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News Archive Archives for 2013-10

Thursday / October 31, 2013


Geisinger – Bloomsburg

There is a bright future for the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital.... now that it's come under the wing of Danville – based Geisinger Health System about a year – and -a – half ago. That word from Hospital CEO Lissa Bryan – Smith. During a forum Wednesday... Ms. Bryan – Smith there's always room for smaller facilities like Bloomsburg and Shamokin... as well as the main campus in Danville. Since merging with GHS... Bloomsburg has seen an upgrade in a medical records system which goes on line this weekend... and the opening of an urgent care center on the local campus.

 

Retrial Denied

A former Berwick school crossing time will not get a retrial he requested. 66 – year old Dale Hutchings was in Columbia County Court Wednesday afternoon... asking Judge Tom James for a second trial following his 2008 conviction on sexually abusing children. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... Hutchings claimed he was not given proper advice from public defender Hugh Sumner. Right now... Hutchings is serving a sentence of between 225 and 460 years for his conviction at the Rockview state prison near Bellefonte.

 

Berwick PD

Berwick Police are doing their jobs.... cracking down on the drug trade... especially meth houses. Those houses have become a focal point for Police Chief Ken Strish... and the on – going investigations have paid off. Chief Strish says a big plus is the help they get from federal and state agencies in ridding Berwick of it's drug problem.

 

Susquehanna Steam Electric

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the operators of the PPL Susquehanna Steam Electric Station... north of Berwick... will not have to pay $70,000 for violations discovered at the plant. The reason.... the company taking quick action to correct the problems. The company was notified of the problems in June dealing with eight licensed reactor operators who continued to work despite not meeting minimum health requirements. However, PPL did take corrective action by putting new procedures in place.

 

Centrailia

The seven people still living in a Columbia County community devastated by an underground mine fire started in 1962. will be able to stay. State and local officials say an agreement was reached this week with the remaining residents of Centralia allowing them to stay in their homes until they die. Once they pass away, the rights of their properties will be taken through eminent domain. The residents will also receive a total of $218,000 as part of a settlement with the state.

 

LIHEAP

With the cold weather slowly moving in... Pennsylvanians who have a hard time paying their heating bills will soon have help at hand. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program... or LIHEAP is a federal initiative... and the grants it distributes don't have to be paid back. Harry Geller of the Pennsylvania Utility Law Project says the program is put together sometime before the federal budget is passed... meaning more money is released later. A year ago... LIHEAP delivered about $92 - million in routine heat grants to roughly 500,000 homes.

 

Luzerne Budget

Residents of Luzerne County could be facing an 8 – % property tax increase. And the county could pink slip between 50 and 200 employees in the next few months. That's the assessment of County Administrator Robert Lawton during the first of four budget meetings this week. To do to prevent that... Lawton says... the county must get concessions from unions representing workers. Right now... Luzerne County is an estimated $400 – million in debt.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

Wilkes – Barre fire investigators are trying to figure out what started a fire in a vacant home Wednesday night. The double block house is located in the 200 block of Gilligan Street. Firefighters had little trouble in knocking down the blaze.

 

Sex Assault Arrest

Bail has been set at 100 – thousand dollars for a Luzerne County man arrested this week on child rape charges. 28 – year old Gary Machinshok of Wilkes – Barre allegedly sexually assaulted a young girl many times... starting when she was 14. No word his next court date.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The last time a Bloomsburg University football team played Shippensburg was in last season's NCAA playoffs. The Huskies were crushed by the Red Raiders 58-20. Shippensburg quarterback Zach Zulli threw for 479 yards and three touchdowns. Zulli, who won the Harlon Hill trophy as the nation's best Division II player, will lead his team Thursday night against the unbeaten Huskies at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium in a nationally televised game that will kickoff at 8:06. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6 O'clock with The Husky Tailgate Show.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team will play Division I Binghamton University in an exhibition game Saturday afternoon in Vestal, New York. The game begins at 2 O'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with The Husky Warmup Show at 1:40.

 

World Series

The Boston Red Sox have become major league baseball's World Series Champs. Wednesday night at Fenway Park... the Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6 to 1.

 

NBA

In the NBA Wednesday night... the Philadelphia 76ers opened the regular season at home defeating the Miami heat 114 to 110.

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night... the Cincinnati Bengals play the Miami Dolphins in South Florida.

 

Wednesday / October 30, 2013


Wise Foods

Berwick firemen were busy last night... responding to a report of a fire at Wise Foods in the 200 block of Raseley Street after a potato chip fryer caught fire. Our media partner... Newswatch 16 reporting on their late edition... about 200 plant workers were evacuated. The fire was found in a small piece of insulation. Workers were eventually allowed back into the plant with production getting underway.

 

Espy Halloween Parade

There were Halloween parades across the region last night. One was held in Espy... the other in Benton.

The Scott Township police car leading the procession in Espy with the Central Columbia High School band providing the music for the long line of marchers. Kids and their parents dressed as their favorite characters... as the parade moved from the Fire Hall on Tenny street... to Central Road... to Old Berwick Road... then back. Another Halloween parade is scheduled for Wednesday night in Lime Ridge.

 

Veterans Day Parade

Saying “thanks” to all the men and women who served in the Armed Forces. That's the purpose of Bloomsburg's annual Veterans Day Parade which will be held on November 9th. Organizer Levonia Pollard telling us the Veterans Day Parade stage in the parking lot at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg hospital at 9 AM.... and will move down Lightstreet Road an hour later. The procession ends at the Bloomsburg Fire Department on Market Street... with a short speech and a meal for Vets.

 

State Universities

Pennsylvania’s 14 state universities will need an additional $69 - million in the coming fiscal year to simply break even. That's according to data presented to the State System of Higher Education Board of Governors earlier this month. The system has seen enrollment declines over the past three years and is projecting another small decline in Fiscal Year 2014-15. State taxpayer support of the system has been flat lined at $412 million during the last two budget years by the General Assembly.

 

Kids Health Care

A new report... released by Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children show 148,000 kids still lack health insurance. Joan Benso of the Partnership... says PA is in the process of rolling out a new marketing campaign to get parents more familiar with the Children's Health Insurance Program. Also there is a key change to make CHIP easier to access. Meantime... an estimated 20% of kids aren't getting timely vaccinations against preventable illnesses... such as polio and Hepatitis.

 

Amusement Rides

State lawmakers are finding that the problem with amusement parks is in the record-keeping, not matters of safety. Republican State Rep. John Maher of Allegheny County... says record-keeping for the amusement ride safety program needs to improve. Officials have told the the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee, chaired by Representative Maher that they will overhaul their database on ride safety.

 

Charges Dismissed

Charges have been dropped against a Hazleton man... accused of making threats against the Luzerne County District Attorney. Sean Donahue was charged with sending threatening letters to DA Stefanie Salavantis in 2012. The judge hearing the case was persuaded to drop the charges after Donahue's attorney said the letter was protected by free speech.

 

Liquor & Money

A Hazleton area man faced a preliminary hearing Tuesday after being charged with allegedly making off with cash and liquor at a state store he used to manage in Dallas Township. Jeffrey Kaskiel from Drums is alleged to have made off with $2,100 and three bottles of booze. He was caught on security video taking the liquor. Kaskiel has been released and is expected back in court the first of the year.

 

Schuylkill Fire

They don't know what started an early Tuesday morning fire... but they do know... 11 people were forced from their home in Washington Township... in Schuylkill County. Of those eleven people... seven were children. Firemen were called to the home on Rock Road near Pine Grove. They say flames were shooting through the windows on the second floor. Luckily... no one was injured.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The first Division II Super Region One rankings of the season have been released and the unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team is ranked third. West Chester is first and Shepherd is 2nd. At the end of the regular season, the top 6 teams in the region advance to the NCAA playoffs. The top two get first round byes and then a home game.

 

High School Soccer

In boys soccer Tuesday, in the District 4 Class AA semi – finals..Warrior Run defeated Central Columbia 1 to nothing. Danville got by Lewisburg 2 to 1. In a District 4 Class A semifinal... Bloomsburg downed Meadowbrook Christian 4 to 2. In the District 4 girls Class A semifinals... Southern Columbia blanked Troy 3 to nothing... and Millville outscored South Williamsport 4 to nothing.

 

NBA

In the opening game of the NBA regular season Tuesday night the defending champs Miami Heat defeated the Chicago Bulls 107 to 95.

 

MLB / World Series

Wednesday night at Fenway Park in Boston, it's game five of the World Series with the Red Sox leading the Saint Louis Cardinals three games to two.

 

Tuesday / October 29, 2013


Windsor Foods

The reverberations are still being felt throughout the region on word that Windsor Foods in Bloomsburg will shut it's doors early next year. Windsor will also shutter a plant in Riverside, California. That move is expected to toss an estimated 160 local people out of work... but Fred Gaffney of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says Windsor's decision wasn't unexpected.

 

Danville Flood Project

The Borough of Danville is putting some additional state money to work to insure the integrity of the flood control system. The nearly – half million dollars is left over funding from an H2O grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development. Danville Administrator Dan Knorr says the major problem is in Sechler and Blizzard Runs. Knorr said other areas to get attention is the construction of a wing wall at A Street... repairs to the Sechler Run pump station... and repairs to the Mahoning Creek flood wall. The work is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the year.

 

Sandusky Settlement

Penn State University has announced that it had settled a civil suit involving 26 victims from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal and will pay out nearly $60 - million. According to the university, it believes that its various liability insurance policies cover its settlements and defense of claims.

 

Carry Classes

Over the past few years... it's become an important part of our lives... now State Representative David Millard is holding a concealed carry class at the Reliance Fire Company in Berwick next month. Columbia County Sheriff Time Chamberlain will discuss how to safely interact with police while exercising the legal right to carry a firearm. Also to be on hand is Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold. The class takes place November 7th at the Reliance Fire Hall on Third Street starting at 6 O'clock. Call Representative Millard's office to sign up.

 

Hazleton Crash

A Monday crash at Club 40 Road and Stockton Mountain Road sent several people to the hospital for treatment. Police say the accident happened when a station wagon collided with a pick up truck in Hazle Township. Three people in the station wagon were taken to a near by hospital... two of which were flown to a trauma Center. The driver of the pick up taken to Hazleton General Hospital for treatment.

 

Wilkes – Barre Fire

Wilkes – Barre fire fighters took an aggressive stance as they knocked down a blaze Monday at a home in the 500 block of North Main Street. Investigators say the fire started at the rear of the home... but there is no definitive cause. The American Red Cross is helping the two adults and four children who lived in the structure.

 

Wilkes – Barre Ramada

The Ramada Hotel on the Square in Wilkes – Barre will soon be purchased by Kings College. The college says it will use the building for student housing... it's physician assistant studies and athletic training education programs. The price of the purchase has been pegged at $2.7 - million... but the college will invest nearly $12 - million for the first phase of renovation which begin just after the first of the year.

 

Sunbury Fire

A state police fire marshal spent part of Monday picking through the ruins of a fire which effected apartment buildings in the 200 block of Chestnut Street in Sunbury. Ten people are homeless after a Sunday afternoon fire. Authorities said there was extensive damage to the apartments at 253 and 255 Chestnut... and adjoining apartments at 257 and 249 Chestnut. One firefighter was slightly injured as he fought the blaze Sunday afternoon in Sunbury.

 

Volunteer Bill

The state House passed a bill to give a tax credit to employers who allow employees who are volunteer first responders to leave work and respond to emergencies. The bill also provides employment protection for responders in both the public and private sectors. It's designed to help the state retain and recruit more volunteers to the fire service.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team has moved up to 5th in the nation in this week's American Football Coaches Association poll. Two other PSAC teams are in the top 25- West Chester is 10th and Slippery Rock is 24th. This Thursday night at 8 O'clock at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium, the Huskies face a Shippensburg team that handed them their only two losses of last season.

 

Girls Soccer

In girls' soccer Monday, in a District 2 Class AA semifinal... Dallas defeated Berwick 4 to 2...

 

Field Hockey

In field hockey, in a District 4 AA semifinal... Lewisburg just getting by Bloomsburg 2 to 1...

 

NFL

In the NFL last night... the Seattle Seahawks downed the St. Louis Rams 14 to 9...

 

MLB / World Series

In game five of the World Series... the Boston Red Sox getting by the St. Louis Cardinals 3 to 1. The victory now give Boston a three games to two edge over St. Louis.

 

NBA

The NBA regular season tips off Tuesday night with three games including the defending champion Miami Heat against the Chicago Bulls in South Florida.

 

 

 

Monday / October 28, 2013


Windsor Foods

The reverberations are still being felt throughout the region on word that Windsor Foods in Bloomsburg will shut it's doors early next year. Windsor will also shutter a plant in Riverside, California. That move is expected to toss an estimated 160 local people out of work... but Fred Gaffney of the Columbia – Montour Chamber of Commerce says Windsor's decision wasn't unexpected.

 

Danville Flood Project

The Borough of Danville is putting some additional state money to work to insure the integrity of the flood control system. The nearly – half million dollars is left over funding from an H2O grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development. Danville Administrator Dan Knorr says the major problem is in Sechler and Blizzard Runs. Knorr said other areas to get attention is the construction of a wingwall at A Street... repairs to the Sechler Run pump station... and repairs to the Mahoning Creek floodwall. The work is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the year.

 

Carry Classes

Over the past few years... it's become an important part of our lives... now State Representative David Millard is holding a concealed carry class at the Reliance Fire Company in Berwick next month. Columbia County Sheriff Time Chamberlain will discuss how to safely interact with police while exercising the legal right to carry a firearm. Also to be on hand is Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold. The class takes place November 7th at the Reliance Fire Hall on Third Street starting at 6 O'clock. Call Representative Millard's office to sign up.

 

Civil Suits Settled in Sandusky Case

Penn State announced Monday that it had settled a civil suit involving 26 victims from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal and will pay out nearly $60 million. "The terms of the settlements, which include a release of all claims against Penn State and other parties, are subject to confidentiality agreements. Of the 26 settlements, 23 are fully signed and three are agreed in principle, with final documentation expected within the next few weeks," the university said in a statement. "The aggregate dollar amount paid by the University for the 26 settled claims is $59.7 million and will be reflected in the University’s audited financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2013."

According to the university, it believes that its various liability insurance policies cover its settlements and defense of claims and those expenses not covered by insurance will be funded from interest revenues from the university to its own self-supporting units. In other words, tuition, taxpayer funds or donations will not be put towards the settlement's costs. Sandusky was sentenced last October to no less than 30 and no more than 60 years in prison after being found guilty on 45 counts of child sex abuse.

