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News Archive Archives for 2014-06

Monday / June 30, 2014


 

 

 

 

 

I-80 Crash Update

After being shut down for nearly nine hours... the westbound lane of Interstate 80 from Lime Ridge to Buckhorn is reopen to traffic. It was closed shortly after 1 O'clock Monday when a garbage truck rammed the rear of a tractor – trailer setting off a five vehicle pile – up just west of the Lightstreet interchange. The driver of the garbage truck was trapped in his cap and died at the scene. A Pennsylvania State Police accident reconstruction team spent hours trying to figure out what happened and take measurements of the scene. No word on the identity of the driver or why he ran into the rear of the tractor – trailer. We'll have more on the morning news during the Tuesday edition of the News Radio / 930 WHLM Morning Buzz.

 

Fairgrounds Shooting

It will now be up to Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold as to weather charges will be filed against a vendor at this weekend's Gun Show at the Fairgrounds. 25 – year old Krista Gearhart of Orangeville is recovering at home... after a weapon accidentally discharged... the bullet striking Gerhart in the leg. The weapon went off when vendor Geoffrey Hawk was demonstrating a concealed carry holster using a real weapon... instead one made of plastic. Ms. Gearhart was taken to Geisinger in Danville... where she was treated for her wound and released.

 

Biker Fatal

An Elysburg biker is dead... and his wife in critical condition after the motorcycle they were on collided with a deer Sunday. 58 – year old John Capozello was taken to Geisinger Medical Center where he died. His wife, Cindy was critically injured and also taken to Geisinger. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Monday's edition... Capozello was southbound on Route 487... south of Catawissa... when a deer ran into the path of his Harley – Davidson. He was Life Flighted to Geisinger. The accident shut a section of Route 487 as authorities investigated the crash.

 

State Budget
“Gimmick” is the word of the day in Harrisburg as state lawmakers prepare to pass a budget loaded with one - time cash shifts and no new sustainable revenue sources. The state House and Senate could take final budget votes Monday, possibly getting a spending plan to the governor's desk before Monday night's deadline - but the proposal that passed the Senate Appropriations Committee Sunday night is under fire for increasing spending and cutting business taxes without providing any sustained revenue to back it up beyond this year. lawmakers are relying on one-time cash shifts and reserves to fill in hundreds of millions of dollars in line items...

 

Pension Reform
it's not what Governor Corbett has been asking for, but state Senators are looking at a watered down pension reform plan. Governor Corbett has been calling for comprehensive pension reform for state and public school employees since he took office in 2011. The drum beat got louder in this budget season as the governor tied the issue to the budget process. Sunday night, the Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a bill, but it would only apply to elected officials, including lawmakers, row officers, governors and judges...moving them from a defined plan to a 401-k style retirement upon re-election or retention. A final vote could come today...

 

Flood Recovery Grant

Another step in flood recovery has been approved by Bloomsburg Town Council. This time it's a million dollars available through the Home Investment Program Grant through the Pennsylvania Department of Economic Development. Town Administrator Bill Lowthart says the program is aimed at owner – occupied housing rehabilitation. Lowthart says the program is income based... and is designed for those flooded three years ago to bring their home up to code. Want more information... give Bill Lowthart a call.

 

Life Flight

Danville – based Geisinger Health System has expanded it's Life Flight helicopter fleet by one. The program recently taking delivery of a American Eurocopter EC-145... a state of the art chopper flying critically ill or injured patients within the Geisinger system. For Operations Manager Jerry Splitt... it comes down to standardization of aircraft. Life Flight has been operating the past 33 years... and this is the first time all five helicopters in the program have been the same make and model. Splitt says there are two other helicopters used for back – up in case one of the EC-145's is down for maintenance.

 

Congressman Barletta

Congressman Lou Barletta of Hazleton says he will be heading to the U.S. border with Mexico to attend a field hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee. Barletta will discuss the growing crisis of illegal immigrant children at the border. While there, Barletta will seek answers to questions that raise serious issues of national security, health, and what are apparent human trafficking infractions.

 

New Fees

Some new driver and vehicle fees will take effect July 1st as PennDOT continues to implement the transportation funding law. This round of fee increases primarily affects specialty and commercial vehicles. But the cost of a replacement license plate will go up by 3 dollars 50 cents and the one-time cost of vanity plates will rise 56 dollars. PennDOT says most of the fees have not been adjusted in more than a decade. Extra money raised by the transportation law goes to fix roads and bridges in PA.

 

Locust Gap Fire

Northumberland County Firemen fought a weekend blaze which displaced eleven people over the weekend. The fire breaking out Sunday morning on Main Street in Locust Gap. Three homes were damaged. The fire in Locust Gap is under investigation

 

Final Mass

A final mass yesterday at the Holy Savior Church in Wilkes – Barre... now that the church is being shuttered by the Scranton Diocese. The building has been deteriorating over the past few years... and parishioners will now go to near – by Catholic church of mass. The church is up for sale... and many believe it will be demolished when sold.

 

Escapee

A Luzerne County Correctional Facility inmate remains on the loose. Authorities say Luise Feliciano got out of the minimum custody unit on Saturday... jumping over a fence. Feliciano was in the facility after being sentenced for possession of a control substance.

 

 

 

 

 

What's Happening? Sunday, June 29, 2014


The annual Millville Firemans Carnival continues this weekend, and runs through Saturday, July 5. Don't miss the rides, games, nightly entertainment, and the spectacular Lenahan and Dempsey Millville Independence Day Parade. The parade forms at Dog Gone Good Fuel at 9 AM and moves at 10:30. WHLM will be bringing you all the sounds of the parade live from the front porch of Thrush Insurance starting at 10 AM, Friday, July 4.

 

The 42nd annual Pineknotter Days festival runs today through Friday, July 4th, at King Street Park in Northumberland. Enjoy your favoirte food, vendors, crafts, and nightly entertainment. It all starts with the Soapbox Race this morning at 8 AM and the Pine Mudder Sunday afternoon at 2 PM.

 

This is the last weekend to catch a performance of the classic patriotic musical "1776" being performed at the Courtyard theater in the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Selinsgrove. Showtime is this afternoon at 2 PM. Tickets are $15. Call 570-374-0060 for more information.

 

WHLM Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies wrap up their weekend home stand versus the Atlanta Braves this afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1:35. Game coverage starts with the pregame show at 1 PM.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Thru August 15

You and your young actors can still sign up for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunites for all ages throughout the summer. Scholarships are availible. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru Sept 28

Donations are being accepted for the Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale going on now until late September. The doors will be open for shopping Thursdays through Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM at the ARC storefront in the Bloomsburg Cinema Center plaza on Route 11. Donations of appliances, clothing, and other items can be dropped off 7 days a week - please no Televisions, Computers, Mattresses, Box Springs, or Exercise Equipment. All proceeds go to support A.R.C. Volunteers are still needed! Call 570-275-2313 for more information.

 

TFN

It's time to enroll in Columbia-Sullivan Head Start pre-school. Eligible families can sign up kids who will be 3 or 4 years old before September 1st. For more information and pre-application, call 570-784-1076. 

 

TFN

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainace to providing transportation to and from the local vetrinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

Musicians are Wanted to join the Danville Community Band. The band includes players of all ages - and you don't have to be from Danville to join in. For more information, call 570-275-3520, or visit DanvilleCommunityBand.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market

Streets in Danville.

 

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

What's Happening? Saturday, June 28, 2014


The annual Millville Firemans Carnival continues this weekend, and runs through Saturday, July 5. Don't miss the rides, games, nightly entertainment, and the spectacular Lenahan and Dempsey Millville Independence Day Parade. The parade forms at Dog Gone Good Fuel at 9 AM and moves at 10:30. WHLM will be bringing you all the sounds of the parade live from the front porch of Thrush Insurance starting at 10 AM, Friday, July 4.

 

Bring out your bikes to Behr Vaughn Park in Berwick this morning for a charity motorcycle run and barbecue. The 75-100 mile ride will depart the park at 9 AM and return to the park for a barbecue picnic at 1 PM. Cost for the ride is $15 per bike, $10 for each passenger and includes the picnic lunch. Barbecue by itself is just $8 for adults and $5 for kids under 10. There will be a poker run for the riders, raffles, and a live DJ. Proceeds will benefit cancer treatments for Tom Mowery. For more information or to pre-register call 570-594-2091.

 

St. Columba church in Bloomsburg is holding a rummage Sale today from 9 AM - 2 PM. The sale will be held in the St. Columba School gym at 3rd & Iron Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

The 42nd annual Pineknotter Days festival runs today through Friday, July 4th, at King Street Park in Northumberland. Enjoy your favoirte food, vendors, crafts, and nightly entertainment. It all starts with the Soapbox Race this morning at 8 AM and the Pine Mudder Sunday afternoon at 2 PM.

 

Come to the Danville Elks today for an afternoon of magic and healthy thinking with illusionist Jed Doherty. "Boss of My Body" is a program for kids, parents, and teachers that teaches young people how to stand up to the pressures of drugs, tobacco, alcohol, bullying and more. The program is free and starts at 2 PM at the Lodge on Route 11 in Danville.

 

Check out ICWF Organized Chaos this evening at Independence Ford on Route 11 in Bloomsburg, featuring Marty Jannety, Justin Credible, Rockin Rebel, and Sonjay Dutt. The show starts at 6 PM. Tickets are $15 at the door or just $10 in advance. All proceeds benefit the national MS society. For more information, call 570-784-1414.

 

This is the last weekend to catch a performance of the classic patriotic musical "1776" being performed at the Courtyard theater in the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Selinsgrove. Showtimes are this evening at 7 PM and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets are $15. Call 570-374-0060 for more information.

 

WHLM Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies have a split double-header heading their way this afternoon, in a pair of games versus the Atlanta Braves. The first game gets underway with the pregame at 1:30 PM. The second game will follow shortly after with the pregame scheduled at 6:40.

 

Upcoming Events

 

Thru August 15

You and your young actors can still sign up for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunites for all ages throughout the summer. Scholarships are availible. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru Sept 28

Donations are being accepted for the Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale going on now until late September. The doors will be open for shopping Thursdays through Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM at the ARC storefront in the Bloomsburg Cinema Center plaza on Route 11. Donations of appliances, clothing, and other items can be dropped off 7 days a week - please no Televisions, Computers, Mattresses, Box Springs, or Exercise Equipment. All proceeds go to support A.R.C. Volunteers are still needed! Call 570-275-2313 for more information.

 

TFN

It's time to enroll in Columbia-Sullivan Head Start pre-school. Eligible families can sign up kids who will be 3 or 4 years old before September 1st. For more information and pre-application, call 570-784-1076. 

 

TFN

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainace to providing transportation to and from the local vetrinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

Musicians are Wanted to join the Danville Community Band. The band includes players of all ages - and you don't have to be from Danville to join in. For more information, call 570-275-3520, or visit DanvilleCommunityBand.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market

Streets in Danville.

 

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

Friday / June 27, 2014


 

Bloomsburg Fire

A Bloomsburg home was extensively damaged by fire this morning. Firefighters were called to 351 East First Street around 9:45... when smoke was spotted seen coming from the two story building. Bloomsburg Police officer Melanie Readler was first on the scene... telling WHLM News that the blaze was contained to the kitchen area in the rear of the structure. Most of the damage was confined to the rear of the home... but flames spread to the attic. The couple who own the home got out okay.

 

State Budget

More debate in Harrisburg expected Friday among members of the Senate Appropriations Committee. They got their hands on the $29.1 - billion dollar proposed spending plan passed this week by the house. State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... says it's all a matter of timing if they're to get it to the Governor for his signature. By law... the proposed spending plan must be signed into law by July 1st... or there will be no money to operate state government..

 

Oil – Gas Revenue
The state senate appears to be looking more at taxes to fill part of Pennsylvania's budget hole but the oil and gas industry says don't look at them. The development of the industry is still far from complete according to Stephanie Catarino Wissman, Director of the Associated Petroleum Industries of Pennsylvania... and a severance tax could stunt that growth. Dave Spigelmyer, President of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, says if Pennsylvania upsets the competitive applecart, we lose jobs. He adds PA's local impact fee has generated more revenue than West Virginia's severance rate.

 

Pension Reform

Pension reform is one of Governor Tom Corbett's priorities and he's pushing for a floor vote regardless of the outcome. Governor Corbett says even if the pension bill fails, its worthwhile to conduct a floor vote in the house. He says the people of Pennsylvania are entitled to know who is willing to work on pensions and who is not. He's pushing house leadership to schedule a vote on a plan that would adjust the benefits of future state and public school employees.

 

Ride Safety / Knoebel's

Hosting an estimated 1 – million visitors a year.... Knoebel's Amusement Resort near Elysburg is one of the state's premiere attractions. So much so that State Agriculture Secretary George Greig paid a visit to Dick Knoebel and company on Thursday to talk about ride safety and the state's inspection system. The inspectors check out every amusement park, fireman's carnival and fair ride before passengers are allowed on. Secretary Greig telling us an estimated 70% of injuries on rides take place due to rider error.

 

Interstate 80

A section of Interstate 80 is clean and green this morning in the Pocono mountains. Both lanes of the super-slab were closed yesterday near Tannersville for several hours Thursday when an officer from the Pocono Regional Police Department discovered a tractor – trailer leaking toxic fluids. A hazmat team was called out to handle the situation... and at one point... the highway shut down for nearly five hours.... creating backup's and putting a lot of strain on secondary roads in the region.

 

Weapon Rights
The state Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a controversial measure which may place gun rights against the rights of private businesses. The amendment would allow employees of private businesses to keep a firearm in their vehicle while at work, as long as the gun owner is licensed to carry in Pennsylvania, and the weapon is kept out of sight. Guns would not be allowed at schools, day care centers, prisons and domestic violence shelters. Supporters say the measure protects a person's right to bear arms as well as for safety, with those opposed saying that decision should be up to the owner of the business and not the government. The Committee voted 10-4 in favor.

 

Luzerne Co. 911

A call – taker in Luzerne County's 911 emergency center has been fired... that as the result of an address mix-up for a fire which killed a Mocanaqua woman last month. Two people were initially suspended after firefighters were dispatched to Main Street in Conyngham Borough instead of Main Street in Conyngham Township... which is Mocanaqua. Following a hearing... the dispatcher was reinstated... but the call – taker was terminated.

 

Kenney Search

Northumberland County Coroner James Kelley says the body found in the Roaring Creek Tract of the Weiser State Forest is that of 55 – year old Michael Kenney. He was missing for a week, but his body was found Wednesday near a reservoir. Kelley says Kenney died of drowning and no foul play is suspected.

 

Former Postmaster

A plea deal is about to be struck with the former postmaster of Castanea in Clinton County. 41 – year old Macey Geyer is believed to have stolen an estimated 9 – thousand dollars from the post office. She was first employed there in 2007. The plea agreement must first be okayed by a Judge... and that calls for Geyer to be sentenced to two years probation.

 

Luzerne County Cash

Luzerne County's director of budget and financial services says the county could be a cash bind soon. Brian Swetz says an estimated 80 – percent of the county's property taxes have been collected so far this year... but with an $18 – million tax anticipation note due soon.... as well as $28 – million debt service also due... as well as payroll. Swetz says the county could find itself out of cash in October.

 

Schuylkill County Courthouse

Security at the courthouse in neighboring Schuylkill County will be increased. Starting next month there will be an armed guard at the entrance of the building in Pottsville. He'll be backed up by two part – time security officers.

 

WHLM Sports

BU All American

Bloomsburg University's outstanding distance runner Vicki Davis has been named a first team Academic All American. In her career with the Huskies Davis was an All American in both Cross Country and Track & Field.

 

PHL Phillies

In the final game of their four game home series against Miami Thursday night... the Philadelphia Phillies downed the Marlins 5 to 3. Friday night the Phils open a four game home series against the Atlanta Braves. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other major league baseball action last night..the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the New York Mets 5 to 2.

 

World Cup

The U.S. National team lost a 1-0 decision to Germany in the World Cup in Brazil Thursday. Despite the loss, the U.S. advances to the Group of 16 having the tie breaker advantage over Portugal.

 

NBA Draft

Picking third overall in the NBA draft... the Philadelphia 76ers chose Joel Embid from the University of Kansas.

 

 

Thursday / June 26, 2014


 

 

Geisinger / Holy Spirit

If state and federal regulators give their okay.... there will soon be changes in Harrisburg – area health care delivery... now that Geisinger Health System has signed a letter of intent to take over Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill. Frank Trembulak... GHS Executive Vice President and CEO says... Holy Spirit will fit well within the Geisinger family. Mr. Trembulak says Holy Spirit is a religious – based hospital... and will remain so.... having been around for the past 50 – years providing health care to residents of the Harrisburg area west bank.

 

Afternoon Showers

The sounds of a typical summer in the Susquehanna Valley. As rain hit a window air conditioner... thunder rolled across the region around 5 O'clock Wednesday afternoon. An estimated half an inch of rain fell in the Bloomsburg area. The rain and associated thunderstorms prompted the National Weather Service in State College to issue a flood advisory for Columbia, Montour and Northumberland Counties... especially along small streams. There were no reports of damage caused by the late afternoon storm.

 

State Budget
Just days after it was introduced, a House Republican budget has cleared the chamber on a party line vote. Republicans in the house call it a responsible spending plan considering the state's revenue shortfall. It increases spending on K-12 education without new taxes. But Democrats say it falls short on education funding and is full of gimmicks and one time transfers. A revenue shortfall would be covered in part through liquor privatization, something that has been stuck in the state senate since last year.

 

Boat Enforcement

The Forth of July weekend is just about a week away... and officers with the PA Fish and Boat Commission say they'll be on the waterway to enforce laws dealing with boating under the influence. Officer Aaron Lupacchini says keeping impaired boaters off the highway before they hit the water is of prime importance. During a news conference Wednesday at the airport boat launch in Bloomsburg... officers from other municipalities say they'll be out on the road over the Independence day holiday weekend to make sure impaired drivers are off the highways.

 

Water / Sewer
A new report gives Pennsylvania a D-plus when it comes to water and sewer infrastructure. The report was prepared for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It ranks Pennsylvania first in the nation in the number of points of entry where raw sewage can flow into waterways, mainly due to outdated systems to handle waste water runoff. Among other proposals, the report calls for strong leadership at the state and local level, similar to the passage of legislation which increased funding for roads, bridges and mass transit in the state.

