students had an average SAT Score of 1,091.... while Hazleton Area School District students averaged 901 on the SAT's

 

Disaster declaration

Ever since the rain of tropical storm Lee stopped last month... then producing flooding... we have been under a presidential Disaster Declaration. Now that declaration has been expanded to provide public assistance for Columbia County. County Emergency Management coordinator Larry Lahiff... telling us the assistance is designed to provide disaster and financial aid to municipalities... public utilities... fire companies... schools and some non – profit organizations. Lahiff says an application meeting will be held Thursday night... starting at 7 O'clock... at the Bloomsburg High School on 11th Street.

 

I - 80

If you use Interstate 80 in Montour County... you may be faced with a traffic trouble spot this week. PennDOT's Rick Mason says a short-term lane closure is in effect in the westbound direction from mile markers 216 to 220 from now through noon time Friday. There is a vehicle width restriction of 14 feet for this section. Mason says a contractor will be sawing and sealing joints, and installing rumble strips.

Monday / October 17, 2011


Mini – Fair

A mini-fair of sorts for Four – H and F-F-A at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend as participants got to show off their cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. Livestock superintendent Jeff Giger says it's a great growing experience for participants.

 

Lt. Governor

One person on the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Sunday for the so – called mini fair was Lt. Governor Jim Cawley. Mr. Cawley says the weekend event is a testimony to the resilience to the American Farmer and the people of this area. On another subject... Mr. Cawley says talks will get underway soon in Harrisburg dealing with a number of different aspects regarding flood wall protection for Bloomsburg.

 

Hock Money

The two groups handling the $100,000 earmarked for flood relief by former Bloomsburg resident Gary Hock says they're expanding the area of eligibility. Bloomsburg attorney Jack Mihalik telling us over the weekend that the Wesley United Methodist Church and the Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation is expanding the relief fund to flood victims in South Centre township... as well as Scott Township in the vicinity of Old Berwick Road from the Bloomsburg town line to McGuire Park Drive near Central High School. As has been the case during the past few weeks... applications will still be taken from flood victims who live in Bloomsburg, Hemlock and Montour Townships. You can fill out the paperwork Tuesday and Wednesday... starting at 5:30... at the Bloomsburg YMCA.

 

FEMA Money

It's been a little more than a month since record breaking floods produced by the rain of tropical storm Lee inundated the region. Now... we're learning FEMA has distributed nearly 108 – million dollars in grants to people seeking help. That money used for temporary housing... home repairs and personal property losses. Meantime.. the Small Business Administration has doled out nearly 25 – million dollar in low interest loans... while the flood insurance program has kicked in an additional 33 – million dollars.

 

Hazleton Fatal

An autopsy is scheduled for Monday for a White Haven teenager who died over the weekend along Club 40 road in Hazleton. Police say 18 – year old Paul DeNoia was pronounced death at the scene. State Police spent Sunday re-constructing the accident scene to determine how DeNoia's car crashed. A second person riding in the car was injured. He was taken to a Hazleton hospital for treatment.

 

Hazleton Arson

A state police fire marshal says an abandoned building which was burned... was the work of an arsonist. The incident happened at the start of the weekend at 81 N. Wyoming Street. Investigators says combustible material was set on fire in three locations inside the building.

 

Hugo Selenski

It appears the murder trial of Hugo Selenski will begin in neighboring Luzerne County Court in Wilkes – Barre on November 29th. Jury selection will begin during mid – November. Selenski is accused of murdering two people back in 2002. He is already serving a 32 to 65 year sentence in state prison for conviction stemming from a Monroe County home invasion.

 

Harrisburg Trouble

A federal judge will hear arguments Monday over whether Pennsylvania's cash-strapped capital city can move ahead with a bankruptcy petition. The state of Pennsylvania and Harrisburg's mayor are fighting a 4-to-3 City Council vote that authorized the city to file for bankruptcy protection. Harrisburg is saddled with about 400 – million dollars of debt... and six pending lawsuits, mostly related to an aging trash incinerator.

 

What's Happening Sunday October 16th


The 4-H and FAA Livestock Show and Sale is happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend.

 

Today is the Fall Bazaar happening at the Orangeville Nursing and Rehab Center from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is hosting their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet today from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

Saint Joseph Church in Berwick is hosting pasta palooza today from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.

 

And, Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg will sponsor a ham loaf dinner today from 5:00 to 7:00 to benefit the Gate House Transitional Housing and Care Center in Danville.

 

You can catch the final performance of Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s opening show “Doubt, A Parable.”  Showtime this afternoon at 3:00.

 

The Northern Community and Cultural Center presents Philadelphia based Alchemy Dance Company this afternoon at 2:00 pm at the Benton High School.

 

Tonight Bethany United Methodist Church in Berwick invites you out to enjoy the Whery Family in concert.  They’ll host a pot luck dinner at 5:00 pm, and the concert starts at 6:00 pm.

 

WHLM Sports

In High School football Friday night, Berwick was on the road at Williamsport. The Bulldogs were the easy victors in a 43-0 win. Listen to the details from the game with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

In College football Saturday afternoon the Huskies of BU butted heads with Shippensburg and emerged the victor 38-18.

 

 

What's Happening Saturday October 15th


The Dream Machines Motor Club present Hurricane Lee Flood of Cars Cruise happening at the Columbia Mall Parking Lot until 3:00 this afternoon.  There is no registration fee, and donations will be accepted to benefit the Benton, Bloomsburg and Orangeville Volunteer Fire Departments.

 

The 4-H and FAA Livestock Show and Sale is happening at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds this weekend.

 

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host a craft and vendor sale today until 2:00 this afternoon.  The church is located on Fowler Ave in Berwick.

 

There is a fall craft show happening at the J.J. Ferrara Center on Broad Street in Hazleton today with free entertainment all day.  It’s sponsored by the Pennsylvania Theatre Of Performing Arts.

 

Bethany United Methodist Church in Berwick is hosting a clothing giveaway today; the church is located on Summerhill Avenue.

 

The Columbia County Tea Party is hosting a rally today from 11:30 to 5:00 at the Espy Fire Company Carnival Grounds.

 

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble has a busy weekend.  This morning it’s Mooreland the Magician for your kids at the Alvina Krause Theatre.  And tonight you can catch one of two last performances of their season opening show “Doubt, A Parable.”  Showtime tonight is 7:30 and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00.

 

The Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg is haunted today.  Your kids can participate in a scavenger hunt, Halloween crafts, treats and more.  They’ll receive a dollar off admission for dressing in costume.  The museum is open from 10:00 to 4:00 and is open on 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Beaver Township Fire Company presents the 16th annual Haunted woods.  Open tonight, and the remaining Fridays and Saturdays in October and Sunday October 30th from 7:00 to 10:00 pm.  They are located at 102 Mountain Shadow Lane in Bloomsburg.

 

The Orangeville Nursing and Rehab Center Fall Bazaar is tomorrow from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

 

The Northern Community and Cultural Center presents Philadelphia based Alchemy Dance Company tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 pm at the Benton High School.

 

Tomorrow night Bethany United Methodist Church in Berwick invites you out to enjoy the Whery Family in concert.  They’ll host a pot luck dinner at 5:00 pm, and the concert starts at 6:00 pm.

