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  • Tuesday / July 29, 2014

    Bloomsburg Bust 

    Two people are in custody following an early Tuesday morning drug bust in Bloomsburg. Police tell us that around 6:30 the Columbia County Drug Task Force... along with Bloomsburg PD served a serarch warrant at 329 East Street. Taken into custody was Stephen Belk and Glenda Fatzinger. No specific details were released, however a Town PD media release said Belk is a federal parolee who had recently been released from the Columbia County Prison.

     

    Murder Charges

    Two years after his murder... two people have been charged in the death of Frank Spencer of Hemlock Township. State Attorney General Kathleen Kane says Spencer's ex wife... 49 – year old Maria Sanutti – Spencer... and her 72 – year old father... Anthony Rocco Franklin are charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of the 46 – year old Spencer at his home in July of 2012. Sanutti – Spencer is in custody... arrested in Shamokin Dam and taken to District Judge Doug Brewer in Millville.... then to the Columbia County Prison where she is being held without bond. Her father remains a fugitive and his whereabouts are unknown.

     

    GHS Changes

    Changes at the top at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. The Geisinger Health System Board of Directors say they've begun the process of recruiting a replacement for CEO Glenn Steele, Jr. who plans to retire next year. Dr. Steele will remain in the top slot at the hospital through the end of the fiscal year through the end of June. He will then continue as chairman of xG Health Solutions... an independently operated venture based in Columbia, Maryland. Geisinger is being assisted in it's CEO search by SpencerStuart... an executive search consulting firms.

     

    Congressman Barletta
    A Pennsylvania congressman who like to lead the charge on illegal immigration issues is pushing hard for a tougher way to track those in the country illegally. Congressman Lou Barletta says those who overstay their visas represent a significant threat to security in the U-S - citing the majority of 9/11 hijackers as his prime example. During a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee, Barletta questioned Tom Kean - former New Jersey Governor and former chairman of the 9/11 Commission... and said many of the commission's recommendations have been ignored. Kean and Barletta both support a biometric facial recognition exit system as a way to identify those who overstay their visas...

     

    Natural Gas Drilling
    Plans to drill for natural gas in an around state parks and forests in Pennsylvania are on hold, and state Senator Jim Ferlo of Allegheny County wants that move to be permanent. Ferlo is a member of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee. He says lawmakers may go to court to ensure those plans for drilling never takes place. Ferlo says the public is generally supportive of the economic benefits of the drilling boom in Pennsylvania, but there are limits. The Corbett Administration has reached an agreement with an environmental group not to sign drilling leases, pending the outcome of a larger issue over funding that is currently before Commonwealth

    Court.
     

    Transco Pipeline

    That proposed natural gas line project by the Williams Company... running from Susquehanna.... to Columbia County... to southeast PA will be the topic of a meeting to be held August 7th at the Lake – Lehman High School. The session to be hosted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission starting at 7 PM. The commission is seeking comment on environmental issues dealing with the proposed Atlantic Sunrise expansion of the Transco interstate pipeline.

     

    PennDOT Hiring

    Here we are... in the middle of summer... enjoying warm days and nights. Then there's PennDOT... they're looking for equipment and two – way radio operators they can count on in the dead of winter.

    It's a yearly push by the agency to fill equipment operator slots... but you need some experience so says PennDOT's David Thompson. PennDOT is accepting applications through August 8th on the agency's website.

     

    Gubernatorial Campaign
    TV ads are flying in the 2014 race for governor, but both sides are also filling up the radio airwaves. Tom Corbett and Tom Wolf are battling it out on every media platform conceivable. The high profile TV campaigns have spilled over into radio, where the two Toms are jousting over taxes. The Corbett campaign is tying Wolf to his term as Revenue Secretary and the Rendell Administrations tax policies.
    The Wolf campaign countered with a radio ad portraying a fictional "voter information" hotline. 99 days and counting until the November 4th election.