 

Cigarettes
A new report says today's cigarettes are designed for addiction. Cigarettes are more harmful and addictive than they were fifty years ago according to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids. The group says added ammonias and sugars increase the impact of the nicotine. They say ventilated filters on today's cigarettes cause smokers to inhale more deeply and flavors and new products are attracting kids, threatening to reverse progress in reducing tobacco use.

 

Body Found

That exhaustive search for 54 – year old Michael Kenney is over. His body was found late Wednesday afternoon in Weiser State Forest in Mt. Carmel Township. The initial search was launched a week ago when he failed to return to his Northumberland County home. There will be an autopsy to determine why Kenney died.

 

Probation

Two years probation. That's what Coleen Bresnock of Hazleton received for her conviction of stealing money from a youth football program. One prosecutor said Bresnock admitted making off with an estimated $8,500 from the Hazleton mini football league in 2013 while treasurer.

 

PPL's Susquehanna

You'll only be seeing steam coming from one of the two stacks at the PPL Nuclear Plant... north of Berwick... in Salem Township for the foreseeable future. Operators began shutting down Unit Two Wednesday morning after monitoring devices found some of the turbine blades vibrating. It's believed some some cracks have developed. While the unit is shut down, workers will perform additional maintenance activities that can be done only when the unit is not operating.

 

Robbery Suspects

Two Philadelphia area residents are jailed in Luzerne County... accused of sticking up a bank in Edwardsville earlier this month. Christopher Prince and Diana Poole of the Philadelphia area are charged with bank robbery... saying they had to feed a Heroine addiction. They are accused of robbing Community Bank. Prince and Poole were caught this week in Montgomery County.

 

Williamsport Robbery

A Williamsport man is locked up in the Lycoming County jail after he allegedly tried to rob the Choice Discount Outlet on Washington Boulevard. 22 – year old Zachary Harmonosky grabbed about six hundred dollars from the store's cash register at midday Tuesday. He was eventually tackled by the clerk... the store manager and a good samaritan. he store getting it's money back... and the cops getting the bad guy.

 

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

In the third game of their four game home series against Miami Wednesday night... the Marlins just getting by the Philadelphia Phillies 3 to 2. The series concludes tonight with 7:05 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Wednesday night... the Tampa Bay Rays defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 5 to 1... the Oakland A's outlasted the New York Mets 8 to 5... and the New York Yankees got by the the Toronto Blue jays 5 to 3...

 

College World Series

The College Baseball season came to a conclusion Wednesday night. In the championship game in Omaha... Vanderbilt knocked off Virginia 3 to 2.

 

World Cup

The United States National team returns to action at the World Cup in Brazil Thursday. The U.S. faces Germany in a match that begins at noon.

 

NBA Draft

The NBA draft is Thursday night, and it's a big night for the rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers who have the third and 10th picks in this draft.

 

Wednesday / June 25, 2014


 

Scam Artists

One of the biggest crimes of opportunity these days is scamming the elderly... crooks looking for personal information to drain a bank account or to simply get money. Columbia County District Attorney Tom Leipold says never, ever give out personal information over the phone. Two of the biggest lines used by scammers include the line... “you're grandchild is in an overseas jail....” or “a friend needs you help.”

 

State Budget
On a party line vote today, the house Appropriations Committee has amended a new budget into the budget vehicle that went through the chamber this week. Democrats complain the proposed spending plan does not have enough money for education and is out of balance without additional funding sources. But Appropriations Committee Chairman Bill Adolph says it increases funding for K-12 education, keeps higher ed level funded and commits more money to help the elderly and disabled. The state is facing a budget gap of over one billion dollars.

 

Pension Reform

Supporters of pension reform say they hope it will be included in the state budget being crafted by lawmakers and the Governor. The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is among those in support of the proposal. Communications Director Steve Robinson says the promised savings would be welcome relief to already cash strapped school districts, and it would also help the state in the long term to more adequately fund the public pension system. Despite some disagreement over the proposed savings, Robinson says something needs to be done and local school districts are running out of options.

 

Veterans Memorial

The committee behind the proposed Veterans Memorial in Bloomsburg will get a big boost this Fourth of July. The Town Park on Market Street will be the center of activity that day... and the town says... money raised will go towards the Memorial project. That makes organizer and council person Diane Levan pretty happy. The Fourth of July actives at the town park in Bloomsburg gets underway at 1 O'clock.... and end following the annual fireworks display.

 

EBT Fraud

Pennsylvania's auditor general says a lot of benefit money was paid out through access card linked to social security numbers of dead people. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale is now out with an interim report on electronic benefit cards for programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families... and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program. DePasquale added the audit found a few questionable transaction on other state issued cards as well.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

A 24 – year old Wilkes – Barre man telling police he was beaten and robbed early Tuesday morning as he walked along North Pennsylvania Avenue. The victim telling Wilkes – Barre police... two men came up from behind... attacking him. The pair getting away with a cell phone and about $300 in cash.

 

Lotto Ticket

There is a winning ticket floating around in Luzerne County. A spokesperson for the PA Lottery says one of three winning tickets in Monday's Cash 5 drawing was sold at the Convenient Foot Mart in Freeland. The person holding the ticket will share $600,000. Other winning tickets were sold in Chinchilla... in Lackawanna County... as well as Hatfield in Montgomery County.

 

 

 

Tuesday / June 24, 2014


 

Bridge Jumper

A 22 – year old Bloomsburg man was rushed to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville early Monday afternoon... after jumping into fishing creek from the Fernville Bridge. 22 – year old Trentin Beaver was swimming with friends when he decided to jump... and when he did... he broke his ankle. The Bloomsburg Fire Department was able to get Beaver into a rescue basket... stabilized... then hoisted to the top of the bank where he was taken by ambulance to Geisinger.

 

Holy Spirit / Geisinger

Geisinger Health System is growing larger. Danville – based GHS and Holy Spirit Health System in Camp Hill have signed a definitive agreement for Holy Spirit to become part of Geisinger. Last fall... the two health care giants said they would explore advantages of merging... and with the latest announcement... the proposal now heads into the regulatory approval phase. That is expected to take anywhere from 30 to 45 days to complete.

 

University Foundation

The Bloomsburg Town Council received two checks worth five thousand dollars each at their meeting Monday night. It comes as part of a deal with the University Foundation for the purchase of a new fire truck and street lighting. The BU Foundation's Jerome Dvorak making the presentation to Mayor Sandy Davis. The $5,000 check for the new KME fire apparatus is the first of five to be earmarked for the department. The new rig is expected in town next month.

 

Berwick Regatta

Everything is shaping up to be a pretty good weekend on the Susquehanna River for participants of this year's Berwick Regatta... near Test Track Park at the south end of Eaton Street. The event is sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association and the Berwick Boat Club. Ginny Crake is the CEO of the Berwick Area United Way.... the host origination. Ms. Crake says an estimated 175 participants will take part in the weekend event... which also includes a carnival and a car show. Funds raised goes to the BerVaughn Swimming Pool Authority and the local Boy Scouts.

 

Gas Prices

Turmoil in the middle east is pushing retail gas prices higher. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of $3.69 for a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular all across northeastern Pennsylvania. That's the same as it was over the weekend... but three cents a gallon higher than it was a week ago.

 

Sandusky Report

A review of the handling of the Jerry Sandusky case under then Attorney General Tom Corbett is in, and it finds politics played NO role in the pace of the investigation. Attorney General Kathleen Kane ordered the report after suggesting that politics drove the timing of the prosecution of Sandusky. But the lengthy review finds no direct evidence that electoral politics influenced any important decision made in the investigation. The report does question the actions of investigators, pointing to some missed opportunities that led to the delays.

 

Sentenced

A Cumberland County man could spend the next three years in State prison in connection with the death of a teenager on Interstate 81 in Hazle Township. 51 – year old Onix Gorbea – Lespier of Mechanicsburg was convicted in the 2011 death of 18 – year old Kayla Bahrey of McAdoo... who was standing beside a disabled vehicle. The sentence was a plea deal in which Gorbea could spend anywhere from 18 to 36 months in prison.

 

I-81 Construction

Headed north on Interstate 81... between the Wilkes – Barre and Pittston Exits on Tuesday... you may encounter a lot of traffic. PennDOT says one lane of the superhighway will be closed for construction.

The work is part of a $28 – million job to replace four bridges in Jenkins Township.

 

Sherman Hills

Two men have been taken into custody following a shooting at the beleaguered Sherman Hills apartment complex in Wilkes – Barre last August. Police arresting Trevor Whitaker and Jamal Alford. It's believed the two youngsters were caught in the crossfire when an argument turned violent. Both men are jailed in Luzerne County.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Hall of Fame

The Bloomsburg University 2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Class was announced Monday. This year's inductees include former Husky wrestling coach Roger Sanders, quarterback Glen McNamee, soccer player Julie Bugg, softball player Erica Miller, lacrosse player Roxann Emerick Betz, and Tina Wikoski Bartholomew, a standout in cross country and track & field. This year's induction ceremony will be held on October 18th.

 

PHL Phillies

In the first game of a four game home series last night against Miami... the Marlins blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 4 to nothing. Game two is Tuesday night at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other Games

In other games Monday night.. the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 8 to 1... and the Toronto Bluejays downed the New York Yankees 8 to 3.

 

CWS

In the first game of the best of three final series in the College World Series in Omaha last night... Vanderbilt hung on to get by Virginia 9 to 8.

 

 

Monday / June 23, 2014


 

Fernville Bridge Jumper

Rescue crews in Bloomsburg were called to the Fernville Railroad Street bridge Monday afternoon after a young man from the area jumped into Fishing Creek to take a swim and broke his leg in the process.

 

 

Photo courtesy of WHLM's Larry Hopper

 

Burglary Suspect

A 21 – year old Catawissa man is in custody after he allegedly burglarized several places late Saturday night. Bloomsburg Police say Cody McMichael of Railroad Street in Catawissa was captured just before midnight Saturday after burglary's took place in the 900 – block of West Main Street. McMichael faces a long list of charges... and is in the Columbia County Prison after he couldn't post $35,000 in bond.

 

Teleconference

There is a public meeting scheduled for next week dealing with the proposed ownership change of PPL's Susquehanna Steam Electric station in near – by Salem Township to a newly formed company. Earlier this month... the Allentown – base utility said it was getting out of the power generating business... and turning that operation over to Talen Energy Corporation. The meeting is scheduled for 10 AM on July 2nd at the offices of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in Rockville, Maryland.... or you can join a teleconference over the phone.

 

Berwick Pool

The BerVaughn Park Pool Authority in Berwick continues their quest to raise money in order to get the pool open next spring. Authority member Kay German says they have an estimated third of the $1.7 – million pledged to bring the pool back to it's original condition... as well as providing transportation to and from the pool. Meantime... various fundraisers are being held this summer in order to raise the money needed to open the pool's gates.

 

Sunscreen
Summer is here with a reminder to step up your efforts to protect your skin from the sun's damaging rays. With over three million cases of skin cancer diagnosed annually, Dr. Ana Duarte, director of Dermatology at Miami Children's Hospital says its important to instill good sun safe habits year round. She says parents need to model that behavior so it becomes a habit because blistering sunburns in childhood can lead to skin cancers as adults.

 

Danville / Mahoning PD

You will be seeing a lot of extra enforcement of traffic infractions carried out by the Danville and Mahoning Township police department's It's all part of an effort to cut down on aggressive driving... with the help of a government grant. Danville Chief Eric Gill hears a lot of excuses while on patrol. Whatever the excuse... Chief Gill says the extra enforcement is designed to cut down on traffic accidents and save lives...

 

State Unemployment
Pennsylvania continues to see improving unemployment numbers as May figures were released at the start of the weekend. The state's jobless rate inched down one tenth of a point in May to 5.6 percent, its lowest level since September of 2008. It's also the tenth straight monthly decline and its seven-tenths of a point lower than the national average. But at the same time, the civilian labor force is shrinking, with 12,000 fewer people working or looking for work, despite job gains in the private sector.

 

Shenandoah Fire

A fire marshal will be brought in to determine what caused a late Sunday afternoon fire in some row homes in Shenandoah. The blaze broke out around 5 O'clock in the kitchens of one of the homes in the 200 block of East Lloyd Street... and spread. Two of the three homes were vacant. No one was injured in Sunday's fire in Shenandoah.

 

Burglaries

State Police in Hazleton are investigating a burglary in Hazle Township. Police tell us that someone... late last week.. entered a shed on South Middletown Road... taking some power equipment. Then... a report of an attempted burglary... where someone tried to enter a garage on the same street. If you have information... give state police in Hazleton a call.

 

Axillary Police

Could there be a volunteer patrol in Hazleton's future. Maybe... but under strict guidelines without the word “police” attached to their names. Police Chief Frank DeAndrea is considering taking such a proposal to Hazleton City Council. The volunteer patrol would help preserve safety and quality of life issues... as well as write reports... thus bolstering Hazelton's understaffed police department.

 

Schuylkill Arrest

A man from neighboring Schuylkill County is jailed on murder charges in connection with the death of Tamaqua man. 20 – year old Michael Sullivan of St. Clair was arrested after the body of 22 – year old Jason Hahn was found in a wooded area near New Philadelphia over the weekend. No reason given as to why Hahn was killed.

 

West Hazleton Accident

Six people were hurt over the weekend when the SUV they were riding in overturned on Route 93 in West Hazleton. The incident happened late Saturday. Four of the six were flown to hospital's in the region for treatment.

 

 

What's Happening? Sunday, June 22, 2014


Come out to the Eckley Miners Village this weekend for Patch Town Days, a celebration of Eckley's 160th anniversary, today from 10 AM - 5 PM. There's great food, live bands, historical demonstrations, and more. This afternoon, catch a performance of the Emerald Isle Step Dancers. The village museum is off Route 940 in Freeland.

 

Emmanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church is hosting a "Weird Animals" Vacation Bible School, starting at 6:30 this evening. It will feature a fun-filled circus carnival on Thursday. All kids from Preschool through High School are invited to attend. Call 570-854-2182 for more information. The church is on Dutch Hill Road in Bloomsburg.

 

Ebenezer Faith Bible Church is hosting a "Follywood" daily vacation bible school this week starting tonight. The church is at 650 State Route 93, near Orangeville. For more information call 570-683-5735.

 

WHLM Sports

The Philadeplhia Phillies are on the road in St. Louis this afternoon. First pitch of the game vs the Cardinals flies at 2:15. We'll have all the action starting with the pregame show at 1:40.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

June 23

It's time to sign up for Youth Basketball Day Camp at Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House. Two week-long sessions will be held, starting Monday, June 23 and Monday, July 21. The clinic is open to both girls and boys, from 2nd - 8th grade. Cost is $150 for the week-long program. For more information and to register go to BUcamps.com

 

June 24

The Danville Memorial Park summer concert series continues this Tuesday evening with the Clickard Consortium. The ten-piece jazz band led by BU professor Dr Stephen Clickard will be playing tunes from Swing to Bebop and Modern Jazz. The concert starts at 7 PM - rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian on Bloom Street.

 

June 24

Summer concerts at Cara Park in Catawissa continue this Tuesday evening with a tribute to the Bee Gees by BeeGeeZ USA. For more information call 570-356-2561. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food and drink concessions will be availible. Rain location for all shows will be at the Catawissa Fire Company on 4th Street.

 

June 25

Story Hour at Danville Memorial Park returns this Wednesday with an evening of Russian tales. The progam is free and starts at 6:30 PM. for more information, contact Grove Presbyterian Church at 570-275-0692.

 

June 25

The Summer Concert Series at the Bloomsburg Town Park continues this Wednesday night at 8:30 PM. This week features Seasoned Sounds, a classic Big Band under the direction of Todd Hunter. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street.

 

June 26

Stop by the Jackson Mansion in Berwick this Thursday for the next of their Summer Concert Series. Gift, Troutman, and Gift will be crooning the hits of the 40s and 50s in 3-part harmony. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and some cash for concessions. The show starts at 7 PM at the Mansion on Market Street.

 

June 27 & 28

St. Columba church in Bloomsburg is holding a rummage Sale this Friday from 9 AM - 6 PM, and Saturday from 9 AM - 2 PM. The sale will be held in the St. Columba School gym at 3rd & Iron Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

June 27 - 29

Radiant Light Assembly of God in Muncy is holding an "Avalance Ranch" bible school starting Friday, June 27. For more information, call 570-584-5518. The church is at 9565 Route 442 in Muncy.

 

June 27 - July 5

The annual Millville Firemans Carnival starts up this Friday, June 27, and runs through Saturday, July 5. Don't miss the rides, games, nightly entertainment, and the spectacular Lenahan and Dempsey Millville Independence Day Parade. The parade forms at Dog Gone Good Fuel at 9 AM and moves at 10:30. WHLM will be bringing you all the sounds of the parade live from the front porch of Thrush Insurance starting at 10 AM, Friday, July 4.

 

June 28

Bring out your bikes to Behr Vaughn Park in Berwick this Saturday for a charity motorcycle run and barbecue. The 75-100 mile ride will depart the park at 9 AM and return to the park for a barbecue picnic at 1 PM. Cost for the ride is $15 per bike, $10 for each passenger and includes the picnic lunch. Barbecue by itself is just $8 for adults and $5 for kids under 10. There will be a poker run for the riders, raffles, and a live DJ. Proceeds will benefit cancer treatments for Tom Mowery. For more information or to pre-register call 570-594-2091.

 

June 28

The Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International will hold a meeting this Saturday starting at 10 AM at the Spirit Life Church, 1338 Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg. The guest speaker will be Comnedian and Pastor, John Peters. There will be free coffee and snacks. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Joe at 570-799-0231.

 

June 28 - July 4

The 42nd annual Pineknotter Days festival is coming up Saturday, June 28, through Friday, July 4th, at King Street Park in Northumberland. Enjoy your favorite food, vendors, crafts, and nightly entertainment. It all starts with the Soapbox Race this Saturday at 8 AM and the Pine Mudder Sunday afternoon at 2 PM.

 

June 28

Check out ICWF Organized Chaos this Saturday night at Independence Ford on Route 11 in Bloomsburg, featuring Marty Jannety, Justin Credible, Rockin Rebel, and Sonjay Dutt. The show starts at 6 PM. Tickets are $15 at the door or just $10 in advance. All proceeds benefit the national MS society. For more information, call 570-784-1414.