 

And there are plenty of meals happening in our area this weekend…

 

Saint James United Church of Christ located in Danville invites you out for a homemade ice cream, soup and sandwich sale today, you can eat there or take it home.

 

Strawberry Ridge United Church of Christ in Danville is serving up a chicken and waffle dinner today from 1:00 to 6:00 pm.

 

Christ United Methodist Church is hosting another one of their famous fish suppers today from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at the Sugarloaf Schoolhouse in Grassmere Park near Benton.

 

St. John’s annual turkey supper is this afternoon…the church is located at 29 High Road between Danville and Elysburg.  Serving starts at 3:00.

 

The Catawissa Halloween Parade hopes you’ll come out to their roast beef dinner today from 4:00 to 7:00 at the Catawissa Fire Hall.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is hosting their monthly all you can eat breakfast buffet tomorrow from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 

Saint Joseph Church in Berwick is hosting pasta palooza tomorrow from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.

 

And, Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg will sponsor a ham loaf dinner tomorrow from 5:00 to 7:00 to benefit the Gate House Transitional Housing and Care Center in Danville.

 

WHLM Sports

In High School football Friday night, Berwick was on the road at Williamsport. The Bulldogs were the easy victors in a 43-0 win. Listen to the details from the game with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Most of our area games were postponed until Saturday evening. Bloomsburg @ Hughesville, Central Columbia @ Mifflinburg, and our Game of the Week Danville @ Southern Columbia. You can hear all the action in that game with Johnathan Schwab and Kurt Stellfox on the WHLM Stations - Newsradio 930, 94.7, 104.3, WHLM.com and now at WBWX 1280 in Berwick. The pregame starts at 6:30.

 

In College football Saturday afternoon the Huskies of BU butted heads with Shippensburg and emerged the victor 38-18.

 

 

Friday / October 14, 2011


Kulpmont Death

An autopsy will be preformed Friday on the body of a woman found in the back of a car Thursday morning in Kulpmont. State Police say 22 – year old Kortni Kenenitz of Kulpmont was discovered in a car in the 700 block of Chestnut Street. Now... police are treating the death as suspicious and want to determine died of natural causes or if Kenenitz was murdered.

 

Bloomsburg Fire Call

Bloomsburg firemen rolled all their apparatus early Friday morning for a reported structure fire at 136 East Main Street. What they found... according to fire chief Bob Rupp... was nothing more than someone setting off a dry chemical fire extinguisher. Fire and police department personnel have asked for surveillance video of the area to see who set off that fire extinguisher.

 

Nescopeck Fire

A Nescopeck home was destroyed Tuesday when flames swept through the 2 story structure on Second Street. The home is owned by the Berger family... who just a month ago... battled water in their basement from tropical storm Lee. Marlin Berger, Junior said they were installing a new furnace. One fire official says he believes the fire started on the side of the house... and it didn't appear to be suspicious in nature.

 

I-80 Accident

Traffic should be up to speed this morning at mile marker 238 of Interstate 80 between the Lightstreet and Lime Ridge interchanges. Thursday morning... state police were in the middle of an investigation dealing with a tractor – trailer accident. The driver was killed when his big rig hit an embankment... rolling the truck over on it's top.

 

Fishing Creek Accident

An Orangeville woman is dead after she lost control of the car she was driving and it ended up in a field. Authorities say 56 – year old Alice Morris died around 5:30 Thursday morning when her sport utility vehicle went off the side of Harrison Road... rolled over... ending up in a field in Fishing Creek Township. Harrison Road... between Asbury and Country... was shut down for a few hours while police conducted their investigation.

 

Flood / Hock Money

Although an estimated 120 people have filed applications for the 100 – thousand dollar grant from former Bloomsburg resident Gary Hock for flood relief... his attorney says there are more people to be served. Grant's of $500 are being distributed to flood victims of Bloomsburg... Hemlock and Montour Township. You first need to get a FEMA number... then fill out an application... starting at 5:30 Friday afternoon at the Bloomsburg YMCA on 7th Street.

 

Sheppton Fire

An East Union Township garage was destroyed by fire Thursday afternoon near the village of Sheppton. Now... authorities say they believe a lightning street was the cause of the fire. Firemen were able to save a vehicle from the flames while fighting the blaze.

 

 

WHLM Sports

In High School football Friday night, Berwick was on the road at Williamsport. The Bulldogs were the easy victors in a 43-0 win. Listen ot the details from the game with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Most of our area games were postponed until Saturday evening. Bloomsburg @ Hughesville, Central Columbia @ Mifflinburg, and our Game of the Week Danville @ Southern Columbia. You can hear all the action in that game with Johnathan Schwab and Kurt Stellfox on the WHLM Stations - Newsradio 930, 94.7, 104.3, WHLM.com and now at WBWX 1280 in Berwick. The pregame starts at 6:30.

 

 

Thursday / October 13, 2011


Traffic Backup on I-80

We're getting word into the newsroom that a portion of Interstate 80 has become a parking lot. PennDOT's Rick Mason tells us that due to a Thursday morning crash of a big rig at mile marker 238... between Lime Ridge and Lightstreet.. westbound traffic is backed up to mile marker 251. That's four miles into Luzerne County. Eastbound traffic isn't any better according to PennDOT. Traffic is backed up to the Buckhorn interchange in Columbia County. If your plans take you through that area... please take an alternate route.

 

Fatal Accident

An Orangeville woman is dead after she lost control of the car she was driving and it ended up in a field. State Police say 56 – year old Alice Morris died shortly before 6 O'clock Thursday morning when her sport utility vehicle went off the side of Harrison Road... ending up in a field in Fishing Creek Township. Harrison... between Asbury and Country Roads... was shut down for a few hours while authorities conducted their investigation.

 

Flood / Businesses

Dozens of businesses across Columbia County are trying to get back on their feet after last month's flood. Columbia – Montour County Chamber President Fred Gaffney says loans are available from the Small Business Administration... but don't discount your local banker. Gaffney says... in many cases... the deals being promoted by local bankers have a better interest rate than the federally – backed SBA.

 

Flood Tax

Budget preparations are underway for the Town of Bloomsburg. Now... there's word that Mayor Dan Knorr is floating the idea of a temporary... so-called “Flood Tax” on property owners. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... that before that happens... council wants to see how much they'll be reimbursed from FEMA for money spent from a $700,000 surplus fund... designed specifically for emergencies. Thus far... the town has spent an estimated $490,000 for recovery from last month's flooding.

 

I-80 Lighting

If you use the Interstate 80 Lightstreet interchange... it's been pretty dark recently. PennDOT says a contractor performing work along State Route 487 in Scott Township... damaged some underground wiring... which powers the lights. An agency spokesperson says a time table for fixing the problem has not been established.

 

Harrisburg Bankrupt

The financially troubled city government in Harrisburg has filed for bankruptcy. Earlier this week... the City Council voted to approve the move. A spokesman for Mayor Linda Thompson says council's actions are illegal. In a petition for bankruptcy... debts total just over 400 – million dollars

 

Citations

Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski has come out with the statistics gathered during last weekend's Bloomsburg University homecoming event. Overall... 24 traffic citations were issued. Of that... one driver was arrested for DUI. Citations were handed out to 22 people for underage alcohol violations... and five were busted on a charge of public drunkenness.