 

Crake / Boulevard

With the holiday's quickly approaching... the Berwick Jaycees have reached out for help from the Berwick Area United Way... not for dollars... but for people power to get the annual Christmas Boulevard on track. Producing parts and pieces for this year's event begins this coming Saturday... according to Berwick United Way CEO, Ginny Crake. In essence... bring your skills and idea's to the Jaycees building at 11th and Vine Street. Set up for the display is November 29th... with the Boulevard to open December 7th.

 

Transportation Bill

Since early in 2013.... Governor Corbett has been hammering away the fact that state lawmakers need to adopt an estimated 2-and-a-half-billion dollar transportation bill. Lawmakers kicked the can down the road... but just recently the issue has come up again... this time raising the rural interstate speed limit from from 65 to 70 miles an hour. Also associated with the proposed transportation plans are higher fees for car registrations and drivers licenses... issues not popular with the voting public.

 

Harrisburg Dust Up
A high – profile war of words is underway in Harrisburg between a state lawmaker and the state attorney general. It all started when Democrat Attorney General Kathleen Kane refused to represent the state in lawsuits against the same-sex marriage ban. Republican Butler County State Rep Daryl Metcalfe said he would seek articles of impeachment against Kane, comments to which she replied by calling him loud, arrogant and misguided. Governor Tom Corbett reluctantly addressed the controversy on his monthly Ask the Governor program, mostly to say he wants no part of the back and forth. The governor says he is content to stay out of the fray and let the media have it's field day...

 

Safe School Grants

Applications are now being accepted by the state department of education for Pennsylvania School Safety Grants. That word from State Senator John Gordner of Berwick. he Safe Schools grant period is open until early December... with the maximum individual grant capped at $25,000. The grant may be used for programs which address school violence.. including bullying... as well as for security – related technology and equipment.

 

Volunteer Bill

The state House passed a bill to give a tax credit to employers who allow employees who are volunteer first responders to leave work and respond to emergencies. The bill also provides employment protection for responders in both the public and private sectors. It's designed to help the state retain and recruit more volunteers to the fire service.

 

Forty – Fort Murder Suicide

Investigators in Forty – Fort are trying to figure out why a father shot his infant daughter to death... then took his own life. Police rushing to the home on Wesley Street to find 1 – year old Camryn Shultz and her father, Nick, dead. Investigators are attempting to determine what led to the shootings.

 

Police Officer Takes Own Life

The death of a Carbon County Deputy Sheriff in Jim Thorpe... south of Hazleton... has been ruled a suicide. It happened at the start of the weekend when 33 – year old David Midas of Weatherly took an on – duty Lansford police officer hostage... they both drove to Jim Thorpe when Midas ended his life. Now... investigators want to know what triggered the incident.

 

Mohegan Sun Employment

Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs has become one of the top employers in Luzerne County... hiring up to 250 people... with total overall employment at 2,000. Many of the new hires will be employed at the newly constructed... $50 – million, 7 story motel which opens in mid – November. Pay ranges from 8 and a quarter to ten dollars an hour.

 

Haunted Houses

Regulating haunted houses in Pennsylvania is a scary proposition for one state department. It all comes under the purview of the state Department of Agriculture. Department spokesperson Samantha Krepps says the department inspects fixed structures used as haunted houses. Whatever the case... Ms. Krepps says all structures used during the Halloween season as Haunted Houses must meet specific criteria.

 

Medicare

With the potential for a nearly 25% Medicare pay cut looming, doctors say its time to end the payment formula that has led Congress to enacting 15 patches to avoid similar cuts. Dr. Ardis Hoven, president of the American Medical Association, says the current Medicare payment formula is broken. Dr. Hoven says doctors want to move toward new models of patient care... and they need stability in their finances.

 

 

 

Sunday / October 27, 2013


Crake / Boulevard

With the holiday's quickly approaching... the Berwick Jaycees have reached out for help from the Berwick Area United Way... not for dollars... but for people power to get the annual Christmas Boulevard on track. Producing parts and pieces for this year's event begins this coming Saturday... according to Berwick United Way CEO, Ginny Crake. In essence... bring your skills and idea's to the Jaycees building at 11th and Vine Street. Set up for the display is November 29th... with the Boulevard to open December 7th.

 

Transportation Bill

Since early in 2013.... Governor Corbett has been hammering away the fact that state lawmakers need to adopt an estimated 2-and-a-half-billion dollar transportation bill. Lawmakers kicked the can down the road... but just recently the issue has come up again... this time raising the rural interstate speed limit from from 65 to 70 miles an hour. Also associated with the proposed transportation plans are higher fees for car registrations and drivers licenses... issues not popular with the voting public.

 

Safe School Grants

Applications are now being accepted by the state department of education for Pennsylvania School Safety Grants. That word from State Senator John Gordner of Berwick. he Safe Schools grant period is open until early December... with the maximum individual grant capped at $25,000. The grant may be used for programs which address school violence.. including bullying... as well as for security – related technology and equipment.

 

Volunteer Bill

The state House passed a bill to give a tax credit to employers who allow employees who are volunteer first responders to leave work and respond to emergencies. The bill also provides employment protection for responders in both the public and private sectors. It's designed to help the state retain and recruit more volunteers to the fire service.

 

What's Happening Sunday, October 27, 2013


Looking for a way to help out this holiday season?  BTE's TreeFest is looking for tree sponsors.  Your sponsorship ensures a local family in need will get a beautifully decorated christmas tree in their home for free this year.  Silver sponsorships at $175 and gold sponsorships at $225 are also a great way to get your business's name out in the community.  Contact Cindy Schultz at BTE at 570-784-5530 for more information.  WHLM is proud to support TreeFest and Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.

Back by popular demand:  on Sunday, October 27, at 9:25 a.m. the First English Baptist church of Bloomsburg will hold their second bluegrass Sunday worship service featuring the popular local bluegrass group, Stained Grass Window.  The church is located at 700 Millville road in Bloomsburg, and all visitors are welcome. 

The Orangeville public library is asking for you to stop by the library starting Monday October 14- Monday october 28 to cast your vote for your favorite scarecrow.  Approximately 15-20 decorated scarecrows will be on display in front of the library.  Hours are Mon. - Thurs. 2 - 7 and Sat. 9 - 12.  The library is located at 301 Mill street in Orangeville.  Join in this fun event by casting your vote for your favorite scarecrow!

Coming up on Tuesday, Columbia County Trout Unlimited chapter is having a meeting, featuring a presentation on steelhead fishing in North and South America followed by a short planning meeting to discuss upcoming events and projects of the chapter. October 29th at 7pm at the Penn State Cooperative Extension building 702 Sawmill road, Bloomsburg.  You do not have to be a member to attend.  For more information go to www.patrout.org.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Football

Bloomsburg and Danville renewed their rivalry at Ironmen Stadium in Danville Friday night in our high school football game of the week. In a turnover-ridden game, Danville came back from behind to take a 31-23 win.

 

Berwick / Coughlin

At Crispin Field, unbeaten Berwick trounced once beaten Coughlin by a final score of 39-7.

 

Other Games

In other High School action Friday Southern Columbia beat Central Columbia 44-12.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday, the unbeaten and 6th ranked Huskies of Bloomsburg University beat Cheyney at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. The Huskies held the Wolves to 35-7. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

What's Happening Saturday, October 26, 2013


It's the 106th Catawissa Halloween Parade on Saturday evening (Rain date is Sunday the 27th). This year's theme is: Shiver Me Timbers - It's Halloween! The parade forms at 6 and moves at 7:30PM. We'll be bringing you live reports straight from the heart of the parade on the WHLM stations.

It's an all-you-can-eat haddock fish dinner at the Montour-Delong Fairgrounds in Danville today, from 3-7PM. $12 for adults, $6 for children. All the proceeds benefit the fair association. Any active military personnel who arrive in uniform will recieve their dinner for free!

Montour area Recreation Commission & Susquehanna Greenway Partnership invite you to Brewza Palooza from 6-9PM at the Danville Ballroom on Mill Street; featuring live music, seasonal beer sampling, give-aways, and photography from the Susquehanna Greenway photo contest. Proceeds will help improve recreation fields, programs, and facilities in Montour County.

The BU Celebrity Artist Series presents Ballroom With A Twist tonight at 8PM. For tickets and show information check the Clebrity Artist Series under our Partners link.

Ebenezer Faith Bible Church, 650 rt.93 in Berwick, is hosting an ice cream sundae and movie night at 6PM. The evening will begin with a make-your-own sundae bar, followed by a movie for the whole family - the event is free.

The meeting of the Columbia-Montour chapter of the Full Gospel Businessmen's Fellowship International will be ehld at 10AM at Spirit Life Church at 1338 Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg. The guest speaker will be Joanne Coe-Hernon. There will be free coffee and snacks.

It's the Kandy for Kids Pumpkin Fest at Kty's Church from 3 til 8PM. There will be a costume party for all children - hotdogs and deserts provided! The Church is on the corner of Wolf Hollow Road and Katy's Church Road in Madison twp.

The Men of Wesley will be sponsering a chicken barbecue dunner today at Wesley UMC on Market street in Bloomsburg. Dinner is $9 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and free for kids 5 & under. All proceeds benefit the Gate House homeless shelter.

 

Town Hill United Methodist Church in Shickshinny is having a chicken & biscuit dinner from 4:30-6:30PM. $9 for adults, $4 for children, and kids 6 & under eat free. Take-out is availible.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Football

Bloomsburg and Danville renewed their rivalry at Ironmen Stadium in Danville Friday night in our high school football game of the week. In a turnover-ridden game, Danville came back from behind to take a 31-23 win.

 

Berwick / Coughlin

At Crispin Field, unbeaten Berwick trounced once beaten Coughlin by a final score of 39-7.

 

Other Games

In other action Friday Southern Columbia beat Central Columbia 44-12. Saturday afternoon Columbia Montour Vo Tech is at home against North Penn.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday, the unbeaten and 6th ranked Huskies of Bloomsburg University beat Cheyney at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium. The Huskies held the Wolves to 35-7. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post-Game Report:

 

Friday / October 25, 2013


 

Windsor Foods to Shut Down

It's official.... Windsor Foods with a plant on W. 11th Street... will close their plant early next year... tossing up to 170 people out of work. Our media partner Newswatch 16 says Windsor's decision came following the flood of 2011. Earlier this year, Windsor Foods was part of a plan to place flood walls around their plant. Autoneum on 5th Street was the other in line for the wall. But, just recently, Windsor decided to pull a million dollars from the deal for the walls which was the first sign things weren't going well. According to their website... Windsor is a frozen food manufacturer... producing a full offering of old – world Italian cuisine.. authentic Pan – Asian appetizers and Southwestern comfort foods. Some current Windsor employees will be offered jobs at other company plants.

 

Mifflinville Fire

A fire marshal has been called in to determine what sparked a blaze at a home in the 200 – block of east third Street in Mifflinville Friday morning. The fire was discovered around 9:30. Firemen from Mifflinville receiving mutual aid from Lime Ridge... Espy and Berwick. They had the blaze knocked down in short order.

Damage was confined to one room and it's contents.

 

Danville Halloween Parade

A chilly night in Danville Thursday night... but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm of the hundred of people who took part in the Borough's annual Halloween Parade. Thousands of people lined the street... many in Halloween costumes... kids catching candy at curbside from folks on the nearly two – dozen floats in this year's procession. A lot of civic groups... several other high school bands... classic cars and up to date fire apparatus were in the line of march on Mill Street. The next big Halloween parade is in Catawissa Saturday night.

 

Weapons on Campus

The Board of Governors of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education is mulling over a policy that would allow students at the 14 state-owned universities... including Bloomsburg... to carry concealed firearms in certain places. WHTM – TV in Harrisburg is reporting that under the policy, firearms would not be allowed at sporting events or inside recreational buildings, classrooms, dorms, dining halls or student union centers. The state is still going through the public opinion process, but a decision on the policy could come as early as January.

 

United Way / Berwick Boulevard

The event has been around since the late 1940's... and it's entertained hundreds of thousands of people since that time. Now, the Jaycees are turning to the Berwick Area United Way for help.... but not in dollars, but rather, in trying to marshal manpower... so says United Way CEO Ginny Crake. The volunteer effort is open to community groups or individuals from November 2nd through the 9th. This year's annual edition of the Berwick Christmas Boulevard opens to the public December 7th.

 

Energy Seminar

The Reliance Fire Company... as well as the Berwick Blueprint Committee is holding a seminar early next month dealing with energy conservation. The fire company's Bridgette Coolbaugh says the big plus is having a speaker from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission will will talk about energy conservation. The program begins at 6 O'clock on November 6th at the Reliance Fire Company on West Third Street in Berwick.

 

Charges Dropped

Charges against an alleged shooter in Hazleton have been dropped. The reason... the reason Fernando Torres was accused of shooting was a no – show at a preliminary hearing. Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said she had no choice but to withdraw the charges and drop the $1 – million bail holding Torres.

 

Hazleton Robbery

Police in the Hazleton area are investigating an armed robbery of a hotel this week. The target... the Hazleton Motor Inn on East Broad Street. The owner telling police a man with a weapon walked into the office wearing a ski mask and got away with a couple of hundred dollars in cash. If you have information about the robbery... call Hazleton police.

 

Plea Deal

A 38 – year old Luzerne County man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday... after he was charged only last month with receiving and distributing child pornography. Michael Shaw admitted using his computer to download and trade kiddie porn from 2013 to June of this year. Shaw now faces a 20 year prison sentence and a quarter million dollar fine.

 

Union County Fire

Fire investigators spent the day at Kuhns Brothers Lumber Firewood Division on Stein Lane in Winfield... in Union County. A fire of undetermined origin broke out late Wednesday afternoon. Neighbors spotting black smoke coming from the building at calling emergency dispatch. It took volunteer firemen about an hour to bring the blaze under control.

 

Kingston Chief

Kingston will soon have a new police chief. Sgt. Michael Krzywicki will become chief in early November following the resignation of former chief Keith Keiper resigned. Krzywidki has been on the force for 20 years... and has been interim chief since June. He'll be sworn in at the Kingston City Council's November 6th meeting.

 

Tourism is Sweet

Who says tourism in Pennsylvania isn't important. The flagship Hershey's Chocolate World attraction drew more than two million people this summer. That's a record for the facility that opened 40 years ago. A spokesperson for the company said attendance at the Chocolate World in Hershey was up eight percent over last year.

