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Friday / May 31, 2013


Heat Wave

A week ago at this time there were freeze watches and warnings out for most of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Come ahead a few days... and we're experiencing our first heat wave of the summer. Temperatures across the northeast are expected to be in the upper 80's to lower 90's through Saturday... which are near record levels. You can beat the heat by drinking plenty of non – alcoholic fluid... and avoid strenuous activity. The National Weather Service says temps should break over the weekend when a cold front moves through Sunday.

 

Scott Demolition

Scott Township has awarded a $151,000 contract to demolish 22 flood ravaged homes along old Berwick Road and White Birch Lane. The work to be preformed by Penn Earthworks of Hazleton by the end of July. That word from Township Secretary Eric Stahley. The demolition is part of a multi – million dollar buyout by the Feds... PA Emergency Management and the township. The work includes bringing down homes on the riverside of Old Berwick Road between Tenny Street and Edgar Avenue... and the dead end portion of White Birch Lane.

 

Town Park

You can tell summer has arrived in the Susquehanna Valley with the beginning of the Summer Concert Series at Bloomsburg Town Park. Town Park Improvement President Chuck Wagner says the series begins Wednesday... with the appearance of the Shoreliners. Several new acts are also scheduled to preform. Wagner says the Association ends the summer with the annual Cake and Ice Cream Festival on August 1st.

 

PA Revenues

Friday is the last day of May... and already the bean counters in PA state government are looking at revenues coming into the state. In addition... it comes at a time when lawmakers are trying to put together a budget for the next fiscal year. State Representative David Millard of Mt. Pleasant Township says a check with Harrisburg shows revenues are coming in slightly less than what was projected. Representative Millard said with revenue being off slightly... some programs at the local level could be effected. But in this case... dollars can be adjusted in order to make ends meet. Meantime... legislators will be back in Harrisburg Monday to continue hammering away at a budget for 2013 – 2014 fiscal year.

 

Minuteman Environmental

The man who built Minuteman Environmental in Milton from a Mifflinville – based wrecker service to pay his way through college... to a multi – million dollar business for the Marcellus drilling industry has broken his silence. Brian Bolus said the raid on his business by federal, state and local officials this week is the work of a disgruntled employee who got the ear of someone in the state attorney general's office. Bolus said the raid and the subsequent investigation is baseless. Authorities taking dozens of boxes from the Milton Industrial Park site... and placing them in a truck to be hauled away for examination.

 

Bridge Work

Preservation work continues on the Route 54 bridge... over the Susquehanna... connecting Danville and Riverside. PennDOT telling us the work is designed to spiff – up the 1,440 foot span by pressure cleaning the sidewalks and parapets... as well as placing an epoxy overlay on the road. While that goes on... there could be some traffic lanes shifted. The work to be wrapped up by July 19th.

 

McAdoo Roundup

Police in McAdoo arrested more than two dozen people Thursday... on charged with dealing in prescription drugs. The raid began in the morning.... and by mid – afternoon... many of the 13 people named in warrants had been arrested. Other are now being sought in the case.

 

Wilkes – Barre School Fire

Students attending The St. Nicholas - St. Mary's elementary school in Wilkes – Barre will have off at least through Monday. A Thursday morning fire... located in in a modular classroom... extensively damaging the school's library. An adjoining computer lab was saved due to fire doors which were closed the previous night.

 

Galla Folo

Authorities say 52 shots were fired at fugitive ex – cop Anthony Galla in a rented hotel room in Upper Darby Township... outside of Philadelphia this week. Galla was on the lamb after shooting his ex – gal pal's new boyfriend in the foot at her Mt. Carmel home... and fled... prompting a multi-state dragnet. The shots were fired when Galla turned towards federal marshals with a .40 caliber Glock handgun.

They say Galla never fired a shot... and was killed by an unknown number of bullets. Galla had worked for police departments in Northumberland and Schuylkill Counties over the past couple of years.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Thursday... in the District 4 Class AA semifinals at Bowman Field In Williamsport... Hughesville downed Southern Columbia 6 to 1...

 

HS Softball

In girls softball at Elm Park In Williamsport, in the District 4 Class AA semifinals... Loyalsock defeated Central Columbia 4 – 2... and Warrior Run blanked Southern Columbia 3 to nothing... In a District 4 Class A semifinal contest... Bloomsburg downed Muncy 4 – 1.

 

PHL Phillies

In the majors Thursday night... the Boston Red Sox blasted the Philadelphia Phillies 9 – 2. The Phils open a home weekend series against the Milwaukee Brewers Friday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Thursday night, the Mets completed a four game sweep of the Yankees with a 3-1 win and the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Detroit Tigers 1 to nothing.

 

NBA

In the NBA's Eastern Conference Final Series last night... it was Miami over Indiana 94 – 79. Miami now leads the series 3 games to two.

 

Thursday / May 30, 2013


 

Scott Homes to be Raised

Nearly two years after flood waters from Tropical Storm Lee a $151,000 contract has been awarded to a Hazleton company to demolish homes damaged by high water. Penn Earthworks will soon start to take down the 22 homes... working with a short time frame... so says Township Secretary Eric Stahley. Stahley says the houses in question are located on the riverside of Old Berwick Road between Tenny Street and Edgar Avenue... as well as structures on the dead – end portion of White Birch Lane.

 

Town Park

An annual tradition is about to begin at Bloomsburg Town Park... starting next week. It's the beginning of the summer concert series. That word from Town Park Improvement Association President Chuck Wagner. First up on Wednesday, June 5th are the Shoreliners at 7 O'clock. Wagner says the Association ends the summer with the annual Cake and Ice Cream Festival on August 1st.

 

Police Chief to Retire

Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski has made his intentions known. He plans to retire from the department at the end of June... to become head of security at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County. Mayor Dan Knorr says Sokoloski's retirement is top of mind when the Administrative and Finance Committee meets June 5th. Knorr says there is expected to be discussion as to who to name in the interim until a new chief is found... and whether the candidate will be from outside the town... or from within the ranks of the department.

 

July 4th Fireworks

The tradition of Red, White and Boom... will continue this fourth of July at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Bloomsburg Town Administrator Bill Lowthert says the Press – Enterprise has stepped up to the plate... footing the bill for this year's event. At one time the Town Park Improvement Association backed out of funding the fireworks display for the lack of cash... then town council stepped in saying they would find money in their budget... but with the Press – Enterprise now footing the bill... the event will be bigger than in years past.

 

Minuteman Environmental

Federal, State and Local officials are remaining tight lipped as to why they raided an environmental plant near Milton... in Northumberland County on Wednesday. The raid at Minuteman Environmental Services in the Milton Industrial Park began in the morning and lasted into the night. No one is saying what they're looking for, but agents were seen with boxes of records being loaded into a truck. It was January of 2012 that Governor Corbett visited the facility... calling the Brian Bolus' operation... an “American success story.”

 

Open Notes

A new initiative at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville is giving the health care system an extra dose of transparency. Now... patients can see their case through their doctor's notes. GMC's Chief Innovation Officer, Dr. Jonathan Darer, says they are expanding patients' access to their doctors' notes following the overwhelming success of a pilot study. Meantime... Geisinger has expanded the program to include more than 500-doctors.

 

PPL Rates

Allentown – based Pennsylvania Power and Light says the utilities price – to – compare will soon be higher for residential customers.... lower for small businesses. Those higher rate kicks in June 1st according to a company news release. The move means an increase of 8.2 cents per kilowatt hour.... up from 7.2 cents. Small business price to compare from 10.8 cents per kilowatt hour... down to 7.7 cents.

 

Hazleton Traffic Stop

A 24 – year old Wilkes – Barre man is in the Luzerne County Jail following a traffic stop this week in Hazleton. Jeremy Cieniawa faces a long list of charges after he fought with cops during a traffic stop on Route 93... in the parking lot of a home improvement store. He was arraigned... with bail set at $50,000.

 

Hazleton Mold

Trying to combat mold. That's what the Hazleton Area School district is doing... as they put together a team designed to combat the problem at the future home of the district's science academy in Butler Township. The latest addition is Harry Neill... an industrial hygienist working with an environmental company based in Exton. The 55,000 square foot building lay idle until the district purchased the structure back in early 2011.

 

Housing Authority

The Hazleton Housing Authority has reappointed Charles Gennaro as chairman for the 15th consecutive year. Also... the board said it will apply for a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. If the cash comes through... it will be earmarked for the installation of surveillance cameras... security doors and deadbolt locks for authority property.

 

In WHLM Sports

 

HS Baseball

That District 4 Class AA semi – final baseball game Wednesday between Southern Columbia and Hughesville was rained out. The game has been rescheduled to Thursday afternoon at 4:30 at Williamsport's Bowman Field.

 

HS Softball

In girls softball, in the District 2 Class AAA championship at Marywood University... Valley View defeated Berwick 2 to nothing.

 

Other Games

Poor field conditions at Elm Park in Williamsport, forced the postponement of Wednesday's softball playoff games. Thursday afternoon in the District 4 Class AA semifinals, Central Columbia plays Loyalsock at 4 o'clock followed by Southern Columbia against Warrior Run. In a Class A semifinal, Bloomsburg plays Muncy at 5:30.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Wednesday night... The Philadelphia Phillies downed the Boston Red Sox 4 to 3. The Phils and Red Sox meet again again Thursday night in Philadelphia. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In other games last night...The New York Mets defeated the New York Yankees 9 – 4... and the Pittsburgh Pirates scooted by the Detroit Tigers 5 to 3.

 

NBA

In the NBA Eastern Conference Final series tonight, Indiana is at Miami. That series is tied at two games each.

Wednesday / May 29, 2013


 

Police Chief to Retire

Bloomsburg Police Chief Leo Sokoloski has made his intentions known. He plans to retire from the department at the end of June... to become head of security at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County. Mayor Dan Knorr says Sokoloski's retirement is top of mind when the Administrative and Finance Committee meets June 5th. Knorr says there is expected to be discussion as to who to name in the interim until a new chief is found... and whether the candidate will be from outside the town... or from within the ranks of the department.

 

Write In Votes

Columbia County election officials spent Tuesday going over ballots cast during last week's primary election... counting the write in votes. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says there was one eye opener in the race for the last position on the Bloomsburg School Board. That tie involves write in's on the Democratic side between Norman Mael and Josh Klingerman... each getting 25 write in votes each. The drawing to determine the fourth spot on the November ballot takes place noon time on Friday, June 7th in Rapasky's office at the Courthouse Annex in Bloomsburg.

 

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross is doing it's part to make sure blood supplies in the region remain up to snuff... through various drives. For example... a blood drive is being held Wednesday at PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric Station Towers Club facility. Suzanne Norton of the Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross says getting donated units of blood is important this time of year due to the possibility of accidents. Wednesday's blood drive is open to PPL employes as well as friends and families. It begins at 9 AM in the Tower Club at 255 Confer's Lane.

 

Kidsburg / Celebrate Bloomsburg

The folks who want to construct Kidsburg 2.0 will remain out and about this summer... looking for donations and telling the Kidsburg story. Organizer Deb Huckens says committee members will be at the first Celebrate Friday on June 7th. A portion of the event features a kids theme along Centre Street... with other organizations on hand... as well as an appearance of Pickles the Clown.

 

Harleton Chief

A district magistrate in Mifflinburg has sent the case of the Harleton police chief to court for trial. Chief Donald Zerbe is accused of stopping speeders... who then are faced with either paying a traffic fine or donating $150 to the fund to keep up a Harleton park. Now... Zerbe is facing a long list of charges... including extortion. Meantime... Zerbe is suspended from the job... with his next court appearance in August.

 

Gas Prices

The average price of self – serve unleaded regular gasoline in the Berwick, Bloomsburg and Danville area is holding somewhat steady. The latest check by www.gasbuddy.com shows the lowest price of $3.39 a gallon at Laubach's at 8th and Fowler Avenue in Berwick.... with Danville retailers holding steady at right around $3.41 a gallon... to the Uni-Mart at 7th and Market in Bloomsburg at $3.43 a gallon.

 

Former Police Officer Dead

A former police officer wanted in Northumberland County for the shooting of a man is dead. 31 – year old Anthony Galla of Lebanon County died in a shoot out with Federal Marshals at a hotel in Upper Darby Township near Philadelphia Tuesday night. The search for Galla began early Tuesday when he shot his ex – girlfriend’s boyfriend in the foot while the pair slept in her Mt. Carmel home. At one time Galla worked for a number of coal region police departments.

 

Jimmy Carter

An estimated 500 people showed up at the Wyoming monument on Tuesday to hear a speech delivered by former President Jimmy Carter. Mr. Carter and his wife were in the “Valley with a Heart” for a fundraiser last night in Wilkes – Barre. The former president spokes about the work he's done over the past thirty years... after leaving office... and about the future of the US.

 

Shenandoah Fire

Authorities in Shenandoah say they believe someone set fire to some trash outside a vacant home over the weekend. The blaze damaged the rear of the home at 111 – 113 Chestnut Street. The fire marshal called out to investigate says there was no power running to the home... and it appeared that someone set fire to a barrel of trash and it spread to the building.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Area Games

Tuesday's rain wiped out the playoff schedule for area high school baseball and softball teams. Wednesday afternoon at Marywood, Berwick will play Valley View in the District 2 Class AAA championship softball game.

 

In District 4 girls softball, in the Class AA semifinals at Elm Park in Williamsport Central Columbia plays Loyalsock today at 4 followed by Southern Columbia against Warrior Run. In a Class A semifinal Bloomsburg plays Muncy at 5 o'clock.

 

In high school baseball, the District 4 Class AA semifinal between Southern Columbia and Hughesville will be played at Bowman Field In Williamsport Thursday afternoon at 4:30.

 

PHL Phillies

At Fenway Park in Boston Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Boston Red Sox 3 to 1. Wednesday night that series shifts to Philadelphia. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pre – game show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the the Detroit Tigers 1 to nothing...

and... the New York Mets just got by the New York Yankees 2 to 1.

 

NBA

In game four of the NBA Eastern Conference series... Indiana defeated Miami 88 – 92. The series is now tied at two games apiece.