 

Airport Beltway

PennDOT says a fix is in the works to help alleviate traffic accidents on the Airport Beltway... north of Hazleton in Luzerne County. The agency says a traffic light will be installed... and the road widened. The highway links Route 93 with 309 in Hazle and Sugarloaf Townships. An accident earlier this week claimed the life of a McAdoo man.

 

Selinski

Could the double murder trial of Hugo Selenski be put off until after the first of the year? That's a possibility since Judge Joseph Van Jura's term ends January 2nd. Right now... everything is ready to start Selinski's trial on November 14th. But there's a possibility the trial wouldn't end by December 28th. Selenski is accused of murdering Tammy Fassett and Michael Kerkowski in May of 2002... with their bodies found in a grave near Selenski's Kingston Township home the following year.

 

Man Struck

A Hazleton man was treated for injuries after he was struck by a car at the intersection of West Broad and Route 924 in Hazleton last night. Police say 18 – year old Christopher DeJesus – Genao received head and leg injuries. He was dressed in dark clothing and wearing headphones when he was struck.  The driver of the car is identified as Suzanne Lyate of Hazle Township.

Thursday / October 13, 2011


Traffic Backup on I-80

We're getting word into the newsroom that a portion of Interstate 80 has become a parking lot. PennDOT's Rick Mason tells us that due to a Thursday morning crash of a big rig at mile marker 238... between Lime Ridge and Lightstreet.. westbound traffic is backed up to mile marker 251. That's four miles into Luzerne County. Eastbound traffic isn't any better according to PennDOT. Traffic is backed up to the Buckhorn interchange in Columbia County. If your plans take you through that area... please take an alternate route.

 

Fatal Accident

An Orangeville woman is dead after she lost control of the car she was driving and it ended up in a field. State Police say 56 – year old Alice Morris died shortly before 6 O'clock Thursday morning when her sport utility vehicle went off the side of Harrison Road... ending up in a field in Fishing Creek Township. Harrison... between Asbury and Country Roads... was shut down for a few hours while authorities conducted their investigation.

 

Flood / Businesses

Dozens of businesses across Columbia County are trying to get back on their feet after last month's flood. Columbia – Montour County Chamber President Fred Gaffney says loans are available from the Small Business Administration... but don't discount your local banker. Gaffney says... in many cases... the deals being promoted by local bankers have a better interest rate than the federally – backed SBA.

 

Flood Tax

Budget preparations are underway for the Town of Bloomsburg. Now... there's word that Mayor Dan Knorr is floating the idea of a temporary... so-called “Flood Tax” on property owners. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in today's edition... that before that happens... council wants to see how much they'll be reimbursed from FEMA for money spent from a $700,000 surplus fund... designed specifically for emergencies. Thus far... the town has spent an estimated $490,000 for recovery from last month's flooding.

 

I-80 Lighting

If you use the Interstate 80 Lightstreet interchange... it's been pretty dark recently. PennDOT says a contractor performing work along State Route 487 in Scott Township... damaged some underground wiring... which powers the lights. An agency spokesperson says a time table for fixing the problem has not been established.

 

Harrisburg Bankrupt

The financially troubled city government in Harrisburg has filed for bankruptcy. Earlier this week... the City Council voted to approve the move. A spokesman for Mayor Linda Thompson says council's actions are illegal. In a petition for bankruptcy... debts total just over 400 – million dollars

 

Citations

Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski has come out with the statistics gathered during last weekend's Bloomsburg University homecoming event. Overall... 24 traffic citations were issued. Of that... one driver was arrested for DUI. Citations were handed out to 22 people for underage alcohol violations... and five were busted on a charge of public drunkenness.

 

Airport Beltway

PennDOT says a fix is in the works to help alleviate traffic accidents on the Airport Beltway... north of Hazleton in Luzerne County. The agency says a traffic light will be installed... and the road widened. The highway links Route 93 with 309 in Hazle and Sugarloaf Townships. An accident earlier this week claimed the life of a McAdoo man.

 

Selinski

Could the double murder trial of Hugo Selenski be put off until after the first of the year? That's a possibility since Judge Joseph Van Jura's term ends January 2nd. Right now... everything is ready to start Selinski's trial on November 14th. But there's a possibility the trial wouldn't end by December 28th. Selenski is accused of murdering Tammy Fassett and Michael Kerkowski in May of 2002... with their bodies found in a grave near Selenski's Kingston Township home the following year.

 

Man Struck

A Hazleton man was treated for injuries after he was struck by a car at the intersection of West Broad and Route 924 in Hazleton last night. Police say 18 – year old Christopher DeJesus – Genao received head and leg injuries. He was dressed in dark clothing and wearing headphones when he was struck. The driver of the car is identified as Suzanne Lyate of Hazle Township.

 

Wednesday / October 12, 2011


Montour Murder Trial

Montour County District Attorney Bob Buehner says he's getting ready to go to trial in the criminal homicide case of 33 – year old Westley Wise. Wise is accused in the stabbing death of girlfriend... 26 – year old Jessica Frederick in their Danville home last January. Buehner says he expects the trial to begin starting in December. Wise remains in the Montour County Prison.

 

Voter Registration

If you wanted to vote in the November 8th general election... and you didn't register... you're out of luck since voter registration closed at midnight Tuesday. Columbia County chief registrar Matt Rapasky telling WHLM News... registration between democrats and republicans is pretty much split down the middle... with an estimated 17,000 Republication and and Democrats registered. Toss in roughly 6,500 non – party affiliation voters... as well as the Green party and other splinter parties... and that makes an estimated 41,000 people eligible to vote in the November election.

 

Luzerne Voters

Tuesday was the last day to register to vote in the November 8th general election... and now Luzerne County officials says new voter registration is off somewhat... from where it was back 2007. Despite the downward trend... Director of Elections Leonard Piazza says party affiliation is changing. The number of new Democrats on the book is down... Republican registration... and those in other parties has increased.

 

Trucker Killed

An unidentified truck driver survived a crash Tuesday morning on Interstate 80.... only to be killed by a hit and run trucker. Police say the initial accident took place in the eastbound lane between the Mifflinville and Congyngham exits in Nescopeck Township. The driver of a big rig surviving a crash down an embankment in Nescopeck Township... but after climbing the embankment... he was struck and killed by a second truck. That trucker fleeing the scene of the accident.

 

Berwick Riverfest

Thousands of people are expected to be on hand at Berwick's Test Track Park on South Eaton Street this weekend for Riverfest. It's the boro's way of celebrating it's 225th anniversary... and to get people to come to the park so say's boro Manager Shane Pepe. In addition to arts and crafts... and a battle of the bands contest... the American Power Boat Association will race boats on the Susquehanna each day.

 

Marcellus Domestic Violence

The Marcellus Shale boom is having a direct effect on domestic violence services in Pennsylvania according to those who provide those services. The lack of affordable housing has long been a barrier that victims face in trying to flee abuse. Ellen Kramer of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says the Marcellus Shale boom has brought an influx of new residents into the state. She says that's led to skyrocketing rents, and hotels and motels booked solid. Kramer adds domestic violence programs were already struggling to meet growing needs prior to the Marcellus boom.

 

Unemployment Assistance

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management agency says those folks who lost their jobs due to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee may be eligible for disaster unemployment assistance. However, a PEMA spokesperson says if you live in Columbia or Montour Counties... you have until until Friday to apply for the assistance by calling 1-877-345-3382.