 

WHLM Sports

You can hear all the action from Friday's high school fooball action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

HS Football

Bloomsburg and Danville renewed their rivalry at Ironmen Stadium in Danville Friday night in our high school football game of the week. In a turnover-ridden game, Danville came back from behind to take a 31-23 win.

 

Berwick / Coughlin

At Crispin Field, unbeaten Berwick trounced once beaten Coughlin by a final score of 39-7.

 

Other Games

In other action tonight Southern Columbia beat Central Columbia 44-12. Saturday afternoon Columbia Montour Vo Tech is at home against North Penn.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday, the unbeaten and 6th ranked Huskies of Bloomsburg University take on Cheyney at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium starting at 2 o'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the Husky Tailgate Show at noon.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team saw its first action of the 2013-14 season on Thursday evening. They dropped the game at Division I Towson University, 86-65

 

NFL / Thursday

In the NFL Thursday night.. the Carolina Panthers defeated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31 – 13...

 

MLB / World Series

In game two of the World Series... the St. Louis Cardinals downed the Boston Red Sox 4 to 2. The series is now tied at one game each. Game three is 7:30 Saturday night in St. Louis.

 

Thursday / October 24, 2013


Berwick Community Walk

About a dozen people turned out Wednesday night in Berwick in an effort to take back the neighborhoods. It's all part of the Berwick Blueprint Community plan to get rid of undesirables and the crime along certain streets. Berwick Mayor Jim Timbrell says it's a show of cohesiveness of neighbors helping the neighborhoods. Shootings, carjackings and meth labs have become the norm in Berwick.... something the Blueprint Community wants to end.

 

Cold Weather

The weather has changed rapidly in the area during the last 24 to 48 – hours... and it's not something unexpected. Meteorologist Barry Lambert with the National Weather Service in State College says the overnight chilly air has brought the growing season to an end. And chilly overnight temperatures will be with us the next couple days.... with daytime temps struggling to get into the lower 50's.

 

Bridge Open

A detour on Zaners Bridge Road in Greenwood Township is no more. PennDOT crews have wrapped up the construction of a new bridge crossing a tributary of Green Creek. Agency spokesman Rick Mason says the previous 25 – foot long bridge... built in 1940... was structurally deficient. The span is a short distance east of the intersection of Route 254 and Rohrsburg Road... and should be good to carry traffic for the next 50 – years.

 

Speed Limit

PA Senate President Joe Scarnati says he wants to see the speed limit increased on rural sections of the interstate highways from 65 to 70 miles an hour. Republican State Representative David Millard of North Centre Township says he believes it a move by Scarnati to get the Governor's transportation bill off dead center. A similar bill introduced in the state house last year... but failed to get traction.

 

Governor / Transportation

Governor Corbett continues to hammer away at the General Assembly. During a news conference in Harrisburg Wednesday... He urged lawmakers to pass a transportation funding plan. To drive the point home... the Governor had a piece of concrete with him... a chunk which had fallen from Harrisburg's Mulberry Street Bridge.

 

Luzerne County

Things are getting a bit tight in neighboring Luzerne County. Manager Robert Lawton telling the Luzerne County Commission this week... without a property tax increase... and concessions from unions... an estimated 250 county workers could be given pink slips to make budget ends meet. That's not sitting well with property owners who may be faced with the biggest tax increased allowed by the county's home charter. Right now... Luzerne County faces a nearly $13 – million budget gap.

 

Guilty Plea

A 38 – year old Luzerne man pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday... after he was charged only last month with receiving and distributing child pornography. Michael Shaw admitted using his computer to download and trade kiddie porn from 2013 to June of this year. Shaw now faces a 20 year prison sentence and a quarter million dollar fine.

 

Resource Center

It may have been chilly Wednesday, but students at the St. Nicholas – St. Mary Catholic School in Wilkes – Barre bundled up for the dedication of a new resource center. The old one was destroyed by fire last May... and since that time hundreds of volumes of books have been replaced... and new computers installed. That fire caused by an electrical outlet that went on the fritz.

 

Kiddie Porn Arrest

A Lycoming County man is in trouble with the law. 38 – year old Robert Pilot was busted by cops on child porn charges. Investigators say he's been under the microscope since 2008... allegedly involved in internet crimes linked to kiddie porn... such as downloading onto a home computer. He's currently in the Lycoming County Jail.

 

Church Thefts

State Police are investigating burglaries at two downriver churches either late Sunday or early Monday morning. The targets included the United Lutheran Church... as well as... the Mountain Presbyterian Church near Sunbury. The thieves made off with computers and a donation jar. Now... both churches plan to install security systems to deter further thefts.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team takes on Cheyney this Saturday at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium. The Wolves are winless, but they concern Huskies Coach Paul Darragh because their offense is unique. Cheyney at Bloomsburg kicks off Saturday at 2 O'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at noon with The Husky Tailgate Show.

 

BU Basketball

The Bloomsburg University men's basketball team plays an exhibition Thursday night against a division one opponent. The Huskies travel to Maryland to take on Towson University.

 

High School Soccer

In the District 4 high school soccer playoffs Wednesday night. In a boys Class A first round game... Benton defeated Southern Columbia 2 to 1... In girls Class AA quarterfinal games... Danville blanked Montoursville 1 to nothing... and South Williamsport downed Bloomsburg 2 to 1. In girls Class A first round game... Millville defeated Mansfield 10 to nothing.

 

World Series

In the first game of the World Series last night in Boston... the Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 8 to 1. The second game of their best of seven series is Thursday night.

 

Wednesday / October 23, 2013


Drug Take Back

Catawissa Police Chief Tony Kopitsky says the amount and type of unused drugs sitting in home medicine cabinets is unreal. Now police departments up and down the Susquehanna Valley... hope to get most discarded drugs off of the shelves and into a local police department's this Saturday. Chief Kopitsky says police department's will be open Saturday morning at 10 O'clock. Later in the day... someone from the drug enforcement agency will stop by... pick up the material... and will eventually destroyed.

 

Woman Scammed Students

A former property manager is out on bail after she was arrested on 48 – counts of theft and receiving stolen property. Justine Crego is accused of ripping off an estimated $111,000 from Hazleton – Penn State students who lived in two off – campus buildings in Sugarloaf Township. Authorities say the students would pay... and she'd cash the checks. The alleged scam took place over the past two years.

 

Berwick / Blueprint Community
A show of support for neighborhoods.... while at the same time trying to get rid of crime. That's what a group known as the Berwick Blueprint Community plans to do Wednesday night at dusk as they walk through two neighborhoods. Organizer Tim Burke says their walk begins at Third and Mulberry Streets. The walk is just one effort to clean up and rid Berwick of crime.

 

Apple Harvest Festival

An estimated 500 elderly people made their way into the Espy Fire Hall in Scott Township Tuesday for the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging Apple Harvest Festival. It was a great opportunity to get out of the house... and a perfect place to get a free flu shot. The Agency's Kathy Lynn said the State Health Department ponied up the funding for the shots... that were administered by Bloomsburg University nursing students.

 

Jim Cawley

Lt. Governor Jim Cawley is out of the hospital... and will be spending the next few days at home. He was rushed to Harrisburg Hospital earlier this week after feeling dizzy and light – headed. The 44 – year old Cawley was given a batter of tests... with doctors determining his blood pressure was elevated. He was prescribed some medication and discharged.

 

Machete User

A Luzerne County man will spend anywhere from the next 8 to 16 – years in the state's prison system. Juan Borbon was convicted earlier this year for the 2012 machete attack on a 15 – year old teenager near GAR High School in Wilkes - Barre. Marquis Allen nearly had his left hand amputated. Prosecutors say Burbon went to the school solely to attack African – Americans.

 

Wilkes - Barre Bridge

A bridge in Wilkes – Barre is closed. No one can cross the North Washington Street Bridge between Pennsylvania Avenue and East Chestnut Street. Barriers were put in place this week. The inspectors found problems with the spans superstructure... which is in need of repairs.

 

Open Records
State lawmakers are taking a closer look at the open records law when it comes to inmates and four state-related universities. State prisoners are the most frequent fliers when it comes to requesting documents under the state's Open Records law. Proposed legislation would limit what records inmates can request. Meanwhile, private institutions Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln universities say their special treatment should continue as they get public funding. Lawmakers want police records and school functions to be public records. The four schools get more than $500 - million dollars from the state.

 

Flavored Smokes
More than 40% of middle and high school students who smoke are lighting up flavored little cigars or cigarettes. That word contained in a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. The study is the first measure of how many youth are using the flavored little cigars and cigarettes and shows that more than 2 out of every five middle or high school students who smoke use the products. The American Lung Association finds the report troubling... calling on the federal government to aggressively regulate these flavored tobacco products.

 

WHLM Sports

Berwick Bulldogs

The unbeaten Berwick High School football team faces a challenge from once beaten Coughlin Friday night at Crispin Field. Bulldogs' coach George Curry is concerned with Coughlin's senior running back Paul Cole who has rushed for over 1200 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. Coughlin at Berwick kicks off Friday night at 7 O'clock. Coverage on Classic Rock 103.5 begins at 6 with The Coach Curry Show.

 

High School Soccer

The District 4 high school soccer playoffs began Tuesday night. In a boys' Class A game... Millville blanked East Juniata 2 to nothing. In a girls Class A game... Sayre defeated Benton 2 to 1. In a girls Class AA quarterfinal... it was Shikellamy over Central Columbia 3 to 1.

 

MLB / World Series

For the 4th time in major league baseball history, the Boston Red Sox play the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Game one is tonight at Fenway Park in Boston.

 

 

Tuesday / October 22, 2013


Candidates Forum

The six candidates for the three Bloomsburg Town Council seats spoke... now it's up to the voters to decide. At the Bloomsburg Fire Hall last night... questions were asked... such as the most pressing problems facing the town in the next three to five years. The candidates also faced questions of the rental housing ordinance... now in effect... as well as revitalizing the downtown. Voters go to the polls November 5th.

 

Bloomsburg Airport

Two years after the Lee flood... the Bloomsburg Airport... is open to general aviation traffic. The warm temperatures and sunny skies of the past couple of days have seen many aircraft owners get their single and twin – engine planes out of their hangers.... or from their tie downs... for one last flight before cold weather sets in. Traffic into and out of the airport has been severely hampered during the past couple of months due to the re-alignment and lengthening of the runway... and the lack of fuel... forcing pilots to go to other airports to fill their tanks.

 

Jim Cawley Hospitalized

PA Lt. Gov. Jim Cawley is waking up Tuesday morning in Harrisburg Hospital. He was rushed to the hospital after complaining of being lightheaded Monday while presiding over the state senate. Now... doctors are awaiting results from a battery of tests administered to the 44-year-old state official shortly after he was admitted. A Cawley spokesperson said doctors kept Cawley at the hospital as a precaution until all of the tests are finished.

 

Pet Story

Animal shelters and pet adoption are the focus this week, so the state capital is going to the dogs. It began Sunday and runs through Saturday... the week being designated as Adopt a Shelter Pet Week in Pennsylvania. A Bring Your Dog to Harrisburg rally will take place at the capital this morning. The event is to announce a package of bills designed to protect pets. One of the bills will close a loophole surrounding ownership of dog kennels. The Bring Your Dog rally on the capital steps begins at midday.

 

Halloween Windows

If you get a chance to drive down Main Street in Bloomsburg.... what a difference 24 hour makes. Students from area school spent the Monday decorating store display windows with a number of Halloween scenes. At the WHLM studios... Brandon Conrad and Ava Guffy spent a couple of hours painting a scene with a couple of orange pumpkins and a wagon wheel. Ms. Guffy said it was great to get out of school for a couple of hour... and to learn at the same time. The windows will be judged for their originality.

 

Apple Harvest Health Fair

The folks at the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging are getting out of their building Tuesday for the annual Apple Harvest Health Fair at the Espy Fire Hall. The couple of hundred that attend the event will meet old friends... as well as take a look at services offered by agencies... and have an opportunity to get their yearly flu shot. Agency director Kathy Lynn says Bloomsburg University nursing students will provide the injections. The event begins at 9 O'clock and runs through early afternoon.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

The unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team has retained the number 6 spot in nation in the American Football Coaches Association poll. The only other PSAC team in the top 25 is West Chester which is 13th. The Huskies play Cheyney Saturday afternoon at 2 0'clock at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium.

 

HS Football

Danville is the first area high school football team to win a championship this season. With Friday's 45-7 win over Shikellamy... the Ironmen clinched the Heartland Conference Division I title. This Friday Danville is at home against Bloomsburg in the WHLM Game of the Week.

 

Soccer

The District 4 high school soccer playoffs get underway this week. Tuesday night... in boys' Class A... Millville plays defending district champ East Juniata at Central Columbia. In girls Class A, Benton plays Sayre in Williamsport.

 

NFL

Monday night in the NFL... the New York Giants picked up their first win of the season... defeating the Minnesota Vikings 23 to 7.

 

World Series

Game one of the World Series will be played Wednesday night with the St. Louis Cardinals taking on the Red Sox in Boston...

 

 

Monday / October 21, 2013


United Water

A lot of euphoria last week when word came that United Water announced plans to build a new water distribution plant on Iron Dale Road in Bloomsburg. The downside a possible 20% rate increase... across the state... for United Water customers. That word from United's Operations Director Bill Kelvington. Once permits are obtained from the state department of environmental protection... and other governmental entities... ground will be broken near the current Irondale Inn... a short distance away from the current water plant... always the target to flooding from Fishing Creek. The $20 – million plant is expected to be on line during the second half of 2015.

 

Woman Found

A Berwick woman who wandered away from her home at the start of the weekend is now back with family. 71 – year old Judith Patterson was reported missing Saturday... but was found by police midday Sunday near the banks of the Susquehanna Fiver near Decker's Scrap Yard. It's believed she wandered away from her home Friday night and had been undergoing testing for dementia.

 

Candidates Forum

The six candidates seeking the three Bloomsburg Town Council are all expected to appear at a candidates forum tonight at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall. The event is being produced by the League of Voters... and the League's Zabrina Finn says it's an opportunity to ask the candidates some very important questions. The forum gets underway at 7 O'clock in the fire department's social room in the 900 – hundred block of Market Street.

 

Danville Mural

Maybe you've seen it already... a mural honoring Danville's importance as an early center of the iron industry in the United States. Now... downtown Danville’s newest mural will be dedicated this coming Sunday. The mural is hard to miss... it's painted on the side of the building at Mill Street and Route 11. Delivering remarks will be Jim Wilson of the Danville Business Alliance... and Artist Jo Pennypacker.