Tuesday / May 28, 2013


Write In Votes

Columbia County election officials spent Tuesday going over ballots cast during last week's primary election... counting the write in votes. Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says there was one eye opener in the race for the last position on the Bloomsburg School Board. That tie involves write in's on the Republican side between Norman Mael and Josh Klingerman... each getting 25 write in votes each. The drawing to determine the fourth spot on the November ballot takes place noon time on Friday, June 7th in Repasky's office at the Courthouse Annex in Bloomsburg.

 

Blood Drive

The American Red Cross is doing it's part to make sure blood supplies in the region remain up to snuff... through various drives. For example... a blood drive is being held Wednesday at PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric Station Towers Club facility. Suzanne Norton of the Bloomsburg Chapter of the American Red Cross says getting donated units of blood is important this time of year due to the possibility of accidents. Wednesday's blood drive is open to PPL employes as well as friends and families. It begins at 9 AM in the Tower Club at 255 Confer's Lane.

 

Kidsburg / Celebrate Bloomsburg

The folks who want to construct Kidsburg 2.0 will remain out and about this summer... looking for donations and telling the Kidsburg story. Organizer Deb Huckens says committee members will be at the first Celebrate Friday on June 7th. A portion of the event features a kids theme along Centre Street... with other organizations on hand... as well as an appearance of Pickles the Clown.

 

Mifflinville / Memorial Day

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Mifflinville.... and a couple of hundred others participated in Monday's 125th Memorial Day Parade and Celebration. The procession led by a color guard and the Catawissa Military band... marched east on Third Street... turning onto Market Street and to the cemetery where services were held. Retired US Army Lt. Col. Brent Bankus delivered the keynote address. A sole bagpiper played taps to close out the event.... for those who lost their lives in all military action starting with the civil war... through the present day conflicts.

 

Oklahoma Aid

Folks in Moore, Oklahoma.... southwest of Oklahoma City... are still trying to pick up the pieces of their lives.... unsettled due to last week's tornado's. And the American Red Cross is doing what they can to provide relief. Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg Chapter says the way you can help is through a donation... either cash or check... dropping it off at the Bloomsburg chapter at 7th and Iron Streets... or go on line.... or donating by texting the Red Cross.

 

State Budget / David Millard

State lawmakers will be back in Harrisburg today... trying to hammer out a proposed budget for 2013 – 2014. In a recent interview... State Representative David Millard says community – based groups at the local level with government funding are concerned about how things may turn out during deliberations. And Mr. Millard... who represents most of Columbia County said.... that could lead to changes in services delivered to their clients. A budget must be on Governor Corbett's desk by the end of June.

 

Carter Visit

Former President Jimmy Carter will be in the Wyoming Valley Wednesday afternoon for a fund raiser. He is scheduled to speak at mid – afternoon at the Wyoming Monument. Tuesday night... Mr. Carter and his wife take part in a fund raising dinner at the Stegmaier Mansion in Wilkes – Barre. The Carters last visited the area in April 2011 when they were the guests of honor at a benefit auction.

 

Hazleton Assault

Hazleton Police are searching for a man who beat a second man with a baseball bat. The incident happening Monday morning near Fifth and Harrison Streets. The man who was attacked... was taken to a hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

 

Man Jailed

A Hazleton man is locked up in the Luzerne County Prison after police say he slammed his car into a business... slugged a witness and dragged another person with his car. 21 – year old Juan Rodriguez faces a host of charges... including disorderly conduct and driving under the influence after his car collided with the Abbey Coffee house on South Popular Street. The incident happened over the weekend.

 

Executive Director

Luzerne County says it's looking to enlarge it's pool of prospective applicants to be the next director of the flood control authority. Thus far... four have been received to replace Jim Brozena. The job pays in the $70,000 range... and the executive director oversees a 15 mile system of levee's along the Susquehanna River.

 

 

Monday / May 27, 2013


Mifflinville Memorial Day

Remembering those who served.... and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. That was the center piece of Monday's Memorial day observance in Mifflinville... and folks in the tiny Columbia County municipality along the Susquehanna did so with a parade that began it's tradition back in 1888 with a handful of people. Now it has grown to several hundred strong... including music from the Catawissa Military Band... dozens of farm tractors... antique cars... and the emergency vehicles... from Mifflinville... Nescopeck and Espy. All walked to the cemetery on Market Street... where Retired U.S, Lt. Colonial Brent Bankus delivered the keynote address. A 21 – gun salute..... a bag piper playing taps.... and a festival at the carnival grounds rounded out the days events... with the 126th annual Memorial Day celebration on the drawing board... already... for next year...

 

Oklahoma Aid

Folks near Moore... near Oklahoma City... are still trying to pick up the pieces of their lives.... unsettled due to last week's tornado's. And the American Red Cross is doing what they can to provide relief.

Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg Chapter says the way you can help is through a cash donation by dropping off a check or cash at her office at 7th and Iron Streets... or do so by going on line... or donating by texting the Red Cross.

 

State Budget

State lawmakers will be back in Harrisburg Tuesday... trying to hammer out a proposed budget for 2013 – 2014. During a recent interview... State Representative David Millard says community – based groups at the local level with government money are concerned about how things may turn out during deliberations. And Mr. Millard... who represents most of Columbia County said.... that could lead to changes in services delivered to their clients. By law.... a budget must be on Governor Corbett's desk by the end of June.

 

Memorial Day Monday May 27, 2013


Sweet Valley Fair

The Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company is hosting their annual Memorial Day Weekend Fair.  The carnival grounds open at 10:00 AM today.  There will be entertainment, the firemen’s parade, and firemen’s Olympics.

 

Mifflinville Events

The big event today is the 125th annual Memorial Day Parade and Celebration today and Monday.  The German School will be open for tours from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  The annual parade starts at 9:00 AM.  It’ll travel from the corner of 3rd and Race Streets to the Cemetery.  Then events continue after the parade in Mifflinville Town Park with lots of vendors set up.

What's Happening Sunday May 26, 2013


The Memorial Baseball Tournament is happening at the Millville Little League Field today.  Games start at 8:00 AM...and feature the Millville Maniacs along with teams from Shikellamy, Jonestown, Mifflilnburg, Benton and other areas.  There will be concessions and carnival games too.

 

The Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company is hosting their annual Memorial Day Weekend Fair.  The carnival grounds open at 4:30 PM tonight and 10:00 AM tomorrow.  There’s entertainment nightly.  Monday is the Fireman’s parade and Olympics.

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ is hosting a special Memorial Day service today at 9:30 AM.

 

Pine Street Baptist Church will celebrate Memorial Day with a special service today at Ber-Vaughn Park in Berwick at 10:45 AM.

 

And, the big event this weekend is the 125th annual Memorial Day Parade and Celebration today and Monday.  Events are happening today in Mifflinville Town Park with lots of vendors and activities.  Tomorrow the German School will be open for tours from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  The annual parade starts at 9:00 AM tomorrow.  It’ll travel from the corner of 3rd and Race Streets to the Cemetery.  Events continue tomorrow after the parade in Mifflinville Town Park.

What's Happening Saturday May 25, 2013


The Columbia-Montour Chapter of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International will meet today at Spirit Life Church in Bloomsburg at 10:00 AM.

 

The free Saturday trains program will be open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville from 10:00 AM to Noon.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents the 4th annual Yogathon benefit today.  It’s a day of yoga happening at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Today is the annual Catawissa Boro Wide Yard Sale from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Maps will be available in front of the boro office.

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club will host a car cruise-in tonight from 6:00 to 9:00 PM in the Columbia Mall parking lot.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church is hosting an ice cream social today from 4:30 to 6:30 PM.

 

The Memorial Baseball Tournament is happening at the Millville Little League Field today and tomorrow.  Games start at 8:00 AM both days..and feature the Millville Maniacs along with teams from Shikellamy, Jonestown, Mifflilnburg, Benton and other areas.  There will be concessions and carnival games too.

 

The Southside Fire Company Carnival will wrap up today.  There’s a chicken barbeque and entertainment is the band Beef.

 

The carnival at the Ber-Vaughn Pool of Berwick continues today from 1:00 to 11:00 PM.  It’s being held to raise funds to save the swimming pool.

 

The Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Company is hosting their annual Memorial Day Weekend Fair.  The carnival grounds open at 4:30 PM tonight and tomorrow, and 10:00 AM on Monday.  There’s entertainment nightly.  Monday is the Fireman’s parade and Olympics.

 

Sweet Valley Church of Christ is hosting a special Memorial Day service tomorrow at 9:30 AM.

 

Pine Street Baptist Church will celebrate Memorial Day with a special service tomorrow at Ber-Vaughn Park in Berwick at 10:45 AM.

 

And, the big event this weekend is the 125th annual Memorial Day Parade and Celebration tomorrow and Monday.  Events are happening tomorrow in Mifflinville Town Park with lots of vendors and activities.  Monday the German School will be open for tours from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM.  The annual parade starts at 9:00 AM Monday.  It’ll travel from the corner of 3rd and Race Streets to the Cemetery.  Events continue Monday after the parade in Mifflinville Town Park.

Friday / May 24, 2013


Hetlerville Meth Lab

Two people were questioned... and one is being sought following a suspected Meth lab bust near Hetlerville in Mifflin Township Thursday night. Three children are in protective custody. Our media partner... Newswatch 16.... and the Press – Enterprise are reporting in Friday's edition.. Abby Burd... as well as 21- year old Heaven Sullivan are expected to have drug charges filed against them. Now... police are looking for 18 – year old James Hughes who fled the scene. All have past police records. The trailer is owned by Marion Bloom... Hughes' great – grandmother... didn't suspect anything wrong.

 

Geisinger Jobs

Danville – based Geisinger is trying to help those who served in the military to help find them a position within their health system framework. The program is being run by corporate recruiter Phyllis Scott out of her Geisinger Wilkes – Barre office. Ms. Scott says GHS is offering one on one support to those former military men and women seeking employment. Want more information... go to their website... www.geisinger.org.

 

Bicentennial / Mifflinville

Remembering those who allow us to be free... as Mifflinville holds it's 125th Memorial Day Celebration with a parade. In the line of march this year will be the man who was the driving force behind Columbia County's Bicentennial celebration... County Commissioner David Kovach. He says it will be one of your last opportunities to get a hold of Columbia County Bicentennial memorabilia during the celebration at the carnival grounds at E. First Street.

 

Person Hit

A Scott Township man was rushed to the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville Thursday after he darted into traffic and was clipped by a pick – up truck mirror. The incident happened in the 100 block of East Main street... directly in front of WHLM's storefront studio. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Friday's edition 28 – year old Sean Kile was trying to walk from one side of East Main to the other... and that's when he was hit by a truck driven by Roger Young of Benton. Kile is listed in “serious” condition by Geisinger.

 

Montour Boulevard Crash.

An unusual place for a late model car to end up. An early Thursday afternoon accident found the car on top of a guardrail on Route 11... in Montour Township. Police say the driver either passed out or fell asleep... spearing the guard rail head on... leaving the car's wheels about two feet off the ground.

 

Governmental Award

Cornell Iron Works, Incorporated of Mountain Top is the recipient of the Export Impact Award by the state and Governor Corbett. It happened during a ceremony in Harrisburg Thursday... and is designed to highlight companies who create jobs and make positive contributions. Cornell manufactures a complete line of door and closure products with security in mind.

 

PennDOT Construction

PennDOT says a nearly $3 – million reconstruction project in the westbound rest area of Interstate 80... near Mifflinville... gets underway June 3rd. Agency spokesman Rick Mason says contractor Glenn Hawbaker will begin work to widen and place new concrete pavement in the truck parking area... construct new sidewalks... repave the parking area... as well as install new lighting... trees and shrubs. During various times during the project... either the truck parking area... or that for cars will be closed.

 

Dalessandro Passing

A long time Luzerne County Judge is dead. 86 – year old Arthur Dalessandro died earlier this week at his home in Yatesville. Dalessandro was on the bench for 17 – years before he pleaded guilty to tax evasion back in 1989.

 

Shamokin Fire

Investigators are still trying to figure out why a fire broke out early Thursday morning in two homes in the 12 – hundred block of West Arch Street in Coal Township. Firefighters were first dispatched around 2 O'clock morning... and immediately called for a second alarm. It appears the blaze began in a vacant home and spread to the property of Jeffery McCloud... who was out of state when the fire began. No injuries were reported.

 

DCNR Meeting

The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has scheduled a meeting next month dealing with Marcellus Shale issues in the Loyalsock State Forest in Lycoming County. DCNR secretary Richard Allan will be on hand. That meeting to be held June 3rd... starting at 4 O'clock.. at Lycoming College in Williamsport.

 

Hunting Report

A new report issued by the Pennsylvania Game Commission indicates that hunting is getting safer in the Commonwealth. The report shows no firearms fatalities in 2013. That's the first time the number has stood at zero since the game Commission started tracking such incidents nearly a century ago. However, the report said there were 22 – non fatal shooting incidents across Pennsylvania woodlands... but that's a decline from the previous year.

 

DOE Secretary

Governor Corbett has officially nominated Dr. William E. Harner to be Pennsylvania’s Secretary of Education. Harner was named last week as the replacement for Ron Tomalis, who has been named Special Adviser to the Governor on Higher Education. He currently serves as superintendent of the Cumberland Valley School District in Mechanicsburg.

 

WHLM sports

 

HS Softball

In girls high school softball yesterday, in a District 4 Class AA quarterfinal... Central Columbia defeated Troy 7 – nothing. In a District 4 Class AAA game... Jersey Shore got the best of Danville 4 to nothing... in a District 4 Class A game... Bloomsburg downed Benton 4 to nothing.

 

HS Track & Field

A number of area high school athletes will be competing for medals in the state track & field championships which begin Friday morning. They conclude Saturday afternoon at Seth Grove Stadium at Shippensburg University.

 

PHL Phillies

In major league baseball Friday night, the Philadelphia Phillies open a weekend series in Washington against the Nationals. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In the majors Thursday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-2.