 

Mentoring Program

Kings College in Wilkes – Barre has started a juvenile mentoring program. It's open to non – violent juvenile offenders... and they will be guided by 20 Kings mentors. The program backed by the Luzerne County District Attorney's and public defenders office... as well as community groups.

Tuesday / October 11, 2011


Sanctions Requested

Columbia County Commissions is asking the state's Public Utility Commission to sanction the actions of United Water following record – high flooding which hit the area last month. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Tuesday's edition... Commissioner Chris Young alleges the company didn't do anything to improve since the 2006 flood. The utilities tanks went dry early into the flooding emergency... and the town was without water for nearly five days... leaving 20 – thousand subscribers high and dry. The same thing happened in 2006. No word on response from the P-U-C.

 

Police Budget

Despite special events... and the flood of last month... Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski continues to keep an eye on his department's budget. During the flood... his officers worked a 12 to 16 hour day... and the chief says that begins to add up. More than likely by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The agency's usual reimbursement rate is 75% with the town picking up the remainder.

 

FEMA Housing

Temporary housing could be on the way to the flood victims of Columbia County. Mike Sweet says the agency has a pretty good idea of where the homes will go. About a dozen of the FEMA Park Model home are already designated for Shickshinny.... in Luzerne County.... with another 60 or so people still on FEMA's waiting list.

 

Town / Administrator

It appears one of the most difficult positions to fill in local government is a Town Administrator for Bloomsburg. Current administrator Carol Mas is retiring in mid January.... and the first cut of prospective candidates for the job didn't make the grade. That word from Mayor Dan Knorr at last night's council meeting. Whatever the case... Mayor Knorr says a successful candidate for the job won't arrive in town until November or December. But, current administrator Mas says she'll stick around until mid-March if need be.

 

Town / Meeting

A special session of the Bloomsburg Town Council will be held next week. October 18th... to be exact. Council will accept praise or criticism on how Town government acted during last month's flooding... so says Mayor Dan Knorr during last night's Council meeting. The meeting will be held next Tuesday at 6 O'clock at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Market Street.

 

Road Repair

The federal government has approved aid for three northeastern Pennsylvania counties to help repair roads and bridges damaged by Tropical Storm Lee last month. Luzerne is one of the counties on the list. Also approved for the aid is Susquehanna and Wyoming counties.

 

911 Service Inaugurated

If you live in Hazleton.... in Luzerne County.... there is now just one number to dial to get Police, Fire or an Ambulance. It's simply 9-1-1. In the past... folks had to know the number for each entity to get cops... firemen and EMS to respond to the scene of an emergency. It's believed the new system will provide a lot quicker response time.

 

Berwick Crash

An unusual sight at the corner of Orange and Warren Streets in Berwick on Monday. A car wedged into the side of a building. 43 – year old Michael Miller telling Berwick Police he was cut off by a mini-van... and crashed into the Warren Street side of the multi – story building. Police say no one was hurt in the crash.

 

Pig Crash Folo

State Police at Bloomsburg say the 24 – year old driver of that pig truck that flipped over the weekend was not hurt. But, an estimated 95 of the 165 hogs in a livestock trailer didn't survive. Ryan Huffman of White Deer had left Rohrbach's Hog Farm... and was traveling through the narrows with the big rig... when his load apparently shifted... sending the truck over on it's right side and plunging down an embankment. Police say charges will not be filed against Huffman.

 

Corbett / Education

Gov. Tom Corbett is expected to reveal more about his education agenda at a news conference in York.... just prior to speaking at the Lincoln Charter School. Mr. Corbett has not revealed many details, but legislators involved in education issues expect him to call for a taxpayer-financed voucher program to help more children attend private schools... and an expansion of tax credits for businesses that help underwrite scholarship programs.

 

Monday / October 10, 2011


Flood Meeting

A lot of people are circling October 18th on their calendar. That's the date officials with the Town of Bloomsburg will meet in an open forum to review the response to last month's record flood. Residents will be encouraged to provide insights... suggestions and criticisms of all aspects of the disaster. The meeting will be held at the Bloomsburg fire hall on Market Street beginning at 6 O'clock.

 

Flood / Hock Money

Applications will be taken starting Monday afternoon for flood victims. It's all part of a process set up by Wesley United Methodist Church and the Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation... as they prepare to dole out the $100,000 given to the area by former Bloomsburg resident Gary Hock. His attorney Jack Mihalik says the grants are aimed at folks in the flood ravaged area of Bloomsburg, Fernville in Hemlock Township... and along Montour Township's Perry Avenue.

 

Flood / Red Cross

The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross is turning from short term recovery efforts from last month's flooding.... to long term relief efforts. Chapter Executive Director Rita Inklovich says a committee formed in 2006... following the last major flood... will now help flood victims get their lives back in order with items such as drywall... washers and driers.... as well as small appliances.

 

Shootout

Charges are expected to be filed against a Locus Township man who allegedly fired shots at two police officers Saturday night. The incident happened at the home of 56 – year old Thomas Mensch on Snyder Bridge Road. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition that an apparently suicidal Mensch fired several shots at officers Nicholas Thorpe of Locust Township and Catawissa officer Bradley Smith. Officers returned the fire. Mensch was eventually subdued... and taken to Geisinger Medical Center for treatment. State Police at Bloomsburg are handling the investigation.

 

Hog Truck

A 24 – year old truck driver from White Deer was not injured.... but 95 of 165 pigs he was hauling in a livestock trailer died when his trailer overturned in the Catawissa Narrows. Ryan Huffman telling police says he believes the load of pigs he was hauling shifted as he made a gentle left hand turn. State Police at Bloomsburg are still investigating.

 

Homecoming Weekend

Thousands of people lined the streets of of the town Saturday... taking in the homecoming parade of Bloomsburg University and the Bloomsburg High School. One couldn't have selected a nicer day... with sunny skies... and temperatures approaching 70. There were politicians..... floats... as well as the University and High School marching band.... and high school bands from Central and Benton. The grand marshals for the event... Ed and Nancy Edwards.

 

Road Open

PennDOT says State Route 125 near Shamokin is now open to traffic. An agency spokesman says crews wrapped up back filling a hole caused by a mine subsidence which opened up last month... shutting down the road. They placed 85 cubic yards of concrete in the hole... which measured 20 feet... by at least 200 feet deep.

 

Hazleton Murder

A Hazleton man is dead following a shooting at a home on East Chestnut street early Saturday morning. Luzerne County District Attorney Jackie Musto Carroll says 30 – year old Cesar Robles of New York City was allegedly shot and killed by 38 – year old Raphael Gonzalez. Ms Carroll says a 1st degree murder arrest warrant has been issued for Gonzalez.

 

Weekend Fatal

A Tuscarora man is dead following a crash on Route 209 in Schuylkill Township over the weekend. State Police at Frackville say 26 – year old Justin Harakel died when his car collided with a second vehicle driven by a Tamaqua man. Police are still investigating the accident which happened Saturday morning.

 

Pro-Active Cops

Hazleton police on foot patrol are having a successful time busting alleged criminals before they have a chance to pull off the crime. Police have busted folks with drug paraphernalia in the cars they drive... they've conducted prostitution stings... as well as people wanted on outstanding warrants. One corporal calling the foot patrol's.... pro – active.