 

Thru June 29

Come catch a performance of the classic patriotic musical "1776" being performed at the Courtyard theater in the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Selinsgrove. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, running through June 29. Tickets are $15. Call 570-374-0060 for more information.

 

Thru August 15

You and your young actors can still sign up for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunites for all ages throughout the summer. Scholarships are availible. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru Sept 28

Donations are being accepted for the Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale going on now until late September. The doors will be open for shopping Thursdays through Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM at the ARC storefront in the Bloomsburg Cinema Center plaza on Route 11. Donations of appliances, clothing, and other items can be dropped off 7 days a week - please no Televisions, Computers, Mattresses, Box Springs, or Exercise Equipment. All proceeds go to support A.R.C. Volunteers are still needed! Call 570-275-2313 for more information.

 

TFN

It's time to enroll in Columbia-Sullivan Head Start pre-school. Eligible families can sign up kids who will be 3 or 4 years old before September 1st. For more information and pre-application, call 570-784-1076. 

 

TFN

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainace to providing transportation to and from the local vetrinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

Musicians are Wanted to join the Danville Community Band. The band includes players of all ages - and you don't have to be from Danville to join in. For more information, call 570-275-3520, or visit DanvilleCommunityBand.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market

Streets in Danville.

 

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

 

What's Happening? Saturday, June 21, 2014


The Benton Fireman's Carnival continues today at the Benton Fire Hall. There will be live music, a chinese auction, and the Fireman's Parade and water battle this evening - it forms at 5 PM and moves at 6 PM, with cash prizes for the top floats. Enjoy all of your favorite carnival rides, food, and of course home made ice cream.

 

The annual town-wide yard sale in Mifflinville is open today. Browse the entire town all day long for collectables, antiques, and much more. Call 570-759-2968 for more information. 

 

The 4th annual Beth German memorial golf tournament is happening this morning at the Links at Hemlock Creek in Buckhorn. Proceeds will benefit the Animal Resource Center. Registration for a 4-person scramble team is $260 and includes luncheon and a soda and hot dog at the turn of the 18-hole course. Registration will be open from 7 - 8 AM the morning of the tourney. For more information, call 570-490-6319, or go to NoKillARC.com

 

Moreland the Magician will be at the Bloomsburg Public Library this morning as part of their 125th charter anniversary. The performance gets under way at 10 AM during the children's birthday party for the library. Space is limited to the first 100 tickets. You can get yours at the library on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

Come out to the Eckley Miners Village this weekend for Patch Town Days, a celebration of Eckley's 160th anniversary. today from 10 AM - 7 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM - 5 PM. There's great food, live bands, historical demonstrations, and more. Check out the Yuengling Beergarten, an historical fashion show and the antique car show, and Sunday catch a performance of the Emerald Isle Step Dancers. The village museum is off Route 940 in Freeland.

 

The Unityville Volunteer Fire Company is inviting you to their 5th annual Community day this afternoon. It starts with an open car show at 3 PM, free food from the Fire Company at 4 PM, and Hot Shotz fireworks at 9:30 PM. There will be games, vendors, and other carnival food as well. The Fire Company is on Route 42 in Unityville.

 

Emmanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church is hosting a "Weird Animals" Vacation Bible School, starting at 6:30 Sunday evening. It will feature a fun-filled circus carnival on Thursday. All kids from Preschool through High School are invited to attend. Call 570-854-2182 for more information. The church is on Dutch Hill Road in Bloomsburg.

 

Ebenezer Faith Bible Church is hosting a "Follywood" daily vacation bible school this week starting Sunday. The church is at 650 State Route 93, near Orangeville. For more information call 570-683-5735.

 

WHLM Sports

The Philadeplhia Phillies are on the road in St. Louis this afternoon. First pitch of the game vs the Cardinals flies at 4:10. We'll have all the action starting with the pregame show at 3:35.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

June 23

It's time to sign up for Youth Basketball Day Camp at Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House. Two week-long sessions will be held, starting Monday, June 23 and Monday, July 21. The clinic is open to both girls and boys, from 2nd - 8th grade. Cost is $150 for the week-long program. For more information and to register go to BUcamps.com

 

June 24

The Danville Memorial Park summer concert series continues this Tuesday evening with the Clickard Consortium. The ten-piece jazz band led by BU professor Dr Stephen Clickard will be playing tunes from Swing to Bebop and Modern Jazz. The concert starts at 7 PM - rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian on Bloom Street.

 

June 24

Summer concerts at Cara Park in Catawissa continue this Tuesday evening with a tribute to the Bee Gees by BeeGeeZ USA. For more information call 570-356-2561. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Food and drink concessions will be availible. Rain location for all shows will be at the Catawissa Fire Company on 4th Street.

 

June 25

Story Hour at Danville Memorial Park returns this Wednesday with an evening of Russian tales. The progam is free and starts at 6:30 PM. for more information, contact Grove Presbyterian Church at 570-275-0692.

 

June 25

The Summer Concert Series at the Bloomsburg Town Park continues this Wednesday night at 8:30 PM. This week features Seasoned Sounds, a classic Big Band under the direction of Todd Hunter. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street.

 

June 26

Stop by the Jackson Mansion in Berwick this Thursday for the next of their Summer Concert Series. Gift, Troutman, and Gift will be crooning the hits of the 40s and 50s in 3-part harmony. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket, and some cash for concessions. The show starts at 7 PM at the Mansion on Market Street.

 

June 27 & 28

St. Columba church in Bloomsburg is holding a rummage Sale this Friday from 9 AM - 6 PM, and Saturday from 9 AM - 2 PM. The sale will be held in the St. Columba School gym at 3rd & Iron Streets in Bloomsburg.

 

June 27 - 29

Radiant Light Assembly of God in Muncy is holding an "Avalance Ranch" bible school starting Friday, June 27. For more information, call 570-584-5518. The church is at 9565 Route 442 in Muncy.

 

June 27 - July 5

The annual Millville Firemans Carnival starts up this Friday, June 27, and runs through Saturday, July 5. Don't miss the rides, games, nightly entertainment, and the spectacular Lenahan and Dempsey Millville Independence Day Parade. The parade forms at Dog Gone Good Fuel at 9 AM and moves at 10:30. WHLM will be bringing you all the sounds of the parade live from the front porch of Thrush Insurance starting at 10 AM, Friday, July 4.

 

June 28

Bring out your bikes to Behr Vaughn Park in Berwick this Saturday for a charity motorcycle run and barbecue. The 75-100 mile ride will depart the park at 9 AM and return to the park for a barbecue picnic at 1 PM. Cost for the ride is $15 per bike, $10 for each passenger and includes the picnic lunch. Barbecue by itself is just $8 for adults and $5 for kids under 10. There will be a poker run for the riders, raffles, and a live DJ. Proceeds will benefit cancer treatments for Tom Mowery. For more information or to pre-register call 570-594-2091.

 

June 28

The Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International will hold a meeting this Saturday starting at 10 AM at the Spirit Life Church, 1338 Old Berwick Road in Bloomsburg. The guest speaker will be Comnedian and Pastor, John Peters. There will be free coffee and snacks. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Joe at 570-799-0231.

 

June 28 - July 4

The 42nd annual Pineknotter Days festival is coming up Saturday, June 28, through Friday, July 4th, at King Street Park in Northumberland. Enjoy your favorite food, vendors, crafts, and nightly entertainment. It all starts with the Soapbox Race this Saturday at 8 AM and the Pine Mudder Sunday afternoon at 2 PM.

 

June 28

Check out ICWF Organized Chaos this Saturday night at Independence Ford on Route 11 in Bloomsburg, featuring Marty Jannety, Justin Credible, Rockin Rebel, and Sonjay Dutt. The show starts at 6 PM. Tickets are $15 at the door or just $10 in advance. All proceeds benefit the national MS society. For more information, call 570-784-1414.

 

Thru June 29

Come catch a performance of the classic patriotic musical "1776" being performed at the Courtyard theater in the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Selinsgrove. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, running through June 29. Tickets are $15. Call 570-374-0060 for more information.

 

Thru August 15

You and your young actors can still sign up for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunites for all ages throughout the summer. Scholarships are availible. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru Sept 28

Donations are being accepted for the Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale going on now until late September. The doors will be open for shopping Thursdays through Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM at the ARC storefront in the Bloomsburg Cinema Center plaza on Route 11. Donations of appliances, clothing, and other items can be dropped off 7 days a week - please no Televisions, Computers, Mattresses, Box Springs, or Exercise Equipment. All proceeds go to support A.R.C. Volunteers are still needed! Call 570-275-2313 for more information.

 

TFN

It's time to enroll in Columbia-Sullivan Head Start pre-school. Eligible families can sign up kids who will be 3 or 4 years old before September 1st. For more information and pre-application, call 570-784-1076. 

 

TFN

Volunteers are needed to help the Lycoming Animal Protection Society no-kill cat shelter in South Williamsport. Help is needed in many areas, from basic shelter maintainace to providing transportation to and from the local vetrinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.org

 

TFN

Musicians are Wanted to join the Danville Community Band. The band includes players of all ages - and you don't have to be from Danville to join in. For more information, call 570-275-3520, or visit DanvilleCommunityBand.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market

Streets in Danville.

 

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

 

Friday / June 20, 2014


 

Budget / David Millard

Will state lawmakers have a proposed budget to Governor Corbett on time ?? It depends on who you talk to. Some folks in Harrisburg say it may show up the first two weeks of July. But, State Representative David Millard... a Republican from Berwick... says he's confident the appropriations committees of the House and Senate will have a bill on the Governor's desk by June 30th. Legislators now are struggling to fill a one billion dollar shortfall in the current budget... while trying to produce a proposed spending plan for the 2014 – 15 budget year which begins July 1st.

 

Pair Arrested

The two people wanted in connection with thefts last week at Cole's Hardware on Route 11... east of Bloomsburg... have been captured. According to Scott Township Police... Kyle Avery and Justine Price.. both 27... were apprehended by police in Nanticoke. The pair not only allegedly ripped – off Cole's.... but stores in a five county area of northeastern Pennsylvania. They are both lodged in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg.

 

Escapees Caught

Two men... considered fugitives from justice... have been arrested in Mifflinville. 28 – year old Jason Mussleman of Berwick... as well as 21 – year old Caleb Gross of Bloomsburg were taken into custody by State Police at a house in Mifflinville this week. Mussleman was reporting missing from a Reading area group home... while Gross made his escape when he failed to return to the Harrisburg Community Corrections Center following a treatment session. Both were lodged in the Columbia County Prison awaiting transportation back to their respective facilities.

 

Police Radar
Only State Police can use radar to check motorists' speed in Pennsylvania, but there are those who want to put radar guns in the hands of local police officers as well. It's a debate that goes back decades, to the very creation of radar guns. Local police departments say the use of radar would be more accurate and less costly than current speed enforcement efforts. Skeptics say towns would set up speed traps just to collect revenue. There are multiple bills floating around the Capitol that would allow local use of radar, but no votes are pending.

 

Lou Barletta
Congressman Lou Barletta is seeking more information on the recent increase of underage children crossing the border into the United States. Rep. Barletta... a Republican from Hazleton... says the growing problem of unaccompanied minors at the border are turning border agents into, in his words, babysitters. Congressman Barletta is the sponsor of an amendment to a bill reauthorizing the US Customs and Border Patrol Agency.

 

Elder Abuse

June is elder abuse month... a time to be aware of how the elderly are treated both physically and mentally. Christine Pritchard of the Columbia – Montour Office of Aging says the elderly are also being scammed out of their money. And that... according to Ms. Pritchard... is due to the trusting nature of the elderly with a family member or close friend acting as a power of attorney. If you suspect someone is being abused... give the Aging Office a call on Sawmill Road.

 

PA Waterways

A new report from the group Penn Environment paints a less-than-encouraging picture of waterways in Pennsylvania. The report looks at the year 2012, when heavy industry dumped more than 10-million-pounds of chemicals and other toxic substances into the state's rivers, lakes and streams, making Pennsylvania 7th worst in the nation in terms of toxic discharges. The report doesn't include the the effects from oil and gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region. It does make a number of recommendation, including for industry to switch to less-hazardous substances, as well as stricter enforcement of the federal Clean Water Act.

 

Aluminum Industry
As the auto industry looks to make lighter vehicles, Pennsylvania is playing a key role. A recent study finds that seven out of ten new pickup trucks produced in North America will be aluminum-bodied by 2025, a shift driven by fuel economy standards. Alcoa has been developing alloys in New Kensington and some of the sheet at its rolling mill in Lancaster. Ford will come out with a new F 150 pick up made almost entirely of aluminum later this year.

 

Indictment

A Hazleton business man has been indicted on tax and ID theft charges. The US attorney of the middle district of Pennsylvania says 50 – year old Robert Sanchez is facing 43 federal felony counts. He's accused of receiving fraudulent tax refunds.. as well as having stolen identities.

 

Northwest Area Schools

There will be fewer teachers in the classroom at the Northwest Area Schools near Shickshinny at the start of the 2014 – 15 school year. The school board this week furloughed four teachers... and eliminated two staff positions. The reason... less students than there was five years ago... and the number of kids taking on – line classes.

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

Wilkes – Barre police are investigating a robbery which happened early Wednesday at the Turkey Hill store on Hazle Street. Police say a man entered the store with a knife and went behind the counter.... holding the weapon to the clerk. The robber their relieved the cash register of it's money... and the bandit took off. The clerk was not injured.

 

Motorcycle Fatalities

Two people are dead after their motorcycle left a Lycoming County road. The Lycoming County coroner said 34 – year old Sheldon Charles and 25 – year old Jennifer Miller... both of Montgomery... were on the 'cycle when it went off Route 405 Wednesday night. Now... the coroner wants to know if Charles was driving under the influence.

 

Commonwealth Auction

The state of Pennsylvania plans to auction off an estimated 450 vehicles when it holds it's third state fleet auction next Tuesday in Dauphin County. On the block.. trucks... SUV's and sedans used by various state agencies. The sale to take place at the Manheim Central Penn Auto Auction near Grantville.

 

WHLM Sports

PHL Phillies

In the first game of a four game weekend series last night in Saint Louis... the Philadelphia Phillies downed the St. Louis Cardinals 4 to 1. Game two is Friday night at 8:15. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 7:40.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games last night, it was the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 in 12 innings... the New York Mets got by the Miami Marlins 1-0... and the New York Yankees easily handled the Toronto Bluejays 6 to 4.

 

World Cup

When the U.S. soccer team faces Portugal on Sunday, they will try to be the first U.S. team since 1930 to win back to back games in World Cup competition. The U.S. will be without star player Jozy Altidore who is out with a hamstring injury.

 

In World Cup soccer yesterday...

The Netherlands downed Australia 3 to 2.... Chile blanked Spain 2 to nothing... and it was Croatia over Cameroon 4 to nothing.

Thursday / June 19, 2014


 

FEMA / Danville

The Federal Emergency Management Agency sat down with Danville officials this week as the agency tries to update their flood maps. Borough Administrator Dan Knorr says the maps haven't been updated since 2008... with figures obtained in 2005. FEMA also visited Wednesday with Columbia County officials. The interesting part... the FEMA map won't be ready with the new numbers until 2018.

 

Kidsburg

One of the most popular attractions at the Bloomsburg Town Park these days is the newly – resurrected Kidsburg. The original was washed away in the 2011 flood... but it was rebuilt last month... using money from fundraisers. Town Park Association president Chuck Wagner says the park has been closed for some additional work... such as pouring cement for sidewalks. Also to be installed... according to Wagner... are a few benches. A re-dedication of Kidsburg is scheduled to be held July 4th.

 

Sobriety Checkpoints

Police officer associated with the Columbia – Montour Sobriety Checkpoint program will be busy this weekend. They'll be establishing Checkpoints on Friday and Saturday across Columbia and Montour County's based on hard accident data supplied by PennDOT. In the past.. the targeted areas have been Routes 11 and 487 in Columbia County... as well as Route 54 in Montour County.

 

Marion Heights Fire

Fire investigators still don't know what sparked a blaze late Tuesday night... extensively damaging a former St. Mary's Roman Catholic School in Marion Heights. The blaze was first reported to Northumberland County dispatchers around 10:45... and quickly escalated to a three alarm working fire. Authorities say the three – story school has been vacant for at least a generation. Although the main building remains standing... the one – time gymnasium burned to the ground.

 

Book Sale

The annual book sale produced by the “Friends of the Library” in Bloomsburg kick off Thursday. Appearing on the Wednesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... the organization's Mary Clapp says you can find a lot of decent books... at rock bottom prices. The sale runs though Saturday during normal library hours.

 

Horse Fund

The state Auditor General has released a report outlining problems with a fund which is vital to the horse racing industry in Pennsylvania. The State Racing Fund was created to finance the agencies which regulate horse racing in the state, but the fund is nearly broke. The report outlines how the state Agriculture Department, which administers the fund, diverted hundreds of thousands of dollars to plug its own budget shortfalls. The report also includes recommendations for shoring up the fund, adding if steps are not taken, Pennsylvania's billion-dollar horse race industry and all the jobs that go with it, may be in jeopardy.

 

Town Park

It was a toe – tapping good time last night at Bloomsburg Town Park Wednesday night... as week three of the summer concert series got underway. Susquehanna Valley – based Stained Grass Window provided the blue grass music as temperatures hovered in the mid '80's. Next Wednesday night at 7 O'clock... it's the Seasoned Sounds... featuring music from the Big Band Era....

 

Wilkes – Barre Robbery

Wilkes – Barre police are investigating a robbery which happened early Wednesday at the Turkey Hill store on Hazle Street. Police say a man entered the store with a knife and went behind the counter.... holding the weapon to the clerk. The robber their relieved the cash register of it's money... and the bandit took off. The clerk was not injured.

 

Weatherly School

The Carbon County Court has ruled in favor of the borough of Weatherly. It deals with an estimated 400 – thousand dollars in fines levied against the owner of the former C.M. Schwab School. The fines against Lawrence Halstead of Virginia stem from seven citations filed in District Court by the Borough.

 

Leading Dems

Luzerne County democrats have a new leader. He's Michael DeCosmo of Hazle Township. DeCosmo is the Hazle Township tax collector... and at one time served on the Hazleton area school board.