 

Henry Hynoski

The injury to former Southern Columbia star Henry Hynoski has been diagnosed. Hynoski hurting the medial collateral ligament to his left knee. He is scheduled to undergo surgery Friday. According to the New York Giants website, the third year starting fullback's goal is to ready for the first game of the regular season.

Thursday / May 23, 2013


Bloomsburg Politics

The dust is still settling from this week's primary election in Columbia County... in particular... the race for the Democratic nomination for mayor of Bloomsburg. Political newcomer Sandy Davis unofficially received 49% of the vote over town councilpersons Eric Bower and Diane Levan. Those unofficial results show Eric Bower receiving 30% of the vote... with Diane Levan getting 20%.

 

Henry Hynoski

An MRI is scheduled for former Southern Columbia football player... and now New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski. The third – year player collapsed to the ground with an apparent leg injury on the second play during Wednesday's drill in East Rutherford, New Jersey. After going down... Hynoski was carted off the field to be evaluated.

 

Click It or Ticket It

Police officers around the region are working with PennDOT... participating in a national “Click it or Ticket” program. In essence... a national seat – belt enforcement effort which runs through June 9th. Sgt. Roger Van Loan of the Bloomsburg Police Department tells us officers will be looking for drivers violating traffic laws... then as a secondary offense... not wearing a seat belt. The program's first big enforcement period begins Friday as drivers head out on the first holiday trip of the summer during the Memorial Day weekend.

 

Coal Twp. Fire

Shamokin area firemen spent the overnight hours on the scene of a house fire in Coal Township. Firemen were dispatched to 1237 West Arch Street when flames were seen coming from the building. A second alarm was sounded when the blaze came through the roof of the structure. Investigators will now try and find out what started that blaze Thursday morning in Coal Township.

 

Milton Gas Leak

A problem in Milton Wednesday... and it dealt with natural gas. At least two dozen home were evacuated after a construction crew hit a natural gas line near the intersection of Carr and Academy Avenue... causing the leak. UGI employees responded... and had the line fixed in short order... with folks being allowed to return to their homes.

 

HS Drug Charges

Three Crestwood students... near Mountain Top... were busted on drug charges after police alleged the trio tried to sell the drug Ritalin to other high school students. Derek Hudzik of Wapwallopen... as well as Desiree Newton and Annaliesa Daubenhauser... both of White Haven... are facing a long list of charges. Following arraignment... all were released on their own recognizance.

 

Bear Creek Crash

State Police continue to investigate a deadly crash in Bear Creek Township... near Wilkes – Barre... Killing two people. Police say 26 – year old Ryan Jacobson of Glen Richey was attempting to set up traffic control barricades on Route 115... when a car driven by 72 – year old Ann Rinko of Wilkes – Barre slammed into him. Both died at the scene.

 

American Eagle

Good economic news for Luzerne County. Governor Corbett announcing that American Eagle Outfitters will invest 160 – million dollars to construct a new direct – to – consumer distribution center at the Humbolt Industrial Park in Hazel Township. That... according to the governor... should pave the way to create 369 new jobs.

 

Sandusky Costs

Penn State’s costs for legal fees, consultants and other services connected to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal have topped $44.4 million dollars. That word from the University. The total was through the end of February. It’s up about $1 and a half million dollars from the previous bill released through the end of January.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Softball

In girls high school softball yesterday, in a District 2 Class AAA quarterfinal playoff game... Berwick defeated Crestwood. 4 – 2.

 

Upcoming Softball

Three area softball teams play District 4 playoff games Thursday afternoon. In Class A, Benton plays at Bloomsburg. In Class AA, Central Columbia is at home against Troy... and in Class AAA Danville is at Jersey Shore.

 

PHL Phillies

In the final game of their three game set in Miami last night... the Philadelphia Phillies blanked the Miami Marlins 3 to nothing. The Phils have Thursday off. They will open a weekend series Friday against the Nationals in Washington.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Thursday in the majors, the Cincinnati Reds completed a three game sweep of the New York Mets with a 7-4 win. In other action... The Baltimore Orioles downed the New York Yankees 6 to 3... and the Pittsburgh Pirates squeaked by the Chicago Cubs 1 to nothing.

 

NBA

In the opening game of the NBA's Eastern Conference final series... the Miami Heat just getting by the Indiana Pacers 103 to 102.

 

NHL

In the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs Wednesday night... Pittsburgh skated to a 7 to 3 win over the Ottawa Senators. The Penguins now lead the series 3 games to one.

Wednesday / May 22, 2013


Primary Election

A political newcomer will be the apparent next mayor of Bloomsburg after winning the Democratic nomination during Tuesday's primary election. Complete, but unofficial returns show that Sandy Davis is the top vote getter over two other candidates running for the office. Davis getting 49% of the vote... compared to current Bloomsburg Town Councilman Eric Bower who got 30% and current Council Vice – Chair Diane Levan who received 19%. Bower said he's disappointed... but with two years left on his council term... he plans to make a difference. For Mayor Dan Knorr... it was a bitter sweet night since he endorsed Ms. Levan. As of now... Ms. Davis won't be challenged in the November general election since there are no Republicans stepping up to the plate.

 

Hazleton Primary

An outspoken critic of the Hazleton city administration secured nominations on both tickets for the race for city council. According to unofficial results... Incumbent Jack Mundie will run as a Republican and Democrat in the November general election. Mundie has often verbally clashed with Mayor Joseph Yanuzzi and other council members.

 

Sugarloaf Supervisor

A man who has been supervisor in Sugarloaf Township for the past 40 – years was defeated in Tuesday's primary election. 90 – year old Earl Miller was defeated by Richard Yost. The big issue facing the township... according to Yost... resolving difference with Conyngham about the sewer and water authority.

 

Partial Structure Collapse

A structural engineer is expected to be at a building Wednesday that used to be an ice house at 255 East 7th Street of Bloomsburg. That... after a couple of dozen bricks fell from the rear of the building... and was witnessed by a man waiting for his wife to come out of work... so says Fire Chief Bob Rupp. The building is at least 100 years old. No other bricks fell from the two story structure while firemen and code enforcement personnel were on hand... but people living in an apartment in the front of the building were evacuated and found lodging elsewhere.

 

OKC Tornado

There is a flurry of activity near Moore, Oklahoma following this week's tornado which flattened the town... leaving 24 people dead in it's wake and thousands of people hurting. But, one organization with “boots on the ground” is the American Red Cross. Rita Inklovich of the Bloomsburg Chapter says personnel keep pouring in the area... and there are plenty of resources to work with. Also needed are donations of cash or checks that can be dropped off at the local chapter at 7th and Iron Streets.... or you can donate on – line or by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to give a ten dollar gift.

 

Woman Arrested

A Kulpmont woman is facing 26 charges after allegedly taking cash... jewelry... and medication from an elderly women she was caring for. 24 – year old Kaitlyn Ann Else faced a first arraignment this week.... and is now lodge in the Northumberland County Prison... with bail set at $25,000. Else faces a host of felony and misdemeanor charges.

 

Mifflinville Parade

The folks in Mifflinville are gearing up for this coming weekend's Memorial Day event. They kick it off on Sunday with a festival at the Carnival grounds on E. 1st Street... followed by their annual parade the next day. Bonnie Farver of the celebration committee says the parade will form at 8:30 AM near the bank. Sunday's event begins at at mid-morning... featuring vendors... food... as well as antique cars and tractors. Monday's 125th veterans day parade begins at 9 AM.... and ends at the village cemetery.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Tuesday... in the District 2 Class AAA playoffs... Wyoming Area downed Berwick 12 – 4.

 

Other Playoff Games

In District 4 Class AA first round games from Tuesday... Southern Columbia defeated Mansfield 8 – 3... Montoursville getting by Central Columbia 5 – 3... and Bloomsburg blanked Towanda 2 – nothing.

 

HS Softball

In the District 4 AA girls softball playoffs... Wyalusing defeated the Columbia Montour Vo Tech 12 – 2.

 

PHL Phillies

In the second game of their series in Miami Tuesday night... it was the Philadelphia Phillies over the Marlins 7 – 3. The final game of the series is Wednesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

Other MLB Games

The Pittsburgh Pirates just getting by the Chicago Cubs 5 – 4... the Cincinnati Reds blanked the New York Mets 4 – nothing... and the Baltimore Orioles squeezed by the New York Yankees 3 – 2.

 

NBA Playoffs

In the NBA'S Western Conference Final series Tuesday... San Antonio went overtime... defeating Memphis 93 – 89. San Antonio leads the series two games to one. Indiana is at Miami Wednesday night in the opening game of the Eastern Conference final series.

 

NHL

The Pittsburgh Penguins are at Ottawa Wednesday night in game four of their NHL Stanley Cup Playoff series. The Pens lead two games to one.

Tuesday / May 21, 2013


Primary Election Returns

A political newcomer will be the apparent next mayor of Bloomsburg after winning the Democratic nomination during Tuesday's primary election. Complete, but unofficial returns show that Sandy Davis is the top vote getter over two other candidates seeking the office. Davis getting 49% of the vote... compared to current Bloomsburg Town Councilman Eric Bower who got 30% .... and current Council Vice – Chair Diane Levan who received 19% of the vote. Bower said he's disappointed in the outcome, but has two more years on council to make a difference. Current Mayor Dan Knorr backed Levan in her bid for the Town's top job... and it was somewhat of a bittersweet night. As of now... Ms. Davis isn't expected to challenged in the November general election since there are no Republicans stepping up to the plate.

 

Partial Structure collapse

A structural engineer is expected to be at a building Wednesday afternoon that used to be an ice house in the 200 block of East 7th Street of Bloomsburg. That after a couple of dozen bricks fell from the rear of the building... and was witnessed by a man waiting for his wife to come out of work... so says Fire Chief Bob Rupp. The department  along with police and code enforcement responded. No other bricks fell from the two story structure... but people living in an apartment in the front of the building were evacuated and found lodging elsewhere.

 

Wellness Center

It was about a week ago... the Central Columbia School District broke ground on a $1.5 million dollar health and wellness center. The project using donations and corporate gifts to pay for the facility... and is not using taxpayer dollars. But Superintendent Harry Mathias says Bucknell University Sociology professor Dr. Carl Milofsky has been called in to study the health and wellness of the participants over the next three years and deliver a series of reports to Superintendent Mathias. The center is expected to be open in 2014.

 

Celebrate Friday

Downtown Bloomsburg, Incorporated is trying to bring some life into the business district downtown with Celebrate Friday. That features discounts on purchases, but according to DBI manager Adrienne Mael there's a little something extra such as special programs on Center Street... just off of Main. Friday, June 7th will find activities for kids... including a visit from Pickles the Clown. July... according to Ms. Mael... will be a patriotic themed event.

 

Lansford Meth Lab

Police in Lansford... in Carbon County... arresting three people following an explosion late Sunday night in a home. That explosion at a house on East Patterson Street was believed to be sparked by people manufacturing meth. Now... two men and a woman face charges.

 

School Cops

We could soon see the Hazleton Area School District with their own police force... if they apply and receive grants to hire school resource officers. The district's Maryanne Petrilla says the district plans to apply for grants... Butler Township is applying for money for two officers... one to patrol the Drums Elementary Middle School... and a new school opening later this year at the CAN DO Corporate Center.

 

PennDOT / Click It 

PennDOT says it will partner with more than 600 law enforcement agencies and the Pennsylvania State Police to participate in a national “Click It or Ticket” seat-belt enforcement effort through June 9th. The effort will focus largely on nighttime enforcement, using traffic safety checkpoints and roving patrols. Police will also use Traffic Enforcement Zones, which combine roving patrol and checkpoint tactics on roadways with high numbers of unbuckled crashes. According to PennDOT data, 503 people died last year in unbelted crashes, a decrease from 509 such fatalities in 2011.

 

Gas Prices / NEPA

The price of gasoline across Northeastern Pennsylvania is climbing every so slightly. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows the price of self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.44 a gallon. That's the same as it was over the weekend... but two cents higher than it was a week ago.

 

 

Monday / May 20, 2013


Primary Vote

Most of the campaigning has been done... and signs planted in yards... and Tuesday it will be time to cast a ballot in the 2013 primary election here in Columbia and Montour Counties... as well as across the state. In Columbia County... Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says he doesn't expect much of a voter turnout... despite the number of registered voters. And registration... according to Mr. Repasky... is split pretty evenly between Republicans and Democrats. The biggest races include the the three way democratic primary battle for mayor of Bloomsburg... and five Republican candidates running for four slots on the Berwick Area School board.

 

State Budget / Millard

Liquor store privatization … pension woes and the transportation bill is top of mind of the state house of representatives as they prepare a 2013 – 2014 proposed budget. The bill will be initiated next week... with an appearance on the house calendar June 3rd. For State Representative Lynda Culver of Sunbury... there are some important funding issues to consider such as not raising taxes. Since the proposed spending plan goes into effect July 1st... it must be on the governor's desk by the end of June for his signature.

 

Teen Star

Bloomsburg High School Junior Dante Green is the best of the best at Sunday's “Teen Star” competition on the campus of Bloomsburg University. For his efforts... Green wins a $2,500 first prize. Abigail Gobel of Benton High School finished second... winning a thousand dollars... for her rendition of a Bruno Mars tune.... while third place went to Kristen Broadt... a senior at Bloomsburg Christian School who performed on the violin... taking home a $500 prize. The event sponsored by First Columbia Bank and Trust.

 

State Unemployment

The state’s unemployment rate dropped three-tenths of a percentage point to

7.6 % in April. That word from the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry. In essence... unemployment decreased 17,000 to 496,000. It was the third largest decrease on record, behind only March 2013 and July 1983. On the other side of things... employment was up 13,000 just over 6,000,000. The increase tied September 2012 for the second largest employment increase in the past twelve months.

 

Controller Arrested

Luzerne County Controller Walter Griffith, Jr. is free on $10,000 unsecured bond after he was arrested at the start of the weekend on felony electronic surveillance charges. The 58 – year old Griffith is accused of allegedly recording three conversations back in 2010 without the other persons approval. He'll be prosecuted by the State Attorney General's office. A trial date has not been set... but several Luzerne County Commissioners have called for Griffith's resignation.