 

 

What's Happening Sunday 10-9-11


You can catch the latest Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble production of “Doubt, A Parable” this afternoon at 3:00 pm.  The show runs through October 16th.

 

The Animal Resource Center is sponsoring American Girl Doll bingo today at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall.  Doors open at 12:30…food and baked goods will be available.

 

You have until next Friday to donate books to local children as part of the Turn the Page Book Drive.  The book collections are happening all over Columbia County including the Bloomsburg Public Library, the Columbia Mall and Walmart in Buckhorn, AGAPE, the Columbia County Courthouse and at the WHLM Studios.

 

A reminder that if you are looking to volunteer or need flood relief assistance to see AGAPE.  They are located on 7th street in Bloomsburg.  All you need to do is fill out a form to receive volunteer opportunity announcements.  They also have many supplies available to assist in the flood clean up.

 

And, the American Red Cross continues to sell flood t-shirt to raise money.  Shirts are $10 each ($12 for sizes 2/3-X).  You can order a shirt by calling us at 784-1200.

 

If your club or organization has an event that’s coming up, then send me some information, email me infogirl@whlm.com.

 

WHLM Sports

The Panthers of Bloomsburg challeneged Southern Columbia for their Homecoming game Friday night. Bloom put up a valiant effort but fell to the the tigers 67-27. In Bulldogs action, Berwick took down Tunkhannock 35-13. In other local games Mount Carmel fended off Central Columbia 33-24 and Danville shut out Jersey Shore 44-0.

 

In College action Saturday, Bloomsburg University hosted Cheyney for their Homecoming festivities. The Huskies easily defeated Cheyney 45-10. You can catch all the details from Saturday's match with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

What's Happening Saturday 10-8-11


Bloomsburg is celebrating homecoming this weekend.  Events include the big parade in town today and the Bloomsburg University football game later this afternoon.

 

Oriental Lodge 460 in Orangeville is hosting a fall breakfast and lunch today.  It’s happening until 2:00 pm.  Money raised benefits scholarship funds for Central Columbia, Columbia Montour Vo Tech, Millville and Benton high schools.

 

Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg is hosting the Crusaders Rummage sale today from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Proceeds benefit church missions.

 

Happy Homemakers of Exchange are sponsoring a yard, craft and bake sale today from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm inside the Anthony Township Community Center.  The building is located along Route 44 outside of Exchange.


The annual Fishing Creek heritage days were originally scheduled for this weekend, but have been cancelled due to the recent flood damage.

 

St. James Lutheran Church will host a family style roast beef supper today from 3:00 to 7:00 pm…the church is located in Hobbie.

 

Fairmount Springs United Methodist Church in Benton invites you out for a family style ham dinner today from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.  Menu includes ham, scalloped potatoes, corn, beets, pickled cabbage, and more.

 

Victory Baptist Church will host a household item giveaway today from 8:00 am to noon for flood victims.  The church is located at the corner of 5th and Railroad Streets in Bloomsburg.


The Mifflinville United Methodist Church is having a spaghetti and meatball dinner today from 5:00 to 7:00.  It’s all you can eat and cost is $9.00 for you, $6.00 for your kids ages 10 and under…free for kids under 5.

 

The Pine Street Lutheran Church in Danville invites you out for Pasta-Palooza today from 4:00 to 7:00.  Menu includes different pasta dishes.  Cost is $8.00, $5.00 for your kids ages 3 to 12.  Proceeds benefit the Perez family…who are dealing with medical bills and damage due to the recent flooding.

 

You can catch the latest Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble production of “Doubt, A Parable” tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 pm.  The show runs through October 16th.

 

The Animal Resource Center is sponsoring American Girl Doll bingo Sunday at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall.  Doors open at 12:30…food and baked goods will be available.

 

You have until next Friday to donate books to local children as part of the Turn the Page Book Drive.  The book collections are happening all over Columbia County including the Bloomsburg Public Library, the Columbia Mall and Walmart in Buckhorn, AGAPE, the Columbia County Courthouse and at the WHLM Studios.

 

A reminder that if you are looking to volunteer or need flood relief assistance to see AGAPE.  They are located on 7th street in Bloomsburg.  All you need to do is fill out a form to receive volunteer opportunity announcements.  They also have many supplies available to assist in the flood clean up.

 

And, the American Red Cross continues to sell flood t-shirt to raise money.  Shirts are $10 each ($12 for sizes 2/3-X).  You can order a shirt by calling us at 784-1200.

 

If your club or organization has an event that’s coming up, then send me some information, email me infogril@whlm.com.

 

WHLM Sports

The Panthers of Bloomsburg challeneged Southern Columbia for their Homecoming game Friday night. Bloom put up a valiant effort but fell to the the tigers 67-27. In Bulldogs action, Berwick took down Tunkhannock 35-13. In other local games Mount Carmel fended off Central Columbia 33-24 and Danville shut out Jersey Shore 44-0.

 

In College action Saturday, Bloomsburg University hosted Cheyney for their Homecoming festivities. The Huskies easily defeated Cheyney 45-10. You can catch all the details from Saturday's match with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

Friday / October 7, 2011


Commission Debate

The four men seeking openings as Columbia County Commissioner squared off last night in a debate at Central High School on Old Berwick Road. Incumbents Chris Young and David Kovach... as well as challengers Rich Ridgway and Earl Mordan tackled issues ranging from economic development to tourism... to a floodwall for Bloomsburg. The last day to sign up to vote in the November 8th general election is next Tuesday.

 

Hock Money

The Wesley United Methodist Church and the Bloomsburg Community Foundation will administer and distribute the $100,000 dollars for flood relief from former Bloomsburg resident Gary Hock... now a California contractor. His attorney Jack Mahalik says applications for the $500 dollar gift begins next week. Mahalik says those eligible are flood victims in the Town of Bloomsburg... in Hemlock Township affected by the flooding of Fishing Creek... as well as along Perry Avenue in Montour Township.

 

Deadline Approaches

The deadline is nearing for residents and business owners who had damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee to apply for federal disaster assistance. The registration deadline is November 14th for folks living in a 28 county area of Eastern Pennsylvania... including residents of Columbia and Montour Counties. The deadline to submit a disaster loan application to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for disaster-related losses is also November 14th.

 

Homecoming / Police

It's going to be a busy weekend in Bloomsburg. Homecoming at Bloomsburg University begins today... and with that an influx of people which swells the town population. It's also homecoming weekend for Bloomsburg High School. Private homecoming celebrations begin later close to the B-U campus. It's all capped off Saturday by a parade down Main Street... as well as a football game between the Huskie's and Cheney on the upper campus.

 

DUI / Bauman

DUI charges have been dropped against former Bloomsburg Mayor Dan Bauman. The 81 – year old Bauman had been arrested for driving with his high beams on as he approached a Hemlock Township police car last February. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition the charges were dropped... and Bauman cleared... when prosecutors said they didn't have enough evidence to go forward with the case.

 

Convicted

A Mountain Top man... in Luzerne County... has been convicted in the stabbing death of his girl friend. 46 – year old Robert Zola was convicted of third degree murder in a Wilkes – Barre courtroom. The jury deliberating only three hours before finding Zola guilty in the death of 35 – year old Rosemarie Cave. She was stabbed to death at her Plymouth home in December of 2009. Zola to be sentenced November 9th.