     

    Economic Development
    Legislation to expand an economic development program will likely be voted on in the state House next week. The program is known s CRIZ, or the Community Rehabilitation and Improvement Zone. It serves as an incentive for business creation or expansion, but Senator Jim Brewster of Allegheny County, says it should be expanded to include more distressed areas of the state. Right now CRIZ is available to municipalities with 30-thousand or more people, But Sen. Brewster says that plan leaves too many people out, and lawmakers should be working to improve as much of the state as possible.

     

    Fire Folo

    Investigators say that early Sunday morning blaze in Ashley which killed a woman was not suspicious... but they still don't know what started it. 65 – year old Kimberly Krasauski died in her home of carbon monoxide intoxication. Firemen finding the woman body on the first floor towards the rear of the residence. The structure was destroyed by the flames.

     

    Job Corps Arrest

    A Philadelphia man is in the Columbia County Prison in Bloomsburg after he was arrested at the Red Rock Job Corp in Sullivan County. State Police tell us 22 – year old Richelieu Payne of Philadelphia arrived at the center on Sunday. With him... 212 individual bags of suspected marijuana... weighing an estimated 5 ounces. Payne was charged with possession with intent to deliver controlled substance. He was arraigned... and when he couldn't post $25,000 bail... he was remanded to jail.

     

    WHLM Sports

    PHL Phllies 

    In the first game of a their three game series in New York Monday night... the Mets winning the initial game with the Philadelphia Phillies 7 to 1. The series continues Tuesday night with a 7:10 start. Coverage on the WHLM Stations begins with the pregame show at 6:35.

     

    Other MLB Games 

    In other games Monday night... the Pittsburgh Pirates blanked the San Francisco Giants 5 to nothing... and the Texas Rangers gained the upper hand on the New York Yankees 4 to 2.

     

    LA Clippers

    A judge ruled against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling Monday in his attempt to block the $2 - billion sale of the Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Sterling's estranged wife, Shelley, negotiated the sale of the team after her 80 - year old husband was banned from the NBA for making offensive remarks about African – Americans.

  • What's Happening?

    July 29

    Danville's summer concert series continues this Tuesday night with an evening of songs about Montour County by local musician and historian Van Wagner. The concert gets under way at 7 PM at the Delong Memorial Hall in Washingtonville.

     

    July 30

    The Summer Concert Series at the Bloomsburg Town Park continues this Wednesday night with the vocal harmonies of Gift, Troutman, and Gift starting at 7 PM. Make sure to bring a lawn chair or blanket to the park bandshell on Market Street in Bloomsburg.

     

    July 30

    Danville Memorial Park's free story hour is back this Wednesday night with stories about Trees starting at 6:30 PM. Rain location will be at Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville.

     

    July 31

    Summer Concerts at the Jackson Mansion continue this Thursday night. It's a tribute to Jimmy Buffet with Jeff Brown & Sons of A Sailor starting at 7 PM. Bring a blanket or chair and some cash for concessions to the mansion lawn on Merket Street in Berwick.

     

    July 31 (August 6)

    The Bloomsburg Rotary Club and the Columbia County United Way are hosting a breakfast with internationally-recognized motivational speaker Michael Angelo Caruso on Wednesday, August 6, at Monty's on the Bloomsburg Univeristy campus from 8-10 AM. Caruso's will present his program, "How to Engage Someone in 15 Seconds" following breakfast. Tickets are $30 each - seats are limited and deadline for reservations is July 31. For more information, contact the United Way office at 570-784-3134.

     

    July 31 - August 1

    The Geisinger Bloomsburg Hospital Auxiliary is holding a summer sidewlak sale this Thursday from 9AM - 6PM, and Friday from 9AM - 4PM. Heavily discounted items from the Gift Shop will be on display in the main lobby of the Hospital on Fair Street.

     

    August 1

    Join the Berwick Elks on Second Street this Friday for a Spaghetti Dinner to help feed the poor and homeless. The meal is all-you-can-eat from 5 - 8 PM, and there will be auctions and raffles. Dine-in or Take-out. Delivery is availible for orders of 8 or more. Tickets are $8 ahead of time or $10 at the door. Kids 12 and under eat for $4.50, and kids under 5 eat for free with an adult purchase. To place an order or for tickets call 570-441-5017.