 

Hazleton Enforcement

The City of Hazleton will soon take a step towards enforcing a controversial rental property registration program. An estimated 1,700 rental properties will get notification of inspection this week of the interior as well as the exterior of the buildings. Fees range from 25 to 100 dollars each with property owners bill by Northeast Revenue Service.

 

WHLM Sports

Track & Field 

Southern Columbia junior Luke Rarig won four medals including a gold medal in the high hurdles to help the Tigers to the Class AA team title in the District 4 championships Saturday in Selinsgrove. Central Columbia junior Ellen Shepherd won three gold medals and set a new District record in the 200 meter dash to help the Bluejays finish second in the girls team standings. Rarig and Shepherd will lead a large contingent of area athletes into the state championships which begin Friday morning at Shippensburg University.

 

PHL Phillies

Eric Kratz and Freddy Galvis hit back to back home runs in the bottom of the 9th Sunday to give the Philadelphia Phillies a 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Monday night the Phils begin a three game series against the Marlins in Miami. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Houston Astros 1-0... the New York Mets topped the Chicago Cubs 4-3... and the New York Yankees game against Toronto was rained out.

 

NBA / Western Finals

In the opening game of the NBA's Western Conference final series, the San Antonio Spurs routed the Memphis Grizzlies 105-83.

 

NHL

In the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs last night... the Ottawa Senators got by the Pittsburgh Penguins 2 to one. But despite the loss Pittsburgh holds a two to one lead in the series.

 

Indianapolis 500

Ed Carpenter wins the pole position for next Sunday's Indianapolis 500. He turned the fastest lap during a nine car shootout at 228.726 MPH.

What's Happening Sunday May 19, 2013


Today is the final performance of Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s “Superior Donuts” on stage at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Downtown Bloomsburg.  Showtime is this afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

Enjoy a short stack for a tall cause at Applebees in Bloomsburg this morning from 8:00 to 10:00 AM.  It’s a flapjack fundraiser to benefit the Bloomsburg High School Football team.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is serving up their monthly all you can eat breakfast and brunch buffet today from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The fire company is located off route 642 between Danville and Milton.

 

Today the Kidsburg 2.0 committee is hosting a golf tournament at the Links at Hemlock Creek.  Cost is $80 per golfer, and it’s a four-person scramble format.  For info go to www.Kidsburg.org.

 

The Orangeville Health and Rehab Center is hosting their annual spring bazaar today from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 

First Columbia Bank presents the 3rd annual Teen Star Musical Talent Competition today at the Haas Center at Bloomsburg University.  The competition gets underway at 2:00 PM.  You can hear a re-broadcast at 6:00 PM on The WHLM Stations.

What's Happening Saturday May 18, 2013


Mt. Zion Untied Methodist Church of Catawissa is hosting a breakfast for a donation today from 7:00 to 9:30 AM.  This month’s donations go to Your Loving Choices and the Bloomsburg Women’s Center.

 

The Montour County Relay For Life continues today at the Southside Fire Company in Riverside.  Teams have been walking since 3:00 PM yesterday to help in the fight against cancer.

 

The Bloomsburg Area YMCA is hosting their annual Indoor Yard Sale today from 6:30 AM to 1:00 PM.  They’ll have lots of stuff including household items, clothing, collectibles, books, toys and more.  It’s happening at the Y on East 7th Street.

 

It’s a train weekend with the Loose Ties Model Railroad Club hosting the 3rd annual Train Day at the Columbia Mall from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM today…and the Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal in Danville.

 

AGAPE is hosting an addiction awareness workshop at Wesley United Methodist Church in Bloomsburg today…the forum will offer better understandings of many types of addictions.

 

In Bloomsburg Town Park today it’s the annual walk to defeat ALS.

 

The United Methodist Churches of Catawissa are hosting a free Children’s carnival from Noon to 2:00 PM at St. Paul’s UMC this afternoon.

 

Christ United Lutheran Church is hosting a clothing give-away today, and they’ll have a children’s activity center set up.  They’re located on Church Street in Catawissa.

 

The Centre Hall Grange is hosting a car show and tractor pull today.

 

This is the final weekend to catch The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s performance of “Superior Donuts” on stage at the Alvina Krause Theatre in Downtown Bloomsburg.  Showtimes are tonight 7:30 PM tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

Enjoy a short stack for a tall cause at Applebees in Bloomsburg tomorrow morning from 8:00 to 10:00 AM.  It’s a flapjack fundraiser to benefit the Bloomsburg High School Football team.

 

The Potts Grove Fire Company is serving up their monthly all you can eat breakfast and brunch buffet tomorrow from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The fire company is located off route 642 between Danville and Milton.

 

Tomorrow the Kidsburg 2.0 committee is hosting a golf tournament at the Links at Hemlock Creek.  Cost is $80 per golfer, and it’s a four-person scramble format.  For info go to www.Kidsburg.org.

 

The Orangeville Health and Rehab Center is hosting their annual spring bazaar tomorrow from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

 

First Columbia Bank presents the 3rd annual Teen Star Musical Talent Competition tomorrow at the Haas Center at Bloomsburg University.  The competition gets underway at 2:00 PM.  You can hear a re-broadcast at 6:00 PM on The WHLM Stations.

Friday / May 17, 2013


Berwick Dumpster Day

Berwick is doing it's part to either get rid of old, unused and unwanted items. The borough is holding a dumpster day Saturday at Test Track Park off of Eaton Street. Curt Rider is Berwick's Code Enforcement officer says most items can be dumped for free. However, Rider says no hazardous materials will be accepted... and there will be a $15 fee for each item with Freon... and a $2 charge for every tire dropped off. Dumpster day begins at 8 O'clock in Berwick.

 

Griffith to be Charged

Charges are expected to be filed Friday against Luzerne County Controller Walter Griffith, Junior. Authorities say Griffith will be charged with illegally recording conversations with people he spoke to without their okay. It's a third degree felony for taping someone without their consent... punishable to up to seven years in prison.

 

DUI Checkpoints

If you're out driving tonight... you may run into some DUI traffic checkpoints established by local lawmen. It's all part of the Pottsville – based North Central Highway Safety Network's Regional DUI Enforcement group. Although particular spots for the checkpoints aren't announced... in the past they've been along some of the busiest highways in the region... such as Route 11 and 487 in Columbia County... as well as Route 54 near Danville.

 

Sportsman's Expo

Getting people out and knowing what's in their community.....was the object of Thursday night's mini Sportsman's Expo at the Montour DeLong Fairgrounds near Washingtonville. The event was sponsored by State Representatives Kurt Masser of Elysburg... and his colleague Lynda Culver of Sunbury. Representatives from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission... the PA Game Commission... as well as the National Wild Turkey Federation were on hand for the event.

 

Artist Reception

State Representative David Millard Thursday night honored three Millville area men for their contributions to the arts. The works of Bill Whitmoyer... Bob Doucette and Mark Golomb will be on display at Representative Millard's Bloomsburg office the next few weeks. Mr. Millard says the projects show a lot of creativity. He went on to say... thinking out of the box will expand their horizons in whatever job they're doing.

 

BTE

This is the last weekend for the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's latest production... entitled “Superior Donuts.” The story is based on an aging hippy who owns a donut shop in Chicago in 2010. Performances take place at the Alvina Krause Theater in Bloomsburg Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30.... with a Sunday Matinee at 3 O'clock.

 

Beaver Meadows Arrest

A Beaver Meadows man is in trouble with the law. Dean Kancir was arrested after he allegedly hit... and then dragged Beaver Meadows Police Chief Michael Morresi on Thursday. The chief was trying to serve a warrant on Kancir at his house on Berwick Street when the incident occurred. Kancir was later taken into custody and is now in the Carbon County Jail.

 

Hazleton Training Exercise

Don't be alarmed if you see a lot of first responders Friday at the Hazleton Elementary / Middle School at 9th and Wyoming Streets. It's all part of an active school shooter training exercise. It's designed to learn new skills by police, fire and emergency medical workers... and to strengthen procedures they already use.

 

Kingston Robbery

Kingston Police are still looking for a man who held up a Sunoco convenience store this week. Police say a man with a knife strolled into the store... demanded cash... then ran off with the money. It's not known how much was taken.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Thursday... Central Columbia split a double header with Shamokin. In the first game Central came out on top 9 – 6... while the Indians came back in the second game.. defeating the Blue Jays 8 – 7.

 

HS Softball

In girls softball Thursday... Central Columbia defeated Bloomsburg 13-5 in the regular season finale for both teams

 

In other softball results...

Benton downed Bucktail Area 3 – 1... and Columbia Montour Vo – Tech swept a double headed from St. John Neuman. Tech blanking Neuman 16 to nothing in the first game.. and 13 to 1 in the second.

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies had Thursday night off. Friday night... the Phils open a home weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

MLB / Other Games

In games played Thursday... the New York Mets defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 5 – 2... the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Milwaukee Brewers 7 – 1... and the Seattle Mariners barley getting by the New York Yankees 3 – 2...

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs Thursday night... the New York Knicks out scored the Indiana Pacers 85 – 75. Despite the loss. Indiana lead the best of 7 series 3 games to two. San Antonio defeated Golden State 94 to 82. The Spurs now advance to the western finals.

 

NHL

In the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Friday night... the Pittsburgh Penguins are at home against Ottawa. The Pens lead that series one game to none.

Thursday / May 16, 2013


Primary Elections

If your still holding on to an absentee ballot for next Tuesday's primary... you have until the close of business Friday to get it into your respective election office. In Columbia County... Chief Registrar Matt Repasky says business has been a bit slow. As a matter of fact.. the request for absentee ballots is off 30% over 2009. If you're holding on to a absentee ballot... you have until 5 PM Friday to get it into Rapasky's office. The primary takes place Tuesday.

 

Voter ID

We're all getting ready for next Tuesday's primary election across the state. In Columbia and Montour Counties... there are races of local interest such as the Berwick School Board and the Bloomsburg Democratic primary for Mayor. That brings us to another point... Voter ID. Ron Ruman with the PA Department of State says voters will be asked but not required to show their IDs when casting ballots Tuesday. A court case is scheduled for July to decide whether the state's new law requiring ID to vote will be fully implemented

 

Berwick River Rescue

Two Berwick men... and an eight year old girl were rescued from the Susquehanna River Wednesday night after their boat got hung up in the rocks near the Berwick – Nescopeck Bridge. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... Rick and Robert Dement... and as well as Robert's daughter got caught on the rocks while fishing. They were plucked from the water by the Berwick Fire Department's rescue boat.. and reached dry land at the test track boat dock. No one was injured

 

Nutritional Program

The Columbia – Montour Aging Office is taking part in a program designed to stretch your dollars when you visit a farmer's market. Agency Director Kathy Lynn says the Senior Farmers Market Nutritional program has been a main stay for folks sixty and older for the past few years. Ms. Lynn says not only do folks have to meet the age requirement... but an income threshold as well. For more information... give Kathy Lynn a call at her office on Sawmill Road.

 

Crestwood Threats

A Crestwood High School student in Mountain Top.. in Luzerne County... is free on bail after he was charged with making bomb and ricin threats at the school... forcing several evacuations. 18 – year old Richard Seiwell... a senior... is accused of writing threats on restroom walls at the school. As he entered a magistrate's office in Wright Township... Seiwell denied the charges.

 

Bank Robber Charged

A Wilkes – Barre man is facing charges after indictments were handed down in Scranton federal court. 45 – year old Kirk Robinson is accused of holding up two jewelry stores in May of 2008... and being involved in a bank robbery in 2010. Robinson is scheduled to appear in federal court next week to face the charges.

 

Copper Pipe Theft

There is a thief on the loose who stole copper piping from a Hazleton home. Police say the person somehow got into the basement of the North Laurel Street home this week... taking up to 40 of the pipe. Right now... cops are looking for a man... 6 feet tall with red hair... and may be carrying a black bag.

 

Leader Funeral

A funeral service will be held Thursday morning for former Pennsylvania Governor George Leader in Hershey. Leader died last week at the age of 95. He served as governor from 1955 – to 1959. The service takes place at the Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey starting at 10:30.

 

Education Secretary

As expected.... Governor Corbett has announced the resignation of Ronald Tomalis as State Secretary of Education. He'll now become Special Adviser to the Governor on Higher Education. Meantime, the governor will nominate Dr. William Harner... the superintendent of the Cumberland Valley School District to be education secretary. Harner's nomination will need to be confirmed by the state Senate.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Wednesday... Columbia Montour Vo Tech defeated Millville 12 – 2.... Southern Columbia downed Mount Carmel 10 – 5... and it was Bloomsburg over Saint John Neuman 6 – 1.

 

HS Softball

In girls softball... Columbia Montour Vo Tech blanked Millville 24 to nothing.

 

PHL Phillies

The Cleveland Indians roughed up Cole Hamels Wednesday and beat the Phillies 10-4. The Phils have Thursday off. On Friday... they open a weekend home series against Cincinnati.

 

MLB Games

In other games Wednesday... the Pittsburgh Pirates got by the Milwaukee Brewers 3 to 1... the St. Louis Cardinals downed the New York Mets 4 – 2... and the Seattle Mariners defeated the New York Yankees 12 – 2.

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs Wednesday night... Miami got by Chicago 94 – 91... thus clinching the series.... and Memphis downed Oklahoma City 88 – 84.... with Memphis taking the series.

Wednesday / May 15, 2013


Board Vacancies

The “Help Wanted” sign is out at Bloomsburg town hall. Town government is trying to fill some volunteer spots on the various boards that town council relies upon when it comes to recommendations on the decisions they make. Mayor Dan Knorr says one is on the Historic Architectural Review Board. Also needed... according to Mayor Knorr... is an alternate Zoning Board member... as well as the filling several openings on the Code Appeals Board. Interested... contact Amy Seamans at Town Hall.