 

Power Generation

Plans have been unveiled by a New Jersey firm to construct a prototype wind turbine facility at City View Park in Hazleton. The city... and V3 Power have reached an agreement for the firm to build an integrated wind system. Power from the turbines and energy generation unit would be sold to utility companies for distribution. If approved by Hazleton City Council.... construction could start early next year.

 

Driveway Damage

A disabled Marine has a fight on his hands. He wants the State Department of Transportation to cough up money to repair his driveway along Route 54 in Derry Township. Don Reitmeyer says the highway was closed due to flooding last month... but PennDOT failed to post signs... so truckers were turning around... using his driveway... damaging it. At one time... PennDOT said they would fix the driveway... but a local supervisor says that won't happen. Meantime... the situation remains in limbo.

 

WHLM Sports

The Panthers of Bloomsburg challeneged Southern Columbia for their Homecoming game Friday night. Bloom put up a valiant effort but fell to the the tigers 67-27. In Bulldogs action, Berwick took down Tunkhannock 35-13. In other local games Mount Carmel fended off Central Columbia 33-24 and Danville shut out Jersey Shore 44-0. You can hear all the details from the night's action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

 

Thursday / October 6, 2011


Flood / Scammers

With the floods of last month still fresh on the mind.... the Federal Emergency Management Agency is out with a warning. Make sure you aren't the target of a contractor running a scam. An agency spokesman says... as you rebuild... use contractors licensed with the state...

 

Flood / Housing

Within the not too distant future... you'll probably see FEMA temporary housing popping up around areas hit by flooding last month. FEMA's Mike Sweet says it's one area of flood recovery the agency is pretty good at. Already ten temporary housing units are slated to be delivered to the Shickshinny area... with another 66 families waiting to be approved.

 

Homecoming

It's homecoming weekend for Bloomsburg University... as well as Bloomsburg High School. There will be plenty to do and see... such as the schools combining for their homecoming parade on Saturday. Jimmy Gilliland... BU's Director of Student Activities... says the parade will move at 11 O'clock Saturday morning. Gilliland says the parade forms in the parking lot of Bloomsburg Hospital... and will make it's way down Lightstreet road... going west on Main Street... then turning at the square and go south on Market Street... ending at the Town Park.

 

Alleged Burglars

Two area residents are being accused of looting a home on the 2 – hundred block of 10th Street in Bloomsburg during last months flooding. 19 – year old Elizabeth Myers and her boyfriend... 22 – year old Brandon Michael appeared before district judge Rusty Lawton on Wednesday. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... both are accused of making off with weapons... DVD's and a flat screen television. Myers and Michael are being held in the Columbia County Prison in lieu of $30,000 bail each.

 

Foundryville Accident

Two people were injured when a car driven by a Philadelphia man went out of control on Foundryville Road Wednesday after and ended up in a creek... bursting into flames. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday edition 19 – year old Eric Campuzano of Philadelphia was apparently headed towards Berwick... when his car went out of control. Campuzano and his passenger... 18 – year old Melinda Graham of Bloomsburg took a wild ride over the embankment into a small stream. Graham was taken to the Berwick hospital for treatment... while Campuzano was air lifted to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

 

Davis Funeral

Funeral services will be held Thursday morning for long – time Bloomsburg resident Earl Davis. He died last weekend. Mr. Davis is best known as an investigator with the State Department of Revenue... as well as Superintend of Ticket Takers at the Bloomsburg Fair. Services will start at 11 O'clock at the Dean Kriner Funeral Home in the 300 block of Market Street.

 

Blood Drive

Last month's flooding has placed a crimp on the blood supply... in Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as across Northeastern Pennsylvania. Now... the Berwick chapter of the American Red Cross is doing something to ease the crisis. They're holding a blood drive today at the PPL Learning Center in Berwick. The blood drive begins at 9 O'clock Thursday morning and runs through mid-afternoon.

 

Deer Vs Car

A 20 – year old Millville man was taken to Geisinger Medical Center after his car collided with a deer early Wednesday morning. State Police at Bloomsburg tell us Logan Lore was on State Route 254 in Greenwood Township when he struck the animal. The VW Jetta flipped on it's roof... ejecting Lore who was not wearing a seat belt. Police charged Lore with driving too fast for conditions.

 

Cop Pleads Guilty

A former Mt. Carmel police officer was in federal court on Wednesday... pleading guilty to having child pornography. 56 – year old Blaine Handerhan of East Pennsboro faces up to 10 – years in federal prison.... and a quarter – million dollar fine. Handerhan was indicted late last year. No sentencing date has been set.

 

Nescopeck Creek

Residents of Butler Township... in lower Luzerne County... got an opportunity Wednesday night to talk to state and federal officials about flooding along Nescopeck Creek. Twice in a month... the usually placid stream has overrun it's banks... destroying and taking property in it's path. On hand for last night's meeting was state representative Tarah Toohill.... along with representatives from the state and federal government. Many of the folks on hand Wednesday night at the Butler Township Community Center called for the dredging of Nescopeck Creek.

 

Hazleton School

There will be a public hearing tonight in Hazleton dealing with the school district's plan to purchase the former Bishop Hafey High School. It was a month a go the school board made an agreement with the Diocese of Scranton to purchase the school for $5.5 million dollars. If approved by the state.. the district could get a reimbursement of up to 66 per cent by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Thursday night's meeting take place at 6 O'clock at the Hazleton Area Career Center.

 

Luzerne Clocks

Some Luzerne County employees are now reporting to their jobs by clocking in with newly installed biometric time clocks. About 750 employees are involved in the new procedure. Other county workers are being trained on the use of the new clocks. Late last year... Luzerne County Commissioners okayed the nearly half – million dollar purchase of the clocks.

 

Wednesday / October 5, 2011


Shickshinny Meeting

More than a hundred Shickshinny residents appeared at a meeting Tuesday night... and were told federal and state agencies are ready to help. Reassuring words for the victims of last month's flooding. FEMA... PEMA and the Small Business Administration were on hand for the meeting held at the volunteer fire hall. Shickshinny suffered an estimated 2.2- million dollars in damages from September flooding.

 

FEMA Housing

It appears at least ten flood victims in Shickshinny will be getting FEMA temporary housing. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... another 66 families have applied to get the homes. Still hanging in the balance is weather flood victims will repair their homes... or if Luzerne County will use FEMA money to purchase the properties and tear down the houses.

 

FEMA / DRC

An estimated 2,100 people have visited the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Disaster Recovery Center on Sawmill Road since last month's flooding. FEMA's Patricia Pavel says they're seeing people who got help following the 2006 flood... who didn't keep up on flood insurance payments as promised... and now aren't eligible for federal assistance. The center is opened 7 days a week from 10 AM until 7 PM.

 

Berwick United Way

The United Way of Berwick kicked off it's annual fall fund raising campaign a couple of weeks ago. The organization's Joy McGinnis says they've been quite successful.... collecting nearly 20% of their goal thus far. McGinnis says the United Way of Berwick supports 14 partner agencies throughout the year. The current campaign runs through November 18th.