The ceremonies begin at 2 O'clock Sunday afternoon.

 

Body Found

Police in Hanover Township... near Wilkes – Barre... are trying to determine the identity of a man found floating in the Susquehanna River early Sunday morning. Authorities believe the man is anywhere from 30 to 50 years old. The remains were found near the Breslau boat ramp which is a popular fishing spot.

 

Rt. 93 Crashes

PennDOT says it is looking at ways to reduce the number of crashes along Route 93 in Packer Township... in Carbon County... south of Hazleton. Two fatal crashes have taken place there over the past three years... and there continues to be numerous crashes between Hudson Drive and the top of Spring Mountain. Most of the accidents taking place during heavy rainstorms.

 

Community Watch

The Berwick Area Community Watch Group is trying to raise awareness of their efforts. They plan to walk most of the length of Mulberry and Vine Street starting at Third Wednesday night. The group is efforting to spruce up the neighborhood bounded by Third and 9th Street.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Football

For the third time this season, Bloomsburg University's senior running back Franklyn Quiteh is the PSAC Eastern Division offensive player of the week. Quiteh earned the honor with a school record 304 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a 52-38 win at East Stroudsburg Saturday afternoon. Quiteh's longest run of the game came in third quarter. Huskies junior linebacker Justin Shirk shared defensive player of the week honors. Shirk had 13 tackles including two sacks in helping the Huskies remain unbeaten. Next up is a game against Cheyney Saturday at Danny Hale Field in Redman Stadium.

 

Sunday NFL

In the NFL Sunday.... the Philadelphia Eagles lost to the Dallas Cowboys 17-3... the New York Jets defeated the New England Patriots 30-27 in overtime... and the Pittsburgh Steelers downed the Baltimore Ravens 19-16.

 

MNF

In Monday night's game, the New York Giants are at home against the Minnesota Vikings.

 

 

What's Happening Sunday, October 20, 2013


The Free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church from 10:00 AM to Noon. They feature their talking train and a model merry go round that adults and kids can play with. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

The Orangeville Health and Rehab Center Presents their fall bazaar on Sunday October 20th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. They have fun, food, baked goods, crafts, and entertainment by Covert Auction.

Central Susquehanna Sight Services are hosting a car raffle. They’re giving a way a 2013 Honda Insight Hybrid with 40 second prizes valued at $100. You can get tickets now for the November 14th drawing. Raffle tickets are a donation of $15.00 per ticket. Look for Central Susquehanna Sight Services at area events to enter. For information visit cssight.org.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble opens up their new season with William Shakespeare's “The Merchant of Venice.” Public performances will be ehdl Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM from October 3rd to October 20th. For information call the Alvina Krasue Theatre on Centre Street in Downtown Bloomsburg.

Hartzels Haunted Chambers will open each weekend in Berwick starting Friday the 4th of October. Admission is $5.00, and the haunted chambers will be open each Friday Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 to 11:00 PM. They're located at the corner of 11th and Vine Streets in Berwick.

Downtown Jim Thorpe presents fall foliage weekends the first three weekends of October. There will be train rides, crafters, artisans, food, and live entertainment throughout the town. All of the fun is happening in Downtown Jim Thorpe.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Bloomsburg / Mifflinburg

In their final home game of the season, the Bloomsburg high school football team defeated Mifflinburg by a score of 24-13. The Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Bloomsburg's Colby Klingerman.

 

Berwick Football

The unbeaten Bulldogs of Berwick stay unbeaten following their 50-0 trouncing of Pittston Area at Crispin Field on Friday.

 

HS Games

In other Friday night games... Danville beat Shikellamy 45-7, unbeaten Southern Columbia shut out Shamokin 56-0, and Central Columbia fell to Lewisburg 28-6.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday, the unbeaten Huskies of Bloomsburg University battled it out with East Stroundsburg in a record-setting game at ESU. The Huskies come away with a 52-38 victory. BU's Franklyn Quiteh set a new school record with 304 rushing yards in the game. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

What's Happening Saturday, October 19, 2013


The Free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church from 10:00 AM to Noon. They feature their talking train and a model merry go round that adults and kids can play with. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

The Children's Museum presents Haunted Museum Day on Saturday October 19th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. They invite your kids out for the spooky decorations, ghoulish crafts, mysterious activities, and science demonstrations. Wear a costume for $1.00 off admission. The children's museum is located on West 7th Street in Bloomsburg.

The Free Wheelchair Engineers Train Program at the Columbia Mall is open each Saturday from Noon to 4:00 PM. The display is up and running with the American Flyer and Dillon Floral limited-edition train with the puffing MTH steam engine.

SMILE is happy to announce that they will now host meetings in Bloomsburg and Berwick. SMILE is a group for single mothers to get together for support and friendship. Meetings in Bloomsburg will be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at Bloomsburg Christian Church. In Berwick at the New Covenant Christian Center on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. All meetings start at 10:00 AM. For special meeting info and more link up to the group on the Community Page.

Central Susquehanna Sight Services are hosting a car raffle. They’re giving a way a 2013 Honda Insight Hybrid with 40 second prizes valued at $100. You can get tickets now for the November 14th drawing. Raffle tickets are a donation of $15.00 per ticket. Look for Central Susquehanna Sight Services at area events to enter. For information visit cssight.org.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble opens up their new season with William Shakespeare's “The Merchant of Venice.” Public performances will be held Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM from October 3rd to October 20th. For information call the Alvina Krasue Theatre on Centre Street in Downtown Bloomsburg.

Hartzels Haunted Chambers will open each weekend in Berwick starting Friday the 4th of October. Admission is $5.00, and the haunted chambers will be open each Friday Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 to 11:00 PM. They're located at the corner of 11th and Vine Streets in Berwick.

Downtown Jim Thorpe presents fall foliage weekends the first three weekends of October. There will be train rides, crafters, artisans, food, and live entertainment throughout the town. All of the fun is happening in Downtown Jim Thorpe.

Shiloh Bible Church invites you to a concert featuring the Jacobs Brothers on Saturday October 19th at 7:00 PM. The church is located on Church Street in Almedia.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Bloomsburg / Mifflinburg

In their final home game of the season, the Bloomsburg high school football team defeated Mifflinburg by a score of 24-13. The Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Bloomsburg's Colby Klingerman.

 

Berwick Football

The unbeaten Bulldogs of Berwick stay unbeaten following their 50-0 trouncing of Pittston Area at Crispin Field on Friday.

 

HS Games

In other Friday night games... Danville beat Shikellamy 45-7, unbeaten Southern Columbia shut out Shamokin 56-0, and Central Columbia fell to Lewisburg 28-6. Saturday afternoon, Columbia Montour Vo - Tech is at home against Carson Long.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday, the unbeaten Huskies of Bloomsburg University battled it out with East Stroundsburg in a record-setting game at ESU. The Huskies come away with a 52-38 victory. BU's Franklyn Quiteh set a new school record with 304 rushing yards in the game. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

Friday / October 18, 2013


Bloomsburg Zoning Meeting

On a unanimous vote Thursday night... Bloomsburg's zoning hearing board said “no” to a request to re-zone part of the 10th Street Plaza... turning 2,400 square feet of the 13,000 square foot building into student housing. The request was made by building owner Richard Angelo. He went on to say he has trouble renting his building at the corner of 10th and Iron Streets. The proposal did not sit well with neighbors who were dead set against the idea. Angelo has thirty days to appeal the zoning board's decision in court.

 

Kidsburg Fundraiser

There will be another in a series of fund raisers Saturday... the proceeds going to the re-construction of Kidsburg 2.0 Bloomsburg's Town Park. The event is called “Whack – a – Knight” for Kidsburg... designed to show us the Medieval and Renaissance eras with combat demonstrations... basket weaving and food sampling.

 

Senior Expo

The Columbia – Montour Office of Aging is holding it's 13th annual senior expo next Tuesday at the Espy Fire Hall. Agency director Kathy Lynn says it's the perfect opportunity to get your free flu shot. If you want to take advantage of getting a flu shot... give the office of aging on Sawmill Road a call. The expo gets underway at 9 O'clock Tuesday and runs through early afternoon.

 

Killer Passes

The man convicted of the death of the only Shamokin police officer to die in the line of duty... has passed at the State Correctional Institution at Rockview. 63 – year old Preston Pfeifly died over the weekend. He was convicted in 1984 in the October '83 shooting death of Corporal David Witmer. Now... state police are investigating around the circumstances of Pfeifly's death.

 

Hazleton City Council

A show of support for Hazleton City Police Thursday night at a city council meeting. There was a lot of praise for the department... a day after Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis released a report showing the shooting death of 26 – year old Jonathan Garay by cops earlier this month was justified. The incident taking place at the Garay family home on Alter Street when he allegedly went for a weapon... and police fired.

 

Two Charged

Two Nanticoke residents have been charged in connection with a bar fight in January of 2012... resulting in a woman being slashed in the face. Melanie Figueroa and Jamil Tucker were charged with assault and obstruction following the slashing at the Prospect Street Cafe in Nanticoke. Although there are charges... investigators still don't know who slashed Jennifer Mieczkowski. The bar has since closed.

 

New Cop

Wright Township has hired a full – time police officer. This week supervisors hired Aaron Fromm... who has worked as a part – time for the past 14 months. He comes on – board for a 180 – day probationary period without benefits. Fromm has also patrolled the streets and roads of White Haven and Fairview Township.

 

PUC / Winter
It may be mild so far this fall... but the cold days of winter are coming and the state Public Utility Commission wants consumers and utilities to be ready for higher home heating bills. The PUC is reminding utilities to reach out and educate consumers, especially those on low or fixed incomes, about programs that can help them with their winter heating bills. Even if you don't qualify, there may be a budget plan to let you stretch out winter costs over the milder months. The PUC says its also a good time to winterize your home to keep warm air in and cold air out.

 

Corbett Transportation
Children were the focus Wednesday as Governor Tom Corbett signed a bill to extend the Children's Health Insurance Program and released funding for Philadelphia schools. Some $45 – million dollars in one time funds is headed to the Philadelphia School District. Mr. Corbett said sufficient progress had been made by the district to warrant the release. The Governor also cited children on another topic- transportation. He called on lawmakers to take action on funding roads, bridges and mass transit, saying 1.5 million children ride school buses every day on PA roads.

 

WHLM Sports

You can hear all the details from the area's High School fottball action in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

Bloomsburg / Mifflinburg

In their final home game of the season, the Bloomsburg high school football team defeated Mifflinburg by a score of 24-13. The Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Bloomsburg's Colby Klingerman.

 

Berwick Football

The unbeaten Bulldogs of Berwick stay unbeaten following their 50-0 trouncing of Pittston Area at Crispin Field on Friday.

 

HS Games

In other Friday night games... Danville beat Shikellamy 45-7, unbeaten Southern Columbia shut out Shamokin 56-0, and Central Columbia fell to Lewisburg 28-6. Saturday afternoon, Columbia Montour Vo - Tech is at home against Carson Long.

 

BU Football

In college football Saturday, the unbeaten Huskies of Bloomsburg University play at East Stroudsburg in a game that kicks off at 1 0'clock. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 12:30 with The Husky Countdown Show.

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night... the Seattle Seahawks defeated the Arizona Cardinals 34 – 22.

 

MLB / ALCS

In major league baseball, in game five of the ALCS... the Boston Red Sox downing the Detroit Tigers 4 to 3. Boston now leads the series 3 games to two.

 

 

Thursday / October 17, 2013


Bloomsburg Zoning Meeting

On a unanimous vote Thursday night... Bloomsburg's zoning hearing board said “no” to a request to re-zone part of the 10th Street Plaza... turning 2,400 square feet of the 13,000 square foot building into student housing. The request was made by building owner Richard Angelo. He went on to say he has trouble renting his building at the corner of 10th and Iron Streets. The proposal did not sit well with neighbors who were dead set against the idea. Angelo has thirty days to appeal the zoning board's decision in court.

 

Kidsburg Fundraiser

There will be another in a series of fund raisers Saturday... the proceeds going to the re-construction of Kidsburg 2.0 Bloomsburg's Town Park. The event is called “Whack – a – Knight” for Kidsburg... designed to show us the Medieval and Renaissance eras with combat demonstrations... basket weaving and food sampling.

 

Senior Expo

The Columbia – Montour Office of Aging is holding it's 13th annual senior expo next Tuesday at the Espy Fire Hall. Agency director Kathy Lynn says it's the perfect opportunity to get your free flu shot. If you want to take advantage of getting a flu shot... give the office of aging on Sawmill Road a call. The expo gets underway at 9 O'clock Tuesday and runs through early afternoon.

 

United Water to Construct Plant

Within the next two years... a new water plant for the Bloomsburg area should be on – line. United Water late Wednesday afternoon unveiling plans for a new $20 – million dollar plus water treatment plant adjacent to their current Irondale Road facility. It will be located on a three acre tract of land where the Irondale Inn currently sits... and will be above the 100 – year flood plain. Utility project manager Nancy Trushell says she hopes state environmental approval comes quickly. The current United Water pump station has been knocked off line during the floods of 2006 and 2011... leaving Bloomsburg high and dry. The new plant is expected to be on line the second half of 2015. In addition... subscribers to United Water can expect to see an increase in their water rates.

 

Bloomsburg Parking Survey

A group of Bloomsburg University students will try and put an end to the debate about parking in downtown Bloomsburg. Geography and Geoscience students are armed with GPS devices and clipboards... watching the ebb and flow of traffic... then surveying business owners and residents to determine parking issues... so says associate professor Jeff Brunskill. The raw data from the survey should be be out by the second week in November... with analytical stats compiled over the winter... with refined data given to the town during the University's spring semester.

 

Candidates Forum

You'll have an opportunity this coming Monday to quiz the six candidates seeking the three open seats for Bloomsburg Town Council. The candidates forum at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall is sponsored by the League of Voters. Zabrina Finn says it's a great opportunity to see the candidates in action... not just one dimensional such as you hear on the radio or read about in the printed media. The forum begins at 7 O'clock Monday night at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall in the 900 block of Market Street.

 

Millville Road Work

Motorists in the Millville area will have to build some time into their trip if you go through the village starting Thursday. PennDOT says a crew will mill and pave sections of Route 42 within 500 feet in each direction of the intersection with the flashing traffic signal. Parking in the area will not be allowed. The agency's Rick Mason says there will be flaggers controlling traffic... and no official detour is planned.