 

WHLM Sports

BU Lacross

Bloomsburg University lacrosse player Aubrey Bossert is one of 446 female student athletes nominated for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service, and leadership. The winner of the Woman of the Year award will be announced at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on October 19th.

 

PHL Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies had a season high 18 hits Wednesday to beat Atlanta 10-5 completing a sweep of the Braves. Thursday night the Phils open a four game series against the Cardinals in Saint Louis. Game time is 8:15. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 7:40.

 

MLB Games

In other games from Thursday. the New York Mets beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2... it was the Cincinnati Reds over the Pittsburgh Pirates 11 to 4... and the New York Yankees defeated the Toronto Bluejays 7 to 3.

 

World Cup

The rating numbers are in... and over eleven million viewers watched the the U.S. soccer team's win over Ghana in the World Cup opener for both teams. That is a record for men's soccer on ESPN. Next up for the U.S. team will be Portugal on Sunday.

 

Wednesday / June 18, 2014


 

** Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 5 AM Thursday **

 

School Fire

A state police fire marshal has been called to figure out what started an overnight blaze at a former Catholic school in Northumberland County. Flames were spotted coming from the school in Mt. Carmel Township around 11 O'clock Tuesday night... and before it was extinguished firemen from Columbia, Northumberland and Schuylkill County's were at the scene. Although the school remains intact... the gymnasium portion of the building was destroyed. The school was last used in the 1980s.

 

Special Enforcement

If you drive through Danville or Mahoning Township in Montour County... you may see more police cars than usual. The departments are looking for aggressive drivers... speeders and tail – gating. Danville Corporal Johnathan Swank says the blocking of intersections is becoming a major problem. The reason for the extra law enforcement... according to Danville Chief Eric Gill... is to reduce the number of crashes and to save lives.

 

Bridge / Robt Blee

If you try and use the Danville – Riverside Bridge which spans the Susquehanna River this weekend.... you're out of luck. Starting Friday evening... the Canadian Pacific Railroad will be installing a new crossing at south end of the bridge in Riverside. Mahoning Township Police Chief Robert Blee has a concern due to cars and trucks using the Route 54 bridge as a shortcut between Interstate 80 and 81... as well as Knoebles Amusement Resort. The C-P railroad is shutting down the bridge Friday night at 6 O'clock... with provisions made for emergency vehicles. Folks who normally use the bridge will have to use detours through early Monday evening.

 

New Revenue
Governor Tom Corbett wants lawmakers to focus on cost drivers before new revenue. The budget gap tops one billion dollars and Governor Corbett says lawmakers need to tackle cost drivers like public pensions before getting in to revenue discussions. He wants to see what they're willing to do with pension reform and said he doesn't like a severance tax on natural gas extraction. But his budget secretary says they're not ruling out a severance tax.

 

Farm Acreage

You can add another two-thousand plus acres to land in Penns Woods that will be preserved for agricultural use. Doug Wolfgang, Director of the Bureau of Farmland Preservation with the state Agriculture Department says the program allows state, county and local governments to purchase development rights from farmland owners. Wolfgang says the preservation program helps ensure the future of Pennsylvania's number one industry-- agriculture

 

Unpaid Fines
Legislation approved by the Senate Transportation Committee seeks to collect unpaid fines, fees and restitution. Those unpaid levies in Pennsylvania add up to $1.6 – billion. This measure would allow the courts to petition PennDOT to suspend or deny issuance of a driver's license for anyone who fails to pay. Motorists can prevent these actions by entering into and maintaining a payment plan. State Senator Mike Stack who sponsored the bill, says technology exists to track down those who owe in a more efficient manner to recoup this badly needed revenue.

 

Business License

One of Hazleton's five fire company's has been cited for not having a business license. That's unusual... according to a Diamond Fire Company spokesman.... they haven't had one in nearly 124 – years of operation. But the citation comes from a Code Enforcement officer... who told the company they have ten days to respond. The company says it plans to plead “not guilty.”

 

LCCC

The Board of Trustees of Luzerne County Community in Nanticoke have approved a $46 – million budget for their next fiscal year. Along with that... students with see a seven percent tuition increase. College president Thomas Leary says the increase was needed due to declining enrollment... and stagnant funding coming in from the state and Luzerne County.

 

Turnpike Tolls

If you use either the northeast extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike... or the main east – west route... you going to have to dig deeper into your pocket to pay the toll. The PA Turnpike Commission has given their okay to a five percent increase for both E-Z Pass and cash customers beginning next year. The money to be used to maintain the system... as well as making payments to PennDOT.

 

PPL

With the arrival of summer this weekend, PPL Electric Utilities customers will have power to stay cool and comfortable during the hot and stormy months ahead. A company spokesperson says across its 29-county service territory, the company is installing smart grid equipment, building new power lines and substations and trimming more trees to strengthen its system to meet summer demand and the expectations of customers.

 

Rent Rebate

State Representative Kurt Masser... who represents Montour and Northumberland counties... as well as a small piece of Columbia County says the deadline to apply for the states 2013 Property Tax / Rent rebate program has been extend from June 30th to December 31st. Eligible participants can receive a rebate of up to $650 based on their rent or property taxes in 2013. Need more information... call Representative Masser's office.

 

Breast Cancer / Geisinger

A new high-risk breast clinic opened at Geisinger Medical Center for patients interested in a proactive approach to breast health. A Geisinger spokesperson says the clinic will benefit women with a family history of breast cancer or other breast disease who are worried about their own risk. Patient care will be coordinated with Geisinger specialists in breast health with further evaluation with genetics counselors, radiology, pathology, medical oncology and others as needed.

 

Snyder County Bridge

Construction work began this week on a bridge in Snyder County. Crews are working on the Route 522 truss bridge over Penns Creek near Selinsgrove. A detour is in place for the next two weeks while the span is repaired.

 

Updated WHLM Sports

BU Lacrosse

Bloomsburg University lacrosse player Aubrey Bossert is one of 446 female student athletes nominated for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year award. The award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service, and leadership. The winner of the Woman of the Year award will be announced at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on October 19th.

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies had a season high 18 hits Wednesday to beat Atlanta 10-5 completeing a sweep of the Braves. Thursday night the Phils open a four game series against the Cardinals in Saint Louis. Game time is 8:15. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 7:40.

 

 

Tuesday / June 17, 2014


 

Anti Drug Program

Spreading the word of the Berwick Anti – Drug Alliance.... at AGAPE in Bloomsburg Monday night talking about the drug problem on a regional level. The Alliance's Max Furek says any time you can talk about the drug issue is time well spent. The program consisted of seven panelists... including Columbia County Judge Thomas James who discussed.... in his words... “the failed national drug policy.”

 

Drug Bust

Nearly two dozen people were arrested Monday in an all encompassing drug sweep in neighboring Schuylkill County. Most of the arrests taking place in the Tamaqua area... where police executed search warrants. At least eleven of the people were arrested in coordinated raids... some were already in jail on other charges... but whatever the case those sought are in custody.

 

Late Budget

It's shaping up to be a longer-than-usual work calendar for state lawmakers negotiating the commonwealth's budget. WHLM's Brad Christmas is reporting from our Harrisburg News Bureau that
House and Senate Republican leaders aren't expecting to meet the end-of-June budget deadline. Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi says lawmakers should prepare to miss it by at least a week. The state faces at least a one-point-four billion dollar shortfall, threatening education spending increases Governor Tom Corbett has proposed, and which are supported by many lawmakers...but the governor says before he'll consider new revenues to fill the budget gap, he wants lawmakers to pass a public pension overhaul and change how alcohol is sold in Pennsylvania. The votes aren't there yet for either proposal.

 

Farm Preservation

You can add another two-thousand plus acres to land in Penns Woods that will be preserved for agricultural use. Two-thousand-fourteen acres to be exact.. the number being added to the Farmland Preservation Program on 26 farms in 14 counties. That brings the total to nearly a half million acres preserved since the program began in 1988. More than one-point-two billion dollars total has been invested to date. The program enables state, county and local government governments to purchase development rights from farmland owners

 

I – 80 Construction

The repaving of the westbound lane of Interstate 80 continues from the Buckhorn to the Montour County line. The work is being preformed by PennDOT and the agency's David Thompson urges all of us to slow down... drive at a safe and prudent speed. The nearly 5 mile repaving project will necessitate single laning and slow speeds. The work is to be completed by late August.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

he price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded regular gas is holding steady across Columbia and Montour counties... and Northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report out shows we're playing an average of $3.66 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend. A week ago... we were paying $3.68... and $3.73 a month ago. Now... prices could shoot upward. It's all dependent on the situation in Iraq.

 

Gaming Revenue

Pennsylvania casinos took in about $64 million from table games last month, up 2.3 percent from May 2013. The state collected $9.2 million in taxes. Those figures from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem was the biggest gainer, up 12 percent. The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington lost nearly 30 percent. Overall May revenue from table games and slot machines was about $275 million, up slightly from last year.

 

Small Business

Small business leaders from Pennsylvania are urging lawmakers in Washington to pass what is known as the Marketplace Fairness Act. Under current law, most items purchased over the internet do not include a sales tax for the state in which the purchase was made. This bill would change that, according to a group of small business owners from Harrisburg, Erie, and Olyphant, who traveled to Washington last week to lobby on behalf of the bill. The business owners claim this bill would create an even playing field, because consumers would be required to pay a sales tax whether they purchased an item on line or at a brick-and-mortar business

 

Holocaust
The state Senate has unanimously passed a bill directing Pennsylvania's schools to develop classes teaching students about the Holocaust and other atrocities in history. Senator Judy Schwank... a democrat from the Reading area... says as Holocaust survivors pass away, we must make sure their story lives on. Lawmakers say they're dismayed that despite its importance in history, there are still those who downplay the existence of the Holocaust.

 

Domestic Violence

It's a sad story, but domestic violence continues to be a serious problem in Pennsylvania, leading to many deaths that could have been prevented. There were 107 deaths as a result domestic violence last year... 65 victims were women, and 42 were men. An additional 51 perpetrators died, primarily from suicide. The sad thing is that all these deaths were preventable, if the victims had sought help. Victims can file Protection from Abuse orders to protect themselves from physical abuse, harassment and stalking, or even worse.

 

Home Invasion Suspect

A man who was wanted by police since March is now in custody and locked up. Tierees Owens is charged with a Plymouth home invasion... threatening a man at gunpoint and taking off with several cell phones. Owens is now locked up in the Luzerne County jail with bail set at a half – million dollars.

 

New Trial Requested

A Danville woman... found guilty of taking two young girls to the Retreat state prison to be molested by a convict... is seeking a new trial. 42 – year old Rebecca Butler says her conviction should be overturned... since it was her understanding she would be tried along with prison inmate Andre VanCliff. That wasn't the case... with VanCliff pleading guilty following Butler's February trial... but later withdrawing that plea. It will be some time until the courts make a decision in the Butler case.

 

WHLM Sports

Henry Hynoski

New York Giants' fullback Henry Hynoski and four of his teammates conducted a youth football camp at Southern Columbia last Saturday. After three seasons with New York, Hynoski had chances to go elsewhere, but is happy to be back with the Giants. Injuries limited Hynoski's playing time last season, but he is healthy and ready to go for the 2014 season.

 

PHL Phillies 

In the first game of their series in Atlanta Monday night... the Philadelphia Phillies got the best of the Braves 6 to 1. The teams meet again tonight at 7:10. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

Other Action

In other action Monday night... the St. Louis Cardinals downed the New York Mets 6 to 2.

 

World Cup

A goal by John Brooks in the 86th minute gave the United States soccer team a 2-1 win over Ghana Monday in their opening match at the World Cup in Brazil. In other matches Monday, Germany beat Portugal 4-0 and Iran and Nigeria played to a scoreless tie.

 

Monday / June 16, 2014


 

Anti Drug Program

Spreading the word of the Berwick Anti – Drug Alliance.... at AGAPE in Bloomsburg Monday night talking about the drug problem on a regional level. The Alliance's Max Furek says any time you can talk about the drug issue is time well spent. The program consisted of seven panelists... including Columbia County Judge Thomas James who discussed.... in his words... “the failed national drug policy.”

 

I – 80 Construction

The repaving of the westbound lane of Interstate 80 continues from the Buckhorn to the Montour County line. The work is being preformed by PennDOT and the agency's David Thompson urges all of us to slow down... drive at a safe and prudent speed. The nearly 5 mile repaving project will necessitate single laning and slow speeds. The work is to be completed by late August.

 

NEPA Gas Prices

he price of a gallon of self – serve unleaded gas is holding steady across Northeastern Pennsylvania. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report out this morning shows we're playing an average of $3.66 a gallon... the same as it was over the weekend. A week ago... we were paying $3.68... and $3.73 a month ago. Now... prices could shoot upward. It's all dependent on the situation in Iraq.

 

Drug Bust

Nearly two dozen people were arrested Monday in an all encompassing drug sweep in neighboring Schuylkill County. Most of the arrests taking place in the Tamaqua area... where police executed search warrants. At least eleven of the people were arrested in coordinated raids... some were already in jail on other charges... but whatever the case those sought are in custody.

 

Home Invasion Suspect

A man who was wanted by police since March is now in custody and locked up. Tierees Owens is charged with a Plymouth home invasion... threatening a man at gunpoint and taking off with several cell phones. Owens is now locked up in the Luzerne County jail with bail set at a half – million dollars.

 

New Trial Requested

A Danville woman... found guilty of taking two young girls to the Retreat state prison to be molested by a convict... is seeking a new trial. 42 – year old Rebecca Butler says her conviction should be overturned... since it was her understanding she would be tried along with prison inmate Andre VanCliff. That wasn't the case... with VanCliff pleading guilty following Butler's February trial... but later withdrawing that plea. It will be some time until the courts make a decision in the Butler case.

 

 

Monday / June 16, 2014


BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED

SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STATE COLLEGE PA

734 PM EDT MON JUN 16 2014

 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STATE COLLEGE PA HAS ISSUED A

 

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING FOR...

MONTOUR COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...

SOUTHEASTERN LYCOMING COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...

NORTHEASTERN UNION COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...

CENTRAL COLUMBIA COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...

NORTHERN NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY IN CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA...

 

* UNTIL 830 PM EDT

 

* AT 734 PM EDT...DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM

CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS

OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED OVER EXCHANGE...AND MOVING

SOUTHEAST AT 15 MPH.

 

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...

BLOOMSBURG...SHAMOKIN...MILTON...DANVILLE...MUNCY...WATSONTOWN...

ELYSBURG...RIVERSIDE...MONTGOMERY...CATAWISSA...LIGHTSTREET...

ALMEDIA...NEW COLUMBIA...MONTANDON...FERNVILLE...MECHANICSVILLE...

ALLENWOOD...BUCKHORN...JERSEYTOWN AND RUPERT.

 

 

Monday / June 16, 2014


 

Millard / State Budget

The state legislature re-convenes in Harrisburg Monday. Their goal... come up with a proposed state budget for the fiscal year which begins July 1st. State Representative David Millard... a member of the house appropriations committee... says the so – call budget vehicle has been passed out of committee.

Representative Millard says he's confident Governor Corbett will have a proposed, final budget on his desk for his signature by June 30th.

 

Gas Tax

As state lawmakers work on the budget for the next fiscal year, school advocates say don't forget them. Groups that advocate for schools are calling on House and Senate members to enact a severance tax on oil and natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region. Supporters say not only would it plug a big hole in the state's budget deficit, it would also aid school districts, many of which are dealing with budget woes of their own. School officials say without a new source of revenue, they would have no choice but to raise local property taxes.

 

Shamokin Dentist

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is telling patients of a Northumberland County dentist that they might be at risk for infection after an investigation discovered the dental facility did not follow appropriate infection control procedures. A joint investigation by the Departments of Health and State has found Dr. Vincent Paczkoskie did not follow appropriate procedures to properly clean, disinfect or sterilize dental tools used at his Shamokin dental office on N. Shamokin Street. That has led to a temporary suspension of his license. As a precautionary measure, the Department of Health is recommending current or former patients who were seen by Dr. Paczkoskie be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV.

 

Lou Barletta Tour

11th District Congressman Lou Barletta began his weekend by stopping by the Bloomsburg Fire Department to chat with firefighters and talk to department officers. For Mr. Barletta is all part of his Main Street tour of talking to firefighters... and later downtown merchants. On another subject... Congressman Barletta is happy to see the Veterans Administration hospital in Wilkes – Barre is not caught up in the nationwide VA scandal... where an estimated 57 – thousand servicemen continue to wait for appointments.


University Audit
For the first time in its history, the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education will be the focus of a performance audit. The audit will cover the period of July 1st 2011 through June 30th 2014 .State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says the audit will examine such issues as the effectiveness of operations and policies at the 14 state-owned universities, but there will also be one overriding question: Are the schools providing a quality education at a reasonable price for Pennsylvanians. The results will be made public sometime in 2015.

 

Digi Trip

Smart phones and tablets can make your summer vacation easier, letting you leave the maps and tour books at home. But make sure you don't rack up extra charges. Be aware of data roaming charges and know what's covered in your data plan before you go according to Jennifer Jolly, USA Today's tech columnist. She says you also have to be careful about exceeding the limits of your plan, its easy to rack up charges streaming video on trips. Jolly suggests a mobile hot spot with a separate fixed cost data plan to avoid unexpected costs.

 

Hazleton's Pensions

There is a published report that the City of Hazleton's police and fire pensions were less than 50 % funded... receiving a “severe distress” designation two years ago. State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said the police pension was funded at 47%... while the fireman's pension was funded at only 42%. The Auditor General stressed that Hazleton City Government should make fiscally responsible decisions in the future to benefit the city and taxpayers.

 

Demolition Contract

The Borough of West Hazleton says it will accept bids until the 24th of the month from contractors who want to tear down a dilapidated home. It's located in the 200 block of N. 4th Street... and has been in disrepair for years. City officials say a contract will be let in July... with the demolition to start shortly there after.

 

Weatherly Hill climb

One of the biggest annual sporting events in Weatherly... south of Hazleton... was held over the weekend. Thousands of people turned out for the Weatherly Hill climb on Buck Mountain Road. The competitors watch a variety of race prepared vehicles tackle the one mile... six turn course... trying to achieve the lowest elapsed time in each class.