 

Parking Study

There will soon be a parking survey undertaken aimed at downtown Bloomsburg by the University Foundation. Bloomsburg Council Vice – Chair Diane Levan says it will be a comprehensive look at the ebb and flow of cars and people. The forthcoming survey follows an announcement a few weeks ago of a million dollar gift earmarked to be moving the BU Foundation offices to the former Cole's Hardware store on East Main Street in 2014. The research to be conducted by students... and teaching assistants.

 

Kidsburg Help

The folks organizing the proposed rebuilding of Kidsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park has come to town council for possible in – kind help. Deb Huckens says her group may need some assistance when it comes to construction of handicapped – accessible walkways. One of which leads to the restroom area. No formal request has been submitted... just a heads up from the Kidsburg organization.

 

South Centre Twp. Fatal

A Danville man is dead... following a one car accident we initially told you about Tuesday morning in South Centre Township... on Route 11 near Hillside Drive. Authorities say 34 – year old Jason Snyder's car went off Route 11... and slammed into a stand of trees. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition Snyder was apparently on his way home from his second shift assembly job at Deluxe Building Systems in Berwick. He died at the scene of blunt force trauma.

 

Pottsville Fire

Authorities in Pottsville now say a wood burning stove was NOT the cause of a fire late Sunday night which killed four children and two adults. Although the fire is not suspicious in nature... there is still no cause. That word coming after a fire investigator scoured the remains of the three story building in the 200 block of Pierce Street. Also... there were no smoke alarms in the building. 30 – year old Eric Brown... his four children and his sister – in – law died in the blaze.

 

Nanticoke Fire

A state police fire marshal is expected to be in Nanticoke Wednesday... trying to figure out what caused a blaze in a house in the 100 block of West Broad Street. No one was at home where flames were spotted coming from the attic area. Two dogs were rescued, but the family of four is homeless. One firefighter was slightly injured battling the Tuesday morning blaze in Nanticoke.

 

Fencing Found

A Nanticoke man is in the Luzerne County Correctional facility after he was charged with stealing the fencing surrounding the Newport Center Cemetery. 27 – year old Scott Wylie telling police he used the fence to get money to buy drugs. Wylie is facing a long list of charges after he allegedly stole an estimated 500 feet of fencing... fence posts... top rail and two gates. Police say the fence material was found at ABC Auto Parts in Hunlock Creek.

 

Alleged Mugger

A Wilkes – Barre man is in jail after he allegedly mugged another man. Cops are investigating assault and robbery which happened Monday afternoon. Investigators say the man attacked another person stealing his cell phone. The suspect was later found in a home on Barney Street.

 

Fire Follow Up

That house fire in the Newberry section of Williamsport we told you about last week has been ruled an arson. Authorities say someone set the fire early last week. Williamsport police say they have no suspects.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Softball

Three Bloomsburg University softball players have been named All Region. Named first team all Atlantic Region by the National Fast pitch Coaches Association were Kate Pain and Chrissy Belko. Mandi Baer was named second team All Region.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Tuesday... Benton downed Millville 7 – 4.

 

HS Softball

In girls HS softball... South Williamsport defeated Benton 13 – 2.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

In major league baseball... the Philadelphia Phillies topped the Cleveland Indians 6 to 2 Tuesday night. The second and final game of that series will be played Wednesday afternoon. Catch all the action starting with the pre – game show at 12:30 on the WHLM Stations.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates getting by the Milwaukee Brewers 4 – 3.... It was the St. Louis Cardinals over the New York Mets 10 – 4... and the New York Yankees squeaking by the Seattle Mariners 4 to 3.

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs... Indiana downed the New York Knicks 93 – 82. Indiana now leads the series 3 games to 1. It was San Antonio over Golden State 109 – 91. San Antonio now leads the series 3 games to 2.

 

NHL

In the National Hockey League's Stanley Cup playoffs... in the opening game of a second round series... the Pittsburgh Penguins skated by the Ottawa Senators 4 to 1.

Tuesday / May 14, 2013


WHLM Employee Helps Extinguish Fire

Late Monday Morning a vehicle caught fire in the parking lot located off Iron Street behind the WHLM Studios location in Downtown Bloomsburg.  Station Employee Larry Hopper heard the call come over the fire scanner, and immediately sprang into action.  Using his quick thinking and the station's fire extinguisher he was able to stop the vehicle fire before it spread.  The Bloomsburg Fire Department reported to the scene to make sure things were wrapped up.

 

Photo:  The fire crew checks out the vehicle after the fire was extinguished

 

Photo:  Station Employee Larry Hopper (Right) talks with Bloom FD Chief Bob Rupp (Left)

 

Photo:  Bloom FD Police Chief Bob Rupp makes a call back to the station

 

Pottsville Fire

Investigators are focusing on a wood burning stove as the possible cause of a late Sunday night fire in Pottsville which killed two adults and four children. That stove was in the kitchen on the second floor of the three story home in the 200 block of Pierce Street. Dead are 30 – year old Eric Brown... and his 26 – year old sister-in-law Christina Thomas... and Brown's four children ranging in age from 2 to 8.

All six sleeping in bedrooms on the third floor. Brown's wife and the mother of the kids was doing the laundry at a friends house across the street when the flames broke out.

 

Berwick's Week of Caring

What a way to start the week.... a group of employees from a printing company in Berwick... getting together to make the Berwick Area's United Way's “Week of Caring” get off to a successful start. Matt Getty's group worked St. Charles Park down to Canal Street.... saying he found a lot of trash. Mark Varner stressed... despite Berwick's recent well – documented problems... it's a pretty good place to live. Other groups get a chance to spiff – up parks in Berwick on Tuesday such as the PPL H-R Department working on the wall at Columbia Avenue and Mulberry Street... First Keystone Community Bank working a few hours in Nescopeck Township Park... and various church groups spending part of their day at Briar Creek Park.
 

Central Wellness Center

Ground was officially broken late Monday afternoon for a new health and fitness complex at the Central Columbia High School. Superintendent Harry Mathias says $1.1 million dollars in pledges and corporate donations helps tremendously. Meantime... the most immediate and ambitious project is replacing the natural grass with artificial turf. That work begins Wednesday and will be wrapped by August 16th.

 

Hazleton Silk Mill

The owners of the former Duplan Silk Mill on Fulton Court in Hazleton have hired an engineer to examine a concrete rail that began breaking apart and falling to the ground over the weekend. The building is owned by a firm in Jermyn and thus far... have been cooperating with city officials. Fulton Court was closed for part of Monday... between Arbutus Street and East Diamond Avenue... but businesses were allowed to be open.

 

Free Clinic

That free health clinic in Hazleton has had it's opening postponed. The clinic was to have opened Thursday afternoon.... serving folks who have no insurance. No word when the clinic at the Catholic Social Services Family Center on Church Street will open.

 

Gas Prices

The average price of self – serve, unleaded gas is creeping up a bit across northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple – A Fuel Gauge report shows gasoline retailing at an average of $3.42 a gallon. More in some locations... less at other. That's the same as the weekend... and up three cents from a week ago... but down nine cents a gallon over last month at this time.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Monday... Bloomsburg defeated Central Columbia 2 to nothing...  Columbia Montour Vo – Tech blanked Benton 10 to nothing... and Berwick wrapped up the Wyoming Valley Conference title by getting by Hazleton 6-4.

 

Girls HS Softball

Southern Columbia defeated Shamokin 11 – 3... it was Berwick over Wyoming Area 14 – 2... Columbia Montour Vo - Tech downs Benton 7 – 2... and Weatherly topped Millville 17 – 3.

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies return home tonight to play the Cleveland Indians. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30. On Monday, the Indians split a makeup doubleheader with the Yankees, winning the first game 1-0 and losing the nightcap 7-0.

 

MLB

In other games, it was... the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the New York Mets 6 – 3.... and the Milwaukee Brewers downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 – 1.

 

NBA

Monday night, in the NBA playoffs.... Miami downed the Chicago 88 – 65... allowing the Heat to lead the series 3 games to one... and Memphis got the best of Oklahoma City 103 – 97. The victory gives Memphis a three to one lead in the series.

Monday / May 13, 2013


WHLM Employee Helps Extinguish Fire

Late Monday Morning a vehicle caught fire in the parking lot located off Iron Street behind the WHLM Studios location in Downtown Bloomsburg.  Station Employee Larry Hopper heard the call come over the fire scanner, and immediately sprang into action.  Using his quick thinking and the station's fire extinguisher he was able to stop the vehicle fire before it spread.  The Bloomsburg Fire Department reported to the scene to make sure things were wrapped up.

 

Photo:  The fire crew checks out the vehicle after the fire was extinguished

 

Photo:  Station Employee Larry Hopper (Right) talks with Bloom FD Chief Bob Rupp (Left)

 

Photo:  Bloom FD Police Chief Bob Rupp makes a call back to the station

 

Fatal Pottsville Fire

Investigators are trying to figure out this morning the cause of a fire in Pottsville in neighboring Schuylkill County... which killed six people. Authorities say four children and two adults were trapped in the home on Pierce Street as flames raced through the structure. One person made it out. During the height of the blaze... the floors and roof collapsed. Five firefighters received minor injuries.

 

Celebrate Berwick

A celebration in Berwick over the weekend.... as the businesses up and down Front Street... as well as the borough... tried to put three years of construction behind them. Borough Council President Alvin Hill told WHLM News that Saturday's Celebrate Berwick festivities is just what the community needed. Hill said that starting Monday night... Borough Council members will be making road trips during their meetings to learn more about their communities. For example... council members will get a tour of Sponsler Park located between LaSalle and Monroe Streets. Other trips scheduled include visiting the five Berwick fire halls.

 

PennDOT / Route 11

You may find some slow – going the next couple of weeks between Shaffer Road in Scott Township and Park Street in Bloomsburg. PennDOT is getting ready to repave that 2 mile stretch of roadway, but first they must remove the traffic sensors in the road... so says the agency's Rick Mason. Mason says the installation of the cameras is not a pre – cursor to installing video detection to catch red light runners... and is just a way to trigger the traffic signals.

 

BU Commencement

An estimated 1,300 Bloomsburg University seniors will receive their bachelors degrees this Saturday during commencement exercises. BU's Bonnie Martin says two exercises are scheduled. Students from the Colleges of Education and Liberal Arts will graduate at 10 AM... with students from the Colleges of Business and Science and Technology will get their degrees at 3 PM. Ms. Martin says the speaker for both commencements is Barbara Hudock... a '75 BU graduate... the founding partner of Hudock Moyer Wealth Resources of Williamsport.

 

Sports Expo

State Representatives Kurt Masser and Lynda Culver are pooling their resources and holding a mini Sportsman's Expo this Thursday evening. The event takes place at the Montour DeLong fairgrounds in Washingtonville. There will be presentations from the PA Fish and Boat Commission... the National Wild Turkey Federation... as well as game and fish wardens. The expo begins Thursday at 5:30.

 

Child Shot

A Wilkes – Barre toddler was taken to the hospital last night...after being shot in the hand. Authorities say the incident took place in a home on Wayne Street early last evening. Police are still investigating the incident.

 

Building Crumbles

Fulton Court in Hazleton is closed between Diamond Avenue and Arbutus Street. Authorities say a crumbling tower at the Duplin Building is slowly eroding... with pieces of that structure falling to the ground on Sunday. Fulton Court is expected to be closed most of the day... while Hazleton city officials try and track down the building's owners

 

Hazleton Community Development

The City of Hazleton will have a new community development director come June 1st. Fallon Fermin was appointed to the job by city council... but not before being taken to task over his qualifications and credentials. One of his last jobs was a personal assistant for Hazleton Mayor Joseph Yannuzzi. Fermin will oversee a department which receives more than $600,000 of federal dollars. His salary... $30,000 a year.

 

Cemetery Theft

Authorities in Newport Township... near Nanticoke... want to know who sole a chain – link fence which surrounds the community's cemetery. The theft was discovered Friday when someone took about half the fencing.... then later the same day... the rest of the fence disappeared. Last month... thieves took a small section of fence and a gate. Now... police patrols will be stepped up to prevent thefts and vandalism.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team beat Virginia State 6-2 to advance to the Atlantic Region final yesterday in Shippensburg. But, the Huskies season came to an end with a 4-0 loss to Kutztown. Bloomsburg finished the season with a record of 32-19.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Monday afternoon, Central Columbia and Bloomsburg will renew their neighborhood rivalry at Central.

 

Philadelphia Phillies

The Phillies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 in 10 innings Sunday. The Phils are idle Monday. They will play the Cleveland Indians at home Tuesday night.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Sunday, the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Mets 3-2... and the New York Yankees won their fifth straight game... downing Kansas City 4-2.

 

NBA Playoffs

In the NBA playoffs Sunday, Golden State got the best of San Antonio 97 to 87 in overtime. That Western Conference semifinal series is tied at two games each.

 

Golf

In golf, Tiger Woods wins the Players Championship.

What's Happening Sunday May 12th


The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents “Superior Donuts” on stage at the Alvina Krause Theatre this weekend.  Show time is this afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

The Defender Fire Company is holding their Mother’s Day Flower Sale today from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The fire company is located at 6th and Pine Streets in Berwick.

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroad Society have their huge display of trains open at the Columbia Mall this weekend.  Hours are today from Noon to 4:00 PM.

 

The Benton British Cars group will meet today at Strevigs Family Restaurant on Route 487 in Benton at 3:00 PM.

What's Happening Saturday May 11th


It’s a big day in Berwick today for the first ever “Celebrate Berwick” event.  There are events planned all day long happening along the length of Front Street in Berwick, and at other areas too.  Trolley rides are being provided taking you to Front Street, the car show, wine festival, and more.

 

Make sure to take some pet food, horse feed or hay with you to Celebrate Berwick and drop it off at Young’s Funny Farm who will be set up in the K-Mart Plaza.  Donations will be redistributed to rescue animal groups.

 

The Free Saturday Trains program will be open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville from 10:00 AM to Noon.

 

The Children’s Museum presents Mother’s, Aunt’s, and Grandma’s day today.  There will be special make-and-take crafts and story time.  The Children’s Museum is located on West 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

 

The Kidsburg 2.0 committee is busy today with a 5k Run/Walk happening in Bloomsburg Town Park, and they’ll also be at Celebrate Berwick set up along the sidewalk sales.