 

DA Report

Luzerne County district attorney has ruled that the shooting death of a Hazleton man by police was justified. DA Stefanie Salavantis says the shooting of 26 – year old Jonathan Garay at his Alter Street home on October 5th after interviews suggest Garay was pointing a loaded weapon at officers. The report also said that Garay had four times the legal limit of alcohol in his system when the incident went down.

 

Murder Folo

The three people who live in a Wilkes – Barre home where a two month old baby was found... and later died... are circling the wagons. Our media partner Newswatch 16 is reporting the trio have applied for public defenders. Little Antonio Evan was found bruises all over his body Sunday morning. Despite the request for attorneys... Wilkes – Barre police have yet to file charges.

 

Sex Assault Charge

A Mountain Top man is in trouble with the law... again. 38 – year old Salvatore Argo surrendered to police... and is charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a woman last August.... a woman he met on a dating website. Back in 2010... Argo was found guilty of selling counterfeit sports items.

 

 

Wednesday / October 16, 2013


United Water to Construct Plant

Within the next two years... a new water plan for the Bloomsburg area should be on – line. United Water late Wednesday afternoon unveiling plans for a new $20 – million dollar plus water treatment plant adjacent to their current Irondale Road facility. It will be located on a three acre tract of land where the Irondale Inn currently sits... and will be above the 100 – year flood plain. Utility project manager Nancy Trushell says she hopes state environmental approval comes quickly. The current United Water pump station has been knocked off line during the floods of 2006 and 2011... leaving Bloomsburg high and dry. The new plant is expected to be on line the second half of 2015.

 

Candidates Forum

You'll have an opportunity this coming Monday to quiz the six candidates seeking the three open seats for Bloomsburg Town Council. The candidates forum at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall is sponsored by the League of Voters. Zabrina Finn says it's a great opportunity to see the candidates in action... not just one dimensional such as you hear on the radio or read about in the printed media. The forum begins at 7 O'clock Monday night at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall in the 900 block of Market Street.

 

Bloomsburg Parking Survey

A group of Bloomsburg University students will try and put an end to the debate about parking in downtown Bloomsburg. Geography and Geoscience students are armed with GPS devices and clipboards... watching the ebb and flow of traffic... then surveying business owners and residents to determine parking issues... so says associate professor Jeff Brunskill. The raw data from the survey should be be out by the second week in November... with analytical stats compiled over the winter... with refined data given to the town during the University's spring semester.

 

Critical GAO Report

A yet-to-be-released report from the Government Accountability office obtained by the Associated Press... says PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric Station has the highest number of safety violations in the state in recent years. The report says the thirty year old plant had five high – level and 175 low – level safety violations. Other plants.. .such as Limerick near Philadelphia and Beaver Valley near Pittsburgh have had problems as well. The issues at Susquehanna ranged from a computer malfunction... to cracked turbine blades... and radioactive water leaking in a building. The plant is now under heightened oversight by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

 

Superhero Clean

A sight to behold... as a crew of maintenance workers... dressed in superhero outfits... cleaned dozens of windows at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital on Tuesday. It was a performance folks in the hospital won't forget. For Eric Ruhl of Performance Services, Incorporated of Harrisburg.... portraying Batman for pediatric and adult patients... as well as hospital staff... simply makes the day. Geisinger management has contracted with the company... and the crew... to portray the superheroes at all their properties.

 

New Fire Truck

It will take about a year to get here... but Bloomsburg Town Council has given the fire department the go ahead to order a new piece of fire fighting apparatus. KME of Nesquehoning... in Carbon County... is expected to get the order soon for the attack truck with a shorter than usual wheelbase... allowing drivers to navigate the town's narrow streets and alleys. The $671,000 purchase price will be off – set by trading in an aging pumper... grants from foundations... and heavily relying on money stashed away in the town's fire tax account.

 

Luzerne County Taxes

If you live or have property in Luzerne County... you could be paying 8 percent more in property taxes next year. That's a proposal being made by County Manager Robert Lawton as he unveiled a preliminary budget for the 2014 fiscal year. Meantime... despite the proposed hike... the county is facing a nearly three million dollar shortfall... and Lawton says if labor unions don't concede benefits... there could be... what he called... “sweeping layoffs.”

 

Allabaugh Case

A Wyoming Valley man will spend the next 25 to 50 years in prison following a guilty plea he made in Luzerne County Court. William Allabaugh is now convicted of killing Scott Luzetsky outside a Plymouth bar last September... as well as wounding a second man. Allabaugh was eventually shot by a man who was licensed to carry a weapon.

 

Hazleton Shooting Folo

The investigation into the shooting death of a 26 – year old Hazleton man last week is slowly coming to a close. If you recall... Jonathan Garay was shot and killed after struggling with police at his family's Alter Street home last week. Luzerne County D-A Stefanie Salavantis is trying to determine if the shooting was justified. Family members say Garay was shot inside his home... but police say he was reaching for a weapon on the back porch. Whatever the case... a march planned to protest the shooting fizzled out and got very little attention.

 

Hughesville Robbery

There are no suspects in custody in connection with the weekend armed stick up of a convenience store in Hughesville. Investigators in Lycoming County say a man walked into the North Main Street store... holding a knife... getting cash from the register and fleeing the scene.

 

 

Tuesday / October 15, 2013


Parking Survey

If you see some university students with bright yellow GPS units in the downtown area... they're preforming a survey of parking patterns. They're not only doing the project for credit... but to put an end to guessing about what spots are in demand... and at what time... so says Geography and Geosciences Associate Professor Jeff Brunskill. Associate Professor Brunskill said business owners and residents will be surveyed as well to determine issues in the community... as to how it relates to parking.

 

Superhero Clean

A sight to behold... as a crew of maintenance workers... dressed in superhero outfits... cleaned dozens of windows at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital on Tuesday. It was a performance folks in the hospital won't forget. For Eric Ruhl of Performance Services, Incorporated of Harrisburg.... portraying Batman for pediatric and adult patients... as well as hospital staff... simply makes the day. Geisinger management has contracted with the company... and the crew... to portray the superheroes at all their properties.

 

Bloomsburg Fire Truck

It will take about a year to get here... but Bloomsburg Town Council has given the fire department the go ahead to order a new piece of apparatus. KME of Nesquehoning... in Carbon County... is expected to get the order soon for the attack truck... with a shorter than usual wheelbase... allowing drivers to navigate the town's narrow streets and alleys. The $671,000 purchase price will be off – set by trading in an aging pumper... grants from foundations... and heavily relying on money stashed away in the town's fire tax account.

 

United Water

If you tried to go west on Third Street Tuesday... between Center and Market Streets... you couldn't. Sokol Construction of Bloomsburg is under contract with United Water to replace water mains and connections... doubling pipe size from 4 to 8 inches in diameter. When WHLM News went by the construction site on Tuesday... a backhoe was ripping up the pavement and dirt…. then placing it in a dump truck. The nearly half – million dollar project got underway late last month and calls for the installation of bigger water mains... not only on Third Street... but Fourth Street and Knapp Avenue as well.

 

New Police Chief

Bloomsburg has a new Chief of Police. On a unanimous vote... council Monday night... removing the word “interim...” and thus promoting long – time officer Roger Van Loan to top cop. Mayor Carey Howell says despite a state wide search... and applications from around the country... Van Loan was the best candidate for the job. He'll receive $75,000 annually. Van Loan replaces Leo Sokoloski who took a job heading up law enforcement at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County.

 

Veterans Memorial

here is now a lot of movement on that planned all – county veterans memorial to be place in the middle of Market Street at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Plans were unveiled at Monday night's town council meeting. Council Vice – Chair... Diane Levan... a driving force behind the memorial says it will be placed closer to Ft. McClure Boulevard than originally planned due to the future construction of Kidsburg... and keeping the memorial out of a residential area. The memorial will consist of concrete... covered with a granite veneer... a lot of landscaping and polls with flags to honor all branches of the military.

 

XGR / Millard

Lawmakers in the state house could vote this week on Representative's David Millard's bill dealing with prevailing wages boosting the threshold where union type wages kick in from $25,000 to $100,000. During a recent interview.... Representative Millard says his measure could tie into the legislature's proposed transportation bill... however... it's designed as a “stand alone” bill. Lawmakers reconvene in Harrisburg Tuesday... and Representative Millard said his prevailing wage bill could come up for a vote as early as Wednesday.

 

Berwick Theatre

Things are back to normal at the Berwick Theater on West Front Street... after 17 people came down with carbon Monoxide poisoning at the start of the weekend. Many were treated at the Berwick Hospital... and later released. The theater’s Facebook page indicating a blocked flue in the furnace caused the gas to leak out of the projection room. Theater owners have now installed a series of CO2 detectors to give them a heads up to any issues with the heating system.

 

PA Pets

It's important to get you pets... such as a cat... spayed and neutered. That advice from the group PA Pets. The organization's Jo Wright says feral female cats... for instance... can have as many as four litters a year. PA Pets runs a spay and neutering clinic... with the help of a volunteer medical staff.

Stop by their thrift store at 5th and Catherine Streets for more information.

 

DJ Shooting Update

Wilkes – Barre Police have not come up with a suspect yet in the shooting death of a popular Wyoming Valley D-J... and a mainstay at the Wilkes University radio station. Michael Onley was gunned down outside a South Main Street bar early Sunday morning... in what authorities say... was a drive – by shooting. Now... a memorial has sprouted up in the bar's parking lot where the incident took place.

 

Gas Prices

If you're headed somewhere this week... it will cost you less to fill up the gas tank. The latest Triple A fuel gauge report... shows that across northeastern Pennsylvania... self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.32 a gallon... down a penny from the weekend... and off three cents from a week ago. The reason... a surplus in inventory... and people driving less.

 

Alzheimer's Conference

A meeting to get the public's input on the PA State Plan for Alzheimer's is set for this week in the Lehigh Valley. The meeting will be held Thursday at Quakertown Hospital. It's a chance for people to have their voices heard as the state comes up with its plan for Alzheimer's treatment and education.

Pre - registration for the meeting is required by calling the Alzheimer's Association Delaware Valley Chapter.

 

Tour for Governor Corbett

Governor Corbett was on the road over the weekend... spending part of it at a Carbon County manufacturing plant. The governor getting a first hand look at KME Kovatch... the manufacturer of emergency vehicles. The family run business has been around since 1946... and have an estimated 800 people on staff. Company officials telling the governor that a challenge these days is finding skilled workers who know manufacturing... mechanical and electrical work.

 

 

Monday / October 14, 2013


New Police Chief

Bloomsburg has a new Chief of Police. On a unanimous vote... council Monday night... removing the word “interim...” and thus promoting long – time officer Roger Van Loan to top cop. Mayor Carey Howell says despite a state wide search... and applications from around the country... Van Loan was the best candidate for the job. He'll receive $75,000 annually. Van Loan replaces Leo Sokoloski who took a job heading up law enforcement at Elizabethtown College in Lancaster County.

 

Veterans Memorial

here is now a lot of movement on that planned all – county veterans memorial to be place in the middle of Market Street at the Bloomsburg Town Park. Plans were unveiled at Monday night's town council meeting. Council Vice – Chair... Diane Levan... a driving force behind the memorial says it will be placed closer to Ft. McClure Boulevard than originally planned due to the future construction of Kidsburg... and keeping the memorial out of a residential area. The memorial will consist of concrete... covered with a granite veneer... a lot of landscaping and polls with flags to honor all branches of the military.

 

XGR / Millard

Lawmakers in the state house could vote this week on Representative's David Millard's bill dealing with prevailing wages boosting the threshold where union type wages kick in from $25,000 to $100,000. During a recent interview.... Representative Millard says his measure could tie into the legislature's proposed transportation bill... however... it's designed as a “stand alone” bill. Lawmakers reconvene in Harrisburg Tuesday... and Representative Millard said his prevailing wage bill could come up for a vote as early as Wednesday.

 

Berwick Theatre

Things are back to normal at the Berwick Theater on West Front Street... after 17 people came down with carbon Monoxide poisoning at the start of the weekend. Many were treated at the Berwick Hospital... and later released. The theater’s Facebook page indicating a blocked flue in the furnace caused the gas to leak out of the projection room. Theater owners have now installed a series of CO2 detectors to give them a heads up to any issues with the heating system.

 

Berwick Riverfest

With the effort of a lot of organizations in the greater Berwick area... this year's annual Riverfest at the test track park came off with out a hitch. The weather cooperated... and there were plenty of vendors... a car show and carnival rides for the thousands of people who attended. Andrew Hoke of Berwick showcased his graphic.... web and photography business.... and he said he was happy with the weekend turnout. Planning gets underway shortly for next year's event to be held in October.

 

Columbus Day Parade

Celebrating the life and time of Christopher Columbus... and Italian – American heritage with a Sunday afternoon parade in Berwick. A color guard.... the Berwick High School Ensemble band... and fire apparatus... as well as a scouting units made up the line of march. Matt Prosseda... President of the Italian – American organization called UNICO... says it's important to remember the past. Celebrating Columbus Days means banks... governmental buildings and some businesses may be closed for the holiday.

 

Millville Road Work

Motorists in the Millville area will have some inconvenience when traveling through the village starting Thursday. PennDOT says a crew will mill and pave sections of Route 42 within 500 feet in each direction of the intersection with the flashing traffic signal. Also... parking in the area will not be allowed. No detour is planned... the agency's Rick Mason says plan some extra time in your travels to get through the area.

 

Speed Limit

A leading Pennsylvania state senator says it's time to increase the state's maximum allowable speed limit from 65 to 70 miles an hour. Senator Joe Scarnati plans to introduce legislation to allow the higher maximum speeds on interstates. He says increasing Pennsylvania's maximum speed limit from 65 to 70 miles an hour on interstates and the turnpike would allow for better traffic flow and for greater efficiency in the delivery of goods. His proposal would not mandate the higher limit-- but allow it if engineering and traffic studies support it.

 

Hospital's Enter Partnership
Better cancer care for patients at a Central Pennsylvania community hospital is the goal of a new partnership. he Cancer Care Partnership as it's known is a joint venture between Penn State Hershey Health System and Mount Nittany Health, that will provide state-of-the art treatment at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College. Hematology, medical oncology and infusion services will be enhanced. The goal is to bring quality care closer to home for cancer patients at Mount Nittany... with an emphasis on recruiting more oncology physicians and specialists to State College.