 

WHLM Sports

Central Softball

Central Columbia has seven selections on the Heartland Conference Division II All Star softball team released recently. On Friday the Bluejays became the first Heartland Conference team to win a state softball championship with a convincing 13-5 over Bald Eagle Area in the Class AA final at Penn State. Central Columbia finished the season with a record of 25 and 2.

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies were shut out for the 9th time this season, losing to the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Sunday. Monday night, the Phil's open a series against the Braves in Atlanta. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:35.

 

Other Games

In other games Sunday... the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Miami Marlins 3-2 in 10 innings... the New York Mets got by the San Diego Padres 3-1, and it was the Oakland A's over the New York Yankees 10 to 5...

 

NBA

In the NBA final series Sunday night... the San Antonio Spurs clinched their 5th NBA Championship by downing the Miami Heat 104 to 87.

 

Golf

German golfer Martin Kaymer won the US Open which concluded Sunday in Pinehurst, North Carolina.

 

World Cup

The United State team plays its first game in the World Cup Monday when they take on Ghana.

 

Sunday / June 15, 2014


 

Lou Barletta Tour

11th District Congressman Lou Barletta began his weekend by stopping by the Bloomsburg Fire Department to chat with firefighters and talk to department officers. For Mr. Barletta is all part of his Main Street tour of talking to firefighters... and later downtown merchants. On another subject... Congressman Barletta is happy to see the Veterans Administration hospital in Wilkes – Barre is not caught up in the nationwide VA scandal... where an estimated 57 – thousand servicemen continue to wait for appointments.

 

Millard / State Budget

The state legislature re-convenes in Harrisburg Monday. Their goal... come up with a proposed state budget for the fiscal year which begins July 1st. State Representative David Millard... a member of the house appropriations committee... says the so – call budget vehicle has been passed out of committee. Representative Millard says he's confident Governor Corbett will have a proposed, final budget on his desk for his signature by June 30th.

 

WHLM Sports

Central Softball

Central Columbia has seven selections on the Heartland Conference Division II All Star softball team released recently. On Friday the Bluejays became the first Heartland Conference team to win a state softball championship with a convincing 13-5 over Bald Eagle Area in the Class AA final at Penn State. Central Columbia finished the season with a record of 25 and 2.

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies were shut out for the 9th time this season, losing to the Chicago Cubs 3-0 on Sunday. Monday night, the Phil's open a series against the Braves in Atlanta. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins at 6:35.

 

What's Happening? Sunday, June 15, 2014


Check out the Sullivan County Council on the Art's presentation of "The Home Front" - a dramatic look at life at home during the country's major wars. The play will be held this weekend at Valley United Methodist Church, route 220 in Muncy Valley. Showtime is this evening at 7 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults or just $1 for students. Call 570-928-8927 for more information.

 

Come catch a performance of the classic patriotic musical "1776" being performed at the Courtyard theater in the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Selinsgrove. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, running through June 29. Tickets are just $15. Call 570-374-0060 for more information.

 

Donations are being accepted for the Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale going on now until late September. The doors will be open for shopping Thursdays through Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM at the ARC storefront in the Bloomsburg Cinema Center plaza on Route 11. Donations of appliances, clothing, and other items can be dropped off 7 days a week - please no Televisions, Computers, Mattresses, Box Springs, or Exercise Equipment. All proceeds go to support A.R.C. Volunteers are still needed! Call 570-275-2313 for more information.

 

Sign up now for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunites for all ages. The first course starts Monday, June 16. Scholarships are availible. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance comes to AGAPE in Bloomsburg this Monday evening, with a special panel of local officials and families who have been affected by the prevalent drug use in our area. Everyone is invited to the forum. The talk starts at 6PM at the AGAPE center on 7th street.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Softball State Champions

The Central Columbia Lady Blue Jays are once again State Softball Champions after trouncing Bald Eagle Area on Friday night 13-5. You can hear the details with WHLM's Jim Doyle:

 

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phils play the Cubs at home this afternoon. The first pitch in the match against Chigago flies at 1:35 PM - we'll have all the action starting with the pregame at 1:00.

 

Upcoming Events

 

June 18 - 23

Donations of books are being accepted for the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library summer book sale, coming up June 19 - 23. Good-condition books can be dropped off at the library on Market Street. Please, no textbooks or encyclopedias. A special preview sale will be held for members of the Friends of the Library on Wednesday from 5:30 - 7 PM.

 

June 19 - 21

The Benton Fireman's Carnival is coming up Thursday through Saturday, June 19, 20, and 21 at the Benton Fire Hall. There will be live music every night, a chinese auction, and the Fireman's Parade and water battle on Saturday night - it forms at 5 PM and moves at 6 PM, with cash prizes for the top floats. Enjoy all of your favorite carnival rides, food, and of course home made ice cream.

 

June 21

Moreland the Magician will be at the Bloomsburg Public Library next Saturday, June 21 as part of their 125th charter anniversary. The performance gets under way at 10 AM during the children's birthday party for the library. Space is limited to the first 100 tickets. You can get yours at the library on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

June 21

The 4th annual Beth German memorial golf tournament is coming up on Saturday, June 21, at the Links at Hemlock Creek in Buckhorn. Proceeds will benefit the Animal Resource Center. Registration for a 4-person scramble team is $260 and includes luncheon and a soda and hot dog at the turn of the 18-hole course. Registration will be open from 7 - 8 AM the morning of the tourney. For more information, call 570-490-6319, or go to NoKillARC.com

 

June 22

Emmanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church is hosting a "Weird Animals" Vacation Bible School the week of June 22-26, starting at 6:30 each evening. It will feature a fun-filled circus carnival on Thursday the 26th. All kids from Preschool through High School are invited to attend. Call 570-854-2182 for more information. The church is on Dutch Hill Road in Bloomsburg.

 

June 23

It's time to sign up for Youth Basketball Day Camp at Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House. Two week-long sessions will be held, starting Monday, June 23 and Monday, July 21. The clinic is open to both girls and boys, from 2nd - 8th grade. Cost is $150 for the week-long program. For more information and to register go to BUcamps.com

 

TFN

It's time to enroll in Columbia-Sullivan Head Start pre-school. Eligible families can sign up kids who will be 3 or 4 years old before September 1st. For more information and pre-application, call 570-784-1076. 

 

TFN

Musicians are Wanted to join the Danville Community Band. The band includes players of all ages - and you don't have to be from Danville to join in. For more information, call 570-275-3520, or visit DanvilleCommunityBand.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market

Streets in Danville.

 

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

What's Happening? Saturday, June 14, 2014


The Berwick Area Relay for Life continues through this afternoon at the Berwick Senior High School. There will be activites for spectators and families. Come out and support the local branch of the American Cancer Society.

 

Come out to the 5th annual Fire & Shine Car Show at the Shikellamy State Park in Sunbury. There will be trophies, prizes, a 50/50 drawing, food, music, and dash plaques for the first 100 cars to register. There are categories for almost any vehicle imaginable! Registration will be open from 9 AM - Noon, and awards will be given out at 3 PM. Registration is $15.

 

Check out the Sullivan County Council on the Art's presentation of "The Home Front" - a dramatic look at life at home during the country's major wars. The play will be held this weekend at Valley United Methodist Church, route 220 in Muncy Valley. Showtimes are this afternoon at 2 PM and Sunday at 7 PM. Tickets are $10 for adults or just $1 for students. Call 570-928-8927 for more information.

 

The Mental Health Association of Columbia & Montour Counties will hold a chinese auction this afternoon from 1-4 PM at 122 East 12th street in Bloomsburg. There will be refreshments for a donation, and live music by Still Standing. Proceeds benefit the Compeer Corps Vet-2-Vet Program. For more information call 570-389-0555.

 

Holy Family Convent in Danville is holding a Porch Sale today from 9 AM - 1 PM. There will be benches, chairs, and many pieces of office and bedroom furniture for sale. The Convent is at #1 Montur Street in Danville.

 

Tractor Supply Company in Bloomsburg will host a cancer charity car wash from 10 AM - 2 PM today. There's no set price for the wash, and there will be food and drinks availible as well. 

 

Katy's Church in Madison Township is holding a rummage sale from 9 AM - 4 PM today. There will be antiques, collectables, and food! The church is at 32 Wolf Hollow Road, next to the State Game Lands. 

 

Come to Sponslers Park in Berwick this evening for a Blueprint Neighborhood Block Party from 3-7 PM. There will be great food, live music, a moon bounce and games and activites for the kids. The park is on Monroe Street in Berwick.

 

Emmanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church is holding an Ice Cream Social this evening, starting at 4 PM. There will be soups, Barbecuse, and of course home-made ice cream. The church is on Dutch Hill Road in Bloomsburg. 

 

Come catch a performance of the classic patriotic musical "1776" being performed at the Courtyard theater in the Susquehanna Valley Mall in Selinsgrove. Showtimes are Fridays and Saturdays at 7 PM and Sundays at 2 PM, running through June 29. Tickets are just $15. Call 570-374-0060 for more information.

 

Donations are being accepted for the Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale going on now until late September. The doors will be open for shopping Thursdays through Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM at the ARC storefront in the Bloomsburg Cinema Center plaza on Route 11. Donations of appliances, clothing, and other items can be dropped off 7 days a week - please no Televisions, Computers, Mattresses, Box Springs, or Exercise Equipment. All proceeds go to support A.R.C. Volunteers are still needed! Call 570-275-2313 for more information.

 

Sign up now for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunites for all ages. The first course starts Monday, June 16. Scholarships are availible. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The Berwick Anti-Drug Alliance comes to AGAPE in Bloomsburg this Monday evening, with a special panel of local officials and families who have been affected by the prevalent drug use in our area. Everyone is invited to the forum. The talk starts at 6PM at the AGAPE center on 7th street.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Softball State Champions

The Central Columbia Lady Blue Jays are once again State Softball Champions after trouncing Bald Eagle Area on Friday night 13-5. You can hear the details with WHLM's Jim Doyle:

 

 

Phillies Baseball

The Phils play the Cubs at home this afternoon. The first pitch in the match against Chigago flies at 3:05 PM - we'll have all the action starting with the pregame at 2:30.

 

Upcoming Events

 

June 18 - 23

Donations of books are being accepted for the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library summer book sale, coming up June 19 - 23. Good-condition books can be dropped off at the library on Market Street. Please, no textbooks or encyclopedias. A special preview sale will be held for members of the Friends of the Library on Wednesday from 5:30 - 7 PM.

 

June 19 - 21

The Benton Fireman's Carnival is coming up Thursday through Saturday, June 19, 20, and 21 at the Benton Fire Hall. There will be live music every night, a chinese auction, and the Fireman's Parade and water battle on Saturday night - it forms at 5 PM and moves at 6 PM, with cash prizes for the top floats. Enjoy all of your favorite carnival rides, food, and of course home made ice cream.

 

June 21

Moreland the Magician will be at the Bloomsburg Public Library next Saturday, June 21 as part of their 125th charter anniversary. The performance gets under way at 10 AM during the children's birthday party for the library. Space is limited to the first 100 tickets. You can get yours at the library on Market Street in downtown Bloomsburg.

 

June 21

The 4th annual Beth German memorial golf tournament is coming up on Saturday, June 21, at the Links at Hemlock Creek in Buckhorn. Proceeds will benefit the Animal Resource Center. Registration for a 4-person scramble team is $260 and includes luncheon and a soda and hot dog at the turn of the 18-hole course. Registration will be open from 7 - 8 AM the morning of the tourney. For more information, call 570-490-6319, or go to NoKillARC.com

 

June 22

Emmanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church is hosting a "Weird Animals" Vacation Bible School the week of June 22-26, starting at 6:30 each evening. It will feature a fun-filled circus carnival on Thursday the 26th. All kids from Preschool through High School are invited to attend. Call 570-854-2182 for more information. The church is on Dutch Hill Road in Bloomsburg.

 

June 23

It's time to sign up for Youth Basketball Day Camp at Bloomsburg University's Nelson Field House. Two week-long sessions will be held, starting Monday, June 23 and Monday, July 21. The clinic is open to both girls and boys, from 2nd - 8th grade. Cost is $150 for the week-long program. For more information and to register go to BUcamps.com

 

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It's time to enroll in Columbia-Sullivan Head Start pre-school. Eligible families can sign up kids who will be 3 or 4 years old before September 1st. For more information and pre-application, call 570-784-1076. 

 

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Musicians are Wanted to join the Danville Community Band. The band includes players of all ages - and you don't have to be from Danville to join in. For more information, call 570-275-3520, or visit DanvilleCommunityBand.org

 

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Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

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The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market

Streets in Danville.

 

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

Friday / June 13, 2014


 

SEDA – Cog / Rails

Lewisburg – based SEDA – Cog is requesting proposals from rail companies to supply service on five lines... including the one that runs through Columbia and Montour Counties. The organization's Jeff Stover says they're NOT unhappy with current provider North Shore Railroad... but it's been a long time they've sought out another operator. SEDA – Cog owns the rails of the former Erie – Lackawanna Bloomsburg line... with North Shore providing motive power and interchange services of freight cars. The Northumberland – based railroad was notified of the move back in 2009... with any new contract with either North Shore or another line going into effect in July of 2017.

 

Cole's Theft

Still not in custody.... the man and woman wanted for questioning in the theft of tools and merchandise from the Cole's Hardware store... on Route 11... East of Bloomsburg. Police are trying to figure out the identities of the pair from video taken by a store security camera. The theft happened this week. It's believed the couple made their get – a – way in a black Ford F-150. If you have information about the incident... give Scott Township police a call.

 

Finance Authority

The PA Housing Finance Agency has approved more than $20 – million in tax credits for 24 affordable, multi – family housing developments across the state... including one in Bloomsburg. A spokesman for State Senator John Gordner says an application was submitted by the Columbia County Housing Corporation for the Bloom Mills senior housing development project on 6th Street. That project was approved for more than $900,000 in tax credits. The project will provide forty new apartments for seniors... which will also include a senior center.

 

Berwick Pet & Toy Parade

Despite threatening skies... the Berwick Elks Pet and Toy Parade marched down Market Street Thursday night. The event was lead by a martial art's group.... followed by a dozen barking dogs... a cat... and some of the Borough's fire apparatus. Later... the kids and their parents returned to the Jackson Mansion in the 4 – hundred block of Market Street... where several bicycles were given away.

 

Scranton Bypass

PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission says it will explore a long-range plan to address congestion in the Interstate 81 corridor. PennDOT chief Barry Schoch says an engineering study will determine the feasibility of utilizing a portion of the Northeast Extension of the turnpike as a bypass around Scranton. The study will develop origin and destination traffic models to gauge potential usage of improved connections, do a preliminary environmental assessment, and analyze alternatives. The plan calls for the construction of two interchanges... north and south of Scranton.

 

Wilkes University

Wilkes University says it will soon arm members of it's public safety department. That comes after a two – year study. The study came to the conclusion that public safety officers act as first responders.... and would better assist the Wilkes – Barre Police Department. University President Dr. Patrick Leahy says it will enhance an already safe campus.

 

Pharmacy Closed

Authorities in Hazleton are remaining tight lipped after they closed down a busy pharmacy. Waschko's Pharmacy on North Wyoming Avenue was shuttered late Thursday morning by police... who also called for a Fire Department ladder truck to take a look at the top of the building. Published reports say the feds seized records of the business. Customers were told the business was closed, but to come back Friday.

 

Former Mayor Guilty

The former mayor of Coaldale... in Schuylkill County... has been found guilty on all 27 counts of possessing child pornography. It took a Carbon County jury 2 and a half hours to deliver the verdict to Richard Corkery. During the trial... Corkery denied he downloaded the porn on his computer at work. He remains free on 50- thousand dollars unsecured bail... and will be sentenced later this year. Cokery could face up to seven years in prison.

 

Governor Corbett

PA Governor Tom Corbett will be in Williamsport this afternoon to repeat their call for swift action and better care for veterans in federal VA facilities. The Governor plans to meet with local veterans and other advocacy groups to hear their stories from local VA facilities. That meeting takes place at American Legion Post 1 on Tenth Street in Williamsport.

 

Repeat DUI

Legislation aimed at repeat drunk drivers has been approved in the state House.

If enacted, it would be known as Angie's Law, in memory of a 33 year-old Adams County woman killed when her car was struck by a man found to be legally intoxicated, who was also convicted of DUI the previous year. The bill would raise the minimum jail sentence for a repeat DUI offender whose actions result in a death, from three years to five. The bill now heads to the Senate following approval in the House with only 4 no votes.

 

WHLM Sports

Softball State Champions

The Central Columbia Lady Blue Jays are once again State Softball Champions after trouncing Bald Eagle Area on Friday night 13-5. You can hear the details with WHLM's Jim Doyle:

 

 

BU Fields

Thanks to the generosity of a former Husky football player. Bloomsburg University's Sports Stadium, the home of Husky soccer, field hockey ,and women's lacrosse, will soon undergo a major facelift and be renamed Steph Pettit Stadium. Pettit, who founded Clear Earth Systems in Tampa in 1993, has made a one million dollar contribution for stadium improvements and athletic scholarships.

 

Former BU Alum

Another former Husky football player, New Orleans Saints guard Jahri Evans, will be on campus Saturday as an instructor at the McBryan/Evans Offensive Line Camp. 175 athletes representing 33 schools are expected to attend.

 

PHL Phils

The Philadelphia Phillies completed a three game sweep of their series against the San Diego Padres Thursday with a 7-3 win. Friday night the Phils open a home series against the Chicago Cubs. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show following the Central – Bald Eagle Area softball game.

 

Other MLB Games

In games played Thursday night...the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the Chicago cups 4 to nothing.... The Milwaukee Brewers defeated the New York Mets 5 to 1... and the New York Yankees downed the Seattle Mariners 6 to 3.

 

NBA Finals

In game four of the NBA final series... the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 107 to 86. The next game is Sunday. The Spurs now hold a three game to one lead in the series.

 

Thursday / June 12, 2014


Berwick Fire

A Berwick carport was extensively damaged by fire overnight. Firemen were called out around 2:30 to battle the blaze in rear of 1227 Ferris Avenue. The Press – Enterprise is reporting on it's Facebook page that 90 – year old Stella Puher got out of her home safely. The carport is used for storage space behind the Puher home.

Berwick firemen had the blaze out within minutes of arriving on the scene.