 

Today is the day for the annual Your Loving Choices “Walk For Life” in Bloomsburg Town Park.

 

Fairmount Springs United Methodist Church is hosting a family style ham dinner today from 4:00 to 6:30 PM.  The church is located near the intersection of Old County Road and Old Tioga Turnpike in Benton.

 

The Gatehouse Shelter is sponsoring a spaghetti dinner today at First Presbyterian Church in Bloomsburg from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  Cost is $8.00 for you, $5.00 for students with ID, and free for children 5 years and younger.

 

The Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist series presents “The Temptation of the Muses” tonight at 8:00 PM in Mitrani Hall.  Get show information by linking up to the Celebrity Artist Series under Our Partners at WHLM.com.

 

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents “Superior Donuts” on stage at the Alvina Krause Theatre this weekend.  Show times are tonight at 7:30 PM and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

The Defender Fire Company is holding their Mother’s Day Flower Sale today and tomorrow from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The fire company is located at 6th and Pine Streets in Berwick.

 

The Loose Ties Model Railroad Society have their huge display of trains open at the Columbia Mall this weekend.  Hours are today from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and tomorrow from Noon to 4:00 PM.

 

The Benton British Cars group will meet tomorrow at Strevigs Family Restaurant on Route 487 in Benton at 3:00 PM.

Friday / May 10, 2013


Steam Electric

Unit 1 at the PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant... in Salem Township north of Berwick... is off line. That happened early Thursday at the start of a scheduled outage to modify the turbines. The modifications are the first phase of a long-term plan that is expected to resolve the turbine blade issues that have affected plant operations in recent years. Meantime... Unit 2 remains off line as workers continue to modify the blade during it's regularly scheduled refueling outage. Both units are expected back in service by the start of summer.

 

Flood Proofing Workshop

We all know about flooding and it's effects. We're still recovering from the floods of 2011... and Thursday night... representatives from various state and federal agencies were in Bloomsburg to present a flood proofing workshop... all designed to lessen water damage. Those attending were shown elevating buildings in the flood plane... wet and dry flood proofing... as well as relocation and acquisition.

 

Food Drive

Letter carriers who work out of the Bloomsburg Post Office will be collecting non – perishable items when they walk their routes on Saturday. The food drive by the National Association of Letter Carriers is in it's 21st year... and Post Master Theresa Munson says the items collected stay in our area and go to the local food cupboard. Ms. Munson says all you have to do... is leave non – perishable items in a bag close to your mail box... and it will be picked up Saturday by either the letter carrier... or an assistant.

 

BTE Production

It's called “Superior Donuts” and it's the current production of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble at the Alvina Krause Theatre on Center Street. Appearing on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... the BTE's James Goode says the play takes place in Chicago in 2010.... when an aging hippy opens a donut shop. Performances run through May 19th on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30... and a Sunday matinee at 3 PM.

 

Tanker Wreck

One of the main north – south interstate highways through Pennsylvania is shut down in both directions causing major traffic headaches. A tanker fire early Thursday morning caused extensive damage to bridges at the I-81... and the route 22/322 interchange just west of Harrisburg. State transportation secretary Barry Schoch says the damaged overpasses which carries 22 / 322 will have to be removed. There were no injuries when the tanker with 7,500 gallons of diesel fuel overturned and caught fire.The Interstate is expected to be shut down through either Sunday or Monday.

 

Truck Stop Traffic

Sugarloaf Township Supervisors are trying to eliminate traffic congestion around the Pilot Truck Stop on Route 93 and Interstate 80. They've received a draft ordnance prohibiting stopping... standing or parking along Route 93 and an adjacent township road. Earlier this week... police were called to the truck stop to straighten out snarled traffic.

 

Kiddie Porn Charges

A Tamaqua man charged with sexually abusing a young girl 12 – years ago has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. 45 – year old Robert Raeder had the two felony counts of sexual abuse of children withdrawn by prosecutors. That clears the way for prosecution on federal child pornography charges.

 

George Leader

Flags across Pennsylvania are at half – staff in memory of former Governor George Leader. He died Thursday at a nursing home facility in Hershey. Mr. Leader was one of the commonwealth's youngest governors... taking office in 1955 at the age of 37. In his life after politics... Mr. Leader founded a chain of retirement communities. Former Governor George Leader... dead at the age of 95.

 

Hepatitis C
The CDC says more Americans need to be fully tested for Hepatitis C. The health care organization estimates that only half of Americans with Hepatitis C have been fully tested for the virus and that means many are not getting the needed care that could help them prevent life threatening liver diseases. Most of the affected people are Baby Boomers born between the years 1945 and 65. Officials say people who get a positive screening need follow up testing.

 

Shultz Funeral

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon for a well – known Benton man killed in a crash last week in the near the Pennsylvania – Delaware state line. 72 – year old Phillip Shultz died when his car was struck by a Jeep. His wife... Susan... a one time Benton Borough Councilwoman and secretary was critically injured. Friday's service will take place at 2 O'clock at the Dean Kriner Funeral home in Benton.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Softball

Bloomsburg University senior softball player Kate Pain has been named the PSAC Central Division Pitcher of the Year for the second straight season. Pain will lead the Huskies into the NCAA Region 2 tournament at Shippensburg University. The Huskies play Shippensburg Friday.

 

HS Baseball 

In high school baseball yesterday... Southern Columbia downed Benton 11 – 2... and Coughlin defeated Berwick 12 – 2.

 

Girls HS Softball

In girls high school softball from Thursday... South Williamsport just got by Central Columbia 8 – 7... Berwick blanked Tunkhannock 3 – nothing... It was Southern Columbia over Montoursville 12 – 1... Sullivan County defeated Millville 15 to nothing... and Bloomsburg got the best of Muncy 6 – 2.

 

Phillies

In the first game of a four game series in Arizona last night... The Arizona Diamondbacks out – scored the Philadelphia Phillies 2 to 1. Game two of the Phillies – Diamondbacks series takes place Friday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:05.

 

Other MLB Games

In other results from Thursday.... the New York Yankees getting by the Colorado Rockies 3 to 1... and the New York Mets downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 3 – 2.

 

NBA

There are two conference semifinal games Friday night in the NBA... Miami plays at Chicago... and San Antonio takes on Golden State. Both of those series are tied at one game each.

 

NHL Playoffs

In the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Thursday night.... Pittsburgh blanked the New York Islanders 4 to nothing... an thus take a 3 to 2 lead in their series.

Thursday / May 9, 2013


Danville Names Released

The administration of the Danville Area School District will continue to meet with parents and students Thursday... after 27 high school kids were caught drinking following a post – prom party early Sunday morning. The incident taking place in Rush Township near Riverside. Meantime...state police released 17 names of those over 18 who were charged with underage drinking. The remaining ten students were under the age of 18... and will not be made public since they're juveniles. Whatever the case... the 17 will be able to participate in graduation ceremonies next month... since the incident didn't take place on school grounds.

 

Corps Workshop

They're called “Flood Proofing Workshops...” and they're put on by the Baltimore office of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Two of those workshops will be held Thursday... in light of flooding which took place in Columbia County back in 2011. For Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach... keeping rain runoff out of creeks and rivers begins at home. The Corps first session is for municipal officials... but there is a public meeting tonight at 7 O'clock at the Caldwell Consistory on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Celebrate Berwick

It's been in the planning stage since the first of the year.... and Saturday is the day to Celebrate Berwick. It's a three – mile long celebration stretching from the downtown area... south along Route 11... to the Berwick Borough line. The event is produced by the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce... specifically out of the Berwick office... so says the Chamber's Amy Shortlidge. “Celebrate Berwick” begins at 11 O'clock Saturday morning.... and there will be trolly shuttle service available throughout the day.

 

Nifty After 50

The Columbia Mall in Buckhorn was ground zero Wednesday for the senior population of the County. The Columbia – Montour Aging Office hosted their annual program Nifty after 50. Ina Shultz of Catawissa was strolling through the mall... taking a look at what more than 30 vendors had to offer. Ms. Shultz also picked up goodies and trinkets being given away by those vendors.... many items she said she can use around the house.

 

GHS OpenNotes

More than 100,000 Geisinger Health System patients will have access to their doctors’ notes for the first time through the secure MyGeisinger online patient portal. That happens when Geisinger expands OpenNotes in May due to the initiative’s overwhelming success. The expansion of OpenNotes will include more than 500 Geisinger physicians.

 

Anti - Discrimination
Supporters say momentum is building for legislation that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in Pennsylvania. Rep. Dan Frankel is the lead Democratic sponsor of HB 300 and co-chair of the legislature's LGBT caucus. The measure would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, credit and public accommodations

 

Hazleton Fuel Leak

A leak from a vent on an underground fuel storage tank prompted concerns in Hazleton Wednesday. It happened when the tank was being filled at the Lukoil station in the 300 block of West Broad Street. An estimated 100 gallons of fuel leaked into the ground and nearby storm drains. The mess was cleaned up by fire department personnel and an environmental mitigation company.

 

Kids Taken

The Luzerne County Children and Youth Department is now taking care of five kids removed from a Hazleton apartment this week after they were found home alone. Police checking on the kids of Freddy Colon after they didn't show up at school. What they found was a roach infested Wyoming Avenue apartment... with poor sanitary conditions and plugged sinks and tubs. The Hazleton health and code enforcement departments have been called to check on the situation.

 

Free Clinic

The Catholic Social Services' Family Center in Hazleton will open a free clinic for the uninsured on May 16th. Doctors will treat adults with coughs, congestion, earaches and other ailments from the monthly clinic at the former Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Church. Registration is limited and will be taken on a first come, first serve basis from 5 to 6 p.m.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Wrestling

John Stutzman has resigned as Bloomsburg University wrestling coach to take the head coaching position at the University of Buffalo. Stutzman was the head coach of the Huskies for 8 seasons. Assistant coach Danny Song will serve as the interim head coach.

 

BU Baseball

Bloomsburg University baseball player Brian Almand has been named the PSAC Eastern Division freshman of the year. Almand, a third baseman, led the Huskies in batting with a .357 average.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies lost a 4-3 decision to the San Francisco Giants Wednesday afternoon in a game that went 10 innings. Thursday night the Phils begin a series in Arizona against the Diamondbacks. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:05.

 

MLB

In other games.... The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Seattle Mariners 2-1... The New York Yankees downed the Colorado Rockies 3 – 2... and the New York Mets were defeated by the Chicago White Sox 6 to 3.

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs Wednesday night... It was Miami over Chicago 115 – 78... and Golden State defeated San Antonio 100 – 91.

 

NHL

Thursday night in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, the Pittsburgh Penguins are at home against the New York Islanders with that series tied at two games each.

Wednesday / May 8, 2013


Corps Workshop

They're called “Flood Proofing Workshops...” and they're put on by the Baltimore office of the US Army Corps of Engineers. Two of those workshops will be held Thursday... in light of flooding which took place in Columbia County back in 2011. For Columbia County Commissioner David Kovach... keeping rain runoff out of creeks and rivers begins at home. The first session by the Corps is for municipal official... but there is a public meeting on the subject tonight at 7 O'clock at the Caldwell Consistory on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Celebrate Berwick

It's been in the planning stage since the first of the year.... and Saturday is the day to Celebrate Berwick. It's a three – mile long celebration stretching from the downtown area... south along Route 11... to the Berwick Borough line. The event is produced by the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce... specifically out of the Berwick office... so says the Chamber's Amy Shortlidge. “Celebrate Berwick” begins at 11 O'clock Saturday morning.... and there will trolly service available throughout the day.

 

Nifty After 50

The Columbia Mall in Buckhorn was ground zero Wednesday for the senior population of the County. The Columbia – Montour Aging Office hosted their annual program Nifty after 50. Ina Shultz of Catawissa was strolling through the mall... taking a look at what more than 30 vendors had to offer. Ms. Shultz also picked up goodies and trinkets being given away by those vendors.... many items she said she can use around the house.

 

Danville Kids

State Police at Stonington say they expect to file underage drinking charges against 25 – Danville Area students who attended a post – prom party last Saturday night in the Rush Township area of Northumberland County near Riverside. One girl was taken to the hospital for an alcohol overdose. Now... the Danville administration and the school board is taking a look at the incident. Police say most of the kids will be charged with underage drinking. They add two adults may be cited as well.

 

Kidsburg Fundraiser

The folks trying to rebuild Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg Town Park are holding another in a series of fundraisers Saturday. It's a 5K Run / Walk from Town Park... down Ft. McClure Boulevard... to the covered bridge at Fishing Creek and then return. Registration for the event begins at 7:30 AM at Town Park. The 5K Run / Walk is sponsored by PPL and Brennan's Big Chill and begins at 9 O'clock.

 

Pension Reform

Governor Tom Corbett's pension reform plan is being introduced in the General Assembly. With less than eight week's to go in the fiscal year. During a news conference in Harrisburg on Tuesday... State Senator Mike Brubaker a Republican from Lancaster County... telling reporters he's sponsoring the bill version of the governor's pension reform plan, and will soon schedule a public hearing in the Senate Finance Committee. Meantime... State Rep. Chris Ross... a Republican from Chester County.. is sponsoring the governor's pension reform plan in the House, where he looks forward to explaining the consequences of inaction. It comes at a time the state's public pension obligations are on track to increase from $1.1 - billion last year, to $4.3 - billion by 2016.

 

Drifton Fire

One man was injured when a fire in a burn barrel went out of control and spread to other areas at Drifton Auto Sales in Hazle Township. The blaze shut down State Route 940 while firefighters did their job. The fire spread to near-by woods... but the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources stepping in. Authorities say it is illegal to have open fires in Hazle Township.

 

Lineman Arrested

A PPL lineman is in trouble with the law. 59 – year old Michael Charles Fino of Hughestown is charged with hindering the prosecution and obstructing the administration of law. Authorities say Fino telling alleged drug dealer Leroy Trudgen that surveillance camera's had been installed by other utility linemen at his Trudgen's tire business in Pittston... and he was a target of an FBI investigation... requesting a so – called finders fee of cocaine. When Trudgen was arrested in April of 2012... it set off a chain of events which led to the arrest of 19 other people.