 

Wilkes - Barre Murder

Police in Wilkes – Barre have ruled the shooting of a man early Sunday morning a murder. Investigators say Michael Onley... known as D-J MO... was shot in the head near the Outsiders Bar on South Main... near the intersection of Hanover Street. Onley was well known as a club D-J and a personality at the Wilkes University radio station. If you have information about the shooting... call Wilkes – Barre Police.

 

Bus Fire

All 46 passengers and the driver aboard a bus are safe after the vehicle caught fire late Saturday night on Interstate 80 in Butler Township near Hazleton. The bus was headed to Nescopeck... after making the five hour trip from Atlantic City... when some of the passengers smelled smoke. Two people were treated for smoke inhalation, but were later transported to their destination by a second bus owned by Motor Transportation of Hazleton.

 

Turkey Hill Robbery

An unsettling night for a Turkey Hill convenience store clerk in Wilkes – Barre Sunday night. A man with a gun strolled into the East Main Street store... showed the weapon and got away with an undetermined amount of cash. No one was hurt in the Sunday night stick – up.

 

Retail Theft

The theft of a laptop computer from the Wal – Mart on Airport Road near Hazleton have state police investigators tracking down leads. The theft happened late Sunday night when a man was spotted with the computer... and failed to go through the checkout. The store's loss prevention team telling police the man fled in a dark colored pick – up truck. If you have information about the theft... give state police in Hazleton a call.

 

 

What's Happening Sunday, October 13, 2013


The Free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church from 10:00 AM to Noon. They feature their talking train and a model merry go round that adults and kids can play with. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

Central Susquehanna Sight Services are hosting a car raffle. They’re giving a way a 2013 Honda Insight Hybrid with 40 second prizes valued at $100. You can get tickets now for the November 14th drawing. Raffle tickets are a donation of $15.00 per ticket. Look for Central Susquehanna Sight Services at area events to enter. For information visit cssight.org.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble opens up their new season with William Shakespeare's “The Merchant of Venice.” Public performances will be ehdl Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM from October 3rd to October 20th. For information call the Alvina Krasue Theatre on Centre Street in Downtown Bloomsburg.

Hartzels Haunted Chambers will open each weekend in Berwick starting Friday the 4th of October. Admission is $5.00, and the haunted chambers will be open each Friday Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 to 11:00 PM. They're located at the corner of 11th and Vine Streets in Berwick.

Downtown Jim Thorpe presents fall foliage weekends the first three weekends of October. There will be train rides, crafters, artisans, food, and live entertainment throughout the town. All of the fun is happening in Downtown Jim Thorpe.

Berwick's Annual Riverfest is happening Friday to Sunday October 11th to the 13th. There will be a car cruise in, food, crafts, logging competition and a whole lot more. It's happening at the Test Track Park behind the K-Mart in Berwick.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Bloomsburg High School failed to upset unbeaten Southern Columbia in the WHLM game of the week. The final was 50-13 Tigers. The Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Southern's Adam Feudale.

 

In Bulldogs action on Classic Rock 103.5, Berwick put up 48 unanswered points against the Millionaires of Williamsport, final: 48-7.

 

In other local games, Montoursville beat Danville 21-10, Central Columbia beat Central Mountain 36-16, and Vo-Tech fell to Muncy 47-14.

 

BU Football

The Huskies of Bloomsburg made easy work of Millersville in their Homecoming game on Saturday. The final was 45-7, BU. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

What's Happening Saturday, October 12, 2013


It's Bloomsburg University's Homecoming weekend! The Homecoming parade kicks off from the Hospital lot on Lightstreet Road at 11:00.

The American Cancer Society will host the 3rd annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K Wal on Saturday October 12th at the Danville Area High School. Registration begins at 9:00 AM and the walk starts at 10:00 AM. More information is available at markingstrideswalk.org.

The Free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church from 10:00 AM to Noon. They feature their talking train and a model merry go round that adults and kids can play with. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

The Roaring Creek and Catawissa Valley Historical Study Groups present fall train rides from Catawissa to Northumberland on Saturday October 12th at 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The rides leave and return from the Catawissa Legion. Cost is $20 per rider. Kids 2 and younger get a free lap ticket. Call 570-799-0700.

The Free Wheelchair Engineers Train Program at the Columbia Mall is open each Saturday from Noon to 4:00 PM. The display is up and running with the American Flyer and Dillon Floral limited-edition train with the puffing MTH steam engine.

The Central Susquehanna Valley Heart Walk will be held Saturday October 12th from noon to 3:00 PM at Knoebels in Elysburg. Registration is a noon the walk starts at 1:00 PM. Team up with family, friends or co-workers and join in on the walk.

SMILE is happy to announce that they will now host meetings in Bloomsburg and Berwick. SMILE is a group for single mothers to get together for support and friendship. Meetings in Bloomsburg will be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at Bloomsburg Christian Church. In Berwick at the New Covenant Christian Center on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. All meetings start at 10:00 AM. For special meeting info and more link up to the group on the Community Page.

Central Susquehanna Sight Services are hosting a car raffle. They’re giving a way a 2013 Honda Insight Hybrid with 40 second prizes valued at $100. You can get tickets now for the November 14th drawing. Raffle tickets are a donation of $15.00 per ticket. Look for Central Susquehanna Sight Services at area events to enter. For information visit cssight.org.

The Orangeville Public Library will host their 2nd annual scarecrow-decorating contest again this year. Registration and pick up of scarecrow frames is from September 16th through October 12th. All decorated scarecrows will be put on display in front of the library. Voting begins October 14th. For more information visit the library located on Mill Street in Orangeville.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble opens up their new season with William Shakespeare's “The Merchant of Venice.” Public performances will be ehdl Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM from October 3rd to October 20th. For information call the Alvina Krasue Theatre on Centre Street in Downtown Bloomsburg.

Hartzels Haunted Chambers will open each weekend in Berwick starting Friday the 4th of October. Admission is $5.00, and the haunted chambers will be open each Friday Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 to 11:00 PM. They're located at the corner of 11th and Vine Streets in Berwick.

Downtown Jim Thorpe presents fall foliage weekends the first three weekends of October. There will be train rides, crafters, artisans, food, and live entertainment throughout the town. All of the fun is happening in Downtown Jim Thorpe.

Berwick's Annual Riverfest is happening Friday to Sunday October 11th to the 13th. There will be a car cruise in, food, crafts, logging competition and a whole lot more. It's happening at the Test Track Park behind the K-Mart in Berwick.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Bloomsburg High School failed to upset unbeaten Southern Columbia in the WHLM game of the week. The final was 50-13 Tigers. The Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Southern's Adam Feudale.

 

In Bulldogs action on Classic Rock 103.5, Berwick put up 48 unanswered points against the Millionaires of Williamsport, final: 48-7.

 

In other local games, Montoursville beat Danville 21-10, Central Columbia beat Central Mountain 36-16, and Vo-Tech fell to Muncy 47-14.

 

BU Football

The Huskies of Bloomsburg made easy work of Millersville in their Homecoming game on Saturday. The final was 45-7, BU. You can hear the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

Friday October 11, 2013


October 11, 2013

Larry White

 

BU Homecoming

A reminder about traffic on Saturday in Bloomsburg as Bloomsburg University celebrates homecoming. Take extra precautions while driving around the town. There will be more people around for the weekend activities. The homecoming parade starts at 11:45 from the Bloomsburg hospital parking lot. It will travel down Lightstreet road and head west on Main Street then down Market Street to Town Park. Police will begin to detour traffic on Saturday morning at 10:30. Parking will be allowed on the parade route.

 

Motown Magic

Friday night the Bloomsburg University Celebrity Artist Series kicks off with the group Motown and More featuring “Souled Out.” You''l hear all your favorite Motown hits and as the name indicates...more. The show starts Friday night at 8pm at Mitrani Hall, Haas Center for the Arts. For tickets look for the link, right here, on the WHLM website.

 

Finding a Solution

There were two drug arrests on Thursday in Hazleton and police say over one thousand baggies of heroin were confiscated. The drug problem in our area has been well documented but it's a problem state-wide. A state house subcommittee is trying to find answers. They are holding public hearings on the subject. Three meetings in all. Some say it's a treatment problem and some say a law enforcement problem. Gary Tennis from the state office of drug and alcohol programs said the two have to work hand in hand.

 

Preserving Farmland

You need look no farther than the Bloomsburg Fair to know that agriculture is the number one industry in Pennsylvania. State Agriculture Secretary George Greig was in Mercersburg on Thursday to add to Pennsylvania's 480,000 acres of preserved farmland accumulated over 25 years. Greig said the program is important to insure the state stays strong in agriculture and farms are passed down through the generations.

 

Second Language

Because of the heavy Latino population in Hazleton there is sometimes a communication problem when it comes to emergency workers like EMS and firefighters. That can mean a dangerous situation in trying to diagnose a health problem or understand why the fire department was called out in the first place. To bridge that gap some Hazleton firefighters are learning Spanish. They say it will help the emergency worker and also the victim.

 

Natural Gas

The state has been working to promote the use of natural gas as a vehicle but despite the large supply of natural gas it hasn't caught on as quickly as some hoped. For one thing the infrastructure for natural gas isn't there and also the cost of the vehicles is keeping some people away. Jim Warner of the Lancaster Solid Waste Authority says they are getting 14 new natural gas trucks and building a fuel station. He says natural gas will catch on because of its supply and lower cost.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Bloomsburg High School failed to upset unbeaten Southern Columbia in the WHLM game of the week. The final was 50-13 Tigers. The Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Southern's Adam Feudale.

 

In Bulldogs action on Classic Rock 103.5, Berwick put up 48 unanswered points against the Millionaires of Williamsport, final: 48-7.

 

In other local games, Montoursville beat Danville 21-10, Central Columbia beat Central Mountain 36-16, and Vo-Tech fell to Muncy 47-14. You can hear all the details in the WHLM Friday Night Football Update:

 

 

On Saturday the Bloomsburg Huskies play Millersville in the homecoming game. Coverage starts at 1:30 pm with the Husky Tailgate Show.

Thursday October 10, 2013


October 10, 2013

Larry White

 

Deadly Crash

A fatal crash tied up traffic for about 12 hours on I80 westbound yesterday between Lewisburg and Mile Run. Police say a bus carrying 49 passengers hit the back of a tractor-trailer. Fourty-four people were taken to the hospital and one woman died. Police say the investigation will take some time. They will interview all of the passengers and find out exactly where they were when the crash happened.

 

Road Construction

A heavily-used intersection at the entrance to Bloomsburg University will get an upgrade to improve safety. The Penndot project includes Route 487 southbound gaining a left turn into BU's campus. A right lane turn-off to Country Club Road and a pass-through lane. Route 487 northbound from the town of Bloomsburg will gain a dedicated right lane onto campus, a left-turn lane onto Country Club Road and a pass-through lane. Traffic from BU's upper campus will get a right turn lane towards the town. The expected completion date is next fall.

 

Riverfest

Riverfest is coming to Berwick this weekend. This year's event includes a lumberjack contest along with plenty of other things to do and see. You'll be able to rent kayaks on Saturday. There will be a paddle trip from Shickshinny to the test track boat launch. The trip takes about four hours. Then on Saturday night they will have fireworks.

 

Can't Win

During the current slowdown Congressman Lou Barletta is hearing it from both sides. Conservatives said Barletta was getting soft for talking about a possible compromise, now a liberal group is running TV commercials that are critical of Barletta for what they say is his part in the slowdown. The group running the commercials is Americans United for Change.

 

Bullying Bill

The state House may soon take up a bill that would punish young cyber bullies. The bill would make cyber bullying between young people a third-degree misdemeanor. The bill's sponsor, Republican Ron Marsico of Dauphin County says he expects the House to take up the bill by the end of the month.

 

Shooting

A shooting on Wednesday night sent a man to the hospital. The Press Enterprise said the shooting happened on Lasalle Street in Berwick at about 7 pm. The unidentified victim was taken to the hospital with a wound to bis leg. Police are still looking for the shooter.

 

In WHLM Sports, The Millville boys soccer team shutout Benton on Wednesday night in the Cider Jug game. That game was broadcast on the WHLM stations. Millville got goals from Dave Sinegra, Tyler Fisk and two from Keegan Bower.

 

 

Wednesday 10-9-13


October 9, 2013

Larry White

 

No Play No Pay

Congressman Lou Barletta, and Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey all plan to go without pay as long as the slowdown in Washington continues. Monthly paychecks are not due til the end of the month. No paychecks have been missed so far and none will be unless the slowdown goes into November. Average pay is about $174,000 a year.

 

Close Call

Police are investigating an incident in Sullivan county near Dushore.They say a two year old girl was found naked and alone on state road 220. A passerby got her off the roadway before any injury. Police say they were told that the girl got out of her parents apartment without them knowing. Both parents were home at the time.

 

Chief Retires

Millville police chief Ted Stout who is facing assault charges is retiring, according to the Press Enterprise. Stout has been suspended without pay since August.

 

Safe Haven

State Representative Rosita Youngblood of Philadelphia ia sponsoring a bill to allow police stations to serve as safe havens, those are outlets for parents to place newborns to get care. It also protects the parents from prosecution. Youngblood's bill was inspired by an infant found by the trash in Philadelphia.

 

Deer Collisions

AAA Mid-Atlantic crunched some numbers and found that deer collisions are on the rise in Pennsylvania. Jenny Robinson of Triple A says this time of year the risk is at its highest. The most collisions happen in Chester county with Luzerne not far behind. The greatest chance of hitting a deer is sunrise and sunset.

 

Penn State

It's up to 19. That's the number of young men that have settled their lawsuits with Penn State university. The lawsuits all stem from claims of abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Penn State says they plan to come forward with the amount of money they've paid out. The university has about 60 million dollars that they have put aside for claims in the lawsuits.

 

WHLM Sports

 

HS Boys' Soccer

In a game heard on the WHLM stations Wednesday evening, the Quakers of Millville beat Benton 4-0 in the annual Cider Jug Game. Millville reclaims the traveling Jug from the Tigers for half a year, after splitting their series with Benton. You can hear all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Sports Report:

 


 

Wednesday 10-9-13


October 9, 2013

Larry White

 

No Play No Pay

Congressman Lou Barletta, and Senators Pat Toomey and Bob Casey all plan to go without pay as long as the slowdown in Washington continues. Monthly paychecks are not due til the end of the month. No paychecks have been missed so far and none will be unless the slowdown goes into November. Average pay is about $174,000 a year.