 

Berwick Crime Watch

The Berwick Area Community Crime Watch is expanding their efforts. Wednesday night about two dozen people walked the streets of Salem Township on Berwick's east side. Berwick Mayor Tim Burke says the Township police department does a good job in keeping crime in check... and they're always recruiting new members. Mayor Burke says next months walk will return to Berwick

 

Cole's Thieves

Scott Township police are looking for two individuals who made off with tools and other merchandise from Cole's Hardware on Route 11... east of Bloomsburg. Police are now trying to identify the couple who strolled into the store Wednesday and made off with the goods. It's believed they're in a black Ford F-150 pickup. If you have information about the theft... call Scott Township police in Espy.

 

Luge Tryout

A portion of Mulberry Street in Berwick... near the 14th Street School... will be blocked off to traffic Saturday as kids try out to see if they have talent for the luge. Berwick native Jayson Terdiman along with the folks from USA Luge will be in town looking for some raw talent. Terdiman went on to compete earlier this year at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia... finishing in the top ten. Tryouts begin Saturday at 10 O'clock on Mulberry Street...

 

Kidsburg

Although it's only been open six weeks or so... the newly constructed Kidsburg at Bloomsburg Town Park will be close for a week.... starting next Monday. That word from Chuck Wagner... the Town Park Improvement Association president. Appearing on the Wednesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Wagner says concrete must be poured for sidewalks.

 

Chip Program
The House Insurance Committee has approved legislation which would benefit Pennsylvanians enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program. State Representative Tina Pickett of neighboring Sullivan County chairs the Insurance Committee and sponsored the bill. She says there's a problem with recipients losing their coverage because of a gap between the time eligibility expires and when they're re-enrolled. Pickett's bill seeks to streamline the renewal process to ensure coverage does not lapse during that period. The bill, which won unanimous committee approval, would also change the requirement for re-application to every 12 months, up from the current 6.

 

Local Tax
Legislation passed in the state Senate seeks to benefit members of the military in Pennsylvania. Northeastern Pennsylvania Senator Lisa Baker says the bill is a correction to a 2008 law streamlining local tax collection. The bill passed the Senate unanimously and how heads to the House. If approved, supporters hope it will be signed before the end of the current session.

 

Trial Begins

Opening statements were heard Wednesday in the child pornography trial of former Coaldale Mayor Richard Corkery. He's accused of 27 kiddie porn counts while using a computer at work.... a Lansford radio station. Corkery has denied the charges. He is expected to take the stand in his own defense.

 

Edwardsville Bank Robbery

Police in Luzerne County are trying to find the couple who robbed the Community Bank on Wyoming Avenue in Edwardsville. The robbery took place at mid afternoon. Police say an estimated $8,000 in cash was taken from a teller.

 

Jason Jones

People lined the streets of Orwigsburg... in Schuylkill County Wednesday... saying their final good bye to Army Capt Jason Jones... who died last week in Afghanistan. Jones died in a fire fight involving insurgents. He will be buried at the West Point Military Academy.

 

Wyoming Area

For the first time in four years... there is peace among the teachers union and management at the Wyoming Area School District. The school board giving their okay to a new six – year deal with the teachers union. The settlement provides for a nearly $1.4 – million pay increase.... and nearly $800,000 in retroactive pay not received during contract negotiations.

 

WHLM Sports

Central Softball

The Class AA state softball championship will be on the line Friday when Central Columbia takes on Bald Eagle Area at Penn State. Friday's state championship softball game starts at 5:30. Coverage on the whlm stations begins with the pregame show at 5 O'Clock.

 

PHL Phillies 

Wednesday night in the second game of their home series against San Diego the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Padres 3 to nothing. The series concludes this afternoon with a 1:05 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 12:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games last night... the Pittsburgh Pirates topped the Chicago Cubs 4 to 2... the Milwaukee Brewers downed the New York Mets 3 to 1... and the New York Yankees defeated the Seattle Mariners 4 to 2.

 

NHL

In the NHL's final series last night... the New York Rangers kept their championship hope alive by downing the Los Angels Kings 2 to 1. The Kings lead the series 3 games to one.

 

Wednesday / June 11, 2014


 

PPL Changes Focus

Changes on the horizon. Pennsylvania Power and Light says it will get of the business of making electricity... instead... they will concentrate on delivering the product. Now... the Allentown – based company is merging with another firm to form Talen Energy Corporation. Talen now becomes the new owner of the nuclear power plant north of Berwick... as well as the coal – fired plant near Washingtonville. PPL says folks who work at the two plants will become Talen employees and merge seamlessly into the company.

 

Blueprint Communities

Folks belonging to the Berwick Blueprint Community... getting together Tuesday night at City Hall to discuss common issues. For member Jay Jarrett... it's been an eventful five years... and said getting rid of blighted buildings is a huge accomplishment. One of those building was the Hayes Hotel on LaSalle Avenue. That property had been abandoned for fifteen years.... until it was knocked down in 2013. Meantime... the Blueprint Communities will hold a block party Saturday... starting at 3 O'clock.... at Sponsler's Park on Monroe Street.

 

Bloomsburg Street Paving

A number of streets in Bloomsburg will be upgraded and paved... once bids are received. Town Council this week gave the go – ahead to advertise for bids from construction companies. Public Works Director John Barton says some of the streets on the list are in dire need of paving. The streets to be targeted include 4th from Railroad to Market... Third Street from Market to Iron... Market Street from the fountain north to First... and East First from Pine Street to Iron.

 

Water Tanker

An unusual sight at the corner of Route 11 and 54 in Danville Tuesday night when a tanker with 3,000 gallons of pool water ended up on it's side. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Wednesday's edition.... the tanker's connection to the truck's 5th wheel apparently broke... throwing the tanker on it's right side. The driver... 54 – year old Bob Smith of Nescopeck was not injured in the incident. The tanker was put back on it's wheels by two wreckers.

 

Legislative Gifts
A state house panel of lawmakers held a public hearing Tuesday on legislation that would restrict the gifts lawmakers could receive without publicly reporting their value. The focus has intensified on lawmaker disclosure laws since a state sting operation allegedly turned up a handful of Philadelphia lawmakers accepting cash and other gifts. The House State Government Committee's hearing focused on a bill that would make big changes to the minimum value of gifts that have to be reported...lowering thresholds for reporting from $250 down to $50 for gifts and from $650 to $100 for travel and lodging. The bill has the support of a bi-partisan Government Reform Caucus formed last year...

 

Berwick Regatta

Getting ready for the Berwick Regatta coming up the 28th and 29th of this month at the test track park on South Eaton Street. Berwick Area United Way CEO Ginny Crake says it's an event sanctioned by the American Power Boat Association and is gaining a lot of traction. The event begins on Friday, June 27th with a carnival which runs all weekend. The proceeds going to the Berwick Area United Way... the BerVaughn Park Pool and the Boy Scouts.

 

Responder Response

What can be done to improve emergency response to vehicle accidents? That was the question at a hearing held in Harrisburg Tuesday. Officials from PennDOT, the PA Turnpike and state police were on hand at the hearing held by the Senate Transportation Committee. The goal is to improve emergency response in the wake of accidents like the one involving nearly 100 vehicles February 14th on the PA Turnpike near Bensalem. One point that came up consistently was a lack of communication and coordination between state and local authorities. Another key issue-- keeping drivers informed about road conditions.

 

Hazleton Vandalism

Hazleton police are looking for the persons responsible for damaging the windows of at least 11 cars.

It happened sometime late Sunday night or early Monday morning with someone using a pellet or B-B gun. One of the hardest hit areas was along Alter Street. If you have information about about the vandalism.... call Hazleton Police.

 

Man charged

A 20 – y ear old Hazleton man is charged with allegedly assaulting a woman early Wednesday morning. Police say Garnel McFarland of North Church Street assaulted the woman in the area of 18th and North Church Streets. McFarland is charged with ag assault.... reckless endangerment... disorderly conduct... harassment and public drunkenness.

 

Garage Fire

Investigators say arson is the cause of a blaze which destroyed an unoccupied garage behind a vacant Hazleton home Monday night. It didn't take long for firemen to knock down the blaze at 552 North Church Street. Fire chief Donald Leshko says the garage door was open and contained to a storage area. Now... authorities are trying to find the person who set the fire in a vacant garage in Hazleton last night.

 

WHLM Sports

Central Blue Jays

The starting time for Central Columbia's AA state championship softball game at Penn State on Friday has been moved to 5:30. Coverage on the WHLM Stations will begin with the pregame show at 5 O'clock. Central faces Bald Eagle Area in that final.

 

Henry Hynoski

Henry Hynoski, Jr. will be returning to his roots this Saturday when the New York Giants starting fullback and several teammates hold a football camp at Southern Columbia Area High School. Saturday's football camp at Southern Columbia runs from 9 to 4 and is for athletes entering grades 3 through 9 for the coming school year. Portions of the proceeds will go to Camp Victory.

 

PHL Phillies

In the first game of a three game home series against San Diego Tuesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Padres 5 to 3. Game two is Wednesday night. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Tuesday night... The Chicago Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 7 to 3,,,, the New York Mets downed the Milwaukee Brewer 6 to 3... and the New York Yankees got by the Seattle Mariner 3 to 2.

 

NBA Finals

In the NBA final series last night... the San Antonio Spurs downed the Miami Heat 111 to 92. The spurs lead the series two games to one...

 

Tuesday / June 10, 2014


 

Bloomsburg Block Grants

The Town of Bloomsburg could be in line for an estimated $165,000 in Community Development Block Grant money from the feds. A public hearing was held Monday night during a council meeting with SEDA -Cog's Bill Seigel outlining what the Town can and cannot do with the money. Two project that could be funded is continued development at Streater Field.... as well as allocating money for curb cuts for handicapped access. Project review and finalization will come up when council meet July 14th.

 

I-80 Construction

A PennDOT contractor has started to resurface a nearly five mile section of the westbound lane of Interstate 80 between the Buckhorn interchange and the Montour County line. The $2.6 - million project will squeeze two lanes of the super highway into one lane of traffic... so says PennDOT's David Thompson. The work is all inclusive... including reconstruction of approaches to bridges... highway base repair... then overlaying the entire roadway and shoulders. The work is expected to be wrapped up in late August.

 

Same Sex Marriage
The judge at the epicenter of the recent ruling to allow same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania says he saw it as a clear cut decision. The ruling by Judge John Jones III opened the door to legal same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania for the first time. Critics of the decision call Jones an "activist judge" who based that ruling on personal opinion, but he says he followed what he called strict constitutional guidelines. He says marriage is included in the liberty language of the constitution, but people need to understand the framers could not envision every single scenario and that's why the judicial system exists in the first place...

 

Chip / Pickett

The full house will soon consider a bill dealing with the state's Children's Health Insurance Program... or Chip. The bill author is Representative Tina Pickett... a Republican of neighboring Sullivan County. The measure is designed to make sure ever child that is eligible is covered with health insurance. No word when the full house will consider Representative Pickett's bill.

 

Northumberland Co. Courthouse

The Northumberland County Courthouse in Sunbury is expected to be opened Tuesday. The building was shut down Monday and employees sent home when cracks were discovered on the second floor. Inspectors were brought in and the building was deemed safe. The Northumberland County Courthouse will be opened at it's usual time.

 

E-Mail Scam
The office that oversees courts in Pennsylvania is warning of an e-mail scam. According to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, residents in at least two counties have received Notices to Appear via e-mail . The subject line reads "Hearing of Your Case in Court." Official notices are usually sent through the US Postal Service, so court officials are warning people not to open the e-mails, because they could contain a computer virus. You're advised instead to report it to your county court administrator, then delete it.

 

Murder Trial Scheduled

A Wilkes – Barre man will face trial next month in the shooting death of a second man. 20 – year old Joshua Ovalles is charged with the murder of 24 – year old Vaughn Kemp last July. At the time of the incident, Ovalles was out on bail for an attempted homicide charge. No jury will be involved in the trial, but rather Judge Thomas Burk will determine innocence or guilt.

 

Gas Prices

The price of a gallon of self – serve, unleaded gas in northeastern Pennsylvania is holding steady. The latest Triple A Fuel Gauge report shows we're paying an average of $3.68 a gallon.... the same as it was over the weekend. A week ago the average was $3.69... and that's compared to the $3.75 we were paying a month ago.

 

Nuke Plant

Unit 1 at PPL Susquehanna nuclear power plant... north of Berwick... resumed generating electricity over the weekend after completing a scheduled refueling and maintenance outage. A PPL spokesperson says workers replaced about 40 percent of the uranium fuel and performed a large number of equipment maintenance tasks and upgrades all aimed at further improving plant safety and performance. Equipment upgrades included modifications to the plant's turbines to address the vibration issues experienced over the past few years. The changes to the turbine and associated equipment are expected to enable the plant to operate until its next refueling outage.

 

WHLM Sports

Central headed to Final

Trailing 5-3 early in the game, the Central Columbia girls softball team rallied for a 10-5 win over Susquenita Monday at Penn State in the Class AA state semifinals. In the semifinal that followed, Bald Eagle Area beat Phillipsburg Osceola 7-3. Central Columbia will face Bald Eagle Area in the state final Friday evening at 5:30 at Penn State. You can hear that game on the whlm stations beginning with the pregame show at 5:00.

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies start a three game home series tonight against the San Diego Padres. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In major league baseball Monday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Chicago Cubs 6 to 2 and The New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals game was postponed.

 

NHL Finals

Last night in the NHL final series... the Los Angeles Kings downed the New York Ranges 3 to nothing. LA now holds a commanding 3 to nothing lead in the series.

 

Monday / June 9, 2014


 

WHLM Sports

Central Columbia

Seeking the school's first state softball title since 1994, Central Columbia plays Susquenita Monday afternoon in the Class AA semifinals. The game will be played at Penn State starting at 3 o'clock. The other semifinal will be played at 5 at the same site with Bald Eagle Area taking on Phillipsburg- Osceola. The state final will also be played at Penn State Friday morning at 10.

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies lost to the Reds In Cincinnati Sunday 4-1. The Phils have Monday off. They open a three game home series against the San Diego Padres tomorrow night.

 

Other MLB Games 

In other games Sunday... the Milwaukee Brewers got by the Pittsburgh Pirates 1 to nothing... the San Francisco Giants defeated the New York Mets 6 to 4... and the Kansas City Royals downed the New York Yankees 2 to 1.

 

NBA

In the NBA final series Sunday night.. the Miami Heat found some last minute strength and defeated the San Antonio Spurs 98 to 96. The series is now tied at one game apiece.

 

NHL

Game three of the NHL's final series will be played Monday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Los Angeles Kings lead that series against the New York Rangers two games to none.

 

NASCAR Cup Series

Dale Earnhardt, Junior won Sunday's 400 mile NASCAR Cup Series event at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond.

 

What's Happening? Sunday June 8, 2014


The Dream Machines Motor Club Car Show will be at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds today from 8:30 AM - 3 PM. This year's featured vehicle is the Pontiac GTO. Registration is $15 and is open until Noon. Awards will be presented at 3 PM. For more information, call 570-275-0748.

 

The Benton British Car Club will meet this afternoon at 3 PM at Strevig's Family Restaurant, Route 487 in Benton. They meet the second Sunday of every month. Anyone who owns a British-made car is invited to attend.

 

The annual Strawberry Festival at the historic Warrior Run Church in Turbotville is happening this afternoon from 1-4 PM.  There will be fresh-churned ice cream, strawberry desserts of all kinds, burgers, hot dogs, barbecue and much more. Check out the antique car show, the silent auction, the historical displays, and join in the hymn sing at 1:00 PM. Proceeds go toward the ongoing preservation of the historic church, just off the Susquehanna Trail in Watsontown.

 

Come see the 2014 BTE Intern Project, "Manuscript" written by Paul Grellong and directed by BTE's Daniel Roth, at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. The final showtime is this afternoon at 3 PM. Tickets are just $15 each. For more information, stop by the BTE box office or check them out under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Philadelphis Phillies are on the road in Cincinatti this weekend. Their game against the Reds gets underway this afternoon at 1:10, we'll have all the action starting with the pregame show at 12:35.

 

HS Softball

Penn State University will be the venue for the Central Columbia girls softball team when they play Susquanita on Monday in the Class AA state semifinals. The game will start at 3 o'clock and be followed by the other state semifinal between Bald Eagle Area and Phillipsburg Osceola.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

June 10

The Master Gardners of Columbia County continue their series of free public lectures at the McBride Memorial Library this Tuesday evening. This month's topic is Tomato Pests and Diseases presented by Joan Silver. Call to reserve a seat at 570-752-2241. The talk starts at 6 PM at the library on Market Street in Berwick.

 

June 10

The Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech Alumni will hold their monthly meeting this Tuesday evening. The meeting will be held in the school's gym lobby (Room 114) starting at 6:30 PM.

 

June 13

The Berwick Area Relay for Life is coming up Friday, June 13 at the Berwick Senior High School. The Relay gets under way starting at 3 PM. WHLM's Bobby Gale will be on hand to give us live updates. For more information, call 570-874-1413 ext 2102. There will be activites for spectators and families. Come out and support the local branch of the American Cancer Society.

 

June 14

The Mental Health Association of Columbia & Montour Counties will hold a chinese auction on Saturday, June 14 from 1-4 PM at 122 East 12th street in Bloomsburg. There will be refreshments for a donation, and live music by Still Standing. Proceeds benefit the Compeer Corps Vet-2-Vet Program. For more information call 570-389-0555.

 

June 14

Come out to the 5th annual Fire & Shine Car Show on Saturday, June 14 at the Shikellamy State Park in Sunbury. There will be trophies, prizes, a 50/50 drawing, food, music, and dash plaques for the first 100 cars to register. There are categories for almost any vehicle imaginable! Registration will be open from 9 AM - Noon, and awards will be given out at 3 PM. Registration is $15 - or just $12 if you pre-register by calling 570-286-8405.

 

June 16 - August 15

Sign up now for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunites for all ages. The first course starts Monday, June 16. Scholarships are availible. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru June 17

Donations of books are being accepted for the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library summer book sale, coming up June 19 - 23. Good-condition books can be dropped off at the library on Market Street. Please, no textbooks or encyclopedias. A special preview sale will be held for members of the Friends of the Library on June 18 from 5:30 - 7 PM.

