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  • Thursday / August 28, 2014



    Blood Needed

    We're approaching the final days of summer... but that doesn't mean that the need for blood and it's bi-products lessens. Colin Riccobon of the American Red Cross telling us from his Ashley office that it's easy to roll up your sleeve and donate. Want to know where a blood drive is being held in the area... simply go to the Community Ca lander section of our website... to get the details.


    Building Sold

    One of Bloomsburg's landmark buildings has been sold. The Press – Enterprise is reporting in Thursday's edition... developers Matt Zoppetti and his partner... Sante D'Ambrosio has purchased Husky Corners... at Main and East Streets for $3.6 - million. The purchase closed earlier this month according to records at the courthouse. The pair buying the property from a Philadelphia – based consortium... who purchased the property from Delmar Zeisloft for $1.5 - million in 2004. There are no anticipated changes planned for the building.


    Gubernatorial Poll
    Governor Corbett still has a lot of ground to make up by November to win re-election according to the latest Franklin and Marshall College Poll. Democratic Challenger Tom Wolf holds a 25 point lead over Republican Governor Tom Corbett with 25% of the voters undecided. Franklin and Marshall College Poll Director Terry Madonna says the race remains nearly frozen since the June poll. He says Governor Corbett has not given the voters a reason to give him a second look and needs a big narrative change to gain ground. He says negative ads on both sides do not seem to be effective in moving voters.

    Funding Education

    The Commonwealth Foundation released a poll of 600 registered voters in Pennsylvania, on the subject of funding public education. 73% of those polled underestimated the amount the state spends on each student, while 66% expressed surprise when informed that the amount is 29-hundred dollars per student above the national average. 82% believe teachers make less than they actually do, and 54% said they are not willing to pay any more in taxes to increase education funding.


    Charter School Costs
    A new study shows increasing costs and growing pressure on school districts, as more students attend charter schools. The Penn State study shows that between 2006 and 2012, the cost almost doubled, to $1.3 - billion. Districts pay tuition for each student to attend a charter or cyber charter school. Professor Bill Hartman who led the study team, says there is currently no mechanism in place to control charter school growth. The study calls the pressure on local school district budgets obvious and escalating.


    Retirement / Social Security
    When you're young, retirement may be the last thing you are thinking about as you manage your finances. But the Social Security Administration wants people of all ages to know their benefits. You can get three personalized estimates of what you would get from Social Security at retirement, depending on whether you retire early with a penalty, at full retirement age or collect benefits later with an 8% annual "bonus" for each year you waited. The Social Security Administration wants people to sign up for a my Social Security account so they'll know what they need to put aside on their own for retirement.


    Community Champion

    The Geisinger Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Danville is looking for a Community Champion... and they're looking for nominations. That word from Geisinger's Nancy Presswood who said nominations for the Community Champion award are being accepted through September 5th. The award will be given... Wednesday, September 24th. You can pick up a nominating form at the WHLM Studio's at 124 E. Main Street, Bloomsburg.


    Labor Day Holiday
    As we head into the holiday weekend, the Pennsylvania Psychological Society says don't let your labors overwhelm you and don't take work with you on your time off. Being fearful about keeping your job, trying to do your best and trying to beat the clock can make stress build. Dr. Rex Gatto, a business psychologist in Pittsburgh, says technology has increased the work day, allowing us to check in when we are supposed to be off. He says decompressing is important not only to your health, but your job performance. He says we need to take breaks when we should, like at lunch time and unplug from work during our time off.


    Labor Day Crackdown

    With the Labor Day holiday weekend nearly upon us... PennDOT and the Pennsylvania State Police are becoming part of a national team designed to reduce alcohol – and – drug – related crashes. For example... two years ago there were 33 – hundred drug – related crashes... producing 136 fatalities. A year ago... there were 32 – hundred crashes... but fatalities increase to 143. PA DUI Task Forces... the PSP and local law enforcement will conduct checkpoints and roving patrols as part of the crackdown.


    Hazleton Assault

    Hazleton police are investigating the assault and the robbery of a man in the area of Fifth and Alter Streets late Tuesday night. Police say up to six Hispanic men with long hair took the man's wallet and fled into the night time. If you have information about the incident... call Hazleton Police.


    Wilkes – Barre / Scranton Jobless Rate

    The jobless rate in the Wilkes – Barre / Scranton metro area is down a tenth of a percent... to 6.8% in July. That's the lowest since October of 2008 according the state Department of Labor. Despite the trend... it's the 52nd consecutive month that the area has led the state in unemployment. The decline in the labor force is linked to the tenth of a percent drop.


    Mahanoy City Fire

    Still no word as to what started a fire in eight row homes Tuesday night in Mahanoy City. A fire marshal was on the scene all day Wednesday trying to figure out what sparked the blaze. The fire taking place on East Centre Street. Folks living in the buildings were evacuated and not injured.