 

Selinsgrove Players

The Selinsgrove Area School Board has suspended eight football players for the rest of the season after they were suspected of underage drinking. It all stems from a drinking party early last month. They're the second team in the region to have problem players. Last month... three Mt. Carmel Area players were arrested for suspicion of drug use and underage drinking.

 

Hazleton Drug Bust

One man was taken into custody Tuesday after a raid on his home by Hazleton police. The man has not been identified, but police say the raid took place at a home in the 600 block of Winters Avenue where cocaine and marijuana were found. No word on what led cops to the home.

 

Chopper Suit

A hearing will be held Wednesday dealing with a suit filed by the neighbors of former Hazleton Mayor Michael Marsicano. They claim Marsicano is using his helicopter to land on his helipad... during all hours of the day and night... at his home in Pardeesville... northeast of Hazleton. But at the crux of the issue... is the helipad in Hazle or Butler Township. Court records show Richard and Tracy Franzosa are seeing more than $50,000 dollars in damages as well as an end to the flights.

 

Murder Trial

Testimony got underway Tuesday in Wilkes – Barre in the murder trial of 46 – year old Robert Zola. He's charged with the 2009 stabbing death of gal – pal... 35 – year old Rosmarie Cave at her Plymouth home. Police say Cave was stabbed eight times after being dropped off at her home by a new boyfriend.

 

County Manager

That new home – rule government in Luzerne County is a step closer to getting a new manager. 70 people have applied for the job as manager... but the first interviews won't begin until after the November 8th general election. The election will select the initial Council Members. All will join a transition committee and help select the county's first manager.

 

Gaming Commission

A panel of state House lawmakers will hear testimony on bills that are designed to respond to a state grand jury report that was highly critical of how casino licenses were awarded. The hearing takes place Wednesday in front of the House Gaming Oversight Committee and will feature testimony by Bill Ryan, the new chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. It was during Ryan's term as acting attorney general in May that the office issued the scathing, 102-page grand jury report. It recounted the political calculations necessary to legalize casino-style gambling and suggested the agency awarded licenses to unsuitable applicants.

Tuesday / October 4, 2011


Northumberland Deaths

A malfunctioning gas furnace has been ruled as the probable cause in the carbon monoxide poisoning deaths of three people in Northumberland County. 93 – year old Wayne Maurer... his 84 – year old wife Catherine... and their 43 – year old daughter Mary Jo were found dead in their Shamokin area home on Monday. It's believed they died sometime Saturday. Authorities say no carbon monoxide detectors were found inside the two story structure.

 

Bloomsburg Clean Up

The sound of people's lives... their work and their hopes... being placed in giant dumpsters filled West Main Street in Bloomsburg on Monday. It was the last day for folks on West Main to have flood related debris at curbside for removal by town crews. While the clean – up went along fairly smoothly... West Main Street resident Pat Sessions sat on her front porch watching the activity... as she took a break from her clean-up routine. She says she plans to move out of the area eventually. WHLM News found Tracy Cartwright using a rake to get residual trash to the curb. She talked about some dark days following September's flooding. It appears town crews will be spending time on Third Street Tuesday... getting trash off the curbs... into the street... to be placed in dumpsters by heavy equipment.

 

Assessment Update

The Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross has revised it's damage estimates from last month's flooding downward. The chapter's Rita Inklovich says destroyed homes now number around 1100... down from their initial estimate of several thousand homes. In a related development... a FEMA spokesman says an estimated 2,100 people have been served by the agency's disaster relief center on Sawmill Road near Lightstreet. Spokespersonn Eugene Brezany says $6.2 million dollars has been handed out to flood victims for either repairs to their home... or to pay for temporary housing.

 

Shickshinny Meeting

A flood – related meeting to be held in Shickshinny... in Luzerne County... tonight. It begins right after the Borough Council meeting at the fire hall on West Union Street.... and it involves representatives from FEMA... PEMA... the Small Business Administration... as well as the National Flood Insurance program. The representatives will be there to talk about last month's flooding... and how they plan to help community residents.

 

Hazleton Fire

Fire investigators in Hazleton are still trying to figure out what sparked an apartment fire early Monday morning. Seventeen people were left homeless when fire broke out in the four unit apartment complex in the 500 block of Alter St. The fire started at the rear of the building... quickly spreading. Those people affected by the fire were helped by the American Red Cross.

 

Masser / Senior Expo

State Representative Curt Masser will hold his first – ever Senior Expo on Thursday, October 20th in Elysburg. The expo will feature 40 exhibitors providing information about programs and services. It will get underway at 10 AM at the Elysburg Fire Company on the 20th. Masser represents a portion of Columbia – Montour and Northumberland Counties.

 

State Revenues

With the first quarter of the fiscal year complete... State Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser says the state brought in $5.8 billion dollars. That's about 3.5% below what Governor Corbett's administration said was needed to support the state's $27 – billion dollar spending plan. And although... the revenue fell below expectations... the state took in $34 – million dollars more than it did in the first quarter of 2010.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeast Pennsylvania continue to drop. The Triple – A Fuel Gauge report out Tuesday morning shows we're paying an average of $3.43 a gallon for self serve, unleaded regular. On Monday.... the average was $3.44 a gallon. A week ago... gas, on the average, was 6 cents a gallon higher.

 

Marcellus Proposal

A Marcellus Shale plan has been released by Governor Corbett.... based on the work of his advisory commission over the summer. The Governor's proposed impact fee on the Marcellus Shale Industry would be levied at the county level... 75% would stay in the local area...with 25% going to state agencies to deal with the impacts of natural gas drilling. Governor Corbett says his plan also enhances environmental standards.

 

Hearing

A state Senate committee will hear testimony on a proposal to change the way Pennsylvania's 20 electoral votes will be counted in next year's presidential election. A top aide to Republican Gov. Tom Corbett will appear before the State Government Committee Tuesday... as will political scientists... good government advocates and political party officials. Mr. Corbett wants to replace the current, winner-take-all system for the presidential candidate who wins the statewide popular vote.

 

Mosquito Spraying

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection says it will soon spray for mosquitoes in Montour... as well as Northumberland, Snyder and Union counties. They want to kill the insects which may carry the West Nile virus. It's all in response to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee which dumped a lot of rain on the region... creating pools of water which are perfect places for mosquitoes to breed. The skeeters are present in the early evening... at dusk.

Monday / October 3, 2011


Trash Removal

You may have some trouble getting through the west side of Bloomsburg on Route 11. Town Public Works crews will be in that stretch of roadway today... using heavy equipment... removing flood – related rubbish. Residents of the area affected by the floods of last month had until Sunday night to place their trash in dumpsters provided by the Town... or at curbside... so it could be picked up.  Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski says traffic will either be detoured or stopped at times to give equipment operators room to maneuver...so you might want to find an alternate route to get to work.

 

Flood / FEMA

Flood victims looking for relief continue to visit FEMA's Disaster Recovery Center on Sawmill Road near Lightstreet. FEMA's Mike Sweet says you can meet with an agency person who can call you case number up on the computer. But before you make your first visit to the DRC... you must register on line at www.disasterassistance.gov... or give the agency a call at 1-800-621- FEMA

 

Flood / AGAPE

The faith – based group known as AGAPE spent the weekend helping flood victims remove debris from homes.... and going throughout Bloomsburg making housing assessments. But one item needed.... AGAPE's Kathy Lowe tells us... are box fans which are used to dry moisture from flood – damaged homes. AGAPE is looking for your help... and you can drop off fans at their building on 7th street in Bloomsburg... across from the YMCA.