     

    August 1 & 2

    Come to Our Lady of Mercy Church's annual picnic, 6 - 11 PM this Friday and Saturday, off Route 42 in Slabtown. Friday night it's a tribute to Jimmy Buffet by Parrot Beach, and Saturday night it's music by the 60's Boys. Everyone is welcome. Please, no coolers permitted on the church grounds.

     

    August 1 & 2

    The annual Potts Grove Fire Company Carnival will be held this weekend. There's food, games, vendors, music and more at the grounds on Route 642, West of Danville. Friday night features pork barbecue and live music by the Midlike Cowboys at 6:30 PM. Saturday features roast beef platters and the Frank Wicher Band at 6:30 PM.

     

    August 1 & 2

    Don't miss the BTE Noh Training Project's torchlight performance of the traditional Japanese play, Hagoromo, Friday and Saturday night at the Bloomsburg Town Park bandshell. Performances begin at sunset, so bring a chair and a warm blanket. Noh is one of the oldest forms of theater in the world, and the Noh Training Project is the only intensive program based in the U.S.

     

    August 1 - 3

    The 27th annual Loyalsock Valley Antique Machinery Show will be held this weekend at the Lycoming County Sportsmans Grounds off Route 87. Friday and Saturday from 7AM - 10:30 PM, and Sunday from 7AM - Noon. This year's featured manufacturer is Oliver. The owner of each exhibit will get 2 free passes and one camping pass. Grounds open for setup on Thursday, July 31. For more information and a full list of events, check out LVAMAASSOC.org

     

    August 1 - 3

    St. Joseph's Church in Berwick is holding an Italian Festival this weekend at the church grounds on Monroe Street. Friday and Saturday 4-9 PM, and Sunday from Noon - 5 PM. There will be lots of ethnic foods, games, basket raffles, crafts and live entertainment. Friday night, the Shoreliners play, then it's polka by Joe Lastovica on Saturday, and a pasta dinner on Sunday.

     

    August 2

    Don't miss downtown Bloomsburg's ArtFest, this Saturday from 10AM - 5PM on Center Street, between Main and 3rd Streets. There will be live music, food, games, and exhibitions by local artists.

     

    August 3

    Catch the bus to Mohegan Sun this Sunday and help support area nonprofits. Tickets are $30 each, and include $25 free slot machine play and a $5 food voucher. For more information or to buy tickets, stop by any branch of MC Federal Credit Union or call 1-800-834-0062.

     

    August 3

    This Sunday evening, break the heat with some refreshments and "Melodic Melodies" at St. John Lutheran Church in Espy. Come hear live music by local musicians. It starts at 4 PM at the church on Old Berwcik Road.

     

    August 4 - 8

    Sign up now for Arts Camp at Grove Presbyterian Church on Bloom Street in Danville, starting Monday, August 4, from 9:30AM - 2PM. There will be lots of different activites, crafts, and even cooking. Cost is $20 for the first child enrolled, $15 for the second, and $10 for the third child from each family. For more information, check out GrovePresbyterianChurch.org

     

    August 6

    Join State Representative David Millard at the Espy Fire Hall on Tenny Street for the annual Senior Expo, coming up Wednesday morning, August 6, from 9AM - Noon. Dozens of representatives from local businesses, State agencies, and nonprofit organizations will be gathered to answer your questions. There will be refreshments and door prizes! For more information, visit RepMillard.com

     

    August 14 (16)

    Gather your team for the 5th annual Gate House Golf tournament - coming up on Saturday, August 16, at the Links at Hemlock Creek. Shotgun start for the 4-person scramble game is at 9AM. $65 fee per golfer includes cart rental, refreshments, snacks, and sanwiches. Registration is due by Thursday, August 14. For more information, call 570-275-6766.

     

    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 opportunities for all ages throughout the summer. Scholarships are available. 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 August 22

    Come to the Moose Exchange Antler gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg and check out an exhibition of High School artists running now through August 22nd.

     

    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

    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 maintainece to providing transportation to and from the local veterinarian. For more information call 570-327-8707, or go to LAPSshelter.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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