    Ricketts Glen

    For the second time in this millennium... Lake Jean at the Ricketts Glen State Park will be drained next year. Repair work to the dam control tower will be undertaken.... a vital park of keeping the 245 – acre lake at an even keel. There was a similar situation back in 2001 when the lake was drained to preform the same kind of work. The latest project is expected to take about a year to complete at an estimated $800,000.



    WHLM Sports

    BU Football 

    The Bloomsburg University football team is ranked 25th in the country in the preseason poll. In addition, that website recognized Huskies middle linebacker Justin Shirk as a 2nd team preseason All American. The Huskies open the season Saturday afternoon, September 6th against Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts.


    College Football

    The Division one college football season kicks off tonight with 6 games on the schedule including an S.E.C. Matchup... Texas A & M at South Carolina.


    HS Football

    The area's high school football season kicks off Friday night. You can hear a preview of all area teams on the Independence Honda Countdown to Kickoff Show Thursday afternoon following the 5 o'clock news.


    PHL Phillies

    In the final game of their home series against Washington Wednesday night... the Philadelphia Phillies downed the National's 8 to 4. The Phils have today off. They open a weekend series in New York against the Mets Friday night.


    Other MLB Games

    In other games Wednesday... the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3 to 1... the Atlanta Braves got by the New York Mets 3 to 2... and the New York Yankees downed the Detroit Tigers 8 to 4.


  • What's Happening?


    August 25, 26

    The Bloomsburg YMCA will hold their annual Preschool Open House on Monday and Tuesday, August 25 & 26 from 10AM - Noon. Stop by the Y on East 7th Street and visit the staff, check out the facilities, and get readyfor the first day of school. Call 570-784-0188 for more information.


    August 27

    Registration is open now for BAY Swim at the Bloomsburg YMCA. Three programs will be offered this fall: A three week stroke development clinic starting September 2, Take Your Mark for those graduating from lessons to competitive swimming, and the age-group-competitive BAY Swim Team. Registration night is Wednesday, August 27, from 6-9 PM. For more information, call 570-854-5174.


    Thru August 28

    The annual Centre County Grange and Encampment Fair runs now through Thursday in Centre Hall. Come for the camping, food, rides, games, and live music by Chubby Checker, Bill Anderson, The Swon Brothers and more. For more information, visit


    August 28

    Summer concerts at the Jackson Mansion continue on Thursday with local favorites Covert Action at 7PM. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cash for concessions to the Mansion lawn on Market Street in Berwick.


    August 31

    The 6th annual Schuylkill County Wine Festival is coming up on Sunday, August 31, at the Hegins Park on Stutzman Drive. Come for outstanding wine tastings, cuisine, live entertainment, and a table decorating contest. The festival runs from 1-6PM. Tickets are $15 each, just $12 if bought before August 28, and $5 for the designated driver. Group rates are available. For more information, check out


    August 31

    Our Time Kindermusik returns to Grove Presbyterian Church in Danville this fall, starting September 10. The program is for children ages 16 months - 3 years old and their parents. Cost for the course is $85, or just $70 for church members. Deadline is Sunday, August 31. For more information, visit


    August 31 - Sept 1

    The 95th annual All Home Days Celebration in Elysburg is coming up this weekend at Elysburg Community Park. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday come out for excellent food, community activites and awards, live music and more. The annual parade forms Saturday morning at 10:30 at the Alliance church, and moves at 11:30 - the theme is "SyFy." For more information, visit


    Thru Sept 5

    It's time to put in your nominations for this year's Geisinger HealthSouth Community Champion Awards. If you know someone who experienced a physically debilitating health issue or illness and overcame their challenges against the odds, had a great attitude and never gave up, you can recognize them as a champion. You can find nomination forms at the WHLM studios on Main Street in Bloomsburg, or by clicking the link at the top of the page. The awards will be presented on September 24 - deadline for submissions is Friday, September 5.


    Sept 11-14

    Get your tickets now to the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble's 2nd annual Women's Solo Performance Festival, running Thursday through Sunday, September 11 - 14. The festival covers four days of original solo works by women artists presented on the Alvina Krause Theatre Stage. Tickets are $15 per show, or $50 for a full pass. And don't miss the first Women Artisans' Street Fair on Saturday the 13th, Center Street, just off Main Street in downtown Bloomsburg. Booth fee for the Fair is $25. For more information, check out the 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.


    Thru November 15

    The Danville chapter of the American Red Cross is opening nominations for this year's Robert Pursel Distinguished Citizen of the Year award, to be presented on November 15. For nomination forms, call 570-275-1441.



    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



    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.



    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.


    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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