 

Logan Update

The Paxinos – area child struck by lightening last week near his home remains in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. 10 – year old Logan Williams was running from his school bus to his home... when he ran between two trees during a driving rain storm. That's when a bolt of lightening stuck one of the trees... knocking Williams to the ground.

 

Benton Crash

A Berwick woman is suspected of driving while under the influence when she wrecked her car over the weekend near Benton. State Police at Bloomsburg say 53 – year old Tammy Tanner was southbound on Route 487... just north of Hollow Road in Fishing Creek Township on Saturday. That's when she lost control of her '98 Toyota Camry... striking a utility poll and coming to rest on a lawn. Tanner received minor injuries... but police say she may have been driving under the influence... added charges are pending the results of a blood alcohol test.

 

Stolen ATV

State Police are looking for a Yamaha four wheel ATV that disappeared from a Benton man's home over the weekend. 22 – year old Joseph Grenewich of Main Street telling investigators someone snatched the ATV which was parked on his lawn. Police say if you know the location of the gray 2007 Yamaha YFZ 450 call them at 387 – 4261.

 

Grant Received

The Hazleton Redevelopment Authority has received a grant... earmarked for determining if additional efforts are needed to address a vacant lot on East Green Street. The 67 – thousand dollar Industrial Sites Reuse Program will allow the city to soil boring and vapor sampling... and install a groundwater monitoring system. The lot was the site of a garage at 13 East Green... and is near homes built for the Pine Street Neighborhood Project. The reason for the water monitoring was the discovery of waste oil on the site when the project was built.

 

Corbett / Gas

Governor Tom Corbett is out of Harrisburg and on the road Monday. He'll be in Pittsburgh where he is expected to talk about his policy approach to the state's natural gas industry. Mr. Corbett has been tight – lipped about his approach to the Marcellus Shale industry.... despite the fact he received a report from a hand-picked commission in July that recommended the industry help government pay for the cost to regulate it and fix the damage it causes to the environment.

 

Corruption Trial

It's the beginning of Week Two in Pennsylvania's government corruption trial. Prosecutors are expected to call more witnesses Monday. It's all in an effort to prove that three people formerly connected to the state House Republican caucus joined in a conspiracy to spend millions of taxpayer dollars. The money used on technology to illegally help GOP candidates in election campaigns.

What's Happening Sunday October 2, 2011


The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble has opened their 34th Season with “Doubt, A Parable.”  Showtime this afternoon is at 3:00 pm.  You can also drop off non-perishable food donations to the Alvina Krause Theater on Center Street in Bloomsburg to benefit flood victims.

 

There will be a free will offering spaghetti dinner at EBC on Kachinka Hollow Road in Berwick.  Serving is from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  100% of all proceeds will benefit local flood victims through organizations like AGAPE and the Red Cross.

 

There is a Bear of Hope benefit dinner in memory of Mary Ann Petro happening at 1:30 pm at Ponduce Farms in Numidia.  Entertainment will be Michael Carl.  Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

 

Bloomsburg Yoga invites you out to a donation based yoga event happening from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  All money donated will go directly to the Bloomsburg Red Cross.  Six levels of classes will be offered starting at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm.  They are located at 539 on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Moose Exchange in Downtown Bloomsburg presents Indian Classic Dance.  There is a dance workshop from 10 am to noon, and cost is $50 per participant.  The performance at 7:00 pm is $15 for adults, $10 for students.  The Moose Exchange is located at 203 West Main Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Penn State Extension is offering classes every Sunday in October from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at SMILE located at New Covenant Christian Center in Berwick.  A dinner meal will be provided along with prizes for single mothers.

 

From the WHLM Future File,  “Flood Our Community With Support,” with a special event being held this Tuesday at the Light Street Hotel from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.  It’s a night of shopping, great food, face panting for children, and family photo shots.  There will be a Chinese auction, and Covert Action will be providing live music.

 

The Turn the Page book drive continues to benefit all children and teens who have lost their books due to flooding in Columbia County.  There are many drop off locations including the WHLM Stuidos located on Main Street in Bloomsburg.  Books can also be dropped off at the Courthouse, AGAPE, and the Columbia Mall.

 

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.

 

In College ball on Saturday, the BU Huskies were on the road at East Stroudsburg. Bloomsburg fought hard and came away with a 32-20 win over the Warriors. You can hear all the details from Saturday's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

 

What's Happening Saturday October 1st, 2011


The Bloomsburg Sportsplex is hosting a Zumba Party today from 9:00 am to 11:00 am.  Donations will be accepted and all proceeds will go to flood victims in our area.

 

The Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble has opened their 34th Season with “Doubt, A Parable.”  Show times this weekend are tonight at 7:30 and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 pm.  You can also drop off non-perishable food donations to the Alvina Krause Theater on Center Street in Bloomsburg to benefit flood victims.

 

The Washingtonville Fire Company will host a roast beef supper this afternoon from 3:00 to 6:00.


Today is the final day to register for the Single Mom’s brunch happening next Saturday at Assembly of God in Hazle Township.  Call 459-2410.


The Children’s Museum invites your kids out to Dinosaur and Fossil day today.  Museum hours are 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Your kids will learn about Dinosaurs, view fossils, make special crafts, and go on a dinosaur hunt.  The museum is located on 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

There will be a free will offering spaghetti dinner tomorrow at EBC on Kachinka Hollow Road in Berwick.  Serving is from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  100% of all proceeds will benefit local flood victims through organizations like AGAPE and the Red Cross.

 

There is a Bear of Hope benefit dinner in memory of Mary Ann Petro happening tomorrow at 1:30 pm at Ponduce Farms in Numidia.  Entertainment will be Michael Carl.  Proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society.

 

Bloomsburg Yoga invites you out to a donation based yoga event happening tomorrow from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.  All money donated will go directly to the Bloomsburg Red Cross.  Six levels of classes will be offered starting at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 pm.  They are located at 539 on East 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Moose Exchange in Downtown Bloomsburg presents Indian Classic Dance tomorrow.  There is a dance workshop from 10 am to noon, and cost is $50 per participant.  The performance at 7:00 pm is $15 for adults, $10 for students.  The Moose Exchange is located at 203 West Main Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Penn State Extension is offering classes every Sunday in October from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at SMILE located at New Covenant Christian Center in Berwick.  A dinner meal will be provided along with prizes for single mothers.

 

From the WHLM Future File,  “Flood Our Community With Support,” with a special event being held this Tuesday at the Light Street Hotel from 5:00 to 9:00 pm.  It’s a night of shopping, great food, face panting for children, and family photo shots.  There will be a Chinese auction, and Covert Action will be providing live music.

 

The Turn the Page book drive continues to benefit all children and teens who have lost their books due to flooding in Columbia County.  There are many drop off locations including the WHLM Stuidos located on Main Street in Bloomsburg.  Books can also be dropped off at the Courthouse, AGAPE, and the Columbia Mall.

 

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.

 

In College ball on Saturday, the BU Huskies were on the road at East Stroudsburg. Bloomsburg fought hard and came away with a 32-20 win over the Warriors. You can hear all the details from Saturday's action with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

 

 

 

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