 

June 19 - 21

The Benton Fireman's Carnival is coming up Thursday through Saturday, June 19, 20, and 21 at the Benton Fire Hall. There will be live music every night, a chinese auction, and the Fireman's Parade and water battle on Saturday night - it forms at 5 PM and moves at 6 PM, with cash prizes for the top floats. Enjoy all of your favorite carnival rides, food, and of course home made ice cream.

 

June 21

The 4th annual Beth German memorial golf tournament is coming up on Saturday, June 21, at the Links at Hemlock Creek in Buckhorn. Proceeds will benefit the Animal Resource Center. Registration for a 4-person scramble team is $260 and includes luncheon and a soda and hot dog at the turn of the 18-hole course. Registration will be open from 7 - 8 AM the morning of the tourney. For more information, call 570-490-6319, or go to NoKillARC.com

 

June 22

Emmanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church is hosting a "Weird Animals" Vacation Bible School the week of June 22-26, starting at 6:30 each evening. It will feature a fun-filled circus carnival on Thursday the 26th. All kids from Preschool through High School are invited to attend. Call 570-854-2182 for more information. The church is on Dutch Hill Road in Bloomsburg.

 

Thru Sept 28

Donations are being accepted for the Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale going on now until late September. The doors will be open for shopping Thursdays through Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM at the ARC storefront in the Bloomsburg Cinema Center plaza on Route 11. Donations of appliances, clothing, and other items can be dropped off 7 days a week - please no Televisions, Computers, Mattresses, Box Springs, or Exercise Equipment. All proceeds go to support A.R.C. Volunteers are still needed! Call 570-275-2313 for more information.

 

TFN

It's time to enroll in Columbia-Sullivan Head Start pre-school. Eligible families can sign up kids who will be 3 or 4 years old before September 1st. For more information and pre-application, call 570-784-1076. 

 

TFN

Musicians are Wanted to join the Danville Community Band. The band includes players of all ages - and you don't have to be from Danville to join in. For more information, call 570-275-3520, or visit DanvilleCommunityBand.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market

Streets in Danville.

 

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

What's Happening? Saturday, June 7, 2014


The 2014 Bloomsburg Relay for Life continues today at the Town Park on Market Street. Make sure to stop by, join in the family activites, and support the American Cancer Society.

 

The Robbins Run 5K and 10K is happening this morning at 9 AM. Part of the River Town Race series, the course follows the J. Manley Robbins trail along Mahoning Creek in Danville. Registration will be open the morning of the race from 7:30 - 8:30 AM at the Hess Recreation Area on Meadow Lane. Fee is $20 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K - students 11-18 get $5 off the registration fee. Parking is limited. Call 570-336-2060 for more information.

 

Come see the 2014 BTE Intern Project, "Manuscript" written by Paul Grellong and directed by BTE's Daniel Roth, running through Sunday at the Alvina Krause Theater in downtown Bloomsburg. Showtimes are tonight at 7:30 PM, and a Sunday matinee at 3 PM. Tickets are just $15 each. For more information, stop by the BTE box office or check them out under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

The annual Strawberry Festival at the historic Warrior Run Church in Turbotville is happening Sunday afternoon from 1-4 PM.  There will be fresh-churned ice cream, strawberry desserts of all kinds, burgers, hot dogs, barbecue and much more. Check out the antique car show, the silent auction, the historical displays, and join in the hymn sing at 1:00 PM. Proceeds go toward the ongoing preservation of the historic church, just off the Susquehanna Trail in Watsontown.

 

The Dream Machines Motor Club Car Show will be at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds Sunday from 8:30 AM - 3 PM. This year's featured vehicle is the Pontiac GTO. Registration is $15 and is open until Noon the day of the show. Awards will be presented at 3 PM. For more information, call 570-275-0748.

 

The Benton British Car Club will meet Sunday afternoon at 3 PM at Strevig's Family Restaurant, Route 487 in Benton. They meet the second Sunday of every month. Anyone who owns a British-made car is invited to attend.

 

WHLM Sports

 

Phillies Baseball

The Philadelphis Phillies are on the road in Cincinatti this weekend. Their game against the Reds gets underway this afternoon at 4:10, we'll have all the action starting with the pregame show at 3:35.

 

HS Softball

Penn State University will be the venue for the Central Columbia girls softball team when they play Susquanita on Monday in the Class AA state semifinals. The game will start at 3 o'clock and be followed by the other state semifinal between Bald Eagle Area and Phillipsburg Osceola.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

June 10

The Master Gardners of Columbia County continue their series of free public lectures at the McBride Memorial Library this Tuesday evening. This month's topic is Tomato Pests and Diseases presented by Joan Silver. Call to reserve a seat at 570-752-2241. The talk starts at 6 PM at the library on Market Street in Berwick.

 

June 10

The Columbia-Montour Vo-Tech Alumni will hold their monthly meeting this Tuesday evening. The meeting will be held in the school's gym lobby (Room 114) starting at 6:30 PM.

 

June 13

The Berwick Area Relay for Life is coming up Friday, June 13 at the Berwick Senior High School. The Relay gets under way starting at 3 PM. WHLM's Bobby Gale will be on hand to give us live updates. For more information, call 570-874-1413 ext 2102. There will be activites for spectators and families. Come out and support the local branch of the American Cancer Society.

 

June 14

The Mental Health Association of Columbia & Montour Counties will hold a chinese auction on Saturday, June 14 from 1-4 PM at 122 East 12th street in Bloomsburg. There will be refreshments for a donation, and live music by Still Standing. Proceeds benefit the Compeer Corps Vet-2-Vet Program. For more information call 570-389-0555.

 

June 14

Come out to the 5th annual Fire & Shine Car Show on Saturday, June 14 at the Shikellamy State Park in Sunbury. There will be trophies, prizes, a 50/50 drawing, food, music, and dash plaques for the first 100 cars to register. There are categories for almost any vehicle imaginable! Registration will be open from 9 AM - Noon, and awards will be given out at 3 PM. Registration is $15 - or just $12 if you pre-register by calling 570-286-8405.

 

June 16 - August 15

Sign up now for BTE's Summer Theatre School. The series of courses will cover a wide range of topics and there will be opportunites for all ages. The first course starts Monday, June 16. Scholarships are availible. For course information or to sign up, call Sam at 570-784-5530, or visit BTE under Our Partners at the top of the page.

 

Thru June 17

Donations of books are being accepted for the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library summer book sale, coming up June 19 - 23. Good-condition books can be dropped off at the library on Market Street. Please, no textbooks or encyclopedias. A special preview sale will be held for members of the Friends of the Library on June 18 from 5:30 - 7 PM.

 

June 19 - 21

The Benton Fireman's Carnival is coming up Thursday through Saturday, June 19, 20, and 21 at the Benton Fire Hall. There will be live music every night, a chinese auction, and the Fireman's Parade and water battle on Saturday night - it forms at 5 PM and moves at 6 PM, with cash prizes for the top floats. Enjoy all of your favorite carnival rides, food, and of course home made ice cream.

 

June 21

The 4th annual Beth German memorial golf tournament is coming up on Saturday, June 21, at the Links at Hemlock Creek in Buckhorn. Proceeds will benefit the Animal Resource Center. Registration for a 4-person scramble team is $260 and includes luncheon and a soda and hot dog at the turn of the 18-hole course. Registration will be open from 7 - 8 AM the morning of the tourney. For more information, call 570-490-6319, or go to NoKillARC.com

 

June 22

Emmanuel Dutch Hill Bible Church is hosting a "Weird Animals" Vacation Bible School the week of June 22-26, starting at 6:30 each evening. It will feature a fun-filled circus carnival on Thursday the 26th. All kids from Preschool through High School are invited to attend. Call 570-854-2182 for more information. The church is on Dutch Hill Road in Bloomsburg.

 

Thru Sept 28

Donations are being accepted for the Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale going on now until late September. The doors will be open for shopping Thursdays through Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM at the ARC storefront in the Bloomsburg Cinema Center plaza on Route 11. Donations of appliances, clothing, and other items can be dropped off 7 days a week - please no Televisions, Computers, Mattresses, Box Springs, or Exercise Equipment. All proceeds go to support A.R.C. Volunteers are still needed! Call 570-275-2313 for more information.

 

TFN

It's time to enroll in Columbia-Sullivan Head Start pre-school. Eligible families can sign up kids who will be 3 or 4 years old before September 1st. For more information and pre-application, call 570-784-1076. 

 

TFN

Musicians are Wanted to join the Danville Community Band. The band includes players of all ages - and you don't have to be from Danville to join in. For more information, call 570-275-3520, or visit DanvilleCommunityBand.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market

Streets in Danville.

 

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

Friday / June 6, 2014


 

Williams Energy

There was a public information session held Thursday night at the Bloomsburg Fire Department for a proposed natural gas pipeline which will slice it's way through the center of Columbia County.... north to south. The Atlantic Sunrise project by Williams Energy is designed to move the product from the Marcellus gas fields to the main Transco pipeline in Southeast PA. But, Williams Energy needs access to a lot of property... so says the company's Chris Stockton. A lot of property owners who may be in the path of the pipe line are not sold on the idea... so says Hemlock Township resident Connie Breneisen. As currently proposed... the pipeline would make it's way through the heart of Columbia County buried at least three feet underground. A compressor station would be located in either Orange, Mt. Pleasant or Hemlock Townships. Another information meeting will be held Monday at the Tremont Fire Company in Schuylkill County.

 

School Finances

School districts in Pennsylvania continue to struggle with stagnant revenue and growing mandated costs according to a new report. Mandated costs such as pension, health care, special education and payments to charter schools continue to rise. A survey conducted for the Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators and the Association of School Business Officials also finds many school districts have increased property taxes, cut staff, and reduced or eliminated programs and are looking at more cuts next year.

 

Security Expo

Internet security professionals descended on Bloomsburg University Thursday to learn the latest on keeping their business computer systems up to date. The session follows word of the hacking of computer systems operated by large retailers. For the most part... Fred Reck, the President of Innotek Computer Consulting of Bloomsburg... says businesses don't have to hire an I-T guy to make sure their system is safe from hackers. The biggest thing to prevent a hacker from invading your computer system... according to Reck... is to make sure security patches are in place... as well as making sure you have a secure firewall.

 

Dream Machines

It's one of the biggest classic car shows in the area... and it takes place this Sunday at the Bloomsburg Fairgrounds. It's the 23nd Annual event produced by the Dream Machines Motor Club. Appearing on the Thursday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... the club's Randy Lawton telling Joe and Norm 400 classic cars are expected on the show field. The gates to the show open Sunday morning at 8:30. Money raised goes to local charities.

 

Little League
Friday marks the 75th anniversary of Little League Baseball, founded right here in Pennsylvania. That first league had of just three teams, with the first game played in Williamsport on June 6th, 1939. Other significant milestones include the first Little League World Series in 1947, the first teams outside the US in 1951, the first live broadcast of the Little League World Series on ABC in 1960, and girls first permitted to play in 1974. Little League now consists of nearly 200 thousand teams in every US state and 100 countries.

 

Hazleton / Broad Street

The final section of the paving of Broad Street in Hazleton will take place soon. Beginning next week the roadway from Vine to Pine Streets will take place overnight hours. Depending on the weather... a PennDOT spokesman says the project could take as little as four days to complete.

 

Threats

A Wyoming Valley man will stand trial soon for allegedly threatening two police officers. Fred Poliski of Edwardsville openly threatened to kill the two officers during a borough council meeting two months ago. Although Poliski remains free... a Luzerne County judge has ordered him to get a mental health evaluation.

 

Theft

Authorities have charged two people with stealing more than a $100,000 from a Schuylkill County car dealership. Larry Sweigert and Sandra Eggers... now of the Harrisburg area... are accused of theft while they worked at Boardman Brothers Motor Company near Pottsville. Specifically... Sweigert has been charged with allegedly stealing $120,000.

 

Northumberland Sheriff

The Pennsylvania Senate has unanimously confirmed Robert Wolf as Northumberland County Sheriff. Wolfe... of Coal Township... has served as acting sheriff since January when former Sheriff Chad Reiner resigned. Wolfe served as a Shamokin City Police officer for 20 years, as well as the City’s Fire Chief. He was the Chief Deputy Sheriff of Northumberland County at the time of his nomination by Governor Corbett. His term runs through 2015.

 

PPL / Union

Members of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1600 have ratified a new three-year contract with Pennsylvania-based companies of PPL Corporation. The agreement, which will run through May of 2017... includes wage increases of 2.5% in the first year, 2.5% in the second year, and 2.75% in the third year. It also provides competitive retirement savings and healthcare benefits. Local 1600 represents about 3,000 workers for PPL Electric Utilities, power plants owned by PPL companies in Pennsylvania, and various PPL corporate service groups.
 

WHLM Sports

HS Baseball/Softball

One area team won and two lost heartbreakers in the state quarterfinals in softball and baseball Thursday. The Central Columbia girls softball team beat Delone Catholic 6-4 to advance to the Class AA semifinals. On Monday, the Bluejays will play Susquenita at a site and time to be determined. The Berwick softball team saw its season come to an end with a 2-1 loss to Lansdale Catholic in Class AA. In baseball, Bloomsburg lost a 1-0 decision to Neumann Goretti in Class AA

 

PHL Phillies

The Phillies lost their 6th straight game Thursday falling to the Washington Nationals 4-2. Friday night at Phils open a three game weekend series in Cincinnati. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

 

In other MLB games

The Chicago Cubs got the best of the New York Mets 7 to 4... and the New York Yankees defeated the Oakland A's 2 to 1.

 

NBA

In the opening game of the NBA finals... the San Antonio Spurs downed the Miami Heat 110 to 95.

 

Thursday / June 5, 2014


 

Pension Reform

House lawmakers in Harrisburg yesterday took the wraps off details dealing with a proposed hybrid plan designed to get a handle on the pension crisis facing Pennsylvania. State Representative Mike Tobash... a Republican from neighboring Schuylkill County... said changes to the state employee and PA School Employees Retirement Systems must be made now in order to stop the cost borne by taxpayers from spiraling out of control. In essence... Tobash says that debt will increase by 3 and a half billion dollars over the next three years. The house is expected to take a look at the plan when they meet in Harrisburg Thursday.

 

Spill on the Susquehanna

A problem on the Susquehanna River... north of Bloomsburg. Global Tungsten and Powders Corporation says about a hundred gallons of solvent spilled into the waterway in near Towanda... in Bradford County... Wednesday afternoon. First responders spent the latter part of the day trying to clean up the mess. Company official say they'll have the spill taken care of late Thursday afternoon.

 

Safety Light Cleanup

If you've driven down Old Berwick Road... near Almedia... you'll find remediation efforts underway at the Safety Light Superfund site. The latest building to come down is the so – called Butler Building which faces OBR. Mitch Cron of the federal Environmental Protection Agency says steps are being taken to make sure contaminates are not being spread to near – by properties. During the late 40's into the new millennium the Safety Light Company... also known as U.S. Radium... manufactured self – illuminated watches... instrument dials... smoke detectors and exit signs. The 10 acre plot of land became a Super Fund site in the mid – 2000.

 

Concert Series

Despite overcast skies.... folks turned out last night for the kickoff to the 2014 Summer Concert Series at Bloomsburg Town Park. First up.... the Shoreliners of Schuylkill County. The concert series ends on July 30th with Gift, Troutman and Gift. The summer long events are funded by the Town Park Improvement Association. Next Wednesday... the Danville Community Band.

 

Kidsburg / Vandalism

If you build it... they will come.... and sometimes that means the bad element. For example... the newly constructed Kidsburg in Bloomsburg's Town Park has been the target of vandals. That word from Park Association President on the Wednesday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz. Wagner says he hopes he doesn't have to go as far as have an ordinance adopted by Town Council setting times of operation and penalties to be handed down if convicted of defacing the property. But, Wagner says he hopes the problem cures itself.

 

Fish and Boat Commission
There are those including some state lawmaker, who believe Pennsylvania's game Commission should be merged with the Fish and Boat Commission. There was an informational meeting for the House Game and Fisheries Committee in Harrisburg Wednesday. The topic: House Resolution 129, which directed the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee to examine the feasibility, impacts and potential savings of merging two departments dealing with different aspects of the outdoors. Pennsylvania's Game Commission and Fish & Boat Commissions each date back more than a century, and each has largely resisted efforts to combine their missions. P-A is the only state in the nation with completely separate outdoors agencies.

 

Medicaid Vote
A state house committee has narrowly approved a measure calling for the immediate expansion of Medicaid in Pennsylvania. WHLM's Cathy Clark reports from our Harrisburg News Bureau the measure to force Medicaid expansion passed by just one vote and it's sponsor, Republican Gene DiGirolomo, hopes to convince his party's leadership to allow a floor vote. But Representative Matt Baker doesn't think that's likely while leadership watches to see how negotiations between the state and federal government go on Governor Tom Corbett's alternative expansion plan.

 

School Arson

Two boys are in custody... arrested for allegedly starting a fire at the former Sunbury Middle School this week. Authorities say the youngsters started the blaze by setting books and papers on fire. The pair also allegedly vandalized the building. Cracking the case was easier than usual... with cops using surveillance video to identify the kids.

 

Ghost Riders / LCTA

Two high ranking officials with the Luzerne County Transportation Authority have been arrested.. after they were indicted... for padding ridership levels of senior citizens. A grand jury says LCTA Executive Director Stanley Strelish... and Robb Henderson... the transportation company's operations manager were indicted on 53 counts. The inflated number brought in an estimated $3 – million to the bus company... money designed to give senior citizens free rides. Both men are free on unsecured bond.

 

Funeral Services

Funeral services will be held Saturday in Pottsville for a Schuylkill County soldier killed while serving in Afghanistan. 29 – year old Capt. Jason Jones of Orwigsburg died this week while service a second tour of duty in that war – torn county. The services begin at 1 O'clock Saturday at the First United Methodist Church on Market Street in Pottsville.

 

Hazleton Robbery

Hazleton Police are looking for a couple of armed robbers who held up Castillo's Bakery on North Vine Street this week. Some cash was taken in the stick up. The pair made their get a way in a blue mini-van. If you have information about the robbery... contact Hazleton Police.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Baseball / Softball

The state high school baseball and softball playoffs have reached the quarterfinal stage and three local teams are still alive and will play Thursday afternoon. In baseball, Bloomsburg will play Neumann Goretti at Parkland High School in Allentown starting at 3:30. In Class AA softball, Central Columbia beat Delone Catholic 6-4. In Class AAA Berwick fell to Lansdale Catholic 2-1.