 

Williamsport Fire

Apparently fighting a fire can put a crimp on a city's aging infrastructure. That's what happened Tuesday morning in the Newberry section of Williamsport. Firemen were called to a house fire, but when they turned on the hydrant... the water main split apart... sending water out onto the street. Firefighters had to rely on the water in their apparatus tanks before hooking on to a second hydrant. The problem is now repaired. The family living in the house escaped safely.

 

 

Tuesday / May 7, 2013


New Administrator

There is a new Diocesan Administrator in place... taking over the duties of the late Bishop Joseph McFadden who died last week. Father Robert Gillelean will lead the Diocese in it's day to day duties such as celebrate confirmations. Father Gillelean will remain in the position until a new Bishop is named by Pope Francis... and that could take up to a year.

 

Bridge Work

We're about in the middle of that 5 – year, $50 – million project designed to rehabilitate the two bridges taking Interstate 80 over the Susquehanna River near Mifflinville. PennDOT's Rick Mason says a new bridge constructed is handling traffic... and now work is on – going on the eastbound span. And later this week... crews are expected to install beams on the closed, eastbound bridge. The project is expected to be wrapped in 2016.

 

Berwick United Way

It's the last day for groups to sign up for the Berwick Area United Way's “One Week of Caring.” The United Way's Ginny Crake says the week long effort replaced the one day event held in past years. Ms. Crake says this year volunteers will target the clean – up of parks in the greater Berwick area. Ms. Crake says volunteers are also needed to spiff – up non – profits which may need some help. Interested.... call the Berwick Area United Way office on East Second Street.

 

Man Found

Police in West Hazleton are trying to figure out who beat a man in his 20's over the weekend. The unidentified man was found in the area of Monroe Avenue and Rose Street early Saturday morning. His face was cut... he had no wallet... and his cell phone was destroyed. He was treated at Hazleton General Hospital... and is now recovering at his home. If you have information about the assault... call West Hazleton police.

 

Guilty Plea

An Iraqi war veteran has pleaded guilty to holding a Berwick couple hostage... after breaking into their Briar Creek Township home nearly two years ago. 29 – year old Harrison Karns of Mifflinville broke into the home and held the couple at gunpoint in December of 2011. Sentencing will be held at a later date... but Karns could get up to 50 years in state prison.

 

Child Sex Case

A Berwick woman could spend the next 14 – years in prison after admitting to being involved in child sex crimes. Christina Allen pleaded guilty in Columbia County court to indecent assault. Authorities say Allen forced a young boy and girl have sex acts with each other two years ago at a Berwick home. Also charged was Allen's boyfriend Daniel Galindo. He was found not guilty during a trial held last year.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

Gas prices across northeastern Pennsylvania have dropped and stabilized over the past few days. The latest Triple A fuel gauge report show we're now paying an average of $3.39 for self – serve, unleaded regular across the region... including Columbia and Montour Counties. Over the past month... gas has dropped 20 cents a gallon.

 

Lottery

There is a person holding a Cash 5 ticket from Sunday... worth an estimated 225 – thousand dollars. Lottery officials says that ticket was purchased at Masser's Farm Market near Paxinos. The ticket matches all five numbers drawn. The winning ticket must be confirmed by lottery officials before any money is paid.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Softball

For the 31st consecutive season, a Bloomsburg University softball team has qualified for the NCAA tournament. The Huskies will be seeded 7th in the Atlantic Regional 2 which will be held this Friday through Sunday in Shippensburg.

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team will be featured in a nationally televised home game this season for the first time in school history. On Thursday night, October 31st, the Huskies will play Shippensburg on the CBS Sports Network.

 

HS Baseball

In high school baseball Monday... Loyalsock defeated Central Columbia 6 – 4... Montgomery downed Bloomsburg 13 – 4... it was Sullivan County over Benton 13 – 3... Danville downed Shikellamy 10 – 7... Southern Columbia just getting by Muncy 4 – 3... and St. John Newman defeating Millville 6 – 4.

 

MLB

In major league baseball... The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the San Francisco Giants last night 6 – 2. The second game of that series in San Francisco is Tuesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:40.

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs Monday night... Chicago downed Miami 93 – 86... and San Antonio defeated Golden State 129 – 127.

Monday / May 6, 2013


McFadden Death

He died of a heart attack. That word from the Diocese of Harrisburg over the weekend as the cause of death of Bishop Joseph McFadden. Bishop McFadden died last Thursday as he prepared for a semi – annual meeting for Bishops in Philadelphia. Now... funeral services are scheduled for Bishop McFadden Wednesday in Harrisburg.

 

Budget / Dan Meuser

State Revenue Secretary Dan Meuser continues to spread the word of the governor's proposed $28 – billion dollar budget... now being hammered out by state lawmakers in Harrisburg. During a recent interview in Berwick.... Secretary Meuser says the governor's proposal calls for a balanced budget.... including pension reform... which, he says, the legislature and the people of the commonwealth need to get behind. However... late last week the state's Independent Fiscal Officer says a $230 – million dollar end of year surplus is not going to materialize... and based on calculations... that will put a $500 – million dollar hole in next year's budget.

 

Elks / Vets

Helping vets who served our country. Elks Lodge #436 of Bloomsburg did that over the weekend... inviting former servicemen who are guests at the Wilkes – Barre V-A facility for a day of fishing at the Orangeville Sportsman Club. Elks member Ken Weaver says the angling was good with the vets catching and releasing trout, bass and other species found in the Club's pond.

 

Nifty After 50

The Columbia – Montour Office on Aging will be at the Columbia Mall on Wednesday. On tap... the 23rd annual Nifty After 50 program. The agency's Kathy Lynn says there will be vendors on hand promoting their products... as well as plenty of activities to join in. Ms. Lynn says students from the Columbia – Montour Vo – Tech will be decorating cakes throughout the event to be given away. Wednesday's Nifty After 50 begins at 10 O'clock at the Columbia Mall in Buckhorn.

 

Disclosure Statements

A bill to require state and local officials to file their annual financial disclosure statements electronically has been introduced by Sen. Lisa Baker. It comes as the annual filing deadline for the disclosures arrived. The legislation would require the state Ethics Commission to create a more accessible format on its website to post these statements... providing information about income... investments and debts.

 

Fatal Crash

Police continue their investigation into a crash which killed a Nanticoke woman over the weekend. 39 – year old Cherri Hummel was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people... 37 – year old James Novis of Nanticoke... 24 – year old Michael Romanoskey of Wilkes – Barre were treated and released at a hospital. Police say the high speed, one – car accident took place at State Route 29 and Trojan Road.

 

Tamaqua Fire Truck

A 1922 Seagrave fire truck which served Tamaqua nearly 40 – years is back home. The pumper was initially sold to a collector in Allentown... then another collector on Ocala, Florida... finally ended up in a Central Florida Museum. But after a deal was cut... the Tamaqua historical society purchased the piece... eventually costing nearly $8,000 to bring it home... now parked in a borough – owned garage.

 

I-80 Work

More roadwork on Interstate 80 to contend with this week... so says PennDOT. The agency's Rick Mason says starting Monday... a temporary concrete barrier placement and line paining operations will take place on the highway... eastbound... at the on and off ramps of Route 339 at the Mifflinville exit.  Mason says there will be a rolling roadblock on Thursday in order to slow traffic so new concrete beams can be set in the eastbound lane between the Berwick and Mifflinville interchanges. All work will be done during the daylight hours.

 

Atlas Fire

Investigators say an electrical problem sparked a blaze in an Atlas home over the weekend. The apartment building was at the corner of West Girard and Montgomery Streets. No one was injured.  It's the fourth time there's been a fire along West Girard in the past ten days. The other three are considered suspicious.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

The defense dominated the offense as the Bloomsburg University football team concluded spring drills with the Maroon & Gold game on Friday night. The Huskies open the season, Saturday afternoon, September 7 at home against Stonehill.

 

Phil / Miami

The Miami Marlins rocked Roy Halladay for 9 runs in 2 and a third innings and went on to beat the Phillies Sunday 14-2. Monday night the Phils begin a series in San Francisco. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 9:35.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Sunday... the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-2... the New York Yankees lost to Oakland 5-4, and the New York Mets lost to the Atlanta Braves 9-4.

 

NHL

In the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Pittsburgh defeated the New York Islanders 5-4 in overtime to take a 2 to 1 series lead.

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs, Oklahoma city got by Memphis 93-91 and Indiana downed New York 102-95.

What's Happening Sunday May 5, 2013


Defender Fire Company #3 is hosting a Mother’s Day flower sale today from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  They’ll be selling flowers next weekend too.  They are located at 6th and Pine Streets in Berwick.

 

It’s opening weekend for Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s “Superior Donuts.”  Show time is this afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

Join the Cruise For Victory today from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  All vehicles are welcome in the cruise that will leave from Camp Victory in Millville, travel to Buckhorn, Jerseytown, Washingtonville, and Muncy before arriving back at the camp.  The cruise is sponsored by The Dream Machines Motor Club and Mopar Muscle.

 

The Church of Saint Joseph in Berwick is hosting a “Pasta Palooza” today from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  There’s an all you can eat menu with lots of different pasta items and a special gluten free meal and dessert.

 

Bloomsburg University’s “Be Hope To Her” group invites you to an awareness and fundraising walk today at 2:00 PM.  They’ll meet at the BU Quad and walk to the river to collect buckets of water.

 

The 3rd annual repertory ensemble dance minor concert is happening at Bloomsburg University’s Carver Hall this afternoon at 3:00 PM and Monday at 7:30 PM.

What's Happening Saturday May 4, 2013


The Bloomsburg Town Park Fishing Derby is happening today at the Lagoon.  Registration is from 8:00 to 9:00 AM, and the derby is from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM.  There will be prizes, and it’s opening to your kids ages 11 and under.

 

RCV Little League Baseball and Softball will host a breakfast at Applebees in Bloomsburg today from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM.  Cost is $7.00.

 

The annual Spring Fling happening in Danville today.  Vendors will line Mill, Mahoning, and Lower Mulberry Streets with crafts, food, and more.

 

The Liberty Township Fire Company is serving up an all-you-can-eat breakfast and brunch today from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  The fire company is located in Mooresburg.

 

The Free Saturday Trains Program will be open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville today.

 

The Children’s Museum in Bloomsburg is hosting a day of Teacher Appreciation today from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Bring your kids for special crafts and more.  Teachers admitted for free.

 

The Rebuild Bloomsburg Skate Park organization is hosting a car wash fundraiser today.  They’ll be at the new location of Marley’s on Route 11 in Bloomsburg from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

 

Community of Christ Church in Bloomsburg invites you to “Praise Jesus Day” this afternoon from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.  There will be live music, free food, and fellowship.  The church is located at 8th and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

The Bloomsburg Fire Department Carnival wraps up tonight.  Entertainment tonight is Lucky Afternoon.

 

AM Vets Post 93 in Nescopeck are hosting their annual spring carnival today until 6:00 PM.

 

Defender Fire Company #3 is hosting a Mother’s Day flower sale today and tomorrow from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  They’ll be selling flowers next weekend too.  They are located at 6th and Pine Streets in Berwick.

 

It’s opening weekend for Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s “Superior Donuts.”  Show times are tonight 7:30 PM and tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM.

 

Join the Cruise For Victory tomorrow from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM.  All vehicles are welcome in the cruise that will leave from Camp Victory in Millville, travel to Buckhorn, Jerseytown, Washingtonville, and Muncy before arriving back at the camp.  The cruise is sponsored by The Dream Machines Motor Club and Mopar Muscle.

 

The Church of Saint Joseph in Berwick is hosting a “Pasta Palooza” tomorrow from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.  There’s an all you can eat menu with lots of different pasta items and a special gluten free meal and dessert.

 

Bloomsburg University’s “Be Hope To Her” group invites you to an awareness and fundraising walk tomorrow at 2:00 PM.  They’ll meet at the BU Quad and walk to the river to collect buckets of water.

 

The 3rd annual repertory ensemble dance minor concert is happening at Bloomsburg University’s Carver Hall this tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 PM and Monday at 7:30 PM.

Friday / May 3, 2013


Bishop McFadden

A funeral mass will be held next Wednesday in Harrisburg for Bishop Joseph McFadden... who died Thursday in Philadelphia. Bishop McFadden was a regular visitor to catholic schools in Columbia... Montour and Northumberland Counties. Now comes the naming of a new Bishop... but that won't happen right away. Thus far no cause of death has been released. The Diocese did say that when Bishop McFadden awoke Thursday morning... he didn't feel well so he was taken to a hospital where he died.

 

Scott Twp. Demolition

Scott Township is doing what neighboring Bloomsburg did.... buy out 22 houses in the flood zone... and now they're trying to find a contractor. Township Secretary Eric Stahley says the bid documents have been put together... and specs published... and now it's a waiting game to see who wants the work. The buyouts of the 22 homes was made possible with FEMA and PEMA dollars. The home flooded during tropical storm Lee in September of 2011.

 

Teen Star Competition

We should know soon who the finalists are and thus be on stage later this month taking part in First Columbia Bank's third annual Teen Star competition. A dozen of the area's best teens will go head to head on May 19th for a $2,500 first prize. The bank has been sponsoring the competition for the past couple of years... so says First Columbia's Pam Young since there is a lot of undiscovered talent in the area. The money raised from the event through an admission charge is earmarked for the music departments at Columbia County high schools.

 

Danville Spring Fling

With temperatures to be touching 70 on Saturday... Danville is the place to be for their annual Spring Fling along Mill Street. More than 250 vendors... and non – profit groups will be set up. But what makes the event... according to Jim Wilson of the Danville Business Alliance are the marathon and half marathon events Saturday morning. With the great weather forecast... thousands of people will be on hand... with plenty of off – site parking with shuttle buses bringing folks to the festival site.