 

Close Call

Police are investigating an incident in Sullivan county near Dushore.They say a two year old girl was found naked and alone on state road 220. A passerby got her off the roadway before any injury. Police say they were told that the girl got out of her parents apartment without them knowing. Both parents were home at the time.

 

Chief Retires

Millville police chief Ted Stout who is facing assault charges is retiring, according to the Press Enterprise. Stout has been suspended without pay since August.

 

Safe Haven

State Representative Rosita Youngblood of Philadelphia ia sponsoring a bill to allow police stations to serve as safe havens, those are outlets for parents to place newborns to get care. It also protects the parents from prosecution. Youngblood's bill was inspired by an infant found by the trash in Philadelphia.

 

Deer Collisions

AAA Mid-Atlantic crunched some numbers and found that deer collisions are on the rise in Pennsylvania. Jenny Robinson of Triple A says this time of year the risk is at its highest. The most collisions happen in Chester county with Luzerne not far behind. The greatest chance of hitting a deer is sunrise and sunset.

 

Penn State

It's up to 19. That's the number of young men that have settled their lawsuits with Penn State university. The lawsuits all stem from claims of abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Penn State says they plan to come forward with the amount of money they've paid out. The university has about 60 million dollars that they have put aside for claims in the lawsuits.

 

Sports

The Benton and Millville high school scooer teams will play in the Cider Jug game Wednesday night. You can here that game on the WHLM stations starting with the pre-game show at 6:30.

Tuesday October 8, 2013


October 8, 2013

Larry White

 

Government Sloooooodown

As the government slowdown continues Congressman Lou Barletta say the vote he made to defund Obamacare was fair, but he has gotten together with other republicans and democrats to possibly find a way to end the slowdown. The group says they would support a plan that would re-open the government fully in exchange for getting rid of portions of the health care bill.

 

Extra Precautions

The weekend shooting in Hazleton that resulted in a suspect being shot and killed by police is having an effect on neighboring communities. West Hazleton cops say they are in a higher state of alert and are taking extra precautions for officers.

 

Homecoming in Bloomsburg

This Saturday is homecoming for Bloomsburg University. Charles Housenick will be the grand marshall. Housenick was in BU's class of 1960 and is a former trustee. The parade will start at 11 AM in the parking lot of the Bloomsburg hospital. It will head west on Main Street and then down Market Street to Town Park. Bloomsburg High School's Homecoming Court will also be in the parade. Bloomsburg police say traffic will be detoured, but parking is permitted along the parade route.

 

Recovery?

If there is an economic recovery going on people in Pennsylvania don't feel it. A new poll by Mercyhurst Center for Applied Politics shows that Pennsylvanians are pessimistic about the economy and their personal finances. The survey was taken in a sampling of 579 people between September 19th and October 3rd.

 

Kidsburg Fundraiser

This Thursday you'll have a chance to have some fun with friends and help out the young folks in Bloomsburg. Kidsburg is hosting a guest bartender night at the Lightstreet Hotel. The tips between 6 and 8 PM will go to fund projects at Kidsburg. The Lightstreet Hotel is at 1361 Main Street in Lightstreet.

 

Deer Crossing

It's the time of year when you have to be especially watchful for deer on the road. AAA Mid Atlantic crunched some numbers and found that deer crash claims are on the rise in Pennsylvania. And spokeswoman Jenny Robinson says this is the time of year when the risk is highest. Robinson says for 37 PA counties where AAA had auto insurance claims filed--- Chester, Bucks and Delaware Counties led the list followed by Monroe and Luzerne. She says slow down and watch for deer standing along the road. If you see one, more will likely follow. The times of biggest risk are around dusk and dawn.

 

Safe Haven

Supporters say a bill passed by the state House would protect newborns by strengthening the state's Safe Haven law. State Rep. Rosita Youngblood of Philadelphia sponsored the bill to allow police stations in the commonwealth to serve as safe havens, additional outlets for parents to place their newly born babies into protected custody. Youngblood says it helps the baby and the mother, she avoids prosecution. Twenty-six other states consider police stations to be safe havens for newborns. Youngblood's bill was inspired by an infant found by the trash in Philadelphia.

Monday October 7, 2013


October 7, 2013

Larry White

 

Higher Prices at the Pump?

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai said he has postponed a House vote on the transportation revenue bill until October 15th. He said he did it at the governors request. If passed, prices will likely rise to get money for improving roads and bridges. The state spends roughly 7 billion dollars a year on transportation. The bill passed the senate with bipartisan support.

 

Shooting in Hazleton

Investigators are still looking in to what happened on Saturday when police were called to a fight on Alter Street. During a scuffle with suspect, Jonathan Kane Garay, police say Garay went for a gun and pointed it at police. The report says an unidentified officer then shot and killed Garay. The family of the man has hired a lawyer. They say the police account of what happened is wrong.

 

Government Furloughs

More than 1,000 Pennsylvania National Guard Military Technicians are furloughed because of the government slowdown. The Pennsylvania Adjutant General has made it known that he isn't happy with that and expressed his concern for those who got furloughed and their families.

 

Double Bill

A resident of Sugarloaf Township wants a report by the state made public. Norman Dick thinks the report shows double billing in the police department.

 

All in the Family

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is dealing with new accusations of nepotism after reports that she moved her cousin from her campaign staff to an executive assistant job in her office. That job pays 56 thousand dollars a year.

 

Deadline to Register

Today is the deadline to register to vote in the November election. You can download the voter registration form on line but make sure you get it in today. For more information call the Columbia County Board of Elections at 570-389-5640.

 

Double Dip

Eighty-six senior judges in Pennsylvania received nearly 11 million dollars last year in combined state pension payments and income for their work in county courts across Pennsylvania. Pension payments for the senior judges totaled 7.1 million dollars and compensation totaled 3.8 million dollars, that's according to Right to Know Law. They benefit from a unique “double dip” arrangement. They get a daily rate plus they still collect state pensions as well as health benefits.

What's Happening Sunday, October 6, 2013


Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble opens up their new season with William Shakespeare's “The Merchant of Venice.” Public performances will be held Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM from October 3rd to October 20th. For information call the Alvina Krasue Theatre on Centre Street in Downtown Bloomsburg.

The Free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church from 10:00 AM to Noon. They feature their talking train and a model merry go round that adults and kids can play with. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

Christ the King Church will host A Taste of The Parish on Sunday October 6th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Tickets are $10.00 per person. Come and enjoy samping favorite foods and a gift basket raffle. The church is located on Mendenhall Lane in Benton.

Central Susquehanna Sight Services are hosting a car raffle. They’re giving a way a 2013 Honda Insight Hybrid with 40 second prizes valued at $100. You can get tickets now for the November 14th drawing. Raffle tickets are a donation of $15.00 per ticket. Look for Central Susquehanna Sight Services at area events to enter. For information visit cssight.org.

The Orangeville Public Library will host their 2nd annual scarecrow-decorating contest again this year. Registration and pick up of scarecrow frames is from September 16th through October 12th. All decorated scarecrows will be put on display in front of the library. Voting begins October 14th. For more information visit the library located on Mill Street in Orangeville.

Hartzels Haunted Chambers will open each weekend in Berwick starting Friday the 4th of October. Admission is $5.00, and the haunted chambers will be open each Friday Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 to 11:00 PM. They're located at the corner of 11th and Vine Streets in Berwick.

Downtown Jim Thorpe presents fall foliage weekends the first three weekends of October. There will be train rides, crafters, artisans, food, and live entertainment throughout the town. All of the fun is happening in Downtown Jim Thorpe.

The 32nd Annual Warrior Run-Fort Freeland Hertiage Days are happening October 5th and 6th. Adults are $6, students $2, and children under 5 are free. For information visit freelandfarm.org.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

In our high school football Game of the Week Bloomsburg defeated visiting Muncy bay a final score of 27-8. the Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Bloom's Ricky Klingerman. In Berwick action, the Bulldogs trounced Tunkhannock 50-3. In other local action, Southern Columbia beat Selinsgrove 54-14, Danville beat Jersey Shore 24-7, and Central Columbia fell to Mount Carmel 36-22.


BU Football
The unbeaten Bloomsburg University Huskies stayed unbeaten after beating back the Gannon Golden Knights Saturday in Erie. The final score was a hard-fought 38-14 BU win. Listen to all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

What's Happening Saturday, October 5, 2013


Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble opens up their new season with William Shakespeare's “The Merchant of Venice.” Public performances will be held Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM and Sunday afternoons at 3:00 PM from October 3rd to October 20th. For information call the Alvina Krasue Theatre on Centre Street in Downtown Bloomsburg.

 

The Free Saturday Trains program is open at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church from 10:00 AM to Noon. They feature their talking train and a model merry go round that adults and kids can play with. The church is located at the corner of Pine and East Market Streets in Danville.

The Free Wheelchair Engineers Train Program at the Columbia Mall is open each Saturday from Noon to 4:00 PM. The display is up and running with the American Flyer and Dillon Floral limited-edition train with the puffing MTH steam engine.

The Columbia County Historical and Genealogical Society will host free fall seminars through November. Saturday October 5th they present a Cemetery Tour with Ann Diseroad and Steve Smith at the Old Rosemonth Cemetery. The tour starts at 3:00 PM. The Cemetery is located at First and Center Streets.

Straub's Lutheran Church of Danville will serve up a roast beef dinner on Saturday October 5th from 3:00 to 6:30 PM. Take outs will be available, and homemade ice cream will be sold by the quart. The church is on Frosty Valley Road.

SMILE is happy to announce that they will now host meetings in Bloomsburg and Berwick. SMILE is a group for single mothers to get together for support and friendship. Meetings in Bloomsburg will be held on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month at Bloomsburg Christian Church. In Berwick at the New Covenant Christian Center on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays. All meetings start at 10:00 AM. For special meeting info and more link up to the group on the Community Page.

Central Susquehanna Sight Services are hosting a car raffle. They’re giving a way a 2013 Honda Insight Hybrid with 40 second prizes valued at $100. You can get tickets now for the November 14th drawing. Raffle tickets are a donation of $15.00 per ticket. Look for Central Susquehanna Sight Services at area events to enter. For information visit cssight.org.

The Orangeville Public Library will host their 2nd annual scarecrow-decorating contest again this year. Registration and pick up of scarecrow frames is from September 16th through October 12th. All decorated scarecrows will be put on display in front of the library. Voting begins October 14th. For more information visit the library located on Mill Street in Orangeville.

Grace Lutheran Church in Berwick is holding their 2013 Fall Bazaar on Friday October 4th from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and Saturday October 5th from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. There will be food, crafts, baked goods, and home cannned goods. The church is on Fairview ave in Berwick.

Hartzels Haunted Chambers will open each weekend in Berwick starting Friday the 4th of October. Admission is $5.00, and the haunted chambers will be open each Friday Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 to 11:00 PM. They're located at the corner of 11th and Vine Streets in Berwick.

Wesley United Methodist Church presents the semi-annual Crusaders Rummage Sale Friday October 4th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Saturday October 5th from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Donations benefit missions. The church is located at the corner of 3rd and Market Streets in Bloomsburg.

The Lairdsville Community Volunteer Fire Company invites you to their 3rd annual fall festival on Saturday October 5th. Doors open at 1:00 PM. There's a Chicken barbeque, firemen's parade, Music by the Greenwood Valley Boys, and a bonefire. The fire company is located on Route 118 East of Hughesville.

Downtown Jim Thorpe presents fall foliage weekends the first three weekends of October. There will be train rides, crafters, artisans, food, and live entertainment throughout the town. All of the fun is happening in Downtown Jim Thorpe.

The Defender Fire Company is hosting a ladies day out on Saturday October 5th with vendors and more. There's no charge for admission. Food will be available. The fire company is located at the corner of Pine and 6th Streets in Berwick.

The 32nd Annual Warrior Run-Fort Freeland Hertiage Days are happening October 5th and 6th. Adults are $6, students $2, and children under 5 are free. For information visit freelandfarm.org.


WHLM Sports

HS Football

In our high school football Game of the Week Bloomsburg defeated visiting Muncy bay a final score of 27-8. the Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Bloom's Ricky Klingerman. In Berwick action, the Bulldogs trounced Tunkhannock 50-3. In other local action, Southern Columbia beat Selinsgrove 54-14, Danville beat Jersey Shore 24-7, and Central Columbia fell to Mount Carmel 36-22.


BU Football
The unbeaten Bloomsburg University Huskies stayed unbeaten after beating back the Gannon Golden Knights Saturday in Erie. The final score was a hard-fought 38-14 BU win. Listen to all the details with Jim Doyle in the WHLM Husky Post Game Report:

 

Friday / October 4, 2013


I-80 Accident

A 22 – year old Bloomsburg woman got caught up in a six vehicle accident in the eastbound lane of Interstate 80... east of Mifflinville Thursday. The crash causing an eight mile backup. State police say Allison Nauman's car was extensively damaged when it was rammed by an out of control tractor – trailer driven by a Brooklyn man near Tank... in Luzerne County. Ms. Nauman was slightly injured, but didn't require a trip to the hospital. Police ticketing the trucker for speeding, The eastbound lane was clogged with debris and vehicles... causing the backup... shutting down the eastbound lane for hours.

 

Deficient Bridges

If you've used the bridge on Perry Avenue... linking Hemlock and Montour Townships... and spanning Hemlock Creek near Fernville... you've probably noticed the weight limit of 40 tons has been reduced to vehicles 36 tons or less. The reason... according to PennDOT's Rick Mason... it's an aging structure and it won't been fixed or replaced thanks to inaction by the state legislature on a 2 – and – a – half billion dollars transportation bill. Meantime... the state house is expected to take up Senate Bill 1 within the not too distant future.

 

Theft Charges

A former long – time employee of the Diocese of Scranton is now facing charges of allegedly stealing an estimated $340,000 in donations meant for the poor. Sharon Warunek of Scranton worked for the Diocese for more than 30 – years.. in charge of charitable donations. Now Lackawanna County investigators says she took the money to pay her credit cards over the past seven years. The discovery of the theft came as the Diocese was making a change in the oversight of it's financial accounts.

 

BU Homecoming

Thousands of extra people are expected to be in town next weekend to take part in Bloomsburg University's annual homecoming activities. In addition to various sporting events... including a football game between the Huskies and Millersville at Redman Stadium... and an alumni tent party... there will be a homecoming parade going west on Main and south on Market Streets.... so says BU's Bonnie Martin. The parade forms next Saturday morning at the Geisinger – Bloomsburg Hospital parking lot... and steps off at 11 AM.