 

PHL Phillies

In game two of their series in Washington Wednesday night.. the Philadelphia Phillies were defeated by the Nationals 8 to 4. That makes the fifth consecutive loss for the Phils. The series ends with a game Thursday afternoon at 4:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 3:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Thursday night... the San Diego Padres defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 3 to 2... the Chicago Cubs getting by the New York Mets 5 to 4... and the Oakland A's outlasted the New York Yankees 7 to 4.

 

NHL

In game one of the NHL's final series... the Los Angeles Kings slipping by the New York Rangers 3 to 2.

 

NBA

The NBA final series begins tonight with the Miami Heat playing the San Antonio Spurs deep in the heart of Texas. It's a rematch of last year's final series won by the Heat in 7 games.

 

Wednesday / June 4, 2014


 

BerVaughn Pool

If there is a will... there is a way.... and that's what the BerVaughn Park Pool Authority is trying to do... bring back the Borough's swimming pool shuttered two years ago. Authority member Kay German says they have a third of the $1.7 - million dollars needed pledged to bring the pool back to it's original condition. Ms. German says if all goes according to plan... with donations and retro – fitting of the equipment... the authority hopes to have the pool up and running a year from now.

 

Williams Energy

A natural gas energy company is proposing a pipe line to transport their product through Columbia County... a move that isn't sitting well with residents of northern Columbia County... as well as folks who live Mt. Pleasant, Hemlock and and Montour Townships. Representatives from the Williams Energy Company holds an informational meeting tomorrow night at the Bloomsburg Fire Hall on Market Street... starting at 6 O'clock. The company says they're in the preliminary stage of planning the proposed pipeline... which is targeted to be in service the second half of 2017.

 

May Revenue / Millard

No encouraging words this week from the state Revenue Department. During May... revenue figures came in an estimated $108 - million dollars short of estimates. This comes while state lawmakers are trying to come up with a budget for the fiscal year which begins July 1st. But how do you make ends meet with this year's budget. Representative David Millard of Berwick says some cuts will have to be made in duplicate programs funded with state money... but expected to escape any reductions would be the State Welfare Department... which provides need for human services.

 

Vouchers

If you're over 60... looking to get a break on the price of local produce found at farmers market's across the region... the state is offering a voucher. State Representative Karen Boback says if you fit the criteria... you can receive a five dollar voucher for your next purchase of fruits and vegetables. Ms. Boback says you can pick up your voucher Wednesday morning at the Benton Senior Center on Community Drive.

 

Women's Health
State lawmakers have introduced another package of legislation aimed at improving women's health in Pennsylvania. This is the second round of bills introduced by members of the PA Women's Health Caucus, Co-Chaired by State Senator Judy Schwank and Representative Dan Frankel. Included is legislation to strengthen protections against sexual harassment in the workplace, creation of a task force on health issues facing female war veterans, amending of the income requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, and a more clear definition the beneficiaries of public pensions.

 

Schuylkill County Soldier

A soldier from Schuylkill County has been killed in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense say 29 – year old Capt Jason Jones of Orwigsburg died this week of wounds received during a fire fight. Jones arrived in country in April for his second tour of duty. Thus far... no funeral arrangements have been announced.

 

Norovirus
The CDC is trying to raise awareness about norovirus. The CDC says norovirus is the leading cause of disease outbreaks from contaminated food in the U S and can occur any where food is served. The report recommends that food services workers stay home when sick and not return until they've been symptom-free for 48 hours. The CDC also recommends proper hand washing and use of gloves when handling ready-to-eat foods.

 

Shickshinny Police

The Borough of Shickshinny will continue to use Pennsylvania State Police officers as their primary means of public safety. During a council meeting Tuesday night... and on a vote of four to one... councilman Michael Steeber recommended that the state police continue to provide protection. They have done so since Shickshinny disbanded their two man police department earlier this year.

 

Grand Jury

Members of the troubled Wilkes – Barre Township Volunteer Fire Department were in Scranton Federal Court Tuesday. It all stems from an FBI investigation into fire chief John Yuknavich. He's facing a host of theft charges in Luzerne County Court.... but federal prosecutors are now involved... taking the probe from the county. Specifically... he's accused of diverting an estimated $48,000 of the department's money for his own use... writing himself checks... and using a department credit card for non – fire department items.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Sports

One area high school baseball team and two girls softball teams have reached the state quarterfinals, and all three will play in those quarterfinals Thursday afternoon. The Bloomsburg baseball team will play Neumann Goretti at Parkland High School at 3:30. In softball Central Columbia will play Delone Catholic at Lion's Field near Kutztown in Class AA... and Berwick plays Lansdale Catholic at Patriot's Park in Allentown in Class AAA. Both of those games will start at 2 o'clock.

 

PHL Phillies

Tuesday night... in the first game of a three game series in Washington... the National's defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 7 to nothing. The teams meet again Wednesday night at 7:05. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other games Tuesday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates downed the San Diego Padres 4 to 1... it was the Chicago Cubs over the New York Mets 2 to 1... and the Oakland A's out – scored the New York Yankees 5 to 2.

 

NHL

Wednesday night in game one of the NHL's final series... the New York Rangers play the Los Angeles Kings in L-A.

 

 

Tuesday / June 3, 2014


Centrailia Time Capsule

State Police at Bloomsburg are still trying to figure out who would use heavy equipment to take a marker off the site of a time capsule buried in 1966 near on American Legion property in Centrailia. The vandalism was discovered over the weekend... and some legion members are also scratching their heads... including Edward Michael of Bloomsburg. Investigators and Legion members say the capsule was buried to celebrate the Borough Centennial back in 1966... to be unearthed in 2016. Since that time... Centrailia has become a ghost town due to a mine fire... with only a handful of residents and seven registered voters.

 

DBI / Strategic Plan

We could see some changes in the future of the type of business setting up shop in downtown Bloomsburg. Appearing on the Monday edition of the WHLM Morning Buzz... Downtown Business, Incorporated's Adrienne Mael says a planning firm is expected to be hired soon... all in an effort to make new business fit into Main Street. The resulting strategic plan would look at issues facing the downtown area... as well as demographic information.

 

Sidewalk Closure

If you try to use the south side of Main Street in Bloomsburg... in front of the Bloomsburg University Foundation construction... you'll have to take a detour. The covered walkway in front of the project is closed... and will be so for the week. The work is expected to be wrapped up by the end of the week.

 

Anonymous Documentary

There is a documentary to be shown Wednesday night dealing with long term recovery from drug and alcohol abuse. The Anonymous People will be shown at the Berwick Area High School Auditorium. The showing of the documentary gets underway at 6:30... and is being hosted by the Berwick Anti – Drug Alliance... the school district... CMSU and White Deer Run Treatment Centers.

 

State Revenue
May Revenue figures have come in $108 - million dollars short of estimates as state lawmakers and the governor work on a spending plan for the next fiscal year. The state is looking at a more than one billion dollar shortfall to fill in the budget for the fiscal year that starts July 1st. Senate Appropriations Committee chair Jake Corman says Governor Tom Corbett is still trying to rely on spending cuts and one time money transfers. Meanwhile, Democrats are calling for a levy on natural gas extraction and a higher cigarette tax.

 

Robert Mericle

Right on time.... and as expected.... Wyoming Valley developer Robert Mericle is now an inmate in a minimum security prison camp in Schuylkill County... near Frackville. Mericle was caught up in that “kids for cash” scandal involving Luzerne County Judges Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan. It's was Mericle's company who built two prisons for juveniles. Kids were sent there during sentencing by Ciavarella and Conahan. Mericle will spend the next year at the Schuylkill County facility.

 

Marcellus Shale
Local governments across Pennsylvania are sharing in the feels collected as the result of oil and gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale region. According to the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors, 60% of the impact fees collected will be paid to local communities most directly affected by the drilling activity, with the remainder distributed more evenly throughout the state. The direct payments are estimated at $125 - million dollars, a slight increase over last year. Those payments will be made starting July first.

 

Sherman Hills Shooting

Wilkes – Barre Police are investigating the shooting of a man near the troubled Sherman Hill's housing complex over the weekend. The unidentified man was shot in his right hand early Sunday morning. Before he was taken to the hospital for treatment... the man telling police he did not see anyone in the area.

 

Teen Crashes
Summer is the most dangerous time of year for teen crashes and a new survey looks at why teens are not always buckling up when they're drivers or passengers. Car crashes are the leading killer of teens and in half of the cases, they were not wearing a seat belt. The survey by Safe Kids Worldwide with the help of the General Motors Foundation found one in four teens admitted they do not use a seat belt on every ride as a passenger or driver. Among the reasons given- they forgot or it was not a habit, they were not going far, the seat belt was not comfortable or they were going to a party.

 

Porn Trial

The kiddie porn trial of a former Coaldale mayor is expected to get underway next week in Carbon County... South of Hazleton. A jury was selected Monday... and now Richard Corkery faces 27 counts after allegedly downloading child porn on a computer of his employer. Corkery remains free on bail.

 

I-81 Coalition

A six - state coalition will begin a project this month aimed at reducing congestion on Interstate 81... including a heavily used stretch in the Wyoming Valley. In particular... freight movements sill be scrutinized. Members of the I-81 corridor coalition are expected to develop a system to connect truckers with information vital to their travel.

 

Wilkes – Barre Crash

A rough start Monday for a couple of people. Two vehicles and a school van collided Monday morning at the intersection of Hazle Street and South Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilkes – Barre. One student was on the van, but was not hurt. However, one person was treated on the scene for minor injuries.

 

Culver Event

State Representative Lynda Culver will hold her annual family fun fest Thursday night at the Milton Community Pool. It's an opportunity to chat with Ms. Culver who represents Northumberland and Snyder counties... and a chance to check out the services offered by nearly two dozen businesses and agency's. The event gets underway at 4 O'clock... at the pool on Brown Avenue Park in Milton.

 

Monday / June 2, 2014


 

Corbett / Wolf

The race for the office of governor could come down to a war of words between incumbent governor Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf. Corbett is the conservative. Wolf portrayed as an insider in the Rendell Administration as Revenue Secretary. Governor Corbett... speaking with WHLM News characterized Wolf as a spend and tax individual. Corbett and Wolf meet each other in the General Election on November 4th.

 

Centralia Time Capsule

State police at Bloomsburg are investigating the tampering of a time capsule buried in 1966 on the grounds of the Centralia American Legion. Investigators say during the past week... someone with heavy equipment lifted the end cap... exposing the capsule... but it's not known if anything was taken. Thousands of people attended the capsule's burial back in 1966... containing artifacts of the borough. It is scheduled to be opened this year.

 

Toomey / VA

Pennsylvania's Junior U. S. Senator says the problems at the Veterans Administration require changes at all levels of the agency. That word from PA's US senator Pat Toomey. Already... VA head Eric Shinseki has resigned.... and Senator Toomey says he favors proposed legislation which calls for top to bottom changes at the VA. Senator Toomey making his remarks at an event in Cumberland County at the start of the weekend.

 

Teen Star

The First Columbia Bank and Trust Teen Star competition is over for the year. And there are two winners. In the instrumental group... Keeyan Zimmerman of Millville drummed his way to first place. It was the fourth time Zimmerman has competed... but it's the first time he took top honors since the bank decided to split prize between instrumentalists and vocalists. A second Millville student... Alexis Seiger won the top spot in the vocal competition.

 

Barletta / Pot Bill

Congressman Lou Barletta is one of five PA representatives who have voted in support of a bill that includes an amendment that favors legalized marijuana. Also giving the bill his blessing is Congressman Tom Marino who represents Montour and Northumberland Counties... all the way to the New York State border. The bill that contains an amendment barring the federal government from meddling in the marijuana laws of 33 states that allow the use or possession of medical marijuana.

 

Jail Time

He was caught up in the “Kids for Cash” scandal in Luzerne... now he's going to prison. Robert Mericle is expected to serve his time... starting Monday... at a minimum security facility in Schuylkill County near Minersville. He'll serve at least a year behind bars... plus another year of probation and a quarter million dollar fine. Mericle confessed to paying a 2 – million dollar finder's fee to Luzerne County judge Mark Ciavarella and Michael Conahan for the construction of a facility to house juvenile offenders.

 

Hazleton Death

Hazleton police are investigating the death of a man who was found early Saturday morning on South Vine Street. Officers and EMS were called to the area between West Broad and West Main... but despite their efforts the man wouldn't respond to emergency treatment. The name of the victim has not been released... or if there was any criminal activity leading up to the man's discovery.

 

Hazleton Relay

Hazleton's Relay for Life raised a lot of money at the start of the weekend for cancer research. After walking for 24 – hours.... the Relay raising just over 106 – thousand dollars. An estimated 400 people took part in the event at the Hazleton Area High School track.

 

WHLM Sports

HS Softball

The state high school baseball and softball playoffs begin Monday and four local teams will be in action. There's a doubleheader of softball at Bloomsburg University. Central Columbia faces Holy Cross in a AA game at 4 o'clock. That will be followed by a AAA game with Berwick going against Mifflinburg. The Bloomsburg softball team plays Minersville in a Class A playoff game. That game will be played at Tamaqua at 4 0'clock.

 

HS Baseball

In baseball, Bloomsburg plays Lakeland in a Class AA game at Marywood University in Scranton starting at 4:30.

 

PHL Phillies

For the third straight game, the Phillies and Mets went into extra innings Sunday with the Mets winning 4-3 in 11. On Monday night is the finale of the five game series. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:30.

 

Other MLB Games

In other game Sunday, it was the Minnesota Twins beating the Yankees 7-2 and it was the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Los Angeles Dodgers 5 to 3.

 

NHL

In the 7th and deciding game of the NHL's Western Conference series... the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Chicago Blackhawks 5 to 4. The Kings now head to the Stanley Cup Final where they'll meet the New York Rangers.

 

 

What's Happening? Sunday, June 1, 2014


The Bloomsburg Bicentennial Choir, under the direction of Patricia W. Gensemer, will present their next vocal spectacular "Let Music Live" this evening at Wesley United Methodist Church, Market Street in Bloomsburg. Showtime is 7 PM. The concert is free, and you do not need a ticket to get in.

 

Work crews will be putting some finishing touches on the newly-built Kidsburg in the Bloomsburg town park this weekend. Kidsburg will be closed while fresh concrete is being poured at the site. Kidsburg will re-open Monday, June 2.

 

Friends of Josh Pecorelli are organizing a memorial spaghetti supper fundraiser this afternoon at Morris' Restaurant on Mulberry Street in Berwick. The traditional spaghetti dinner will run from 3 - 7 PM. Cost is just $8. Proceeds will help offset funeral expenses for Josh's family. There will also be a basket raffle. For tickets, more information, or to donate, call Commonwealth Home Health and Hospice at 570-520-4063.

 

The Bloomsburg American Legion is holding their first annual Car Show today from 10 AM - 3 PM at the Legion post on Old Berwick Road. There's no registration fee for the show. There will be live music by Beef, prizes, raffles, awards, and chicken barbecue. All proceeds will benefit the Bloomsburg Veterans Memorial in the Town Park. 

 

Don't forget to attend this year's First Columbia Teen Star musical competition, 2 PM this afternoon at the Bloomsburg University Haas Center. There will be two winners selected this year, one vocalist and one instrumentalist. The judges this year will include WHLM's very own Bobby Gale. Tickets are just $5 and can be bought at any branch of First Columbia Bank and Trust.

 

WHLM Sports

The Philadelphia Phillies are in the middle of a long home stand versus the Mets this weekend. First pitch this afternoon is at 1:35 - we'll have everything starting with the pregame show at 1 PM.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

June 3

The Orangeville Public Library is holding a “Waterfall” greeting card making class on Tuesday June 3 at 6 PM. A sample of the cards is on display at the library at 301 Mill Street, along with a sign-up sheet. Seating is limited so register early. Materials will be provided. Stop by the library or call 570-683-5354 for more information.

 

June 6

The 2014 Bloomsburg Relay for Life is coming up this Friday at the Town Park on Market Street. The relay starts at Noon. WHLM's Bobby Gale will be on hand to bring us life updates from the event. Call 570-874-1413 extention 2102 for more information. Make sure to stop by, join in the family activites, and support the American Cancer Society.

 

June 7

The Robbins Run 5K and 10K are coming up on Saturday June 7 at 9 AM. Part of the River Town Race series, the course follows the J. Manley Robbins trail along Mahoning Creek in Danville. Registration will be open the morning of the race from 7:30 - 8:30 AM at the Hess Recreation Area on Meadow Lane. Fee is $20 for the 5K and $25 for the 10K - students 11-18 get $5 off the registration fee. Parking is limited. Call 570-336-2060 for more information.

 

Thru June 17

Donations of books are being accepted for the Friends of the Bloomsburg Public Library summer book sale, coming up June 19 - 23. Good-condition books can be dropped off at the library on Market Street. Please, no textbooks or encyclopedias. A special preview sale will be held for members of the Friends of the Library on June 18 from 5:30 - 7 PM.

 

Thru Sept 28

Donations are being accepted for the Animal Resource Center's annual indoor yard sale going on now until late September. The doors will be open for shopping Thursdays through Sundays 10 AM - 4 PM at the ARC storefront in the Bloomsburg Cinema Center plaza on Route 11. Donations of appliances, clothing, and other items can be dropped off 7 days a week - please no Televisions, Computers, Mattresses, Box Springs, or Exercise Equipment. All proceeds go to support A.R.C. Volunteers are still needed! Call 570-275-2313 for more information.

 

TFN

It's time to enroll in Columbia-Sullivan Head Start pre-school. Eligible families can sign up kids who will be 3 or 4 years old before September 1st. For more information and pre-application, call 570-784-1076. 

 

TFN

Musicians are Wanted to join the Danville Community Band. The band includes players of all ages - and you don't have to be from Danville to join in. For more information, call 570-275-3520, or visit DanvilleCommunityBand.org

 

TFN

Bloomsburg Christian Church's free library will be open every Saturday from 9:30 AM til 3:30 PM. The church is at 107 Deussen Drive in Bloomsburg.

 

TFN

The free Saturday Trains program at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church will be open every Saturday from 10 AM - Noon. Check out the "talking train," the Amtrak "Pennsylvanian," and dozens of other trains and a model merry-go-round that both children and adults can play with. The church is at the corner of Pine and East Market

Streets in Danville.

 

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

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