 

Slot Revenue

April was another "off" month for slot machine revenue in Pennsylvania. Revenue from slots play at Pennsylvania's 11 casinos was down 4% last month. The only bright spot was the Valley Forge Resort Casino which posted a nearly 34% increase. Doug Harbach of the Gaming Control Board says the state is seeing the impact of additional competition from Ohio and Maryland. Harbach adds the state still has room for expansion. Another resort casino is scheduled to come on line this summer.
 

Hazleton School District

The Hazleton Area School District is trying to trim and estimated 4 – point- 1 million dollar deficit it's projecting in it's 2013 – 2014 proposed operating budget. The board is taking a look at health care costs... as well as a tax increase to close the budget gap. The board must have a budget in place within the next two months.

 

Bus Stop Issues

Police in Butler Township... near Hazleton... are investigating complaints of a suspicious vehicle near school bus stops. The initial calls came in earlier this week by residents living in Country Club Estates and Valley View Estates. Police have yet to snag the small, silver car involved in the alleged incidents.

 

Medicaid Expansion

Governor Corbett says he's keeping an open mind on the Medicaid expansion issue. WHLM's Matt Paul reports from our Harrisburg News Bureau... if Pennsylvania expands Medicaid to cover adults with incomes up to 133% of the federal poverty line, the Governor says one in four residents will be enrolled in the program. Speaking on the "Ask the Governor" radio program, he questioned its sustainability. Corbett's office is still talking to the feds about potentially reforming and expanding Medicaid at the same time.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Football

The Bloomsburg University football team concludes spring drills Friday night with the annual Maroon & Gold game at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium. Interim head coach Paul Darragh says it's good to get the players in front of a crowd. Friday night's Maroon & Gold game begins at 7 o'clock.

 

BU Softball

Leann Bell hit a home run with two outs in the 4th inning to give the Bloomsburg University softball team a 3-2 win over California in the PSAC playoffs in Quakertown. With the victory, Bloomsburg stays in the winners' bracket. The Huskies play Kutztown Friday.

 

Track & Field

In boys track & field Thursday... Central Columbia defeated Bloomsburg 114 to 36... In girls track & field.. Central Columbia downed Bloomsburg 127 – 23.

 

MLB

In the first game of a four game home series last night The Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins 7 – 2. Game two is Friday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

Thursday / May 2, 2013


Bishop McFadden Passes

The man who has led the Catholic diocese of Harrisburg has died. That diocese includes Columbia and Montour Counties. 65 – year old Bishop Joseph McFadden passed Thursday morning while attending a meeting in Philadelphia. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting that he spent the night in Philadelphia to attend a meeting, but when he awoke... he felt ill and was taken to a hospital. He died shortly before 8 AM. There has been no cause of death. He was appointed Bishop of Harrisburg in June of 2010.

 

Berwick Business

Ever since the reconstruction of Front Street in Berwick began... mom and pop businesses have been hurting.... so much so... that a Borough refuse hauler is trying to help. Mike Knorr is offering a promotion in conjunction with Subway to bring people downtown.... footing the bill for six inch subs at lunchtime Friday to the first 100 people. It was just a week ago Mr. Knorr stirred up business by offering bagels and coffee to folks in the 200 block of West Third street... since getting to the downtown bagel shop has been a chore due to road construction. The re-construction of Front Street is expected to be wrapped up by next Wednesday.

 

Pet & Toy Parade

The carnival season was officially opened in Bloomsburg Wednesday night... starting with the 47th annual Kiwanis Pet and Toy Parade. The Bloomsburg High School band leading the line of march south on Market Street... in front of hundreds of bystanders who were at curbside. The parade ushered in the annual fire department carnival. The Catawissa Military Band provided last night's entertainment. The annual carnival runs through Saturday evening.

 

Camp Victory

Two area car clubs are getting together Sunday in an effort to raise money for Camp Victory near Millville. Mopar Muscle of Central PA and the Dream Machines Motor Club of Bloomsburg will host a car cruise and a scavenger hunt. Kim Peterman said a recommended route will be followed leading cruisers to Buckhorn and Muncy. The event will include a luncheon and a show and shine in the afternoon. It all takes place Sunday at Camp Victory near Millville.

 

Jobs

Governor Tom Corbett touched off a heated debate about job applicants and drugs during his appearance this week on a radio show called "Ask the Governor." In essence, Mr. Corbett said many employees are having a hard time finding qualified applicants who can pass the drug test. State Treasurer Rob McCord says he was "saddened" to hear the governor's comments. McCord's name is widely mentioned as a leading Democratic candidate for governor in 2014.

 

Shikellamy Park

Want to find out about the Shikellamy State Park Complex... and what they have on tap for the 2013 summer recreation season. State Representative Lynda Culver is holding an annual meeting Thursday night in conjunction with the the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources... dealing with just that. A season overview... plans for the marina at the confluence of the north and west branches of the Susquehanna River... as well as season activities is on the agenda. The meeting begins at 6 O'clock... at the Sunbury Social Club in the 300 block of East Drive in Sunbury.

 

Danville School Board

You'll have an opportunity to talk with Danville Area School Board members Thursday night. The League of Voters is sponsoring an “Ask the School Board” night this evening. During a recent interview... Board President Allan Schappert says it's an opportunity to ask questions... while at the same time... the board will get plenty of feedback. The event takes place tonight starting at 7 O'clock at the Danville Borough Ballroom on Mill Street.

 

Homicide Investigation

The Luzerne County Coroner's office is ruling the death of an 85 – year old woman at a Weatherly nursing home a homicide. The coroner's office says Margaret Lechleitner who lived at the Weatherwood Nursing Home was allegedly pushed... then striking her head when she fell down. The incident happened last month. The case remains under investigation.

 

Hazleton Noise

Authorities in the City of Hazleton are now enforcing a new noise ordinance. Play your music too loud overnight... and you get busted... so says police chief Frank DeAndrea. Citations will be issued to folk creating loud noises. Already one person has been cited and is facing a 75 dollar fine.

 

Kingston Police

The Police Chief in Kingston is on paid administrative leave. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting that the leave for chief Keith Keiper will allow the borough to review policies as it relates to officers providing security to outside events. Recently … off duty Kingston police officers provided security at a Wyoming Valley West School District dance were paid cash for their services. And that has peaked the interest of the IRS.

 

Atlas Fire

An early Wednesday morning fire we told you about in Northumberland County now appears to be suspicious in nature. The blaze broke out in the basement of the vacant side of a double block house in the 5 – hundred block of Girard St. in Atlas. 47 – year old Randy Merlo and his dog were able to escape. Strong Fire Chief Tim Shincowich was injured when a 5 – inch supply line failed and struck his legs. The chief was treated at Geisinger – Shamokin General Hospital... and later released.

 

Fatal Folo

A visitation will be held Friday evening for 65 – year old Sarah McMullen who died in a car crash on the Old Tioga Turnpike earlier this week. She was a passenger in a car driven by her husband, Dennis, when their Saturn slammed into a tree. Mr. McMullen was critically injured. The visitation for Sarah McMullen to be held at the McMichael Funeral Home on Route 487 in Benton.

 

Welfare Nominee

Governor Corbett has nominated Beverly Mackereth as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. She has been the acting chief for the past couple of months. The 55 – year old Mackereth will oversee the Department of Public Welfare, which employs approximately 16,000 workers and has a budget of more than $28 - billion in state and federal dollars. The department provides services and supports to approximately 2.3 million citizens in Pennsylvania.

 

WHLM Sports

 

BU Softball

The Bloomsburg University softball team hit five home runs and pitcher Kate Pain won both games as the Huskies beat Gannon 7-1 and Shippensburg 6-0 Wednesday on the first day of the PSAC championships in Quakertown. The Huskies move on in the winner's bracket. Thursday at 1 o'clock, they will face California.

 

HS Baseball 

In high school baseball yesterday... it took 11 innings, but Berwick defeated Wyoming Area 2 to 1... Muncy blanked Benton 13 to nothing... Bloomsburg getting by Southern Columbia 8 – 7... Mifflinburg downed Danville 5 to nothing... Hughesville roughed up Central Columbia 5 to 2.

 

MLB

The Philadelphia Phillies lost to Indians again In Cleveland Wednesday night 6-0. Thursday... the Phils begin a four game home series against the Miami Marlins. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

NBA

In the NBA playoffs Wednesday night, Boston stayed alive with a 92-86 win over the Knicks in New York. The Knicks lead that series three games to two. In other playoff action last night... Oklahoma downed Houston 107 to 100.

 

NHL

In the National Hockey League, in the first game of their Stanley Cup playoff series against the New York Islanders... the Pittsburgh Penguins blanked the Islanders 5 – 0.

Wednesday / May 1, 2013


Child Abuse

An Orangeville man is in the Columbia County Prison this morning... charged with aggravated assault for allegedly abusing two, 4 – year old girls who are twins. State Police at Bloomsburg say 25 – year old Brandon Kile is the live – in boyfriend of the girls' mother... 24 – year old Crystal Enck. The cuts and bruises on the toddlers was discovered by their biological father who took the twins to an emergency room last December. Kile was arraigned and was unable to post 75 – thousand dollars bail. Meantime, police continue to look into Enck's involvement in the abuse.

 

Northumberland County Fire

Flames tore through a two – story, double block home on West Girard Street near Mt. Carmel early Wednesday morning. The flames were discovered around 1:30... and it's believed they began in the basement of the vacant side of the building. The man living on the other side got out safely. One fireman was injured. He was sent to a local hospital after a hose blew out... treated in the ER and released.

 

Fatal Folo

We now know the name of the Benton area woman who died in a one car crash earlier this week. 65 – year old Sarah McMullen died when a car... driven by her husband... slammed into a tree on Monday. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition... the '97 Saturn they were in drifted off the Old Tioga Turnpike. Both were trapped in the car until freed by fire fighters. Mrs. McMullen was pronounced dead at a Wilkes – Barre Hospital... while her husband.. Dennis... is in fair condition at Geisinger in Danville.

 

Bloomsburg Pet & Toy Parade

It's been around for the past 46 – years.... and late Wednesday afternoon the 47th edition will march south on Market Street. The annual Kiwanis Pet and Toy Parade kicks off the 2013 version of the Bloomsburg Fireman's Carnival. Parade chairperson Marianne Kreisher says the event forms at 5:30 in the parking lots behind the Columbia County Courthouse... and will step off at 6 O'clock. Ms. Kreisher says there will be prizes handed out at the fire hall at the conclusion of the parade. The Catawissa Military Band... as well as the Bloomsburg High School Band will be in the route of march.

 

Drug Bust

A West Hazleton man has been arrested following a traffic stop. That's when State Police discovered 500 baggies of heroin and three bags of crack cocain in a car driven by 25 – year old Nelson Soto of West Branch Street. A long list of drug related charges were filed. Soto was arraigned... and unable to post bail... was hustled off to the Luzerne County Prison.

 

Peeper

A Nesquehoning man is in trouble with the law. 48 – year old Anthony Mistretta is charged with three counts of invasion of privacy. Mistretta is charged with using a mirror over a stall to allegedly watch people using the restroom at a Wal – Mart in Lehighton over the weekend. All the charges are misdemeanors.

 

Unemployment Rate

Unemployment in northeastern Pennsylvania stood at 9.6% in March. It's the 36th consecutive month in which unemployment was the highest in the state's 14 metro areas. The State Bureau of Labor and Industry says State College had the state's lowest unemployment rate of 5.6%.

 

Montour Bridge Replacement

PennDOT crews will begin a bridge replacement project Wednesday on Diehl Road in Montour County's Derry Township. Agency spokesman Rick Mason.... says the bridge over Mud Creek was originally built back in 1934... and is due for replacement. The PennDOT crew will demolish the bridge... with a contractor coming in with a pre – cast box culvert. Mason says the job will take seven to eight weeks to complete and detours will be in place.

 

Welfare Department Nominee

Governor Corbett has nominated Beverly Mackereth as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare. She has been the acting chief for the past couple of months. The 55 – year old Mackereth will oversee the Department of Public Welfare, which employs approximately 16,000 workers and has a budget of more than $28 - billion in state and federal dollars. The department provides services and support to approximately 2.3 million citizens in Pennsylvania.

 

Veterans Assistance

If you're a veteran and you need help with your dealings with the Veterans Administration... there is some help. Starting Wednesday morning.. Randy Nosal with the Pennsylvania American Legion will be in the office of State Representative Lynda Culver. Nosal will assist with such items as compensation and pension claims... education benefits... and enrollment in the VA health care system. Culver's district office is at 106 North Arch Street in Sunbury.
 

Woman Jailed

A Union County woman... near Lewisburg... is in jail after she allegedly threatened to shoot several teens outside her home. 50 – year old Kaye Phleeger is facing assault charges after pointing a weapon at the teens... telling them she was going to pull the trigger. The kids telling police they were looking at a fallen tree when Phleeger threatened them.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Bloomsburg Athlete Signs

Bloomsburg High School senior Zack Mrozek, who scored over one thousand points in his high school basketball career, has decided to play his college basketball at Lebanon Valley College. Mrozek, whose father was the former head coach at Bloomsburg, will be joined by another former coaches' son. Travis Conrad, a senior at Lewisburg High School and the son of former Bloomsburg University coach Terry Conrad, is also headed to Lebanon Valley.

 

Girls HS Softball

In girls softball Tuesday.... Southern Columbia defeated Central Columbia 9 – 5... Bloomsburg downed Millville 25 to 1... it was Montgomery over Benton 4 -1... and Lourdes Regional defeated Columbia Montour Vo – Tech 10 – nothing.

 

MLB

In major league baseball Tuesday night... A rough start for the Philadelphia Phillies. They were defeated by the Cleveland Indians 14 to 2. Both teams meet again Wednesday night in Cleveland. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Tuesday night... the Milwaukee Brewers downed the Pittsburgh Pirates 12 to 8... the Miami Marlins got by the New York Mets 2 to 1... and it was the New York Yankees over the Houston Astros 7 to 4.

 

NBA Playoffs

In NBA playoff action Tuesday night... Denver defeated Golden State 107 to 100... and Memphis out scored the LA Clippers 103 to 93.

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