 

Pension Reform
A new report raises some questions about a key provision in a pension reform plan proposed by a state representative this week. The plan calls for a hybrid cash balance pension system for new hires. Dr. Stephen Herzenberg of the Keystone Research Center, says they have taken a closer look at cash balance plans. Herzenberg says the plan could make it harder to retain teachers, police officers, nurses and others in public service.

 

Vita – Line

Work has returned to normal for the overnight crew at the Vita – Line plant in the Humboldt Industrial Park near Hazleton. Early Thursday morning... flames broke out when a machine caught fire. The building was evacuated. Vita – Line produces dry cat and dog food.

 

Cabbie Robbed

Wilkes – Barre police still searching for a suspect wanted in connection with the robbery of a cabbie... and now the owner of Brugit's City Taxi is offering a one – thousand dollar reward. Authorities say the cabbie picked up a fare at the Sherman Hills housing complex... was relieved of several hundred dollars in cash... then the man shooting out the rear window of the cab. The driver was shaken... but not hurt.

 

Robbery Suspect

Still on the loose... a suspect wanted in connection of the robbery of a Wilkes – Barre Turkey Hill store at the corner of South Main and Blackman Streets. Police say the bandit strolled into the store with a t – shirt over his face... demanded money... got the cash from the register... and fled. Luckily... no one was hurt in Wednesday night's robbery in Wilkes – Barre.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

In our high school football Game of the Week Bloomsburg defeated visiting Muncy bay a final score of 27-8. the Wagner's Trophies and Engraveables Player of the Game was Bloom's Ricky Klingerman. In Berwick action, the Bulldogs trounced Tunkhannock 50-3. In other local action, Southern Columbia beat Selinsgrove 54-14, Danville beat Jersey Shore 24-7, and Central Columbia fell to Mount Carmel 36-22. You can hear all the details in the WHLM Friday Night Football Report:

 

 

BU Football

The unbeaten Bloomsburg University Huskies takes on the 3-1 Gannon Golden Knights Saturday in Erie. That game kicks off at noon. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 11:30 with The Husky Countdown Show.

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night... the Cleveland Browns downed the Buffalo Bills 37 to 24.

 

MLB

In baseball, in the National League Divisional series Thursday... the Pittsburgh Pirates were defeated by the St. Louis Cardinals 9 to 1.... and the Atlanta Braves lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6 to 1.

 

Thursday / October 3, 2013


Sandusky Ruling

The state's Superior Court has turned down a request for a retrial for convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky. In a 19 page opinion issued Wednesday... the judges upheld Sandusky's 30 year sentence... and rejected his lawyers argument that he didn't have enough time to prepare an adequate defense. The ruling comes two weeks after superior court judges listened to the appeal in a Luzerne County courtroom.

 

New Division in State Government

Dealing with recovery following a natural disaster... and now there is a new division within the PA Department of Community and Economic Development to help. The DECD's Jeff Allen says that following the floods of 2011... Bloomsburg had the resources to turn to... but there are smaller communities and townships that don't have the depth of personnel. The Economic Recovery division inside DECD is designed to draw on resources ranging from PEMA to non – profits to help smaller communities and townships recover from disasters..

 

Transportation Bill
Negotiations over a transportation funding plan are still alive in the state House - for now. State Representative Mike Turzai says the two-point-five billion dollar proposal to fund roads, bridges, mass transit, ports, and more, will get a vote in his chamber, where its progress stalled in June. Meantime... Labor unions are some of the most ardent supporters of passing the transportation funding proposal.

 

On Line Registration
A bipartisan coalition staged a day of action at the state capitol Tuesday to call for a law to bring on line voter registration to Pennsylvania. State Senator Lloyd Smucker of Lancaster County sponsored the senate bill to provide on line registration. Although current law doesn't prohibit it, efforts have slowed to implement a system allowing it.

 

BTE

The Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble kicks off it's 36th season Thursday night... opening with a preview performance of William Shakespeare Merchant of Venice. The group produces four productions a year.

Appearing on a recent edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... founding member James Goode was asked about the collaboration involved. Thursday night's initial performance of the Merchant of Venice begins at 7:30 at the Alvina Krause Theatre on Center Street in Bloomsburg.

 

Abuse Charges

Abuse charges have been lodged against a Hanover Township father and daughter by Luzerne County authorities. 23 – year old Sara Miller allegedly molested to children between 2005 and 2006. 45 – year old John Dehart is charged with endangering the welfare of children.

 

Marijuana Bust

A Luzerne County man is in trouble with the law. 47 – year old Thomas Dalton of Wilkes – Barre is accused of growing 170 marijuana plants on State Game lands in Dennison Township... northeast of Hazleton. The arrest stems from a month – long investigation.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

Wilkes – Barre police are looking for the man who robbed a Turkey Hill store at the corner of Blackman and South Main Streets Wednesday night. Police say the bandit strolled into the store with a t – shirt over his face... demanded money... got what he want and fled. Luckily... no one was hurt in Thursday night's robbery in Wilkes – Barre.

 

Property Taxes

After a vigorous debate this week... the state house turned thumbs down to a proposal to give school districts the power to replace property taxes with other funding sources. The proposed amendment was rejected on a 138-59 vote. It would have given school districts more options to shift the burden away from property taxes and into higher income and sales taxes. Sponsor Jim Cox, a Republican from Berks County, admitted the proposal was not perfect, but he said something needs to be done because people are losing their homes due to property taxes.

 

Naming Rights

Next time you go to Millionaire Stadium in Williamsport... you'll see a new name. It will now be called STA Stadium. Student Transportation of America agreeing to pay the Williamsport school district a half million dollars for naming rights to the stadium for the next fifteen years. The money will be used for upgrading the schools facilities.

 

Revenues

Pennsylvania collected $2.4 billion in General Fund revenue in September... which was $15.2 million, or 6 – tenths of a percent, more than anticipated. Secretary of Revenue Daniel Meuser says fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $6.1 billion, which is up $12.8 million, or 2 – tenths of a percent, above estimate.

 

WHLM Sports

Bloomsburg FB

The unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team will face its toughest test to date when the Huskies play a 3-1 Gannon team Saturday in Erie. The game will feature two of the nation's top running backs.The Huskies' Franklyn Quiteh leads the nation in rushing and the Golden Knight's Jansen Jones is third.Bloomsburg at Gannon kicks off Saturday at noon. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the Husky Countdown Show at 11:30.

 

MLB

In the major league baseball playoffs Wednesday night, in the American League wild card game... the Tampa Bay Rays blanked the Cleveland Indians 4 to 0. Thursday night in the first game of a National League divisional series, the Pirates play the Cardinals in Saint Louis.

 

NFL

In the NFL Thursday night, the Buffalo Bills play the Browns in Cleveland.

 

 

Wednesday / October 2, 2013


Atlas Fire

Fire investigators now call that blaze which destroyed four row homes Tuesday morning on West Gerard Street in Atlas “undetermined.” The fire began in a vacant home and quickly spread... so says Fire Chief Chaz Gasperetti. Only hours after the blaze was extinguished... a demolition crew was on the scene taking down the fire – ravaged buildings.

 

Voter Deadline

So you say... you still haven't registered to vote in the November general election. You have until October 7th to do so... by simply going to the Courthouse Annex on Main Street in Bloomsburg. If you have questions on the electoral process here in Columbia County... give the voter registrar's office a call.

 

Covered Bridge Festival

The Columbia – Montour Visitors Bureau is bracing for their biggest event of the year... the annual Covered Bridge Festival at the Knoebles Amusement Resort in Locust Township. Thousands of people will visit with hundreds of artisans who are showing their wares... the event pumping a minimum of $8.5 – million of direct spending into the economy... so says the Bureau's Otto Kurecian. The festival opens Thursday morning... and runs through Sunday afternoon.

 

NEPA Unemployment

Unemployment in northeast Pennsylvania is checking in at 9.2% in August. A spokesperson for the department of Labor and Industry says the rate is a tenth higher than it was in July. Overall... the statewide jobless rate in August gained two tenths of a percent... to 7.7%.

 

Brick Tossing

Three people are in jail... after they were busted for allegedly tossing bricks off a building and onto cars early Tuesday morning in Hazleton. 21 – year old Conrad DePuy of Trescow... John Hoffman of Hazleton and Eugene Kantner of Hazle Township... both 19... allegedly threw the bricks off the roof of an abandoned warehouse along West Diamond Avenue. A juvenile was also arrested and released to his parents. The trio faces a long list of charges.

 

Shooting Suspect

A suspect wanted in connection with the shooting of a second man in Hazleton has been arrested. Fernando Torres – Torres was picked up in Philadelphia. He's accused of shooting a man in the neck last month during an altercation in Hazleton. Torres – Torres is now locked up in Luzerne County with bail set at a million dollars.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Football

The high school football regular season will have passed the halfway mark with this weekend's games. Friday night's Muncy at Bloomsburg game could go a long way toward determining the 4th and final playoff spot in District 4 Class A according to Bloomsburg coach Mike Kogut. Muncy at Bloomsburg is our game of the week. Coverage on the whlm stations begins at 6 O'clock with The Friday Football Commute.

 

Southern Tigers 

It will be a special night at Tiger Stadium on Friday. Southern Columbia is celebrating 50 years of Tiger football. The very first Southern Columbia team- the team of 1963- will be honored before the unbeaten Tigers play Selinsgrove.

 

MLB

In major league baseball last night... in the National League wild card game... the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the Cincinnati Reds 6 to 2. Wednesday night in the American League wild card game, the Tampa Bay Rays will play the Indians in Cleveland.

 

 

Tuesday / October 1, 2013


Atlas Fire

A fire inspector is expected to be in Atlas... in neighboring Northumberland County... trying to figure out what started a blaze in some row homes overnight. First responders were dispatched around 3 O'clock... with the blaze quickly escalating... destroying up to four homes in the 100 block of Girard... just south of Route 61. Firemen from Aristes... in southern Columbia County sent an engine and a tanker to help in the effort. No word if anyone was injured in this morning's fire in Atlas.

 

Montour Twp Fire

A water heater in a mobile home in a park adjacent to the Geisinger Medical Building on Montour Boulevard caught fire Monday morning... providing a big scare to homeowner Gordon Brown. Montour Township Police Chief Terry Eckart was the first to arrive on the scene... and found smoke coming out of the structure. He grabbed his the small extinguisher he carries in his SUV and put out the flames. Volunteer firemen from Montour, Hemlock and Scott Townships... as well as Catawissa and Bloomsburg responded. Brown and his wife escaped the structure safely. However, they'll have to find a place to live for the next couple of days.

 

Susquehanna Workshop

The Susquehanna River and it's tributaries are a way of life in Columbia County... and we found that out all too well during the 2011 flood. So Lewisburg – based SEDA – COG held a Susquehanna Greenway River Towns Workshop Monday on the Bloomsburg University Campus. Fishing Creek Township Supervisor Jay Challingsworth was there getting information on flood mitigation. The aim of the conference... according to SEDA – COG... creating greener... and more flood resilient communities along the Susquehanna.

 

Transportation Bill
State House leaders are preparing for a transportation funding showdown that could begin as early as this week. No vote has been scheduled yet to approve more money to fix the state's roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. Aides have scurried to and from the House Majority Leader's office discussing a transportation funding proposal and myriad amendments coming from members. Majority Leader Mike Turzai has said he would soon call for a vote on the two-and-a-half billion dollar plan that passed in the Senate. PennDOT Secretary Barry Schoch says the governor has some concerns about the bill, but would sign it. In fact, he says, the governor would sign almost anything that can pass in the House, at this point

 

Pension Reform
A state lawmaker is drafting pension reform he says could save the commonwealth billions of dollars. Cumberland County State Representative Glen Grell has unveiled his proposal to address the severe pension shortfall in the State and Public School Employees retirement systems. Grell's multi-pronged approach to the $45 - billion unfunded liability, includes a hybrid cash balance plan that sets aside 11% for retirement. Grell says it adds up to $37 - billion in savings over 30 years.

 

Danville Streetscape

The second phase of Danville's Streetscape project is expected to resume Tuesday night at sundown. Contractor Don Bower, Incorporated of Berwick will begin milling... and then paving Mill Street. Danville Governmental Administrator Dan Knorr says there is a plus factor to working overnight... such as less traffic to deal with. Danville's Streetscape project is a collaborative effort between PennDOT and the Downtown Business Association.

 

Hazleton Thefts

A McAdoo man is in the Luzerne County lock up after being busted by Hazleton Police on Monday. Steven Davis is accused of making off with power tools taken from sheds along Meade Court in Hazleton. Alert neighbors notified Hazleton police who busted Davis on the spot. He's facing a long list of charges.

 

Hazleton Chief

Hazleton Police Chief Frank DeAndrea was back on the job Monday... only days after being involved in a crash with a pick up truck. The incident happened on North Cedar Street... when he was responding to a call in a city – issued unmarked SUV. DeAndrea was shaken up when the vehicle collided head on with a pole holding a sign. State Police are investigating the crash.

 

Hit & Run

Hazleton Police are investigating a hit and run... in which a 70 – year old man was injured. Police say Leopoldo Cruz was hit by a car while trying to cross Diamond and Church Streets over the weekend. Now... police say they're looking for a 2010 VW Jetta which may have been involved in the incident.

 

Gas Prices

Gas prices continue to fall across all of northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple A fuel gauge report shows self – serve, unleaded regular is averaging $3.41 a gallon. That's off a penny from the weekend... and down seven cents from a week ago.

 

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BU Football

The unbeaten Bloomsburg University football team has moved up to 9th in the nation in the American Football Coaches Association poll. Two other PSAC teams are in the top 25- IUP is 7th and West Chester is 17th. This Saturday at noon the Huskies will face their toughest test to date when they take on a 3-1 Gannon University Golden Knights in Erie.

 

NFL

In the NFL Monday night... the New Orleans Saints defeated the Miami Dolphins 38 – 17. Former Bloomsburg University All American Jahri Evans returned to the Saints' lineup. He had started 114 consecutive games at guard before missing last week's game with an injury. His streak was the third longest among active players in the NFL.

 

MLB

In major League baseball Monday night, in a one game playoff to decide the American League's second wild card team... the Tampa Bay Rays downed the Texas Rangers 5 to 2.

 

PGH Pirates

Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates play their first postseason game in 21 years when they host the Cincinnati Reds in the National League wild card game. The winner will advance to a series against the St. Louis Cardinals.

 

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